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Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Sunday, May 24 - May 24, 2015 - 11:31:10 AM

This is the Bahamas public weather forecast for today and tonight, Sunday 24th May 2015.

General situation: Remnants of a stationary front near the northern Bahamas will help to trigger a few showers across the NW Bahamas before washing out today…meanwhile building high pressure will generate breezy conditions across the islands.

Special warnings: Boaters and beachgoers should exercise extreme caution due to rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the northern and east coast beaches...
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Draft of Bahamas Freedom of Information Bill, 2015 - May 22, 2015 - 1:37:50 PM

 
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Freedom Of Information Bill, 2015
: A Bill For an Act to give to the public a general right of access to records held by Public Authorities and to make provision for incidental and connected purposes

Enacted by the Parliament of The Bahamas.

PART I - PRELIMINARY

1. Short title and commencement.

(l) This Act may be cited as the Freedom of Information Act, 2015.

(2) This Act shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may appoint by notice published in the Gazette, and different dates may be so appointed for different provisions...
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Bahamas Press Club on Freedom of Information Bill - May 22, 2015 - 11:31:18 AM


The Bahamas Press Club 2014 is thankful to the government that after a lengthy delay the Freedom of Information bill is likely to see the light of day and could be brought into force, notwithstanding that a similar bill was passed in 2012 but never enacted.

The release of this draft bill proves our long held contention that there is no reason an act could not be produced and passed before 2016 because all that is needed is the focused attention of a committed government.

On the face of it the new draft bill will seem to deepen the democracy in affording the people to freely access information from various government agencies...
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Bahamas National Festival Commission Statement on Outstanding Payments - May 21, 2015 - 5:03:11 PM

The Bahamas National Festival Commission would like to thank the many workers and suppliers who contributed their time, efforts and services to make the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival season (2015) a successful event. Without the hard work of volunteers, paid staff and contracts the event would not have been the resounding success that it was.

During the three-day event, we mobilized hundreds of Bahamians who diligently offered their time to ensure all Junkanoo Carnival patrons had a truly enriching experience.

Presently, we are processing payments in compliance with standard government procedures and we are working tirelessly to ensure the process is completed as quickly as possible. Our staff will be calling all of our Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015...
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STB congratulates government on Freedom of Information move, Urges Independent Non-Political Commissioner Appointment - May 20, 2015 - 3:27:23 PM

Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, CEO of the fast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays, congratulates the Christie government following release of draft Freedom of Information Act, but urges attention to public input and appointment of an independent commissioner to assure an end to secret deals that can harm the environment.

Calling it “a step in the right direction,” Save The Bays CEO Vanessa Haley-Benjamin today congratulated the government on the release of the draft Freedom of Information Act, but said to be effective the final legislation must provide for an independent commissioner and contain “more teeth than loopholes.”

“Releasing the long-awaited Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) draft this week was a step in the right direction and Save The Bays welcomes the news and congratulates the government,” said Benjamin. “But a step is just that. One step in a long journey..."
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Staniel Cay citizens statement on closure of airport during peak season - May 14, 2015 - 7:13:00 PM


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Dear Honourable Prime Minister, Members of Cabinet, Government Officials, Media & News Outlets and distinguished readers,

We, the citizens on Staniel Cay, business owners, foreign homeowners, and Managers/owners of private islands in the Exuma Cays wish to express our strongest opposition to the decision to shut down the Staniel Cay runway.

We stand united on this issue for many reasons, which we will summarize below...

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Industry Practitioners Selected for 2015 ACI Designation Scholarships - May 13, 2015 - 2:26:01 AM

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The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas (ICB) announced today that the Selection Committee has decided on the recipients for the two scholarships they provide for the Associates in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation, offered by the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).


This BFSB and ICB scholarship initiative was launched in 2013, in collaboration with the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) and the Insurance Institute of The Bahamas (IIB), both of which also serve on the Selection Committee. CEO Aliya Allen says BFSB selected this programme because it was strongly supported by industry and also because...
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STB: No police response to ‘KKK’ hate rally complaint - May 10, 2015 - 9:25:11 PM

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(Statement) More than two months after filing an official complaint over a series of hostile and intimidating demonstrations that left a number of its members living in fear, Save The Bays (STB) says it is concerned and disappointed over the lack of response from the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

In a follow-up letter to Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, STB insisted that the incidents – perpetrated by groups of masked men brandishing hostile messages and engaging in menacing behavior – amounted to “criminal threats, intimidation and harassment”, and urged the immediate launch a full investigation...
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Bahamas Weather Forecast for Friday, May 8 - May 8, 2015 - 12:33:59 PM

Bahamas public weather forecast for this afternoon and tonight, Friday 8th May, 2015

General situation:  The outer bands of sub Tropical Storm Ana will create isolated unstable weather over the Northwest Bahamas.

Weather: Mostly sunny and warm with isolated showers and thunderstorms becoming heavy at times across the extreme Northwest Bahamas, fair and mild tonight...
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"URCA stifles Cable Bahamas' licensed services" - May 7, 2015 - 8:03:05 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Cable Bahamas wishes to clarify that its recent tower construction is part of the expansion of its existing licensed services. To be clear, these services are not mobile voice and are totally independent of the second cellular license process now underway.

Cable Bahamas will utilise these towers to carry high-speed mobile data. This service is a wireless broadband service and is absolutely covered under Cable Bahamas' existing license.

As far back as October 2002, the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) granted Cable Bahamas' 100% subsidiary, Systems Resource Group, specific spectrum and authorised the delivery of voice and data...
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STB hails Bahamas draft environmental bill a good first step - May 6, 2015 - 4:50:02 PM

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Minister Dorsett and his PLP government congratulated for launching public consultation process; finally addressing the urgent need for environmental protection laws

Save The Bays (STB) welcomes the news that a draft Environmental Protection and Planning Bill is being circulated for public comment in response to the Rubis fuel spill crisis in Marathon. We consider the move a significant victory for environmental protection, due process and the rule of law in The Bahamas.

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Bahamas Accreditation and Metrology Services Given a Boost - May 6, 2015 - 12:58:12 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - As the newest standards bureau in the region, The Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ) is now well on the way to enhancing its offering of accreditation and measurement standardisation services with the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding with the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality recently.


Minister of Financial Services, Hon. C. V. Hope Strachan, under whose portfolio the BBSQ resides, signed the documents on April 30, 2015, to establish the Caribbean Cooperation for Accreditation  Scheme, and to recognise the Bureau of Standards Jamaica’s...
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Minister Calls On Students to Hold Government Accountable for the Environment - May 4, 2015 - 9:26:55 PM


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In the midst of public uproar surrounding the government’s negligence to inform the public of the results of a 2012 underground leak at a local gas station, the Minister of Environment and Housing urged high school students to help the Government to correct its flaws.

Minister Kenred Dorsett made the call at the opening ceremonies for the third Earth Day Challenge sponsored by Ferreira & Company held earlier this week, which attracted more than 50 students from around the country. The event encouraged students to display environmental issues and provide solutions for them, something Dorsett said was quite a heartening experience for him...

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US Embassy provides Bahamas with $2.7M to bolster transnational security - May 1, 2015 - 12:01:49 AM

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On Monday, April 27, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson joined Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration The Hon. Fred Mitchell in an official signing ceremony to further strengthen the joint efforts of the United States and The Bahamas in addressing transnational security challenges. Chargé Johnson and Minister Mitchell formally signed the Seventh Amendment to the Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement, an agreement that supports a shared interest in preventing illicit trafficking and increasing citizen security in The Bahamas. The agreement was originally signed on September 24, 2010 by the U.S. and Bahamas governments.
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NCTUB Hosts First Annual “Pre Labour Day” High School Speech Competition - Apr 29, 2015 - 7:26:25 PM

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The National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas held its First Annual “Pre Labour Day” High School Speech Competition on Tuesday April 28, 2015, 6:00pm at the Willamae Bridgewater Convention Centre, Farrington Road.

The Speech Competition was chaired by Toast Master Mrs. Tiffany Burrell-Roberts and Members of the Bahamas Union of Teacher’s (B.U.T) Nation Builders Toastmasters Club No.1358961.

The theme of the speech competition was; “Labour the Past, the Present and the Future"

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Fred Smith, QC calls for immediate passage of a Freedom of Information Act - Apr 28, 2015 - 12:24:59 PM

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STB chairman says Urban Renewal controversy, Rubis fuel spill fallout demonstrate the urgent need for transparency and accountability in government

(Save The Bays) The “shocking revelations” of the past several weeks have prompted prominent attorney, Fred Smith, QC, to call for the immediate passage of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Smith, chairman of the fast growing social and environmental advocacy movement, Save The Bays (STB), said that in the absence of legal mechanisms guaranteeing transparency and accountability...
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Delivery of fixed broadband wireless services halted by URCA - Apr 27, 2015 - 12:33:38 AM


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Nassau, Bahamas -  URCA has issued an interim order requiring Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL) to halt construction of towers that the company has stated it intends to use to facilitate the provision of fixed wireless broadband services to its customers. CBL has taken immediate steps to comply with URCA's order and has stated its commitment to comply fully with the regulator's investigation.

CBL expressed surprise at URCA's action, considering that earlier this year the regulator contacted the company to ensure that the new infrastructure being put in place was not being constructed for use in the delivery of cellular services. CBL confirmed that the new infrastructure was to support and facilitate the provision of wireless-broadband services and would not breach the current cellular exclusivity, given the consequences of such a breach.

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Bahamian Explorers Return Home from the North Pole - Apr 25, 2015 - 1:49:21 PM

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Bahamian explorers Mark Roberts and Shaune Adderley returned safely home on April 22nd into the loving arms of family members. The two were successful in becoming the second and third Bahamians to plant  the Bahamian Flag at the North Pole last Friday.

The trek was made under the guidance of an experienced team of New Zealanders, some of whom had previously been to the South Pole.
After flying in to the continent, they skied up to 12 hours a day over shifting ice for the 120 mile journey to the Pole. Average temperatures ranged from - 20 to - 40 and sometimes - 80 with wind chill...
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Sharks4Kids Event Celebrates Bahamas Launch of “Shark Stanley” - Apr 25, 2015 - 12:40:15 PM

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BIMINI, The Bahamas —Shark Stanley, the friendly cartoon hammerhead shark, landed in Bimini on April 16 at Gateway Christian Academy for the official Bahamas launch of the children’s book The Adventures of Shark Stanley & Friends. Shark Stanley is a global ambassador for shark conservation and the main character in the science-based children’s book.


In conjunction with the Florida based global nonprofit Sharks4Kids, the Shark Stanley launch event included a shark lesson for the students, as well as a reading of the book to mark the official Bahamas launch of the Shark Stanley campaign. Sharks4Kids founders Jillian Morris and Duncan Brake taught the kids about sharks, specifically...
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1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference and Exhibition - June 18 – 20, 2015 - Apr 24, 2015 - 10:12:17 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Crime and safety are dominant concerns throughout the region as the loss of assets does not respect socio or any economic status. As we have also seen in the Caribbean many of the threats are the not only the same but often times there are interconnected crossing borders and jurisdictions.

In an effort to bring together thinkers and solutionist Preventative Measures, a network of local and international advisors and instructors providing expert training and consulting on every facet of asset protection, loss prevention and resource recovery, is excited to announce the1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Exhibit Conference to be held June 18 – 20, 2015at Melia Resort, Cable Beach, Nassau Bahamas...
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