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Bahamas-China Friendship Association Statement on Baha Mar - Jul 3, 2015 - 10:37:43 AM

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The Bahamas-China Friendship Association (BCFA) expresses its deep concerns over the recent news reports and announcements that the initial time-frame set by the developers for the completion and opening of the Baha Mar Resort on Cable Beach has been missed and will now have to be extended, with a specific date.

We wish to go on record as attaching great importance to this multi-billion dollar investment and recognize its significant economic impact on The Bahamas once completed and opened. Our concern is to the general economic well-being of the country, as a whole; and for the setbacks that have been visited on this project...

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GBHRA: We will bring Justilien case before the OAS - Jun 30, 2015 - 11:27:58 PM

(Statement) Veteran activist warns that request for precautionary measures could be filed with regional body over failure to grant access to and medical records of the man shot in the head during immigration raid

A veteran human rights activists is warning that if attorneys are again denied access to Jean-Mary Justilien and are not provided with copies of his medical records, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) will have no choice but to apply to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) for precautionary measures in an effort to protect his rights...

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Youth Representatives from Three Major Political Parties Sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the 19CCEM - Jun 30, 2015 - 5:23:36 PM

Paradise Island, The Bahamas – Inspired by the discussions held at the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM), youth representatives from the PLP, FNM and DNA, joined forces to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the objective of focusing nonpartisan attention on educational development.

The two paged MOU, signed by Derek Carey of the PLP’s Progressive Young Liberals, Jamal Strachan of the FNM’s Torchbearers Youth Association, and Jayson Braynen of the DNA’s Young Democrats Youth Association, was formed out of “the need to collaborate efforts for the benefit of present and future students in The Bahamas...”
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Leader of the Opposition Statement on Baha Mar Bankruptcy - Jun 30, 2015 - 2:37:48 AM

The shocking news that Bahamar has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States of America has caused disquiet and even a sense of alarm in our society.

The Free National Movement deeply regrets that matters have come to such a pass and is particularly concerned about the well-being and job security of the thousands of Bahamians presently employed by Bahamar; and the plight faced by the many thousands more Bahamians who have looked to Bahamar as their means of escape from the harsh circumstances of chronic and high unemployment levels, most particularly thousands of young Bahamians...
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Bahamian Icon Awards to be featured on South Florida’s #1 newscast - Jun 30, 2015 - 12:26:50 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas’ most glamorous event has attracted the attention of the international media.  WPLG Local 10 news out of South Florida has confirmed plans to provide coverage of the 3rd annual Bahamian Icon Awards. 

Additionally, Emmy nominated news anchor Constance Jones will be on hand to present the Bahamian Icon Award for Outstanding Live Entertainment Ensemble.  WPLG is South Florida’s local ABC Network affiliate and boasts of over 5.4 million viewers. The event will be broadcast live locally on Cable 12 throughout the Bahamas...
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Minister Wilchcombe provides an update on gaming process - Jun 27, 2015 - 1:01:51 PM

During his participation in the compliance workshop for gaming board employees hosted by the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) on Wednesday, Minister with responsibility for gaming, Hon. Obie Wilchombe, provided the public with an update on the vetting process of applicants seeking gaming licenses and explained why the government extended the transition period before the granting of licenses. He made these comments against the backdrop of some 1,750 employees requiring vetting and the establishment of interactive gaming and internal control systems to protect the industry from the vexing issues of money laundering and the proceeds from crime...  
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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) An Effective Pathway to Quality Education - Jun 26, 2015 - 12:46:37 PM

Paradise Island, BAHAMAS - Although the idea of students having unlimited access to electronic resources which enable them to learn outside traditional classroom settings continues to gain momentum globally, there is a challenge with students’ completion rates as it relates to this learning platform, according to the Director of Distance Education at The College of The Bahamas Dr. Edward Bethel.

Dr. Bethel was addressing the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) on Wednesday, June 24th at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. This conference is the largest ministerial meeting in the Commonwealth and the main forum in which members discuss key issues and priorities in education...

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Young Bahamian Entrepreneurs Compete to develop Business Concepts on “Starter Island” Journey - Jun 26, 2015 - 12:44:30 PM

Week-long Competition provides opportunity to Create and Develop Business ideas for Entrepreneurs

Nassau Bahamas - A creative group of young Bahamian and International entrepreneurs will embark on a weeklong journey focused on developing business ideas and concepts this summer. The competition, entitled “Starter Island” is scheduled for August 21-28 2015, and invites teams of entrepreneurs to plan and strategize their concepts for products and ideas, while vying for the grand prize...

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Bahamas: Reduction In Real Property Tax For Pensioners to Commence July 1st - Jun 24, 2015 - 3:04:18 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Department of Inland Revenue advises the public of the proposed Property Tax for pensioners which will come into effect on July 1st, 2015.

The reduction can be found in section 20A of the Real Property Tax (Amendment) Act 2015 and is available to individuals meeting the following criteria...
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Environmentalist warns of a third possible Rubis leak - Jun 24, 2015 - 12:30:41 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - A leading environmentalist has called for a full investigation into a third suspected fuel leak from a Rubis station in New Providence.

Ecologist & Attorney Romi Ferreira, a director of fast-growing social and environmental movement Save The Bays (STB), said highly toxic and environmentally destructive substances may have leaked, or may be continuing to leak into the ground at Porky’s Service Station on East Street South...
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CBL Chairman Shares Solid Performance News at AGM, ‘Great company with Great Potential’ - Jun 22, 2015 - 10:51:20 AM

Calling it “an exciting business, a great company with great potential,” Commonwealth Brewery Limited Chairman Julian Francis delivered welcome news of solid performance including revenue of $124.2 million and plans for growth during the company’s fourth annual general meeting June 16 at the British Colonial Hilton.

