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Resorts World Bimini subsidizing beautification of Bimini: Best Kept Yard Competition to Follow - Nov 20, 2014 - 12:40:35 AM

Bimini, Bahamas – Residents of North Bimini who have been plagued by dusty, pothole-ridden roads over the years are all smiles, now that the paving of the island’s King’s Highway is all but complete, courtesy of Resorts World Bimini (RWB). The road works are expected to be completed within the month of November as part of the contract to extend the South Bimini Airport runway, which is also ongoing. The infrastructural development also includes the resurfacing and paving of the government dock in Alice Town.

RWB has been working closely with Bimini’s Local Government Council in its efforts to give the island a facelift. The public/private partnership includes the resort’s purchasing of a heavy duty back hoe and flatbed truck which are earmarked for the Council’s program of demolishing and removing abandoned buildings and derelict vehicles, a longtime eyesore on the island...
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Dr. David Allen: Violent Crime and Murder In The Bahamas - Nov 19, 2014 - 12:09:02 AM

The Bahamas, and Nassau in particular, has undergone a serious social fragmentation process due to: (a) the cocaine crisis of the eighties and its continuing sequelae; and (b) the international economic slowdown of the past few years.

This social fragmentation is associated with widespread drug trafficking with its evil executions and plentiful supply of powerful guns, leading to burgeoning violent crime and soaring murder rates (See Figure 1). This process results in the disintegration of the family and the community, to a culture of unemployed young men who are mobilized by youth gangs which wreak havoc and fear in society...

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Horizon Hotel Group LLC Named to Manage Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina - Nov 18, 2014 - 10:21:24 AM

ALICE TOWN, BIMINI, The Bahamas — Chicago-based Horizon Hotel Group LLC has assumed management responsibilities for the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina.

Making the announcement was Eric Jarvis, spokesman for the Southern California-based Hankey Group of Companies, owner of the 51-room resort. The Hankey Group of Companies is a privately held financial services, real estate and insurance organization based in Los Angeles, California.

A national hotel asset management and consulting company, Horizon Hotel Group specializes in the renovation, repositioning and rebranding of hotels and resorts. Horizon Hotel Group, headed by Principal James Gould, currently represents clients in Miami, Cancun, Dominican Republic, Mexico City and New York...

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U.S. Teenprenuer Tapped for Annual Youth Business Event in Bahamas - Nov 18, 2014 - 12:34:18 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - With many in The Bahamas uncertain about the nation’s fiscal state, Keshelle Kerr-Davis is focusing on providing today’s youth with the tools needed to succeed in tomorrow’s economy. Set for December 7 -8, 2014 at Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Center in New Providence, the Kids Only Christmas Sale is indeed topical as The Bahamas prepares to implement Value Added Tax (VAT).

Kerr-Davis is at the forefront in financial literacy in the Caribbean, especially as it pertains to youth. A keynote speaker and presenter for over a decade, her book ‘Your Child Can Become Wealthy’ went on to become a local bestseller as her Creative Wealth company expanded as the voice to explain money matters to youth. She also serves as they youngest ever appointed executive director of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Institute...

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Task Force Continues to Push VAT Registration - Nov 17, 2014 - 8:40:14 PM

As the registration deadline for companies to register for Value Added Tax (VAT) nears, the VAT Private Sector Education Task Force is continuing its mandate to encourage businesses to get registered and prepared for implementation on January 1st, 2015.

To date, over 900 businesses have registered.

Registration began back on October 13th and it is expected that all businesses meeting taxable sales of $100,000 or higher within the next 12 months must complete registration by November 30th...

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GBHRA brands Bahamas new immigration policy 'institutional terrorism' - Nov 17, 2014 - 1:37:55 AM

GBHRA: government’s new enforcement policy is illegal, immoral and designed to strike fear into the Haitian-Bahamian population

The harsh new tactics being used by immigration officials have been denounced as illegal, immoral and designed to strike terror in the Haitian-Bahamian community.

Fred Smith, president of the Grand Bahamas Human Rights Association (GBHRA) charged that the government’s mass round-up policy is unconstitutional and a flagrant violation of the fundamental concept that individuals are innocent until proven guilty...

