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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Pre-Independence Celebration and Junkanoo Rush in West GB - Jul 7, 2015 - 10:05:38 PM

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WEST END, Grand Bahama – Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, on Saturday participated in pre-Independence celebrations ‘Street Fair and Junkanoo Rush Out.’

This particular festival is a part of the series of events planned for the summer of 2015.

The crowd was moved by an exhilarating performance of well-known Bahamian artist, ‘Stiletto.’ Following were the sweet sounds of the Bahamas Brass Band.

Making the event more lively, there were invigorating sounds of the goat-skinned drums as dancers moved to the beat of Junkanoo, giving visitors a taste of Bahamian culture, and reminding residents of what it means to be Bahamian...

Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas

Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas welcome New Club - Jul 7, 2015 - 9:06:23 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - The recently formed Rotary Club of Old Fort (RCOF) is the newest Rotary club in The Bahamas. RCOF is the newest club in the Rotary Bahamas family as well as the Rotary District 7020 family. This district comprises 10 countries and 14 islands in the northern Caribbean including Turks and Caicos, Haiti, Jamaica, The Cayman Islands, The U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and islands in the French Antilles and Netherlands Antilles. The club, which was chartered in May, celebrated its highly anticipated charter presentation ceremony with the outgoing 7020 District Governor, Paul Brown, of Jamaica and the District Governor Elect, Felix Stubbs, of The Bahamas...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas PM on Supreme Court Adjournment of Baha Mar Issue - Jul 7, 2015 - 8:02:52 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - There is no question that the best thing for the country and for the Bahamian people is for Baha Mar to open successfully and swiftly, so that we can all benefit from the economic activity and jobs that it will contribute to our country.

For this reason, the Government supported the adjournment petition brought forth by Baha Mar today during Supreme Court proceedings, but with one singular condition: that all parties reconvene negotiations on an urgent basis and develop a way forward that would see construction resume immediately. The judge approved the petition and adjourned hearings until July 20th, 2015. The judge also required a status hearing on July 14th...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas: New Unit, Regulatory Changes for Petroleum Companies, Forthcoming - Jul 7, 2015 - 6:39:58 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas has taken the necessary steps towards the establishment of a Department of Environmental Monitoring and Planning Unit that will be responsible for implementing rules and regulations to prevent, manage and mitigate fuel leaks such as the one that occurred at the Rubis Robinson Road Service Station.

The Government will also implement “long overdue changes” to the regulatory system for petroleum companies.

“Our Government is serous about protecting the health and safety of Bahamians and the Bahamian environment,” Minister of Health...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

The Country Has Come a Long Way in 42 Years, Says Tourism Minister Wilchcombe - Jul 7, 2015 - 6:14:24 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama, on Monday told the congregation of the Progressive National Baptist Convention International Conference that The Bahamas has come a long way in 42 years of Independence.

The Minister was the guest speaker at the event being held at First Baptist Church from July 5 to 7.

He welcomed the President of PNBC, Rev. Dr. James Perkins, to the nation's second city and reflected upon a visit he had made...

Sports

Bahamas' Steven Gardiner beats LaShawn Merritt in the 400m - Jul 7, 2015 - 5:21:48 PM

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19 year old Bahamian, Steve Gardiner of Moores Island, Abaco who has a recent 400m national record of 44.27, set in Nassau just over a week ago, finished first in the mens 400m today with a time of 44.30 in  the Gyulai István Memorial in Budapest.

The American reigning world champion, LaShawn Merritt, came second with 44.43.

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Tourism Kicks Off Junkanoo Summer Festival Before Thousands - Jul 7, 2015 - 5:18:49 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – It looked like a prelude to the annual Boxing and New Year’s Day parades as thousands flocked to Arawak Cay for the opening of the Junkanoo Summer Festival on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the festival will be held every Saturday during the month of July. It is aimed at showcasing the best in culture, dance and food fare.

The event will also give Junkanoo groups, on a smaller scale, an opportunity to compete in music, dance and choreography...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Nottage Outlines Bahamas’ ‘Blueprint’ for Crime Success at Regional Corrections Conference - Jul 7, 2015 - 4:50:47 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Creating safer communities is perhaps the most significant challenge facing most, if not all, regional countries, Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage told regional Corrections Officials.

