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University of The Bahamas on Graduation Regalia - Mar 22, 2018 - 7:08:03 PM

Commencement is a time-honoured tradition and a sacred celebration of the most pivotal achievements of our University of The Bahamas (UB) students. Indeed, our faculty, staff and administrators are some of the most excited and proud cheerleaders of our graduands at this ceremony. They have actively contributed to their development and matriculation over the years and observing them reach the pinnacle of their academic journey at UB is a proud moment...
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ORG Urges Minnis, Government to demonstrate commitment to transparency with reforms - Mar 21, 2018 - 5:37:57 PM

The Organization for Responsible Governance, a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic foundation working to improve accountability, economic development and education in The Bahamas, is sorely discouraged at the recent actions of the Government regarding the Oban Energy Foreign Investment proposal. 

The apparent 1) lack of transparency in the process of developing and presenting the Heads of Agreement, 2) lack of involvement of Civil Society in determining the suitability and public interest of the project and 3) lack of broad public consultation with the communities...
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BNT statement on the Oban Oil Refinery Project - Mar 13, 2018 - 11:09:17 PM

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has requested information from the Government of The Bahamas (GOB) regarding the oil refinery and storage facility in Grand Bahama, known as the Oban Project. BNT is greatly concerned with regards to the location of the facility, which if the reports in the press are correct, would place the refinery in close proximity to three national parks – The Lucayan National Park, the East Grand Bahama National Park, and the North Shore - The Gap National Park. The BNT has asked the government to provide the exact location of the site and to see the full Heads of Agreement. We have also asked for the opportunity to weigh in on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before completion.

BNT wishes to state very clearly however, that notwithstanding the results of the EIA, even if there are local project impacts that the Bahamas Environment and Science and Technology Commissions and the Government might deem acceptable...
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ALIV launches Premier Cloud Based Push to Talk Service - Mar 11, 2018 - 10:21:25 AM

Believing in innovation and technology, ALIV announced last week, the official launch of The Bahamas’ and The Caribbean’s first premier cloud-based Push to Talk Service in partnership with iScape and Push to Talk International(PTTI).

The Push to Talk service, geared towards business owners, will essentially allow any number of individuals to communicate with each other by the simple push of a button.
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U.S. Embassy Bahamas gives Woman of Courage Award on International Women’s Day - Mar 8, 2018 - 12:40:49 PM

On March 8, recognized globally as International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy hosted a reception at Liberty Overlook in honor of Fotini “Sam” Tsavousis-Duncombe, Embassy Nassau’s 2018 nominee for the Secretary of State’s Award for the International Women of Courage (WOC).  A cross-section of key contacts attended the event, including the wife of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, Mrs. Patricia Minnis, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, President of the Senate, Senator The Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith, and other government officials...
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QC publicly condemns AG Bethel - Mar 5, 2018 - 7:36:36 PM

I hereby publicly condemn Attorney General Carl Bethel in strongest possible terms for his cowardly and shameful attempt to muzzle freedom of expression and intimidate activists seeking to educate the public about their rights.

His complaints about a recent publication by Rights Bahamas are petty, irrelevant and totally lacking in merit; meanwhile, his threatening language toward human rights defenders should be considered highly dangerous by all Bahamians who defend democracy and fundamental rights...
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U.S. Embassy Nassau welcomes Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Stephanie L. Bowers - Mar 5, 2018 - 2:31:13 PM

Stephanie Bowers assumed the role of Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at U.S. Embassy Nassau on March 1, 2018.  Ms. Bowers is a career Foreign Service Officer who most recently served as Chief of Staff of the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.  Previously she served as Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs, Deputy Director of the Office of International Religious Freedom, Senior Watch Officer in the Secretary of State’s Executive Secretariat Operations Center, and as Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Coordinator and South America Team Leader in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).  She also served at the White House as Director for Andean Affairs at the National Security Council...
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MoVi signs MOU for 4K Outside Broadcast Truck - Mar 5, 2018 - 11:00:33 AM

The MoVi Group, the leading sound, lighting and stage and film production house in The Bahamas, has signed an MOU with MultVideo of Brazil that gives them preferred access in The Bahamas for the use of a multi-million-dollar 4K Outside Broadcast (OB) Truck. 

Providing state-of-the art 4K broadcast quality on demand, and at vastly reduced cost to event managers, is an asset to the country as its local accessibility is a draw for overseas event planners considering The Bahamas for their conferences and events...
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Protected areas defend $24 million of spiny lobster annually report highlights - Mar 4, 2018 - 3:51:14 PM

Marine Protected Areas safeguard about 6 million pounds of spiny lobster, worth almost 24 million dollars, every year. Protecting more breeding grounds would increase the annual output of this resource, according to a report commissioned by The Bahamas Protected project.

The “Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Bahamian Marine Protected Areas” report was commissioned by The Bahamas Protected Project, a three-year initiative to manage and expand marine protected areas in the country in an effort to safeguard the economic value of marine ecosystems...
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BTC continues to transform its business - Mar 2, 2018 - 11:42:17 PM

Responding to the rapidly changing Bahamas telecommunications industry, and as part of a Companywide strategic approach to transform our business to a more customer-centric, high performing organisation, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) confirms that we are making adjustments to how we run our business, including carrying out necessary network upgrades, giving more focus on training and development and improving back office support to better serve our customers...
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BTC makes Strategic Investments in Broadband Services - Feb 28, 2018 - 10:33:09 AM

With ongoing infrastructural upgrades and investments, BTC is confident that 2018 will be one of new growth in its broadband and TV offerings. The customer remains at the epicenter of its development, as the company keeps its eyes on delivering best in class quality service, aimed at improving the overall customer experience.

