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News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas 16 Islands Wedding Abaco Light Up Couple’s Life - Jan 28, 2015 - 2:02:04 PM

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ABACO, BAHAMAS – At 16:00 hours EST on January 16th, 16 couples were married on 16 Islands in The Islands Of The Bahamas.

The famous candy stripe lighthouse on Hope Town, Abaco in The Bahamas, provided the perfect backdrop for the wedding of Wanjira Banfield, to Pierre Alex Demosthene. Drizzling rain that started to intensify at exactly 1600 hours did not stop the wedding. Minister Silbert Mills began the ceremony on time and as the rain drizzled, umbrellas were brought out to cover the heads of the bridal party and the Minister.

News : International : Caribbean News

Caribbean Export Launches the 'Caribbean Exporter of the Year' Awards - Jan 28, 2015 - 1:36:10 PM

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Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) today announced its inaugural awards programme the Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards in recognition of the stellar contribution made by the regions exporters to the regional economy.


During the media launch held at the Agency’s headquarters in Barbados, Executive Director Pamela Coke Hamilton, stressed that “Now is the time to support our exporters and assist them to expand further, because in so doing, we are not only helping a firm increase its bottom line, but moreover we are impacting the economic well-being of our entire region and our people”.  The Executive Director brought to the audience’s...

VAT Bahamas

Bahamas VAT payment factsheet - Jan 28, 2015 - 1:30:42 PM

VAT and Your Business: Making VAT Payments

As your business settles into new operations and accounting activities with the onset of VAT, you should also prepare for your first electronic return and VAT payment. Your VAT return and payment must be received within 28 days after the end of a VAT period.

For monthly filers, the deadline for the first filing and payment due date is Monday, March 2, 2015 (February 28, 2015 falls on a weekend).

For quarterly filers, the first filing date is April 28, 2015 although payments can be made on a monthly basis in advance. Late payments would be subject to penalties.

All VAT Registrants file their returns electronically on the Government of The Bahamas Online Tax Administration System. For payment, several options are available...

News : Grand Bahama

6th annual "Join Me on the Bridge" Grand Bahama set for March 8th - Jan 28, 2015 - 1:09:41 PM

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Sunday, 8th March 2015 is International Women's Day - A Celebration of Women.

Join women and men in Grand Bahama Island for the 6th annual International Women's Day celebration to be held on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves. Enjoy guest speakers, music, art and refreshments. Sign the Women's Celebration Banner and join us "On the Bridge" in the beautiful surroundings of the garden.

Meet the winners of our Grand Bahama High School Essay and Art Competition. Hear the winning essays and see the winning art.

VAT Bahamas

Bahamas Ministry of Finance releases 2 videos on VAT filing process - Jan 28, 2015 - 1:02:44 PM


The public is advised that the Value Added Tax (VAT) Department of the Ministry of Finance has released two short videos to assist VAT Registrants with the filing process.

The first filing period for large businesses is scheduled for February 28th, 2015. Smaller businesses will file quarterly beginning on April 30th.

The first video entitled “How To File A VAT Return” is a simple video taking you through a step-by-step process including creating the return, saving a draft of the return, adding supporting documents among other important issues.

The second video entitled “How To Make A Payment Online”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Critical Care Unit Signals the Largest Financial Investment in Public Health - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:43:14 PM


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Nassau, Bahamas – The newly constructed 66,000-square foot Critical Care block has finally been constructed. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, was in attendance for the official opening ceremony, which was held on Thursday, January 22.

Mr. Christie said that it was a significant investment for the country. “This facility represents an investment of over fifty million dollars in construction costs and a further forty-five million dollars in medical equipment, management information systems and furniture which has extended across two successive government administrations and two Prime Ministers,” said Prime Minister Christie...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Prime Minister in Costa Rica for CELAC Summit - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:36:29 PM

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COSTA RICA – The Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) got underway, Wednesday, January 28, in Costa Rica.  The meeting opened with an address by Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie. 

The Prime Minister is pictured second right at the Diplomatic Lounge on arrival in Costa Rica Tuesday night. 

Also shown, from left: Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell; Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar; and Bahamas Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Hope Strachan.

Entertainment

Grammy nominated 2 Chainz to perform in The Bahamas - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:25:45 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Heineken is changing the local entertainment scene with the launch of its Heineken Red Star Access concert series, a showcase of live musical concerts and events by the industry’s hottest artists and entertainers. Grammy-nominated artist, 2 Chainz will headline the first concert at 9pm on February 14 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

“The Heineken Red Star Access series will transform the nightlife and party experience of Nassau,” says Janay Symonette, Heineken Brand Manager. “We will transform the National Stadium to create a unique experience where all of our patrons can enjoy a night like none other. We’re expecting 2 Chainz to provide an awesome performance...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

URCA Holds Town Meeting to Discuss Cable's Applications for Price Increase and New Basic Package - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:19:05 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) held a Town Meeting on Tuesday, January 27, at Holy Cross Parish Hall, Soldier Road, to discuss Cable Bahamas’s applications for a permanent price increase and to introduce a new basic package. 

