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Bahamas to host Commonwealth Youth Games in July - Mar 28, 2017 - 3:09:45 PM

The Bahamas is gearing up to host 71 countries at the sixth annual Commonwealth Youth Games from July 19 - 23, 2017.  The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition of the Youth Games, with up to 1,300 athletes aged 14-18.
A reception was held Friday, March 24, 2017 at the T A R National Stadium where organizers introduced sponsors and certain disciplines of the upcoming games...

Bahamian Politics

Dr. Minnis’ Statement on the Government Budget - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:57:03 PM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement regarding the government’s management over the budget:

“As the economic state of The Bahamas continues to decline, the government’s deficit in leadership has become as significant of a concern as the budget deficit itself. Even after collecting over one billion dollars in VAT the national debt continues to rise. Their lack of leadership was again demonstrated by Deputy Prime Minister Davis, who said on Wednesday that our budget was ‘thrown off course by 400 million dollars’ as a result of the two recent hurricanes. This explanation isn’t a simple miscalculation...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Inaugural Arrival of the MS Marco Polo to Grand Bahama - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:39:38 PM

On Thursday, March 23rd, the MS Marco Polo made its inaugural voyage to Grand Bahama Island, where representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and the Freeport Harbour Company participated in a ceremonial plaque exchange with ship representatives on board the vessel.

With a total of 751 passengers on board, the vessel sails for 36 days and calls on several Caribbean cruise ports...


FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Trophy Experience on Grand Bahama Island - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:16:52 PM

On Friday, March 24th, representatives from the Bahamas Football Organization (BFA), the Bahamas National Beach Soccer Team, the Local Organizing Committee for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 (LOC), and the Ministry of Tourism presented the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Trophy Experience on Grand Bahama Island.

The group, whose mission was to encourage students and families to attend the official event on New Providence in April, made their first stop at the Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy where students got a chance to learn more about the tournament, view the trophy, hear the official song of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017, and meet members of the Bahamas National Beach Soccer Team...


Oasis Collection opens in Sandyport after local entrepreneur returns home from journey across the globe - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:13:04 PM

After two years of jockeying full-time work with travel that took her 5,000 miles, Bahamian entrepreneur, Brooke Phillips, is back home, realizing a decade-long dream and making a splash in the local design marketplace.

Her dream -- to open an interior design store filled with furniture and home accessories of natural hard woods and eco-friendly materials, contemporary design and organic feel.

In late February, she opened the doors to Oasis Collection, One Sandyport Plaza, a 2,264-square foot emporium featuring one-of-a-kind pieces and hand-hewn crafted works of furniture art, soft fabrics and textures, copper lights and tables...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas national elections to have international observers - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:05:02 PM

In response to media enquiries and for general information, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration has noted that The Bahamas has invited representative international observers from four international organizations or nations to observe the upcoming elections, including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Commonwealth of Nations; the Organisation of American States (OAS); and the United States of America.


Peace on the Park Rally leads to BTVI scholarships - Mar 28, 2017 - 12:48:28 PM

A recent Rotary sponsored peace initiative in Bain and Grants Town has reaped rewards for two residents of the area, landing them scholarships to The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

Lerenzo Charles and Yasmine Williams are presently in BTVI’s Face Care and Makeup Application I course, thanks to the Rotary Bahamas Road to Peace Committee in consultation with the Rotary Bahamas Scholarship Committee, led by Chairman Philip Cummings. The scholarships, which include tuition and supplies, are to help them launch their own small businesses in the area, helping to further its development, as well as give residents the opportunity to become self-sufficient...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Dance Gets Underway at the National Arts Festival This Week - Mar 28, 2017 - 12:05:33 PM

Grace, team effort and defying gravity are essential elements of the artistry that is dance, which takes place now at the annual E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival.  During the festival this week, school students of New Providence will show their learned skills and compete at the Winston V. Saunders Theatre of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.  Well-known dance instructor Lawrence Carroll gives pointers at the end to further instruct and inspire. 

The festival had already adjudicated music and drama in New Providence, and performances in Andros and Abaco...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-day weather forecast starting Tuesday, March 28 - Mar 28, 2017 - 12:03:10 PM

Bahamas public forecast today and tonight, Tuesday 28th March 2017.

General situation: High pressure continues to dominate the weather across the Bahamas today.

Special warnings: Beachgoers and mariners should be alert for the risk of rip currents especially along northern and eastern shorelines...


Sammi Starr launches "#Bahamas, Your Best Picture Deserves My Best Song" social media campaign - Mar 28, 2017 - 11:15:24 AM

Bahamas-born Sammi Starr, Sony Music recording artist, is proud to announce the launch of "#Bahamas, Your Best Picture Deserves My Best Song", a grassroots social media campaign aiming to share with the world Sammi's love for his country and the sounds of its Junkanoo festival through his song "Jump in Da Line", a single produced and remixed by Latin Grammy® winner, DJ Buddha.

