Commonwealth Bank opens new $800M training centre
- Aug 25, 2016 - 5:36:24 AM
Calling service “the number one reason we are the leading bank in The
Bahamas,” Commonwealth Bank officially opened the doors to its new
$800,000 corporate learning centre recently.
Located adjacent to
its Prince Charles Branch, the 8,740 square foot single story building
houses highly functional high-tech training facilities, including
interactive digital and audio-visual equipment, conference rooms and
motivational themes throughout.
“Service is what sets us apart,
and that service does not come without constant reinforcement of its
importance,” Bank President Ian Jennings said when the contract for the
new learning centre was signed in late February.
Three New Cases of Zika Confirmed in Nassau, Bahamas
- Aug 24, 2016 - 11:51:12 AM
NASSAU, Bahamas, Aug. 23, 2016 (GLOBE
NEWSWIRE) -- The Bahamas Ministry of Health advised today that there are
three new confirmed cases of the Zika virus on the island of New
Providence, but noted that the country remains a "safe place to travel".
Health officials noted that only one island in The Bahamas, New Providence, currently has Zika...
Meet the Judges for the Press Club Media Awards
- Aug 23, 2016 - 1:07:54 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Press Club will hold its second Media
Awards Banquet on November 19, 2016 at the British Colonial Hilton.
The Club has appointed a panel of judges to judge the work to be submitted by media professionals in the country.
judges are: Sir Arthur Foulkes, former journalist, politician and
Governor General; His Excellency Mike Smith, former Bahamas High
Commissioner to Canada and journalist; Jessica Robertson, who’s
journalism and media career spans print, radio, television and online
both locally and internationally; Eric Ward...
60 Sandals Staffers Prep for Exuma Transfer
- Aug 19, 2016 - 12:13:44 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Sixty Sandals Royal Bahamian staff members gathered
today for a briefing before heading for Exuma Sunday on board a charter
flight to take up positions at Sandals Emerald Bay.
opted for transfer when the luxury all-inclusive announced it would have
to close the Cable Beach property August 15 for up to 10 weeks to
effect extensive repairs. Sandals CEO Adam Stewart said engineers
informed them they had no choice but to close the hotel and relocate
guests in order to make repairs ranging from jackhammering up pool decks
and repairing two pools to replacing decades-old rusty, leaking
plumbing that runs for thousands of linear feet under the 70-year-old
Davette Lightbourne Appointed Finance Manager at NewCo 2015 Limited
- Aug 18, 2016 - 6:09:09 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – NewCo2015 Limited (NewCo), The Bahamas’ newest mobile
network, is pleased to announce the recent hire of Davette Lightbourne
as the manager of finance. In her role as manager of the finance team,
she is responsible for funds management, financial analysis, budget
management, operational performance and cost reduction analysis.
is excited to have Mrs. Lightbourne join our team. She has a proven
ability to deliver results to the highest standard. Davette’s experience
in the banking, insurance, energy and utilities sector has given her
the knowledge and work ethic that will ensure her success in this
Save The Bays Chairman Seeks Answers: ‘Where does our country stand on climate change and the inescapable, dramatic sea level rise?’
- Aug 17, 2016 - 9:15:03 PM
Nine months after Save The Bays returned from the climate change
conference in Paris that for a moment caught the world’s attention, the
environmental advocacy group’s chairman is still seeking answers to
critical questions about how The Bahamas is planning to meet a future of
rising sea levels that that could literally wipe out entire islands and
“As an archipelagic nation basically at sea level, we stand to be
included among the millions that Jim Young Kim, president of the World
Bank Group, speaks of when he says, ‘Climate change hits the poorest the
hardest, and our challenge now is to protect tens of millions of people
from falling into extreme poverty because of a changing climate...
Bahamian Crews on Site at Sandals as Construction, Repairs Get Underway
- Aug 17, 2016 - 5:37:34 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - More than two dozen workers were on site at Sandals
Royal Bahamian today, jackhammering a pool deck larger than a football
field, beginning work on a spa that will undergo a full transformation,
starting work on beach villas and beginning an extensive plumbing
It was the second day since the hotel closed its doors
temporarily for extensive renovations that Bahamian contractors were on
site from 7 am as the hotel management attempts to compress six months’
work into a 10-week time frame, aiming to re-open in mid-October for
what it hopes will be its best season ever...
