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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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U.S. Embassy Grants $25,000 to Bahamas Association for Social Health to Combat Substance Abuse - Mar 27, 2015 - 9:46:58 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Tuesday, March 24, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section awarded the Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH) a $25,000 grant to implement an anti-drug media campaign targeting at-risk populations in The Bahamas.  BASH submitted the winning proposal for an openly-competed small grant competition.  The grant was awarded at BASH’s residential substance treatment center and headquarters by Susan Snyder, the Deputy Director for Western Hemisphere Programs in the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.  

“INL looks forward to continued collaboration and cooperation with BASH to achieve our shared goals,” Ms. Snyder told BASH Executive Director Terry Miller and BASH Director of Treatment Services Lowena West at the award presentation... 
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U.S. Embassy presents Royal Bahamas Police Force with State-of-the-Art Interceptor Vessel to Bolster Maritime Security - Mar 27, 2015 - 3:51:14 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday, March 23, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, accompanied by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s Deputy Director for Western Hemisphere Programs Susan Snyder and other senior U.S. Government officials, participated in a formal handover ceremony of a state-of-the-art, fully-equipped 41’ Apostle Interceptor police vessel to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) at the Marine Support Services Branch on Bay Street. The Bahamas Government delegation was led by Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Carl Smith and Acting Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson.

This latest donation by the United States Embassy valued at more than $668,000 will increase the operational capacity of the RBPF to participate in interdiction operations under Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT)...
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St Andrew’s School Launches Groundbreaking Pilot Digital Literacy Programme - Mar 25, 2015 - 2:36:23 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas -  St Andrew’s School, The International School of The Bahamas, has introduced a pilot Digital Literacy programme for Year 6 students by bringing 45 Chromebook laptops and the ‘Google for Education’ suite of apps, books and videos to the classroom.

The software, which is free to schools, allows users to create, share and edit files in real time, thus greatly increasing productivity as well as interaction and collaboration between students and teachers. Each user receives a Gmail account, and projects are automatically saved on a Cloud for safety and easy access at any time from any computer, tablet or phone...
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Phillip Vasyli, Australian podiatrist, stabbed to death in Bahamas - Mar 25, 2015 - 8:14:26 AM

(Associated Press) — Authorities in the Bahamas said Tuesday that they have detained the wife of a well-known podiatrist from Australia who was found stabbed to death at the couple's upscale home.

Phillip Vasyli died in the wealthy Old Fort Bay community on New Providence Island after being stabbed once in the chest, police spokesman Stephen Dean said in an interview. He said no one has been charged and that police are still investigating a possible motive...

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Bahamian Attorney Participates in U.S. State Department Exchange Focused on Children in the U.S. Justice System - Mar 18, 2015 - 11:42:06 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday, March 16, youth activist, policy adviser and Bahamian attorney Tavarrie Smith paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss his recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focused on “Children in the U.S. Justice System.” Mr. Smith, an attorney at Messrs. Bostwick & Bostwick Law Chambers, participated in the professional exchange held in the United States from January 26 – February 6, 2015. Designed for juvenile judges, youth and child rights lawyers, social workers, child justice workers and Hague convention central authorities’ officers, the program examined the U.S. experience of children in the American justice system and the various agencies and services that work with juveniles.
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Transformation Project Launched at COB - Mar 6, 2015 - 2:15:04 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The government is moving full steam ahead with its plan to transform the College of The Bahamas (COB) into a full-service university. During a ceremony held on the evening of Wednesday, March 4 at the school’s Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie stated that the college has to be ‘transformed’ in order to prepare the country for the next generation. He said that with COB gaining university status, Bahamian students would have more options for tertiary education.

“The transition to university status will mean that Bahamians will have the opportunity to pursue graduate as well as doctoral degree programs at the University of The Bahamas,” said Mr. Christie...
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World Day of Prayer services for Nassau, Bahamas - Mar 6, 2015 - 3:14:14 AM

World Day of Prayer will take place on March 6th, 2015, and this year focuses on The Bahamas.
If you are planning to be in New Providence, The Bahamas, for the World Day of Prayer celebrations, here is the schedule of the activities. All are welcome.

Tuesday, March 3, 9 am - Children’s Services at Baptist Schools

Thursday, March 5, 7 am - Worship Service to welcome the beginning of World Day of Prayer in the earth, as the day begins at the International Date Line, seventeen hours before it begins...
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’72 Munich Massacre Survivor to Speak in Nassau - Mar 5, 2015 - 9:57:18 PM

A survivor of the first reported terrorist attack is coming to share his story with The Bahamas. The lecture will take place at the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort on March 10, 2015 at 6 p.m.

The event is being organized by the Nassau Jewish Community as part of a community outreach effort with the sponsorship of The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; Colina Insurance Limited; Andbank; Union Bancaire Privée and Restaurants Bahamas Ltd.

The speaker, Dan Alon will tell the harrowing tale of how he survived the Munich Massacre during the 1972 games...
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$16 Million COB Transformation Project Launched - Builds Foundation for University of The Bahamas - Mar 5, 2015 - 6:45:51 PM

Nassau, BAHAMAS – Aimed at strengthening the institution in key areas that will undergird the future University of The Bahamas, The College of The Bahamas Transformation Project was launched on Wednesday, March 4th during a special ceremony held at the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre.

The project is the direct result of a USD$16.18 million loan that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is extending to the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The loan is to fund specific capacity-building initiatives at The College as it advances in its university transition...

