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Five Hundred Additional Clients Receive Government-Issued Pre-paid Cards - Jan 29, 2015 - 12:43:24 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas --
More than five hundred beneficiaries of the Department of Social
Services' Food Assistance Programme were presented with their Pre-paid
Cards Monday as part of the Government of The Bahamas' Social Safety Net
All other persons who have been certified
eligible for assistance will be added to the new payment system at the
end of February, 2015.
Minister of Social Services and Community
Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said the Government of The
Bahamas, cognizant of the fact that the payment of Value Added Tax (VAT)...
Data Protection Commissioner Courtesy Call at the Parliamentary Registration Department - Jan 28, 2015 - 11:23:44 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Sherlyn Hall,
Parliamentary Commissioner, left, welcomed Data Protection Commissioner
Sharmie Farrington-Austin at the Parliamentary Registration Department
in a courtesy call on January 27.
The week of January 26-30, 2015 is
‘National Privacy Week,’ in The Bahamas, under theme, “Connected and
Protected.” ‘National Privacy Day’ is Wednesday, January 28, and is
geared to helping industry, academia, and advocates highlight consumer
privacy efforts, and to educating the general public on how to take
steps to protect online data...
BTC and One Bahamas Committee Plan Grand Bahama Unity Walk February 21 - Jan 28, 2015 - 10:48:49 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama
– BTC has joined forces with the One Bahamas Committee, both in Grand
Bahama and New Providence, for a major ‘Unity Walk’ in late February.
the announcement Tuesday afternoon at BTC’s flagship store on Pioneers
Way, Freeport, was Terrance Gape, Chairman of the One Bahamas Committee
on Grand Bahama, and Talbot W. Collie, Vice-President of BTC, with
responsibility for the Northern Bahamas.
Mr. Gape told the
gathering that he was pleased to be joined by other members of the One
Bahamas Committee on Grand Bahama and BTC to announce a special event on
the calendar for the One Bahamas Celebrations this year...
Bahamas Customs Long Service Awards Ceremony Held - Jan 28, 2015 - 10:06:35 PM
Bahamas – Bahamas Customs Department held its Long Service Awards Ceremony on
Tuesday evening, January 27, at Government House, hosted by the Governor
General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Her Excellency Dame Marguerite
Also pictured is
Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, the Hon. Michael Halkitis ,
seated third left, and Comptroller of Bahamas Customs Charles Turner, seated fourth
right. Financial Secretary John Rolle is
seated at right.
Harold Road Landfill Fire Update: 80% of 17 acre burned area covered with fill - Jan 28, 2015 - 9:53:03 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas (Jan 28, 2015) Renew
Bahamas has now covered the entire perimeter of the burned area of
Harold Road Landfill with fill, which was producing a significant amount
of smoke from the recent fire incident.
crews have now moved into covering the valley between the new and old
landfills.In the short term, smoke may appear to increase as it is
forced into a smaller area. Once covered, however, the remaining pockets
of smoke should no longer be visible off-site and no longer a nuisance
to the surrounding communities and the public...
Humane Society of Grand Bahama in Danger of Closing Due to Lack of Support - Jan 28, 2015 - 9:22:15 PM
Freeport, The Bahamas -
The Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) is one of the oldest non
profit organizations on this island, founded in 1968. As the human
population of Grand Bahama has grown, we have also grown, from a small
charity that helped a few animals in need, to the largest animal shelter
in the Bahamas. Last year we took in almost 1500 unwanted, abandoned,
abused or neglected animals from the Grand Bahama community.
have done our best to alleviate animal suffering, nuisance animals,
stray and roaming animals on this island and we are proud of what we
have accomplished. At just the time we should be working even harder to
achieve a lasting difference, we find ourselves in the untenable
situation of being unable to continue operating...
Rashad Saunders a.k.a. “Apollo” releases debut single, “Like Nicki Minaj" - Jan 28, 2015 - 8:13:04 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas - Abstract
Music Group Ltd. recording artist, Mr. Rashad Saunders a.k.a. “Apollo”
is proud to present his debut single entitled, “Like Nicki Minaj”, to
After an entire year of hard work, dedication and
strategic planning, AMG President & Managing Director Mr. Howard
Bowe says, “I feel as though the world is finally ready to embrace AMG
and now is the appointed time to begin releasing our music to the world.
