Symposium Opens on Gender Equality and the Law in The Bahamas
- Sep 2, 2014 - 1:27:02 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Members of the
judiciary, representatives from the Ministry of Social Services and
Community Development and NGOs gathered at SuperClubs Breezes, September
1, for the start of a symposium on Gender Equality and the Law in The
The two-day event aims to
explore the role the magistracy plays in promoting gender equality;
explore the social, psychological and cultural dimensions of domestic
violence; explore gender stereotypes in the law and practice and clarify
the application of domestic violence and sexual offences legislation.
are expected to reflect on topics that include Socio-psychological
Perspectives on Gender-based Violence, Gender Equality and International
Human Rights Standards, Gender Equality and the Law...
Eleuthera and Exuma Schools ready for opening
- Sep 2, 2014 - 12:35:58 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - Administrators and
teachers on the islands of Eleuthera and Exuma got down to business as
they energetically prepared classrooms for the return of students after
the long summer vacation. Teachers decorated bulletin boards, arranged
desks and chairs, and placed book bags on cabinets, while principals and
other administrators oversaw timetables, and coordinated school repairs
Education Minister, Jerome Fitzgerald met with
District Superintendents, Helen Simmons-Johnson in Eleuthera, and
Pamela Gorte in Exuma to inspect the repairs done in schools thus far.
While in Eleuthera, the Minister met with the Parent Teachers’
Association (PTA) to reveal and discuss the working drawings for the new
school that is to be built next year...
Business Opportunities for Junkanoo
- Sep 2, 2014 - 12:06:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt.
Hon. Perry G. Christie in his key address of the recent Junkanoo
Corporation New Providence Ltd. (JCNP) 2014 Leadership Conclave at the
British Colonial Hilton, August 30, encouraged Junkanoo leaders to grasp
the opportunities of the imminent Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival slated to
come on stream next year. The seminar was held to expose the leaders to
the new avenues of expression and economic benefit.
Minister Christie encouraged the participants to take advantage of the
opportunity to learn more about how Junkanoo can be expanded as a
business. In addition, the seminar set the stage to prepare the
Junkanooers for the level of expectations that will be anticipated once
the new festival is launched...
Baha Mar review tour for PM Christie, Cabinet & Gov. Officials
- Sep 2, 2014 - 11:39:06 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt.
Hon. Perry G. Christie, led a delegation of several cabinet ministers
and government officials to tour the construction site of the Baha Mar
resort complex, September 1. The tour was conducted by Chairman of Baha
Mar, Mr. Sarkis Izmirlian, who gave the delegation an in-depth review of
the layout of the site, pointing out some of the key areas of the
property, including the new casino, and the location of four hotels,
which will be managed by Baha Mar Casino and Hotel, Rosewood, Grand
Hyatt and SLS brands.
Upon completion, the hotels will boast over
2000 guest rooms. The gaming floor of the hotel will be over 100,000
square feet and will feature...
Minister Keith Bell's remarks on the VAT Bill in the Senate
- Sep 2, 2014 - 11:25:06 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:
The VAT Bill before
us is about the introduction of a new tax on consumption in The Bahamas.
However, it is critically important to properly situate this initiative
in the broader context of the Government’s overall plan for national
development. The plan, appropriately so, is about much more than tax
reform and the introduction of a new source of taxation.
This plan offers new and innovative solutions for the wide range of
economic and social challenges facing the nation. To that end, the
Government has charted a course of change with the specific goals and
targeted actions that it will implement over the full course of its
Bahamas Per Capita Income Does Not Reflect Economic Realities
- Sep 2, 2014 - 10:47:35 AM
APIA, Samoa - The Bahamas’ per capita
income is distorted and does not properly reflect the economic realities
of its citizens and remote, island communities, where poverty is the
rule and not the exception, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works
and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis told delegates
attending the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small
Island Developing States.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that
misconception and/or misperception has forced the country to co-exist in
a world where (international) assistance is predicated on the basis of
per capita income as the sole indicator of need...
