||Last Updated: Aug 31, 2015 - 2:50:08 PM
BTC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Greet Atlanta Mayor at Working Luncheon
- Aug 31, 2015 - 2:17:19 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed was welcomed at a working
luncheon hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and sponsored by BTC,
where the Mayor discussed possible trade and investment opportunities
between the country and Atlanta.
The Mayor and his entourage,
escorted by Bahamian Consul General to Atlanta Randy Rolle and Minister
of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, were introduced to Minister of State
for Investments Khaalis Rolle, BTC CEO Leon Williams and members of the
BTC Executive Management Team,
Public Notice: Resumption Of Operations At The College Of The Bahamas
- Aug 31, 2015 - 9:59:50 AM
The public is advised that The College of The Bahamas Oakes Field and
Grosvenor Close Campuses remain closedon Monday, August 31st.This
includes the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. However
Chapter One Bookstore will reopen for normal operations on Monday.
staff members in the Office of Campus Security, Office of Information
Technology and Physical Plant Department are required to report for duty
Bahamas Hurricane Shelter List for 2015
- Aug 31, 2015 - 6:17:14 AM
With Hurricane Season well underway, we present herewith The Bahamas Hurricane Shelters List for 2015.
The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast is for a below-average season with
6-11 named storms, 3-6 hurricanes, and 0-2 major hurricanes (Category 3-5
storm). The average Atlantic hurricane season (based upon 1981-2010) typically
sees 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes...
Tropical Storm Erika, Operations at The College of The Bahamas
- Aug 28, 2015 - 12:55:46 PM
OAKES FIELD AND GROSVENOR CLOSE CAMPUSES
The public is advised that due to
Tropical Storm Erika, The College of The Bahamas Oakes Field and
Grosvenor Close Campuses will close effective
Friday, August 28
6:00 p.m. This means that all classes previously scheduled to begin at or after
6:00 p.m. have been suspended. Operations at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre will also close at
Friday until further notice...
Bahamasair schedule changes due to Tropical Storm Erika
- Aug 28, 2015 - 4:41:01 AM
Bahamasair wishes to advise the traveling public that due to the
impending arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, our schedule will be adjusted
On Saturday August 29, Bahamasair will operate all
morning flights with the exception of Acklins, Crooked Island, San
Salvador, Long Island and Havana. Our afternoon schedule will be
On Sunday, August 30, Bahamasair will suspend its operations...
GBHA: Mitchell warned the world is watching
- Aug 27, 2015 - 11:27:38 PM
(Statement) The comments of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
Fred Mitchell have become so unhinged and extremist of late that it is
difficult not to find the spectacle amusing.
At the end of the
day, however, it is no laughing matter. In his continued attempts to
label members of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) as
disloyal to The Bahamas and guilty of defaming law enforcement officers,
the minister is playing a very dangerous game.
Such unbalanced and misleading public comments are bound to spark unwarranted anger and hostility towards human rights defenders...
Bahamas public schools to be CLOSED on Monday & Tuesday
- Aug 27, 2015 - 10:21:33 PM
The Bahamas Department of Education wishes
to advise that due to Tropical Storm Erika, the opening of school has been
delayed. All public schools will be closed on Monday, August 31st
Tuesday, September 1st
Once the weather system
passes over and we are able to make assessments, we will provide further
information. We will be certain to keep administrators, teachers, students,
parents and the general public abreast with any new developments as they arise.
I encourage the public to stay posted...
Darville: Mitchell’s claims are ‘the height of hypocrisy’
- Aug 26, 2015 - 11:29:19 AM
(Statement) I suppose it should come as no surprise at this point that
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell would stoop to
the level he has to silence those he believes are a threat to his
There was a time when I had extremely high
hopes about Mitchell’s ability to make a positive and lasting
contribution to the democracy of this beloved nation. Sadly, I can no
longer say I hold that view.
Mitchell’s latest claim is that the
GBHRA is exaggerating when we say he is trying to stifle free speech.
This, to put it bluntly, is the height of hypocrisy...
Minister Dorsett on claims regarding ownership of garbage trucks or company
- Aug 24, 2015 - 2:48:44 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett:
It has come to my attention that there is a story being
circulated via social media concerning the Government's fleet of garbage
trucks. The story also infers that I own
garbage trucks. Although I have
addressed this issue before in the House of Assembly and in the media. I again state emphatically for those who did
not hear or read my previous statements and for those who are only interested
in creating political mischief, that I do not own nor have I ever owned a
garbage collection truck or company...
Bahamas “largely compliant” says OECD Tax Policy Director
- Aug 22, 2015 - 3:36:03 PM
The director of the Organization for Economic Co-operation
and Development’s (OECD) Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Pascal
Saint-Amans, has praised The Bahamas for its “tremendous progress” in adopting
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) standards and paving the way for
automatic exchange of information between the US and The Bahamas.
Speaking at an afternoon luncheon held on Thursday, August
20th, 2015, during a day filled with meetings with government
officials, including the Prime Minister, Mr. Amans expressed his confidence in
The Bahamas’ ability to comply with the strictest international standards, highlighting
its commitment to complying with FATCA regulations for the reporting of all
financial accounts by non-US persons and implementing a Tax Information
Exchange (TIE) portal to expedite this process...
Citizens of Staniel Cay write the PM on repair of airport
- Aug 21, 2015 - 4:02:53 AM
The following is a petition letter that Concerned Citizens of Staniel
Cay & Vicinity sent to the Prime Minister and officials last week,
urging immediate repair and reopening of the Staniel Cay airport. The
hard copy petition was signed by 164 concerned persons, nearly every
person on Staniel Cay (locals and part-time residents) and every private
cay between Staniel Cay and the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park
Headquarters (including the Park Warden). Additionally, more than 4,800
individuals from more than 37 countries have signed their support of
this letter via an online petition
The following is their letter to the PM...
