In his presentation of the Budget in the House of Assembly on May 25,
2016 Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie announced that there
will be a nationwide survey of vulnerable areas of the country to assess
scope and location of challenges, be they health, housing, or
employment to assist in formulation of socioeconomic intervention.
said: "In the period ahead, we will undertake a nationwide survey of
vulnerable areas of the country, to be conducted by Urban Renewal using,
as field workers, employees of the job and apprenticeship/training
programme that I am announcing today...
The Senior Citizens Division of the Department of Social Services held a
birthday party for Ms. Edna Dorsette who recently became 100 years old,
and for the other senior citizens who were celebrating birthdays.
festivities were held at Yellow Elder Day Care Centre on Friday, May 27,
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt.
Hon. Perry Christie said in the House of Assembly, on May 25, 2016, that
his Government remains "firmly committed" to staying the course with
its Medium-Term Fiscal Consolidation Plan, a plan that comprises a
multi-year strategy with the overarching objective to secure durable
structural reform of the principal components of the public finances.
such, we are moving decisively to transform Recurrent Expenditure,
Capital Expenditure and Recurrent Revenue in a manner that is phased,
measured and balanced," Prime Minister Christie said during his
2016/2017 Budget Communication...
at an international IAEA conference in Spain have appealed for faster
progress in addressing the legacy of the early development of nuclear
energy, saying the decommissioning of old facilities and the remediation
of affected sites should not be left to future generations.
“This issue has strong ethical dimensions,” Juan José
Zaballa, president of the conference and of Spain’s National Company for
Radioactive Waste (ENRESA), said in his conclusions to the
International Conference on Advancing the Global Implementation of
Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Programmes on 27 May.
Participants urged “against passing responsibilities to future
generations where the means to address them currently exist,” he said...
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The low academic level of human capital in the
Agricultural Sector of The Bahamas is a major impediment to growth,
poverty reduction and food security in the Family Islands and in the
inner communities of urban Nassau, and to some extent, Freeport, Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, in
the House of Assembly, on May 25, 2016.
"The establishment in
September 2013 of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute
(BAMSI) served to create a tertiary level academic curriculum which
would offer Associates degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and a Skills
Training programme to students training in the technologies associated
with crop and livestock production and marine and fisheries resource
development," Prime Minister Christie said, during his 2016/2017 Budget
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are seeking the public’s help in locating
the suspects responsible for two separate shooting incidents that have
left several persons detained in hospital.
In the first incident,
shortly before 12:00midnight on Saturday 28th May 2016, three adult
males were standing in front of a home located on Sutton Street off Kemp
Road, when the occupants of a grey Honda Torino car pulled up and fired
several shots at them before speeding off. The males were rushed to
hospital where two of them remain in serious condition and the other in
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Nassau, Bahamas - Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan
for 2016, officers of the Selective Enforcement Team took another
illegal firearm out of the hands of a criminal on Saturday 28th May
Reports are that around 8:30pm, officers from the Selective
Enforcement Team were on routine patrol on Lyon Road off Shirley Street,
when they saw two suspicious males walking in the area. The officers
conducted a search of the males and uncovered a pistol with 10 rounds of
ammunition. The two males were subsequently arrested and taken into
Freeport Grand Bahama Island - The Grand Bahama Humane Society has a
busy month of events planned for June 2016. There are three planned and
all completely different from one another. All events are in aid of our
dogs and cats as always!
Firstly, there's a Pub
Quiz/Trivia night, being held at the Garden of the Groves on Saturday
4th June. The restaurant and bar will be open at 6.30pm and the quiz
starts at 8.00pm - $5 per person. A prize for the winning team
There is a new Vice Governor for Kiwanis International and he is from
The Bahamas. Melford Clarke was successfully elected Vice Governor of
Kiwanis International for the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District
He successfully beat out a distinguished lieutenant governor from
Barbados vying for the position that catapults him on a course to be the
Governor responsible for the Eastern Canada & Caribbean District of
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the revelation that the Prime Minister’s budget
included a $2 million slush fund:
“Time and time again, this Government has shown it doesn’t believe in
transparency and oversight, and now in an election year the country is
told that the Prime Minister has rewarded himself with a $2,000,000
slush fund. The previous fiscal year the fund stood at $29,000 – that’s
right, $29,000. Now it’s $2,000,000 – a stunning increase of 6,000
“What’s even more stunning is that the Prime Minister used less than
$1,000 for the first nine months of the last fiscal year. So why the
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment
by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Perry Christie of Tony Joudi as Non-
Resident Ambassador of The Bahamas to Qatar.
Mr. Joudi, who is a
Civil Engineer, has also been designated by the Government of The
Bahamas as Commissioner General of The Bahamas’ Pavilion for Expo 2020,
which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The appointments
take place with immediate effect.Mr. Joudi is contributing his services
to the country.
Tony Joudi is President of Fast Track
Construction Company and has worked on several local and international
design and construction projects. Additionally, he is President of
Sapphire Venture Fund, a local real estate Smart Fund listed on...
Presently, under the law, children of unwed Bahamian men are not
recognized as Bahamians, although children of unwed Bahamian women are.
The June 7 Gender Equality referendum poses to change that.
