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BTC to Participate in 32nd Annual CANTO Conference - Jul 28, 2016 - 4:17:40 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) will participate in the 32nd annual Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations’ (CANTO) Conference and Trade Show Exhibition.

BTC CEO and Senior Vice President for Cable & Wireless Communications, Leon Williams also serves as Vice Chairman for CANTO. Williams said, “BTC has been a member of CANTO since 1985. The organization, seeks to provide an outlet for telecommunications organizations in the region to stay connected. We share ideas, on how we can overcome challenges that affect us all in the region...
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Author encourages naming waters in the Western Atlantic Ocean the Lucayan Sea after The Bahamas’ first inhabitants - Jul 28, 2016 - 3:35:41 PM

When Christopher Columbus sailed through The Bahama Islands during the latter part of the 15th century, he encountered a people along the way who historians say he described in his diary as handsome, graceful, well-proportioned, gentle, generous and, most of all, peaceful.

The famed explorer was speaking, of course, about the Lucayans. As the first people ever to inhabit The Bahamas, The Lucayans were descendants of the Arawaks who lived and prospered along the shores of the country for generations before being captured as slaves shortly after Columbus’ arrival. In fact, the stretch of islands in the western Atlantic was not only called The Bahamas historically – there were references to it as the Lucayan Archipelago...
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Solidarity242 responds to Minister Nottage's statement on the Marco Alert System - Jul 26, 2016 - 9:12:26 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - (Statement) On June 22nd the activist group Solidarity242 made Bahamian history by launching a Viral Protest on Facebook to pressure government into activating the MARCO Alert system and Sex Offenders Registry promised under Marco’s Law. Bahamians both locally and internationally responded to the protest by changing profile pictures and posting videos under the hashtags #justiceforMarco, #MarcosLaw, #protectourchildren and #Solidarity242. Facebook messages, emails and wall posts were also sent to Ministers the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage (Minister of National Security), the Hon. Melanie Griffin (Minster of Social Services & Community Development) and Dr. Daniel Johnson (Minister of Youth, Sports & Development).

During a press conference on July 22nd, Minister Nottage stated to media that the MARCO Alert system had been put into effect with the by-passing of the 24-hour requirement to file a missing person’s report...
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Governor General Dines with Bahamas Defence Force Officers - Jul 26, 2016 - 12:26:31 PM

Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas was the special guest of honor at the Officers' Wardroom Mess Dinner at Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Coral Harbour on Thursday past.

Hosted by the Wardroom Mess President, Lieutenant Commander Michael Saunders and the Wardroom Mess Officers, the black tie affair (Mess Undress for Naval Officers) was attended by the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Dr. Bernard Nottage, Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force (Acting) and other senior and junior Officers of the Defence Force...
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‘A Familiar Walk’ Takes a Look at Hurricane Preparedness for 2016 - Jul 26, 2016 - 10:46:58 AM

As the peak months of the 2016 hurricane season approach, ‘A Familiar Walk’ reveals in its latest installment the lessons learned by local disaster management agencies after Joaquin ravaged the southeastern Bahamas. The show airs on ZNS tonight, Tuesday July 26, at 8:00pm.

Host of the programme, Mario Newry, speaks to a panel of experts including, Caroline Turnquest, Director General of the Bahamas Red Cross, Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Wayne Neely, Meteorologist at the Department of Meteorology and Charles Johnson, Senior Manager of J.S. Johnson Insurance Agents and Brokers...
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BTVI anchors agreement with LJM Maritime Academy - Jul 26, 2016 - 3:20:55 AM

In a world where the view of technical education is shifting, The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) and LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for further training and skill development of their students and faculty.

LJMMA is a Bahamian maritime training institution which offers internationally recognized certifications in the maritime field and preparation for long-term job placement on international vessels and shore-based enterprises. BTVI is the premier technical and vocational institution in The Bahamas.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed by President of BTVI, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, and President of LJMMA, Dr. Brendamae Cleare, took effect on July 13, 2016.
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Miss World Bahamas 2016 is Ashley Hamilton - Jul 25, 2016 - 6:15:22 PM

The Miss World Bahamas pageant took place on July 24th and taking the crown was 23 year old Ashley Hamilton of Long Island. 

Ashley is a 6' 1" green-eyed beauty who has a bachelor's degree in history and is proud that she put herself through school by applying for and being granted scholarships.  She studied at United World College in western Canada and then went to University of Florida. Her aim is to become a leading commercial Attorney and productive citizen.

