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...
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
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:
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
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
"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...
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
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.
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...
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...
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
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...
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,
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
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.
BTVI showcases trades at Harborside Resort
- Jun 2, 2015 - 7:31:43 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Harborside Resort at
Atlantis employees have the opportunity to enhance their careers or
explore side trades, after meeting with a cadre of faculty and staff at a
Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) career fair
organized exclusively for them.
Held recently at the resort,
scores of workers turned out for the information session and mini career
fair, which showcased the myriad of associate degrees, diploma and
certificate courses offered at BTVI...
U.S. Embassy Honors Fallen Heroes with a Wreath Laying Ceremony
- May 27, 2015 - 3:30:42 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday, May 25th, the United States Embassy commemorated
Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen
comrades and military veterans. The solemn tribute was held at the site
of the Memorial to Patrol Squad 23 to commemorate the 10 U.S. crew members who
lost their lives during a fateful training mission off the coast of Nassau on
May 7th, 1954. The VP-23
Squadron members that died in the plane crash included William Martin, Leland
Osborn, John Tinney, John Holle, Joseph Kiliszewski, Franz Nelson, Thomas
Caylor, Gerald Lepard, Albert Olson and Fred Sparks...
1st African-American to walk in space coming to Bahamas for 2nd annual tech. camp
- May 22, 2015 - 2:21:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - STEMBoard, the global
engineering solutions company co-founded by award winning
Bahamian-American engineer Aisha Bowe, is proud to announce that they
will be spearheading their annual summer technology camp Hack.IT Bahamas
from July 13-July 17, 2015 at St. Andrew’s School in Nassau, Bahamas.
year’s camp was a tremendous success, with a distinguished team of
professional engineers, scientists, and technologists teaching and
encouraging the youth of the Bahamas to pursue opportunities in Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields. This summer, these
specialists, led by STEMBoard founders Aisha Bowe...
BTC Wins Gold and Silver International Phone Book Awards
- May 7, 2015 - 4:00:02 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas - Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC) has won gold and silver medals in the highly competitive
regional, Telephone Directory awards competition held by The Association
of Directory Publishers (ADP), an international trade association
serving the Yellow Pages industry since 1898. BTC won two, 1st-Place
Golds in the ‘Excellence in Cover Design & Art - Product Branding,’
and ‘Excellence in Cover Design & Art – Print’ and a 2nd Place
Silver for ‘Excellence in Print Directories.’ Entries are judged by a
jury of peers and knowledgeable industry experts at the Annual
Convention and Trade Show.
Najah Finlayson the BTC Directory
Publications Manager said that her team was thrilled that their hard
work had paid off. “We love what we do with a passion, and tirelessly
put in hundreds of hours to ensure we give the public really great phone
books each year. I am so very proud of the team here at BTC Directory
Speakers announced for 1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference
- May 3, 2015 - 11:15:18 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Crime and safety are dominant concerns throughout the
region as the loss of assets does not respect socio or any economic
status. As we have also seen in the Caribbean many of the threats are
the not only the same but often times there are interconnected crossing
borders and jurisdictions.
The presenters can be viewed HERE.
In an effort to bring together thinkers and solutionist Preventative
Measures, a network of local and international advisors and instructors
providing expert training and consulting on every facet of asset
protection, loss prevention and resource recovery, is excited to
announce the 1st annual
Caribbean Safe and Secure Exhibit Conference to be held
June 18 – 20, 2015 at Melia Resort, Cable Beach, Nassau ...
U.S. Embassy on Bahamas Energy Reform
- May 1, 2015 - 2:47:00 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Statement made by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson:
The U.S. Embassy in
The Bahamas applauds Deputy Prime Minister Davis’ announcement that the
government has agreed to engage in final negotiations with U.S.-based
PowerSecure on the content of an agreement
to restructure and manage the Bahamas Electricity Corporation."
We are confident
that PowerSecure’s proposal offers innovative
4 Students from Anatol Rodgers each win $57,000 in scholarships
- Apr 29, 2015 - 4:46:33 AM
Four students from Anatol Rodgers have secured
scholarships for Hospitality and Tourism Management to some of the best
universities in the industry. Vernajh Pinder, Ameera Poitier, Dezeraye Dean and
Jeanie Farris were the winners of the 2015 American Hotel & Lodging
Educational Institute (AHLEI), International Hospitality and Tourism Management
This annual event welcomes high school students from
around the world to Orlando, Florida to display their skills in a two-day
competition that challenges the students with situations inspired by real-world
job scenarios in the hospitality industry.
FNM The Free National Movement to Commemorate the 25th Death Anniversary of Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield
- Apr 26, 2015 - 5:53:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Free National
Movement announces that it will hold a Wreath Laying Ceremony in
Commemoration of the 25th Death Anniversary of Sir Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield, Founding Father of the FNM.
event will be held at the grave site of Sir Cecil, at the Eastern
Cemetery at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, May 9, 2015. FNM Party Leader, the
Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis and Lady Naomi Wallace-Whitfield, spouse of
Sir Cecil, will jointly lay a wreath to mark the occasion.
Marjorie Davis Institute For Special Education Officially Opened
- Apr 24, 2015 - 7:49:30 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The government has
officially opened a first class state-of the-art institute for special
education. A ceremony was held on Thursday, April 16 to open the
institute, which has been named after veteran educator, Miss Marjorie
Davis. The Institute is located on the site of the former Our Lady’s
School on Deveaux Street. Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G.
Christie attended the ceremony commemorating the opening of the
institute. He said that the establishment of this type of facility
should come as ‘no surprise’ as education is a top priority for the
“I am grateful for the opportunity to address you at
the opening of this institution for special education,” said Mr.
Christie. “It is through education that we promote the development of
our people and the nation as a whole....