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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas to host Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting - Oct 13, 2017 - 11:44:13 AM

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel announced that the Government and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas are pleased this year to host 52 Attorneys General and Law Ministers from various countries, during this year's Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM), October 16-19, 2017 at Baha Mar.

He made the announcement at a press conference at the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs on Thursday.

In attendance at conference will be the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC...


Cleveland Clinic Florida Surgeon ‘Weight-loss surgery long-term effects most significant in younger to middle age populations’ - Oct 13, 2017 - 10:28:15 AM

For anyone who has ever stepped on a scale and wished they hadn’t, the prospect of going under a gentle knife and coming out thinner seems almost too good to be true. And for many, it has made a difference in their lives they say they only dreamed about.
But bariatric surgery – the clinical name for weight loss surgery – involves other lifestyle changes and while it is likely to have long-term benefits for those who are willing to make such changes, it is not a panacea for all...


Presidente Beer Music Vibes Tour returns with Hip Hop Headliner - Oct 13, 2017 - 9:20:50 AM

On Saturday October 14th, the National Beach Soccer Stadium will come alive again for the return of the Presidente Music Vibes Concert Series.  The Caribbean’s number one beer brand, Presidente, will showcase some of the best and brightest from the local and international music scene and once again join forces with its Bahamian distributor the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. Ltd.

Following the successful launch of The Bahamas leg of the Presidente Music Vibes Tour, which featured International Reggae sensation Konshens, the company is upping the ante with a musical lineup that is sure to please both Reggae and Hip-Hop enthusiasts alike.

Making his first ever appearance at a concert venue in The Bahamas, international hip-hop and rap sensation Kent Jones will headline Saturday’s concert. The Atlanta native is best known for his debut single “Don’t Mind”...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Announces Diplomatic Week 2017 - Oct 12, 2017 - 10:46:15 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces Diplomatic Week 2017 - 'Innovative Approaches to A Changing World'.  This is the 4th Annual such event and will be marked with attendance by the entire Diplomatic Corps of The Bahamas, both resident and non-resident.

Diplomatic week begins with a  Church Service at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday 15th October...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Appointment of New Bahamian Envoys to the USA and United Kingdom - Oct 12, 2017 - 8:21:08 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sidney S. Collie as Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America and as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.  Mr.  Ellison E. Greenslade, Former Commissioner of Police, has been appointed as High Commissioner of The Bahamas to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and as Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization.

Appointed as Consuls General are Mr. Theo J.P. Neilly to head the Consulate General in Washington, DC, Ms Astra Armbrister-Rolle to head the Consulate General in Atlanta, GA, Ms Linda Treco-Mackey to head the Consulate General in Miami, FL...


Fred Smith on Bahamas Immigration Reform: "An enlightened & progressive approach " - Oct 12, 2017 - 4:46:05 PM

The Immigration Policy followed by successive governments has failed to produce the desired results. The domestic economy has not flourished as a result of strict control of the labor force. Undocumented migrants, primarily from northern Haiti, continue to arrive on Bahamian shores in significant numbers.

Meanwhile, “Immigration enforcement” has devolved into little more than a vehicle for systemic corruption and exploitation; a political tool for the incitement of hatred, anti-foreign sentiment and nationalistic fervor.

The consequences of this ill-conceived approach include the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual  revenue, the establishment of an entrenched culture of official corruption, the creation of a sub-class...

News : International : Caribbean News

Grants and Angel Investments unlock agribusiness potential in the Caribbean - Oct 12, 2017 - 4:36:00 PM

Known for its spices and nutmeg production, Grenada offers great opportunities for agribusiness entrepreneurs willing to take risks and embark on a new business. Stephanie Ryan is one of them. In 2015, she and her partner Jim Jardine launched Summer Ltd, a company that produces healthy beverages from tropical fruits available on the island, such as mango, passion fruit, and coconut.

After a couple of years spent consolidating her business, Ryan is ready to expand across the Caribbean. LINK-Caribbean — a program that facilitates access to finance for promising Caribbean entrepreneurs...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

156 National Youth Award Nominees Honoured - Oct 12, 2017 - 4:21:25 PM

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture held a National Youth Awards Nominee Medal Presentation Ceremony at Government House, October 11, 2017 during which the Ministry honoured 156 outstanding persons of the community.

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite, as patron, made the presentations, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard gave words of encouragement and inspiration to the young people, nominated for excellence in various categories of society achievement and service...

