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Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas Hosts First Wedding FAM - Sep 2, 2014 - 2:01:26 PM
ABACO, Bahamas – From
a traditional island affair to an exotic Moroccan-inspired occasion,
every couple looking for the perfect destination wedding is unique. With
that in mind, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina showcased the
resort’s new selection of wedding displays at its first ever Wedding FAM
Upon their arrival at Marsh Harbour on August 1, a group
of more than 10 wedding industry professionals were treated to a
four-day tropical getaway, highlighting the resort’s luxurious
amenities, variety of indoor and outdoor event locations and new
catering menus. Of course, no Out Island experience is complete without
time on the water, so the resort treated the group to a day of exploring
surrounding islands and attractions aboard one of the property’s
Saint Lucians & The World Encouraged To ‘Touch The Top Of The Most Iconic Rocks In The Caribbean’ - Sep 2, 2014 - 1:44:55 PM
SAINT LUCIA – #saintluciarockswill become
the latest call to action as the Saint Lucia Tourist Board launches a
highly interactive fun-filled social media campaign involving the
island’s iconic twin peaks – The Pitons.
five month campaign that will run from August 11th – December 31st,
2014, with the goal of showcasing Saint Lucia as the coolest Caribbean
vacation destination, through the use of various social media platforms
including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram...
Symposium Opens on Gender Equality and the Law in The Bahamas - Sep 2, 2014 - 1:27:02 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Members of the
judiciary, representatives from the Ministry of Social Services and
Community Development and NGOs gathered at SuperClubs Breezes, September
1, for the start of a symposium on Gender Equality and the Law in The
The two-day event aims to
explore the role the magistracy plays in promoting gender equality;
explore the social, psychological and cultural dimensions of domestic
violence; explore gender stereotypes in the law and practice and clarify
the application of domestic violence and sexual offences legislation.
are expected to reflect on topics that include Socio-psychological
Perspectives on Gender-based Violence, Gender Equality and International
Human Rights Standards, Gender Equality and the Law...
Eleuthera and Exuma Schools ready for opening - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:35:58 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - Administrators and
teachers on the islands of Eleuthera and Exuma got down to business as
they energetically prepared classrooms for the return of students after
the long summer vacation. Teachers decorated bulletin boards, arranged
desks and chairs, and placed book bags on cabinets, while principals and
other administrators oversaw timetables, and coordinated school repairs
Education Minister, Jerome Fitzgerald met with
District Superintendents, Helen Simmons-Johnson in Eleuthera, and
Pamela Gorte in Exuma to inspect the repairs done in schools thus far.
While in Eleuthera, the Minister met with the Parent Teachers’
Association (PTA) to reveal and discuss the working drawings for the new
school that is to be built next year...
U.S. Government Provides Advanced Skill Training for RBPF SWAT Officers - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:25:33 PM
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Embassy’s
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), and
the U.S. Department of State’s
Antiterrorism and Assistance (ATA) Program teamed up to provide
twenty-seven Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers advanced
training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) August 24-29 in Nassau.
The week-long program was led by supervisory special agents
from the FBI’s SWAT Operations Unit, which provides training, research,
operational assistance, and program management to FBI SWAT teams and
international law enforcement partners. Last year, the Special
Operations Unit provided over 2,600 hours of instruction
and deployed 29 times.
Business Opportunities for Junkanoo - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:06:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt.
Hon. Perry G. Christie in his key address of the recent Junkanoo
Corporation New Providence Ltd. (JCNP) 2014 Leadership Conclave at the
British Colonial Hilton, August 30, encouraged Junkanoo leaders to grasp
the opportunities of the imminent Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival slated to
come on stream next year. The seminar was held to expose the leaders to
the new avenues of expression and economic benefit.
Minister Christie encouraged the participants to take advantage of the
opportunity to learn more about how Junkanoo can be expanded as a
business. In addition, the seminar set the stage to prepare the
Junkanooers for the level of expectations that will be anticipated once
the new festival is launched...
Baha Mar review tour for PM Christie, Cabinet & Gov. Officials - Sep 2, 2014 - 11:39:06 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt.
