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19CCEM Organisers Discuss Upcoming Conference with COB President - Apr 16, 2015 - 10:33:01 AM

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Organisers of the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM), slated to be held at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, June 22nd – 26th, paid a courtesy call on the President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Rodney D. Smith on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015. Mr. Marcellus Taylor, Deputy Director of Education and Deputy Head of the 19CCEM Task Force; Mrs. Janice Knowles, Senior Education Officer and Coordinator of the 19CCEM and Ms. Valerie Gaitor, Coordinator of the 19CCEM Local Secretariat discussed with President Smith the goals and objectives of the upcoming, high-level assembly...
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Toastmasters Intl. President-Elect to Visit the Bahamas - Apr 15, 2015 - 11:53:31 PM


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Nassau, Bahamas – This Monday, April 20th 2015 at 6:30pm-8:30pm, The New Providence Branch of Toastmasters Club 3596 will host the 2014-2015 International President-Elect of Toastmasters International, Jim Kokocki.

Jim Kokocki is an entrepreneur and business consultant from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. A dedicated toastmaster for 27 years, Kokochi has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within the organization, including serving on the Toastmasters Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation – the highest level of educational achievement in the organization...

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BTVI Presidential Search Committee Announced - Apr 10, 2015 - 2:00:09 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - Chairman of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Felix Stubbs, wishes to announce that a Presidential Search Committee has been appointed by the institution’s board to find a president, pursuant to Section 7 of the BTVI Act 2010.

The individual will replace Dr. Iva Dahl, who has headed the institution for nearly 10 years and is expected to be in place for the 2015/2016 school year.

“In the interest of transparency, an open search will be conducted to field a wide selection of viable candidates,” said Mr. Stubbs.

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Bahamas High School Students Given Earth Day Challenge by US Embassy and Ferreira & Co - Apr 9, 2015 - 3:17:20 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - For the third year, a leading environmental law and consulting firm is challenging high school teams to channel ideas and imagination into solving environmental issues that stymie folks, public entities and organisations far senior in years and experience. And this year, for the first time, the American Embassy is joining the Earth Day Challenge founded and sponsored by Ferreira & Company.

“The American Embassy’s participation and support takes the Earth Day Challenge to a whole new level,” said environmental lawyer and ecologist Romi Ferreira. “It’s very exciting and I believe it has already raised the profile of the competition ...?
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International Campaign Welcomes Bahamas Coalition Supporting Equality for Women and Men - Apr 9, 2015 - 2:55:52 PM

The new Bahamas-based Citizens for Constitutional Equality (CCE) is now a coalition member of the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, an international initiative that advocates for the removal of provisions that discriminate on the basis of sex from all nationality laws. CCE, which held its official launch at a March 26 public event at Anglican Holy Church Hall in Nassau, seeks to mobilize Bahamians to pass the pending constitutional referendum that would ban discrimination based on sex and guarantee equal nationality rights for men and women...
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Cancer Society of The Bahamas Launches $3 Million Building Fund to Expand Cancer Caring Centre - Apr 3, 2015 - 12:35:33 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Declaring that the need to expand the Cancer Caring Centre was “more urgent now than ever in our history,” the Cancer Society of The Bahamas today officially launched a $3 million fund-raising campaign to build 16 new rooms and create the first hospice care facility in the nation.

The announcement came during a press conference this morning at the centre off Collins Avenue.

“The Cancer Caring Centre, the most ambitious project ever undertaken by The Cancer Society in its nearly 40-year history, serves as the heartbeat of the community of those who have been diagnosed with the disease or are caring for loved ones undergoing treatment...”
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Bahamian Aerospace Engineer Aisha Bowe Encourages STEM Education - Apr 2, 2015 - 2:58:58 AM


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Nassau, Bahamas - As an aerospace engineer, Aisha Bowe has used her imagination and creativity to contribute to space exploration. But it wasn’t until college that anyone ever encouraged her to pursue studies in a science discipline.

When that happened, it became a life changer.

