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October 17, 2017

Bahamas

Minister defends perceived conflict

Source: Jones Bahamas Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said the surgical procedures he performed as a sitting cabinet minister is because he’s only one of a few doctors who specialties in the field.   Dr. Sands’ comments are in response to criticism from Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts.   Mr. Roberts said…

Father of two Murdered

Source: Jones Bahamas The country recorded its 113th homicide last night when a young man, Gregory Hanna, also known as “Scrille” succumbed to gunshot wounds. Police say he was believed to be in his twenties.   The incident occurred around 7pm on Ida Street.   Also, a 33-year-old husband and father of two children…

GAMBLING ON THE RISE IN HIGH SCHOOLS

Source: Jones Bahamas Drug use among students has decreased in some schools, but another vice or addiction is starting to infiltrate schools. That is gambling. Eloise Whyms, Principal of The Government High School told The Journal yesterday, “for the 2016/2017 academic year, we have had less incidents with drugs. What we have seen…

Barge Carrying Relief Supplies Ran Aground Off Long Island

Source: Jones Bahamas A barge carrying hurricane relief supplies to Caribbean countries ran aground off the coast of Grays, Long Island, in the Bahamas on the weekend. In a statement the island’s Member of Parliament, Adrian Gibson revealed that the barge was carrying heavy machinery, cell phone towers, utility poles, bucket trucks, a…

Bahamas 7-Day Weather Forecast starting October 16

Source: Bahamas Weekly General Situation: Broad low pressure system along with a surface trough east of the Bahamas could trigger some scattered showers or isolated thunderstorms as it moves northward through Tuesday. This system could develop into a tropical depression before it eventually merges with a frontal boundary across the area by the…

RBPF Nassa: Investigation in early morning shooting death continues – Security guard arrested for an illegal gun – Traffic accident victim dies in Hospital

Source: Bahamas Weekly Investigation in early morning shooting death continues: Police are appealing to members of the public to come forth with any information that may assist in solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Sunday 15th October 2017…. Security guard arrested for an illegal gun: Consistent with the…

Tech Summit set for November in GB

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson says the concept of The Bahamas as a Technology Hub is not a new idea, however making Grand Bahama the center of that technology hub just makes sense. The Minister’s remarks came during a…

Mitchell Considers PLP Chairmanship

Source: Jones Bahamas Pressure is being brought to bear on former Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell to offer himself for the position of chairman in the upcoming convention of the Progressive Liberal Party.   The Bahama Journal understands that members of the Young Liberals and other National General Counsel members of the…

Ragged Island Rebuild “Slow,” Says MP

Source: Jones Bahamas After being devastated by monster storm Hurricane Irma last month, the rebuilding efforts over in Ragged Island are not moving along as swiftly as they should, according to the island’s MP I Chester Cooper.   Ragged Island sustained the brunt of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in The Bahamas.…

Man Killed In GB

Source: Jones Bahamas Police are investigating yet another homicide, as a man was killed in Grand Bahama over the weekend.   Reports are that shortly after 9:00 pm on Saturday, police in Grand Bahama responded to reports of a lifeless body of a male in a vacant yard in the vicinity of Forbisher Drive…

Smith Calls FNM “Two Faced” Over Spy Bill

Source: Jones Bahamas Noted Queens Counsel and Rights Bahamas President Fred Smith has called the Free National Movement government “hypocritical” and “two faced” in regards to their position on the proposed “Spy Bill”.   It was revealed on Friday that the government will be moving forward with the proposed Interception of Communications Bill…

‘NATIONAL DRUG FREE SCHOOLS DAY’ BEGINS TODAY

Source: Jones Bahamas “Any successful strategy to effectively combat the drug problem must include not only supply reduction, but demand reduction efforts, as well as those most at risk of using drugs,” National Security Minister, Marvin Dames stated last week during the launch of National Drug Free Schools Day which starts today. School…

Diplomatic Week 2017 begins with Church Service

Source: Bahamas Weekly Under theme ‘Innovative Approaches to A Changing World’, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially began its 4th Annual Diplomatic Week, Sunday 15th October, with an official church service at Christ Church Cathedral.  The Governor General, Dame Marguerite Pindling, attended the official opening service. The Diplomatic Week opening service, and the…

International Food Festival Opens

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Darren Henfield Saturday 14th October officially opened the International Food Festival on the grounds of the national Botanical Gardens in Chippingham.  The Food Festival featured national booths from 23 different nations with diplomatic relations with The Bahamas including five from the People’s Republic of China,…

Second Place for Bahamas Jr. Minister of Tourism

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamas Jr. Minister of Tourism 2017 Michael Wallace secured a second-place finish at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Youth Congress in Grenada, on Friday.   Wallace, a student of St. Anne’s School in New Providence, presented on the topic, “Signature Tourism Products – Strengthening the image of your destination”. Wallace…

Ministry of Labour to conduct Community-Based Jobs Sign-Up

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Labour is about to embark upon an initiative into the low employment areas of New Providence and Grand Bahama to sign up qualified Bahamians on the Employment Exchange for work. This was announced by Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour, during his contribution in…

Giving back to the Harbour Island Community

Source: Bahamas Weekly On Thursday October 5th, 2017 Romalia’s Townhouse presented the first of its annual Legacy Scholarships to Katelyn Cambridge a student entering the 12th grade at the Harbour Island All Age School. She was also presented with a new Dell laptop and backpack with school supplies. Katelyn was not available for…

Senate Communication by Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes

Source: Bahamas Weekly Remarks By Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes Minister of Labour in The Senate Resolution to thank the Governor General for The Speech from the Throne Friday, 13 October, 2017: Madam President, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of…

‘National Drug Free Schools Day’ – October 16

Source: Bahamas Weekly “The persons mostly at risk for drug use and abuse are the vulnerable of the population which includes school-aged children,” said the Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security, Wednesday, during a press conference to announce the first annual ‘National Drug Free Schools Day.’   The objective of the day,…

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 'Diplomatic Week' Schedule

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces its Diplomatic Week 2017 under the theme, Innovative Approaches to a Changing World.   The 4th Annual event, which takes place over the next week, will welcome the entire Diplomatic Corps of The Bahamas, both resident and non-resident. Diplomatic week begins with a Church…

Six Young Men Remanded to Fox Hill

Source: Jones Bahamas Six young men were taken before Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of armed robbery and the possession of a handgun and offensive instruments.   Appearing before Magistrate Samuel McKinney, one of the young men, Ahmad Armbrister was charged with four counts of armed robbery, indictable offenses, and two counts of…

Shanty Town Members Unhappy with the Prime Minister’s Edict

Source: Jones Bahamas A longtime resident of The Bahamas, Jason Pascal and Shanty town Haitian community member, has  expressed his discontent with Prime Minister Minnis’ ultimatum that illegal immigrants must leave the Bahamas by the end of this year. “That’s messed up. Everybody looking for a better life and many Haitians have children…

Relatives of Missing Newlyweds seeks help

Source: Jones Bahamas Relatives of the missing American couple Forrest and Donna Sanco are calling on Bahamians to help them find the newlyweds. Earlier this week, the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) was said to be assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the US Coast Guard with their search efforts, but…

