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(Audio) Proposed Bahamas 'Spy Bill' – GBRHA president warns of the dangers and calls for public consultation
- Feb 16, 2017 - 11:42:16 PM
In the attached voice note, Fred Smith, QC, president of the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) warns that in its current form,
the Bahamas State's proposed Interception of Communications Bill, 2017
(known locally as 'The Spy Bill') will violate every citizen's
constitutionally protected right to privacy and strike a mortal blow to
civil liberties in general.
While accepting that effective law enforcement requires modern
surveillance capacities, Smith noted that in its current form, the Bill
is extreme, draconian and will lead to a situation in which "nobody's
intimate life will be free from scrutiny anymore."
He said that in order to strike a balance between law enforcement and
civil liberties, there must be "deliberate consultation, thought ...
Bimini students learn about economic value of sharks and rays
- Feb 14, 2017 - 11:00:27 PM
In February, Sharks4Kids once again teamed up with Neal Watson’s Bimini
Scuba Center to take local students out for a day of shark education.
Louise McDonald High School science teacher Mr. Delreco Bonaby was
joined by 11 students in grades 7, 8 and 9 for a trip to Honeymoon
Harbour, located on a small cay just south of Bimini. Students were able
to see 2 bull sharks cruising around in the marina before even boarding
the boat, which was a great way to start the adventure.
the boat ride Sharks4Kids founder Jillian Morris taught the students
about local sharks and the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary. These students have
incredible animals in their backyard and it’s crucial for them to
understand the important role sharks play both for the environment, but
also the economy.
BAMSI Recruits Bahamian International Specialist in Feed Bio Technology
- Feb 10, 2017 - 12:28:41 PM
With over a decade of research and field work in feed
biotechnology, Dr. Jason Sands brings a wealth of international
experience, industry exposure and technical expertise to the Bahamas
Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI). His addition to the
staff, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Gladstone Road
Agricultural Centre (GRAC), strengthens the human capital in place and
further positions BAMSI as an agent of change in the development of this
nation’s agriculture sector.
The move is further expected to
reposition GRAC as a pivotal player in the industry, supporting the
Institute’s overall goals of increasing food and nutrition security.
GBHRA: Bahamas reputation facing ‘junk’ status because of Mitchell
- Feb 8, 2017 - 3:29:15 PM
GBHRA: Foreign minister’s reckless attacks on renowned human
rights activists are threatening the country’s good name internationally
It would seem that
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell will not rest
until the country’s image abroad is as feeble and tarnished as its
current credit rating.
Prime Minister Perry
Christie must find the courage to rein in his reckless, unbalanced
minister before the Bahamas' reputation has been downgraded to ‘junk’
status and we become a
laughingstock in the international community...
Civil Society Coalition Encourage Bahamians to Stay Informed and Involved
- Feb 8, 2017 - 2:49:18 PM
The group of 21 civil society and private
industry organizations at the forefront of Freedom of Information
advocacy have expressed that that they are encouraged by the
participation of the people and the achievements of their efforts in the
development of The Freedom of Information Bill. While pledging to
continue advocacy for a strong, fair FOIA The groups urge all concerned
to stay informed and stay involved.
The groups, who collectively
represent over 100,000 residents, joined forces in 2016 to develop a
list of over 30 recommendations for the improvement of the draft bill,
of which seven were incorporated into the current draft...
Civic Groups Applaud Government for Freedom of Information Act
- Feb 6, 2017 - 7:41:11 PM
Urge 3 Changes to Make Bahamas a ‘World Leader’ in Transparency
Representatives of civic groups that have been calling for strong
freedom of information legislation yesterday applauded the government
for bringing an FOI Act to debate, declaring that with a few changes in
the draft bill, the Bahamas could become a “world leader” in
Matt Aubry, executive director of Organization for
Responsible Governance (ORG), Joe Darville, Chairman, Save The Bays,
Diane Phillips, FOIA liaison, Save The Bays, and Sam Duncombe, founder
re-Earth appeared on the radio show “Voice of the Bays, The Environment
Speaks’ on Love 97.5 on February 1. The show was airing live as the
long-awaited bill was being debated in the House of Assembly...
