October 7th, 2015 (Nassau, Bahamas) - The Department of Inland Revenue advises the public of the
list of approved charities and non-profit organizations for VAT purposes which are eligible to
receive VAT refunds on expenses with respect to hurricane relief efforts.
It has already been announced, where disaster relief operations are carried out by charitable and
non-profit organizations, provisions exist under the VAT Act for exemptions and refund of VAT
on expenses. When submitting requests for refunds, approved registrants should complete Forms
14a Application for Refunds and Form 15 Schedule of Purchases.
NASSAU, The Bahamas – A first-class passenger lounge has been officially
opened at the Lynden Pindling International Airport at the
Domestic/International Terminal, available to Family Island travelers. A
ceremony was held at the lounge on October 1.
Officially opening the lounge was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Transport and Aviation Lorraine Armbrister, who spoke on behalf of the
Minister, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, who was attending an emergency
cabinet meeting concerning Hurricane Joaquin...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr.
Daniel Johnson speaks at the opening of the annual E. Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival visual arts exhibition, September 30, at the
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB), where he also officially
opened the 2015/16 E. Clement National Arts Festival, which features
visual arts, music, dance, and drama performances throughout the island
chain of The Bahamas. The exhibition at NAGB which will run for two
weeks showcasing art & craft created by young Bahamians. Also
pictured is Eddie Dames, Deputy Director of Culture in the ministry...
Nassau, Bahamas - Probe Nassau Village Shooting: According to reports, shortly before 4:00pm on Tuesday 6th October 2015,
a man was at Matthew Street, Nassau Village, when a man armed with a
handgun approached and shot him before speeding off on a black
13 arrested; 122 cited:Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2015, a
special police operation team conducted an operation throughout the
streets of New Providence on Tuesday 6th October 2015...
Department of Civil Aviation advises that the runway at the Deadman's Cay
Airport in Long Island has been re-opened to receive relief goods only. No
passengers are permitted at this time, due to flooding on the apron.
Department will update the public further on developments at the Deadman's Cay
Airport as circumstances permit.
CROOKED ISLAND – Michael Carroll, a resident of Landrail Point, Crooked
Island, recalls the horror he and his wife endured when Hurricane
Joaquin washed the sea into their home. NEMA, the Prime Minister and key
officials toured Acklins and Crooked Island on October 6th.
The photos here of Crooked Island tell the story...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Nassau Flight Services presented a cheque
to the Children's Emergency Hostel on October 6, at the hostel.
Executive Assistant of Nassau Flight Services (NFS) Jocelyn Demeritte,
right, presented the cheque on behalf of NFS to the Administrator of the
hostel, Marita Ferguson, in commemoration of the hostel's 50 years of
community service in The Bahamas...
The U.S. Mission to The Bahamas is working together with the Government
of The Bahamas and the Bahamian people to respond in the aftermath of
Hurricane Joaquin. On Saturday, October 3, the U.S. Coast Guard
conducted an extensive disaster assessment through the most impacted
areas of The Bahamas observing conditions on the ground in Ragged
Island, Long Island, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Samana Cay, San
Salvador, the Exumas, Cat Island, and Eleuthera. The U.S. Coast Guard
Liaison Officer and Department of Homeland Security Attaché was joined
by disaster assessment experts from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster
Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA), the Ministry of Meteorology, Bahamas Civil Aviation, the
Ministry of Works and Urban Development, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF), and the Bahamas Red Cross...
SAN SALVADOR & RUM CAY – Surveying the hurricane damage
and meeting with residents of San Salvador and Rum Cay on Monday,
October 5. NEMA and Bahamas Government officials are traveling to the
central and southern islands hard-hit by Category 4 Hurricane Joachin.
On October 6, assessments are in Acklins and Crooked Island. On
Saturday, October 3, officials visited Long Island and Exuma. Pictured
is the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie leading other
Government Ministers on the assessment operations...
Harbour Island, Bahamas - According to reports, sometime during the
early morning of Monday 5th October 2015, a woman was at her home
located in Harbour Island, when a man entered and demanded cash. The man
then stabbed the woman before fleeing on foot. The woman was treated by
the local doctor on the island and later flown to hospital in New
Providence, where she remains in serious condition...
Suspects in two arm robberies being sought:In the first incident, shortly after 8:00pm on Monday 5th October 2015, a
man armed with a handgun robbed a woman of her handbag and cell phone..
Searching for two Suspects in shooting incident - 5 arrested: According to reports, shortly after 8:00pm on Monday 5th October 2015,
two men were on Shady Tree Street, when two men armed with handguns
approached and shot them before speeding off....
I wish to provide you and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
with an update regarding our efforts to view firsthand the extent of the
damage caused by Hurricane Joaquin and our efforts to render assistance
to the people of the Bahamas who are severely affected by this very
You are of course aware that I travelled
with the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister at his invitation, in my capacity as
Leader of the Official Opposition, on Saturday October 3, 2015, to visit
several islands to ascertain as far as possible the extent of the
damage inflicted by Hurricane Joaquin.
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA,
has partnered with Arawak Port Development Ltd. (APD) to assist
individuals seeking to donate relief supplies to the areas impacted by
Individuals wishing to donate relief items
are asked to bring them to the Nassau Container Port at Arawak Cay from
Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am to 4pm for storage pending
Nassau, BAHAMAS - The long-term vision is for the University of The
Bahamas to have six campuses across the country, with international
students who fly in to attend the University of The Bahamas (UB) most
likely passing through Nassau on their way to the UB Centre of
Excellence of their choice, according to College of The Bahamas (COB)
President Rodney D. Smith.
Smith spoke to the Rotary Club East
Sunrise last week, and while he looked forward to the institution’s
future, he also addressed concerns about the institution’s finances
raised in the daily press...
The City of Nassau will be represented at the Jingdezhen 12th China
International Ceramic Fair which takes place from October 18-22, 2015.
Jingdezhen was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts
in 2014, and the City has hosted this huge fair annually since 2004
catering to more than 2,000 international artisans. The City of Nassau
was also designated a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts in
2014, and as a member of this prestigious UNESCO Creative Cities Network
(UCCN), it has accepted the invitation to participate...
To my fellow Bahamians and all those who love and call The Bahamas
home, the world watched as hurricane Joaquin inflicted deep wounds and
terrible bruises on our islands. They endured the harsh winds and heavy
rainfall while those of us that watched in horror as our family and
friends suffered. Unfortunately, some are still waiting to hear from
their loved ones.
On Behalf of the executive board, the advisory
board and member organizations of the Bahamas National Youth Council, we
send our heartfelt sympathies to all those who have been impacted by
the hurricane. We urge the nation to keep fellow countrymen in their
Police in Grand Bahama are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash landing of a plane in Dover Sound.
are that on Tuesday 6th October 2015 shortly after 9:00am, police
received information that a single engine blue and white Cessna aircraft
with two persons on board were experiencing mechanical difficulties and
had crash landed in shallow waters in the Dover Sound area...
When you have arthritis, your body is in an inflammatory state. While
there is no one cause of arthritis, some potential causes may include:
injury, abnormal metabolism, inheritance, infections and an over-active
Although there is no diet cure for arthritis
either, certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen
bones and boost the immune system. Adding the following foods to your
diet may help ease the symptoms of your arthritis.
If you are
suffering specifically from Rheumatoid Arthritis, it is time to fuel up
on fish. Certain types of fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and
Washington, D.C. – Violence against women is a serious human rights
violation and a public health problem throughout the Americas, with
significant health, social and economic impacts on women as well as
children, families, communities and national economies.
address the problem, health officials meeting at the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) this week vowed to improve the ability of health
systems to prevent and respond to violence against women...
In the wake of the devastation in the wake of Hurricane, the family of
the Progressive Liberal Party expresses its sadness at the misery and
mass displacement of so many of our brothers and sisters in the central
and southern Bahamas.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by Hurricane Joaquin.
a Christian nation, we are reminded that we are in fact our brothers’
and sisters’ keepers and in that spirit and vein, the Progressive
Liberal Party is pleased to join the disaster relief efforts by making a
cash donation to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on
Monday, 12th October 2015 to assist in the ongoing disaster relief
– Minister for Grand
Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville announced
Monday that his office, along
with the National Emergency Management Agency on Grand Bahama, will be
spearheading hurricane relief efforts on the island.
Darville made the announcement
Monday afternoon at his Ministry headquartered
in the Harold Degregory Complex on the Mall.
Minister also had a number of supporting agencies participating in the press
conference, such as the Royal Bahamas Defense Force...
NASSAU, Bahamas — Missing two grand opening deadlines isn’t something
that any large venture hopes to experience, but that’s exactly what has
happened to Baha Mar.
Touted as China’s largest commercial real estate project in the
Western Hemisphere, Baha Mar, a $3.5 billion Bahamian resort complex, has floundered
this year, causing the most serious economic damage the small island
country has seen since the global financial crisis. The resort is
predicted to contribute 12 percent to the country’s gross domestic
product, but its failure to materialize has at least in part led
Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the country’s sovereign credit rating...
Solomon’s, Cost Right, Solomon’s Fresh Market, Domino’s and Carl’s Jr. Teams All Lend Support
Nassau, Bahamas, October 5, 2015—On Monday, just days after Hurricane
Joaquin ripped through the southern Bahamas, staff at Solomon’s Super
Center, Solomon’s Fresh Market and Cost Right jumped into action,
loading trucks with food items and new clothing earmarked for the
Bahamas Red Cross. The goods, valued at $25,000, will be distributed to
Family Island residents devastated by the storm...
The Democratic National Alliance
has been moved by the outpouring of support and brotherly love which Bahamians
have demonstrated since the passage of hurricane Joaquin. The amount of relief
mobilized by ordinary citizens in the past few days has been truly inspiring
and is a testament to the resilient spirit of our people. As indicated by the
government and various relief organizations, the level of devastation brought by
hurricane Joaquin will require a sustained restoration effort as well as millions
of dollars to repair damaged infrastructure and rebuild whole communities.
As part of its ongoing commitment
to those efforts, the DNA has made the decision to postpone the party’s
upcoming national convention which had been slated for next month. Instead, the
thousands of dollars which would have been spent on the usual pomp and
pageantry associated with such an event will be donated to those ongoing relief
The Bahamas - The newest bureau in the CARICOM
Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) network, The
Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ), recently held a week of
intensive activities aimed at updating legislation, devising a strategic
plan and increasing the capacity within the institution.
on its own national resources, as well as those under the 10th European
Development Fund (EDF) Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) programme, the
BBSQ brought together a number of consultants from September 28 to
October 2, 2015, to aid in necessary institutional development...
Nassau, Bahamas - A clean bill of health. That’s the hope of every
patient diagnosed with breast cancer and the push behind Milo Butler’s
Project Pink Mop initiative. In October, the wholesaler will team up
with major retailers to raise awareness and assist the Sister Sister
Breast Cancer Support Group by selling pink mops in select stores.
than 5,000 cases of pink Housekeeper brand mops have been distributed
throughout The Bahamas. Over the next two months, consumers can purchase
a mop and show their support to those battling breast cancer...
Miami, Florida – Resorts World Bimini (RWB) has teamed up with Tropic
Ocean Airways, a South Florida based airline, to assist with relief
efforts to those impacted by Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas. In
addition to emergency supplies such as tarps, water, canned food items,
mosquito repellant, sleeping bags, powdered milk, batteries and chlorine
tablets to make flood waters safe, RWB donated fuel for the airline’s
entire fleet of Cessna Grand Caravan wheeled and seaplanes which have
all been deployed to The Bahamas. The all-weather aircraft have high
cargo capacity to accommodate supplies and will continue to make
deliveries all week long...