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(Audio) Proposed Bahamas 'Spy Bill' – GBRHA president warns of the dangers and calls for public consultation - Feb 16, 2017 - 11:42:16 PM

In the attached voice note, Fred Smith, QC, president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) warns that in its current form, the Bahamas State's proposed Interception of Communications Bill, 2017 (known locally as 'The Spy Bill') will violate every citizen's constitutionally protected right to privacy and strike a mortal blow to civil liberties in general.

While accepting that effective law enforcement requires modern surveillance capacities, Smith noted that in its current form, the Bill is extreme, draconian and will lead to a situation in which "nobody's intimate life will be free from scrutiny anymore."

He said that in order to strike a balance between law enforcement and civil liberties, there must be "deliberate consultation, thought ...
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Bimini students learn about economic value of sharks and rays - Feb 14, 2017 - 11:00:27 PM

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In February, Sharks4Kids once again teamed up with Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center to take local students out for a day of shark education. Louise McDonald High School science teacher Mr. Delreco Bonaby was joined by 11 students in grades 7, 8 and 9 for a trip to Honeymoon Harbour, located on a small cay just south of Bimini. Students were able to see 2 bull sharks cruising around in the marina before even boarding the boat, which was a great way to start the adventure.

During the boat ride Sharks4Kids founder Jillian Morris taught the students about local sharks and the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary. These students have incredible animals in their backyard and it’s crucial for them to understand the important role sharks play both for the environment, but also the economy.
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BAMSI Recruits Bahamian International Specialist in Feed Bio Technology - Feb 10, 2017 - 12:28:41 PM

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With over a decade of research and field work in feed biotechnology, Dr. Jason Sands brings a wealth of international experience, industry exposure and technical expertise to the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI). His addition to the staff, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre (GRAC), strengthens the human capital in place and further positions BAMSI as an agent of change in the development of this nation’s agriculture sector.

The move is further expected to reposition GRAC as a pivotal player in the industry, supporting the Institute’s overall goals of increasing food and nutrition security.
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GBHRA: Bahamas reputation facing ‘junk’ status because of Mitchell - Feb 8, 2017 - 3:29:15 PM


GBHRA: Foreign minister’s reckless attacks on renowned human rights activists are threatening the country’s good name internationally


It would seem that Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell will not rest until the country’s image abroad is as feeble and tarnished as its current credit rating.

Prime Minister Perry Christie must find the courage to rein in his reckless, unbalanced minister before the Bahamas' reputation has been downgraded to ‘junk’ status and we become a laughingstock in the international community...

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Civil Society Coalition Encourage Bahamians to Stay Informed and Involved - Feb 8, 2017 - 2:49:18 PM

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The group of 21 civil society and private industry organizations at the forefront of Freedom of Information advocacy have expressed that that they are encouraged by the participation of the people and the achievements of their efforts in the development of The Freedom of Information Bill. While pledging to continue advocacy for a strong, fair FOIA The groups urge all concerned to stay informed and stay involved.

The groups, who collectively represent over 100,000 residents, joined forces in 2016 to develop a list of over 30 recommendations for the improvement of the draft bill, of which seven were incorporated into the current draft...
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Civic Groups Applaud Government for Freedom of Information Act - Feb 6, 2017 - 7:41:11 PM

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Urge 3 Changes to Make Bahamas a ‘World Leader’ in Transparency

Representatives of civic groups that have been calling for strong freedom of information legislation yesterday applauded the government for bringing an FOI Act to debate, declaring that with a few changes in the draft bill, the Bahamas could become a “world leader” in transparency.

Matt Aubry, executive director of Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), Joe Darville, Chairman, Save The Bays, Diane Phillips, FOIA liaison, Save The Bays, and Sam Duncombe, founder re-Earth appeared on the radio show “Voice of the Bays, The Environment Speaks’ on Love 97.5 on February 1. The show was airing live as the long-awaited bill was being debated in the House of Assembly...
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BTC Junior Achievement Company to host Future Leaders Seminar - Feb 6, 2017 - 6:33:47 PM

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Under the theme “Solving Tomorrow’s Problems Today,” the BTC Junior Achievement Company “BTC Boom,” will host the Future Leaders Seminar. Students from Junior Achievement companies all across New Providence are expected to attend and participate in the event which will be held on February 8th.

