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Tropical Storm Matthew expected to become hurricane by Thursday night - Sep 29, 2016 - 11:57:44 AM

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THIS IS A NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM MATTHEW ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT NOON, THURSDAY, 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2016.

… MATTHEW CONTINUES WESTWARD ACROSS THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN….
AT 11AM DST, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM MATTHEW WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 14.2° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 66.3° WEST OR ABOUT 290 MILES SOUTH OF SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO.

MATTHEW IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 15 MPH...

Entertainment

Mexican Brass Concert coming to Nassau for two performances - Sep 29, 2016 - 10:36:52 AM


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The Nassau Music Society presents M5 Mexican Brass Concert in two exciting performances entitled BRASSCINATION!    Combining their skills at virtuosic chamber music in all styles, non-stop interaction with the audience, inborn showmanship, inimitable Latin American charm, and their very own sound, M5 concerts are unique musical-theatrical experiences!

The concerts will be:

On Saturday 1 October 2016 at 7:30 pm at the College of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre, Oakes Field; and

On Sunday 2 October 2016 at 5:30 pm at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-day weather forecast starting Thursday, September 29 - Sep 29, 2016 - 10:32:10 AM

This is the Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight Thursday 29th September 2016

General situation: A mid to upper level trough across the Northwest Bahamas continues to enhance shower and thunderstorm activity across the islands.

Special warnings: Boaters and residents should remain alert for the risk of funnel clouds or waterspouts...

Community

Paradise Plates 2016 to be held Saturday, October 1st - Sep 29, 2016 - 10:06:00 AM

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Hands for Hunger (H4H) has been in existence since 2008. From its inception, RBC Royal Bank has partnered with Hands for Hunger in the mission to eradicate hunger in the Bahamas.
 
To date, RBC Royal Bank has contributed over $60,000 to the programme. Annually, RBC supports three core programmes offered by H4H including, Food for Thought Panel, Paradise Plates, and the Holiday Gift Wrapping.  In addition H4H has rescued over 800,000lbs of food and provides over 10,000 meals weekly to Bahamian families in need. With RBC's support, H4H also raises over $10,000 each year through the holiday gift wrapping programme...

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'Tourism For All - Promoting Universal Accessibility' - World Tourism Day 2016 Celebration - Sep 29, 2016 - 9:48:03 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The United Nations World Tourism Organization’s “World Tourism Day 2016 Celebration,” September 27, 2016 carried the theme ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’ demonstrating the commitment of tourism leaders to include the disabled in tourism planning. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism hosted a one-day symposium at Melia Nassau Beach Resort on Tuesday as part of the global campaign to make tourism accessible to all.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie is pictured, right, at the symposium during a tribute to President of the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled, Sir Durward Knowles, left...

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Consumer Protection Commission Working to Protect the Public - Sep 29, 2016 - 9:26:17 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Consumer Protection Commission works to protect the public from merchants delivering shoddy products or poor service, and Chairman of the Consumer Protection Commission Senator the Hon. Jerome Gomez wants to ensure the public is aware of this.

The Commission, which is located in offices next to the Teachers & Salaried Workers Cooperative Credit Union, East Street South, is the agency tasked by the Government to protect Bahamian consumers from abuse in the marketplace...

Entertainment

Adam Karch to perform in Grand Bahama for one night only - Sep 29, 2016 - 8:37:48 AM

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For those that attended the 2011 concert by Canadian blues and folk rock artist, Adam Karch in Grand Bahama, you already know this is not a performance to be missed!  Karch will return to perform for one night only, at Rooster's Bar & Grill in Freeport on Saturday, October 8th, 2016.

Rooster's is located off of Fishing Hole Road upstairs on the Bahamas Industrial Technologies' east-facing balcony.

"I'm really looking forward to sharing my new songs and bringing the blues back to The Bahamas," said Karch...

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BTVI's Management Calls on Governor General - Sep 29, 2016 - 7:25:35 AM

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President of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Dr. Robert W. Robertson and his senior management team recently paid a courtesy call upon Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House.

