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Bahamian Politics

Dr. Minnis: PM Christie's Handling of the Secret Baha Mar Deal - Aug 29, 2016 - 12:37:30 AM

On Monday evening, August 22, when we heard that the Prime Minister was holding a press conference to announce that the Government had struck a deal to restart construction of the Baha Mar Resort I like many of you became hopeful that we would finally hear the details of a deal that would see Bahamians get back to work immediately. However, we were sorely disappointed.

The Prime Minister went at great lengths to tell us what the Chinese was giving up but failed to tell us what he was committing the Bahamian people to give up in return.

To our dismay and our condemnation we learned that The Prime Minister has taken the unprecedented and undemocratic step to keep the details shrouded in secrecy...

News : Local

Miss Earth Bahamas 2016 is Candisha Rolle - Aug 28, 2016 - 11:57:50 PM

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Nassau, New Providence -- The Miss Earth Bahamas 2016 pageant finale took place on August 27th and taking the crown was Miss Turquoise, Candisha Rolle.

Miss Rolle will go on to compete in Miss Earth 2016 in the Philippines, the 3rd largest and 2nd most participated international beauty pageant on Earth. Miss Earth Bahamas' platform is air pollution, and she featured the Nassau city dump fires in her presentation video for the pageant...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Lear jet aborts take off at North Eleuthera airport - Aug 28, 2016 - 6:01:28 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- On Friday August 26, 2016, at 2:55 PM, N666TK, a Lear jet 55, aborted take off on runway 07 at North Eleuthera airport, coming to rest in bushes approximately 300 ft. from the end of the runway. No injuries were sustained by the 9 persons onboard the aircraft at the time. The intended destination was Miami Opa Locka airport.

Investigators from the Flight Standards Inspectorate division of the Civil Aviation Department were dispatched to North Eleuthera the following morning, to begin investigations into the cause of the incident (a runway excursion). Investigations are

Bahamian Politics

Andrew Wilson DNA: "The Truth is not in Him!" - Aug 28, 2016 - 5:52:47 PM

Over the course of this political term in office the PLP has proven time and time again that their allegiance is not to the Bahamian people. In fact, every action, transaction and policy position taken by this government has uncovered linkages to special interest groups, past political donors, cronies and concubines; while countless media reports have uncovered the great lengths to which government officials have gone to protect themselves and their interests even at the expense of the people they swore to BELIEVE in! One such example was the controversial signing of a letter of intent by former Parliamentary Secretary Renward Wells. More than two years ago, Wells illegally signed and was eventually terminated over a proposed waste to energy deal valued at some $600 million dollars. At the time of the incident, Mr. Christie’s response to the entire controversy was simply to avoid talking about it at all.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Government announces committee to process all Baha Mar claims - Aug 28, 2016 - 5:47:39 PM

As part of the agreement between the Export-Import Bank of China (“the Bank”) and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to remobilize and complete construction of the Baha Mar Resort, the parties have established a Committee to administer the claims of Bahamian and other creditors of the Baha Mar group of companies.

The members of the Committee are: His Excellency Mr. James Smith CBE; Mr. Grant Lyon (Liquidation Claims Advisor to the Government); Ms. Yanping Mo (representative of the Bank); Mr. Norbert Chan (representative of Deloitte); and Mr. Tiger Wu (representative of CCA).

On August 22, 2016, the Supreme Court approved the plan to remobilize...

Bahamian Politics

Dr. Hubert Minnis FNM: "Prime Minister Christie’s handling of the secret Baha Mar deal" - Aug 28, 2016 - 5:43:09 PM

On Monday evening, August 22, when we heard that the Prime Minister was holding a press conference to announce that the Government had struck a deal to restart construction of the Baha Mar Resort I like many of you became hopeful that we would finally hear the details of a deal  that would see Bahamians get back to work immediately.  However, we were sorely disappointed.
 
The Prime Minister went at great lengths to tell us what the Chinese was giving up but failed to tell us what he was committing the Bahamian people to give up in return.

To our dismay and our condemnation we learned that The Prime Minister has taken the unprecedented and undemocratic step to keep the details shrouded in secrecy from the people by asking the courts to seal all of the documents involved in this agreement.

