NASSAU, Bahamas (Wednesday, October 26, 2016) - Cable Bahamas teams
have been working at a fever pitch to restore services to customers
affected by Hurricane Matthew, and announced today that full network
restoration has been achieved for those on New Providence.
Bahamas Chief Operating Officer John Gomez says work continues in the
capital and other islands impacted by the category four hurricane. "Our
teams have been working non-stop for the last 22 days and we have seen
tremendous progress from their efforts," Mr Gomez said.
The Inaugural Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence (JCNP) Junkanoo
Shack of Fame Award Ceremony was held at Government House, October 24,
2016, hosted by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling
who presented the awards.
Inductees to the Shack of Fame were:
Maureen Duvalier, Winston “Gus” Cooper, Sir Lynden Pindling, Percival
“Vola” Francis, John “Chippie” Chipman, Arthur Gibson, and Perry G.
Prime Minister Christie appreciated the opportunity to
address the ceremonies as both an inductee and the country’s leader who,
as a lifelong supporter of Junkanoo, in his first term as prime
minister conceived and successfully executed plans to create the
Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence...
The Grand Bahama Port Authority announces that it is adding to its
program of care packages, water, and ice distribution and has organized a
series of seminars to assist both business owners and families dealing
with the post-crisis impact of Hurricane Matthew.
President – Henry St. George states: “alongside our relief program we
are commencing the rebuilding phase, The GBPA has organized two days of
post crisis management seminars – one day focusing on families and one
day for business owners. The seminars will provide critical information
and guidance and help attendees navigate the after effects of Hurricane
The Royal Bahamas Police Force is asking the public for help in
finding a man wanted for questioning reference to several house
breakings in western New Providence.
The wanted man is 31 – year old Jeffery Etienne, otherwise called “Spiderman” of West Bay Street.
is of a Dark brown complexion, medium build and about 5’ 6” to 5’ 9”
tall.This suspect considered to be armed and dangerous. Police advise
the public not to approach him.Instead, contact police immediately with
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Clothed in shorts, sandals and a singlet, Misty
Gardens resident Mr. Jason Sands stood in his neighbour's disheveled and
besieged yard as one of the unsung heroes of the ravages of Hurricane
Matthew -- recounting the tale of how a trio came together to risk their
lives to save those who did not heed the warnings to evacuate their
southern New Providence community, and did not expect the onslaught the
storm brought to their doorsteps.
"That morning, the water came
up -- up to your chest -- and we went down by a lady at the end of the
corner named Ms. Brown. Ms. Brown’s house was like the safest house that
we went in and, afterwards, we called NEMA (the National Emergency
Management Agency) and they sent a big truck," Mr. Sands said...
Nassau, The Bahamas - Andros was one of the areas
severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Last Saturday, October 22nd, BTC
held a special relief effort to provide assistance to over eighty
The on-island Department of Social Services indicated that
there were just over eighty families that were desperately in need of
assistance. Many of these families had to be relocated into other homes
because of the damage or complete loss of their own homes...”
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, accompanied by Minister with responsibility for Hurricane Relief and Restoration the Hon. Shane Gibson, paid an impromptu visit to the 21st Annual International Cultural Wine and Food Festival, on October 23, 2016 at the Botanical Gardens. Organizer of the Festival Janet Johnson and Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust Eric Carey joined the duo as they moved around the grounds of the gardens, where they greeted and interacted with persons from different countries.
Part proceeds the two-day Festival will aid those affected by Hurricane Matthew....
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- President of the College of St. Benedict, St. John's University, Minnesota, Dr. Mary Hinton, right, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, centre, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Friday, October 21, 2016.
Also pictured at the courtesy call is Valerie Jones...
Nassau, Bahamas - 2 Firearms seized, One Man custody: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2016, Police
seized two illegal firearms off the streets of New Providence in
separate incidents and took an adult male into custody...
Man arrested for Drug possession: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2016,
officers from the Mobile Division took an adult male into custody after
finding him in possession of a quantity of dangerous drugs on Tuesday
25th October 2016...