One of these services include Fiber to the Home, which delivers up to 300mb in speed with an individual and secured connection right to the customer’s doorsteps. BTC has used Rum Cay, San-Salvador, Crooked Island and Eastern New Providence as a launch-pad for the new service...
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Former First Lady of the United States of America to visit The Bahamas - Feb 27, 2018 - 1:21:51 PM

Former First Lady of the United States of America Mrs. Laura W. Bush to visit Nassau, The Bahamas to participate in Celebrating Women International’s 2018 Women’s Noble Luncheon 

Former First Lady of the United States of America, Mrs. Laura W. Bush will make an official visit to the nation’s capital during the month of June to participate in Celebrating Women’s International, Nobel Women’s Luncheon.

On Sunday, 24th June 2018, the former First Lady will offer a keynote address on women’s rights...
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Bahamas Represented at Regional Disaster Preparedness Seminar - Feb 26, 2018 - 11:30:26 AM

In the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes that made landfall from Dominica to Puerto Rico, on February 19-23, U.S. exchange alumni representing 18 countries from the Caribbean and the United States participated in the Alumni in Action for Resilient Communities:  Emergency Response and Disaster Preparedness Seminar.  U.S. State Department alumni radio personality and human rights activist Louby Georges, and Senior Information Officer at Bahamas Information Services Lindsay Thompson were selected to represent The Bahamas at the regional conclave...
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Wells wants Bahamians to buy local produce - Feb 22, 2018 - 10:48:50 PM

Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Renward Wells, who is passionate about seeing the Bahamas become a self sufficient nation, has made "an important step" towards that goal by bringing the departments under his ministry and their related entities under one mandate. This, he believes, is vital in order to encourage more Bahamians to engage in farming and fishing for the health and wealth of the nation. 

Since coming to office, Minister Wells took the time to spend engaged at all levels in the various entities, including: Department of Agriculture; Department of Marine Resources; the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI)...
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ORG Statement: Events in The House of Assembly February 7, 2018 - Feb 8, 2018 - 9:49:39 PM

For the greater part of the last three weeks, The House of Assembly has been consumed with belaboring the issues surrounding comments made by the Member of Parliament for Englerston and her subsequent suspension, culminating yesterday in a debacle wherein members from both sides competed in spectacular displays of one-upmanship, leading to a litany of insults and woefully inappropriate remarks which undermined The House and the offices of those who serve it.
As civil society groups across the country anticipate important legislation due for table and/or debate, such as The Integrity Commission Bill, The Ombudsman Bill, Fiscal Responsibility Regulations and others...
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Motor Sports Icon David McLaughlin ‘Bahamas Use Your Heritage’ - Jan 24, 2018 - 12:15:02 PM

“You can’t buy heritage,” says motor sports icon David McLaughlin, “and no one has a heritage in motor sport like The Bahamas. Use it well and you’ll be amazed at the international attention.”

McLaughlin, a former race car driver turned major classic car event organizer and the first FIA director for Caribbean motor sport development and road safety, felt compelled to comment after back-to-back reminders of the pivotal role Nassau played in race car history...
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ORG - Public Consultation needed for Integrity Commission Bill - Jan 9, 2018 - 11:55:11 AM

The Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), a not-for-profit civic organization dedicated to accountable governance, education reform and economic development, has echoed Leader of the Opposition Phillip ‘Brave’ Davis’ call for broader consultation on the Integrity Commission Bill, 2017. Dubbing the bill a possible “gamechanger”, the group asserts that MPs, civil servants, private sector and the public should all be familiar with the bill and are calling for persons to read and understand the bill...
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Resorts World Bimini statement on staff layoffs - Nov 2, 2017 - 3:48:14 PM

“While Resorts World Bimini is now open and operational, we are still in the process of recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Commercial air lift continues to only serve a small portion of our guests, and the current ferry service is limited during the Winter months due to inclement weather. As a result, we have made the hard decision to curtail staffing until a time when increased resort visitation warrants a reevaluation.

“Throughout this process, Resorts World has worked with the Minister of Labour’s office to fully comply with the Employment Act.  In addition, the names of affected individuals were shared with the Department of Labour to expedite applications for benefits at each employee’s respective places of residence..."
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Yasmine Cooke named Miss Universe Bahamas 2017 - Oct 3, 2017 - 12:16:17 AM

Twenty-five year old, fourth year medical student from Nassau, Yasmine Cooke was crowned Miss Universe Bahamas 2017 on Sunday night at Atlantis, Paradise Island. First runner up was Tiasha Stewart of Grand Bahama Island. Second runner up was Azaria Clare, also of Grand Bahama.

When asked why she would pursue pageantry while studying medicine Yasmine responded, "The precision, refinement and dedication... As a medical student and future doctor I can take the lessons learned from pageantry into this professional arena." Yasmine is studying at the University of the West Indies...
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Operations at LPIA to close Friday due to Hurricane Irma - Sep 7, 2017 - 8:10:11 PM

The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) announces that operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will continue through the evening of Thursday, September 7, 2017 and that the airport will be closed on Friday, September 8, 2017 until further notice.

Following the storm and once the “All Clear” is given by the Meteorological Department and National Emergency Management Agency, all airport employees and stakeholders are expected to safely return to LPIA to assess any damage, clean up and restore the airport for the prompt resumption of operations...
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