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May 22, 2018

Bahamas

Jalan Harris’ Exhibition opens on May 31

Source: Bahamas Weekly Jalan Harris’ Inaugural Exhibition entitled “Sankofa: The Madonna Diaries” will open at Doongalik Studios on Thursday, May 31 from 6-9pm. ‘SANKOFA’ is a word in the Twi language from the Akan tribe in Ghana which means, ‘to go back and get it’. A bird most commonly represents Sankofa with its…

“THE RIGHT STEPS ON BAHA MAR”

Source: Jones Bahamas Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal  Affairs, Allyson Maynard Gibson says  the successful  outcome of negotiations  of the Baha Mar project is proof that the Christie Administration took the right  steps at the right time for Bahamians and the Bahamas. Responding to a series of questions yesterday, Mrs  Maynard-Gibson…

TOURISM BOOKING BOOMS

Source: Jones Bahamas Booking for The Bahamas has increased by 41 percent  with the Expedia Group. Senior Business Development Manager for the Caribbean Betty Julie Estrada  said that at this time last year, the year over demand in growth from 2016 to 2017 was nearly 10 percent. This year around the same time,…

POLICE PROBE HOLIDAY HOMICIDE

Source: Jones Bahamas A tragic start to the holiday as police were called to the scene of an apparent homicide near East Street South. On the scene, blood soaked the ground as the victim’s lifeless body lied face up, with apparent gunshot wounds to his head and body.  Officer in charge of the…

MINISTRY OF WORKS HOSTS SEMINAR FOR CONTRACTORS

Source: Jones Bahamas The Ministry of Public Works in collaboration with The Department of Information Technology is in the process of updating its contractor database, and also its tendering and payment certificate processes. Stemming from the Ministry’s preparation for the New Providence School Repair Programme, Director of Public Works, Melanie Roach, said it…

University of The Bahamas Academic Regalia

Source: Bahamas Weekly The University of The Bahamas Commencement Ceremony honours and celebrates the hard work, dedication and perseverance of our students who are proudly crossing the threshold to become graduates of our beloved institution. As a time-honoured tradition, Commencement has special significance for all academic communities and ours is no different… Link:

Press members bade farewell to Gina Morley

Source: Bahamas Weekly Members of the media paid final respects to former journalist and Attorney-at-Law, Gina Patrice Morley, 55, on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The Rite of a Christian Burial for Gina was held at St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church on Bernard Road, Fox Hill. Officiating were Fr Noël Clarke and Reverend Ricardo…

Alpitour World Introduces New Flight to Grand Bahama Island

Source: Bahamas Weekly As the market for direct airlift from European countries has expanded throughout The Islands Of The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island has steadily become the destination of choice when it comes to attracting the Italian visitor. With miles of white-sand beach and a tranquil environment, Grand Bahama Island and its local…

Bahamas Featured at Our Kids World

Source: Bahamas Weekly Children of all ages along with their parents and families came from near and far to participate in the 16th Annual Our Kids World Family Fun Fest held April 28 and 29, at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Islands Of The Bahamas, including Bahamasair and…

Cabinet Office: Whit Monday Holiday

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that Monday, 21st May, 2018 will be observed as Whit Monday. As a result, stores wishing to do so may open for business on this holiday during normal business hours. Employers are to note, however, that employees who are normally not…

Samuel Guy Pinder All-Age School, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera call on Governor General

Source: Bahamas Weekly Students and teachers from Samuel Guy Pinder All-Age School, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera called upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Friday, May 18, 2018. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)… Link: Samuel Guy Pinder All-Age School, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera call on Governor General

Passing Out Parade (POP) for New Entry 55 & Woman Entry 24

Source: Bahamas Weekly Coral Harbour Base, 19 MAY ‘18 (RBDF): The Royal Bahama Defence Force received a major boost in manpower on Friday past after 111 recruits successfully graduated from New Entry Training at the Coral Harbour Base. With scores of families and loved ones cheering them on, the squad of 93 males…

RBPF Abaco: Armed robbery

Source: Bahamas Weekly Reports are that on Friday 18th May 2018, shortly before 2:00am, a male reported that while on the outside of his residence in Hope Town, Abaco, two mask males, one armed with a firearm, robbed him off cash and personnel items before fleeing on foot. Police in Abaco are actively…

“Nothing Is Ever Perfect”

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the blocks to…

Ministry of Labour appointments

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Labour has announced that effective May 1, 2018 the former Director of Labour, Mr. Robert Anthony Farquharson, has been re-classified as Executive Manager at the Ministry of Labour. Further, Mr. John Pinder is appointed to act as Director of Labour, effective May 1, 2018…. Link: Ministry of

U.S. Embassy Closure in observance of the Whit Monday Holiday

Source: Bahamas Weekly The United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 21st in observance of the Whit Monday Holiday.  Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, May 22nd at 8:00 a.m. For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of…

Abaco’s Mudd Dwellers Fear Losing Homes

Source: Jones Bahamas The Chairperson for Abaco’s Shanty Town Committee reports that they have  discovered new shanty towns in “Hope Town or Elbow Cay”.  As the government tries to combat the development of these communities, shanty town committees are trying to gather information on these various areas throughout the country.  Abaco’s committee is…

FUNERAL DIRECTORS SEEK REGULATION

Source: Jones Bahamas The Bahamas Funeral Directors Association seeks to pass legislation for the industry to prevent untrained funeral directors from interfering with their livelihood. President Kirch Ferguson describes this issue as “disheartening,” because this not only affects business, but also overall customer satisfaction.  He said, “there’s really nothing at this time that…

Court Examines Call logs in Smith’s trial

Source: Jones Bahamas Police Superintendent  Paul Rolle is expected  to take the witness stand soon  in the trial of former Member of Parliament Frank Smith in the Magistrates Court. Rolle who currently heads  the Anti Corruption Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force is  expected to testify on how the charges against Smith…

RIGHTS BAHAMAS VP SUPPORTS McALPINE

Source: Jones Bahamas Pineridge Member of Parliament  Frederick McAlpine is receiving some support after he was chastised by fellow party members in the Free National Movement  because of his public remarks regarding the Minnis administration and its policies.  The backlash came after McAlpine protested against the government in Rawson Square.  The MP said…

Island Treasure Hunt Reveals Bahamas’ Hottest Attractions

Source: Jones Bahamas Island Treasure Hunt  reveals Bahamas’ Hottest Attractions.  A 26 year-old entrepreneur is building his tour business from the ground up,  connecting locals and tourists  vacationing on New Providence and Paradise Island with a triple dose of once in a life time experiences in The Exuma Cays.  It’s not every day…

Bahamas First Establishes Automotive Scholarships At BTVI

Source: Bahamas Weekly Insurance and community leader Bahamas First is continuing its legacy of pioneering opportunities for Bahamians by establishing the Bahamas First RUSH Scholarship at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI). The company will offer two full scholarships, inclusive of tuition and fees, to one candidate seeking to study Auto Collision Repair…

World Famous Valley Boys Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Valley Boys will celebrate this year 60 years as an organized Junkanoo Group having been founded in 1958. To commemorate this milestone, we have planned a series of activities and events with the purpose of telling the rich Story of the Valley Boys, and to thank the many men…

GBPA Launches GB Ambassadors Program

Source: Bahamas Weekly Freeport, Bahamas –  Bahamas Diplomatic and Consul General Officers stationed throughout the United States, and eventually the world, will now have a new, more accurate and exciting story of Grand Bahama to share with potential investors seeking opportunities to ‘do business’ in The Bahamas. The “GB Ambassadors” program created by…

KGBCC Awards Talented Eco-School Designer

Source: Bahamas Weekly It is often said, but very true – ‘that children are our future’. As the generation that will inherit planet Earth, there is a need for young people here at home and around the world to be educated on the ways which they can help protect the environment and extend…

FTRA to meet country’s deficiencies regarding FATF recommendations

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas’ Financial Transactions Reporting Act, 2018 (FTRA), will meet all of the deficiencies that were identified in respect to the country’s compliance with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl W. Bethel, QC, said Wednesday. Addressing a…

