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His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, while visiting Canada told The Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada His Excellency Michael Smith and his wife Suzanne, that he and his wife would like to visit The Bahamas.
They spoke while watching the fireworks launched to celebrate Canada Day. His Excellency, who is Dean of CARICOM High in Canada and his wife Suzanne were among a group of about 50 diplomats, government ministers and officials invited to the observation deck of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a dinner reception before observing the festivities.
US Ambassador Avant marks the United States' 235th anniversary of independence with 'A Salute to California'
NASSAU, Bahamas -- U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas Her Excellency Nicole A. Avant and her husband, Mr. Theodore Sarandos, hosted the official U.S. Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador's Liberty Overlook home on Saturday,
The event was held under the theme, "A Salute to California", and it brought together guests from throughout The Bahamas and the United States and to enjoy and sample an array of California's culture and cuisine. Musical entertainment for the occasion was provided by Jazz Etc. who performed a repertoire of California songs with the evening culminating in a spectacular fireworks display set to Tchaikovsky's Overture of 1812.
Ambassador Avant, speaking on behalf of U.S. President Barack Obama, thanked her guests for their continued support and friendship to the people of America and referenced a remark made by President Obama.
"This is the day when we celebrate the very essence of America and the spirit that has defined us as a people and as a nation for more than two centuries."
The evening was set aside to pay tribute to the Ambassador's home state of California and she highlighted what makes the State so unique.
Grand Bahama Island - Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama will join together to host yet another favourite family event,
Guy Fawkes Night on the Beach on November 7th beginning at 4pm at Margaritaville Sand Bar in Mathers Town.
only $10 for adults and $5 for children and provides a choice of BBQ
Ribs, Hamburgers, or Hotdogs with side orders and desserts.
Show off your best 'Guy' and then toss them onto the bonfire on the beach.Win Prizes!
"Guy Fawkes Night
(also known as
Fireworks Night) is an annual celebration on the evening of the
5th of November..."
Nassau, Bahamas - Remember a time, not so long ago when Mom and Dad would pack you and
your siblings into the family car and off you would go to see the
illuminations on the Eastern Road. Well this pastime is a rarity now
as fewer houses decorate for Christmas like this anymore... so how about
a parade of lights?
The Festival of Lights Christmas Boat Parade is schedule to depart the
Montague Foreshore amid a blaze of fireworks at 7pm on Saturday,
December, 2010. Boats, decorated with Christmas lights will begin
lining up at 5.30pm...
Jack-o'-lanterns, trick-or-treaters, haunted houses, costume
parties and fireworks. Halloween is full of fun things for you and your family
to enjoy, but it's one of those holidays that is enjoyed more by people than by
pets. Keep the following precautions in mind when preparing for the frightfully
funfestivities and help ensure that everyone in your family--including
your pet--has a safe Halloween and Guy Fawkes.
Keep your pet in a quiet
place, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. You may know that the
miniature monsters and goblins that come knocking on Halloween aren't real, but
pets don't. Dogs and cats are creatures of habit and could become frightened or
agitated by the unaccustomed sights and sounds of costumed visitors. In
addition, frequently opened doors provide a perfect opportunity for escape,
which can go unnoticed during all the commotion. Be sure all pets are
wearingcollars and ID tags in case of an accidental getaway...
Freeport, Bahamas - Join us for New Year's Eve at the Canal House at Pelican Bay Hotel, and then dance the night away at our After Party at Sabor starting at 10pm and going until 1am. Sabor is situated marina-side and is one of the best locations in Grand Bahama to view the fireworks at midnight!
In honor of all presidents and founders of the Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF), this year, the round robin and national championships will be billed as the 'President's Cup' in celebration of 40 years of existence.
Assembling at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, this year will mark the largest amount of teams to participate in the round robin nationals. There will be new champions in both the men and ladies divisions as the defending champions, the Proper Care Whirlpool Lady Sharks out of New Providence and the U.S. Gold Panthers out of Grand Bahama, have both been eliminated.
Islands taking part in the ladies division are Abaco, Andros, Spanish Wells, Inagua, Grand Bahama and New Providence. In the Men's division the islands are Abaco, Andros, Spanish Wells, Grand Bahama and New Providence. As a result of the number of teams this year, the tournament starts on Thursday, November 1. All teams are expected to arrive in New Providence on Thursday.
The technical meeting for league representatives, managers and coaches will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday. At that time, all rosters will be finalized, and rules and regulations will be discussed. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, the competition gets underway when Spanish Wells ladies go up against Andros. At 8 p.m., the same two teams will battle in the men's contest. At 9 p.m., the Grand Bahama ladies will tangle with the Inagua ladies, and the feature game on opening night will pit the New Providence ladies against Abaco ladies.
On Friday, action will pick up at 11 a.m., using three fields at the Baillou Hills complex. At 7 p.m., the official opening ceremony and induction for those selected to the BSF Hall of Fame will take place. Also, all former presidents who have served over the past 40 years, will be recognized, namely Michael Moss, Churchill Tener Knowles, Austin 'King Snake' Knowles, Neko Grant, Greg Christie, Romell Knowles and Burkett Dorsett.
Following the induction ceremony, what is expected to be two of the most exciting games of the tournament will be played when Grand Bahama ladies take on New Providence, and the New Providence men battle Abaco. Also on Friday night, there will be a display by a marching band, a live pop band, disco, fireworks, balloons and many giveaways. The night climaxes with a mix and mingle reception for all players and fans, a Junkanoo rush-out and dancing.
On Saturday, November 3, play resumes at 11 a.m. with a break at 3 p.m. The playoffs get underway on Saturday night at 7 p.m. On Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m., there will be four medal games, followed by the presentation of awards and the closing ceremony.
