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Save The Bays Hosts Leading Environmentalists’ Bahamas Tour - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:51:52 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Six leading international environmentalists
are in The Bahamas today to witness firsthand the state of marine life
in a country known for the beauty of its turquoise seas. United by their
desire to preserve and protect the Bahamian environment, the group
includes, among others, the recipient of a U.S. presidential award for
environmental conservation and prominent scientists committed to the
survival of sea turtles.
Hosting the group is Save The Bays, a
growing environmental movement comprised of Bahamian and international
members dedicated to protecting the Bahamian environment through
proactive policy change, education, legal action and advocacy. Save The
Bays aims to unite stakeholders and combat the environmental threats
currently jeopardizing the nation’s unique marine environment.
3 Charged in Abaco for Insulting Bahamas National Flag - Jul 30, 2014 - 6:28:50 PM
ABACO, Bahamas - Three persons were arraigned before the Magistrate Court in Abaco for insulting the National flag.
are that on Saturday 26th July 2014 shortly after 8:00pm, police
received information that person(s) had insulted the National Flag at
their home in Sands Bank, Abaco. Officers responded and as a result of
their investigations three persons were taken into custody.
males ages 57 and 20 years old and a female age 44 years all of Haitian
decent and of #93 Sands Bank, Abaco were arraigned before the
Magistrate Court on Tuesday 29th July 2014, before Magistrate Ancella
Evans on the charge of insulting the National Flag, they all pleaded
Bahamian designers to support Ranfurly Homes for Children - Jul 30, 2014 - 6:13:26 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - This Saturday, August 2nd, the Nassau community is coming together to support the
The Ranfurly Homes for Children
with a Charity Fashion Show, on the grounds at the Home on Mackey Street.
In a recent Tribune news article it was stated,
"The Ranfurly Home may have to
close its doors for good after nearly 60 years if it is not able to
raise the $400,000 needed to keep the orphanage open.
... it takes about $20,000 a month to keep the home up and running, and
accommodates up to 45 children ranging in age from five to 20.
URCA issues Adjudication and Order to major licensee - Jul 30, 2014 - 5:30:47 PM
the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), in exercise
of its powers under section 103 of The Communications Act of 2009,
releases an Adjudication and Order which was issued to a major licensee
in the Electronic Communications Sector which is of significant public
URCA, established through an act of parliament in 2009, takes seriously its
for the regulation of the electronic communications sector for the
benefit of the public in The Bahamas. This includes, as mandated in
sections 65-69 of the Communications Act, addressing conduct which
prevents, restricts or distorts fair competition amongst Service
Call for Caribbean submissions for ttff and bpTT Film in Development Award - Jul 30, 2014 - 5:02:21 PM
If you’re the
Caribbean producer of a narrative feature film or creative documentary
in pre-production, then the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is
interested in you!
For the third year running, the Festival is
making a call for submissions for its Film in Development Award,
sponsored by bpTT. The award is a place in the Rotterdam Lab for
producers at the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam in
The Rotterdam Lab — of which the ttff is a
nominating partner — is designed to provide emerging film producers with
assistance in getting their film projects completed and brought to
audiences around the world.
G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:49:42 PM
We, the leaders of
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United
States, the President of the European Council and the President of the
European Commission, join in expressing our grave concern about Russia’s
continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial
integrity and independence. We once again condemn Russia’s illegal
annexation of Crimea, and actions to de-stabilize eastern Ukraine. Those
actions are unacceptable and violate international law.
condemn the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the deaths
of 298 innocent civilians. We demand a prompt, full, unimpeded and
transparent international investigation. We call upon all sides to
establish, maintain and fully respect a cease-fire at and around the
crash site, as demanded by UN Security Council resolution 2166, so that
the investigators can take up their work and to recover the remains of
all victims and their personal possessions.
Ministry of Tourism to create more Junkanoo events - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:46:14 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -
Full-scale Junkanoo costumes, choreographed dancing and music sections
fascinated thousands of spectators who flocked to downtown Nassau for the
Junkanoo Summer Festival held during the weekends in July 2014.
The various groups
participating in the country’s main cultural expression conjured up images of
the annual Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Junkanoo parades – following which of
course winners are announced.
