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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Urban Renewal to Conduct Nationwide Survey of Vulnerable Areas of the Country - May 30, 2016 - 3:53:20 PM

In his presentation of the Budget in the House of Assembly on May 25, 2016 Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie announced that there will be a nationwide survey of vulnerable areas of the country to assess scope and location of challenges, be they health, housing, or employment to assist in formulation of socioeconomic intervention.

He said: "In the period ahead, we will undertake a nationwide survey of vulnerable areas of the country, to be conducted by Urban Renewal using, as field workers, employees of the job and apprenticeship/training programme that I am announcing today...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Birthday Festivities at Yellow Elder Day Care Centre: Edna Dorsette Celebrates 100th Year - May 30, 2016 - 3:36:12 PM

The Senior Citizens Division of the Department of Social Services held a birthday party for Ms. Edna Dorsette who recently became 100 years old, and for the other senior citizens who were celebrating birthdays. 

The festivities were held at Yellow Elder Day Care Centre on Friday, May 27, 2016. 

Pictured are some of the highlights...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie says Government 'Firmly Committed' to Fiscal Consolidation Plan - May 30, 2016 - 3:00:54 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said in the House of Assembly, on May 25, 2016, that his Government remains "firmly committed" to staying the course with its Medium-Term Fiscal Consolidation Plan, a plan that comprises a multi-year strategy with the overarching objective to secure durable structural reform of the principal components of the public finances.

"As such, we are moving decisively to transform Recurrent Expenditure, Capital Expenditure and Recurrent Revenue in a manner that is phased, measured and balanced," Prime Minister Christie said during his 2016/2017 Budget Communication...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-day weather forecast starting Monday, May 30 - May 30, 2016 - 11:00:10 AM

Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight Monday 30th May 2016

General situation: A pattern of troughs will continue to generate unsettled weather across the Bahamas while a weak high will keep light and gentle winds throughout the island chain.

All areas

Weather: A mix of sun and clouds with few scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms becoming partly cloudy tonight with scattered showers mainly across the Central and Southeast Bahamas...

News : International

IAEA Conference Launches ‘Ethical’ Appeal on Decommissioning, Environmental Remediation - May 30, 2016 - 10:21:28 AM

Participants at an international IAEA conference in Spain have appealed for faster progress in addressing the legacy of the early development of nuclear energy, saying the decommissioning of old facilities and the remediation of affected sites should not be left to future generations.

“This issue has strong ethical dimensions,” Juan José Zaballa, president of the conference and of Spain’s National Company for Radioactive Waste (ENRESA), said in his conclusions to the International Conference on Advancing the Global Implementation of Decommissioning and Environmental Remediation Programmes on 27 May. Participants urged “against passing responsibilities to future generations where the means to address them currently exist,” he said...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie Reveals Plans to Improve Human Capital Development in Agriculture, Marine Sciences - May 30, 2016 - 8:05:44 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The low academic level of human capital in the Agricultural Sector of The Bahamas is a major impediment to growth, poverty reduction and food security in the Family Islands and in the inner communities of urban Nassau, and to some extent, Freeport, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, in the House of Assembly, on May 25, 2016.

"The establishment in September 2013 of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) served to create a tertiary level academic curriculum which would offer Associates degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and a Skills Training programme to students training in the technologies associated with crop and livestock production and marine and fisheries resource development," Prime Minister Christie said, during his 2016/2017 Budget Communication.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : WANTED PERSONS

Nassau police seek suspects in 2 drive-by shootings and 2 armed robberies - May 30, 2016 - 2:24:20 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the suspects responsible for two separate shooting incidents that have left several persons detained in hospital.

In the first incident, shortly before 12:00midnight on Saturday 28th May 2016, three adult males were standing in front of a home located on Sutton Street off Kemp Road, when the occupants of a grey Honda Torino car pulled up and fired several shots at them before speeding off. The males were rushed to hospital where two of them remain in serious condition and the other in stable condition...

