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Save the Bays: International experts lament Nygard Cay “tragedy” - Jan 30, 2015 - 3:25:37 PM

Respected conservationists say the government should never have allowed controversial development to damage the marine environment with impunity

International conservation experts branded the controversial development known as Nygard Cay a “tragedy” for The Bahamian people, and criticized the government for giving preferential treatment to a wealthy foreign investor over the country’s own citizens.

The experts, hosted on a tour of the area by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), said allowing Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard to extend his imposing...
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U.S. Embassy Provides Royal Bahamas Police Force Training on Tactical Medical Techniques - Jan 30, 2015 - 3:02:42 PM

As part of continuing cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) section and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partnered with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to provide Tactical Medical Training to 39 Royal Bahamas Police Force Officers from January 21-22, 2015.

DEA and affiliated subject matter experts facilitated the advanced training, which provided officers engaged in Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) operations with the latest tactical and lifesaving techniques through simulation and role-playing exercises...
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Doctors Hospital gives a lifetime of mammograms - Jan 29, 2015 - 9:52:33 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Every year, Doctors Hospital offers women a chance to win a potentially life saving prize – Mammograms for Life in the state-of-the-art, full-field digital mammography center at Doctors Hospital.

More than 250 ladies entered themselves or were entered by someone who loves them for a chance to win. The most recent winner, who now has a free mammogram every year for the rest of her life is Sharrie Moxey.

The retiree was traveling when she was selected as the winner, was very excited to receive this possibly life saving prize...
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Harold Road Landfill Fire Update: 80% of 17 acre burned area covered with fill - Jan 28, 2015 - 9:53:03 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas (Jan 28, 2015) Renew Bahamas has now covered the entire perimeter of the burned area of Harold Road Landfill with fill, which was producing a significant amount of smoke from the recent fire incident.

Work crews have now moved into covering the valley between the new and old landfills.In the short term, smoke may appear to increase as it is forced into a smaller area. Once covered, however, the remaining pockets of smoke should no longer be visible off-site and no longer a nuisance to the surrounding communities and the public...

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China Harbour Engineering Company Announces Executive Change in The Bahamas - Jan 28, 2015 - 7:22:31 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — China Harbour Engineering Company, the contractor for the North Abaco Port Project, has announced a change in its executive management, set to continue strengthening good business ties in The Bahamas.

Mr. Jeff Wang, who previously served as manager for CHEC’s Grenada operations, will replace Mr. Felix Chang as Principal of CHEC Bahamas. In this new role, Wang will manage business operations for the construction of the North Abaco Port as well as expand CHEC’s brand recognition globally as one of the world’s leading port developers...
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“Setting the Course for Equal Participation by Women in Bahamian Politics” - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:13:17 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Friday, January 23, Bahamian attorney and former Senator Heather Hunt paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program focused on “Women in the Political and Social Sectors” held in the United States from October 20 – November 7, 2014.

The three-week program examined U.S. experience in supporting women’s contributions to the workplace and public life. Participants visited several U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Detroit, Sacramento and San Francisco. During the trip...
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Harvard University Student Researchers Visit COB‏ - Jan 27, 2015 - 3:39:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Several Harvard University students, who are conducting ethnographic studies on Mayaguana in order to preserve the island’s cultural heritage, spent some time with President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Rodney D. Smith on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

Dr. Smith is also an alumnus of Harvard University. The students – in The Bahamas for a three-week period – are conducting the research under the auspices of Dr. Thomas Burke of Harvard University, who is also chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights. The  I-Group of Mayaguana is a partial sponsor...
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C.A. Christie names firm's youngest managing partner - Jan 27, 2015 - 3:13:56 PM

NASSAU, Bahama - Realtor Gavin G. Christie CRS, CIPS has made history at C.A. Christie Real Estate & Co. (C.A.C), after being named Managing Partner of the real estate firm. The recent appointment makes Christie the firm's youngest partner.

Christie is considered an elite player in the Bahamas Real Estate Industry. His enthusiasm, depth of market knowledge, and work ethic, positioned him early in his career to become a leading real estate agent and advisor in the Bahamian market...
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First Babies of 2015 Welcomed by Doctors Hospital and Lowe’s Wholesale - Jan 27, 2015 - 2:19:02 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Doctors Hospital’s Maternity Department was thrilled to welcome the first baby of 2015 early in the evening of January 1st.

Each year the hospital teams up with Lowe’s Wholesale to recognize the first baby boy and first baby girl born in the New Year.

First up was a baby boy – Isaiah Enoch Smith born to Kendra Sherman and Enoch Smith. He arrived at 6:37pm on January 1, weighing 5lbs, 10oz...
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PMH Critical Care Block Provides for Healthcare 'Quantum Leap Forward' - Jan 23, 2015 - 4:33:08 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The inclusion of the brand new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the construction of the country's first state-of-the-art Critical Care Block is expected to help The Bahamas "make a quantum leap forward" with respect to intensive care medicine for infants and other critical care patients regardless of age, status or income.

