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Construction of downtown Straw Market on schedule
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 09 April 2011 08:30

MARKET TOUR -- The Hon. Neko C Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport (first from left) is pictured along with the Hon. Lawrence Cartwright (right) and other stakeholders inspecting the progress of the construction of the downtown Nassau Straw Market. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)NASSAU, The Bahamas – Construction on the new $11.2 million straw market is progressing on schedule and should be ready for occupancy in late August.

Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C Grant made this announcement during a tour of the downtown Nassau Market on April 3. Accompanying him was various stakeholders in the project including the Hon. Lawrence Cartwright, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources; David Johnson, director general in the Ministry of Tourism; Vaughn Roberts, managing director of the Downtown Nassau Partnership and Robert Hall of Cavalier Construction.

Minister Cartwright said the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has been working feverishly throughout the islands in training Bahamians to produce indigenous products for the market.

He said there are persons from every island in The Bahamas who are producing outstanding coconut shell jewellery, marine shell jewellery, and straw craft that should be placed in the straw market that has international exposure and a good reputation for producing indigenous products.

“I endorse the view that whenever this market is reopened that some of these products will be brought in here to show to the world the good products that are being produced in this country from shells, straw and coconut shells,” said Mr. Cartwright.

Mr. Johnson said the market has been the place to showcase products that Bahamians have been known to produce and sell.

CC Sweeting students visit the Governor General
Friday, 08 April 2011 07:18

Teachers and students from the C. C. Sweeting Senior High School's ‘At Risk’ Apprenticeship Programme are pictured with Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes (seated, front centre) during a courtesy call at Government House on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) NASSAU, Bahamas -- Teachers and students from the C. C. Sweeting Senior High School's "At Risk" Apprenticeship Programme are pictured with Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes (seated, front centre) during a courtesy call at Government House on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.  

(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)


Residents informed of plans for Lake Cunningham Estates during Baha Mar construction phase
Written by BIS   
Friday, 08 April 2011 06:21

John Canton, director of Public Works, presents remarks at the Town Hall Meeting for residents of Lake Cunningham Estates. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) NASSAU, The Bahamas – Stakeholders involved in the Baha Mar Ltd. resort complex including the Ministry of Public Works and Transport entertained the views of residents of Lake Cunningham Estates on the road component of the proposed development at a meeting on Tuesday, April 5.

Representatives of Baha Mar presented current ideas for the access arrangements for Lake Cunningham Estates. Details of the arrangements are still to be resolved, however, the meeting was designed to solicit feedback from the residents.

Among those in attendance at the town hall meeting at Wyndham Nassau Resort was the Hon. Hubert Minnis, MP, the Hon. Sidney Collie, MP, Elizabeth Keju, acting permanent secretary, John Canton, director of Public Works, Brenton Turner, project officer; Dr. Robert Reiss, principal of Reiss Engineering Inc., Government’s representative and manager for the project and Robert Sands, senior vice president for administration and external relations at Baha Mar.

The Cable Beach complex, planned to be the Caribbean’s largest single-phase destination resort, is a joint venture between the Bahamas Government and Baha Mar. The ground-breaking ceremony for the 1000-acre resort, gaming and entertainment complex was held on February 21, 2011 and it is scheduled to open in December 2014.

In his remarks Mr. Canton said, “Under the Heads of Agreement with Government Baha Mar has committed to construct New West Bay Street (diverting in a semi-circle around the area to be occupied by the core of the Baha Mar project) along with corridor 7 which links New West Bay Street with JFK at the junction of Gladstone Road.

“The intent of both The Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Baha Mar is aligned in consideration of and desire to make appropriate provisions (especially in respect to road access) for the communities affected by the project and to enhance the context and provisions at both the household and community living levels,” he added.

Saunders Beach facelift is the measure of success
Written by BIS   
Friday, 08 April 2011 06:12

Minister Deveaux speaks to the press and inspects a beach bench made from the casuarinas removed from Saunders Beach because it was determined to be an invasive species. (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs).NASSAU, The Bahamas – Successful infrastructural improvements to Saunders Beach have proven to be a measure of matured governance, accountability, sustainability, and thorough planning.

