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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Qatar Ambassador Presents Letters of Credence to Bahamas Governor General - May 28, 2015 - 8:00:57 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas   -- His Excellency Rashid Mairza Mahmoud Al-Mulla, Ambassador-Designate of Qatar to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, presented his Letters of Credence to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, in a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, May 28, 2015...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Toxicologist in Nassau to support Rubis investigation - May 28, 2015 - 7:47:08 PM

Making good on the government’s promise to identify expert assistance to support its ongoing Rubis health investigations, Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez welcomed Netherlands born Toxicologist Dr. Rik Van de Weerdt to the team during a briefing session at the Ministry of Health today.

“I am pleased to note that a Toxicologist all the way from the Netherlands is here in The Bahamas to assist us in the issues surrounding the Rubis oil spill. The government is living up to its promises and we hope that we will be much better off as a ministry and a country as a result of these consultations” said the Health Minister...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Senate President Pays Respects to the Late Mizpah Tertullien, Former Senator - May 28, 2015 - 7:43:59 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – President of the Senate, Sen. The Hon. Sharon Wilson pays her respects during the Lying-in-State of Mrs. Mizpah Tertullien, MBE, Former Senator, on Thursday, May 28, at the Senate in Parliament Square.

The State-Recognized Funeral of Mrs. Tertullien will be held on Friday morning, May 29, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral...


BTC Flies the Flag on Haitian Flag Day - May 28, 2015 - 7:34:11 PM

Committee and BTC put on ‘Best Flag Day Yet’

Nassau, N.P. - Intermittent showers didn’t deter Haitians, Haitian-Bahamians, and culture enthusiasts from showing up in droves at the Botanical Gardens, Nassau, for the BTC Haitian Flag Day celebrations. Nearly 6,000 supporters clad in the red, blue, and white of the Haitian Flag, came to enjoy the party with entertainment, regional food choices and chances to win a variety of prizes.

The event was an ode to the blend of Haitian and Bahamian culture within the country’s ethnically Haitian communities. Classical Haitian dishes like the fried pork griot and the mackerel-stuffed dumplings called patae, could be found side-by-side with local favourites such as conch fritters and Bahamian baked macaroni...

News : International

Gina Rodgers Sealy calls on Bahamas Embassy in Washington - May 28, 2015 - 7:13:31 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Mrs. Gina Rodgers Sealy, daughter of the late Andre Rodgers, the first Bahamian to play professional baseball, presented copies of her acclaimed biographical documentary on her father, “Gentle Giant—The Andre Rodgers Story,” to His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Paulette Zonicle...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 7-Day Weather Forecast: May 28 - Jun 3 - May 28, 2015 - 6:31:39 PM


GENERAL SITUATION: High pressure system continues to dominate the weather across the islands today.

SPECIAL WARNING: Boaters and beachgoers should exercise extreme caution due to rough surf and dangerous Rip currents along the Northern and east coast beaches!

Thursday 28th – Partly sunny, warm and breezy today with the chance of a few showers; fair tonight. Maximum Temperature 87°F and Minimum Temperature 74°F. Small Craft Caution in effect. Winds NE – E 15-20 knots today, decreasing to 10-15 knots tonight. Seas 4-6 feet over the ocean, subsiding to 2-4 feet by nighttime.

Friday 29th – Partly sunny and warm with the chance of few spotty showers. Maximum Temperature 87°F and Minimum Temperature 74°F. Winds NE-E 10-15 knots. Seas 2-4 feet over the ocean...

News : Local

Bahamas Education advises on BJC Paper 2 Examination Security Breach - May 28, 2015 - 3:50:21 PM

Please be advised that the BJC English Language Paper 2 examination was compromised at one of the Examination Centers. This breach makes the present paper void. As a result, a new examination paper will be prepared and sent out for the examination.

The breach was due to the sitting of an examination before the authorized test date. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is working in concert with the Examination Centre to perform a more detailed investigation of the breach and will recommend an outcome based on those results. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology can assure the public that it takes very seriously any breach of security when it comes to our national examinations...

