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OAS and El Salvador Sign Agreement for Electoral Observation Mission - Jan 18, 2019 - 6:30:45 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and El Salvador today signed an agreement for the deployment of an Electoral Observation Mission to the February 3 presidential elections.

The Permanent Representative of El Salvador, Carlos Alberto Calles, highlighted the contribution of the Observation Missions to the strengthening of democracy in the country. “The participation of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission is very valuable for El Salvador for the learning process they bring, because we are improving the electoral process election by election,” said Ambassador Calles...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Pop-Up Farmers Market to Recommence at Gladstone Road Location - Jan 18, 2019 - 5:01:35 PM

Executive Chairman, Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), Michael Foulkes announced that the Pop-Up Farmers Market will commence again at the Gladstone Road location, Saturday, January 19, 2019.

“We started 2018, with just under 100 active farmers in the program and we were most fortunate, as we ended the year 2018, with about 220 farmers in the program,” Mr. Foulkes said during a press conference at the Corporation’s headquarters Friday, January 18, 2019...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Minnis congratulates JCN ‘Persons of the Year’ - Jan 18, 2019 - 4:44:38 PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis delivered congratulatory remarks during a ceremony honouring two leading clergymen who were named the Jones Communications Network Persons of the Year.

The ceremony was held Friday, January 18, 2019 at Jones Communications Media Center on University Boulevard, where Wendall Jones, CEO, bestowed the ‘Person of the Year’ title upon Rev. Dr. Timothy Stewart, and Pastor Leonard Johnson.

Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling presented each honouree with a plaque saluting his contribution to nation building and the religious community...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Southern Recreation Grounds Redevelopment: PM & RBC Look at Concept and Plans - Jan 18, 2019 - 1:05:56 PM

Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis on Thursday led a site visit of historic Southern Recreation Grounds, which is being redeveloped under The Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative. Royal Bank of Canada employees raised and donated $10,000 towards the green technology aspect of the development. The Prime Minister is pictured explaining the concept to Rob Johnston, head of Caribbean Banking, RBC; and Nathaniel Beneby, Managing Director RBC Bahamas.

(BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Remarks by BAIC Executive Chairman Michael Foulkes on First Pop Up Market for the Year - Jan 18, 2019 - 12:50:45 PM

Enclosed are remarks by BAIC Chairman Michael Foulkes on the First Pop Up Market for the Year:

Mr. Benjamin Rahming, General Manager; Ms. Debbie Strachan, Sr. Deputy General Manager...

Good morning. 

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of our Pop-Up Farmers Market, this coming Saturday, 19th January, 2019.  We are excited about this as it is the beginning of our second Season, and it will be at Gladstone Road from 8am to 3pm...
News : International
Bahamian recognised as Leading Young Peacebuilder by European Commission - Jan 18, 2019 - 12:08:24 PM

Jasper has been named a One Young World and European Commission Peace Ambassador – an initiative developed to accelerate the efforts of young leaders in preventing and countering violent extremism, building peace, and promoting conflict resolution globally.

Jasper is a programmes Director for Rights Bahamas, she promotes individual rights and the rule of law, educating young people in building campaigns that support human rights and gender equality...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Another Tech company to open offices in Grand Bahama - Jan 18, 2019 - 11:21:52 AM

The Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama has made another step towards its goal of transforming Grand Bahama into a Technology Hub, not just in The Bahamas, but also in the region.

Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson welcomed the Principals of DevDigital Software, during a press conference at OPM on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

“They are in the final step to their operation, which is obtaining a license from the Grand Bahama Port Authority,” said Minister Thompson...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Minnis accepts donation from RBC for Southern Recreation Grounds redevelopment - Jan 17, 2019 - 7:58:25 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis accepted a donation from the Royal Bank of Canada towards the redevelopment of the historic Southern Recreation Grounds – one of the projects under the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative. 

The initial sum of $10,000 collected by RBC employees, who wanted to contribute to a local outreach community programme, was handed over to The Over-the-Hill Community Development Foundation...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas MOFA on United States Government Shutdown - Jan 17, 2019 - 4:46:13 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the Bahamian Public that The United States Federal Government shutdown, now in its 27th day, has not affected relations between our countries.

The Ministry is assured by U.S. Government Officials that Bahamian citizens are still able to access consular services such as the acquisition of visas and that critical areas of mutual interest, inclusive of maritime border security arrangements between the two countries...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Minnis says Government on Track for Easing Burdens of the Poor - Jan 17, 2019 - 4:22:33 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis told stakeholders in the business and financial services sector that 2019 will see a more accountable and productive government and tangible relief for the poor.

He was addressing the 28th Annual Bahamas Business Outlook 2019 on Thursday, January 17, at Baha Mar Convention Centre under the theme, ‘Transforming The Bahamas’.

