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Young Bahamian activist invited to the U.N. - May 5, 2017 - 1:48:18 PM

The Friendship Ambassador Foundation in conjunction with the United Nations has invited promising young activist Jasper Ward to the 20th session of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations (U.N.)

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations is a unique platform for fostering dialogue and generating partnerships between exceptional youth, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations.

Joseph Darville, VP of Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), said it’s “remarkable” to see “young, passionate activists” like Jasper being recognized by international organizations for their advocacy in The Bahamas...

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URCA's response to BPL SSRG application and interconnection - May 4, 2017 - 9:43:51 AM

On 13 December 2016, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) published an Initial Decision and Preliminary Determination in respect of URCA’s Review and Proposed Revisions to Bahamas Power and Light Limited (BPL)’s Small-Scale Renewable Generation (SSRG) Plan. In that document, URCA made certain decisions regarding the implementation of SSRG in The Bahamas, and required BPL to revise its SSRG Plan and present the revised Plan to URCA for approval.

URCA has now completed its review of BPL’s revised SSRG Plan which was submitted to URCA by BPL in February 2017, and now issues its decision which incorporates the submissions received. URCA assessed BPL’s documents based on their compliance with URCA’s Initial Decision and Preliminary Determination, their completeness, and their clarity...
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HMBS Nassau docks at the Defence Force Base - May 3, 2017 - 10:51:35 AM

Having completed a major refit, one additional Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft is now ready for action.

After undergoing extensive maintenance and repairs overseas at the Maaskant Shipyards in Stellendam, Holland for 8 months, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship NASSAU docked at the Defence Force Base for the first time under the command of Commander Gregory Brown. The 60-meter (200 foot) Bahama Class vessel arrived in the capital after sailing for 18 days from the Dutch province of South Holland...
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Food Assistance Prepaid Cards reach Cat Island - May 2, 2017 - 9:47:42 AM

On Monday, 24th April, 2017 representatives of the Department of Social Services of the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development visited Cat Island to distribute visa pre-paid cards to qualified persons on the government food assistance programme.

Ms. Phedra Rahming, Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, addressed the group of Cat Islanders who were eager to receive the card. She noted that a per-paid card would give clients a degree of dignity when purchasing food items at local food stores...
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World Renowned Cybersecurity Expert to Address UB’s Historic Commencement - Apr 28, 2017 - 12:00:06 AM

World renowned cybersecurity expert Dr. Herbert Hugh Thompson will deliver the Commencement Address at the University of The Bahamas’ historic Spring 2017 Commencement, the first since the institution’s charter on 10th November 2016.

A University of The Bahamas alumnus, Dr. Thompson is the Chief Technology Officer at Symantec Inc., an international cybersecurity solutions provider billed as the world’s largest security software company with more than 12,000 employees.

UB’s inaugural commencement will be held on Thursday, 25th May 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium under the theme Dawn of a New Era: The Power of Perseverance...

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Civil Society and Private Industry Groups call for Public Consultation Process in Legislation and Developments - Apr 27, 2017 - 7:44:17 PM

A coalition of civil society and public industry groups representing thousands of Bahamians have come together to call for a standard process of public consultation when government considers introducing or revising legislation or plans new developments that would utilize public resources and/or significantly impact the environment.  This push for reform comes after the government introduced both the Interception of Communications Bill and revisions to the Labor Act in Parliament without significant prior public consultation. In both instances criticism and concern was expressed from the public and the passage of both pieces of legislation was delayed. 

The coalition includes Citizens for a Better Bahamas, Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, The Nassau Institute, Save the Bays, Waterkeepers Bahamas, The Bahamas Press Club, ReEarth, Our Carmichael, The Organization for Responsible Governance, Civil Society Bahamas, We The People, and the Coalition to Save Clifton...
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New Airlift to Bimini from Newark - Apr 24, 2017 - 3:32:14 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 Elite Airways, is pleased to announce the first ever non-stop service from Newark to Bimini, slated to launch on June 1, 2017.

In celebration of the new route, Resorts World Bimini is offering a $100 resort credit to any guest who books the flight between now and June 1, 2017. There are no restrictions on travel dates, provided the booking is made before the June 1 inaugural 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 six on-property restaurants, retail outlets, or toward a treatment at the Serenity Spa & Salon...
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Enrolment for NHI Bahamas starts; Bahamians now able to select their Primary Care doctor - Apr 24, 2017 - 12:15:53 PM

Tomorrow, enrolment for NHI Bahamas will launch, bringing Bahamians one step closer to receiving Primary Care services at no cost at point of care. During the enrolment phase, Bahamians select their preferred doctor who they will receive Primary Care services from once that phase of coverage begins.

The launch of enrolment for NHI Bahamas is an exciting development for our country. We’ve had a positive response from the physician community and many have now signed up as Primary Care providers under NHI. I encourage persons to enrol early so they can have first pick of their preferred doctor who they will soon receive Primary Care services from...
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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...
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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 become.

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.

“Now, on the eve of an election, an extremely unpopular government is frantic to appease Nygard, presumably to gain access to campaign funding..."
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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...
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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...
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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 services.

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 health care...
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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 passing.

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...
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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.

To 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...
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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 date.

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...
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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.

Until 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...
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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...
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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.

The 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...
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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 network.

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...

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