Bahamas Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie today announced the appointment of noted Chartered Accountant and Managing Partner of Grant Thornton Bahamas Mr. Paul Andrew “Andy” Gomez as the new Bahamas Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China.
He is the son of Patrick and Jeanie Gomez.
The 57 year old business executive is a 1974 and 1975 graduate of St. Augustine’s College and Queen’s College, respectively, and a 1980 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.
His vast professional experience in the financial services industry includes tenures with Peat Marwick & Mitchell (now KPMG) and Thorne Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) before he became an entrepreneur, establishing Gomez & Co., Chartered Accountants, in January 1990. A name change to Grant Thornton Bahamas to comply with a global mandate by Grant Thornton International Limited would take place in 2001.
In addition to auditing banks, investment holding companies, mutual funds, and hotels, Mr. Gomez’s considerable expertise includes liquidations and business restructurings.
He is a member of The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (“BICA”), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb), London, a Member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, United States & Canada and serves on the boards of several privately owned companies and public institutions including the Urban Renewal Foundation.
Mr. Gomez is a devout Anglican, a father of two and the proud grandfather.
Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell welcomed the new Ambassador to the team on behalf of the Ministry.
The new Ambassador will take up the post early next year in Beijing following a ceremony to present his instrument of appointment and his credentials.
NASSAU, The Bahamas — Fifteen persons were inducted in the National Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday evening, November 19, 2015. Among the sports notables, five were inducted posthumously.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture selected and recognized them for their contributions to the field of athletics — either as coach, sports writer or athlete.
Inductees were: Foster Bethell, softball; Kim O’Kelley, tennis; Sydney “Butts” Outten, baseball; Jim Duncombe, golf; Judy Lundy-Miller, track and field; Oralee Fowler, track and field; Linda Woodside-Major, track and field; Leslie Miller; track and field; Neville Wisdom, sports administration; Shonel L. Ferguson, track and field; Hubert Alexander Dean, sports journalism and sports administration (deceased); Anthony “Bando” Bostwick, baseball/basketball (deceased); Kenneth “Six” Francis, sports journalism and sports administration (deceased); Mizpah Archer, bowling (deceased); and Kenneth Rolle, Sr., sailing (deceased).
The Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, congratulated the 2015 Class on behalf of the people and government of The Bahamas.
The ‘Hall of Famers’ were hosted to a Reception by the Governor-General, who also presented them with citations during the ceremony.
The 2015 Class members now bring the total of National Sports Hall of Fame inductees to over 120 persons.
Da PLP SNITCH Obie Wilchcombe speaks with Mother Superior Eileen Dupuch Carron, Editor and Publisher of the Tribune AKA DA TERLET PAPER and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at The Bahamas Press Club Pioneer Awards held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at the British Colonial Hilton.
We hope Eileen can school ‘Da Snitch’ on the difference between “AFFECT and EFFECT” as he had trouble distinguishing the difference during Hurricane Joaquin – BP WAS NOT INVITED!!!!
The High Commission for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Ottawa, Canada is pleased to advise that Bahamian Nationals who qualify may now make an appointment to be added to the new Voters Register.
The current legislation allows ONLY for students and Bahamian Government workers, their spouses and any immediate member of the family living within their household, to register and vote from overseas. The provisions do not apply to persons in the above categories who are domiciled overseas.
Please see the attached Guidelines for further clarification. Also, queries may be put to the High Commission, by telephone or email.
If you are already registered in the new register in The Bahamas, you may apply to be allowed to vote overseas by completing the attached Application Form J and submitting same to the High Commission, along with supporting documentation (proof of Bahamian citizenship, two passport sized photos and evidence of eligibility i.e. copy of student visa, proof of current enrollment in a bona fide programme of study or employment with a Bahamas Government Agency abroad).
If you have not yet registered to vote in the new register and would like to do so through the High Commission, please contact us for an appointment during normal operating hours (9am – 5pm):
The Bahamas High Commission
50 O’Connor Street, Suite 1313
Ottawa, ON, K1P 6L2, Canada
Persons who apply to register must produce proof of Bahamian citizenship, two passport sized photos and evidence of eligibility i.e. copy of student visa, proof of current enrolment in a bona fide programme of study or employment with a Bahamas Government Agency abroad. The Election Revising Officer must be satisfied that they are ordinarily resident in a constituency in The Bahamas.
The High Commission for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
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Tel: (613) 232-1724
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I guess it is old news now that Bamboo Town and Ft. Charlotte “formally” left the PLP and joined ranks with the FNM. What I found most interesting is that both men seemed hell-bent on blaming PM Christie for their political demise within the PLP, but lets as examine the facts.
With regard to Fort Charlotte, shortly after the PLP came to power, he was appointed Chairman of the Gaming Board. It did not take long for him to find himself at odds with his party and in particular the maximum leader himself. It was Tourism Minister the Hon. Obie Wilchombe who did all the heavy lifting on the web shop regularization. One would have thought that the Chairman of the Gaming Board would have been a very active participant in this process as it is the regulator for gaming in The Bahamas. But this was not to be, and Ft Charlotte ended up being fired from his post. Based on what is in the public domain, one can characterize his termination as being one brought on my his gross insubordination. It was a termination provoked by cause.
As for Bamboo Town, the now famous LOI affair will probably be forever entrenched in Bahamian political folklore. During the whole sordid affair, Bamboo Town was given numerous opportunities to step up to the plate like a big man, state his case and assume ownership of his behaviour. It is my view the PM Christie, to his political peril, may be, gave Bamboo Town too much time to step up to the plate and own up to what he had done, but the belligerent young man either ignored or otherwise refused to do so, and had to be fired. It is only after this matter had dragged on forever, it seems, that he now accepts ownership.
My point: the personal behaviour of both, brought on their demise in the PLP, but they would have you believe that they were never given the opportunity to serve. What utter nonsense. But it speaks volumes about these ‘leopards.’ Very selfish men indeed.
Their move to the FNM, was based entirely on their selfish political ambitions. Nothing more, nothing less. It certainly doesn’t involve any serious, heart-wrenching philosophical place that they miraculously arrived to.
Not to be outdone, the FNM embraced them like ‘a lost love who has returned to her heartbroken lover.’ Never mind that no less a person than the leader of the Opposition had called for a criminal investigation of Bamboo Town for his signing the LOI without having the authority to do so. In announcing their becoming a part of the FNM, their was no mention of the Opposition leader now being satisfied that Mr. Wells had been vindicated by the appropriate investigating body, or that he was otherwise satisfied that he is a fit and proper person to remain in the Parliament.
In fact, the Bamboo Town member’s behavior with respect to this LOI matter is on the Parliament’s agenda having been placed their by his new boss!
As for Fort Charlotte, the victim of a vicious slap from the hands of the former lady deputy leader of the FNM, his case is even more interesting. He accused his now leader, of conflict of interest with respect to a building allegedly owned by the Leader of the Opposition that is rented to the Public Hospital Authority. It was revealed that the former Prime Minister had asked Fort Charlotte’s new boss to sever the lease many years ago. This did not happen, ostensibly because after all these years, the Hospital authority couldn’t find another building. There is a school of thought that says they could have built one during this period.
Considering all of the above, it is clearly evident that the move by Bamboo Town and Fort Charlotte has nothing to do with Bamboo Town or Fort Charlotte or The Bahamas for that matter and everything to do with messrs. Wells and Rollins. There is a school of thought also, that the leader of the Opposition might have secured himself from a successful vote of no confidence by his parliamentary colleagues.
They say politics make for strange bedfellows. I say that prostitution is alive in The Bahamas and selfishness is the chief pimp.
Nassau, Bahamas — Well, a big row has erupted with the Caribbean Muzik Festival, but no word yet has come as to when the new event will be held nor has there been any word as to how $650,000 in our tax dollars will be recovered!
The Christie Government advanced a $650,000 sponsorship to the festival organizers for an event that was cancelled. The funds vanished.
Today in the Tribune a suggestion of a huge row over non-payment to sound equipment contractors by the organizers has surfaced.
The Minister of Culture Dr. Danny Johnson claimed the flopped event was a Ministry of Tourism event and therefore his Ministry had nothing to do with the vanished funds.
With taxes rising and joblessness all around – how in the hell the Government could pay six hundred and fifty thousand dollars [$650,000] for an event that never happened, and people who have performed services for the government months ago cannot get paid?
1) Who invited the festival organizer Michael Tomlinson here to the Bahamas?
2) What was the details of the contract to received the limited taxpayers dollars?
3) Was Tomlinson engaged in a contract for Carnival 2015?
4) Was the funds paid for the Muzik Festival money for some future political activity?
And (5) – What made the people at the Caribbean Muzik Festival so special?
Nassau, Bahamas — Sometimes you must wonder where are the thoughts of some when you follow the vicious and unrepentant ‘Axis of Evil’ that seems to have invade our world. Last week Friday those with evil intentions to harm the innocent displayed to the world that there is no end in their display of terror.
The scene unfolding in France, which claimed the lives of 129 souls, was one just repeated over an Egyptian desert, and again in Kenya. ISIS operations appear to be mutating outside the Middle East and are now creating terror all across the western world.
In the Bahamas though, today we had our own “Axis of Evil’ is in operation; where shootings occurred in Nassau Village killing a man known to police – Richard Edward Charlton – dead. The scene believed to have been carried out by persons on bail continued their carnage in Pinewood missing a near death experience for two more persons.
But when we look at all this we question some things. Is the terror now unfolding in the Bahamas designed by some persons behind the gates of gated communities in this country, and or perhaps, abroad?
We say this because recently our website www.bahamaspress.com has come under extreme attacks by hackers. So much so that earlier this year we were cancelled by Facebook; suggesting that we created offensive commentary to our thousands of followers on the social media page.
Interestingly though, while BAHAMAS PRESS was bumped off, reprimanded and censored Facebook, the ‘terror gangs’ pages have went viral on Facebook. The social media postings with photographs, names and locations of the individuals they are now targeting to murder is regularly published with merciless language of condemnation. Interestingly, Facebook nor anyone else have seen the display of high-powered assault weaponry posted by the blogger[s] of the gangs in the Bahamas offensive. And we wonder why?
There is not any protest from Facebook and it appears that the gang publishing continues uninterrupted or impeded.
Unbelievable! This just make you wonder – what is the real plan for the Bahamas here. BP suspended while others allowed!
And not one damn soul wants to hear the truth!
We at Bahamas Press thinks this is worthy of note and share today with you our loyal followers the fact that here again paints a picture of 1000 words. Who is behind all this? Bahamians don’t make guns! And we just what is unfolding here.
Nassau, Bahamas – Drug Enforcement Officers has dealt another major blow to the drug traffickers in the country following the arrest of three men and the seizure of a large amount of marijuana on Friday 20th November 2015.
According to reports, shortly after 10:00pm, officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit, assisted by officers from the Police Marine Support Unit and their USA counterparts arrested two adult males from Long Island and one adult male from Andros, two miles off South Beach in a speed boat containing 195 pounds of marijuana.
5 ILLEGAL FIREARMS SEIZED, 11 ARRESTED AS POLICE ANTI-CRIME OPERATION HEATS UP
POLICE are reporting the seizure of 5 illegal firearms and the arrest of 11 persons for firearms and dangerous drugs by officers the Selective Enforcement Team over the past 48 hours.
The operation which is consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2015, is part of the force strategy to cut down on criminal activity by targeting problem locations and persons engaged in criminal activities such as, murder, armed robbery, rape, shootings, stolen vehicle, firearms and drugs.
In the first incident, shortly after 11:00am on Thursday 19th November 2015, 2 high-powered weapons with 24 rounds of ammunition along with a quantity of marijuana was seized by officers from the Special Selective Enforcement Team at a home on Dorsette Alley. Three adult males and two adult females were arrested for the seizure.
In the second incident, shortly after 12:00am on Friday 20th November 2015, officers from the Special
Selective Enforcement Team seized a pistol with 8 rounds of ammunition on East Street South. Two adult males and one adult female were arrested for the seizure.
In the third incident, shortly after 2:00am on Saturday 21st November 2015, officers from the Special
Selective Enforcement Team seized a pistol with 18 rounds of ammunition on Madeira Street. Three adult males were arrested for the seizure.
A short while later, officers from the Special Selective Enforcement Team seized a pistol with 8 rounds of ammunition in a vehicle on Madeira Street. No one was arrested for the seizure.
POLICE CREDITS THE SUCCESS OF THIS ONGOING MAJOR ASSAULT ON CRIME TO EXCELLENT TEAM-WORK, INTELLIGENCE LED POLICING, PRECISE EXECUTION OF ITS POLICING PLAN AND SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.
Could the Queen’s College schoolteacher’s murder be as a result of a painful breakup and jealousy?!
Nassau, Bahamas – Breaking News coming into Bahamas Press now can report more details into that shooting on Parkgate and Village Roads on that female educator last evening.
We have identified her as 34-year-old Queen’s College teacher, Joyell McIntoish.
Shortly after 8:00pm, police received a report of a traffic accident on Parkgate and Village Roads. Officers on arrival at the scene met a Toyota vehicle crashed into a wall. On examining the vehicle the officers found the lifeless body of an adult female, who had been shot. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Unlike most news agencies in the Bahamas we at BP have dug deeper into this crime and here’s what we know.
McIntosh had become estranged with her husband after she had left him for another young man. She lived in the Whites Addition area. The new hubby and the victim had a second child together. Bahamas Press can confirm McIntosh was the live-in girlfriend of the FOAM Vice President, Tomiko Evans!
FOAM’s President’s live-in boyfriend was just murdered a few months weeks ago and she has fled town! What in the hell is dis?
But relatives tell us the victim was being constantly harassed by her ex-lover and in some incidents had been threatened.
Could this case now be another deadly love triangle fueled by jealousy?
Detectives believe the victim was being followed before being fatally shot. The million-dollar question now is by whom?
Victim was naked in the street after fleeing out of a house in the area!
Nassau, Bahamas — In the third incident, shortly after 10:30pm, police received a report of two persons shot at Whites Addition off Kemp Road.
When police arrived at the scene, they discovered that two males were shot. One was in the street with no clothes on with clothes thrown to cover his naked body. That male who we have yet to identify, some say was messing with the wrong person, in the wrong house at the wrong time. He was should multiple times to the upper body with a high-powered weapon.
The victim washed cars in the Nassau East and Prince Charles Plaza. He was said to be a simple young man.
The other male was transported to hospital where he remains in stable condition.
This homicide records the 130th incident for the year.