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August 22, 2017

Bahamas

Minister Dames announces Crime Fighting Initiatives

Source: Bahamas Weekly NASSAU, The Bahamas — During a press conference on the Execution of Crime Fighting Initiatives of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), on August 19, 2017, at the Paul Farquharson Conference Center, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin H. Dames dispatched a stern message to criminals operating in The…

Minister Pintard Tours Marco City Schools

Source: Bahamas Weekly Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – August 18th, 2017 on a mission to ensure that Marco City schools are ready for the start of the fall term, Marco City MP and Minister of Youth Sports and Culture The Honorable Michael C. Pintard went on a tour of all public schools in…

Mario Carey touts ‘Airbnb's potential to spur economic growth

Source: Bahamas Weekly   The Bahamas has barely scratched the surface of benefits from the short-term home rental movement fostered by companies like Airbnb, says a top real estate broker. “Airbnb is revolutionizing the travel market enabling visitors to live in a home or apartment where they can experience local life. Airbnb’s popularity…

RBPF Nassau: Two males in custody for alleged abduction

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an alleged abduction that is being widely publicized  on social media. According to reports, shortly after 7:00pm on Sunday 20th August 2017, police received a report of alleged abduction of a woman by two men in a Honda Accord vehicle on Taylor Street. Mobile…

What If …?

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

Pair Held Over AK-47 Seizure

Source: Jones Bahamas Two men are being held by police after the seizure of a high-powered weapon and dangerous drugs on Saturday. According to reports, shortly before 10 p.m., a team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit acting on intelligence executed a search warrant at a home on Moncur Alley, off Kemp…

Youth Pastor Accused of Stealing $400,000

Source: Jones Bahamas Former Ministry of Finance employee James Anwar Johnson was charged in Magistrate’s Court on Friday for stealing more than $400,000 in cash from the ministry. Appearing before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt, 27-year-old Johnson, of St. Andrew’s Beach Estates, was formally charged with 11 counts of falsification of accounts, another 10…

Minister Announces Crime Strategy

Source: Jones Bahamas With the country nearing 90 murders for the year, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said effective immediately, a new crime fighting strategy will be implemented. During a press conference at the Police Headquarters on Saturday evening, the minister said news of an early morning murder prompted him to convene an urgent…

‘Reengineer Governance,’ Says Wilson

Source: Jones Bahamas Chairman of Sunshine Holdings Sir Franklyn Wilson is calling for the reengineering of the government to bring about a higher level of governance. Sir Franklyn, who was a guest on Love 97’s radio talk show Jones and Co. yesterday, said in order to reengineer the economy, governance must be reengineered…

The Dark Tower – Movie review by Rouén Robinson

Source: Bahamas Weekly Worlds collide in an adventure that is not always the best of both worlds. One of the taglines for this movie: One Sworn To Protect It. One Sworn To Destroy It. A young teen with visions of another world accidentally enters that world when beings from it try to capture…

High-powered weapon and drugs seized – 3 arrested for drug possession – several drivers ticked

Source: Bahamas Weekly High-powered weapon and drugs seized in home raid, two males in custody – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Drug Enforcement.. Three males arrested for drug possession – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Selective Enforcement Team officers… 4 Arrested, 27 drivers ticketed by Mobile Division…

Armed robbery at Grand Bahama business establishment

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Grand Bahama are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Saturday 19th August 2017. Reports are that shortly after 3:00am, a male reported that while at a business establishment on East Sunrise Highway, he was accosted by three males one of whom was brandishing a firearm and robbed…

Sterling Global Financial Lauds Forbes Magazine’s ranking Bahamas First for Real Estate Investors

Source: Bahamas Weekly Sterling Global Financial Lauds Forbes Magazine’s Ranking Bahamas First for Real Estate Investors, Re-affirms Company’s Belief, Growing Investment in Country Sterling Global Financial, a broad-based real estate and international financial services provider with US$9 billion in assets under administration and management, today applauded Forbes magazine’s ranking The Bahamas as the…

How Will They Explain The Millions?

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

Minister Pintard attends 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (left) poses with President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during the recent 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Kampala, Uganda.  The focus of the meeting was resourcing and financing Youth Development. More than 200 Youth Ministers, senior government officials and…

Minister lauds Bahamas book exchange with Cornell University

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard applauded the exchange of about 20 books by Bahamian authors with New York State’s Cornell University and called the initiative “powerful.” “To the extent that we can have more Bahamian publications placed in libraries around the world, it would increase…

Solar Eclipse Advisory

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health wishes to advise the general public that on August 21st, 2017 between the hours of 1pm to 5pm the Bahamas will experience a Partial Eclipse. A  Partial solar eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but…

Severe Weather Warning for New Providence until 8:30pm Tonight

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas Department Of Meteorology Has Issued A Severe Thunderstorm Warning From 5:30pm Edt Until 8:30pm Thursday 17th August 2017. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning Is In Effect For New Providence And Its Adjacent Waters. At 5:25pm Observation, Lightning Detector, Radar And Satellite Imagery Show A Line Of Thunderstorms Moving Westward…

Labour Minister Attends First Consumer Protection Commission Meeting

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Consumer Protection Commission’s (CPC) newly-appointed board held its first meeting on Friday August 11th 2017. In attendance was Minister of Labor, Sen. the Hon. Dion Foulkes who has responsibility for Consumer Affairs. Minister Foulkes’ five-year strategic plan for CPC was laid out. CPC will employ strategies that are consistent…

BTC joins forces with Marco City MP for back to school drive

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) joined forces with Marco City MP Michael Pintard to facilitate the community’s annual Back to School Drive, set for August 26th. The Company donated school supplies including backpacks and pens, to ensure that students within the Marco City Constituency return to the classroom ready to…

Travel Industry executives pay courtesy call on Minister Symonette

Source: Bahamas Weekly Travel industry executives paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry, and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette at the Ministry, August 16, 2017.  Pictured from left are: Executive Vice-President, Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) Suzanne Pattusch; Minister Brent Symonette; and President & CEO of…

Repairs at Stephen Dillet Primary Delayed

Source: Jones Bahamas The $2.4 million repair of Stephen Dillet Primary School is not going according to plan as there seems to be delays. Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd revealed on Wednesday that construction will be delayed by one week for the installment of new furniture and equipments. Lloyd estimates about “75 percent…

Women Arrested After Cocaine Seizure

Source: Jones Bahamas Two women are in custody following the seizure of a quantity of cocaine in two separate incidents on Tuesday. The two incidents uncovered dangerous drugs that were brought into The Bahamas through the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). Shortly after 2 p.m., Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) officers on duty at…

Missing Fishermen Found Alive

Source: Jones Bahamas Two fishermen who had gone fishing and did not return home when they were supposed to on Tuesday night, were found and in apparent good health. Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officials said the men had been missing for several hours when their 17-foot vessel white Boston Whaler developed engine…

Cornell University to Feature Bahamian Books

Source: Jones Bahamas For the first time ever, a collection of 20 Bahamian books will now be available at Cornell University, an Ivy League School. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture organized a book exchange yesterday between Cornell University and The Bahamas Heritage Cultural Institute and African Bahamian Museum at The National…

Mitchell Defends Immigration Hires

Source: Jones Bahamas After being accused by Bahamas Public Services Union John Pinder for making a “stupid” decision to hire some 200 immigration officers last year, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said yesterday the hiring of those officers were in line and rather it should be the union president who…

