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New Snake Species Discovered in Southern Bahamas - May 27, 2016 - 3:43:29 PM

A new species of snake has been discovered in the Conception Island National Park, a remote part of the southwest Bahamas. The harmless Silver Boa was found last July during an expedition led by University of North Carolina biologist Dr. Graham Reynolds.

"This is the first new boa species discovered in the Caribbean in over 70 years, and it sheds new light on the origins and extent of reptile biodiversity in the region,” Dr Reynolds said. “But this animal is critically endangered and already facing extinction.We estimate only a few hundred remain.”
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Save The Bays hails courage of Abaco community partner - May 27, 2016 - 12:47:33 AM

Save The Bays:
  The Supreme Court’s decision to grant concerned locals permission to apply for a judicial review of the Abaco Club’s proposed marina project has been hailed as another milestone in the cause of responsible development in The Bahamas.

Social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB) congratulated the residents of Little Harbor for insisting that government follow the law and ensure that developers consult local communities that may be affected by their projects.

Legal director for STB, Fred Smith, QC, who is representing community partner Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA) in the case, says activists will continue to resort to the courts for relief until government learns to respect local rights...
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Cable Bahamas awarded second mobile licence - May 26, 2016 - 11:23:30 AM

The Government of The Bahamas has formally announced the award of the second mobile license to Cable Bahamas (CBL). This announcement was made by Prime Minister Perry Gladstone Christie in his budget speech in Parliament. During the speech, he gave instruction to the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) to proceed with the license award. This historic decision is considered monumental for both CBL and the Bahamian people.
The bid process has been extensive and thorough, including an in-depth financial and technical assessment of the company and its capabilities. CBL says it is proud and excited to quickly move forward to providing the world-class mobile services consumers in The Bahamas have been calling for...
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GBHRA: Is the PLP government reading your emails? - May 25, 2016 - 2:23:54 PM

Claiming it would somehow prove his nonsense claim that Save The Bays (STB) is working to “destabilize the government”, Minister Jerome Fitzgerald proceeded to read and table the environmental group’s confidential emails in Parliament.

In doing so, he also revealed that government’s access to citizens’ private correspondence goes far beyond STB to include the emails of other activist groups, parliamentarians and even the leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition –a fact which should strike fear and trepidation into all right-thinking members of this society...
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URCA established as regulatory body for the Electricity Sector (ES) in The Bahamas - May 25, 2016 - 11:10:57 AM

Wednesday May 25th, 2016 - The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) advises that effective January 28, 2016, the Electricity Act, 2015 (EA), the Electricity Rate Reduction Bond Act, 2015 and the URCA (Amendment) Act, 2015 (all of which were passed on December 30, 2015) came into effect, establishing URCA as the regulatory body with responsibility for the Electricity Sector (ES) in The Bahamas.

The establishment of URCA as the regulator of this important sector of the economy means that URCA will be assuming responsibility for setting up and implementing a regulatory framework that ensures the sector operates in an effective and efficient manner and in the best interests of all persons in The Bahamas...
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YES Bahamas Takes Campaign to Local Churches - May 23, 2016 - 3:04:53 PM

Nassau, Bahamas- YES Bahamas Campaign Co-Executive Director, Cheryl Bazard, speaks to a full house at St. John's Native Baptist Church on Thursday May 19th, 2016. Mrs. Bazard also spoke at St. Michael’s Methodist Church, and will be at Salem Union Church this week. Despite opposition from some clergy, many churches and their members are intent on truly understanding the issues involved in the June 7th referendum. YES Bahamas Campaign invitations to speak at churches of various denominations have steadily increased as the country draws closer to the June 7th referendum.

About YES Bahamas: The YES Bahamas Campaign advocates for equal rights for our sons and daughters. Four simple changes to our Constitution will give Bahamian men and women equal rights under our laws...
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Dominican fishing vessel apprehended in Bahamian waters - May 20, 2016 - 3:39:43 PM

Friday 20 May 2016 (Coral Harbour Base)--Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Lignum Vitae, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, apprehended a 60-foot Dominican fishing vessel while on routine patrol in the southern Bahamas around7:30 p.m.Wednesday evening.

HMBS Lignum Vitae intercepted and boarded the fishing vessel near Cay Lobos on the Great Bahama Bank on Wednesday evening. Upon searching the steel-hulled vessel, the Defence Force boarding team found eleven fishermen from the Dominican Republic on board along with a large quantity of scale fish and lobsters...
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Dorsett & Storr: Retraction Needed From Tribune on BMC Audited Financials - May 19, 2016 - 4:42:09 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a joint-statement from the Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing, and and Chairman of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation, Sen. Hon. Alex Storr, concerning the audited financials of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation:

Contrary to reports in the Tribune morning daily, the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation (BMC) has been conducting audits as required by law since the Christie Administration took office. In 2012, when Itook the helm, as Chairman, at BMC it was discovered that there had not be an audit carried out since2008. To remedy this, we contracted the firm of Beneby & Co. which produced audited financial reports for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. This of course was a herculean task given...
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GBHRA: LGBT attacks highlight urgent need for hate crime laws - May 17, 2016 - 11:55:29 PM

Nunez says recent attacks on LGBT community highlight the urgent need to protect against escalating acts of violence, harassment and intimidation

(Statement) Recent attacks on members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community highlight the urgent need for laws banning hate crime in The Bahamas, a local activist said.

