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Bahamas' Henry Delauze takes bronze at Youth Olympic Games in China - Aug 22, 2014 - 11:49:16 PM

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Nanjing, CHINA -  Gold medalist Martin Manley (C) of Jamaica, silver medalist Karabo Sibanda (L) of Botswana and bronze medalist Henry Delauze of Bahamas (right) pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the men’s 400m Final of athletics event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Saturday, August 23, 2014. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

Bahamas Weather

Heavy rainfall and gusty winds expected for the Southeast and Central Bahamas tonight and tomorrow - Aug 22, 2014 - 10:15:16 PM

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Nassau, the Bahamas - Special Weather Bulletin issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology 10pm Friday, August 22, 2014.

The National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida is advising: An 80 percent Chance of Cyclone Formation in 48 Hours.

As of 8:00pm Friday, August 22, 2014, an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigating the area of disturbed weather near Puerto Rico and Hispaniola reported winds of tropical storm force over the open waters north of those islands.

However, the aircraft data and surface observations indicate that the system still lacks a well-defined surface circulation...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Andre Rollins relieved as Bahamas Gaming Board Chairman - Aug 22, 2014 - 7:01:33 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - (22nd August 2014) - The public is advised that today Dr. Andre Rollins was relieved of his duties as chairman of the Gaming Board with immediate effect.

The government thanks him for his service and wishes him well in his future endeavours.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

2nd Annual National RBPF Forensic Science Week Awards Luncheon‏ - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:49:23 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Royal Bahamas Police Force Forensics Department in recognition of their 2nd Annual National Forensic Science Week held an Awards Luncheon, August 22, at the Paul Farquharson Conference Center, Police Headquarters....

Presentation of Awards to Honourees, pictured at centre -- Retired Asst. Commissioner James Carey (left) and Asst. Superintendent Oswald Nixon.   Also pictured are Asst. Commissioner Ferguson and Superintendent Elburt Ferguson....

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

NEMA Conducts Shelter Management Training Course - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:46:20 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with Clinton Minnis Global conducted a Shelter Management Workshop at Temple Baptist Church, Farrington Road, August 15 to 16, 2014.

The training courses are part of NEMA’s ongoing objectives to build disaster resilient communities throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The objectives were to certify members of CMG and the church as shelter managers, to assist NEMA in the 2014 Hurricane Season, in the event a storm is threatening the country...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

New President for The College of The Bahamas - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:34:23 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald announced the appointment of Dr. Rodney Smith, as the new president of The College of The Bahamas, August 20, during a press conference held at the Ministry of Education headquarters. Minister Fitzgerald said that the decision was made after he received a recommendation from the college’s Council.

The Minister said after receiving the recommendation and having consideration for the concerns that were raised, he wished to take time for meaningful consideration, providing the community the opportunity to express its views, and also, himself, the opportunity to reflect on those views...

News : New Providence

Bahamas government announces plan to build $10 million major motorsports complex - Aug 22, 2014 - 4:57:31 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Three years after the first revival of Bahamas Speed Week re-awakened the nation’s appetite for vintage auto racing, the government announced plans to build a major motorsports complex to be completed by 2016.

The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honorable Dr. Daniel Johnson, used the first ever meeting of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) in The Bahamas this week as a platform to make the announcement of the $9 million complex that will serve as a multipurpose center, providing a facility for safe driving training for police, security and ambulance operators, recreational and racing cycling, recreational and competitive cycling, motorcycle sports, karting, even musical concerts and other events that create local and visitor attractions and opportunities...

News : International

Bahamas gets into the #ALS Bucket Challenge - Aug 22, 2014 - 3:28:17 PM

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the internet by storm raising vital funds for research into  in many areas of the world, predominantly United States and Canada, but The Bahamas is now taking part, and although we've seen videos popping up on the internet, we'd like to share this one from the Bahamas Consulate General Miami who were challenged by the Consulate General of Canada Miami. "We would like to challenge the US Department of State - Office of Foreign Missions in Miami; Bahamas Consulate Atlanta; The Bahamas Tourism Office Plantation; and the Bahamas Consulate General and UN Permanent Mission in New York!" they said on their Facebook page.

According to Forbes Magazine, "between June 1 and August 17, over 28 million people have joined the conversation about the Ice Bucket Challenge including posting, commenting or liking a challenge post and 2.4 million videos related to the ice bucket challenge have been shared on the social network..."

Columns

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:42:22 PM

The headlines were dominated by the lively, provocative and sometimes confrontational Parliamentary debate of conscience on and second reading of the 4 Constitutional Bills and passage of the Value Added Tax Bill (VAT) and regulations. A vote on the amended constitution bills in addition to the amended Status of Children Act is scheduled for Monday, 25th August 2014. 

