Top Stories of the Year
Top Stories of 2015 from
By Robbin Whachell, Editor, The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jan 7, 2016 - 11:14:02 PM

Images from some of our Top Stories of 2015: The last wild horse of Abaco died; the Bahamian flag made it to the North Pole; Hurricane Joaquin devastated the Southern Bahamas; and singing legend Johnny Kemp died in Jamaica.

The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to present A Year in Review and our Top Stories of 2015

2015 has been another wonderful year for The Bahamas Weekly and we wish to take this opportunity to first say THANK YOU to our viewers, subscribers, sponsors, collaborators, our advertising members and clients, our media partners, P.R. agents, contributing photographers, and our valued columnists!

2015 brought us the Baha Mar bankruptcy; the devastation of Hurricane Joaquin coupled with the nation pulling together to rebuild the southern islands.  We witnessed a blood moon, and the last wild horse of Abaco died. The Bahamas was featured in two Al Jazeera documentaries, one on The Bahamas-China relationship, and the second one was related to sports doping. The Abaco prom entrance in an ambulance went viral. A SpaceX fairing washed up in Elbow Cay.

Other tops stories were the the Rubis oil leak, fires and smoke from  the Harold Road Landfill, slut shaming, and the Freedom of Information Bill. The Bahamian flag made it to the North Pole, World Day of Prayer focused on our archipelago, Alicia Wallace became one of the first Queen’s Young Leaders. The Bahamas Girl Guides Association turned 100, and Bahamas Tourism featured 16 weddings on 16 Islands.

In Grand Bahama, a new bridge to the east was started; a contract was signed for a new causeway at Fishing Hole Road; crime was on the increase; and the power situation remained a hot topic. The Hawksbill Creek Agreement, turned 60, and an historic Cabinet meeting was held on the Island. At the end of 2015 a museum was announced to be located at Garden of the Groves.

In 2015, some of our hottest topics in 'News' were Baha Mar, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, Crime, Human Rights, Freedom of Information, and NHI...

Our MOST READ article was on the sad news of the death of Johnny Kemp.

Top Story images from 2015: Long Islanders remain strong after Hurricane Joaquin; Shipwrecked couple wed on Grand Bahama; Pinder wins an EMMY; and German Alpine cabin is shipped to Grand Bahama for special event.

2015 held many historic moments!
Here's some of our Top News Stories:

Baha Mar announces voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy

Royal Navy evacuates residents from Crooked Island

When Hurricane Joaquin Washed the Sea into His Home

NEMA Update on Islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin

SpaceX fairing found washed ashore in Elbow Cay, Bahamas

The Bahamian Flag Makes it to the Top of the World

And the Emmy goes to... Bahamian Chris Pinder!

Last wild horse of Abaco dies

Abaco ambulance prom entrance goes viral

Jones Communications names 2015 Person of the Year

Alicia Wallace becomes one of the 1st Queen's Young Leaders

Contract Signed for New Fishing Hole Causeway in Grand Bahama

2015 Kamalamee Honourees Announced

Bahamas' First Cochlear Implant Surgery Deemed a Success

First Bahamian Woman Elected ICAC President

Extradition of Eight Bahamian Citizens

8 Provisional Web Shop Licenses Granted

Pope announces release of 9 Bahamian inmates from Cuba

Bahamas Crisis Centre demands apology from Leslie Miller

4 men arraigned for double murder in Holmes Rock

Women’s and human rights activists sign proclamation against #SlutShaming

Bahamas Women’s Watch condemns arrest of 11 Jamaican women

Local entrepreneur creates website to rate Bahamian doctors

Al Jazeera reports on Baha Mar and Bahamas - China relations

GBPA on Hawksbill Creek Agreement six month extension

Press pioneer, Eileen Carron receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Severe Flooding in Harbour Island, North Eleuthera and Abaco

Freeport, Bahamas memorial held for Sir Jack Hayward

German alpine cabin shipped to Grand Bahama Island

James Bond fans celebrate 50th anniversary of Thunderball

Shipwrecked couple wed on Grand Bahama Island

Historic First as Bahamas Changing of the Guard Features a Female Officer
Sir Jack Hayward dies in Florida at 91

In SPORTS the The Bahamas collected 54 medals in total and came out on top to win the 44th annual Carifta swimming championships. Our Special Olympics athletes brought home 25 medals from the World Summer Games in LA!  Swimmers Joanna Evans, and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace wowed us throughout the year. The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) took on a fresh new executive.  On track it was Shaunae Miller and Jeffery Gibson who stood out most. Grand Bahama's Jonquel Jones keep soaring in U.S. college basketball with George Washington and was named the league’s Player of the Year and its Defensive Player of the Year.  Tureano Johnson won the WBC Silver Middleweight Championship.