“Commonwealth Brewery Limited is a great company with a great history and great potential. I am very confident that we will take this company to the next level,” said Mr. Francis, noting that the nation’s largest manufacturer and distributor of spirits, wine and beer was a debt-free company with ownership that included more than 3,000 Bahamians...
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Bahamas ambulance prom entrance goes viral - Jun 19, 2015 - 1:21:05 PM

An Abaco, Bahamas prom entrance last weekend made by high school senior Ashvonn Russell, who arrived in an ambulance has gone viral on social media and is being featured in the prominent online publication Buzzfeed. It was also picked up by the women's magazine, Cosmopolitan.  The photos hit the internet after being posted by @CaptainPajamas on Twitter on June 14th.

Russell arrived in the ambulance, whereupon the back doors were opened and she comes out laying on the stretcher in attire and makeup for her prom. Her date, Johnny Auguste kisses her on the cheek in the style of Prince Charming in Sleeping Beauty, and she awakes and they enter the dance...
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COB President Outlines the University’s Role in National Development Planning - Jun 19, 2015 - 2:27:51 AM

The University of The Bahamas will align its academic programming with the pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP), according to College of The Bahamas President Dr. Rodney Smith who participated in a panel discussion on Thursday as part of the “Transforming Government: United in Service” workshop held at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre.

The government reaffirmed during the debate in the House of Assembly that the College will transition to the University of The Bahamas by the end of this 2015...
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BIA Statement on Health Minister's Budget Speech - Jun 17, 2015 - 9:25:58 PM

The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) has reviewed the Minister of Health’s contribution to the budget debate and notes with dismay the content of his presentation.

We are disappointed that the minister’s communication reiterates the status quo and does not reflect the collaboration with the private sector promised by the prime minister in his recent budget address.

We wish to put on record that Health Minister Perry Gomez is totally disingenuous in suggesting there has been "real consultation" with the private sector. The BIA has addressed this issue on prior occasions...
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Cable Bahamas proposes share split - Jun 16, 2015 - 1:35:52 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  - Cable Bahamas Ltd (CBL) announced today that it would be proposing at its upcoming annual general meeting a three-for-one (3:1) share split of its ordinary shares, providing greater marketability and liquidity in the market and making shares more affordable, especially to potential smaller investors. If approved, the directors of the company will determine the timetable for the share split.

The BISX-listed company has been publicly traded since its initial public offering (IPO) in 1994. The company purchased all foreign-held shares in 2010, becoming 100 per cent Bahamian owned at that time...
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Save The Bays calls for independent probe into new Rubis leak claims - Jun 15, 2015 - 10:59:07 AM

(Statement) Neighbors say the Sandyport station has been leaking fuel for weeks, leading to the closure of several businesses last week due to overpowering fumes.

Save The Bays: company should not be allowed to investigate itself; government and Rubis display lack of transparency yet again, despite lessons of Marathon fuel spill disaster

Lamenting the fact that the public had to learn of a second possible fuel leak from a Rubis service station in New Providence via social media, Vanessa Haley-Benjamin called for a fully independent...
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Fred Smith, QC: Haitian man clearly shot in the back of the head - Jun 12, 2015 - 1:16:17 PM

(Statement) I refute in the strongest terms the complete and utter fiction that is the official version of Tuesday’s shooting of an unarmed young Haitian man, Jean-Mary Justilien, by a law enforcement officer in Eleuthera on Tuesday.

It has been claimed by police that Mr. Justilien struggled with an immigration officer, sought to disarm him, and was shot in the cheek as a result. According to the victim’s family – and as we understand it, numerous eyewitnesses – nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, Mr. Justilien was in a house with others when armed officers...
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The Island School Hosts International Youth Summit with Musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres - Jun 12, 2015 - 12:32:59 PM

Eleuthera, Bahamas - This past weekend The Island School hosted the SEA Change Youth Summit with musician, Jack Johnson and 5 Gyres to raise awareness about the impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean and to inspire young students to be advocates for change. 34 Students gathered from Abaco, Grand Bahama, New Providence and Eleuthera as well as a school group out of New York and another student from Jamaica. 

As part of the kick-off for the weekend on Friday June 5th, Jack Johnson took part in a designation ceremony to become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The designation was timely as last Friday marked World Environment Day, a UN flagship event encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment, celebrated in over 100 countries...
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Grand Bahama's Misty Thomas named Supermodel of the Bahamas 2015 - Jun 12, 2015 - 11:00:13 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - 20 year old  Misty Thomas has been chosen Supermodel of the Bahamas 2015 during a finale event that took place on June 7th at Avista Coffee Lounge & Bar.  In all, seven contestants took part in the competition, hailing from New Providence, Andros, Cat Island, Inagua, Grand Bahama and Exuma. 

The 5'9" BTVI graduate, Grand Bahama native said she is looking forward to going to College of The Bahamas to study fashion design, and is happy and ready to grace the runway again. "I am excited to see where Supermodel of the Bahamas will take me," said Misty, " and I look forward to traveling and meeting new people!"
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Britney Wells crowned the new Miss Teen Bahamas International - Jun 12, 2015 - 2:25:57 AM

Nassau, New Providence - Miss Teen Bahamas International 2015 contest finale took place on Sunday, Juan 7th at the Melia Nassau Resort Cable Beach.

The winner is Britney Wells Miss "The Guest List" who is a student of Kingsway Academy and who's platform is marine preservation.

On her Facebook page, the young pageant queen wrote, " Growth, is what this enrichment program has given me. I am so grateful to have been apart of this. I've met such amazing pageant sisters..."
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