Abaco lounge fined 30k for breach

Abaco lounge fined 30k for breach THE co-owners of an Abaco lounge were ticketed $30,500 for breaching COVID-19 Emergency Powers Orders by having nearly 100 people crammed into a space only meant to hold 24.

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GraceKennedy Money Services Opens New Location in Exuma
 GraceKennedy Money Services Opens New Location in Exuma As one bank shuttered its brick-and-mortar operations in Exuma, a money transfer service opened shop over the weekend providing convenient services for those who prefer in person transactions when sending and receiving money.

On Saturday, GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) welcomed customers at its newest location, Forbes’ D&Z Customs Brokerage in George Town. According to businessman Naaman Forbes, Exumians required greater access to basic financial services including local and international transfers, hence the partnership with GKMS, the Western Union agent.

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Gov’t revenue boost expected with launch of digital payment solution for charter fees
Govt revenue boost expected with launch of digital payment solution for charter fees The Ministry of Finance concluded an agreement with the OMNI Financial Group and the Association of Bahamas Marinas (OMNI/ABM) to launch a digital payment solution for the collection of charter fees from mega yachts and other charter operators in The Bahamas.

“This development is extremely significant as we have traditionally seen a lot of revenue leakage in the charter operator space. As a government we are strengthening our enforcement mechanisms while we are also enhancing the ease of doing business. Now, charter operators have no excuse. We have a convenient online solution for the payment of fees due to the government for their commercial operations in our waters,” said Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Finance.

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ALIV $31,600 Donation to Bahamas Feeding Network ‘Greatly Appreciated’ as Territory Expands to Cover Thousands More in Need
ALIV 31,600 Donation to Bahamas Feeding Network Greatly Appreciated as Territory Expands to Cover Thousands More in Need Three weeks ago, when Philip Smith learned the Bahamas Feeding Network would be tasked with feeding thousands more, which now included 17 Family Islands and one-third of New Providence, he was very pleased to learn of Aliv’s donation.

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OB/GYN Shines Spotlight on Endometriosis During Awareness Month
OB/GYN Shines Spotlight on Endometriosis During Awareness Month It is a debilitating reproductive health concern for women. Still, very few persons are talking about it.

“Endometriosis affects persons from all walks of life. There is no discrimination,” said obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr Shamanique Bodie-Williams.

“There is a stigma associated with chronic pain symptoms. You are not going to usually walk around and express how painful your menstrual cycles are. Many ladies are not even aware they may have an abnormality with their period. They may think this is just a normal part of being a female. One study shows it takes an average of about 12 years to make this diagnosis.”

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Prime Minister Officially Opens Multinational Engineering Firm and Centre for Innovation
Prime Minister Officially Opens Multinational Engineering Firm and Centre for Innovation On February 25th, the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis officially opened BRON Business Centre in Airport Industrial Park. BRON Business Centre is the home of Eeden Farms, the country’s first Hydroponic Container Farm; Pureti Bahamas, distributors, and applicators of a cleaning product used to kill COVID; BluTerra, a company focused on turning aragonite into compostable products and finally BRON itself; a multinational, interdisciplinary development consulting group with teams in The The Bahamas, Florida, Turks and Caicos Islands, and St. Kitts. BRON has completed over 1,200 projects across over 70 islands and cays of The Bahamas and the Caribbean. BRON’s services include architecture, engineering, environmental, geomatics & surveying, drilling & testing, and construction services, including regulatory compliance.

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ALIV $31,600 Donation to Bahamas Feeding Network ‘Greatly Appreciated’ as Territory Expands to Cover Thousands More in Need
ALIV 31,600 Donation to Bahamas Feeding Network Greatly Appreciated as Territory Expands to Cover Thousands More in Need Three weeks ago, when Philip Smith learned the Bahamas Feeding Network would be tasked with feeding thousands more, which now included 17 Family Islands and one-third of New Providence, he was very pleased to learn of Aliv’s donation.

“This will go a long way in helping us accumulate 15% of the funding required as a zone leader of the National Food Security Task Force, while the Government is investing 85%,” he said. “Aliv’s donation is a testament to the fact that as we give in the way that we should, God shall supply all our needs.”

