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New initiative to counter projected increase in mental health cases - Jun 18, 2013 - 4:35:40 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - Officials at the Ministry of Health are exploring an initiative to
integrate mental health care services into primary health care
facilities as part of a new model of care for patients with mental
The integration plan, which health officials say is “affordable”, will
enhance early detection and treatment while improving access to mental
health care “by offering services in an outpatient setting.
Health officials say the plan will also “guarantee that people get the mental health care they need...
New chair of CRFM Ministerial Council urges implementation of Castries Declaration on IUU fishing and CARICOM Common Fisheries Policy - Jun 18, 2013 - 2:32:46 PM
BELIZE CITY, BELIZE -
The recently appointed chairman of the Ministerial Council of the
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Barbados Minister of
Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr. David
Estwick, has urged fellow Caribbean ministers to place special emphasis
on the implementation of policies and recommendations coming out of the
7th Ministerial Council of the CRFM, held at the end of May in Barbados.
area where focus is definitely needed is the implementation of policies
and recommendations in a much more timely manner. We have seen..."
Lady Foulkes off to China to Attend Culture Seminar - Jun 18, 2013 - 2:19:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Her
Excellency Joan Lady Foulkes left for China on the weekend with a group
of Bahamians attending a Chinese Culture Seminar which will be held
respectively in Beijing and he Nanjing University of Information and
Science and Technology (NUIST) from June 16 to 24.
trip is the result of the joint efforts between the Confucius Institute
of College of The Bahamas and NUIST and aims to further develop
communication between people in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas...
Rhythms of Japanese Taiko Drumming Comes to The Bahamas - Jun 18, 2013 - 1:58:49 PM
Japanese Taiko Drum Concert in Commemoration of Bahamas 40th Anniversary and Japan-Bahamas Friendship
Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation in association with The
Nassau Music Society, will host a free concert entitled “Rhythms of
Japanese Taiko Drumming” at the College of The Bahamas Performing Arts
Centre on Friday, June 21st at 8:00 p.m. Two world renowned Japanese
Taiko artists, Kenny Endo and Eri Ishizuka will deliver their
performances for the first time in the Bahamas.
OAS Completes Work on Civil Registry in Saint Lucia - Jun 18, 2013 - 1:42:48 PM
Organization of American States (OAS) has completed a project designed
to facilitate birth registration and provide uniform vital statistics in
Saint Lucia, as part of the organization’s Universal Civil Identity
Program in the Americas (PUICA).
The OAS purchased equipment, developed software, and trained a
six-member team to scan and input information from 11,050 registry books
containing 258,833 pages of birth, death, marriage and baptism
certificates. PUICA provided the remuneration of the team for a six
month period which concluded on June 7, 2013.
McCartney: Flood Victims Exemption Refused - Jun 18, 2013 - 1:37:11 PM
We in the Democratic National Alliance have been asked by quite a
number of persons to enquire into whether the government is upholding
the exemption on vehicles for flood victims. Persons have contacted our
office and advised that the government has reneged on their pronouncement
a few weeks ago that there will be exemption from duty for flood damage
informed that persons have purchased vehicles from the
United States and when they have filled out the necessary forms for
the flood exemption, they are being advised that if they
St. Kitts Music Festival taking place June 27th - 29th - Jun 18, 2013 - 1:11:28 PM
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts
- Local promotion of the 2013 St. Kitts Music Festival shifts into
high gear with the official release of an events calendar, packed with
exciting promotional activities.
Some of the musical artists
performing are Lionel Richie, Christopher Martin, Beres Hammond, Shaggy,
Konshens, Small Axe Band, Nu Vybes International, Grand Masters,
Kollision, Dejour, The Kore Band, Dagah, Charles Emanuel and the Cayon
Bahamas Tourist Offices Representatives to hold Reunion in Nassau June 21 – 23 - Jun 18, 2013 - 1:09:56 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas -
Former and current Bahamian Bahamas Tourist Offices representatives are
set to have a reunion in Nassau June 21 – 23.
