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.
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...
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
Minister Foulkes wished Ms.
Thompson, an outstanding and dedicated leader in the public service all
the best in her new appointment...
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
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)...
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...
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...
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...
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)...
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
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.
keeping with COVID-19 Protocols and out of an abundance of caution, the
clients who tested positive have been placed in quarantine...
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:
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”...
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...
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...
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.
immediately, for the islands of New Providence, Abaco, mainland
Eleuthera and mainland Exuma funeral services may now have a maximum of
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...
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
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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...
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...