Police wants to speak to 30 y/o female Raquel Johnson also known as Ganja Baby of Plantol Street for the Thursday murder of Scott Richards. The female is said to be 5 feet 6 inches, Med brown complexion. If you may have any clues please call 919, Crime stoppers at 328-8477 Or ZNS at 5023944 or 45




    SCOTT RICHARDS MURDER SUSPECT! Light skinned male with crossed eyes. Any clues call crime stoppers at 328-8477 Or ZNS at 5023944 or 45.




    ‘Keeping an eye out’…. Director of Visitor Safety & Security Vincent Harris, pictured (holding envelope) with Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, keeps an eye on things as he walks with the Minister in the area of the House of Assembly and takes in the movement of a popular Horse and Carriage tour through downtown. (BIS Photo/Kemuel Stubbs)




    His Excellency Hendrick Jurriaan Schuwer, non-resident Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, presented his Letters of Credence to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling during a ceremony at Government House on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)




    His Excellency Huang Qinguoo, resident Ambassador Designate of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, presented his Letters of Credence to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling during a ceremony at Government House on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)




    May is Cancer Awareness Month when the Cancer Society places particular emphasis on Education with continual media exposure throughout the Bahamas. Its aims are to educate the public about Cancer so that it may be prevented, or diagnosed and treated in its early stages, and to raise funds to support their programs. As a commitment to the community, the Bahamas' medical equipment and supplier Ports International proudly presented a donation to sponsor the Cancer Society of The Bahamas' 15th Annual Ball.

    The annual ball is the major fundraiser for the Cancer Society and will be held at the Melia Nassau Beach, May 28, 2016. The Society is a valuable non-for-profit organization offering education, healthcare, counseling and support. Their educational programs focus on increasing public awareness to all forms of cancer, the importance of screening for cancer of the cervix, breast and prostate as a method of prevention as well as early detection and treatment. It also continues to raise funds for the Cancer Care Centre.

    The Society is funded solely by the public donations which are raised through special fundraising events, private donations and corporate sponsorship. To support this worthy cause, for more information, or to make a donation, persons can call the Cancer Society of the Bahamas at 242-323-4482.




    The music, films, art and iconic photographs of The Bahamas were recently on display in Beijing, China, as Bahamians participated in the 2016 Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Exchange as part of the overall 16th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival which annually attracts hundreds of artists from around the world.

    Bahamian artists performed at the highest level and were well-received at this Beijing world celebration of the arts.

    The 16th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival opened at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on April 25, 2016 with a Spring in China and Canada themed concert.

    Chinese Vice-Minister of Culture Ding Wei, and former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Sheila Copps, attended the concert.

    Ding addressed the audience before the concert saying, “Since its inauguration in 2000, Meet in Beijing has developed into a comprehensive international arts festival. After 15 successive sessions, it has presented diverse and fabulous cultures and arts through performances by more than 30,000 artists and 1,000 art troupes from 115 countries and regions to the Beijing audience.” (

    Commonwealth of The Bahamas Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Paul Andy Gomez stated that “these are very exciting times for the development of culture in The Bahamas,” and that “The Bahamas was well-represented in China by all the participating artists.”

    The Latin American and Caribbean Music Festival segment of the cultural exchange took place April 30 through May 2. Bahamian musical groups Visage, Fred Ferguson and the Tingum Dem Band, along with Fred Munnings Jr. and the Goombay Dancers, represented The Bahamas at the highest level and were overwhelmingly embraced by festival attendees.

    Visage presented an amazing 30-minute musical narrative of all original Bahamian music, which included 6 transitions and a choreographed routine. Visage band leader Obie Pindling says “this created an exciting visual to go along with the narrative.” Pindling says, "All music performed by Visage was original Bahamian music, either recorded or performed by Visage band members.” He added, “It was an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to represent The Bahamas on this level.”