Speaking to staff at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore
Island on Thursday, retired Justice Rubie Nottage, attorney Brandace
Duncanson and aspiring attorney Rashad Flowers—members of the Bahamas
Constitutional Committee explained the implications of the 4 proposed
Bahamian native son, Megaton is set to reprise his stage performance at
this years IIMT scheduled for June 1-4, traveling to
multiple Hawaiian cities. He’s ready to cross oceans and make a repeat
of the big splash he did at the event last year.
The Bahamian rapper is gearing up to to perform some of his songs as well as a few covers from some of his favorite artists.
When asked about the reception he got at the event last year he spoke
positively, saying that the crowd’s reaction was welcoming earning him
some new fans and supporters that have already begun to interact more
vigorously with him now that they know he’s scheduled to return...
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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Officials from the Ministry of Social Services and
Community Development and the Department of Social Services Thursday
issued the first batch of the RISE Pre-paid Cards to clients of the
Wulff Road Outreach Centre.
The RISE Pre-Paid card will allow
clients more flexibility in meeting the needs of their households as the
card’s use has been expanded to include usage at approved food stores,
pharmacies, clothing and shoe stores, bookstores and LP gas vendors.
householders receive training on various aspects of the programme at
their enrollment including their roles and responsibilities, the
calculation of the RISE payment and compliance benefits.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The government is committed to improving
healthcare facilities in order to provide the necessary tools for
nurses, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville told
attendees of The Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Freeport Branch, Annual Leadership Conference on Friday.
The event was held at Pelican Bay Resort under the theme “Nursing A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems Resilience.”
Darville, using Andrea Walker-Leidy’s definition of leadership said,
“It is the ability to see a problem and be the solution.” He continued
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Religious Youth Service, sponsored by the Universal Federation of Peace (UPF), made a courtesy call on Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W. UPF chapters organize Religious Youth Service projects that offer service-learning opportunities with a special focus on developing personal leadership and peacemaking skills.
Through living together and providing altruistic service in a community, participants demonstrate that it is possible for our global human family to come together in peace for our mutual wellbeing...
The Bahamas will be participating in the Davis Cup in July 2016. The
Competition this year will be held in Bolivia. The Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association(BLTA) held a tryout in December for the first two spots and
is holding an invitational tryout next week June 3-5 to fill the final
(Matches begin at 9:00 a.m. round-robin format)...
House of Assembly met on Wednesday of this week where the opening
statement for the 2016/2017 budget was read by Bahamas Prime Minister
the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie. It was the Prime Minister’s fifth and
likely final budget communication before the next general election
scheduled for May 2017 at the latest.
The Prime Minister touted
the fiscal discipline of his administration in the successful execution
of its near and medium term fiscal consolidation plan. Faced with a
fiscal deficit well in excess of $500 million upon coming in to office
in May 2012 said Mr. Christie, the GFS budget deficit now stands at $150
million, $10 million above the projected figure of $141 million due to
the $10.2 million payout...
The budget delivered in the House of Assembly today by the Prime
Minister and Minister for Finance, Perry G. Christie, yet again earmarks
nothing for alleviating pressures for every day Bahamians and certainly
does not give us hope for the future. This slap-dash budget exemplifies
confusion and mismanagement that one can seriously call lack of
leadership, sincere oversight and over-shot projections.
During the mid-term budget presented in March of this year, the prime
minister blamed a muted global economic recovery for his
administration’s failures even though the American economy is stronger
than ever, knowing full well a buoyant American economy means better for
Nassau, BAHAMAS - Spring 2016 Graduands of The College of The Bahamas
came together in worship and celebration as their COB journey comes to
an end. The annual Baccalaureate Service was held on Sunday, 22nd May
2016 at the Church of God Convention Centre William M. Johnson
Auditorium. The hall was filled with melodic sounds from Voices of
Paradise and the College Concert Choir under the direction of Mrs.
Audrey Dean-Wright and Dr. Alvin Hepburn, Adjunct Professor, School of
Mathematics, Physics & Technology and Sr. Pastor, Central Church of
the Nazarene gave the invocation.
College President Dr. Rodney D. Smith welcomed the congregation and
shared his view of the power of education and citied Proverbs 4:13 which
emphasizes the importance of knowledge and learning, equating it to
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When he competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015, Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion Charles Hamilton’s outgoing personality and witty comments on-stage resulted in him being featured on the “Good Morning America” television show. But even though he spelt both of his on-stage words correctly in the preliminary rounds of the competition, like this year’s Bahamas Spelling Champion Donovan Aaron Butler, who also successfully spelt his two preliminary words, Hamilton failed to advance to the finals because he did not accumulate sufficient points in the written test....
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The provision of a new home for Cecile Johnson and
her family is demonstration of the Government’s love to her and the
thousands of Bahamians who reside here.
The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and
Urban Development, expressed these sentiments as he presented the keys
to Ms. Johnson and her son, Rashad Adderley, during a ribbon-cutting and
key presentation ceremony Thursday, May 26, 2016...
We in the DNA are happy that the current administration has admitted
their failures with regard to the initial mortgage relief programme and
now is deciding to work with a new version of a Mortgage Relief
Programme in the Prime Minister’s Budget Communication.
The fact of the matter is this issue has gone on too long; persons have
been hurt and left ashamed due to losing their greatest investment; and
long term damage has been done to lives and communities.
The details are still sketchy with regard to what this administration
outlined in their budget communication in relation to their mortgage
relief plan, which some are calling a Homeowner’s Protection Scheme, but
we wish to weigh in on this because the DNA has presented an initial
proposal for mortgage relief which we feel strongly that the government
should take into consideration...