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Bahamas International Film Festival names Chaz Ebert its 2014 Tribute Award honoree in Harbour Island, Bahamas - Nov 24, 2014 - 12:12:22 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – November 23, 2014 – The Bahamas
International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert,
the widow of film review specialist Roger Ebert, will be on hand to receive the
Tribute Award in Harbour island, Eleuthera.
Mrs. Ebert is the Chairman and CEO of the Ebert Companies, including
publisher of Rogerebert.com, and
manages print publishing, television production, public speaking engagements,
and organizes the annual Ebertfest film festival.She is also a producer,
known for Ebert Presents At The Movies and Cannes Retrospectives. She is
currently a subject of "Life Itself," the documentary about the life
of Roger Ebert...
Keep Grand Bahama Clean Hosts High School PSA Competition - Nov 24, 2014 - 12:01:11 PM
Freeport, The Bahamas
the years the Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) initiative has hosted many
at the primary, junior high and senior high levels, with the aim of
raising the awareness of the importance of keeping a clean environment
amongst the youth of the island. In commemoration of the 8th
anniversary of KGBC during the month of October,
which is also recognized nationally as Youth Month, the committee once
again thought it was fitting to incorporate a youth component in the
to committee chairperson and GBPA Environmental Manager, Nakira
Wilchcombe, “there is so much talent amongst our youth, and
with this very important issue of keeping a clean environment...
Eight Mile Rock man stabbed during home intrusion - Nov 24, 2014 - 11:56:03 AM
Grand Bahama - Police in Grand Bahama are investigating an incident
that has left a male with stab wounds about the body.
that on Monday 24th November 2014 shortly before 3:00am, police
received information that a male while at his residence in the Eight
Mile Rock area reported that a man who was described as slim built,
wearing a mask and armed with a knife had entered his home, a struggle
ensued between he and the intruder that resulted in him being stabbed
about the body. EMS personnel were called to the scene and he is said to
be listed in serious condition at the Rand Memorial Hospital...
Bahamas Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive Kick-Off - Nov 24, 2014 - 11:45:02 AM
The Bahamas – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, made
the first donation to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive at the Mall at
Marathon on Saturday, launching the annual effort that organizes a battalion of
Bell Ringers to raise funds for its causes.
At this 2014 launch, Dame Marguerite brought
remarks in support of the Kettle Drive and the work of the Salvation Army.
She is pictured with Salvation Army Bell Ringers
and, at right, Divisional Commander Major Lester Ferguson. The Salvation Army in The Bahamas has a Food
Programme, Family Services, Women’s Shelter, Thrift Store...
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Monday, November 24th - Nov 24, 2014 - 11:20:46 AM
Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Monday 24th November 2014.
situation: A warm front continues to lift northeastwards of the Bahamas
today ahead of a cold front as drier airmass move across the Bahamas.
warnings: Boaters should be alert for continued hazardous sea
conditions and beachgoers are advised of high risk currents.
Partly sunny, warm and breezy with a few isolated showers possible
today. Mostly fair and breezy with the slight chance of a shower or two
Commonwealth Bank completes BASEL III exercise, Preference Shareholders demonstrate confidence in the bank - Nov 24, 2014 - 3:56:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Commonwealth Bank’s
preference shareholders demonstrated the ultimate in confidence in the
bank recently, converting more than $32.7 million of the $34.9 million
of preference shares replacing
the old classes of preference shares previously held.
The preference share
redemption was part of an exercise to comply with the Basel III
international agreement. Basel III is a comprehensive set of reform
measures developed by the Basel Committee
on Banking Supervision to strengthen the regulation, supervision and
risk management of the banking sector...
PAHO/WHO expert missions support Eastern Caribbean countries preparing for potential case of Ebola - Nov 24, 2014 - 3:53:54 AM
Expert missions mobilized by the Pan American Health Organization/World
Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) have visited seven countries of the
Eastern Caribbean this month to support their efforts to prepare for the
possible introduction of cases of Ebola virus disease.
In coordination with national health authorities and with support
from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), three expert missions
have already visited Barbados, Dominica, Antigua, and Grenada, and
others are expected to conclude tomorrow in St. Vincent, St. Kitts and
Nevis, and St. Lucia...
Robert Scheidt talks to us just a few days before the Nassau start - Nov 24, 2014 - 3:09:02 AM
How do you feel inside?
