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Insulza ensures on departure that OAS “Much stronger than it was when I arrived”
- May 22, 2015 - 5:27:35 PM
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) bid
farewell today to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, who expressed
pride in the work that has been done in the decade that he has led the
hemispheric institution. “The Organization is much stronger now than
when I arrived,” he said.
In his last appearance before the Council, Secretary General
Insulza reiterated the need for the Organization to adapt to the
challenges of the present day, and recalled the essence of his proposal
on the Strategic Vision that he presented three years ago, and that the Organization approved last year:
the OAS must be “an inclusive Organization, of sovereign and diverse
countries, legitimized by democracy, acting on the same hemispheric
agenda, in full condition of equality. That is what is demanded of the
OAS of the 21st century, far from what was demanded of it during the
URCA Holds Town Meeting on ICT Innovation & Connectivity
- May 22, 2015 - 4:27:24 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Through regulating the electronic communication
and telecommunication sector in The Bahamas, the Utilities Regulation and
Competition Authority (URCA) plans to improve consumer protection regulations
by allowing the public more access to their services.
URCA’s Director of Policy and Regulation Stephen Bereaux spoke
to a town meeting gathering of some 50 Bahamians at The College of The Bahamas’
Hospitality Dining Room on Thompson Boulevard on May 21 explaining their
mandate and updating on developments in Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) Innovation and Connectivity.
He said, “we are the managers of the radio frequency
Rahming among those paying tribute to outgoing OAS Secretary General
- May 22, 2015 - 3:03:55 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent
Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States (OAS), was
among those paying tribute to OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza during
a Protocolary Meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on
Friday, May 22, 2015,
in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution
Avenue, NW, to bid farewell to the outgoing Secretary General.
Speaking on behalf of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Dr. Rahming, who is also
The Bahamas’ Ambassador to the United Nations, said that on “occasions such as
this, I often reflect on the burdens of true leadership, the responsibility and
obligations that come with executive management, the personal and professional
sacrifices that often accompany authority, the thanklessness that is often all
too common, particularly in respect of public service...”
BCPORA Presents Gift to Bahamas Consul General Zonicle
- May 22, 2015 - 2:42:40 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Mrs. Idena Burrows, President of the Bahamas Communications and Public
Officers Retirees Association (BCPORA), presents a gift to Mrs. Paulette
Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., during a visit by
47 members of the BCPORA to the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025
Vermont Avenue, N.W., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The group is on their
annual retreat trip, which also includes visits to Baltimore, Maryland,
and New York City...
1st African-American to walk in space coming to Bahamas for 2nd annual tech. camp
- May 22, 2015 - 2:21:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - STEMBoard, the global
engineering solutions company co-founded by award winning
Bahamian-American engineer Aisha Bowe, is proud to announce that they
will be spearheading their annual summer technology camp Hack.IT Bahamas
from July 13-July 17, 2015 at St. Andrew’s School in Nassau, Bahamas.
year’s camp was a tremendous success, with a distinguished team of
professional engineers, scientists, and technologists teaching and
encouraging the youth of the Bahamas to pursue opportunities in Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields. This summer, these
specialists, led by STEMBoard founders Aisha Bowe...
Prime MInister Christie provides updates on Eleuthera at 3rd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook
- May 22, 2015 - 1:47:47 PM
Remarks by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at The Third Eleuthera Business
Outlook May 21, 2015:
Let me first
congratulate Mrs. Joan Albury and her team who are now in their third
year of organizing this wonderful and informative business seminar
series which has been hosted on the islands of New Providence, Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera.
Having just signed an
agreement for a major development in South Eleuthera last week, it gives
me great pleasure to be afforded this opportunity to address the
communities of Eleuthera at your Business Outlook on the subject of
“Securing Eleuthera through Planning, Partnership and Productivity”...
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...
Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas turn 80
- May 22, 2015 - 1:09:50 PM
Bahamas – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) launched what will
be a year of celebrations of the 80th Anniversary of BCB at a press
conference in the corporation’s boardroom on Wednesday, May 20. The celebrations will culminate in an awards
banquet in May of 2016 at which awards will be presented to those who have
contributed to the growth of the corporation, past and present.
Pictured at the press conference, from left: General
Manager Diana Swann; Chairman Rev. Dr. William Thompson; and Deputy General
Manager/Freeport Stanley Pinder.
National Arts Festival at North Andros Schools
- May 22, 2015 - 1:08:40 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Students of North
Andros expressed their creativity for the judges of the The E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 19.
BIS Photos by Patrick
Minister of Health Calls on Bahamas’ UN Ambassador in Geneva
- May 22, 2015 - 12:54:31 PM
Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Perry
Gomez paid a brief call on The Bahamas Permanent Representative to the
United Nations in Geneva, Her Excellency, Rhoda M. Jackson. The Health
Minister led The Bahamas’ delegation to the 68th World Health Assembly,
held from 18 – 26 May, 2015.
