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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
  • 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
  • Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
  • HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
  • 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
  • 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



Grand Bahama Birding Group follows spring migration
Submitted by Garden of the Groves   

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The May fieldtrip of sixteen birders from the Grand Bahama Birding Group led by Erika Gates, resulted in 34 species and mixed emotions about several of the birds observed during their trip to the eastern part of Grand Bahama.

Male Bobolink

Their first stop at the Pelican Point settlement evoked excitement as many in the group had not seen the striking male Bobolinks which travel in flocks from their wintering grounds in the Argentinian grasslands and grainfields to the Northern U.S. and Canada to raise their families. They only linger a few days on Grand Bahama, passing through to rest and feed on seeds and berries, their favourite food easily crunched up with their conical bills. The birders were able to observe a mixed flock of 35 males and females.

Another happy sight was the circling of endemic Bahama Swallows over Pelican Point of which more were seen later on that morning during their walk down Crabbing Bay Trail. As the word “endemic” indicates, this bird can only be seen in the Bahamas and many a visiting birder travels to the Bahamas to glimpse this species. The Bahama Swallow even received a place of honour on our Bahamian 40 cent stamp!

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Bahamas signs on to air passenger information system (APIS) agreements
Submitted by BIS   

RUNAWAY BAY, Saint Lucia -- The Bahamas has now acceded to all three of the agreements which will facilitate the air passenger information system (APIS) which will allow the exchange of information to our border management agencies in advance of passengers getting on the plane to fly here. There were three agreements to allow this to be brought into force.

Fred Mitchell MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs took the opportunity to sign the accession documents in Runway Bay, St. Lucia in the margins of the meeting of foreign ministers of Caricom on 22 May.

The photo shows from left  seated Alva Baptiste, the Minister of Foreign  Affairs of St Lucia and Chair of the Foreign Minister’s Council (COFCOR) , Mr. Mitchell, Secretary General of Caricom Irwin Laroque and at the back Clifford Williams, Foreign services officer of The Bahamas and High Commissioner Picewell Forbes of The Bahamas.

(Photo courtesy of CARICOM)

 
Broadcasting Corporation launches 80th anniversary celebrations
Submitted by BIS   

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) launched what will be a year of celebrations of the 80th Anniversary of BCB at a press conference in the corporation’s boardroom on Wednesday, May 20. The celebrations will culminate in an awards banquet in May of 2016 at which awards will be presented to those who have contributed to the growth of the corporation, past and present. Pictured at the press conference, from left: General Manager Diana Swann; Chairman Rev. Dr. William Thompson; and Deputy General Manager/Freeport Stanley Pinder. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

 
Book describing Bahamas shallow marine habitats presented to the Prime Minister
Submitted by BIS   

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie was presented with a book on Bahamas marine habitats at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday, May 21.  The information, produced by the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is called Atlas of Shallow Marine Habitats of Cay Sal Bank, Great Inagua, Little Inagua, and Hogsty Reef, Bahamas.  Prime Minister Christie, right, accepts the book from (l-r): Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust Eric Carey; Chief Scientist of the Foundation Dr. Andy Bruckner; and Executive Director of the Foundation Captain Philip Renaud. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

 
U.S. Embassy closure in observance of the U.S. Memorial Day and Bahamian Whit Monday holidays
Submitted by the U.S. Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of the U.S. Memorial Day and Bahamian Whit Monday holidays. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, May 26th 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.

 


 
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