Events Calendars : New Providence

New Providence Events Calendar - May 30, 2016 - 1:30:40 AM

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Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF: Pistol and ammo seized - Man arrested for marijuana possession - May 30, 2016 - 12:27:39 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2016, officers of the Selective Enforcement Team took another illegal firearm out of the hands of a criminal on Saturday 28th May 2016.

Reports are that around 8:30pm, officers from the Selective Enforcement Team were on routine patrol on Lyon Road off Shirley Street, when they saw two suspicious males walking in the area. The officers conducted a search of the males and uncovered a pistol with 10 rounds of ammunition. The two males were subsequently arrested and taken into custody...

Community : Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama Humane Society June Events 2016 - May 30, 2016 - 12:07:06 AM

Freeport Grand Bahama Island - The Grand Bahama Humane Society has a busy month of events planned for June 2016. There are three planned and all completely different from one another.  All events are in aid of our dogs and cats as always!

Firstly, there's a Pub Quiz/Trivia night, being held at the Garden of the Groves on Saturday 4th June.  The restaurant and bar will be open at 6.30pm and the quiz starts at 8.00pm - $5 per person.  A prize for the winning team

News : International

Bahamian elected Vice Governor for Kiwanis International Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District - May 29, 2016 - 7:47:35 PM

There is a new Vice Governor for Kiwanis International and he is from The Bahamas. Melford Clarke was successfully elected Vice Governor of Kiwanis International for the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District recently.

He successfully beat out a distinguished lieutenant governor from Barbados vying for the position that catapults him on a course to be the Governor responsible for the Eastern Canada & Caribbean District of Kiwanis International...

Bahamian Politics

Chairman Collie: The Prime Minister’s $2,000,000 Slush Fund - May 29, 2016 - 7:27:04 PM

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the revelation that the Prime Minister’s budget included a $2 million slush fund:

“Time and time again, this Government has shown it doesn’t believe in transparency and oversight, and now in an election year the country is told that the Prime Minister has rewarded himself with a $2,000,000 slush fund. The previous fiscal year the fund stood at $29,000 – that’s right, $29,000. Now it’s $2,000,000 – a stunning increase of 6,000 percent!”

“What’s even more stunning is that the Prime Minister used less than $1,000 for the first nine months of the last fiscal year. So why the astronomical increase...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Non- Resident Ambassador of The Bahamas to Qatar Announced - May 29, 2016 - 6:44:27 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Perry Christie of Tony Joudi as Non- Resident Ambassador of The Bahamas to Qatar.

Mr. Joudi, who is a Civil Engineer, has also been designated by the Government of The Bahamas as Commissioner General of The Bahamas’ Pavilion for Expo 2020, which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The appointments take place with immediate effect.Mr. Joudi is contributing his services to the country.

Tony Joudi is President of Fast Track Construction Company and has worked on several local and international design and construction projects. Additionally, he is President of Sapphire Venture Fund, a local real estate Smart Fund listed on...


Constitutional Commission speaks to Sandals Resorts staff on Gender Equality Referendum‏ - May 29, 2016 - 5:22:16 PM

Presently, under the law, children of unwed Bahamian men are not recognized as Bahamians, although children of unwed Bahamian women are. The June 7 Gender Equality referendum poses to change that.

Speaking to staff at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island on Thursday, retired Justice Rubie Nottage, attorney Brandace Duncanson and aspiring attorney Rashad Flowers—members of the Bahamas Constitutional Committee explained the implications of the 4 proposed Bills...

News : New Providence

BEC working on restoring power in Nassau after island-wide outage - May 29, 2016 - 2:45:54 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - At approximately 2:30pm on Sunday, BEC made the following statement on their Facebook page:

"BPL is presently experiencing a shutdown of its generation, transmission and distribution networks in New Providence.

An initial assessment is underway to determine the cause of the failure and to begin repairs/restoration as soon as possible..."


