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Downtown Nassau Property Purchased for the New U.S. Embassy - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:55:48 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -   On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of State finalized the purchase of approximately five acres of land in the Nassau city center that will be the site of the new U.S. Embassy.  The new Embassy will be located off Shirley Street, East Street, and Sands Road.

The Embassy’s relocation will accommodate our growing U.S. Mission to The Bahamas.  The new multi-building campus will allow us to better achieve U.S foreign policy objectives as well as better serve both American and Bahamian citizens...

News : New Providence
Bon Voyage Ceremony Held for Bahamian Students Traveling to China - Jun 27, 2016 - 5:15:57 PM


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Nassau, BAHAMAS - The Confucius Institute at The College of The Bahamas recently held an award ceremony and reception at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre to honour 20 Bahamian students who will soon travel to China to participate in the Mandarin Language Scholarships Chinese Cultural Programme.

Institute directors, representatives from Academic Affairs and Student Leadership, the Programme 2016 participants, their family and friends attended the ceremony. Also in attendance was recently appointed Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo...

News : New Providence
Commonwealth Bank Director Clifford Culmer Retires after 25 Years’ Service. - Jun 23, 2016 - 8:36:16 PM

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Amidst moving tributes and a standing ovation at the bank’s annual general meeting earlier this month, long-time Commonwealth Bank Director Clifford Culmer stepped down as a director after more than two decades of helping to steer the successful bank from infancy to a $1.5 billion financial powerhouse.

“Cliff has left a legacy for the rest of us to follow,” Dr. Marcus Bethel said. The moving and emotional tributes from co-directors drew a spontaneous standing ovation for Culmer by the packed audience of shareholders at Breezes...
News : New Providence
Sunshine Insurance hosts top Marsh execs - Jun 20, 2016 - 4:51:01 PM


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NASSAU, Bahamas – Executives from Marsh, the world’s leader in insurance broking and risk management, recently attended a welcome reception hosted by Sunshine Insurance (Agents & Brokers) Ltd.

Bowring Marsh Senior VP, Property, Ed Cotterell and a group of his associates were in The Bahamas to attend the 36th Annual Caribbean Insurance Conference that was held at Atlantis, Paradise Island...

News : New Providence
US Embassy encourages Bahamians to apply now for summer travel - Jun 17, 2016 - 7:34:04 AM


Embassy Nassau’s Consular Section encourages nonimmigrant visa applicants to apply now for summer travel. The Consular Section faces reduced capacity for processing all visa types in August and September. Wait times are likely to dramatically increase during those months– so now is the time to come in for your visa to shop, take a cruise, visit family, or study in the United States.

The nonrefundable cost of a visa application has not changed. Most types of visas, including those for tourism and study require a $160 application fee. To make an appointment for a visa, Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Construction of New Sandilands Rehab Facility to Enhance Child and Adolescent Services - Jun 14, 2016 - 6:10:09 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The construction of the Child and Adolescent, Robert Smith and Special Education Complex will “greatly enhance” Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre’s (SRC) capacity to provide a therapeutic programme consisting of a cohesive, consistent, therapeutic environment through its child care and adolescent services, Minster of Health the Hon. Dr. Michael Perry Gomez said Monday.

The environment can be created either within a programme or community, or through coordination of people, space, materials, equipment and activities.

Constructed on a portion of the vast grounds at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Fox Hill, the complex is expected to take advantage of the therapeutic environments offered on the grounds as part of its treatment module.
News : New Providence
Water & Sewage Corporation launches online payments - Jun 11, 2016 - 10:47:39 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Busy lifestyles demand solutions that save time and money. Millions of people worldwide rely on online bill pay services as a secure and convenient way to pay bills from the comfort of their homes or offices while avoiding hassles such as long lines and waiting. If you had the option to view and pay your utility bills online, would you?

The Bahamas Water and Sewage Corporation now gives customers 24/7 flexibility to check their account information, receive bills electronically, make one-time or recurring payments through their secure and convenient website (www.wsc.bs). These payment features were previously available, but now customers can see their detailed bill history and current charges...
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Prime Minister Christie walks in Labour Day Parade - Jun 5, 2016 - 5:32:55 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Rt Hon. Perry Christie joined his party members and walked in today's Labour Day Parade in downtown Nassau.

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)
News : New Providence
British Navy Vessel to Aid in Bahamas Hurricane Relief if Needed - Jun 3, 2016 - 7:54:48 AM

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British Navy Vessel HMS Mersey will visit The Bahamas, June 6th -10th. HMS Mersey is one of the Royal Navy’s four River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels.

Acting High Commissioner to the Bahamas, Julia Sutherland said “We are happy that HMS Mersey is able to visit the Bahamas. This is another symbol of our commitment to improving UK – Bahamas relations. Her presence provides an opportunity for us to engage with the Bahamian government and citizens. Following on the work of RFA Lyme Bay after the passage of Hurricane Joaquin, HMS Mersey will be available to provide support to the region during this hurricane season, to be succeeded by RFA Wave Knight in July. We look forward to welcoming as many persons as possible on board...”
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Tru Bahamian Food Tours Expands to Include Cooking Classes - Jun 1, 2016 - 4:03:05 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - After leading award-winning delicious and educational food tasting and cultural walking tours through Nassau’s downtown community for a little over 3 years, Tru Bahamian Food Tours is now expanding its reach to include cooking classes.

