Roof wetting ceremony for Bahamas Agricultural Marine and Science Institute
- Jul 23, 2014 - 1:52:33 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - President of Paradigm Construction Mr. Audley
Hanna practiced an ancient tradition to celebrate the near completion of
the Bahamas Agricultural Marine and Science Institute. He conducted a
roof wetting ceremony, which includes pitching a white flag on the
building, to commemorate that the building is not in its final stages of
built the original building on the site some 40 years ago, and the fact
that it is still standing today, he said, is a testament to his work
ethic. He was especially proud to be responsible for BAMSI's main
dormitories, now nearing completion, which means that the institute is
well on its way to opening and serving the Bahamian people.
Miss Bahamas contestants revealed at official launch
- Jul 22, 2014 - 5:18:06 PM
NEW PROVIDENCE - The thirteen beauties, who
will be competing for the titles of Miss World Bahamas & Miss
Universe Bahamas, were officially revealed at the Miss Bahamas Launch
event on July 20 at the John Watling’s Distillery. A total of six young
women will be vying for the title of Miss Universe Bahamas, and seven
contestants will be competing for the Miss World Bahamas crown during
the Aug 3 Miss Bahamas pageant double header event. MBO Director of
Media Relations, Jerome Sawyer, co-hosted the event with Miss World
Bahamas 2012, De’Andra Bannister, and Miss Universe Bahamas 2013, Lexi
BTC Introduces everyday Bahamas photo & video contests
- Jul 22, 2014 - 5:00:39 PM
NEW PROVIDENCE - BTC is introducing two contests that will highlight Everyday Bahamian culture, and will offer big prizes.
BTC Directory Photo Contest is looking for vibrant photo entries that
showcase Bahamian culture, to be featured on the cover of the BTC 2015
Directories. Five winners will be chosen to win Samsung S5 Smartphones,
worth over $800...
National Center for State Courts and Bahamas Ministry of Legal Affairs Partner on Plea Bargaining Workshop
- Jul 21, 2014 - 6:13:33 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
The National Center
for State Courts (NCSC) and the Ministry of Legal Affairs partnered
together to deliver a Plea Agreement - Plea Bargain Workshop for justice
sector professionals, including magistrates, prosecutors, and defense
attorneys, July 17-18 in Nassau. The workshop was funded by the U.S.
State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Affairs (INL) through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)
and was part of ongoing U.S.-Bahamian cooperative efforts to increase
efficiencies in the administration of justice in The Bahamas.
The two-day program was designed to enhance attendees’ knowledge of
plea-bargaining systems and was facilitated by a team of four U.S.
experts including a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, and NCSC’s
Senior Program Manager.
Top Scotiabank Executives & Minister Pinder Discuss Bahamas Financial Services Industry
- Jul 21, 2014 - 2:21:22 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Scotiabank executives
discussed the bright future of the Financial Services Industry in The
Bahamas with the Hon. Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, over
lunch at Café Matisse recently.
The discussion was led by Chris
Hodgson, Group Head, Global Wealth & Insurance and included Sean
Albert, Managing Director, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. among other senior
"Nygard stopped in his tracks"
- Jul 19, 2014 - 4:57:12 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bays (STB) is
encouraged after the Supreme Court issued an injunction halting the
approvals process for further work at the controversial Nygard Cay
development, where it is claimed decades of unauthorized, invasive
construction negatively impacted the surrounding marine environment.
fast-growing social and environmental advocacy movement was granted an
injunction restraining the prime minister and his Cabinet from making
decisions on any applications by owner Peter Nygard until mid-August. In
addition, both STB and a group of 103 Lyford Cay residents and property
owners were given permission to apply for separate judicial reviews to
examine whether Nygard built his imposing Mayan temple-themed resort in
the absence of proper permits and the validity of the Government's
so-called consultation process...
Bahamas breaks world record for most conchs blown at one time
- Jul 18, 2014 - 3:22:20 PM
Nassau, New Providence - Bahamas breaks the Guinness World Record for the most
people blowing Conch Shells simultaneously. The record was achieved by
the 41st Independence Secretariat (Bahamas) at Clifford Park, Nassau,
Bahamas on 9th July, 2014 on the occasion of the Bahamas 41st
The old record for Conch Shell Blowing was 258
persons. The new record is now 295 persons. A total of 300 persons
participated in the history making event
Persons who were involved...