“AMG is a promising record label with a driven roster of artists and
label executives that are a force to be reckoned with in this music
industry”, I am confident that this single which has been highly
anticipated will dominate music charts worldwide...”
China Harbour Engineering Company Announces Executive Change in The Bahamas - Jan 28, 2015 - 7:22:31 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas — China Harbour Engineering
Company, the contractor for the North Abaco Port Project, has announced a
change in its executive management, set to continue strengthening good
business ties in The Bahamas.
Mr. Jeff Wang, who previously
served as manager for CHEC’s Grenada operations, will replace Mr. Felix
Chang as Principal of CHEC Bahamas. In this new role, Wang will manage
business operations for the construction of the North Abaco Port as well
as expand CHEC’s brand recognition globally as one of the world’s
leading port developers...
Bahamas Prime Minister Remarks at 3rd Summit of CELAC - Jan 28, 2015 - 7:01:45 PM
COSTA RICA - Remarks by the Rt. Hon. Perry
G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and
Chairman of Caricom at tje Opening Ceremony of the CELAC Summit om San Jose on 28th January 2015:
It is an honour to join you once again, as
part of the Quartet of the Community of Latin American And Caribbean
States (CELAC), representing the CARICOM sub-region. I thank you Mr.
President for your kind welcome and the excellent arrangements which you
have made for us. Indeed I am personally happy to be here today in
furtherance of our discussions on the 9th January in Beijing about
progress for the people of our countries...
Fred Smith, QC: Mitchell’s absence from immigration debate is lamentable - Jan 28, 2015 - 6:56:13 PM
maintain that the new policy, launched on November 1, 2014, involves
several fundamental violations of the Constitution of The Bahamas, and
is therefore unlawful. It is also my contention that harsh though it is,
the policy is nothing more than a superficial, attention-seeking
exercise designed to distract from the many failures of the PLP
I was disappointed
to learn that Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell
is currently out of the country and therefore will not be available to
take part in the upcoming COB debate on his controversial new
immigration enforcement policy (today at 6pm, Harry C. Moore Library). I
was looking forward to a lively and constructive discussion with the
minister on the legality of the policy and its consequences for human
rights in The Bahamas.
marie-claire ends 2014 on high note with UN performance - Jan 28, 2015 - 6:08:24 PM
performances at the UN Headquarters in New York on 10th December 2014,
rounded off a fruitful year and set the tone for an eventful 2015 for
jazz/opera singer, marie-claire.
Accompanied by pianist Mun Tzun
Wong, marie-claire performed “Amazing Grace” and “Laschia Ch’io Pianga”
(from Hendel’s Rinaldio) at the High-Level Pledging Luncheon to raise
funds for the Permanent Memorial at the UN to honour the Victims of
Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee and Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Courtney Rattray...
Meet Grand Bahama Real Estate Specialist Catherine MacLeay - Jan 28, 2015 - 5:05:41 PM
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OAS Secretary General remakrs at 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) - Jan 28, 2015 - 4:35:42 PM
would like to thank you first of all, Mr. President, for the
hospitality that The Republic of Costa Rica has once again offered us,
and for the opportunity to be here again, in this generous land that for
many in our region, in our world, is a symbol of peace, democracy
tolerance, and justice.
I would also like to thank you for the opportunity to attend this
latest meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
In the years that have elapsed since it was founded, CELAC has
established itself as an indispensable frame of reference for developing
shared policies and our region's role in the world...
Cast of NBC’s Today Show agrees that it’s better in The Bahamas - Jan 28, 2015 - 4:28:04 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Millions of US viewers
are probably wishing they were in The Bahamas this week, thanks to a plug from
cast members of the popular NBC morning sho
The Today Show.
Wednesday, January 28th,
Show hosts Willie Geist and Savannah Guthrie agreed that The Bahamas is the
place to be during a winter storm.
Tom The Bahamas sound pretty good right about now,” said Geist as his co-hosts
nodded in agreement...
