Bahamas Crawfish Season 2014/15 opens August 1st
- Aug 1, 2014 - 12:00:51 PM
The Department of Marine
Resources wishes to advise the general public of the opening of the crawfish
season on the August 1, 2014 to the March 31, 2015.
The Department of Marine
Resources further wishes to remind fishers and all other members of the public
that the harvesting and/or of undersized crawfish is against the law and
persons are to cease and desist the practice of illegally harvesting these
resources. Fishers are also cautioned against capturing egg-bearing crawfish as
this practice further aids in the depletion of the crawfish stock in The
URCA slaps penalty on BTC
- Jul 31, 2014 - 11:03:44 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – The Utilities
Regulation and Competition Authority of The Bahamas (URCA) issued an
adjudication and order to BTC today (July 29) for engaging in business
practices which contravened sections 67 and 69 of the Communications Act
resulting in a fine of $243,442.76 among other penalties.
particulars of the complaint, originally filed by Systems Resource Group
(SRG), a subsidiary of the Cable Bahamas group of companies, are that: *SRG had approached several (wholesale) businesses to display and sell SRG’s “’IndiGO’ calling card”; *The
wholesale businesses advised SRG that they had exclusive supply
agreements with BTC that prohibited them from selling the SRG calling
"Children of Haitian parents born in The Bahamas are not stateless"
- Jul 31, 2014 - 7:30:39 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
The following is a statement by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas:
There were a number
of media outlets who published reports attributed to the Haitian
President saying that there are stateless people of Haitian descent in
As The Bahamas
government understands the law of Haiti, the child of Haitian born
anywhere is Haitian at birth. This would mean therefore that the
children of Haitian parents born in The Bahamas are not stateless and
our law requires those persons to obtain a Haitian passport and a
residence permit since at birth they are not Bahamian.
Bahamian rocket scientist presents to Bahamas Governor General
- Jul 31, 2014 - 4:40:49 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - A
presentation is made to Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling by
Aisha Bowe rocket scientist and CEO of STEMBoard during a visit to
Government House, July 30.
Also pictured are Derek Fonzworth Bentley, an
American entertainer, and John Martellaro.
Miss Bowe is in Nassau conducting a summer camp,
Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement Camp (BETAC) from
July 28-August 1.
STEMBoard is a woman-owned technology solutions company, BETAC is
designed to introduce students to science and math fundamentals while
helping them build a strong foundation in engineering...
Contract Signed for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic
- Jul 29, 2014 - 2:25:12 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Representatives of the Public Hospitals Authority, the Grand Bahama
Health Services and Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Ltd. are
pictured following the contract signing July 28 for Remediation and
Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic.
Pictured from left: Melvin
Seymour, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Grand Bahama; Frank Smith,
Chairman of the Board PHA; Melissa Williams Edwards, Pinnacle
Investment Construction Company Limited; Dr. Michael Darville Minister
for Grand Bahama; Herbert Brown, Managing Director PHA; and Catherine
Weech, Hospital Administrator...
Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Festival success for more exposure
- Jul 28, 2014 - 10:43:14 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Minister of Tourism
the Hon Obie Wilchcombe has touted the success of the Junkanoo Summer
Festival held during the month of July 2014.
Against the backdrop
of the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in the country, the festival was
held each weekend in July, which showcased the best in Junkanoo talent,
music from uniform groups and the Urban Renewal Marching Band, food, and
arts and craft items before crowds of thousands.
“The Bahamas is
renowned for its tourism, but they are talking about the hospitality,
they are talking about its service and the beauty of this country. So if
we work collectively to ensure that we deliver the best product, they
can understand how effective and how important it is to our economy,”
Mr. Wilchcombe said...
BAIC opens New Executive Offices in Nassau
- Jul 28, 2014 - 8:20:32 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has opened a 10,000
square foot facility to house executive offices and a training centre.
The building, the only one of its kind in the country, will save the
government over 40 percent in energy cost due to its use of solar
energy. During the official opening ceremony held at its location in the
Soldier Road Industrial Park, on Friday, July 25, Prime Minister, the
Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said that the ‘occasion represented a great
step in the accomplishment of the self-sufficiency ideal.
particularly pleased, with its futuristic design and how that will
affect the operation cost of running BAIC,” said Mr. Christie. “I am
also very impressed with the level and quality of craftsmanship that was
put into the building of this beautiful edifice and how the design was
worked into our general philosophy of energy conservation.”...
Bahamas Agriculture Implements Project to Advance Food Security
- Jul 28, 2014 - 5:44:09 PM
The sweet potato
is the most important edible root to food security, followed by cassava
in The Bahamas. Successive projects have aimed at increasing the amount
of root crops produced, in an effort to satisfy increasing local demand
for these commodities. In both Abaco and Andros significant acreages of
sweet potato have been planted using improved varieties.
Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government has
received approval for a research project: “Selection of marketable
varieties of sweet potatoes and cassava.” The purpose of the sweet
project is to choose and obtain planting material for promising
varieties of sweet potato and cassava, prepare trial crops in chosen
islands, follow up its management and results and based on findings as
to the best suited sweet potato...
Bahamas government holds VAT legislation presentation for the press
- Jul 28, 2014 - 12:58:17 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - Educating the
consumer about the benefits of the new Value Added Tax legislation
should ease the public's fear of the Government's needs to control its
Financial Secretary, John Rolle, led the discussion on
the new legislation at a July 25, Ministry of Finance "Meet the Press"
presentation at the Gladstone Road Freight Terminal.
explained that VAT is a broad based consumption tax, applying a 7.5
percent rate in the price of most purchased goods and services...
