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01/08/2022

It is with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier. Our whole Bahamas grieves and extends our deepest condolences to his family.

But even as we mourn, we celebrate the life of a great Bahamian: a cultural icon, an actor and film director, an entrepreneur, civil and human rights activist and, latterly, a diplomat.

We admire the man, not just because of his colossal achievements, but also because of who he was: his strength of character; his willingness to stand up and be counted; and the way he plotted and navigated his life’s journey.

The boy who moved from the tomato farm of Cat Island to become a waiter in the United States; The young man who not only taught himself to read and write, but who made the expression of words and thoughts and feelings central to his career; The man who expressed his rage against racial injustice through quiet dignity; The humanitarian who used his steely determination not just to better himself, but to better the world that he lived in, filtered through the milk of human kindness. And all of it achieved without sacrificing integrity, charm, elegance or wit.

These things don’t come easily. But the fight can be good.
Your peers don’t give you an Oscar, you win an Oscar. Success is not a given – but it can come to those who translate talent into craft and perseverance.

As Sidney said himself in his autobiography: “You don't have to become something you're not, to be better than you were.”

This is the mark of the man. In our national anthem, we remind ourselves to “see how the world marks the manner of our bearing”. Sir Sidney’s bearing upon the world shines as among the best of us.

Our country is in mourning, and so I have instructed that the Bahamian flag be flown at half-mast at home and in our embassies around the world.

We know the world mourns with us. Sir Sidney’s light will continue to shine brightly for generations to come.

01/07/2022

BREAKING: Beloved Bahamian actor and former ambassador Sir Sidney Poitier has died. He was 94. A Broadway play about the trailblazing career of the visionary actor was announced last month. Sir Sidney's death was confirmed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.

12/03/2021

Statement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs
On the death of Jacqueline Avant
For Immediate Release

1 December 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes with sadness, the tragic shooting death of Jacqueline Avant, mother of former United States Ambassador to The Bahamas from 2009 to 2011.

On behalf of the Prime Minister Philip Davis and the government, I convey the condolences.

I express those condolences to the Avant family and to the Embassy of the United States in The Bahamas.

May she rest in peace.

End.

Pictured L-R: Former US Ambassador Nicole Avant with her mother Jacqueline and father Clarence Avant. Source:
RODIN ECKENROTH/FILMMAGIC/GETTY IMAGES

09/29/2021

The best female basketball player in the world is from Freeport, Grand Bahama. Let that sink in! Congratulations to Jonquel Jones for being named the 2021 WNBA Most Valuable Player. We are so proud and will be cheering loudly as you lead the Connecticut Sun in the postseason.

#242pride

Graphic: The Athletic

Bahamians vote for change of Government
09/18/2021
Bahamians vote for change of Government

Bahamians vote for change of Government

Bahamians voted for a new government in General Elections held on Thursday 16 September 2021, continuing the trend of one-term governments taking place for the past 24 years. Preliminary results sh…

09/17/2021
Tidal Wave - The Nassau Guardian
09/17/2021
Tidal Wave - The Nassau Guardian

Tidal Wave - The Nassau Guardian

In a brutal rejection of the Minnis administration, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis was yesterday elected as the fifth prime minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas after his party won more than 30 seats in the 39-seat House of Assembly. The unofficial results showed th...

Minnis concedes - The Nassau Guardian
09/17/2021
Minnis concedes - The Nassau Guardian

Minnis concedes - The Nassau Guardian

Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis conceded defeat in the 2021 general election on Thursday night after early results showed the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) taking a comfortable lead. The outgoing prime minister said he will lead the FNM into the House of Assembly as leader of...

Michael K. Williams Bahamas At SunriseAnastarcia Huyler Palacious Interview:"I have always celebrated and been very prou...
09/08/2021
A Conversation with Michael K. Williams

Michael K. Williams
Bahamas At Sunrise
Anastarcia Huyler Palacious Interview:

"I have always celebrated and been very proud of the fact that because of my Bahamian roots, I come from a very elite group of people: starting with Sir Sidney Poitier, Esther Rolle, Roxie Roker, Lenny Kravitz, Calvin Lockhart; the list goes on of Bahamians or people of Bahamian descent that have impacted the arts and/or sports: Rick Fox and...my brother from Golden State... (Klay) Thompson. I have always had pride in the fact that I belong to that group of people."