News : International : Caribbean News

Dominica PM Skerrit message on International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017 - Oct 12, 2017 - 4:05:51 PM

IDRR 2017 Message by the Right Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit Prime Minister of Dominica:

“Home Safe Home” is the slogan for this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), and it resonates strongly with the Caribbean people who have just experienced hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 

“Home Safe Home” is also a strong reminder that in 2017 millions of people around the world have been displaced by drought, floods, storms, wildfires and earthquakes. These events often deprive people of the ability to earn a living as well...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Ferreira Supports Global Ocean Conservation Efforts at EU's "Our Oceans" Conference in Malta - Oct 12, 2017 - 3:54:13 PM

Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, recently attended the European Union's Fourth "Our Oceans" Conference, held October 5 and 6 in Valletta, Malta.  Hundreds of marine resource representatives from member countries met to improve and strengthen ocean resource security and policies.

Keynote speakers at the international event were His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales, and His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, both of whom spoke on the importance of marine life protection. Minister Ferreira spoke on The Bahamas’ contribution to protection of ocean ecologies...


Scotiabank Sponsors BNT’s Wine and Art Festival - Oct 12, 2017 - 1:58:57 PM

Scotiabank is partnering with The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) as a returning sponsor of their annual Wine & Art Festival. 

“Scotiabank is pleased to sponsor Wine and Art for a fifth consecutive year,” said Greg Stuart

Group Head, Corporate and Commercial Banking, Scotiabank. “We encourage the community to support BNT in its efforts to guard and protect our natural resources by attending this noble fundraising event.”...

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Executives of the National Junkanoo Committee & the Children's Ministry call on Governor General of The Bahamas - Oct 12, 2017 - 1:36:47 PM

Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (centre) welcomed Executives of the National Junkanoo Committee in a Courtesy Call at Government House on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  Pictured from left: Ellery Deveaux, Junkanoo Co-ordinator, Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture; Kishlane O'Brien, Co-Chair, National Junkanoo Committee; H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling; Nicole Sutherland-King, Legal Representative, National Junkanoo Committee; and Vernon Rolle, Parade Management & Task Force, National Junkanoo Committee. 

BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson...

News : International

UB Adjunct, broadcaster presents Innovative research at Social Media Conference in DC - Oct 12, 2017 - 1:28:36 PM

University of The Bahamas part-time professor Christopher Saunders presented ground-breaking research on Snapchat usage and Bahamians at The 7th Social Media Technology Conference and Workshop at Howard University in Washington DC October 5, 2017.

The study entitled “Happy Snapping: Does happiness, narcissism, religiosity, and life position predict Snapchat Intensity among Bahamian users” produced interesting results about the social media platform and Bahamian users. The study focused on happiness but found that narcissism was the highest predictor of the platform’s intensity among users.

News : International

Leila O’Brien: A Creative Flower in Full Bloom - Oct 12, 2017 - 1:22:20 PM

The more Leila O’Brien reads, the more she writes, blossoming and flourishing like the beautiful flower she is, inside and out. With loose leaf paper on her desk and pen in hand, the third grader’s vivid and creative imagination bursts forth colourfully, naturally and quickly.

As an avid reader, at the tender age of 7 her creative writing teacher at the time Ms. Carly Burrows at Genesis Academy discovered she had a way with words. Even more, she discovered Leila had an innate ability to clearly and articulately create new, exciting worlds full of adventure we all wish we could escape to...

Arts & Culture

Cargo Stars Warren Brown, Jimmy Jean-Louis & Omar J Dorsey to attend Gala Premiere at Atlantis - Oct 12, 2017 - 1:06:29 PM

The stars and producers of Cargo will descend upon the Atlantis Movie Theatre on October 19 for the Gala Premiere of the award-winning film – the largest Bahamian film project in history.

Warren Brown, one of Britain’s most illustrious actors, leads a cast of established and emerging actors in this action packed human drama.

Brown is well known for his roles as Andy Holt in the teen soap opera Hollyoaks, Lee Hibbs in the three-part BBC drama series Occupation and DS Ripley in acclaimed BBC crime drama Luther.

News : International

Overcoming obstacles to Innovation & productivity in Firms: a case of The Bahamas - Oct 12, 2017 - 12:38:22 PM

Earlier this year, the IDB Group’s Caribbean Department invested in training for its employees to participate in a ‘Simplexity Workshop’, facilitated by Basadur Applied Creativity, with the objective of introducing the team to creative problem solving. The session resonated with the IDB’s team in The Bahamas. It forced participants to think of innovative ways to apply this creative process in executing the IDB’s mission as a development partner. The workshop evaluated problems from the lens of “how might we” do something differently, analyzing potential solutions equally...


Derek W. Smith, Jr. appointed to board of directors of Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation - Oct 12, 2017 - 12:05:45 PM

Mr. N. Vandyke Pratt, Chairman of the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Derek W Smith Jr. to the Foundation’s Board of Directors with effect from September 30th, 2017.
On September 25th, 2017, Director Derek was elected the 12th President of the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council and was appointed to represent the Council on the Board...

