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Bahamas Medical & Alcon Partner to Provide Improved Vision Care Products in The Bahamas - Apr 21, 2017 - 10:59:36 AM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Cable Bahamas says damaged CBL fibre identified as cause of Internet outage - Apr 2, 2017 - 10:28:30 PM

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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 Eleuthera.

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 company said...
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RBDF Acting Commander Rolls out Nationwide Peace Plan - Mar 27, 2017 - 4:56:59 PM

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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.

The 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...
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VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project - Mar 23, 2017 - 7:00:44 PM

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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.

The 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 IMO requirements...
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BAMSI Signs Contract With Androsian Entrepreneur - Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23:11 AM

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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 specialised techniques.

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...
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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...
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Tiger Woods-designed golf course coming to Eleuthera - Mar 17, 2017 - 6:57:42 PM

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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 being challenged...
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TEDxGrandBahama 2017 talks now available - Mar 17, 2017 - 8:43:26 AM

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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’ collective futures.

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...
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Sixty-four Haitian Migrants Apprehended by RBDF - Mar 16, 2017 - 7:30:25 PM

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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.

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