Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie
congratulated his friend of many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his
business partner Ms. Geneva Wilson on the groundbreaking for Blue Hole
Marina Village & Andros Island Fuels, in Fresh Creek Andros, adding
that it was a testament of their vision and persistence in pursuing
their dream to build the first major state of the art marina facility in
“We encourage such developments (marinas) in our
country," Prime Minister Christie said, as he spoke at the ceremony on
April 19, 2017. "I should tell you that this facility will have 80
slips, which means that it will be among the larger of such facilities
and I am assured that the construction and operation of the facility
will be at Best Practices standards for the industry and will include
all of the amenities that such a facility should have...
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...
wonderful time was had at the annual Humane Society of Grand Bahama Dog
Show. We had so many adorable entries, we wish all could have won! A
huge thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success and
special thanks to our amazing judge, Kim Aranha, who had the hardest
time with all the lovely 4 legged stars choosing the winners and also to
Purina for the wonderful donation of food for the winners.
big congratulations to Jasper who won best in show, supported by his
family, the Roberts; Joe Darville, President of the HSGB Board; and Kim
Aranha our judge for the day...
The Bahamas are home to a great number of cultural treasures. Counted
among them are eleven imperial light stations constructed to guide
shipping interests safely through the archipelago during the nineteenth
century. These stations were constructed between 1836 and 1887 by the
British Imperial Lighthouse Service to curb the economic loss incurred
from frequent wrecks on Bahamian reefs and sandbanks. Each was manned by
two or more keepers who would keep the light shining for those
navigating the waterways at night.
The Elbow Reef Lighthouse is
one such light that has guided generations of ship captains and
yachtsmen in and around Elbow Cay in the Abacos since 1864. References
to this particular light can be found in World War I correspondences and
logs of submarine captains, who frequented The Bahamas...
News Item on Tropical Storm Arlene issued by The Bahamas Department of
Meteorology Forecast Office Section, at 6pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017.
A rare tropical storm forms in the North Atlantic; it is still expected to dissipate on Friday, April 21.
It is the first named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Arlene and poses no threat to land.
5pm, the center of Tropical Depression One was located near latitude
37.7°north and longitude 42.0° west or about 815 miles west of the
I read with interest today of the opening of the mini hospital in Abaco,
and say ‘congratulations’ to the government for finally getting it
opened, and hopefully, fully staffed and operational for the long haul.
However, I wish to point out that buildings by themselves do not a
healthy nation make – the people who are there to take care of the
public and perform their duties in the facility in an effective and
efficient manner are a most important factor!
As a cancer
survivor of over 30 years, a former President of the Cancer Society of
The Bahamas, and a passionate advocate for cancer care in The Bahamas,
it was most distressing to be informed in late January of this year that
cancer patients attending the PMH Oncology Clinic have expressed
concerns about the lack of care...
The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development expresses
grave concern about the recent circulation of videos, across several
social media platforms, of a man apparently engaged in sexual
intercourse with an unconscious woman. The filming and sharing of this
horrific act speaks to several problematic issues that The Bahamas
continues to grapple with; the seemingly widespread acceptance of
violence against women, girls and boys and the often interlinked,
inappropriate use of social media.
Violence against women and
girls is the most pervasive human rights violation with one in three
women, globally, experiencing physical or sexual violence in her
lifetime. We all must speak out against violence against women and
reverse the perception that such acts are acceptable...
Champion Young Chefs from all over The Bahamas celebrated the 25th
Anniversary of the “National Young Chef Culinary Competition” at
Government House in Nassau. Her Excellency the Gov. Gen. Dame Marguerite
Pindling, GCMG, presented the awards under the Ministry of Education’s
Family and Consumer Science Career and Technical Section’s theme:
“Fostering Passion & Promoting Excellence in Culinary Arts”.
Pindling said, “I commend the organizers, teachers and students for the
level of professionalism and skills they have developed and
demonstrated during this event and challenge you further to allow the
expertise, the constructive criticism and recommendations of the
industry professionals attached to the competition to propel you toward
maximizing your productive capacity as budding chefs. Students, your
potential is limitless...”
I bring greetings from our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G.
Christie and our Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell.
Both of them today have taken the first step, Nomination, in the process
of free and fair elections, - the hallmark of democracy in The Bahamas.
The hero is someone who inspires people and effects change across racial, social and cultural barriers and across generations.
Bahamians are most grateful that the Organization of American States
has seen fit to recognize, as such a person, the Father of our Nation,
our national hero, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling...
“A cardinal principle of cabinet governance is that a cabinet minister
must ensure that no conflict arises or appears to arise between their
public duties and their private interests. That trust is paramount in
doing the peoples’ businesses.”
“For their failure and their
inability to separate their private affairs from their public duty in
their negotiations with Baha Mar, I and the FNM call upon Prime Minister
Christie and the PLP to immediately fire Minister Jerome Fitzgerald and
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson..."
have no contract with Baha Mar or any of its affiliates, nor do I own any
shares in Bahamas Cargo & Logistics, which is a company formed by my father
many years ago.
Nothing in today’s Tribune contradicts that.
Sarkis Izmiralian and I have communicated on any number of matters over the
past 8 years either in person or by email. Prior to my father’s illness he
had engaged in discussions with Baha Mar to get some work. After my father’s
illness I wrote to Sarkis to follow up on those discussions and seek his assistance.
Nothing came of it and that remains the case today...
National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has upgraded Subtropical Depression One
to Tropical Storm Arlene, the first named storm in 2017 over the
Atlantic basin. The hurricane season officially begins on June 1st.
