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Grand Bahama Island to be marketed as 3 unique destinations

During an address to the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association's board of directors and membership association meeting, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced  that the revitalization of Grand Bahama Island is at the center of the Government's National Development objectives and that the island will be marketed as three unique destinations:

1. Freeport/Lucaya will be developed as a maritime, sports and wellness destination.

2. East Grand Bahama will be marketed as an ecotourism mecca.

3. West Grand Bahama will become a "dynamic cultural village"

Bahamas Hurricane Shelters List for 2017

The 2017 North Atlantic hurricane season is underway, and began on June 1st. 

Enclosed is the most current Hurricane Shelter List for The Bahamas, provided by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

NEMA intends to upgrade its social media mechanism of alerting the public through Facebook, text messaging, Instagram and other means...

Alpitour flights from Italy return to Grand Bahama

On Thursday, June 15th,the Alpitour Villaggi Bravo Charter flight returned to Grand Bahama Island to commence its summer program, after a successful charter season in 2016.

With a total of 103 passengers on board, the charter, which is the only direct flight from Milan, Italy to Grand Bahama Island, will allow visitors to experience a week-long vacation stay at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Resort, partner property.
Cristina Cazzani from the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO), Italy said that, "The Bahamas Tourist Office in Italy has a long relationship with travel to Grand Bahama... Since 1992, we have sent lots of Italians in the summer through our charters. Together with the Ministry of Tourism and the BTO, Italy, there has been an improved program for a direct flight from Milan to Freeport..."

Male body found in waters at Potters Cay Dock

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man found dead in waters at thePotters Cay Dock on Friday 16th June 2017.

According to reports shortly after 10:30am, police received a report of a body of a male submerged in thewater at the eastern end of the Potters Cay Dock. When police arrived on the scene they met a male bodysubmerged in the water. The lifeless body of a male was retrieved from the water and taken to shore wherehe was pronounced dead...

NHIs Catastrophic Care Programme to Alleviate Massive Financial Burdens on Families

The NHIs catastrophic care programme will begin the process to alleviate the massive financial burdens that families shoulder, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said.

The $40 million, which will be allocated to NHI for the 2017/18 Fiscal Year, will be carefully managed to cap expenditure on primary care to about $15 million and catastrophic care to $15 million, Dr. Sands explained during his Budget Contribution, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

We will cap the per patient benefit and specify the benefits...

#WNBAVote Jonquel Jones to get her to Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017

The Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017 match will take place on July 22nd in Seattle, Washington, and will be broadcast on ABC at 3:30pm. Voting presented by Verizon, is underway and Bahamians and fans of Jonquel Jones are encouraged to vote to help get her there.

Its time to get in formation!" said Jonquel on her Facebook page. "This season has been great so far and while Im never the one to boast, Im playing at an All-Star level! The thing is I only become an All Star with your help!"

Dames Meets with Grand Bahama Police and Defence Force Top Brass

In his continued effort to collaborate with all heads of law enforcement in the country, Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames, was in Grand Bahama on Friday, June 16, 2017, to meet with Defence Force and Police Force top brass.

After arrival early Friday morning, the Minister spent some time meeting with Defence Force officers to not only hear their concerns, but to get their feedback on the best measures to help the Force carry out its job more effectively.

Also in on that meeting was Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel...

POW! Food Truck Makes a Business Case for Mobile Brunch Service

Local event planner and self-described foodie, Xavia Rolle always had a thing for breakfast. In fact, as a college intern in the University of Houstons School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, she worked the breakfast assembly line at a Hilton-hotel property, whipping up custom omelettes for customers.

Fast-forward to today, the owner of POW! (Pancakes, Omelettes and Waffles) Food Truck is bringing a unique taste experience to Nassau by introducing a new twist to mobile food service. Launched in February, the brunch on-demand business that caters to private functions and local festivals has grown organically to include pop-up brunch locations throughout New Providence...

Bullfrog in Soldier Clothes

Bullfrog dress up in soldier clothes
Went to de river to shoot some crows
Crows smell fire and dey all fly way
Bullfrog get vex an he cry all day

It seems like a harmless nursery rhyme, but it dates back to the terrible days of slavery, and tells the story of how enslaved people manage to outwit their oppressors...