The VAT Bill passes in Lower House

With a vote of 22 yeas, 8 nays and 6 absent, the landmark VAT Bill was passed into law and onto the Senate on the 20th August 2014. This consumption-based tax regime essentially reforms our existing tax system and will be assessed at a rate of 7.5% on goods and services effective 1st January 2015. With services comprising 60%-70% of the Bahamian...

News

U.S. Citizens Living in Bahamas: The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:23:41 PM

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is an important development in U.S. efforts to improve tax compliance involving foreign financial assets and offshore accounts.

Depending on the amount of the aggregate value of their assets, US individuals are required to file Form 8938 - Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets with their Form 1040 tax returns. American expats should file this form if the aggregate value of their assets is higher than USD 50,000. However, this threshold is sometimes higher depending on certain circumstances. For a list of exact thresholds relating to specific circumstances, please refer to the IRS website regarding Form 8938...

Community : Grand Bahama

44th annual Bernie Butler BASRA Swim Marathon the best yet! - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:13:53 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The 44th annual Bernie Butler BASRA Swim Marathon, named after Mr. Bernie Butler for his countless contributions to the organization, took place on August 16th at Coral Beach and this year's event was said to be the largest to date. The community came out is droves to support the
vital service that Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) provides Grand Bahama and its surrounding waters. 

Many base their annual vacation around this event alone, and it's a time where families and friends gather to socialize on the beach, and show off their swimming strength or latest swimsuit by participating in the Bernie Butler Swim Race, all in the spirit of supporting BASRA...

Sports

Grand Bahama Members of the Bahamas U15 Soccer Team Welcomed Home - Aug 22, 2014 - 1:48:53 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) held its inaugural Girls’ Under-15 Championship, in Cayman Islands in August, and team Bahamas was a part of the history with a total of 16 teams.

Topping the excitement, Team Bahamas won their first match against Curacao with a 3 - 0 score on August 6th. Jaleah Taylor, Meaghan Smith and Marisa Vietti all scored a goal a piece for The Bahama. Marissa Vietti was named Player of the Game. All the fore mentioned girls are from Grand Bahama Island, and
Hanna Joy Simms was appointed team caption, while Marisa Vietti was appointed co-captain...

Entertainment

Bahamas: iCreate Music All Access Seminar to be held September 20th & 21st - Aug 22, 2014 - 1:25:30 PM

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Paradise Island, Bahamas - Founded and launched in 2011, the iCreate Music All Access Seminar is set to go down on September 20th & 21st at the Atlantis Resort.

"To artists looking to further their career, to make networking contacts, to get that honest feedback that friends and family won't give you this is where you need to be," said founder Gregory Collie II.

iCreate Music All Access Seminar will have 9 panelists made up of songwriters, industry veteran lawyers, managers, producers, engineers and a&r's. At the seminar attendees will have the opportunity to engage panelists and asks any questions that they may have as well as participate in workshops and music showcases...

News : International

Bahamas Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Meets with Prince Charles - Aug 22, 2014 - 12:25:46 PM

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SCOTLAND -- The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, The Honourable Dr Danny Johnson in Glasgow attending the 20th Commonwealth Games was among leaders from Commonwealth Small Island States who met with HRH The Prince Charles Duke of Rothesay at Dumfries House just outside Glasgow.

The aims of the meeting hosted by Prince Charles was to outline some of the key challenges and opportunities that are common to all Small Island States.

Among the leaders at the gathering were the Governor General of St. Lucia, the President of Mauritius and the Prime Minister of Malta.

Minister Johnson was accompanied by the High Commissioner of The Bahamas in London, His Excellency Eldred Bethel.

The Bahamas Boasts : New Providence

Atlantis' Café Martinique Named among Worlds’ 10 Best Casino Restaurants by Fodors.com - Aug 22, 2014 - 11:56:21 AM

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All-Bahamian staff helps make the difference

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas –  It sits amidst the hustle and bustle of Paradise Island’s Marina Village, yet its old-world elegance and iconic style takes diners, seemingly, to another, more peaceful place in time... Chef Jean-Georges Vongertichten’s Café Martinique – just one of several fine-dining options offered at the famed Atlantis, Paradise Island – was recently named among the 10 best Casino Restaurants in the world by Fodors.com. Its traditional French cuisine accentuated with the tasty tropical flavours of the islands and charming ambiance are the restaurant’s main draws, however according to the comments of many of its guests, it is the warm and friendly personality of the all-Bahamian staff that makes the difference.

