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Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

2 Nassau murder suspects to appear in court Monday - Aug 31, 2014 - 8:34:47 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - A 22 – year old male of Young Close and an 18 – year old male of Cordeaux Avenue are expected to appear in court at 12:00noon on Monday 1st September 2014, to be formally charged for the murder of Latore Mackey that occurred on Monday 25th August 2014.

POLICE are appealing to anyone with information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant (the tip) may seem, to anonymously call Police at 919 or CRIME STOPPERS at 328-TIPS (8477) (New Providence) or 1-242-300-8476 (Family Islands)...

News : Local

CWC CEO Phil Bentley Outlines the New BTC - Aug 31, 2014 - 8:21:55 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - In an address to attendees at the August 29th announcement of the majority economic interest in BTC moving to The Bahamas government and the people of The Bahamas, Phil Bentley, CEO of Cable and Wireless Communications, (CWC)
foreshadowed new initiatives and plans to transform BTC into a world class telecommunications company. Top of the list, a $170M investment upgrade in BTC networks and to deliver additional services over the next three years to include BTC TV; US60M deployment in cell sites and more powerful radio signals across the entire Bahamas delivering the fastest mobile network...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Ministry of Finance Issues VAT Guide and Guidance Notes - Aug 31, 2014 - 4:07:19 PM

The Ministry of Finance released today a series of Value Added Tax Guidance Notes.  These documents provide general guidance and advice to the public and the business community as part of the Government’s public education campaign in respect of the VAT that will be implemented in The Bahamas on January 1, 2015.

The Guidance Notes serve to complement the General VAT Guide that was released on July 30th and provide more detailed information that is specific to particular industry sectors or in respect of specific situations and circumstances. These will be expanded and revised as necessary, based on feedback...

News : Grand Bahama

New CEO of BTC calls on GBPA's president Rolle - Aug 31, 2014 - 1:27:40 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – Newly appointed CEO of BTC, Mr. Leon Williams visited Grand Bahama last week, as his restructuring plans for the company moves forward. While in Freeport, Williams along with his executive team paid a courtesy visit on President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Mr. Ian Rolle.

“Williams is known for his contribution to the telecommunication industry as former CEO of BTC,” Rolle expressed. “His return bodes well for the organization’s future and I expect that we’ll see continued innovation and growth under his leadership,” he continued...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Miami and South Florida - Aug 31, 2014 - 12:44:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 

In light of the reports of robberies of Bahamians in Miami and the south Florida area, the general public is again advised to exercise caution and care when travelling to South Florida.

Bahamians visiting that area are advised to always travel around in groups and void remote and dimly lit areas.

Do not leave valuables in your car at all as the reported break ins have been of valuables left in the trunks of cars. Additionally, travelers are...

News : Local

Xernona Clayton celebrates birthday in Bahamas - Aug 31, 2014 - 12:20:27 PM

BIMINI, Bahamas - Xernona Clayton, founder of the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame celebrated her 84th birthday on the Bahamas island where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned a portion of his “I Have A Dream” speech. One of the more notable Atlanta-based female civil rights leader, Xernona Clayton Brady and her twin sister were born August 30, 1930 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

The broadcasting executive who founded the Trumpet Awards was joined by over 70 friends and family members on the island of Bimini, which lies just sixty miles off the coast of Florida. 

Among the guests was former Member of Parliament for Bimini and the Berry Islands, Hon. George Weech. Bishop Neil C. Ellis, who was the third Bahamian inducted onto the International Civil Rights Hall of Fame...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Man shot by police - Assault rifle found - 7 arrests overnight - Aug 31, 2014 - 12:17:02 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a man who was shot by police whilst attempting to enter a building located on East Street South shortly after 9:30am on Saturday 30th August 2014....

High powered weapon seized by Mobile Division Officers:
According to reports, shortly after 7:00pm on Saturday 30th August 2014, officers from the Mobile Division acting on intelligence went to the St. Andrews Beach Estates area, where they uncovered a high-powered assault rifle underneath a tree.

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Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Saturday, August 30th - Aug 31, 2014 - 12:01:46 PM

Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight,
Sunday 31st August 2014.

General situation: A mid to upper level trough across the Southeast Bahamas will create unstable conditions while a surface ridge of high pressure generate hot and moderate to fresh breezy conditions.

Northwest Bahamas

Weather: Sunny and hot with the chance of  brief showers and isolated thunderstorms. Fair and warm tonight.

Locally gusty winds and higher seas in and around showers and thunderstorms...

