David Livingstone Johnson, formerly President of the
Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board passed away, quietly at Princess
Margaret Hospital on Tuesday, August 14th, following a brief illness, at
the age of 67.
Dedicated to the successful development of
tourism in Grand Bahama, Mr. Johnson was influential in the decision to
reposition the destination away from the commercial image of “Freeport”
in the international marketplace replacing it with Grand Bahama Island.
The term he felt symbolized a multifaceted destination with historic
seaside settlements, beaches and cays along with the modern amenities
featuring golf, gaming, diving, fishing, soft adventures, shopping and
Highly regarded in his role as the technical leader of the Grand Bahama Island
Saint Lucia’s readiness for an emergency, particularly during the
hurricane season, was the focus of the National Emergency Management
Advisory Committee (NEMAC) meeting on Tuesday August 15th 2018.
meeting, held at the Ministry of Infrastructure and chaired by Cabinet
Secretary Benjamin Emmanuel, was attended by Prime Minister Honourable
Allen Chastanet, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning,
Natural Resources and Co-operatives Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, Leader
of the Opposition Honourable Philip J Pierre...
Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Port Authority & Group of
Companies Ltd. express heartfelt condolences to the wife of Mr. David
Johnson, Sabrina Bowe-Johnson , their two sons, and extended family on
his recent passing.
Mr. Johnson was a pioneer and champion in
leading the charge to make The Bahamas the top tourism choice in the
world. Having served 39 years in the tourism and aviation industry, the
longevity of his career led him to receive multiple prestigious
appointments, including President of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism
For the first time in their 42 year history, the Rotary Club of South
East Nassau (RCSEN) is being led by a President who has returned for a
second term. Dr. Bridgette Rolle has embraced the opportunity and is
supported by a talented Board of Directors. They are enthusiastic about
growing the membership and strengthening the club’s many projects.
August in membership month for Rotary International, a service and
humanitarian-based organization. Along with the Rotary Foundation, it
is rated among the top charities in the world. As part of membership
month, the RCSEN introduces their Board Members...
Dr. Bridgette Rolle, J.P., Past President (2015-2016) and President (2018-2019) President Bridgette has been a member of the RCSEN since 2004 and is a
multiple Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Bequest Society decided to
serve again as President because it exemplifies this year’s Rotary
Theme, “To Be The Inspiration...
Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight Wednesday 15th August 2018
Surface high pressure persist across the Bahamas maintaining breezy
conditions over most of the islands while a tropical wave in the
Bahamas and an upper level low will enhance pockets of convective
Special warnings: Boaters should be alert for the risk of rip currents at east coast beaches in the Central and Southeast
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force received a boost to its fleet of vessels
with the addition of a new patrol craft as a presentation from the
United States' government to The Bahamas government on August 14.
remarks during a brief ceremony at the Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol
Unit were the Honorable Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security and
Ms. Stephanie Bowers, US Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy
The ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service in its latest rating
assessment of The Bahamas, maintained its Baa3 negative rating, which is
unchanged from its previous report. I am pleased to report to the
country that this independent assessment reflects stabilization in our
sovereign credit profile following four years of successive rating
downgrades. This represents a critical first step in addressing and
reversing years of fiscal mismanagement.
As outlined in the
recent budget exercise, the Government’s combination of economic
initiatives, including: the introduction of focused fiscal measures; the
imminent introduction of fiscal responsibility legislation...
During the Official Handover Ceremony of a SAFE 25 Full Cabin Response
Boat and Accessories, on August 14, 2018, Minister of National Security
the Hon. Marvin Dames expressed gratitude in behalf of the Government
and the people of The Bahamas to the US Embassy, which, he stated, yet
again demonstrates the two countries' diplomatic and close relations
“over these many years”.
“Today’s handover ceremony marks a
significant milestone in the bilateral relationship between our two
countries,” Minister Dames said, during the event held at the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Harbour Patrol Unit on East Bay Street...
The Government of The Bahamas has invested in 54 teacher education grant
recipients who have been awarded scholarships tenable at the University
of The Bahamas. The group, comprising four young men and 50 young women
from across the archipelago, received their certificates and special
awards during the first Teacher Education Grant Award Ceremony, August
13, 2018 at National Training Agency.
In return for the
government’s investment in them, the Minister of Education, the Hon.
Jeffrey Lloyd admonished the students to be “creatively disruptive” --
in a state of constant renewal -- and giving back to their society...
