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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 construction.  

Mr. Hanna 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. 

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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 Wilson...
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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.

The 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...
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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.
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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 bank officials...
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"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.

The 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...
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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 Independence.

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...
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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 Bahamas.

Watkins, 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:

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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 building contracts.

The Consultant Project Managers recommended the following contractors to be invited for Pre-Qualification...

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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

A 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.

Citizens expressed 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...
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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...
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U.S. Embassy Nassau Welcomes New Chargé d’Affaires Lisa A. Johnson - Jul 10, 2014 - 7:56:03 AM

Ms. 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. 
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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...
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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...
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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.

REACH President 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.
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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.

The 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 projects.

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...
News : New Providence
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.

The 3-minute 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 Jaws Beach.
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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.

The 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).
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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...
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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.
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