Sales & Promotions : Sabor Restaurant and Bar

TASTE Sabor at the Pelican Bay Hotel! - Aug 31, 2014 - 11:30:51 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas -
Sabor is the island’s freshest place to savor all the tastes of the tropical. With its innovative fusion menu, Sabor is one of the hottest restaurants in the Bahamas.

The magic starts in the kitchen where our Chefs use only the best seasonal catches and ingredients.

You can always expect gourmet meals with an emphasis on taste and flavor. Located in the garden of Pelican Bay Hotel diners have a marvelous view over the yachts in the Port Lucaya marina, among swaying palm trees, all poolside at the boutique resort...

News : International

PAHO/WHO Director welcomes regulation of food industry to curb obesity - Aug 31, 2014 - 9:32:30 AM

Regulations on labeling, promotion and advertising of processed foods are needed to reverse “exponentially increasing” patterns of unhealthy consumption

Washington, D.C. — Countries in the Americas—which have the highest obesity rates in the world—are fighting the obesity epidemic with new, stricter regulations on food labeling, promotion and advertising.

The regulations, which seek to inform and protect consumers while creating incentives for healthier eating, are “important advances that should be stimulated throughout the region,” said Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), speaking this week at the International Conference on Food Labeling...

Columns : Bahamas Wedding Planner - Glenn Ferguson

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Planning Bahamas Wedding! - Aug 30, 2014 - 12:40:58 PM

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Stars of the 2005 movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" are reportedly planning a Bahamas Wedding. The couple who tied the knot recently in a private ceremony in Chateau Miraval, France will also celebrate in a private beach ceremony in the Bahamas.

While the Bahamas wedding ceremony will be the third in a series of nuptial for the couple who got engaged in April 2012.  According to insider, it will perhaps be the most important for Angelina as the ashes of her mother Marcheline Bertrand - who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 56 are scattered on a beach in Bahamas...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Armed robbery on Faith Ave. - Man shot in the back - Illegal firearm arrest - Aug 30, 2014 - 11:20:33 AM

Police are requesting the public’s assistance in solving an armed robbery
that occurred on Friday 29thAugust 2014.  According to reports, around 10:00pm, police received a report of an armed robbery in progress at a business establishment located on Faith Avenue south. When police arrived on the scene they saw two armed men exiting the business establishment. The suspects on seeing the police fired several shots and fled on foot. Police returned fire but was unable to catch the suspects...

Police are requesting the public’s assistance in solving a shooting incident
occurred on Saturday 30th August 2014.  
According to reports, shortly before 3:00am, a man was walking in the area of Cockburn and Market Streets, when he was shot to the back. The victim was transported to hospital via private, where he is detained in stable condition...

Community : Service Organizations : Bahamas Chamber of Commerce

Bahamas Chamber Best in Business Awards Nominations Open - Aug 30, 2014 - 9:14:34 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The BIBA recognizes the best in Bahamian entrepreneurship honoring business owners of integrity and  businesses that have had the greatest positive impact on our communities. Nominees must be Chamber members and cannot nominate themselves.  Winners are selected by a committee based on criteria such as the uniqueness of the business model and level of positive impact on the community.
The 2014 awards will be presented on Thursday, October 30th at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Ballroom in Nassau.

Categories include: Lifetime Achievement, Male Entrepreneur of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Best New Business of the Year...

Sales & Promotions : Pelican Bay Hotel

Enjoy Lunch or Brunch at Garden Delite at the Pelican Bay Hotel - Aug 30, 2014 - 1:12:55 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Enjoy brunch at Garden Delite!

From the brain of Chef Emmanuel Smith comes a new concept for sophisticated healthy eating in Grand Bahamas — Garden Delite: Sabor’s new sister restaurant located on the 4th floor of Pelican Bay’s Canal House!

The new restaurant is situated in a scenic spot, overlooking a lovely section of Bell Channel Bay from atop the 4th floor of the Pelican Bay Hotel Canal House, which hosts business conferences and gatherings.

Arts & Culture

Bahamas Junkanoo Festival Launch Photo Highlights - Aug 29, 2014 - 7:29:04 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - August 27th, 2014 an explosion of Bahamian culture erupted at Pompey Square as persons from all walks of life converged there to experience a cultural RUSH unlike any other that has ever taken place in The Bahamas. It was the official launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival set to be a post-Lenten five weeks festival of events, highlighting Bahamian cultural expressions in music, art and Junkanoo. This Collage of Culture is said to not be a single event, but rather a collection of celebrations, concerts, cultural shows and street parades that pull from all aspects of culture and heritage. Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will kick off on Easter Monday 2015.

