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Hyo Joo Kim Prepares to Defend Title at Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic - Jan 24, 2017 - 8:02:53 PM

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Hyo Joo Kim is excited to return to defend her title in the fifth edition of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, but the early-week windy conditions are giving her pause for concern as she gears up for the first event of the 2017 season on the LPGA.

Kim, 21, of Wonju, South Korea, fired a closing 7-under-par 66 at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Resort last year to beat the 2015 champion, Sei Young Kim, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis by two strokes for her third LPGA title. Kim is coming off a win in December at the Hyundai China Ladies Open, her third victory in that event...

News : Grand Bahama

GBPA & Indiegogo to Host Crowdfunding Workshop - Jan 24, 2017 - 7:19:08 PM

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Local entrepreneurs contribute to the island’s economic vibrancy and are gearing up to grow their businesses through crowdfunding in the global marketplace.

The 2017 Small Business Fair and Training Workshop hosted by the Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), is an annual event, that to-date has approximately 100-registered participants.  These business owners represent a cross section of small, medium and large sized enterprises ready to explore topics to diversify, innovate and grow both locally and globally.  According to President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Ian Rolle, “This year’s training workshop for our licensees and members of the general public is geared toward promoting their goods and services around the world through crowdfunding.”

News : International

Intl. Women's Peace Group calls on Dr. Rahming - Jan 24, 2017 - 5:38:38 PM

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Representatives from the International Women's Peace Group (IWPG) and the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) called on His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organization of American States, on Tuesday, January 24, to discuss efforts aimed at achieving world peace and the cessation of war.

Particular focus was placed on potential collaboration on peace education as a means to empower and protect the youth from the threat of conflict...

Community

Bahamian Icon Awards announce ALIV as 2017 title sponsor - Jan 24, 2017 - 4:00:45 PM

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The organizing committee of the fifth annual Bahamian Icon Awards is pleased to announce that we have formed a strategic partnership with ALIV, the country’s newest, dynamic telecommunications company. The three-year Title Sponsorship agreement coincides with the 5th Anniversary of the program that honours excellence and achievement in Bahamian Communities.

It also represents an opportunity to expand the Icon brand in ways that provide additional value to the nominee, participant and viewer experience and it continues to foster ALIV’s connection and commitment to the country’s growth and development. Since its inception in 2013, 243 persons have been honoured with a Bahamian Icon Award Nomination, and the statue has been awarded to 51 outstanding citizens from across the country...

News : International : Caribbean News

CRFM and fisheries powerhouse, Norway, launch fact-finding mission - Jan 24, 2017 - 3:57:42 PM

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Government of Norway have launched a two-week mission to explore the development of a regional technical assistance project to be funded by Norway. The project would support the region’s fisheries and aquaculture sector by strengthening evidence-based management.

Dr. Åge Høines, Senior Scientist, Institute of Marine Research, Norway; and Dr. Johán Williams, Specialist Director, Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, began meeting on Monday, January 16...

Entertainment

89th Oscars® Nominations Announced: La La Land takes 14 - Jan 24, 2017 - 2:53:10 PM

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Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards® nominations today (January 24).

This year’s nominations were announced in a pre-taped video package at 5:18 a.m. PT via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and the Academy’s digital platforms; a satellite feed and broadcast media...

Community : Service Organizations

GGYA kicks off 30th anniversary with a church service - Jan 24, 2017 - 1:10:42 PM
 
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The country’s premier youth achievement programme, the Governor General’s Youth Award kicked off its Pearl Anniversary with a church service Sunday, January 22, at Christ Church Cathedral on George Street.
 
A select group of 30, comprised of members of the board, management council, volunteers and participants of the 30-year-old programme were in attendance.
 
A prevention programme for youths, GGYA has helped to transform the lives of 10,000 participants since its launch in 1987...

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)

Brennen-Haylock calls on OAS Assistant-Secretary General - Jan 24, 2017 - 1:04:03 PM

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Washington, D.C. - Mrs. Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs, paid a courtesy call on Organization of American States (OAS) Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez on Monday, January 23, 2017, at the OAS main building, 17th Street and Constitution Ave., N.W...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Man shot dead in front of home in Kennedy Subdivision - Jan 24, 2017 - 12:19:13 PM

The police are appealing to the public for information to assist in their investigations into a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Monday 23rd January 2017.

