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This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: January 2 - 6

Government releases Fly fishing regulations

It was twenty-three years in the making said industry stakeholders, but on Wednesday of this week, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that on Monday, the 9th January, 2017 regulations governing the $500 million fly fishing industry will come into effect, making The Bahamas the last country in the Caribbean to regulate this industry.Mr. Gray discussed an overview of the general regulatory framework for the fly fishing industry at a press conference at the Ministrys offices...

Visa waiver agreement between The Bahamas and UAE

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas announces that the visa waiver agreement signed with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 27th November 2016 came into effect on 27th December.

A similar announcement has been made in the UAE.

This means that with effect from 27th December, UAE citizens can now enter The Bahamas without a visa and stay up to 90 days as tourists and Bahamian citizens can travel to the UAE with the same privileges...

Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin on women being turned away when registering to vote

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is statement by the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, MP on women being turned away who have presented themselves to register to vote:

It is outrageous  that women are being turned away from exercising a fundamental right reportedly  because of the way they are dressed.

This is beyond unacceptable and cannot be tolerated...

Man found dead with "blunt injury" off Carmichael Road

Nassau, Bahamas - A man is in custody assisting police with investigations surrounding the death of a man that occurred onFriday 6th January 2017.

Reports are that shortly before 10:00pm, Police received a report of an altercation between two men at therear a residence off Carmichael Road near Golden Isles Road. When police arrived on the scene they foundthe lifeless body of a man with a blunt injury. The man was pronounced dead on the scene...

Bahamas 3-day weather starting Saturday, January 7

Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight Saturday 7th January 2017.

General situation: A weak ridge of high pressure continues to shift east of the area ahead of a cold front that is expected to move across the Northwest Bahamas this later this afternoon.

Special warnings: Beachgoers and mariners should be alert for the high risk of rip currents and rough surf conditions after the frontal passageespecially along northern and eastern shorelines.

Man shot on Grenfel Avenue in Freeport

Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a shooting incident that has left a male hospitalized on Friday 6thJanuary 2017.

Reports are that shortly after 12:00pm, a male was in the Grenfel Avenue area when another malebrandishing a firearm who was an occupants of a vehicle, opened fire and shot the victim multiple timesabout the body. He was transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital via private vehicle and is listed in seriouscondition.

Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Ft Lauderdale Airport Shooting

The Bahamas Consulate General in Miami has been in touch with authorities to determine if any Bahamian citizens were in any way involved or affected by the shooting this morning at the Ft Lauderdale International Airport in the Air Canada and Delta terminal.

We await word and will update the country as events unfold.

Bahamasair does not operate from the terminal where the shooting took place but all operations at the airport including those of Bahamasair are for the moment discontinued...

Shooting at Fort Lauderdale Aiport, 1 in custody, 5 dead

MIAMI, FLORIDA Just after 1pm on Friday, January 6th, U.S. media is reported that at least three people died after a shooting in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at  Fort Lauderdale International Airport.  Reports were that nine people were shot.

Authorities said someone opened fire around 1 p.m. Delta and Air Canada Flights were immediately affected by the incident. 1 person was in custody.

3:30pm press conference: Five confirmed dead, and eight injured...

New Regulations a "Slap in the Face" says, Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association

The following is a press statement by the Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association (AFFGA):

Most Bahamians are unaware of new government regulations that will be effective on January 9, 2017. The AFFGA would like to share our thoughts with the public regarding the flats fishing regulation.

How the fly fishing regulation will directly affect Bahamians...

4th Bi-Annual IC Intl. Tennis Week set to open Monday, Jan. 9

Starting 9.30am at The National Tennis Centre Monday, 9 January teams from USA, Canada, Barbados, an International team from several IC countries and The Bahamas will be competing for The Deltec Trophy. 

This event based on age groups in senior tennis categories involves players of a high international standard.  The Bahamas who were runners up to the USA last time has a strong team with former Davis Cup Captain & player John Antonas and former Fed Cup Captain & player Kim OKelley on its side - both are past National Champions... 

Stellar Energy Ltd on the New Providence Landfill

Stellar Energy Ltd. is still very much interested in taking over operations at the NewProvidence landfill.

It is our intention, once approvals are granted, to mine that site and build a fullyfunctional waste-to-energy plant. As part of our plan, the entire dumpsite would beremediated and sanitized, putting an end to obnoxious fumes from burning trash.

Since Renew Bahamas ceased management of the facilities, the hardworking staffof the Department of Environmental Health Services has taken over the day to dayrunning of the landfill...

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, oysters, wings, and more!

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

Police seek suspects in latest homicide on Palm Breeze Street

Nassau, Bahamas - The police are appealing to the public for information to assist in their investigations into a shooting incidentthat has left a man dead on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Reports are that shortly after 11:00pm, police received a report of gunshots being fired in the area of RockyPine Road. When responding officers arrived on the scene at Palm Breeze Street off Rocky Pine Road theymet the lifeless body of an adult male in the street who had been shot. The victim was pronounced dead onthe scene...

Anwar releases "So Sexy" official music video from his upcoming album "I am Junka-Pop-Roc"

Nassau, Bahamas - Former lead singer for the Bahamen and son of the late great Bahamian entertainer Tony Seymour Sr.,  Anwar has just released his newest music video for the single, "So Sexy" from his up and coming album, "I am Junka-Pop-Roc."  

The Bahamas Weekly has been monitoring the artist and entrepreneur's career over the years and caught up with Anwar recently to discuss his latest projects...

Firearm & drug seizure in Spanish Wells, 2 arrested

Consistent with the Commissioners Policing Priorities, Police in Eleuthera took a man and woman into custody following the seizure of an illegal handgun along with a quantity of dangerous drugs on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Reports are that shortly before 3:00pm, Police were on routine patrol in Spanish Wells, when then saw a man in a restaurant who aroused their suspicion. The officers conducted a search of the man and found a pistol with 3 live rounds of ammunition along with a small quantity of cocaine...

Bahamas Moves to Protect Fly Fishing Industry

Nassau, Bahamas For the first time The Bahamas fly fishing industry will have regulations to help sustain one of the countrys most popular sports.

The regulations, which come into effect on January 9, 2017, will establish a regulated fly fishing industry in The Bahamas.

It was the culmination of months of work between the Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism with public consultation...

Annual King Eric All for One Regatta Gears Up for Montagu Bay

Nassau, The Bahamas The Annual King Eric Gibson All for One Regatta, in memory of the notable entertainer and sailing legend, held at the start of the New Year, will take place January 6-8, on Montagu Bay. Events will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.

Committee Chairman Eric Gibson, Jr. in press conference to announce the regatta at Bahama Grill on Wednesday, said of his father: "King Eric was responsible for establishing most, if not all, of the Bahamian Sloop Sailing Clubs in The Bahamas, as well as starting most, if not all, of the Regattas on the various Family Islands -- adding that King Eric saw regattas as an excellent way to stimulate economies on those islands...

Bahamas Development Bank earmarks $500,000 for loans to small farmers

Initiative channeled through BAMSIs Associated Farmers Programme

Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Government has earmarked $500,000 in assistance to small farmers across this nations archipelago. The funding, which will be disbursed through a micro-loan initiative between the Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) and the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), is expected to go towards farm upgrades and agricultural improvements, Assistant Manager of Credit for Bank of the Bahamas Ian Rutherford said...

University of Bahamas Students Gain Work Experience at Resorts World Bimini

A pilot partnership project between the University of The Bahamas (UB) and Resorts World Bimini (RWB) which resulted in six students gaining work experience at the four-star resort during the holidays has been deemed a success, so much so that it could potentially lead to a viable program and future employment opportunities.

The UB Hospitality and Tourism Institute students were assigned to one of several Food & Beverage outlets at the resort during the busy holiday season, gaining invaluable knowledge as they worked side-by-side with industry professionals in the fast-paced environment of a professional kitchen...

