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Haitian president Michael Martelly calls on Bahamas Opposition Leader
- Jul 29, 2014 - 11:15:47 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Opposition Leader the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, received Haitian
President, His Excellency Michel Martelly in a courtesy visit held at
the Minority Room of the House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
President Martelly visiting The Bahamas for one-day explained that the
objective of the visit was to engage The Bahamas Government in
discussions of bilateral interest in the areas of trade, migration, and
investment that would strengthen the relationship between Haiti and The
Bahamas. Dr. Minnis said he welcomes and supports the idea of
investment that will create opportunities in Haiti that will help to
stem the flow of migrants.
Bahamas Crawfish Season 2014/15 to open August 1st
- Jul 29, 2014 - 10:47:51 PM
The Department of Marine
Resources wishes to advise the general public of the opening of the crawfish
season on the August 1, 2014 to the March 31, 2015.
The Department of Marine
Resources further wishes to remind fishers and all other members of the public
that the harvesting and/or of undersized crawfish is against the law and
persons are to cease and desist the practice of illegally harvesting these
resources. Fishers are also cautioned against capturing egg-bearing crawfish as
this practice further aids in the depletion of the crawfish stock in The
URCA: Exhaustion of FM Radio Broadcast Spectrum Frequencies
- Jul 29, 2014 - 6:16:24 PM
The Utilities Regulation and Competition
Authority (“URCA”) issues this notificationin accordance with section
8(1)(e)of the Communications Act, 2009 (“Comms Act”).
notifies the public that frequencies in the spectrum band 88 MHz to 108
MHz allocated under the National Spectrum Plan for FM Radio
Broadcasting have been fully assigned for use on New Providence and
therefore are currently exhausted and unavailable for any further
assignment on the said island...
Goombay Summer Festival in Grand Bahama: July 31st
- Jul 29, 2014 - 5:39:51 PM
BEACH, Grand Bahama Island -
The celebration continues this week
Thursday, July 31st from 6:00pm
- 12midnight at Taino Beach with 3 more weeks of Bahamian Celebration".
Goombay Summer Festival is back!
in 1974, Goombay Summer was a celebration that became a huge draw for
visitors. Over the years, Goombay Summer was sometimes called Junkanoo
in June and Junkanoo Summer Festival, but more recently, it has returned
to its original name. It is a celebration of authentic Bahamian music,
dance, cuisine and craft...
URCA slaps penalty on BTC
- Jul 29, 2014 - 5:03:44 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – The Utilities
Regulation and Competition Authority of The Bahamas (URCA) issued an
adjudication and order to BTC today (July 29) for engaging in business
practices which contravened sections 67 and 69 of the Communications Act
resulting in a fine of $243,442.76 among other penalties.
particulars of the complaint, originally filed by Systems Resource Group
(SRG), a subsidiary of the Cable Bahamas group of companies, are that:
*SRG had approached several (wholesale) businesses to display and sell SRG’s “’IndiGO’ calling card”;
wholesale businesses advised SRG that they had exclusive supply
agreements with BTC that prohibited them from selling the SRG calling
College of The Bahamas selects Rodney Smith as president
- Jul 29, 2014 - 4:24:19 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - After a
long, transparent, competitive and rigorous search process conducted by a
Council-appointed Advisory Search Committee (ASC), the Council of The
College of The Bahamas at a special called meeting on June 11th
considered the assessment conducted by the ASC of four shortlisted
candidates for the position of President of The College of The Bahamas.
At the end of its deliberations, Dr. Rodney Smith was chosen to be the
candidate that Council would present to the Minister of Education, in
accordance with Section 6 of the College of The Bahamas Act, for the
Minister’s approval. On June 12th Council informed the Minister of its
determination and was then informed by the Minister that the matter of
the approval of Dr. Smith as President of COB would be made the subject
of a decision by the Cabinet of the Government of The Bahamas...
Contract Signed for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic
- Jul 29, 2014 - 2:25:12 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Representatives of the Public Hospitals Authority, the Grand Bahama
Health Services and Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Ltd. are
pictured following the contract signing July 28 for Remediation and
Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic.
Pictured from left: Melvin
Seymour, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Grand Bahama; Frank Smith,
Chairman of the Board PHA; Melissa Williams Edwards, Pinnacle
Investment Construction Company Limited; Dr. Michael Darville Minister
for Grand Bahama; Herbert Brown, Managing Director PHA; and Catherine
Weech, Hospital Administrator...
