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Bahamian-American aerospace engineer to be honoured by AKA chapter of Nassau - Mar 27, 2015 - 1:41:04 PM

Aisha Bowe, a Bahamian-American aerospace engineer who is the recipient of the 2015 US Women’s Chamber of Commerce “Emerging Star” award, will be visiting Nassau, Bahamas as the keynote speaker for the Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Honours Day Scholarship Program being held on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Ms. Bowe stated, “Nassau holds a special place in my heart, and I am honored to be invited to speak to the scholars at the Eta Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. annual Honours Day event”.

At only 29 years old, Aisha serves as the CEO and co-founder of STEMBoard, a technology solutions company that is also...
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CCE Open Letter to PM Christie: Our Shared Agenda for Equality in the Bahamas - Mar 27, 2015 - 12:31:06 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Citizens for Constitutional Equality hosted an event on March 26th with guest speaker Sir Arthur Foulkes. CCE has issued the following statement along with an Open Letter to the Prime Minister:

Activists demand opportunity to decide on equality for The Bahamas

“The people of the Bahamas deserve the opportunity to decide. No, we demand the opportunity to decide, and we call on the government to demonstrate its stated conviction by passing the referendum bills through Parliament; setting a specific date for the referendum before the end of the year, and allowing sufficient time (at least 4 to 6-months) from the date of the announcement for intense preparation.” - Citizens for Constitutional Equality

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BTC Responds to URCA findings on BTC 2014 Outage - Mar 26, 2015 - 12:46:02 PM

Following their network outage on March 22nd 2014, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) proved sensitive to their customers’ frustrations and acted quickly to apologize for service disruption and promptly awarded financial compensation to customers affected.

As the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) launched an investigation, BTC also lost no time on their own investigation to determine the root cause of a system outage that left telecommunications customers impacted.

During the course of BTC’s investigation it was determined that the outage was due solely to a failure in BTCs back-up power system...
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URCA finds BTC in Breach of its Individual Operating License (IOL) - Mar 25, 2015 - 11:47:05 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On March 20th 2015, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) issued its Final Determination and Order to The Bahamas Telecommunications Company limited (BTC) regarding BTC’s March 22nd 2014 Network Outage. On March 25th, 2014 BTC notified URCA that BTC had experienced an unplanned network outage starting at approximately 1am on March 22nd, 2014, which resulted in significant interruption and disruption to the landline and mobile services provided by BTC to the majority of its customers across The Bahamas.  The outage This resulted in loss of service or severe service disruption to customers for periods of up to 15 hours.  The Final Determination and Order sets out the findings and conclusions of URCA’s investigation of the circumstances leading up to the outage, as well as the remedies which URCA has imposed on BTC.
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U.S. Citizens in Bahamas Updated on Recent Violent Criminal Incidents in Popular Areas of Nassau - Mar 25, 2015 - 5:04:59 PM

The following is a security message from the U.S. Embassy:

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to The Bahamas to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime. As reported in the State Department’s Country Specific Information for The Bahamas , armed robbery remains a major criminal threat facing U.S. citizens in The Bahamas, with the crime threat on New Providence listed as “critical.”

This past weekend, two violent incidents occurred in areas heavily frequented by U.S. citizen visitors and residents. On Sunday night, March 22, a man was stabbed and killed on the main sidewalk of Arawak Cay, in an area known as the “Fish Fry.” In the early morning hours of March 23, a man was at his business establishment at Compass Point when an unidentified man shot, critically wounded and robbed him before fleeing on foot...
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GBHRA thanks The Bahamas Government after IACHR Hearings - Mar 24, 2015 - 2:17:45 AM

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) would like to publicly thank the government for participating in the recent international hearings in Washington D.C. concerning the country’s new immigration policy.

