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This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Feb 23 - 27 - Feb 28, 2015 - 2:32:33 PM
The conclusion of the
midyear budget debate; the tabling of the much anticipated “Belonger’s Permit”
Regulations and the meeting of CARICOM government heads dominated the news this
week in The Bahamas.
Midyear budget debate concludes
As debate on the midyear
budget statement continued in the House on Monday (23rd Feb), Labour
Minister Hon. D. Shane Gibson informed House members that the National
Insurance Board is discontinuing the practice of accepting contributions from
illegal immigrants. This new policy is part of the overall and far reaching
immigration policy reforms designed to set out the terms and conditions under
which non-Bahamians live and work in The Bahamas...
Grand Bahama Entertainers Musicians & Artists Association to Unite - Feb 28, 2015 - 2:01:31 PM
Freeport, The Bahamas -
The newly reformed Grand Bahama Entertainers Musicians and Artists
Association (G.B.E.M.A.A.) will host its first monthly social and jam
this evening at the Grand Bahama Tennis and Racquet Club in their attempt to engender a spirit of camaraderie amongst artists, entertainers and
musicians of all types. "It's an effort to bring us together for the common
cause of the betterment of our industry and those that work in and
would like to work in it," said Nat Cambridge, President. "Further the event will help us collect information and
pictures that will be used to create bios of individual artists and
groups/bands for the GBEMAA booklet..."
Stabbing Incident and Building Fire in Abaco - Feb 28, 2015 - 11:29:16 AM
The Abacos, Bahamas - Police in Abaco are investigating a stabbing
incident that has left a 34 year old male of Moores Island with
Reports are that on Saturday 28th February 2015 shortly
before 1:00am, Police received a report that a male while at a local
liquor store in Moores Island was involved in an altercation with
another male when he was stabbed about the body. His injuries are said
to be listed as serious. Police have in their custody a 39 year old male
of Moores Island who is assisting police with their investigation into
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Saturday, February 28th - Feb 28, 2015 - 11:26:46 AM
his is the Bahamas public forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight saturday 28th February 2015.
General situation: A stationary front continues to extend across the northwest Bahamas.
Weather: A mix of sun and clouds and breezy with the chance of a few
brief passing showers, turning mainly fair and breezy tonight.
Advisory: Small craft operators should exercise caution...
Bahamas Education Minister Announces Plans to Improve Education Sector - Feb 28, 2015 - 10:54:29 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Education, Science and
Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald outlined new
intervention strategies that the Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology has identified in his mid-term budget presentation in the
House of Assembly on February 23rd.
In his overview, Minister
Fitzgerald listed the five areas which require increases in financial
and human resources. They are: leadership, teacher training, the
establishment of an achievement unit, special and inclusive education
and the expansion of pre-schools...
Ukraine / Russia: Leaders agree that aid must reach eastern Ukraine - Feb 28, 2015 - 10:07:35 AM
Geneva / Kiev / Moscow (ICRC) – ICRC
President Peter Maurer today completed high-level talks in Moscow and
Kiev, in which he focused on the severe humanitarian crisis in eastern
Ukraine and urged the governments of both countries to ensure that vital
aid reaches people in need. During a four-day visit to the region, he
met with President Vladimir Putin and President Petro Poroshenko, and
senior officials of both countries.
“I received a commitment
from both President Poroshenko and President Putin that civilians
affected by the conflict would have access to humanitarian aid. The
implementation of the Minsk agreement will therefore allow the ICRC to
further increase humanitarian assistance in the weeks to come," said Mr
Armed robbery in Caravel Beach, Grand Bahama - Feb 28, 2015 - 9:31:42 AM
Freeport, The Bahamas - Police in Grand Bahama are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in the Caravel Beach area.
are that on Friday 27th February 2015 shortly after 8:00am, police
received a complaint that two males, one reportedly armed with a
handgun, held up and robbed a business establishment in the Caravel
Beach area of cash and other personal items before fleeing. Both males
were described as standing at 6’2” tall, slim built, dark complexion and
spoke in a Bahamian accent...
