Top Stories of 2015 from TheBahamasWeekly.com
- Jan 7, 2016 - 11:14:02 PM
The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to present
A Year in Review
Top Stories of 2015
2015 has been another wonderful year for The Bahamas Weekly
and we wish to take this opportunity to first say
to our viewers,
subscribers, sponsors, collaborators, our advertising members and clients, our media partners,
P.R. agents, contributing photographers, and our valued columnists!
2015 brought us the Baha Mar bankruptcy; the devastation of Hurricane
Joaquin coupled with the nation pulling together to rebuild the southern
islands. We witnessed a blood moon, and the last wild horse of Abaco
Bahamas' Julien Believe performs at Miss World pageant in China
- Dec 19, 2015 - 12:35:49 PM
The Miss World Pageant in Sanya, China is now complete, and the crown has gone to Miss Spain, however The Bahamas was featured in a
big way as Miss World Bahamas, Chantel O'Brian, along with the other
contestants shared the stage for a song and dance number today with Bahamian singer / songwriter Julien Believe. If that wasn't
enough, the performance was aired on E! Entertainment Television being seen
around the world.
The audience jumped to a standing ovation at the end of his
infectious single, "Caribbean Slide" and Miss Bahamas was seen close to
the musical artist near end of the performance...
Contract Signed for New Fishing Hole Causeway in Grand Bahama
- Dec 18, 2015 - 5:43:20 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Residents of West Grand Bahama and all those
persons who frequent that area are delighted with the Government’s
signing of a contract to build a new causeway at the Fishing Hole,
putting an end to vexing problems of flooding during adverse weather
The Government on Friday morning, December 18, 2015
signed a contract valued at $6,553,584.89 with the Freeport-based All
Bahamas Construction Company Limited (ABC) to construct the new,
Kareem Mortimer's CARGO wraps filming in The Bahamas
- Dec 18, 2015 - 4:45:44 PM
, an action/drama written by Bahamian filmmaker Kareem J.
Mortimer has just wrapped production in The Bahamas. The film explores the miry world of human trafficking. The feature film is
loosely based on the 8-time award-winning short film
"It's a wrap!," said the director. "So much to say about this so I'll just be grateful for
this experience with some of the most amazing people. I will say one
thing, this film took us to parts of Nassau I've never been before and a
few times I got really emotional. Two locations were the grove and a
Bahamas' First Cochlear Implant Surgery Deemed a Success
- Dec 18, 2015 - 1:34:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Three years
ago, Wesley Paul suddenly went deaf. He had just no residual hearing in his
left ear and minimal hearing in his right, and he was no longer able to
communicate, continue to work in the financial sector or participate in one of
his favourite hobbies – singing.
remains unclear what led to his hearing loss, Wesley recalls having an earache
in August, 2012. He took over the counter medication and never got medical
attention, instead he compensated for the deficiency by relying on his left ear
for listening and receiving information.
Al Jazeera reports on Baha Mar and Bahamas - China relations
- Oct 9, 2015 - 12:07:07 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas — Missing two grand opening deadlines isn’t something
that any large venture hopes to experience, but that’s exactly what has
happened to Baha Mar.
Touted as China’s largest commercial real estate project in the
Western Hemisphere, Baha Mar, a $3.5 billion Bahamian resort complex, has floundered
this year, causing the most serious economic damage the small island
country has seen since the global financial crisis. The resort is
predicted to contribute 12 percent to the country’s gross domestic
product, but its failure to materialize has at least in part led
Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the country’s sovereign credit rating...
Royal Navy evacuates residents from Crooked Island
- Oct 8, 2015 - 11:17:04 PM
On Monday evening, Bahamas Police Commissioner, Elison Greenslade's twitter account showed photos coming out of Pitt Town Point, Crooked Island.
He's reported that the British Royal Navy was evacuating residents from the Hurricane Joaquin devastated island to Nassau.
