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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

The Bahamas signs two Aviation Accords with the FAA - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:00:38 PM

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The government has signed what is being called a ‘landmark’ document on behalf of the country. The Ministry of Transport and Aviation signed a ‘Declaration of Intent on Flight Information Region’ (FIR) with the United States via the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The government also signed a second document – a Radar Data Sharing partnership.

The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration at the Goodman’s Bay Corporate Centre, March 22, 2017...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Nassau Police Seize 6 Illegal Guns In 24 Hours, 2 Men In Custody - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:44:44 AM

Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2017, the Royal Bahamas Police Force is reporting that, through two coordinated operations, 6 firearms and several rounds of ammunition were seized over a 24-hour period.

In the first incident, which occurred around 9:30pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2017, officers assigned to the Selective Enforcement Team were conducting an operation on East Street South, when they saw a man acting in a suspicious manner. He was accosted, searched and a 9mm pistol and fifteen rounds of ammunition taken from his waistband. The man was subsequently arrested and taken into custody...

News : International

Bahamas Represents at Commission of the Status of Women - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:39:37 AM

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Minister of Social Services and Community Development Mrs. Melanie Griffin recently addressed the 61st Session on the Commission on the Status of Women to share The Bahamas' perspective on "Women in the Changing World of Work".

"It is undeniable that women across the globe have made notable progress in many spheres of society," said Minister Griffin.

"This reality also holds true for The Bahamas – particularly in the area of education, where females represent more than 50 percent of graduates at the secondary and tertiary levels...

Sales & Promotions : Flying Fish Restaurant

Enjoy Lunch at Flying Fish Wednesday through Sunday - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:37:35 AM

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Did you know that one of the best places to dine in the Caribbean is open for lunch?  Come in and enjoy our waterside South Beach-style atmosphere featuring our house made burgers which are the best on the island! We have lots of gluten free options.

Perfect for the business lunch meeting or a gathering with the girlfriends.  Dine inside in our cool a/c or outside on the water's edge in the breeze.

Flying Fish offers Lunch, Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm...

Sports

Bahamas CARIFTA Judo Team 2017 Announced - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:31:43 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On Saturday, Bahamas Judo had its final selection tournament for CARIFTA 2017.

"We are proud that the team comes from all levels of our society," said D'Arcy Rahming, President of Bahamas Judo.

The islands of New Providence, Abaco, Acklins and Andros are represented, as well as students from Lyford Cay, S.A.C., Doris Johnson, C.H. Reeves, R.M. Bailey, St. Andrews, QC, St Johns, the Nazareth Center, and the University of the Bahamas...

Community : Grand Bahama

Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend Thanks Grand Bahama Sponsors - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:18:28 AM

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The Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW) team recently visited Grand Bahama to personally thank sponsors in the second city for their commitment to the award-winning endurance event. The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Grand Bahama Power Company, Graham, Thompson & Co., Pharmachem, Sawyer's Fresh Market and TheBahamasWeekly.com were all presented with thank you plaques, medals and gifts.

The Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure(r) and Marathon Bahamas will be held on January 13-14, 2018 respectively...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Ministry of Environment's Forestry Week Team Visits Grand Bahama - Mar 24, 2017 - 10:38:56 AM

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As a part of the activities to celebrate Forestry Week, Christopher Russell, Director, Ministry of the Environment and Housing, with responsibility for Forestry Awareness, visited Grand Bahama on Thursday, March 23. 

Among the activities for the week have been a Proclamation by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie; panel discussions with high school students to educate them on Forestry and a Town Meeting held on Thursday evening at East End...

News : International

Nonstop Jet Service from Bimini to Orlando-Melbourne Florida Begins 4/27 - Mar 24, 2017 - 10:36:53 AM

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Melbourne, FL – Elite Airways LLC today announced the introduction of nonstop jet service to the island of Bimini starting at $99 each way* Beginning on April 27, Elite Airways will operate two flights per day on Thursdays and Sundays between Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and South Bimini Airport (BIM). The new route offers east-central Florida residents with a convenient alternative to driving or flying to south Florida or the gulf coast to catch a flight to Bimini. Tickets are now available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast and known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the U.S. with miles of secluded beaches, four-star hotels, and the Resorts World Bimini Casino and Marina...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Pays Courtesy Call on Ministry for Grand Bahama - Mar 24, 2017 - 9:32:18 AM

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Members of The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Grand Bahama Island, paid a courtesy call on the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Thursday, March 23. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the Ministry with their functions and challenges. 

Shown from left are: Lester Ferguson, Executive Secretary, Commission; Pauline Bowen-Forbes, Senior Welfare Officer, Disability Affairs Unit of the Department of Social Services; Maxine Stubbs, Commissioner; Harcourt Brown, Senior Under Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; DeCosta Bethel, Chairman; Anthony Hamilton, Commissioner; Dorothea Gomez, Chief Welfare Officer, Department of Social Services...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas places a precautionary ban of meat imports from Brazil - Mar 24, 2017 - 5:04:23 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is aware of the meat scandal unfolding in Brazil relative to food inspectors taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. Sr. Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister, advised that the government of Brazil has suspended exports from 21 meat-processing units.

To safeguard public health and food safety in The Bahamas, the Minister for Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, has announced a precautionary ban of meat imports from Brazil...

Sports

Three Bahamian Junior Tennis Players Shine Overseas - Mar 24, 2017 - 2:52:53 AM

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Congratulations are extended to three (3) of our juniors who recently gave amazing performances overseas, namely Iesha Shepherd, Donte Armbrister and Jacobi Bain.

Iesha Shepherd recently emerged as USTA champion at Extreme Tennis Academy, Miami, Florida in the Girls' 18 and under - Level 6. Iesha advanced to the final and defeated Karly Friedland 6-0, 6-2.

Donte Armbrister also prevailed as the USTA champion at Next Level Tennis at K-Town, Miami, Florida - Level 7 in the Boys' 16 and under...

Bahamian Politics

Dr Minnis: It’s Too Late for the PLP to Say Sorry - Mar 24, 2017 - 2:27:46 AM

You know, many times people only say sorry when they get caught. But, it’s too late for the PLP to say sorry. It’s too late for them to say sorry about 600 murders on their watch, and the worse crime record ever in The Bahamas. It’s too late to say sorry to the thousands of Bahamians who lost their jobs, even though the PLP promised 10,000 jobs in their first year.

The sad truth is that the highest period of unemployment ever experienced in the history of The Bahamas occurred not under just any PLP administration. It happened under this PLP administration! It happened on Perry Christie’s watch!

Community

Top Spelling Bee Contestants Rewarded - Mar 24, 2017 - 1:17:43 AM

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Top spellers received top awards from BTC last Sunday. Jee’von Pratt, a seventh grade student at St. Augustine’s College won the National Spelling Bee and will go on to participate in the Scripts competition. BTC PR Manager, Indira Collie noted that, “BTC was proud to partner with the National Spelling Bee. We are encouraged by the efforts of these kids and we were happy to be able to reward them with a special token from BTC”.

The top three students received 4G-LTE smart phones...

Focus on Fashion

Where African Fashions Meet the Stylish Traveler - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:33:33 AM

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Shangani Fashion's debut presentation during New York Fashion Week conveys contemporary cuts that are accented with vintage accessories. Shangani Fashion Designs are a juxtaposition of culture and style. Shangani is an African tribe who dwelled near the Shangani River in Zimbabwe, Africa. The tribe was named after its founder; and the name "Shoshangani" means traveler. Shangani Fashion is a brand inspired by the experience of travel and the exposure of different cultures.
Creations by Shangani's Designers merge their travel experiences with colorful ethnic prints, and contemporary shapes to create a high fashion, ready-to-wear look. Traditional African fabrics with a modern mix, is the passion behind Shangani Fashions...

News : International : Caribbean News

Bahamas represented at ParlAmericas conference - Mar 23, 2017 - 9:14:40 PM

Citizens for a Better Bahamas Chairman Lemarque Campbell recently attended the ParlAmericas conference that was held in San Jose, Costa Rica from March 16th to 18th, 2017. Parliamentarians and civil society representatives, from 25 countries within the Latin America and Caribbean region, attended the conference to discuss ways to strengthen the ties between citizens and legislatures. Mr. Campbell was invited to present on the importance of a Freedom of Information Act and governance issues affecting the Bahamas.

Mr. Campbell commented, "Our work continues until we see a strong Freedom of Information Act, not only passed, but actually enacted and implemented in the Bahamas..."

News : International : Caribbean News

Caribbean sports journalist Lawrence James dies - Mar 23, 2017 - 8:26:55 PM

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The Caribbean Sports Journalists' Association (CASJA) extends condolences to the family and friends of the late Lawrence James.

Mr James, a Sports Journalist and Editor at the Mirror Publishing Company Ltd of St Lucia, died on Tuesday March 21, following a long illness.

He was also a Major in the St Lucia Cadet Corps and a founding member and General Secretary of the Blue Dragon Karate Association of St Lucia...

Arts & Culture

Danny Glover to be featured in Bahamas acting masterclass - Mar 23, 2017 - 8:20:59 PM

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Aspiring Bahamian Child Actors Afforded a 2-Day Experience with “LETHAL WEAPON” star Danny Glover, Jeffrey Poitier, Charmaine Neville, and more...

Acclaimed Hollywood actor/director, Danny Glover, will be featured alongside other top industry talents during the Bahamas Artist Movement (BAM) 2017 Dream Project Masterclass Workshop.

One hundred (100) Bahamian students from Nassau and Eleuthera will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to be coached in acting by Glover, famous for his dramatic roles in blockbuster films like “Lethal Weapon” and “The Colour Purple”...

