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Sale of British Colonial Hilton Signals More Jobs for Bahamians - Oct 30, 2014 - 5:43:51 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - China State Construction Engineering Corporation has signed an agreement for the purchase and redevelopment of the Nassau British Colonial Hilton Hotel and adjacent property. The deal was sealed during an official ceremony held in the foyer of the hotel on Friday, October 24. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie was in attendance for the occasion. He said that the event signified an objective that the government has been pursuing for several years.

“My Government’s objective has been not only to secure a qualified buyer to upgrade and operate the Hilton Hotel, but one with the means to proceed forthwith to develop the vacant property to its fullest potential for the greatest economic benefit to both the investors and the local economy,” said Prime Minister Christie...

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Bahamas Against Sexual Violence & Child Abuse Hold Demonstration at Rawson Square - Oct 30, 2014 - 3:39:54 PM

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Bahamas Against Sexual Violence & Child Abuse held a demonstration for child protection on Monday, October 27 in Rawson Square, making a national call to action. The action was prompted by the October 20, 2014 sentencing of Kendrick Rolle to 5 years in prison for the rape of a 6 year old girl. Members of BASV&CA chanted, "5 years is not enough. Magistrates, toughen up."

A representative of BASV&CA made unsuccessful attempts to contact case prosecutor Basil Cumberbatch last week. An email was since sent to Mr. Cumberbatch, inquiring about his position on seeking an appeal. The group asserts that the sentence is too short, particularly given that Mr. Rolle is a repeat offender. He was fined in 2001 for indecent assault...
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Automated Passport Control is Landing at Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport - Oct 26, 2014 - 1:16:02 PM

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YVR's BorderXpress self-serve kiosks will speed up U.S. customs pre-clearance beginning in February


Nassau, The Bahamas - Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) today announced its purchase of 20 Automated Passport Control (APC) self-serve kiosks to safely expedite the customs process for eligible passengers departing its U.S. pre-clearance facility and improve the overall passenger experience.

APC kiosks will be available at NAS beginning in February 2015, making it only the second international airport with U.S. pre-clearance facilities to offer this technology... 
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Bahamian Students Urged to Stand Up For Their Rights - Oct 24, 2014 - 2:20:21 PM

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Attorney tells packed COB lecture hall that lack of government transparency threatens access to justice in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas – Local Local attorney Dawson Malone challenged College of The Bahamas (COB) students to stand up for their rights and join the nationwide groundswell of support for the swift passage of a Freedom of Information Act.

Malone, attorney for pioneer social and environmental advocacy movement Save The Bays (STB), addressed a capacity crowd at COB’s Harry C. Moore Library Wednesday during the first installment of the “Our Right to Know” lecture series. Other presenters included retired Justice Jeanne Thompson and assistant professor Lisa Benjamin.

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New Bahamas Research Gives Insight Into Teen Aggression In Relationships - Oct 24, 2014 - 2:49:28 AM

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Girls are more likely than boys to be aggressive in their intimate relationships with the opposite sex, according to new research published in the International Journal of Bahamian Studies (IJBS) Volume 20(1), The College of The Bahamas’ online research journal.

The groundbreaking study gives insight into how teenagers view their roles in relationships with significant others and is based on the results of a survey more than 1,000 10th and 12th grade students in eight schools in New Providence completed. The College of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Crisis Centre collaborated on the research.
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Baha Mar Eco-Reef Attracts Renewed Marine Life - Oct 23, 2014 - 2:38:49 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -  Parrotfish, sea urchins, sponges and coral are flourishing in the crystal-clear waters off the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort, as the luxury destination has completed the installation of more than 300 eco-coral antlers to enhance its artificial reef experience.

Steps to encourage coral and marine life at Baha Mar began in April 2014, when Baha Mar’s environmental team began the installation of coral antlers and 48 reef balls on the seabed. The installation wrapped up in mid-July, when the final coral antlers were placed...

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Save the Bays and C.O.B. to host “Our Right to Know” - Oct 17, 2014 - 2:13:18 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – Save The Bays (STB) and the College of The Bahamas have announced a two-year partnership to raise awareness of the vital importance of citizens rights and government transparency through a series of lectures and panel discussions.