Community : Grand Bahama

GBPA/ ItelBPO Partnership building Freeport’s ICT Industry - Aug 28, 2016 - 11:56:30 AM

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Thursday, 25th August, 2016 – Freeport Grand Bahama - As the new school year gets underway in a few days, hundreds of 12th graders on Grand Bahama will have fresh opportunities to effectively prepare themselves for either higher education, or post-graduation employment opportunities; owing to a new skills based training initiative created to support Grand Bahama’s recently established Call Center Industry.

In May of this year, officials of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and Island Outsourcers/itelBPO Solutions, partnered to develop and introduce the Contact Center Education Initiative (CCEI). The program is geared toward equipping graduates with meaningful results, driven by enhanced employability skills to support the island’s Contact Center sector, but will also prove as an asset to every local employer.

“Several years ago, GBPA commissioned a detailed Contact Center feasibility study to determine Grand Bahama’s viability as a nearshore call center destination. Following extremely favorable feedback, we then identified the industry as a ‘low lying fruit’ for Freeport; one that could quickly be developed, given the city’s infrastructure, literacy and language skills,  as well as other factors,” explained Ian Rolle, GBPA President.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Shaunae Miller celebrated in Nassau, Bahamas - Aug 28, 2016 - 12:30:43 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Olympic Gold Medalist Shaunae Miller enjoys a light moment during her official courtesy call on Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie at the Office of the Prime Minister upon her return home on Friday from the Brazil Olympics.

From left are: Shaunae’s mother, Mabelene Miller; Shaunae; Prime Minister Christie; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson; and Shaunae’s father, Shaun Miller...

Bahamas Weather

Tropical Storm Gaston to Become a Hurricane Later Tonight - Aug 27, 2016 - 6:30:09 PM

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NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM GASTON ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6PM SATURDAY 27TH AUGUST 2016.

…GASTON SHOULD BECOME A HURRICANE AGAIN LATER TONIGHT…

AT 5 PM EDT, THE CENTER OF GASTON WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 29.2° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 54.0° WEST OR ABOUT 675 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA...

Columns

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Aug 22 - 26 - Aug 27, 2016 - 10:49:13 AM

Prime Minister Christie announces agreement to complete Baha Mar
On Monday, what was clearly the biggest news of the week Prime Minister Christie delivered a nationally televised address on the successful outcome of the Baha Mar negotiations. He was at the Cabinet Office, surrounded by his cabinet colleagues and before the full media corps.

He announced the immediate resumption of construction at the project site to bring it to completion. He also outlined the guaranteed severance payments to the 2,000 displaced workers in addition to payments to unsecured contractors and service providers. Mr. Christie said that his government will work assiduously to ensure that the various hotels and casinos would be opened for the 2016-2017 winter season. He said that Monday was a good day for The Bahamas.

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bonding in The Bahamas - Aug 27, 2016 - 8:53:07 AM

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NASSAU, Bahamas — When Marvin Menzies took over as head coach of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Running Rebels basketball team he knew the team needed time to bond and soon set his sights on The Bahamas for just that.

“It’s a big benefit,” he said of being in The Bahamas.

“[We have a] brand new coach, new staff and new players and so with all that newness we needed some time together...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

National Training Agency Graduates 6th Cohort of Mandatory Workforce Preparatory Programme Trainees - Aug 27, 2016 - 8:50:03 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The 6th Cohort Graduation Ceremony of the National Training Agency (NTA) Mandatory Workforce Preparatory Programme was addressed on Thursday by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and National Insurance Nicole Campbell, and also by Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, who offered words of inspiration to 242 young people. 

The young trainees received certification after 14 weeks of preparation in these disciplines: auto body repair, boating safety and maintenance, butler services, customer service, domestic technician, food and beverage service, food preparation, housekeeping, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, non-instructional teachers aide, office procedures, retail business, and allied health...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie Speaks to the Importance of BTVI's New 'Smart' Classroom Block - Aug 26, 2016 - 6:24:28 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on August 25, 2016, that the groundbreaking of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute's (BTVI) state-of-the-art block with “smart" technologically-enhanced classrooms represented something so important to The Bahamas that both he and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip "Brave" Davis had to be present for the event.