Environment Minister, Earl Deveaux, recently toured Saunders Beach restroom facilities to inspect the $230,000 investment in civic wastewater disposal facilities.  The recreational facelift has restored public order to the popular landmark.  Landscaping on the roundabout and beach areas was arranged by Four Seasons Landscaping.

“Everyone can see that beach erosion, particularly on the north shore is a seasonal matter, and Saunders Beach has been wonderfully restored in time for the summer,” said Minister Deveaux.

“The tree landscaping you see here came with a little history.  These seagrapes and coconut palms came to The Bahamas at a time when we had a severe hurricane and we had to replace many of our lost trees.  These were held at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Research Centre for this very kind of activity in the future," he said.

The contract was awarded to Caribe Construction and the facilities should be ready for occupancy by the end of May 2011.  Bruce Lafleur and Associates designed the building and has maintained the Bahamian character as well as the hurricane resistant building standards.  It also has accommodations for handicapped persons.

Contracts signed to aid Police and Customs operations
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 13:16

Indianna Hanna of Radolph Hanna Construction Company (right) receives a copy of the contract for repairs to the Central Detective Unit building from the Hon. Neko C Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport (third from left). Also pictured from left is Acting Commissioner Marvin Dames, National Security Minister the Hon. Tommy Turnquest and Eloise Fernander, quantity surveyor, far right. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)NASSAU, The Bahamas – Two contracts were signed during a ceremony on April 6 at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to undertake general repairs and minor reconfiguration of spaces occupied by departments in CDU, Criminal Records Office, Crime Scene Investigation and Drug Enforcement Unit and continue work on the Customs Scanner Building.

Among those attending the ceremony was the Hon. Neko C Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport; the Hon. Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security; the Hon. Zhivargo Laing, Minister of State for Finance; Elizabeth Keju, Acting Permanent Secretary, and Customs Controller Glen Gomez.

The contract for the CDU building on Thompson Boulevard was awarded to Randolph Hanna Construction Co. Ltd. in the amount of $1,273.227.01 and the contract for the Customs Scanner building totalling $528,473.34 was granted to Big Red Trucking and Construction Ltd.

“We expect that these projects will progress on schedule,” said Mr. Grant. “We also expect that the work will be of the highest standard as we seek to provide the Royal Bahamas Police Force and The Bahamas Customs Department with adequate accommodations for the execution of specific aspects of their duties.”

The work to be carried out on the CDU building includes replacement of roof coverings, construction of a mezzanine floor, renovation of the air-conditioning and electrical systems and painting.

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce workshop: Utilizing Technology - Maximizing Productivity
Submitted by the Chamber of Commerce   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:14
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Keep up or become extinct … you choose! We live in a technologically advanced world where everything depends heavily on the utilization of various devices. Businesses are finding it increasingly more difficult to operate in the fashion as they did before and are now realizing that if they are to remain relevant, they must embrace the tools and equip themselves and their employees accordingly.

This program is designed to provide a very practical approach to what every organization should know regarding business technology. These areas include: Microsoft office applications, point of sales systems, telephone messaging systems, I-Pad (I & II version) and the Blackberry. The training will involve simulations of how they can be used with a degree of proficiency and how they can drive productivity for the organization.

Mr. Winston Rolle who currently serves as CEO for the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation will facilitate this program.  This training will take place on Thursday, April 21, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.   Seating is limited so early registration is recommended, click HERE.

Admission to the workshop is $199.00 for Chamber/BECon Members and $239.00 for Non Members. *A limited time discount of $50.00 per participant is available to all companies registering a group of two or more at the same time.  Please call The Chamber of Commerce at 322-2145 or email Latoya Swain at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.
Bahamas National Trust AGM - Thursday, April 7th at 6:30pm
Submitted by the Bahamas National Trust   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 09:20
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Bahamas National Trust.  Please note that in order to be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) membership must be in good standing at least 30 days (March 8, 2011) prior to the AGM.