    Fred Ferguson of Tingum Dem band said “opportunities such as these represent a monumental opportunity for Bahamian musicians and I am hopeful that a rake and scrape and Junkanoo component will be added to the presentation in the coming years.”

    Ambassador Gomez stated that “Fred Munnings and the Goombay Dancers were the opening act at the Caribbean Food Festival and they immediately got everyone involved, followed by the great Caribbean talents Mr. Killa, Rupee, Everton Blender and others. Fred Ferguson and Tingum Dem are unquestionably the number one house band in The Bahamas and their performances were flawless at 798 ART ZONE.” He said, “Bahamians who see Visage perform often may not appreciate the impact that they have on an international audience because they really put on a musical and dance show in Beijing.”

    With a direct focus of introducing Caribbean films to the Chinese public, the inaugural Caribbean Film Festival also kicked off on May 6 through 8. The opening night film was ‘Trailblazer: The Mychal Thompson Story,’ and the film’s director Gina Sealy was on hand to participate in a lively Q & A session after the film.

    Other Bahamian film selections in the festival included the award-winning ‘Gentle Giant: The Andre Rodgers Story,’ also directed by Sealy, and ‘My Father’s Land’ a documentary by Tyler Johnston and Miguel Galofre which explored the life of a well-loved Haitian gardener Papa Jah, as he returns to his homeland from The Bahamas, to visit his 103-year-old father.

    Ambassador Gomez says that “clearly Bahamian Director Gina Rodgers Sealy is at the top of her game with ‘Trailblazer’ and ‘Gentle Giant: The Andre Rodgers Story,’ which were presented with Mandarin subtitles for the benefit of the Chinese audience, and which were very well-received and the audiences got to know a lot more about the best of The Bahamas.”

    Other Caribbean and Latin American nations participating in the event included Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Argentina, Dominica, Suriname, Brazil, Jamaica, Barbados, and Antigua and Barbuda.

    Sponsors for the event included: The Government of the Bahamas; Sir Franklyn Wilson, Chairman of FOCOL; Ivylyn Cassar, Vice-Chairman of Equity International Bank and Trust Limited; and Robin Nichols, President of the Palm Cigars and the Directors of Paje Investments Limited, China Arts and Entertainment Group and Instituto Cervantes Beijing. Ambassador Gomez stated that without the 11th hour sponsorship by Sir Franklyn Wilson, Ms. Ivylyn Cassar and Mr. Robin Nichols the event would not have been the success that it has turned out to be.




    Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie declared at the Radio Bahamas 80th Anniversary Church Service on Sunday that when ZNS started broadcasting on East Street, in 1936, it was the start of a real change in The Bahamas.

    "It was a small beginning, but it was one of significance for the people of The Bahamas because, for the first time, communication was made possible and people could share in news, entertainment and other public announcements, thus bringing the modern era into people's living rooms and elsewhere," Prime Minister Christie said, during the service at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, on Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads.

    Also present was the Minister of National Security, with responsibility for the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas -- of which ZNS is under, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, as well as management and staff members of ZNS in Nassau and from Freeport, Grand Bahama, and other stakeholders.

    Prime Minister Christie said that he joined with Minister Nottage in congratulating past and present staff members -- and those still to be hired -- for the "extraordinary" work that has been done and will be done.

    "The most significant unifier in our country is the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas," Prime Minister Christie said. "That is the role you have played since your existence and it is the role that you continue to play."

    Prime Minister Christie reminded the staff of ZNS of how important they are throughout the islands of The Bahamas and how many people are reliant upon them, especially in times of natural disasters, as made evident during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015.

    "ZNS, Broadcasting Corporation, you loom even much more importantly than you may even think, as to the role you play in this country, and it is, sometimes, a question of life and death," he said.

    He added that programming on ZNS could assist in nation building by sharing information and public policy to the Bahamian audience on various topics, including fighting crime, especially amongst young people.

