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Save the Bays: Government ‘jumped the gun’ over Rubis leak risks - Jul 31, 2015 - 5:17:17 PM

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Save The Bays CEO Vanessa Haley-Benjamin questions the decision to tell Marathon residents they have nothing to fear, based on preliminary and incomplete evidence

The government displayed poor judgment and risked giving false hope to Marathon residents by releasing incomplete findings on the health risks associated with the Rubis fuel spill on Robinson Road, Vanessa Haley-Benjamin said.

Lending her support to last week’s protest by Marathon residents outside the station, Haley-Benjamin
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Last wild horse of Abaco dies - Jul 31, 2015 - 12:22:22 PM

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Many have been following the plight of the wild horses of Abaco over the years, and it is with sadness we report that the last horse, Nunki passed away on July 23rd.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to tell you, our faithful fans and followers, of Nunkis passing on July 23rd. Nunki was over 20 years old, which is quite remarkable for her. She passed peacefully and painlessly in the loving arms of her caretaker and friend of over 20 years Milanne Rehor (Mimi) and with friends Avener and Dr Bailey at her side. Her over stressed liver finally gave up..."
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Shaquille O'Neal in Bimini for Naked Taco Takeover Weekend - Jul 31, 2015 - 1:52:14 AM

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Bimini, Bahamas – Great food, pulsating music, and a basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal spinning hits made for an unforgettable event for fans of celebrity chef Ralph Pagano who ate, drank, and partied in Bimini during the Naked Taco Takeover weekend held at Resorts World Bimini (RWB). The award-winning chef brought the flavor of his popular Miami restaurant to the resort July 24 – 26, the first in a series of culinary events to be featured at the resort in the coming months.

The Naked Taco Takeover Weekend was unlike any other. While there are several chefs in the Miami area who are hosting events in the Caribbean, this marked the first time that a chef has taken to sea and land in one exciting event...
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Seven Cubans intercepted by Royal Bahamas Defence Force - Jul 29, 2015 - 9:21:50 PM

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Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) - Acting on intelligence seven Cuban males aboard a makeshift vessel were intercepted  by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Patrol craft P-128 approximately one mile west of West End, Grand Bahama shortly after 9 a.m. today.

At about 8 a.m. this morning, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base was alerted on a sighting of suspected Migrants aboard a makeshift vessel in the vicinity of West End. The migrants were subsequently apprehended and transported to Freeport where they were handed over to Immigration authorities.

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PM Delivers Key Note Address at CANTO in Miami, Fl - Jul 29, 2015 - 2:49:44 AM


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The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie delivered the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony of The Caribbean Association of National Telecoms Operators (CANTO) 31st Conference in Miami at the Hyatt Regency, June 26th. BTC is a founding member of CANTO and CEO Leon Williams, who is also Vice Chairman of CANTO, served as the Master of Ceremonies. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Improving Lives Through Broadband Innovation...”

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GBHRA: "Doctors confirm Haitian man shot from behind by Bahamian law enforcement" - Jul 22, 2015 - 5:16:33 PM

(GBHRA Statement) Medical evidence has validated our assertion that, contrary to official claims, 27-year-old Jean-Mary Justilien was shot from behind while running away from an immigration raid in Eleuthera on June 9.

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) now urges a full and transparent investigation of this matter – from the circumstances of the shooting itself, to the question of possible criminal charges against the officers involved, to how the facts came to be so grossly misrepresented by multiple law enforcement agencies...

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Bahamas becomes PAHO/WHO certified on elimination of rubella and CRS - Jul 22, 2015 - 10:18:04 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – A reception held in honour of the first official visit of Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), to The Bahamas marked an exciting and rewarding time for public health officials and the people of the country.

Dr. Etienne issued short remarks, emphasizing her appreciation of the hospitality she received since her arrival to the country. She lauded the commitment of health workers and the Government of The Bahamas towards advancing the health of its people...
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Dominican fishing vessel intercepted in Bahamian waters - Jul 19, 2015 - 2:40:12 PM


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Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) - A Dominican fishing vessel was intercepted by Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, P-129, on Friday 17th July on the Great Bahama Bank southwest of Great Exuma. P-129 was later assisted by P-44.

Eighteen Dominicans were found on board the vessel by Defence Force marines. A search is being conducted by Defence Force aircraft and patrol craft for four Dominicans aboard two skiffs that were in company with the Dominican vessel but had fled the scene. An undetermined quantity of scale fish and crawfish was also found aboard the 100-foot, steel-hulled vessel...

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Langston University Alumni Association Visits The Bahamas - Jul 18, 2015 - 1:00:50 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Several Bahamian graduates of Langston University hosted a welcome reception for the Langston University Alumni Association at Club Land’or, Paradise Island on June 17. More than 32 Langston University alumni enjoyed Bahamian dishes during their visit to Nassau, a port of call on their alumni cruise. There are approximately 80 Langston University graduates from The Bahamas. Given this sizable number, the Alumni Association plans to return to the Bahamas for an extensive visit and to establish a local chapter. Langston University is a historically Black institution of higher learning. Notable alumni include American singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, Nathan Hare, an American sociologist and psychologist, and Bessie Coleman, the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license...
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BTC Announces New 3 Year Union Agreement - Jul 15, 2015 - 1:29:39 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Executive Management is pleased to announce that BTC and the BCPMU (The Management Union) has agreed on a new three year (3) Industrial Agreement which will take immediate effect.  The terms of the new Agreement, effective April 1st 2014, now affords BTC the opportunity to adjust its operations to meet customer requirements for competition.

