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Any attempt by BEC union members to sabotage the opening of the 2013 CARIFTA Games was discouraged by its union president yesterday who warned them that such actions could lead to immediate termination from the corporation and possible criminal proceedings.
On behalf of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, it is with tremendous joy and satisfaction that we highly commend the Government of The Bahamas for this bold and unprecedented action to restore electrical power to over seven thousand households in New Providence, by June 1.
This action initiated, obviously, by the two ministers responsible for BEC, Chairman Leslie Miller, and Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis, and of course sanctioned by the prime minister, is an obvious demonstration of putting Bahamians and their well-being foremost.
While listening with great attention to Mr. Miller's presentation during the recent debate in the House of Assembly, I was personally awed by the passion and compassion in his remarks as he spoke about the plight of our people. If I did not know otherwise, I could have assumed that he was an opposition parliamentarian. That brave and fearless spirit of his is to be admired and emulated.
I have no doubt now that he will set things in order at BEC, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of the tax-paying Bahamians, and pass the credit and light on to the less fortunate in our nation. This gesture then of re-electrifying our citizens will not be seen as just political expediency but a heart-felt and unconditional gesture to bring hope and wellbeing to many.
In the modern Bahamian society, electricity, like water, is a fundamental need and a national right to enjoy. It should not be predicated upon whether one can afford it, particularly when the economy is in the doldrums and certain individuals cannot find means to maintain this service.
Today, many homes are built upon the assumption that power would be generally available. This is even more so a necessity on the island of Grand Bahama, specifically Freeport, where gas stoves are the exception. When power is disconnected many, especially children and babies, are deprived of many essential needs and their quality of life is greatly diminished.
It is then, for these reasons, that we would appeal to our central government to impress upon the Grand Bahama Power Company to exercise a similar act of compassion and restore power to all who are without it on this island.
These are extremely difficult times for Grand Bahamians and this little act of love and genuine compassion would elevate the spirit of many who, day after day, do not know how they will manage. Even where one family member may still have a job, the power cost is too high to be enjoyed by that family.
We would at this time also make an appeal to our government to look earnestly upon the thousands of young people exiting the halls of high school and the College of The Bahamas this May and June, and creatively devise a plan for them to earn a relatively decent and honest living.
If this is not forthcoming we cannot blame them if they resort to devious ways to maintain a smidgen of self support. It is criminal for us to send them forth with nowhere to go and nothing to do, but to become pariahs on society. If they are not granted an opportunity to help build our society their recourse will very well be to tear it down.
From those hallowed halls of Parliament, flooded with brilliant minds, let us see come forth an action plan to bring joy, celebration and productivity to all our young citizens. Once again we congratulate the government for this very humane power gesture and we look forward to many more such actions to elevate the spirits of our people.
-- Joseph Darville
Jurors in the Kofhe Goodman murder trial were shown crime scene photos of a naked decomposing body yesterday. Goodman, also known as Edwardo Ferguson, is accused of murdering Marco Archer in September 2011. Marco left his Brougham Street and Baillou Hill Road home on September 23, 2011 to buy...
If you're still not sure exactly what to do during the Discovery Day holiday weekend, then the 'Blind Boat Challenge' could be added to your list of choices.
EXUMA, Bahamas - Exuma police were called to Prime Cay after human remains were found in the area.
to police reports around 8:10 pm on Saturday 2nd June, 2012 officers at
George Town Police Station acting on information went to Prime Cay, in
Chains where they discovered skeletal remains with what appeared to be a rope around the neck.
At present police are unable to say the gender of the victim...
NASSAU, The Bahamas -
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, is pleased that all
watches and warnings regarding Tropical Storm Emily have been
discontinued for the islands of The Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos
At 6 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011, the Department of
Meteorology issued its final alert, advising that Emily has degenerated
into a trough of low pressure, but will still produce heavy rains.
NEMA had partially activated its operation centres on the Family Islands projected to be affected by Tropical Storm Emily...
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - TWO Jamaican men were apprehended by police on Grand Bahama in connection with the discovery of $25,000 worth of illegal drugs.
On Thursday afternoon, around 4.20pm, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit were on patrol in the area of Silver Point near the canal when they apprehended two men.
The men - both Jamaican, aged 26 and 28 - were taken into custody along with two backpacks containing 12.5 lbs and 10.5 lbs of marijuana respectively.
The police force commended the officers for their vigilance and effort to remove illegal drugs from the streets of Grand Bahama.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said inve ...
NAGB presents Forbidden Fruit: The Discover of The Americas and its New Foods Portrayed in European Painting
assau, Bahamas - The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is pleased to present Forbidden Fruit: The Discover of The Americas and its New Foods Portrayed in European Painting, a lecture by George Wanklyn, Associate Professor, The American University of Paris, on 5:30PM Thursday, March 14th, 2013 The National Art Gallery is
ScienceDaily -- In a
single new scientific publication, 24 new species of lizards known as
skinks, all from islands in the Caribbean, have been discovered and
scientifically named. According to Blair Hedges, professor of biology at
Penn State University and the leader of the research team, half of the
newly added skink species already may be extinct or close to extinction,
and all of the others on the Caribbean islands are threatened with
extinction. The researchers found that the loss of many skink species
can be attributed primarily to predation by the mongoose -- an invasive
predatory mammal that was introduced by farmers to control rats in
sugarcane fields during the late 19th century...