Since the creation
of the Bahamas Tourist Offices more than 40 years ago, more than 200
Bahamians have served in multiple capacities in 24 office locations in 6
Emmett Saunders, a member of the Core Planning group said...
Sir Charles Hayward Children's Library Announce Summer Reading Camp Details - Jun 18, 2013 - 12:50:42 PM
Freeport Grand Bahama - Administrator for
the Sir Charles Hayward Children’s Library (SCHCL), Mildred Johnson
outlined an array of activities planned for the upcoming Annual Summer
Reading Camp, during a brief interview this past Monday. The programme,
which is scheduled to begin in early July, will run for three-plus weeks
and is planned to be an exciting and multifaceted learning experience
for camp attendees.
“Already, we’ve done quite a bit of work in
preparation for the launch of this signature programme,” stated
Johnson. “There are a number of activities planned for the
participants, all of which will be focused on inspiring our young people
to read, read, read,” Johnson expressed...
PM releases Canada's G-8 Action Plan on Transparency of Corporations and Trusts - Jun 18, 2013 - 12:38:59 PM
Ireland - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today released Canada’s G-8
Action Plan on Transparency of Corporations and Trusts, following the
conclusion of the G-8 Lough Erne Summit in Northern Ireland.
President of the G-8 in 2013, the United Kingdom has called upon member
countries to come together to improve corporate transparency by
combatting money laundering, terrorist financing, and other crimes such
as corruption and tax evasion in our respective countries,” said Prime
Bahamas Striping Installs Quality Road Safety Markings in George Town Exuma - Jun 18, 2013 - 12:12:55 PM
Bahamas Striping recently gave George Town roads a road safety overhaul with new traffic control markings.
years, Exumians have been calling for the markings to lessen traffic
confusion and to help guide the island’s many visitors who are
unfamiliar with local road system. Over several days and two trips, the
Bahamian striping company laid down stop junctions, a zebra crossing,
and center and edge lines enhanced with high visibility retro-reflective
road studs or “cats eyes”...
Fashion and Luxury in Paradise (TCI) with Saint George Fashion House - Jun 18, 2013 - 11:42:34 AM
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands;
Monday, June 17th 2013 – Already creating an enormous buzz, in a
sophisticated fashionable ambiance on July 27th, Saint George Fashion
House will host its first independent fashion show, followed by a Veuve
Clicquot after-party at the luxurious multi-award winning Regent Palms
Resort and Spa, located just steps away from the flawless white sands
and sparkling sapphire waters of Grace Bay Beach.
Evening of Fashion and Luxury in Paradise’, the spectacle will be hosted
by Bianca Harvey-Joseph and Bahamas’ Veteran Journalist Jerome Sawyer.
The evening will offer fine wining and dining and feature live
entertainment, special guests and dignitaries, guest models, a guest
designer showcase by Haiti’s Top Designer Miko Guillaume and the debut
of Saint George Fashion House upcoming collection of red carpet and
Remarks to Jack Hayward High 'Class of 2013' at the Passing-out and Recognition Ceremony - Jun 18, 2013 - 11:16:29 AM
“The child shall
enjoy special protection, and shall be given opportunities and
facilities, by law and by other means, to enable him to develop
physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and
normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the
enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child
shall be the paramount consideration.” Article 2: Universal Declaration on the Rights of The Child.
My beloved young
people, your experience over the past few weeks has been nothing short
of a divine set up; you have been called upon to demonstrate to the
nation the abysmally low level of care and love this nation has for you
U.S. Embassy Partners with Woodcock Primary, YME and Bahamas Waste to Celebrate World Oceans Month - Jun 18, 2013 - 11:11:48 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Friday, June 14,
volunteers from the U.S. Embassy partnered with Woodcock Primary School,
Young Marine Explorers (YME) and Bahamas Waste to clean up the popular
beach at Goodman’s Bay in observance of World Oceans Month. The
Embassy’s volunteers included representatives from the United States
Coast Guard (USCG), the Navy and members of the U.S. Marine Corps
Security Detachment as part of the Embassy’s overreaching philosophy of
environmental protection and responsibility.