Pictured are members of the public participating in the Town Meeting, and in second photo, seated at desk, URCA’s CEO Katherine Smith and Director of Policy & Regulation Stephen Bereaux.

Entertainment

Canadian pop-folk group 'Fortunate Ones' to perform in Freeport, January 30th, 2015 - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:08:19 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society, a charitable organization for the performing arts on Grand Bahama is pleased to present popular Canadian pop-folk recording artists, "Fortunate Ones ”LIVE in concert Friday, Jan 30th at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club located at No. 6 Royal Main Close in Lucaya.

Showtime is 7:30pm; tickets are only $30 and are available at the Seventeen Shop and by calling 727-0811 or 373-8068.

*ALL proceeds go towards performing arts scholarships in Grand Bahama.


Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Wednesday, January 28th - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:00:46 PM

Bahamas forecast for today and tonight Wednesday 28th January 2015

General situation: Dry, cool and pleasant conditions remain across the Bahamas as a dry cold front moves southeastward through the Northwest Bahamas this morning.

Mariners and beach goers should continue to be alert and exercise caution for the possibility of hazardous rip currents...

Events Calendars : Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama Events Calendar - Jan 28, 2015 - 9:30:38 AM


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Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Suspect in Nassau nightclub murder turns himself in - 23 arrests - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:58:06 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Police are please to report that 25 year old Emmanuel Rolle of Catherine Street, Nassau Village who is wanted in connection with a murder that occurred at the G-Spot nightclub on Sunday 25th January 2015 turned himself into officers at the Central Detective Unit shortly before 10:00am on Tuesday 27th January 2015.

Police is still searching for the other suspect 29 – year old Lashawn Bowe of Matthew Street, Nassau Village...

Community

4th annual FilMAD Movie Premiere to screen again on January 29th - Jan 27, 2015 - 11:43:02 PM

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This Thursday 29th January, the public is invited out once again to Galleria Cinemas JFK at 7:30 pm to enjoy the 2nd screening of the films and to partake in the amazing talent of our Bahamian young people.
    
FilMAD is a Film, Movement, Art and Drama Program, designed for children and teens by  Moya Thompson.   The Summer Program includes classes in filmmaking, such as screenwriting, shot composition, photography, sound design, editing and camera work. These classes are supplemented with fieldtrips, practical assignments...

Bahamian Politics

Roberts: Patterson misguided on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Jan 27, 2015 - 9:07:19 PM

Many were shocked at the media comments attributed to the President of the Bahamas Christian Council on the eve of the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo. With all due respect, we are obliged to ask whether President Dr. Ranford Patterson has ever attended the Boxing Day and New Years Day Junkanoo parades that have been held for well over one century in our fair Bahamas?

Is President Patterson suggesting that other similar cultural festivals celebrated in many countries in this region and around the world for literally centuries are the cause for the instances of rape, incest and sexual immorality occurring in those countries?

Community : Service Organizations

57th annual Heart Ball set for February 14th: Heart Month Events Announced - Jan 27, 2015 - 4:56:07 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Valentine’s Day is typically reserved as a day for lovers. A time for chocolates, flowers, fine dining and an evening filled with gifts and surprises. This Valentine’s the Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Ball Committee will host the 51st Annual Heart Ball. They are inviting lovers and friends to join them for an evening of fine dining, great music, gifts and prizes and possibly chocolate, all for a worthy cause.  You can spend time with family and friends, while helping to sustain heart beats…one at a time.

Under the distinguished patronage of her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General and The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister, and Mrs. Christie, the Heart Ball Committee will host the 51st Annual Heart Ball...

Community : Service Organizations : GB Chamber of Commerce

“Value Added Tax & The Small Business Sector” - Jan 27, 2015 - 4:37:08 PM

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The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited’s Value Added Tax along with The Small Business Sector conducted a seminar on the topic of “Value Added Tax & The Small Business Sector” on January 22, 2015.

The first session was held on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. commencing with remarks by President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Mr. Kevin Seymour, followed by the President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, Mr. Ian Rolle.

Both sessions were conducted by Mr. Christopher Baker, F.C.A., Senior Manager, Freeport Office HLB Galanis & Co. which was...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas Tourism holds Cacique Awards in Golden Celebration - Jan 27, 2015 - 4:30:33 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The best in service, arts and entertainment was showcased during the 16th Cacique Awards ceremony held at the Meliá Nassau Resort on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

The script read like a who’s who in Tourism as noted local and international stakeholders were honoured for their outstanding contribution to the country’s premier industry.

In his written message, the Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcome said, “On this occasion of the 16th Cacique Awards, we celebrate our commitment to excellence and recognize those who have...

News : International

National Newspaper Publishers Association to hold meeting in The Bahamas - Jan 27, 2015 - 4:14:54 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The annual mid-winter meeting of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), whose membership includes the publishers and editors of all the Black-owned newspapers in the United States, opens at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, Bahamas, this Wednesday, January 28 and will run through Saturday, January 31.

The President of the NNPA is Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the noted civil rights leader and a former President of the NAACP. Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis is scheduled to address the publishers and editors on Thursday at their gala dinner...

