Government opens Consumer Protection Commission Centre
- Apr 29, 2016 - 7:08:06 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Labour and National Insurance, and
Minister of the Public Service, the Hon. Shane Gibson deemed it an
historic occasion with the opening of the Consumer Protection Commission
Centre on Thursday, April 28, 2016
Although it was “soft
opening,” the event was touted symbolic of the Government’s commitment
to protecting the rights of consumers.
“We strongly believe that
consumers deserve to have someone who will stand by their side, who will
protect them and ensure that they are treated fairly,” said Mr. Gibson
who addressed the opening ceremony of the centre...
All eyes on Elizabeth Harbour – it’s Exuma Regatta!
- Apr 29, 2016 - 2:46:43 PM
EXUMA, The Bahamas – Regatta fever is in the air in picturesque
Elizabeth Harbour, the centre of attention as sailors compete in the
National Family Island Regatta in George Town.
Over 70 native
sloops are competing in Classes A, B, C, D and E and Cup Races in the
63rd annual regatta taking place from April 26th to 30th.
and visitors have taken their vantage point from anchored yachts and
boats in the harbor or any available site under a stall or anywhere
along the shoreline just to get a glimpse of the sailors as they skipper
their boats in intense competition...
Bahamians Urged to Prepare for NHI Bahamas Phase 2 and Register for the NIB Smart Card
- Apr 29, 2016 - 12:48:19 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas — A recent poll of Bahamians regarding National
Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas found that registrations for the National
Insurance Board (NIB) Smart Card is steadily increasing. However, not
everyone is aware that this card is the only card they need in order to
receive care under the NHI Bahamas programme (once the primary care
It is also more important than ever to register
for a Smart Card because as of May 1, 2016, the NIB will no longer
accept the old yellow paper cards...
CARICOM Countries Seeks Ways to Strengthen Social Security
- Apr 29, 2016 - 2:04:47 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Countries within the region are strategizing ways
to ensure sustainability of their respective social security schemes.
Minister of Labour and National Insurance, and Minister of the Public
Service, the Hon. Shane Gibson, said Wednesday that he was happy the
agenda of the 27th CARICOM Heads of Social Security Meeting would focus
on advancing social security in the Caribbean. Minister Gibson was
delivering the keynote address at the forum, which takes place April
27-29 at Atlantis, Paradise Island...
Nassau passport office reopened after power failure
- Apr 28, 2016 - 7:31:20 PM
UPDATE: Nassau's Passport Office will open normal operating hours tomorrow. BEC has restored power.
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION WISHES TO NOTIFY THE
PUBLIC THAT DUE TO ELECTRICAL ISSUES SURROUNDING BEC'S TRANSFORMER AND
SUBSEQUENT FAILURE OF THE BACKUP GENERATOR FOR THE PASSPORT OFFICE IN
NASSAU, THE OFFICE IS WITHOUT ELECTRICAL POWER.
Response to Auditor General's Report by Ministry of Social Services
- Apr 28, 2016 - 1:31:57 AM
The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development wishes to
advise the public that it is actively addressing the concerns raised in
the Auditor General's Report on the Department of Social Services (DOSS)
for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.
The Ministry does not
condone fraudulent activities. Employees concerned are being dealt with
in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the Public Service...
Bahamian Students March Against Child Abuse
- Apr 27, 2016 - 5:25:14 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – An estimated 1,500 students from public and
private schools assembled on the historic Windsor Park for the recent
annual Child Abuse Prevention/Child Protection Youth March and Rally.
also paid tribute to children whose lives were “tragically cut short as
a result of child abuse” in The Bahamas by releasing balloons into the
air following a moment of silence...
Bahamasair to start Freeport - Orlando service
- Apr 27, 2016 - 4:56:24 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Bahamasair, the national flag carrier of The
Bahamas, announced Wednesday the start-up of non-stop service between
Freeport, Grand Bahama, and Orlando, Florida.
announcement during a press conference at Pelican Bay Resort was
newly-appointed Director of Sales and Marketing Frederick Donathan...
Health Minister Applauds Nation’s Success in Immunization
- Apr 26, 2016 - 12:20:11 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Perry Gomez said that
he believes The Bahamas has already achieved Gold Medals in its journey
towards immunizing its citizens so as to prevent and control the spread
of vaccine preventable diseases.
“Nonetheless, we in The Bahamas
are now working on improving the performance time in our race toward
the removal and elimination of all challenges where possible so as to
prevent the introduction of new and/or resurgence of these old
infections and communicable diseases,” Dr. Gomez said.
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson Responds to Dame Joan Sawyer
- Apr 26, 2016 - 12:19:22 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Responding to media reports that the upcoming
referendum on gender equality is "nonsense," Attorney General Senator
Allyson Maynard- Gibson had this to say:
consultation, with a great many legal and other experts, and with the
people of The Bahamas, the Constitutional Commission recommended — and
the Government and Opposition agreed — that this referendum be held, so
that equality under our laws be enshrined in our nation’s most important
Bahamas PM Urges Hemisphere to Do More for the Poor
- Apr 25, 2016 - 6:15:56 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Against the backdrop of the United Nations new
sustainable development goals that “no one should be left behind,” The
Bahamas, through the National Insurance Board, is hosting two social
security conferences aimed at improving lives in the region.
