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Urban Renewal Summer Campers Learning About Bahamian Culture - Jul 21, 2017 - 3:54:17 PM

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Some 100 plus children are enrolled in Fort Charlotte’s Urban Renewal Summer Camp and although now into week two, the numbers continue to swell.

Led by a team of 11 leaders, the children take time out of their 4-hour day to focus on the Urban Renewal Summer Camp theme “It’s a Bahamian Thing”.

“During the downtime we try to hone in on Bahamian culture to make the kids more aware of our culture and the meaning of what it is...

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Donte Armbrister: Bahamian Tennis Player at Commonwealth Youth Games - Jul 21, 2017 - 3:12:25 PM

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Fifteen-year-old Donte Armbrister started playing tennis from the age of 6.  He enjoyed learning the game and practiced frequently for three years as a recreational player initially, then eventually graduated to playing on a competitive level in the sport he currently has come to love.

"Tennis is really a mental game. You have to use your head a lot," said Donte.

On July 20, Donte represented The Bahamas internationally in a tennis match at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, held at the Tennis complex on the grounds of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium...

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Bahamas Light Industry Development Council Board Members Call on Minister Symonette - Jul 21, 2017 - 2:54:37 PM

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Board members of the Bahamas Light Industry Development Council (BLIDC) paid a courtesy call on Ministry of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette on July 19, 2017 at the offices of the Ministry.  Pictured from left: Jonathan Cartwright  -  Cartwright's Bedding; Perry Pinder - Blanco Chemicals; Christian Knowles - Aquapure; Walter Wells - Caribbean Bottling Co.; Minister Brent Symonette; Bradley Watson - Chairman/BLIDC (Caribbean Bottling Co.); Geoffrey Knowles -  Aquapure; and Karla Wells-Lisgaris - Caribbean Bottling Co.

Official photo by Bahamas Information Services photographer, Derek Smith...

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Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Friday, July 21 - Jul 21, 2017 - 11:05:10 AM

3 day Bahamas public forecast today and tonight Friday 21st July, 2017

General situation: An upper level low in vicinity of the Central Bahamas will trigger pockets of unsettled weather across the islands today...While surface ridging maintains brisk winds across the Southern islands.

Special warnings: Boaters and beachgoers should remain alert for the risk of waterspouts... While mariners and beachgoers should remain alert for the risk of rip currents at beaches mainly along the eastern shorelines in the Southeast Bahamas...

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Government Wants to Grow Employment Opportunities and Entrepreneurship - Jul 21, 2017 - 9:55:10 AM

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Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said the Government has a fundamental mandate to improve the lives of citizens and those who live in The Bahamas.

“We want to create decent employment opportunities for them.  We want to ensure that they have the opportunity to become owners in their society and flex their entrepreneurial muscles,” DPM Turnquest said...

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Officials discuss prevalence of drug use among persons 12-65 yrs old - Jul 21, 2017 - 1:58:31 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said the dissemination meeting for the Bahamas National Drug Assessments presents health and law enforcement officials with an opportunity to learn new knowledge generated by research on alcohol, tobacco, illegal drug use and their related factors such as perceived risk, and drug treatment in The Bahamas.

Officials discussed the results of The Bahamas’ National Household Drug Prevalence Survey 2017 during the meeting at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre, Thursday, July 20, 2017.

The primary goal of the survey was to estimate the prevalence of the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine and other drugs among persons 12-65 years in The Bahamas.  Perceived drug use, consequences of using drugs and treatment...

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BTC to launch new Bahamian App - Jul 21, 2017 - 1:17:34 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas. July 20, 2017. BTC continues to make meaningful investments in the community. The company is now working along with Bahamian app developer Stephen Brown to create a game just for BTC.

Vice President for Mobile, Alphanique Duncombe said, “We’ve used this opportunity to team up with local talent in the development of this app. We wanted to create a truly Bahamian experience while showcasing how talented our people can be.”

