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IADB designates Nassau as an "Emerging Sustainable City" - Sep 10, 2015 - 4:10:38 PM


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The Inter-American Development Bank, in conjunction with the Office of the Prime Minister, designated the City of Nassau as an Emerging Sustainable City on September 2, 2015 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
This Emerging Sustainable City Initiative (ESCI) was started in June 2015 and is being spearheaded by the Economic Development Planning Unit within the Office of The Prime Minister.

The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) employs a multidisciplinary approach to address the sustainable urban development challenges facing emerging cities in Latin America and the Caribbean...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas announces New Marine Protected Areas - Sep 4, 2015 - 3:17:39 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing's Announcement of New Marine Protected Areas made on August 31s, 2015:

The Bahamas became a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity in December of 1993. Upon the signing of the convention The Bahamas recognized that biodiversity is about more than plants, animals and microorganisms and their ecosystems. We recognized that biodiversity is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.
Entertainment
Parallax rides a "Bahama Blue" tide to World Oceans Day - Apr 24, 2015 - 3:23:25 PM

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VANCOUVER, Canada  - World Oceans Day has taken on new meaning to the production team at Parallax Film Productions. After spending months filming their latest project called Bahama Blue, a bunker oil spill occurred in their hometown Vancouver, just as they were delivering the final episodes.

“We just have a new appreciation for how catastrophic an event like this can be. We know how vulnerable many species are to manmade pollution,” says Director and Executive Producer Ian Herring, “It’s a shame that we only truly appreciate wildlife when it’s threatened or gone.”

The team chose a different theme for their series, though, to capture the beauty and diversity of wildlife in the Bahamas. “
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The Bahamian Flag Makes it to the Top of the World - Apr 17, 2015 - 1:31:20 PM

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Bahamians Mark Roberts and Shaune Adderley have made it to the North Pole, braving ice and snow, while attempting one of the top twenty toughest challenges in the world.

"We'll be skiing 12 hours a day on the ice to make the 120 mile journey to get to the north pole.  The average temperature will range from - 20 on a warm day, to - 40 to be the average, and we could encounter a - 80 with wind chills," said Roberts.

Adderley had never seen snow before the journey and the trip will be a big change from Bahamian temperatures of 80 degrees...
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Palm Cay Marina Voted ‘1st Choice’ by Boaters Around the World for 3rd Consecutive Year - Sep 27, 2016 - 1:21:15 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Palm Cay, the family friendly, gated residential community in Southeastern New Providence was recently announced as the winner of the renowned Active Captain ‘1st Choice Award’ for small-to-mid size marinas. This is the third consecutive year that the community’s award-winning marina has been chosen as the top marina by boaters on Active Choice. More than 250,000 boaters trust Active Captain as an important source of information about marinas and local boating knowledge throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. According to Demaro Demeritte, Dock Master at Palm Cay, the marina welcomes more than 300 boaters per year from all over the world. While most boaters are from the United States and Canada, visitors from as far as Australia have moored at the Palm Cay Marina...
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BNT Receives Global Recognition for Shark Conservation - Mar 25, 2015 - 3:23:17 PM

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Eleuthera, Bahamas – The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) was one of the first groups to advocate for the protection of sharks in The Bahamas and Caribbean. The BNT was invited by the Pew Environment group in 2010 to partner with them to protect sharks in The Bahamas from commercial exploitation.

When Pew first came to the BNT, they had successfully created shark sanctuaries In the Maldives and Palau. The BNT already had a history for protecting sharks, as the BNT along with other NGO’s had lobbied against long line fishing in 1994, which resulted in the prohibition of this fishing practice in The Bahamas...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas #1 In Private Aviation - Jan 8, 2015 - 3:26:27 PM

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The Bahamas was recently declared number one in private aviation beating out regional competitors like St. Bartens, St. Martins and Turks and Caicos and banking in almost $300 million.

According to figures supplied byPrivateFly from WINGX, there were 12,566 charter flights to the 10 busiest Caribbean airports alone from November 2013 to April 2014 – the high season for travel.

