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Long Island captures Miss World Bahamas Title in Exciting, Interactive Pageant - Jul 28, 2016 - 4:59:01 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – After an exciting night with more twists and turns than a suspense novel, Long Island beauty Ashley Hamilton emerged the new Miss World Bahamas on the evening of Sunday July 24, besting a field of 9 contestants to capture the coveted title and crown. The capacity crowd gathered at the Grand Ballroom of the Melia Nassau Beach hotel was literally sitting on the edge of their seats on more than one occasion throughout the night, as the Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) rolled out its new format before a live television audience including real time voting and social media interaction. To say the pageant was a nail biter is an understatement.

The show began with an upbeat performance by Dyson Knight and Rik Carey of their hit song “I come to party” before being joined on stage by the Miss Bahamas contestants in a fun opening dance...
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Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Bahamas Introduces New Executive - Jul 28, 2016 - 2:39:45 PM

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The Chairman also highlighted that the legislative framework being developed for The Bahamas to have a local seat in international arbitration is still in progress and that the organization continues to work with the Government and other stakeholders to establish a state of the art arbitration center locally.

“This development could prove to be a game-changer in the field of international dispute resolution in our region,” said Demeritte.

CIArb is passionate about education and they will continue to develop the nation’s professionals with skills necessary for arbitration and mediation. Since 2014, there were 45 successful candidates who qualified in arbitration and mediation courses.

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NHI Secretariat conducts successful townhall in Exuma - Jul 28, 2016 - 10:32:25 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas — The National Health Insurance (NHI) Secretariat continued with its series of successful of town hall meetings across The Bahamas. Residents of Georgetown, Exuma (and the surrounding settlements), were next to be informed on the NHI Bahamas plan and continued improvements to the health care system for the successful implementation of NHI Bahamas.

Peter Deveaux Isaacs, Permanent Secretary for the NHI Secretariat, visited the island on July 21st, engaging with an audience of around 40 persons, representing a cross section of community members including local government, heads of government departments, educators, members of the armed forces, health care professionals, insurance professionals, fishermen, straw vendors, members of the religious community and private citizens.
Community : Service Organizations
Ecological Camping on Andros with the BNT - Jul 28, 2016 - 9:53:14 AM

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Andros, Bahamas - Forty Bahamian teenagers from nine islands enjoyed six days of ecological camping on Andros recently, under the guidance of the Bahamas National Trust.

More than 200 young people have taken part in the BNT’s summer Eco Camp programme, which has been running for the past seven years.

The high schoolers stay partly at a wilderness campsite in the heart of Blue Hole National Park. The campsite is a three-mile hike from their home base at the Forfar Field Station near Blanket Sound...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
A New President for the Rotary Club of South East Nassau - Jul 27, 2016 - 3:43:52 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - “Be A Gift To The World” was the Rotary International theme for 2015-2016, and it was successfully represented by the Rotary Club of South East Nassau (RCSEN), resulting with a gold award from Rotary International and a platinum award from Rotary District 7020. The club’s Early Act group at Columbus Primary were also winners for a “best song and video” about “Bullying.”

Every year towards the end of June or early July, Rotary clubs around the world install new presidents at a changeover event. The RCSEN recently held theirs on July 7, 2016 where outgoing president, Dr. Bridgette Rolle presented awards and pinned incoming president, Lillian Russell, a lawyer and financial services professional...
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Commonwealth Bank Donates to R.E.A.C.H. Provides Training to Families in Autism Community - Jul 27, 2016 - 3:19:53 PM

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About 20 Nassau families struggling to support their loved ones with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will receive extensive free occupational and speech therapy training this summer through R.E.A.C.H., thanks to a donation from Commonwealth Bank.

“Our top priority has always been to make sure every Bahamian is given access to adequate educational resources,” said Commonwealth Bank President Ian A. Jennings. “For families with children on the autism spectrum, the most valuable educational resource is knowing how to relate to the child with autism in a way that is non-threatening and encouraging.
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Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Summer Camp Students Impress Minister - Jul 27, 2016 - 11:45:53 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Creative art pieces, decorative home accessories, useful goods, and treats - all created by Bahamian children who participated in summer camps sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture - will be on display at Superclubs Breezes this Friday from 9am - 1pm.  

A tour of some of the summer camps this year proved fruitful for Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, who was amazed at the accomplishments of the children over the past few weeks... 

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BTVI and industry strengthening ties - Jul 27, 2016 - 12:18:35 AM

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The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) is in continued talks with industry, as it seeks to strengthen ties and its position as the country’s premier organization for career training.

The institution’s credibility has been solidified by its affiliations with major industry partners such as the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) and the Freeport Container Port, among others.

According to BTVI’s Vice President of the Northern Campus, Veronica Collie, the latest partnership is between BTVI and Baker’s Bay in Abaco. The collaboration will result in the launch of a government initiative to be known as the Abaco Development Training Program, scheduled to commence August 22nd...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : WANTED PERSONS
RBPF Wanted: Desmond 'Desy Black Boy' Wilson for Murder and Armed Robbery - Jul 26, 2016 - 7:08:29 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Police in Grand Bahama need your assistance in locating 30 year old Desmond Mondella Wilson a.k.a ‘Desy Black Boy’ who is wanted for MURDER and ARMED ROBBERY in Grand Bahama. He is described as standing at 5’10” in height, weighing between 230-250 lbs., dark brown complexion, heavy built with Rastalocks. His last known address is Crooked Island Street, New Providence.

He is considered ARMED and EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. If seen you are not to approach, but to contact the police in Grand Bahama at telephone numbers 350-3107 thru12, Crime Stoppers at telephone numbers352-1919/350-3125/6, 911/919 or call your nearest police station.

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Hon. Fred Mitchell invites the public to the Fox Hill Festival - Jul 26, 2016 - 1:46:26 PM

I am pleased to invite all Bahamians to the Fox Hill Festival beginning 1 August on Emancipation Day.

On 1 August 1834, the slaves in the then British Empire were freed.The Bahamas was then a part of the British Empire.

Fox Hill is one of the villages in New Providence where freed Africans settled following the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade by the British in 1807.

Since 1834 the people of Fox Hill have been marking the day and a week later they celebrate Fox Hill Day in the Baptist Churches.
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Cat Island Students to Participate in the 2016 Youth Ambassadors Program in the United States - Jul 26, 2016 - 12:39:24 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce that six students from Cat Island have been selected to participate in the 2016 Youth Ambassadors Exchange Program in the United States August 8-26, 2016. The program is fully funded by the U.S. State Department. This year’s Youth Ambassadors are: Ashley Major; Wesinque Emmanuel and Annjerneva Linden, 9th and 11th graders respectively at Arthur’s Town High School; and Keshano Brown; Marshanique Saunders; and Alexandria Brown, 11th grade students at the Old Bight High School. The students will be accompanied by Ms. Ethel Turner, an adult mentor and teacher at the Arthur’s Town High School.

From June 27-29, the Youth Ambassadors visited New Providence for their pre-departure orientation facilitated by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section. They discussed the program with Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown...
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Back to School Shoe Drive launched in Nassau - Jul 26, 2016 - 12:00:23 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Shoe Rehab a locally owned shoe restoration and enhancement company, will be hosting its 2nd annual “Back to School Shoe Drive”.

The aim of the drive is to ensure that under privileged children will be provided with adequate footwear for the upcoming school term. The company will be working with various schools and foundations island wide to identify persons in need of the contributions.

Last year’s initiative was to all accounts a success as the business was able to donate almost 80 pairs of footwear.This year Shoe Rehab has teamed up with a few...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
19-yr-old male of Holmes Rock dead after traffic accident on Sunrise Highway - Jul 26, 2016 - 10:26:40 AM

Police in Grand Bahama Island are investigating a traffic accident that has left a 19 year old male of Holmes Rock dead.

The incident reportedly occurred around 10:00pm on Monday 25th July 2016 and involved a 2002 Range Rover and a silver 2006 Chevy Cobalt.

Reports are that both vehicles were travelling on East Sunrise Highway when the accident occurred. The driver of the silver Chevy Cobalt received serious injuries and was pronounced dead by doctor at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
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Children’s Emergency Hostel Gets Helping Hand From Swiss America Securities - Jul 26, 2016 - 3:09:51 AM

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NASSAU, Bahamas— When the Children’s Emergency Hostel (CEH) put out a desperate cry earlier this year for assistance to help with operation costs, Swiss America Securities, Ltd jumped to assist. The Bahamas-based online broker-dealer recently presented the emergency children’s home with supplies for the children’s lunches and a donation of $8,000 to help cover utilities and other expenses.

The $8,000 sum was split up to partially cover the Hostel’s electricity and water and sewerage bills with sums also set aside for the home to purchase groceries and food items. Additionally, Swiss America Securities, Ltd. provided 50 cases of bottled water for the children to take to school in their lunch packs...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
Monday Court Arraignments in Grand Bahama - Jul 25, 2016 - 3:53:40 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Police in Grand Bahama hauled (8) persons before the Freeport and Eight Mile Rock Magistrate Court on a number of serious charges on Monday 25th July 2016.

Meshack Newton age 32 years of West End, Desiree Wilson age 26 years of #39 Clarke Avenue, Robert Taylor age 37 years of #39 Clarke Avenue, Deangelo Wilson age 30 years of no fixed address, Ashley Ramsey age 24 years of #39 Clarke Avenue and Dominique Whyms age 37 years of Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock were all arraigned before Magistrate Charlton Smith in Magistrate Court #2 in Freeport for Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Ammunition...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : WANTED PERSONS
RBPF Wanted: Calderon Brown of Pinewood Gardens, Nassau - Jul 25, 2016 - 12:45:17 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Police are seeking the public’s help in locating 25 - year old Calderon Brown of Spice Street, Pinewood Gardens, who is wanted for questioning in connection with a number of Armed Robberies.

Brown is a dark brown male of a medium build about 5’ 5” to 5’ 8” in height.

Brown is considered to be armed and dangerous. Police advise the public not to approach him. Instead, contact the police immediately with any information...
Community
‘Soca For The Cure’ to Launch CIBC Firstcaribbean Cancer Fundraising - Jul 25, 2016 - 12:14:43 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – On Saturday, July 30th, survivors, supporters, fitness buffs and soca fans will be able to fete for a cause at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s ‘Soca for the Cure’ event. This interactive fitness experience, which launches the fundraising season that leads up to the bank’s 5th Annual Walk for the Cure in October, promises to be unlike any other fundraiser, with soca fitness instructor Macumbla “Comby” Smith leading the charge.

The event will be held from 8:00am to 10:00am at the Melia Nassau Beach All Inclusive hotel. For a $15.00 donation, participants will join Comby in his exciting aerobic workouts and will be treated to a live DJ and performances by dynamic Bahamian entertainers...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
Fatal car accident on Coral Road, Grand Bahama - Jul 24, 2016 - 8:45:11 AM

Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a traffic accident that has left a 37 year old male of Pioneers Loop dead.

The incident reportedly occurred around 3:00pm on Saturday 23rd July 2016 and involved a 1999 white Lincoln Limousine and a green 2004 Toyota Corolla.

Reports are that both vehicles were travelling on Coral Road near the junction of Nansen Avenue when the accident occurred. The driver of the green Toyota Corolla received serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel...
Community
Scotiabank Sponsors “Christmas in July” Kettle - Jul 23, 2016 - 10:24:01 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - Scotiabank has partnered with the Salvation Army on its ‘Christmas in July’ initiative themed, Need Has No Season, to sponsor one of their popular red kettles.

“Community is at the heart of all we do at Scotiabank. We are happy to partner with the Salvation Army on Christmas in July as its community center, feeding programmes and school for the blind impact tens of thousands of persons each year, all year round,” said Maxine Seymour, Manager, Public & Corporate Affairs, Sponsorships & Philanthropy, Scotiabank...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
RBPF Grand Bahama: Firearms, Ammunition & Dangerous Drugs Found - Jul 23, 2016 - 10:04:31 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan for 2016, Officers of Operation Turf Sweep discovers Firearms, Ammunition and Dangerous Drugs.

Reports are that on Friday 22nd July 2016 shortly after 8:00pm, Officers of Operation Turf Sweep while in the Kennedy Drive area, discovered in an abandoned structure (1) .40 caliber pistol loaded with (1) magazine containing (1) .40 round of ammunition and also (1) .38 revolver loaded with (2) .38 rounds of ammunition. No arrest was made in this matter...
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