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TCI Ministry of Health and Human Services issues advice to residents in areas affected by flooding - Aug 27, 2014 - 1:08:38 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS - Heavy rainfall from the passing of Tropical Storm Cristobal over the weekend has resulted in significant flooding in several Islands especially Providenciales, North Caicos and Middle Caicos.

· Beware of and avoid areas where there is floodwater as it may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Don’t allow children to play in floodwater.

·  Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.

·  Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible; damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards...
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IIA Bahamas takes director training to the next level - Aug 27, 2014 - 12:39:59 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - As regulation and legislation become increasingly detailed and demanding, the role of the Director is becoming more risky. Directors are now faced with personal liability for failure to discharge their duties prudently. In its efforts to equip and develop Directors for today’s environment, the Bahamas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (Bahamas IIA) launched the first ever roll-out of the Global Corporate Governance Forum (GCGF) highly-acclaimed curriculum for directors in The Bahamas last September at The Balmoral on Sanford Drive.

Next week, on September 2nd, The Bahamas IIA will continue its initiative and partner with The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS) to offer the complete 16-module Board Leadership program.
News : International
Farmers in Central America generate energy from coffee wastewater - Aug 27, 2014 - 12:00:05 PM

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UTZ Certified publishes the results of a four-year project on coffee wastewater treatment

 
Amsterdam, HOLLAND - The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills. The project started in 2010 with the goal of addressing environmental and health problems caused by the wastewater produced in the coffee industry.
 
Tailor-made coffee wastewater treatment systems and solid-waste treatment mechanisms were installed in eight coffee farms in Nicaragua, ten in Honduras and one in Guatemala. The positive environmental and economic impact of the project on over 5,000 people in the region has inspired UTZ Certified to replicate the initiative in other countries.
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Bahamas trade unions file disputes with the department of labor and take strike votes - Aug 27, 2014 - 2:42:21 AM

The Ministry of Labour and National Insurance advises that the following trade unions have filed trade disputes with the department of labor and have subsequently taken strike votes on the disputes filed. All of the filed disputes have been referred to the industrial tribunal by the Minister of Labor and are therefore on-going matters before the Industrial Tribunal:

· The Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union,

· The Bahamas Nurses Union,

· The Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Workers,

· The Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association,

· The Bahamas Customs Immigration Allied Workers Union...

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

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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.”
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
NEMA Reports Bahamas Not Impacted by Tropical Storm Cristobal - Aug 26, 2014 - 4:46:08 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed that the islands in the projected path of Tropical Storm Cristobal fared well during the passage of that fourth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

On Monday, August 25, First Assistant Secretary at NEMA Chrystal Glinton said that Family Island Administrators reported very little impact, with the exception of flooding of the road in Mayaguana between Pirate’s Well and Abraham’s Bay.

By Sunday afternoon, the Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued tropical storm warnings for the Central and Southeast Bahamas...
News : International : Caribbean News
CRFM to Give Oral Arguments to Law of the Sea Tribunal - Aug 26, 2014 - 4:42:59 PM

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Belize City - The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will on September 5, 2014 give oral arguments to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany in response to a request for an advisory opinion on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in African waters.

ITLOS, which is made up of 21 Judges, including two from the Caribbean, namely, Judge Dolliver Nelson (Grenada), and Judge Anthony Amos Lucky (Trinidad and Tobago), is hearing oral submissions from States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and International Organisations with an interest in the subject.

Professor Pieter BekkerLegal Counsel for the CRFM, Professor Pieter Bekker of Dundee University, UK will join representatives of nine...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Laying of Wreath at the Mausoleum of the late Right Honourable Sir Lynden Pindling - Aug 26, 2014 - 2:16:31 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Fourteen years after his passing, Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling laid a wreath at the mausoleum of her late husband, the Right Honourable Sir Lynden Pindling, also known as the father of the nation, at St. Agnes Anglican Cemetery on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell also paid his respects at the mausoleum...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women Calls on Bahamas Governor General - Aug 26, 2014 - 2:12:30 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Members of S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women, a community-based youth development organization, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, August 26, 2014.

S.T.R.A.W. Inc.™ Center for Young Women© is a non-profit, non- governmental youth development organization located at No. 307 Soldier Road, Nassau, New Providence Bahamas...

News : International : Caribbean News : Turks & Caicos Islands
Flight Operations Resume at Providenciales Airport Following the Passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal - Aug 26, 2014 - 1:57:57 PM


PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Monday, August 26th, 2014 – Flight operations at Providenciales Airport resume normal operations following the passage of tropical storm Cristobal. The storm’s passage though the Turks and Caicos Islands left a trail of cancelled flights due to its impact on the islands.

Flight operations at Providenciales International Airport were suspended since Sunday due to heavy rain, strong winds, low visibility and cloud ceiling. These prevented safe operations into the country’s main port of entry.

Commenting on the suspended flight operation, Airport Authority’s CEO...
News : International : Caribbean News : Turks & Caicos Islands
‎Governor and Premier lead Turks and Caicos Storm Recovery - Aug 26, 2014 - 11:58:18 AM

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The Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) Executive Policy Committee met to discuss the recovery plan following flooding caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal, today, Monday, 25 August 2014.

Around 12 inches of rain fell on the TCI over the weekend 23-24 August 2014. Flood water is several feet deep in places. There has been one confirmed fatality to date.

