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Chamber appoints new chairman
Submitted by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:44

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Board of Directors of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers' Confederation announces the resignation of Mr. Robert Myers as Chairman of the BCCEC and Co-Chairman of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation. The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gowon Bowe to the position of Chairman with immediate effect.

We wish Mr. Myers and his family all the best in his future endeavours and express a great sense of gratitude to his stellar leadership.

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gowon Bowe (pictured) to the position of Chairman with immediate effect. Mr. Bowe previously served as Vice Chairman of the BCCEC and Co-chairman of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation and has demonstrated exemplary leadership both within the Chamber and the Coalition.

Statement from the Bahamas Press Club: Reported threats against ZNS reporter
Submitted by Lindsay Thompson   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:39

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Press Club 2014 is alarmed at some of the responses to a report on the demolition of shanty towns aired on the ZNS Network this past Friday, in particular the threats made against our membership chairman, who reported the story.

While the matter has been reported to the Police, we reject and condemn any attempt to intimidate our members or any other member of the media in the discharge of their duties, and will vigorously defend their rights to do their jobs without fear or favour. We also call on all media houses to utilize all legal means to protect, support and defend their employees as they continued to perform an invaluable public service.

The Bahamas Press Club is also concerned that questions have been raised about the motive, professionalism and the integrity of the reporter. The Press Club is satisfied that there was no ulterior motive and dismiss those questions are without merit. She has a history of commitment and dedication to professionalism of the highest order, and a most exemplary work ethic. 

One of the primary roles of the media is to educate and inform, to a large degree, by holding up a mirror to society. We caution all residents that The Bahamas is a society of laws, and we in the Press Club will not stand idly by and watch our country descend into the lawlessness seen in so many nations.

While we may disagree, we must all be tempered in our disagreement and in all cases make decisions based on fact and fair play.

DNA commentary: EBOLA and the Bahamas - Proper planning will prevent panic
Submitted by the DNA Party   
Monday, 20 October 2014 12:38

Amid rising concern regarding the Ebola health crisis, Government officials from around the globe are taking the necessary action to prepare their respective countries for a potential outbreak and protect their citizens. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of this Christie led administration. The Government of the Bahamas has taken too lax an approach to the handling of this disease which is now at our back door; and as with countless other national issues, our leaders have shown themselves ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.

The Democratic National Alliance, more than two weeks ago, called for the Ministry of Health, helmed by Dr. Perry Gomez, to begin a widespread education campaign on the effects of the disease and outline specifically, the government’s plans to prevent a possible outbreak. According to the Minister, the government has created what officials claim is a dynamic preparedness plan to protect the citizenry, a plan based on meetings with stakeholders from various sectors of government and private sector. For this, the DNA commends the Minister of Health for at least taking these very minimal steps, however MORE IS NEEDED.

Instead of providing clarity on the way forward, the Minister has left even more unanswered questions. His most recent update statement on the Ebola virus and its implications, was yet another wasted opportunity for the government who, instead of providing details of its plan and when implementation of said plan would occur, he simply regurgitated facts about the disease which could be acquired by a simple Google search. What we need are SPECIFICS! What we need are FACTS! What we need is ACCESS to the government’s plan!

Commentary by Elcott Coleby: This week in The Bahamas (17 October 2014)
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Monday, 20 October 2014 07:26

Governor General Dame Marguerite meets Queen Elizabeth

It goes something like this. The appointment of the Governor General in our Commonwealth comes with the award of a knighthood of the Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George; this investiture marked the Dame’s second knighthood. Her first came on March 21, 2007 when she was knighted a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. She received that honour for community service and her work in charity and politics.  

So in that grand British tradition, Dame Marguerite Pindling left Nassau for London on Friday 10th October for an eight-day trip, returning today, 17th Oct. That grand British tradition also requires the newly appointed Governor General to pay a courtesy call on the Queen, head of the British Commonwealth. That took place on 14th October at Buckingham Palace. With that, the ritual of the appointment to the office of Governor General is now complete.  

Constitution Framers remembered

The 15 framers of The Bahamas constitution were remembered as the country celebrated its second annual National Heroes Day on Monday, 13th October 2014 at the mausoleum of Sir Lynden Pindling, the Father of the nation. Laying the wreath at the mausoleum was Deputy to the Governor-General, Mr. Oswald Ingraham.

It was in December 1972 when a bipartisan group of fifteen Parliamentarians, eleven from the governing party and four from the opposition, traveled to London to execute the Independence Order, paving the way for nationhood on July 10th 1973.

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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