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Emilio Estefan & Jamie King join forces to produce Baha Mar's Grand Opening Gala - Aug 20, 2014 - 12:01:24 PM

A-listers Align for a Star-studded Partnership at Baha Mar, Welcoming the World to the ‘New Riviera’

NASSAU, The Bahamas (August 20, 2014)–Today, Baha Mar, the grand and greatly anticipated luxury resort located in Nassau, The Bahamas, announces an exciting partnership with two of the leading names in the world of music and entertainment— Jamie King and Emilio Estefan— who will be teaming up for the first time to develop, produce, choreograph and score the resort’s Grand Opening Gala alongside executive producer Bernie Yuman.

Slated for late Spring 2015, the Baha Mar Grand Opening Gala will be a grand experience of sophisticated luxury and leisure spanning multiple days...
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Baha Mar names Whitney Thier Executive Vice President, General Counsel - Aug 18, 2014 - 10:35:07 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Baha Mar, the $3.5 billion integrated destination gaming resort, today announced that Whitney Thier has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective immediately.

Thier, who will report to Tom Dunlap, Baha Mar’s President, will lead the resort company’s legal team as well as assume a key role on the company’s executive committee. She succeeds Uri Clinton, who joined Baha Mar in 2011 and has chosen to relocate with his family back to Las Vegas. Thier joins the company at an important juncture, as Baha Mar completes its construction phase and readies itself for its highly anticipated Grand Opening in Spring 2015... 

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BTC Supports Launch of CANTO Caribbean Women in ICT Initiative - Aug 18, 2014 - 6:49:21 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - CANTO, the Caribbean’s information and communications technology (ICT) organisation, decided to highlight the advancement of women as a vital factor in the development of the sector at its 30th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition. At the regional conference, which was co-hosted by local telecoms leader BTC, CANTO debuted it’s Caribbean Women in ICT (CWIC) programme with an inaugural breakfast at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, that focused on better engaging women at all levels of ICT in the region.

Spearheading the initiative was Secretary General Regenie Fraser who stressed the important roles women play in ICT and their under-representation within the industry, which were the motivating factors for Tuesday morning’s Caribbean Women in ICT breakfast...
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160 to Graduate from Baha Mar's Second Leadership Development Institute Class - Aug 18, 2014 - 11:34:36 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – 160 students who have successfully completed Baha Mar’s challenging Leadership Development Institute (LDI) curriculum will embark on the next stage of their career, following the Institute’s second graduation exercise on Tuesday.

The students received training through Baha Mar's LDI, the non-profit training institute supported by the luxury resort, honing life skills as well as preparing them to become better employees in the workplace.

"Baha Mar is building a culture of better-than-best service, beginning with the Bahamians that we train and hire...
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Bahamas government announces plan to build $10 million major motorsports complex - Aug 16, 2014 - 3:57:31 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Three years after the first revival of Bahamas Speed Week re-awakened the nation’s appetite for vintage auto racing, the government announced plans to build a major motorsports complex to be completed by 2016.

The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honorable Dr. Daniel Johnson, used the first ever meeting of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) in The Bahamas this week as a platform to make the announcement of the $9 million complex that will serve as a multipurpose center, providing a facility for safe driving training for police, security and ambulance operators, recreational and racing cycling, recreational and competitive cycling, motorcycle sports, karting, even musical concerts and other events that create local and visitor attractions and opportunities...
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Bahamas Crisis Centre statement on Referendum‏ and Bills to Amend the Constitution - Aug 15, 2014 - 1:20:43 PM

The Bahamas Crisis Centre condemns in the strongest terms all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex. That is any form of discrimination against a woman on the basis of her being a woman, or against a man on the basis of him being a man.

We believe in a Bahamas where all men and women hold equal value and equal rights under the law, in particular, the supreme law of the land, represented by the constitution. With the November 6 referendum approaching, it is now our responsibility to affirm collectively that we believe in a Bahamas that stands for equality.
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Starter Kits for Carnival Bahamas Costumes Received by Registered Companies - Aug 15, 2014 - 6:50:07 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Following the recent Road Fever Companies Workshop, The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) compiled starter kits, and distributed them to the registered companies to promote the use of indigenous materials for The Bahamas Carnival Costumes.

The kit includes local sponge, seeds, sisal, straw and burlap, produced by local vendors, to showcase natural and diverse materials which can be used in the costume production.
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CANTO Launches 30th Annual Conference in The Bahamas - Aug 12, 2014 - 4:37:21 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - The 30th annual CANTO Conference for information and communication technology (ICT) operators throughout the Caribbean region got off to an exciting start. With a lively opening ceremony, stimulating ministerial roundtables and engaging public/private sector dialogue the regional ICT organisation, CANTO and local host BTC both captured Bahamas’ vibrant culture and offered a taste of the thought-provoking discussions promised through Thursday.

The conference launched with a grand Opening Ceremony in the evening on Sunday August 10, 2014 at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Her Majesty’s Prison Band ushered in the platform guests and diplomatic...
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Former child TV star to speak in Bahamas at Erin H. Gilmour School 65th Celebration Dinner - Aug 12, 2014 - 2:57:26 PM

Nassau, Bahamas   The Salvation Army Erin H. Gilmour School for Blind and Visually Impaired Children celebrates  it’s  65th  Anniversary with a Dinner on September 19th, 2014 at The British Colonial Hilton.  

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce  Mr. Isaac Lidsky as the guest speaker.  Isaac Lidsky the child TV star from the 90’s teen sitcom, Saved By The Bell: The New Class, was diagnosed at the age of thirteen with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare blinding disease. 

Lidsky is a Harvard graduate with degrees in computer science and  applied mathematics founded an Internet marketing startup and worked in the company after its creation  for a short stint before having a change of heart. Subsequently he returned to Harvard studying Law while his vision continued to fade.
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Urban Renewal Technical Centre planned for Elizabeth Estates‏ - Aug 12, 2014 - 11:52:28 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie leads government officials on a tour of a street in Elizabeth Estates on Friday, August 8, 2014. Mr. Christie also met with area residents, who gathered at the Commonwealth Mission Baptist Church during a ceremony announcing the creation of an Urban Renewal technical centre in the area. During his visit, Mr. Christie and his delegates were entertained by the Urban Renewal Marching Band. He was also interviewed by media personality, Mr. Wendall Jones of Love 97 FM Radio...

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie speaks with media personality, Mr. Wendall Jones of Love 97 FM Radio as Minister of Social Services, Hon. Melanie Griffin looks on....
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Melia Nassau Beach Inspires Re-launch of Pig Farm - Aug 11, 2014 - 11:47:06 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - A pig farm that had lain fallow, roofs of its pens scattered across an overgrown field, is now bursting with life, thanks to one hotel’s belief in buying locally grown and produced food.

Breathing new life into the piggery located in southwest New Providence is the third time in as many months that the Melia Nassau Beach has boosted Bahamian business through its commitment to local sourcing, something the hotel’s Manager Andrew Tilley says works for the resort and its guests, simplifying purchasing, supporting the local economy and giving guests a taste of the country they’re visiting...
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Largest gathering of mega-yachts for charity in the world returns to Atlantis - Oct 4, 2013 - 1:41:19 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  – The 26th Annual ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Club Rendezvous has announced an extraordinary entertainment lineup including Kool & the Gang as the headlining performers for the Saturday Night Gala, and Mike Busacca & Jessica Chavez and Steve Mariano as the event chairs. The event will return to Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, taking place November 21-23, 2013. Last year’s event was a smashing success with the most guests and yachts in attendance to date, and this year is again shaping up to be a truly memorable weekend for all those who attend.

“The ShowBoats International Rendezvous is all to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County and is the largest gathering of mega-yachts for charity in the world. The event has raised more than $30 million to date..."
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Meliá Nassau Beach Details Phase 1 of $19 Million Renovation Plan - Aug 12, 2014 - 1:38:34 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas -Renovations have begun at Meliá Nassau Beach, a Meliá Hotels International resort, with phase one of the $19 million renovation plan, expected to be complete by November 2014. The resort, on Nassau’s Cable Beach, will remain open throughout the redesign, with minimal interruptions to the guest experience. Renovations throughout the entire Meliá Nassau Beach property are expected to be complete by early 2016. Meliá Nassau Beach will be the only upscale all-inclusive resort in Nassau’s multi-billion dollar luxury destination resort, Baha Mar...
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Sandyport Hotel Enjoys Year-Long Record-Breaking Occupancy Levels - Aug 11, 2014 - 4:31:29 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Doing well is how the low-key manager of the Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel describes their record breaking year, with weekend occupancy levels often at 100% for the sea-side and Sandyport Marina Village hotel.

