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observance of the U.S. Labor Day holiday. Please be advised that the
Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, September 8th
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The Bahamas Parliament met on Wednesday, the 2nd September
2015 at 10am and a summary of the communications delivered by government
ministers during the segment “statement by ministers” on the House
agenda are highlighted below for public information and edification.
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie delivered a communication
on the ratings analyses by both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s on the
economy and economic outlook for The Bahamas.
Davies Associates Ltd, (DAL), a Freeport based Project
Management consultancy, recently commissioned a
study into the economic development of Grand Bahama Island with the
objective of replacing unproductive criticism of the general climate of
inactivity with new initiatives.
DAL has already proposed the development of
Freeport’s Grand Bahama International Airport to establish a regional hub and
has now released its conclusion that the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) must
be reformed as a precursor to further economic development...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education,
Science and Technology was on hand early Tuesday morning to welcome
students and teachers as they returned to school for the first day of
the 2015/2016 academic year.
At his first stop, Claridge Primary
School, Minister Fitzgerald greeted students with handshakes and warm
smiles as he interacted with parents, teachers and administrators...
It is with deep regret and sadness that I extend condolences to Prime
Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica on
the loss of over 20 lives in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika.
a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, our countries are tied
historically, geographically, culturally and politically. To that end,
we distinctly recognize that we as members of the Caribbean Community
are not merely neighbors, but in the realm of family. Therefore, when
Dominica hurts, The Bahamas is left in tears...
for NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory have
determined that its radar, one of the satellite’s two science
instruments, can no longer return data. However, the mission, which was
launched in January to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils
are frozen or thawed, continues to produce high-quality science
measurements supporting SMAP’s objectives with its radiometer
The SMAP mission is designed to help scientists understand the links
between Earth's water, energy and carbon cycles and enhance our ability
to monitor and predict natural hazards like floods and droughts. SMAP
remains an important data...
considerable increase in women's political participation and efforts of
Mexican legislators to reform the rules on political financing were
among the main findings of the OAS Mission sent to the federal elections
June 7 in Mexico.
presented today to the Permanent Council of the Organization of
American States by the Chief of Mission, former President of Costa Rica
Laura Chinchilla, acknowledged the efforts made through " an in-depth
political and electoral reform approved by the Federal Congress in 2013
and 2014, which amended the Constitution, introduced new general
LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis will produce
the 7th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today.
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Debbie
Reynolds, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Spike Lee and Gena
Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®...
The Department of Civil Aviation has procured the agreement of the Grand
Bahama Airport Company to pay overtime to Air Traffic Controllers at
the Grand Bahama International Airport. The Company has agreed to pay
the overtime on a retroactive basis less time previously taken off by
Controllers in lieu of pay.
The provision of air traffic
services is an essential service and the officer who turned away a
commercial aircraft loaded with passengers on Tuesday, the 18th August
2015 acted contrary to his duty as an essential service worker.
The Bahamas -- Nontombi Naomi Tutu, Race & Gender Activist from South
Africa along with the Board of Governors of Celebrating Women International (Bahamas)
paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor
General, at Government House on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.
A fighter for
Human Rights, Nontombi Naomi Tutu is a daughter of 1984 Nobel Peace Prize
Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu...
Bahamas - Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Grand Bahama have changed
venues. Their have been held for over 30 years and are very important
to those struggling with addiction and all are welcome to attend.
Meetings in Grand Bahama have moved to the Salvation Army Church on W. Atlantic Dr. in downtown Freeport.
The Meetings are held on Monday and Thursdays at 7pm. All our welcome, and there is no charge to attend...
CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA – Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals
Resorts International has launched a fundraising campaign to aid the
recovery effort in Dominica after the Caribbean nation was recently
devastated by Tropical Storm Erika.
The campaign will include
fundraising efforts involving the tens of thousands of guests staying at
Sandals and Beaches resorts as well as online donations through the
Sandals Foundation webpage...
Hon. Kenred Dorsett Minister of the Environment and Housing
Announcement of New Marine Protected Areas, 'Bahamas Exceeds 10% Target With Marine Protected
The Bahamas became a signatory to the Convention on
Biological Diversity in December of 1993. Upon the signing
of the convention The Bahamas recognized that
biodiversity is about more than plants, animals and
microorganisms and their ecosystems. We recognized that
biodiversity is about people and our need for food
security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter and a clean
and healthy environment in which to live...
London, England – Officials from the Commonwealth Secretariat, The
Bahamas High Commission London and The Bahamas Ministry of Education
held a post meeting to evaluate the outcomes of The 19th Caribbean
Conference of Education Minister’s meeting held in Nassau this past
The London branch of the steering committee and
Commonwealth countries represented at the diplomatic level sung the
praises of The Bahamas in hosting a successful conference; from
hospitality to on-the-ground organization.
Social media video postings leads to the arrest of 6 juvenile males
- In response two recent social media video postings of two young males
and a female being attacked, police have arrested six juveniles for
assault and causing harm...
