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Lenny Kravitz oversees second free dental medical mission in Eleuthera - Oct 22, 2016 - 11:03:14 AM

ELEUTHERA, Bahamas - The GLO Good Foundation and Lenny Kravitz's Let Love Rule Foundation have teamed up in Eleuthera "for the second time to provide oral health care, education, and tools to adults and children in need, giving them the gift of a healthy smile," says the GLO Good Foundation website.  

The website also states, "Many Eleutherans lack access to dental care and are suffering as a result. A team of GLO Good dental professionals from the USA will provide oral health treatment, tools, and education to passionate, hardworking Eleutherans in need. The foundation's say that they aim to provide dental treatment to 100+ adults and children, and education and tools to hundreds more..."
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Sterling Global Financial Renames Award-winning Real Estate Mortgage Fund - Oct 22, 2016 - 5:37:38 AM

Bahamas-based Sterling Global Financial, a comprehensive real-estate based financial services wealth management firm with more than $9 billion under administration, announced it has officially renamed its flagship mortgage income fund.

“New Providence Income Fund (NPIF) is now the Sterling Mortgage Income Fund (SMIF), reflecting its expanded portfolio, reach of investments, operations and growth,” said Sterling Global Financial Chairman & CEO David Kosoy.
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Rebuild Bahamas Releases Final Joaquin Report Re-energizes for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts - Oct 21, 2016 - 5:04:47 PM

With Hurricane Joaquin efforts nearing completion, Rebuild Bahamas today said, immediately following the lashing of Hurricane Matthew that impacted tens of thousands of persons and hundreds of businesses in The Bahamas, it re-engaged stakeholders to assess needs and begin fund-raising restoration efforts.

“Rebuild Bahamas, a partnership between the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation and the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas, flew into action immediately following the passage of Matthew,” said Edison Sumner, Chamber CEO. “As soon as planes could get into Andros and Grand Bahama, we had teams on the ground conducting interviews, photographing damage, checking businesses that were impacted and we are working on compiling the costs associated with repairs right now...”
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Call for immigration detention reform following UN conference - Oct 20, 2016 - 4:17:06 PM

GBRHA secretary seeks talks with immigration officials after representing Bahamas
at landmark international workshop in Trinidad

A local human rights activist is calling for a review of the country’s policy of detaining all undocumented migrants following a landmark regional workshop in Trinidad and Tobago.

The event, hosted by the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) and the International Detention Coalition (IDC), focused on identifying laws, policies and practices that allow persons to reside in a community while their case is being processed, without being detained for migration-related reasons...
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URCA to commence testing on NewCo’s rollout activities - Oct 20, 2016 - 12:17:21 PM

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) is pleased to note that in a Press Release issued by NewCo on Friday 30th September 2016, NewCo announced that its first coverage obligations had been met and invited the public to apply to use NewCo’s services during what NewCo refers to as its “soft launch” phase.

On June 30th of this year, following the selection process consistent with the provisions of the Communications Act 2009 (Comms Act), and upon compliance with the Government’s license conditions, NewCo was issued both an Individual Operating Licence (IOL) and an Individual Spectrum Licence (ISL) by URCA. The IOL authorizes the operation of an electronic communications network and provision of carriage services...
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STB: Nygard defies Supreme Court once again - Oct 20, 2016 - 9:22:41 AM

(Statement) In the face of two applications to commit him to prison for contempt, the controversial fashion designer continues to insult the judiciary and act as if he is above the law

New evidence has emerged showing that Peter Nygard has once again defied the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, aggressively dredging the seabed off his property despite having already been accused of contempt for similar actions on two previous occasions...
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Joint scholarship announced between the MoEST and St. Mary's University - Oct 20, 2016 - 5:39:42 AM

Saint Mary’s University and the Bahamian Ministry of Education are together thrilled to announce a renewable four year scholarship aimed at deserving Bahamian Grade 12 public high school students.

