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Bahamas Senior Immigration Officer Placed on Administrative Leave - Dec 20, 2014 - 12:34:09 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration:
wish to notify the public that a senior immigration officer has been
placed on administrative leave with immediate effect pending
investigation of a sexual assault alleged by a detainee who is a
Jamaican citizen. The matter is also before the police. The appropriate
steps for disciplinary action have been taken. All necessary steps
including prosecution, suspension and dismissal from the the public
service will be applied where warranted...
Minister Griffin Visits Good Samaritan Senior Citizens' Home - Dec 20, 2014 - 12:09:37 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Melanie
Griffin, Minister of Social Services, paid a Yuletide courtesy call on
the Good Samaritan Senior Citizens’ Home in Yellow Elder on Thursday,
December 18. The Minister is pictured here being welcomed to the home
by the Caprons, who operate the facility for older persons. Minister
Griffin and her Directors greeted and chatted with some of the home’s
Uppercut Band December concert at the Dive In @ UNEXSO is Dec. 20th, 2014 - Dec 20, 2014 - 12:04:54 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -
returns to the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant at UNEXSO Saturday,
DECEMBER 20th for another amazing LIVE Concert at the Marina under the
Our monthly 'Concerts at the Marina under the stars with
Uppercut' are all about providing unique musical experiences for those
bored of the same old sh... Couple authentic LIVE music of a FULL BAND
of great musicians along with tasty waterside dining and cocktails at
the Dive In, and you've one heck of an awesome night out!
Bahamas 3 Day Weather Forecast starting Saturday, December 20th - Dec 20, 2014 - 12:00:46 PM
Bahamas forecast for today and tonight, Saturday 20th December 2014.
General situation: high pressure prevails across the Bahamas maintaining pleasant and stable conditions.
For the NW and Central Bahamas
Weather: Mostly sunny and warm today. Turning fair and cool tonight.
Winds: E-SE at 10 knots or less, but falling light and variable at times.
Seas: 3 feet or less over the ocean...
Santa Spreads Joy at The Seahorse Institute - Dec 20, 2014 - 11:59:18 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Students and teachers
of the Seahorse Institute got an early Christmas present, as Baha Mar’s
resident Santa Claus spread holiday cheer throughout the school today.
Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Niklaus Leuenberger, greeted students as Santa Claus, bearing gifts selected by their parents.
“This is what Christmas is about – bringing joy to others. The children’s smiles remind us of all that is good in the world,” Leuenberger said...
Enjoy seaside dining in Grand Bahama at Pier One Restaurant - Dec 20, 2014 - 11:52:47 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama – Come and dine at one of Grand Bahama's finest dining destinations.
Pier One Restaurant is more
than just a great place to enjoy the bounties of the sea, it's a
favourite tourist spot located at Lucayan Harbour on the waterway.
Pier One is famous for our
Shark Feedings, check out our Shark Feeding videos on
"Pier One is a great place. Fantastic food. Every hour you get to go out onto the patio and watch them feed the sharks." - TripAdvisor review.
One takes full advantage of the daily fresh caught seafood from the
local fishermen. We offer Lobster, Shrimp, Stoned Crab, Red Snapper, Shark and
Conch to name only a few of the items on the menu, prepared Caribbean style by expert Chefs...
RBPF Nassau: 11 foreign women among 27 arrested - 9 Friday morning arrests - Dec 20, 2014 - 11:36:51 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Police continue to put pressure on persons involved in criminal activity
during a very intense island-wide anti-crime operation in New
Providence last night.
During last night’s operation police made two significant arrests:
the first arrest, police acting on intelligence arrested 10 adult males
and an adult female whom they suspect to be a part of a major armed
robbery ring. Police also recovered a number of cell phones from the men
and woman suspected of being stolen during several armed robberies.
Additionally, police will quizzed the men and woman regarding several
Bank of The Bahamas Holds Annual General Meeting - Dec 19, 2014 - 5:04:13 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Bank of The Bahamas
(BOB) held its Annual General Meeting today at the British Colonial
Hilton, a highly-anticipated event that presented shareholders with
positive news and left them with re-assurance that
the post-recession challenges are largely behind the Bank.
