||Last Updated: Mar 23, 2018 - 1:07:37 AM
University of The Bahamas on Graduation Regalia
- Mar 22, 2018 - 7:08:03 PM
Commencement is a time-honoured tradition and a sacred celebration of
the most pivotal achievements of our University of The Bahamas (UB)
students. Indeed, our faculty, staff and administrators are some of the
most excited and proud cheerleaders of our graduands at this ceremony.
They have actively contributed to their development and matriculation
over the years and observing them reach the pinnacle of their academic
journey at UB is a proud moment...
ORG Urges Minnis, Government to demonstrate commitment to transparency with reforms
- Mar 21, 2018 - 5:37:57 PM
The Organization for Responsible Governance, a non-partisan,
not-for-profit civic foundation working to improve accountability,
economic development and education in The Bahamas, is sorely discouraged
at the recent actions of the Government regarding the Oban Energy
Foreign Investment proposal.
The apparent 1) lack of
transparency in the process of developing and presenting the Heads of
Agreement, 2) lack of involvement of Civil Society in determining the
suitability and public interest of the project and 3) lack of broad
public consultation with the communities...
BNT statement on the Oban Oil Refinery Project
- Mar 13, 2018 - 11:09:17 PM
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has requested information
from the Government of The Bahamas (GOB) regarding the oil refinery and
storage facility in Grand Bahama, known as the Oban Project. BNT is
greatly concerned with regards to the location of the facility, which if
the reports in the press are correct, would place the refinery in close
proximity to three national parks – The Lucayan National Park, the East
Grand Bahama National Park, and the North Shore - The Gap National
Park. The BNT has asked the government to provide the exact location of
the site and to see the full Heads of Agreement. We have also asked for
the opportunity to weigh in on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
BNT wishes to state very clearly however,
that notwithstanding the results of the EIA, even if there are local
project impacts that the Bahamas Environment and Science and Technology
Commissions and the Government might deem acceptable...
ALIV launches Premier Cloud Based Push to Talk Service
- Mar 11, 2018 - 10:21:25 AM
Believing in innovation and technology, ALIV announced last week, the
official launch of The Bahamas’ and The Caribbean’s first premier
cloud-based Push to Talk Service in partnership with iScape and Push to
The Push to Talk service, geared
towards business owners, will essentially allow any number of
individuals to communicate with each other by the simple push of a
U.S. Embassy Bahamas gives Woman of Courage Award on International Women’s Day
- Mar 8, 2018 - 12:40:49 PM
On March 8, recognized globally as International Women’s Day, the U.S.
Embassy hosted a reception at Liberty Overlook in honor of Fotini “Sam”
Tsavousis-Duncombe, Embassy Nassau’s 2018 nominee for the Secretary of
State’s Award for the International Women of Courage (WOC). A
cross-section of key contacts attended the event, including the wife of
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Minister of
Social Services and Urban Development, The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, President
of the Senate, Senator The Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith, and other
QC publicly condemns AG Bethel
- Mar 5, 2018 - 7:36:36 PM
I hereby publicly condemn Attorney General Carl Bethel in strongest
possible terms for his cowardly and shameful attempt to muzzle freedom
of expression and intimidate activists seeking to educate the public
about their rights.
His complaints about a recent publication by
Rights Bahamas are petty, irrelevant and totally lacking in merit;
meanwhile, his threatening language toward human rights defenders should
be considered highly dangerous by all Bahamians who defend democracy
and fundamental rights...
U.S. Embassy Nassau welcomes Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Stephanie L. Bowers
- Mar 5, 2018 - 2:31:13 PM
Stephanie Bowers assumed the role of Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at U.S.
Embassy Nassau on March 1, 2018. Ms. Bowers is a career Foreign Service
Officer who most recently served as Chief of Staff of the Department of
State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Previously she served as
Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs, Deputy
Director of the Office of International Religious Freedom, Senior Watch
Officer in the Secretary of State’s Executive Secretariat Operations
Center, and as Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Coordinator and South
America Team Leader in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law
Enforcement Affairs (INL). She also served at the White House as
Director for Andean Affairs at the National Security Council...
MoVi signs MOU for 4K Outside Broadcast Truck
- Mar 5, 2018 - 11:00:33 AM
The MoVi Group, the leading sound, lighting and stage and film
production house in The Bahamas, has signed an MOU with MultVideo of
Brazil that gives them preferred access in The Bahamas for the use of a
multi-million-dollar 4K Outside Broadcast (OB) Truck.
state-of-the art 4K broadcast quality on demand, and at vastly reduced
cost to event managers, is an asset to the country as its local
accessibility is a draw for overseas event planners considering The
Bahamas for their conferences and events...
Protected areas defend $24 million of spiny lobster annually report highlights
- Mar 4, 2018 - 3:51:14 PM
Marine Protected Areas safeguard about 6 million pounds of spiny
lobster, worth almost 24 million dollars, every year. Protecting more
breeding grounds would increase the annual output of this resource,
according to a report commissioned by The Bahamas Protected project.
“Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Bahamian Marine Protected
Areas” report was commissioned by The Bahamas Protected Project, a
three-year initiative to manage and expand marine protected areas in the
country in an effort to safeguard the economic value of marine
BTC continues to transform its business
- Mar 2, 2018 - 11:42:17 PM
Responding to the rapidly changing Bahamas telecommunications industry,
and as part of a Companywide strategic approach to transform our
business to a more customer-centric, high performing organisation, The
Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) confirms that we are making
adjustments to how we run our business, including carrying out necessary
network upgrades, giving more focus on training and development and
improving back office support to better serve our customers...
