ACP Press Clubs Federation plans more Member States Involvement
- Dec 5, 2016 - 4:23:10 PM
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Executives of the newly formed African Caribbean
& Pacific (APC) Press Clubs Federation took a conscious decision on
Wednesday night (November 30, 2016) to encourage more involvement from
journalists in member states, especially the Caribbean and Pacific, as
it moves to establish an identity for the new organization.
the Caribbean Region are The Bahamas Press Club President Anthony
Newbold and Jewel Forde, Asst. Secretary General, Association of
Caribbean Media Workers...
Excavation Begins of Purported Lucayan Remains in Long Island
- Dec 2, 2016 - 5:50:21 PM
A multi-sectoral team of researchers and scientists has begun the
tedious work of excavating ancient remains buried in the sand dunes of
Clarence Town, Long Island. The remains are believed to be those of
Lucayans who inhabited the islands between 600 AD and the 1500s.
recent groundbreaking discovery has national and international
research, archaeological and historical significance as it relates to
the history of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) is working in conjunction with
the Florida Museum of Natural History and University...
Florida Manatee Decides It's Better in The Bahamas
- Dec 2, 2016 - 4:15:42 PM
Bahamian Research Group Confirms “Washburn” the Wandering Manatee’s Safe Arrival
Florida manatee known as “Washburn” has made history by being the first
manatee that researchers have actively tracked as it crossed the Gulf
Stream and arrived in the Bahamas. Last week, scientists from the
Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) confirmed the
pregnant manatee is now swimming in the waters of the northern Abacos
near Grand Cay.
Crossing the 4-mph Gulf Stream and finding the
banks of the Bahamas is no easy feat for slow-swimming manatees
typically found in shallow water so researchers monitoring her track
during her near 200-mile trek were somewhat concerned.
NHI Secretariat to Host Sessions on Provider Reimbursement and Registration
- Nov 30, 2016 - 7:05:10 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas – December 6th to 8th, the National Health
Insurance (NHI) Secretariat will achieve an important milestone, as it
hosts a series of information sessions with Primary Care Physicians on
the Primary Health Care Benefits Package, Provider Reimbursement
Mechanisms & Fee Schedule and Provider Registration Process, as our
country prepares for Phase 2 of NHI Bahamas - enrolment.
series of meetings will occur with primary care physicians on the
islands of New Providence (Dec 6-7th), Grand Bahama (Dec 8th), and Abaco
NHI Secretariat on concerns raised by BIA
- Nov 29, 2016 - 9:40:29 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas – In regards to recent concerns raised by the
Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) pertaining to the RFP process for
the Public Insurer, the NHI Secretariat would like to reiterate the
importance of the timely roll-out of NHI Bahamas.
As it stands,
approximately 200,000 Bahamians do not have health insurance. Many of
these persons are opting out of visiting the doctor when they feel sick
due to concerns around not being able to afford the treatment they need.
With NHI Bahamas, these Bahamians in need, and in fact all eligible
persons, will be able to get modern, affordable and accessible health
Defence Force Honours Retired Veterans at Luncheon
- Nov 28, 2016 - 4:24:03 PM
Coal Harbour Base - Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force showed
their gratitude yesterday in grand and traditional style, during their
Thanksgiving Service and Career Transition Luncheon.
day that Americans observe as Thanksgiving, ten recently retired or
‘transitioning’ veterans of the Force--as they were referred to by
Commander Defence Force (Acting) Captain Tellis Bethel in his address to
them--were the honoured guests at this year’s event.
Bethel and senior officers were on hand to greet the honourees as they
arrived at Coral Harbour Base. The men and women of the Force listened...
Minister Fitzgerald responds to letter issued by organizers of the Black Friday March
- Nov 24, 2016 - 6:00:31 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - On November 22nd, 2016, a letter was addressed to the
Office of the Prime Minister by the organizers of the Black Friday
March. I have had an opportunity to review the contents of that letter
and I note with interest two points that are directly related to my
ministerial portfolio that I would like to bring clarity to.
over the past four and half years, I have worked closely with the
officials at the Ministry of Education, civil society, community
stakeholders and indeed the official Opposition with the sole purpose
of, empowering, protecting and enriching the lives of Bahamians,
particularly Bahamian students. My record in this regard is clear!
