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Haitian Migrants apprehended in Ragged Island
- Jul 17, 2017 - 9:28:26 AM
Just over 60 Haitian migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas
on Thursday morning during a joint exercise by the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force and Immigration authorities.
Shortly after 8:30 am, a
Haitian sloop arrived offshore at Ragged Island. Defence Force and
Immigration officials along with community members engaged in a joint
exercise to take into custody the migrants, who were quickly located on
the sparsely populated island. The undocumented migrants included 40
men, 10 women, and 14 children. The migrants will be transported to the
Capital by a Defence Force patrol craft for further processing by
Exuma Students to Participate in Youth Ambassadors Leadership Exchange in USA
- Jul 15, 2017 - 11:01:13 AM
Six students from L.N. Coakley High School in Exuma have been selected
by U.S. Embassy Nassau to participate in the prestigious Youth
Ambassadors Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
through U.S. Embassy Nassau and implemented by World Learning. World
Learning is a global not-for-profit organization with educational and
international development operations in more than 75 countries. It
fosters global citizen-activism by connecting over 100,000 participants.
The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together talented Caribbean
students who are committed to improving the communities and able to
represent their countries as Citizen Diplomats. The Youth Ambassadors
Program with the Caribbean will be held August 7-28, in the United
States. The participants include Clive Ferguson, Kareem Minnis, Sky
Cartwright, Tranique Brown, Wynter Curtis and Waydero Rolle. Ms. Latrell
Bethel will accompany the group as the adult chaperone...
Bahamas First to Host Hurricane Prep 101 - Public Education Event
- Jul 13, 2017 - 3:47:06 PM
Bahamas First General Insurance Company will facilitate a free public
education seminar on Tuesday, July 18 at 6 p.m. at The British Colonial
Hilton under the topic, Hurricane Prep 101.
The event will
feature a presentation by The Bahamas Red Cross on hurricane
preparedness followed by a panel discussion. The panel will include
representatives of The Bahamas Contractors Association, Technical
Adjusters Bahamas Ltd., Bahamas First and NUA Insurance Agents &
Brokers. Attendees will garner tips on how to maintain their homes and
property to best withstand and recover from a storm, how to expedite and
simplify the claims process in the event of a loss and will also learn
about key benefits and terms of homeowners insurance...
Scientists Publish Study on Bahamian Conch Population
- Jul 8, 2017 - 9:15:10 AM
New Study Shows a Caribbean Queen Conch Population is Slowly Dying of Old Age Within a Marine Sanctuary
The queen conch
iconic Caribbean marine snail whose populations have declined
significantly over the last two decades due to overfishing. Even when
individual populations are well-protected within marine sanctuaries,
their long-term viability may be in doubt, according to a new study published at the end of
June in the journal
Marine Ecology Progress Series.
The study suggests that a network of connected marine parks would better protect conch into the future...
ORG endorses Vision 2040
- Jul 7, 2017 - 10:01:19 AM
As the new administration continues to set its agenda, The Organization
for Responsible Governance (ORG) is urging the government, private
industry and civil society alike to look to the National Development
Plan (NDP). ORG, a not-for-profit civic foundation aimed at generating
accountable governance, education reform, and economic development has
stepped forward to endorse the NDP drafted during the last
administration. The group urges that government and civil society groups
adopt the plan as a common roadmap and a platform to coordinate efforts
toward a brighter future.
“The NDP team has done open, fair and
comprehensive work. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Many of the
objectives that government, civil society and private industry are
working toward are outlined in the NDP working draft..."
Atlantis Marine Division Celebrates Third Straight Accreditation from the AZA
- Jul 6, 2017 - 12:36:13 PM
At a recent joint staff celebration, officials from the Association of
Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) joined in with Atlantis Executives in an
informal presentation of a plaque signifying accreditation by the
Just a few months ago, a team from the AZA came to
Atlantis to make sure the organization’s exacting standards for animal
management and care including living environments, social groupings,
health, enrichment, and nutrition were met.