He will be missed.

http://www.makingkidswin.com/about.html

Did you know that Michael K. Williams is a Bahamian with ties to communities in Nassau, Bahamas? I sat with this great actor to learn more about his success ...

Singapore's Independence Day, 9 August 2021.Congratulations to the Government and People of Singapore as they celebrate ...
08/09/2021

Singapore's Independence Day, 9 August 2021.

Congratulations to the Government and People of Singapore as they celebrate their 56th Anniversary of Independence.

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and the Republic of Singapore have enjoyed seventeen years of friendly diplomatic relations, based on mutual respect for peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development. Our collaboration on areas of shared concern in the international arena, in particular at the United Nations and the Commonwealth, is especially appreciated.

On this special day, we hope that the Government and People of Singapore enjoy their celebrations and continue to strive for the best. We wish them a Happy Independence Day.

Singapore's Independence Day, 9 August 2021.

Congratulations to the Government and People of Singapore as they celebrate their 56th Anniversary of Independence.

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and the Republic of Singapore have enjoyed seventeen years of friendly diplomatic relations, based on mutual respect for peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development. Our collaboration on areas of shared concern in the international arena, in particular at the United Nations and the Commonwealth, is especially appreciated.

On this special day, we hope that the Government and People of Singapore enjoy their celebrations and continue to strive for the best. We wish them a Happy Independence Day.

The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire's 61st Anniversary of Independence: 7 August 2021Congratulations to the Government and Peo...
08/07/2021

The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire's 61st Anniversary of Independence: 7 August 2021

Congratulations to the Government and People of Cote d'Ivoire as they celebrate their 61st Independence Day.

Our countries have enjoyed strong diplomatic relations stemming back to 1988 and we anticipate continued growth as we move forward in our collaborative endeavors.

The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire has advanced on many areas, including economic and social dimensions, after a past civil war. With such a turnaround, this country can take pride in its achievements.

Warmest regards to the Government and People of Cote d'Ivoire on this honorable occasion.

The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire's 61st Anniversary of Independence: 7 August 2021

Congratulations to the Government and People of Cote d'Ivoire as they celebrate their 61st Independence Day.

Our countries have enjoyed strong diplomatic relations stemming back to 1988 and we anticipate continued growth as we move forward in our collaborative endeavors.

The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire has advanced on many areas, including economic and social dimensions, after a past civil war. With such a turnaround, this country can take pride in its achievements.

Warmest regards to the Government and People of Cote d'Ivoire on this honorable occasion.

Jamaica's 59th Anniversary of Independence:6 August 2021Congratulations to the Government and People of Jamaica as they ...
08/06/2021

Jamaica's 59th Anniversary of Independence:
6 August 2021

Congratulations to the Government and People of Jamaica as they celebrate the country's 59th Anniversary of Independence.

The Bahamas and Jamaica's strong diplomatic relations continue to deepen as the similarities between our cultural and colonial history foster our shared vision for a unified and prosperous Caribbean Region.

We are honored to celebrate Independence Day with the friendly nation of Jamaica, one of the family members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

We send our best wishes on this historic and special day to the Government and People of Jamaica.

Jamaica's 59th Anniversary of Independence:
6 August 2021

Congratulations to the Government and People of Jamaica as they celebrate the country's 59th Anniversary of Independence.

The Bahamas and Jamaica's strong diplomatic relations continue to deepen as the similarities between our cultural and colonial history foster our shared vision for a unified and prosperous Caribbean Region.

We are honored to celebrate Independence Day with the friendly nation of Jamaica, one of the family members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

We send our best wishes on this historic and special day to the Government and People of Jamaica.