Prison Fellowship Bahamas Holds Graduation Service

Source: Bahamas Weekly To the theme, ‘Life is a Journey, You Can Make It,’ Prison Fellowship Bahamas held a graduation service at the Department of Corrections on Thursday for 73 inmates who were affirmed with the benefits of education and good discipline habits to assist them in becoming industrious, better citizens of The…

Grand Bahama Power offers customers enhanced, secure online services

Source: Bahamas Weekly Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) has redeveloped and refined its online presence to offer customers a more streamlined and efficient web-based service. Launched on May 1, the Company’s revamped site brings a new look, increased user-friendliness, intuitive design and enhanced security…   Link: Grand Bahama Power offers customers enhanced, secure

BPL To Be Right-sized OVER 200 WORKERS TO BE TERMINATED

Source: Jones Bahamas Since threatening a “dark and hot summer” for its tens of thousands of consumers, the line staff and managerial unions of  Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) have signed an agreement of Voluntary Separation. This became necessary as  the Board of BPL has  decided to terminate some 233 employees in an…

A BILLION SOULS NETWORK COMES TO THE BAHAMAS

Source: Jones Bahamas According to Pentecostal pastor, Dr. James Davis, more than 90  percent of all religious ministers worldwide have no formal education. Further,  tens of thousands drop out of ministry each year. It is this very reason that gave birth to the Billion Souls Network, which after 15 years is making its…

Bill To Allow Borrowing by BPL

Source: Jones Bahamas Bahamas Power and Light (BPL)  is seeking to do a number of things which in effect will be “fairly costly,” according to Minister of Public Works, Desmond Bannister.  During his contribution to the Electricity Amendment (BPL) Bill, in the House of Assembly yesterday, the Minister said “the current BPL legislation,…

House Passes Entities Reporting Bill

Source: Jones Bahamas The government and opposition yesterday put differences aside and spoke with one voice on a critical piece of legislation for the financial services industry.  The two sides both agreed to support the passing of a Multi-National Entities Reporting Bill to satisfy another requirement of the European Union’s Code of Conduct…

BAHAMAS AND U.S RESUME AIR TRAFFIC MEETING

Source: Jones Bahamas The Governments of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the United States of America have  resumed negotiations over the last two days  in Nassau  regarding the management of the sovereign airspace of The Bahamas. Since 1952, a portion of the air traffic through the sovereign airspace of The Bahamas has…

“Measurement Of My Success—How I Share Money”

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the…

Shanty Town Report Released by Bahamas Government

Source: Bahamas Weekly Statement by Senator Dion A. Foulkes Minister of Labour and Chairman of the SATF on May 16th: The Shanty Town Action Task Force (SATF) conducted a survey of all ten Shanty Towns in New Providence over a four week period. The Shanty Towns are located in the Elizabeth, Carmichael (Garden…

ALIV Talks Telecommunications Data Protection

Source: Bahamas Weekly Believing in innovative technology and educational advancement in technology, ALIV participated in a Data Protection Roundtable put on by The Office of The Data Protection Commission (DPC) at Melia Nassau Beach under the theme “Data Protection in A Modern Society” on Wednesday, May 16. According to the government’s website, “The…

Bahamas Men's National Program Players Announced

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas Football Association would like to announce the list of players who have been invited to the Bahamas Men’s National Program. From this program, the Bahamas Men’s National Team will be selected to represent The Bahamas in matches against Belize (September), Antigua and Barbuda (October), Anguilla (November), and Dominica…

Den of Thieves – Movie review by Rouén Robinson

Source: Bahamas Weekly A notorious crew of bank robbers are looking to pull off the ultimate heist of cash about to be taken out of circulation that would set them up for life. A rule breaking division of law enforcement is looking to bring them to justice, but their questionable ways of getting…

Executives of Bentley University of Waltham, Massachusetts call on Governor General

Source: Bahamas Weekly Executives of Bentley University of Waltham, Massachusetts (near Boston) paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (pictured seated centre), at Government House on Monday, May 14, 2018.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)… Link: Executives of Bentley University of Waltham, Massachusetts call on Governor General

OAS to Sponsor the Latin American Prize for Investigative Journalism

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Organization of American States (OAS) will sponsor the prestigious Latin American Journalism Research Award, organized by the Press and Society Institute (IPYS) and Transparency International (TI) since 2002. This according to an agreement between the General Secretariat of the hemispheric institution and these two civil society organizations… Link: OAS

Road Safety Exhibit shifts driving culture

Source: Bahamas Weekly When Frankie Campbell was a first grader at William Gordon Primary School he was hit by a car while crossing Wulff Road. Frightened, the six-year-old returned home. Too afraid to tell his mother he kept the news a secret until the pain in his left leg grew unbearable, forcing him…

Minister And Union Leader In Conflict

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of Transport Frankie Campbell,  responsible for the General Post Office  and Bahamas Public Services Union President Kimsley Ferguson experienced some friction on yesterday’s decision to allow post office workers  short work days. This disagreement followed a power outage at the East Street  post office that worsened by the fact…

Key Witness In Smith’s Trial Tested On Loan

Source: Jones Bahamas Various outbursts and  frustration  of the prosecution’s key witness Barbara Hanna  marked yesterday’s  trial  in the ongoing bribery and extortion  case of former Chairman of the Public Hospitals Authority, Frank Smith.  She  told the court that the truth will come out at the end of the trial.  Defense attorney, Keith…

CLICO POLICY HOLDERS STILL HOPEFUL

Source: Jones Bahamas Very little has been said about CLICO in recent months, but years after the insurance company flopped, thousands of its policyholders are still holding on to hope that there will be some resolution.  The Minnis administration has followed the lead of previous governments in trying to make both policy and…

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT LEAVES ONE DEAD

Source: Jones Bahamas Police are investigating a late night traffic accident that left one man dead and another injured in Grand Bahama Monday night. The incident happened shortly before 11pm on the Warren J. Levarity Highway which involved a group of male pedestrians and a grey Plymouth Voyager.  Quite a number of accidents…

MINISTER WANTS TO DOUBLE FOOD PRODUCTION

Source: Jones Bahamas A two-day convention  is planned  for farmers to discuss the way ahead, according to Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Renward Wells.  This as the government continues to push to reduce the country’s food import bill of $1 plus billion a year.  “We are now going to have a two-day…

Director of NEMA attends regional advisory committee meeting on disaster management

Source: Bahamas Weekly Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency recently attended the Ninth Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which focused on capacity building and other issues related to comprehensive disaster management. The annual TAC, which was held Barbados, April…

RBPF Nassau: Police investigating two (2) sexual assaults

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police on New Providence are investigating two (2) sexual assaults cases involving female minors. These incidents occurred within the Englestern Community, 28th April, 2018 and 14th May, 2018, respectively. Police are asking anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the person(s) in these composite sketches, to call the…

“OBAN DEAL NULL AND VOID”

Source: Jones Bahamas Retired Anglican Archbishop, the Most Reverend Drexel Gomez is calling on the Minnis administration to repeal the heads of agreement with Oban Energies  for a $5.5 billion oil refinery and storage facility  for East Grand Bahama. Speaking on the Love 97 radio show “On Point” yesterday,  Bishop Gomez was reacting…

TWO MEN ARRAIGNED FOR MURDER

Source: Jones Bahamas Twenty year-old, Charlton Pierre, of Farrington Road was arraigned yesterday before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt  for the murder of 16-year-old Stefan Bowleg.  It is alleged that the accused, by means of unlawful harm, did intentionally cause the death of Bowleg.  Bowleg who was stabbed in an altercation shortly after 8pm…

DPM Introduces Fiscal Responsibility Bill 2018

Source: Jones Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, K Peter Turnquest  yesterday introduced The Fiscal Responsibility Bill 2018, for public consultation. The bill sets guiding principles and rules for the way the government spends and accounts for the people’s money, according to Mr. Turnquest, who emphasized the importance of the legislation. …

RBPF Grand Bahama: Traffic Fatality

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a traffic accident that has left a male dead and another male in serious condition at the Rand Memorial Hospital. Reports are that on Monday 15th May 2018, shortly before 11:00pm, police were called to a traffic accident on Warren J. Levarity Highway, involving…