Sammi Starr is launching "#Bahamas" on Tuesday, March 28th on his website www.sammistarrmusic.com as well as on Instagram. Sammi will search for his favorite photos and videos posted on Instagram with the hashtag #Bahamas and share them back with a soundtrack...

News : Local

BTC Set to Completely “Fiberize” the Country - Mar 28, 2017 - 10:22:09 AM

BTC recently announced that more than 5,000 residents have transitioned to Fiber to the Home (FTTH) services. The company is now preparing to complete its fiber rollout throughout New Providence.

CEO Leon Williams stated “In response to the increased demand for fiber throughout New Providence, we are now accelerating our efforts to complete this project. We are moving up our delivery date for the complete “fiberization” of New Providence. Our parent company, Liberty Global has delivered over 1.4 million, 5 gigabit-ready homes in 2016...


BAMSI to develop national breeding herds of sheep and goats - Mar 28, 2017 - 10:10:59 AM

W. J. Godfrey Eneas, president of BAMSI, in his book ‘Agriculture in the Bahamas’ highlights the continual decline of the small ruminant industry for almost 40 years. The industry has suffered because of limited interventions until the recent establishment of BAMSI. The technological advancements which have benefitted livestock production in the Caribbean region are only now being addressed through BAMSI led initiatives.

The BAMSI small ruminant unit, established in 2015, is expected to develop into national breeding herds of sheep and goats providing stock to livestock farmers throughout the Bahamas. This is a major intervention in the small ruminant industry as it represents the largest holding of diverse breeds in the Bahamas...


Preschool Teachers Get Gifted from BTC - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:20:00 AM

BTC presented mobile devices to Tiny Tots Preschool in honour of the Ministry of Education’s Pre-School Week. Public Relations Manager, Indira Collie said that, “This is the second time around that we’ve been involved in the activities. Our teachers in the education system are helping to mould our future leaders, and we’re always happy to lend a helping hand wherever we can...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Senate Contributions by The Bahamas Attorney General_Tips and Criminal Procedure Code (2017) Amendments - Mar 28, 2017 - 1:58:20 AM

Speaking Notes for Senate Senator, The Honourable Allyson Maynard Gibson QC Attorney General And Minister Of Legal Affairs Commonwealth Of The Bahamas
On The Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 And Trafficking In Persons (Prevention And Suppression) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Monday 27th March, 2017:

Madame President

As you are aware, in 2008 Parliament enacted the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention and Suppression) Act (Ch. 106), which created offences relating to trafficking in persons, in an effort to ensure that The Bahamas remained compliant with international norms and efforts to combat activity which exploited persons for material gain, and preyed upon persons seeking to improve their circumstances...

Entertainment : Bahamas International Film Festival

Sunshine Insurance Sponsors BIFF's Youth Film Workshop - Mar 27, 2017 - 11:13:31 PM

Sunshine Insurance (Agents & Brokers) Ltd. has partnered with the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) for its 2017 Youth Film Workshop.

The insurance company recently donated $5,000 to sponsor several student films.

Sunshine Insurance Marketing Coordinator, Rogan Smith said her company continues to demonstrate its commitment to the country's youths...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

More than 3,000 Pass Through NTA: 70 Percent Find Employment - Mar 27, 2017 - 10:17:45 PM

The National Training Agency is boasting 70 percent employment after participants have acquired a variety of skills for the workforce.

The Minister of Labour and National Insurance and Minister of the Public Service the Hon. Shane Gibson addressed the success of the NTA during the Graduating Ceremony of Cohort 7 on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The disciplines were Hospitality, Allied Health, Auto Body, Office Procedures, Microsoft Office/Quick Books & Customer Service, Retail Business Skills, and Teacher’s Aide...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Strong Community Ties Protect the Well-being of Children - Mar 27, 2017 - 9:06:03 PM

The creation of stronger, more nurturing communities that are supportive of family life is one of the mechanisms that can be used to help turn the tide against child abuse in The Bahamas, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said Monday.

Mrs. Griffin made a special plea to parents and caregivers of children to become more proactive in their roles.

“Parents and caregivers have the grave responsibility of ensuring that children are protected and kept safe...


