The Bahamas is gearing up to host 71
countries at the sixth annual Commonwealth Youth Games from July 19 - 23, 2017.
The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international
sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition
of the Youth Games, with up to 1,300 athletes aged 14-18.
A reception was held
Friday, March 24, 2017 at the T A R National Stadium where organizers introduced
sponsors and certain disciplines of the upcoming games...
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement regarding the government’s management over the
“As the economic state of The Bahamas continues to
decline, the government’s deficit in leadership has become as
significant of a concern as the budget deficit itself. Even after
collecting over one billion dollars in VAT the national debt continues
to rise. Their lack of leadership was again demonstrated by Deputy Prime
Minister Davis, who said on Wednesday that our budget was ‘thrown off
course by 400 million dollars’ as a result of the two recent hurricanes.
This explanation isn’t a simple miscalculation...
On Thursday, March 23rd, the MS Marco Polo made its inaugural voyage to
Grand Bahama Island, where representatives from the Ministry of Tourism
and the Freeport Harbour Company participated in a ceremonial plaque
exchange with ship representatives on board the vessel.
With a total of 751 passengers on board, the vessel sails for 36 days and calls on several Caribbean cruise ports...
On Friday, March 24th, representatives from the Bahamas Football
Organization (BFA), the Bahamas National Beach Soccer Team, the Local
Organizing Committee for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017
(LOC), and the Ministry of Tourism presented the FIFA Beach Soccer World
Cup Trophy Experience on Grand Bahama Island.
The group, whose
mission was to encourage students and families to attend the official
event on New Providence in April, made their first stop at the Mary Star
of the Sea Catholic Academy where students got a chance to learn more
about the tournament, view the trophy, hear the official song of the
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017, and meet members of the
Bahamas National Beach Soccer Team...
After two years of jockeying full-time work with travel that took her
5,000 miles, Bahamian entrepreneur, Brooke Phillips, is back home,
realizing a decade-long dream and making a splash in the local design
Her dream -- to open an interior design store filled
with furniture and home accessories of natural hard woods and
eco-friendly materials, contemporary design and organic feel.
late February, she opened the doors to Oasis Collection, One Sandyport
Plaza, a 2,264-square foot emporium featuring one-of-a-kind pieces and
hand-hewn crafted works of furniture art, soft fabrics and textures,
copper lights and tables...
In response to media enquiries and for general information, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration has noted that The Bahamas
has invited representative international observers from four
international organizations or nations to observe the upcoming
elections, including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the
Commonwealth of Nations; the Organisation of American States (OAS); and
the United States of America.
A recent Rotary sponsored peace initiative in Bain and Grants Town has
reaped rewards for two residents of the area, landing them scholarships
to The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).
Charles and Yasmine Williams are presently in BTVI’s Face Care and
Makeup Application I course, thanks to the Rotary Bahamas Road to Peace
Committee in consultation with the Rotary Bahamas Scholarship Committee,
led by Chairman Philip Cummings. The scholarships, which include
tuition and supplies, are to help them launch their own small businesses
in the area, helping to further its development, as well as give
residents the opportunity to become self-sufficient...
Grace, team effort and defying gravity are essential elements of the
artistry that is dance, which takes place now at the annual E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival. During the festival this week, school
students of New Providence will show their learned skills and compete at
the Winston V. Saunders Theatre of the Dundas Centre for the Performing
Arts. Well-known dance instructor Lawrence Carroll gives pointers at
the end to further instruct and inspire.
The festival had already
adjudicated music and drama in New Providence, and performances in
Andros and Abaco...
Bahamas-born Sammi Starr, Sony Music
recording artist, is proud to announce the launch of "#Bahamas, Your
Best Picture Deserves My Best Song", a grassroots social media campaign
aiming to share with the world Sammi's love for his country and the
sounds of its Junkanoo festival through his song "Jump in Da Line", a
single produced and remixed by Latin Grammy® winner, DJ Buddha.
Sammi Starr is launching "#Bahamas" on Tuesday, March 28th on his website www.sammistarrmusic.com
as well as on Instagram. Sammi will search for his favorite photos and
videos posted on Instagram with the hashtag #Bahamas and share them back
with a soundtrack...
BTC recently announced that more than 5,000 residents have transitioned
to Fiber to the Home (FTTH) services. The company is now preparing to
complete its fiber rollout throughout New Providence.
Williams stated “In response to the increased demand for fiber
throughout New Providence, we are now accelerating our efforts to
complete this project. We are moving up our delivery date for the
complete “fiberization” of New Providence. Our parent company, Liberty
Global has delivered over 1.4 million, 5 gigabit-ready homes in 2016...
W. J. Godfrey Eneas, president of BAMSI, in his book ‘Agriculture in the
Bahamas’ highlights the continual decline of the small ruminant
industry for almost 40 years. The industry has suffered because of
limited interventions until the recent establishment of BAMSI. The
technological advancements which have benefitted livestock production in
the Caribbean region are only now being addressed through BAMSI led
The BAMSI small ruminant unit, established in 2015,
is expected to develop into national breeding herds of sheep and goats
providing stock to livestock farmers throughout the Bahamas. This is a
major intervention in the small ruminant industry as it represents the
largest holding of diverse breeds in the Bahamas...
BTC presented mobile devices to Tiny Tots Preschool in honour of the
Ministry of Education’s Pre-School Week. Public Relations Manager,
Indira Collie said that, “This is the second time around that we’ve been
involved in the activities. Our teachers in the education system are
helping to mould our future leaders, and we’re always happy to lend a
helping hand wherever we can...
Speaking Notes for Senate Senator, The Honourable Allyson Maynard Gibson QC Attorney General And Minister Of Legal Affairs Commonwealth Of The Bahamas
The Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 And Trafficking In
Persons (Prevention And Suppression) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Monday 27th
As you are aware, in 2008
Parliament enacted the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention and
Suppression) Act (Ch. 106), which created offences relating to
trafficking in persons, in an effort to ensure that The Bahamas remained
compliant with international norms and efforts to combat activity which
exploited persons for material gain, and preyed upon persons seeking to
improve their circumstances...
The National Training Agency is boasting 70 percent employment after
participants have acquired a variety of skills for the workforce.
Minister of Labour and National Insurance and Minister of the Public
Service the Hon. Shane Gibson addressed the success of the NTA during
the Graduating Ceremony of Cohort 7 on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The
disciplines were Hospitality, Allied Health, Auto Body, Office
Procedures, Microsoft Office/Quick Books & Customer Service, Retail
Business Skills, and Teacher’s Aide...
The creation of stronger, more nurturing communities that are supportive
of family life is one of the mechanisms that can be used to help turn
the tide against child abuse in The Bahamas, Minister of Social Services
and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said Monday.
Mrs. Griffin made a special plea to parents and caregivers of children to become more proactive in their roles.
“Parents and caregivers have the grave responsibility of ensuring that children are protected and kept safe...
Jr. Davis Cup and Jr. Fed Cup Teams departed Nassau for San
Salvador, El Salvador on Saturday past to participate in the
Pre-Qualifying Jr. Davis Cup & Jr. Fed Cup event for the
North/Central American & Caribbean regions. Participating nations
are: Bahamas, Barbados, Nicaragua, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Panama,
Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Jamaica, Guatemala, Grenada, Honduras, Trinidad
& Tobago, El Salvador, Curacao, Costa Rica, Guyana, and U. S. Virgin
Some 18 countries are participating in the Jr. Davis Cup
event and 15 for the Jr. Fed Cup event. The 2017 Jr. Davis Cup team is
led by Donte Armbrister, 15 with teammates Kofi Denali 13, and Denali
Nottage, 13 both from Freeport, Grand Bahama. Our Boys' Team is seeded
No. 5 in the tournament. National Coach for the boys is Mr.Ricardo
Bahamas AG Speech for Homeowners Protection Bill - Mar 27, 2017 - 8:52:26 PM
Senate Contribution by Senator, The Honourable Allyson Maynard Gibson QC
Attorney General and Minister Of Legal Affairs Commonwealth Of The
Bahamas On The Homeowners Protection Bill, 2017 Monday 27th March, 2017:
The public will be aware that Mortgage Relief and the protection of
homeowners were, and remain a key plank in this administration’s
It is a commitment made to the Bahamian people and despite many
challenges in earlier implementation, a commitment from which we have
never wavered nor toward which we have ever ceased working...
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of
Social Services and Community Development, was presented an assortment
of Hurricane Relief items for residents of the Willie Mae Pratt School
for Girls on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the school. The supplies were a
heavy-duty washing machine and dryer, computer, educational materials
and other items.
The donations were arranged by the Chevening
Alumni of The Bahamas, with the assistance of the British High
Commission in Kingston, Jamaica...
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force held its 37th Annual
Church Service on Sunday, March 26, at the Church of God of Prophecy, East
Street Tabernacle. Governor General Her
Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (pictured left) attended, heading a list of
officials participating in the service led by Senior Pastor, Bishop Hulan
Minister of National Security,
the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage remarked at the commendable strides
of the Defence Force in ongoing recruitment, education and training; deterrence
of poaching by Dominican fishermen; benefits of Sandy Bottom Project expansion
which has significantly increased the Defence Force’s capabilities in protecting
the country and stemming the tide of illegal migration...
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force unveiled its newest tool for promoting
peace within our communities today through its Ambassador of Peace (AOP)
Programme, a brainchild of Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence
Force (Acting). A fitting launching pad, the program was unveiled at the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s 37th Anniversary Church Service hosted at
the Church of God of Prophecy Tabernacle, East Street.
program was launched in presence of the Governor General of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling,
the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage, the
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the
Hon Keith Bell...
“In order to maintain transparent, democratic elections, it is essential
that our government readily accepts international election observers.
We encourage the candidates and constituents of all political parties to
willingly comply with every election law—out of respect to Bahamians
and to protect the dignity of our democratic system. We must never
ignore the lessons history has taught us, and although I’m confident
that our country will uphold the rule of law, the government should act
prudently to ensure this is a certainty. To these ends, Bahamians
deserve nothing less than complete cooperation from their government...”
Bahamian Evangelist Ethel Rolle brought tears to the eyes of female
inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds in St. Philips, Barbados, during a
tour of the facilities, Friday, March 24.
It was the culmination
of Prison Fellowship International Regional Forum held March 21-24 at
the Church of God of Prophecy, Water Street, Christ Church.
Evangelist Rolle told her own story of having low self-esteem,
attempting suicide, committing two murders and being imprisoned. She
encouraged the inmates to not give up hope and to seek salvation through
the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour...
Bermuda spent $84.5 million on overseas care between 1st April 2015 and
31st March 2016, with $6M going toward transportation and accommodation.
Recognising the importance of specialised overseas care to health
outcomes, the Bermuda Health Council developed a report, Overseas Care: A
Synopsis of Trends for the Island of Bermuda to provide a more in-depth
analysis of how much money was spent, where and on what type of care.
needs to be wise about the resources that are available on island for
healthcare. With 61,295 people, the quality of healthcare can be
compromised by limited use of services, complex services or experience
of those delivering care. To ensure that Bermuda’s residents have access
to specialized healthcare, strategic partnerships have been formed with
overseas facilities enabling residents to receive much needed care...