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Rev. Terrence Jones' formal petition to PM Christie against VAT - Sep 19, 2014 - 9:36:25 AM
You say you are “For
the people” and claim “Bahamian First.” Well consider this sir: A
businessman who lives off 10% of his income imports materials for
$1,000.oo pays 7.5% VAT, then marks up his merchandise by 50%...
Good day to you and your Cabinet. This
letter is a formal petition against the implementation of the
Value-Added Tax (VAT). Please cancel your plan to introduce VAT into our
economy. The impoverished, which constitutes the majority of our
population, cannot handle VAT. It is economically wrong and socially
24 receive Bahamas DOSS 50th Anniversary Long Service Awards - Sep 19, 2014 - 1:49:27 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of
Social Services and Community Development and the Department of Social
Services would not be able to fulfill their respective roles within The
Bahamas without a cadre of committed, trained staff, Minister of Social
Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said
Thursday at an Awards Ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the
Department of Social Services, held at Government House.
often we hear negative comments about public officers, but we have
before us this morning a group of dedicated, hard-working men and women
who have demonstrated by their long years in Social Services, their
commitment to the uplifting of our people and the building of our
nation,” Mrs. Griffin said
Albury’s Ferry Service donates $10,400 to Abaco Pathfinders. - Sep 18, 2014 - 4:59:00 PM
Abaco, Bahamas - Abaco Pathfinders (www.abacopathfinders.org)
was formed in 2001 and has generously awarded many Bahamian youths with
a college education. Abaco Pathfinders‘ goal is to provide funds to
enable deserving students from the Abaco islands to continue their
education after high school.
Albury’s Ferry Service is donating $10,400 to Abaco Pathfinders.
go where people go... “The young adults represent the future of our
island; they are our most valuable asset”, states Denis Knowles, manager
of Albury’s Ferry Service “ we are proud to be part of a community
which recognizes the heartbeat of our talented young people...”
Bahamas Public Service Week activities announced for Nassau - Sep 18, 2014 - 4:41:16 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Government has released the following schedule to commemorate Public Service Week.
This year's theme is "Charting the Course, Serving the Nation, Securing the Future."
Activities will begin on October 14th and run until the 26th...
Grand Bahama suspects arraigned before Magistrate Court - Sep 18, 2014 - 4:08:54 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Police in Grand
Bahama arraigned (4) suspects before the Magistrate Court on charges
from Armed Robbery to Housebreaking and Stealing.
age 25 years of Malibu Reef, Grand Bahama was arraigned before
Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in Magistrate Court #1 on one count of Armed
Robbery. He was not required to enter a plea, a preliminary enquiry will
commence on the 12th November 2014. He was remanded to Her Majesty’s
Prison until then.
This is in connection to an incident that was reported to police on the 12th September 2014.
An International Coastal Cleanup Wave on Grand Bahama - Sep 18, 2014 - 3:56:16 PM
Grand Bahama Island – This Saturday,
September 20th, 2014, environmentally-minded advocates, from non-profits
to private companies, across Grand Bahama Island will partner with the
Ministry of Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism Unit to assist in solving the
ever-looming problem of coastal pollution through the International
Coastal Cleanup (ICC), one of the world’s largest volunteer efforts to
help protect the ocean and wildlife. The ICC, which the Islands of The
Bahamas have participated in over 25 years, is a key part of the Ocean
Conservancy’s Trash-Free Seas initiative, and focuses not only on
collecting trash from the coastline, but recording what is collected to
identify the source of the trash.
During last year’s ICC,
volunteers from around the world collected more than 12 million pounds
of trash. The impact and potential threats of trash in and around our
oceans require serious attention...
RBPF Nassau: 2 shooting incidents - 20 arrests and 175 traffic citations - 6 arrests by Mobile Division - Sep 18, 2014 - 1:20:09 PM
the second incident, shortly after 5:00pm, two men were sitting in
front of a home located at Bradley Street off Bellot Road, when four men
in a silver Nissan vehicle pulled up and shot one of them in the leg
before speeding off. The victim was taken to hospital where he is listed
in stable condition
Nassau police are seeking
the public’s assistance in solving two separate shooting incidents that
occurred on Wednesday 17th September 2014.In the first incident, shortly
after 3:00pm, two men was standing in front of a business establishment
located on Carmichael Road near Montgomery Avenue, when a man armed
with a handgun, approached them and shot each of then to the leg before
fleeing on foot. The victims were taken to hospital where their
condition is listed as stable.
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Thursday, September 18th - Sep 18, 2014 - 1:00:46 PM
Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight, Thursday 18th September, 2014.
