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Bahamian from Exuma Returns from Amsterdam Space Camp - Oct 24, 2014 - 2:31:09 PM

Exuma resident Michael Rolle recently returned from a five day visit to Amsterdam as the national winner of Heineken’s The Voyage: Legendary Travelers Wanted campaign. The champion of the 11-week long competition walked away with the grand prize of 10 cases of Heineken, a $10,000 VISA gift card and an all-expense paid trip to XCOR Space Expedition camp in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“It was awesome, amazing. I saw all these things I’ve never seen before and going into a space simulator, that was wow,” said Rolle. “Who really thinks about visiting ‘space’?”

Rolle’s route to mock space travel was paved by luck during a lively drawing of those Heineken enthusiasts who collected Heineken bottle caps during the award-winning beer’s under-the-cap promotion.
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VAT Family Island Clinics to Begin - Oct 23, 2014 - 3:48:46 PM

The first clinic is scheduled for Marsh Harbour, Abaco next Tuesday and Wednesday.

It will be held at the Bahamas Government Complex beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m.

There is also a registration clinic scheduled for Bimini on October 31st.

The clinic will be held at the courthouse from 11:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.

A schedule of upcoming Family Island clinics will be published on Monday, October 29th.

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100 Haitian Migrants Apprehended in Harvey Cay, Exumas - Oct 21, 2014 - 7:17:10 PM

Coral Harbour Base, Bahamas - The Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended over one hundred (100) Haitian migrants around 8:30am this morning, in the Exuma chain. Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship P45 under the command of Acting Sub Lieutenant Owen Sands intercepted the white and green American sailing yacht at approximately 4.5 nautical miles off Harvey Cay. A search of the vessel resulted in the apprehension of numerous undocumented Haitian Nationals.

The Migrants were subsequently taken into custody and are currently being transported to Coral Harbour Base where they were handed over to Immigration Authorities for further processing. The first group of migrants arrived at 2:00pm today.

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Manhunt Bahamas announces 2014 winners - Oct 19, 2014 - 10:51:09 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - After two successful runs in Freeport, Grand Bahama, the third annual Manhunt Bahamas took place on Sunday, October 12th at SuperClub Breezes in Nassau under the theme "Clash of the Titans."   The night opened with a musical pre-show by young Bahamian talents, Tebby Burrows and Shaquille Farrington, before contestants were featured in casual wear, swim suit and formal wear.

Manhunt International Bahamas selects a Bahamian male top model each year to compete in Manhunt International, the longest running international competition for male models, organised to promote new faces in the fashion industry. Contestants are judged on catwalk and runway skills; photogenic ability; physical attributes; and personality...
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Bahamian officials apprehend 2 Dominican fishing vessels - Oct 19, 2014 - 7:10:39 PM

Two Dominican registered vessels and a group of Dominican fishermen have been apprehended for fisheries violations in Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, HMBS Durward Knowles on Sunday morning.

While on routine patrol in the southern Bahamas, HMBS Durward Knowles, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Christopher Darville, sighted a foreign fishing vessel around 2:00 am this morning. Durward Knowles subsequently proceeded to the area where a 49-foot Dominican registered fishing vessel was discovered with a crew of three Dominican Nationals east of Cay Santo Domingo. Further investigations by Defence Force marines...
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Supermodel of the Bahamas announces 2014 winners - Oct 17, 2014 - 7:56:14 AM

Nassau, Bahamas  - The 7th annual
Supermodel of the Bahamas competition took place over the weekend from October 10th - 12th. 
This year's theme "ANGELIC" depicted 12 young men and women from the islands of the Bahamas. Each contestant has a unique beauty and style, showing great potential for the fashion industry.

This year's female contestants were Kendrika O'Connor; Britney Datus; Sanches Thompson; Stephoine St' Louis; Sharonique Russell; Shania Pinder; and vying for the men was Lynden Ranger; Patrico Griffin; Michael Anderson; and Shaquille Bonaby... 
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30 Businesses Registered For VAT - Oct 16, 2014 - 6:22:55 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Just over 30 companies have registered online for Value Added Tax (VAT) since the online registration was launched earlier this week.

The system was launched on October 13th and it is expected that all businesses meeting the taxable sales of $100,000 or higher within the next 12 months must complete registration by November 30th.

