NASSAU, The Bahamas -- "And then the water comes, and it keeps on coming. When I got scared, it was too late to leave."
Marshall Road resident V. George Wilson shared those words with Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon Perry Christie, Minister
with responsibility for Hurricane Relief the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister
of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Kendred Dorsett, National
Emergency Management Agency representatives and stakeholders present on
October 17, 2016, with laughter and a smile on his face -- a smile that
appeared to be tempered with weariness...
Nassau, Bahamas – The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) and
Vantage Airport Group are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms.
Paula Rigby to the position of Vice President, Finance and Chief
Financial Officer. Paula joined the company in 2007 as Financial
Controller and was appointed Director of Finance in 2013 and then Acting
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer on April 1, 2016.
With this new appointment, NAD now has a 100% Bahamian executive team
managing the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
well qualified to provide the financial leadership and strategic advice
needed for NAD to achieve its operating objectives and meet its
fiduciary responsibilities,” said Vernice Walkine, NAD’s President and
Chief Executive Officer...
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the Prime Minister not visiting Centerville, his
own Constituency, since Hurricane Matthew:
“It’s amazing that
Prime Minister Christie has not visited his own Constituency since
Hurricane Matthew hit New Providence two weeks ago. Even more amazing is
that he is openly boasting to that fact that he’s failed to visit
Centerville to check on the Bahamians that elected him. These are the
people that voted for him five years ago to represent them and be their
voice in Parliament. Many of those residents have gone without power for
over two weeks and are still waiting for their power to be returned. I
guess they are left to wonder what will happen first...
Nassau, Bahamas – After being out of school for three weeks, students in
New Providence, Grand Bahama and North and Central Andros will return
to school tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 with the exception of
two schools; Government High School in New Providence and Walter Parker
Primary in Grand Bahama. All teachers are to report to school tomorrow.
return and attendance of the students of the Government High School
will be staggered until the completion of the repairs. Students of GHS
will return and attend as follows...
Nassau, Bahamas – 23rd October, 2016 – The Hon. Jerome K.
Fitzgerald, Minister with responsibility for the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) wishes to advise the public, particularly civil society that
the Freedom of Information committee met with the Minister of Education
early last week and provided him with a copy of a report following their
It was initially intended to have the bill
tabled in the House of Assembly late October 2016. However due to the
unforeseen setbacks caused by Hurricane Matthew, it is likely that the
bill will be tabled before the end of the year...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Thursday, October 20, 2016 was a day of giving
towards the Hurricane Matthew relief and recovery efforts from the
public and private sectors; one week after the powerful Hurricane
Matthew passed through the country.
Separate ceremonies were held
at the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, where in attendance
were the Rt Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister; the Hon Shane Gibson,
the Minister Responsible for Hurricane Relief and Restoration; Captain
Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA; His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus,
Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas and other officials...
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the Prime Minister refusing to reveal details
about a new secret owner of the Baha Mar Resort:
“Last week, it
was indirectly revealed by Prime Minister Christie that Perfect Luck
Holdings Limited is the new owner of Baha Mar. Up until recently, Mr.
Christie had only acknowledged that Perfect Luck purchased the debt that
Baha Mar owed to its former employees and contractors. This new
information only leads to more questions than it does answers. This
company was registered in Hong Kong in 2014, but we know little more
than that. Shouldn’t the Bahamian people know who the owners of Perfect
Luck are and, therefore, the owners of Baha Mar?”
Nassau, Bahamas – Commonwealth Brewery Limited (CBL) has donated funds
to the Bahamas Red Cross, the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) and its team members.
“We at Commonwealth Brewery Limited
believe strongly in corporate responsibility. CBL understands and
appreciates that the Bahamas is merely at the start of what we know will
be a lengthy and arduous restoration process and we are committed to
helping re-build the lives of all Bahamians displaced by the storm,”
said Dennis Hanna, Corporate Relations director at CBL...
Urging others to follow suit reaching deep into pockets and hearts to
give what they can, Commonwealth Bank today made its third substantial
donation to a Hurricane Matthew relief fund with bank President Ian
Jennings projecting earlier that the all-Bahamian bank’s contributions
could reach nearly $500,000.
