Heads of Departments, Members of the Disaster Consultative Committee,
Local Government Practitioners, Community Leaders and persons involved
in the organization and distribution of relief supplies are asked to
meet at the Deadman's Cay Health Care Centre on Saturday, October 10, at 10:30 a.m.
Government officials are asking persons operating heavy equipment to do
so with extreme care and attention to prevent the tearing down
UPDATE on October 9th:
The Department of Civil Aviation advises the general
public that the airport at Deadman’s Cay, Long Island is now open and operational
to receive commercial flights however, due to structural damage sustained
during the hurricane, the airport’s terminal is out of service...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National
Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, advises donors who wish to donate to the
hurricane relief effort to purchase the items listed below, which would be
shipped and disbursed to the victims as needed.
NEMA has a core team of personnel in the
affected areas from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Family Island
Administrators, Social Workers, and other associated individuals tasked with
the continued equitable distribution of immediate emergency supplies.
Even though its short
and violently destructive life has ended in the North Atlantic Ocean,
Joaquin dominated the national conversation and news cycles this week in
In the aftermath of this category four storm,
on-the-ground assessments revealed that Long Island, Rum Cay, San
Salvador, Acklins, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, Inagua and Crooked Island
were impacted by the hurricane with Crooked Island being hit the hardest
and suffering the brunt of the storm’s impact. Fourteen thousand
persons or 4% of the country’s...
Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA)
pledged $50,000 in aid of the hurricane affected residents, as well as a
trailer load of items donated by GBPA employees and the wider
GBPA President, Ian Rolle noted that the overall goal
of the initiative is to partner with a number of organizations as they
seek to provide essential items for those in need.
"The goal is
to assist NEMA as well as other non-profit relief organizations that
need our help" said President Ian Rolle continuing, " We aided Rotary
earlier in the week by covering the freight cost of transporting three ..."
“Gentle Giant: The Andre Rodgers Story,” a biographical documentary
about the first Bahamian to play major league baseball, is hitting home
runs on the film festival circuit.
Most recently, the film was
selected as one of 12 films to screen at the prestigious National
Baseball Hall of Fame Film Festival in Cooperstown, NY. Film director,
producer and writer Gina Sealy, the daughter of the legendary baseball
player, said “The irony is that Daddy would have been more impressed
with the accomplishments of me and my team, rather than the impact of
his personal story. He was such a humble person...”
Nassau, Bahamas – At a briefing of disaster agency coordinators and
health officials at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the
Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO),
outlined its commitments to support recovery efforts of the Ministry of
Health in the Central and Southern Bahamas – in the aftermath of
Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO Representative for The Bahamas and the
Turks and Caicos Islands, revealed PAHO’s pledge of over $100,000 (and
growing) in emergency funding to support the Ministry of Health and
Ministry of Environment and Housing in relief efforts...
CROOKED ISLAND – Michael Carroll, a resident of Landrail Point, Crooked
Island, recalls the horror he and his wife endured when Hurricane
Joaquin washed the sea into their home. NEMA, the Prime Minister and key
officials toured Acklins and Crooked Island on October 6th.
The photos here of Crooked Island tell the story...
October is a historic month for music teachers throughout the Bahamas as
they have come together to form an official organization for those
engaged in music education, musical performance, and the music
The Bahamas Music Educators Association
(BMEA) officially launched this month with a meeting at the Ministry of
Education building, bringing together its first members for the
inaugural meeting in the Department of Youth's conference room.
Christine Gangelhoff founded the BMEA with a goal of promoting and
facilitating excellence in music education throughout The Bahamas.
Nassau, Bahamas - Searching for Suspects in Old Boat Alley shooting death: According to reports, shortly after 9:00pm on Thursday 8th October 2015,
a man was standing in the Street with another man at Old Boat Alley,
when persons unknown approached and shot him...
Suspects in 4 arm robberies being sought: In the first incident, shortly before 4:00pm on Thursday 8th October
2015, a man was standing in front of a business establishment located on
DEU seized 2 Handguns and Ammo: According to reports, around 1:30pm on Thursday 8th October 2015...
Grand Bahama, The Bahamas – The 43rd Annual Conch Cracking Festival
is slated for Monday, October 12th National Heroes Day Holiday, beginning
at 11am in McLean’s Town, Grand Bahama. Elaine
Smith of the Ministry of Tourism said during a press conference on Wednesday that
this signature event is the perfect festival where family, friends and guests
will gather to enjoy the best in conch cracking competitions, cultural
traditions, games and musical entertainment.
Residents are being encouraged to
come and spent the day in McLean’s Town...
Nassau, October 7th, 2015 – The Pan American Health Organization/World
Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) responded with health and government
officials in The Bahamas to assess the impact of Hurricane Joaquin and
strengthen the country’s relief efforts.
Hurricane Joaquin caused widespread damage, significantly impacting
electricity supply, communication infrastructure, health facilities,
roadways, airports, harbours/ports and potable water for over 14,000
residents on Crooked Island...
Owners of Flying Fish, Chef Tim Tibbitts and his wife Rebecca Tibbitts,
who happens to be the only sommelier in Grand Bahama, were in Spain this
past summer, and their taste adventure is being featured on the popular
FEDGuides.com website. FED is 'Food, Eat, Drink' and offers a guide to
the global food scene.
In the feature, "
Chef and Sommelier's Guide to Spain" the Tibbitts take you through their food adventure vacation.
fedguides.com writes, "When you are a chef everyone is interested in what you are choosing to
eat. If you go to the grocery store, everyone looks inside your cart to
see what you are purchasing. If you go to a restaurant..."
NASSAU, Bahamas — Missing two grand opening deadlines isn’t something
that any large venture hopes to experience, but that’s exactly what has
happened to Baha Mar.
Touted as China’s largest commercial real estate project in the
Western Hemisphere, Baha Mar, a $3.5 billion Bahamian resort complex, has floundered
this year, causing the most serious economic damage the small island
country has seen since the global financial crisis. The resort is
predicted to contribute 12 percent to the country’s gross domestic
product, but its failure to materialize has at least in part led
Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the country’s sovereign credit rating...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
(DEHS) WISHES TO ADVISE PERSONS WHOSE WATER SUPPLY HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY
HURRICANE JOAQUIN, TO USE ONLY BOTTLED WATER FOR BRUSHING TEETH AND
ONLY USE PROPERLY DISINFECTED WATER FOR BATHING AND OTHER DOMESTIC PURPOSES...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Now that Nassau’s successful Potcakeman
triathlon earlier in September has gotten everyone’s feet wet athletes
and multi-sport enthusiasts are looking forward to the annual Conchman
triathlon on November 7th at Taino Beach.
In its 29th year the Conchman has long been a fixture on the calendars
of both local and international athletes. Past winners have come from
many of the Bahamian islands, the US, Canada and the UK to name a few...
In 2012, The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) established an Operating
Protocol and Regulatory Framework which documents how electricity rates
will be set for the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC). The Framework,
the first of its kind in the Bahamas, set out electricity rates for 2013
– 2015 and required the Power Company to submit a number of studies and
statistics to justify any request for changes in rates. It also
requires GBPC to submit a rate case filing to the regulator every three
years and accordingly GBPC submitted a rate filing for GBPA’s review
during the first week of August, 2015.
If approved, the new rate
structure would mean a reduction in the “all-in” price of electricity
for 85% of residential customers. This is a very important step in
beginning to assist Grand Bahama’s low income based residents. The cost
of electricity will
SAN SALVADOR & RUM CAY – Surveying the hurricane damage
and meeting with residents of San Salvador and Rum Cay on Monday,
October 5. NEMA and Bahamas Government officials are traveling to the
central and southern islands hard-hit by Category 4 Hurricane Joachin.
On October 6, assessments are in Acklins and Crooked Island. On
Saturday, October 3, officials visited Long Island and Exuma. Pictured
is the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie leading other
Government Ministers on the assessment operations...
Boats are seen strewn inland or across beaches, and only the
tops of cars and roofs of houses are visible above floodwaters in these
photos of Long Island, after Hurricane Joaquin, a Category 4 storm
system slammed through the Central and Southern Bahamas last weekend.
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The legacy of John Rubel began 100 years ago when two brothers, Jean
and Robert Rubel arrived from Budapest to open their first atelier a
few doors from the Place Vendome, Paris. Skilled jewelers, their talents
were quickly recognized and in demand by luxury retailers such as Van
Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron.
The brothers were legendary as
their famous “Roses” bracelet made for Van Cleef & Arpels displayed
at the Exposition of Modern and Decorative Arts in Paris won a Grand
Prize in 1924.
In 1939, the Rubel brothers followed Van Cleef & Arpels to America where they were trusted to manufacture their jewelry...
In a blitz of color, a long-term development will blossom at the
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) this month. On Saturday,
October 24, the NAGB will celebrate the opening of R. Brent Malone:
Reincarnation – a retrospective exhibition featuring more than 200
paintings, drawings, prints and sculptural pieces by legendary Bahamian
artist Brent Malone.
The show is curated by Dr. Erica James,
former NAGB director and current assistant professor in Yale
University’s department of art history and African American studies. It
will tell the story of an art evolution alongside the ebbs and flows
Malone experienced over the course of his career...
The National Task Force on Gender-Based Violence held a meeting on
Monday, October 5, for members of the Task Force and stakeholders to
showcase the National Strategic Plan that was developed to address
gender-based violence. The meeting was held at the Ministry of social
Services and Community Development, through the Bureau of Women’s
The Strategic Plan clearly defined gender-based violence
and the scope and depth of the problem. It provided the rationale and
approach for the development of a national strategy to address
gender-based violence, set out the structure for a Gender-Based Violence
(GBV) Authority and listed the ten programmes to be addressed in the
first year of the establishment of the GBV Authority...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Humane Society is assessing the
predicament of animals impacted by the catastrophic Hurricane Joaquin.
The society has already sent food for some animals that was requested by
animal owners and residents.
With animals suffering from the
ravages of the storm, the Bahamas Humane Society stands ready and
willing to assist, but needs vital information of any injured or trapped
The Society also seeks to avoid risk to health and
well-being of persons and animals living in areas where animals may be
October 7th, 2015 (Nassau, Bahamas) - The Department of Inland Revenue advises the public of the
list of approved charities and non-profit organizations for VAT purposes which are eligible to
receive VAT refunds on expenses with respect to hurricane relief efforts.
It has already been announced, where disaster relief operations are carried out by charitable and
non-profit organizations, provisions exist under the VAT Act for exemptions and refund of VAT
on expenses. When submitting requests for refunds, approved registrants should complete Forms
14a Application for Refunds and Form 15 Schedule of Purchases.