Community : Grand Bahama

Posh Paws Fashion Show a Pawsome Success - May 28, 2015 - 3:18:09 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - The weather, the setting, the music, the models, the food, the drink, the fashions, and of course the guests!  All came together perfectly for a beautiful, fun event last Saturday, May 25th at Count Basie Square in the Port Lucaya Marketplace.

195 guests, including residents and visitors alike, enjoyed the beverages provided by our sponsors at Sands Brewery, Bristol Wines & Spirits, ENTwineD, Caribbean Bottling Co., and Crown Ice.  A delicious variety of appetizers were provided by supporting Port Lucaya restaurants Molly Malone's, Le Med, Cafe Breezes, La Parilla, Zorba's, After Deck, Cappucino's, the Dive-In Bar and Pisces.

Columns : Letters to The Editor

Nat Cambridge responds to Fred Ferguson letter - May 28, 2015 - 2:17:02 PM

Dear Editor,

I'd like to respond to the recent letter by Fred Ferguson.  Let me begin by saying Mr. Ferguson, that I find it quite un-easing, the hasty and seeming uninformed or inadequately thought assertions and observations expressed in your recent assessment of the performances of Bahamian artists and entertainers during the recent Junkanoo Carnival.

I was initially appalled at your disdain and lack of respect for Bahamian entertainers and artists. But after some thought I came to realize that your statements are born out of a less nefarious mindset. That of lack of faith in, and understanding of the industry you are a leader in and have thrived on for many years ...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas Office Ventures to Oil Sands – Canada’s Most Lucrative Market - May 28, 2015 - 12:33:59 PM

Toronto - Leading a small group of Caribbean tourist office representatives, Steven Johnson, Senior Marketing Manager at the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO) Canada traveled almost 2,400 miles to Ft. McMurray in the Wood-Buffalo Region of Northern Alberta to promote The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Brainchild, of Mr. Johnson, the trip had been in the planning stages for close to a year, and is seen as an integral part of the Bahamas’ marketing strategy to attract high-value clients to the destination...

News : Grand Bahama

US Chargé d’Affaires Visits Grand Bahama Shipyard - May 28, 2015 - 12:26:49 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - While on a visit to Grand Bahama the US Chargé d’Affaires, Lisa Johnson, visited the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), one of the largest ship repair facilities in the region.  She took a tour of the facilities along with David Allen, US Embassy Political/Economic and Commercial Chief and were both given a presentation on the yard’s apprenticeship programme,  their community relations efforts as well as the company's development over the past 15 years. 

Pictured are (left to right) David Allen, Lisa Johnson, Carl Rotkirch, GBS Chairman/CEO and Reuben Byrd, GBS Chief Operation Officer...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Grand Bahama student Samaiya Lundy brings home top honours - May 28, 2015 - 11:17:40 AM

Freeport, Bahamas – The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, was at Grand Bahama International Airport on Sunday to welcome home Samaiya Lundy, the 2015 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year, along with other students who participated in the completion held last weekend.

Samaiya, a student of Sunland Baptist Academy, was also welcomed by her parents, Mark and Shantell Lundy; the school's benefactor, Bishop Godfrey Williams; the school's principal, Myrton King; coach, Bonnie Basden and teacher, Denise Minnis...


The Bahamas Weekly FREE Summer Camp Directory 2015 - May 28, 2015 - 11:15:23 AM

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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Potter’s Cay Dock Trees Pruned to Allow For New Parking Lot Development - May 28, 2015 - 10:53:21 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The pruning of trees at the southern foreshore of Potter’s Cay Dock has been completed in preparation for their removal: once the trees have been removed work can begin on creating a parking lot for patrons of the vendors on the dock.

Tree pruning is a programme of the first phase of re-development of the eastern end of Potter’s Cay Dock.

The Government has allocated $3,122,989.00 for the re-development project, which is going to take place in three phases. It is a product of private and public sector involvement with many of the ideas for the re-development coming from the mailboat operators and various governmental agencies...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Thursday, May 28 - May 28, 2015 - 10:31:10 AM

Forecast for the bahamas for today and tonight, Thursday 28th May 2015.

General situation: High pressure continues to dominate weather across the islands today.