General situation: A pre-frontal trough in vicinity of the Northwest
Bahamas along with a mid to upper level trough across the Central and
Southeast Bahamas will affect the weather over the islands today.
For the Northwest Bahamas
Weather: Variable cloudiness and warm with widely scattered showers and
isolated thunderstorms…turning mainly fair tonight with a few isolated
Advisory: Boaters should be alert for gusty winds and higher seas in or near heavy showers or thunderstorms...
Halsbury Hosts 10th Annual Free Legal Clinic in Nassau this Saturday - Sep 18, 2014 - 12:42:44 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
The progressive firm of Halsbury Chambers
will hosts its 10th Annual Free Legal Clinic, under the theme
“Information You Need for the Life You Want” on Saturday the 20th
September 2014 at its law office located on Village Road from 9am to
Launched in 2004 as a community outreach effort to provide
free legal advice and bridge the gap between the legal community and the
public, the free clinics in the past have attracted hundreds of
5 Cuban nationals apprehended by Royal Bahamas Defence Force - Sep 18, 2014 - 11:54:40 AM
Harbour Base, 17 September, 2014 (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence
Force apprehended five (5) Cuban Migrants around 1:00 a.m. this morning
(Wednesday, 17thSeptember, 2014), while on routine patrol in the
Southern Bahamas. The migrants were spotted on Cay Lobos and intercepted
by Defence Force Patrol Craft HMBS Nassau under the Command of
Lieutenant Commander Raymond King. The group of undocumented Cuban
Nationals consisted of five (5) males...
Bahamas Antiquities Monuments & Museums Corporation Contract Signed - Sep 18, 2014 - 10:42:38 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- BPSU President John
Pinder signs contract with the Bahamas Antiquities, Monuments &
Museums Corporation, September 17. Also pictured left to right are:
Denise Austin, Willamae Salkey, Chairman Courtney Strachan, and Denise
Standing left to right: Dr. Keith Tinker, Shop Steward Lavette
Collie-Small, Philip Greenslade, and S. J. Miller...
Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) Grateful to Pilots n Paws - Sep 18, 2014 - 10:25:32 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - Despite many recent challenges, this week
we at the Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) were grateful to Pilots
n Paws, and specifically pilots Donna Shannon, Pat Picornell, and Allan
Weltman. They flew over here to rescue 19 shelter dogs whose chances
of local adoption are slim to none, given that our local adoption rate
hovers around 7% of our 1500+ annual intake.
Two pups went to a
West End GB second home owner in Washington DC who helped rescue them a
few months ago and waited for them to be old enough and healthy enough
for us to send to her. The rest went to some of our favorite rescue friends in Colorado.
of the pups were treated to an overnight stay in Ft Lauderdale with our
amazing Florida volunteers rallying once again to care for them and get
them on to their final destination. It takes a village to rescue -
whether one dog or nineteen...
The Cove, Eleuthera selected for the 2014 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards - Sep 18, 2014 - 10:10:05 AM
Eleuthera, The Bahamas –
Fodor’s Travel, the leading name in travel guides for more than 75
years, today announced that The Cove, Eleuthera Resort and Spa has been
recognized as a 2014 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award winner. This distinction
designates The Cove, Eleuthera as an outstanding hotel as selected by
Fodor’s editors and travel experts, recognizing high style, excellent
service and a remarkable experience for guests.
Fodor’s Travel invites their roster of 500 global contributors to
nominate the best hotels in the destinations they live and write in.
Fodor’s senior editorial team deliberated on over 4,000 Fodor’s Choice
picks, poring over the list for months and narrowing their top
selections into eight categories...
Visiting Journalists Tour Baha Mar - Sep 18, 2014 - 9:33:27 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Visiting journalists
learned about the luxury hotel brands on the Bahamian Riviera – the $3.5
billion Baha Mar resort on Cable Beach – during a recent tour of the
resort. Baha Mar Senior Vice President of Government and External
Affairs, Robert Sands, explained how Grand Hyatt, Rosewood, SLS LUX and,
the dazzling centerpiece, Baha Mar Casino & Hotel will set a new
standard of luxury for discerning guests and thrill-seekers. The
journalists were in Nassau covering the first ever
Colleges and Universities (HBCU) football classic, the first in a
three-year contract between The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and HBCUX – a
recently launched digital media network in the United States...
16 Weddings Promotion Brings Economic Rewards - Sep 18, 2014 - 8:02:53 AM
The Ministry of Tourism’s 16 weddings,
16 islands, One priceless day promotion has caused a boom in group
business for The Bahamas as officials get ready to host the premier
event next year.
