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SuperFast Cruise Ship Promotes Bimini Businesses - Jul 19, 2014 - 10:27:34 AM

Bimini, Bahamas – A promise made by Resorts World Bimini (RWB) to promote businesses on the twinislands onboard the Bimini SuperFast cruise ship has been fulfilled, and the featured establishments are already feeling the effects. The series of five videos which airs onboard the ship as it sails from Miami to Bimini, informs passengers of what they can expect upon arrival to the island in the areas of dining, historical sites and attractions, water sports and ecotourism, sports fishing, and accommodations.

RWB completely underwrote the production cost of the videos as a goodwill gesture to the business community on the island, a promise that was made during a meeting with members of the Local Government Town Council. Many business persons have since reported that they have been receiving positive feedback from visitors who advise that they saw their establishments advertised on the videos.
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Statement on Missing American Shark Diver in Bahamas - Jul 18, 2014 - 11:58:15 AM

John E. Petty disappeared Sunday, July 13, while on a night shark dive expedition at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Petty family, as we know there are no words that could ease their pain during this difficult time. Although Petty disappeared during a planned shark-interaction dive, the cause of his disappearance has not yet been determined. The incident is under investigation by the U.S Coast Guard and the Bahamas Government.It is important to note that this incident occurred on a U.S. registered boat the M/V Shear Water, which is based at and operates out of Lake Park, Florida. The boat is owned by Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures. Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures nor the M/V Shear Water is a Bahamian owned or based business and is not a member of the Bahamas Diving Association.
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Tonesha Smith & Gabrielle Stubbs Winners of BTC Starmaker 5 - Jun 30, 2014 - 3:36:18 PM

NEW PROVIDENCE - BTC crowned Tonesha Smith and Gabrielle Stubbs as the new BTC Senior and Junior  winners of Starmaker 5 during the show’s finale at the British Colonial Hilton on Jun 26. Daniella Joseph and Leroy Armbrister were the first runners up for the competition, and Owen Smith and D’Angelo Symonette were the Wild Card finalists, chosen via viewer text votes and social media contests.

Taylour Paige, who stars as Ahsha Hayes on VH1’s, Hit The Floor, was the guest speaker, and recounted her struggle to make it in Hollywood, and the perseverance it took for her to land her breakthrough role. Paige encouraged all of the contestants to never give up, and continue to fight for what they want in life, no matter what. "Dream big and remember that life is wonderful" said Paige, who was presented with an original caricature painting from artist Mathew Wildgoose, who was also this season’s host, and a gift from...
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Fred Smith calls on the public to send their objections to Nygard Cay Redevelopment to the government - Jun 29, 2014 - 11:31:39 AM

All members of the public who object to the further expansion of Nygard Cay and the lease of illegally claimed land to its owner, Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, should make their concerns known to both government and the media as soon as possible, outspoken attorney Fred Smith, QC, has urged.

Congratulating the Christie administration for holding a 21-day consultation on Nygard’s proposals, Smith said Bahamians must now stand together to prevent years of illegal activity from being retroactively approved.

“For decades, Nygard Cay has been recklessly developed without the proper approvals and permits. Successive governments have allowed the property to grow to double its original size by claiming land from the seabed..."
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BTC customers may experience dropped calls / slower internet speeds during completion of optimization programme - Jun 26, 2014 - 6:12:44 PM

NASSAU, New Providence - (June 26, 2014) BTC’s mobile internet optimization programme for improved network stabilisation is set for completion in late July.

During this maintenance period customers may experience intermittent slower internet speeds and dropped calls.

BTC apologises and thanks customers for their patience and understanding. When the upgrades are complete we expect BTC customers to experience significant improvements relative to speed, overall accessibility and service stability.

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Bahamian Darius Adams accepted to prestigious U.S. Coast Guard Academy - Jun 19, 2014 - 2:56:20 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  - On Thursday, June 19, a special ceremony was held at the Ministry of National Security to formally recognize Midshipman Darius Adams, who has become only the second Bahamian in more than seventeen years to be accepted into the prestigious United States Coast Guard Academy on a full academic scholarship.  On hand for the special occasion,  Minister of National Security The Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman, Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Roderick Bowe, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Carl Smith, Office of Defense Cooperation Senior Defense Attaché, Cdr. Samuel Wartell, Lcdr. U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer Tom Gill, and the family of Midshipman Adams...
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2015 Hooters Calendar Girl shoot hits Bimini - Jun 19, 2014 - 12:30:53 PM

BIMINI, The Bahamas - They came. They posed. And they were 'The Girls of Bimini' — some 12 prospects vying to become a 2015 Hooters Calendar Girl — arrived recently at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina for a professional photo shoot.