The “BTC Starmaker” app resembles market heavy hitters Snapchat and Instagram, according to app developer Stephen Brown. Brown has been in the Information Technology arena for the past five years. After starting his craft as a hobby, he

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Bahamas Waste engages RBDF Rangers for Commonwealth Youth Games - Jul 20, 2017 - 2:37:11 PM

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New Providence, Bahamas – With a reputation for catering to outdoor events of all types and sizes, Bahamas Waste’s involvement in this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games should come as no surprise. As a sponsor of the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017, Bahamas Waste provided some forty thousand dollars in equipment ranging from portable restroom facilities to hand sanitizing units all free of charge.

For this year’s games, the company made a special effort to incorporate young Bahamians in keeping with the idea of “Youth Assisting Youth.” Bahamas Waste joined forces with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Rangers to engage a group of enterprising young Bahamians to help them provide the necessary services at the National Stadium and all other venues.  Already, the partnership has generated

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Commonwealth Secretary-General visits Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture - Jul 20, 2017 - 10:34:57 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, is pictured during a courtesy call at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture with the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (right) and Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands on July 19, 2017. 

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BTC branded bus escorts Grand Bahama championship team during 5 day visit to New Providence - Jul 20, 2017 - 10:08:51 AM

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Championship Basketball Players from Grand Bahama Island hit the streets of New Providence in style thanks to the support of The BTC's Northern Division. The BTC Branded Bus was on the move transporting two teams from Grand Bahama Island's Reach Out Youth Organization as they competed in the annual Peace on the Streets Basketball Tournament. Pictured  alongside the BTC Branded Bus, are members of the Under 16 boys team who were crowned the undefeated champions of their division. A second team the Under 19 boys secured a third place finish in this year's tournament.

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Queen's Baton Delegation Pays Courtesy Call on the Governor General - Jul 20, 2017 - 9:55:54 AM

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Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre) received a delegation of the London-based Queen's Baton for the Commonwealth Youth Games in a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Standing with the Governor General are sports officials including at centre left, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee Wellington Miller, and centre right, Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice-President for the Americas K.A. Juman-Yassin.

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

3 Grand Bahamians taken into Police custody for firearm & ammunition possession - Jul 20, 2017 - 9:42:38 AM

Reports are that shortly after 2:00pm on Wednesday 19th July 2017, Drug Enforcement Officers while in the Lewis Yard area, had reason to searched a vehicle and discovered inside a black Ruger 9mm firearm with (10) rounds of ammunition. Two male occupants in that vehicle were arrested and taken into police custody.
Further investigations led Drug Enforcement Officers to a home in the Prospero Drive area where they uncovered an AK47 rifle with (5) 7.62 rounds of ammunition. A female of that resident was arrested and taken into police custody.

All persons are expected to be arraigned before the Magistrate Court this week.
Police are appealing to the public to share information on any illegal/suspicious activities in their communities, no matter how small or insignificant (the tip) may

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District

Full military funeral Sergeant 166 Wilfred Anthony Winters (retired). - Jul 20, 2017 - 9:36:32 AM

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A full military funeral service will be held for the late 166 Wilfred Anthony Winters on Friday 21st July 2017 at 11:00am at the St Pauls Methodist Church, East Sunrise Highway and Beachway Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Officiating will be Rev. Ken Lewis and Dr. Emmit Weir, assisted by Fr. Stephen Davies, Force Chaplin and other members of the Clergy.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rest View Memorial Mortuary & Crematorium Limited, Coral Road. The public viewing is on Thursday 20th July 2017.

Mr. Wilfred Winters joined the Royal Bahamas Police Force on August 14th 1978, where he was recruited in New Providence.

The greater part of his career in the Royal Bahamas Police Force was spent in Grand

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Saint Lucia congratulates new Bermuda Premier & Government - Jul 20, 2017 - 8:26:17 AM

The Government of Saint Lucia extends congratulations to the new Premier of Bermuda, Honourable David Burt, who was officially sworn in yesterday, July 19th 2017.

