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Growth Plan for Bank of The Bahamas - Oct 31, 2014 - 5:35:06 PM
Nassau, New Providence - Statement by The Right Hon. Perry G. Christie MP, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance:
For 25 years, successive
governments have worked hard to transform Bank of The Bahamas from a foreign owned
entity into a fully Bahamian owned clearing bank with a unique mix of public
and private sector ownership, offering to the public a wide range of banking
services in New Providence, Grand Bahama and various Family Islands where other
clearing banks have historically shown little interest in going...
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Oct 27-31 - Oct 31, 2014 - 4:51:20 PM
Prime Minister Christie addressed ship owners
opening the Bahamas Ship Owners Association Nassau Annual General
Meeting on Tuesday of this week, Prime Minister Christie told ship
owners that collectively, they and the Bahamas government must define
measures to reduce the risks of exposure of crews and citizens alike to
the threat of the Ebola Virus Disease.
Speaking about the work of
the national Ebola taskforce, he said that The Bahamas has not taken
this matter lightly and any reported incidence of this virus can have a
deleterious effect on the country’s economic lifelines, therefore the
response to any potential threat must be rapid and decisive.
Mister Bahamas visits Ambassador Newry in Washington - Oct 31, 2014 - 3:34:06 PM
WASHINGTON, DC -
Mr. Kenneth Kerr, winner of Mister Bahamas in the 2014 Manhunt Bahamas
International competition, and Mr. Ryan Elliott, an attorney-at-law in
The Bahamas, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry,
Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, on Friday, October 31, 2014.
Organized by Star Model Management Bahamas, the competition was held at Breezes on October 12.
Pictured from left to right are Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary, Embassy of The Bahamas; Mr. Kerr; Ambassador Newry
Islands of the World Fashion Showcase to be held at Fort Charlotte - Oct 31, 2014 - 3:27:20 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - It’s all going down at Fort Charlotte next weekend!
Spectators for the
sixth installment of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase will have
awe-inspiring views of the island of New Providence and the imposing structure
of the fortress for a backdrop as they view exclusive new collections from some
19 participating designers this year.
Just one week away,
organizers of the highly anticipated event are preparing to transform the
historical fort into a Fashion Pavilion set to rival major runways around the
NIB Recognizes Employees for Long Service - Oct 31, 2014 - 3:23:10 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency, Dame
Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, recognized 52 employees
celebrating National Insurance Board long service milestones, under the
theme "Celebrating Our People - the Foundation Pillars of Our Social
Security Programme" in the Ballroom of Government House, October 28.
Joining her was Labour, National Insurance and Public Service Minister,
the Hon. Shane Gibson, who gave brief remarks to the honorees.
evening, the National Insurance Board recognizes 52 employees for
varying service milestones. Some of you have served for 40 years, 35
years, 30 years, 25 years, 20 years, and 10 years. Then, there are 11
of you who have attained that enviable milestone called 'retirement',"
said Minister Gibson.
Minister Hanna-Martin to the Bahamas Ship Owners Association Nassau Annual General Meeting - Oct 31, 2014 - 2:39:47 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Statement by Glenys Hanna Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation:
We intend to continue
to pursue the proper of positioning our country as an important and
influential member on the Council: we do so because we wish to continue
to contribute qualitatively and substantively to policy initiatives
which impact the growth and development of global shipping: We wish to
continue to serve as advocates for measures which enhance global
shipping; in a way that is commercially sustainable while at the same
time upholding the sustained portfolio interest the interest of the
Bahamian people in the maritime sector in The Bahamas...
Bahamas Ministry of Health Ebola Update - Oct 31, 2014 - 2:15:11 PM
Nassau, New Providence - It has been reported to the Ministry of Health
today that a traveler who was being transported to the Bahamas via a charter
aircraft from Tennessee, USA, displayed symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. As
per the National Ebola Preparedness Protocol, the aircraft was diverted to the
designated location. A health evaluation team was transported to the aircraft
and evaluated the patient. It was determined that the patient did not travel to
an ebola-affected area, nor had any contact with anyone who had traveled to an
ebola-affected area. There were no other passengers with any signs of illness
upon evaluation. As there was no determined threat to the public' s health, clearance
was provided for the aircraft to proceed to its destination...
Pompey Museum Reopens in Nassau - Oct 31, 2014 - 1:32:33 PM
It’s been closed for nearly three years but on Saturday,
November 1, the Pompey Museum will reopen with an exhibition called “Wade in
Pompey Museum was first established in 1992 at Venue House-
the oldest building in the heart of Nassau.
From then, it was seen as a national treasure as it housed
many historical pieces from the time of slavery and emancipation in The
In the 20th century, it also housed the telephone and
In the early morning hours of December 2, 2011, a raging
fire destroyed the historical mecca for the second time in its history...
