U.S. Embassy Honors Andrea Archer as The Bahamas' 2014 International Woman of Courage Award Recipient’
- Apr 3, 2014 - 7:36:47 PM
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
Bahamas to host inaugural The Minority Chef Summit
- Mar 28, 2014 - 2:15:37 PM
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...
STEPCC Returns to Nassau, Bahamas Amidst Global Change
- Mar 19, 2014 - 1:31:02 AM
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.
professionals are facing a myriad of issues on a daily basis and change
seems to be the only constant”, stated Dianne Bingham...
Medical Assoc. of Bahamas launches 42nd Annual Scientific Conference
- Mar 6, 2014 - 5:42:11 PM
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
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
U.S.-Bahamian Partnership under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Highlighted
- Mar 6, 2014 - 2:02:27 PM
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: Pilot makes emergency landing after takeoff from Lynden Pindling Intl. Airport
- Mar 5, 2014 - 10:38:58 PM
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.
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.
Public Feedback Prompts Rate Reduction: LPIA Short-Term Parking Fees Drop by 33%
- Mar 2, 2014 - 3:18:12 PM
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.
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.
MasterCard partners with Ministry of Tourism to become the official card of The Bahamas
- Feb 28, 2014 - 5:44:05 AM
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
COB Alumni Panel Offers Insights on Combating Crime
- Feb 21, 2014 - 6:25:46 AM
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.
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.
Graham Thompson makes statement on The Punch story
- Feb 20, 2014 - 3:24:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement provided from Graham Thompson:
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
Swim up to your hotel suite at Sandals Royal Bahamian
- Feb 17, 2014 - 3:20:59 PM
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...
WSC Partners with International & Local firm for a Wastewater Master Plan
- Feb 16, 2014 - 11:54:47 AM
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.
Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) Engages Senior Bahamian Government Officials on International Aviation Issues
- Feb 14, 2014 - 4:36:24 PM
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...
World Renowned Scientists to Lead International Environmental Conference in Nassau
- Feb 13, 2014 - 1:20:50 PM
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.
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.
Holocaust survivor, Walter Absil to speak in The Bahamas
- Feb 10, 2014 - 2:06:21 PM
Real RECONCILIATION is possible
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.
who had demonstrated this practice of forgiveness and reconciliation is
Mr. Walter Absil, one of the survivors of the holocaust.
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.
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.
Bahamian-American Educational Partnerships Discussed
- Jan 24, 2014 - 1:15:48 PM
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.
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
Dr. Earla Carey-Baines appointed COB Acting President
- Jan 24, 2014 - 5:50:28 AM
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.
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
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...
Andbank opens in The Bahamas: Interview with Manel Cerqueda
- Jan 22, 2014 - 10:46:13 PM
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
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
Certified Financial Crime Specialist Programme launched in Bahamas
- Jan 22, 2014 - 10:32:12 PM
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).
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