A former aerospace engineer and mission engineer at NASA Ames Research Centre and the current Co-Founder and CEO of STEMBoard – an engineering and development enterprise – Bowe is a passionate proponent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. She is also of Bahamian descent...

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COB Foreign Languages Festival Sharpens Focus on Language Diversity - Apr 1, 2015 - 4:41:55 PM

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Advancements in technology are shrinking the divides of national borders as the world becomes a global village. It means that mastering multiple languages and becoming familiar with various cultures other than one’s own is advantageous.

The Foreign Languages Department of the School of Communication and Creative Arts (SCCA) at The College of The Bahamas recently staged its 10th Annual Foreign Languages celebrations, showcasing some of the cultures of the world, in a cultural show and international food fair...
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Statement from Nassau Flight Services With Respect to Terminations - Mar 27, 2015 - 3:34:55 PM


The Bahamian public is informed that the management of Nassau Flight Services (NFS) has denied allegations made by the Airport Airline and Allied Workers Union (AAAWU) that the services of 5 employees were terminated for refusal to work overtime. The public should know that while the company does not wish to delve into the facts surrounding the employees’ termination, as they are the subject of legal review, and providing details on the matter may prejudice that process, it is important to state emphatically that the termination issues relate to aviation safety.

Additionally, the public is advised that the Union referred the termination to the Department of Labor for conciliation...
News : New Providence
U.S. Embassy Grants $25,000 to Bahamas Association for Social Health to Combat Substance Abuse - Mar 27, 2015 - 9:46:58 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On Tuesday, March 24, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section awarded the Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH) a $25,000 grant to implement an anti-drug media campaign targeting at-risk populations in The Bahamas.  BASH submitted the winning proposal for an openly-competed small grant competition.  The grant was awarded at BASH’s residential substance treatment center and headquarters by Susan Snyder, the Deputy Director for Western Hemisphere Programs in the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.  

“INL looks forward to continued collaboration and cooperation with BASH to achieve our shared goals,” Ms. Snyder told BASH Executive Director Terry Miller and BASH Director of Treatment Services Lowena West at the award presentation... 
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U.S. Embassy presents Royal Bahamas Police Force with State-of-the-Art Interceptor Vessel to Bolster Maritime Security - Mar 27, 2015 - 3:51:14 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday, March 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, accompanied by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s Deputy Director for Western Hemisphere Programs Susan Snyder and other senior U.S. Government officials, participated in a formal handover ceremony of a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped 41’ Apostle Interceptor police vessel to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) at the Marine Support Services Branch on Bay Street. The Bahamas Government delegation was led by Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Carl Smith and Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson.

This latest donation by the United States Embassy valued at more than $668,000 will increase the operational capacity of the RBPF to participate in interdiction operations under Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT)...
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St Andrew’s School Launches Groundbreaking Pilot Digital Literacy Programme - Mar 25, 2015 - 2:36:23 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -  St Andrew’s School, The International School of The Bahamas, has introduced a pilot Digital Literacy programme for Year 6 students by bringing 45 Chromebook laptops and the ‘Google for Education’ suite of apps, books and videos to the classroom.

The software, which is free to schools, allows users to create, share and edit files in real time, thus greatly increasing productivity as well as interaction and collaboration between students and teachers. Each user receives a Gmail account, and projects are automatically saved on a Cloud for safety and easy access at any time from any computer, tablet or phone...
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Phillip Vasyli, Australian podiatrist, stabbed to death in Bahamas - Mar 25, 2015 - 8:14:26 AM

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(Associated Press) — Authorities in the Bahamas said Tuesday that they have detained the wife of a well-known podiatrist from Australia who was found stabbed to death at the couple's upscale home.

Phillip Vasyli died in the wealthy Old Fort Bay community on New Providence Island after being stabbed once in the chest, police spokesman Stephen Dean said in an interview. He said no one has been charged and that police are still investigating a possible motive...

