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Bahamas Pride Freedom Weekend to take place in Grand Bahama - Aug 28, 2014 - 7:56:35 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - The end of summer will not only mean the beginning of the new school year for most, but it will be the weekend the gay, lesbian bisexual and transgendered community of The Bahamas will unite and celebrate the triumphs and uniqueness of this marginalized population.

Designed and developed by a planning committee, the Bahamas Pride Freedom Weekend will cater to the various layers that impact the lives of GLBT Bahamians. Hosted in Grand Bahama, the event is filled with activities over the span of the entire weekend of Friday August 29th through Monday September 1st 2014.

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IIA Bahamas takes director training to the next level - Aug 27, 2014 - 12:39:59 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - As regulation and legislation become increasingly detailed and demanding, the role of the Director is becoming more risky. Directors are now faced with personal liability for failure to discharge their duties prudently. In its efforts to equip and develop Directors for today’s environment, the Bahamas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (Bahamas IIA) launched the first ever roll-out of the Global Corporate Governance Forum (GCGF) highly-acclaimed curriculum for directors in The Bahamas last September at The Balmoral on Sanford Drive.

Next week, on September 2nd, The Bahamas IIA will continue its initiative and partner with The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS) to offer the complete 16-module Board Leadership program.
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Haitian sloop apprehended in Ragged Island, Bahamas - Aug 24, 2014 - 1:11:58 PM

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Coral Harbour Base, 24 August, 2014 (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force was a part of a joint operation with the Department of Immigration and Police at Ragged Island, which involved the apprehension of over one hundred Haitian migrants on Saturday night.

While on routine patrol in the Southern Bahamas, HMBS Nassau received information that Ragged Island locals had spotted a Haitian sloop in waters several miles off the southern end of Duncan Town. With further assista
nce of a local fisherman, Ragged Island Police and Immigration authorities conducted an immediate search of the area, which resulted in the apprehension of one hundred and five (105) undocumented Haitian nationals on Saturday 23 August, 2014.
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Impact of VAT on Charities Clarified by Bahamas Ministry of Finance - Aug 22, 2014 - 7:01:32 AM

Representatives of the VAT team of the Ministry of Finance emphasized that services provided by local charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that directly relate to charitable activities will be VAT exempt and the VAT programme provides for recouping of some taxes paid on goods for the use of such community services.

Reacting to an article appearing in The Nassau Guardian under the headline “Charity will 'suffer tremendously' under VAT,” Financial Secretary John Rolle clarified a number of  “It has to be emphasized that charities, such as the Humane Society, should be largely shielded in how they are impacted by VAT. The services that they deliver will be VAT-exempt under the provisions of the legislation and eligible charities will be able to claim a refund of VAT paid on the acquisition of certain goods and services,” he said.

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Cable Bahamas awaiting response from BCPOU - Aug 21, 2014 - 5:59:03 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  - Cable Bahamas today expressed its disappointment and surprise with the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) statement reported to the press today regarding its relationship with the union.

The company stated that it has been abiding by a Supreme Court ruling and has been working with the leadership of the BCPOU in good faith over the years. Truth be told, the most recent discussions with the BCPOU and Cable Bahamas' labour consultants took place, on two occasions in May of this year. At the meeting, the union chose to advise Cable Bahamas that it would continue the discussions but would send their preferred approach in writing. Cable Bahamas is still awaiting communication from the BCPOU as...
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13 yr old wins Face of the Bahamas model search competition - Aug 21, 2014 - 5:36:00 PM

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Angel Culmer, a 13 year old Nassau teen has beat out 16 other local beauties to capture the first ever 'Fashion Face of the Bahamas' title at the John Watling's great house in Nassau on Sunday night.

The event, hosted by Profiles98 Magazine in conjunction with Saint International (Jamaica) Ltd, was the culmination of an intensive two day workshop, where the contestants were groomed, trained and primed for the grand finale' on Sunday night.

Coming in second place was Tarea Sturrup 18, while Kelly Pierre 17 placed third.  All three of the top winners will be signed to Saint International model management and will represent the Bahamas at the Fashion Face of the Caribbean model search in Kingston, Jamaica in March 2015.

