BTC’s hybrid solar mill is powering their Marigold cell site in the Sea Breeze community. The hybrid solar mill, is a combination of wind and solar, to provide clean and efficient power to the BTC cell tower. NASSAU, Bahamas – In their ecology quest to ‘go-green’, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has recently activated initiatives including the introduction of their first solar powered cell tower and paperless statements. BTC CEO Leon Williams said they are constantly seeking long-term energy conservation methods promoting the use of more eco-friendly technology. “A few weeks ago we installed a hybrid solar mill at our Marigold cell site in the Sea Breeze community. The hybrid solar mill, is a combination of wind and solar, to provide clean and efficient power. The power capacity is 12kw. We need reliable power, to provide a reliable network for our customers. Since the installation of the solar mill, we have been able to switch off our generators and commercial power, we’ve strictly used the solar mill since April 11th. The solar mill provides an added layer of reliability for BTC.” Over time, BTC views this as an avenue of reducing its operational costs, and providing better network reliability. Williams continued, “BTC has an expansive network as we have a universal service obligation to provide service to any community with ten homes. Our network spans to every single inhabited community in the country. We fully embrace any opportunity to improve our reliability and streamline our costs.” BTC has also introduced a number of customer centric initiatives to improve service. BTC introduced e-billing, and is encouraging customers to help them eliminate the use of excess paper. With e-Billing, customers receive their BTC bills online every month. It eliminates the need for a physical printed bill, enabling the company to cut down on the amount of paper it uses. To sign up for e-Billing, customers can call or visit any BTC location. Customers are also able to pay their bills online using EZPay and can view their accounts using the My BTC app on their mobile phones. BTC is the leading telecommunications company in the country, providing modern landline, internet, and mobile services to every single island in the country. BTC is jointly owned by the Government of The Bahamas and Cable & Wireless Communications.  Read More →
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie Remarks By The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie Prime Minister Of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas At The Opening Of The Marjorie Davis Institute For Special Education Thursday, 16th April, 2015 I am grateful for the opportunity to address you at the opening of this institution for special education. It should be no surprise that education is a priority for my government. It is through education that we promote the development of our people and the nation as a whole. The primary goal of education in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is to ensure that all persons, respective of their islands of residence, develop physically, mentally, socially and spiritually in order to function responsibly and productively in an increasingly dynamic, scientific, technological and complex society and a world where there is instant connectivity and one that is increasingly inter-dependent. The tremendous strides that we as a nation have made in education since 1967, if we were to chose a date of relevance have been tremendously downplayed or mis-understood. If you were to only pay attention to the media, it would seem as if we have not met our goals and that we have not achieved much in regards to education throughout the years. But I would like to use this opportunity to enlighten those who may be too young to know, of the remarkable progress that successive governments have made in revolutionizing the educational system in The Bahamas. I would also like to celebrate one of the many unsung heroes of education, an individual who has done so much to establish and promote education in The Bahamas and to whom we owe our sincerest gratitude. According to George Orwell “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” It is my goal today to acknowledge our history instead of denying it, to celebrate it instead of obliterating it, so that we gain a better appreciation of who we are as a people and of how far we have come. Ladies and Gentlemen: In the first half of the 20th century, an organized national system of education did not exist. The first schools in The Bahamas were not run by the government, but run by the churches. The Anglicans, Catholics and Baptists ran some of the very first schools in the country, along with the Methodists and Presbyterians. Our Lady’s Catholic School, for example, was opened on these very grounds in 1927. The Government of The Bahamas is extremely thankful for the church and its contribution to education, but the fact of the matter remained, that there existed no national plan for education in those days. Real, systemic change began in the years leading up to Independence, just some 50 years ago, when Majority Rule was achieved in 1967 by Sir Lynden Pindling’s Progressive Liberal Party. It was then that we decided that The Bahamas would adopt universal access to education; meaning, that every child in The Bahamas, as a right, would have the opportunity to access formal education through secondary school. It was at this time and the decades that followed that we saw a multiplicity of initiatives adopted by the Government to ensure that our students were ready for and were able to participate in our new nation: o A teachers college was formally re-opened in 1964, the previous one having been arbitrarily closed in 1958. The period between 1958 and 1964 could be called the lost era as there was no way for aspiring teachers to become formally certified without going overseas for training. As a result of this our standard of education suffered badly. o Public secondary education was extended to the Family Islands and a secondary school scholarship programme was established; o Private schools were encouraged to offer more places to students as the government significantly expanded its subventions and grants programme, which enabled private schools to accommodate students, who prior to this period, would not have been able to gain access; The Common Entrance Examination which was introduced as an equalizing entrance examination for those students wishing or who had an interest in attending private schools also aided this process and two elite private schools, St. Augustine’s and Queen’s College accepted scores of students as boarding students for a time. o Between 1967 and 1975 the Government vastly increased access to its public schools by an ambitious building programme and introducing a high school curriculum that saw students taking terminal exams such as the GCE; R.M. Bailey, then called Highbury High School was a fore –runner of this type of secondary scholl educational development and others were to follow in Grand Bahama and the Family Islands; today these high schools have a full curriculum and many rival the best of the private schools. o The College of the Bahamas was established by an Act of Parliament in 1974; o The public preschool program was initiated in the late 1980s; o A new examination, The Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education, was introduced in 1993, and was spearheaded by Miss Marjorie Davis herself; and o The Education Act was amended to raise the school leaving age to 16, in 1996. o Technical and Vocational Education was solidified through the establishment of the National Training Council in 1982, now the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute which has a very high reputation and standard and since 1982 has turned out thousands of artisans with various skills. Today, with education receiving the lion’s share of government funding in every budget, an average teacher student ratio of 14:1, qualified, expert teachers, technologically outfitted classrooms, a soon to be University of the Bahamas, technical and vocational schools, a national high school diploma program, and institutions of special learning such as this one, it’s hard to imagine that many of our grandparents and great grandparents never attended school beyond the sixth grade and had to leave on attaining the age of 14 years. That not so distant past, however was indeed our humble beginning and we have made tremendous advancement. Today, the top echelon of our student body leaves school as accomplished scholars, able to pursue tertiary level education at the best universities and technical colleges in the world, where many of them perform exceptionally well. Our private and public schools have equipped our students with the tools to pursue higher education and become top notch teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, accountants, bankers, talented artists, musicians, crafts persons, acclaimed chefs, tourism practitioners, and successful entrepreneurs and business managers. Now, before I am accused of painting a ‘lily white’ picture of education, we must acknowledge that there is still much to be achieved and accomplished We know that we must improve literacy and numeracy; we know that we must get more of our young men to engage in education and we know that we must better prepare our students for the national workforce and the global community. Nonetheless, we must also acknowledge the great strides we have made in education, which have resulted in the advancement of our people and society as a whole. I am confident that the Ministry and Department of Education are working to continuously transform education. Next month in fact, your Minister of Education will travel to discuss our post 2015 goals for education at an educational forum in Korea, and this summer the Bahamas will host ministers and education officials to the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers to discuss regional educational goals. We are doing our best to make sure that our national initiatives are in line with global advancements in education. Ladies and Gentlemen; The reason why we are here today is because of another recent goal of our government, which is to meet the needs of our “special students”. This institute for special education is considered a vital step toward fulfilling my government’s commitment to making special education a priority. As many of you know, I have an exceptional child. His name is Adam and he is now twenty seven years old. Like every parent of exceptional children I worry about Adam’s future and its limited possibilities in The Bahamas. It is because of my son that I have first-hand experience with the challenges and dedication required in educating children with special