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Grand Bahama Agri-Business Expo 2015 Opens - Mar 27, 2015 - 4:42:23 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister the Hon. V. Alfred Gray said Friday that Bahamians must do more to decrease our dependency of foreign food imports. The Minister was in Grand Bahama to officially open the Grand Bahama Agri-Business Expo 2015 at Goombay Park, March 27- 28.

Under the theme: ‘Progressing Toward Food Security, Our Food, Our Future, Our Bahamas,’ the event has attracted a large number of participants, and a sizeable turnout from schools throughout Grand Bahama.

The Minister said these Expos are being held in several of the major Family Islands, having started in New Providence three weeks ago...
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Bahamas Teachers of the Year 2015-2017 Honoured During Pinning Ceremony - Mar 27, 2015 - 3:53:33 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Forty-seven Teachers of the Year representing various school districts throughout The Bahamas were recognized for their accomplishments during the 11th National Teacher of the Year 2015-2017 Pinning Ceremony, Thursday, March 26.

Senior government officials, family, friends, colleagues, well-wishers attended the ceremony conducted in the ballroom of Mount Fitzwilliam, Government House and witnessed as Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, presented medals and certificates to the Teachers of the Year.

Lionel Sands, Director of Education, in his welcome remarks...
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New Bus and a New Physiotherapist for the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled - Mar 27, 2015 - 3:36:54 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, and Sir Durward Knowles, president of the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled, cut the ribbon for dedication of a new bus for the association at its Dolphin Drive Centre on March 25, 2015.  At this occasion, the association introduced its new physiotherapist, Yasmin Sweeting. 

Pictured are Dame Marguerite and Sir Durward, centre after the cutting of the ribbon.  And the new physiotherapist Yasmin Sweeting gives a small lesson in some of the therapy performed at the Centre.  The new bus was provided by donations from different organizations and individuals to assist physically challenged children.
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Statement from Nassau Flight Services With Respect to Terminations - Mar 27, 2015 - 3:34:55 PM

The Bahamian public is informed that the management of Nassau Flight Services (NFS) has denied allegations made by the Airport Airline and Allied Workers Union (AAAWU) that the services of 5 employees were terminated for refusal to work overtime. The public should know that while the company does not wish to delve into the facts surrounding the employees’ termination, as they are the subject of legal review, and providing details on the matter may prejudice that process, it is important to state emphatically that the termination issues relate to aviation safety.

Additionally, the public is advised that the Union referred the termination to the Department of Labor for conciliation...
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Bahamian-American aerospace engineer to be honoured by AKA chapter of Nassau - Mar 27, 2015 - 1:41:04 PM

Aisha Bowe, a Bahamian-American aerospace engineer who is the recipient of the 2015 US Women’s Chamber of Commerce “Emerging Star” award, will be visiting Nassau, Bahamas as the keynote speaker for the Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Honours Day Scholarship Program being held on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Ms. Bowe stated, “Nassau holds a special place in my heart, and I am honored to be invited to speak to the scholars at the Eta Psi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. annual Honours Day event”.

At only 29 years old, Aisha serves as the CEO and co-founder of STEMBoard, a technology solutions company that is also...
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Minister Hanna Martin meets USA Transportation Secretary during official visit to Washington, Dc - Mar 27, 2015 - 1:28:09 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation, along with a delegation of senior officials from The Bahamas, met with United States of America’s Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and senior officials of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday, 16th March, 2015, at the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

The purpose of the high-level talks was to discuss issues relating to the management of the airspace over The Bahamas and to further progress the negotiations which are currently taking place between technical teams from the USA and the Bahamas relative to concluding an airspace management agreement between the Bahamas and the FAA...

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NASA Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Data Available to Public - Mar 27, 2015 - 1:19:17 PM

Millions of images of celestial objects, including asteroids, observed by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft now are available online to the public. The data was collected following the restart of the asteroid-seeking spacecraft in December 2013 after a lengthy hibernation.

The collection of millions of infrared images and billions of infrared measurements of asteroids, stars, galaxies and quasars spans data obtained between December 13, 2013, and December 13, 2014.

"One of the most satisfying things about releasing these cutting-edge astronomical data to the public is seeing what other exciting...
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700,000 Euros Awarded to Haitian and Dominican Republic Firms - Mar 27, 2015 - 12:47:20 PM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has awarded €700,000 to 31 firms and Business Support Organizations (BSOs) in Haiti and the Dominican Republic via the Binational Grants Programme, as part of the Haiti/Dominican Republic Binational Programme, Commerce Component, funded by the European Union under the 10thEuropean Development Fund (EDF).

The announcement was made at the launch and reimbursement workshops in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, on 16th and 20th March, 2015, respectively. Grant contracts were awarded to 21 Dominican organizations for an approximate value of €500,000, and to 10 Haitian firms for an approximate value of €200,000.

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CCE Open Letter to PM Christie: Our Shared Agenda for Equality in the Bahamas - Mar 27, 2015 - 12:31:06 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Citizens for Constitutional Equality hosted an event on March 26th with guest speaker Sir Arthur Foulkes. CCE has issued the following statement along with an Open Letter to the Prime Minister:

Activists demand opportunity to decide on equality for The Bahamas

“The people of the Bahamas deserve the opportunity to decide. No, we demand the opportunity to decide, and we call on the government to demonstrate its stated conviction by passing the referendum bills through Parliament; setting a specific date for the referendum before the end of the year, and allowing sufficient time (at least 4 to 6-months) from the date of the announcement for intense preparation.” - Citizens for Constitutional Equality

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The Bahamas Finding Innovative New Ways to Protect the Ozone Layer - Mar 27, 2015 - 11:19:06 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas - The Bahamas has been pursuing Ocean Thermal Energy as an ozone friendly alternative when it comes to air conditioning and/or refrigeration, Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Kenred Dorsett said.

The mega-resort of Baha Mar has sought out this technology as an alternative to reducing its electrical cost and refrigerant usage, Minister Dorsett explained.

Consequently, The Baha Mar Sea Water District Cooling (SDC) Project has been drafted, he said at the opening ceremony of the two-day Sub-Regional Meeting of the Ozone Officers of The English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti at SuperClubs Breezes, Wednesday, March 25, 2015...
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U.S. Embassy Grants $25,000 to Bahamas Association for Social Health to Combat Substance Abuse - Mar 27, 2015 - 9:46:58 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Tuesday, March 24, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section awarded the Bahamas Association for Social Health (BASH) a $25,000 grant to implement an anti-drug media campaign targeting at-risk populations in The Bahamas.  BASH submitted the winning proposal for an openly-competed small grant competition.  The grant was awarded at BASH’s residential substance treatment center and headquarters by Susan Snyder, the Deputy Director for Western Hemisphere Programs in the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.  

“INL looks forward to continued collaboration and cooperation with BASH to achieve our shared goals,” Ms. Snyder told BASH Executive Director Terry Miller and BASH Director of Treatment Services Lowena West at the award presentation... 
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Haiti's Tourism Repositioned at ITB Berlin - Mar 27, 2015 - 12:49:54 AM

Haiti’s tourism product has been re-positioned to international tourism service providers at ITB Berlin 2015. A delegation from Haiti’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Industries led by Minister Stephanie Villedrouin participated at ITB Berlin 2015, one of the world’s largest travel trade shows, in Berlin, Germany from 4 to 8 March 2015 with the support of The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export).

Over 10,000 exhibitors from 186 countries displayed their goods and services at the trade show where as many as 115,000 visitors attended over the five day event. According to estimates from Messe Berlin, the volume of sales at ITB Berlin increased from 6.5 billion euros in 2014 to 6.7 billion euros in 2015...

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Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants calls on Minister of Financial Services - Mar 26, 2015 - 8:17:51 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. Hope Strachan, March 23, at the Ministry. Pictured from left: Permanent Secretary David Davis; Local Advisor/Acting Director of Trade and Investment, Keva Bain; Director of Financial Services, Nicola Virgill-Rolle; BICA Council Member, Aaron Jones; BICA President, Darnell Osborne...
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Lyford Cay Grade 3 Visits the Bahamas Governor General - Mar 26, 2015 - 2:00:35 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Grade three students of Lyford Cay International School were welcomed in a courtesy call by Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, at Government House, March 20th.

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
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Mitchell Ekedede Brain Injury Foundation calls on Bahamas Governor General - Mar 26, 2015 - 1:34:30 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Trustees of the Mitchell Ekedede Brain Injury Foundation of the Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Pictured from left: Craig Gomez, Dr. Magnus Ekedede, Orville "Tommy" Turnquest, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Johanna Mayson, and Larry Wilson. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
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Cyprus High Commissioner Presents Letters of Commission to Bahamas' Governor General - Mar 26, 2015 - 1:11:36 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – His Excellency Georgios Chacalli, High Commissioner of Cyprus to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, presented his Letters of Commission to Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
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BTC Responds to URCA findings on BTC 2014 Outage - Mar 26, 2015 - 12:46:02 PM

Following their network outage on March 22nd 2014, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) proved sensitive to their customers’ frustrations and acted quickly to apologize for service disruption and promptly awarded financial compensation to customers affected.

As the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) launched an investigation, BTC also lost no time on their own investigation to determine the root cause of a system outage that left telecommunications customers impacted.

During the course of BTC’s investigation it was determined that the outage was due solely to a failure in BTCs back-up power system...
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DPM Davis' Communication on Electricity‏ in The Bahamas - Mar 26, 2015 - 11:51:55 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a communication by The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development:

Mr. Speaker

Ahead of the Progressive Liberal Party’s election to Government, by our Charter for Governance, we clearly stated that one of our critical initiatives to change the economic course of the country would be to find ways to reduce the cost of electricity. We stated that the cost of electricity throughout The Bahamas is simply too high, causing untold hardship to families, making the country uncompetitive in many business areas, and stunting economic development.
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URCA finds BTC in Breach of its Individual Operating License (IOL) - Mar 25, 2015 - 11:47:05 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On March 20th 2015, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) issued its Final Determination and Order to The Bahamas Telecommunications Company limited (BTC) regarding BTC’s March 22nd 2014 Network Outage. On March 25th, 2014 BTC notified URCA that BTC had experienced an unplanned network outage starting at approximately 1am on March 22nd, 2014, which resulted in significant interruption and disruption to the landline and mobile services provided by BTC to the majority of its customers across The Bahamas.  The outage This resulted in loss of service or severe service disruption to customers for periods of up to 15 hours.  The Final Determination and Order sets out the findings and conclusions of URCA’s investigation of the circumstances leading up to the outage, as well as the remedies which URCA has imposed on BTC.
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Grand Bahama Agri-Business Expo 2015 This Weekend - Mar 25, 2015 - 11:43:13 PM

Everything is in place for the staging of the Grand Bahama Agri-Business Expo, says its Chairperson, West Grand Bahama Administrator Brenda Colebrook.

Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at the old Goombay Park at the rear of the International Bazaar, this event is designed to improve awareness of the importance of moving towards food security and at the same time focus on business opportunities in the agricultural and marine sectors.

This year, the Agri-business Expo is being dedicated to the memory Dwight Sawyer, an outstanding Bahamian farme

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