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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.)
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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,
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...
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...
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...