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Bahamas National Youth Choir's Christmas concert set for December 13 - Dec 9, 2016 - 4:42:15 PM

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The Bahamas National Youth Choir under the direction of Cleophas R.E. Adderley, OBE, Founder/Director, will present its Eighth Annual Concert of Music for Christmas on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Trinity Methodist Church, Frederick Street and Trinity Place at 7:30p.m. The concert is under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, GCMG, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Bahamas National Youth Choir was established in 1983 under the direction of Mr. Adderley as a part of the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of Bahamian independence. Over the years the choir has toured and given performances in twenty-eight countries on four continents including The United States...

Entertainment

Ja Rule and Friends Bahamas Hurricane Relief Concert: Dec. 10 - Dec 9, 2016 - 4:42:12 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Nassau, Bahamas - The best of both worlds collide for an explosive night of entertainment as the Caribbean and the United States come together to support the Ja Rule & Friends Bahamas Hurricane Relief Concert on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the National Sports Centre brought to you by Fyre Media, Fresh Entertainment Bahamas and BTC (Bahamas).

On December 8th, More 94 Radio will be hosting a day of giving. Bring canned goods and other resources to the More FM office between 8am and 8pm to help support efforts in Grand Bahama. Your donations will be distributed on Friday, Dec. 9 in Grand Bahamas as we kickoff #FreshAidWeekend with Fyre Concerts and BTC (Bahamas)...

Sales & Promotions : Flying Fish Restaurant

Flying Fish makes World's Best Restaurants List - Dec 9, 2016 - 4:36:54 PM

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Flying Fish of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island has been placed in 58th spot of the world’s top 1000 exceptional restaurants according to the acclaimed French database “La Liste.”

La Liste is an “algorithm-based aggregator of food guides and reviews, crafting the perfect ranking of the world’s best restaurants. Trusted sources from around the world are compiled year round, leading up to the glamorous ceremony when the world’s best chefs are honoured each December in Paris.”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Christmas Celebrated at Annual Festival of Carols - Dec 9, 2016 - 3:11:22 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The sounds and sights of ‘Things Bahamian’ including festive costumes, goat skin drums, cowbells and conch shells resonated in the Church of God of Prophecy, East Street, as students and teachers from private and public schools throughout the country participated in the Annual Festival of Carols.

The primary, junior and senior school students used their talents and abilities to ring in the spirit of Christmas playing musical instruments, dancing and singing in celebration of the birth of Jesus. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology hosted the traditional event Thursday, December 8, on the theme “Celebrating the True Meaning of Christmas”...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Investigations into GB Shipyard Labour Dispute Have Been Completed says Minister Mitchell - Dec 9, 2016 - 3:05:44 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell has confirmed that investigations into labour disputes at the Grand Bahama Shipyard have been completed by the Director of Labour and he received the report just a few days ago.

“I’m still in the midst of studying the report and I’m awaiting the advice of the Director of Immigration,” Minister Mitchell told members of the media following graduating ceremonies for Immigration officers in Grand Bahama on Friday morning...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Government Prepares for More Initiatives to Employ Persons with Disabilities - Dec 9, 2016 - 2:39:37 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, announced another initiative of the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs to ensure that persons with disabilities are employed by the Government.

“I’m very happy to announce that we are working to take these efforts to another level. The US State Courts, the IDB and the Erin Gilmour School for the Blind are working with us to use ICTs [information and communication technologies] to train sight-impaired persons as digital transcriptionists. We have asked that the digital transcription solution for our courts include the capacity for sight-impaired persons to be transcriptionists,” she said...

News : Grand Bahama

Cable Bahamas updates on service restoration on Grand Bahama - Dec 9, 2016 - 2:09:08 PM

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Cable Bahamas teams have been working around the clock to advance restoration efforts on Grand Bahama. This effort has proven to be more extensive and complex than initially anticipated, but the communications company confirmed today that technical teams continue to work relentlessly toward full restoration on the island.
 
There are currently 13 teams in the field working to reconnect REV customers, with an additional seven teams expected to arrive on island this week. These crews, complete with personnel from New Providence and affiliate companies in Florida, are focused on repairing downed lines and fibre feeds, and improving signal quality across the island...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Governor General Makes Annual Visit to Princess Margaret Hospital - Dec 9, 2016 - 1:53:01 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling made her annual visit to Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday, December 9, 2016.  She toured the Children's Ward, Gynae Ward, and Male Orthopedic Ward.  Dame Marguerite gave brief remarks and read a Christmas Story to children of the Children's Ward. She was greeted upon her arrival at the hospital by Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez, Chairman of the Public Hospitals Authority Frank Smith, and administrators and medical staff of the hospital.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Stakeholders Meet to Discuss the Pillars of the National Development Plan - Dec 9, 2016 - 12:15:24 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Dr. Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Director, Economic Development and Planning Unit, Office of the Prime Minister gave an in-depth presentation during a conclave to discuss the four pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP) at SuperClubs Breezes, Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Representatives from the Steering Committee, Government agencies, civic organisations, the University of The Bahamas and other interested persons and entities attended the Conclave on the NDP’s four pillars: Human Capital, Governance, the Environment and the Economy.=.

