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Bahamian Politics

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, National Chairman, 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).

The 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

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Launch of San Salvador Urban Renewal Marching Band - May 27, 2015 - 11:42:15 AM

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...

News : International : Caribbean News

Quotable Caribbean: Dr. Devi Shetty, Usain Bolt, Freundel Stuart, and more... - May 27, 2015 - 11:24:09 AM

"JCI's (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

News : Local

Bahamas Insurance Association responds to Minister Gibson - May 27, 2015 - 11:17:43 AM

(Statement) Labour 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.

The 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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Second Home Market Energizing Eleuthera’s Resurgence - May 27, 2015 - 11:13:48 AM

GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, 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...


REACH Announces Interim Leadership - May 27, 2015 - 11:01:04 AM

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...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: 3 shooting incidents - 8 arrested during three separate operations - 7 other arrests / 56 drivers cited - May 27, 2015 - 10:53:25 AM

Three shooting incidents: Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving three shooting incidents that has left a man and a woman dead and another man detained in hospital on Tuesday 26th May 2015.

In the first incident, shortly before 7:00am, a man was collecting a group of workers in his truck at Emanuel...

In the second incident, shortly after 5:00pm, a man was walking in the area of 7th Street and Coconut Grove...

News : Local

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Wednesday, May 27 - May 27, 2015 - 10:31:10 AM

Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight Wednesday 27th May, 2015.

General situation: Strong high pressure system will continue to produce brisk winds across the area.

Special warnings: Boaters and beach-goers are being urged to continue to exercise caution due to rough surf and dangerous rip currents mainly along the northern and eastern coasts.

Weather: Partly sunny, warm and breezy with the chance of a few passing showers. fair and breezy tonight with the slight chance of an isolated shower...


Hundreds of Children Enjoy Inaugural Cinema in the Park - May 27, 2015 - 9:13:46 AM

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 gate.

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...

Sales & Promotions : Grand Lucayan Resort

Fridays are more fun at Grand Lucayan! - May 27, 2015 - 8:45:02 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Come for dinner and stay for fun

Fridays are more fun at Grand Lucayan!

Enjoy a bounty of Bahamian specialities at Willy Broadleaf, then sing karaoke and dance into the early morning hours with DJ FREEZE at lries.

Willy Broadleaf's Dinner  6 - 10 pm $25 Per Person...

News : International

World Health Assembly closes with approval of new resolutions - May 27, 2015 - 1:59:06 AM

On the meeting’s last day, delegates passed resolutions on air pollution and epilepsy. Earlier actions addressed issues including antimicrobial resistance, malaria and emergency response

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.

In closing the eight-day meeting, Director-General Margaret Chan said the Assembly had passed several “landmark resolutions and decisions...


College of The Bahamas Commissioning Ceremony for Education Graduands Held - May 27, 2015 - 12:53:32 AM

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 Calendar.

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...


BTC Flight 242 Junior Achievement Company Wins Individual and Team Honours - May 27, 2015 - 12:46:45 AM

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.

Winners 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 honours.

Executive Advisor Barry Wilmott, who has guided teams from BTC over 24 years, said this year he gave a different goal to his youngsters.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Members of Atlantic College of Grand Bahama Visit the Governor General‏ - May 27, 2015 - 12:40:34 AM

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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Moore's Island, Abaco‏ - May 26, 2015 - 4:13:02 PM

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...

News : Local

Save The Bays: Fears of further Guana Cay destruction - May 26, 2015 - 3:39:06 PM

(Statement) 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 wetland.

Having been forced to watch helplessly while the fragile offshore reef system suffered extensive damage over the last five years due to the controversial Baker 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 he Save Guana Cay Reef Association (SGCRA).

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Mangrove Cay, Andros‏ - May 26, 2015 - 3:30:34 PM

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 expression.

Photos enclosed

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

3 Grand Bahama suspects arraigned in Magistrate Court - May 26, 2015 - 2:55:18 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - Three suspects were arraigned in Grand Bahama on Tuesday 26th May 2015, before the Magistrate Court in Freeport.

Frederick 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.

Dwayne 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.

Columns : Bird Talk - Erika Gates

Grand Bahama Birding Group following Spring Migration - May 26, 2015 - 2:10:31 PM

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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

24 Schools to Compete in the 37th Track & Field Bahamas Public Primary School Championship Meet - May 26, 2015 - 2:03:56 PM

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.


This Week in The Bahamas Parliament Commentary by Elcott Coleby - May 26, 2015 - 1:33:16 PM

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.

The 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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

BFSB Targets Swiss and Latin American Events - May 26, 2015 - 12:58:55 PM

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 member firms...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Grand Bahama Welcomes Sunwing from Houston - May 26, 2015 - 12:11:10 PM

FREEPORT, 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.

According 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.”

With flights coming in from eight US cities and from Canada, Grand Bahama to date has already surpassed its 2014 visitor numbers to the Island.


Cayman Island Premier Lauds Health City - May 26, 2015 - 12:01:51 PM

JCI Accreditation Puts Cayman Islands on the Global Healthcare Map

GEORGE 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 environment...


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Bahamian Politics

Youri Kemp: Prepare, the Ingrahamites are near! - May 26, 2015 - 10:37:56 AM

Ever 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...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

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.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Shooting on East Bay Street, police seek public's help - May 26, 2015 - 10:24:48 AM

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 2015.

According 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.


Bahamians to acknowledge African Liberation Day 2015 - May 26, 2015 - 10:20:22 AM

Nassau, New Providence - On May 30th, 2015 activists and their allies will converge at the African People’s Socialist Party-Bahamas African Liberation Day (ALD) event.

ALD is a Call to all freedom loving Africans and our allies, to join this African Liberation Day mobilization as part of our efforts to take our destiny in our own hands.

African people are scattered all over the world, but if we unite we are more than one billion strong. In unity is where our power lies and where our salvation will come.

The struggle for a united and socialist Africa will come through revolution that is led by a conscious black working class, organized in its own interest, with its own revolutionary Party...

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