Reports are that shortly after 9:00pm, a man was standing in front of a home located at Kennedy Subdivision, when two men armed with handguns approached and shot him before fleeing in a dark coloured vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Commemorative Launch of The Bahamas National Heroes Park - Jan 24, 2017 - 12:08:11 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – A Commemorative Launch of the Bahamas National Heroes Park was held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday afternoon, January 22, 2017, with keynote address by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, and attendance by public officials, Canon Sebastian Campbell, and members of the community...

Sports

Pair tie at 71 amid windy conditions at Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic - Jan 24, 2017 - 12:02:37 PM

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Battling winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour, Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark and Anne Catherine Tanguay of Quebec, Canada, each shot a 2-under 71 Monday and earned the two qualifying berths for this week’s Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. They finished one stroke ahead of Emily Tubert of the United States in the field of 29 players.

Raquel Riley of The Bahamas, who competed in the 2015 edition of the season opener on the LPGA, shot 81 at the wind-whipped Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Resort. Heavy rains also hampered the qualifier, which was suspended for 2 hours, 40 minutes because of dangerous weather conditions...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Husband, wife and son to appear in court today on firearm charges - Jan 24, 2017 - 11:58:52 AM

A husband and wife along with their adult son will appear in court today (Tuesday 24th January 2017) at 12:00noon to be formally charged with Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition.

The trio were arrested shortly before 8:00pm on Sunday 22nd January 2017, when a team of DEU officers executed a search warrant at their Soldier Road home and uncovered a 9 – millimeter pistol along with just over $6,000 in cash believed to be the proceeds of crime.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Nassau police seek suspects after 4 armed robberies - Drugs seized - Jan 24, 2017 - 11:48:09 AM

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspects responsible for four separate armed robberies that occurred on Monday 23rd January 2017.

In the first incident, shortly before 11:00am, a man had just walked out of a bank in the Harbour Bay Shopping Center, when a man armed with a handgun approached and robbed him of a large amount of cash before fleeing in a grey Odyssey vehicle driven by another man.

In the second incident, shortly after 7:00pm, a man had just pulled up in his Honda vehicle at his home located in Dignity Gardens, when two males armed with a handgun approached and robbed him of a gold chain and his red Honda vehicle before speeding off...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie reports on the Bahamas' social and economic well-being - Jan 24, 2017 - 11:46:21 AM

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It is once again an honour to have been invited to speak at this 26th Annual Bahamas Business Outlook and to give a report on the nation’s social and economic well-being. The Bahamian economy is steadily improving and poised to benefit from the completion and opening of the mega Baha Mar Resort project on Cable Beach. The property has gone through provisional liquidation receivership, with additional financing by the Export Import Bank of China at my Government’s request, and has now been sold to new owners in proceedings and arrangements which have been sanctioned by the Bahamas Supreme Court.

The Government was also able to ensure payment of unsecured Bahamian creditors and certain debts owed to former employees and the Government, which were the obligations of the previous developer...

Bahamian Politics

Youri Kemp: The PLPs Alternative Employment Numbers - Jan 24, 2017 - 11:46:06 AM

Coming up to the Progressive Liberal Party Convention, you are going to hear some strange things come out of PLP politician’s mouths. You will hear things you never heard before, never had imagined was happening and the most unbelievable claims from amazing people with a penchant for crafting stories into what we would term their interpretive dances.

None more strange and curious than the Prime Minister’s claims that his party created some 32, 000 (est) jobs between 2012 and 2016, a claim made at a National Prayer Breakfast, of all places; and on a property, The Melia Resort, that lost jobs due to the PLP’s ineptitude in handling The Baha Mar scandal and subsequent fiasco...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-day weather starting Tuesday, January 24 - Jan 24, 2017 - 11:24:10 AM

This is a the Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight, Tuesday 24th January 2017.