Review of fantasy sci-fi film, "Passengers"

Every Moment Counts...

With thousands of lives in jeopardy it is up to two people to figure out the mystery behind the growing malfunctions on a spaceship decades away from its destination. It becomes a race against time as their ship teeters to the brink of collapse and an unsure future, if they succeed, as they can not return to hibernation.

Jim Preston is a mechanical engineer on the starship Avalon voyaging with 5,000 colonists on a 120 year journey to Homestead II who is awoken from hibernation 90 years early due to a malfunction...

Bright Lights, new documentary on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds relationship to premiere on January 7th

HBO announced the premiere of the new original documentary, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, airing this Saturday, January 7th at 21hrs*. The story of a familys complicated love, this documentary is an intimate portrait of the American actress and writer Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity.

Fisher and Reynolds lived in the same Beverly Hills compound, and while the 83-year-old grand dame still had a Las Vegas act, performing was taking its toll. Carries response was both hilarious and heart-rending.

The Bahamas Regulates Fly Fishing Industry

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that on Monday, January 9, 2017 Fly Fishing Industry regulations will come into effect. Minister Gray made the announcement at a Press Conference at the Ministrys offices on January 4, 2017 to introduce the Regulatory Framework for the Fly Fishing Industry of The Bahamas.

Fly Fishing, he said, is worth more than half a billion dollars annually for The Bahamas, and for more than 20 years, stakeholders of the industry under several administrations have sought to have regulatory oversight established...

New Providence Events Calendar

Find out what is happening in New Providence. is here to serve the community of The Bahamas. It is our aim to provide positive content. We intend to depict the better-side of life in The Bahamas, and share how Bahamians are indeed people helping people. We provide a venue for Bahamians to feel connected to one another no matter what island of this archipelago they live on, or even if they now live abroad...

DNA Supports Cultural Community of Junkanoo

Nassau, Bahamas - On both the Boxing and New Years Holidays Bay Street exploded with the sights and sounds of our countrys premier cultural event. Throngs of Bahamians and visitors alike lined the streets into the wee hours to see the supreme craftsmanship of the various costumes and enjoy the musical and choreography stylings of their favorite groups.

In the months, weeks and days leading up to those two epic nights, members of the different Junkanoo groups were hard at work, preparing to present their various themes. Working well into the night and early morning Junkanoo group leaders were able to galvanize their members many of whom sacrificed sleep, skipped meals and took time away from their families

Bahamas Rugby Weekend - Matches in Freeport and Nassau

This weekend, Bahamas Rugby will be hosting teams from the Charlotte, North Carolina in both Nassau and Freeport.

Saturday, January 7th, Nassau:

11:00am* - Cracked Conchs v Charlotte Legends
Over 35s veterans rugby

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism helps strengthen sanitary controls in the CARIFORUM fishery sector

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture has successfully completed the project Capacity Building of regulatory and industry stakeholders in Aquaculture and Fisheries Health and Food Safety to meet the SPS requirements of international trade.  The project which started in September 2016, was funded under the EUs 10th EDF Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Project and delivered with the help of a team of consultants from Megapesca in Portugal. The aim was to continue to help CARIFORUM countries to improve the safety of fish and fishery products for consumers in national and export markets, and several activities...

Junkanoo and Cultural Tourism must grow says Culture Minister

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Danny Johnson said plans are on the drawing board to improve Junkanoo in Grand Bahama, and a part of that plan is to create an eight-week Junkanoo season in The Bahamas.

That means, this would create multiple opportunities on various islands for more creative work by Junkanooers, added Minister Johnson, during an interview with the media at Grand Bahamas New Years Junkanoo parade on Monday night, downtown Freeport...

Photos of New Year's Day Junkanoo parade in Grand Bahama

Lead piece under the theme Indians, the Great Gathering the New Life Classic Dancers were the first group on the route during Grand Bahamas New Years Day Junkanoo Parade, held downtown Freeport on Monday, January 2, 2017.