BPL Union Wants Managers Fired

Source: Jones Bahamas With about $1.96 million still missing, Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard said Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) managers should be fired and not back on the job. During an interview with The Bahama Journal last night, Maynard said the BPL managers must take responsibility because the junior…

Gert begins to weaken as it races toward colder waters

Source: Bahamas Weekly At 5:00am Edt, The Center Of Hurricane Gert Was Located Near Latitude 41.7°north And Longitude 54.0° West Or About 350 Miles South Of Cape Race Newfoundland Or 525 Miles East-southeast Of Halifax Nova Scotia. Hurricane Gert Is Moving Toward The East-northeast At 39 Mph And This Motion Is Expected To…

RBPF Nassau : 12 arrested, 283 drivers ticketed- 24 arrested, 64 drivers ticketed by mobile division officers during 24 hours period

Source: Bahamas Weekly 12 arrested, 283 drivers ticketed during police island-wide operation : Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, an island-wide operation the conducted by several policing divisions in New Providence on Wednesday 16th August 2017 has led to the arrest of a number of persons and several drivers being ticketed…

‘Reformation’ of Stephen Dillet to be completed in 'record time'

Source: Bahamas Weekly The “wholesale reformation” of the Stephen Dillet Primary School will be completed in record time, Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd said Wednesday. Minister Lloyd said the end result of the transformation will be the provision of more efficient delivery of education at the facility.   “What would have…

Red Cross executives visit the Governor General

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamas Red Cross Society President Craig Gomez and Director General Caroline Turnquest (right) paid a courtesy call on the Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerit. Official photo by Bahamas Information Services photographer, Derek Smith… Link: Red Cross executives visit the Governor General

Haitian Ambassador pays farewell courtesy call on the Governor General

Source: Bahamas Weekly Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus paid a Farewell Courtesy Call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, August 16, 2017. Official photo by Bahamas Information Services photographer, Derek Smith… Link: Haitian Ambassador pays farewell

King of the Conch Fest' Reps meet Minister Pintard

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre) met with ‘King of the Conch Fest’ Executive Director Stephen Dean and Community Liaison Niambi Hall-Campbell, PhD during a courtesy call at the Ministry on August 16, 2017.  The event is slated for October 8, 2017, on Montagu Beach,…

ALIV sponsors RBPF Torch Run/ Family Fun Day

Source: Bahamas Weekly ALIV has partnered with the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to sponsor the Torch Run and Family Fun Day scheduled for Saturday, August 16th. All funds raised from the event will go towards Special Olympics Bahamas. The torch run will begin from the Magistrates Court on Nassau and South Streets…

RBPF Nassau: Two woman arrested by DEU for Drug Possession

Source: Bahamas Weekly Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) officers took two women into custody following the seizure of a quantity of cocaine in separate incidents on Tuesday 15th August 2017. In the first incident, shortly after 2:00pm, Drug Enforcement Unit officers on duty at the Lynden…

Men Are Fallible Beings, Including Pastors

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

ALIV launches in Bimini on Friday

Source: Bahamas Weekly ALIV, The Bahamas’ newest mobile network, is pleased to announce the opening of a flagship store in Bimini. The official grand opening is scheduled before the for Friday, August 18th. Chief ALIV Officer Damian Blackburn said the company remains committed to quickly delivering on its mandate to provide superior products…

DQs Miracle Treat Day raises $11,000 for Down Syndrome

Source: Bahamas Weekly Thousands of earth angels turned out for DQ’s Miracle Treat Day held July 27, raising $11,000 for children and families affected by Down syndrome in The Bahamas. For one day only, DQ donated $2 from every blizzard sold to local schools and organizations that support those with Down syndrome. Benefitting…

Prolific Offenders Released

Source: Jones Bahamas A new report by local law enforcement agencies revealed that a number of prolific offenders are back on the streets. In a prisoner release report compiled by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services that was obtained by The Bahama Journal, it was revealed that…

PM and DPM lead verification process for Cabinet Ministers

Source: Bahamas Weekly Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Kevin Peter Turnquest led the verification process for Members of Parliament prior to participating in the weekly Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday (August 15, 2017).   Prime Minister Minnis and Deputy Prime Minister…

Bahamas Congratulates India on the Celebration of its National Day

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has congratulated the Government and people of the Republic of India on the celebration of its National Day.  The Government of The Bahamas looks forward to continuing the friendly and cooperative relationship that has existed between the two countries since the inception…

Chinese Ambassador calls on Prime Minister Minnis

Source: Bahamas Weekly Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo made a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.  The Bahamas and China recently recognized their 20th anniversary…

Haitian Ambassador calls on the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Source: Bahamas Weekly Haitian Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus, left, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, August 14, 2017. BIS Photo by Derek Smith, Sr…. Link: Haitian

‘Reaping The Whirlwind,’ Says Archbishop

Source: Jones Bahamas Suggesting that pragmatism has taken over The Bahamas and that morality is taking a beating, retired Archbishop The Most Reverend Drexel Gomez said the Bahamian society is “reaping a whirlwind” of social distress. Archbishop Gomez, who was a guest on the new Love 97 radio talk show On Point yesterday,…

Man Charged with Murder

Source: Jones Bahamas Franklyn Johnson, 30, was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on Monday for the August 7 death of Keno Hepburn. Also appearing in the Magistrate’s Court in connection to the matter was 37-year-old Steven Robinson. Johnson was charged with murder while Robinson was charged with grievous harm. The pair were not…

Smith Predicts Potential PLP Leaders

Source: Jones Bahamas Former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Member of Parliament (MP) George Smith has given his predictions of what is to come at the party’s upcoming national convention, its success, he said, relies on the party firstly accepting reality. “The first time since majority rule the PLP was unable to secure 37…

‘300 Jobs Available for Youth,’ Says Farquharson

Source: Jones Bahamas Nearly 300 jobs are expected to be made available to young persons in the country during the third and fourth quarters of this year. This was revealed by Labour Director Robert Farquharson during an interview with The Bahama Journal over the weekend. The Department of Statistics Labour Survey revealed that…

NIB Manager on Bribery and Extortion Charges

Source: Jones Bahamas A former National Insurance Board employee was arraigned yesterday in the Magistrate’s Court on bribery and extortion charges.     Selena Sweeting, 56, pleaded not guilty to one count of bribery and another count of extortion, as she appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt. The particulars are that while working…

Labour Minister Reacts to Falling Unemployment

Source: Jones Bahamas Reacting to the recent Labour Force Survey which showed a decline in the unemployment rate in The Bahamas, Minister of Labour Senator Dion A. Foulkes said the statistics are reflective of the temporary and short time jobs associated with the last carnival and the general elections. Foulkes said in a…

Dupuch Warns Govt of Ineffective Healthcare Spending

Source: Jones Bahamas Former Shadow Minister of Health Pierre Dupuch warned the government of its ineffective spending in the healthcare system and of its recent appointments which may inadvertently lead to regrettable conflict of interest. Mr. Dupuch warned the government in a statement last Thursday where he discussed the state of the country’s…

Press Statement from the Minister of Labour on Labour Survey

Source: Bahamas Weekly Press Statement by Senator Hon. Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour: I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Department of Statistics on the recent publication of the results of the May 2017 Labour Force Survey which highlighted a slight decline in the unemployment rate…

Burnett-Garraway new Medical Chief of Staff at PMH

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Public Hospitals Authority is pleased to announce that Dr. Caroline Burnett-Garraway has been appointed Medical Chief of Staff for the Princess Margaret Hospital with effect from August 2017. With more than two and half decades as a physician in the public health sector, Dr. Burnett-Garraway brings a wealth of…