Hon. Perry G. Christie, led a delegation of several cabinet ministers
and government officials to tour the construction site of the Baha Mar
resort complex, September 1. The tour was conducted by Chairman of Baha
Mar, Mr. Sarkis Izmirlian, who gave the delegation an in-depth review of
the layout of the site, pointing out some of the key areas of the
property, including the new casino, and the location of four hotels,
which will be managed by Baha Mar Casino and Hotel, Rosewood, Grand
Hyatt and SLS brands.
Upon completion, the hotels will boast over
2000 guest rooms. The gaming floor of the hotel will be over 100,000
square feet and will feature...
RBPF Nassau: 3 overnight shootings - Woman robbed while home - 12 arrests / 51 citations - Sep 2, 2014 - 11:25:30 AM
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in solving three separate
that has left three men detained in hospital.
first incident, around 8:00pm on Monday 1st September 2014, a man was
walking on Baillou Hill Road near Brougham Street, when a man in a grey
Honda vehicle shot him to the left side of his body and sped off...
In the second incident, shortly after 8:00pm on Monday
1st September 2014, a man was walking on Hay Street, when a man in a
grey Honda vehicle shot him to the ankle and sped off...
the third incident, shortly after 12:30am on Tuesday 2nd September
2014, a man was at Ethel Street, Montel Heights, when he was shot
several times about the body...
Minister Keith Bell's remarks on the VAT Bill in the Senate - Sep 2, 2014 - 11:25:06 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:
The VAT Bill before
us is about the introduction of a new tax on consumption in The Bahamas.
However, it is critically important to properly situate this initiative
in the broader context of the Government’s overall plan for national
development. The plan, appropriately so, is about much more than tax
reform and the introduction of a new source of taxation.
This plan offers new and innovative solutions for the wide range of
economic and social challenges facing the nation. To that end, the
Government has charted a course of change with the specific goals and
targeted actions that it will implement over the full course of its
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Tuesday, September 2nd - Sep 2, 2014 - 11:01:46 AM
Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Tuesday 02nd September 2014.
General situation: An upper level low drifting over the bahamas continues to create unsettled weather.
For the Northwest Bahamas
Weather: Partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms through tonight.
Advisory: Small craft should be alert for gusty winds and high seas in thunderstorms...
Bahamas Per Capita Income Does Not Reflect Economic Realities - Sep 2, 2014 - 10:47:35 AM
APIA, Samoa - The Bahamas’ per capita
income is distorted and does not properly reflect the economic realities
of its citizens and remote, island communities, where poverty is the
rule and not the exception, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works
and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis told delegates
attending the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small
Island Developing States.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that
misconception and/or misperception has forced the country to co-exist in
a world where (international) assistance is predicated on the basis of
per capita income as the sole indicator of need...
Playboy Playmate Shawn Dillon to Join Anglers in Bimini During Popular Tournament - Sep 2, 2014 - 10:08:33 AM
ALICE TOWN, BIMINI,
Bahamas - A Florida girl with a love of diving and fishing, Shawn Dillon
also happens to be the February 2013 Centerfold in Playboy Magazine.
She’s returning for a second engagement to the historic Bimini Big Game
Club Resort and Marina to play hostess for the upcoming Wahoo Smackdown V
Tournament scheduled for November 13-15.
who has won major bikini competitions from Vegas to the Bahamas, grew
up fishing with three brothers, either on her uncle’s boat in Bimini or
in the lake in their Sarasota, Florida backyard. Also a surfer and
wakeboarder, Shawn will be involved in final weigh-ins, presenting
Rick Lowe: Mr. Halkitis case appears to be on shaky ground - Sep 2, 2014 - 10:03:22 AM
According to press reports, "Minister of
State for Finance Michael Halkitis yesterday suggested the government’s
value-added tax (VAT) campaign is being negatively impacted by those
engaging in “scare mongering” tactics and “predictions of doom and
He claimed groups are "sort of riling people up" but
he does not appear to have indicated what people are saying that is
On one hand he says the economy will not be negatively
impacted and on the other says he has a plan to lessen the impact on
Senator Keith Bell presents ICON & Associated Bills in Senate - Sep 2, 2014 - 9:33:41 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:
Madam President, the
financial services sector is one of the most important areas within our
economy. Indeed, the sector has consistently provided a steady stream of
high paying quality jobs within our Country.
