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Bahamas Pride Freedom Weekend to take place in Grand Bahama
- Aug 28, 2014 - 7:56:35 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The end of summer will not only mean the beginning of the new
school year for most, but it will be the weekend the gay, lesbian
bisexual and transgendered community of The Bahamas will unite and
celebrate the triumphs and uniqueness of this marginalized population.
and developed by a planning committee, the Bahamas Pride Freedom
Weekend will cater to the various layers that impact the lives of GLBT
in Grand Bahama, the event is filled with activities over the span of
the entire weekend of Friday August 29th through Monday September 1st
IIA Bahamas takes director training to the next level
- Aug 27, 2014 - 12:39:59 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - As
regulation and legislation become increasingly detailed and demanding,
the role of the Director is becoming more risky. Directors are now faced
with personal liability for failure to discharge their duties
prudently. In its efforts to equip and develop Directors for today’s
environment, the Bahamas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors
(Bahamas IIA) launched the first ever roll-out of the Global Corporate
Governance Forum (GCGF) highly-acclaimed curriculum for directors in The
Bahamas last September at The Balmoral on Sanford Drive.
week, on September 2nd, The Bahamas IIA will continue its initiative
and partner with The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS) to
offer the complete 16-module Board Leadership program.
Haitian sloop apprehended in Ragged Island, Bahamas
- Aug 24, 2014 - 1:11:58 PM
Coral Harbour Base, 24 August, 2014 (RBDF):
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force was a part of a joint operation with
the Department of Immigration and Police at Ragged Island, which
involved the apprehension of over one hundred Haitian migrants on
While on routine patrol in the Southern Bahamas,
HMBS Nassau received information that Ragged Island locals had spotted a
Haitian sloop in waters several miles off the southern end of Duncan
Town. With further assista
nce of a local
fisherman, Ragged Island Police and Immigration authorities conducted
an immediate search of the area, which resulted in the apprehension of
one hundred and five (105) undocumented Haitian nationals on Saturday 23
Impact of VAT on Charities Clarified by Bahamas Ministry of Finance
- Aug 22, 2014 - 7:01:32 AM
Representatives of the VAT team of the
Ministry of Finance emphasized that services provided by local charities
and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that directly relate to
charitable activities will be VAT exempt and the VAT programme provides
for recouping of some taxes paid on goods for the use of such community
Reacting to an article
appearing in The Nassau Guardian under the headline “Charity will
'suffer tremendously' under VAT,” Financial Secretary John Rolle
clarified a number of “It has to be emphasized that charities, such as
the Humane Society, should be largely shielded in how they are impacted
by VAT. The services that they deliver will be VAT-exempt under the
provisions of the legislation and eligible charities will be able to
claim a refund of VAT paid on the acquisition of certain goods and
services,” he said.
Cable Bahamas awaiting response from BCPOU
- Aug 21, 2014 - 5:59:03 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Cable Bahamas today expressed its disappointment and surprise with the
Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) statement
reported to the press today regarding its relationship with the union.
company stated that it has been abiding by a Supreme Court ruling and
has been working with the leadership of the BCPOU in good faith over the
years. Truth be told, the most recent discussions with the BCPOU and
Cable Bahamas' labour consultants took place, on two occasions in May of
this year. At the meeting, the union chose to advise Cable Bahamas that
it would continue the discussions but would send their preferred
approach in writing. Cable Bahamas is still awaiting communication from
the BCPOU as...
13 yr old wins Face of the Bahamas model search competition
- Aug 21, 2014 - 5:36:00 PM
Angel Culmer, a 13
year old Nassau teen has beat out 16 other local beauties to
capture the first ever 'Fashion Face of the Bahamas' title at the John
Watling's great house in Nassau on Sunday night.
event, hosted by Profiles98 Magazine in conjunction with Saint
International (Jamaica) Ltd, was the culmination of an intensive two day
workshop, where the contestants were groomed, trained and primed for
the grand finale' on Sunday night.
