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Bahamian Aerospace Engineer Aisha Bowe Encourages STEM Education - Apr 1, 2015 - 2:58:58 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - As an aerospace engineer, Aisha Bowe has used her imagination and creativity to contribute to space exploration. But it wasn’t until college that anyone ever encouraged her to pursue studies in a science discipline.

When that happened, it became a life changer.

A former aerospace engineer and mission engineer at NASA Ames Research Centre and the current Co-Founder and CEO of STEMBoard – an engineering and development enterprise – Bowe is a passionate proponent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She is also of Bahamian descent...


BNFC statement on Music Masters Concert for Bahamas Junkanoo Festival - Apr 1, 2015 - 2:39:34 AM

The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) remains committed to its mandate to create events that will stimulate sustainable cultural industries and promote all things Bahamian.

Over the past year, the BNFC has invested over half a million dollars directly in Bahamian musicians, for performance fees at promotional events and activities to support the Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition and the Music Masters Concert. While there has been much interest in the guest performers at Music Masters, the Commission is clear that the primary objective of the event is to promote the Top 10 finalists in the Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition and to give these Bahamian artists, many of whom are undiscovered, local and international exposure.


USA defeats The Bahamas 6-2 at CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships - Apr 1, 2015 - 2:04:04 AM


The 6-2 win for the USA was a great display of their ability when they are clicking. They played great defense, had solid touches on offense and were able to complete their runs. The US took the early lead and was able to subdue the attacks from the Rake and Scrape Boys. The Bahamas did make things interesting with an early goal in the third period, though it was not enough to take down the Americans...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Environment Officials Working With Agencies to Advance The Bahamas' Renewable Energy Agenda - Apr 1, 2015 - 12:04:26 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Housing and the Environment the Hon. Kenred Dorsett said officials from the Ministry of the Environment are holding meetings with representatives from the Carbon War Room (CWR) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as the Government progresses with its renewable energy agenda.

During a working meeting with the CWR and IRENA, March 30, 2015, Minister Dorsett said the Government has committed not only to ensuring that the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI) becomes a green facility powered by solar energy, it has also committed to 11 Family Islands being provided with solar utilities. These islands include Eleuthera, Andros, Cat Island, Acklins, Bimini, Inagua, Crooked Island, Exuma and Long Island...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas National Health Insurance to Help Improve Health/Economic Outcomes - Mar 31, 2015 - 11:42:07 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Universal Health Coverage provided under the country’s National Health Insurance Plan will “create equity of opportunity for good medical care” by ensuring that every Bahamian has access to health insurance “at the time they need it most,” Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael Perry Gomez said Monday.

NHI coverage for The Bahamas will also improve the overall health outcomes for individuals suffering illness and injury, while simultaneously providing security to all families and protecting those families from the high costs of treatment associated with illnesses.  NHI will not be a tax, as is being described in some quarters, but will be a contribution to the scheme...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Griffin Addresses Rotary Club on the New Pre-Paid Card for Social Assistance - Mar 31, 2015 - 10:32:10 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Social Services and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Griffin on Friday addressed the Rotary Club of West Nassau at The Poop Deck at Sandyport on the Government’s new Re-Loadable Pre-Paid Card that is assisting almost 3,000 needy persons to purchase food at local food stores...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

The Bahamas Is the Official Home of the Swimming Pigs - Mar 31, 2015 - 6:08:22 PM

THE EXUMAS, Bahamas - The Bahamas is the 'Official Home of the Swimming Pigs'. Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique and special experience of swimming with the pigs on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay, which is home to these special creatures and affectionately called "Pig Beach". The swimming pigs join the vast selection of aquatic activities already popular with visitors to The Bahamas, from snorkelling with tropical fish and sea turtles to shark and eel sightings to scuba diving.

The family of pigs, dubbed 'adorable' by tourists, locals and media alike, have become incredibly popular. They live freely on the sandy beaches, and after basking in the sun for hours, they swim in the surf...

News : International

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Critical Milestone - Mar 31, 2015 - 5:59:57 PM

NASA's groundbreaking science mission to retrieve a sample from an ancient space rock has moved closer to fruition. The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has passed a critical milestone in its path towards launch and is officially authorized to transition into its next phase.

Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D) occurs after the project has completed a series of independent reviews that cover the technical health, schedule and cost of the project. The milestone represents the official transition from the mission’s development stage to delivery of systems, testing and integration leading to launch. During this part of the mission’s life cycle, known as Phase D, the spacecraft bus...

Community : Obituaries

Hon. Fred Mitchell on the death of Sandra Edgecombe - Mar 31, 2015 - 5:48:24 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sandra Edgecombe, the Deputy Director of Education in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

This is shocking news. It is hard to absorb. She was a friend and a traveler in the journey of the progressive movement. She brought her love of life and of The Bahamas and its people to all that she did. She was the daughter in law of my late mentor...

Community : Obituaries

Minister Wilchcombe's tribute to the life of educator the late Sandra Edgecombe - Mar 31, 2015 - 5:44:53 PM

Statement issued by the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe Member of Parliament, West Grand Bahama and Bimini Minister of Tourism:

Sandra Edgecombe was the preeminent Blue Jay! She made real the hopes and dreams of thousands. She admonished, encouraged and nurtured young men and young women to become citizens of purpose and commitment.
Her life was dedicated to the education of the nation’s youth.

She embodied the ideals of the great educators who believe that education is the passage to true freedom in the journey to a higher quality...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Social Safety Net Reform Designed to Modernize Social Assistance and Modify Human Behaviour - Mar 31, 2015 - 5:19:35 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The introduction of the Social Safety Net Programme in The Bahamas will allow the Government to comprehensively address poverty by combining the assets of the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the Department of Social Services, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Health.

The Social Safety Net Programme is designed to give families receiving assistance from the Department of Social Services “a fighting chance to rise out of poverty...”

Community : Obituaries

Sandra Edgecombe, Deputy Director of Education for Grand Bahama Passes Suddenly - Mar 31, 2015 - 4:39:56 PM

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is deeply saddened at this time as we mourn the loss of our colleague and friend, Mrs. Sandra Edgecombe, Deputy Director of Education for Grand Bahama.

Mrs. Edgecombe entered the public service in 1974. She was transferred to the Grand Bahama District in 1978. The consummate professional and a career educator, Mrs. Edgecombe ascended from trainee teacher to trained teacher, reaching the pinnacle of her career as Deputy Director of Education with responsibility for Grand Bahama, Bimini and Grand Cay...

Community : Obituaries

Grand Bahama Minister Darville Conveys Condolences on Passing of Deputy Director of Education - Mar 31, 2015 - 4:05:38 PM

Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, M.P., Minister For Grand Bahama on the passing of Mrs. Sandra Arlene Edgecombe, Deputy Director Of Education For Grand Bahama Island, Bimini & Grand Cay, The Bahamas Ministry Of Education, Science & Technology:

Today is indeed a sad day in The Bahamas and particularly on the island of Grand Bahama, as we mourn the sudden loss of veteran educator, Mrs. Sandra Arlene Edgecombe. As most Bahamians residing in the Northern Bahamas are aware, Mrs. Edgecombe was employed at The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science & Technology in the capacity of Deputy Director of Education for Grand Bahama Island, Bimini & Grand Cay.


Lanece Clarke ready for Bahamas IAAF World Relays‏ - Mar 31, 2015 - 1:59:42 PM

There's not too many second generation athletes who have gone on to excel at the international level. Quarter-miler Lanece Clarke is one of them.

As the daughter of former St Augustine's College sprinting star and multiple Carifta medalist, Maryann Higgs-Clarke, Clarke has slowly been making a name for herself, more so in the longer distance at the 400m.

The 27-year-old graduate of McKendree University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Accounting, has ran a personal best of 52.43 seconds last year at the Bahamas Association...

Community : Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama Regatta & Heritage Festival announce 2nd annual Fish Fry Fundraiser - Mar 31, 2015 - 1:53:47 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas Regatta fever is in the air, and chairman of the Grand Bahama Regatta & Heritage Festival Committee, Chervita Campbell wants you to catch the fever. This year Chairman Campbell and her team are striving to host a debt free regatta.

