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Enjoy the Beach, but Don’t Trash it!
love to walk the beach, and it reminds me of walking on Holiday Inn
beach with my Grandmother to go and feed the fish. It is also a
beautiful way to start the day. It reminds me too why I and we as
Bahamians are so blessed to live in one of the most beautiful countries
in the world, with blue waters that change each day from dark to light
and wash ashore almost white sand scattered with shells.
week our beaches were finally opened, and on the first day, I was able
to step back on to our sandy paradise, and it was so beautiful and
clean, and sadly still pretty empty. My dog swam in the sea, I saw nurse
sharks in the bay, and I found a gorgeous baby conch shell too. So
imagine my anger when I returned the next day to find that same beach
littered with trash. I was appalled, I was mad, and I was so very
is the latest update on COVID-19 in The Bahamas. Today we are very
pleased to report that there were no new COVID-19 cases reported. It has
been 18 days since a new case of COVID-19 has been recorded in The
total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 104. Of that
number, 82 are in New Providence, 8 in Grand Bahama, 13 in Bimini and 1
in Cat Cay. The number of recovered cases is at 89. We are down to 4
active cases. Deaths remain at 11. There are no hospitalized cases.
Campbell Takes Social Assistance Reform ‘Personally’
The Bahamas – A personal experience almost forty years ago is one of
the factors driving Minister of Social Services and Urban Development,
the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell’s push for digital and other reform in the
delivery of social assistance in The Bahamas.
the 1970s I was a student at the William Gordon Primary School and for
some reason I had to utilize the School Lunch Programme. After the third
day, I refused to go back because they placed the sandwich in brown
paper and they gave you a Borden’s Drink and so everybody knew that you
got lunch from the Lunch Programme and kids were cruel and they teased
me,” Minister Campbell said.
I came to this Ministry, I thought that experience may have been
preparing me for this. We have a group of persons, who for various
reasons, find themselves vulnerable, find themselves in need of
Government Making a Mockery of Public Consultation
has come to our attention that on Monday, June 29, the Ministry of
Environmental Health quietly distributed draft Environmental Impact
Assessment Regulations to a handful of environmentalists who were given
only until the end of the week to make recommendations.
the Bays is deeply disturbed by this miserably poor effort at public
consultation on a matter of such vital importance to each and every
Bahamian. We are convinced that the government’s aim is to ram this
dreadful draft through under the noses of the unsuspecting public.
a mere five days for public consultation on any matter of national
significance is a farce. It is totally unacceptable and makes a mockery
of the very idea of public consultation. The standard for around the
world is 30 days.
BRCS/GBPA Kick-Off Entrepreneurial Training for SBR Grant Recipients
training for 32 successful recipients of the Small Business Recovery
(SBR) grant program began last week in a virtual classroom. The
partnership initiative between The Bahamas Red Cross Society (BRCS) and
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) grants up to $6,000 in
funding and business support for Grand Bahama micro-businesses impacted
by Hurricane Dorian. The assistance comes at a very critical time for
businesses struggling to recover from Dorian and now realizing the
effects of COVID-19.
funding is the primary focus of the program, BRCS Director-General Sean
Brennan explained that mandatory business training was particularly
critical to re-building a more resilient small business sector for the
Agreements Signed for Beta Testing of Digital Wallets/Coupons
The Bahamas – Officials of the Ministry of Social Services and Urban
Development and the Department of Social Services, along with
representatives from three, private local companies, signed Agreements
(Tuesday, June 23, 2020) formalizing the Beta Testing for the use of
Digital Wallets and Digital Coupons in the delivery of social assistance
signings took place just days after Minister of Social Services and
Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, announced during an
Official Visit to Freeport, Grand Bahama, June 18-19 that Beta Testing
for the Digital Wallets and Digital Coupons in the delivery of social
assistance would commence at the “end of this month.”
Beta Test exercise is expected to complement the ProMIS Web Application
initiative to further expand the Ministry’s digitization and
modernization process with the introduction of digital wallets and
digital coupons. The implementation of ProMIS incorporates a MIS System
and online social assistance application process and online management.
Prominent Bahamian accountant to Deliver UB Virtual Commencement Address
prominent Bahamian accountant and well-known banker, Mr. Gowon N.G.
Bowe is no stranger to providing quality insight and commentary on some
of the nation’s most pressing economic issues. Now, the (former) College
of The Bahamas graduate is poised to deliver a historic contribution to
his alma mater by delivering the Commencement Address for the
University of The Bahamas’ (UB) first ever virtual commencement exercise
on Monday, 29th June, 2020.
Bowe’s myriad accomplishments, experience, and general fiscal savvy has
distinguished him as a leading voice on economic and financial issues.
