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Citizen Journalism to feature at Press Club meeting - Apr 28, 2016 - 10:35:54 PM

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The featured speaker at The Bahamas Press Club 2014’s regular monthly meeting on May 3 at the British Colonial Hilton will be Citizen Journalism specialist, John “Ish” Ishmael.

Resident in Canada, ISH has employed Citizen Journalismfrom the time the Internet started. He said it is a technique that ameliorates the insidious effect of Big Media's Perception Management. Before that, ISH was a print journalist in his native Guyana. He also treats his futurism books sold on Amazon.Com as part of Citizen Journalism, and his books creates various possible near futures based on current events and trends...
News : New Providence
Water and Sewage Company Introduces Individual Service to Renters - Apr 27, 2016 - 2:45:03 PM


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Nassau, Bahamas - The Water and Sewage Corporation is making business easier for landlords and tenants with the introduction of individual service to renters and the best part is, it's as simple as 1-2-3, literally!

The individual service for renters is one of many new features offered to customers of WSC. It allows tenants of multi-family properties to have individual accounts monitoring water usage. This alleviates the pressure from landlords having to manage and pay water bills for their tenants and it gives tenants the freedom of controlling their own accounts...
News : New Providence
Girls in Information Communication Technology symposium - Apr 25, 2016 - 1:00:15 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas - The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), along several licensees within the Electronic Communications Sector will host for the second time, a one day symposium in observance of International Girls in ICT Day in The Bahamas, April 28th, 2016.

International Girls in ICT (Information Communication Technology) Day was first launched in 2011 by the International Telecommunication Union, (ITU) and is celebrated the 4th Thursday of April each year. Around the world more than 150 countries set out to inspire more young women and girls to explore and consider the large array of exciting careers in the fastest growing sector...
News : New Providence
Juan Gonzalez Makes Official Visit to The Bahamas - Apr 22, 2016 - 5:38:39 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Juan Gonzalez made an official two-day visit to The Bahamas April 18-19, 2016.  His trip served as an opportunity to meet with senior government officials and highlight the U.S. commitment to The Bahamas and the region.  

During the visit, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson hosted a welcome reception in honor of DAS Gonzalez at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence.  Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, senior government officials and representatives from the diplomatic corps, law enforcement, business and energy sectors, and civil society were among the invited guests...
News : New Providence
New Parole and Reentry Steering Committee to Set National Policy‏ - Apr 21, 2016 - 8:29:54 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas- Minister of National Security, Dr. Bernard Nottage, has appointed a new parole and reentry steering committee tasked with creating the policy framework for a parole system and inmate rehabilitation, said Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, during her contribution to the 2015/16 Mid-Year Budget Debate in the Senate today. The appointment of the committee comes after the Government of the Bahamas signed a US$345,907 technical cooperation with Inter-American Development Bank at the bank’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, along with the US$20 million Citizen Security and Justice Loan.

Currently, the rate of incarceration in The Bahamas is 379 per 100,000 inhabitants, which is 37% higher than the average rate of incarceration for the Caribbean region...
News : New Providence
Doctors Hospital Board Announces Changes To Executive Leadership - Apr 21, 2016 - 4:53:24 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Doctors Hospital Health System today announced that Barry Rassin will step down as President of Doctors Hospital Health System, but will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and assume a new role as Consultant to the Board effective May 2, 2016.

In his new post, Mr. Rassin will continue to play an active role in the International Patient Program as well as on special projects.
News : New Providence
Securities Commission to host Caribbean Group of Securities Regulators Conference - Apr 20, 2016 - 1:52:58 AM

The Securities Commission of The Bahamas (the Commission) will host the 12th Annual Caribbean Group of Securities Regulators (CGSR) Conference and Workshop 20 - 22 April at the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, Bahamas. It is anticipated that some 45 regional and international delegates and speakers will be in attendance.

