FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Goombay Summer Festival will once again be held at Taino Beach, and
run for five weeks, July 2-30, the Ministry of Tourism announced during a press
conference on Monday.
Summer Festival will then begin on Fridays, July 31 and run through August
21 at Sunset Village, in Eight Mile Rock. Included in the festivities will be West End,
where the festival will be held on Saturdays, from August 1 to 22.
She said, “Attendees can enjoy the best of the west,
with Eight Mile Rock’s signature Fish Fry experience and the nostalgia of the
West End Move...”
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – ZNS Network on
Monday re-launched Power 104.5 FM and rebranded 810 AM, as a gospel station, at
the Bahamas Government Complex, when Minister of National Security and Minister
with responsibility for Broadcasting, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, was on hand
to officially turn on the switch.
Minister Nottage said Monday marked a
new day for the Corporation as the Northern Service becomes more responsive to
the needs of the Northern Bahamas. Innovations are underway as the Corporation
carries out its mission to inform, educate and entertain the people of The
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister:
Yesterday, without notice, Baha Mar
filed a bankruptcy Chapter 11 petition in Delaware USA. This action was taken
at a point when my personal intervention over several months with all three parties
involved, led to substantial agreement on a packaged solution for additional
funding by China Export Import Bank, the resumption of construction work by the
general contractor, and the project completion. This is supported by exchange
of correspondence as recently as June 26...
First Competition In Junkanoo Summer Festival
Aaliah Thurston and Carlen Elliot, Valley Girls from the Valley
Boys Group, say they are more than ready to participate in this weekend’s first
Junkanoo Summer Festival Competition – the Massive Street Dance Competition.
“I’m very excited about the competition,” said Thurston. “We
always win and we always bring good stuff.”
“We are practicing very hard. Three times a week so we are sure to
win,” says Elliot.
In the months
after taking office, this Christie administration made a public spectacle of
its efforts to reclaim “controlling interest” in BTC. Negotiations between the
government and the principals of Cable and Wireless communications dragged on
for months and at the conclusion of those talks, Mr. Christie and his cabinet
boasted about the landmark deal which he promised would make the government an
equal shareholder with Cable and Wireless and ultimately result in major
benefits for Bahamians.
Unfortunately, WE HAVE BEEN DUPED! That new
arrangement inked with Cable and Wireless was not worth the paper it was
written on! When it was all said and done, the government was only ...
Nassau, Bahamas - The 240 graduates of The
Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) were encouraged
during their recent commencement exercise to not work out someone else’s
purpose for their lives, but to be purpose driven in their own
The advice came from the graduation speaker, Director
of Youth, K. Darron Turnquest who used the opportunity to paint a
portrait against a landscape that life will present its challenges.
However, he noted that those same forces come to make one stronger...
Important points on revenue reform by Bahamas financial secretary John Rolle - Jun 30, 2015 - 6:30:40 PM
The public's attention is being drawn to
several important revenue reforms approved by Parliament during the
2015/2016 Budget Debate. These mainly affect the revenue collections
that fall under Ministry of Finance agencies and include Customs Duties
and Excise Taxes, Stamp Taxes, Value Added Tax (VAT), Real Property
Taxes and Business License. The legislative changes also affect
procedures that government ministries, departments and public
corporations must observe when they do business with the private sector...
(Statement) Veteran activist warns that request for precautionary measures could be filed with regional body over failure to grant access to and medical records of the man shot in the head during immigration raid
A veteran human rights activists is warning that if attorneys are again
denied access to Jean-Mary Justilien and are not provided with copies
of his medical records, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association
(GBHRA) will have no choice but to apply to the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) for precautionary measures in an
effort to protect his rights...
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Minister of
Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray met with a wide
range of stakeholders at the Ministry, Monday, June 29, at a
consultative conclave to review and discuss the Consultation Draft
Regulation and Legislations, which detail proposed changes to the
Fisheries Act and Regulations to allow for greater regulation of the Fly
Fishing Industry in The Bahamas.
