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Bahamas' Henry Delauze takes bronze at Youth Olympic Games in China - Aug 22, 2014 - 11:49:16 PM
Nanjing, CHINA - Gold medalist Martin Manley (C) of Jamaica, silver medalist Karabo
Sibanda (L) of Botswana and bronze medalist Henry Delauze of Bahamas
(right) pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the men’s 400m Final
of athletics event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing,
capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Saturday, August 23, 2014. (Xinhua/Yang
Heavy rainfall and gusty winds expected for the Southeast and Central Bahamas tonight and tomorrow - Aug 22, 2014 - 10:15:16 PM
Nassau, the Bahamas -
Special Weather Bulletin issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology 10pm Friday, August 22, 2014.
The National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida is advising: An 80 percent Chance of Cyclone Formation in 48 Hours.
As of 8:00pm Friday, August 22, 2014, an Air Force Reserve Hurricane
Hunter aircraft investigating the area of disturbed weather near Puerto
Rico and Hispaniola reported winds of tropical storm force over the open
waters north of those islands.
However, the aircraft data and
surface observations indicate that the system still lacks a well-defined
Andre Rollins relieved as Bahamas Gaming Board Chairman - Aug 22, 2014 - 7:01:33 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
(22nd August 2014) - The public is advised that today Dr. Andre Rollins
was relieved of his duties as chairman of the Gaming Board with
The government thanks him for his service and wishes him well in his future endeavours.
2nd Annual National RBPF Forensic Science Week Awards Luncheon - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:49:23 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Royal Bahamas Police
Force Forensics Department in recognition of their 2nd Annual National
Forensic Science Week held an Awards Luncheon, August 22, at the Paul
Farquharson Conference Center, Police Headquarters....
Presentation of Awards to Honourees,
pictured at centre -- Retired Asst. Commissioner James Carey (left) and
Asst. Superintendent Oswald Nixon. Also pictured are Asst.
Commissioner Ferguson and Superintendent Elburt Ferguson....
NEMA Conducts Shelter Management Training Course - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:46:20 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with Clinton Minnis Global
conducted a Shelter Management Workshop at Temple Baptist Church,
Farrington Road, August 15 to 16, 2014.
The training courses are
part of NEMA’s ongoing objectives to build disaster resilient
communities throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
objectives were to certify members of CMG and the church as shelter
managers, to assist NEMA in the 2014 Hurricane Season, in the event a
storm is threatening the country...
New President for The College of The Bahamas - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:34:23 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas –
Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K.
Fitzgerald announced the appointment of Dr. Rodney Smith, as the new
president of The College of The Bahamas, August 20, during a press
conference held at the Ministry of Education headquarters. Minister
Fitzgerald said that the decision was made after he received a
recommendation from the college’s Council.
The Minister said
after receiving the recommendation and having consideration for the
concerns that were raised, he wished to take time for meaningful
consideration, providing the community the opportunity to express its
views, and also, himself, the opportunity to reflect on those views...
Bahamas government announces plan to build $10 million major motorsports complex - Aug 22, 2014 - 4:57:31 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Three years after the
first revival of Bahamas Speed Week re-awakened the nation’s appetite
for vintage auto racing, the government announced plans to build a major
motorsports complex to be completed by 2016.
The Minister of
Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honorable Dr. Daniel Johnson, used the
first ever meeting of the FIA (Federation Internationale de
l’Automobile) in The Bahamas this week as a platform to make the
announcement of the $9 million complex that will serve as a multipurpose
center, providing a facility for safe driving training for police,
security and ambulance operators, recreational and racing cycling,
recreational and competitive cycling, motorcycle sports, karting, even
musical concerts and other events that create local and visitor
attractions and opportunities...
Bahamas gets into the #ALS Bucket Challenge - Aug 22, 2014 - 3:28:17 PM
ALS Ice Bucket
Challenge is taking the internet by storm raising vital funds for
research into in many areas of the world, predominantly United States
and Canada, but The Bahamas is now taking part, and although we've seen
videos popping up on the internet, we'd like to share this one from the
General Miami who were challenged by the
Consulate General of Canada Miami. "We would like to challenge the US
Department of State - Office of Foreign Missions in Miami; Bahamas
Consulate Atlanta; The Bahamas Tourism Office Plantation; and the
Bahamas Consulate General and UN Permanent Mission in New York!" they said on their Facebook page.
According to Forbes Magazine, "between June 1 and August 17, over 28 million people have joined the
conversation about the Ice Bucket Challenge including posting,
commenting or liking a challenge post and 2.4 million videos related to
the ice bucket challenge have been shared on the social network..."