Photos enclosed...

Nissan Leaf 100% Electric Vehicle checks in at Hilton

Nassau, Bahamas - During the recent Chamber of Commerce Bahamas Energy Security Forum, the Nissan Leaf 100% Electric Vehicle (EV) was featured in the lobby of the British Colonial Hilton to the delight of visitors and locals alike, who had the opportunity to experience the worlds most popular EV, now available in The Bahamas at Easy ECO Car Sales on Gladstone Road.

The purpose of the Chambers Annual Forum is to discuss developments in national energy policy, harnessing alternative sources, and highlighting the power of individuals to make a difference in the production and responsible consumption of energy...

Nassau police appeal for information in Foxdale shooting death

Nassau, Bahamas  - The police are appealing to the public for information to assist in their investigations into a shooting incidentthat has left a man dead and another detained in hospital on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Reports are that shortly after 8:00pm, two men were standing in front of a home located at Cordia Crescent,Fox Dale, when the occupants of a dark coloured Honda vehicle pulled up and fired several shots at thembefore speeding off...

DNA: Your Vote - Your Voice

In just a few months, Bahamians will once again head to the polls to cast their ballots for the political organization that will govern our archipelago for the next five years. Unlike elections before it however, the 2017 general election is arguably the most critical in our countrys modern history. We must NOT look to be bought for votes, but we must look to receive the gift of prosperity, gift of opportunity and gift of empowerment.

Over the past 25 years the dream once held by our founding fathers has been tarnished. Our once vibrant economy has seen steady decline, while unemployment figures, the national debt, the countrys tax burden and the crime rate have all exploded exponentially. If we continue to be downgraded as we have been four times in the past 4 years, we run a greater risk of our dollar becoming devalued...

First African-American space station crew member to take flight in 2018

NASA is assigning veteran astronaut Andrew Feustel and first-flight astronaut Jeanette Epps to missions aboard the International Space Station in 2018.

Feustel will launch in March 2018 for his first long-duration mission, serving as a flight engineer on Expedition 55, and later as commander of Expedition 56. Epps will become the first African American space station crew member when she launches on her first spaceflight in May 2018. Shell join Feustel as a flight engineer on Expedition 56, and remain on board for Expedition 57...

Firearm and drugs seized in Nassau

Consistent with the Commissioners Policing Priorities, police on patrol took a quantity a quantity ofdangerous drugs and a firearm off the streets of New Providence in separate incidents.

In the first incident, shortly after 11:00pm on Tuesday 3rd January 2017, Selective Enforcement TeamOfficers acting on information conducted a search of an abandoned building located on MarshallRoad, where they uncovered a shotgun. No one was arrested for this discovery...

Ethiopians dominate the 15th Xiamen International Marathon

The first IAAF Gold Label Road Race of 2017, the Xiamen International Marathon, started promptly at 08:00 on Monday 2nd January and was dominated by Ethiopian athletes in both the mens and womens elite events.

In the mens race, winner Lemi Berhanu took the lead from the start and never looked threatened, coming through to win in a time of 2:08:27. Although outside of his personal best (2:04:33), the 22-year-old was happy with the result, having already commented in the press conference that the the course is very hard with a lot of rises and falls, and the weather is very hot...

Hon. Fred Mitchell on murder in Fox Hill

Nassau, Bahamas - Statement by Fred Mitchell MP on murder in Foxdale, Fox Hill:

The son of a dear friend and supporter was murdered tonight in a drive by shooting in the Foxdale subdivision of Fox Hill.

I have spoken to the mother of the deceased by telephone and conveyed my personal condolences and that of the Fox Hill Branch...

National Address by FNM Leader, the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis

My Fellow Bahamians, I want to begin this evening by expressing my sincere wish that this New Year will bring only the best for you, for your families and for our Bahamas.

There is no question that though it is behind us, 2016 has been one of the worst years in our history in terms of the myriad of problems that our nation faced.
Disasters, natural and man-made, impacted Bahamians of every race, age and soci-economic status.  But, we are a resilient people, and we are still standing...