The online system allows for businesses to register for VAT and in the future, to file for VAT. Businesses under the taxable sales of $100,000 limit can still register voluntarily...

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Exuma Business Outlook 2014 Set For October 22 - Oct 16, 2014 - 4:45:39 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas – The 9th Annual Exuma Business Outlook is scheduled to take place Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Georgetown. This year’s theme is “Charting a Course for Growth in Exuma.”

Transport and Aviation Minister, Glenys Hanna-Martin is the keynote speaker. Also slated to speak are President & CEO of BAF Financial, I. Chester Cooper; Co-Chair, VAT Education, Jasmine Y. Davis; Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Delon Brennen; Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Eric Carey; General Manager of Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa, Jeremy Mutton; Senior Director of Airlift Development, Ministry of Transport & Aviation, Tyrone G. Sawyer, and President of the Exuma Chamber of Commerce, Pedro Rolle...
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Bahamas Condo and Homeowners' Association Fees Subject to VAT - Oct 16, 2014 - 2:49:16 PM

Amid increasing enquiries the Ministry of Finance explained today that maintenance fees for condominium and homeowners' associations will be subject to VAT if the annual billings exceed the mandatory registration threshold of $100,000.  For some associations this threshold may not be reached until property insurance services become VATable in July 2015.  In such cases, mandatory registration would be put off for 6 months.  The Ministry however encourages associations in this second category to register initially on a voluntary basis so that transparent billing practices can be followed from the outset.

An important advantage of registration is that condominium and home owners association would be able to issue VAT...
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Bahamas School Board Elections set for Friday, October 28th - Oct 16, 2014 - 11:57:18 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Please be advised that School Board Elections are scheduled to be conducted on Friday, 28th October, 2014. This year, The Ministry has seen the need to increase the number of School Boards by five, increasing the total number to 55 Boards, across the chain of islands. The new boards are as follows:

Abaco Central Primary School, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Abaco Central High School, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Central Eleuthera High School, North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera
L.N. Coakley High School, George Town, Exuma
North Andros High School, Nicholls Town, Andros..

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College of The Bahamas signs MOU with Taiyuan University of Technology - Oct 10, 2014 - 5:38:55 AM

Nassau, New Providence - The College of The Bahamas has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Taiyuan University of Technology (TUT), paving the way for international education and exchange opportunities, particularly in Information Technology, as well as cross-cultural engagement between the two institutions.

The formal relationship with TUT is aligned with The College’s internationalization strategy.

The agreement permits collaboration in research projects based on common interests in economic development and education, cooperation on special projects to promote economic and cultural linkages between the People’s Republic of China and The Bahamas...
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North Abaco Port Project updated project outlined to community - Oct 9, 2014 - 12:06:59 PM

ABACO, Bahamas - China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) recently hosted one of many town hall meetings in Coopers Town updating the Abaco community on the status of the North Abaco Port Project.

Just more than a score of attendees from the community were present at the October 6 presentation where residents were allowed to freely express their opinions on the development.

“The meeting introduced the current schedule and layout of the North Abaco Port Project, construction safety management and the environmental management plan,” said Felix Chang, CHEC Country Manager...
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Arrest of Foreign Vessel Wolverine III in Bahamian waters - Oct 6, 2014 - 9:37:18 AM

Coral Harbour Base - A foreign pleasure craft was apprehended by Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Aurthur Dion Hanna under the command of Lieutenant Commander Chapell Whyms on Friday 3rd October 2014 for possession of unlicensed firearms, as well as unaccounted ammunition.
While on routine patrol HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna apprehended a forty seven foot (47-foot) United States registered cabin cruiser (Wolverine III) with two (2) persons on board. Wolverine III was boarded alongside Conch Inn Marina in Abaco and found in possession of two (2) unlicensed firearms, as well as ammunition that could not be accounted for according to the vessel’s documents.
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Apprehension of Bahamian Fishing Vessel Miss Keffie - Oct 5, 2014 - 9:58:22 PM

Coral Harbour Base - A Bahamian fishing vessel was apprehended by Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Leon Livingstone Smith under the command of Lieutenant Commander Henry Daxon on Thursday 02nd October 2014 for Fisheries and Immigration violations.

