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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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Darville - Wong Realty pursuing a Chinese connection - Feb 13, 2015 - 5:23:12 AM

China has demonstrated over the course of many years that it’s an emerging market. This is even more evident here in The Bahamas with the specific role Chinese companies and financial institutions have had in making the Bahamian Rivera reality

Recently, Darville- Wong Realty met with the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Yuan Guisen, to chart a way to assist in specific ways that we can target companies who wish to set up businesses here which is just off the coast of Florida, Unites States and to attract those interested in moving their investments here to this country, while also looking to secure residency status...
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Crystal Palace Casino Closed February 12th - Feb 12, 2015 - 7:54:34 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas — As expected, the Crystal Palace Casino will close its doors on February 12, 2015 in preparation for the much-anticipated opening of the $3.5 billion Baha Mar development on March 27, 2015. The current Crystal Palace casino team is transitioning to Baha Mar, with approximately 55 employees moving into new positions at the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, the largest and most exciting casino in the Caribbean.

"We're fortunate to have the experienced casino team from Crystal Palace to help us open the beautiful, state-of-the-art Baha Mar Casino & Hotel,” Paul V. Pusateri, Baha Mar's Chief Operating Officer, said. "Our Baha Mar casino team willprovide guests with a best-in-class...
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Automated Passport Control Goes Live At LPIA - Feb 4, 2015 - 10:21:40 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Lynden Pindling International Airport's Automated Passport Control (APC) system officially went live today, February 2nd allowing US-bound travelers to be processed up to four times faster.

Officials expect the new technology – available in only one other airport in the Caribbean – to go a long way in slashing wait times, improving the airport's efficiency and ultimately providing a more enjoyable experience for millions of visitors passing through the U.S. pre-clearance facility at LPIA...
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Save the Bays: International experts lament Nygard Cay “tragedy” - Jan 30, 2015 - 3:25:37 PM

Respected conservationists say the government should never have allowed controversial development to damage the marine environment with impunity

International conservation experts branded the controversial development known as Nygard Cay a “tragedy” for The Bahamian people, and criticized the government for giving preferential treatment to a wealthy foreign investor over the country’s own citizens.

The experts, hosted on a tour of the area by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), said allowing Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard to extend his imposing...
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U.S. Embassy Provides Royal Bahamas Police Force Training on Tactical Medical Techniques - Jan 30, 2015 - 3:02:42 PM

As part of continuing cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) section and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partnered with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to provide Tactical Medical Training to 39 Royal Bahamas Police Force Officers from January 21-22, 2015.

DEA and affiliated subject matter experts facilitated the advanced training, which provided officers engaged in Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) operations with the latest tactical and lifesaving techniques through simulation and role-playing exercises...
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Doctors Hospital gives a lifetime of mammograms - Jan 29, 2015 - 9:52:33 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Every year, Doctors Hospital offers women a chance to win a potentially life saving prize – Mammograms for Life in the state-of-the-art, full-field digital mammography center at Doctors Hospital.

More than 250 ladies entered themselves or were entered by someone who loves them for a chance to win. The most recent winner, who now has a free mammogram every year for the rest of her life is Sharrie Moxey.

The retiree was traveling when she was selected as the winner, was very excited to receive this possibly life saving prize...
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Harold Road Landfill Fire Update: 80% of 17 acre burned area covered with fill - Jan 28, 2015 - 9:53:03 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas (Jan 28, 2015) Renew Bahamas has now covered the entire perimeter of the burned area of Harold Road Landfill with fill, which was producing a significant amount of smoke from the recent fire incident.

Work crews have now moved into covering the valley between the new and old landfills.In the short term, smoke may appear to increase as it is forced into a smaller area. Once covered, however, the remaining pockets of smoke should no longer be visible off-site and no longer a nuisance to the surrounding communities and the public...

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China Harbour Engineering Company Announces Executive Change in The Bahamas - Jan 28, 2015 - 7:22:31 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — China Harbour Engineering Company, the contractor for the North Abaco Port Project, has announced a change in its executive management, set to continue strengthening good business ties in The Bahamas.

Mr. Jeff Wang, who previously served as manager for CHEC’s Grenada operations, will replace Mr. Felix Chang as Principal of CHEC Bahamas. In this new role, Wang will manage business operations for the construction of the North Abaco Port as well as expand CHEC’s brand recognition globally as one of the world’s leading port developers...
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“Setting the Course for Equal Participation by Women in Bahamian Politics” - Jan 28, 2015 - 3:13:17 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Friday, January 23, Bahamian attorney and former Senator Heather Hunt paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program focused on “Women in the Political and Social Sectors” held in the United States from October 20 – November 7, 2014.

The three-week program examined U.S. experience in supporting women’s contributions to the workplace and public life. Participants visited several U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Detroit, Sacramento and San Francisco. During the trip...
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Commonwealth Bank Reports 2014 Unaudited Year End Results - Feb 25, 2015 - 1:51:27 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Commonwealth Bank, today, reported unaudited total profit of $53 million in 2014. Total assets closed to $1.47 billion at December 31, 2014. Earnings were up 7% over 2013 when the Bank reported total profit of $50 million. Total assets were up 3% over 2013.

“I am pleased with the Bank’s results in 2014,” said William B. Sands Jr., Executive Chairman of Commonwealth Bank. “They confirm that our business strategy remains appropriate and that our staff remains both capable and dedicated to the plan as laid out by the Board and Executive Management...
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Minister Gray Press Statement: FAO/CARICOM Ministers of Agriculture Meetings and BAMSI Tour - Feb 24, 2015 - 9:42:50 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Minister V. Alfred Gray's Press Statement from the Press Conference held at 9:30 am on Monday, 23rd February, 2015 at the Conference Room, Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government Island Traders Building East Bay Street:

Ladies and Gentlemen, during May of last year, the 33rd Regional Conference of Ministers of Agriculture for Latin American and the Caribbean took place in Santiago, Chile.

As a result of that Conference, CARICOM Ministers were of the view that the issues facing the Caribbean were lost in the mix of the overall conference where major food producing nations like Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Uruguay
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Credit Card Promotion Winners collect from CIBC FirstCaribbean - Feb 24, 2015 - 12:30:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  – Four lucky CIBC FirstCaribbean customers were presented with an array of fabulous prizes, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

They were the Zone 3 Bahamas winners in the recent Give More, Get More promotion for CIBC FirstCaribbean credit card holders. Tony Miller, Sharlyn Smith, Lydia Strachan and Alex Mezulanik who collected for her mother Katina Mezulanik, all expressed appreciation for the honour of being rewarded for going about their normal routine of making purchases with their CIBC FirstCaribbean Credit Cards...
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