Clifford Park closed for Independence Day preparations


Clifford Park, at Fort Charlotte, is closed to the public with immediate effect in preparation for Bahamas Independence Celebrations.

Prime Minister Minnis Visits Lands and Surveys Department

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis toured the Lands & Surveys Department on Wednesday afternoon, June 14, 2017 and met a number of employees of the department.  The Prime Minister is pictured shaking hands with employees as he moved through the building, accompanied by Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson and Acting Director of Lands and Surveys Richard Hardy.

 Official photos by Kristaan Ingraham of Bahamas Information Services...

Balearia Caribbean COO Visits Grand Bahama Minister of State

Chief Operating Officer of Balearia Caribbean, Mario Otero, paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Accompanying Mr. Otero to the Office of the Prime Minister were Suzanna M. Epps, Balearia Caribbean; Spencer Mallory, consultant, Balearia; and Ann Knowles, a local manager for Balearia.   They met with Senator Thompson along with Permanent Secretary, Melvin Seymour and Senior Under Secretary, Harcourt Brown.  Balearia is a fast ferry service that transports thousands of passengers between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama daily, except Wednesdays...

Abaco Road Traffic Department on recent delays

The Road Traffic Department wishes to apologize for recent delays in the registration of public service franchises in Abaco.

The Department has deployed additional staff to the Abaco office, who will work to resolve all issues in the shortest possible time.

The Department apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

Grand Bahama Birders enjoying a busy May

GLOBAL BIG DAY is a celebration of birds. By bringing people together in observing and counting birds, this day showcases the wonderful birds from all regions of the world helping bring awareness to birding and conservation globally!

Birds are inspiring creatures. Their amazing migrations and behaviours capture our imagination and their global presence lets us appreciate them wherever we are in the world. The power that birds have, to bring people together across cultures, languages and international borders is truly exceptional!

Minister Dames Commends Police Reservists

The Royal Bahamas Police Reserves have been extremely helpful in supporting the front line operations of the Force, Minister of State the Hon. Marvin Dames said, during his 2017/2018 Budget Contribution in the House of Assembly, on June 12, 2017.

He said this dedicated group of volunteers sacrificed time and talents to assist in public safety and nation building.  Minister Dames said that on May 29, 2017, he met with the Reservists at Police Headquarters to listen to their concerns, and also shared the governments anti-crime policies...

Over 100 Florida High School Volunteers Give Back in Grand Bahama

This past week from June 10 to 14th, over 100 Florida high school students who just recently graduated came to Freeport to celebrate their graduation; however, they did more than just celebrate.

Over the course of four days from 10 am-2 pm each day the students volunteered through the Bahamian nonprofit Lend a Hand Bahamas who coordinated with the YMCA in Freeport and the Grand Bahama Children's Home to assist in projects including painting, cleaning, and debris removal.

The students were brought to The Bahamas through a travel company called S-Trip!

Flying Fish "Casual Sundays" is the place to be!

The patio of Flying Fish is THE place to be on Sunday nights in Freeport. Come out and enjoy "Flying Fish Casual Sundays" every Sunday evening from 5pm to enjoy the Bahamas' beautiful weather on the patio (weather permitting) along with great food and drink, with live entertainment by Tim Tibbitts.

Our bar menu will be available outside waterside all evening and happy hour specials run from 5pm-7pm. Make the best of the last day of the weekend by enjoying a casual atmosphere with great entertainment.  We have burgers, dips, sushi, wings, and more!

Check out the special menu offerings for Casual Sundays...

BNT Holds Snake Handling Workshop

Of the 12 snakes that are found in The Bahamas, all are harmless to humans and under serious threat from habitat loss and indiscriminate killing.

Photos and videos abound on social media showing Bahamians killing snakes, often with a sense a pride as if that is the best way to deal with them.

In addition to the threat from humans, snakes like the Bahamian Boa, Pygmy Boa, Bahamian Racer and Blindsnake must also face the constant attacks of non-native animals like dogs and cats...

Grand Bahama Women's Soccer Championship League Finals This Sunday

Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea FC both have something to fight for this weekend at the Freeport Rugby Football Club field. Coach Donnie Knowles and the Dortmund team and staff want to defend their title as League Champs from last year while, Coach Michael DosSantos and his Chelsea players and staff, want to regain the title they had in 2015.