This group also
evaluated the veterinary programme, involvement in conservation and
research, education programmes, safety policies, facilities, guest
Khaalis Rolle, appointed Sr. Exec. VP of Sterling Global Financial
- Jul 6, 2017 - 11:26:23 AM
Sterling Global Financial, a private banking, asset management and real
estate financing firm with US$9 billion under management and
administration, has announced the appointment of Khaalis E. Rolle as
Senior Executive Vice President, Business Development.
is the former Minister of State for Investments in the Office of the
Prime Minister. In 2009, Mr. Rolle became one of the youngest persons
ever to be elected Chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and is
credited with, among other initiatives, merging the Chamber and the
BTVI expanding IT programs
- Jul 4, 2017 - 2:13:51 PM
Following a recent curriculum review, the Information Technology (IT)
department of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) will
now be offering a set of new and optimized programs come fall 2017.
new programs include Associate of Applied Science degrees in Network
Engineering, Software Engineering and a redesigned Information
Technology Management degree. This is in addition to an IT Support
Specialist diploma and an IT Entry Level certificate program – the
latter of which will also be available online.
The IT Entry Level
certificate can be completed in 40-weeks online or on campus within a
semester. It offers the essentials for a student with at least three
Bahamas Junior Certificates to jumpstart a career in Information
RBDF Apprehends 69 Haitian Migrants
- Jul 3, 2017 - 7:03:44 PM
Over 60 undocumented Haitian nationals were apprehended in the central
Bahamas early Monday morning by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Haitian sloop was intercepted on the Great Bahama Bank west of the
Exuma chain by Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship Lignum Vitae under the
command of Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg around 2 a.m. Monday
morning. The vessel was subsequently boarded and searched resulting in
69 migrants (58 males, 10 females and a child) being apprehended...
Enrolment continues for NHI Bahamas; enrolment locations changing
- Jul 1, 2017 - 6:19:28 PM
The enrolment phase of NHI Bahamas has seen nearly 25,000 Bahamians and
legal residents enrol to date. While enrolment numbers have stabilized,
enrolment remains open for persons who wish to select their doctor so
they can receive Primary Care services at no cost at point of care. For
the fastest and most convenient option, eligible persons are encouraged
to enrol online at www.nhibahamas.gov.bs.
After assessing demand at enrolment centres, it has been determined that
the enrolment site of Enoch Beckford Memorial Auditorium on Carmichael
Road will close permanently as of Monday, July 3rd. Friday...
GBHRA: enator Mitchell must distance himself from homophobic slurs
- Jun 30, 2017 - 1:58:58 AM
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association is appalled that Senator Fred
Mitchell has failed to denounce and distance himself from the homophobic
slurs which appeared on a Facebook page that he has publicly endorsed.
page, ‘Fred Mitchell minute-by-minute’ is clearly named after Senator
Mitchell and last year, he encouraged PLP supporters to follow its
posts, saying the page “aligns with much of my thinking on political
issues”. Yet asked by The Tribune to comment on the vile exchange in
question, Mitchell refused...
Bahamas to host ITU’s Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR 17)
- Jun 27, 2017 - 10:35:48 PM
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), on behalf of
The Government of The Bahamas, is pleased to extend this invitation for
you to participate in the 17th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-17)
from 11 – 14 July 2017, to be held at the Atlantis Paradise Island
GSR is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and
has earned a reputation as the global annual venue for ICT regulators,
policy makers, industry leaders and other key ICT stakeholders to share
their views and experiences on matters of mutual interest. GSR-17 will
be under the theme: “Living in a World of Digital Opportunities”...
NHI Secretariat Statement: Update on NHI Bahamas
- Jun 26, 2017 - 8:52:17 PM
Starting today, NHI Bahamas is implementing changes across the
organization as we seek to streamline our operations and budget. Since
launching enrolment for NHI Bahamas on April 24th 2017, NHI Bahamas has
assessed the level of resources used, and a determination has been made
that not all of the organization’s resources are being fully utilized in
the most efficient manner.
Enrolment numbers for the programme have stabilized. Therefore, a number
of positions in NHI Bahamas are no longer required. While this has
been a difficult decision to make, it is a necessary one at this time.
