Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2017, officers from
the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) has struck another blow against
organized drug trafficking in The Bahamas, this time with the seizure of
a large amount of marijuana and the arrest of two persons on Wednesday
26th April 2017.
Reports are that shortly before 7:00am a team of
officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit acting on intelligence went to a
home located at Water Street, Big Pond, where they executed a search
warrant and uncovered several large nylon bags containing 390 pounds of
Two residents of the home, an adult Bahamian male and an adult Jamaican female, were taken into custody...
The new twelve (12) million dollar Marsh Habour Healthcare Centre was
officially opened on Wednesday April 19th, 2017. The state-of-the-art
facility spans 33,000 square feet, and provides for primary care
services, triage and ambulatory care, maternal and child health services
and dental care. The new healthcare facility is also equipped to
stabilize patients who require transfer to a tertiary institution like
the Princess Margaret Hospital or Rand Memorial Hospital.
the keynote address at the Commissioning Ceremony, Prime Minister the
Rt. Honourable Perry Christie referenced the Government’s recent program
of renovations targeting community clinics in New Providence and the
Family Islands. These projects he said, are a prerequisite to the
roll-out of National Health Insurance...
On 17 February 2017, URCA issued its Final Determination (ECS 01/2017),
which required service providers, BTC and Aliv, to ensure readiness for
the launch of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) by 14 April 2017. At the
time, it was anticipated and promised that MNP would be available on all
islands where mobile services are available from more than one licensee
from 25 April 2017.
URCA is satisfied that all required systems
have been installed and implemented, however, final testing of the live
process has resulted in the need for a short postponement of the MNP.
Over the weekend, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited and
BeAliv Limited migrated their automated porting functions to the live
production environments and worked closely to progress their final
testing. It was at that time that the live testing raised some technical
concerns and following consultation with URCA, it has been decided that
it would be prudent to complete additional testing to confirm that the
new MNP service is stable...
At almost three hours into the launch of Phase Two of NHI Bahamas:
Enrolment, Monday, April 24, 2017, they had in excess of 350 applicants
who applied and enrolled in the Programme, NHI Bahamas Project Manager,
Dr. Delon Brennen said.
Dr. Brennen said everyone at the NHI
Secretariat has been working really hard to get to this point and he was
proud to say that Bahamians will soon be able to access primary care
services at no cost at point of care – no matter age, gender, island of
residency or if healthy or sick.
Ms. Lowena West (left), representing Civil Society Bahamas, addressing
the Civil Society Dialogue Monday afternoon, April 24, 2017, at the 61st
Regional Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission
(CICAD) at the OAS General Secretariat Building, 1889 F Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. CICAD Executive Secretary Ambassador Adam Namm
applauded the "vital role" Civil Society plays in addressing the world
drug problem and its "invaluable role" in the development and
implementation of policies and programmes...
Freeport Rugby & Football Club’s Under 10s enjoyed the best that
Saturdays could offer this last weekend as they, along with over a dozen
supporters, travelled to Nassau for a series of soccer games.
the youngsters played 5 games over the course of the day in Dynamo
Football Club’s Spring Break Youth Soccer Tournament.
The 10 boys
who travelled certainly made full value of their day as they met at
6.30 in the morning to fly over to the capital. After a quick breakfast
at the airport they then travelled to the Bahamas Football Association
Soccer Fields where they met 5 other Nassau teams for a day of intense
Forty-two countries, more than 1,000 athletes, thousands of track and
field fans and The Bahamas as the host country made for the perfect
ingredients for the third edition of the IAAF/BTC Bahamas World Relays
held on April 21-22, 2017.
One of the most anticipated track and
field events of the year, visitors, locals and athletes were not
disappointed as the energising sounds of Junkanoo music and the aroma of
authentic Bahamian food wafted through the stadium.
Several vendors selling authentically Bahamian products were also at the site to give attendees a taste of The Bahamas...