Man Shot In Abaco

Source: Jones Bahamas Police in Abaco are investigating a shooting incident that has left a male with non-life threatening injuries.  Reports are that on Sunday, shortly before 12midnight, police received information of gunshots fired in the area of a business establishment on Don McKay Boulevard. Officers responded and further investigation revealed that the…

POST OFFICE PLAGUED WITH POWER OUTAGE

Source: Jones Bahamas Workers at the Bahamas General Post Office  are  enraged once again as they began their morning yesterday  with a building power outage and the backup generator needing batteries to function. They  sat  outside the building, along the walls and chairs while waiting for further information  by the authorities from Bahamas…

Nygard Gave 22 Million To Cancer Organisations

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the blocks to rebuilding,…

RBPF Abaco: Shooting Incident

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Abaco are investigating a shooting incident that has left a male with non-life threatening injuries. Reports are that on Sunday 13th May 2018, shortly before 12midnight, police received information of gunshots fired in the area of a business establishment on Don McKay Blvd. Officers responded and further investigation…

RBPF Grand Bahama: Armed robbery

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Grand Bahama need your assistance in locating the culprits, who robbed a business establishment on East Sunrise Highway, Grand Bahama. Reports are that shortly before 2:00am on Sunday 13th May 2018, police were called to a business establishment on East Sunrise Highway that was reportedly held up and…

CONTRACT REEKS WITH CORRUPT CRONYISM, SAYS ROBERTS  

Source: Jones Bahamas The Chairman Emeritus of the Progressive Liberal Party, Bradley Roberts  says the Long Island Water main contracts reeks with corrupt cronyism.  Mr. Roberts who is recovering  at home from surgery in a commentary yesterday said, “one of the latest salvo is the contract awarded to Bahamas Hot Mix (BHM) in…

Dames Warns Drug Dealers

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said that crime does not pay, while sending out a warning to criminals, particularly drug dealers who attempt to evade the law.  The Minister, a former Deputy Commissioner of Police, repeated that no one is above the law, and that what you do will…

MINNIS: COUNTRY HEADED IN PROMISING DIRECTION

Source: Jones Bahamas In the face of fierce criticisms from both detractors and even some supporters, Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, went to great lengths to tout his party’s record over the past year and how it’s laying the groundwork for significant change moving ahead. “The Bahamas is headed in a promising direction.…

BAHAMAS DELISTED

Source: Jones Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, K. Peter Turnquest’s optimism that The Bahamas would be delisted, has turned into certainty. “We rose to the occasion, we’ve written, we’ve visited and we’ve gotten good news that we will be removed from that listing.” The minister made the very important announcement…

CAMPBELL RAISES AWARENESS OF ROAD SAFETY

Source: Jones Bahamas This year, the amount of traffic fatalities is keeping pace with the amount of homicides,  according to Minister of Transport  and Local Government Frankie Campbell.  The government joined forces the F.I.A (Federation Internationale L’Automobile) this past  weekend, which serves as the international platform for road safety. The organization, which started…

Government/GBPA collaboration – Creating new narrative for Freeport

Source: Bahamas Weekly Grand Bahama is gaining positive traction as a competitive jurisdiction, as both government and the ‘Port’ take a collaborative approach to promoting the destination. The Hon. Brent Symonette, Minister of Financial Services, Trade, Industry and Immigration brought noteworthy attention to the country’s industrial capital during his remarks at the Opportunities…

RBPF Grand Bahama: Shooting incident

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a shooting incident that has left a male in serious condition at the Rand Memorial Hospital. Reports are that on Sunday 13th May 2018, shortly after 3:00am, police received information that a male was shot in the area of Hearne Lane. Officers responded along…

Miller-Uibo and Gardiner set meet records in Shanghai

Source: Bahamas Weekly SHANGHAI, China – Bahamian athletic powerhouses, Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Uibo put on quite a show at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Shanghai Diamond League Meet on Saturday! In record-breaking times, Gardiner won the men’s 400m and Miller-Uibo won the women’s 200m. In the men’s 400m, Gardiner beat Botswana’s triple…

RBDF Rangers presented with Cheque

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas Maritime Association’s (BMA) Chairman, Ms. Denise Lewis-Johnson, along with fellow board members presented the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Rangers Program with a cheque in support of the youth program. The cheque was presented by Dr. Shawn Thurston, a director at BMA, at Coral Harbour Base on Thursday…

A Hodgepodge Of Incoherence

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the blocks to…

My Big Brother, My Hero

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the blocks to rebuilding,…

New Graduate Centre at UB Symbolizes Partnership and Growth

Source: Bahamas Weekly University of The Bahamas (UB) and its partners in higher education will observe another crucial milestone as the institution continues to transition into a world-class institution, with the official opening of the Franklyn R. Wilson Graduate Centre on Thursday, 17th May at the Oakes Field Campus.  Envisioned as a centre…

Minister Dames: Bahamas not Immune to Cyber Crimes

Source: Bahamas Weekly During his remarks at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) Cyber Security Forum, on May, 10, 2018, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames noted that while The Bahamas, being a member of the global community, has embraced cyber opportunities, it is, of course, not immune…

Potable water on the way for Long Island

Source: Bahamas Weekly The provision of potable water to Long Island will offer relief for the “severe hardship” that residents there have endured for many years. The Bahamas Government signed a $5.3 million contract Thursday, May 10, 2018 with BHM Company Limited for the installation of 100,000 feet of pipe in north and…

Freeport Youth Rugby Brings the Heat to Florida

Source: Bahamas Weekly With the 8th Annual International Junior Rugby Festival approaching, the talented youth from Freeport Rugby Football Club traveled to Florida to gain some much-needed experience against quality competition in the inaugural Weston Rugby Challenge Cup. Hosted by Okapi Wanderers RFC, the one-day tournament was a tremendous opportunity for Freeport’s U12,…

Gov’t Gets Poor Ratings

Source: Jones Bahamas Thousands of Bahamians around the Bahamas are engaged in exercises to assess the performance of the government of Prime Minister Doctor Hubert Minnis after  one year in office.  There are four more years left in the term.  Callers on the Love 97 Radio Talk show “Issues of the Day” in…

FORMER TEACHER CHARGED WITH INDECENT ASSAULT

Source: Jones Bahamas A sixty five year old man held back tears as he  was  charged in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the indecent assault of three minors. Garfield Hepburn pleaded  not guilty on all three charges and Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux set his bail at $7,500.  Hepburn was remanded to the…

ALARM OVER CYBERSECURITY THREATS

Source: Jones Bahamas The Minister of National Security Marvin Dames says last year there were eight leading cyber security threats  which encompassed both fraud and ransom. He  said cybercrime includes damage and destruction of data and stolen money.  It is estimated that cybercrime costs approximately $600 billion worldwide in  a year.” “In 2017…

Man Dies One Week After Shooting

Source: Jones Bahamas The murder count increased by another one after a shooting victim died in hospital, on Wednesday after being shot outside a home in April.  The victim was reportedly one of four men standing outside a home on Jumbey Street, Pinewood Gardens, after 11:00pm on Saturday, April 28th when a gunman…

$5.3MIL WATER PROJECT FOR LONG ISLAND

Source: Jones Bahamas A $5.3million contract was  signed yesterday  between the Water and Sewerage cooperation and Bahamas Hot Mix Co. LTD. (BHM) The contract seeks to extend  the  water supply  in  Long Island. Lot 1 in the project begins   at Salt Pond North Long   Island, ending at Boat Harbour Drive and…

Year At-A-Glance – Minister of Finance

Source: Bahamas Weekly Every day the Ministry of Finance (MOF) is tasked with making tough economic decisions regarding the management of the country’s fiscal resources. As Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, I am proud to have worked alongside the professionals in the MOF and its agencies to deliver substantial results for…

Acrimony – Movie review by Rouén Robinson

Source: Bahamas Weekly The slow disintegration of a relationship spanning the prime years of a couple’s life is looked on bitterly by one of the participants. As circumstances begin to change it is hard to see who is to blame as outside forces conspire to influence both of the once linked individuals in…

