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Lombard Odier Executives pay courtesy call on Minister Symonette - Sep 20, 2017 - 9:11:06 AM

Lombard Odier & Cie (Bahamas) Ltd. executives paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette, recently, at the Ministry.  Pictured from left: Angelique Sawyer, Ministry of Financial Services; Latonia Symonette Tinker, Consultant, Ministry of Financial Services; Sherrylee Smith, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Financial Services; Minister Brent Symonette; Raquel Wilson, Legal Officer and Vice-President, Lombard Odier; and David Garrido, Group General Counsel, Executive Vice-President/Lombard Odier...
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Southern Bahamas urged to begin Preparations for Maria - Sep 19, 2017 - 11:24:09 PM

Residents of the Southern Bahamas were urged Tuesday (September 18) to begin their hurricane preparations as there is a chance that they could experience some effects of Hurricane Maria within the next 60 hours.
Hurricane Maria was a dangerous Category 5 storm as of Tuesday afternoon with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour.
The ferocious storm caused extensive devastation in Dominica.  Initial reports coming out of Dominica are of “widespread devastation.” Landslides, triggered by persistent rain, also caused extensive damage in Dominica...
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Bahamasair Change in Schedule - Mayaguana and Providenciales - Sep 19, 2017 - 10:19:07 PM

Bahamasair wishes to advise the traveling public that due to the movement of Hurricane Maria, our scheduled flights to Mayaguana and Providenciales, in the Turk & Caicos Islands have been rescheduled.

Due to the closure of the Providenciales International Airport on Wednesday at 8PM, our regularly scheduled Thursday flight will now depart Nassau on Wednesday 19th September at 1:30pm...
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Samoan Agriculture Minister pays courtesy call on Bahamian Agriculture Minister - Sep 19, 2017 - 12:58:08 PM

Samoan Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries the Hon. Lopaoo Natanielu Mua paid a courtesy call on the Bahamian Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries the Hon. Renward Wells at his office, Monday, September 18, just before a meeting in the country where ministers and senior government officials from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands will seek to reinforce shared commitments to improve governance and boost development of fisheries and aquaculture resources.  Pictured from left: Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry, Carlton Bowleg; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Phedra Rahming...
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Foreign Affairs Minister Addressed UN High Level Meeting on impact of Hurricane Irma - Sep 18, 2017 - 11:39:54 PM

The Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed a high level meeting convened by the UN Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly on the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean region.

In his remarks the Minister, on behalf of The Bahamas, joined in the expressions of condolences for the loss of life and the damage resulting from Hurricane Irma and took the opportunity to thank the UN and the international community for hosting the meeting.

The Minister advised that The Bahamas is still attempting actively to recover and rebuild following the passage of hurricanes Joaquin in 2015 and Matthew in 2016... 
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Miss Grand Bahama calls on Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture - Sep 18, 2017 - 7:44:51 PM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard takes photo with Miss Grand Bahama Miss Tiasha Lewis, during a courtesy call at his Ministry, on September 18, 2017.  At 17 years old, Miss Lewis is the youngest contestant in the upcoming Miss Bahamas Universe Pageant.  She is also the former Head Girl of St. George's High School, graduating Salutatorian with a 3.87 G.P.A.

BIS Photo/Eric Rose...
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Bahamas Fresh Water Resource addressed at 12th UNESCO International Hydrological Meeting - Sep 18, 2017 - 4:48:05 PM

Fresh water is a “limited” and “critically” important resource to The Bahamas, however, its sustainability is threated by climate conditions and changes, combined with the added pressure of an increasing population said the Education Minister, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd.

Minister Lloyd presented the keynote address at the official opening of the 12th United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and Meeting of National Committees and Focal Points, September 18, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton.
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CARICOM Assessment Team views Ragged Island after Hurricane Irma - Sep 18, 2017 - 4:19:43 PM

Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield led a delegation to Duncan Town, Ragged Island, on September 16, 2017, so that regional partners could see firsthand the damage raged on the island by Category-5 Hurricane Irma.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell and CARICOM Secretary-General, His Excellency, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque joined other senior CARICOM officials as they rode on trucks and spoke to residents, Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and disaster responders stationed on the island...
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Bahamas Maritime Authority and Chinese Embassy Representatives meet in courtesy call on Transport Minister - Sep 18, 2017 - 4:03:17 PM

Representatives of the Bahamas Maritime Authority and of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China met during a recent courtesy call on the Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell, third right, at the Ministry.   Pictured, from left: Retired Commodore Davy Rolle, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bahamas Maritime Authority; Ying Qu, First Secretary, Economic and Commercial Counselor's Office of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Local Government; His Excellency Huang Qinguo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; Minister Campbell; Denise Lewis-Johnson, Chairman, Bahamas Maritime Authority;
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RBDF Woman Entry 2 welcomed at Government House in commemoration of 30th Anniversary - Sep 18, 2017 - 1:38:51 PM

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, seated centre, welcomed Royal Bahamas Defence Force Woman Entry 2 at Government House in a courtesy call in commemoration of their 30th Anniversary on Monday morning, September 18, 2017.

