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First Annual Caribbean Film Festival and Market set for Grand Bahama in November
- Mar 29, 2017 - 1:06:02 AM
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, in
association with its regional partner, the Caribbean Tales Worldwide
Distribution (CTWD); the artistic community in The Bahamas and members
of the Diaspora will stage the first ever Caribbean Film Festival and
Market (CFFM) to be held at the Grand Lucayan Resort, in Freeport, Grand
Bahama Island, November 2 – 5, 2017.
At the inaugural Caribbean Film Festival and Market host country, The
Islands of The Bahamas, will present to the world films made in the
Caribbean by regional filmmakers who have honed their craft with some of
the best filmmakers internationally. This cinematic event will also
showcase experienced digital storytellers from various Caribbean
Bahamas to host Commonwealth Youth Games in July
- Mar 28, 2017 - 3:09:45 PM
The Bahamas is gearing up to host 71
countries at the sixth annual Commonwealth Youth Games from July 19 - 23, 2017.
The Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international
sporting event ever to be hosted in The Bahamas, and the largest-ever edition
of the Youth Games, with up to 1,300 athletes aged 14-18.
A reception was held
Friday, March 24, 2017 at the T A R National Stadium where organizers introduced
sponsors and certain disciplines of the upcoming games...
Inaugural Arrival of the MS Marco Polo to Grand Bahama
- Mar 28, 2017 - 2:39:38 PM
On Thursday, March 23rd, the MS Marco Polo made its inaugural voyage to
Grand Bahama Island, where representatives from the Ministry of Tourism
and the Freeport Harbour Company participated in a ceremonial plaque
exchange with ship representatives on board the vessel.
With a total of 751 passengers on board, the vessel sails for 36 days and calls on several Caribbean cruise ports...
St. Lucia Prime Minister Recognizes Contribution of Winston Trim to Development of Equine Industry
- Mar 28, 2017 - 2:39:15 PM
Winston Andrew Trim was a true pioneer for the horse racing culture in
Saint Lucia. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet said as much when
he spoke on Monday about the 50-year-old who lost his life on Sunday
March 26th 2017 in an automobile accident in Micoud.
At the time
of his death, Equine Industry Consultant Winston Trim had been working
closely with the Government of Saint Lucia and Desert Star Holdings
Limited on building Saint Lucia’s first horse racing facility as part of
the Pearl of the Caribbean project in the town of Vieux Fort.
Bahamas national elections to have international observers
- Mar 28, 2017 - 2:05:02 PM
In response to media enquiries and for general information, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration has noted that The Bahamas
has invited representative international observers from four
international organizations or nations to observe the upcoming
elections, including the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the
Commonwealth of Nations; the Organisation of American States (OAS); and
the United States of America.
Dance Gets Underway at the National Arts Festival This Week
- Mar 28, 2017 - 12:05:33 PM
Grace, team effort and defying gravity are essential elements of the
artistry that is dance, which takes place now at the annual E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival. During the festival this week, school
students of New Providence will show their learned skills and compete at
the Winston V. Saunders Theatre of the Dundas Centre for the Performing
Arts. Well-known dance instructor Lawrence Carroll gives pointers at
the end to further instruct and inspire.
The festival had already
adjudicated music and drama in New Providence, and performances in
Andros and Abaco...
BTC Set to Completely “Fiberize” the Country
- Mar 28, 2017 - 10:22:09 AM
BTC recently announced that more than 5,000 residents have transitioned
to Fiber to the Home (FTTH) services. The company is now preparing to
complete its fiber rollout throughout New Providence.
Williams stated “In response to the increased demand for fiber
throughout New Providence, we are now accelerating our efforts to
complete this project. We are moving up our delivery date for the
complete “fiberization” of New Providence. Our parent company, Liberty
Global has delivered over 1.4 million, 5 gigabit-ready homes in 2016...
