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Financial Services Signs MOU with Chamber For Trade Portal
- Feb 22, 2017 - 4:40:12 PM
The Ministry of Financial Services has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers
Confederation. The MOU is for cooperation in the establishment of a
Trade Information Services (TIS) Desk and Electronic Portal. The event
was held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Ministry of Financial
Minister of Financial Services and Local Government,
the Hon. Hope Strachan said that the ‘concept’ of a Trade Portal is to
create a “one-stop-shop” to access important relevant and current
national, regional and international trade information...
GBHRA: Spy Bill postponement decision a landmark victory for ‘we the people’
- Feb 22, 2017 - 4:28:21 PM
The postponement of Interception of Communications Bill 2017 for public
consultation marks the dawn of a great new day for civil society and
public interest activism in The Bahamas. It is a landmark victory for
the concept of ‘we the people’ and a precedent that will alter the
political landscape of the country forever.
For far too long, the
elite political class has dominated national affairs with unquestioned
authority and total impunity, while ordinary citizens remained unaware
of the incredible power vested in them by their Constitution. The
average Bahamian believed there was nothing he or she could do to
influence national decisions, other than running for office...
NASA telescope reveals largest batch of earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star
- Feb 22, 2017 - 1:21:53 PM
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system
of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets
are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent
star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.
discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone
planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of
these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it –
under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest
with the three in the habitable zone...
2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show Announced
- Feb 22, 2017 - 1:17:47 PM
Residents and vacationers to Grand Bahama can now mark their calendar
for the exciting 2ND Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, taking place, May 19
and 20, 2017 at Taino Beach in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
family-friendly event is organized by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,
in conjunction with Sun n Fun, the second largest aviation show in the
United States of America and veteran air boss, John Wayne of John Wayne
Air Cavalry, LLC.
Last year, the unique and exciting high impact
Grand Bahama Airshow, featured some of the most talented and skilled
aviation stunt performers in America...
Down Syndrome Students are Beach Soccer Stars for the Day
- Feb 22, 2017 - 11:14:02 AM
group of students from the Down Syndrome Center got a once-in-a lifetime
opportunity to play beach soccer with some of the top players from The Bahamas,
Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States on Tuesday.
total of 17 children and adults afflicted with the genetic disorder attended
the Bahamas Beach Soccer Foundation Clinic at the new state of the art stadium
at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility and received one-on-one training from
the soccer stars who are in town for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Champions...
Dr. Rodney Smith: 'University of The Bahamas: At the Starting Line'
- Feb 21, 2017 - 9:32:56 PM
University of The Bahamas: At the Starting Line
remarks made by Dr. Rodney D. Smith, President at The Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute on February 21, 2017:
I want to welcome all members of the media to our campus. And, thank you for attending this second Media Day.
Those of you who attended the last Media Day will recall that several
presentations were made by the administrative leadership. Allow me to
introduce the members of the President’s Cabinet or better known as the
Bahamas AG stresses two main purposes of Interception of Communications Bill 2017
- Feb 21, 2017 - 6:26:18 PM
The Interception of Communications Bill has two main purposes: the first
is to ensure that the police have a critical crime-fighting tool in
their arsenal, by modernizing the law that allows the police to
intercept the planning and execution of serious crimes, including drug
and gun trafficking, cybercrimes and other criminal activities; and the
second is to add a new privacy protection for Bahamian citizens, so that
from now on, independent judicial review would be required before a
citizen’s communications could be monitored or intercepted.
consultations with various individuals and organizations in civil
society, it has been my experience that the more people learn about the
legislation, the more they support it. That is because all Bahamians who
are concerned about crime and security want to ensure that ...
Statement by Dominica's Foreign Minister re Allegations
- Feb 21, 2017 - 3:35:24 PM
DOMINICA - The following is a statement by the Honourable Francine Baron, Dominica's Minister for
Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs made on February 21, 2017 in relation to allegations made
about her by Dominica's Opposition Leader Lennox Linton:
last several months there has been a sustained campaign by Lennox
Linton, Angelo Alleyne, Matt Peltier and others aided and abetted by Q95
to damage my reputation. They have alleged that I received a cheque of
USD10,000 while in Malaysia for a Dominica Disaster Development Fund and
that I misappropriated those funds for my own use. This is a very
serious allegation which has led to calls by some persons for me to be
arrested and investigated by the police...
Willard Patton Pre-School Students Call on Bahamas Governor General
- Feb 21, 2017 - 11:38:52 AM
Students of Willard Patton Pre-School's 4th year programme and students
of the special education group called upon Her Excellency Dame
Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, at Government House on February
Official photo by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services...
PM Christie Welcomes Privy Council Judges in Courtesy Call
- Feb 21, 2017 - 10:33:39 AM
Judges of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) made a
courtesy call on Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie (fourth
left) at the Office of the Prime Minister, February 20, 2017.
this fourth sitting in The Bahamas -- five judges from the UK, Lord
Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, Lord Reed, and Lord Hughes, will sit as
a Board and hear five appeals and applications February 20-24, 2017...
Sandilands Primary School opens new Library and Technology Lab
- Feb 20, 2017 - 7:35:25 PM
Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald
touted the success of the public-private partnership with
Mission: Educate Bahamas
/Aetos Holdings Limited that has resulted
in the opening of a new state-of-the-art computer lab and library for
Sandilands Primary School.
Fitzgerald said it is a “true” example of public-private partnership and the
commitment Aetos Holdings Ltd. has to the development of education and an
appreciation of what it means for national development...
Good practices in education celebrated at National Education Good Practice Awards
- Feb 20, 2017 - 7:23:51 PM
Top finishers in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s
(MOEST) National Education Good Practice Awards were recently honored
for their achievements.
The inaugural programme recognizes and
promotes people in education who are engaging in best practices to
enhance the quality of education. The programme was introduced at the
16th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in South Africa,
where The Bahamas’ submission gained an Honourable Mention and in 2015
placed in the top 20...
Environmental Safety Assessment for Grand Bahama Industrial Area Residents Conducted
- Feb 20, 2017 - 6:45:46 PM
Representatives of the Antea Group, an international Engineering and
Environmental Consulting Firm from the Netherlands, which specializes in
full service solutions in the fields of environment, infrastructure and
urban planning, spent over a week in Grand Bahama, recently, conducting
investigations with respect to environmental safety of residents within
the Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard, Hawksbill and surrounding communities.
firm was highly recommended to the government by the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO) to perform an independent safety assessment
of the communities surrounding the Industrial Parks. Representing the
Antea Group were Senior Safety Consultants Jacob Van der Schaaf and
Consumer Protection Commission Releases Results of its Consumer Banking Survey
- Feb 20, 2017 - 6:40:41 PM
The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) through its
Research Unit conducted a Consumer Banking Survey to gauge public
opinion and perception on the services provided by local clearing banks,
and the level of fees associated with the provision of those services.
of the Consumer Protection Commission Senator the Hon. Jerome Gomez
said at a press conference at his office, Monday, February 20, 2017 that
a total of 598 persons responded to the survey, 402 short of the
original goal of 1000, with 177 persons (30 per cent of respondents)
completing the survey online.
“We are going to make this survey
results available to the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Labour who
has responsibility for the CPC, the Central Bank...
DPM Davis at Official Launch of The Bahamas Water Supply Improvement Project
- Feb 20, 2017 - 3:55:18 PM
Remarks by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P.
Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Public Works & Urban Development
on the Occasion of the Official Launch of The Bahamas Water Supply
Improvement Project Monday, 20th February 2017, 9:00 a.m. British
Colonial Hotel, One Bay Street
At once, I bring apologies on behalf of our Prime Minister, whose schedule has obligated him elsewhere.
I am privileged to serve as the Minister during this defining age of
development for the Water and Sewerage Corporation. This ceremony marks
this Government’s fulfilled promise to ensure access for all Bahamian
communities to piped potable water...
Fleming Island High School Tourism Students Visit Grand Bahama Island
- Feb 20, 2017 - 3:41:21 PM
On Friday, February 17th, a group of 36 teachers and students from
Fleming Island High School (Jacksonville, Florida) disembarked the
Carnival Elation to attend a short presentation and take a city tour of
Grand Bahama Island.
The informative presentation, organized by members of the Ministry of
Tourism, kicked off with a short Junkanoo demonstration suited for
As tourism in The Bahamas was the group’s main reason for visiting the
island, the students briefly learned about the history of the islands,
how to travel, where to stay, and last but not least, about all of the
fun filled activities that Grand Bahama Island has to offer...
Bahamas represented at New York Times & Boston Globe Travel Shows
- Feb 20, 2017 - 1:59:39 PM
Low Winter temperatures, a
snowstorm and blizzard, was not enough to stop the Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism Managers, as well as its Hoteliers and representatives from
their Promotion Boards' attendance, at the recent New York Times and
Boston Globe Travel Shows. Their collective participation provided an
impressive representation for The Islands Of The Bahamas.
the weekend of the recent New York Times Travel Show, temperatures
dipped into the 30's. The Boston Globe Travel Show took place the week
that city experienced first a snow storm, a blizzard and then
temperatures that dipped to wind chill factors as low as 13 degrees
below zero. In both instances, teams representing The Bahamas welcomed
Travel agents, media and consumers to their booth to provide them with
information on the Sunny Bahamas as an alternative to the north east
coast winter weather...
Construction of Smith's Point Seawall back on track
- Feb 20, 2017 - 1:40:24 PM
FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Residents and business owners in Smith's Point,
Grand Bahama, were updated on work being carried out on the seawall on
Friday evening during a town meeting at St. Jude's Anglican Parish Hall
by Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville along with
Ministry of Works engineer, Mrs. Toni Hudson-Bannister.
Minister told the Smith’s Point community that there were initial
delays in getting the project started because of essential information
gathering that was necessary at first. Soon after, there was the
passage of Hurricane Matthew, which meant the area had to be reassessed
by the Ministry of Works.
Bahamas AG & Minister of Legal Affairs remarks a at 4th working visit of HM Privy Council
- Feb 20, 2017 - 1:09:07 PM
My Lords Mance, Kerr, Sumption, Reed and Hughes and Madam President and
Justices of the Court of Appeal; Chief Justice and Justices of the
Supreme Court; Magistrates; Registrars of the Court of Appeal and the
Supreme Court; former Justices of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court;
His Grace the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese.
Preamble of The Bahamas’ Constitution we acknowledge that the
preservation of our freedom will be guaranteed by among other things an
abiding respect for Christian values and the Rule of Law.
Daylight Saving Time begins March 12th
- Feb 20, 2017 - 11:50:37 AM
The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that Daylight
Saving Time will commence on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. and
will continue until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017.
The public is reminded to put their clocks forward.