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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
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    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
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    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
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    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014



U.S. Embassy closed in observance of the United States’ 239th Anniversary of Independence
Submitted by the U.S. Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- In observance of the 239th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, the United States Embassy will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Monday, July 6 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.


 
Miami Bahamas Junkanoo Festival to take place July 26 in Coconut Grove
Submitted by Earnestine Moxyz   

Pictured from left to right are: Earle Miller, MOT; Earnestine Moxyz, MOT; Linville Johnson, MOT; Connie Kinnard, Vice President, Multi-Cultural Tourism, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Hon. Ricardo Treco, Bahamas Consul General; Hon. Tomas Regalado, Mayor, City of Miami, Greg Rolle, Director of Sports Marketing, MOT; Cornelia Dozier, President & CEO, Greater Miami Host Committee; Mia Lange, MOT; Jennifer Gardiner, MOT; Angel Zayon, Director of Communications, City of Miami & Director of Mayor’s International Council; and Anita Johnson-Patty, MOT. (Photo Credit: Antiro Riley)MIAMI, Florida -- The City of Miami’s Mayor Tomas Regalado along with representatives of the Bahamas Government joined forces and announced the formation of the Miami Bahamas Junkanoo Festival, scheduled to take place in Coconut Grove on July 26, 2015.

The unique cultural festival which will feature Bahamian entertainers and musicians, authentic Bahamian cuisine, art and a live Junkanoo rush out, is one of several activities planned for the 42nd Annual Bahamian Independence Celebration in Miami and is expected to bring together families and residents of Florida and the Bahamian diaspora at large.

“The City of Miami, the Greater Miami Host Committee and its partners, take great pride in the diversity of our residents and visitors, and are honored to welcome such a cultural and iconic festival that is representative of Bahamian heritage to our City,” said Mayor Regalado.

Bahamian immigrant settlers predate the city of Miami itself. They received land by the Spaniards along the Miami River, and later became Miami’s first Black community established in Coconut Grove. Their rich legacy as being Miami’s first skilled creative labor force in maritime, agriculture, horticulture, transportation, construction, forestry, hospitality and tourism industries is well known.

Mayor Regalado said that “Bahamians have played a significant role in establishing Miami as a city. Some 119 years ago, the Bahamian-American immigrants, represented one third of the registered voters needed for the incorporation of the City of Miami and on July 28, 1896, their votes resulted in the city’s formation,” he said.

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RBC Royal Bank partners with Save The Bays to clean Coral Harbour Beach
Submitted by Media Enterprises/Traffic   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- In honour of the sixth annual RBC Blue Water Day, celebrated globally in the month of June, RBC Royal Bank hosted a series of events geared toward water and environmental preservation.

These activities included a tree planting at Sadie Curtis Primary School and a clean up initiative at Coral Harbour Beach where over 100 bags of garbage were collected and disposed of.

RBC’s Blue Water Project is a $50 million global initiative to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable, fresh water, now and for future generations.

On Saturday June 13, 2015 over 70 volunteers inclusive of team RBC, Save The Bays (STB) and members of the Coral Harbour community gathered with gloves, rakes, and garbage bags to rid the beach of items like broken glass bottles, plastic bags and utensils, drift wood, condoms, pieces of iron and metal, cardboard boxes, styrofoam containers, shoes, clothing, and towels.

“We are pleased to announce the continuation of our support of water initiatives in The Bahamas and to build on our long-standing partnership with community and civic organizations like Save The Bays, Bahamas Waste, The College of The Bahamas, and Sadie Curtis Primary School” said Nathaniel Beneby, Jr., Managing Director for RBC Royal Bank in The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks & Caicos Islands. “RBC has an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, and we have chosen to focus on water as a core area of support because we believe that access to water will be one of the most significant environmental and economic issues facing the world in the coming decades,” he added.

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CIBC FirstCaribbean staff ‘reach out’ to Grand Bahama youth
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The staff of the Freeport branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean recently donated their time and talent to assist the Reach Out Community Centre in Grand Bahama. The eager bunch of volunteers dedicated a weekend to spend time with the boys at the centre and to repair and renovate the space. The bank also provided the organisation with a donation toward supplies for the daily operations and renovation project.

The volunteers painted the interior and exterior of the community centre building, rebuilt the centre’s stage and tidied and organized the library with the assistance of the centre’s students. To Ms. Patrice Russell, Wealth Associate at CIBC FirstCaribbean and organizer of the initiative, this interactive component set the volunteering experience apart.

“Staff interaction with the boys at the centre was really the highlight,” she said. “The hands-on approach to completing each task provided the CIBC FirstCaribbean volunteers with the opportunity to share a particular skill and to work with a young man who was eager to learn.”

She said the CIBC FirstCaribbean staff decided to give back to Reach Out Grand Bahama because they felt that the positive impact that the organization makes perfectly reflects the bank’s philanthropic goals and their own.

“The staff chose to support Reach Out Grand Bahama based on the significant influence the organization has on the male youth in the community. Their focus and goals directly contribute to improvements in juvenile delinquency and we believe in the social and economic impact that brings. Reach Out Grand Bahama is making the community stronger and setting an example for other at-risk boys to follow, and we want to be a part of that.”

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Government statement on Baha Mar - June 30, 2015
Submitted by BIS   

Prime Minister Christie addresses the media at a press conference regarding Baha Mar on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (BIS photo)Government statement on Baha Mar - June 30, 2015
NASSAU, Bahamas

Yesterday, without notice, Baha Mar filed a bankruptcy Chapter 11 petition in Delaware USA. This action was taken at a point when my personal intervention over several months with all three parties involved, led to substantial agreement on a packaged solution for additional funding by China Export Import Bank, the resumption of construction work by the general contractor, and the project completion. This is supported by exchange of correspondence as recently as June 26.

The Government wants to reiterate that the number one priority of all stakeholders involved with the Baha Mar project should be its swift completion and opening. It is of great importance to the nation and to all Bahamians that Baha Mar opens successfully. We must all work towards this goal as a matter of national priority. This is not the time to play politics, but rather, we must unite to ensure the best interest of The Bahamas and all Bahamians is met. In the interest of promoting transparency and national unity on an issue that clearly transcends partisan politics, I invite the Leader of the Opposition to attend a briefing on the matter.

The Government remains committed to being open and transparent with the Bahamian people, as it has since the beginning of this project. Any claim that the Government or I have been misleading the public as it relates to the status of Baha Mar is completely false. The Government has been working with all parties and negotiating in good faith, and with an end goal of a successful opening of Baha Mar. The decision by Baha Mar to file for Chapter 11 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not change our end goal.

Negotiations must continue to progress immediately to ensure the successful opening as soon as possible. As previously stated, the Government will not take sides, but rather continue to support all stakeholders in coming to a resolution. As the Government of The Bahamas, we take the side of the Bahamian people, and we are acting to ensure the needs and interests of the people are first and foremost.

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