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Film Review: Yoga Hosers - Jul 31, 2016 - 12:41:14 AM

Do Your ‘Wurst...

Two teenage girl yoga enthusiasts must band together to combat an evil threat that could spoil their chance to go to a party with older members of their high school. They end up joining forces with a legendary man-hunter as they fight for their lives using the yoga skills they have learned.

Colleen Collette is a high school girl who works at her father’s convenience store and is part of a garage band with her best friend, but on the cusp of attending a party with Seniors when an evil arises...


Central Bank of the Bahamas FATCA Reporting Update for 2015 - Jul 30, 2016 - 11:31:47 PM

NOTICE: The Bahamas Competent Authority Bahamas FATCA Reporting Update for 2015

The Central Bank is issuing this Notice on behalf of the Bahamas Competent Authority.

Published Tuesday July 26th, 2016

This document contains important notices for the 2015 reporting period.

News : International : Caribbean News

From Fish Waste to Fish Wealth: Caribbean takes first step to maximize value of fisheries and aquaculture sector - Jul 30, 2016 - 10:09:03 PM

Belize City, Friday (CRFM)—At a time when countries across the Caribbean region are faced with economic challenges, innovation in one of its prime sectors—the fisheries and aquaculture sector—can spur the kind of growth needed to help buttress the regional economy. However, this kind of change won’t come overnight. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is working with Member States from around the region, as they prepare to take the first steps in converting fish waste to fish wealth—a change which could multiply earnings from the sector.

“Going forward, we need to make the point that proper utilization of fishery resources is not about increasing production or increasing catches, it is more about maximizing value of what we are now taking and realizing the significant benefits that is possible by focusing on value addition,” said Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the CRFM...

News : Local

Bahamas Defence Force apprehends 8 Cuban migrants - Jul 30, 2016 - 9:44:23 PM

Coral Harbour Base 30 July 2016 (RBDF)-- Eight Cuban migrants have been turned over to Immigration officials after they were apprehended in Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Thursday night.

While on routine patrol, patrol craft HMBS Lignum Vitae under the command of Acting Senior Lieutenant Valentino Rolle spotted a 20 foot makeshift aluminum motor driven vessel approximately 45 nautical miles west of Ragged Island around 8:00pm. Further search of the vessel discovered the 6 males and 2 females, who were then taken aboard the Defence Force craft. The migrants were brought into the Coral Harbour Base shortly after 3:00pm Saturday afternoon...

News : Local

Mario Carey Calls for Creation of Economic Zones - Jul 30, 2016 - 6:03:23 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The word SEZ rolls off Mario Carey’s tongue with such conviction you’d think he had discovered a single pill to cure the common cold and create peace in the world.

“SEZ,” he says, “stands for special economic zones and it’s not the common cold a SEZ can cure, but the too common ailment of an economy stuck in neutral. To move it forward takes momentum and special economic zones create that energy, that horsepower.”

Special economic zones (SEZ) were first employed in 1980 to move China from its labour intensive agricultural communist economy to something more closely resembling capitalism. Four zones were established allowing investors to come in...


This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Jul 25 - 29 - Jul 30, 2016 - 1:48:24 PM

Government: provisional liquidation “only sensible option” for Baha Mar

“The Government's decision to move for provisional liquidation of the Baha Mar companies in The Bahamas was the only sensible option available and was manifestly in the interest of reducing harm to the Bahamian economy and Baha Mar's Bahamian employees and other creditors. Any suggestion to the contrary demonstrates a lack of awareness of the facts surrounding Baha Mar’s insolvency.”

This was the response of the government of The Bahamas to media reports attributed to former Prime Minster Ingraham that the Christie administration was “dead wrong” in pursuing the provisional liquidation route on the stalled Baha Mar project and should have allowed the chapter 11 proceedings to play out in a Delaware court...


Hon. Fred Mitchell invites the public to the Fox Hill Festival - Jul 30, 2016 - 12:46:26 PM

I am pleased to invite all Bahamians to the Fox Hill Festival beginning 1 August on Emancipation Day.

On 1 August 1834, the slaves in the then British Empire were freed.The Bahamas was then a part of the British Empire.

Fox Hill is one of the villages in New Providence where freed Africans settled following the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade by the British in 1807.

Since 1834 the people of Fox Hill have been marking the day and a week later they celebrate Fox Hill Day in the Baptist Churches.

News : New Providence

BTVI president presents at international conference - Jul 30, 2016 - 9:00:52 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Within weeks of assuming office, BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson was already representing the institution - and by extension, The Bahamas - at an international conference. Accompanied by Dean of Student Services, Racquel Bethel, Dr. Robertson attended the Latin America and Caribbean Forum for Technical and Community College Educators in San Antonio, Texas.

