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Arts & Culture

Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society Awards Two Student Camp Scholarships - Jun 27, 2016 - 2:19:46 AM

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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 2016.

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.

Gerniqua 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 School...

Sports

Philip Major is the Male Singles Champion at Open National Playoffs Southern - Jun 27, 2016 - 12:46:10 AM

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Bahamian Philip Major dominates at the US Open National Playoffs Southern Sectional Qualifying Tournament


In 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...

News : Local

Bahamas National Trust responds to 14-ft great hammerhead shark off the Montagu - Jun 26, 2016 - 10:43:16 PM

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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 posts.

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 and recreationally...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

1,389 pounds of marijuana uncovered at house at Pikkanos Estate, Nassau - Jun 26, 2016 - 7:23:17 PM

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...

Community

Government Workers Tour National Parks During World Environment Month - Jun 26, 2016 - 5:18:09 PM

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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..

Bahamian Politics

Buscheme Armbrister Carmichael & Golden Isles Rally Speech - Jun 26, 2016 - 5:05:11 PM

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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...

Bahamian Politics

Dr. Minnis on New Details Revealed about the Baha Mar Project - Jun 26, 2016 - 4:55:30 PM


Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the new details revealed about the Baha Mar project:

“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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Hon. Hope Strachan on the passing of Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District - Jun 26, 2016 - 4:47:34 PM

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.

Columns : Letters to The Editor

McCartney: We Deserve Justice - Jun 26, 2016 - 12:21:41 PM

Dear Editor,

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...

Bahamian Politics

Chairman Collie’ on the Rising Murder Rate - Jun 26, 2016 - 12:07:06 PM

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the rising murder rate:

“With 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...”

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-day weather forecast starting Sunday, June 26 - Jun 26, 2016 - 11:38:10 AM

Bahamas public forecast today and tonight Sunday 26th June 2016

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

All areas

Weather: Partly sunny, hot and humid with isolated showers or thunderstorms today, fair and mild at night with the chance of brief passing isolated showers

Advisory: Boaters should be alert for gusty winds and higher seas in or near heavy showers or thunderstorms.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands

Woman found dead in Mayaguana - Jun 26, 2016 - 11:23:12 AM

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.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Mitchell to attend Panama Canal expansion ceremony today - Jun 26, 2016 - 11:19:44 AM

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...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

2 females arrested for gun possession - Nassau police search for suspects in 3 armed robberies - Jun 26, 2016 - 10:24:48 AM


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.

Reports 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....

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Inaugural Bahamas Yacht & Travel Show a Success - Jun 25, 2016 - 6:40:11 PM

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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...

Sports

Bahamas Philip Major passes first test in pre qualifying for U.S. Open tennis championships - Jun 25, 2016 - 6:39:37 PM

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Next stage will be in New Haven, Conn. right before U.S. Open


ATLANTA – 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...

Community : Grand Bahama

Lucaya International School receives Wildlife Habitat Certification - Jun 25, 2016 - 1:39:13 PM

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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 local wildlife.

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...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

2 homicides overnight in Nassau, police seek public's help - Jun 25, 2016 - 1:24:44 PM

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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

Police are searching for two male suspects believed to be responsible for a shooting incident that has left man dead on Friday 24th June 2016...

Columns

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: June 20 - 24 - Jun 25, 2016 - 1:13:34 PM

Budget debate wrapped up this week...

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.

Referring 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...

Entertainment : Bahamas International Film Festival

BIFF Announces Co-Executive Director - Jun 25, 2016 - 11:44:37 AM

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,” Vanderpool said...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Man wanted for gun possession shot by police in Big Pond area - Jun 25, 2016 - 10:23:17 AM

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.

Reports 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 Pond area.

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...

News : International : Caribbean News

CROSQ Needs Commitment From Region To Help Develop World Class Quality - Jun 25, 2016 - 10:14:35 AM

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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.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

RBPF make drug arrests in Abaco and Grand Bahama - Jun 25, 2016 - 9:18:09 AM

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.

News : International

Zonicle Keynote Speaker at Africa Day Celebrations in Atlanta - Jun 25, 2016 - 8:30:49 AM

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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.

The Africa 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.

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamasair Launches Freeport to Orlando Non-Stop Service - Jun 25, 2016 - 8:26:04 AM

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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.

This service will initially operate two days a week, on Wednesday and Saturday but it is anticipated that as demand builds, the airline will increase its frequency.

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.”

Community

Young Bahamian completes 5-week internship at the Embassy of The Bahamas - Jun 25, 2016 - 8:07:37 AM

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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...

Sports

Joanna Evans qualifies for the Olympics - Jun 25, 2016 - 3:10:12 AM

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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...

Entertainment

Summer Jazz Concert Set to Take Grand Bahama by Storm - Jun 25, 2016 - 2:22:51 AM

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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.

Highlighting 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...

News : Grand Bahama

$4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in Smith’s Point, Grand Bahama signed - Jun 24, 2016 - 11:34:32 PM

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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.

During 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..."

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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)
Department Reiterates Differences Between VAT & TIN Certificates
File/Pay On-Time to Avoid VAT Fines and Penalties
Health
Top-tier Orthopedic Program at Jupiter Medical Center
Jupiter Medical Center – Health Care That’s Worth Going the Extra Mile
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
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Opinions
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
The right to private property, beach access or not
Pierre Dupuch: National Health Insurance and Rats
Op-ed: Discrimination, The Bahamian Political Crack