Free Canine Distemper Vaccinations offered at Bahamas Humane Society, Nassau
- Jul 29, 2014 - 2:18:14 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The island of New
Providence is currently facing a serious outbreak of
Virus, a dangerous and often fatal disease in pet dogs.
assist those less fortunate and their pets, the Bahamas Humane Society
free distemper vaccines Wednesday, 30 July, at the Thelma
Gibson School located in Elizabeth Estates. This clinic will be held from 2pm to 7pm. The clinic is free of charge and is aimed at establishing a “ring of immunity” within New Providence to protect our pets.
These vaccines have been generously provided by Humane Society International.
Bahamas Finance Ministry Targets 4,000 Businesses For VAT Registration
- Jul 29, 2014 - 12:42:16 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – Financial
Secretary John Rolle says the Ministry of Finance is hoping to get 4,000
businesses registered for the value-added tax (VAT) beginning in
Mr. Rolle, who recently met
with editors and reporters from various media houses for an open
discussion on VAT, said the registration process will take place between
September and December.
VAT is set to be implemented on January 1, 2015 at a rate of 7.5 per cent...
Samuel A. Brown named Miami Herald Media Company Vice President of Advertising
- Jul 29, 2014 - 12:41:11 PM
MIAMI FL – The Miami
Herald Media Company (MHMC) announced that effective August 4th, Samuel
A. Brown will assume the role of Vice President of Advertising. He
succeeds Alexandra Villoch, who was promoted to President and Publisher
Brown brings more than 20 years of advertising sales, digital strategy,
marketing and business development experience to his new role. He most
recently served as the vice president of digital solutions for the
Northeast Ohio Media Group, where he oversaw digital strategy and
revenue at The Plain Dealer, Sun News and cleveland.com, as well as
leading multimedia recruitment and entertainment sales teams and
BTC and CANTO bring Information, Communications Technology Industry Conference to Nassau
- Jul 29, 2014 - 4:43:20 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Caribbean Association of
National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) has selected The
Bahamas to mark its 30th anniversary and to stage their annual
conference and trade exhibition from August 10th – 15th at the Atlantis
resort on Paradise Island. BTC, in partnership with the government of
The Bahamas, is the co-host.
CANTO, founded in 1984, was formed
to facilitate the development of the information and communications
technology industry (ICT) for the benefit of members and other
stakeholders in the Caribbean region; from an initial eight, membership
has grown to 123 members in 34 countries...
Sade Colebrook crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014
- Jul 29, 2014 - 1:03:52 AM
Bahamas - Congratulations goes out to 17 year old Sade
by Exquisite Collection who was crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2014 in front
of a large audience at Le Chateau on the Green in Freeport on July 27th.
Sade Colebrook is a graduate of
Sunland Baptist Academy.
1st runner up
was Phylicia Collie and Danielle Pratt came 2nd runner-up. Among other
prizes she wins a scholarship from Terreve College and will undergo
Bahamahost training, thanks to the Ministry of Tourism.
"I love traveling and experiencing new cultures, exotic
foods, and meeting new people," said Sade who has been a volunteer
at the YMCA and ICAN camp, and the Humane Society.
In 2012 Sade came first runner up in the Miss
Talented Grand Bahama, not surprising with her passion for
singing, dancing, theatre and
Bahamians meet Bahamians in Vancouver, Canada
- Jul 28, 2014 - 8:45:06 PM
It's only been a few
months since Nassau born Chris Lowe of Vancouver started the "Bahamians
in Vancouver" facebook group page in hopes of finding other Bahamians in
the area. When he did, it saw instant results, as within 24 hours the
page had over 40 members.
Those that could attend made it to the
first meetup within the first month
hosted at the home of Gareth and Nina Hanna, and a second meetup was scheduled
for July 27th at the Caribbean Days Festival in North Vancouver. The
event is organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Society of B.C., and it
encourages other nations of the Caribbean to come together. The event is
over two days formally but the Society hosts many other events
throughout the year...
BAIC opens New Executive Offices in Nassau
- Jul 28, 2014 - 8:20:32 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has opened a 10,000
square foot facility to house executive offices and a training centre.
