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Bahamas Press Club acknowledges World Press Freedom Day - May 3
- May 3, 2016 - 12:35:49 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Press Club joins our colleagues around
the world in marking World Press Freedom Day, Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016,
with the theme, “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This
Is Your Right”.
This year’s theme aligns with one of the Press Club’s main objectives,
which is to see a Freedom of Information Act passed in The Bahamas. We
note the present efforts by the government to move that process along,
however, we maintain that the Act is long overdue and the tardiness of
the government in seriously addressing this matter is unacceptable as
even with best efforts the actual implementation date is closer to two
UK Affirms Longstanding Friendship with Caribbean and Financial Support for Infrastructural Development
- May 2, 2016 - 9:49:03 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Secretary of State for Foreign and
Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, the Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond
said on Friday, April 29, that he hoped the 9th UK-Caribbean Forum would
"result in the kind of concrete outcomes that will strengthen our ties
and help make both the UK and the Caribbean better places for all of our
The sessions were held in Freeport at the Grand Lucayan, under the
theme, "Building a Stronger Partnership for Sustainable Growth and
Central Eleuthera water disruptions following malfunction at WSC reverse osmosis plant
- May 2, 2016 - 5:37:14 PM
On Thursday night past there was a catastrophic failure at the Naval
Base Reverse Osmosis Plant. The well supplying the plant failed and
while corrective action was in progress, a subsequent material failure
resulted in extended down time for the plant. It is now anticipated
that supplies will be restored late this evening.
supplies water to all settlements from Gregory Town in the north to
Savannah Sound in the south. Supplies were diverted from our northern
system located in the Bogue but this is not expected to be overly
Due to the prolonged outage, hundreds of customers,
businesses and Government entities have experienced loss of supply.
After repairs are completed...
Sir Jack Hayward Bridge officially opened by PM Christie
- May 2, 2016 - 5:15:07 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama
- During the official opening the Sir Jack Hayward Bridge in East Grand Bahama on
Monday, May 2, 2016 Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G.
Christie pointed out that Grand Bahama must move now; and he felt that the
government and shareholders of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, in cooperating
and working together, will come up with a formula to attract more investors to
The Prime Minister
said he wanted to make three key points: The first point, "We are very
near to the conclusion of complex discussions and negotiations in terms of the future
of Grand Bahama." Last night, said Prime Minister Christie, he met with
Sarah St. George in Nassau, where they further discussed the way forward...
CARICOM Secretary General Thankful for UK-Caribbean Forum; Expresses the Issues
- May 2, 2016 - 4:31:12 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Secretary General of the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday the mere fact of their
meeting in the Ninth UK-Caribbean Forum, affirms the mutual desire of
the Caribbean Community and the United Kingdom for enhanced and deepened
Addressing delegates from the various Caribbean
countries assembled at the Grand Lucayan resort for the opening to the
two-day, April 29-30, 2016 conclave, Mr. LaRocque said the forum
provided an excellent opportunity for CARICOM and the United Kingdom to
engage in productive discussions aimed at deepening relationship and
heightening existing levels of cooperation...
Sir Jack Hayward remembered at Bridge Opening in Grand Bahama
- May 2, 2016 - 2:50:20 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr.
Michael Darville was keen to point out the contributions made by the
late Sir Jack Hayward towards today’s Official Opening of the new Sir
Jack Hayward Bridge, which connects East Grand Bahama with the city of
Dr. Darville saluted Sir Jack while delivering his remarks.
at the intersection of Grand Bahama Highway and Fortune Bay Drive, the
new facility was officially opened May 2, 2016 by Prime Minister the Rt.
Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie. It was constructed at a cost of just
over $4 million dollars...
Caribbean Congress Labour's May Day Message 2016
- May 2, 2016 - 2:03:29 PM
The Caribbean Congress of Labour conveys fraternal greetings and salutes your organisation on the occasion of
International Workers’ Day 2016. It is with a deep sense of profound solidarity that we salute the workers of our
region and indeed all workers of the world on this very special day when we reflect on our struggles, challenges
and victories over the centuries.