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VAT: Important Updates for Financial Services, Real Estate and Tourism - Nov 16, 2014 - 11:52:05 PM

VAT Department Preparing Revised Guides: Important Updates for Financial Services, Real Estate and Tourism

The Ministry of Finance and the VAT Department continue to incorporate private sector feedback into revision of the VAT guidance notes. The notes foreshadow the administrative framework for the VAT. “We want to ensure that the private sector receives ongoing clarity about the VAT framework. The next version of the sector specific guidance notes and the general VAT Guide will do this,” a spokesperson for the Ministry said. “In addition we will introduce the first set of detailed guidance on pricing, accounting and record keeping.” Amended VAT regulations are now ready for promulgation...
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Dr. Myles Munroe, Pastor Ruth Munroe and Dr Richard Pinder Funeral Dates Announced - Nov 14, 2014 - 6:18:09 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Home Going Service for Dr. Richard Pinder will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, at Bahamas Faith Ministries International Diplomat Center located on Carmichael Road in Nassau, Bahamas.

On Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, the Life & Contributions of Dr. Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe will be celebrated during a National Memorial Service of Thanksgiving & Praise. We anticipate hosting this event at one of our major national facilities that will announced as soon as all official confirmations have been realized.

The official Funeral or Home Going Service for Dr. Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe will be held on Thursday, December 4th 2014, at Bahamas Faith Ministries ...

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Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Officials Receive Joint Operations Interdiction Award - Nov 14, 2014 - 4:48:45 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the U.S. Interdiction Coordinator (USIC) and The Interdiction Committee (TIC) traveled to New Providence to present the 2013 USIC Award in the Joint Operations category to Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT). OPBAT is the first-ever recipient of the prestigious award in this category. The annual USIC awards recognize significant contributions to the continuing effort to counter the increasing international and asymmetric threat posed by the trafficking of narcotics and other illicit substances. Senior White House official Marilyn Quagliotti, Deputy Director of Supply Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy, presented the award noting “the sustained dedication, motivation and superior performance of OPBAT personnel have directly contributed to disrupting the conveyance of illicit narcotics and denying a significant percentage of the critical stream of revenue used to support transitional criminal organizations, insurgencies and terrorism.”
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VAT Will Not Be Added to Bahamas National Examination Fees - Nov 14, 2014 - 12:38:17 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - It has come to the attention of the Minister of Education, Science and Technology that one of the Ministry’s school official disseminated information that is inaccurate and untrue. We wish to clarify this matter and assure the public that the information circulating in the public domain regarding the addition of Value Added Tax (VAT) to school related fees is unequivocally false.

According to the information being circulated, it is purported that VAT will be added to National Examination Fees if not paid before December 31, 2014. We wish to confirm that no such charges will be applied and that fees will remain the same after the stated date.
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Ambassador Young receives portrait at Myles Munroe Global Leadership Forum - Nov 13, 2014 - 3:29:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Jamaal Rolle, The Celebrity Artist famous for his life-like portraits, was commissioned by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to complete and present a portrait to H.E., Ambassador Andrew J. Young, who was a special guest of the Myles Munroe International Global Leadership Conference that was held recently in Freeport, Grand Bahama. When Ambassador Young received his portrait, he said, “It was lovely,” and Rolle took the opportunity to thank Ambassador Young for being an inspiration to him and others.
Andrew J. Young is a former Ambassador to the UN, a former mayor of Atlanta, and a famous civil rights activist. He was also a friend and lieutenant to Martin Luther King. On November 9, 2014, Ambassador Young, also a pastor, lost his good friends, the late Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth...
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Coral Harbour Waterway and Marina Marine Traffic Plan during civil and dredging works - Nov 13, 2014 - 3:09:32 PM

At Coral Harbour multiple civil and marine works will be performed during the coming months. Unfortunately this will hinder vessels passing through the Coral Harbour waterways, particularly in the area of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base.

The key subcontractor to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is Van Oord Bahamas Ltd. Van Oord will try to ensure that Coral Harbour is accessible to all other vessels as much as reasonably practical. However, as the works include excavation of the access channel and construction of a breakwater, it is unavoidable that there will be no access to Coral Harbour for some days. During these activities, no vessels can leave or enter the Coral Harbour Basin. Van Oord will endeavour to announce the various...
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Fred Smith, QC, Appointed Save The Bays Chairman - Nov 13, 2014 - 1:27:56 PM

The rapidly-growing environmental protection advocacy group Save The Bays has announced the appointment of Fred Smith, QC, as chairman.

Smith, managing partner of the Freeport office of Callenders, an award-winning law firm established more than 100 years ago, is an outspoken advocate for human rights, the environment and civil justice. His current practice is devoted almost entirely to human rights, constitutional and administrative law, regulatory litigation relating to the Hawksbill Creek Agreements and Save The Bays-supported litigation...

