Portrait of Grand Bahama Labyrinth founder, Barbara Chester, presented to Garden of the Groves
- Mar 14, 2014 - 5:01:29 PM
Longtime Grand Bahama
resident, Barbara Chester, who brought the community together to create
The Grand Bahama Labyrinth—a sacred and spiritual gathering place of
contemplation and walking meditation—has been honored with the placement
of her portrait, painted by local artist Claudette Dean, installed in
The Garden of The Groves’ replica of the island’s first chapel, atop a
spot overlooking the healing plantings, trees, and statuary surrounding
the entrance to The Grand Bahama Labyrinth.
The large oil
painting by Ms. Dean was a gift from Erika Gates,
owner and president of Garden of the Groves. Barbara and Erika worked long hours together in
the early days of the Gardens’ with re-opening and renovations following
the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005...
Grand Bahama Shipyard Makes Waves
- Mar 7, 2014 - 3:42:27 PM
The nation's leader Prime Minister
Perry Christie and Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred
Mitchell were pleased to learn that the majority of full time employees
at the Grand Bahama Shipyard are now Bahamians and gradually the demand
for foreign labour is decreasing.
The Grand Bahama Shipyard's COO,
Reuben Bryd, Director of Finance and IT, Linda Turnquest, and Facility
and Maintenance Manager, Marvin Basden, spent a full day in New
Providence on Monday.
The senior management team made courtesy calls on Prime Minister
Christie, Minister Mitchell, and Bahamas Civil Aviation Director,
Captain Patrick L. Rolle.
LPIA Ranked Region’s “Best Improved” Airport for 2013
- Feb 28, 2014 - 12:39:54 PM
Bahamas - Airports Council International (ACI) recently announced LPIA
as the recipient of the 2013 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award for
Best Improvement By Region: Latin America-Caribbean category. The award
recognizes extensive improvements made to the airport during a
three-phased, $409 million redevelopment at LPIA
President & CEO at Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD),
received official word of the ACI survey results last week. “This award
shows that our efforts to totally transform LPIA into a modern and
functional facility are being noticed. To be recognized for what we’ve
been able to accomplish in four short years of construction will help
motivate our team to move from building amazing terminals to managing
them at a world-class level...”
LPIA Wins Another Industry Award
- Feb 28, 2014 - 10:25:04 AM
2014 Routes Marketing Award for Airport Under 4 Million Passengers
Bahamas - This week, LPIA won a second industry title earning the 2014
Routes Marketing Award for Airport Under 4 million Passengers. The
ceremony took place at the annual Routes Americas air service
development forum in San Salvador, El Salvador.
President & CEO at NAD, was on hand to accept the award. “I am
delighted that LPIA is the 2014 category winner for air service
development and marketing. Having received “Honorable Mention” last
year, we are truly pleased to have been recognized in this way by the
airlines, who nominate and select the winners in each category.”
Bimini Sands Marina Holds Official "Blue Flag" Raising Ceremony
- Feb 12, 2014 - 11:30:38 AM
South Bimini, Bahamas – The Blue Flag
officially flies over Bimini Sands Marina, making it one of only four
marinas in The Bahamas – and the only marina on Bimini – to have earned
this prestigious environmental emblem. Presented by the Foundation for
Environmental Education (FEE), an international nonprofit and
non-governmental organization, the Blue Flag is the highest award a
marina can attain for environmental stewardship, education and safety.
Bimini Sands Marina received its Blue Flag certification in September
2013 after a rigorous application and inspection process...
Why Do Businesses Want to Go to the Bahamas?
- Feb 7, 2014 - 2:01:38 PM
"No country is an island..."
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) –- “Lunch Money” host Adam Johnson reports on what
is so attractive about the Bahamas that has businesses flocking to the
Featured in this report are interview segments
with Rob Benson Old Fort Financial Managing Director; Ryan Pinder,
Minister of Financial Services; Sandy Sands, Baha Mar Development; Prime
Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt Hon. Perry G. Christie; and Atul Lele
Deltec investments CIO...
The Cove, Eleuthera Resort & Spa honored in 2014 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotels Awards
- Jan 28, 2014 - 7:03:38 PM
ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas
– The Cove, Eleuthera Resort and Spa has been named a winner in the
Top Caribbean Hotels category in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice®
awards, ranking #5 out of 25.
