Since the establishment of the Dive Section within the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force, a strategic approach has been taken to perpetuate
this unit. The newly revamped dive program was formed to be a center of
excellence for the region, and additionally, this unit also has a
social responsibility to protect the environment.
a sustainable future for diving within the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
requires a strategic approach, the organization must continually look at
ways to augment its diving program to face the challenges of operating
in the twenty-first century. Addressing the needs of a small island
state such as The Bahamas...
The Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) has toured several
islands to check the pulse of Crystal Cruises' homeporting to determine
how businesses have been impacted. The islands visited included Long
Island, San Salvador and Exuma. TDC officials also shared its
initiatives with business owners including the introduction of the
Bahamas Association of Shore Experiences (BASE), the OAS/CHTA Disaster
Resilience for small tourism enterprises (STEs), the World Travel and
Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Stamp and Community-based Tourism...
His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General,
administered the Oath of Allegiance and Judicial Oath during a swearing
in ceremony of Senior Justice Bernard S. A. Turner as Acting Chief
Justice, at the Office of the Governor General on Thursday, July 29,
His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General, received successful recipients of
the 2021 United World College Scholarship in a courtesy call at the
Office of the Governor General on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
from left sitting: Barbara Ann Bernard, H.E. Sir Cornelius A. Smith, and
Brickell Pinder. Pictured from left standing are the recipients: Adam
Cooper (Costa Rica), Branique Miller (South Africa) and Ariel Gardiner
Charge d'Affaires, Greg Quinn of the UK High Commission called on the
Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield, July 28, 2021 at
the Ministry's offices. They discussed a number of issues, including
the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and access to vaccines, regional
and global issues and technical cooperation. Also present from the UK
was Ms. Jerusa Ali, Political Attache, and from Foreign Affairs,
Director General Sharon Brennen Haylock, Ambassador-at-Large Dr. Kenya
Ward, Head of the International Relations Division Mr. Eugene Newry and
Ms. Marjorie Julien of the same Division. (BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
On behalf of The Government of The Bahamas, the Hon. Renward Wells
Minister of Health, accepted the sixth batch of medical supplies worth
$78,000 -- a gift of the Chinese Government.
What is described as
the “biggest and highest value” batch of medical supplies delivered by
the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas was
handed over by Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dai
Qingli, during a brief ceremony today at the Ministry of Health (MOH),
The Government will spend $7.2 million to engage medical staff, and 18
hospital beds will be added to the PMH inventory as part of the
continued aggressive and comprehensive approach to combat the surge in
COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced
The Prime Minister was speaking in a live National
Address to update the public on a series of public health measures
being taken to assist with the care of COVID-19 patients, limit the
spread of the virus and secure more vaccines...
Grand Bahama Health Services executive management confirmed today
that more than seventeen (17) nurses at the Rand Memorial Hospital in
Freeport, Grand Bahama called in sick today in an apparent sickout.
Hospital officials confirm that the first calls came in ahead of the 8am
and 3pm shifts respectively. They add that there has been no
communication from the Bahamas Nurses Union regarding the apparent
Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames recently lauded
the support of the public and private sector in the obtaining and
installing of security cameras in the Stapledon Gardens, spearheaded by
the National Neighbourhood Watch Council (NNWC) Stapledon Gardens
Community Association. Minister Dames congratulated the Association for
their initiative and said that such activities could be replicated in
the approximately 190 other community associations throughout The
To celebrate its 43rd anniversary, The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB)
has selected its second Warren L Rolle apprentice, Merisha Butler.
Butler, who will be studying Economics and Finance at University of The
Bahamas (UB) this fall as a part of her apprenticeship, was selected by a
panel at The Bank based on her impressive resume.
established in 1974 by an act of parliament to provide access to
financing to Bahamians for economic diversification and expansion...
Twelve of New Providence’s 14 top female scholars from the Public and
Private School Systems participated in what was billed as the inaugural
Girls in Leadership Recognition Ceremony in the Upper Chambers of
Parliament (the Senate), Tuesday (July 27). The Ceremony was hosted by
Senate President, Senator the Hon. Dr. Mildred Hall-Watson. (Two of
the young ladies had previous engagements).
The fifth female to
serve as President of the Senate since 1972 (the others were: Senator,
the Hon. Dame Doris Johnson (Dr.) - 1973-1982...
The Government has temporarily suspended the implementation of a
Customs processing fee, approved during the 2021/22 budget exercise to
allow for additional training and customer education.
recent change was made to bring the procedures for air arrivals in line
with all other forms of entry, where a small processing fee is changed
to support the cost of operations by the Bahamas Customs and Excise
On July 29, the Ministry of Tourism &
Aviation will host a grand virtual ceremony to mark the graduation of a
total of 760 tourism professionals from BahamaHost, its signature
industry training program. Held under the theme, "The People's
BahamaHost: Heart, Community, Empowerment," the ceremony will be aired
via Zoom and Facebook at 7 p.m...
During the 2021/2022 budget contribution of the Minister of Health,
the Honourable Renward R. Wells, advised the general public that
approval was given for the pay-out of $1,040,600.00 in honourarium and
death benefits to a limited number of front line nurses, physicians and
medical service workers involved in the COVID-19 response for the period
19th March – 19th June, 2020...
Members of The Bahamas Integrated Toastmasters Club, 7820731, the
country’s newest Toastmasters Club, were challenged to become Agents of
Change during the Club’s Charter and Installation of Officers Ceremony
held Saturday (July 24, 2021).
Delivering his address via Zoom
(the event was held via Zoom in order to adhere to the health and safety
protocols established by the Ministry of Health to reduce/limit the
community spread of COVID-19), Minister of Social Services and Urban
Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell...
The Urban Renewal Commission hosted its inaugural Independence Cultural
Icon Awards Ceremony at Salem Union Baptist Church Hall, Taylor Street,
as a key component of the Commission’s Independence anniversary
Held under the theme: “Our Culture, Our Foundation”
the Icon Awards were divided into National and Community categories and
celebrated the cultural contributions/achievements of Bahamians at the
national and community levels in the fields of the Arts, Music and
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) team returns to
the 2021 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh
Show, July 25-August 1, in Wisconsin. Last year, the show was cancelled
due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Deemed the “World’s
Greatest Aviation Celebration,” and the largest aviation show in the
world, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, prior to Covid-19, attracted in excess of
600,000 aviation enthusiasts, 10,000 aircraft and almost 1,000 media
professionals from around the world...
Mrs. Elma Garraway, Deputy to the Governor General, gave a Tribute to
Ms. Constance Miller honouring Ms. Miller for 48 years of dedicated
service to the Bahamas Girl Guides Association's 32nd Unit during a
luncheon at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity on Saturday, July 24,