News : New Providence

Harvard University Student Researchers Visit COB‏ - Jan 27, 2015 - 3:39:14 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Several Harvard University students, who are conducting ethnographic studies on Mayaguana in order to preserve the island’s cultural heritage, spent some time with President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Rodney D. Smith on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

Dr. Smith is also an alumnus of Harvard University. The students – in The Bahamas for a three-week period – are conducting the research under the auspices of Dr. Thomas Burke of Harvard University, who is also chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights. The  I-Group of Mayaguana is a partial sponsor...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Customs Celebrates World Customs Day with Worship Service‏ - Jan 27, 2015 - 3:31:28 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Hon. Michael Halkitis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, addressed the World Customs Day Worship Service at Wesley Methodist Church, Chapel Street, on Sunday, January 25. 

Also pictured at this special service are the Comptroller of Bahamas Customs Charles Turner, who brought Greetings, and the Bahamas Customs Choir...

News : International

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Best-Ever View of Dwarf Planet - Jan 27, 2015 - 3:27:51 PM

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres. The images were taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on Jan. 25, and represent a new milestone for a spacecraft that soon will become the first human-made probe to visit a dwarf planet.

"We know so little about our vast solar system, but thanks to economical missions like Dawn, those mysteries are being solved," said Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director at NASA Headquarters in Washington...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services to Support Training Initiatives in Arbitration Sector - Jan 27, 2015 - 3:25:39 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government of the Bahamas supports the initiative of becoming a regional Arbitration centre. To that end, Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Hope Strachan said that efforts have already been made to position the country to participate in that industry. The Minister was speaking during the 3rd Annual Arbitration and Investment Forum held at The College of The Bahamas on Friday, January 23.

“The success of an Arbitration centre will be determined primarily by the skill and expertise of the arbitrators, and therefore our focus is not only on leveraging arbitration for economic development, but also on capacity building,” Minister Strachan said...

News : New Providence

C.A. Christie names firm's youngest managing partner - Jan 27, 2015 - 3:13:56 PM

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NASSAU, Bahama - Realtor Gavin G. Christie CRS, CIPS has made history at C.A. Christie Real Estate & Co. (C.A.C), after being named Managing Partner of the real estate firm. The recent appointment makes Christie the firm's youngest partner.

Christie is considered an elite player in the Bahamas Real Estate Industry. His enthusiasm, depth of market knowledge, and work ethic, positioned him early in his career to become a leading real estate agent and advisor in the Bahamian market...

News : New Providence

“Setting the Course for Equal Participation by Women in Bahamian Politics” - Jan 27, 2015 - 3:13:17 PM


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Nassau, Bahamas - On Friday, January 23, Bahamian attorney and former Senator Heather Hunt paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program focused on “Women in the Political and Social Sectors” held in the United States from October 20 – November 7, 2014.

The three-week program examined U.S. experience in supporting women’s contributions to the workplace and public life. Participants visited several U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Detroit, Sacramento and San Francisco. During the trip...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas National Training Agency Starts Registration February 2 - Jan 27, 2015 - 2:52:47 PM


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Nassau, Bahamas - If you are 16-26 years of age with little or no qualifications and no job, listen up!

The National Training Agency provides training in basic skills for persons aged 16 to 26, and equips its students with the proficiencies to find employment.

The training agency will conduct registration Monday, February 2 through Friday, February 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas PM statement at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit - Jan 27, 2015 - 2:49:01 PM

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Washington D.C  - Statement by Prime Minister Of The Bahamas and Chairman Of The Conference, of Heads of Government Of Caricom Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie at The Caribbean Energy Security Summit on January 26th, 2015:

I am delighted to be here in Washington, DC, in my dual capacities as Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Chair of CARICOM to discuss matters of primary importance to the Region with Vice President Biden of the United States of America, his colleagues, Heads of Government and Heads of Delegation of the CARICOM Region, the President of the Atlantic Council and other Government and private sector representatives
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News : New Providence

First Babies of 2015 Welcomed by Doctors Hospital and Lowe’s Wholesale - Jan 27, 2015 - 2:19:02 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Doctors Hospital’s Maternity Department was thrilled to welcome the first baby of 2015 early in the evening of January 1st.

Each year the hospital teams up with Lowe’s Wholesale to recognize the first baby boy and first baby girl born in the New Year.

First up was a baby boy – Isaiah Enoch Smith born to Kendra Sherman and Enoch Smith. He arrived at 6:37pm on January 1, weighing 5lbs, 10oz...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Illegal handgun found in Elizabeth Estates - 22 arrests made - Jan 27, 2015 - 1:02:24 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - 8 arrested during operation: POLICE are reporting the arrest of 8 persons for dangerous drugs, armed robbery, house breaking and threats of harm during an operation conducted in New Providence on Monday morning...

Recover illegal handgun:
According to reports, shortly after 6:00am on Monday 26th January 2015, officers from the Flying Squad acting on intelligence went to St. Lucia Crescent, Elizabeth Estates, where they uncovered a handgun...

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