MINISTER COMPLAINS OF HIGH COST RENT

Source: Jones Bahamas It was revealed on Wednesday that the prior government spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on rent to one tenant.   In the House of Assembly Minister of Works Desmond Bannister said the former administration entered into a seven year agreement to lease the Penn’s Builders Square compound.   “The…

PM’S ORDER CALLED “ILLEGAL”

Source: Jones Bahamas Queens Counsel and Human Rights Activist, Fred Smith is roundly criticizing the Minnis administration for upholding what he calls, “an illegal and unconstitutional policy of rounding up immigrants and detaining them at The Detention Centre, which he referred to as “an illegal facility.” He called it a concentration camp. Having…

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Announces Diplomatic Week 2017

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces Diplomatic Week 2017 – ‘Innovative Approaches to A Changing World’.  This is the 4th Annual such event and will be marked with attendance by the entire Diplomatic Corps of The Bahamas, both resident and non-resident. Diplomatic week begins with a  Church Service at Christ…

Appointment of New Bahamian Envoys to the USA and United Kingdom

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sidney S. Collie as Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America and as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.  Mr.  Ellison E. Greenslade, Former Commissioner of Police, has been appointed as High…

156 National Youth Award Nominees Honoured

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture held a National Youth Awards Nominee Medal Presentation Ceremony at Government House, October 11, 2017 during which the Ministry honoured 156 outstanding persons of the community. Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite, as patron, made the presentations, and Minister of Youth, Sports and…

Minister Ferreira Supports Global Ocean Conservation Efforts at EU's "Our Oceans" Conference in Malta

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, recently attended the European Union’s Fourth “Our Oceans” Conference, held October 5 and 6 in Valletta, Malta.  Hundreds of marine resource representatives from member countries met to improve and strengthen ocean resource security and policies. Keynote speakers at the…

International Day of the Girl

Source: Jones Bahamas In honor of the International Day of The Girl, S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women held a seminar for the sixth grade girls of C.W. Sawyer Primary School yesterday.   S.T.R.A.W. (Strengthening, Transforming, Restoring, and Affirming young Women) spoke to the young ladies on issues concerning girls worldwide including poverty,…

Gov’t To Introduce Anti-Corruption Bill

Source: Jones Bahamas The Free National Movement administration is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the integrity of the government and government officials are a priority and that means introducing new and revised legislations to combat official corruption, an Ombudsman Bill, according to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis. Dr. Hubert Minnis, made…

Minister Of Finance Allegation Called Reckless

Source: Jones Bahamas Former Minister of State for Finance, Michael Halkitis said there is “absolutely no foundation” to allegations by Minster of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest, that Progressive Liberal Party ‘cronies’ received $42 million from what should have been funds used for Hurricane relief. He called the allegations “reckless.” Speaking…

BAHAMIAN ON ILLEGAL FIREARMS CHARGES

Source: Jones Bahamas A thirty year old male was brought before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday on two offenses of introducing firearms to The Bahamas. It is alleged that Labosky Burrows was in possession of a black 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol with no records of firearm registration on Wednesday, December 21st 2016 and…

Building Codes To be Updated

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of Works Desmond Bannister made it clear in the House of Assembly yesterday that stronger building codes must be implemented in order to ensure the safety of residents. Bannister said that The Bahamas’ building codes are going to be amended as mandated by the prime minister in the wake…

Komen Bahamas runs on Dunkin’

Source: Bahamas Weekly Nassau, Bahamas – The Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure scored a slam Dunk during its recent registration drive at Dunkin’ Donuts Bahamas. Twice a month until the Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW) in January, Komen Bahamas will have on-site registration at the donut giant’s East Street South…

ALIV sponsors 2018 Remilda Rose Spring/Summer Collection Event

Source: Bahamas Weekly ALIV is the main sponsor for the 2018 Spring/Summer Remilda Rose Collection which will be unveiled on Sunday, October 15th at SuperClubs Breezes. In a press conference held today (October 11), ALIV Events, Sponsorship and Community Manager, Bianca Bethel-Sawyer noted that ALIV was proud to sponsor the event as proceeds…

Decline in Dominican Students Interests

Source: Jones Bahamas Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd yesterday told reporters that to date, a week into the registration process and there is still no definitive figure in terms of the number of Dominican students opting to continue their education in The Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.   Those 20 Dominican students…

Govt Receives $ 400 K In Hurricane Aid

Source: Jones Bahamas Some much needed funds being sent the country’s way as the government has agreed to receive hurricane relief assistance from two major regional banks.   The Cabinet of the Bahamas has received disaster relief funding from the Inter- American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank totaling four hundred thousand…

Transport Ministry Awaiting Bus Plate Audits

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of Transport and Local Government, Frankie Campbell said that the ministry is still awaiting the audit of plates for the bus system. The plate audit will determine what is there and what flexibility exists. Speaking with reporters yesterday, Mr. Campbell said the Ministry of Transport remains concerned with how…

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BAHAMAS RECEIVES $10,000 FROM RBPF

Source: Jones Bahamas The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) not only protects the Bahamas, but it also supports community efforts like, Special Olympics Bahamas. Special Olympics Bahamas received a $10,000 cheque from the RBPF yesterday. Acting Commissioner Anthony Ferguson along with his colleagues handed the cheque to Special Olympics Bahamas’ National Director, Gilbert…

'Time to Cleanup' gets started

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Environment & Housing this month has begun a ‘Time to Clean Up’ Campaign.  Catching the theme, on Friday and Saturday through Old Boat Alley, off Market Street, residents gathered for two days to clean up their surroundings, making a difference in their communities.  Over the weekend, Minister…

The AG’s Flawed Argument

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review   The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN GRAND BAHAMA

Source: Jones Bahamas Grand Bahama is set to get an economic boost within the coming months.   Iram Lewis, Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama said they are developing seven theme parks to attract visitors to the islands.   While he said there is no specific dollar value as to how much…

BOIPB Creates Opportunity For Travel Writers

Source: Jones Bahamas To promote the Bahamas through traveling writing, the Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board (BOIPB) and the Domestic Tourist have teamed up to inspire and empower Bahamian travel writers to exclusively promote Family Islands. Hosting a press conference to announce plans for the internship, Noelle Nicolls of the Domestic Tourist said…

MELTDOWN

Source: Jones Bahamas The principals in the leading law firms in the Bahamas and Managers of Banks and Trust Companies in the financial services sector are increasingly worried about an ongoing meltdown of that sector. A prominent offshore banking executive who spoke with The Bahama Journal on the condition of anonymity, said the…

Davis/Hanna-Martin in Battle for PLP Leadership

Source: Jones Bahamas Progressive Liberal Party leader Philip ‘Brave’ Davis officially announced his candidacy for the party’s leadership during a prayer breakfast on Saturday morning at the Baha Mar resort. Mr. Davis currently serves as the party’s interim leader following the resignation of former prime minister Perry Christie after the PLP’s overwhelming defeat…