Travelers’ Choice award winners
were selected according to the reviews and opinions of millions of
TripAdvisor travelers around the globe.
The Cove, Eleuthera is also ranked #1 of 14 hotels on the island and has been rated “excellent” by 131 travelers.
Nassau’s Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel Wins Top Industry Gold Award
- Jan 27, 2014 - 11:42:43 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Sandyport Beaches Resort
and Hotel has won the coveted RCI Gold Crown Resort award, the highest
of the three RCI designations largely determined by vacationers’
comments. The announcement was made at the award presentation on January
23rd by Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe during a celebratory event
at the Sandyport area hotel in Western New Providence.
of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe said at the presentation that everybody’s
efforts count every day in tourism and this major industry honour speaks
to that as well as contributing to the overall growth of tourism ...
Nassau Container Port rated #1 in The Caribbean
- Jan 9, 2014 - 11:56:56 AM
Nassau Container Port (NCP) has beat out 24
ports in the Caribbean to be rated number one in productivity by the
powerful Florida Shipowners Group, who handles the majority of the trade
in the region. NCP and Gladstone Freight Terminal, the port’s inland
facility, are owned and operated by APD Limited which, in turn, is owned
by a partnership between the Government of The Bahamas, Arawak Cay Port
Development Holdings Limited and 11,500 Bahamians.
Making the announcement of the NCP’s outstanding rating was Mike Maura, Jr, President & CEO, APD Limited...
A Yachting Guide to The Bahamas
- Dec 27, 2013 - 11:51:42 AM
The Bahamas are some of the most
beautiful islands in the world, and with over 2000 cays and 700 islands
to discover, it’s plain to see why over 100,000 boaters are drawn to
this paradise every year. With an abundance of spectacular scenery,
sweeping white sand beaches and sparkling clear blue waters, the islands
are rich in culture and offer visitors plenty of relaxing and exciting
activities to partake in.
This enchanting group of islands is the
perfect destination for a yachting holiday, and sailors can explore the
thousands of miles of stunning shoreline with the greatest of ease.
Chartering a yacht around the Bahamas guarantees boaters breath-taking
backdrops and a wonderful sense of tranquility...
Bahamas listed among World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations
- Dec 19, 2013 - 4:48:09 PM
Nassau, Bahamas –
Ethical Traveler, a non-profit organization that compiles an annual list
of countries to visit around the world, has named The Bahamas in their
World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations for 2014. The Bahamas National
Trust (BNT) is proud that their initiatives were part of the major
factors when compiling the list and they have helped return The Bahamas
to the top ten.
“We’re pleased to welcome The Bahamas back to our
list this year. Efforts to establish new Marine Protected Areas and the
massive expansion of the number of protected acres in Andros West Side
National Park are important steps towards conservation and
sustainability,” stated the article published on the Ethical Traveler website which was released earlier this month.“
Pyramids in The Bahamas?
- Oct 20, 2013 - 6:42:20 AM
On the heels of the abolishment of the Discovery Day holiday
commemorating Christopher Columbus in the Bahamas, an
internationally-known expert in African history has his sights set on
the Bahamas, and will be exploring the waters to prove that there are
pyramids in the Bahamian ocean.
Dr. David Imhotep
Dr. David Imhotep is the first person to hold a Ph.D.
with a specialization in African history. He has traveled the world
researching for the past 31 years searching for relevant, interesting
evidence of the African presence; most recently, his travels have led
him to the Bahamian archipelago.
Author of "The First Americans Were Africans...
Documented Evidence", Imhotep says: "In every grade school in the
Americas, our children ..."
Bimini Sands Marina Awarded Blue Flag Certification
- Sep 20, 2013 - 2:17:58 PM
South Bimini, Bahamas –
The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), an international
nonprofit and non-governmental organization, has awarded a Blue Flag to
Bimini Sands Marina on South Bimini in the Bahamas. The Blue Flag is a
voluntary “eco-label” that is awarded to marinas around the world based
on their compliance with 24 criteria covering Environmental Education
& Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management, Safety &
Bimini Sands Marina received its Blue Flag
certification on September 12, 2013 following a rigorous application and
inspection process. To date, it is one of only four marinas in the
Bahamas to achieve this environmental standard.