The launch gala provided an exhilarating foretaste of what's to come May 7th - 9th 2015; Junkanoo, live bands, cultural show, indigenous colorful costumes designed and made by Bahamians, fireworks, food, drinks, jump in the line dance and more.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

BTC majority shareholding transfer final announces PM Christie - Aug 29, 2014 - 5:51:38 PM

At a luncheon to mark the transfer of 2% of BTC shares to the Bahamian People Friday 29 August 2014.

Just over two years ago my Party was overwhelmingly returned to government, in the general elections, to lead the course of our national destiny for the five years hence. It will be recalled that, what Bahamians considered to be a significant promise, was made by my Party following the sale of the majority stake in BTC. The promise was that, if elected, my Government would seek to regain majority stake in BTC through lawful means. In our Charter for Governance, it was made clear that I would cause this to happen, through arms-length negotiations with CWC...

News : Grand Bahama

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson makes first official familiarization visit to Grand Bahama - Aug 29, 2014 - 3:16:19 PM

On August 27-28, U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson, accompanied by U.S. Embassy representatives, visited Grand Bahama Island for an extensive two-day visit that included a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville as well as meetings with the U.S. Embassy’s key partners and stakeholders in the business, trade and industrial sectors.  During the courtesy call on Minister Darville, Charge Johnson and the Minister engaged in a productive dialogue on areas of mutual interest including the safety and security of American and Bahamian citizens and economic development.  She expressed her delight in the opportunity to learn more about the great city of Freeport with its long history of American presence, adding that she looks forward to many more visits to the island...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Franklyn Wilson on the disbandment of the BTC Negotiating Committee - Aug 29, 2014 - 3:00:40 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by Franklyn R. Wilson, CMG Occasion: Disbanding of the Committee Appointed by The Government of The Bahamas to Negotiate with Cable and Wireless relative to BTC.

The Nassau Guardian of 31st July, 2012 contained an article which includes a quote as follows:

Prime Minister Perry Christie has appointed his negotiating team ahead of formal talks with Cable and Wireless aimed at getting a majority take of recently privatized BTC back in the hands of the Government

Today’s event is in the context of the disbanding of that Committee and matters related thereto...


This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby - Aug 29, 2014 - 2:34:17 PM

BIS pay tribute to a fallen colleague

The mood was somber and the atmosphere filled with grief late Monday morning (Aug 25) as the staff at the Bahamas Information Services (BIS) gathered to pay tribute to the life of former Deputy Director Latore Mackey who was killed earlier that morning.

He was fondly remembered by his colleagues as a conscientious and disciplined worker who was gone too soon. Led by Anglican Archdeacon, the Venerable James Palacious, the staff prayed for the repose of Latore’s soul and collectively hope for justice.

Outside the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Christie expressed the stark contrast between the civility, calmness and coolness of Latore’s demeanor in life and the violence of his death.


Meet 3 of the 9 panelists of iCreate Music All Access Seminar - Aug 29, 2014 - 12:50:40 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.

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.

Meet Asia Byrant, Donnie Scantz and Combat Jack!

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Officially Launched - Aug 29, 2014 - 12:46:23 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – In less than one year, the country will be welcoming another form of cultural expression when the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival debuts in May 2015. During an official ceremony launching the event at Pompey Square on Wednesday, August 27, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, expressed his optimism for the event.

“I am very pleased that we will be soon be able to showcase even more of our country’s culture via this new event,” said the Prime Minister. “Not only is this a great opportunity for Junkanoos, artisans and other craftsmen to display their wares and talents but it also offers us the opportunity to provide additional entertainment for guests who visit our shores.”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Ronnie Butler Honoured in Statue Unveiling Ceremony - Aug 29, 2014 - 12:25:32 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, delivered remarks during a ceremony for the unveiling of a statue honouring Bahamian Entertainment icon, Mr. Ronnie Butler. The event was held on the grounds of Craig Flowers Corporate Headquarters on West Bay Street, August 28, 2014.

Mr. Butler is a Bahamian calypso and rake 'n scrape entertainer and singer, whose career spanned more than 50 years. His career as an entertainer began at the age of 16, and he is commonly referred to as 'The Godfather of Bahamian Music.' He has performed in memorable local night spots including: Ronnie's Rebel Room, the Trade Winds Lounge, Big Bamboo and the Nassau Beach Hotel in addition to venues throughout the Caribbean...


