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MP Strachan: Statement of Concern for Residents of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates and Surrounding Areas - Jul 31, 2014 - 4:14:28 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - July 31, 2014:

I wish to express my sincere concern with regards to you, the residents of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates and those of you residents who live along Charles Saunders Highway that have been adversely impacted by the Arawak Homes land dispute which was prominently featured in today's newspapers. This is most unfortunate.

However, please be assured that my prayers are with you and your families. I am actively monitoring this situation and I look forward to meeting with you very shortly in regard to this matter.
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Bahamas Finance Ministry Targets 4,000 Businesses For VAT Registration - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:42:16 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Financial Secretary John Rolle says the Ministry of Finance is hoping to get 4,000 businesses registered for the value-added tax (VAT) beginning in September.

Mr. Rolle, who recently met with editors and reporters from various media houses for an open discussion on VAT, said the registration process will take place between September and December.

VAT is set to be implemented on January 1, 2015 at a rate of 7.5 per cent...
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Bahamas Real Estate Association to be sued by realtor - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:41:34 PM

Bishop Hanchll
On July 15, 2014, the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) published a list of real estate agents and brokers in its Gazette, naming persons who were no longer licensed to practice in the Bahamas. Almost 70 names were on that list and one of them was Bishop Walter Hanchell. Subsequently an article was written by Tribune reporter Natario Mckenzie with captioned photographs of three members of BREA and published on July 17, 2014. One of the photographs was that of Bishop Walter S. Hanchell, a long-time member of BREA, who was out of the country at the time the story was printed and was fully paid up as a member.

Bishop Hanchell returned to Nassau on July 29 and was outraged, disappointed and shocked that the Board of Directors of BREA would do such a despicable act to its members. Bishop Hanchell stated, "I have been a member of BREA
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Aviation Lawyer: Bahamas Has Chance to ‘Get Out in Front’ in Drone Legislation - Jul 27, 2014 - 12:38:09 PM

Two recent close calls between unmanned aerial vehicles and passenger aircraft on the same day – one incident on the approach into New York’s busy LaGuardia airport, the other in California – drew international attention to the increasingly pressing issue about what to do with growing numbers of remotely-controlled drones in crowded airspace.

Now, a Bahamian aviation lawyer and consultant says The Bahamas has a chance to get out in front with drone legislation.

Callenders partner Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright said the prolific growth in the use of UAVs is leading to an increased need for legislation that would establish rules and regulations governing them in Bahamian air space.
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Tomii Culmer of Grand Bahama wins Top Model competition of Miss Bahamas Universe - Jul 26, 2014 - 1:01:35 PM

Nassau, New Providence - The Miss Bahamas Organisation held their Top Model segment last night and Tomii Culmer, representing Grand Bahama came out on top. 1st Runner Up was  Winner Ominique Burrows, Long Island; and 2nd Runner Up was Chantel O'Brian, Ocean Cay.

Next in the pageant is the Miss World Bahamas National Dress & Miss Universe Bahamas Costume Competition on July 26, the Miss Bahamas Swimsuit competition on July 27, and the Miss Bahamas Evening Gown & Talent Competitions on August 1.
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URCA issues Adjudication and Order to major licensee - Jul 30, 2014 - 5:30:47 PM

Today, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), in exercise of its powers under section 103 of The Communications Act of 2009, releases an Adjudication and Order which was issued to a major licensee in the Electronic Communications Sector which is of significant public importance.

URCA, established through an act of parliament in 2009, takes seriously its
responsibility for the regulation of the electronic communications sector for the benefit of the public in The Bahamas.  This includes, as mandated in sections 65-69 of the Communications Act, addressing conduct which prevents, restricts or distorts fair competition amongst Service Providers.
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URCA: Exhaustion of FM Radio Broadcast Spectrum Frequencies - Jul 29, 2014 - 6:16:24 PM

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (“URCA”) issues this notificationin accordance with section 8(1)(e)of the Communications Act, 2009 (“Comms Act”).

URCA hereby notifies the public that frequencies in the spectrum band 88 MHz to 108 MHz allocated under the National Spectrum Plan for FM Radio Broadcasting have been fully assigned for use on New Providence and therefore are currently exhausted and unavailable for any further assignment on the said island...
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BTVI: Safety training a priority for gas business - Jul 23, 2014 - 9:43:24 PM

With 90% of people in the propane business not having adequate formal training, according to leading natural and propane gas trainer, Stephen C. Nook, The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has joined forces with the Ministry of Public Works to conduct intense training.