The meeting of shareholders, bank executives and
directors involved a frank discussion of the Bank’s future and included
votes on measures critical to the continued implementation of new
methods and regimes. Both Chairman Richard Demeritte
and Managing Director Paul McWeeney spoke directly to attendees about
what changes have already been made, and what will be...
Bahamas to host FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2017 - Dec 19, 2014 - 4:45:38 PM
Federation of Association Football / The Fédération Internationale de
Football Association (FIFA) has announced today that The Bahamas has won the bid to host the 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup.
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is a bi-annual international beach soccer
competition contested by the national teams of the member associations
of FIFA, the sport's global governing body. The tournament has taken
place every year since its establishment in 1995, when it was originally
supervised by Beach Soccer World Wide (BSWW) and was called the Beach
Soccer World Championship...
CBP Reminds Travelers of the Currency Reporting Requirement - Dec 19, 2014 - 4:37:11 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - U.S.
Customs and Border Protection reminds travelers of the requirement to
report currency amounts of $10,000 or more to CBP when traveling to or
from the United States.
Individuals are permitted to carry any amount of currency or
monetary instruments into or out of the United States; however, if the
quantity is $10,000 or higher, they must formally report the currency to
CBP. If travelers have someone else carry the currency or monetary
instrument for them, they must file a currency report for the entire
Bahamas human rights group calls for voluntary repatriation period - Dec 19, 2014 - 4:23:31 PM
As government’s harsh new policy continues to attract criticism, GBHRA submits
alternative 10-point plan for a more humane approach to illegal immigration
A local human rights group has called for an
amnesty period in which undocumented migrants living in The Bahamas without
legal status can voluntarily repatriate before immigration officials proceed
with a "fair and humane" enforcement of immigration law.
Joe Darville, vice president of the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), said this amnesty period could be
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Dec 15-19 - Dec 19, 2014 - 3:34:26 PM
Mitchell addressed OAS Council
Affairs Minister Hon. Fred Mitchell flew to Washington DC on Sunday to
attend a series of meetings that culminated in his address to the
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on
Tuesday of this week.
The new administrative measures being taken
by the government of The Bahamas to strengthen the country’s
immigration policy and eliminate fraud took center stage during these
meetings. These administrative measures that took effect on 1st November
2014 have been the subject of much commentary both locally and
700 of Memories staff to be trained by C.O.B. - Dec 19, 2014 - 3:17:00 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - College of the Bahamas has signed a deal with Memories Grand Bahama Beach and
Casino Resort for COB to train 700 of Memories' hotel staff in 2015 on December 17th.
Training will be throughout the year with COB’s Culinary and Hospitality Management
On hand for the occasion was David
Johnson, Tourism Development Corporation of the Bahamas, and
Betty Bethel, General Manager of the Ministry of Tourism Grand Bahama. Also on hand was Sophia Rolle...
This Saturday on ArtOvation: Baron Longley of Freedom Clothing - Dec 19, 2014 - 3:09:17 PM
ArtOvation with TaDa is a weekly one-hour radio show of
one-on-one interviews with the brightest personalities in arts,
entertainment and innovation!
Tune in to ArtOvation on
Star 106.5 FM
Saturdays at 8am EST or online via
This week's guest is
Baron Longly of FREEDOM Clothing...
Grand Bahama Chamber names 2014 Philanthropist of the Year - Dec 19, 2014 - 2:51:07 PM
Freeport, Bahamas -
On September 22, 2014, at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce named
Karen N. Clarke their Philanthropist of Year during their Excellence
Awards held at the Regency Theatre. Ms. Clarke was presented
the award by Barry Malcom, President of the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Clarke is an active member at Rotary of Lucaya where this year she
is Treasurer and the International Service Director. Just some of the
initiatives she's been directly involved with are...
