Commonwealth of The Bahamas 2016/17 Budget Communication, "AN AGENDA FOR A MODERN BAHAMAS" presented to the
Honourable House of Assembly by he Rt. Hon. Perry G.
Prime Minister and Minister
of Finance on
Wednesday, 25th May
is my honour to present the 2016/17 Budget Communication.
is the fifth Budget Communication that my Government has presented to this Honourable
House during our current mandate. Significantly,
since the first, each succeeding Communication has shown a reduction in the
Government’s GFS Deficit. This Budget
Communication continues our track record in this regard, with a further
reduction in the GFS Deficit in the 2016/17 fiscal year...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The partnership formed between the Ministry of
National Security and the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and
Combat Trafficking in Persons, Washington D.C., is “concrete evidence”
of the Government’s recognition and acceptance of the fact that
countries must work together in the war against Trafficking in Persons,
Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage said
Officials from the Ministry of National Security and
the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Washington
D.C., teamed up to host and facilitate a two-day Trafficking in Persons
(TIP) Workshop, May 18-20, that was attended by local national security,
law enforcement, social services, foreign affairs, immigration...
The Grand Bahama Sailing Club is celebrating its 10th year anniversary
and has decided to commemorate this milestone on May 28th 2016 with the
Sloppy Sloop Regatta. The Regatta is a boat race consisting entirely
with homemade rafts designed with recyclable materials. Teams will have
an opportunity to scull, paddle, row or sail their "sloops" through a ¼
mile course at the GB Sailing club, to be eligible to win the most
coveted prizes such as the Diving Conch Trophy, the Ting 'em Trophy and
the Conchy Joe Trophy, along with other awards and prizes.
Regatta is a full day event, filled with exciting pool games, water
sports and endless activities; starting the day at 1pm and 'sailing'
through the afternoon. The new Director of the club, Ross Darmody...
PLANTATION, Fl. – As part of its on-going partnership with the Miami
Dolphins, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) participated in the
20th Fins Weekend and provided Bahamian inspired tropical décor, deserts
and live conch salad demonstration, at the three-day event, which
comprised golf, fishing, a Hook and Tackle Captains party and
“As part of the BMOT’s five-year partnership with
the Miami Dolphins, the Islands of The Bahamas is the official vacation
destination for the Miami Dolphins fans, players and legends and its
multi-islands brand is promoted to thousands annually at Sun Life
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Oceans 5, an international organization dedicated to protecting the world’s five oceans particularly to establish marine reserves and restrain overfishing, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie on Monday, May 23, 2016.
Pictured at the Office of the Prime Minister are, from left: Dr. Adrian Arias, program manager, Latin America and the Caribbean for Oceans 5; Casuarina McKinney Lambert, executive director, BREEF; Eleanor Phillips, external affairs director, The Nature Conservancy; J. Charles Fox, program director, Oceans 5...
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a speech delivered by Michael Scott at Eugene
Dupuch Law School panel discussion on the Constitutional Amendment
Bills, May 24, 2016:
Thank you for
the opportunity to be part of this panel discussion considering the
implications of the upcoming Referendum on the 7 th June 2016 voting on
the four Constitutional Amendment Bills which passed Parliament with the
requisite three quarters majority in both chambers in April of this
year. If approved by a majority of Bahamians the amendments will enable
changes to our Constitution that will harmonize our laws with our
treaty obligations under the United Nations Convention on the
Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to which the Bahamas
subscribed in 1993...
GBHRA: Is the PLP government reading your emails? - May 25, 2016 - 2:23:54 PM Claiming it would somehow prove his nonsense claim
that Save The Bays (STB) is working to “destabilize the government”,
Minister Jerome Fitzgerald proceeded to read and table the environmental
group’s confidential emails in Parliament.
In doing so, he also
revealed that government’s access to citizens’ private correspondence
goes far beyond STB to include the emails of other activist groups,
parliamentarians and even the leader of Her Majesty’s Official
Opposition –a fact which should strike fear and trepidation into all
right-thinking members of this society...
