Bahamas Rake n Scrape in New York
- Jul 22, 2014 - 6:49:36 PM
of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson makes presentation of a
$30,200 cheque to Nathaniel Adams Jr., leader of Rhythm N Youth Rake 'N
Scrape band to assist in the group's travel to New York in October.
Also at the presentation was Mr. Beat Schlagenhauf, from Switzerland,
who expressed delight in wanting to assist the band in being exposed to
the world. The funds were derived from performances at various locations
including the Sapodilla Restaurant. Mr. Adams said the band has been
invited to play at several universities and colleges in the New York
area as well as on a show called Dem Bahamians....
More than 100 entries in National Festival Song Competition
- Jul 22, 2014 - 6:16:44 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas National
Festival Commission (BNFC) announced at its Judges Orientation, on July
17, 2014, that more than 100 entrants in their song competition, with
more than 80 persons having already submitted their demos.
music is the driving force of any Carnival," said Ed Fields of the Song
Competition Committee. "We were trying to promote Bahamian music, to get
more Bahamian music on the world stage and to encourage Bahamians to
write more Bahamian music...
PM honoured to celebrate BNGIS 10th anniversary
- Jul 22, 2014 - 5:56:02 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the
Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said. on July 21, 2014, that he was honoured
to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Reactivation of the Bahamas
National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre because when he
saw that, in the late 1990s and early 200s, there was lack of planning
as far as geospatial considerations for building and infrastructure, he
"resurrected" the programme.
"In 2004, I reactivated the Centre
with a view to using modern technology, such as geographic information
systems, to help guide strategic economic development planning and to
also improve agency-wide efficiencies and services to the general
public," Prime Minister Christie said, during the Official Ceremony held
at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre at Police Head Quarters, on
Consul General Treco meets with officials in Mississippi
- Jul 21, 2014 - 11:58:06 PM
JACKSON, Mississippi -The Hon. H. Ricardo
Treco, Bahamas Consul General to Miami, recently met with Mississippi
Lieutenant Governor J. Tate Reeves and officials of the Mississippi
Development Authority (MDA) and the Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni
Consul General Treco was officially welcomed by Ms. Kayla
Paul Lindsey, President of the LGJA, and Mr. Gabriel Prado, MDA’s Latin
America and Caribbean Trade Specialist...
Bahamas Permanent UN Mission in Geneva celebrates independence
- Jul 21, 2014 - 12:49:54 PM
Bahamas Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other International
Organizations in Geneva celebrated the 41st Anniversary of Independence
with the small Bahamian community in Geneva and members of the
diplomatic corps. The reception, hosted at the Kempinski Hotel on Lake
Geneva, was held on Wednesday 9 July 2014.
Excellency Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative,
welcomed the honoured guests and shared the Prime Minister's message on
the celebration of our cultural heritage. Ambassador Jackson also
thanked her diplomatic colleagues for their individual and collective
support throughout the first year of her time in office since the
establishment of the Permanent Mission in Geneva. The Permanent Mission
was also represented by Ms. Bernadette Butler, Minister-Counsellor, and
Mr. Granville Don Butler III, Third Secretary, along with local staff
Bahamas Department of Statistics releases 2014 Labor Force Survey (Apr 28 - May 4)
- Jul 21, 2014 - 10:31:03 AM
The Department of Statistics releases the
results of its Labour Force and Household Income Survey which was
conducted in May of this year. The survey provides information on the
labour force as it existed during the reference period of April 28 – May
The results of the survey which covered a six months
period indicate that the labour force increased slightly, less than one
percent, since the last survey conducted in November 2013. The labour
force now totals 197,335 persons. There was an increase in the number of
employed persons and a decrease in the number of unemployed persons
resulting in an unemployment rate of 14.3% for the country, indicating a
decline over the 15.4% recorded last November. Both New Providence and
Grand Bahama experienced decreases in their unemployment rates. In the
case of New Providence, the rate is 15.0%; and in Grand Bahama, 14.7%...
Bahamas on the shooting down of Malaysian flight 17
- Jul 20, 2014 - 10:20:56 AM
The Bahamas expresses condolences to the governments and
peoples of Malaysia, the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia the United Kingdom,
Belgium, the Philippines, New Zealand, Canada and the United States on the loss
of MH Flight 17 while flying over Ukraine. We call for the strongest
action by the international community to ensure that those who are responsible
for this unspeakable tragedy are brought to justice.
