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Last Updated: May 24, 2015 - 3:03:33 PM

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas signs on to Air Passenger Services Agreement at Saint Lucia - May 24, 2015 - 2:51:41 PM

(Runaway Bay, Saint Lucia) - The Bahamas has now acceded to all three of the agreements which will facilitate the air passenger information system (APIS) which will allow the exchange of information to our border management agencies in advance of passengers getting on the plane to fly here.

There were three agreements to allow this to be brought into force.Fred Mitchell MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs took the opportunity to sign the accession documents in Runway Bay, St. Lucia in the margins of the meeting of foreign ministers of Caricom on 22 May 2015.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau seek public help in shooting incident - Issue Whit Monday safety tips - May 24, 2015 - 2:40:48 PM

Police seek public help in shooting incident
- Police are seeking the public assistance in solving a shooting incident that has left a man detained in hospital on Saturday 23rd May 2015

Police issue Whit Monday holiday warning to motorists - Police are appealing to all road users to exercise extreme caution and extra care when driving during the Whit Monday Holiday.

Police message to drivers and riders is very simple.


United States Embassy to commemorate Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony - May 24, 2015 - 2:34:43 PM

On Monday, May 25th, the United States Embassy will commemorate Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans. Special recognition will be given to U.S. Patrol Squadron 23 Sailors, who died off the coast of Nassau on May 7, 1954, Bahamian Private First Class Norman Darling who died in the Iraq War in 2004 and Sergeant Errol McKinney, U.S. Army, a Bahamian killed in a motorcycle accident in 2013 shortly after to returning to Ft. Bliss, Texas following a deployment to Afghanistan. This is an annual event which includes representatives from the U.S. Embassy to The Bahamas, our Bahamian...

Columns : Letters to The Editor

Fred Ferguson: The truth, Imported musicians out performed locals at BJ Carnival - May 24, 2015 - 1:22:13 PM

Carnival is over now..... So what's next..... especially for the local musicians.
There is NO question that the imported musicians (Haitian, Cuban, Colombian, and Trinidadian) out performed the local artists. YES..I'M GONNA SAY IT ... the truth needs to be told and looked squarely in the face.

We can attempt to walk softly around it... BUT WE AIN'T READY..... and.... Machel Montano was DA BOSS... Manalito Simonet was phenomenal.....and the Bahamian acts....ALL OF US..... were warmly received by OUR people.

We could try to say we are not appreciated all we want... we have to accept that the local public...

News : Local

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Sunday, May 24 - May 24, 2015 - 11:31:10 AM

This is the Bahamas public weather forecast for today and tonight, Sunday 24th May 2015.

General situation: Remnants of a stationary front near the northern Bahamas will help to trigger a few showers across the NW Bahamas before washing out today…meanwhile building high pressure will generate breezy conditions across the islands.

Special warnings: Boaters and beachgoers should exercise extreme caution due to rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the northern and east coast beaches...

News : International : Caribbean News

One Caribbean Television celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month - May 24, 2015 - 10:58:28 AM

Congresswoman Barbara Lee to be honored during Capitol Hill reception

WASHINGTON DC  - One Caribbean Television (OCTV) will host a reception in the nation's capital to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which is observed in June.

The reception, to be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in the Rayburn House Office Building, will be hosted in conjunction with the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

The event will bring together Ambassadors from various Caribbean nations, Members of Congress and Caribbean business and cultural leaders to commemorate...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas hosts NACTA reception to share 2015 tourism achievements and news - May 24, 2015 - 3:05:19 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – NACTA (National Association of Career Travel Agents) Presidents and Chapter Directors were hosted to an informational reception by Sandals and The Islands Of The Bahamas at Sandals Royal Bahamian, with opening remarks by Director General of Tourism, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu. Attendees were provided an informal and welcoming platform to network and find out the latest news and achievements in tourism and travel that The Islands Of The Bahamas have achieved thus far in 2015 as well as future projects.

The evening was incredibly important to increase visibility and further cement the relationship with US inbound tourism market for The Islands Of The Bahamas as NACTA, a wholly owned company of ASTA, is the largest association of independent and home based travel entrepreneurs and agents.