Humane Society of Grand Bahama presents "We Are All God's Creatures" - Jan 14th

Support the Humane Society of Grand Bahama's special event, "We Are All God's Creatures," which is an art and crafts show with proceeds to benefiting the Society on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at Rand Nature Centre starting at 7 p.m.

There will be light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and live music...

NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System

NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation, with the goal of launching in 2021 and 2023, respectively.

Lucy will visit a target-rich environment of Jupiters mysterious Trojan asteroids, while Psyche will study a unique metal asteroid thats never been visited before, said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASAs Science Mission Directorate in Washington. This is what Discovery Program missions are all about boldly going to places weve never been to enable groundbreaking science...

Bahamas gov't responds to CBS news programme on citizenship by investment

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has noted inquiries about a a recent CBS news programme on citizenship by investment, where mention is made of a few Caribbean countries.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Ministry wishes to advise that  The Bahamas does not have citizenship by investment.

The programme has nothing to do with The Bahamas...

Sidney Collie on PLP Government and the Family Islands

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement:

A governments job is to serve the people ALL the people. The Family Islands needs and challenges are just as important as the rest of the country. True leaders understand this and keep focused on every part of the country. Unfortunately, that is not the case with this PLP Government, and with the embattled Prime Minister himself finally admitting publicly what many families especially in the Family Islands have known for years: his PLP Government has not paid as much attention to the developments on the Family Islands...

February Roll Out for New Vehicular Licensing System in Grand Bahama

The much-anticipated new vehicular licensing system for the country, which began implementation in October of last year in the capital, is expected to be rolled out in Grand Bahama the first week of February 2017.

This was revealed by Minister of Transport & Aviation, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin during an interview while in Grand Bahama recently. She pointed out that in February, the Road Traffic Department will implement the new vehicular licensing system, which will include a new license plate colour and a new drivers license...

Bahamas Set to Host Inter-American Meeting of Education Ministers

The Bahamas Government will host the Ninth Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education (9IAMME), February 9-10, 2017 at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island.

Ministers of Education are expected to discuss recent regional developments and challenges, and chart the way forward for the 34 representatives of the Organization of Americas States (OAS), and observer states, during the ministerial forum.

Conference Chairman, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald, who is also The Bahamas Minister of Education, Science and Technology, announced plans for the 9th Meeting at a Press Conference, Wednesday, January 4, 2017...

OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Haiti Congratulates Haitian People and Electoral Authorities on Conclusion of Presidential Electoral Process

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (EOM/OAS) in Haiti welcomes the announcement of the final results of the presidential election held on November 20, 2016. The EOM commends the conclusion of an electoral process that, despite having been long and complex, has allowed the country to continue down the path of democratic strengthening.

The verification process of 12% of the returns, ordered by the Electoral Disputes Tribunal at the request of different political actors, concluded that the returns analyzed did not show irregularities that could have affected the electoral process. The use of established legal processes to clarify questions about the results...

Sterling Bank & Trust Announces Appointment of Canada Former Premier Michael Harris as Director

Sterling Bank & Trust has announced the appointment of former Ontario Premier Michael Harris as a director of the integrated banking and financial services firm specializing in development and real estate-related investment vehicles. The new appointment increases the role Mr. Harris will play in helping to set policy direction for the growing award-winning firm with more than $9 billion in assets under administration and offices in Nassau, Bahamas and The Cayman Islands.   

Mr. Harris, who also serves as director on other boards of Sterling, was recently named Canadas number one premier since 1981, topping a field of 80, including four sitting premiers. The honour was based on leadership, economic policies and organizational skills with votes tallied on actual results in job growth, balanced budgets and business investment...

Grand Bahama's American Women's Club January Meeting set for January 9th

The Grand Bahama American Women's Club, an International affiliate of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, invites interested persons to our Luncheon on Monday, January 9th at Ruby Swiss Restaurant. There will be a Social Hour at 11:000 AM with a Noon luncheon, brief meeting and program.

Topic: The Pet Caregiver's Dilemma - Assessing Quality of Life and Knowing When to Say Goodbye

Speaker: Dr. Mary Gardiner ...

Senator Julian Russell to apply to run as candidate for PLP Central Grand Bahama

Over the past few weeks, I have been approached by many individuals inquiring as to whether I would be offering myself again as a Candidate in the upcoming General Elections for the Progressive Liberal Party.

If there is any doubt about my intentions, I wish to confirm that YES once again, I have offered myself to be the Progressive Liberal Partys Standard Bearer for the Central Grand Bahama Constituency...

B&J Struts with BAARK to raise $10,000

Ben & Jerrys Marina Village is starting 2017 off on a positive note having recently partnered with the Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness (BAARK) to raise a whopping $10,000 to better assist that organization in its efforts. Ben & Jerrys philosophy has always been one of giving back to the community and consistently does so through several charitable events each year.

Team members of the tasty ice cream eatery supported BAARK through its recent Strut your Mutt charity initiative held at Goodmans Bay. The fundraising and awareness event makes it possible for BAARK...

Driveby shooting in Nassau Village - 3 handguns seized, 2 men arrested

Nassau, Bahamas - Seek help in shooting incident: Police are seeking the publics help in solving a shooting incident that has left a woman detained in hospital on Monday 2nd January 2017.

Reports are that shortly after 10:00pm, a woman was standing among a group of persons in front of a home located off Alexander Boulevard, Nassau Village, when the occupants of a Nissan Primera vehicle pulled up and fired several shots before speeding off...

Police arrest Grand Bahama resident for firearm and ammunition possession

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Reports are that on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 shortly after 2:00am, Officers on special duty operation while at a business establishment on Midshipman Road, took a male into custody after he was found in possession of a chrome .45 pistol with (7) live rounds of .45 ammunition. Officers also arrested a number of persons for drug possession and outstanding warrants...

Community activist Ranard Henfield statement on January WeMarch

WeMarch Bahamas is a movement inspired by the shared desire of a people to be free of petty politics, political mischief and bad governance amongst other things.

The first demonstration of this collective conviction was seen and felt throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on November 25th 2016 when thousands of hardworking Bahamian mothers, fathers, young people and elders walked peacefully by the thousands to the seat of power to demand change and to strike the first blow at the oppressive and regressive systems that have become entrenched as the status quo...

United Peoples Movement on Bahamas' UN Vote

United Peoples Movement Statement Regarding Bahamas UN Vote on Appointment of an Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity January 2nd, 2017:

The United Peoples Movement (UPM) condemns to the uttermost the affirmative vote of The Bahamas at the United Nations General Assembly on 19th December, 2016 to support the appointment of an Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While the laws and customs of The Bahamas clearly support the protection of persons against unlawful violence...

RBPF: Police urge caution as Students head back to School

Nassau, Bahamas - With students heading backing to school, Police are urging both drivers and pedestrians to take precautions to keep the streets of the Bahamas safe as more pedestrians are using the roadways. Drivers should use caution especially while traveling in residential and school areas where pedestrians may cross the street or walk along the roadway.

Pedestrians, especially children, may dart out into traffic from unexpected places like between parked cars...

Voter Registration Drive continues in Grand Bahama

Freeport, Bahamas - Cognizant of the current voter registration numbers and determined to make her contribution to the process, businesswoman Ginger Moxey encouraged residents to take advantage of the Parliamentary Registration Departments mobile drive at St. Georges High School on Saturday.

Moxey has expressed her excitement about playing an even greater role in community development and has sent out a charge to residents to register to vote, particularly first time voters, in order to let their voices be heard...

Valley Boys Win the New Year's Junkanoo Parade

New Providence, Bahamas - The following are the unofficial results of the 2017 New Year's Day Junkanoo parade held in Nassau.

The Valley Boys came back victorious after their 5th place finish on Boxing Day to take the top place on New Year's Day. The Valley Boys'  circus theme took Best Overall Group Costume; Best Banner; Best Music; Best Off the Shoulder; Best Free Dancer; 2nd Best Lead Costume; 3rd Place Shirley Street ; 3rd Place Choreograph Dancers...

Jeff Lloyd: Government Failure to Pay Reserve Teachers

It saddens me to learn that nearly 200 educators in our country have gone without pay for several months. Teachers form a necessary foundation in our youth that becomes the bedrock of our society.

Without the sacrifices of these men and women who left retirement to come back to a profession many have devoted their entire life to, many of our young people would be subject to impossible learning situations. How have we repaid them We have shouted from the tops of our lungs that they simply do not matter. We have expressed to them that we care more about Christmas decorations, and explicit dance parties than we do about them...

ICAO: Traffic growth and airline profitability were highlights of air transport in 2016

Preliminary figures released today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) indicated that the total number of passengers carried on scheduled services reached 3.7 billion in 2016, a 6.0 per cent increase over last year. The number of departures rose to approximately 35 million globally, and world passenger traffic, expressed in terms of total scheduled revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), posted an increase of 6.3 per cent, with approximately 7,015 billion RPKs performed. This growth is a slowdown from the 7.1 per cent achieved in 2015/

Over half of the worlds tourists who travel across international borders each year were transported by air. Air transport carries some 35 per cent of world trade ...

Min. Strachan on the New Year's Eve shootings in Seabreeze Constituency

Nassau, Bahamas - Statement by the Member of Parliament for the Seabreeze Constituency on the Shootings of Four (4) Individuals in the Sandilands Village area on the 31st December, 2016.

It is with deep, profound sadness and regret that this, the first day of January, 2017, a brand new year is already marred with the sad news of a homicide. Reports received are that last night 31st December, 2016, just before midnight, the shooting of Four (4) individuals occurred off of Sandilands Village Road, in the Seabreeze Constituency...

Happy New Year from

Wishing you all the best in 2017!

Even though life presented us with various obstacles and hurdles in 2016, we can all be proud that we managed to overcome and cross the bridge to another new year.

Like a wave that lifts us, and carries us into the unknown, may our faith, our strength, family, friends, and purpose always carry us to safe shores... launched for 12+ Speaker event in Freeport

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Mackey Media Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of the registration and information website for residents interested in attending the one-day International Experts Forum scheduled to take place Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

International Experts Forum Bahamas is a free admission motivational event that will feature 12+ highly successful International presenters in one day. There is also a $49.99 VIP option that provides preferred seating and includes lunch with the speakers at the fabulous Grill Restaurant at Port Lucaya. There will be 9am and 1pm sessions, 135 seats per session all persons interested in attending must register in advance through as soon as possible.

Latest homicide: Man shot in vehicle ending up in water at Saunders Beach

Police are appealing to the public for information to assist in their investigations into the countrys latest murder of a male that occurred on Saturday 31st December 2016.

Reports are that around 2:30am, a man had just pulled off in his vehicle from a sporting club on West Bay Street, when someone fired several shots at him. The male lost control of his vehicle, sending it into the water at Saunders Beach. Shortly thereafter the lifeless body of the male was pulled from the vehicle by bystanders and taken to shore where he was pronounced dead...

Arrive Three Hours Ahead for US and Intl Flights at LPIA

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will ring in 2017 with high passenger counts. Monday, January 2, 2017 is expected to be the busiest day of the holiday season with more than 14,100 persons projected to move through the terminals. In total, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) estimates some 85,000 passengers arriving and departing LPIA between mid-December and January 2.

Were expecting to end the season on the trend of high passenger volumes, particularly on the day after New Years which is traditionally the busiest day of the holiday period, explained Jan Knowles, Vice President of Marketing & Communications at NAD...

