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Sandals Job Fair Draws Hundreds, Number Of New Applicants Exceeds Former Staffers - Aug 26, 2016 - 6:12:34 AM

More than 1,200 people turned out armed with resumes, smiles and hope during a four-day job fair aimed at filling 600 posts at Sandals Royal Bahamian.

“We were very pleased with the turn-out,” said Sandals Resorts International Director of Corporate Services Jeremy Jones. “We did see that there were more applicants the last two days than the first two which were reserved for former team members.”

The job fair, held at Christ the King Anglican Church Hall, Ridgeland, was held to pool the team that will be ready to deliver on the guests’ standards when the refurbished resort re-opens in mid-October. Earlier this month, in the absence of a collective bargaining agreement, Sandals Resorts advised said it had no choice but to terminate all existing staff members, pay them off fully and start all over again...
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Bahamas Hurricane Shelter List for the 2016 Storm Season - Aug 25, 2016 - 11:10:52 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has released the official list of Hurricane Shelters for The Bahamas 2016 storm season.

NEMA has implemented an emergency warning system to better prepare and inform the public about a disaster about to impact the country.

NEMA follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which provide instructions for activation and the operations of the NEOC, amongst other things. Level I deals with monitoring the system and its projected path, which is 60 hours out. Operations Officer will monitor the progress and keep the Director of NEMA informed. Also, a green flag would be hoisted outside NEMA's office to indicate this level.
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112 Haitians Apprehended in Bahamian waters - Aug 24, 2016 - 6:36:21 PM

A total of 112 Haitian migrants are being detained on the island of Exuma after they were apprehended in Bahamian waters on Monday afternoon.

After receiving information from local fishermen that a Haitian sloop was sighted in the area, patrol craft P-126 coxswained by Petty Officer Jaymes Darling went to investigate. A Haitian sloop was spotted 4.5 miles west of Barraterre, Exuma. The migrants (95 males, 17 females) were eventually transferred to the mainland where they were turned over to Immigration officials for further processing.

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Haitian Migrants Apprehended in Inagua - Aug 21, 2016 - 2:54:04 PM

Coral Harbour Base, 20 AUG (RBDF) – Ten (10) Haitian nationals are being detained at the Police Station in Matthew Town, Inagua after they were apprehended on Friday evening.In a joint effort involving the Defence Force, Police Force and Immigration officials and local residents. The migrants (5 males, 5 females) were sighted in the area known as Conch Shell Point, located on the southern shores.

On arrival shortly after 5:00 p.m, the migrants were being assisted by one of the residents on the island. The migrants are were turned over to Immigration officials.
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Interest Grows in Naming Waters The Lucayan Sea - Aug 18, 2016 - 4:14:02 PM

Throughout history from the days of men drawing on cave walls to today’s A-listers tweeting their every move, people have recorded their history and told their story by whatever means were available at the time of the telling. Now, says a highly respected Bahamian leader, thinker and historian, it is time for The Bahamas to do the same.

Captain Tellis A. Bethel, Sr. author of The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of The Modern Americas, says telling the important story of The Bahamas is one of 21 reasons to name the waters surrounding the country The Lucayan Sea...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force make drug bust off West New Providence - Aug 17, 2016 - 5:41:57 PM

A Bahamian male was apprehended for possession of suspected drugs by Marines on routine patrol aboard a Royal Bahamas Defence Force Fast Patrol craft on Wednesday afternoon.

Shortly after 12:00 p.m., Defence Force patrol craft P-128 intercepted and conducted a routine search of a 15-ft Boston Whaler off the west coast of New Providence today.

A further search of the vessel uncovered an undetermined quantity of suspected marijuana.

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RBDF Rangers complete AMMC Pre-requisite - Aug 17, 2016 - 2:10:13 PM

Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) – Eighteen young men and women from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers graduated from the Antiquities, Monuments, and Museums Corporation's Historical Military Re-enactment Programme at Fort Charlotte on Friday 12th August 2016.