While on routine patrol HMBS Leon Livingston Smith apprehended a fifty three foot (53-foot) Bahamian fishing vessel, Miss Keffie with three (9) persons on board. Miss Keffie was intercepted approximately five (5) nautical miles off Damas Cays in the area of Cay Sal with an undetermined quantity of scale fish and six (6) crew members who were not properly documented...
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Bahamas Defence Force apprehends 24 Haitian migrants off of Abaco - Oct 5, 2014 - 9:54:01 PM

Coral Harbour Base - RBDF Acting on intelligence, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with other law enforcement agencies apprehended twenty-four (24) Haitian Migrants after a blue and white motor vessel landed in the Hole in the Wall area at the southern end of Abaco on Sunday, 5th September, 2014.

Defence Force patrol craft, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship HMBS Aurthur Dion Hanna, which was on routine patrol in the central Abaco area was dispatched to Hole in The Wall to secure the migrant vessel. Additionally, Defence Force personnel stationed in Abaco, along with Immigration officials and local police are presently on the ground searching the immediate area.The twenty-four migrants consisting of twenty-two (22) males and two (2) females,,,
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Freedom of Information momentum still going strong - Oct 5, 2014 - 10:25:35 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The impact of June’s groundbreaking Freedom of Information (FOI) rally in Rawson Square is still being felt across the country as key businesses, numerous NGOs and scores of concerned citizens continue to show their ardent support for increased transparency and accountability in government.

The drumbeat for greater openness also continues to reverberate through the airwaves thanks to dozens of sympathetic TV and radio hosts, talk show guests and callers.

“We could not be more pleased with how the call for Freedom of Information has caught hold of the public imagination,” said Lindsey McCoy...
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College of The Bahamas statement re: UTEB President - Oct 1, 2014 - 5:33:00 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement issued by the College of The Bahamas Office of Communication:

The College of The Bahamas wishes to remind the public that Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB) President Mr. Mark Humes served on the Presidential Advisory Search Committee; the committee that interviewed, vetted and recommended Dr. Rodney Smith.  Mr. Humes also sits as the faculty representative on the College Council, which approved the Search Committee’s recommendation of Dr. Rodney Smith and advanced his name to the Minister of Education.   Therefore it is disingenuous for the UTEB President to publicly express surprise at the handling of the Presidential appointment process when he was intimately and ardently involved at every stage of that process... 
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BTC brings the latest technology to Southern Bahamas - Sep 27, 2014 - 10:28:12 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - BTC is continuing its commitment to expand its access to high quality service and products to all of the nation’s major islands with the launch of a new flagship store in Deadman’s Cay, Long Island this coming Monday, September 29th.  The flagship store, which was previously a cashier and bill-pay station, will now offer a wide product range and full slate of services and customer help options in addition to its previous bill-pay services.

Since 2012, with the launch of the first flagship full-service store at the Marathon Mall in Nassau, BTC has systematically converted its original bill-pay stations into full retail experiences. Long Island joins New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, and Exuma as ...
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U.S. Embassy Law Enforcement Officials Strengthen Cooperation with Bahamian Counterparts - Sep 25, 2014 - 7:27:58 PM

As part of continuing U.S.-Bahamian bilateral cooperation under Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, the United States Embassy’s Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, and the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section teamed up to provide more than twenty Royal Bahamas Police Force officers from the Drug Enforcement and Marine Support Units advanced tactical training from September 9-11, 2014 in Exuma.   

Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson welcomed attendees to the OPBAT event, where officers received emergency medical training, discussed helicopter operation strategies, and participated in a mock drug interdiction exercise at sea—all alongside their U.S. law enforcement counterparts.  The skill building opportunity was well received by newer officers in the drug and marine units...
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Address at Business Outlook 2014 Abaco by Minister Halkitis' - Sep 25, 2014 - 10:52:00 AM

Enclosed is Minister Michael Halkitis' speech from Abaco Business Outlook:

It is a pleasure to be here this morning to deliver the Keynote Address to this year’s Abaco Business Outlook Conference. The day features an excellent roster of speakers and I trust that the proceedings will provide valuable insights for all participants on the business outlook for this key part of our national economy.

All will know full well that our Government has embarked on a major structural reform of the Bahamian tax system, both in terms of modernizing the collection of existing taxes but also through the introduction of a major new source of revenue. Tax reform will be an important feature of the business environment over both the near term and going forward beyond
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