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Bahamas Government Leases Electric Cars - May 22, 2017 - 11:40:59 AM

The Ministry of Finance has made the move towards greener transportation by leasing eight zero-emission, 100% electric Nissan LEAFs, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV), from Easy Car Sales, the first and only distributor of 100% electric cars in The Bahamas.

This purchase demonstrates the Bahamas Government’s continued progress towards reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, similar to public energy initiatives in Barbados and other countries throughout the Caribbean. Switching to electric vehicles not only results in savings on fuel and maintenance costs, but also improves the bottom line of the National Budget to the benefit of all taxpayers...
News : New Providence
Haitian Flag Day A Success - May 18, 2017 - 8:26:25 PM

Thousands of members of the Haitian community in New Providence observed Haiti’s Flag Day on Saturday passed. BTC partnered with the Haitian Community as the Title Sponsor for the day’s activities.

Special guests attending the event included the Haitian Ambassador, Miss Haiti and former Miss World.

CEO Leon Williams spoke to the crowd. “BTC built the first submarine fiber optic cable in Haiti, connecting them to the rest of the world. BTC is here to support the Haitian community in all of their endeavors and not just on Flag Day. We are a partner for life,” said Williams...
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Armstrong Celebrates 10 Years, Shares Success of Offshoot Ship242, Shop242 Companies - May 18, 2017 - 11:07:34 AM

Nearly 10 years ago, Robert and Sabrina Knowles, working for others in IT, decided to take a risk. With two small children and a home office that barely fitted two desks, one phone and a few shelves, they launched their own company, Armstrong Technology.

Today they operate Armstrong Technology and Consultants from a retail location on Madeira Street in Palmdale. Their offshoot online purchase and courier companies, Shop242.com and Ship242.com are based in a savvy online portal OneandDone and in a bricks and mortar location on Shirley Street. Most recently, that division of the business expanded, taking space in Armstrong’s Madeira location...
News : New Providence
Anthony Newbold appointed Vice President of ACP Press Clubs Federation - May 16, 2017 - 11:40:59 PM

Anthony A Newbold, President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 has been appointed vice president of the 79-member African Caribbean & Pacific Press Clubs Federation at the Federation’s second official meeting held May 1 – May, 2017 in Brussels.

"It was both humbling and thrilling at the same time," said Mr. Newbold. "To see that my contributions to the Federation were noted and appreciated even in my absence. It demonstrates the high esteem in which The Bahamas Press Club is held in international media circles and the potential for even more benefits for members of the local media"

Mr. Newbold was a founding member of the Federation in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, which was formed as an umbrella organization, to build a platform for ACP Press Clubs, international press centres and press associations to exchange information, collaborate on joint projects...
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Sterling’s CEO David Kosoy to Speak at Bahamas Landfall, Destination Canada - May 16, 2017 - 6:44:54 PM

Sterling Global Financial Ltd (‘Sterling”), is pleased to announce that David Kosoy has been invited to speak at Bahamas Landfall, Destination Canada, to be held May 30th, 2017 in Montreal at Hotel Le Crystal and May 31st, 2017 in Toronto at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.
Kosoy, who will present an overview of private banking in The Bahamas, is the Chairman and CEO of Sterling Global Financial and Executive Chairman of Sterling Bank & Trust, headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas. In the Bahamas, the group holds a bank and trust license and manages New Providence Capital Management Partners Ltd., Sterling Mortgage Income Fund and Sterling Global Opportunity Fund. Sterling also operates Sterling Trust Cayman which is one of the oldest trust companies in the Cayman Islands from which it provides a range of fiduciary and administrative services to its clients...
News : New Providence
Bahamas Election observers & Errol Bethel meet with Press Club - May 7, 2017 - 11:48:15 PM

At The Bahamas Press Club Monthly Meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, former Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel addressed members on the process of general elections.

Also present were Commonwealth Election Observers Dr Tres-Ann Kremer, Political Advisor, Political Division, The Commonwealth and Clara T Cole, Political Officer, Electoral Support, Political Division, The Commonwealth who are here to observe The May 10, 2017 General Election.

