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Cable Bahamas Suspends Local Talent
- Dec 18, 2014 - 5:25:35 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - As
a 100% Bahaman-owned company, Cable Bahamas has a vested interest in
the community and supporting local talent. Cable Bahamas has become
aware of a matter involving one of our local advertising contractors.
is our understanding that the matter is being investigated by the
"Bahamas Dropped from Ethical Traveler Destination List for ‘Grim Environmental Record’"
- Dec 18, 2014 - 4:22:55 PM
same day the United States announced it would ease restrictions for
Americans traveling to Cuba, the country’s tourism industry was dealt a
second blow when The Bahamas was
removed from the Ethical Traveller list for what authors described as
its “grim environmental record.”
The Bahamas was one of three countries dropped from the list aimed at
directing travelers with a social conscience to leverage their economic
power by supporting developing destinations deemed ethical.
“Of note,” said the article, “Latvia, Barbados and the Bahamas lost
their spots this year. While Latvia was disqualified as it’s now
considered a developed nation, Barbados was removed for failing to show...
Bahamian human rights group to address OAS on "illegal immigration"
- Dec 18, 2014 - 2:19:33 AM
to disclose “the full truth” about the government’s new immigration policy following
Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell’s attempt to appease regional body
Bahama Human Rights Association is alarmed and appalled at the cherry-picked,
sanitized, misleading description of the government’s new
immigration policy offered to the Organization of American States (OAS) by
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.
heavily censored version of reality cannot be allowed to stand – it is an affront to all those who
have seen their fundamental rights crushed under the heel of this illegal,
immoral and unconstitutional new policy, as well as to the country as a whole,
which is supposed...
Bahamas Defence Force Holds Largest Promotion Exercise for Members
- Dec 18, 2014 - 2:07:58 AM
Coral Harbour Base, Bahamas – The Minister of National Security, The Honourable Dr. Bernard
J. Nottage confirmed on 12 December 2014 that promotions and advancements for
371 men and women in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were approved with effect
from 1st October 2014.
exercise was the largest in Defence Force history with approximately a quarter
of the Force being affected. Promotions and advancements comprised 57 Officers,
3 Warrant Officers, 112 Non-Commissioned Officers and 199 junior enlisted personnel...
Save the Bays: Enforcement of oil drilling regulations is key
- Dec 17, 2014 - 5:32:42 PM
The Bays (STB) commends the government for bringing a package of Bills
before Parliament to regulate and govern oil exploration in The Bahamas.
also welcome the statement of Minister of the Environment Kenred
Dorsett that environmental protections enshrined in the regulations will
international best practices adopted since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon
Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
will reserve further comment on the regulations themselves until our
directors have had a chance to study the documents tabled today by
URCA Issues Preliminary Determination and Draft Order on the BTC March 2014 Network Outage
- Dec 17, 2014 - 5:01:33 PM
On March 27, 2014, the
Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) notified the
public that, in exercise of its powers under Section 9 of the
Communications Act, 2009, it commenced an investigation into the network
outage as experienced by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited
(BTC) on March 22, 2014, in order to determine the appropriate
regulatory or other measure it would take to effectively address this
The URCA investigation considered the relevant
information and circumstances that resulted in March 22, 2014 network
outage, as disclosed in the course of the investigation. URCA’s
investigation also considered the extent to which any failure by BTC to
comply with URCA’s Final Determination and Order issued on March 7, 2013...
BTC introduces TV service to Bimini
- Dec 17, 2014 - 1:25:43 PM
BIMINI, Bahamas - Just
8 days shy of Christmas Day, BTC has delivered on its promise, to
introduce television services to Bimini. On hand in Bimini for the
announcement was BTC CEO Leon Williams, BTC Deputy Chairman Bradley
Roberts and Jack Thompson, Senior Under Secretary in the Office of the
Earlier this year, BTC announced that it would
actively pursue the television market, and today the company was proud
to announce that 100 Bimini residents are now connected to television
Fred Smith: Mitchell using political intimidation to silence free speech
- Dec 14, 2014 - 5:24:07 PM
rights group warns The Bahamas on the slippery slope to dictatorship
open letter to Prime Minister Perry Christie
accept this letter as an official request for your urgent and personal
intervention in the growing debacle that is the Department of Immigration’s iron-fisted and
unconstitutional new enforcement policy, effective November 1, 2014, and the
increasingly drastic and extremist utterances of Immigration Minister Fred
Mitchell in his attempts to defend the same.
particular, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association is alarmed over Mitchell’s threat of bringing
criminal libel charges against myself and ...
Massive waves damage Glass Window Bridge in Eleuthera - Video Report
- Dec 12, 2014 - 2:26:26 PM
9/12/14 Eleuthera, Bahamas - Winter Storm Damon sent large waves and
strong winds down the US East Coast as far South as The Bahamas. On
Tuesday, December 9th 2014 swell and waves from the storm impacted the
Eastern coast Eleuthera Island. The iconic Glass Window Bridge which
spans a narrow rocky pass separating the calm Caribbean Sea and Atlantic...
Video shows awesome power of nature
renown Glass Window Bridge was closed for 24 hours this week due to the
weather, which when intense makes it extremely dangerous and impassible.
The Bahamas Weekly sought permission to share a video produced by Frangipani Photography who wrote the following on their website:
Court Dismisses Appeal, reEarth Scores Major Victory in Blackbeard’s Cay Case
- Dec 12, 2014 - 1:55:08 PM
and animal rights advocates scored what they called “a major victory
after a 24-year
long battle” this week when the Court of Appeal dismissed Government’s
appeal of a Supreme Court’s decision that permits allowing the opening
and operation of an island attraction across from the western end of
Cable Beach were improperly granted.
The case involved the island re-named Blackbeard’s Cay opposite Sandals Royal Bahamian, a project
reportedly costing $8 million, intended as an offshore excursion for Carnival Cruise Line passengers.
businesspeople, including retailers and operators of numerous other
attractions, argued against touristic development of the island ...
GBHRA: Detainees describe ‘Auschwitz in The Bahamas’
- Dec 10, 2014 - 7:34:31 PM
association says complainants from several countries have come forward
to reveal deplorable conditions and brutal treatment at Detention Center
detainees from several countries are describing the Carmichael Road
Detention Center in terms reminiscent of a Nazi interment camp, a local
human rights group has disclosed.
In response to the government’s
harsh new immigration enforcement policy, the Grand Bahama Human Rights
Association (GBHRA) has called for testimonials concerning wrongful
detentions and mistreatment. The dozens of responses thus far paint a
terrifying picture of the country’s main immigration holding facility,
the association said...
The Moore Bahamas Foundation Applauds Government, BREEF on Grouper Season Closure
- Dec 10, 2014 - 11:59:43 AM
of the largest supporters of marine conservation in The Bahamas today
lauded government for its decision to declare a fixed closed
fishing season and BREEF for
its campaign that helped lead to that decision allowing the critically endangered Nassau Grouper a chance to spawn.
Kudos came from The Moore Bahamas Foundation, an affiliate of Louis
Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation,
following the announcement that legislation was being introduced to
ensure a three-month safe season for the prized fish to reproduce. In
the past, whether or not to close the season to commercial or
recreational fishermen was made by the sitting Minister
of Agriculture & Fisheries and there was no guarantee that there
would be any protection period to enable the species that has shown a
60% decline over the past three decades to regenerate...
Fred Smith: Mitchell’s immigration statement was a farce
- Dec 8, 2014 - 12:19:17 PM
Fred Mitchell’s comments at a press conference on
Sunday were not based in reality. He can go on paying lip service to the
government’s respect for fundamental rights all he wants; actions speak
louder than words.
If the Immigration Department is not conducting indiscriminate
raids, but rather ‘evidence based checks’ as
he purports them to be, how is it that
Rose St Fleur,
Frederic and Mark Souffrant were detained? How is it that the young
children of Maria Cenatus were held for three days, left hungry and without
shelter at the Detention Centre?
Bahamas: Formation of Citizens for Immigration Reform (C-FIR)
- Nov 12, 2014 - 12:14:57 PM
A news citizen's group
has been formed called Citizens For Immigration Reform (C-FIR), and
they have issued the following press statement:
No country can
survive without the control of illegal immigration. The Bahamas is no
exception. In the wake of new immigration policies coming into effect,
we wish to announce the formation of Citizens For Immigration Reform
(C-FIR), a civic watch group and major proponent of immigration reform
commends the Government of the Bahamas for its recent initiatives &
policies, as an attempt in part, to curb illegal Immigration...
Hope Strachan Expresses Concern for Residents of Joe Farrington Road & Surrounding Areas
- Nov 9, 2014 - 12:55:08 PM
I wish to register my concern to the residents of Joe Farrington
Road, Seabreeze Lane, Bay Lilly Drive and the surrounding areas that
have been adversely affected and impacted by the smoke emanating from
the Car Recycling Plant on the main Joe Farrington Road.
assured that I have brought this matter to the attention of my
colleague The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Housing and The
Environment with a view to finding a viable solution to this vexing
I wish to also advise residents of
Seabreeze Lane, that after consultation with The Minister of the
Environment, the recently established...
Ambassador Andrew Young to Speak at Global Leadership Forum in Grand Bahama
- Nov 7, 2014 - 12:53:34 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Civil rights activist,
diplomat and educator ambassador Andrew Young Jr will serve as the
primary speaker at the
forth coming 2014 Global Leadership Forum scheduled to be held
November 10th to 13th in Freeport, Grand Bahama.This highly
anticipated international leadership summit will bring together
leaders at every level for four days on intense leadership training
for senior leadership, management and emerging leaders and will cover
a number of important topics including “Globalization and the Clash of
Natural Culture”, “The Challenge of Leading in Globalization”, “The
Challenge of Morality in a Globalized World” and “Globalization and
Ambassador Young Jr was born on March 12, 1932 in New Orleans
Louisiana and became active in the Civil Rights Movement working
alongside the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the Southern Christian
C.O.B. Research Study Explores Root of “Anti-Haitian Sentiment”
- Nov 7, 2014 - 8:05:43 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - A
recently released research study on perceptions of Haitians and people
of Haitian descent living in The Bahamas
blames the media, government policies and everyday constructions of
Bahamian identity for perpetuating anti-Haitian sentiment, xenophobia,
marginalization and discrimination towards Haitians in The Bahamas.
It concludes that legislation and social constructions have sought to control the Haitian community and prevent them
from being fully recognized or integrated into mainstream Bahamian society.
Perry’s article “Invasion from the South: Social Construction..."
Supermodel of the Bahamas announces 2014 winners
- Oct 17, 2014 - 7:56:14 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The 7th annual
Supermodel of the
Bahamas competition took place over the weekend from October 10th - 12th.
This year's theme "ANGELIC" depicted 12 young men and women from the islands of the Bahamas.
contestant has a unique beauty and style, showing great potential for the
year's female contestants were Kendrika O'Connor; Britney Datus;
Thompson; Stephoine St' Louis; Sharonique Russell; Shania Pinder; and
vying for the men was Lynden Ranger; Patrico Griffin; Michael Anderson;
and Shaquille Bonaby...
Massive Cleanup Underway in Bimini
- Dec 8, 2014 - 10:37:49 AM
Bimini, Bahamas – In a textbook example of a
successful public/private partnership, the people of Bimini and the
island’s leading corporate citizen Resorts World Bimini (RWB) are
working hand in hand to give the island a much needed facelift. Tons of
debris from demolished abandoned buildings, derelict vehicles and
dilapidated boats are being carted away from North Bimini as the Local
Government Council and the Action Task Force Cleanup Committee work
feverishly to tidy up and beautify the island.
The project –
which has benefitted from the donation of a back hoe and dump truck from
RWB, and the use of other heavy duty equipment from OPAC construction
company - will take several days to complete. Included in the ongoing
scope of work is the leveling of invasive Casuarina trees from the
Fred Smith, QC: "We should have the right to vote for our Prime Minister"
- Dec 5, 2014 - 1:45:37 PM
A noted Queen’s
Counsel attorney is calling for an overhaul of the political process,
saying the time has come for Bahamians to choose their prime minister.
the present system, we have the right to cast one vote, that of our
Member of Parliament,” said Fred Smith, QC. “We have absolutely no say
in who is prime minister. The party has already chosen its leader
through an arcane and archaic process of convention, which is really a
big political party with negotiations, and rewarding generals and
backbenchers who show allegiance. That’s not reflective of what the
public wants or who the public would choose...