The two teams have met on three occasions this year. They have defeated each other once and the last game resulted in a tie. This game is definitely the most highly contested match of the season. Both teams have one advantage. Chelsea has very experienced strong players and for the most part, are injury free. Borussia Dortmund leads the league standings with one point, meaning they would still win if the game is tied at the end of regulation time, and they have been plagued with injuries this year...

Civil Society Groups: "Amend and Enact FOIA"

Following remarks from the Attorney General declaring Freedom of Information a priority but expressing uncertainty about the bills status and future, a group of civil society organizations (CSOs) and private industry groups is pressing the new administration to highlight the amendment and full enactment of Freedom of Information. The group urges the government to look to the timely enactment of FOIA but also to take this opportunity to make revisions that strengthen the Bill.

The groups are a part of a caucus of CSOs and private industry groups representing over 100,000 Bahamians who comprised the central advocacy engine that pressed for amendments to the Freedom of Information Bill, aiming for legislation that better empowered the people and held government officials and departments accountable...

HGTV Seeks Bahamas Realtors! HGTV Seeks Homebuyers!

Enter the Picture Productions is now casting for Bahamas Life, a new television series on HGTV looking for people who have fallen in love with the Bahamian Lifestyle and are ready to make their island dream a reality!

We are looking for lots of REALTORS and HOME BUYERS!Are you in the process of buying a home, in escrow, or have you recently purchased a house in the Bahamas (in the past year) In particular in Nassau, Eleuthera, or Exuma

Casting is open to people from the United States, Canada, England, Australia and more!There is pay for your participation...

Minister of Education Gives Status Report and Proposed Way Forward in Budget Contribution

Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd in his Contribution to the 2017/2018 Budget Debate expressed displeasure with the state of the education system in The Bahamas at all levels ranging from preschool to high school.

Minister Lloyd stressed that to fix these problems, we must first admit we have them.

Noting persistent ill-preparedness of Bahamian students to compete in the 21st century, the Minister covered a number of areas the government will fund in order to create a more technology and knowledge-based learning environment to equip students to successfully contribute to the countrys growing economy...

Celebrate Dad at Grand Lucayan - June 18th

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Let's celebrate Dad Sunday, June 18th.

Treat Dad to a spectacular Father's Day brunch buffet complete with expertly prepared seafood, beef, international cuisines, a mouthwatering dessert station and champagne is included with your meal

Portobello's at Grand Lucayan 12pm - 4pm...

Notice to Collect License Plates - New Providence

The Road Traffic Department is pleased to advise the general public of the resumption of services at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

The Road Traffic Department is also repeating their urgent call for all New Providence customers awaiting license plates to collect them from our Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium location only, during normal operation hours 9am-4pm.

7th Annual Snapper Fishing Tournament Set for June 17 in West End

West End will come alive with the opening of the 7th Annual West End Snapper Fishing Tournament and Festival on Saturday morning, said Elaine Smith, Coordinator of Product Development, Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama.
During a press conference held in West End on Tuesday, she said the tournament will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Festival will then kick into high gear until 11 p.m...

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Friday, June 16th

This is a public forecast for today and tonight,  Friday 16th June 2017

General situation: A low to mid level trough over the Northwest Bahamas supports occasional showers and thunderstorms. Meanwhile a surface ridge of high pressure maintains moderate to fresh breezes mainly across Southeast Bahamas.

Special warnings: Boaters should remain alert due to the potential for waterspouts in or near showers and thunderstorms. Mariners and beach-goers in the Southeast Bahamas should exercise caution due to the risk of rip currents mainly along the eastern shorelines...

RBPF Nassau: 22 arrested in Overnight Police Operation

Consistent with the Commissioners Policing Plan for 2017, police intensified their island-wide assault on crime Wednesday night with an operation led by the Selective Enforcement Team.

The anti-crime operation is aimed at suppressing crime in a number of areas and to send a clear message to those responsible for committing criminal acts on members of our communities that the police will proactively identify them and ensure that they are prosecuted and brought to justice.

The Bahamas Weekly FREE Summer Camp Directory 2017

Now in our 11th year!
The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to once again offer FREE summer camp listings for ANYONE / ANYWHERE in The Bahamas! Have Your camp included in our DIRECTORY at no cost!

Summer is a time for children, and we want to ensure your children have a great summer. As a community service, The Bahamas Weekly allows anyone running a Summer Camp in The Bahamas to list their information about their camp viewable to thousands  of our readers each month for FREE.

Get your Camp Info to us NOW! Email all your details...

Bahamas' Robinson-Blair bags CTO Travel Media Award in first NY trip

The sights and sounds of New York were captivating but local writer, Tosheena Robinson-Blair had other things on her mind.

The Dupuch Publications' journalist made the most out of her first trip to the Big Apple where she attended the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon honoring excellence in travel journalism for American and Caribbean writers.

Ms Robinson-Blair won the "No Anansi Story! Award." The category recognizes the best feature article submitted by a Caribbean-based journalist that appeared in a Caribbean-based media...

Jazz In Bloom and Father's Day this Sunday

Anuschka Wright's Jazz In Bloom Concert is fast becoming the premiere event to look forward to each and every Father's Day. After a big crab & rice feast, fathers and their families have added an evening at the Hilton Hotel to experience Anuschka and her eclectic Jazz In Bloom band as a welcomed part of their Father's Day traditions.

Before Jazz In Bloom, some folks said it was difficult to find something for adult sons and daughters to share with their dads or for wives to treat their husbands to.

Jazz In Bloom now stands to fill that void and presents a classy and adult atmosphere with world class entertainment in beautiful surroundings that has helped to establish it as a striking Father's Day gift alternative...

German Carrier to Begin Service into Nassau in November; Family Island Destinations to Receive Focused Attention

German leisure air carrier Condor Airways is scheduled to begin direct air service between Frankfurt, Germany, and Nassau as early as November, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Thursday.

Condor Airways is headquartered in Frankfurt, operating from Frankfurt and Munich.  The airline flies to some 90 destinations.

Prime Minister Minnis said the Government will actively seek to increase airlift, not just from traditional markets in the United Sates of America, but also from markets further afield.

Prime Minister vows to root out corruption which he says has cost the country hundreds of millions

The Government of The Bahamas will move swiftly to clean up corrupt practices in government.

Corruption has cost The Bahamas untold, hundreds of millions of dollars or more over the decades, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said Wednesday.

Under the previous Administration, there were constant complaints about having to see certain people in order to get a proposal reviewed or approved.

I have previously noted the measures we will take to respond to corrupt practices in Government, Prime Minister Minnis said. Investors should not have the cost of doing business increased by certain officials looking for something...

Government to Stimulate Bahamian Entrepreneurship in Tourism; Create Agriculture-Tourism Linkages

The Government of The Bahamas must increase its commitment to encourage and support the development of home-grown businesses in tandem with direct foreign investment, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said Thursday (June 15, 2017).

Prime Minister Minnis said a key economic objective of his Government is the development of an incentive framework for entrepreneurship.

This framework will facilitate local and international access to capital; the formation of joint ventures among private interests; improvement of business advisory and cultivation of tools to stimulate Bahamian entrepreneurship in tourism...

Government to Tap into Heritage Tourism; Native Food Market/National Museum Proposed

The Government of The Bahamas will implement a number of strategies designed to further monetize the number of cruise ship passengers traveling to The Bahamas by taking greater advantage of the countrys tremendous heritage tourism potential.

This will involve the restoration and maintenance of historic sites and the designation of iconic locations throughout The Bahamas including heritage sites such as the Clifton Heritage National Park in New Providence, Mount Alvernia in Cat Island, the Columbus Monument in San Salvador and plantation ruins on other Family Islands.

The Government of The Bahamas is also committed to completing the National Museum of The Bahamas not only for the benefit of Bahamians, but also as a heritage experience for tourists...

Pier One at Luciano's Restaurant Father's Day Special

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Pier One A Seafood Restaurant Giving Thanks To Our Dedicated Father's Happy Father's Day, open 4:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

APPETIZER: Caesar Salad

ENTREE: Seafood Fettuccine $32.99 Array of Bahamian Seafood in Aredo Sauce... or Surf and Turf $39.99 12oz. Beef Rib Eye served with a choice of Chef Potato...or Chicken Parmesan $29.99 Breaded Chicken Breast...

