• 'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
  • BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
  • Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
  • U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
  • HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
  • Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
  • Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
  • BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
    BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
  • Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
  • Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014



Diplomatic Week features Heads of Mission luncheon
Submitted by BIS   

from left: HE Eldred Bethel, Bahamas High Commissioner, United Kingdom; HE Calsey Johnson, Bahamas High Commissioner, Canada; HE Alma Adams, Ambassador to Cuba; HE Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Permanent Representative to the UN in New York; Mr. Ricardo Treco, Consul General, Miami, Florida; HE Captain Godfrey Rolle, Ambassador to Haiti; Ms. Sheila Carey, Charge d’Affaires, Beijing, China; HE Rhoda Jackson, Permanent Representative, Bahamas Permanent Mission to the UN and other International Organizations, in Geneva; Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Perry G. Christie; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Fred Mitchell; Mrs. Cleola Hamilton, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; Mr. Forrester Carroll, Consul General, New York; Ms. Paulette Adderley-Zonicle,  Consul General, Washington, DC; Mr. Randy Rolle, Consul General, Atlanta; HE Dr. Eugene Newry, Ambassador, Washington, DC; Mr. Philip Miller, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; and HE Picewell Forbes, Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM.

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Prime Minister attended a Diplomatic Week Heads of Mission Luncheon, October 22, at Melia Nassau Beach Resort.  Diplomatic Week of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the first of its kind and features a number of events with participation from Bahamas Heads of Missions who are in Nassau for the landmark occasion, and members of the diplomatic community residing in The Bahamas.  

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Neglected: Too many animals are suffering
Submitted by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   

Too many people on Grand Bahama are breeding small dogs and pit bulls.  We have a steady stream of toy dogs, pit bulls and pit bull mixes entering our shelter in various stages of neglect.

Please spread the word - anyone breeding these dogs on Grand Bahama really needs to take a step back and reconsider.  There are obviously not enough good homes for them all because many of them are ending up at our shelter.

This poor soul was brought in on Tuesday; found roaming in South Bahamia. The collar that was embedded in her neck was cat size, and probably fit just fine when she was a small puppy but was never removed as she grew.  She is going to be fine and hopefully we can find her a good home.

Several little ones have come in this past week in terrible condition.  Not having seen a bath or a grooming tool in quite some time, and with various injuries and illnesses.

Please do not buy puppies from people who are only concerned about getting paid and not concerned about what kind of pet owner you are or home you will provide!

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Sunwing to start non-stop service from Western Canada to Freeport
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe addresses media in Vancouver, CanadaVancouver, BC -- Tourism officials are expecting a significant increase in the number of visitors to Grand Bahama Island due to the introduction of new weekly direct flights into Freeport from two Canada gateways.

Residents of Western Canada can look forward to a faster and easier way to get to The Bahamas when Sunwing Airlines launches its new services from Vancouver and Calgary on November 1, 2014.

It has been more than 30 years since Grand Bahama welcomed a direct flight from Vancouver.

Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, and Director of the Grand Bahama Tourist Office Betty Bethel made the exciting announcement during a special luncheon for Canadian press at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

With the introduction of the non-stop Vancouver and Calgary flights, Sunwing will offer direct service into Grand Bahama from eight Canadian gateways. The airline currently offers direct flights from Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Halifax.

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Government establishes task force to focus on Ebola awareness
Written by BIS   

Photo: Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie announces the Government's new Task force, which will focus on Ebola awareness. The task force includes professionals from a cross section of public and private sector agencies. The announcement was made during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, October 22. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay).NASSAU, Bahamas - The Government has assembled a task force to ensure that the Bahamas is prepared in the event of Ebola cases entering the country. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie made the announcement during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, October 22.

“This task force, which includes a cross-section of professionals and experts from various agencies of government and the private sector, has been organized in order that we ensure that in the face of this calamitous disease – Ebola – reaching our country, we would be poised to provide maximum protection and assistance to our people and visitors alike,” said Prime Minister Christie.

He said that the government is working diligently with other international stakeholders and that it is expected that more advice will be made available to the Government within 24 hours on the recommended protocols required should a case arise in the country.

Expressing his satisfaction that all the necessary discussions have been held and the relevant authorities have been consulted, Mr. Christie said that the Bahamas has decided to keep its border open for tourism. He said that he is ‘confident’ that from a policy point of view, the government has taken the necessary steps to mitigate undesirable results.

“We are not going to compromise the health of Bahamians but we must recognize that 70 percent of our economy is dependent on our tourism industry,” he said. “Given this reality and the fact that we have put in place the necessary protocols needed to protect our people, I am satisfied that we will be ready in the event of exposure to the disease.”

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BNT Wine & Art Festival – postponed
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