“It is indicative of a recognition that The Bahamas is significantly challenged, when it comes to technical and vocational education and qualifications," Prime Minister Christie said...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Observance of 16th Anniversary of Passing of Sir Lynden - Aug 26, 2016 - 4:50:57 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Observance of the 16th anniversary of the passing of the first Prime Minister of an independent Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling, took place August 26, 2016 at his mausoleum at St. Agnes Church Cemetery. 

Sir Lynden’s widow, Dame Marguerite Pindling, second right, was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell, second left.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Fitzgerald Announces COB’s Transition to the University of The Bahamas - Aug 26, 2016 - 4:19:55 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – ‘The Road to University’ has begun at The College of The Bahamas (COB), with November 10, 2016 as the Charter Day on which COB will officially become the University of The Bahamas.

Education, Science & Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald announced the transition of The College of The Bahamas to the University of The Bahamas at a press conference, August 25, 2016 at the Harry C. Moore Library of COB. He pointed out that the road to university comprised a paradigm shift in the culture and fabric of the country in relation to tertiary education and national development as a whole -- an important step in the building of a more modern nation...

Bahamian Politics

Dr. Minnis: Prime Minister Defending His Secret Baha Mar Deal - Aug 26, 2016 - 4:00:07 PM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the Prime Minister defending the secret deal he made with the Chinese regarding Baha Mar:

“The Prime Minister has been in Parliament so long that he must think that he can now define words so that they can benefit him.  On Thursday, the Prime Minister claimed that there is no secrecy in the Baha Mar deal yet he had the courts seal the documents related to the deal so that Bahamians could not see them. That is right; he thinks that sealing documents does not make them secret.  Let me remind him that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of secret is ‘kept from knowledge or view’...

Sports

Bahamians Gardiner and Thomas Compete at Athletissima 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland - Aug 26, 2016 - 3:51:11 PM

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Two Bahamian athletes competed in the ‘Athletissima 2016’ meet in Lausanne, Switzerland held Thursday, 25 August, 2016 placing second and sixth in their events. Stephen Gardiner placed second in the men's 400 m while Donald Thomas placed sixth in the high jump.

Athletissima is an annual international competition sponsored by the IAAF Diamond League.

On hand to support the athletes were the Ambassador/Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to The United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Olympic Celebration Parade Postponed Due to Weather - Aug 26, 2016 - 3:47:53 PM

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture wishes to announce that due to the probability of a Tropical Storm affecting the Islands of the Bahamas the Float Parade scheduled for Saturday, 27th August 2016 in honour of Team Bahamas and our newest golden girl, Shaunae Miller, has been postponed until a later date.

The Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

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Heavy showers and thunderstorms to affect TCI and Southeast Bahamas this aftenroon - Aug 26, 2016 - 2:26:31 PM

The area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave between northeast Cuba and the Southeast Bahamas has become less organized and conditions less favorable for development over the next two days or so.

However, light to moderate rains with pockets of heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeast Bahamas this afternoon which includes Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Island; the Central Bahamas tonight and tomorrow which includes Exuma and its Cays, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, and Long Island...

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Flying Fish "Casual Sundays" is the place to be! - Aug 26, 2016 - 12:45:33 PM

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The patio of Flying Fish is THE place to be on Sunday nights in Freeport. Come out and enjoy "Flying Fish Casual Sundays" every Sunday evening from 5pm to enjoy the Bahamas' beautiful weather on the patio (weather permitting) along with great food and drink, with live entertainment.

Our bar menu will be available outside waterside all evening and happy hour specials run from 5pm-7pm. Make the best of the last day of the weekend by enjoying a casual atmosphere with great entertainment.  We have burgers, dips, sushi, oysters, wings, and more!

Check out the special menu offerings for Casual Sundays...

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Bahamas at 12U ITF/GSDF Caribbean Tennis Team Championships in Curacao - Aug 26, 2016 - 12:07:16 PM

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The  Bahamas has a tennis team participating in the 12U ITF/GSDF Caribbean Team Championships in Curacao.    The team consists of the Boys: Michael Major Jr. and Anthony Burrows Jr and on  the Girls' side, Genesis Missick of Freeport, Grand Bahama and Kaylee Kanuka.  Our team captain is  Coach Ricardo Demeritte. The competition's format is round-robin play in the qualifying round with both a singles and doubles match everyday.  .  The top three (3) nations in this tournament will advance to the Masters Event in Mexico in November.
 
