#242NewsBahamas Newsletter Edition: March 13th 2020
Activist warns Govt. over ‘Spy Bill’
this month, a notice in parliament revealed that the government of The
Bahamas had enacted the controversial Interception of Communications
Bill otherwise known as the Spy Bill. The legislation which was
vehemently opposed when first introduced was quietly brought into force
on February 1, but not announced until a month later. The move meantime
has raised questions about how the government plans to use the new laws.
In an interview with segments of the press, local activist Joe Darville
raised some very valid points and concerns regarding the way forward.
This week, our editorial team wanted to share that story with our
readers. We look forward to hearing from you in the comments.
CREEK, Florida – Members of the local and international NGO community
were thanked for their significant assistance to The Bahamas as a result
of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian at a press conference in
Florida marking the six-month period since the Category 5 storm hit
Abaco and Grand Bahama.
want to thank the many international and Bahamian NGOs for stepping
forward and helping during our time of crisis,” said Katherine
Forbes-Smith, Managing Director of the Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction
Authority, on Friday, March 6 at Food for the Poor, Coconut Creek,
“You helped save lives. You lessened suffering.”
Dorian hit Abaco and Grand Bahama in September. With maximum sustained
winds of 185 miles per hour, it was the strongest storm to hit The
Winner of the 2020 Bahamas National Spelling Bee Emerges
The Bahamas --- It was a repeat victory for 10 year-old Roy Seligman
who emerged as winner of the 23rd Annual Bahamas National Spelling Bee
(BNSB) at the Atlantis Resort on Sunday, March 8th, 2020. The Lyford Cay
International student said he was humbled after winning for the second
consecutive year over his 21 competitors.
feel very relieved. I knew I would have better competitors this year,
so I studied very hard.” Seligman said shortly after receiving his
trophy. Seligman’s father, Arthur Seligman said his son’s victory was
the result of a collaborative effort. “We’re very proud. Roy worked very
very proud of his coach and my wife who have spent a lot of time and
effort with him. It was an advantage that he won it last year, but this
year’s competition was much tougher.
was a team of very good students here, and I thought they all did very
well.” Mr. Seligman stated. Sharing similar sentiments was Seligman’s
coach, Katina Seymour, who reiterated the significance of partnerships
Bahamas - The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), in
partnership with the Public Utilities Research Center (PURC) of the
Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, recently
hosted its second in a series of Regulatory Forums for Senior Technical
Officers at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Nassau, The Bahamas.
Forum attracted Directors and senior technical officers from various
government ministries and departments, private sector representatives,
URCA licensees and academia. It provided an opportunity for participants
to deepen their understanding of URCA’s role as an independent
regulator, and how URCA’s work impacts government policies and the
Shavonne Cambridge, Director of Utilities and Energy and interim CEO,
in his opening remarks stated that URCA does not regulate in a vacuum
and the effectiveness of regulations is driven by interactions with
other agencies and those agencies understanding of the regulatory
Bahamian Brewery on Track to Meet its Rebuild and Restoration Goals
GB, The Bahamas – Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company Limited and
Bahamians across the country have been counting the months, weeks, and
days for production to resume on the company’s Truly Bahamian brands.
Over the past few months, the company has marked a series of major
milestones as it moves toward the official relaunch of the Brewery’s
Grand Bahama operation and the return of its popular brands, including
Sands, Sands Light, and Bushcrack.
the company has renovated and reopened the Grand Bahama retail
operation, rebuilt and expanded the Abaco store, and launched a new
Jimmy’s retail location located on East Bay Street in Nassau. “Despite
being in full recovery mode, my team has not missed a step in continuing
to meet the needs of our customers,” said General Manager Gary Sands.
Campbell: Gender Equity and Equality Benefits All
The Bahamas – Gender equity and equality results in greater benefits
for all – men, women, boys and girls, Minister of Social Services and
Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, said Sunday.
the annual Church Service commemorating the global observance of
International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8) held at Bethany Assembly,
Churchill Subdivision, Soldier Road, Minister Campbell said global,
regional and local economies, families and communities thrive even
better when gender equity and equality exists.
Church Service was attended by females representing a number of the
more than 200 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are registered
with the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social
Services and Urban Development, and was one of several events
commemorating International Women’s Day that Minister Campbell attended.
Plans Underway For 22nd Annual Coconut Festival In Pelican Point
POINT, Grand Bahama, March 9, 2020 — The Coconut Festival Committee and
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) have announced that,
despite challenges posed by Hurricane Dorian, the 22nd Annual Coconut
Festival will move ahead as planned next month in the Pelican Point
am here to report that the residents of Pelican Point are resilient,
resolved and determined. Hurricane Dorian may have slowed us down, but
it will not stop us,” Cathy Laing, Coconut Festival committee chairman,
said during a press conference at the festival grounds on March 6.
coordinators held the conference to announce plans for the three-day
event, which begins on Friday, April 10 and concludes on Monday, April
13. The festivities will kick off with a gospel concert and fish fry at 3
p.m. on April 10 at the festival site. This event will feature Grand
Bahama’s best praise teams, dance teams and gospel performers. On April
12, the committee will worship at the St. Matthew’s Baptist Church
grounds. The service starts at 10 a.m. and all are invited to attend.
Oasis” is an everyday lunch spot offering customers a variety of tasty
options while empowering Bahamian entrepreneurs Ribbon cutting, food
& drink sampling, prayer dedication and the smooth sounds of singer
Rondi Treco marked the launch of Tin Ferl’s Pop-Up Park at The Dundas
Centre for The Performing Arts on Monday.
“Palmdale oasis” is an everyday lunch spot where visitors can find
pop-up vendors and stylish food trucks selling a wide variety of
affordable food and drink options,” said Alicia “Puppy” Robinson Treco,
co-founder of Tin Ferl, a company formed last June to support stronger,
more polished pop-ups. “People can stop by, grab a delicious lunch to go
or they can stay, relax and eat on these beautiful, tree-lined grounds.
It’s a unique location that patrons and vendors alike are going to
Ferl was founded in June 2019, when three friends - Kendrick Delaney,
founder of The New Duff, Brandon Kemp, founder of the Nassau Night
Market, and Alicia "Puppy" Robinson Treco, founder of Pup Star
Entertainment - came together to discuss some of the issues facing the
Rodgers, Sr. Marketing Manager, BTO UK, represented The Bahamas at the
‘Go Diving 2020’ trade and consumer event in Coventry, UK. Also
representing the magnificent dive facilities of the islands was Muriel
Rolle-Gaitor of Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas.
Diving, the second annual show, was spread across three days, the
Friday for trade-only and the weekend for consumers, attracting nearly
7,000 visitors, a 25% increase over the inaugural show in 2019. The
trade day included seminars and member forums with presentations for
dive centres/schools on developing online presence and utilisation of
social media opportunities.
Among the main speakers of the event was Steve Backshall, who presented BBC Blue Planet LIVE from Bimini in 2019.
Bamsi Studies Long Term Ecological Impacts Of The Reopening Of London Creek, North Andros
Bahamas, March 10, 2020: THE BAHAMAS Agriculture and Marine Science
Institute (BAMSI) is executing a long-term research initiative at London
Creek in North Andros.
new project will look at the flow of water through the London Creek
ecosystem which was interrupted by the construction of the road
connecting North Andros to Central Andros. The construction of bridges
to span creeks or the use of culverts under the roads are often utilized
to maintain the ecology of such sensitive estuarine systems, but in
this specific instance no such remediation efforts were taken when the
road was built. Construction of a bridge to ameliorate this circumstance
is now underway and is expected to be concluded by May 2020.
Raveenia Roberts-Hanna, Executive Director of BAMSI said the
Institute’s specific goal as related to this project is "to assess the
long-term impact of the opening of the waterway on marine life and
surrounding areas." The project provides an exciting opportunity for
students to gain research experience as they bridge the information gap
between building an infrastructure to drive an economy and the resulting
environmental impact on the nation’s ecosystems.
Zonta Honours Lifetime Members/Centennial Award Winners
By Matt Maura
The Bahamas – The Zonta Club of Nassau honored seven females for their
outstanding contributions to community during the Club’s Centennial
Awards Ceremony, Sunday (March 8). Seventeen-year-old Miss Sierra
Ferguson, a 12th-Grade student at Aquinas College was among the
The Awards Ceremony was held on International Women’s Day under the theme: “Honoring and Empowering Women in Our Community.”
among the honorees were: Mrs. Judy Munroe, O.B.E. (Charter President,
Zonta Club of Nassau) and Mrs. Vylma Thompson-Curling, O.B.E. (Charter
Vice-President, Zonta Club of Nassau) who were enshrined as Lifetime
other persons received Centennial Champion Awards and they included:
Senate President, Senator, the Hon. Dr. Mildred Hall-Watson (PACE
Foundation); Ms. Sharmaine Goodman-Davis (The Crisis Centre); Miss
Sierra Ferguson, a 12-Grade student at Aquinas College and a member of
the school’s Z Club; Ms. Tracey Rahming (The AIDS Foundation) and Mrs.
E’Thegra Symonette, University of The Bahamas’ Golden Z Club.