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:42:22 PM
The headlines were
dominated by the lively, provocative and sometimes confrontational
Parliamentary debate of conscience on and second reading of the 4
Constitutional Bills and passage of the Value Added Tax Bill (VAT) and
regulations. A vote on the amended constitution bills in addition to the
amended Status of Children Act is scheduled for Monday, 25th August
The VAT Bill passes in Lower House
With a vote of
22 yeas, 8 nays and 6 absent, the landmark VAT Bill was passed into law
and onto the Senate on the 20th August 2014. This consumption-based tax
regime essentially reforms our existing tax system and will be assessed
at a rate of 7.5% on goods and services effective 1st January 2015. With
services comprising 60%-70% of the Bahamian...
U.S. Citizens Living in Bahamas: The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:23:41 PM
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
(FATCA) is an important development in U.S. efforts to improve tax
compliance involving foreign financial assets and offshore accounts.
on the amount of the aggregate value of their assets, US individuals
are required to file Form 8938 - Statement of Specified Foreign
Financial Assets with their Form 1040 tax returns. American expats
should file this form if the aggregate value of their assets is higher
than USD 50,000. However, this threshold is sometimes higher depending
on certain circumstances. For a list of exact thresholds relating to
specific circumstances, please refer to the IRS website regarding Form 8938...
44th annual Bernie Butler BASRA Swim Marathon the best yet! - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:13:53 PM
Bahamas - The 44th annual Bernie Butler BASRA Swim Marathon, named
after Mr. Bernie Butler for his countless contributions to the
organization, took place on August 16th at Coral Beach and this year's
event was said to be the largest to date. The community came out is
droves to support the
service that Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) provides Grand Bahama and its surrounding waters.
Many base their annual vacation
around this event alone, and it's a time where families and friends
gather to socialize on the beach, and show off their swimming strength or
latest swimsuit by
participating in the Bernie Butler Swim Race, all in the spirit of
Grand Bahama Members of the Bahamas U15 Soccer Team Welcomed Home - Aug 22, 2014 - 1:48:53 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean
Association Football (CONCACAF) held its inaugural Girls’
Under-15 Championship, in Cayman Islands in August, and
team Bahamas was a part of the history with a total of 16 teams.
Topping the excitement, Team Bahamas won their first match against Curacao with a 3 - 0 score
on August 6th.
Taylor, Meaghan Smith and Marisa Vietti all scored a goal a piece for The Bahama.
Marissa Vietti was named Player of the Game. All the fore mentioned girls are from Grand
Bahama Island, and
Hanna Joy Simms was appointed team caption, while Marisa Vietti was appointed co-captain...
Bahamas: iCreate Music All Access Seminar to be held September 20th & 21st - Aug 22, 2014 - 1:25:30 PM
Paradise Island, Bahamas - Founded and launched in 2011, the
iCreate Music All Access Seminar is set to go down on
September 20th & 21st at the Atlantis Resort.
"To artists looking to further their career, to make networking
contacts, to get that honest feedback that friends and family won't give
you this is where you need to be,"
founder Gregory Collie II.
iCreate Music All Access Seminar will have 9 panelists made up of
songwriters, industry veteran lawyers, managers, producers, engineers
and a&r's. At the seminar attendees will have the opportunity to
engage panelists and asks any questions that they may have as well as
participate in workshops and music showcases...
Bahamas Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Meets with Prince Charles - Aug 22, 2014 - 12:25:46 PM
SCOTLAND -- The
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, The Honourable Dr Danny Johnson
in Glasgow attending the 20th Commonwealth Games was among leaders from
Commonwealth Small Island States who met with HRH
The Prince Charles Duke of Rothesay at Dumfries House just outside Glasgow.
The aims of the meeting hosted by Prince Charles was to outline
some of the key challenges and opportunities that are common to all
Small Island States.
Among the leaders at the gathering were the Governor General of
St. Lucia, the President of Mauritius and the Prime Minister of Malta.
Minister Johnson was accompanied by the High Commissioner of The Bahamas in London, His Excellency Eldred Bethel.
Atlantis' Café Martinique Named among Worlds’ 10 Best Casino Restaurants by Fodors.com - Aug 22, 2014 - 11:56:21 AM
All-Bahamian staff helps make the difference
ISLAND, The Bahamas – It sits amidst the hustle and bustle of Paradise
Island’s Marina Village, yet its old-world elegance and iconic style
takes diners, seemingly, to another, more peaceful place in time... Chef
Jean-Georges Vongertichten’s Café Martinique – just one of several
fine-dining options offered at the famed Atlantis, Paradise Island – was
recently named among the 10 best Casino Restaurants in the world by
Fodors.com. Its traditional French cuisine accentuated with the tasty
tropical flavours of the islands and charming ambiance are the
restaurant’s main draws, however according to the comments of many of
its guests, it is the warm and friendly personality of the all-Bahamian
staff that makes the difference.
