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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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2014 Supermodel of the Bahamas set for October 10th-12th - Sep 25, 2014 - 12:57:05 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The premier modeling competition out of The Bahamas is set for October 10th through 12th.

Three spectacular events: Contestants Launch;  Swimsuit/Best Body Award: and The Finale.

Now in its 7th year, Supermodel of the Bahamas continues to produce superstars. Last year, 17 year old title winner Patricka Ferguson has since become an international sensation...

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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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Bahamas Health Minister statement on man who died 'rumoured' to have Ebola - Sep 22, 2014 - 2:01:32 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Statement by Minister of Health, the Hon. Perry Gomez:

During the late evening of Sunday 14th September, 2014 a medically distressed gentleman was rescued at sea, from a freighter by the United States Coast Guard, via helicopter,  to New Providence where he was admitted to Doctors Hospital.

Upon admission to hospital the patient was assessed and evaluated as being gravely ill, confused, restless, unable to communicate coherently and with abnormal low vital signs. He was managed as an infectious disease case, ensuring universal precautions and protocols. These precautions were utilized for ALL healthcare personnel as well as the patient...
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5 Cuban nationals apprehended by Royal Bahamas Defence Force - Sep 18, 2014 - 11:54:40 AM

Coral Harbour Base, 17 September, 2014 (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended five (5) Cuban Migrants around 1:00 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, 17thSeptember, 2014), while on routine patrol in the Southern Bahamas. The migrants were spotted on Cay Lobos and intercepted by Defence Force Patrol Craft HMBS Nassau under the Command of Lieutenant Commander Raymond King. The group of undocumented Cuban Nationals consisted of five (5) males...
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Fred Smith: Country Being Run ‘Like a Dictatorship’ - Sep 18, 2014 - 1:28:44 AM

Save The Bays attorney says government in breach of law over failure to produce land use plan for New Providence

Nassau, Bahamas – Leading attorney Fred Smith urged the government to stop running the country “like a dictatorship” and live up to its legal obligation to introduce a land use plan (LUP) for New Providence.
Smith, legal director of fast-growing social and environmental advocacy movement Save The Bays (STB), pointed out that the creation of an LUP was mandated in the 2011 Planning and Subdivision Act, yet the government has sat through more than half its current term with producing one – or informing the public of when it plans to...

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Immerse Bahamas Cat Island Delegation Headed to Richton Illinois for Sister Cities Negotiations - Sep 22, 2014 - 12:49:19 PM

A delegation from Cat Island and The Bahamas is headed to Richton Park, Illinois, for Sister Cities negotiations.

The group will be in Richton Park from September 22nd- 25th, 2014 to further explore the reciprocal benefits to be achieved as a result of the sister cities relationship.

Ginger Moxey, President and CEO of Immerse Bahamas, is among the delegation travelling to Richton.

Immerse Bahamas, a destination and project management company that aims to promote culturally-immersive programs, has partnered with Sister Cities International to develop sister city relationships intended...
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Resorts World Bimini Partners with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for Teen Summit; Donation of School Supplies - Sep 19, 2014 - 7:40:16 PM

Bimini, Bahamas – Resorts World Bimini (RWB) has partnered with the South Broward Alumnae Chapter (SBAC) and the Grand Bahama Alumnae Chapter (GBAC) of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated to donate school supplies for the children of Bimini. RWB donated $2,500 to the Sorority’s educational outreach program, covering the cost of text books in the subjects of Social Studies, English Literature, History, Geography, English Language, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, and Physical

Education for students of the Louise McDonald High School in Alice Town.

While extoling the importance of a good education, President Dana Leibovitz said RWB was happy to assist in the advancement of the island’s youth...
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Chinese Ambassador Hails Sino-Bahamas Relations - Sep 17, 2014 - 7:19:02 PM

Optimistic about the status and future of relations between the People’s Republic of China and The Bahamas, Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas His Excellency Yuan Guisen gave a distinguished lecture recently to student leaders at The College of The Bahamas. He invited them to appreciate the ties that bind the two developing nations.

“China and The Bahamas have witnessed very good relations over the years. And also over the years, we have seen a broader and broader cooperation in trade and economics,” said the Ambassador, who spoke through an interpreter.

“Though China is a developing country just like The Bahamas, we would like to do our best to help and work together with The Bahamas,” he added.
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RBDF/RBPF apprehend 94 Haitian migrants off Exuma, Bahamas - Sep 16, 2014 - 11:21:14 AM

Coral Harbour Base, 15 September, 2014 (RBDF): Acting on intelligence reference a sighting of a Haitian Sailing Sloop, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Police Force apprehended ninety-four (94) Haitian Migrants at 1:00pm on Monday, 15th September, 2014, in the Exuma chain.

The blue sailing sloop was sighted at approximately ten nautical miles (10nm) off Darby Island and was intercepted and brought to Farmers Cay where the migrants were extracted by Defence Force Fast Patrol Crafts under the command of Chief Petty Officer Ross Seymour. A search of the vessel resulted in the apprehension of undocumented Haitian Nationals consisting of seventy-nine (79) males, fourteen (14) females, and one (1) child.

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College of The Bahamas New Scholarship Fund to Help Develop Engineering Sector - Sep 15, 2014 - 2:10:47 PM

A corporate entity is collaborating with The Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) to help stimulate the participation of more Bahamians in a critical sector in the Bahamian economy. BHM Co. Ltd., formerly Bahamas Hot Mix Co. Ltd., and the BSE have established a scholarship fund at The College of The Bahamas for civil engineering technology students.