The ‘Authentic Bahamian Cooking Class & Lunch Experience’ is the company’s newest interactive culinary adventure and presents an opportunity to enter a 5-star kitchen and prepare a traditional Bahamian meal with an Executive Chef. Following the hands-on food preparation, guests enjoy a private wine cellar tour of the renowned 3rd largest private wine collection in the world and a 3-course feast in the elegant Graycliff Restaurant dining room...
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Constitutional Referendum Advance Polling‏ Held in Nassau - May 31, 2016 - 3:07:40 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas - Advance Polling in New Providence with respect to the June 7, 2016 Constitutional Referendum took place at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Photos enclosed...
News : New Providence
BEC working on restoring power in Nassau after island-wide outage - May 29, 2016 - 2:45:54 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - At approximately 2:30pm on Sunday, BEC made the following statement on their Facebook page:

"BPL is presently experiencing a shutdown of its generation, transmission and distribution networks in New Providence.

An initial assessment is underway to determine the cause of the failure and to begin repairs/restoration as soon as possible..."
News : New Providence
Bahamas Has Its First Associates in Captive Insurance (ACI) Designee - May 28, 2016 - 11:53:43 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – In 2013, the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas partnered to provide full scholarships for the Associates in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation offered by the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE).

The initiative was introduced in collaboration with the Ministry of Financial Services, the Bahamas Insurance Association and the Insurance Institute of The Bahamas, who also participated on the evaluation committee for selecting scholarship recipients...
News : New Providence
College of The Bahamas Council Chairman Tenders His Resignation - May 27, 2016 - 12:49:15 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – 27th May, 2016 – Mr. Alfred Sears, QC, Chairman of the Council of The College of The Bahamas (COB) has tendered his resignation with effect 31st May, 2016.

Mr. Sears in his letter addressed to the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald, indicated that his decision is the result of him having been ratified as a candidate of the Progressive Liberal Party for the Fort Charlotte Constituency; and his desire to remove from our premiere public tertiary institution any perception of partisan political consideration...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Silver Airways begins service to Nassau - May 26, 2016 - 5:55:15 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas — Fort Lauderdale-based airline Silver Airways made its inaugural flight from Tampa, Florida to New Providence yesterday adding 25,000 new seats to The Bahamas.

Silver Airways will provide flights from Tampa, Fort Myers, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, Florida to New Providence.

“Today’s activities are significant in that the new routes allow a wide range of travelers from these key markets in Florida to easily access the City of Nassau and experience our Bahamian hospitality...”
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Mobile boarding pass introduced at LPIA - May 23, 2016 - 11:42:57 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – May 17, 2016 – The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. (NAD) in partnership with the international airlines at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), Airport Authority and the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) has launched a new Electronic Boarding Pass (EBP) system at LPIA. Now, the 3.2 million passengers traveling through the country’s major gateway will be able to enjoy the convenience of using their mobile devices to simplify and speed up their check-in and processing through the airport.

With more than six billion cell phone users worldwide (over 440 million throughout the US, UK and Canada), a significant amount of travelers are using their smart phones and other devices to store trip information. By implementing the Electronic Boarding Pass system at LPIA passengers can choose not to have a printed boarding pass. Everything needed for check-in, security and USCBP clearance...
News : New Providence
U.S. Embassy Bahamas Hosts Consular Appreciation Reception - May 12, 2016 - 11:44:55 AM


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On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the U.S. Embassy held a reception at Harbourfront Lounge in appreciation of its key partners who support safe and responsible travel to the United States as well as provide services to assist American citizens in The Bahamas. The event served as an opportunity to recognize some of the Embassy’s most critical and helpful contacts.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson hosted the reception which was attended by Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Catholic Diocese, Mr. Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, senior government officials, and many other distinguished partners. Chargé Johnson gave remarks expressing gratitude ...

News : New Providence
BTC sponsors “Call Me Miss Ambassador” Girls Empowerment Event - May 10, 2016 - 12:41:25 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited, BTC sponsored the “Call Me Miss Ambassador” event which was held today at the College of The Bahamas.  Dozens of students from schools in New Providence attended the event. BTC Vice President, Eldri Mackey spoke with the students about the importance of creating one’s own personal brand.

The event featured a cadre of speakers that spoke on health and wellness, education, community involvement, personal growth, leadership and the power of a dream...
News : New Providence
Fort Charlotte Upgrades Improve Access and Activities At Historic Site‏ - May 8, 2016 - 11:33:10 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas — The access point to Fort Charlotte is getting a major facelift as the historic site ramps up programs and activities in time for peak summer traffic. Last month, officials at the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Urban Development started construction of an improved access point for vehicular traffic near the entrance road at the fort.  These upgrades include a layby for busses and an expanded sidewalk system. Plans are also underway to increase reenactments and include a flag raising/lowering ceremony to a daily schedule.

Dr. Keith Tinker, Director of AMMC said the upgrades at Fort Charlotte are all geared towards improving the overall visitor experience at the site while creating additional revenue to maintain the facilities...
News : New Providence
Bahamas landmark animal rights case sees 14 charges of animal cruelty - May 4, 2016 - 2:35:08 PM

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Nassau, New Providence -  A press statement by the Bahamas Humane Society:

Attorney Metta MacMillan-Hughes, a senior partner of leading commercial firm Lennox Paton, and legal advisor and Board member of the Bahamas Humane Society, described the arraignment of Terry Miller of BASH today for offences of crue lty to animals as a major step forward in enforcing the rights of animals in the Bahamas to enjoy the Five Freedoms.

The prosecution followed a complaint made to Police by Inspector Percy Grant of the Bahamas Humane Society on 11 April, 2016. The complaint was not made lightly she said...
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