Nassau, Bahamas -
Star Sailors League announces 20 super-champions
taking part in the SSL Finals 2014 being held for the second consecutive
year at Nassau Yacht Club in the Bahamas between
December 1st and 7th.Here's a short interview with Robert Scheidt, who along with Bruno Prada were winners of the first edition
of the first Star Sailors League Finals in The Bahamas.
I feel very calm. Myself and Bruno have tons of experience with
the Star. We’ve been competing together for 10 years now. While it’s
true that we didn’t get much time to train together this season because
of our commitments with the Laser and the Finn, we are confident we can
do well. We know the boat and, like I said, we’re not short on
Bahamas Children’s Registry Expected to Play Key Role in Reducing Abuse - Nov 24, 2014 - 1:27:00 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Officials at the
Ministry of Social Services and Community Development are "well on the
way" towards establishing a Children's Registry in the Commonwealth of
The Registry will be responsible for receiving,
recording and referring reports of child abuse to the Child Protection
Unit of the Department of Social Services and to the Police.
of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S.
Griffin said the establishment of the Children's Registry is one of a
number of measures the Government of The Bahamas has undertaken, or will
undertake, to ensure the protection of children in The Bahamas, while
reducing the incidences of child abuse within the country.,,
"FNM denounced for supporting immigration raids" - Nov 23, 2014 - 5:55:38 PM
rights association accuses party leader of condoning illegal tactics,
betraying core principles, and pandering to prejudice in a bid to
supporting the government’s new immigration “Gestapo tactics”, the Free
National Movement (FNM) has abandoned its core principles in what
amounts to a cheap vote-getting stunt, according to Fred Smith, QC.
president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), charged
that the “illegal, immoral and unconstitutional” raids and roundups
currently underway go against everything the FNM is supposed to stand
Edinburgh Napier University is coming to The Bahamas! - Nov 23, 2014 - 5:06:45 PM
Join the MBA Elite...
Edinburgh Napier University is coming to
Nassau, The Bahamas on Tuesday, December 2nd. We'll be holding and information session at the
British Colonial Hilton from 6 - 7:30pm in the Sir Harry Oakes Room. Come out and talk with us!
Study online! Designed
with flexibility, recognition and power in mind, the Edinburgh Napier
University Global Online MBA will offer you a pathway to a higher career
The MBA is awarded directly by Edinburgh Napier University which has the status of a Royal Charter Institution in the UK...
(Audio) A National Development Plan: What should be expected? - Nov 23, 2014 - 4:04:46 PM
We have heard very little about the National Development Plan for The
Bahamas. People from all quarters of the Bahamian society have
clamoured, begged and pleaded for someone to commit to creating a proper
one for a new Bahamas. For years, the calls have gone unanswered. Until
The government of The Bahamas has launched the initial phases of The
National Development Plan. The plan is being funded by the
Inter-American Development Bank, and costs for its production has been
slated at over $450 thousand.
A national secretariat has been created, with Director of Financial
Services, Dr. Nicola Virgil Rolle, slated as the chairperson heading a
team of six...
Foreign Affairs Minister meets with IOM representatives - Nov 23, 2014 - 3:02:47 PM
The Ambassador was
accompanied by Ms. Aqueda Marin, Regional Technical Specialist of
Counter-trafficking and the Minister was joined by Mrs. Cleola Hamilton,
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration and the Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Immigration and the Dept. of Immigration.
The Courtesy Call
provided an opportunity for both the Minister and Ambassador to have a
frank conversation on irregular Migration in The Bahamas pursuant to the
signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Bahamas and the
International Organization for Migration in September during the 69th
United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change...
Chinese Embassy makes donation to Fox Hill community - Nov 23, 2014 - 3:00:15 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Fox Hill Festival Committee got a helping
hand on Friday when the Chinese Embassy made a donation to assist in defraying
the cost of various committee projects for the further development of the Fox
Hill community. Making the presentation was Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Yuan
Guisen and accepting on behalf of the committee was Co-Chair Benjamin Rahming.
Pictured from left are Mr. Zhai Xingfu, Counselor
and Deputy Chief of Missions (DCM) at the Chinese Embassy in Nassau; Mr.
Maurice Tynes, Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Benjamin Rahming,
Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Clinton Pearce, Treasure of the
Fox Hill Festival Committee (in background) ; Ambassador Guisen...