On Saturday the 26, an
awards ceremony was held during which the Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie
Wilchcombe presented awards to the Junkanoo, corporate and marching band
Bahamas Real Estate Association to be sued by realtor - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:41:34 PM
On July 15,
2014, the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) published a
list of real estate agents and brokers in its Gazette, naming persons who were
no longer licensed to practice in the Bahamas. Almost 70 names were on that list
and one of them was Bishop Walter Hanchell. Subsequently an article was written
by Tribune reporter Natario Mckenzie with captioned photographs of three
members of BREA and published on July 17, 2014. One of the photographs was that
of Bishop Walter S. Hanchell, a long-time member of BREA, who was out of the
country at the time the story was printed and was fully paid up as a member.
Bishop Hanchell returned to Nassau on July 29
and was outraged, disappointed and shocked that the Board of Directors of BREA
would do such a despicable act to its members. Bishop Hanchell stated, "I
have been a member of BREA
Second Cohort Graduate from Bahamas National Training Agency - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:36:42 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – More than 200
persons have graduated from the government’s national training
programme. This second cohort graduated after 14 weeks of intensive
Several graduates have already been employed in various
industries. A ceremony marking the event was held at the Holy Trinity
Activities Centre on Monday, July 28. Prime Minister, the Right Hon.
Perry G. Christie was in attendance and delivered remarks.
is yet another proud moment for Bahamians,” said Mr. Christie. “This
programme provides the opportunity for Bahamians to excel in a cross
section of disciplines and empower themselves to improve their lives...”
Call for entries for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014 - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:10:36 PM
Nominations are open for
the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014, which recognise the
excellence of youth workers and their enduring positive impact on young
people and local communities.
First launched by the Commonwealth
Youth Programme in 2013, the awards scheme is aimed at recognising and
celebrating outstanding youth workers from across the 53 countries of
the Commonwealth and overseas territories. Awards will be presented
during Youth Work Week in November 2014.
Statement by Bahamas DPM Philip Brave Davis pertaining to the estate of the late Franz Kohlrautz - Jul 30, 2014 - 2:59:51 PM
Over the past few days there have been
several inaccurate and misleading stories in the local newspapers and
online regarding the Estate of the Late Franz Kohlrautz and my role as
Executor of the Estate. Generally I do not discuss my private affairs
and those of my friends publicly, however, the gross distortions and
aspersions being fueled by those who seek to make mischief cannot go
unanswered. I do not take attacks on my character and integrity
I am the Executor of the Estate of the Late Franz
Kohlrautz who was a very close and dear friend. Kenia Baptista Mir
married Mr. Kohlrautz, a man 51 years her senior, in 2009 very soon
after he met her in Cuba during a brief social visit there. Their short
marriage was very tumultuous, filled with much concern about his young
wife’s behaviour and actions and they had been estranged for a
considerable period prior to the time of his death in 2011...
Free Canine Distemper Vaccinations offered at Bahamas Humane Society, Nassau - Jul 30, 2014 - 2:18:14 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The island of New
Providence is currently facing a serious outbreak of
Virus, a dangerous and often fatal disease in pet dogs.
assist those less fortunate and their pets, the Bahamas Humane Society
free distemper vaccines Wednesday, 30 July, at the Thelma
Gibson School located in Elizabeth Estates. This clinic will be held from 2pm to 7pm. The clinic is free of charge and is aimed at establishing a “ring of immunity” within New Providence to protect our pets.
These vaccines have been generously provided by Humane Society International.
Julien Believe to perform at Ranfurly fashion fundraiser - Jul 30, 2014 - 1:58:36 PM
Bahamas - Bahamian recording artist and Icon winner,
Julien Believe, the creator of The Caribbean Slide, will be headlining the entertainment at the
Fashion 4 Foundation Benefit (F4F Benefit) first Charity Fashion Show, to be held on
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 in aid of
The Ranfurly Homes for Children.
The event will
showcase a clean urban theme with a modern twist, while simultaneously
exploring a dynamic avant-garde production, with
theatrical visuals and a nontraditional catwalk runway that will feature
collections by independent designers such as,
Herc & Lisa, Indira
Moss, David Rolle, DKLYPSE Swimsuits, and a lingerie line by
International among others.
Aquaculture as Gateway to "Blue Economy" for CRFM States - Jul 30, 2014 - 1:33:00 PM
(CRFM Secretariat) -
Globally, aquaculture is a multi-billion-dollar industry,
but the Caribbean has yet to tap into its true potential to expand
marine and fresh water aquaculture. The good news is that a recently
concluded study will provide the necessary foundation for a region-wide
programme to harness more from the culture of fish and other fisheries
Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the Caribbean
Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), emphasizes that, “Aquaculture has
the potential to make greater contribution to economic and social
development of the Caribbean, provided that appropriate policy
frameworks and incentives are provided for stakeholders in the sector...”
