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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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Minister Elsworth Johnson sworn in at Government House - Jul 2, 2019 - 4:00:34 PM

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The Hon. Elsworth Johnson (left) was sworn in as Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration by Governor General His Excellency Cornelius A. Smith during a swearing in ceremony at Government House on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...
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Minister Of State For Grand Bahama Remarks: BTVI ICT Summer Programme Launch - Jul 2, 2019 - 3:18:22 PM

Through the YMCA, sponsored by the Government, The ICT Robotic/ Ins- emulation program launched in January 2019 and went on for a duration of 6 months. Through this program, 70 Grand Bahamian students from junior high schools across the islands (Grades 7-9) underwent intense, hands on training in programs such as Python Application, Computer Coding, Robotic Stimulation, Computer Technology, as well as Mathematics and Physics related skills training. As the program now nears completion, these 70 students are eligible to receive certification in these disciplines...
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PM Minnis has Briefing with St. Lucia's Prime Minister Allen Chastanet - Jul 2, 2019 - 12:30:18 PM

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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, currently in St. Lucia for CARICOM, had a briefing this morning with St. Lucia's Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.  PM Minnis is pictured at the briefing with Mrs. Patricia Minnis, and also introducing Long Island's Member of Parliament and Executive Chairman of the Water & Sewerage Corporation, Adrian Gibson, to PM Chastanet. 

(BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe)...
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Prime Minister Minnis on the appointment of Hon. Elsworth Johnson - Jul 2, 2019 - 11:00:35 AM

I am pleased that the Hon. Elsworth Johnson has accepted the appointment as Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration. He has served as a minister of state in the Government for the past two years. 

I am confident that Mr. Johnson will work diligently to help to secure and promote our financial services sector. 

He will also be responsible for helping to promote trade and industry as the Government continues to secure greater Bahamian and international investments in our economy, including throughout the Family Islands...
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Bahamas Delegation to CARICOM arrives in St. Lucia - Jul 1, 2019 - 5:00:28 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis arrived in St. Lucia today for the 40th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government of CARICOM: the Prime Minister and Mrs. Patricia Minnis are pictured being met at the airport upon arrival.  Prime Minister Minnis leads a delegation that includes Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Bahamas Ambassador to CARICOM, HE Reuben Rahming; and Mr. Adrian Gibson, MP.   Regional leaders will discuss tourism, finance, the situation in Venezuela, security and other matters.  (BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe)...
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The Bahamas Secures No. 2 Spot in Latest Paris MoU Port State Inspection Listings - Jul 1, 2019 - 4:30:51 PM

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has announced that for the tenth consecutive year, it has been included on the Paris MoU whitelist of flag state performance and has moved up six places, securing the number two spot.

Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Renward Wells said: "The BMA's impressive track record of delivering quality service...
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Public School Scholars Programme Meet and Greet - Jul 1, 2019 - 4:15:26 PM

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The Ministry of Education through the Public School Scholars Programme hosted a Meet and Greet ceremony for recipients of the Public School Scholars Award at the amphitheatre of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB), June 27, 2019.

The event provided an opportunity for graduates of public schools in New Providence and the Family Islands, who are recipients of scholarships, to interact with scholarship partners from several universities...
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Price Commission sounds warnings to grocery store owners - Jul 1, 2019 - 3:30:14 PM

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Merchants are being warned of price infractions on breadbasket items and price gouging.

Daniel Sumner, Price Commission Chairman, said the Commission is actively pursuing complaints of alleged price infractions on items including butter, cheese, cooking oil, corned beef, evaporated milk, flour, grits, margarine, mayonnaise, rice and tomato paste...
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'WBFF Worlds Bahamas 2019' - Fitness and Fashion Press Conference - Jul 1, 2019 - 2:16:41 PM

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The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and WBFF held a World Beauty Fitness and Fashion pageant press conference at Sapodilla Restaurant, June 27, 2019.  The 'WBFF Worlds Bahamas 2019' takes place August 9 and 10 at the Grand Hyatt, Baha Mar.  Pictured, from left: WBFF President and CEO Paul Dillett; WBFF Executive Vice-President Allison Dillett; Ministry of Tourism Sports Manager Jeff Rodgers; Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar; Miss WBFF Fitness World Alicia Gowans; Sapodilla Restaurant's Proprietor Elaine Pinder; and General Manager/Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Ulrich Samietz...
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Tourism Minister D'Aguilar at Bahamahost Graduation - Jul 1, 2019 - 1:34:41 PM

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Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar addressed the Bahamahost Graduation Ceremony, June 27, 2019 at William Thompson Auditorium, Jean Street.  This most recent Bahamahost session yielded over 300 graduates in this cohort.  Bahamahost is a tourism industry training programme for students of all ages and fields of endeavour, who learn more about The Bahamas and the importance of the tourism industry.  Minister D'Aguilar is pictured giving remarks and presenting certificates...

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