Ten persons are participating in a five-day course on the island of Abaco, representing Man-O-War Gas, Guana Lumber and Supplies, and Abaco Gas Company. The training of Abaconians in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) business comes at a time when LPG plants are “popping up” throughout several islands, according to BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville.

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SuperFast Cruise Ship Promotes Bimini Businesses - Jul 19, 2014 - 10:27:34 AM

Bimini, Bahamas – A promise made by Resorts World Bimini (RWB) to promote businesses on the twinislands onboard the Bimini SuperFast cruise ship has been fulfilled, and the featured establishments are already feeling the effects. The series of five videos which airs onboard the ship as it sails from Miami to Bimini, informs passengers of what they can expect upon arrival to the island in the areas of dining, historical sites and attractions, water sports and ecotourism, sports fishing, and accommodations.

RWB completely underwrote the production cost of the videos as a goodwill gesture to the business community on the island, a promise that was made during a meeting with members of the Local Government Town Council. Many business persons have since reported that they have been receiving positive feedback from visitors who advise that they saw their establishments advertised on the videos.
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Statement on Missing American Shark Diver in Bahamas - Jul 18, 2014 - 11:58:15 AM

John E. Petty disappeared Sunday, July 13, while on a night shark dive expedition at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Petty family, as we know there are no words that could ease their pain during this difficult time. Although Petty disappeared during a planned shark-interaction dive, the cause of his disappearance has not yet been determined. The incident is under investigation by the U.S Coast Guard and the Bahamas Government.It is important to note that this incident occurred on a U.S. registered boat the M/V Shear Water, which is based at and operates out of Lake Park, Florida. The boat is owned by Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures. Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures nor the M/V Shear Water is a Bahamian owned or based business and is not a member of the Bahamas Diving Association.
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Preparation Work Continues on North Abaco Port Project for CHEC Bahamas - Jul 16, 2014 - 4:41:19 PM

CHEC Americas completes $5 million Flood Mitigation Project in Grenada

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is forging ahead with scheduled preparation work on the $39 million North Abaco Port Project in Coopers Town.
“We are making sure that everything is in place so we can have a successful project,” said Felix Chang, Principal of CHEC Bahamas.  “Steps like making sure our work sites are fully operational are important for a development of this magnitude.”
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Tonesha Smith & Gabrielle Stubbs Winners of BTC Starmaker 5 - Jun 30, 2014 - 3:36:18 PM

NEW PROVIDENCE - BTC crowned Tonesha Smith and Gabrielle Stubbs as the new BTC Senior and Junior  winners of Starmaker 5 during the show’s finale at the British Colonial Hilton on Jun 26. Daniella Joseph and Leroy Armbrister were the first runners up for the competition, and Owen Smith and D’Angelo Symonette were the Wild Card finalists, chosen via viewer text votes and social media contests.

Taylour Paige, who stars as Ahsha Hayes on VH1’s, Hit The Floor, was the guest speaker, and recounted her struggle to make it in Hollywood, and the perseverance it took for her to land her breakthrough role. Paige encouraged all of the contestants to never give up, and continue to fight for what they want in life, no matter what. "Dream big and remember that life is wonderful" said Paige, who was presented with an original caricature painting from artist Mathew Wildgoose, who was also this season’s host, and a gift from...
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Fred Smith calls on the public to send their objections to Nygard Cay Redevelopment to the government - Jun 29, 2014 - 11:31:39 AM

All members of the public who object to the further expansion of Nygard Cay and the lease of illegally claimed land to its owner, Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, should make their concerns known to both government and the media as soon as possible, outspoken attorney Fred Smith, QC, has urged.

Congratulating the Christie administration for holding a 21-day consultation on Nygard’s proposals, Smith said Bahamians must now stand together to prevent years of illegal activity from being retroactively approved.

“For decades, Nygard Cay has been recklessly developed without the proper approvals and permits. Successive governments have allowed the property to grow to double its original size by claiming land from the seabed..."
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BTC customers may experience dropped calls / slower internet speeds during completion of optimization programme - Jun 26, 2014 - 6:12:44 PM

NASSAU, New Providence - (June 26, 2014) BTC’s mobile internet optimization programme for improved network stabilisation is set for completion in late July.