PLANTATION, Fl. – The Parliamentary Commissioner in the Parliamentary
Registration Department, Rev. Sherlyn Hall recently met with the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism employees in Plantation, Florida in preparation and
registration for the upcoming gender equality referendum and general
Rev. Hall updated the staff on the details pertaining
to the four constitutional amendment bills proposed for gender equality,
voter registration requirements, J Form Application process, general
election policies and voting procedures relative to Bahamian citizens
employed by The Bahamas government in its overseas offices, inclusive of
staff of the Bahamas Consulate...
NASSAU, Bahamas – Effective this year, graduates of the Bahamas
Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) will earn a certificate
from BAMSI or a degree awarded by the College of The Bahamas (COB).
Following the College’s transition to university status, students will
be awarded a degree by the University of The Bahamas (UOB) in
collaboration with BAMSI.
College President Dr. Rodney Smith and
Dr. Godfrey Eneas, BAMSI President, made the announcement Tuesday, May
24, 2016 during a signing of Memorandum of Understanding between COB and
BAMSI in the Harry C. Moore Library of the College of The Bahamas...
Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight Wednesday 25th May 2016
General situation: A series of troughs across the islands combined with
rich tropical moisture will be responsible for some unsettled weather
over the Bahamas.
Swimmers should continue to exercise caution due to the threat of rip
currents at beaches mainly along the northern and eastern shorelines.
Residents in the Central and Southeast Bahamas in low lying and flood
prone areas can expect flooding during heavy and prolonged rainfall
Miami, FLORIDA - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean
Export) and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies
(CAIPA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd Caribbean’s
Regional Investor of the Year Awards for 2015-2016 (RIYA 2015-2016).
in its third year, the RIYA 2015-2016 turned its attention to
innovation bringing focus to the local and foreign investors in the
region who have invested in a new idea, introduced a new device to the
market, created an invention or introduced new practice methods that
have been translated into a goods or service creating value, satisfying a
specific consumer need and has created significant socio-economic
Renewable energy jobs continue to rise even as employment in the broader energy sector falls
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.,25 May 2016 –
More than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the
renewable energy industry – a five percent increase from last year –
according to a report released today by the International Renewable
Energy Agency (IRENA) at its 11th Council meeting. The report,
Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016,
also provides a global estimate of the number of jobs supported by
large hydropower, with a conservative estimate of an additional 1.3
million direct jobs worldwide....
Wednesday May 25th, 2016 - The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) advises
that effective January 28, 2016, the Electricity Act, 2015 (EA), the
Electricity Rate Reduction Bond Act, 2015 and the URCA (Amendment) Act,
2015 (all of which were passed on December 30, 2015) came into effect,
establishing URCA as the regulatory body with responsibility for the
Electricity Sector (ES) in The Bahamas.
The establishment of URCA as the regulator of this important sector
of the economy means that URCA will be assuming responsibility for
setting up and implementing a regulatory framework that ensures the
sector operates in an effective and efficient manner and in the best
interests of all persons in The Bahamas...
Freeport, Bahamas -- Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, on Monday, May 23, made a cheque presentation on behalf of the Government to members of the Grand Bahama Regatta and Homecoming Committee at the Ministry. With the cheque in the amount of $9,000, the Minister appealed to corporate Grand Bahama to also step up and make contributions so that the event will be a success.
The 21st Annual Grand Bahama Regatta will be held from July 22 to 24, 2016 at Taino Beach...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Hendrik Jurriaan Schuwer called on the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis, right, at the Ministry’s offices on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Resident Ambassador Designate of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguoo, called on the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis, right, at the Ministry’s offices on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the Prime Minister’s upcoming address on Baha
“The people of The Bahamas beware! An election is imminent,
so beware of the PLP’s outlandish promises. Tomorrow the Prime Minister
plans to address the ongoing Baha Mar debacle. We can expect more overly
optimistic declarations and commitments, yet never a concrete plan from
the Prime Minister. The empty rhetoric which he will offer once again
tomorrow will not get Baha Mar open. Nor will it bring the thousands of
jobs this Government has promised.”
“But with an election sometime soon Bahamians should expect to see lots
of PLP organized feel-good photo ops and boisterous declarations of
false progress. Unfortunately, the people have seen it before, during
the last election the PLP offered up a long list of false promises.