We stand with all of the families
who have lost loved ones and their governments at this time. We stand
ready to assist in mobilizing international opinion to ensure that justice is
Bahamas government thanks Union for amicable agreement
- Jul 18, 2014 - 1:35:41 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas –
The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Public
Service Union entered into an industrial agreement at an estimated $200
million over a period of five years.
agreement, which was signed Thursday, July 17, 2014 impacts the lives
of approximately 20,000 Public Servants; the benefits ranging from a
minimum wage increase to hazardous protection. Benefits are set to take
effect, beginning August 2014.
of State for Finance the Hon Michael Halkitis thanked the executives of
the BPSU for their level of patience and kind consideration for
arriving at an “amicable” industrial agreement, during the Signing
Agreement Ceremony at the Ministry of the Public Service. He also
applauded the work of the Government’s negotiating team led by veteran
trade unionist Keith Archer...
UNESCO Steering Committee meeting focus on underwater cultural heritage
- Jul 18, 2014 - 12:06:39 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas –
Scholars,researchers and experts from around the world gathered at
Superclubs Breezes July 16 for the opening of the UNESCO Steering
Committee meeting on underwater cultural heritage. The two-day event is
in celebration of the International Year of Small Island Developing
attendance were Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture; Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment; Dr. Elwood Donaldson,
Bahamas Ambassador for UNESCO and Dr. Leon Higgs, Secretary General, The
Bahamas National Commission for UNESCO. The opening agenda included a
cultural historical perspective of The Bahamas by Stanley Burnside along
with a dance routine by the National Dance School of The Bahamas.
Grand Bahama Ministry discusses employment opportunities for engineers
- Jul 18, 2014 - 8:28:18 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - Executives from the
Professional Engineers Board paid a courtesy call on Minister for Grand
Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville on Thursday. Freeman Duncanson (left),
Registrar of the PEB and Darius Williams (right), Assistant
Secretary/Treasurer met with the Minister for more than an hour and
touched on employment opportunities for local engineers and the
screening process for foreign engineers seeking employment in Grand
Bahama and throughout The Bahamas.
Minister Darville assured the Board
that his ministry will work closely with the agency to ensure that local
engineers get the various jobs as they come on stream and training
among other issues...
Bahamas High Commission in Ottawa Hosts Bahamas’ 41st Independence Celebrations
- Jul 17, 2014 - 12:11:17 PM
OTTAWA – The Bahamas
High Commissioner, His Excellency Dr. Calsey Johnson hosted a poolside
reception in Ottawa, Ontario on 12th July for the Bahamian community,
members of the Diplomatic Corps, Canadian officials and friends of The
Bahamas from all over Canada, to celebrate the 41st Anniversary of
Bahamian sovereignty and Independence.
Leading up to the event, the Bahamas
High Commission held two screenings of Bahamian produced/directed films
here in Ottawa. The first film showcased on Monday July 7th was a
sci-fi thriller entitled ‘Singularity Principle’ which was partly shot
in The Bahamas. The second film screened on Wednesday July 9th, Womanish
Way, Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy’, a documentary about the
Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas which was directed by Bahamian
Marion Bethel. Ms. Bethel joined guests via skype to introduce the film
and entertained questions at the conclusion of the film...
Passage of Bahamas Disability Bill is 'most noblest of acts' by Parliament
- Jul 17, 2014 - 9:42:09 AM
The Bahamas - The passage of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal
Opportunities) Bill, 2014 (Short Title), will rank amongst the “most
noblest of acts” of Parliament and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie
Sharon Griffin said Wednesday.
on the Bill began Wednesday morning, and the legislation was Passed
unanimously by House Members in the afternoon. Free National Movement
Deputy Leader, Loretta Butler-Turner spoke on behalf of the Official
legislation will impact everything from the equalisation of
opportunities for persons with disabilities, to eliminating
discrimination on the basis of disabilities, to providing rights,
rehabilitation and habilitation of persons with disabilities and
Young Bahamian Men Lead the Class of 2014 at Temple Christian High School
- Jul 15, 2014 - 1:48:19 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Three young men of the
Class of 2014 of Temple Christian High School, Daniel Jagessar, Terrance
Arnold and Cameron Johnson captured top honours at the graduation
ceremony. Head Boy, Daniel Jagessar emerged as the Class Valedictorian
and received the Principal's Award. He obtained first place prizes for
Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Religious
Studies and Spanish and the second place prize for Graphical
Daniel also received the Most Outstanding Student
Award for Mathematics, the BTC General Manager's Award and a four-year
scholarship from BEC to attend The College of The Bahamas all from
participating in the Technical Cadet Corps Programme. Terrance Arnold,
Deputy Head Boy captured the Salutatorian Award. He received first place
prizes for Graphical Communication and Physical Education and second
place prizes for Mathematics and Physics. Terrance was given the Spirit
Award for Soccer and Track and Field.
Bahamas Statement at United Nations Special Thematic Debate On Culture and Sustainable
- Jul 14, 2014 - 10:32:33 AM
- The following is a statement by the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, MP, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture:
On behalf of the Government and people of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, I wish to express our sincere gratitude
for the invitation to participate in this forum; and like so many of
our colleagues, we commend you for convening this extremely important
debate. In a World in need of healing; culture can be a cure.
an archipelago, The Bahamas is comprised of some seven hundred islands;
with less than one third being inhabited. Each island has a unique
historical and cultural thread and when all of the threads come
together, the result is a beautiful tapestry that defines us as a people
and makes us uniquely BAHAMIAN...
