Bahamas-China Friendship Association Statement on Baha Mar
- Jul 3, 2015 - 10:37:43 AM
The Bahamas-China Friendship Association (BCFA) expresses its
deep concerns over the recent news reports and announcements that the initial
time-frame set by the developers for the completion and opening of the Baha Mar
Resort on Cable Beach has been missed and will now have to be extended, with a
We wish to go on record as attaching great importance to this
multi-billion dollar investment and recognize its significant economic impact
on The Bahamas once completed and opened. Our concern is to the general
economic well-being of the country, as a whole; and for the setbacks that have
been visited on this project...
GBHRA: We will bring Justilien case before the OAS
- Jun 30, 2015 - 11:27:58 PM
(Statement) Veteran activist warns that request for precautionary measures could be filed with regional body over failure to grant access to and medical records of the man shot in the head during immigration raid
A veteran human rights activists is warning that if attorneys are again
denied access to Jean-Mary Justilien and are not provided with copies
of his medical records, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association
(GBHRA) will have no choice but to apply to the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) for precautionary measures in an
effort to protect his rights...
Youth Representatives from Three Major Political Parties Sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the 19CCEM
- Jun 30, 2015 - 5:23:36 PM
Paradise Island, The Bahamas – Inspired by the discussions held at
the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM), youth
representatives from the PLP, FNM and DNA, joined forces to sign a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the objective of focusing
nonpartisan attention on educational development.
The two paged
MOU, signed by Derek Carey of the PLP’s Progressive Young Liberals,
Jamal Strachan of the FNM’s Torchbearers Youth Association, and Jayson
Braynen of the DNA’s Young Democrats Youth Association, was formed out
of “the need to collaborate efforts for the benefit of present and
future students in The Bahamas...”
Leader of the Opposition Statement on Baha Mar Bankruptcy
- Jun 30, 2015 - 2:37:48 AM
The shocking news that Bahamar has filed for bankruptcy protection in
the United States of America has caused disquiet and even a sense of
alarm in our society.
The Free National Movement deeply regrets
that matters have come to such a pass and is particularly concerned
about the well-being and job security of the thousands of Bahamians
presently employed by Bahamar; and the plight faced by the many
thousands more Bahamians who have looked to Bahamar as their means of
escape from the harsh circumstances of chronic and high unemployment
levels, most particularly thousands of young Bahamians...
Bahamian Icon Awards to be featured on South Florida’s #1 newscast
- Jun 30, 2015 - 12:26:50 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas’ most
glamorous event has attracted the attention of the international media.
WPLG Local 10 news out of South Florida has confirmed plans to provide
coverage of the 3rd annual Bahamian Icon Awards.
Additionally, Emmy nominated news anchor Constance Jones will be on hand to present the
Bahamian Icon Award for Outstanding Live Entertainment Ensemble. WPLG
is South Florida’s local ABC Network affiliate and boasts of over 5.4
million viewers. The event will be broadcast live locally on Cable 12
throughout the Bahamas...
Minister Wilchcombe provides an update on gaming process
- Jun 27, 2015 - 1:01:51 PM
his participation in the compliance workshop for gaming board employees hosted
by the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) on Wednesday, Minister
with responsibility for gaming, Hon. Obie Wilchombe, provided the public with
an update on the vetting process of applicants seeking gaming licenses and
explained why the government extended the transition period before the granting
of licenses. He made these comments against the backdrop of some 1,750
employees requiring vetting and the establishment of interactive gaming and
internal control systems to protect the industry from the vexing issues of money
laundering and the proceeds from crime...
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) An Effective Pathway to Quality Education
- Jun 26, 2015 - 12:46:37 PM
BAHAMAS - Although the idea of students having unlimited access to
electronic resources which enable them to learn outside traditional
classroom settings continues to gain momentum globally,
there is a challenge with students’ completion rates as it relates to
this learning platform, according to the Director of Distance Education
at The College of The Bahamas Dr. Edward Bethel.