QC’s Argument Exposes His Conflict Of Interest

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

Health Minister Duane Sands Tours Elizabeth Estates Clinic

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands toured the Elizabeth Estates Clinic, Monday, August 14, 2017.  He met with clinic administrators, physicians and patients to review the running of the clinic and the challenges faced daily as i deals with its clients.  Pictured is Dr. Sands speaking (outdoors) with…

RBPF Nassau: Police searching for suspects in two separate armed robberies – Stabbing victim dies in hospital, male suspect in custody

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police searching for suspects in two separate armed robberies:Police are seeking the public’s help in locating several male suspects responsible for two separate armed robberies that occurred on Sunday 13th August 2017. In the first incident, shortly after 12:00noon, a man was about make a deposit at a local bank…

RBPF Nassau: Ammunition seized, 2 males in custody – 3 in custody for drug possession, 5 others arrested for various offenses – Sawed off shotgun seized

Source: Bahamas Weekly Ammunition seized, 2 males in custody:Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police took two males into custody following the seizure of a quantity of ammunition on Sunday 13th August 2017… 3 in custody for drug possession, 5 others arrested for various offenses: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Police Priorities…

Custom Computers donates ipad to Komen Bahamas

Source: Bahamas Weekly One lucky student has a shot of running away with an Apple iPad Mini. Custom Computers, an authorized distributor for Apple products, has donated an iPad Mini to the Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure® event. The device, which is accessorized with pink accessories, will be raffled off…

Tropical storm Gert gets a little stronger

Source: Bahamas Weekly At 12pm Monday 14th August 2017. Swells Expected To Begin Affecting Portions Of The U.s. East Coast Later Today At 11:00am Edt, The Center Of Tropical Storm Gert Was Located Near Latitude 30.3°north And Longitude 72.2° West Or About 460 Miles West-southwest Of Bermuda.Tropical Storm Gert Is Moving Toward The…

Bahamas Fashion Week Launched

Source: Jones Bahamas Bahamian fashion designers and models are trying to get the “piece of the pie” for the country’s first upcoming Fashion Week, which promises to showcase local and international designers. The event was launched with a press conference at Melia Nassau Beach resort on Wednesday. “For three strategically focused days, The…

Cooper Supports Govt on BOB Bailout

Source: Jones Bahamas Despite being the opposition’s spokesman for financial services, Exuma and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper said he does not plan to take a partisan stance on the Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) bailout. In a statement yesterday, Cooper said he supports the Minnis’ administration’s move to continue the rescue of…

151 Haitian Migrants Apprehended

Source: Jones Bahamas A total of 151 Haitian migrants were apprehended in Bahamian waters in two separate incidents between August 9 -11. In the first incident on August 9, the U.S. Coast Guard vessel with a Defence Force shiprider on board apprehended 73 Haitian migrants aboard a freighter. Under the Comprehensive Maritime Agreement…

PLP to Protest ‘Injustices’

Source: Jones Bahamas Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) supporters are expected to hold a public demonstration to voice their frustrations over what they allege are “injustices” in regards to the arrests of several former PLP Cabinet ministers and members of parliament. This was revealed by Opposition Senator Fred Mitchell during a PLP meeting in…

Man Killed By Gas Truck

Source: Jones Bahamas Officers from the Police Traffic Division are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who died following an accident that occurred on Saturday. According to police reports, shortly after 3 p.m., a man was walking on Cowpen Road near Summerset Estates, when a rolling propane gas truck that…

‘PLP Laid Foundation for Unemployment Decrease,’ Says Roberts

Source: Jones Bahamas Two of the more vocal figures on the opposition side have claimed that the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has more to do with the recent drop in unemployment than the previous administration. Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts and Opposition Senator Fred Mitchell have reiterated similar claims, with the pair…

Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.9%

Source: Jones Bahamas The Department of Statistics released its unemployment statistics last week which revealed that the unemployment rate in The Bahamas has dropped by 1.7 percent from 11.6 percent to 9.9 percent. The drop is due to the increased number of employed people which now sits at 7,770 versus a decreased number…

BTC Sends Grand Bahama's Future Leaders Back to School In Style

Source: Bahamas Weekly Grand Bahama’s future leaders are heading back to school in style thanks to a donation of backpacks and schools supplies from BTC. The company joined forces with the Kingdom Living Church to Sponsor their annual back to school event under the theme: “EMPOWERING CHILDREN TODAY FOR LEADERS OF TOMORROW”. Each…

Bahamas & China celebrate 20 years of strong diplomatic relations

Source: Bahamas Weekly NASSAU, The Bahamas — After 20 years of establishing diplomatic relations with China, The Bahamas continues to expand its cultural influence internationally through promoting diversity, building people-to-people friendships, and establishing sister city relationships through Sino-Bahamian expressions of mutual respect. “There have been many exchanges of high-level delegations between our two…

Haitian migrants apprehended in Ragged Island Aug 17

Source: Bahamas Weekly Coral Harbour Base, 13 AUG. ‘17 (RBDF): 151 Haitian migrants were apprehended in Bahamian waters in two separate incidents between August 9th and 11th in waters of the Southern Bahamas. On August 9th, the US Coast Guard vessel with a Defence Force shiprider on board apprehended 73 Haitian migrants aboard…

Funeral of the Late Sir Geoffrey Johnstone

Source: Bahamas Weekly The funeral service of noted Bahamian political figure, Sir Geoffrey Johnstone was held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk on Saturday morning, August 12, 2017, conducted by pastor of St. Andrew’s Kirk, Rev. Bryn McPhail, with interment at The Garden of Remembrance, Christ Church Cathedral.  Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite…

RBPF Nassau: 2 illegal weapons seized – 13 arrested by mobile division officers during 48 hours period

Source: Bahamas Weekly Two illegal weapons seized:Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, police took two more illegal guns of the streets of New Providence in separate incidents on Saturday 12th August 2017… 13 arrested by mobile division officers during 48 hours period:Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Mobile Division…

RBPF Nassau: Pedestrian hit and killed by a rolling Truck

Source: Bahamas Weekly Officers from the Police Traffic Division are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who died following an accident that occurred on Saturday 12th August 2017. According to reports, shortly after 3:00pm, a man was walking on Cowpen Road near Summerset Estates, when a rolling propane gas truck…

Patrck Rahming: The Business of Tourism

Source: Bahamas Weekly Dear Editor, There seems t be some confusion about the way a tourist destination works. Vested interest (hospitality unions, entertainers, tourism officials) have obscured the simple, basic way tourist destinations really make money and how that money is available to the widest community. So I thought it might be worthwhile…

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

Source: Bahamas Weekly Impressionist painter Edgar Degas is well known for his late 19th century paintings of Parisian dancers and racehorses. What he is perhaps less known for is his fascination with the quotidian details of modern life in the French capital, including high fashion hats and the women who crafted them. Degas,…

BCSD and BISX paid a joint courtesy call on Minister of Finance

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas Central Securities Depository (BCSD) and The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) on Thursday 27 July 2017 paid a joint courtesy call on the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honorable K. Peter Turnquest. During the courtesy call, the representatives from both organizations took the opportunity to…

NASA Announces Television Coverage for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

Source: Bahamas Weekly On Monday, Aug. 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the Sun, and NASA Television will carry it live from coast to coast from unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Coverage will be featured during…

