Coral Harbour Base, 28 June 16 (RBDF): Seventeen Cuban migrants are
being detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Center after being
apprehended in Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force on Monday morning.
Acting on information received, patrol
craft HMBS Lignum Vitae, commanded by Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg,
spotted and boarded an 18 foot makeshift aluminum motor driven vessel
approximately 6 miles off the coast of Cay Lobos at around 9:45 Monday
Nassau, Bahamas - Mr. Peter Gilcud will be the next speaker at the
Bahamas Historical Society and will talk on ”The Underground Railroad:
Linkages to The Bahamas / Seminole Indians, Andros” on
Thursday, June 30, 2016, at
6:00 p.m. at The Bahamas Historical Society and Museum on the corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, Nassau.
Parking graciously allowed by CIBC First Caribbean Bank, Shirley Street. Enter lot on Shirley Street and Drive toward Elizabeth Avenue exit to park...
CENTRAL PINES, Abaco-- More than 300 qualified recipients of the
Department of Social Services Food Assistance Programme in North,
Central and South Abaco received their Visa Pre-Paid Cards during
ceremonies held at the Central Abaco Primary School here in Central
Pines, Abaco, Monday, June 27.
Visa Pre-Paid Cards have been
simultaneously distributed to multiple islands throughout The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, as Social Services officials meet the
self-imposed deadline to ensure that qualified clients are in receipt
of, and using, their Visa Pre-Paid Cards by the end of June, 2016...
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is Sen. Hon. Alex Storr 2016-2017 Budget Debate June 27th 2016:
I stand to voice my approval for what will be the last budget
presented in this current term. Before I
deal directly with the matter at hand, I would like to thank God for allowing
me stand here once again in service to the Bahamian people. I would also like to thank Prime Minister
Christie for his continued confidence in me and allowing me to be a part of his
team. I would like to send condolences
to the family of Stalwart Councillor Effie Cartwright from Deadman’s Cay Long
Island who passed away last week. She
was predeceased by her husband Carl who was also a Stalwart. I can remember
visiting with them as they sat on their front porch in Deadman’s Cay and shared
stories about my mother and growing up in Long Island...
Nassau, Bahamas - Commonwealth Of The Bahamas Contribution Budget Debate
2016/2017 by:Senator The Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson at Senate June 2016:
Total Failure, Fiasco, Disaster, Debacle, Catastrophe , Colossal disappointment, and ultimate betrayal.
President it is with great sadness that we are left with this
description of the last four years under this PLP government. When I
think of the upcoming general election I am reminded of the words of a
popular gospel song “I Believe” and at the end of that song is a melody
which says So Long Bye Bye, So Long Bye Bye Goodbye to my pain and my
sorrow so long bye bye...
The Government of Canada today announced that it has "made it a top
priority to re-establish and strengthen our relationship with Mexico."
Trudeau announced Canada’s intention to lift the visa requirement for
Mexican visitors beginning December 1, 2016. The announcement came
during a 2-day State visit to Canada by Mexican president Enrique Peña
“Canada is pleased to
deliver on the government’s commitment to lift the visa requirement for
Mexican nationals. We look forward to the social and economic benefits
that lifting the visa requirement will bring to both countries..."
Nassau, Bahamas - REV, a two-time sponsor for The Bahamas National
Culinary Team in the Taste of Caribbean, has announced it would deliver
complimentary REV Trio services to members of the national team in
celebration of their winning performance at this year's culinary
The Bahamian team faced 13 opposing groups in Taste
of Caribbean 2016, held at Miami, Florida's Hyatt Regency on June 6-10,
and returned with nine medals - five gold medals for Caribbean National
Team of the Year, Caribbean Chef of the Year, Caribbean Bartender of
the Year, Seafood Chef of the Year, and Seafood Competition...
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on ‘Delusional’ PLP Chairman Robert’s comments on
the secret BPL business plan:
“Another failure of the PLP
Government – another excuse by ‘Delusional’ PLP Chairman Roberts. It has
become very predictable that every time the PLP Government is facing a
major crisis in their failure as a government they have their party’s
‘delusional’ chairman issue a statement with inside information to the
press. How about instead of giving him the secret business plan to fix
BPL, the PLP Government let all Bahamians know how they are going to fix
the failing power company by laying the plan on the table in
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne has taken the
decision to withdraw a concession agreement formed with Sandals Antigua
back in 2009 and has admonished the Caribbean hotel chain in a terse
What is particularly disturbing is that Prime Minister
Browne is failing to recognize a legally-binding document and is
insisting that Sandals 'is failing to pay over' agreed taxes without a
single shred of evidence offered.