Hosting an event such as this is not an easy task. Chairman Campbell will tell you that funding is a critical component to the success of the event. The Grand Bahama Regatta Committee has had its challenges; however resolute to not be swept away, Chairman Campbell and her team are once again partnering with Grand Bahamian Brewery & Beverage and Sands Beer to host their 2nd annual Fish Fry Fundraiser to build toward a successful event on July 17th and 18th...

Community : Grand Bahama

BUT's Status of Women‏ Committee Meets - Mar 31, 2015 - 1:41:06 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Status of the Woman Committee is a subsidiary of Bahamas Union of Teachers.

During their monthly meeting they held a diabetes and hypertension awareness session. The aim of the meeting was to bring about awareness to teachers and also to provide information to help manage these diseases basically the sessions is held to empower teachers....

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

Grand Bahama man arraigned for armed robbery and burglary - Mar 31, 2015 - 1:35:44 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Henryck Erris Walkes age 20 years of #48 Alexis Drive, Grand Bahama was arraigned on Tuesday 31st March 2015, before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in Magistrate Court #1 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. He was arraigned on two counts of Armed Robbery and (1) count of Burglary. He was not required to enter a plea, a preliminary enquiry into these matters will commence on the 15th July 2015 at 10:00am. He was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison in New Providence until such time.

Bahamian Politics

DNA Accepts Prime Minister's Invitation to a Debate - Mar 31, 2015 - 1:33:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a letter send to the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader, Branville McCartney:

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

On the 26th March 2015, at a lecture at the College of the Bahamas with journalism students, you encouraged a call for a debate between Dr. Hubert Minnis, the undersigned and your good self. Your words were that the debate will determine who the better of the three (3) is. Your invitation to a debate is hereby accepted...

News : Grand Bahama

Captain Billy Black to launch sportfishing charters at Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour - Mar 31, 2015 - 1:30:11 PM

Grand Bahama Island - Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced today that legendary sportfishing Captain Billy Black has joined the company’s Expedition Outfitter program, and will operate sportfishing charters out of Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour on West End, a member of the company’s Expedition Collection portfolio, starting April 15th.

Black, who has spent the last 40 years as a charter captain and operated a premier charter service out of Walker’s Cay from 1977 to 2004, has held, at one time or another, many of the Bahamian record catches for Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo and Sailfish. The Duchess, his 50-foot Hatteras has just come out of the yard, having been fully updated and re-powered to offer exceptional comfort and safety...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Securities Commission and Compliance Comission calls on Minister of Financial Services‏ - Mar 31, 2015 - 1:21:27 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Securities Commission of The Bahamas paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Hope Strachan on Monday, March 30, at the Ministry. 

Executive Director of the Securities Commission Christina Rolle, left, is pictured with Minister Strachan...

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)

45th OAS General Assembly to be held June 15-16 in Washington, DC - Mar 31, 2015 - 12:51:10 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today decided by acclamation to convene the forty-fifth regular meeting of the General Assembly of the Organization on June 15 and 16 at its headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Council took this decision after Haiti declined to organize the Assembly for internal reasons, as the Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Duly Brutus, expressed in a letter to the OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza. In today's session, the Council agreed that in its next meeting it will define the central theme of the 45th Assembly.

The regular General Assembly will be the first instance in which the new OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, will participate in an official meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the member countries. Secretary General-elect Almagro will take office on May 26...

Bahamian Politics

Bradley Roberts: The FNM Must Respect Due Process - Mar 31, 2015 - 12:31:27 PM

I am here not to defend Minister V. Alfred Gray, but to defend the principle of due process in dispensing justice.

Ignoring calls by the Attorney General to refrain from commentary on a matter under active police investigation, Dr. Hubert Minnis and his parliamentary colleagues continue to show contempt for the principle of due process as they seek to willfully contaminate the investigative process and pervert the course of justice for purely political means. This is disgraceful; Dr. Minnis knows better and stands condemned.

News : Local

STB: Ambassador nominee, Cassandra Butts a ‘welcome environmental ally’ - Mar 31, 2015 - 12:14:52 PM

Save The Bahamas (STB) today publicly congratulated U.S. ambassador nominee to The Bahamas, Cassandra Q. Butts, for her declared commitment to helping preserve the environment of The Bahamas and pledging the organization’s support working with her on issues ranging from pollution at Clifton Bay to expansion of marine protected areas.

