||Last Updated: Aug 27, 2016 - 12:23:16 AM
Sandals Job Fair Draws Hundreds, Number Of New Applicants Exceeds Former Staffers
- Aug 26, 2016 - 6:12:34 AM
More than 1,200 people turned out armed with resumes, smiles and hope
during a four-day job fair aimed at filling 600 posts at Sandals Royal
“We were very pleased with the turn-out,” said Sandals
Resorts International Director of Corporate Services Jeremy Jones. “We
did see that there were more applicants the last two days than the first
two which were reserved for former team members.”
The job fair,
held at Christ the King Anglican Church Hall, Ridgeland, was held to
pool the team that will be ready to deliver on the guests’ standards
when the refurbished resort re-opens in mid-October. Earlier this month,
in the absence of a collective bargaining agreement, Sandals Resorts
advised said it had no choice but to terminate all existing staff
members, pay them off fully and start all over again...
Bahamas Hurricane Shelter List for the 2016 Storm Season
- Aug 25, 2016 - 11:10:52 PM
Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has released
the official list of Hurricane Shelters for The Bahamas 2016 storm
implemented an emergency warning system to better prepare and inform the
public about a disaster about to impact the country.
follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which provide instructions
for activation and the operations of the NEOC, amongst other things.
Level I deals with monitoring the system and its projected path, which
is 60 hours out. Operations Officer will monitor the progress and keep
the Director of NEMA informed. Also, a green flag would be hoisted
outside NEMA's office to indicate this level.
112 Haitians Apprehended in Bahamian waters
- Aug 24, 2016 - 6:36:21 PM
A total of 112 Haitian migrants are being detained on the island of
Exuma after they were apprehended in Bahamian waters on Monday
After receiving information from local fishermen that a
Haitian sloop was sighted in the area, patrol craft P-126 coxswained by
Petty Officer Jaymes Darling went to investigate. A Haitian sloop was
spotted 4.5 miles west of Barraterre, Exuma. The migrants (95 males, 17
females) were eventually transferred to the mainland where they were
turned over to Immigration officials for further processing.
Haitian Migrants Apprehended in Inagua
- Aug 21, 2016 - 2:54:04 PM
Coral Harbour Base, 20 AUG (RBDF) – Ten (10) Haitian nationals are
being detained at the Police Station in Matthew Town, Inagua after they
were apprehended on Friday evening.In a joint effort involving the
Defence Force, Police Force and Immigration officials and local
residents. The migrants (5 males, 5 females) were sighted in the area
known as Conch Shell Point, located on the southern shores.
arrival shortly after 5:00 p.m, the migrants were being assisted by one
of the residents on the island. The migrants are were turned over to
Interest Grows in Naming Waters The Lucayan Sea
- Aug 18, 2016 - 4:14:02 PM
Throughout history from the days of men drawing on cave walls to today’s
A-listers tweeting their every move, people have recorded their history
and told their story by whatever means were available at the time of
the telling. Now, says a highly respected Bahamian leader, thinker and
historian, it is time for The Bahamas to do the same.
Tellis A. Bethel, Sr. author of The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of The
Modern Americas, says telling the important story of The Bahamas is one
of 21 reasons to name the waters surrounding the country The Lucayan
Royal Bahamas Defence Force make drug bust off West New Providence
- Aug 17, 2016 - 5:41:57 PM
A Bahamian male was apprehended for possession of suspected drugs
by Marines on routine patrol aboard a Royal Bahamas Defence Force Fast
Patrol craft on Wednesday afternoon.
Shortly after 12:00 p.m., Defence
Force patrol craft P-128 intercepted and conducted a routine search of a
15-ft Boston Whaler off the west coast of New Providence today.
A further search of the vessel uncovered an undetermined quantity of suspected marijuana.
RBDF Rangers complete AMMC Pre-requisite
- Aug 17, 2016 - 2:10:13 PM
Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) – Eighteen young men and women from the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Rangers graduated from the Antiquities, Monuments,
and Museums Corporation's Historical Military Re-enactment Programme at
Fort Charlotte on Friday 12th August 2016.