US Charge d'Affaires Pays Courtesy Call on the Minister of State for Grand Bahama

United States Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson paid a courtesy call on Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Also present during the meeting were Permanent Secretary, Melvin Seymour and Senior Under Secretary, Harcourt Brown; along with US Embassy personnel Douglas Sun, Political/Economic Chief; John Busch, Political/Economic Dept; and Hank Ferguson, Political/ Economic Dept.  In this first courtesy call since Senator Thompson's appointment, the group discussed plans for Grand Bahama and the economic development of the island.  Shown from left: Mr. Sun, Mr. Seymour, Ms. Johnson, Senator Thompson, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Busch...

CARICOM Secretary General Pays a Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister

Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, left, paid a courtesy call on Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister, June 15, 2017.

Official photo byLetisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services...

Pilot Program for Bus Unification System to Be Launched Soon

During his budget contribution on Monday, June 12, Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell said that the government would continue to pursue the bus unification system. The initiative was introduced under the former, PLP, administration.

He said that this initiative is expected to facilitate economic activity by relieving congestion on the streets of New Providence, and serve as a blueprint for what is to occur on other major Family Islands.

The government is now collaborating with representatives of the ground transportation industry to make this project a reality, said Minister Campbell, adding a milestone has been reached in the valuation of the industry itself and there is movement forward slowly but progressively with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)...

Grand Bahama Summer Student Employment Program Aims to Accommodate 500

In keeping with the governments initiative to continue to provide economic stimulus to the island of Grand Bahama, plans for the government-sponsored Summer Student Employment Program, for young people 15-25 years, are underway.

Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson, during a press briefing at the OPM, confirmed that the government will host the Grand Bahama Summer Student Employment Program this year.

Im pleased that the government has allocated funding for this program, said Mr. Thompson. The program is intended to ensure that we have an equal distribution of available summer jobs throughout the island of Grand Bahama.

Stunned Rolle receives Pompey Scholarship

Third times a charm as Run for Pompey - October 6 to October 8 -  welcomes new sponsors and partnership with National Family Island Regatta

A senior at L N Coakley High School in Exuma became the second recipient of The Pompey Scholarship this week, with ambitious plans to study in Canada this fall and return to Exuma as a primary school educator.
Demi Rolle, whose favourite subjects include English and history, will join her friend Troyann Forbes, the first winner of this scholarship, at Acadia University on the Canadian east coast...

BFSB Bahamas Canada Landfall 2017

The Ministry of Financial Services along with other industry partners attended The Bahamas Financial Services Boards (BSFB) Landfall Event held in Canada (Montreal and Toronto) from 30th to 31st May 2017. The Bahamas Landfall Series provides financial services intermediaries and other service providers with updates on legislative and business developments in The Bahamas. These events have proven beneficial to the industry and are used as a platform to connect with potential investors for The Bahamas. This was the first Bahamas Landfall in Canada to be held since 2011...

License Plate Production at Department of Corrections

The production of license plates has begun at the Bahamas Department of Corrections. During his contribution to the budget debate on June 12, 2017, Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell confirmed that the work started on May 29 after being launched earlier this year.

I am informed that in conjunction with the Ministries of National Security and Public works, The Road Traffic Department has begun its license plate production at the Bahamas Department of Corrections, said Minister Campbell. The Company selected to provide the software and equipment for the new license plate plant is John R. Wald of Pennsylvania, USA....

Public Health Sector to receive $307,565,885 during the 2017/18 fiscal year

Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said the public health sector will receive $307,565,885 during the 2017/18 fiscal year.

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) will receive $213,843,475, and $53,753,410 will be allocated for the Ministry of Health/Department of Public Health, Dr. Sands said during his Budget Contribution, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

He added that $40 million has been provided to fund National Health Insurance...

CARICOM, Korea formalize decade-old friendship

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Korea earlier today formalized a decade-old friendship with the accreditation of the first non-permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the East Asian country to CARICOM.

Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan accepted the Letter of Credence from H.E. Mr. Ki-Mo Lim in a simple ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat on Tuesday 13 June, 2017.
She said CARICOM welcomed and celebrated this formal step towards a more institutionalized partnership and enduring relationship with Korea...

