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School Board elections to be held October 28
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 17 October 2014 12:46

Please be advised that School Board Elections are scheduled to be conducted on Friday, 28th October, 2014. This year, The Ministry has seen the need to increase the number of School Boards by five, increasing the total number to 55 Boards, across the chain of islands. The new boards are as follows:

  • Abaco Central Primary School - Marsh Harbour, Abaco
  • Abaco Central High School - Marsh Harbour, Abaco
  • Central Eleuthera High School - North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera
  • L.N. Coakley High School - George Town, Exuma   
  • North Andros High School - Nicholls Town, Andros

School Boards were officially implemented following a 1996 amendment to the Education Act (Chapter 46) that made provision for such Boards.

The implementation of School Boards is a deliberate part of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s process of decentralization and devolution within the public education system of The Bahamas. It is founded on the basic belief that the education of students is improved when local communities, that is, schools, parents and others, are active participants in the delivery of education within that community.

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DNA commentary: Government Crime Scenes and Unsolved Mysteries
Submitted by the DNA Party   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31

Wasteful; Corrupt; Dishonest; these are just some of the words which can be used to describe the governance of the Progressive Liberal Party since taking office in 2012. While in opposition this administration led by Perry Christie, promised Bahamian voters transparent, accountable, governance. The now PM promised to Believe in Bahamians, provide jobs and improve the quality of life for the entire citizenry. The PLP even promised to lower electricity rates. What the PLP has delivered however, is slack governance, a blatant mismanagement of the country’s resources, cronyism, increased government wastage, higher taxes and a system of corruption which continues to cost taxpayers some 200 million dollars annually.

Despite the near destitute state of the country’s finances, this Christie led administration has exercised little restraint in spending over the last two years. With 100 million dollars in cost overruns for local road works as a result of the last administration, there is today 30 million dollars spent for a still incomplete government building at Blake Road and the apparent 27 million dollar discrepancy over monies spent on BAMSI in Andros are just a few examples of this government’s inability to reign in reckless spending. Even worse, elected officials have failed to give a proper account of where and how public funds are being used. This lack of accountability has led to numerous cases of “missing money”. Unfortunately for concerned Bahamians, these “government crime scenes” remain unsolved mysteries.

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TBN's Praise the Lord broadcast from the Bahamas to air on Tuesday October 14
Monday, 13 October 2014 15:00

Watch TBN Praise the Lord this Tuesday October 14, 2014 at 10 pm to see the broadcast from the Grand Lucayan in Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas. The program will feature Bahamian pastors and gospel groups.

Tune in to see Bishop Ricardo Grant, Pastor Peter Pinder, Apostle Henry and Dr. Ann Higgins, Pastor Lenora Sands, Pastor Eddie Victor, Ian Rolle, Pastor Simeon Outten & the New Life Singers, The Bahamas Brass Marching Band, Vanessa Clarke, The Cooling Waters and The Grand Bahama Youth Choir.

This broadcast in the Bahamas was coordinated by the Religious Tourism Department of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and through the partnership of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and the Grand Bahama Christian Council.

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Commentary by Elcott Coleby: This week in The Bahamas (6-10 October 2014)
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 13:58

This eventful week in The Bahamas saw the College of The Bahamas (COB) move one step closer to university status; the Clifton Pier oil spill Plan revealed; a delay in the Constitutional Bills and the foreshowing of the Petroleum Act, all as NIB turned 40.

Government to borrow $16.18 million for COB transition

By the end of 2015, some 41 years after its establishment in law on 30th October 1974, the 5,300 student strong College of The Bahamas is expected to transition into the country’s first university. Moving the resolution on Monday to borrow the sum of US$16.18 million from the Caribbean Development Bank was Education Minister Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald.

About $7 million or 30% of the transition project’s total cost of around $23 million will be financed from the public treasury.

The Minister said that the transition project is broken down into the following 5 principal components as follow:

1.    Design and construction of a Halls of Residence and Business Center.

2.    Energy enhancement rehabilitation of the Keva Bethel Administrative Building and Hotel Training College.

3.    Upgrade of the security system.

4.    Improved service delivery.

5.    Improved governance and management system.

Environment Minister addressed latest Clifton oil spill

 

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DNA commentary: The PHA Corruption and Cronyism!
Submitted by the DNA Party   
Friday, 10 October 2014 08:25

A forensic report of pharmaceutical and medical supplies which found its way into the hands of the local media this week have renewed concerns about the blatant mismanagement of the country’s resources. The report which appeared as a lead story in the local dailies, revealed the “loss” of some ten million dollars from the Public Hospital’s Authority in addition to countless instances of alleged abuse and ineffective management controls which in effect led to the fleecing of the Bahamas Government.

The details revealed within the report suggest a level of dishonesty, collusion, and inattention which has unfortunately become synonymous with many government ministries and departments over the past many years. In the face of such blatant fraud, one would think that the government would have immediately enlisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force and other relevant authorities to bring those responsible to justice. Unfortunately in the days following the release of this damning information, government officials from both of the previous administrations have failed to give an account to the Bahamian people.

We have yet to hear from either of the past Ministers of Health, BOTH of whom now serve in the House of Assembly or the CURRENT Minister of health on the issue, this despite attempts by the local media to get comment.

The issue was finally raised in Parliament on Tuesday evening, and again, instead of taking responsibility for the gross misappropriation of public resources, many Bahamians watched in disgust as their elected officials passed the buck and played the blame game; neither side willing to take responsibility or provide a way forward to address the matter.

Mahatma Gandhi once said: “It is wrong and immoral to seek escape from the consequences of one’s acts”.

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