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Marshall Road derelict vehicle site relocated - Sep 2, 2015 - 12:44:04 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing:

I am pleased to announce that significant progress has been made in the removal of the Derelict Vehicle site from its current location on Marshall Road to the new location at the New Providence Landfill on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. It has taken longer than I had hoped but in short order the people who reside in the areas surrounding the derelict site such as Misty...
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JMMB strengthening ties with The Bahamas' Jamaican community - Sep 1, 2015 - 4:11:14 PM

Sharon Gibson, General Manager of JMMB (Jamaica Money Market Brokers) Money Transfer, a remittance partner of Omni Money Transfers, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Patrick Hanlan Jamaican Consul General in the Bahamas. During the visit Ms. Gibson expressed the desire and need for strengthening of ties between Jamaican residents in the Bahamas and Jamaicans in Jamaica through community outreach programs in the Bahamas and abroad.

Ms Gibson noted that JMMB, through Reggae Money Express, services the Jamaican corridor and acts as an essential tool in uplifting and enriching the lives of many persons in Jamaica and the Bahamas who rely on injections of funds to sustain their livelihood...
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Advisory - Flooding at Eastern end of New Providence - Aug 30, 2015 - 8:16:07 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Individuals are being strongly advised to proceed with extreme caution or avoid the area if at all possible, at Eastern Road and Yamacraw Beach; due to excessive flooding...

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Venezuelan Navy Ship ‘Simon Bolivar’ Visits Nassau - Aug 25, 2015 - 1:41:06 PM

New Providence, Bahamas - The ‘Simon Bolivar,’ of the Bolivarian Navy of Venezuela arrived in Nassau on Saturday, August 22, and was officially welcomed by the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The military training vessel, berthed at Nassau Harbour, carries a crew of 174 with 75 of them cadets.

The vessel is traveling through the Caribbean on its 26th Foreign Training Cruise. At this time it also commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Petrocaribe’s regional Energy Cooperation Agreement and through...
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Ambassador Rhoda Jackson Visits Financial Services Ministry While on Home Leave - Aug 21, 2015 - 3:56:43 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – H.E. Ambassador Rhoda Jackson of the Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Hope Strachan, August 20, at the Ministry’s offices.

Essentially, Ambassador Jackson is on home leave from her Post as Ambassador in Geneva.

It is normal during such leave for Ambassadors to brief on the porfolio responsibilities of Government Ministries...
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The Simon Bolivar to Dock in Nassau Harbour August 22-26 - Aug 20, 2015 - 4:37:05 PM

The Venezuelan Navy Training Vessel, Simon Bolivar, will dock at the Nassau Harbour August 22-26, 2015.

The vessel will be open to the public for tours from Noon until 6pm on August 22, and from 9am to 6pm on August 23-25.

A welcoming ceremony for the arrival of the vessel is proposed for Saturday, 22nd of August at 11:00 a.m.
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Criminal Gang Investigation and Prosecution Workshop Held in Nassau - Aug 13, 2015 - 7:31:44 AM

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Ministries of Legal Affairs and National Security partnered to deliver a Criminal Gang Investigation and Prosecution Workshop for more than 40 ministry officials, public prosecutors, police investigators, and corrections officers August 6-7 in Nassau.  The workshop was funded by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and was part of ongoing U.S.-Bahamian cooperative efforts to fight transnational crime and increase efficiencies in the administration of justice in The Bahamas...     
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Up and Running – Bahamas Internationally Accredited Mediators and Arbitrators - Aug 12, 2015 - 10:54:48 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Bahamas Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), under the Patronage of Dame Joan Sawyer, the now retired President of the Bahamas Court of Appeal, and a former Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has seen a steady increase in its base of qualified and trained professionals who can ably champion the cause of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution both locally and internationally.

Since its formation in 2010, the approved Bahamas branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, England, has made steady progress in fulfilling its mandate to offer internationally recognized accredited arbitrators and mediators...
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Bahamas set to comply with international FATCA standards - Aug 10, 2015 - 2:15:18 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - This past week, a bill to enact The Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was passed in the Senate to ensure that The Bahamas continues to remain aligned with the most recent international financial standards.