Those to be inducted into the BSF Hall of Fame under separate categories such as administrators, managers, coaches, umpires, and sponsors for meritorious services, are: Romell Knowles, Charlene Sturrup, Paula Johnson, Eric Williams, Eustace Penn, Vernon Farquharson, Gary Smith, Charles Johnson, Nigel Bootle, Leonard Newton, Michael Colebrooke, Yvonne Lockhart, Sam Knowles, Patrice Braithwaite, Edna Ingraham, George Mills, Alvin Smith, Suzanne Adderley, Brad Smith, Nancy Russell, Thora Sweeting, Lucy Wells, Kay Seiler, Rodney Gibson, Sue Roberts, Sherwin Smith, Cyril Smith, Anthony Weech, Marjorie Delaney, Arthur Johnson, Jeff Roberts, Rudy Gardiner, Eddie McSweeney, Spence Lynes, Joe Deal, Alphonso Albury, Pat Maynard, Bommer George Armbrister, Frank Forbes, Brusell Bradshaw, George Ferguson, Ronald 'Ding' Woodside, Clifford Scavella, Sherry Thompson (posthumously), Monica Woodside (posthumously), Paul 'Dingus' Thompson (posthumously), Bommer's Trucking and Sigma Management Ltd.
Nassau, Bahamas -
Enjoy fine dining at Amici! Experience the bountiful New Year's Eve buffet at
Bimini Market at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.
$60 NEW YEAR'S ACTIVITIES. Watch the Time Square Ball Drop. Live band entertainment and Fireworks. On Saturday, January 1st take in our
New Year's Day Buffet at Bimini Market. $28.75 for Lunch and $32.20 for Dinner...
Tears of joy streamed down the faces of many Bahamians on Saturday evening as they watched the spectacular show staged, for the opening of the country's first state-of-the-art sports facility, in amazement. Thousands poured into the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Saturday, wanting to be a part of the historic event.
For many years now, athletes past and present were lobbying for an arena which would set them apart from their regional counterparts, like their performances in various sporting disciplines, and the construction of the stadium is said to be the edge that will be needed to further propel the country forward.
While the fireworks lit up the sky, and Bahamians stood proud, the country's best athletes including the trail blazers and those still carrying the torch, shouted out with glee, "finally". Olympic icon Pauline Davis-Thompson viewed it as "a vindication for all of the sporting persons", who came before her and those standing and still competing now. She said: "The Bahamas should stand proud and tall, as we understand that there were people who came before us and sacrificed many things to make this dream come true. The Bahamas is now recognized as one of the sporting powers in the world, but more importantly, the people of The Bahamas recognized us for what we have been doing. The Government of The Bahamas has recognized what we have been doing by rewarding us with such a beautiful arena."
The four-hour ceremony featured Bahamian athletes, musicians, dancers and icons. The event, broadcasted live, gave Bahamians from around the country an opportunity to share in the moment. International leaders, including representatives from the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), regional sporting heads and giants, were on hand to watch the ceremony, which was done at an approximate cost of $600,000 to the government.
The national facility, named after Thomas Augustus Robinson, is a gift to The Bahamas from the People's Republic of China. It seats 15,000 and will be the home of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) and the Bahamas Football Association (BFA). Robinson was the sole competitor for The Bahamas on the world stage for many years. He competed in four Olympic Games, starting in 1956. Two years later, he won gold at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, in Cardiff, Wales. The gold medal performance was accomplished in the 220 yards. Robinson also won a silver in the 100 yard dash.
When the British Empire and Commonwealth Games were hosted in 1962 and 1964, he claimed a silver in the 100 yard dash. At the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, held in 1962, Robinson won a gold medal in the 100 yard dash.
It was these achievements among others, in which, the grand celebration was held. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said: "Tonight, we celebrate. We celebrate the embodiment of our Bahamian spirit and our Bahamian pride in Thomas Augustus Robinson in whose name and honor we dedicate this new national stadium. Tommy, you make us all proud to be a Bahamian. You are a sprinter by training. Yet you are also a marathon man as demonstrated by your considerable contributions to national development, and in helping to bring to fruition, the dream of this day. Tommy, you have fought the good fight. You are finishing the race with the very style and grace you exhibited in representing your country in four Olympiads. You have kept the faith.
"Tonight, we also celebrate Bahamian athletes, past and present. Tonight we celebrate a new day for athletics in fields of endeavor and competition such as baseball, basketball, soccer, American football, swimming, diving, tennis, cycling and other sports. We are delighted that this new athletic and cultural center will host major regional and international events like jazz and reggae festivals as well as other musical and special events. Fellow Bahamians at home and those joining in this celebration from overseas, tonight we celebrate the very essence of who we are as a people. We celebrate our Bahamian identity and nationhood."
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said the construction of the national stadium "creates real opportunities for The Bahamas to extend an invitation to the world to practice, compete and enjoy the best of the islands of The Bahamas." He believes that key to sustaining growth, is the state-of-the-art facility.
The preparation process for the official opening did not go without hiccups which resulted in many becoming critics of the current government. Many believed that the price tag for the opening was too high, especially since millions will be spent on the overall re-development of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex.
"The government is spending over $50 million in and around this site starting with the commissioning of a comprehensive master plan of the 400-plus acres around this stadium," revealed Maynard. "The IBS group, a Bahamian Civil Engineering group, whose principals are Nick Dean and Kevin Sweeting, completed the design of a multiuse sports and recreation compound in record time. We are now well into the execution of phase one of this master plan which has created a lot of what you would have seen on your way here, and a lot of what you cannot see that makes this stadium functional."
Maynard is promising that work will begin on the new state-of-the-art internationally certified Hot Rod complex by the end of next month.