WEST END, Grand Bahama – Minister of Tourism
and Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, the Hon.
Obie Wilchcombe, on Saturday participated in pre-Independence
celebrations ‘Street Fair and Junkanoo Rush Out.’
This particular festival is a part of the series of events planned for the summer of 2015.
crowd was moved by an exhilarating performance of well-known Bahamian
artist, ‘Stiletto.’ Following were the sweet sounds of the Bahamas Brass
Making the event more lively, there were invigorating
sounds of the goat-skinned drums as dancers moved to the beat of
Junkanoo, giving visitors a taste of Bahamian culture, and reminding
residents of what it means to be Bahamian...
Nassau, The Bahamas - The recently formed
Rotary Club of Old Fort (RCOF) is the newest Rotary club in The Bahamas.
RCOF is the newest club in the Rotary Bahamas family as well as the
Rotary District 7020 family. This district comprises 10 countries and 14
islands in the northern Caribbean including Turks and Caicos, Haiti,
Jamaica, The Cayman Islands, The U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin
Islands, Anguilla, and islands in the French Antilles and Netherlands
Antilles. The club, which was chartered in May, celebrated its highly
anticipated charter presentation ceremony with the outgoing 7020
District Governor, Paul Brown, of Jamaica and the District Governor
Elect, Felix Stubbs, of The Bahamas...
Nassau, Bahamas - There is no question that the best thing for the
country and for the Bahamian people is for Baha Mar to open successfully
and swiftly, so that we can all benefit from the economic activity and
jobs that it will contribute to our country.
For this reason, the
Government supported the adjournment petition brought forth by Baha Mar
today during Supreme Court proceedings, but with one singular
condition: that all parties reconvene negotiations on an urgent basis
and develop a way forward that would see construction resume
immediately. The judge approved the petition and adjourned hearings
until July 20th, 2015. The judge also required a status hearing on July
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas has taken the
necessary steps towards the establishment of a Department of
Environmental Monitoring and Planning Unit that will be responsible for
implementing rules and regulations to prevent, manage and mitigate fuel
leaks such as the one that occurred at the Rubis Robinson Road Service
The Government will also implement “long overdue changes” to the regulatory system for petroleum companies.
“Our Government is serous about protecting the health and safety of Bahamians and the Bahamian environment,” Minister of Health...
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament
for West Grand Bahama, on Monday told the congregation of the
Progressive National Baptist Convention International Conference that
The Bahamas has come a long way in 42 years of Independence.
The Minister was the guest speaker at the event being held at First Baptist Church from July 5 to 7.
He welcomed the President of PNBC, Rev. Dr. James Perkins, to the nation's second city and reflected upon a visit he had made...
19 year old Bahamian, Steve Gardiner of Moores Island, Abaco
who has a recent 400m national record of 44.27, set in Nassau just over
a week ago, finished first in the mens 400m today with a time of 44.30 in the Gyulai István Memorial in Budapest.
The American reigning world champion, LaShawn Merritt, came second with 44.43.
Bahamas – It looked like a prelude to the annual Boxing and New Year’s Day
parades as thousands flocked to Arawak Cay for the opening of the Junkanoo
Summer Festival on Saturday, July 4, 2015.
the Ministry of Tourism, the festival will be held every
Saturday during the
month of July. It is aimed at showcasing the best in culture, dance and food
will also give Junkanoo groups, on a smaller scale, an opportunity to compete
in music, dance and choreography...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Creating safer communities is perhaps the most
significant challenge facing most, if not all, regional countries,
Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage told
regional Corrections Officials.
“Over the past decades,
throughout this region, there has been a significant increase in the
levels of homicide and violent crimes such as armed robbery, attempted
murder and rape,” Dr. Nottage said.
“When we analyze the information from the region, a number of common trends emerge. For instance, I note that the first common.."
The Bahamas participated in the Final Preparatory Meeting for Arms Trade Treaty, from 6-8 July, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Rhoda M. Jackson, Bahamas' Ambassador to the United Nations Office in
Geneva, led The Bahamas' delegation to the Final Preparatory Meeting
leading up to the First Conference of States Parties scheduled to be
held in Mexico in August, 2015.
The Arms Trade Treaty is designed
to combat and control the illicit use of small arms and light weapons.
The Final Preparatory Meeting is considering questions pertaining to the
CHICAGO, Illinois -
Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago Michael C. Fountain (second from
right in back row) attended the 23rd Annual Caribbean International
Festival of Life with visiting and local Bahamians on July 4, 2015.
a contributing sponsor, the Bahamas Consulate Chicago was asked to
participate in the event's Carnival of Nations, where Honorary Consul
Fountain gave remarks regarding the celebration of Bahamian Independence
and asked local Bahamians to register with his office...
