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



Bahamian shares country's culture in China
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YANGZHOU, The People's Republic of China -- Senior Information Officer at Bahamas Information Services Mr. Eric Rose (left) poses with Second Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro Mr. Damir Sabanovic, during the welcoming banquet for "Finding China in Yangzhou" in Yangzhou, the People's Republic of China. Mr. Rose was one of only four international delegates invited to sit at the head table. He also opted to wear a Bahamian Independence shirt, showing his national pride and encouraging dialogue about The Bahamas. (Photo Courtesy: Foreign Affairs Office of Yangzhou Municipal People's Government).

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Bimini Big Game Club’s longtime dockmaster Robbie Smith recognized for his contribution to tourism in The Bahamas
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Captain Robbie Smith With Bahamian Icon Award Certificate of Nomination.ALICE TOWN, Bimini — The 75-slip full service marina has long been considered the front door to the Bimini Big Game Club Resort and dockmaster Robbie Smith has been the first to greet thousands of boaters at the docks over the last 27 years.

Captain Smith’s professionalism and approach to his craft recently brought him to Nassau as a nominee in tourism category for the 2015 Bahamian Icon Awards program held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort last weekend.

Celebrating greatness, the Bahamian Icon Awards recognize Bahamian citizens who have exemplified the best intentions of the Bahamian Spirit through excellence and achievement.

Though he didn’t receive the Icon Award for Tourism, Captain Smith did receive a Certificate of Nomination along with tremendous support from his wife and family, co-workers and friends and the Bimini community, who all celebrated his honor to be a national nominee.

“Robbie is one special person,” commented Robier Escutary on the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina Facebook site. “The times I have been to Bimini he has been very kind.”

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Prime Minister Christie delivers national address on Baha Mar negotiations and proceedings
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ADDRESS BY PRIME MINISTER,
RIGHT HONOURABLE PERRY G. CHRISTIE, M.P.
TO NATION
ON BAHA MAR NEGOTIATIONS AND PROCEEDINGS
ON JULY 16th, 2015

My Fellow Bahamians,

It is appropriate for me to address the nation this evening to provide an update on the state of affairs surrounding the delayed completion and opening of the $3.5 billion mega Baha Mar resort project in Cable Beach. This project, the largest of its kind ever to be built in a single phase in the Caribbean Region, has enormous economic and employment implications for The Bahamas, and my Government has been working diligently with the relevant parties with a view to ensuring the completion of the project as soon as possible.

The project, by most informed estimates, is 97% completed but has missed two opening dates. Construction work has stopped and the general contractor and other contractors and sub-contractors are owed substantial sums of money. A dispute has also arisen between the developer and the general contractor. The balance of the existing loan from China Eximbank is insufficient to settle the amounts owed to contractors and sub-contractors and to complete the project. The Developer has sought to obtain additional construction funding from China Eximbank and the release of the balance remaining under the original loan. In this regard, the Developer solicited my intervention with Eximbank. Over the past several months, I have held a series of meetings and exchanged correspondence with the principals of Eximbank, China Construction and Baha Mar in order to seek a resolution of the various funding and construction issues, all with a view to completion of the project within the shortest possible time frame.

 

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Junior High School students show how wise they are about water
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Junior High School Students Show How Wise They Are About Water - The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) recently carried out a month-long celebration of National Water Month in May, throughout The Bahamas.  During the month the corporation and their partner MIYA Bahamas also encouraged primary school students to conserve water and learn about the importance of water in their everyday lives. As part of their student education they also held a Wet & Wise Essay & Video Competition for Junior High Schools, allowing junior high students from around the country to submit essays or videos on the theme: Water & Energy - Inseparable Friends.  After receiving a stunning number of submissions, the winners in the essay category were chosen by a select panel of judges. Pictured (left to right) are Waynesha Thompson - 2nd place winner in the essay competition, Ketora Clarke - 3rd place winner in the video competition, Jayvanna August - 2nd place winner in the video competition and Damaso Gray, Art teacher at Eight Mile Rock High School. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas – The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) carried out a month-long celebration in May for National Water Month. Throughout The Bahamas WSC updated customers on their recent upgrades and on-going improvement works.

During the month the corporation and their partner MIYA Bahamas also encouraged primary school students to conserve water and learn about the importance of water in their everyday lives. As part of their student education they also held a Wet & Wise Essay & Video Competition for Junior High Schools. The contest allowed junior high students from around the country to submit essays or videos on the theme: Water & Energy - Inseparable Friends.

After receiving a stunning number of submissions, the winners in the essay category were chosen by a select panel of judges. “The submissions were exceptional and we had a variety of essays and videos to choose from. Judging the competition was extremely hard thanks to the creativity of all of the students who entered,” said Visna Armbrister, WSC Public Affairs Manager.

 Jovan Bailey, Abaco - 1st place winner in the essay competition. (Photo courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)Winners for the essay competition were:

  • 1st - Jovan Bailey, Forrest Heights High School, Abaco
  • 2nd - Waynesha Thompson, Eight Mile Rock High School, Grand Bahama
  • 3rd - Carlton Taylor, St. Andrews Anglican School, Exuma

Winners in the video category were

  • 1st - Chris Wu, Temple Christian, Nassau
  • 2nd - Jayvanna August, Eight Mile Rock High School, Grand Bahama
  • 3rd - Ketora Clarke, Eight Mile Rock High School, Grand Bahama

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22nd Annual All Andros & Berry Islands Regatta a highlight of Independence weekend
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MORGAN’S BLUFF, Andros -- The 22nd Annual All Andros & Berry Islands Regatta of Morgan’s Bluff, North Andros, took place over the Bahamas 42nd Independence Anniversary Celebrations weekend, July 9-11. Minster of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray presented trophies to winning skippers. ‘Most Outstanding Skipper’ was Stephan Kemp.

The Hon. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, with presentation to the crew from Ant's Nest, Class B Champs. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

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