Minister Mitchell's Public Service Statement on Immigration - Nov 23, 2014 - 2:20:46 PM
MIAMI, Florida - Public Service Statement on Immigration Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration made at St. Agnes Church on
22nd November 2014:
The public is reminded that as of 1st November the following will apply:
No applications will be ac
in The Bahamas for first-time work permit applicants who have no legal
status in The Bahamas. All first-time applicants for work permits
without legal status in The Bahamas will have to be certified as having
been seen by The Bahamas Embassy of their home country or the nearest
Consular Office of The Bahamas. There are no exceptions to this rule.
10 Live Action Shorts Advance in 2014 Oscar® Race - Nov 22, 2014 - 9:27:11 PM
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the
voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-one
pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies...
Outstanding Students Foundation call on Bahamas Governor General - Nov 22, 2014 - 9:23:29 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Bahamas Outstanding Students' Foundation
headed by T. Ricardo Whylly paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame
Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Wednesday
November 19, 2014.
Pictured from left: Paige Smith, Renay Miller,
Oudreey Demeritte, T. Ricardo Whylly, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Otalia
Pinder-Whylly, Dr. Jennie Lloyd, Remona Taylor and Anaka Young. (BIS
BTC New Mobile Towers Delivering Upgraded Mobile Experience - Nov 22, 2014 - 9:16:14 PM
NASSAU, New Providence - BTC has installed five new
mobile towers in New Providence, increasing quality of service for
mobile phone users in key traffic areas. The five mobile towers have
been erected at R.M. Bailey Park, Quarry Mission Park, the Defense Force
Base, Farrington Road and The Carmichael Road Police Station. The
installations are a part of the recently announced $65m ‘Upgrade
Bahamas’ budget to enhance and improve BTC’s networks.
of the ‘Upgrade Bahamas’ budget is being spent on the mobile network to
address coverage and capacity issues and dropped calls. An additional
twenty four mobile cell sites throughout the country are currently
underway. Imminent targets include Westridge - which will address
dropped calls along the route to the airport, East Street South, Bay
Street near the Hilton Hotel, Palmdale and Collins Avenue. Also, four
mobile sites will be erected in the Freeport metro area to soothe the
congested areas near the city centre...
Marathon Globetrotters To Take Part In Marathon Bahamas - Nov 22, 2014 - 3:22:57 PM
Running Club Will Hold Annual Meeting
At British Colonial Hilton
that travels the world to run in marathons is about to leave its footprint on
another country – The Bahamas.
will be holding its annual meeting and club reunion at the British Colonial
Hilton on January 17, 2015, a day before Marathon Bahamas takes place.
Globetrotters is a running club, which was founded in February by five runners
from the United States and one from Sweden.
Bahamas Government Launches its First Pre-Paid Assistance Card - Nov 22, 2014 - 3:16:56 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The
Government of The Bahamas celebrated the 50th anniversary of state-operated,
ministerial welfare services with the launch of its first-ever, state-operated
social services reloadable Pre-Paid Visa Card.
card will be used to provide state assistance to Bahamians qualifying for food assistance
under the Department of Social Services Food Assistance Programme. The launch
was held November 20 at Epworth Hall, Shirley Street.
Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie attended the launch and
presented the first Pre-Paid card...
Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) donates to F.O.A.M - Nov 22, 2014 - 2:54:18 PM
Bahamas - Executives, Students and Mentors of the Youth Empowerment
Program (YEP) made a donation of non-perishable food items to Families
of All Murder Victims (F.O.A.M).
One of the pillars of YEP
Bahamas is Community Service and Community outreach. YEP Bahamas decide
to partner with F.O.A.M because of the critical work that their
organization does in the community with families of murdered victims as
well as their outreach and preventative programs with young people in
F.O.A.M is a non-profit organization founded in 2012...
RBPF Wanted: Shem Edward Solomon of Grand Bahama - Nov 22, 2014 - 7:17:22 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Police in Grand
Bahama needs your help in locating
Shem Edward Solomon age 40 years of
#7 Epson Road, Freeport and Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.
is described as standing at five feet six inches in height, short hair,
slim built, weighing 140 pounds and has medium brown complexion. The
subject is wanted for
escaping lawful custody. He is considered armed
and extremely dangerous and should be approached with caution...