Saint Lucia Prime Minister: “We have to get our Fiscal House in Order”
- Mar 28, 2017 - 3:29:49 AM
At this week’s media briefing before Monday’s Cabinet Meeting, Prime
Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet spoke about plans for the upcoming
Budget Presentation 2017-2018.
The Prime Minister and Minister
for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the
Public Service, says the Government has been engaged in ascertaining the
exact fiscal position of Saint Lucia and finding balance.
the essential issues the Prime Minister noted which had to be dealt
with was the housing of Government offices. The Government has had to
deal with several outstanding concerns of poor working conditions and
Senate Contributions by The Bahamas Attorney General_Tips and Criminal Procedure Code (2017) Amendments
- Mar 28, 2017 - 1:58:20 AM
Speaking Notes for Senate Senator, The Honourable Allyson Maynard Gibson QC Attorney General And Minister Of Legal Affairs Commonwealth Of The Bahamas
The Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 And Trafficking In
Persons (Prevention And Suppression) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Monday 27th
As you are aware, in 2008
Parliament enacted the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention and
Suppression) Act (Ch. 106), which created offences relating to
trafficking in persons, in an effort to ensure that The Bahamas remained
compliant with international norms and efforts to combat activity which
exploited persons for material gain, and preyed upon persons seeking to
improve their circumstances...
More than 3,000 Pass Through NTA: 70 Percent Find Employment
- Mar 27, 2017 - 10:17:45 PM
The National Training Agency is boasting 70 percent employment after
participants have acquired a variety of skills for the workforce.
Minister of Labour and National Insurance and Minister of the Public
Service the Hon. Shane Gibson addressed the success of the NTA during
the Graduating Ceremony of Cohort 7 on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The
disciplines were Hospitality, Allied Health, Auto Body, Office
Procedures, Microsoft Office/Quick Books & Customer Service, Retail
Business Skills, and Teacher’s Aide...
Strong Community Ties Protect the Well-being of Children
- Mar 27, 2017 - 9:06:03 PM
The creation of stronger, more nurturing communities that are supportive
of family life is one of the mechanisms that can be used to help turn
the tide against child abuse in The Bahamas, Minister of Social Services
and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said Monday.
Mrs. Griffin made a special plea to parents and caregivers of children to become more proactive in their roles.
“Parents and caregivers have the grave responsibility of ensuring that children are protected and kept safe...
Bahamas AG Speech for Homeowners Protection Bill
- Mar 27, 2017 - 8:52:26 PM
Senate Contribution by Senator, The Honourable Allyson Maynard Gibson QC
Attorney General and Minister Of Legal Affairs Commonwealth Of The
Bahamas On The Homeowners Protection Bill, 2017 Monday 27th March, 2017:
The public will be aware that Mortgage Relief and the protection of
homeowners were, and remain a key plank in this administration’s
It is a commitment made to the Bahamian people and despite many
challenges in earlier implementation, a commitment from which we have
never wavered nor toward which we have ever ceased working...
Willie Mae Pratt School for Girls Receives Hurricane Matthew Relief Items
- Mar 27, 2017 - 8:10:34 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of
Social Services and Community Development, was presented an assortment
of Hurricane Relief items for residents of the Willie Mae Pratt School
for Girls on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the school. The supplies were a
heavy-duty washing machine and dryer, computer, educational materials
and other items.
The donations were arranged by the Chevening
Alumni of The Bahamas, with the assistance of the British High
Commission in Kingston, Jamaica...
RBDF's Significant Strides Commended at Annual Church Service
- Mar 27, 2017 - 5:45:39 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force held its 37th Annual
Church Service on Sunday, March 26, at the Church of God of Prophecy, East
Street Tabernacle. Governor General Her
Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (pictured left) attended, heading a list of
officials participating in the service led by Senior Pastor, Bishop Hulan
Minister of National Security,
the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage remarked at the commendable strides
of the Defence Force in ongoing recruitment, education and training; deterrence
of poaching by Dominican fishermen; benefits of Sandy Bottom Project expansion
which has significantly increased the Defence Force’s capabilities in protecting
the country and stemming the tide of illegal migration...
