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Prime Minister speaks on Atlantis' restructuring
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 19:15
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham on Tuesday, November 29, informs members in the House of Assembly of the restructuring of the ownership of Kerzner's Atlantis Resorts on Paradise Island. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham advised this afternoon that Kerzner intends to transfer its ownership of the Atlantis Resorts and Paradise Island properties including the One and Only Ocean Club to Brookfield, a Canadian publicly-traded company with some $159 billion in assets.  He said that Brookfield has many years of operating experience and more that $69 billion of property assets giving them special expertise in real estate.  The Atlantis Resort property will continue to be managed and operated by Kerzner International.

The Prime Minister’s statement in Parliament:

Mr. Speaker:

Early this afternoon Kerzner International announced the reorganization of its business operations internationally including The Bahamas.

As I informed the press a few hours ago, Kerzner International proposes to transfer its ownership of the Atlantis Resort and Paradise Island properties, including the One and Only Ocean Club, to Brookfield Asset Management, a Canadian publicly-traded company with some $159 billion in assets.  Brookfield is a well known Canadian Company with many years of operating experience and more than $69 billion of property assets giving them special expertise in real estate.  

I advise Honourable Members that I have met with representatives of Brookfield on two occasions and held a number of additional meetings with Mr. Sol Kerzner in connection with the proposed change in ownership of the Paradise Island properties.  

I confirm that the Atlantis Resort and the One and Only Ocean Club will continue to be managed and operated by Kerzner International.
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Killarney MP meets with South-West Ridge residents
Submitted by The Killarney Voice   
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 18:45
Dr. Minnis meets with South-West- Ridge Home Owners Association on Sunday Nov 27th, 2011.NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Sunday, November 27th, 2011, Killarney's Member of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis met with the residents of South-West Ridge to update them about plans for the area and to encourage participation in Killarney's K.Y.N. (Know Your Neighbour) program.

Present at the meeting were members of The Royal Bahamas Police Force, Cpl. Pennerman, Supt. E. Sands, and Insp. E. Hanna. They gave a crime report for the area and some very important tips on how to prevent crime.

Dr. Minnis informed the residents about the pending boundary changes, and was happy to inform that South-West Ridge will remain in the constituency of Killarney. He also informed about the pending changes to be made to the main airport road at the entrance of their community where a dual lane carriageway will replace the existing road.  A roundabout is planned for the entrance and both the signs for SouthWest Ridge and NorthWest Ridge will be removed during the course of the work, later this year. It is planned that the signs will be replaced after the work is completed in approx. one year.

Dr. Minnis will be meeting with North-West Ridge to explain the impact that the road work will have on that area as well.

Munnings Drive will also be paved during the construction of the new airport highway.
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Dame Ivy Dumont visits Lyford Cay International School
Submitted by Gillian Watson   
Monday, 28 November 2011 09:26

Dame Ivy Dumont signs copies of her book, Rose’s to Mount Fitzwilliam for LCIS students.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Well armed with fascinating stories of growing up in The Bahamas and living in Government House as the first female Governor General of The Bahamas, Dame Ivy Dumont, spoke with students from grades 4 - 6 and 8 on Friday morning. Her message was simple; read and write.

In her story-tellers, calm voice, trained after countless years in education she presented her recent book Rose’s to Mount Fitzwilliam (titled to document her travels from Roses, Long Island to Government House on Mount Fitzwilliam) to the students and explained to them the process of writing and publishing a book. She revealed that many earlier conversations with friends had inspired her to write her book, and that it was Dr. Myles Munroe who pointed out to her that “half of the history of the Bahamas is in the graveyards, and nobody will ever know.” She recalls, “I understood that the best story to write is your own story, because that’s the one you know.”

Dame Ivy Dumont encouraged the students to start the writing process by simply keeping a log, and to include a combination of actual events as well as things they wished for and their feelings at the time they were writing.  “I used to write notes to myself all the time,” she told her audience.  Saying that one of the most difficult things about being a writer was choosing specific things to write about. “You can’t write about everything that has happened!” she warned.

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Night-time paving on Bay Street during the month of November
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 25 November 2011 08:08

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announces that the Government is in the process of rehabilitating Bay Street from Cumberland to Mackey Streets.

The public is advised that beginning November 23 until the end of November, night-time paving will take place on Bay Street between 7 pm to 6 am. As a result road closures will be in effect for Bay Street from Cumberland Street to Elizabeth Avenue and side streets.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution and follow the diversion signs in place while driving in areas of construction.

Despite road closures local access will be granted to residents and business patrons.

