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Rotary Club Invests in BTVI Virtual Reading Program - Jan 22, 2021 - 1:18:56 PM


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The Rotary Club of East Nassau (RCEN) recently made a donation to the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) to aid in its continued use of the MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach software program.

MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach is a technology-based reading solution that analyses each student’s strengths and weaknesses. It then builds a unique prescription plan for everyone. The interactive mastery-based activities help students stay focused and accelerate their progress. Each student works toward 100% mastery at his or her own pace, receiving unlimited support along the way...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Labour Minister welcomes incoming Permanent Secretary while bidding farewell to old - Jan 22, 2021 - 11:23:08 AM


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The Minister of Labour, Senator the Honourable Dion Foulkes welcomed the Ministry of Labour’s incoming Acting Permanent Secretary, Ms. Gina Thompson while thanking the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Mr. Reginald Saunders for his service on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at the Ministry’s head office located in Charlotte House on Shirley and Charlotte Streets.

Minister Foulkes wished Ms. Thompson, an outstanding and dedicated leader in the public service all the best in her new appointment...

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Swimming against the tide - Jan 22, 2021 - 10:03:34 AM


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More work needed in the battle to preserve critically endangered Nassau grouper

There are glimmers of hope for the critically endangered Nassau grouper, a species which despite seasonal closures and size restrictions continue to experience declines throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Dedicated protection and conservation efforts have led to positive changes at some breeding sites — also called fish spawning aggregations (FSAs) according to Dr Krista Sherman, senior scientist at the Perry Institute of Marine Science (PIMS)...

News : New Providence

New Caves Corporate Center now fully leased by NAI Bahamas Realty Commercia - Jan 22, 2021 - 9:39:14 AM


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NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, a leading full-service independent commercial real estate firm, announced today that the Cave’s Corporate Center West is now 100% leased. The NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial exclusive listing is a newly constructed Class A office building located on West Bay Street and Blake Road.
 
“The Caves Corporate Center West has been highly sought after since its groundbreaking in 2019,” said NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial’s CEO, Donald Martinborough...

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ORG Looking to reach 500 MSME Engagement in the Northern Bahamas - Jan 22, 2021 - 9:05:54 AM


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In November 2020 the Organization for Responsible Governance launched an initiative designed to give small businesses on Grand Bahama and Abaco specifically, a platform to outline the current challenges brought on by the dual crisis of Hurricane Dorian’s impact and the global Covid-19 pandemic. Since the November launch, the survey which was part of a wider collaborative effort with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has received up to 350 survey submissions,  however program organizers say they’re hoping to reach at least 500 entrepreneurs...

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Arrest, court case prompt BREA to urge ‘Use a Licensed Agent’ - Jan 22, 2021 - 8:46:50 AM


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The recent arrest of the 31-year-old CEO of a business called Rent2Own Bahamas prompted Bahamas Real Estate Association President Christine Wallace-Whitfield today “to urge and beseech prospective real estate clients to use a BREA-licensed Broker or BREA-licensed salesperson for their own peace of mind and financial protection.”

Wallace-Whitfield’s plea to rely on licensed professionals followed the late December arrest of Andre Moncur...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and ALIV, donate to MOE towards online learning - Jan 21, 2021 - 6:50:59 PM


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The Ministry of Education in conjunction with Leno Trust received more assistance in reaching the goal of "placing a tablet in each child's hands," Thursday, January 21, 2021 with donations of 106 tablets and $10,000 to children with special needs, from ALIV and the Bahamas Delta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  Ms. Nicole Pratt, president of the chapter, and Mr. Damian Blackburn, chief officer, ALIV, both expressed their organizations' interest in assisting children with special needs. Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd (pictured at podium) said education is everyone's business, and you only get out of it what you put into it.  (BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...

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BTC's Enhanced Early Retirement Program - Jan 21, 2021 - 1:00:58 PM


BTC remains committed to transforming our business into a customer centric, high performing organization to better serve the people of The Bahamas. That continuous transformation includes aligning the organization and building an effective team to deliver best-in-class service for our customers and communities. During this global pandemic, BTC has proudly maintained 100% of its workforce.

The company has offered a voluntary Enhanced Early Retirement Program (EERP), which includes enriched benefits that complement the current Industrial Agreement...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PHA-Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre confirms six COVID-19 cases - Jan 21, 2021 - 12:30:49 PM


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The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) confirms that currently there are six (6) female clients at the Geriatric Hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In keeping with COVID-19 Protocols and out of an abundance of caution, the clients who tested positive have been placed in quarantine...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Minnis Remarks: Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium, January 21, 2021 - Jan 21, 2021 - 12:20:42 PM


See enclosed Remarks by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Symposium, January 21, 2021.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good morning.

It is my pleasure to bring opening remarks for today’s virtual symposium hosted by the Ministry of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration under the theme, “Alternative Dispute Resolution and The Bahamas: Charting a New Course”...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Dames Tours Bahamas Department of Correctional Services - Jan 21, 2021 - 11:05:05 AM


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Commissioner of Correctional Services Charles Murphy and his Executive/Command Team members led Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames, Acting Permanent Secretary and Under Secretary Cheryl Darville, Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Raymond King and other RBDF officers and other stakeholders, on a tour of a number of the capital development projects, at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS), on January 14, 2021.  Among the works currently being undertaken there included upgrades to the Maximum and Medium Security Wings...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 7-Day Forecast January 17 - 23 - Jan 21, 2021 - 9:27:46 AM


A lingering frontal boundary across the Southeast Bahamas on Sunday will gradually weaken through Monday.  Another front is expected to move into the Northwest Bahamas on Monday, race southeastwards across the islands and merge with the stationary front Monday night.  This boundary will linger and gradually weaken through mid-week.  The dominance of High pressure will support mild and pleasant weather through Friday.  Another front will drift in the vicinity of the Extreme Northwest Bahamas on Saturday and may spark a few showers Saturday night...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Changes announced to Sunday business hours, outdoor dining, and weddings and funerals - Jan 21, 2021 - 8:32:25 AM


The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to advise that beginning Sunday, 24 January 2021 pharmacies, gas stations and laundromats will now be permitted to operate between the hours of 6am and 9pm, on the islands of New Providence and Abaco.

Outdoor dining at restaurants will also be permitted on Sundays between 6am and 9pm, on New Providence and Abaco.

Effective immediately, for the islands of New Providence, Abaco, mainland Eleuthera and mainland Exuma funeral services may now have a maximum of 20 people...

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)

OAS to Deploy Electoral Observation Mission to Presidential Elections in Ecuador - Jan 20, 2021 - 7:53:50 PM


The Organization of American States (OAS) will deploy an Electoral Observation Mission to the February 7 elections in Ecuador, in which the president and vice president of the country will be elected, as well as representatives of the Andean Parliament and the National Assembly...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Gender & Family Head urges NGOs to get compliant in order to access greater funding - Jan 20, 2021 - 5:18:17 PM


The Director of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, Dr. Jacinta Higgs, is urging those Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in The Bahamas that haven’t already done so, to complete the process towards being registered as Non-Profit Organizations in order to position themselves to be better able to receive grant funding at the national, regional and international levels.

The invitation is also extended to Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs).

The call comes on the heels of a collaboration involving officials from the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development...

Bahamian Politics

DNA on child abuse allegations - Jan 20, 2021 - 4:57:34 PM


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The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by news reports of allegations of child abuse carried out by employees at a local children’s home. This is heartbreaking as children are typically placed in such facilities for their safety and protection. Specifically, the Child Protection Act provides for a government or non-government home approved by the Minister and services by authorized persons to undertake the care and maintenance of a child and protect them from discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect.

We are disturbed by the video evidence circulating in the public domain on this unfortunate incident. It is our understanding that one of the employees involved has been placed on leave pending further investigation...

Sports

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association: "Play Tennis" Strong - Jan 20, 2021 - 12:35:50 PM


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The recent session of The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association's "Play Tennis" featured an introduction to the backhand stroke. The backhand can be a one-handed or two-handed stroke. Many of the kids prefer the two-handed backhand.

Play Tennis has welcomed up to approximately 20 participants since its resumption at the beginning of the year, keeping in line with social distancing and safety protocols. The kids are very enthusiastic to learn the game of tennis in this safe and fun environment...

News

Justice and humanity were the top strengths of winners of the Character Day Bahamas 2020 Campaign - Jan 20, 2021 - 9:23:50 AM


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Around the world and at home, 2020 was a year filled with a stronger focus on humanity with a call for action for justice and making life better. We saw people advocating for social change and 15 months ago, coming together to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.  

Coincidentally, justice and humanity were the top character strengths of the winners of the fifth Character Day Bahamas Hidden Heroes 2020 campaign that wrapped up at year end. Organized by the PACE Foundation, they were proud to have 47 nominations for their first-ever public roll-out. It was inspirational to discover that the strong virtues possessed by the winners from various backgrounds were social responsibility (justice) and kindness and love (humanity) - important for many reasons...

Bahamian Politics

DNA on COVID Assistance Program and NIB - Jan 20, 2021 - 8:30:44 AM


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The government has projected an end to unemployment benefits, food assistance and business support programs implemented to assist Bahamians that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by the end of March 2021.

We are in the middle of a major economic crisis and our people are struggling to make ends meet. There are thousands of unemployed workers, furloughed employees and terminated professionals across our nation. Several businesses have been forced to close and business owners have lost their life investments. Major hotels have reduced their staffing levels and the cruise ship industry has been shut down with uncertainty surrounding when “no sail orders" will be lifted...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Gender and Family Affairs launches Online Family Safety Survey - Jan 20, 2021 - 8:00:53 AM


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The Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, has launched an online survey entitled: 'Family Safety Survey - COVID-19 Bahamas,' in line with the department’s objectives of “keeping our families safe.”

The availability of the survey is also a part of the technological reform underway at the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development.

Dr. Jacinta Higgs, the Director of the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, said the survey...

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