Senator Keith Bell presents ICON & Associated Bills in Senate
- Sep 2, 2014 - 9:33:41 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:
Madam President, the
financial services sector is one of the most important areas within our
economy. Indeed, the sector has consistently provided a steady stream of
high paying quality jobs within our Country.
The economic model championed by Sir Lynden and others proved so
successful that other throughout the region have copied and replicated
it. This replication and general competition from new jurisdictions has
resulted in a far more competitive financial services industry than what
existed when we first obtained nationhood...
DPM Davis Challenges Developed Countries on Climate Change
- Sep 1, 2014 - 10:40:10 PM
APIA, Samoa - The
developed world must partner with The Bahamas and other small island
developing states to enhance their resilience to, and address the
negative impacts of Climate Change on these island-nations, if “we truly
believe” that the polluter must pay, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis said
Monday (Samoa time).
The Deputy Prime Minister said the issue of
Climate Change is not just simply about changing a way of life in The
Bahamas, it is primarily about saving the lives of the Bahamian people...
VAT Department Issues Guidance Notes
- Sep 1, 2014 - 5:26:55 PM
Bahamas -- The VAT Department recently issued VAT Guidance Notes to
further familiarize the public on Value Added Tax, and in this instance
on the tax as applied to these services: finance and insurance,
transportation of passengers and goods, retail and wholesale trade,
construction, land and property information, medical and healthcare,
education, charities, clubs and associations; there is also VAT and the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement, and the tax with respect to motor vehicles.
department stated that additional Guidance Notes will be issued to
apply to the areas of hotel and holiday accommodations, duty free
shopping, cash accounting and flat rate schemes, and transitional
Local Government Regional Roundtable Discussions To Improve Local Government Systems
- Sep 1, 2014 - 4:58:17 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Local government
leaders throughout the region held roundtable discussions this weekend
to further the development of local government systems, and discuss
sustainable development goals to end poverty and disparity. Prime
Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie officially opened the Caribbean
Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) and Caribbean Association of
Local Government Authorities (CALGA) Meetings, August 30, in the Arawak
Room, Melia Nassau Beach Hotel. The regional delegates were hosted by
Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government, the Hon.
V. Alfred Gray.
The Prime Minister
stated in his opening address that local government authorities in The
Bahamas play a vital role in the overall development of our Family
Island communities. He declared he placed Local Government...
5th Annual Parenting Forum at Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium
- Sep 1, 2014 - 4:29:09 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
New Providence Association of High School Principals in conjunction with
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Commonwealth Bank
held the 5th Annual Parenting Forum at Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium,
Saturday, August 31, 2014.
School Supplies (courtesy Commonwealth Bank)
and lunch boxes were given out....
Bahamas to Ensure SIDS Voices are Heard
- Sep 1, 2014 - 4:14:02 PM
APIA, Samoa - The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas will play a leading role in ensuring that
the voices of small island developing states (SIDS) are given the
prominence that their collective voices deserve at the United Nations’
Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
Conference which opened Monday (Samoa time) Minister of the Environment
and Housing the Hon. Kenred Dorsette said.
The four-day conference will close on Thursday.
“This is a very important year for
small island development states, this being the International Year of
Small Island Developing States and so our attendance here at the SIDS
DPM’s Presence to Send Clear Message on Key Issue of Climate Change for The Bahamas
- Sep 1, 2014 - 3:37:22 PM
APIA, Samoa - Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of Works, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis
arrived in the Samoan Capital of Apia Sunday, a full day ahead of the
start of the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small
Island Developing States (SIDS) which got underway Monday. The time
differential here is seventeen hours.
Mr. Davis was accompanied by Minister for the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Kenred Dorsett.
Davis’s presence as the second most powerful Bahamas Government
official, along with that of Minister Dorsett and a strong, expert,
field from a number of government ministries, corporations and agencies
and non-governmental organizations in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas...
Bahamas Ministry of Finance Issues VAT Guide and Guidance Notes
- Aug 31, 2014 - 4:07:19 PM
The Ministry of
Finance released today a series of Value Added Tax Guidance Notes.
These documents provide general guidance and advice to the public and
the business community as part of the Government’s public education
campaign in respect of the VAT that will be implemented in The Bahamas
on January 1, 2015.
The Guidance Notes serve to complement the
General VAT Guide that was released on July 30th and provide more
detailed information that is specific to particular industry sectors or
in respect of specific situations and circumstances. These will be
expanded and revised as necessary, based on feedback...
Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Miami and South Florida
- Aug 31, 2014 - 12:44:25 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
light of the reports of robberies of Bahamians in Miami and the south
Florida area, the general public is again advised to exercise caution
and care when travelling to South Florida.
Bahamians visiting that area are advised to always travel around in groups and void remote and dimly lit areas.
not leave valuables in your car at all as the reported break ins have
been of valuables left in the trunks of cars. Additionally, travelers
BTC majority shareholding transfer final announces PM Christie
- Aug 29, 2014 - 5:51:38 PM
At a luncheon to mark the transfer of 2% of BTC shares to the Bahamian People Friday 29 August 2014.
Just over two
years ago my Party was overwhelmingly returned to government, in the general elections, to lead the course
of our national destiny for the five years hence. It will be recalled that,
what Bahamians considered to be a significant promise, was made by my Party
following the sale of the majority stake in BTC. The promise was that, if
elected, my Government would seek to regain majority stake in BTC through
lawful means. In our
Charter for Governance, it was made
clear that I would cause this to happen, through arms-length negotiations with
Franklyn Wilson on the disbandment of the BTC Negotiating Committee
- Aug 29, 2014 - 3:00:40 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by Franklyn R. Wilson, CMG
Occasion: Disbanding of the Committee
by The Government of The Bahamas
with Cable and Wireless relative to
The Nassau Guardian of 31st July,
2012 contained an article which includes a quote as follows:
Prime Minister Perry Christie has appointed his negotiating team ahead
of formal talks with Cable and Wireless aimed at getting a majority take of
recently privatized BTC back in the hands of the Government”
Today’s event is in the context of the
disbanding of that Committee and matters related thereto...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Officially Launched
- Aug 29, 2014 - 12:46:23 PM
Bahamas – In less than one year, the country will be welcoming another
form of cultural expression when the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival debuts in
May 2015. During an official ceremony launching the event at Pompey
Square on Wednesday, August 27, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G.
Christie, expressed his optimism for the event.
am very pleased that we will be soon be able to showcase even more of
our country’s culture via this new event,” said the Prime Minister. “Not
only is this a great opportunity for Junkanoos, artisans and other
craftsmen to display their wares and talents but it also offers us the
opportunity to provide additional entertainment for guests who visit our
Ronnie Butler Honoured in Statue Unveiling Ceremony
- Aug 29, 2014 - 12:25:32 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry
Gladstone Christie, delivered remarks during a ceremony for the unveiling of a
statue honouring Bahamian Entertainment icon, Mr. Ronnie Butler. The event was
held on the grounds of Craig Flowers Corporate Headquarters on West Bay Street,
August 28, 2014.
Mr. Butler is a Bahamian calypso and
rake 'n scrape entertainer and singer, whose career spanned more than 50 years.
His career as an entertainer began at the age of 16, and he is commonly
referred to as 'The Godfather of Bahamian Music.' He has performed in memorable
local night spots including: Ronnie's Rebel Room, the Trade Winds Lounge, Big
Bamboo and the Nassau Beach Hotel in addition to venues throughout the
Bahamas to host 8th General Meeting of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers
- Aug 29, 2014 - 6:43:14 AM
Minister V. Alfred Gray to host 8th General Meeting of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM)
Providence, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources
& Local Government (MAMRLG) will be hosting the 8th General Meeting
of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) for its
regular regional meeting to advance discussions on its ongoing agenda
and finalize its CFLGM Agreement on Saturday, August 30, 2014.
assist with the further development of local government in the region,
Minister Gray will meet with his counterparts from across the Caribbean
to review and discuss the proposed agreement...