Ashley won the costume segment with her stunning blue feathered piece called...
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Defence Force Apprehends Cuban Migrants - Jul 25, 2016 - 10:56:44 AM

Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF) – A total of 14 Cuban migrants have been turned over to officials at the Carmichael Road Detention Center after being apprehended by members of the Royal Defence Force on Saturday afternoon.

While on routine patrol, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft P-128 coxswained by Petty Officer James Darling, intercepted a 20-ft makeshift motor vessel approximately 2 nautical miles east of Highbourne’s Cay in the Exuma Sound at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon...
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Waterkeepers Bahamas and Save The Bays applaud Disney for shelving Egg Island plans - Jul 22, 2016 - 2:47:50 PM

Two leading organisations with strong ties to the marine environment today added their voices to quickly mounting applause, thanking Disney Cruise Lines for shelving plans to lease Egg Island in North Eleuthera for a private island cruise destination.

“Speaking on behalf of Waterkeepers Bahamas and Save The Bays, I extend heartfelt congratulations to Disney Cruise Lines and to the citizens of North Eleuthera who, as a corporation and as a community, came to the same conclusion -- that to have proceeded with plans to develop this ecologically sensitive area into a heavily trafficked, commercial venture requiring extensive dredging and destruction of coral reefs would have been an environmental disaster..."
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BNT on Disney's decision to abandon development of Egg Island - Jul 22, 2016 - 12:14:53 PM

The Bahamas National Trust applauds the decision by Disney Cruise Lines to abandon their plans to develop Egg Island, off North Eleuthera.

“Balancing development and environmental concerns is a challenge that the government faces frequently,” said BNT President Larry Glinton.

"We are pleased that today it was decided that corporate and national environmental objectives are not mutually exclusive, and the result is that Egg island will remain in its natural state to be enjoyed by the people of The Bahamas for generations to come,” Mr Glinton said...
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BAMSI hosts Extension Programme - Jul 21, 2016 - 6:22:39 PM

As part of its commitment to nation building and the development of a cadre of trained specialists within the field, The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is set to host its Inaugural Agricultural Extension Training Programme, July 19 – 29 at its campus in North Andros. The intensive two-week schedule, which will consist of hands-on field experience as well as lectures by BAMSI faculty and University of Florida professors in Agriculture Extension, is an important push for recent graduates who are set to take on the role of professionally-trained extension officers by the end of the summer. With a shift in the Government’s focus on Food and Nutrition Security, the provision of trained agriculturalist will ensure the attainment of the goal as well as the sustainability of this nation’s environment thereby supporting the government’s efforts to bolster food security measures across the archipelago...
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Activist group gears up to use Facebook to push for Bahamas Sex Offenders Registry and Marco Alert - Jul 21, 2016 - 5:29:19 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The non-profit, activist group Solidarity242 is urging Bahamians to join its Viral Protest designed to push government into activating the Sex Offenders Registry and MARCO Alert system for missing children. “It has been five years since The Bahamas was rocked by the brutal death of Marco Archer and yet Marco’s Law is not fully functional. There is no Sex Offenders Registry, there is no MARCO Alert,” said Kishlane Knowles, co-founder of Solidarity242. “Our children are being left vulnerable and we as Bahamians have to push back and demand that the government does its part in protecting our children, as promised.”

In 2013, Freeport saw the loss of five (5) young boys, all of whom went missing, all of whom were murdered. In June of 2015, Minister for Social Services, Melanie Griffin revealed in her 2015/2016 Budget Address that there had been an increase in the reported cases of sexual abuse and incest incidents involving children...
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Jeffrey Lloyd: Bahamas a Failed State if the Status Quo Remains - Jul 20, 2016 - 6:05:34 PM

Lawyer and radio show host Jeff Lloyd impressed upon a group of young Toastmasters yesterday that they must help to destroy the status quo that is causing the Bahamas to slip into a failed state.

Speaking to club 7108 at Luciano's of Chicago, Mr. Lloyd impressed upon the group that the central institutions of governance in this country are not functioning properly and are therefore no benefit to its citizens.

“We are never to become adjusted to the status quo,” he said. “We should be at war with the status quo. We are failing in every subdivision of statistical measurement in this country.”
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RBDF introduces Military Police K-9 UNIT - Jul 19, 2016 - 10:02:37 AM

Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF) – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force has implemented a new element in its strategy of combatting the illicit activities in the country. The k-9 Unit of the Defence Force's Military Police section will enhance the Force’s capability in its fight in protecting the territorial borders of The Bahamas.

