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Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera Students Explore Junkanoo Rhythms at National Arts Festival - Feb 11, 2019 - 12:43:04 PM

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Tarpum Bay Primary School students Alvardo Johnson, Emmanuel Brice, and Ronald Carey showcase Junkanoo drumming skills, exploring the complexity of Junkanoo rhythms, on February 7, 2019 during the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications at the school.  The festival began February 4, and will end May 17, 2019.  This year, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture endeavours to expand the festival beyond the schools into the greater communities of the Bahama Islands -- as a platform for artists of all ages and genres...
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Governor General attends Anglican Church Women's 55th Anniversary Service - Feb 11, 2019 - 12:32:20 PM

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Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling attended St. Agnes Anglican Church Women's combined Annual Installation and 55th Anniversary Service at the church's 7:00 Mass on Sunday, February 10, 2019.  Assistant Bishop, the Most Reverend Drexel W. Gomez performed installation of officers and executives. 

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
 
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Public Notice: East West Highway Road Paving - Feb 11, 2019 - 11:07:35 AM


Please be advised that the Ministry of Public Works/Bahamix will be carrying out Road Preparatory & Paving Works on East West Highway from 9:30am – 2:30pm, commencing 11th February, 2019 for fifteen (15) working days.

The resurfacing of East West Highway will extend from Abundant Life Road to East St. Roundabout...
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The Music Project-High School Band Competition Group call on the Governor General - Feb 8, 2019 - 12:00:13 PM

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Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling (seated centre) welcomed members of the Executive Board, Teachers and Students, of the Music Project/High School Band Competition during a courtesy call at Government House, February 8, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)...
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Bahamas Special Olympics Team calls on Governor General - Feb 8, 2019 - 10:20:27 AM

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Members of the Bahamas Special Olympics Team paid a courtesy call on Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling (pictured centre) at Government House, February 8, 2019. 

(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham)
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Office of the OAS General Secretariat in The Bahamas call on Governor General - Feb 7, 2019 - 10:20:35 PM

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Country Representatives of the Office of the OAS General Secretariat in The Bahamas called upon Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  Pictured from right: Phyllis Baron, H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling and Ambika Rahming-Cooper. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...



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Social Services Minister Campbell begins process towards addressing legislative deficiencies - Feb 7, 2019 - 8:12:21 PM

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Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, met with senior Administrators and Heads of Departments and Divisions of the ministry Thursday (February 7, 2019) to begin the process of ensuring greater ease in “addressing certain urgent legislative deficiencies.
 
Minister Campbell was joined by newly-appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, Michael Foulkes; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, Sherrylee Smith; David Cates, Permanent Secretary (Acting), Urban Renewal Commission...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival begins in Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera - Feb 7, 2019 - 12:04:36 PM

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Wemyss Bight Primary School female students show that they are "Phenomenal Women" as they recite Maya Angelou's famous poem, on February 7, 2019, during the E. Clement Bethel National Art Festival Adjudications at their school in Eleuthera.  Also pictured, Jayanna Gibson recites a poem by Robert Graves. 

(BIS Photos/Eric Rose)...
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Campbell: Foulkes to help guide Social Services legislative agenda - Feb 6, 2019 - 9:10:32 PM

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Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell welcomed newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, Mr. Michael Foulkes “into the Social Services family” Wednesday.

Minister Campbell applauded Mr. Foulkes’ appointment, adding that the pair are: “both committed to the work of the government in the best interests of the Bahamian people.”

 “With those similar characteristics and attributes, I am satisfied that we are going to do well for the people of The Bahamas,” Minister Campbell added...
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Stakeholders participate in meetings with e-Governance Academy regarding digitization of government services - Feb 6, 2019 - 8:39:34 PM

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In keeping with its thrust towards E-government, the Bahamas Government is hosting meetings with local stakeholders and representatives of e-Governance Academy, Estonia, from February 4-8, 2019.

The meetings are intended to provide participants with an overview of the impact of digitization on Estonia and the advantages for The Bahamas. It is expected that eventually the Academy will propose the way forward for e-government transformation for The Bahamas...
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16-yr-old missing from Ranfurly Home for Children - Feb 6, 2019 - 6:14:29 PM

The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development wishes to advise the general
public that a sixteen-year-old resident absconded from the Ranfurly Home for Children on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

Officials at the Home reported the matter to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and are
assisting Police with their investigations.