This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: May 18 - 22 - May 23, 2015 - 4:48:06 PM

Freedom of Information Bill, 2015 released

After more than one hundred amendments to the initial 2012 Act that never came into force, followed by its replacement with a new draft bill, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 2015 was released on Monday of this week for public consultation.

Foreshadowing the release and outlining the objectives of the new bill was Education Minister Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald who spoke from the floor of the House on Wednesday, 13th May 2015. Some of the objectives and parameters of the new bill are as follow...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Nassau police search for suspects in 4 armed robberies - Seek suspect in shooting incident - May 23, 2015 - 11:53:26 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Police are searching for several suspects responsible for four of armed that occurred during the past 24-hours and are asking members of the public to come forth with any information they may have to help solve these incidents.

In the first incident, shortly after 12:00noon on Friday 22nd May 2015, a man armed with a handgun robbed a convenience store located on East Street and Victoria Boulevard of a small quantity of clothing before fleeing on foot.

In the second incident, shortly after 3:00pm on Friday 22nd May 2015, a woman was walking on Rosetta Street, when a man armed with a handgun robbed her of her handbag containing cash and personal effects before fleeing on foot...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

2 stabbing incidents in Grand Bahama - May 23, 2015 - 11:41:53 AM

Freeport, The Bahamas - Police in Grand Bahama are investigating two stabbing incidents that has left a 23 year old male and a 33 year old male in hospital.

The first incident occurred shortly before 12:00pm on Friday 22nd May 2015, two brothers while in the area of Frobisher Circle were involved in an altercation when one was stabbed to the face. He was transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital and was seen by doctor and later released. His 32 year old brother was arrested and taken into police custody.

The second incident occurred shortly before 10:00pm on Friday 22nd May 2015, a 33 year old male was brought into the Rand Memorial Hospital suffering from stab wounds...

Sales & Promotions : Flying Fish Restaurant

Flying Fish "Casual Sundays" is the place to be! - May 23, 2015 - 10:37:33 AM

The patio of Flying Fish is THE place to be on Sunday nights in Freeport. Come out and enjoy "Flying Fish Casual Sundays" every Sunday evening from 5pm to enjoy the Bahamas' beautiful weather on the patio (weather permitting) along with great food and drink, with live entertainment.

Our bar menu will be available outside waterside all evening and happy hour specials run from 5pm-7pm. Make the best of the last day of the weekend by enjoying a casual atmosphere with great entertainment.  We hav e burgers, dips, sushi, oysters, wings, and more!

Check out the special menu offerings for Casual Sundays...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Tabernacle Baptist’s Stellar Track Team Visits Minister for Grand Bahama - May 23, 2015 - 10:18:55 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The Under 20 Boys Track Team of Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy paid a courtesy call on Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, at the Ministry on Thursday. The group was accompanied by their principal, Norris Bain and head track coach, Nickito Johnson.

During the visit, the Minister said Kendrick Thompson, Ricardo Richardson, Ken Russell, Javan Martin, Holland Martin and Jonathan Smith are "some of the finest young Grand Bahamian athletes and their performances locally, nationally and internationally have been nothing short of phenomenal...

News : International

African countries to stand up to mega-trading blocs - May 23, 2015 - 9:21:22 AM

Senior officials and experts will meet to consider the future of African trade in light of the emergence of mega-trading blocs which exclude more than 160 countries from regional trade negotiations.

The meeting organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Development will take place in Nairobi from 26 to 27 May 2015. Participants will look at ways to ensure the trade interests of African countries are taken into account at global and regional levels.

The advent of mega-trading blocs - the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands

Illegal immigrants arrested off Bimini - May 23, 2015 - 7:44:53 AM

BIMINI, The Bahamas - On Friday 22nd May 2015 shortly after 3:00pm, Officers of the U.S Coast Guard handed over to Law Enforcement Officers inclusive of Police and Immigration Officials, (5) illegal Haitian Immigrants, (3) adult males and (2) adult females and (4) Grand Bahamians. They reported that while on routine patrol on Thursday 21st May 2015, they had intercepted a 17 ft. vessel in the North West area of Bimini with the illegal immigrants on board. They were all taken into custody.

