Roberts: Minnis on wrong side of history yet again on NHI - May 27, 2015 - 11:55:10 AM Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by
Bradley B. Roberts,
Progressive Liberal Party: That familiar FNM refrain of oppose and
delay, reprobate and approbate is stale and rings hollow and after forty
years of the same old tune is simply tiresome. Such was the case this
morning in one of the dailies when Dr. Minnis called for yet another
delay in the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI).
FNM claimed to support independence, but not in 1973; they thought the
country was not ready for the College of The Bahamas in 1974; wrongly
predicted economic catastrophe with National Insurance; they opposed ZNS
national television; they said no to the Royal Bahamas Defense Force in
1979; opposed Bahamianization...
COCKBURN TOWN, San Salvador -- Deputy Prime
Minister, Minister of Works and Urban Development, and MP for Cat
Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador the Hon. Philip Davis was the keynote
speaker at the Official Launch of the San Salvador Urban Renewal
Marching Band on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Idella Jones Community
Centre, Cockburn Town, San Salvador.
Also in attendance were: Minister
for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville...
(Joint Commission International) endorsement of our state-of-the-art
clinical facilities and of the medical treatment provided by Health City
(Cayman Islands) gives us expanded credibility around the world."
- Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder, Health City Cayman Islands/ Chairman, Narayana Health
"We believe it is fitting
to unite Caribbean stakeholders in the celebration of an important month
(National Caribbean-American Heritage Month) for the millions of people
of Caribbean ancestry living in the Diaspora."
- Mark Walton, President of Sales & Marketing, One Caribbean Television
Minister Shane Gibson’s recent attempt to bash the private sector for
its good-faith effort to contribute to the achievement of universal
health coverage was both unhelpful and unfriendly.
On top of
that, his comments are just plain wrong - and he should be in a position
to know better. The insurance industry believes, as do many others,
that universal health coverage is a necessity and Bahamians should not
have to suffer financial hardship to pay for healthcare.
question for us is not ‘if' universal healthcare should be implemented,
the question is ‘how'. The smart thing to do would be to work together
to develop the best, most affordable, and least disruptive plan to
achieve that goal...
Eleuthera – The island of Eleuthera is on track for a major economic
boom, which will return the island to its former glory, making it one of
the most prosperous islands in the country said Prime Minister the Rt.
Hon. Perry G. Christie as he delivered the keynote address at the 3rd
Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook, Thursday, May 21.
Mr. Christie said that this impending economic boom in Eleuthera could be attributed to the island’s strong second home market...
Nassau, Bahamas - The Board of Directors of REACH announced that Rickcardo
Miller has been named the Acting President effective May 12, 2015. Mr. Miller, formerly
the Co-Vice President, has served with REACH since 2009.
Miller will succeed Mario
Carey, who is stepping down after a five-year tenure as President.
"I am very pleased
that I have been chosen as the Acting President of REACH. I am looking forward
to building on the strong foundation already established by the extraordinary
efforts of Mario Carey and the Board of Directors," Miller said...
Nassau, Bahamas - As the sun set on Saturday, May 16, dozens
of children began trickling into what was once an empty lot on the
corner of East Street and Masons Addition, drawn by the lure of a free
outdoor movie night as the scent of fresh popcorn greeted them at the
The inaugural Cinema in the Park, hosted by The Children’s
Haven Bahamas, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower the youth
through education, screened the classic film To Sir, With Love,
starring Sir Sidney Poitier. By the time the film’s opening scene
appeared on the screen, more than 200 children from the Bain and Grants
Town area had settled in for their Saturday night outing...
Geneva, (PAHO/WHO) -- The 68th World
Health Assembly closed today after approving three new resolutions: one
on air pollution, one on epilepsy and one laying out the next steps in
finalizing a framework of engagement with non-State actors.
closing the eight-day meeting, Director-General Margaret Chan said the
Assembly had passed several “landmark resolutions and decisions...
