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...
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
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
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...
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...
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...
Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, is pleased to chair the 2017
Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) in Washington, D.C., this
“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...
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…
If cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness, then the hardworking
garbage technicians at Bahamas Waste are closer to heaven than any of
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...
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
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 third annual Bahamas Bowl drew thousands of visitors to The Bahamas
and organizers are hoping to double that number, this year.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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 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!
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...
Statement by the Hon Philip Davis MP, Leader of the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party House of Assembly:
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.
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...
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...