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URCA Releases 2016 Fee Schedule
- Feb 12, 2016 - 12:38:02 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority
(URCA) today published its Fee Schedule for fees relating to the period
from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (ECS 02/2016), revising the
previous schedule which was published on January 29, 2015.
schedule introduces the changes to Standard Spectrum Fees established in
URCA’s Final Decision and Statement of Results in its “Review of Radio
Frequency Spectrum Pricing” document (ECS01/2016), which was published
on January 28, 2016. It should be noted that the changes to Premium
Spectrum Fees proposed pursuant to URCA’s Spectrum...
WhatsApp Use Remains Free on BTC network
- Feb 11, 2016 - 8:55:35 PM
Telecommunications Company (BTC) today refuted claims circulating on social
media that BTC charged for the use of WhatsApp, stating that its use remains
free on the BTC network.
wrote on their Facebook site that BTC likes WhatsApp. “They are our friends. We
won’t be charging anyone to chat using WhatsApp.”
& Wireless (C&W) and WhatsApp have a strategic marketing partnership giving
BTC access to the full range of WhatsApp features. John Reid, C&W consumer
group president said...
Prime Minister Christie Tours Hilton At Resorts World Bimini
- Feb 11, 2016 - 1:03:38 AM
Bimini, Bahamas – Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie recently
toured the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, saying he is very impressed
with the progress he has seen so far. The Prime Minister and a
contingent of government officials and media personnel toured the
soon-to-be-completed lobby and second floor of the luxury marina hotel,
which is scheduled to be fully opened this spring with the completion of
Phase II of the project.
Prime Minister Christie said he anticipated
that the hotel was going to be high class for high net worth
individuals, however regardless of who stays there they would be so
impressed with the accommodations that they would be sure to come back,
which is the whole idea of resorts...
47 Haitian Migrants Apprehended in The Bahamas
- Feb 8, 2016 - 1:56:46 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, Lawrence Major, under the
command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe apprehended a
vessel with approximately forty seven (38 males, 7 females and 2
children) Haitian nationals around 8 p.m.
The vessel was intercepted at
approximately 284° Hog Cay Ragged Island. All migrants were transferred
to Lawrence Major and transported to Nassau for further processing...
Leading Insurers Advise ‘Hold on to your Health Insurance’
- Feb 8, 2016 - 11:44:56 AM
health insurance brokers, agents and underwriters today urged Bahamians
to maintain their private health insurance coverage in the face of
unknowns in the government’s plan
and risks that lapsed policies may not be renewable.
The advice from various members of the Bahamas Insurance Association
came as government steps up its plans and its public relations campaign
in the lead-up to the introduction of
a National Health Insurance (NHI) initiative – a promise the Government
has said it will deliver though details are still being worked out and
the plan appears to be in the consultative stage...
Baby manatee rescued from entangled fishing line in Eleuthera
- Feb 5, 2016 - 1:24:53 PM
On December 29th, researchers from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research
Organisation (BMMRO) responded to a sighting report of a mother and calf
manatees, known as “Gina” and “Sayle”, in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, and
discovered that the 5-month old calf had mono-filament fishing line
entangled around her right flipper. Despite several attempts, it was
impossible to remove the line. Without intervention, Sayle would lose
her flipper, and could die if the wound became infected. Since the
discovery last month, BMMRO, The Department of Marine Resources and
Atlantis’ Animal Rescue Team (all primary members of The Bahamas Marine
Mammal Stranding Network) have been working together to attempt to
temporarily capture Sayle and her mother Gina to enable Atlantis’ vet,
Dr. Eric Anderson, DVM, to remove the line...
Dona Bertarelli unveils an ultra-luxury boutique resort for Exumas Cays, the Bahamas
- Feb 5, 2016 - 8:07:39 AM
Plans for a resort that will raise the level of Family Island luxury in The Bahamas to new heights and transform two cays in the Exuma chain, were unveiled today during a signing ceremony in the Prime Minister’s office.