Dr. Bethel was addressing the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) on Wednesday, June 24th at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. This conference is the largest
ministerial meeting in the Commonwealth and the main forum in which members discuss key issues and priorities in education...
Young Bahamian Entrepreneurs Compete to develop Business Concepts on “Starter Island” Journey
- Jun 26, 2015 - 12:44:30 PM
Week-long Competition provides
opportunity to Create and Develop Business ideas for Entrepreneurs
Nassau Bahamas - A creative group of young Bahamian and International entrepreneurs will
embark on a weeklong journey focused on developing business ideas and concepts
this summer. The competition, entitled “Starter Island” is scheduled for August
21-28 2015, and invites teams of entrepreneurs to plan and strategize their
concepts for products and ideas, while vying for the grand prize...
Bahamas: Reduction In Real Property Tax For Pensioners to Commence July 1st
- Jun 24, 2015 - 3:04:18 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Department of Inland Revenue advises the public
of the proposed Property Tax for pensioners which will come into effect
on July 1st, 2015.
The reduction can be found in section 20A of the
Real Property Tax (Amendment) Act 2015 and is available to individuals
meeting the following criteria...
Environmentalist warns of a third possible Rubis leak
- Jun 24, 2015 - 12:30:41 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - A leading environmentalist has called for a full
investigation into a third suspected fuel leak from a Rubis station in
Ecologist & Attorney Romi Ferreira, a
director of fast-growing social and environmental movement Save The Bays
(STB), said highly toxic and environmentally destructive substances may
have leaked, or may be continuing to leak into the ground at Porky’s
Service Station on East Street South...
CBL Chairman Shares Solid Performance News at AGM, ‘Great company with Great Potential’
- Jun 22, 2015 - 10:51:20 AM
Calling it “an exciting business, a great
company with great potential,” Commonwealth Brewery Limited Chairman
Julian Francis delivered welcome news of solid performance including
revenue of $124.2 million and plans for growth during the company’s
fourth annual general meeting June 16 at the British Colonial Hilton.
Brewery Limited is a great company with a great history and great
potential. I am very confident that we will take this company to the
next level,” said Mr. Francis, noting that the nation’s largest
manufacturer and distributor of spirits, wine and beer was a debt-free
company with ownership that included more than 3,000 Bahamians...
Bahamas ambulance prom entrance goes viral
- Jun 19, 2015 - 1:21:05 PM
An Abaco, Bahamas prom entrance last weekend made by high
school senior Ashvonn Russell, who arrived in an ambulance has gone
viral on social media and is being featured in the prominent online
. It was also picked up by the women's magazine,
. The photos hit the internet after being posted by @CaptainPajamas on Twitter on June 14th.
arrived in the ambulance, whereupon the back doors were opened and she
comes out laying on the stretcher in attire and makeup for her prom. Her
date, Johnny Auguste kisses her on the cheek in the style of Prince
Charming in Sleeping Beauty, and she awakes and they enter the dance...
COB President Outlines the University’s Role in National Development Planning
- Jun 19, 2015 - 2:27:51 AM
The University of The Bahamas will align its academic programming with
the pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP), according to College
of The Bahamas President Dr. Rodney Smith who participated in a panel
discussion on Thursday as part of the “Transforming Government: United
in Service” workshop held at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information
The government reaffirmed during the debate in the House
of Assembly that the College will transition to the University of The
Bahamas by the end of this 2015...
BIA Statement on Health Minister's Budget Speech
- Jun 17, 2015 - 9:25:58 PM
The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) has reviewed the Minister of
Health’s contribution to the budget debate and notes with dismay the
content of his presentation.
We are disappointed that the
minister’s communication reiterates the status quo and does not reflect
the collaboration with the private sector promised by the prime minister
in his recent budget address.