Bahamians In The DIASPORA: Dr. Roger L. Weir - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:45:46 PM
During his visit to Washington, D.C. along with Prime Minister Perry Christie for the inaugural Caribbean Energy Summit hosted by United States Vice President Joseph Biden on Monday, January 26, 2015, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell used the occasion of a reception held at the Aztec Patio of the Organization of American States (OAS) main building for young Bahamian professionals working in the D.C. area and Bahamian students attending universities in the area to officially launch the Bahamas Embassy’s new website, which was highlighted on a screen set up in the reception area. A regular item on the website will be a feature on the accomplishments of a BAHAMIAN IN THE DIASPORA. Following is the first such feature
Bahamas Pure Silk LPGA Tournament To Provide Economic Boost - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:28:59 PM
Ministry of Tourism
officials are feverishly working towards staging the second Pure Silk
LPGA Classic Tournament – an event officials are hoping will be a shot
in the arm for the Bahamian economy.
The event is scheduled to be held February 2nd – February 8th at Ocean Club, Paradise Island.
Over 120 of the world’s best female golfers are expected to play in the tournament.
year’s Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, which offers a purse of $1.3
million, is the second event on the LPGA’s 2015 schedule.
Grand Bahama Agribusiness Expo 2015 Set for March 27 and 28 - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:24:22 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The Grand Bahama
Agribusiness Expo 2015 was officially launched during a press
conference, Wednesday, by Ms. Brenda Colebrooke, administrator for West
Grand Bahama, at the Ministry for Local Government.
The Expo is scheduled for March 27th and 28th at the Goombay Park site, behind the International Bazaar.
to Ms. Colebrooke, "We are very excited about hosting this event given
the renewed interest the Government of The Bahamas..."
Shop at Sawyer's Fresh Market Save a Lot food stores - Month End Sale Jan 29th - Feb 2nd - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:20:35 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Shop at
Sawyer's Fresh Market Save a Lot food stores on Oak Street and watch your grocery bill get lower!
January Sale! Month End
All prices effective Thursday, January 29th to Monday, February 2nd, 2015, While Supplies last!
Locally Owned -
Locally Operated - Earth Friendly -
Always Fresh - Smart Choice - Best Quality - Fabulous Selection...
Captives Development Touted as a Core Factor in Financial Sector Development - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:06:28 PM
Bahamas - BFSB CEO Aliya Allen points out that the experts “drill into
us that you can load the dice in favour of developing good strategies
by focusing on the core building blocks that often get overlooked.”
Accordingly, BFSB’s upcoming International Business & Finance Summit
(IBFS) will have several sessions devoted to the “Building Blocks:
Products & Services” considered critical to sustaining the financial
services sector. These include a focus on Wealth Management, Family
Offices, Investment Funds and...
Bahamas 16 Islands Wedding Abaco Light Up Couple’s Life - Jan 28, 2015 - 2:02:04 PM
BAHAMAS – At 16:00 hours EST on January 16th, 16 couples
were married on 16 Islands in The Islands Of The Bahamas.
famous candy stripe lighthouse on Hope Town, Abaco in The Bahamas, provided the
perfect backdrop for the wedding of Wanjira
Banfield, to Pierre Alex Demosthene.
Drizzling rain that started to intensify at exactly 1600 hours did not
stop the wedding. Minister Silbert Mills
began the ceremony on time and as the rain drizzled, umbrellas were brought out
to cover the heads of the bridal party and the Minister.
Caribbean Export Launches the 'Caribbean Exporter of the Year' Awards - Jan 28, 2015 - 1:36:10 PM
BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export)
today announced its inaugural awards programme the Caribbean Exporter of
the Year Awards in recognition of the stellar contribution made by the
regions exporters to the regional economy.
the media launch held at the Agency’s headquarters in Barbados,
Executive Director Pamela Coke Hamilton, stressed that “Now is the time
to support our exporters and assist them to expand further, because in
so doing, we are not only helping a firm increase its bottom line, but
moreover we are impacting the economic well-being of our entire region
and our people”. The Executive Director brought to the audience’s...
Bahamas VAT payment factsheet - Jan 28, 2015 - 1:30:42 PM
VAT and Your Business: Making VAT Payments
As your business settles into new operations and accounting activities with the onset of VAT, you
should also prepare for your first electronic return and VAT payment. Your VAT return and
payment must be received within 28 days after the end of a VAT period.
For monthly filers, the deadline for the first filing and payment due date is Monday,
March 2, 2015 (February 28, 2015 falls on a weekend).