The Voice of Festival De’ Cannes

Source: Bahamas Weekly Cannes, France – “Cinema is voice. And its the way, where I’m from in Compton California, that I was able to understand the humanity of a family in Iran or in Shanghai. There was nothing outside my window to orient my place in the world. It was cinema that gave…

Upstairs on the Bay Mother's Day Special – May 13th

Source: Bahamas Weekly Freeport, Grand Bahama – Upstairs on the Bay Mother’s Day Special Sunday, May 13th, 2018 APPETIZER Classic Caesar Salad; ENTREE Grilled Salmon, 8 oz Topped with Sauteed Herbs Served with: Pineapple Rice and Mixed Vegetables; DESSERT Strawberry Marble Ice-Cream… $29.95 Vat included Regular Menu also available. Special is available from…

MINISTERS GRADE THEMSELVES

Source: Jones Bahamas As the Free National Movement administration led by Prime Minister Doctor Hubert Minnis celebrates one year in office today, many Bahamians are offering various assessments of the performance of the government. However,  the idea of giving a grade is said to be  subjective  and dependent on one’s expectation and  …

FNM GOV’T – “A DANGER TO THE RULE OF LAW” 

Source: Jones Bahamas Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis  says the Minnis administration is operating  “on a platform of falsehoods, untruths, and a tissue of lies.”  He said the Free National Movement government “is a danger to the rule of law.” Addressing a mass rally at the Sir Lynden Pindling Centre, Gambier House, last…

NEW HOME OWNERSHIP PROGRAM

Source: Jones Bahamas Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis told members of the House of Assembly yesterday that the Affordable Home Bill will significantly increase home ownership throughout The Bahamas, helping potentially hundreds of Bahamians to realize the long-sought dream of a home to call their own. He said, “along with the opportunity for…

Gov’t Quizzed on Motives over Homes Bill

Source: Jones Bahamas The Member of Parliament for Exuma and Ragged Island I. Chester Cooper says he supports  reasonable efforts to increase Bahamian home ownership. However  he questioned the motives of the government over the Affordable Homes Bill before the House of Assembly. “A home is one of the most important purchases the…

New Group Protest Gov’t Policies

Source: Jones Bahamas A small group of Bahamians marched to Parliament  from the southern recreation  grounds yesterday  demanding answers from on several so-called hot-button issues. Among them the ongoing controversy surrounding the OBAN deal. Organizer and Director of Operation Sovereign Bahamas, Adrian Francis said,  the organization  is not about politics, its about a…

Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit will be data driven

Source: Bahamas Weekly At the official launch of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit (PMDU) on Tuesday at the Office of the Prime Minister, Viana Gardiner, Chief Operating Officer of the PMDU, remarked that performance management by the unit will be guided by empirical data. It is the objective of the Prime Minister and…

Bahamians to get another chance at affordable homes

Source: Bahamas Weekly In keeping with his Government’s mission to accommodate the ownership of affordable housing for Bahamians, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis introduced a landmark Bill to this effect, in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The Prime Minister underscored the importance of affordable housing, during…

Zorbas Greek Cuisine Mother's Day Special – May 13th

Source: Bahamas Weekly Freeport, Grand Bahama – Zorbas Greek Cuisine Mother’s Day Special SOUP OR SALAD Cream of Broccoli Soup Option #1 Succulent Tender Filet Mignon/ Breaded Shrimp, Duchess Potato & Sauteed Garden Vegetables; Option #2 Shrimp & Lobster Alfredo Pasta Soaked in a Garlic Cream Sauce; Option #3 Minced Rock Lobster with…

St. George joins the official opening the UB Hawksbill Dorms

Source: Bahamas Weekly n 2015, the Grand Bahama Port Authority, under the direction of the late Sir Jack Hayward and Sarah St. George, committed a donation of three million dollars towards student dormitories to the then, College of The Bahamas.  Now, three years later, The University of the Bahamas (UB) officially unveiled the…

Recording Academy™ names diversity and inclusion task force members

Source: Bahamas Weekly Tina Tchen, Chair of the Recording Academy™’s newly formed task force on diversity and inclusion, announced the names of the 16 members joining her in examining barriers and biases affecting women and other underrepresented voices in the music industry and, specifically, the Recording Academy… Link: Recording Academy™ names diversity and

“BAHAMAS LAGGING IN RETAINING NURSES”

Source: Jones Bahamas When it comes to how the government should tackle the country’s chronic nursing shortage, Nurses Union Secretary General, Julian Mullings says initiatives and ideas have been presented, but up to this point, nothing has  come to fruition.  Responding to a statement made by Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands on the…

BCCEC ASSESSING GOV’T PERFORMANCE

Source: Jones Bahamas The Chief Executive Officer of  Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation  Edison says  he is unable to give the Minnis administration  a grade on performance after a year in office.  Mr.Sumner  was  responding to the questions at a  press conference Monday  when he said,   “we are still assessing. …

BPL SYSTEM NEEDS UPDATING, SAYS UNION LEADER

Source: Jones Bahamas After a much anticipated meeting last week between Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) executives and Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) representatives, BEWU President, Paul Maynard said, they are  still working things  out now that there  is  dialogue between the parties involved.  Mr. Maynard  stressed the need for the company’s system…

Skills put to the test as Junior Schools compete in Math Contest

Source: Bahamas Weekly Members of the Consolidated Water Company (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) team visited SC McPherson Junior High School to congratulate them on staging their seventh successful Annual Mathematics Competition. The competition, which is sponsored by CWCO and hosted by SC McPherson, is the brainchild of mathematics teacher and Teacher of the Year…

Strike Imminent For Nurses Union

Source: Jones Bahamas Bahamas Nurses’ Union (BNU) is still up in arms with a litany of concerns they say still needs to be addressed, as they wait for the Director of Labour to response to their strike application. ​Speaking with reporters at a press conference yesterday, flanked by nurses and other union representatives,…

Waterful Wednesday In Schools

Source: Jones Bahamas In an effort to decrease the percentage of childhood obesity, Halt, the healthy lifestyle team, an action arm of the Cancer Society, hopes to start a trend of drinking only water in schools one day out of the week, which they hope to implement in the 2018/2019 school year. ​The…

UNIONS MAINTAINING THE STATUS QUO

Source: Jones Bahamas Trade Union Congress President, Obie Ferguson yesterday said the Congress is maintaining the status quo until an appeal is heard by The Privy Council on union agreements. Mr. Ferguson spoke on the issue of the Court of Appeal’s recent ruling which he claims, essentially makes all trade agreements in The…

FORUM ON CYBER SECURITY PLANNED

Source: Jones Bahamas The future of Cyber Security and the need for Bahamians to be aware of the issue will be discussed in a major forum this week. ​The Chief Executive Officer of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Edison l. Sumner, Ken Wong- Chief Information Technology Officer of CQURE Technology and Conclave Chairperson…

CARICOM OFFICIAL CALLS FOR ACTION ON BLACKLISTING

Source: Jones Bahamas The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Ambassador Irwin Larocque has called for multilateralism and concerted action in tackling global issues. ​Speaking at the official opening of the 21st session of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) yesterday, Mr. Larocque said, “the multitude of external challenges faces…

Severe weather watch

Source: Bahamas Weekly THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FROM 8:00 PM UNTIL 11:00 PM MONDAY 7TH MAY 2018. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTH ANDROS, THE BERRY ISLANDS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, CENTRAL AND SOUTH ABACO, THE MIDDLE AND UPPER EXUMA CAYS AND…

Climate Change High on Agenda for COFCOR

Source: Bahamas Weekly Climate change is high on the agenda of issues that will be discussed at the 21st Session of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) that officially opened at the British Colonial Hilton on May 7. Representatives from nineteen countries are in The Bahamas this week for the meeting,…

UB Grows Culture of Environmental Sustainability

Source: Bahamas Weekly As it continues to embrace a sustainability paradigm and advance environmental stewardship, University of The Bahamas (UB) has passed three new policies designed to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint and encourage green living. The Policy on Recycling is effective immediately, while the policies Banning the Purchase of Single-use Plastics and…

Student High Achievers participated in Bahamas Outstanding Students Foundation's Annual Awards Ceremony

