May I ask you at this time to remember our fallen member of the Fox Hill
Festival Committee, Mrs. Paula Tynes and our late friends and brothers
Frank Edgecombe, William Rahming, Charles Johnson and Eric Wilmott. May
they rest in peace.
Today we mark the 181st anniversary of the
emancipation of the slave trade in the British Empire. In 1834 when this
act came into force, The Bahamas or the Bahama Islands as they were
then known were part of the British Empire. The slave masters received
compensation for their slaves in The Bahamas from the imperial
parliament. The slaves got not a penny. Today we are still fighting the
issue of reparations for the labour which was given up for free and
without their permission.
The Constitution of The Bahamas tells us
today that no man shall be a slave. That is absolutely prohibited, but
words in a constitution do not stop slavery...
This month, a Damen RoRo 5612 was launched at Halong Shipyard in
Vietnam. The RoRo is one of nine Damen vessels ordered by the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force as part of its Sandy Bottom Project. The vessel’s
multi-purpose capabilities will be put to use by the Defence Force in a
range of situations including law enforcement, aids to navigation
(ATON), replenishment at sea (RAS), the re-supply to Defence Force bases
and the provision of disaster relief throughout the island nation and
the wider Caribbean community.
The Bahamas’ location in the
Hurricane Belt makes it important that the country has this capability.
The Defence Force works with the National Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) for the provision of disaster relief. NEMA has pre-deployed
of All Murder Victims (F.O.A.M.) and Rise Bahamas intend to raise the
alarm on the ever-increasing trends of violent crime and child abuse in
The Bahamas at the "Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired: Make Peace Priority” protest on
Wednesday, August 5th, 8am - 5pm.
Our country has the 11th highest homicide rate in the world. Reported
cases of child abuse rose by 22% in 2014, and a family, including a
little girl and boy were just shot by an adult.
Khandi Gibson, president of F.O.A.M., has attended hundreds of
murders scenes, consoling the bereaved, since forming the organisation
in 2012. Rise Bahamas founder Terneille Burrows believes that the
frequency of homicides and violent crimes in this country...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Hundreds of youngsters
attended camps sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture
during July that offered a wide range of sporting activities, arts,
crafts, and academic boosters that kept children busy and inspired.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson
visited a number of camps across the island during July while they were
in session. Pictured are some of the camps the Minister visited during
closing celebrations and shows -- Junkanoo Commandos exhibiting their
beautiful creations, RBPF Central Division Campers, and National Dance
School children who had an exciting day of dance extravaganza along with
drum campers at the National Centre for Performing Arts...
PAHO/WHO recommends measures
including paid maternity leave, flexible and reduced work hours, and
accommodations to make breastfeeding easy at work
Washington, D.C. – Employers who support breastfeeding
by their female employees are not only taking the ethical high road,
they are likely to reap benefits for their businesses and their
countries’ economies, said experts at the Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization in the lead-up to World Breastfeeding Week,
1-7 August 2015.
“The benefits of breastfeeding extend to mother and baby, and promoting breastfeeding
policies in the workplace is essential...”
Nassau, Bahamas - Dame Marguerite Pindling Governor General will join the people of
Fox Hill at the annual ecumenical service to mark the 181st anniversary
of the emancipation of the slaves in the then British Empire of which
The Bahamas was then a part on Monday 3rd August at 11 a m. Fred Mitchell MP for Fox Hill will attend.
The annual observances begin in Fox Hill on Monday 3rd August with a Junkanoo parade at 1 a m.
Update: Jamaal Hepburn can be seen this Wednesday, August 5th on CBS in "Extant"
Bahamas Weekly has been following the career of Bahamian Jamaal Hepburn
for some time now, and each year the young LA-based actor lands more
and more prominent roles.
We are pleased to share that he's just completed work as a costar on the CBS science fiction drama series "Extant." The show is produced by Steven Spielberg and
has Halle Berry as its lead.
Extant centers around astronaut
(Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission and attempts to
reconnect with her family. A series of events unfold that will change
the course of human history...
Nassau, Bahamas - In the
first incident, shortly before 9:00pm on Saturday 1st August 2015, two
men entered a business establishment located off Farrington Road and
robbed the cashier of a large amount of cash before fleeing on foot.
the second incident, shortly after 12:00midnighton Sunday 2nd August
2015, a man was sitting in his black 2008 Kia Sportage vehicle on West
Bay Street, when two men armed with handguns approached and drove off
with him to Gladstone Road, where they forced him out of his vehicle and
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding
the death of a boy that occurred on Saturday 1st August 2015.
reports are, that around 3:00pm, the 4 year old boy and another young
boy were playing with an illegal handgun at his Balls Alley home when he
shot himself. The victim was rushed to hospital where he later
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a stabbing incident that has left a male in hospital.
incident reportedly occurred shortly after 1:00am on Sunday 2nd August
2015. Reports are that the male was at a club on East Sunrise Highway
where he was involved in an altercation with a group of males and was
subsequently stabbed to the back.
The victim was transported to
the Rand Memorial Hospital via private vehicle where he is detained and
is listed in serious but stable condition...