The Honourable Hope Strachan, Minister of Financial Services, will bring the keynote address at the opening ceremony on 20 April. The Commission’s Chairman, Tonya Bastian-Galanis, Executive Director, Christina Rolle and Financial Sector Supervision Adviser of the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre, Courtney Christie-Veitch will also bring remarks at the opening ceremony.
News : New Providence
Bank of The Bahamas responds to Tribune article - Apr 19, 2016 - 12:34:41 PM

It was reported in today's Tribune that at the recent BOB shareholders meeting I confirmed that politically influenced loans had been made by the Bank in the past. If such was the impression created by my comments it is incorrect. I was merely acknowledging that I was aware of perceptions that politically influenced loans had been made in the past. I was not, however, agreeing to the truth of the matter. Although the perception persists, I have never seen any credible evidence that politically influenced loans were granted by executive management nor requested or instructed to be granted by any Board of Directors at Bank of The Bahamas...
News : New Providence
Bahamas first e-car public charging station launched - Apr 18, 2016 - 2:23:03 PM

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Elijah Knowles is only 15. But the 11th grader who isn’t even old enough to have a driver’s license knows exactly what kind of car he wants.

“Electric,” he said without a split second’s hesitation. “First an electric car and then when I am older, an electric truck one day.”

Knowles, who attends St. Anne’s and is a member of the Bahamas National Trust junior program, was among the first of nearly 200 people who turned out to witness the inaugural plug-in to the first public charging station for electric cars in Nassau April 9 at the Retreat, Trust headquarters, on Village Road...
News : New Providence
Bahamas State of the Nation Report Launched at The College of The Bahamas - Apr 14, 2016 - 11:49:37 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas - Civil society, students, Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic corps, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union of the United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) executives, and raft of other distinguished guests gathered at the Oakes Field Campus of The College of The Bahamas to witness the unveiling of what has been called “the first milestone” on the path to a National Development Plan. That first step is the State of the Nation Report (SNR), and according to Prime Minister Perry Christie the entire process gives The Bahamas a fresh opportunity to determine its own future...
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New Providence Declared the World’s First ‘Smart Island’ - Apr 14, 2016 - 1:12:58 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Secretary General of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao declared New Providence “the world’s first Smart Island” in a Special Presentation, April 11, 2016.

Mr. Zhao made the announcement as a guest speaker during the launch of the “National Development Plan Report” at The College of The Bahamas Monday evening...
News : New Providence
Public Sector Transparency and Accountability Vital to Caribbean Economic Growth - Apr 14, 2016 - 9:34:18 AM


Nassau, Bahamas – Leaders from the public sector and professional accountancy organizations from throughout the Caribbean are meeting for in Nassau to revitalize efforts to improve public sector financial management and support the region’s economic growth.

Opening the three-day strategic dialogue, The Bahamas Minister of State for Finance, The Hon.

Michael Halkitis, MP, said: “Public sector spending comprises a significant proportion of Caribbean gross domestic product. Given the sums involved, it’s vital that we get our houses in order...
News : New Providence
Peaceful protest held in Nassau over dump fires - Apr 11, 2016 - 12:32:06 AM

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Nassau, New Providence - A peaceful protest took place on Sunday, April 10th to bring awareness to the Nassau landfill fires. Starting at 4pm at Baha Mar Boulevard, the march continued to the Melia round-about, and then looped back. Approximately 1500 people participated, all of varying ages, and backgrounds.

The protest was organized by RABL (Raising Awareness Bahamas Landfill), "an apolitical group formed in 2012 with the vision of a cleaner, sustained and integrated waste management in The Bahama," and protesters were asked to dress in black and wear medical masks...
News : New Providence
(Video) Bahamian entrepreneur, Alanna Rodgers speaks to IDB delegates for 'Young innovators' seminar - Apr 9, 2016 - 7:00:51 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamian Alanna Rodgers speaks about her company "Tru Bahamian Tours" at the IDB 'Young Innovators' Seminar of April 7, 2016 at Baha Mar Convention Centre. IDB-ICC 2016 meetings are being held from thee 7th through to the10th and delegates from around the world are present.

