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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

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. Kathleen (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.”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

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...”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

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...

Community

Survivors at Cancer Society Ball Salluted - May 22, 2017 - 10:13:30 PM

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BTC was a Platinum Sponsor at last weekend’s Cancer Society Ball. In addition to its sponsorship of this event, BTC remains committed to supporting their initiatives year round. The Executive Management team and staff members attended the ball.

CEO Leon Williams said, “We were happy to again partner with the Cancer Society. The theme for this year’s ball, “Celebrate” was encouraging. We congratulate the organizers on a job well done.

BTC also provided tickets for cancer survivors to attend the ball free of charge...

Community

BTVI’s New Providence Campus Graduation 2017 - May 22, 2017 - 8:29:30 PM

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During his maiden formal presentation as Minister of Education, the Honourable Jeffrey Lloyd minced no words regarding his views on technical vocational education and training (TVET), stating that it serves as the core discipline in the efficiency of any society.

“Stop disrespecting technical and vocational education and training!” said Minister Lloyd, resulting in a rousing round of applause during the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) recent commencement exercise held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort.

“One ambition of mine is to help us raise the esteem that technical vocational education and training has in our society. There is genius in every vocation," he stated...

News : Local

Samsung President Set to Meet BTC CEO - May 22, 2017 - 8:19:19 PM

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Just a week ago, BTC introduced the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 to the country. On the weekend, BTC began installing experience tables for the Samsung product lines in its stores.

The experience table allows you to touch and feel all the entire Samsung device line.

On Thursday, Mr. Seong Hyun Lee, Samsung’s President for Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to meet with BTC CEO Mr. Leon Williams. Both companies will discuss new initiatives and future collaborations...

Bahamian Politics

Four PLP Senators Appointed - May 22, 2017 - 5:12:41 PM

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The Progressive Liberal Party is pleased to announce that upon the advice of the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, to Her Excellency the Governor General pursuant to Article 39(3) of the Constitution, the following persons will be appointed to the Senate on Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 at 4pm at Government House. They are:

The Hon. Frederick Audley Mitchell
The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville
Mr. Clay Glennford Sweeting
Mrs. Jobeth L. Coleby-Davis.

Both Mitchell and Darville are experienced legislators and government ministers, having served in both chambers of the House...

News : International : Caribbean News

Caribbean Week New York adds new events for 2017; Travel Agent Forum Returns to Schedule - May 22, 2017 - 1:50:15 PM

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New for Caribbean Week New York, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has added a RUM Rumble during Caribbean Media Marketplace (Thursday, June 8) where more than 125 journalists, as well as tourism officials and industry executives, will witness the best-of-the-best Caribbean rum-mixing masters compete for the title of Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year. The Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year will be announced at the RUM & Rhythm Benefit where the Rum Rumble finalists will debut their winning cocktails on Friday, June 9.

Returning by popular demand is the Trade Show and Educational FoRUM for Travel Agents following a brief hiatus last year...

Entertainment

European Cinema and Independent Sensibilities - May 22, 2017 - 1:24:15 PM

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I don’t really get a chance to see as much cinema from Europe as I would like to while living in America (Los Angeles, California) and the Caribbean (The Bahamas). This is just another reason (of many other reasons) why I look forward to the Cannes Film Festival each year.

It is not easy to pin down what exactly “European Cinema” is. There isn’t really a “Eurowood” per say. So whether that is ‘euro cinema’ from Pedro Almodovar (this year’s jury president) of Spain, or Maren Ade of Germany (also on the jury this year), movies from this continent and region don’t really come with any conventions...

News : International : Caribbean News

Saint Lucia’s Roots & Soul Festival Entertainment Lineup - May 22, 2017 - 1:12:58 PM

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Jamaican Reggae sensations Christopher Martin and Etana as well as American crooner Musiq Soulchild will be featured on the line up of the island’s first ever Roots & Soul Festival under the Soleil brand. The Roots & Soul Festival is the second of a new series of cultural and artistic events from May to November, called Soleil - The Saint Lucia Summer Festival. The festival will be staged at the iconic Pigeon Island National Landmark from June 17 – 18 and will be an event dedicated to musicians who are setting new trends in reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afropunk and R&B.

