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Minister Rolle Presents Junior Junkanoo Seed Monies, Lauds Programme - Nov 14, 2018 - 3:50:51 PM

During the Ceremony for the Junior Junkanoo Parades 2018-2019 Seed Monies Presentation, on November 12, 2018, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, said that Junkanoo is the conduit through which the creativity of the Bahamian is showcased, the story of the nation's heritage is told, and the imagination of its people is made manifest to the world.

“The Junior Junkanoo Parades of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas were established in 1988. And more than a parade, Junior Junkanoo is a living and breathing cultural experience which has developed into a vibrant cultural teaching and learning program that serves a multi-purpose,” Minister Rolle said...
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PM: “We are embarked on a dynamic new era of innovation and transformation in The Bahamas” - Nov 14, 2018 - 3:11:19 PM

Officially opening the 2nd Grand Bahama Technology Summit on Wednesday, November 14, Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis shared how government is using technology to improve many aspects of national life.

The three-day summit is now in session at the Grand Lucayan resort under the theme, ‘The Future is Now.’

The Prime Minister announced that the mission and commitment of The Bahamas to become a regional leader in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)...
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National Sports Month, Launched - Nov 14, 2018 - 2:36:58 PM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle officially launched National Sports Month, on November 12, 2018, at her Ministry. 
Along with a number of events to celebrate the month, Minister Rolle pointed out that the Signature Events will be the National Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, at Government House, on November 23, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.; and the National Sports Awards (by invitation only) at SuperClubs Breezes, on November 30, 2018, at 7p.m...
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National Cleanup Initiative Includes the Schools - Nov 14, 2018 - 1:09:52 PM

Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira launched his 'Be a Hero' national cleanup campaign with school visits at T.A. Thompson Junior High School, Gregory Street, and L.W. Young Junior High School, Bernard Road, at the start of the school day on Monday morning.   At school assemblies he encouraged young people to play an important part in creation of clean, green living environments in their communities...
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NHIA extends consultation period by 10 days due to high interest in new proposal for NHI - Nov 14, 2018 - 10:55:18 AM

In an effort to improve health outcomes for The Bahamas, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) launched a 45-day consultation period with stakeholders on October 23rd to discuss proposed changes to the program. Today, Dr. Robin Roberts, Chairman of the NHIA Board, announced that the consultation period will be extended by an additional 10 days to provide more communities and stakeholder groups with the opportunity to share their feedback about potential ways forward for the NHI program. This means that the 45-day consultation period...
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PM and Cabinet Impressed With Fusion Superplex – IMAX Theatre - Nov 13, 2018 - 8:46:57 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis led his Cabinet Ministers, Senators and Members of Parliament on a tour of Fusion Superplex, the multi-dimensional IMAX Theatre on Gladstone Road, overlooking the picturesque and serene Lake Cunningham.

And after about an hour’s tour of the 100,000 square-foot facility, which houses nine movie theatres inclusive of VIP sections, the Prime Minister said, he was very impressed with the business establishment owned by young Bahamians...
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Public Service Retirees Northern Region, Honoured - Nov 13, 2018 - 3:51:18 PM

Thirty-four retirees of the Public Service were honoured during an Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Grand Lucayan resort.  They were honoured during the 18th Northern Region Public Service Recognition of Retirees Appreciation Luncheon, held under the theme: 'The Public Service – Igniting a Positive Change for Future Generations.'  Following tributes from the various departments, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson (pictured centre right) gave brief remarks and introduced the Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance, the Hon. Brensil Rolle (centre left) who both commended and thanked the retirees for their years of dedicated service...
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UWP Conference of Delegates 2018 - Nov 13, 2018 - 1:39:47 PM

The United Workers Party held its 2018 Conference of Delegates in Vieux Fort on Sunday November 11, 2018, to a packed hall of over 300 delegates with all seventeen constituencies fully represented.  All executive positions were up for nomination, the majority of which went unopposed.

The Political Leader and deputy Political Leaders were unopposed and re-elected as there was a strong vote of confidence in the Party’s Leadership...
Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister Unveils New Tokyo Office for the BMA - Nov 13, 2018 - 1:27:08 PM

Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Honorable Peter Turnquest has officially opened the Bahamas Maritime Authority’s (BMA) new office at Nishi-Shinbashi in the heart of the Minato district in Tokyo.

He was joined by several other VIP guests to celebrate this momentous occasion including the Minister of Transport and Local Government, Renward Wells, both the Chair and Deputy Chair of the BMA, Denise Lewis-Johnson and Peter John Goulandris, as well as Cora Bain-Colebrooke...
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Statement from Dr. Robin Roberts, Chairman of the NHIA Board - Nov 13, 2018 - 12:59:57 PM

On October 23rd, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) announced the new proposed NHI program with expanded primary care services and a new high cost care program. We released to the public our policy paper,  “National Health Insurance: A Shared Responsibility”, making it available online as well.  With this announcement, we invited and have undertaken to date, extensive consultation with all stakeholders including members of the public at large...
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Principal appeals for opportunities for the deaf and hearing impaired as Deaf Awareness Week launched - Nov 12, 2018 - 7:30:16 PM

Sonja Rolle, Principal, Centre for the Deaf, underscored the need for hearing impaired individuals to become productive citizens of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas through employment, opportunities to express their feelings and opinions, and as a group, 'a place to call home.'