Community

Hon. Melanie Griffin - In her mother's footsteps... - Dec 9, 2016 - 11:41:07 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - When looking at the history of the nation builders of The Bahamas, one mother-daughter duo stands out as the only pair to have graced the halls of Parliament.  Melanie Griffin may not have expected that she would follow so closely in her mother’s footsteps while growing up, but she did know that the strong family and personal values that her mother, Telator Strachan instilled in her, would carry her far throughout her life.  

Minister Griffin and former Senator Strachan both served in the Upper House as Senators for the government of The Bahamas.  Mrs. Griffin has gone on to serve as a member of the Cabinet and a Member of Parliament in the House of Assembly...

News : International : Caribbean News

Tourism key to U.S.-Caribbean Interests - Dec 9, 2016 - 11:18:55 AM

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The Caribbean must ensure issues of critical socioeconomic importance are firmly addressed with the U.S. Congress and the incoming administration, according to Karolin Troubetzkoy, President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.
 
Troubetzkoy commented on this during her presentation on the impact on the tourism industry of de-risking and correspondent banking relationships at the 40th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America in Miami, produced by the Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) organization...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Maynard-Gibson to ICT for Persons with Disabilities Workshop - Dec 9, 2016 - 9:49:48 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by Sen. the Hon. Z.C. Allyson Maynard Gibson, QC Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs at The ICT for Persons with Disabilities Workshop Melia Nassau Beach Hotel on 8th December, 2016:

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this workshop of Information and Communication Technology for Persons with Disabilities, organized by the Government of The Bahamas and the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU)...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Griffin's Remarks at International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016 Observance - Dec 9, 2016 - 9:23:22 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, M.P., Minister of Social Services and Community Development i n Observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016 Theme: “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”   presented at The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities’ Educational Forum & Exhibition at Stapledon School, Dolphin Drive Saturday, 3rd December 2016

As Minister with responsibility for the Community of Persons with Disabilities throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, I am delighted to be here and to welcome each of you, as together we join hands with people with disabilities worldwide in observance of December 3rd, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities...

Community

30 Long Serving BTC Employees Recognized - Dec 9, 2016 - 8:39:02 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - December 8, 2016. Thirty-one employees were honoured for their service to BTC last Thursday. The event, which took place at Government House recognized team members that have served the company for over thirty five years.

CEO Leon Williams thanked the thirty one employees noting, “As a company we are ever grateful for your years of service and sacrifice. You have seen technology advance over the years and you have done your part to ensure that we have delivered service to the entire country...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

ACP Seymour in Grand Bahama Lights Christmas Tree for the Children - Dec 9, 2016 - 6:05:04 AM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Before having a group of children assist him in the lighting of the giant Christmas Tree at Police Headquarters, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police and Officer in Charge for Grand Bahama and the Northern Bahamas, Emrick Seymour expressed hope that the lighted tree would ignite a spirit of kindness and love among all Bahamians.

These characteristics, he noted, are virtues that are so needed within today’s society.

“In that spirit of Advent, we in the Royal Bahamas Police Force, light this Christmas Tree and we hope that it ignites that spirit into the hearts of each and every one of you...”

News : International

Ten things to know before buying a “drone” this Christmas - Dec 9, 2016 - 5:24:33 AM

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The operation of unmanned aerial systems, informally known as “drones,” can pose a serious threat to manned flights and people and property on the ground. In light of the growing popularity of the use of these devices for recreational purposes, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) launched a Toolkit on International Civil Aviation Day (7 December) to help keep communities safe. A YouTube video has also been released. Anybody considering offering a drone as a gift, or who has received one and intends on using it, should first consult the UAS Toolkit on ICAO’s website...

Arts & Culture : Books

Sir Orville Turnquest Presents His New Book to the Governor General - Dec 8, 2016 - 11:55:43 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Former Governor General, Sir Orville Turnquest presented Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, with a copy of his new book What Manner of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor's Years In The Bahamas during the book's official launch at Government House on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Arts & Culture

Junior Junkanoo: 18 Schools to Rush at Arawak Cay - Dec 8, 2016 - 11:05:29 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas - “Junior Junkanoo ticket sales begin on Wednesday, December 7,” said the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minster of Youth, Sports and Culture during a press conference at the Ministry on Tuesday, December 6.

This year marks the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s 29th Annual Junior Junkanoo Parade.

Being held in conjunction with 29-year sponsor Sol, formerly ESSO, it is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, at 3:00 pm on Arawak Cay...

Sales & Promotions

CostRight Freeport & Nassau - Awesome WOW buys! - Dec 8, 2016 - 9:00:00 PM

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Everyday warehouse values and big discount WOW buys makes CostRight your best bet for savings in New Providence. Click Read more link to view CostRight's large selection of savings. As an added feature, TheBahamasWeekly.com has included the QR code at the bottom of the ad for the convenience of mobile device users. Click 'Read More...' below to see their present promotion...

Arts & Culture : Books

New coffee table book by Bahamian author Amanda Diedrick details Green Turtle Cay’s intriguing past - Dec 8, 2016 - 4:58:15 PM


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Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas  – Lucayans, Loyalists and Eleutheran Adventurers. For centuries, these and other populations have sought safety and refuge on Green Turtle Cay, a tiny island in Abaco, Bahamas. Propelled by fate or by force, most ultimately moved on. A resilient few remained.

Their stories are the focus of Those Who Stayed: The Tale of the Hardy Few Who Built Green Turtle Cay, a new hardcover book by Bahamian writer, Amanda Diedrick.

The full-colour, 185-page publication features close to 200 historic images of Green Turtle Cay, oil paintings by world-renowned Bahamian artist and historian...

News : International

NASA Remembers American Legend John Glenn - Dec 8, 2016 - 4:54:55 PM

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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Sen. John Glenn:

“Today, the first American to orbit the Earth, NASA astronaut and Ohio Senator John Glenn, passed away. We mourn this tremendous loss for our nation and the world. As one of NASA's original Mercury 7 astronauts, Glenn's riveting flight aboard Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962, united our nation, launched America to the forefront of the space race, and secured for him a unique place in the annals of history...

News : International

Secretary-General commits Commonwealth ‘to eliminate the scourge of corruption’ at Transparency International lecture - Dec 8, 2016 - 4:52:00 PM


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Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has told an audience at the Transparency International-UK Anti-Corruption Lecture 2016 in London that corruption ‘is a scourge which holds in thrall millions of our Commonwealth sisters and brothers, condemning them to servitude, poverty, disease, indignity and misery’.

Secretary-General Scotland said that she has worked with Transparency International formally and informally over the years and that she would continue to do so ‘as long as corruption continues to spread its poison’.

Community

Lyford Cay Alumni Reconnect, Network, and Celebrate - Dec 8, 2016 - 4:40:15 PM

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Lyford Cay Foundation Alumni attended an exciting evening of reconnecting, networking and celebrating the holidays at an annual reception hosted at Luciano’s of Chicago.  Alumni learned more about the Foundations’ programmes and participation opportunities.  Scholars are encouraged to stay in touch with the Foundations, and can send their current contact information to Ms. Amanda Marray, Director of Development & Communications...

Sales & Promotions

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Arts & Culture

Grand Bahama Junior Junkanoo Groups Get Assistance - Dec 8, 2016 - 2:07:08 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Grand Bahamian schools are well on their way to hosting one of the best Junior Junkanoo parades, thanks to assistance from the Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

On Tuesday morning all of the schools expected to take part in the 2017 Junior Junkanoo parade in Freeport were invited to pick up a generous supply of materials needed for the building and the pasting of Junkanoo costumes...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

The Bahamas, New Zealand Sign Air Service Agreement - Dec 8, 2016 - 1:30:19 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- After signing an Air Service Agreement between The Bahamas and New Zealand, December 6, 2016 Minister of Transport and Aviation the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin (left) shakes hands with Principal Advisor in the Ministry of Transport of New Zealand Sonya Vandegeer. 

The two countries share similarities of being island nations with strong tourism base. 

Six new air service contracts are being signed by The Bahamas with Qatar, Singapore, New Zealand, Curacao, Brazil and Kuwait...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : WANTED PERSONS

Man in hospital after drive-by shooting at Sunset Park, police seek suspects - Dec 8, 2016 - 12:40:52 PM

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating two suspects responsible for a shooting incident that has left a male detained in hospital on Wednesday 7th December 2016.

According to reports shortly after 10:00pm, a man was about to enter his vehicle in front of a home located at Sunset Park off Carmichael Road, when two males armed with handguns approached and shot him before speeding off in a dark coloured vehicle. The victim was rushed to hospital where he is detained in serious condition.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands

Man dies in Eleuthera traffic accident, three others in hospital - Dec 8, 2016 - 12:39:17 PM

Police in Eleuthera, Bahamas are investigating the circumstances surrounding a traffic accident that have left a man dead and three other men detained in hospital on Wednesday 7th December 2016.

According to reports, around 10:30pm, a man was driving Honda Civic vehicle along a road in the Current, Eleuthera, accompanied three male passengers, when he lost control and veered several feet into the bushes, where the vehicle crashed. One of the male passengers was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver along with the other two males were taken to the local clinic and later airlifted to New Providence, where they were admitted to hospital in stable condition.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Hon. Fred Mitchell on Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - Dec 8, 2016 - 11:58:00 AM

In the House of Assembly yesterday, I raised on a point of privilege certain allegations published under the name Robert F Kennedy Jr.  about Ministers of the Bahamas Government of which I am one.  

The allegations were denounced in the House as false in every material particular.  

They give rise in my view to defamatory allegations and attorneys are being instructed with regard to them.  

The matter has been referred to the Committee on Privileges of The House for further investigation... 

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