Dennis Deveaux, a former BTC Junior Achiever will be the event’s keynote speaker. Deveaux, who is now the Director of Finance and Strategic planning for automotive giant, TOYOTA, served as J.A. president for 1999-2000. He also won two consecutive J.A. speech competitions in 1999 & 2000 respectively and was the MDA winner for 2000. Deveaux is the youngest person in TOYOTA’s history to earn director-level responsibilities. His portfolio involves regional finance, consolidation and strategic planning for TOYOTA Material Handling in North America...
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Milo Butler expands Flying Dutchman brand to North Andros - Feb 6, 2017 - 2:00:05 PM

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Milo Butler Group of Companies today announced the official opening of Flying Dutchman North Andros. The newest store is the fourth location for the company’s growing liquor division and the first operation outside of New Providence.

Located on Queen’s Highway, the 1000 sq. ft. store features the Flying Dutchman’s signature interior décor including oversized oak barrels lined with products. The store also offers a similar customer experience as the outlets in the capital.

Milo Butler continues to push the Flying Dutchman brand into new markets, catering to a diverse customer base. Within the past two years, new locations in Cable Beach, Carmichael and now North Andros were added to the portfolio...
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Maynard-Gibson responds to social media claims - Feb 5, 2017 - 7:04:58 PM

I have been made aware of yet another untrue rumour circulating on social media falsely claiming that a company owned by the Maynard Family prepares all of the food provided to the staff at the Supreme Court. This is nothing more than a vicious and diabolical lie that I categorically deny. The Maynard family does not now and has never owned a company that provides all or any of the food to the staff at the Supreme Court.

Unfortunately, months away from a General Election, the opposition to the PLP is sinking into a smear campaign, attacking people personally to distract from the important issues for which they have no plan or vision...
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National Health Insurance Secretariat launches Primary Care Physician Registration - Jan 31, 2017 - 9:32:16 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Secretariat marked an important milestone on the road to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) with the launch of Primary Care Provider registration.
 
With the launch of registration, physicians who are interested in providing Primary Care services under NHI Bahamas can sign up online at www.nhibahamas.gov.bs/providers. Registration consists of three simple steps: a self-assessment, an application and an on-site inspection...
 
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BAMSI hosts Students from Taylor University - Jan 30, 2017 - 1:29:27 PM

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The Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) recently hosted 40 students from Taylor University in Indiana, USA, to a special reception at St Matthew’s Parish Hall. BAMSI President Godfrey Eneas, who also serves as the Bahamas ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), walked the students through an overview of the country’s agriculture industry, offering an historical perspective of its development and the key concerns that necessitated the establishment of BAMSI.

Offering a point of reference, Mr Eneas explained that 40 years ago the Bahamas was farming nearly 90,000 acres of land – using traditional farming methods such as pot hole farming...
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URCA releases 2017 Fee Schedule - Jan 27, 2017 - 12:53:40 PM


The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) issues this Notice in accordance with section 8(1)(e) of the Communications Act, 2009. URCA hereby advises the public that the 2017 Fee Schedule is now available. Interested persons may view the schedule on URCA’s website or pick up a copy from URCA’s office in Frederick House on Frederick Street, New Providence.

This Fee Schedule does not apply to the Electricity Sector (ES). The 2017 Fee Schedule for the ES will be published once the consultation on the methodology is completed...
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Government Realizes Significant Return On Its $20 Million Investment In BAMSI - Jan 27, 2017 - 6:55:30 AM

Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources Alfred Gray on Wednesday justified the more than $20 million investment the Government made in the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), pointing to the returns of a growing employment rate, thousands of cases of bananas, papayas and other produce brought to market, and the inaugural commencement ceremony held last July where 23 students graduated with associate degrees, certificates or diplomas in agriculture, marine science or aquaculture.