Paloma Cartwright Wins All Bahamas Merit Scholarship

Source: Bahamas Weekly Winner of the 2017 All Bahamas Merit Scholarship, Paloma Cartwright, describing herself as a “barefooted, frizzy haired, little Long Island Girl” proved she is much more. Miss Cartwright graduated from N.G.M. Major High School in Buckleys, Long Island, with a 3.89 GPA, seven A’s in BGCSE examination results, and as…

Passport Collection Returns to Passport Office Headquarters on Monday

Source: Jones Bahamas Following a successful exercise to facilitate the collection of new e-passports at a Special Collection Centre, the Passport Office has announced that the Passport Collection/Issuance centre returns to the regular headquarters on Thompson Boulevard/University Drive, effective Monday, August 14, 2017. Chief Passport Officer Superintendent Clarence Russell said, “The special collection exercise…

PM's Remarks at Bahamas Striping's Venture Capital Fund Launch

Source: Bahamas Weekly Nassau, The Bahamas – Remarks Dr. the Honourable Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas at Bahamas Striping Group of Companies Investment Fund Launch 6:00 p.m. Thursday, 10 August 2017 Hilton Hotel: Cabinet Colleagues Mr. Atario Mitchell, President and Founder, Bahamas Striping Group of Companies… Many…

‘Govt Action a Farce,’ Says Mitchell

Source: Jones Bahamas Senator Fred Mitchell called the government’s verification process “farcical” and “a bunch of bull” after he received a letter demanding that he verifies. The senator said he would have ignored the “ridiculous” letter, but the deputy prime minister defended the verification process by explaining that the government is carrying out…

Fox Hill Day Commemoration Basketball Camp

Source: Bahamas Weekly In recognition of national Emancipation Day/Fox Hill Day commemoration, members of the Rhode Island Rams men’s basketball team with Fox Hill Urban Renewal staffers, and children and stakeholders living in the area, held a special basketball camp August 10, 2017. Photo shows group relaxing during a break.  BIS Photo by…

PM Focuses on Young Entrepreneurs

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis assured yesterday that youth entrepreneurial empowerment will be the government’s major focus which is considered as a measure to tackle problems such as unemployment, crime and social issues. Dr. Minnis addressed the government’s commitment to youth entrepreneurial empowerment during the launch of Bahamas Striping Group…

“The Wrong Direction Will Destroy This Country”

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

Andrew Knowles ARTway exhibit to open August 17

Source: Bahamas Weekly Nassau, The Bahamas – Andrew Knowles, the young talented artist who continues to pursue his skills, is preparing for his second exhibition at Doongalik Studios that will focus on his experimentations with oil portraits, an art form he has worked with for the past 4 years, either in commissioned works…

Need Has No Season – Women’s Shelter Project

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Salvation Army  Bahamas Division  launched for the second year  Need Has No Season Fundraising Campaign in support of  the Women & Children’s Emergency Shelter Project chaired by Mr. Felix Stubbs, Chairman and Cameron Symonette, Board Member of The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board. The Salvation Army Bahamas  Division launches Need…

Tourism signs MOU with Airbnb to regularize vacation home rentals

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Airbnb signed a Memorandum of Understanding to regularize vacation home rentals and enhance promotion of this important tourism sector.  The agreement was signed during a press conference at the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The Minister of Tourism and…

Passport collection returns to Passport Office Headquarters on Monday

Source: Bahamas Weekly Following a successful exercise to facilitate the collection of new e-passports at a Special Collection Centre, the Passport Office has announced that the Passport Collection/Issuance centre returns to the regular headquarters on Thompson Boulevard/University Drive, effective Monday, August 14, 2017. Chief Passport Officer Superintendent Clarence Russell said: “The special collection…

Missing Persons – Grand Bahama

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Grand Bahama need the public assistance in locating two males who were reported missing. The first missing person is Emmanuel Sandokan Miller aka “pitty” age 39 years of #8B Cadney Drive, Freeport, GB. He is described as standing between 5’5”- 5’6” in height, weighing 270lbs. with light brown…

The gods must be laughing

Source: Bahamas Weekly No matter what Al Gore says, truth does not apply to science   Overlooked in the debates about former Vice-President Al Gore’s global warming films, An Inconvenient Truth (2006) and An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017), is the fact that truth is not possible in science. Scientific hypotheses, and…

BPL CEO Promises Less Power Outages

Source: Jones Bahamas Less power outages and cheaper bills in the future – that is what Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) CEO Pamela Hill predicted yesterday, as she unveiled the company’s new five to seven year plan to assist consumers. “We’re working on two key things in order to improve it [power outages],”…

Minor Issues Experienced as Verification Begins

Source: Jones Bahamas Following one working day of that controversial verification and restatement process, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest told reporters that there were a few minor issues, but overall he is satisfied with how things played out thus far. The issues of long lines he spoke of were…

Tourism Signs MOU with Airbnb

Source: Jones Bahamas The Ministry of Tourism signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbnb Inc. representatives yesterday to implement a new legislation which will require that a tax be paid on vacation rental home businesses. Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said the new legislation will put in place a modern regulatory framework…

Baha Mar Unveils ‘The Current’ Art Center

Source: Jones Bahamas Baha Mar welcomed local artists and residents on Friday night to meet John Cox, Baha Mar’s Creative Art Director, and unveiled the various opportunities for Bahamian artists to be included in the curation of art throughout the entire property, including The Grant Hyatt, SLS Hotel, Rosewood Hotel, ESPA, the Convention…

PM Tells Ministers to Resist Bureaucratic Inertia

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert A. Minnis Wednesday challenged Cabinet ministers and public officers to resist the bureaucratic inertia that can sometimes creep into the equation as both go about the execution of their duties.   “The public service has a necessary restraining role, but too often that restraining role becomes bureaucratic inertia,”…

$19.5 Million for Constituencies Capital Development

Source: Jones Bahamas The government of The Bahamas will inject almost $20 million into the capital development of the 39 constituencies throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas over the next five years through its Constituency Capital Grant Programme.   The Constituency Capital Grant Bill 2017, (Short Title) came into force July 1, 2017,…

Rotation for Public Servants

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis called for the rotation of public servants within the private sector which will be a part of the government’s public service reform effort. “Accordingly, as a part of my government’s reform effort, we will ensure greater exposure with business partners and financial managing for public…

Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

Source: Bahamas Weekly At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms. The assistance, in the tune of €50,000 is funded by the European Union…

RBPF Nassau: Police searching for suspects in shooting

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police are searching for two males responsible for a shooting that has left a man detained in hospital on Wednesday 9th August 2017. According to reports, shortly after 10:00pm, a man was sitting in front of his home located on Moore Avenue and Palm Beach Street, when two males armed…

Cross-Training for Senior Officers to Result in Improved Public Service

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Government of The Bahamas will ensure greater exposure to private sector business practices and financial/fiscal management for senior public officers as part of its reform strategy for the Public Service. This includes the ability of senior officers to engage in cross-training with individuals in the private sector which Administration…

President of Zambia and opposition leader agree to peaceful dialogue

Source: Bahamas Weekly President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to engage in a peaceful dialogue to address the country’s political tensions. This follows extensive consultations with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, who arrived in the country on Sunday as part of a peace and relationship building tour of Africa. During…

Cabinet Ministers and Public Officers Must Share Common Goal

Source: Bahamas Weekly Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Wednesday challenged Cabinet Ministers/Politicians and Public Officers to resist the bureaucratic inertia that can sometimes creep into the equation as both go about the execution of their duties.   “The public service has a necessary restraining role, but too often that restraining…

