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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie Congratulates Bahamians Partnering in New Andros Marina Village - Apr 21, 2017 - 11:18:43 AM

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Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie congratulated his friend of many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his business partner Ms. Geneva Wilson on the groundbreaking for Blue Hole Marina Village & Andros Island Fuels, in Fresh Creek Andros, adding that it was a testament of their vision and persistence in pursuing their dream to build the first major state of the art marina facility in Andros.

“We encourage such developments (marinas) in our country," Prime Minister Christie said, as he spoke at the ceremony on April 19, 2017. "I should tell you that this facility will have 80 slips, which means that it will be among the larger of such facilities and I am assured that the construction and operation of the facility will be at Best Practices standards for the industry and will include all of the amenities that such a facility should have...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-day Weather forecast starting Friday, April 21st - Apr 21, 2017 - 11:06:10 AM

The Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight Friday 21st April 2017.

General situation: A high pressure ridge North of the area will continue to dominate weather conditions over the islands today.


Special warnings: Beachgoers and mariners should be alert for the risk of rip currents at beaches mainly along the Northern and eastern shorelines...

News : Local

Bahamas Medical & Alcon Partner to Provide Improved Vision Care Products in The Bahamas - Apr 21, 2017 - 10:59:36 AM

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ALCON, a global leader in eye-care and a division of Novartis, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, recently appointed the leading local supplier of medical and surgical products in The Bahamas as their local partner to provide improved eye-care products and services in the country.

Bahamas Medical & Surgical Supplies Ltd. is the officialdistributor of Alcon’s Vision Care portfolio of products which includes prescription and non-prescriptioncontact lenses and a wide range of contact lens solutions. This partnership will result in increased accessibility of Alcon Vision Care products...

Community : Grand Bahama

Humane Society of Grand Bahama Dog Show - Apr 21, 2017 - 10:34:43 AM

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A wonderful time was had at the annual Humane Society of Grand Bahama Dog Show.  We had so many adorable entries, we wish all could have won!  A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this day a success and special thanks to our amazing judge, Kim Aranha, who had the hardest time with all the lovely 4 legged stars choosing the winners and also to Purina for the wonderful donation of food for the winners.

A big congratulations to Jasper who won best in show, supported by his family, the Roberts; Joe Darville, President of the HSGB Board; and Kim Aranha our judge for the day...

Community : Abaco

Help save the Elbow Reef Lighthouse - Apr 21, 2017 - 3:06:04 AM

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The Bahamas are home to a great number of cultural treasures. Counted among them are eleven imperial light stations constructed to guide shipping interests safely through the archipelago during the nineteenth century. These stations were constructed between 1836 and 1887 by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service to curb the economic loss incurred from frequent wrecks on Bahamian reefs and sandbanks. Each was manned by two or more keepers who would keep the light shining for those navigating the waterways at night.

The Elbow Reef Lighthouse is one such light that has guided generations of ship captains and yachtsmen in and around Elbow Cay in the Abacos since 1864. References to this particular light can be found in World War I correspondences and logs of submarine captains, who frequented The Bahamas...

Bahamas Weather

Arlene: Rare Tropical Storm forms in North Atlantic Ocean, Poses no threat to land - Apr 21, 2017 - 1:27:25 AM

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News Item on Tropical Storm Arlene issued by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology Forecast Office Section, at 6pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017.  
A rare tropical storm forms in the North Atlantic; it is still expected to dissipate on Friday, April 21.

It is the first named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Arlene and poses no threat to land.

At 5pm, the center of Tropical Depression One was located near latitude 37.7°north and longitude 42.0° west or about 815 miles west of the Azores...

Columns : Letters to The Editor

Pam Burnside: The Health of a Nation - Apr 21, 2017 - 12:36:28 AM

I read with interest today of the opening of the mini hospital in Abaco, and say ‘congratulations’ to the government for finally getting it opened, and hopefully, fully staffed and operational for the long haul. However, I wish to point out that buildings by themselves do not a healthy nation make – the people who are there to take care of the public and perform their duties in the facility in an effective and efficient manner are a most important factor!

As a cancer survivor of over 30 years, a former President of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, and a passionate advocate for cancer care in The Bahamas, it was most distressing to be informed in late January of this year that cancer patients attending the PMH Oncology Clinic have expressed concerns about the lack of care...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Grave Concern Expressed About Videos on Social Media Being Circulated - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:59:28 PM

The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development expresses grave concern about the recent circulation of videos, across several social media platforms, of a man apparently engaged in sexual intercourse with an unconscious woman. The filming and sharing of this horrific act speaks to several problematic issues that The Bahamas continues to grapple with; the seemingly widespread acceptance of violence against women, girls and boys and the often interlinked, inappropriate use of social media.

Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation with one in three women, globally, experiencing physical or sexual violence in her lifetime.   We all must speak out against violence against women and reverse the perception that such acts are acceptable...