Where is the mortgage relief they promised...
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt.
Hon. Perry Christie declared at the Radio Bahamas 80th Anniversary
Church Service on Sunday that when ZNS started broadcasting on East
Street, in 1936, it was the start of a real change in The Bahamas.
was a small beginning, but it was one of significance for the people of
The Bahamas because, for the first time, communication was made
possible and people could share in news, entertainment and other public
announcements, thus bringing the modern era into people's living rooms
and elsewhere," Prime Minister Christie said, during the service at St.
Barnabas Anglican Church, on Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads...
Using data from
NASA’s Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet
for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into
supermassive black holes.
Researchers combined data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory,
Hubble Space Telescope, and Spitzer Space Telescope to identify these
possible black hole seeds. They discuss their findings in a paper that will appear in an upcoming issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
“Our discovery, if confirmed, explains how these monster black holes
were born,” said Fabio Pacucci of Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in
Miss Teen Bahamas International kicked off its last preliminary
competition at SuperClubs Breezes, Cable Beach Saturday night, with
evening gowns and couture fashion on show.
This Sunday they will
compete for the lion’s share of $90,000 in scholarships to renowned
Liberty University. However, every young lady will walk away with a part
of the generous donation from the Lynchburg, Virginia based University...
The Bahamas carved out several close ups at China’s first Latin American
and Caribbean Film Festival held this month in Beijing, China.
Bahamian films were selected for the event. The two feature films from
director Gina Rodgers-Sealy had prominent places on the schedule since
her first film, Trailblazer: The Mychal Thompson Story, was the opening
day film and her second documentary, Gentle Giant: The Andre Rodgers
Story, kicked off the festival on day two. Sealy was featured on
numerous news casts and cultural programs on Chinese television...
Nassau, Bahamas - The public is advised that, effective immediately, the
Consumer Affairs Unit has been temporarily relocated to the Ministry of Labour
and National Insurance, 3rd Floor, Fort Nassau Centre, British
Colonial Hilton, due to the remedial works being carried out at the J. L.
Centre, Blake Road. Persons wishing to contact the Unit may do so at telephone
number 322-3105 or 397-0700.
Similarly, the Public Service Centre for Human Resources
Development is now temporarily located at the Ministry of the Public Service,
Poinciana Hill, Meeting and Augusta Streets. Persons wishing to contact the
Centre may do so at telephone number 502-7200...
Progressive Liberal Party congratulates the Minister of the Environment
and Housing, the Hon. Kenred Dorsett, on his appointment to the
chairmanship of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on the
23rd May 2016 during its 11th Council Meetings in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
his newest assignment, Ken will represent The Bahamas in playing a
pivotal intergovernmental role in offering policy, process,
technological, financial knowledge on renewable energy and resource
support to 147 countries around the world in their transition to a
sustainable energy future...
Council elects Bahamas Minister of the Environment as meeting Chair
Dhabi, UAE, 24 May 2016 – More than 300 high-level government
representatives from 96 countries–the highest number of countries ever
represented at a Council–gathered today in Abu Dhabi to attend the
eleventh meeting of the Council of the International Renewable Energy
Agency (IRENA). At the outset of the meeting, the Council elected H.E.
Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing of the Bahamas
as Chair of the meeting, and Ethiopia as Vice-Chair.
“IRENA as a
global organisation has made tremendous contributions to the advancement
of renewable energy, notwithstanding its relatively short history...”
Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett, is
presently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates attending the 11th Council
Meetings of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
is “an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their
transition to sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal
platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence,and a
repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on
renewable energy.” There are 147 member countries of IRENA. The Bahamas
joined IRENA in 2014 to assist in the deployment of renewable energy
sources in the country.
The Free National Movement (FNM), during a special called meeting of its
Central Council last evening, ratified four (4) candidates to be its
standard bearers to contest New Providence and Family Island
Constituencies in the upcoming general election.
Bannister was ratified to represent the FNM in the Carmichael
Constituency. A community and political activist of long standing, Mr.
Bannister represented the Carmichael Constituency from 2007 to 2012. He
also served The Bahamas in the office of Minister for Education and
Culture and as Leader of Opposition business in the Senate...