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Traffic Notice - Independence Celebrations Clifford Park - Jul 8, 2019 - 10:45:21 AM

On Tuesday July 9th 2019 at 8:00pm the Bahamas will celebrate its 46th Independence Anniversary. The Royal Bahamas Police Force in conjunction with the Independence Committee will commemorate this anniversary, with an Independence Celebration at Clifford Park beginning at 8:00pm on Tuesday 9th July, 2019.

In conjunction with the celebration on Friday 5th July, 2019 a National Pride Day Ceremony will commence at 10:00am...
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Prime Minister Minnis on the 40th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, St. Lucia - Jul 7, 2019 - 9:51:54 PM

Statement from Prime Minister Minnis on the 40th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, St. Lucia:

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis will be a part of a CARICOM prime ministerial fact-finding mission to Haiti to inform regional leaders on the situation in that country.

CARICOM leaders are concerned about the escalation of violence in Haiti. The fact-finding mission will also include the prime ministers of St. Lucia and Jamaica...
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The Bahamas National Beekeepers Cooperative Society - CO-OPs for Decent Work - Jul 6, 2019 - 6:00:02 PM

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As The Bahamas Government continues to seek ways to stimulate economic growth and reduce the 10.7% unemployment rate, a source of inspiration may lie in Co-ops and The Bahamas National Beekeepers Cooperative Society Limited (BNBC). 

With the philosophy “People helping people to help themselves,” community-centered Cooperative business enterprises bring together like-minded individuals focused on developing their business...
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Governor General urges citizens to unite in solidarity - Jul 6, 2019 - 8:47:07 AM

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All measures should be taken to ensure that love and unity are the prevailing themes in The Bahamas. This was the message of Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith at National Pride Day festivities to launch the 46th Anniversary of Bahamas Independence celebrations, July 5, 2019.

“Though we are many islands, we are one nation,” said His Excellency. “We, therefore, need to live in brotherly love and find ways to eliminate divisiveness. We should find ways to preserve our legacy of hospitality by rejecting things that divide us and commit to the spirit of love...
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46th Independence - Nation can only advance with common purpose, says Senate President - Jul 5, 2019 - 6:30:22 PM

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“Whatever the true meaning of national progress may be, or by whatever measuring stick used, one thing is certain, we can only advance as a nation when people are unified with one common purpose,” said President of the Senate, Katherine Forbes-Smith.

The President’s comments came during her address at the official ceremony for National Pride Day in West End on Friday, July 5, 2019... 
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Call for Unity at Flag Raising Ceremony in Grand Bahama - Jul 5, 2019 - 3:30:58 PM

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As the country celebrates its 46th Anniversary of Independence, Acting Prime Minister the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest asked Bahamians to put aside those things that divide us, if only for this time.

Minister Turnquest was addressing the Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, July 5, at the Harold DeGregory Complex in Freeport.

Ceremonies were simultaneously held in West Grand Bahama, East Grand Bahama and Sweeting’s Cay: Flags were hoisted at 10:00 a.m...
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Minister Wells meets with Israeli Transport Minister - Jul 5, 2019 - 2:18:24 PM

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Bahamas Minister of Transport & Local Government, the Hon. Renward Wells, led an official delegation to meet with his Israeli counterpart, the Hon. Bezalel Smotrich, Minister of Transport of Israel, July 4, 2019.  Both discussed matters of mutual interest including:

1.  Israel's support for The Bahamas' candidature for the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) Group C Council;
2. Israel's technical assistance with SMART traffic management technology;
3. Shipping and container port growth in The Bahamas and Israel; and
4. Airport growth in The Bahamas and Israel.
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Prime Minister Minnis raises climate change in bilateral talks with Norway - Jul 4, 2019 - 9:40:42 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis stressed the need for The Bahamas to build climate resilience in the face of rising sea levels and increased hurricane activity, during bilateral talks with Norway on Thursday, 4 July.

Prime Minister Minnis met with Her Excellency Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, in the margins of the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...
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Independence Celebrations Launch with National Pride Day - Jul 4, 2019 - 4:15:14 PM

The National Independence Committee will officially launch the 46th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations on Friday, 5th July, 2019 at 10:00am – 1:00pm in Parliament and Rawson Squares, Bay Street.