Minister the Rt. Hon Perry Christie delivered the keynote address at
the official opening of the Meeting of the Inter-American Conference on
Social Security (CAOSA) on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Grand Ballroom,
Atlantis on Paradise Island...
Roberts: Remarks at National General Council meeting
- Apr 24, 2016 - 4:07:59 PM
Remarks By Bradley B Roberts Nat. Chairman Progressive Liberal Party National General Council meeting on April 21st 2016:
Dear Councilors, you will remember that the FNM constantly accused the
PLP of corruption and Hubert Ingraham refrain of Hands in the Cookie Jar
but has yet to present any creditable evidence of same.
I remind all that in April 2012 Hubert Ingraham said we also need a
Government with clean hands. I told y’all on Monday that I’ll chop off
the hands of anybody reaching for that cookie jar. My response to Hubert
Ingraham that his cutlass could not kill a mosquito...
Bahamas PM Remarks at UN Debate on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
- Apr 22, 2016 - 5:25:23 PM
NEW YORK (April 21, 2016) - Statement by the Rt. Hon. Perry
G. Christie, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, High
Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
The Bahamas welcomes the opportunity to speak at this most timely event
of the President of the General Assembly on the implementation of the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...
Bahamas Government on Illegal Drone Activity
- Apr 22, 2016 - 2:44:14 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - It has been reported to the Civil
Aviation Department that unmanned aerial aircraft (drones) are being operated
in the Love Beach area, which is in the flight path of aircraft coming in for
landing at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. This is a very dangerous
act, and persons engaging in this practice are advised that instances have been
reported in other countries of drones coming into contact with commercial
aircraft. The practice is also contrary to the operating conditions and
limitations for drones in The Bahamas, as outlined in Special Regulation No. 1
of 2016 issued by the Department, a copy
of which is attached to this release...
Mitchell & Fitzgerald on purported injunction against parliamentarians
- Apr 22, 2016 - 12:00:10 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a joint statement by the Hon. Fred Mitchell MP and Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald MP on
purported court injunction against Parliamentarians:
have read in the press a report about an injunction to restrain the freedom of
speech of Parliamentarians.
We want to assure our constituents that we
will not be deterred. We will continue to speak freely on their behalf.
Nothing Fred Smith QC can do will stop us...
Earth Day Message by Bahamas Minister of the Environment
- Apr 22, 2016 - 10:55:30 AM
Today countries around that world will observe April 22nd as Earth Day.
year marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day which was founded by
Gaylord Nelson, a former US Senator from Wisconsin. The first Earth Day
which was celebrated in America in 1970 and is said to have “led to the
creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the
passing of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts”...
Minister of Financial Services Welcomes Caribbean Group of Securities Regulators
- Apr 22, 2016 - 10:02:42 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – To the theme, Regional Capital Market Development
and Regulation -- the 12th Annual Conference and Workshop of the
Caribbean Group of Securities Regulators (CGSR), hosted by the
Securities Commission of The Bahamas, opened April 20 at the British
Minister of Financial Services and Local
Government, the Hon. Hope Strachan welcomed the group and commented that
“a well regulated industry that adheres to international standards and
best practices, makes my job of promoting The Bahamas as a jurisdiction
of choice for financial services that much easier...
Bahamas Ministry of Sports on the passing of Natasha Newbold
- Apr 22, 2016 - 9:30:52 AM
On behalf of the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture, I
extend our condolences to the immediate family, extended relatives and
friends of the late Natasha Newbold.
It is with sincere sadness to have learned of the passing of Natasha
Newbold, one of out great pioneering women in sports and perhaps the
greatest female power lifter known to The Bahamas.
Natasha was a fierce athlete, and fearless when it came to her
competitors in sport...
Patient Care Assistants Presented Graduation Certificates at Government House
- Apr 22, 2016 - 7:24:31 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Thirty graduates of the Second Cohort Patient Care
Assistant (PCA) training programme were presented their certificates in
a Graduation Ceremony at Government House, April 20, 2016.
the presentations were Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite
Pindling, Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez, Public Hospitals
Authority Chairman Senator the Hon. Frank Smith, and Public Hospitals
Authority Managing Director Herbert Brown. Senior nursing officers
Cheryl Bain, Lillian Charlton, Thelma McKenzie, Valerie Miller, and
Joeanna Belle-Curry (course coordinator) moderated and presented special
Deputy Prime Minister Addresses Country’s Infrastructure Challenges
- Apr 22, 2016 - 6:54:59 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – As the Government moves toward a modern
infrastructure programme for the country, Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis said there
must be a proper balance of environmental and development issues and
development must be approached holistically.
The Deputy Prime
Minister addressed the topic of infrastructure, what is considered a
“priority” issue for Government during the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
and Employers’ Confederation 3rd annual National Conclave Wednesday,
April 20. The two-day Disaster Management and Business Preparedness
event was held at the British Colonial Hilton, Bay Street.