Bahamian Kenneth Kerr Emerges as Caribbean Male Model to Watch at Men’s Fashion Week - Jul 30, 2014 - 12:45:44 PM
Chicago, Illinois -
The initials “K.K.” are quite known in Hollywood and the fashion world
but now, they are becoming known in the realm of male modeling. He’s
certainly not a Kardashian, but Bahamas native Kenneth Kerr is getting
the last laugh having transformed himself from high school dud to sought
after stud. So sought after in fact, that he ripped the runway at
Chicago’s exclusive Men’s Fashion Week, after receiving a personal
invitation from organizers and designers.
It’s a whirlwind
experience for Kerr, who hails from his nation’s second city of
Freeport, Grand Bahama. After all, what is now a career started off with
him simply posting a few photos of his new physique, a symbol of pride
and testament of his new healthy fitness lifestyle.
Winners of Logo Design Competition for 19th of Commonwealth Education Conference Ministers awarded - Jul 30, 2014 - 12:30:14 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas –
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced the winner
and finalists of the logo design competition for the 19thof Commonwealth
Education Ministers (19CCEM) and unveiled their submissions during a
press conference, July 28.
Hanna’s maypole design signifying the unity of all participating
countries in the 19CCEM to be held in The Bahamas from June 22-26, 2015
was the overall winning entry.
is a collective product that signifies unity. It does not matter the
paths that cross around the maypole, they merge and mesh,” said Hanna of
the 1000 delegates expected to participate in the conference.”
Nassau woman robbed of gold 2004 Honda Accord and Armed men steal Leisure Tour Bus license number 13 - Jul 30, 2014 - 12:15:12 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are seeking the public’s help in solving two overnight armed robberies that occurred on Tuesday 29th July 2014.
the first incident, shortly after 9:00pm, a woman was on Dominica Way
near Carmichael Road in her gold 2004 Honda Accord vehicle license
number 230869, when two men in a gray Mitsubishi vehicle robbed her of
her vehicle and sped off.
In the second incident, shortly before
11:00pm, a man was visiting a friend at Bacardi Road, when a group of
men armed with firearms, robbed him of a Leisure Tour Bus license number
13 before speeding off...
RBPF Nassau: Quick response yields 3 arrests for Armed Robbery - 7 arrested overnight - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:56:19 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Quick response yields 3 arrests for Armed Robbery: A quick response by police combined with
excellent ‘Text book’ police work has resulted in the arrest of three
males ages 32, 31 and 17 shortly after they committed an armed robbery
on Tuesday 29th July 2014...
7 arrested overnight: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing
Priorities for 2014, Mobile Division saturation patrols intended to
reduce crime and to minimize the ability for criminals to commit
criminal activities resulted in the following arrests overnight: Five (5) arrests for Outstanding Criminal Warrants, One (1) arrests for Possession of Dangerous Drugs...
Shane Gibson remarks at National Training Agency 2nd Graduation - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:53:11 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is remarks by Hon. D. Shane Gibson:
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, graduates..... a very pleasant good evening.
here this evening and reflecting on the graduation of this fine cadre
of young Bahamians who made the personal choice to take advantage of the
opportunity offered to them by The National Training Agency, I can
truly say that I am impressed by the progress the Agency has made in
such a short period of time.
The National Training Agency has a mandate
that is integral to the development of our nation. A part of the mandate
is to build a competency based training and job placement system that
is flexible and responsive to the actual requirements of the workplace via a network of suitable training institutions...
CIBC FirstCaribbean Unveils New Dual Currency ABM in Atlantis Marina Village - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:45:04 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - CIBC FirstCaribbean has
installed a dual currency Automatic Banking Machine (ABM) in the
Atlantis Marina Village on Paradise Island to the benefit of both area
staff and local and international visitors to the popular harbour side
shopping and entertainment strip. Senior Management of CIBC
FirstCaribbean and Atlantis gathered to inaugurate the new ABM and
welcome the machines first enthusiastic customer, Atlantis guest, Laurie
The machine is the latest in a series of installations
and upgrades CIBC FirstCaribbean has been making to its ABM network
across the Island. The machine, which dispenses both Bahamian and
American currency and provides sophisticated, fast and efficient
e-banking services 24/7, follows similar installations at CIBC
FirstCaribbean’s Bay Street branch and at the Sir Lynden Pindling
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Wednesday, July 30th - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:43:37 AM
Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Wednesday 30th July 2014.