The programme is a
partnership between AMMC and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's Rangers
programme. During the graduation, Rangers were dressed in uniform attire
worn by British West India soldiers during the 1700s as they performed a
reenactment of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony...
Sandals Royal Bahamian to Re-Open in October
- Aug 15, 2016 - 12:48:36 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Off Shore
Island is on track to re-open its doors in October, revamped and
renovated, in time for what is shaping up to be its best winter season
Highly regarded for its rich regal history, the 60-year old
resort is set to unveil a newly renovated Windsor pool and restored
Balmoral pool deck as well as major upgrades to five of its restaurants
to include re-roofing. Meanwhile, the Windsor Ballroom is undergoing
significant improvements to include updated audio visual equipment and
soft furnishings. Other repair work being undertaken extends to the
resort’s Red Lane Spa and an overhaul of electrical systems in select
areas. Several rooms and suites affected by recent emergency maintenance
issues are also being restored...
Human rights group calls for release of young singers
- Aug 14, 2016 - 11:57:38 PM
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) is calling for the
immediate release two young singers detained in connection with a
controversial song making the rounds on social media.
We strongly urge the police to recognize that they should not interfere
in matters of freedom of expression and that seeking to charge these men
with criminal libel is an anti-democratic and reactionary response
which has absolutely no place in a modern society...
GBHRA responds to Cleola Hamilton
- Aug 11, 2016 - 6:08:18 PM
In response to the comments of South Beach MP Cleola
Hamilton in the press, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBRHA)
takes this opportunity to assert its total and utter condemnation of
the recent assertions by Richard Lightbourn, MP, which called into
question a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy.
The GBRHA is
dedicated to the protection and enhancement of all facets of a woman’s
reproductive rights; just as, in a broader sense, we vigorously support
Bahamian women in all aspects of the ongoing struggle to cast off the
shackles of second-class citizenship....
Defence Force Marines complete Basic Infantry Training
- Aug 11, 2016 - 11:08:31 AM
Coral Harbour Base (RBDF): Forty-three marines from the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped to defend and safeguard
the country against illicit activities after graduating from the
Commando Squadron's Basic Infantry Training Course.
versatile skilled instructors of the Commando Squadron department, the
vigorous nine-weeks training program demanded both the mental and
physical endurance of course participants. Comprised of marines from the
various sections of the Commando Squadron, Harbour Patrol, Port
Security and the Military Police/Force Protection units, the 39 males
and 4 females successfully conquered the challenges they faced...
STB: Was the Data Commissioner victimized?
- Aug 11, 2016 - 10:47:42 AM
Statement by STB Chairman Joseph Darville: Save The Bays (STB) congratulates
former Data Commissioner Sharmie Farrington-Austin on
her brave and inspiring decision to run as an independent candidate in the next
well remembers her astute, timely and courageous comments in defense of our
constitutional rights after STB’s private emails were shamefully disclosed in
Parliament by senior government MPs without our permission.
quite rightly warned the MPs in question and the country at large against the
“dangerous” practice of obtaining private citizens’ correspondence and tabling it
in the House of Assembly...
Best BJC results in twenty years reports Bahamas Ministry of Education
- Aug 9, 2016 - 8:18:32 PM
Bahamas – The Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, Minister of
Education, Science and Technology along with senior Ministry officials
announced the 2016 Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Bahamas General
Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) results on Tuesday, August 10th,
this year’s results, greater emphasis is being placed on the improvements made
over the last two years since the inception of The Bahamas High School Diploma
(BHSD). Now more than ever, more students are sitting BJCs due to the fact that
it is a prerequisite for the Diploma...