News : New Providence

25th annual National Young Chef Culinary Competition at Government House - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:52:42 PM

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Champion Young Chefs from all over The Bahamas celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the “National Young Chef Culinary Competition” at Government House in Nassau. Her Excellency the Gov. Gen. Dame Marguerite Pindling, GCMG, presented the awards under the Ministry of Education’s Family and Consumer Science Career and Technical Section’s theme: “Fostering Passion & Promoting Excellence in Culinary Arts”.

Dame Pindling said, “I commend the organizers, teachers and students for the level of professionalism and skills they have developed and demonstrated during this event and challenge you further to allow the expertise, the constructive criticism and recommendations of the industry professionals attached to the competition to propel you toward maximizing your productive capacity as budding chefs. Students, your potential is limitless...”

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)

Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling Unveiled at OAS - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:23:08 PM

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I bring greetings from our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and our Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell. Both of them today have taken the first step, Nomination, in the process of free and fair elections, - the hallmark of democracy in The Bahamas.

The hero is someone who inspires people and effects change across racial, social and cultural barriers and across generations.

We Bahamians are most grateful that the Organization of American States has seen fit to recognize, as such a person, the Father of our Nation, our national hero, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling...

Bahamian Politics

Minnis calls for Fitzgerald and Maynard-Gibson to be Fired - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:15:36 PM

“A cardinal principle of cabinet governance is that a cabinet minister must ensure that no conflict arises or appears to arise between their public duties and their private interests. That trust is paramount in doing the peoples’ businesses.”



“For their failure and their inability to separate their private affairs from their public duty in their negotiations with Baha Mar, I and the FNM call upon Prime Minister Christie and the PLP to immediately fire Minister Jerome Fitzgerald and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson..."

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Jerome Fitzgerald responds to Tribune headline story - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:11:03 PM

I have no contract with Baha Mar or any of its affiliates, nor do I own any shares in Bahamas Cargo & Logistics, which is a company formed by my father many years ago.

Nothing in today’s Tribune contradicts that.

Sarkis Izmiralian and I have communicated on any number of matters over the past 8 years either in person or by email. Prior to my father’s illness he had engaged in discussions with Baha Mar to get some work. After my father’s illness I wrote to Sarkis to follow up on those discussions and seek his assistance. Nothing came of it and that remains the case today...

Bahamian Politics

Tropical Storm Arlene forms in the Atlantic, first named storm of the 2017 Season - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:57:16 PM

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National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has upgraded Subtropical Depression One to Tropical Storm Arlene, the first named storm in 2017 over the Atlantic basin. The hurricane season officially begins on June 1st. Tropical storms in April are rare and Arlene is only the second one observed in this month during the weather satellite era. It should be noted, however, that this type of storm was practically impossible to detect prior to the weather satellite era.

Arlene is centered over the central Atlantic Ocean about 815 miles (1315 km) west of the Azores. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Arlene is forecast to become absorbed by a large extratropical low and dissipate on Friday...

News : Local

STB: A frantic government comes unhinged - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:49:52 PM

The government’s latest attack on local NGOs has been denounced as reckless, dangerous and a clear sign of how desperate the PLP party has become.

Over the last year, the PLP has steadily escalated its assault on Save The Bays (STB), after the noted environmental group took legal action against the party’s major funder, developer Peter Nygard. As unrest grew over its mismanagement of the economy, lack of transparency and increasingly authoritarian behavior, the party also began to attack social commentators, bloggers and protest organizers.

“Now, on the eve of an election, an extremely unpopular government is frantic to appease Nygard, presumably to gain access to campaign funding..."

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Community Centre at Quakoo Street Re-Opened and Re-Dedicated - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:43:52 PM

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Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie addressed the Re-Opening and Re-Dedication of the Community Centre at Quakoo Street on Wednesday afternoon, April 19. 

Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage also addressed the ceremonies. 

Mrs. Christie and Mrs. Nottage are pictured performing the official Cutting of the Ribbon while the Prime Minister, left, and Dr. Nottage, third right, look on... 

News : New Providence

Baha Mar Prepares for Opening Day with Debut of Fountain Shows and Festive Pep Rally for Associates - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:35:55 PM

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Baha Mar culminated its opening week celebrations with an exclusive preview of the dramatic fountains and show lakes for associates and their families on Wednesday evening and a high-energy associates pep rally on Thursday morning.

With less than 24 hours until the opening, more than 1,000 associates gathered at the Baha Mar Arts & Convention Center for the exciting pep rally event. The energy and the excitement could be felt in the air as Baha Mar associates cheered and celebrated with their teammates and listened to inspiring and motivating speeches delivered by Baha Mar President Graeme Davis and Grand Hyatt Baha Mar General Manager Scott Allen. DJ Tank played high energy music that got people on their feet dancing while Anastagia Pierre, Miss Universe Bahamas 2011, addressed the crowds.

Community

BTC supports Kingdor Parkinson’s Foundation Ball set for April 29th - Apr 20, 2017 - 3:50:21 PM

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BTC today announced its partnership with the Kingdor Parkinson’s Foundation.

