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Attorney: Nygard consultation is meaningless
Submitted by Save the Bays   
Monday, 30 June 2014 10:43
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The notice calling for public consultation on the proposed further expansion of Nygard Cay is meaningless in light of the government’s failure to release any of the relevant information, fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB) contends.  

Attorney for the STB, Fred Smith, QC, praised what he called the government’s “small step towards increased transparency” in announcing a consultation period at all, but said his client cannot respond in time due to the complete lack of details about the proposal.  

“The notice refers to various applications, yet no applications have been made available for inspection and it is not entirely clear what the nature of each application is, to whom it has been made and under what statutory regime,” said Smith in a letter to several government officials.  

He asked that the government provide copies of all applications, supporting documents and relevant reports as a matter of urgency.  

“...please do so by Tuesday, July 1, 2014, failing which and in any event, our client reserves all of its rights,” the letter said.  

Bahamians urged to submit objections to Nygard Cay expansion
Submitted by DP&A   
Sunday, 29 June 2014 15:41

Save The Bays director warns that the 21-day consultation period will soon end; says concerned citizens should air their views as soon as possible

CALL TO ACTION – Outspoken attorney Fred Smith and his team outside court. The Save The Bays legal director has urged members of the public to air their objections to an application that would lease illegally claimed land to Nygard Cay and allow further development of the controversial property.NASSAU, Bahamas -- All members of the public who object to the further expansion of Nygard Cay and the lease of illegally claimed land to its owner, Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, should make their concerns known to both government and the media as soon as possible, outspoken attorney Fred Smith, QC, has urged.

Congratulating the Christie administration for holding a 21-day consultation on Nygard’s proposals, Smith said Bahamians must now stand together to prevent years of illegal activity from being retroactively approved.

“For decades, Nygard Cay has been recklessly developed without the proper approvals and permits. Successive governments have allowed the property to grow to double its original size by claiming land from the seabed, which is supposed to be the property and patrimony of the Bahamian people,” he said.

“Even worse, it has also blocked the natural flow of sand to Jaws Beach, causing one of the only public beaches left in New Providence to all but disappear.

“Every Bahamian should be opposed to this affront, one of the most blatant examples of the cancer called unregulated development which is eating away at the rights of ordinary Bahamians and relegating them to the status of second class citizens in their own country.”

Naming and opening of Paul L Adderley Building dubbed ‘Red Letter Day’
Submitted by BIS   
Saturday, 28 June 2014 13:14

The Minister of Labour and National Insurance and Minister of the Public Service the Hon Shane Gibson bringing remarks at the official opening and naming of the Paul L Adderley Building on Friday, June 27, 2014, on John F Kennedy Drive.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)NASSAU, The Bahamas – The official opening and naming of the Paul L Adderley Building on Friday, June 27, 2014 was deemed another red letter day by the Minister of Labour and National Insurance and Minister of the Public Service the Hon Shane Gibson.

“Indeed, upon receiving its mandate to lead the Bahamian people, this Government pledged to continue to honour its outstanding heroes in memorable and lasting and meaningful ways,” he said.

Mr. Gibson delivered remarks at the historic ceremony in front of the building on John F Kennedy Drive, which houses the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs.

Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Perry Christie, who envisioned and fully supported the honour, officially opened the building. Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon Allyson Maynard-Gibson also gave remarks. The Prayers and Act of Dedication were performed by The Most Reverend Drexel Gomez, Assistant Bishop of the Anglican Diocese.  

Amongst the list of dignitaries and invited guests were Dame Marguerite Pindling, Cabinet Ministers, Senior Government Officials, Parliamentarians and family members including Mr. Adderley’s widow Lilith, and daughters Catherine and Paula.  

Paul L Adderley was the longest serving Attorney General – appointed on July 10, 1973 and served until 1989. He also served in the Cabinet, the Senate and House of Assembly, as Deputy to the Governor General and as Acting Governor General. He died on September 19, 2012.  

Griffin notes mutual benefits for proposed Gladstone Road construction
Written by BIS   
Friday, 27 June 2014 07:31

Pictured from left: Mrs. Terez Curry, Elizabeth Burrows, Terah Hanna-Sweeting, Immediate Past President; Minister Griffin; Nadia Storr, President, Frances Ledee, Stephanie Ferguson and Melvelyn Symonette, Senior Assistant Secretary, Women's Bureau, Ministry of Social Services and Community Development. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham) NASSAU, The Bahamas --- The proposed construction of a therapeutic swimming pool for persons with disabilities by the Pilot Club of Nassau and a facility for post, school-aged persons with special needs by the Government of The Bahamas on a nearby site on Gladstone Road, should provide the two entities with opportunities for mutual activities, Minister of Social Services and Community Affairs the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said.    

Officials from the ministry have been working with a Special Task Force for more than a year now on the establishment of a facility for post school-aged persons with special needs. The Task Force is comprised of representatives from the Bahamas National Council for Disability; Bahamas DOWN Syndrome Association; Eyes Wide Open; Hopedale Centre; Life Options and REACH.    

Task Force members have visited a number of regional and international countries to review facilities and determine best practices in all areas for which the facility will be constructed. Members have also visited a number of local facilities to further assess needs.    

One of the major goals for the facility will be to provide training and development; social, and work related skills that would allow for individuals to work in the community and in due course, and respite care for post school-aged persons with disabilities.    

“For some time now, it has been the desire of the Pilot Club of Nassau to construct a pool for persons with disabilities and I attended the ground-breaking for this facility some years ago. This initiative is a laudable one (and) given the proximity of this facility to the pool you are proposing to construct, I fully expect that there will be opportunities for mutual activities.”    

Meliá Nassau Beach, Baha Mar and Hands for Hunger collaborate to feed the needy in our community
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 17:17

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Meliá Nassau Beach resort recently celebrated the first of regularly scheduled food collections by Hands for Hunger, a local food collection agency. The collections, organized in partnership with BELIEVE, the Baha Mar Foundation, are slated to continue at Meliá Nassau Beach after it completes extensive renovations to the property and becomes Meliá at Baha Mar. The food collections will also begin across Baha Mar when the resort opens in December.

Surplus food from hotel events and restaurants will be reserved for Hands for Hunger and delivered via refrigerated trucks to approximately 10,000 children and senior citizens throughout New Providence. According to Abigail Asgaralli, executive director at Hands for Hunger, every pound of food that is collected provides a meal for the most vulnerable people in our community.

Through the efforts of the BELIEVE Foundation and the Hands for Hunger program, surplus food secured from Baha Mar hotel properties will support more than thirteen recipient agencies that provide food for those in need of emergency food supplies including the Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH), Teen Challenge, The Bahamas Aids Foundation and Bethel Baptist Church. In addition to providing meals, the food collection is also a part of Baha Mar’s environmental sustainability initiative to minimize food waste from its more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges.

“We are proud to continue the long-standing relationship between the BELIEVE Foundation and Hands for Hunger. Together we can improve the lives of Bahamians throughout our community,” said Paul V. Pusateri, Baha Mar’s chief operating officer.

OPBAT officers promote anti-drug campaign during U.S. Coast Guard helicopter demonstration at Queen’s College
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:11

 Excited Queen’s College students cheer as they welcome the U.S. Coast Guard’s helo to the school campus.NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Wednesday, June 18, the entire primary school student body, faculty and staff at Queen’s College Primary School received a special treat when representatives from the United States Coast Guard, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) made a special visit to the school’s campus located on Village Road.  

It was not a typical visit, as the students lined the perimeter of the school’s playing field eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Coast Guard crew.  The excited students began to cheer when they heard the sounds of the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hovering overhead.  As the helo made its descent, the Coast Guard helicopter crew delighted the students by circling the school a few times before making its landing onto the school’s compound.

After disembarking from the helicopter, the four member U.S. Coast Guard team, led by Lcdr. Richie Walsh received a warm welcome from Ms. Andrea Gibson, Principal at Queen’s College along with Ms. Sylvia Beneby, head of the primary school department and sixth graders Kyla Bethel, Jodie Ritchie and Joseph Lynch.  U.S. Embassy officials, Lcdr. Tom Gill, U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer and Ms. Neda Brown, Public Affairs Officer also participated in the two-hour helicopter demonstration.

A special assembly was held in the school’s auditorium that gave the American and Bahamian law enforcement officers an opportunity to participate in a question and answer period with the students.  They used the interactive session to highlight the efforts of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) in areas of search and rescue missions, illegal migrant interdiction and combating drug trafficking in Bahamian waters.  

NEMA instructs RBDF marines in shelter management
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:13

RBDF participants of Shelter Managers and Initial Damage Assessors Workshops facilitated by NEMA at Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship, Coral Harbour Base held June 18-19, 2014.  Seated (Left) Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Sands-Course Coordinator, (Centre); Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA, (Right) Luke Bethel, Training Officer, NEMA; and standing at the (Right) Chief Petty Officer Warren Rolle, Assistant Course Instructor. (Photo/RBDF) NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, conducted Shelter Management and Initial Damage Assessment Certification courses for marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

The training sessions were held at the Coral Harbour Base from June 18-19, 2014.

Purpose of the workshop was to strengthen the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Managers’ and Initial Damage Assessors Cadre, who are scheduled on standby for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The training was also designed to enhance the ability of RBDF Senior Rates assigned to the Urban Renewal offices to conduct shelter management services and initial damage assessments.

The instructors were (Retired) Force Chief Petty Officer Luke Bethel, operations/training officer, NEMA, who was assisted by Chief Petty Officer Warren Rolle, Woman Petty Officer Fredericka King. Captain Stephen Russell, director of NEMA was also in attendance.

Photo: RBDF participants of Shelter Managers and Initial Damage Assessors Workshops facilitated by NEMA at Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship, Coral Harbour Base held June 18-19, 2014. Seated (Left) Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Sands-Course Coordinator, (Centre); Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA, (Right) Luke Bethel, Training Officer, NEMA; and standing at the (Right) Chief Petty Officer Warren Rolle, Assistant Course Instructor. (Photo/RBDF)


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