He will seek to use that elevated status and economic know-how to impart
key pointers and tips for success to approximately 500 UB graduates,
most, if not all of whom will undoubtedly be expected to survive and
contribute meaningfully to both a local and global economy reeling in
the wake of the crippling COVID-19 pandemic.
Grand Bahamians Can Look Forward to More Capital Works This Year
Grand Bahama -- “Grand Bahama is still poised for take-off,” said Prime
Minister of the Bahamas, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis. “Once one
business is successful, we know that it tend to attract other businesses
and we are confident that once the ITM and Royal Caribbean begin their
work, it will attract other successful businesses and investors.”
Prime Minister’s remarks came following the official opening of the
Fishing Hole Causeway in Grand Bahama on Friday, June 26, 2020. During
his address, the Prime Minister spoke about a number of capital works
that are taking place or poised to begin in Grand Bahama, which should
provide jobs and revive the economy of Grand Bahama.
University of The Bahamas and One Eleuthera Foundation Sign MOU for New Educational Opportunities
new educational opportunities aimed at increasing the intellectual
capacity of present and future University of The Bahamas (UB) students
is the driving force behind a key partnership between UB and the One
Eleuthera Foundation (OEF).
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been forged which facilitates access to resources, facilities and faculty.
a virtual press conference and signing on Friday, 26th June 2020
officials acknowledged the timeliness of the partnership and shared
values in teaching, learning and innovative development in curricula and
Eleuthera Foundation CEO Mr. Shaun Ingraham said the new partnership
with UB will further enhance the organization’s quest to not only
promote a thirst for change amongst Eleuthera residents, but support the
introduction of new methodologies in areas of sustainability,
transformative practices, and aggressive educational opportunities that
will provide the necessary tools to enable them to confront embedded
beliefs that often sabotage progress and futuristic possibilities.
the official opening of the Fishing Hole Causeway on Friday, June 26,
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, accompanied by other
cabinet ministers, toured the Rand Memorial Hospital.
hospital was damaged in September 2019 because of devastation by
Hurricane Dorian, and renovation has been underway for the past several
by Hospital Administrator Sharon Williams, the Prime Minister toured
along with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K.
Peter Turnquest; Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J.
Kwasi Thompson; Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management
and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis along with other senior
government officials, including Permanent Secretary in the Office of the
Prime Minister, Harcourt Brown and Managing Director of Public Health
Authority, Katherine Weech.
The Prime Minister, who currently serves as the Minister of Health, wanted to get a firsthand view of the situation.
is expected that the wards, pediatrics, and ICU should be completed in
approximately three months; however, the Prime Minister voiced some
concern that the maternity section is still being housed at Sunrise
know you’ve missed exploring your national parks, and we’re excited to
have you visit. You need fresh air and open natural spaces to feel good
again. National parks can give this to you.
want to make it as easy as possible for you to visit the places you
love and enjoy nature again through attractions and recreation in parks.
Phased reopening of your parks.
we cannot open all national parks at once, but we’re working towards
reopening more places as soon as we can. If your favorite park is not
included in the initial phase of reopening, you can explore national
Prime Minister Minnis: Gov’t. Will Not Grant Approval for Free-Trade Zone on Andros or Sell Off Large Tracts of Land
Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said his administration will
not grant approval for a free-trade zone on the island of Andros, nor
will it alienate or sell-off vast tracts of land in The Bahamas.
Prime Minister was addressing published reports on a draft proposal for
Andros, which included concepts for the development of half a million
acres of land, aragonite harvesting, medical research facilities, air
and seaports, and other developments.
On Monday 22 June the Office of the Prime Minister issued a statement acknowledging that the draft proposal was submitted.
statement noted that the proposal has not been formally analyzed nor
reviewed to determine its viability, nor has it been presented to the
National Economic Council for consideration.
have been disappointed to see how this issue has been misused by the
Opposition to sow confusion in our country,” the Prime Minister said on
Sunday 28 June during a live National Address.
Bahamians and Residents Urged Not to Travel Abroad Unless Absolutely Necessary
Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis made an urgent plea to
Bahamians and residents to refrain from traveling abroad unless
The appeal comes days before The Bahamas will open its borders to international commercial travel, on Wednesday 1 July.
want to make a very strong plea to Bahamians and residents considering
or planning to travel overseas for nonessential travel -- to not go
overseas at this time,” said the Prime Minister during a live National
Address on Sunday 28 June.
you are thinking of travelling for non-essential or non-emergency
reasons, please, I beg you, stay at home at this time. Please stay at
Minister Minnis noted that a number of the cities and areas Bahamians
and residents like to frequent in neighboring countries and cities are
experiencing a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases.