Christie is loyal to the people! Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry Christie By Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party The Holy Bible defines one generation as forty years and for the personal sacrifice and selfless service – placing the interests of this country above self for one generation – the PLP family congratulates and pays tribute to our leader and Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie. His record as a parliamentarian is stellar, having entered public life and front line politics in 1974 as one of the youngest senators ever appointed at the age of 31. Prime Minister Christie would join the Lower House after the 1977 General Election as the Honourable member for Centerville and go on to win his seat eight consecutive times, including the 1987 general elections when he contested the seat as an independent candidate. As leader of the PLP from 1997, Mr. Christie was unmatched in internal party elections and nationally, has led the PLP through two great electoral victories and one disappointing defeat, never wavering as leader and kept the organization inspired and intact through that difficult electoral period. Specifically, the PLP emerged victorious in two bye-elections – Elizabeth in 2010 and North Abaco in 2012 – and two general elections in 2002 and 2012 and suffered that disappointing defeat in 2007 under the leadership Mr. Christie. As a government minister, his executive experience is wide and varied. He served as the Minister of Health and National Insurance from 1977 to 1982; Minister of Tourism from 1982 to 1984; Minister of Agriculture, Trade and Industry from 1990 to 1992; and as Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2007 and from 2012 to the present. As a cultural icon and world class athlete, he is a founding member of the Valley Boys Junkanoo group and the Pioneers Sporting Club and won an international medal for The Bahamas in the former Empire Games in the triple jump. The PLP family will toast the Prime Minister and pay tribute to his life’s work at the monthly meeting of the National General Council on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at the party’s Headquarters on Farrington Road. The media is invited to speak with the Prime Minister and his colleagues as they reflect on one generation of public service. So on behalf of the Stalwart Councilors, Officers and Members of the Progressive Liberal Party and on my own behalf, I offer congratulations to our party’s leader and Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie on his 40th anniversary of public service as a parliamentarian. May Almighty God continue to bless him and bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  Read More →
Prison Fellowship Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House, November 25. Pictured sitting from left: Rhoda Bain, Director of Volunteers; Rev. Eric Josey, Executive Director; Dame Marguerite Pindling; Minister Sands, President; and Dr. Olga A. Clarke, former Executive Director.  Read More →
The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald Minister of Education, Science and Technology. Nassau, Bahamas – Remarks By The Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald Minister Of Education, Science And Technology at The Official Regrading of Naomi Blatch Primary School to Naomi Blatch Preschool at The Naomi Blatch Preschool Baillou & John Roads Monday, 24th November, 2014: I am elated and privileged to be a part of this exercise this morning. Today is a testament of the priority of education at all levels. Both the Ministry and Department of Education has placed a high value on early childhood education and has made it of utmost importance to ensure that preschoolers receive a quality education that truly prepares them for grade school. According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) “children who attend a high-quality preschool enter grade school with better reading skills, richer vocabularies and stronger basic math skills than those who do not.” Contrary to what many people believe, our preschools are not babysitting facilities but structured environments that are designed to ensure that the appropriate developmental milestones are achieved. Preschool education focuses on five main areas of development: 1. Cognitive Development which is the child’s ability to learn and solve problems; 2. Social and Emotional development, the child’s ability to interact with others, a s well as helping themselves and exercising self-control; 3. Speech and Language Development, the child’s ability to both understand and use language; 4. Fine Motor Skills Development which is the child’s ability to use small objects, specifically their hands and fingers, to pick up crayons, hold a spoon, turn the pages in a book, or use a crayon to draw and/or color, and 5. Gross Motor Skills which is the child’s ability to use large muscles to run, jump and skip. The intellectual stimulation that children receive in these environments is crafted in such a way that the children are learning without even realizing it. The beauty of our preschool environments is that children are given opportunities to explore, create, imagine, observe, listen, ask questions, try new things and very importantly, practice the skills they learn. We all know that “children are natural learners and learn best when they are happy and are given interesting things to do in a safe place.” To this end, the Ministry of Education knew that upgrades were necessary to create the safe learning environment necessary for the students to thrive. The Ministry was deliberate in its design strategy to ensure that the facilities were indeed age appropriate. An investment of approximately three hundred and sixty-eight thousand, eight hundred and thirty-two dollars and fifty-four cents ($368,832.54) was made to upgrade this facility. The scope of work included construction and repair as well as the replacement of furniture supplies to meet preschool standards. Desks and chairs and all classroom furniture had to be changed to accommodate the preschoolers; the upper level was transformed to house the Principal’s Office and a classroom was converted into the Staff Room as well as the creation of a Resource Room. The bathrooms had to be completely remodeled and outfitted with toddler-sized toilets and lower sinks to allow ease of use thus requiring plumbing and electrical work. Additionally, a playground facility was outfitted to provide an opportunity for wholesome outdoor play and a boundary wall was constructed to ensure the safety of the students as well as the installation of a security booth to further enhance the safety of the campus as. The investment made to this school was one that I know will benefit students of this school for years to come. We acknowledge the various contractors who worked on this project; Mr. Valentino Hanna, Mr. Rustum Evans, Mr. Marco Nottage, Mr. Vesco Hanna and Creative Kids; as well as the Project Manager from the Ministry of Works, Mr. Livingston Forbes. Teacher and students, we must all work together to maintain this campus and maximize on the investment so that future students will also be able to enjoy this facility. Parents, your role in educating your child is far more important that you can ever imagine. You are your child’s first teacher. What children see, hear and watch parents do in the home is translated into the behavior and attitudes of the children and are manifested in the wider community. Parents and families have a critical role to play in the educational success of preschoolers. Parents, remember that children do best where they feel safe and loved. Preschool teachers possess a special gift that allows them to connect with the developing minds of their students. They are able to convey information that is age appropriate and stimulates further interest. They must craft every lesson in such a manner that it is always fun and exciting and that children enjoy the various activities. At this level, “school is all about having fun and acquiring skills to build upon in years to come; not achieving academic milestones.” Preschool teachers have the awesome privilege of setting the tempo for life-long learning and instilling a positive attitude towards school that is so ingrained in our children that it carries with them throughout their lives. I hope that you all remain passionate about the work that you do and that you transfer that passion to your students. The Preschool Unit of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been the backbone of preschools throughout the country. Theirs is an integral role in the entire process from implementation to sustaining. They are responsible for setting curriculum and ensuring that all preschools are on the cutting edge and remain abreast of best preschool practices. The work that you do is deeply appreciated. You are the foundation layers and without your work, we cannot begin to construct the minds of our preschoolers. I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to former Minister of Education, Mr. T. Desmond Bannister for his fortitude in amalgamating the primary school students to the T.G. Glover Primary School, thus creating an opportunity for a much needed preschool in this area. The strategic placement of preschools is significant to meeting the needs of our communities. We must continue to ensure that all steps in the education ladder are securely positioned so that our children can climb to the top and have every possible opportunity to succeed. I wish the principal, teachers and students of this school the best in its future endeavors and may you maintain your reputation of a great institution. May the Naomi Blatch Preschool exceed expectations! God bless you and God bless The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  Read More →
Pictured from left to right is the Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service, the Honourable D. Shane Gibson, Ambassador Laura Thompson, Deputy Director of the International Organization for Migration - IOM - and Mr. Marco Rolle, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and National Insurance. Nassau, Bahamas – The Deputy Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Ambassador Laura Thompson paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service, the Honourable D. Shane Gibson on Monday, 17th November, 2014. The two discussed a wide range of topics including labour matters and the challenges of illegal migration. Also in attendance were Mr. Marco Rolle, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and National Insurance, and Mr. Robert Farquharson, Director of Labour. Ambassador Thompson was accompanied by Ms. Agueda Marin. This marked Ambassador Thompson’s first visit to The Bahamas. While here, she is also expected to call on the Honourable Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration as well as Senator the Honourable Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs.  Read More →
More immigrants caught without any documentation… BREAKING NEWS >>> NINETEEN Cuban migrants were apprehended by immigration officials on Tuesday. It is believed that the group was discovered at Cay Sal Bank. However, an immigration official in Freeport would only confirm that Cubans were taken into custody on Monday. The group reportedly consists of four women and 15 men. Assistant Director of Immigration Hubert Ferguson said recently that the department relies a lot on intelligence. He said Grand Bahama serves mainly as a transit point for people seeking to get into the United States. The latest group will be sent to New Providence and held at the Detention Centre. On October, 18, some 20 illegal immigrants were discovered in Grand Bahama.  Read More →
Pictured at the Reception, L-R: Former Governor-General, Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes; Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis; Ambassador of The Republic of Cuba to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Ernesto Soberon Guzman; Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling; Prime Minster, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie; Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Philip Miller. Nassau, Bahamas – The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and The Republic of Cuba celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations with a Reception held at Hotel RIU Palace Paradise Island on Monday, November 24. The Bahamas and Cuba officially established diplomatic relations on November 30, 1974 and since then, the two countries have signed a number of agreements beneficial to both countries. Notable among the various agreements has been collaboration in health and education. The Bahamas and Cuba signed a cooperation agreement in August 2003 between their respective Ministries of Education providing for 79 Cuban specialists to teach in 25 government senior and junior high schools for a period of two to four years. Over time, hundreds of Bahamian students have graduated and continue to study at Cuban institutions in the fields of medicine, economics and engineering. To date, over 400 Bahamians have benefited from the “Operation Miracle” eye programme, enabling those with eye impairments to receive medical assistance from Cuba free of charge.  Read More →
Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin - Minister for Transport and Aviation The Ministry of Transport and Aviation wishes to qualify comments attributed to the president of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union (BACTU), published in a Tribune article on 25 Nov 2014, which allege a lack of attention on the part of the ministry as it relates to the human resource development factor in the aviation sector. The Minister of Transport and Aviation, The Honourable Glenys Hanna Martin wishes to assure the Bahamian people of her full commitment to the development of the aviation sector, chief of which is the human component in this critical area of our national endeavor. It is for this reason that significant public resources have been invested in training and human development and in compensation and other benefits for personnel within this sector. It is important to note that many of these advances have been achieved through harmonious and cordial dialogue in a spirit of cooperation between management and Union. In response to concerns raised by the Union, a Health and Safety committee was established and an initial meeting held on the 4 September, 2014, which was attended by various stakeholders, including a representative of the Union. It is important to note that full minutes were taken in that meeting. It was agreed that this newly formed body would meet on a quarterly basis. As pointed out to the Union in prior conciliation meetings at the Ministry of Labour, all of the then outstanding grievances had been satisfactorily addressed by the Department of Civil Aviation. It is of note that the Union has subsequently filed additional disputes and in those meetings the Union has been reminded by the Department of Labour of the necessity to first seek resolution at the management level before the escalation of a dispute. Indeed the Ministry is anxious for the Union to provide its comments on the existing agreement and to advise on any changes they might wish to include, so that a new industrial agreement can be concluded. The Department of Civil Aviation continues to await the Union’s response so that the process can be progressed and an agreement arrived at. Management stands ready and willing. I wish to assure the Bahamian people, and in particular the membership of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union that this government is fully committed to, within its resources, do all that is necessary to advance the interest of all stakeholders in the development of civil aviation in our country. 26 Nov 2014  Read More →
VAT Department Special Announcement Nassau, Bahamas  – All businesses are advised that the VAT Department will be open at the Gladstone Freight Terminal (GFT) Building for Registration on Saturday 29th November, 2014  and Sunday 30th November, 2014 from 9:00 am to 6:00 p.m. For directions kindly contact the VAT Department at 461-8050.  Read More →
Eyesore in the Harbour at Potter’s Cay Lady D in water still. Nassau Bahamas — An eyesore has developed in the harbour along the Potter’s Cay Dock, where the sunken ship called the Lady D has yet to be removed. BP was in the area last night and wondered how long will it be before the ship will be recovered? The M/V “Lady D” served Central Andros / Fresh Creek & Staniard Creek. It had been serving Central Andros since 1976. The first “Lady D” was built around 1979/1980 and the second (this one) was built in 1992. It sunk in the harbour at Potter’s Cay in late July. We report yinner decide!  Read More →
Prime Minister Christie set to transform and modernize aviation well into the future – Christie is delivering major reforms across the country! The Prime Minister joins President of Woslee Construction, Mr. Ashley Glinton, in the tower. ROCK-STAR PRIME MINISTER MOVING THE BAHAMAS INTO THE RIGHT DIRECTION!!! NASSAU, The Bahamas – The new radar control tower, located at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, is almost 90 percent complete. The $14 million installation and other infrastructure are nearing final stages of completion and are expected to be in operation by spring of next year. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie lead a delegation of Cabinet Ministers and Government Officials to view the new installation. “It is one thing to speak of transformation but it is another to come in and observe transformation in process,” said Mr. Christie. “Today, what we are witnessing is a dramatic change in what we had in the past. This would improve the operations of the international airport and make the job of the air traffic controllers and other employees in this section more manageable.” The new radar tower will be able to span 160 square miles from its base at the airport, and will be able to monitor weather conditions. It will also include a 3-D training simulator. Minister of Transport and Aviation, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin said she was excited to see that the new radar installation was almost complete and she looked forward to making good on the government’s commitment to improve the country’s aviation sector.  Read More →
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