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Bahamas Medical & Alcon Partner to Provide Improved Vision Care Products in The Bahamas
- Apr 21, 2017 - 10:59:36 AM
ALCON, a global leader in eye-care and a division of Novartis, one of
the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, recently appointed the
leading local supplier of medical and surgical products in The Bahamas
as their local partner to provide improved eye-care products and
services in the country.
Bahamas Medical & Surgical Supplies
Ltd. is the officialdistributor of Alcon’s Vision Care portfolio of
products which includes prescription and non-prescriptioncontact lenses
and a wide range of contact lens solutions. This partnership will result
in increased accessibility of Alcon Vision Care products...
STB: A frantic government comes unhinged
- Apr 20, 2017 - 4:49:52 PM
The government’s latest attack on local NGOs has been denounced as
reckless, dangerous and a clear sign of how desperate the PLP party has
Over the last year, the PLP has steadily escalated its
assault on Save The Bays (STB), after the noted environmental group took
legal action against the party’s major funder, developer Peter Nygard.
As unrest grew over its mismanagement of the economy, lack of
transparency and increasingly authoritarian behavior, the party also
began to attack social commentators, bloggers and protest organizers.
on the eve of an election, an extremely unpopular government is frantic
to appease Nygard, presumably to gain access to campaign funding..."
Groups Question Government’s Commitment to Freedom of Information
- Apr 18, 2017 - 9:00:11 PM
Unbelievably, yet another election season has come with no enacted or
enforced Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). We, as a coalition of civil
society and private industry groups working toward a True, Fair Freedom
of Information Act, and representing over 100,000 people, are gravely
disappointed that the government has again neglected to enact the FOIA.
We see this not only as a lack of political will, but also as a lack of
commitment to the people’s fundamental right to know on the part of
successive administrations and urge the next government to make the
enactment of the FOIA a priority.
Through much effort and
expense, our coalition worked diligently over the past year to educate
and mobilize the public to ensure the passage of The Freedom of
Information Bill 2016. After disregarding the bulk of the
recommendations that were offered toward ensuring that the FOIA...
The Power of Informed Choice - Candidate Questionnaire and evaluation
- Apr 18, 2017 - 10:58:54 AM
Touting the importance of the non-partisan, policy based evaluation
during election season, local civic foundation The Organization for
Responsible Governance (ORG) has launched an initiative to bring voters
the policy views of their candidates in a format that will make it an
easy to compare candidates side-by-side.
The candidate comparison
platform, which will be available on the group’s website
www.orgbahamas.com as of April 20th, combines the candidate’s statements
and views on issues of national importance, with their track record,
where applicable, and comments from non-partisan experts...
Enrolment for NHI Bahamas to start April 24th
- Apr 14, 2017 - 12:23:13 AM
Following the success of round one of provider registration, the NHI
Secretariat is launching phase two of NHI Bahamas – enrolment – on April
24, 2017. During the enrolment phase, Bahamians will select their
Primary Care physician, including family medicine practitioners, general
practitioners, internists, OBGYNs and pediatricians. Enrolment will be
followed shortly after by phase three of NHI Bahamas – Primary Care
Starting April 24th, Bahamians will get to choose their doctor who they
will receive services from once the Primary Care phase of coverage
begins. We want persons to enrol early so they can start receiving the
benefits NHI Bahamas will bring, especially to those who cannot afford
Pan American Airways founder and wife leave legacy that aids South Eleuthera long after their death
- Apr 13, 2017 - 1:13:56 PM
A legacy started by the late founders of Pan American World Airways Juan
& Betty Trippe has jump-started a movement in South Eleuthera that
is giving back in a way the two never imagined – with their grandson
stepping in to pick up the charitable mantle left behind after their
William “Doug” Douglass didn’t realize that a seemingly
small project he undertook would have residents of the South Eleuthera
community of Wemyss Bight reminiscing of a time when his grandparents
made it their personal mission to make South Eleuthera the next best
destination for the world...
New Airlift to Bimini from West Palm Beach and Tampa
- Apr 12, 2017 - 12:33:15 PM
Resorts World Bimini, a sprawling 750-acre luxury beachfront resort,
casino and marina on the Bahamian Out Island of North Bimini, in
partnership with Silver Airways, is pleased to announce new non- stop
service from West Palm Beach to Bimini as well as direct flight service
from Tampa. Both flights are slated to launch on April 20, 2017.
celebrate the new routes, Resorts World Bimini is offering a $100
resort credit to any guest who arrives on either flight. Upon check-in,
guests simply show their boarding pass from their arrival flight to
receive the credit, which can be used at any of the on-property
restaurants, retail outlets, or toward a treatment at the Serenity Spa
& Salon. This offer will be valid starting with the inaugural flight
and all subsequent flights through May 25, 2017...