Bahamas 2014 Public Service Week Celebrations Held - Oct 31, 2014 - 1:20:07 PM
Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas. The
Annual Public Service Week hosted by the Ministry of the Public Service
was held 14th - 26th October, 2014 under the theme "Charting the Course,
Serving the Nation, Securing the Future." The week of activities
commenced with a Retirees Seminar and culminated with the 15th Annual
Public Service Week Recognition of Retirees and Public Officers of the
Year and Retirees Luncheon. The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine
Resources, and Local Government (MAMR&LG) 2014 retirees are: Mrs.
Kay B. Francis-Kerr, Mrs. Pearle E. Lewis, Mr. James Anthony McKinney,
Mr. Garnet Raymond Bethel, Mr. Godfrey Bosfield Deveaux, Mrs. Raphaleta
Newton, Mr. Franklyn Percy Evans, Mr. Ronald Peter Darling, Mr. James
Thompson, Mr. Arlington Arthur McIntosh, Ms. Theresa D. Deleveaux, Mr.
Stephen A. Adderley, Mr. Basil Earnest Seymour, and Mr. Roland Joshua
Ronnie Butler Inducted Into the Caribbean Hall of Fame - Oct 31, 2014 - 12:40:36 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Godfather of Bahamian
Music Ronnie Butler has been inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame,
and is the fourth Bahamian to earn the distinction – after Sir Lynden O.
Pindling, Sir Sidney Poitier, and Eddie Minnis.
He was unable
to travel to the special gala event at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston,
October 25, to receive his award. As such, Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson formally presented Mr. Butler
with his plaque today at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture...
Ms. Deandra Hamilton of the communications company, Magnetic Media, had represented Mr. Butler at the ceremonies in Jamaica.
RBPF Nassau: Shooting death victim identified - Police to increase patrols during Halloween - Hand gun seized - Oct 31, 2014 - 12:35:34 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Seize hand gun: According to reports, shortly after 7:30pm
on Thursday 30th October 2014, officers from the Southern Division
acting on intelligence went to Farrington Road, where they uncovered a
handgun along with a quantity of ammunition. No one was arrested for
Identify Shooting Death Victim: POLICE have identified the man shot and
killed at Hospital Lane on Saturday 25th October 2014, as 35 – year old
Kevin Pratt of Hospital Lane...
Police to increase patrols during Halloween: POLICE wishes to reassure members of the
public that police officers will be out in full force to create a safer
environment for trick-or-treaters and residents throughout New
Providence, on Halloween night. (Tonight)...
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Friday, October 31st - Oct 31, 2014 - 12:14:46 PM
Bahamas forecast for today and tonight, Friday 31st October 2014.
General situation: A weak cold front across Central Florida will sag
into the NW Bahamas later today while slowly dissipating this evening…
For all areas
Weather: Partly sunny and warm with the chance of an isolated shower or
two…turning fair tonight with a stray shower or two possible as the
front moves into the area…
Grand Bahama 2 Bdrm Condo for Sale: Island Bay - Oct 31, 2014 - 12:08:19 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Beautiful and move in ready! A fully furnished Island Bay, 2 bed, 2 bath
condominium could be yours for $300,000 net!
This unit has all the
amenities for your convenience: locked security screen door, spacious
and enclosed balcony, stacked washer & dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and
Also included is a dock, ample parking and use of a swimming
pool. Serious inquiries only please.
Red Rose Ball set to bring Paris to Grand Bahama this weekend! - Oct 31, 2014 - 10:08:12 AM
Bahama - It's that TIME again! The Red Rose Ball Committee will host the
15th Annual Charity Black Tie Event under the distinguished Patron of
the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the right
honourable Perry G. Christie and Mrs. Bernadette Christie set for
Saturday, November 1st, 2014. This is an event you won’t want to miss,
As we the
Red Rose Ball Committee predicts that this year’s event will
be even BETTER than any past events, so the place to be this year is the
Grand Ballroom, Grand Lucayan Resort this and every year!"
The Red Rose Ball Committee will host a magnificent black-tie Charity
" An Evening in Paris" which will be held on November
Minister Fitzgerald speaks on Vocational Education and Training - Oct 31, 2014 - 9:47:18 AM
The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the
Honorable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, was the keynote speaker at the Rotary
Club of South East Nassau’s luncheon last week Wednesday, where he spoke
on the importance of vocational awareness and training.
Minister noted that the month of October called for a focus on
vocational matters for both the Rotary Club and the Ministry of
Education, as both institutions celebrated Vocational Awareness Month
and National Careers Awareness Month, respectively. He stated that he
“looked forward to continuing the partnership with Rotary to promote
vocational development through activities that enhance knowledge and by
guiding and training our young people to find gainful and fulfilling
employment.” He further stated that, “nothing can be accomplished at the
Ministry of Education without the support of outside partners like the
Rotary Clubs of Nassau,” and he fully supported and encouraged the club
in their continued efforts...