This 12U Team Championships began in 2013.  In this year of introduction both our Boys' and Girls' Teams won the gold!  So far in tournament play the Boys Team of Anthony and Michael have advanced to the main draw with a win over Guyana 3-0...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

COB Students, Innovators to Play a Part in ‘Expo 2020’ - Aug 26, 2016 - 10:55:27 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has solicited the assistance of The College of The Bahamas and its students to produce an innovative construction design for The Bahamas’ Pavilion for the ‘World Expo 2020,’ which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), October 2020 – April 10, 2021.

For the first time in the history of the World Expo, countries will have independent national pavilions reflecting their distinctive cultures, national priorities and achievements, while showcasing how they are tackling current major challenges, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell said during a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Thursday, August 25, 2016...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Grand Bahama Price Control Inspections Conducted - Aug 26, 2016 - 10:14:46 AM

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Grand Bahama, The Bahamas - Members of the Price Control Commission visited eight stores in Grand Bahama on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24, and discovered six of them were in breach of selling Breadbasket Items over the maximum selling price.
      
Commission Chairman, E.J. Bowe, noted that the stores were in Freeport, Lucaya and Eight Mile Rock and the over-pricing ranged from one penny to $2.95. The items were: tomato paste, $0.34; sugar, $1.58; corned beef, $0.14; mayonnaise, $1.82; rice, $0.13; flour, $2.69; and cooking oil, $3.95...

News : Local

Sandals Job Fair Draws Hundreds, Number Of New Applicants Exceeds Former Staffers - Aug 26, 2016 - 6:12:34 AM

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More than 1,200 people turned out armed with resumes, smiles and hope during a four-day job fair aimed at filling 600 posts at Sandals Royal Bahamian.

“We were very pleased with the turn-out,” said Sandals Resorts International Director of Corporate Services Jeremy Jones. “We did see that there were more applicants the last two days than the first two which were reserved for former team members.”

The job fair, held at Christ the King Anglican Church Hall, Ridgeland, was held to pool the team that will be ready to deliver on the guests’ standards when the refurbished resort re-opens in mid-October. Earlier this month, in the absence of a collective bargaining agreement, Sandals Resorts advised said it had no choice but to terminate all existing staff members, pay them off fully and start all over again...

Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas

Cleaning the Fox Hill Community One Broom and One Rotarian At A Time - Aug 26, 2016 - 5:58:58 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas — Last Saturday residents in Fox Hill woke to news traveling through the streets to "come to the court for free food and brooms." Men, women, families, and children came to the Fox Hill basketball court and were greeted by Rotarians from The Rotary Club of East Nassau (RCEN).

RCEN had a large dumpster staged next to the courts available to residents who needed to clean out their yard. Hot breakfast was distributed to more than 200 people as well as 150 brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning liquid. Once the cleaning was complete the more energetic Rotarians had some fun on the courts playing ball...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

BTVI Breaks Ground For SMART Classroom Block - Aug 26, 2016 - 5:52:29 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has broken ground for a new wing on the school’s campus. A ceremony was held on Thursday, August 25, to commemorate the occasion. In attendance was Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald. The Minister said that he was excited to be a part of this latest development in the institute’s history.

“This is indeed a proud moment for our country,” said Minister Fitzgerald. “The expansion of this facility will raise the profile not only of the school but also the country...”

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CostRight Freeport & Nassau - Awesome WOW buys! - Aug 26, 2016 - 5:00:00 AM

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Bahamas Weather

NEMA continues to monitor the tropics; issues flood safety tips - Aug 26, 2016 - 12:56:38 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency continues to closely monitor the activities in the tropics, particularly the movements of a system projected to produce heavy rainfall across the Southeastern and Northern Bahamas.

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has advised that a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is moving through the Southeastern Bahamas producing gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall over the portions of the country during the next day or two, as an elongated upper trough extends across the Northern Bahamas...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Hurricane Shelter List for the 2016 Storm Season - Aug 25, 2016 - 11:10:52 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has released the official list of Hurricane Shelters for The Bahamas 2016 storm season.