This year, International Workers’ Day comes against the backdrop of the continued crisis of International
monopoly capital and the sustained fallout from the 2008 financial crash triggered by the greed of capital and its
finance magnates. International capital continues to widen the inequality gap, increasing unemployment,
expanding national debt, ballooning trade imbalances and in some economies in our region growth stagnation, as
well as recession...
Pew Commends Broad Global Support for Proposed Shark and Ray Protections
- May 2, 2016 - 1:19:45 PM
WASHINGTON—In an unprecedented global call to
action, more than 50 countries have agreed to co-sponsor one or more of
the proposals to nominate all species of thresher shark, the silky
shark, and all species of mobula ray for protection
under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
marked the deadline for countries to add their names in support of Appendix II listing
proposals submitted earlier this year
. Those listings would require
that all continuing trade in these species be sustainable. Co-sponsors
include a wide range of countries in Africa, the host region for this
year’s CITES Conference...
Regatta: Economic Cornerstone of Family Island Economies
- May 2, 2016 - 1:15:30 PM
EXUMA, The Bahamas – The Hon. Alfred Gray, the Minister of Agriculture
and Marine Resources, under whose purview regattas fall, expressed
satisfaction with 2016 National Family Island Regatta which wrapped up
in George Town, Exuma this past weekend.
“So far we’ve been
blessed with good weather and without incident. The job of the Police is
not difficult when you have people simply having fun,” he said. “I am
very pleased with what they have told me and I am pleased with what I
have seen. Regattas are simply growing...”
Stronger UK, Caribbean Relations Requires Deeper Re-engagement and Commitment, says PM Christie
- May 2, 2016 - 12:53:00 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and Minister of
Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said that developing stronger and
better relations between the United Kingdom and the Caribbean calls for a
deeper re-engagement and commitment.
"Our very existence as a
people demands that we not have a 'business as usual' approach," Prime
Minister Christie said during the Official Opening Ceremony of the 9th
UK Caribbean Forum, April 29, 2016, at the Grand Lucayan resort,
Freeport, Grand Bahama...
Bahamas elected Chair of Inter-American Committee on Education for 2016-2018L: Will host 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education
- May 2, 2016 - 12:38:41 PM
Washington, DC - The Minister of Education, Science and Technology of
The Bahamas, Hon Jerome Fitzgerald, was in Washington DC for a series of
education-related meetings from 27-28 April, 2016.
27th April, 2016, Minister Fitzgerald was a panelist in the First Round
Table on Education in the Americas at the OAS and he presented on the
topic: "Science and technology as catalysts for education and life
opportunities". During his statement he implored OAS Member States to
"advance the national development agenda of our respective countries
through the architect and construction of robust national science,
technology and innovation policies and systems...
Grand Bahama Port Authority forging new relationships in Atlanta
- May 2, 2016 - 10:32:01 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Invest Grand Bahama (IGB) Promotional Unit
of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), led by Sr. Manager
of Business Development, Derek Newbold, met with executives of the
Atlanta Business League (ABL) earlier this month, while in Atlanta,
Georgia, for the 2016 MODEX and Supply Chain & Transportation
Noting that the meeting with ABL was strategic in
growing awareness for Grand Bahama, Newbold shared that it was one of
two major meetings planned during the trip to promote opportunities for
trade and investment on the island...
Bahamas to Host OAS Ministerial Meeting on Education in 2017
- May 1, 2016 - 8:30:53 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. April 29th, 2016. The Organization of
American States (OAS) and The Bahamas signed an agreement at the OAS
Headquarters by which the country was selected to host the next meeting
of Ministers of Education of the Americas, on
February 9 and 10, 2017
in The Bahamas.
The signing took place last week during a Roundtable on
Education in the Americas meeting, hosted by the OAS, where
The common educational agenda of the member states...