The popular Bahama out island’s signature locations served as a colorful backdrop for the four-day shoot. The girls, mostly from Florida Hooters locations, are among 300 hopefuls being photographed in such locales as Bimini, the British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Exumas, Abacos and Mexico...
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12 Bahamians Receive Scholarships to Study in China - Jun 18, 2014 - 2:48:17 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Twelve Bahamians are headed to China this summer to study at the Nanjing University after receiving scholarships from the Chinese Embassy.

The delegates, who are learning Mandarin at the Confucius Institute, will be exposed to a 19-day Chinese language and cultural programme.
The institute’s aim is to promote the Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally and to facilitate cultural exchanges.
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Bahamas Petroleum Corporation Develops Environmental Sensitivity Maps - Jun 17, 2014 - 5:22:55 PM

NASSAU, New Providence - The Bahamas Petroleum Company plc (BPC) announced today that it has completed environmental sensitivity maps of coastal area habitats, fauna and flora and sensitive receptors to allow the Company, any stakeholders or agencies to have a better understanding and appreciation of coastal life and usage.

“The Company recognized there was a need to create a series of environmental sensitivity maps (ESM) for a large area across the islands of The Bahamas,” said Ms. Roberta Quant, BPC Environmental Scientist. “In the case of any tangible or credible threat to the environment, these maps could guide and inform anyone, including ourselves, to those sensitive areas that require immediate attention; in other words, it allows any responders to prioritize and maximize protection efforts in specified areas...
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BPC: Oil Exploration has been in The Bahamas since the 1940s - Jun 17, 2014 - 4:44:14 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - For the most part, the majority of people don’t realize that oil exploration has been licensed in the region and The Bahamas since the Second World War. Oil and gas companies carried out exploration activities from the mid-1940s through to the 2000s including wells in each decade through to the late 1980s. The major oil companies involved included: Esso (Exxon), Amoco, Tenneco, Texaco, Arco, BP and Shell. Five wells were ultimately drilled between 1944 -1986 and while companies encountered oil in each of the wells, none were deemed commercially viable, and with the declining oil prices of the time the licenses were allowed to expire and interest in The Bahamas as an oil producing nation, waned in favour of other, already established hydrocarbon areas...
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Preparation Work Continues on North Abaco Port Project for CHEC Bahamas - Jul 16, 2014 - 4:41:19 PM

CHEC Americas completes $5 million Flood Mitigation Project in Grenada

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is forging ahead with scheduled preparation work on the $39 million North Abaco Port Project in Coopers Town.
“We are making sure that everything is in place so we can have a successful project,” said Felix Chang, Principal of CHEC Bahamas.  “Steps like making sure our work sites are fully operational are important for a development of this magnitude.”
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Bahamas Consul General Randy Rolle seeking scholastic opportunities for Bahamians - Jun 25, 2014 - 10:35:17 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Atlanta Technical College will be in The Bahamas on Thursday scouting potential students now that Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle is making it his mission to provide more educational opportunities to Bahamians. Rolle, who has visited several colleges and universities within his jurisdiction, has praised Bahamian students on their achievements and feel they are certainly setting the pace for others to follow.

“There are some very exciting possibilities we are looking into with schools in the area,” said Rolle. “Atlanta Technical College is the first one that is working along with us to actually come down to New Providence on Thursday, June 25 to give potential students insights and talk about the advantages of studying with them. I have personally experienced what Atlanta Tech has to offer and I am excited that they are considering...
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The Domestic Tourist goes on island adventure with BTC - Jun 20, 2014 - 6:20:23 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Iconic Long Island attractions take centre stage in a new television commercial thanks to a partnership between the leading island hopping travel blog, The Domestic Tourist, and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).

BTC signed Noelle Khalila, the Domestic Tourist as the newest brand talent for promoting its Internet service last week. Noelle Khalila will be featured in ads for the company's ongoing BTC Everyday brand campaign....
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"Bahamas Oil Drilling Not a Job Creator" - Jun 19, 2014 - 11:28:58 PM

Oil drilling in The Bahamas will likely generate work for no more than a handful of locals while putting thousands of tourism and commercial fishing jobs at risk, reEarth president Sam Duncombe warned.

Addressing a College of The Bahamas (COB) Inaugural Environmental Law and Policy Conference, Duncombe said most oil industry jobs tend to be temporary and mostly reserved for foreigners – making the domestic benefits minimal, while the potential threat to established and profitable industries remains very high.