Megaton Set to Take Hawaii - May 29, 2016 - 12:56:48 PM

Bahamian native son, Megaton is set to reprise his stage performance at this years IIMT scheduled for June 1-4, traveling to multiple Hawaiian cities. He’s ready to cross oceans and make a repeat of the big splash he did at the event last year.

The Bahamian rapper is gearing up to to perform some of his songs as well as a few covers from some of his favorite artists.

When asked about the reception he got at the event last year he spoke positively, saying that the crowd’s reaction was welcoming earning him some new fans and supporters that have already begun to interact more vigorously with him now that they know he’s scheduled to return...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

21-yr-old dead after shooting in Grand Bahama Island - May 29, 2016 - 12:44:42 PM

Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a shooting incident that has left a 21 year old male of Freeport dead.

Reports are that on Saturday 28th May 2016 shortly after 10:00pm, a male while sitting in a vehicle on Frobisher Circle was shot multiple times about the body by unknown perpetrators.

The male victim was taken to hospital by EMS personnel where he later succumbed to his injuries...

Sales & Promotions : Flying Fish Restaurant

Be entertained this weekend at Flying Fish! - May 29, 2016 - 11:53:34 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Flying Fish Restaurant is going to entertain you this weekend with two evenings of live music! 

On May 28th, enjoy the smooth jazz sounds of local entertainer, Patrick Boston who will be tickling the ivories for our Saturday night Jazz on the Patio.

And on Sunday, May 29th, be entertained by the sounds of award-winning Tim Tibbitts during our popular Casual Sundays.


The Bahamas Weekly FREE Summer Camp Directory 2016 - May 29, 2016 - 11:18:05 AM

Now in our 10th year! The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to once again offer FREE summer camp listings for ANYONE / ANYWHERE in The Bahamas! Have Your camp included in our DIRECTORY at no cost!

Summer is a time for children, and we want to ensure your children have a great summer. As a community service, The Bahamas Weekly allows anyone running a Summer Camp in The Bahamas to list their information about their camp viewable to thousands  of our readers each month for FREE.

Get your Camp Info to us NOW! Email all your details...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

RISE Cards to Offer 'Greater Flexibility' for Cardholders - May 29, 2016 - 11:02:32 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Officials from the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the Department of Social Services Thursday issued the first batch of the RISE Pre-paid Cards to clients of the Wulff Road Outreach Centre.

The RISE Pre-Paid card will allow clients more flexibility in meeting the needs of their households as the card’s use has been expanded to include usage at approved food stores, pharmacies, clothing and shoe stores, bookstores and LP gas vendors.

Eligible householders receive training on various aspects of the programme at their enrollment including their roles and responsibilities, the calculation of the RISE payment and compliance benefits.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Government Working to Provide Nurses with Better Facilities, Tools and Equipment - May 29, 2016 - 10:10:52 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The government is committed to improving healthcare facilities in order to provide the necessary tools for nurses, Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville told attendees of The Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Freeport Branch, Annual Leadership Conference on Friday.

The event was held at Pelican Bay Resort under the theme “Nursing A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems Resilience.”

Minister Darville, using Andrea Walker-Leidy’s definition of leadership said, “It is the ability to see a problem and be the solution.” He continued by saying...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Youth Service Call on Bahamas Consul General Zonicle - May 29, 2016 - 8:13:06 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Religious Youth Service, sponsored by the Universal Federation of Peace (UPF), made a courtesy call on Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W. UPF chapters organize Religious Youth Service projects that offer service-learning opportunities with a special focus on developing personal leadership and peacemaking skills.

Through living together and providing altruistic service in a community, participants demonstrate that it is possible for our global human family to come together in peace for our mutual wellbeing...


Invitational Tryout - 2016 Davis Cup Team - For Final 2 Spots‏ - May 29, 2016 - 12:08:29 AM

The Bahamas will be participating in the Davis Cup in July 2016.  The Competition this year will be held in Bolivia.  The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association(BLTA)  held a tryout in December for the first two spots and is holding an invitational tryout next week June 3-5 to fill the final two spots.

(Matches begin at 9:00 a.m. round-robin format)...