Minister Dames: Recruitment Process Will Be Reviewed

Minister of State the Hon. Marvin Dames said, during his Contribution on the 2017/2018 Budget Communication in the House of Assembly, on June 12, 2017 that his Government intends to review the recruitment process of all law enforcement agencies.

"There have been too many reports coming to my desk from members of the public -- some family members and others, of young persons who have been waiting for many years without any feedback on whether they were successful or not," Minister Dames said.

Budget Contribution by Minister of Transport Frankie Campbell

Contribution to The 2017-2018 Budget Debate in The Honourable House of Assembly by The Hon. Frankie Campbell, MP., Minister Of Transport and Local Government and Member For Southern Shores Constituency on Monday, 12th June, 2017

Mr. Speaker:

As this is the first time that I would have the occasion to formally address this honourable house, permit me, sir, to warmly congratulate you on your preferment as speaker of this ancient parliament, one that has been in continuous sitting since 1729 and which is among the oldest of parliaments in the Commonwealth of nations. I know that you will preside over the deliberations of this house with fairness and impartiality...

2017/2018 Budget Contribution by the Minister of Education

2017/2018 Budget Presentation By The Hon Jeffrey Lloyd Minister of Education at The House of Assembly Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10 AM:

Mr. Speaker, I stand in the firm established awareness of the Mighty I AM Consciousness in whose Being I live and move and have my own.

It is on the authority of the magnificent electors of South Beach, who graciously endowed me on May 10 past with the privilege of being their Member of Parliament. I have experienced a charity, welcome, hospitality and gracious regard that exceeds my greatest deserving, Mr. Speaker...

2017/2018 Budget Contribution by Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands

Contribution to the 2017/2018 Budget Debate Presented to Parliament By Dr. The Hon. Duane E.L. Sands, M.P Minister of Health on Wednesday 14th, June, 2017

Mr. Speaker,

Today marks the first time that I rise on behalf of the great people of the constituency of Elizabeth. You know Mr. Speaker It has been a long time coming but I can tell you three times is indeed a charm.

I we started the campaign for Elizabeth in 2009. The By-election of February 16, 2010 was a battle that ended in a nail biter and proved to me that every vote indeed every voter counts...

Defence Force Rangers Installation Ceremony

It was a celebration of the achievements of brilliant young 408 Defence Force Rangers, both male and female took the challenge to set the standard of excellence in discipline, dedication and determination. They all were successful in being officially inducted into the Rangers program over the past several weeks.

The installation ceremony for the nations builders took place on several Family Islands. On the island of Abaco, 31 students graduated from the program. From Grand Bahama, 80 students completed the program, and 38 students from North Andros were successful. The final ceremony took place in New Providence on Saturday June 10th at the Defence Forces Coral Harbour Base, where 259 students including 9 from the Berry Islands graduated into the program...

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Caribbean and other mayors to meet at US conference

Miami Beach will welcome the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) June 23-26, a highly anticipated gathering of mayors from around the country. Miami Beach previously hosted USCM in 1962 and is thrilled to have the annual conference return to the city to welcome mayors from the US, Latin America and the Caribbean to meet us at the beach, showcasing the destinations diverse venues and hotels, gourmet dining scene, and an unparalleled lineup of arts and multi-cultural heritage.

The annual summer meeting brings together more than 250 mayors from across the country to discuss a wide range of issues and hear from guest speakers that have included the President and congressional leaders...

Dames Praises Electro Telecom for Encouraging Youth Affected by Hurricanes

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said, on June 12, 2017, that the gesture displayed that day by the donation of laptops by Paul Smith and his company, Electro Telecom Limited, will nurture the social development of children, in much the same way "water nourishes a young plant".

"I would like to thank Mr. Smith and the Electro Telecom team for your valuable contribution to the youth of this nation," Minister Dames said at "The Sky is the Limit" -- a presentation of laptops to the most-improved students affected by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, held at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre...

Advanced Tracking to Speed Up Response to Applications/Proposals

The Government of The Bahamas will introduce a Decision Timeline that will inform applicants and investors when they should receive a response on a given matter, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Wednesday.

The move will address concerns by investors and other businesspersons regarding the long length of time it has taken to receive a response from the Government of The Bahamas on various applications and proposals in the past.