The Bahamas played host again to the IAAF World Relays, the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA ClassicPopeyes Bahamas Bowl, Star Sailors League Championships, Battle 4 Atlantis, Junkanoo Jam, and the Atlantis Crown Invitational. The Buccaneers took this years Heineken Cup, while the Freeport Rugby Football Club celebrated 50 years.

2015 in Sports...

Our top Sports stories:

Bahamas Swim Team Comes Away Victorious at Carifta Games

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace takes gold at Pan Am Games

Bahamian Wins 2 Gold, 1 Silver at Special Olympics World Summer Games

Bahamas opens Sports Legend Walk of Fame

Jonquel Jones named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year

Tureano wins WBC Silver Middleweight Championship

Bahamas Sports Minister Introduces New BAAA Executive Team

Bahamas National Sports Awards 2015 Results

Bahamian Boxers Qualify for Olympic Trials

Jeffery Gibson named a Rising Star in Caribbean sports

Jeffery Gibson Takes Gold in Toronto at Pan Am Games

Marathon Bahamas named among Best Races in the World

Road to Queen E. Sports Center named ‘Mychal Thompson Boulevard’

Bahamas' Miller and Gibson victorious in Brussels

(Audio) Bahamas American Football Federation clears the air

Jacobi Bain wins Singles and Doubles in Honduras Junior Tennis

Shaunae Miller takes silver in the 400m in Beijing

Bahamian boxing 'Twin Towers' victorious at 15th Annual Ringside World Championship

Men's 4x400m Relay Team Takes Bronze at the Pan Am Games

Donald Thomas takes bronze at Pan Am Games

Bianca Stuart takes silver in long jump at Pan Am Games

Leevan Sands wins triple jump silver at Pan Am Games

Shaunae Miller wins 400m in Switzerland

Steve Gardiner wins 400m in Budapest

Miller takes the 400m at the Jamaica International Invitationals

See our full year in Sports HERE.

2015 in Sports...


The Bahamas held the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, and Sammi Starr was winner of the first Music Masters series with his song, "Jump in the Line." Bahamians performed in Haiti for Carifesta. Ronnie Butler received a Living Legend Award, Julien Believe performed "Caribbean Slide" on Miss World and was seen around the planet. Agents and scouts visited the Bahamas for the first annual Music, Model, Talent Showcase of The Islands (Island MMTS).

The Bahamas All-Stars Marching Band performed at the Florida Classics Battle of the Bands, the Bahamen were featured in a huge Walmart promotion in the USA, Bahamian music documentary, MUSIC VOYAGER BAHAMAS was released, and 42 cultural legends were celebrated. The Bel Canto Singers celebrated 10 years, and the Bahamas Youth Choir 25 years. And, we sadly lost musical legend, Johnny Kemp.

2015 in Entertainment...

In the visual ARTS, the Junkanoo Nymph hit the scene, and artists Matthew Wildgoose and Jamaal Rolle has very big years. We talked about the differences between Junkanoo and Carnival, and R. Brent Malone: Reincarnation showed at the NAGB. Lavar Munroe was chosen for world’s most prestigious art exhibition. The Stepping Stone Quilters celebrated their 25th annual exhibition.

In film, actor Jamaal Rolle was seen on prime time TV in the USA in EXTANT, and Kareem Mortimer wrapped production on CARGO, the largest Bahamian film to date, and starring international actors. Travolta Cooper gave us a look into the Cannes Film Festival and into the living room of Sir Sidney Poitier, and Gena Rodgers-Sealey and Charlie Smith were on the film festival circuit with GENTLE GIANT: THE ANDRE RODGERS STORY  and WHEN PIGS SWIM.

2015 in film...

