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News : International : Caribbean News

Trinidadian Author chosen as Regional Winner 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize - May 24, 2017 - 1:46:58 PM

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Commonwealth Writers is delighted to announce the regional winners for this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The five outstanding stories were successful in a year of fierce competition when the Prize received a record 6,000 entries from across the Commonwealth. The Trinidadian author, Ingrid Persaud, is the regional winner for the Caribbean for her story ‘The Sweet Sop’.

Ingrid Persaud is a Trinidadian writer and artist who calls Barbados home. She came to writing and fine art having first pursued a successful legal career that included teaching and scholarship at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in the United States and King’s College London. Her creative work has been widely exhibited and her writing featured in several magazines. Her debut novel, If I Never Went Home (2014) was highly praised...

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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Opposition Senators Receive Their Instruments of Appointment - May 24, 2017 - 10:15:59 AM

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Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition the Hon. Philip Brave Davis said as the Opposition, the Progressive Liberal Party will cooperate and support the newly elected Government of The Bahamas “generously and in good faith.”

“We are after all instruments of nation building not agents of national disunity or unnecessary conflict,” Mr. Davis said as four Opposition Senators received their Letters of Appointment during a Swearing-in ceremony at Government House, May 23, 2017.

The new Senators are: the Hon. Fred Mitchell, former Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, who will serve as Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, former Minister of Grand Bahama, will act as the voice for Grand Bahama; the Hon. Clay Sweeting, businessman and former PLP election hopeful from Spanish Wells, will serve as a voice for the people from the Family Islands; and attorney JoBeth Coleby Davis...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Guyanese Woman nabbed at LPIA with Cocaine in her Hair - 3 handguns seized during home raid, 1 in custody - May 24, 2017 - 9:50:11 AM

Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, alert Drug Enforcement Unit officers took a Guyanese woman into custody following the seizure of a quantity of cocaine on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.

According to reports, shortly after 3:00pm, a team of officers assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit conducted search of a Guyanese woman passenger at the Bahamas Customs arrival area of the Lynden Pindling International Airport, who had just arrived on a Caribbean Airlines flight from Suriname. During the search, one taped package containing just over two pounds of cocaine was found concealed in a weave attached to her hair. The woman was subsequently taken into custody for this discovery...

Entertainment

Sofia Coppola’s "The Beguiled" - May 24, 2017 - 9:46:14 AM

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Cannes' 70th anniversary is being seen as the most “progressive” in its history. This is so because there is an historic forty-nine films by female directors from around in competition.

One of these women is filmmaker Sofia Coppola, and her very presence at the festival couldn’t be more auspicious. She’s on the cover of magazines here as a feminist hero, doing panels talks leading conversations on ‘women in filmmaking’ and she was also among the greats featured in the anniversary photo call. Ms. Coppola is here in competition with a new film called The Beguiled, a remake of the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood and both based on the 1966 novel of the same name...

Events Calendars : Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama Events Calendar - May 24, 2017 - 8:40:38 AM

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Entertainment

The Recording Academy statement on Manchester bombing - May 24, 2017 - 6:13:35 AM

As details continue to unfold, we remain deeply saddened by the tragic event that took place last evening in Manchester. Our community of music creators will band together, as we always do in the face of adversity, to continue to make and offer music that forms the soundtrack of our everyday lives, and which continues to provide inspiration - and hope - to so many.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the victims, their families, and everyone impacted by this horrific act.

News : International

Renewable Energy Employs 9.8 million People Worldwide, New IRENA Report Finds - May 23, 2017 - 7:17:56 PM

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More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, released at IRENA’s 13th Council meeting, provides the latest employment figures of the renewable energy sector and insight into the factors affecting the renewable labour market.

“Falling costs and enabling policies have steadily driven up investment and employment in renewable energy worldwide since IRENA’s first annual assessment in 2012, when just over seven million people were working in the sector,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin...

Focus on Fashion

Inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia Set for November 2017 - May 23, 2017 - 7:10:30 PM

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Fashion gets ethical Down Under...


The question, “What are you wearing?” is taking on a new meaning as we become more cognizant of fabrics, how our clothing was made, and where our clothing ends up after we’ve worn it - most often, only once. With fashion as the world’s largest polluter, not to mention one of the least ethical trades, each of us should start thinking about what’s in our closet, and how we can reduce and reuse.

Designers who have a passion for creating a world where garments have a clean and positive story to tell are set to converge Down Under from November 23 - 27, 2017 for the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA)...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : WANTED PERSONS

RBPF Wanted: Lavanda Michelle Richea Burrows of Freeport - May 23, 2017 - 7:08:09 PM

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Police in Grand Bahama need your assistance in locating 23 year old Lavanda Michelle Richea Burrows of #15 Spinney Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama. She is wanted by the Drug Enforcement Unit for Possession of Dangerous Drugs with the intent to supply. She is described as standing at 5’6” in height, weighing between 150lbs -175lbs, medium built with light brown complexion.

If you have any information regarding the location of Lavanda Burrows you are asked to contact the Drug Enforcement Unit in Grand Bahama...

News : International : Caribbean News

CARICOM condemns Manchester bombing attack - May 23, 2017 - 6:23:07 PM

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The following is s statement by CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin Larocque:

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly condemns the vicious terrorist attack perpetrated in Manchester, United Kingdom, on Monday evening.

The fact that the majority of the victims were children and young people makes this vile action even more heart-rending...

Bahamian Politics

PLP Leader Remarks as Four Senators Appointed - May 23, 2017 - 4:18:35 PM

The following are remarks made by The Leader Of The Opposition
Philip Brave Davis MP, at the Appointment Of The Opposition Senators, at Government House on May 23rd, 2017:

I am honoured yet again to be received with such gracious hospitality at Government House this afternoon.

I am most grateful, Your Excellency, for the courtesies you have extended, not only to me to and my colleagues in both House of Parliament but to the many guests that are gathered here to witness these proceedings...

Health

Laboratory services now available under NHI Bahamas - May 23, 2017 - 3:45:37 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -  Bahamians and legal residents who have enroled in NHI Bahamas will now be able to access laboratory services as part of their Primary Care benefits. With NHI Bahamas, persons will no longer have to pay for certain lab tests, including some blood tests to check immune function, blood sugar, cholesterol, hormone levels and organ function, as well as blood tests for HIV and blood disorders like sickle cell anemia.

A full listing of laboratory services can be found in the Primary Care benefits package: http://www.nhibahamas.gov.bs/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Primary-Care-Benefits-Package.pdf

The following lab administrators are now available to provide laboratory services at no cost at point of care under NHI Bahamas...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Prime Minister and Mrs. Minnis Attend FNM Service of Thanksgiving - May 23, 2017 - 3:24:27 PM

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Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis attended a Free National Movement Service of Thanksgiving at Cousin McPhee Cathedral on Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Dr. Minnis is pictured centre, along with Mrs. Minnis, conveying greetings upon arrival.  In second photo they are shown seated during the service.  Former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham is also pictured in front row.

Official photographs taken by Peter Ramsay of Bahamas Information Services…

News : New Providence

New Labour Minister calls on National Tripartite Council and Department of Labour Office - May 23, 2017 - 2:58:26 PM

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Hon. Dion A. Foulkes the new Minister of Labour is already making strategic alliances with all partners. Minister Foulkes visited with the National Tripartite Council during its’ monthly meeting at the Bahamas Department of Labour’s Rosetta Street office on Thursday, 18 May, 2017.

The Council is comprised of social partners from the Government, Trade Unions and Employers Confederation who meet monthly to discuss, strategize and develop policies and partnerships in the interest of harmonious relations for their various stakeholders...

Community

BTC Sponsors The 50th Long Island Regatta - May 23, 2017 - 1:58:04 PM

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The second largest Regatta in the nation expects to kick off their festivities with the help of BTC.

BTC has committed to sponsoring the event to defray the cost of the “B Class” race this year. BTC’s Senior Manager for Long Island and Southeast Islands Ian Knowles said, “I’m grateful we’re able to sponsor a race this year, and we look forward to winning that particular race and bring that BTC Cup home.”

The telecommunications company always supports the promotion and celebration of Bahamian culture. Knowles said, “Regattas bring a lot of visitors to the islands, and the Long Island Regatta is the biggest event on the calendar...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Gov't Statement on Manchester, England attack - May 23, 2017 - 1:18:27 PM

The Bahamas High Commission, London, has reported that all staff of the High Commission, Bahamas Tourist Office and Bahamas Maritime Office are safe following the 22 May suspected terrorist attack at a pop concert in Manchester, England, reportedly resulting in the death of twenty two persons and injuries to many others.

The Bahamas High Commission has also indicated that there are no Bahamians in the UK who have been impacted.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Government and people of the United Kingdom at this difficult time. A Diplomatic Note has been sent to the Government of the United Kingdom.