Notice of any motion proposed to be made at a general meeting by any person not being a member of Council shall be sent to the Secretary of the Bahamas National Trust (14) days (March 24, 2011) before the general meeting.  Such notices shall be signed by a proposer and two seconders being members of The Bahamas National Trust and no motion made by any member other than a member of Council shall be entertained by a general meeting unless notice thereof had been given aforesaid.

Additionally, members will recall that one of the important activities of the Annual General Meeting is to elect nine Trust members to Council.  If any member wishes to make a nomination regarding these nine positions, the nomination must be received in writing at the Trust’s headquarters in Nassau at least thirty (30) days (March 8, 2011) before the Annual General Meeting.  Nominations must be signed by a member in good standing and endorsed by two additional members, also in good standing.  The nomination should be accompanied by a written confirmation from the nominee that they are willing to serve as well as a brief curricula vitae.

Those who are elected to serve should be prepared to sit in the Council meeting the two days following the AGM.

Please make a special effort to attend this annual meeting as your contributions and support will ensure the continued success of The Bahamas National Trust.
Ministry of Works holds meetings to inform public of road construction
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 09:16

: Charlene Collie, project engineer and public relations officer (third from left) informs a member of the public about roadworks at the junction of Soldier and Abundant Life Roads. Also shown is Latoya Walker of Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles. (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna) NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Public Works and Transport is holding a series of Information Meetings to advise the public of major roadworks in New Providence.

During the meetings staff of the Project Execution Unit disseminate information specifically to business owners and residents about road closures, traffic diversions and works to be carried out.

The Ministry hosted an urgent meeting for business owners and residents of East Street and Robinson Road on Friday, April 1 in the conference room of the Ministry of Public Works to discuss roadworks for the junction of East Street and Robinson Road. The works include milling of the existing pavement, installation of sidewalks, street lighting, traffic signals and asphalt pavement.

Motorists travelling eastbound and westbound on Robinson Road are advised to follow the diversion signs in place and use the following alternate routes: Purpose Way, Ashley Road, Palm Beach Street, Balfour Avenue, East Street, Palm Tree Avenue and Sixth Street.

Motorists travelling north and southbound on East Street northbound and southbound are advised to use the following as alternate routes: Purpose Way, Sixth Street, Palm Tree Avenue, East Street, Balfour and Palm Tree Avenue.

On March 25th a meeting was held at Abundant Life Church to inform residents and business owners of Abundant Life and the surrounding areas of roadworks on Abundant Life Road and Soldier Road junction.

Ministry announces traffic updates, road diversions and closures in the capital
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 07 April 2011 08:18

Charlene Collie, engineer and public relations representative for the New Providence Road Improvement Project updates the media on road diversions and closures. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Public Works and Transport held a press briefing on Tuesday, April 5 to advise the public of the following road diversions and road closures that have been implemented in the first phase as the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure continues.

Baillou Hill Road – Work continues at the junction of Wulff Road and Baillou Hill Road to complete roadworks. Work also continues north of Wulff Road between John Road and Chapel Street where drainage and new Water and Sewerage service laterals have been installed. On April 9 there will be a full road closure for two days between Wulff Road and Brougham Street to carry out work on the road pavement, well drilling and utility junction boxes and on April 16, the contractor will commence the laying of new asphalt for the area.

The Ministry noted that the area was originally approved for full closure however, to accommodate the motoring public, the contractor has been executing work under a single-lane closure.

Market Street – One lane of traffic is granted on the west side of Market Street from Wulff Road to Cordeaux Avenue and two lanes thereafter as the work progresses with the installation of the new water main.

On April 4, a full road closure came into effect at the junction of East Street and Robinson Road for 2 weeks to complete roadworks in the junction. This work includes removal of the existing asphalt, placement of new lime rock material and new asphalt pavement.

Robinson Road - Full closure is in effect on 6th Street and Palm Tree Avenue. Access is granted via Ashley Street/Straw Flower/Lincoln Boulevard to East Street north and Robinson Road. Access is granted via Purpose Way via 6th Street to Palm Tree Avenue to Robinson Road and East Street.

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