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Sports

Taylor and Greene among 18 Bahamians with Carifta Standards - Feb 12, 2016 - 8:35:47 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas - Reigning Carifta champions Charisma Taylor and Tamar Greene among 18 local athletes who have attained qualifying standards for this year’s Carifta Games set for St. Georges, Grenada from March 26-28.

Taylor, who won the girls under 18 long jump and triple jump at last year’s Carifta Games in St. Kitts, leads with the way with qualifying performances in four events (100m, 100m hurdles, long jump, triple jump) in the girls under 18 category while Greene has surpassed the mark for the boys under 20 triple jumps three times already for the season...

Bahamian Politics

This week in the Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Feb 8 - 12 - Feb 12, 2016 - 6:23:41 PM

Government inks management agreement with PowerSecure


On Monday the 8th February, the government of The Bahamas and PowerSecure signed a Management Services Agreement (MSA) that assigns PowerSecure management of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) for the next five years.

The MSA includes a comprehensive, financial-grade business plan which outlines significant cost-reduction and reliability targets along with renewable energy and customer service initiatives...

Entertainment : Bahamas International Film Festival

Cicely Tyson to receive 1st Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award in The Bahamas - Feb 12, 2016 - 5:00:03 PM

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that an award-winning film, television and stage actress Cicely Tyson, ( The Help, Fried Green Tomatoes, Roots, Sounder, Showing Roots) will be honoured with the 1st ever-prestigious Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award at this year’s Bahamas International Film Festival Oscar Party taking place Sunday, February 28.

Academy Award® winner and renowned global icon Sir Sidney Poitier has agreed to the naming of the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the Bahamas International Film Festival the “Sir Sidney Poitier Tribute Award.”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Persons importing poultry into The Bahamas will need to obtain a permit - Feb 12, 2016 - 2:35:04 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- “Effective the 1st of March, all persons wishing to import poultry meats and products will be required to first obtain a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources to do so,” said the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources during a press conference at the Ministry, Wednesday, February 10.

“In this regard, the public is advised that no poultry meats and products will be accepted at any port of entry in The Bahamas without evidence that a permit was issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources,” the Minister said...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

NEMA awards two contracts for Acklins reconstruction - Feb 12, 2016 - 2:33:57 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Two building contractors were awarded contracts to construct homes on Acklins, one of the islands severely impacted by the Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015.

The contracts, valued at an estimated $41,000 for each single bedroom-home, were signed during a press conference at NEMA on Gladstone Road and NEMA’s Way, Wednesday, February 10, 2016...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: 2 Americans in custody for drug possession - Drugs found in home on Bahama Ave. - Feb 12, 2016 - 1:50:45 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Two adult American males from Illinois, USA are in custody after they were arrested for possession of dangerous drugs on Wednesday 10th February 2016.

According to reports, shortly after 9:00pm, officers from the Tourism Policing Unit acting on information went to a cruise ship moored at Prince George Wharf, where they found the two suspects in possession of a quantity of Ecstasy Pills...

Community : Service Organizations

The 52nd Annual Heart Ball: Saturday, February 13th - Feb 12, 2016 - 1:08:15 PM

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Nassau, New Providence -  The Heart Ball Committee 2015-2016 is pleased to announce that the 52nd Annual Heart Ball will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Melia Nassau Resort. Cocktails 7:15 p.m and dinner at 8:30pm.  $250 Reg. ticket Platinum available.

Entertainment by: RBPF Dance Band, Ed Brice Orchestra, Soulful Groovers & DJ Gary 'Super' Johnson

Prizes include: Vacation Packages, Artwork, Jewellery & More...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan

Eye-Catching Colourful Stripes Take Us Into Spring - Feb 12, 2016 - 12:42:32 PM

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Keep an eye open over the next few months and you’ll notice a playful new twist on a spring fashion classic. With the onset of the warmer weather, women will be immersed in the graphic lines, zigzagging patterns and dynamic colour combinations of bold, bright stripes.
 
This represents a fascinating evolution from a look that dominated women’s wear just a few seasons ago when European luxury designers presented more traditional patterns such as houndstooth and pinstripes...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Man found dead in abandoned house in Nassau - 3 armed robberies - Feb 12, 2016 - 12:41:51 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Seek public's help in the discovery of a Man found dead & also locating three armed robbery suspects: Police are seeking the public’s regarding the discovery of a man found dead on Thursday 11th February 2016.

