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Baha Mar launches Casino Dealer Training Program - Apr 17, 2014 - 5:49:14 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Today, Baha Mar announces another opportunity for training and recruitment in its ongoing efforts to recruit Bahamians to fill the more than 4,000 positions at the luxury resort which will be home to the largest casino in the Caribbean.

The Baha Mar Academy will be offering a free Casino Dealer Trainee Program to provide training for the games that will be featured in the state-of-the-art, 100,000 square feet Baha Mar Casino. Additionally,trainees will learn Baha Mar-specific service standards and supervisory skills...
News : International
Queen’s College Nassau students call on Bahamas Consul General to New York - Apr 17, 2014 - 5:38:47 PM

New York  - Vacationing in New York for the Easter break, a group of 5th grade students from Queen’s College Nassau and their parents paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York at Bahamas House, 231 East 46th Street.

Consul General Carroll greeted the students and informed them of the duties and responsibilities of the Consulate General Office while serving the Bahamian population aboard...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bertram A. Newton Primary students call of Bahamas General General - Apr 17, 2014 - 5:22:56 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Accompanied by parents, the teachers and students from K5 through grade 6 and ranging in ages from 4 to 12 of the Bertram A. Newton Primary School, North Andros paid a courtesy call on Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes.

The visit took place on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at Government House...
News : Local
Bahamas FATCA Agreement Reached - Apr 17, 2014 - 4:04:04 PM

The Ministry of Financial Services is pleased to advise that the Cabinet of The Bahamas approved, in principle, the Model 1 Agreement between the Government of The Bahamas and the Government of the United States to implement FATCA following a productive round of negotiations with the United States Treasury Department on 8th April, 2014.  The Ministry has conveyed this approval in principle to the United States Treasury Department, who will now deem The Bahamas as having an agreement “in effect”, thereby allowing Bahamian financial institutions to register on the IRS FATCA Portal as Model 1 Participating Financial Institutions.
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament - Grand Bahama, April 24th - 27th - Apr 17, 2014 - 3:47:58 PM

Grand Bahama Island is gearing up to host a fishing competition like none other! On April 24th- 27th, 2014, for the first time, anglers from throughout the United States will pack their gear and kayaks and head over to beautiful Grand Bahama to participate in the Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament (EKFT).

Extreme Kayak Fishing “Battle in the Bahamas” is a two day game fishing tournament and ultimate battle for the $5,000.00 jackpot cash prize. Unlike traditional fishing tournaments where anglers go out to sea on their boats, this particular tournament calls for kayaks or paddle boards. The last tournament that took place in Pompano Beach on September 27th, 2013 attracted some 82 anglers that traveled from various states...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Spanish Wells All-Age School call on Governor General - Apr 17, 2014 - 2:32:08 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Teacher, parents and students of grade 6 of the Spanish Wells All-Age School paid a courtesy call on Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Government House.

Seated are Sir Arthur and class teacher Allandra Russell...
News : International
Bahamas remains committed to the AIDS response - Apr 17, 2014 - 2:23:43 PM

- During a visit to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas the Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS Luiz Loures commended the government on the progress made in curbing its AIDS epidemic.

Once a country with the highest rates of HIV prevalence in the Caribbean, the Government of the Bahamas has taken strong ownership of its response to HIV from the outset, providing most of the funding and human resources from domestic sources. This commitment has resulted in marked progress and the Bahamas was cited by Dr Loures as an example of how political will...
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation Coalition for Responsible Taxation‏ - Apr 17, 2014 - 1:58:16 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The debate over whether or not Value Added Tax (VAT) is an appropriate tax for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas at this current time, and whether or not there are viable alternatives, continues. A debate can take two (2) basic forms – seek to demonstrate the merits of your argument against those with an alternate view, or seek to discredit the alternate view without substantive arguments in favour of your argument. The citizens of The Bahamas now, more than ever, require clarity in the discourse over fiscal reform and tax reform, and the debate should take the former form of debate; there is no benefit to discrediting alternate views, when a simple presentation of analyses performed would demonstrate the superiority of one alternative over another...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas tourism employees use heritage tour as refresher course - Apr 17, 2014 - 12:12:52 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Ministry of Tourism ensured that staff members remain informed of the heritage and cultural opportunities available in Nassau by taking 50 employees on an extensive heritage tour of New Providence.

The employees began the tour at Rawson Square where they received a refresher tutorial on the history of the city and some colorful, historical personalities. The group then made their way to the communities of Fox Hill and Gambier with a stop at Clifton Heritage Park.

Director of Tours at the Ministry of Tourism Craig Mortimer spoke about how the tour ties in with the ministry’s golden jubilee, celebrating 50 years...
News : Local
Chamber Chief Optimistic About Eleuthera’s Economic Future - Apr 16, 2014 - 6:11:48 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas – Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Sands Jr. is expressing “great hope and optimism” for Eleuthera – an island that has essentially been in a recession for more than 30 years.

Mr. Sands, who is just one of several speakers slated to address the 2nd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook (EBO) on April 24, noted that Eleuthera has had its challenges over the years.

He said the island was in a recession for three decades with “a moment of blip on the heart monitor” between 2004 and 2007 before the Great Recession hit...

News : Local
Insurance Company To Launch Cyber Liability Product - Apr 16, 2014 - 4:12:23 PM

Insurance Company To Launch Cyber Liability Product
NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers To Offer Coverage Beginning April 24

NASSAU, Bahamas – If it could happen to Target, it could happen to you.
Over the Christmas holiday the popular retail giant came under fire after it – oddly enough – found itself the target of a cyber attack.