Development Bank Given Ultimatum

Source: Jones Bahamas The government has given The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) three years to get its financial housing in order.   Within that time frame Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said the government intends to pull the plug on the $3million dollars it gives in support to the BDB’s bond interests.  …

FINANCE MINISTER “RAISES RED FLAGS”, SAYS COOPER

Source: Jones Bahamas Opposition Shadow Minister of Finance, I.Chester Cooper says the Minister of Finance, Peter Turnquest has “raised numerous red flags with his statements” on the budget deficit.   The MP for Exuma and Ragged Island in a scathing attack on Mr. Turnquest said, “having taken two months to respond to Her…

RBPF Nassau: Defense Force Officer among 5 males arrested for large ammunition seizure – illegal drugs and firearm seized – 2 males arrested for drug possession

Source: Bahamas Weekly Defense Force Officer among five males arrested for large ammunition seizure: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, officers assigned to the Anti-Gang and Firearms Investigations Unit along with officers from the Flying Squad took five adult males one of whom is a Royal Bahamas Defense Force officer into…

Ministers to hear how harnessing innovation vital to tackling Commonwealth’s economic challenges

Source: Bahamas Weekly Innovation will be at the centre of ways to tackle shared challenges facing Commonwealth countries when finance ministers, central bank governors, and senior finance officials meet this week in Washington DC. Member states will be discussing ways to address climate change, financial exclusion, unemployment and the vulnerability of small and…

RBPF Nassau: Police capture armed robbery suspects following high speed chase – Pedestrian struck by vehicle dies in hospital – 2 Firearms seized – 23 arrested, 58 ticketed

Source: Bahamas Weekly Alert police officers capture armed robbery suspects following high speed chase: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police took five of six armed robbery suspects into custody following a high-speed chase on Sunday 8th October 2017… Pedestrian struck by vehicle dies in hospital: Officers from the RBPF Traffic…

Paint Fair plans 2 big events on October 11th & 13th

Source: Bahamas Weekly Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – Grand Bahama folks, who couldn’t use a little inspiration, colour & FUN?!? If you love colour & seeing the latest in design… you are going to LOVE Paint Fair’s 2018 Paint & Design Trends Show presented by PPG on Wednesday, October 11… Pros’ events -…

ALIV Sponsors ICWFF for a second time

Source: Bahamas Weekly ALIV has come on board for a second straight year to provide sponsorship to the 22nd Annual International Cultural Wine and Food Festival. An official announcement was made on Tuesday, October 4th, at ALIV Headquarters where the ICWFF committee held its official press conference. ALIV is in a three year…

PM Minnis Officially Commissions West End Community Clinic

Source: Bahamas Weekly Tele-health technology will enable patients to be seen in any clinic or hospital in The Bahamas and doctors will be able to have access to their records, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, said during the Commissioning Ceremony for the West End Community Clinic on…

National Heroes Day Holiday opening of shops notice

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that Monday, October 9, 2017 will be observed as National Heroes Day.  As a result, stores wishing to do so may open for business on this holiday during normal business hours. Further, employers are to note that employees who are normally…

AMMC Living History Awards Ceremony Planned

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC) will host a Living History Awards ceremony in early December at Baha Mar to recognize Bahamian talent and create greater awareness of the role, significance and contributions of the AMMC. Executive Chairman Reece Chipman made the announcement on Thursday at the AMMC offices…

Peter Nygard’s Generosity Knows No Bounds

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review   The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

Commonwealth Bank Donates to Hurricane Relief

Source: Jones Bahamas As the southern islands of the Bahamas struggle to gain it’s footing in the wake of hurricane Irma, one organization said they are here to help. Commonwealth Bank gave a $25,000 donation to the Bahamas Red Cross yesterday to assist them in their aid to the southern islands. Vice President…

BAHAMASAIR SET TO LOOSE $ 22MIL

Source: Jones Bahamas Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said Bahamasair is projected to lose over $22 million this year. In his address to the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. D’Aguilar said this loss is due to a $1.9 million increase in training cost for pilots to learn how to fly the five new…

A Losing battle for Healthcare

Source: Jones Bahamas An increase of Bahamian nurses heading north (North America) for jobs continues to pose serious issues for the country’s healthcare system and it is only one piece of the issue, according to Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands.   Accepting the reality of this, Dr. Sands on Wednesday told Parliament that…

Opposition Leader Laments Tragedy In Cat Island

Source: Jones Bahamas Opposition Leader and Member of Parliament for Cat Island and Rum Cay, Philip Davis, said that the death of American resident, Janice Kesseinger, residing in North Cat Island is “a symptom of a deeply rooted scourge on The Bahamas”. Giving his condolences to Ms. Kessinger’s family, while speaking in the…

New Health and Wellness initiative comes to Bain and Grants Town

Source: Bahamas Weekly Jemi Health and Wellness and Member of Parliament for Bain and Grants Town Travis Robinson have come together to offer the residents of Mr. Robinson’s community the opportunity to improve their lifestyles through Health and Nutrition education, health screenings and group fitness programmes. The initiative is a pilot programme designed…

Min. Brent Symonette: Bahamas must change the way it does business

Source: Bahamas Weekly NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette, said that measures must be taken to keep the country on the competitive edge of the Financial Services sector. The Minister made the statement while delivering opening remarks at the Association of International…

INMATES FEEL DE-HUMANIZED

Source: Jones Bahamas Some Inmates imprisoned at Fox Hill in New Providence feel that their basic humanity is taken away from them in the environment in which they are kept. This was revealed in a study released by The University of the Bahamas (UB) yesterday. The release of the findings of a 2016…

Plans To Grow Stopover Visitors

Source: Jones Bahamas The Minister of Tourism, Dionisio D’Aguliar said yesterday his ministry’s primary goal is to increase the number of stopover passengers.   In his address in the House of Assembly D’Aguliar said stopover passengers spend about $1,500 during their stay as opposed to cruise ship passengers who spend only $69.  …

Innovation Needed For Financial Services Sector

Source: Jones Bahamas For years the Financial Services Sector has been on the decline, with hard and fast facts to support this, according to President of The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants, Gowon Bowe, who said that to turn things around calls for innovation. Appearing as a guest on Love 97’s show “On…

GAMING BOARD SALARIES EXCESSIVE

Source: Jones Bahamas Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday executives of the Bahamas Gaming Board were paid large amounts of money. Speaking in the House of Assembly on a resolution to thank the Governor General for reading the speech from the Throne, Mr. D’Aguilar  said when he came into office there were four…

“I’m Bahamian as Conch Salad,” says Minister

Source: Jones Bahamas Amidst public speculation of possessing two passports from two different countries, Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell during his contribution in The House yesterday sought to dispel those rumors and with evidence on hand.   “While I am not at all in any way form or fashion ashamed or…

Minister Lloyd concludes Working Visit to Washington DC by chairing Education Authorities meeting and meeting Bahamians in the Diaspora

Source: Bahamas Weekly Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, concluded his Working Visit to Washington DC by chairing the Planning Meeting of Authorities of the Inter-American Committee on Education at the Organization of American States on September 28th- 29th, 2017. The meeting focused on crafting a work plan for the Committee for 2017-2019…

