CIBC FirstCaribbean’s annual Walk for the Cure raises the bar
$77,000 raised in Bahamas, $400k across the region
NASSAU, Bahamas – CIBC FirstCaribbean’s annual Walk for the Cure has raised the bar yet again, collecting $400,000 across the region and more than $77,000 in donations in the Bahamas in its 2015 fundraising efforts.
In a presentation at the CIBC FirstCaribbean country headquarters on Shirley Street, the Bahamian funds were distributed between eight local cancer charities: Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Groups of New Providence and Grand Bahama; The Cancer Society of The Bahamas; The Cancer Societies of Abaco, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama; The Cancer Association of Grand Bahama and the One Eleuthera Foundation. Each organization received $9,277.
Shaun Ingraham, of One Eleuthera Foundation, stated he is grateful for the support from CIBC FirstCaribbean and the funds will increase access to care in the Family Islands.
“I want to say thanks to CIBC FirstCaribbean for the generosity of this gift,” said Mr. Ingraham. “It means a lot to the women of Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Cat Island and the Central Bahamas. The One Eleuthera Foundation is working with partners like the Cancer Society to house a mammogram machine in Eleuthera. Right now women have to come to Nassau to get mammograms, which can cost over $400 per person; with the mammogram in Eleuthera we can cut it to about $100 and we hope within two years to be serving 1800 mammograms per year.”
The Walk for the Cure, held in October, united over 20,000 passionate participants in 17 countries. In the Bahamas, the event attracted nearly 1,000 registrants, boosted by walks held in Abaco, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama for the first time.
The art of Matt Wild to be featured at Festival Noel
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- As the Festival Noel committee strings the lights, restaurants prepare their menus and Bristol Wines and Spirits chills the wine, one of the most important aspects of Festival Noel is beginning to arrive at the Rand Nature Centre - the art!
This year’s featured artist is Matthew Wildgoose (aka Matt Wild), a Grand Bahama native who is well-known for his acting talents on Cable Bahamas and BTC commercials and is now showing off his passion for painting.
Wild has displayed his art both locally and internationally, with his first two art exhibitions paying homage to Bahamian pop icons. Matthew’s art has been described as ‘Drama on Canvas’ where he chooses to paint iconic personalities in a powerful and dramatic way. During his first international art show Wild’s inspiration came from classic cinema. His first buyers during that exhibition were actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya!
“I was thrilled to be asked to exhibit at Festival Noel,” noted Wild. “It’s exciting to have my work showcased at this very popular event. I don’t know who is more thrilled – me or my mother?”
Wild’s art can be found in countless homes as well as in art collections at Sapodilla Restaurant & Estate, the British Colonial Hilton hotel and Towne Hotel, located in downtown Nassau. It is also part of the “Dawn Davies Art Collection” and the D'Aguilar Art Foundation. His art can be seen in murals at The Bahamas Humane Society in Nassau, Bahamas (New Providence) and the Junkanoo Museum in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Exuma residents donate $5,500 towards hurricane relief
NASSAU, The Bahamas – A group of concerned residents of Exuma donated $5,500 towards the Hurricane Joaquin Relief effort, to assist residents in the Central and Southeast Bahamas impacted by the Category 4 storm in October. The funds came from the Exuma Christian Disaster Community Relief Fund, Member of Parliament for Exuma the Hon. Anthony Moss, and the Stuart Manor Curtis Alexander Association. On Monday, November 23, 2015, representatives presented the National Emergency Management Agency with a cheque at NEMA’s office on Gladstone Road and NEMA’s Way. Pictured from left are Mr. Moss, Captain Stephen Russell, Director NEMA; Rev Franklyn McKenzie, President of Remnant of Hope, and Pastor Reginald McKenzie. (Photo/NEMA)
BTO-Atlanta holds tradeshow for travel agents and announces new Family Islands flights
ATLANTA, Georgia -- The Bahamas Tourist Office in Atlanta, Georgia recently hosted more than 115 of the top travel agents to a trade show and dinner reception at the Ivy Hall & Roswell Mill Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, which showcased various Resorts in The Bahamas also served to announce Delta Airlines new non stop services into The Bahamas commencing in December, making accessibility to The Bahamas’ destination, much easier.
Commencing December 19, 2015, Delta will fly twice weekly into Marsh Harbour, Abaco and North Eleuthera, from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport; Tuesdays and Saturdays into Marsh Harbour, Abaco and Wednesdays and Saturdays into North Eleuthera.
In addition to this, Delta will also boost its existing services into Georgetown, Exuma and will commence daily service from Atlanta. All of the new routes and flights will use 65-seater EV-CJ7 jet services.
Edward Archer, General Manager of the Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta said, “interest in the Islands of The Bahamas from the Georgia market has steadily increased over the past two years. We are excited about the addition of these new air services into Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma which will not only make The Bahamas even more accessible and appealing to our visitors, but will also fulfill a much-needed void. Additionally, these services now provide us with endless growth and promotional opportunities to showcase The Bahamas’ unique multi-islands brand,” he said.
“To partner with a reputable and successful airline giant like Delta Airlines, which dominates the airline industry, particularly in this major feeder market, is truly fantastic, especially as we continue to reengage and reconnect with our travel trade partners on developing and providing sound partnerships that are mutually beneficial, effective and successful,” he said.
Trailblazer environmentalists featured in National Women’s Week exhibit
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Social Sciences and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Griffin said this year’s National Women’s Week focuses on women who work in the environment: it provides an opportunity for the public to salute the work and contributions so many women make towards keeping the islands of The Bahamas, and the waters and air free of pollutants, plastics and harmful toxins.
Minister Griffin was speaking at the soft opening of the exhibition on “Women and the Environment” as a pre-launch to National Women’s Week 2015 at the Ministry of Education, November 20, 2015.
The Minister Griffin explained that the focus of the exhibition is in keeping with the theme for this year: “Women and the Environment: Creating Partnerships for Sustainable Development.”
“National Women’s Week, which was established some twenty-four years ago, commemorates the day that women in The Bahamas voted for the first time on November 26, 1962.
“It also serves to highlight the achievements and contributions of women to the growth and development of The Bahamas.”
The Minister said the photos and short biographies of the women showcased in the exhibition are but a small representation of the many, many women who work in the field of the environment.
U.S. Embassy closure in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States Embassy will be closed on Thursday, November 26th, in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Friday, November 27th at 8:00 a.m.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181.
General information on Consular services, including procedures for obtaining or renewing a passport or visa, is available on the U.S. Embassy’s website at http://nassau.usembassy.gov.
Humane Society of Grand Bahama calendar now available for preorder
Our amazing 2016 Humane Society of Grand Bahama calendar is now available for preorder.
Each calendar costs $20 plus $3 shipping to either the US or Canada. Local orders will be available for pickup here on the island mid December. International orders will have shipping determined at the time of order.
To order please send an email to email@example.com with how many calendars you would like and where they will be shipped. Someone will get in touch with you regarding payment options.
These calendars make wonderful gifts for friends and family and all proceeds go to helping the needy potcakes and potcats here on Grand Bahama.
Thank you all for helping make this a wonderful and successful calendar! We truly do appreciate all of your support!
St. Andrew's School students learn about the wonderful world of waste
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Waste team recently hosted a group of Year 4 students from St. Andrew’s School on a tour of their facilities. During the tour, the students learned about their medical waste facility, their cardboard recycling facility and other waste processes. The group was very excited and enthusiastic as they learned about the various ways Bahamas Waste processes waste. "The visit gave students first-hand knowledge about how materials are reduced, reused and recycled," said Charlene Barry and Patrice Perpall, Year 4 Teachers at St. Andrew's. "The students left Bahamas Waste site filled with knowledge and enthusiasm."
105 graduate from National Training Agency in Grand Bahama
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - One hundred and five trainees of the National Training Agency's Grand Bahama 2nd and 3rd Cohorts graduated on Monday evening during a ceremony at the Foster B. Pestaina Centre, following a 14-week job preparation course.
On hand for the ceremony was Minister of Labour and National Insurance, the Hon. D. Shane Gibson, along with Mrs. Elizabeth Keju, Chairman of the National Training Agency; and Ms. Agatha Marcelle, Executive Director of the National Training Agency.
Minister Gibson said the Ministry of Labour and National Insurance opened the National Training Agency office in Grand Bahama in 2014. "The intent was to develop programmes that would facilitate the decrease of the high rate of unemployment among youth and provide a safety net for those who may have fallen through the academic cracks of formal education and were unable to achieve sustainable certification."
The NTA currently offers courses in New Providence, Exuma, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama.
The first graduating class comprised 135 young people. The second and third cohort groups consisted of 105 trainees who were congratulated by the Minister. He said, "No doubt you must have been focused and put in some hard work to meet the standards required by the NTA. I can assure you that this is only the beginning for you and if you continue to apply yourselves and work hard you will continue to be successful. Always remember, success is not a matter of luck, it is the result of hard work and commitment.
BIS Director General congratulates Linda Woodside-Major on her induction into Sports Hall of Fame
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Director General of Bahamas Information Services (BIS) Mr. Luther Smith shares a proud moment and congratulates BIS Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Linda Woodside-Major on her induction into the National Sports Hall of Fame that took place recently.
Mrs. Woodside-Major was one of 15 sports heroes of The Bahamas who were inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, November 19, in special ceremonies sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture during ‘Sports Heritage Month.’
Mrs. Woodside-Major has represented The Bahamas with distinction in track and field in three CARIFTA Games, earning silver medals in 1975 for high jump and long jump; and in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships, the bronze for 200-metre hurdles, and placing fourth in the pentathlon. She was named Bahamas 1975 ‘Athlete of the Year.’
In the photo, she holds the framed citation from the Governor General, signifying her induction into the National Sports Hall of Fame.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
In their letter they refute the Ambassador’s protest against the Bahamas
being categorised as a tax haven by the District of Columbia.
Tax Justice Network states, "The evidence which we have collected for
several years, and which we collate every two years into our Financial
Secrecy Index, reveals the Bahamas as among the most secretive and least
cooperative tax havens in the world." The following is their letter...
US extends deadline for exchange of information under FATCA
With only two weeks left
before the September 30th deadline for the mandatory exchange of
information under The Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the US
government has pushed back the target date for implementation in order to
accommodate the needs of countries that needed more time to implement
Passed in America in 2010 and ratified
by the Bahamian government in 2014, FATCA is a widely embraced US law requiring
US tax payers to annually report on their non-US based financial accounts. The
legislation also calls upon on all financial institutions outside of the US to
report all financial activities involving US tax payers to the US Treasury.
Bahamas Press Club condemns shooting of American journalists
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Press Club condemns the horrific shooting
of American journalists, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, a 27-year-old
photographer this morning in Moneta, Virginia, just outside of Roanoke,
and we applaud the police for their efforts in apprehending the
According to their employer, WDBJ-7 News, the two
journalists were covering a story at Bridgewater Plaza, a lakeside
shopping and recreational sports plaza in Moneta when shots rang out,
fatally wounding the two who where broadcasting live...
Nassau, Bahamas (July 27, 2015) – Baha Mar Ltd. issued the following
statement with regard to CCA Bahamas’ (“CCA”) press release dated July
“It is interesting that when a very viable proposal is put
forward by Baha Mar Ltd. to the Export-Import Bank of China—a proposal
which provides for a significant equity infusion by the Izmirlian family
to complete and open Baha Mar and would utilize Bahamian contractors
and a Bahamian workforce to properly finish the work at Baha Mar that
CCA failed to do—CCA issues a highly defensive and apparently panicky
press release. CCA should be concerned. No matter how CCA tries to spin
it and no matter how often it tries to deflect from its lack of
responsibility, it cannot cover up the sad pattern of its failing to
perform properly at Baha Mar and other important projects in The Bahamas
as well. CCA in its release cites not a viable proposal on its part but
rather a distortion of an old posture that made discussions to
negotiate a consensual resolution with it as one of the parties a sham.
It is why we came forward...
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) -- Danuel House scored 19 points, and No. 25 Texas A&M edged No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Zags' Silas Melson missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as time ...
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Danuel House scored 19 points, and No. 25 Texas A&M edged No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Zags' Silas Melson missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as time ...
Climate Change Will Make Bad Borrowers of Governments, S&P Says
The riskiest events include tropical cyclones in the Bahamas and elsewhere in the Caribbean, and floods in Thailand. Nevertheless, developed countries will also suffer to some extent. The potential fallout of tropical cyclones in the U.S., New Zealand and ...
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Daniel Hamilton had 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and No. 18 UConn beat Michigan 74-60 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Huskies (4-0) dominated most of the second half ...
Danuel House scored 19 points, including the go-ahead free throw, as No. 25 Texas A&M upset No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas, on Thursday.House, a senior guard, made the ...
From now until Jan. 7, the golf world will be dominated by a few pro events in Australia and a few unofficial events in the United States on the PGA Tour like the Franklin Templeton Shootout and Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Texas tomorrow at 10 AM PST. Texas A&M vs. Texas play at 4PM PST today. PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Gonzaga's men's basketball team will take on Washington in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 25 in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Zags will ...
Texas set to renew rivalry with Texas A&M in just another game
In fact, the meeting will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a small arena in the Bahamas between men’s basketball programs. It’s the first meeting between the two programs since Texas A&M left the Big 12 following the 2011-12 season – nobody on Texas ...
Gonzaga opens tournament with easy win over Washington
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – The Gonzaga-Washington rivalry picked up about where it left off. Gonzaga, which won eight of the last nine – seven by double digits – before the series took a nine-year hiatus, thumped the Huskies 80-64 Wednesday inside ...
While higher-profile programs such as Connecticut and Michigan, Gonzaga and Syracuse take the Battle 4 Atlantis’ main stage in the Bahamas, Elon welcomes Furman and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi along with Mount St. Mary’s for four games in two days at ...
Rigorous schedule awaits Lady Bears in sunny Bahamas tourney Waco Tribune-Herald The fifth-ranked Lady Bears will play a pair of games over a three-day stretch, beginning at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, when they face Cincinnati in the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas. “I think out of all of us, maybe one or two have actually been to the ...
New Record: Bahamas to Florida CANOE & KAYAK When Bruce Gipson was 30, he set a world record in paddling from Bimini, Bahamas to Hallandale Beach, Florida. His crossing time of 11 hours and 56 minutes stood for 31 years, although many attempts were made to break it, from expedition kayaks to a ...
Bahamas national security minister suggests change in police leadership
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell suggested on Thursday that Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade is failing to carry out all of the Bahamas government’s crime-fighting initiatives, and indicated that perhaps the leadership of the police force needs to be changed.