Meritocracy and Performance Will be Trademarks of Administration

Source: Bahamas Weekly Meritocracy and performance in the Public Service will be the trademark of the Minnis Administration, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday. “I intend to be a different Prime Minister,” Dr. Minnis said. “A Civil Servant, whether they are PLP, FNM, DNA or non-affiliated, who intends to…

Special Weather Statement

Source: Bahamas Weekly Special Weather Statement Issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology at 3pm Edt, Wednesday 9th August, 2017. An Area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the Central Bahamas is associated with a trough of low pressure however, development of this system appears unlikely over the next few days… Link: Special

Eco Survey of Exuma Land Sea Park

Source: Bahamas Weekly A team of scientists recently completed the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) annual survey of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. The team assessed the health and biodiversity of reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds at 10 sites within the park and two outside. Most of the sites have been monitored…

London Reception for Team Bahamas

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (second, right line) and Director of Sports Timothy Munnings (right of stairs) pose with members and stakeholders of Team Bahamas during a reception at The Bahamas’ London Embassy, on August 9, 2017, recognizing the team’s performance at the ongoing IAAF…

Minister Pintard cheers gardiner's silver performance

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre) and Director of Sports Timothy Munnings (centre right, holding small flag) cheer their support for Abaco’s Steven Gardiner, as he raced to a silver-medal finish, during the Mens’ 400m Finals at  the IAAF World Championships 2017, in London, England,…

Warning: Rwanda Horror Began With Political Domination

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

The reality of crime in St Lucia

Source: Bahamas Weekly The second part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive interview with Allen Chastanet, prime minister of Saint Lucia, discussed the problem of increased crime, which is pertinent to the economic viability of his 100 percent tourism focus, as well as the ability to attract offshore financial services under the Headquarters…

$3.2 Million Marijuana Bust

Source: Jones Bahamas The illicit drug trade received a major blow after 78 large packages containing 3,202 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $3.2 million dollars was seized in Fresh Creek, Andros Monday afternoon. According to police, a team of officers from the North Andros division headed to Fresh Creek around…

Teen Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

Source: Jones Bahamas Five men were arraigned on firearm and ammunition charges yesterday including a 17-year-old minor. In the first matter, the 17-year-old minor along with 24-year-old Kelson Alcidor were charged with possession of ammunition and an unlicensed firearm. Particulars are that on August 6 the pair was found with a black Smith…

Man Receives Six Year Sentence for Ammunition

Source: Jones Bahamas A clear message has been sent to those thinking about engaging in a life of crime, particularly one involving firearms and ammunition. This by way of Chief Justice Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt who yesterday sentenced a man to six years in prison for being in possession of over 1,000 rounds of ammunition.…

Dames Justifies Public Sector Verification

Source: Jones Bahamas Yesterday marked the first of 23 days of the controversial verification and reinstatement process the government implemented and according to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames it’s a process that is conducive to creating a productive public service. As stipulated in a notice last week, all government monthly and weekly…

‘Commissioner Responsible for Crime Plan,’ Says Dames

Source: Jones Bahamas With the country nearing 90 murders and detractors insinuating that the government has no crime plan at all to curb the crime issue, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said the government has policies in place and the roll out of a concrete plan is the responsibility of the Commissioner…

Govt Creating Damage

Source: Jones Bahamas Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave’ Davis is on the defensive again and it has everything to do with the arrests of some of his former Cabinet colleagues, which he believes is damaging the country’s reputation. During an interview with reporters following the Fox Hill Day church service yesterday, Davis openly blamed…

Death Threats Downplayed

Source: Jones Bahamas Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said the prime minister and his Cabinet ministers are not taking the recent death threats seriously and they remain confident in the country’s law enforcement agencies for protection. During his weekly press briefing yesterday, Newbold responded to the headline and article published in the local tabloid…

Severe Weather Warning for Exuma, Cat island and Rum Cay

Source: Bahamas Weekly   The Bahamas Department Of Meteorology has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning from 7:15am edt until 9am edt Wednesday 09th August 2017. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Exuma, Cat Island, Rum Cay and their adjacent waters. At 7:10am observation, radar and satellite imagery depicted a cluster of…

Financial Services Sector Deserves Good Regulation for Continued Growth

Source: Bahamas Weekly Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said considering the opportunities the Financial Services Sector provides for Bahamians to be business owners or to gain meaningful employment, and the role that Financial and Corporate Providers play in supporting the jurisdiction’s wealth management services, the sector deserves…

RBPF Nassau: Firearm Seized, One Man in Custody – Man and Woman in Custody for Drug Possession – 10 Arrested By Mobile Division Officers

Source: Bahamas Weekly Firearm Seized, One Man in Custody: Consistent With The Commissioner’s Police Priorities For 2017, Police Took Into Custody An Adult Male, Following The Seizure Of A Handgun And Ammunition On Tuesday 8th August 2017… Man And Woman in Custody For Drug Possession : Consistent With The Commissioner’s Police Priorities For…

Renewable energy, in contrast to tourism-led growth in St Lucia

Source: Bahamas Weekly The prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet’s tourism-led strategy has come to the fore once again, as the economic centrality for the island, following the agreement between the government of Saint Lucia, Range Developments and Marriott International to establish and operate a luxury Ritz Carlton resort at Black Bay,…

RBPF: Major Drug Bust in Andros, Three Men in Custody

Source: Bahamas Weekly Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police have struck a significant blow to the operations of drug traffickers with the seizure of a huge amount of marijuana and the arrest of three men in Andros on Monday 7th August 2017. According to reports, around 4:30pm, a team of…

Bahamas Humane Society Teenage Pup adoption special

Source: Bahamas Weekly Nassau, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Humane Society is having a One Day only ‘Teenage’ Pup Special this Saturday August 12th from 10am to 4pm. ALL ‘Teenage’ Pups Free. Be sure to get your application in beforehand so your yard check can be completed. Can’t adopt right now?  Please consider…

A State’s Responsibility To Its Citizens

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

The Governor General presents awards to CAPSS Conference honourees

Source: Bahamas Weekly Nassau, The Bahamas – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General presented awards to secondary school educators from eight Caribbean islands who were honoured during the Caribbean Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (CAPSS) 26th Biennial Conference Closing Ceremony at Government House, July 28, 2017. Link: The Governor General presents

Bishop Questions Gibson’s ‘Inhumane’ Arrest

Source: Jones Bahamas One of the country’s leading clergymen has spoken out of the arrest of former PLP Cabinet minister Shane Gibson Bishop Neil C. Ellis, presiding bishop for Global Fellowship United, in a statement addressing his parishioners on Sunday, said he wishes to publicly affirm his support for the well-being of the…

BPL Testing Causes Power Outages

Source: Jones Bahamas Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) dealt with heavy criticism from residents and politicians alike due to challenges with supplying power in several Family Island communities. In a statement on Friday, BPL confirmed that the recent wave of power outages in Abaco were the result of “a series of tests” at…

Cooper Wants DPM to Clarify ‘Misleading’ Budget

Source: Jones Bahamas Shadow Minister of Finance Chester Cooper has called on Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest and the Free National Movement administration to clear up “misleading” information presented in the 2017/2018 Budget Communication. In a statement yesterday, the Exuma and Ragged Island MP made a charge, in light of the latest data…

PLP to take Action against “Slave Shaming”

Source: Jones Bahamas Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the actions toward his former Cabinet colleague Shane Gibson, as he was hauled before the courts on bribery, extortion and misconduct charges, were inhumane and the Progressive Liberal Party will demonstrate against such actions. With last Thursday’s court appearance involving the third former Progressive…

