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Hutchison Port Holding’s Employee councils host Pre-Easter Fish Fry - Apr 1, 2015 - 10:33:20 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – In a move to foster a greater bond between its members, the employee councils for Freeport Container Port (FCP), Freeport Harbour Company (FHC) and Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBAC) hosted a Fish Fry at FCP Cafeteria on Friday.

The objective of the employee councils is to function as an advisory group to the administration of FCP, FHC and GBAC and to the staff it represents by providing an operational framework for discussions and communication of issues, policies and activities relating to the staff. Those issues include health and safety matters, performance and productivity concerns, social events, welfare of staff, development of training programs and working conditions...


Widescreen Film and Music Video Festival Announces Dates for 2016 - Apr 1, 2015 - 10:11:48 PM

FLORIDA - Dates have been set for the 2nd annual Widescreen Film and Music Video Festival at AMC Theatre in Aventura.  The four day event will take place from February 24th through 28th, 2016.

The festival is founded by twenty-four year old self-taught Bahamian filmmaker Jarrod Knowles who was one of the first Bahamians to delve into the horror / comedy genre with his film, "What Lies Beyond...The Beginning." Sponsors include the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, and

Submissions will begin Sunday, November 1st 2015.

News : Local

Royal Bahamas Defence Force takes delivery of 4th of 9 vessels - Apr 1, 2015 - 5:20:44 PM

Five additional vessels to be delivered in the coming months

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has taken delivery of the fourth and final Stan Patrol 4207, named HMBS Rolly Gray. The four Stan Patrol 4207s form part of the six-year Sandy Bottom project.

The Stan Patrol 4207s carry a 24-person crew, have a range in excess of 2000 nm and can achieve speeds of 20 knots. As well as their weapons systems each carries two RHIBS for fast interception and boarding. The first 4207, HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna, arrived from the Netherlands in May 2014, followed by HMBS Durward Knowles in July...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Issues Draft Regulations on the Use of "Drones" - Apr 1, 2015 - 5:02:40 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Transport and Aviation advises the public that it has posted on the site of the Department of Civil Aviation draft regulations to regulate and govern the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) also known as "drones."

The Ministry is aware that the use of UAS devices has increased in The Bahamas and is used by both hobbyists and in commercial enterprise. Concerns have been raised about both aviation and public safety matters and concerns about privacy issues in the use of these devices. Recently the Minister of Transport and Aviation, the Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin travelled to Washington with a high level delegation to discuss with the Department of Transport and ...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

West End 4th Annual Junior Sailing Regatta with Exciting Entertainment, Food and Activities - Apr 1, 2015 - 4:51:46 PM

WEST END, Grand Bahama – The community of West End will come alive with excitement on Saturday, April 11, as Junior Sailors from throughout Grand Bahama raise their sails for the start of the 4th Annual West End Junior Sailing Regatta. The tourney will take place at 11:00 am with activities, exciting live performances from various artists like Lil Joe, the Legends Marching Band, and a live Junkanoo performance by the Bayshore Warriors.

Elaine Smith of the Ministry of Tourism said “as we prepare for the first Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which will launch on Grand Bahama Island, Junior Sailing Regatta goers will enjoy a dose of Carnival...

News : New Providence

COB Foreign Languages Festival Sharpens Focus on Language Diversity - Apr 1, 2015 - 4:41:55 PM

Advancements in technology are shrinking the divides of national borders as the world becomes a global village. It means that mastering multiple languages and becoming familiar with various cultures other than one’s own is advantageous.

The Foreign Languages Department of the School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) at The College of The Bahamas recently staged its 10th Annual Foreign Languages celebrations, showcasing some of the cultures of the world, in a cultural show and international food fair...

News : Local

GBHRA: Government should be commended on support for gay rights - Apr 1, 2015 - 4:38:02 PM

The following is a statement by the Grand Bahama Humane Rights Association (GBHRA):

The Christie administration is to be commended for taking a stand, on the world stage, against discrimination on the basis of sexual preference.

Last week, the government of The Bahamas contributed to the United Nation’s rejection of an attempt to stop the spouses of U.N. General Assembly staff who are in same-sex-marriages from enjoying the same privileges as traditional couples...