in second place was Tarea Sturrup 18, while Kelly Pierre 17 placed
third. All three of the top winners will be signed to Saint
International model management and will represent the Bahamas at the
Fashion Face of the Caribbean model search in Kingston, Jamaica in March
RBDF apprehends 124 illegal Haitian migrants in Southern Bahamas
- Aug 20, 2014 - 6:34:37 PM
Harbour Base, 20 August, 2014 (RBDF) - The Royal Bahamas Defence Force
apprehended one hundred and twenty-four (124) Haitian Migrants at 7:45
p.m. on Tuesday, 19th August, 2014, while on routine patrol in the
The white fifty-five (55) feet sailing sloop was
intercepted at approximately twenty-nine nautical miles (29nm) off
Flamingo Cay Light in the Northern Ragged Island Chain by Defence Force
Patrol Craft HMBS Arthur Dion
Hanna under the Command of Lieutenant Commander Christoper Darville. A
search of the vessel resulted in the apprehension of undocumented
Haitian Nationals consisting of one hundred(100) males, sixteen(16)
females, and eight (8) children...
Bahamas Striping to Establish Regional Manufacturing Plant in West End, Grand Bahama
- Aug 20, 2014 - 1:45:34 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) is in the embryonic stages
of acquiring crown land in West End, Grand Bahama to build a $750,000.00
cold mix patch manufacturing facility. The plant which is scheduled to
come on stream in mid 2015, will produce a value added product in The
Bahamas which will be distributed throughout the country and the
BSGC realized that global trends are shifting
away from the traditional industry concept of manufacturing a product
from the ground up. The company will import the binder, which is the
proprietary product, and will complete it by adding locally produced
aggregate to produce an environmentally green product for road
re-pavement and pot hole repair in the country...
Tomii Culmer crowned Miss Universe Bahamas 2014
- Aug 8, 2014 - 10:13:06 AM
top model, Tomicina 'Tomii' Culmer of Grand Bahama has been crowned Miss
Universe Bahamas during the pageant finale held on August 3rd. In 2013
Tomii won Season 2 of the Campari
Caribbean Poster Girl Search 2013 which aired on Tempo, and she has been
a busy model for many years, walking at Islands of the World Fashion
Week, as well as Caribbean International Fashion Week. She has been seen
in a variety of print ads.
She wowed the public
earlier in the pageant with her International Costume made by Javotte
Bethel and also placed in the initial top 3 in the Evening Gown segment.
Rosetta Cartwright crowned Miss World Bahamas 2014
- Aug 8, 2014 - 12:34:01 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Rosetta Cartwight who hails from Sweeting’s Cay, a small cay in the
Bahamas near Grand Bahama Island has been crowned Miss World Bahamas
2014. The pageant completed on August 3rd.
1st Runner-up was Miss World New Providence Shanae Strachan;
2nd Runner-up was Miss World Chantel O"Brien; and
3rd Runner-up Miss World Paradise Island Rontre Rolle.
She is a Dean’s List student at the College of the Bahamas, and is
passionate about inspiring others to remain positive in the face of
difficulties. She would like to meet Lupita Nyong’o, whom she says
inspired her not to give up on her dreams...
Dr. Rodney Smith Statement on Presidency of the College of The Bahamas
- Aug 5, 2014 - 2:33:31 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Press Statement from Dr. Rodney D. Smith made on August 2nd, 2014:
have followed closely the public dialogue concerning my application and
indeed being chosen as a finalist for the position of President of the
College of The Bahamas. I have taken note, particularly of the recently
published comments of Chairman Alfred Sears that, based on the report
of the Presidential Advisory Search Committee, the Council of the
College has recommended me to the Minister of Education, Science and
Technology for the position...
Bahamians Cautioned on Road Safety for Holiday Weekend
- Aug 2, 2014 - 3:06:12 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Statement by Glenys Hanna Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation:
weekend 3 persons were killed in horrific traffic accidents.I wish to
remind and caution all Bahamians to use the roads carefully. Please do
not drink and drive. If you have been drinking alcohol, please assign a
designated driver who is sober and competent.
Please do not speed. Our roads are wet and dangerous.
Please drive defensively understanding that a third party can...
MP Strachan: Statement of Concern for Residents of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates and Surrounding Areas
- Jul 31, 2014 - 4:14:28 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - July 31, 2014:
I wish to express my sincere concern with regards to you, the residents
of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates and those of you residents who live along
Charles Saunders Highway that have been adversely impacted by the
Arawak Homes land dispute which was prominently featured in today's
This is most unfortunate.
However, please be assured that my prayers are
with you and your families.
I am actively monitoring this situation and I look forward to meeting
with you very shortly in regard to this matter.