Pictured from left to right are: Dean of Construction Trades and Workforce Development, Alexander Darville; Registrar, Samara Sands; Dean of Academic Affairs, Pleshette McPhee; Associate Vice President of Administrative Services, Zakia Winder; President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson; Governor General, Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling; Associate Vice President...

News : New Providence

BTC Opens New Creole Store in Nassau - Sep 29, 2016 - 7:13:39 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas. September 26, 2016. The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) officially opened the doors to its first Creole store this evening.

“We are proud to join hands with the Haitian community as we open our first Creole store today. We believe that this is just another gesture that demonstrates our commitment to customer service and to the Haitian community,” said CEO, Leon Williams...

News : International

Future Neurosurgeon Cleare calls on Ambassador Newry - Sep 29, 2016 - 4:58:41 AM


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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ms. Shaveka Cleare, a final-year medical student at the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research in The Bahamas, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., to discuss her current research work in neurology and her future career goals in medicine.

Upon completion of medical school in a few months, Ms. Cleare plans to follow in Ambassador Newry's footsteps and study to become a neurosurgeon. Her neurosurgery interest includes general neurosurgery, neurotrauma, and spinal deformity...

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World Bank and Caribbean Export Launch Link-Caribbean - Sep 29, 2016 - 12:49:44 AM

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS - Caribbean start-up, early-stage and growth businesses now have another means for raising capital.

Today the World Bank Group together with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) launched LINK-Caribbean, an investment facilitation program aimed at enabling early-stage Caribbean entrepreneurs to raise capital from private investors, particularly business angel investors.

News : Local

Bahamas' Selvinique Wright to vie for Miss Grand International - Sep 28, 2016 - 11:59:45 PM

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24-yr-old Selvinique Wright will be representing The Bahamas at Miss Grand International 2016 this upcoming October in Las Vegas, USA.

The model, whose goal is to become a police officer has been appointed as Miss Grand Bahamas 2016. She plans to continue her studies in psychology and sociology while continuing to mentor young ladies who may be struggling with self discovery, purpose and hopefulness...

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17 civil society and private sector organizations join forces to demand ‘true’ Freedom of Information Act - Sep 28, 2016 - 11:56:31 PM

Nassau, Bahamas — In response to The Bahamas Government’s recent announcement that a final version of the long-anticipated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2015 will soon be tabled in Parliament, 17 groups representing diverse interests have come together in a single voice to demand, what they are calling, a ‘true’ FOIA.

The civil society and private industry organizations are participating in a broad-based campaign aimed at ensuring Government include commonly agreed recommendations proposed by the groups to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. They are mobilizing to engage and educate the public about the importance of the legislation and its timely passage...

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Bahamian Politics

Sidney Collie on the Release of the Carnival Report - Sep 28, 2016 - 8:14:54 PM

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the release of the 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s Economic Impact Report:

“It has taken months for this Government to release the 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s Economic Impact Report to the public, and the findings are just one more example of why we need more transparency from our Government. The 2016 Junkanoo Carnival report reveals that the PLP Government went over budget by more than five million dollars...

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Uriah McPhee Grade 6 Students Call on the Governor General - Sep 28, 2016 - 5:41:15 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Uriah McPhee Primary School Grade 6 students, studying “Our System of Government” for Social Studies, called upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Monday, September 26, 2016. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas Tourism: Boost from 2016 Junkanoo Carnival - Sep 28, 2016 - 5:09:07 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas — The 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival was a major boom for the tourism economy in The Bahamas said the Ministry of Tourism

The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Chairman Paul Major said tourist arrivals for the weekends of the Grand Bahama carnival and Nassau carnival were up over last year.

“There was an estimated 56 percent increase in tourism related economic activity, which accounts for economic indicators such as hotel room revenue, stopover and cruise passenger expenditures,” according to the commission’s report...