News : International

Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell Meets With Top Atlanta Executives - Apr 1, 2015 - 4:26:30 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia - Minister of Foreign of Affairs to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Fred Mitchell is on a brief diplomatic tour of metro Atlanta, where he is meeting with government officials, civil rights leaders and business executives, in what has been described as a “great dialog” that will positively impact both regions.

Among those attending a luncheon with Min. Mitchell was Andre Dickens, Atlanta City Council Member; Rashida Winfrey, Mosiac Advisors Financial Management CEO; Michael Ross, Program Manager for Hartsfield Jackson International Airport; Cassius Butts, Regional Director Small Business Administration; Leona Davenport, Atlanta Business League CEO; and Tommy Dortch, entrepreneur.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie greets Acting President of UN General Assembly, Einar Gunnarsson‏ - Apr 1, 2015 - 4:25:08 PM

NEW YORK CITY – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, left, greets Ambassador Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations and Acting President of the sixty-ninth session of General Assembly, in New York, March 30...

News : International : Caribbean News

Caribbean urged to reverse decline in aquaculture - Apr 1, 2015 - 4:05:51 PM

St. George’s, Grenada - Fisheries officials who spoke at the 13th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, held in St. George’s, Grenada, earlier this week, highlighted the need for collective action by the 17 member states of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in order to overcome the mounting challenges which confront the fisheries and aquaculture sector of the Caribbean.

Senator Simon Steele, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment of Grenada, the keynote speaker for the event, elaborated on some of the challenges: among them international and local economic pressures and rising input costs; threats to fish stocks and habitats from pollution and illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing; as well ...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Paradise Fisheries Hosts Fisheries Training For At-Risk Youths to Create Industry - Apr 1, 2015 - 3:31:55 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Protecting the Bahamian human capital by teaching at-risk youths to be fishermen is a new approach to creating youth employment in food security. About 20 young trainees signed up for the pilot project to learn boating, diving, and fishing in order to be certified through the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) and the National Training Agency (NTA).

The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources joined forces with the Ministry of Youth, Sports, & Culture to create training and employment in the Fisheries Industry by teaching at-risk youths how to fish to feed themselves and the nation, and announced the venture in the conference room of Paradise Fisheries on Monday...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Nassau Flight Services Employee of the Year Gala and Awards Presentation - Apr 1, 2015 - 3:16:32 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Nassau Flight Services (NFS) held its Employee of The Year Gala and Awards Presentation under the theme, ‘Celebrating Excellence 3-6-5’ at Holy Trinity Activities Centre, March 19.

Pictured are awards celebration winners.

Being honoured are Monique Miller for Employee of the Year Award (Above Wing); Glendina Williams for Employee of the Year Award (Below Wing); Samuel Moncur for General Manager’s Award; and Lavonda Spears for Chairman’s Award. Additional awards given were: Customer Service Award -- Sherell King, Extra Mile Award – Sidney Munroe, Team Leader Award – Shereal Rahming, Manager’s...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

17th Annual Pelican Point Coconut Festival: April 6th - Apr 1, 2015 - 2:01:26 PM

GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas - Plans for the 17th Annual Coconut Festival in Pelican Point, East Grand Bahama, on Easter Monday were announced on Monday, during a press conference at Banana Bay.

During the festival, which will be held from 11am to 8pm on Monday, April 6, there will be a showcase of culture with live performances by The Grand Bahama Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, Veronica Bishop and Kirk "K.B." Bodie.

Describing cultural festival as an integral part of the island's tourism product, Elaine Smith, Coordinator Product Department of the Ministry of Tourism said, "we recognize the importance of these celebrations that tell the story of our past and highlight the rich value of our Bahamian history..."


Lanece Clarke ready for Bahamas IAAF World Relays‏ - Apr 1, 2015 - 1:59:42 PM

There's not too many second generation athletes who have gone on to excel at the international level. Quarter-miler Lanece Clarke is one of them.

As the daughter of former St Augustine's College sprinting star and multiple Carifta medalist, Maryann Higgs-Clarke, Clarke has slowly been making a name for herself, more so in the longer distance at the 400m.

The 27-year-old graduate of McKendree University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Accounting, has ran a personal best of 52.43 seconds last year at the Bahamas Association...

Bahamian Politics

Roberts: Open Letter to Dr. Hubert Minnis - Apr 1, 2015 - 1:50:58 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - “He (Prime Minister Christie) will go down in history as the worst Prime Minister with the worst government and his legacy will go in the archives.” This is according to you Dr. Hubert Minnis during a press conference on Monday.