Crisis Center Receives $2,000 Donation

Source: Jones Bahamas Non-profit organization Helping Hands Production recently handed over a cheque in the amount of $2,000 to the Bahamas Crisis Center, proceeds it raised as a result of a gospel concert the organization hosted. Director of Helping Hands Sharon Purser-Cooper presented the cheque to Director of Bahamas Crisis Center and volunteer…

Archbishop Warns of Political Domination

Source: Jones Bahamas Retired Anglican Archbishop Drexel Gomez has warned that political identities are becoming the controlling force within and the country and this could ultimately prove disastrous for the country. In a sermon given at St. Agnes Parish on Sunday, Archbishop Gomez spoke to the notion of the country being divided along…

Weekend Homicides Set Murder Count at 85

Source: Jones Bahamas Police have two additional homicide investigations on their hands after a pair of killings over the holiday weekend. In the most recent incident, reports are that shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Monday, a man was involved in an altercation with several other males outside a nightclub on Cowpen Road that…

Elderly Woman among Three Dead in GB Traffic Accident

Source: Jones Bahamas Three persons are dead following a traffic accident that occurred in Grand Bahama on Monday. According to police, shortly after 1 p.m., they were called to a traffic accident on East Sunrise Highway and Gedney Drive that involved a 2006 GMC Sierra vehicle and a Silver Nissan Tiida. The occupants…

‘Minnis and FNM Must Atone for Sins,’ Says Roberts

Source: Jones Bahamas Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts called on Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and the Free National Movement (FNM) to “atone for their sins’ and apologize for introducing political violence to The Bahamas, which can be traced back to 1972. Roberts called for Dr. Minnis and the FMN’s atonement…

‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ l in Grand Bahama

Source: Bahamas Weekly FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Port Lucaya was a buzz of activity on Thursday night as ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ was officially launched. The event will continue to be held every other Friday, through November except for the month of September. Taking the stage shortly after 8:00 p.m., Minister of…

PM Dr.Hubert Minnis officially opens 54th Black Point Regatta

Source: Bahamas Weekly BLACK POINT, Exuma — Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Minister of National Insurance and the Public Service the Hon. Brensil Rolle, & Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson attended the 54th Annual Black Point, Exuma Regatta.  The Prime Minister and delegation…

Annual Emancipation Day Service at Fox Hill

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Hon. Shonel Ferguson, MP for Fox Hill, New Providence, addresses the audience during the Emancipation Day Service, Fox Hill Parade, on Monday, August 7, 2017. Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, brings Greetings to Fox Hillians during their annual  Emancipation Day Service, Fox Hill Parade, Monday, August 7,…

Police search suspects in early morning shooting death

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police are searching for several suspects responsible for a shooting that has left a man dead on Monday 7th August 2017. In the second incident, shortly after 1:30am on Monday 7th August 2017, a male was involved in an altercation with several other males outside a nightclub located on Cowpen…

Firearm seized 2 males in custody, 12 arrested by mobile div., search for suspects in armed robbery & shootings

Source: Bahamas Weekly Firearm seized overnight, two males in custody – Consistent with the Commissioners Policing Priorities for 2017, Mobile Division officers took two adult… 12 Arrested by Mobile Division Officers during 24 hours period – Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Mobile Division targeted patrols… Police search suspects in armed…

Rough Night – Movie review by by Rouén Robinson

Source: Bahamas Weekly One of the taglines for this movie: The Best Nights Never Go As Planned. The reunion of five friends from college for a bachelorette weekend don’t go as any of them expected. As they try to salvage the situation they realize there is more going on than they first thought.…

Police have renewed an appeal for 2 wanted persons

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police have issued a renewed appeal to find a man wanted for firearm possession and a woman wanted for stealing. The first suspect is 35 – year old Anwar Strachan who is wanted for questioning reference to a seizure of a handgun and a quantity of dangerous drugs found at…

Nassau traffic accident victim dies in hospital

Source: Bahamas Weekly A woman, who was detained in hospital following a traffic accident on Monday 31st July 2017, succumbed to her injuries on Saturday 5th August 2017. According to reports that woman was driving in her vehicle on Carmichael Road, when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a concrete…

Police searching for suspects in Nassau shooting death

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police are appealing to member’s of the public to come forth with any information they may have to assist in solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead and another detained in hospital on Saturday 5th August 2017. According to reports, shortly after 2:30pm, two men were sitting…

Govt to Inject $166 million in BOB

Source: Jones Bahamas The government has agreed to allow the special purpose vehicle Bahamas Resolve Ltd. (Resolve) to acquire $166 million in impaired commercial loans from Bank of The Bahamas Limited (BOB), shareholders learned on Wednesday evening at the bank’s annual general meeting held at Breezes Resort on Cable Beach. According to Wayne…

URCA Launches Consumer Protection Consultation

Source: Jones Bahamas As the independent regulator of the electricity sector (ES) in The Bahamas, The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has initiated its public consultation process on the Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd’s (BPL) consumer protection plan, (CPP). BPL provides electricity to over 100,000 customers in New Providence and the…

Gibson on Bribery Charge- -Granted $40,000 Bail

Source: Jones Bahamas Former Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson was granted $40,000 bail with two sureties less than one hour after he was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday on 39 counts of bribery and extortion and one count of misconduct while in public office. According to Gibson’s attorney Anthony…

GBHRA Accuses Munroe of ‘Rank PLP Hypocrisy’

Source: Jones Bahamas Attorney Wayne Munroe’s, QC, decision to keep his list regarding alleged Free National Movement (FNM) corruption a “secret” is “rank PLP (Progressive Liberal Party) hypocrisy,” according to the  Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA). The GBHRA, led by attorney Fred Smith, QC, explained yesterday that if Munroe has information regarding…

‘Manchester Does Not Reflect U.S. Govt Views’

Source: Jones Bahamas The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its response to comments made by nominee for U.S. ambassador to The Bahamas Doug Manchester said his views “does not necessarily reflect the views of the government of the United States.” During Manchester’s confirmation hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations…

Vasyli Granted $250,000 Bail

Source: Jones Bahamas Australian native Donna Vasyli, 57, was granted $250,000 bail with two sureties by Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner yesterday. Vasyli’s conviction and 20 year sentence for murdering her millionaire podiatrist husband Philip Vasyli back in March 2015, was last week quashed by the Court of Appeal, at which time she…

Sham Organization Showing Its True Colors

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

Taste of Port Lucaya event boosts GB Economy

Source: Bahamas Weekly   Residents and visitors on Grand Bahama Island got their first “Taste of Port Lucaya” in Count Bassie Square at the Port Lucaya Marketplace. The event, which was a collective effort by the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, BTC, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the Grand Bahama Island Promotion Board,…

GBHRA changes name to Rights Bahamas

Source: Bahamas Weekly After 31 years, Grand Bahama Human Rights Association’s name will officially change to Rights Bahamas (RB) after a unanimous vote by members at Thursday’s monthly general meeting. The change comes as a part of the organisation’s rebranding in an effort to demonstrate its inclusivity of all individuals and human rights…

Fox Hill Festival Committee Announced Fox Hill Day Events

Source: Bahamas Weekly T The Fox Hill Festival Committee announced, August 3, in the  Fox Hill Village park on Bernard Road, all of the events taking place at their annual Emancipation Day Celebrations and Fox Hill Day Festival.  The well-known festivities will start on Friday, August 4, 2017 and centre around upcoming ‘August…

Minister of Transport and Local Government Visits the IMO

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Honourable Frankie Campbell, M. P., Minister of Transport and Local Government of The Bahamas, paid a courtesy call on the H. E. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), on Friday 14th July, 2017 at the IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom. The Minister was accompanied by…