Today’s donation of $50,000 to The
Salvation Army followed cheques of $100,000 each to the Bahamas Red
Cross and NEMA last week, bringing cash outlays to date to $250,000, a
gesture that was applauded by Prime Minister Perry Christie...
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the
persons responsible for two separate shooting incidents that have left a
man dead and another detained in hospital.
In the first incident
shortly after 11:00pm last night (Sunday 23rd October 2016), a man was
walking through Peter Street off East Street when he was shot.
The man was transported to hospital where he remains in
Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2016,
officers from Tourism Policing Unit took into custody a Bahamian male
and an American male from Miami, after they were found in possession of a
quantity of dangerous drugs on Saturday 22nd October 2016.
are that shortly before 1:00pm, officers from the Tourism Policing
Unit, acting on information took into custody a Bahamian male and an
American male at Prince George Wharf, after they found a quantity of
marijuana and cocaine in their possession...
Nassau, Bahamas - Woman in custody for stabbing incident incident:Police took an adult female into custody following a stabbing incident that occurred on Sunday 23rd October 2016...
Suspects to be arraigned in Court Today on serious charges: The following suspects have been charged by Detectives from the Central
Detective Unit and will be arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court, Nassau
Street at 11:00am today (Monday 24th October 2016), to answer to the
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Residents in North Andros who were severely
impacted by the powerful Hurricane Matthew almost two weeks ago are
beginning to feel some sense of normalcy, as a massive clean-up campaign
is almost completed in that Family Island community.
October 23, two weeks after the Category 4 storm struck that area,
Leonard Dames Jr. assistant administrator of North Andros gave an update
of the recovery progress and how residents are coping...
Renew Bahamas, the company responsible for management of the New
Providence landfill has officially suspended its local operations in the
wake of Hurricane Matthew bringing garbage collection across the island
as well as the company’s recycling component to a grinding halt
according to media reports. In the wake of hurricane Matthew, cleanup
and garbage collection is now, more than ever, an essential service.
Without it, the island of New Providence is left open to any number of
health hazards including rodent infestations, mosquito breeding and
without proper remediation dump fires, which at any given time can spew
toxins into the air.
According to published reports, the
company’s executives have invoked the ‘force majeure’ clause of their
contract which in effect, absolves the company of completing its
mandated tasks due to a an unavoidable event or an incident which is out
of their control...
As you are aware, the Road Traffic Department
(RTD) is transitioning to its electronic, automated system of operation.
This new system introduces for the first time, the Registration of ALL
vehicle owners as Clients of the Road Traffic Department. This is a
one-time process that will assist us in establishing a relationship with
This new system requires every individual to present
specific documents at the time of licensing their vehicles. Please note
that the following documents are required...
Nassau, Bahamas - The 47 marina and allied members of the Association of
Bahamas Marinas are open for business and are anticipating a busy
winter season, almost all members having experienced no significant
damage during the recent hurricane Matthew.
ABM members were
reporting full restoration of power and water to their docks and resorts
within a day or two of the hurricane, the small eye of which traveled
over the Exumas, Nassau, Chub Cay and Grand Bahama Island. All the Exuma
marinas including Highbourne Cay and The Marina at Emerald Bay
(Sandals) reported no or slight damage with Safe Harbour at Cave Cay
soon to repair two damaged docks and fully operational with other docks...
Police in Abaco took two males into custody following a shooting incident on that island that left a man dead
on Sunday 23rd October 2016.
Reports are that shortly before 4:00am, a man was involved in an argument with another man near a
nightclub off S. C. Bootle Highway, Murphy Town that led to him being fatally shot with a shotgun. The victim
was transported to the local clinic where he was pronounced dead.
First of all, I would like to thank you for
the speed and urgency with which the Royal Bahamas Police Force
responded to news that Save The Bays (STB) has reported certain serious
threats to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) at the OAS
in Washington DC.
