Heads of Agreement Signed for $100 Million Phase 1 Development in South Eleuthera.
" We have been waiting for twenty years, but we never stopped. We persevered... " says project GM. Prime Minister Christie with a size-able complement of Cabinet Ministers and other Government Officials attended the special signing event hosted at the Cotton Bay home of Investor, Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo.
U.S. Embassy honors fallen heroes with a wreath laying ceremony
NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Monday, May 25th, the United States Embassy commemorated Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans. The solemn tribute was held at the site of the Memorial to Patrol Squad 23 to commemorate the 10 U.S. crew members who lost their lives during a fateful training mission off the coast of Nassau on May 7th, 1954.
U.S. Chargé d' Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson gives remarks during the Memorial Day ceremony held at the Clifton Memorial on Monday, May 25th, 2015.
The VP-23 Squadron members that died in the plane crash included William Martin, Leland Osborn, John Tinney, John Holle, Joseph Kiliszewski, Franz Nelson, Thomas Caylor, Gerald Lepard, Albert Olson and Fred Sparks. The military services of Bahamian Private First Class Norman Darling who died in the Iraq War in 2004 and Sergeant Errol McKinney, U.S. Army, a Bahamian killed in a motorcycle accident in 2013 shortly after to returning to Ft. Bliss, Texas following a deployment to Afghanistan were also honored.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Harborside Resort at Atlantis employees have the opportunity to enhance their careers or explore side trades, after meeting with a cadre of faculty and staff at a Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) career fair organized exclusively for them.
Held recently at the resort, scores of workers turned out for the information session and mini career fair, which showcased the myriad of associate degrees, diploma and certificate courses offered at BTVI.
Harborside Human Resources Manager, Jacquelyn Gardiner encouraged the maintenance and space cleaning staff to take advantage of the opportunity to improve their skills or gain new ones.
“You work at Harborside and you take home a salary, but from the survey we got, a lot of you are interested in going back to school, so utilize today’s information. We have great carpenters, mechanics, servers; we want you to use your talent so it could become an extra source of income,” said Ms. Gardiner.
BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville said the career fair proved to be a win-win situation for both organizations.
“This fair means that industry recognizes BTVI for its full potential. The mere fact Harborside approached us is evidence of our worth. From Fashion and Cosmetology to Business and Information Technology, the link has been made; while their employees can sharpen their skills, the door may now be open for possible internships for our students,” said Mr. Darville.
Commissioning ceremony held for education graduands of COB
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The latest graduands from The College of The Bahamas' School of Education were formally welcomed into the community of educators on Tuesday, in a ceremony that has become a staple event on the COB Commencement Calendar.
Approximately 100 graduating students participated in the annual Teachers' Commissioning Ceremony held at The College’s Performing Arts Centre.
Guest speaker at the ceremony, former Senator Dr. Jacintha Higgs, Principal of Akhepron International Academy, implored the graduands to evaluate their motives, goals and ability to effectively guide children towards their destinies.
“What is your end goal? How are you going to transform the nation and impact the world? Your end goal should always be about changing the course for others to lead a better life, a better life history, to fulfilling your life’s purpose to which you were born and to which they were born and for you to be a beacon to advance and to elevate humanity,” she said in an impassioned address.
In giving the graduands much food for thought, Dr. Higgs urged balance in their approach to education and leadership.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Sunwing Airlines made its inaugural flight to Grand Bahama from Houston, Texas, on Sunday, May 24, carrying 145 passengers. The flight was met by Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama Betty Bethel and other Ministry of Tourism staff members.
According to Ms. Bethel, the Ministry of Tourism “has a summer and winter program, with this being the first of many flights scheduled for the rest of this year, which will result in positive economic impact for Grand Bahama.”
With flights coming in from eight US cities and from Canada, Grand Bahama to date has already surpassed its 2014 visitor numbers to the island.
BTC Flight 242 Junior Achievement Company wins individual and team honours
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A team member of the BTC Flight 242 Junior Achievement Company, Bobbeth Colebrook, beat out more than 500 competitors to take first place honours and the individual title of ‘Most Distinguished Achiever’ in this year’s annual Junior Achievement programme; she also won the Speech Competition.
Winners in all categories were named at the Awards Banquet at Atlantis on Saturday May 16th and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company-sponsored team had their best year in the past decade to win team and individual honours.
Executive Advisor Barry Wilmott, who has guided teams from BTC over 24 years, said this year he gave a different goal to his youngsters.