NEMA Update: Bahamas Islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin
- Oct 2, 2015 - 9:17:04 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The following is the latest assessment,
as of 8:30 p.m. EDT, on October 2, 2105, provided by the National Emergency Management Agency,
in co-ordination with local government officials from islands affected by
Cay, it is reported that 32 persons were seeking shelter in the clinic, and
they are anticipating an increase in that number. At the time of the report, the island was
said to be experiencing heavy rains with limited visibility, winds estimated at 90-100 mph, and heavy
flooding. Trees were down, roads
impassable, lines and poles were down, dock reportedly destroyed, airport
flooded and personal homes were beginning to cave in. There was no electricity.
(Video) Bahamas opens Sports Legend Walk of Fame
- Jul 31, 2015 - 6:22:55 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - After last week's naming of Mychal Thompson Blvd
, with NBA champion and his son Klay Thompson in attendance, the official grand
opening of the Sports Legend Walk of Fame also took place.
Twenty-eight permanent hand drawn portrait monuments
created by internationally acclaimed 'Celebrity Artist'
Jamaal Rolle were unveiled and these artworks have immortalized the many
great sports legends of the Bahamas from the last decade and beyond.
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe spoke highly of the installation...
Last wild horse of Abaco dies
- Jul 31, 2015 - 12:22:22 PM
Many have been following the plight of the wild horses of Abaco over the years, and it is with sadness we report that the last horse, Nunki
passed away on July 23rd.
is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to tell you, our faithful
fans and followers, of Nunkis passing on July 23rd. Nunki was over 20
years old, which is quite remarkable for her. She passed peacefully and
painlessly in the loving arms of her caretaker and friend of over 20
years Milanne Rehor (Mimi) and with friends Avener and Dr Bailey at her
side. Her over stressed liver finally gave up..."
(Video) Bahamas' Alicia Wallace meets the Queen and recieves Young Leaders Award
- Jun 26, 2015 - 3:36:38 PM
Majesty The Queen presented the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Awards
on Monday 22nd June during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and Bahamian
Alicia Wallace was one of the inaugural 60 recipients of the award.
The Queen's Young Leaders Award recognizes exceptional young people from
across the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in transforming the
lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
week has been inspiring and thought-provoking!" said 29-year-old
Wallace who lives in Nassau. "The highlights for me were the meeting
with the other winners, learning about their projects, and sharing
ideas. I'm confident that our work will be strengthened by the
connections we have made, both with each other and the other people we
have had the pleasure to meet through visits and networking events..."
Bahamas ambulance prom entrance goes viral
- Jun 19, 2015 - 1:21:05 PM
An Abaco, Bahamas prom entrance last weekend made by high
school senior Ashvonn Russell, who arrived in an ambulance has gone
viral on social media and is being featured in the prominent online
. It was also picked up by the women's magazine,
. The photos hit the internet after being posted by @CaptainPajamas on Twitter on June 14th.
arrived in the ambulance, whereupon the back doors were opened and she
comes out laying on the stretcher in attire and makeup for her prom. Her
date, Johnny Auguste kisses her on the cheek in the style of Prince
Charming in Sleeping Beauty, and she awakes and they enter the dance...
Bahamian legend, Johnny Kemp passes suddenly at age 55
- Apr 17, 2015 - 6:50:33 PM
are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Bahamian music legend,
Johnny Kemp. He died on April 16th. He was 55. Details on the cause of
death are yet to be confirmed.
Born August 2, 1959, Kemp Johnny Kemp began
singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas at the age of 13. He moved to New
York in 1979 with the band "Kinky Fox." His self-titled debut album came
out in 1986 and he scored a minor hit with "Just Another Lover."
Kemp is likely most known for "Just Got Paid" an "all-star finale" on
Keith Sweat's 2007 DVD Sweat Hotel Live, recorded at a February 2006...
