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Cable Bahamas updates on cable TV restoration work - Mar 22, 2017 - 2:20:08 PM

At 10:00 a.m. Tuesday March 21st, Cable Bahamas experienced service issues on its video network. This resulted in multiple channels across New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera experiencing intermittent service outages. Technical teams immediately launched response protocols and began investigations. Multiple vendors were engaged to assist Cable Bahamas' engineers in troubleshooting the issue. Due to the malfunction of a major piece of equipment repairs have taken longer than anticipated.

Early Wednesday morning, March 22nd, the technical teams were able to begin stabilisation of the network. During this period, the system restoration suffered a setback and at this time Cable Bahamas technical teams and vendors are continuing to work through the issues as we move towards stabilising all TV services...
News : New Providence
Nassau doctor warns that ‘Indoor air quality 100 x more potent than outdoor’ - Mar 20, 2017 - 2:01:45 AM

Ten days after a blazing fire erupted at the Harrold Road dump in Nassau smothering land and air with billowing, acrid black smoke, a leading physician urged residents displaced by the fire and its aftermath to stay away as long as they can, or ensure that their homes are hazmat cleaned and declared safe by independent analysts.

“This is a public health crisis, there is no other way to put it,” said Dr. Arlington Lightbourne, founder of The Wellness Clinic, Collins Avenue. “What people are continuing to experience outside depending on wind direction is very frightening and we may not know the connection between the fire and chronic diseases that will present in 20 years...
News : New Providence
School-to-Work Transition for the Prevention of Child Labor Seminar - Mar 16, 2017 - 8:03:36 PM

On March 9th and 10th, 2017 The Bahamas Department of Labour and The Royal Bahamas Police Force in conjunction with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and The Government of Brazil hosted a two day seminar on “School-to-Work Transition for the Prevention of Child Labour”  This seminar encompassed a review of experiences and good practices in the Brazilian Apprenticeship System.

The conference delegation included a six (6) member team from the Ministry of Labour Brazil, ILO  Brazil and Trinidad, and representatives from various local agencies comprising the tripartite partnership including The Bahamas Department of Labour, Department of Social Services, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), National Training Agency (NTA)...
News : New Providence
BAMSI College hosts Informational Symposium - Mar 15, 2017 - 11:06:23 AM

The admissions department of The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) recently held an informational symposium for senior school guidance counselors, community leaders and civic groups. The symposium was designed to familiarize attendees with the various arms of BAMSI and to give them a working session on the application and admissions process to the BAMSI College.

Dr. Raveena Roberts-Hanna, executive director of the College, informed participants of the multiple degree and certificate offerings at the Institute, as well as the opportunity for successful applicants to obtain a full tuition scholarship. “BAMSI is the only institution - at the tertiary level - offering teaching and training to provide the professional and technical qualifications necessary for the various branches of agriculture and marine resources...
News : New Providence
Strong squall strikes Nassau airport - Mar 14, 2017 - 11:14:14 AM

An 'apparent tornado or a strong squall line' struck the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) early this morning and some airplanes were damaged including a C6-BFQ, one of the new ATR72-600 aircraft in the Bahamasair fleet. The Bahamas Weekly was informed of the situation by local meteorologist, Wayne Neely.

"This is associated with a cold front which will move into the Bahamas by this afternoon and evening...," said Neely.
News : New Providence
STB: Legal ‘dump fires result of 50 years of criminal negligence, Residents have right to take legal action’ - Mar 14, 2017 - 11:05:05 AM

A noted Queen’s Counsel attorney and head of the legal team for environmental advocacy group Save The Bays today blamed what he called “50 years of criminal negligence” for the fires at the Nassau dump and urged victims to exercise their right to legal action.