World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony launched at ANATO 2015 - Feb 28, 2015 - 8:36:37 AM
World Travel Awards has officially begun the
countdown to the Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015 during a launch event
at the Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015 in Bogotá.
Bogotá will host the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony in October this year.
largest tourism showcase in Latin America, ANATO welcomes thousands of
industry leaders from across the region to the Colombian capital each
Nassau man found dead in Culbert’s Hill area - Man shot in Providence Ave area - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:28:57 PM
Reports are, that around 8:00pm police
received a report of gunshots being heard in the Culbert’s Hill area off
Prince Charles Drive. When police arrived in the area they discovered
the lifeless body of a man laying outside a grey self drive vehicle with
several gunshot wounds to the upper body. Police also found a handgun
with several live rounds of ammunition in the deceased possession.
Nassau, Bahamas) Police are seeking the public’s assistance in
solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Friday 27th
Freeport, Bahamas memorial held for Sir Jack Hayward - Feb 27, 2015 - 5:11:56 PM
Freeport, The Bahamas - A Memorial Service was held for Sir Jack A. Hayward,
Kt., OBE on February 23, 2015 at the Pro-Cathedral of Christ of
the King, East Atlantic Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The Service was
officiated by Archdeacon Harry Bain. The Grand Bahama Children's Choir performed during the service.
In attendance was the Rt Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The
Bahamas; Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Former Prime Minister; members of
parliament; local dignitaries; members of civic and charity groups;
friends and family.
Sir Jack, as he was affectionately known, passed away on
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 91 years...
CARICOM chairman's closing statement at 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:42:29 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks made by CARICOM Chairman,
the Rt Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas at the Closing of the 26th Inter-Sessional
Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean
(CARICOM) at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, on February 27:
We have had a most productive two days and decided on a number of issues.
of the key items related to the leverage of our human, natural and
cultural assets for the benefit of our Community...
World Day of Prayer 2015 to Focus on The Bahamas - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:12:49 PM
On Friday, March 6th
over 170 countries from many Christian denominations will gather for
World Day of Prayer (WDP), a movement symbolized by an annual day of
celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are
welcome. Each year the women of a named country share their faith and
lives in the worship service with their sisters around the world. Last
year's service was carried by Egypt and the
2015 World Day of Prayer Service
was written by Bahamian women.
It is open to all faiths.
Where possible Bahamians living in the areas of the services have been
contacted and asked to speak, and or attend the celebration. The WDP
international organizing committee traveled to The Bahamas last year to initiate the 2015 event, and met with Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin...
PM Says Acute Interventions Needed to Assist Disabled in The Bahamas - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:01:38 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas –The government needs to
work aggressively in order to meet the needs of those afflicted with
developmental disabilities. Prime
Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie says that his own personal experience
puts him in an excellent position to advocate for change in the way the
disabled are dealt with in The Bahamas.
The Prime Minister made the remarks during his
address of the Opening Ceremony for the Multi-Service Facility for Adults with
Developmental Disabilities seminar. The three-day event sponsored by the
Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, commenced on Wednesday,
February 25. Facilitators for the seminar included renowned master trainers,
Perry Samowitz, Fred Feibush and Fawzi Abu-Hashish...
Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly - Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took
note today of the notification of the withdrawal of its offer to host
the XLV General Assembly of the Organization due to “financial and
logistical constraints” currently experienced by the Government of
Haiti, as expressed by the country´s Foreign Minister, Duly Brutus, in a
letter sent to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.
The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of
Suriname to the Organization, Niermala Badrising, informed the
representatives of the situation and reported that the discussion on the
new site will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Permanent
CARICOM Ministers of Agriculture tour BAMSI - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:50:41 PM
North Andros, The
Bahamas -- Ministers of Agriculture of the Caribbean Community toured
the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute just prior to
CARICOM’s opening of the 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference
of Heads of Government of the Caribbean in Nassau, February 26-27.