The hearings before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR), convened at the request of the GBHRA and its international partners, we hope will serve as an opportunity for government and human rights defenders to work together closely on reforming current immigration policy and law, specifically the proposed amendments to the Immigration Act, currently before the Senate.//

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Vote so the Andros Mangrove Restoration can happen! - Mar 20, 2015 - 12:58:30 AM

Please Help by Voting Today~ The project is currently in 2nd place!

In 2014 ten million people were engaged to vote for fifteen projects from around the world supporting conservation projects to win one of the three coveted European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) grants. This year the only project short listed from the Caribbean region is a coastal/mangrove restoration project in Andros, Bahamas. This project was submitted by the Andros Conservancy and Trust (Ancat).

Voting begins on EOCA's website on March 9th and is open for two weeks and the projects with the most votes will be announced as the winner in late March...

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Save The Bays on The Bahamas Freedom of Information Act - Mar 19, 2015 - 1:46:04 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement from Save The Bays:

Save The Bays, the fast-growing environmental movement, has expressed "disbelief and shock" following headlines in a recent Nassau daily revealing that the government has no date in mind for implementation of what was expected to be a revised freedom of information act.

"Freedom of information is the very bedrock of a democracy," said Joseph Darville, Save The Bays Education Director...
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Miss Universe Bahamas 2014 Resignation Announced - Mar 19, 2015 - 3:08:59 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – The Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) wishes to announce the resignation of Tomii Culmer as Miss Bahamas Universe 2014/2015 due to personal reasons.

The Organization takes this opportunity to thank Miss Culmer for her service to the Bahamas and to MBO over the past few months. We wish her every success in her future endeavors.

The organization will make a determination on the future of the title in the coming weeks, as we now also begin the process of choosing...

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Unique Career Opportunity for COB Students - Mar 18, 2015 - 6:29:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – More than 100 businesses students at The College of The Bahamas listened intently on Tuesday evening as Harold Antor, President of Tristar Insurance Brokers & Agents presented them with what he described as the “opportunity of a lifetime” during COB’s Career Opportunities session, a part of the college’s Business Week activities.

Antor, an insurance sales veteran turned entrepreneur with more than 20 years in the industry gave the students a challenge rarely heard in the professional environment, “If you do exactly as I say, you can make $100K annually in just three years.”

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Atlantis appoints Paul Burke as new president and managing director - Mar 18, 2015 - 12:41:53 PM

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas Brookfield Asset Management is pleased to announce the promotion of Paul Burke, Chief Operating Officer, to President and Managing Director of Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas. Burke will assume his new position immediately.

Burke, who has been with Atlantis since 2011, has made significant contributions to the operations and functions of the resort, with an emphasis on maintaining Atlantis’ high level of guest satisfaction. In his new role, Burke will lead and oversee Atlantis’ business development, initiatives, growth, and overall operations of the property...

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CHEC Bahamas Remains Committed to North Abaco Port Project - Mar 17, 2015 - 1:24:06 PM

Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is reassuring the public of its commitment to successfully completing the $39 Million North Abaco Port Project, as unexpected challenges are resolved.

Country manager for CHEC Jeff Wang said the project was soon to be back on schedule, following the discovery of environmental setbacks that caused work to halt temporarily at the Coopers Town construction site.

“We are working diligently to ensure the North Abaco Port Project is a success,” said Wang...
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Fred Smith, QC: Christie not the only one living in fear - Mar 16, 2015 - 1:47:02 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Fred Smith, QC, chairman of Save The Bays:

Save The Bays (STB) was saddened to learn that Prime Minister Perry Christie has become the target of threatening words, messages or actions, to such a degree that he felt obliged to increase his security detail.

We join with all right thinking Bahamians in lending our full support and encouragement to the nation’s leader as he faces this most distressing ordeal; an ordeal which no doubt caused him to fear for his own safety, as well as that of his family. We also denounce in the strongest...
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1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference and Exhibition - June 18 – 20, 2015 - Mar 13, 2015 - 4:12:17 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Crime and safety are dominant concerns throughout the region as the loss of assets does not respect socio or any economic status. As we have also seen in the Caribbean many of the threats are the not only the same but often times there are interconnected crossing borders and jurisdictions.