Groups Urge Government to Enact FOIA
- Apr 11, 2017 - 7:22:21 PM
With Parliament to be prorogued on April 11th, 2017, this
administration has all but lost its window to enact important
legislation like the Freedom of Information Act 2017 (FOIA) ahead of
elections. The coalition of 22 civil society and private industry groups
which working tirelessly on this legislation urges this government to
gazette and enact FOIA 2017 as soon as possible to avoid a repeat of the
2012 Act, which was never implemented due to a lack of enforcement
The coalition includes: Citizens for a Better Bahamas, The Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, Nassau Institute,
ReEarth, The Organization for Responsible Governance, Save the Bays...
GBHRA: ‘Death’ of the Spy Bill a huge win for civil society
- Apr 11, 2017 - 3:21:30 PM
The decision to scrap the dangerous and anti-democratic Interception of
Communications Bill 2017 could point to a new era for civil society and
public interest activism in The Bahamas. The GBHRA considers this is a
huge win for the concept of ‘we the people’ and a precedent that is
likely to alter the country’s political landscape dramatically.
now, the political class has dominated national affairs with
unquestioned authority and total impunity. Meanwhile, ordinary citizens
remained unaware of the incredible power that is vested in them by the
Bahamas Constitution. Most Bahamian believed there was nothing they
could do to influence the course of national events...
Statement from the National Health Insurance Secretariat
- Apr 7, 2017 - 8:25:24 PM
The NHI Secretariat wishes to correct the facts around the number of
eligible Primary Care Providers in The Bahamas and the establishment of
the NHI Authority (NHIA).
There is a claim that providers who have signed on for NHI Bahamas
represent less than 10% of doctors on the medical register. Only Primary
Care Providers have been invited to register to provide services under
NHI Bahamas. There are currently 306 eligible Primary Care Providers in
The Bahamas from both the public and private sectors. Over 60 physicians
in the private sector have applied with NHI Bahamas, and this number
will be further augmented by Primary Care Providers in the public
sector, across the country...
Comedian Sawyer Boy teams up with Campaign for the Bahamas for awareness video
- Apr 6, 2017 - 11:48:45 PM
The Campaign for the Bahamas, the engagement and education vehicle of
The Organisation for Responsible Governance, “It’s No Joke” that the
nation is at a critical point and its up to everyday Bahamians to create
a brighter future. The Campaign For The Bahamas has recently teamed up
with iconic Bahamian comedian Timico ‘Sawyer Boy’ Sawyer to release a
comedic video, launching the “Its No Joke” awareness campaign.
video was launched online and at The April Fool’s Its No Joke Comedy
Event, which featured top local and international comedians including
headliner Sawyer Boy. Already garnering over 20,000 views and over 300
shares across social media...
BTC Grants Tower Sharing to Second Mobile Provider
- Apr 6, 2017 - 11:17:31 AM
BTC today made it official, signing an agreement enabling the country’s
second mobile provider access to over one hundred mobile sites on its
BTC’s Chief Executive Officer, Leon Williams said “The
agreement for colocation or tower sharing, now enables the second mobile
provider, who previously had no infrastructure in the Family Islands to
offer mobile services. This is of course, through the use of BTC’s
bigger, better network. The agreement provides for the use of sites
ranging from Paradise Island to Inagua."
With colocation, BTC will be paid a nominal fee for the use of its
mobile sites. “As a significant market power, over the years, BTC has
invested in a world class, top notch, mobile network, now offering the
latest in 4G-LTE mobile technology to an archipelagic nation...
