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D’Aguilar: Need for national airline greater today than ever before - Feb 14, 2019 - 4:31:33 PM

The opportunities facing the country’s national flag carrier, Bahamasair, are endless, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar said Thursday (February 14, 2019).

Addressing the Commissioning Ceremony marking the arrival of the newest addition to the Bahamasair fleet, a Boeing 737-790NG, Minister D’Aguilar said the need for a national airline such as Bahamasair, is “even greater today, than it has ever been.”

“What does this new addition mean? Is this new aircraft going to be used to provide support to the existing fleet in order to increase Bahamasair’s efficiency and on-time performance...
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Prime Minister commissions new Boeing 737 Bahamasair carrier - Feb 14, 2019 - 4:18:34 PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said that the new Boeing 737-790NG acquired by Bahamasair will play an important role in the expansion of the national flag carrier’s international service.

He delivered the keynote address at the Commissioning Ceremony of Bahamasair’s latest aircraft, held Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Bahamasair’s Hangar at Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Also present were Cabinet Ministers, and Bahamasair’s Board of Directors, Executive Management, Industry Partners and other invited guests...
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Ministry of Education Moves Closer to Full Digitization of Public Education System - Feb 14, 2019 - 3:51:40 PM

The Ministry of Education signed a $3.3 million contract with Walker’s Industries Ltd., February 13, 2019.  The signing of the contract is part of its ‘One Network’ project and marks the final of four contracts to execute the full digitization of the public school system. The Ministry previously signed contracts with BTC, Cable Bahamas and Sam’s Business Machines.

During a Ministry of Education press conference and contract signing ceremony, Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd said that this contract facilitates the creation of wireless internet connectivity in the school system...
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National Arts Festival Adjudication in Acklins - Feb 14, 2019 - 1:14:09 PM

Clement Bethel National Arts Festival in Acklins Island took place on February 13, 2019.

Photos show:

Lovely Bay Primary School Recorder Group Selection, Lovely Bay Primary School Choir, Snug Corner Primary - Story Telling and Acklins Central High School Tameco Cooper...
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Polish Maritime Academy Officials call on the Governor General - Feb 14, 2019 - 1:07:16 PM

In celebration of of Poland's 100 years of regained independence, Edith Powell (third left), Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland, along with Captain of the Polish sail training ship, Dar Mlodziezy ("Gift of Youth") and Officers of the Maritime Academy in Poland, called upon Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre) at Government House on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.  The ship is currently making a 100th anniversary celebration sail around the world. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
URCA Welcomes a new Director of Electronic Communications - Feb 14, 2019 - 1:02:40 PM

Veteran journalist and broadcaster Carlton Smith has joined the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority as Director of Electronic Communications (DEC). Mr. Smith’s appointment came after an extensive competitive recruitment exercise for this critical role.

As DEC, Mr. Smith will have the overall responsibility for URCA’s regulatory activities in the Electronic Communications Sector (ECS).  In collaboration with the CEO and under the supervision of URCA’s Board, the DEC leads the organization in the fulfillment of its mission in the ECS in the Bahamas...
Airbnb hosts in The Bahamas welcomed 59,000 guests in 2018 - Feb 13, 2019 - 11:38:41 PM

The home sharing community in The Bahamas is a growing component of the local tourism industry. In 2018, Airbnb hosts in The Bahamas welcomed approximately 59,000 guests with an average trip length of approximately 5 days.

These travelers were welcomed by 1,700 hosts who opened their doors to offer locals and foreigners alike a diverse, inclusive and sustainable travel experience in urban destinations such as Nassau, but also on the Family Islands and areas that typically benefit less from tourist visits...
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A new Central Bank will add to redevelopment of Nassau, says PM Minnis - Feb 13, 2019 - 7:47:54 PM

A new Central Bank of the Bahamas building is part of the revitalization of downtown Nassau, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis told the House of Assembly.  He was contributing to the debate on the Resolution to Convey Property and Land from the Government of The Bahamas to the Central Bank of The Bahamas for the building of a new bank.

“The redeveloped Prince George Wharf, the new Supreme Court Complex, and supporting offices, and the beautiful new Central Bank will boost the revitalization, renewal and restoration of downtown,” the Prime Minister said during the morning House session on February 13, 2019.
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Mayaguana - Feb 13, 2019 - 6:35:48 PM

E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival took place on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in Mayaguana.

Photos show:

Pirates Well Primary School Recorder Selection, Abraham's Bay High School Band,
Abraham's Bay High School's Ivaneice Charlton in Liturgical Dance selection, Jason Brooks Community Group Solo and Marcus Sands Community Group Story Telling.

BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna...
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Revitalization of Downtown Nassau Underway, says PM Minnis - Feb 13, 2019 - 6:03:38 PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis has confirmed that plans for the revitalization of historic downtown Nassau are underway and will realize jobs and business opportunities for Bahamians.

