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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...
Draft of Bahamas Freedom of Information Bill, 2015
- May 22, 2015 - 1:37:50 PM
Freedom Of Information Bill, 2015
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.
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...
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...
Bahamas National Festival Commission Statement on Outstanding Payments
- May 21, 2015 - 5:03:11 PM
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
the three-day event, we mobilized hundreds of Bahamians who diligently
offered their time to ensure all Junkanoo Carnival patrons had a truly
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...
STB congratulates government on Freedom of Information move, Urges Independent Non-Political Commissioner Appointment
- May 20, 2015 - 3:27:23 PM
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
“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..."
Staniel Cay citizens statement on closure of airport during peak season
- May 14, 2015 - 7:13:00 PM
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
We stand united on this issue for many reasons, which we
will summarize below...
Industry Practitioners Selected for 2015 ACI Designation Scholarships
- May 13, 2015 - 2:26:01 AM
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).
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...
STB: No police response to ‘KKK’ hate rally complaint
- May 10, 2015 - 9:25:11 PM
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
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...
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.
Mostly sunny and warm with isolated showers and thunderstorms becoming
heavy at times across the extreme Northwest Bahamas, fair and mild
"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...
STB hails Bahamas draft environmental bill a good first step
- May 6, 2015 - 4:50:02 PM
Dorsett and his PLP government congratulated for launching public
consultation process; finally addressing the urgent need
for environmental protection laws
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.
Bahamas Accreditation and Metrology Services Given a Boost
- May 6, 2015 - 12:58:12 PM
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...
Minister Calls On Students to Hold Government Accountable for the Environment
- May 4, 2015 - 9:26:55 PM
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.
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...
US Embassy provides Bahamas with $2.7M to bolster transnational security
- May 1, 2015 - 12:01:49 AM
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
NCTUB Hosts First Annual “Pre Labour Day” High School Speech Competition
- Apr 29, 2015 - 7:26:25 PM
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
The theme of the speech competition
the Past, the Present and the Future"
Fred Smith, QC calls for immediate passage of a Freedom of Information Act
- Apr 28, 2015 - 12:24:59 PM
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).
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...
Delivery of fixed broadband wireless services halted by URCA
- Apr 27, 2015 - 12:33:38 AM
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.
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.
Bahamian Explorers Return Home from the North Pole
- Apr 25, 2015 - 1:49:21 PM
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...
Sharks4Kids Event Celebrates Bahamas Launch of “Shark Stanley”
- Apr 25, 2015 - 12:40:15 PM
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
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.
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...
1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference and Exhibition - June 18 – 20, 2015
- Apr 24, 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...