Source: Bahamas Weekly High achievers listened attentively to Acting Director of Education Marcellus Taylor as he addressed the Bahamas Outstanding Students Foundation’s 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday evening, May 4, 2018 in the Ballroom of Government House.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)… Link: Student High Achievers participated in Bahamas Outstanding Students Foundation’s Annual Awards

Davis Demands Appointment of CJ

Source: Jones Bahamas Opposition Leader Philip Davis says it is  time for the Prime Minister to Appoint New Chief Justice. Mr.  Davis advised during a recent  Progressive Liberal Party monthly meeting on  Thursday  that the time has come for Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to appoint a new Chief Justice,  bearing in mind…

FNM GOV’T CELEBRATES ONE YEAR

Source: Jones Bahamas With just three days left until the Free National Movement  Government led by Prime Minister Doctor Hubert Minnis first  anniversary, the party came together yesterday to celebrate at Living Waters Kingdom Ministries for a service of thanksgiving.  In his address to party supporters in the church,  Dr. Minnis expressed satisfaction …

PLP CALLS COMMUNICATIONS BILL UNACCEPTABLE

Source: Jones Bahamas Opposition leader Phillip Davis said the present Communication Bill before the parliament  will not get the support of the Progressive Liberal Party. In a statement to the media,  Mr. Davis said that he is not convinced that despite its proposed amendment, there are still features that are unacceptable. Known to…

AMERICAN AIRLINES ADDS FIVE NEW FLIGHTS TO THE BAHAMAS

Source: Jones Bahamas American Airlines, the largest international carrier to operate service to The Islands of The Bahamas, has added five new flights and 453 total seats, increasing the number of nonstop and connecting flights from three, major U.S. cities. Beginning in December 2018, the new flights will offer more nonstop options and…

Two Charged With Cocaine Possession

Source: Jones Bahamas Two men stood before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain on Friday charged with possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply and conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply. Eugene Seymour, 34, and Darren Burrows, 38, were allegedly found in possession of two and a…

Lupus 242 call on Minister Of Health

Source: Bahamas Weekly Last week, members of Lupus 242 kicked off their lupus awareness month activities paying a courtesy call on Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands. During the meeting, the group outlined the challenges facing persons in The Bahamas living with lupus. They also shared plans for this month’s activities…

HMBS Flamingo Survivors Recall Ordeal

Source: Bahamas Weekly It was 38 years ago on May 10, 1980 when the Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft HMBS Flamingo was attacked and sunk by Cuban MIG jet fighters near Ragged Island. Four Marines lost their lives in that ordeal. Fifteen Officers and Marines survived that tragedy. On Friday past, 4…

Lighthouse Pointe Grand Bahama Mother's Day Brunch – May 13th

Source: Bahamas Weekly Freeport, Grand Bahama – Lighthouse Pointe Grand Bahama Island Mother’s Day Brunch Treat Mom to a spectacular Mother’s Day brunch buffet at Portobello’s Sunday, May 13,  12-4 pm Adults $40 • Children $20 (5-12 YRS)• Children (UNDER 5 YRS)FREE… BRUNCH MENU WELCOME AMUSE BOUCHE (Little Bites and Delights before Meal)…

Scotiabank sponsors 17th Annual Cancer Ball

Source: Bahamas Weekly Scotiabank is a bronze partner of this year’s Cancer Society of The Bahamas Gala Ball which hopes to bring greater awareness to all types of cancer and the various colours representing the many forms.  “Over the years, cancer has impacted the lives of so many persons in The Bahamas including…

Your Duty To Your Country

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the blocks to…

Excitement Building for 43rd Regatta Time in Abaco

Source: Bahamas Weekly The 43rd Regatta Time in The Abacos (RTIA) is fast approaching and excitement is steadily building for the week-long event held from June 24 – July 3, 2018.    The event, which begins in South Abaco and ends in North Abaco, gives visitors a chance to experience different cays in…

Bahamasair celebrates inaugural Miami-Bimini Direct Flight

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamasair celebrated its inaugural direct flight from Miami to Bimini on Thursday afternoon, May 3, 2018 in a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Miami airport departure gate.  After the half-hour flight, there was a Welcome Ceremony at Bimini airport: Photos show Minister Campbell receives warm greeting upon disembarking Bahamasair in…

Press Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas reports that, pursuant to the Extradition Act 1994, Bahamian national Mr. Austin Knowles was turned over to US authorities today, 4 May 2018, to face charges of drug smuggling. Mr. Knowles is now in US custody in the United States… Link: Press

Steven Gardiner takes gold in the 400m at the Doha Diamond League

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bahamian world silver medalist Steven Gardiner  took the 400m with a national record 43.87 seconds at the 2018 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha on Friday.  Qatar’s Abdalleleh Haroun came second in 44.50, while Commonwealth champian Isaac Makwala, finished in 44.92. It has been reported  that after Gardener’s performance he…

Grade 6 Students of Agape Christian School call on the Governor General

Source: Bahamas Weekly NASSAU, The Bahamas – Grade 6 students of Agape Christian School paid a courtesy call upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre) at Government House on Monday, April 30, 2018.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)… Link: Grade 6 Students of Agape Christian School call on the Governor General

Bahamas represented at CPM in Rome

Source: Bahamas Weekly Mr. Mark Humes, MP, Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority (BAHFSA) and Ms. Josefina Adderley-Curry, Officer-in-Charge, Department of Agriculture, Abaco, attend the 13th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-13) from April 16-20, 2018 in Rome, Italy.  The meeting of the CPM, the governing body…

PAHO/WHO Representatives call on the Governor General

Source: Bahamas Weekly Members of Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) called upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Monday, April 30, 2018.  Pictured from left: Dr. Esther de Gourville – (PAHO/WHO) Repesentative; Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis – PAHO’s ‘Public Health Hero of the Americas’ Awardee;…

SCAN Unit Gives Child Protection Month Poem Competition Awards

Source: Bahamas Weekly Child protection is the business of all of us, said former SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) Coordinator and Retired Nursing Officer 1, Mrs. Althea Turner-Neilly at the 9th annual Child Protection Month Poem Competition Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Ministry of Health. The theme for…

Dine and Dance the Night Away- Nassau Yacht Club

Source: Bahamas Weekly On March 17th, the Inner Wheel Club of East Nassau hosted an evening event in support of a Bahamian nonprofit organization called Lend a Hand Bahamas. Inner Wheel is one of the largest international women’s groups with three key objectives including: to promote true friendship, to encourage the ideals of…

“THE POINTE” NOT IN BREACH

Source: Jones Bahamas Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes  has  revealed that the principals of The Pointe  under construction on Bay Street are not in breach of the Heads of Agreement with the government.  The Minister released the findings of a workforce census into the $200m development yesterday.  There were reports that there is…

Over-the-Hill Initiative To Improve Commercial Activity

Source: Jones Bahamas Of the 600 to 700 businesses in the Over-the-Hill community, only 200 of them are considered formal businesses.  This was revealed  by Financial Secretary  Marlon Johnson Wednesday . This is being used  as a springboard to encourage the reintroduction of commercial activity in that community.  During a recent town hall…

ABACONIAN ARRAIGNED ON MURDER CHARGES

Source: Jones Bahamas Thirty–one year-old, Adnado Major of Dundas Town, Abaco, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson Pratt yesterday, for the murder of 23-year-old, New Providence resident, Perez Dames. It is alleged that the accused, on April 27, in Marsh Harbour Abaco, by means of unlawful harm, intentionally caused the death of…

REGULATORS BUILD CAPACITY AGAINST MONEY LAUNDERING

Source: Jones Bahamas Officials from the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) collaborated to host a two-day Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) Forensic Workshop, (May 1-2, 2018) in the Training Room of the Bahamas Customs Department, Customs House, Thompson Boulevard. An initiative of the Office of…

Make Your Friday Night Sizzle at Portobellos

Source: Bahamas Weekly Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – Kick-start your weekend by joining us at Portobellos for a buffet every Friday night for authentic island  flavors and classic Bahamian cuisine. Choose from our extensive menu selections while enjoying live entertainment at Grand Lucayan’s Friday Night Buffet. Every Friday from 6pm-10pm | Contact 242-373-1333…

