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News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Rum Bahamas Exceeds Expectations - Mar 3, 2015 - 5:30:10 PM

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Nassau, New Providence - Over 4,000 people came to this year’s Rum Bahamas Festival held at Fort Charlotte February 27- March 1 – an upward trend officials are hoping will continue for years to come.

Catherine Chisnall Mitchell, director of PR and Marketing of Rum Bahamas said this year’s event had almost 80 vendors, half of which were local micro businesses.

“The rise in both local and international attendance has been encouraging and inspiring and we look forward to continued growth,” she said...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

New Bahamas School Registration Policy Announced - Mar 3, 2015 - 3:12:05 PM

To help with the registration and documentation of students, please be advised that commencing in the academic year 2015/2016, all compulsory school aged students (ages five to 16 years), will be required to possess either:

1) A Bahamian Passport.

2) A Birth Certificate, indicating a mother or father as a Bahamian citizen.

3) A permit authorizing the child to reside in The Bahamas...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Balearia’s Newest Vessel ‘Bahama Mama’ Begins Service To Freeport - Mar 3, 2015 - 3:06:11 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – Over 100 special invited guests from throughout the travel and tourism industry recently climbed onboard the luxurious Balearia Bahamas Express’ newest addition “Bahama Mama”, which now sails from South Florida to Grand Bahama year round.

The state-of-the-art, 1,000-passenger capacity vessel had its inauguration ceremony at the Freeport Harbour.

Impressed with the service of the new vessel, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu said, “This brand new ship will cut the time it takes to ferry passengers between us in half signifying a most outstanding performance.

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival Returns to Exuma - Mar 3, 2015 - 2:38:20 PM

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Domestic Tourism will get a major boost this month as Ministry of Tourism officials are preparing to host the Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival in George Town, Exuma.

The event, which is scheduled for March 12-14, is going on its 11th year.

Its theme this year is “Celebrating The Islands of The Bahamas”...

News : International

CIBC in Canada & The Bahamas Join Forces for Bahamas Red Cross Donation in Abaco - Mar 3, 2015 - 2:28:05 PM

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Marsh Harbour, Abaco -  The employees of CIBC Canada and CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank were on a mission early this year to lift up the needy people of Abaco with a shipment of donated goods that arrived on the island recently.

According to Frank and Phyllis McVicker, the project was initiated and spearheaded by their daughter, Sue Cronacher, who works at one of CIBC’s Ontario branches. Mr. McVicker explained that once the bank’s customers observed the donations being brought in at the bank, they excitedly joined the effort with donations of their own...

News : Local

URCA Opens Second Round of Consultation re: Proposed Infrastructure Sharing Regulations - Mar 3, 2015 - 2:23:04 PM

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) today commenced the second round of consultation on its proposed Infrastructure Sharing Regulations. During the first round of consultation, which closed on February 13, 2015, URCA received responses from three companies, JazzTel Bahamas Limited, BTC and Cable Bahama s Limited. These responses may be viewed on URCA’s website.

As The Bahamas prepares for the liberalization of the mobile sector, with the imminent introduction of mobile competition, URCA’s role is to encourage the development of competition in the Electronic Communications Sector by reducing barriers to entry...

News : Grand Bahama

Women's rights activist to speak at Join Me on the Bridge in Grand Bahama - Mar 3, 2015 - 1:19:58 PM

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Join Me on the Bridge Holds 6th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration

Grand Bahama, The Bahamas -- On March 8th, women and men from The Bahamas, along with international visitors, will be joining together at the Garden of the Groves to celebrate International Women's Day.

Grand Bahama’s 6th annual International Women’s Day celebration, “Join Me on the Bridge”, will be held on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at 3pm.

News : International

Bahamas Realty Earns 5 Prestigious Awards at Global Real Estate Conference - Mar 3, 2015 - 1:06:02 PM

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Bahamas Realty received 5 prestigious awards for excellence from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), including the Top International Luxury Brokerage award for member firms with 1-100 sales associates, recognizing Bahamas Realty for epitomizing the quality, strength and luxury market expertise synonymous with the Luxury Portfolio brand. The awards were presented during the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Conference Week, February 9-13 at Wynn Las Vegas.

LeadingRE and its Luxury division, Luxury Portfolio International®, is the world’s largest network of premier locally-branded firms producing more than $234 billion in annual home sales. LeadingRE ...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Augusta St. homicide victim identified - 4 suspects nabbed after robbery - 6 arrests/65 citations - Drugs seized on Peter St. - Mar 3, 2015 - 12:35:01 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Nab 4 Suspects shortly after robbery:
Quick action by police has led to the apprehension of three adult males and an adult female shortly after they allegedly committed two robberies on Monday 2nd March 2015...

Identify Augusta Street homicide Victim: 
The man shot and killed at Augusta Street on Tuesday 24th February 2015, has been identified as 32 – year old Robens Simbert of Gibbs Corner...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Tuesday, March 3rd - Mar 3, 2015 - 12:26:46 PM

Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Tuesday 3rd March, 2015.