“I made a commitment that this year I would motivate and coach them to also see the wisdom of winning individual titles in addition to winning team awards. Over the years I have come to recognise that if you also develop, mentor and coach our future leaders for individual glory they will go on to win awards throughout their life.”
BTC Flight 242 Company took home 17 awards overall; they achieved 1st and 3rd place in the Top Scores category with Ashlee Colebrook scoring a perfect 100% and Alexis Hamilton scoring 97.5.Â The team president Italia Clarke placed 2nd for Top Sales Person and three company officers were finalists for Company Officer of the Year award.
Shipyard employees participate in inaugural health fair
FREEPORT, Bahamas – Investing in your health is a great way to invest in yourself, and over 400 employees from Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), along with their families, invested in their health over the weekend at GBS’ first health fair.
The health fair, held at Nesbitt Rentals, was designed to encourage employees to pay more attention to their health and welfare.
“Our employees are our number one asset,” said Reuben Byrd, GBS Chief Operation Officer. “So, bringing them knowledge of health services that are readily available here on the island and nearby in Florida that they can use to improve their health is something that was really important to us.”
Services available at the health fair included free health screenings, education on the importance of good nutrition and exercise sessions with fitness instructors.
VAT officers embarking on campaign to ensure that businesses are compliant
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Value Added Tax (VAT) Department of the Ministry of Finance advises the general public that department officials will be embarking on a vigorous campaign to ensure that businesses are VAT compliant.
Officers can be identified by their VAT identification badges, bearing their name, signature of Acting VAT Comptroller, John Rolle as well as a photo of the officer.
Issues such as VAT Inclusive pricing, prominent display of VAT and Business License Certificates, proper invoices and receipts among others will be some of the things VAT officers will be monitoring.
Consumers are also encouraged to be vigilant and to ensure that taxpayers with whom they do business with are complying with the VAT law as it relates to the issues mentioned above. If you suspect that a business is not compliant, feel free to report it to the department via telephone or email for further investigation.
VAT Registrants can also use the opportunity when visited to have VAT officers provide assistance on issues which need to be clarified.
For more information contact the VAT Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call VAT Client Services at (242)-225-7280.
Cable Bahamas and Cash 'N Go team up to provide more payment locations for customers
NASSAU, Bahamas -- In a move to meet customer requests for additional pay centres, Cable Bahamas has partnered with Cash 'N Go to offer alternative sites for subscribers to make bill payments. As of this week, Cable Bahamas customers in New Providence can visit one of the six Cash 'N Go locations on the island to pay for their REV services.
The alternative payment sites include three Cash 'N Go centres on Bay Street, Rosetta Street and Carmichael Road, as well as three Cash 'N Go Bill Express locations on Prince Charles Drive, Gladstone Road South and The Shoppes at Cable Beach. The REV Store at the Mall at Marathon will remain the primary location for all customer needs, including bill payments, account inquiries, transfers, new service activations and disconnections.
Vice President of Customer Fulfillment at Cable Bahamas David van Dyke said the company is thrilled to join forces with Cash 'N Go to deliver yet another secure and convenient payment option for customers. He added that Cable Bahamas is always listening to its valued customers to best determine how to serve them, and this partnership with Cash 'N Go is a testament of that commitment. Mr van Dyke anticipates that residents will be pleased with the option to now pay their Cable Bahamas and other utility bills at one location.
"Cash 'N Go is a widely trusted alternative pay centre for many Nassau residents," Mr van Dyke said. "We're confident that our customers will view it as a convenience being able to pay Cable Bahamas bills, along with other utilities, at convenient locations closer to their home and jobs."
Mr van Dyke revealed that Cable Bahamas intends to offer new service activations through Cash 'N Go in the future, adding that the communications company anticipates the newly-established partnership will be a lasting one.
Primary school students get fun lessons on water conservation from WSC
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Did you know that it takes 2,700 gallons of water to make a burger?
That was just one of the fun facts that over two hundred and fifty children learned last week with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) and Miya Bahamas.