BTC makes Strategic Investments in Broadband Services
- Feb 28, 2018 - 10:33:09 AM
With ongoing infrastructural upgrades and investments, BTC is confident
that 2018 will be one of new growth in its broadband and TV offerings.
The customer remains at the epicenter of its development, as the company
keeps its eyes on delivering best in class quality service, aimed at
improving the overall customer experience.
One of these services
include Fiber to the Home, which delivers up to 300mb in speed with an
individual and secured connection right to the customer’s doorsteps. BTC
has used Rum Cay, San-Salvador, Crooked Island and Eastern New
Providence as a launch-pad for the new service...
Former First Lady of the United States of America to visit The Bahamas
- Feb 27, 2018 - 1:21:51 PM
Former First Lady of the United States of America Mrs. Laura W. Bush to
visit Nassau, The Bahamas to participate in Celebrating Women
International’s 2018 Women’s Noble Luncheon
Former First Lady
of the United States of America, Mrs. Laura W. Bush will make an
official visit to the nation’s capital during the month of June to
participate in Celebrating Women’s International, Nobel Women’s
On Sunday, 24th June 2018, the former First Lady will offer a keynote address on women’s rights...
Bahamas Represented at Regional Disaster Preparedness Seminar
- Feb 26, 2018 - 11:30:26 AM
In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that made landfall from
Dominica to Puerto Rico, on February 19-23, U.S. exchange alumni
representing 18 countries from the Caribbean and the United States
participated in the Alumni in Action for Resilient Communities:
Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness Seminar. U.S. State
Department alumni radio personality and human rights activist Louby
Georges, and Senior Information Officer at Bahamas Information Services
Lindsay Thompson were selected to represent The Bahamas at the regional
Wells wants Bahamians to buy local produce
- Feb 22, 2018 - 10:48:50 PM
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Renward Wells, who is
passionate about seeing the Bahamas become a self sufficient nation, has
made "an important step" towards that goal by bringing the departments
under his ministry and their related entities under one mandate. This,
he believes, is vital in order to encourage more Bahamians to engage in
farming and fishing for the health and wealth of the nation.
coming to office, Minister Wells took the time to spend engaged at all
levels in the various entities, including: Department of Agriculture;
Department of Marine Resources; the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine
Science Institute (BAMSI)...
ORG Statement: Events in The House of Assembly February 7, 2018
- Feb 8, 2018 - 9:49:39 PM
For the greater part of the last three weeks, The House of Assembly has
been consumed with belaboring the issues surrounding comments made by
the Member of Parliament for Englerston and her subsequent suspension,
culminating yesterday in a debacle wherein members from both sides
competed in spectacular displays of one-upmanship, leading to a litany
of insults and woefully inappropriate remarks which undermined The House
and the offices of those who serve it.
As civil society groups
across the country anticipate important legislation due for table
and/or debate, such as The Integrity Commission Bill, The Ombudsman
Bill, Fiscal Responsibility Regulations and others...
Motor Sports Icon David McLaughlin ‘Bahamas Use Your Heritage’
- Jan 24, 2018 - 12:15:02 PM
“You can’t buy heritage,” says motor sports icon David McLaughlin, “and
no one has a heritage in motor sport like The Bahamas. Use it well and
you’ll be amazed at the international attention.”
former race car driver turned major classic car event organizer and the
first FIA director for Caribbean motor sport development and road
safety, felt compelled to comment after back-to-back reminders of the
pivotal role Nassau played in race car history...
ORG - Public Consultation needed for Integrity Commission Bill
- Jan 9, 2018 - 11:55:11 AM
The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), a not-for-profit
civic organization dedicated to accountable governance, education reform
and economic development, has echoed Leader of the Opposition Phillip
‘Brave’ Davis’ call for broader consultation on the Integrity Commission
Bill, 2017. Dubbing the bill a possible “gamechanger”, the group
asserts that MPs, civil servants, private sector and the public should
all be familiar with the bill and are calling for persons to read and
understand the bill...
Resorts World Bimini statement on staff layoffs
- Nov 2, 2017 - 3:48:14 PM
“While Resorts World Bimini is now open and operational, we are still in
the process of recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
Commercial air lift continues to only serve a small portion of our
guests, and the current ferry service is limited during the Winter
months due to inclement weather. As a result, we have made the hard
decision to curtail staffing until a time when increased resort
visitation warrants a reevaluation.
“Throughout this process,
Resorts World has worked with the Minister of Labour’s office to fully
comply with the Employment Act. In addition, the names of affected
individuals were shared with the Department of Labour to expedite
applications for benefits at each employee’s respective places of
Yasmine Cooke named Miss Universe Bahamas 2017
- Oct 3, 2017 - 12:16:17 AM
Twenty-five year old, fourth year medical
student from Nassau, Yasmine Cooke was crowned Miss Universe Bahamas
2017 on Sunday night at Atlantis, Paradise Island. First runner up was
Tiasha Stewart of Grand Bahama Island. Second runner up was Azaria Clare, also of Grand Bahama.
When asked why she would pursue pageantry while studying medicine
Yasmine responded, "The precision, refinement and dedication... As a
medical student and future doctor I can take the lessons learned from
pageantry into this professional arena." Yasmine is studying at the
University of the West Indies...
Operations at LPIA to close Friday due to Hurricane Irma
- Sep 7, 2017 - 8:10:11 PM
The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) announces that operations
at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will continue through
the evening of Thursday, September 7, 2017 and that the airport will be
closed on Friday, September 8, 2017 until further notice.
the storm and once the “All Clear” is given by the Meteorological
Department and National Emergency Management Agency, all airport
employees and stakeholders are expected to safely return to LPIA to
assess any damage, clean up and restore the airport for the prompt
resumption of operations...