Cable Bahamas says damaged CBL fibre identified as cause of Internet outage
- Apr 2, 2017 - 10:28:30 PM
Customers to receive credit for the interruption
Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL) has
confirmed the full restoration of Internet services late Saturday
evening, after an interruption of broadband and private fibre services
affected customers on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, and
Data services for all Aliv customers were also
interrupted on Saturday, as were all international calls for Aliv and
REVOICE customers, however, at no time were Aliv phone or REVOICE home
or business domestic phone services affected by the interruption the
RBDF Acting Commander Rolls out Nationwide Peace Plan
- Mar 27, 2017 - 4:56:59 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force unveiled its newest tool for promoting
peace within our communities today through its Ambassador of Peace (AOP)
Programme, a brainchild of Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence
Force (Acting). A fitting launching pad, the program was unveiled at the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s 37th Anniversary Church Service hosted at
the Church of God of Prophecy Tabernacle, East Street.
program was launched in presence of the Governor General of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling,
the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage, the
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the
Hon Keith Bell...
VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project
- Mar 23, 2017 - 7:00:44 PM
A recent cooperation agreement between Damen and VSTEP has been
established for the delivery of a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator
with Alphatron Marine equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The
delivery is part of the Sandy Bottom Project, which sees the Defence
Force acquire a range of Damen patrol vessels, upgrade its existing
fleet and develop its port and base infrastructure.
Netherlands-based VSTEP is renowned throughout the maritime industry for
its suite of state-of-the-art DNV certified simulators, which
facilitate training in compliance with all design criteria, class and
BAMSI Signs Contract With Androsian Entrepreneur
- Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23:11 AM
Executives of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute
(BAMSI) on Monday signed a contract with Androsian entrepreneur Cerone
Dean to provide the Institute with animal feed produced using
The technology used by Mr Dean involves
the production of highly nutritious fodder in a protected agricultural
environment – which is an important element in overcoming the challenge
of feed shortage during times such as the dry season when pasture growth
is constrained. “Feed is critical to livestock production, however in
the Bahamas feed represents a major constraint to livestock
development,” Dr. Jason Sands...
STB: Finally, the PM understands how we feel
- Mar 22, 2017 - 3:00:36 PM
Save The Bays (STB) has
welcomed the Prime Minister’s warning over dangers of hostile public
demonstrations, pointing out that its own members have been pleading for
years for relief from aggressive and intimidating protests who have
placed them in fear for their lives.
The embattled environmental
group, which emphasized that the safety of its members remains under
serious threat because of its public interest advocacy, said it agrees
with Mr. Christie that under certain circumstances, demonstrations can lead to violence and harm.
STB legal director Fred Smith said, “The difference is that while the
'We March' movement of which the Prime Minister complains has already
held two peaceful and well organized events, giving no indication
whatsoever that there is anything to fear from their April 2 march...
Tiger Woods-designed golf course coming to Eleuthera
- Mar 17, 2017 - 6:57:42 PM
Jack’s Bay Developers, Beacon Land Development, and TGR Design announced
today the development of Jack’s Bay -- a premier destination for
paradise property and a private club in the Bahamas. Jack’s Bay is
located in Rock Sound on the island of Eleuthera, which means “freedom”
in Greek, and lies just 279 miles SE of the Florida coast. The
development will be home to the region’s first Tiger Woods-designed golf
course, and will afford residents and members the boundless freedom,
luxury, and adventure of paradise, as well as the legendary hospitality
of the Bahamas.
“I am honored to be part of this spectacular
project in paradise,” said Woods. “The amazing convergence of land and
sea calls for an equally unique and incredible golf experience that TGR
Design can deliver. The golf course complements this luxury resort
destination because it’s designed for golfers to have fun, while still
TEDxGrandBahama 2017 talks now available
- Mar 17, 2017 - 8:43:26 AM
TEDxGrandBahama brought ideas worth spreading to all ages and featured
Trenicka Rolle, Dr. Sam Heastie, and Jehan Unwala under the theme
“If…then” and combined, they empowered audience members to imagine ways
that they can help to shape both their individual and The Bahamas’
Following the talks, the audience engaged
with the speakers during a moderated panel discussion and explored
further the ideas presented.
It is with great pleasure that the organizers of TEDxGrandBahama announce that the 2017 video talks are now freely available...
Sixty-four Haitian Migrants Apprehended by RBDF
- Mar 16, 2017 - 7:30:25 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Wednesday evening, apprehended a
large number of undocumented individuals believed to be Haitian
nationals in Bahamian waters.
While on routine patrol, patrol
craft P-49 coxswained by Chief Petty Officer Ross Seymour, apprehended
64 migrants near the northern end of Ship Channel Cay, which lies at the
northern end of the Exuma Chain. After they were intercepted in their
wooden sailing sloop, the migrants – 54 males and 9 females were
transported to the Capital and handed over to the relevant authorities
for further processing.