Shequera King in Johannesburg to pass on the Miss Heritage World crown - Dec 19, 2014 - 2:26:21 PM
Miss Grand Bahama, Shequera King is presently in Johannesburg, South
Africa to hand off her crown at the Miss Heritage World 2014 pageant.
Today she was
interviewed by one of South Africa's largest news broadcasting network SABC, and has another interview coming up tomorrow.
Last year King won the inaugural pageant held in Zimbabwe.
Miss Heritage World
Pageant serves as a platform to promote Heritage exchange amongst the
participating Queens from different countries and also promotes and
preserves World Heritage, implementing UNESCOS World Heritage
convention to achieve the Millennium Development Goals Declaration...
Bahamian Actors afforded a 2 Day Experience with “Scandal” star, Jeff Perry, and ABC Award-Winning Casting Director, Linda Lowy - Dec 19, 2014 - 2:00:33 PM
AM Brings Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to the Bahamas This Christmas!
Nassau, Bahamas - This upcoming week will mark the first Celebrity
Workshop hosted by the Bahamas Artist Movement (BAM) featuring actor,
Jeff Perry, who plays Cyrus Beene of ABC’s Hit Show “Scandal,” and
award-winning casting director, Linda Lowy.
and aspiring actors alike will have the opportunity to steep themselves
into the rivers of the acting and film industry, while soaking in
knowledge from two of the industries leading personalities! Picture
yourself being intimately coached and guided for an entire weekend by
Award Winning Film Industry professionals...
U.S. Embassy staff brings Christmas cheer to children of Nazareth Centre - Dec 19, 2014 - 1:47:11 PM
and Mrs. Claus distributed gifts donated by the Embassy community as
well as toys donated by the American Women's Club as part of the U.S.
Marine's annual Toys for
Tots program. "The Embassy is excited to be visiting the Nazareth
Center again this year...”
Nassau, Bahamas - On
Thursday, December 18, American and Bahamian staff from the U.S.
Embassy gathered at the Nazareth Centre to participate in a festive
holiday event bringing yuletide
cheer to 42 of the home’s children. U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Lisa
Johnson and Embassy staff participated in the program that treated the
children to snacks and a special appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs.
Bahamas 2014: A Year in Review with Youri Kemp - Dec 19, 2014 - 1:39:29 PM
has once again selected Bahamians to canvas their opinions on highlights
of The Bahamas over the year 2014, as well as ask about the direction
of the country. Their comments will be shared over the coming weeks.
Through this exchange we hope to also highlight Bahamians in our
community, and share their personal triumphs, that may or may not have
made the news.
Here is the opinion of
Travel Advisory for Bahamians in Light of Miami Demonstrations - Dec 19, 2014 - 1:29:55 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Bahamians travelling to Miami should be aware that the civic authorities
in Miami have notified our Consulate General that a demonstration is to
be held in Miami near the Consulate to protest the immigration polices
of The Bahamas government.
The Federal Authorities in the United
States have informed us that they will take all the security precautions
that are necessary to ensure the safety and security of our personnel
in Miami and all who are visiting the Consulate...
Christmas Message from Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis - Dec 19, 2014 - 1:16:24 PM
many will enjoy this season, some Bahamians will find this Christmas
very challenging. We are compelled to reflect on those less fortunate,
the many unemployed, the poor, those struggling to pay mortgages and
high electricity cost, the sick, and the victims of crime. We must all
remember the grieving families, whose loved ones...
Let this Christmas
season be a time of peace and goodwill toward our fellow man. It is a
joyous and wonderful time of the year, filled with giving, sharing and
enjoying our friends and family. I, like many of you especially look
forward to actively participating in our Junkanoo parade. However, the
true meaning of Christmas is in God’s love for us; God sent His son, the
Christ child, to redeem man and provide a way of salvation.
Long range patrol vessel 1 of 9 for Royal Bahamas Defence Force - Dec 19, 2014 - 12:53:52 PM
The first Damen Stan Patrol 3007 has arrived at
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting. The vessel is one
of nine that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has ordered from Damen Shipyards.