BTC Junior Achievement Company to host Future Leaders Seminar
- Feb 6, 2017 - 6:33:47 PM
Under the theme “Solving
Tomorrow’s Problems Today,” the BTC Junior Achievement Company “BTC
Boom,” will host the Future Leaders Seminar. Students from Junior
Achievement companies all across New Providence are expected to attend
and participate in the event which will be held on February 8th.
Deveaux, a former BTC Junior Achiever will be the event’s keynote
speaker. Deveaux, who is now the Director of Finance and Strategic
planning for automotive giant, TOYOTA, served as J.A. president for
1999-2000. He also won two consecutive J.A. speech competitions in 1999
& 2000 respectively and was the MDA winner for 2000. Deveaux is the
youngest person in TOYOTA’s history to earn director-level
responsibilities. His portfolio involves regional finance, consolidation
and strategic planning for TOYOTA Material Handling in North America...
Milo Butler expands Flying Dutchman brand to North Andros
- Feb 6, 2017 - 2:00:05 PM
Milo Butler Group of Companies today announced the official opening of
Flying Dutchman North Andros. The newest store is the fourth location
for the company’s growing liquor division and the first operation
outside of New Providence.
Located on Queen’s Highway, the 1000
sq. ft. store features the Flying Dutchman’s signature interior décor
including oversized oak barrels lined with products. The store also
offers a similar customer experience as the outlets in the capital.
Butler continues to push the Flying Dutchman brand into new markets,
catering to a diverse customer base. Within the past two years, new
locations in Cable Beach, Carmichael and now North Andros were added to
Maynard-Gibson responds to social media claims
- Feb 5, 2017 - 7:04:58 PM
I have been made aware of yet another untrue rumour circulating on
social media falsely claiming that a company owned by the Maynard Family
prepares all of the food provided to the staff at the Supreme Court.
This is nothing more than a vicious and diabolical lie that I
categorically deny. The Maynard family does not now and has never owned a
company that provides all or any of the food to the staff at the
Unfortunately, months away from a General
Election, the opposition to the PLP is sinking into a smear campaign,
attacking people personally to distract from the important issues for
which they have no plan or vision...
National Health Insurance Secretariat launches Primary Care Physician Registration
- Jan 31, 2017 - 9:32:16 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, the National Health Insurance (NHI)
Secretariat marked an important milestone on the road to Universal
Health Coverage (UHC) with the launch of Primary Care Provider
With the launch of registration, physicians who are interested in
providing Primary Care services under NHI Bahamas can sign up online at
www.nhibahamas.gov.bs/providers. Registration consists of three simple
steps: a self-assessment, an application and an on-site inspection...
BAMSI hosts Students from Taylor University
- Jan 30, 2017 - 1:29:27 PM
The Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute
(BAMSI) recently hosted 40 students from Taylor University in Indiana,
USA, to a special reception at St Matthew’s Parish Hall. BAMSI President
Godfrey Eneas, who also serves as the Bahamas ambassador to the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), walked the students
through an overview of the country’s agriculture industry, offering an
historical perspective of its development and the key concerns that
necessitated the establishment of BAMSI.
Offering a point of
reference, Mr Eneas explained that 40 years ago the Bahamas was farming
nearly 90,000 acres of land – using traditional farming methods such as
pot hole farming...
URCA releases 2017 Fee Schedule
- Jan 27, 2017 - 12:53:40 PM
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) issues
this Notice in accordance with section 8(1)(e) of the Communications
Act, 2009. URCA hereby advises the public that the 2017 Fee Schedule is
now available. Interested persons may view the schedule on URCA’s
website or pick up a copy from URCA’s office in Frederick House on
Frederick Street, New Providence.
This Fee Schedule does not
apply to the Electricity Sector (ES). The 2017 Fee Schedule for the ES
will be published once the consultation on the methodology is completed...
Government Realizes Significant Return On Its $20 Million Investment In BAMSI
- Jan 27, 2017 - 6:55:30 AM
Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources Alfred Gray on Wednesday
justified the more than $20 million investment the Government made in
the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), pointing
to the returns of a growing employment rate, thousands of cases of
bananas, papayas and other produce brought to market, and the inaugural
commencement ceremony held last July where 23 students graduated with
associate degrees, certificates or diplomas in agriculture, marine
science or aquaculture.