In an effort to bring together thinkers and solutionist Preventative Measures, a network of local and international advisors and instructors providing expert training and consulting on every facet of asset protection, loss prevention and resource recovery, is excited to announce the1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Exhibit Conference to be held June 18 – 20, 2015at Melia Resort, Cable Beach, Nassau Bahamas...
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CEBO workshops set for New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Exuma, and Andros - Mar 13, 2015 - 1:17:15 PM

The Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity (CEBO) is a CARICOM initiative that was piloted in The Bahamas and four other countries: Belize, Dominica, Jamaica and St. Kitts & Nevis for the first time in the Caribbean in 2012. In the week-long workshop geared towards development of entrepreneurial skills in youth ages 32 and under to address skills barriers that prevent youth inclusion in business. Participants are create simulated companies then are engaged in a series of team building and self-development activities; develop a viable business plan, then produce, market and sell products/services within their simulated companies...
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Cable Bahamas offers Bahamians new opportunities to invest - Mar 13, 2015 - 12:09:50 PM

Company announces $80 million preferred share offering

Nassau, THE BAHAMAS - Today, Cable Bahamas Ltd announced that it will be offering a private placement preferred share offering to be opened in a few weeks. The terms and conditions are currently being finalized. The company plans to issue a total of $80 million in tranches of US$20 million and B$60 million. Proceeds from this issue will be used in part to restructure the company's existing debt, support any additional expansion opportunities and to fund capital and operating expenses both locally and internationally.

This offering again demonstrates Cable Bahamas' policy of raising money at home in order for investors to reap the benefits at home...
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Chinese delegation welcomed in Nassau - Mar 13, 2015 - 4:19:54 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Chinese model of People-to-People friendships and diplomacy could go a long way “in the eradication of wars and strife, and to the promotion of global peace,” said Anthony Capron, president of the Bahamas China Friendship Association.

Mr. Capron was welcoming Vice President Xie Yuan’s five-member delegation from the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), at a cocktail reception at Sapodilla Restaurant, Tuesday, March 10.

Also in attendance, representing Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell, was Parliamentary Secretary Cleola Hamilton and Permanent Secretary Harrison Thompson, represented Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe...

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Bahamas Press Club on Freedom of Information Act - Mar 12, 2015 - 3:04:48 PM

The Bahamas Press Club 2014 notes with much interest the recent announcements by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, on the progress of efforts to present a Freedom of Information Bill to Parliament.

However, while those efforts are commendable, we impress upon the Government the urgency of passing such a bill into law, thereby demonstrating to the Bahamian people a commitment to transparency and accountability.

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78 illegal migrants apprehended in southern New Providence - Mar 12, 2015 - 11:42:58 AM

On March 12, 2015 at 0115, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Operations at Coral Harbour base received a call with regard to a Haitian vessel landing in the area of Stoke’s Cabana in southern New Providence. RBDF personnel stationed in southern New Providence as well as Coral Harbour base, who after conducting a vigorous search, were successful in apprehending 78 of these illegal migrants. RBDF patrol craft P126 left Coral Harbour at 0235, and conducted an extensive patrol of the immediate area of the landing and additional surveillance of the southern shoreline...
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Eleuthera Residents Appeal to Gov't to Rejuvaseal Roads - Mar 11, 2015 - 5:45:23 PM

Rock Sound, Eleuthera - Prominent persons in the Eleuthera community are appealing to the government to RejuvaSeal their dangerous, dark and winding roads.
A proprietary, preventative maintenance product of Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) RejuvaSeal penetrates the sand sealed pavement and reverses the aging process.
At government's behest, seven months ago Caribbean Pavement Solutions – a subsidiary of Bahamas Striping Group of Companies – executed three types of RejuvaSeal testing at the Rock Sound Airport and on a 100-foot stretch of road on Eleuthera...
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