Held July 16th - 18th, it was a meeting of the minds and Dr. Robertson presented a paper on 'Building the Bahamian Economy: The Role for BTVI.' Dr. Robertson focused on the importance of building workforce skills in The Bahamas and closing the workforce skills gap...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas Makes History and is Sanctioned “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors” at 2016 EAA AirVenture - Jul 30, 2016 - 6:52:32 AM

OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental success and set historic records on the international front, this time being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors” by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The announcement was made on July 26, at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and accepted by representatives of the Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

NOAA which has a membership of 3,300 weather professionals, started the ‘Weather Ready Nation Ambassador” initiative three years ago to educate its citizens on the importance of preparedness and protection in weather conditions..

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

Two arrested for harbouring a fugitive in Grand Bahama - Jul 30, 2016 - 5:20:28 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Officers in Grand Bahama arrest two males for Harboring a Fugitive and Assault with a Deadly Instrument.

Reports are that on Friday 29th July 2016 shortly after 6:00pm, Officers arrested the pair while in the West End Street, Hawksbill area during a search of a vehicle that they were in, both persons were arrested for Harboring a Fugitive and one of the suspects who resides in New Providence was also arrested for Assault with a Deadly Instrument when he attempted to hit an officer with a vehicle...


Runners trade their shoes for Sands Light - Jul 30, 2016 - 5:14:28 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas — Instead of hitting various pavement and bush trails on the island of New Providence, the Nassau Hash House Harriers forwent tennis shoes for bare feet and switched into team "Sip a Sands" mode for the annual Sandy Toe'lympics at Sandy Toes Resort on Rose Island last Sunday. The team's athletic skills helped them navigate a series of outrageous team events which included digging a chicken out of the sand while blindfolded and tied their partner's leg. Team member James Forrest said, "that was as much fun as I'd ever thought I would have with a running club. We had a real run the following Monday near Caves Village and it was much different from the beach activities." The team was easy to spot during the events because you only had to follow the bright green Sands Light Beer shirts...

News : International

Bostwick calls on Ambassador Newry in Washington - Jul 30, 2016 - 5:02:11 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Former Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Janet Bostwick paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Mrs. Bostwick, who was accompanied by her grandson John Henry Bostwick III, headed the Organization of American States (OAS) Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) at the general elections held earlier this year in Jamaica, and she was in Washington to officially presented the Mission’s report to the OAS on Wednesday, July 27, during a meeting of the Permanent Council in the Simon Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the OAS, is Chair of the Permanent Council...

Community : Grand Bahama

Pelican Bay Hotel wraps up Culinary Management Institute Partnership program with COB - Jul 30, 2016 - 1:02:47 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – On July 27th, 2016, the 12-week Culinary Management Institute Partnership program between Pelican Bay hotel and College of The Bahamas came to a close. The students assigned to Pelican Bay were: Ashanti Williams majoring in Hospitality management, Tourism and Hospitality major Robin Major and Marketing major Vania Hamilton, who got the opportunity to work in all departments at the boutique hotel, including security, front office, food and beverage, front of house, back of house, front desk, reservations, housekeeping and more.

Pelican Bay operations manager Della Bridgewater took a personal interest in the students saying, “I know what it is to be an intern. I graduated from FIU and interned at Pelican Bay and I’ve been through the ranks...”

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-day weather forecast starting Saturday, July 30 - Jul 30, 2016 - 1:00:10 AM

This is a Bahamas public weather forecast for today and tonight Saturday 30th July 2016.

General situation: A series of multi-layered troughs along with an upper level low in the vicinity of the Southeast Bahamas will generate moist conditions across the area today.

Special warnings: Beachgoers in the Southeast Bahamas should exercise caution due to the risk of rip currents at beaches mainly along the northern and eastern shorelines…also, due to the high heat index, residents should continue to limit outdoor activity during peak sunlight hours and stay hydrated.

News : International

Grand Bahamian attends UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development - Jul 29, 2016 - 7:43:09 PM

NEW YORK, New York  – Last week, the United Nations concluded its High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development which was held from 11-20 July, 2016. The event, which is the official review and monitoring process for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched earlier this year, tracks countries’ progress on 169 targets addressing a wide range of issues such as poverty, education, economic growth, and climate change by 2030.

Dominique Maingot, from Freeport, Grand Bahama was a part of the youth division of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) - a UN initiative launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise on SDG implementation.  Dominique is a graduate of Boston University, and a law graduate of the University of Sydney, and specializes in sustainability issues ...