Special warnings: Mariners and beachgoers should continue to exercise caution due to the risk of dangerous rip currents.

Weather: Partly sunny, warm and breezy today with the chance of a few passing showers…turning mainly fair tonight...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Prime Minister Christie Addresses the Opening of the 80th Baptist Convention‏ - May 28, 2015 - 10:29:30 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister, brought Greetings at the opening of the 80th Annual Session of the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention on Tuesday, May 26, at the William Thompson Auditorium.

The theme of the convention was “In Step with the Spirit.”...

Community : Grand Bahama

Freeport High 50th Anniversary Gospel Concert & Honour Ceremony‏ - May 28, 2015 - 10:23:41 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Photo of alumni of Freeport High School/Bishop Michael Eldon School honoured at the school's 50th anniversary, Golden Jubilee Concert, this past Sunday, May 03, 2015 at BMES auditorium. Honorees seen here along with Patron of the event Venerable Harry Bain and his wife Mrs. Ann Bain (front Centre) and Mr. David Wallace, President of the Alumni Association (far right).

Honourees included: Rev. Adrian Bethel, Dr. Kevin Bethel, Pauline Cooper-Nairn,
A. Bernard (Bernie) Davis, Ginger Davis-Moxey...

Community : Grand Bahama

B.U.T. Status of Women Honours 5 Grand Bahama Teachers - May 28, 2015 - 8:53:56 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - As introduced and read by the speaker:

These are phenomenal women. Their smile, their grace, their commitment and dedication to education and unionism have brought us here today in their honor to recognize and pay tribute to them.

In our lineup today we have some gentle, mild mannered women who despite their demeanor have put up a good fight in education. The first woman that we want to pay homage to today is Mrs. Cheryl Marshall Campbell
(not in photos). Mrs. Campbell was born in Nassau to the late Harriet Clarke and Alphonso Marshall...

Sales & Promotions : Sawyer's Fresh Market, Freeport

Don't miss Sawyer's Fresh Market Save a Lot food stores May VAT Relief Sale - May 28th - June 15th - May 28, 2015 - 7:41:43 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Shop at Sawyer's Fresh Market Save a Lot food stores on Oak Street and watch your grocery bill get lower!

May VAT relief Sale! Simply Smarter shopping!

All prices effective Thursday, May 28th to Monday, June 15th 2015, While Supplies last!

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas PM Presents Budget Communication 2015-2016 (Pdf attachment) - May 27, 2015 - 5:25:21 PM

Mr. Speaker, this Budget is faithful to the reform plan for a stronger Bahamas that my Government has been pursuing since our present mandate began. Our plan is working. This Budget builds further on that plan.

We have, for instance, succeeded in achieving a dramatic turnaround in the state of our public finances. The GFS Deficit this fiscal year is now estimated at $198 million, as compared to the $539 million Deficit that resulted from the fiscal structure that we inherited in 2012/13. That is a reduction in the Deficit of $342 million...


CCE, "Mixed signals undermining integrity of Government’s Commitment to Equality" - May 27, 2015 - 4:17:10 PM

Nassau, New Providence - As violence against women continues to escalate in the Bahamas, Citizens for Constitutional Equality (CCE) call on the government to make a decision on the pending Constitutional Referendum, and remove all uncertainty over the Country’s position on constitutional equality and nondiscrimination against men and women on the basis of sex. Both the call of history and the demands of justice require an end to this discrimination, and for the granting of access to the full fruits of freedom and equality for all.

The Government’s mixed signals are creating confusion and distrust, showing disregard for the thousands of Bahamians who stand ready to vote in support of equality, not to mention the Bahamians whose lives hang in the balance, questioning whether their hope for change is false...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Historic Contract Signed For Management of National Stadium - May 27, 2015 - 3:57:58 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas signed a historical contract with AEG, one of the world’s leading sporting and entertainment presenters, for the management of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Friday, May 22, 2015.  The company has a worldwide presence and manages venues in the United States and globally. The contract signing ceremony was held at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said that the contract signals a ‘brand new day’ for the country...


