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17 Cuban migrants apprehended in Bahamian waters - Jun 29, 2016 - 1:39:16 AM

Coral Harbour Base, 28 June 16 (RBDF): Seventeen Cuban migrants are being detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Center after being apprehended in Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Monday morning.

Acting on information received, patrol craft HMBS Lignum Vitae, commanded by Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, spotted and boarded an 18 foot makeshift aluminum motor driven vessel approximately 6 miles off the coast of Cay Lobos at around 9:45 Monday morning...

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The Underground Railroad: Linkages to The Bahamas - Jun 28, 2016 - 9:08:55 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Mr. Peter Gilcud will be the next speaker at the Bahamas Historical Society and will talk on ”The Underground Railroad: Linkages to The Bahamas / Seminole Indians, Andros” on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at The Bahamas Historical Society and Museum on the corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, Nassau.

Parking graciously allowed by CIBC First Caribbean Bank, Shirley Street. Enter lot on Shirley Street and Drive toward Elizabeth Avenue exit to park...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Pre-Paid cards to allow for greater flexibility for clients/quicker payment turnaround for vendors - Jun 28, 2016 - 6:19:20 PM

CENTRAL PINES, Abaco-- More than 300 qualified recipients of the Department of Social Services Food Assistance Programme in North, Central and South Abaco received their Visa Pre-Paid Cards during ceremonies held at the Central Abaco Primary School here in Central Pines, Abaco, Monday, June 27.

Visa Pre-Paid Cards have been simultaneously distributed to multiple islands throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, as Social Services officials meet the self-imposed deadline to ensure that qualified clients are in receipt of, and using, their Visa Pre-Paid Cards by the end of June, 2016...

Bahamian Politics

Senator Alex Storr 2016-2017 Budget Debate Contribution - Jun 28, 2016 - 5:19:18 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is Sen. Hon. Alex Storr 2016-2017 Budget Debate June 27th 2016:

I stand to voice my approval for what will be the last budget presented in this current term. Before I deal directly with the matter at hand, I would like to thank God for allowing me stand here once again in service to the Bahamian people. I would also like to thank Prime Minister Christie for his continued confidence in me and allowing me to be a part of his team. I would like to send condolences to the family of Stalwart Councillor Effie Cartwright from Deadman’s Cay Long Island who passed away last week. She was predeceased by her husband Carl who was also a Stalwart. I can remember visiting with them as they sat on their front porch in Deadman’s Cay and shared stories about my mother and growing up in Long Island...

Bahamian Politics

Kwasi Thompson 2016/2017 Budget Debate Contribution - Jun 28, 2016 - 4:18:59 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Commonwealth Of The Bahamas Contribution Budget Debate 2016/2017 by:Senator The Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson at Senate June 2016:

Total Failure, Fiasco, Disaster, Debacle, Catastrophe , Colossal disappointment, and ultimate betrayal.

Madam President it is with great sadness that we are left with this description of the last four years under this PLP government. When I think of the upcoming general election I am reminded of the words of a popular gospel song “I Believe” and at the end of that song is a melody which says So Long Bye Bye, So Long Bye Bye Goodbye to my pain and my sorrow so long bye bye...

News : International

Canada to lift Mexican visa requirements - Jun 28, 2016 - 3:04:08 PM

The Government of Canada today announced that it has "made it a top priority to re-establish and strengthen our relationship with Mexico."

Trudeau announced Canada’s intention to lift the visa requirement for Mexican visitors beginning December 1, 2016. The announcement came during a 2-day State visit to Canada by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.

“Canada is pleased to deliver on the government’s commitment to lift the visa requirement for Mexican nationals. We look forward to the social and economic benefits that lifting the visa requirement will bring to both countries..."

Bahamas Weather

Bahamas 3-day weather forecast starting Tuesday, June 28 - Jun 28, 2016 - 11:51:10 AM

Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight, Tuesday 28th June 2016

General situation: Mid to upper level trough across the Bahamas as a ridge will continue to build into the area and will remain in place through the end of the week.

Northwest and Central Bahamas

Weather: Partly sunny and hot with widely scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms today. Mostly fair and warm tonight.