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) recently held a
joint dinner and mini tradeshow for sixty members of the Travel Industry
Association (TIA) of South Florida. The event, which was held at La
Jolla in Coral Gables, marked the BMOTA’s return to TIA, the largest
association of travel agents in South Florida.
evening, travel agents were educated on the new hotel product offerings
in The Bahamas, as well as updated on the new airlift services and
tourism programs. The Bahamas update session was conducted by BMOTA
sales and marketing team, led by Betty Bethel-Moss, Director of Sales
Chefs, foodies and restauranteurs will fill the Imperial Ballroom at
the Atlantis Resort to capacity on Saturday, Sept. 29, in honor of
Paradise Plates 2018.
Touted as the culinary event of the year,
the Hands for Hunger fundraiser is one of the most highly anticipated
events in Nassau, attracting an average of 1,500 attendees hoping to do
their part to help end hunger in The Bahamas...
A farewell banquet honouring the Venerable Harry Bain, Anglican
Archdeacon of the Northern Bahamas and Rector of Christ the King,
Freeport, was held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Grand Lucayan
Ballroom. The sold-out event was attended by a cross-section of the
community along with representatives of Anglican churches in Grand
Bahama and Bimini.
Present for the event was the Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands...
Jewel Edwards has been appointed Executive Chairman of the National Training Agency (NTA).
Ms. Edwards is a respected corporate executive, business consultant, motivational speaker and transformational leader.
about excellence, empowerment, and service, she is a native of
Eleuthera, The Bahamas, who began her career as a Hospitality Executive
in Tourism, working in various capacities as Director of Sales &
Marketing, Human Resources Director...
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and the RBDF’S
Executive Command team extends Bravo Zulu to Sub Lieutenant Preston
Major, who received his Bridgewatch Keeping Certificate.
young Officer, who currently serves on HMBS Rolly Gray as the
Navigating Officer, is now officially qualified to be an Officer of the
Watch on any Royal Bahamas Defence Force craft. He was presented with
his certificate on August 10 at HMBS Coral Harbour by Commodore Bethel,
who congratulated Major on his achievement...
The Zeta Rho Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and
the Freeport Aquatics Club (FAC) announce their partnership to prevent
drowning and increase swim participation, with the SWIM 1922 program. On
Saturday, August 11th and August 25th, 2018, SWIM 1922 Adult Swim
Clinics will be held at the Bishop Michael Eldon High School Pool, E.
Sunrise Highway, beginning at 8:30am. The clinics are open to the public
and the cost is $10.00 per session.
organizations will advance their efforts to increase awareness about
water safety, the need for swim lessons and participation in swimming at
a grassroots, community-based level...
Bahamas Information Services announced today the passing of veteran journalist and sporting executive Mr. Gregory Christie.
Christie, who took ill several months ago, died at Princess Margaret
Hospital in New Providence last evening. He was 70 years old.
Christie began his career in journalism in 1970, and worked at the
FREEPORT NEWS as its Editor and Special Projects Officer. Over the
years, he also headed his own public relations company, GregChris...
Plans to transform the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess
Margaret Hospital to meet Health’s mandate for the country’s Acute Care
Project at PMH, South Beach and Elizabeth Estates Clinics got a shot in
the arm August 8, 2018 as officials from the Public Hospitals Authority
and TDG Architects signed a contract for the completion of construction
documents which will oversee the work at the Accident and Emergency
Department. The project which will be staged owing to the ‘live
environment’ in the Emergency Room has a completion timeline of 18
On hand to witness the signing was Minister of Health
Dr. the Honourable Duane E. Sands who has been a long-time advocate for
the implementation of a model that would foster enhanced synergies
between the hospital’s Emergency Department and the South Beach and
Elizabeth Estates Community Clinics...
Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis accompanied Minister of
Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd to inspect the level of readiness of
several government schools, prior to 2018 Fall Term.
visited on Saturday, August 10, 2018 were: H.O. Nash Junior High on
Dolphin Drive, Eva Hilton Primary School (under construction) on Gregory
Street, T.G. Glover Primary School on Horse Shoe Drive, A.F. Adderley
Junior High on Harold Road (under extensive repairs), S.C. McPherson
Junior High School on Baillou Hill Road, and Doris Johnson Senior High
School on Prince Charles Drive...
It has come to the attention of Rights Bahamas that despite Minister
Lloyd’s decree that no child in The Bahamas shall be denied the right to
an education, certain public schools continue to demand proof of status
This constitutes a direct violation of the policy
outlined by Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd, who told educators:
“You have no right, you have no authority to deny anyone access to our