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African American billionaire featured presenter at Customer Experience Summit in Nassau - Jun 11, 2017 - 3:17:50 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...
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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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Publishing Symposium and Expo Opens Global Possibilities for Bahamians - May 25, 2017 - 11:35:51 AM

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Bahamian writers recently received valuable information and exposure that could place their written work before a global audience, thanks to Scholar Books, the largest traditional book publishing company based in the Bahamas with a world-wide reach.

Approximately 100 persons attended the Global Publishers Symposium and Expo that was held at the end of April, in partnership with Thomson-Shore. Listed as one of the top 10 global book manufacturers, Thomson-Shore manufactures one million books per month and is known as one of the largest international book manufactures and distributors in the world...
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New Labour Minister calls on National Tripartite Council and Department of Labour Office - May 23, 2017 - 2:58:26 PM

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Hon. Dion A. Foulkes the new Minister of Labour is already making strategic alliances with all partners. Minister Foulkes visited with the National Tripartite Council during its’ monthly meeting at the Bahamas Department of Labour’s Rosetta Street office on Thursday, 18 May, 2017.

The Council is comprised of social partners from the Government, Trade Unions and Employers Confederation who meet monthly to discuss, strategize and develop policies and partnerships in the interest of harmonious relations for their various stakeholders...
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UB Announces Inaugural President’s Gala Soirée - May 22, 2017 - 12:46:59 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – On Saturday, 4th November 2017 University of The Bahamas (UB) will host its Inaugural President’s Gala Soirée, a glamorous fundraising cocktail event. Chartered on 10th November 2016, UB continues to celebrate its university status, ending the first year with a soirée aimed at raising half a million dollars for the University Endowment, to realise the vision of the University of The Bahamas in perpetuity.

Curated and catered by Events by Alexandra, this black tie event will take place in the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. Events by Alexandra will transform the library for an evening of elegance in shades of blue. Each space will offer something unique, live music and entertainers, a photo booth...
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Bahamas Government Leases Electric Cars - May 22, 2017 - 11:40:59 AM

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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...
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Haitian Flag Day A Success - May 18, 2017 - 8:26:25 PM

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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

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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...
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Anthony Newbold appointed Vice President of ACP Press Clubs Federation - May 16, 2017 - 11:40:59 PM

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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

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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...
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Bahamas Election observers & Errol Bethel meet with Press Club - May 7, 2017 - 11:48:15 PM

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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

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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...
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Baha Mar Officially Opens to the Public - Apr 22, 2017 - 1:37:34 AM

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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...
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25th annual National Young Chef Culinary Competition at Government House - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:52:42 PM

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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...”

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