NEMA has implemented an emergency warning system to better prepare and inform the public about a disaster about to impact the country.

NEMA follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which provide instructions for activation and the operations of the NEOC, amongst other things. Level I deals with monitoring the system and its projected path, which is 60 hours out. Operations Officer will monitor the progress and keep the Director of NEMA informed. Also, a green flag would be hoisted outside NEMA's office to indicate this level.

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Join Our Team: MERP Staff Accountant (4 Month Term)
Grand Bahama Minister meets Medical Executives
MERP Supports the Arts in Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama landlords updated on MERP housing requirements
Medical Education Review Program students enjoy local cuisine, beach and bonfire in Grand Bahama
MERP Employee Receives PRIDE Award
MERP students say, "Yes We Can" to the Grand Bahama Red Cross
DeVry Medical International’s MERP Supports the 2011 Conchman Triathlon
Ross University
DeVry Medical International Calls on Minister Darville
New MERP session underway at Ross Bahamas site
Ross University School of Medicine Expands Affiliation with Premier U.S. Teaching Hospitals
Ross University promotes Dr. George Lotocki to Director of the Medical Education Review Program
Dr. Thomas Shepherd to Retire as President of Ross University
Ross University fully transitions Medical Education Review Program (MERP) to Grand Bahama Island
Ross University Bahamas counselor leads seminar for GB Association of Social Workers
Two positions open at Ross University in Dominica
(VIDEO) Ross University Appoints Bahamian as new Executive Administrator
New session underway at Ross Bahamas Site
Focus on Fashion
Results of the Miss Bahamas Designer Showcase competition
Miss Bahamas Swimsuit, Top Model & Designer Showcase Highlights
The Bahamas Represents at Carib Style Week 2016
Bahari sponsors Miss World Bahamas Launch Party
Bahamas Fashion hits Facebook
Miss Bahamas Contestants Rock the Boat at the Yacht and Travel Show
Eymeric Francois: Midnight in Paris
Bahamian designer sends Michelle Obama local treasures
Inaugural Perth Eco Fashion Week Call for Designers
Fashion students gear up for Miss Bahamas contest
GBITTV
Events schedule from TheBahamasWeekly.com
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New Providence Events Calendar
Quote of the Week - Words Have Weight
PayPal now accepts Bahamian based credit cards
VAT Bahamas
VAT Taken Off Some Educational Fees
Department of Inland Revenue Urges Compliance on VAT Inclusive Pricing
The Department of Inland Revenue responds to Tribune Business Article on Tax Compliance Certificates
Global Blue Service Fee Payment Can Now Be Made Online‏
Suriname Delegates Visiting Bahamas on Fact-Finding Mission on VAT Implementation
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce meets with gov't to discuss business license requirements
Bahamas Business Licence Certification Requirement Notice
No Consideration to VAT Being Removed From Healthcare
Department of Inland Revenue Business License Payment Methods
Department of Inland Revenue Reissuance of Billings (Real Property Tax)
Health
Jupiter Medical Center Offers Advanced Imaging
Jupiter Medical Center – Health Care That’s Worth Going the Extra Mile
Top-tier Orthopedic Program at Jupiter Medical Center
New Technology Targets Tumors in Five Days or Less
Cutting Out Sugar Can Improve a Child’s Health in Just 10 Days
BTVI holds successful health and wellness fair
Processed Meat May Be Killing More Bahamians Than Crime
Scientists studying intensified vector control measures to combat Zika, dengue and chikungunya in the Americas
PAHO, laboratories set guidelines to identify, confirm Zika Virus
PAHO Director to brief ministers of health on microcephaly / Zika in the Americas
Opinions
Rick Lowe: Government Acting Immorally Over Tax Compliance Certificates
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas on the 2016 Bahamas Gender Equality Referendum
Op-Ed: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship through the Modernization of Government Services
Bahamas Olympic swimmer on the Gender Equality vote
Fred Smith: We Reap What We Sow
Top 3 Outlandish statements from Dame Sawyer that should really scare you
Terrance Gape: The Bridge to nowhere
Attorney Constance Mcdonald provides clarity on Gender Equality bills
What Does China Want From The Bahamas?
China's Growing Presence in The Bahamas