Dr. Bridgette Rolle (left), Administrator of the Bahamas National Drug
Council and Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, sits
in The Bahamas' position as Chair of the 61st Regular Session of the
Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) during the Second
Plenary Session on Regional Implementation of the Special Session on the
United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS),
2016 Recommendations Monday afternoon, April 24, 2017, at the OAS
General Secretariat Building, 1889 F Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C.
Discussions centred around how Member States are implementing the
recommendations contained in the "Outlook Document" of UNGASS. Also
pictured (from left) are: Ambassador Adam Namm, CICAD Executive
Secretary, and Ms. Esther Best, Manager, National Drug Council, Trinidad
The 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Homecoming is set for Labour Day Weekend
June 2nd-5th in Freeport. The Homecoming Committee recently held a press
conference at Castaways Resort to announce plans for the upcoming three
day event which will include music performances, a cultural show,
native foods, Junkanoo Rushout and beach party.
Kicking off the
event on Day One Friday June 2nd is top Bahamian artist DMAC, Day Two
Saturday June 3rd international Reggae sensation Beres Hammond will
headline the show and the celebration continues on Day Three Whit Monday
June 5th with a ‘Family Fun in The Sun’ Beach Party on iconic Taino
Day Two of the 61st Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse
Control Commission (CICAD) opened in the US Capital Tuesday morning with
a focus on “The Provision of Drug Treatment Services: Challenges and
Solutions” during the Third Plenary Session.
The Bahamas sits as
Chair of the 61st Regular Session of CICAD, having ascended to the
position at the 60th Regular Session held in Nassau in 2016. Discussions
are being held in the General Services Building (GSB) of the General
Secretariat of the Organization of American States...
Remarks by Honorable Dr. Hubert Minnis Leader of the Free National Movement ACKLINS Rally, Selina Point Tuesday, April 25, 2017:
Tonight I have come to ACKLINS TO serve NOTICE ON the PLP. MAY 10, IS RETIREMENT DAY FOR PERRY CHRISTIE!!
I wish to share with Acklins, information on a formal report I recently
received, on the state of the general election. The report is based on
information from every constituency and includes specific numbers. I
formally report to you that the Free National Movement will form the
next government of The Bahamas...
The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission’s decision to take a
public health approach to the treatment of drug use and related
disorders is one that should be embraced, the Deputy Director of
Psychological Services at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in The
Bahamas, Rochelle Basden, told delegates attending the Third Plenary
Session of the 61st CICAD Regular Session Tuesday at OAS Headquarters in
the US capital.
Ms. Basden said the public health dimension has
gained momentum as nations strive for a more integrated and balanced
approach to addressing the world drug problem...
Recognizing the importance of coastal protection, Ministry of Tourism
officials in Grand Bahama brought to the forefront initiatives taken in
April, Coastal Awareness Month, that highlighted the importance of
protecting the island's coastline.
In a press conference on
Tuesday at Xanadu Beach, Betty Bethel, Director of the Ministry of
Tourism, Grand Bahama, noted "The month of April, since 2006, has been
dedicated to focusing on our environment because it plays such a
critical role in our tourism product, particularly here on Grand Bahama
Scotiabank proudly announces its partnership with The Bahamas Primary
School Student of the Year Foundation, as a patron, providing one of the
top ten scholarships at this year’s Awards.
“Scotiabank is committed
to supporting initiatives aimed at helping young persons in our
communities reach their full potential, “said Maxine Seymour, Manager,
Public & Corporate Affairs, Sponsorships & Philanthropy,
Scotiabank. “We wish this year’s nominees every success as they prepare
for the next phase of their educational journey.”
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Weekend rains in North Andros have wreaked
havoc on various crops. Farmers were inundated with 2.36 inches of
rainfall on Sunday causing fields to be flooded. Crop losses are
expected to be high, particularly vegetables such as cabbages and
cucumbers on BAMSI’s Research and Demonstration Farm.
A bumper harvest of onions was expected from the Institute’s Associated
Farmers Programme (AFP), which is the flagship of the Outreach/Extension
programme and is adversely affected by heavy rainfall.
