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...
BTC CEO re-elected to Chamber Board
- Jun 19, 2017 - 10:28:00 AM
BTC congratulates CEO, Mr. Leon Williams on being re-elected as a
Director to the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation.
This is Mr. Williams' third year serving on the Board of Directors. Mr.
Williams has also represented the country for over twenty years on the
board of directors for the Caribbean Association of National
Telecommunications Organizations (CANTO)...
New Providence Water Development Company (NPWDCo) Establishes New Home Base at Old Fort Bay
- Jun 14, 2017 - 2:19:22 PM
For residents in Western New Providence, the New Providence Water
Development Company (NPWDCo) has been the provider of safe, reliable
water supply and wastewater services for many years. Through its service
agreement with the Water & Sewerage Corporation, NPWDCo has and
continues to service residents in Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay, Mount
Pleasant, Serenity and the surrounding western areas.
past few months the company has been undertaking major upgrades to its
facilities which are expected to not only improve the quality of the
products and services it provides, but also facilitate the ease use of
doing business and paying bills. The upgrades included a move from the
Mount Pleasant area to new office facilities in the Old Fort Bay Town
Centre – next to Custom Computers – which officially opened last week...
Bahamas Striping Marks 7th Year With Launch of Scholarship Fund and Small Biz Investment Company
- Jun 14, 2017 - 11:01:10 AM
From a $5,000 government grant to a multimillion dollar, multilayered
company, Bahamas Striping celebrated its seventh anniversary in grand
style over the weekend launching not only a new scholarship program but
also a million dollar investment fund for the next generation of
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, deputy
prime minister, Peter Turnquest and other parliamentarians were amongst a
select gathering of invited guests attending Saturday’s event held on
the grounds of the company’s Abundant Life Road headquarters...
Bahamians leading the way at Atlantis, Paradise Island
- Jun 13, 2017 - 3:11:13 PM
Atlantis, Paradise Island is pleased to announce that for the first
time in the mega-resort’s history, Bahamians are at the helm of all
hotel operations. This announcement is in line with the vision of
President & Managing Director Howard Karawan of “Bahamianizing” the
“Recognizing that our guests want and
expect more of an authentic Bahamian experience when they come to stay
with us, we’ve decided to move into a new era of Atlantis and as we’ve
always believed, our amazing Bahamian associates are at the heart of our
success. We are proud to say that hotel operations are in good hands
and being run by two extremely talented Bahamians,” says Karawan,
Ministry of Health’s PEPFAR Official Participates in US State Department Exchange Focused on Marginalized Populations and Health Care
- Jun 12, 2017 - 7:20:29 PM
On Thursday, June 8th, Ms. Arvis Mortimer Monitoring and Evaluation
Specialist with a focus on the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief (PEPFAR) in the Ministry of Health (MOH) paid a courtesy call to
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her participation in the
U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program
(IVLP) focused on Marginalized Populations and Healthcare. In her role
at MOH, Ms. Mortimer seeks to strengthen and develop monitoring and
evaluation strategies for the National HIV/AIDS Centre.
In February of this year, Ms. Mortimer participated in the two-week
professional exchange with sixteen counterparts from around the world.
They visited Washington, D.C.; New York; Jacksonville, Florida;
Minneapolis, Minnesota and Seattle, Washington...
BDB Micro-Loan Agriculture Initiative Sees First Successful Applicant
- Jun 12, 2017 - 2:14:43 PM
Licenced farmer and owner of Premium Farm Bahamas Dave Munroe is the
first successful applicant of a micro-loan facility offered by the
Bahamas Development Bank (BDB). The fund, operated in conjunction with
the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), allows
Bahamian farmers access to $10,000 for farm upgrades and agricultural
improvements. Launched in 2016 in an effort to bolster the country’s
agriculture industry, the facility supports smaller farmers who may
require an injection of capital to expand and upgrade their farm
BAMSI’s involvement in the finance project was
introduced to help farmers access capital. The Institute currently has
in place its Associated Farmers’ Programme (AFP) and membership is
required for BDB micro loan applicants...
African American billionaire featured presenter at Customer Experience Summit in Nassau
- Jun 11, 2017 - 3:17:50 PM
African-American Billionaire Michael V. Roberts Sr, Chairman and CEO of
The Roberts Companies headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri is scheduled
to be the featured presenter at the Customer Experience Summit at the
British Colonial Hilton in Nassau.
Spence Finlayson, Bishop of
Motivation and Bahamian international motivational speaker and corporate
trainer is partnering with Mr. Roberts for the second time to put on
this highly acclaimed summit. Finlayson , who is celebrating 30 years in
business is the founder & CEO of The Phoenix Institute For Positive
Development & Empowerment and has conducted seminars and workshops
in over 22 foreign countries in the Caribbean, Central America and The
Bahamian Journalist Participates in State Department Sponsored Exchange Focused on Disaster Preparedness Management
- Jun 9, 2017 - 5:26:00 AM
On Thursday, June 8th, Senior Information Officer at Bahamas Information
Services (BIS) Lindsay Thompson paid a courtesy call to U.S. Chargé
d’Affaires Lisa Johnson at the U.S. Embassy to discuss her participation
in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership
Program (IVLP). Ms. Thompson also serves as the Public Information
Officer for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
the period of February 11-March 4, 2017, Ms. Thompson traveled to
several U.S. cities along with representatives from twenty-one countries
to share best practices and meet with key stakeholders and NGO...
$8.1m in Major Mobile Network Improvements for BTC
- Jun 8, 2017 - 12:12:30 AM
BTC operates the largest mobile network with four hundred towers
throughout the country, providing best in class 4G-LTE services.
Notwithstanding its ubiquitous coverage, BTC still continues to invest
in new upgrades to improve the overall quality of service. The company
has announced that it will inject an additional $8.1m in mobile network
improvements this year.
Three months ago, Dr. Jonathan Ford was
appointed as Vice President for Engineering and Project Management.
Since his appointment, he’s taken the bull by the horns to ensure that
the network runs at optimal performance. This means continued
investments in the network...
BTC Bids Farewell to Carlo Alloni
- Jun 6, 2017 - 12:42:40 PM
Last week, BTC bade farewell to Carlo Alloni, Group CTIO for Cable and
Wireless Communications. Alloni, along with CEO Leon Williams and the
entire technical team were responsible for driving the transformation
and innovation projects at BTC. Alloni had worked with BTC for the last
three years. The major network improvement initiatives included the
introduction of fiber to the home (FTTH), mobile improvements and the
launch of television services. CEO Williams thanked him for his time
with the company. “We are grateful for the support that Carlo Alloni has
given to BTC over the years. I am particularly grateful for the
guidance he provided as BTC moved from one generation of technology to
Samsung Boss Visits Bahamas Telecommunications Company
- May 30, 2017 - 10:27:22 AM
BTC hosted a courtesy call with Samsung representatives last Thursday at the Southwest Plaza Flagship store.
Managing Director, Hanchul Lim said that it was an honor to come to The
Bahamas to visit BTC. He was pleased that the public was excited about
purchasing new Samsung Galaxy S8. The device is one of the most popular
choices for BTC's business clientele and has been successful in the
Bahamian market since its recent launch.
CEO Leon Williams said,
“This is a testimony that we don’t order on the grey market and that we
don’t go to third parties. We go directly to the manufacturer. We have
been a partner with Samsung now for several years...”
Strong Q1 showing in int’l airport surveys as LPIA looks to meet long-term airlift goals
- May 29, 2017 - 9:49:14 AM
New Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey results for the first quarter
of 2017 reveal strong showings in key performance markers for Lynden
Pindling International Airport (LPIA). This comes as the airport acts on
a strategy to meet short and long-term airlift goals.
of airport terminals still tops the list of high scores for LPIA with
4.46 out of a possible 5-point scale followed closely by ease of
customers finding their way through the facilities (4.40) and courtesy
and helpfulness of check-in staff (4.33). Passengers also found overall
airport ambiance and inspection staff as a positive experience, ranking
these categories 4.31 and 4.25 respectively...
U.S. Embassy Closure in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday
- May 28, 2017 - 12:52:56 AM
The United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, May 29th in
observance of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday. Please be advised that the
Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, May 30th at
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S.
Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via