General situation: A strong cold front in the vicinity of the Central and Southeast Bahamas will move quickly southeastward accompanied by a large area of near gale to gale force winds ahead and behind of the front through today.

Special warnings: Boaters are asked to remain in port and swimmers out of the water due to very rough surf conditions and the high risk of rip currents...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas on Track to Implement Common Reporting Standard (CRS) - Jan 24, 2017 - 11:07:46 AM

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The Bahamas has taken many steps to comply with global standards in the financial services sector. One such step is the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). The Common Reporting Standard (CRS), developed in response to the G20 request and approved by the OECD Council on 15 July 2014, calls on jurisdictions to obtain information from their financial institutions and automatically exchange that information with other jurisdictions on an annual basis.

During a luncheon of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) held at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday, January 19, 2017 Minister of Financial Services and Local Government, the Hon. Hope Strachan spoke of recent efforts to implement the standard in the sector...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

AG Discusses ‘Importance of Legislation’ at Financial Sector Briefing - Jan 24, 2017 - 10:58:55 AM

The Attorney General remarked that the successful enactment of the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information Act (2016), affirms the Government’s commitment to meeting the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Common Reporting Standard (CRS). She explained that the Act provides for the implementation of the CRS, which was approved by the OECD in 2014 for the automatic exchange of financial information in tax matters.

“Through the collaborative work efforts of the Office of the Attorney General, the Ministry of Financial Services, the Ministry of Finance, the Bahamas Financial Services Board, international legal counsel and other members of the financial services industry, and a deep level of commitment from all involved, we were able to do this in a relatively short period of time...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands

Motorcyclist dies following crash in Andros - Jan 24, 2017 - 10:16:56 AM

Police in Andros are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man following a motorcycle accident that occurred on Monday 23rd January 2017.

Reports are that shortly after 3:00pm, a man was riding his Honda motorcycle at the junction of Lowe Sound and Morgan’s Bluff, when he lost control and crashed into a tree. The man succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

Sports

LPGA Tournament underway at Ocean Club after comeback from Hurricane Matthew - Jan 24, 2017 - 9:51:42 AM

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Preparations for the 2017 LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic at Ocean Club Golf Course taking place from January 23rd through 29th went “really well” according to golf course manager Robbie Leming.

“Our staff has been doing a tremendous job ensuring that the course is ready for the type of competitive play synonymous with LPGA… The greens look great! You wouldn’t even know that hurricane Matthew happened,” says Leming...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Fort Fincastle to be restored and marketed as a heritage park - Jan 24, 2017 - 9:28:59 AM

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Fort Fincastle, the Water Tower, and the Queen’s Staircase are all pillars of Bahamian history and will have a massive upgrade over the next few months to breathe life into the country’s most visited tourist attraction.

The plans for the new and improved fort include a restoration of the water tower, cleanup of the surrounding areas, acquisition and lease of neighboring properties, a commercialized restaurant, proposals to terrace the area, as well as improved parking and exhibition opportunities...

Community

Cape Eleuthera Island School connects youth and the environment - Jan 24, 2017 - 9:14:58 AM

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Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholar (BESS) Andrieka Burrows participated in a three-day kayak and eight day sailing trip around southern Eleuthera. These are just some of the exciting events students experience during their semester at the Cape Eleuthera Island School.

Photos enclosed...

News : International : Caribbean News

Saint Lucia Readies for VAT Reduction - Jan 24, 2017 - 1:50:54 AM

As such, all VAT registered businesses are required to make the necessary adjustments to their point of sale systems to reflect this reduction in the VAT Rate.
 
The Comptroller, Mrs. Sophia Henry encourages business owners to ensure that this
adjustment takes effect from midnight January 31 2017...  

Sports

Bahamas invited to Junior Women's Softball World Championships - Jan 24, 2017 - 12:33:23 AM

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The Bahamas has been invited to participate in the Junior Women's Softball World Championships, July 23-30, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida.

We are in the process of selecting young ladies to participate on the Bahamas 19U National Softball Team.