New Tech Company to hire 50 in GB

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, on Thursday, May 3, welcomed GIBC Digital, a new company to the island, and their contribution to making the island the technology hub of the region. “This government has been focused…

Office of the Attorney General “ups fight” against AML/CTF by hosting key forensic workshop

Source: Bahamas Weekly Officials from the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) collaborated to host a two-day Anti-Money Laundering/Countering Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) Forensic Workshop, (May 1-2, 2018) in the Training Room of the Bahamas Customs Department, Customs House, Thompson Boulevard. An initiative of the Office of…

“CARNIVAL CAUSES MORAL DAMAGE”–Pastor Blames Both governments

Source: Jones Bahamas “The  government has  facilitated the  moral decline of the country with Carnival.” This is the firm position Pastor Cedric Moss of Kingdom Life Church.  The Pastor’s statement   comes  just days before the three-day Carnival Experience, scheduled for this coming weekend in New Providence.  He said that  although the Free…

BUSINESS OWNERS EXPRESS CONCERNS ON GOV’T INITIATIVE

Source: Jones Bahamas Business owners in New Providence are  applauding  The  Over the Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative of the Minnis administration. However they say  there are many concerns that must be addressed and clarified in the incentive.  Douglas Bain, Owner of Cravings Bakery says,  “You can always amend, but you have to…

Sands: “Nurses Under Appreciated”

Source: Jones Bahamas Despite the challenge the country faced on Monday, when public sector nurses chose to stage a sick out, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands has  acknowledged that nurses have been under appreciated, and that they should be shown that their services are valuable.  Dr. Sands was responding to questions of whether…

BOATMAN MISSING OFF ELEUTHERA

Source: Jones Bahamas Eleuthera police are searching for a man reportedly missing at sea.  According to reports, shortly after 9:00am on Tuesday, a man, believed to be a Haitian National, left Spanish Wells in a 17’ white Carolina skiff en route to neighbouring Max Patch Cay and has not been seen or heard…

MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

Source: Jones Bahamas Fifty-seven year old Wilfred Armbrister  was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with a stabbing on Marshall Road last Friday. Armbrister of Marshall Road was formally charged with attempted murder in connection  to the  incident.  Police responded to a domestic complaint around 11am on April 27th and discovered…

HGTV's "Bahamas Life" Now Casting! Now Filming!

Source: Bahamas Weekly HGTV’s “Bahamas Life” Now Casting!  Now Filming!  Casting Recent Homebuyers In All Areas!  Contact Us Now! The popular HGTV series, Bahamas Life is currently filming the second season and Enter the Picture Productions is looking for people who have fallen in love with the Bahamian lifestyle and are ready to…

The Bahamas Weekly FREE Summer Camp Directory 2018

Source: Bahamas Weekly Now in our 12th year! The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to once again offer FREE summer camp listings for ANYONE / ANYWHERE in The Bahamas!  Have your camp included in our DIRECTORY at no cost! Summer is a time for children, and we want to ensure your children have a great summer. As…

Illegal firearm recovered in Pinewood Gardens, Nassau

Source: Bahamas Weekly Shortly after 1:00pm, Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018, Southeastern Division Officers conducted operation “Red Strike” in the Southern part of New Providence. The purpose of the operation was to target prolific offenders and search for wanted suspects.   Officers conducted a search of a home on Pine Crest Drive, Pinewood Gardens…

Police search for missing boater in North Eleuthera

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police and Residents on the island of Eleuthera are searching for a male who was reported missing at sea. According to reports, shortly after 9:00am on Tuesday, 1st May, 2018, a male, believed to be a Haitian National, left Spanish Wells in a 17’ white Carolina skiff enroute to neighboring…

illegal drugs recovered, adult male in custody in Cat Island

Source: Bahamas Weekly According to reports, shortly after 9:00am on Wednesday 2nd May, 2018, Cat Island Division Officers, while at New Bight Airport, conducted a search of a male and his belongings and recovered a quantity The male was taken into custody and is expected to be formally charged before Magistrate’s Court later…

Why Aren’t There More Voices?

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the blocks to…

Education Workers Fired

Source: Jones Bahamas Several dozens of those 200 plus contract workers at the Ministry of Education have been terminated, while others are facing active disciplinary action, Minister of Education, Jeffery Lloyd confirmed  yesterday.  Before the  weekly Cabinet meeting, Minister Lloyd told  reporters  said the exercise is one of fairness and equality. “Some weeks…

Nurses’ Chronic Issues Remain

Source: Jones Bahamas With nurses returning to work yesterday following a sick out across the country on Monday, Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands said that using such methods as tools for addressing issues  is something that needs to be addressed.  “Yes, it is so that people get sick. It is also true that…

FINANCIAL LITERACY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Source: Jones Bahamas The Central Bank of The Bahamas in collaboration with the Clearing Banks Association yesterday launched  the “Get Money Smart Bahamas” Campaign.  The idea for this initiative stemmed from a recent survey which revealed that Bahamians do not  understand how to effectively manage their funds.  The Campaign aims to promote financial…

BEWU TO SETTLE DIFFERENCES AT BPL

Source: Jones Bahamas Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President, Paul Maynard, said he is optimistic that they’ll work out their issues in Thursday’s sit down with Bahamas Power and Light  (BPL)  executives. This after Public Works Minister, Desmond Bannister, last week admonished the union and BPL executives to settle their differences.  Angered by…

NATIONAL NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH LAUNCHED

Source: Jones Bahamas The Ministry of National Security on Monday, officially launched its National Neighbourhood Watch Council (NNWC) at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre – an initiative to oversee and promote neighbourhood watch activities throughout Bahamian communities.  Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, delivered the keynote address and stressed the importance of a relationship…

Government seeks to tap into Diaspora Talent Pool

Source: Bahamas Weekly The government seeks to tap into the talent pool of the Bahamian Diaspora for further growth and development of The Bahamas by creation of a database into which Bahamians abroad could submit their names and areas of profession.  Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Hubert A. Minnis made the announcement during…

RBDF Marines secure Breakaway Freighter

Source: Bahamas Weekly Quick thinking marines attached to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit prevented much damage assisted in securing one of three breakway freighters on Tuesday afternoon near Potter;s Cay Dock. After receiving information at 1:00 p.m. of a breakaway Haitian freighter, Patrol Craft P—115 was dispatched to the area…

PAHO/WHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne calls on PM Minnis

Source: Bahamas Weekly Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of PAHO and WHO Regional Director/the Americas, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, on Monday, at the Office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was presented with a gift.  (BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe)… Link: PAHO/WHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne

Creating World Class Eleuthera, Spanish Wells and Harbour Island

Source: Bahamas Weekly Minister of Works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister announced infrastructural upgrades to improve delivery of services for Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, and Harbour Island at the 6th Eleuthera Business Outlook, April 26, 2018 at Valentine’s Resort and Marina in Harbour Island. Mr. Bannister revealed the government’s plans to assist in ‘creating a…

EARTHCARE Eco Kids learn about Sustainable Fisheries and Earth Day

Source: Bahamas Weekly In April the EARTHCARE Eco Kids learned about Sustainable Fisheries.  We were hosted by Daphne Ormerod, Owner of Bootleg Chocolates and Christina Meme who kindly let us use their shop for our presentation and gave the students complimentary hot chocolates and Chocolate turtles.  Ms. Ormerod remarked, “Chocolate Turtles are the…

A Quiet Place – Movie review by Rouén Robinson

Source: Bahamas Weekly The surviving family of four must live their lives in silence as mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten to kill the rest of them. As their family prepares to welcome a new member they must move beyond past mistakes in order to protect each other from the predatory menace.…

BISX Trading Notice

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Bahamas International Securities Exchange Limited (BISX) wishes to notify the public that pursuant to a decision by the Shareholders of Premier Commercial Real Estate Investment Company Limited, the company has been delisted from The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX).  The Bahamas International Securities Exchange Limited (BISX) wishes to notify…

Awards Ceremony at 65th National Family Island Regatta in Exuma

Source: Bahamas Weekly After several days of Bahamian sloop racing in beautiful Elizabeth Harbour, George Town, Exuma, awards for the 65th National Family Island Regatta were presented on Saturday evening, April 28, 2018.  Closing ceremony photos show highlights. BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna… Link: Awards Ceremony at 65th National Family Island Regatta in Exuma

