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



Farewell reception held for Haitian Ambassador H.E. Antonio Rodrique
Written by BIS   

Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis presents a gift to the Ambassador of Haiti (right).  (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)NASSAU, The Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Works and Urban Development, and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Philip Davis bid farewell to the Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His Excellency Antonio Rodrique at a Farewell Reception on Thursday evening at Luciano’s of Chicago, East Bay Street.

Ambassador Rodrique spent almost five years in his Bahamas posting, and now takes up his new assignment as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. The event was attended by Government officials, members of the Diplomatic and Honorary Consular Corps, and distinguished guests.

The Deputy Prime Minister stated: “With the passage of time, we have an ever-increasing understanding of the benefits of forging relations and partnerships with all countries close to us in geography and in spirit. Guided by this sense of togetherness and cooperation, we resolutely meet the challenges before us with confidence and determination, notwithstanding the size or development level of other States.”

Commending Ambassador Rodrique’s diplomatic representation, Mr. Davis continued: “Excellency, in keeping with diplomatic representation from Haiti, we in The Bahamas have greatly benefited from your experience as a career diplomat. From the start of your tenure to the present, you have been called upon to act on behalf of your citizens on the ground and in our maritime territory. You have efficiently sought to address the challenges emanating from economic and political difficulties in your Home Country.

“The most evident difficulty is the influx of your nationals to our shores. This was amplified by the earthquake that occurred just months before your appointment to The Bahamas.

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Sponsors, corporate category and inter-island competition to make 43rd annual McLean’s Town Conch Cracking Festival memorable
Submitted by H. Rudy Sawyer   

McLEAN'S TOWN, Grand Bahama -- The forty third annual Conch Cracking Festival will be held in the place of its origin, McLean’s Town, East Grand Bahama on October 12th, the holiday Monday of Heroes Day. This uniquely Bahamian competition is held as part of a heritage festival for the community of McLean’s Town and the school.

The Conch Cracking Committee takes this opportunity to invite the public to join in the fun-filled activities with the residents of this traditional Bahamian fishing village, as an appropriate way to celebrate our Bahamian Heroes Day.

The committee welcomes BTC as a sponsor of this year’s event and look forward to their presence at the festival on the 12th October. Conch Cracking competitions, as usual, will dominate the day with various categories from tourists, some of whom may be touching the conch for the first time in their lives; corporate competition; and the big ones: open women and open men championships.

This year a special invitation is being extended to companies throughout Grand Bahama to send one or more employees from their companies to represent them in the corporate category. Crowning in this category will give bragging rights as the Corporate Conch Cracking Champion for the year. Let’s go Statoil; BTC; Ship Yard; BORCO; ZNS; banks; Cable Bahamas; Grand Bahama Power; Container Port; insurance companies; Gold Rock; police; etc.

There is a desire by the committee and residents to grow and preserve this important event in McLean’s Town. Plans are afoot to expand the Conch Cracking Competition to a national championship where the champions from the various Family Islands of The Bahamas will compete for the title of World Champion Conch Cracker.

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Grand Bahama Shipyard once again recognised for outstanding work in ship repair
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Grand Bahama Shipyard Once Again Recognised for its Work in Ship Repair - Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) is continuing to make a good name for themselves in the international ship repair arena.  Last month after their swift repair of the ‘Stena Forth’, which left the yard ten days ahead of schedule, they received international coverage in ‘The Motorship’ online magazine.  ‘Motorship’ is a leading international information source for senior marine engineers reaching over 20,000 readers each month.  Pictured is the 'Stena Forth' at Grand Bahama Shipyard's facilities. (Photo courtesy of Mercator Media for Barefoot Marketing)GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) is continuing to make a good name for themselves in the international market. Last month after their swift repair of the ‘Stena Forth’ - which left the yard ten days ahead of schedule - they received international coverage in ‘The Motorship’ online magazine.

‘Motorship’ is a leading international information source for senior marine engineers reaching over 20,000 readers each month. Interviewed for the article was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Graham Couser, who noted “In January 2014 GBS was awarded the contract to lift a Blowout Preventer (BOP) Stack onto the ‘Stena Forth’. This was successfully performed and thereafter discussions and negotiations commenced regarding the possibility of performing the rig’s five year classification renewal programme at Freeport, Bahamas.”

“We are delighted with the outcome,” noted Couser. “And knowing the limited options available to operators such as Stena in this region, the success of this project is essential to the development of this market segment for the yard.”

The GB Shipyard team worked incredibly hard to prepare for this large project and new segment to their scope of work. GBS is one of the largest ship repair facilities in the Caribbean with three floating docks and all of the necessary support services required to complete any ship repair project. The Shipyard was recently recognized by the Society of Marine Port Engineers of New York for their outstanding work in ship repair during their annual event in New York.

To read the full ‘Motorship’ article, visit their website HERE.

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All-Bahamas Merit Scholar Domonic McDonald humbled by the award
Written by BIS   

The 2015 All-Bahamas Merit Scholar, Domonic McDonald’s response of gratitude for receiving the most coveted award for high school students in the country. Pictured looking on is Reginald Saunders, Administrator Scholarships and Loan Division, Ministry of Education Science and Technology. The awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, August 12, 2105 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)NASSAU, The Bahamas - The words “grateful” and “humbled” were used by the 2015 All-Bahamas Merit Scholar, Domonic McDonald to describe being awarded this most coveted award for high school students in the country.

The 17-year-old 2015 graduate of Queen's College even beat out his twin brother Donovan, but was relieved that both of them are being afforded the opportunity to attend college, through the All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship programme by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Domonic was officially introduced during the All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship Award Ceremony facilitated by the Ministry on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

The awardee received a $150,000 four-year scholarship to attend the prestigious University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, to study International Relations and Diplomacy.

The Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald described Domonic as “a truly amazing individual whose academic portfolio is quite impressive.”

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REVTV delivers free pre-season preview of NFL RedZone to subscribers

REVTV is offering its subscribers free preseason access to NFL Network's NFL RedZone, now through September 3rd.NASSAU, Bahamas -- REVTV is offering its subscribers free pre-season access to NFL Network's NFL RedZone. Football fans will get a jump start on the season with five free pre-season installments of NFL RedZone, now through September 3rd. All NFL RedZone pre-season games will be available to REVTV subscribers on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera on channel 749.

NFL RedZone is a seasonal premium channel that delivers 'whip-around' coverage of every Sunday NFL game, providing viewers with highlights, live look-ins across various games, real-time scoring action and every touchdown from every game. The channel is also a favourite of fantasy football fans, reporting fantasy statistics throughout live games.

"This is truly a revolutionary way for fans to catch the most exciting moments of football games on Sundays," Cable Bahamas REVTV Manager K. Teneile Simmons said. "RedZone delivers all the crucial moments from every game, and for those football lovers that participate in fantasy leagues, the channel provides fantasy statistics as well. So you don't have to go to your tablet or smart phone for that information, it's all in one place on RedZone."

She added that the company is happy to offer five editions of NFL RedZone to football fans, especially subscribers who are unfamiliar with the premium channel.

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