Results – The National Tennis Centre 1st Membership Tournament

Source: Bahamas Weekly The National Tennis Centre’s 1st Membership Tournament culminated on Saturday past.  Tournament  Director Wesley Rolle was very pleased with the participation.  The 2-week tournament was proudly sponsored by Providence Advisors. We extend congratulations to all the winners below: Open Doubles Stephen Thompson & Brent Johnson – Winners (6-3, 6-2) Tommy…

Remarks by Secretary-General LaRocque, Presentation of Credentials, Republic of Austria to CARICOM

Source: Bahamas Weekly Remarks  By The Secretary-General of The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin Larocque on The Occasion of The Presentation Of Credentials by Her Excellency Ms. Marianne Feldmann Plenipotentiary Representative (Designate) Of The Republic Of Austria to (CARICOM) Georgetown, Guyana 4 October 2017: Your Excellency, I am honoured to accept your Letters…

PNH Properties vision to ‘Fix Grand Bahama’

Source: Bahamas Weekly In the aftermath of Hurricane Mathew in 2016, with the closure of the two largest hotel properties on Grand Bahama Island, along with the continued downturn in the economy, the persistent outcry of residents on the island is to “Fix Grand Bahama.” There’s a spark of new enthusiasm amidst all…

Bahamas First Sponsors Saxon Superstars Junkanoo Group

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamas First General Insurance Company will continue its multi-year sponsorship of The Saxons Superstars Junkanoo group, a partnership formed several years ago.   Group President and CEO for the leading insurer, Patrick Ward, shared, “Our head offices are literally adjacent to the home of the Saxons Superstars. We believe in…

NJC Pays courtesy call on Parliamentary Secretary

Source: Bahamas Weekly Officials of the National Junkanoo Committee (NJC) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Wednesday (October 4, 2017) paid a Courtesy Call on Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe (centre), at the Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Centre, West Bay…

How Foolish!

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review   The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

PM Not Concered With Mcalpine’s Comments

Source: Jones Bahamas The Prime Minister is not occupied with comments made by Pineridge MP Reverend Frederick McAlpine who in a blistering attack on the government’s plan last week said once Dominicans experience a “better standard of living” in The Bahamas, they may not be inclined to return to their country.   This…

Registration For Dominicans Underway

Source: Jones Bahamas Dominican students, parents and their teachers who are seeking to make use of the Bahamian educational system began officially registering yesterday.   This was revealed by Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson in an interview with this Journal.   Mrs. Wilson was apart of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’…

Process Begins For School Board Elections

Source: Jones Bahamas Public School Boards will see returning or new board members by the end of October when elections of School Boards take place.   Parliamentary Commissioner Philip Turner, yesterday announced that the process of electing School Board members for 2017-2020 will begin.   “Today I have the pleasure to announce the…

BAIL DENIED FOR MURDER ACCUSED

Source: Jones Bahamas Twenty one year old Marcello Harris of Christie Avenue, Farrington Road was charged yesterday before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes with bringing unlawful harm. He was arraigned for the murder of Shannador Greene on September 19th 2017. The defendant complained to the Court of   police brutality since his capture. He…

Effective use of water resources in The Bahamas discussed at 12th UNESCO Meeting

Source: Bahamas Weekly John Bowleg, in his address at the 12th UNESCO Meeting, highlighted the promotion of research towards further exploration of combined Seawater Reverse Osmosis, Seawater District Cooling and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (SDC/SWRO/OTEC) for sustainable development, climate adaptation, and climate change mitigation in The Bahamas. Mr. Bowleg, The Bahamas’ International Hydrological…

Election of New School Boards in Process

Source: Bahamas Weekly Newly-named Parliamentary Commissioner Philip Turner announced that the process of electing School Board Members for 2017-2020 has begun, during a press conference at the Parliamentary Registration Department, October 3, 2017.  Mr. Turner said the 2014-2017 board member appointments end Tuesday, October 31, 2017 and so new members must be named…

Dedication of newly-refurbished Stephen Dillet Primary School

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd gave the keynote address on Monday at the Dedication of newly-refurbished Stephen Dillet Primary School.  Addressing students, parents, administrators, teachers, other staff of Stephen Dillet Primary School, and senior Ministry of Education officials, Minister Lloyd said $4 million was spent…

Sobering Reflection on State of the Country at UB Academic Convocation

Source: Jones Bahamas In a thought-provoking address that reminded the University of The Bahamas (UB) community about the context and expectations for student scholarship while lamenting the social and moral decay that has marked the Bahamian society – particularly New Providence – writer and poet Patricia Glinton-Meicholas delivered the keynote address at UB’s…

FNM Chairman Resigns

Source: Jones Bahamas Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Sidney Collie has resigned as chairman of the party following confirmation of his appointment to a top diplomatic post. Confirming as much in interview with The Bahama Journal, Mr. Collie said resignation will take effect on the 19th of this month. “I’m taking up my post…

Bahamas Committed to Fight against Human Trafficking

Source: Jones Bahamas The Bahamas is to remain dedicated to tackling the issue of human trafficking. This coming from Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations Sheila Carey in her address to the United Nations General Assembly, where she said the country considers this act as “heinous” and is committed to…

1,700 Police Receive Overtime Pay

Source: Jones Bahamas It’s been several years, but police officers who were owed money for working 12-hour shifts have finally been paid.   Police Staff Association Chairman Sergeant Sonny Miller confirmed yesterday that over 1,700 police officers in New Providence received their second of four payments last Wednesday.   Miller said he is…

RBPF: Police warn against irresponsible use of social media

Source: Bahamas Weekly In light of the growing trend of false posts on social media about murders and other serious crimes, which in some cases caused panic our communities, the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) is appealing to members of the public to be more responsible while online. More recently, social media sites…

Severe Weather Warning Issued for Abaco

Source: Bahamas Weekly THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 12:20AM EDT UNTIL 5:20AM TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2017. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ABACO AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS. AT 12:13AM OBSERVATION, RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTED A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A TROUGH OF…

Yasmine Cooke named Miss Universe Bahamas 2017

Source: Bahamas Weekly Twenty-five year old, fourth year medical student from Nassau, Yasmine Cooke was crowned Miss Universe Bahamas 2017 on Sunday night at Atlantis, Paradise Island. First runner up was Tiasha Stewart of Grand Bahama Island. Second runner up was Azaria Clare, also of Grand Bahama. When asked why she would pursue…

“The Answer Is No!”

