Nassau, Paradise Island, Bahamas, October 25, 2016 – After coming through Hurricane Matthew with minimal damage to tourist areas, the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and Paradise Island Tourism Development Association are enticing visitors to come experience the destination with an array of special hotel deals. Below is a sampling of exclusive offers, which can also be found atwww.nassauparadiseisland.com.
All-Inclusive Experience – Available to book through December 20, 2016
The iconic Atlantis, Paradise Island has introduced a limited-time, all-inclusive experience that includes accommodations at the Royal Towers or Beach Tower, meals, activities, gratuities, surcharges and resort fees, all resort taxes on rooms, basic Wi-Fi, access to bars and lounges and more. Rates begin at $299 per person per night for adults 18+, with starting rates for children as low as $99 per child per night for travel through June 16, 2017.
More information: All-Inclusive Experience Package
Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free Offer – Available to book through December 22, 2016
This season, Comfort Suites Paradise Island is making it easier than ever for families to visit the tropical destination with its ‘Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free’ offer. The deal allows for families with up to two children under the age of 12 to stay with their parents for free, as well as eat at Crusoe’s restaurant for every meal complimentary. Conveniently located just steps away from the kid-friendly Atlantis, Paradise Island, Comfort Suites guests receive complimentary access to Atlantis’s Aquaventure and other amenities, with signing privileges at all restaurants. Starting rates are $124 per room, per night.
More information: Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free Offer
Fall 2016 Getaway Sale – Available to book through December 10, 2016
The Graycliff Hotel is celebrating the destination’s endless sunshine by offering 20 percent off for guests who book by December 10, 2016 and travel by December 17, 2016. Nestled in the heart of downtown Nassau, Graycliff Hotel is housed in a colonial mansion that dates back to the 18th Century and features the first five-star restaurant in the Caribbean, a chocolatier, a Brazilian Churrascaria, and one of the largest private wine collections in the world. Rooms start at $385 per night.
More information: Fall 2016 Getaway Sale
50 Percent off Fall Villa Special – Available to book through November 15, 2016
Travelers who plan their trip to paradise this fall can enjoy 50 percent off rates at Sunrise Beach Club and Villas. The quaint property offers a relaxing vacation full of privacy with accommodations that range from one-bedroom suites to five-bedroom villas. Starting rates, before discount, are $237 per room, per night.
More information: 50 Percent off Fall Villa Special
Book Any Suite and Get 4th Night Free – Available to book through November 30, 2016
The luxurious, boutique resort and spa, situated on Nassau’s Cable Beach, is offering the last night free for guests who book any suite for four nights. The resort, which was once the private vacation home of Bob and Rita Marley, has 16 distinctly designed rooms that feature five-star amenities. Suites start at $216 per room, per night.
More information: Book Any Suite and Get 4th Night Free
15 Percent off Sale – Available to book through December 31, 2016
Guests looking to visit Paradise Island next summer at a discount can book a villa at Paradise Island Beach Club for 15 percent off all travel from May 1 through August 30, 2017. Paradise Island Beach Club features 44 villas that have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Rates start at $325 per room, per night.
More information: Call 242-363-2523
Early Bird Special up to 40 Percent off plus up to $450 Resort Credit – Available for travel through June 21, 2017
Guests who book the Early Bird Special with Atlantis, Paradise Island will receive 40 percent off nightly rates for travel from December 24, 2016 through June 21, 2017. In addition to the discounted nightly rate, travelers will also receive a resort credit based upon where they stay. Guests who stay three or four nights at the Royal Towers will receive $200 resort credit and guests who stay at The Cove will receive $250. For a stay of five nights or more, travelers will receive $300 resort credit when staying at Royal Towers, or $450 at The Cove. Starting rates are $239 per room, per night.
More information: Early Bird Special
About Nassau Paradise Island:
Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas is known for having some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, turquoise blue water, the Caribbean’s best entertainment and a spectrum of resorts from ultra-exclusive to family-friendly. This convenient destination is serviced by several non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities. Less than an hour from South Florida and less than three hours from New York City, Nassau Paradise Island is so close, yet feels like it’s a world away. Additional information about where to stay and incredible value-added packages may be found at www.NassauParadiseIsland.com.
