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Pictured from left: Calvin Balfour, permanent secretary; Minister Johnson; "Pancho" Rahming; Timothy Munnings, director of sports; and Mike Sands, president, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations.
(BIS/Photo Raymond A. Bethel)
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REVON Extreme is now available to all areas that Cable Bahamas serves in New Providence and Grand Bahama.
"Our goal is to deliver the best, fastest and truly most reliable Internet service to our subscribers," said Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing and REVON Product Manager David Burrows. "REVON Extreme is a huge step forward, not just for our company but our customers. Communication needs have changed and the Internet is a crucial part of all of our lives at home," Burrows added.
"We know that no other Internet service provider in The Bahamas comes close to the speeds that we now offer residential customers, however, we also know that the entire discussion is not just about speed," Mr Burrows said. "It is as much about capacity. That is what determines how many different devices families can use online at the same time and enjoy their Internet experience without constantly waiting."
Mr Burrows stated that a household of three or four people with multiple devices will quickly use up the total bandwidth that is available. "We've seen Internet usage increase dramatically, especially in the last year. Bahamians are using the Internet to work and play more, and low bandwidth speeds of 4 or 8 megabits per second speed just can't meet the demand of today's subscribers."
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For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181.
General information on U.S. Consular services, including procedures for obtaining or renewing a U.S. passport or visa, is available on the U.S. Embassy's website at http://nassau.usembassy.gov.
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Hosted by the Grand Bahama Chapter of Special Olympics, the event is slated to begin at 8:00am, commencing at the Ranfurly Circus (Princess Gate). The route will take runners/walkers north along The Mall Drive heading to the Garnett Levarity Justice Centre (Police Station) round-about and back to the starting point.
Chairperson for the event, Miss Kendra Clarke explains that the 5K Run/Walk event is a major annual fundraiser for the Special Olympics Grand Bahama Chapter. "Each year the Chapter focuses on providing sports training and athletic competition year-round for adults and children with intellectual disabilities." states Clarke.
"Proceeds from this event will provide assistance to more than 54 special athletes, who participate in a number of sports including Bocce, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, Track & Field and Soccer." Clarke continued.
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Mr. D'Aguilar, a well respected businessman and former President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce was invited to give his views on the topic: The Freeport Model ... Obsolete Relic or Untapped Opportunity.
While this often outspoken member of the community is from Nassau, he does business in Freeport, being the Chairman of the Board of AML Foods, owners of Solomon's and Cost Right. In declaring his familiarity with Freeport, he said he was very involved in the expansion of Solomon's to the Lucaya Shopping Centre, commented that the Grand Bahama Port Authority was very welcoming and accommodating in helping that store get up and running in record time. He said that Freeport is very important to AML Foods as this island provides for 40 percent of its total sales.
At the onset of his presentation, Mr. D'Aguilar shared the history of Freeport Model, namely the Grand Bahama Port Authority, which was created in 1955. He stated that in essence, Freeport became a company town, with the company charged with developing the city and handling every aspect of its administration.
D'Aguilar then asserted, "Yet somewhere along the way, things went wrong! Over the past 50 years, Freeport has not experienced the kind of growth seen in Nassau or even Abaco for that matter!"
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Minister of State in the Ministry of Legal Affairs and MP for Central and South Eleuthera the Hon. Damien Gomez also showed his support, as the group tries to get citizens on the island to obey traffic laws by not drinking and driving and/or speeding.
The stakeholders include officials from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Education, the Police Force, Rotary Club and One Eleuthera Foundation.
One Eleuthera brings together people, resources, and expertise to develop opportunities for all Eleutherans to prosper.
Minister Strachan said that up to May 10, the statistics she had available showed the number of traffic fatalities stood at 26, with nine of those on New Providence, five in Grand Bahama, one in Andros, two in Abaco, two in Exuma and seven on Eleuthera.
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The campaign is scheduled to run from April to July 8, 2013. Customers are asked to update account information by logging on to www.gb-power.com or by visiting the company's main headquarters and be entered to win a prize.
Prizes include Kindles, laptops, Android tablets, a Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, and a 39 inch flat screen television grand prize.
"We have had a great response from our customers" said Katherine Demeritte, GBPC Director of Customer Services. "I encourage people to take advantage of the campaign as there are still more opportunities to win."
Winners of the Kindles are pictured with GBPC staff (left to right): Katherine Demeritte (Director of Customer Service), Ann Hunt (Claims Administrator), Deloris Frith (prize winner), Thomas Missick (prize winner) and Lorene Stubbs (Customer Service Supervisor).
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On behalf of the government and people of The Bahamas, I want to be amongst the first to welcome you formally to The Bahamas. I think that this is a significant visit, and from what I can see of your itinerary it is a work-filled agenda, including stops at the Deputy Prime Minister to discuss matters in Exuma; the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture.
We are fellow Commonwealth countries and have been working in a spirit of friendly cooperation since The Bahamas attained its independence almost forty years ago. The common themes are democracy, the rule of law, respect for the rights of the individual including the right to privacy and the security of the citizens, their persons and property. We exchanged views on these issues today, particularly in light of the upcoming Heads of Government conference in Sri Lanka in the fall.
In terms of our bi-lateral and regional relations, Canada is a regional player and has been a great investor in The Bahamas and in Bahamians. Bahamian young people buy services from Canada in education mainly. I discussed this matter extensively with the Minister and how we can improve the processes of Bahamian students entering Canada. Canadian visitors buy services in The Bahamas mainly in tourism. The Canadian banks are investors in our country and hire significant numbers of our citizens. Canadian airlines fly into The Bahamas and we have concluded up to the point of signature a Canadian Air Services Agreement which I hope can soon be signed. This agreement will bring relations in this area into the modern era.
I believe that this visit can signal greater opportunities for trade and investment expanding our bi-lateral and regional ties.
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The delegation, headed by the president of the Bahamas Christian Council, Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson, was comprised of religious leaders from a broad cross-section of denominations. The three hour event was chaired by Baha Mar executives Robert Sands, Senior V.P. of Administration & External Affairs and Uri Clinton, Senior V.P. &General Council.
During the event, the delegation was apprised of facts about Baha Mar including the use of Bahamian contractors and labour, the recruitment and training of Bahamians for positions at all levels of the organization as well as the marketing strategy and the projected economic impact of the resort.
"Baha Mar is deeply rooted in the Bahamas and we value the support of our local community leaders," said Sands. "It is important to maintain open lines of communication."
Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson expressed his gratitude for the first-hand information stating that it will "open the eyes of Bahamian people to what really happens at Baha Mar."
Photo: Bahamas Christian Council members and Baha Mar executives during the construction site of tour and detailed project briefing about the resort.
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