Family members of the resident have been notified.
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2019 Junior Junkanoo Parade Winners Announced - Feb 6, 2019 - 4:37:05 PM

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Tarpum Bay Primary School rushed its way to a repeat winning performance in the Primary School Division in the 2019 Junior Junkanoo Parade held on Bay Street, Thursday, January 31, 2019.  L.W. Young won the Junior High School Division and the Government High School brought the Senior High School Division crown back to New Providence. Eighteen schools from around the country showcased their artistic talents.  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle officially opened the festivities, joining a number of Cabinet Members, senior Government officials, Junkanoo stakeholders and family members in cheering on the youngsters...
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DPM Turnquest Formally Presents the Government’s 2018 Fiscal Strategy Report - Feb 6, 2019 - 4:30:58 PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest formally presented and debated the Government’s 2018 Fiscal Strategy Report, a public document that guides the creation of the annual budget.
 
The government’s approach to enhancing fiscal responsibility, both in legislative terms as well as in concrete terms was first exemplified by its actions in the 2018/19 Budget, DPM Turnquest explained during his Opening Statement on the 2018 Fiscal Strategy Report in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, February 6, 2019...
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$9 million in capital financing secured for Bahamian small businesses - Feb 6, 2019 - 3:23:29 PM


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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said by bringing in additional funding from Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre’s (SMDC) partners, the government’s $5.5 million allocation for micro, small, and medium-sized businesses has been leveraged to secure up to $9 million in capital financing for small businesses across The Bahamas.

“This is the largest single allocation of investment funds for Bahamian entrepreneurs that has ever been made by the Government of The Bahamas,” DPM Turnquest said during a press conference at the House of Assembly, Wednesday, February 6, 2019...
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Communication by the Hon. Peter Turnquest on 2018 Fiscal Strategy Report - Feb 6, 2019 - 12:30:12 PM

Mr. Speaker,

In opening the debate on the 2018 Fiscal Strategy Report (FSR), I want to begin by reiterating the central point made by the Prime Minister when the FSR was tabled in the House.  This document, which is mandated by the new Fiscal Responsibility Act 2018, does indeed stand as another historic achievement in the implementation of our Government’s drive to fundamentally transform both public financial management and the public finances of our nation.

Later in my presentation I will go over the contents of the report in detail, including information about our macroeconomic outlook, fiscal forecasts, risk mitigation strategies and many other technical details...
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Urban Renewal Walkabout, Centreville - Feb 5, 2019 - 7:30:18 PM

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The Urban Renewal Commission, Centreville, of the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development held a walkabout beginning at the Centre on Deveaux Street on Friday, assessing the needs of Centreville residents. 

(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)...
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Tourism Minister challenges Grand Bahama residents - Feb 5, 2019 - 4:10:24 PM

Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, on Tuesday, February 5, challenged residents of Grand Bahama to be creative and innovative when coming up with business ideas for the new mega cruise port.

The Cabinet of The Bahamas, led by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, attended the information meeting on Monday, hosted by Carnival to explain plans for the proposed mega port to be built in East Grand Bahama...
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Grand Bahama Projects discussed today at Cabinet Meeting - Feb 5, 2019 - 3:03:24 PM

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Several projects are expected to be discussed for Grand Bahama, in terms of economic growth and expansion, during the Cabinet meeting on island today, said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.

The Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, arrived in Freeport on Monday for the information meeting to announce Carnival’s plans for a mega port in East Grand Bahama. The Grand Port is expected to be completed in late 2021, and during the construction phase will employ some 1,000 people...
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DPM Turnquest pleased cruise port in Freeport - Feb 5, 2019 - 2:00:52 PM

Residents of East Grand Bahama will have the opportunity to open a variety of businesses in preparation for the mega-port to be constructed by Carnival, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest said on Tuesday, February 5.

Minister Turnquest was referring to the information meeting hosted by Carnival on Monday at the Foster B. Pestaina Hall where officials of Carnival explained their plans for the project which is expected to be completed by late 2021.

He said he was pleased that the cruise port is on Grand Bahama and it creates an opportunity for small business people in East Grand Bahama who have “been neglected or ignored...
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Labour Minister: Carnival Cruise Port "Very Good News" - Feb 5, 2019 - 1:40:34 PM

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Prior to the Cabinet Meeting in Freeport on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes said with the upcoming Grand Port, Grand Bahama may have full employment.  “This is very good news for Grand Bahama,” he remarked, when referring to the 1,000 construction jobs expected to be needed for the construction of the mega Grand Port by Carnival Cruise Line.  “We may reach the point where we have full employment here in Grand Bahama soon. With the potential sale of Our Lucaya, with the further development of Ginn and with this project with Carnival, this is excellent news for Grand Bahama.”  The labour agreement for Carnival Cruise Port is expected to have a ratio of 80 percent Bahamian to 20 percent foreign workers... 

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