The only Bahamian scholarship of its type with a Canadian university, it is equally funded by Saint Mary’s University and The Ministry of Education of The Bahamas, with each organization providing $12,000 (CAD) per year for four years for a total value of $96,000 (CAD). The first recipient will begin classes at the Halifax, Nova Scotia based-university in September of 2017...
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URCA Publishes Draft Consultation Procedures Guidelines For Public Comment - Oct 19, 2016 - 10:02:09 PM

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) today published its Draft Consultation Procedure Guidelines (URCA 01/2016) setting out the manner in which stakeholders in the sectors it regulates and the community may comment on regulatory and public policy matters that URCA addresses.

The consultation will be open for comments until 25 November 2016 during which period comments may be submitted to URCA. URCA is encouraging the public to share its views the draft Consultation Procedure Guidelines which will establish the rules under which URCA engages the community on issues affecting the electronics communications and electricity sectors...
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Bahamian organization teams up with South Florida for Hurricane Matthew Relief - Oct 18, 2016 - 2:17:44 PM

Boca Raton, FL - Last week, in a matter of only four days our volunteers in Southeast Florida collected supplies to fill a 40 foot shipping container to be sent over to the Bahamas to aid in the relief effort post Hurricane Matthew. They loaded up tarps, food, thousands of water bottles, 30,000 bars of soap, building materials/supplies, clothing, chain saw, and many other items.

The supplies will be dispersed by Lend a Hand Bahamas in conjunction with the Salvation Army this week. The container was provided by Mr. Christos Tsavoussis and shipped by Laser Freight to Nassau...
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BTC Reports on Hurricane Matthew Restoration - Oct 17, 2016 - 10:17:55 AM

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) continues to work feverishly towards 100% network restoration following Hurricane Matthew.

CEO Leon Williams said, “This is the second time in twelve months that we are working to restore services as a result of a natural disaster. However, continued upgrades and advancements mitigated against the potentially catastrophic impact that we could have received. Our teams have been fully mobilized since Friday and we are committed to restoring services to every customer as soon as possible.”
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‘Weathering the storm without a lost moment speaks volumes for The Bahamas’ - Oct 17, 2016 - 9:26:50 AM

Saying serious financial services providers can no longer depend on a single location data relay and storage system, the chairman of Sterling Global Financial said the company, its real estate funds, investment vehicles, bank and trust business, never lost a moment of servicing clients even as winds howled at a reported 145 mph during Hurricane Matthew.

“We came through the hurricane in excellent condition,” said David Kosoy, chairman and CEO of the award-winning financial services entity with $9 billion under administration and offices in The Cayman Islands and The Bahamas. “The internet was never down during a business day..."
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MCR: Strict building codes saves lives, buoyed confident in Bahamas Real Estate Market - Oct 17, 2016 - 7:25:24 AM

Homes are built better in The Bahamas and that could be a very good thing for the property market.

So says leading real estate broker Mario Carey, president of Better Homes and Gardens MCR Bahamas Group.

“When Hurricane Matthew pummeled parts of the Caribbean and barreled through Nassau and Paradise Island last week it was the toughest weather test the capital experienced in nearly 80 years,” said Carey. “While we did not get a direct hit, we got winds of up to 145 miles an hour. A storm surge at high tide at midnight drove sea level up by an unheard of 12-14 feet..."
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Fire Extinguished Onboard HMBS Bahamas While Under Refit - Oct 16, 2016 - 10:38:51 AM

Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship Bahamas, one of two  sixty metre Defence Force Patrol Craft, experienced a fire onboard earlier today.

