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PM reveals insurance fallout and dodgy Hurricane deals

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Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.

Nassau, Bahamas June 23, 2017 — During the budget debate this week, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis revealed that the former administration awarded one contractor more than $8 million in Hurricane Matthew cleanup contracts.

He also accused the former administration of not paying the country’s Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) leading to loss of a nearly $32 million disaster recovery payout.

Minnis said there were 46 payments made to Jonathan Ash through various companies including one for $151,000 the day before the election. According to Minnis, two of the companies are not registered businesses while another was only registered in February of this year. Minnis told Parliament that it was “unacceptable for public funds to be channeled to a select few.”

Minnis’ also put on record a letter he received from CCRIF CEO Isaac Anthony. In the letter Anthony said it was regrettable that The Bahamas did not renew the insurance policy causing the country to lose the $31.8 million payout. The Prime Minister said this would’ve have been the largest CCRIF payout to any country since inception in 2007.

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The Bahamas major moves towards Space Tourism

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Rashaed Esson 

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#TheBahamas, February 22, 2024 – Exciting, groundbreaking developments are coming for The Bahamas’ tourism product, as tourists will soon be able to view rocket landings according to the government on Tuesday February 20th, 2024, introducing Space Tourism to the archipelago, making it the only destination of its kind globally.

The government informed this is due to the negotiation and execution of a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Space Exploration Technologies (Space X).

Space X, headquartered in Hawthorne, is an American spacecraft manufacturer, launch service provider, defense contractor and satellite communications company.

Visitors will be able to witness the rocket landings directly from their cruise ships, resorts and different tourist hotspots throughout The Bahamas.

For the landings, reports inform that Space X is finishing up on designs which includes one of the company’s autonomous droneships being the landing station for the rockets, Falcon 9s.

The site will be located east of the Exumas.

The Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, says this is a strategic partnership which will anchor The Bahamas “as a key player in the emerging space tourism industry.”

In continuation, the Ministry also revealed that more exciting developments are coming, that is the creation of an exhibit disabling space travel related hardware and a SpaceX spacesuit.

This will be the only other exhibit outside the US which the ministry expressed will attract many tourists and Bahamian citizens.

Chester Cooper, Tourism, Investments and Aviation Minister, is featured in reports showing great appreciation for working with Space X.

“We are honoured to work with SpaceX to enable their Falcon 9 rockets to safely land on an autonomous droneship within Bahamian waters, helping to continue their rocket reusability efforts,” he maintained.

Additionally, the government, according to Cooper, is prepared to grab at the opportunities that will be presented with these developments such as for economic growth, job creation and education enhancement.

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Bahamas Consulate Opens in LA

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#LosAngeles, February 19th, 2024 – The Bahamas Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States. officially opened on February 19th, 2024, by Prime Minister Philip Davis, reaffirming the commitment of the Government to protect all Bahamians as well as The Bahamas’ Economic interests and provide consular support for Bahamians on the West Coast of the United States. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

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NBA’s Buddy Hield appointed as Ambassador

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Rashaed Esson

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#BuddyHield#Bahamas, February 19th, 2024 – Accomplished Bahamian Basketball player Chavano Buddy Hield, has been appointed as Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Achievement, by the Davis Administration. This is a major accomplishment recognizing, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Hield’s outstanding journey from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama to the NBA as well as his commitment to inspire Bahamians. Prime Minister Philip Davis speaking at his Credential Presentation, expressed great appreciation to Hield. He said “Thank you for being a shining example of what it means to be truly great, both on and off the court. Congratulations Ambassador.”

 

 

 

 

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