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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...
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
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...
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...
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.
Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament - Grand Bahama, April 24th - 27th
- Apr 17, 2014 - 3:47:58 PM
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).
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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...
Chamber Chief Optimistic About Eleuthera’s Economic Future
- Apr 16, 2014 - 6:11:48 PM
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
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...
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.
the Christmas holiday the popular retail giant came under fire after it
– oddly enough – found itself the target of a cyber attack.
of its customers’ credit and debit card information, as well as
personal data were stolen. Now, Target is facing a string of lawsuits.
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.
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
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
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:
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.
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
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)...
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
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...
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.
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...
OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to Haiti
- Apr 15, 2014 - 9:28:00 PM
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...
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.
State Accountability Project is sponsored by the Caribbean Regional
Office of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment
of Women (UNWomen).
Workshop for Human Rights Based Monitoring of State Action on Gender- Based Violence
- Apr 15, 2014 - 5:10:39 PM
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.
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.