Bahamas statement on the death of 3 repatriated Rock Iguanas
- Jul 11, 2014 - 3:59:59 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Wednesday, July 9th,
The Bahamas successfully repatriated 12 Rock Iguanas that were taken
from the country back in February of this year. The animals were
transported back to New Providence with the aid of the UK Border Force
and British Airways. After arriving in New Providence, the Iguanas were
then transported to the Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador.
arrival, the animals were removed from the packing material and
assessed to be in good condition. The animals were regularly monitored.
On the morning of the July 10th, the animals were observed and found to
be in good condition. Unfortunately, on the evening of July 10th three
of the iguanas appeared to be unresponsive. Despite best efforts, three
of the iguanas died. The remaining nine animals are readjusting well.
Bahamas postage stamps to recognise 10th anniversary of BNGIS
- Jul 11, 2014 - 11:24:22 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Postal
Services will release a new series of stamps on July 21 in celebration
of the 10thanniversary of Bahamas National Geographic Information
Systems Centre (July 26, 2004).
The special issue of four stamps features a 15 cent stamp, a 50 cent stamp, a 65 cent stamp and a 70 cent stamp.
The maps and photography featured on the stamps are by Carol Albury, Duane Miller, Antonique Strachan of BNGIS Centre.
students depicted on the First Day Cover are the Centre’s official
Banner Students from Sadie Curtis Primary School. The banner is
displayed at all BNGIS hosted events as it captures students’ enthusiasm
towards Geography and the Centre’s commitment to advancing GIS literacy
in the school system.
Memorandum of Understanding Signed between the University of Miami and BAMSI
- Jul 11, 2014 - 11:16:21 AM
On Wednesday, 2nd July, 2014 a MOU was
signed between the University ofMiami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and
Atmospheric Science (UM/RSMAS) and The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine
Science Institute, Ltd (BAMSI). The MOU formalizes the collaboration
efforts between to two institutions in education, research, and
training. The MOU was executed during a signing ceremony held at the
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key.
Attending the signing for the University of Miami were Mr. Humberto
Speziani, Assistant Vice President of Financial Operations, Dr. Roni
Avissar, Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
(RSMAS), Dr. Nelson Ehrhardt, Professor, RSMAS and Dr. Jerald Ault,
Professor, RSMAS. Representing BAMSI were Ambassador Godfrey Eneas,
President, and Dr. Vallierre Deleveaux, Director of Marine Science.
Dame Marguerite sworn in as Bahamas' 10th Governor-General
- Jul 11, 2014 - 7:28:44 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Dame Marguerite
Pindling was sworn in as the tenth Governor-General of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas during a special ceremony at Government House, Mount
Fitzwilliam Tuesday, July 8. She is the ninth Bahamian to hold the
office and succeeds Sir Arthur Foulkes, who demitted office the same
The widow of the country’s first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden
Pindling, she promised to serve to the best of her ability without
political distinction and without regard for race, class or social
Bahamas 41st Independence Anniversary Message by Prime Minister Christie
- Jul 10, 2014 - 1:26:14 PM
It is with great pride
and honour that I congratulate Bahamian people everywhere on the
occasion of the country’s 41st Independence Anniversary.
celebrate this milestone in our country’s history, we must reflect on
our past journey to appreciate what we have been able to achieve. It is
also a time when we must look forward to a new era with new
opportunities and embrace the opportunities that are sure to come as we
proceed with the development of this nation. As our country matures, we
must be more cognisant of the responsibilities that we bear and ensure
that every aspect of who we are as a people is recognised and
such, I have declared 2014 as the Year of Culture with a view to
celebrate our cultural identity, which defines us as a people. We have
chosen to celebrate this our 41stunder the theme, “Celebrating our
culture: A commitment to peace...”
Prime Minister Christie remarks at the Governor General swearing-in ceremony of Dame Marguerite Pindling
- Jul 10, 2014 - 11:31:55 AM
BAHAMAS, Nassau - Dame Marguerite Pindling, widow of the Father of
the Nation and first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling, was sworn in
as the first non-Parliamentarian, 2nd female, 9th Bahamian and 10th
Governor General overall of an Independent Bahamas. The ceremony was
held at Government House on Mount Fitzwilliam here in Nassau, The
Bahamas at noon on the 8th July 2014.
The first Governor General of an independent Bahamas
was Sir John Paul, the former British Royal Governor who served as
Governor General of The Bahamas from the day of independence, 10th July
to the 31st July 1973. Sir Milo Boughton Butler was sworn in as the
first Bahamian Governor General on the 1st August 1973.