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Free Canine Distemper Vaccinations offered at Bahamas Humane Society, Nassau - Jul 30, 2014 - 2:18:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The island of New Providence is currently facing a serious outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus, a dangerous and often fatal disease in pet dogs.

To assist those less fortunate and their pets, the Bahamas Humane Society is providing free distemper vaccines Wednesday, 30 July, at the Thelma Gibson School located in Elizabeth Estates. This clinic will be held from 2pm to 7pm. The clinic is free of charge and is aimed at establishing a “ring of immunity” within New Providence to protect our pets.

These vaccines have been generously provided by Humane Society International.

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CIBC FirstCaribbean Unveils New Dual Currency ABM in Atlantis Marina Village - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:45:04 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - CIBC FirstCaribbean has installed a dual currency Automatic Banking Machine (ABM) in the Atlantis Marina Village on Paradise Island to the benefit of both area staff and local and international visitors to the popular harbour side shopping and entertainment strip. Senior Management of CIBC FirstCaribbean and Atlantis gathered to inaugurate the new ABM and welcome the machines first enthusiastic customer, Atlantis guest, Laurie Berry.

The machine is the latest in a series of installations and upgrades CIBC FirstCaribbean has been making to its ABM network across the Island. The machine, which dispenses both Bahamian and American currency and provides sophisticated, fast and efficient e-banking services 24/7, follows similar installations at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Bay Street branch and at the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport...
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Bahamas, Haiti and TCI hold trilateral meeting in Nassau - Jul 30, 2014 - 10:47:16 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Government officials of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Republic of Haiti have come together at the Melia Nassau Beach Hotel in a trilateral meeting to discuss matters involving trade, immigration and the improvement of the agricultural sectors.

During the trilateral meeting, The Bahamas and Haiti have signed four Agreements pertaining to trade, cooperation, and migration. “Through the Framework Agreement for Bilateral Cooperation; the Agreement on Trade and Technical Cooperation in Agriculture and Fisheries; the Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments; and the Joint Project Cooperation Agreement between the National Port Authority of Haiti and the Port Authority...

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Haitian president Michael Martelly calls on Bahamas Opposition Leader - Jul 29, 2014 - 11:15:47 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Opposition Leader the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, received Haitian President, His Excellency Michel Martelly in a courtesy visit held at the Minority Room of the House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

President Martelly visiting The Bahamas for one-day explained that the objective of the visit was to engage The Bahamas Government in discussions of bilateral interest in the areas of trade, migration, and investment that would strengthen the relationship between Haiti and The Bahamas. Dr. Minnis said he welcomes and supports the idea of investment that will create opportunities in Haiti that will help to stem the flow of migrants.
News : New Providence
College of The Bahamas selects Rodney Smith as president - Jul 29, 2014 - 4:24:19 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - After a long, transparent, competitive and rigorous search process conducted by a Council-appointed Advisory Search Committee (ASC), the Council of The College of The Bahamas at a special called meeting on June 11th considered the assessment conducted by the ASC of four shortlisted candidates for the position of President of The College of The Bahamas. At the end of its deliberations, Dr. Rodney Smith was chosen to be the candidate that Council would present to the Minister of Education, in accordance with Section 6 of the College of The Bahamas Act, for the Minister’s approval. On June 12th Council informed the Minister of its determination and was then informed by the Minister that the matter of the approval of Dr. Smith as President of COB would be made the subject of a decision by the Cabinet of the Government of The Bahamas...
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BTC and CANTO bring Information, Communications Technology Industry Conference to Nassau - Jul 29, 2014 - 4:43:20 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) has selected The Bahamas to mark its 30th anniversary and to stage their annual conference and trade exhibition from August 10th – 15th at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. BTC, in partnership with the government of The Bahamas, is the co-host.

CANTO, founded in 1984, was formed to facilitate the development of the information and communications technology industry (ICT) for the benefit of members and other stakeholders in the Caribbean region; from an initial eight, membership has grown to 123 members in 34 countries...
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Cable Bahamas: Services outage in eastern New Providence - Jul 27, 2014 - 3:14:55 PM

NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS (July 27, 2014) -- A vehicle accident on Prince Charles Drive, eastern New Providence, has caused a widespread outage of all cable services for subscribers in that area.

