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Save The Bays Congratulates Government on Freedom of Information Act Consultation, Urges ‘Real Teeth’ in Final Version of Legislation - May 3, 2016 - 5:28:40 PM

Fast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays today applauded the government’s announcement that it would pass a Freedom of Information Act this year following public consultation.

“Freedom of Information is one of the basic tenets of any democracy and was one of the first five goals for which Save The Bays was founded,” said Joseph Darville, chairman of the organization with nearly 20,000 friends on Facebook. “We congratulate the government of The Bahamas and the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, under whose portfolio Freedom of Information falls...”
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IFIE Americas Chapter concludes meetings in The Bahamas - May 3, 2016 - 8:06:05 AM
The International Forum for Investor Education (IFIE), Americas Chapter held the first meeting of its working group for content development and delivery, in the Bahamas over the period April 22 – 23, 2016.

Securities regulators representing fifteen jurisdictions including the host country, the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, the Eastern Caribbean (8 territories), Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, gathered at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau to discuss matters pertinent to the promotion of Investor Education throughout the region...

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Central Eleuthera water disruptions following malfunction at WSC reverse osmosis plant - May 2, 2016 - 5:37:14 PM

On Thursday night past there was a catastrophic failure at the Naval Base Reverse Osmosis Plant. The well supplying the plant failed and while corrective action was in progress, a subsequent material failure resulted in extended down time for the plant.  It is now anticipated that supplies will be restored late this evening.

This facility supplies water to all settlements from Gregory Town in the north to Savannah Sound in the south. Supplies were diverted from our northern system located in the Bogue but this is not expected to be overly effective.   

Due to the prolonged outage, hundreds of customers, businesses and Government entities have experienced loss of supply. After repairs are completed...
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Military exercises to be conducted in waters surrounding and over New Providence, Eleuthera & Exuma - Apr 29, 2016 - 2:18:35 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force wishes to advise Mariners that joint Military exercises will be conducted in waters and airspace in the area of New Providence, Eleuthera and Exuma, during May 3-13, 2016.

Mariners are asked to avoid these areas during the aforementioned time.

For further information contact the RBDF Public Relations Section @ 427-4748, 376-3816 or email at rbdfpr@hotmail.com
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Smith: Constitution already allows for same-sex marriage - Apr 29, 2016 - 2:16:54 PM

Outspoken attorney Fred Smith, QC, has dismissed the claim of gender equality referendum opponents that a ‘yes’ vote could lead to same-sex marriages – saying that door has already been open for decades.

Declaring that the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) fully supports the ‘Vote Yes’ campaign, Smith called on Bahamians to unite in the name of equality and send a clear message to the world that The Bahamas is a country which believes in fundamental human rights for all.

“Whether intentionally or through a misunderstanding of the law, the naysayers have managed to spread this very damaging myth about the proposed Bills causing same-sex marriages,” he said...
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Barack Obama writes to Bahamian artist, Jamaal Rolle - Apr 29, 2016 - 12:45:21 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Several days ago, Jamaal Rolle,The Celebrity Artist famous for his life-like portraits, was sent a letter of gratitude from The White House by President Barack Obama in correspondence with the artistic depiction of himself with other historical figures.

President Obama personal thoughts stated, “I want you to know I am moved by your thoughtfulness. Though we all come from different traditions and communities, I believe nations and individuals are stronger when they work together. By connecting across borders and cultures and holding firm to the ideals that unite us, we can move toward a future of greater peace and prosperity for all...”
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SASH Bahamas responds to Bahamas Transgenders & Intersexes United press conference - Apr 29, 2016 - 1:41:33 AM

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Response to the BTIU Press Conference held Tuesday April 26th, 2016 at The British Colonial Hilton 


Nassau, Bahamas - Representatives and Members of the BTIU (Bahamas Transgenders & Intersexes United), in their Press Conference earlier this morning at the Hilton Hotel, publicly highlighted and voiced their thoughts and concerns regarding their treatment and identity in The Bahamian Society.