Conch Salad paired with Kalik named a 'must try meal' by Business Insider
- Aug 30, 2013 - 12:58:59 AM
One Of The Worlds’ Top 40 Meals You Should Eat In Your Lifetime
1988, a cold Kalik beer paired with a spicy conch salad has been a
favourite in The Bahamas for locals and visitors alike. Now, a popular
website is telling the world it's one of the 40 best culinary
combinations anyone can find anywhere, ranking it among such delectable
delights as Shanghai's famed soup dumplings and a 7-course meal at the
'world's finest restaurant.'
Business Insider, an international
website that reports on tech, finance, entertainment, lifestyle, sports
and more, featured the Kalik and conch...
The Bahamas: The Road to Independence
- Jul 30, 2013 - 1:44:49 PM
As a former colony of Great Britain, The
Bahamas’ attainment of independence on July 10, 1973, was relatively
late when compared to some of its sister islands in the Caribbean that
were also British colonies.
Jamaica, for example, after a failed
attempt to establish a European Union-style West Indian Federation with
Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, became an independent country on
August 6, 1962; Trinidad and Tobago followed on August 31, 1962; and
Barbados severed its colonial “navel string” from Great Britain on
November 30, 1966...
Bahamas National Culinary Team Brings Home the Gold!
- Jul 1, 2013 - 4:56:23 PM
Bahamas National Culinary Team is bringing home a record haul of honors
following their outstanding performance at this year's Taste of The
Caribbean competition in Miami, Florida. The Bahamas captured team gold
and several top regional and individual honors in the 20th anniversary
of the prestigious regional event held by the Caribbean Hotel and
"We are extremely proud of what our chefs
have accomplished, particularly this year as our nation celebrates its
fortieth year of independence. Their results show how far we've come as a
nation in developing our people and their culinary talents," said a
joint statement issued by Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and
Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association...
Body Language’ Success for the Lois Seiler Academy of Dance
- Jun 22, 2013 - 2:41:45 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - The Lois Seiler Academy of Dance
shone brightly last weekend with dancers showing off their sensational skills
as audience members filled the theatre with applause for the celebration
another successful production. The Lois
Seiler Academy of Dance celebrated 44 years of excellence and dance. Lois
Seiler flawlessly managed to keep all of her dances fresh and original, with an
enjoyable, fast paced, show that sold out both performances.
The production featured over 100
dancers performing ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and modern ballet. Rico Thompson
and Scarlett Wilson returned...
Why it is Important to Save Lighthouse Point in Eleuthera
- Apr 25, 2013 - 4:00:52 PM
One of few un-spoiled ecosystems left on Earth
Bahamas – Land disputes, protecting the environment, sustainable
development and the future for Eleuthera are making headlines. The
Island of Eleuthera is becoming an important economic hub and the sale
of a large parcel of land at the southern tip that is known as
Lighthouse Point (LHP) requires close examination. It has the one of
the best beaches in the Bahamas and untouched land where habitats,
important scientific research and artifacts lay.
Martin Luther King Remembered in Bimini
- Jan 17, 2013 - 5:36:24 PM
ALICE TOWN, BIMINI - Nearly 45-years-ago,
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. checked into the Big Game Club, a historic
fishing resort on Bimini Bay, and spent time working on a speech he
would deliver a few days later at the Mason Temple in Memphis on April
3, 1968. He was assassinated the next day.
Dr. King first visited the resort in 1964 when he
traveled to Bimini to work on his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
Four years he was back in Bimini where he worked on completing his “I‘ve
Been to the Mountaintop” speech...
Top Stories of 2012 from TheBahamasWeekly.com
- Jan 4, 2013 - 5:27:59 PM
The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to present an overview and year in review of our
Top Stories of 2012!
2012 was known for the General Election; 50th anniversary of Women's
Suffrage; the retirement of the Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham; Prince Harry's
visit; Sidney Poitier's honouring; and those pesky road repairs in
Here's our TOP stories in chronological order, looking back from December through January 2012: