U.S. Embassy Closure in observance of the U.S. Labor Day Holiday
- Sep 1, 2017 - 10:51:09 AM
The United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, September 4th in
observance of the United States’ Labor Day holiday. Please be advised
that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday,
September 5th at 8:00 a.m.
For any emergencies involving U.S.
citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S.
Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181...
Press Club saddened over death of journalist Larry Smith
- Aug 31, 2017 - 12:12:38 PM
The Bahamas Press Club is saddened over the death of noted journalist
Larry Smith, who died Sunday, August 27, 2017. He died at his home from
chronic heart failure. He was 67.
Anthony Capron, president of The Bahamas Press Club recalls working with Smith during their employment at The Nassau Guardian.
remember Larry as a reporter for The Nassau Guardian in the 1980's and
more recently in 2003 as the head of the transition team at The Guardian
after it was acquired by Bahamian ownership...
Today show, The Bachelor, Pop Sugar feature Exuma phenomenon swimming pigs video tops 1.4 million views
- Aug 29, 2017 - 11:53:38 AM
Three years ago when Canadian author and communications specialist Jeff
Todd and Bahamian filmmaker Charlie Smith,now based in the U.S., talked
about getting together to make a film about the amazing swimming pigs of
Exuma, the two friends figured it would be fun to film and might draw a
little more attention to Exuma where they both had connections.
never dreamed one little video would do what it’s done,” said Todd this
week after seeing the numbers of viewers. “The video called When Pigs
Swim has been viewed more than 1.43 million times by unique viewers and
if you include viewers who have seen pieces of it on shows like Today
and The Bachelor, the numbers swell to tens if not hundreds of millions...
Mario Carey touts ‘Airbnb's potential to spur economic growth
- Aug 21, 2017 - 10:24:41 PM
The Bahamas has barely scratched the surface of benefits from the
short-term home rental movement fostered by companies like Airbnb, says a
top real estate broker.
“Airbnb is revolutionizing the travel
market enabling visitors to live in a home or apartment where they can
experience local life. Airbnb’s popularity among families is especially
strong. They may be able to enjoy a pool, a back yard where children can
play, a patio for friends to come over for a barbeque,” said Mario
Carey, Chairman, Better Homes and Gardens MCR Bahamas Group. “While it
is a great business for the homeowner and a great experience for the
visitor, short-term home rentals like listings on Airbnb should also be
viewed as a trigger for economic growth. The potential is unlimited with
the trickle down effects and now that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
has signed an agreement with Airbnb the uncertainty about taxation,
collection and referrals is resolved. That is definitely a step in the
right direction that opens many more doors without burdening the
homeowner with overregulation.”...
Dr. Lightbourne successfully reverses symptoms of Diabetes 2 in a patient without insulin
- Aug 21, 2017 - 1:26:15 PM
For patients suffering from Type-2 Diabetes, the daily prick is as
predictable as the changing of the tides. But the wave of wellness that
is sweeping the medical industry may just be changing the way doctors
treat diabetes. And one local expert who treated hundreds of patients in
emergency rooms at PMH and the private hospital in New Providence
before dedicating his practice to preventative medicine and healthy
lifestyles has already reversed the symptoms in a patient who is now
“It has been estimated that there are nearly 40,000
people living with diabetes in The Bahamas and another 30,000-plus who
present with pre-diabetic conditions,” said Dr. Arlington Lightbourne,
founder of the Wellness Clinic, Collins Avenue...
BISX lists Oil & Gas Opportunity Lending Fund
- Aug 18, 2017 - 11:15:40 AM
Nassau ,Bahamas - The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX)
is pleased to announce that the Oil & Gas Opportunity Lending Fund
Ltd. (the Fund) has successfully completed the BISX Mutual Fund Listing
Process. As a result, the Fund’s shares have now been added to the
roster of funds listed on the Exchange. The Oil & Gas Opportunity
Lending Fund Ltd. is an open-ended mutual fund.
Oil & Gas
Opportunity Lending Fund Ltd. is incorporated as an International
Business Company under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and
was restructured as a Segregated Accounts Company as defined in the
Segregated Accounts Companies Act, 2004.
In speaking of the
Listing, Ivan Hopper, Chief Executive Officer of The Winterbotham Trust
Company Limited stated: “We are pleased to have sponsored the listing of
the Oil & Gas Opportunity Lending Fund Ltd...