needs; be they mild or exceptional. It is also because of him that I became more aware of the many families who struggle to educate and care for exceptional children. All good parents at one point or another have asked themselves, “What will happen to my child when I am no longer there?” As a citizen of this country and leader of this great nation, it has been a personal commitment of mine and this government to see more advances in the area of educational support and developing expertise in accommodating children with special needs. In 2013, the former Our Lady’s Catholic School was leased by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas with the goal of being transformed into a special education center for students, with a focus on research and training. The Institute was officially opened to students on January 7th of this year. At that time, it held 1/5th of its present population. As you have heard, It is comprised of four major areas; Diagnostic and Consultative Services, Intervention Services, Training Services and Research. In short, the institute services children with mild learning and developmental disabilities who represent the largest proportion of all students with disabilities here in The Bahamas. It is the perfect environment to properly diagnose and assess how our exceptional children learn and wherever possible, help them to be able to matriculate back into to the regular school system. We anticipate that this institute will become the envy of our region. We will use it to catapult us further into understanding the learning disabilities and challenges that plague our nation. Ladies and Gentlemen; We came into our own as a nation in 1973 and the generation of men and women who helped transform our country were educated, hardworking civic revolutionaries who ignited the passion for transformation in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Miss Marjorie Winton Theresa Davis, who was in the in the middle of her career during this era, helped to enhance the quality and breadth of learning across our archipelago of islands and simultaneously enhance the development of our nation. Unofficially, one could say that Miss Davis began her teaching career in the 1930’s, as she was the second of twelve children born to the late Sir Cyrus Ulysses Davis and Hilda Davis. As an older sibling and especially during those times, the young Marjorie would have been responsible for the rearing and development of the younger children within her home. This could have been the catalyst for a lifelong career dedicated to putting others before self; a career dedicated to the rearing and development of the children of our nation. Officially, Miss Davis began her career in education in 1950, as a teacher at Government High School, her alma mater. While there, she primarily taught Latin, a subject dreaded by many, but the foundation upon which most languages of today are based. During the twenty years she spent at Government High, she came to be known and regarded as a dedicated teacher committed to bringing out the best within each of her students. Shortly after Miss Davis obtained her Master’s Degree in Education in 1970, she began her career at the Ministry of Education Headquarters where she held various posts, including Senior Assistant Director. During this time she maintained responsibility for seven sections, including Technical and Vocational education, Special Schools, the Learning Resources and the Examination Section. In 1977, in an era when the majority of women were still expected to work from the home, Miss Marjorie Davis became the first female Director of Education. Let us not underestimate this great accomplishment as it occurred during a time when many women were not given the opportunity to lead. Like the suffragettes in the generations before her, Miss Marjorie Davis blazed a trail for generations of female educators. During her eleven years as Director of Education, Miss Davis brought great improvements to the Department of Education. She helped to establish in service training for clerical and teaching staff; she established annual teachers conferences and workshops; monthly principals meetings; gave recognition to long standing teachers in the private and public school systems; established student career days; helped to expand technical and vocational education and she helped to establish the College of The Bahamas. Miss Davis was also instrumental in establishing the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (The BGCSE). In 1988 she was contracted to coordinate the training of a team that would implement the first sitting of this national exam. Again, let us not underestimate this achievement. Prior to the implementation of the BGCSE examination, the majority of Bahamian students left high school, without completing a national senior examination. A significant percentage of the population was, therefore, unable to pursue further studies and was debarred from accessing certain jobs in the country. Consequently, there existed a systemic inequality when it came to social and economic success. Miss Marjorie Davis led the team that helped to develop a national examination that allowed public and private school students to matriculate into international institutions of higher learning as well as find employment in higher level positions. Miss Davis helped Bahamians achieve equal access to opportunity and provided a level of equality among all students from both public and private schools. Again, Miss Marjorie Davis can be credited for helping to birth a nation. She blazed a trail, not just for one student, or one class, or one school, but for every single student of this great nation. It would be remiss of me if I failed to mention that Miss Davis is not only an outstanding educator, but also a model citizen. Miss Davis is a proud Zonta, a devoted member of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, one of the longest serving active Girl Guide Leaders (serving since 1946), she served as a volunteer with the Let’s Read Bahamas Programme, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, the Ranfurly Home for Children , the PACE programme for unwed mothers and she has also been active with health and HIV/AIDS projects throughout the years. Her achievements and her commitment to service has been recognized through numerous awards such as the Queen’s New Years Honour Award (OBE), the Living Legends Award from the Zonta Club of New Providence and the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award from the Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation, and this is only naming a few. With a portfolio of accomplishments such as this, it is astonishing to hear that Miss Marjorie Davis is a quiet person by nature. I have also been told however, not to underestimate Miss Davis, as she is a woman who gets things done. She is a woman who will take the road less travelled, but one who is not afraid to do so. Sometimes, we tend to incorrectly assume that the person that makes the loudest noise, accomplishes the most. More often than not however, success comes to those who are quiet and dedicated like Miss Davis. The well-known quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reminds me of Miss Davis; “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” Ladies and Gentlemen, For 65 years Miss Marjorie Winton Theresa Davis has displayed a deep level of concern for our students and our country and its place within this region and the wider world, and like many great leaders of our time, Miss Davis has and still is demonstrating by word and deed, the importance of giving back. In this way, Miss Davis can be added to the list of women who have made significant contribution to the growth and development of our Bahamian society and it is for this reason that we have gathered here today to open this educational institution in her name. I am certain that the administrators and teachers of this great school will be motivated to continue to strive for excellence and continue the legacy of Miss Davis by ensuring that our students embrace and receive the full benefits of the knowledge and skills offered to them in the halls of this school. Ladies and Gentlemen; I thank the Minister of Education, the Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald and the personnel of the Ministry and Department of Education for their commitment to the children of our nation. I also thank the Catholic Diocese for their continued support in education and for partnering with the Government over the years, especially for allowing us to utilize its facilities after deciding to amalgamate Our Lady’s Catholic School with St. Francis Catholic School. The refurbishment of this building is something to behold, situated here in the heart of our “Over the Hill” District here on historic Deveaux St. What we have done here is an example of what we can and will do in other areas of our city, crying out for re-development. This is but a start. I acknowledge the Principal, and the administration, teachers and staff for the dedication, perseverance and hard work that they displayed throughout the process of opening the school and their part in organizing the festivities for today. Finally, I’d like to thank Miss Marjorie Davis for her contributions to this great country of ours. I close by thanking the parents, guardians and community stakeholders who recognize the importance of parental involvement in the school’s success and are present consistently to support their children and the work of the school. It now gives me great pleasure, in honour of an outstanding Bahamian educator, to declare the Marjorie Davis Institute for Special Education officially opened. Thank you.  Read More →
Robert Bates Which Media House will interview Mr. Bates? BY: BREANNA EDWARDS Robert Bates, the 73-year-old Oklahoma reserve deputy who said that he mistook his gun for his Taser when he killed Harris, pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Robert Bates put in a not-guilty plea on Tuesday in response to a second-degree-manslaughter charge, holding fast to his claim that he mistook his gun for his Taser when he killed Eric Harris in a sting operation, NBC News reports. Bates has a hearing scheduled for July 2, but in the meantime, the judge is allowing the 73-year-old retired insurance executive to go on his previously planned vacation to the Bahamas. “Whether intended or not, Mr. Bates’ vacationing in the Bahamas at this time sends a message of apathy with respect to the shooting and Eric’s life,” the Harris family’s lawyer, Dan Smolen, said in response to the news of the approved vacation. “At a time when we are still mourning the death of a loved one that he shot down in the street, Mr. Bates will be relaxing and enjoying his wealth and privilege.” According to the report, Sheriff Stanley Glanz apologized to Harris’ family on Monday—”We are sorry Eric was taken from you”—but insisted that it was appropriate that Bates was involved in the operation. Bates has publicly expressed remorse for taking Harris’ life, saying that the shooting was “No. 1 on my list of things in my life that I regret,” the news site notes  Read More →