The economic model championed by Sir Lynden and others proved so
successful that other throughout the region have copied and replicated
it. This replication and general competition from new jurisdictions has
resulted in a far more competitive financial services industry than what
existed when we first obtained nationhood...
DPM Davis Challenges Developed Countries on Climate Change - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:40:10 PM
APIA, Samoa - The
developed world must partner with The Bahamas and other small island
developing states to enhance their resilience to, and address the
negative impacts of Climate Change on these island-nations, if “we truly
believe” that the polluter must pay, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis said
Monday (Samoa time).
The Deputy Prime Minister said the issue of
Climate Change is not just simply about changing a way of life in The
Bahamas, it is primarily about saving the lives of the Bahamian people...
Mr. J releases "Stay in School" single - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:15:24 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - With knowledge
being the key to success and the lack of knowledge the peril, as written in the
scriptures, Mr. J encourages all school students to stay in school, with his
new Junkanoo single, titled,
Stay In School. The song addresses the number of
problems teachers are faced with on a daily basis by students and highlights
areas of concerns that students should focus on. Cases of disruptive students, violent
behavior, class clowns and instigators, just to name a few, are some of the
issues both teachers and students contend with, that hamper a healthy learning
“With the passing of VAT, a
precursor to the Bahamas’ ascension to the WTO, and a possible gateway of
increased outside competition at home, a solid educational foundation is
critical to the very survival of the Bahamian way of life. Violence, crime and
poverty are sure fruits of a low average population..."
The Bahamas Receives Grant to Enhance its Tourism Product - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:11:32 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas is
one of three priority cruise destinations invited by Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd., (RCL) to receive a matching grant to participate in the
Sustainable Destination Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) initiative.
collaborated with mutual partners at Sustainable Travel International,
Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Tourism Organization
to create the SDAA, which is an initiative that aims to greatly enhance
how tourism is managed at a destination level and improve its future
prospects and ability to compete by embedding sustainability into
destination strategies and day-to-day management and marketing.
Roberts: Minnis’ BAMSI comments encourages “ignorance in leadership” - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:03:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts
comments in the media today that were attributed to Dr. Minnis and
associated with his trip to BAMSI in North Andros on Sunday demonstrate
that he is committed to peddling ignorance in leadership as he lacks a
working knowledge of the policies of the government of which he is a
part and wants to lead. The Tribune headline story about his BAMSI trip
is misleading and filled with material inaccuracies principally because
It is a well known fact that Dr. Minnis is clueless about
any plan to address the pressing issues currently facing this country,
but is it asking too...
Bahamas: iCreate Music All Access Seminar to be held September 20th & 21st - Sep 1, 2014 - 7:25:30 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.
"To artists looking to further their career, to make networking
contacts, to get that honest feedback that friends and family won't give
you this is where you need to be,"
founder Gregory Collie II.
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...
RBPF Wanted in Nassau: Dario Bastian of McKinney Drive - Sep 1, 2014 - 6:03:36 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are requesting
the public’s assistance in locating 30 year old Dario Bastian of
McKinney Drive who is wanted in connection with an armed robbery that
occurred on Faith Avenue South, on Friday 29th August 2014.
Bastian is a dark brown male of a slim build and about 5’ 6” to 5’ 8” in height.
are appealing to anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of
Dario Bastian, no matter how small or insignificant (the tip) may seem
Nassau male dies in hospital after arriving with a gunshot wound - Sep 1, 2014 - 6:02:22 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are
investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man that
occurred on Monday 1st September 2014.
Police later reported that the man was shot by a store owner.
to reports, around 2:00pm, a man turned up to hospital via a private
vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. The man succumbed to his injury a
short while later.
An adult male is assisting police in connection with this incident...