Based on data from Prince & Associates showing that private jets bring an average of $69,000 in spend to the destinations they visit (excluding fuel and landing fees), private jet travelers brought some $867 million in spending to the destinations where the top 10 airports were located...
The Bahamas Boasts : New Providence
Baha Mar Rated Among Top Destinations to Visit in 2015 - Dec 18, 2014 - 5:07:36 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Baha Mar has been rated one of the top ten destinations in the world to visit in 2015 by CNN Travel, as a new resort making a huge impact on luxury travel in the region.

The $3.5 billion luxury gaming resort, according to CNN Travel, is “expected to send ripples across the Caribbean” when it opens in Spring 2015 with a grand gala produced by music and entertainment icons Jamie King and Emilio Estefan.

Baha Mar is the only Caribbean resort to land a spot among the top ten destinations of 2015, ranking alongside other breathtaking locations...
Arts & Culture
Award winning students renovate historic Cat Island kitchen - Nov 21, 2014 - 12:17:31 PM

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CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas - Fulfilling a promise to Cat Island native, the late Margaretta Rolle, students of the award winning Indaba Project are working hard to restore Mrs Rolle’s historic detached limestone kitchen in the mystic island. After securing a $6,000 grant from the International Development Bank (IDB), the Indaba Project organized a multi-island project team to help preserve this important part of Bahamian material history.

The Indaba Project (TIP) is a registered non-profit organisation aiding in community development in the historic African townships of Bain and Grants Town. Two of its main pillar projects are an After School Programme and an island-hopping summer camp, known as the Island Stewards Camp (ISC).

The Bahamas Boasts : New Providence
Nassau makes 10 most romantic wedding destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America - Nov 7, 2014 - 11:52:19 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas has recently been named as one of the Marriott Hotel chain's list of the top 10 most romantic wedding destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America.  Specifically Atlantis, Paradise Island is listed as number 9.  The list has British Virgin Islands as first, followed by Huatulco, Mexico, and
then Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

"Looking for the perfect destination to tie the knot? We’ve discovered the most romantic places around the world for your wedding. 

From an upscale, sophisticated ceremony in the Bahamas to a laid-back, green celebration in Costa Rica, here is our guide to the best..."
The Bahamas Boasts : New Providence
BREEF: An Artistic Platform for Reef Protection - Nov 4, 2014 - 12:28:08 PM

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Nassau, New Providence - The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) hopes that their Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden will be a platform for raising awareness about threats to coral reefs and the catastrophic harm that can be caused to The Bahamas if the damage continues.

“It is an absolute must that we have more coral reefs included within the Bahamian network of marine protected areas,” said BREEF’s executive director Casuarina McKinney-Lambert. “We need to further ensure that these areas are accessible for the majority of Bahamians to enjoy...”
The Bahamas Boasts : New Providence
BREEF Gains International Attention for Underwater Sculptures - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:35:20 PM

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BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden installed off the western coastline of New Providence Island in The Bahamas earlier this month is receiving international attention from scores of on-line journals and news outlets around the world.

“We are excited by the recognition our project, and by extension The Bahamas, is attracting around the world,” said Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF’s executive director.

The “Daily Mail” which boasts average daily circulation of over 1.7 million copies, carried the headline “Weight of the ocean on her shoulders! 18ft Atlas sculpture dropped off coast of the Bahamas to form incredible..."
The Bahamas Boasts : New Providence
BREEF's Underwater Museum an Ecotourism 1st for the Bahamas - Oct 10, 2014 - 5:11:42 PM

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The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation says their multi-phase Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Garden now allows the Bahamas to boast of the “world’s largest undersea artificial sculpture”. Additionally, when completed would be a $500,000 investment into ecotourism.
 
Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF’s executive director said that our underwater museum is an eco-friendly addition to the Bahamas’ growing ecotourism product.
 
“The Bahamas was already home to the world’s deepest blue hole and the third longest fringing barrier reef,” said McKinney-Lambert. “Now we have the world’s newest coral reef garden located off the western tip of New Providence that incorporates many stunning works of art...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Restored Nassau Botanical Gardens to be Forerunner for Urban Botanical Parks - Oct 7, 2014 - 1:13:44 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- A revitalized Nassau Botanical Gardens can serve as the 'Central Park' of New Providence, Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Kenred Dorsett said.

“Those of us of a certain age surely can recall when the Nassau Botanical Gardens was a breathtaking sight to behold,” Mr. Dorsett said. “Many of us would have attended weddings or other events there when the waterfalls were operational and the pathways were in better condition. The Gardens are still a tranquil oasis in the middle of the city but it is not in the operational state that it used to be...