Bahamian Politics

Dr Minnis on Baha Mar opening - Mar 23, 2017 - 8:06:09 PM

“It’s unfortunate, though far from surprising, that Prime Minister Christie’s baseless rhetoric over the last five years has replaced constructive dialogue on how to clear the hurdles that stand in the way of progress for all Bahamians. This rhetoric continues with Jerome Fitzgerald’s recent statements that myself and the FNM are ‘pulling and rooting against the Bahamian people’ with regard to Baha Mar’s scheduled opening. Nothing could be further from the truth as we have stated publicly all along. It’s a shame that he and his PLP comrades would spread these lies in an attempt to continue to avoid transparent disclosure of the details that Bahamians want and deserve to know.”

“The PLP calls it a ‘soft’ opening but as the details continue to leak out, the Bahamian people are left with the sinking feeling once again of what amounts to a ‘fake’ opening as they hear things like the resort is not taking reservations for this opening..."

News : Local

VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project - Mar 23, 2017 - 7:00:44 PM

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A recent cooperation agreement between Damen and VSTEP has been established for the delivery of a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator with Alphatron Marine equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The delivery is part of the Sandy Bottom Project, which sees the Defence Force acquire a range of Damen patrol vessels, upgrade its existing fleet and develop its port and base infrastructure.

The Netherlands-based VSTEP is renowned throughout the maritime industry for its suite of state-of-the-art DNV certified simulators, which facilitate training in compliance with all design criteria, class and IMO requirements...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

DPM Davis: Minnis absent from Parliament again - Mar 23, 2017 - 6:31:37 PM

Another day in the House of the Assembly, another chair left empty by FNM leader Hubert Minnis.

His latest no-show performance is a clear indication that he is avoiding all possibility of being exposed as unable to defend his misstatements on matters of national importance.

Today, the Prime Minister shared with colleagues that an important milestone has been realized with the handover of facilities at Baha Mar by the general contractor to the new owner. The handover will ensure adequate preparations for the smooth opening next month on April 21st of the following components of this world class resort...

Bahamian Politics

Shanendon Cartwright on Robbery at the St. Barnabas Church Registration Station - Mar 23, 2017 - 4:20:39 PM

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“The recent robbery of several Parliamentary Registration Department personnel at the St. Barnabas Church registration station is deeply disturbing and highlights our nations ongoing battle with a stubborn criminal element fixated on upending the Bahamian way of life. During our walks and conversations throughout the St. Barnabas Constituency crime continues to be a primary concern for residents and their families. The Free National Movement is committed to arresting our vexing crime problem with the implementation of strategies that have been shared with the Bahamian people over the past months. We applaud the tireless efforts of the entire staff of the Parliamentary Registration Department and extend our deepest regrets and empathy to their colleagues involved in the unfortunate dramatic ordeal of this week..."

Arts & Culture

Doongalik Studios prepares for Transforming Spaces 2017 - Mar 23, 2017 - 3:55:19 PM

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Doongalik Studios is busy preparing for its TS2017 Exhibition under the theme “Inside/Outside Naturally” which will feature the works of eleven multi-disciplined artists as a part of the weekend art bus tour of six Bahamian art galleries on April 1st and 2nd.

Doongalik’s pre-event activities will begin in the back gardens on Monday, March 27 when the public is invited to observe Master Sculptor, Antonius Roberts, as he completes a live installation of the first Sacred Space in eastern New Providence from 9.30am until 3pm...

Bahamian Politics

DNA: The PLP has The Bahamas in a debt spiral - Mar 23, 2017 - 1:10:18 PM

The financial mismanagement of this current administration is continuing unabated without a care or concern in the world. At the end of the first half of this fiscal year, this administration would have borrowed some $780 million dollars. This is in addition to the Value Added Tax money they are collecting and other revenues.

Without question we do not see the value of that money on the ground in tangible forms. What we see are promises to do the same things that they promised to do at the last election...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Improvements to Public Health Centres Accelerating Public Healthcare Transformation - Mar 23, 2017 - 12:35:53 PM

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Contract signings for a total of $800,000 of renovation works to the South Beach Clinic and the Flamingo Gardens Clinic were implemented in an official ceremony, March 21, 2017, at South Beach Clinic, by Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Michael Darville and Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority, joined by local contractors.

The projected renovations to the Flamingo Gardens and South Beach Health facilities in New Providence are part of the Government’s ‘accelerated efforts’ to enhance efficiencies in the delivery of service at local public health institutions throughout The Bahamas ahead of the phased implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI)...

Bahamian Politics

Komolafe: The Endangered Bahamian Middle Class - Mar 23, 2017 - 11:55:22 AM

Successive administrations have presided over the annihilation and shrinking of the Bahamian middle class with each new day bringing about more negative reports on actions that threaten this vital segment of our society.

The loss of jobs within our two main industries of tourism and financial services have exacerbated an already vexing issue within The Bahamas. Over the last decade, we have witnessed significant downsizing in both the international and local financial services sector. While these actions have resulted from international initiatives, strategic decisions, restructuring, consolidation and outsourcing of functions within financial institutions...

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