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Prime Minister Opens World-Class MacFit 360 Fitness and Performance Centre
Prime Minister Opens World-Class MacFit 360 Fitness and Performance Centre Prime Minister Hubert Minnis opened the MacFit 360 Fitness and Performance Centre on Cable Beach recently with an official ribbon-cutting and praise for what he called “a stunning 17,000 square foot facility unmatched by any in the region.”

Construction on the two-story fitness centre at the south end of Baha Mar Boulevard started before the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. The Prime Minister said he was concerned that the facility designed to cater to thousands of Baha Mar, Breezes, Sandals and other Cable Beach visitors and staff, as well as residents and professional and collegiate athletes would be derailed by the virus.

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ENKA İnşaat Started Construction Works of Nassau Cruise Port in Bahamas
ENKA naat Started Construction Works of Nassau Cruise Port in Bahamas Nassau Cruise Port Ltd., which signed an agreement for the operation of the port for 25 years in February of last year. There is also a Turkish company in its consortium. Global Ports Holding (GPH), a subsidiary of Global Investment Holding (GLYHO), is in partnership with 49% - Bahamian Investment Fund (BIF) 49% and Yes Foundation 2% share. In a statement made in May by GLYHO, it was announced that a fund of 130 million dollars was created in the last one of the bond issuance to be used for the project in question.

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Job Stability & Creation in A Pandemic
Job Stability Creation in A Pandemic Aetos Holdings Limited, parent company for prominent quick services restaurant franchises including Wendy’s, Marco’s Pizza and Popeyes has not only maintained its workforce, but also created jobs despite COVID-19.

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Seven Day Weather Forecast Sunday 28th to Saturday 6th March 2021
Seven Day Weather Forecast Sunday 28th to Saturday 6th March 2021 A ridge of high pressure will be in control of the weather for the first few days of the week maintaining a stable atmosphere along with moderate to strong breezes. The ridge will gradually shift eastwards to support a moist, warm southwesterly flow and increase shower chances on Wednesday.

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IDB announces Build Forward initiative to advance technology and resilience in Caribbean
IDB announces Build Forward initiative to advance technology and resilience in Caribbean The Caribbean Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank backed Build Forward, a $3.5 billion multi-year program to help Caribbean countries sustainably recover while making technological leaps that will bring about a transformational future.

The initiative includes a multi-donor facility to provide targeted grant and concessional financing for smart and resilient projects. The facility is expected to mobilize $1.5 billion in resources for a series of activities that include advisory services, project preparation and catalyzing private capital for investments in resilient infrastructure, nature and disaster-risk based solutions.

IDB management briefed Governors about Build Forward ahead of the Annual Meeting of IDB Group, which will take place March 17-21 in Barranquilla, Colombia, in a virtual format. Governors are the top decision-makers at the IDB – the Caribbean’s biggest provider of development finance.

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Limeade Bahamas new look, same great taste and many ways to pay!
Limeade Bahamas new look, same great taste and many ways to pay! It's a new year, we have a new look, many new ways to pay and more ways to save. Now all of our refreshing flavors are at the tip of your fingers with just the click of a button. Download the Kraven, Kanoo or the Sun Cash app today and order from the comforts of your home.

Not only do you now have many ways to pay, you have more ways to save. With our Green Card loyalty program, the more you purchase online to save more. Collect points to save as much as 15% off your next purchase.

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Bahamas Society Of Engineers & BETA Camp Spark Young Imaginations To Celebrate National Engineers Week
Bahamas Society Of Engineers BETA Camp Spark Young Imaginations To Celebrate National Engineers Week With the support of the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) and Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement Camp (BETA Camp), Bahamian students are getting a personal look at how engineers create the world that has never been. From February 22 – 27, BSE is observing National Engineers Week by hosting a series of presentations for public and private school students across the country in partnership with BETA Camp and The Bahamas Ministry of Education.

This unique digital event, which was launched under the theme “Imagining Tomorrow,” is introducing primary and secondary school students to different branches of the engineering profession and the many subdisciplines in which they can specialize. Each presentation features a Bahamian engineer teaching students and educators about what engineering is all about, what it takes to become an engineer, and what engineers do. Through the facilitation of the Ministry of Education, 15 Bahamian engineers will make 22 presentations to primary and high school students from 27 participating schools this week. Three of the presenters are engineers from the Ministry of Works.

