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GB Minister tours bridge construction, Jan 2018 completion possible

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#Bahamas, August 31, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The Fishing Hole Road bridge could be completed by January 2018 said the Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Kwasi Thompson who on Monday toured the facility.    Accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis, and officials from the Ministry of Works, Minister Thompson got a firsthand view of the progress of the bridge, which is being constructed by All Bahamas Construction Company Limited (ABC).

Senator Thompson said, “We are satisfied with the progress that has been made on this bridge and we are working with the contractor to ensure that the project is completed in the shortest period of time.”

While on the site, the Minister noted that the rate of speed of motorists passing by was concerning and now plans are accelerated for increased safety for both the workers at the bridge and drivers along its construction.

“There have been a number of additional measures that have been put in place to address those safety concerns.   Residents will be aware of additional signage and caution cones put in place to remind members of the public that this is indeed a construction zone.”

Contractor for the Project, Wolfgang Geiger who led that tour said he was pleased to have the government officials visit the site and assured members of the public that his company is doing all it could to ensure that the new bridge was completed as quickly as possible.    The #FishingHoleRoad bridge is being built at a cost of around $7 million dollars and Geiger is confident that they will stay on budget, even in the face of a few minor adjustments.   A Cultural Village, which was the first stage of the Project, is completed.

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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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#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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