News : New Providence

Nassau Pan-hellenic Council to honour outstanding members at Bahamas Greek Hall of Fame Ceremony - Oct 12, 2017 - 11:18:26 AM

The President, Officers and Members of the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council, the local Council of the nine historically black fraternities and sororities, would like to announce the selection of two individuals who will be inducted into the Bahamas Greek Hall of Fame for 2017. The primary purpose of the Bahamas Greek Hall of Fame is to recognize Bahamian Fraternity or Sorority members for outstanding contributions made to the development of Greek Life in The Bahamas...


Sustainable Energy Consortium welcomes working with Government - Oct 12, 2017 - 10:23:52 AM

Sustainable Energy, a consortium that includes Alternative Power Supply, said today they welcome the opportunity to work with the Bahamas government to find the best solutions for the energy crisis that will include renewables in the mix. The statement followed a report in a daily newspaper quoting a company that had the same initials as Alternative Power Supply and was quoted as saying “government must get out of the way” if renewables are the way forward.

“Energy supply and distribution are very complex matters. There is no single or simple solution and it is essential to work cooperatively and in partnership with stakeholders,” said Philip Holdom, co-founder of Sustainable Energy Bahamas and president and founder of Alternative Power Supply...


Komen Bahamas runs on Dunkin’ - Oct 12, 2017 - 10:04:29 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – The Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure scored a slam Dunk during its recent registration drive at Dunkin’ Donuts Bahamas.

Twice a month until the Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW) in January, Komen Bahamas will have on-site registration at the donut giant’s East Street South location from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

The goal is to get as many local residents registered for the January 13th event...


ALIV sponsors 2018 Remilda Rose Spring/Summer Collection Event - Oct 12, 2017 - 9:47:03 AM

ALIV is the main sponsor for the 2018 Spring/Summer Remilda Rose Collection which will be unveiled on Sunday, October 15th at SuperClubs Breezes. In a press conference held today (October 11), ALIV Events, Sponsorship and Community Manager, Bianca Bethel-Sawyer noted that ALIV was proud to sponsor the event as proceeds will benefit the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. Remilda Rose Owner/Founder Gillian Curry-Williams has had her own family affected by cancer as her father passed from cancer only a year ago. Mrs. Curry-Williams decided at that time, as a designer, she wanted to do something to raise public awareness as well as making a monetary donation...

Bahamian Politics

We are Good To PLP Women lineup in support behind Brave Davis! - Oct 11, 2017 - 11:14:53 PM

PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis took his ‘Road to Convention’ to a special conclave hosted by the New Providence Women’s Branch of the PLP on Saturday, October 7th at Sir Lynden Pindling House.

After spending most of the day traveling with Mr. Davis, the first female Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt was also in attendance at the conclave. Mother Pratt shared a tearful story of the love, friendship, and kindheartedness of Party Leader Davis, who, she related, had come to her rescue in her most difficult time...

Bahamian Politics

Philip Brave Davis delivers another successful campaign stop in Central and South Eleuthera - Oct 11, 2017 - 10:53:27 PM

Eleuthera, Bahamas - Ending the evening with a full house of party supporters in the community of South Eleuthera PLP, Leader Philip Brave Davis ended the evening with the song ‘Let’s Stay Together’.
The Leader on his ‘Road to Convention’ swing across the country delivered another powerful message to Rebuild, Reform and Rebrand the PLP. The party is headed into a National Convention set for October 22 – 25.

Mr. Davis, along with MPs, Chester Cooper, Picewell Forbes, Senators Fred Mitchell, Jobeth Coleby-Davis and Clay Sweeting, all appeared on the platform...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister of Public Works Addresses Street Signs, Light Poles and Potholes in Parliament - Oct 11, 2017 - 8:33:19 PM

An “intense” initiative by the Ministry of Public Works to replace stolen street signs and straighten damaged and bent poles will soon commence. The Hon. Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Public Works, addressed the issue of street signs and potholes in his contribution to the House of Assembly Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  His comments came during a debate on a motion to thank Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling for her speech from the Throne.

“In Carmichael and in many of our other communities, street signs have virtually disappeared,” said the Minister. “As the Minister with responsibility for street signs, Mr. Speaker, this is deeply troubling...

Community : Grand Bahama

UBFIT Grand Bahama focuses on Health as a National Imperative - Oct 11, 2017 - 8:20:58 PM

University of The Bahamas (UB) is leading a community building and fundraising initiative focused on health as a national imperative.

“Health is a national issue and we know that so many of the diseases we struggle with as a people are preventable and based on lifestyle; how we eat and our willingness to be mobile and active throughout life. As a university, we want to lead in this endeavor and UBFIT Grand Bahama provides us with a platform to do just that,” says Dr. Ian Strachan, Vice President UB-North...

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