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Minister of Financial Services Meets with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce - May 23, 2017 - 10:25:43 AM

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Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette (centre) met with officials of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, May 22, 2017 at the Offices of the Ministry.

Official photograph taken by Patrick Hanna of Bahamas Information Services…
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Six Females Among Government Senate Appointments Including Positions of President and Vice-President - May 23, 2017 - 1:23:47 AM

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Six females have been named to fill Government Senate Appointments in the Upper Chamber including Mrs. Katherine (Kay) Forbes-Smith and Dr. Mildred Hall, who will serve as President and Vice-President of the Upper Chamber respectively.

Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis said the Government Senate Appointments “reflect the diversity of our Commonwealth.”

Monday’s appointment to the Senate will serve as Mrs. Forbes-Smith’s third stint in the Upper Chamber beginning in 2001 with her first appointment. Prime Minister Minnis said that first appointment in 2001 “was part of the historic advancement of gender equity in the make-up of the Senate...”
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Prime Minister Minnis Extols Virtues of New ‘People’s Government’ - May 23, 2017 - 12:58:43 AM

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The new “People’s Government” will reflect the diversity of the Bahamian people and the talents found throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and will include a spirit of community service, volunteerism and community awareness which are major themes of the new government.

The new “People’s Government” will also search out the commonwealth of talent that the People’s Government will call to service, including the rich pool of talent of the Bahamian Diaspora around the world and includes a promise to the Bahamian people “to provide a government them with a government of integrity...”
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Parker-Edgecombe to Head Information and Communications Arm; Oversee Transformation of ZNS/Modernization of BIS - May 23, 2017 - 12:05:21 AM

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Former veteran broadcaster Mrs. Pakeisha Parker-Edgecombe will serve as Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister, Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis said Monday.

Prime Minister Minnis said Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe will help to oversee the transformation of ZNS “from a State propaganda machine under the last government, into a properly functioning public broadcasting corporation” among other duties...
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Desmond Bannister Sworn In as Minister of Works - May 23, 2017 - 12:00:16 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Desmond Bannister was sworn in as Minister of Works by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Official photos by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services...
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Grand Bahama Parliamentarians Admonished “Not to Forget God” - May 22, 2017 - 10:45:52 PM

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Holding true to the traditions and beliefs of the Bahamian people of acknowledging God, the newly-elected Government of The Bahamas held a day of thanksgiving at various churches throughout The Bahamas on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

In Grand Bahama Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest; Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson; Minister for Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard and Member of Parliament for West End and Parliamentary Secretary, Pakeisha Parker-Edgecombe, joined Free National Movement supporters, well-wishers and church members at the Church of the Ascension for a day of Thanksgiving and prayer...
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Passport Officers Meet Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield - May 22, 2017 - 12:09:10 PM

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Chief Passport Officer, Superintendent Clarence Russell (centre right) is shown with staff of the Bahamas Passport Office on Friday 19th May, 2017, greeting Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield (centre) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Sheila Carey  (fourth right).  Minister Henfield met and listened to staff as he toured the facility.  Among the challenges facing the Passport Office is timely collection of new electronic passports already processed.  Mr. Russell noted that a physical list of passports awaiting collection is published and posted outside the Passport Office for easy public access...
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Philip Brave Davis Remarks at Swearing-in as Leader of The Opposition - May 21, 2017 - 9:56:59 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks of Philip Brave Davis MP at swearing-In As Leader Of The Opposition Government House May 19th, 2017:

Your Excellency:

As in all things I give thanks, firstly, to Almighty God for all His many blessings. I declare that I repose my faith and confidence in Him as I assume the high office that has been bestowed upon me today.

Next, I thank Your Excellency for your graciousness in appointing me the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. I am most grateful. And may I also thank you most sincerely for extending the hospitality of Government House for this swearing-in ceremony and the reception that is to follow...
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Financial Service Organizations call on Minister Brent Symonette - May 20, 2017 - 11:35:10 PM

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Financial service organization officials paid a courtesy call on newly-appointed Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette on May 19, 2017. Pictured L-R: Angelique Sawyer, Financial & Trade Officer; Sherrylee Smith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Financial Services; Hon. Brent Symonette, Minister; Antoinette Russell, Chairman, Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB); Tanya McCartney, CEO & Executive Officer, BFSB; Michael Paton, Partner, LennoxPaton; and Bruno Roberts, Co-Chairman of the Association of International Banks & Trusts (AIBT).

Official photograph taken by Patrick Hanna of Bahamas Information Services...
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Chinese Embassy Official calls on Minister of National Security Marvin Dames - May 20, 2017 - 10:57:02 PM

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Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames (left) greets Charge d'Affaires ad interim of the Chinese Embassy in The Bahamas, Mr. Wang Qingjun, during a courtesy call at the Ministry of National Security, on May 19, 2017.