The new Fall/Winter Film Series at the NAGB continues this Thursday
night, October 27th, with the film, 'The Maestro: King of the Cowboy
American director Les Blank during his lifetime made
forty documentaries, and none more lovingly captured the spirit of what
it is to be an artist than his 1994 film 'The Maestro: King of the
Nassau, Bahamas - Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement
(FNM), issued the following statement on the need for immediate FOIA
Legislation due to the continued lack of transparency on the secret Baha
Mar deal that Prime Minister Christie made with his Chinese allies:
continued lack of transparency from Prime Minister Christie on the
secret Baha Mar deal he struck with his Chinese allies, shows the need
for immediate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) legislation to be
enacted in The Bahamas. The PLP Government has been promising to enact
FOIA legislation for the past four and a half years but just like every
other promise this Government has made, it was just empty rhetoric. The
PLP does not want a FOIA enacted because then all the sweetheart deals
they have made would be unveiled..."
The top graduating student in the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine
Science Institute’s (BAMSI) aquaculture associate degree programme Gimel
Morley has been awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship to pursue a
master’s degree in aquaculture. She is currently attending Ningbo
University in the Jiangbei District, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China.
Morley, who received numerous awards during the Institute’s inaugural
summer commencement exercise including the Prime Minister’s Award for
Overall Academic Achievement and Excellence, initially discovered the
science of aquaculture during her first semester at BAMSI...
Freeport, Grand Bahama - In an effort to restore some normalcy to
our lives and despite extensive roof damage to the Clubhouse, the
Freeport Rugby Football Club kicks off again this Saturday (October
29th) at 11.30am at the Rugby Club.
Like many on the island,
the Club has suffered greatly over the last few weeks and is still
without power and regular running water. However the Club Committee feel
it is imperative that the programmes restart as soon as is practical.
Thus the ‘grand old lady of Freeport’ will re-appear once more tattered
PHA officials and members of the Sandilands Rehabilitation
Centre’s Administration team welcomed His Excellency Huang Qinguo,
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, to the institution in Fox
Hill on Friday October 21st, 2016 for an official handover ceremony of
donated construction materials. The materials will assist with the
construction of gazebos on the Sandilands Campus as part of the
Therapeutic Environment Project (TEP), an on-going initiative at
Sandilands to transform the extensive grounds.
was made by Ambassador Huang, who toured the proposed site for the
gazebos. The donation by the Embassy is valued at nineteen thousand,
two hundred twenty one dollars ($19, 221.00). The contribution of
materials to construct the Gazebos for this project will assist in
completing Phase II ...
Ambassador Wm. J. Godfrey Eneas and Mr. Leslie Minns met with Dr. Jose
Graziano Da Silva, Director General of the UN’s Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) during the 43rd Session of the Committee of the World
Food Security (CFS) from 17th- 21st October, 2016 in Rome, Italy.
43rdSession was the occasion where two hundred (200) member states of
FAO gathered to develop and introduce the global food security and
nutrition plan. Within the context of the CFS, the Bahamas presented its
Agri Vision 2021, a five-year food and nutrition security plan to feed
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Deltec Bank & Trust Limited donates $25,000 to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA towards the Hurricane Matthew relief and recovery efforts. The presentation was made at NEMA on Gladstone Road on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Pictured are Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA; Jean Chalopin, Deltec Bank; the Hon Shane Gibson, Minister Responsible for Recovery and Reconstruction; and Jack Thompson, Permanent Secretary...
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell officially opened the popular 21st Annual International Cultural Wine and Food Festival that took place at the Botanical Gardens over the weekend, attracting large crowds. Part-proceeds of the festival will aid those affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Pictured at the China booths with the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to The Bahamas H.E. Huang Qinguo and his wife, Madam Zheng Chuncao, are Minister Fred Mitchell and United States Embassy Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson...