Tropical storms in April are rare and Arlene is only the second one
observed in this month during the weather satellite era. It should be
noted, however, that this type of storm was practically impossible to
detect prior to the weather satellite era.
Arlene is centered
over the central Atlantic Ocean about 815 miles (1315 km) west of the
Azores. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher
gusts. Arlene is forecast to become absorbed by a large extratropical
low and dissipate on Friday...
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
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.
on the eve of an election, an extremely unpopular government is frantic
to appease Nygard, presumably to gain access to campaign funding..."
Baha Mar culminated its opening week celebrations with an exclusive
preview of the dramatic fountains and show lakes for associates and
their families on Wednesday evening and a high-energy associates pep
rally on Thursday morning.
With less than 24 hours until the
opening, more than 1,000 associates gathered at the Baha Mar Arts &
Convention Center for the exciting pep rally event. The energy and the
excitement could be felt in the air as Baha Mar associates cheered and
celebrated with their teammates and listened to inspiring and motivating
speeches delivered by Baha Mar President Graeme Davis and Grand Hyatt
Baha Mar General Manager Scott Allen. DJ Tank played high energy music
that got people on their feet dancing while Anastagia Pierre, Miss
Universe Bahamas 2011, addressed the crowds.
BTC today announced its partnership with the Kingdor Parkinson’s Foundation.
April 29th, the Foundation will host its annual ball geared towards
raising funds for the awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD). This year,
the Foundation will be honouring BTC’s CEO Leon Williams for his support
to the organization over the years. Mr. Williams said, “I view this as
an honour and a privilege to be recognized by the Parkinson’s
Foundation. I’ve been an avid supporter of numerous causes including
Parkinson’s for a number of years. This is truly humbling for me and I
wish the organization well in its endeavours...
Trekking through a mountain
range in a howling gale, driving rain and freezing temperatures is the
sort of thing the toughest soldiers endure to be selected to join the
Special Forces. Freeport-bound soccer coach Abbie Sadler did it because
she wants to be at the top of her game.
She was one of a select
group chosen by the English Premier League for the 40-hour endurance
test in some of Britain’s toughest terrain – an area used by the world
famous SAS for its training.
The EPL wanted to take the UK’s best
youth soccer coaches and turn them into a really elite group ready to
develop the top pro soccer players of the future...
Address By The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance at The Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Blue Hole Marina Village
at Fresh Creek Andros on 18th April, 2017:
It is indeed a
privilege for me to be here this morning and to join with my friend of
many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his partner in this venture, Ms.
Geneva Wilson on this momentous occasion for them as ground is being
broken for this major marina development to be called Blue Hole Marina
I congratulate both of them for their vision and persistence in pursuing
their dream to build the first major state of the art marina facility
in Andros. In so doing, they would have opened Andros up to the rapidly
developing marina industry now sprouting up around The Bahamas and which
does so much for our Tourism sector...
NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, the commercial division of Bahamas Realty
Ltd. and a member of the world’s premier managed network of commercial
real estate firms, announced today that it represented the sale of
Frederick House by Beaumont Bahamas Limited to The Utilities Regulation
& Competition Authority (URCA).
Frederick house is a 4-storey, 27,762 sq. ft. (2,580.11 m2) office
building situated on Frederick Street between the main thoroughfares of
Bay Street and Shirley Street. The building was sold for $3,800,000...
NEW PROVIDENCE — (Tuesday APRIL 18, 2017)The ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards
organizing committee, sponsors and partners are proud to announce our 2017
Nominees. The public was asked to submit
persons they wished to be considered for nomination through our website at
www.bahamianiconawards.com. Over 700
candidates were received from across the country.
The ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards Organizing
Committee selected the following nominees from those submissions...
Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell
(centre) at the Fox Hill Community Centre on April 12, 2017 with young
swimmers of St. Anne's Blue Waves swim club who were invited for a
workout session in the swimming pool of the recently re-opened and
re-dedicated community facility.
Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services…
A spirit of hope prevailed as Mother Rachael Mackey bellowed the words
of the song “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” as Urban Renewal
Commission 2.0 moved its Community Uplifting Services into the South
Beach Constituency, Wednesday, April 19th.
As Mother Mackey sang,
residents assembled at the South Beach Park, some under a tent, others
on the sidelines, raised their hands, clapped, swayed and some could
even be seen weeping openly...
Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the
following statement regarding the recent fire at the New Providence
“Last night the New Providence landfill caught on fire once again. I
hope our government resolves this situation as soon as possible, given
that each new landfill fire disrupts our quality of life. Not only do
these fires damage property and bring negative effects to our tourism
product, but they pose serious health risks to Bahamian families, which
they endure far too frequently.”
“Throughout this recurring catastrophe, this unduly inept PLP government
tells us not to worry. As if, their empty rhetoric somehow contains the
physical properties to solve this ongoing calamity. But Bahamians know
Over 100 young sailors will be participating in this year's annual Sir
Durward Knowles National Junior Sailing Regatta, from Andros, Abaco,
Grand Bahama, Exuma, Long Island, Eleuthera and New Providence, April
20-22, in fierce and friendly competition featuring "E" Class sloop
sailing and Olympic style sailing in sunfish, optimists and lasers.
Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray,
along with Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton, on Monday in a press
conference affirmed the government’s commitment to developing youth
sailing. This year's event will be held at Montagu Bay with Opening
Ceremony on Thursday evening, Sailing Competition all day Friday, and
Closing and Presentation Ceremony on Saturday...