The Press Club meeting was held at the British Colonial Hilton...
News : New Providence
Commonwealth election observers issue statement on arrival in The Bahamas - May 6, 2017 - 4:37:01 PM

Commonwealth election observers in The Bahamas "will act impartially and independently”, the group’s chair has said.

Hanna Tetteh, a former foreign minister of Ghana, issued a statement today on behalf of the Commonwealth Observer Group. The team arrived on 3 May to observe the advance polls and will be observing the country’s general election on 10 May.

It is the first time the Commonwealth has observed elections to The Bahamian parliament...
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Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. appoints Board Chairman Marianne Hasold-Schilter as New Director and Chairman of The Board - May 2, 2017 - 12:19:59 PM

Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Marianne Hasold-Schilter as Director and Chairman of the Board.

After almost three decades in leadership, Marianne retired on the 30th April, 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, International Banking at Scotiabank, a position she held since 2011. In that capacity and during the course of her appointment, Marianne’s diverse responsibilities ranged from retail and small business banking; consumer micro finance; operations; contact centres; finance; mergers and acquisitions; integrations; and collections; to systems; compliance and marketing for International Banking...
News : New Providence
Baha Mar Officially Opens to the Public - Apr 22, 2017 - 1:37:34 AM

The following are Remarks by The Rt. Hon Perry. G. Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at the First Phase Opening of Baha Mar Friday, made on 21st April, 2017:

I am very pleased to be here today to take part in this long-awaited First Phase Opening of the 1800-room hotel and the 200,000 square feet Convention Centre at Baha Mar being operated by the Grand Hyatt, as well as the 95,000 square foot, world class casino, the largest in the region, operated by Sky Warrior, and the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, together with other magnificent amenities.

The Hyatt Group is an entrenched global hospitality brand that has achieved a level of recognition and distinction in the marketplace that few can match...
News : New Providence
25th annual National Young Chef Culinary Competition at Government House - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:52:42 PM

Champion Young Chefs from all over The Bahamas celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the “National Young Chef Culinary Competition” at Government House in Nassau. Her Excellency the Gov. Gen. Dame Marguerite Pindling, GCMG, presented the awards under the Ministry of Education’s Family and Consumer Science Career and Technical Section’s theme: “Fostering Passion & Promoting Excellence in Culinary Arts”.

Dame Pindling said, “I commend the organizers, teachers and students for the level of professionalism and skills they have developed and demonstrated during this event and challenge you further to allow the expertise, the constructive criticism and recommendations of the industry professionals attached to the competition to propel you toward maximizing your productive capacity as budding chefs. Students, your potential is limitless...”
News : New Providence
Baha Mar Prepares for Opening Day with Debut of Fountain Shows and Festive Pep Rally for Associates - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:35:55 PM

Baha Mar culminated its opening week celebrations with an exclusive preview of the dramatic fountains and show lakes for associates and their families on Wednesday evening and a high-energy associates pep rally on Thursday morning.

With less than 24 hours until the opening, more than 1,000 associates gathered at the Baha Mar Arts & Convention Center for the exciting pep rally event. The energy and the excitement could be felt in the air as Baha Mar associates cheered and celebrated with their teammates and listened to inspiring and motivating speeches delivered by Baha Mar President Graeme Davis and Grand Hyatt Baha Mar General Manager Scott Allen. DJ Tank played high energy music that got people on their feet dancing while Anastagia Pierre, Miss Universe Bahamas 2011, addressed the crowds.
News : New Providence
NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial represents sale of Frederick House to URCA - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:38:49 AM

NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, the commercial division of Bahamas Realty Ltd. and a member of the world’s premier managed network of commercial real estate firms, announced today that it represented the sale of Frederick House by Beaumont Bahamas Limited to The Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA).

Frederick house is a 4-storey, 27,762 sq. ft. (2,580.11 m2) office building situated on Frederick Street between the main thoroughfares of Bay Street and Shirley Street. The building was sold for $3,800,000...
News : New Providence
Baha Mar Prepares for Opening on April 21st - Apr 18, 2017 - 10:42:35 PM

The excitement is building at Baha Mar this week as the integrated resort development prepares for the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday. There are currently more than 100 trainers from the around the world on property working with various teams to ensure every aspect of the Baha Mar guest experience is extraordinary. From the final stages of dealer training in the casino to finishing touches on the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar guest rooms, the resort is in its last phase of preparations before opening its doors on April 21.

Baha Mar is commemorating this historic week with celebrations in honor of the resort’s 1,500 founding associates and their dedication, determination and passion for Baha Mar. The opening week kicked off Monday with “Baha Mar Splash!”
News : New Providence
Prizes and surprises at 29th annual Bahamas Bridal Show - Apr 18, 2017 - 11:19:14 AM

The 29th annual Bahamas Bridal Show was held in April at Melia Nassau Beach Resort where Crystal Thurston and Nehemiah Poitier, who are to be wed this November, took home the grand prizes.

Held under the theme "A New Day" and attended by almost 1,000 persons, the bridal show featured more than $30,000 in prizes from 47 exhibitors; wedding games and demonstrations; food, cake and champagne sampling, and a fabulous fashion show by Buttons Bridal & Formal Wear, the event's organizers...
News : New Providence
Baha Mar to open to the public at 12 noon on April 21st - Apr 15, 2017 - 5:09:06 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - In a letter to the media Baha Mar provided the schedule of events for their opening day:

Dear friends,

Friday, April 21, 2017 marks the first day on a journey into a glorious future for Baha Mar. As we get ready to open our doors to the world for the first time, we cordially invite you to be part of our celebration...
News : New Providence
Exciting Plans for the Future at Lyford Cay International School - Apr 13, 2017 - 2:28:58 PM

Lyford Cay International School has experienced tremendous growth since its beginning as a small community school in 1962. Today, LCIS offers the full International Baccalaureate programme and is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIS).

Through its committed leadership and faculty teams, LCIS has exceeded worldwide norms across the complement of annual IB examinations. In 2016, 100% of our graduating class were accepted into their first-choice university and many of them are now attending top schools in the United States, UK and Europe...
News : New Providence
Corner Trader opens new branch office in Nassau - Apr 11, 2017 - 4:10:56 PM

Cornèr Bank/CornèrTrader.com recently held a reception for the opening of their new branch office located in Old Fort Bay Towne Centre, Nassau, Bahamas.

An innovative bank that has a 60-year history in Switzerland and a 20-year presence in The Bahamas, they continue to solidify their commitment with the opening of a new branch and offering of additional products.

Two years ago, Cornèr launched CornèrTrader.com in The Bahamas...
News : New Providence
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas officially opens - Apr 7, 2017 - 3:26:38 AM

At the Official Opening of the Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas on March 31, 2017, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said the nation is becoming more and more “an exciting, transformative” destination with the resurgence of tourism featuring new, upscale properties, some with global grown brands.

“We’ve all seen the transformation in Western New Providence with properties such as the Island House, Ocean West and Albany, which have led the way in defining a new paradigm in almost every hotel product category, and the soon-to-open mega resort, Baha Mar, which is bringing economic revitalization to the Cable Beach area with the global investor CTF Enterprises, and new brands, including Grand Hyatt, Rosewood and SLS as well as world class casino, convention, golf, spa, restaurant and shopping facilities..."
News : New Providence
Expo 2020 Dubai Bahamas Pavilion Committee attend Food Security Presentation - Apr 5, 2017 - 8:02:35 PM

The Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas and the University of The Bahamas collaborated on a presentation on Food Security in The Bahamas whose guest speaker, was Dr. Allison Karpyn, a US Fulbright Scholar who is on a 2-year stint. Karpyn presented her findings from a three-week residency in Eleuthera, Bahamas where she interviewed 60 persons for the first set of studies.

Titled, “Rice, cream, grits and tomato paste,” she concluded that the Island has a serious food “insecurity” problem. Kapryn also shared that many Bahamians do not feel that there is a hunger problem in their country...
News : New Providence
NAD Celebrates 10 Years of Partnership and Operations at LPIA - Apr 3, 2017 - 2:26:25 PM

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) today marks a milestone, celebrating 10 years of operating Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) under a partnership with Vantage Airport Group and the Government of The Bahamas.

NAD began an anniversary countdown earlier this year, celebrating with a number of community activities. The private operating company also shared, on its website and social channels, a series of highlights and achievements that have helped make LPIA one of the top-ranked airports in the region. More recently, NAD recognized long-serving employees...

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