Chinese Embassy Donates Greenhouses To The Bahamas
#TheBahamas, October 22, 2021 – In an effort to assist the Government of The Bahamas with its goal to increase food production, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China donated 15 greenhouses recently. The greenhouses, which vary in size, will be distributed in Grand Bahama and throughout the Family Islands.
Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs the Hon. Clay Sweeting, Parliamentary Secretary Leonardo Lightbourne along with Permanent Secretary Joel Lewis were on hand to receive the items.
Minister Sweeting expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas.
“I would like to sincerely thank you for these greenhouses, which speak to our blueprint for change. Agriculture plays a significant role in finding ways to feed ourselves. Big things start small and real change starts with ideas. These greenhouses will definitely play an instrumental role in finding new ways of farming techniques and ideas to feed ourselves,” he said.
The Minister mentioned that Agriculture contributes only 0.8 percent of GDP, a rate he is looking to drastically change.
“I look forward to working with you in the future because it is very important to myself and my ministry that Agriculture becomes prominent in our country and where people feel that they can be business-oriented,” Minister Sweeting said.
“The raging pandemic has highlighted once again the importance of the Agricultural sector and the imperative of reducing the cost of living for the average Bahamian,” she said.
“I very much support the minister’s objective to make Agriculture more appealing to Bahamians and attracting more investment into this vital sector. Agriculture has a big potential to be commercially viable as is shown with our experience with working your Caribbean neighbours. Today’s donation of greenhouses is only a small beginning to what we hope to be a growing Agricultural partnership between our countries. I’m glad that the minister has just expressed his commitment of working with us.”
The Ambassador said the two countries have long been in discussions to further develop the Agriculture industry.
“It is now time to put our ideas into practice by working together on the ground and in the fields. I look forward to discussions with the minister to understand his priorities and to see how we can best work with him,” Ambassador Qingli said.
Students display culinary skill and creativity in Bahamas Young Chef Competition
#TheBahamas, October 19, 2021 – – Despite setbacks and limitations due to COVID-19, Lamont Missick, H.O. Nash; Gerardo Annacius, Anatol Rodgers and Brianna Butterfield of Kingsway Academy, overcame the odds and finished first, second and third respectively in the second phase of the recent 29th Annual Bahamas Young Chef New Providence District Culinary Competitions.
With hybrid lessons and just two weeks of in-person classes supervised by teachers, the three students, who are enrolled in Family and Consumer Science Education, stepped up to the plate and earned the right to enter the upcoming third phase (National Round) of the annual contest.
Now into its 29th year, the annual district competition, sponsored by the Ministry of Education along with Robin Hood Flour and Mahatma Rice, was held at Anatol Rodgers Senior High School, October 7 and 8. Under the watchful eyes of judges who are all professional chefs — Clement Williams, Jimmy Dean, Chief Judge Gerald Rolle, Hazel Rolle, and Celeste Smith — the students were required to use Mahatma Rice and Robin Hood Flour to prepare a dish and dessert based on the theme “Bahamian Culinary Resilience: Going Back to Our Roots.”
Following the grueling round in the kitchen and interviews by the judges, Raquel Turnquest, Education Officer congratulated the students and parents, and offered advice to the teachers.
“We appreciate all of the time and effort that you put into your children. This competition is a true partnership between home, school and industry. The chefs are willing to give their input and give them [the students] the benefit of their experience.
“We have three young persons who are very much into what they are learning in school. They are putting their best foot forward. All of them are automatically in the national round,” said Ms. Turnquest.
“COVID-19 is forcing us to use technology in new and creative ways. You are now able to bring industry professionals into your classroom almost on a regular basis who don’t have to leave where they are to get into your classroom to give the students the benefit of their knowledge.”
She urged the students to use the judges’ critiques to refine and elevate their dishes.
“You saw the experience of working in the kitchen with persons viewing and walking through while you are working. That is something valuable. Take advantage of it and we’ll see you again for the National round. Congratulations to all of you today.”