Grand Bahama's Joanna Evans takes bronze at Youth Olympic Games - Aug 22, 2014 - 11:38:06 AM
CHINA - Grand Bahama's Joanna Evans made history by breaking
a BAHAMIAN record in 800m freestyle and won a bronze medal at the Nanjing
Youth Olympic Games on Day 3.
Joanna won gold at the 2013 Carifta Games, as well at the 2013
Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Championships (CCCAN). She also set previous national
records at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland this year, and
in the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai in 2013.
Bahamas Ambassador Newry meets with Mexican counterpart - Aug 22, 2014 - 10:57:19 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - His
Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States,
met with his Mexican counterpart, H.E. Eduardo Mora, in Washington D.C.
on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, and discussed a range of potential trade
and investment opportunities of mutual benefit to both countries.
Tangible trade and investment
opportunities for The Bahamas discussed included electric utility
modernization and access to renewable energy technology, agricultural
export and import, and the infrastructural comparative advantages of
Freeport, Grand Bahama, for industry.
The Ambassadors also discussed areas
of technical cooperation in the area of tourism, where Mexico could
provide assistance in the refining of The Bahamas patrimonial and
all-inclusive tourism project and The Bahamas could offer assistance
regarding high end hospitality management...
Pelican Bay at Lucaya's next Zumba class with breakfast this Saturday! - Aug 22, 2014 - 10:46:01 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Get fit, and get happy! Enjoy high energy
ZUMBA at Pelican Bay Hotel! Enjoy
an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various
styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin
American dance music.
Grab your girlfriend and join our instructor on
Saturday, August 9th and 23rd.
is $30 and includes a full Buffet Breakfast in the Captain's Galley in
the Canal House with an astonishing view of Bell Channel.
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Friday, Aug 22nd - Aug 22, 2014 - 10:40:46 AM
Bahamas weather forecast for today and tonight, Friday 22nd August 2014.
General situation: A ridge of high pressure will extend across the islands today..
For the NW Bahamas
Weather: Partly sunny and hot with the chance of a few showers and isolated thunderstorms…..Turning fair tonight….
Advisory: Gusty winds and higher seas can be expected in showers and thunderstorms...
"Sea Floor Bahamas," world's first undersea post office commemorated - Aug 22, 2014 - 9:28:12 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Sylvia Munro (seated, left), daughter of John Ernest Williamson, pioneer
filmmaker and creator of the world's first undersea post office "Sea
Floor Bahamas", receives an official set of the stamps and first day
covers recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the World's First Undersea
Post Office from Acting Postmaster General Debbie Pennerman, during a
courtesy call at the Postmaster General’s Office in Nassau, The Bahamas,
on August 18, 2014.
Ms. Munro is also pictured on the covers as
a nine-year-old girl with her parents. Pictured standing (left to
right) are: Senior Assistant Secretary Terry McHardy, Assistant
Postmaster General Jennifer Johnson, Mrs. Munro's son and pilot Captain
Larry Munro, Assistant Secretary Mabelene Miller and Assistant
Postmaster General Michael Cartwright...
Impact of VAT on Charities Clarified by Bahamas Ministry of Finance - Aug 22, 2014 - 7:01:32 AM
Representatives of the VAT team of the
Ministry of Finance emphasized that services provided by local charities
and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that directly relate to
charitable activities will be VAT exempt and the VAT programme provides
for recouping of some taxes paid on goods for the use of such community
Reacting to an article
appearing in The Nassau Guardian under the headline “Charity will
'suffer tremendously' under VAT,” Financial Secretary John Rolle
clarified a number of “It has to be emphasized that charities, such as
the Humane Society, should be largely shielded in how they are impacted
by VAT. The services that they deliver will be VAT-exempt under the
provisions of the legislation and eligible charities will be able to
claim a refund of VAT paid on the acquisition of certain goods and
services,” he said.
$149 Bahamas Residents Rate at Memories Resort - Aug 22, 2014 - 4:21:23 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort is taking Staycation to a whole new level!
Now, from just $149.00* per person, per night Bahamas residents can
enjoy the luxury of an All-Inclusive stay at their their fabulous
Just imagine, savoring sumptuous dishes prepared with fresh, authentic ingredients at
Memories 4 restaurants and enjoying cool thirst quenching refreshments at 6 themed bars with
and local brands of liquors.
Family-friendly facilities include their
on-site Splash Park with slides for kids, and a Teens Club for ages 13
Dr. Calsey Johnson Meets Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Development - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:28:15 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - His
Excellency, Dr. Calsey Johnson, The Bahamas’ High Commissioner to
Canada, met, along with other Ambassadors -- Mrs. Lois Brown, Member of
Parliament, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International
Development. Pictured left to right are: Mrs. Lois Brown, MP; Sheila
Monteith, High Commissioner for Jamaica; Philip Buxo, High Commissioner
for Trinidad and Tobago; Harry Nawbatt, High Commissioner for Guyana;
Dr. Calsey Johnson, High Commissioner for The Bahamas; Deputy Chief of
the Haiti Embassy; and Senator Don Meredith...
