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William and Kate want to visit The Bahamas
William and Kate want to visit The Bahamas

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.

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Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama present Guy Fawkes on the Beach, November 7th

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.

Tickets are
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

Bonfire Night,

Cracker Night,

Fireworks Night) is an annual celebration on the evening of the

5th of November..."

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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,
July 2.  
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.

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600,000 for stadium opening

The government will spend between $500,000 and $600,000 on the grand opening of the national stadium later this month, according
to Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard, who said the sum is not extravagant.
Maynard said this sum will cover preparations for the event, including a massive cleaning of the stadium, and pay for other things connected to the opening ceremony.
He said the original price tag was $1 million, but that has been cut down.
The Nassau Guardian understands that as recent as one week ago, the confirmed budget was more than $800,000.
"So once we would have secured certain things it would be for the use of the stadium moving forward, so not everything is just a one-day event cost," he said, adding that certain "digital equipment and novelties" will become the property of the Sports Authority.
"It's a newly constructed stadium so you would expect that there needs to be a serious general cleaning that needs to be done to the whole area, getting all the construction dirt out of the place."
The Nassau Guardian confirmed that a large chunk of the money will be spent on entertainment and fireworks for the event as well as special effects.
The $30 million stadium is a gift to the Bahamian people from the People's Republic of China.
Former Minister of Sports Neville Wisdom said yesterday the figure seemed too high. "The government is having a million-dollar party at the public's expense," Wisdom said.
"People's light is off and they are having hard times making ends meet and you're spending this much money on a party?  What is the purpose of it?"
He said it appears that there is a great rush to have the event, which is not attached to any major sporting event.
Maynard said the government has certain partners who are defraying 'small costs'.
"But the idea is to make sure that we do the stadium [opening] properly," the minister said.  "It's really an investment.  It's not just costs to say we're opening the stadium."
He said senior officials of the International Association of Athletics Federations and the Federation of International Football Associations will be in attendance.
"We want to prove to them that we could have a proper ceremony," said Maynard, noting that The Bahamas will be able to bid on major events.
"...This will open the door for us in a favorable way."
Maynard said when one considers one political rally could cost more than $100,000, spending $600,000 on the opening of the National Stadium is put into its proper context.
"A rally is a single stage and everyone is staring at it," he noted.  "A stadium is a 360-degree event where whatever you do people are watching from all sides, so it's a different category of events.
"So we believe that it's a reasonable investment in terms of what the returns are going to be, in terms of making sure that we can use that stadium and attract major events to the country."
The stadium opening was originally scheduled for February 11, but the new date the government is considering is February 25.
The opening is expected to be a grand affair, with Junkanoo and other elements of Bahamian culture on display

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U.S. Ambassador Nicole 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, July 2.  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...

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Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama present Guy Fawkes on the Beach, November 7th

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.

Tickets are
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

Bonfire Night,

Cracker Night,

Fireworks Night) is an annual celebration on the evening of the

5th of November..."

read more »


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Norwegian Breakaway adds Bahamas to itinerary

Norwegian Breakaway, the newest ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, has added The Bahamas to its itinerary beginning in October.
The Norwegian Breakaway is the first of two Breakaway class ships that's being built for Norwegian Cruise Line.
Prime Minister Perry Christie was among the dignitaries and other special guests who attended yesterday's lavish christening and celebration onboard the vessel.
During his remarks, he thanked K.T. Lim, chairman of Resorts World Genting, which has a 50 percent stake in the Norwegian Cruise Line, for his investments to date and his continued interest in The Bahamas.
"You have invested significantly in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas," Christie said.
"You have the basis to make further investments. When one adds this cruise ship and the others that will come to our country, it is for me to express on behalf of the government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas a real appreciation for the consideration that you and your company continues to express in favor of our country."
The ship's inaugural trip to The Bahamas takes place in October, as part of its seven-day Florida/Bahamas itinerary.
The Norwegian Breakaway has combined innovative design including The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place with three decks of dining, entertainment, the largest aqua park and a ropes course at sea, along with the first ever salt room in the luxurious spa.
"We are elated to take ownership of this spectacular new vessel, the Norwegian Breakaway that has so many unique features, world-class entertainment and artfully designed staterooms," said Kevin Sheehan, the cruise line's chief executive officer.
Norwegian Breakaway's entertainment will include three Broadway shows. It will also feature a fireworks show on every cruise and will be the grand finale of a decadent 1980s-themed deck party.
Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian will also debut his first restaurant at sea on Norwegian Breakaway called the "Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian". Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series "Cake Boss", will open an extension of his popular bakery, Carlo's Bake Shop.
The ship will feature a total of 28 dining options on board and an ice bar.
The Norwegian Breakaway will head to Bermuda to start its first seven-day cruise beginning on May 13.
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe was also on hand at yesterday's launch.
Meantime, its sister ship, Norwegian Getaway is expected to launch in Miami on February 1, 2014.

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(Photos) National Stadium officially opens in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas - More than 15
thousand Bahamians turn out February 25th, 2012 to be a part of the official
opening of the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, a gift to The
Bahamas from the Government of the People's Republic of China.

In an open to the public free event, the huge
audience was feted with an exciting cultural show put on by a cast of
more than 1,200 artists and performers. At the end it was capped with a
grand display of fireworks.

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Sheraton Nassau Beach New Year's Dining Options

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...

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New national stadium officially opened!

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.

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