Advisory: Small craft should be alert for gusty winds and higher seas in or near heavy showers or thunderstorms...


Bahamas National Culinary Team awarded free REV services - Jun 28, 2016 - 10:51:48 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - REV, a two-time sponsor for The Bahamas National Culinary Team in the Taste of Caribbean, has announced it would deliver complimentary REV Trio services to members of the national team in celebration of their winning performance at this year's culinary competition.
The Bahamian team faced 13 opposing groups in Taste of Caribbean 2016, held at Miami, Florida's Hyatt Regency on June 6-10, and returned with nine medals - five gold medals for Caribbean National Team of the Year, Caribbean Chef of the Year, Caribbean Bartender of the Year, Seafood Chef of the Year, and Seafood Competition...

Bahamian Politics

Chairman Collie on the Secret BPL Business Plan - Jun 28, 2016 - 10:44:27 AM

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on ‘Delusional’ PLP Chairman Robert’s comments on the secret BPL business plan:

“Another failure of the PLP Government – another excuse by ‘Delusional’ PLP Chairman Roberts. It has become very predictable that every time the PLP Government is facing a major crisis in their failure as a government they have their party’s ‘delusional’ chairman issue a statement with inside information to the press. How about instead of giving him the secret business plan to fix BPL, the PLP Government let all Bahamians know how they are going to fix the failing power company by laying the plan on the table in Parliament...

News : International : Caribbean News

Sandals Resorts respond to Antigua & Barbuda Gov't on taxes accusations - Jun 28, 2016 - 10:05:23 AM

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne has taken the decision to withdraw a concession agreement formed with Sandals Antigua back in 2009 and has admonished the Caribbean hotel chain in a terse letter.

What is particularly disturbing is that Prime Minister Browne is failing to recognize a legally-binding document and is insisting that Sandals 'is failing to pay over' agreed taxes without a single shred of evidence offered.

In the main, Caribbean economies are contracting and there is a greater need for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). This helps to address unemployment and aids gross domestic product...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Ceremony held to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Local Government - Jun 28, 2016 - 10:02:36 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas - Minister of Financial Services and Local Government, the Hon. Hope Strachan delivers remarks during a reception held for Administrators and Local Government Practitioners. The event was held at the SuperClub Breezes on the evening of June 24. The event commemorates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Local Government in the Bahamas.

During the day, a one-day conclave was held, in which the Minister reconfirmed the Government’s commitment to strengthening and deepening the role that local government has played and continues to play in the future success of local communities...

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Local Law Professor: ‘You Can’t Call Yourself a Democracy If You Don’t Provide Freedom of Information Act to Your Citizens’ - Jun 28, 2016 - 5:09:07 AM

As one of the main tenets in its platform, Save the Bays has pushed for Freedom of Information legislation since its inception, organizing the very first FOIA rally in Rawson Square in downtown Nassau in June 2014. Since then, the environmental advocacy group has worked tirelessly to make sure the issue remains on the public’s radar, most notably gathering more than 7,000 signatures on a petition calling for the government to pass an FOI bill.

“The people must have a voice to speak, they must have an avenue through which to be heard and they must be honored with respect to their opinion,” said Save the Bays Chairman Joseph Darville on Thursday as he opened ‘Voice of the Bays: The Environment Speaks,’ a weekly radio show that airs in both Freeport and Nassau on Love 97.5 FM...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Darville welcomes dance network to Grand Bahama - Jun 28, 2016 - 4:25:33 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Members of the Caribbean Dance Network (CDN) paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville, at the Ministry, Monday, June 27.

Welcoming the group led by Dr. Ann Higgins, Minister Darville said the CDN was created “with a vision to creating a ministry dedicated to praise and worship through the creative arts, and to nurture and train a growing group of local, international and intergenerational persons in the area of dance and Christian Ministry..."

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas 43rd Independence Celebrations Announced - Jun 28, 2016 - 12:51:50 AM

The Bahamas has a lot to be proud of when one considers that this small arc of islands has often produced world-class moments many times its magnitude by citizens who are extremely talented across the board.