News : International : Caribbean News

Saint Lucia Government Extends Condolences Following Deadly Explosion in Manchester - May 23, 2017 - 1:06:38 PM

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has described the attack on Monday in Manchester, England, as horrific and an attack against peace in the world. The attack has left 22 people dead and over 50 persons injured.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we extend condolences to the British following this horrific and heartless attack in Manchester which took so many innocent lives of children and adults simply enjoying a concert,” said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. “On behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia we express deep sorrow and offer sympathy at this time to the people of Manchester and all the families affected by this heinous act...

News : New Providence

BTC and Chamber to Host Disaster Workshop - May 23, 2017 - 12:49:20 PM


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As a routine, BTC has completed its checks and balances and is ready for the 2017 Hurricane season. Year round, BTC ensures that its network is maintained. The company will also partner with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce to host a special Disaster Recovery workshop with the business community.

CEO Leon Williams said, “This year, we wanted to ensure that we took the message of disaster preparedness and recovery directly to the business community. We’re partnering with the Chamber of Commerce to provide more information to our clients...”

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas Travel Agent Events A Big Success In Texas - May 23, 2017 - 12:42:35 PM

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Aquariums in both Dallas and Houston proved to be winning venues that served as the perfect backdrop, and helped to deliver a Texas size success for the recent Bahamas Travel Agent events.

In both Dallas and Houston, the energy, excitement and enthusiasm of the Travel Agents at the Bahamas events was palpable, however, the enthusiasm crescendoed at the event in Houston with scores of agents jamming the third floor of the Houston Downtown Aquarium.

The agents excitedly conversed with the suppliers at the events as they got their passports stamped - a document proving that they had visited all of the suppliers in attendance...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Minnis Remarks at Swearing-in of Senators & Parliamentary Secretaries - May 23, 2017 - 11:49:32 AM

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Remarks Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis Prime Minister Commonwealth of the Bahamas Government House Swearing-in Ceremony of Minister of Works, Senators and Parliamentary Secretaries 22 May 2017

A Diversity of Talent and Experience: Your Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling...

Today completes the appointments to my government. I thank you for the appointments and your gracious hospitality since the election of my government. I again thank the staff of Government House for their hospitality...

News : International : Caribbean News

New ILO report shows that 4.2% of CEOs are female in LAC but still room for progress at the top - May 23, 2017 - 11:33:32 AM

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Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, where only 4.2 per cent of CEOs are female, have still made substantial progress in taking business and management positions and are increasingly driving economic growth, a new ILO report finds.

The report entitled Women in business and management: Gaining momentum in Latin America and the Caribbean, by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP), will be launched at a regional conference to be held here today. The one-day conference will bring together business leaders and representatives of employers’ organizations from across the region to discuss the progress made and obstacles to women’s advancement in the workplace, particularly at top management levels...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister of Transport Opens Oil Spill Preparedness & Management Workshop - May 23, 2017 - 11:00:27 AM

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Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell welcomed delegates for an Oil Spill workshop on Sunday, May 21. The event was held at SuperClubs Breezes on West Bay Street.

The event is sponsored by the Government of Malaysia and entitled ‘Sub-regional Level III Workshop on Oil Spill Preparedness and The International Maritime Organization’s Guidance on the Implementation of an Incident Management System.”

After extending a warm welcome to delegates, Mr. Campbell asked officials to convey the government’s appreciation to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and to the Minister of Transport for agreeing to co-host the workshop...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister of Financial Services Meets with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce - May 23, 2017 - 10:25:43 AM

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Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette (centre) met with officials of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, May 22, 2017 at the Offices of the Ministry.

Official photograph taken by Patrick Hanna of Bahamas Information Services…

News : International

Inaugural summit to boost trade among India and the Commonwealth - May 23, 2017 - 9:46:30 AM

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Business leaders and high-level policymakers will join forces for the first India-Commonwealth Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) trade summit. Three hundred Indian firms and more than 100 businesses from across the Commonwealth will be in one room in Delhi on the 30 and 31 May 2017 to enhance trade and investment partnerships.

“The Commonwealth has some of the fastest growing countries in the world. In fact, growth over the past two decades is more than double that in the European Union,” said Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj. “But intra-Commonwealth trade amounts to only 17 per cent of Commonwealth members global trade, and services trade has a much smaller share, only one-quarter of the total intra-Commonwealth trade. This is where the summit could help...”

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