Bahamas Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government
the Hon. V. Alfred Gray thanked the agriculture representatives for
taking the tour of the North Andros agricultural initiative with him.
of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Labour and
Social Security in Jamaica the Hon. Luther Buchanan spoke on behalf of
his fellow Caribbean Ministers and praised the Bahamas Government on the
project, stating: “It is indeed impressive and I commend the Government
on this initiative and I implore the people of this land to support
wholeheartedly this programme...
NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:19:44 PM
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Leonard Nimoy:
“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of
engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr.
Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while
never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who
“NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was
much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise.
American visitor allegedly drowns off Castaway Cay, Bahamas - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:09:41 PM
Police in Abaco are
investigating an alleged drowning that occurred on CastawayCay in the
Abaco’s on Thursday 26th February 2015.
Reports are that officers of
the Sandy Point Police Station, Abaco, were notified about the incident
shortly after 4:00pm. The decease is a 38 year old American male visitor
who was a passenger on board a cruise ship was alleged to have drown
while swimming in waters on Castaway Cay...
COB’s 40-Year History Highlights Chronicled in Int’l Research Publication - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:23:54 PM
respected research publication that chronicles the evolution of the
nation’s premier tertiary education institution has been released,
tracing the historical highlights of The College of The Bahamas and
documenting its accomplishments in higher learning over a 40-year
The International Journal of Bahamian Studies (IJBS) has published the second edition of its 20th Volume which commemorates
the 40th anniversary of The College of The Bahamas. The
volume captures The College’s evolution in administration, academic
schools and departments, collegiate culture, and scholarly life. It also
chronicles various aspects of COB’s involvement
in the community...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Announces Youth Culture Fest - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:10:46 PM
Chairman of the Bahamas National Festival
Commission (BNFC) Paul Major says the future of Bahamas Junkanoo
Carnival is secured now that thousands of the nation’s youth are
expected to participate in Youth Culture Fest.
The event, which is scheduled for May 1, will bring together 25 schools and youth community groups in a parade on Arawak Cay.
Each group will have a minimum of 50 school-aged children performing in the parade...
Bahamas to issue World Day of Prayer commemorative stamps - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:03:46 PM
World Day of Prayer will take place on March 6th, 2015, and this year focuses on The Bahamas.
The Bahamas Postal Service is launching three commemorative stamps
honouring World Day of Prayer. The three stamps reflect the work of
the writing committee and local artists in creating an artwork to carry
on the message of the 2015 theme. From the three proposals, they chose
Blessed from Chantal Bethel to be the WDP art theme. The three
commemorative stamps will share this year’s message for generations to
come. Stamps: 15c “Never Forget How to Serve” by Jessica Colebrooke; 50c
“Blessed” by Chantal Bethel; 65c “The Master Key” by Tyrone Ferguson.
The stamps will be released on March 6...
WideScreen Film and Video Festival Schedule & Events - Feb 27, 2015 - 12:44:28 PM
You are cordially invited to be a part of history in
the making, this weekend
at the AMC Aventura 24 Theaters in Aventura,
FL, on February 27 through March 3, 2015.
With over 29 countries participating, the 1st Annual WideScreen
Festival is proud to showcase 100 Projects at it's Inaugural Festival.
The Festival was a God-inspired idea, founded by Bahamian Jarrod A Knowles on October
12, 2014. The mission of the Festival is, "To Inspire the Creation and
Distribution of Art, while ultimately enhancing the Creative Mind."
before you look at the schedule, have a look at this brief 2 minute
Mash-up Video, which contains clips from some of our Official
Selections. It will blow your mind, guaranteed:
Supermodel of the Bahamas Casting in Grand Bahama this Weekend - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:58:44 AM
Castings Announced for New Providence,
Grand Bahama, and Abaco
The Supermodel of the Bahamas organization is seeking new
fresh faces that have the potential to become international
representatives for The Bahamas and offering an opportunity for a career in fashion modeling.
Potential candidates must have vibrant personalities, be highly
intelligent, humble, disciplined and hard working. Males
and females between the ages 14 to 21 years with strong symmetrical facial
features and physically fit bodies should apply...
Grand Lucayan offers opportunity to cruise & stay - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:29:22 AM
GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas – Grand Lucayan, the four-star award-winning resort located just 55
miles off the Florida coast on Grand Bahama Island, has developed a
unique platform which will now allow guests to book a “cruise and stay”
package for travel from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Bahama Island,
adding yet another option for convenient access to the destination.
ultimate Bahamas experience now begins the moment guests board the
state-of-the-art 1,000 passenger cruise ferry dubbed the “Bahama Mama.”
Featuring economy and top of the line first-class seating, private
suites, a swimming pool, lounges, casino, entertainment, an “A la Carte”
restaurant, bars and cafes, duty-free shopping and a 200 container
cargo capacity, Baleária Ferry Express’ new vessel boasts the capacity
to bring more than 300,000 tourists to Grand Bahama Island annually...
Your weekly horoscope for February 27 - March 6 - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:27:20 AM
Aries (Born March 21 - April 19)
Your energy and vitality are
abundant now. Your brash nature is back, and you feel like everything is more
in full swing. You come across as sexy and forceful now, which could serve you
well in your romantic life, which is sure to be more fruitful. You like being
chased and also chasing, and playful fighting and passionate displays are
welcomed. Your sex drive should also be increasing and sexual experiences more
robust. This boost in public image and vitality can help to offset your lowered
self esteem now. Confusion about who you are at your core is present and an
issue you still contend with.
COB Students Join Bahamas National Culinary Team - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:26:51 AM
It was a throw-down the likes of which left mouths
watering and palates yearning to be satisfied. Culinary students at The
College of The Bahamas’ Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
(CHMI) recently demonstrated their mastery
in the kitchen and flair for preparing imaginative cuisine during the
Junior Culinary Cook-Off.
Five COB student chefs competed for the chance to
fill the junior chef and apprentice positions on The Bahamas National
Culinary Team. The team will compete in the Taste of The Caribbean
culinary competition scheduled to be held in Miami,
Florida, June 12th -14th, 2015...
Nassau 'wanted man' arrested with loaded handgun - 8 arrested for drug possession - Feb 27, 2015 - 9:46:53 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Wanted Man arrested with a loaded handgun : POLICE in the Southwestern Division are
reporting a significant arrest of a wanted man after he was found in
possession of a loaded handgun and ammunition earlier today, during a
major operation under the leadership of
Superintendent Matthew Edgecombe...
8 arrested for Drug Possession during operation: Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing
Priorities for 2015, Eastern Division officers conducted an operation in
that division today that resulted in eight (8) persons being arrested
for possession of dangerous drugs in two separate incidents...
A big weekend in Florida for Bahamian filmmaker, Charles Smith - Feb 27, 2015 - 9:36:10 AM
filmmaker and photographer, Charles Smith just got back from Los
Angeles where his documentary film, "When Pigs Swim" screened at the Pan
African Film Fest, and this weekend it will be screened at the
inaugural Widescreen Film and Music Video Festival at AMC Theaters in Ventura.
"When Pigs Swim" is about Exuma's swimming pigs who have become a global phenomenon and internet sensation.
His film, "Seeking" a documentary from The Bahamas will be screening on February 27th at the inaugural Caribe Film Festival...
Sabor Restaurant & Bar at Pelican Bay announces its new menu - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:59:33 AM
Grand Bahama - Sabor Restaurant and Bar at the Pelican Bay Hotel is pleased to announce their menu.
Sabor is one of the hottest restaurants in the Bahamas. The magic starts in the kitchen where their Chefs use only the best seasonal catches and ingredients. You can always expect gourmet meals with an emphasis on taste and flavor. Located in the garden of Pelican Bay Hotel overlooking the yachts in the Port Lucaya marina, plus swaying palm trees and exotic lounge music.
Book your reservations now!