Investigation is continuing.


Cancer Society of The Bahamas to Host Major Telethon for Caring Centre Expansion - May 23, 2015 - 7:17:41 AM

Bahamian leaders including businesspersons, government officials and medical professionals will pool their efforts to handle phone lines and volunteer their time for the first ever Cancer Society telethon – an event that will raise money for a critical cause and bring out families to hear live entertainment and touching personal stories.

The telethon, set for Sunday, May 31, will be held at the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis from 1 to 5 pm. Atlantis, along with several media houses, is partnering with the Cancer Society for the telethon that will kick-off a $3 million building fund campaign geared toward doubling the size of the Cancer Caring Centre, adding 16 new rooms and creating Nassau’s first hospice...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands

Exuma police launch island-wide search for suspect - May 23, 2015 - 6:57:31 AM

EXUMA, The Bahamas - Police in Exuma report that shortly after 4:00am on Saturday 23rd May 2015, they received a report of a disturbance at a nightclub located in Barratarre, Exuma. When police arrived on the scene they saw a man walking with a handgun in his hand.

The officers attempted to arrest the suspect who resisted violently. A struggle ensued and the suspect dropped the firearm, but was able to escape from the officers. Police retrieved a .357 handgun the suspect threw to the ground.

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)

Insulza ensures on departure that OAS “Much stronger than it was when I arrived” - May 22, 2015 - 5:27:35 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) bid farewell today to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, who expressed pride in the work that has been done in the decade that he has led the hemispheric institution. “The Organization is much stronger now than when I arrived,” he said.

In his last appearance before the Council, Secretary General Insulza reiterated the need for the Organization to adapt to the challenges of the present day, and recalled the essence of his proposal on the Strategic Vision that he presented three years ago, and that the Organization approved last year: the OAS must be “an inclusive Organization, of sovereign and diverse countries, legitimized by democracy, acting on the same hemispheric agenda, in full condition of equality. That is what is demanded of the OAS of the 21st century, far from what was demanded of it during the Cold War.”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

URCA Holds Town Meeting on ICT Innovation & Connectivity - May 22, 2015 - 4:27:24 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Through regulating the electronic communication and telecommunication sector in The Bahamas, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) plans to improve consumer protection regulations by allowing the public more access to their services.

URCA’s Director of Policy and Regulation Stephen Bereaux spoke to a town meeting gathering of some 50 Bahamians at The College of The Bahamas’ Hospitality Dining Room on Thompson Boulevard on May 21 explaining their mandate and updating on developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Innovation and Connectivity.

He said, “we are the managers of the radio frequency spectrum...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Dorsett Petroleum Communication‏ - May 22, 2015 - 3:30:14 PM

Statement by Hon. Kenred M. A. Dorsett M.P., Minister of the Environment and Housing:

Thank You Mr. Speaker


Once again it is an honor for me to rise in this place on behalf of the people of Southern Shores. They are a wonderful, supportive group of people who I have come to know and cherish over the years. I thank them for their continued support and for affording me the opportunity to serve them and our beloved Bahamaland...

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)

Rahming among those paying tribute to outgoing OAS Secretary General - May 22, 2015 - 3:03:55 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza during a Protocolary Meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, to bid farewell to the outgoing Secretary General.

Speaking on behalf of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Dr. Rahming, who is also The Bahamas’ Ambassador to the United Nations, said that on “occasions such as this, I often reflect on the burdens of true leadership, the responsibility and obligations that come with executive management, the personal and professional sacrifices that often accompany authority, the thanklessness that is often all too common, particularly in respect of public service...”

News : International

BCPORA Presents Gift to Bahamas Consul General Zonicle - May 22, 2015 - 2:42:40 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mrs. Idena Burrows, President of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Retirees Association (BCPORA), presents a gift to Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., during a visit by 47 members of the BCPORA to the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The group is on their annual retreat trip, which also includes visits to Baltimore, Maryland, and New York City...