Jr. Davis Cup and Jr. Fed Cup National Teams off to El Salvador - Mar 27, 2017 - 8:53:08 PM

Jr. Davis Cup and Jr. Fed Cup Teams departed Nassau for San Salvador, El Salvador on Saturday past to participate in the Pre-Qualifying Jr. Davis Cup & Jr. Fed Cup event for the North/Central American & Caribbean regions. Participating nations are: Bahamas, Barbados, Nicaragua, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Jamaica, Guatemala, Grenada, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago, El Salvador, Curacao, Costa Rica, Guyana, and U. S. Virgin Islands

Some 18 countries are participating in the Jr. Davis Cup event and 15 for the Jr. Fed Cup event. The 2017 Jr. Davis Cup team is led by Donte Armbrister, 15 with teammates Kofi Denali 13, and Denali Nottage, 13 both from Freeport, Grand Bahama. Our Boys' Team is seeded No. 5 in the tournament. National Coach for the boys is Mr.Ricardo Demeritte...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas AG Speech for Homeowners Protection Bill - Mar 27, 2017 - 8:52:26 PM
Senate Contribution by Senator, The Honourable Allyson Maynard Gibson QC Attorney General and Minister Of Legal Affairs Commonwealth Of The Bahamas On The Homeowners Protection Bill, 2017 Monday 27th March, 2017:

Madame President

The public will be aware that Mortgage Relief and the protection of homeowners were, and remain a key plank in this administration’s platform.

It is a commitment made to the Bahamian people and despite many challenges in earlier implementation, a commitment from which we have never wavered nor toward which we have ever ceased working...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Willie Mae Pratt School for Girls Receives Hurricane Matthew Relief Items - Mar 27, 2017 - 8:10:34 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, was presented an assortment of Hurricane Relief items for residents of the Willie Mae Pratt School for Girls on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the school. The supplies were a heavy-duty washing machine and dryer, computer, educational materials and other items.

The donations were arranged by the Chevening Alumni of The Bahamas, with the assistance of the British High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

RBDF's Significant Strides Commended at Annual Church Service - Mar 27, 2017 - 5:45:39 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force held its 37th Annual Church Service on Sunday, March 26, at the Church of God of Prophecy, East Street Tabernacle.  Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (pictured left) attended, heading a list of officials participating in the service led by Senior Pastor, Bishop Hulan Hanna.

Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage remarked at the commendable strides of the Defence Force in ongoing recruitment, education and training; deterrence of poaching by Dominican fishermen; benefits of Sandy Bottom Project expansion which has significantly increased the Defence Force’s capabilities in protecting the country and stemming the tide of illegal migration...

News : Local

RBDF Acting Commander Rolls out Nationwide Peace Plan - Mar 27, 2017 - 4:56:59 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force unveiled its newest tool for promoting peace within our communities today through its Ambassador of Peace (AOP) Programme, a brainchild of Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force (Acting). A fitting launching pad, the program was unveiled at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s 37th Anniversary Church Service hosted at the Church of God of Prophecy Tabernacle, East Street.

The program was launched in presence of the Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon Keith Bell...

Bahamian Politics

Sidney Collie: Transparent Elections - Mar 27, 2017 - 3:08:17 PM

“In order to maintain transparent, democratic elections, it is essential that our government readily accepts international election observers. We encourage the candidates and constituents of all political parties to willingly comply with every election law—out of respect to Bahamians and to protect the dignity of our democratic system. We must never ignore the lessons history has taught us, and although I’m confident that our country will uphold the rule of law, the government should act prudently to ensure this is a certainty. To these ends, Bahamians deserve nothing less than complete cooperation from their government...”

News : International : Caribbean News

Testimony brings prison inmates to tears - Mar 27, 2017 - 2:46:58 PM

Bahamian Evangelist Ethel Rolle brought tears to the eyes of female inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds in St. Philips, Barbados, during a tour of the facilities, Friday, March 24.

It was the culmination of Prison Fellowship International Regional Forum held March 21-24 at the Church of God of Prophecy, Water Street, Christ Church.

Evangelist Rolle told her own story of having low self-esteem, attempting suicide, committing two murders and being imprisoned. She encouraged the inmates to not give up hope and to seek salvation through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour...

News : International : Caribbean News

Bermuda’s residents spent $84.5 million on overseas care - Mar 27, 2017 - 2:20:29 PM

Bermuda spent $84.5 million on overseas care between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016, with $6M going toward transportation and accommodation. Recognising the importance of specialised overseas care to health outcomes, the Bermuda Health Council developed a report, Overseas Care: A Synopsis of Trends for the Island of Bermuda to provide a more in-depth analysis of how much money was spent, where and on what type of care.

Bermuda needs to be wise about the resources that are available on island for healthcare. With 61,295 people, the quality of healthcare can be compromised by limited use of services, complex services or experience of those delivering care. To ensure that Bermuda’s residents have access to specialized healthcare, strategic partnerships have been formed with overseas facilities enabling residents to receive much needed care...

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