RBDF Acting Commander Rolls out Nationwide Peace Plan
- Mar 27, 2017 - 4:56:59 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force unveiled its newest tool for promoting
peace within our communities today through its Ambassador of Peace (AOP)
Programme, a brainchild of Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence
Force (Acting). A fitting launching pad, the program was unveiled at the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s 37th Anniversary Church Service hosted at
the Church of God of Prophecy Tabernacle, East Street.
program was launched in presence of the Governor General of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling,
the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage, the
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the
Hon Keith Bell...
Testimony brings prison inmates to tears
- Mar 27, 2017 - 2:46:58 PM
Bahamian Evangelist Ethel Rolle brought tears to the eyes of female
inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds in St. Philips, Barbados, during a
tour of the facilities, Friday, March 24.
It was the culmination
of Prison Fellowship International Regional Forum held March 21-24 at
the Church of God of Prophecy, Water Street, Christ Church.
Evangelist Rolle told her own story of having low self-esteem,
attempting suicide, committing two murders and being imprisoned. She
encouraged the inmates to not give up hope and to seek salvation through
the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour...
Bermuda’s residents spent $84.5 million on overseas care
- Mar 27, 2017 - 2:20:29 PM
Bermuda spent $84.5 million on overseas care between 1st April 2015 and
31st March 2016, with $6M going toward transportation and accommodation.
Recognising the importance of specialised overseas care to health
outcomes, the Bermuda Health Council developed a report, Overseas Care: A
Synopsis of Trends for the Island of Bermuda to provide a more in-depth
analysis of how much money was spent, where and on what type of care.
needs to be wise about the resources that are available on island for
healthcare. With 61,295 people, the quality of healthcare can be
compromised by limited use of services, complex services or experience
of those delivering care. To ensure that Bermuda’s residents have access
to specialized healthcare, strategic partnerships have been formed with
overseas facilities enabling residents to receive much needed care...
Ambassador Newry Signs Sir Derek Book of Condolences
- Mar 27, 2017 - 2:03:39 PM
His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas
Ambassador to the United States, is
pictured signing the Book of Condolences for Saint Lucia’s Nobel Laureate for
Literature, Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL, OBE, OCC, at the Embassy of St.
Lucia, 1629 K Street N.W., Suite 1250, on
Monday, March 27, 2017
passed away at his home in Saint Lucia on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the age of
87. Looking on is Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission, Bahamas Embassy.
Urban Renewal Commission Upliftment Service, Bozine Town
- Mar 27, 2017 - 10:26:09 AM
As the Urban Renewal Commission Upliftment Services continue around the
island of New Providence, the residents of Bozine Town, Garden Hills,
experienced testimonials and encouragement, and were offered basic
provision food packages during the time they met on the park and could
enjoy the benefits of communal gathering on Wednesday morning. The
services, meant to provide spiritual uplift, continue into the beginning
Bahamians In The Diaspora:Jackie Edwards
- Mar 26, 2017 - 9:37:27 PM
Back in the 1990s when The Bahamas was on the cusp of becoming
internationally acclaimed in track and field, one of its standout
performers was long jumper Jackie Edwards. In fact, it may be more
accurate to say that Jackie was among the elite Bahamian athletes who
helped to establish The Bahamas as one of the world’s current track and
A five-time Olympian, Jackie first represented The Bahamas in the
Olympics in 1992 and subsequently in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Despite
noteworthy performances each year, she never won a medal at this level,
but her stellar track and field career includes being a two-time NCAA
Champion (Indoors and Outdoors) and five-time All-American while
attending Stanford University in California; Commonwealth Games Silver
Medalist 1998 and finalist in 1994, 2002 and 2006...