May 27th, 2016 - Today the White House released a statement on the passing of Cassandra Butts, an
Obama adviser who was nominated to be ambassador to The Bahamas, although her appointment to The
Bahamas was subject to ratification by the United States Senate. She passed away on May 24th.
In February 2014, her nomination was welcomed and acknowledged by The Bahamas government.
"To know Cassandra Butts was to know someone who made you want to be better," said a statement from U.S. president Barack Obama. "Michelle and I were fortunate enough to count her as a friend for most of our adult lives..."
Belize City, Friday, 27 May 2016 (CRFM)—Officials from the Caribbean
Community and the United States advanced talks in Washington last week
at the 7th Annual Meeting of the CARICOM-US Trade and Investment
Council, on several key concerns affecting trade between the US and the
region, chief among then being the treat of a lawsuit by US-based NGOs
over the harvesting of queen conch for trade. The threat of suit is of
great concern to the region, which exports roughly US$185 million worth
of conch meat a year to the US.
In February 2016, WildEarth
Guardians and Friends of Animals notified the Secretary of Commerce and
the Administrator of NOAA of their intention to sue the Department of
Commerce, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama –Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael
Darville, was on hand on Friday, May 27, to welcome some 189 visitors on
the Sunwing inaugural flight to Grand Bahama from Houston, Texas.
by Senator Tanesha Tynes, and officials of the Ministry of Tourism, the
Minister greeted the guests as they disembarked from Sunwing.
Darville thanked Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and the
staff of the Ministry of Tourism in Grand Bahama for the summer
programme which is expected to bring flights to the island from eight US
A new species of snake has been discovered in the Conception
Island National Park, a remote part of the southwest Bahamas. The
harmless Silver Boa was found last July during an expedition led by
University of North Carolina biologist Dr. Graham Reynolds.
is the first new boa species discovered in the Caribbean in over
70 years, and it sheds new light on the origins and extent of reptile
biodiversity in the region,” Dr Reynolds said. “But this animal is
critically endangered and already facing extinction.We estimate only a
few hundred remain.”
If I could I would ask Dr Hubert Minnis to help me
understand the following: If I express what I believe unapologetically;
if I make it unflinchingly clear where I stand on an issue, how does
that amount to “shoving the issue down someone’s throat”? His moral
ambivalence is truly unbecoming.On an issue like gender equality I
expect nothing less than moral certainty from my leaders.
in this country don’t even want to take responsibility for their own
beliefs, much less reveal where they stand on an issue. Now, because
someone puts a persuasive argument forward or because they make their
message ubiquitous or because their message annoys or offends you, they
are forcing you to believe...
Excellent work by officers of the Bimini
District resulted in the capture of wanted suspect Colin Adderley of New
Providence who is wanted for Murder.
Reports are that on
Thursday 26th May 2016 shortly before 6:00pm, officers arrested the
suspect in the Alice Town area without incident. A 20 year old male of
South Bimini was also arrested for harbouring a criminal and taken into
Bahamas public forecast today and tonight Friday 27th May 2016
General situation: A surface trough extending from a low pressure
center just northeast of the Central Bahamas combined with mid to upper
level trough and deep tropical moisture will continue to generate
showers and thunderstorms mainly across the Central and Southeastern
Weather: Variably cloudy and warm with the chance of an isolated shower
or thunderstorm over the Northwest Bahamas …..partly cloudy to overcast
with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms over the Central and
In keeping with his trailblazing roots, Karl Lagerfeld recently staged the first international fashion show in Cuba
since the 1959 communist takeover by Fidel Castro. Along with a
supporting cast of 500 elite fashion models, makeup and hair artists,
seamstresses, staging crew members and 100 VIP guests, Lagerfeld showcased Chanel’s Cruise 2017 collection on the open air boulevard of Havana’s Paseo de Prado.
The show was held at sunset on the grand pedestrian
pedestrian promenade, which acts as the unofficial dividing line between
old and new Havana. Covered with polished marble and framed by old
world street lights, large trees and marble benches, the venue was
fitting for the quintessentially French fashion house as French
landscape artist Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier ...
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- While addressing the topic of his Government's
‘Agenda for a Modern Bahamas,’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie told the House of Assembly, on May 25, 2016,
that his Government’s efforts and successes over the past four years do
not begin and end on the fiscal front, for they have clearly understood
-- from prior to the last election -- that the nation confronts a
multitude of challenges that stand in the way of a better future for all
"Accordingly, we have been driven over the past
four years by a mission to effect fundamental transformation in the
pursuit of a modern Bahamas," Prime Minister Christie said, as he
presented his 2016/2017 Budget Communication...
Nassau, Bahamas – 27th May, 2016 – Mr. Alfred Sears, QC, Chairman of the
Council of The College of The Bahamas (COB) has tendered his
resignation with effect 31st May, 2016.
Mr. Sears in his letter
addressed to the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon.
Jerome K. Fitzgerald, indicated that his decision is the result of him
having been ratified as a candidate of the Progressive Liberal Party for
the Fort Charlotte Constituency; and his desire to remove from our
premiere public tertiary institution any perception of partisan
Bahamian writer and book artist Sonia Farmer just released her latest
piece of mastery in an art chapbook she crafted and wrote entitled “Ten
Recipes for Disaster (plus VAT)”. The witty and acerbic truth of what
Farmer wrote has resonated so profoundly within the community, that it
has been shared over 600 times in social media in just 48 hours, with
the artist receiving hundreds of requests to purchase copies.
made the book during a two-week book, paper and print crafts workshop
called the Paper Book Intensive situated in Alabama. Farmer took a class
called “Taking Things Out of Context” taught by book artist Sarah Smith
where she used found material, DIY processes and random prompts to
produce handmade book objects...
