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VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project - Mar 23, 2017 - 7:00:44 PM

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A recent cooperation agreement between Damen and VSTEP has been established for the delivery of a NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator with Alphatron Marine equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The delivery is part of the Sandy Bottom Project, which sees the Defence Force acquire a range of Damen patrol vessels, upgrade its existing fleet and develop its port and base infrastructure.

The Netherlands-based VSTEP is renowned throughout the maritime industry for its suite of state-of-the-art DNV certified simulators, which facilitate training in compliance with all design criteria, class and IMO requirements...
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BAMSI Signs Contract With Androsian Entrepreneur - Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23:11 AM

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Executives of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) on Monday signed a contract with Androsian entrepreneur Cerone Dean to provide the Institute with animal feed produced using specialised techniques.

The technology used by Mr Dean involves the production of highly nutritious fodder in a protected agricultural environment – which is an important element in overcoming the challenge of feed shortage during times such as the dry season when pasture growth is constrained. “Feed is critical to livestock production, however in the Bahamas feed represents a major constraint to livestock development,” Dr. Jason Sands...
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STB: Finally, the PM understands how we feel - Mar 22, 2017 - 3:00:36 PM

Save The Bays (STB) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s warning over dangers of hostile public demonstrations, pointing out that its own members have been pleading for years for relief from aggressive and intimidating protests who have placed them in fear for their lives.

The embattled environmental group, which emphasized that the safety of its members remains under serious threat because of its public interest advocacy, said it agrees with Mr. Christie that under certain circumstances, demonstrations can lead to violence and harm.

STB legal director Fred Smith said, “The difference is that while the 'We March' movement of which the Prime Minister complains has already held two peaceful and well organized events, giving no indication whatsoever that there is anything to fear from their April 2 march...
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Tiger Woods-designed golf course coming to Eleuthera - Mar 17, 2017 - 6:57:42 PM

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Jack’s Bay Developers, Beacon Land Development, and TGR Design announced today the development of Jack’s Bay -- a premier destination for paradise property and a private club in the Bahamas. Jack’s Bay is located in Rock Sound on the island of Eleuthera, which means “freedom” in Greek, and lies just 279 miles SE of the Florida coast. The development will be home to the region’s first Tiger Woods-designed golf course, and will afford residents and members the boundless freedom, luxury, and adventure of paradise, as well as the legendary hospitality of the Bahamas.

“I am honored to be part of this spectacular project in paradise,” said Woods. “The amazing convergence of land and sea calls for an equally unique and incredible golf experience that TGR Design can deliver. The golf course complements this luxury resort destination because it’s designed for golfers to have fun, while still being challenged...
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TEDxGrandBahama 2017 talks now available - Mar 17, 2017 - 8:43:26 AM

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TEDxGrandBahama brought ideas worth spreading to all ages and featured Trenicka Rolle, Dr. Sam Heastie, and Jehan Unwala under the theme “If…then” and combined, they empowered audience members to imagine ways that they can help to shape both their individual and The Bahamas’ collective futures.

Following the talks, the audience engaged with the speakers during a moderated panel discussion and explored further the ideas presented.

It is with great pleasure that the organizers of TEDxGrandBahama announce that the 2017 video talks are now freely available...
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Sixty-four Haitian Migrants Apprehended by RBDF - Mar 16, 2017 - 7:30:25 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Wednesday evening, apprehended a large number of undocumented individuals believed to be Haitian nationals in Bahamian waters.

While on routine patrol, patrol craft P-49 coxswained by Chief Petty Officer Ross Seymour, apprehended 64 migrants near the northern end of Ship Channel Cay, which lies at the northern end of the Exuma Chain. After they were intercepted in their wooden sailing sloop, the migrants – 54 males and 9 females were transported to the Capital and handed over to the relevant authorities for further processing.
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U.S. Embassy Nassau announces winners of MLK contest for Black History Month - Mar 15, 2017 - 10:54:45 PM

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To commemorate Black History Month in February, U.S. Embassy Nassau held its first nationwide digital photo contest, titled, “The Dream”, which encouraged young people to reflection of the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his influence on race relations worldwide. The contest’s objective was to focus on Dr. Martin Luther King’s principles and his role in advancing equality and human rights. Entrants submitted photos illustrating one of the basic principles put forward by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The photos submitted reflect the his principles and how they manifest themselves here in The Bahamas.