Sports

Grand Bahama's Joanna Evans takes bronze at Youth Olympic Games - Aug 22, 2014 - 11:38:06 AM

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CHINA - Grand Bahama's Joanna Evans made history by breaking a BAHAMIAN record in 800m freestyle and won a bronze medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games on Day 3.

Joanna won gold at the 2013 Carifta Games, as well at the 2013
Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Championships (CCCAN). She also set previous national records at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this year, and in the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai in 2013.

News : International

Bahamas Ambassador Newry meets with Mexican counterpart - Aug 22, 2014 - 10:57:19 AM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, met with his Mexican counterpart, H.E. Eduardo Mora, in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, and discussed a range of potential trade and investment opportunities of mutual benefit to both countries.

Tangible trade and investment opportunities for The Bahamas discussed included electric utility modernization and access to renewable energy technology, agricultural export and import, and the infrastructural comparative advantages of Freeport, Grand Bahama, for industry.

The Ambassadors also discussed areas of technical cooperation in the area of tourism, where Mexico could provide assistance in the refining of The Bahamas patrimonial and all-inclusive tourism project and The Bahamas could offer assistance regarding high end hospitality management...

Sales & Promotions : Pelican Bay Hotel

Pelican Bay at Lucaya's next Zumba class with breakfast this Saturday! - Aug 22, 2014 - 10:46:01 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Get fit, and get happy! Enjoy high energy ZUMBA at Pelican Bay Hotel!  Enjoy
an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.

Grab your girlfriend and join our instructor on Saturday, August 9th and 23rd.

The
Class is $30 and includes a full Buffet Breakfast in the Captain's Galley in the Canal House with an astonishing view of Bell Channel.

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Friday, Aug 22nd - Aug 22, 2014 - 10:40:46 AM

Bahamas weather forecast for today and tonight, Friday 22nd August 2014.

General situation:  A ridge of high pressure will extend across the islands today..

For the NW Bahamas

Weather:  Partly sunny and hot  with the chance of a few showers and isolated thunderstorms…..Turning fair tonight….
                                              
Advisory: Gusty winds and higher seas can be expected in showers and thunderstorms...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

"Sea Floor Bahamas," world's first undersea post office commemorated - Aug 22, 2014 - 9:28:12 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Sylvia Munro (seated, left), daughter of John Ernest Williamson, pioneer filmmaker and creator of the world's first undersea post office "Sea Floor Bahamas", receives an official set of the stamps and first day covers recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the World's First Undersea Post Office from Acting Postmaster General Debbie Pennerman, during a courtesy call at the Postmaster General’s Office in Nassau, The Bahamas, on August 18, 2014.

Ms. Munro is also pictured on the covers as a nine-year-old girl with her parents. Pictured standing (left to right) are: Senior Assistant Secretary Terry McHardy, Assistant Postmaster General Jennifer Johnson, Mrs. Munro's son and pilot Captain Larry Munro, Assistant Secretary Mabelene Miller and Assistant Postmaster General Michael Cartwright...

News : Local

Impact of VAT on Charities Clarified by Bahamas Ministry of Finance - Aug 22, 2014 - 7:01:32 AM

Representatives of the VAT team of the Ministry of Finance emphasized that services provided by local charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that directly relate to charitable activities will be VAT exempt and the VAT programme provides for recouping of some taxes paid on goods for the use of such community services.

Reacting to an article appearing in The Nassau Guardian under the headline “Charity will 'suffer tremendously' under VAT,” Financial Secretary John Rolle clarified a number of  “It has to be emphasized that charities, such as the Humane Society, should be largely shielded in how they are impacted by VAT. The services that they deliver will be VAT-exempt under the provisions of the legislation and eligible charities will be able to claim a refund of VAT paid on the acquisition of certain goods and services,” he said.

Sales & Promotions

$149 Bahamas Residents Rate at Memories Resort - Aug 22, 2014 - 4:21:23 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort is taking Staycation to a whole new level! Now, from just $149.00* per person, per night Bahamas residents can enjoy the luxury of an All-Inclusive stay at their their fabulous oceanfront resort!

Just imagine, savoring sumptuous dishes prepared with fresh, authentic ingredients at Memories 4 restaurants and enjoying cool thirst quenching refreshments at 6 themed bars with international and local brands of liquors. 

Family-friendly facilities include their on-site Splash Park with slides for kids, and a Teens Club for ages 13 to 17...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Dr. Calsey Johnson Meets Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Development‏ - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:28:15 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - His Excellency, Dr. Calsey Johnson, The Bahamas’ High Commissioner to Canada, met, along with other Ambassadors -- Mrs. Lois Brown, Member of Parliament, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development. Pictured left to right are: Mrs. Lois Brown, MP; Sheila Monteith, High Commissioner for Jamaica; Philip Buxo, High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago; Harry Nawbatt, High Commissioner for Guyana; Dr. Calsey Johnson, High Commissioner for The Bahamas; Deputy Chief of the Haiti Embassy; and Senator Don Meredith...

