Shedd Aquarium researchers
published a study in the
Bulletin of Marine Science today in partnership with the
University of Exeter,
Perry Institute for Marine Science and the
Bahamas National Trust documenting the collapse of a Nassau grouper,
Epinephelus striatus, spawning aggregation in The Bahamas. An
important fishery in The Bahamas, the study can be used as an indicator
that, despite existing protections, Nassau grouper populations are
declining, suggesting a need for adapted management.
Fish spawning aggregations are fleeting gatherings of a
large number of individuals for reproductive purposes. Though beneficial
for reproduction, the behavior exposes species to over-fishing because
the aggregations are predictable in both time and space. In fact, the
Nassau grouper represents one of the best known examples of a fishery
collapse due to over-fishing spawning aggregations throughout its range
in the Caribbean and Bahamas...
The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, MP, Minister of the Environment and Housing at
Multi-Stakeholder Consultations on the Basel Convention and Facilitation
of the Entry into Force of the Ban Amendment, addressing regulation of
management, disposal and movements of hazardous wastes within, to and
from The Bahamas.
An American Indian Proverb says, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Leopold recorded that “We abuse land because we regard it as a
commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we
belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
It was painfully disheartening to read about Jimmy Palacious’ shameful
pronouncement that black people “breed too much.” It was all too
reminiscent of Richard Lightbourne’s equally disrespectful and demeaning
comments, demonstrating a total lack of empathy and understanding of a
system of miseducation and oppression that continues to keep our
Instead of disassociating ourselves
from the social problems we see in society and casting blame on others,
often times the most vulnerable, we need to examine the systems of which
we are all apart of and advocate for fundamental change to these
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the Prime Minister failing to table the
Boundaries Commission report in Parliament today:
“How can this
Government plan to call an election when they have repeatedly failed to
deliver on their responsibility of finishing the Boundaries Commission
report? We know the embattled Prime Minister and his PLP Government have
tried to intimate female voters with their dress code tactics, yet it
seems they are willing to go even further by preventing Bahamians from
learning which constituency they will be voting in. This is a desperate
act of a desperate party trying to cling to power after years of
disastrous, incompetent, and failed leadership...”
Bahamians Awake, a group created by a team of young and creative
Bahamians who have grown discontented with the direction of the country
administered an online survey via Facebook earlier this month. Their
current disenchantment with the leadership and direction of the country
escalated as the Baha Mar saga unfolded and the populace watched how the
government’s handling and what many perceive as bias towards the
Chinese led to the stalling of the project, redundancy of 2,000
employees and the ousting of the original developer.
The survey’s respondents consisted of a total sample size of 485 people between ages of 18-65 across The Bahamas...
Community involvement, honouring long serving officers, educating and
advising stakeholders, and sporting events are among the list of
activities planned for the celebration of the 28th International Customs
During a press conference at the C.A. Smith Building on
Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Superintendent of Customs, Larry Bodie said
the day will be celebrated under the theme, "Data Analysis for
Effective Border Management."
He said, "Consistent with this
theme, Bahamas Customs has implemented the Electronic Data Interface
(EDI) for several years whereby we are engaged in the automated customs
clearance of goods...
Giving the keynote address at an historic event in healthcare, Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie launched
the Public Hospital Authority’s new Integrated Health Information
Management System (IHIMS) Program, which, when fully implemented will
link all public health services and facilities in The Bahamas via a
universal digital platform.
The launch of the IHIMS took place on
January 17, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Boyd Road. The new ‘one
patient, one record’ system that will be linked from Grand Bahama in the
north to Mayaguana in the south, propels the public health system into
the 21st century...
Christina Fernander, chairman of the One Family
Junkanoo group, was called the 'Queen of Junkanoo' by Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson during a press
conference at the Ministry's offices, January 16, 2017 to introduce her
as the first female leader in Junkanoo, and the first female leader to
win a parade after One Family finished first in the 2016 Boxing Day
Parade and then second in the 2017 New Year's Day Parade.
left are: Hollanda Bain, Ms. Fernander, Minister Johnson, Rowena
Sutherland (director of Culture) and Dereka Grant (assistant director)...
The Bahamas will host the IAAF World Relays on April 22 and April 23 at
the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium where world classed athletes
will compete for the coveted Golden Baton.
The World Relays,
governed by the International Association of Athletics Federation
(IAAF), will feature some of the best track athletes in the world
including recent medallists from the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. The IAAF was founded on July 17, 1912 by seventeen
national athletics federations as the International Amateur Athletics
Bahamians still impacted by the effects of Hurricane
Matthew will benefit from a recent donation by Milo Butler Distributors.
The wholesale grocer partnered with the Bahamas Red Cross and the
HeadKnowles Hurricane Relief Group giving food supplies valued at
$10,000 to assist with continued relief efforts.
months after the category four storm made landfall, residents on the
impacted islands continue rebuilding their lives. The process requires
continued support from the Bahamian community. Recognizing this need,
Milo Butler stepped in to assist and send supplies...
Nassau, The Bahamas -- Trained Clinical Nurse Class of 1986 Pupil
Training School 23 (PTS 23) of the Bahamas School of Nursing, Princess
Margaret Hospital, called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling,
Governor-General, at Government House on Monday, January 16, 2017...
As a component of the National Exhibition 8 (NE8), the PS Room will
house three special projects starting with Jeffrey Meris' "Asue: 20/20".
20/20" is a series of participatory objects, experiences and
interventions drawn from the Yorubic tradition. Meris invited 19 people
throughout New Providence to interchange objects in response to a prompt
or an object he creates.