RBPF Nassau: Quick response leads to arrest of a suspect within hours of an armed robbery - Nov 21, 2014 - 10:27:01 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - - The quick and immediate response, as well
as the dedication to the citizens of the Bahamas by police, led to the
apprehension of a 31 – year old man of Garden Hills within hours after
he committed an armed robbery on Friday 21st November 2014.
to reports shortly after 7:00am, a woman had just walked outside of her
residence located at Theodore Lane off John F. Kennedy Drive, when a
man armed with a handgun robbed her of cash and fled on foot...
PM Hails Former Parliamentarian as ‘A Good Man and a Great Bahamian’ - Nov 21, 2014 - 7:23:25 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Former Cabinet Minister and
Parliamentarian, Mr. Warren J. Levarity was laid to rest on Thursday, November
21. A state funeral was held at Christ Church Cathedral, where over three
hundred persons gathered to pay their last respects. In attendance at the funeral
were, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, accompanied by the
majority of his cabinet, along with leader of the Opposition, Dr. Hubert Minnis
and several members of the Free National Movement.
While paying tribute to Mr. Levarity, Prime Minister Christie
called him, ‘one of the heroes of the Peaceful Revolution.’ He said that not
only was the deceased a ‘good man’ but he was also a ‘great Bahamian.’
Bahamian Music Legend “Piccolo Pete” is Cacique Lifetime Achievement Winner - Nov 21, 2014 - 4:24:16 PM
Members of the Blue Ribbon
Committee of the 16th Cacique Awards have announced that this year’s Clement T.
Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Nathaniel “Piccolo Pete”
Saunders of Bimini.
The announcement was made
during a recent press conference.
The 100-year-old Biminite has
been entertaining locals and visitors for over 80 years. He has performed for
the likes of Ernest Hemmingway, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon and even
Al Capone among others.
Mr. Saunders is the uncle of other famous residents of
4 gold medals for Vanderpool-Wallace at CAC Games in Mexico - Nov 21, 2014 - 4:08:48 PM
Mexico - The Central American and Caribbean Games women's 50m freestyle
event saw a familiar face finishing in its top spot as Bahamian Arianna
Vanderpool-Wallace earned another gold with a time of 25.24. This gold will
go along with her other 3 gold medals earned during this competition.
this week she won the 50m and 100m butterfly races, and the 100m
freestyle. Puerto Rico's Vanessa Garcia took silver in the 50m with
25.63, and Mexico's Liliana Ibanez (Mexico) took bronze at 26.04.
24-year-old Arianna trains with Coach David Marsh at SwimMACElite, and swims collegiately in the USA for Auburn University.
FNM Convention Results - Nov 21, 2014 - 4:00:04 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are results from the Free National Movement Convention held today, November 21st.
Dr. Hubert Minnis wins for Party Leader who wrote on his Facebook page at the start of the day, "
look forward to the support and peaceful collaboration of the delegates
at today's convention. IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH! Stay focused on the
goal! VICTORY 2017!!"
Peter Turnquest, MP, East Grand Bahama is
the party's Deputy Leader.
This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: Nov 17 - 21 - Nov 21, 2014 - 3:57:55 PM
Mitchell Answers Smith and Amnesty International
to Attorney Fred Smith, president of a Grand Bahama based human rights
organization, characterized the country’s immigration policies as
“institutional terrorism” and charged that the constitutional rights of
some were being violated, Mitchell had this to say:
is again concerned by certain actors in the population that appear to
be intent on chasing headlines, seeking to create public hysteria and
resorting to misinformation in order to do so. Their language is
intemperate, inflammatory and the claims regarding the immigration
policy are inaccurate...
Acclaimed Bahamian filmmaker to run boutique hotel cinema - Nov 21, 2014 - 3:37:28 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Island House
(TIH) has announced the appointment of award winning Bahamian director Kareem
Mortimer to oversee the boutique hotel’s exciting cinema program.
Kareem said he has already begun selecting
innovative and thought-provoking films for the 48-seat movie theatre, which in
addition to mainstream offerings, aims to showcase the work of both established
and emerging Bahamian and Caribbean filmmakers.
“Every person has a favorite film that
has transformed the way the they see the world, which is testament to the fact
that the moving image is the most powerful art form of our time,” Kareem