The first in the “Our Right to Know” series will be held on Wednesday, October 22 in the Harry C. Moore Library from 6 - 8:30pm. It will focus on the urgent need for a freedom of information act in The Bahamas. The Bahamas National Trust, BREEF and re Earth have also agreed to be sponsors of the lecture series...

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BTC MPLS Enterprise Push and IP TV - Oct 14, 2014 - 11:00:00 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - BTC CEO Leon Williams has announced that the roll out of business enterprise solution Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), will be mid-2015.

The announcement was made at the recent business meet and greet Chamber of Commerce event where Mr. Williams addressed executive attendees. BTC is a member of the Chamber and one of the sponsors of the event where Carnival CEO Arnold Donald was the visiting guest speaker.

In his remarks, Mr. Williams gave Next Generation Network (NGN) progress updates.
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U.S. Embassy (Bahamas) Closure in Observance of U.S. Columbus Day Holiday - Oct 11, 2014 - 1:50:53 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - In observance of both the U.S. Columbus Day and The Bahamas’ National Heroes Day holidays, the United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, October 13, 2014. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00 a.m.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181...
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Bahamas Commissioner of Correctional Services statement on death of inmate Forrester Bowe - Oct 10, 2014 - 3:59:15 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - At about 6:50 a.m. today, Friday 10th October, 2014 sentenced inmate Forrester Bowe was found in his cell unresponsive to roll call.  The Department’s Medical Officer was called, and after an examination inmate Bowe was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m.

The matter was turned over to the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Coroner for investigation.

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Commonwealth Secretary General Addresses Youth Empowerment During Bahamas Visit - Oct 9, 2014 - 5:31:01 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The youth of the Commonwealth – citizens between the ages of 15 and 29 – are three times more likely than their older counterparts to be unemployed, leaving these countries vulnerable to social and political instability, according to Commonwealth Secretary General His Excellence Karmalesh Sharma.

Mr. Sharma was the distinguished lecturer addressing emerging leaders at The College of The Bahamas and members of the College community recently on “Youth Leaders In The Commonwealth”.

Sixty percent of the Commonwealth’s two billion citizens are age 29 and under...
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Hundreds expected for massive Freedom of Information block party October 25 - Oct 8, 2014 - 3:54:06 PM

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A massive downtown Nassau street party aimed at creating an urgent call for transparency in government transactions is expected to draw a capacity crowd Saturday, October 25.

Set for Charlotte Street South from 3 to 8 pm, the block party with a cause is part of an increasingly vocal campaign for a Freedom of Information Act. It is being organized by Save The Bays in partnership with a combination of diverse business and civic groups including the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, Citizens for a Better Bahamas and the Coalition for Responsible Taxation with numerous sponsors including Van Breugel’s Restaurant, Bristol Wine & Spirits and Sands.
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Global Billionaires to visit Bahamas for Commonwealth Economic Yearly Summit - Oct 4, 2014 - 11:00:54 PM

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The Commonwealth Economic Yearly Summit (CEYS) is an International/Global Conference that takes place every year, and this year it comes to the sunny isles of The Bahamas.  The event will be held at the Grand Ballroom Atlantis Paradise Island, November 20th and 21st 2014.

This premier event attracts billionaires and major leaders of Industries across the global spectrum who convene at a round table to discuss economics as it relates to financial tenacity and resolutions towards the establishment of a strategic framework.  The event will also provide the opportunity for the delegates to share experiences, perspectives and insight, and create opportunities for networking and socializing...
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United Nations Development Program representative hails BREEF's innovation in conservation​ - Oct 1, 2014 - 4:13:55 PM

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BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, the eco-friendly underwater museum to be deployed off the western tip of New Providence, was praised for their proactive approach to climate change concerns and marine conservation by a representative of the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Program established by the United Nations Development Program.

“The Bahamas is a Small Island Developing State that is vulnerable to climate change that may result in the loss of marine biodiversity. The coral reef sculpture garden is both timely and adequate to enhance the resilience of The Bahamas to the negative effects of climate change,” noted Deon Stewart, GEF SGP Bahamas national programme coordinator...
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Bahamas to Host Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference‏ - Oct 1, 2014 - 1:30:42 PM

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The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) in conjunction with the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CCWA) will be hosting the above-mentioned Conference at Atlantis, Paradise Island during the period 6-10 October, 2014. Please see the Schedule of Events (attached) for the Conference which features Technical Sessions, Workshops and Seminars, an Opening Ceremony, and an Awards Banquet.