Bahamas Pride Freedom Weekend Awards 65 Community Builders - Aug 29, 2014 - 11:46:57 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Highlighting the achievements of community builders and allies is one of the primary goals of the Bahamas Pride Freedom Weekend Event. Designed and developed by a planning committee, the Bahamas Pride Freedom Weekend will cater to the various layers that impact the lives of GLBT Bahamians. Hosted in Grand Bahama, the event is filled with activities over the span of the entire weekend of Friday August 29th through Monday September 1st 2014.

The Award Nominations closed on August 10th 2014 and the support was overwhelming. The planning committee did not have much of a task in deciding who all were to be highlighted for their specific and diverse achievements as all of the nominees are nothing less than deserving. Certificates will be given out beginning on Thursday August 28th 2014 to many of the awardees...


Bahamians bring home the Beach Soccer Gold! - Aug 29, 2014 - 11:44:33 AM

Ehren Hanna and Christopher Davis, two Bahamian Beach Soccer National team players successfully completed their stint with BSC Sable Dancers Bern in the Suzuki Swiss Beach Soccer League.  The season had already begun when the two natl’s arrived but that did not deter the positive impact they had on their team. In their debut match both players earned their place on the number one club team of Switzerland.

Hanna who is the alternate for Labaste (last year’s top goal scorer) scored two goals and had two assist in the match. Davis also completed the match with several assist. From there the two were constantly in camp with the team where the trained daily sometimes twice a day. Besides their usual club training the pair has trained with the Swiss National Team and Paulo Balico a former World Kick Boxing Champion. The club consist of 5...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Bahamas: Chinese national arrested at LPIA - 2002 green Honda vehicle stolen at gunpoint - Aug 29, 2014 - 10:53:53 AM


Nassau, Bahamas - According to reports, shortly before 6:00pm on Thursday 28th August 2014, Police acting on intelligence went to the Immigration Section at the LIPA Arrival area, where they arrested a 29 – year old Chinese Male for unlawful possession of several diamond stones.Investigations are ongoing.


According to reports, shortly before 11:00pm on Thursday 28th August 2014, a woman was at her Rocky Pines home, when three men armed with handguns robbed her of her 2002 green Honda vehicle and handbag, before speeding off.Investigations are ongoing...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Overnight islandwide anti-crime operation nets 33 arrests - - Aug 29, 2014 - 9:52:10 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2014, police conducted an island wide anti -crime operation last evening that saw large contingents of police officers from the Uniform Divisions under the command of Assistant Commissioners Leon Bethel fan out across New Providence.

During the operation police targeted, Persons involved in criminal activities, such and Drugs and Firearms, Persons wanted for various criminal offences, Prolific Offenders and Persons wanted for Outstanding Court Warrants.

The overnight operation resulted in the arrests of 33 persons for a...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas to host 8th General Meeting of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers - Aug 29, 2014 - 6:43:14 AM

Minister V. Alfred Gray to host 8th General Meeting of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM)

New Providence, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government (MAMRLG) will be hosting the 8th General Meeting of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) for its regular regional meeting to advance discussions on its ongoing agenda and finalize its CFLGM Agreement on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

To assist with the further development of local government in the region, Minister Gray will meet with his counterparts from across the Caribbean to review and discuss the proposed agreement...

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This Saturday on ArtOvation: Writer, Karen Dionne - Aug 28, 2014 - 11:09:17 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -   ArtOvation with TaDa  is a weekly one-hour radio show of one-on-one interviews with the brightest personalities in arts, entertainment and innovation!

Tune in to ArtOvation on Star 106.5 FM Saturdays at 8am EST or online via

Karen Dionne is the internationally published author of Freezing Point, a science thriller nominated by RT Book Reviews as Best First Mystery of 2008. A second environmental thriller, Boiling Point, about an erupting volcano, a missing researcher, and a radical scheme to end global warming published from Berkley in January 2011. Her newest novel, an original story based on the popular Fox television series “The Killing” starring Joel Kinnaman and Mirelle Enos published from Titan Books June 24, 2014...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Countdown Is On For Bahamas Carnival - Aug 28, 2014 - 9:52:34 PM

The countdown has officially begun for the Bahamas Carnival, which officials say will draw thousands of visitors to The Bahamas.

Recently, Prime Minister Perry Christie officially launched Bahamas Carnival: In the spirit of Junkanoo – an exciting four-day event that will rival 200 other carnivals around the world.

“Even though there seems to be a disenchantment with carnivals around the world, this is going to be a magnificent event,” Prime Minister Christie said.

“We are going to have a major impact on culture. I want Junkanoo to be predominant in this but I want this Carnival to be known around the world as a Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...”

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