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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 years.
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...
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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...
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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.

‘‘Your 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...
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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 us.

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...
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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...
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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.

Feedback 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 stated...
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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 Car Sales.  

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...
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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)...
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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.

Over the 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...
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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 Bahamian entrepreneurs.
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...
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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 world-famous property.

“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, adding...
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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...
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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 holdings.

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...
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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 United States....
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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).

During 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...
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$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...
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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 the next...
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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.

Samsung 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...”
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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.

Cleanliness 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...
News : New Providence
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 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...

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