The unique, social media promotion aptly named
“16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day,” commenced on February 14,
2014 and ended on June 31st, 2014.
The promotion was opened to
residents of the United States of America only and showcased The Islands
Of The Bahamas as the premier destination in the region for romance –
weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals and romantic escapes...
Reported case of Ebola in The Bahamas on the internet “BOGUS” - Sep 18, 2014 - 2:31:58 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Statement by Minister of Health, the Hon. Perry Gomez:
today it was brought to the attention of senior officials of the
Ministry of Health that a bogus claim was posted on the internet
indicating that a confirmed case of Ebola was reported in The Bahamas.
would like to make it completely clear that this posting is completely
untrue. However, hospital officials did indicate that late Sunday night
the US Embassy in The Bahamas responded to a call to rescue a very ill
person on a freighter passing through Bahamian waters...
Hon. Fred Mitchell statement on new Bahamas Immigration policies - Sep 18, 2014 - 2:15:51 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Fred Mitchell, MP,
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
With immediate effect, we will not accept
applications for people who do not have legal status in The Bahamas to
work and anyone who comes to do so the application will be refused and
the applicant will be arrested and charged and deported.
Cabinet is considering a permanent prospective ban on all people who
have come here illegally and have been deported so that they will not
ever be able to qualify for a permanent status in The Bahamas.
are allowing a period for comment before proceeding with a formal
proposal in this regard. The intention is to have new regulations or
policies in place on this subject by 1st January 2015, subject to any
Fred Smith: Country Being Run ‘Like a Dictatorship’ - Sep 18, 2014 - 1:28:44 AM
Save The Bays attorney says government in breach of law over failure to produce land use plan for New Providence
Bahamas – Leading attorney Fred Smith urged the government to stop
running the country “like a dictatorship” and live up to its legal
obligation to introduce a land use plan (LUP) for New Providence.
legal director of fast-growing social and environmental advocacy
movement Save The Bays (STB), pointed out that the creation of an LUP
was mandated in the 2011 Planning and Subdivision Act, yet the
government has sat through more than half its current term with
producing one – or informing the public of when it plans to...
Mrs Bernadette Christie given Surprise Party in Atlanta - Sep 18, 2014 - 1:10:50 AM
ATLANTA, Georgia -
Bernadette Christie, First Lady of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
received “the shock of her life” when she was given a surprise
pre-birthday party during her visit to Atlanta, Georgia. Under the guise
of being a guest at a party for someone else, she and her sister Paula
walked into the home of friend Denise Harrod, only to be greeted by
staff of the Bahamas Consulate General’s Office and Bahamas Tourist
Office singing “Happy Birthday Mrs. Christie”.
The First Lady was
led into a main area by friend, civil rights activist and broadcasting
legend Xernona Clayton, where she found cakes honoring her. She also
took time to greet Bahamian children whose parents are attached to the
Consulate Office. After mixing and mingling, guests dined on a meal...
Red Dress Soiree returns September 20th - Sep 18, 2014 - 12:58:34 AM
Bi-annual charity event benefits The Bahamas AIDS Foundation
Bahamas – The Red Dress Soiree reveals more than 15 exclusive packages
to be auctioned at the bi-annual charity runway show, cocktail reception
and silent auction to be held Saturday September 20, 2014 at 6:30pm in
the ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton.
has showed an overwhelming support of the charity event where all
proceeds benefit the Bahamas AIDS Foundation’s work with adolescents
infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Bahamas Finance Confirms VAT Applies to GBPA Taxable Services - Sep 18, 2014 - 12:48:17 AM
As a result of
recent press reports that suggest possible ambiguity as to the VAT
treatment of supplies of services made in the Port area between Grand
Bahama Port Authority licensees within the backdrop of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement, the Ministry of Finance has issued this response:
Ministry of Finance wishes to reaffirm that the VAT Act that was
recently passed by Parliament clearly sets out the VAT treatment of such
supplies. Specifically, section 3.(3)(a) states that the VAT Act does
not apply where: ‘a supply of goods within the Port Area is made by a
taxable person who is a Port Licensee to another Port Licensee and the
goods are of a kind and for a use within the customs duties exemptions
in clause 2 of Hawksbill’,” said Bahamas Financial Secretary, John
Halsbury Chambers to Host 10th Annual Free Legal Clinic - Sep 18, 2014 - 12:20:40 AM
The progressive firm
of Halsbury Chambers will hosts its 10th Annual Free Legal Clinic, under
the theme “Information You Need for the Life You Want” on Saturday the
20th September 2014 at its law office located on Village Road from 9am
Launched in 2004 as a community outreach effort to
provide free legal advice and bridge the gap between the legal community
and the public, the free clinics in the past have attracted hundreds of
Nerissa Greene, Partner at the law firm, said that,
“attorneys will be available from 9am to 3pm to give free legal advice
on a wide range of legal issues such as mortgages, conveyances, wills,
probate, divorces, adoption, personal injury, wrongful dismissal,
immigration applications, trade marks...
