2000 lb great white shark passing north of The Bahamas
- Mar 6, 2015 - 4:55:13 PM
“Lydia” is a 2000 lb
(4.4 meters) great white shark who is making her way past the north of The Bahamas
today (March 6th), according to the ocean research group OCEARCH.
is no stranger to these waters, having passed this way once
before, and this pass happens to be around the same time as her 2-year
was tagged near Jacksonville, Florida on March 3rd, 2013 and she's
tracked some 34,238 miles since. Her arrival in the UK in 2014...
Andros Mangrove Restoration is the only Caribbean project shortlisted to win an exclusive European grant
- Mar 6, 2015 - 2:58:30 PM
In 2014 ten million people were engaged to vote for fifteen
projects from around the world supporting conservation projects to win one of
the three coveted European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) grants. This
year the only project short listed from the Caribbean region is a
coastal/mangrove restoration project in Andros, Bahamas. This project was
submitted by the Andros Conservancy and Trust (Ancat).
Voting begins on EOCA's website on March 9th and is open for
two weeks and the projects with the most votes will be announced as the winner
in late March...
Bahamian journalist to speak at NY conference on gender equality
- Mar 6, 2015 - 2:00:36 PM
journalist and young entrepreneur, Noelle Nicolls was invited to speak at an
event on equality and nationality laws in New York during the high profile
United Nations meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). At the
event, Noelle will be representing a local, civil society organization working
to advance constitutional equality, which she supports as a part of her
The event on
March 12, 2015 will be hosted by the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality
Rights, an initiative of the Women’s Refugee Commission; an international,
non-governmental organization (NGO). This is the first time a civil society
member of the national delegation has been invited to be a speaker at an NGO
Young Marine Explorers Bahamas announces launch of new Conservation Program
- Mar 4, 2015 - 9:26:21 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Nikita Shiel-Rolle, the executive director of Young Marine Explorer’s (YME) was an invited
speaker at the inaugural conference of the Citizen Science Association
in San Jose,California late last month, speaking to over 600 people from
25 countries on advancing science through communication, coordination
and education. At the conference, she announced the launch of YME’s
newest program, a 3-year Conservation Program targeting senior high
students in the public schools.
The Citizen Science 2015 meeting
is a pre-conference of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science(AAAS) Annual Meeting held from 14-20 February...
URCA Opens Second Round of Consultation re: Proposed Infrastructure Sharing Regulations
- Mar 3, 2015 - 2:23:04 PM
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA)
today commenced the second round of consultation on its proposed
Sharing Regulations. During the first
round of consultation, which closed on February 13, 2015, URCA received responses from three companies,
JazzTel Bahamas Limited, BTC and Cable Bahama
s Limited. These responses may be viewed on URCA’s
As The Bahamas
prepares for the liberalization of the mobile sector, with the imminent
introduction of mobile competition, URCA’s role is to encourage the
development of competition in the Electronic Communications Sector by
reducing barriers to entry...
COB’s 40-Year History Highlights Chronicled in Int’l Research Publication
- Feb 27, 2015 - 1:23:54 PM
respected research publication that chronicles the evolution of the
nation’s premier tertiary education institution has been released,
tracing the historical highlights of The College of The Bahamas and
documenting its accomplishments in higher learning over a 40-year
The International Journal of Bahamian Studies (IJBS) has published the second edition of its 20th Volume which commemorates
the 40th anniversary of The College of The Bahamas. The
volume captures The College’s evolution in administration, academic
schools and departments, collegiate culture, and scholarly life. It also
chronicles various aspects of COB’s involvement
in the community...
Bahamas to issue World Day of Prayer commemorative stamps
- Feb 27, 2015 - 1:03:46 PM
World Day of Prayer will take place on March 6th, 2015, and this year focuses on The Bahamas.
The Bahamas Postal Service is launching three commemorative stamps
honouring World Day of Prayer. The three stamps reflect the work of
the writing committee and local artists in creating an artwork to carry
on the message of the 2015 theme. From the three proposals, they chose
Blessed from Chantal Bethel to be the WDP art theme. The three
commemorative stamps will share this year’s message for generations to
come. Stamps: 15c “Never Forget How to Serve” by Jessica Colebrooke; 50c
“Blessed” by Chantal Bethel; 65c “The Master Key” by Tyrone Ferguson.
The stamps will be released on March 6...
COB Students Join Bahamas National Culinary Team
- Feb 27, 2015 - 11:26:51 AM
It was a throw-down the likes of which left mouths
watering and palates yearning to be satisfied. Culinary students at The
College of The Bahamas’ Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
(CHMI) recently demonstrated their mastery
in the kitchen and flair for preparing imaginative cuisine during the
Junior Culinary Cook-Off.
Five COB student chefs competed for the chance to
fill the junior chef and apprentice positions on The Bahamas National
Culinary Team. The team will compete in the Taste of The Caribbean
culinary competition scheduled to be held in Miami,
Florida, June 12th -14th, 2015...
Aviation Law Expert, UAV Operators Comment on Proposed US Drone Regulations, Agree Most Could be Adopted for The Bahamas
- Feb 26, 2015 - 1:06:03 PM
A leading proponent of an international aircraft
registry for The Bahamas and the best-known Bahamian UAV (unmanned aerial
vehicles) photography and videography company joined voices today, praising
Bahamian authorities following the announcement that proposed regulations would
be submitted by the end of the month governing the use of recreational and
Boyer-Cartwright, former commercial pilot and now a partner at Callenders &
Co. law firm specializing in Aviation Law, and the owners of Sky High Media
agreed that the announcement by Minister of Transportation and Aviation Glenys
Hanna Martin that guidelines for the operation of drones would be submitted by
the end of March was welcome news...