University of The Bahamas (UB) announces several key administrative appointments
- Aug 16, 2017 - 2:28:28 PM
University of The Bahamas (UB) recently announced several key
administrative appointments at the Oakes Field and UB-North campuses.
Vik Nair, Ph.D.
Dean, Graduate Studies and Research:University of The Bahamas (UB) announces the appointment of Dr.
Vikneswaran Nair as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Office of the
Peter McWilliam, Ed.D.
Dean of Faculty, University of The Bahamas-North
University of The Bahamas (UB) announces the appointment of Dr. Peter
McWilliam as the Dean of Faculty, UB-North, formerly Northern Bahamas
ALIV launches in Bimini on Friday
- Aug 16, 2017 - 4:36:01 AM
ALIV, The Bahamas’ newest mobile network, is pleased to announce the
opening of a flagship store in Bimini. The official grand opening is
scheduled before the for Friday, August 18th.
Chief ALIV Officer
Damian Blackburn said the company remains committed to quickly
delivering on its mandate to provide superior products and services in
“We are excited to deliver ALIV’s world-class
service to the people of Bimini, offering them the opportunity to now
choose the best mobile network in The Bahamas. Our teams have been
working judiciously on the island of Bimini to ensure required
infrastructure is fully installed and secure key elements for a
successful service launch on the island” he said...
Fox Hill Day Commemoration Basketball Camp
- Aug 11, 2017 - 3:34:09 PM
In recognition of national Emancipation Day/Fox Hill Day commemoration,
members of the Rhode Island Rams men's basketball team with Fox Hill
Urban Renewal staffers, and children and stakeholders living in the
area, held a special basketball camp August 10, 2017. Photo shows group
relaxing during a break.
BIS Photo by Derek Smith, Sr....
Callenders Maritime Lawyer: ‘Bahamas can regain shipping registry prominence with 2 key measures
- Aug 4, 2017 - 10:16:47 AM
A maritime attorney with a leading law firm says The Bahamas is only
steps away from regaining its position as one of the world’s most
respected and sought after shipping registries.
AA., LLB (Hons.), LLM (Dist.) maritime specialist with Callenders &
Co., the country’s oldest law firm with a century-old history with
shipping, said the country is poised to regain its position among the
world’s fastest growing ship registries, but it must take two steps –
update maritime legislation including a half century old insurance act
and enact new legislation with strict enforcement provisions.....
RBC Executives pay a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Minnis
- Jul 31, 2017 - 10:44:03 AM
RBC Executives, Rob Johnston Head, Caribbean Banking, and Nathaniel
Beneby, Managing Director, Northern Caribbean recently paid a courtesy
call to Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis on July 19, 2017.
to R include: RBC Executives, Nathaniel Beneby, Managing Director, Rob
Johnston, Head, Caribbean Banking and Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis...
Agriculture Minister Tours 2017 Cooperative Youth Entrepreneur Summer Programme
- Jul 24, 2017 - 1:53:49 PM
Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells
toured the 2017 Cooperative Youth Entrepreneur Summer Programme, an
initiative of the Ministry's "Youth Embracing Excellence Successfully,"
also known as the (YEES) Project, which was held at C.I. Gibson School,
Marathon Road. The summer programme has been an ongoing initiative in
the Ministry, since 2015, and has proven itself to be popular and
successful, after it was rebranded from just being referred to as
Wells embraced the opportunity to meet the 35 teenagers, now eager to
start their own businesses, and learn more about the micro-economic
impact of local souvenir making...
Atlantis takes part in World’s Largest Swimming Lesson; invites local youngsters to join in
- Jul 13, 2017 - 2:18:59 PM
Atlantis, Paradise Island recently joined with top water safety and
training organizations the world over to host the World’s Largest
Swimming Lesson (WLSL) – a campaign to spread awareness about the
importance of learning to swim, particularly where children are
concerned, to help prevent drowning.
Learning to swim and how to
be safe around water are truly matters of life and death for both
children and adults around the world. According to the World Health
Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning
is major public health problem worldwide and is the third leading cause
of unintentional injury-related death. It is one of the top five causes
of death for people aged one – 14 years old for 48 of 85 countries
where drowning is tracked...
Anthony Newbold steps down as Bahamas Press Club President; Anthony Capron voted in
- Jul 5, 2017 - 8:14:28 PM
Veteran journalist Anthony Capron takes the gavel and is now President
of The Bahamas Press Club 2014. Mr. Capron was unanimously voted in,
succeeding Anthony A Newbold, who led the organization for almost three
Mr. Newbold officially stepped down as president during the
Annual General Meeting held at the British Colonial Hilton on Tuesday,
June 27, 2017. He relinquished the post following his appointment as
Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister on May 18, 2017; so
as to avoid any conflict of interest.
Mr. Newbold thanked the
executives and members for their support since the reestablishment of
The Press Club in 2014. He also pledged his continued support to the
further growth of the organization and encouraged members of the mass
media to join...
Sunryse appoints Fabian Fernander as VP of Business Development
- Jul 2, 2017 - 4:04:20 PM
Sunryse Information Management today announced the appointment of Fabian
Fernander to the position of Vice President of Business Development at
the document management company. He joined the organization’s executive
team on June 6, 2017.
Mr. Fernander brings more than a decade of
experience in marketing, sales and project management to this new role.
The move to Sunryse is a full circle one for the sales executive. In
2008, he joined what was then known as Sunryse Shredding Services as the
company’s first Sales & Marketing Coordinator.
In 2010, Mr.
Fernander left Sunryse to become the Sales & Marketing Manager for a
leading retail wholesale distribution company...
Commonwealth Bank's Record Year of Giving - $834,000 in Donations, More than half for hurricane relief
- Jun 28, 2017 - 11:59:07 AM
Hundreds of Commonwealth Bank shareholders packed a ballroom turned
meeting hall at Breezes SuperClubs on May 31st, for the bank’s annual
general meeting, applauding returns that included 2016 profits of $57.4
million and voting to return the same directors who steered the bank to
consecutive years of growth and above industry average success.
bank is an important constituent of the Bahamian economy. We are now
the largest market capitalization on BISX,” said Executive Chairman
William B. Sands, Jr. “But more than this, your bank has established a
reputation as being an early responder to assist our fellow Bahamians in
times of national crisis...
Bahamas Waste Launches Social Media Competition to Recognize Garbage Technicians
- Jun 23, 2017 - 1:01:25 AM
If cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness, then the hardworking
garbage technicians at Bahamas Waste are closer to heaven than any of
Since its inception, Bahamas Waste, has made leaps and bounds
in addressing key waste management needs for residents across New
Providence. The foundation of that business is built upon weekly
collection services from homes in various communities around the island;
collections made possible by hardworking garbage techs.
“We’ve really tried to provide our customers with the best possible
services” said Francisco DeCardneas, Bahamas Waste Managing Director...
Dept. of Education staff under police caution
- Jun 23, 2017 - 12:42:03 AM
The Department of Education categorically refutes circulating media reports about
the arrest of three Ministry of Education employees, now reportedly in Police
custody, involving the alleged stealing of $245,000.00.
To be clear, a staff member of the Ministry’s Performance Appraisal Unit was
interviewed under caution by the police today, at the Ministry of Education
headquarters on Thompson Blvd, after it was brought to the attention of the
Ministry of Education by a local financial institution that a staff member was
involved in the production of fake job letters for non-Ministry employees...
BCA Board Calls on the Minister of Works
- Jun 21, 2017 - 11:43:37 AM
On June 16, 2017, the Bahamian Contractors Association
(BCA) paid a courtesy call on the new Minister of Works, the Honourable
T. Desmond Bannister and members of his team.
Since 1958, the
Bahamian Contractors Association has been widely considered the voice of
the construction industry. The Association has made numerous
contributions with its most notable achievement being the landmark,
Contractors Bill which was recently passed in the House of Assembly.
from the Minister on the Contractors Bill was requested since the Bill
was in the legislative process, given that it had been published in The
Bahamas Government Gazette in December 2016. BCA Chairman Leonard Sands
Easy Car Sales Helps BPL Go Green With 100% Electric Vehicles For Company Fleet
- Jun 19, 2017 - 11:55:02 AM
Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) has become the most recent organization in
the country to acquire electric vehicles (EVs) for its company fleet.
The company purchased Nissan LEAFS from the local EV distributor, Easy
According to Mr. Angel Abreu, Vice President of
Customer Service at BPL, the company is excited about embracing the new
technology and already recognizing the benefits of switching to a
greener transportation alternative...