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

RBC Sponsors $20,000 to UWI Research Day 2017

Source: Bahamas Weekly In partnership with The University of The West Indies, UWI, RBC sponsored $20,000 in support of Research Day2017.   “On behalf of the leaders and employees at RBC Royal Bank, we congratulate the coordinators of the 11th annual Research Day of The University of the West Indies Bahamas, (School of…

New BPSU President Promises Fair Pay

Source: Jones Bahamas Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) new President Kimsley Ferguson said he plans to ensure transparency, justice and fair pay for every civil servant. Mr. Ferguson plans to collaborate with various government boards and ministries in the labour environment to achieve the implementation of an Industrial Relations Committee, which will satisfy…

Men Found with Firearm Charged

Source: Jones Bahamas Two men were arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court last Friday on gun related charges.   Twenty-six-year-old Elandro Missick, of Kingston Street, and 26-year-old Latario Lockhart, of East Avenue, were charged with one count of possession of an unlicensed firearm and one count of possession of ammunition.   They were found…

D’Aguilar Seeks to Improve Cruise Visitors’ Spending

Source: Jones Bahamas In his remarks at the Abaco Business Outlook, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said The Bahamas has done an absolutely excellent job of attracting cruise ship visitors to our country, but a poor job of getting them to spend more money here. He blames the entrepreneurial class for not “stepping…

Weekend island wide anti-crime operation nets 36 arrests – 7 arrested, 11 drivers ticketed

Source: Bahamas Weekly Weekend Island-wide Anti-Crime Operation nets 36 arrests: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, police conducted an island wide anti-crime operation over the past weekend that saw large contingents of police officers from the Uniform Divisions fan out across New Providence… 7 arrested, 11 drivers ticketed: Consistent with the…

RBPF Nassau: Shooting Victim dies in hospital

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police are searching for a male responsible for a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Sunday 1st October 2017. Reports are that, shortly before 3:00am, a man had just pulled up in his vehicle at his home located on Marshall Road, when a male armed with a…

RBPF: Missing Woman found dead in North Cat Island

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Cat Island are reporting the discovery of a lifeless body of a woman believed to be that of 74 – year-old Janice Mildred Kessinger, a United States Citizen residing in North Cat Island, who was reported missing on Saturday 30th September 2017. According to reports, around 12:00noon on…

RBPF: Missing Woman found dead in bushes in North Cat Island

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police are reporting that  the lifeless body of an elderly woman believed to be the  American woman reported missing in Cat Island, was found  a short while ago in bushes in North Cat Island. Police have commenced a murder investigation into this matter. Three suspects are in custody assisting in…

My Own Water Sports awards two BTVI Marine Maintenance Scholarships

Source: Bahamas Weekly Nassau, Bahamas – My Own Water Sports, in partnership with the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), presented two students with scholarships to complete a 12-week course in Marine Outboard Engine Preventative Maintenance. BTVI student Devon A. Cox received the Clifford ‘Admiral’ Nottage Marine Maintenance Award, a full scholarship and…

RBPF Nassau: Police searching for suspect in shooting incident – Police involved shooting – Firearm and drugs seized – 24 arrested, 56 drivers ticketed

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police searching for suspect in shooting incident: Police are searching for a male responsible for a shooting incident that has left a man detained in hospital on Sunday 1st October 2017…. Police involved shooting: Police are reporting that shortly after 8:00pm on Saturday 30th 2017, a man was shot during…

RBPF: Woman missing in Cat Island

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police have activated a missing person alert for 74 – year-old Janice Mildred Kissinger, a United States Citizen who resides in North Cat Island. Kissinger was last seen about 3:30pm on Friday 29th September 2017, at Shanna’s Cove Resort in North Cat Island, where she was staying locally. Police are…

RBPF Nassau: Police searching for suspects in two armed robberies – Illegal gun and drugs seized during house raid, one man in custody

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police searching for suspects in two armed robberies: Police are seeking the public’s help in locating several suspects responsible for two separate armed robberies.         In the first incident, shortly before 5:00pm on Friday 29th September 2017, male armed with a handgun robbed a business establishment located on Blue Hill…

Sobering Reflection on State of the Country at UB Academic Convocation

Source: Bahamas Weekly In a thought-provoking address that reminded the University of The Bahamas (UB) community about the context and expectations for student scholarship while lamenting the social and moral decay that has marked the Bahamian society – particularly New Providence – writer and poet Mrs. Patricia Glinton-Meicholas delivered the keynote at UB’s…

You Have Got To Be Joking!

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review   The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

Restoration Efforts Moving ‘Full Speed Ahead’

Source: Jones Bahamas The pace towards recovery and the restoration of essential services for those Bahamian islands most impacted by Hurricane Irma is moving full speed ahead, with agencies responsible for the restoration of electricity and other essential services, providing promising updates. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert A. Minnis said the Government of The…

Henfield: Reconsider Cost of Passports

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield suggested that the cost of obtaining a passport should be reconsidered.   During his communication in the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr. Henfield pointed out that there still seems to be an issue when it comes to the cost of passports for Bahamians.  …

PM Weeps with Grieving Family

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and his wife Patricia wept yesterday with the family of the eight-year-old boy who was fatality shot on Monday. While visiting the home where eight-year-old Eugene Woodside was shot by a stray bullet on Monday night, Dr. Minnis and his wife consoled and wept with…

Price Commission meets to review Issues and complaints

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Price Commission held a meeting to review issues and complaints,Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Department of Labour.  Board members in attendance were Chairman Synida Dorsett, centre, and from left: Huel Robins, Deputy Chairman Earl Godet, Freddie Munnings, and Belinda Wilson. BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna… Link: Price Commission meets to

The Tennis Play and Stay Campaign

Source: Bahamas Weekly In February 2007 the International Tennis Federation officially launched a global campaign aimed at increasing tennis participation worldwide. The Tennis Play and Stay campaign aims to promote tennis as easy, fun and healthy, and to ensure all starter players are able to serve, rally and score from their first lesson.…

Bahamian Contractors Association and BTVI collaborate

Source: Bahamas Weekly President of the Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA), Leonard Sands, recently underscored the importance of the organization and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) working together to further develop trade areas.  During a meeting with BTVI executives, Mr. Sands said students must see the connection between the classroom and their…

Government to assist Fishermen and Farmers in Wake of Irma

Source: Bahamas Weekly An Exigency Order will be issued “as soon as possible” to assist Bahamian fishermen negatively impacted by Hurricane Irma, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday. The order will allow for the purchase of traps and fishing materials, and equipment destroyed as a result of the passage…

Bahamas Minister of Education meets with OAS Officials

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Hon Jeffrey Lloyd, Bahamas Minister of Education, who us currently on a working visit to Washington, D.C., met today (Wednesday, September 27, 2017) with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro and Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez at the  Organization of American States (OAS) Main Building located on the corner of…

Tennis Bahamas Elite Training Program with Mark Knowles”

Source: Bahamas Weekly Mark Knowles was authorized by Mr. Christopher Anand of Albany to create a Bahamian Elite junior tennis program to be an adjunct to the Albany Tennis Academy. The Albany Tennis Academy for fulltime students opened in September 2017and is powered by Lleyton Hewitt with Grant Doyle as Director of Tennis.…

“No One Deserves To Be Bullied”

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

Heartbroken Grandmother Remembers ‘EJ’

Source: Jones Bahamas Distraught grandmother Marsha Murphy remembers her eight-year-old grandson as a well-mannered child with a beautiful spirit.   Eight-year-old Eugene Woodside, affectionately called ‘EJ’ by his family, was killed when a stray bullet infiltrated the dark brown wooden house behind his grandmother’s house in the Chippingham area on Monday evening. Eugene…