Bahamas landmark animal rights case sees 14 charges of animal cruelty
- Apr 30, 2016 - 2:35:08 PM
Nassau, New Providence - A press statement by the Bahamas Humane Society:
Metta MacMillan-Hughes, a senior partner of leading commercial firm
Lennox Paton, and legal advisor and Board member of the Bahamas Humane
Society, described the arraignment of Terry Miller of BASH today for
offences of crue
lty to animals as a major step forward in enforcing the rights of animals in the Bahamas to enjoy the Five Freedoms.
The prosecution followed a complaint made to Police by Inspector Percy
Grant of the Bahamas Humane Society on 11 April, 2016. The complaint was
not made lightly she said...
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church celebrates 40 Years
- Apr 30, 2016 - 12:47:27 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The legacy and spirit of the late Rev
Dr Mitchell R Cooper, founding pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist
Church, could be felt as members celebrated 40 years with a special
Service of Thanksgiving on April 24, 2016.
From a room at his
house, to a small wooden building on Robinson Road, to an edifice on New
Hope Drive in Joan’s Heights West, the Sunday service culminated a
generation of struggle, hard work, dedication, faith, praise and
Child Protection Officials Take Fight Nationally
- Apr 30, 2016 - 11:30:49 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Child Protection officials in New Providence
continued to expand their education and awareness campaign against child
abuse into the Family Islands with recent visits to Bimini, Abaco,
Eleuthera and Exuma.
Additional visits are scheduled for other islands in the upcoming months.
The visits are a part of an even more aggressive approach to eradicating
child abuse within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and promoting child
protection and are being facilitated by members of the National Child
Protection Council (NCPC), the Department of Social Services, Ministry
of Social Services and Community Development...
College of The Bahamas: Constitution Amendment Bills
- Apr 30, 2016 - 8:17:45 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - In The College of The Bahamas’ mission, and what will
be a part of the mission of the University of The Bahamas, is the
simple, truthful sentence that “The University's mission is to serve the
nation, its citizens and indeed the world.” In this service to our
country and its people, we always extend fairness and equality, never
seeking to discriminate on any basis. Therefore, The College of The
Bahamas is in full support of the June 7th referendum, which seeks to
make women and men equal, under the law. The College of The Bahamas is
in full support of equal rights for women and The College supports all
Our mission also states that the College will
“support and drive national development.” The four proposed amendments
to the constitution are an effort to bring about positive national
development, by granting equal rights for women and men...
BTC Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day!
- Apr 30, 2016 - 7:58:55 AM
- BTC is proud to participate yet again in the globally
recognized, International Girls in ICT Day. The company is no stranger
to advocating for gender equality in the Information and Communication
and Technology (ICT) sector. In 2014, BTC was amongst the first
companies to sign-on to the Caribbean Women in ICT (CWIC) programme, a
Caribbean-wide initiative aimed at addressing the issues facing women in
the industry at all levels. And last year, BTC teamed up with industry
partners to spearhead, ‘The Girls in ICT Day’ celebration, one aspect of
its pledge to make concerted efforts to improve the status of women in
the sector. BTC has a diverse executive management team
consisting of nine women and eight men; 53% women in leadership is five
times the international average. Furthermore, BTC’s staff comprises of
57% women, well above the global average of 30% for companies in the ICT
AMMC Visits Minister for Grand Bahama
- Apr 30, 2016 - 7:16:47 AM
AMMC VISITS MINISTER FOR GB - Board members of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation were in Grand Bahama on Wednesday, April 27, for a Board Meeting and tour. During their visit they paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville. The group toured a number of facilities including the Garden of the Groves, the proposed site for the Art Gallery and Museum (the old Shannon Golf Club), and the old Commissioner's residence in West End, which will be the new museum. The purpose of the trip was to tour the facilities and see what needs to be done with respect to restoration on the island. Shown seated during the courtesy call are: Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Grand Bahama; Minister Darville; Courtney Strachan, chairman, AMMC; and Dr. Gail Saunders, vice-chairman, AMMC. Among those shown in the back row are: Marsha Cooper, office manager for Grand Bahama (sixth from left); and Dr. Keith Tinker, Director of AMMC (third from right). (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)