During her presentation she speaks of how competing in tennis gave her the skills to become an entrepreneur.  Today Rodgers owns and operates, Tru Bahamian Food Tours,  offering tourists culinary food tours...
News : New Providence
Nassau Dump Fires Gaining Global Attention - Apr 8, 2016 - 5:41:52 PM


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After months of national news coverage about the inevitable long-term health epidemic Bahamians will face as the result of Nassau’s noxious dump fires, it took only one brief—yet emotional—plea to finally put a global spotlight on this island-wide crisis.

In a correspondence sent earlier this week to Waterkeeper Alliance, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing environmental organizations, a concerned Bahamian issued a desperate cry for help...

News : New Providence
State of the Nation Report to be launched at COB - Apr 7, 2016 - 4:11:06 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Bahamas has embraced the development of a national plan, and as the nation’s top tertiary institution, The College of The Bahamas (COB) has assumed a critical role in the development of the plan. Now, as the National Development Plan Steering Committee (NDPSC) prepares to launch the State of the Nation Report (SNR), that partnership is about to move to the next phase.

As the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee, the College has provided leadership and support to the NDPSC with pursuing its objectives.For instance, COB drafted 10 primers for the State of the Nation Report covering the four main pillars of focus: the Economy, Governance, Social Policy and the Environment...
News : New Providence
Miss Bahamas Teenager 2016 Pageant‏ Set for June 19th - Apr 6, 2016 - 12:14:07 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – On Sunday, 19th June, 2016 a bevy of teenage beauties from throughout The Bahamas will compete for the prestigious title of Miss Bahamas Teenager 2016 with the hopes of becoming the nation’s youth ambassador and represent The Bahamas at “Miss Teen Universe Pageant” in 2017. This year’s pageant is under theme “Priceless Pearls, without a spot.”

The Miss Bahamas Teenager Pageant will be staged from 8p.m. to 10p.m. The pageant will be held at Super Club Breezes Bahamas, Cable Beach in the “Sea Breeze Ballroom...
News : New Providence
"Bank of The Bahamas anti-money laundering infrastructure is solid and meets the strictest compliance regulations" - Apr 5, 2016 - 7:57:53 PM

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Bank of The Bahamas today laid to rest fears raised by a news story that cited a note in the bank’s annual report pointing to a potential weakness in detecting revenue sources. In a statement, the bank noted that the report cited predated the completion of a project to implement a dual-process monitoring system. The system is among the best in class available in the world and was designed using carefully developed rules based on anti-money laundering (AML) legislation, regulations and international best practices to alert the bank of any attempts of money laundering and terrorist financing.
 
“As the pressure mounts on all banks to be ever more vigilant about the ongoing monitoring of customer relationships, we at Bank of The Bahamas have been fully committed to identifying the best processes available to enhance our control environment,” the bank statement continued...
News : New Providence
ICAC Conference to be held April 12-14 in Nassau, Bahamas‏ - Apr 3, 2016 - 7:09:17 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) will host a groundbreaking conference here in The Bahamas this month bringing together for the first time a gathering of the Caribbean’s senior public sector leaders and representatives of accountancy organizations to discuss world-class approaches to public sector financial management and accounting standards.

The conference will be held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort from April 12th-14th.

Supported by The Bahamas’ Government and other donor partners and hosted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) in collaboration with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the World Bank...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Ground Breaking of $120 Million Pharmachem Facility in Grand Bahama - Apr 1, 2016 - 2:32:42 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Prime Minister The Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie was in Grand Bahama Thursday morning, March 31, participating in ground breaking ceremonies for Pharmachem Technologies G.B. Limited Manufacturing Plant 3.

Situated at Pharmachem’s current site on West Sunrise Highway, the new facility will cost in excess of $120 million. The Prime Minister projected construction of the new Pharmachem plant will have a long-term positive effect on the Bahamian economy, generating employment for highly-skilled technical jobs and semi-skilled jobs for the next 20 years...
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