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U.S. Embassy Honors Fallen Heroes with a Wreath Laying Ceremony - May 27, 2015 - 3:30:42 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday, May 25th, the United States Embassy commemorated Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans. The solemn tribute was held at the site of the Memorial to Patrol Squad 23 to commemorate the 10 U.S. crew members who lost their lives during a fateful training mission off the coast of Nassau on May 7th, 1954. The VP-23 Squadron members that died in the plane crash included William Martin, Leland Osborn, John Tinney, John Holle, Joseph Kiliszewski, Franz Nelson, Thomas Caylor, Gerald Lepard, Albert Olson and Fred Sparks...
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1st African-American to walk in space coming to Bahamas for 2nd annual tech. camp‏ - May 22, 2015 - 2:21:37 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - STEMBoard, the global engineering solutions company co-founded by award winning Bahamian-American engineer Aisha Bowe, is proud to announce that they will be spearheading their annual summer technology camp Hack.IT Bahamas from July 13-July 17, 2015 at St. Andrew’s School in Nassau, Bahamas.

Last year’s camp was a tremendous success, with a distinguished team of professional engineers, scientists, and technologists teaching and encouraging the youth of the Bahamas to pursue opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields. This summer, these specialists, led by STEMBoard founders Aisha Bowe...
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BTC Wins Gold and Silver International Phone Book Awards - May 7, 2015 - 4:00:02 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has won gold and silver medals in the highly competitive regional, Telephone Directory awards competition held by The Association of Directory Publishers (ADP), an international trade association serving the Yellow Pages industry since 1898. BTC won two, 1st-Place Golds in the ‘Excellence in Cover Design & Art - Product Branding,’ and ‘Excellence in Cover Design & Art – Print’ and a 2nd Place Silver for ‘Excellence in Print Directories.’ Entries are judged by a jury of peers and knowledgeable industry experts at the Annual Convention and Trade Show.

Najah Finlayson the BTC Directory Publications Manager said that her team was thrilled that their hard work had paid off. “We love what we do with a passion, and tirelessly put in hundreds of hours to ensure we give the public really great phone books each year. I am so very proud of the team here at BTC Directory Department...
News : New Providence
Speakers announced for 1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference - May 3, 2015 - 11:15:18 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Crime and safety are dominant concerns throughout the region as the loss of assets does not respect socio or any economic status. As we have also seen in the Caribbean many of the threats are the not only the same but often times there are interconnected crossing borders and jurisdictions. The presenters can be viewed HERE.

In an effort to bring together thinkers and solutionist Preventative Measures, a network of local and international advisors and instructors providing expert training and consulting on every facet of asset protection, loss prevention and resource recovery, is excited to announce the 1st annual Caribbean Safe and Secure Exhibit Conference to be held June 18 – 20, 2015 at Melia Resort, Cable Beach, Nassau ...
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U.S. Embassy on Bahamas Energy Reform - May 1, 2015 - 2:47:00 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Statement made by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson: 

The U.S. Embassy in The Bahamas applauds Deputy Prime Minister Davis’ announcement that the government has agreed to engage in final negotiations with U.S.-based PowerSecure on the content of an agreement to restructure and manage the Bahamas Electricity Corporation."

We are confident that PowerSecure’s proposal offers innovative ...
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4 Students from Anatol Rodgers each win $57,000 in scholarships - Apr 29, 2015 - 4:46:33 AM

Four students from Anatol Rodgers have secured scholarships for Hospitality and Tourism Management to some of the best universities in the industry. Vernajh Pinder, Ameera Poitier, Dezeraye Dean and Jeanie Farris were the winners of the 2015 American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), International Hospitality and Tourism Management Competition.

This annual event welcomes high school students from around the world to Orlando, Florida to display their skills in a two-day competition that challenges the students with situations inspired by real-world job scenarios in the hospitality industry.

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FNM The Free National Movement to Commemorate the 25th Death Anniversary of Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield - Apr 26, 2015 - 5:53:51 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Free National Movement announces that it will hold a Wreath Laying Ceremony in Commemoration of the 25th Death Anniversary of Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, Founding Father of the FNM.

The event will be held at the grave site of Sir Cecil, at the Eastern Cemetery at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  FNM Party Leader, the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis and Lady Naomi Wallace-Whitfield, spouse of Sir Cecil, will jointly lay a wreath to mark the occasion.

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Marjorie Davis Institute For Special Education Officially Opened - Apr 24, 2015 - 7:49:30 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The government has officially opened a first class state-of the-art institute for special education. A ceremony was held on Thursday, April 16 to open the institute, which has been named after veteran educator, Miss Marjorie Davis. The Institute is located on the site of the former Our Lady’s School on Deveaux Street. Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie attended the ceremony commemorating the opening of the institute. He said that the establishment of this type of facility should come as ‘no surprise’ as education is a top priority for the government.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to address you at the opening of this institution for special education,” said Mr. Christie. “It is through education that we promote the development of our people and the nation as a whole....
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Global Entry Expands to Nassau Preclearance Location at Lynden Pindling International Airport - Apr 21, 2015 - 3:13:59 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today the addition of Global Entry kiosks to the Nassau Preclearance facility at Lynden Pindling International Airport. Global Entry, a CBP trusted traveler program, provides expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers and currently accounts for an average of 9 percent of all international air arrivals...
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Global United Fellowship Bahamas Province Announces New Leaders - Apr 19, 2015 - 10:37:36 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Bahamas Provincial Leader Bishop Godfrey R. Williams has relinquished his office. Appointed in 2013, Bishop Williams has stepped down to devote his full attention to his wife, Iris, who was hospitalized last December battling a heart condition. She is currently recuperating.

According to Global United Fellowship's Presiding Bishop, His Grace Bishop Neil C. Ellis, "Bishop Williams has distinguished himself as a Lover of God and his Family over the years. His work as an Ambassador of God and Good has earned him the respect of The Grand Bahama and the wider Christian Community; inclusive of the GUF Family which now spans 12 countries representing over 600 churches...
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Nassau hotel pledges profits to local charities - Apr 19, 2015 - 2:05:49 PM

Holowesko family underscores commitment to The Bahamas, announces a substantial part of net earnings from The Island House will go to selected community efforts

For more than three decades, the Holowesko family has been investing in The Bahamas on a range of fronts, including extensive support for a host of local charities.

This commitment is set to be redoubled with the announcement that a substantial part of the profits from The Island House (TIH), the Holowesko’s new 30-room boutique hotel in western Nassau...
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19CCEM Organisers Discuss Upcoming Conference with COB President - Apr 16, 2015 - 10:33:01 AM

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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...

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

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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...
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