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17 Cuban migrants apprehended in Bahamian waters - Jun 29, 2016 - 1:39:16 AM

Coral Harbour Base, 28 June 16 (RBDF): Seventeen Cuban migrants are being detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Center after being apprehended in Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Monday morning.

Acting on information received, patrol craft HMBS Lignum Vitae, commanded by Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, spotted and boarded an 18 foot makeshift aluminum motor driven vessel approximately 6 miles off the coast of Cay Lobos at around 9:45 Monday morning...
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Local Law Professor: ‘You Can’t Call Yourself a Democracy If You Don’t Provide Freedom of Information Act to Your Citizens’ - Jun 28, 2016 - 5:09:07 AM

As one of the main tenets in its platform, Save the Bays has pushed for Freedom of Information legislation since its inception, organizing the very first FOIA rally in Rawson Square in downtown Nassau in June 2014. Since then, the environmental advocacy group has worked tirelessly to make sure the issue remains on the public’s radar, most notably gathering more than 7,000 signatures on a petition calling for the government to pass an FOI bill.

“The people must have a voice to speak, they must have an avenue through which to be heard and they must be honored with respect to their opinion,” said Save the Bays Chairman Joseph Darville on Thursday as he opened ‘Voice of the Bays: The Environment Speaks,’ a weekly radio show that airs in both Freeport and Nassau on Love 97.5 FM...
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Experts to talk Disaster Management on BETA Panel - Jun 27, 2016 - 7:00:54 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Now in its third year, Bahamas Engineering and Technology Association (BETA) Camp, the free one-week science camp for Bahamian teens, intends to launch on Monday July 4th with an expert panel on disaster management under the camp’s theme “Prediction, Preparedness, Provision: STEM tools to Sustain our Bahamaland,” The panel, which will be held in COB’s Harry Moore Library at [TIME], is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and is open to the public.

The panel will feature keynote speaker Dr. Pamela McCauley an, ergonomics and biomechanics specialist and award-winning professor at the University of Central Florida where she serves as head of the Ergonomics Lab – studying human efficiency in the working environment. Dr. McCauley, a Jefferson Science Fellow ...
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Local Business Firm Partners with CICMC Bahamas Chapter to Improve Local Consultants Competitiveness - Jun 27, 2016 - 4:57:42 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Gaydene McClain, Veteran International Business Professionals (IBP) CEO and Published Author “Why Invest- Understanding Investing in The Bahamas, known within Government and the financial world for exclusive focus on Global Leadership Development services, today announced that Dr. Vasantha Chase, President of Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) and trained economist disciplined in management of inter-sectoral planning will present at the “Highly Effective Role of Management – Strengthening BID Proposals Competitiveness,” Workshop, held July 19-22, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas, at IBP Training Center, Caves, Village.

Dr. Chase brings many years of international management experience to the workshop. She is also Managing Director of Chase Consultants located in St. Lucia...
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Bahamas National Trust responds to 14-ft great hammerhead shark off the Montagu - Jun 26, 2016 - 10:43:16 PM

Last week videos circulated on social media featuring a 14-foot Great Hammerhead shark off the Montagu foreshore in just inches of water. The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) would like to use this opportunity to clarify some of the confusing information that accompanied many of these posts.

The Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarra)n, is the largest of the hammerhead sharks and is found in tropical and sub-tropical waters around the world. Mature hammerheads have virtually no predators, but like most shark species, they are heavily fished, both commercially and recreationally...
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COB University Transition Still Underway Despite Cancellation of Caribbean Development Bank Loan - Jun 24, 2016 - 3:56:32 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas - The College of The Bahamas continues to fulfill operational milestones in its ten-year Master Plan with the near completion of the new university entrance and recent ground breaking for the G.T.R. Campbell Small Island Sustainability Research Complex. As a part of the move to university status, in December 2014 a loan agreement for $16.18 million was signed between the Government of The Bahamas and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) with The College of The Bahamas (COB) as the Executing Agency to fund specific capacity-building and capital development initiatives.