Within days of the IACHR contacting the
government regarding our case, senior officers made efforts to interview
all STB members who had reported fearing for their lives and safety as a
result of the environmental advocacy work we do across The Bahamas...
met on Wednesday of this week and as expected, Matthew took center
stage with the government moving a resolution for a loan of up to $150m
to defray the costs of this country’s recovery and reconstruction
efforts as a result of not only Hurricane Matthew, but for last year’s
Moving the resolution was State Minister for Finance the Hon. Michael Halkitis.
Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie took the
opportunity to update the House and the country on the status of the
country’s recovery efforts. As expected, the nation’s chief revealed
that the losses...
NORTH ANDROS, The Bahamas – A delegation of diplomats and senior
government officials visited North Andros on Wednesday to see first hand
the impact of Hurricane Matthew. Parliamentary Secretary in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Cleola Hamilton,
led the delegation. The Diplomats’ visit to Andros was part of a
schedule of activities held during the third annual diplomatic week
During a press conference held at the North Andros airport,
Mrs. Hamilton expressed her ‘sorrow’ about the hurricane and encouraged
Androsians to remain ‘positive’ and to continue to work together...
Castries Saint Lucia – As the threat of Zika remains
prevalent in many of our communities, Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia has
taken the initiative to help protect our school children from the spread
of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito on their compounds.
aegypti mosquito is the vector that transmits the viruses that cause
Zika, Dengue fever and Chikungunya among other diseases. These viruses
are passed on to humans through the bites of an infective female Aedes
mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of
an infected person. Efforts to control this vector are ongoing and
critical to maintain satisfactory health standards nationally...
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are seeking the public’s help in locating
the suspects in several shooting incidents that have left a man dead and
five persons detained in hospital.
In the first incident,
shortly after 7:00am on Friday 21st October 2016, a man was standing in
front of his home located at Moncur Alley off Kemp Road, when a male
armed with a handgun approached and shot him before fleeing in a silver
Honda Fit vehicle license number 320478...
The world’s youth population is at an all-time high, at 1.8 billion
people aged 15 to 29, yet the potential for ‘Generation Hope’ to
contribute to a happy, healthy and prosperous future for all could be
dashed by widespread joblessness, unequal access to health and education
and lack of political influence. This is the conclusion of a major new
index and report published today.
The Global Youth Development
Index, an initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat, ranks 183
countries according to the prospects of young people in employment,
education, health, civic and political spheres. Looking at 18 indicators...
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspects responsible for two separate armed robberies.
the first incident, shortly after 11:00am on Friday 21st October 2016, a
man was sitting in his vehicle in front of a business establishment on
Madeira Street, when a male armed with a handgun approached and robbed
him of cash him before fleeing in a gold Honda Accord vehicle license
ELEUTHERA, Bahamas - The GLO Good Foundation and Lenny Kravitz's Let
Love Rule Foundation have teamed up in Eleuthera "for the second time to
provide oral health care, education, and tools to adults and children
in need, giving them the gift of a healthy smile," says the GLO Good
The website also states, "Many Eleutherans lack access to dental care
and are suffering as a result. A team of GLO Good dental professionals
from the USA will provide oral health treatment, tools, and education to
passionate, hardworking Eleutherans in need. The foundation's say that
they aim to provide dental treatment to 100+ adults and children, and
education and tools to hundreds more..."
The Royal Commonwealth Society is concerned by Maldives’ decision to
leave the Commonwealth, which comes after the Commonwealth Ministerial
Action Group (CMAG)’s repeated exchanges with Maldives over breaches of
civil and political rights and democratic values.
assessment of Maldives, CMAG sighted a lack of “…political space
available to the opposition”…“the separation of powers and independence
of the judiciary; and the independence and lawful functioning of
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Davis J. Rahming, Worthy Grand Knight and his executive team of Knights of Columbus, paid a courtesy call Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Pictured from left: Rema Martin, President, Insurance Institute of the Bahamas (IIB); Emmanuel Komolafe, Chairman (BIA); H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling; Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, Coordinator, (BIA); and Michele Fields, Superintendent, Insurance Commission of The Bahamas.