“Over the past decades, throughout this region, there has been a significant increase in the levels of homicide and violent crimes such as armed robbery, attempted murder and rape,” Dr. Nottage said.

“When we analyze the information from the region, a number of common trends emerge. For instance, I note that the first common.."

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas attends Geneva meeting for Arms Trade Treaty - Jul 7, 2015 - 4:42:50 PM

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The Bahamas participated in the Final Preparatory Meeting for Arms Trade Treaty, from 6-8 July, 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ambassador Rhoda M. Jackson, Bahamas' Ambassador to the United Nations Office in Geneva, led The Bahamas' delegation to the Final Preparatory Meeting leading up to the First Conference of States Parties scheduled to be held in Mexico in August, 2015.

The Arms Trade Treaty is designed to combat and control the illicit use of small arms and light weapons. The Final Preparatory Meeting is considering questions pertaining to the financial regulations...

News : International

Bahamians attend 23rd Annual Caribbean International Festival of Life - Jul 7, 2015 - 1:31:59 PM

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CHICAGO, Illinois - Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago Michael C. Fountain (second from right in back row) attended the 23rd Annual Caribbean International Festival of Life with visiting and local Bahamians on July 4, 2015.

As a contributing sponsor, the Bahamas Consulate Chicago was asked to participate in the event's Carnival of Nations, where Honorary Consul Fountain gave remarks regarding the celebration of Bahamian Independence and asked local Bahamians to register with his office...

VAT Bahamas

Bahamas Department of Inland Revenue Moves to Carmichael Road - Jul 7, 2015 - 1:28:42 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas –The Ministry of Finance advises the public of the merger and new location of the Business Licence, Real Property, Excise Tax, First Home Owner Exemption and Value Added Tax Departments within the Department of Inland Revenue effective Monday, July 13th, 2015. This is the introduction of the establishment of the Central Revenue Administration (CRA).

As a result, Inland Revenue services – Business Licence and Real Property Tax – currently located at Charlotte House on Shirley Street will close on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to begin the moving process...

News : International : Caribbean News

Changing the International Perception of the Caribbean from Tourism - Jul 7, 2015 - 1:22:47 PM

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS - “One of the challenges we face in the region is how to change the perception of the Caribbean as being that of a destination solely for vacation tourism”. This was the view from President of the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), McHale Andrew, of Invest Saint Lucia last week during a study tour to Columbian Investment Promotion Agencies (PROColombia) and Invest in Bogota, where a delegation supported by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with CAIPA, visited to seek insight in to the best practices for country branding strategies to attract foreign direct investment (FDI).

The Caribbean is well known a top holiday destination that promises sun, sea and sand all year round, however increasingly the need for the Caribbean to be known for more than this is being called for to attract the levels of FDI required to provide economic diversity and growth for our long term sustainability....

Community : Service Organizations

UNEXSO supports Bahamas National Trust Dive Tag Campaign - Jul 7, 2015 - 12:53:51 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas – As many of the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) marine national parks are spectacular dive areas for both locals and visitors, the BNT recently launched a dive tag programme. This initiative provides divers with an opportunity to support conservation and national parks by purchasing a tag that can be attached to their dive equipment.

UNEXSO, Grand Bahama’s oldest and largest dive centre, generously decided to support the programme by selling the dive tags in their retail store. Customers purchasing a dive tag are supporting infrastructure at the marine parks managed by the BNT, such as mooring buoys and monitoring of the reef structures...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

42 Bahamian Legends being recognized in celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of the Independence - Jul 7, 2015 - 12:08:07 PM

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The Bahamas 42nd Anniversary of the Independence of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas Celebrating 42 Bahamian Legends on Wednesday July 8th 2015 at 7:00pm
Pompey Square
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1. Patrice Johnson, 2. Viveca Watkins, 3. Smokey 007 (Leroy Cleveland McKenzie),
4. The Region Bells , 5. The Rahming Brothers...

15. Dry Bread (Cyril Ferguson), 16. Eric Minns, 17. Pat Rahming , 18. K. B. (Kirkland Bodie)...

Community

Consolidated Water Co. Supports The Boys’ Brigade - Jul 7, 2015 - 11:54:48 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Thirty boys of a local Boys’ Brigade company are one step closer to heading to the organisation’s annual summer camp thanks to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO), which develops and operates seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems in areas of the world where naturally occurring supplies of potable water are scarce or non-existent. At a short presentation at the troop’s home base, St. Barnabas Anglican Church, CWCO presented the 23rd Company of The Boys’ Brigade with a donation to defray the costs of travel and living expenses for the 10 day camp.

Boys’ Brigade Company Captain Henry Curry stated that the troop was incredibly thankful for the donation, the first step in many to getting the 30 boys to the camp...

Opportunities

Call for entries for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards - Jul 7, 2015 - 11:44:39 AM

The countdown has begun to the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards, which celebrate the achievements of youth work professionals of any age, and their enduring positive impact on young people.

In just four months, the Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year 2015 will be announced alongside regional winners for Africa and Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, and the Pacific.

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Tuesday, July 7 - Jul 7, 2015 - 11:22:10 AM

Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Tuesday 7th July 2015.

General situation: A high pressure ridge along with the presence of the Saharan dust layer maintains hot and hazy conditions today…while an upper level low increases shower chances across the Southeast Bahamas.

Weather: Partly to mostly sunny, hot and hazy with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Advisory: Expect gusty winds and higher seas in or near showers and thunderstorms...

News : Local

CCA Bahamas Ltd. Comments on Baha Mar Project - Jul 7, 2015 - 11:20:57 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas - CCA Bahamas Ltd. (CCA Bahamas), a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC) and the general contractor for the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort project, today issued the following statement regarding the recent decision made by Baha Mar Ltd., the developer of the Baha Mar resort, to file for bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware:

"Baha Mar Ltd.'s decision to file for bankruptcy protection is the direct result of its failure to secure adequate financing and its mismanagement of the design of Baha Mar resort project. This mismanagement includes replacing the principal architect after construction had commenced, the late and incomplete delivery of design packages and over 1,300 Construction Change Directives... 

Bahamian Politics

Bradley Roberts: FNM Scampers off - Jul 7, 2015 - 11:09:33 AM

Prime Minister Christie, true to his word, and serious about transparency, invited the Hon. Hubert Minnis and his team to a briefing on Baha Mar at the OPM for 11 a.m. this morning. However, Dr. Hubert Minnis, true to his nature, and halfhearted concern for thousands of vulnerable Bahamian employees, left before the meeting even began. What is to be made of this?

The Prime Minister and his team were present and eager to sit with him. Did Dr. Minnis' super-sized ego supersede good judgment and genuine concern, again? Or is he just afraid to sit at the table with real leaders and discuss the truth...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

Grand Bahama police arrest 2 Americans for firearm possession - 1 fatality after 2 vehicle accident - Jul 7, 2015 - 9:57:03 AM

Traffic Fatality: On Friday 26th June 2015, a traffic accident occurred at the intersection of West Mall Drive and Poinciana Drive that involved two vehicles. Three persons who were passengers in one of the vehicle were hospitalized. Lynette Kelly age 89 years of #129 Wellington Pinder’s Estates died a short time later at the Rand Memorial Hospital...

Firearm and ammunition arrest: Two American males arrested for possession of Firearm and Ammunition...

Bahamas Weather

Saharan Dust over The Bahamas... - Jul 7, 2015 - 9:30:29 AM

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Wayne Neely, Bahamas Meteorology Department:
I have been getting a lot of calls and emails about the appearance of the ‘milky white skies’ and the red hue appearance of the rising and setting sun over The Bahamas for the last few days. Yes it is Saharan dust over us. It makes the sky appear milky white and the boundary of the clouds appears to be blending in with the milky white sky. During this Sahara dust ‘event’ it tends to significantly inhibit convective activity (thunderstorms and showers)-It doesn’t prevent them all together but it significantly lessens their activity. It also gives the sun a very noticeable 'red hue' especially at sunrise and sunset...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Nassau: Two house breaking suspects being sought by police - Jul 7, 2015 - 9:18:10 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Shortly after 1:00pm yesterday, officers from ‘Operation Take Down’ were on patrol in Gamble Heights, when they saw two suspicious males carrying a shotgun and a bag in their hands. The males of seeing the officers dropped the shotgun and bag before fleeing on foot. The officers gave chase but were unable to catch the two males. The officers then retrieved the shotgun and bag containing a pouch, an ipad and several boxes of cologne from the ground...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie on Baha Mar: "this is no time for Mr. Izmirlian to buckle under the pressure" - Jul 6, 2015 - 11:54:37 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, said this evening that he was disappointed in both the intemperate tone and incorrect content of Baha Mar’s press statement of today’s date (July 6). “It is particularly regrettable”, the Prime Minister said “that at a time when rationality and cool heads are required to deal with the current crisis at Baha Mar, the company’s leadership appears to be going to pieces under the mounting pressure”.

The Prime Minister said that today’s statement from Baha Mar has given him grave concern for the state of Mr. Izmirilian’s mind. “As recently as yesterday, Mr. Izmirlian was calling me, completely unsolicited, to give me his private assurances and to express confidence in me but now, just one day later...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Dorsett Update on Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Spill - Jul 6, 2015 - 10:48:58 PM

Hon. Kenred Dorsett M. P., Minister of Environment and Housing - Update on Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Spill: Findings and Next Steps:

Today, the Government of the Bahamas and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) held a joint press conference on the release of the Expert Consultancy Report on the Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Spill, prepared for the Government of the Bahamas by PAHO experts. The report analyzes preliminary health data, addresses both the current situation, and makes recommendations for how to address similar situations in the future...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Rubis Report Reveals that Health and Safety of Marathon Residents are Not At Risk - Jul 6, 2015 - 7:58:07 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – A Report on the Rubis Robinson Road Service Station fuel leak reveals that there is no indication of a current exposure to, or any long-term risks to the health and safety of Marathon residents despite concerns from some quarters, Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael Perry Gomez said Monday.

The Report also revealed that during the spill and since the spill, no resident has been or was exposed to dangerous levels of contaminants.

Tests further show no significant, detectable levels of contaminants from the spill in well water...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Government Signs $100 Million Contract for New Aircraft - Jul 6, 2015 - 7:53:26 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – After months of negotiations, the Bahamas Government, Monday, signed a $100 million contract with Avions de Transport Regional for the purchase of five ATR 600 model aircraft on behalf of Bahamasair, the country’s national airline.

The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development referred to the major investment as a “red-letter day for Bahamasair and The Bahamas” and an opportunity to cause the airline to “service designated routes in The Bahamas while seeking to expand its transnational flight operations to service new tourist routes.”

Bahamian Politics

DNA: Baha Mar Employees Blindsided by the PLP - Jul 6, 2015 - 7:50:08 PM

Following the announcement of Bahamar’s bankruptcy filing, the Christie administration made a huge spectacle of itself, proclaiming its ignorance of the developer’s plans, its concern for the future of the property and more importantly the more than 2000 Bahamian workers whose employment now hangs in the balance. In response to the shocking move, the government, through its State Minister of Legal Affairs Damien Gomez – and without solicitation – announced plans to pay “each and every” employee of Bahamar. The government failed to indicate how Bahamar employees will be paid in the future.

As per usual though, the government has dropped the ball, with this latest blunder resulting in even more distress for already challenged Bahamar employees. Despite making an announcement on Friday...

Entertainment

T+T Film Festival celebrates ten years with ten Caribbean classics - Jul 6, 2015 - 6:06:21 PM


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The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) today unveiled its first selections for this year’s edition of the Festival with the announcement that ten classic Caribbean films will form part of the 2015 lineup.

These ten films will screen in a special sidebar to the main programme in honour of the ttff’s tenth anniversary. The Festival takes place from September 15–29.

“Many people are unaware that there has been a Caribbean film industry for quite some time, or that almost every country in the region has produced feature films,” said Bruce Paddington, ttff Founder and Festival Director...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie Officially Opens Bahamian-Led Cancer Treatment Center in Antigua - Jul 6, 2015 - 5:38:38 PM

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ANTIGUA - It was with a great sense of pride that Prime Minister the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie, officially opened The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean, June 26th, at the Medical Pavilion, St. John’s Medical Centre, in St. John’s, Antigua.

“It is with profound joy and overwhelming pride that I join you today, speaking with the voice of the entire Caribbean brotherhood as we celebrate the grand opening of The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean here in beautiful Antigua, “ said Mr. Christie.” This facility represents the realization of years of planning and diligent effort by partners in the public and private sectors across geographical and geo-political boundaries cooperating with united purpose and singular vision...

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New and Optimized HIV Medicine Formulations for Children Living with HIV Developed
PAHO/WHO urges more attention to blood pressure control