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Bahamas Pure Silk LPGA Tournament To Provide Economic Boost - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:28:59 PM

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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.

This 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.
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Lyford Cay International School to host KPMG Football Fest 2015 - Jan 26, 2015 - 10:05:13 AM

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LCIS is preparing to host the third annual “KPMG Football Fest” on Jan 30 and 31. Almost 150 players from international schools across the Caribbean and The Bahamas will converge on the LCIS campus for two full days of competitive matches. More than 100 visiting 14 and under boys and girls will be hosted by LCIS families for a weekend of great football and camaraderie.

The event is sponsored again this year by KPMG with Subway and Thompson Trading once again providing food and snacks throughout the entire weekend. The two day event will also be monitored by an EMT team from Doctors Hospital who work alongside the LCIS school nurse, to ensure that all players and spectators are well looked after...
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Atlantis Shows Support for 2015 Race Weekend - Jan 23, 2015 - 7:21:11 PM

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PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS - The 2015 Marathon Bahamas Race Weekend got off to a fantastic start with the Susan G. Komen 5k Race for the Cure Saturday, January 17th beginning at Montagu Beach and ending at Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island. Team Atlantis turned out for the 7am start time to represent and show support for the cause, which aims to raise funds and awareness in the hopes of one day soon finding a cure to end breast cancer.

“Atlantis’ support for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and in fact the entire slate of the events for Race Weekend is just one of the ways we at this fabulous resort seek to share in the effort to end the scourge of breast cancer,” says Atlantis Public Relations Director Katie Longley...
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Ocean Club Golf Course readies for 2015 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic - Jan 23, 2015 - 7:13:28 PM


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PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS - The 2015 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will get underway in early February at the world-class Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course and the buzz surrounding this year’s event says organizers are expecting an even more successful tournament than those held in the previous two years since its inception.

Atlantis has been touted as being an exceptional host for the newbie tournament, which gives some of the world’s best female golfers the opportunity to show off their skills in paradise. Golf Course GM Robbie Leming said preparations for this year’s round of play are “going really well."...

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Inaugural Grand Bahama Half Marathon and 5K Announced for March 28 in Freeport, Bahamas - Jan 23, 2015 - 2:19:10 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – A new international half marathon and 5K on March 28 on Grand Bahama Island – one of the most pristine islands of The Bahamas and located less than 60 miles off the coast of Florida.

Race organizers are planning to take full advantage of the stunningly beautiful Caribbean setting to create a world-class road race with a festive, warm and laid-back island party vibe. The races will start, end and be celebrated at the Grand Lucayan Beach Resort in Freeport.

“Both courses are designed to be fast and flat, taking athletes along Grand Bahama Island’s magnificent oceanfront and the varied scenic landmarks along the way,” said Scott Kerr, a long-time race organizer...

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COB Caribs Learn Life Lessons from NBA Basketball Legend - Jan 23, 2015 - 2:16:12 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - At approximately 6 feet, 7 inches tall, he towered above them, and with an extraordinary legacy that still leaves many in awe, Julius “Dr. J” Erving II commanded the attention of just about everyone around him when he visited the Oakes Field Campus of The College of The Bahamas recently.

But what he said to the COB Caribs men’s basketball team that day leveled the playing field between them. The basketball legend spoke frankly about life, loving ball, winning and more importantly how to handle defeat...

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“Barefoot Bandit” Proposes to Girlfriend at Marathon Bahamas - Jan 22, 2015 - 9:03:06 PM

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Couple To Tie Knot After 13 Years Together

NASSAU, Bahamas  – Eddie Vega might not have won Marathon Bahamas, but he certainly won the heart of his longtime girlfriend when the couple crossed the finish line on Sunday.

With hundreds of onlookers standing by on Arawak Cay, a barefoot Vega dropped to one knee and popped the question to Nilda Birch.

With her hand cupped over her mouth, a shocked Birch took a moment to respond...