The music, films, art and iconic photographs of The Bahamas were
recently on display in Beijing, China, as Bahamians participated in the
2016 Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Exchange as part of the
overall 16th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival which annually attracts
hundreds of artists from around the world.
Bahamian artists performed at the highest level and were well-received at this Beijing world celebration of the arts...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Cabinet of The Bahamas has approved a single
governance model that will accelerate the implementation of Universal
Health Coverage for legal residents of The Bahamas through the
implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI) while providing
effective oversight of the Programme.
The approved, integrated
Universal Health Coverage governance structure will allow for quick and
effective decision-making with transparency and accountability, as well
as the alignment of health systems, and will result in greater
efficiency, continuity of care and the seamless delivery of
patient-centred services in the Government health sector...
Jacobi Bain continued his great play in the U14 Dr Oetker Junior Trophy
Tournament. The tournament is being held in Bucharest, Romania and
features players from all over Europe. On May 26th, Jacobi played in the
quarterfinals against the fourth seeded player Radu Papoe from Romania
and was defeated 6-2,6-2. Jacobi's path to the quarterfinals started
with a win against Romanian Stefan Andrei 6-4, 6-1, Jacobi then went on
to play the 16th seed Alan Borjaski from Poland. He also played doubles
by teaming up with Ion Chrita from Romania. The duo beat Butnaru and
Saki (both from Romania) 6-0, 6-2. The duo beat Gaponeko and Popeanga
in a highly contested match 7-6(8) 6-7(5) 10-5. He advances in doubles
play on tomorrow...
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Emily Rahming of Congo Town, Andros, presented a copy of her book, Emma the Island Girl to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, in a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
NASSAU, The Bahamas – ‘Keeping an eye out’…. Director of Visitor Safety & Security Vincent Harris, pictured (holding envelope) with Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, keeps an eye on things as he walks with the Minister in the area of the House of Assembly and takes in the movement of a popular Horse and Carriage tour through downtown.
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are investigating the circumstances
surrounding a traffic accident that has left a male and a female dead
and two females detained in hospital on Thursday 26th May 2016.
are that shortly after 7:00pm, a Nissan car occupied by four persons
was traveling south on New Providence Highway, when the driver lost
control and crashed into a utility pole. The male driver and a female
passenger were ejected from the vehicle into the road and pronounced
dead on the scene. Two female passengers were transported to hospital
where they remain in stable condition...
Nassau, New Providence - Police are seeking the public’s help in
locating 15 – year old Darren Milifries of Hampton Street, who was
reported missing by family members on Thursday 26th May 2016.
ARE URGING ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION REGARDING ANY CRIME, NO MATTER
HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, IS URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY
CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW
PROVIDENCE) OR1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are seeking the public’s help in solving the
death of a man who was discovered dead on Thursday 26th May 2016.
are that around 10:00am officers from the Southwestern Division were on
mobile patrol in the Bonefish Pond area of western New Providence, when
they observed an unoccupied silver Dodge Durango vehicle parked at the
end of a road.
The officers made a check of the area and found the lifeless body of a male with gunshot wounds...
Save The Bays: The Supreme Court’s decision to grant concerned
locals permission to apply for a judicial review of the Abaco Club’s
proposed marina project has been hailed as another milestone in the
cause of responsible development in The Bahamas.
environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB) congratulated the
residents of Little Harbor for insisting that government follow the law
and ensure that developers consult local communities that may be
affected by their projects.
Legal director for STB, Fred Smith,
QC, who is representing community partner Responsible Development for
Abaco (RDA) in the case, says activists will continue to resort to the
courts for relief until government learns to respect local rights...
Remarks Bradley R. Roberts, National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party Public Meeting of The Southern Shores Branch Progressive Liberal Party Garvin Tynes Primary School Thursday, 26 May 2016:
When I addressed the Nassau
Village Branch on 26th January 2016, I said that the silly season of
politics was upon us and there is bound to be an abundance
misinformation, acts of deception, detraction, distraction, hidden
agendas and plain lies all in an attempt to cause you to lose focus on
your task at hand which...
Nassau, BAHAMAS - The latest fleet in the “army of educators” as The
College of The Bahamas President Dr. Rodney D. Smith addressed them was
formally welcomed into a network of professional educators on Tuesday,
24th May 2016 at the annual Teachers' Commissioning Ceremony held at The
College's Performing Arts Centre in Oakes Field.
one hundred twenty graduands participated in the event that has become a
staple on The College’s Commencement calendar.
In his welcome
address to the graduating students, President Smith reflected on Ms.
Brice, a second grade teacher who paid extra attention to him as a
Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10, a combination of destination and
talent showcase and awards ceremony, will be staged on Sunday, June 5th
at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in Times Square NY and
will be the crowning event in the annual week of activities comprising
Caribbean Week NY 2016. The event is presented by TEMPO Networks, in
partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (“CTO”), and
sponsored by the beautiful Islands of the Bahamas, who take center stage
as Platinum sponsor. Joining the Islands of the Bahamas are the islands
of Barbados (Gold), Turks and Caicos (Silver) and St. Kitts (Bronze).