The signing of the new Agreement now allows employees identified to exit the business access to the original VSEP offer extended in March 2015.  The original offer includes the additional benefits of a much more attractive salary incentive, medical coverage award...
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Bahamas hosts Caribbean's top talent search this week - Jul 14, 2015 - 3:01:59 PM

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Nassau, New Providence - Top international fashion and talent scouts, casting directors, record labels, music producers and industry executives will journey to The Bahamas July 13-19, 2015 for the first annual Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands (Island MMTS) which will be held at the Melia Nassau Beach Hotel on the new Bahamian Riviera at BahaMar.

Island MMTS is a one-of-a-kind event for the islands, and is the only entertainment, modeling and acting showcase in the world specifically targeting the Caribbean market. Talent from 37 islands and 23 countries, ages 5 to 65 will be represented and showcasing to influencers from U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe whose...
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Haitian vessel intercepted off the Exumas by Royal Bahamas Defence Force - Jul 13, 2015 - 11:32:01 PM

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A Haitian vessel suspected of smuggling an undetermined amount of irregular Haitian migrants was intercepted a few miles west of the central Exuma chain shortly after 9 a.m. this morning. The 30-foot  sailing sloop was apprehended by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force stationed at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park along with the Park Warden. HMBS P44, which was also on patrol in the area, is also assisting.
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Miss Bahamas Organization Restructuring Entry Requirements - Jul 13, 2015 - 9:53:57 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – The Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) wishes to announce the restructuring of its entry requirements. Young ladies who aspire to become a national beauty ambassador will now have an easier task of taking the first step towards that goal, as the entry fees have been cut in half. The cost of entry has been reduced to $500 as compared to $1000, however there are other requirements that the candidates will have to meet as well.

MBO President Michelle Malcolm explains that the major change in policy comes in the wake of tough economic times in which contestants and directors have experienced difficulty in securing sponsorship...
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Last Official Interview With Sir Jack Hayward Set to Air - Jul 8, 2015 - 6:25:22 PM

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The last official interview with Sir Jack Hayward is scheduled to air this coming Monday on ZNS TV 13.

This important final talk with one of Grand Bahama’s most important businessmen is the latest episode of the programme ‘A Familiar Walk’, with host Mario Newry.

“This most recent edition to the programme’s series has captured intimate and often touching moments with Sir Jack,” said Mr. Newry. “His words of wisdom and memories of Grand Bahama dating back to 1955 makes this programme unique in every way.”
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CCA Bahamas Ltd. Comments on Baha Mar Project - Jul 7, 2015 - 11:20:57 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas - CCA Bahamas Ltd. (CCA Bahamas), a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC) and the general contractor for the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort project, today issued the following statement regarding the recent decision made by Baha Mar Ltd., the developer of the Baha Mar resort, to file for bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware:

"Baha Mar Ltd.'s decision to file for bankruptcy protection is the direct result of its failure to secure adequate financing and its mismanagement of the design of Baha Mar resort project. This mismanagement includes replacing the principal architect after construction had commenced, the late and incomplete delivery of design packages and over 1,300 Construction Change Directives... 
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Bahamas-China Friendship Association Statement on Baha Mar - Jul 3, 2015 - 10:37:43 AM

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Anthony Capron
The Bahamas-China Friendship Association (BCFA) expresses its deep concerns over the recent news reports and announcements that the initial time-frame set by the developers for the completion and opening of the Baha Mar Resort on Cable Beach has been missed and will now have to be extended, with a specific date.

We wish to go on record as attaching great importance to this multi-billion dollar investment and recognize its significant economic impact on The Bahamas once completed and opened. Our concern is to the general economic well-being of the country, as a whole; and for the setbacks that have been visited on this project...

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GBHRA: We will bring Justilien case before the OAS - Jun 30, 2015 - 11:27:58 PM


(Statement) Veteran activist warns that request for precautionary measures could be filed with regional body over failure to grant access to and medical records of the man shot in the head during immigration raid

A veteran human rights activists is warning that if attorneys are again denied access to Jean-Mary Justilien and are not provided with copies of his medical records, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) will have no choice but to apply to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) for precautionary measures in an effort to protect his rights...

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Youth Representatives from Three Major Political Parties Sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the 19CCEM - Jun 30, 2015 - 5:23:36 PM

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Paradise Island, The Bahamas – Inspired by the discussions held at the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM), youth representatives from the PLP, FNM and DNA, joined forces to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the objective of focusing nonpartisan attention on educational development.

The two paged MOU, signed by Derek Carey of the PLP’s Progressive Young Liberals, Jamal Strachan of the FNM’s Torchbearers Youth Association, and Jayson Braynen of the DNA’s Young Democrats Youth Association, was formed out of “the need to collaborate efforts for the benefit of present and future students in The Bahamas...”
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Leader of the Opposition Statement on Baha Mar Bankruptcy - Jun 30, 2015 - 2:37:48 AM

The shocking news that Bahamar has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States of America has caused disquiet and even a sense of alarm in our society.

The Free National Movement deeply regrets that matters have come to such a pass and is particularly concerned about the well-being and job security of the thousands of Bahamians presently employed by Bahamar; and the plight faced by the many thousands more Bahamians who have looked to Bahamar as their means of escape from the harsh circumstances of chronic and high unemployment levels, most particularly thousands of young Bahamians...
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Bahamian Icon Awards to be featured on South Florida’s #1 newscast - Jun 30, 2015 - 12:26:50 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas’ most glamorous event has attracted the attention of the international media.  WPLG Local 10 news out of South Florida has confirmed plans to provide coverage of the 3rd annual Bahamian Icon Awards. 

Additionally, Emmy nominated news anchor Constance Jones will be on hand to present the Bahamian Icon Award for Outstanding Live Entertainment Ensemble.  WPLG is South Florida’s local ABC Network affiliate and boasts of over 5.4 million viewers. The event will be broadcast live locally on Cable 12 throughout the Bahamas...
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