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Basketball Champion "Dr. J" Visits COB‏ - Jan 22, 2015 - 12:33:21 PM

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Nassau The Bahamas - Ex-NBA Champion, All-Star and one of the greatest players in NBA history, Julius "Dr. J" Erving made a stop at The College of The Bahamas' Harry B. Moore Library, Wednesday, January 21, where he gave a “Pep Talk” to struggling 1-10 COB Caribs Men's Basketball Team. 

Dr. J is pictured greeting the team in the Auditorium of the Harry B. Moore Library, and also standing with the team and COB’s President Dr. Rodney Smith, centre...
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Bahamas Men’s National Soccer Team to play Bermuda in Prelims. for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - Jan 21, 2015 - 10:43:45 AM

CONCACAF Qualifying Draw Determines Pairings for First Two Rounds of Preliminary Competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Miami (Friday, January 16, 2015) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) held in Miami the draw for the initial phases of the CONCACAF Preliminary Competition for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.


The event was held at the W Hotel South Beach, with the assistance of World Cup veterans from the region including Trinidad and Tobago’s Shaka Hislop...
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LPGA Teaching Golf to Bahamian Students - Jan 21, 2015 - 1:36:32 AM


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The Bahamas leg of the 2015 LPGA Classic Golf Tournament will take place at the prestigious Ocean Club on Paradise Island, February 2 – 8, 2015. The tour is said to be already having a positive impact on the local community as the LPGA’s Emily Norell, begins training student volunteers at both public and private schools in Nassau.

In announcing the partnership between The Islands Of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Pure Silk LPGA Classic Golf Tournament, Tourism Minister, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe said, “Tourism is a global force for economic development but in The Bahamas it is also the business of every Bahamian...

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Bahamas Takes Second Place in International (IC) Tennis Week - Jan 19, 2015 - 7:58:42 PM


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The Bahamas had four wins going in to their final match at Breezes Superclubs against a strong USA team but lost by 3 matches to 1 making The USA the winners of The SG Trophy for the second consecutive time. The first event was won by Great Britain but The Bahamas has been pleased with second place the last two times beating out much larger countries. Teams playing in this event over the three times have included Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Austria, Belgium, USA, Germany and fellow Caribbean country Barbados.

In the opening match against the USA, The Bahamas men’s pair of John Antonas and Mas Kimball lost 6-0, 6-3 to a very strong USA team of Rob Castori and Norm Chryst. Our ladies pair of Larikah...
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Bahamian Raquel Riley, Kathleen Ekey receive sponsor invitations to Pure Silk-bahamas LPGA Classic - Jan 18, 2015 - 1:35:40 AM

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Paradise Island, Bahamas – Raquel Riley, who competed multiple times for the Bahamas National Team, and Kathleen Ekey, a former Player of the Year on the Symetra Tour, have received sponsor invitations to the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, tournament officials announced today.

Riley earned the exemption after her victory in the Bahamas Golf Federation Qualifier. A former winner on the Sun Coast Ladies Tour, Riley, 33, is in the process of completing her LPGA accreditation to become a Certified LPGA Teaching Professional...

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Bahamian Woman Who Trains In Kenya to Run in Marathon Bahamas - Jan 16, 2015 - 6:13:19 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas – For two months, Crystal Strachan trained in a small Kenyan town that has produced some of the fastest human beings on the planet.

“I train in Iten, Kenya, also known as the Home of Champions, which is a high altitude camp designed for distance runners who want to train in a serious environment, along with some of the best runners in the world,” she said.

“I chose Kenya because it was highly recommended to me by my teammate O’Neil Williams, who is currently training there...”

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Bahamas to play Bermuda in March in qualifier for 2018 World Cup - Jan 16, 2015 - 2:00:01 PM

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MIAMI (AP) — Just eight months after the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, the Bahamas will play Bermuda in March in one of seven pairings as qualifying starts for the 2018 tournament in Russia.

The governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean held the first draw Thursday night. The other first-round pairings are Barbados-U.S. Virgin Islands; Belize-Cayman Islands; British Virgin Islands-Dominica; Curacao-Montserrat; Turks and Caicos Islands-St. Kitts and Nevis; and Nicaragua-Anguilla.

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Bahamian Boxing Champion‏ arrives in Nassau - Motorcade announced - Jan 16, 2015 - 11:06:55 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Daniel Johnson is pictured, left, with WBC/WBA Interim (or silver)/International Boxing Middleweight Champion Tureano Johnson upon his arrival in Nassau at LPIA from New York on Tuesday, January 13.  

Johnson became champion on the main card of a boxing promotion at Madison Square Garden on Friday, January 9...
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Boys’ Soccer on the Up in Grand Bahama Island - Jan 14, 2015 - 3:16:55 PM

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Boys’ soccer on the island continues to quietly flourish as we move into 2015

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Saturdays see over 100 young boys running around the fields at the YMCA enthusiastically under the careful stewardship of coaches Elcott, Mark, Paul and Jake. When you note that over 80% of these boys are 7 and under then the true potential of the programmes can really be understood. Despite the outward appearance (one parent says it is akin to herding cats!!) the carefully planned and structured games for these youngsters ensure they leave each week contented and weary but, most importantly , nagging mum and dad to bring them out the following week.

In addition to Saturdays, over 45 boys aged 9 to 18 also come out on Wednesdays at Freeport Rugby Football Club‘s soccer academy to further enhance their skills...
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Brazil's soccer great Ronaldo shows prowess at poker in The Bahamas - Jan 14, 2015 - 12:52:58 PM


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Retired Brazilian soccer superstar Ronaldo has been in The Bahamas attending the professional poker event PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at Atlantis, and has proven that he's not only great on the field, but he's exceptional at the poker table as well. 

Ronaldo, the World Cup winner and three-time FIFA Player of the Year won $42,180 (£27,824) at the  event.

"I'm really excited, it's the same emotion I used to have at the soccer fields playing at the highest level," he said after the event.

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Wheelchair racer to take part in Marathon Bahamas - Jan 14, 2015 - 12:22:34 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas  – Josh Tate is about to make history.

The 27-year-old Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania resident will be the first independent wheelchair racer ever to take part in the upcoming 6th Annual Marathon Bahamas.

He’s also making his own personal history as this will be his first marathon.

Tate, who has been in a wheelchair since May 2009, started doing triathlons along with his wife, Samantha in 2013. He later decided to take things to the next level...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Team Outstanding at “Little Mo” Tennis Championships - Jan 7, 2015 - 5:25:47 PM

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Bahamian Michael Major, Jr. of Brajaxba After School Tennis won the Boys’ 8’s category of the 18th Annual “Little Mo” International Jr. Championships held at the PGA Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida December 5-10, 2014. “Little Mo” is the most prestigious age group tennis championships in the United States and attracts the very best international players. The Championships feature the best boys and girls from around the world in their age groups, 8’s, 9’s, 10’s, 11’s and 12’s.

The Bahamas Team results were outstanding considering they went up against such ‘tennis power’ nations like Spain, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Argentina, Japan, Korea and China...
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All-for-one-Regatta to be held January 10-12 - Jan 6, 2015 - 11:33:53 AM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The ‘King Eric’ Gibson Foundation in conjunction with the government announced plans for the All-for-one-Regatta to be held January 10-12 on Montagu Bay in memory of the late King Eric Gibson, during a press conference at the Bahama Grill on Monday.

The regatta will feature A, B, and C class sloops and will showcase a children’s race, which was a favourite of King Eric.

Pictured making the announcement at the press conference is Minister of Labour and National Insurance the Hon. Shane Gibson, centre. On his right is Cindy Gay of the Regatta Desk of the Ministry...
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