This sounds eerily like envy, coming from an opposition leader who after more than 30 months as leader, is yet to articulate one viable and alternative public policy after admitting that your FNM government left the Bahamian economy in a “WHEELCHAIR” as you put it.

Meanwhile, during the same 30 short months while you were fiddling, opposing and deflecting, Prime Minister Christie was busy reforming and transforming this country...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Crawfish Season Closed Between April 1st to July 31st - Apr 1, 2015 - 1:30:37 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Department of Marine Resources wishes to remind the public that the Closed Season for the capturing of crawfish is the period of April 1 through July 31, 2015.

During this period it is an offence for persons to take, capture or have their possession, kill or offer for sale, any fresh or live crawfish without the written permission of the Minister.

At this time all crawfish traps must be stored ...

News : International : Caribbean News

Shedd Aquarium to study queen conch in The Bahamas - Apr 1, 2015 - 12:29:28 PM

CHICAGO – Shedd Aquarium, a global leader in research and conservation, announces the hiring of Andrew Kough, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral research associate for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Dr. Kough will lead field work in the Bahamas assessing the larval transport of queen conch ( Lobatus gigas) and how it informs conservation management.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Kough to our team of researchers doing critical conservation work around the globe,” said Dr. Charles Knapp, vice president of conservation and research at the aquarium. “Shedd has a long-standing history of marine research and protection in the Bahamas and we look forward to expanding our collaborative..."

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

Holiday Weekend Safety Tips by the Royal Bahamas Police Force - Apr 1, 2015 - 12:07:22 PM

The Easter Holidays are here again and the Royal Bahamas Police Grand Bahama & the Northern Bahamas District would like to take this opportunity to advise the community at large to remember to take certain precautions while enjoying this holiday weekend.

The motoring public are advised to drive within the speed limit and to buckle up while traversing on the streets. Motorcyclist are also advised to wear their helmets. It is against the law to drink while driving.

Pedestrians are advised to use the pedestrian crossing when crossing the streets and joggers are reminded to wear reflected vest or bright colored clothing when jogging in the early mornings or at night and to always jog in groups (there is safety in numbers)...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

High School Music Teacher Wins 11th National Teacher of the Year - Apr 1, 2015 - 11:50:03 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Yonell Justilien, a music educator at Government High School, was named National Teacher of the Year (2015-2017) at a ceremony Saturday, March 28th at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island.

A Southwestern District teacher, Justilien was selected one of four finalists from among 47 teachers, representing 11 districts in New Providence and the Family Islands. The other finalists included Theresa Turnquest, Northwestern District; Keniqua Burrows, Exuma District; and Ramona Wells, Southeastern District.


28th Annual Antique Auto Show & Cook-Out at Arawak Cay - Apr 1, 2015 - 11:05:20 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - There was something for everybody at the 28th Annual Antique Auto Show & Cook-Out at Arawak Cay on a beautiful Sunny Saturday at Arawak Cay organized by the Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas.  For those seeking food there were Steak and Chicken dinners from the grille plus Hamburgers & Hot Dogs from the Rotary Club of East Nassau’s well known Hamburger Van. For those with “sweet tooths”, the Kiwanis K-Kids Club were on hand selling desserts and Rotary’s Interact Club provided Ice Cream.

Activities for the children included a Bouncy Castle and Miniature car rides at no cost and an Art Contest, at which children up to age 15 draw their favourite cars at the Show. On sale was a large variety of model cars, fire extinguishers, T-Shirts and even a few paintings. Asa H. Pritchard also had various Auto Accessories at their booth. In addition, a raffle was going on throughout the day with various prizes and a Grand Prize of a Flat Screen TV...

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Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Wednesday, April 1st - Apr 1, 2015 - 11:00:46 AM

Bahamas public weather forecast for today and tonight, Wednesday 01st April, 2015.

General situation: A stationary front in the vicinity of the Southeast Bahamas will become diffuse by tonight while high pressure prevails over the remainder of the Bahamas through midweek.

For the Northwest and Central Bahamas

Weather: Mostly sunny and a bit warm today. Fair and cool tonight.