Bahamians participate in National Student Leadership Forum in Washington - Oct 31, 2014 - 9:41:37 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Mrs. Ann Marie Davis, wife of Deputy
Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis, and Rev. Dr. Rubyann Darling, along with
six students from The Bahamas who are in Washington, D.C., to participate in
the 2014 National Student Leadership Forum (NSLF) on Capitol Hill paid a
courtesy call on Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington,
D.C., on Friday, October 31, at The Bahamas Embassy’s Consular Annex, 1025
Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Bahamian students participating in the forum, being held
October 31 to November 2, include Myer Bowe, College of The Bahamas; Shada
Charlton, Bahamas Baptist Community College; Tazaro Hudson...
Music, Model & Talent Showcase to hold casting in Grand Bahama - Oct 31, 2014 - 9:37:05 AM
The Bahamas – Freeport, Grand Bahama is bracing itself for the
Music, Model & Talent Showcase (Island MMTS), the new and exciting
talent-scouting event uniquely designed to bring global attention to the vast
talent pool in The Bahamas and the Caribbean.
to Island MMTS CEO & Founder Pia Glover-Rolle, the support and participation
to date has been overwhelming and phenomenal.
MMTS kicked off in New Providence on August 16, 2014 and moved on to Abaco on
September 20. Auditions were also held in Belize on October 4, Suriname on
October 18, and Anguilla on October 25...
Bahamian Actor Bert Williams Recognized As “Pioneer” In American Film - Oct 31, 2014 - 2:33:07 AM
New York, NY- The first
Bahamian actor ever to be captured on film is being recognized as a pioneer
during a five-month long exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New
Bert Williams is a name that
is etched in the sands of time.
The late Nassau-native is one
of few black men in the late 1800s and early 1900s who maintained a successful
film and music career.
With partner George Walker,
Williams pioneered the advancement of black performances in integrated musical
Why are you looking at my back when I have foot pain? - Oct 31, 2014 - 12:56:22 AM
I first met Lori in my offices where she looked at me with
distress in her eyes and then began to tell her story. She recalled that the pain in her right foot
suddenly came upon her while she was “power walking” just a few days prior. She apparently was a fair bit of a distance
from her home and that by the time she struggled back there she had a distinct
limp in her gait so as to protect the foot from further discomfort. She had made an appointment with her M.D. but
a friend had intervened and had recommended that she first have a chiropractor
examine her so as to get to the cause of her dilemma.
Lori presented as a forty-four year old solid
individual. She regularly practiced yoga
and assured me of her caution with her lifestyle and diet. She appeared to be living well enough so that
she did not show signs of failing to thrive. (The hunched back posture of
chronic adrenal challenges)...
Sunwing Launches Calgary to Grand Bahama Direct Flights - Oct 31, 2014 - 12:43:39 AM
30, 2014) - Residents of Calgary can look forward to an easier way to
reach the Bahamas this coming winter with the introduction of a weekly
service to Freeport, Grand Bahama that launches November 1, 2014.
Departing initially on Saturdays then switching to become a weekly
service on Fridays from December 19, 2014, passengers can start off
their vacation in style by taking advantage of Sunwing Airlines'
award-winning Champagne Service that includes a welcome glass of
champagne, complimentary food and wine along with in-flight
entertainment offered at no charge. All packages also include a generous
20kg free baggage allowance.
Bahamian Elected as Vice Chairperson of 69th Session of UN General Assembly - Oct 30, 2014 - 11:19:56 PM
NEW YORK -- Mrs.
Tishka Francis, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas
to the United Nations, has been elected to serve as Vice Chairperson of
the Second Committee of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations
The Second Committee is a subsidiary body of
the United Nations General Assembly that deals with Economic, Financial
and Environmental matters. The Committee has a normative function,
pronouncing on key and emerging international sustainable development
issues and providing the foundation for the Body’s operational
activities in related areas...
PAHO Representative Applauds Bahamas' Efforts to Protect Against Ebola - Oct 30, 2014 - 11:18:47 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to The
Bahamas, Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, has commended the Government of The Bahamas for
its efforts “to protect its people” from the Ebola Virus Disease.
Ebola Virus Disease is a serious infectious disease spread
between humans from person to person. Infection is transmitted by direct or
indirect contact with the blood, body fluids or secretions (stool, urine,
saliva, semen) of infected people, but only when they show symptoms. Ebola
cannot be transmitted by air. The disease first appeared in 1976 in a village
near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire)...