YME, a locally-based
NGO, inspires Bahamian youth to develop an interest in and passion for
their environment, in order to help shape the ecological future of The
Bahamas. The young explorers were led by YME Director and State Alumnus...
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Tuesday, June 18th - Jun 18, 2013 - 10:47:37 AM
Weather forecast for The Bahamas today and tonight, Tuesday 18th June 2013.
General situation: A high pressure ridge continues to create fresh breezes over the Bahamas.
Weather mostly sunny, hot and breezy with the chance of a shower mainly offshore, warm tonight...
Ryan Pinder 2013/ 2014 Budget Conribution - Jun 18, 2013 - 10:14:51 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is 2013 / 2014 Budget Contribution by The Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services:
On behalf of the people
of the great constituency of Elizabeth and as Minister responsible for
Financial Services, Trade and Industry, I rise to offer my full support
to the 2013-2014 Budget. The budget is a forward looking, progressive,
and realistic statement of the Government of The Bahamas’ intent for
betterment of the people of The Bahamas. This Budget balances the
necessary and responsible policy of sound fiscal governance with a
framework and innovative strategy for the advancement of Bahamians,
providing the basis for employment, career growth, and entrepreneurship
of the Bahamian people. Mr. Speaker we promised the Bahamian people a
more responsible Government and a Better Bahamas and with has work and
God’s help we will deliver...
St Lucia government called upon to clarify intentions following local councils audit - Jun 18, 2013 - 7:06:03 AM
CASTRIES, St Lucia -
Lucian People's Movement (LPM) has called upon Saint Lucia’s Prime
Minister Dr Kenny Anthony to clarify his government's true intentions
now that the results of the investigations in the town and village
council report are in its possession.
The LPM also added that,
while the allegations made in the report are a cause for serious
concern, it is equally troubled by the government's behaviour since the
report was introduced in the House of Assembly on May 14, 2013...
Bahamas Information Services (BIS) hosts Edward Ellis' retirement luncheon - Jun 18, 2013 - 2:00:38 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas –
The management and staff of Bahamas Information Services, BIS, held a
Retirement Luncheon for Executive Director Edward Ellis, at Government
House on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Amongst the gifts presented to Mr.
Ellis was a plaque honouring him for 27 years of loyal and dedicated
work in various capacities within the Public Service.
Amongst BIS staff
seated front row from left are Marina Cleare, Assistant Director; Edward
Ellis, Executive Director (Retired); Fredericka Lightbourne, Ministry
of Tourism; and Anthony Capron, Deputy Director...
51 graduate from Breast Feeding and Lactation Management programme in Bahamas - Jun 18, 2013 - 1:01:44 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Fifty-one persons who completed a
Ministry of Health seven-week Breast Feeding course, graduated June
14th, with the ceremony held at the South Beach Clinic.
The Bahamas Ministry of Health's Vision for the Breast Feeding and Lactation Management programme is:
A Bahamas in which all mothers are enabled to practice breastfeeding exclusively for at least 6 months.
Standing Firm During a Crisis - Jun 18, 2013 - 12:49:02 AM
THE BAHAMAS - How do we get out of dire economic straits and deal with the stressful environment which it produces?
financial specialist Zhivargo Laing noted "in today's economic climate,
this is the question too many are asking - with no job, no income,
mortgage/rent in default, marriage on the rocks, children acting up,
home destroyed by tornadoes or hurricanes, hope fading fast, and
temptation all around."
Eastern Community Association calls on Bahamas Minister of Social Services - Jun 18, 2013 - 12:09:12 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Minister of
Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin, welcomes members of the Eastern
Community Association during a courtesy call at her office, June 14.
Pictured from left to right: Celesle Cox, Patricia Brown, Ernst Rumer, Minister Griffin, Karl
Spencer - President, Sophia Williams and Joseph Hamilton...