The latest graduands from The College
of The Bahamas' School of Education were formally welcomed into the
community of educators on Tuesday, in a ceremony that has become a
staple event on the COB Commencement
Approximately 100 graduating students
participated in the annual Teachers' Commissioning Ceremony held at The
College’s Performing Arts Centre.
Guest speaker at the ceremony, former
Senator Dr. Jacintha Higgs, Principal of Akhepron International
Academy, implored the graduands to evaluate their motives, goals and
ability to effectively guide children
towards their destinies...
Nassau, N.P. - A team member of the BTC
Flight 242 Junior Achievement Company, Bobbeth Colebrook, beat out more
than 500 competitors to take first place honours and the individual
title of ‘Most Distinguished Achiever’ in this year’s annual Junior
Achievement programme; she also won the Speech Competition.
in all categories were named at the Awards Banquet at Atlantis on
Saturday May 16th and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company-sponsored
team had their best year in the past decade to win team and individual
Executive Advisor Barry Wilmott, who has guided teams
from BTC over 24 years, said this year he gave a different goal to his
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Members of Faculty and 2015 Class of Atlantic
College, Grand Bahama, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame
Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Friday,
May 22, 2015...
MOORE'S ISLAND, Abaco - E. Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival adjudication took place at the Moore's Island
Public School, on Moore's Island, Abaco, on Thursday, May 21. Photos by
E. Thurston of the National Arts Festival team portray choral verse
speaking, individual verse speaking, and dance...
Distraught residents are calling on the Ministry of Environment to
urgently investigate a new round of dredging off the coast of Guana Cay, Abaco,
which they fear is leading to the destruction of invaluable areas of protected
forced to watch helplessly while the fragile
offshore reef system suffered extensive damage over the last five years due to the
’s Bay development, locals now want the government to step and save
what is left of this once pristine island
before it is too late.
“Just when we thought it could get no worse, we find that the
developers dredging at the north end of the island,” said Troy Albury,
president of t
Guana Cay Reef Association (SGCRA).
MANGROVE CAY, Andros - The E. Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival moved the judging to Mangrove Cay, Andros, on
Friday, May 22. BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna show some of the
Antonio age 60 years of Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama was arraigned on a
Housebreaking charge in court #3, before Magistrate Rengin Johnson. He
pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three (3) years at the
Bahamas Department of Correction Services in New Providence.
Rolle age 20 years of Mather Town, Grand Bahama, was arraigned on
Stealing from a vehicle charge in Court #3 before Magistrate Rengin
Johnson. He pleaded guilty and was given a conditional discharge with a
$2000 dollars fine and (1) year probation or 2 years imprisonment.
The May fieldtrip of sixteen
birders from the Grand Bahama Birding Group led by Erika Gates, resulted in 34
species and mixed emotions about several of the birds observed during their
trip to the eastern part of Grand Bahama.
Their first stop at the
Pelican Point settlement evoked excitement as many in the group had not seen
the striking male Bobolinks which travel in flocks from their wintering grounds
in the Argentinian grasslands and grain fields to the Northern U.S. and Canada
to raise their families. They only linger a few days on Grand Bahama, passing
through to rest and feed on seeds and berries, their favourite food easily
crunched up with their conical bills. The birders were able to observe a mixed
flock of 35 males and females.
Another happy sight was the
circling of endemic Bahama Swallows over Pelican Point...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The New Providence
Public Primary Schools Sports Association (NPPPSSA) will host its 37th
Annual Track and Field Championship meet for public primary schools from
Wednesday, May 27th to Friday, May 29th at the Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Stadium.
Plans for the meet were announced during a
press conference at the Ministry of Education Science and Technology on
Friday, May 22. Joel Lewis, Acting Deputy Director of Education, along
with representatives of the NPPPSSA were in attendance including Dawn
Knowles, Senior Education Officer, Primary Physical Education; Louise
Forbes, Sports Administrator, Student Services Division; Cedricka Rolle,
Assistant Treasurer and Clara Storr, Board Member.
