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Scotiabank concludes home ownership seminar series - Jul 27, 2016 - 5:25:49 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – Scotiabank will conclude its Home Ownership Seminar Series this Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at the Scotiabank Cable Beach Branch. This session, Home Ownership: Build vs. Buy, will discussion the pros and cons of constructing one’s dream home or the decision to purchase. The previous session covered the basics of securing a mortgage under the theme, Home Ownership 101. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of Home Ownership from a cross section of experienced subject matter experts including lawyers and lending professionals.

“At Scotiabank we are dedicated to working with our customers to realize their home ownership dreams. We are pleased to have received such a positive response to these seminars and remain committed to educating our customers...
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WSC Proudly Celebrates 40 Years of Service to The Bahamas & Renames Headquarters for former GM Moss - Jul 27, 2016 - 2:38:07 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) was incorporated on July 14, 1976 by an Act of Parliament, and began its service to the country with the mandate to meet the increasing demand for potable water on the Island of New Providence.

Since that time, it has expanded its service to cover the entire Bahamas (except Grand Bahama), and now boast a compliment of nearly 430 staff members, dedicated to providing fresh, clean, and reliable water to homes and businesses across the archipelago.
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PM called on to release Rubis leak review - Jul 21, 2016 - 9:35:48 AM

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More than a year since the government promised them a full and frank explanation, Marathon residents are no closer to understanding why they were left in the dark about a dangerous toxic fuel spill in the center of their community.

Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson, who first announced the review in May 2015, insists that only the person who conducted the investigation can speak to its results. But retired Justice Joseph Strachan, appointed to undertake the review, has also washed his hands of the matter, saying that “in due course, persons who are in a better position than I will speak to the release of the report”...
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U.S. Embassy Donates Court Reporting Equipment to The Bahamas - Jul 18, 2016 - 2:32:31 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section presented the Attorney General’s Court Reporting Unit with 28 computers on July 15th in support of The Bahamas’ efforts to strengthen the justice sector. The donation is the latest in a series of donations designed to increase the Unit’s ability to deliver accurate and timely trial transcripts, manage caseloads and conduct office operations. INL has provided approximately $180,000 in court transcript equipment, training and software upgrades so far in 2016.

INL seeks to support rule of law reform efforts in The Bahamas through training, equipment and technical assistance as part of the Caribbean Basic Security...
News : New Providence
Barrington Irving to address HackIT 2016 - Jul 14, 2016 - 4:45:12 PM

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Aviator was youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo

New Providence, Bahamas - The Hack<IT> and STEMBoard teams are pleased to welcome Barrington Irving as the keynote speaker for this year’s STEM camp in Nassau.

Irving, born in Jamaica, was the first Jamaican and the first black man to fly around the world by himself. He will address attendees on the final day of Hack<IT> 2016, scheduled for July 18-23 at the St. Andrew’s School in Nassau. The event begins at 10 a.m...

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Doctors Hospital Re-Accredited by Joint Commission International - Jul 12, 2016 - 11:11:05 AM

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The Board of Directors and Executive Team at Doctors Hospital is proud to announce that the hospital has once again been Accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) following a week of intense onsite scrutiny and examination.

The Bahamas’ only private hospital became the first acute care hospital to be awarded the gold seal of approval by JCI in 2010, and has maintained the stringent standards and levels of care required to consistently pass re-examination every three years...
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Chan Pratt Foundation forms Art Scholarship Endowment at The College of The Bahamas - Jul 7, 2016 - 3:20:16 PM

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The Chan Pratt Foundation, founded by the family of the late Bahamian artist Chan Pratt in an effort to preserve his legacy as a forerunner of Bahamian art, has committed itself to establishing a Chan Pratt Memorial Endowment at The College of The Bahamas. This endowment will fund art programme scholarships that will assist aspiring young artists in pursuing their passion so they can then contribute to the social and cultural identity of The Bahamas.

“We are extremely pleased about the formation of the Chan Pratt Art Scholarship endowment at The College,” Davinia Blair, Vice President of Advancement exclaimed...
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CWC Veteran to Speak at BTC Business Expo - Jul 7, 2016 - 10:41:29 AM

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited, (BTC) will host a Business Expo on July 14th at British Colonial Hilton. Paul Kirwan, a thirty five (35) year veteran in global telecommunications, will be the guest speaker at the event.

Kirwan will speak on the topic “Connecting Businesses to Evolution,” focusing on network footprints and how it enables the delivery of advanced business solutions. BTC SVP of Business Solutions, Chris Mayer commented, “As businesses evolve, so does their need for new and innovative products and services...
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KB releases "Anchor Projects" single - Jul 5, 2016 - 8:11:19 PM

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Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, the Bahamas’ top-selling recording artist, is pouring on the lyrical heat again taking his message with the unmistakable beat and a social conscience to the airwaves and the public’s appetite is bigger than ever – more than 40,000 have tuned in to hear ‘Anchor Projects’ since it launched last month.

“ ‘Anchor Projects hurtin’ we all’ is the latest in a series of songs with substance written and produced by KB and sponsored by Save The Bays, the environmental advocacy group with more than 20,000 Facebook friends...
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U.S. Embassy Closed in Observance of the United States’ 240th Anniversary of Independence - Jul 2, 2016 - 2:13:23 PM

In observance of the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, the United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016.  Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, July 5th 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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B1, B2 Visa Holders with Electronic Passports Cleared to Use Automated Passport Control Kiosks at LPIA - Jul 1, 2016 - 12:56:31 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas — Effective July 1, US-bound passengers travelling on B1 or B2 visas with electronic passports (e-passports) can use the Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA). This expanded clearance now allows many Bahamian passengers to use the self-service kiosks in the United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) hall.

A growing number of airports are incorporating APC technology to expedite the border clearance process. Instead of filling out a paper customs declaration form, eligible travellers can proceed directly to APC kiosks in the passport control area. Travellers are prompted to scan their passports, taking a photograph...
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Freedom of Information Key to Alleviating ‘Fear’ in The Bahamas - Jul 1, 2016 - 12:41:19 PM

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Last month, four controversial questions promoting gender equality in citizenship matters were put to public vote in The Bahamas in a hotly-contested referendum. As the world looked on, United Nations agencies applauded the country’s efforts to establish human rights standards in line with the international community, while citizens from every facet of Bahamian society engaged in contentious and emotional debates, many of which, it was suspected, were based more on intolerance and fear than on political and social principles.

In the end, fear won out, and all four proposed changes were rejected resoundingly and overwhelmingly, leaving some Bahamians wondering where the country goes from here when it comes to acquiring what many believe are fundamental human rights integral to any democratic society...
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Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute announces their first president - Jun 30, 2016 - 9:17:41 PM

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Chairman of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI), Felix Stubbs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Fulbright Specialist, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, as the first president of the institution. Mr. Robertson reports for duty on June 29.

Mr. Stubbs notes that the board interviewed many good candidates for the presidential post; however, they were “impressed by the international, online and most importantly the adult learning and workforce skills development experiences that Dr. Robertson can bring to BTVI...
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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...

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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...
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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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