Community : Service Organizations
BREEF anchors its position with Coral Reef Sculpture Garden - Sep 26, 2014 - 2:31:46 AM

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The Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF) announced this week it has commenced the design of artwork for their Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden that will be installed in the near-shore waters of western New Providence.

BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, the brainchild of Bahamian award winning artist, Wilicey Tynes will feature the work of the creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park and world renowned sculptor -  Jason deCaires Taylor, Bahamian artist Andret John and Tynes with the assistance of the international environmental non-profit - Reef Ball Foundation...
The Bahamas Boasts : New Providence
Atlantis' Café Martinique Named among Worlds’ 10 Best Casino Restaurants by Fodors.com - Aug 22, 2014 - 11:56:21 AM

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All-Bahamian staff helps make the difference

PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas –  It sits amidst the hustle and bustle of Paradise Island’s Marina Village, yet its old-world elegance and iconic style takes diners, seemingly, to another, more peaceful place in time... Chef Jean-Georges Vongertichten’s Café Martinique – just one of several fine-dining options offered at the famed Atlantis, Paradise Island – was recently named among the 10 best Casino Restaurants in the world by Fodors.com. Its traditional French cuisine accentuated with the tasty tropical flavours of the islands and charming ambiance are the restaurant’s main draws, however according to the comments of many of its guests, it is the warm and friendly personality of the all-Bahamian staff that makes the difference.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
"Sea Floor Bahamas," world's first undersea post office commemorated - Aug 22, 2014 - 9:28:12 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Sylvia Munro (seated, left), daughter of John Ernest Williamson, pioneer filmmaker and creator of the world's first undersea post office "Sea Floor Bahamas", receives an official set of the stamps and first day covers recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the World's First Undersea Post Office from Acting Postmaster General Debbie Pennerman, during a courtesy call at the Postmaster General’s Office in Nassau, The Bahamas, on August 18, 2014.

Ms. Munro is also pictured on the covers as a nine-year-old girl with her parents. Pictured standing (left to right) are: Senior Assistant Secretary Terry McHardy, Assistant Postmaster General Jennifer Johnson, Mrs. Munro's son and pilot Captain Larry Munro, Assistant Secretary Mabelene Miller and Assistant Postmaster General Michael Cartwright...
The Bahamas Boasts : Abaco
Elbow Reef Lighthouse 150th Birthday Celebration (1864-2014) - Jun 27, 2014 - 5:51:55 PM

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Hope Town, ABACO, The Bahamas -  Elbow Reef Lighthouse has just turned 150 years old, and is the last manually-operated kerosene light fueled left in the world.

The Lighthouse Society organized an anniversary event on June 24th in commemoration featuring education talks, tour and exhibits; an art exhibition and art contest for children;  a drink contest for the adults; and much more.  The event which drew close to one thousand was under the theme “150 Years of Keeping The Light On.”

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(Video) Joulter Cays, Bahamas featured in stunning eco film - Jun 12, 2014 - 1:51:33 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – Showcasing the beauty and biodiversity of an island is not easy to do in under 15 minutes, but this is the job that Matt McCoy, Loggerhead Productions, did while working with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and National Audubon to create a spectacular short film about these cays and tidal creeks that are usually only seen by fishermen frequenting the Joulter Cays.

Recently released and showcased to the Minister of the Environment at a BNT Breakfast Briefing, this PSA on the Joulter Cays is now playing on both ZNS TV and Cable 12 before the news.  The PSA discusses the beauty and importance of the marine ecosystem that surrounds the island as well as highlighting the importance of the tidal flats for migratory shorebirds including the endangered Piping Plover.
The Bahamas Boasts : New Providence
Nassau Hotel Recommended by New York Times - Mar 17, 2014 - 10:49:36 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The New York Times travel section on March 13th recommended Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel as a “serene” place to stay when in Nassau. Travel writer Brendan Spiegel included the popular resort in an article featuring 11 of the islands best attractions for the tourist seeking a subtler, more authentic Bahamian experience. Spiegel praised the popular Sandyport resort for its “picturesque collection of villas in a gated Marina community near Cable Beach with waterfront views and a serene atmosphere.”...
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