General situation: High pressure will continue to produce stable conditions across the area today.

Warnings: Mariners and beach goers should continue to exercise caution due to the risk of rip currents mainly along the northern and eastern shorelines.

Weather: Mostly sunny, warm and breezy today; fair and breezy tonight...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF: Eleuthera resort robbed - Gold Nissan Bluebird vehicle stolen in Nassau - Mar 3, 2015 - 12:02:47 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - In the first incident, shortly before 11:00pm on Monday 2nd March 2015, two men armed with a handgun robbed a small resort located at Rainbow Bay, Eleuthera of a large amount of cash and a cell phone before fleeing on foot.

In the second incident, shortly after 2:30am on Tuesday 3rd March 2015, a man had just pulled up in front of a residence located at Malcolm Road West in his gold Nissan Bluebird vehicle license number 250029..

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

RBPF Grand bahama: 19yr. old Keilo Keith Thompson Wanted for Housebreaking - Mar 3, 2015 - 11:55:29 AM


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Police in Grand Bahama needs the public assistance in locating Keilo Keith Thompson age 19 years of #498 Hawaii Avenue, Freeport, Grand Bahama. He is wanted for Housebreaking and is described as standing at 5’11” tall, dark brown complexion and is thin built.

The subject is considered extremely dangerous and he should be approached with caution. If you have any information concerning this person, please contact the police in Grand Bahama at telephone number 352-9774/5, 350-3106-12,374-3713 or call your nearest police station.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

RPBF Grand Bahama report armed robbery in West Settlers Way area - Mar 3, 2015 - 11:47:14 AM

Police in Grand Bahama are investigating an armed robbery that occur in the West Settlers Way area.

Reports are that on Monday 2nd March 2015 shortly before 1:00pm,police received information that two males who were described as wearing mask and armed with knives robbed a business establishment of cash, personnel items and a dark green Toyota Windham vehicle before making good their escape. The vehicle was later recovered.

Shortly after this incident police arrested two male suspects, who are currently assisting them with this investigation..

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Grand Bahama welcomes Balearia’s Bahama Mama Cruise Ferry - Mar 3, 2015 - 10:30:08 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island- On Thursday, February 26th, 2015, what can be described as a new era in South Florida cruise ferry transportation began for the neighboring shores of Grand Bahama Island. Over 100 special invited guests from throughout the travel and tourism industry climbed onboard the luxurious, state-of-the-art, 1000 passenger capacity vessel for the official inauguration ceremony of Balearia Bahamas Express’s newest addition, the “Bahama Mama” superfast Alhucemas.

Impressed with the service of the new vessel, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu stated that “This brand new ship will cut the time it takes to ferry passengers between us in half…” signifying “a most outstanding performance...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Gov't to ensure Bahamians have access to affordable, efficient and quality healthcare - Mar 2, 2015 - 9:50:51 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  – The Government of The Bahamas is committed to ensuring that all Bahamians have access to affordable, efficient and quality healthcare. As such, the government has launched the implementation strategy to ensure that all Bahamians have access to a Universal Health Insurance system.

“The mission of The Bahamas Government is to provide quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible to all its citizens” stated Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez. Details of the Universal Health Insurance plan will be announced by the Government after ongoing stakeholder consultations with all key parties have been concluded...

Entertainment

Exuma swimming pigs get red carpet treatment at Florida film festival - Mar 2, 2015 - 7:15:06 PM

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*AVENTURA, FL -  February 27th marked the grand launch of Bahamian-born, Jarrod Knowles' WideScreen Film and Music Video Festival. The event saw international and American films and music videos as well as a handful of Bahamian films.

For the inaugural launch, he had help from the smash-hit Bahamian documentary, "When Pigs Swim", directed by Bahamian Charlie Smith, when one of the swimming piggies joined them on the red carpet...

News : International

NASA Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival - Mar 2, 2015 - 5:01:18 PM

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6.

"Dawn is about to make history," said Robert Mase, project manager for the Dawn mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. "Our team is ready and eager to find out what Ceres has in store for us..."

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Minister of Works Addresses Infrastructural Developments in Mid-Term Budget Presentation - Mar 2, 2015 - 4:58:47 PM


Nassau, The Bahamas – The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development highlighted infrastructural initiatives in his mid-year budget presentation to Parliamentarians in the House of Assembly, February 25.

Among the initiatives is the implementation of a road maintenance and management system, a part of the strengthening component of the New Providence Infrastructure Improvement Programme, advocated and funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.

According to Minister Davis, “this approach has been partially effected by a strategically realigned procurement practice, awarding..."