“BAMSI has produced over 20,000 cases of
bananas, over eight thousand cases of papayas, and despite the setback
brought about by Hurricane Matthew, BAMS is on its way back, and is now
"Juvenile Justice System Exacerbating Youth Violence"
- Jan 27, 2017 - 12:22:29 AM
Project Youth Justice, a legal aid service organisation specifically for
youth who are in conflict with the law, is disheartened by the
incidences of violence witnessed in our schools last week. Events like
this illustrate the need for a fully developed juvenile justice system
that is focused on providing restorative justice and alternative
sentencing interventions for juveniles. Today, our juvenile justice
system– or lack thereof– is exacerbating the problem of youth violence,
where there is little concern for rehabilitation and where our
correctional institutions have become universities for more acute
GBHRA: Mitchell embarrasses the Bahamas once again
- Jan 26, 2017 - 4:55:42 AM
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) denounces and
condemns, in the strongest of terms, the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign
Affairs’ dangerous and unbalanced rant against one of the most
recognized and renowned human rights advocates in the world.
are not sure who the “Mr Kennedy” referred to in the ministry’s
unfortunate release is; we do know that Ms. Kerry Kennedy, niece of
iconic US president John F. Kennedy and daughter of human rights pioneer
Robert Kennedy, published an account in the Huffington Post of her
recent experiences in The Bahamas which noted a number of human rights
abuses and violations of the principle of transparency and
accountability on the part of government.
Basil Smith Joins The Association Of Bahamas Marinas
- Jan 23, 2017 - 9:29:10 PM
Veteran tourism consultant, Basil H. Smith is to
become be the new executive director of the Association of Bahamas
Marinas (ABM), taking over from marketing consultant, Bob Bower, who has
served as executive director of the association for the past two years.
Formerly known as the Marina Operators of The Bahamas (MOB), the association was recently renamed and rebranded as the ABM.
statement issued by the association’s executive committee said, "The
ABM is extremely fortunate to acquire Basil who brings a rare level of
Fred Smith: Bullard and Davilma are whistleblowers, not perpetrators
- Jan 18, 2017 - 11:57:38 PM
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) has always supported,
and continues to support, the crucial and valiant work of the officers
and leadership of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. We have lauded
Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade in particular as an exemplary
defender of fairness and justice throughout his distinguished career.
is therefore with profound regret that we express our bafflement and
dismay at the Commissioner’s recent comments regarding the stalled
investigation into threats against the lives and safety of members of
the environmental group Save The Bays (STB).
National Geographic Researchers, Bahamian Scientists and Local Students Explore Abaco Blue Holes
- Jan 15, 2017 - 3:52:12 PM
From December 3 – 19, some of the world’s top explorers and scientists
in their fields were on-island to map out and research Abaco’s
mysterious and beautiful blue holes. A large part of their visit has
also been spent conducting educational outreach to students of Abaco.
The scientists and researchers are here as part of a research grant,
“Exploration, Mapping, and Outreach in The Bahamas Blue Holes National
Park,” which is funded in part by National Geographic. Local partners
include the National Museum of The Bahamas / Antiquities, Monuments
& Museum Corporation (AMMC), Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS)
and many local businesses and individuals...
Save The Bahamas Stunned at Commissioner's No Complaint Filed Comment
- Jan 12, 2017 - 6:15:38 PM
Save The Bays representatives said they were “stunned and dismayed” to
hear Commissioner of Police say that no complaint had been filed by or
on behalf of the organization to request an investigation into threats
against members of the outspoken environmental association.
strong reaction came in response to stories that appeared in both daily
papers January 12 quoting Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade
saying that no complaint had been filed and adding that “That
investigation…is going nowhere.” In March, 2016, Prime Minister Perry
Christie requested an investigation, asking the Loyal Opposition to
cooperate, into allegations that hit men had been hired to murder
members of the group that is supported in part by businessman and
internationally recognized conservationist and philanthropist Louis
Open Letter to Parliamentary Commissioner, Re: Bahamian women not being registered to vote
- Jan 12, 2017 - 1:33:46 PM
Dear Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall,
In response to reports that Bahamian women were being turned away from
voter registration stations, Hollaback! Bahamas co-organized a
#TooSexyToVote action, bringing women together to register to vote in
the clothing of their choice at the Parliamentary Registration
Department on Farrington Road on January 4, 2017. All participants —
whether wearing a crochet top, crop top, or three-piece suit — were able
to complete the process...