Paco Nunez, secretary of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), challenged members of Parliament to introduce a hate crime bill for debate in the House of Assembly and called on government to place the issue at the top of its legislative agenda...
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Hannah Mermaid is in Bimini for her latest underwater adventure - May 13, 2016 - 5:51:23 PM

BIMINI, The Bahamas - Hannah Fraser, a professional real-life mermaid from California, is currently in The Bahamas, and was just filmed underwater at the renown Sapona shipwreck in Bimini.

The Bahamas is well known for its crystal clear azure waters, and is an idyllic location for above, and underwater shoots.

Hannah's passion began at an early age when she created her first tail at age 9, and she is rumoured to be the first freelance professional mermaid in the world...
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RBDF arrests 3 off Bimini chain for undeclared firearms - May 10, 2016 - 12:35:11 PM

Coral Harbour, (RBDF) – Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Cascarilla, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Dwayne Small, apprehended three men yesterday for possession of undeclared weapons. The 40 foot American registered motor vessel was boarded north of Cat Cay in the Bimini chain of islands. Two 9 millimeter pistols with approximately 50 rounds of ammunition were found on board after a search was conducted by HMBS Cascarilla's boarding team. The Captain and passengers were arrested and escorted to North Bimini where they were handed over to Police and Customs officials for further processing.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to monitor its territorial waters and patrol its border to prevent such transnational criminal activity...
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Darville Says Environmental Protection Act Imperative to The Bahamas’ Survival - May 6, 2016 - 1:25:55 PM

In 2015, Save The Bays Chairman Joseph Darville joined 400,000 people on the streets of New York City as part of the People’s Climate March. During the procession, he spotted an enormous Google globe rolling ahead of him. As the globe rotated, Darville caught sight of The Bahamas. Wasting no time, Darville made his way through the crowd working his way closer to the globe, wading through hundreds of demonstrators before finally catching up with the person operating it.

“Can you stop, just for a second?” Darville asked the young man...
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Exercise Marlin Shield set to take off - May 6, 2016 - 12:28:25 PM

HMBS Coral Harbour - In a climate where global peace is increasingly fragile, and criminal activities pervade transnational borders too easily, intentional regional and international synergy is vitally important, particularly within the realm of national security.

Hence, for the last two years, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, along with members of the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and United States Special Operations Command North (SOCNORTH) have been occupied with a series of planning conferences, exchanges and exercises that will culminate during these first two weeks in May, right here in The Bahamas in what has come to be knownEXERCISE MARLIN SHIELD 16...
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YES Bahamas Campaign Proud to Have Governor Generals’ Support - May 5, 2016 - 4:51:46 PM

The YES Bahamas Campaign is proud to have the support of Sir Arthur Foulkes and Sir Orville Turnquest, former Governor Generals and two of the signatories to the Bahamas constitution in 1972. Sir Arthur and Sir Orville are right to note that, “This is a historic opportunity, a moment of progress and celebration.”

“As founding fathers, and men who’ve given stellar service to their country, Sir Arthur Foulkes and Sir Orville Turnquest have emphasized the importance of this referendum,” said Lady Sharon Wilson, President of the Senate and Co-Chair of the YES Bahamas Campaign. “They support the referendum, not only as statesmen, but as fathers and grandfathers who want an even better Bahamas for their children and grandchildren...
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RBDF Leads Way in Disaster Preparations ahead of Hurricane Season 2016 - May 5, 2016 - 12:10:39 PM

HMBS Coral Harbour  - With a flurry of swift, but calculated movements and a whirlwind of intentional activities, members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) launched the entity’s Annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise on Monday past. The exercise focuses on reviewing plans for disaster response in the event of an active hurricane season. This includes rehearsing and executing drills for various responses and checking all equipment and logistics to ensure they are in optimal working condition.

The undertaking is designed to help prepare RBDF members mentally for the start of this sometimes tough season. This year’s exercise comes with a bit more than a month to spare before the official start of the hurricane season which spans June 1st to November 30th every year...
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Standing-room Only at YES Campaign Launch in Exuma - May 5, 2016 - 2:45:14 AM

EXUMA, Bahamas. May 3rd, 2016. With standing room only, YES Bahamas Campaign Co-Chair, Lynn Holowesko joined Local Co-Chairs, Sophia Hart-Rolle and Kenneth Nixon, in Exuma on Tuesday to inform the local community about the upcoming June 7th referendum, and to spread the message of equality and justice that is being proposed under the amendments to the Constitution. Attending the event were residents of mainland Exuma and Farmer’s Cay, who stated openly that they came to show their support. The event was broadcast live by 98.3 Island FM to the Exuma mainland, the Exuma Cays and Long Island...
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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.

“Freedom of 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...”
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Military exercises to be conducted in waters surrounding and over New Providence, Eleuthera & Exuma - Apr 29, 2016 - 2:18:35 PM

The 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.

Mariners 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 rbdfpr@hotmail.com
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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.

Declaring 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.

“Whether 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...
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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...”
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