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‘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...
US Army Brigadier General calls on Commander RBDF
- Jun 8, 2017 - 10:56:29 AM
Brigadier General Richard Heitkamp,
the Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans North American
Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, paid a
courtesy call on Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel on
Brigadier General Heitkamp, who was accompanied
by his staff from the United States Northern Command, met with
Commodore Bethel at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Headquarters, Coral
Harbour Base where matters of mutual interest were discussed...
ORG Commends Policies in Budget Comms – Urges Cross-sector Collaboration
- May 31, 2017 - 9:45:08 PM
Though, Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter Turnquest painted a bleak picture
of the current Bahamian economy and fiscal state citing a litany of
gloomy statistics such as stagnant GDP, and a growing deficit, he looked
to the future quoting new fiscal policies and other measures intended
to mitigate and reverse these trends.
The Organization for
Responsible Governance (ORG) a non-partisan, not for profit civic
foundation aimed at good governance, stated it is hopeful for the
promised changes however reminds representatives that to achieve
meaningful accountability and transparency, they must commit to open
governance and engage the input of civil society, the private sector and
the public in these initiatives...
Bahamas Insurance Association Re-elects Officers
- May 30, 2017 - 10:12:43 AM
The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) held its Annual
General Meeting (AGM) on May 24, 2017 where Emmanuel Komolafe and Lyrone
Burrows were re-elected as Chairman and Deputy Chairman (Life &
Health) respectively, for another two-year term. Other BIA executive
officers currently serving the second year of their term include Anton
Sealy, Senior Account Executive and Director at Insurance Management
(Bahamas) Ltd. (Deputy Chairman – Property & Casualty); Warren
Rolle, Managing Director of NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers
(Secretary); and Cardinal McCardy, President, Hope Insurance Agents
& Brokers Limited (Treasurer).
This election comes following a
change in government in The Bahamas and at a time when the insurance
industry is confronted with a myriad of challenges which are expected to
impact the business models of BIA members...
Haitian Migrants apprehended in Eleuthera
- May 19, 2017 - 10:36:06 AM
Over 4 dozen Haitian migrants were apprehended in the eastern Bahamas
Wednesday morning during a joint exercise by the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Immigration authorities.
after 10:00 am, a Haitian sloop was spotted in the area of Bannerman
Town, Eleuthera. When officials arrived to the scene, they embarked on a
joint exercise to take into custody the migrants, some of whom had
already begun to disperse. A search was conducted in the area and over
50 migrants were apprehended. The migrants were transported to the
Capital aboard HMBS Kamalamee under the command of Senior Lieutenant
Valentino Rolle and turned over to Immigration officials for further
Romora Bay Resort & Marina Has Best Season in Resort’s Nearly 50-Year History, Caps Off Best Year for Marina
- May 17, 2017 - 8:57:32 AM
Romora Bay Resort & Marina, a Harbour Island landmark since 1968,
reported the strongest season in its nearly 50-year history with all
revenue streams – marina, rooms and restaurant – at peak occupancy and
spend records in April.
“We could not be more pleased with the
reception we have been getting, particularly among the captains and
owners of increasingly larger vessels at the marina. What gives us the
greatest satisfaction is that we are operating at our very best with
all-Bahamian management and staff sharing that special touch of Bahamian
hospitality,” said Joe Dargavage, Operations Manager, the sole
non-Bahamian. Dargavage, who has a 25-year history in The Bahamas and
has served as president of the Association of Bahamas Marinas...
HMBS Rolly Gray makes 1000 lb drug bust
- May 16, 2017 - 5:19:52 PM
Early yesterday morning, Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, HMBS
ROLLY GRAY, made a hefty dent in the illegal narcotics supply.
on routine patrol in the South western Bahamas, in the area of Cay
Lobos, the Defence Force vessel intercepted a 28-foot blue and white
go-fast vessel. The vessel was subsequently searched by Rolly Gray's
boarding team and a large supply of contraband, believed to be marijuana
was discovered on board.
The three males on board, 2 Bahamians
and 1 Jamaican, were apprehended and their contraband seized. They were
transported to the Capital where they arrived...
The Evolution of Death and the Rebirth of Volunteerism
- May 15, 2017 - 5:55:21 PM
THE EVOLUTION OF THE DEATH AND REBIRTH OF VOLUNTEERISM, a presentation
at the American Women’s Club during the occasion of the bestowal of
scholarships and other donations made on May 1st by Joseph Darville,
Chairman, Save The Bays:
Long, long time ago, back in the late
sixties and early seventies, before any of young people, or even your
parents, were just in the mind of the Creator, I observed with much
distress, the dying of volunteerism in our beloved Bahamaland. It moved
me so significantly, that I, actually, established in 1978, at the high
school level, a program called “obligatory community hours, to qualify
for graduation.” And today, thankfully, every high school in this nation
has that as a prerequisite for earning a diploma.