This committee will determine how TCIG will tackle the damage, mainly on the islands of Middle Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales, by assessing the impact of the storm and allocating resources to assist in the recovery...
News : Grand Bahama
Mini Me Yoga Comes to Grand Bahama - Aug 26, 2014 - 11:09:38 AM

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Mini Me Yoga, an international company that has brought the power of positive thinking and wellness to children all over the world, is now offering programs on Grand Bahama. The program will also be available on additional islands within the country over the next several months.

The mission of Mini Me Yoga is to provide yoga and positive thinking activities and products to children and offer training to empower parents and teachers to incorporate Mini Me sessions into a child’s daily or weekly routine. Mini Me Yoga is in 19 countries on 6 continents around the world. The program has been globally embraced by school systems, day care programs and community groups...

News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama Summer School Repairs Looking Good - Aug 26, 2014 - 10:21:40 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas  - Summer has ended, and the time has come to ensure that schools on Grand Bahama are ready to receive new and returning students. To this end, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, paid a visit to several schools on the island to check in with contractors and principals on the status of work done during the summer break. This work included repairs, refurbishments or replacements.


Joined by Deputy Director of Education, Sandra Edgecombe, and Superintendent, Dorothy Kemp, the Minister did a walkabout on the following campuses: (1) Catholic High School, (2) Jack Hayward High School, (3) Beacon School, (4) West End Primary School, (5) Holmes’ Rock Primary School, (6) Martin Town Primary School, (7) Eight Mile Rock High School, (8) Bartlett Hill Primary School, (9) Lewis Yard Primary School...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Fred Mitchell remarks to NPI, offers condolences to Latore Mackey's family - Aug 26, 2014 - 1:02:35 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Fred Mitchell, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Lynden Pindling Centre, Gambier House on August 25th, 2014:

I wish to start off by expressing my condolences to the family of late Latore Mackey, the former Deputy Director of the Bahamas Information Services. Mr. Mackey served the government with all his talents and abilities.  He was loyal and dedicated.  In the run up to the 2012 general election, I sought to persuade him to come in from the cold as an activist and join us in the Progressive Liberal Party and he did.  Once he joined he took to the role in the public relations and marketing arm of the PLP, working out of the War Room like a fish in water.  He carried out excellent work at the Bahamas Information Services and in the Office of the Prime Minister.
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Nassau Hotels Offers Special Rate For HBCUX College Football Event - Aug 25, 2014 - 11:17:44 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - A number of New Providence hotels are offering special rates for Family Island participation of the prestigious HBCUX Classic games next month.

HBCUX, an American football game, is being held on September 12-14 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

Central State University (CSU) and the Texas Southern University (TSU)-two historically black colleges- will square off in the first college football game ever held in The Bahamas...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Ryan Pinder "Investment Condominium Bill 2014" Contribution - Aug 25, 2014 - 10:59:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder House Communication:

Today I rise to move for the second reading of a Bill for an Act to Facilitate the Formation of an Investment Condominium in the Bahamas between Participants for the Purpose of Collective Investments and for Connected Purposes.  
 
Together, Mr. Speaker, these bills establish The Bahamas as the first common law jurisdiction to have created an investment fund vehicle which perfectly aligns with the traditional structuring of Brazilian funds.  The Bahamas has termed this fund the Investment Condominium or ICON
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News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Launches Virtual Course on Open Government for Public Officials in the Americas - Aug 25, 2014 - 5:01:36 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) will launch, on Tuesday, August 26, the virtual course "Strategies for Open Government in the Americas" for 217 officials from the region, in order to enable them to implement strategies for the consolidation of more participatory, transparent and open government.

The course will last seven weeks, and although it is aimed at public officials, it is open to the general public.

Taught from the Virtual Campus of the Department for Effective Public Management of the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the OAS, the course has the support of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the...
News : International : Caribbean News : Turks & Caicos Islands
Tropical Storm Cristabol effects flight operations at Providenciales Airport - Aug 25, 2014 - 2:56:30 PM

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Monday, August 25th, 2014 – Tropical storm Cristobal’s passage through the Turks and Caicos Islands has left a trail of cancelled and delayed flights due to its impact on the islands. Flight operations at Providenciales International Airport were suspended at 10:09 a.m. local on Sunday.

Heavy rain, strong winds, low visibility and cloud ceiling continue to occur, preventing safe operations into the country’s main port of entry. The adverse weather condition began late on Friday and continues unabated.
News : International : Caribbean News
TCI Premier: Money, Manpower and Immediate Assessment after Tropical Storm Cristobal - Aug 25, 2014 - 2:25:39 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS -
MONEY, MANPOWER and IMMEDIATE ASSESSMENT are what Premier Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing promoted in a noonday press conference (Monday August 25, 2014) held at the Ministry of Health office in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

One emergency meeting has already been held in Grand Turk this morning, and the country's Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies has determined that two shelters will be opened, that more manpower is required and an immediate assessment of the damages in hardest hit North Caicos and Providenciales are a must.

Government has already determining that they will have to draw money from various TCIG departments to finance a swift clean up and pumping...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Governor General and Minister of Education Enjoy Story Time with Children - Aug 25, 2014 - 2:11:58 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, spoke to children and participated in storybook sessions with them at Mario’s Entertainment Centre on Saturday, August 23, at the 2nd Annual BTC School Aid – Charity Event and Fun Day.


BTC Bahamas with the aid of Social Services, Urban Renewal, and Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM) identified and invited 250 children to the event. Fun and activities included: grooming (haircuts, facials, manicures, hair braiding)...
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