The newly constructed NICU is the first and only Level Three Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit in The Bahamas...
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Bahamas and Panama present International Economic Investment & Trade Development Symposium - Jan 23, 2015 - 1:11:02 PM

Government Officials from Panama & the Bahamas create a platform where leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and economist will dialogue to accelerate growth of their countries economy

Nassau, Bahamas - Business developers, investors, governmental leaders, bankers, academicians and technocrats will assemble at the International Economic Investment & Trade Symposium in Nassau, The Bahamas to share insights and trends in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and its role in engaging global markets.
News : New Providence
Tucker Road Partial Closure Heralds Future University of The Bahamas - Jan 21, 2015 - 10:41:41 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Works and Urban Development has closed Tucker Road – between Water Street and Thompson Boulevard – a significant milestone as The College of The Bahamas transitions to the University of The Bahamas.

The road closure took effect following an announcement from the ministry that was initially gazetted in November, 2014.

Since Tucker Road west now ends at Water Street, the rest of the roadway has become a part of the Oakes Field Campus of The College of The Bahamas and will be transformed into the formal entrance for the University of The Bahamas...
News : New Providence
(Photos) Large Nassau dump fire casts a smoke shadow across much of the city - Jan 18, 2015 - 7:08:38 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following photos were taken from the air today, Sunday, January 18th by Frangipani Photography.

The fire is coming from a Nassau dump site and the smoke cast much of the city into shadows.

Photos seen here were from various locations in both the east and west sides of the island.
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Baha Mar Opening Set for March 27th - Jan 9, 2015 - 1:11:20 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Baha Mar, the new $3.5 billion resort, will introduce a new era of luxury, glamour, gaming and excitement to The Bahamas when it begins hosting paid guests on March 27, 2015, at Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, Rosewood at Baha Mar and SLS LUX at Baha Mar. Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar will open shortly after.

“Baha Mar will bring a new level of sophistication and resort experience to one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the Caribbean with its March 27 opening. We are thrilled to welcome our first guests to ‘The New Riviera’ in time for the peak spring travel weeks,” said Paul V. Pusateri, chief operating officer for Baha Mar...
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Royal Naval offshore patrol vessel, HMS Severn visits Nassau, Bahamas - Jan 8, 2015 - 6:14:36 PM

HMS SEVERN, currently deployed in the Caribbean on APT(N) tasking for the Royal Navy, will continue her Wider Regional Engagement programme by visiting Nassau, the Bahamas 9-11 January 2015.

During the visit, the Commanding Officer Lt Cdr Steven Banfield RN, will call on the British High Commissioner, Honourary Consul, Governor General and US Defence Attaché, and meet with ranking officials of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the US Coastguard to discuss maritime affairs.

HMS SEVERN will embark a number of guests for an evening ...
News : New Providence
LPIA Notice Re: Family Island Travel from Lynden Pindling International Airport - Dec 30, 2014 - 5:17:25 PM

Public Service Announcement   Re: Family Island Travel from Lynden Pindling International Airport

The Public is advised that due to the volume of persons travelling and baggage to be processed during the New Year’s holiday, all passengers travelling on domestic (Family Island) flights scheduled from Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Sunday, January 4, 2015 are asked to arrive and check-in at the Lynden Pindling International Airport a minimum of two hours prior to their flight time...

News : New Providence
Missing elderly gentleman Gladstone Rolle sighted on Friday - Dec 26, 2014 - 3:13:58 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - In late November NB12 ran a news report about two missing elderly men with Alzheimer's Disease. Over a month later, the search efforts have intensified with most recent reported sighting on this past Friday in the Miller's Heights subdivision off Carmichael Road. Family and friends of Gladstone Rolle and Anthony Bastian were joined by concerned citizens that are a part of the group Rise Bahamas. On November 28th, they joined the social media push through publishing the excerpt of the NB12 news report through Facebook. Over 4,000 Bahamians watched the video online...
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MP Fitzgerald gives a $15K gift to Claridge Primary School - Dec 11, 2014 - 10:13:35 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Scholastic books flooded the campus of Claridge Primary School as the Member of Parliament for the Marathon Constituency chose to give the gift of reading this holiday season. “As Minister of Education, I realized that the best gift I could give this holiday season would be related to promoting education. Last year, I donated toys to the children, but this year, I wanted to give something more tangible something that I know could have a lasting impact and remain relevant even beyond the holiday season.”

Claridge Primary is the only primary school in the Marathon Constituency and so they have been privileged to receive many much needed items from their Member of Parliament. The Minister used the resources available in his ministry and engaged the expertise of educators to ensure that the books were appropriate for the ages and reading levels of the students...
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CBP Seizes $63k in The Bahamas - Dec 10, 2014 - 4:41:10 PM

Nassau, BAHAMAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nassau CBP Preclearance facility seized $63,851 in unreported currency from a U.S. citizen who was subsequently arrested by the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Dec. 8.

CBP officers at the Nassau Preclearance facility referred five male U.S. citizens for a secondary inspection after they each declared to be in possession of $9,000 U.S. dollars. Three men were en route to JFK and two men were en route to Newark.

Upon further questioning, one of the passengers admitted that he divided about $52,000 among his co-travelers in an attempt to circumvent...
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U.S. Embassy Provides Training for Drug Treatment Professionals - Nov 7, 2014 - 1:32:06 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - With funding from the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section is partnering with the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center to create a cadre of internationally certified drug treatment personnel in The Bahamas. As part of this program, the first two-week train-the-trainer training of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) for Substance Use Disorders began at the Public Hospital Authority on October 27. Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez formally launched the training program at a small opening ceremony where he emphasized the importance of providing holistic treatment for substance use disorders to prevent and reduce the demand for dangerous drugs and crime...
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