Interested persons are asked to attend practice sessions on Tuesday January 24th and Thursday January 26th at 7pm at the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) fields..

Sports

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic events tee off with Junior Clinic - Jan 23, 2017 - 9:45:48 PM

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Admission is free to all spectators...


With the official start of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic just a few days away, some players have already gotten in the swing of things with the Bahamas Golf Federation’s Junior Clinic.

The clinic, which was held on Saturday at the Blue Hills Driving Range, is one of Pure Silk's pre-tournament events. Over 20 kids ranging from the ages of 5-14 participated in the exciting golf clinic.

Instructors included Bahamian professional golfer, Georgette Rolle and American professional golfers Casey Grice and Regina Plasencia...

News : Local

Basil Smith Joins The Association Of Bahamas Marinas - Jan 23, 2017 - 9:29:10 PM

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Veteran tourism consultant, Basil H. Smith is to become be the new executive director of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM), taking over from marketing consultant, Bob Bower, who has served as executive director of the association for the past two years.

Formerly known as the Marina Operators of The Bahamas (MOB), the association was recently renamed and rebranded as the ABM.

A statement issued by the association’s executive committee said, "The ABM is extremely fortunate to acquire Basil who brings a rare level of acumen...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie Updates Business Community on Foreign Investment Projects - Jan 23, 2017 - 7:15:49 PM

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Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie told businesspersons and stakeholders attending Bahamas Business Outlook at Melia Nassau Beach Resort that that the remobilization of the Baha Mar Resort is well underway and the project will open in phases with the golf course, convention centre, casino and hotel in a soft opening by April.

"It is my understanding that since the announcement, Baha Mar’s website has received over 20,000 views and 5,000 job applications have already been received for the 1500 positions now available, with several thousand more positions coming on stream by year end, when the project is fully completed," Prime Minister Christie said, January 23, 2017.

Community : Grand Bahama

Jill Bradley retires from Bradford Marine Bahamas after 17 years - Jan 23, 2017 - 4:09:22 PM

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Jill Bradley retires as office manager from Bradford Marine after 17 years of dedicated service at the Freeport, Grand Bahama location. Jill started with Bradford Marine in September 1999 as the assistant office manager and within a year she was promoted to office manager. Over the years, Jill watched as key members of the Bahamas team blossomed and welcomed new additions. “We have formed a really cohesive team, I’m proud of how Bradford has grown as a company and how we have expanded to include 90% local employees, it’s really a huge achievement” she added.

Jill joined Bradford within the first few years of Bradford Marine’s 47-acre shipyard in Freeport. She recalls founder, Dieter Cosman, fondly “Mr. Cosman was a sweetheart, I remember when we were setting up an office for him and all he requested was a small wooden table and a telephone...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Maynard-Gibson Remarks at Official Opening of Office of the Public Defender - Jan 23, 2017 - 2:21:42 PM

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Introduction of The Rt. Honourable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance by Senator, the Hon. Z. C. Allyson Maynard Gibson QC Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs at The Official Opening Ceremony of the Office of the Public Defender Bay & Virginia Street 19th January, 2017 At 3:00p.m:

Greetings – Acknowledgements of those present -
Sir Hartman Longley, KT, Chief Justice...

Almost 5 years ago the Prime Minister issued what was called the only comprehensive crime fighting plan ever made in The Bahamas – Project Safe Bahamas. It was a plan that focused at the same time on prevention, rehabilitation and detection and prosecution.

As we review the past 5 years evidence shows that there has been success - movement in the right direction - in each of these areas...

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VAT Filing & Payment Deadline Changes
VAT: Request for Filing Extensions after Hurricane Matthew
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
Health
Princess Margaret Hospital’s Eye Care Clinic Relocates
IHIMS to Promote Greater Healthcare Efficiency / Effectiveness
Healthcare Partnership to Advance Bahamas Pediatric Research
Ministers of Health to discuss actions to improve health in the Region
Bahamas Sickle Cell Association Open for Online Registration
Solomon’s Lucaya Sees Success With In Store Health Seminar
Bahamas Ministry of Health: Zika Update #3
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
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