The Bahamian Flag Makes it to the Top of the World
- Apr 17, 2015 - 1:31:20 PM
Bahamians Mark Roberts
and Shaune Adderley have made it to the North Pole, braving ice and
snow, while attempting one of the top twenty toughest challenges in the
"We'll be skiing 12 hours a day on the ice to make the
120 mile journey to get to the north pole. The average temperature will
range from - 20 on a warm day, to - 40 to be the average, and we could
encounter a - 80 with wind chills," said Roberts.
Adderley had never seen snow before the journey and the trip will be a big change from Bahamian temperatures of 80 degrees...
Bahamian to Perform at Carnegie Hall
- Nov 27, 2015 - 12:49:08 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas -- Bahamian Dion Cunningham, born and raised in
Nassau, will most likely be the first Bahamian musician to perform on
stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall when he appears this weekend as
part of the Winner’s Recital for the 2015 American Protégé International
Piano and Strings Competition.
Dion placed second in this very
prestigious competition, which was open to school students and adults of
all nationalities and countries.
Dion began his musical studies
studying piano with Mrs. Dawn Sands. After High School he attended
Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where he...
Historic First as Bahamas Changing of the Guard Features a Female Officer
- Apr 17, 2015 - 10:40:01 AM
The Bahamas – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force held a Changing of the Guard at
Government House on Friday, April 10, 2015 that for the first time in history featured
a female Officer of the Guard.
Sub-Lieutenant Natasha Walton is pictured during the historic ceremony at
Government House – leading the New and Old Guard, and during a salute...
Bahamas Customs Makes History with First Marine Division
- Apr 14, 2015 - 4:18:46 PM
Coral Harbour Base -
The Customs Department
achieved a historic milestone landmark on Friday past with
the graduation of fifteen Bahamas Customs Officers from
the newly established Bahamas Customs Marine Unit headed by Superintendent
Tyrone Palmer. The new members of the Marine Unit underwent eight weeks of
intensive customs and maritime training that was coordinated by members of The
Bahamas Customs and Excise Department and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The
training program encompassed eleven disciplines (practical and theory)
including search and boarding, navigation, firefighting, weapons handling,
seamanship, and fitness training...
Bahamas Swim Team Comes Away Victorious at Carifta Games
- Apr 10, 2015 - 7:26:57 PM
It was an exciting and successful competition for The Bahamas swimming team as they finished in the lead spot for
team points at the 44th annual Carifta swimming championships held at
the Barbados Aquatics Center from April 4-8th. As for medals The
Bahamas collected 54 in total with an outstanding 29 gold, 17 silver, and 8 bronze.
Setting a new age group (15-17) record and senior national record in the 400m for The Bahamas, Joanna Evans came out on top with 4:59.25. Evans has automatically qualified for the Pan Am Games...
COB Colour of Harmony Honours John Berkley “Peanuts” Taylor
- Apr 2, 2015 - 4:28:47 PM
you have ever seen John Berkley “Peanuts” Taylor perform, then you are
likely never to forget it. His effervescence and energetic skill
as a dancer, singer and drummer are legendary.
stage has been any number of the historically famous entertainment
enclaves around Nassau - Jungle Club, Confidential, Junkanoo Club,
Spider Web and the Drumbeat Club – among others.
At the recent 26th
Annual Colour of Harmony, held at The College of The Bahamas under the
patronage of the Governor General
Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, the man who has left audiences
in awe of his talent accepted another distinguished honour...
Bahamas Issues Draft Regulations on the Use of "Drones"
- Apr 1, 2015 - 5:02:40 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The
Ministry of Transport and Aviation advises the public that it has posted
on the site of the Department of Civil Aviation draft regulations to
regulate and govern the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) also
known as "drones."
The Ministry is aware that the use of UAS
devices has increased in The Bahamas and is used by both hobbyists and
in commercial enterprise. Concerns have been raised about both aviation
and public safety matters and concerns about privacy issues in the use
of these devices. Recently the Minister of Transport and Aviation, the
Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin travelled to Washington with a high level
delegation to discuss with the Department of Transport and ...