Govt Probes All Agencies

Source: Jones Bahamas The Government of The Bahamas has made the decision to conduct a thorough investigation of all agencies and departments with a view to stamp out corruption and malfeasance.   During yesterday’s weekly press briefing, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said all government agencies are under investigation and review, as he responded…

Stephen Dillet Opens on Monday

Source: Jones Bahamas After being delayed for almost a month, students and staff of Stephen Dillet Primary will finally be returning to their school.   Acting Minister of Education Dion Foulkes confirmed that the school will open Monday, October 2.   Foulkes said teachers are to report to school on Friday to make…

Two Men Charged with Murder

Source: Jones Bahamas Two young men spent their first night at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services last night after being arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on separate murder charges yesterday. Appearing before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes, 25-year-old Kyle Farrington was charged with intentionally causing the death of Fredric Ramsey. It is…

ALIV Launches Schools Plus Program

Source: Bahamas Weekly ALIV officially launched its Schools Plus Program today with St. Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School on September 26 during a press conference. They received 40 virtual reality goggles handsets. The purpose of the program is to assist with enhancing education through technology. Chief ALIV Business Developer Gravette Brown told the students…

Stephen Dillet Primary School to open on 2nd October

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Education wishes to advise that the Stephen Dillet Primary School will open on Monday, 2nd October, 2017. Students who are currently attending school at satellite campuses, will be dismissed on Friday 29th September at 12 noon. Administrators and teachers will convene at Stephen Dillet on Friday 29th…

Bay Street flooding issue addressed in Parliament

Source: Bahamas Weekly The government will undertake several initiatives to mitigate flooding similar to that which occurred on September 12 in northern New Providence, West Bay Street and Bay Street in particular. Minister of Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister made the announcement during his communication to Parliament September 20, 2017. In the short…

Minister outlines key ways to improve Financial Services Sector

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette said that more has to be done to improve the country’s second industry. While delivering the keynote address at the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) meeting held September 20, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton, Minister…

Courtesy call on the Governor General by Uriah McPhee Primary School Grade 6

Source: Bahamas Weekly Grade 6 students of Uriah McPhee Primary School paid a courtesy call upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, at Government House on Monday, September 25, 2017. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)… Link: Courtesy call on the Governor General by Uriah McPhee Primary School Grade 6

Ministry of Education: Death of Two Students

Source: Bahamas Weekly It is with profound sadness that we write to inform the public that one of our students, Eugene Woodside of Albury Sayle Primary School, was the unfortunate victim of a stray bullet from a shooting that occurred on Monday, September 25th. We also regret to inform the public of the…

Minister Lloyd encourages OAS Member States to pursue a “culture of innovation” as he begins Working Visit to Washington DC

Source: Bahamas Weekly Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, began a working visit to Washington DC on Monday, 25th September, 2017, with Keynote Remarks delivered at an Organization of American States (OAS) Round Table on Innovation and several meetings with prospective development partners, including the OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, the Inter-American…

Life expectancy in the Americas increases to 75 years

Source: Bahamas Weekly The population of the Americas has gained 16 years in life expectancy on average in the last 45 years, and a person who is born in the hemisphere can now aspire to live until age 75, almost five years longer than the world average. However, emerging and noncommunicable diseases, which…

Local Govt for NP

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis revealed yesterday that the government is making steps to organize local government in New Providence with framework to begin as early as next month.   The revelation came during his opening remarks at the official opening ceremony of the Department of Local Government’s Leadership Training…

‘Fix Educational Issues Before Accepting Dominicans,’ Says Wilson

Source: Jones Bahamas Teacher shortages, overcrowded classrooms and possible language barriers are some of the issues Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) President Belinda Wilson said must be addressed before the government makes good on its promise to welcome Dominican students into local classrooms.   Furthermore, she said the issue of immigration, coupled with…

Atlantis Announces New President – Audrey Oswell

Source: Jones Bahamas Atlantis, Paradise Island resort announced yesterday that it has chosen a new president and managing director.   This announcement came one week after the resort fired past President Howard Karawan, after only one year of service.   Audrey Oswell is the resort’s new president and managing director, which makes her…

Davis Condemns Water Bill Accusations

Source: Jones Bahamas Davis & Co condemned the Tribune’s headline yesterday which stated that the law firm owed $22,603.33 to the Water and Sewage Corporation.   The firm which is owned by Member of Parliament Philip Davis issued a statement yesterday claiming that there is a dispute between the firm and the Water…

Issues Resolved at Stephen Dillet’s Alternate School Site

Source: Jones Bahamas A minor mishap at Wesley Methodist Church, Baillou Hill Road, one of two alternate sites used to house Stephen Dillet Primary School students, has been resolved and students and teachers can look forward to returning to their regular school site in the very near future.   Students and teachers were…

Studies undertaken towards Local Government for New Providence

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Minnis Administration is committed to introducing some form of Local Government to New Providence, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday.   Prime Minister Minnis said preliminary studies have already begun to assess the feasibility of introducing some form of municipal governance in New Providence. The…

Remarks by Prime Minister Minnis at Local Government's Leadership Training Conference

Source: Bahamas Weekly Nassau, The Bahamas – Keynote Address Dr. the Honourable Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas at Official Opening Ceremony Department of Local Government’s Leadership Training Conference – “Building Communities through Partnerships, Accountability, Integrity and Productivity”,which took place at Melia Nassau Beach Resort Cable Beach Monday, September 25,…

PM Minnis Outlines Plans to Revitalize Family Island Economies

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Minnis Administration is committed to providing Crown Land grants to Bahamians – especially descendants of the various Family Islands — for a variety of economic projects including tourism, niche agriculture, aquaculture and other areas as incentives for the sustainable economic development of the Family Islands.   This includes providing…

Unanswered Questions

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…

Roberts Defends PLP over PowerSecure

Source: Jones Bahamas Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts said he feels in hindsight the former administration’s decision to hire PowerSecure to manage Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) was a good one.   His comments came last Friday, while he appeared as a guest on Love 97’s radio program “On Point.”   “We…

Minister Accused of House Breach

Source: Jones Bahamas Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has taken Minister of Works Desmond Bannister to task for comments he made in the House of Assembly last week which indicated that former Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald was guilty of abuse of parliamentary privilege.   In a statement yesterday, Mr. Roberts called…

Govt Pledges Support to Dominican Students

Source: Jones Bahamas Primary and high school Dominican students are expected to attend schools throughout The Bahamas which is a part of the government’s pledge to assist the Caribbean country that was devastated by Hurricane Maria.   Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis made the announcement of the government’s pledge to accept Dominican students…

BPL’s Board Backs CFO

Source: Jones Bahamas Amid calls for her termination, Bahamas Power and Light’s Board of Directors have reiterated its support for the company’s Chief Financial Officer Cecille Greene.   Whitney Heastie, BPL Audit Committee chairman, while appearing as a guest on a local talk show, said the CFO was not involved in any wrongdoing…

Police to Receive Overtime Pay This Week

Source: Jones Bahamas After almost four years, police officers who worked those 12 hour shifts will receive their overtime payment. In an interview with The Bahama Journal on Friday, Police Staff Association Chairman Sonny Miller said police officers have received confirmation that the payout would come sometime this week. “We’ve gotten confirmation however,…