BET's Derek ‘Fonzworth Bentley’ Watkins to appear in Bahamas at BETA Camp
- Jul 17, 2014 - 9:56:47 PM
STEMBoard and the
Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement (BETA) consortium are
excited to welcome actor and musician Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins
to the Bahamas Engineering and Technology Camp. The day camp, which is
free for participants, will be held July 28-Aug. 1 at the College of the
host of BET’s Lift Every Voice, will lead lessons from his book
“Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get
Ahead” on personal branding, business etiquette and professionalism.
Highlights from his appearance include:
NIB explains contractor tender process for Replica Building
- Jul 17, 2014 - 10:00:14 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The process by which the
National Insurance Board (NIB) engaged the services of Holiday
Industrial Builders International Limited for the construction of the
building located to the West of the Paul L. Adderley Building (“the
Replica Building”) on J.F. K. drive is set out below. The procedure is
consistent with the framework in place at the NIB for the award of
The Consultant Project Managers recommended the following contractors to be invited for Pre-Qualification...
Packed town meeting says ‘No to Nygard’
- Jul 15, 2014 - 11:19:36 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Over 250 Bahamians declare
their opposition to the further development of Nygard Cay, granting of
any lease for lands claimed from the seabed without proper approvals
packed BCPOU Hall resounded with spirited chants of “No to Nygard! No
to Nygard!” as a town meeting to discuss the latest plans for a
controversial Lyford Cay development swelled in numbers, scope and
energy beyond even the organizers’ expectations.
their fervent opposition to more proposed works at Nygard Cay, where
conservationists say unauthorized development is already harming the
vital ecosystem of the surrounding Clifton Bay and negatively impacting
nearby Jaws Beach...
Bahamian Leeanne Clarke takes top spot In Island Flare’s Food Fight 2014
- Jul 11, 2014 - 2:04:11 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Like
last year’s Food Fight winner, Leeanne Clarke found herself at the
bottom of the pot after the recent preliminary cook-off round at Sandals
Royal Bahamian. With plantain being the competition’s mandatory
ingredient, Clarke scooped up first place with her rack-of-lamb stuffed
with plantain, spinach and feta cheese, laced with a plantain, onion and
mushroom relish served next to a plantain and herb couscous.
She was inconsolable, crying
tears of joy when it was announced that she was 2014’s Food Fight
champion. The Food fight, sponsored by the Sandals Foundation which
donated more than $2,000 toward the equipment the students used to
create their culinary masterpieces, is in its fourth year...
U.S. Embassy Nassau Welcomes New Chargé d’Affaires Lisa A. Johnson
- Jul 10, 2014 - 7:56:03 AM
Lisa A. Johnson assumed her duties as Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S.
Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas on July 9, 2014. Previously, Ms. Johnson
was Director of the Office of Africa
and the Middle East in the State Department’s Bureau of International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. Prior to that, she served in the
Office of the Vice President as Senior Advisor for South and Central
Asia. Earlier assignments included Deputy Director
of the State Department’s Office of Canadian Affairs and Director for
Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council. She has been
posted overseas at U.S. Embassies in Beirut, Islamabad, Luanda, and
Pretoria, and was seconded to the Private Office of
the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
in Brussels. Ms. Johnson has received the State Department’s Superior
Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award four times each.
Ferreira: government “cagey” over Nygard consultation process
- Jul 5, 2014 - 2:39:07 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Just days before the end
of a public consultation process on plans to redevelop Nygard Cay,
government has yet to reveal any of the relevant details, a leading
environmental lawyer charged.
Romi Ferreira, a director of
fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays, said
the announcement of the consultation process on the proposed further
expansion of Nygard Cay and lease of illegally claimed land to its
owner, Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, is meaningless unless the
veil of secrecy is lifted...
U.S. Embassy and USNORTHCOM host 4th of July Celebration
- Jul 4, 2014 - 5:45:45 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Thursday, July 3, the
United States Embassy commemorated the 238th Anniversary of Independence
of the United States of America in a grand event co-hosted by the
United States Northern Command at Liberty Overlook. The U.S. Chargé
d’Affaires John Dinkelman and his wife Elizabeth, along with Brigadier
General Joseph Whitlock, Deputy Director for Strategy, policy and plans
for Northern Command welcomed hundreds of invited guests to celebrate
the occasion. Also on hand to commemorate the event, Governor General of
The Bahamas, His Excellency Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes and Acting
Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The Hon. Philip
Davis. Other guests included the Governor of the Turks and Caicos
Islands, His Excellency Peter Beckingham accompanied by his wife, senior
U.S and Bahamian government officials, representatives from the
business community, civil society, media and the arts...