The low-rise, low-density, environmentally sensitive resort will be built on adjacent islands, Children’s Bay Cay and Williams Cay, off the northern tip of Great Exuma near the settlement of Barraterre...
GBHRA "alarmed" over gov't's acquisition of anti-riot gear from China
- Feb 3, 2016 - 4:24:04 PM
Bahama Human Rights Association remains alarmed over the government’s acquisition
of armored vehicles, anti-riot gear, grenade launchers and tear gas from the People’s
Republic of China.
of their efforts to downplay the implications, senior officials have yet to
adequately explain why they would seek to bolster their capacity to suppress
the civilian population, seemingly without justification.
unrest of the degree that would necessitate the use of such equipment is totally
unprecedented in this country...
Bimini Celebrates BTC FLOW TV – Other Islands Soon to Follow
- Jan 28, 2016 - 1:23:52 PM
In a celebratory occasion at Resorts World Bimini, The Bahamas
Telecommunications Company (BTC) marked an important milestone offering
FLOW TV packages to residents and business partners in addition to
Internet, Voice and Mobile, becoming the country’s first telecom
quad-player. The Right Honourable Perry G Christie and the Honourable
Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, were the guests of Honour and
Transitioning from the testing phase last October
to offering 170 IPTV channels Bimini became the first island to have
FLOW TV packages available and held a ‘soft launch’ on October 29th to
introduce them. The island of Inagua soon followed launching on December
Local NPHC Promotes National Health Insurance Conversation
- Jan 20, 2016 - 4:24:27 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas – Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council hosted a Town
Meeting last evening, which for the first time brought various
stakeholders of the National Health Insurance process together with the
public to discuss important details and views. The standing room only
event was held in the Harry C. Moore Library at the College of the
Bahamas, January 19.
Harrison Lockhart, Council President and a
member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. explained, “Our council which
is the umbrella body for nine prominent Black Historical Greek
Organizations (BGLO) in the world conceptualized the event because we
saw a need for a joint conversation and noticed most of the national
spokespersons for various positions were also affiliate members...
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Deploys Jetskis
- Jan 13, 2016 - 11:35:49 PM
Coral Harbour Base, 13 January 2016 (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence
Force has deployed Jet Skis in its operations around New Providence.
More recently, the Jet Skis are being used to conduct beach patrols in
the wake of reports concerning criminal activities occurring on beaches
on or near New Providence.
Last year the Defence Force introduced two
Yamaha Waverunner Jet Skis to its Operation Secure Shore. Activated in
December 2015, Operation Secure Shore is an expanded operation that
really began in 2013. Personnel and vessels engaged in the operation are
responsible for conducting continuous patrols along the coastline and
waterways of New Providence...
CDEMA conducts post Hurricane Joaquin training in the Bahamas
- Jan 11, 2016 - 11:28:42 AM
28 technical personnel
from the Bahamas National Disaster Management System will benefit from a
three day training course in Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis. This
training activity will be conducted by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency
Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with the National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) in The Bahamas. The training will be held at
the NEMA offices from January 12th to the 15th 2016.
In efforts to
strengthen the capacity of the National Coordination Systems, the CDEMA
Coordinating Unit is seeking to improve the Bahamas National Disaster
Management System by building the capacity of trained persons to execute
Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA)...
Resorts World Bimini Launches Improved Transportation Initiative – “Break for Bimini”
- Jan 9, 2016 - 1:13:20 AM
Bimini, Bahamas – Resorts World Bimini (RWB) today announced the launch
of a new, multi-faceted transportation initiative, “Break for Bimini,”
which is designed to deliver guests of the resort more seamlessly and
quickly from the United States to the shores of the island of Bimini in
the Bahamas. The initiative will improve upon existing transportation
options and allow guests to spend less time in transit and more time
enjoying the resort’s new amenities and trademark “Bimini Bliss.”