“This powerful theme echoes the government’s agenda of transforming our Commonwealth into a more productive, competitive and prosperous participant in the regional and global economies...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Drake University Leadership Students and Faculty Enjoy Ministry of Tourism People-to-People Experience - Jan 17, 2019 - 2:31:30 PM

Leadership students and faculty of Drake University, Iowa, enjoyed an event-filled day in The Bahamas on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 which began with a Courtesy Call on Governor General, Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, a Courtesy Call on the Deputy Director General of Tourism, Ellison 'Tommy' Thompson at the British Colonial Hilton, and, finally, a Ministry of Tourism People-to-People experience at the home of Stephen and Terri Bellot, off Gladstone Road.  Photos capture highlights of the People-to-People gathering that evening at the home of the Bellots...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Statement by Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell (VIDEO) - Jan 17, 2019 - 2:00:27 PM

I am humbled at the opportunity to speak to mothers, fathers, women and girls, victims of rape, abuse and violence, and anyone else who may have been offended by a video recording of me that is in circulation.

I apologize for what seemed to be insensitive as I responded to media personnel. I was merely trying to avoid what appeared to be encroaching on another Minister’s portfolio.

I am fully aware of the duties and core functions of the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development which includes, but is not limited to, food assistance, shelter for all victims...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Great Exuma Classic Tour ‘A Hole-In-One’ For Exuma - Jan 17, 2019 - 1:02:47 PM

The Islands Of The Bahamas hit a hole-in-one with the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic as players and organizers of the event continue to rave about its success.

Over 132 players from around the world teed off at the PGA Web.com Tour event held at Sandals Emerald Bay’s Golf Course from January 10-16.

The event opens the PGA Tour season...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Zecheng Dou Wins the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic - Jan 17, 2019 - 9:00:19 AM

Golfer Zecheng 'Marty' Dou of Beijing, China, won the  Web.com 'Bahamas Great Exuma Classic' at Sandals Emerald Bay - Emerald Reef Course, January 13-16, 2019.  He is photographed accepting his trophy, Wednesday, from Ministry of Tourism Sports Development Manager Eldece Clarke.  Web.com's golf tour moves on to Abaco -- the 'Bahamas Great Abaco Classic', and will take place at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, January 20-23, 2019. 

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)..
News : International : Caribbean News
Outsource to The Caribbean Conference to take place in Curaçao in May 2019 - Jan 17, 2019 - 6:49:17 AM

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion agencies (CAIPA), has set its sights once again on increasing its share of the growing US$140 billion outsourcing industry, with the hosting of the biennial Outsource to the Caribbean Conference (OCC2019)  in Curaçao during the period 6-10th May 2019. The event is expected to attract over 300 business process outsourcing (BPO) industry leaders from the Caribbean, Mexico, Colombia, the USA, the Netherlands and Canada, which are the target markets for the event this year...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Parliamentarians Open the New Year In Worship - Jan 16, 2019 - 8:33:33 PM

Members of Parliament, along with senior government officials, gathered at Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church for a religious service to celebrate the New Year. The ceremonies were held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 under the theme, ‘Moving from Good to Great.’

Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. D. Halson Moultrie, read a passage from the Old Testament.  Vice-President of the Senate, the Hon. Mildred Hall-Watson, read a passage from the New Testament.

Apostle Delton Fernander, President of the Bahamas Christian Council, delivered the Sermon, which focused on the life of Nehemiah...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Plans for 2019 Junior Junkanoo Parade Announced - Jan 16, 2019 - 7:03:56 PM

The Junior Junkanoo Parade for 2019 promises to be the most exciting ever.

Eighteen schools from New Providence, along with Tarpum Bay Primary and the South Andros District representing the Family Islands, have enrolled in the parade to be held on Bay Street, Thursday, January 31st, 2019 beginning at 6 pm.

Acting Permanent Secretary, Rhoda Jackson, announced plans for the national cultural event at a press briefing, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in the conference room of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC). The theme for the 2019 parade is “Education is Key”...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources on the Passing of Mr. Eleazor Johnson - Jan 16, 2019 - 5:27:46 PM

I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family of the late Eleazor “Barber J” Johnson on his untimely passing.  Both the sailing community and the wider society are no doubt saddened by the unfortunate news.

Eleazor Johnson can be credited as one of the persons who brought a lot of flair and energy to the sport of sloop sailing.  He was among the first boat owners to utilize the media to promote not only his boat, the ‘Lady Natalie’ in particular, but also the various regattas in which he participated.  He was famous for laying down challenges to fellow owners and sailors.  This led to the formation of the St. Valentine’s Day “Catch Me if You Can” Regatta held annually at Montagu Bay...
News : International : Caribbean News
Joe Boschulte nominated as U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Commissioner - Jan 16, 2019 - 5:00:45 PM

Joe Boschulte, a U.S. Virgin Islands businessperson and tourism specialist, has been nominated as Commissioner for the Department of Tourism.

At a press conference Tuesday, Virgin Islands Governor Albert A. Bryan, Jr. appointed Boschulte to lead the Territory's major economic driver.
Boschulte brings to the tourism department vast experience in business and in government as well as a track record of improving organizational performance and growth...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Ophelia Munnings Turned 100 today and received a visit from the Governor General of The Bahamas - Jan 16, 2019 - 3:30:20 PM

Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, visited centenarian Ophelia Munnings at her Blue Hill Estates home today, January 16, 2019 as she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...
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