Tapping into funding: BSGC President encourages Eleutherans to explore venture funding‏ - May 27, 2015 - 3:51:24 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - With a lack of available sources for capital funding, entrepreneurs attending the third annual Eleuthera Business Outlook seminar were encouraged to dive into the venture funding pool.
The endorsement came from 28-year-old Bahamas Striping Group of Companies President, Atario Mitchell, who successfully captured the interest of the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund Ltd., obtaining $200,000 to help complete the company’s headquarters...

News : New Providence

U.S. Embassy Honors Fallen Heroes with a Wreath Laying Ceremony - May 27, 2015 - 3:30:42 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday, May 25th, the United States Embassy commemorated Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans. The solemn tribute was held at the site of the Memorial to Patrol Squad 23 to commemorate the 10 U.S. crew members who lost their lives during a fateful training mission off the coast of Nassau on May 7th, 1954. The VP-23 Squadron members that died in the plane crash included William Martin, Leland Osborn, John Tinney, John Holle, Joseph Kiliszewski, Franz Nelson, Thomas Caylor, Gerald Lepard, Albert Olson and Fred Sparks...

News : Grand Bahama

Licencees to Join Grand Bahama Port Authority at IFE New York Event - May 27, 2015 - 3:25:29 PM

With less than 4-weeks before the start of the International Franchise Expo (IFE), in New York City, licencees of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) have demonstrated a keen interest in participating in the exciting event where the Invest Grand Bahama Promotional Unit (IGB) will be an exhibitor.

Port executives, Deann Seymour, CFO and Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development, made the grand announcement at a Customer Service Training workshop hosted by GBPA’s Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau back in April. The random prize drawing gave one GBPA licencee an all-expense paid trip to New York City, to attend the IFE tradeshow, June 18th – 20th...

Bahamian Politics

Roberts: Minnis on wrong side of history yet again on NHI - May 27, 2015 - 11:55:10 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Bradley B. Roberts, National Chairman, Progressive Liberal Party:

That familiar FNM refrain of oppose and delay, reprobate and approbate is stale and rings hollow and after forty years of the same old tune is simply tiresome. Such was the case this morning in one of the dailies when Dr. Minnis called for yet another delay in the implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI).

The FNM claimed to support independence, but not in 1973; they thought the country was not ready for the College of The Bahamas in 1974; wrongly predicted economic catastrophe with National Insurance; they opposed ZNS national television; they said no to the Royal Bahamas Defense Force in 1979; opposed Bahamianization

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Launch of San Salvador Urban Renewal Marching Band - May 27, 2015 - 11:42:15 AM

COCKBURN TOWN, San Salvador -- Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Works and Urban Development, and MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador the Hon. Philip Davis was the keynote speaker at the Official Launch of the San Salvador Urban Renewal Marching Band on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Idella Jones Community Centre, Cockburn Town, San Salvador.

Also in attendance were: Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville...

News : International : Caribbean News

Quotable Caribbean: Dr. Devi Shetty, Usain Bolt, Freundel Stuart, and more... - May 27, 2015 - 11:24:09 AM

"JCI's (Joint Commission International) endorsement of our state-of-the-art clinical facilities and of the medical treatment provided by Health City (Cayman Islands) gives us expanded credibility around the world." - Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder, Health City Cayman Islands/ Chairman, Narayana Health

"We believe it is fitting to unite Caribbean stakeholders in the celebration of an important month (National Caribbean-American Heritage Month) for the millions of people of Caribbean ancestry living in the Diaspora." - Mark Walton, President of Sales & Marketing, One Caribbean Television

News : Local

Bahamas Insurance Association responds to Minister Gibson - May 27, 2015 - 11:17:43 AM

(Statement) Labour Minister Shane Gibson’s recent attempt to bash the private sector for its good-faith effort to contribute to the achievement of universal health coverage was both unhelpful and unfriendly.

On top of that, his comments are just plain wrong - and he should be in a position to know better. The insurance industry believes, as do many others, that universal health coverage is a necessity and Bahamians should not have to suffer financial hardship to pay for healthcare.

The question for us is not ‘if' universal healthcare should be implemented, the question is ‘how'. The smart thing to do would be to work together to develop the best, most affordable, and least disruptive plan to achieve that goal...

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