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U.S. Embassy Honors Andrea Archer as The Bahamas' 2014 International Woman of Courage Award Recipient’ - Apr 3, 2014 - 7:36:47 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On Friday, March 28, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. John L. Armstrong formally recognized The Bahamas’ 2014 International Woman of Courage award recipient, Mrs. Andrea Archer during a reception at the SuperClubs Breezes Resort.  Mrs. Archer was honored for her tireless efforts in the field of social work in The Bahamas’ school system and for making it possible for thousands of young people to have uninterrupted access to healthcare and education.  In his remarks, Chargé Armstrong applauded Mrs. Archer for being a nation builder, pioneer of women’s rights and a human rights activist who persevered in the struggle to effectively address inequalities faced by Bahamian women and children.   
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Bahamas to host inaugural The Minority Chef Summit - Mar 28, 2014 - 2:15:37 PM

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The Bahamas is about to become a culinary mecca as it gears up to host the world’s first summit for minority professionals in the food and beverage industry. The Minority Chef Summit held in Nassau from May 1st to the 4th and will take place at the College of The Bahamas in Nassau.

Erika Davis, summit founder, chef, and chocolatier, has worked in the industry for 22 years and was featured as a competing chef on Bravo’s inaugural “Top Chef Just Desserts” show. She is also the first black female chef to receive Detroit’s Chef of the Month award. Davis spent considerable time teaching the culinary arts to aspiring chefs in Nassau, which gave her the idea for the summit...
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STEPCC Returns to Nassau, Bahamas Amidst Global Change - Mar 19, 2014 - 1:31:02 AM

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TORONTO, ONT.  – Touted by organizers as the largest financial services conference in the region, STEP CC 2014 promises to tackle the tough issues facing trust professionals head on.

Under the theme “Explore the Possibilities”, this years’ conference has a stellar line of speakers drawn from the financial services sector and trust sector from around the world. Set to run from May 12 – 14 at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, the conference is looking to welcome over 450 delegates from around the region and around the world.

“Increasingly trust professionals are facing a myriad of issues on a daily basis and change seems to be the only constant”, stated Dianne Bingham...
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Medical Assoc. of Bahamas launches 42nd Annual Scientific Conference - Mar 6, 2014 - 5:42:11 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – The official opening ceremony for the 42ndAnnual Scientific Conference was held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. The Conference, which is presented by the Medical Association of The Bahamas, brings together medical and public health experts from around region. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Next 40 Years: Forging the Way Forward’. The two day conference serves as a platform for stakeholders to discuss and reflect upon achieving a common goal of maintaining high standards of medical practice, ethics and conduct in The Bahamas.


Mr. Lester Cox, Market Head, Business Banking for RBC Bahamas, Cayman and Turks & Caicos during remarks noted that the bank was happy to sponsor the Conference and assist with the further development of the health sector...
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U.S.-Bahamian Partnership under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Highlighted - Mar 6, 2014 - 2:02:27 PM

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) traveled to The Bahamas February 25-27 to engage senior government officials on the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), a regional partnership to improve citizen safety throughout the Caribbean. 

On Wednesday, February 26, DAS Arreaga and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell signed an Amended Letter of Agreement (ALOA) which provides an additional $1,850,000 in U.S. assistance under CBSI to reduce illicit trafficking, increase public safety and security, and promote social justice—the ALOA also increases U.S. support for corrections in The Bahamas. 
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Bahamas: Pilot makes emergency landing after takeoff from Lynden Pindling Intl. Airport - Mar 5, 2014 - 10:38:58 PM

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On Sunday 2nd March 2014, at 5:10pm / 2210UTC, a Navajo, PIPER, PA-31-325, N327RM; S/N 31-7912019 was involved in an occurrence. The aircraft listed owners are: 
AVTRAN LLC, 230 S Bemiston Ave STE Clayton, Missouri 63105 -1907.

The pilot reported that unsafe gear light illuminated after takeoff. He returned and upon landing the nose gear “keeled back” and collapsed. The pilot was the only person on board. There were no dangerous goods on the aircraft and the Civil Aviation Department, Flight Standards Division is investigating. As more information is received a preliminary report will be prepared.

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Public Feedback Prompts Rate Reduction: LPIA Short-Term Parking Fees Drop by 33% - Mar 2, 2014 - 3:18:12 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas (March 3, 2014) — Today, when drivers pull into one of three short-term parking lots at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), they will notice a significant decrease in the daily parking rates. Effective March 3, 2014, fees moved from $30 to $20 per day for premium parking at the airport— 33% less than what drivers paid one week ago.