Performing will be some of Caribbean’s finest in Roots and Soul and related genres including Jamaican Reggae sensation Christopher Martin, whose hits include Cheaters Prayer, I’m a Big Deal, Under the Influence, and a reggae cover of Let Her Go, by British singer, Passenger, is set to take the stage on Saturday June 17. The festival will also include some of Saint Lucia’s finest including Kayo, Rob Zii Taylor and Fourth World...

News : New Providence

UB Announces Inaugural President’s Gala Soirée - May 22, 2017 - 12:46:59 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – On Saturday, 4th November 2017 University of The Bahamas (UB) will host its Inaugural President’s Gala Soirée, a glamorous fundraising cocktail event. Chartered on 10th November 2016, UB continues to celebrate its university status, ending the first year with a soirée aimed at raising half a million dollars for the University Endowment, to realise the vision of the University of The Bahamas in perpetuity.

Curated and catered by Events by Alexandra, this black tie event will take place in the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. Events by Alexandra will transform the library for an evening of elegance in shades of blue. Each space will offer something unique, live music and entertainers, a photo booth...

Community

ALIV now title sponsor of Special Olympics Bahamas - May 22, 2017 - 12:09:24 PM

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On May 22nd, ALIV announced to the media their partnership with Special Olympics Bahamas. ALIV is providing a $45,000.00 sponsorship and a three-year commitment to the organization.

The announcement came from Damian Blackburn, CAO who said, "We believe in working with the community and have created programs, and partnered with organizations directed at areas that will have the most sustainable and positive impact on the country. Undoubtedly, fostering an environment for people with special needs is important and the company is dedicated to helping advance the athletic pursuits for people of all ages and backgrounds."

News : New Providence

Bahamas Government Leases Electric Cars - May 22, 2017 - 11:40:59 AM

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The Ministry of Finance has made the move towards greener transportation by leasing eight zero-emission, 100% electric Nissan LEAFs, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV), from Easy Car Sales, the first and only distributor of 100% electric cars in The Bahamas.

This purchase demonstrates the Bahamas Government’s continued progress towards reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, similar to public energy initiatives in Barbados and other countries throughout the Caribbean. Switching to electric vehicles not only results in savings on fuel and maintenance costs, but also improves the bottom line of the National Budget to the benefit of all taxpayers...

Community

U.S. Embassy to Commemorate Memorial Day with a Wreath Laying Ceremony - May 22, 2017 - 10:44:40 AM

On Monday, May 29th, the United States Embassy will commemorate Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Clifton Pier in memory of fallen comrades and military veterans.  Special recognition will be given to U.S. Patrol Squadron 23 Sailors, who died off the coast of Nassau on May 7, 1954 and Bahamian Private First Class Norman Darling who died in the Iraq War in 2004.  Sergeant Errol McKinney, U.S. Army, a Bahamian killed in a motorcycle accident in 2013 shortly after to returning to Ft. Bliss, Texas following a deployment to Afghanistan will also be remembered...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

RBPF Nassau: Police Appeal for information in Overnight Shooting Death - Defense Force Officer Found with Additional Ammunition - May 22, 2017 - 10:25:28 AM

Police Appeal for information in Overnight Shooting Death: Police are appealing to the public to come forth with any information they may have to assist in their investigations into a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Sunday 21st May 2017.

Reports are that shortly after 10:30pm, a man had just exited his vehicle in the area of Chahs Drive, Redland Acres, when a man armed with a handgun approached and shot him before fleeing on foot...

Community

ALIV gives $30,000.00 to Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) - May 22, 2017 - 8:33:00 AM

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ALIV has partnered with the Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) in giving the institution a $30,000.00 sponsorship in a three-year commitment. On Friday, Chief ALIV Media Champion, Johnny Ingle was a guest speaker at BTVI’s commencement exercise held at Melia Resort on Friday, May 19th in New Providence. ALIV CAO, Damian Blackburn spoke to graduates in Grand Bahama on Tuesday, May 16th.