Bahamas Finance Ministry Targets 4,000 Businesses For VAT Registration
- Jul 30, 2014 - 11:42:16 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – Financial
Secretary John Rolle says the Ministry of Finance is hoping to get 4,000
businesses registered for the value-added tax (VAT) beginning in
Mr. Rolle, who recently met
with editors and reporters from various media houses for an open
discussion on VAT, said the registration process will take place between
September and December.
VAT is set to be implemented on January 1, 2015 at a rate of 7.5 per cent...
URCA issues Adjudication and Order to major licensee
- Jul 30, 2014 - 5:30:47 PM
the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), in exercise
of its powers under section 103 of The Communications Act of 2009,
releases an Adjudication and Order which was issued to a major licensee
in the Electronic Communications Sector which is of significant public
URCA, established through an act of parliament in 2009, takes seriously its
for the regulation of the electronic communications sector for the
benefit of the public in The Bahamas. This includes, as mandated in
sections 65-69 of the Communications Act, addressing conduct which
prevents, restricts or distorts fair competition amongst Service
Bahamas Real Estate Association to be sued by realtor
- Jul 30, 2014 - 4:41:34 PM
On July 15,
2014, the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) published a
list of real estate agents and brokers in its Gazette, naming persons who were
no longer licensed to practice in the Bahamas. Almost 70 names were on that list
and one of them was Bishop Walter Hanchell. Subsequently an article was written
by Tribune reporter Natario Mckenzie with captioned photographs of three
members of BREA and published on July 17, 2014. One of the photographs was that
of Bishop Walter S. Hanchell, a long-time member of BREA, who was out of the
country at the time the story was printed and was fully paid up as a member.
Bishop Hanchell returned to Nassau on July 29
and was outraged, disappointed and shocked that the Board of Directors of BREA
would do such a despicable act to its members. Bishop Hanchell stated, "I
have been a member of BREA
URCA: Exhaustion of FM Radio Broadcast Spectrum Frequencies
- Jul 29, 2014 - 6:16:24 PM
The Utilities Regulation and Competition
Authority (“URCA”) issues this notificationin accordance with section
8(1)(e)of the Communications Act, 2009 (“Comms Act”).
notifies the public that frequencies in the spectrum band 88 MHz to 108
MHz allocated under the National Spectrum Plan for FM Radio
Broadcasting have been fully assigned for use on New Providence and
therefore are currently exhausted and unavailable for any further
assignment on the said island...
Aviation Lawyer: Bahamas Has Chance to ‘Get Out in Front’ in Drone Legislation
- Jul 27, 2014 - 12:38:09 PM
Two recent close calls
between unmanned aerial vehicles and passenger aircraft on the same day
– one incident on the approach into New York’s busy LaGuardia airport,
the other in California – drew international attention to the
increasingly pressing issue about what to do with growing numbers of
remotely-controlled drones in crowded airspace.
Now, a Bahamian aviation lawyer and consultant says The Bahamas has a chance to get out in front with drone legislation.
partner Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright said the prolific growth in the use
of UAVs is leading to an increased need for legislation that would
establish rules and regulations governing them in Bahamian air space.
Tomii Culmer of Grand Bahama wins Top Model competition of Miss Bahamas Universe
- Jul 26, 2014 - 1:01:35 PM
Nassau, New Providence
- The Miss Bahamas Organisation held their Top Model segment last night
and Tomii Culmer, representing Grand Bahama came out on top. 1st Runner
Up was Winner Ominique Burrows, Long Island; and 2nd Runner Up was
Chantel O'Brian, Ocean Cay.
Next in the pageant is the Miss World Bahamas
National Dress & Miss Universe Bahamas Costume Competition on July
26, the Miss Bahamas Swimsuit competition on July 27, and the Miss
Bahamas Evening Gown & Talent Competitions on August 1.
BTVI: Safety training a priority for gas business
- Jul 23, 2014 - 9:43:24 PM
With 90% of people in
the propane business not having adequate formal training, according to
leading natural and propane gas trainer, Stephen C. Nook, The Bahamas
Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has joined forces with the
Ministry of Public Works to conduct intense training.
persons are participating in a five-day course on the island of Abaco,
representing Man-O-War Gas, Guana Lumber and Supplies, and Abaco Gas
Company. The training of Abaconians in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
business comes at a time when LPG plants are “popping up” throughout
several islands, according to BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades,