Baleària Caribbean adding new ship to the Fort Lauderdale-Freeport line
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- This morning, Thursday, February 11, the ship Jaume I, owned by the company Baleària Caribbean, arrived at the Port of Freeport from Spain in order to be used for the connection between Fort Lauderdale and Freeport.
Once the ship has passed all of the necessary technical inspections, it is expected to replace the ship Pinar del Río so the company can offer more passenger capacity and comfort since the new ship has capacity for 600 passengers (150 more people) and better onboard features.
The shipping company carried more than 145,000 people last year which is an increase of 15% over the year before.
The fast ferry Jaume I is 78 meters lenght and 26 meters beam and can sail at a maximum speed of 32 knots. Features of this ship include halls with superior class, tourist accommodation as well as a cafeteria, shop, audiovisual equipment and baby care services.
Road Safety Committee targets high school students with essay competition
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – If you are a high school student living on Grand Bahama Island and concerned for the safety of all road users, you now have an opportunity to say what you feel.
The Grand Bahama Road Safety Committee announced Wednesday an Essay Competition on the topic: Making Our Roads Safer for All Road Users.
The deadline for entry is March 10, 2016 and the competition attracts grades 10 to 12 students. Entry forms may be collected from all high schools on Grand Bahama.
The essay must be an original document by the submitting student. Also, the student must be attending a high school on Grand Bahama Island. Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers, and these prizes include a floating trophy, cash, I Pad and Lap Top.
The top three finishers will also be required to present their Essay at a specially-called meeting arranged by the Grand Bahama Road Safety Committee.
Nassau Flight Services rewards employees for ‘Excellence…Live It!’
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Nassau Flight Services rewarded its employees for excellence at its Second Annual Employee of the Year Gala Awards Ceremony at Holy Trinity Activities Centre, Stapledon Gardens, January 28, 2016, at which Minister of Transport and Aviation the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin thanked the staff for their hard work and dedication and congratulated the award winners.
To the theme, ‘Excellence…Live It!’ the night of celebration conveyed a range of awards for customer service and leadership skills. More lighthearted accolades reflected a sense of enjoyment of staff members for the work environment. Awards included: Employee of the Year, Most Improved Department, Most Outstanding Department, Exemplary Leadership, the Chairman’s Award, and even… the ‘Peacock Award’ (to best dressed male and female), and ‘Celebrity Look-Alike’. (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)
Most Improved Department, from left: Andre Horton; Ramp Supervisor; Esmond Johnson, Duty Manager; Barbara Laing, Operations Manager; Laurie Lightfoot, Director of the Board at NFS; and Christian Salvant, Assistant Ramp Manager.
U.S. Embassy partners with Young Marine Explorers (YME) to host leadership workshop for NGO’s
NASSAU, Bahamas -- From March – May 2016, the Young Marine Explorers (YME) organization will facilitate a unique learning opportunity for CEO’s and executive directors of Bahamian non-profit organizations focused on management skills and leadership capacity.
Under the theme, “Elevate,” YME will offer a free, four-session workshop designed to cover strategic planning, effective management, fundraising, marketing, board development and financial management. The workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Aubry, an internationally recognized not-for-profit consultant. Participants will engage in collaborative problem-solving strategies aimed at developing a peer-to-peer resource network.
The workshop is made possible through the U.S. Embassy’s Small Grants Program.
The Public Affairs Section’s small grants program is designed to assist Bahamian organizations in carrying out programs directly related to increasing the capacity of Bahamian civil society to work in areas of mutual interest such as, citizen security, youth leadership and development, education, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, economic development, cultural exchange, and civic activism.
Prime Minister Christie tours Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
Touts resort as example of successful anchor project
BIMINI, Bahamas – Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie recently toured the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, saying he is very impressed with the progress he has seen so far. The Prime Minister and a contingent of government officials and media personnel toured the soon-to-be-completed lobby and second floor of the luxury marina hotel, which is scheduled to be fully opened this spring with the completion of Phase II of the project.
Prime Minister Christie said he anticipated that the hotel was going to be high class for high net worth individuals, however regardless of who stays there they would be so impressed with the accommodations that they would be sure to come back, which is the whole idea of resorts.
“It seems to me that even though we are talking about a 300 room resort, the attention that was paid to it suggests that this is a massive resort complex with a great return on it,” he said. “So my sense is that they are going to have a high rate of occupancy because of the comfort that people will have and their willingness to return and tell other people about it. I expect the finished product to be absolutely magnificent.”
The Prime Minister said he is looking forward to declaring the official opening because it will mean that at least another 100 people will be employed.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Cable Bahamas, through its long-standing partnership with the Ministry of Education, will serve as the lead sponsor of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association's (GSSSA) national basketball championships, providing live coverage and complementary broadband Internet and Wi-Fi for the event.
This marks the eighth year that Cable Bahamas has sponsored the major sporting competition. Cable 12 Media Operations Manager Alexia Coakley said that each year, Cable 12 welcomes this opportunity to showcase local talent and deliver the highly entertaining games to residents around the country who are unable to see the competition in person.
"It's always exciting for us when we see the gym packed with cheering fans, but we know that there are residents in New Providence who are unable to attend the games," Ms Coakley said. "This live coverage allows those residents and others across the country to enjoy what is known as 'the big dance' of high school basketball."
The basketball championships kicked off at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium on Tuesday, February 9 with girls and boys' high school teams competing in a best-of-three series for the grand title. If necessary, a game three will be held on Thursday, February 11. Cable 12 will provide live coverage of the senior division match-ups on February 9, 10, and 11, with girls' games airing at 5:00 p.m. and boys' games at 8:00 p.m.
Cable 12's live coverage of the senior basketball championships reaches more than 70,000 cable subscribers Ms Coakley said, adding that viewers could anticipate a high quality broadcast as they root for their favourite teams from the comfort of their homes.
Martin Keeley, Mangrove Action Project, presents to EARTHCARE Eco Kids and schools
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On February 5th, 2016, EARTHCARE brought children’s environmental book author Martin Keeley to Grand Bahama Island to share his work with schools and the EARTHCARE Eco Kids.
Martin met with the EARTHCARE Eco Kids first. The students were engaged at the Kevin Tomlinson Academy, learning about Science and how it relates to Marvellous Mangroves.
Following the exciting experiments, after lunch, the EARTHCARE Eco Kids headed to Lucayan National Park where they got to see first-hand, healthy mangrove forests and all of the associated wildlife. The students learned about the many benefits of mangroves such as being the nursery for many of our fisheries products, protection against storm surge and storms, land builders, among many others. Martin continued engaging the students in learning exercises and introduced them to the various types of mangroves on Grand Bahama Island.
Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE and a Director of Save The Bays was elated to be able to bring Martin Keeley from Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands to teach the EARTHCARE Eco Kids all about Marvellous Mangroves. Martin writes mangrove education curricula for schools around the world.
According to Woon, “This has been a whirlwind 5 days. Martin landed in Freeport in the evening and first thing Saturday morning went directly to the Kevin Tomlinson Academy where he and I began the EARTHCARE Eco Kids presentation. EARTHCARE Eco Kids toured the caves at Lucayan National Park then crossed the street to see the lush mangrove forest from the boardwalk. After more learning activities, the students who had parental permission got to swim. It was a full day."
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --- Expect fireworks this year at Grand Bahama’s internationally-famed Conchman Triathlon.
The event will be celebrating its 30th year on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5 – and will be doing it in style with an all-day into-the-evening series of events culminating in a Junkanoo rush-out, a bonfire on the beach and a big firework display.
There will also be a number of innovations which committee members hope will boost the number of participants, individual and team members, to 500. This includes inter-school and inter-company competitions, and possibly a competition to find the best triathlete in the whole of the Bahamas.
It will once more be based at Taino Beach, the third venue in its illustrious history, but in addition to the usual sprint triathlon event and the Iron Kids competition this year will also feature a competition over the Olympic distances for the really fit - a one and a half km swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run.
Organisers have been working on plans for the event for some weeks now. “We want to make it a truly memorable occasion with more competitors and many more spectators than ever before,” said new Conchman chairman, and winner of a number of category events over the years, Christopher Baker.
Voice of The Bays to bring environment back to radio Thursdays, Youth Environment Ambassadors get Saturday show
FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Educator, human rights and environmental advocate Joseph Darville will host a weekly radio show dedicated to environmental news, challenges and opportunities starting Thursday, February 11 at 5:15 pm, according to the fast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays, which is sponsoring the show. The conversational style chat show called ‘Voice of The Bays, The Environment Speaks’ will feature different guests each week and will air on Love 97.5 in Nassau and Grand Bahama.
While Darville will host the drive-time show on Thursdays, a group of youngsters will be interviewed every other Saturday morning as the popular Youth Environment Ambassadors makes their new show, ‘Rise Up, Bahamas’, part of their activities.
Darville spoke today about the re-launch of the Thursday show.
“Some of our guests will be soft spoken, others outspoken. But all will have one thing in common – knowledge of and love for the environment,” said Darville, chairman of Save The Bays and the Bahamas Clifton Bay Waterkeeper Alliance delegate at the recent conference on climate change in Paris.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- David Adams, Manager of Customer Support Services and Nicole Henfield, Manager of Parking and Ground Transportation at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), recently graduated from Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Operations Diploma Program. Through their coursework, David and Nicole gained a broader understanding of Airside Operations, Terminal and Landside Operations and Airport Business Operations to help them successfully address the operational and business needs of LPIA as it continues its transformation into a leading 21st century airport.