Bahamas National Trust Officer Participates in U.S. State Department Exchange - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:17:41 AM
On August 22, Ms. Portia Sweeting,
Director of Education at the Bahamas National Trust met with U.S. Chargé
d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in a
U.S. State Department sponsored exchange in the United States focused on
“Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the U.S.” In her role at
the Bahamas National Trust, Ms. Sweeting is responsible for all
educational and outreach programs. She also plays a significant part in
promoting sustainable practices for The Bahamas’ natural resources.
the three-week professional exchange, Ms. Sweeting traveled to
Washington, DC, Corpus Christi, Texas, San Diego, California and Key
Largo, Florida. Ms. Sweeting and peers from throughout the region were
given a unique opportunity to examine efforts by U.S. government
officials, NGO’s and environmental activists to address coastal and
marine management issues, particularly marine debris and pollution...
RBPF Nassau: Murder in Lyon Road area - Home invasion and shooting in Silver Gates - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:10:39 AM
NASSAU POLICE INVESTIGATE MURDER - Police requests the public’s assistance
in helping them to solve a murder that occurred in the Lyon Road area
off Shirley Street. Officers made the discovery when they responded to
reports of gunshots being heard in the area...
POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING -
Police are seeking the public’s help in solving a home invasion and
shooting in the Silver Gates area.According to reports, sometime around
9:00pm on Thursday 21st August 2014, a 16yr old male, whom escaped from
the Simpson Penn School earlier during the week was standing in his yard
at Silver Gates when he was accosted by two males, one of whom was
armed with a rifle...
(Video) Caribbean Chefs Cooking for a Cause in Manhattan - Aug 22, 2014 - 1:34:40 AM
Manhattan, NYC - "Reserved NYC" an event
that showcases the talent of top Caribbean chefs, was first held in 2012
and again on August 7th.
Four chefs representing the islands of
St. Lucia, Jamaica and the Bahamas gave guests a culinary experience
and helped raise money for two nonprofits, as Melissa Noel reports in
Chef Tim Tibbitts of Flying Fish Modern Seafood in Freeport, Grand Bahama is featured in this video by Voices of NY.
Major Global Youth Festival Set for Grand Bahama Island - Aug 22, 2014 - 12:44:21 AM
As Grand Bahama’s economy continues its steady incline, a major
“global” youth conclave is being organized to showcase the island to the
The newly established Clinton Minnis Global Inc. (CMG)
galvanized several youth leaders and stakeholders in Grand Bahama at a
private executive meeting recently, to share the vision of the proposed
Bahamas Global Youth Fest, slated for 2015.
BGY-Fest (pronounced biggie-fest), will be held under the theme, “Inspired by Hope”.
Bahamas 7-Day Weather Forecast: Aug 21 - 27 - Aug 21, 2014 - 11:46:39 PM
Seven Day Weather Forecast from 21st to 27th August, 2014
situation: An area of high pressure will influence hot and humid
weather conditions over the northwest and central bahamas through
Saturday. A strong tropical wave is expected to move over the southeast
bahamas on Saturday; over the central bahamas on Sunday and near the
northwest bahamas on Monday causing heavy rains and gusty winds through
Thursday 21st – Partly Sunny and Hot today; Maximum
Temperature 91°F. Few Clouds and Warm tonight; Minimum Temperature 81ºF.
Winds SE 10-15 knots; Seas 2-4 feet in the Northwest Bahamas and Winds
NE-E 15-20 knots; Seas 4-6 feet in the Central and Southeast Bahamas.
SMALL CRAFT IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS SHOULD EXERCISE
Swift represents The Bahamas well at the World Masters Championships - Aug 21, 2014 - 11:07:49 PM
six member team represented both Swift and the Bahamas well at the
World Masters Championships. The World Championships highlight both the
club and country at the worlds’ largest meet. The Swift swimmers were
Percy Knowles competing
in the 80-84 age
group, Andy Knowles competing in the 55-59 age group, Bruce Knowles
also competing in the 55-59 age group. Nancy Knowles competing also
competing in the 55-59 age group. Lisa Knowles competed in the 50-54 age
group, and Allie McPhail competing in the 40-44 age group.
Here are a few facts about the meet.
Montreal, Canada, hosted the 15th edition and last stand-alone FINA
World Masters Championships from July 27 to August 10, 2014 exactly 20
years after successfully organising the event for the first time.