VAT Department Issues Guidance Notes - Sep 1, 2014 - 5:26:55 PM
Bahamas -- The VAT Department recently issued VAT Guidance Notes to
further familiarize the public on Value Added Tax, and in this instance
on the tax as applied to these services: finance and insurance,
transportation of passengers and goods, retail and wholesale trade,
construction, land and property information, medical and healthcare,
education, charities, clubs and associations; there is also VAT and the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement, and the tax with respect to motor vehicles.
department stated that additional Guidance Notes will be issued to
apply to the areas of hotel and holiday accommodations, duty free
shopping, cash accounting and flat rate schemes, and transitional
Bahamas' DPM Davis Addresses SIDS Conference - Sep 1, 2014 - 5:09:37 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, Hon. Philip Davis, headed a delegation to the United Nations Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)being held in Apia, Independent State of Samoa. Minister Davis delivered an address to the body today in which he made the case for The Bahamas to receive assistance and for developed nations to act.
over twenty years, we have fought soberly to bring positive change to
our plight. We have not been heard, yet we are expected to respond
effectively to hurdles imposed, not only by climate change, but by
cross-cutting challenges that befall every dimension of development. Mr.
Secretary General, by your admonishment, our voices will be heard. We
will speak with one loud and collective voice at your upcoming summit.
The Bahamas will be there
Local Government Regional Roundtable Discussions To Improve Local Government Systems - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:58:17 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Local government
leaders throughout the region held roundtable discussions this weekend
to further the development of local government systems, and discuss
sustainable development goals to end poverty and disparity. Prime
Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie officially opened the Caribbean
Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) and Caribbean Association of
Local Government Authorities (CALGA) Meetings, August 30, in the Arawak
Room, Melia Nassau Beach Hotel. The regional delegates were hosted by
Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government, the Hon.
V. Alfred Gray.
The Prime Minister
stated in his opening address that local government authorities in The
Bahamas play a vital role in the overall development of our Family
Island communities. He declared he placed Local Government...
(Video) Impact of Clifton oil pollution set to be revealed - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:40:15 PM
The full extent of the damage caused
to Clifton Bay by frequent oil spills and other forms of environmental
degradation may soon be made clear, as international experts are working
with concerned locals on water quality issues in this ecologically
The effort is being spearheaded by
fast-growing local social and environmental advocacy group Save The
Bays, in conjunction with the global Waterkeeper Alliance, a leading
non-government organization (NGO) which coordinates more than 200
stewards of the marine environment, or Waterkeepers, who are assigned to
rivers, bays, lakes and coastal areas around the world...
5th Annual Parenting Forum at Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:29:09 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
New Providence Association of High School Principals in conjunction with
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Commonwealth Bank
held the 5th Annual Parenting Forum at Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium,
Saturday, August 31, 2014.
School Supplies (courtesy Commonwealth Bank)
and lunch boxes were given out....
Prime Minister Christie tours Baha Mar - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:18:11 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -
Prime Minister Perry Christie along with members of his Cabinet toured
Baha Mar today with the luxury resort’s Chairman and CEO, Sarkis
Mr. Christie along with Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture, Dr. Daniel Johnson; Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe;
Minister of State for Investments, Khaalis Rolle; Director of
Investments in the Office of the Prime Minister, Candia Ferguson and
Senior Policy Advisor, Sir Baltron Bethel got a first-hand glimpse of
the many amenities that will be available when the highly anticipated
resort opens in late Spring of 2015, including the 100,000 square foot
casino, beach sanctuary, and Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
Bahamas to Ensure SIDS Voices are Heard - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:14:02 PM
APIA, Samoa - The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas will play a leading role in ensuring that
the voices of small island developing states (SIDS) are given the
prominence that their collective voices deserve at the United Nations’
Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
Conference which opened Monday (Samoa time) Minister of the Environment
and Housing the Hon. Kenred Dorsette said.
The four-day conference will close on Thursday.
“This is a very important year for
small island development states, this being the International Year of
Small Island Developing States and so our attendance here at the SIDS
Bahamas Tourism Thanks Partners of ‘16 Islands 16 Weddings One Priceless Day’ Promotion - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:01:36 PM
PLANTATION, Florida -
‘The 16 Islands 16 Weddings One Priceless Day’ Promotion, which ended
recently and was launched on February 14, 2014 in New York City by the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) was a phenomenal success”, said Freda
Malcolm, Director of Romance at the BMOT.
“The success of this innovative,
social media promotion could not have been possible without the
fantastic companies who partnered with the BMOT”...