News : Local

Organizers of Underwater Wedding Event announce Change of Date and Bridal Competition - Sep 28, 2016 - 4:47:45 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The organizers of the world record-breaking underwater wedding event, In Deep Love Bahamas, have announced that the event will now take place on Thursday, 15th June 2017, surrounded by a week of exciting and entertaining activities for the bridal couples and their guests.

Previously scheduled for February 2017 around Valentine’s Day, the organizers and sponsors recognized that June, a traditional wedding month, also allowed better underwater temperature and visibility.

The launch of the event in May heralded the start of the attempt to break the current Guinness Book of World Record for the largest number of multiple couple weddings held simultaneously underwater...

Bahamian Politics

Dr. Minnis Statement on Baha Mar Employees - Sep 28, 2016 - 2:37:08 PM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on former Baha Mar employees being told to be grateful that they are receiving any of their back wages:

“The FNM has stood with the Bahamian people demanding that the PLP Government fix the injustice that was brought upon the former Baha Mar employees when they were laid off without receiving their pay. We are amazed to hear the comment from the Government’s representative on the claims committee,

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Miami HEAT team looking forward to kids clinic in The Bahamas - Sep 28, 2016 - 2:09:23 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas - The Miami HEAT is looking forward to lending its expertise to the 150 Bahamian children who will take part in Thursday’s basketball clinic, Head Coach Eric Spoelstra said.

“They’ll love it,” Spoelstra said referring to the team. “It was great on the drive in on [Monday] we saw a couple courts outside and saw kids playing and everybody got up on the bus to look out. My guys will really enjoy it...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Report 2016 Released - Sep 28, 2016 - 1:49:11 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Mr. Paul Major (at microphone), chairman of The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC), and other executives released the 2016 Report on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival during a press conference on Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016 at the commission's offices, downtown.

The report detailed the financial impact, insights, marketing and events of the carnival. Stating that the release of the report is not ‘late’ as some persons would suggest, Mr. Major noted, "a report of such magnitude would normally take 90-120 days or 3-4 months...

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Culture, Caribbean Pride and Pageantry at the 2016 Miami Broward Carnival - Sep 28, 2016 - 12:10:44 PM

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Miami Broward Carnival (MBC) lends a cultural authenticity to Miami’s Caribbean vibe that is undeniable. This staple event has become another feather in Miami’s rich cultural diversity cap. Produced by the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOHC), this annual landmark event in South Florida is not just multicultural, but international as well. Recognized once again by the Miami New Times as one of the Top 100 Events in South Florida, MBC is highly anticipated by South Florida locals and the tens of thousands of visitors who breathe and live the Carnival culture; who travel annually every Columbus Day weekend to Miami to celebrate. MBOCHC is proud to partner with Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc., to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Barbados Independence. Carnival celebrations culminate on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds (10901 SW 24 St, Miami, FL 33165). MBC will start at 11a.m.and end at 11p.m.

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CDEMA leads coordination of regional preparedness in anticipation of possible impact from pending tropical weather system - Sep 28, 2016 - 11:48:56 AM

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Barbados - As a number of the Participating States of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) brace for the pending impact of a tropical weather system, the Agency has once again taken the lead to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM). To this end, CDEMA in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) convened a pre-strike meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group (ECDPG) at 12:00 noon today, Tuesday September 27, 2016, to plan for possible scenarios in preparation for the impact. Partner agencies who are members of this group including regional and international donors and development partners are monitoring the system.

The CIMH provided technical understanding of the system by defining the implications for countries in line of the impact. The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has been in contact with the National Disaster Coordinators (NDCs) in Barbados...

Community

RBC Royal Bank sponsors $20,000 to UWI Research Day for 10th Consecutive Year - Sep 28, 2016 - 10:19:14 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Since its inception, RBC Royal Bank has partnered with The University of The West Indies to host its annual research day.

In its 10th year, UWI’s Research Day Conference will be held under the theme “Clinical and Community Medicine – A Vital Research Partnership” on September 29th and 30th.   
 
Dr. Robin Roberts, Director, UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research said, “This year we celebrate the UWI School of Clinical Research and Medicine’s 10th Research Day...

News : International

Bahamas House Rededication Held in New York - Sep 28, 2016 - 9:48:14 AM

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NEW YORK – Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell is pictured on September 26, 2016, at the rededication of the newly refurbished Bahamas House, 231 East 46th Street, which houses The Bahamas’ Permanent Mission and the Consulate General in New York. 

Pictured in first row from left: Bishop Carrington Pinder; Chairman of Bahamas Maritime Authority Mr. Anthony Kikivarakis; Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mrs. Sharon Haylock; Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell; Opposition Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman; Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Elliston Rahming; and...

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Girl Guides Cookie Month Launched in The Bahamas - Sep 28, 2016 - 8:43:09 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Members of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association presented Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, with the first cookies to officially launch Girl Guides Cookie Month, during a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 

Pictured from left at the presentation: Zara Wilson, Guide; Ariana Ao, Sunflower; H. E. Dame Marguerite Pindling; Hayley Wilson, Brownie; Samia Adderley, Ranger; and Gillian Wilson, Assistant District Commissioner...

Community

Thousands to Take to the Streets in CIBC First Caribbean’s Annual Walk For The Cure This Weekend - Sep 28, 2016 - 7:58:44 AM

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Thousands of walkers clad in branded T-shirts will hit major streets and highways across the region this weekend united in a common cause to raise funds and awareness in a campaign against cancer.

The fifth annual CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure will see thousands of walkers and runners across most of the 16 territories where the bank is located, converging for early morning or afternoon walks and runs in support of  local cancer charities...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

President of BTVI calls on Bahamas Governor General - Sep 28, 2016 - 7:45:19 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Dr. Robert W. Robertson, fifth left, the first President of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) along with his Senior Management Team, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, centre, at Government House on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Young Entrepreneur Jarrel Hall Presents PM with Bahamian-Themed Socks - Sep 28, 2016 - 6:00:49 AM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie (right) receives a presentation of Bahamian-themed socks from Bahamian entrepreneur, Jarrel Hall (centre) during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister, on September 26, 2016. 

Also pictured is Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe.  Mr. Hall created his new product while he was studying in China.  The socks are currently sold in select boutiques in Nassau, and a young female Bahamian entrepreneur manufactured the real wood box that they are presented in, as pictured...

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Department of Inland Revenue Urges Compliance on VAT Inclusive Pricing
The Department of Inland Revenue responds to Tribune Business Article on Tax Compliance Certificates
Global Blue Service Fee Payment Can Now Be Made Online‏
Suriname Delegates Visiting Bahamas on Fact-Finding Mission on VAT Implementation
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce meets with gov't to discuss business license requirements
Bahamas Business Licence Certification Requirement Notice
No Consideration to VAT Being Removed From Healthcare
Department of Inland Revenue Business License Payment Methods
Department of Inland Revenue Reissuance of Billings (Real Property Tax)
Health
Ministers of Health to discuss actions to improve health in the Region
Bahamas Sickle Cell Association Open for Online Registration
Solomon’s Lucaya Sees Success With In Store Health Seminar
Bahamas Ministry of Health: Zika Update #3
Jupiter Medical Center Offers Advanced Imaging
Jupiter Medical Center – Health Care That’s Worth Going the Extra Mile
Top-tier Orthopedic Program at Jupiter Medical Center
New Technology Targets Tumors in Five Days or Less
Cutting Out Sugar Can Improve a Child’s Health in Just 10 Days
BTVI holds successful health and wellness fair
Opinions
Rick Lowe: Government Acting Immorally Over Tax Compliance Certificates
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas on the 2016 Bahamas Gender Equality Referendum
Op-Ed: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship through the Modernization of Government Services
Bahamas Olympic swimmer on the Gender Equality vote
Fred Smith: We Reap What We Sow
Top 3 Outlandish statements from Dame Sawyer that should really scare you
Terrance Gape: The Bridge to nowhere
Attorney Constance Mcdonald provides clarity on Gender Equality bills
What Does China Want From The Bahamas?
China's Growing Presence in The Bahamas