Two Grand Bahama students of the performing arts were recently awarded
scholarships by the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS) to
attend the French Woods Performing Arts Camp in New York State in August
Savannah Anastacia Sawyer, is a 16 year old vocalist who
attends Sunland Baptist Academy, is a Member of the Grand Bahama Youth
Choir and has also studied dance with Lois Seiler.
Smith, a 15 year old dancer, also attends Sunland Baptist Academy. She
has studied dance at Georgia's School of Dance and Theatre for the past
13 years and she is now a student teacher and choreographer at the
Bahamian Philip Major dominates at the US Open National Playoffs Southern Sectional Qualifying Tournament
the finals match Philip faced home town favorite Trey Yates. Despite
the fact that the crowd was on American Yates side, Philip was able to
break serve and overpower Yates with a convincing victory of 6-4,6-2. In
an interview with Philip Major, he is quoted as saying "it is the small
things that count. I have worked on being better prepared on and off
the court. I have also worked on my mental game and how to better
position myself with a view to remaining positive." Major credits much of
his success to his new coach Jim Lavender. Philip said he will continue
to train and to prepare himself and plans to participate in another
tournament in the July...
Last week videos circulated on social media featuring a 14-foot Great
Hammerhead shark off the Montagu foreshore in just inches of water. The
Bahamas National Trust (BNT) would like to use this opportunity to
clarify some of the confusing information that accompanied many of these
The Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarra)n, is the largest
of the hammerhead sharks and is found in tropical and sub-tropical
waters around the world. Mature hammerheads have virtually no predators,
but like most shark species, they are heavily fished, both commercially
Nassau, Bahamas - Consistent with the Commissioner’s Police Plan for
2016, the courageous officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) has
struck another blow in the operations of drug traffickers in the
Bahamas, this time with the seizure of a huge quantity of marijuana and
the arrest of two suspects on Sunday 26th June 2016.
Reports are that
around 9:00am, a team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit, acting
on intelligence executed a search warrant on home located at Pikkanoes
Estate off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, where they uncovered 1,389
pounds of marijuana. The two adult male occupants of the home were
arrested and taken into custody...
More than 140 employees from the Department of Environmental Health and
the Department of Housing toured three national parks on New Providence
recently as part of World Environment Month activities. The tour was
organized by Director of Environmental Health, Melanie McKenzie, in
co-operation with the Bahamas National Trust.
The employees visited
Bonefish Pond (a mangrove wetland), Primeval Forest (an old growth
forest), and the Retreat (which features a special collection of rare
palm trees). “We wanted to expose our staff to the national parks here
on New Providence and The BNT helped to organise the guided tours and
lunch at the Retreat after the tours,“ Ms McKenzie said..
To our leader of the Democratic National Alliance, Mr. Branville
McCartney, deputy leader, Mr. Chris Mortimer, party chair, Mr. Andrew
Wilson, colleagues, my dynamic team, friends and the great people of
Carmichael - good evening.
Our country has come to a crossroad. Are we going to continuously move
onward, backward under the present and past Administration or are we
going to move forward, upward, and most importantly, together with the
DNA. I am reminded of a quote by our late father of the nation Sir
Lynden Oscar Pindling...
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the
following statement on the new details revealed about the Baha Mar
“Why is it at every turn we find the PLP Government making another
excuse for the unfinished Bahamar Project? “According a Tribune Business
article of June 24, 2016, the Chinese “assured” the Government one year
ago that they would finance and complete the $3.5 billion Bah Mar
project in return for the Government lending its assistance to remove
the Chapter 11 bankruptcy from the American Jurisdiction...
Press statement by The Hon.C.V. Hope Strachan on the passing of Mrs Shandika Charlton, Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District:
I am shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the death of Mrs
Shandika Charlton, Chief Councillor for The Mayaguana District. Mrs.
Charlton who has served on the Mayaguana District Council since the year
2005, was one of the Local Government practitioners who was honoured
for dedicated efforts toward the advancement of Local Government during
the awards ceremony held this past Friday, 24th July, 2016 at Breezes
Super Club in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of The Establishment
of Local Government in the Family Islands.
I pen this letter with mixed emotions today,
hovering somewhere between immense relief and immense sadness. The
sentencing of those arrested in my Brother Kurt’s death, marks the end
of a long chapter of pain in my life and that of my family. Losing my
brother is the most difficult thing I have ever faced. His passing has
tested the limits of my own strength in ways that only those who have
experienced loss can really appreciate. To have him taken from us in the
way that he was is a reminder that we are all at risk.
As Bahamians, we continue to live in fear of the criminal element. Criminals who seem to operate without fear...
Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the rising murder rate:
another murder on Saturday we have seen five murders in five days since
Minister Nottage gave his speech declaring that crime is down. The PLP
Government’s ‘solutions’ are not working as our sons and daughters are
being killed on our streets daily. The ‘Minister of National Security’
who is protected by police and other security officers at all times, has
no idea or does not care how unsafe the Bahamian people feel under the
PLP Government and his failed leadership of the security forces in our
country. Whether it is night or day – the Bahamian people do not feel
safe inside or outside their homes...”
Mayaguana, Bahamas - Police are investigating the circumstances
surrounding the death of an adult female from Mayaguana who was found
dead on Saturday 25th June 2016.
Reports are that shortly before
5:00pm, police received a report that an adult female was found dead in a
home located at Crouch and Benson Close, Danottage Estates. When police
arrived on the scene they met the lifeless body of the female in the
home. The female was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nassau, Bahamas - Fred Mitchell, the Foreign Minister, is heading the
delegation for The Bahamas, representing the Prime Minister, at the
commissioning ceremony for the expansion of the Panama Canal in Panama
City today. The canal extension is the pride of a resurgent Panama and
its vibrant economy.
According to the official website of the
canal expansion, the Panama Canal expansion is based on six years of
research, which included more than 100 studies on the economic
feasibility, market demand, environmental impact and other technical
engineering aspects. Works on the Panama Canal Expansion began on
September 2007 at a total cost of US $5.2 billion...
Nassau, Bahamas - Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan
for 2016, officers from the Mobile Division took two adult females into
custody following the seizure of a handgun on Saturday 25th July 2016.
are that shortly after 9:00am, officers from the Mobile Division acting
on intelligence conducted a search of a home located at Palm Tree
Avenue, where they uncovered a .40 pistol with 6 rounds of ammunition...
A white Honda Accord car license number 234737 has been stolen....
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and “Boat 4 A Day”
partnered in the first ever, Bahamas Yacht and Travel Show held on June
17, 18 and 19 at Bay Street Marina.
The non-profit three-day
boat show promoted all sea travel and guest-related products inclusive
of Florida-based travel representatives and yacht brokers. There were a
myriad of vendors including chartered yachts and other charter options;
hotels, marinas, resort wear, excursions and anything that is marketed
to tourists to promote travel to The Bahamas...
Next stage will be in New Haven, Conn. right before U.S. Open
– JUNE 25, 2016 20-year old tennis professional, Philip Major, an
Andros native and now living in Nassau, earned early breaks in each set
as he defeated Trey Yates of Atlanta, Ga. 6-4, 6-2 in the men's singles
final of US Open National Playoffs Southern Sectional Qualifying
Tournament in Norcross, Ga. Major now advances to the US Open National
Playoffs Championships, held along with the Connecticut Open presented
by United Technologies, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event, in New
Haven, Conn., played just before the US Open. His opponent in the
finals, Yates,is a member of the University of Kentucky men's tennis
team and is from the Atlanta area...
To help reconnect today’s students to the outdoors, the
National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor
classrooms where educators and students learn how to attract and support
These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn
about wildlife species and ecosystems, but they also hone their academic
skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity.
To meet the criteria for certification the students had to create a
Wildlife Habitat that provides a number of specific elements for each of
the followings habitat essentials...
Nassau, Bahamas -
Reports are that shortly before 7:00am on Saturday 25th June 2016,
police received a report of man found dead in a parking lot on Elizabeth
Avenue. When officers arrived on the scene they met the body of a
lifeless adult male who was apparently stabbed. The man was pronounced
dead on the scene.
Investigations are ongoing.
POLICE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN SHOOTING DEATH
are searching for two male suspects believed to be responsible for a
shooting incident that has left man dead on Friday 24th June 2016...
The Hon. D. Shane Gibson,
Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service said that
Public Service Officers are set to receive $1,200 added to their annual
salary in addition to their normal increment this fiscal period. He
delivered his 2016/2017 budget communication on Monday.
to the $200 million labour agreement signed with the Bahamas Public
Service Union in 2013, Minister Gibson pointed out that the agreement
also calls for salary scales to be extended by two increments during
this period, 2016/17. Public servants to benefit from this are the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Department
of Corrections, senior managers...
The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) is proud to
announce today that Tatiana Donaldson has joined Founder Leslie
Vanderpool as the Co-Executive Director. Donaldson and Vanderpool will
share roles in Sponsorship, Programming, Marketing & Event Planning.
“There is no better person to join BIFF, together we will work
effectively to advance the Bahamas International Film Festival,”
Nassau, Bahamas - A man wanted for questioning reference to possession
of a high-powered assault weapon is detained in hospital after he was
arrested following a shootout with police on Friday 24th June 2016.
are that around 8:00pm, police received a report of a man armed with a
firearm driving a silver Nissan Primera car on Water Street in the Big
A short while later responding officers, encountered
the suspect driving the vehicle in the area. As the officers approached
the suspect, he fired a shot...
