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Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast for Thurs. Jan. 17th - Jan 17, 2019 - 10:00:05 AM


This is the Bahamas 3 day public forecast for today and tonight, Thursday 17th January 2019

General situation: A frontal trough in the vicinity of the Central and Southeast Bahamas will continue to dissipate as a high pressure ridge North of the area gradually builds today.

Special warnings: Beachgoers should continue to exercise caution due to the risk of rip currents at North and east coast beaches...

Community

Junior Chef Apprentice Program Launched - Jan 17, 2019 - 9:30:04 AM


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An apprenticeship program designed to help aspiring young chefs achieve their goals was recently launched by twins Rico and Ricah Neely. Although they are just fresh out of high school themselves, they know that there are limited opportunities available for students, and they wanted to create more in a field for which they are passionate about.

Rico is already an award-winning chef studying in New York City, and Ricah is at the University of the Bahamas pursuing a marketing degree, while already practicing in the field. Together, they came up with the Queen Esther foundation, named after their departed grandmother, well-known Elisabeth Estates community leader Esther Neely-Brown...

Community : Service Organizations : GB Chamber of Commerce

GB Chamber of Commerce Installs 2019 Executive Board - Jan 17, 2019 - 8:00:16 AM


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The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) will officially welcome the 2019 Executive Board at their Annual Installation Ceremony on Friday, January 18th, at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport.  Minister of Finance, Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and former President of The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce will be the guest speaker and will help induct the board.

The twelve new Board members were elected during the Chamber’s annual elections in November 2018...

Sports

Callaway becomes Official Partner to the European Tour - Jan 17, 2019 - 7:08:12 AM


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The European Tour has announced Callaway, the leading golf brand, as an Official Partner for the next five years.

Within this wide-reaching agreement across the family of Callaway owned brands, Callaway becomes the official driver, golf ball, shoe and golf bag brand of the Europe Tour; Odyssey and OGIO become the official putter and luggage brands respectively; and Callaway Apparel, plus the ‘new to Europe’ Travis Mathew brand, will be the official on-course apparel of the European Tour...

News : International : Caribbean News

Outsource to The Caribbean Conference to take place in Curaçao in May 2019 - Jan 17, 2019 - 6:49:17 AM


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The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion agencies (CAIPA), has set its sights once again on increasing its share of the growing US$140 billion outsourcing industry, with the hosting of the biennial Outsource to the Caribbean Conference (OCC2019)  in Curaçao during the period 6-10th May 2019. The event is expected to attract over 300 business process outsourcing (BPO) industry leaders from the Caribbean, Mexico, Colombia, the USA, the Netherlands and Canada, which are the target markets for the event this year...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Parliamentarians Open the New Year In Worship - Jan 16, 2019 - 8:33:33 PM


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Members of Parliament, along with senior government officials, gathered at Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church for a religious service to celebrate the New Year. The ceremonies were held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 under the theme, ‘Moving from Good to Great.’

Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. D. Halson Moultrie, read a passage from the Old Testament.  Vice-President of the Senate, the Hon. Mildred Hall-Watson, read a passage from the New Testament.

Apostle Delton Fernander, President of the Bahamas Christian Council, delivered the Sermon, which focused on the life of Nehemiah...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Statement by Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell - Jan 16, 2019 - 8:30:27 PM


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I am humbled at the opportunity to speak to mothers, fathers, women and girls, victims of rape, abuse and violence, and anyone else who may have been offended by a video recording of me that is in circulation.

I apologize for what seemed to be insensitive as I responded to media personnel. I was merely trying to avoid what appeared to be encroaching on another Minister’s portfolio.

I am fully aware of the duties and core functions of the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development which includes, but is not limited to, food assistance, shelter for all victims...

Sales & Promotions

Make your Friday Night Sizzle at Portobellos - Jan 16, 2019 - 8:30:24 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Kick-start your weekend by joining us at Portobellos for a buffet every Friday night for authentic island  flavors and classic Bahamian cuisine.

Choose from our extensive menu selections while enjoying live entertainment at Grand Lucayan’s Friday Night Buffet.

Every Friday from 6pm-10pm | Contact 242-373-1333 for further information...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Plans for 2019 Junior Junkanoo Parade Announced - Jan 16, 2019 - 7:03:56 PM


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The Junior Junkanoo Parade for 2019 promises to be the most exciting ever.

Eighteen schools from New Providence, along with Tarpum Bay Primary and the South Andros District representing the Family Islands, have enrolled in the parade to be held on Bay Street, Thursday, January 31st, 2019 beginning at 6 pm.

Acting Permanent Secretary, Rhoda Jackson, announced plans for the national cultural event at a press briefing, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in the conference room of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC). The theme for the 2019 parade is “Education is Key”...

Community : Grand Bahama

GE & Dolly Madison Appliance winners announced - Jan 16, 2019 - 5:58:43 PM


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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Dolly Madison Home Center and GE Appliances teamed together December 19th, 2018 during the Island’s biggest sale of the year, The Early Bird Christmas Sale to giveaway GE appliances to five lucky shoppers. The winners were; Jackie Russell (Fridge), Leona Coakley (Microwave), Jewel Pratt (Electric Range), Sannado Bartlett (Freezer) and Derek Nesbitt (Microwave). Vouchers were presented on January 7, 2019. GE and Dolly Madison send hearty congrats to the winners.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources on the Passing of Mr. Eleazor Johnson - Jan 16, 2019 - 5:27:46 PM


I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family of the late Eleazor “Barber J” Johnson on his untimely passing.  Both the sailing community and the wider society are no doubt saddened by the unfortunate news.