In the main, Caribbean
economies are contracting and there is a greater need for Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI). This helps to address unemployment and aids gross
NASSAU, Bahamas - Minister of Financial Services and Local
Government, the Hon. Hope Strachan delivers remarks during a reception
held for Administrators and Local Government Practitioners. The event
was held at the SuperClub Breezes on the evening of June 24. The event
commemorates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Local
Government in the Bahamas.
During the day, a one-day conclave was held,
in which the Minister reconfirmed the Government’s commitment to
strengthening and deepening the role that local government has played
and continues to play in the future success of local communities...
As one of the main tenets in its platform, Save the Bays has pushed for
Freedom of Information legislation since its inception, organizing the
very first FOIA rally in Rawson Square in downtown Nassau in June 2014.
Since then, the environmental advocacy group has worked tirelessly to
make sure the issue remains on the public’s radar, most notably
gathering more than 7,000 signatures on a petition calling for the
government to pass an FOI bill.
“The people must have a voice to
speak, they must have an avenue through which to be heard and they must
be honored with respect to their opinion,” said Save the Bays Chairman
Joseph Darville on Thursday as he opened ‘Voice of the Bays: The
Environment Speaks,’ a weekly radio show that airs in both Freeport and
Nassau on Love 97.5 FM...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Members of the Caribbean Dance Network (CDN)
paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon.
Michael Darville, at the Ministry, Monday, June 27.
group led by Dr. Ann Higgins, Minister Darville said the CDN was
created “with a vision to creating a ministry dedicated to praise and
worship through the creative arts, and to nurture and train a growing
group of local, international and intergenerational persons in the area
of dance and Christian Ministry..."
has a lot to be proud of when one considers that this small arc of islands has often
produced world-class moments many times its magnitude by citizens who are
extremely talented across the board.
Honouring Our People’s Excellence is the theme of the 43rd
Anniversary Celebrations of Bahamas Independence, recognizing the stellar
achievements of many Bahamians throughout the islands of the country, and
behalf of the Minister of Tourism at a press conference
Monday at Cabinet
Office to announce the Independence Celebrations Calendar of Events
The Grand Bahama Regatta and Homecoming is set to take place at
Taino Beach in Freeport from July 22nd through 24th. The regatta
committee is excited to announce that one of their headliners will be
Julien Believe, creator of the Junkanoo Pop Sound and Bahamian Icon
Award winner for the Most Popular Song in 2014 for his single ‘
The Caribbean Slide’.
"We are very fortunate and excited to have obtained Julien for our Homecoming," said committee chair, Chervita Campbell. "Julien
represents the younger generation in our entertainment industry, and
just like the music industry, we need our youth to keep the sport of
sailing alive and thriving..."
Nassau, The Bahamas - The following is Commonwealth Of The Bahamas Contribution to the Budget Debate 2016/2017 by Sen. The Hon. Carl Bethel, Member of The Senate delivered on June, 27, 2016:
Every budget debate is a contest of ideas. In the annual budget every
government is mandated to give an account for its stewardship of the
national economy, the quality of life, and the policy decisions they
have made, which have either alleviated the challenges faced by ordinary
people, or which have made the burden and the suffering of the people
No one can seriously expect that the Opposition can overturn the
government’s agenda in Parliament; certainly not in a Parliament which
has so great an imbalance between government members and the opposition...
Nassau, Bahamas - Now in its third year, Bahamas Engineering and
Technology Association (BETA) Camp, the free one-week science camp for
Bahamian teens, intends to launch on Monday July 4th with an expert
panel on disaster management under the camp’s theme “Prediction,
Preparedness, Provision: STEM tools to Sustain our Bahamaland,” The
panel, which will be held in COB’s Harry Moore Library at [TIME], is
sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and is open to the public.
panel will feature keynote speaker Dr. Pamela McCauley an, ergonomics
and biomechanics specialist and award-winning professor at the
University of Central Florida where she serves as head of the Ergonomics
Lab – studying human efficiency in the working environment. Dr.
McCauley, a Jefferson Science Fellow ...