RBPF Nassau: Public announcement

Source: Bahamas Weekly Members of the public are invited to attend a meeting to officially launch the National Neighborhood Watch Council, Monday, 30th April, 2018, at 6:30pm, at the Paul Farquharson Conference Center, Police Headquarters, East Street. The keynote speaker at this event will be the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister…

“JUDICIARY NO LONGER INDEPENDENT”, SAYS QC

Source: Jones Bahamas Freeport based Queens Counsel Maurice Glinton says  without a substantive Chief  Justice appointed, the Judiciary branch no longer serves as an independent branch of government.   Mr. Glinton has joined a large number of the members of The Bahamas Bar Association  who are agitating for  Prime Minister Doctor Hubert Minnis to …

“ Spy Bill must not see the light,” Says Rights Bahamas

Source: Jones Bahamas Rights Bahamas once again urges the FNM government in the strongest of terms to permanently shelf its invasive and oppressive Spy Bill.  In a statement released yesterday, Rights Bahamas said, the citizens of the Bahamas, who cherish their freedom and jealousy guard their fundamental rights, do not need clandestine spy…

ROBERTS LASHES GOV’T ONE YEAR RECORD

Source: Jones Bahamas With the Minnis Administration’s one-year anniversary on the horizon, former Minister of Works Bradley Roberts expressed some of his major concerns this weekend as he called the Prime Minister a “dishonest bafoon”. Mr. Roberts outlined in a statement issued yesterday the government’s “corrupt” dealings with Oban where convicted felon Peter…

HOMICIDE IN ABACO, MANY SHOOTINGS IN NASSAU

Source: Jones Bahamas Investigations are ongoing into a  shooting incident   in Abaco that’s left a man in his early 20s dead Friday night.  The  victim  is Perez Dames, a young man who moved to the island only a few months  ago. Police say they were called to the area of Charles Sawyer…

NATIONAL SECURITY MINISTER UNDERSCORES NEW THREATS

Source: Jones Bahamas “We are safer today than we were yesterday, but the threats of tomorrow are different”,  said National Security Minister Marvin Dames. In  an  address at the CEO Network conference,  Mr. Dames mentioned that illegal arms trafficking generates approximately $1 billion annually, cocaine generates an estimated $85 billion and human trafficking…

RBPF Nassau: Police investigates shooting incident and a stabbing incident

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police investigates shooting incident: Police are investigating a shooting incident overnight, which has left an adult male with serious injuries. According to reports, shortly after 9:00pm, Sunday, 29th April, 2018, a man was discovered outside a home on Catherine Avenue, Nassau Village.. Police investigating a stabbing incident:  Police are investigating…

Bahamas to host 2018 Caribbean Aviation Meetup

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Caribbean region’s largest aviation conference will take flight in Nassau, Bahamas this June, bringing together major players from the aviation and tourism industries, travel professionals, academics and investors from all over the world for three days of discussions. The third annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup is slated for June 12-14…

Cruise Group Lauds U.S. Virgin Islands Partnership

Source: Bahamas Weekly Michele Paige, President of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), says the partnership with the Ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands is “at an all-time high”. Her comments came after this month’s FCCA Operations Committee meeting, which allowed the USVI delegation to exchange hurricane preparedness best practices and lessons learned with…

BTC reaches over 200 Students at Girls In ICT Event

Source: Bahamas Weekly Last week, BTC proudly platinum sponsored the Girls in ICT event held in Grand Bahama. Over 200 students participated. BTC was grateful for the opportunity to showcase its diverse organization to the young ladies interested in a career in the telecommunications field. During the entire month of April, BTC recognized…

Scotiabankers Go Blue For Autism

Source: Bahamas Weekly Scotiabank employees across The Bahamas wore blue each Friday in April to bring awareness to Autism. The Bank also made a donation to Resources and Education for Autism and related Challenges (REACH) – a local support and advocacy group.  Autism, a growing health concern, is recognized around the world each…

UB Student-Athletes Celebrated at Inaugural Awards Banquet

Source: Bahamas Weekly League champions and national record holders are among the highly skilled student-athletes at University of The Bahamas (UB). UB celebrated these trailblazers recently during the inaugural Athletics Awards Banquet held at the British Colonial Hilton in downtown Nassau. Excited athletes and enthusiastic supporters attended the formal affair, dedicated to honouring…

Government’s housing programme/capital works projects to help boost new construction

Source: Bahamas Weekly The Minnis Administration’s new homeownership and housing programme scheduled to get underway this summer, along with capital works projects throughout the country and hotel and tourism construction on Grand Bahama and other islands, are expected to help boost new construction in The Bahamas. Through the homeownership programme, the Government will…

Observing ‘Blue Day’ in the Fight Against Child Abuse

Source: Bahamas Weekly Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 are being recognized as Blue Sabbath and Blue Sunday respectively.   Bishop Arnold Josey, chairman of the National Child Protection Council, said Blue Day is an initiative designed to place emphasis on the fight against child abuse during Child Protection Month…   Link:

Minister Dames Explains why Bill is not a 'Spy Bill'

Source: Bahamas Weekly While giving his contribution to the Interception of Communications Bill 2017, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames termed it a comprehensive contemporary law to fight “sophisticated technologically savvy criminals and dismantle their criminal networks.” “From the outset, let me dispel this ridiculousness of the Interception of Communications Bill…

Youth Outreach and Culture in the Park Electrified Freetown

Source: Bahamas Weekly Kemp Road’s Salem Park was the location, on April 21, 2018, for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s “Youth Outreach and Culture in the Park,” in the Freetown constituency.  Residents of various walks of life, including a number of senior citizens, joined youth, church and community leaders for a…

UB Partners with Caribbean and U.S. Experts on Health Studies

Source: Bahamas Weekly Hampton University (HU) and University of The Bahamas (UB) are collaborating with experts in the fields of public health, population health, clinical health and research to address health disparities in the Caribbean and the United States through the new Hampton University Center for Caribbean Health Research (HU-CCHR).   The HU-CCHR will…

“Either Very Dumb Or Very Dangerous”

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the…

BDB Has Small Business Development Focus at its 40th Anniversary

Source: Bahamas Weekly “I want to invite the Bahamian public, particularly young enterprising Bahamians, to take another look at Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) as a source of financing and support” said the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest at a press conference observing the 40th Anniversary of…

OPEN THE ECONOMY

Source: Jones Bahamas Chief Financial Officer of PharmaChem Technologies, Kevin D. Seymour  is  trumpeting  the numerous benefits the country stands to reap from becoming a full member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). “What I think [is] the WTO is going to open up and liberalize our market places; I think we have…

“DROP VAT ON INSURANCE CLAIMS”

Source: Jones Bahamas The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season is fast approaching and is predicted to be more active than normal.  Value Added Tax (VAT) on insurance claims is worrisome for Chartered Accountant, Kevin D. Seymour who  said  this must be addressed ahead of the hurricane season.  “The fact that we had a very…

DEVELOPMENT BANK BEING REFOCUSED

Source: Jones Bahamas The Bahamas Development Bank yesterday announced that it will be working to diversify the economy more than ever after announcing that they will be investing more into Bahamian owned businesses.  Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest also wants Bahamians to take another glance at the bank as a source of financing. …

MINISTER VOWS TO PROTECT CHILDREN

Source: Jones Bahamas Promising prosecution for those who engage in child abuse of any form, Minister of Social Services, Lanisha Rolle says that the she is committed to strengthening the investigative arm of the Child Protective Services to identify and initiate prosecution of child abusers.  “During this year’s Child Protection month, I wish…

Scouts Alive In Community

Source: Jones Bahamas The Scouts Association of The Bahamas set to host its Scout’s Fair tomorrow, a re-introduction of the fair that use to be an annual event under the theme- “Getting Back to the Community”. President of the Scouts Association, John Phillpot said this event is to assist troops in acquiring funds…

Oceanside Dinner Concert Party with Uppercut 242

Source: Bahamas Weekly Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – Join us on FRIDAY, April 27th, 2018 as the Uppercut 242 Dinner & Free Concerts series continues with the ultimate Oceanfront party gala at Taino by the Sea. There’ll be drink specials and loads of waterside fun. And, DJ Ruma Roberts will be in jammin’…

