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Call to scale up climate partnership for small islands - Sep 1, 2014 - 2:05:24 PM
The heads of three
regional organisations, together with the Commonwealth, have called for
the strengthening of a global partnership to support climate change
planning and finance in small island developing states.
Climate Resilient Islands Partnership was formed in 2011 and launched at
the Rio+20 summit to support island nations, many of whom face
existential threats as a result of climate change and rising sea levels,
by providing a facility for sharing learning and providing mutual
Ahead of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States, in Samoa between 1-4 September 2014, the Commonwealth...
"Pastor Myles Munroe’s press release: Homosexuality - Phobia or Principle” - Sep 1, 2014 - 1:56:07 PM
I have respected Dr.
Myles Munroe in a various capacities since my youth (as a then member of
Bahamas Faith Ministries International), and continue to do so in
certain instances. Thus, I was rather surprised at the discourse between
him and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fred Mitchell earlier this year.
reference to his recent press release, I must ask if Dr. Munroe
describes statutory rape and child molestation as ‘unnatural human
behaviour’, as he does homosexuality? Should LGBT people that have not
committed sex crimes be treated the same as - or worse than - those that
have? Perhaps I am unaware of Dr. Munroe's response to other issues of
national concern related to a number of “men of the cloth” over the
decades that have been convicted of sexual crimes against minors in
Bahamas 7-Day Weather Forecast: September 1-7 - Sep 1, 2014 - 1:22:39 PM
Seven Day Weather Forecast from September 1-7, 2014
SITUATION: A ridge of high pressure remain across the islands,
meanwhile an upper level low just east of The Bahamas will generate some
scattered showers and thunderstorms across the area.
1st – Partly sunny and hot with isolated showers and thunderstorms
possible; turning fair and humid tonight in the Northwest & Central
Bahamas however, a mix of sun and clouds and breezy with few scattered
showers and isolated thunderstorms in the southern islands. Maximum
Temperature 92°F and Minimum Temperature 78°F. Small Craft Caution is in
effect for the Southeast Bahamas. Winds E-SE 10-15 knots in the
Northwest & Central Bahamas, and E-SE 15-20 knots in the Southeast
Bahamas. Seas 2-4 feet in the Northwest & Central Bahamas and 4-6
feet in the Southeast Bahamas.
Grand Bahama Man and Woman Robbed in Home on Frobisher Drive - Sep 1, 2014 - 12:41:04 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Police are searching for (3) three men who reportedly robbed a male and female while in their home.
are that on Sunday 31st August 2014, shortly after 2:00am, police
received information that a male and female were robbed while in their
home on Frobisher Drive by three men, one who was described as being
light skin, wearing dark clothing with his face covered, who was
reportedly brandishing a crowbar and a knife. They were robbed of two
cell phones, a laptop and cash...
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Monday, September 1st - Sep 1, 2014 - 12:01:46 PM
Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Monday 01st September, 2014.
General situation: A ridge of high pressure at the surface will remain
across the Bahamas…meanwhile an upper level low just east of the Bahamas
will generate some scattered showers and thunderstorms across the
islands while shifting westwards today.
For the Northwest and Central Bahamas
Weather: Partly sunny and hot with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible…turning fair and humid tonight…
Custom Computers Ltd. Celebrates Academic Achievement Through Its “A’s For Excellence” Campaign - Sep 1, 2014 - 11:30:58 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Hundreds of students from
educational institutions across The Bahamas took part in the seventh
annual A’s for Excellence campaign held by Custom Computers Ltd. this
summer. Local primary, high school and college students who received at
least one ‘A’ grade in their final report card for the 2013/2014
academic year were invited to enter random drawings for a chance to win a
desktop computer, laptop or tablet.
New to the campaign this
year: the Family Island School with the most entries received a
multifunction machine (printer/fax/scanner/copier)...
Sterling Financial launches New Providence Opportunity Fund - Aug 31, 2014 - 10:01:28 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas based
Sterling Financial Group (“Sterling”), announces the launch of the New
Providence Opportunity Fund, Ltd. (the “Fund”). The Fund is a closed-end
equity investment fund consisting of high net worth and institutional
investors, which targets diverse real estate investment and development
opportunities in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean...
CIBC FirstCaribbean Supports Education for All - Aug 31, 2014 - 8:49:16 PM
Nassau, Bahamas, 21st August, 2014, In a
display of the bank’s dedication to education for all, CIBC
FirstCaribbean donated to two charities aimed at providing schooling for
non-traditional learners. CIBC First Caribbean awarded The PACE
Foundation school for unwed teenage mothers, and Project Read Bahamas,
an adult literacy programme, with monetary gifts to contribute to the
work the organisations do in giving second chances to un-conventional
and disadvantaged students.
The gifts are courtesy of the
company’s International Comtrust Foundation, a Caribbean-wide initiative
which ensures that 1% of the Bank’s profits reach important causes,
which may be nominated by local employees. Education is a major
component of CIBC First Caribbean’s four-pronged social impact...
2 Nassau murder suspects to appear in court Monday - Aug 31, 2014 - 8:34:47 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - A 22 – year old male of
Young Close and an 18 – year old male of Cordeaux Avenue are expected to
appear in court at 12:00noon on Monday 1st September 2014, to be
formally charged for the murder of Latore Mackey that occurred on Monday
25th August 2014.
POLICE are appealing to anyone with
information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant
(the tip) may seem, to anonymously call Police at 919 or CRIME STOPPERS
at 328-TIPS (8477) (New Providence) or 1-242-300-8476 (Family Islands)...
CWC CEO Phil Bentley Outlines the New BTC - Aug 31, 2014 - 8:21:55 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas -
In an address to
attendees at the August 29th announcement of the majority economic
interest in BTC moving to The Bahamas government and the people of The Bahamas,
Phil Bentley, CEO of Cable and Wireless
initiatives and plans to transform BTC into a world class telecommunications
company. Top of the list, a $170M investment upgrade in BTC networks and to
deliver additional services over the next three years to include BTC TV;
US60M deployment in cell sites and more
powerful radio signals across the entire Bahamas delivering the fastest mobile
Bahamas Ministry of Finance Issues VAT Guide and Guidance Notes - Aug 31, 2014 - 4:07:19 PM
The Ministry of
Finance released today a series of Value Added Tax Guidance Notes.
These documents provide general guidance and advice to the public and
the business community as part of the Government’s public education
campaign in respect of the VAT that will be implemented in The Bahamas
on January 1, 2015.
The Guidance Notes serve to complement the
General VAT Guide that was released on July 30th and provide more
detailed information that is specific to particular industry sectors or
in respect of specific situations and circumstances. These will be
expanded and revised as necessary, based on feedback...
New CEO of BTC calls on GBPA's president Rolle - Aug 31, 2014 - 1:27:40 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama
– Newly appointed CEO of BTC, Mr. Leon Williams visited Grand Bahama
last week, as his restructuring plans for the company moves forward.
While in Freeport, Williams along with his executive team paid a
courtesy visit on President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
(GBPA), Mr. Ian Rolle.
“Williams is known for his contribution to
the telecommunication industry as former CEO of BTC,” Rolle expressed.
“His return bodes well for the organization’s future and I expect that
we’ll see continued innovation and growth under his leadership,” he
Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Miami and South Florida - Aug 31, 2014 - 12:44:25 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
light of the reports of robberies of Bahamians in Miami and the south
Florida area, the general public is again advised to exercise caution
and care when travelling to South Florida.
Bahamians visiting that area are advised to always travel around in groups and void remote and dimly lit areas.
not leave valuables in your car at all as the reported break ins have
been of valuables left in the trunks of cars. Additionally, travelers
Xernona Clayton celebrates birthday in Bahamas - Aug 31, 2014 - 12:20:27 PM
BIMINI, Bahamas - Xernona Clayton, founder
of the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame celebrated her 84th
birthday on the Bahamas island where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned a
portion of his “I Have A Dream” speech. One of the more notable Atlanta-based female
civil rights leader, Xernona Clayton Brady and her twin sister were born August
30, 1930 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
The broadcasting executive who founded
the Trumpet Awards was joined by over 70 friends and family members on the
island of Bimini, which lies just sixty miles off the coast of Florida.
Among the guests was former Member of Parliament
for Bimini and the Berry Islands, Hon. George Weech. Bishop Neil C. Ellis, who
was the third Bahamian inducted onto the International Civil Rights Hall of
RBPF Nassau: Man shot by police - Assault rifle found - 7 arrests overnight - Aug 31, 2014 - 12:17:02 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are
investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a
was shot by police whilst attempting to enter a building located on East
Street South shortly after 9:30am on Saturday 30th August 2014....
High powered weapon seized by Mobile Division Officers:
According to reports,
shortly after 7:00pm on Saturday 30th August 2014, officers from the
Mobile Division acting on intelligence went to the St. Andrews Beach
Estates area, where they uncovered a high-powered assault rifle
underneath a tree.
TASTE Sabor at the Pelican Bay Hotel! - Aug 31, 2014 - 11:30:51 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas -
Sabor is the island’s freshest place to savor all the tastes
of the tropical. With its innovative fusion menu, Sabor
is one of the hottest restaurants in the Bahamas.
The magic starts in the kitchen where our 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 diners have a
marvelous view over the yachts in the Port Lucaya marina, among swaying
palm trees, all poolside at the boutique resort...
PAHO/WHO Director welcomes regulation of food industry to curb obesity - Aug 31, 2014 - 9:32:30 AM
labeling, promotion and advertising of processed foods are needed to
reverse “exponentially increasing” patterns of unhealthy consumption
D.C. — Countries in the Americas—which have the highest obesity rates
in the world—are fighting the obesity epidemic with new, stricter
regulations on food labeling, promotion and advertising.
regulations, which seek to inform and protect consumers while creating
incentives for healthier eating, are “important advances that should be
stimulated throughout the region,” said Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director
of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
(PAHO/WHO), speaking this week at the International Conference on Food
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Planning Bahamas Wedding! - Aug 30, 2014 - 12:40:58 PM
Brad Pitt and Angelina
Jolie, Stars of the 2005 movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" are reportedly
planning a Bahamas Wedding. The couple who tied the knot recently in a
private ceremony in Chateau Miraval, France will also celebrate in a
private beach ceremony in the Bahamas.
While the Bahamas wedding ceremony will be the third in a series of
nuptial for the couple who got engaged in April 2012. According to
insider, it will perhaps be the most important for Angelina as the ashes
of her mother Marcheline Bertrand - who died of ovarian cancer at the
age of 56 are scattered on a beach in Bahamas...
RBPF Nassau: Armed robbery on Faith Ave. - Man shot in the back - Illegal firearm arrest - Aug 30, 2014 - 11:20:33 AM
Police are requesting the public’s
assistance in solving an armed robbery that occurred on Friday
29thAugust 2014. According to reports, around 10:00pm, police received a
report of an armed robbery in progress at a business establishment
located on Faith Avenue south. When police arrived on the scene they saw
two armed men exiting the business establishment. The suspects on
seeing the police fired several shots and fled on foot. Police returned
fire but was unable to catch the suspects...
Police are requesting the public’s assistance in solving a shooting incident occurred on Saturday 30th August 2014.
to reports, shortly before 3:00am, a man was walking in the area of
Cockburn and Market Streets, when he was shot to the back. The victim
was transported to hospital via private, where he is detained in stable
Bahamas Chamber Best in Business Awards Nominations Open - Aug 30, 2014 - 9:14:34 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
BIBA recognizes the best in Bahamian entrepreneurship honoring business
owners of integrity and businesses that have had the greatest positive
impact on our communities. Nominees must be Chamber members and cannot
nominate themselves. Winners are selected by a committee based on
criteria such as the uniqueness of the business model and level of
positive impact on the community.
The 2014 awards will be presented on Thursday, October 30th at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Ballroom in Nassau.
include: Lifetime Achievement, Male Entrepreneur of the Year, Female
Entrepreneur of the Year, Best New Business of the Year...
Enjoy Lunch or Brunch at Garden Delite at the Pelican Bay Hotel - Aug 30, 2014 - 1:12:55 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Enjoy brunch at Garden Delite!
the brain of Chef Emmanuel Smith comes a new concept for sophisticated
healthy eating in Grand Bahamas — Garden Delite: Sabor’s new sister
restaurant located on the 4th floor of Pelican Bay’s Canal House!
new restaurant is situated in a scenic spot, overlooking a lovely
section of Bell Channel Bay from atop the 4th floor of the Pelican Bay
Hotel Canal House, which hosts business conferences and gatherings.
Bahamas Junkanoo Festival Launch Photo Highlights - Aug 29, 2014 - 7:29:04 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
August 27th, 2014 an explosion of Bahamian culture erupted at Pompey
Square as persons from all walks of life converged there to experience a
cultural RUSH unlike any other that has ever taken place in The
Bahamas. It was the official launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival set to
be a post-Lenten five weeks festival of events, highlighting Bahamian
cultural expressions in music, art and Junkanoo. This Collage of Culture
is said to not be a single event, but rather a collection of
celebrations, concerts, cultural shows and street parades that pull from
all aspects of culture and heritage. Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will
kick off on Easter Monday 2015.
The launch gala provided an exhilarating foretaste of what's to come May
7th - 9th 2015; Junkanoo, live bands, cultural show, indigenous
colorful costumes designed and made by Bahamians, fireworks, food,
drinks, jump in the line dance and more.
