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Bahamas Lawn Tennis Assoc., Boxer Tureano Johnson & former Sports Dir. visit Ministry Pintard - Jul 18, 2017 - 9:49:47 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard received a courtesy call recently from  representatives of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), at the Ministry.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre) took photo with award-winning Bahamian boxer Tureano Johnson.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre) welcomed former Director of Sports and Bahamas National Sports Hall of Fame member Martin Lundy

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Commonwealth Secretary-General Pays Courtesy Call on AG Carl Bethel - Jul 18, 2017 - 9:45:29 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Commonwealth Secretary-General the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC, paid a courtesy call on the Bahamas Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs,Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, QC at the Office of the Attorney General on July 17, 2017.  Baroness Scotland is on an Official Visit to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, July 15-20, and will visit some of the Commonwealth Youth Games and Medal Ceremonies scheduled to take place during this week on New Providence.  (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)
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PMH Provides diagnostics update - Jul 18, 2017 - 9:28:50 AM

Management at the Princess Margaret Hospital is pleased to confirm that all Imaging Services have resumed at that health facility.

In light of the recent flooding of the Radiology Department which resulted in a backlog of patients requiring diagnostic services, Management at the hospital requests that ONLY URGENT-CARE patients present at the Accident & Emergency Department. All NON-URGENT care cases requiring diagnostic services this week can be accessed at the South Beach Clinic during the extended hours of operation between 6pm and 12midnight until Friday 21st July, 2017.

The public is reminded that ONLY TRAUMA AND LIFE-THREATENING CASES should present at the Emergency Department, and that NON-URGENT care cases can be accessed at...
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Bahamas Welcomes Dignitaries & Delegates for Commonwealth Youth Games - Jul 18, 2017 - 9:09:18 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas- The Bahamas will take centre stage this week as the country hosts the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games July 18-23. During a press conference held at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Monday, July 17, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard welcomed the delegation, which included Secretary-General, Commonwealth Nations, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC and President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin.
“I would like to take this occasion to welcome the dignitaries and guests of the 64 countries represented during these games,” said Minister Pintard. “This is an important occasion largely because each time we pour into our young people, we are essentially shaping our future.”
Mr. Pintard that that the event is not only a ‘sporting’ one but also a ‘cultural’ one, which gives Bahamians the opportunity to display their athletic and cultural talents. In addition, the Minister said that events such as the Commonwealth Youth Games, provide the opportunity for economic growth as they add to the country’s Gross
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Government House Events on July 4th - Jul 18, 2017 - 8:50:22 AM

Executive team of the Police Staff Association called upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.  Pictured from left: Dion K. Brown, Assistant Treasurer; Sonny Miller, Executive Chairman; H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling; Inez Miller, Executive Branch Member and Ricardo Walkes, Deputy Chairman.

Students participating in the Eye Candy Makeup Studio Summer Camp called upon Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Subula Lawson Swain was sworn in as Vice-President of the Industrial Tribunal by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
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Commonwealth Games Federation Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister Minnis - Jul 18, 2017 - 7:00:23 AM

Louise Martin, President, Commonwealth Games Federation, pinned Dr. the Hon Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas with Games symbol during a Courtesy Call at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday, July 17.  Looking on are Derron Donaldson, Chief of Mission, Team Bahamas; Grafton Ifill Jr. Deputy Managing Director of Government Affairs, CYG; Cora Hepburn, deputy Managing Director, Operations, CYG; and Wellington Miller, Chairman, Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 Organizing Committee.  The games will be held July 18 to 23; attracting 65 countries, more than 1,300 athletes competing in 9 sporting disciplines...
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Government to Take Advantage of Economic/Job Opportunities in Global Shipping Industry - Jul 18, 2017 - 6:00:39 AM

The Government of The Bahamas will assist wherever possible to ensure that the opportunities that lay within the shipping industry at the global level are taken advantage of.
Addressing members of the media following a tour of the LJM Maritime Academy Monday (July 17, 2017), Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said the global shipping industry is a “new frontier” with untapped potential for The Bahamas.
Prime Minister Minnis said the industry does not only provide great opportunities for economic development for The Bahamas, but can also create “great job opportunities” for untold numbers of Bahamians...
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Prime Mnister Joined Saxons 'Rush' at Junkanoo Summer Festival - Jul 17, 2017 - 1:13:42 AM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (centre), joined in the Saxons Superstars 'Rush' on Saturday night at the Junkanoo Summer Festival, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, that takes place Saturdays in July at Arawak Cay.