RBPF Nassau:Two High Powered Weapon Seized – 3 Arrested by Mobile Division Officers During 24 Hours Period

Source: Bahamas Weekly Two High Powered Weapon Seized – Consistent With the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police Took Two High-powered Weapons Off the Streets of New Providence in Separate Incidents.In the First Incident, Shortly After 9:00pm on Wednesday 2nd August 2017, Eastern Division Officers Acting on Information Conducted a Search of an…

Scotiabank Teaches Financial Literacy

Source: Bahamas Weekly Scotiabank aims to support initiatives that help young people reach their full potential.  Over the past few weeks, employee volunteers have visited multiple campuses of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Summer Youth Programme as a way of remaining relevant and responsive to the needs of the local community. “During the…

Caribbean Tourism Organization annouces Winners of Caribbean Primary Schools Tourism Writing Competition

Source: Bahamas Weekly Four Caribbean primary school students ranging in age from 8-12, will be honoured for excellence in tourism writing at next month’s Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts. The four –  Kassie Haley-Shai of St. Augustine Roman Catholic School in Montserrat, Ariah Khobie Diamante Darroux of  Convent Preparatory School …

Cynthia Wilson Recognized for 45 Years in Public Servic

Source: Bahamas Weekly She began her career path as a Clerk in the Ministry of Works, climbed through the ranks and is now retiring as Financial Controller at Bahamas Information Services (BIS) after 45 years in the Bahamas Public Service. Cynthia Bowe-Wilson was lauded as a “model officer” at a retirement luncheon, July…

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism statement on reorganization & strategic

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Tourism is currently undergoing a reorganization and strategic planning exercise to rationalize its activities and plans moving forward. After careful analysis of the budget for fiscal 2017/2018 and review of the organizational structure it is critical that we implement cost-cutting strategies within the Ministry of Tourism as…

Prime Minister Minnis Tours Albany

Source: Bahamas Weekly Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, and members of government, visited the luxury resort community of Albany on the island of New Providence, August 1, 2017 where they toured, met management and staff, and viewed the plans and dynamics that make Albany distinctive. Official photos by OPM Media Services…

Scholarships to 126 Public School Scholars

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Education held the Public School Scholars Programme Awards Ceremony for 126 scholarship recipients on Monday, July 31, at the Courtyard Marriott Junkanoo Beach. Director of Education Lionel Sands in his remarks said the recipients all met the requirements for the scholarship programme, and most of them would…

What Do You Have To Hide?

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

National Training Agency's Launch of Its 8th Cohort

Source: Bahamas Weekly The National Training Agency (NTA), which comes under the Ministry of Labour, launched its 8th Cohort of training sessions for young persons to acquire valuable work skills, August 1, 2017.  Training is provided in various areas — for example, hospitality industry, business, allied health, and auto mechanics. After the training…

Fishermen Optimistic as Crawfish Season Opens

Source: Jones Bahamas Yesterday marked the opening of the crawfish season, a lucrative business that can bring a sizable catch if fishermen are spared the ravages of another storm, like Hurricane Matthew which damaged or swept away more than 800 traps. Several Bahamian fishermen shared their excitement about the crawfish season hoping another…

Senator Welcomes Logos Hope Ship to Freeport

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson said he can identify with Logos Hope’s vision, which is extending equal opportunity for knowledge to all. “We applaud you for this,” Minister Thompson told workers of the Logos Hope Ship, during their official welcome to Freeport on Friday, July 28,…

Fox Hill Resident Gunned Down

Source: Jones Bahamas A 21-year-old resident of Fox Hill became the country’s latest murder victim yesterday when he was gunned down after exiting his car on Armbrister Street, Fox Hill. Police did not identify the body on the scene, but The Bahama Journal understands that victim is Rahajio Wright of Cockburn Street, Fox…

PM Touts Albany’s Development

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis in continuing his tour of major hotel properties said he was impressed with the Albany luxury resort in western New Providence. The prime minister along with his Cabinet toured the 600 acre ocean side property yesterday. Right before the tour, Albany’s developer Christopher Anand delivered…

Minnis Wants PLP Apology

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is in no way moved by the criticisms made in Philip “Brave” Davis’ national address, only to the extent that he was expecting an apology from the opposition leader. Following a tour of the Albany resort yesterday, the prime minister spoke specifically to Mr. Davis’…

Police Not Worried About Murder Count

Source: Jones Bahamas When asked to confirm the official murder count this year, Acting Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said his team is not too focused on counting bodies, but preventing the act from occurring in the first place. In his first official press briefing yesterday in the new role as acting commissioner…

Boards to be Reviewed after Naming Deceased

Source: Jones Bahamas In light of several gaffes including a pair of deceased appointees, the government is expected to complete a full review of the appointments made to its public boards and committees. This was revealed by Press Secretary Anthony “Ace” Newbold yesterday during his weekly press briefing. “The prime minister would like…

Bahamas Participation at 2017 EAA AirVenture OshKosh

Source: Bahamas Weekly “ The Bahamas’ exhibit at the 65thAnnual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Fly In and Convention, held July 23-31, 2017 at the Wittman Regional Airport in OshKosh, Wisconsin was incredibly successful”, says Greg Rolle, pilot and Sr. Director, of Sports and Vertical Markets, Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. According to…

The Emoji Movie – Review

Source: Bahamas Weekly One of the taglines for this movie: An Adventure Beyond Words. In a boy’s cellphone a part of a communication application discovers that he can do multiple things despite the fact he was programmed to do one like everyone else he knows. He embarks on a quest to become like…

Minister Thompson welcomes Logos Hope Ship to Freeport

Source: Bahamas Weekly FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson said that he can identify with Logos Hope’s vision; which is extending equal opportunity for knowledge to all. “We applaud you for this,” Minister Thompson told workers of the Logos…

Nassau Man wanted for Fraud

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Royal Bahamas Police Force is asking the public for help in finding 42 – year old Kevin Durham of Monastery Park who is wanted for questioning reference to Fraud. Durham is a dark brown male, slim build, about 5’ 11” to 6’ 3” tall. Anyone with information regarding the…

Public Financial Management and Performance Project to revolutionize the manner in which government functions

Source: Bahamas Weekly Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said the Government’s recently launched Public Financial Management and Performance Monitoring Reform Project (PFM/PMR) has two key aspects that will revolutionize the manner in which government functions.   The PFM/PMR is a major transformational and change management project providing…

University of The Bahamas announces President's Gala Soiree

Source: Bahamas Weekly NASSAU, The Bahamas – University of The Bahamas (UB) President, Dr. Rodney Smith (centre) speaks with Charles Sealy, chief executive officer, Doctor’s Hospital, and Davinia Blair, UB vice-president, institutional advancement and alumni affairs, during a press conference, July 31, to announce plans for the UB Inaugural President’s Gala Soiree black-tie…

Saint Lucia Showcase- North America, a resounding success

Source: Bahamas Weekly This year’s Saint Lucia Showcase – North America held on Wednesday, July 26, was a very productive and successful event. Hosted by the Saint Lucia Tourist (SLTB) at the Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, the Showcase brought together hotels, destination management companies (DMCs) and tourism officials with…

Bahamas Opposition leader responds to PM Minnis

Source: Bahamas Weekly My Fellow Bahamians: At the recent celebrations of the 44th Anniversary of Independence of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, many prayers were said for the nation: for our people, our leaders and the life of the country. It is a time when Bahamians come together to give thanks for God’s…

Citibank Executives Pay Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister

Source: Bahamas Weekly Citibank executives paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, July 31, at the Office of the Prime Minister.  Pictured from left: Raymond Gatcliffe, Regional CEO for the Caribbean and Corporate Bank Head for Central America & the Caribbean; Margaret Butler, Citi Country Office; Prime Minister…

Government to carefully review budget cuts

Source: Bahamas Weekly Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said the decision of how to cut 10 per cent of each Government’s Ministry’s budget must be carefully reviewed. “We will ask our Permanent Secretaries in their roles as Chief Financial Officers and our Directors, in their technical role,…

More Business Woes For Louis Bacon?