“Far too many of them face a life of unemployment or must labour as unskilled workers in jobs that offer no benefits or opportunities for advancement in this country...
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PM Minnis underscores importance of BICA In Furthering Economic Growth - Nov 12, 2018 - 6:47:20 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis underscored the importance of the relationship between the government and the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) in further economic development of the country.

He made the statement as he delivered the keynote address at the opening of BICA Week 2018 under the theme, ‘Effectively Transitioning in a Digital Environment: Staying Current on the Global Stage’ at Baha Mar Convention Centre on Monday, November 12...
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Health Minister Explains Government’s Concerns Over the Number of UWI Medical Students receiving Government Scholarships - Nov 12, 2018 - 3:41:41 PM

Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said there has been tremendous discussion about the government’s decision to raise questions of the 65 first-year medical students presenting themselves for matriculation on the University of the West Indies (UWI) Campuses earlier this year.
“It is important to understand the background. In the early days, the UWI would have had less than five or 10 students per year.  Over time the number crept up slowly and then about seven, eight or nine years ago it exploded,” Dr. Sands explained at the Bahamas Dental Association’s Biennial Scientific Conference held at the Public Hospitals Authority, Friday, November 9, 2018... 
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Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture Has Round Table Meeting with Junkanoo Leaders - Nov 12, 2018 - 2:35:52 PM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle held a round-table meeting for New Providence Junkanoo leaders, on November 8, 2018, at the British Colonial Hilton. Also taking part in the meeting were Acting Permanent Secretary Rhoda Jackson, Director of Culture Rowena Poitier-Sutherland and Deputy Director Dereka Deleveaux-Grant, Co-Chairs of the National Junkanoo Committee Dr. Dwight Marshall and Kishlane O’Brien, Chairman of the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence Silbert Ferguson, various Ministry staff members and selected group representatives.  Among the various topics discussed included ways to encourage Junkanoo groups to be more self-sustained, the development of the roles of young people and scholarships in each group...
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Consolidated Water responds to Quarterly Report "Misinterpretation" - Nov 12, 2018 - 10:32:35 AM
Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd., a subsidiary of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (the "Company") (Nasdaq Global Select Market: CWCO), a leading developer and operator of seawater desalination plants, clarified a recent news report that may have led the Bahamian public to believe their water supply in New Providence would be interrupted due to the non-payment of water invoices of $16.1M by the Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC).

“We view The Tribune’s article on Friday 9 November as inflammatory,” said Rick McTaggart, President of Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd...
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Defence Force Joins in Remembrance Day Celebrations - Nov 12, 2018 - 12:45:15 AM

Commodore Tellis Bethel along with the Officers and Marines of  the Royal Bahamas Defence Force joined the world in commemorating veterans of World Wars I and II on  Remembrance Day. Instituted by King George V in 1919 in honour of these men and women, Remembrance Day is recognized by Great Britain, her overseas territories, allies and former colonies.

This year’s ceremony also marked the culmination of many activities that members of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) showcased this year in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War 1 on 11th November 1918...
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Dozens of businesses granted duty waivers for apparel imports - Nov 11, 2018 - 10:30:53 PM

The Ministry of Finance is inviting retail shoe and clothing merchants to take advantage of the customs duty waiver that is available to businesses to reduce the cost of importing goods. Since the policy was announced in July, with the start of the 2018/2019 budget year, the Ministry of Finance granted waivers to 154 applicants.

There are many more eligible businesses that can apply for the waiver, and the Ministry of Finance wants to encourage them to utilize this tax relief measure to reduce the cost of doing business and to bring down the price for retail shopping at home...
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National Remembrance Day Ceremonies Mark 100th Anniversary of Events Ending World War 1 - Nov 11, 2018 - 8:38:56 PM

A National Remembrance Day Church Service was held at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, November 11, 2018 marking the 100th Anniversary of events ending World War 1.

Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis headed a list of government officials in attendance.  British Legion Bahamas Branch World War veterans were present, and are pictured in front pew of the cathedral...
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Ministers meet with EU and OECD to discuss ending tax watchlist for The Bahamas - Nov 11, 2018 - 7:30:13 PM

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, led a delegation to Brussels and Paris this week, for frank discussions with high ranking officials within the European Commissionand the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on The Bahamas’ compliance with international standards on tax governance.

Accompanying the Deputy Prime Minister was the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. T. Brent Symonette; the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Carl W. Bethel QC;and a senior advisor from each of their respective ministries...
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Former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, Mr. Bradley Roberts Laid to Rest - Nov 10, 2018 - 8:00:50 PM

Former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, Mr. Bradley Bernard Emmanuel Roberts was laid to rest in an Official Ceremony on Friday, November 9, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Street.  Paying respects were family members, friends, colleagues, former constituents and government officials.

In attendance were: Governor General Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis...
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