At 38 years old, Mr. Burt is Bermuda’s youngest Premier, and took the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) to victory in Tuesday’s poll with a win of 24 seats in the 36-seat parliament, securing a majority.

“On behalf of the Prime Minister and the Government and People of Saint Lucia, we wish to send our best wishes to the new Bermuda Government and look...

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$99.00 rates at Grand Lucayan for GB Regatta - Jul 20, 2017 - 12:07:29 AM

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Grand Bahama Regatta Homecoming July 28-30 Taino Beach
Watch a wide number of Class Sailing Sloops. Friday activities: A Regatta Beerfest, Skipper's Party, live entertainment along with DJ's. Live performances at 8 p.m.
Saturday activities:12 noon to 6 p.m. A kiddy corner, Bahamian
Treasure hunt, fire dancing and more. Live performances after 6 p.m
Grand Lucayan is offering rates from $99.00 (+ taxes and fees). Call 242-373-1333 and mention rate code: REGATTA.

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Queen's Baton Relay Arrived at Commonwealth Youth Games in First Leg of the Americas - Jul 19, 2017 - 3:17:19 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Commonwealth Games Federation presented the Queen’s Baton at the Official Opening of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Tuesday evening, July 18, in an important moment of the Baton’s trek across the globe.

The Queen's Baton started its relay on March 13 of this year, and at the opening of the youth games in The Bahamas was presented to Chairman of the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Organizing Committee Wellington Miller as part of its 388-day trek throughout the Commonwealth of Nations. It will ultimately make its way to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to be held next year in Australia on April 4, 2018.

According to Keri Alg...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Minnis to Athletes: Embrace Commonwealth ideals in competition - Jul 19, 2017 - 11:57:47 AM
 
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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis urged the more than 1,300 athletes, coaches and officials attending the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 to celebrate the Games in the ideals and values of the Commonwealth.

These include the values of peace, freedom and common purpose for progress and a better and more just world.

Addressing the Official Opening Ceremony of the Games, July 18, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Prime Minister Minnis further encouraged the athletes, coaches and officials to celebrate the unity of the Commonwealth amidst the diversity of its nations and the vibrant bonds of fellowship and friendship being a part of the Commonwealth of Nations entails.

“What a delightful sight this is. As I look across the Thomas...
Addressing the Official Opening Ceremony of the Games, July 18, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Prime Minister Minnis further encouraged the athletes, coaches and officials to celebrate the unity of the Commonwealth amidst the diversity of its nations and the vibrant bonds of fellowship and friendship being a part of the Commonwealth of Nations entails.

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United Supreme Council presents check To Reach - Jul 19, 2017 - 10:44:40 AM

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The United Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., PHA., NJ, USA, Inc. made its annual presentation to Resources and Education for AUTISM and Related Challenges (R.E.A.C.H.), recently. A cheque, in the amount of $5,000.00, was presented to R.E.A.C.H. for the research of Autism and the education of those diagnosed with it. The United Supreme Council, a body of Scottish Rite Freemasons, who are headed by Sovereign Grand Commander, Basil L. Sands, 33*, is represented in The Bahamas by Consistories in Nassau and Grand Bahama. Shown at the presentation from left to right are:  Ill. James S. Hutcheson, 33*, President of th...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Government agencies participate in workshop addressing violence in school-aged children - Jul 19, 2017 - 10:23:23 AM
 
N ASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said based on his observations over the last 23 or 24 years, it has become clear that the violence and trauma being experienced in the country is a testosterone driven phenomenon.
 
“The number one cause of death in Bahamian men is now violence, not heart decease, not cancer, not HIV.  It is violence and in particular, a bullet,” Dr. Sands said at the Violence Intervention & Prevention in School Aged Children workshop in the Public Hospitals Authority Training Centre, Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
 
Officials from The Ministry of Health, the Public Hospitals Authority, the Ministry...

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PM pays tribute to Nelson Mandela on anniversary of birth date - Jul 19, 2017 - 10:00:57 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis paid tribute to former South Africa President, Mr. Nelson Mandela, during the Opening Session of the Commonwealth Youth Games held at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, July 18, 2017.