The College recently received a donation that will fund a scholarship of $3,000 every two years for a full-time, undergraduate majors pursuing the Associate of Science in Civil Engineering Technology programme. There will also be an opportunity for these scholarship recipients to intern with BHM Co. Ltd...
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Citizens For Justice statement on City Markets - Sep 13, 2014 - 10:22:13 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Citizens For Justice:

Former workers of City Markets are angered at the proposal of share offering made by Mark Finlayson this week and have all strongly rejected this offer. Workers have been denied their pension and severance packages since 2012 when the company was closed and later sold.

A number of breaches to the laws of the Bahamas and a total disregard of the fiduciary and financial responsibilities of the workers have left the workers of Bahamas Supermarket Limited without the funds that are rightfully...
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Genting Group, Tan Sri KT Lim & PM Christie to official open new port at Resorts World Bimini - Sep 11, 2014 - 11:57:06 AM

BIMINI, Bahamas – The official opening of the first phase of the new Port at ResortsWorld Bimini will be celebrated on Thursday, September 18th under the auspices of Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and the Executive Chairman of Genting Group, Tan Sri KT Lim. The two esteemed leaders will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony and welcome the inaugural guests from Fort Lauderdale disembarking from the Bimini SuperFast. In addition to cruises from Miami on Fridays to Sundays, Bimini SuperFast will be cruising from Fort Lauderdale on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays commencing on October 14, 2014...
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College of The Bahamas statement on Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) - Sep 9, 2014 - 6:14:36 PM

The College of The Bahamas will be transitioning to the University of The Bahamas within a year. By doing so, the nation’s primary tertiary-level institution is positioning itself to be an even greater instrument of those public and non-public strategies that support national development goals. Accordingly, when the opportunity presented itself for the soon-to-be university to be involved in a major initiative of the Government of The Bahamas to diversify the economy, to create a greater level of food security and to encourage applied research across our archipelago, the opportunity was embraced. How could it not?

Contrary to what the President of the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB) has stated in the press, COB is not in a “forced relationship” with the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI).
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UTEB President Responds to Minister of Education’s Defensive Criticism of Union - Sep 9, 2014 - 1:44:25 PM

There is an old Bahamian saying, “Mash a corn and watch them dance,” and in recent days, since the release of the Union’s statement criticizing COB’s relationship with BAMSI, all kinds of dancing has been taking place.

However, despite the song and dance campaign undertaken by the Minister of Education and other government officials to discredit the President of the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas and the Union for exposing BAMSI’s questionable relationship with COB as a sham, the President remains unmoved by these attacks, stands by his previous statements, and challenges the Minister of Education and others to speak facts instead of stooping to the level of personal attacks. Facts are facts and cannot be disputed or challenged. 
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"Sun Oil Responds to Inaccurate Tabloid Report" - Sep 8, 2014 - 4:21:48 PM

It is being inaccurately reported in the media that FOCOL Holdings, through its subsidiary company, Sun Oil Limited, supplies the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) with Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Diesel fuel for power generation. The management team of FOCOL states that no such fuel supply relationship exists between FOCOL or any of its subsidiary companies and BEC.FOCOL Holdings Limited is the Shell Brand Licensee for the Bahamas & Turks & Caicos Islands. This branding relationship between FOCOL and Shell Brands International is separate and apart from any direct fuel supply relationships that Shell Western Supply and Trading Limited (a separate entity based in Barbados) may have with other entities in The Bahamas.
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Apprehension of Bahamian Fishing Vessel - Sep 6, 2014 - 6:53:20 PM

A Bahamian fishing vessel was apprehended by Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Aurthur Dion Hanna under the command of Lieutenant Commander Chapell Whyms on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 for fisheries violations.

While on routine patrol HMBS Aurthur Dion Hanna apprehended a seventy foot (70 ft) Bahamian fishing vessel (Sky Blue) with three (3) persons onboard. Sky Blue was intercepted approximately fifteen (15) nautical miles of Flamin go Cay in the Ragged Island Chain with an undetermined quantity of undersized Crawfish on board during routine boarding procedures. The vessel and occupants were subsequently arrested by Defence Force Marines...
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Bimini SuperFast to begin service from Fort Lauderdale October 14th - Sep 5, 2014 - 2:59:30 PM

Bimini, Bahamas – Resorts World Bimini today announced the first phase of the Port at Resorts World Bimini is complete and that passengers will begin disembarking directly onto the island beginning Sept. 18, 2014. Now guests will spend up to six hours on the island of Bimini, fully enjoying all that the island has to offer. Additionally, the company announced that Bimini SuperFast will complement its current Friday, Saturday and Sunday cruise schedule from Port Miami with a weekday schedule from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to Bimini every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning October 14, 2014.

“The completion of the Port at Resorts World Bimini further enhances our commitment to the island, offering guests more time in port and uninterrupted cruise service during the winter months,” said Dana Leibovitz
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U.K. Defence Attache Visits HMBS Durward Knowles - Sep 5, 2014 - 4:30:49 AM

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Brown, a nearly 30yr commissioned officer of the British Army currently serving as Defence Attaché who represents the U.K. Chief of the Defence Staff, recently paid a courtesy call on the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Roderick Bowe on board HMBS Durward Knowles.

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Brown recently moved to Jamaica to take over as Defence Attaché Caribbean where he covers the vast Caribbea n Region and Belize in Central America. He has been detailed with the responsibilities by the U.K. Chief of Defence Staff on defence and other related diplomatic...
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