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BTC to Participate in 32nd Annual CANTO Conference
- Jul 28, 2016 - 4:17:40 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited
(BTC) will participate in the 32nd annual Caribbean Association of
National Telecommunications Organizations’ (CANTO) Conference and Trade
BTC CEO and Senior Vice President for Cable
& Wireless Communications, Leon Williams also serves as Vice
Chairman for CANTO. Williams said, “BTC has been a member of CANTO since
1985. The organization, seeks to provide an outlet for
telecommunications organizations in the region to stay connected. We
share ideas, on how we can overcome challenges that affect us all in the
Author encourages naming waters in the Western Atlantic Ocean the Lucayan Sea after The Bahamas’ first inhabitants
- Jul 28, 2016 - 3:35:41 PM
When Christopher Columbus sailed through The Bahama Islands during the
latter part of the 15th century, he encountered a people along the way
who historians say he described in his diary as handsome, graceful,
well-proportioned, gentle, generous and, most of all, peaceful.
famed explorer was speaking, of course, about the Lucayans. As the
first people ever to inhabit The Bahamas, The Lucayans were descendants
of the Arawaks who lived and prospered along the shores of the country
for generations before being captured as slaves shortly after Columbus’
arrival. In fact, the stretch of islands in the western Atlantic was not
only called The Bahamas historically – there were references to it as
the Lucayan Archipelago...
Solidarity242 responds to Minister Nottage's statement on the Marco Alert System
- Jul 26, 2016 - 9:12:26 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - (Statement) On June 22nd the activist group
Solidarity242 made Bahamian history by launching a Viral Protest on
Facebook to pressure government into activating the MARCO Alert system
and Sex Offenders Registry promised under Marco’s Law. Bahamians both
locally and internationally responded to the protest by changing profile
pictures and posting videos under the hashtags #justiceforMarco,
#MarcosLaw, #protectourchildren and #Solidarity242. Facebook messages,
emails and wall posts were also sent to Ministers the Hon. Dr. Bernard
Nottage (Minister of National Security), the Hon. Melanie Griffin
(Minster of Social Services & Community Development) and Dr. Daniel
Johnson (Minister of Youth, Sports & Development).
press conference on July 22nd, Minister Nottage stated to media that the
MARCO Alert system had been put into effect with the by-passing of the
24-hour requirement to file a missing person’s report...
Governor General Dines with Bahamas Defence Force Officers
- Jul 26, 2016 - 12:26:31 PM
Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling,
Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas was the special
guest of honor at the Officers' Wardroom Mess Dinner at Her Majesty’s
Bahamian Ship Coral Harbour on Thursday past.
Hosted by the
Wardroom Mess President, Lieutenant Commander Michael Saunders and the
Wardroom Mess Officers, the black tie affair (Mess Undress for Naval
Officers) was attended by the Minister of National Security, the
Honourable Dr. Bernard Nottage, Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence
Force (Acting) and other senior and junior Officers of the Defence
‘A Familiar Walk’ Takes a Look at Hurricane Preparedness for 2016
- Jul 26, 2016 - 10:46:58 AM
As the peak months of the 2016 hurricane season approach, ‘A Familiar
Walk’ reveals in its latest installment the lessons learned by local
disaster management agencies after Joaquin ravaged the southeastern
Bahamas. The show airs on ZNS tonight, Tuesday July 26, at 8:00pm.
of the programme, Mario Newry, speaks to a panel of experts including,
Caroline Turnquest, Director General of the Bahamas Red Cross, Captain
Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA), Wayne Neely, Meteorologist at the Department of Meteorology and
Charles Johnson, Senior Manager of J.S. Johnson Insurance Agents and
BTVI anchors agreement with LJM Maritime Academy
- Jul 26, 2016 - 3:20:55 AM
In a world where the view of technical education is shifting, The
Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) and LJM Maritime
Academy (LJMMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for further
training and skill development of their students and faculty.
is a Bahamian maritime training institution which offers
internationally recognized certifications in the maritime field and
preparation for long-term job placement on international vessels and
shore-based enterprises. BTVI is the premier technical and vocational
institution in The Bahamas.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
which was signed by President of BTVI, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, and
President of LJMMA, Dr. Brendamae Cleare, took effect on July 13, 2016.
Miss World Bahamas 2016 is Ashley Hamilton
- Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15:22 PM
The Miss World Bahamas pageant took place on July 24th and
taking the crown was 23 year old Ashley Hamilton of Long Island.
is a 6' 1" green-eyed beauty who has a bachelor's degree in history and
is proud that she put herself through school by applying for and being
granted scholarships. She studied at United World College in western
Canada and then went to University of Florida. Her aim is to become a
leading commercial Attorney and productive citizen.