32 Cuban migrants apprehended in southern Bahamas
- Aug 9, 2016 - 12:00:25 AM
Coral Harbour Base, 8 August 16 (RBDF): Thirty-two Cuban migrants
were apprehended in the southern Bahamas in Bahamian waters by members
of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Monday afternoon.
routine patrol, Defence Force craft HMBS Leon Smith, commanded by Acting
Lieutenant Commander Stephen Rolle, intercepted and boarded a makeshift
motor driven vessel in the area of Cay Lobos around 3 p.m. on Monday
URCA Issues Public Electricity Supplier Licence to BPL
- Aug 8, 2016 - 3:25:16 PM
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), is pleased to
announce that today, it issued the first Public Electricity Supplier
Licence. The licence, granted to Bahamas Power and Light Company (BPL),
authorizes the company to engage in the generation, transmission,
distribution and supply (GTDS) of electricity in The Bahamas.
January 28, 2016 the Electricity Act (EA) along with a compendium of
related legislation, came into effect thereby establishing the Utilities
Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) as the regulator for the
Electricity Sector in The Bahamas. As regulator, URCA is authorized to
grant a licence with terms and conditions consistent with the National
Energy and Electricity Sector policies, as URCA considers appropriate...
BTC participates in CANTO
- Aug 8, 2016 - 12:55:24 PM
The Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Limited (BTC) was a recent participant at the 32nd annual
Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations’
(CANTO) Conference and Trade Show Exhibition.
This year, BTC
highlighted its advancements in Fiber to The Home (FTTH), its rollout of
its IP based television service, FLOW TV and its current trial of
prepaid electricity in Eleuthera. Topics at this year’s CANTO Conference
include Convergence, the Internet of Things, Big Data and Women in ICT...
Central Eleuthera water disruption expected until late Friday
- Aug 4, 2016 - 11:58:31 PM
The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) wishes to advise its Customers
in Central Eleuthera that reduced levels of service are expected to
continue until late Friday evening. Until such time,most customers will
experience reduced pressures. Customers at higher elevations, or at
extremities of the system however may experience extended periods of
Initially supplies in Central Eleuthera were
interrupted on Sunday, July 31, 2016, when the Corporation’s 8”
transmission main which serves the Gregory Town and Hatched Bay Area was
damaged by a third party. This was repaired the same day and
re-pressurization would have normally occurred over the following 24
Equality Bahamas: In Response to Richard Lightbourn’s Forced Sterilization Plan
- Aug 2, 2016 - 4:44:44 PM
Nassau Bahamas - On Thursday, July 27, MP for Montague
Richard Lightbourn proposed the legislation of violence against women,
suggesting that an “unwed mother having her tubes tied” would reduce
government spending on education and lower the unemployment rate. He
lamented the “burden of paying for the upbringing of children” and
suggested The Bahamas has an overpopulation issue. Equality Bahamas
condemns both this irresponsible, erroneous statement and the
misogynistic, racist, classist mindset behind it.
sterilization is a violation of human rights, specifically “the right to
be free from torture, and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or
punishment; the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and
mental health; the right to life..."
Bahamas Defence Force apprehends 8 Cuban migrants
- Jul 30, 2016 - 9:44:23 PM
Coral Harbour Base 30 July 2016 (RBDF)-- Eight Cuban migrants have
been turned over to Immigration officials after they were apprehended in
Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Thursday
While on routine patrol, patrol craft HMBS Lignum Vitae under
the command of Acting Senior Lieutenant Valentino Rolle spotted a 20
foot makeshift aluminum motor driven vessel approximately 45 nautical
miles west of Ragged Island around 8:00pm. Further search of the vessel
discovered the 6 males and 2 females, who were then taken aboard the
Defence Force craft. The migrants were brought into the Coral Harbour
Base shortly after 3:00pm Saturday afternoon...
Mario Carey Calls for Creation of Economic Zones
- Jul 30, 2016 - 6:03:23 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The word SEZ rolls off Mario Carey’s tongue with such
conviction you’d think he had discovered a single pill to cure the
common cold and create peace in the world.
“SEZ,” he says, “stands for special economic zones and it’s not the
common cold a SEZ can cure, but the too common ailment of an economy
stuck in neutral. To move it forward takes momentum and special economic
zones create that energy, that horsepower.”
Special economic zones (SEZ) were first employed in 1980 to move China
from its labour intensive agricultural communist economy to something
more closely resembling capitalism. Four zones were established allowing
investors to come in...