High praise for Major League Baseball instructional program held in The Bahamas - Jul 29, 2016 - 7:01:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Major League Baseball (MLB) was in Nassau this summer to conduct a two-week development program which involved approximately thirty high-school-aged participants from Nassau, Freeport, and Eleuthera. Four MLB coaches flew in and worked with five local Bahamas Baseball Federation coaches. The program ran six days a week between two local fields (Freedom Farm and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau).

"Having spent two weeks learning from their MLB instructors (who are former Major League players and coaches) about what it takes to succeed at any level, these players are better prepared to achieve their goals, whether it’s playing at the collegiate level or even signing a professional contract," said Rebecca Seesel who deals with the international operations for MLB...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Government responds to Richard Lightbourn remarks - Jul 29, 2016 - 6:04:05 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement from The Hon. Melanie Griffin; The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin; and The Hon. Hope Strachan:

Lightbourne's violation of women's reproductive rights shocking and despicable.

We were shocked and disgusted to hear the offensive suggestion of Mr. Richard Lightbourn, M.P. for Montagu, that the State should cause for Bahamian women to be sterilized after giving birth to two (2) children to prohibit them from having any more children thereafter...

Columns : Letters to The Editor

Bahamas Women's Watch responds to Richard Lightbourn - Jul 29, 2016 - 6:00:33 PM

Bahamas Women’s Watch strongly condemns the statement by Member of Parliament Richard Lightbourn who suggested a policy of state enforced sterilization as a means of controlling the fertility of unwed Bahamian women with two or more children. Lightbourn’s proposed policy highlights an absolute disrespect and contempt for women’s rights, which are human rights and agency, and serves to explain the lack of advancement on core women’s empowerment issues, such as sexual and reproductive health and rights in The Bahamas.

Mr Lightbourn first and foremost needs a lesson on fundamental human rights, womem” rights of bodily integrity and the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which is a United Nations instrument ratified by the Government of the Bahamas and 189 countries around the world to empower women and ensure equal opportunities and outcomes...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

State Recognized Funeral for the late Pastor Silas Napolean McKinney - Jul 29, 2016 - 5:54:30 PM

The Cabinet Office has announced that a State-Recognized Funeral will be held for Pastor Silas Napolean McKinney on Sunday, 31 July, 2016 at Hillview Seventh Day Adventist Church, Tonique Willliams-Darling Highway.

In addition, viewing for the general public will be at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Saturday, 30 July, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. and on Sunday, 31 July, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. until service time at the Church...

News : International

Commonwealth Ministers at Rio Olympics address sports policy & integrity issues - Jul 29, 2016 - 5:07:55 PM

29 July, 2016 - Commonwealth governments will gather in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to push for greater recognition of sport as a vehicle to deliver global development goals, such as on health and education.

At the Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting, the government representatives are expected to deliver a powerful statement of intent on how sports policy can help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was agreed by world leaders almost a year ago...

Community : Grand Bahama

EARTHCARE and Bahamas Immigration Department volunteers conduct underwater cleanup at Discovery Beach - Jul 29, 2016 - 5:06:36 PM

EARTHCARE members and Bahamas Immigration Department volunteers performed the second underwater cleanup at Discovery Beach on July 23rd along with concerned citizens. "We cleaned a quarter mile or 400 meters of ocean bottom at Discovery Beach,” said Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE and a director of Save The Bays.

The objective of the event was to rid the seafloor of marine debris, and trash bags and light refreshments were provided. Volunteers snorkeled to remove trash and it was bagged ashore. The event was open to the public...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Opening of Shops on Bahamas Emancipation Day - Jul 29, 2016 - 4:44:31 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that Monday, 1 st August, 2016 will be observed as Emancipation Day. As a result, stores, wishing to do so, may open for business on this holiday during normal business hours.

Employers are to note, however, that employees, who are normally not required to work on holidays, must be paid wages in accordance with Section 10 (a) of the Employment Act...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas health officials continue aggressive approach to preventing/controlling possible spread of Zika Virus - Jul 29, 2016 - 4:37:08 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Health, Department of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS), will continue their proactive, collaborative and aggressive approach to preventing and controlling the possible spread of the Zika Virus within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, local healthcare and environmental officials said Tuesday.

Efforts aimed at source reduction and other activities to decrease the mosquito population within the Commonwealth such as treatment of water sources and fogging are ongoing and will continue to be undertaken as part of that process...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

MOT Reveals Baha Mar Delay Did Not Change Bahamas Annual Visitor Statistics - Jul 29, 2016 - 4:05:42 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Despite delay in Baha Mar’s opening, annual visitor statistics continue to increase steadily with the current boost of international and domestic tourism initiatives and increasing cruise and air travel stopovers throughout the 700 islands of The Bahamas, Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu announced at a briefing by the Ministry in the Governor’s Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton, July 27, 2016.