Prime Minister Minnis said an Advanced Tracking System will also be put in place to identify the bottlenecks and roadblocks in the system. Relevant agencies will be monitored to see how well, or how poorly, they are meeting or missing their deadlines...

Grand Bahama Independence Celebrations Announced

There is more that unites us, than there is that divides us.

That was the cornerstone of the announcement that was made by Minister of State for Grand Bahama, in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson, during a special press conference on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, on celebration of Bahamas Independence.

Under the theme: Toward the Rising Sun, One God, One people, One Bahamas, the Minister of State noted that the 44th Bahamas Independence Celebrations in Grand Bahama will be all about the Bahamian people...

Young Bahamian creative writers urged to enter student essay competition

Deadline to submit is July 3

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism (MOT) and The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) are looking for the best young creative writers in the Caribbean and are calling for entries into the 2017 FCCA Foundation Childrens Essay Contest.

The contest is a prerequisite to The Bahamas participating in the FCCA regional contest. It is open to all students on the primary, junior and secondary education level and it has two divisions of competition: junior and senior...

Investment Incentives for Bahamian Businesses

NASSAU, The Bahamas The Government of The Bahamas will introduce investment incentives for new and existing Bahamian businesses offering products and services related to key sectors of the Bahamian economy.
These include areas such as renewable energy, the cultural industries, export sectors, agriculture and fisheries and the manufacturing of Bahamian souvenirs.
The Government will also work to ensure that frameworks exist so that Bahamian firms have greater access to capital, through new and innovative financial products and markets.
Addressing the National Conclave of Chambers of Commerce In The Bahamas hosted by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation...

Landmark St Kits and Nevis youth policy to swing open doors of opportunity

A new federal youth policy in St Kitts and Nevis will give young people greater access to education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Thats according to Pauline Campbell, Head of the Commonwealth Technical Assistance Unit.

Her comments come after the countrys government announced it had finalised the policy and is preparing to take it to Cabinet. Created to improve the prospects of young people in the twin island Caribbean nation, the policy was drafted with support from UNESCO and Commonwealth Secretariat-funded youth expert Dwynette Eversley...

Bahamas Staff In London Safe Following Apartment Tower Fire

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs releases for general information that all staff posted in London have been contacted and found to be safe in the aftermath of the terrible fire that consumed a high rise London apartment tower. This includes staff posted at The Bahamas High Commission, The Bahamas Tourist Office and The Bahamas Maritime Authority. The Ministry also extends on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas prayers for the families of those who tragically lost their lives in the fire and for those injured and who lost their homes...

Bahamas Gov. to Improve 'Ease of Doing Business ranking

Government moves to improve Ease of Doing Business Ranking; 3 priority areas to be targeted.

The Government of The Bahamas has and will implement a number of initiatives aimed at improving the ease in which business is conducted in-country, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said Wednesday.
Three priority areas will be targeted that will result in greater ease in conducting business within The Bahamas.
Because time is money, the amount of time it has taken The Bahamas to respond to various investors (in the past) has likely cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars at minimum, Prime Minister Minnis told a gathering of local representatives of Chambers of Commerce throughout The Bahamas.

New Providence Water Development Company (NPWDCo) Establishes New Home Base at Old Fort Bay

For residents in Western New Providence, the New Providence Water Development Company (NPWDCo) has been the provider of safe, reliable water supply and wastewater services for many years. Through its service agreement with the Water & Sewerage Corporation, NPWDCo has and continues to service residents in Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay, Mount Pleasant, Serenity and the surrounding western areas.

Over the past few months the company has been undertaking major upgrades to its facilities which are expected to not only improve the quality of the products and services it provides, but also facilitate the ease use of doing business and paying bills. The upgrades included a move from the Mount Pleasant area to new office facilities in the Old Fort Bay Town Centre next to Custom Computers which officially opened last week...

Home Grown Education Trumps International Exposure

Academic and career goals were well in hand for Jerchoyae Moxey. Just a week after graduating from Kingsway Academy in 2015 she was on an airplane travelling to the University of Tasmania where she had been accepted into the Marine and Antarctic Sciences Bachelors Degree programme.

While Jerchoyaes experience was an amazing one - what teenager would not want to be half way around the world pursuing their passion, free of parental constraint and in an exotic location to boot the focus on a world alien to all she knew coupled with a lack of field exposure caused her to reassess the way forward...