Mr. Christie should be applauded for his response to rank bias, unfairnes, arrogance and lack of balance in the WUTLESS MEDIA! Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie By Jerry Roker or Bahamas Press Nassau, Bahamas — When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps, that’s the one that got hit. Since PM Christie, correctly I must add, called them out on their rank bias, unfairnes, arrogance and lack of balance, a couple of weeks ago, those in the media that got ‘hit’ have upped the anty. They caught feelings. For the most part, their responce confirmed that the PM was spot on. This anti-Christie brigade, clearly, are off the view that they are beyond criticism! For them there is no law, much less standards. I don’t understand the mind-set of one who believes he can say anything he wishes about someone without regard to truth, accuracy and common decency, without provoking a response from that person. That is a very arrogant, if not dangerous mindset to possess. When I was a young boy growing up in the inner city of New Prodidence, we had a name for fellas who, when you hit them, they don’t hit back, and on a purely personal note, I wish to applaud PM Christie for responding in the manner he did to those media political hacks, parading around as professional journalists. PM Christie has probably been the most ‘available’ and accommodating PM we have ever had, bar none. No matter where he might be, junkanoo parade at 4AM on boxing day morning, before and after Cabinet meetings, entering/leaving Parliament, social gatherings, etc. PM Christie never pushes a microphone away. This is not the behavior of a PM who has anything to hide. Young men in our society, were they to emulate his conduct and deportment could only be adding value to themselves. He is indeed a class act. The reality folks, is that all in public life must be accountable for their conduct and behavior. There are no exceptions. To suggest that freedom of the press is under treat is absolutely ludicrous. There must be some standards in every sphere of our national endeavour. The press have none that i am aware of. They are self-regulated, which translates into them believing they can do what they wish with impunity, without recourse. This must be fixed. By way of example, I don’t think it is proper to repeat hearsay as fact. Even in our courts, I am to understand that hearsay evidence is inadmissible. PM Christie, I must repeat, you were quite correct sir in calling these folks out. They caught feelings, so be it. They are against you anyway and will continue to try and discredit you personally and your government. Leading up to the next general elections, they in all likelihood will turn up the heat. At least you know who they are and what their mission is and you must know that nothing is beyond them as they seek to accomplish same. Stand your ground sir! We report yinner decide!  Read More →
LET THE PARTY BEGIN IN NEW PROVIDENCE May 7th – 9th! BAHAMAS JUNKANOO CARNIVAL – Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015 officially kicked off in Grand Bahama this past Friday and Saturday with thousands of Bahamians and visitors gathering at the Taino Beach, site of the Cultural Village. Here Prime Minister Perry Gladstone Christie appears to be in prime Junkanoo Carnival form. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn) A CROWD PLEASER - of T-Connection is seen during their performance on Saturday during the official launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. The two day event was officially opened by Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie on Friday night. The event, which attracted thousands of residents and visitors, was held at Taino Beach. (BIS Photo: Andrew Miller) By Simon Lewis Bahamas Information Services FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Two days following the closure of the opening segment of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015, residents on Grand Bahama and in fact many visitors to the island were talking about the success of the event. Thousands of residents and visitors flocked to Taino Beach for the two-day festivity this past Friday and Saturday as the island of Grand Bahama was buzzing with the sounds of Bahamian music, dance, food and other things that make up the Bahamian culture including the pulsating sounds of Junkanoo. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, who at age 71 still regards himself as one of the best dancers ever of Junkanoo music was in Grand Bahama Friday evening to officially open the event and was very pleased with the overall support and crowd turnout for the Carnival. Taino Beach was totally decorated and turned into a cultural village for the event, which was sponsored in part by BTC.  The music, the food, drinks, dress, reflected a people proud to be Bahamian and to identify with the Bahamian culture. The list of entertainers included Jay Mitchell, Stileet, Wilfred Solomon, Lil Joe Cartwright, Avvy, D-Mac, the “T” Connection and more. There were also performances by the popular Tingum Dem Band, headed by Fred Ferguson and the Matrixx Band. A high point of the opening on Friday evening was a tribute to the late Johnny Kemp, Jr. who  passed away last week in Jamaica.  