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Urban Renewal leads Independence parade [photos]
Submitted by Dennis Dames   
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 08:35

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Urban Renewal family led a dynamic and profoundly inspiring parade on wheels through the streets of New Providence – Saturday July 09, 2011 – in celebration of 38 years of National Independence.

The procession began at Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre and ended on the Western Esplanade.

Participants displayed the colors of the Bahamian Flag in an artistically patriotic fashion while spectators along the route cheered in unifying approval.

 

 

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Independence celebrations marked in the capital
BIS   
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 14:05

Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes brings remarks during the Police Independence Reception on Monday, July 11 in thePaul Farquharson Centre at Police Headquarters.

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes brings remarks during the Police Independence Reception on Monday, July 11 in thePaul Farquharson Centre at Police Headquarters.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE -- Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes cuts the independence cake Monday, during a reception at Police Headquarters. Paul Farquharson. Pictured from left are Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest; Sir Arthur; Lady Foulkes; Mrs Greenslade and Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE -- Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes cuts the independence cake Monday, during a reception at Police Headquarters. Paul Farquharson. Pictured from left are Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest; Sir Arthur; Lady Foulkes; Mrs Greenslade and Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade.

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Holy Cross Anglican Church Vacation Bible School visit Government House
BIS   
Tuesday, 12 July 2011 07:05

Members of the Holy Cross Anglican Church Vacation Bible School  present Lady Foulkes with a gift. A smiling Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes, looks on at right. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) (BIS Photo/ Letisha Henderson) NASSAU, Bahamas -- Holy Cross Anglican Church Vacation Bible School paid a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes at Government House on Friday July 8, 2011.

Photo: Members of the Holy Cross Anglican Church Vacation Bible School present Lady Foulkes with a gift. A smiling Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes, looks on at right.

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)


 

 
Governor General plants a tree
BIS   
Monday, 11 July 2011 14:59

Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes, pictured centre, shovelling as he plants a Lignum Vitae Tree on Saturday, July 9,  in the Upper Gardens at Government House. Looking on at left is Melvin Seymour, secretary to the Governor-General and right is Ed Fields, chairman of We The People.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes, pictured centre, shovelling as he plants a Lignum Vitae Tree on Saturday, July 9, in the Upper Gardens at Government House.

Looking on at left is Melvin Seymour, secretary to the Governor-General and right is Ed Fields, chairman of We The People.  

(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

 

 

 

 

 


 
Thousands attend Independence ecumenical service and cultural show on Clifford Park
BIS   
Monday, 11 July 2011 14:30

Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham along with government ministers, the Bahamas Christian Council and thousands of Bahamians participated in an ecumenical service and cultural show on Clifford Park July 9 to commemorate the 38th anniversary of independence for The Bahamas.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham along with government ministers, the Bahamas Christian Council and thousands of Bahamians participated in an ecumenical service and cultural show on Clifford Park July 9 to commemorate the 38th anniversary of independence for The Bahamas.  

(BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay)

 


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Baillou Hill Road South roadworks notice
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 11 July 2011 07:19

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Road works continue on the verge between Soldier Road and the Town Centre Mall Roundabout. Traffic has been maintained as utility service ducts and drainage pipes have been installed.

Beginning Wednesday, July 13 motorists are advised to expect a road closure for the southbound lane on Baillou Hill Road near to Family Guardian.

Two lanes of traffic will be implemented in the northbound lane while the area directly behind Family Guardian will be closed to vehicular traffic. Southbound traffic will cross over to the northbound lane and there will be one lane of traffic in each direction.

Local access will be granted to nearby residents and businesses.

 
Statement on Nassau power outages by Minister Earl Deveaux
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 08 July 2011 06:55

Response to Fox Hill Member’s Query Regarding BEC
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY – Thursday, July 7, 2011

MINISTER DEVEAUX: To the Member [for Fox Hill] and to all the Bahamian public listening to me, let me on behalf of BEC apologize for the annoying frustration you have undergone. BEC has approximately 347 megawatts of installed power.

When you [Fox Hill] asked the question, BEC was operating at 174. The demand for the last two weeks in the evenings has been 215 and in the days it has been 212. I indicated as we were debating tonight that BEC has had four generators returned to service. As we speak, they are running at approximately 220 megawatts.

The units that BEC indicated it would rent, the 20-megawatt units, are scheduled to be in The Bahamas by mid-July, which is next week. And the generation assistance plan that BEC has agreed to essentially works like this: customers have been identified that have 1,000 kVA of electricity. If an accident occurs at BEC where a generator goes off, and that equivalent amount of power has to be taken out of service, they contact these customers and ask them to self-generate so they can send the load to the residential customers.

The experience you had today (Thursday) and last night (Wednesday) was as a specific result of a fire on engine DA11. DA9, DA10, DA11 and DA12 were returned to service and DA13 is expected to return to service. Once BEC stabilizes at 215 megawatts, it will resume its regular schedule of major overhauls on some of the smaller generators so that it brings the reliability of the power supply up to the 275 megawatts which is what we are required to have when we have this kind of demand. We expect to be able to, according to the information I’ve gotten, no later than the July 20th.

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Media get first-hand look at progress of New Providence road works
Written by BIS   
Friday, 08 July 2011 06:42

A full road closure is in effect on Prince Charles Drive between Pine Barren and Fox Hill Roads to allow for the installation of a 24-inch water main and other underground works. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson) NASSAU, The Bahamas – Media firms were given an opportunity to get a “first hand” look at the progress of work on the various corridors that fall under The Government’s New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project (NPRIIP). The tour was organised by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

During a briefing prior to the tour, Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs said the update was designed to give media a “better” understanding of what is going on.

Among those in attendance was Khader Alikhan, coordinator of NPRIIP, project engineers of the Project Execution Unit and Sgt. Garlon Rolle of the Traffic Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Representatives of Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles, contractor and the Inter-American Development Bank,  were also present.

Shenique Albury, environmental specialist for NPRIIP, said significant progress is being made on the 19 corridors in the first phase of the project.

“The roads are designed of high standards and provide a 20 year life span,” said Ms. Albury. “Everyone will benefit in the long term. Each corridor has its own time line, but the overall completion date is the first quarter of 2012.”

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Government wins appeal in road works matter
Written by BIS   
Friday, 08 July 2011 06:17

NASSAU, Bahamas – Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. John Delaney announced during a news briefing July 6 that the Court of Appeal has “allowed” the appeal in the Coconut Grove Business League matter.  

In 2010 The Government appealed the ruling of the Supreme Court to allow the association of business owners compensation for losses as a result of roadworks on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street corridors, a part of the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP).

 “In allowing the appeal it also vacated the order in respect of damages that had been granted by the Supreme Court pursuant to the judgment the Hon. Justice Neville Adderley on the 17th December 2010,” said the Attorney General.    

Mr. Delaney described the ruling as a “very important” one as it relates to a major infrastructural project that is presently ongoing for the benefit of all Bahamians and residents on the island of New Providence.  

“The NPRIP is not just about roads,” said Mr. Delaney. “ “It is about a major infrastructural upgrade and expansion in the island of New Providence that includes water, electricity as well as roads and other related public infrastructure.  

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