During this maintenance period customers may experience intermittent slower internet speeds and dropped calls.

BTC apologises and thanks customers for their patience and understanding. When the upgrades are complete we expect BTC customers to experience significant improvements relative to speed, overall accessibility and service stability.

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Bahamas Consul General Randy Rolle seeking scholastic opportunities for Bahamians - Jun 25, 2014 - 10:35:17 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Atlanta Technical College will be in The Bahamas on Thursday scouting potential students now that Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle is making it his mission to provide more educational opportunities to Bahamians. Rolle, who has visited several colleges and universities within his jurisdiction, has praised Bahamian students on their achievements and feel they are certainly setting the pace for others to follow.

“There are some very exciting possibilities we are looking into with schools in the area,” said Rolle. “Atlanta Technical College is the first one that is working along with us to actually come down to New Providence on Thursday, June 25 to give potential students insights and talk about the advantages of studying with them. I have personally experienced what Atlanta Tech has to offer and I am excited that they are considering...
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The Domestic Tourist goes on island adventure with BTC - Jun 20, 2014 - 6:20:23 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Iconic Long Island attractions take centre stage in a new television commercial thanks to a partnership between the leading island hopping travel blog, The Domestic Tourist, and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).

BTC signed Noelle Khalila, the Domestic Tourist as the newest brand talent for promoting its Internet service last week. Noelle Khalila will be featured in ads for the company's ongoing BTC Everyday brand campaign....
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"Bahamas Oil Drilling Not a Job Creator" - Jun 19, 2014 - 11:28:58 PM

Oil drilling in The Bahamas will likely generate work for no more than a handful of locals while putting thousands of tourism and commercial fishing jobs at risk, reEarth president Sam Duncombe warned.

Addressing a College of The Bahamas (COB) Inaugural Environmental Law and Policy Conference, Duncombe said most oil industry jobs tend to be temporary and mostly reserved for foreigners – making the domestic benefits minimal, while the potential threat to established and profitable industries remains very high.

“The majority of jobs created by the offshore oil and gas industry during the construction phase are short-term, and most of these jobs go to people from outside the region, whereas the thousands of jobs dependent...
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Thomasina Wilson responds to Tribune article - Jun 19, 2014 - 4:06:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by Ms. Thomasina Wilson, Sr. Deputy Director (DEHS):

The comments attributed to me in this morning's (June 19th) Tribune were a complete misquote of what was said to the reporter. I stated emphatically that I could not speak to the current conditions at the New Providence Landfill as I had not been there since management was assumed by the private company approximately three weeks ago.

I was asked, hypothetically I thought, of any adverse effects that can be experienced due to the conditions that were described to me. Based on what was described I spoke to what could happen and not to what was actually happening...

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Bahamian Darius Adams accepted to prestigious U.S. Coast Guard Academy - Jun 19, 2014 - 2:56:20 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  - On Thursday, June 19, a special ceremony was held at the Ministry of National Security to formally recognize Midshipman Darius Adams, who has become only the second Bahamian in more than seventeen years to be accepted into the prestigious United States Coast Guard Academy on a full academic scholarship.  On hand for the special occasion,  Minister of National Security The Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman, Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Roderick Bowe, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Carl Smith, Office of Defense Cooperation Senior Defense Attaché, Cdr. Samuel Wartell, Lcdr. U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer Tom Gill, and the family of Midshipman Adams...
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CBL- Burns House Reports Modest, Steady Growth at 3rd Annual General Meeting - Jun 19, 2014 - 12:44:27 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The country’s only publicly-held beer, wine and spirits company today shared positive news with shareholders, reporting steady, if modest, growth that enabled some $19.2 million in dividend pay-outs in fiscal 2013.

“I’m happy to report that despite industry challenges resulting from a reduction in stay-over visitors and an increase in parallel products in the market, our company held its ground,” said Julian Francis, Chairman. “Revenue exceeded $119 million, an increase of $0.7 million over 2012 despite a slight decrease in sales volume with other income and expenses remaining more or less at the same levels as the previous fiscal year. With operating expenses increasing $0.8 million over 2012, the result was a $19.1 million net income, $0.2 million below 2012.”...
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