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Bahamas Aviation Academy to take flight - Mar 3, 2015 - 11:37:32 PM

Beach Aviation's Bahamas Aviation Academy and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) are proud to announce the historic launch of the only comprehensive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Flight Training course offering in The Bahamas.

BTVI, in fulfillment of its mission, "To provide opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent," recognized the benefit of partnering with Beach Aviation to train the next generation of private and commercial pilots in The Bahamas. The historic partnership will provide students the opportunity to be trained in a myriad of FAA approved courses while remaining in Nassau...

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Lyford Cay Foundation grants $19,000 to increase early childhood literacy‏ - Feb 26, 2015 - 10:11:43 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. continues to illustrate its commitment to supporting community initiatives that enrich learning opportunities across The Bahamas.  Recently, the Foundation granted $19,000 to the Brighter Bahamas Foundation to help more Bahamians understand the importance of literacy, and the importance of reading to children starting at birth.

The Brighter Bahamas Foundation is a new promising, nonprofit with a mission of improving the lives of all Bahamians by encouraging reading from a young age and ensuring universal access to children’s literature...
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Munich Games Terror Survivor to Appear in Nassau - Feb 24, 2015 - 2:14:44 PM

Shots shattered the air, hostages were taken, the world turned upside down in an instant that forever taught people everywhere that terror knew no rules, not even the Olympics was safe from hate.

But for one man, Dan Alon, an athlete who had dreams of returning with medals in his sport of fencing and returned with coffins of his teammates instead, the 1972 Munich Massacre as it came to be called was not the end, but the beginning of a journey.

On March 10, that journey will take him to Nassau where Alon will share his story and the lessons learned during a presentation...
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Airport Efficiency, Clean Terminals and Staff Courtesy Boost Final Quarter ASQ Scores for LPIA - Feb 22, 2015 - 12:35:07 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  Wait times matter for passengers travelling through Lynden Pindling International Airport. In fact, new airport survey results indicate increased scores based on the time it takes passengers to move through the terminal on arrival and departure.

In the final quarter of 2014, LPIA scores on Waiting Time In the Check-in Queue increased from 4.07 to 4.37, Waiting Time at Security Inspection climbed from 4.04 to 4.25, Passport/Personal ID Inspection went from 4.03 to 4.19 and up over Q3 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) results...
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Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre to rename Phase 1, “Drella’s Dream” - Feb 18, 2015 - 1:29:27 AM

To dream the impossible dream is precisely what the late Adrella Gibson did, when she proposed the creation of therapeutic environments throughout the grounds of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre compound.

Nursing Officer Gibson was adamant that the clients’ clinical experience should be complemented by the outdoors. Ms. Gibson was one of the Bahamas’ most decorated and qualified Psychiatric Nurses. She provided a blue print that guided the process for developing the areas even after her death on August 12th 2012.

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Embassy Closure in Observance of the U.S. Presidents’ Day Holiday - Feb 15, 2015 - 10:55:55 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, February 16 in observance of the U.S. Presidents’ Day holiday. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, February 17 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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Newest BTC Franchise Store Opens at College of The Bahamas - Feb 15, 2015 - 8:27:12 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Chapter One Bookstore at The College of The Bahamas is the location of the newest Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) retail store, but the franchise operation signifies more than a mere business opportunity, it symbolizes the kind of partnerships that The College continues to cultivate in its university building.

BTC, which is supporting student scholarships at The College, is one of the first contributors to the University of The Bahamas Endowment Fund - a special vehicle for private giving to the future University of The Bahamas - is a loyal proponent of higher education and, specifically, The College. Its $250,000 gift to The College in support of student scholarships and philanthropy is evidence...
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Caribbean Pavement Solutions Meets With Prime Minister - Feb 15, 2015 - 11:13:30 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Executives of Bahamas Striping Group of Companies and Prime Minister Perry Christie dialogued Friday (Feb. 6) on a proposed $50 million private-public partnership which will have a profound impact on the nation's ageing infrastructure.
"We were pleased when Mr Christie expressed an interest in meeting with us to discuss our company's growth and development plans," said the group's president Atario Mitchell...
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Harold Road Landfill update: Friday, Feb 13th - Feb 13, 2015 - 5:01:47 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas  - Renew Bahamas covered the final area of the landfill with fill today, which was producing large amounts of smoke from the massive fire that occurred at the site three weeks ago.

The company will continue to cover some remaining minor pockets of smoke, but is satisfied that the entire 17 acres has now largely been capped with a first layer of fill material.The company will further continue to monitor the entire area over the coming days and weeks to ensure that any reappearance of pockets of smoke are rapidly dealt with...

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Former Governor General to speak on equal rights and the Bahamian constitution - Mar 25, 2015 - 9:07:22 PM

The public is invited to hear former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes speak about gender equality and the drafting of the Bahamian constitution at a public forum hosted by Citizens for Constitutional Equality (CCE). The free event, “Who Framed the Constitution and What Were They Thinking?” will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7pm at the Parish Hall of Holy Cross Anglican Church.

As a participant in the 1972 Bahamas Independence Constitution Conference Sir Arthur has a unique historical perspective on the framing of the citizenship provisions in the Bahamian constitution. At the event, Sir Arthur will share his reflections on the drafting of the constitution and the rationale behind introducing provisions which were not gender neutral, despite the significant global efforts to advance women's rights during that time...
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