Ashley won the costume segment with her stunning blue feathered piece called...
Defence Force Apprehends Cuban Migrants
- Jul 25, 2016 - 10:56:44 AM
Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF) – A total of 14 Cuban migrants have been
turned over to officials at the Carmichael Road Detention Center after
being apprehended by members of the Royal Defence Force on Saturday
While on routine patrol, the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force patrol craft P-128 coxswained by Petty Officer James Darling,
intercepted a 20-ft makeshift motor vessel approximately 2 nautical
miles east of Highbourne’s Cay in the Exuma Sound at 12:30 p.m. this
Waterkeepers Bahamas and Save The Bays applaud Disney for shelving Egg Island plans
- Jul 22, 2016 - 2:47:50 PM
Two leading organisations with strong ties to the marine environment
today added their voices to quickly mounting applause, thanking Disney
Cruise Lines for shelving plans to lease Egg Island in North Eleuthera
for a private island cruise destination.
“Speaking on behalf of
Waterkeepers Bahamas and Save The Bays, I extend heartfelt
congratulations to Disney Cruise Lines and to the citizens of North
Eleuthera who, as a corporation and as a community, came to the same
conclusion -- that to have proceeded with plans to develop this
ecologically sensitive area into a heavily trafficked, commercial
venture requiring extensive dredging and destruction of coral reefs
would have been an environmental disaster..."
BNT on Disney's decision to abandon development of Egg Island
- Jul 22, 2016 - 12:14:53 PM
Bahamas National Trust applauds the decision by Disney Cruise Lines to
abandon their plans to develop Egg Island, off North Eleuthera.
development and environmental concerns is a challenge that the
government faces frequently,” said BNT President Larry Glinton.
are pleased that today it was decided that corporate and national
environmental objectives are not mutually exclusive, and the result is
that Egg island will remain in its natural state to be enjoyed by the
people of The Bahamas for generations to come,” Mr Glinton said...
BAMSI hosts Extension Programme
- Jul 21, 2016 - 6:22:39 PM
As part of its commitment to nation building and the development of
a cadre of trained specialists within the field, The Bahamas Agriculture and
Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is set to host its Inaugural Agricultural
Extension Training Programme, July 19 – 29 at its campus in North Andros. The
intensive two-week schedule, which will consist of hands-on field experience as
well as lectures by BAMSI faculty and University of Florida professors in Agriculture
Extension, is an important push for recent graduates who are set to take on the
role of professionally-trained extension officers by the end of the summer.
With a shift in the Government’s focus on Food and Nutrition
Security, the provision of trained agriculturalist will ensure the attainment
of the goal as well as the sustainability of this nation’s environment thereby supporting
the government’s efforts to bolster food security measures across the
Activist group gears up to use Facebook to push for Bahamas Sex Offenders Registry and Marco Alert
- Jul 21, 2016 - 5:29:19 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The non-profit, activist group Solidarity242 is urging
Bahamians to join its Viral Protest designed to push government into
activating the Sex Offenders Registry and MARCO Alert system for missing
children. “It has been five years since The Bahamas was rocked by the
brutal death of Marco Archer and yet Marco’s Law is not fully
functional. There is no Sex Offenders Registry, there is no MARCO
Alert,” said Kishlane Knowles, co-founder of Solidarity242. “Our
children are being left vulnerable and we as Bahamians have to push back
and demand that the government does its part in protecting our
children, as promised.”
In 2013, Freeport saw the loss of five
(5) young boys, all of whom went missing, all of whom were murdered. In
June of 2015, Minister for Social Services, Melanie Griffin revealed in
her 2015/2016 Budget Address that there had been an increase in the
reported cases of sexual abuse and incest incidents involving children...
Jeffrey Lloyd: Bahamas a Failed State if the Status Quo Remains
- Jul 20, 2016 - 6:05:34 PM
Lawyer and radio show host Jeff Lloyd impressed upon a group of young
Toastmasters yesterday that they must help to destroy the status quo
that is causing the Bahamas to slip into a failed state.
to club 7108 at Luciano's of Chicago, Mr. Lloyd impressed upon the
group that the central institutions of governance in this country are
not functioning properly and are therefore no benefit to its citizens.
are never to become adjusted to the status quo,” he said. “We should be
at war with the status quo. We are failing in every subdivision of
statistical measurement in this country.”
RBDF introduces Military Police K-9 UNIT
- Jul 19, 2016 - 10:02:37 AM
Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF) – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force has
implemented a new element in its strategy of combatting the illicit
activities in the country. The k-9 Unit of the Defence Force's Military
Police section will enhance the Force’s capability in its fight in
protecting the territorial borders of The Bahamas.
This new area
of the Force is headed by Sub Lieutenant Denzel Marche and four marines;
Leading Seaman Rio Knowles, Able Woman Marine Nikira Rolle, Able Seaman
Georgino Bodie and Marine Seaman Ryan Bridgewater. The Marines have
successfully completed a six-month dog handling course in Havana, Cuba
from January 20 through July 2...
BAMSI hosts Inaugural Agricultural Extension Training Programme
- Jul 18, 2016 - 4:48:31 PM
As part of its commitment to nation building and the development of a
cadre of trained specialists within the field of agriculture and
extension, The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI)
is set to host its Inaugural Agricultural Extension Training Programme, July 19 – 29 at its campus in North Andros. The intensive two-week
schedule will offer hands-on field experience as well as lectures by
international and industry specialists for students and recent graduates
who will take on the role of professionally-trained extension officers
by the end of the summer.
With a shift in the Government’s focus
to include the advancement and maturation of the agriculture industry as
one of its principal mandates, the provision of trained agriculturalist
will ensure the sustainability of this nation’s environment and support
the government’s efforts to bolster food security measures across the
archipelago. Godfrey Eneas...
Miss Bahamas National Costume Highlights
- Jul 18, 2016 - 12:24:19 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – It was a celebration of Bahamian history and culture
with an explosion of color and creativity as the 2016 Miss Bahamas
contestants competed in the National Dress (Costume) competition
immediately following a float parade throughout the streets of New
A pirate, Bahama parrot, rake n’ scrape queen and Royal
Pineapple were just some of the themes on display which were presented
in an entertaining fashion before the panel of judges and dozens of
onlookers in Pompey Square, downtown Nassau...
RBDF Conducts Aerial Drone Training Exercise
- Jul 17, 2016 - 9:03:33 AM
Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF) – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force made
history as the Force conducted its first live feed Aerial Drone Training
Exercise yesterday. Committed to Guarding our Heritage, the Defence
Force is in the process of developing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
Unit to join the fight to combat illicit activities within the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
This advance measure will enhance the
Force's operational capabilities that will allow operators to have a
bird’s eye view of a targeted area. Another goal of the UAV Unit is to
effectively assist in search and rescue efforts...
Save The Bays Contributes to Public Consultation on Freedom of Information
- Jul 16, 2016 - 12:02:09 AM
Save The Bays:
The environmental movement Save The Bays submitted
several recommendations for amendments to the proposed Freedom of
Information Act, including what it considers the most critical change to
the draft legislation – establishment of an apolitical, totally
independent Information Commissioner and unit.
“We are grateful
to the government for inviting public input on this important draft
Bill,” said Save The Bays Chairman Joseph Darville. “We submitted our
recommendations by hand on June 21 along with a letter reflecting
support for those submitted and shared with us by the Organization for
Responsible Government (ORG) and we believe that with the considered
contributions made by both groups along with consulting attorneys and
students of transparency-related legislation, the Bill with recommended
amendments could be one of the strongest anywhere, something The Bahamas
could be proud of for many decades to come...”
Miss Grand Bahama vying for Miss Universe Bahamas title
- Jul 15, 2016 - 10:13:47 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Miss Universe Bahamas pageant held an unveiling
tonight at the Albany in New Providence. While we do not have the names
of all the contestants we can tell you that Miss Grand Bahama, Danielle
Pratt is a contestant vying for this year's title.
Miss Pratt is no stranger to the big pageant world as she's already
represented The Bahamas at Miss Tourism Pageant in China, and Miss
Coffee International Beauty Pageant in Colombia early this year.
"Miss Grand Bahama is competing in Miss Bahamas Universe," said Glenn
Davis, Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization Director. "That's
how it used to be in days gone by..."
BTC Signs MOU for Innovation Lab at College of The Bahamas
- Jul 15, 2016 - 11:55:16 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas - As a gift to the nation in celebration of the
country’s forty-third year of Independence, BTC has signed a $50,000
Memorandum of Understanding with The College of The Bahamas (COB) for a
new Innovation Lab. The announcement, was made today at The College,
during a ground breaking ceremony at the Harry C. Moore Library and
BTC CEO Leon Williams said, “We believe that
it is of absolute importance that we continue to invest in the future of
this country. This new innovation lab, will serve as a centre of
excellence. As The College is on the cusp of University status, it is
imperative that it has a state of the art, modern facility enabling the
new generation of learners to thrive...