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Pelican Point residents have come a long way since Dorian, says Minister Moxey

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April 1, 2024

By ANDREW COAKLEY

Bahamas Information Services

 

PELICAN POINT, Grand Bahama – As hundreds of Grand Bahamians flocked to the famous site of the Pelican Point Coconut Festival on Monday, April 1, 2024, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey reminded them that it was fitting to acknowledge the progress Pelican Point residents have made in rebuilding their community following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

“So, let us take this opportunity to thank the Almighty God and celebrate together as fellow islanders, neighbors and friends united in our love for Grand Bahama and our shared Bahamian heritage,” said Minister Moxey during the official opening of the 24th edition of the Coconut Festival.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation, the Coconut Festival Committee, my team at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, especially the Beautiful Grand Bahama team, who restored this site after it was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. And to all those who have worked tirelessly to make this event possible. Your dedication and passion has brought us together today in this joyous celebration.”

Minister Moxey said that her Ministry was more than happy to be a sponsor of this year’s Coconut Festival, as it aligns with the Ministry’s vision for Grand Bahama’s bcoming the home of entertainment.

She pointed out that festivals like the Coconut Fest serve as a tribute to the legacy of Bahamian ancestors passed down through generations. Such festivals, she added, become a recognition of the country’s rich Bahamian heritage and culture through music and great, great food.

The annual Coconut Festival attracts thousands of Bahamians and visitors to the quaint community of Pelican Point, where the coconut becomes the main attraction and is featured in every meal, dessert and drink served on festival grounds.

“Once again, I welcome you all to the annual Pelican Point Coconut Festival,” said Minister Moxey. “Enjoy the coconut delights, games, music and entertainment and every aspect of our culture. May this day be filled with laughter, love and the spirit of our beautiful island.

“So, on this day, Monday, April 1, 2024, Easter Monday, in the beautiful settlement of Pelican Point I hereby declare Coconut Festival 2024 officially opened.”

Also bringing remarks at the festival was leader of the Official Opposition, the Hon. Michael Pintard, who spoke on behalf of Kwasi Thompson, the Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama. Pintard noted that festivals have been an important part of the Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas’ product development and promotion of the country for decades.

He noted that the Coconut Fest is the result of the ingenuity and creativity of the people of east Grand Bahama.

“I would like to single out the committee for this Festival, led by Cathy Laing and others who in 1998, had a vision to take one of the local, iconic fruits of the island – the coconut – and popularize it by making sure that drinks and meals were developed based on this particular product. Of course they infused into the cuisine the culture of the Bahamas.”

Pintard said that the Orange Economy in The Bahamas is exploding, and he congratulated all of those who contribute to it.

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition

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Rashaed Esson

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TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”

 

Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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