We read with great interest the statement by the
PLP government yesterday that the filing for Bankruptcy by Bahamar was
unexpected…a surprise to the Government of the Bahamas. If the PLP government is truthful in this
statement, it begs the question why was the government not aware? From all
recent reports by this government, there was constant communication with the
Prime Minister and Izmirilian and the Chinese. Indeed this government touted
for the past three years that Bahamar was going to be the saviour of our
economy and, hence, one would have believed that this government would have
been intimately involved in every aspect of Bahamar’s development. At least
this is what a sensible government would have done, knowing the ramifications
if the project failed. Certainly with all the so-called governmental experience
of our good Prime Minister this should have been a foregone conclusion.
Nassau, Bahamas - Education continues to be the bridge to
deepening cultural awareness, understanding and friendship between The
Bahamas and the People's Republic of China, with the Confucius Institute
at The College of The Bahamas playing an essential role.
the next few weeks, 14 college students – most of whom are from The
College of The Bahamas – and nine Bahamian educators from the public and
private school system will experience the culture of China and learn
its language and customs by traveling throughout Nanjing, Shanghai,
Hangzhou and Wuxi...
NASSAU, The Bahamas –
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray
presented a cheque to the Cat Island Regatta Committee during a press
conference Monday, June 29, at the Ministry’s offices.
left: Rev. McPhee, Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton; President Pat
Strachan; Chairman Marcian Mortimer; and Race Committee Chairman Maxwell
Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General,
along with members of the First Bahamas Branch of Toastmasters
International Club 1600, planted a Lignum Vitae Tree in the Lower
Grounds of Government House on Tuesday, June 30, 2015...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Kemp Road, Englerston
East and West Urban Renewal Centers held a Domestic Violence and
Conflict Resolution in Relationships Seminar, under the theme “Breaking
The Silence and Resolving Conflicts in Domestic Violence and
Relationships,” Thursday, June 25, at the Church of God of Prophecy,
The seminar comprised education and training for
various organizations, support group leaders, concerned friends and
families about the dynamics associated with domestic violence and
abusive relationships. Guest speakers included Dr. Sandra Dean
Patterson, director of the Crisis Centre; Superintendent Elaine Sands;
and Presenter Margaret Smith.
NASSAU, The Bahamas –
Scotiabank partnered with the Ministry of Health in a ‘Know Your
Status: HIV Testing Day’ in Rawson Square on Friday, which was
well-attended, providing testing, blood pressure checks, and
counseling. Pictured are initiative leaders, from left: United States
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Project Manager
Paula Bowleg; Nurse Marva Jervis of the HIV/AIDS Centre; PAHO/WHO
Representative Dr. Gerry Eijkemans; Scotiabank Director of Human
Resources Lasonya Missick; Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Marco
Rolle; US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson; PEPFAR Assistant
Coordinator Amanda Hall-Pyfrom...
A family reunion hit all the right notes
recently when Joseph Rahming Jr. of Delaware became acquainted with
long-lost family members, who included the Rahming Brothers a cappella
Mr. Rahming’s grandfather, George Lorenzo Rahming, was
born in The Bahamas but lost contact with family members in the islands
since he moved to Boynton Beach, Florida in the 1920s. After almost a
century of separations, the two Rahming families were re-acquainted when
Joseph’s wife, Kecia Wilder-Rahming, arranged a reunion through the
Ministry of Tourism’s People to People program...
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are requesting the public’s help in locating two suspects responsible for an armed robbery that occurred yesterday.
to reports, around 2:30pm yesterday, two men armed with handguns robbed
a convenience store located on Wulff Road near Lincoln Boulevard of a
small amount of cash before fleeing on foot.Investigations are ongoing.
The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department of the Ministry of Finance has
released the VAT Rules as it relates to Real Estate. The public is
advised that the rules are to be read in conjunction with the VAT Act
2014 Act and Regulations 2014 and to provide feedback to the department
if they deem necessary.
The rules reflect the Comptroller’s position on the administration and enforcement of the law relating to real estate.
public is further advised that they can view the Real Estate Rules as
well as other sector rules on the government’s website...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Goombay Summer Festival will once again be held at Taino Beach, and
run for five weeks, July 2-30, the Ministry of Tourism announced during a press
conference on Monday.
Summer Festival will then begin on Fridays, July 31 and run through August
21 at Sunset Village, in Eight Mile Rock. Included in the festivities will be West End,
where the festival will be held on Saturdays, from August 1 to 22.
She said, “Attendees can enjoy the best of the west,
with Eight Mile Rock’s signature Fish Fry experience and the nostalgia of the
West End Move...”
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – ZNS Network on
Monday re-launched Power 104.5 FM and rebranded 810 AM, as a gospel station, at
the Bahamas Government Complex, when Minister of National Security and Minister
with responsibility for Broadcasting, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, was on hand
to officially turn on the switch.
Minister Nottage said Monday marked a
new day for the Corporation as the Northern Service becomes more responsive to
the needs of the Northern Bahamas. Innovations are underway as the Corporation
carries out its mission to inform, educate and entertain the people of The
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister:
Yesterday, without notice, Baha Mar
filed a bankruptcy Chapter 11 petition in Delaware USA. This action was taken
at a point when my personal intervention over several months with all three parties
involved, led to substantial agreement on a packaged solution for additional
funding by China Export Import Bank, the resumption of construction work by the
general contractor, and the project completion. This is supported by exchange
of correspondence as recently as June 26...
