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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

The Bahamas 44th Independence Celebrations Announced - Jun 23, 2017 - 2:43:15 PM

The 44th Bahamas Independence Celebrations will have all the ingredients of the annual national birthday bash – pomp and circumstance, music, dance, singing, storytelling -- lively ‘Bahamiana,’ and proud waving of the aquamarine, black and gold Bahamian Flag.

At a press conference, June 23, at the Cabinet Office, Churchill Building, Chairman of the 44th Anniversary Bahamas Independence Celebrations planning committee, the Hon. Mark Humes, MP, announced that the festivities give cause to celebrate “our one-ness,” as the theme for this year reflects: “Toward the Rising Sun, One God, One People, One Bahamas...


Bahamian Athletes Make Waves through RBC’s 34 Year Partnership - Jun 23, 2017 - 2:06:18 PM

RBC Royal Bank today announced its renewed commitment as the title sponsor of the RBC 2017 National Swimming Championships. Facilitated by the Bahamas Aquatics Federation, formerly Bahamas Swimming Federation, the National Swimming Championships will be held from June 22- 25, 2017. This year, over 350 athletes from 11 swim clubs, including international swimmers are scheduled to participate.

As part of its 100 plus year legacy in The Bahamas, RBC presented the Bahamas Swimming Federation $35,000 demonstrating its continued support of The National Swimming Championships, and the Academic All Bahamas Swimming Team Award...


Miss Bahamas Organization partners with ALIV - Jun 23, 2017 - 1:17:41 PM

The Miss Bahamas Organization® (MBO) has a new telecommunications partner. ALIV is now the official mobile network of the Miss World Bahamas Pageant, having entered a 3-year agreement with the nation’s premier pageant organization. The new exclusive partnership reflects the marriage of two nationally recognized brands which are known to be pace setters in their respective fields.

As part of the agreement, this year’s contestants will be given a challenge incorporating an ALIV branded device and/or service. The competition within the competition will be featured in an episode of the Road to the Crown Reality TV series which is back for another season, airing on Our TV beginning July 4...

News : International

NNPA Publishers Holding Annual Convention at Gaylord - Jun 23, 2017 - 11:45:40 AM

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), which represents more than 200 print and digital newspapers across the United States, is currently holding its annual conference (June 20-June24) at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Prince George’s County, just outside D.C.

The conference kicked-off on Tuesday with a National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence featuring radio personality and community activist DJ EZ Street; Hilary Shelton, the director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau; Dr. Marietta English, the president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; and Lynn Jennings of Education Trust...

News : International : Caribbean News

CHTA wants better U.S.-Cuba Relations - Jun 23, 2017 - 11:32:42 AM

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) regrets the recent U.S. reversal of its travel policies on Cuba and the likely effects on the socio-economic development of Cuba and the wider Caribbean region. The Association continues to support the ending of the U.S.-Cuba embargo and its restrictions on trade and travel, and encourages Cuba's active engagement in regional economic development. CHTA concludes that the announced policy changes could stall or altogether reverse the heartening progress made in recent years.

If restrictions are indeed re-imposed, the Association expects adverse effects for U.S. businesses - not only for import-export companies, but also for the U.S.-based travel-related businesses that have made considerable investments in Cuba since normalization began - and lost opportunities for those U.S. companies considering doing business there...


USNORTHCOM Donates $1.8M Emergency Relief Warehouse on Inagua to NEMA - Jun 23, 2017 - 11:05:46 AM

On Thursday, June 22, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program funded $1.8 million emergency relief warehouse in Great Inagua.  NORTHCOM has been working with NEMA since December 2009 to support their long standing requirement to have three regionally located emergency relief warehouses based in the north, central, and southern islands of The Bahamas, to enable timely post-hurricane disaster response and relief.  

On hand to mark the occasion, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, Minister of Labour, Senator The Honorable Dion Foulkes and USNORTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program Team led by Interagency Director Mr. Randy Zeller...

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Friday, June 23rd - Jun 23, 2017 - 10:15:10 AM

Forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Friday 23rd June 2017

General situation: A broad ridge of high pressure building across the Bahamas continues to dominate and will maintain breezy conditions.

Special warnings: Boaters and beachgoers should continue to be alert for the high risk of rip currents at beaches mainly along the Northern and Eastern shorelines...

News : International

Big Step Forward for Human Rights as Commonwealth Accredits First LGBTI Organisation - Jun 23, 2017 - 10:11:56 AM

The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) welcomes the decision by the Commonwealth to approve the Network for accreditation as a Commonwealth organisation.

