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U.S. Embassy (Bahamas) and USNORTHCOM Celebrate the 4th of July With a Tribute to the American Southwest - Jul 5, 2015 - 7:42:04 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - On Thursday, July 2, the United States Embassy commemorated the 239thAnniversary of Independence of the United States of America by hosting a celebration in Nassau, at Liberty Overlook. The event was held in partnership with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and included more than 500 of the Embassy’s key contacts representing the government, the business community, civil society, media, and the arts. The evening’s theme, the American Southwest, was a tribute to the spirit and struggle of the Wild West frontier and honored ordinary Americans’ unyielding spirit in the 19th century that served as an inspiration for generations of Americans.

Among the senior U.S. and Bahamians on hand for the event, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa A. Johnson, Brigadier General James E. Taylor, Deputy Director of Strategy...
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Baha Mar announces voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy - Jun 29, 2015 - 11:42:26 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sarkis Izmirlian, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Baha Mar Ltd., the developer of the Baha Mar resort, today announced that, in order to complete construction and open Baha Mar as soon as practicable, Baha Mar Ltd., and entities associated with it, are voluntarily undertaking the process of Chapter 11 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

The Board of Directors has determined that due to the financial consequences of the repeated delays by the general contractor, and the resulting loss of revenue, the Chapter 11 process is the best path to provide the time to put in place a viable capital structure and working relationships to complete construction and successfully open Baha Mar.  The voluntary Chapter 11 filing has been made in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Baha Mar Ltd...
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19th CCEM Nassau Declaration - Jun 28, 2015 - 5:47:05 PM

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The following document is a Ministerial Declaration outlining the major topics and issues discussed at the 19th CCEM as well as the major remedial initiatives proposed.

1. The 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19th CCEM) was held in Nassau, the Bahamas, from 22 – 26 June 2015. The Conference was opened by the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas. H. E. Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, addressed the conference at the opening ceremony. The host Minister, Hon. Jerome K Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, chaired the conference.

2. In discussions, Ministers highlight that the 19th CCEM is taking place at an historic turning point, following the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the...
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Save The Bays urges government to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollution - Jun 11, 2015 - 5:43:28 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Nearly six months after the government announced it would spend $10 million on oil spill remediation efforts, petrochemical pollution remains a serious threat to the sensitive marine environment throughout The Bahamas, but particularly at Clifton Bay, environmentalists say.

Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, CEO of fast-growing social and environmental movement Save The Bays (STB), said recent complaints from divers visiting the Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Gardens, who emerged from the water covered in oil, prove that whatever actions have been taken to date have been far from sufficient....
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Students unharmed after shooting at L.W. Young Junior High - Jun 9, 2015 - 3:26:51 PM


Nassau, Bahamas - A security officer at the L.W. Young Junior High School was shot to the upper body and thigh around 12:30 this afternoon. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology can confirm that the assailant was not on the campus however, shots were fired from outside the school gate, striking the officer. As a result of the school being secured, the assailants did not have access to the campus and we commend the work of the officers for properly securing the campus, preventing further casualties.
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BTVI showcases trades at Harborside Resort - Jun 2, 2015 - 7:31:43 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Harborside Resort at Atlantis employees have the opportunity to enhance their careers or explore side trades, after meeting with a cadre of faculty and staff at a Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) career fair organized exclusively for them.

Held recently at the resort, scores of workers turned out for the information session and mini career fair, which showcased the myriad of associate degrees, diploma and certificate courses offered at BTVI... 
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U.S. Embassy Honors Fallen Heroes with a Wreath Laying Ceremony - May 27, 2015 - 3:30:42 PM

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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

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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

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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...
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Speakers announced for 1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference - May 3, 2015 - 11:15:18 AM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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

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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.

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