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Founder of Marijuana Bahamas Makes Courtesy Call on the AG re Legislation Being Drafted
Founder of Marijuana Bahamas Makes Courtesy Call on the AG re Legislation Being Drafted Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Permanent Secretary Cecilia Strachan welcomed Renaldo Cartwright, Founder of Marijuana Bahamas (standing centre) during a courtesy call, February 24, 2021 at the Attorney General's Office to discuss the marijuana/cannabis industry legislation being drafted.

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5-year-old Snags Bahamas Waste Snap And Win prize
5-year-old Snags Bahamas Waste Snap And Win prize For five-year-old Jay McCoy, the sound of the Bahamas Waste garbage truck making its way through his neighborhood is always less about the trash and definitely all about the experience. The home-schooler was declared the winner of the recent Bahamas Waste (BW) #SnapAndWin promotion helping parents secure a VIP collection service from the waste management company.

Just weeks after launching its COVID safety truck, the company set out to find a new way to engage its customers and show appreciation for their continued support. “With everything that has been going on around us, we really just wanted to find something fun and lighthearted to engage our customers, and further incentivize the services we already offer,” explained BW Operation’s Manager Ethelyn Davis.

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Happy Staff Celebrate Love in COVID Times
Happy Staff Celebrate Love in COVID Times Grand Bahama’s Happiest Hotel, Pelican Bay, is determined not to let the COVID blues stop its happiness or business. Keen to keep their doors open and the hotel staff working, the Pelican Team came up with a Valentine's Love special that adhered to COVID safety while also keeping sweethearts happy in these ‘trying times’.

“We wanted to create a buzz and do something unique that we haven’t seen before on the island,” said Pelican Bay’s Reservations & Revenue Manager Dominique Smith. “We know that everyone wants to be safe, but they want to still celebrate their love for each other. So, we thought of a fun way for us to promote not only a great hotel rate for our waterside rooms, but also offer an intimate dinner for two on our picnic benches located around the property. Giving each couple their own private dining experience and valentines desserts; both safe and romantic.”

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Look On The Label To Spot ‘Da Real-Deal’
Look On The Label To Spot Da Real-Deal For Bahamian beer drinkers, Bud Light tops the list as their favourite imported beer, perfect for parties, socials, and even at their preferred sports bars and watering holes. Due to current COVID-19 conditions, however, Bud Light fans are being a little more careful about the size and locations of their social gatherings, but COVID has not impeded their ability to indulge in the country’s most imported beer.

Customers cracking open their Bud Light may have even noticed something a little different about their bottles and cans. “We’ve unfortunately become aware of many people who have been purchasing unofficially imported Bud Light” explained Oranique Hamilton, Bud Light Trade Marketing Supervisor for The Bahamas. “Bud Light cares deeply about the product our fans consume and so our distribution partners have created a label unique for The Bahamas, saying ‘The Official Imported Beer of The Bahamas’ on our authorized products.”

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Statement The Hon. Iram Lewis Appointment as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture
Statement The Hon. Iram Lewis Appointment as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture I thank the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis for his confidence in recommending my appointment as Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

I thank my predecessor in office, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle for the work she did at the Ministry.

I also wish to thank my colleagues at the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Disaster Reconstruction Authority and NEMA for their support during my tenure as Minister of State.

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Smooth transition to face-to-face learning at Eva Hilton Primary School
Smooth transition to face-to-face learning at Eva Hilton Primary School All hands were on deck at Eva Hilton Primary School, Tuesday, for the first day of ‘in-person learning’ using the hybrid method. Representatives of Urban Renewal, the Parent-Teacher Association, the School Board, teachers and administrators assisted with the transition as students returned to the Gregory Street campus.

“For the first day we were able to get through quite smoothly,” said Principal Jermaine Butler.

“The kids have been prepped at home and in sessions, and they know what the expectations should be.”

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Tiger Woods In Roll Over Crash - He Is Currently In Surgery
Tiger Woods In Roll Over Crash - He Is Currently In Surgery Tiger Woods was injured Tuesday morning in what the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department termed a "single vehicle roll-over traffic collision."

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