As a result of this landmark decision, TCEN is now the first and only LGBTI-focused organisation to be officially accredited by the Commonwealth.

Accreditation means that TCEN activists will benefit from increased access to, participation in and information about Commonwealth matters...

News : International

Canada to Chair 2017 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting - Jun 23, 2017 - 10:05:47 AM

Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, is pleased to chair the 2017 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) in Washington, D.C., this October.

“I am proud that Canada has been asked to chair this meeting and to share our approach of creating the kind of economic growth that works to strengthen the middle class,” said Minister Morneau. “Given this time of rapid global change, it is important that all countries work together to address our shared challenges and seize new opportunities. Above all, it is critical that the benefits of the growth we create in Canada and around the world are widely shared...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

European Union Political Counselor calls on National Security Minister - Jun 23, 2017 - 8:50:13 AM

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames (right) shakes hands with Political Counselor of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands Mr. Gavin Tench, during a courtesy call at the Ministry of National Security, on June 9, 2017.

Official photograph taken by Eric Rose of Bahamas Information Services…

News : New Providence

Bahamas Waste Launches Social Media Competition to Recognize Garbage Technicians - Jun 23, 2017 - 1:01:25 AM

If cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness, then the hardworking garbage technicians at Bahamas Waste are closer to heaven than any of us.

Since its inception, Bahamas Waste, has made leaps and bounds in addressing key waste management needs for residents across New Providence. The foundation of that business is built upon weekly collection services from homes in various communities around the island; collections made possible by hardworking garbage techs.

“We’ve really tried to provide our customers with the best possible services” said Francisco DeCardneas, Bahamas Waste Managing Director...

Arts & Culture

Bahamas National Youth Choir’s Encore Performance - Jun 23, 2017 - 12:50:19 AM

The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) is preparing for its yearly international tour and will host a one-night-only repeat performance of its 27th Annual concert season on June 24th 2017. A Silent Auction takes place before the concert at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Lyford Cay.

This concert is not to be missed and the public is encouraged to come out and support our youth who are dedicating their lives and talents to inspire positivity among our young people as they proudly represent The Bahamas and its culture in the international arena each and every year. This event is guaranteed to entertain, captivate and thrill the hearts of music lovers and theatrical enthusiasts...

News : New Providence

Dept. of Education staff under police caution - Jun 23, 2017 - 12:42:03 AM

The Department of Education categorically refutes circulating media reports about the arrest of three Ministry of Education employees, now reportedly in Police custody, involving the alleged stealing of $245,000.00.

To be clear, a staff member of the Ministry’s Performance Appraisal Unit was interviewed under caution by the police today, at the Ministry of Education headquarters on Thompson Blvd, after it was brought to the attention of the Ministry of Education by a local financial institution that a staff member was involved in the production of fake job letters for non-Ministry employees...


The Bahamas Bowl Draws Thousands - Jun 23, 2017 - 12:37:10 AM

The third annual Bahamas Bowl drew thousands of visitors to The Bahamas and organizers are hoping to double that number, this year.

The bowl, touted as the highest rated live sporting event televised in The Bahamas, brought 1,865 total visitors to The Bahamas with an estimated number of 2,300 hotel rooms sold for the event. Within the 1,865 total visitors, 1000 were university alumni and fans and the remaining 865 were University and team officials, Popeyes Sponsors and Guests, ESPN events staff, NCAA Game officials and ESPN production...


BTC’s Kick’s in Support for English Premier Camp - Jun 22, 2017 - 10:20:43 PM

Back for its incredible 13th year the Freeport Rugby Club English Premier League Soccer Camp started last week. The week-long camp has been recognized as one of the best values for summer time activity for children in Grand Bahama and is again being supported by the most exciting professional soccer league in the world, the English Premier League and now BTC Northern Bahamas.
The international love affair with Soccer (Football) has spread to the Bahamas and has grown steadily in recent time particularly with the country’s participation in, and hosting of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 this year...

Bahamian Politics

Statement By Senator Fred Mitchell on Raising a Matter of Privilege - Jun 22, 2017 - 9:47:45 PM

I have received a number of inquiries from my family and from the Leader of the Opposition about a campaign of full page ads that is being run in The Tribune by a nameless, faceless group calling itself Committee Against Mitchell or Bahamians Against Mitchell. These ads have been running continuously on the back pages of The Tribune as full pages for a number of weeks since the general election. They are defamatory.

