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17 Cuban migrants apprehended in Bahamian waters
- Jun 29, 2016 - 1:39:16 AM
Coral Harbour Base, 28 June 16 (RBDF): Seventeen Cuban migrants are
being detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Center after being
apprehended in Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force on Monday morning.
Acting on information received, patrol
craft HMBS Lignum Vitae, commanded by Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg,
spotted and boarded an 18 foot makeshift aluminum motor driven vessel
approximately 6 miles off the coast of Cay Lobos at around 9:45 Monday
Pre-Paid cards to allow for greater flexibility for clients/quicker payment turnaround for vendors
- Jun 28, 2016 - 6:19:20 PM
CENTRAL PINES, Abaco-- More than 300 qualified recipients of the
Department of Social Services Food Assistance Programme in North,
Central and South Abaco received their Visa Pre-Paid Cards during
ceremonies held at the Central Abaco Primary School here in Central
Pines, Abaco, Monday, June 27.
Visa Pre-Paid Cards have been
simultaneously distributed to multiple islands throughout The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, as Social Services officials meet the
self-imposed deadline to ensure that qualified clients are in receipt
of, and using, their Visa Pre-Paid Cards by the end of June, 2016...
Canada to lift Mexican visa requirements
- Jun 28, 2016 - 3:04:08 PM
The Government of Canada today announced that it has "made it a top
priority to re-establish and strengthen our relationship with Mexico."
Trudeau announced Canada’s intention to lift the visa requirement for
Mexican visitors beginning December 1, 2016. The announcement came
during a 2-day State visit to Canada by Mexican president Enrique Peña
“Canada is pleased to
deliver on the government’s commitment to lift the visa requirement for
Mexican nationals. We look forward to the social and economic benefits
that lifting the visa requirement will bring to both countries..."
Sandals Resorts respond to Antigua & Barbuda Gov't on taxes accusations
- Jun 28, 2016 - 10:05:23 AM
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne has taken the
decision to withdraw a concession agreement formed with Sandals Antigua
back in 2009 and has admonished the Caribbean hotel chain in a terse
What is particularly disturbing is that Prime Minister
Browne is failing to recognize a legally-binding document and is
insisting that Sandals 'is failing to pay over' agreed taxes without a
single shred of evidence offered.
In the main, Caribbean
economies are contracting and there is a greater need for Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI). This helps to address unemployment and aids gross
Ceremony held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Local Government
- Jun 28, 2016 - 10:02:36 AM
NASSAU, Bahamas - Minister of Financial Services and Local
Government, the Hon. Hope Strachan delivers remarks during a reception
held for Administrators and Local Government Practitioners. The event
was held at the SuperClub Breezes on the evening of June 24. The event
commemorates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Local
Government in the Bahamas.
During the day, a one-day conclave was held,
in which the Minister reconfirmed the Government’s commitment to
strengthening and deepening the role that local government has played
and continues to play in the future success of local communities...
Local Law Professor: ‘You Can’t Call Yourself a Democracy If You Don’t Provide Freedom of Information Act to Your Citizens’
- Jun 28, 2016 - 5:09:07 AM
As one of the main tenets in its platform, Save the Bays has pushed for
Freedom of Information legislation since its inception, organizing the
very first FOIA rally in Rawson Square in downtown Nassau in June 2014.
Since then, the environmental advocacy group has worked tirelessly to
make sure the issue remains on the public’s radar, most notably
gathering more than 7,000 signatures on a petition calling for the
government to pass an FOI bill.
“The people must have a voice to
speak, they must have an avenue through which to be heard and they must
be honored with respect to their opinion,” said Save the Bays Chairman
Joseph Darville on Thursday as he opened ‘Voice of the Bays: The
Environment Speaks,’ a weekly radio show that airs in both Freeport and
Nassau on Love 97.5 FM...
Minister Darville welcomes dance network to Grand Bahama
- Jun 28, 2016 - 4:25:33 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Members of the Caribbean Dance Network (CDN)
paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon.
Michael Darville, at the Ministry, Monday, June 27.
group led by Dr. Ann Higgins, Minister Darville said the CDN was
created “with a vision to creating a ministry dedicated to praise and
worship through the creative arts, and to nurture and train a growing
group of local, international and intergenerational persons in the area
of dance and Christian Ministry..."
Bahamas 43rd Independence Celebrations Announced
- Jun 28, 2016 - 12:51:50 AM
has a lot to be proud of when one considers that this small arc of islands has often
produced world-class moments many times its magnitude by citizens who are
extremely talented across the board.
Honouring Our People’s Excellence is the theme of the 43rd
Anniversary Celebrations of Bahamas Independence, recognizing the stellar
achievements of many Bahamians throughout the islands of the country, and
behalf of the Minister of Tourism at a press conference
Office to announce the Independence Celebrations Calendar of Events
Junkanoo Summer Festival and Goombay Return
- Jun 27, 2016 - 11:40:02 PM
Residents and visitors of the Islands of The Bahamas are excited for the
return of the hottest competition and festivals of the summer.
While celebrating the 40th anniversary of the slogan “It’s better in The
Bahamas”, the Ministry of Tourism presents Junkanoo Summer Festival.
This thrilling event, which is a miniature festival of the Bahamian
winter festival Junkanoo, will be held four Saturdays in July at Arawak
Experts to talk Disaster Management on BETA Panel
- Jun 27, 2016 - 7:00:54 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Now in its third year, Bahamas Engineering and
Technology Association (BETA) Camp, the free one-week science camp for
Bahamian teens, intends to launch on Monday July 4th with an expert
panel on disaster management under the camp’s theme “Prediction,
Preparedness, Provision: STEM tools to Sustain our Bahamaland,” The
panel, which will be held in COB’s Harry Moore Library at [TIME], is
sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and is open to the public.
panel will feature keynote speaker Dr. Pamela McCauley an, ergonomics
and biomechanics specialist and award-winning professor at the
University of Central Florida where she serves as head of the Ergonomics
Lab – studying human efficiency in the working environment. Dr.
McCauley, a Jefferson Science Fellow ...
Downtown Nassau Property Purchased for the New U.S. Embassy
- Jun 27, 2016 - 5:55:48 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
On June 15, 2016,
the U.S. Department of State finalized the purchase of approximately
five acres of land in the Nassau city center that will be the site of
the new U.S. Embassy. The new Embassy will be located
off Shirley Street, East Street, and Sands Road.
relocation will accommodate our growing U.S. Mission to The Bahamas.
The new multi-building campus will allow us to better achieve U.S
foreign policy objectives as well as better serve both
American and Bahamian citizens...
PM Christie and DPM Davis tour Fishing Hole Road work in Grand Bahama
- Jun 27, 2016 - 5:35:40 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Six months following the signing of the $6.5
million contract for the new causeway to replace Fishing Hole Road,
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the
Hon. Philip Davis toured the work site, Friday, June 24, 2016.
for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville and the Hon. Arnold
Forbes Minister, of State for the Ministry of Works and Urban
Development accompanied them on the tour after they participated in the
ground breaking ceremony and contract signing for the Smith’s Point
Bahamas Minister of Financial Services on Brexit
- Jun 27, 2016 - 5:30:30 PM
week the British electorate voted to sever ties with the European
Union. That decision as it stands does not currently affect our
participation in the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA), a reciprocal trade agreement that was signed by The
Bahamas in 2008 and one to which the UK is also a signatory. The effects
of that decision will no doubt have some impact upon The Bahamas,
CARICOM and CARIFORUM in the long run. It is difficult to predict the
degree to which there will be any fallout in our trading relationship
with Britain and the European Union as the events are still unfolding...
Bon Voyage Ceremony Held for Bahamian Students Traveling to China
- Jun 27, 2016 - 5:15:57 PM
Nassau, BAHAMAS - The
Confucius Institute at The College of The Bahamas recently held an award
ceremony and reception at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information
Centre to honour 20 Bahamian students who will
soon travel to China to participate in the Mandarin Language
Scholarships Chinese Cultural Programme.
representatives from Academic Affairs and Student Leadership, the
Programme 2016 participants, their family and friends attended the
ceremony. Also in attendance was recently appointed Ambassador
of the People’s Republic of China to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo...
Royal Commonwealth Society on UK voting to leave the European Union
- Jun 27, 2016 - 5:03:03 PM
After a long campaign the people of the United Kingdom have voted to
leave the European Union through a historic referendum. As the UK reacts
to the implications of this decision, the positive consequences of the
UK’s membership of the Commonwealth should also be considered.
several Commonwealth leaders had expressed concerns over a UK
withdrawal from the EU, all respected the right of the people of the
United Kingdom to decide their fate for themselves. The Prime Minister
of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat, told Maltese broadcaster TVM, that the
country was ready for a new reality without the UK in the EU, saying
"It's not what we had hoped would happen, but it has happened.” The
President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, reiterated “special relations
with Britain through the Commonwealth...”
Local Business Firm Partners with CICMC Bahamas Chapter to Improve Local Consultants Competitiveness
- Jun 27, 2016 - 4:57:42 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – Gaydene McClain, Veteran International Business
Professionals (IBP) CEO and Published Author “Why Invest- Understanding
Investing in The Bahamas, known within Government and the financial
world for exclusive focus on Global Leadership Development services,
today announced that Dr. Vasantha Chase, President of Caribbean
Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) and trained
economist disciplined in management of inter-sectoral planning will
present at the “Highly Effective Role of Management – Strengthening BID
Proposals Competitiveness,” Workshop, held July 19-22, 2016 in Nassau,
Bahamas, at IBP Training Center, Caves, Village.
Dr. Chase brings
many years of international management experience to the workshop. She
is also Managing Director of Chase Consultants located in St. Lucia...
Bahamas celebrates 2016 United Nations Public Service Day
- Jun 27, 2016 - 4:31:49 PM
Minister of State for Investments, the Hon. Khaalis Rolle, led The
Bahamas Delegation as a panelist at the High-level panel discussion on
“Leaving No One Behind: Innovative Institutional Approaches and Public
Service Delivery for celebrating the 2016 United Nations Public Service
Day” held on Thursday, 23rd June at UN Headquarters in New York.
UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service
to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the
development process; recognize the work of public servants, and
encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector...
Senator Maynard-Gibson remarks to the Case Management and Witness Care Workshop
- Jun 27, 2016 - 11:31:15 AM
Remarks by Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, QC Attorney-General
and Minister of Legal Affairs at Workshop on Case Management and Witness
Care at Paul Farquharson Conference Centre Police Headquarters
Saturday, 25th June, 2016 9am:
Let me start by thanking Mr. Ellison Greenslade, Commissioner of Police,
Royal Bahamas Police Force for consenting to host this important
workshop on Case Management and Witness Care. At the same-time, I want
to convey special thanks to all of you for finding time on a Saturday,
to come out and participate in this timely workshop. Your invaluable
presence underscores the commitment of everyone in the fight against
crime and to make The Bahamas a safer place for all of us, our families,
and generations yet unborn...
Bahamas National Trust responds to 14-ft great hammerhead shark off the Montagu
- Jun 26, 2016 - 10:43:16 PM
Last week videos circulated on social media featuring a 14-foot Great
Hammerhead shark off the Montagu foreshore in just inches of water. The
Bahamas National Trust (BNT) would like to use this opportunity to
clarify some of the confusing information that accompanied many of these
The Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarra)n, is the largest
of the hammerhead sharks and is found in tropical and sub-tropical
waters around the world. Mature hammerheads have virtually no predators,
but like most shark species, they are heavily fished, both commercially
Hon. Hope Strachan on the passing of Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District
- Jun 26, 2016 - 4:47:34 PM
Press statement by The Hon.C.V. Hope Strachan on the passing of Mrs Shandika Charlton, Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District:
I am shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the death of Mrs
Shandika Charlton, Chief Councillor for The Mayaguana District. Mrs.
Charlton who has served on the Mayaguana District Council since the year
2005, was one of the Local Government practitioners who was honoured
for dedicated efforts toward the advancement of Local Government during
the awards ceremony held this past Friday, 24th July, 2016 at Breezes
Super Club in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of The Establishment
of Local Government in the Family Islands.