He was contributing to the debate in the House of Assembly today on the Resolution to Convey Property and Land from the Government of The Bahamas to the Central Bank of The Bahamas for the building of a new bank.
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Office of the Attorney General on EU Commissioners' Published List - Feb 13, 2019 - 4:50:42 PM

Today the European Union College of Commissioners published a List of High Risk Third Countries for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) deficiencies. The Listing of The Bahamas is linked to the FATF Action Plan and to the adverse Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Mutual Evaluation Report of the Nation’s AML/CFT framework, in May of 2017. It is allegedly based upon a perception that the listed countries pose a “threat” to the EU Financial system...
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U.S. Department of the Treasury on European Commission List - Feb 13, 2019 - 2:20:57 PM

Today, the European Commission issued a list of purportedly high-risk jurisdictions “posing significant threats” to the European Union’s financial system as a result of strategic deficiencies in their Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terror (AML/CFT) regimes.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury has significant concerns about the substance of the list and the flawed process by which it was developed.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the global standard-setting body for combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing.  The FATF...
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Government Reaches Agreement with Gaming Operators - Feb 13, 2019 - 1:30:02 PM

Following recent open and productive discussions, the Government has reached an agreement with the Bahamas Gaming House Operators Association to increase taxes on the gaming industry and to collect the payment of back taxes.

With the beginning of the regulation of the gaming industry on January 1, 2015, the rate of taxation on net taxable revenue of the seven licensed gaming operators was set at 11 percent and was expected to yield approximately $21 million...
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Caribbean Tourism on the Upswing - Feb 13, 2019 - 12:42:57 PM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean tourism sector is projected to record strong growth in 2019 on the heels of a stronger-than-expected performance last year.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the authority on regional tourism statistics and performance, is forecasting six to seven percent growth this year, continuing an upward trend which began last September.
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Commercial Entities (Substance Requirements) Act - Proposed Amendments to be Tabled - Feb 12, 2019 - 9:26:13 PM

The Government will table proposed amendments to the Commercial Entities (Substance Requirements) Act when the House of Assembly meets on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

The Commercial Entities (Substance Requirements) Act, 2018 was among a package of legislation passed in December 2018 aimed at implementing measures to ensure compliance with international standards on tax governance and transparency...
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Minister Campbell: Ensuring Equal Access for Community of Persons with Disabilities is a Priority - Feb 12, 2019 - 7:30:25 PM

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, told residents of Inagua that ensuring equal access for the community of persons with disabilities in The Bahamas is a major priority for his ministry.

“Our message is one of inclusion,” Minister Campbell said. “My dream as the Minister of Social Services and Urban Development is two-fold: that we would develop, as individuals, a more caring society; a more empathetic and sympathetic society where we are concerned about other persons, and secondly...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival in Matthew Town, Inagua, The Bahamas - Feb 12, 2019 - 3:26:03 PM

Tara Burrows of Gospel Community performs a solo; Zion Baptist Church Dance Group Community performs a liturgical dance and Douglas Finley of Inagua All Age School performs a drum solo on February 11, 2019, during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications, at St. Philip’s Hall, in Matthew Town, Inagua. 

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
Royal Fidelity Conference to Explore Global Challenges - Feb 12, 2019 - 2:37:25 PM

Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Limited announced that its 2019 Bahamas Economic Outlook Conference will be held on Tuesday, February 26th under the theme, “Dynamic New World: Braving the Turmoil”. The one day event will be held at the Baha Mar convention Centre and is an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provider.

“The global economy is effectively under attack”, says Michael Anderson, President of Royal Fidelity. “Political divisions and other tensions in the United States, triggered by the Trump administration’s preference for unilateral action and an increasingly nationalistic stance...
Sands sends a Lucky Couple on an Alaskan Cruise - Feb 12, 2019 - 11:00:26 AM

With fans spanning the globe, The Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company (BBB) has redefined the beer business in The Bahamas, by providing quality products and beers – like their signature Sands, Sands Light and Sands Pink Radler.  Known for rewarding their fans for their loyalty through various social media promotions, contests, and celebrations at their brewery, Sands has now included an Alaskan Cruise giveaway!

Two years ago, during the Brewery’s 10 year anniversary celebrations, the company introduced a national Scratch & Win promotion, giving their fans across The Bahamas the opportunity to literally scratch & win...
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Non-Resident Ambassador Designate of Russian Federation calls on Foreign Affairs Minister - Feb 12, 2019 - 10:51:11 AM

His Excellency Andrei A. Guskov, Non-Resident Ambassador Designate of the Russian Federation (left) paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren A. Henfield at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tuesday, February 12, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr)...

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