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LPIA ranked second best airport in Latin America-Caribbean region - Mar 9, 2017 - 11:29:01 PM

Airports Council International (ACI) World today announced winners of the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. The body named Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau the 2nd Best Airport with over 2 million passengers per year, in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

ASQ Awards are presented to airports whose passengers have rated them the highest over the course of the year. The categories are designated to recognize the achievements of airports of different sizes and in different regions...
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Commonwealth Bank Board Approves Extra-Ordinary Dividend as it releases 2016 year-end report. - Mar 8, 2017 - 5:48:15 PM

The Board of Directors of Commonwealth Bank Limited has announced a final extraordinary dividend of six cents per share based on 2016 results of $57.4 million in net income.

The extraordinary dividend, approved at the February 2017 Board meeting will be payable on March 22, 2017, with a record date of March 15, 2017 to more than 6,000 shareholders. This dividend will bring total dividend payments to $0.36 per share for 2016 year and continues a trend of quarterly dividends plus extraordinary dividends that help build sustaining value for the bank’s share price...
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U.S. Embassy Nassau Honours Bahamas’ 2017 Woman of Courage Award Recipient - Mar 7, 2017 - 2:05:51 PM

The entire month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month and Wednesday, March 8th marks the 106th observance of International Women’s Day. On March 3rd, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson hosted a breakfast reception at Liberty Overlook in honor of U.S. Embassy Nassau’s 2017 Woman of Courage award recipient Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Sgt. Linda Sullivan. Among the invited guests, Minister of National Security The Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, Chief Superintendent Samuel Butler, who serves as Head of the Drug Enforcement Unit, U.S. and Bahamian government officials, and Sgt. Sullivan’s family and friends...
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New high school opening at Albany with elite sports academy - Mar 7, 2017 - 10:12:09 AM

Windsor High School at Albany, an academic and athletic upper secondary school in The Bahamas, announced it will open this fall along with the Albany Sports Academy featuring an elite tennis program led by renowned industry veteran Lleyton Hewitt.

The Albany Sports Academy has partnered with the Australian former world no. 1 professional tennis player to run the tennis program, which will provide student-athletes with extensive training, conditioning and instruction from an expert team of coaches and staff, including Director of Tennis Grant Doyle...
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BMD: Is Baha Mar A 'Potemkin' Hotel? - Mar 5, 2017 - 11:31:10 PM

BMD, the original developer of Baha Mar, today stated, "The continued delays for Baha Mar's completion, missed opening dates, and now supposed staggered opening of the entire Baha Mar into late 2018 only highlight why BMD's offer is superior and Bahamian workers and contractors should have been used. The undeniable financial harm caused by the project's construction firm, CCA, continues unabated. The misleading, and often illogical statements now being made about progress at Baha Mar and its opening have made Baha Mar into a Potemkin hotel-that is, using this still incomplete property to deceive others into thinking the situation is better than it is...
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Kendal G L Isaacs Gym designated as fire shelter - Mar 5, 2017 - 11:11:04 PM

The National Emergency Management Agency has, effectively immediately, designated the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre as a shelter for residents who would have to evacuate their homes, due to the raging fire at the public landfill (city dump).

Those residents being impacted live in Jubilee Gardens, Victoria Gardens and surrounding communities.

Social Workers and members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are serving as shelter managers...
News : New Providence
NEMA Statement on the Public Landfill Fire in Nassau - Mar 5, 2017 - 8:13:51 PM

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has activated its Emergency Plan, and all available resources have been mobilized to deal with the major fire at the Public Landfill.

The Emergency Services are currently battling a major fire at the Public Landfill.

By order of the Police, an Evacuation Order has been issued covering residents living in the surrounding area of Jubilee Gardens. Residents are urged to leave the area immediately and take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety, and the safety of their families...
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Bahamas Humane Society on standby for displaced or injured animals from fire - Mar 5, 2017 - 7:27:19 PM

The Bahamas Humane Society says it is on stand by for displaced or injured animals because of the fire at the city dump and the evacuations in Flamingo Gardens.

The society has put a call out for canned dog food ( the cats will eat) with the easy open tops; towels; blankets; and carriers, crates and carriers available. Donations ca be left on the front porch of the shelter...
News : New Providence
Fire Chief calls for immediate evacuation of Jubilee Gardens as dump fire burns out of control - Mar 5, 2017 - 6:01:37 PM

An immediate evacuation has been called by the fire chief for residents living in Jubilee Gardens after a fire broke at the city dump on Sunday and is now burning out of control.

Those living in the affected areas are advised that evacuation facilities have been established at the [Kendal Issaacs Gym in Oakes Field].

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has activated it’s Emergency Plan, and all available resources have been mobilized .

Although it is too early to be certain, at first sight it appears that a number of fires were started in the area. Because of the high winds currently being experienced on New Providence, it appears that at least one of those fires blew across the boundary and ignited the Public Landfill...
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Maritime Simulation Experience Being Explored For Bahamas Pavilion in Dubai - Mar 1, 2017 - 1:38:42 PM

Acceptance of an invitation to the LJM Maritime School could lead to possible synergies between Dubai and The Bahamas for international students who are interested in Maritime education in The Bahamas

During a courtesy call to the LJM Maritime Academy on February 24, 2017 at Maritime Cay in New Providence, non-resident ambassador to the UAE and the State of Qatar, H.E., Tony Joudi was given a tour of the $31 million, high tech, wireless green campus where he learned first-hand what they offered...
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Record 2200 Turn Out for Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss, Anne Frank Stepsister in The Bahamas - Feb 25, 2017 - 9:57:27 AM

When the doors opened at 6 pm at Melia Nassau Beach on February 9 for an evening with 87-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, a crowd of 400 was expected. Twenty two hundred showed up.

“They kept streaming in and streaming in,” said Rabbi Sholom Bluming, director, Nassau Jewish Community. “They had to open an additional part of the ballroom, then another part, filling it with every chair the hotel owned. The huge number of attendees is a testament of the thirst Bahamians have for stories of inspiration and knowledge about history...
News : New Providence
Stars Align as Carl’s Jr Carmichael Officially Opens - Feb 19, 2017 - 7:10:59 AM

AML Foods Ltd executives joined the Super Star team at Carl’s Jr. Carmichael to officially open the franchise’s third location on New Providence. The new 1,400 sq ft. quick-service outlet brings the restaurant’s signature big, bold charbroiled burgers to Southwestern New Providence.

A total of 36 new jobs were added, raising the staff complement at all three locations—East West Highway, Mall At Marathon and now Carmichael Road— to just under 100. 

To commemorate the recent expansion, the brand joined forces with Coca Cola for a major giveaway...
News : New Providence
BTC Junior Achievement Company Hosts Future Leaders Seminar - Feb 18, 2017 - 3:11:25 PM

Over one hundred achievers participated in the BTC Junior Achievement Company’s Future Leaders Seminar. The students used the theme “Solving Tomorrow’s Problems Today.”

The seminar featured a number of speakers including, CEO Leon Williams and Former BTC Junior Achiever, now Director of Finance at Toyota, Mr. Dennis Deveaux.

Executive Advisor for BTC’s J.A. Company, Mr. Barry Wilmott said, “Our JA students executed this event flawlessly...
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‘I was only 15: I wasn’t ready to die’ Eva Schloss shares her story in The Bahamas - Feb 9, 2017 - 2:54:06 PM

Addressing a ballroom at Melia Nassau Beach packed with over 650 primary and high school students from nine schools in New Providence, Eva Schloss, one of the last living Holocaust survivors, childhood friend and stepsister of Anne Frank shared her story of hope, determination and tolerance.

During the Nazi invasion, Ms. Schloss’ family was forced into hiding, sharing cramped space, at times afraid even to whisper. Living in fear for two years, her worst nightmare was realized when her family was captured by the Nazis and held in a concentration camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau...

News : New Providence
C.C. Sweeting Senior High to dismiss at 11:30am following a major break-in - Feb 7, 2017 - 10:58:37 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is an important announcement from the Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and Technology:

C.C. Sweeting Senior High School will be dismissed at 11:30am today, Tuesday, 7th February, 2017 due to a major break-in at the campus last evening.

Parents are asked to kindly collect their children at this time.

News : New Providence
Pinewood residents encouraged to switch to city water - Feb 3, 2017 - 1:57:03 PM

In keeping with its commitment to providing reliable and safe water supply to all communities around the country, The Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) recently teamed up with nurses within the public healthcare system to promote the health benefits of city water usage, particularly within close knit communities like Pinewood.

For the past two years, the Corporation has embarked on a house to house initiative in the residential area of Pinewood Gardens, to encourage well users in the area to make the switch to city water. Across the world, water borne illnesses remains a major concern particularly in the event of possible fresh water contamination...
News : New Providence
NAD Counts Down to 10th Anniversary as LPIA Operator - Feb 1, 2017 - 9:33:24 PM

This year, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) will mark its tenth year operating Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) under a management partnership with Vantage Airport Group (formerly YVRAS).

 On April 1, 2007, NAD took over all commercial operations at LPIA inclusive of the terminal buildings, parking facilities and runways. Since the transfer of operations to NAD, the airport facilities underwent a complete three-terminal, $409 million redevelopment transforming LPIA into one of the most modern and efficiently operated airport gateways in the region...
News : New Providence
Stepsister of Anne Frank and holocaust survivor Eva Schloss to speak in The Bahamas - Jan 26, 2017 - 12:10:27 PM

In what is expected to be an incomparable and emotionally moving evening Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, best friend, and stepsister of Anne Frank, will open up about her experiences, the personal memories of a journey that took her beyond the anguish of Auschwitz to a life dedicated to humanitarianism when she addresses an audience in Nassau on February 9.

The event, An Evening with Eva Schloss, Beyond the Diary, is set for 6:00 pm at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort. It is free and open to the public...
News : New Providence
National Development Plan presented at BTVI - Jan 25, 2017 - 11:41:17 AM

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s staff, faculty and students were recently presented with a thorough breakdown of the government's National Development Plan (NDP). Dubbed Vision 2040, the initiative, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is expected to guide the policy decisions of The Bahamas up to 2040.

The four pillars of the plan include governance, human capital, the economy and the environment. The plan is expected to provide answers to such challenges through sustainable, non-partisan measures that would eventually be institutionalized by law...
News : New Providence
Bahamians help celebrate the 2017 Chinese Spring Festival - Jan 23, 2017 - 11:16:33 AM

Despite the noise in the marketplace, the citizens of the Republic of China are friends to The Bahamas, president of The Bahamas China Friendship Association, Anthony Capron said.

“They are friends with whom we have in the past enjoyed many wonderful occasions. This year will mark 20 years of diplomatic relations between the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the People’s Republic of China,” Mr. Capron said during festivities celebrating the 2017 Chinese Spring Festival hosted by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas...

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