Much like an economic asue, each week
one person receives all twenty objects created/exchanged until the cycle
is completed and all twenty participants...
The tranquil setting of the Rand Nature Centre was the perfect backdrop
for the Humane Society of Grand Bahama’s “We Are All God’s Creatures”
Arts & Crafts Show and Sale on Saturday evening. Many local and
international artists and artisans displayed a wonderful variety of
their work, and sales proceeds were donated back to the HSGB.
200 guests enjoyed popular local acoustic soloist Ryan Carroll’s music
while perusing the arts and crafts, and enjoying delicious hors
d'oeuvres and cocktails. Many also renewed their HSGB memberships or
signed up as new members.
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and the Private Sector
Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) have announced a unique arrangement,
where PSOJ member companies will be able to benefit from evidence-based
research from the Mona Campus when focusing on areas that contribute to
the growth agenda. The university will also be paying more attention to
those research areas guided by the Economic Growth Council’s eight
identified areas of growth.
The plans were announced as part of
the launch of the 18th staging of the UWI Mona’s Research Days at the
Exhibition Seminar Room, Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching &
Research Complex on Tuesday, January 10...
Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern
recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees
Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. This makes 2016 the
third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface
For the fourth consecutive year, young people
from Grand Bahama are trading their right to sleep late or hang with
their friends for the privilege of traipsing through woods and wetlands
as they are groomed to become good stewards of the environment.
junior high students have been selected to take part in Save The Bays
Youth Environmental Ambassador Program. The respected youth development
initiative launched on January 7 and will run until May...
While Prime Minister Christie says he is doing an outstanding job for
the Bahamian people, 600 more Bahamians are uncertain about their future
and could soon join the already long unemployment line in Grand Bahama.
after 150 Bahamians were sent home following the closure of the Casino
operations, Memories staff are worried they will be next.
have been told the property would reopen in May 2017 following
hurricane Matthew, but there is no indication of any work being done to
ensure this happens. Workers have no idea if or when they will be paid.
Where are the answers?
Police in Abaco are investigating the death of a Honduran male on board a vessel docked at the Marsh
Harbour Government Dock.
Reports are that on Tuesday 17th January 2017, shortly before 2:00pm, the male worker reportedly
sustained fatal injuries on board the vessel when a metal pallet broke loose and fell on the decease. He was
taken to the Marsh Harbour Clinic where he was pronounced dead by doctor.
The countdown is officially on! With just under 100-days to the start of
the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017, members of the Local
Organizing Committee said the new stadium will be ready to host
thousands of local and international spectators.
During a tour of
the construction site for the state-of-the-art beach soccer facility to
mark the 100-day milestone on Tuesday, Bahamas Football Association
President Anton Sealey predicted that The Bahamas would host the most
successful edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup...
A highly skilled warrior of an
elite cadre must fend off attacks from creatures she was trained to
fight as well as a faction of her own kind. With the help of the only
few people she can trust, she must put an end to the war that has raged
for generations while protecting the anonymity of her daughter.
is a Death Dealer who is on the run from a following of Lycans looking
for the whereabouts of her daughter and Vampires looking for her to pay
for crimes against them. David is a pure-born Vampire who has become
Selene’s protégé and needs his father’s help to convince the other
Vampire Elders that she has the best course of action in the raging war...
The Water and Sewerage Corporation’s (WSC) vision is:
‘Committed to Growth, Committed to Quality’. True to its mandate to
provide accessible and affordable water to all its customers across the
archipelago, the Corporation continues to undertake a series of water
supply improvements on several Family Islands.
has signed a $1.69Million contract with Bahamas Hot Mix Co. Ltd to
extend and improve water supply to San Salvador. The award follows a
tender process that started in August 2016.
Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS) to the recent general elections in the United States today
presented its final report to the Permanent Council.
Chief of Mission and former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla,
said in her presentation that "the strength of U.S. democracy goes
beyond the particularities of an electoral process. It is based on its
strong institutions, freedom of expression and press, balance of power,
the rule of law and the principles on which the country was founded...”
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement calling on the PLP to table the Boundaries
Commission report in Parliament on Wednesday:
“Crime on the rise, the secret Baha Mar deal still sealed, no Boundaries
Commission report, credit rating downgraded to junk status, failing
schools – and all the Bahamian people get is silence and no plans from
the embattled Prime Minister and his PLP Government. For the past four
and a half years the Bahamian people have only heard empty rhetoric and
broken promises from the PLP Government and now that we have entered the
election season we continue to expect..."
Today marks 100 days until the kick off of the FIFA Beach Soccer World
Cup Bahamas 2017, and excitement continues to grow as the city of Nassau
prepares to host the country’s biggest sporting event to date.
mark the milestone, Prime Minister of The Bahamas the Rt. Hon. Perry
Christie, other Bahamas government officials and members of the media
will tour the new beach soccer stadium, which is nearing completion.
Sixteen teams will face off on the white sands of The Bahamas on
April 27 – May 7 in the new state of the art facility against the
backdrop of the turquoise ocean...
Dr. Michael Leslie, Professor at the University of Florida in
Gainesville will co facilitate The Fundamentals of Effective Leadership
Seminar in Nassau, Bahamas at the British Colonial Hilton on Friday
February 10th from 9am to 3pm. Dr. Leslie was invited to partner with
Bahamian born international Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer,
Author and Talk Show Host Spence Finlayson, Founder , President &
CEO of The Phoenix Institute For Positive Development and Empowerment to
conduct this seminar along with him.
Dr. Michael Leslie teaches
graduate courses in international communications and race/gender/class
and media and conducts cross cultural research on the impact of media
content on society. He is the president of Gemini Advising...