#TheBahamas, December 5, 2022 – On a day dedicated for a sustained period of giving, the Lyford Cay Foundations (LCF) gave University of The Bahamas (UB) a half-million dollar grant on Tuesday 29th November that will be used for student scholarships, academic necessities and to enrich the student experience.
The LCF is one of UB’s legacy donors and a valued partner in higher education. Its generous gift was made on UB’s Day of Giving, also observed internationally as Giving Tuesday.
“We could not think of a better day to present this grant to University of The Bahamas than on Giving Tuesday, the day when individuals, corporations and non-profits come together to transform communities through giving,” LCF Chairman, Mr. Basil Goulandris said.
Mr. Goulandris added that the donation means LCF’s partnership with UB now extends beyond traditional scholarship grants. The new grant will be used to fund study abroad opportunities, meal plans and university bridging scholarships for students who are in need and maintain a good academic standing.
“Our grants to the College of The Bahamas, and now the University of The Bahamas, have aimed to help people achieve their dreams and obtain skillsets most needed in our country,” said Mr. Goulandris. “Our grants have enabled needs-based scholarships with the aim of equalizing opportunities for Bahamians.
“So much can be said about the breadth of our association with the University of The Bahamas. The Lyford Cay Foundation is passionate about education, and we value the role University of the Bahamas plays in our national development.”
Tuesday’s donation brought the LCF’s investment in UB and its predecessor, COB, to over $10 million. Over the past 25 years, the LCF has funded hundreds of student scholarships, the Virtual Library Project, as well as the completion of the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre, fittingly named after the late, former Chairman of the LCF.
“This is, quite frankly, phenomenal, and a reflection of the value and importance that Lyford Cay Foundations and its donors place on access to quality education within The Bahamas, in addition to beyond its shores,” said UB President Dr. Erik Rolland. “We are honored at the longevity of this partnership, and are proud of the work both of our organizations are committed to the development of young Bahamians by providing these opportunities for higher education.”
Chair of UB’s Board of Trustees, Mrs. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, K.C., said Tuesday’s donation, though significant, pales in comparison to the near 30-year partnership between the two entities that continues to produce meaningful avenues to academic and professional success for Bahamian university students.
“This is a partnership and shared vision of immense value,” said Mrs. Maynard-Gibson. “This is the work and the support that builds leaders, develops a country, and transforms the world. Today, we’ve taken another step forward in this important work. We’re truly honored to be doing this work with the Foundation, and on our UB Day of Giving, and Giving Tuesday internationally, we celebrate you and your donors for your philanthropic leadership.”
LCF Executive Director Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle, a UB alumna and LCF scholar, said she was delighted to be a part of Tuesday’s donation ceremony.
“As a beneficiary of the important work of Lyford Cay Foundations, and University of The Bahamas, I know first hand why moments like these matter,” said Dr. Virgill-Rolle. “I benefited generously from Lyford Cay Foundations donors who helped students like me achieve our dreams. As an alumna of the College of The Bahamas now University of The Bahamas, I also benefited from the outstanding education that this institution provides.”
Under the grant arrangement, scholarship funding may be applied to tuition and fees, books and supplies directly related to the course of study and UB meal plans.
University of The Bahamas has been intentional in forging new partnerships and strengthening existing ones to increase the capacity to fulfil its mission of supporting and driving national development. The LCF grant comes during UB Charter month during which the institution marked its sixth anniversary.
Photo Caption: From left are: UB Student Government Association (SGA) President Matthew Williams; SGA Vice President Anthony Sturrup; Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, UB, Inga Bostwick; Vice President of Institutional Advancement, UB, Dino Hernandez; UB President, Dr. Erik Rolland; UB Board of Trustees Chair, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, KC; Lyford Cay Foundations Board Chair Basil Goulandris; Lyford Cay Foundations Executive Director Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle; Lyford Cay Foundations Vice Chair Sarah Farrington; Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, UB, Antona Curry; Executive Director Corporate and Foundation Relations, UB, Kandice Eldon.
National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas
By Shanieka Smith
#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.
“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.
Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.
Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”
The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.
Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.
Consumer protection, 85 businesses to be put under watch
By Dana Malcolm
February 2, 2023 – Grocery stores and dozens of other businesses will be under the microscope soon as the government begins aggressively enforcing the Consumer Protection Ordinance passed back in 2016 with an all-new Compliance and Regulatory Enforcement (C.A.R.E) Drive.
Carried out by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Fair Competition the drive aims to “actively educate providers whilst enforcing the main provisions to protect consumers under the Consumer Protection Ordinance,” a press release explained.
Firstly, Consumer Officers charged with protecting the people of the TCI from unfair business practices will be assessing the prices of selected breadbasket items in 23 different stores countrywide each month to see whether price gouging is being carried out by businesses.
Breadbasket items are currently duty-free under the Food and Fuel Tax Break until the end of the financial year in March and all savings from those tax exemptions should be passed on directly to the consumer. After each assessment, which will continue for several months at least a monthly price report will be published on the Department of Trade’s website.
In addition, the Consumer Officers will be monitoring other business activities across the country “to ensure that providers are compliant with their duties to consumers.”
Those responsibilities include:
- Giving customers certain basic information about goods and services being sold;
- Informing consumers about terms and conditions before any payment is made (e.g., warranties, refunds, returns, exchanges, etc.) and;
- Abstaining from misleading and deceptive conduct, false representation and unfair business practices.
The government says they will reach at least 85 businesses with the C.A.R.E. Drive but they did not indicate the process behind how these businesses had been singled out. Non-compliant ones will be fined after a thorough investigation and warnings are issued by the Department of Trade.
With this in mind, business owners are being encouraged to familiarize themselves with their duties under the Ordinance lest they be caught in breach. The government did not say what entities would be assessed and whether that included major retail grocery stores, gasoline dealers, water companies, electricity providers, telecommunications companies and other essential providers of the services that all islanders spend on.
74 Foreign Nationals Convicted in The Magistrate’s Court
#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – In Magistrate’s Court #1 today, seventy-two (72) foreign nationals were arraigned before Magistrate Algernon Allen Jr. for various immigration offenses.
Thirty-two (32) Cuban nationals were convicted of Illegal Landing. Two (2) of them were subsequently sentenced to four months in the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS). Thirty (30) were conditionally discharged and released to the Department of Immigration to be deported.
A total of forty (40) Haitian nationals were convicted of Illegal Landing. Two (2) received custodial sentences of three months at BDOCS, and thirty-seven (37) were conditionally discharged and released to the Department to be deported. In addition to the charge of Illegal Landing, one (1) Haitian man was also convicted of Knowingly Attempting to Misleading an Immigration Officer and subsequently sentenced to six months at BDOCS on each count. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Three (3) Haitian nationals were also charged with Overstaying. Two (2) pleaded guilty and were convicted. Respectively they were fined $2,000.00 or, in default of payment, served six months at BDOCS, conditionally discharged, and deported. One (1) Haitian female pleaded not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to a later date. Upon payment of fines, completion of sentences, and discharge, all persons were ordered to be turned over to the Department of Immigration for deportation.
The Department remains committed to executing our mandate to ensure compliance with the Statue Laws of our country.
For more information, call the Public Relations Unit at 1-242-322-7530, visit our website at www.immigration.gov.bs, or call our Investigation hotline anonymously, at 1-242-604-0249.
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