"No Chinese Fishing In Bahamas, says Prime Minister"
- Nov 24, 2016 - 3:45:33 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by The Association of Bahamas Marinas:
having been rife for several weeks about the remote possibility of
large scale fishing in Bahamian waters by Chinese fishing vessels, the
Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, has put the
matter to rest, unequivocally stating: “We are not going to compromise
and no discussion will lead to a conclusion that this government would
have contemplated or agreed for that to happen.”
The Prime Minister’s November 22 statement, published and quoted in the
Nassau Guardian and the Tribune, finally brings to an end weeks of
Sandals Royal Bahamian Re-opening Celebrated
- Nov 23, 2016 - 11:12:15 PM
In what is likely to set the standard for a resort party, more than 400
invited guests and hundreds of hotel visitors ate, drank, danced and
mingled with Prime Ministers from two countries and leaders from the
global travel industry as they celebrated the grand re-opening of
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island on November 18.
event that stretched among pubs and restaurants, two vast pool decks
and glowing fires with live entertainment was a calliope of colour and
character. Speeches touted Sandals Foundation’s donations of more than
$27 million in seven years in the Caribbean and lauded Sandals
achievements – 20 properties in seven countries,
Campaign for The Bahamas to Push FOIA at Blackout March
- Nov 23, 2016 - 4:49:18 PM
"The Campaign for the Bahamas is a
rallying cry to fight for a positive and sustainable future for our country. Our
mission is to unite Bahamians through positive change and the only way for that
change to happen is if we stand together and ensure our collective voices are
The Campaign for the Bahamas
commends our partner OurCarmicheal in the nation-building work they are doing
through their BlackOut March scheduled on Friday November 25th, 2016.
Peaceful demonstrations are democracy at work, and the engagement of diverse
voices from all sectors – the citizenship, civil society, private and public
sector – is crucial to creating a free democracy that upholds the rights and
happiness of all..."
Competitive Bids Received for RFP Related to Public Insurer for NHI Bahamas
- Nov 23, 2016 - 1:57:25 PM
The Government of The Bahamas has officially concluded the process of
receiving bids for the public insurer related to National Health
Insurance (NHI) Bahamas.
This important milestone brings our
nation one step closer to creating a wholly Government-owned, fully
licensed insurance company, to manage and administer benefits under the
NHI Bahamas plan for its beneficiaries, the Bahamian people.
the deadline, November 21st, 2016, three proposals were received from
local and international companies interested in being part of our
National Women's Advisory Council participates in National Women's Week
- Nov 22, 2016 - 2:50:13 PM
week, the country observes the magnanimous achievements of the Women’s
Suffrage Movement and the right for women in the Bahamas to vote with
National Women’s Week. It’s an opportunity for all women in the country
to be reminded of their worth and the valuable contributions they can
make to nation building.
Women’s National Advisory Council is playing an active role in the week
of events, ensuring that the public knows of its role and capacity in
helping the women of The Bahamas...
Young GBHRA official gets Director’s Cup during Bahamas' National Youth Month
- Nov 21, 2016 - 11:59:16 PM
UOB student Jasper Ward produced the human rights group's impressive
PSA series defending gender equality in the run-up to the June 2016
The Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture has
named promising young activist Jasper Ward as the recipient of this
year’s Director’s Cup – one of the top annual awards issued for National
The Cup is awarded to the young person who best
embodies leadership and dedication to their work – always in the
trenches doing what needs to be done, never asking for recognition...
Atlantis Provides Notice of Data Security Incident
- Nov 21, 2016 - 6:47:26 PM
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas,
Nov. 21, 2016
/PRNewswire -- Atlantis, Paradise Island (the
"Resort") today announced that a recent data security incident may have
compromised the security of payment information of some customers who
used debit or credit cards at food and beverage and retail locations at
the Resort between March 9, 2016 and October 22, 2016. We have engaged
professionals who have corrected the issue and customers can now safely
use their credit and debit cards at the food and beverage and retail
locations at the Resort. This incident did not affect credit and debit
cards used to make or pay for hotel reservations or purchases made by
guests who charged their food and beverage or retail purchases back to
Stage set for 2nd Annual Bahamas Press Club Media Awards; Meet the Nominees
- Nov 17, 2016 - 8:51:12 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The stage has been set for the 2nd Annual Bahamas
Press Club Media Awards in the Governor’s Ballroom at the British
Colonial Hilton on Saturday, November 19, 2016 beginning at 7pm.