The building, the only one of its kind in the country, will save the
government over 40 percent in energy cost due to its use of solar
energy. During the official opening ceremony held at its location in the
Soldier Road Industrial Park, on Friday, July 25, Prime Minister, the
Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said that the ‘occasion represented a great
step in the accomplishment of the self-sufficiency ideal.
particularly pleased, with its futuristic design and how that will
affect the operation cost of running BAIC,” said Mr. Christie. “I am
also very impressed with the level and quality of craftsmanship that was
put into the building of this beautiful edifice and how the design was
worked into our general philosophy of energy conservation.”...
Bahamas Agriculture Implements Project to Advance Food Security
- Jul 28, 2014 - 5:44:09 PM
The sweet potato
is the most important edible root to food security, followed by cassava
in The Bahamas. Successive projects have aimed at increasing the amount
of root crops produced, in an effort to satisfy increasing local demand
for these commodities. In both Abaco and Andros significant acreages of
sweet potato have been planted using improved varieties.
Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government has
received approval for a research project: “Selection of marketable
varieties of sweet potatoes and cassava.” The purpose of the sweet
project is to choose and obtain planting material for promising
varieties of sweet potato and cassava, prepare trial crops in chosen
islands, follow up its management and results and based on findings as
to the best suited sweet potato...
Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Festival success for more exposure
- Jul 28, 2014 - 4:43:14 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Minister of Tourism
the Hon Obie Wilchcombe has touted the success of the Junkanoo Summer
Festival held during the month of July 2014.
Against the backdrop
of the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in the country, the festival was
held each weekend in July, which showcased the best in Junkanoo talent,
music from uniform groups and the Urban Renewal Marching Band, food, and
arts and craft items before crowds of thousands.
“The Bahamas is
renowned for its tourism, but they are talking about the hospitality,
they are talking about its service and the beauty of this country. So if
we work collectively to ensure that we deliver the best product, they
can understand how effective and how important it is to our economy,”
Mr. Wilchcombe said...
Bahamas tourism working with the BNT to strengthen bird-based tourism
- Jul 28, 2014 - 4:36:56 PM
Nassau, New Providence
- The Ministry of Tourism is working in conjunction with the Bahamas
National Trust (BNT) to strengthen bird-based tourism as a Conservation
and Sustainable Development Tool by conducting a week-long workshop to
train ‘world-class’ Bird/Nature Tour Guides at two pilot sites: Central
Andros and Inagua.
General of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu during the opening of
the workshop at the British Colonial Hilton, Monday, July 28, 2014, said
The Bahamas has the perfect sites for bird watching to take advantage
of the $82 billion industry, which is growing at approximately eight per
cent a year with an expenditure of $17 billion...
Miami Goombay Festival Celebrates Bahamas
- Jul 28, 2014 - 3:54:30 PM
MIAMI Florida - Miami is hosted the 38th
annual Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival on July 26th in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, a community with prominent Bahamian
festival featured Bahamian entertainers and
a Junkanoo rushout parade showcasing intricate
costumes and rhythmic music featuring cowbells, goat-skin drums and
brass instruments. Performances were given by the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band, Qilla Fang, and Goldenchild. The Celebrity Artist,
Jamaal Rolle also exhibited his lifelike artwork...
Bahamas government holds VAT legislation presentation for the press
- Jul 28, 2014 - 12:58:17 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - Educating the
consumer about the benefits of the new Value Added Tax legislation
should ease the public's fear of the Government's needs to control its
Financial Secretary, John Rolle, led the discussion on
the new legislation at a July 25, Ministry of Finance "Meet the Press"
presentation at the Gladstone Road Freight Terminal.
explained that VAT is a broad based consumption tax, applying a 7.5
percent rate in the price of most purchased goods and services...
Haiti's president to visit The Bahamas
- Jul 28, 2014 - 12:32:23 PM
HaitiLibre.com, President Michel Martelly will visit The Bahamas Tuesday
to meet with Prime Minister Christie "to strengthen,
harmonize and energize relations between Haiti and the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas. At this meeting the two men should sign 4 agreements: A
framework agreement for cooperation; an agreement on on scientific and
technical cooperation on the capacity building of port institutions; an
agreement of commercial and technical cooperation in the field of
quality control of agricultural products and export fisheries."