BIS Photo by Derek Smith...
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GB Minister Congratulates WNBA Player Jonquel Jones on “Exceptional” Season - Sep 18, 2017 - 1:12:54 PM

Congratulating Grand Bahamian Pro Basketball Player Jonquel Jones on completing a record-breaking and “most impressive basketball season with the WNBA,” Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson in a statement issued on Saturday remarked that a combination of perseverance, good character and a supportive community is sure to set persons on the path to victory, and that the Bahamas Government is determined to foster such support.
Jonquel Jones became a professional basketball player with the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA, after she was drafted with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft.  Jones, who is a 6’6” power forward/centre, is a native of Holmes Rock, Grand Bahama, who played college basketball for Clemson and George Washington...
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Bahamas Cabinet Office Statement on 'Cash Grant Scam' - Sep 18, 2017 - 9:58:19 AM

The Cabinet Office is aware of information circulating, purported to come from the Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis concerning a “Cash Grant Program”, established to: “improve the standard of living for those persons paying bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school, even helping to raise children.”

The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that the Prime Minister is not aware of any such program nor has he recommended any person or group to receive benefits from such a program. This information is without foundation and patently false...
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Minister of Labour expresses condolences on the passing of Trade Unionist Idena Burrows - Sep 18, 2017 - 12:18:30 AM

Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes expresses condolences on the passing of Trade Unionist Idena Burrows:

It is with profound sadness that I learned of the passing of Mrs. Idena Burrows, Past President of The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU).  Mrs. Burrows served as both President and Vice-President of the BCPOU.  She played a critical role in the fight for women’s rights in the Trade Union movement in The Bahamas and in the wider Caribbean.

She was a champion for the Trade Union movement for which the National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTU) honoured her during the 2015 Labour Day celebrations.  Mrs. Burrows made a significant contribution to the BCPOU and to the Trade Union movement in The Bahamas...
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Declaration of Exigency Order issued to import hurricane relief items duty free - Sep 17, 2017 - 3:03:41 PM

The Minister of Finance, pursuant to the Tariff Act has declared an Exigency Order for the tax exemption on goods imported for rebuilding purposes following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.

The Exigency qualifies for the purposes of the urgent need for goods specified, which the Minister of Finance is satisfied are intended for the relief of residents in the affected islands and whose claims/application in respect of such goods are certified by the Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)...
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Interesting Global trends in Wealth Management Industry impacting The Bahamas - Sep 16, 2017 - 10:31:35 PM

The DPM was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said globally, there are some interesting trends in the wealth management industry, which likely are impacting registrants, licensees and stakeholders in the investment funds, securities and capital markets in The Bahamas.

The amount of wealth held by individuals and families is on the rise, although the private banking sector and other wealth managers have struggled to maintain profit margins and in some cases, to stay in business, DPM Turnquest said at the Securities Industry Act, 2011 and Investment Funds Act, 2003 Annual Briefing hosted by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas at the British Colonial Hilton, Thursday, September 14, 2017...
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Environment Ministry supports BTVI Solar Energy Training - Sep 16, 2017 - 9:52:38 PM

The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of the Environment & Housing, September 15, at Charlotte House, downtown.  BTVI President Dr. Robert Robertson met with the Minister, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, to garner his support for the college's 15-week-long dual enrollment programme.  

The programme is a multi-lateral partnership between BTVI and high schools to train technically inclined students -- simultaneously giving them a head start in earning college credits, before leaving high school.  The idea is to provide a path to accelerating seamlessly into their area of training...
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Foreign Affairs hosts Luncheon for CARICOM Chairman - Sep 16, 2017 - 8:33:45 PM

Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield (third right) hosted a small luncheon for CARICOM Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (third left) on Saturday (September 16, 2017) following the delegation's return from Ragged Island where they toured the devastation caused there by Hurricane Irma. Dr. Mitchell was accompanied by a number of senior Caribbean Community officials, among them, CARICOM Secretary-General, His Excellency, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (far right).  Bahamian Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis also attended the luncheon. Pictured from left: Minister of Labour, Senator, the Hon. Dion Foulkes; Foreign Affairs Acting Permanent Secretary Donna Lowe; Dr. Mitchell; Minister Henfield
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CARICOM Chairman Dr. Keith Mitchell arrives in Nassau - Sep 16, 2017 - 8:06:05 PM

Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, left, escorted CARICOM Chairman Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, right, from his plane upon Dr. Mitchell's arrival in Nassau on Friday evening, September 15, 2017 for a CARICOM assessment of the impact of Hurricane Irma.

BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay...
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PM Minnis vows to ‘Transform’ Ragged Island into model for sustainable community - Sep 16, 2017 - 7:47:21 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis has vowed to transform Ragged Island into a model for sustainable community by rebuilding it into the first “fully green island in the region.”
The Prime Minister said the Government of The Bahamas will accomplish this objective through the use renewable energy and smart technologies from solar energy, to sustainable water purification systems...
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CARICOM Chairman adresses media after viewing Hurricane Irma's impact on Ragged Island - Sep 16, 2017 - 7:26:02 PM

CARICOM Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (right) and Bahamian Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis (centre) addressed members of the media following Dr. Mitchell's return from Ragged Island where the CARICOM Chairman viewed the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma. Dr. Mitchell was accompanied to Ragged Island by a team of senior Bahamian and Caribbean Community officials. Dr. Mitchell was hosted to a small luncheon immediately upon his return to New Providence. Prime Minister Minnis attended the luncheon. Also pictured ( at left) is CARICOM Secretary-General, His Excellency,  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

BIS Photo by Patrick Hanna...

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