“The majority of jobs created by the offshore oil and gas industry during the construction phase are short-term, and most of these jobs go to people from outside the region, whereas the thousands of jobs dependent...
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Thomasina Wilson responds to Tribune article - Jun 19, 2014 - 4:06:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by Ms. Thomasina Wilson, Sr. Deputy Director (DEHS):

The comments attributed to me in this morning's (June 19th) Tribune were a complete misquote of what was said to the reporter. I stated emphatically that I could not speak to the current conditions at the New Providence Landfill as I had not been there since management was assumed by the private company approximately three weeks ago.

I was asked, hypothetically I thought, of any adverse effects that can be experienced due to the conditions that were described to me. Based on what was described I spoke to what could happen and not to what was actually happening...

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CBL- Burns House Reports Modest, Steady Growth at 3rd Annual General Meeting - Jun 19, 2014 - 12:44:27 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The country’s only publicly-held beer, wine and spirits company today shared positive news with shareholders, reporting steady, if modest, growth that enabled some $19.2 million in dividend pay-outs in fiscal 2013.

“I’m happy to report that despite industry challenges resulting from a reduction in stay-over visitors and an increase in parallel products in the market, our company held its ground,” said Julian Francis, Chairman. “Revenue exceeded $119 million, an increase of $0.7 million over 2012 despite a slight decrease in sales volume with other income and expenses remaining more or less at the same levels as the previous fiscal year. With operating expenses increasing $0.8 million over 2012, the result was a $19.1 million net income, $0.2 million below 2012.”...
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AML Foods Limited Share Buy Back Program - Jun 19, 2014 - 10:35:28 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - On May 20, 2014, the Board of Directors of AML Foods Limited agreed to reinstate the share buyback plan that ended on January 31, 2014. Under the previous program, the Company had repurchased and subsequently cancelled 292,104 of its ordinary shares. The Board of Directors has deemed it prudent, given the illiquid state of the market, to buy back available ordinary shares and, thereby, provide increased earnings per share and maintain stable or increased selling prices for those shareholders needing to divest their portfolio...
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Geoff Houston to step down as BTC CEO - Jun 13, 2014 - 2:45:12 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Board of Directors of BTC today announces that Geoff Houston has decided tostep down as the CEO and will leave the business on 31 August, 2014.The Board has appointed Leon Williams on a 12 month contract as CEO. Mr. Williams is a BTC Director and an adviser to the Chairman, Phil Bentley, as well as being a former CEO of the business. The Board also intends to put in place a longer-term succession plan for the CEO role.

Geoff Houston has been with Cable & Wireless for 22 years having worked for the Company in Hong Kong, South Africa, the Channel Islands, the Seychelles, Jamaica and Panama. He has been CEO of BTC for 3 years, following its privatisation in April 2011. Under his leadership, BTC has undertaken a major investment programme, improving BTC’s networks and introducing...
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Branville McCartney Remarks on Freedom of Information Demonstration - Jun 12, 2014 - 11:17:54 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On The Occasion Of The Freedom Of Information Demonstration on Wednesday, 11th June, 2014 titled, “Freedom Of Information Equals Enhanced Democracy”:

My Fellow Bahamians, I do not have to tell any of you that we are now living in very serious times. That is obvious. If you look around our modern day Bahamas, you see high crime, extreme poverty, increased social dependence, high unemployment, under-employment and any number of other social ailments which threaten our way of life.

Even worse, we live in a time where the men and women who have been selected and elected from among us to lead have shown themselves unworthy of that honor. Rather than uphold the mandate given to them by the people...

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SkyBahamas teams up with Resorts World Bimini to Boost Visitor Arrivals - Jun 6, 2014 - 7:50:55 PM

Bimini, Bahamas – SkyBahamas and Resorts World Bimini (RWB) are teaming up to increase airlift to thetwin islands. Beginning June 13th 2014, RWB is offering an all-inclusive hotel package deal for visitors to the island to promote midweek and weekend stays at the Resort. Double occupancy rates for a two-night stay start as low as $969.00during low demand or $1,237.00 during high demand, inclusive of airfare and taxes. The packages are valid through the end of August, and restrictions apply.

The collaboration comes on the heels of SkyBahamas’ introduction of flight services between Bimini and Fort Lauderdale(FLL) three days per week – Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. On Sundays and Fridays, SkyBahamas will depart South Bimini at 5:00 p.m., arriving in FLL at 5:30 p.m. It will then depart FLL at 6:00 p.m., arriving in Bimini at 6:30 p.m. Each Wednesday, flights will depart Bimini at 10:00 a.m., arriving in FLL at 10:30 a.m. It then...
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