 
Prime Minister brings remarks at Mackey Yard groundbreaking ceremony
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 25 November 2011 07:32
Remarks by
Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham
Prime Minister
Thursday 24 November, 2011

Colleague Ministers,
Senator Duane Sands,
Parliamentary Secretary Rolle
Other Parliamentarians
Permanent Secretary Armbrister and
Staff of the Ministry, Department of Housing and the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation,
Members of the clergy,
Senior Government Officials:

Today, we meet to develop this publicly-owned land into a housing subdivision.  

There is a critical unmet and overwhelmingly urgent need for affordable, safe housing.  Lots in this subdivision will be sold to Bahamians.  
Some will recall that in the 2007 Speech from the Throne, my Government pledged that “the construction of 600 affordable homes will be facilitated by providing either fully serviced lots or newly constructed houses”. While the Ministry of Housing is on target to exceed this goal, having already constructed 470 houses and sold 237 serviced lots in this current term, with an additional 180 houses now under construction in New Providence, Grand Bahama and in Abaco, there remains more, much more to be done in assisting Bahamians to own their own homes.
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Work begins on Montagu Foreshore Improvement Project
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 24 November 2011 08:02

Rocks to be used to create a series of groynes are shown being dumped into the water at Montagu Beach as part of the Montagu Foreshore Improvement Project. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Restoration of Montagu Beach, a part of the Montagu Foreshore Improvement Project has begun.

The work consists of construction of groynes that will be backfilled with sand. The restored beach will extend along the shoreline from Fort Montagu in the north to the concrete dock in the south.

The project is being carried out in phases to permit access and use of the beach during the construction period. The project was officially launched in September 22 and is sponsored by Kerzner International.

Photo: Rocks to be used to create a series of groynes are shown being dumped into the water at Montagu Beach as part of the Montagu Foreshore Improvement Project. (BIS photo/Letisha Henderson)

 
Resident absconded from the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys returned
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 24 November 2011 07:58

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ministry of Labour and Social Development wishes to confirm that on Saturday, 19th November, at 11:00 p.m. a resident absconded from the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys and his parents returned him on Monday afternoon.

On Sunday, 20th November, around 9:50 p.m. it was discovered that four (4) residents absconded and as of today’s date they are still at-large.

Every effort is being made by the Police and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development to have these residents returned to the Centre.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development would also like to inform that three (3) of the residents have absconded previously.

Investigations are ongoing regarding these abscondments.

 
US Embassy Red Ribbon event encourages youth to embrace a healthy, drug-free life
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 16:56

On November 18, 2011 representatives from the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) observed Red Ribbon Week at the Meridian School in Nassau with an interactive assembly designed to encourage students to resist negative peer pressure and live a healthy, drug-free life.  NASSAU, Bahamas -- On November 18, 2011 representatives from the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) observed Red Ribbon Week at the Meridian School in Nassau with an interactive assembly designed to encourage students to resist negative peer pressure and live a healthy, drug-free life. 

The more than 200 pre-school through year 6 students were overjoyed with excitement when a DEA helicopter landed on the field, and each student was given an opportunity to take a tour inside.  Students walked away with a better understanding of the problems related to drugs facing many communities today and were encouraged to say “no” to drugs and other unhealthy habits.  

“Red Ribbon Week gives us the opportunity to be vocal and visible in our efforts to achieve a drug-free community,” said U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Country Attaché, James Connolly. “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”

For more than 25 years, the red ribbon has symbolized a continuing commitment by, parents, teachers, businesses and community leaders and to reducing the demand for illicit drugs in communities. In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was killed by drug traffickers. Shortly after Camarena's death, citizens from his hometown of Calexico, California began wearing red ribbons to remember him and commemorate his sacrifice. The U.S. Congress established Red Ribbon Week in 1988 in Special Agent Camarena's honor.

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Lyford Cay International School holding Open House December 3rd
Submitted by Rebecca Massey   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 11:47

Grade 12 student Marissa Taylor revealing the secrets of success to Grade 5 student Daniel O’Meara.NASSAU, Bahamas -- "Psst!  The secrets to your child's success revealed ..."  So say the folks at Lyford Cay International School.

Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) would like to invite families to join their teachers, administrators and students at an Open House where the secrets to an outstanding education will be revealed.

The Open House will take place on Saturday, 3rd December at 2:00pm at the school campus.  

The event will consist of a visual presentation to learn more about the rigorous International Baccalaureate academics; the creative arts program; the state of the art technology platform; diverse international and Bahamian student body; the 7:1 student/faculty ratio; and the financial aid program, which is available to qualifying Bahamians and Permanent Residents.

Any prospective parents wishing to attend should contact Admissions Director, Mrs. Rose-Marie Taylor on telephone 362 4774 ext. 245 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the school’s website at www.lcis.bs.

Photo: Grade 12 student Marissa Taylor revealing the secrets of success to Grade 5 student Daniel O’Meara.

 
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