It is made quite clear that although these individuals are equal in education, nationalism, heart, spirit, biology, culture, dreams, etc. to any other Bahamian resident and citizen...
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Vendor Access to Cabbage Beach ‘Issue of Property Rights Not Birth Right’ - Apr 28, 2016 - 11:20:07 PM

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It’s not that Atlantis Senior Vice President Ed Fields is not sympathetic to the plight of the Cabbage Beach vendors. In fact, after 16 years of working with the merchants, Fields is the one person most familiar with the issue, which is why, for the most part, he’s chosen to stay out of the fray, opting instead to stand back and allow the emotional dust to settle before speaking his piece.

Fields broke his silence this week, speaking exclusively to respected radio host and attorney Jeff Lloyd, outlining a long and uninterrupted history showing private ownership of the 6-acre beachfront parcel that has been at the centre of heated debate. He also noted numerous opportunities for those who granted temporary licenses to find solutions and rectify a growing maelstrom of discontent...
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CFA Society Ignites Economic Conversation at The College of The Bahamas - Apr 27, 2016 - 5:08:04 PM

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Nassau, BAHAMAS - Recently at The College of the Bahamas, The Alumni Relations and Development Office collaborated with the CFA Society of The Bahamas to present a panel discussion under the theme "Survival of The Bahamian Economy." The event proved to be very exciting as students, finance professionals and consultants all contributed to the discussion of the current state of the Bahamian economy and how The Bahamas can move forward together to sustainability. Serving on the panel were Larry R. Gibson, CFA and Dr. Iyandra P. Bryan, who both serve as Vice Presidents at Colonial Pensions Services (Bahamas) Limited and Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Government Lead and Director of National Development and Planning at the Office of The Prime Minister...
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RBDF and USNORTHCOM to execute upcoming training exercises - Apr 26, 2016 - 1:36:44 PM

Coral Harbour Base - : In its ongoing efforts towards becoming a self-sufficient organization, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), with its regional partners, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command North (SOCNORTH) are working together to execute Exercise MARLIN SHIELD the first two weeks in May. During the exercise, areas in and around Nassau, Bahamas will experience an increased military presence, particularly in the air and sea.

The objective of this exercise is for the RBDF and the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) to actively practice interoperability and bilateral operations through maritime and land-based training...
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19 contestants to vie for Miss Teen Bahamas International - Apr 22, 2016 - 2:28:26 PM

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Bahamas pageant partners with Ivy League US University


Miss Teen Bahamas International Organization has solidified a partnership with Liberty University with the anticipation of a long term relationship between the two organizations.  Liberty University is a major university in the USA.  The University will offer a $90,000 (ninety thousand dollars) academic scholarship (over a four (4) year period) to the winner of the title Miss Teen Bahamas International 2016.   Additionally, combined scholarships equivalent to $30,000 (thirty thousand dollars) will be awarded to the 1st runner-up as well as a combined $22,000...
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STB: Proposed Bill Aims to Snatch Rights from Bahamians, Smash Consultation - Apr 22, 2016 - 10:24:11 AM


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Beaches abundant with powdery sand. Colorful coral reefs teeming with aquatic life. Crystal clear cerulean water. The economy.

At first glance, it might seem as if one of the items on that list doesn’t belong. However, according to Romi Ferreira, director of the non-profit environmental preservation group Save the Bays, every item on that list impacts the other.

“There’s a direct correlation between economics and our environment,” he said recently to Jeff Lloyd on the Cable television show In Focus. “Economics is how we make money and, for the most part in the Bahamas, our money comes from tourism, which is utilizing our natural environment, like beaches...”