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Bahamian Attorney Participates in U.S. State Department Exchange Focused on Children in the U.S. Justice System - Mar 18, 2015 - 11:42:06 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday, March 16, youth activist, policy adviser and Bahamian attorney Tavarrie Smith paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss his recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focused on “Children in the U.S. Justice System.” Mr. Smith, an attorney at Messrs. Bostwick & Bostwick Law Chambers, participated in the professional exchange held in the United States from January 26 – February 6, 2015. Designed for juvenile judges, youth and child rights lawyers, social workers, child justice workers and Hague convention central authorities’ officers, the program examined the U.S. experience of children in the American justice system and the various agencies and services that work with juveniles.
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Transformation Project Launched at COB - Mar 6, 2015 - 2:15:04 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The government is moving full steam ahead with its plan to transform the College of The Bahamas (COB) into a full-service university. During a ceremony held on the evening of Wednesday, March 4 at the school’s Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie stated that the college has to be ‘transformed’ in order to prepare the country for the next generation. He said that with COB gaining university status, Bahamian students would have more options for tertiary education.

“The transition to university status will mean that Bahamians will have the opportunity to pursue graduate as well as doctoral degree programs at the University of The Bahamas,” said Mr. Christie...
News : New Providence
World Day of Prayer services for Nassau, Bahamas - Mar 6, 2015 - 3:14:14 AM

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World Day of Prayer will take place on March 6th, 2015, and this year focuses on The Bahamas.
If you are planning to be in New Providence, The Bahamas, for the World Day of Prayer celebrations, here is the schedule of the activities. All are welcome.

Tuesday, March 3, 9 am - Children’s Services at Baptist Schools

Thursday, March 5, 7 am - Worship Service to welcome the beginning of World Day of Prayer in the earth, as the day begins at the International Date Line, seventeen hours before it begins...
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’72 Munich Massacre Survivor to Speak in Nassau - Mar 5, 2015 - 9:57:18 PM

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A survivor of the first reported terrorist attack is coming to share his story with The Bahamas. The lecture will take place at the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort on March 10, 2015 at 6 p.m.

The event is being organized by the Nassau Jewish Community as part of a community outreach effort with the sponsorship of The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Colina Insurance Limited; Andbank; Union Bancaire Privée and Restaurants Bahamas Ltd.

The speaker, Dan Alon will tell the harrowing tale of how he survived the Munich Massacre during the 1972 games...
News : New Providence
$16 Million COB Transformation Project Launched - Builds Foundation for University of The Bahamas - Mar 5, 2015 - 6:45:51 PM

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Nassau, BAHAMAS – Aimed at strengthening the institution in key areas that will undergird the future University of The Bahamas, The College of The Bahamas Transformation Project was launched on Wednesday, March 4th during a special ceremony held at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre.

The project is the direct result of a USD$16.18 million loan that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is extending to the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The loan is to fund specific capacity-building initiatives at The College as it advances in its university transition...

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Bahamas Aviation Academy to take flight - Mar 3, 2015 - 11:37:32 PM


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Beach Aviation's Bahamas Aviation Academy and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) are proud to announce the historic launch of the only comprehensive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Flight Training course offering in The Bahamas.

BTVI, in fulfillment of its mission, "To provide opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent," recognized the benefit of partnering with Beach Aviation to train the next generation of private and commercial pilots in The Bahamas. The historic partnership will provide students the opportunity to be trained in a myriad of FAA approved courses while remaining in Nassau...

News : New Providence
Lyford Cay Foundation grants $19,000 to increase early childhood literacy‏ - Feb 26, 2015 - 10:11:43 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. continues to illustrate its commitment to supporting community initiatives that enrich learning opportunities across The Bahamas.  Recently, the Foundation granted $19,000 to the Brighter Bahamas Foundation to help more Bahamians understand the importance of literacy, and the importance of reading to children starting at birth.

The Brighter Bahamas Foundation is a new promising, nonprofit with a mission of improving the lives of all Bahamians by encouraging reading from a young age and ensuring universal access to children’s literature...
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