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RBDF apprehends 124 illegal Haitian migrants in Southern Bahamas - Aug 20, 2014 - 6:34:37 PM

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Coral Harbour Base, 20 August, 2014 (RBDF) - The Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended one hundred and twenty-four (124) Haitian Migrants at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, 19th August, 2014, while on routine patrol in the Southern Bahamas.

The white fifty-five (55) feet sailing sloop was intercepted at approximately twenty-nine nautical miles (29nm) off Flamingo Cay Light in the Northern Ragged Island Chain by Defence Force Patrol Craft HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna under the Command of Lieutenant Commander Christoper Darville. A search of the vessel resulted in the apprehension of undocumented Haitian Nationals consisting of one hundred(100) males, sixteen(16) females, and eight (8) children...
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Bahamas Striping to Establish Regional Manufacturing Plant in West End, Grand Bahama - Aug 20, 2014 - 1:45:34 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas -  The Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) is in the embryonic stages of acquiring crown land in West End, Grand Bahama to build a $750,000.00 cold mix patch manufacturing facility. The plant which is scheduled to come on stream in mid 2015, will produce a value added product in The Bahamas which will be distributed throughout the country and the Caribbean region.

BSGC realized that global trends are shifting away from the traditional industry concept of manufacturing a product from the ground up. The company will import the binder, which is the proprietary product, and will complete it by adding locally produced aggregate to produce an environmentally green product for road re-pavement and pot hole repair in the country...
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Tomii Culmer crowned Miss Universe Bahamas 2014 - Aug 8, 2014 - 10:13:06 AM

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Bahamian top model, Tomicina 'Tomii' Culmer of Grand Bahama has been crowned Miss Universe Bahamas during the pageant finale held on August 3rd.  In 2013 Tomii won Season 2 of the Campari Caribbean Poster Girl Search 2013 which aired on Tempo, and she has been a busy model for many years, walking at Islands of the World Fashion Week, as well as Caribbean International Fashion Week. She has been seen in a variety of print ads.

She wowed the public earlier in the pageant with her International Costume made by Javotte Bethel and also placed in the initial top 3 in the Evening Gown segment.
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Rosetta Cartwright crowned Miss World Bahamas 2014 - Aug 8, 2014 - 12:34:01 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Rosetta Cartwight who hails from Sweeting’s Cay, a small cay in the Bahamas near Grand Bahama Island  has been crowned Miss World Bahamas 2014.  The pageant completed on August 3rd. 1st Runner-up was Miss World New Providence Shanae Strachan; 2nd Runner-up was Miss World Chantel O"Brien; and 3rd Runner-up Miss World Paradise Island Rontre Rolle.

She is a Dean’s List student at the College of the Bahamas, and is passionate about inspiring others to remain positive in the face of difficulties.  She would like to meet Lupita Nyong’o, whom she says inspired her not to give up on her dreams...
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Dr. Rodney Smith Statement on Presidency of the College of The Bahamas - Aug 5, 2014 - 2:33:31 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Press Statement from Dr. Rodney D. Smith made on August 2nd, 2014:

I have followed closely the public dialogue concerning my application and indeed being chosen as a finalist for the position of President of the College of The Bahamas.  I have taken note, particularly of the recently published comments of Chairman Alfred Sears that, based on the report of the Presidential Advisory Search Committee, the Council of the College has recommended me to the Minister of Education, Science and Technology for the position...
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Bahamians Cautioned on Road Safety for Holiday Weekend - Aug 2, 2014 - 3:06:12 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Statement by Glenys Hanna Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation:

Last weekend 3 persons were killed in horrific traffic accidents.I wish to remind and caution all Bahamians to use the roads carefully. Please do not drink and drive. If you have been drinking alcohol, please assign a designated driver who is sober and competent.

Please do not speed. Our roads are wet and dangerous.

Please drive defensively understanding that a third party can...

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MP Strachan: Statement of Concern for Residents of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates and Surrounding Areas - Jul 31, 2014 - 4:14:28 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - July 31, 2014:

I wish to express my sincere concern with regards to you, the residents of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates and those of you residents who live along Charles Saunders Highway that have been adversely impacted by the Arawak Homes land dispute which was prominently featured in today's newspapers. This is most unfortunate.