Bahamian authorities apprehend foreign pleasure yacht “Mia” off the Exumas
- Aug 19, 2015 - 10:41:11 AM
Coral Harbour Base, 17 August 2015 (RBDF):
Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship P-44 apprehended a foreign pleasure yacht for
failing to declare the firearms it had on board at its first port of
entry on Tuesday 11th August 2015.
While on patrol P-44 carried
out a routine boarding of the United States registered 86-foot Eagle
Yacht named, "Mia"in the area of Highbourne Cay in the Exumas.The vessel
had ten persons on board...
Bahamas Insurance Association: Who Does Sanigest Speak For?
- Aug 17, 2015 - 9:45:21 PM
Sanigest Internacionale, a company that most Bahamians have never heard
of, has been described as the architect of our proposed National Health
Insurance scheme, and lately has been commenting to the press on the
By responding to Sanigest's recent
public comments, the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) does not want
to unjustifiably attribute their statements to the government. However,
we note that Sanigest was engaged by the Ministry of Health, and there
haas been no effort to distance the government from the company's
provocative and divisive comments...
Al Jazeera USA investigates Chinese investment and involvement in The Bahamas
- Aug 14, 2015 - 2:46:25 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -- Al Jazeera
America was in The Bahamas (New Providence) for 4 days starting on August 4, 2015 to
interview and film for a news piece that they are preparing on Chinese
investment in The Bahamas and Caribbean. It will be aired in late August or
September. While here, correspondent, Melissa Chan interviewed government
officials, Baha Mar workers, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce,
businesspersons and ordinary Bahamians.
They also filmed the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium that was a gift from the
Chinese Government, Baha Mar and other places in Nassau, including the ground
breaking of China Construction America’s (CCA) new project, The Pointe hotel
Miss Bahamas 2015 contestants introduced
- Aug 14, 2015 - 9:11:30 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – From Grand Bahama in the North to Inagua in the
South, the exquisite 11 beauties vying for the coveted titles of Miss
World Bahamas, Miss Universe Bahamas and Miss Earth Bahamas were
officially introduced to the public during the launch of Beauty by
Nature – the 2015 Miss Bahamas Beauty Pageants.
The event, held
at Avista Lounge on Elizabeth and Bay Streets – drew a crowd of cheering
hard-core pageants fans, as well as friends and family members of this
year’s hopefuls who came out to show support for their favorites. They
were not disappointed as the contenders, beautifully adorned in dresses
Bazard obtains Gaming Industry Compliance Certification
- Aug 14, 2015 - 8:48:31 AM
An industry leader in compliance within the
financial services sector is once again among the first to adapt to a
changing regulatory landscape. This time around, attorney Cheryl Bazard
has undertaken critical training in the gaming industry, specifically
online and mobile betting.
The founding president of the Bahamas
Association of Compliance Officers (BACO), Mrs Bazardrecently completed
the Specialist Certificate in Money Laundering Risk in Betting and
Gaming course from the London-based International Compliance Association
Bahamas Coke bottle logos bearing popular Bahamian names
- Aug 14, 2015 - 6:33:22 AM
New Providence, Bahamas - In 2011
Coca-Cola Australia started a “debranding” campaign that personalized
Coca-Cola bottles like never before. The campaign removed “Coca-Cola”
from one side of the can/bottle and replaced it with a person’s name.
Since 2011 this campaign has grown momentum and been replicated
worldwide. Countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, United
Kingdom, and Colombia have placed popular local names on Coca-Cola
bottles. This year Share a Coke is being personalized for Bahamians by
Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC), the local producer of Coca-Cola
products. For the next three months, all 20oz Coca-Cola bottles across
the Bahamas will have a popular Bahamian name on it...
Smith: Anchor projects are the bane of The Bahamas
- Aug 13, 2015 - 5:30:37 PM
The practice of government forging secret
agreements with the foreign developers of mega-resorts has become an
existential threat to both the environment and the rule of law in The
Bahamas, Fred Smith, QC told College of The Bahamas (COB) students.
at a workshop for COB’s Environmental Law Clinic, he said that thanks
to these shrouded deals, known as Heads of Agreements, the Family
Islands are now strewn with the “rotting” remains of dozens of failed
“The Bahamas is
littered with the decaying carcasses of white elephants,” he said. “A
white elephant is a possession that is useless or troublesome...
GBHRA: Mitchell trying to use fear to stifle free speech
- Aug 12, 2015 - 8:49:39 PM
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) has noticed of late a
disturbing trend in the public pronouncements of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell.
For some reason, Mitchell
seems to have become suspicious – perhaps even downright afraid – of the
exercise of free speech and open discussion in this society. Especially
when he feels the message is potentially critical of himself, his
government, or the PLP party in general.
Displays of intolerance
by those in power are nothing new; there have been countless examples on
both sides of the political divide over the years. That said, I find it
personally disappointing to watch Mitchell...
Cable Bahamas to expand shareholder numbers with a 3:1 stock split
- Aug 11, 2015 - 7:01:50 AM
Cable Bahamas (CBL)
proudly announced the immediate issue of a three-for-one share split.
This gives individual Bahamian investors the opportunity to take part in
the company's past and future success. Remarkably CBL's stock price has
seen a 64% increase in the last 12 months.
The stock split was
approved by the company's existing 2,400 shareholders at the recent AGM
and will be realized by a three-fold reduction in the existing share
price. With the price today sitting at $18.30, shares will now be
reduced to $6.10 each. Existing shareholders will receive three shares
for every existing one they hold so their shareholding will not be