News : New Providence

1st African-American to walk in space coming to Bahamas for 2nd annual tech. camp‏ - May 22, 2015 - 2:21:37 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - STEMBoard, the global engineering solutions company co-founded by award winning Bahamian-American engineer Aisha Bowe, is proud to announce that they will be spearheading their annual summer technology camp Hack.IT Bahamas from July 13-July 17, 2015 at St. Andrew’s School in Nassau, Bahamas.

Last year’s camp was a tremendous success, with a distinguished team of professional engineers, scientists, and technologists teaching and encouraging the youth of the Bahamas to pursue opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields. This summer, these specialists, led by STEMBoard founders Aisha Bowe...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Prime Minister Christie provides updates on Eleuthera at 3rd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook‏ - May 22, 2015 - 1:47:47 PM

Remarks by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at The Third Eleuthera Business Outlook May 21, 2015:

Let me first congratulate Mrs. Joan Albury and her team who are now in their third year of organizing this wonderful and informative business seminar series which has been hosted on the islands of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera.

Having just signed an agreement for a major development in South Eleuthera last week, it gives me great pleasure to be afforded this opportunity to address the communities of Eleuthera at your Business Outlook on the subject of “Securing Eleuthera through Planning, Partnership and Productivity”...

News : Local

Draft of Bahamas Freedom of Information Bill, 2015 - May 22, 2015 - 1:37:50 PM

Freedom Of Information Bill, 2015
: A Bill For an Act to give to the public a general right of access to records held by Public Authorities and to make provision for incidental and connected purposes

Enacted by the Parliament of The Bahamas.


1. Short title and commencement.

(l) This Act may be cited as the Freedom of Information Act, 2015.

(2) This Act shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may appoint by notice published in the Gazette, and different dates may be so appointed for different provisions...


The Island House Cinema presents Caribbean Storytellers Film Series - May 22, 2015 - 1:35:26 PM

This summer, The Island House Cinema will host a series of creative presentations celebrating Caribbean storytellers who operate through a visual medium. These storytellers are not only filmmakers but are artists who also work in theatre, music videos, television and the theatre.

The series opens with the work of four directors – three Bahamian women directors: Gina Rodgers-Sealy, Marion Bethel and Maria Govan, and also Spanish director Miquel Galofré.

For this week’s column, we spoke with two Bahamian directors that are showing their films this week at the cinema. Gina Rodgers-Sealy directed the fabulous Gentle Giant and Marion Bethel directed the very important and enlightening Womanish Ways...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas turn 80 - May 22, 2015 - 1:09:50 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) launched what will be a year of celebrations of the 80th Anniversary of BCB at a press conference in the corporation’s boardroom on Wednesday, May 20.  The celebrations will culminate in an awards banquet in May of 2016 at which awards will be presented to those who have contributed to the growth of the corporation, past and present. 

Pictured at the press conference, from left: General Manager Diana Swann; Chairman Rev. Dr. William Thompson; and Deputy General Manager/Freeport Stanley Pinder.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

National Arts Festival at North Andros Schools - May 22, 2015 - 1:08:40 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Students of North Andros expressed their creativity for the judges of the The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 19. 

BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister of Health Calls on Bahamas’ UN Ambassador in Geneva - May 22, 2015 - 12:54:31 PM

Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez paid a brief call on The Bahamas Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Her Excellency, Rhoda M. Jackson.  The Health Minister led The Bahamas’ delegation to the 68th World Health Assembly, held from 18 – 26 May, 2015.

Among those areas addressed at the Health Assembly were Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Health, and Anti-Microbial Resistance.  Health Ministers also exchanged views on the matter of Health in the post-2015 development agenda, and Implementation of the International Health Regulations...

Columns : Message from the Stars - Tametryo Brown

Your weekly horoscope for May 22 - 29 - May 22, 2015 - 12:50:57 PM

Gemini (Born May 21- June 20)

Any decisions regarding your family or home should be put off now. You may face difficulties when communicating with family and you may have to think of an alternative way to look at situations regarding them. You may feel prompted to change your appearance or mannerisms. Perhaps you have come to realize that your body language or even manner of speech is off putting or doesn't portray you in the light that you want and you may decide on some adjustments in that area...

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