I wish to say that our investigators have determined who the author of these ads is and they are satisfied that there is no such Committee but that this is another disguise which is used by a well known attorney to attack his political opponents.

I will formally lay over a complaint of breach of privilege in due course pursuant to the rules of the Senate and in due time...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

British High Commissioner calls on Prime Minister Minnis - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:47:54 PM

British High Commissioner David Fitton, left, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister, June 22, 2017.

Official photo by Peter Ramsay of Bahamas Information Services...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

High Commissioner of India calls on Prime Minister Minnis - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:39:50 PM

High Commissioner of India His Excellency M. Sevala Naik (left) paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister, June 22, 2017 during which they had a gift book exchange -- Prime Minister Minnis is pictured presenting to Mr. Naik.

Official photo by OPM Media Services ...


"DNA and Country prays for Dr. Nottage’s Recovery" - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:37:53 PM

The Democratic National Alliance was, like Bahamians around the country disheartened to hear of the grave illness of the country’s former National Security Minister, Dr. Bernard Nottage. Having served in public life for much of his adulthood, there is no question about the contributions Dr. Nottage has made to the country both in the fields of Medicine and Politics.

Equally distressing however was apparent swiftness with which some among us were prepared to send the good doctor to an early grave. The rumors of his alleged passing spread like wildfire across social media – a reality which could not have been easy for his friends, family and loved ones...


Deep Water Cay Keeping Grand Bahama Featured in Tourism - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:36:45 PM

Deep Water Cay has developed a reputation for its exceptional fishing flats, peaceful setting, mouthwatering cuisine and friendly island service. That reputation has earned the hidden gem on East End Grand Bahama not one, not two but three significant feature stories showcasing its beauty to millions of possible vacationers this month alone!

This tranquil resort which has quietly kept its doors open and tourists flowing for over 59 years, was first noted in the April edition of Business Jet Traveler’s Paradise by the Week – which reaches a target audience of more than 35,000 subscribers in 152 countries. Deep Water Cay was given high praise for its wonderful luxury accommodations on a list that featured other noteworthy accommodations in Fiji, French Polynesia and Florida...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson Sworn In as a Senator - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:36:34 PM

Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson (left) was sworn in as a Senator, June 22, 2017 at the Senate just prior to the day's Senate proceedings.

Official photo by Peter Ramsay of Bahamas Information Services...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Morton Salt Executives Have Discussions with Labour Minister - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:18:06 PM

Senior executives of Morton Salt, Inc., Kevin Brad Morris and Vivian Moultrie, recently met with the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes at the Department of Labour on Rosetta Street.

Minister Foulkes was accompanied by Robert Farquharson, the Director of Labour and Mr. Morris was accompanied by Attorneys at Law Oscar Johnson and Christal Sands-Feaste of Higgs and Johnson Chambers.

The Labour Minister noted that he was delighted to meet with the group as he is very well aware of the importance of Morton Salt to the people and community of Inagua...

News : International : Caribbean News

New Switzerland Ambassador meets with Saint Lucia Prime Minister - Jun 22, 2017 - 5:26:56 PM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet welcomed His Excellency Mr. Didier Chassot, Ambassador-designate of Switzerland to Saint Lucia, at a meeting on Thursday June 22nd 2017.

Following the introductions the Prime Minister and the Ambassador had a meeting where they expressed a commitment to strengthening relations between our two countries...

Bahamian Politics

Leader of The Opposition responds to Prime Minister and Govt. Ministers - Jun 22, 2017 - 3:02:50 PM

Statement by the Hon Philip Davis MP, Leader of the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party House of Assembly:

In the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and some of his Ministers made certain assertions. Invariably, though, attempts to prove lies will always prove fruitless. I do not now, nor have I ever, condoned or encouraged wrongdoing. Threats will not change this. We do not seek to excuse. We seek to share full facts and welcome any investigations into these facts.

Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF)

The allegation that the PLP allowed the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) payments to lapse, causing the forfeiture of up to $33 million in damages for Hurricane Matthew is false...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Delegation to the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico - Jun 22, 2017 - 2:51:59 PM

Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield (centre) is shown with The Bahamas delegation to the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico.  From left are Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard, Foreign Affairs Director General Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Minister Henfield, Deputy Chief of Mission to The Bahamas Embassy in Washington Chet Neymour and Foreign Service Officer Shagerra Edgecombe.  The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Organization of American States...

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