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

Urban Renewal Campers Taught Academics and More

Source: Bahamas Weekly Fundamental subjects of Math and English were drilled into the 100-plus children enrolled in the Nassau Village Urban Renewal Summer Camp but, equally important, the children were exposed to topics like bullying, hygiene, inappropriate touch, gang violence and conflict resolution through pep talks during the three-week program. “I’ve seen their…

ALIV Sponsors UB Student to Regional Agricultural Conference

Source: Jones Bahamas ALIV, The Bahamas’ newest mobile network, has sponsored one of 10 students from the University of The Bahamas who will attend the 32nd West Indies Agricultural Economic Conference with a sub-theme of “Food and Nutrition Security: The Pathway to Sustainable Agricultural Development in the Caribbean.” The official handover of the…

BTC contributes $5,000 to the Defence Force Summer Training Program

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) made a $5,000 contribution to The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Ranger’s Summer Camp Program. The holistic camp which caters to students ranging from ages 12-16, covers a variety of disciplines and life skills training. BTC’s Interim CEO Dexter Cartwright said, “This investment truly embodies our…

Andrew Forbes Sworn In as Acting Justice of the Supreme Court

Source: Bahamas Weekly Andrew Forbes was sworn in as Acting Justice of the Supreme Court by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling during a brief ceremony at Government House, July 28, 2017. Official photos by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services… Link: Andrew Forbes Sworn In as Acting Justice of the Supreme

FNM Highlights Youth with Board Appointments

Source: Jones Bahamas The Free National Movement (FNM) seems to be keeping firm with their promise to push more new faces to the forefront as evidenced by several young persons that were a part of their 2017 board and committee appointments. As one of their central campaign promises leading up to the May…

‘Collie Talking Damn Nonsense,’ Says Roberts

Source: Jones Bahamas Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts holding back no words in his response to Free National Movement Chairman Sidney Collie, saying quite frankly Mr. Collie talks “damn nonsense.” Last week, Mr. Collie warned the PLP chairman to be careful for what he asks for following Roberts’ call on party…

Teen on Bail Shot Dead

Source: Jones Bahamas The search continues for two male suspects responsible for a shooting incident that has left a teenage male dead on Saturday. According to reports, shortly after 9 a.m., a male was walking through a road off Peardale Manor, when two male occupants of a silver Honda Accord car armed with…

Elderly Woman Struck by Truck Dies

Source: Jones Bahamas Officers from the Police Traffic Department are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an elderly woman who was struck by a truck. Preliminary reports are that shortly after 11 a.m., the woman was attempting to cross the southern thoroughfare of the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, when a Mack Truck traveling…

BPSU Stands with Post Office Employees

Source: Jones Bahamas The General Post Office employees, fed up with stifling heat and poor working conditions sat out another day, and Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) Executive Vice President Kingsley Ferguson said the union is prepared to sit out with their members until there is some resolve. Speaking with The Bahama Journal…

Investors Anxious

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd promised that great economic stimulation is on the way as domestic and foreign investors are anxious to participate in the Bahamian economy. Lloyd, who was a guest on Love 97’s radio talk show Jones and Company yesterday, shared great news concerning the recovery of the…

RBC Executives pay a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Minnis

Source: Bahamas Weekly RBC Executives, Rob Johnston Head, Caribbean Banking, and Nathaniel Beneby, Managing Director, Northern Caribbean recently paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis on July 19, 2017. From L to R include: RBC Executives, Nathaniel Beneby, Managing Director, Rob Johnston, Head, Caribbean Banking and Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert…

Annual GB Regatta Sails toward Success with the help of BTC

Source: Bahamas Weekly This year’s Grand Bahama Island Regatta and Heritage Festival exploded onto the Taino Beach site over the weekend with the vibrant sights and sounds of Bahamian Culture. The annual event sponsored by BTC, attracted scores of sailing enthusiasts and lovers of all thing Bahamian cementing its status as one of…

The opposition exposing themselves with their blah, blah blah…

Source: Bahamas Weekly An Official Opposition (PLP) member has exposed his party’s Achilles heel when expressing contempt for the newly elected Prime Minister’s national address. The spokesman’s comments that follow confirm the last government lived in an alternate universe. PLP Comment: “What concerned me about the speech is why do they keep talking…

American designer set for Eco Fashion Week Australia

Source: Bahamas Weekly The sustainable couture fashion line, Prophetik designed by Jeff Garner of the United States will be seen on the runway at the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Austratlia taking place in Perth from November 23 – 27, 201. The week-long event will take place in Western Australia and will feature designers…

Prime Minister Minnis Participated in Buddy Hield Basketball Camp

Source: Bahamas Weekly Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis participated on in Buddy Hield’s Basketball Camp Friday afternoon at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gym.  Photos/OPM Media Services… Link: Prime Minister Minnis Participated in Buddy Hield Basketball Camp

RBPF Nassau: Elderly Pedestrian killed after being struck by a Truck

Source: Bahamas Weekly Officers from the Police Traffic Department are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an elderly woman who was struck by a truck on Sunday 30th July 2017. Preliminary reports are that shortly after 11:00am, the woman was attempting to cross the southern thoroughfare of the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, when…

RBPF: Man dies cuttng down Tree in North Eleuthera

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an American adult male Winter Resident from Maryland that occurred in North Eleuthera on Sunday 30th July 2017. Preliminary reports are that shortly after 9:00am, the man was cutting a large tree at his home in North Eleuthera, when the tree…

Minister Pintard Applauds Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 Team Bahamas

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre in suit), pictured with a number of the members, coaches, organizers and stakeholders of Team Bahamas, on July 26, 2017, during an event, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, celebrating their performance during the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017. …

Standing-Room-Only Audience at Youth's 'Youth Practitioners' Meeting'

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard addressed a standing-room-only audience during the Department of Youth’s Youth Practitioners’ Meeting, held July 26, 2017, at Holy Cross Anglican Church.  Among matters addressed that night were the National Youth Advisory Council, the Youth Leader Certification Course, and the funding,…

“If Good Men Do Nothing, Evil Triumphs”

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a bi-weekly column that examines the question of the Clifton project along with the evolution of the war between two billionaires, the links to unsavory characters, the use of the courts for personal agendas, the involvement of a political party, and the attacks…

Shark Attacks Tourist on Rose Island

Source: Jones Bahamas A tourist visiting from Switzerland was attacked by a shark on Rose Island yesterday. According to police, shortly after 12 p.m. a woman was on a private snorkeling trip in waters near Rose Island when she was attacked by a shark. The woman was transported to shore and taken to…

DPM Suggests Possible Service Fees for Bahamians

Source: Jones Bahamas “It’s not the government’s intention to inflict pain,” rather the goal is to take proactive measures to address the country’s fiscal challenges and according to Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest, one way may be a government review that may result in added service fees for Bahamians. Mr. Turnquest said yesterday…

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