Nassau, Bahamas –The Ministry of Finance
advises the public of the merger and new location of the Business
Licence, Real Property, Excise Tax, First Home Owner Exemption and Value
Added Tax Departments within the Department of Inland Revenue effective
Monday, July 13th, 2015. This is the introduction of the establishment
of the Central Revenue Administration (CRA).
As a result, Inland
Revenue services – Business Licence and Real Property Tax – currently
located at Charlotte House on Shirley Street will close on Thursday,
July 9th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to begin the moving process...
Bridgetown, BARBADOS - “One of the
challenges we face in the region is how to change the perception of the
Caribbean as being that of a destination solely for vacation tourism”.
This was the view from President of the Caribbean Association of
Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), McHale Andrew, of Invest Saint
Lucia last week during a study tour to Columbian Investment Promotion
Agencies (PROColombia) and Invest in Bogota, where a delegation
supported by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export)
in collaboration with CAIPA, visited to seek insight in to the best
practices for country branding strategies to attract foreign direct
The Caribbean is well known a top holiday
destination that promises sun, sea and sand all year round, however
increasingly the need for the Caribbean to be known for more than this
is being called for to attract the levels of FDI required to provide
economic diversity and growth for our long term sustainability....
Freeport, Bahamas – As many of the Bahamas
National Trust’s (BNT) marine national parks are spectacular dive areas
for both locals and visitors, the BNT recently launched a dive tag
programme. This initiative provides divers with an opportunity to
support conservation and national parks by purchasing a tag that can be
attached to their dive equipment.
UNEXSO, Grand Bahama’s oldest
and largest dive centre, generously decided to support the programme by
selling the dive tags in their retail store. Customers purchasing a dive
tag are supporting infrastructure at the marine parks managed by the
BNT, such as mooring buoys and monitoring of the reef structures...
Nassau, Bahamas - Thirty boys of a local
Boys’ Brigade company are one step closer to heading to the
organisation’s annual summer camp thanks to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.
(NASDAQ: CWCO), which develops and operates seawater desalination plants
and water distribution systems in areas of the world where naturally
occurring supplies of potable water are scarce or non-existent. At a
short presentation at the troop’s home base, St. Barnabas Anglican
Church, CWCO presented the 23rd Company of The Boys’ Brigade with a
donation to defray the costs of travel and living expenses for the 10
Boys’ Brigade Company Captain Henry Curry stated that
the troop was incredibly thankful for the donation, the first step in
many to getting the 30 boys to the camp...
situation: A high pressure ridge along with the presence of the Saharan
dust layer maintains hot and hazy conditions today…while an
upper level low increases shower chances across the Southeast Bahamas.
Weather: Partly to mostly sunny, hot and hazy with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Advisory: Expect gusty winds and higher seas in or near showers and thunderstorms...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - CCA Bahamas Ltd. (CCA
Bahamas), a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of China State Construction
Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC) and the general contractor for
the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort project, today issued the following
statement regarding the recent decision made by Baha Mar Ltd., the
developer of the Baha Mar resort, to file for bankruptcy protection in
the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware:
Mar Ltd.'s decision to file for bankruptcy protection is the direct
result of its failure to secure adequate financing and its mismanagement
of the design of Baha Mar resort project. This mismanagement includes
replacing the principal architect after construction had commenced, the
late and incomplete delivery of design packages and over 1,300
Construction Change Directives...
Bradley Roberts: FNM Scampers off - Jul 7, 2015 - 11:09:33 AM
Prime Minister Christie, true to his word,
and serious about transparency, invited the Hon. Hubert Minnis and his
team to a briefing on Baha Mar at the OPM for 11 a.m. this morning.
However, Dr. Hubert Minnis, true to his nature, and halfhearted concern
for thousands of vulnerable Bahamian employees, left before the meeting
even began. What is to be made of this?
The Prime Minister and
his team were present and eager to sit with him. Did Dr. Minnis'
super-sized ego supersede good judgment and genuine concern, again? Or
is he just afraid to sit at the table with real leaders and discuss the
Traffic Fatality: On Friday 26th June 2015, a traffic accident
occurred at the intersection of West Mall Drive and Poinciana Drive
that involved two vehicles. Three persons who were passengers in one of
the vehicle were hospitalized. Lynette Kelly age 89 years of #129
Wellington Pinder’s Estates died a short time later at the Rand Memorial Hospital...
Firearm and ammunition arrest:Two American males arrested for possession of Firearm and Ammunition...
Wayne Neely, Bahamas Meteorology Department: I have been getting a lot of calls and emails about the appearance of the
‘milky white skies’ and the red hue appearance of the rising and
setting sun over The Bahamas for the last few days. Yes it is Saharan
dust over us. It makes the sky appear milky white and the boundary of
the clouds appears to be blending in with the milky white sky. During
this Sahara dust ‘event’ it tends to significantly
convective activity (thunderstorms and showers)-It doesn’t prevent them
all together but it significantly lessens their activity. It also gives
the sun a very noticeable 'red hue' especially at sunrise and sunset...
Nassau: Two house breaking suspects being sought by police - Jul 7, 2015 - 9:18:10 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Shortly after 1:00pm
yesterday, officers from ‘Operation Take Down’ were on patrol in Gamble
Heights, when they saw two suspicious males carrying a shotgun and a bag
in their hands. The males of seeing the officers dropped the shotgun
and bag before fleeing on foot. The officers gave chase but were unable
to catch the two males. The officers then retrieved the shotgun and bag
containing a pouch, an ipad and several boxes of cologne from the
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Right Honourable
Perry G. Christie, said this evening that he was disappointed in both the intemperate
tone and incorrect content of Baha Mar’s press statement of today’s date (July 6). “It is particularly regrettable”, the Prime
Minister said “that at a time when rationality and cool heads are required to
deal with the current crisis at Baha Mar, the company’s leadership appears to
be going to pieces under the mounting pressure”.
The Prime Minister said that today’s
statement from Baha Mar has given him grave concern for the state of Mr. Izmirilian’s
mind. “As recently as yesterday, Mr. Izmirlian was calling me, completely
unsolicited, to give me his private assurances and to express confidence in me
but now, just one day later...
Minister Dorsett Update on Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Spill - Jul 6, 2015 - 10:48:58 PM
Hon. Kenred Dorsett M. P., Minister of Environment and Housing - Update on Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Spill: Findings and Next Steps:
the Government of the Bahamas and the Pan-American Health Organization
(PAHO) held a joint press conference on the release of the Expert
Consultancy Report on the Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Spill, prepared for
the Government of the Bahamas by PAHO experts. The report analyzes
preliminary health data, addresses both the current situation, and makes
recommendations for how to address similar situations in the future...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – A Report on the Rubis Robinson Road Service
Station fuel leak reveals that there is no indication of a current
exposure to, or any long-term risks to the health and safety of Marathon
residents despite concerns from some quarters, Minister of Health, the
Hon. Dr. Michael Perry Gomez said Monday.
The Report also
revealed that during the spill and since the spill, no resident has been
or was exposed to dangerous levels of contaminants.
Tests further show no significant, detectable levels of contaminants from the spill in well water...
Nassau, The Bahamas – After months of negotiations, the Bahamas
Government, Monday, signed a $100 million contract with Avions de
Transport Regional for the purchase of five ATR 600 model aircraft on
behalf of Bahamasair, the country’s national airline.
Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban
Development referred to the major investment as a “red-letter day for
Bahamasair and The Bahamas” and an opportunity to cause the airline to
“service designated routes in The Bahamas while seeking to expand its
transnational flight operations to service new tourist routes.”
the announcement of Bahamar’s bankruptcy filing, the Christie administration
made a huge spectacle of itself, proclaiming its ignorance of the developer’s
plans, its concern for the future of the property and more importantly the more
than 2000 Bahamian workers whose employment now hangs in the balance. In
response to the shocking move, the government, through its State Minister of
Legal Affairs Damien Gomez – and without solicitation – announced plans to pay
“each and every” employee of Bahamar. The government failed to indicate how
Bahamar employees will be paid in the future.
per usual though, the government has dropped the ball, with this latest blunder
resulting in even more distress for already challenged Bahamar employees.
Despite making an announcement on Friday...
trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) today unveiled its first selections for
this year’s edition of the Festival with the announcement that ten classic
Caribbean films will form part of the 2015 lineup.
ten films will screen in a special sidebar to the main programme in honour of
the ttff’s tenth anniversary. The Festival takes place from September 15–29.
people are unaware that there has been a Caribbean film industry for quite some
time, or that almost every country in the region has produced feature films,”
said Bruce Paddington, ttff Founder and Festival Director...
It was with
a great sense of pride that Prime Minister the Right Hon. Perry G.
Christie, officially opened The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean, June
26th, at the Medical Pavilion, St. John’s Medical Centre, in St. John’s,
“It is with profound
joy and overwhelming pride that I join you today, speaking with the
voice of the entire Caribbean brotherhood as we celebrate the grand
opening of The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean here in beautiful
Antigua, “ said Mr. Christie.” This facility represents the realization
of years of planning and diligent effort by partners in the public and
private sectors across geographical and geo-political boundaries
cooperating with united purpose and singular vision...