Police seek public help solving shooting incident - According to reports, around 10:00pm on Tuesday 1st September 2015, a man was walking on Beaumontia Avenue, Gardens Hills...
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing:
am pleased to announce that significant progress has been made in the
removal of the Derelict Vehicle site from its current location on
Marshall Road to the new location at the New Providence Landfill on
Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. It has taken longer than I had hoped
but in short order the people who reside in the areas surrounding the
derelict site such as Misty...
The Free National Movement is
somewhat encouraged that a growing number of PLP Cabinet Ministers are publicly
echoing the advice and hopes of the FNM leadership that all those involved in
the conflict at Baha Mar would cease the public arguments and sit and work out
a plan of action that would result in the resolution of the dispute plaguing
the development at this time.
The Free National Movement’s
singular focus has been to contribute to the ongoing dialog about the Baha Mar
development in a way that would assist with the opening of the Resort. Tremendous efforts were made by the Party’s...
LOS ANGELES, CA — Emmy®-winning live television producer David
Hill and Oscar®-nominated producer-director Reginald Hudlin will produce
the 88th Oscars telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs
announced today. It will be their first involvement with the Academy
Awards®, which will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar
Sunday, February 28, 2016.
“We’re delighted to have this talented team on board,” said Boone
Isaacs. “David is a true innovator with a dynamic personality. His
vast experience as a live events producer..."
is a very sad day for us at the Grand Bahama Port Authority. We in the
space of six months have lost two of the three pillars of modern
Freeport" said Sarah St George, GBPA Vice Chairman.
Edward St George, Sir Jack Hayward and Sir Albert worked
happily together for over 30 years and lived long and fruitful lives
achieving much and contributing more. Sir Albert was a larger-than-life
figure, distinguished, statesmanlike and above all a family
man at heart. He was the symbol..."
CANADA - Vancouver Fashion Week returns for its 26th consecutive season featuring
designers from across the globe during the week, September 28th through
October 4th, 2015. The event will return to the Chinese Cultural Centre.
VFW announced their S/S16 season and will open its doors to designers,
media, buyers, agents, and the general public for 7 days featuring an
array of Vancouver’s top creative artists.
Hailed as West Coast Canada's most prestigious industry...
The natural resources of The Bahamas could be treasure troves for
bio-technological marvels, according to Dr. Nathan Dawson, Assistant
Professor in the School of Mathematics, Physics and Technology at The
College of The Bahamas.
Dr. Dawson, who commenced his faculty
appointment at The College this Fall, is one of 11 new members of the
teaching staff, nine of whom have terminal degrees and are conducting
research in various academic disciplines...
I have served in Parliament for
over 20 years with the Free National Movement (FNM). My last post was Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of National Security. One of my most enduring,
treasured and fundamental beliefs is freedom of speech, followed by freedom
These beliefs were drilled into
me during the darkest days when the PLP was at the Zenith of its political
strength and the FNM was struggling for political victory and relevance as we
fought to deliver transparency, accountability, integrity and stewardship in
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) has implemented an emergency warning system to better prepare and
inform the public about a disaster about to impact the country.
system was first tested during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, when
on Thursday, August 27, 2015 NEMA partially activated the National
Emergency Operations Center to closely monitor the storm.
follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which provide instructions
for activation and the operations...
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority, (URCA), supported
two Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) camps this summer;
the Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement (BETA) and “HACK IT”
camps. The camps aimed to foster a greater awareness of and aptitude for
STEM amongst young Bahamian students from the family islands as well as
New Providence. The BETA camp catered to junior high school students
and the “HACK IT” camp was for senior high school students...
The comprehensive, frank and sobering national address delivered by
the National Security Minister last Thursday proved once again that the
Progressive Liberal Party is still the only party with a plan to tackle
We offer our unreserved support for the government’s
anti-crime policies and initiatives that are designed to address this
social menace with a multi-tiered approach from prevention to
rehabilitation. We thank Minister Nottage for his vision, leadership,
hard work and tenacity...
Sharon Gibson, General Manager of JMMB
(Jamaica Money Market Brokers) Money Transfer, a remittance partner of
Omni Money Transfers, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Patrick Hanlan
Jamaican Consul General in the Bahamas. During the visit Ms. Gibson
expressed the desire and need for strengthening of ties between Jamaican
residents in the Bahamas and Jamaicans in Jamaica through community
outreach programs in the Bahamas and abroad.
Ms Gibson noted that
JMMB, through Reggae Money Express, services the Jamaican corridor and
acts as an essential tool in uplifting and enriching the lives of many
persons in Jamaica and the Bahamas who rely on injections of funds to
sustain their livelihood...
Nassau, Bahamas - The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment
and Housing's Announcement of New Marine Protected Areas made on August
The Bahamas became a signatory to the Convention on
Biological Diversity in December of 1993. Upon the signing of the
convention The Bahamas recognized that biodiversity is about more than
plants, animals and microorganisms and their ecosystems. We recognized
that biodiversity is about people and our need for food security,
medicines, fresh air and water, shelter and a clean and healthy
environment in which to live.