“BAMSI has produced over 20,000 cases of bananas, over eight thousand cases of papayas, and despite the setback brought about by Hurricane Matthew, BAMS is on its way back, and is now producing...
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"Juvenile Justice System Exacerbating Youth Violence" - Jan 27, 2017 - 12:22:29 AM

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Project Youth Justice, a legal aid service organisation specifically for youth who are in conflict with the law, is disheartened by the incidences of violence witnessed in our schools last week. Events like this illustrate the need for a fully developed juvenile justice system that is focused on providing restorative justice and alternative sentencing interventions for juveniles. Today, our juvenile justice system– or lack thereof– is exacerbating the problem of youth violence, where there is little concern for rehabilitation and where our correctional institutions have become universities for more acute antisocial behavior...
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GBHRA: Mitchell embarrasses the Bahamas once again - Jan 26, 2017 - 4:55:42 AM

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) denounces and condemns, in the strongest of terms, the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ dangerous and unbalanced rant against one of the most recognized and renowned human rights advocates in the world.

We are not sure who the “Mr Kennedy” referred to in the ministry’s unfortunate release is; we do know that Ms. Kerry Kennedy, niece of iconic US president John F. Kennedy and daughter of human rights pioneer Robert Kennedy, published an account in the Huffington Post of her recent experiences in The Bahamas which noted a number of human rights abuses and violations of the principle of transparency and accountability on the part of government.
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Basil Smith Joins The Association Of Bahamas Marinas - Jan 23, 2017 - 9:29:10 PM

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Veteran tourism consultant, Basil H. Smith is to become be the new executive director of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM), taking over from marketing consultant, Bob Bower, who has served as executive director of the association for the past two years.

Formerly known as the Marina Operators of The Bahamas (MOB), the association was recently renamed and rebranded as the ABM.

A statement issued by the association’s executive committee said, "The ABM is extremely fortunate to acquire Basil who brings a rare level of acumen...
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Fred Smith: Bullard and Davilma are whistleblowers, not perpetrators - Jan 18, 2017 - 11:57:38 PM

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) has always supported, and continues to support, the crucial and valiant work of the officers and leadership of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. We have lauded Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade in particular as an exemplary defender of fairness and justice throughout his distinguished career.

It is therefore with profound regret that we express our bafflement and dismay at the Commissioner’s recent comments regarding the stalled investigation into threats against the lives and safety of members of the environmental group Save The Bays (STB).
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National Geographic Researchers, Bahamian Scientists and Local Students Explore Abaco Blue Holes - Jan 15, 2017 - 3:52:12 PM

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From December 3 – 19, some of the world’s top explorers and scientists in their fields were on-island to map out and research Abaco’s mysterious and beautiful blue holes. A large part of their visit has also been spent conducting educational outreach to students of Abaco.

The scientists and researchers are here as part of a research grant, “Exploration, Mapping, and Outreach in The Bahamas Blue Holes National Park,” which is funded in part by National Geographic. Local partners include the National Museum of The Bahamas / Antiquities, Monuments & Museum Corporation (AMMC), Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS) and many local businesses and individuals...
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Save The Bahamas Stunned at Commissioner's No Complaint Filed Comment - Jan 12, 2017 - 6:15:38 PM

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Save The Bays representatives said they were “stunned and dismayed” to hear Commissioner of Police say that no complaint had been filed by or on behalf of the organization to request an investigation into threats against members of the outspoken environmental association.

The strong reaction came in response to stories that appeared in both daily papers January 12 quoting Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade saying that no complaint had been filed and adding that “That investigation…is going nowhere.” In March, 2016, Prime Minister Perry Christie requested an investigation, asking the Loyal Opposition to cooperate, into allegations that hit men had been hired to murder members of the group that is supported in part by businessman and internationally recognized conservationist and philanthropist Louis Bacon...
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Open Letter to Parliamentary Commissioner, Re: Bahamian women not being registered to vote - Jan 12, 2017 - 1:33:46 PM

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Dear Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall,

In response to reports that Bahamian women were being turned away from voter registration stations, Hollaback! Bahamas co-organized a #TooSexyToVote action, bringing women together to register to vote in the clothing of their choice at the Parliamentary Registration Department on Farrington Road on January 4, 2017. All participants — whether wearing a crochet top, crop top, or three-piece suit — were able to complete the process...
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