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Commitment to Streamline the Investment Process in Grand Bahama


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest and Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson on Friday met with existing Grand Bahama investors in the conference room of the Office of the Prime Minister, who are looking to significantly expand their investment on the island.
 
Its a signal of the possibilities that lie ahead for Grand Bahama, said Mr. Turnquest, during an address with the media.
 
As we promised during the election campaign, Grand Bahama is very important to the development of The Bahamas and so weve been...

Hon. Philip Davis Sworn In as Leader of the Opposition


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The Hon. Philip Davis was sworn in as Leader of the Official Oppositionby Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government Houseon Friday, May 19, 2017. 

Pictured at theceremonies: Mr. Davis, Dame Marguerite Pindling, and Mrs. Ann Marie Davis.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services...

2nd Annual Grand Bahama Airshow Underway!


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AIRPLANES, AIR BOSSES AND AEROBATICS ARE READY FOR THE SKIES


After months of planning, marketing and promoting the unique aerobatics and cultural showcase scheduled to take place this coming weekend, the Ministry of Tourism has cleared the runway and is ready to take off with the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, May 19th 20th, 2017, at Taino Beach, Freeport Grand Bahama Island.

During a press conference held at the events host hotel, Pelican Bay, on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, Nuvolari Chootosingh, Manager for Sports Tourism...

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis Visits the National Insurance Board


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis visited the National Insurance Board Friday morning, May 19, where, accompanied by the Minister of State for Public Service and National Insurance in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Brensil Rolle, Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson, and National Insurance Board Director Patricia Hermanns, he greeted and met with NIB management and staff...

Bahamas to Take on Caribbean in Taste of the Caribbean


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A cadre of culinary chefs from around The Bahamas have once again come together to challenge the Caribbean in a four-day showdown at Taste of the Caribbean in Miami, Florida from June 2-6.

The event, which is now in its 24th year, unites top chefs in the region to learn and demonstrate their skills in an all-out cultural showdown.

The Bahamas Hotel Tourism Association (BHTA) searches for the best chefs from different organizations to compete in the regions top premier culinary competition.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism proudly sponsors the event among others...

United States Embassy Charge d'Affaires calls on the Bahamas Prime Minister


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United States Embassy Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson paid a Courtesy Call on Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services...

U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires calls on Prime Minister Minnis


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- United States Embassy Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson paid a Courtesy Call on Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Official photo by Bahamas Information Services...

Travolta Cooper at Cannes: Okja and The New Hollywood


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(pronounced Oke Cha) is one of two Netflix films competing for the Palm dOr prize at the 70th Cannes Film Festival (the other film is The Meyerowitz Stories). With its big, clunky, and clumsy debut this morning, Okja has something boisterous to say about the future of the movie business around the world. Yes, that means Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and every other kind of Wood. That might even mean Cariwood (which is a term coined for the Caribbean Film Industry).

As expected on this third day of the festival, when the Netflix Logo appeared on the screen at the world famous Lumiere (named after the Lumiere Brothers - the inventors of the cinema no less) Theater this morning, there was a collective jeering boooo.

Finalists in Caribbean Week Mixologist Competition Announced


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On Monday evening (May 15), the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) welcomed six of the Caribbean's finest mixologists to Roof at Park South in New York for one of the final two Rum Rumbles leading up to the sixth annual Rum & Rhythm Benefit taking place June 9, 2017, as part of the week-long Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY17).

Rum Rumbles are a series of promotional competitions held at popular rum bars in Manhattan. Last night's Rum Rumble cocktail reception welcomed CTO officials and bar patrons as Syl Johnson and Dani DeLuna tied for first place to become finalists for their impressive mixologist skills and rum cocktail creations. Johnson and DeLuna triumphed over fellow contenders Andrew Porteous, Sarah Akramos, Juan Arboleda and Chelsea Kaiser.

Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas


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President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Doug Manchester as Ambassador to the Bahamas.

If confirmed, Papa Doug Manchester of California will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Mr. Manchester is a leading industrialist with accomplishments on a national and international scale in telecommunications, radio broadcast, medical instrumentation, publishing, and real estate development...

Islands of the World Fashion Showcase "The Colour of Love" this weekend


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Integrating the visual arts with a diversity of cultures and the bio-diversity of underwater life in the pristine seas surrounding The Bahamas, under the theme The Colour of Love, the seventh edition of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase will explode in a burst of tropical colours in the romantic setting of the Humidor Piazza of Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant on Saturday, 20th May 2017.