U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce this year’s contest winners...
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Water & Sewerage Corporation Commissions 2 New Water Tanker Trucks for Long Island - Mar 13, 2017 - 9:03:34 AM

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1,500 gallon  water tanker trucks to be put to immediate use on Long Island - The two  trucks are part of ongoing and widespread improvements being made to the water supply system around the country including on Cat Island, San Salvador Long Island,  Andros and New Providence as well, all facilitated in part by funding provided by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)

Photos enclosed...
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BTVI and Barnsley College, England sign agreement - Mar 10, 2017 - 7:46:35 AM

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The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)with Barnsley College, England.  The MOU is designed to promote partnerships that will focus on best practices in the areas of delivering job-ready skills training, using an apprenticeship model.

BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert Robertson said, “Barnsley College is noted as an innovative leader in adult education in the United Kingdom. We are excited to be partnering with them to advance the BTVI brand..."

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1st runner up assumes Miss Bahamas Teenager title after Outten relinquishes - Mar 6, 2017 - 6:29:30 PM

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Applications now being accepted for 2018 season

The Miss Bahamas Teenager Organization regrettably announces that Miss Chinasa Outten has relinquished her titled due to educational obligations, effective February 27th, 2017. The organization wishes Miss Outten all the best in her endeavours.
 
Following our pageant protocol and guidelines, Miss Kiara Marie Diggiss, our 1st runner-up will now assume the title. Kiara is 16 years old and is currently a student enrolled at Queens College. Kiara's endeavors in life are many and continuous goals is to make a significant impact on the lives of others; especially those in need...
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Resorts World Bimini Partners with Graycliff Cigar Company - Mar 5, 2017 - 11:52:46 AM

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Two of The Bahamas’ most luxurious brands have merged to create a stimulating experience for visitors to the island of Bimini. Resorts World Bimini (RWB) – known for its excellent cuisine, fine wines and luxurious accommodations – can now add the “perfect cigar” to its list of offerings, thanks to a partnership with Graycliff Cigar Company to carry the high end, made-in-The-Bahamas cigars exclusively at the 4-star resort.

Cigar lovers visiting the resort will discover new humidors, the complete Graycliff Cigar product line, menus, and a well-educated staff able to answer any question they may have about the award winning cigars...
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Interactive atlas of Bahamian coral reefs launched - Mar 2, 2017 - 11:47:14 AM

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The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF) has launched an interactive version of the Bahamas Atlas and hopes to get it into the hands of as many people as possible. It is a great resource for anyone wanting to know more about the coral reefs, mangrove forests, and seagrass beds of The Bahamas, but will be particularly useful for organizations and decision makers looking to safeguard these vital natural resources.

The Atlas is a digital flip book that contains detailed reports of the shallow water marine habitats of Cay Sal Bank, Great Inagua, Little Inagua, and Hogsty Reef along with direct links to fine-scale maps of seafloor habitats in these regions...
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OAS invites Bahamas human rights group to regional consultations in Jamaica - Feb 28, 2017 - 11:06:36 PM

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association have announced that they have been invited by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to take part in high level regional consultations on the development of its 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan.

“We are thrilled that such an important regional body has invited us to take part in these crucial consultations,” said Paco Nunez, GBHRA Secretary. “It demonstrates that our work in The Bahamas is being recognised and appreciated by the international community...
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World famous artist wants to sculpt a masterpiece for San Salvador - Feb 26, 2017 - 3:07:54 PM

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Mr. Arturo DiModica, a world famous Italian sculptor, has expressed an interest in sculpting one of his masterpieces to be erected on the island of San Salvador in The Bahamas, where the great explorer Christopher Columbus, a fellow Italian, first landed on October 12, 1492.