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HMBS Lawrence Major Transports Firefighting Equipment to Crooked Island - Apr 21, 2016 - 7:00:26 PM


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Coral Harbour Base …20 April 2016 (RBDF)-- The Royal Bahamas Defence Force’srecently acquired landing craft HMBS Lawrence Major under the command of Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe recently departed the John Alfred Wharf enroute to Crooked Island to transport the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Fire Truck and additional firefighting equipment to Crooked Island. This partnership between the two entities seeks to provide support to residents of Crooked Island who have been battling fires on the Island for several weeks. Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force (Acting) stated that Defence Force Marines currently engaged with recovery efforts on the Island following Hurricane Joaquin will also assist local officials with firefighting...
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A New Project to Restore Mangroves in The Bahamas - Apr 21, 2016 - 10:33:31 AM

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ANNAPOLIS, MD – This week, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF), in partnership with Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS), is taking students and teachers to restore a local mangrove forest. It’s the final phase in a new mangrove education and restoration program called Bahamas Awareness of Mangroves (B.A.M.). Forty-five students from Abaco Central High School and Forest Heights Academy will visit degraded sections of mangrove forests in Abaco to plant mangrove trees they have been growing all school year.

Last fall, the B.A.M. team brought students to a mangrove forest to collect mangrove seedlings (called propagules) to grow in their classrooms.
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RBDF Hosts Table Top Exercise Coral Cays 2016 - Apr 21, 2016 - 10:25:05 AM

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Coral Harbour Base (RBDF)- Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force completed the bi-annual Coral Cays Exercise 16-1, during 18-20 April, 2016.  This has been the third Table Topics Exercise that has been hosted by the Defence Force in collaboration with the United States Northern Command.  The two-day exercise was deemed a remarkable success as well as an eye opening experience about the readiness of the country for any national security emergency, according to the nearly two dozen participants. 

Also represented were the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Department of Immigration and the Department of Customs who engaged in stimulating discussions and forward planning exercises...   
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Search continues for missing American in The Bahamas - Apr 20, 2016 - 8:25:09 PM

Coral Harbour Base 20 April 2016 (RBDF)-- The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, in response to reports received this morning of a missing American male who had allegedly been kayaking in the area of North Eleuthera last evening, have  devoted air and marine assets to the search.

The United States Coast Guard is assisting with Search and Rescue efforts as well.
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"Focus on Save The Bays ‘totally misplaced’," says QC - Apr 20, 2016 - 2:38:12 PM

Smith asks why government is being allowed to shoot the messenger in an attempt to deflect from the real controversy


Outspoken attorney Fred Smith, QC, said he is “totally amazed” at the extent to which the government has been able to deflect from the real issues at the heart of the ongoing Peter Nygard controversy.

Smith, legal director for Save The Bays (STB), called it incredible that so much attention has been brought to bear on false claims regarding the use of the advocacy group’s finances, as well as other irresponsible...
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Darville: Save the Bays made no political contributions - Apr 19, 2016 - 5:56:27 PM

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I hereby state unequivocally and for the record that the social and environmental advocacy group known as Save The Bays (STB) has never made a financial contribution of any kind to any political party or individual politician in The Bahamas or elsewhere.

The suggestion that STB is or has ever been a funder of the opposition Free National Movement is totally unfounded and, we believe, nothing more than a calculated attempt by certain agents of the governing party to smear our organization, the FNM, or both with some vague hint of impropriety, all for political gain...
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Local Professionals Ensuring Zika Virus Does Not Became a Threat - Apr 19, 2016 - 7:44:15 AM

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As the Zika virus continues its clear and present threat to South America, and as the US government considers a two billion dollar investment to thwart the virus’ effects, A Familiar Walk looks at the steps being taken by government and private entities in the Bahamas to safeguard the population.

A Familiar Walk, “Steps to minimize the impact of the Zika Virus in the Bahamas,” will air Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m. and then rebroadcast on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. on ZNS TV-13...
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BOB Minority Shareholders to Get Board Seats - Apr 17, 2016 - 6:58:23 PM

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Bank of The Bahamas shareholders got welcome news at the financial institution’s annual general meeting April 15, including a preview of the plans leading to a transformation and recovery over the next 18-24 months and an historic change in the make-up of the board.

For the first time in the 28-year-old bank’s history, minority shareholders will be represented along with those appointed by the government which holds the majority of shares...
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