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...
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
“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...
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
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...
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.
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...
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)...
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...
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.
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
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...
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…
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.
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...
The second largest Regatta in the nation expects to kick off their festivities with the help of 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...
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.
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.
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...
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
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...”
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.
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...
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...
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
positions and are increasingly driving economic growth, a new ILO
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.
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...
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.
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...”