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Nassau, Bahamas - SageEden Media Group recently presented computer equipment to the AIDS Foundation which included two desks, two chairs and an all-in-one printer, scanner and copier.
The equipment will be used by students at the foundation, and was purchased using money raised by a silent auction at "Constellations", a SageEden networking and re-branding event.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Monday, August 27, U.S. Embassy officials made a special visit to Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) to present prison officials with state-of-the-art corrections technology to assist with the prevention of contraband items from entering the prison population and provide improved safety and security measures for prisoners and corrections officers.
On hand for the official handover ceremony, which included a brief meeting and tour were U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, John Dinkelman, the Embassy's Narcotics Affairs Officer David Jea, Minister of National Security, The Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage and Prison Superintendent Dr. Elliston Rahming.
The donation, valued at $50,000, includes a B.O.S.S. III Chair, a three zoned body scanner used to detect weapons concealed by inmates; a Dip Device Drug Screening Kit, used for the disposable onsite drug screening of inmates to detect cocaine and marijuana abuse; two specialized signal detectors that will be used to guard against illicit listening devices, detect unauthorized RF signals such as cell phones, and uncover potentially dangerous, illicit electronic devices.
As part of the donation, twelve prison officers will receive extensive training on the proper use of the detection.
In total, the U.S. Embassy's prison support program is valued at over $100,000. The donation will complement a more in-depth training with HMP in partnership with the Rhode Island Corrections Department scheduled for this fall.
CAT ISLAND, Bahamas -- A group of less fortunate children in Cat Island now have access to the latest in high-speed internet technology thanks to the generosity of BTC and the company's employee volunteer program called ivolunteer. Just recently a team of BTC executives and employees visited the home in Old Bight to witness the company's charitable initiative at work.
The Cat Island visit is the first in a series of volunteer programs by BTC employees. The ivolunteer initiative seeks to establish and develop a sense of pride in the community while engendering teamwork among colleagues. This initial donation amounted to more than $15,000 with a total ongoing pledge of $100,000 from the company.
"The Cat Island Children's Home was the perfect place to begin this initiative," said BTC's CEO Geoff Houston. "Our goal is to reach those remote communities in the Family Islands. We also recognized that this home is operating virtually unknown to many Bahamians."
With the flip of a switch BTC brought the facility racing into the 21st century with a donation of four computers, an all-in-one printer/scanner/fax, a Vibe phone and 8mb hi-speed internet service for the 15 children who call this property home.
I write in response to Mr. Philip Galanis, who wrote on consumer protection in his column Consider This, appearing in the Monday, April 15th edition of The Nassau Guardian.
Dear Mr. Galanis, I have just completed reading your article in and felt obligated to respond. It would appear we have a shared interest, namely, greater protection for the Bahamian consumer.
As you may be aware, I have been involved in the field of consumer protection for many years, having published Consumerism Today magazine for ten of those years. The motto of the magazine incidentally, was "developing a more educated, better-informed consumer."
I know and appreciate what needs to be done to address the legitimate concerns that you addressed. For starters, the Consumer Protection Commission, provided for by the 2006 Consumer Protection Act, has never been established. The Bahamas is being used as a dumping ground for inferior products, including food, fuel and wrecked vehicles, principally because we have never had a bureau of standards.
I still feel strongly about these and other issues of redress on behalf of Bahamian consumers. One that comes readily to mind is the need for an amendment to the Legal Professions Act, so as to empower the Bar Association of The Bahamas to be able to issue annual practicing certificates to members of the Bahamian Bar in good standing. This would help in mitigating against the unscrupulous preying on the unsuspecting.
Vehicle theft is another area of grave concern, and after having my vehicle stolen, and meeting with the CDU, and speaking with local insurers, the practice of reinsuring stolen vehicles leaves much to be desired.
In this regard, the vehicle titling system is an excellent idea, but should be coupled with the creation of a secure database, and mandated collaboration between local insurers, the vehicle theft section of CDU, and the Road Traffic Department.
Mr. Galanis, I have also observed a marked deterioration in respect for the price control regulations of The Bahamas, particularly by our major food stores. It has become common practice, when an item appears with two prices affixed, to be forced by management to pay the higher price, this despite the fact that the law mandates that the lower price be paid by the consumer.
Computerized bar code scanners are also being used to take advantage of struggling Bahamians. If a price is affixed to an item, but it scans for a higher price, management of these stores is insisting that the scanned price is the correct price, and not the price tag affixed. This also is against the law. It would appear then, that a consumer information and education program, based on our applicable laws, is not only needed for our consumers, but also for the management of major food stores, who appear more interested in abiding by the policies of their respective establishments, than by the laws of The Bahamas.
The problems with land in this country are legend, and is not only negatively impacting ordinary Bahamians, without the means to take their matters before the Privy Council, but is also tarnishing the international reputation of our country. But this too is a consumer protection issue. I am therefore of the considered view, that a ministry of consumer affairs would go a long way in not only highlighting these many deficiencies, but more importantly in leading the inter-disciplinary and ministerial charge that is now required, so as to avoid these issues being continually kicked down the road, and never being comprehensively addressed.
-- Lavade Darling
THE new Magistrate's Court complex on South Street is "substantially completed" and is expected to be operational by late September, Attorney General John Delaney said yesterday.
Construction of the modern, 12-court complex began in 2005. In 2008, Adler Construction was awarded a $6.4 million contract to complete the job.
The new complex will include a high-security system, including metal scanners at its entrance.
It will also have separate elevators for the public and magistrates.
The three-storey building will be equipped with a separate entrance for prisoners, and male and female holding cells.
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By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A magistrate yesterday fined a 17-year-old girl for breaking into a school and stealing electronic items and a vacuum cleaner.
She was one of four people who were initially charged in connection with the theft of the items from St. Francis and St. Joseph Catholic Primary School in August 2009.