The Governor General visits Ms. Essie Rolle of Exuma who recently turned 100

Source: Bahamas Weekly Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, paid a courtesy call on Essie Rolle of Curtis, Exuma, on Thursday, April 26, 2018.  Ms. Rolle celebrated her 100th birthday on March 10, 2018.  (BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)… Link: The Governor General visits Ms. Essie Rolle of Exuma who recently turned 100

BDSGB pumped up for first Blood Drive

Source: Bahamas Weekly Pumped up for its first blood drive for the year, the Blood Donors Society of Grand Bahama (BDSGB) is back on the road to promote its “Gift of Life” Campaign set for Friday, April 27th. The much anticipated blood drive kicks off at 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Rand Memorial…

103 Correctional Officers Promoted

Source: Bahamas Weekly Commissioner of Corrections, Patrick Wright, held a brief ceremony for 103 correctional officers who were recently promoted.  The group included two Principal Corrections Officers and 101 Corrections Corporals.  The newly promoted officers were presented with their letters of promotion by the Department’s Executive Management Team.   Commissioner Wright encouraged the…

Annual Sandilands Geriatric Hospital Push-A-Thon – April 28

Source: Bahamas Weekly Dr. Indira Grimes, Consultant in the Geriatrics Hospital, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre recently appeared on the Guardian Radio Talk Show Connected with host Lester Cox. Dr. Grimes spoke to the issues of “Obesity in the elderly” while promoting the upcoming Annual Geriatric Hospital Push-A-thon hosted by the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre. That…

20th Atlantic Medical Funwalk Run Attracts More Than 1800

Source: Jones Bahamas Atlantic Medical’s Funwalk Run in Nassau, a premier annual fitness event, attracted an unprecedented and enthusiastic crowd of over 1800 competitive walkers and runners, among whom was none other Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands who also assisted in prize presentations. The 2018 prizes were so generous they astounded winners and…

Gov’t Touts “Improved” Interception Communications Bill

Source: Jones Bahamas A controversial bill made a return to the House of Assembly yesterday with the government touting the “improvements” made to the proposed law since its introduction last year.   Amidst much criticism, the Christie administration tabled the Interception Communication Bill to repeal the Listening Devices Act of 1972.   Leading…

“PLP DOES NOT SUPPORT NEW BILL”

Source: Jones Bahamas The Minnis administration can forget about getting the opposition’s support on the Interception of Communication 2017 Bill. In fact, the Progressive Liberal Party is accusing the Free National Movement of doing an about-face on the issue, particularly considering the uproar it made when the bill was introduced by the Christie…

Second Business to Business Expo in GB

Source: Bahamas Weekly Small businesses in Grand Bahama will have the opportunity to meet with three companies at the Business to Business Expo on Thursday, April 26, to learn of existing and upcoming business opportunities. The event is being held at Pelican Bay Hotel beginning at 9 am. During a press conference on…

65th National Family Island Regatta

Source: Bahamas Weekly At 65th National Family Regatta, George Town, Exuma: Judgement D. won the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources Cup for Class E. Whitty K won the Commodore Emeritus Cup in Class C; Crazy Partner was 2nd; and It Aint Right was 3rd… Link: 65th National Family Island Regatta

Is This Why We Send Representatives To Parliament?

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the…

New Reverse Osmosis Plant for Western Water Users

Source: Bahamas Weekly Access to clean and safe drinking water is considered a fundamental right. While millions of people across the globe continue to be denied access to safe drinking water, the New Providence Water Development Company (NPWDCo.) has taken steps to ensure that their customers are receiving the best water.  Now, after…

Bahamian Artist Harry Wallace partners with local bank

Source: Bahamas Weekly This Spring, Artist Harry Wallace celebrated his inaugural art exhibition in a partnership with CornerTrader. This endorsement is significant as it directly connects the creative arts and private businesses. For the next four months, Harry Wallace collections will be on public display.  “It is a great opportunity that my first…

Smile – You’re a Finalist in Miss World Bahamas!

Source: Bahamas Weekly It was not business as usual for guests and staff at Sandyport Beach Resort on Easter Monday. Curious sunbathers shifted on towels, tipped their sunglasses, and craned their necks as a petite figure bedazzled in jewels from forehead to bikini bottom danced through the sand, camera crew in tow. Miss…

FOCOL reports a successful year of resilience

Source: Bahamas Weekly At its Annual General Meeting (AGM), FOCOL Holdings Limited described its 2016/2017 fiscal year as one of “resilience” with the company’s net comprehensive income sitting at $30.3 million as at year end at July 31, 2017, compared to $31.3 million the previous year.  In October 2016, Matthew – a Category…

Local Gov’t By 2020 For NP?

Source: Jones Bahamas By 2020 Local government could possibly be implemented in New Providence. According to Minister of Local Government Frankie Campbell,  this is  dependent on what a committee comes up with once they   complete their scrutiny of local government throughout the Family Islands.   Speaking with media before heading into Tuesday’s…

DPM Refutes Claim Of Our Lucaya Sale Collapse

Source: Jones Bahamas Debunking claims by former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman, Bradley Roberts that the sale of Grand Lucaya Resort, in Grand Bahama has been a constant on again off again, Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said it was all a false claim. In  a recent statement, Mr. Roberts suggested that the…

ROAD TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT GRANTS ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Source: Jones Bahamas Members of the  Road Traffic Board  greeted a packed room inside of the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium yesterday where Bahamians were waiting patiently in moving one step closer to owning their own business.  The Department hosted their quarterly public sitting accommodating about 132 applicants, many of which expressed interest in…

How Does Nygard Do It?

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the…

RBPF Nassau: Police seek public's help in locating wanted suspect

Source: Bahamas Weekly Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with an Unlawful Sexual Intercourse investigation on the island of New Providence. The suspect is Taverous Munroe age 27 years of Crystal Way, Kennedy Subdivision also Yellow Elder Gardens… Link: RBPF Nassau: Police

RBPF: Illegal firearms recovered

Source: Bahamas Weekly The enduring and dedicated work of the men and women of the Royal Bahamas Police Force has led to two illegal firearms being recovered from the streets of New Providence and Eleuthera.  In the first incident, shortly before 11:00pm, Monday, 23rd April, 2018 Drug Enforcement Officers while on routine patrol…

Race Weekend Thanks Grand Bahama Corporate Sponsors

Source: Bahamas Weekly Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend recently thanked its Grand Bahama sponsors who helped make the 2018 event a success.  In her first official capacity as Assistant Race Director, Olympian Tonique Williams got the chance to meet sponsors and discuss the race. Komen Bahamas Honorary Chairperson, Willie Moss, who is also a…

Bain Town Homecoming Committee call on the Governor General

Source: Bahamas Weekly Bain Town Homecoming Committee Members paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Monday, April 23, 2018. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)… Link: Bain Town Homecoming Committee call on the Governor General

Remarks by Prime Minister Minnis at opening of FOIA Workshop

Source: Bahamas Weekly Nassau, Bahamas – Remarks The Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, M.P. Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas Workshop on the Freedom of Information Act, 2017 at Paul Farquharson Centre, Police Headquarters Monday, 23 April, 2018: Cabinet Colleagues, Hon. Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly… Good morning: I thank the…

Students Get Career Experience at Ministry of Public Works

Source: Bahamas Weekly On Friday 20th April, 2018 The Minister of Public Works, the Hon. T. Desmond Bannister congratulated a group of eleventh grade students who participated in the Student Work Experience Programme at The Ministry of Public Works. Under the guidance of a mentor, the programme exposes students to the various career…

Doing What It Takes

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. We covered the start of this war with articles describing the battle over easement rights, the mysterious burning of a home, the…

PM: ‘THE POOR SUFFERS IN CORRUPTION”

Source: Jones Bahamas In the wake of the Prime Minister’s trip to Peru, Dr Hubert Minnis noted that corruption causes about five to ten per cent of a nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  The Prime Minister also made a startling observation with regard to The Bahamas’ GDP. He said, “When you look at…

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