Photos from United States Embassy  Nassau, The Bahamas's post
08/06/2021

Photos from United States Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas's post

Photos from United States Embassy  Nassau, The Bahamas's post
08/06/2021

Photos from United States Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas's post

Bolivia's 196th Anniversary of Independence:6 August 2021.Congratulations to the Government and People of the Plurinatio...
08/06/2021

Bolivia's 196th Anniversary of Independence:
6 August 2021.

Congratulations to the Government and People of the Plurinational State of Bolivia as they celebrate the 196th year of independence as a sovereign nation.

As countries in the Americas, we are pleased to have had diplomatic relations with Bolivia since 1983, a country that has kept peace and harmony among its indigenous ethnic groups over the years. We commend Bolivia on efforts taken to improve the livelihoods of all through healthcare, education, and progression towards economic development.

We are therefore honored to congratulate Bolivia on its nearly two centuries of independence and send our best wishes to the Government and People of Bolivia.

Bolivia's 196th Anniversary of Independence:
6 August 2021.

Congratulations to the Government and People of the Plurinational State of Bolivia as they celebrate the 196th year of independence as a sovereign nation.

As countries in the Americas, we are pleased to have had diplomatic relations with Bolivia since 1983, a country that has kept peace and harmony among its indigenous ethnic groups over the years. We commend Bolivia on efforts taken to improve the livelihoods of all through healthcare, education, and progression towards economic development.

We are therefore honored to congratulate Bolivia on its nearly two centuries of independence and send our best wishes to the Government and People of Bolivia.

Photos from The Official Nassau Guardian Ltd. (1844)'s post
08/06/2021

Photos from The Official Nassau Guardian Ltd. (1844)'s post

08/06/2021

GOLD FOR SHAUNAE

BREAKING | Bahamian track star Shaunae Miller-Uibo successfully defended her Olympic title in the women’s 400 meters at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Miller-Uibo is now a double gold medalist after winning the 400m final in a time of 48.37, a new national record.

08/06/2021

Bahamian Olympic athlete Shaunae Miller-Uibo scheduled to compete in the Women's 400m Finals at 8:35 a.m. Friday morning.

Tune in to the ZNS Network on CableTV ch 211 & 420 and FlowTV ch 113 & 115.

08/05/2021
Men's 400m Finals

Men's 400m Final - Congratulations Steven Gardiner!
#TeamBahamas

08/05/2021

BREAKING | Steven Gardiner is the men’s 400 meters Olympic champion.
Running out of lane seven, Gardiner blazed down the home stretch to sn**ch the gold at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
The Bahamian 400 m national record holder crossed the finish line in a time of 43.85.

08/03/2021

Shaunae Miller-Uibo places 8th in the 200m finals. On to the 400.

#bahamas #bahamasolympics #242totheworld🌎🇧🇸

08/03/2021

The 400m title defense is officially underway. Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins heat 1 in 50.50 secs

The semifinals begin Wednesday at 6:30am

#bahamas #bahamasolympics #242totheworld🌎🇧🇸

Photos from 10th Year Seniors's post
08/02/2021

Photos from 10th Year Seniors's post

Photos from 10th Year Seniors's post
08/02/2021

Photos from 10th Year Seniors's post

Photos from 10th Year Seniors's post
08/02/2021

Photos from 10th Year Seniors's post

Switzerland's National Day, 1 August 2021.Congratulations to the Government and People of Switzerland as they celebrate ...
08/01/2021

Switzerland's National Day, 1 August 2021.

Congratulations to the Government and People of Switzerland as they celebrate their National Day.

Our diplomatic relations have reflected sound partnership and continued growth since 1974, based on mutual respect and admiration. We congratulate Switzerland on its accomplishments on this honorable day.

As the Government and People of Switzerland celebrate their National Day, we wish them continued success and warmest regards on this occasion for continued peace and prosperity.

Switzerland's National Day, 1 August 2021.

Congratulations to the Government and People of Switzerland as they celebrate their National Day.

Our diplomatic relations have reflected sound partnership and continued growth since 1974, based on mutual respect and admiration. We congratulate Switzerland on its accomplishments on this honorable day.

As the Government and People of Switzerland celebrate their National Day, we wish them continued success and warmest regards on this occasion for continued peace and prosperity.

08/01/2021

Devynne Charlton advanced to the final of the women’s 100 meters (m) hurdles at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday. Charlton crossed the finish line in 12.66 seconds. She finished second in her semi-final heat.
Pedrya Seymour finished eighth in her heat in a time of 13.09 seconds, but failed to qualify for the final.
The final will be held at 11:50 p.m. Monday in Tokyo, 10:50 p.m. Sunday night in The Bahamas.
File photo of Devynne Charlton

08/01/2021

Clocking his season's best time at the Olympics! Congratulations, Alonzo! 🇧🇸

#REVOlympics2020

08/01/2021

BREAKING | Bahamian elite athlete Steven Gardiner advanced to the semi-final of the men's 400 meters at the Japan National Stadium during the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Gardiner finished first in his heat in a time of 45.05 seconds.

Alonzo Russell also advanced to the semi-final, after crossing the finish line in 45.51 seconds. He finished fifth in his heat

07/31/2021

Great time improvement in a tough race. Well done, TYNIA! 🇧🇸

#REVOlympics2020

Photos from United States Embassy  Nassau, The Bahamas's post
07/31/2021

Photos from United States Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas's post

07/30/2021

Tynia Gaither 🇧🇸 just made it to the semifinals! 🎉

The Bahamas is on a roll tonight!!!

#REVOlympics2020

07/30/2021

Roker Signs With Acunsa Gipuzkoa In Spain’S Leb Gold League

AZARO Roker’s first step on his professional basketball journey will begin in Spain.

Roker signed with Acunsa Gipuzkoa Basket Club, in Spain’s LEB Gold League, the second tiered league in the country.

The 6’7” forward out of St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, said his story of perseverance is one that will continue as he reached another odds defying milestone.

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2021/jul/27/roker-signs-acunsa-gipuzkoa-spains-leb-gold-league/?news

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Statement by The Rt. Honourable Philip Brave Davis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier.
Michael K. Williams Bahamas At Sunrise Anastarcia Huyler Palacious Interview: "I have always celebrated and been very proud of the fact that because of my Bahamian roots, I come from a very elite group of people: starting with Sir Sidney Poitier, Esther Rolle, Roxie Roker, Lenny Kravitz, Calvin Lockhart; the list goes on of Bahamians or people of Bahamian descent that have impacted the arts and/or sports: Rick Fox and...my brother from Golden State... (Klay) Thompson. I have always had pride in the fact that I belong to that group of people." He will be missed. http://www.makingkidswin.com/about.html
Singapore's Independence Day, 9 August 2021. Congratulations to the Government and People of Singapore as they celebrate their 56th Anniversary of Independence. The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Republic of Singapore have enjoyed seventeen years of friendly diplomatic relations, based on mutual respect for peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development. Our collaboration on areas of shared concern in the international arena, in particular at the United Nations and the Commonwealth, is especially appreciated. On this special day, we hope that the Government and People of Singapore enjoy their celebrations and continue to strive for the best. We wish them a Happy Independence Day.
The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire's 61st Anniversary of Independence: 7 August 2021 Congratulations to the Government and People of Cote d'Ivoire as they celebrate their 61st Independence Day. Our countries have enjoyed strong diplomatic relations stemming back to 1988 and we anticipate continued growth as we move forward in our collaborative endeavors. The Republic of Cote d'Ivoire has advanced on many areas, including economic and social dimensions, after a past civil war. With such a turnaround, this country can take pride in its achievements. Warmest regards to the Government and People of Cote d'Ivoire on this honorable occasion.
Jamaica's 59th Anniversary of Independence: 6 August 2021 Congratulations to the Government and People of Jamaica as they celebrate the country's 59th Anniversary of Independence. The Bahamas and Jamaica's strong diplomatic relations continue to deepen as the similarities between our cultural and colonial history foster our shared vision for a unified and prosperous Caribbean Region. We are honored to celebrate Independence Day with the friendly nation of Jamaica, one of the family members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). We send our best wishes on this historic and special day to the Government and People of Jamaica.