Georgetown, Guyana - If the CARICOM Regional Organisation
for Standards & Quality (CROSQ) is to press ahead to aid the
development of quality goods and services across the region that trade
and compete internationally, regional governments and businesses need to
play their part.
That was the view of accreditation expert, Mr.
Pat Paladino, as he addressed a symposium to mark World Accreditation
Day in Guyana this week.
Mr. Paladino, addressing an audience
that included Minister of Business, Mr. Dominic Gaskin, regional leaders
in quality infrastructure development, as well as regulators and
private sector business leaders, acknowledged the role that the two
major accreditations in Guyana; one in Jamaica and one in Grenada
utilising CROSQ’s Caribbean Cooperation for Accreditation (CCA) Scheme,
had played in pushing quality to the forefront of discussion.
Royal Bahamas Police Force -- Consistent with the Commissioner ‘s
Policing Plan for 2016, Officers of Operation Turf Sweep arrested three
persons during two separate incidents on Friday 24th June 2016 for
Possession of Dangerous Drugs.The first incident occurred in the
Pioneers Way area, officers stopped and searched a black 2004 Honda
Accord with two male passengers inside and discovered on one of the
males a quantity of suspected marijuana.In the second incident,
Officers of Operation Turf Sweep executed a search of a residence on
Pearl Way Drive, Sea Horse Village and discovered a large black garbage
bag containing four sealed packages of suspected marijuana.
ATLANTA, Georgia -- Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to
Washington, D.C., was the keynote speaker at the Africa Heritage
Foundation’s 20th Anniversary and Africa Day Celebrations at the State
Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, Friday, June 17, 2016.
Heritage Foundation is focusing on launching economic empowerment and
bridging the gap between the nations of Africa and The Bahamas,
Caribbean Islands, Brazil and South America.
One of the goals and
objective of the Foundation is to have an exhibition in The Bahamas
that will educate and inform the communities more about Africa and its
emerging economy. It also seeks promote a better understanding between
Africans and Bahamians; promote awareness about mutual values and
virtues as people of color; and promote cultural awareness through
cultural exchanges, economic development, technology transfer,
international relations, education and preventative initiatives.
Orlando Florida – On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Chairman Valentine Grimes
and Senior Manger Sales, Mr. Woodrow Wilson, along with Executives of
the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority welcomed the arrival of the new
non-stop service from Freeport to Orlando. The flight arrived at 11:00am
with seventy passengers on board, utilizing one of five brand new ATR
aircraft purchased by the company in November 2015.
will initially operate two days a week, on Wednesday and Saturday but it
is anticipated that as demand builds, the airline will increase its
Chairman Grimes remarked that the launch of this new
service “signals our commitment to recapturing our competitive position
as the preferred carrier of choice among the local market for travel to
and from Florida.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Nicholas Richard Knowles, a 19-year-old Bahamian student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, who is completing a five-week internship at the Embassy of The Bahamas in Washington, D.C., today, Friday, June 24, 2016, is pictured with His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States.
At Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he studies International Politics, Nicholas enjoys extensive involvement with numerous campus organizations, including the International Relations Club, Georgetown’s Club Golf Team...
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Texas rising sophomore Joanna Evans
won the 800-meter freestyle and eclipsed the FINA Olympic qualifying
standard to earn a spot on the Bahamian Olympic team Thursday evening at
the 2016 Bahamian National Championships.
Evans won the 800m
freestyle in 8 minutes, 32.19 seconds, well under the FINA "A" standard
of 8:33.97 for Olympic team qualification. The 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of
the Year, Evans needed to earn an Olympic qualifying time at the
Bahamian National Championships or the upcoming Caribbean Island
Swimming Championships to represent The Bahamas at the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
All roads will lead to the Grand Bahamas Yacht Club on July 8 for the
first annual Summer Wine, Art and Jazz concert. One of the most
anticipated events of the summer, the affair will also feature spoken
word artists and a series of surprises throughout the event.
the event is will be the Jazz stylings of Shelley Carey-Moxey & Tru
Music. The band has an eclectic mix of genres in their repertoire and
has been entertaining audiences in Grand Bahama for Years...
SMITH’S POINT, Grand Bahama - A $4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in
Smith’s Point was signed between the Ministry of Works and Urban
Development and Smith’s Construction Company, Friday, June 24, 2016.
the ceremony Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban
Development, the Hon. Philip Davis said residents of Grand Bahama, like
the rest of The Bahamas, are well aware that coastal living has its
beauties as well as its challenges.
“For many years, the entire
southern shoreline along Smith’s Point has experienced progressive
erosion as a consequence of storms and sea surges..."