Primary School Students Get Fun Lessons on Water Conservation from WSC - As WSC embarks on a month-long celebration filled with water activities to commemorate ‘Water Month’, they took the time to educate young primary school students about the importance of water in all of our lives. Over two hundred and fifty children got important lessons on Water Conservation with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) and Miya Bahamas. Pictured are students from Sybil Strachan Primary School during their water conservation presentation at the BNT. (Photo courtesy of Keen i Media for Barefoot Marketing)
Government presents single largest regatta subvention
NASSAU, Bahamas -- It was all smiles today at the Island Traders Building on Bay Street when the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government the Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that the government will assist the All Eleuthera Regatta Committee this year to the tune of $45,000, the single largest public subvention to date for family island regattas. This year’s regatta will be held at Governor’s Harbour during the week leading up to the annual Independence Day celebrations.
“Let me say that regattas are very important to the economic landscape of these family islands” said Minister Gray, highlighting the government’s deepening commitment to this important cultural, economic and historic event. Minister Gray promised that as the Minister with responsibility for regattas, he will be “ensuring that this regatta be the biggest regatta in the history of Eleuthera.”
Minister Gray also took the opportunity to appeal to food vendors and restaurant operators to be especially sensitive to the financial circumstances of the participants in these regattas, pointing out that the allotted per diem for the boaters is around twenty-five dollars per day and the pricing schedule of some of the restaurants and vendors is prohibitive which creates challenges for the boaters.
Overall, few will argue that family island regattas have become the dominant domestic tourism product, stimulating the economies of virtually every major family island.
On hand for the presentation was Central and South Eleuthera Member of Parliament the Hon. Damian Gomez who went further, stating that the all Eleuthera regatta is part of an overall strategic plan to market Eleuthera as a family oriented water sports tourism destination.
New Security Measures Expected to Impact U.S. Visa Applicants
new security measures will be implemented at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau
that are expected to impact the U.S. visa application process. To
better streamline security screening, the U.S. Embassy
will no longer provide storage services for restricted articles that
are not allowed to be brought into the building. Under the new
regulations, U.S. visa applicants who arrive at the U.S. Embassy
carrying restricted items will be refused entry and risk missing
their visa appointments.
include electronic devices such as mobile phones, car alarm remotes,
tablets, MP3 players, notebook computers, headsets and any device with a
power plug or battery...
COB President Signs OAS Cooperation Accord at VII Summit of The Americas
President of The College of The Bahamas Dr Rodney D. Smith has signed
an Organization of American States (OAS) Cooperation Agreement that
formalizes student scholarship and faculty teaching and research
President Smith signed the agreement on Friday, April 10th, 2015
following the inaugural University Presidents Forum held under the
auspices of the VII Summit of The Americas in Panama City, Panama.
The accord paves the way for a reciprocal arrangement under which
students and faculty of The College of The Bahamas will be able to study
and teach at tertiary institutions in other OAS-member countries...
Cable Bahamas wins seven international marketing awards for excellence
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Cable Bahamas'
innovative marketing strategies were recently recognised by an
international panel of industry professionals, who selected the company
as a multiple winner in the 2014 Telly Awards. The annual award honours
excellence in film and video production, commercials and television
Cable Bahamas received two Silver Telly awards for
its short film of The Bahamas National Anthem (filmed as a tribute to
the country's 40th anniversary of independence) "March On, Bahamaland"
and "Get Your REVOICE", a Junkanoo-themed production promoting the
REVOICE Merry Mortgage Campaign. The Silver Telly is the top honour
given by the Telly Awards Committee...
Bahamas National Trust's work with rare bird featured on PBS
Work with the piping
plover (a rare bird) in Andros was featured on PBS Newshour last night.
This joint venture with the National Audubon Society is great news as it
will help to highlight the piping plover in The Bahamas. The show can
be streamed online starting at
You can read more about the BNT's bird banding project which was featured in the video on the BNT's website
Bahamas Partnering With Developer For Four Seasons Resort On Eleuthera
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Minister of Health calls on The Bahamas' UN Ambassador in Geneva - Bahama Islands Info (blog)
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Bahamas Breaks Global Standards With Jet Fuel Tax - Bahamas Tribune
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Western Air Bahamas acquires two ex-Malian Saab 340As - ch-aviation
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Bahamas signs on to major agreements at COFCOR meeting
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Bahamas AG won't comment on power company bribe before end of June
NASSAU, Bahamas -- It remains unclear when Bahamians will receive answers over the report that a Bahamian official accepted $325,000 in bribes to swing Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) contracts to a French company over a decade ago. Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said...
Draft freedom of information bill released in The Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas government released a draft Freedom of Information Bill on Monday that seeks to reinforce “governmental accountability, transparency and public participation in national decision-making”.The bill, which catalogues a long list of exemptions, also seeks to protect...