This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 23 - 27 - May 28, 2016 - 11:16:19 PM

Prime Minister Christie delivers 2016/2017 budget statement

The House of Assembly met on Wednesday of this week where the opening statement for the 2016/2017 budget was read by Bahamas Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie. It was the Prime Minister’s fifth and likely final budget communication before the next general election scheduled for May 2017 at the latest.

The Prime Minister touted the fiscal discipline of his administration in the successful execution of its near and medium term fiscal consolidation plan. Faced with a fiscal deficit well in excess of $500 million upon coming in to office in May 2012 said Mr. Christie, the GFS budget deficit now stands at $150 million, $10 million above the projected figure of $141 million due to the $10.2 million payout...

Bahamian Politics

DNA: We Do Not Need Another PLP Budget - May 28, 2016 - 10:18:19 PM

The budget delivered in the House of Assembly today by the Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Perry G. Christie, yet again earmarks nothing for alleviating pressures for every day Bahamians and certainly does not give us hope for the future. This slap-dash budget exemplifies confusion and mismanagement that one can seriously call lack of leadership, sincere oversight and over-shot projections.

During the mid-term budget presented in March of this year, the prime minister blamed a muted global economic recovery for his administration’s failures even though the American economy is stronger than ever, knowing full well a buoyant American economy means better for us...


Baccalaureate Service Challenges COB Graduands to 'Stick Their Necks Out' to Succeed - May 28, 2016 - 9:53:16 PM

Nassau, BAHAMAS - Spring 2016 Graduands of The College of The Bahamas came together in worship and celebration as their COB journey comes to an end.  The annual Baccalaureate Service was held on Sunday, 22nd May 2016 at the Church of God Convention Centre William M. Johnson Auditorium. The hall was filled with melodic sounds from Voices of Paradise and the College Concert Choir under the direction of Mrs. Audrey Dean-Wright and Dr. Alvin Hepburn, Adjunct Professor, School of Mathematics, Physics & Technology
 and Sr. Pastor, Central Church of the Nazarene gave the invocation.

College President Dr. Rodney D. Smith welcomed the congregation and shared his view of the power of education and citied Proverbs 4:13 which emphasizes the importance of knowledge and learning, equating it to life...

News : International

Former Bahamas Spelling Bee Champ Now Poster Boy - May 28, 2016 - 8:00:15 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When he competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015, Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion Charles Hamilton’s outgoing personality and witty comments on-stage resulted in him being featured on the “Good Morning America” television show. But even though he spelt both of his on-stage words correctly in the preliminary rounds of the competition, like this year’s Bahamas Spelling Champion Donovan Aaron Butler, who also successfully spelt his two preliminary words, Hamilton failed to advance to the finals because he did not accumulate sufficient points in the written test....

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Kemp Road Resident Elated by Gift of New Home Thanks to Urban Renewal Commission - May 28, 2016 - 7:04:28 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The provision of a new home for Cecile Johnson and her family is demonstration of the Government’s love to her and the thousands of Bahamians who reside here.

The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, expressed these sentiments as he presented the keys to Ms. Johnson and her son, Rashad Adderley, during a ribbon-cutting and key presentation ceremony Thursday, May 26, 2016...

Bahamian Politics

DNA on the PLP’s proposed Mortgage Relief Programme - May 28, 2016 - 6:10:23 PM

We in the DNA are happy that the current administration has admitted their failures with regard to the initial mortgage relief programme and now is deciding to work with a new version of a Mortgage Relief Programme in the Prime Minister’s Budget Communication.

The fact of the matter is this issue has gone on too long; persons have been hurt and left ashamed due to losing their greatest investment; and long term damage has been done to lives and communities.

The details are still sketchy with regard to what this administration outlined in their budget communication in relation to their mortgage relief plan, which some are calling a Homeowner’s Protection Scheme, but we wish to weigh in on this because the DNA has presented an initial proposal for mortgage relief which we feel strongly that the government should take into consideration...

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