REACH president applauds Bahamas Government for Disabilities Act
- Jul 4, 2014 - 1:49:09 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Two weeks after the overhang above the door of the donated office space
for REACH crumbled forcing the office that provides education and
support service for parents whose children have been diagnosed with
autism, the government tabled a long-awaited bill today that will grant
equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.
Mario Carey commended Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin who
introduced the Persons with Disabilities Opportunity Act and said it
could not have come at a more opportune time.
“The closing of the
REACH office hit us really hard,” said Carey. “Thank heavens when the
overhang caved in, no one was there. But parents who depend on our
monthly support groups have no place to meet right now, they have
nowhere to go to get the help or information they need, even if it is
just someone to talk to.
Bahamas Water and Sewage Goes Green
- Jul 3, 2014 - 1:33:52 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - In
the fast changing global economy, numerous companies are now adopting
environmentally sound products and practices in their daily operations
as they are now becoming increasingly aware that the environment and
sustainability issues must be crucial factors of their operations.
Water and Sewerage Corporations is another utility company that is now
committed to moving and progressing towards becoming more eco conscious
as they recently purchased a substantial amount of cold patch products
from local manufacturer, Caribbean Paving Solutions to utilize in their
Caribbean Paving Solutions, a subsidiary of Bahamas
Striping Group of Companies, supplies and manufactures pavement
rejuvenators, and cold patch asphalt. The products are eco friendly
which are used to fix and rejuvenate surfaces...
Save The Bays releases 3-Minute Nygard Cay Video, Reveals Theft of Crown Land, Commends Government for Seeking Public Input
- Jul 2, 2014 - 10:05:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Days before a public
consultation process is expected to close, the fast-growing
environmental advocacy group Save The Bays today released a video
exposing some two decades of illegal land acquisition by dredging and
filling activities by a foreign private citizen operating without
permits and now requesting the right to expand.
video, prepared by Conch Salad TV for Save The Bays, shows close-up
waterfront sights for the first time behind the gates of Nygard Cay, the
exclusive and exotic retreat at the tip of Lyford Cay with tentacles
into Clifton Bay. Activities at the cay, owned by Canadian fashion mogul
Peter Nygard, have long aroused concern by civic organisations and
neighbours, including residents of Lyford Cay, in addition to dive tour
operators, fishermen and locals who are watching its impact on nearby
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity elects new administration
- Jul 2, 2014 - 5:20:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
local graduate chapter has elected a new administration, bringing to its
forefront a cadre of innovative and community minded leaders under the
theme, 'Culture for Service – Bringing GOMAB back'. The Delta Epsilon
Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc located in Nassau,
Bahamas elected young businessman and youth leader Derek W. Smith Jr. as
its president for the 2014-2016 term at its recent elections.
new administration will focus on youth development programs for young
men through their internationally recognized Sigma Beta Club, promote
financial management via the newly introduced Project S.E.E.D. (Sigma
Economic Empowerment Development) and increase the number of
underrepresented youth, especially males, that are properly prepared to
pursue alternative careers via Project S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
Save the Bays responds to Nygard Cay/Simms Point notice of comment
- Jun 30, 2014 - 10:19:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The notice calling for
public consultation on the proposed further expansion of Nygard Cay is
meaningless in light of the government’s failure to release any of the
relevant information, fast-growing social and environmental advocacy
group Save The Bays (STB) contends.
Attorney for the STB, Fred
Smith, QC, praised what he called the government’s “small step towards
increased transparency” in announcing a consultation period at all, but
said his client cannot respond in time due to the complete lack of
details about the proposal...
Bahamas Independence Committee seeking conch-shell blowers
- Jun 29, 2014 - 10:05:27 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The NationalI ndependence Committee is extending an invitation to persons wishing to
be a part of History in the making for the breaking of the Guinness
World Record for the most people blowing the conch shell at the same
time. This event will take place on 9th July at the Grand Anniversary
Celebrations on Clifford Park.
An invitation is extended to all
horn-blowers,from various Junkanoo and youth groups. The general public
is also invited to participate.
A practice session will be held
Wednesday 2nd July on Clifford Park at 6 p.m. Mr. Chris Justilien will
conduct rehearsals. Please note that Conch Shell Horns will be provided.