“I cry shame on every member of Parliament and every executive in each of the administrations be it the FNM or the PLP that they should have allowed a state of affairs to exist at the city dump affecting thousands of people month after month after month for decades,” declared Fred Smith, QC, environmental advocacy attorney and managing partner of Callenders Law Firm, Grand Bahama...
News : New Providence
World Consumer Rights Day activities for The Bahamas - Mar 14, 2017 - 12:22:24 AM

Every year on the 15th March the international community celebrates World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD).

WCRD is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them.

The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) is pleased to be playing an integral role this year, in the commemoration of WCRD in The Bahamas...
News : New Providence
Ministry Statement on Tragic Death of Long Island Student - Mar 9, 2017 - 11:53:48 PM

It is with profound sadness that we write to inform the public that one of our students from North Long Island High School was the tragic victim of a traffic fatality that occurred on the morning of Thursday, March 9th.

It has been brought to our attention that the young man was well loved and touched the lives of many. Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to the family and friends of our student and the wider Long Island Community...
News : New Providence
LPIA ranked second best airport in Latin America-Caribbean region - Mar 9, 2017 - 11:29:01 PM

Airports Council International (ACI) World today announced winners of the 2016 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. The body named Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau the 2nd Best Airport with over 2 million passengers per year, in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

ASQ Awards are presented to airports whose passengers have rated them the highest over the course of the year. The categories are designated to recognize the achievements of airports of different sizes and in different regions...
News : New Providence
Commonwealth Bank Board Approves Extra-Ordinary Dividend as it releases 2016 year-end report. - Mar 8, 2017 - 5:48:15 PM

The Board of Directors of Commonwealth Bank Limited has announced a final extraordinary dividend of six cents per share based on 2016 results of $57.4 million in net income.

The extraordinary dividend, approved at the February 2017 Board meeting will be payable on March 22, 2017, with a record date of March 15, 2017 to more than 6,000 shareholders. This dividend will bring total dividend payments to $0.36 per share for 2016 year and continues a trend of quarterly dividends plus extraordinary dividends that help build sustaining value for the bank’s share price...
News : New Providence
U.S. Embassy Nassau Honours Bahamas’ 2017 Woman of Courage Award Recipient - Mar 7, 2017 - 2:05:51 PM

The entire month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month and Wednesday, March 8th marks the 106th observance of International Women’s Day. On March 3rd, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson hosted a breakfast reception at Liberty Overlook in honor of U.S. Embassy Nassau’s 2017 Woman of Courage award recipient Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Sgt. Linda Sullivan. Among the invited guests, Minister of National Security The Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, Chief Superintendent Samuel Butler, who serves as Head of the Drug Enforcement Unit, U.S. and Bahamian government officials, and Sgt. Sullivan’s family and friends...
News : New Providence
New high school opening at Albany with elite sports academy - Mar 7, 2017 - 10:12:09 AM

Windsor High School at Albany, an academic and athletic upper secondary school in The Bahamas, announced it will open this fall along with the Albany Sports Academy featuring an elite tennis program led by renowned industry veteran Lleyton Hewitt.

The Albany Sports Academy has partnered with the Australian former world no. 1 professional tennis player to run the tennis program, which will provide student-athletes with extensive training, conditioning and instruction from an expert team of coaches and staff, including Director of Tennis Grant Doyle...
News : New Providence
BMD: Is Baha Mar A 'Potemkin' Hotel? - Mar 5, 2017 - 11:31:10 PM

BMD, the original developer of Baha Mar, today stated, "The continued delays for Baha Mar's completion, missed opening dates, and now supposed staggered opening of the entire Baha Mar into late 2018 only highlight why BMD's offer is superior and Bahamian workers and contractors should have been used. The undeniable financial harm caused by the project's construction firm, CCA, continues unabated. The misleading, and often illogical statements now being made about progress at Baha Mar and its opening have made Baha Mar into a Potemkin hotel-that is, using this still incomplete property to deceive others into thinking the situation is better than it is...
News : New Providence
Kendal G L Isaacs Gym designated as fire shelter - Mar 5, 2017 - 11:11:04 PM

The National Emergency Management Agency has, effectively immediately, designated the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre as a shelter for residents who would have to evacuate their homes, due to the raging fire at the public landfill (city dump).

Those residents being impacted live in Jubilee Gardens, Victoria Gardens and surrounding communities.

Social Workers and members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are serving as shelter managers...
News : New Providence
NEMA Statement on the Public Landfill Fire in Nassau - Mar 5, 2017 - 8:13:51 PM

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has activated its Emergency Plan, and all available resources have been mobilized to deal with the major fire at the Public Landfill.

The Emergency Services are currently battling a major fire at the Public Landfill.

By order of the Police, an Evacuation Order has been issued covering residents living in the surrounding area of Jubilee Gardens. Residents are urged to leave the area immediately and take all necessary precautions to ensure their personal safety, and the safety of their families...
News : New Providence
Bahamas Humane Society on standby for displaced or injured animals from fire - Mar 5, 2017 - 7:27:19 PM

The Bahamas Humane Society says it is on stand by for displaced or injured animals because of the fire at the city dump and the evacuations in Flamingo Gardens.

The society has put a call out for canned dog food ( the cats will eat) with the easy open tops; towels; blankets; and carriers, crates and carriers available. Donations ca be left on the front porch of the shelter...
News : New Providence
Fire Chief calls for immediate evacuation of Jubilee Gardens as dump fire burns out of control - Mar 5, 2017 - 6:01:37 PM

An immediate evacuation has been called by the fire chief for residents living in Jubilee Gardens after a fire broke at the city dump on Sunday and is now burning out of control.

Those living in the affected areas are advised that evacuation facilities have been established at the [Kendal Issaacs Gym in Oakes Field].

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has activated it’s Emergency Plan, and all available resources have been mobilized .

Although it is too early to be certain, at first sight it appears that a number of fires were started in the area. Because of the high winds currently being experienced on New Providence, it appears that at least one of those fires blew across the boundary and ignited the Public Landfill...
News : New Providence
Maritime Simulation Experience Being Explored For Bahamas Pavilion in Dubai - Mar 1, 2017 - 1:38:42 PM

Acceptance of an invitation to the LJM Maritime School could lead to possible synergies between Dubai and The Bahamas for international students who are interested in Maritime education in The Bahamas

During a courtesy call to the LJM Maritime Academy on February 24, 2017 at Maritime Cay in New Providence, non-resident ambassador to the UAE and the State of Qatar, H.E., Tony Joudi was given a tour of the $31 million, high tech, wireless green campus where he learned first-hand what they offered...
News : New Providence
Record 2200 Turn Out for Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss, Anne Frank Stepsister in The Bahamas - Feb 25, 2017 - 9:57:27 AM

When the doors opened at 6 pm at Melia Nassau Beach on February 9 for an evening with 87-year-old Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, a crowd of 400 was expected. Twenty two hundred showed up.

“They kept streaming in and streaming in,” said Rabbi Sholom Bluming, director, Nassau Jewish Community. “They had to open an additional part of the ballroom, then another part, filling it with every chair the hotel owned. The huge number of attendees is a testament of the thirst Bahamians have for stories of inspiration and knowledge about history...
News : New Providence
Stars Align as Carl’s Jr Carmichael Officially Opens - Feb 19, 2017 - 7:10:59 AM

AML Foods Ltd executives joined the Super Star team at Carl’s Jr. Carmichael to officially open the franchise’s third location on New Providence. The new 1,400 sq ft. quick-service outlet brings the restaurant’s signature big, bold charbroiled burgers to Southwestern New Providence.

A total of 36 new jobs were added, raising the staff complement at all three locations—East West Highway, Mall At Marathon and now Carmichael Road— to just under 100. 

To commemorate the recent expansion, the brand joined forces with Coca Cola for a major giveaway...
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