General situation: Pre-frontal activity associated with a frontal
boundary in the vicinity of northern Florida will continue to influence
the weather across the Northwest Bahamas today and tonight.
For Northwest Bahamas
Weather: Partly cloudy to cloudy with widely scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected today and tonight.
Advisory: Expect gusty winds and higher seas in the vicinity of showers and thunderstorms...
“Fashion Faces of the Bahamas” Model Search - Jul 30, 2014 - 10:50:54 AM
Nassau Bahamas -
cadre’ of fashion and beauty industry professionals will be in the
Bahamas to facilitate workshops and judge the upcoming “Fashion Faces of
the Bahamas” model search, taking place in August, 2014.
According to Tercena Carey, publisher and editor-in-chief of Profiles98 magazine,“Saint International will
sign the top three winners of this model search and they will travel to
Jamaica to compete in the Fashion Face of the Caribbean model search
next year. They will also be featured on the the cover of an upcoming
issue of Profiles98 magazine.”...
Bahamas, Haiti and TCI hold trilateral meeting in Nassau - Jul 30, 2014 - 10:47:16 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas -
Government officials of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Turks and
Caicos Islands and the Republic of Haiti have come together at the Melia
Nassau Beach Hotel in a trilateral meeting to discuss matters involving
trade, immigration and the improvement of the agricultural sectors.
the trilateral meeting, The Bahamas and Haiti have signed four
Agreements pertaining to trade, cooperation, and migration. “Through the
Framework Agreement for Bilateral Cooperation; the Agreement on Trade
and Technical Cooperation in Agriculture and Fisheries; the Agreement on
the Promotion and Protection of Investments; and the Joint Project
Cooperation Agreement between the National Port Authority of Haiti and
the Port Authority...
Haitian president Michael Martelly calls on Bahamas Opposition Leader - Jul 29, 2014 - 11:15:47 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Opposition Leader the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, received Haitian
President, His Excellency Michel Martelly in a courtesy visit held at
the Minority Room of the House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
President Martelly visiting The Bahamas for one-day explained that the
objective of the visit was to engage The Bahamas Government in
discussions of bilateral interest in the areas of trade, migration, and
investment that would strengthen the relationship between Haiti and The
Bahamas. Dr. Minnis said he welcomes and supports the idea of
investment that will create opportunities in Haiti that will help to
stem the flow of migrants.
Bahamas Crawfish Season 2014/15 to open August 1st - Jul 29, 2014 - 10:47:51 PM
The Department of Marine
Resources wishes to advise the general public of the opening of the crawfish
season on the August 1, 2014 to the March 31, 2015.
The Department of Marine
Resources further wishes to remind fishers and all other members of the public
that the harvesting and/or of undersized crawfish is against the law and
persons are to cease and desist the practice of illegally harvesting these
resources. Fishers are also cautioned against capturing egg-bearing crawfish as
this practice further aids in the depletion of the crawfish stock in The
Queen’s College Students Sweep 2nd Annual FirstCare Autism Awareness Essay Contest - Jul 29, 2014 - 6:21:11 PM
Nassau, Bahamas –
FirstCare Medical Plan in association with R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas and The
Ministry of Education awarded three students with prizes valued at more
than $1k at the award ceremony for the second annual Autism Awareness
More than 65 high school students from across The Islands of The Bahamas
including islands as far south as Acklins and as far north as Grand
Bahama submitted essays on the topic “Autism in The Bahamas: Inclusion,
Advocacy and Dispelling Myths.”...
URCA: Exhaustion of FM Radio Broadcast Spectrum Frequencies - Jul 29, 2014 - 6:16:24 PM
The Utilities Regulation and Competition
Authority (“URCA”) issues this notificationin accordance with section
8(1)(e)of the Communications Act, 2009 (“Comms Act”).
notifies the public that frequencies in the spectrum band 88 MHz to 108
MHz allocated under the National Spectrum Plan for FM Radio
Broadcasting have been fully assigned for use on New Providence and
therefore are currently exhausted and unavailable for any further
assignment on the said island...