This new area of the Force is headed by Sub Lieutenant Denzel Marche and four marines; Leading Seaman Rio Knowles, Able Woman Marine Nikira Rolle, Able Seaman Georgino Bodie and Marine Seaman Ryan Bridgewater. The Marines have successfully completed a six-month dog handling course in Havana, Cuba from January 20 through July 2...
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BAMSI hosts Inaugural Agricultural Extension Training Programme - Jul 18, 2016 - 4:48:31 PM

As part of its commitment to nation building and the development of a cadre of trained specialists within the field of agriculture and extension, The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is set to host its Inaugural Agricultural Extension Training Programme, July 19 – 29 at its campus in North Andros. The intensive two-week schedule will offer hands-on field experience as well as lectures by international and industry specialists for students and recent graduates who will take on the role of professionally-trained extension officers by the end of the summer.

With a shift in the Government’s focus to include the advancement and maturation of the agriculture industry as one of its principal mandates, the provision of trained agriculturalist will ensure the sustainability of this nation’s environment and support the government’s efforts to bolster food security measures across the archipelago. Godfrey Eneas...
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Miss Bahamas National Costume Highlights - Jul 18, 2016 - 12:24:19 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – It was a celebration of Bahamian history and culture with an explosion of color and creativity as the 2016 Miss Bahamas contestants competed in the National Dress (Costume) competition immediately following a float parade throughout the streets of New Providence.

A pirate, Bahama parrot, rake n’ scrape queen and Royal Pineapple were just some of the themes on display which were presented in an entertaining fashion before the panel of judges and dozens of onlookers in Pompey Square, downtown Nassau...
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RBDF Conducts Aerial Drone Training Exercise - Jul 17, 2016 - 9:03:33 AM

Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF) – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force made history as the Force conducted its first live feed Aerial Drone Training Exercise yesterday. Committed to Guarding our Heritage, the Defence Force is in the process of developing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Unit to join the fight to combat illicit activities within the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

This advance measure will enhance the Force's operational capabilities that will allow operators to have a bird’s eye view of a targeted area. Another goal of the UAV Unit is to effectively assist in search and rescue efforts...
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Save The Bays Contributes to Public Consultation on Freedom of Information - Jul 16, 2016 - 12:02:09 AM

Save The Bays:
The environmental movement Save The Bays submitted several recommendations for amendments to the proposed Freedom of Information Act, including what it considers the most critical change to the draft legislation – establishment of an apolitical, totally independent Information Commissioner and unit.

“We are grateful to the government for inviting public input on this important draft Bill,” said Save The Bays Chairman Joseph Darville. “We submitted our recommendations by hand on June 21 along with a letter reflecting support for those submitted and shared with us by the Organization for Responsible Government (ORG) and we believe that with the considered contributions made by both groups along with consulting attorneys and students of transparency-related legislation, the Bill with recommended amendments could be one of the strongest anywhere, something The Bahamas could be proud of for many decades to come...”
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Miss Grand Bahama vying for Miss Universe Bahamas title - Jul 15, 2016 - 10:13:47 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Miss Universe Bahamas pageant held an unveiling tonight at the Albany in New Providence. While we do not have the names of all the contestants we can tell you that Miss Grand Bahama, Danielle Pratt is a contestant vying for this year's title.

Miss Pratt is no stranger to the big pageant world as she's already represented The Bahamas at Miss Tourism Pageant in China, and Miss Coffee International Beauty Pageant in Colombia early this year.

"Miss Grand Bahama is competing in Miss Bahamas Universe," said Glenn Davis, Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization Director. "That's how it used to be in days gone by..."
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BTC Signs MOU for Innovation Lab at College of The Bahamas - Jul 15, 2016 - 11:55:16 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - As a gift to the nation in celebration of the country’s forty-third year of Independence, BTC has signed a $50,000 Memorandum of Understanding with The College of The Bahamas (COB) for a new Innovation Lab. The announcement, was made today at The College, during a ground breaking ceremony at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre.

BTC CEO Leon Williams said, “We believe that it is of absolute importance that we continue to invest in the future of this country. This new innovation lab, will serve as a centre of excellence. As The College is on the cusp of University status, it is imperative that it has a state of the art, modern facility enabling the new generation of learners to thrive...
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