The institution, however, has made significant strides in the absence of the loan. For instance, part of the CDB loan was earmarked for the hiring of a consultant to draft the University of The Bahamas Bill. In the absence of the CDB funds, the Bill was drafted by a team from The College of The Bahamas...
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Rising Sea Levels, Hotter Temperatures, Extreme Storms On Horizon for The Bahamas - Jun 23, 2016 - 3:17:44 PM

Waterkeepers Bahamas:
According to the U.S. National Weather Service, if you live anywhere near the Atlantic Ocean, this isn’t the best year to let your guard down while you soak up the sun.

With a record three named storms already on the books since the start of hurricane season on June 1, the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is projected to be among the most active ever with as many as 14 named storms and six hurricanes before the season ends November 30. Moreover, experts predict at least two of those hurricanes could be major, reaching Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, suggesting "devastating damage" could occur.

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New Research on Rarest Bird in the Bahamas - Jun 17, 2016 - 5:39:43 PM

With less than 260 remaining on a single island, the Bahama Oriole is the rarest bird in the Bahamas - and one of the rarest in the world.

To inform conservation efforts, the Bahamas National Trust is working with University of Maryland scientists to gather vital information on this endangered species.

Of the six endemic bird species found in the Bahamas, the Oriole is the most threatened. It once lived on Abaco as well, but disappeared from that island in the 1990s. It has a black head and body with yellow underparts...
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Lifeguards Trained for Bahamas Public Beaches - Jun 17, 2016 - 3:26:49 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Perry Christie along with Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett and Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority, Sen. Greg Burrows were all attended the graduation ceremony of the first crop of lifeguard trained by the Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority. 

These twelve young people received 25 hours of training in such things as swimming and CPR.  Training for the lifeguards will continue on a monthly basis...  
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Bahamas Defence Force apprehends 199 Haitian migrants off Andros - Jun 12, 2016 - 12:42:00 AM

Coral Harbour Base, 11 June 16 (RBDF): Acting on information received, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force fast patrol craft P129 coxswained by Petty Officer Acadia Smith apprehended one hundred and ninety-nine Haitian migrants off the west coast of northern Andros on Friday 11th June, 2016.

P129 was on routine patrol near north Andros when it was diverted to investigate the sighting, which was initially reported by Police in Red Bays, North Andros. Upon arrival in the area of Cross Cays off the west coast of northern Andros, P129 apprehended the Haitian nationals aboard a wooden sailing sloop...
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Bahamas Parkinson's Foundation on the death of Muhammad Ali - Jun 10, 2016 - 5:35:56 PM

The Kingdor National Parkinson’s Foundation, Bahamas Chapter joins other countries of the world in celebrating the life and mourning the death of Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest”. He was indeed the greatest ambassador for telling the Parkinson’s story. The most exciting, yet, heart-wrenching was his lighting the torch at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. It did not matter that his hands were shaking uncontrollably; he held that torch high with pride and joy.

Based on Ali’s long life with the condition, the Parkinson community realizes that one can live a full and rewarding life for many years. Ali lived with Parkinson’s disease for 32 years and he fought the condition to the end...
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Citizens for Justice on the Bahamas Referendum Outcome - Jun 10, 2016 - 5:16:41 PM

The people of the Bahamas have spoken loudly and clearly on Tuesday June 7, 2016 in rejecting the gender equality constitutional amendments. This was a major victory for the family as many voted to preserve biblical marriage and against same-sex marriages which legal experts believe would have been possible with the passage of Bill 4.

Members of Citizens For Justice (CFJ) are grateful to God for giving us this great victory against tremendous odds. We are thankful for the valiant efforts of many Bahamians who stood firm for righteousness in spite of the insults, victimization and lack of funding. We commend persons from throughout the nation who realized that we are in a spiritual battle and opposed the plans and schemes to bring the Bahamas in line with other nations as it relates to LGBT rights...
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Jeffrey Lloyd Calls for the Future Leaders of the Nation to Pursue Excellence - Jun 9, 2016 - 2:36:18 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  – Attorney-at-Law and media personality, Jeffrey Lloyd, addressed the graduating class of C.R. Walker High School Tuesday morning at Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM). In his keynote address, he highlighted the social and economic importance of the success of the graduates.
“Without a doubt, the future social atmosphere, the cultural identity, and the economic and political reality of this country are directly tied to the constructive development of you all,” said Mr. Lloyd.

“While it is a time of great opportunity, let me tell you, it is also a time of trial and challenge. there are too many seriously negative influences that swirl about in your young little lives...”

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Foreign Vessel Apprehended For Undeclared Firearms - Jun 7, 2016 - 2:26:30 PM

Coral Harbour, 4 June 16 (RBDF) – Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Arthur Dion Hanna, under the command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright, apprehended two persons on Saturday morning for possession of undeclared weapons aboard a vessel in the Abaco chain. The 38 foot United States registered sailing vessel was boarded at 11:30 a.m. while anchored in the area of Great Guana Cay, Abaco.

One .25 automatic pistol, one 9 millimeter pistol, one AR 15 magazine, two .25 magazines, twenty rounds of .223, one hundred and twenty three 9mm rounds were found on board after a search was conducted by HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna’s boarding team...
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Muhammad Ali saw ambassadorship for Tony Joudi - Jun 5, 2016 - 8:00:26 PM

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
– Muhammad Ali

Nassau, Bahamas – Newly appointed Bahamas Non-Resident Ambassador to Qatar, Tony Joudi was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of his friend Muhammad Ali who had made a lasting impact on his life.

Ali, a three-time world heavyweight-boxing champion, an Olympic Gold medalist, a civil rights activist and humanitarian, was loved around the world, in and out of the ring...

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Equality Bahamas answers FAQs on the Upcoming Referendum - Jun 3, 2016 - 1:15:59 PM

Equality Bahamas
: In 2012, The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie announced the appointment of the new Constitutional Commission charged with a comprehensive review of the Constitution of The Bahamas by March 2013 - ahead of the 40th year of Independence celebration. Chairman Sean McWeeney QC and Chief Counsel Loren Klein led the Commission of 11 other members in the process which included public consultation.

What did the Constitutional Commission’s Report recommend?  The Report of the Constitutional Commission into a Review of The Bahamas Constitution was released in July 2013 with Section 4 listing 73 recommendations. In the previous section, “the amendment of the citizenship provisions to achieve gender-neutrality and full equality between men and women with respect to the acquisition or transmission of their nationality” is at the top of the list of priorities for reform.
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Stakeholders invited to form Advisory Council on NHI Bahamas - Jun 3, 2016 - 1:22:23 AM

Stakeholder Advisory Council being formed to establish decision-making framework for implementation of universal health coverage

Nassau, The Bahamas – On May 31st , 2016, Permanent Secretary for the National Health

Insurance (NHI) Secretariat, Peter Deveaux-Isaacs announced that invitations have been formally issued to prospective members who will form the UHC Stakeholder Advisory Council.

In keeping with the Government of The Bahamas’ commitment to working with stakeholders to shape the design and implementation of universal health ...
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Joint Marine Law Enforcement Operation Nets Illegal Crawfish - Jun 3, 2016 - 12:59:30 AM

New Providence – Inspection of Coral Harbour supermarket discovers sale of crawfish and marks new collaboration by enforcement agencies.

A Sunday afternoon inspection of the Phoenix Fresh Market in Coral Harbour by a cross-agency team of law enforcement agents led to a major discovery of illegal crawfish on sale during the closed season.

“With an annual closed season extending from April 1 to July 31 each year, we are right in the middle of the most important time for reproduction of crawfish...”
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GBHRA: Gov’t must cease dodging on Rubis leak report - Jun 2, 2016 - 12:45:11 PM

More than a year has now passed since the government announced an independent review of its failure to disclose what it knew about the dangerous Rubis gas leak to the public.

Given the ongoing absence of the promised report, the GBRHA must agree with former Cabinet minister Phenton Neymour and others who have suggested this review was never anything more than a public relations stunt in the first place.

It was the Attorney General who announced that a retired Supreme Court judge would look into why, after being alerted to the existence of the massive leak...
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Alfred Sears Requests a New COB Resignation Date - May 31, 2016 - 4:35:12 PM

Chairman of the Council of The College of The Bahamas (COB), Mr. Alfred Sears, QC, has decided to delay his resignation from today, May 31, 2016 to Monday, 6th June, 2016.

In a subsequent letter to the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald, Mr. Sears asked for an adjustment to his resignation date indicating that he had failed to take into consideration the June 2nd commencement ceremony for the Northern Campus in Freeport, Grand Bahama over which the Chairman presides. “I hereby request your permission to adjust my resignation...
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