    "It is significant because the young men, in particular, who are out there, they are victims when they kill; they are victims when they are killed; and that is happening to us all too often and we must continue to 'gird our loins' in the struggle ahead," Prime Minister Christie said. "And I believe that the Broadcasting Corporation can play a very significant role in that way, that being able to show that crime does not pay, to be able to tell young parents -- young mothers -- that they have a responsibility to look at their children and to know that their children may not be doing the right thing."

    Prime Minister Christie admonished the management and staff of ZNS to wear loosely unfounded criticism, as they play their continued role in nation building. He encouraged them to seek after truth and to continue to do research and analysis in their programmes. He also recognized a number of former employees who went on to further take part in making The Bahamas a more successful country.

    "I want to congratulate you on 80 years," Prime Minister Christie said. "I want to feel that, as you move into the future that you would serve your country magnificently."




    The Government’s Urban Renewal Commission continued its mandate of transforming the lives of Bahamians by presenting keys to a new home owner on Thursday.

    Crystal Rolle, a single-mother, was overcome with tears of joy as she accepted the keys to a two-bedroom, 1-bathroom home on Davis Street, in Fox Hill.

    Among those witnessing the key presentation was the Hon. Fred Mitchell, MP for Fox Hill and Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs; representatives of the Urban Renewal Commission including Diana Lightbourne, Permanent Secretary; Gregory Butler, Deputy Director; Inspector Deno Josey, Urban Renewal Centre Manager; and residents of the Fox Hill community. The Fox Hill Urban Renewal Seniors Choir performed a musical selection.

    The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development said Urban Renewal is about transforming the lives of people and ensuring that their lives are fit and proper, healthy, safe and that they are sheltered from the elements.

    Urban Renewal Commission Co-Chair Cynthia “Mother” Pratt deemed it an honour to touch another life. Speaking to the success of the program she said those who don’t need any help would never see what Urban Renewal is doing.

    “It’s the people that need help who see what Urban Renewal is doing. Urban Renewal is all about giving,” she said. The home was constructed by James Neely Construction.




    Management and Staff of Breezes Bahamas (SuperClubs) Resort and Spa, as well as a number of their repeat guests visiting The Bahamas during “Repeaters’ Week,” enjoyed a special celebration at Centerville Primary School on May 17.

    Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie joined in the event to celebrate the Breezes Bahamas committed partnership with the primary school: he interacted and spoke with the young students.

    During the visit, Breezes presented school supplies and other essential items. Their guests on this occasion had an opportunity to visit the classrooms and interact with the students.

    For the upcoming school year additional school supplies will be donated to the students.

    Partnership activities include:

    · Breezes Bahamas has assisted with the creation and maintenance of a reading flower garden and repair and painting of the picket fence.

    · Daily maintenance and general upkeep of the school.

    · Organic Farm Garden -- Breezes will assist with this effort by having the area selected for this garden marked out properly with some wooden fencing and the addition of soil.

    · As a Green Globe Certified Property, Breezes Bahamas will introduce the Junior Green Ranger Program within the School; this would raise more awareness among the students as it relates to pollution, conservation, and recycling.

    · Breezes Bahamas will assist with mentorship programs focusing on Math, Reading and Science workshops throughout the calendar year by having volunteers go into the schools to work along with teachers in the various classrooms.

    · Industry professionals will enter the classroom and speak about the tourism industry and its importance.

    · The school’s playground is currently closed off and is in dire need of repair and additional playground equipment. Breezes Bahamas will assist with the addition of swings, seesaw, sand on playgrounds, and painting.

    · Breezes Resort and Spa has reached out to the community and has recruited students to be part of the Junior Soccer team, “Breezes Eagles.” The ‘Breezes Eagles Under-14 Team’ -- in less than a year of becoming a team -- placed 5th in the Bahamas Youth Football Association League -- making it to the semi-finals.

    Photos show some of the highlights of the Prime Minister’s visit to Centreville Primary in celebration of the school’s partnership with Breezes Bahamas. (BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay)





withJimenita Swain

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