Heart Ball Committee to host Victorian High Tea Party & Fashion Show - Oct 30, 2014 - 7:36:07 PM
Nassau, New Providence
- The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Ball Committee is taking the
concept of a Tea Party and Fashion Show to a new level, hosting such an
event in style.
Sunday, November 23rd, 2014, The Heart Ball Committee will host a
Victorian High Tea Party & Fashion Show; hats and gloves required. The event will take place at Mount Fitzwilliam, Government House.
will be a Pre-Tea Exhibition at 2 pm. Highlights of the exhibition
include: Beverages by Twinings, Art & Jewelry Displays, and Treats
from Beth’s Kitchen...
Help the Junkanoo Commandos get to France! - Oct 30, 2014 - 6:40:43 PM
JUNKANOO COMMANDOS TO THE WORLD
from The Beautiful Islands of The Bahamas! We are the JUNKANOO
COMMANDOS, a group of young professional part time artists of The
Bahamas. We have been participating in our number one cultural festival
(JUNKANOO) from we were all able to walk on our own. A small group of
us came together to form the JUNKANOO COMMANDOS in 2007 for the purpose
of showcasing and exporting our cultural expression of JUNKANOO, and
developing a means by which to create job opportunities for some of the
members of The JUNKANOO COMMANDOS that want to become FULL TIME ARTISTS.
We are also continuing to create other opportunities for young artists
within our communities in The Bahamas.
PAHO Tours Grand Bahama Facilities for Ebola Preparedness - Oct 30, 2014 - 6:39:14 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO) Representatives toured the Rand Memorial Hospital as
well as the Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport and US Customs, and
Hawksbill Clinic led by Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael
Darville, October 26. PAHO toured and
inspected the facilities as part of nationwide Ebola preparedness.
Photos show them at Rand Memorial Hospital,
Grand Bahama Airport, and at the Container Port...
Bahamas Minister of National Security on Anti-Crime Measures - Oct 30, 2014 - 5:45:29 PM
Nassau, New Providence
- The National Security Council of The Bahamas met this morning under
the chairmanship of the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister to agree new
crime-fighting initiatives aimed at curbing the recent spike in certain
types of criminal activity in New Providence. In this regard, the
public can rest assured that there is no greater priority that the
Government has at this time than to broaden and intensify the war on
crime so that no one need have any fear of falling victim to crime while
in some public place, at their place of work, or within the sanctity of
their own home.
It would, of course, be foolhardy in the extreme
to disclose details of these new measures as to do so would be tipping
the hand of law enforcement to the very persons we are determined to
catch and put behind bars. We are confident, however, that these new
measures will achieve satisfying...
Sale of British Colonial Hilton Signals More Jobs for Bahamians - Oct 30, 2014 - 5:43:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - China State Construction Engineering
Corporation has signed an agreement for the purchase and redevelopment of the
Nassau British Colonial Hilton Hotel and adjacent property. The deal was sealed
during an official ceremony held in the foyer of the hotel on Friday, October
24. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie was in attendance for the
occasion. He said that the event signified an objective that the government has
been pursuing for several years.
“My Government’s objective has been not only to secure a
qualified buyer to upgrade and operate the Hilton Hotel, but one with the means
to proceed forthwith to develop the vacant property to its fullest potential
for the greatest economic benefit to both the investors and the local economy,”
said Prime Minister Christie...
BIFF unveils 2014 official poster - Oct 30, 2014 - 5:40:21 PM
International Film Festival recently unveiled its 2014 promotional
poster designed by artist Ryan “Duser” Stubbs. The festival is set for
December 4th through 14th and will take place first in Nassau and then
in Harbour Island.
“Street Art or Graffiti Art is part of global culture, publicly
displaying expressions of humanity. Similarly, through films, BIFF
entertains, provides intrigue and titillates audiences from all walks of
life. Like street art, the films at the 2014 BIFF will stop you in your
tracks and touch your soul,” says Leslie Vanderpool, Founder &
Executive Director of Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF).
"Visual art has been a long standing passion for Stubbs..."
Bahamas Against Sexual Violence & Child Abuse Hold Demonstration at Rawson Square - Oct 30, 2014 - 3:39:54 PM
Against Sexual Violence & Child Abuse held a demonstration for
child protection on Monday, October 27 in Rawson Square, making a
national call to action. The action was prompted by the October 20, 2014
sentencing of Kendrick Rolle to 5 years in prison for the rape of a 6
year old girl. Members of BASV&CA chanted, "5 years is not enough.
Magistrates, toughen up."
A representative of BASV&CA made
unsuccessful attempts to contact case prosecutor Basil Cumberbatch last
week. An email was since sent to Mr. Cumberbatch, inquiring about his
position on seeking an appeal. The group asserts that the sentence is
too short, particularly given that Mr. Rolle is a repeat offender. He
was fined in 2001 for indecent assault...