According to Nicole Henfield, Manager of Parking & Ground Transportation at Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), the fee reduction is a direct result of feedback from consumers.
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MasterCard partners with Ministry of Tourism to become the official card of The Bahamas - Feb 28, 2014 - 5:44:05 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – MasterCard announced today that, as part of the company’s commitment to enhance the experience of cardholders visiting the country in support of the local tourism industry, the company has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism to become the official card of The Bahamas. The announcement was made during an exclusive cocktail event for participating merchants, tourism industry influencers and media at John Watling’s Distillery at Buena Vista Estate, in Nassau, Bahamas.

The initiative is part of MasterCard’s plan to expand its Priceless Bahamas destinations program and amplify its reach among international tourists. “By becoming the official card, MasterCard will be more involved in the tourism industry and initiatives lead by the Ministry of Tourism throughout 2014,” highlighted Lorena Holguin, VP of Marketing for MasterCard in the Caribbean...
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COB Alumni Panel Offers Insights on Combating Crime - Feb 21, 2014 - 6:25:46 AM

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At another time they were all cops on the beat, but as they sat before an audience filled with college students, faculty and alumni of The College of The Bahamas recently, they embraced a familiar brotherhood – one in which they remained locked in a war against a familiar foe.

What the audience saw at The College of The Bahamas Alumni Leaders Series was a police commissioner, an attorney, a senior national security official and the mastermind behind a programme for at-risk males offering insight and recommendations on the menace of crime. But their experiences and perspectives on the factors that contribute to the problem provided a panorama of its ravaging impact.
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Graham Thompson makes statement on The Punch story - Feb 20, 2014 - 3:24:37 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement provided from Graham Thompson:

The story in the Punch of February 20th, 2014 that Graham Thompson receives one million dollars a year in legal fees from the Bank of The Bahamas is completely untrue. Our firm makes nowhere near that from the Bank and never has. The claim is preposterous.  

It is equally untrue to insinuate, as the Punch has on more than one occasion, that our firm's relationship with the Bank is due to the relationship between the bank's managing director, Paul McWeeney and one of our partners, Sean McWeeney QC.
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Swim up to your hotel suite at Sandals Royal Bahamian - Feb 17, 2014 - 3:20:59 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas -- Sandals Royal Bahamian has ramped up its 'Luxury Included' offering another notch with the newly constructed Crystal Lagoon Butler Suites. Just in time for the month of love, Sandals Royal Bahamian is close to completing the swim-up rooms, which is set to make the resort the envy of the islands. The rooms welcomed their first guests this week, treating them to a luxurious suite adorned with the finest amenities that opens up to a coral stone patio that leads into a river pool that is in a Zen Garden and comes complete with butler service.

Sandals has made a multi-million dollar investment to upgrade its rooms in the Windsor Tower and the Crystal Lagoon Butler Suites are now the proverbial icing on the cake. Nothing of this type has been done...

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WSC Partners with International & Local firm for a Wastewater Master Plan - Feb 16, 2014 - 11:54:47 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – As part of the Inter-American Bank (IDB) loan to improve the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) services and capabilities, WSC recently signed a one million dollar contract with Adin Holdings Ltd. This loan follows an international competitive bidding process, focuses on New Providence and supports WSC in non-revenue water reduction, WSC Institutional Strengthening, Rehabilitation and upgrades of wastewater infrastructure and preparation of a Wastewater Treatment Master Plan and Upgrading the legal and regulatory framework.

Adin Holdings Ltd. along with its partners in this project: HGM Consulting Engineers & Planners Ltd and Integrated Building Services (IBS) Ltd. are leading environmental and civil engineering consultants.
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Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) Engages Senior Bahamian Government Officials on International Aviation Issues - Feb 14, 2014 - 4:36:24 PM

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New Providence, Bahamas - On February 12, 2014, Mr. John Pistole, the Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the United States Department of Homeland Security made his first official visit to Nassau, Bahamas to hold high level bilateral discussions with senior Bahamian government officials on international aviation issues. TSA is responsible for identifying and mitigating risks at nearly 300 foreign airports from which U.S. airlines operate or U.S.-bound passengers and cargo depart. When an international aviation-related threat emerges, TSA leads the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s activities in responding to the event.  


During the visit, Administrator Pistole met with the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin and participated in an official signing ceremony to mark the loan of critical aviation security equipment...
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World Renowned Scientists to Lead International Environmental Conference in Nassau - Feb 13, 2014 - 1:20:50 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – The Bahamas National Trust is thrilled to announce thatthey will host underwater explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle as well as Glenn Olson, of the National Audubon Society during their upcoming Bahamas Natural History Conference to be held March 3 – 7, 2014.

Known as “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times, a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, and Time Magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet,” Dr. Sylvia Earle, has led more than 100 expeditions as an oceanographer and explorer, authored 180 publications, and lectured in 80 countries including Panama, China, the Galapagos Islands and of course The Bahamas.

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Holocaust survivor, Walter Absil to speak in The Bahamas - Feb 10, 2014 - 2:06:21 PM


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Real RECONCILIATION is possible

Have you ever wondered why there is so much tension, animosity, even hatred in our society today? Could it be that we are somehow unable to exist with others who are unlike us in some way, either a different race, religion or nationality? Is it because we are unable to move past deep hurts and old wounds? In this life we are not called to merely tolerate or put up with others as a way of existing peacefully. Rather, our purpose should be to build real relationships with those around us, regardless of our differences, and practice the kind of forgiveness that can change our lives.

Someone who had demonstrated this practice of forgiveness and reconciliation is Mr. Walter Absil, one of the survivors of the holocaust.
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KFC Nassau Closes Doors at Village Road Location - Jan 28, 2014 - 7:58:34 AM

Nassau, Bahamas -  Restaurants (Bahamas) Limited, the franchise holder of KFC in New Providence, today announced the immediate closure of its Village Road store as part of the Company's strategic plan to efficiently manage population changes in the Nassau market, which has shifted over recent years.

“We routinely assess all of our locations, both individually and as part of the entire store system, and conclude that closings are unfortunately necessary from time to time,” said Gabriel Sastre, VP & General Manager of Restaurants (Bahamas) Limited.
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Bahamian-American Educational Partnerships Discussed - Jan 24, 2014 - 1:15:48 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - President of Saint John’s University Michael Hemesath and other senior administrators paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission John Armstrong on January 24, 2014. They were joined by Mr. Philip C. Galanis, President of The Bahamas’ Chapter of St. John’s University’s Alumni Association and the U.S. Embassy’s Education and Cultural Specialist Myra M. McPhee.  

During the call they discussed the value of Bahamian students studying in the United States and the various programs St. John’s University has in place to support current Bahamian students and alumni. There are currently more than 50 Bahamians students studying at St. John’s and its sister institution...

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Dr. Earla Carey-Baines appointed COB Acting President - Jan 24, 2014 - 5:50:28 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Council of The College of The Bahamas has appointed Dr. Earla Carey-Baines Acting President of The College of The Bahamas, effective January 1, 2014.  Dr. Carey-Baines will hold the position until a new President is appointed. A presidential search that will lead to the selection of the successful Bahamian candidate is currently underway.

Dr. Carey-Baines has more than 30 years’ experience in education and higher education administration. She previously held the position of President of The College for an interim period, from July 1, 2010 to December 31st, 2010.

She joined The College as a faculty member in the English Department in 1988 and became Coordinator of the department in Fall 1997. From September 2000, to July 2004, Dr. Carey-Baines was Chair of the School of English...

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Andbank opens in The Bahamas: Interview with Manel Cerqueda - Jan 22, 2014 - 10:46:13 PM

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Andbank, is a bank headquartered in Andorra and owned by the third generation of two families. It was founded over 80 years ago in 1930 with the singular vision of establishing social and economic success in Andorra by driving endeavors in business, culture and sports during a worldwide economic depression. Soon over the course of the 20th century, Andbank became a backbone in the local Andorran economy.

Today, Mr. Cerqueda, one of the two owners, has taken the vision of the bank internationally – first investing in The Bahamas in 2001 and now establishing a full-service private bank with same principle of driving successful entrepreneurs. Once more in a difficult economic global environment, Andbank has taken a different step than most other banks and doubled the number of staff in The Bahamas following its path in history in believing to make a difference despite difficult times. Andbank believes in the philosophy to reach out to people on a broader scale beyond the financial sector.
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Certified Financial Crime Specialist Programme launched in Bahamas - Jan 22, 2014 - 10:32:12 PM

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The Ministry of Financial Services has once again joined forces with the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) in collaboration with the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists represented by its President, Charles Intriago to become the first Caribbean jurisdiction grant 15 scholarships leading to the certification of 13 members of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers and two from the Ministry of Financial Services as Certified Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS).

The Bahamas Government is committed to working closely with the international agency in this effort to shape a sensible approach for ensuring tax compliance and addressing the ever increasing financial crimes. The government of The Bahamas is dedicated to doubling the investment
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