Millions of its customers’ credit and debit card information, as well as personal data were stolen. Now, Target is facing a string of lawsuits.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
South Andros’ SAHMA President Lauds GEF Grant - Apr 16, 2014 - 3:58:00 PM

SOUTH ANDROS, The Bahamas – President of the South Andros Handicraft and Manufacturing Association (SAHMA) said recently that the launch of the South Andros Coastal Restoration and Coconut Project was “quite an expression of confidence in the management and operation of SAHMA.

“We sought to empower members of the community through craft and culture and this project will allow us to take the empowerment further,” SAHMA President and Project Coordinator Mrs. Emily Rahming said after the official ceremony at the South Andros Craft Centre, in Motion Town, Long Bay Cays, South Andros.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Economic Development and Deepening Reform In China - Apr 16, 2014 - 3:36:16 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is the first in a series to be presented by His Excellency Yuan Guisen, the Ambassador of China to The Bahamas:

In 2013, although faced with the complicated domestic and international situation, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council led the people of all nationalities of China to thoroughly implement the spirit of the 18th Party Congress, upheld the general tone of “moving forward while maintaining stability”, adhered to the guideline of “the macro policy should be stable, micro policy be flexible and social policy support the bottom line”while maintaining steady growth, adjusting economic structure and forging ahead with reform..."
News : Grand Bahama
Another G.B. Power / Emera boycott & demonstration planned in Grand Bahama for April 22nd - Apr 16, 2014 - 12:14:52 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a statement from the Coalition of Concerned Citizens:

With the Easter holidays approaching hundreds of Grand Bahamian continues to live without electricity across this Island. A team from the Coalition of Concerned Citizens has met twice with the Government, Grand Bahama Port Authority & The Grand Bahama Power Company.

 The meetings took place on March 10, 2014 and March 17, 2014 in which many issues relating to the cost of power was discussed. These meetings have yet to produce fruit from the Power Company, which is unwilling to reduce the rates at this time. The Coalition of Concerned Citizens is calling...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Central Abaco Primary students call on Governor General - Apr 16, 2014 - 11:42:09 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Sixth grade students from the Central Abaco Primary School paid a courtesy call on His Excellency the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Also present were Paul Knowles, grade 6 teacher; Eleanor Hield, grade 6 teacher; Keva McKintosh, Vice Principal and Brieth Young, Office Staff.
(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
News : Local
Anglican Church Men to Launch Youth Mentoring Initiative - Apr 16, 2014 - 11:16:30 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - With just over two weeks left before the start of the 41st Annual Diocesan Conference of the Anglican Church Men, plans were recently announced for the launch of a new initiative aimed at the nation’s youth. This Ministry of Mentorship was started in New Providence by the Diocesan Council back in 2013 and its objective is to allow men and boys to encounter God as they encounter one another. Diocesan Council President, Mr. Kevin Ryan said: “This program is designed to develop sound, Christian relationships (and citizens) among our boys and young men – those who are considered at risk and otherwise. We have had success with it in Nassau and will now take it throughout the diocese, starting here in Grand Bahama during our annual conference.”

He further charged the members to take an introspective look to see what they have done on an individual basis to contribute positively to the building up of the lives of our boys and of themselves thus far...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
NEMA conducts water rescue training on Long Island - Apr 16, 2014 - 10:54:21 AM

CLARENCE TOWN, Long Island – The National Emergency Management Agency conducted a Water Rescue Training and Equipment exercise on the island, in an effort to equip residents with survival skills in the event of an emergency at sea.

The training held March 31 to April 4, 2014, as conducted in conjunction with the United States Northern Command (UNNORTHCOM). It was the third in a series of training; Phase 1 was held on the islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama and New Providence between March to May 2012. And, Phase II was held on New Bight, Cat Island from March 3 to 6, 2014...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to Haiti - Apr 15, 2014 - 9:28:00 PM

A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to Haiti from April 8 – 10 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus among its member countries.

The Commission of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) was made up of Mario Hidalgo Jara, Technical Analyst of the Implementation of International Instruments to Combat Corruption of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Oversight (CPCCS) of Ecuador and current Chair of the Committee of Experts of MESICIC; Marcela Miranda Pérez, Chief Councilwoman...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas holds workshop on monitoring State Action on Gender-Based violence - Apr 15, 2014 - 8:43:47 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- Senior Officials from a number of essential governmental ministries, corporations and agencies and private sector partnerships began meeting Tuesday at a “Skills Building Workshop for Human Rights-Based Monitoring on State Action on Gender-Based Violence”. The Workshop is part of a larger project – the State Accountability Project to End Gender-Based Violence – that will focus on building a culture of peace and respect in society in general and decreasing the level of violence against women, in particular.

The State Accountability Project is sponsored by the Caribbean Regional Office of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UNWomen).

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Workshop for Human Rights Based Monitoring of State Action on Gender- Based Violence - Apr 15, 2014 - 5:10:39 PM

Bahamian human rights expert at the United Nations Ms. Gaynel Curry (second left) is in town for a few days to conduct a Skills Building Workshop for Human Rights Based Monitoring of State Action on Gender-Based Violence.

Also pictured (from left) are: Ms. Christine Campbell, Officer-in-Charge, Bureau of Women's Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Community Development; Ms. Curry; Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, who delivered the keynote address and Miss Sasha Dixon, Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations.
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