On April 29th, the Foundation will host its annual ball geared towards raising funds for the awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD). This year, the Foundation will be honouring BTC’s CEO Leon Williams for his support to the organization over the years. Mr. Williams said, “I view this as an honour and a privilege to be recognized by the Parkinson’s Foundation. I’ve been an avid supporter of numerous causes including Parkinson’s for a number of years. This is truly humbling for me and I wish the organization well in its endeavours...

Sports

2017 Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp Coach Abbie Sadler - Apr 20, 2017 - 3:43:31 PM

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A Woman With a Mission...


Trekking through a mountain range in a howling gale, driving rain and freezing temperatures is the sort of thing the toughest soldiers endure to be selected to join the Special Forces. Freeport-bound soccer coach Abbie Sadler did it because she wants to be at the top of her game.

She was one of a select group chosen by the English Premier League for the 40-hour endurance test in some of Britain’s toughest terrain – an area used by the world famous SAS for its training.

The EPL wanted to take the UK’s best youth soccer coaches and turn them into a really elite group ready to develop the top pro soccer players of the future...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie remarks at Blue Hole Marina Village at Fresh Creek Andros groundbreaking - Apr 20, 2017 - 12:18:32 PM

Address By The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at The Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Blue Hole Marina Village at Fresh Creek Andros on 18th April, 2017:

It is indeed a privilege for me to be here this morning and to join with my friend of many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his partner in this venture, Ms. Geneva Wilson on this momentous occasion for them as ground is being broken for this major marina development to be called Blue Hole Marina Village.

I congratulate both of them for their vision and persistence in pursuing their dream to build the first major state of the art marina facility in Andros. In so doing, they would have opened Andros up to the rapidly developing marina industry now sprouting up around The Bahamas and which does so much for our Tourism sector...

News : New Providence

NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial represents sale of Frederick House to URCA - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:38:49 AM

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NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, the commercial division of Bahamas Realty Ltd. and a member of the world’s premier managed network of commercial real estate firms, announced today that it represented the sale of Frederick House by Beaumont Bahamas Limited to The Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA).

Frederick house is a 4-storey, 27,762 sq. ft. (2,580.11 m2) office building situated on Frederick Street between the main thoroughfares of Bay Street and Shirley Street. The building was sold for $3,800,000...

Entertainment

2017 Bahamian Icon Nominees Announced - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:36:10 AM

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NEW PROVIDENCE — (Tuesday APRIL 18, 2017)The ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards organizing committee, sponsors and partners are proud to announce our 2017 Nominees. The public was asked to submit persons they wished to be considered for nomination through our website at www.bahamianiconawards.com. Over 700 candidates were received from across the country.

The ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards Organizing Committee selected the following nominees from those submissions...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Blue Waves Swim Club Enjoy Workout Session at Re-Dedicated Fox Hill Community Centre - Apr 20, 2017 - 10:55:25 AM

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Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell (centre) at the Fox Hill Community Centre on April 12, 2017 with young swimmers of St. Anne's Blue Waves swim club who were invited for a workout session in the swimming pool of the recently re-opened and re-dedicated community facility.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services…

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Urban Renewal Celebrates Completion of 20 Uplifting Services Throughout New Providence - Apr 20, 2017 - 10:33:09 AM

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A spirit of hope prevailed as Mother Rachael Mackey bellowed the words of the song “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” as Urban Renewal Commission 2.0 moved its Community Uplifting Services into the South Beach Constituency, Wednesday, April 19th.

As Mother Mackey sang, residents assembled at the South Beach Park, some under a tent, others on the sidelines, raised their hands, clapped, swayed and some could even be seen weeping openly...

Bahamian Politics

Sidney Collie on the New Providence Landfill - Apr 20, 2017 - 3:46:00 AM

Sidney Collie, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman, issued the following statement regarding the recent fire at the New Providence landfill:

“Last night the New Providence landfill caught on fire once again. I hope our government resolves this situation as soon as possible, given that each new landfill fire disrupts our quality of life. Not only do these fires damage property and bring negative effects to our tourism product, but they pose serious health risks to Bahamian families, which they endure far too frequently.”

“Throughout this recurring catastrophe, this unduly inept PLP government tells us not to worry. As if, their empty rhetoric somehow contains the physical properties to solve this ongoing calamity. But Bahamians know different...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Gray Supports Youth Sailing with Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Sailing Regatta - Apr 20, 2017 - 3:18:58 AM

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Over 100 young sailors will be participating in this year's annual Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Sailing Regatta, from Andros, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Long Island, Eleuthera and New Providence, April 20-22, in fierce and friendly competition featuring "E" Class sloop sailing and Olympic style sailing in sunfish, optimists and lasers.

Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, along with Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton, on Monday in a press conference affirmed the government’s commitment to developing youth sailing.  This year's event will be held at Montagu Bay with Opening Ceremony on Thursday evening, Sailing Competition all day Friday, and Closing and Presentation Ceremony on Saturday...

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