BTC majority shareholding transfer final announces PM Christie - Aug 29, 2014 - 5:51:38 PM
At a luncheon to mark the transfer of 2% of BTC shares to the Bahamian People Friday 29 August 2014.
Just over two
years ago my Party was overwhelmingly returned to government, in the general elections, to lead the course
of our national destiny for the five years hence. It will be recalled that,
what Bahamians considered to be a significant promise, was made by my Party
following the sale of the majority stake in BTC. The promise was that, if
elected, my Government would seek to regain majority stake in BTC through
lawful means. In our
Charter for Governance, it was made
clear that I would cause this to happen, through arms-length negotiations with
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson makes first official familiarization visit to Grand Bahama - Aug 29, 2014 - 3:16:19 PM
On August 27-28, U.S. Charge
d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson, accompanied by U.S. Embassy representatives,
visited Grand Bahama Island for an extensive two-day visit that included a
courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville
as well as meetings with the U.S. Embassy’s key partners and stakeholders in
the business, trade and industrial sectors. During the courtesy call on Minister Darville, Charge
Johnson and the Minister engaged in a productive dialogue
on areas of mutual interest including the safety and security of American and
Bahamian citizens and economic development. She expressed her delight in the opportunity to learn more
about the great city of Freeport with its long history of American presence,
adding that she looks forward to many more visits to the island...
Franklyn Wilson on the disbandment of the BTC Negotiating Committee - Aug 29, 2014 - 3:00:40 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by Franklyn R. Wilson, CMG
Occasion: Disbanding of the Committee
by The Government of The Bahamas
with Cable and Wireless relative to
The Nassau Guardian of 31st July,
2012 contained an article which includes a quote as follows:
Prime Minister Perry Christie has appointed his negotiating team ahead
of formal talks with Cable and Wireless aimed at getting a majority take of
recently privatized BTC back in the hands of the Government”
Today’s event is in the context of the
disbanding of that Committee and matters related thereto...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby - Aug 29, 2014 - 2:34:17 PM
BIS pay tribute to a fallen colleague
mood was somber and the atmosphere filled with grief late Monday
morning (Aug 25) as the staff at the Bahamas Information Services (BIS)
gathered to pay tribute to the life of former Deputy Director Latore
Mackey who was killed earlier that morning.
He was fondly
remembered by his colleagues as a conscientious and disciplined worker
who was gone too soon. Led by Anglican Archdeacon, the Venerable James
Palacious, the staff prayed for the repose of Latore’s soul and
collectively hope for justice.
Outside the House of Assembly,
Prime Minister Christie expressed the stark contrast between the
civility, calmness and coolness of Latore’s demeanor in life and the
violence of his death.
Meet 3 of the 9 panelists of iCreate Music All Access Seminar - Aug 29, 2014 - 12:50:40 PM
Paradise Island, Bahamas - Founded and launched in 2011, the
iCreate Music All Access Seminar is set to go down on
September 20th & 21st at the Atlantis Resort.
iCreate Music All Access Seminar will have 9 panelists made up of
songwriters, industry veteran lawyers, managers, producers, engineers
and a&r's. At the seminar attendees will have the opportunity to
engage panelists and asks any questions that they may have as well as
participate in workshops and music showcases.
Asia Byrant, Donnie Scantz and
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Officially Launched - Aug 29, 2014 - 12:46:23 PM
Bahamas – In less than one year, the country will be welcoming another
form of cultural expression when the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival debuts in
May 2015. During an official ceremony launching the event at Pompey
Square on Wednesday, August 27, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G.
Christie, expressed his optimism for the event.
am very pleased that we will be soon be able to showcase even more of
our country’s culture via this new event,” said the Prime Minister. “Not
only is this a great opportunity for Junkanoos, artisans and other
craftsmen to display their wares and talents but it also offers us the
opportunity to provide additional entertainment for guests who visit our
Ronnie Butler Honoured in Statue Unveiling Ceremony - Aug 29, 2014 - 12:25:32 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry
Gladstone Christie, delivered remarks during a ceremony for the unveiling of a
statue honouring Bahamian Entertainment icon, Mr. Ronnie Butler. The event was
held on the grounds of Craig Flowers Corporate Headquarters on West Bay Street,
August 28, 2014.
Mr. Butler is a Bahamian calypso and
rake 'n scrape entertainer and singer, whose career spanned more than 50 years.
His career as an entertainer began at the age of 16, and he is commonly
referred to as 'The Godfather of Bahamian Music.' He has performed in memorable
local night spots including: Ronnie's Rebel Room, the Trade Winds Lounge, Big
Bamboo and the Nassau Beach Hotel in addition to venues throughout the