Community

Bahamas National Trust Officer Participates in U.S. State Department Exchange - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:17:41 AM

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On August 22, Ms. Portia Sweeting, Director of Education at the Bahamas National Trust met with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in a U.S. State Department sponsored exchange in the United States focused on “Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the U.S.” In her role at the Bahamas National Trust, Ms. Sweeting is responsible for all educational and outreach programs.  She also plays a significant part in promoting sustainable practices for The Bahamas’ natural resources.

During the three-week professional exchange, Ms. Sweeting traveled to Washington, DC, Corpus Christi, Texas, San Diego, California and Key Largo, Florida. Ms. Sweeting and peers from throughout the region were given a unique opportunity to examine efforts by U.S. government officials, NGO’s and environmental activists to address coastal and marine management issues, particularly marine debris and pollution...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Murder in Lyon Road area - Home invasion and shooting in Silver Gates - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:10:39 AM

NASSAU POLICE INVESTIGATE MURDER - Police requests the public’s assistance in helping them to solve a murder that occurred in the Lyon Road area off Shirley Street. Officers made the discovery when they responded to reports of gunshots being heard in the area...

POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING - Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a home invasion and shooting in the Silver Gates area.According to reports, sometime around 9:00pm on Thursday 21st August 2014, a 16yr old male, whom escaped from the Simpson Penn School earlier during the week was standing in his yard at Silver Gates when he was accosted by two males, one of whom was armed with a rifle...

News : International : Caribbean News

(Video) Caribbean Chefs Cooking for a Cause in Manhattan - Aug 22, 2014 - 1:34:40 AM

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Manhattan, NYC -  "Reserved NYC" an event that showcases the talent of top Caribbean chefs, was first held in 2012 and again on August 7th.

Four chefs representing the islands of St. Lucia, Jamaica and the Bahamas gave guests a culinary experience and helped raise money for two nonprofits, as Melissa Noel reports in this video.

Chef Tim Tibbitts of Flying Fish Modern Seafood in Freeport, Grand Bahama is featured in this video by Voices of NY.

News : Grand Bahama

Major Global Youth Festival Set for Grand Bahama Island - Aug 22, 2014 - 12:44:21 AM

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As Grand Bahama’s economy continues its steady incline, a major “global” youth conclave is being organized to showcase the island to the world.

The newly established Clinton Minnis Global Inc. (CMG) galvanized several youth leaders and stakeholders in Grand Bahama at a private executive meeting recently, to share the vision of the proposed Bahamas Global Youth Fest, slated for 2015.

BGY-Fest (pronounced biggie-fest), will be held under the theme, “Inspired by Hope”.

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 7-Day Weather Forecast: Aug 21 - 27 - Aug 21, 2014 - 11:46:39 PM

Seven Day Weather Forecast from 21st to 27th August, 2014

General situation: An area of high pressure will influence hot and humid weather conditions over the northwest and central bahamas through Saturday. A strong tropical wave is expected to move over the southeast bahamas on Saturday; over the central bahamas on Sunday and near the northwest bahamas on Monday causing heavy rains and gusty winds through Tuesday.

 Thursday 21st – Partly Sunny and Hot today; Maximum Temperature 91°F. Few Clouds and Warm tonight; Minimum Temperature 81ºF. Winds SE 10-15 knots; Seas 2-4 feet in the Northwest Bahamas and Winds NE-E 15-20 knots; Seas 4-6 feet in the Central and Southeast Bahamas. SMALL CRAFT IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION...

Sports

Swift represents The Bahamas well at the World Masters Championships - Aug 21, 2014 - 11:07:49 PM

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Swift’s six member team represented both Swift and the Bahamas well at the World Masters Championships. The World Championships highlight both the club and country at the worlds’ largest meet. The Swift swimmers were Percy Knowles competing in the 80-84 age group, Andy Knowles competing in the 55-59 age group, Bruce Knowles also competing in the 55-59 age group. Nancy Knowles competing also competing in the 55-59 age group. Lisa Knowles competed in the 50-54 age group, and Allie McPhail competing in the 40-44 age group.

Here are a few facts about the meet.

Montreal, Canada, hosted the 15th edition and last stand-alone FINA World Masters Championships from July 27 to August 10, 2014 exactly 20 years after successfully organising the event for the first time.

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