Minister Gray said the
consultative conclave comes as the Ministry of Agriculture and the
Government is deeply committed to the protection of the country’s marine
resources, particularly the fly fishing industry, for the use and
future employment of all Bahamians and visitors...
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced it has approved a $15 million grant for a sustainable artisan-fishing development project in southern Haiti.
Fishing is a key socioeconomic sector in Haiti, generating some
77,000 full-time jobs (52,000 direct and 25,000 indirect positions).
Artisan fishing still remains the predominant type of marine fishing in
the country and takes place in 420 localities in 9 of the 10
The FNM is deeply concerned with developments at Baha Mar. We
are especially concerned for the 2000 plus employees of the Resort whose
continued employment is in jeopardy. And we are concerned for all the Bahamian
contractors engaged by the developers who have no idea when Baha Mar will be in
a position to make good on monies owed to them for work completed and
continuing up to a few days ago.
The FNM is alarmed that the project agreement originally
negotiated by Christie and rescued from disarray by the last FNM Government is now
unravelling before our eyes.
Prime Minister Perry Christie and his Government appear
clueless as to their next move. They
were caught flatfooted and in the dark...
PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas – Governor
General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended the Duke of
Edinburgh Gold Cup Tournament Luncheon and Prize Presentation at the One
and Only Ocean Club House, Paradise Island, Sunday afternoon, June 28.
Governor General, pictured left, brought remarks and made presentations
to First Place Winners, husband and wife team Scott and Krystal
MacKenzie, and Second Place Winners Jeff Hood and Phil Andrews. At right
is Atlantis Vice-President Ed Fields...
Washington DC-Geneva - Cuba today became the
first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health
Organization (WHO) that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission
of HIV and syphilis.
“Eliminating transmission of a virus is one
of the greatest public health achievements possible,” said Dr Margaret
Chan, WHO Director-General. “This is a major victory in our long fight
against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step
towards having an AIDS-free generation.”
PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS - This past
Saturday, June 27th, hundreds of Atlanteans swarmed the communities of
New Providence with the aim of putting meaningful and tangible effort
into their desire to make a difference in those communities.
the past 20 years, Atlantis, Paradise Island has exercised its
commitment to helping build a better New Providence for all, giving
more than $28M to support local charities, youth and sporting
organizations, Junkanoo, community park development and redevelopment,
beach restoration and the creation of green spaces...
Reports are that on Monday 29th June 2015
shortly after 4:00pm, Officers at the Marsh Harbour International
Airport, discovered a tan box containing (16) clear packages of
suspected marijuana. Further investigation led to the arrest of the 27
year old male of Grand Bahama...
Grand Bahama suspects arraigned on housebreaking and stealing - Jun 30, 2015 - 1:54:03 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Four suspects were
arraigned before Magistrate Debbye L. Ferguson in Magistrate Court #1 in
Freeport, Grand Bahama on Tuesday 30th June 2015. They are; 33 year old
Errol Miller, 28 year old Tex Taylor, 18 year old Travan Barry and 19
year old Daryl Simmons, all of South Bahamia, Grand Bahama. They were
arraigned on (2) counts of Housebreaking and (2) counts of Stealing from
a dwelling house while being concerned together. Tex Taylor was also
arraigned on an additional (1) count of Housebreaking and (1) count of
Stealing from a dwelling house. They all pleaded not guilty to the
charges and the matter was adjourned to Wednesday 1st July 2015 for bail
Attorney Carlson Shurland assisted by attorney Ashley Evans represented Daryl Simmons and Errol Miller...
OTTAWA, 25 June 2015 – The Bahamas High Commission is pleased to
advise the Bahamian public that the next passport clinic will be held on
22-24 July in Toronto, Ontario at the Bahamas Tourism Office located at
212-2150 Islington Avenue, St. Toronto, Ontario M9P 3V4 Canada.
The aim of these clinics is to facilitate passport applications for
residents who reside in cities outside of Ottawa, Ontario and to ensure
that The Bahamas meets the deadline set by the International Civil
Aviation Organization for the replacement of handwritten passports with
electronic passports by 24 November 2015. Therefore, all handwritten
passports will be made obsolete by 24 November 2015.
Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of The
Bahamas to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), headed The
Bahamas' Delegation to the 114th Session of the IMO Council from 29 to 3
The Bahamas was one of forty IMO Member States on
the Council that were tasked with appointing the next Secretary-General
of the IMO during its Session on 30 June 2015...
Nassau, Bahamas - Police are searching a champagne Honda Accord vehicle
used during a shooting incident that has left a man detained in hospital
According to reports, around 10:00pm last night a man was
standing in front of his home located on Ferguson way off Carmichael
Road, when the occupants of a champagne coloured Honda Accord shot him
in the back and wrist before speeding off. The victim was rushed to
hospital where he remains in serious condition.
General situation: A mid to upper level trough lingering over the
Northwest Bahamas will continue to spark convective weather across the
area while a high pressure ridge influences weather across the central
and Southeastern islands.
For Northwest Bahamas
Weather: Variable cloudiness and warm with widely scattered showers and thunderstorms...
Weather update by Bahamas meteorologist Wayne Neely: I have
received many calls and emails from persons asking me what type of
weather conditions we experienced in Nassau from about 3am to 4am early
What we had over Nassau was a ‘Supercell
Thunderstorm’ and if you look at the enhanced IR satellite picture taken
at 12am this morning, you will see the area I am referring to over
South Andros at the time (They reported similar weather conditions from
about 11pm to about 1am last night)...
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Castaways Resorts & Suites
Rake & Scrape Summer Friday's -
Live band, Code Red starts 8pm, Giveaways, Free Entry - Free Jello shots to the first 25 persons Happy Hour: 2 for $5 Beer specials, $5* Food Menu 6pm - 8pm Beer Bucket Specials & Steel Reserve, Bush Crack , Sands Buy a bucket of Beer & be entered to win a free nights stay "Code Red Band" offering the best live music in Rake & Scrape, Reggae, R&B, and Soca...
Press Statement by Bradley B Roberts, National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party:
Minnis cries that the pending BTC layoffs
are inhumane rings very hallow and begs the question as to whether he
was sound asleep at the Cabinet Table when the terms and conditions on
the sale of majority shares and control of management to Cable and
Wireless (C&W) was approved? Was Minnis present and voted in the
House of Assembly? How can Minnis now claim to be shocked over the
proposed layoffs when the process was outlined in detail in the
shareholders agreement with C&W and associated documents...
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie:
I note the statement that has been given
today by Mr. Sarkis Izmirlian that he and the Baha Mar group remain
committed to the pursuit of an early and definitive settlement of their
outstanding differences with the lender and general contractor to the
Baha Mar resort.
The Government continues to be available
to all the parties to, assist in the mediation and resolution of their
differences. In doing so, however, the Government will not be taking
DNA Leader: Baha Mar’s new chapter - Jun 30, 2015 - 2:45:04 AM
After three separate delays,
public wrangling with the lead contractor and a rumor mill, which has spawned
weeks of media and public speculation
and uncertainty, the future of the 3.5 billion dollar Baha Mar property has been
revealed. The highly touted developed tapped by this Christie administration as
the savior of the country’s economy has found itself floundering amid rough
economic seas of its own as hotel developer Sarkis Izmirlian announced plans to
file for voluntary bankruptcy.
According to published reports, the
company’s board of directors has determined that the Chapter 11 filing is the
best path to provide the company with a viable capital structure to complete
the project citing the financial consequences of the repeated delays by the
general contractor, and the resulting loss of revenue as major factors in that
The shocking news that Bahamar has filed for bankruptcy protection in
the United States of America has caused disquiet and even a sense of
alarm in our society.
The Free National Movement deeply regrets
that matters have come to such a pass and is particularly concerned
about the well-being and job security of the thousands of Bahamians
presently employed by Bahamar; and the plight faced by the many
thousands more Bahamians who have looked to Bahamar as their means of
escape from the harsh circumstances of chronic and high unemployment
levels, most particularly thousands of young Bahamians...