Official photograph taken by Patrick Hanna of Bahamas Information Services...
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Prime Minister Hubert Minnis Visits the National Insurance Board - May 19, 2017 - 5:38:36 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis visited the National Insurance Board Friday morning, May 19, where, accompanied by the Minister of State for Public Service and National Insurance in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Brensil Rolle, Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson, and National Insurance Board Director Patricia Hermanns, he greeted and met with NIB management and staff...
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United States Embassy Charge d'Affaires calls on the Bahamas Prime Minister - May 19, 2017 - 5:17:47 PM

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United States Embassy Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson paid a Courtesy Call on Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services...
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Hon. Philip Davis Sworn In as Leader of the Opposition - May 19, 2017 - 5:10:22 PM

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Former Deputy Prime Minister in the Progressive Liberal Party Government, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis is now officially the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition party. Mr. Davis was presented his Letters of Appointment during a swearing-in ceremony held at Government House on Friday, May 19, 2017.

After expressing gratitude to his family, friends and the country, Mr. Davis paid homage to the former Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie for his service and contributions to the country...
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U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires calls on Prime Minister Minnis - May 19, 2017 - 3:54:58 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- United States Embassy Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson paid a Courtesy Call on Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Official photo by Bahamas Information Services...
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US Charge d'Affaires calls on Bahamas Minister of National Security - May 19, 2017 - 12:04:14 PM

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United States Charge d'Affaires Lisa Johnson paid a Courtesy Call on Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames, May 19, 2017 at the offices of the Ministry of National Security.   Ms. Johnson was accompanied by staff of the U.S. Embassy, Nassau, while Mr. Dames was accompanied by Carl F. Smith, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security; Karen Rigby, Under Secretary, Ministry of National Security; and staff of the Ministry of National Security. A meeting followed the Courtesy Call.

 Official photographs taken by Patrick Hanna of Bahamas Information Services…



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Special Olympics Bahamas Paid Courtesy Call at Government House - May 18, 2017 - 11:48:36 AM

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Members of Special Olympics Bahamas paid a courtesy call upon Deputy to the Governor General Mr. Oswald Ingraham, and Mrs Ingraham, at Government House recently.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services…
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Grand Bahama Minister Assures Island is Top Priority - May 17, 2017 - 8:10:43 PM

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The Hon. Kwasi Thompson in a press conference Wednesday assured residents of Grand Bahama that the island is a top priority with the newly elected governing Free National Movement with there being a State Minister, a Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister representing the island at the highest level. The press conference took place at the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama.

Mr. Thompson was sworn in on Monday, May 15, 2017 as Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister...

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Minister Henfield briefs Foreign Affairs Senior Staff - May 17, 2017 - 5:38:00 PM

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Minister Henfield briefs Foreign Affairs Senior Staff - The Honourable Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs met with senior staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday, 17th May at Ministry Headquarters in the Goodman's Bay Corporate Centre.  The Minister discussed the ongoing work of all Ministry sections and briefed the senior staff members on the Ministry's priorities going forward.  Minister Henfield is shown at centre right, with Permanent Secretary Sheila Carey (centre left) and other Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior staff in New Providence.
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Bahamas receives high marks from CARICOM for 2017 General Election - May 17, 2017 - 4:43:26 PM

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A preliminary report from the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission has given The Bahamas high marks for the conduct of the 2017 General Election.
 
The elections were conducted May 10, 2017 during which the Free National Movement won 35 of the 39 seats contested to form a new government. An Advanced Poll was held May 3, 2017.
 
Parliamentary Registration Department officials say 88 per cent of the 181,000 registered voters in The Bahamas cast ballots during the General Election.
 
Parliamentary Commissioner (Actg.) Charles Albury said Wednesday that officials at the Department had received a preliminary report from the CARICOM...
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Grand Bahama's New Minister Set to 'Get to Work' - May 17, 2017 - 3:40:28 PM

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For the first time on island since his appointment on Monday, May 15, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson arrived on island Tuesday evening "ready to get to work."
    
Met by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Grand Bahama Melvin Seymour, Senior Under Secretary Harcourt Brown, Assist to the Permanent Secretary Conrad Jones and Protocol Officer Dashy Williams, Minister Thompson spoke briefly with the media before going directly to the Ministry.
                   
Minister Thompson said, "Firstly, I want to say how grateful I am to God for what really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I've lived in Grand Bahama all my life, and Grand Bahama really has been a very special place for me. To be appointed the Minister of State responsible for Grand Bahama really is an awesome, awesome privilege, I see it really as service to the country...

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