RBPF Nassau: 2 men wanted for murder captured

Source: Bahamas Weekly POLICE is pleased to announce that two men wanted murder were taken into custody in separate incidents on Friday 22nd September 2017. The first suspect is Shaquille Austin of Williams Lane off Kemp Road. Austin was taken into custody without incident shortly after 2:30am, when Selective Enforcement Team officers… The…

Educational Awareness Campaign

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) is a Unit that falls under the Ministry of Labor headed by Minister Dion Foulkes charged with the responsibility to inform and protect consumers in the Bahamas.  It is said that an “Educated Customer is the Best Customer” During the months of September and October,…

NEMA Updates on Hurricane Maria

Source: Bahamas Weekly Director of NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency), Captain Stephen Russell and Chief Meteorologist of the Bahamas Department of Meteorology, Arnold King updated the public on Hurricane Maria, from NEMA, Friday afternoon, September 22, 2017. NEMA is partially activated which means that the storm is being closely monitored. According to Arnold…

Paying The Price For Rudeness

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review   The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

Guyana Minister of Agriculture presented plants to Minister Wells

Source: Bahamas Weekly Guyana Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Noel Holder, third right, presented a gift of potted plants from Guyana to the Bahamas Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells, third left, on Wednesday, during the 5th Meeting of ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture…

UB to Benefit from 12th UNESCO meeting on management of water resources

Source: Bahamas Weekly The 12th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) and Meeting of National Committees and Focal Points concluded Wednesday, September 20, with a commitment to form a UB-based Committee under the Ministry of Education.     The National Committee at the University of the Bahamas (UB), upon…

Manpower Audit for Police

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of National Security Marvin Dames announced that the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) is undergoing a manpower audit, which is a part of revising and reforming the underperforming anti-crime initiatives. In his address on crime in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Dames said the success of any crime…

$340K Bimini Drug Bust

Source: Jones Bahamas Police made another major drug bust in Bimini on Wednesday evening.   According to police, officers were patrolling Kings Highway around 11 p.m. on Wednesday when they spotted a suspicious looking vehicle.   A search revealed nine nylon bags, each containing suspected marijuana.   The male occupants of the vehicle,…

Dames: ‘Electronic Monitoring Failed Crime Fight’

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of National Security Marvin Dames revealed that anti-crime initiatives, which includes CCTV and electronic monitoring has failed. In his address to the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Dames said for years The Bahamas has been spending millions of dollars on anti-crime programs and the acquisition of modern crime fighting…

Junkanoo Groups Get Increase in Seed Money

Source: Jones Bahamas Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Michael Pintard yesterday during the official hand over of seed money to Junkanoo group leaders and representatives said it is the aim of the Free National Movement (FNM) to expand the culture of Junkanoo and made a commitment to the groups that seed money will…

RBPF Nassau: Another illegal handgun seized – 156 drivers cited – 13 arrested, 73 drivers ticketed

Source: Bahamas Weekly Another illegal handgun seized: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, officers from the Southern Division seized another handgun off the streets of New Providence on Thursday 21st September 2017… 156 drivers cited: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, officers from the Police Traffic Department conducted two…

Bahamasair weekend flight adjustments & cancellations

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamasair wishes to advise the traveling public that due to the movement of Hurricane Maria, our flight scheduled has been adjusted. Regularly scheduled flights into San Salvador & Long Island for Saturday 23rd September 2017 have been cancelled. Furthermore the scheduled Saturday morning flights to ACKLINS & CROOKED ISLAND have…

NEMA partially activates to closely monitor Hurricane Maria

Source: Bahamas Weekly The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA partially activated its National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) at 6pm Thursday, September 21 to closely monitor the track of Hurricane Maria threat to these islands. Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA activated Level II of the Standard Operating Procedures of the disaster plan because…

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: CARICOM-UK Ministers Meet

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield joined CARICOM Foreign Ministers on Wednesday 20 September, 2017 for a meeting with the United Kingdom Minister responsible for the Caribbean. The meeting was held in the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.  Minister Henfield is at centre in…

Highlights of UNESCO-IHP 2017 Meeting

Source: Bahamas Weekly Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, along with the Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, greeted delegates attending the 12th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Hydrological Programme and Meeting of National Committees and Focal Points, Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The three-day meeting was held at…

Bahamas Establishes Diplomatic Relations with Armenia

Source: Bahamas Weekly On 21st September 2017, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas formally established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Armenia through the signing of a Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations.  The Joint Communique was signed on behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas by the Honorable…

‘Taste of Port Lucaya’ to have special guest

Source: Bahamas Weekly Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis is expected to be the special guest at ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ on Friday, September 22, announced Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, during a press…

CTO Launches Hurricane Relief Fund

Source: Jones Bahamas The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has activated its “CTO Relief Fund” through GoFundMe to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the massive category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has impacted a number of member countries.   All of the money raised through the CTO’s Relief Fund…

Cooper Declares Bid for PLP Deputy Leader

Source: Jones Bahamas Member of Parliament for Exuma and Ragged Island Chester Cooper in a big announcement yesterday, declared his bid to offer himself for the office of Deputy Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), promising that he will seek to return core values and principles the party once had. Yesterday at…

Dames Outlines Plan to Tackle Guns and Gangs

Source: Jones Bahamas As crime continues to be a plague to the nation, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames announced that the government has established a new multi-agency operation across law enforcement departments to deal with the challenges of guns, gangs, drugs and human trafficking.   Dames’ announcement came during his contribution to…

Govt to Promote Aquaculture Investments

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said private and public sector investments are required if the aquaculture sector is to develop in a viable manner and promised to promote such investments.   Dr. Minnis’ comments came during his address at the opening session of the Fifth Meeting of ACP (Africa, Caribbean…

Govt Fires PowerSecure

Source: Jones Bahamas In a shocking revelation, Minister of Works Desmond Bannister revealed that Bahamas Power and Light Company (BPL) and PowerSecure severed ties. Mr. Bannister made the shocking revelation during a Power Breakfast held at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday, where he explained that the ties were severed on Monday September 18.…

Saint Lucia reaches out in Hurricane Relief Efforts

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Government of Saint Lucia along with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has activated hurricane relief mechanisms to provide aid to the territories affected by Hurricane Irma. The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to extend assistance to the Saint Lucian Diaspora in these areas, especially at this time…

RBPF: Significant drug seizure and arrest in Bimini

Source: Bahamas Weekly Officers of the Bimini Division along with DEU Officers made a significant drug arrest on North Bimini on Wednesday 20th September 2017. Reports are that around 11:00pm, officers while on routine patrol in the area of Kings Highway, North Bimini, observed a suspicious vehicle. Officers stopped and searched the vehicle…

Alert #12 – Hurricane Maria moving away from Puerto Rico

Source: Bahamas Weekly THE CORE OF DANGEROUS HURRICANE MARIA IS GRADUALLY MOVING AWAY FROM PUERTO RICO… CONDITIONS NOW DETERIORATING OVER EASTERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC… HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF MAYAGUANA, INAGUA, CROOKED ISLAND, ACKLINS, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY AND…