However, please be assured that my prayers are with you and your families. I am actively monitoring this situation and I look forward to meeting with you very shortly in regard to this matter.
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Bahamas Finance Ministry Targets 4,000 Businesses For VAT Registration - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:42:16 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – Financial Secretary John Rolle says the Ministry of Finance is hoping to get 4,000 businesses registered for the value-added tax (VAT) beginning in September.

Mr. Rolle, who recently met with editors and reporters from various media houses for an open discussion on VAT, said the registration process will take place between September and December.

VAT is set to be implemented on January 1, 2015 at a rate of 7.5 per cent...
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URCA issues Adjudication and Order to major licensee - Jul 30, 2014 - 5:30:47 PM

Today, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), in exercise of its powers under section 103 of The Communications Act of 2009, releases an Adjudication and Order which was issued to a major licensee in the Electronic Communications Sector which is of significant public importance.

URCA, established through an act of parliament in 2009, takes seriously its
responsibility for the regulation of the electronic communications sector for the benefit of the public in The Bahamas.  This includes, as mandated in sections 65-69 of the Communications Act, addressing conduct which prevents, restricts or distorts fair competition amongst Service Providers.
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Bahamas Real Estate Association to be sued by realtor - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:41:34 PM

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On July 15, 2014, the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) published a list of real estate agents and brokers in its Gazette, naming persons who were no longer licensed to practice in the Bahamas. Almost 70 names were on that list and one of them was Bishop Walter Hanchell. Subsequently an article was written by Tribune reporter Natario Mckenzie with captioned photographs of three members of BREA and published on July 17, 2014. One of the photographs was that of Bishop Walter S. Hanchell, a long-time member of BREA, who was out of the country at the time the story was printed and was fully paid up as a member.

Bishop Hanchell returned to Nassau on July 29 and was outraged, disappointed and shocked that the Board of Directors of BREA would do such a despicable act to its members. Bishop Hanchell stated, "I have been a member of BREA
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URCA: Exhaustion of FM Radio Broadcast Spectrum Frequencies - Jul 29, 2014 - 6:16:24 PM

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (“URCA”) issues this notificationin accordance with section 8(1)(e)of the Communications Act, 2009 (“Comms Act”).

URCA hereby notifies the public that frequencies in the spectrum band 88 MHz to 108 MHz allocated under the National Spectrum Plan for FM Radio Broadcasting have been fully assigned for use on New Providence and therefore are currently exhausted and unavailable for any further assignment on the said island...
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Aviation Lawyer: Bahamas Has Chance to ‘Get Out in Front’ in Drone Legislation - Jul 27, 2014 - 12:38:09 PM

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Two recent close calls between unmanned aerial vehicles and passenger aircraft on the same day – one incident on the approach into New York’s busy LaGuardia airport, the other in California – drew international attention to the increasingly pressing issue about what to do with growing numbers of remotely-controlled drones in crowded airspace.

Now, a Bahamian aviation lawyer and consultant says The Bahamas has a chance to get out in front with drone legislation.

Callenders partner Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright said the prolific growth in the use of UAVs is leading to an increased need for legislation that would establish rules and regulations governing them in Bahamian air space.
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Tomii Culmer of Grand Bahama wins Top Model competition of Miss Bahamas Universe - Jul 26, 2014 - 1:01:35 PM

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Nassau, New Providence - The Miss Bahamas Organisation held their Top Model segment last night and Tomii Culmer, representing Grand Bahama came out on top. 1st Runner Up was  Winner Ominique Burrows, Long Island; and 2nd Runner Up was Chantel O'Brian, Ocean Cay.

Next in the pageant is the Miss World Bahamas National Dress & Miss Universe Bahamas Costume Competition on July 26, the Miss Bahamas Swimsuit competition on July 27, and the Miss Bahamas Evening Gown & Talent Competitions on August 1.
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BTVI: Safety training a priority for gas business - Jul 23, 2014 - 9:43:24 PM

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With 90% of people in the propane business not having adequate formal training, according to leading natural and propane gas trainer, Stephen C. Nook, The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has joined forces with the Ministry of Public Works to conduct intense training.

Ten persons are participating in a five-day course on the island of Abaco, representing Man-O-War Gas, Guana Lumber and Supplies, and Abaco Gas Company. The training of Abaconians in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) business comes at a time when LPG plants are “popping up” throughout several islands, according to BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville.

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