Reports are that shortly after 5:30pm, Police received a report of a man found dead in an abandoned house on Shirley Park Lane. When police arrived on the scene they met the lifeless body of a lifeless male in a room with injuries....

News : Local

URCA Releases 2016 Fee Schedule - Feb 12, 2016 - 12:38:02 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) today published its Fee Schedule for fees relating to the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 (ECS 02/2016), revising the previous schedule which was published on January 29, 2015.

The new schedule introduces the changes to Standard Spectrum Fees established in URCA’s Final Decision and Statement of Results in its “Review of Radio Frequency Spectrum Pricing” document (ECS01/2016), which was published on January 28, 2016.  It should be noted that the changes to Premium Spectrum Fees proposed pursuant to URCA’s Spectrum...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas PM meets with Global Shipping Giant in Geneva - Feb 12, 2016 - 12:29:15 PM

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GENEVA, Switzerland -- Principal and founder of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Gianluigi Aponte and his senior management team met with Prime Minister Perry Christie and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Cabinet Negotiating Committee, February 11, at MSCs headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for two days of deliberations on matters relating to the expiring concessions under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and growth of MSC’s investments in The Bahamas.

MSC is a global giant in shipping, with 80,000 employees worldwide and market capture of 70 percent of cargo transhipment in global trade...

Community

BAMSI’s Student Enrichment Series addresses the topic ‘Let’s Talk Sex’ - Feb 12, 2016 - 12:17:38 PM

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North Andros Island Administrator Ivan Ferguson urged students of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) to remain focused on their goals – gaining important skills and building a knowledge base - which will allow them to successfully enter the agriculture and marine science fields as entrepreneurs or skilled employees who bring valued assets to the workplace.

Mr. Ferguson was invited to speak to the students as part of the Student Enrichment Series. Development by BAMSI’s Student Affairs Department, the Enrichment Series aims to help students build character, adopt healthy lifestyle practices, be more community minded and also focus on their studies and elevate their critical thinking skills...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

Firearm and ammunition found at Grand Bahama International Airport - Feb 12, 2016 - 12:11:47 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Vigilant work by Officers of the Bahamas Customs Department led to the discovery of a large amount of Firearm and Ammunition.

Reports are that on Thursday 11th February 2016 shortly before 12:00pm, police officers were called to the freight section of the Grand Bahama International Airport by custom officials, where they were shown a Samsung television box that contained an assortment of assault rifle, revolvers and ammunition...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Police Commissioner unveils 2016 crime plan - Feb 12, 2016 - 10:32:41 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Candidly admitting that 2015 was a challenging year on crime for The Bahamas, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade presented mixed results in the fight against crime.

He told the media that in the 30 categories of serious crimes, increases were recorded in murder (19%), attempted rape (33%), rape (16%), unlawful sexual intercourse and armed robbery. All other categories except manslaughter and attempted murder decreased by double digits. Overall, crime was down by five percent reported the Commissioner...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

"The College Candidate Who Stands Out Has Served Others," American diplomat tells Bahamian students - Feb 12, 2016 - 10:13:08 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – Although not one Bahamian government school student has ever applied to enter Yale University, tenth and eleventh grade students of Doris Johnson Senior High School learned Wednesday that it is possible to attend the Ivy League institution located in Connecticut and other American universities.

Yale University graduate and American Diplomat John Ford joined students in the school’s Guidance Department’s Career Chat Room where he addressed them on college readiness. Mr. Ford and representatives of the US Embassy in The Bahamas are promoting the message to public school students that college is possible for them and so too is attending Yale University...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

Suspect pleads guilty to firearm and ammunition charges in Grand Bahama - Feb 12, 2016 - 9:52:07 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Suspect pleads guilty to firearm and ammunition charges in Grand Bahama: Douglas Edward Finlay age 58 years, Kylin Finlay age 22 years, Kyle Edward Finlay age 28 years and Alexandria Dominique Richardson age 28 years, all of #3 Yorkshire Drive, were arraigned before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Magistrate Court #2 on Friday 12th February 2016 for Possession of Firearm, (2) counts of Possession of Ammunition and Possession of Dangerous Drug with the intent to supply namely Indian Hemp...