Black Tie affair will be held under the Distinguished Patronage of Her
Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The Keynote Speaker is The Most
Honourable P J Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica. He will be
introduced by the Rt Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, who will also bring remarks...
Gaynel Curry is New Director of Gender and Family Affairs
- Nov 16, 2016 - 5:29:48 PM
Gaynel Curry has so much to offer, that she is sought after by countries
all around the world to assist in drafting policy and implementing
measures that result in greater protection and empowerment for women and
girls. She could be anywhere in the world right now, and she would be
considered a most valuable asset to that country's government in
advising on such issues. However, this veteran Bahamas
government and United Nations official decided it was time to come home
- at least for a while. Ms. Curry has been given a leave of absence
from her rigorous duties at the UN Headquarters in New York City, to
take time out to assist her own nation with its social issues.
Minister Melanie Griffin welcomed Curry back to The Bahamas,
happy to have such a gem return with an eager spirit to help women, and
the family as a whole...
Top Agricultural Scientist brings training to BAMSI
- Nov 16, 2016 - 10:05:05 AM
The Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute recently put on a
two-day tutorial in plant propagation/tissue culture, led by one of the
top biotechnologists in the region. Almost 50 students, farm associates
and stakeholders in BAMSI’s Associated Farmers programme participated
in the initiative held at BAMSI’s North Andros campus facility.
the training was plant scientist Omaira Avila Rostant, who specialises
in biotechnology and agronomy. Mrs. Rostant was part of a delegation
from the Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute
(CARDI) who visited the country recently. Also on hand was Executive
Director of CARDI Barton Clarke and livestock specialist Michele Singh.
Ancient Lucayan Skeletons Discovered in Clarence Town, Long Island
- Nov 15, 2016 - 9:08:02 PM
Nassau, Bahamas — Officials from the Antiquities, Monuments & Museum
Corporation (AMMC) today announced the discovery of ancient skeleton
remains in Clarence Town, Long Island. The bones, located in two
distinct graves, appear to be that of Lucayan people who inhabited the
archipelago from 600 AD to the 1500’s.
Long Island resident Nick
Constantakis found the first set of bones of what appears to be the
remains of an elderly Lucayan male, buried face down in the sand dunes
near Clarence Town. Another discovery by Nick and Anthony Maillis of
Clarence Town revealed a second burial approximately 25 feet away from
where the original bones were located. Local residents, in turn, reached
out to Dr. Keith Tinker, Director of AMMC once the bones were
determined to be of historical significance...
Bahamian youth ambassador off to Peru to meet with President Obama
- Nov 15, 2016 - 4:52:18 PM
Earlier this year, Bahamian youth ambassador Ashleigh Rolle of Grand Bahama Island was named among three
from The Bahamas chosen by the US Embassy Nassau as being among the
First Class of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) which is
supported by President Obama. Ashleigh was chosen among a select few of
the YLAI fellows to visit Peru to meet with Obama and other youth
leaders to network and share experiences in the program.
Miss Rolle has just returned from a five-week program in the USA aimed
to strengthen their leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills
and provide networking opportunities with U.S. entrepreneurs,
innovators, and investors; diaspora communities; and among each other
to increase connectivity throughout the hemisphere...
Defence Force receives citation from commander U.S .Coast Guard 7th district
- Nov 14, 2016 - 4:06:31 PM
Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Scott
A. Buschman, paid a courtesy call on Commander Defence Force (Acting)
Captain Tellis Bethel on Tuesday past. The highly decorated officer
serves as the Commander of the Coast Guard’s Seventh District based in
The purpose of the visit was to present a letter
of commendation from the United States Coast Guard thanking Captain
Bethel and the members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for their
mutual assistance securing shared borders. He congratulated the