Statement by the Hon. Philip E. Davis
Prime Minister, Commonwealth of The Bahamas
A tribute on the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
My Dear Friends:
It is with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier. Our whole Bahamas grieves and extends our deepest condolences to his family.
But even as we mourn, we celebrate the life of a great Bahamian: a cultural icon, an actor and film director, an entrepreneur, civil and human rights activist and, latterly, a diplomat.
We admire the man, not just because of his colossal achievements, but also because of who he was: his strength of character; his willingness to stand up and be counted; and the way he plotted and navigated his life’s journey.
The boy who moved from the tomato farm of Cat Island to become a waiter in the United States; The young man who not only taught himself to read and write, but who made the expression of words and thoughts and feelings central to his career;
The man who expressed his rage against racial injustice through quiet dignity; The humanitarian who used his steely determination not just to better himself, but to better the world that he lived in, filtered through the milk of human kindness.
And all of it achieved without sacrificing integrity, charm, elegance or wit. These things don’t come easily.
But the fight can be good.
Your peers don’t give you an Oscar, you win an Oscar.
Success is not a given – but it can come to those who translate talent into craft and perseverance.
As he said himself in his autobiography: “You don’t have to become something you’re not, to be better than you were.”
This is the mark of the man.
In our national anthem, we remind ourselves to “see how the world marks the manner of our bearing”.
Sir Sidney’s bearing upon the world shines as among the best of us.
Our country is in mourning, and so I have instructed that the Bahamian flag be flown at half- mast at home and in our embassies around the world.
We know the world mourns with us.
Sir Sidney’s light will continue to shine brightly for generations to come.
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From: Bahamas Information Services
The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that Monday, 10th January, 2022 will be observed as Majority Rule Day. As a result, stores, wishing to do so, may open for business on this holiday during normal business hours. Further, employers are to note that employees, who are normally not required to work on holidays and do so, must be paid wages in accordance with section 10 (a) of the Employment Act.
By Kathryn Campbell
Works and Utilities Minister the Hon. Alfred Sears toured four public schools throughout New Providence, January 6, 2022 to get a first-hand view of the status of ongoing infrastructure projects.
Following the guided walk-throughs of L.W. Young Junior High, Uriah McPhee Primary, Claridge Primary and Sybil Strachan Primary, Minister Sears expressed satisfaction on the progress of the work underway at these institutions.
“I am very pleased that so many of these projects have been expedited so we can be ready in the face of this pandemic to carry on the most important function in this society which is the tooling, socializing function that our schools undertake,” said Minister Sears. Melanie Roach, Director; Luther Smith, Permanent Secretary; Robert Mouzas, Deputy Director; Tim Johnson, Senior Architect, Mohammed Ahmad, Senior Engineer; Terran Rodgers and Mark Smith, Project Officers, and other representatives of the Ministry, participated in the four-hour tour.
Minister Sears praised the technical team and project officers for their supervision and thanked the contractors for the excellent work their respective teams are carrying out.
“We hope that in the trajectory given the epidemiological projections, that we will be able to have our students, teachers, staff and colleagues back in face-to-face instruction…. Our job is to have the infrastructure ready for whenever the opening of face-to face learning [takes place]” he said.
Ian Stubbs, Senior Master at LW Young, pointed out work underway on the pavilion and various rooms including Agriculture and Home Economics.
“The work is pretty extensive; with the benefit of our technical colleagues we were assured that the work is being done at a high standard and the projected deadline would be met.”
The work being carried out at Uriah McPhee Primary School by Scorpio Construction Ltd. is focused primarily on the roof. Minister Sears along with some of his colleagues ascended a mechanical access platform to view the extensive roof work on the four-floor structure. On the advice of Project Officer Smith, he assured that the work is being done in a very “efficient” and “excellent” manner.
The repair of a classroom and installation of a gate are among the work projects at Claridge Primary School. Mr. Johnson, Terry Delancey of Virgo Construction and Esther Moultrie-Cartwright, principal, guided the delegation on the visit to this institution. When the delegation arrived at Sybil Strachan Primary School they met a bustling campus with approximately 130 construction workers adding a new roof to the
administration block, upgrading classrooms, restrooms etc.
“An incredible undertaking is underway with quite extensive work. The pavilion’s roof is being replaced. Throughout the primary/pre-school level we see the basic infrastructure being improved for the connecting of the various blocks and the computer block being substantially upgraded,” said Minister Sears.
“In each of these four schools we were given assurance that the schools will be ready when the Minister of Education declares the opening of face-to-face instruction.”
Minister Sears said his Ministry will inspect other infrastructural work in the upcoming weeks. He recently led tours of Grand Bahama, Abaco and various cays, where infrastructure and homes were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
More photo highlights below:
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On Friday 7th January 2022, at 10:00am defendant Marcus Bailey age 44 yrs of Williams Town, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debby Ferguson in Freeport Magistrate court #1 on the following:
1 count of Attempted Murder, he was not required to enter a plea, bail was denied and he was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections until 8th April 2022.
2 counts of Possession of an unlicensed firearm with intent by means thereof to endanger life , (1) count of Possession of Ammunition, (1) Count of Possession of an unlicensed firearm, (1) Count of Causing Damage. He pleaded not guilty to charges and bail was denied. He was remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correction until 8th April 2022.
Source: Royal Bahamas Police Force
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Oscar-winning Bahamian actor Sir. Sidney Poitier has died at the age of 94.
Sir. Sidney, a former Ambassador of The Bahamas to Japan and UNESCO died sometime after 7:00 p.m, Thursday, in Los Angeles California.
The news was confirmed by fellow actor and friend Cedric Scott.
Sir. Sidney became the first African-American to win an oscar for best actor in april,1964 for his role in Lilies of the Field.
Sir Sidney also had memorable roles in movies like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and A Raisin in the Sun.
In 2012, the Christie administraton named the bridge to Paradise Island in the Cat Island-born actor’s honour, with Sir. Sidney and his family on hand for the plaque inveiling.
He is survived by his wife and six children.
Sir. Sidney would have turned 95 on February, 20th.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — The process of finding a new buyer for the Grand Lucayan resort, began with the introduction of the new Board on Thursday, January 6, 2022, which has the responsibility to attract new investors, assist with negotiations and close the deal for the final sale of the property.
The new Board was introduced to the public on Thursday by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, the Hon. Chester Cooper, during a press conference at the Grand Lucayan.
“I am very proud of the members of this Board,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. “We have a very distinguished board with members who have deep experience in tourism, in law, in accounting and in the Grand Bahama Business community. This is a Board of professionals from a broad cross-section of our country.
“I’m excited to have these people on the Board and I’m excited to have their advice and council in this matter. We have a deep board of experience and we will be drawing on them to cause this development to happen in the shortest time frame.”
The new Chairman of the Board is Julian Russell, a Chartered Accountant, who also once served as a former Senator for the Progressive Liberal Party. Other members include Cassietta McIntosh-Pelecanos, attorney and Deputy Chair of the Board; Stewart Bowe, a former senior executive at Atlantis; Ernie Cambridge, an icon in the tourism industry in Grand Bahama; Merrit Storr, an attorney; Edward Rahming, a member of the former Board and a Chartered Accountant; and Carla Claire, an attorney.
The Tourism Minister, along with the Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey, took the new members of the Board on a tour of the resort, which was followed by a meeting.
Minister Cooper said the meeting with the Board and the introduction of the Board to the members of the public was an important transitional step.
“Over the past several weeks, we have been working diligently to negotiate out of the deal that existed before; and we have terminated that deal by mutual agreement. Now, we are moving forward to find a new partner and a new investor for this property.
“This is a fantastic asset on the waterfront here and this is an opportunity to strengthen the tourism product here in Grand Bahama: the goal of this board is to ensure that it comes into fruition in the shortest time frame possible. So, today in our board meeting, we will be discussing the way forward.”
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that there are at least six investors who have expressed serious interest in the purchase of the Grand Lucayan, adding that the list of possible investors is expanding every day. He said this is because there are a lot of people out there who understand the value [of] the Grand Lucayan and the other opportunities that exist on the island of Grand Bahama.
Minister Cooper pointed out that the tourism product of Grand Bahama centers around not just the Lucayan Resort, but also around the East and West End communities, where interest in building resorts in those areas has been expressed.
The Deputy Prime Minister reiterated that the ideal investor for the Grand Lucayan resort is not just someone or a group of people with deep pockets and significant resources, although he added that such a position is very important. But he said the ideal investor is one with a vision for the property and a shared vision for the development of tourism and the island of Grand Bahama.
“That’s what we are seeking and I know that some of the potential investors fit that bill and we’re very excited about that.”
Source: Bahamas Information Services
By Andrew Coakley
January 6, 2022
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FREEPORT, GB – Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, Hon. Chester Cooper says that something has to be and will be done in the shortest time possible to revive and reconstruct the Grand Bahama International Airport. Following a tour of both the national and International sections of the Grand Bahama Airport on Thursday, January 6, 2022, the Deputy Prime Minister called his trips to the airport distressing and embarrassing.
“I am embarrassed by what I see at the Grand Bahama airport,” said the Deputy Prime Minister, who is also responsible for aviation. “That is a part of my ministry and you can be assured that something is going to happen here very quickly. Perhaps cosmetically in the early stages, to make sure that we patch some of the damage that we see, which is a constant reminder of Hurricane Dorian two years ago.”
Minister Cooper said that he has already spoken with officials from the Airport Authority to see what can be done to cause there to be some immediate shift at the Grand Bahama International Airport.
“The reality at the moment is that we need to maintain the operation in a safe manner, and so that what we will seek to do,” said Minister Cooper.
“You will be aware that we are looking at private public partnerships for nine airports in the Bahamas and Grand Bahama’s Airport is priority number one, in terms of causing there to be a significant development here, that will cause investors to the island to be proud and for visitors to the island to feel welcomed at a new gateway.”
The Deputy Prime Minister said this has become a priority in terms of airport developments and they are hoping to move forward with plans for the refurbishment of the Grand Bahama International and national airports within this year. He said the development of the airport is opened for private participation.
During a press conference earlier in the day at the Grand Lucayan Resort, where the Deputy Prime Minister introduced new members of the Board responsible for the sale of the Grand Lucayan, the Deputy Prime Minister was asked how the refurbishment of the International airport will fit into the Government’s plans to sell the Grand Lucayan.
He said that the Government is set “to keep an open mind” in terms of how they approach the redevelopment of the airport, noting that there is a possibility that the investors for the Grand Lucayan Resort might be opened to the idea of also investing in the airport. The Deputy Prime Minister thanked the staff at the GB airport for the work that they have been doing, under the circumstances, to keep the operation running smoothly and safely. They were able to tour the tower and inspected equipment to make sure that it was safe for the public and visitors alike.
“We are very concerned about the working conditions of the people at this airport,” said Deputy Prime Minister Cooper. “Many of these people still operate five or six at a time in a small trailer, using out-houses.
“This is the gateway to our second city and we’re hoping to attract big investors here to the island of Grand Bahama, so it is not a welcoming experience for investors to Grand Bahama.”
In the meantime, he added that while the airport in its present state is running safely, there is some investments that needs to be made in the short term, inclusive of a generator and some enhancements to the tower.
“Those are going to happen in the shortest possible timeframe,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
“The Minister for Grand Bahama has made her displeasure known in relation to recent events at the airport. So, it will be done.
“But the reality is we recognize that something has to be done and done swiftly.”
Source: Bahamas Information Services
By Andrew Coakley
(BIS photos by Lisa Davis)
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The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) is pleased to announce the disbursement of $6275.55 raised through a joint Children For Children Campaign with the Foundation For Environmental Education (FEE). The campaign was initiated in November 2019 in response to hurricane Dorian to support severely impacted Eco-Schools Bahamas students and teachers in Abaco and Grand Bahamas.
“Though born out of adversity, the Children for Children campaign united the global Eco-Schools network with the children of The Bahamas not only to show that they care but to lend their financial support to the ongoing recovery of children affected by Hurricane Dorian. We greatly appreciate the compassion of children around the world and their efforts to help children in The Bahamas recover from Hurricane Dorian, ” says Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, Executive Director of BREEF.
During the campaign, BREEF and FEE mobilized their global network of 70 countries and 19.5 million children to unite children from around the world to promote empathy for affected Bahamian children, raise awareness of Climate Change, provide education on disaster resilience, and organize support in cash for the replacement of educational resources and materials for the 12 affected Eco-Schools in
Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Students from an Eco-School in Spain and the Czech Republic made videos that were shared on the Young /reporters for the Environment (YRE) social media platforms. Students from the Escola da Colina Educação Infantil e Ensino Fundamental in Brazil made and sold handicrafts to raise money for the Children for Children Campaign. At Escola Básica e Secundária Dr. Serafim Leite in Portugal,
students designed pencils, pins and bracelets that were sold as part of the fundraising in a combined Children for Children campaign that raised money for schools in Angola and The Bahamas. And, during the 2020-21 school year, the Wilhelm Bracke Comprehensive School in Germany held virtual sponsored fun-runs to raise money for the campaign.
The Abaco schools in the Eco-Schools Programme are Every Child Counts, Forest Heights Academy, Hope Town Primary School, Man-O-War Primary School, S.C. Bootle High School, Patrick J. Bethel High School, and Central Abaco Primary School. The Grand Bahama Eco-Schools include Bishop Michael Eldon School, Freeport Gospel Chapel School, Holmes Rock Primary School, Hugh Campbell Primary School, and Lucaya International School.
Cheques in the amount of $522.96 for each of the twelve Schools in BREEF’s Eco-Schools Bahamas programme were presented by Eco-Schools Bahamas Steering Committee members, Ms. Olethea Gardiner of Keep Grand Bahama Clean, and Ms. Lianna Burrows of Abacos’ Friends of the Environment on behalf of BREEF.
Accepting on behalf of Lucaya International School, head girl Amelia Baptista said, “ I’m overjoyed, we’re blessed to be here to accept this donation. I think it’s going to be an incredible bolster for the plans that I know we already have but have been a little hesitant to put in motion for fear of lack of support.”
Forest Heights Academy’s principal, Jim Richards said, “THANK YOU for your support of FHA and our rebuild post-Dorian and we are truly appreciative!” According to Olethea Gardiner, Co-Chair of Keep Grand Bahama Clean, “ We know that it’s been hard. We know that schools would have lost a lot of their environmental resources that they worked so hard for, especially schools that would have already gone so far within their action plans and now have to rebuild. Every little dollar helps. So, this is just a token from schools around the world.
”BREEF is the official representative for the Foundation for Environmental Education in The Bahamas and has been running the Eco-Schools Bahamas Programme since 2009, inspiring Bahamian students towards excellence in environmental stewardship by promoting actions for creating a more sustainable world.
BREEF is a non-governmental, nonprofit Bahamian foundation concerned with educating our people about the value of and need for conserving our marine environment. BREEF promotes the conservation of the Bahamian marine environment that sustains our way of life.
Source: Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF)
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I refer to a human interest story by journalist Jeffarah Gibson that appeared in the Tribune on Tuesday, 4th January 2022. This important article highlighted the non-fiction literary work of Sheron JN Baptiste who chronicled the horrors and subsequent fallout from her personal experience with sexual molestation, a traditionally taboo and closeted subject in polite Bahamian society.
Like too many of our young girls, boys and women, the victim could have suffered in silence and shame rather than overcome by openly confronting her demons, her fears, and her psychological and emotional pain. I publicly thank, commend and congratulate author and sexual abuse survivor Sheron JN Baptiste for breaking her silence and opening up about her painful experience in her book, THE MOLESTED FORNICATOR: THE AFTER EFFECTS OF BEING MOLESTED. The book is required reading for not only victims of this heinous crime and social scourge, but for all as it sensitizes the public to this social scourge that too many families opt to hide and relegate to the proverbial closet of family shame.
Upon assuming the post of representative in the Office of the Spouse, I made a commitment to work with NGO’s and other social partners to bring greater public awareness to domestic abuse and sexual violence – plights suffered in silence by too many of our girls, boys and women. I again encourage both victims and those with knowledge of all forms of domestic abuse to come forward, speak up and in the process eliminate the stigma attached to domestic abuse. In so doing, their acts of courage and selflessness expose the perpetrators and take away their power – power that is sustained, fed and emboldened by fear and the stigma that is associated with the horror of the experience.
In the coming weeks, the Office of the Spouse will reach out to victims and partner with organizations in our continued and committed fight against this scourge in a series of interviews that will signal to all and sundry, and especially predators that victims are prepared to fight back, to tell their truth, to offer group support and bring about healing as they cause for those guilty parties to be held accountable for their actions.
Source: Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister
6th January 2022
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The Government of The Bahamas, through the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, grants a stipend to all Junkanoo organizations to assist in their participation in Junkanoo parades.
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The Nassau Village constituency started out the year with cleaner streets and yards thanks to Member of Parliament Jamahl Strachan and community partner 360 Waste. Over the next two weeks, residents will be able to get rid of refuse and debris and place them in the dumpsters for prompt removal.
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