Vernon Moss the General Manager at the West Nassau Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel states that year over year, occupancy levels are higher overall than previous years since opening in 2000....
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Breitling Boutique the One to Watch at Nassau Grand Re-Opening - Aug 11, 2014 - 11:44:43 AM

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Breitling, the inventor of the modern chronograph and the authentic partner of aviation, is introducing its Runway 14 Collection on August 14, 2014, showcasing the new, exclusive models just launched at the Basel World watch fair this year in Switzerland.The Breitling Boutique official grand re-opening and ribbon cutting will be performed by Tourism Minister, Obediah Wilchcombe.

Also expected to attend are Breitling Caribbean executives: Vice President, Mauricio Diaz; Retail Manager, Lindy Nanni; Sales Support and Little Switzerland NXP Management Company Representative, Laura Silva; VP Operations, Jack Coote; VP Marketing, Adam Leavitt and Director of Operations, Todd Howard.The grand re-opening festivities begin at 7:30 p.m.
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BTC, CANTO Leaders Look Forward to a Conference of “Firsts” - Aug 10, 2014 - 9:43:06 PM

NASSAU, N.P -  In an address to media on Sunday, a panel consisting of members of the leadership of CANTO expressed high hopes for their 30th annual regional telecommunications conference and trade exhibition being held at the Atlantis Resort, on Paradise Island, Bahamas August 10th – 15th 2014, and touted the many new initiatives and goals the organisation is adopting.

The conference – which officially launched later that evening with a grand opening ceremony attended by Prime Minister Perry Christie and 14 other ministers from around the Caribbean – is co-hosted by local market leader BTC and aims to bring together regional stakeholders to facilitate the development of the information and communications technology industry (ICT)...
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160 Dogs in Nassau Vaccinated for Canine Distemper, Next Free Clinic set for August 6th - Aug 7, 2014 - 5:08:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The island of New Providence is currently facing a serious outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus, a dangerous and often fatal disease in pet dogs.

To assist those less fortunate and their pets, the Bahamas Humane Society is providing free distemper vaccines Wednesday, August 6th, at the Thelma Gibson School located in Elizabeth Estates. This clinic will be held from 2pm to 7pm. The clinic is free of charge and is aimed at establishing a “ring of immunity” within New Providence to protect our pets.

These vaccines have been generously provided by Humane Society International.

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Sigma & Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation solidify partnership - Aug 6, 2014 - 10:53:28 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Sigma) and the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation have partnered to provide new opportunities for urban (inner city) youth to experience the natural world and promote interest in conservation and the marine sciences.  The two organizations signed an historic memorandum of understanding in Nassau on August 1st.

"Despite being an archipelagic nation our fraternity noted that there are scores of over-the-hill youth that have not experienced nature outside of the occasional 'beaching' on Sundays with family. This void has negatively impacted our appreciation of how our actions affect our marine and natural resources," said Delta Epsilon Sigma chapter president Derek W. Smith Jr. "Our brotherhood is excited to partner with BREEF because of its rich 20-year history of marine research, education and conservation which makes it the ideal partner as we work to create meaningful connections between youth and the environment..."
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New Charge d' Affaires at US Embassy Bahamas calls on Minister of Labour - Aug 5, 2014 - 3:30:46 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The new Charge d' Affaires at the United States Embassy, Ms. Lisa Johnson made a courtesy call on The Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service, the Honourable D. Shane Gibson on Friday, 25thJuly 2014. While welcoming Ms. Johnson to The Bahamas, Minister Gibson noted that the United States of America and The Bahamas have a lot in common. The two discussed a number of topics including labour matters as well as new training opportunities for Bahamians.

Ms. Johnson noted that her key priorities will include citizens security for the United States and The Bahamas, the protection of American citizens, economics, trade investment and strengthening the already close ties which exists between the United States of America and The Bahamas, as well as education.Ms. Johnson was accompanied by Ms. Neda Brown...
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Bahamaren statement on Baha Mar Being Delayed - Aug 4, 2014 - 4:48:24 PM

The delay of Baha Mar has gravely affected our company’s strategy for China’s outbound tourism market. We support their decision in understanding that it is extremely important , that the Baha Mar Resort ensures their product readiness meets the demands and dictates of their guest. Despite this unforeseen challenge our company will continue an unprecedented level of cooperation between the tourism stakeholders and the government to address the barriers to industry growth in regards to China.

Our company remains faithful in our approach to improve the industry’s productive capacity. The delay of Bahamar from a China perspective will translate into the complete lost of a major tourism peak season for Chinese travelers. Bahamaren has decided to refocus our policy framework that will support existing tourism products in the Bahamas whiles enhancing industry growth in China and provide the hotel industry in The Bahamas with the tools and services needed to compete more effectively enabling them to take advantage of the opportunities that China present...
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