Continuing its 100-year plus support of communities in the region, RBC
is announcing a donation of $300,000 to several agencies following
Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, which had a catastrophic
impact in The Bahamas, The Caribbean and The United States, earlier this
The allocation of funds is as follows: Globally, RBC
Royal Bank has donated $50,000 to The Canadian Red Cross for The Bahamas
and Haiti, $100,000 to The Bahamas Red Cross, $100,000 to The National
Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) and $50,000 to The American Red
As a part of the $300,000 donation, today, The National
Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), and The Bahamas Red Cross will each
receive $100,000.00 toward restoration efforts.
LOS ANGELES, CA –The
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the
field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 89th Academy
Awards® has been narrowed to 10 films, of which 5 will earn Oscar® nominations.
from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 61 eligible
entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies...
The Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas has scheduled its soft opening for
Oct. 28, 2016 after the original Oct. 5 opening was delayed due to
Hurricane Matthew. The resort is offering special rates for Bahamians
starting from $155 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, a
savings of almost 50% off the resort’s best flexible rate. Promotional
rates at the new four-star deluxe, adults-only, all-inclusive resort are
valid on bookings made for travel from Oct. 28 through Dec. 23, 2016
(blackout dates may apply).
“We are pleased to announce that
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas will start accepting guests for our
soft opening on Friday, Oct. 28,” said Benjamin Davis, general manager
of the resort...
Selvinique Wright, the 24-year-old from Nassau, Bahamas came
away with the "Best in Swimsuit" at the Miss Grand International
Pageant in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, October 25th. She also made it
into the "Top 10" and delivered a flawless and passionate speech
presentation on stopping violence, which is a central theme of the
"As peacekeepers we are obligated to promote love and unity around The
World," says Wright's statement on the pageant website. "We have to speak out against war and violence but more
importantly, live by example. We must teach future generations to
resolve conflict in a peaceful manner. We must all coexist with our
differences. We must mute violence and showcase unity..."
Nassau, Bahamas - Fort Fincastle, the Water Tower, the Queen’s Staircase
and the environs are set for major upgrades over the next several
months, after recent Cabinet approvals to revitalize the country’s most
visited historic attraction. Plans include restoration of the Water
Tower, cleanup of the surrounding areas, acquisition and lease of
neighboring properties, a commercialized restaurant, proposals to
terrace the area, as well as improved parking and exhibition
opportunities. On completion, the area will be known as the Fort
Fincastle Heritage Park.
It is estimated that one million
visitors explore the site annually, with 150,000 plus persons taking
part in paid tours organized by the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums
Corporation (AMMC) personnel...
While on the one hand paying lip service to the need for transparency
and accountability, the government of the Bahamas led by this clearly
non transparent, unaccountable and morally bankrupt Christie
administration, has once again proven that they could care less about
the importance of such mechanisms in the execution of good governance
and the overall development of our country.
In the years since
taking office, the PLP has continued to drag its feet on completing and
tabling the more than 100 amendments needed to implement the long
awaited and much needed Freedom of Information Act. Now, in the weeks
following the passage of Hurricane Matthew, it appears that the
government has found a new excuse to hide behind...
Peter Turnquest, Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM),
issued the following statement calling for further transparency in the
Baha Mar sale to Perfect Luck Holdings Limited:
“Further to the
demand for transparency called for by Dr. Hubert Minnis in respect to
the sale of the Baha Mar project to Perfect Luck Holdings Limited, the
Free National Movement again demands full disclosure to the Bahamian
people of the financial concessions granted to facilitate this
transaction. In particular, we would like to know the amount of stamp
tax and VAT collected on this transaction and where that money has been
applied. As the Bahamian people might recall, last week the Parliament
agreed to facilitate the Government borrowing of up to $150 million to
fund the Hurricane Matthew and Joaquin recovery..."
Nassau, Bahamas – 25th October, 2016 – After the highly anticipated
return of students to school today following the long break due to
Hurricane Matthew, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is
pleased that to note that all public schools that were slated to open
today, welcomed students back.
The re-opening of schools
scheduled for later this week will remain the same however, two schools
will re-open on Monday, October 31st, 2016.
Discussions with the
three contractors and administrators of the Government High School (GHS)
in New Providence as well as the contractor and District Superintendent
in Grand Bahama, led to a decision being made to delay the re-opening...