The programme is a partnership between AMMC and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's Rangers programme. During the graduation, Rangers were dressed in uniform attire worn by British West India soldiers during the 1700s as they performed a reenactment of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony...
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Sandals Royal Bahamian to Re-Open in October - Aug 15, 2016 - 12:48:36 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Off Shore Island is on track to re-open its doors in October, revamped and renovated, in time for what is shaping up to be its best winter season ever.

Highly regarded for its rich regal history, the 60-year old resort is set to unveil a newly renovated Windsor pool and restored Balmoral pool deck as well as major upgrades to five of its restaurants to include re-roofing. Meanwhile, the Windsor Ballroom is undergoing significant improvements to include updated audio visual equipment and soft furnishings. Other repair work being undertaken extends to the resort’s Red Lane Spa and an overhaul of electrical systems in select areas. Several rooms and suites affected by recent emergency maintenance issues are also being restored...
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Human rights group calls for release of young singers - Aug 14, 2016 - 11:57:38 PM

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) is calling for the immediate release two young singers detained in connection with a controversial song making the rounds on social media.

We strongly urge the police to recognize that they should not interfere in matters of freedom of expression and that seeking to charge these men with criminal libel is an anti-democratic and reactionary response which has absolutely no place in a modern society...
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GBHRA responds to Cleola Hamilton - Aug 11, 2016 - 6:08:18 PM

In response to the comments of South Beach MP Cleola Hamilton in the press, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBRHA) takes this opportunity to assert its total and utter condemnation of the recent assertions by Richard Lightbourn, MP, which called into question a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy.

The GBRHA is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of all facets of a woman’s reproductive rights; just as, in a broader sense, we vigorously support Bahamian women in all aspects of the ongoing struggle to cast off the shackles of second-class citizenship....
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Defence Force Marines complete Basic Infantry Training - Aug 11, 2016 - 11:08:31 AM

Coral Harbour Base (RBDF): Forty-three marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped to defend and safeguard the country against illicit activities after graduating  from the Commando Squadron's Basic Infantry Training Course.

Conducted by versatile skilled instructors of the Commando Squadron department, the vigorous nine-weeks training program demanded both the mental and physical endurance of course participants. Comprised of marines from the various sections of the Commando Squadron, Harbour Patrol, Port Security and the Military Police/Force Protection units, the 39 males and 4 females successfully conquered the challenges they faced...
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STB: Was the Data Commissioner victimized? - Aug 11, 2016 - 10:47:42 AM

Statement by STB Chairman Joseph Darville: Save The Bays (STB) congratulates former Data Commissioner Sharmie Farrington-Austin on her brave and inspiring decision to run as an independent candidate in the next general election.

Our membership well remembers her astute, timely and courageous comments in defense of our constitutional rights after STB’s private emails were shamefully disclosed in Parliament by senior government MPs without our permission.

Farrington-Austin quite rightly warned the MPs in question and the country at large against the “dangerous” practice of obtaining private citizens’ correspondence and tabling it in the House of Assembly...

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Best BJC results in twenty years reports Bahamas Ministry of Education - Aug 9, 2016 - 8:18:32 PM

Nassau, Bahamas –  The Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology along with senior Ministry officials announced the 2016 Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) results on Tuesday, August 10th, 2016.

In releasing this year’s results, greater emphasis is being placed on the improvements made over the last two years since the inception of The Bahamas High School Diploma (BHSD). Now more than ever, more students are sitting BJCs due to the fact that it is a prerequisite for the Diploma...

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32 Cuban migrants apprehended in southern Bahamas - Aug 9, 2016 - 12:00:25 AM

Coral Harbour Base, 8 August 16 (RBDF): Thirty-two Cuban migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas in Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Monday afternoon.

While on routine patrol, Defence Force craft HMBS Leon Smith, commanded by Acting Lieutenant Commander Stephen Rolle, intercepted and boarded a makeshift motor driven vessel in the area of Cay Lobos around 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

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URCA Issues Public Electricity Supplier Licence to BPL - Aug 8, 2016 - 3:25:16 PM

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), is pleased to announce that today, it issued the first Public Electricity Supplier Licence. The licence, granted to Bahamas Power and Light Company (BPL), authorizes the company to engage in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply (GTDS) of electricity in The Bahamas.

On January 28, 2016 the Electricity Act (EA) along with a compendium of related legislation, came into effect thereby establishing the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) as the regulator for the Electricity Sector in The Bahamas. As regulator, URCA is authorized to grant a licence with terms and conditions consistent with the National Energy and Electricity Sector policies, as URCA considers appropriate...
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BTC participates in CANTO - Aug 8, 2016 - 12:55:24 PM

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) was a recent participant at the 32nd annual Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations’ (CANTO) Conference and Trade Show Exhibition.

This year, BTC highlighted its advancements in Fiber to The Home (FTTH), its rollout of its IP based television service, FLOW TV and its current trial of prepaid electricity in Eleuthera. Topics at this year’s CANTO Conference include Convergence, the Internet of Things, Big Data and Women in ICT...
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Central Eleuthera water disruption expected until late Friday - Aug 4, 2016 - 11:58:31 PM

The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) wishes to advise its Customers in Central Eleuthera that reduced levels of service are expected to continue until late Friday evening. Until such time,most customers will experience reduced pressures. Customers at higher elevations, or at extremities of the system however may experience extended periods of interrupted supplies.

Initially supplies in Central Eleuthera were interrupted on Sunday, July 31, 2016, when the Corporation’s 8” transmission main which serves the Gregory Town and Hatched Bay Area was damaged by a third party. This was repaired the same day and re-pressurization would have normally occurred over the following 24 hours...
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Equality Bahamas: In Response to Richard Lightbourn’s Forced Sterilization Plan - Aug 2, 2016 - 4:44:44 PM

Nassau Bahamas  - On Thursday, July 27, MP for Montague Richard Lightbourn proposed the legislation of violence against women, suggesting that an “unwed mother having her tubes tied” would reduce government spending on education and lower the unemployment rate. He lamented the “burden of paying for the upbringing of children” and suggested The Bahamas has an overpopulation issue. Equality Bahamas condemns both this irresponsible, erroneous statement and the misogynistic, racist, classist mindset behind it.

Forced sterilization is a violation of human rights, specifically “the right to be free from torture, and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; the right to life..."
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Bahamas Defence Force apprehends 8 Cuban migrants - Jul 30, 2016 - 9:44:23 PM

Coral Harbour Base 30 July 2016 (RBDF)-- Eight Cuban migrants have been turned over to Immigration officials after they were apprehended in Bahamian waters by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Thursday night.

While on routine patrol, patrol craft HMBS Lignum Vitae under the command of Acting Senior Lieutenant Valentino Rolle spotted a 20 foot makeshift aluminum motor driven vessel approximately 45 nautical miles west of Ragged Island around 8:00pm. Further search of the vessel discovered the 6 males and 2 females, who were then taken aboard the Defence Force craft. The migrants were brought into the Coral Harbour Base shortly after 3:00pm Saturday afternoon...

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Mario Carey Calls for Creation of Economic Zones - Jul 30, 2016 - 6:03:23 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The word SEZ rolls off Mario Carey’s tongue with such conviction you’d think he had discovered a single pill to cure the common cold and create peace in the world.

“SEZ,” he says, “stands for special economic zones and it’s not the common cold a SEZ can cure, but the too common ailment of an economy stuck in neutral. To move it forward takes momentum and special economic zones create that energy, that horsepower.”

Special economic zones (SEZ) were first employed in 1980 to move China from its labour intensive agricultural communist economy to something more closely resembling capitalism. Four zones were established allowing investors to come in...
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