The order features four Stan Patrol 4207 vessels, one RoRo 5612 and a further
three Stan Patrol 3007 vessels.
Damen has designed the Stan Patrol 3007 with the
client’s requirements in mind. Robin van der Zon, Project Manager at Damen
Shipyards Group explains: “These patrol vessels will prevent smuggling and
people trafficking, so it’s vital they can quickly reach places other vessels
cannot. For that reason we have developed the Stan Patrol 3007 to reach up to
24 knots with shallow draught...”
"The Cinemas" to debut on TEMPO TV January 22nd - Dec 19, 2014 - 12:42:03 PM
Bahamas - TEMPO Networks, the leading media and entertainment Company
in the Caribbean is proud to announce its new series
Cinemas to debut
January 22nd 2015 in America and
throughout the Caribbean on TEMPO TV. The Cinemas is the brainchild of its host, Bahamian
writer, director, and producer Travolta
Cooper, who began the show as a result of an endorsement deal with The Bahamas’
movie theater chain. The show consists of movie reviews and interviews with a
Caribbean twist. At heart, The Cinemas was designed to promote and encourage the new wave of Caribbean Cinema
happening in the Region and around the world...
Bahamians urged to exercise extreme caution when posting information online - Dec 19, 2014 - 12:31:52 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Office
of the Data Protection Commissioner wishes to advise the general public of the
need to responsibly use online services.
should be further advised that once information is posted online, it can be very
difficult to retrieve that information.
Some information, if gotten into the hands of unscrupulous and
irresponsible individuals could cause extreme distress and damage to an
individual’s reputation. Therefore,
online users should exercise extreme caution when posting information
online. Members of the public are also...
Sigma explores Bahamas constitutional amendment bills - Dec 19, 2014 - 12:16:50 PM
Bahamas – Phi Beta Sigma joined with the Constitutional Commission to
learn more about the proposed amendments that are schedule to be voted
on next year.
Court Justice Rubie Nottage is leading the public awareness campaign of
the commission said that the audience that included members of the
fraternity and the wider community should now be able
to speak fluently about the bills.
“Not to be told about them
by somebody else,” said Justice Nottage, “but to have their own ideas
crystallized, to have their questions...
McWeeney presents credentials to Pope Francis - Dec 19, 2014 - 12:06:26 PM
This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace Pope Francis
received in audience His Excellency Mr. Sean McWeeney, Q.C. Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to
the Holy See.
During the course of the week, Ambassador McWeeney will
subsequently meet with Senior Officials of the Holy See including the
Secretary of State His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, His Excellency
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, His
Excellency Giovanni Becciu and Monsignor Jose Bettencourt, Head of
Protocol for the Holy See.
OAS Opens Scholarship Application Period for Undergraduate, Graduate and Research Studies in 2016 - Dec 19, 2014 - 11:29:02 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS)
announces the opening of the application period for the OAS Academic
Scholarship Program, which offers students the opportunity to pursue
undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees or graduate research, leading to
a university degree at institutions of higher education throughout the
The scholarships, which are open to all citizens and
permanent residents of OAS member states, offer up to $30,000 per year
in total benefits that may cover all or part of tuition and mandatory
fees, living costs, study materials, airfare and health insurance, for
up to two academic years...
Happy Holidays from Flying Fish Restaurant: Holiday Hours - Dec 19, 2014 - 10:56:11 AM
Happy Holidays from Flying Fish!
would like to thank everybody for a wonderful 2014 and we look forward
to a prosperous New Year.
Join us for New Year's Eve!
Kindly note that Flying Fish will be
closed December 25th and 26th.
Merry Christmas to all...
GB Minister Opens Christmas Invitational Basketball Tournament - Dec 19, 2014 - 9:27:18 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Minister for Grand
Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, when officially opening the 39th
annual Christmas Invitational Basketball Tournament on Thursday, told
students "the ball is in your court" at St. George's High School
The Minister was referring to their educational
opportunities, "I remind you all of the importance of academics, as your
grades will also help to determine the possibilities for scholarships,
and your future...