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UPDATED - Carnival U-turn: Festival back to its original dates after complaints

AFTER enraging festival stakeholders and participants with an impromptu date change, the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) is back on for its original date of May 4 to 6 in Nassau with an April kick off in Grand Bahama after an “intervention” by Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe.

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‘Pay off-duty police to patrol the Carnival’

THE government should pay off-duty police officers to patrol events like Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, Police Staff Association Chairman Inspector Dwight Smith said yesterday.

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Carnival sets may date for Nassau

THE second Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will take place on May 5-7 in New Providence, with a kick-off event from April 15-16 in Grand Bahama, the Bahamas National Festival Commission announced last night.

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Carnival helps towards 3.7% decrease in unemployment, survey shows

THIS year's Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival celebrations "contributed" to a 3.7 per cent decrease of the country's unemployment rate, according to officials from the Department of Statistics.

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COB survey says Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival made positive impression

A COLLEGE of the Bahamas survey into May’s inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival events concluded that most participants had a positive impression of the event.

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Carnival cost $12m, over budget by $3m

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday confirmed that Junkanoo Carnival went over its $9m budget - costing about $12m - but said he expects the allocation for the festival to be reduced considerably next year.

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Carnival report to be presented ‘next week’

THE Bahamas National Festival Commission is expected to meet with the media next week to present the revenue and economic impact figures for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, according to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.

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Hotels welcome Carnival - but not sure how many were drawn to event

SEVERAL hotels have branded the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival as a “positive component” of this country’s tourism product, according to Stuart Bowe, president of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association.

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Carnival staff asked to be patient over pay

THE Bahamas National Festival Commission yesterday appealed to the hundreds of workers who were mobilised during the 2015 Junkanoo Carnival season for understanding, as officials are now processing payments for staff “in compliance with standard government procedures”.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The shifting story of Carnival's success

EVERY time I think of some of the utterances of the certain members of this government, the word ‘Ungawa’ comes to mind.


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