Bahamian Management Consultants Hold Workshop to build skills For Local Professionals
- Aug 13, 2016 - 10:52:32 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - Chapter of the Caribbean Institute of Certified
Management Consultants (CICMC BAHAMAS) recently held two, two-day
technical skill-building workshops for local professionals in the
private and government sectors. The workshops, presented by Dr. Vasantha
Chase, PMP, CMC and President of the Caribbean Insti-tute of Certified
Management Consultants, focused on writing accurate Terms of Reference
(TORs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and developing winning responses
to those documents.
Attendees agreed that the workshops were of a high quality, challenging, extremely informative, and timely....
PHA Concludes Investigation into Allegations of Illegal Dumping of Biohazardous Waste
- Aug 12, 2016 - 12:40:17 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Following reports
received by the Public Hospitals Authority that the
Princess Margaret Hospital was responsible
for improperly disposing biohazardous waste at the New Providence Landfill, the
Authority launched an intensive investigation and concluded that indeed
biohazardous waste found at the Landfill in November 2015 did in-fact originate
at the Princess Margaret Hospital. The Authority’s investigators further
concluded that the waste was not prepared according to international
guidelines. Additionally, the investigators discovered that documents specific
to the Princess Margaret Hospital was also found among the disposed refuse.
As a direct
result of this infraction, the Princess Margaret Hospital, along with Bahamas Waste
assisted with remediation efforts by providing disinfectant chemicals,
pressurized chemical dispersion canisters, personal protective equipment...
Bahamian Publishing Company Becomes An Industry Giant with New Partnership
- Aug 11, 2016 - 4:14:25 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – A Bahamian owned book publishing company has partnered
with one of the world’s largest book manufacturing and distribution
giants, making their joint partnership a new powerhouse, creating larger
opportunities and stronger global representation world-wide.
Books has now joined the ranks as one of the leaders in the publishing
world, on par with Random House and Penguin. A historic feat for a
Bahamian, Albert Cox, CEO of Scholar Books recently inked the deal in
Dexter, Michigan with Thomson-Shore, a multi-million dollar publishing
house. Established over 40 years ago, Thomson-Shore, a company with
superior book sales and distribution has been recognized by Book
Business as one of the top 20 book manufacturing companies in the world...
Nassau Water Sports Company Uses Tech Tools to Shift Business
- Aug 9, 2016 - 5:03:53 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - For local entrepreneur, Gerran Nottage,
CEO of My Own Water Sports, success in business comes from seeing
challenges as an opportunity to shift and grow.
The licensed boat
captain grew up in the industry working closely with his father,
veteran water sports operator Clifford Nottage who started in the
business some 30 years ago. After obtaining a Master Tech Certificate in
Marine Motors from the Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, FL in
2003, the younger Nottage returned home. He worked in his father’s
business for six years, learning from the best how to provide a quality
experience for guests and sustain a viable business before starting his
own company in 2009.
As the industry grew with little regulation,
the market became saturated with unlicensed operators and there was
less focus on the overall visitor experience. Earlier this year, local
water sports operators received considerable backlash when a travel
alert issued by the US Embassy warned American citizens to beware of
operators on major beaches in New Providence.
BTVI president presents at international conference
- Jul 30, 2016 - 9:00:52 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Within weeks of assuming office, BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W.
Robertson was already representing the institution - and by extension,
The Bahamas - at an international conference. Accompanied by Dean of
Student Services, Racquel Bethel, Dr. Robertson attended the Latin
America and Caribbean Forum for Technical and Community College
Educators in San Antonio, Texas.
Held July 16th - 18th, it was a meeting of the minds and Dr. Robertson
presented a paper on 'Building the Bahamian Economy: The Role for BTVI.'
Dr. Robertson focused on the importance of building workforce skills in
The Bahamas and closing the workforce skills gap...
PM called on to release Rubis leak review
- Jul 21, 2016 - 9:35:48 AM
More than a year since the government promised them a full and frank
explanation, Marathon residents are no closer to understanding why they
were left in the dark about a dangerous toxic fuel spill in the center
of their community.