Mr. DiModica, who was born in the small Sicilian city of Vittoria in the Province of Ragusa on January 26, 1941 and moved to New York in 1973, discussed his proposed project with the Hon. Forrester Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, during a courtesy call on  the Consul General on Thursday, February 23, 2017...
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TEDxYouth@GrandBahama 2017 talks now available for viewing - Feb 23, 2017 - 7:08:08 PM

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On January 31st 2017, The Bahamas’ inaugural TEDxYouth event, TEDxYouth@GrandBahama, took place! Over 300 junior and high school students gathered at the Regency Theatre and participated in this fun, imaginative, and smart TEDx event designed for, and organized by young people on Grand Bahama island with the guidance of adult advisors.

TEDxYouth@GrandBahama brought ideas worth spreading to all ages and featured Dillon Archer of Bishop Michael Eldon School; Brittany Malcolm of Lucaya International School; Kerel Pinder, author and playwright; and Timico SawYerBoy Sawyer, comedian; under the theme “What If...?” and aimed...
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BTC Introduces Creole Menu - Feb 23, 2017 - 4:59:35 AM

BTC has announced that it has upgraded its Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) menu.

In the new upgrade, customers are now able to select Creole as a language preference. To access this new update, customers can dial *200# where they are presented with the option to either select “one” for English or “two” for Creole.

CEO Leon Williams said, “This is another first for BTC and a first for The Bahamas. Today, we have upgraded our USSD menu to include a Creole language option. This new update is reflective of our continued quest to improve the customer experience here at BTC...

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GBHRA: Spy Bill postponement decision a landmark victory for ‘we the people’ - Feb 22, 2017 - 4:28:21 PM

The postponement of Interception of Communications Bill 2017 for public consultation marks the dawn of a great new day for civil society and public interest activism in The Bahamas. It is a landmark victory for the concept of ‘we the people’ and a precedent that will alter the political landscape of the country forever.

For far too long, the elite political class has dominated national affairs with unquestioned authority and total impunity, while ordinary citizens remained unaware of the incredible power vested in them by their Constitution. The average Bahamian believed there was nothing he or she could do to influence national decisions, other than running for office...
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(Audio) Proposed Bahamas 'Spy Bill' – GBRHA president warns of the dangers and calls for public consultation - Feb 16, 2017 - 11:42:16 PM

In the attached voice note, Fred Smith, QC, president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) warns that in its current form, the Bahamas State's proposed Interception of Communications Bill, 2017 (known locally as 'The Spy Bill') will violate every citizen's constitutionally protected right to privacy and strike a mortal blow to civil liberties in general.

While accepting that effective law enforcement requires modern surveillance capacities, Smith noted that in its current form, the Bill is extreme, draconian and will lead to a situation in which "nobody's intimate life will be free from scrutiny anymore."

He said that in order to strike a balance between law enforcement and civil liberties, there must be "deliberate consultation, thought ...
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Bimini students learn about economic value of sharks and rays - Feb 14, 2017 - 11:00:27 PM

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In February, Sharks4Kids once again teamed up with Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center to take local students out for a day of shark education. Louise McDonald High School science teacher Mr. Delreco Bonaby was joined by 11 students in grades 7, 8 and 9 for a trip to Honeymoon Harbour, located on a small cay just south of Bimini. Students were able to see 2 bull sharks cruising around in the marina before even boarding the boat, which was a great way to start the adventure.

During the boat ride Sharks4Kids founder Jillian Morris taught the students about local sharks and the Bahamas Shark Sanctuary. These students have incredible animals in their backyard and it’s crucial for them to understand the important role sharks play both for the environment, but also the economy.
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BAMSI Recruits Bahamian International Specialist in Feed Bio Technology - Feb 10, 2017 - 12:28:41 PM

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With over a decade of research and field work in feed biotechnology, Dr. Jason Sands brings a wealth of international experience, industry exposure and technical expertise to the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI). His addition to the staff, as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre (GRAC), strengthens the human capital in place and further positions BAMSI as an agent of change in the development of this nation’s agriculture sector.

The move is further expected to reposition GRAC as a pivotal player in the industry, supporting the Institute’s overall goals of increasing food and nutrition security.
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