In an earlier debate within the House of Assembly Minister of Financial Services, Hon. Hope Strachan, voiced her expectation that the bill would receive universal support within the House:

“The Bahamas is a well-established, well regulated, fully compliant jurisdiction. We are continuously evolving as  our  legislative ..."
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Bahamian Supreme Court grants Baha Mar leave to appeal court’s rejecting recognition of U.S. Chapter 11 process - Aug 4, 2015 - 3:52:30 PM

Nassau, Bahamas (August 4, 2015) – Baha Mar today reported that it is gratified that the Supreme Court of The Bahamas has granted Baha Mar leave to appeal the Court’s decision to reject the recognition of the U.S Court in Delaware’s orders with respect to Baha Mar’s Chapter 11 process.

Baha Mar is set on 3,000 feet of white sandy beach just 10 minutes from Nassau's fully renovated and expanded international airport.  It will feature elite hotels with gaming, entertainment, private residences, shopping and natural attractions that reflect an authentic Bahamian experience. Amenities will...
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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Hosts Roundtable with Women Leaders in Law Enforcement - Jul 24, 2015 - 12:16:24 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Wednesday, July 22, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson hosted a roundtable discussion at Liberty Overlook with Bahamian women in law enforcement and the justice sector.  The meeting, facilitated by the Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section, included women leaders from the Ministry of National Security, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas Customs Department, Department of Immigration, Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, and the Office of the Attorney General.  The dialogue provided a forum to discuss challenges and opportunities unique to women in law enforcement in The Bahamas, the United States, and worldwide...
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Baha Mar Comments On Bahamian Supreme Court Ruling - Jul 22, 2015 - 11:01:21 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas, July 22, 2015  -- Baha Mar Ltd. issued the following statement with regard to the Bahamian Supreme Court ruling:

We respect Justice Winder's ruling and look forward to understanding his reasoning, but we are nonetheless disappointed by the result. We are even more disappointed in the way the Government has responded to our Chapter 11 filing over the past several weeks. We hope the Government will stand by its word to be an impartial mediator in our efforts to protect our investment and bring the project to completion. We do not believe today's ruling, for which the Government...
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Baha Mar Issues Statement Regarding Prime Minister's Decision - Jul 17, 2015 - 6:36:45 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas (Statement,
July 17, 2015)  --Baha Mar Ltd. issued the following statement with regard to the Prime Minister's decision announced last night:

"The Bahamian Government's decision to seek a winding up of Baha Mar is both unnecessary and reactionary, puts Baha Mar's staff and assets at severe risk, and significantly jeopardizes the future of the resort.

Baha Mar senior officials have been and continue to be in China engaged in ongoing discussions with both the general contractor and the lender. Yet, notwithstanding those good faith discussions, the Government announced in the middle of the night it will
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"Our Children, Our future" Demonstration held at Clifford Park - Jul 10, 2015 - 12:29:00 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - On the eve of The Bahamas 42nd anniversary of Independence, while most were celebrating the local festivities under the theme, "Our Children, Our Future," a group gathered at Clifford Park for a silent demonstration to bring awareness to "Child Protection." Attorney and activist, Tavarrie Smith was the brainchild behind the event, which was organised by Terneille Burrows, founder of Rise Bahamas. Other participants hailed from groups including The Change Movement and Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM). Some attendees in the vicinity of the demonstration snapped photos of the placards while others stopped to asked questions about some of the headlines that they were not familiar with. Although one or two people...
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PAHO Comment on Preliminary Rubis Robinson Road Fuel Leak Investigation - Jul 8, 2015 - 11:39:05 PM

NASSAU, July 6th, 2015 – The Pan American Health Organization today provided an update on the ongoing analysis of the environment health risk associated with the 2012 Rubis Robinson Road fuel leak, highlighting that testing and analysis to date provided reassuring results for the citizens of Marathon.

“The Rubis Robinson Road situation is an example of the kind of threat becoming too common in The Bahamas and elsewhere,” said PAHO/WHO Representative Dr. Gerry Eijkemans. “At the request of the Government we brought in an independent toxicologist to assist in the assessment and to ensure affected citizens had the health risk information they need and deserve.”
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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

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

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

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...
News : New Providence
Save The Bays urges government to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollution - Jun 11, 2015 - 5:43:28 PM

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....
News : New Providence
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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