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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...

Entertainment

Grand Bahama Entertainers Musicians & Artists Association to Unite - Feb 28, 2015 - 2:01:31 PM

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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..."

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands

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 injuries.

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 this matter.

Bahamas Weather

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.

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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

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...

News : International

Ukraine / Russia: Leaders agree that aid must reach eastern Ukraine - Feb 28, 2015 - 10:07:35 AM

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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 Maurer...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

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.

Reports 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...

News : International

World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony launched at ANATO 2015 - Feb 28, 2015 - 8:36:37 AM

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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.

The largest tourism showcase in Latin America, ANATO welcomes thousands of industry leaders from across the region to the Colombian capital each year...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Nassau man found dead in Culbert’s Hill area - Man shot in Providence Ave area - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:28:57 PM


( Nassau, Bahamas) Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Friday 27th February 2015. 

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.

Community : Obituaries

Freeport, Bahamas memorial held for Sir Jack Hayward - Feb 27, 2015 - 5:11:56 PM

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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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

CARICOM chairman's closing statement at 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:42:29 PM

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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 Community (CARICOM) at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, on February 27:

We have had a most productive two days and decided on a number of issues.

One of the key items related to the leverage of our human, natural and cultural assets for the benefit of our Community...

News : International

World Day of Prayer 2015 to Focus on The Bahamas - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:12:49 PM

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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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

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...

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)

Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly - Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM

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The 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 Council...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Saxons Leader Says Carnival Will Improve Junkanoo - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:58:23 PM

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Leader of the Shell Saxons Superstars Percy ‘Vola’ Francis said not only is he excited about Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, he is also hoping the event will be a springboard for other events that will drive tourists to The Bahamas.

“We need something for The Bahamas. We are tired of our visitors coming and saying when they come to The Bahamas there is nothing to do,” he said recently.

“What I would like to see on top of Junkanoo Carnival is that we have four major events per year. We have our Junkanoo parades, which is our yuletide traditional Bahamian festival. In spring, we would have our Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which is designed for this very slow and low period...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

CARICOM Ministers of Agriculture tour BAMSI - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:50:41 PM

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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.

The 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.

Minister 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...

News : International

NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:19:44 PM

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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 matter most.

“NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands

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...

News : Local

COB’s 40-Year History Highlights Chronicled in Int’l Research Publication - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:23:54 PM


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A 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 period.

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...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Announces Youth Culture Fest - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:10:46 PM

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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...

News : Local

Bahamas to issue World Day of Prayer commemorative stamps - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:03:46 PM

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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...

Entertainment

WideScreen Film and Video Festival Schedule & Events - Feb 27, 2015 - 12:44:28 PM

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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."

Actually, 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:

Opportunities

Supermodel of the Bahamas Casting in Grand Bahama this Weekend - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:58:44 AM

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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...

Sales & Promotions : Grand Lucayan Resort

Grand Lucayan offers opportunity to cruise & stay - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:29:22 AM

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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.
 
The 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...

Columns : Message from the Stars - Tametryo Brown

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.

News : Local

COB Students Join Bahamas National Culinary Team - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:26:51 AM


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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...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

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...

Entertainment

A big weekend in Florida for Bahamian filmmaker, Charles Smith - Feb 27, 2015 - 9:36:10 AM

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Bahamian award-winning 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...

Sales & Promotions : Sabor Restaurant and Bar

Sabor Restaurant & Bar at Pelican Bay announces its new menu - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:59:33 AM

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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!

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