BTVI embraces online learning

Source: Bahamas Weekly Information Technology students at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) now have the opportunity to enroll in online courses. The institution now offers several online courses including, but not limited to Project Management, Information Technology Fundamentals and Professional Performance.  Also, the entire Information Technology Entry Level certificate program can…

Continuous Attempts To Muzzle The Press

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review   The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

British Couple Celebrates 32 Years of Bahamas Vacations

Source: Jones Bahamas Peter and Joan Davis have been visiting The Bahamas for the past 32 years and on their recent trip to Nassau, the British couple promised Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar that they would return for years to come.   Their love affair with Nassau began in 1985 when…

Public Service Seeks to Recruit Young Bahamians

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle revealed yesterday that the public sector is making room to recruit younger persons and promote employees based on their qualifications.   In order for this to happen, Mr. Rolle said it may include trimming the number of pensioners and contracted…

Lombard Odier Executives pay courtesy call on Minister Symonette

Source: Bahamas Weekly Lombard Odier & Cie (Bahamas) Ltd. executives paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette, recently, at the Ministry.  Pictured from left: Angelique Sawyer, Ministry of Financial Services; Latonia Symonette Tinker, Consultant, Ministry of Financial Services; Sherrylee Smith, Permanent Secretary,…

RBPF Grand Bahama: Suspect arraigned

Source: Bahamas Weekly Donnalee Musgrove age 50 years of Blue Marina, South Bahamia was arraigned on Tuesday 19th September 2017, before Magistrate Renkin Johnson in Magistrate Court #3 on (10) counts of Stealing by Reason of Service. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and the matter was adjourned to Wednesday 29th November…

PLP Leader Brave Davis makes stops in South and Central Andros

Source: Bahamas Weekly PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis travelled to South Andros and Mangrove Cay on his ‘Road to Convention’ stops across the Bahamas.   MPs Picewell Forbes, Chester Cooper, and Sen. Jobeth Coleby-Davis joined Mr. Davis for the visit where residents put questions about the way forward for the Progressive Liberal Party.…

RBPF Grand Bahama: Shooting incident

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a shooting incident that has left a 42 year old male hospitalized with serious injuries. Reports are that on Monday 18th September 2017 shortly before 11:00pm, police were called to a business establishment on Coral Road where reports of gunshots were heard. Further investigation…

CARICOM Assessment Team views Ragged Island after Hurricane Irma

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield led a delegation to Duncan Town, Ragged Island, on September 16, 2017, so that regional partners could see firsthand the damage raged on the island by Category-5 Hurricane Irma. Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith…

The Silence of The Former Prime Minister

Source: Jones Bahamas The Clifton Review   The Clifton Review is a tri-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…

Crime Spikes in Fox Hill

Source: Jones Bahamas The country’s murder count climbed up a notch, reaching triple digits, according to The Bahama Journal’s records, when a teen succumbed to his injuries in hospital following a shooting in Fox Hill on Saturday evening. According to police reports, shortly after 6 p.m. a 17-year-old male was walking on Johnson…

CARICOM to Support Hurricane Recovery

Source: Jones Bahamas CARICOM Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, during his visit to the capital on the weekend, to assess damage inflicted by the wrath of Hurricane Irma, told the minister of foreign affairs and the minister of labour, that he and his team from the Caribbean Community were in…

Govt Issues Exigency Order

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest, pursuant to the Tariff Act, has declared an Exigency Order for the tax exemption on goods imported for rebuilding purposes following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.   According to a statement issued by the National Emergency Management Agency, the exigency…

Trade Unionist Idena Burrows Dies

Source: Jones Bahamas Former President of The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) Idena Burrows died recently.   Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes expressed his condolences to Mrs. Burrows’ family yesterday.   Mrs. Burrows served as both president and vice president of the BCPOU.   “She played a critical role in the…

RBPF Nassau: Police searching for suspects in Ida street shooting – Four in custody as police seize another illegal gun – Drugs seized

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police searching for suspects in Ida street shooting:POLICE are searching for two male suspects responsible a shooting incident that has left a male detained in hospital on Sunday 17th September 2017… Four in custody as police seize another illegal gun: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2017, Drug Enforcement…

Bahamas Cabinet Office Statement on 'Cash Grant Scam'

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Cabinet Office is aware of information circulating, purported to come from the Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis concerning a “Cash Grant Program”, established to: “improve the standard of living for those persons paying bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school, even helping to raise children.”…

RBPF Bimini: Possession of firearm and ammunition arrest

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Bimini have in their custody three (3) males who were arrested for possession of a firearm and ammunition. Reports are that on Sunday 17th September 2017 shortly after 12:00am, police were on mobile patrol on North Bimini when gunshots were heard, officers then observed three males in the…

RBPF Grand Bahama: Possession of dangerous drugs arrest

Source: Bahamas Weekly Reports are that on Saturday 16th September 2017 shortly after 12:00pm, Officers of the Central Detective Unit while in the area of Weddell Avenue stopped a red 2009 Toyota Yaris vehicle for a traffic violation, when they uncovered a quantity of suspected marijuana. The male driver a Freeport resident was…

RBPF Nassau: Police searching for armed robbery suspects & two stolen vehicles – Shooting victim dies in hospital – Woman in hospital after being intentionally hit by a vehicle

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police searching for armed robbery suspects and two stolen vehicles: POLICE are seeking the public’s help in locating several male suspects responsible two separate overnight arm robberies… Shooting victim dies in hospital: POLICE are searching for two male suspects responsible a shooting incident that has left a 17 – year…

Environment Ministry supports BTVI Solar Energy Training

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of the Environment & Housing, September 15, at Charlotte House, downtown.  BTVI President Dr. Robert Robertson met with the Minister, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, to garner his support for the college’s 15-week-long dual enrollment programme.   The…

Foreign Affairs hosts Luncheon for CARICOM Chairman

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield (third right) hosted a small luncheon for CARICOM Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (third left) on Saturday (September 16, 2017) following the delegation’s return from Ragged Island where they toured the devastation caused there by…

CARICOM Chairman Dr. Keith Mitchell arrives in Nassau

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, left, escorted CARICOM Chairman Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, right, from his plane upon Dr. Mitchell’s arrival in Nassau on Friday evening, September 15, 2017 for a CARICOM assessment of the impact of Hurricane Irma. BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay… Link: CARICOM Chairman Dr.

RBPF Nassau: Man arrested as police seize another gun, ammo

Source: Bahamas Weekly Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police took a man into custody in relation to the seizure of a firearm and several rounds of ammunition on Saturday 16th September 2017. According to reports, shortly before 10:00am, officers from the Mobile Division acting on information went to Wilson Track,…

Scotiabank Sponsors Paradise Plates Event

Source: Bahamas Weekly Scotiabank is pleased to join Hands For Hunger as a benefactor of Paradise Plates, the organizations’ 8th annual signature benefit event and largest local fund-raising effort in aid of hunger relief. “We are proud to support the work that Hands For Hunger is doing to eliminate hunger in The Bahamas,”…

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