News : Local

BFSB and Bahamas Millennials Society plan Future Leaders Forum - Mar 2, 2015 - 4:57:06 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – When the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) launched the Bahamas Millennials Society (BMS) late last year it appreciated that the goals of the society met an identified human capital development need, but it did not realize just how welcome the initiative would be to young persons engaged in or seeking to enter the financial services industry. In just the first few months the Society has attracted 4 corporate sponsors and, of course, it is seeking more. Membership also is open to individuals within member firms who do not have the employee numbers to justify corporate sponsorship and to students studying in a degree related to financial services, law, accounting or real estate...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Fatal Airplane Crash at Clifton Pier, Bahamas - Mar 2, 2015 - 4:36:54 PM


Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Bahamas Ministry of Transport & Aviation:

The public is hereby informed that the Air Accident Investigation & Prevention Unit (AAIPU) of The Bahamas Civil Aviation Department, in accordance with the provisions of Annex 13 of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Schedule 19 of The Bahamas Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (BASR), has concluded its investigation into the fatal accident involving a C6-REV Piper PA31-350 aircraft, which occurred near Clifton Pier, New Providence, on December 2nd, 2014...

Community : Service Organizations

2015 Red Cross Fair - Celebrating 74 years of Family Fun! - Mar 2, 2015 - 3:40:50 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Don't miss The Bahamas Red Cross Society Fair 2015 " 74 Years- Celebrating Family fun" Saturday March 28th 12 Noon - until at Government House Grounds Lower Gardens.

"Enjoy Fun Filled Family Entertainment"

A variety of Foods, Popcorn, Conch Fritters, Hoop La, Plants, Hamburgers, Bingo, Disco Games and much more...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Daylight Saving Time to commence on Sunday, March 8th - Mar 2, 2015 - 3:40:47 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that Daylight Saving Time will commence on Sunday, 8th March, 2015 at 2:00 a.m. and will continue until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, 1st November 2015.

Set your clocks forward one hour prior to going to bed Saturday, March 7th...

News : New Providence

World Day of Prayer services set for Nassau, Bahamas - Mar 2, 2015 - 3:14:14 PM

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World Day of Prayer will take place on March 6th, 2015, and this year focuses on The Bahamas.
If you are planning to be in New Providence, The Bahamas, for the World Day of Prayer celebrations, here is the schedule of the activities. All are welcome.

Tuesday, March 3, 9 am - Children’s Services at Baptist Schools

Thursday, March 5, 7 am - Worship Service to welcome the beginning of World Day of Prayer in the earth, as the day begins at the International Date Line, seventeen hours before it begins...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Acting Justice Cheryl Grant-Bethell Sworn In‏ - Mar 2, 2015 - 3:03:32 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Hon. Justice Cheryl Grant-Bethell was sworn in as Acting Justice of the Supreme Court by Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Government House...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Members Call on Minister Darville - Mar 2, 2015 - 2:53:05 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Ladies of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DSTS), paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Friday.

During the courtesy call the ladies presented the Minister with suggestions on job creation. 


In response, Minister Darville on behalf of the Government and the Ministry for Grand Bahama thanked the ladies for their visit and presentation. He told them that with the unemployment rate at over 14 percent in Nassau, and 18 per cent in Grand Bahama...

News : Local

Cat Island to host Richton Park, Illinois delegation - Mar 2, 2015 - 2:38:20 PM

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The Cat Island Sister City Association is hosting a delegation from the Village of Richton Park, Illinois, over the next four days to conclude talks on the formation of a Sister City relationship.

The seven-member delegation trip come on the heels of a similar visit a group from Cat Island paid to the people of Richton Park in September 2014 that was facilitated by Immerse Bahamas, a destination management company, which set the wheels in motion...

News : International : Caribbean News

The Blue Economy offers rich rewards to Caribbean countries that seize the moment - Mar 2, 2015 - 2:32:55 PM


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Caribbean countries face a variety of serious economic challenges which act as major impediments to their growth and development. The continued reliance on one major export product with associated vulnerability to economic shocks as well as natural disasters places many in this region in a precarious position.

Nine Caribbean countries carry unsustainable debt with two countries having debt to GDP ratios over 100% and seven countries exceeding 75%. Overseas development assistance has been on the decline and is no longer an option for the large majority of Caribbean countries. Graduation to middle income status has also meant that concessional financing is no longer available...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

UN Development Programme representative calls on Bahamas Ministry of Health - Mar 2, 2015 - 2:18:49 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Health on Monday welcomed Arun Kayshyap, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Islands.  Mr. Kayshyap is based in Jamaica. 

Pictured from left at the courtesy call are: Chief Medical Officer Glen Beneby, Arun Kayshyap, Permanent Secretary Marco Rolle, Director of Nursing Marcel Johnson, and Dr. Pearl McMillan Director of Public Health. 

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas: International Labour Organization Meeting Gets Underway - Mar 2, 2015 - 2:14:04 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour and National Insurance and the Public Service welcomed Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to a conference focusing on labour issues, youth employment and related matters.

The Ninth ILO Meeting of the Caribbean Ministers of Labour will be held March 3-4, 2015 at the British Colonial Hilton.

Mr. Ryder paid a Courtesy Call on Mr. Gibson at the Ministry of Labour on Monday, March 2. The dialogue focused on issues up for discussion during the two-day conclave, which would be officially...

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