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Bahamas Striping Marks 7th Year With Launch of Scholarship Fund and Small Biz Investment Company

From a $5,000 government grant to a multimillion dollar, multilayered company, Bahamas Striping celebrated its seventh anniversary in grand style over the weekend launching not only a new scholarship program but also a million dollar investment fund for the next generation of Bahamian entrepreneurs.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, deputy prime minister, Peter Turnquest and other parliamentarians were amongst a select gathering of invited guests attending Saturdays event held on the grounds of the companys Abundant Life Road headquarters...

Health Professions Council (HPC) Expand their Horizons

The Health Professions Council (HPC) is in the process of expanding their horizons by introducing 30 additional health professions to their present list which consists of:Acupuncture Therapy, Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Chiropody and Podiatry, Chiropractic, Clinical Psychology, Dietetics and Nutrition, Emergency Services Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational Therapy, Optometry and Opticianary, Physiotherapy and Respiratory Therapy, and Radiography.

The new listing of health professions under consideration can be found on the HPC website at under the New Professions page. Persons practicing in these fields are urged to contact the HPC to obtain further information and to provide necessary assistance...

Minister Dames Addresses State of Nation's National Security

In a world marred by violence, civil unrest, terrorism and incessant threats to democracy, citizens are looking to their governments to safeguard and protect their way of life," Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said, during his Contribution to the 2017/2018 Budget Communication in the House of Assembly, June 12, 2017.

He noted that protecting the citizens of a nation is one of the most fundamental yet essential duties of any government: "Governments possess the tools and mechanisms to develop polices, enact laws, and design institutional frameworks by which law and order could be appropriately maintained...

American visitor drowns in Abaco

Police in Abaco are investigating the death of a 54 year old American visitor on Tuesday 13thJune 2017.

Reports are that shortly after 1:00am, the body of a male was discovered in water near aresidence in Eastern Shores, Marsh Harbor, Abaco. Foul play is not suspected in this matter,however an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Investigation will continue...

Minister Dames Addresses State of Crime

During his Contribution on the 2017/2018 Budget Communication in the House of Assembly on June 12, 2017 Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said that when his Government first came to office, just over a month earlier, it immediately got to work and assessed the state of Bahamian national security by analyzing several key indicators.

"According to the latest figures by the Royal Bahamas Police Force, as of todays date, there are 66 murders for this year, an increase of 22 per cent compared to the same time last year.  The murder count has exceeded 100 for each of the last five years,"  Minister Dames said.  "In fact, in 2015, the country recorded 146 murders -- the most in its history...

Work to Complete Smiths Point Seawall Stays on Track Amidst Concerns

Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama, and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, the Hon. Iram Lewis during a press conference June 11, expressed concern for the seawall project at Smiths Point, Grand Bahama, particularly with the arrival of the hurricane season.

The Parliamentary Secretary, an architect by trade, took members of the media on a tour of the seawall project on Sunday and explained his concerns.

During the press conference on site, Mr. Lewis noted with the 2017 Hurricane season already started, the settlement of Smiths Point is exposed to the elements with construction still underway...

Bahamas scores extra points with Redskins Alumni and Fans

The three-day inaugural Doug Williams and Legends Weekend held in Nassau, Bahamas on June 8 11 was a tremendous success and players and Washington Redskins fans are already looking forward to next years event.

The event is in partnership with the Islands of The Bahamas and aims to promote the islands while giving fans of the Redskins a chance to experience the country. The goal is to attract as many of the hundreds of thousands of Washington Redskins fans as possible.

Bahamians leading the way at Atlantis, Paradise Island

Atlantis, Paradise Island is pleased to announce that for the first time in the mega-resorts history, Bahamians are at the helm of all hotel operations. This announcement is in line with the vision of President & Managing Director Howard Karawan of Bahamianizing the world-famous property.

Recognizing that our guests want and expect more of an authentic Bahamian experience when they come to stay with us, weve decided to move into a new era of Atlantis and as weve always believed, our amazing Bahamian associates are at the heart of our success. We are proud to say that hotel operations are in good hands and being run by two extremely talented Bahamians, says Karawan, adding...

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