First Competition In Junkanoo Summer Festival
Aaliah Thurston and Carlen Elliot, Valley Girls from the Valley
Boys Group, say they are more than ready to participate in this weekend’s first
Junkanoo Summer Festival Competition – the Massive Street Dance Competition.
“I’m very excited about the competition,” said Thurston. “We
always win and we always bring good stuff.”
“We are practicing very hard. Three times a week so we are sure to
win,” says Elliot.
In the months
after taking office, this Christie administration made a public spectacle of
its efforts to reclaim “controlling interest” in BTC. Negotiations between the
government and the principals of Cable and Wireless communications dragged on
for months and at the conclusion of those talks, Mr. Christie and his cabinet
boasted about the landmark deal which he promised would make the government an
equal shareholder with Cable and Wireless and ultimately result in major
benefits for Bahamians.
Unfortunately, WE HAVE BEEN DUPED! That new
arrangement inked with Cable and Wireless was not worth the paper it was
written on! When it was all said and done, the government was only ...
Nassau, Bahamas - The 240 graduates of The
Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) were encouraged
during their recent commencement exercise to not work out someone else’s
purpose for their lives, but to be purpose driven in their own
The advice came from the graduation speaker, Director
of Youth, K. Darron Turnquest who used the opportunity to paint a
portrait against a landscape that life will present its challenges.
However, he noted that those same forces come to make one stronger...
Important points on revenue reform by Bahamas financial secretary John Rolle - Jun 30, 2015 - 6:30:40 PM
The public's attention is being drawn to
several important revenue reforms approved by Parliament during the
2015/2016 Budget Debate. These mainly affect the revenue collections
that fall under Ministry of Finance agencies and include Customs Duties
and Excise Taxes, Stamp Taxes, Value Added Tax (VAT), Real Property
Taxes and Business License. The legislative changes also affect
procedures that government ministries, departments and public
corporations must observe when they do business with the private sector...
(Statement) Veteran activist warns that request for precautionary measures could be filed with regional body over failure to grant access to and medical records of the man shot in the head during immigration raid
A veteran human rights activists is warning that if attorneys are again
denied access to Jean-Mary Justilien and are not provided with copies
of his medical records, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association
(GBHRA) will have no choice but to apply to the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) for precautionary measures in an
effort to protect his rights...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Minister of
Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray met with a wide
range of stakeholders at the Ministry, Monday, June 29, at a
consultative conclave to review and discuss the Consultation Draft
Regulation and Legislations, which detail proposed changes to the
Fisheries Act and Regulations to allow for greater regulation of the Fly
Fishing Industry in The Bahamas.
Minister Gray said the
consultative conclave comes as the Ministry of Agriculture and the
Government is deeply committed to the protection of the country’s marine
resources, particularly the fly fishing industry, for the use and
future employment of all Bahamians and visitors...
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced it has approved a $15 million grant for a sustainable artisan-fishing development project in southern Haiti.
Fishing is a key socioeconomic sector in Haiti, generating some
77,000 full-time jobs (52,000 direct and 25,000 indirect positions).
Artisan fishing still remains the predominant type of marine fishing in
the country and takes place in 420 localities in 9 of the 10
The FNM is deeply concerned with developments at Baha Mar. We
are especially concerned for the 2000 plus employees of the Resort whose
continued employment is in jeopardy. And we are concerned for all the Bahamian
contractors engaged by the developers who have no idea when Baha Mar will be in
a position to make good on monies owed to them for work completed and
continuing up to a few days ago.
The FNM is alarmed that the project agreement originally
negotiated by Christie and rescued from disarray by the last FNM Government is now
unravelling before our eyes.
Prime Minister Perry Christie and his Government appear
clueless as to their next move. They
were caught flatfooted and in the dark...
PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas – Governor
General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended the Duke of
Edinburgh Gold Cup Tournament Luncheon and Prize Presentation at the One
and Only Ocean Club House, Paradise Island, Sunday afternoon, June 28.
Governor General, pictured left, brought remarks and made presentations
to First Place Winners, husband and wife team Scott and Krystal
MacKenzie, and Second Place Winners Jeff Hood and Phil Andrews. At right
is Atlantis Vice-President Ed Fields...
Washington DC-Geneva - Cuba today became the
first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health
Organization (WHO) that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission
of HIV and syphilis.
“Eliminating transmission of a virus is one
of the greatest public health achievements possible,” said Dr Margaret
Chan, WHO Director-General. “This is a major victory in our long fight
against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step
towards having an AIDS-free generation.”
PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS - This past
Saturday, June 27th, hundreds of Atlanteans swarmed the communities of
New Providence with the aim of putting meaningful and tangible effort
into their desire to make a difference in those communities.
the past 20 years, Atlantis, Paradise Island has exercised its
commitment to helping build a better New Providence for all, giving
more than $28M to support local charities, youth and sporting
organizations, Junkanoo, community park development and redevelopment,
beach restoration and the creation of green spaces...
Reports are that on Monday 29th June 2015
shortly after 4:00pm, Officers at the Marsh Harbour International
Airport, discovered a tan box containing (16) clear packages of
suspected marijuana. Further investigation led to the arrest of the 27
year old male of Grand Bahama...