The Opening Ceremony coincided with what would have been President Mandela’s 99th birthday. The South African leader was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, a tiny village on the banks of the Mbashe River in Transkei, South Africa. Mr. Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.

Prime Minister Minnis encouraged athletes to “celebrate at these Games, the ideals and values of the Commonwealth, including those of peace, freedom and common purpose for progress and a better and more just world”

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Search continues for suspects in yesterday’s shooting death - Eleuthera man in custody for drug possession - Man & woman arrested after police seized loaded gun... - Jul 19, 2017 - 9:42:13 AM

Police continue search for four suspects in yesterday’s shooting death
- The search continues for four males responsible for a shooting death that has left a man dead and another detained in hospital on Tuesday 18th July 2017...

Eleuthera man in custody for drug possession
- Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police in Eleuthera took two men into custody following the seizure of a quantity of dangerous drugs on Tuesday 18th July 2017...

Man and woman arrested after police seized loaded gun - Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Police took a man and woman into custody following the seizure of a handgun with a quantity of ammunition on Tuesday 18th July 2017...

Police searching for armed robbery suspects and stolen vehicle - Police are searching for two male suspects and a stolen vehicle following an armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday 18th July 2017...

Community

2nd Annual Future of Democracy Conference offers free panels, roundtables, & workshops - Jul 19, 2017 - 8:11:31 AM

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The Schools of English and Social Sciences at University of The Bahamas are hosting the second annual Future of Democracy Conference from Friday July 21 to Saturday July 22 in the Harry C. Moore Library Auditorium. Friday features panels focused on democratic systems, governance, and civic participation with diverse presenters including educators, activists, and students. Youth activism, the National Development Plan, and reflections on independent and third party candidacy in the 2017 election are among the themes of discussion. The first day closes with the keynote address by Ret. Justice Zainool Hosein, Chairman of the Integrity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago.

Conference Organizer Dr. Ian Strachan said, “We are pleased to have Justice Hosein from the Trinidad Integrity Commission because we, in The Bahamas, need to draw as much as possible on the lessons others have learned in trying to not just ensure honesty and integrity in those who hold public office, but also in the citizenry...

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Minister Pintard Says Culture Must Become National in Nature - Jul 18, 2017 - 11:52:27 PM

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard said the Government of The Bahamas has made the decision to ensure that the focus on culture has to be National in nature – the reason being that in the past far too many aspects of culture have been New Providence-centered.

“The goal,” added Minister Pintard, “is to make sure that all of the Directors from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture are visible and active throughout The Bahamas.”

It was one in a series of meetings held by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to meet with all leaders on Grand Bahama in each respective area of the Ministry and not only assist them in their endeavors...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamians in S. Florida celebrate 44th Anniversary of Country's Independence - Jul 18, 2017 - 2:51:26 PM

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  - July 17, 2017 - Bahamians in South Florida, persons of Bahamian descent and friends of The Bahamas recently gathered at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Florida for an Independence Ecumenical Service to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Among the speakers at the event, His Excellency Mr. Reuben Rahming, The Bahamas/CARICOM Ambassador-designate, received enthusiastic cheers when he told those in attendance that,  "the greatest asset of The Bahamas is not sun sand or sea, but WE (the people)." 

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Government House welcome reception for Commonwealth Secretary-General The Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC - Jul 18, 2017 - 2:35:02 PM

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The Bahamas -- Commonwealth Secretary-General the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, had a Courtesy Call with Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling on Monday evening, July 17, 2017 at Government House.  Baroness Scotland, who is on an official visit to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, was then given a Welcome Reception at Government House attended by government officials.  Secretary-General Scotland is pictured (left) with the Governor General in the courtesy call, and also making an address of the reception audience, and enjoying the evening with the Governor General, Minister of Health the Hon. Duane Sands (left) and Director General of Foreign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock (right).  (BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)

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