All the entertainers were called to stage to join in the singing of Kemp’s great hit “Just Got Paid – Friday Night.” The Grand Bahama event officially kicked off Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with the mega activities being planned for the capital city of Nassau May 7th – 9th 2015. Prime Minister Christie, while officially opening the Junkanoo Carnival, told the huge audience that “I know you want to hear music so I just want to say three things. “The first thing, I want to remember Gus Cooper.  Gus Cooper was the leader of the Valley Boys and he came to me a couple a years ago and he said Christie we have to do this.  He was joined by (Percy) ‘Vola’ Francis. “The second point, I want to congratulate and thank the Carnival Commission under Paul Major: they have done a hell of a job. I am very proud of them. “The third and final point that I want to make is that you have come out here to have fun, and in Grand Bahama you have demonstrated yet again that you are prepared to come out when it is time to come out and show that Grand Bahama is ready to support Junkanno Carnival.  Let the music play,” an enthusiastic Prime Minister Christie said. The Prime Minister was also joined on stage by Minister of Tourism and MP for West End and Bimini the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville and the Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson. Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville said that he was pleased that the island was selected as the kick-off point for the Bahamas Junkanoo Festival and he thanked all of the workers and sponsors, especially BTC who contributed to the success of the event. Youth, Sports and Culture Minister the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson said “we have to congratulate Grand Bahama.  There are thousands and thousands of people out here tonight. The artists are here, the young people are here. This is Bahamian culture at its best.” Tourism Minister the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe told the large audience assembled and those listening in to the live broadcast event that it was a celebration of who we are and what we are as Bahamians. He also acknowledged the passing of Johnny Kemp, a one time native of Grand Bahama who he knew personally for many years and, in fact, grew up with. Also, he recognized the late recording artist Mr. Cy Roberts, who passed away last week. r. Wilchcombe said it is because of men and women like them that “we are having this event. Because we are celebrating all that we are, where we came from and where we want to go. “And, we are sharing it with the world community because when you travel people talk about our country.  They talk about what makes us so great and all Bahamians must know that when we say ‘It’s Better in The Bahamas,’ we mean it is better in every single thing we do,” he said. The Grand Bahama event was pulled off without incident in a peaceful but enjoyable manner. The island received an economic lift with high occupancy at the hotels and guests houses, and an economic boon to buinesses associated with tourism like car rentals and other areas. Indeed the Junkanoo Carnival left Grand Bahamians and visitors alike wanting more, and can’t wait for 2016 when the event is expected to be bigger and better. POSING WITH MODELS - Visitors and residents flocked to Taino Beach on Friday night for the official launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. The two-day event is being dubbed a success, and residents are now looking forward to the main event scheduled for Nassau in May. Shown are visitors posing with one of the models. (BIS Photo: Andrew Miller) MEDIA HAVING FUN - Thousands gathered at Taino Beach on Friday night for the official launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie officially opened the two day festival. Shown are some of the foreign media enjoying the festivities. (BIS Photo: Andrew Miller)  Read More →
Landscaping Company Principals allegedly cheat Shareholders, Managers and Government!? Mr. Robert Meyers Nassau, Bahamas — Bahamas Press is reporting that a major landscaping company here in the country is now in trouble as the courts are set to probe some damming information. Bahamas Press has learnt Caribbean Landscaping, one of the oldest and largest landscaping companies in the Bahamas, principals are before the courts and from what we know from documents prove some people could end up in a criminal case. We report the principals of the company are Robert Myers and Michael Myers. Readers would remember Robert was the former Chamber of Commerce head who had to resign after being caught attempting to defraud the Customs Department of due taxes. In May 2014, Mr. Myers was elected as Chairman of the BCCEC. He heads the Caribbean Group, which operates Caribbean Landscape Ltd., Capstone Construction Ltd., Western Hardware and Lumber Co. Ltd., and ACIT Ltd. According to court documents now shown to us, It reveals how the principals within the last 5 years were awarded over some 20 million dollars worth of contracts inclusive of properties Atlantis, Albany, and Balmoral. But get this, despite that fact, the principals