Bahamas in mix at TIFF, hemisphere’s largest film festival - Sep 18, 2014 - 12:07:57 AM
The Bahamas Film and
Television Commission joined forces with the Miami International Film
Festival (MIFF), Film Florida and other partners to promote The Bahamas’
outstanding film locations at Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF), the largest film festival in the Americas.
and Florida film commissioners held an industry event at SoHo House
just blocks away from TIFF’s Entertainment District headquarters in the
first week of the festival. More than 100 film buyers, distributors,
filmmakers, and media representatives attended the event.
gathering was another opportunity to remind people working in the
industry that The Bahamas has several islands that would give a
spectacular look to a film,” said Clarence Rolle, general manager of the
Bahamas Film Commission, who attended the mixer...
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Grand Bahama Chamber Responds to local VAT concerns in the Business Community - Sep 17, 2014 - 11:56:34 PM
Freeport, Bahamas – After recent meetings in
Freeport and after much local commentary about the upcoming
implementation of VAT, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce commented
that while Government legislation to some extent recognizes Freeport’s
“tax free” status under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA), it does not
go all the way in addressing its members’ concerns.
GBCC appreciates the Government’s VAT Team’s meeting with its members,
at a recent lunch and a following Town Meeting, the feedback to the
Chamber from Freeport Licensees and Members is that the presentation
raised more uncertainty than it clarified. As a result, the Chamber
will seek to gain clarification from the Government on various points
raised in the meetings and in subsequent discussion and calls from
members. Some of their concerns were...
This Saturday on ArtOvation: Brutha Music Festival founder, Travis Sweeting - Sep 17, 2014 - 11:09:17 PM
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Brutha Music Festival’s Inaugural Kick-Off is on September 27th
(also known as Brutha
Fest) will be introduced to The Bahamas – an annual musical festival
showcasing celebrated and emerging Bahamian artists. Set to take place
at the Dundas Centre from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Brutha Fest re-establishes
the concept of an adult and family oriented festival where all are
welcomed into a safe environment to enjoy the diverse sounds of our
Grand Bahama Public Service Week Celebration Plans Gear Up - Sep 17, 2014 - 11:01:31 PM
FREEPORT, The Bahamas – The Northern Region
Public Service Week Planning Committee, in celebration of the 15th
Annual Public Service Week and Recognition of Retirees under the theme,
"Charting the Course, Serving the Nation, Securing the Future" held a
press conference at the Public Service offices, National Insurance
Building, September 17.
In observance of national Public Service
Week, October 14-26, 2014, the Planning Committee announced that this
year the over 25 years of dedicated service of 18 retired public
officers will be celebrated. They also announced that on September 20,
2014 there will be a Fun Run/Walk & Health Screening...
'Us Too Bahamas' calls on Governor General - Sep 17, 2014 - 8:42:11 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas - Members of ‘Us Too Bahamas Chapter, Prostate Cancer Education and
Support’ paid a courtesy on Her Excellency the Governor General Dame
Marguerite Pindling at Government House, September 17, 2014.
Pictured seated from left: Jack Sturrup, Wendell Barry (Secretary of ‘Us
Too Bahamas Chapter’), Dame Marguerite Pindling, Bishop Osborne F.
Rolle, and Reginald A. Wells. Standing from left: Christopher Rahming,
Kenneth C. Bethell, Hubert A. Pratt and Alfred R. Rolle...
CIBC FirstCaribbean Sponsors Sports for Youth Development - Sep 17, 2014 - 8:27:23 PM
CIBC FirstCaribbean makes donations to Kevin Johnson Basketball Camp, Peace on the Streets, Elite Soccer and JBLN.
Nassau, Bahamas, 17th September, 2014, CIBC FirstCaribbean
continues to demonstrate its commitment to youth and sports in the
country through their most recent contributions to local sporting
organizations. In a short presentation CIBC FirstCaribbean awarded the
Kevin Johnson Basketball Camp, Peace on the Streets Basketball
Tournament, Elite Soccer and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau with
monetary gifts to aid their work with young athletes...