Lamont Missick, 14,
Flour dish: Pineapple upside down muffin
Rice Dish: Land and Sea Rice
Lamont said he used the opportunity to sharpen his culinary skills.
“I realized my love for culinary arts from the age of 8. I remember watching Ratatouille, and hearing that “anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great. I aim to be great and one day become and executive chef in my own restaurant,” said the ninth grader.
Flour dish: Sugar apple almond muffins
Rice dish: Spinach Carrot Rice Cup with grouper pineapple sauce
“I love to cook and I wanted to boost my cooking skills,” said Brianna.
Gerardo Annacius dubbed his dishes ‘Fall ‘n’ Love’.
Flour dish: Toasted bennie spiced cream puff with native pumpkin and coconut crème filling topped with ginger caramel
All of the judges commended the students on their dishes and encouraged them to continue to work hard.
Lamont was praised for his organized and sanitized kitchen-station. Also noted was his flavorful ‘spot on’ rice dish from which exuded flavors of conch, lobster, salt beef and coconut milk.
Chef Williams encouraged him to improve his presentation and move away from serving rice the old fashioned way of “cupping” in a bowl.
The judges were impressed with Annacius’ theme: “Fall ‘n’ Love’ and gave him pointers on how to improve his dish and dessert.
“You experienced a slight setback in the kitchen and your dessert dish did not come out as expected — but you did not stop, you made an effort to present something. Your dessert was flavorful; it did not rise like it should but you executed based on what you had,” said Chef Smith.
By Kathryn Campbell
Nine Grand Bahama residents have had their minor criminal records expunged
#TheBahamas, October 19, 2021 – The Davis Administration is fully committed to ensuring that young Bahamians get second chances where possible, by expunging minor offence records, where necessary, according to Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey.
“One of our mandates in our ten-point plan in the ‘blueprint for change’ is compassionate social relief and the expungement of records for offences that are due, based on the violations of the Emergency Orders. So, we are going to continue to ensure that those records are expunged,” said Minister Moxey.
“For Grand Bahama Island, this ministry is responsible for the promotion of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the island. So, this is an ideal time for those who have not been able to find jobs, based on these criminal records, to be able to re-enter the job market.”
During a press conference in the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday, October 14, 2021, Northern Bahamas representative for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee, Mr. Dudley Seide, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, during which time he announced that nine people from the island of Grand Bahama have had their minor criminal records expunged through the efforts of the Committee.
Minister Moxey called it a great day for Grand Bahama and for Grand Bahamians. She noted that overall, many people in Grand Bahama are hurting financially, adding that those people with minor criminal offences were held back from supporting themselves and their families because of their inability to gain employment because of their criminal records.
“On behalf of the government, we are excited that this day has come and to also let the community know that we are committed to this effort,” added Minister Moxey. “We want to also appeal to those people who may have received criminal records during the Emergency Orders to come forward and apply and begin the process to have their records expunged.”
Mr. Dudley Seide of Reach Out Organization and a member of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee said that nine Grand Bahamians who had applied to the committee to have their records expunged have had their applications approved.
“The mandate of our new Minister for Grand Bahama is to help young people who have been arrested on minor offences and who were arrested or charged during the Emergency Orders,” said Mr. Seide.
“This is a golden opportunity for these people to get their lives restarted. These people can now go on and live their lives. These offences prevented these people from getting jobs, obtaining a U.S. Visa, travelling – but now they can begin to do all of these things. What was hurtful was to see so many people who were arrested during the Emergency Orders, who paid the fines, but who had no idea that these offences were still on their records.
“I want to thank the Minister for National Security for giving young people an opportunity to restart their lives.”
Minister Moxey thanked the members of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee for their tireless work in helping people “get their lives back.”
By Andrew Coakley
Photo Caption: PART OF SECOND CHANCE – Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey (second from right) was on hand when Mr. Dudley Seide, member of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee (left) presented Brian Bullard Jr. (second from left) with an official declaration of the expungement of his record, during a press conference in the Office of the Prime Minister (GB) on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Bullard was one of nine Grand Bahamians who’ve had their records expunged through the efforts of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Committee.
(BIS photo by Lisa Davis)
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