DKlypse Swimwear by Kristen Cartwright of The Bahamas, Sun, Sea and Sand by Persida Louison of Haiti, and Rock That Style by Greg Williams of Barbados are the individual designers presenting their new collections. Exiles, which is a collective and collaborative initiative encompassing several designers will be making its second major presentation at IWFS...

Junior Achievement holds 38th annual awards ceremony


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Under the theme Solving Tomorrows Problems Today, JuniorAchievement Bahamas recently held its 38th Annual Awards ceremonywhere the outstanding accomplishments of the achievers, volunteers andcounselling firms for the 2016/2017 year were honoured.

Raymond Winder, Chairman of JA Bahamas stated, This yearstheme speaks directly to the way of the 21st Century. No doubt weare living in some very unique and challenging times. The world continues tochange at the speed of thought, advancing at a rate that requires as muchpreparation as it does information. Notwithstanding challenges that we face,after 38 years in existence, JA Bahamas remains the number one youth programmein the country. The success of the programme is measured directly by the impactit has had on tens of thousands of alumni (and supporters), many of whom arenow distinguished in their careers and businesses...

Pam Burnside: Economic Empowerment and Creativity


On behalf of Creative Nassau, I should like to respond directly to the urgent need for economic growth in The Bahamas by presenting two common sense solutions.

In 2014, Creative Nassau www.creativenassau.com a non-profit organization of passionate citizens, was successful in obtaining a prestigious UNESCO designation for the City of Nassau to become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts, without government assistance. Our application was based on our unique traditions of Straw Craft and Junkanoo.

The UCCN is an amazing global organization of 116 cities from 54 countries, and as one of the very first cities from the Caribbean region to be successful, we are rightly proud of this achievement for the benefit of our country...

Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels


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Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region wants to remind boaters of the dangers in aiming lasers at commercial vessel.

For commercial vessels, the main threat is that exposure to laser light can cause blindness to the ships operators possibly causing a collision in the shipping channel. For the Coast Guard, a laser aimed at a Coast Guard asset could cause a search-and-rescue mission to be delayed or even aborted.

In a recent case, Coast Guard Investigative Service worked with Calvert County Sheriff's Office to investigate and locate an individual shining laser lights to at least eight commercial vessels transiting the Chesapeake Bay between Cove Point and Drum Point...

Caribbean region aims to integrate gender equality in disaster risk management in the agriculture sector


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In an effort to strengthen the resiliency of communities to disasters in the Caribbean, 25 representatives from 12 countries across the region are participating in a regional training workshop for integrating gender equality in disaster risk management programming for the agriculture sector. The workshop is being co-facilitated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and is held on 17-19 May 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana.

The Caribbean region is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change and at high risk of natural and man-made hazards, such as floods, drought, hurricanes, landslides, earthquakes, fires as well as transboundary threats...

US Charge d'Affaires calls on Bahamas Minister of National Security


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United States Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson paid a Courtesy Call on Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames, May 19, 2017 at the offices of the Ministry of National Security.   Ms. Johnson was accompanied by staff of the U.S. Embassy, Nassau, while Mr. Dames was accompanied by Carl F. Smith, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security; Karen Rigby, Under Secretary, Ministry of National Security; and staff of the Ministry of National Security. A meeting followed the Courtesy Call.

 Official photographs taken by Patrick Hanna of Bahamas Information Services



RBPF Nassau: Launch Manhunt for Two Murder Suspects


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Police have launched a manhunt and public appeal for two men wanted for questioning reference to Murder.

The first suspect is 22 year old Livingstone Knowles, AKA Kaisor of Ethel Street, Montel Heights...

The second suspect is 31 year old Tico Omar Lightbourne, AKA Pitbull of
McCartney Lane and Wilson Track...

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


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A sequel that gives you more of what you liked in the original without the surprise...


An unlikely group of spacefaring adventurers learn the true origin of their leader. In so doing they are thrust into the heart of a intergalactic threat that could consume countless planets.

Peter Quill is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who is dealing with his feelings for his teammate Gamora when he meets his long lost extraterrestrial father. Nebula is an alien trying to understand her complex feelings between her sister Gamora who she blames for her childhood truma and her father Thanos who was the reason for the trauma...

Bahamas Department of Corrections Officer being Sought for Drug Possession


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Police are seeking the publics help regarding any information they may have regarding the whereabouts of Bahamas Department of Corrections Officer, 26 year old Alston Lamar Forbes of Kent  Drive, Coral Harbour.

Forbes is wanted in connection with a quantity of dangerous drugs found at the Bahamas Department of Corrections on May 1, 2017.