Bahamas Basketball Federation calls on Governor General
- Jul 26, 2014 - 12:30:43 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Governor-General Dame
Marguerite Pindling welcomed the president of the Bahamas Basketball
Federation, Charlie Robins, and other members for a courtesy call at
Government House, July 23, 2014.
Pictured sitting from left: Clifford
Rahming, Mr. Robins, Dame Marguerite, Mario Bowleg and Sharon Storr...
PM Christie opens BAIC Corporate Headquarters
- Jul 26, 2014 - 12:18:34 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P. Prime Minister of The Bahamas:
This is a very proud moment and special occasion for me, personally, and
also in my capacity as Prime Minister. During my years as Minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries, I had carriage of this Corporation as the
Minister responsible for the BAIC and so I share in the joy and spirit
of this occasion. We are here to celebrate a proud step in the right
direction for the future of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
some of you might recall, BAIC is a successor organization from what was
then The Bahamas Development Corporation which was enacted in 1971. In
1975 The Bahamas Agricultural Corporation ...
Svitzer opens training centre in Grand Bahama
- Jul 25, 2014 - 8:19:52 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama
– The country’s maritime industry got a boost in the right direction
Thursday with the decision by Svitzer to open its Regional Training
Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Since 1833, Svitzer has
provided safety and support at sea. With a reported 4,000 plus
employees, a fleet of more than 400 vessels and operating all over the
world, the company is said to be a global market leader in towage and
emergency response. The firm is head-quartered in Copenhagen, Denmark
and it is part of the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group.
Bahamas Minister of Labour confirms job increases
- Jul 25, 2014 - 6:13:29 PM
Bahamas - The Department of Statistics
2014 Labour Force Survey has revealed that more than 8,000 jobs have been
created as a direct result of the proactive and innovative policies of the
This, the Minister of
Labour and National Insurance the Hon Shane Gibson confirmed in a Communication
to the House of Assembly on Wednesday, July 23. 2014.
The date, compiled by
the staff of the country’s premier authority on data contains “irrefutable
evidence” of the success of the policies of the administration led by Prime
Minister the Rt Hon Perry Christie, Mr. Gibson said...
Public Hospitals Authority 9th Annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony and Dinner
- Jul 25, 2014 - 2:46:17 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister Perry
Christie pins 2nd runner up for Individual Award Asst. Physiotherapist Caroline
Strachan, just before she receives award and trophy from Minister of Health Dr.
Perry Gomez, during the Public Hospitals Authority 9th Annual Employee
Recognition Awards Ceremony and Dinner, July 19, 2014. Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling was
also in attendance.
Bahamas and Dominican Republic sign Technical Cooperation Agreement
- Jul 25, 2014 - 1:54:39 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas—On 24th July 2014,
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic took an
important step forward in strengthening their relations by signing The
Bahamas-Dominican Republic Basic Agreement on Technical Cooperation.
Agreement forms an umbrella that will facilitate and enhance trade and
commercial cooperation, academic exchanges and other similar projects of
mutual interest technical cooperation between their governments through
specific projects of mutual interest, in addition to the objectives
that contribute to the economic and social benefit of both nations.
Bahamian Holidays Announced for 2014
- Jan 3, 2013 - 5:17:22 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
The following days will be observed as Public Holidays during the Year 2014:
New Year’s Day - 1st January (Wednesday)
Majority Rule Day - 10th January (Friday)
Good Friday - 18th April (Friday)
Easter Monday - 21st April (Monday)....
Second Cohort Graduate from Bahamas National Training Agency
- Jul 30, 2014 - 4:36:42 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – More than 200
persons have graduated from the government’s national training
programme. This second cohort graduated after 14 weeks of intensive
Several graduates have already been employed in various
industries. A ceremony marking the event was held at the Holy Trinity
Activities Centre on Monday, July 28. Prime Minister, the Right Hon.
Perry G. Christie was in attendance and delivered remarks.
is yet another proud moment for Bahamians,” said Mr. Christie. “This
programme provides the opportunity for Bahamians to excel in a cross
section of disciplines and empower themselves to improve their lives...”
Winners of Logo Design Competition for 19th of Commonwealth Education Conference Ministers awarded
- Jul 30, 2014 - 12:30:14 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas –
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced the winner
and finalists of the logo design competition for the 19thof Commonwealth
Education Ministers (19CCEM) and unveiled their submissions during a
press conference, July 28.
Hanna’s maypole design signifying the unity of all participating
countries in the 19CCEM to be held in The Bahamas from June 22-26, 2015
was the overall winning entry.
is a collective product that signifies unity. It does not matter the
paths that cross around the maypole, they merge and mesh,” said Hanna of
the 1000 delegates expected to participate in the conference.”
Shane Gibson remarks at National Training Agency 2nd Graduation
- Jul 30, 2014 - 11:53:11 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is remarks by Hon. D. Shane Gibson:
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, graduates..... a very pleasant good evening.
here this evening and reflecting on the graduation of this fine cadre
of young Bahamians who made the personal choice to take advantage of the
opportunity offered to them by The National Training Agency, I can
truly say that I am impressed by the progress the Agency has made in
such a short period of time.
The National Training Agency has a mandate
that is integral to the development of our nation. A part of the mandate
is to build a competency based training and job placement system that
is flexible and responsive to the actual requirements of the workplace via a network of suitable training institutions...
St Augustine's University calls on Bahamas Governor General
- Jul 28, 2014 - 12:27:29 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Governor General Dame
Marguerite Pindling welcomes Dr Everette Ward and other Board members
from St Augustine's University, Raleigh, N.C. during a Courtesy Call at
Government House, July 25.
Pictured sitting from left: Pattye Brown,
Rodney Gaddy, Dame Marguerite, Dr. Ward and Rev. Hilton Smith...