"Our sponsorship for BTVI included financial support for the commencement exercises in New Providence and Grand Bahama," he said...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Speech from The Throne During Opening of Parliament Set for May 24 - May 21, 2017 - 6:40:53 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Official Opening of Parliament on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 will feature the reading of The Speech from The Throne, which will outline the Government’s policies and objectives for the new session.
 
The Opening of Parliament follows the May 10, 2017 General Election win of the Free National Movement of 35 of the 39 seats in the House of Assembly.
 
Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, will read The Speech from The Throne in the Precincts of the Senate, in Parliament and Rawson Squares Wednesday morning.
 
The address sets forth the Free National Movement Government's priorities with respect to its legislative agenda, for which the cooperation of parliament is sought...

News

Dr. Minnis, Bahamas PM remarks at thanksgiving service for FNM election to office - May 21, 2017 - 5:31:25 PM


I thank Reverend Patterson and the community of Cousin McPhee Church for your hospitality and graciousness.

Let me begin with these words that have been on my heart: In all things let us give thanks and praise for God is good and gracious.

Psalm 28:7 reminds us:
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

We gather with joy and in song to give God praise.

Brothers and Sisters:

On the 10th of May 2017 – from Landrail Point on the tranquil isle of Crooked Island to Savannah Sound on the freedom isle of Eleuthera

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Shuttle Services for invited guests atttending official opening of Parliament - May 21, 2017 - 5:24:04 PM

Parking will be provided for guests invited to the Official Opening of Parliament.  Parking will be facilitated in the parking lot of the old City Market building on Market Street north.
 
Guests will be transported to and from the Parking Lot by buses to Rawson and Parliament Squares beginning at 8:00 a.m. and from the Squares to the Parking Lot after the ceremony until 12:00 noon.
 
Guests are kindly asked to show their Admit cards...

Bahamian Politics

DNA urges Minnis administration to implement Good Governance Platform - May 21, 2017 - 4:57:34 PM

The Leaders, Executive Council, Officers, and Members of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) extend congratulations once again to the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis and the Free National Movement (FNM) on winning the 2017 General Elections.  The DNA looks forward to working with the current administration to restore our nation to the economic and social prosperity that we are accustomed to as Bahamians in this great Commonwealth.

In this regard, the DNA welcomes the Minnis administration’s commitment to eradicating corruption, wastage, inefficiency, and partiality in our governance structure and request the said administration to commit to the timeline on the following 10 points, some of which are outlined in both the DNA and FNM’s platform for good governance...

News : International : Caribbean News

UVI RTPark to Host VIP Investment Showcase During Caribbean Week In New York - May 21, 2017 - 4:39:00 PM

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The University of the Virgin Islands Research & Technology Park, (UVI RTPark), will celebrate Caribbean Week in New York and Caribbean American Heritage Month in the USA with a Big Apple VIP Investment Showcase Reception this June.

The event is set to introduce the opportunities of the RTPark program to business leaders and key members of the Caribbean Diaspora in New York and highlight the many advantages to doing business with the RTPark program and the US Virgin Islands.

The UVI RTPark program, established in 2002, is a specialist economic development agency that aims to successfully establish the U.S. Virgin Islands as a premier business destination of choice for firms in knowledge and technology intensive sectors...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Traffic notice for the opening of Parliament Weds. 24 May 2017 - May 21, 2017 - 4:12:12 PM

On Wednesday, 24th May 2017 at 10:00 am, the new session of The Bahamas Parliament will open in Parliament Square and as such there will be road closures as well as traffic diversions to facilitate the proceedings.

Road Closures

Beginning from 6:30pm on Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic:

Bay Street between Fredrick Street and East Street
Parliament Street between Prince George Wharf & Shirley Street...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Opening of Parliament Set for Wednesday, May 24th - May 21, 2017 - 2:54:50 PM

The Official Opening of Parliament on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 will feature the reading of The Speech from The Throne, which will outline the Government’s policies and objectives for the new session.

The Opening of Parliament follows the May 10, 2017 General Election win of the Free National Movement of 35 of the 39 seats in the House of Assembly.

Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, will read The Speech from The Throne in the Precincts of the Senate, in Parliament and Rawson Squares Wednesday morning...

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