Minister recalls community giants at Eight Mile Rock administrative complex ground-breaking

EIGHT MILE ROCK, The Bahamas During Ground-Breaking Ceremonies for a new Administrative Complex in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, Minister of Tourism and Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe said he was happy to be standing there in Eight Mile Rock, in a setting just across the street from a man who made the difference, a man called Preacher Hall.

Detailing challenges, years ago at the time of creation of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, when black Bahamians were not included in the economic life of Freeport -- Minister Wilchcombe gave historical perspective, saying of Preacher Hall...

One Family tops Boxing Day Junkanoo parade

Nassau, Bahamas - One Family and their Disney theme came out on top in the A Category of this year's Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade held on Bay Street in New Providence on December 26th.

Second in the A Category was The Shell Saxons Superstars who had an underwater theme. 

Genesis Warhawks placed fourth in their debut appearance in the A Category...

FNM Chairman: Government Voter Disenfranchisement

Nassau, Bahamas - Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on voters being turned away from registering to vote:

Todays revelation that Bahamians are being turned away and disenfranchised from registering to vote is disgraceful. The fact that women are being turned away because of how they are dressed is unethical and very possibly illegal.

This is disturbing and the Government owes this country and the women being disenfranchised an apology. We call on Perry Christie and his government to clearly apologize at once and publically address how they plan to fix this issue..."

The Bahamas Road to Majority Rule and Independence

As a former colony of Great Britain, The Bahamas attainment of independence on July 10, 1973, was relatively late when compared to some of its sister islands in the Caribbean that were also British colonies.

Jamaica, for example, after a failed attempt to establish a European Union-style West Indian Federation with Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados, became an independent country on August 6, 1962; Trinidad and Tobago followed on August 31, 1962; and Barbados severed its colonial navel string from Great Britain on November 30, 1966...

This Week in The Bahamas Commentary by Elcott Coleby: December 26 - 30

Prime Minister Christie confident of continued economic activity in 2017

Entertaining several interviews with the press including a formal press conference over the Christmas holidays, Prime Minister Christie addressed a number of national policy issues affecting the country in addition to politics, specifically the upcoming PLP national convention and the imminent general elections.

The Prime Minister confidently foreshadowed more positive economic activity and the creation of more jobs early in 2017 and well before the general elections...

Flying Fish New Year's Eve: Celebrating 5 Years

Happy New Year! Come celebrate with us...

This New Year's Eve, Flying Fish will be offering a very special 5-course tasting menu celebrating 5 years of favourite dishes!

Reservations between 5 and 11pm on Saturday, December 31st are now being accepted.  $150 per person

International Experts Forum Bahamas: 12+ International speakers coming to Freeport Jan 2017

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Mackey Media Ltd in conjunction with International Seminar promoter Mitch Carson and The Middle Easts leading internet marketer Ernesto Verdugo are pleased to present International Experts Forum Bahamas 2017. This forum is scheduled to take place Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

Taking advantage the fact that there will be an international gathering of speakers coming to Freeport for a Mastermind session, we decided to schedule a ONE-DAY EVENT for the benefit of the business community in Freeport.  Entry to the event is FREE with an option for VIP seating.

Sidney Collie: PLP Hiding from their Horrible 2016

Nassau, Bahamas - Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement:

How does one know that the embattled Prime Minister and his PLP Government are ending 2016 in a downward spiral They send out their Delusional Chairman, Bradley Roberts, to defend them. The typically insulting and nonsensical statements that weve come to expect soon follow. But the side-show antics and desire to distract the Bahamian people fail to address the central challenges facing our country. Its time for this PLP Government to face facts. The Bahamian people see right through their talk and see that they have continued to fail them in 2016.

Registration For Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas Relay Up 65%

Registration for the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas (SIMB) relay is trending ahead of the 2015 numbers by 65%.
In 2016, the relay was a sold-out event.

Marathon Bahamas will be held on January 15, 2017, a day after the 7th annual Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure 5K event.

In light of how quickly the 2016 relay sold out, organizers are urging residents to form their teams now and register in order to secure their ...

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