The Opening Ceremony, will take place on October 6th and The Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, PM, the Hon. Philip Davis, DPM and Minister of Works & Urban Development, as well as Cabinet Ministers from the Bahamas and the Region are expected to be in attendance...
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Popular John Maxwell's 'Learn to Lead' Bahamas Premiere and Impact on COBUS - Sep 30, 2014 - 9:46:21 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – Sapientia Global Solutions (SGS, a Bahamian management and leadership group will premiere a truly unique Dr. John C. Maxwell L2: Learn to Lead live global leadership simulcast and sponsor (10) ten College of The Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS) to attend their newly licensed live simulcast coming on Friday, October 10, 2014, hosted by John C. Maxwell Certified Coaches Sandra Smith and Leabner Forbes at Super Clubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach starting at 7:30 am. Guests and locals can connect in the SeaBreeze Ballroom during a half day live streaming premiere event with a dynamic line-up of expert speakers to succeed as future community leaders.

“This local opportunity, particularly for our sponsored youth and future leaders will demonstrate a shared L2: Learn to Lead experience among participants worldwide while adding value to local Bahamian communities, ” said Sandra Smith, Managing Director of SGS. Smith adds...
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Bahamas Carnival Road Fever Costume Expo Launch this Saturday - Sep 26, 2014 - 3:37:53 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - As the excitement builds around the anticipated Bahamas Carnival, scheduled May 7th- 9th, 2015, The Bahamas Festival Commission will host the Road Fever Expo on Saturday, 27, September, 2014 at The Melia Resort from noon to 6pm.

The expo will feature twenty-six of the Road Fever Companies that will showcase samples of their costumes. Attendees and participants will have the opportunity to view the costumes, meet the Road Fever Company members, choose a costume, register with a Road Fever Company, and enter to win hourly costume giveaways.

Roscoe Dames, CEO,BNFC said, “Road Fever is the event that will conclude the Bahamas Carnival Festival. It is the main masquerade...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Addresses Official Opening of the Northern Bahamas Disaster Conference Supported by USNORTHCOM - Sep 25, 2014 - 4:14:18 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On Tuesday, September 23, Acting Prime Minister Philip Davis, United States Chargè d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson, and Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Captain Stephen Russell along with other senior U.S. and Bahamian government officials, participated in the official opening of the North and Central Bahamas Disaster Conference held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort in Nassau.

The conference is the fourth in an ongoing series of conferences sponsored by the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) for island administrators and disaster relief personnel in The Bahamas...
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Baha Mar installs over 300 coral antlers as part of their eco-reef experience - Sep 23, 2014 - 4:36:42 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas - The marine environment at Baha Mar continues to flourish, with the introduction of more than 300 coral antlers to the $3.5 billion resort’s eco-reef experience.

The eco-friendly coral antlers were installed in July, adding to the artificial eco-reef experience at Baha Mar. Before the antlers were installed, volunteers from Baha Mar assembled each 55lb antler by hand. The installation of 48 reef balls and 320 coral antlers began in April 2014 by Baha Mar’s environmental team.

The reef balls and coral antlers were designed to complement each other by creating optimal conditions for coral and marine life just feet away from the shoreline at the luxury Bahamas resort. Reef balls provide protective...
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Baha Mar makes Donation to The Nature Conservancy to Support Coral Restoration - Sep 22, 2014 - 2:54:26 PM

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Baha Mar Ltd., has made a generous donation to support The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Bahamas Coral Conservation project which will be used to expand coral nurseries and restore reefs in waters surrounding New Providence, Bahamas.

The Caribbean contains some of the world’s richest marine biodiversity, harboring 10% of the world’s coral reefs, 1,400 species of fish and marine mammals and mile after mile of mangrove forests. Caribbean lives and livelihoods directly depend upon healthy marine and coastal resources. In the past decade there has been significant loss of these important habitats.
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