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U.S. Government Provides Advanced Skill Training for RBPF SWAT Officers - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:25:33 PM

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), and the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism and Assistance (ATA) Program teamed up to provide twenty-seven Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers advanced training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) August 24-29 in Nassau. 

The week-long program was led by supervisory special agents from the FBI’s SWAT Operations Unit, which provides training, research, operational assistance, and program management to FBI SWAT teams and international law enforcement partners.  Last year, the Special Operations Unit provided over 2,600 hours of instruction and deployed 29 times.
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Prime Minister Christie tours Baha Mar - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:18:11 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -  Prime Minister Perry Christie along with members of his Cabinet toured Baha Mar today with the luxury resort’s Chairman and CEO, Sarkis Izmirlian.

Mr. Christie along with Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Dr. Daniel Johnson; Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe; Minister of State for Investments, Khaalis Rolle; Director of Investments in the Office of the Prime Minister, Candia Ferguson and Senior Policy Advisor, Sir Baltron Bethel got a first-hand glimpse of the many amenities that will be available when the highly anticipated resort opens in late Spring of 2015, including the 100,000 square foot casino, beach sanctuary, and Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
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Bahamian executive Jan Knowles joins NAD as VP of Marketing & Communications - Sep 1, 2014 - 3:55:05 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas — Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) today announced the appointment of Jan Knowles to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications with the airport management company.

In her new position, Knowles will be responsible for all marketing initiatives at NAD including air service development, brand development, stakeholder and community relations and overseeing the corporate communications portfolio.

Previously, Knowles held a senior level position as Regional Manager, Public Relations and Communications for RBC Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).  Her educational background includes a Masters of Business Administration...
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Sterling Financial launches New Providence Opportunity Fund - Aug 31, 2014 - 10:01:28 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas based Sterling Financial Group (“Sterling”), announces the launch of the New Providence Opportunity Fund, Ltd. (the “Fund”). The Fund is a closed-end equity investment fund consisting of high net worth and institutional investors, which targets diverse real estate investment and development opportunities in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean...
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Former child TV star to speak in Bahamas at Erin H. Gilmour School 65th Celebration Dinner - Aug 12, 2014 - 2:57:26 PM

Nassau, Bahamas   The Salvation Army Erin H. Gilmour School for Blind and Visually Impaired Children celebrates  it’s  65th  Anniversary with a Dinner on September 19th, 2014 at The British Colonial Hilton.  

The Salvation Army is pleased to announce  Mr. Isaac Lidsky as the guest speaker.  Isaac Lidsky the child TV star from the 90’s teen sitcom, Saved By The Bell: The New Class, was diagnosed at the age of thirteen with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare blinding disease. 

Lidsky is a Harvard graduate with degrees in computer science and  applied mathematics founded an Internet marketing startup and worked in the company after its creation  for a short stint before having a change of heart. Subsequently he returned to Harvard studying Law while his vision continued to fade.
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates the First Year Anniversary of American Corner Nassau - Aug 28, 2014 - 3:44:39 PM

On Tuesday, August 26, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the first year anniversary of the American Corner in Nassau which is located at the Harry C. Moore Library at The College of The Bahamas.   American Corner Nassau serves as an information outpost similar to a public library that makes resources about the United States available to foreign publics at large.  Since August 2013, the Corner has hosted 35 programs and engaged more than 1500 people.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson and Acting President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Carey-Baines were on hand for the celebration and  both gave remarks promoting the friendship and partnership between the United States and The Bahamas.  Chargé Johnson emphasized her hope to increase the number of visitors to the Corner and form more partnerships to develop new programs.  Acting President Carey-Baines expressed...
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CEO of Bahamaren meets with Ambassador of China - Aug 28, 2014 - 12:55:28 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - His Excellency Yuan Guisen recently met with CEO of Bahamaren, Latrae Rahming ito discuss multiple platforms to strengthen the economic and trade relationship between The Bahamas and China. Chinese investment in The Bahamas is emerging as an important part of The Bahamas – China economic relationship.

During the meeting both sides outlined how The Bahamas and China can forge a stronger alliance to maximize benefits to strengthen industries and business in our country. The discussion focused on domestic issues, investment, trade, business, education and tourism activities. Three sectors have been identified as critical to the development of a long-term partnership between The Bahamas and China: tourism, education, and agriculture. Currently The Bahamas and China enjoy a mutually beneficial and prosperous relationship...
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Arawak Port Development First to Implement Navis Software in The Caribbean - Aug 28, 2014 - 11:09:48 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas – The Arawak Port Development Limited (APD) is “leading the way” with new technology after it became the first company in the Caribbean to implement the top software for marine terminals.

Navis, which is considered the Microsoft of the marine industry, combines industry best practices with innovative technology and world-class services that enable marine terminal operators worldwide to maximize performance with reduced risk.

The cutting edge technology will go live on November 18.

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Bahamas government revenue for APD could increase - Aug 26, 2014 - 8:33:13 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Government revenue from Arawak Port Development (APD) could increase significantly if the business of shipping is managed exclusively through the Nassau Container Port (NCP). Chief Executive Officer at APD, Mike Maura made the case as he took the Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe and his team of senior officials on a tour of NCP, giving them a first-hand view of the operation. During a PowerPoint presentation following the tour, Maura revealed that as a 40 percent shareholder in the Port, the government receives $5.8 million dollars in dividends annually. However he cited the transshipment of goods destined for Nassau through Family Island Ports, the use of Prince George Dock as a commercial port and the unregulated use of Potter’s Cay Dock are “national security threats, impacts the cost of doing business at NCP and reduces the revenue government can potentially earn.”
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Baha Mar names Executive VP of International Marketing for Baha Mar Casino & Hotel - Aug 25, 2014 - 1:08:08 PM

International Casino, Resort Executive Brings 20-Plus Years’ Experience  To $3.5 Billion Destination Gaming Resort in The Bahamas  

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Baha Mar announced on August 25th that Alex Pariente has been named Executive Vice President, International Marketing for the Baha Mar Casino & Resort, the centerpiece of the $3.5 billion integrated gaming resort. The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, which will feature the largest casino in The Caribbean with 100,000 square feet of gaming space and a 1,000-room hotel, is designed to compete with the best casinos in the world.  

Pariente will focus on developing the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel’s international gaming clientele, as well as building strategic marketing alliances and brand loyalty. Pariente will draw on his extensive experiences...
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Bahamas government announces plan to build $10 million major motorsports complex - Aug 22, 2014 - 4:57:31 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Three years after the first revival of Bahamas Speed Week re-awakened the nation’s appetite for vintage auto racing, the government announced plans to build a major motorsports complex to be completed by 2016.

The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honorable Dr. Daniel Johnson, used the first ever meeting of the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) in The Bahamas this week as a platform to make the announcement of the $9 million complex that will serve as a multipurpose center, providing a facility for safe driving training for police, security and ambulance operators, recreational and racing cycling, recreational and competitive cycling, motorcycle sports, karting, even musical concerts and other events that create local and visitor attractions and opportunities...
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Emilio Estefan & Jamie King join forces to produce Baha Mar's Grand Opening Gala - Aug 21, 2014 - 10:01:24 PM

A-listers Align for a Star-studded Partnership at Baha Mar, Welcoming the World to the ‘New Riviera’

NASSAU, The Bahamas (August 20, 2014)–Today, Baha Mar, the grand and greatly anticipated luxury resort located in Nassau, The Bahamas, announces an exciting partnership with two of the leading names in the world of music and entertainment— Jamie King and Emilio Estefan— who will be teaming up for the first time to develop, produce, choreograph and score the resort’s Grand Opening Gala alongside executive producer Bernie Yuman.

Slated for late Spring 2015, the Baha Mar Grand Opening Gala will be a grand experience of sophisticated luxury and leisure spanning multiple days...
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BTC CEO Leon Williams Addresses Regional HR Executives at CANTO - Aug 21, 2014 - 6:09:12 PM

NASSAU, N.P - BTC CEO Leon Williams was one of two headline speakers selected to address the CANTO 8th Annual Human Resource Forum at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas. CANTO the Caribbean regional association for information and communications technology (ICT) operators and regulators invited Mr. Williams, along with CEO of TeleSur, the national telecommunications company of Suriname, to speak to the international HR executives about a CEO’s perspective on HR and ways the department can support the executive suite’s objectives.

In his address Williams stressed that in a fast-paced sector that is seeing constant transformation within the Caribbean due to many companies facing upgrades to broadband data, privatisation, and liberalisation, a CEO looks to his HR to be, more than ever, industry cognizant...
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Education Minister Approves Dr. Rodney Smith as New President of The College of The Bahamas - Aug 21, 2014 - 5:15:04 PM

The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald announced,during a press conference held at the Ministry of Education on Wednesday, August 20thhe had affirmed the recommendation of the College Council to appoint Dr. Rodney Smith as President of The College of The Bahamas.

The Minister’s approval of this recommendation is in accordance with Section 6 of The College of The Bahamas Act.

“I now therefore authorize the College Council to negotiate reasonable contract terms with Dr. Smith consistent with terms agreed previously with former presidents taking into consideration the usual cost of living increases,” Minister Fitzgerald said.

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Bahamians lined up to audition for MMTS of the Islands in Nassau - Aug 21, 2014 - 1:34:17 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas – The Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands got off to a successful start as scores of Bahamians lined up to audition in the hopes of becoming the next big star of the Caribbean.

The casting call was held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Mario’s Bowling Palace on Tonique Williams Darling Highway, where applicants filed in long before the designated starting time of 11am, eager to impress a panel of local judges.

Prior to the auditioning sessions, Pia Glover-Rolle, CEO/Founder of MMTS welcomed applicants to the casting event. She encouraged them to do their best and gave the assurance that they can depend on her experience and trust in the modeling, music and talent world.
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Baha Mar names Whitney Thier Executive Vice President, General Counsel - Aug 18, 2014 - 10:35:07 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Baha Mar, the $3.5 billion integrated destination gaming resort, today announced that Whitney Thier has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective immediately.

Thier, who will report to Tom Dunlap, Baha Mar’s President, will lead the resort company’s legal team as well as assume a key role on the company’s executive committee. She succeeds Uri Clinton, who joined Baha Mar in 2011 and has chosen to relocate with his family back to Las Vegas. Thier joins the company at an important juncture, as Baha Mar completes its construction phase and readies itself for its highly anticipated Grand Opening in Spring 2015... 

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BTC Supports Launch of CANTO Caribbean Women in ICT Initiative - Aug 18, 2014 - 6:49:21 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - CANTO, the Caribbean’s information and communications technology (ICT) organisation, decided to highlight the advancement of women as a vital factor in the development of the sector at its 30th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition. At the regional conference, which was co-hosted by local telecoms leader BTC, CANTO debuted it’s Caribbean Women in ICT (CWIC) programme with an inaugural breakfast at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, that focused on better engaging women at all levels of ICT in the region.

Spearheading the initiative was Secretary General Regenie Fraser who stressed the important roles women play in ICT and their under-representation within the industry, which were the motivating factors for Tuesday morning’s Caribbean Women in ICT breakfast...
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160 to Graduate from Baha Mar's Second Leadership Development Institute Class - Aug 18, 2014 - 11:34:36 AM

Nassau, Bahamas – 160 students who have successfully completed Baha Mar’s challenging Leadership Development Institute (LDI) curriculum will embark on the next stage of their career, following the Institute’s second graduation exercise on Tuesday.

The students received training through Baha Mar's LDI, the non-profit training institute supported by the luxury resort, honing life skills as well as preparing them to become better employees in the workplace.

"Baha Mar is building a culture of better-than-best service, beginning with the Bahamians that we train and hire...
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Bahamas Crisis Centre statement on Referendum‏ and Bills to Amend the Constitution - Aug 15, 2014 - 1:20:43 PM

The Bahamas Crisis Centre condemns in the strongest terms all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex. That is any form of discrimination against a woman on the basis of her being a woman, or against a man on the basis of him being a man.

We believe in a Bahamas where all men and women hold equal value and equal rights under the law, in particular, the supreme law of the land, represented by the constitution. With the November 6 referendum approaching, it is now our responsibility to affirm collectively that we believe in a Bahamas that stands for equality.
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Starter Kits for Carnival Bahamas Costumes Received by Registered Companies - Aug 15, 2014 - 6:50:07 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Following the recent Road Fever Companies Workshop, The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) compiled starter kits, and distributed them to the registered companies to promote the use of indigenous materials for The Bahamas Carnival Costumes.

The kit includes local sponge, seeds, sisal, straw and burlap, produced by local vendors, to showcase natural and diverse materials which can be used in the costume production.
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