Save The Bays: Guana Cay reefs suffering extensive damage
- Feb 24, 2015 - 4:21:52 PM
Environmentalists’ warnings proven right; runoff from Baker’s Bay golf course leading to destruction of coral system
The once pristine reef system surrounding the tiny island
of Guana Cay in the Abacos has suffered extensive damage since
construction of the controversial Baker’s Bay development,
The Save Guana Cay Reef Association (SGCRA), which
mounted a groundbreaking five-year legal campaign in opposition to the
project, warned of serious implications for the reef
– recognized as one of the best dive sites in the world
– as well as for the rest of the previously unspoiled island. It is now clear that their predictions have come true.
Ground-breaking science could help manage sharks
- Feb 20, 2015 - 5:43:14 PM
Can we use environmental DNA to investigate shark
Judith Bakker, a Ph.D. candidate at Salford University in
Manchester, England, was conducting shark research in The Bahamas last week
with support from the Bimini Biological Field Station, often referred to as the
Bakker is developing methods for scientists to be able to
collect environmental DNA, or eDNA, and to test it for the presence of shark
Nassau Institute responds to Minister Mitchell
- Feb 20, 2015 - 8:43:02 AM
Response to Mr. Mitchell
In a recent
letter to the press, the Nassau Institute put forward observations about
the government’s latest immigration policies.
a response published in The Punch on February 16, Fred Mitchell stated
that no new fees were being introduced for immigration services, there
was no new policy related to permission for non-nationals to attend
school, no new fees had been introduced for work permits since the PLP
came to power in 2012, and the law did not require non-nationals
employed by government to have a work permit...
Save the Bays calls for investigation results of "hateful' demonstation at New Year's parade
- Feb 19, 2015 - 3:05:10 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Save the Bahamas:
The Bays chairman Fred Smith, QC, has urged the Junkanoo Commission of New
Providence to release the results of its promised investigation into the hateful and intimidating display that
was allowed to poison this year’s New Year’s Day parade.
Smith noted that more than a month has gone
by, yet no updates on the probe have been forthcoming. He urged the commission
and the government as a whole to take the matter very seriously...
Bahamian Journalist Participates In U.S. State Department Sponsored IVLP Exchange Focused on Investigative Journalism
- Feb 18, 2015 - 4:15:26 PM
Wednesday, February 18, Bahamian journalist Travis Cartwright-Carroll
paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé
d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson to discuss his recent participation in the
U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership
Program (IVLP) focused on “Investigative Journalism.”
The Nassau Guardian, participated in the professional exchange
held in the United States from November 17-December 5, 2014. The
program was designed for investigative journalists, reporters and
editors from print, radio and television as well as professors
Fred Smith QC statement on canceled meeting with Immigration
- Feb 18, 2015 - 3:53:26 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Fred Smith, QC, President of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association:
Minister Fred Mitchell’s ongoing display of pettiness and immaturity
over the immigration controversy generated by his own rash actions, has reached
the point where it threatens to damage the country’s international
A meeting was
organized and confirmed for this afternoon between high level Immigration
officials, members of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA),
including myself; and the visiting Haitian American Grassroots Coalition
(HAGC), an organization that is very well known and respected in the United
Bahamas Crisis Centre statement on rape of 11-yr-old girl
- Feb 13, 2015 - 3:20:50 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson, Director, Bahamas Crisis Centre:
am concerned about the representation in the Court by an attorney
advocating a 3-year probation term for the perpetrator of the sexual
assault of an 11-year-old girl.
The attorney submitted that
probation would not negatively impact the now 19-year-old victim. He
claimed that the girl has been shown to be strong and had not appeared
to be negatively affected by what had transpired.
GBHRA: Mitchell’s targeting of children is unjustifiable
- Feb 13, 2015 - 7:19:51 AM
Fred Mitchell’s misleading attempts to justify his new immigration policy of
targeting innocent children cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.
Over the past few weeks – notably during a vitriolic
address to young Bahamian students at the University of the West Indies in
Barbados – Mitchell has sought to explain away the move to block undocumented
children from the classroom by comparing it to the student visa system in the
I loath even the idea of responding to his ill-conceived diatribe, which was
clearly designed to defend actions that are indefensible, it behooves me in the
interests of truth and justice to correct ...
Digicel, Virgin Mobile, and Cable Bahamas, cellular mobile services proposals received by Bahamas Gov't
- Feb 12, 2015 - 7:39:56 PM
in response to Request for Proposals (RFP) to Operate a Cellular Mobile
Network and Provide Cellular Mobile Services in The Bahamas
November 13th 2014, the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
acting through the Office of the Prime Minister, invited interested
persons to apply to operate a cellular mobile network and provide
cellular mobile services in The Bahamas. The Government also stated its
intention to conduct a competitive selection process which would result
in the authorisation of a second (2nd) cellular mobile operator. Upon
completion of the selection process by Government...
1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference and Exhibition - June 18 – 20, 2015
- Feb 12, 2015 - 10:12:17 AM
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.
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...
Fred Smith QC speaks to The Pastor's Forum in Grand Bahama
- Feb 11, 2015 - 12:43:18 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama
- The following is a speech called, "The Future of Freeport" given by
by Frederick Smith QC to The Pastor’s Forum in Freeport on February 10,
Freeport belongs to all of us. The Future of Freeport is in our collective hands. We, and each one of us, are entitled to manifest the future that we want for Freeport.
the Licensees; we, the landowners; we, the residents; we, the people
and citizens of Freeport and Grand Bahama are actually in control of our