When the House last met on the 20th May 2015, debate on the
Petroleum Act was suspended pending the addition of amendments the
opposition claimed were necessary to facilitate a full and proper debate
on the bill. The amendments were delivered to opposition members but
they claimed that they did not have sufficient time to review the
amendments so debate on the Petroleum Bill was deferred.
existing bill, number 138 on the House agenda, was withdrawn by its
sponsor, the member for Southern Shores and the newly amended bill was
introduced and read for the first time effectively paving the way for a
full House debate on the Petroleum Bill. The long title of the bill
reads as follows: “A Bill for an Act to provide for the exploration and
production of petroleum and for matters incidental thereto...
Nassau, Bahamas – May and June have shaped
up to be a busy period for the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB)
as it balances participation in a variety of conferences, briefing
visits and a Bahamas Landfall event.
In May BFSB participated in a
Henley & Partners conference in Zurich as well as a mini Briefing
Visit incorporating one-on-one meetings with a number of advisors in
Zurich and Geneva. The following week saw BFSB in Sao Paolo, Brazil for
the Private Wealth Brazil Forum on May 14. As a key sponsor, BFSB
presented and exhibited at Private Wealth Brazil, in collaboration with
the Ministry of Financial Services and representatives from a number of
Grand Bahama – Sunwing Airlines made its inaugural flight to Grand Bahama from
Houston, Texas, on Sunday, May 24, carrying 145 passengers. The flight was met
by director of tourism for Grand Bahama Betty Bethel and other Ministry of
Tourism staff members.
to Ms. Bethel, the Ministry of Tourism “has a summer and winter program, with
this being the first of many flights scheduled for the rest of this year, which
will result in positive economic impact for Grand Bahama.”
flights coming in from eight US cities and from Canada, Grand Bahama to date has
already surpassed its 2014 visitor numbers to the Island.
JCI Accreditation Puts Cayman Islands on the Global Healthcare Map
TOWN, Cayman Islands - The Premier of the Cayman Islands
believes a new Caribbean hospital's accreditation will stimulate
interest in the Caribbean destination as a premier location for
world-class healthcare and medical tourism.
Speaking at a press conference marking the award of the Joint Commission International's (JCI)
Gold Seal of Approval to Health City Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands
Premier Alden McLaughlin said the award meant Health City was now on the
map for potential patients from all over the globe and particularly the
United States where the JCI accreditation is highly regarded as one
that ensures the highest quality of services within a healthcare
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Youri Kemp: Prepare, the Ingrahamites are near! - May 26, 2015 - 10:37:56 AM
since the opposition party, The Free National Movement, elected their
leader, Dr. Hubert Minnis, in a snap mini-convention and with Dr. Minnis
having staved off and cut off a surging challenge from his fellow
opposition member of parliament colleague, Mrs. Loretta Butler-Turner,
his leadership has been met with fierce criticism from persons within
his own party. Most of which are from a small, but yet powerful faction
of persons loyal to their former leader and former prime minister of The
Bahamas, The Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham.
None more prominent in the cacophony of discontent within The Free
National Movement with their leadership is that of the former deputy
prime minister under Mr. Ingraham, Frank Watson...
56 arrested / 106 citations in RBPF Holiday Weekend Operations - May 26, 2015 - 10:28:07 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are reporting the
seizure of one firearm, the arrest of 56 persons for a number of
offences including, armed robbery, possession of dangerous drugs and
firearms during a very intense operation throughout New Providence over
the holiday weekend.Additionally, 105 drivers were cited for various
traffic violations.The operation which is consistent with the
Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2015, is part of the force’s
strategy to cut down on criminal activity by targeting problem locations
and persons engaged in criminal activities such as, murder, armed
robbery, rape, shootings, stolen vehicle, firearms and drugs.
Nassau, Bahamas -
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a shooting
incident that has left two males detained in hospital on Monday 25th May
to reports, shortly before 10:00pm, two males were involved in an
argument with the male driver of a red Ford 150 truck in the parking lot
of a club located on East Bay Street following minor traffic accident.
The argument resulted in the driver of the truck firing several shots at
them with a handgun before speeding off. One of the males was shot in
the leg and the other in the stomach. The two males were transported to
hospital, where they are listed in stable condition.