Winds: Variable at 10 knots or less in the Northwest Bahamas and northeast to east at 10 to 15 knots in the Central Bahamas over open waters...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Justilien Wins Bahamas National Teacher of the Year Award - Apr 1, 2015 - 10:50:43 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Under the theme, “Celebrating Quality Teachers, Recognizing Pathways of Excellence”, forty-seven educators were honoured for exceptional performance in the teaching profession during the 2015-2017 11th National Teacher of the Year Awards. After months of planning, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in conjunction with The Bahamas Union of Teachers, showed their gratitude by hosting teachers in celebratory activities from Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 to Saturday, 28th March, 2015.

Before an audience of hundreds at the Atlantis Theatre on Saturday, 28th March, 2015, Mr. Yonell Justilien, a Performing Arts educator at the Government High School, captured the prestigious title of National Teacher of the Year...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Nassau woman robbed at gunpoint of 2013 silver Ford Explorer - Apr 1, 2015 - 10:34:46 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Reports are, that shortly after 11:00pm on Tuesday 31st March 2015, a woman had just arrived at her home

located at Coral Drive, Coral Heights, when three men pulled up in a dark Honda vehicle. One of the men armed with a handgun exited the Honda vehicle and robbed her of her 2013 silver Ford Explorer vehicle license number 26698, containing two passports and a large amount of cash before speeding off followed by the two men in the Honda vehicle.

Investigations are ongoing...


Breaking News: Water seen on Mars! - Apr 1, 2015 - 10:22:59 AM

Recent photos from NASA scientists which show proof of water on Mars!

Click [Read more...] to view photos taken from the space hubble...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: 36 arrests during recent police operations - Apr 1, 2015 - 10:06:03 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - 9 arrested arrested during Tuesday Morning Operation:
POLICE are reporting the arrest of 9 persons for various criminal offences to include, possession of dangerous drugs, armed robbery, stolen vehicle and outstanding court warrants during an operation conducted throughout New Providence yesterday morning. ..

27 arrested during two separate operations:
POLICE are reporting the arrest of 27 persons in separate operations conducted by officers from the Southeastern and Southwestern Divisions on Tuesday 31st March 2015...

News : New Providence

Bahamian Aerospace Engineer Aisha Bowe Encourages STEM Education - Apr 1, 2015 - 2:58:58 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - As an aerospace engineer, Aisha Bowe has used her imagination and creativity to contribute to space exploration. But it wasn’t until college that anyone ever encouraged her to pursue studies in a science discipline.

When that happened, it became a life changer.

A former aerospace engineer and mission engineer at NASA Ames Research Centre and the current Co-Founder and CEO of STEMBoard – an engineering and development enterprise – Bowe is a passionate proponent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She is also of Bahamian descent...


BNFC statement on Music Masters Concert for Bahamas Junkanoo Festival - Apr 1, 2015 - 2:39:34 AM

The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) remains committed to its mandate to create events that will stimulate sustainable cultural industries and promote all things Bahamian.

Over the past year, the BNFC has invested over half a million dollars directly in Bahamian musicians, for performance fees at promotional events and activities to support the Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition and the Music Masters Concert. While there has been much interest in the guest performers at Music Masters, the Commission is clear that the primary objective of the event is to promote the Top 10 finalists in the Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition and to give these Bahamian artists, many of whom are undiscovered, local and international exposure.


USA defeats The Bahamas 6-2 at CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships - Apr 1, 2015 - 2:04:04 AM


The 6-2 win for the USA was a great display of their ability when they are clicking. They played great defense, had solid touches on offense and were able to complete their runs. The US took the early lead and was able to subdue the attacks from the Rake and Scrape Boys. The Bahamas did make things interesting with an early goal in the third period, though it was not enough to take down the Americans...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Environment Officials Working With Agencies to Advance The Bahamas' Renewable Energy Agenda - Apr 1, 2015 - 12:04:26 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Housing and the Environment the Hon. Kenred Dorsett said officials from the Ministry of the Environment are holding meetings with representatives from the Carbon War Room (CWR) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as the Government progresses with its renewable energy agenda.

During a working meeting with the CWR and IRENA, March 30, 2015, Minister Dorsett said the Government has committed not only to ensuring that the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI) becomes a green facility powered by solar energy, it has also committed to 11 Family Islands being provided with solar utilities. These islands include Eleuthera, Andros, Cat Island, Acklins, Bimini, Inagua, Crooked Island, Exuma and Long Island...

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