Eleazor Johnson can be credited as one of the persons who brought a lot of flair and energy to the sport of sloop sailing.  He was among the first boat owners to utilize the media to promote not only his boat, the ‘Lady Natalie’ in particular, but also the various regattas in which he participated.  He was famous for laying down challenges to fellow owners and sailors.  This led to the formation of the St. Valentine’s Day “Catch Me if You Can” Regatta held annually at Montagu Bay...

News : International : Caribbean News

Joe Boschulte nominated as U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Commissioner - Jan 16, 2019 - 5:00:45 PM


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Joe Boschulte, a U.S. Virgin Islands businessperson and tourism specialist, has been nominated as Commissioner for the Department of Tourism.

At a press conference Tuesday, Virgin Islands Governor Albert A. Bryan, Jr. appointed Boschulte to lead the Territory's major economic driver.
 
Boschulte brings to the tourism department vast experience in business and in government as well as a track record of improving organizational performance and growth...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Ophelia Munnings Turned 100 today and received a visit from the Governor General of The Bahamas - Jan 16, 2019 - 3:30:20 PM


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Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, visited centenarian Ophelia Munnings at her Blue Hill Estates home today, January 16, 2019 as she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

International Methodist Conference Delegates call on Governor General of The Bahamas - Jan 16, 2019 - 2:31:01 PM


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Delegates of the 207th Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas paid a courtesy call upon Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

Sales & Promotions

Stay at Castaways Resorts & Suites for our Special Bahamian rate & enter to win a FREE Cruise - Jan 16, 2019 - 1:30:55 PM


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Stay at Castaways Resorts & Suites for only $115 per night Based on Double Occupancy only & enter to win a FREE Cruise

Purchase our Bahamian Promo Room rate, of $115.00 and you’re automatically entered for a chance to win a round trip ticket for 2 adults onboard Celebration Cruise to West Palm Beach. Winner pays Port fees. Sponsored by JAG’s. For  reservations call 352-6682...

Columns : Letters to The Editor

Equality Bahamas on Minister's refusal to address increase in rape - Jan 16, 2019 - 12:54:48 PM

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"On Tuesday, Minister of Social Services and Community Development refused to answer questions about the increase in rape from 2017 to 2018 because, according to him, that is not his lane. It is unfortunate and unacceptable that the minister chose to put distance between his portfolio and the pervasive issue of rape. Rape disproportionately affects women and girls who should be prioritized by the Department of Gender and Family Affairs which is under the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development.

The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development exists to address the needs of vulnerable populations. These are not limited to people living in poverty or the provision of food subsidies. The Ministry is not just for 'poor people who need food...' "

News : New Providence

Doctors Hospital welcomes first babies of 2019 - Jan 16, 2019 - 11:34:06 AM


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Doctors Hospital celebrated the promise of a new  year by proudly welcoming two precious new lives into the world. Through its  partnership with Lowe’s Wholesale Drug Agencies, Ltd., Doctors Hospital  presented the first baby girl and baby boy of 2019 with special gift baskets  overflowing with baby products from Johnson’s and Lullaby brands.

On January 2nd, Miranda and Damaine Pratt of Abaco were thrilled to  welcome their daughter, Ariya Monae Pratt, into the world. The couple eagerly  shared their experience at Doctors Hospital. Mrs. Pratt noted, “It was truly a  stress-free stay...

Community

UBFIT Grand Bahama Encourages Healthy Movement - Jan 16, 2019 - 9:25:57 AM


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Hundreds of participants are expected to participate in the 2nd UBFIT Fun Run Walk Bike Skate 5K/10K in Grand Bahama scheduled for Saturday, 2nd February 2019. Members of the planning committee shared the details at a press conference held on Tuesday, 8th January.

UB-North Vice President Dr. Ian Strachan, UBFIT GB Committee Chair Ms. Keturah Babb along with UBFIT committee members as well as Gold Sponsor Generali Worldwide Account Executive Antonise Seymour and Keep It Clean & Cardio Blast Fitness Manager Tarentee Laing encouraged Grand Bahamians to participate and adopt a healthier lifestyle...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Police investigates armed robbery - Illegal ammunition seized - Firearm and dangerous drugs recovered - Jan 16, 2019 - 7:30:40 AM


Police investigates armed robbery: Police on the Island of New Providence are searching for two men responsible for an armed robbery which occurred Wednesday, 16th January, 2019...

Illegal ammunition seized, 1 adut male in custody: An adult male was taken into custody following the seizure of a quantity of illegal ammunition Tuesday, 15th January, 2019...

Firearm and dangerous drugs recovered: Police have recovered from the streets of New Providence, an unlicensed firearm and a small quantity of suspected marijuana Wednesday, 16th January, 2019...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Minnis met with Director General of the Directorate Generale for Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission - Jan 15, 2019 - 9:40:21 PM


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Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis led a delegation to the European Commission on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.

His delegation, which included Attorney General Sen. the Hon. Carl Bethel, met with Stephen Quest, Director General of the Directorate Generale for Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission, and senior members of his team.
The Directorate Generale is responsible for the implementation of taxation policy in the European Union...

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