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.
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...”
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.
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...
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.
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
Due to the prolonged outage, hundreds of customers,
businesses and Government entities have experienced loss of supply.
After repairs are completed...
Military exercises to be conducted in waters surrounding and over New Providence, Eleuthera & Exuma
- Apr 29, 2016 - 2:18:35 PM
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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...
Barack Obama writes to Bahamian artist, Jamaal Rolle
- Apr 29, 2016 - 12:45:21 PM
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...”
SASH Bahamas responds to Bahamas Transgenders & Intersexes United press conference
- Apr 29, 2016 - 1:41:33 AM
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,
etc. to any other
Bahamian resident and citizen...
Vendor Access to Cabbage Beach ‘Issue of Property Rights Not Birth Right’
- Apr 28, 2016 - 11:20:07 PM
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.
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...
CFA Society Ignites Economic Conversation at The College of The Bahamas
- Apr 27, 2016 - 5:08:04 PM
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...
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.
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...
19 contestants to vie for Miss Teen Bahamas International
- Apr 22, 2016 - 2:28:26 PM
Bahamas pageant partners with Ivy League US University
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...
STB: Proposed Bill Aims to Snatch Rights from Bahamians, Smash Consultation
- Apr 22, 2016 - 10:24:11 AM
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...”
HMBS Lawrence Major Transports Firefighting Equipment to Crooked Island
- Apr 21, 2016 - 7:00:26 PM
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...
A New Project to Restore Mangroves in The Bahamas
- Apr 21, 2016 - 10:33:31 AM
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.
RBDF Hosts Table Top Exercise Coral Cays 2016
- Apr 21, 2016 - 10:25:05 AM
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
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...
"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
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.
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...
Darville: Save the Bays made no political contributions
- Apr 19, 2016 - 5:56:27 PM
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.
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...
Local Professionals Ensuring Zika Virus Does Not Became a Threat
- Apr 19, 2016 - 7:44:15 AM
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
BOB Minority Shareholders to Get Board Seats
- Apr 17, 2016 - 6:58:23 PM
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...