There is a need to streamline operations and a reality that NHI Bahamas
must continue to phase in health care services in a fiscally responsible
Minister of Education Clarifies Agreement With the Adventist Church
- Jun 26, 2017 - 11:17:58 AM
The Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, met on Sunday with
Pastors Paul Scavella, Peter Joseph, and C. Melvin Lewis of the South
Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to discuss issues arising
from the ongoing refurbishment of the Bahamas Academy school site on
Wulff Road and the Minister’s contribution to the budget debate. Pastor
Leonard Johnson, head of the regional office for the Seventh-day
Adventist Church in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and
Caicos Islands, could not attend because of church business overseas.
was noted that despite the fact that a lease agreement had been drawn
up, the same had not been signed by the Ministry after more than two
years of occupation, renovation, and construction on the site by the
Swimming pigs tour operators receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
- Jun 22, 2017 - 8:07:48 PM
Harbour Safaris today announced that it has received a
TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates
hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past
“I'm extremely proud of the team we've built in less than two years. We have grown from a
one-boat operation to having 3 boats, 6 full-time staff, and a retail location. We are currently
expanding our offerings and developing new tours. Our customer service is second to none,
which is reflected in our rise to one of the top-rated boat excursions in Nassau” said Lee McCoy,
President of Harbour Safaris...
Managing Director of S.T.R.A.W. Inc. ™ Center for Young Women© Gives Presentation at Violence Prevention Regional Conference in Suriname
- Jun 20, 2017 - 11:38:17 PM
Therena Cunningham, Managing Director of S.T.R.A.W. Inc.™ Center for
Young Women© participated as a Guest Presenter in the recent Regional
Conference hosted by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) held
in Paramaribo, Suriname during the week of Sunday 11 June – Thursday 15
Since 2013, the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) has been under
implementation in Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas and Suriname with the
generous support of the United States State Department’s Bureau of
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau (INL) under
the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)...
‘Tremendous Response’ to Commonwealth Bank’s Spanish Wells Opening
- Jun 17, 2017 - 5:28:24 AM
Commonwealth Bank staffers knew the opening of their newest branch on
the island of Spanish Wells in North Eleuthera on June 6 was off to a
strong start when they heard the voices.
“We were so surprised,” said Michelle Fox, Assistant Manager, Credit and
senior officer at Spanish Wells branch. “We opened the doors to welcome
the crowd that had already gathered and when they saw the balloons and
all the decorations everyone started singing “Happy Birthday to
Commonwealth Bank”!! The response every day since has been tremendous,
people coming in to open accounts and processing other transactions.”
Commonwealth Bank’s presence represented the first time the island that
prides itself on community-owned enterprises including a food store and
fuel station has been home to an all Bahamian-owned and operated bank...
Civil Society Groups: "Amend and Enact FOIA"
- Jun 16, 2017 - 1:39:12 PM
Following remarks from the Attorney General declaring Freedom of
Information a priority but expressing uncertainty about the bill’s
status and future, a group of civil society organizations (CSOs) and
private industry groups is pressing the new administration to highlight
the amendment and full enactment of Freedom of Information. The group
urges the government to look to the timely enactment of FOIA but also to
take this opportunity to make revisions that strengthen the Bill.
groups are a part of a caucus of CSOs and private industry groups
representing over 100,000 Bahamians who comprised the central advocacy
engine that pressed for amendments to the Freedom of Information Bill,
aiming for legislation that better empowered the people and held
government officials and departments accountable...
Defence Force Rangers Installation Ceremony
- Jun 15, 2017 - 10:30:40 AM
It was a celebration of the achievements of brilliant young people.as
408 Defence Force Rangers, both male and female took the challenge to
set the standard of excellence in discipline, dedication and
determination. They all were successful in being officially inducted
into the Rangers program over the past several weeks.
installation ceremony for the nation’s builders took place on several
Family Islands. On the island of Abaco, 31 students graduated from the
program. From Grand Bahama, 80 students completed the program, and 38
students from North Andros were successful. The final ceremony took
place in New Providence on Saturday June 10th at the Defence Force’s
Coral Harbour Base, where 259 students including 9 from the Berry
Islands graduated into the program...
Home Grown Education Trumps International Exposure
- Jun 14, 2017 - 11:57:02 AM
Academic and career goals were well in hand for Jerchoyae Moxey. Just a
week after graduating from Kingsway Academy in 2015 she was on an
airplane travelling to the University of Tasmania where she had been
accepted into the Marine and Antarctic Sciences Bachelor’s Degree
While Jerchoyae’s experience was an amazing one - what
teenager would not want to be half way around the world pursuing their
passion, free of parental constraint and in an exotic location to boot –
the focus on a world alien to all she knew coupled with a lack of field
exposure caused her to reassess the way forward...