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
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PM Minnis presents Bahamas National Flag widow of Dr. Bernard Nottage - Jul 16, 2017 - 7:01:41 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis presents the Bahamas National Flag to the widow of the late Dr. Bernard Nottage, Mrs. Portia Nottage, at Lakeview Cemetery during Official Funeral ceremonies on Friday, July 14, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)
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NEMA/Met Department refute WhatsApp post - Jul 15, 2017 - 10:25:45 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management, NEMA and the Bahamas Department of Meteorology strongly refute sending out a WhatsApp message warning Bahamians ‘to start tomorrow preparing for a hurricane …a system, which is moving near the Caribbean Sea…’

NEMA, through the Department of Meteorology, has an established protocol for the notification of any impending storm or system that might potentially impact the lives and properties of the public at large.
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Department of Labour Sub-Office Temporary Schedule Adjustments - Jul 14, 2017 - 8:31:48 PM

The Bahamas Department of Labour is preparing to launch an upgrade to its local Skills Bank portal. The software was first introduced in 2006, however an update and re-launch of this integral tool in the Department’s recruitment process is underway. The upgrade is a component of the Ministry of National Security’s “Citizen Security and Justice” Initiative facilitated by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

As a result, the Department of Labour’s Public Employment Services teams from all islands will be trained on the upgraded PCRecruiter system. To facilitate this training, the Department wishes to announce the following temporary sub-office closures throughout the country...
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General Post Office Has Interim Opening Hours After Air-Conditioning Repairs - Jul 14, 2017 - 1:47:35 PM

The Acting Postmaster General wishes to advise the public that the General Post Office, East Hill Street, will open 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Friday until further notice due to malfunctioning of the air-conditioning system.

The public is further advised that full services are available at all sub-post offices in New Providence.  The Acting Postmaster General wishes to apologize for any inconvenience caused...
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House of Assembly Laying-in-State of Dr. Nottage - Jul 14, 2017 - 1:30:15 PM

Widow of the late Dr. Bernard Nottage, Mrs. Portia Nottage (centre) arrives at the House of Assembly with members of the family for the Laying-in-State of Dr. Nottage, July 13, 2017 in the House of Assembly's Foyer. 

Following the family in paying respects were Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis, other officials, and the general public...
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Miss World Bahamas Contestants Call on the Governor General - Jul 14, 2017 - 12:10:57 PM

Jerome Sawyer, president of the Miss Bahamas Organization, and 2017 Miss World Bahamas contestants paid a courtesy call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Official photo by Bahamas Information Services photographer, Derek Smith...

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Award-Winning Bahamas Culinary Team calls on the Governor General - Jul 14, 2017 - 2:34:39 AM

The medalist Bahamas Culinary Team at Taste of the Caribbean competition paid a courtesy call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre) along with University of The Bahamas and Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association executives.  (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)
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Government to Establish Unified Bus System; Pre-Paid Electric Metering on the Drawing Board - Jul 14, 2017 - 12:40:48 AM

The Government of The Bahamas has plans to establish a unified busing system – fueled by Smart Technology -- as part of an overarching plan to improve the transportation network within The Bahamas, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday.

“The best use of technology must be driven by values and principles that will guide our policies,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “These values must include a commitment to social equity, social mobility and the advancement of the poor and less fortunate.”
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Prime Minister Minnis on the Passing of Cleophas Adderley Inbox x - Jul 13, 2017 - 1:28:29 PM

The Legacy of Cleophas Adderley

I was in Grenada with other colleagues for the Caricom Heads of Government Conference when we learned of the passing of Cleophas Adderley. We were all deeply saddened because we have lost a brilliant and beloved native son who contributed so much to our country, the region and the world.

Though the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture has already offered condolences on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas...
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Chinese Ambassador calls on Bahamas Minister of National Security - Jul 13, 2017 - 2:08:47 AM

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames (right) is photographed with Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo during a courtesy call at the Ministry, on July 13, 2017.

Official photograph taken by Eric Rose of Bahamas Information Services…
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Minister of Finance responds to opposition on possible Moody's downgrade - Jul 13, 2017 - 1:03:45 AM

I have read with disappointment and sheer amazement the statements from Mr. Chester Cooper, the Official Opposition spokesman on Finance, from the Hon. Philip Davis, Leader of the Opposition, from Senator Frederick Mitchell and from Mr. Alfred Sears, defeated candidate for Fort Charlotte, with respect to the Moody’s review of the Bahamas credit ratings. These statements, to borrow a phrase from Mr. Cooper, represent “the wrong statements at the wrong time”.

This administration has made a conscious decision to be transparent and factual about the fiscal situation of the country. This is necessary if we are going to undertake reforms to secure the future of this country for future generations. For this reason, we have chosen not to mislead the Bahamian public with respect to extent of the fiscal mismanagement we faced on coming to office...
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Bahamas Government Responds to Moody's Statement - Jul 12, 2017 - 8:59:34 PM

The Ministry of Finance takes note of the statement by Moody’s with respect to placing The Bahamas on review for a downgrade. This action, in itself, was not unexpected, given the undesirable state of the fiscal situation, as detailed in the Government’s 2017/18 Budget Communication.

This administration, however, is moving expeditiously to address the fiscal situation which has given rise to this credit rating review exercise and possible downgrade.

These steps include the planned introduction of Fiscal Responsibility legislation, new procurement regulations and a comprehensive public expenditure review...

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