Rock Sound Independence Flag Raising - Jun 17, 2013 - 8:56:07 PM
Rock Sound, Eleuthera - Commonwealth
of The Bahamas 40th Anniversary Independence Celebration Flag Raising
Ceremony, was held in Rock Sound, Eleuthera on Friday morning, June 14,
2013, at Rock Sound International Airport. Photo show the Hon. Damien
Gomez, MP Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, being
greeted by Government Officials (here speaking with Immigration Officer
Shemah Saunders-Darling) upon arrival at the airport. Also pictured are
Margaret Symonette, Administrator South Eleuthera and Police Constable,
Manhunt Bahamas contestant #6 is Lionel McIntosh - Jun 17, 2013 - 6:59:17 PM
Grand Bahama Island -
International Bahamas selects a Bahamian top model to compete against
other countries in Manhunt International which takes place later this
Manhunt International Bahamas
titleholder, Drew Palacious and Pedro Mejias, our Mister International
Bahamas got us off to a great start, and we are now in our
Is there a Doctor in the hunt?
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employer’s Confederation Elections Bring in a Wave of New Faces - Jun 17, 2013 - 5:12:15 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer’s Confederation (BCCEC) will
face some of the most pressing decisions in its history with familiar
faces at the top and a slew of new directors following its recent annual
general meeting and election of officers.
voice and an effective Chamber of Commerce is a critical to balanced
and sustainable national development. We will continue the mandates we
started in our first term of Small & Medium business development
& support; economic development and the encouragement of innovation
& competitiveness” said I Chester Cooper, Chairman of BCCEC.
NAD and BPSU Sign New 5-Year Employee Industrial Agreement - Jun 17, 2013 - 5:08:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas June 17, 2013—Nassau
Airport Development Company (NAD) and Bahamas Public Service Union
(BPSU) officials signed a five-year industrial agreement impacting
nearly 200 employees at the airport management company.
Vernice Walkine, NAD’s President & CEO, the new
industrial agreement reached with BPSU allows NAD to continue to retain
productive employees committed to making LPIA one of the best airports
in the region.
Nassau Police Make Drug Arrests: 3 Males Arrested - Jun 17, 2013 - 5:05:59 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - In two (2) separate
incidents police in New Providence arrested three (3) males after they
were found in possession of a dangerous drugs.
In the first
incident a 46 year old male, believed to be a Jamaican national was
arrested after he was found in possession of an estimated eight (8)
ounces of suspected Cocaine.
Officers of the Northeastern Division arrested the man at George Street around 4:30 am on Saturday 15th June, 2013...
Allegro School of Music to host, "Summer Serenade" - Jun 17, 2013 - 4:59:31 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - For music lovers
in Grand Bahama, the Allegro School of Music are having a concert next
week to show off some of their high achieving students on the various
Under the theme “Summer Serenade” Eva Ratuszyniski is once again showing what students on this island are capable of doing.
Allegro Music School is celebrating ten years in the Grand Bahama
community and have been bringing out the great talent that was...
Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Video Claiming to Show Beatings in Detention Centre - Jun 17, 2013 - 4:46:35 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - (17th June 2013) Yesterday a link to a video was
sent to me that is available via You Tube. The link is to a video news
report that purports to show Cuban detainees being beaten by Bahamian
officers in a Bahamian detention centre. The video is that of a news
broadcast by a Spanish language TV station in Florida. That video is a
complete falsehood and an outrageous concoction.
We have had the
video examined by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and it is being
further reviewed by the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
The following material observations were made about the video...
Exuma, Abaco, health centres almost complete; three other islands next - Jun 17, 2013 - 4:39:57 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The opening of the two newly constructed community health centres
in Exuma and Abaco will reduce the “social, financial and time burdens”
of residents in those areas who now have to travel to New Providence
to seek care, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Perry M. Gomez said.
Both facilities are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter
of “the new budget year.” Dr. Gomez said telemedicine will play
an important role in the provision of services to persons utilising