The aft (or rear) section of the vessel caught afire shortly after noon.  The incident took place at Bradford Marine Shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama where HMBS Bahamas is currently undergoing a major refit by Damen Shipyard Company.
No injuries were reported and an assessment will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire and extent of the damages it sustained...
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Dr. Minnis on BPL Restoration Timeline after Hurricane Matthew - Oct 16, 2016 - 9:12:55 AM
Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement asking for a timeline from BPL on an electricity restoration timeline:

“Under the most difficult circumstances, the workers at the Bahamas Power & Light Company (BPL) have been working extremely hard to restore electricity to all Bahamians on New Providence.  As they work tirelessly to restore power, it is time for BPL management and the Government to provide the people still struggling without power with a timeline for the restoration results.  From the beginning, BPL has said that after they completed their assessment of the damage they would begin working from the largest areas affected to the smallest areas.  This means that BPL and the Government by now should have an idea of when and where work will be occurring every day until the work is completed...”
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Port Security Team Makes Drug Bust - Oct 15, 2016 - 4:46:27 PM

Coral Harbour Base, 14 OCT ‘16 (RBDF) – A total of 13 individuals were turned over to Police officials by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines after a search uncovered suspected drugs on Friday afternoon.

Marines attached to the Port Security Department along with Police Officers conducted a search of the scooter rental holding area of the Port Department at 1:30pm on Friday. Results of the search uncovered eight bags of suspected marijuana in the immediate area. As a result, 8 males and 5 females were taken into custody and handed over to the Police for further investigation...
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More Relief For North Andros Residents - Oct 14, 2016 - 8:41:53 PM

Coral Habour Base  - Defence Force Patrol craft, Her Majestys Bahamian Ship Madeira, under the command of Senior Lieutenant William Sturrup left Coral Harbour Base for Morgan’s Bluff on its third mission to provide much needed relief supplies to North Andros residents.

Supplies included water, dry goods, canned items, perishables, meats, cooking grills, food warmers, cooking utensils, pots, coffee makers, tables, charcoal, propane tanks and cleaning supplies.

These items will be used to feed hundreds using the field kitchen provided by the Defence Force's Mobile Base City (MBC)...
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Hurricane Relief Supplies off to North Andros - Oct 12, 2016 - 5:43:59 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -  The HMBS Lawrence Major left the capital Tuesday, October 11 with much needed supplies for residents in North Andros, one of the areas hardest hit by the Category 4 Hurricane Matthew.

The supplies comprised 40 hygiene kits, 36-two burner stoves, and 4 generators will arrive in Lowe Sound on Wednesday.

Senior Deputy Administrator Ivan Ferguson reported that 35 homes were completely destroyed; 40 received major damages and 100 received minor damages.  Lowe Sound has a population of just about  700.
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Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) to open October 17th - Oct 10, 2016 - 6:30:35 PM

Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) to open October 17th

All staff and faculty of our New Providence and Grand Bahama campuses are to report to work on Tuesday October 11th during normal working hours.

Additionally, classes are to resume at both campuses on Monday October 17th.

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Catholic schools in Nassau and Grand Bahama to remain closed this week - Oct 10, 2016 - 5:59:03 PM

The Bahamas Catholic Board of Education's Update on School Openings:

The Catholic Board of Education (CBE) would like to announce that as a result of damages from Hurricane Matthew, schools in New Providence and Grand Bahama will not open this week. It is projected that all CBE schools in New Providence will open on Monday, October 17, 2016. At this time no date has bee set for reopening of Mary Star of the Sea, Grand Bahama. Upon further assessment of damages, a date will be announced or the reopening of Mary Start of the Sea...
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Anglican schools in New Providence, Exuma and Grand Bahama to remain closed until further notice - Oct 10, 2016 - 3:57:13 PM

The Anglican Central Education Authority wishes to advise that following initial assessments of our schools in New Providence, Exuma and Grand Bahama, post Hurricane Matthew, the decision has been made for them to remain closed until further notice. As such, students and teachers are to remain at home until our schools are ready for normal operation. Teachers will be contacted by their administrators through Edline and media notices informing them when they are to report for duty.

As we consider the safety of our children of utmost importance, we are working tirelessly to return the school campuses to a state of normalcy. School campuses need to be cleared of all fallen trees, power, cable, and telephone lines, before structural repairs may be completed.
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