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Mobile boarding pass introduced at LPIA - May 23, 2016 - 11:42:57 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – May 17, 2016 – The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. (NAD) in partnership with the international airlines at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), Airport Authority and the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) has launched a new Electronic Boarding Pass (EBP) system at LPIA. Now, the 3.2 million passengers traveling through the country’s major gateway will be able to enjoy the convenience of using their mobile devices to simplify and speed up their check-in and processing through the airport.

With more than six billion cell phone users worldwide (over 440 million throughout the US, UK and Canada), a significant amount of travelers are using their smart phones and other devices to store trip information. By implementing the Electronic Boarding Pass system at LPIA passengers can choose not to have a printed boarding pass. Everything needed for check-in, security and USCBP clearance...
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U.S. Embassy Bahamas Hosts Consular Appreciation Reception - May 12, 2016 - 11:44:55 AM

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the U.S. Embassy held a reception at Harbourfront Lounge in appreciation of its key partners who support safe and responsible travel to the United States as well as provide services to assist American citizens in The Bahamas. The event served as an opportunity to recognize some of the Embassy’s most critical and helpful contacts.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson hosted the reception which was attended by Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Catholic Diocese, Mr. Harrison Thompson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, senior government officials, and many other distinguished partners. Chargé Johnson gave remarks expressing gratitude ...

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BTC sponsors “Call Me Miss Ambassador” Girls Empowerment Event - May 10, 2016 - 12:41:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited, BTC sponsored the “Call Me Miss Ambassador” event which was held today at the College of The Bahamas.  Dozens of students from schools in New Providence attended the event. BTC Vice President, Eldri Mackey spoke with the students about the importance of creating one’s own personal brand.

The event featured a cadre of speakers that spoke on health and wellness, education, community involvement, personal growth, leadership and the power of a dream...
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Fort Charlotte Upgrades Improve Access and Activities At Historic Site‏ - May 8, 2016 - 11:33:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas — The access point to Fort Charlotte is getting a major facelift as the historic site ramps up programs and activities in time for peak summer traffic. Last month, officials at the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Urban Development started construction of an improved access point for vehicular traffic near the entrance road at the fort.  These upgrades include a layby for busses and an expanded sidewalk system. Plans are also underway to increase reenactments and include a flag raising/lowering ceremony to a daily schedule.

Dr. Keith Tinker, Director of AMMC said the upgrades at Fort Charlotte are all geared towards improving the overall visitor experience at the site while creating additional revenue to maintain the facilities...
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Bahamas landmark animal rights case sees 14 charges of animal cruelty - May 4, 2016 - 2:35:08 PM

Nassau, New Providence -  A press statement by the Bahamas Humane Society:

Attorney Metta MacMillan-Hughes, a senior partner of leading commercial firm Lennox Paton, and legal advisor and Board member of the Bahamas Humane Society, described the arraignment of Terry Miller of BASH today for offences of crue lty to animals as a major step forward in enforcing the rights of animals in the Bahamas to enjoy the Five Freedoms.

The prosecution followed a complaint made to Police by Inspector Percy Grant of the Bahamas Humane Society on 11 April, 2016. The complaint was not made lightly she said...
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BTVI recognized by IT certification company - May 3, 2016 - 12:22:51 PM

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) was recently recognized as an authorized educational partner of TestOut Corporation for its commitment to improving the lives of students. 

TestOut provides industry-leading Information Technology (IT) certification training through interactive, hands-on lab exercises, video training, written lessons, quizzes, and certification exams - all in one integrated training package.

BTVI has been using the virtual testing software for over five years, giving students cutting edge methods to gain external, international certifications...
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College of The Bahamas: Constitution Amendment Bills - Apr 30, 2016 - 8:17:45 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - In The College of The Bahamas’ mission, and what will be a part of the mission of the University of The Bahamas, is the simple, truthful sentence that “The University's mission is to serve the nation, its citizens and indeed the world.” In this service to our country and its people, we always extend fairness and equality, never seeking to discriminate on any basis. Therefore, The College of The Bahamas is in full support of the June 7th referendum, which seeks to make women and men equal, under the law. The College of The Bahamas is in full support of equal rights for women and The College supports all four amendments.

Our mission also states that the College will “support and drive national development.” The four proposed amendments to the constitution are an effort to bring about positive national development, by granting equal rights for women and men...
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BTC Celebrates International Girls in ICT Day! - Apr 30, 2016 - 7:58:55 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - BTC is proud to participate yet again in the globally recognized, International Girls in ICT Day. The company is no stranger to advocating for gender equality in the Information and Communication and Technology (ICT) sector. In 2014, BTC was amongst the first companies to sign-on to the Caribbean Women in ICT (CWIC) programme, a Caribbean-wide initiative aimed at addressing the issues facing women in the industry at all levels. And last year, BTC teamed up with industry partners to spearhead, ‘The Girls in ICT Day’ celebration, one aspect of its pledge to make concerted efforts to improve the status of women in the sector.

BTC has a diverse executive management team consisting of nine women and eight men; 53% women in leadership is five times the international average. Furthermore, BTC’s staff comprises of 57% women, well above the global average of 30% for companies in the ICT sector...
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Citizen Journalism to feature at Press Club meeting - Apr 28, 2016 - 10:35:54 PM

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...
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Water and Sewage Company Introduces Individual Service to Renters - Apr 27, 2016 - 2:45:03 PM

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...
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Girls in Information Communication Technology symposium - Apr 25, 2016 - 1:00:15 PM

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...
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Juan Gonzalez Makes Official Visit to The Bahamas - Apr 22, 2016 - 5:38:39 PM

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...
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New Parole and Reentry Steering Committee to Set National Policy‏ - Apr 21, 2016 - 8:29:54 PM

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...
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Doctors Hospital Board Announces Changes To Executive Leadership - Apr 21, 2016 - 4:53:24 PM

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.
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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.
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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...
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Bahamas first e-car public charging station launched - Apr 18, 2016 - 2:23:03 PM

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...
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Bahamas State of the Nation Report Launched at The College of The Bahamas - Apr 14, 2016 - 11:49:37 PM

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

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...
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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...
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