Mrs. Jibrilu expressed a desire to encourage more Bahamians to vacation at home within the Family Islands to support domestic tourism and keep Bahamian money home. She said that according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Bahamas tourism has contributed a total of BSD $4,129.3 million or 46.9 percent of GDP in 2015 and expects a rise of 2.6 percent in 2016...


Results of the 2016 Grand Bahama Regatta - Jul 29, 2016 - 2:19:00 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The 21st annual Grand Bahama Island Regatta took place over the weekend and this year honoured Walton Rolle. The event was just as busy on land as it was out on the water.

Bahamian Brewery & Beverage hosted the popular National Sculling Championships and Joshua Greene was the winner.

Photos seen here were taken by Derek Carroll photography...

Columns : Screen Scene

Star Trek Beyond - Jul 29, 2016 - 12:57:36 PM

The crew of a damaged starship encounter an alien warrior race after being marooned on a distant planet during a surprise attack. They must now band together with a survivor of a previous attack on the planet to stop the aliens from releasing a doomsday weapon on the galaxy.

Captain James T. Kirk is the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise who is interested in the Vice Admiral position at the Starbase Yorktown as he struggles to find meaning in his 5 year mission. Kalara is a refugee found in an escape pod who claims her ship is stranded on a planet called Altamid in a nebula and needs the help of the Enterprise crew in a rescue...

Bahamian Politics

Roberts: Butler-Turner’s record mediocre at best - Jul 29, 2016 - 12:11:45 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party:

For someone who wants to lead a party and government, Loretta Butler-Turner has a record of mediocrity but has done much to deeply fracture her party by sowing seeds of discord that will linger long after the FNM’s current three day convention.

Loretta Butler-Turner cannot be trusted; just ask Dr. Minnis.

No amount of political bluster, lies and half-truths from a rally stage by Mrs. Butler-Turner can change the fact that she sat around the cabinet table approving terrible and harmful policy decisions that pushed this country’s economy to the brink of collapse...

Sales & Promotions : Flying Fish Restaurant

Flying Fish "Casual Sundays" is the place to be! - Jul 29, 2016 - 11:45:33 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 have burgers, dips, sushi, oysters, wings, and more!

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

Bahamian Politics

Desmond Bannister remarks to the 2016 FNM Convention - Jul 29, 2016 - 11:33:32 AM

Remarks By Thomas Desmond Bannister at The 2016 F.N.M Convention July, 2016:

I wouldn’t dare skip the protocol tonight because all of you matter

Mr. Leader, my remarks tonight are offered in tribute to two outstanding Bahamian patriots, the late Jack Albury M.C.M., and the late Frankie Russell M.C.M. We all know that Jack and Frankie shared our belief that the work of this party matters a great deal to our country.

Fellow Delegates, Your FNM party believes that education is critical to empowerment. The FNM wants to ensure that every child in our Bahamas is educated to his or her fullest potential. That's why we have an unmatched record of building schools throughout this country to provide opportunity for our children to learn in their own communities. Because for us, Bahamian children matter...

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Bahamas Chamber of Commerce meets with gov't to discuss business license requirements
Bahamas Business Licence Certification Requirement Notice
No Consideration to VAT Being Removed From Healthcare
Department of Inland Revenue Business License Payment Methods
Department of Inland Revenue Reissuance of Billings (Real Property Tax)
Department Reiterates Differences Between VAT & TIN Certificates
Jupiter Medical Center Offers Advanced Imaging
Jupiter Medical Center – Health Care That’s Worth Going the Extra Mile
Top-tier Orthopedic Program at Jupiter Medical Center
New Technology Targets Tumors in Five Days or Less
Cutting Out Sugar Can Improve a Child’s Health in Just 10 Days
BTVI holds successful health and wellness fair
Processed Meat May Be Killing More Bahamians Than Crime
Scientists studying intensified vector control measures to combat Zika, dengue and chikungunya in the Americas
PAHO, laboratories set guidelines to identify, confirm Zika Virus
PAHO Director to brief ministers of health on microcephaly / Zika in the Americas
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas on the 2016 Bahamas Gender Equality Referendum
Op-Ed: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship through the Modernization of Government Services
Bahamas Olympic swimmer on the Gender Equality vote
Fred Smith: We Reap What We Sow
Top 3 Outlandish statements from Dame Sawyer that should really scare you
Terrance Gape: The Bridge to nowhere
Attorney Constance Mcdonald provides clarity on Gender Equality bills
What Does China Want From The Bahamas?
China's Growing Presence in The Bahamas
The right to private property, beach access or not