Further, Friday, 5th July, 2019 is designated National Pride Day.  Members of the public including government offices and private institutions are encouraged to wear t-shirts in colours of the National Flag...
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Minister Henfield in Bilateral Meeting with New Zealand's High Commissioner-Designate to The Bahamas - Jul 4, 2019 - 3:08:52 PM

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The Hon. Darren A. Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, received His Excellency Anton Ojala, High Commissioner-designate of New Zealand to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and High Commissioner to Member-States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in a bilateral meeting on Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on Wednesday, 3 July 2019, on the margins of the 40th Conference of Heads of Government. The two dignitaries addressed issues of common interest, including, among them, climate change, education, tourism, cruise ship industry, maritime and financial matters...
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Leaders of CARICOM at 40th Regular Meeting's Opening Ceremony - Jul 4, 2019 - 1:30:27 PM


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Leaders of CARICOM are pictured at the 40th Regular Meeting in St. Lucia during the official opening ceremony, July 3, 2019.  Bahamas Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis is seated at left.  UN Secretary-General, His Excellency Antonio Guterres, pledged continued support.  Secretary-General of CARICOM, His Excellency Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; outgoing CARICOM Chairman, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis; and CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet also addressed the opening ceremony. 

(BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)...
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40th CARICOM Business Sessions Get Underway - Jul 4, 2019 - 12:40:35 PM

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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis and official delegation attend the first business session of the 40th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in St. Lucia.  Items on the agenda for today’s (4 July) session include blacklisting, the SIDS Resilience Foundation, and the CSME.  CARICOM Special Guest, Her Excellency Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, will also address the session today.   Bahamas Senator, the Hon. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson, President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL), is scheduled to take part in the engagement with representatives of the private sector, labour and civil society...
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SBDC reaches one million in disbursements to small businesses - Jul 3, 2019 - 9:00:36 PM

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The Access Accelerator, Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) has facilitated the disbursement of  over one million dollars to Bahamian micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and is on target to provide an additional one million dollars  to ten other entrepreneurs before its tuns one this September.

To-date, seventeen companies have received funding with assistance from the SBDC. Through the organization's grant committee, bank loans and investments from the Bahamas Venture Fund...
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Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture Congratulates Mike Sands on his electoral win as NACAC President - Jul 3, 2019 - 8:40:07 PM

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture extends congratulations to Mike Sands on his monumental achievement on becoming the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Regional President for athletics.  In so doing, Mr. Sands will automatically ascend to a seat on the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Council, the global governing body for the sport of athletics.  Elections for the Presidency were held Tuesday 2 July, 2019 at the NACAC Congress in Queretaro, Mexico...
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Tax Appeal Commission training - Jul 3, 2019 - 4:15:01 PM

The newly formed Tax Appeal Commission will participate in a week long intensive workshop as part of a thorough mobilization process for the unit. The training takes place July 1-5 and underscores the purpose of the Tax Appeal Commission Bill, 2019.

Mr. Robert Olding, Senior Managing Partner of Finance Training Solutions from the International Monetary Fund Legal Department is conducting the workshop...
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PM Minnis challenges CARICOM tourism ministers to come up with new plan to grow regional tourism - Jul 3, 2019 - 4:00:26 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis urged CARICOM tourism leaders to explore new ways that the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) can more effectively work with member countries to contribute to the growth of tourism in the region.

Prime Minister Minnis is the representative for tourism in CARICOM’s Quasi-Cabinet. The Prime Minister and Allen Chastanet, the Prime Minister of St. Lucia and CARICOM Chairman, met with ministers of tourism and senior officials on Tuesday evening...
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Public School Scholars share stories of paths to success - Jul 3, 2019 - 3:19:38 PM

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Rayshon Neymour, a graduate of Anatol Rodgers, attended 10 schools throughout his life and had to overcome what may be considered insurmountable challenges. His parents were unmarried teenagers.  His mother did not attend her school’s graduation ceremony because she was pregnant with him.

“Almost every year I had to pack up my Georgie bundle,” he said...
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Department of Inland Revenue participates in Financial Modeling Workshop - Jul 3, 2019 - 2:57:18 PM

The Department of Inland Revenue will participate in a 3-day intensive training workshop to reinforce Excel functions through financial modeling to enhance data interpretation within the unit. The hands-on program is organized by the International Business & Economic (IBE) Forum and will take place from July 2-4.

The IBE Forum is a training platform that provides professional training programs and opportunities for continuing professional development...
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Bahamas and St. Lucia Prime Minister’s Delivery Units take part in learning exchange - Jul 3, 2019 - 2:00:06 PM

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Chief Operating Officer of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Mrs. Viana Gardiner, met with members of the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in St. Lucia on Tuesday, 2 July as part of a learning exchange between the two Units.

Discussions focused on safety and security, and education, which are among the key priorities shared by both Units. The Units also shared information on shared strategies to implement effective performance management...
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Bishop Boyd calls on the Governor General His Excellency Cornelius A. Smith - Jul 2, 2019 - 4:30:33 PM

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The Rt. Reverend Laish Zane Boyd, Sr., Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands, paid a courtesy call upon His Excellency Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General, at Government House, July 2, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...

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