For quarterly filers, the first filing date is April 28, 2015 although payments can be made
on a monthly basis in advance.
Late payments would be subject to penalties.
All VAT Registrants file their returns electronically on the Government of The Bahamas Online
Tax Administration System. For payment, several options are available...
6th annual "Join Me on the Bridge" Grand Bahama set for March 8th - Jan 28, 2015 - 1:09:41 PM
Sunday, 8th March 2015 is International Women's Day - A Celebration of Women.
women and men in Grand Bahama Island for the 6th annual International
Women's Day celebration to be held on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the
Groves. Enjoy guest speakers, music, art and refreshments. Sign the
Women's Celebration Banner and join us "On the Bridge" in the beautiful
surroundings of the garden.
Meet the winners of our Grand Bahama High School Essay and Art Competition. Hear the winning essays and see the winning art.
Bahamas Ministry of Finance releases 2 videos on VAT filing process - Jan 28, 2015 - 1:02:44 PM
The public is advised that the Value Added Tax (VAT) Department of the Ministry of Finance
has released two short videos to assist VAT Registrants with the filing process.
The first filing period for large businesses is scheduled for February 28th, 2015. Smaller
businesses will file quarterly beginning on April 30th.
The first video entitled “How To File A VAT Return” is a simple video taking you through a
step-by-step process including creating the return, saving a draft of the return, adding supporting
documents among other important issues.
The second video entitled “How To Make A Payment Online”
Critical Care Unit Signals the Largest Financial Investment in Public Health - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:43:14 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – The newly constructed
66,000-square foot Critical Care block has finally been constructed. Prime
Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, was in attendance for the official opening
ceremony, which was held on Thursday, January 22.
Mr. Christie said that it was a significant
investment for the country. “This facility represents an investment of
over fifty million dollars in construction costs and a further forty-five
million dollars in medical equipment, management information systems and
furniture which has extended across two successive government administrations
and two Prime Ministers,” said Prime Minister Christie...
Bahamas Prime Minister in Costa Rica for CELAC Summit - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:36:29 PM
RICA – The Third Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
(CELAC) got underway, Wednesday, January 28, in Costa Rica. The meeting opened with an address by Prime
Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie.
The Prime Minister is pictured second right
at the Diplomatic Lounge on arrival in Costa Rica Tuesday night.
Also shown, from left: Bahamas Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell; Trinidad & Tobago
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar; and Bahamas Minister of Financial
Services the Hon. Hope Strachan.
Grammy nominated 2 Chainz to perform in The Bahamas - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:25:45 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Heineken
is changing the local entertainment scene with the launch of its
Heineken Red Star Access concert series, a showcase
of live musical concerts and events by the industry’s hottest artists
and entertainers. Grammy-nominated artist, 2 Chainz will headline the
first concert at
9pm on February 14 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Heineken Red Star Access series will transform the nightlife and party
experience of Nassau,” says Janay Symonette,
Heineken Brand Manager. “We will transform the National Stadium to
create a unique experience where all of our patrons can enjoy a night
like none other. We’re expecting 2 Chainz to provide an awesome
URCA Holds Town Meeting to Discuss Cable's Applications for Price Increase and New Basic Package - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:19:05 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Utilities
Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) held a Town Meeting on Tuesday,
January 27, at Holy Cross Parish Hall, Soldier Road, to discuss Cable Bahamas’s applications
for a permanent price increase and to introduce a new basic package.
Pictured are members of the public participating
in the Town Meeting, and in second photo, seated at desk, URCA’s CEO
Katherine Smith and Director of Policy & Regulation Stephen Bereaux.
Canadian pop-folk group 'Fortunate Ones' to perform in Freeport, January 30th, 2015 - Jan 28, 2015 - 12:08:19 PM
Grand Bahama Island - The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society, a charitable
organization for the performing arts on Grand Bahama is pleased to present
popular Canadian pop-folk recording artists, "Fortunate Ones ”LIVE in
concert Friday, Jan 30th at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club located at No. 6
Royal Main Close in Lucaya.
Showtime is 7:30pm; tickets are only $30 and are available at the Seventeen
Shop and by calling 727-0811 or 373-8068.
*ALL proceeds go towards performing arts scholarships in Grand Bahama.