David joined Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) at its inception in January 2007 and advanced quickly through several customer service roles before being promoted to his current post in 2012. He manages NAD’s 8-person landscaping team and the airport’s landscaping and pest programs. He also manages the Automated Passport Control (APC) team that assists passengers travelling to the U.S. who use the APC kiosks. Nicole manages a 14-person team and oversees the day-to-day operations of the airport’s parking facilities. She also manages the ground transportation program that regulates policies and procedures of taxis, tour buses, and similar operators while working at LPIA.
Deborah Coleby, NAD’s Vice President of Operations, congratulated David and Nicole on their achievements and added, “David and Nicole are both highly valued team members. Nicole is a keen problem solver who continually demonstrates strong leadership ability and a passion for NAD and the aviation business. David is a well-rounded, exemplary team player and who is committed to service excellence and to getting the job done. They play important roles in maintaining the airport’s economic viability and its superior service level rankings among regional and global competitors. The new perspective gained through this program will certainly help them to meet the aviation challenges of the future in innovative ways.”
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...
Georgia Tech Faculty Member Was On Cruise Ship Battered By Winter Storm
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Coast Guard: Storm-Battered Cruise Ship Has More Than 'Superficial' Damage
Royal Caribbean insisted for days that the damage to the Bahamas-bound Anthem of the Seas was "cosmetic" and "superficial" after it got caught in a storm off the Carolinas Sunday. The ship returned to its New Jersey port Wednesday, bringing back 1,600 crew ...
Pintard Calls For Clarity Over Loan For Senior Official
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Consider, for example, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s recent comments about companies “routing income through the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands or wherever” in an effort to minimize or avoid taxes. Clinton would like the United ...
After enduring winds that topped 120 mph and waves that tossed their ship around, passengers of the Anthem of the Seas are on dry land Thursday, after cutting short a planned cruise to the Bahamas. Royal Caribbean says the storm that damaged the ship and ...
paid to each of them for being on Kenya's team at the IAAF's world relays meet in the Bahamas in May. "He was waiting for us to give him money, so that this 'thing' disappears," Manunga said. "We left, kept quiet and later that's when our names came out ...
Eyeing up her assets: German bombshell goes topless to rock freaky body paint
Ronda Rousey Poses in Just Body Paint For Sports Illustrated Ronda Rousey poses in just body paint on the beaches of the Bahamas ffor Sports Illustrated. In reflection, this look definitely screams more Halloween that Valentine's Day to us, although we ...
Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Due Back in Port Tonight
The ship, which left from the same port on Saturday and was due to head out on a week-long cruise to the Bahamas, was supposed to arrive sooner after the captain made the decision to turn around, but that arrival time was pushed back further because the ...
There are 4,529 passengers and 1,616 crew members on board, she said. Anthem of the Seas was on a seven-day cruise around the Bahamas, according to a release from the Coast Guard. The ship left New Jersey Saturday and was heading to a stop in Port ...
Royal Caribbean Cruise Captain: Weather Forecast Wasn't 'Anything Near' What Happened
The rough seas forced the captain to turn the Bahamas-bound ship around. In Royal Caribbean's video, which passenger Sean Ferguson filmed and provided to ABC News, Andersen tells the cruise director that at 10 a.m. Sunday, "everything was nice and dandy."
Consider Grand Bahama for a quiet island getaway CT Post This February 2015 photo shows the boardwalk along the mangrove trails in the Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama, part of the Bahamas in the Caribbean. The park includes Gold Rock Beach and also features sinkholes that open to large underwater ...
Tightened security at Bloomberg's Bahamas address Page Six Security has suddenly tightened around Mike Bloomberg's first public speech, at an exclusive Bahamas resort, after he confirmed he was considering joining the race for the White House. Bloomberg will deliver a lecture to megarich residents of exclusive ...
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Inter-American Development Bank Group will hold its annual meeting in Nassau, The Bahamas, on April 7-10. Economic and financial leaders from its 48 member countries will discuss key development challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean on issues...
Bahamas government signs power management services agreement
NASSAU, Bahamas -- After being paid nearly $1 million to provide a business plan for the restructuring of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), an official at new management company PowerSecure on Monday admitted that the firm has only submitted a 90-day draft plan for the way forward...
Bahamas freezes money stolen by Cayman Islands fraudster
MIAMI, USA -- Reliable sources in the Bahamas have reported that a government agency there has frozen corporate bank accounts controlled by Cayman Islands securities trader, Ryan Bateman. The companies named are Bahamas Exploration Limited, and Atlantic Petroleum Limited.