Out Da Box on the 2017 General Election
- May 15, 2017 - 4:48:58 PM
Out Da Box wishes to thank all the citizens of our country who, as an
act of conscience, chose not to endorse a candidate in the 2017 general
election, but instead chose to protest at the ballot booth. A Rev Media
exit poll has suggested that up to 8% of voters cast a ballot but did
not vote for a candidate. Voting tallies indicate that 47,000 registered
voters (or roughly 26%) either spoiled their ballots or stayed away
from the polls. This sends the strong message that a sizeable number of
Bahamians are dissatisfied with the electoral system and the options for
We again express alarm at the
abnormalities reported to have taken place throughout the country on
Election Day and at the blatant disenfranchisement of voters in the
Family Islands on the day of the Advance Poll...
Bahama Oriole: Fewer than 300 left in the world, and all on Andros
- May 15, 2017 - 10:38:33 AM
The Bahamas National Trust is collaborating with the Omland Lab at the
University of Maryland to determine nesting habitat for the Bahama
Oriole on Andros - where fewer than 300 of these rare birds are thought
Up to this point, orioles were thought to nest almost
exclusively in developed areas, in non-native coconut palms. But initial
research in 2011 observed adult birds foraging in pine and coppice
Current research let by Dr. Kevin Omland of the Omland
Lab, University of Maryland, Baltimore County discovered orioles nesting
deep within the pine forests...
Bahamas Spelling Bee Champ Headed to D.C.
- May 13, 2017 - 11:29:37 AM
Bahamas National Spelling Bee Champion Jee'von Pratt is scheduled to
arrive in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 28, to compete in the 90th
annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort
& Convention Center hotel in National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland,
just outside Washington D.C., May 28-June 3.
A 12-year-old 7th
Grade Student at St. Augustine's College in Nassau, Jee’von is Speller
No. 271 among the 291 spellers participating in this year’s competition.
Although most of the participants are from the United States, in
addition to The Bahamas, other champion spellers in this year’s
competition are from American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin
Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe, Canada, China,
Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea...
BREA’s New President Invites Greater Participation, Consultation with Government
- May 12, 2017 - 3:17:45 PM
The recently elected president of the Bahamas Real Estate Association
yesterday called for greater cooperation, consultation and participation
with the newly elected government, declaring “together, we can help
drive one of the most important engines of the Bahamian economy.”
Wallace-Whitfield, president of the 500+-member strong association of
property professionals, offered congratulations to the incoming
government, adding she hoped the organization and government could
strengthen ties to promote, oversee and grow the multi-billion dollar
Save The Bays Congratulates New Gov't, Urges FOI Act as Priority
- May 12, 2017 - 9:30:46 AM
Hours after the Free National Movement swept the national elections in
an historic vote, winning all but four seats in a 39-seat House of
Assembly, one of the country’s most popular organisations offered
congratulations and urged attention to what it called “promises
Bahamians want fulfilled as top priorities.”
Chief among those,
said Save The Bays, was delivering on a long-awaited Freedom of
Information Act that would enable the people to know the people’s
“Save The Bays congratulates Dr. Hubert Minnis and the
members of the Free National Movement who now undertake the courageous
and grave responsibility of defining the future of this great little
country over the next five years,” said a statement by the environmental
U.S. Embassy Nassau on The Bahamas Elections
- May 11, 2017 - 11:15:17 PM
Embassy of the United States of America congratulates the people of The
Bahamas on a successful election. Citizens throughout The Bahamas
exercised their constitutional right and civic responsibility, further
strengthening The Bahamas’ robust democratic traditions. The U.S.
government looks forward to working with the newly elected
this spring, the Governor General invited the U.S. Embassy and
international organizations to officially observe The Bahamas’ 2017
General Election. U.S. Embassy personnel participated alongside
observers from the Organization of American States, CARICOM, and the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force honours Fallen Comrades
- May 10, 2017 - 10:15:58 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force held a special ceremony this morning at
the Coral Harbour Base in honor of 4 fallen Marines who perished in a
tragic incident 37 years ago.
Special guests for the occasion
included Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; the Right Honorable Perry G. Christie,
Prime Minister; Senator the Honorable Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Attorney
General and Leader of the Free National Movement, Dr. Hubert Minnis...
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...