According to reports, around 7:30pm on Saturday 1st August 2015, a team
of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit accompanied by officers from
the Marine Support Unit were on patrol when they observed a suspicious
Boston Whaler boat with five adult male occupants in waters off Black
Point, Exuma. The occupants on seeing the officers, threw two bales of
marijuana overboard and attempted to speed off. The officers were able
to stop the boat and took the five males (all residents of Exuma) into
Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell MP and the High
Commissioner to Jamaica for The Bahamas Picewell Forbes MP will join the
Jamaican community in Nassau to mark the observances of the 53rd
anniversary of the independence of Jamaica.
The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs sends congratulations to the people of Jamaica on the occasion
of their independence and fraternal and sisterly greetings from The
Police and Customs officials took two American men into custody for
firearm and ammunition possession on Saturday 1st August 2015.
to reports, around 5:30pm, Police assisted by Customs officials
arrested the two adult American males in Chub Cay for possession of
three (3) handguns and a large amount of ammunition. The two males along
with the firearms will be flown into New Providence, for further
investigations by officers from the Firearm Tracing and Investigation
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Bahamas Crawfish Season 2015/16 Now Open - Aug 2, 2015 - 2:00:51 PM
The Department of Marine
Resources wishes to advise the general public of the opening of the crawfish
season on the August 1, 2014 to the March 31, 2016.
The Department of Marine
Resources further wishes to remind fishers and all other members of the public
that the harvesting and/or of undersized crawfish is against the law and
persons are to cease and desist the practice of illegally harvesting these
resources. Fishers are also cautioned against capturing egg-bearing crawfish as
this practice further aids in the depletion of the crawfish stock in The
"Served piping hot in a brown paper bag, the Jamaican patty - a
meat-filled pastry pocket similar to Brits' Cornish pasty or Latins'
empanada - is to islanders what the burger is to Americans: inexpensive,
filling and utterly delicious comfort food." - Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon,
Travel Editor, Caribbean Journal (Caribbean Journal)
Day is a celebration of the end of the system of enslavement through
colonial government and plantation economy. As the generations pass, the
meaning of the day may become less relevant, may be even academic as
time places distance between us and our past. The purpose of the holiday
is for us collectively to recollect our history..."
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – Following a successful inaugural event
in 2014, TEDxGrandBahama returns on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at the
Coral Reef Rm. in the Canal House at the Pelican Bay Hotel.
One hundred of Grand Bahama’s most impassioned TEDx enthusiasts will come together to dialogue around the theme,
Bahamian Development: How Can We Further It? The
event will feature an impressive lineup of presenters sharing their
ideas on topics ranging from gender to ecosystem conservation and the
role of the performing arts in economic development...
The statement by the President of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers
Union has been brought to the attention of the Ministry of Transport and
The Ministry is advised that in accordance with
General Orders all controllers who worked overtime at Freeport Airport
over the last two years have been credited with days off for time
worked over and above regular work hours and further that no objection
or complaint was raised during the past two years in respect of this
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Los Angeles, California, USA - In an event with 6,500 athletes and
2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, our Bahamian athletes are
doing a great job at representing our country!
Update as of Friday night , July 31st: It
seems like GOLD was the preferred colour of the day for Team Bahamas
and to top it all off, the athletes got to share their joy with a very
special visitor, as former US ambassador to The Bahamas, Nicole Avant
made a special call at the USC campus to spend some time and share in
the joy of athletes and other delegation members from Team Bahamas.
3 gold medals on Friday as Deangelo Bullard won his nail biting singles
division with a 521 pinfall to snatch the Gold medal from Singapore by a
mere 2 pin margin...
Nassau, Bahamas - After last week's naming of Mychal Thompson Blvd, with NBA champion and his son Klay Thompson in attendance, the official grand
opening of the Sports Legend Walk of Fame also took place.
Twenty-eight permanent hand drawn portrait monuments
created by internationally acclaimed 'Celebrity Artist'
Jamaal Rolle were unveiled and these artworks have immortalized the many
great sports legends of the Bahamas from the last decade and beyond.
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe spoke highly of the installation...
July 31, 2015 – Nassau, Bahamas (Attorney General of the Bahamas Statement)
the beginning of this project, the Government of The Bahamas has sought
to facilitate an impartial process that results in the opening of Baha
Mar, under private ownership and operation as soon as possible. It is
without question in our national interest to do so.
statement today is entirely misleading. As a matter of policy, our
Government has sought to create a fair playing field for the
industry professionals to move quickly on increasing broadband network
capacity, Bahamas Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
addressed delegates at the 31st Caribbean Association of National
Telecommunications Operators (CANTO) Conference and Trade Show in Miami,
Florida on Sunday.
Outlining the inherent benefits of broadband
technology, Prime Minister Christie pointed out that broadband networks
Save The Bays CEO Vanessa Haley-Benjamin questions the decision to tell
Marathon residents they have nothing to fear, based on preliminary and
The government displayed poor judgment and
risked giving false hope to Marathon residents by releasing incomplete
findings on the health risks associated with the Rubis fuel spill on
Robinson Road, Vanessa Haley-Benjamin said.
Lending her support to last week’s protest by Marathon residents outside the station, Haley-Benjamin
Nassau, Bahamas - Two males ages 48 and 18 years are in custody following an armed robbery that occurred on Friday 31st July 2015.
to reports, shortly after 7:30am, a female teacher was about to open a
classroom at a Junior High School off Robinson Road, when she was
approached by two males armed with a handgun. A struggle ensued
resulting in the victim being struck in the head. The two suspects then
robbed the victim of a cell phone and fled on foot...