The accident, which occurred Sunday morning, July 27, knocked down a utility pole in the vicinity of Marco's Pizza on Prince Charles Drive. A total of 27 neighbourhoods and just over 3,900 subscribers were impacted by the outage.  

BEC is currently replacing the damaged pole, and Cable Bahamas Ltd crews are on-site to commence repairs and restoration of services as quickly ...
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Baha Mar’s Leadership Development Institute Celebrates ‘True Inclusion’ - Jul 26, 2014 - 6:01:35 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Baha Mar is providing true inclusion for all Bahamians, with more opportunities than ever before for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (IDD) at the luxury resort.

This past Monday, the Leadership Development Institute (LDI), a non-profit training organization supported by Baha Mar, began its third session. LDI creates opportunities for Bahamians from all backgrounds to be trained and to potentially join the Baha Mar team. In this recent session, LDI broke new ground by not only doubling of the class size but also by taking the unprecedented step to include people with IDD in the program...
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400 Students Begin Training at Baha Mar - Jul 26, 2014 - 12:33:26 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas – Baha Mar made good on its commitment to training young Bahamians today by doubling the enrollment of its Leadership Development Institute (LDI) to welcome 395 students - six of which have Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (IDD).

In May, 150 students graduated from LDI’s first class. The session of LDI saw enrollment increase to 162 students. Since the program was first announced, LDI has received strong community support and has been highly lauded as a program that is improving our community because it is providing many young people an opportunity to change their course in life...
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Roof wetting ceremony for Bahamas Agricultural Marine and Science Institute - Jul 23, 2014 - 1:52:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - President of Paradigm Construction Mr. Audley Hanna practiced an ancient tradition to celebrate the near completion of the Bahamas Agricultural Marine and Science Institute.  He conducted a roof wetting ceremony, which includes pitching a white flag on the building, to commemorate that the building is not in its final stages of construction.  

Mr. Hanna built the original building on the site some 40 years ago, and the fact that it is still standing today, he said, is a testament to his work ethic.  He was especially proud to be responsible for BAMSI's main dormitories, now nearing completion, which means that the institute is well on its way to opening and serving the Bahamian people. 

News : New Providence
Miss Bahamas contestants revealed at official launch - Jul 22, 2014 - 5:18:06 PM

NEW PROVIDENCE - The thirteen beauties, who will be competing for the titles of Miss World Bahamas & Miss Universe Bahamas, were officially revealed at the Miss Bahamas Launch event on July 20 at the John Watling’s Distillery. A total of six young women will be vying for the title of Miss Universe Bahamas, and seven contestants will be competing for the Miss World  Bahamas crown during the Aug 3 Miss Bahamas pageant double header event. MBO Director of Media Relations, Jerome Sawyer, co-hosted the event with Miss World Bahamas 2012, De’Andra Bannister, and Miss Universe Bahamas 2013, Lexi Wilson...
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National Center for State Courts and Bahamas Ministry of Legal Affairs Partner on Plea Bargaining Workshop - Jul 21, 2014 - 6:13:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Ministry of Legal Affairs partnered together to deliver a Plea Agreement - Plea Bargain Workshop for justice sector professionals, including magistrates, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, July 17-18 in Nassau. The workshop was funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and was part of ongoing U.S.-Bahamian cooperative efforts to increase efficiencies in the administration of justice in The Bahamas.

The two-day program was designed to enhance attendees’ knowledge of plea-bargaining systems and was facilitated by a team of four U.S. experts including a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, and NCSC’s Senior Program Manager.
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Top Scotiabank Executives & Minister Pinder Discuss Bahamas Financial Services Industry - Jul 21, 2014 - 2:21:22 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas – Scotiabank executives discussed the bright future of the Financial Services Industry in The Bahamas with the Hon. Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, over lunch at Café Matisse recently.

The discussion was led by Chris Hodgson, Group Head, Global Wealth & Insurance and included Sean Albert, Managing Director, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. among other senior bank officials...
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"Nygard stopped in his tracks" - Jul 19, 2014 - 4:57:12 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Bays (STB) is encouraged after the Supreme Court issued an injunction halting the approvals process for further work at the controversial Nygard Cay development, where it is claimed decades of unauthorized, invasive construction negatively impacted the surrounding marine environment.

The fast-growing social and environmental advocacy movement was granted an injunction restraining the prime minister and his Cabinet from making decisions on any applications by owner Peter Nygard until mid-August. In addition, both STB and a group of 103 Lyford Cay residents and property owners were given permission to apply for separate judicial reviews to examine whether Nygard built his imposing Mayan temple-themed resort in the absence of proper permits and the validity of the Government's so-called consultation process...
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Bahamas breaks world record for most conchs blown at one time - Jul 18, 2014 - 3:22:20 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Bahamas breaks the Guinness World Record for the most people blowing Conch Shells simultaneously. The record was achieved by the 41st Independence Secretariat (Bahamas) at Clifford Park, Nassau, Bahamas on 9th July, 2014 on the occasion of the Bahamas 41st Independence.

The old record for Conch Shell Blowing was 258 persons. The new record is now 295 persons. A total of 300 persons participated in the history making event

Persons who were involved...
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BET's Derek ‘Fonzworth Bentley’ Watkins to appear in Bahamas at BETA Camp - Jul 17, 2014 - 9:56:47 PM

STEMBoard and the Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement (BETA) consortium are excited to welcome actor and musician Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins to the Bahamas Engineering and Technology Camp. The day camp, which is free for participants, will be held July 28-Aug. 1 at the College of the Bahamas.

Watkins, host of BET’s Lift Every Voice, will lead lessons from his book “Advance Your Swagger: How to Use Manners, Confidence, and Style to Get Ahead” on personal branding, business etiquette and professionalism. Highlights from his appearance include:

News : New Providence
NIB explains contractor tender process for Replica Building - Jul 17, 2014 - 10:00:14 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The process by which the National Insurance Board (NIB) engaged the services of Holiday Industrial Builders International Limited for the construction of the building located to the West of the Paul L. Adderley Building (“the Replica Building”) on J.F. K. drive is set out below. The procedure is consistent with the framework in place at the NIB for the award of building contracts.

The Consultant Project Managers recommended the following contractors to be invited for Pre-Qualification...

News : New Providence
Packed town meeting says ‘No to Nygard’ - Jul 15, 2014 - 11:19:36 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Over 250 Bahamians declare their opposition to the further development of Nygard Cay, granting of any lease for lands claimed from the seabed without proper approvals

A packed BCPOU Hall resounded with spirited chants of “No to Nygard! No to Nygard!” as a town meeting to discuss the latest plans for a controversial Lyford Cay development swelled in numbers, scope and energy beyond even the organizers’ expectations.

Citizens expressed their fervent opposition to more proposed works at Nygard Cay, where conservationists say unauthorized development is already harming the vital ecosystem of the surrounding Clifton Bay and negatively impacting nearby Jaws Beach...
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Bahamian Leeanne Clarke takes top spot In Island Flare’s Food Fight 2014 - Jul 11, 2014 - 2:04:11 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  Like last year’s Food Fight winner, Leeanne Clarke found herself at the bottom of the pot after the recent preliminary cook-off round at Sandals Royal Bahamian. With plantain being the competition’s mandatory ingredient, Clarke scooped up first place with her rack-of-lamb stuffed with plantain, spinach and feta cheese, laced with a plantain, onion and mushroom relish served next to a plantain and herb couscous.

She was inconsolable, crying tears of joy when it was announced that she was 2014’s Food Fight champion. The Food fight, sponsored by the Sandals Foundation which donated more than $2,000 toward the equipment the students used to create their culinary masterpieces, is in its fourth year...
News : New Providence
Ferreira: government “cagey” over Nygard consultation process - Jul 5, 2014 - 2:39:07 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Just days before the end of a public consultation process on plans to redevelop Nygard Cay, government has yet to reveal any of the relevant details, a leading environmental lawyer charged.

Romi Ferreira, a director of fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays, said the announcement of the consultation process on the proposed further expansion of Nygard Cay and lease of illegally claimed land to its owner, Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, is meaningless unless the veil of secrecy is lifted...
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