Nassau, Bahamas -
On June 15, 2016,
the U.S. Department of State finalized the purchase of approximately
five acres of land in the Nassau city center that will be the site of
the new U.S. Embassy. The new Embassy will be located
off Shirley Street, East Street, and Sands Road.
relocation will accommodate our growing U.S. Mission to The Bahamas.
The new multi-building campus will allow us to better achieve U.S
foreign policy objectives as well as better serve both
American and Bahamian citizens...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Six months following the signing of the $6.5
million contract for the new causeway to replace Fishing Hole Road,
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the
Hon. Philip Davis toured the work site, Friday, June 24, 2016.
for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville and the Hon. Arnold
Forbes Minister, of State for the Ministry of Works and Urban
Development accompanied them on the tour after they participated in the
ground breaking ceremony and contract signing for the Smith’s Point
week the British electorate voted to sever ties with the European
Union. That decision as it stands does not currently affect our
participation in the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA), a reciprocal trade agreement that was signed by The
Bahamas in 2008 and one to which the UK is also a signatory. The effects
of that decision will no doubt have some impact upon The Bahamas,
CARICOM and CARIFORUM in the long run. It is difficult to predict the
degree to which there will be any fallout in our trading relationship
with Britain and the European Union as the events are still unfolding...
Nassau, BAHAMAS - The
Confucius Institute at The College of The Bahamas recently held an award
ceremony and reception at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information
Centre to honour 20 Bahamian students who will
soon travel to China to participate in the Mandarin Language
Scholarships Chinese Cultural Programme.
representatives from Academic Affairs and Student Leadership, the
Programme 2016 participants, their family and friends attended the
ceremony. Also in attendance was recently appointed Ambassador
of the People’s Republic of China to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo...
After a long campaign the people of the United Kingdom have voted to
leave the European Union through a historic referendum. As the UK reacts
to the implications of this decision, the positive consequences of the
UK’s membership of the Commonwealth should also be considered.
several Commonwealth leaders had expressed concerns over a UK
withdrawal from the EU, all respected the right of the people of the
United Kingdom to decide their fate for themselves. The Prime Minister
of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat, told Maltese broadcaster TVM, that the
country was ready for a new reality without the UK in the EU, saying
"It's not what we had hoped would happen, but it has happened.” The
President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, reiterated “special relations
with Britain through the Commonwealth...”
Nassau, Bahamas – Gaydene McClain, Veteran International Business
Professionals (IBP) CEO and Published Author “Why Invest- Understanding
Investing in The Bahamas, known within Government and the financial
world for exclusive focus on Global Leadership Development services,
today announced that Dr. Vasantha Chase, President of Caribbean
Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) and trained
economist disciplined in management of inter-sectoral planning will
present at the “Highly Effective Role of Management – Strengthening BID
Proposals Competitiveness,” Workshop, held July 19-22, 2016 in Nassau,
Bahamas, at IBP Training Center, Caves, Village.
Dr. Chase brings
many years of international management experience to the workshop. She
is also Managing Director of Chase Consultants located in St. Lucia...
Minister of State for Investments, the Hon. Khaalis Rolle, led The
Bahamas Delegation as a panelist at the High-level panel discussion on
“Leaving No One Behind: Innovative Institutional Approaches and Public
Service Delivery for celebrating the 2016 United Nations Public Service
Day” held on Thursday, 23rd June at UN Headquarters in New York.
UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service
to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the
development process; recognize the work of public servants, and
encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector...
Nassau, Bahamas – The Miss Bahamas Organization® (MBO) will make history
once again when it crowns the new Miss World Bahamas on July 24, 2016.
For the first time in Bahamian pageant history, the general public will
not only get to watch the pageant live, but will also help to select
the winner by voting in real time.
Voting duties for the
general public begin with MBO’s new Road to the Crown Reality TV Show,
which premieres on Our TV on June 28 at 8 p.m., immediately following
Our News. The 10 contestants will be introduced to the public through
the 4-week series which will showcase the contestants through
interviews, challenges, activities and preliminary competitions...
Police on the island of Bimini are investigating a shooting incident that has left a male hospitalized.
are that on Monday 27th June 2016 shortly after 11:00am, a male was
brought to the Bimini Government Clinic suffering from gunshot wounds to
the leg. He reported that while in the Bailey Town area he was shot in
the leg by a male who is known to him. He is listed in stable condition
and is schedule to be airlifted to New Providence for further medical