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson, who
first announced the review in May 2015, insists that only the person who
conducted the investigation can speak to its results. But retired
Justice Joseph Strachan, appointed to undertake the review, has also
washed his hands of the matter, saying that “in due course, persons who
are in a better position than I will speak to the release of the
U.S. Embassy Donates Court Reporting Equipment to The Bahamas
- Jul 18, 2016 - 2:32:31 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law
Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section presented the Attorney General’s Court
Reporting Unit with 28 computers on July 15th in support of The
Bahamas’ efforts to strengthen the justice sector. The donation is the
latest in a series of donations designed to increase the Unit’s ability
to deliver accurate and timely trial transcripts, manage caseloads and
conduct office operations. INL has provided approximately $180,000 in
court transcript equipment, training and software upgrades so far in
INL seeks to support rule of law reform efforts in The
Bahamas through training, equipment and technical assistance as part of
the Caribbean Basic Security...
Barrington Irving to address HackIT 2016
- Jul 14, 2016 - 4:45:12 PM
Aviator was youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo
New Providence, Bahamas - The Hack<IT> and STEMBoard teams are
pleased to welcome Barrington Irving as the keynote speaker for this
year’s STEM camp in Nassau.
born in Jamaica, was the first Jamaican and the first black man to fly
around the world by himself. He will address attendees on the final day
of Hack<IT> 2016, scheduled for
July 18-23 at the St. Andrew’s School in Nassau. The event begins at
Doctors Hospital Re-Accredited by Joint Commission International
- Jul 12, 2016 - 11:11:05 AM
The Board of Directors and Executive Team at Doctors Hospital is proud
to announce that the hospital has once again been Accredited by the
Joint Commission International (JCI) following a week of intense onsite
scrutiny and examination.
The Bahamas’ only private hospital
became the first acute care hospital to be awarded the gold seal of
approval by JCI in 2010, and has maintained the stringent standards and
levels of care required to consistently pass re-examination every three
Chan Pratt Foundation forms Art Scholarship Endowment at The College of The Bahamas
- Jul 7, 2016 - 3:20:16 PM
The Chan Pratt Foundation, founded by the family of the late Bahamian
artist Chan Pratt in an effort to preserve his legacy as a forerunner of
Bahamian art, has committed itself to establishing a Chan Pratt
Memorial Endowment at The College of The Bahamas. This endowment will
fund art programme scholarships that will assist aspiring young artists
in pursuing their passion so they can then contribute to the social and
cultural identity of The Bahamas.
“We are extremely pleased
about the formation of the Chan Pratt Art Scholarship endowment at The
College,” Davinia Blair, Vice President of Advancement exclaimed...
CWC Veteran to Speak at BTC Business Expo
- Jul 7, 2016 - 10:41:29 AM
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited,
(BTC) will host a Business Expo on July 14th at British Colonial Hilton.
Paul Kirwan, a thirty five (35) year veteran in global
telecommunications, will be the guest speaker at the event.
will speak on the topic “Connecting Businesses to Evolution,” focusing
on network footprints and how it enables the delivery of advanced
business solutions. BTC SVP of Business Solutions, Chris Mayer
commented, “As businesses evolve, so does their need for new and
innovative products and services...
KB releases "Anchor Projects" single
- Jul 5, 2016 - 8:11:19 PM
Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, the Bahamas’ top-selling recording
artist, is pouring on the lyrical heat again taking his message with the
unmistakable beat and a social conscience to the airwaves and the public’s appetite is bigger than ever – more than 40,000 have tuned
in to hear ‘Anchor Projects’ since it launched last month.
“ ‘Anchor Projects hurtin’ we all’ is the latest in a series of songs
with substance written and produced by KB and sponsored by Save The
Bays, the environmental advocacy group with more than 20,000 Facebook
U.S. Embassy Closed in Observance of the United States’ 240th Anniversary of Independence
- Jul 2, 2016 - 2:13:23 PM
In observance of the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United
States of America, the United States Embassy will be closed on Monday,
July 4, 2016. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal
business operations on Tuesday, July 5th at 8:00 a.m.
emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens
Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: