||Last Updated: Jan 17, 2017 - 2:14:38 PM
Fred Smith: Bullard and Davilma are whistleblowers, not perpetrators
- Jan 17, 2017 - 1:57:38 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.
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).
National Geographic Researchers, Bahamian Scientists and Local Students Explore Abaco Blue Holes
- Jan 15, 2017 - 3:52:12 PM
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...
Save The Bahamas Stunned at Commissioner's No Complaint Filed Comment
- Jan 12, 2017 - 6:15:38 PM
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.
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
Open Letter to Parliamentary Commissioner, Re: Bahamian women not being registered to vote
- Jan 12, 2017 - 1:33:46 PM
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...
New insect species discovered at Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve on Eleuthera
- Jan 9, 2017 - 1:02:27 PM
new species of insect has been discovered at the Leon Levy Native Plant
Preserve in Governor’s Harbour, The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT)
first national park on Eleuthera. The insect is a katydid and belongs to
the same group as grasshoppers and crickets in
Specimens of this new species were first collected in 2013 by Dr.
PaulA. De Luca, an assistant professor in the Biology Department at the
University of The Bahamas. He made the discovery while conducting a
survey of arthropods (the animal group
that includes insects, spiders, scorpions,centipedes and crabs) at the
New Regulations a "Slap in the Face" says, Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association
- Jan 6, 2017 - 3:11:05 PM
The following is a press statement by the Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association (AFFGA):
Bahamians are unaware of new government regulations that will be
effective on January 9, 2017. The AFFGA would like to share our thoughts
with the public regarding the flats fishing regulation.
How the fly fishing regulation will directly affect Bahamians...
Bahamas Development Bank earmarks $500,000 for loans to small farmers
- Jan 6, 2017 - 8:50:43 AM
Initiative channeled through BAMSI’s Associated Farmers Programme
Bahamas - The Bahamas Government has earmarked $500,000 in assistance
to small farmers across this nation’s archipelago. The funding, which
will be disbursed through a micro-loan initiative between the Bahamas
Development Bank (BDB) and the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science
Institute (BAMSI), is expected to go towards farm upgrades and
agricultural improvements, Assistant Manager of Credit for Bank of the
Bahamas Ian Rutherford said...
University of Bahamas Students Gain Work Experience at Resorts World Bimini
- Jan 6, 2017 - 6:27:31 AM
A pilot partnership project between the University of The
Bahamas (UB) and Resorts World Bimini (RWB) – which resulted in six
students gaining work experience at the four-star resort during the
holidays – has been deemed a success, so much so that it could
potentially lead to a viable program and future employment
The UB Hospitality and Tourism Institute students
were assigned to one of several Food & Beverage outlets at the
resort during the busy holiday season, gaining invaluable knowledge as
they worked side-by-side with industry professionals in the fast-paced
environment of a professional kitchen...
Community activist Ranard Henfield statement on January WeMarch
- Jan 3, 2017 - 1:36:26 PM
WeMarch Bahamas is a movement inspired by the shared desire of a people
to be free of petty politics, political mischief and bad governance
amongst other things.
The first demonstration of this collective
conviction was seen and felt throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
on November 25th 2016 when thousands of hardworking Bahamian mothers,
fathers, young people and elders walked peacefully by the thousands to
the seat of power to demand change and to strike the first blow at the
oppressive and regressive systems that have become entrenched as the
Day of prayer called for Majority Rule on January 10th
- Dec 30, 2016 - 3:45:31 AM
The Bahamas Global Impact Prayer and Fasting Network and affiliate
organizations have launched a campaign to have January 10 holiday
observed as a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving for the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas. We have initiated this campaign as a follow
up to our written request to the Government of The Bahamas, namely the
Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers to
commission a committee, at the earliest possible time, with membership
to include Heads of churches and the Bahamas Christian Council President
to recommend to the Government an appropriate date to institute as an
Annual National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving for the Nation.
10 is a significant date in Bahamian history when we celebrate Majority
Rule. We believe it is fitting therefore that this date should be
designated by the Government to also be a day when the people of The
BTC unveils its mobile television app, "FLOW to Go"
- Dec 29, 2016 - 12:04:12 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas - BTC today officially unveiled its mobile
television app, “FLOW to Go”, with twenty-nine channels. As a special
introductory offer, FLOW to Go will be offered free for thirty days to
all BTC customers with a mobile data subscription.
FLOW to Go
currently offers twenty nine channels with a unique mix of local,
international, radio and sports channels. This new service offers
complete convergence, as customers are able to access FLOW to Go,
through a variety of mediums, including mobile phones, tablets and
Young Marine Explorers to Study the Impact that Hurricane Matthew has had on The Bahamas
- Dec 23, 2016 - 7:53:34 PM
Young Marine Explorers (YME), a Bahamian marine conservation
organisation based in New Providence is working with Coastal Ecology Lab
at the University of Miami to document the impacts of Hurricane Matthew
on coastal and marine resources. The Waitt Foundation, an International
organization with the mission to protect and restore ocean health is
funding a six-month project, where YME students will study the impact
that Hurricane Matthew has had on the shorelines and coral reefs of New
Providence. This project sets the foundation for future studies in
Exuma, Grand Bahama, and North Andros...
BNT’s Eric Carey endorses naming waters The Lucayan Sea
- Dec 23, 2016 - 12:39:48 PM
Declaring “Why have a country with a rich history and an array of
magnificent islands floating in unnamed waters?” Bahamas National Trust
Executive Director Eric Carey this week threw his support behind the
movement to name the waters of The Bahamas The Lucayan Sea.
formal endorsement came as he met with Capt. Tellis A. Bethel,
Commander (Acting), Royal Bahamas Defense Force, the author and
historian who proposed giving the 100,000-plus square miles of open,
unnamed waters a name that paid tribute to the indigenous people who
first inhabited the islands...
UB Students on the way to Switzerland to Understudy Marion Bethel at UN CEDAW
- Dec 22, 2016 - 10:52:42 PM
University of The Bahamas students are prepared to have their lives
transformed during a special trip next year, when they will step into
the halls of the United Nations and come face to face with the inner
workings of an international committee designed to improve the lives of
Andrea Duncanson, 25 and Kyla Basden, 18, were
selected to understudy Marion Bethel-Sears, who was elected as a
committee member of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)...
RBDF Marines Receive Top Awards
- Dec 22, 2016 - 10:23:05 AM
Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) – Several outstanding marines from the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force were recognized for their dedication and devotion
to duty during the Force’s Annual Christmas Carol service at Coral
Receiving the Defence Force’s top award as Marine
of the year was Marine Seaman Michael Williamson from the Squadron
Department, who received the Leon Smith Award. This trophy is in honor
of the first Bahamian Commander Defence Force, who headed the Defence
Force from 1983 – 1997. Commodore (Retired) Leon Smith and his wife Mrs.
Smith, were in attendance to present the award.
Civil society calls FOIA Draft 'missed opportunity'
- Dec 21, 2016 - 8:13:08 PM
NASSAU, New Providence, (December 21, 2016) – While commending Minister
of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald for keeping his
promise to table the much anticipated Freedom of Information Bill before
the end of year, a coalition of 21 civil society organizations
representing over 100,000 people have declared the most recent draft of
the Bill a “missed opportunity.”
The Bill was tabled on Wednesday
December 14th, the last convening of The House of Assembly for the
year, after incorporating several of the suggestions collected during a
public consultation earlier in 2016...
Bahamas Gov't Announces Renewable Energy Advancement
- Dec 16, 2016 - 6:01:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Hon. Kenred Dorsett, M.P. Minister of the Environment
and Housing statement on Renewable Energy Advancement (December 14,
I am pleased to announce that the Government's project to
retrofit public buildings with photovoltaic systems will commence in the
first quarter of 2017. The Anatol Rodgers High School will be outfitted
with a 300 kW photovoltaic system with storage that will take it
completely off the electrical grid. This project is being made possible
with a monetary grant of approximately $667,000.00 USD from the
government of Italy as part of its commitment to assist with renewable
energy deployment in CARICOM member states...
Save The Bays: ‘Energy Reforms Encouraging’
- Dec 16, 2016 - 2:56:24 PM
One of the country’s most outspoken environmental organisations today
applauded the long-awaited announcement that those using solar systems
to generate power would soon be able to tie into the national grid.
plaudits from Save The Bays followed the announcement Tuesday that the
utilities regulatory body, URCA, had approved a grid tie-in by the end
of January, 2017, news that broke just as the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and Employers’ Confederation held its third annual energy
NHI Physician Provider Registration to Begin January 2017
- Dec 16, 2016 - 2:27:52 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Today, the NHI Secretariat launched the “NHI
Ready” campaign, which promotes continued registration and encourages
Bahamians to prepare for Phase 2 of NHI Bahamas: enrolment. It is in
this phase when Bahamians can choose their primary care doctor from a
list of registered and certified primary care physician providers, from
the public or private sector.
The Secretariat also announced that
physician registration begins in January 2017, marking a critical
milestone in the implementation timeline of NHI Bahamas. Once the
registration process for physicians is well underway, Phase 2 of
enrolment will begin for NHI Bahamas. Primary Care services – phase 3 –
will follow closely thereafter...
NHI Bahamas hosts Primary Care Physician Information Sessions in Nassau
- Dec 10, 2016 - 10:43:01 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – The NHI Secretariat held the first two of four
in-depth information sessions with Primary Care Physicians on December 6
and 7 in New Providence. The sessions are designed to educate
physicians on the various payment mechanisms – including fee-for-service
and capitation models – for Primary Care Providers, as well as
providing information on how to sign up as a registered provider under
the NHI Bahamas plan in January 2017.
Over 200,000 Bahamians
currently do not have health insurance, and many of them will be
choosing their doctor in the public or the private sector in Phase 2 of
NHI Bahamas, Enrolment, which will begin in 2017.