News : International

NASA, University Study Shows Rising Seas Slowed by Increasing Water on Land - Feb 12, 2016 - 5:19:18 AM

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New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise.

A new study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and the University of California, Irvine, shows that while ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, changes in weather and climate over the past decade have caused Earth’s continents to soak up and store an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers, temporarily slowing the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamian students offered chance to meet Sir Sidney Poitier - Feb 12, 2016 - 2:31:28 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Communication in Parliament by the Hon. Fred Mitchell: 

The Cabinet Office is pleased to announce that in honour of the March To Majority Rule, the films of Sir Sidney Poitier, the award winning Bahamian actor, will be shown on ZNS TV.

An essay competition is being organized in the schools, details of which are that students are encouraged in the senior high schools to write a one page essay about the films they saw, what impressed them and say something about Sir Sidney's life...

Sales & Promotions

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Community

Bahamas Social Media Summit coming to Freeport April 5th, 2016 - Feb 11, 2016 - 11:17:09 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Bahamas Social Media Summit 2016 has just been announced during a rotary tour by experienced speaker and seminar promoter Mitch Carson and David Mackey, creative director and president of Mackey Media Ltd. The event is scheduled to take place April 5th, 2016 at Grand Lucayan. Under the theme, ‘ Maximizing profits through Social Media,’ Bahamas Social Media Summit 2016 is a partnership between Mitch Carson and Mackey Media Ltd. The April 5th event is the first of four events planned for Grand Bahama Island during 2016.

This first of four Bahamas Social Media Summit events will feature five international presenters, one Bahamian and a guest presenter.  Mr. Mackey stated; "We believe that through our Bahamas Social Media Summit series, 'Educational Tourism' will...

Entertainment

Nassau Music Society presents, Quartetto Gelato: Feb. 20, 21 - Feb 11, 2016 - 9:51:58 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Get ready to enjoy virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordian Champion! This is Quartetto Gelato, a dazzling musical quartet which has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humour!

The Nassau Music Society is excited to present two shows featuring Quartetto Gelato and a fabulous cocktail party. The first concert will be on Saturday 20th February 2016 from 7:30 pm at the College of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre, Oakes Field. Tickets are $30 for NMS members, $35 for non-members and $10 for students. The second concert and cocktail party will be on Sunday 21st February 2016 from 5:30 pm at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Lyford Cay. Tickets are $75 per person...

News : Local

WhatsApp Use Remains Free on BTC network - Feb 11, 2016 - 8:55:35 PM

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Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) today refuted claims circulating on social media that BTC charged for the use of WhatsApp, stating that its use remains free on the BTC network.

BTC wrote on their Facebook site that BTC likes WhatsApp. “They are our friends. We won’t be charging anyone to chat using WhatsApp.”

Cable & Wireless (C&W) and WhatsApp have a strategic marketing partnership giving BTC access to the full range of WhatsApp features. John Reid, C&W consumer group president said...

Sales & Promotions : Grand Lucayan Resort

Make a date with Your Soulmate this Valentines at Grand Lucayan - Feb 11, 2016 - 8:18:22 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Grand Lucayan Resort invites you to Make a date with Your Soulmate Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Dinner at Churchill’s Savor a selection of Mediterranean-inspired fare in Grand Bahama Island’s most elegant dining room and enjoy a glass of sparking wine with your dessert – with our compliments. $58* PER PERSON. Call 242-373-1333 for reservations **15% gratuity and 7.5% VAT are not included in the price.

Located on Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas has 542 guestrooms and suites and is situated along an expansive 7.5-acre beach with views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Just 55 miles off the coast of Florida, Grand Lucayan, Bahamas offers some of the finest amenities in the Caribbean. Guests enjoy spacious accommodations,

Opinions

Op-ed: Discrimination, The Bahamian Political Crack - Feb 11, 2016 - 8:08:49 PM

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All that glitters is not gold. There is another, darker side to The Bahamas. As a people, Bahamians can be kind, appreciative, welcoming and gracious. But they can also be hateful, abusive and vicious. How is this schizophrenic national personality explained?

This paper is a commentary by Frederick Smith QC arising from Professor of Anthropology Dr Bertin M. Louis's perspicacious lecture on the Marginalization of Haitian Migrants in The Bahamas, and persons of Haitian Heritage.

The lecture by Professor Louis can be found on YouTube, and I urge watching it. I found it to be stimulating and thought provoking...

Arts & Culture

2016, 2017 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Dates Set - Feb 11, 2016 - 8:07:38 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) is pleased to announce the official dates for the 2016 and 2017 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. Intense planning is underway for the 2016 event, which is intended to be even better than the inaugural event: The Grand Bahama Carnival Kick Off is scheduled for April 15-16, 2016 at Taino Beach, Grand Bahama, and the main event for May 5-7, 2016 at Da Cultural Village in Nassau.

The BNFC has made a concerted effort to implement lessons learned from the inaugural year in order to improve the overall event experience, strengthen the marketing, generate greater economic impact for small businesses...

Community

'A Familiar Walk' Takes on Cancer with Corporate Partners - Feb 11, 2016 - 7:28:52 PM

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Companies at the forefront of helping to fund cancer research and patient care have come together to share their stories of the battle against this deadly disease, in the latest episode of the renowned ZNS show ‘A Familiar Walk’. Host Mario Newry takes a look at a health condition all too familiar to families globally, and recounts his mother’s lost fight with the disease.  

On the show, Mr. Newry is joined at the site of the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by Peter Capote and Eddy Cubas of United Parcel Service (UPS). UPS has been a sponsor of Sunshine Insurance’s ‘Race Weekend’ from its inception, and according to Mr. Capote...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

COB students donate to NEMA for Hurricane Joaquin relief - Feb 11, 2016 - 7:25:21 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Vice-President of Student Affairs, College of The Bahamas (COB) Dr. Eslyn Jones (fourth left) made a presentation of an assortment of items for Hurricane Joaquin Relief to First Assistant Secretary of NEMA Chrystal R. Glinton (fifth left), as Director of Campus Life Darvin Toussaint and students look on. The presentation was made at COB Harry C. Moore Library, on Thursday, February 11, 2016. 

Community

Bahamians in the Diaspora: Maria K. Sealy - Feb 11, 2016 - 7:24:54 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Maria K. Sealy grew up on Shirley Street east of Mackey Street in New Providence near an area known as The Pond which produced a number of successful and industrious Bahamians in a variety of professions. Indeed, her sister, Patricia Mortimer, is one of The Bahamas’ most successful female entrepreneurs.

So it is not surprising that Maria has also successfully established herself as a business woman and is currently co-owner of Sealy Cuyler Funeral Home, LLC, located on Pacific Street between Franklin and Classon Avenues in Brooklyn, New York...

Sales & Promotions : Bahamas Dining Guide

Upstairs on the Bay Valentine's Dinner available from Friday Feb. 12th - Sunday, Feb. 14th - Feb 11, 2016 - 7:07:43 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Upstairs on the Bay wants to Make Your Love Sizzle!

Valentine's Dinner is available from Friday February 12th through Sunday, Feb. 14th

Enjoy a 10 oz. New York Strip Steak; OR a 12 oz. Rib Eye Steak; OR a
Grilled Lobster Tail Served...

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Department Reiterates Differences Between VAT & TIN Certificates
File/Pay On-Time to Avoid VAT Fines and Penalties
Certified Statement of Turnover for Business Licences
Ministry of Finance: No Reversal on the VAT Treatment of Insurance
Health
PAHO Director to brief ministers of health on microcephaly / Zika in the Americas
Speak to a physician at Jupiter Medical Center
Bahamas' First Cochlear Implant Surgery Deemed a Success
Jupiter Medical: Put the Pain of Addiction Behind You
Jupiter Medical Center offers Advanced Imaging
"The Fountain of Youth" How to Slow Down the Aging Process
Kittitian mother thanks Health City for son's free heart surgery
"Overcoming Pain" Foods that help with Pain and Inflammation
Jupiter Medical Center Specializes in Oncology
"Feed Your Brain:" Foods That Help Heal the Brain
Opinions
Op-ed: Discrimination, The Bahamian Political Crack
Carey Leonard: on the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Extension‏