The unpredictability of the weather pattern of the Northern Bahamas has
made it necessary to consider greater regional diversity in our food
production system by increasing production in the Southeastern Bahamas...
Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2017, courageous officers from the Mobile Division
shot and killed an armed suspect, took two others into custody and recovered two illegal handguns following
a car chase on Tuesday 25th April 2017.
According to reports, shortly after 12:00noon, officers from the Mobile Division were on routine patrol off
Carmichael Road East, when they spotted a suspicious vehicle occupied by three men in the area. The
officers ordered the vehicle to stop but the men drove off at a high rate of speed. The suspects then led the
officers on a high speed chase into Pride Estates where their vehicle came to a stop after it crashed into a
wall of a home...
Organizers of the
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 are on the verge of pulling off
the biggest tournament ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, but not
without the help of many Bahamians who are giving of their time and
There are well over 200 Bahamian volunteers and many of them brand their charity as a national service.
mega tournament runs from April 27 to May 7 at the National Beach
Soccer Arena at Malcolm Park. It will feature 16 of the best beach
soccer teams in the world.
Forty-two-year-old Denzil Sturrup said he has been volunteering...
Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the
following statement regarding the petition in circulation to fire
Cabinet members Jerome Fitzgerald, Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Shane
“Bahamians are disgusted by the PLP’s corruption that
rivals even the most lawless nations. Although Minister of Education
Jerome Fitzgerald and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson continue
to lie amidst accusations regarding conflicts of interest and using
their positions of power for personal gain, the Prime Minister remains
silent. Despite Shane Gibson being paid by eccentric foreign
billionaire Peter Nygard, the Prime Minister refuses to clean house...
The opening of the multi-billion dollar Baha Mar resort will usher in a
new era of tourism in The Bahamas and expand airlift to the island
Ministry of Tourism Senior Director of Airlift
Development Tyrone Sawyer said his team has spent the last three to four
years courting new airlift to The Bahamas in anticipation for the
opening of the mega resort, which opened last Friday...
Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Tuesday 25th April 2017.
to reports, shortly after 2:30am, police received a report of a body of
a man lying in the street on 3rd Street, Coconut Grove. When officers
arrived on scene they met the lifeless body of an adult male who had
been shot. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene...
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism
development agency, is seeking to strengthen its relationship with
Emirates Holidays, the largest airline tour operator in the Middle East,
as it seeks to broaden the Caribbean's appeal in the Arabian Market.
with the tour operator have been scheduled this week during Arabian
Travel Market (ATM) from April 24-27, to build on the relationship which
began last year when the CTO conducted an in-house training programme
in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 40 Emirates Holidays
reservations, sales and operation staff to familiarize them with the
Caribbean product. This after Emirates airlines had announced fights
from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with a code share agreement with
JetBlue that opened up numerous Caribbean destinations to the United
Arab Emirates (UAE)...
For the third consecutive year, Nassau-based law firm Glinton Sweeting
O’Brien (GSO) has joined hands with the Transforming Spaces Annual Art
Tour to provide more than two dozen public school students with the
opportunity to experience mixed-media art whilst connecting with
During this year’s tour, students from
R.M. Bailey, C.R.Walker and Government High, along with GSO attorneys
Andrew O’Brien and Johanna Mayson, staff and management visited six
local galleries: Doongalik Studios, National Art Gallery of Bahamas
(NAGB), The D’Aguilar Art Foundation, Popop Studios Art Gallery and
Antonius Robert’s Studio & Art Gallery at Hillside House...
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
said NHI Bahamas has been strengthened by a fund that will receive $24
to $30 million annually to cover “catastrophic illnesses.”
Minister Christie said the fund is a result of primary healthcare
providers posing the questions, “What happens if we diagnose someone
with a catastrophic illness? What do we do since this programme
currently covers just primary care?”
The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of Phase Two of NHI
Bahamas: Enrolment at Enoch Backford Memorial Auditorium, Monday, April