Forbes is a medium brown male, medium build, about 5 8 in height...

RBPF Nassau: 2 Men arrested, 1 shot following car chase - 2 in custody for armed robbery- Drug arrest - Firearm seized


According to reports, around 10:00pm, police received a report the occupants in a Nissan car were discharging a firearms in the area of Boyd Road and Providence Avenue. Responding officers arrived in the area shortly thereafter and spotted the vehicle. The officers signaled to the occupants of the vehicle to stop, but they refused and sped off. A chased ensued in the Farrington Road area during which time the suspects fired several shots at the police. The police returned fire and the vehicle crashed into a nearby wall on Pitt Road, where one of the men ran from the vehicle fired several shots at the police and fled on foot. The officers gave chase and later caught this suspect hiding in a doghouse nearby. The other suspect who had been shot was arrested in the vehicle. A handgun was found in the suspects vehicle...

Haitian Migrants apprehended in Eleuthera


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Over 4 dozen Haitian migrants were apprehended in the eastern Bahamas Wednesday morning during a joint exercise by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Immigration authorities.

Shortly after 10:00 am, a Haitian sloop was spotted in the area of Bannerman Town, Eleuthera. When officials arrived to the scene, they embarked on a joint exercise to take into custody the migrants, some of whom had already begun to disperse. A search was conducted in the area and over 50 migrants were apprehended. The migrants were transported to the Capital aboard HMBS Kamalamee under the command of Senior Lieutenant Valentino Rolle and turned over to Immigration officials for further processing...

HGTV Seeks Realtors and Home Buyers for New "Bahamas Life" TV Show


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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)

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

BAMSI Erects Greenhouse In Deadmans Cay, Long Island


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The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) continues itsprogramme to establish greenhouses throughout the Southeastern Bahamas, withthe latest structure erected in Deadmans Cay, Long Island on Friday.

The greenhouse concept introducesnew technology that will impact the production cycle of bananas and other cropsboth in quantity and availability, said Alaasis Braynen, chief executiveofficer. The announcement comes after the agriculture agency constructedspecialized greenhouses in Eleuthera and Long Island aimed at reducing theissues of seasonality, productions costs for the nations farmers andstabilizing the price of produce...

Coast Guard suspends search for woman 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas


The Coast Guard suspended their search at 8:45 p.m.Thursday for a missing woman 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas.

Missing is Isabella Hellman, 41, of Delray Beach.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ms. Hellman in this difficult time," said Capt. Aldante Vinciguerra, chief of response for the Coast Guard Seventh District. "Suspending a search is never an easy call to make and was made with deep consideration in this tragic case..."

RBPF: Police in South Andros make Large Drug Bust, Two Men in Custody


Andros, Bahamas - Consistent with the Commissioners Police Plan for 2017, a team of courageous officers assigned to the South Andros District struck big blow in the operations of drug traffickers in the Bahamas on Thursday 18th May 2017, this time with the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana and the arrest of two suspects on that island.

Reports are that around 6:00am, a team of officers from the South Andros District, acting on intelligence went to a bushy area in Mars Bay, where they uncovered just over one thousand pounds of marijuana packaged in 44 nylon sacks, 19 small bags and a suit case...

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Thursday, May 18


This is the Bahamas public forecast for today and tonight,  Thursday 18th May 2017.

General situation: Deep layered troughing combined with abundant tropical moisture will continue to generate unsettled weather across the Central and Southeast Bahamasmeanwhile a high pressure North of the area will maintain fresh to strong breezes acrossthe islands.

Special warnings: Boaters and beachgoers should continue to exercise caution due to rough surf and dangerous rip currents mainly along east coast beaches...

Haitian Flag Day A Success


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Thousands of members of the Haitian community in New Providence observed Haitis Flag Day on Saturday passed. BTC partnered with the Haitian Community as the Title Sponsor for the days activities.

Special guests attending the event included the Haitian Ambassador, Miss Haiti and former Miss World.

CEO Leon Williams spoke to the crowd. BTC built the first submarine fiber optic cable in Haiti, connecting them to the rest of the world. BTC is here to support the Haitian community in all of their endeavors and not just on Flag Day. We are a partner for life, said Williams...

Travolta Cooper at Cannes: What is Amazon Studios doing here


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It is day two at Cannes, the mother of film festivals, and the debate amongst cinema lovers continues on the presence of streaming giants like Amazon Studios at the festival. Which side you find yourself on the debate could determine, to some Cinephiles, whether you should keep your true cinema card or not. Cinema purist in press conferences and screenings are acting like the festival has been infected with a virus. They feel like something foreign and toxic is threatening to destroy at core the true essence of the cinema (there was a collective booo when the logo for Amazon Studios appeared on the screen at this mornings screening).

But, is it really that serious Hasnt cinema always evolved technologically Hearing the debates remind me of what cinema audiences might have experienced when silent film became sound film. Or when black white film became color...

Save The Bays Pins 24 Bahamians Youth Environmental Ambassadors


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Youth Environmental Ambassador Facilitator Ruth Cadet talks to teachers and parents at the graduation ceremony for 24 junior high school students in Grand Bahama following their successful completion of the intense, classroom and in the field, certification course preparing them to become environmental stewards and leaders. The program is sponsored and run by Save The Bays.

Zhyir Miranda, 12, knew even as a youngster that littering was wrong. But it wasnt until she signed up for Youth Environmental Ambassadors and saw the damage it could do to marine life that she fully understood littering wasnt just ugly it was dangerous.

Littering does not just look bad, littering can kill the turtles in the sea. It can kill the animals that live in the mangroves and depend on mangroves for their survival especially when they are young, said the 12-year-old...

Popup Show In Grand Bahama to Encourage Entrepreneurship


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The TOCU Agency, a new talent and management company is pleased to announce its first Pop Up Shop on the Island of Grand Bahama. "We are also happy to announce our partnership with Kalypso Restaurant and Bar in the Port Lucaya Marketplace. They have graciously come on board to act as a backdrop to this exciting event," said a press statement.

"A big part of the mission of The TOCU Agency is to not only recruit talent but to also foster and encourage entrepreneurship. It is with this in mind that we are welcoming local craftsmen, entrepreneurs, designers and artist of all mediums to apply and participate in our Inaugural event."

With Application deadlines on June 1st, The Pop Up Shop is scheduled to take place on June 10th between the hours of 2pm-7pm... 

Miss World Grand Bahama supported by BTC


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On July 30th,  Jerell Stratchan, Miss World Grand Bahama will enter the Ms. World National competition in Nassau and then if she wins on to the International Pageant.  Grand Bahama BTC is assisting the pageant winner with a gown for the event and also surprised her with a new Galaxy Mobile Phone as well as airtime ahead of pageant. The St. George's High School student, is pictured with BTC's PR and Marketing Manager for the Northern Bahamas Leteasha Lord as well as Miss World GB Committee Chairman and former Miss GB Brooke Grant. Ms. Grant reminded the public to support our GB representative on line and at the event, as she seeks to represent our country in this platform...

Industry Leaders to Address Tourism Marketing Conference During Caribbean Week NY


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Caribbean tourism marketers, policymakers and practitioners will be privy to the latest expert tactics and best practices in marketing and brand reputation at the marketing conference during Caribbean Week New York. Themed Marketing Caribbean Tourism in the New "Ab"Normal, the event will take place Thursday, June 8, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - noon at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Avenue).
 
During the event, some of the most influential travel industry experts in the U.S. will provide detailed guidance about how to select and leverage well-known tools and platforms during times of constant change, to encourage travel and loyalty to the region...

Special Olympics Bahamas Paid Courtesy Call at Government House


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Members of Special Olympics Bahamas paid a courtesy call upon Deputy to the Governor General Mr. Oswald Ingraham, and Mrs Ingraham, at Government House recently.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services

U.N. Slow Down, Save Lives Movement Gains Momentum in Bahamas


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They held up signs with lines like Race Drivers Say Dont Race and You Drink, I Drive. They were the recruits joining the movement to reduce the number of road deaths and they took the pledge at the Mall at Marathon Saturday during the United Nations Road Safety Week May 8-14.

This is the fourth year the United Nations program has aimed at slashing the startling statistics that include the road crash death of a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. However it is the first year The Bahamas has participated, thanks to funding from the FIA, the World Governing Body of motor sport, and the presence and organization of FIA Bahamas Development Director David McLaughlin...

Armstrong Celebrates 10 Years, Shares Success of Offshoot Ship242, Shop242 Companies


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Nearly 10 years ago, Robert and Sabrina Knowles, working for others in IT, decided to take a risk. With two small children and a home office that barely fitted two desks, one phone and a few shelves, they launched their own company, Armstrong Technology.

Today they operate Armstrong Technology and Consultants from a retail location on Madeira Street in Palmdale. Their offshoot online purchase and courier companies, Shop242.com and Ship242.com are based in a savvy online portal OneandDone and in a bricks and mortar location on Shirley Street. Most recently, that division of the business expanded, taking space in Armstrongs Madeira location...

RBPF Nassau: 2 Overnight Shootings and Armed Robbery - 22 arrested and 267 drivers cited


Police searching for Suspects in Two Overnight Shootings and Armed Robbery: Police are asking members of the public to come forth with any information they may have in solving two separate overnight shootings and an armed robbery that has left two men detained in hospital.

In the first incident, shortly after 11:00pm on Tuesday 17th May 2017, a man was walking on Rodgers Lane in Bain Town, when a man armed with a handgun approached on a motorcycle and shot him before speeding off. The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in serious condition...

WSC Celebrates 2017 Essay and Video Winners


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The Water and Sewerage Corporations (WSC) May observance of water month has become synonymous with the corporations annual essay and video competition which gives high school aged students the opportunity to show the impact of water on our island and the worlds water issues.

This annual event has become increasingly prestigious, not just because of its great prizes but also the exposure given to the work of participating students whose winning essays and videos are posted on the companys social media pages and gain huge audience views. This year's theme: Water and the Environment: How do they Coexist encouraged this years entrants to examine how their water usage impacts the wider environment and conversely how their everyday habits, with respect to waste disposal and other matters, impact the safety and quality of our local water supply...

ALIV Becomes Platinum Sponsor for Cancer Society Ball


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The Cancer Society of The Bahamas will be hosting its 16th Annual Gala Ball this Saturday, May 20th. The ball, held under the theme Celebrate! Faith, Hope, Love, will be held at the Melia Resort and proceeds will benefit the societys Cancer Caring Expansion Project. At ALIV, we believe in assisting non-profit organizations and any effort to assist in the overall health and wellness of the countrys citizens is paramount for us. We know cancer affects us all so we want to be part of the answer for a cure. The donation was made on May 17th, 2017 at ALIVs Head Office on Petersfield Road...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing airplane 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas


The Coast Guard suspended the searchat8:45 p.m.Thursday for fourpeople15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City,Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.

"This was a swift and significant loss and its impact has reverberated through everyone that participated in the search,"said Christopher Eddy, search and rescue mission coordinator. "Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the families involved.."

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Travolta Cooper at Cannes: Why is Netflix here


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While Hollywood is the biggest promoter of movies around the world, it was the French that invented the cinema. Perhaps this is why they directly and indirectly act as its priests and guardians. The four corners of the world flock to Cannes each year for the glamour and market of it all, but I believe it is the reverence for the cinema that is the true heart and allure of Cannes to the nations.

So with all that said what in the world is streaming giant Netflix doing at the 70th Cannes

Coast Guard continues searching for survivors from missing airplane 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas


The Coast Guard continues to search for survivorsWednesday15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas, from an airplane that was reported missing Monday.

Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York City,Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old and 4-year-old sons.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located a fuel sheen and adebris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The helicopter crew was able to lowera rescue swimmer and retrieve some of thedebris to transfer ashore for identification...

Grand Bahama Minister Assures Island is Top Priority


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The Hon. Kwasi Thompson in a press conference Wednesday assured residents ofGrand Bahama that the island is a top priority with the newly elected governingFree National Movement with there being a State Minister, a Deputy PrimeMinister and the Prime Minister representing the island at the highestlevel. The press conference took placeat the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama.

Mr. Thompson was swornin on Monday, May 15, 2017 as Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Officeof the Prime Minister...

Cancer Society Ball celebrates Life, Faith and Hope with RBC Support


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The 2017 Cancer Societys 16th Annual Ball, an annual fundraiser that will benefit hundreds in the Bahamian community, is ready to make a difference with the support of RBC. This years theme of Celebrate! Faith. Hope. Love. Peace. Happiness. Survival. Joy. highlights the multiple dimensions of life and the reasons it is so important to continue seeking a cure. RBCs annual sponsorship will assist the Cancer Society in obtaining the equipment and resources they need for cancer patients within the community. Proceeds from the ball will also help the society with its Cancer Caring Centre Expansion Project, adding a hospice facility and day care, with an additional 16 rooms for patients.
 
Brian Knowles, RBC Head, Corporate Banking said, We are pleased to continue our sponsorship of The Cancer Societys annual ball. We respect and appreciate the entire team for their tireless commitment and the great work they do every day to help people directly and indirectly affected by cancer...

Minister Henfield briefs Foreign Affairs Senior Staff


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Minister Henfield briefs Foreign Affairs Senior Staff - The Honourable Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs met with senior staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday, 17th May at Ministry Headquarters in the Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre.  The Minister discussed the ongoing work of all Ministry sections and briefed the senior staff members on the Ministry's priorities going forward.  Minister Henfield is shown at centre right, with Permanent Secretary Sheila Carey (centre left) and other Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior staff in New Providence.

Bahamas receives high marks from CARICOM for 2017 General Election


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A preliminary report from the Caribbean Communitys (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission has given The Bahamas high marks for the conduct of the 2017 General Election.
 
The elections were conducted May 10, 2017 during which the Free National Movement won 35 of the 39 seats contested to form a new government. An Advanced Poll was held May 3, 2017.
 
Parliamentary Registration Department officials say 88 per cent of the 181,000 registered voters in The Bahamas cast ballots during the General Election.
 
Parliamentary Commissioner (Actg.) Charles Albury said Wednesday that officials at the Department had received a preliminary report from the CARICOM...

Grand Bahama's New Minister Set to 'Get to Work'


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For the first time on island since his appointment on Monday, May 15, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson arrived on island Tuesday evening "ready to get to work."
    
Met by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Grand Bahama Melvin Seymour, Senior Under Secretary Harcourt Brown, Assist to the Permanent Secretary Conrad Jones and Protocol Officer Dashy Williams, Minister Thompson spoke briefly with the media before going directly to the Ministry.
                   
Minister Thompson said, "Firstly, I want to say how grateful I am to God for what really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I've lived in Grand Bahama all my life, and Grand Bahama really has been a very special place for me. To be appointed the Minister of State responsible for Grand Bahama really is an awesome, awesome privilege, I see it really as service to the country...

Local SME Sector Needs Greater Diversity


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Whilst the economy is making small but steady progress, increased diversity and innovation within the citys small business sector would definitely add value for residents and to the local economic landscape, stated Ian Rolle, President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), referring to the Ports recent introduction of a Business Diversity Waiver (BDW) for the Downtown Business Area.

As with the upcoming Business Innovation & e-Commerce workshop, all initiatives by our Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), in 2017, will focus on encouraging increased business diversity and innovation, which at present is lacking within our small business sector. That said, one important measure that we are taking is to incentivize entrepreneurs who are thinking outside the box, with a one year GBPA Licence Fee Waiver, when they launch their creative business ideas within the Downtown area, he added...

Association of Administrative Professionals Make Courtesy Call at Government House


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Members from the Association of Administrative Professionals called upon Deputy to the Governor General Mr. Oswald Ingraham, and Mrs. Ingraham, recently at Government House.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services

Royal Bahamas Police Force Reserve Officers Presented Medals


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Officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Reserve were presented Medals by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Official photographs by Bahamas Information Services

RBPF Nassau: 19 arrested and 254 Drivers cited in Police Islandwide-anti-crime operations


Consistent with the Commissioners Policing Priorities for 2017, large teams of police officers conducted intensified anti-crime operations in several Policing Divisions across New Providence on Tuesday 16th May 2017.

Yesterdays operations was designed to disrupt crime groups and to target persons involved in criminal activities, such as Drugs and Firearms, Persons wanted for various criminal offences, Prolific Offenders, Persons wanted for Outstanding Court Warrants and motorists operating in Breach of the Traffic Laws...

Pam Burnside: The ABC's Of A New Beginning


The positive atmosphere that presently envelops The Bahamas as a result of last weeks election, is a welcome relief, reminiscent of that amazing optimism and anticipation felt in the 1970s when my late husband and I returned home from studies abroad as young Bahamians eager to make our mark upon the clean slate of our independent nation!

I should like to extend sincere thanks to the Free National Movement for sweeping away the claustrophobic sense of anxiety that has surrounded so many of us recently, for it is indeed a brand new day! This is an opportunity which we must all grasp with determination in order to put our country, which we love so dearly, firmly back on its feet again...

Romora Bay Resort & Marina Has Best Season in Resorts Nearly 50-Year History, Caps Off Best Year for Marina


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Romora Bay Resort & Marina, a Harbour Island landmark since 1968, reported the strongest season in its nearly 50-year history with all revenue streams marina, rooms and restaurant at peak occupancy and spend records in April.

We could not be more pleased with the reception we have been getting, particularly among the captains and owners of increasingly larger vessels at the marina. What gives us the greatest satisfaction is that we are operating at our very best with all-Bahamian management and staff sharing that special touch of Bahamian hospitality, said Joe Dargavage, Operations Manager, the sole non-Bahamian. Dargavage, who has a 25-year history in The Bahamas and has served as president of the Association of Bahamas Marinas...

Anthony Newbold appointed Vice President of ACP Press Clubs Federation


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Anthony A Newbold, President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 has been appointed vice president of the 79-member African Caribbean & Pacific Press Clubs Federation at the Federations second official meeting held May 1 May, 2017 in Brussels.

"It was both humbling and thrilling at the same time," said Mr. Newbold. "To see that my contributions to the Federation were noted and appreciated even in my absence. It demonstrates the high esteem in which The Bahamas Press Club is held in international media circles and the potential for even more benefits for members of the local media"

Mr. Newbold was a founding member of the Federation in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, which was formed as an umbrella organization, to build a platform for ACP Press Clubs, international press centres and press associations to exchange information, collaborate on joint projects...

Bahamas DPM Turnquest on Bank of The Bahamas


Statement on Bank of The Bahamas by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. K. Peter Turnquest:

TheGovernment of The Bahamas acknowledges that the Bank of The Bahamas is asystemically important financial institution and as such is fully committed toits success. The Government further acknowledges the concerns of the variousstakeholders with respect to the Bank's: capital, liquidity andgovernance. In its role as the majorityshareholder, the Government is committed to working with the Board, Managementand Regulators in comprehensively addressing all of these issues and returningthe Bank to sustained profitability...

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PAHO Encourages Caribbean Countries to Tax Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages


Taxes on tobacco, alcoholic and sweetened beverages can help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is encouraging Caribbean authorities to adopt these tax measures, which can contribute to reducing the burden of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer, and their devastating social and economic consequences.

Implementing taxes on the consumption of unhealthy products requires decisions by health authorities as well as finance authorities who design tax policies. To that end, PAHO/WHO is bringing together health and finance officials from 17 countries and territories for the Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Alcohol, Tobacco..

Healthy Family Relationships Crucial to Building Better Communities


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Building healthy family relationships is crucial to addressing many of the concerns facing Bahamian families, beginning in the homes, and including other institutions of socialization such as the church, schools and civic organizations, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services Mrs. Phedra Rahming said Monday.

Permanent Secretary Rahming said the process will take a long-term commitment and collective effort, but that the results are well worth that effort.

The results are well-balanced, well-adjusted, productive citizens who lead a life of dignity and respect for themselves and others, Mrs. Rahming added...

Inuagural Meeting of the Cabinet Held


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The inaugural meeting of the Cabinet washeld this morning at the Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre and the peoplesbusiness was begun. All CabinetMinisters were present, except Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Works, whois out of the country.

The Cabinet established under Article 72of the Constitution of The Bahamas, is a collegiate body with collective decision-makingand collective responsibility. Itdecided that all Ministers would conduct an audit within his Ministry(including departments and agencies funded by the public purse) of persons hiredon contract, their job title/position, salary and period of contract...

Sterlings CEO David Kosoy to Speak at Bahamas Landfall, Destination Canada


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Sterling Global Financial Ltd (Sterling), is pleased to announce that David Kosoy has been invited to speak at Bahamas Landfall, Destination Canada, to be held May 30th, 2017 in Montreal at Hotel Le Crystal and May 31st, 2017 in Toronto at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.
 
Kosoy, who will present an overview of private banking in The Bahamas, is the Chairman and CEO of Sterling Global Financial and Executive Chairman of Sterling Bank & Trust, headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas. In the Bahamas, the group holds a bank and trust license and manages New Providence Capital Management Partners Ltd., Sterling Mortgage Income Fund and Sterling Global Opportunity Fund. Sterling also operates Sterling Trust Cayman which is one of the oldest trust companies in the Cayman Islands from which it provides a range of fiduciary and administrative services to its clients...

HMBS Rolly Gray makes 1000 lb drug bust


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Early yesterday morning, Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, HMBS ROLLY GRAY, made a hefty dent in the illegal narcotics supply.

While on routine patrol in the South western Bahamas, in the area of Cay Lobos, the Defence Force vessel intercepted a 28-foot blue and white go-fast vessel. The vessel was subsequently searched by Rolly Gray's boarding team and a large supply of contraband, believed to be marijuana was discovered on board.

The three males on board, 2 Bahamians and 1 Jamaican, were apprehended and their contraband seized. They were transported to the Capital where they arrived...

Cabinet Office Statement on Hon. Desmond Bannister


The Cabinet Office understands that there are a number of stories circulating on social media regarding the Member of Parliament and Minister-designate for the Ministry of Works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister.

The Cabinet Office wishes to inform the General Public that Mr. Bannister had an audience with the Prime Minister on Sunday, 14th May 2017 at which time he accepted the appointment of Minister of Works...

OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations


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On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the man who successfully challenged Belizes sodomy law and won, with the Felipa De Sousa Award at the organizations annual gala, a Celebration of Courage.

OutRights award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The evenings host, performer and artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, shared the stage with presenter Congressman Mark Takano and honorees Caleb Orozco, Unibam Belize, OutSpoken award recipient Logo TV, accepted by Pam Post, Vice President of original programming and series development, and OutStanding Awardee Blanche Wiesen Cook, prize-winning biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt. Special guests included Tracey Norman, pioneering transgender model...

New FNM Cabinet Sworn In by Bahamas Governor General


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Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said at Government House that as the formation of the Peoples Government continued that day, May 15, 2017, the Bahamian people deserved a government that respected time and proper functioning of government.

"My administration will be marked by order and punctuality," Prime Minister Minnis said at the Swearing-In Ceremony of Free National Movement Cabinet Ministers that day by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling. "We will strive to be an organized government. The Bahamian people want less talk and more action," he added. "Brevity is not the enemy of effective communication..."

CANTO and Huawei Co-host Stakeholder Invitational in Panama


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CANTO and Huawei Technologies Panama co-hosted the CANTO Stakeholder Invitational in Panama on May 12th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megalopolis. The event was held on the heels of the 134th Board of Directors' meeting.

The CANTO Stakeholder Invitational addressed Operators, Regulators and persons in the ICT sector at a media conference and brunch. The Invitational focused on the association, its activities in Latin America and the Caribbean; Huawei headline sponsorship plus opportunities for partnerships...

Commonwealth to unveil revolutionary approach to climate change

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Some of the worlds leading environmental experts will meet at a Commonwealth conference this week to see how they can take forward an innovative strategy to reverse the human impact of climate change. They are hoping their new approach will influence the debate among world leaders when they meet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP23, chaired by Fiji in Bonn, Germany this November.

The Commonwealths Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Conference, organised in collaboration with the Cloudburst Foundation, is the second meeting of experts, who believe that climate change does not have to be all doom and gloom, and there is potential to reverse its effects...

7th Annual Junior Rugby Festival, a fun-filled weekend of competition


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Over the course of three days, the 7th Annual Junior Rugby Festival took place at the Freeport Rugby Football Club, May 12th-14th.

The annual tournament, which was organized by the Freeport Rugby Football Club (FRFC), attracted players from the ages of eight to eighteen who wished to engage in a fun-filled weekend of friendly competition.

With visiting teams from Grand Cayman, Bermuda, New Providence, and Key Biscayne, Florida, a total of 321 youth players (both girls and boys) visited Grand Bahama Island to experience what it was like to play against international competition...

Bahamas PM Minnis Remarks at Swearing-in Ceremony of Cabinet Ministers


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I have occasion once again to thank you for your gracious hospitality, and that of the fine staff of Government House. Today, we continue the formation of the Peoples Government.

The Bahamian people deserve a government that respects time and proper functioning of government. My administration will be marked by order and punctuality. We will strive to be an organized government.

The Bahamian people want less talk and more action. Brevity is not the enemy of effective communication.

I thank Your Excellency for swearing me in as Prime Minister the day after the general election. The Minister of Finance, and the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs were sworn in the following day...

J. Kwasi Thompson sworn in as State Minister of Grand Bahama


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The following is a statement from J. Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister:

I am thankful to God for his grace and favor on my life. I wish to thank Prime Minister Hubert Minnis for the confidence reposed in me and for providing me with this opportunity to serve my country and the people of Grand Bahama. I accept the appointment with humility recognizing that there is little time to celebrate as there is much work to be done.

It is my firm belief that leadership is about service and I hope to serve the people of Grand Bahama with integrity and excellence...

CARICOM SG ready to welcome new Bahamian PMs fresh ideas


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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is looking forward to an early briefing with new Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis on matters relating to the Caribbean Community and the Prime Ministers portfolio in the quasi-cabinet of the CARICOM Heads of Government, that of Tourism.

I look forward, Prime Minister, to the fresh ideas that you will undoubtedly bring to assist in the progress of our integration process, the Secretary-General said in his letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Minnis. He also gave the assurance of his full support and that of the CARICOM Secretariat as the Prime Minister seeks to enhance the lives of the people of The Bahamas during his term of office...


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