During her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate last week, the attorney and former White House policy advisor said: “If confirmed, I will work to assist The Bahamas in protecting and preserving for future generations the incredible natural beauty that makes it the vacation destination of choice for so many people...

Community : Grand Bahama

The Movement Inc feeds seniors in Grand Bahama - Mar 31, 2015 - 12:14:01 PM

The Movement Incorporated is a non-denominational, not-for-profit organization with a commitment to living out the message of the Kingdom of God on earth, thus we have extended beyond the traditional church walls to reach the unchurched members of our senior community, at risk youth, orphans and those dealing with social ills.

On Monday, March 30th The Movement partnered with Mr. Dudley Ward, owner of Mary Ann’s Restaurant and The Department of Social Services Freeport and Eight Mile Rock to serve hot breakfast to members of our senior citizens community, who normally come early in the morning waiting to collect benefit assistance cheques. We were elated to have been able to serve these most precious members of our community. Our mission is to equip, empower and encourage individuals with the message of The Kingdom...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Tuesday, March 31st - Mar 31, 2015 - 12:00:46 PM

This is the forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Tuesday 31st March, 2015

General situation: A high pressure system remains over the NW Bahamas, while a weak dissipating quasi-stationary front remains near the Southeast Bahamas and will generate a few showers over that area today and tonight.

Weather: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a brief passing shower, turning fair and a bit cool tonight.

Advisory: Small craft should be alert for gusty winds and higher seas in or near heavy showers...


RBC Royal Bank Client Invitational Golf Tournament Raises Thousands for The Salvation Army Women’s Shelter - Mar 31, 2015 - 11:36:27 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - RBC Royal Bank held its 5th Annual RBC Client Appreciation & Invitational Golf Tournament in partnership with Royal Fidelity on March 10, 2015. Participants, including RBC clients and business partners, enjoyed a day of exciting golf and friendly competition on the Ocean Club Golf Course. RBC established the tournament as a way to thank RBC clients and make a significant impact on local charities. RBC Royal Bank, Royal Fidelity and tournament participants scored a hole-in-one at this year’s tournament as it raised $30,000 for The Salvation Army Women’s Shelter...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Governor General Dame Marguerite Visits Bimini - Mar 31, 2015 - 10:45:43 AM

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling visited Bimini on Friday, March 27, after a short visit to the Berry Islands. In Bimini, Governor General Dame Marguerite and Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe met students and faculty of Louise McDonald High School and Gateway Christian Academy.

Dame Marguerite participated in the Planting of a Yellow Elder tree, a Tour of Louise McDonald High School Nature Trail, an All-Island Combined School Special Assembly, and a Luncheon at Resorts World Bimini attended by business, civic, local government, heads of department, and community leaders...

Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas

Grand Bahama Real Estate Broker Honoured For Youth Mentoring - Mar 31, 2015 - 9:57:14 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Grand Bahama real estate broker, James Sarles, was honoured on Saturday evening, March 28, 2015 at the 50th Anniversary Department of Social Services Gala for his pioneering work in founding the Big Brother / Big Sister youth mentoring program of the Rotary Club of GB Sunrise.

A long-time leader in organizing volunteer activities that bring life-enriching skills to the teens of the Columbus House for Boys & Girls, Sarles’ work gives the young residents opportunities to learn and grow and connect with the community. Weekly Ju Jitsu lessons with Professor Ivan Moss, and music lessons with master guitarist, Steve Persaud, add to ongoing outings such as snorkeling trips, picnics, visits to local businesses, boating excursions...

News : Local

Explorer Brian Kakuk to speak in Andros - Mar 31, 2015 - 9:39:36 AM

Andros, Bahamas - The Andros Conservation and Trust presents Blue Holes of The Bahamas an evening with explorer Brian Kakuk March 31st, 2015 at light house Club, fresh creek, Andros Island 7pm.

Admission: $5.00 Adults - $1.00 Students

All proceeds go to the Andros Conservation and Trust to support environmental Projects on Andros Island...

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