We wish to put on record that
Health Minister Perry Gomez is totally disingenuous in suggesting there
has been "real consultation" with the private sector. The BIA has
addressed this issue on prior occasions...
Cable Bahamas proposes share split
- Jun 16, 2015 - 1:35:52 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL)
announced today that it would be proposing at its upcoming annual
general meeting a three-for-one (3:1) share split of its ordinary
shares, providing greater marketability and liquidity in the market and
making shares more affordable, especially to potential smaller
investors. If approved, the directors of the company will determine the
timetable for the share split.
The BISX-listed company has been
publicly traded since its initial public offering (IPO) in 1994. The
company purchased all foreign-held shares in 2010, becoming 100 per cent
Bahamian owned at that time...
Save The Bays calls for independent probe into new Rubis leak claims
- Jun 15, 2015 - 10:59:07 AM
Neighbors say the Sandyport station has been leaking fuel
for weeks, leading to the closure of several businesses last week due
to overpowering fumes.
Save The Bays: company should not be
allowed to investigate itself; government and Rubis display lack of
transparency yet again, despite lessons of Marathon fuel spill disaster
the fact that the public had to learn of a second possible fuel leak
from a Rubis service station in New Providence via social media, Vanessa
Haley-Benjamin called for a fully independent...
Fred Smith, QC: Haitian man clearly shot in the back of the head
- Jun 12, 2015 - 1:16:17 PM
(Statement) I refute in the strongest terms the complete and utter
fiction that is the official version of Tuesday’s shooting of an unarmed
young Haitian man, Jean-Mary Justilien, by a law enforcement officer in
Eleuthera on Tuesday.
It has been claimed by police that Mr.
Justilien struggled with an immigration officer, sought to disarm him,
and was shot in the cheek as a result. According to the victim’s family –
and as we understand it, numerous eyewitnesses – nothing could be
further from the truth.
In fact, Mr. Justilien was in a house with others when armed officers...
The Island School Hosts International Youth Summit with Musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres
- Jun 12, 2015 - 12:32:59 PM
Eleuthera, Bahamas - This past weekend The
Island School hosted the SEA Change Youth Summit with musician, Jack
Johnson and 5 Gyres to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic
pollution in the ocean and to inspire young students to be advocates for
change. 34 Students gathered from Abaco, Grand Bahama, New Providence
and Eleuthera as well as a school group out of New York and another
student from Jamaica.
As part of the kick-off for the weekend
on Friday June 5th, Jack Johnson took part in a designation ceremony to
become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP). The designation was timely as last Friday marked World
Environment Day, a UN flagship event encouraging worldwide awareness
and action for the environment, celebrated in over 100 countries...
Grand Bahama's Misty Thomas named Supermodel of the Bahamas 2015
- Jun 12, 2015 - 11:00:13 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - 20 year old Misty Thomas has been chosen Supermodel
of the Bahamas 2015 during a finale event that took place on June 7th at
Avista Coffee Lounge & Bar. In all, seven contestants took part in
the competition, hailing from New Providence, Andros, Cat Island,
Inagua, Grand Bahama and Exuma.
The 5'9" BTVI graduate, Grand
Bahama native said she is looking forward to going to College of The Bahamas to study
fashion design, and is happy and ready to grace the runway again. "I am
excited to see where Supermodel of the Bahamas will take me," said
Misty, " and I look forward to traveling and meeting new people!"
Britney Wells crowned the new Miss Teen Bahamas International
- Jun 12, 2015 - 2:25:57 AM
Nassau, New Providence - Miss Teen Bahamas International 2015 contest finale took place on Sunday, Juan 7th
at the Melia Nassau Resort Cable Beach.
The winner is Britney Wells
Miss "The Guest List" who is a student of Kingsway Academy and who's platform is marine preservation.
On her Facebook page, the young pageant queen wrote, "
Growth, is what this enrichment program has given me. I am so grateful
to have been apart of this. I've met such amazing pageant sisters..."