Our Top Stories in Arts and Entertainment:

Bahamian legend, Johnny Kemp passes suddenly at age 55

Jamaal Hepburn lands costar role on CBS series, "Extant"

Julien Believe performs at Miss World pageant in China

Kareem Mortimer's CARGO wraps filming in The Bahamas

John Berkley “Peanuts” Taylor honoured

The Cinemas: A discussion with Sir Sidney Poitier

“Gentle Giant: The Andre Rodgers Story” Hits a Grand Slam

Dion Cunningham performs in Carnegie Hall

Bahamian artist chosen for world’s most prestigious art exhibition

Lee Callender featured among 11 world pianists in "United Pianos" video

Charlie Smith produces FIFA Beach Soccer 2017 World Cup promotional video

Eddy Raphael won Best Cinematography Award in Berlin for ‘The Shark Dancer’

Bahamian Performers Lit Up Carifesta in Haiti

My Father's Land wins 2015 Amnesty International Human Rights Prize

Raphael Munnings and T-Connection featured in "The Record Man" documentary

Bahamas opens Sports Legend Walk of Fame

Music, Model, Talent Showcase of The Islands (Island MMTS)

See our full year in Entertainment HERE. AND our year in Arts & Culture HERE.

2015 in Entertainment...

Check out BOOKS that were featured in 2015 HERE.

Book features of 2015: The Colourful History of The Bahamas, The Great Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928, Bahamian Straw Craft, Reflections, Leadership Lessons for Youth, Superstar Me; Arianna and the Dog Star, and Up Keeps the Light On.

In FASHION... our biggest story was David Rolle winning the All Star Season of Mission Catwalk with his collection Yuma walking away with a one million dollar prize! The Fashion for Foundation returned to support the Ranfurly Home for Children and featured local designers; Cardel McClam showed off his fall winter '16 collection; and Trineil Hanna snagged the Miss Bahamas Organization’s (MBO) Top Designer Award. A new annual show, "Fashion Beats Cancer" was launched, also featuring local designers. Another of our top reads was Javotte Bethel's honouring of Bahamian women through fashion. 

Check out our Focus on Fashion section featuring local and international designs.

2015 in Fashion...

2015 Bahamian beauty queens: Miss World Bahamas, Chantel O'Brian; Miss Bahamas Teenager, Davette Strachan; Miss Teen Bahamas International, Britney Wells; Miss Earth Bahamas, Daronique Young; Miss Heritage Bahamas, Kylie Butler; Top Model of the World Bahamas, Celeste Marshall; and Miss Grand Bahama (Miss Coffee / Miss Tourism Queen Intl), Danielle Pratt.

Beauty Queens (International Ambassadors) of 2015

On Crime...  Elcott Coleby of BIS writes, "Crime continued to be a major and vexing social issue in 2015 with murder continuing to climb as other categories of serious crimes showed declines. Three highly emotive and high profile murders in 2015 was the conviction of Donna Vasyli for the murder of her husband, an Australian Podiatrist. The other was the senseless murder of Queen’s College teacher Joy McIntosh as she traveled down Park Gate Road and the stabbing death of 16 year old Doris Johnson High School 12th grader Adonai Wilson by two other students aged 15 and 17; this crime was caught on camera. The Christmas holiday was marred by six shootings, five of which were at the hands of young black women. This is a new and troubling development as the vast majority of victims and perpetrators of serious crimes such as murder are young black males. The country ended 2015 with 148 murders."

Review all of our Royal Bahamas Police Reports HERE.

In POLITICS, all of the nation's hottest topics were bantered about. Some of 2015's highlights were Renward Wells and Andre Rollins crossing the floor to the Free National Movement. The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie  became chairman of CARICOM. Greg Moss of Marco City left the PLP to form the new United Democratic Party. The DNA held talks with the Cuban government in Cuba. And, entertainer, activist, Terneille Burrows announced her independent candidacy.

Check our full Bahamian politics section HERE.

You can also read Elcott Coleby's (Deputy Director at the Bahamas Information Services the government's news agency) recap of 2015 HERE.

2015 in Politics...

In REMEMBRANCE... only some of those we lost: Sir Albert Miller, Sir Jack Hayward,  Reverend Dr. Hervis L. Bain, Johnny Kemp, educator Sandra Edgecombe, Devince Smith, Colin Callendar, Warren Levarity, Reno Brown, Count Bernardino, Mildred Sands, Hilary Jones, Alfred Addington Alexander Brennen, Leonard Butler, Nigel Clarke, Alexander Pericles Maillis, Kenneth Perigord, Anfernee Brett Neely, Franklyn “Count Bernadino” Ellis, Alfred Bismark Coakley, Lisa Johnson, Mizpah Tertullien, Dorothy Davis, William “Bill” Saunders, and Paula Tynes.

See all Obituaries / Condolence messages HERE.

Only some of those we lost in 2015...

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