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Bahamas: Formation of Citizens for Immigration Reform (C-FIR) - Nov 12, 2014 - 12:14:57 PM

A news citizen's group has been formed called Citizens For Immigration Reform (C-FIR), and they  have issued the following press statement:

No country can survive without the control of illegal immigration. The Bahamas is no exception. In the wake of new immigration policies coming into effect, we wish to announce the formation of Citizens For Immigration Reform (C-FIR), a civic watch group and major proponent of immigration reform & stability.

C-FIR commends the Government of the Bahamas for its recent initiatives & policies, as an attempt in part, to curb illegal Immigration...
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Hope Strachan Expresses Concern for Residents of Joe Farrington Road & Surrounding Areas - Nov 9, 2014 - 12:55:08 PM

I wish to register my concern to the residents of Joe Farrington Road, Seabreeze Lane, Bay Lilly Drive and the surrounding areas that have been adversely affected and impacted by the smoke emanating from the Car Recycling Plant on the main Joe Farrington Road.

Rest assured that I have brought this matter to the attention of my colleague The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Housing and The Environment with a view to finding a viable solution to this vexing problem.

I wish to also advise residents of Seabreeze Lane, that after consultation with The Minister of the Environment, the recently established...
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Ambassador Andrew Young to Speak at Global Leadership Forum in Grand Bahama - Nov 7, 2014 - 12:53:34 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Civil rights activist, diplomat and educator ambassador Andrew Young Jr will serve as the primary speaker at the forth coming 2014 Global Leadership Forum scheduled to be held November 10th to 13th in Freeport, Grand Bahama.This highly anticipated international leadership summit will bring together leaders at every level for four days on intense leadership training for senior leadership, management and emerging leaders and will cover a number of important topics including “Globalization and the Clash of Natural Culture”, “The Challenge of Leading in Globalization”, “The Challenge of Morality in a Globalized World” and “Globalization and International Socialization”.

Ambassador Young Jr was born on March 12, 1932 in New Orleans Louisiana and became active in the Civil Rights Movement working alongside the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference...

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C.O.B. Research Study Explores Root of “Anti-Haitian Sentiment” - Nov 7, 2014 - 8:05:43 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - A recently released research study on perceptions of Haitians and people of Haitian descent living in The Bahamas blames the media, government policies and everyday constructions of Bahamian identity for perpetuating anti-Haitian sentiment, xenophobia, marginalization and discrimination towards Haitians in The Bahamas.

It concludes that legislation and social constructions have sought to control the Haitian community and prevent them from being fully recognized or integrated into mainstream Bahamian society.

Charmane Perry’s article “Invasion from the South: Social Construction..."
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Supermodel of the Bahamas announces 2014 winners - Oct 17, 2014 - 7:56:14 AM

Nassau, Bahamas  - The 7th annual
Supermodel of the Bahamas competition took place over the weekend from October 10th - 12th. 
This year's theme "ANGELIC" depicted 12 young men and women from the islands of the Bahamas. Each contestant has a unique beauty and style, showing great potential for the fashion industry.

This year's female contestants were Kendrika O'Connor; Britney Datus; Sanches Thompson; Stephoine St' Louis; Sharonique Russell; Shania Pinder; and vying for the men was Lynden Ranger; Patrico Griffin; Michael Anderson; and Shaquille Bonaby... 
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Dr. Myles Munroe Memorial Service and Funeral Announced - Nov 14, 2014 - 1:40:31 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -
The Home Going Service for Dr. Richard Pinder will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, at Bahamas Faith Ministries International Diplomat Center located on Carmichael Road in Nassau, Bahamas.

On Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, the Life & Contributions of Dr. Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe will be celebrated during a National Memorial Service of Thanksgiving & Praise...


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BTC Store for Spanish Wells, Eleuthera - Nov 3, 2014 - 12:37:43 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Regardless the size of the island or its community, BTC is giving the same retail opportunities, products and services in new and glamourous, full-service BTC stores throughout The Bahamas. The island of Spanish Wells is one such example, and Main Street was in a celebratory mood when BTC CEO Leon Williams led a BTC team to the store re-opening on October 29th.

Mr. Jolton Johnson, Senior Administrator, North Eleuthera district welcomed them and thanked the BTC CEO for the new store, which he said built on the community spirit of the island whilst boosting the local economy by way of employment...
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