Among those areas addressed at the
Health Assembly were Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Health, and
Anti-Microbial Resistance. Health Ministers also exchanged views on the
matter of Health in the post-2015 development agenda, and
Implementation of the International Health Regulations...
Mitchell participates in COFCOR meeting
- May 22, 2015 - 11:56:52 AM
ST LUCIA - Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister the Hon. Fred Mitchell is
in Saint Lucia to attend the 18th meeting of the Council for Foreign and
Community Relations (COFCOR) being held at Runway Bay in St Lucia. The
COFCOR is the foreign relations committee of CARICOM.
Pictured are the
CARICOM Foreign Affairs Minister in attendance at the meeting. Mitchell
is pictured seated to the far right.
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...
State-Recognized Funeral announced for former Senator, Mrs. Mizpah Tertullien
- May 22, 2015 - 11:15:22 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Cabinet Office announced today that a
State-Recognized Funeral will be held for Mrs. Mizpah Tertullien, former Senator
on Friday, 29th May at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral,
Further, Mrs. Tertullien will lie-in-state
on Thursday 28th May, 2015, in the foyer of the Senate, Parliament
Square, from 9:00am until the body departs for the church on Friday.
Viewing for the general public will be from
12:00 noon - 6:00pm on Thursday 28th May, 2015.
The general public is invited to attend...
Bahamas Tourism Helps Commemorate Battle Of Nassau
- May 22, 2015 - 11:00:22 AM
Over 50 members of the National Society
of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) were in New Providence this
week to commemorate the Battle of Nassau – a pivotal moment in both
Bahamian and American history.
The Battle of Nassau took place on March 3-4, 1776 at Fort Montagu.
the time, over 200 Americans invaded Nassau to obtain gunpowder and
other supplies needed to combat Great Britain for independence.
Bahamas Government Presents Single Largest Regatta Subvention
- May 22, 2015 - 10:49:10 AM
was all smiles today at the Island Traders Building
on Bay Street when the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources the
Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that the government will assist the
All Eleuthera Regatta Committee this year to the tune of $45,000, the
public subvention to date for family island regattas. This year’s
be held at Governor’s Harbour during the week leading up to the annual
“Let me say that regattas are very important to the
economic landscape of these family islands” said Minister Gray, highlighting
the government’s deepening commitment to this important cultural, economic and
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Friday, May 22
- May 22, 2015 - 10:31:10 AM
Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Friday 22nd May, 2015.
General situation: A high pressure across the area will continue to dominate the weather conditions.
Weather: Partly to mostly sunny and hot with the chance of a few
isolated showers and thunderstorms mainly across the Northwest
Bahamas. Mostly fair and warm tonight.
Advisory: Boaters should be alert for gusty winds and higher seas in or near heavy showers or thunderstorms.
Winds: Light and variable in the Northwest Bahamas and easterly at 10 to 15 knots in the Central and Southeast Bahamas...
Bahamas Honorary Consul Fountain attends Inauguration Ceremony
- May 22, 2015 - 9:58:37 AM
CHICAGO - Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago
Michael C. Fountain attended the City of Chicago Inauguration Ceremony
at the historic Chicago Theatre on Monday, May 18, 2015. He was
accompanied by his wife Mrs. Tanya Fountain. Honorary Consul Fountain
was invited as a member of the Chicago Consular Corps to represent The
Bahamas as Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn in for his second term along
with the City Clerk, Treasurer and 50 Aldermen elected to serve
Chicago's 77 communities and 2.7 million residents. Honorary Consul
Fountain continues to strengthen his relationship with the Mayor's
office to better serve the needs of Bahamian residents living in the
City of Chicago and outlying areas...
Darville Welcomes Global Leadership Academy of Philadelphia to Grand Bahama
- May 22, 2015 - 3:56:02 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr.
Michael Darville on Monday welcomed a large number of students from
Global Leadership Academy Charter School (GLA) of Philadelphia to Grand
GLA is a kindergarten thru eighth grade
school with two small organized learning communities located in West and
Northeast Philadelphia. It prides itself on offering holistic teaching
and a strong learning environment.
The school has
visited Grand Bahama for several years and has adopted two sister
schools on the island, Sunland Baptist Academy, and the Bishop Michael
Bahamas Gets Top Marks For Diving
- May 22, 2015 - 2:59:36 AM
Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Reader Rated Survey has awarded The Bahamas in nine categories for best diving.
It’s not new for The Bahamas to be recognized for diving as the country has made the list over the last two decades.
According to the magazine, The Bahamas is the number one diving destination for encounters with big animals...
National Arts Festival photos from Central Andros
- May 22, 2015 - 2:30:13 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas
-- Students of Behring Point Primary and Central Andros High School
exhibited choreographed works and dramatization for their E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival expression on May 20...