have stubbornly refused to pay shareholders one nickel or dime while directors of the company are juiced up with lavish bonuses and fancy buffed cars. UNBELIEVABLE! Court documents also reveal the principals have also refused to pay company managers any bonuses and from records; have – get this – supplied duplicitous accounting reports to crook, cheat and rip-off government from due taxes! Bahamas Press have cogent evidence to substantiate that the principals have been fraudulent “COOKED DA BOOK” starving the Government of the Bahamas out of large import taxes due. One of the principal have went as far as to open his an accounting company to facilitate in these alleged fraudulent acts. Bahamas Press now armed with loads of information call on The Bahamas Customs Department to launch an immediate investigation into these claims! NO ONE MUST GET AWAY DEFRAUDING THE PEOPLE OF THE BAHAMAS!!!! One of the biggest shareholders other than Robert Myers and Michael Myers in the said company is, Simon Rohdean. But get this, in some twenty years it is alleged he has not been paid a cent for his ten percent ownership in the company and has now taken legal action against the principals. Bahamas Press is examining more records closely and we can tell yinner now, there will be more stories with the crew coming. Here is another report yinner will never read in the dutty wutless terlet paper dem! We report yinner decide!  Read More →
Police have identified that man shot dead near the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex as 24 –year old Duval Watkins of Yellow Elder Gardens…. Live shots of that murdered victim on Ida Street Monday.... Nassau, Bahamas – Yesterday was yet another bloody scene where a male was fatally shot on Ida Street in the Englerston Community. Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a shooting incident that has left one man dead and another detained in hospital on Monday. According to reports, shortly after 4:00pm, a man was repairing a vehicle on Ida Street, when a man armed with a handgun approached him and shot him several times before fleeing on foot. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. Another man who was standing nearby was shot in the arm and was taken to hospital, where he remains in stable condition. By the time we arrived to the scene the area was pack with residents. The victim lay motionless in the streets with blood pouring from the head and into the hot street. BP will not speculate what happened in this case but we pray for the soul of the nation. POLICE IDENTIFY EARLY MORNING SHOOTING VICTIM Police has also identified the man shot dead on a service road near the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, early Monday morning as 24 –year old Duval Watkins of Yellow Elder Gardens. Investigations are ongoing. We report yinner decide!  Read More →
We wonder what was the relationship of the suspect to the 55-year-old woman? Nassau, Bahamas — The woman found dead at her Price Street, Nassau Village home shortly after 7:00am on Friday 17th April 2015 has been identified as 55 – year old Doretta Rolle of Taylor Street, Nassau Village. This matter is now being treated as a murder investigation. An adult male is now in custody assisting police with their investigations.  Read More →
RELEASE: The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department of the Ministry of Finance has released the VAT Guidance Note as it relates to the Insurance Industry. The Public is advised that the Insurance Guidance is to be read in conjunction with the VAT Act 2014 Act and Regulations 2014. The guidance notes reflect the Comptroller’s position on the administration and enforcement of the law relating to insurance and were prepared after intensive consultation and workshops with the insurance sector. The public is further advised that they can view the Insurance Industry guidance notes as well as other sector guides on the government’s website at For more information contact the VAT Department at or call VAT Client Services at (242)-225-7280 April 20th, 2015  Read More →
Nassau, Bahamas — Family members and professional colleagues gathered to pay tribute to retiring Jurist Arthur Dion Hanna Jr. for his life’s work of advocating for equal access to legal counsel and by extension justice for the poor, marginalized and culturally disadvantaged. Mr. Hanna was a member of the Bahamas Bar Association for thirty-seven years and is retiring as the Director of the Legal Aid Clinic at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. The press conference to announce Mr. Hanna’s retirement was held at the Ministry of Legal Affairs on Monday 20th April 2015. Pictured and seated from left the Hon. Damian Gomez, State Minister for Legal Affairs; His Excellency Arthur Dion Hanna Sr., former Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs; the honouree, Arthur Dion Hanna Jr., retiring Director of the Legal Aid Clinic at the Eugene Dupuch Law School and Mrs. Cynthia Gibbs, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Legal Affairs. Standing from left are Kwame Hanna, son of the honouree; Elsworth Johnson, President of the Bahamas Bar Association; Rawiyah Rahming, daughter of the honouree and Gavin Gaston, Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in the office of the Attorney General. (BIS PHOTO/Elcott Coleby)  Read More →
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