guests want to spend more of their vacation enjoying our beautiful
resort and less time spent in transit,” said Ed Farrell, President of
RWB. “In advance of the grand opening of our 300-room, luxury hotel in
Dr. Nottage in talks with the FBI on crime in The Bahamas
- Jan 8, 2016 - 9:18:32 PM
Nassau Bahamas - (Elcott Coleby) Late last year
Prime Minister Christie told the nation of some new anti-crime measures
the government will implement in early 2016. After a celebratory
luncheon for the work of the Salvation Army on Thursday, Prime Minister
Christie spoke about the government’s latest crime plan.
them were the meetings Minister Nottage and US Charge Lisa Johnson held
at the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) headquarters in Washington
DC on Wednesday and Thursday of this week on the crime challenges
facing the country...
URCA approves first ever cable TV rate change
- Jan 7, 2016 - 6:02:52 PM
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has approved
an application from Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL) to increase the price of
REVTV Prime (formerly basic). This is the first increase in rates since
the introduction of the service into The Bahamas in 1995, and it allows
CBL to address its escalating channel costs, pay staff competitive wages
and maintain best possible services.
CBL gave notice today that
the new prices will take effect next month. The details are that
residential basic cable services - REVTV Prime - will change from $30 to
$38, and commercial basic cable services will change from $50 to $64.
It is important to note that these changes will only impact customers on
the islands of New Providence/Paradise Island, Grand Bahama...
RBDF Apprehends 76 Migrants in 2 Days
- Jan 6, 2016 - 9:30:52 PM
Coral Harbour Base 5 January 2016 (RBDF)...The Royal Bahamas Defence
Force patrol craft, Lignum Vitae, under the command of Senior Lieutenant
Bowleg apprehended a motor vessel with approximately sixty nine (60
males, 9 females) Haitian nationals around 11 p.m.
The motor vessel
was apprehended in rough seas approximately 13 nautical miles off Hog
Cay Long Island. All migrants were transferred to Lignum Vitae and will
be transported to Nassau for further processing...
College of The Bahamas Accommodates Late Payments for Spring 2016
- Jan 4, 2016 - 11:23:33 PM
Nassau, BAHAMAS - On Monday, January 4th an inordinate number of
returning College students were on lines at The College attempting to
either make payments by cash, scholarship or arrange a deferred payment
Some students waited for the last minute to make payments
and opted not to use the online payment system. The very same online
payment system was credited back in August 2015 as the most uneventful
and smooth payment and registration process The College has experienced
in several years.
URCA approves Cable Bahamas 28% Subscription Rise Applications
- Jan 1, 2016 - 7:56:30 AM
(December 31st) The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority
(URCA) today issued its Statement of Results and Final Decision in
response to Cable Bahamas Limited (CBL) and its two applications for:
a Permanent Price Change to its 'REVTV Prime' and 'REVTV Business Prime' packages (collectively ‘SuperBasic’); and
the introduction a "New Basic Television Service" (to be marketed as ‘Prime Local’ or 'REVTV Prime Local')...
GBHRA: Immigration persists in terrorizing Canadian man
- Dec 22, 2015 - 1:30:08 PM
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) is calling on
immigration officers to cease and desist from their efforts to harass
and intimidate Grand Bahama homeowner Bruno Rufa.
The GBHRA said
despite his recent vindication in the courts, Rufa has continued to be
unlawfully targeted and persecuted, officers once again descending on
his home this week to question the Canadian citizen and demand that he
produce his travel documents...
UPDATE: Water main failure on Robertha Avenue results in low pressure and/or no water for residents
- Dec 18, 2015 - 2:30:21 PM
FRIDAY DECEMBER 18TH, 2015 – 1PM UPDATE
Nassau, Bahamas – The Water
and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) wishes to notify our valued customers and
the general public that repairs on our failed water transmission main
on Roberta Avenue (Ridgeland Park West) were completed early this
morning in two (2) parts, one at approximately 1AM and the other at
approximately 3AM. Restoration of our water transmission and
distribution systems commenced immediately thereafter with full
restoration expected in most areas for the morning peak period.