Honouring Our People’s Excellence is the theme of the 43rd Anniversary Celebrations of Bahamas Independence, recognizing the stellar achievements of many Bahamians throughout the islands of the country, and abroad.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Tourism at a press conference Monday at Cabinet Office to announce the Independence Celebrations Calendar of Events


Julien Believe to headline at the Grand Bahama Regatta - Jun 28, 2016 - 12:00:23 AM

The Grand Bahama Regatta and Homecoming is set to take place at Taino Beach in Freeport from July 22nd through 24th.  The regatta committee is excited to announce that one of their headliners will be Julien Believe, creator of the Junkanoo Pop Sound and Bahamian Icon Award winner for the Most Popular Song in 2014 for his single ‘ The Caribbean Slide’.

"We are very fortunate and excited to have obtained Julien for our Homecoming," said committee chair, Chervita Campbell. "Julien represents the younger generation in our entertainment industry, and just like the music industry, we need our youth to keep the sport of sailing alive and thriving..."

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Junkanoo Summer Festival and Goombay Return - Jun 27, 2016 - 11:40:02 PM

Residents and visitors of the Islands of The Bahamas are excited for the return of the hottest competition and festivals of the summer.

While celebrating the 40th anniversary of the slogan “It’s better in The Bahamas”, the Ministry of Tourism presents Junkanoo Summer Festival.

This thrilling event, which is a miniature festival of the Bahamian winter festival Junkanoo, will be held four Saturdays in July at Arawak Cay...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : WANTED PERSONS

Escaped prisoner has turned himself in - Jun 27, 2016 - 11:29:34 PM

UPDATED (11pm) Police have advised that the escaped prisoner, Ramon Selva turned himself in at CDU around 8pm this evening...

Police had launched a massive island-wide manhunt for 20 - year-old Ramon Selva who escaped from lawful custody on Sunday 26th June 2016...

Bahamian Politics

Hon. Carl Bethel 2016-17 Budget Contribution - Jun 27, 2016 - 9:37:50 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The following is Commonwealth Of The Bahamas    Contribution to the Budget Debate 2016/2017 by  Sen. The Hon. Carl Bethel, Member of The Senate delivered on June, 27, 2016:

Every budget debate is a contest of ideas. In the annual budget every government is mandated to give an account for its stewardship of the national economy, the quality of life, and the policy decisions they have made, which have either alleviated the challenges faced by ordinary people, or which have made the burden and the suffering of the people worse.

No one can seriously expect that the Opposition can overturn the government’s agenda in Parliament; certainly not in a Parliament which has so great an imbalance between government members and the opposition...

News : Local

Experts to talk Disaster Management on BETA Panel - Jun 27, 2016 - 7:00:54 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Now in its third year, Bahamas Engineering and Technology Association (BETA) Camp, the free one-week science camp for Bahamian teens, intends to launch on Monday July 4th with an expert panel on disaster management under the camp’s theme “Prediction, Preparedness, Provision: STEM tools to Sustain our Bahamaland,” The panel, which will be held in COB’s Harry Moore Library at [TIME], is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and is open to the public.

The panel will feature keynote speaker Dr. Pamela McCauley an, ergonomics and biomechanics specialist and award-winning professor at the University of Central Florida where she serves as head of the Ergonomics Lab – studying human efficiency in the working environment. Dr. McCauley, a Jefferson Science Fellow ...

News : New Providence

Downtown Nassau Property Purchased for the New U.S. Embassy - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:55:48 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -   On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of State finalized the purchase of approximately five acres of land in the Nassau city center that will be the site of the new U.S. Embassy.  The new Embassy will be located off Shirley Street, East Street, and Sands Road.

The Embassy’s relocation will accommodate our growing U.S. Mission to The Bahamas.  The new multi-building campus will allow us to better achieve U.S foreign policy objectives as well as better serve both American and Bahamian citizens...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

PM Christie and DPM Davis tour Fishing Hole Road work in Grand Bahama - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:35:40 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Six months following the signing of the $6.5 million contract for the new causeway to replace Fishing Hole Road, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis toured the work site, Friday, June 24, 2016.

Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Hon. Michael Darville and the Hon. Arnold Forbes Minister, of State for the Ministry of Works and Urban Development accompanied them on the tour after they participated in the ground breaking ceremony and contract signing for the Smith’s Point Seawall...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas Minister of Financial Services on Brexit - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:30:30 PM

Last week the British electorate voted to sever ties with the European Union. That decision as it stands does not currently affect our participation in the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a reciprocal trade agreement that was signed by The Bahamas in 2008 and one to which the UK is also a signatory. The effects of that decision will no doubt have some impact upon The Bahamas, CARICOM and CARIFORUM in the long run. It is difficult to predict the degree to which there will be any fallout in our trading relationship with Britain and the European Union as the events are still unfolding...

News : New Providence

Bon Voyage Ceremony Held for Bahamian Students Traveling to China - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:15:57 PM

Nassau, BAHAMAS - The Confucius Institute at The College of The Bahamas recently held an award ceremony and reception at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre to honour 20 Bahamian students who will soon travel to China to participate in the Mandarin Language Scholarships Chinese Cultural Programme.

Institute directors, representatives from Academic Affairs and Student Leadership, the Programme 2016 participants, their family and friends attended the ceremony. Also in attendance was recently appointed Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo...

News : International

Royal Commonwealth Society on UK voting to leave the European Union - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:03:03 PM

After a long campaign the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union through a historic referendum. As the UK reacts to the implications of this decision, the positive consequences of the UK’s membership of the Commonwealth should also be considered.

While several Commonwealth leaders had expressed concerns over a UK withdrawal from the EU, all respected the right of the people of the United Kingdom to decide their fate for themselves. The Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat, told Maltese broadcaster TVM, that the country was ready for a new reality without the UK in the EU, saying "It's not what we had hoped would happen, but it has happened.”  The President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, reiterated “special relations with Britain through the Commonwealth...”

News : Local

Local Business Firm Partners with CICMC Bahamas Chapter to Improve Local Consultants Competitiveness - Jun 27, 2016 - 4:57:42 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Gaydene McClain, Veteran International Business Professionals (IBP) CEO and Published Author “Why Invest- Understanding Investing in The Bahamas, known within Government and the financial world for exclusive focus on Global Leadership Development services, today announced that Dr. Vasantha Chase, President of Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) and trained economist disciplined in management of inter-sectoral planning will present at the “Highly Effective Role of Management – Strengthening BID Proposals Competitiveness,” Workshop, held July 19-22, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas, at IBP Training Center, Caves, Village.

Dr. Chase brings many years of international management experience to the workshop. She is also Managing Director of Chase Consultants located in St. Lucia...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas celebrates 2016 United Nations Public Service Day - Jun 27, 2016 - 4:31:49 PM

Minister of State for Investments, the Hon. Khaalis Rolle, led The Bahamas Delegation as a panelist at the High-level panel discussion on “Leaving No One Behind: Innovative Institutional Approaches and Public Service Delivery for celebrating the 2016 United Nations Public Service Day” held on Thursday, 23rd June at UN Headquarters in New York.

The UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector...


New Miss Bahamas Pageant Engages Fans with Reality TV Series, "Road to the Crown" - Jun 27, 2016 - 3:45:47 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – The Miss Bahamas Organization® (MBO) will make history once again when it crowns the new Miss World Bahamas on July 24, 2016.  For the first time in Bahamian pageant history, the general public will not only get to watch the pageant live, but will also help to select the winner by voting in real time. 

Voting duties for the general public begin with MBO’s new Road to the Crown Reality TV Show, which premieres on Our TV on June 28 at 8 p.m., immediately following Our News. The 10 contestants will be introduced to the public through the 4-week series which will showcase the contestants through interviews, challenges, activities and preliminary competitions...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands

Man in hospital after shooting in Bimini - Jun 27, 2016 - 3:08:15 PM

Police on the island of Bimini are investigating a shooting incident that has left a male hospitalized.

Reports are that on Monday 27th June 2016 shortly after 11:00am, a male was brought to the Bimini Government Clinic suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg. He reported that while in the Bailey Town area he was shot in the leg by a male who is known to him. He is listed in stable condition and is schedule to be airlifted to New Providence for further medical attention.

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