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RBDF Presentation of Medals and Awards Ceremony at Government House - Apr 20, 2018 - 3:41:46 PM

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The Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security, at podium, addresses the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Grant of Commissions,  Presentation of Medals and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Government House Lower Grounds.  Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, centre, presented the awards to the officers; Commander, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, seated at right, looks on.

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
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Road Works commence on Culbert's Hill - Apr 20, 2018 - 2:00:29 PM

The Ministry of Public Works wishes to inform the public that road works have commenced on Culbert's Hill. The duration of this project is ten days, not inclusive of the weekend. The Ministry apologizes for any inconvenience caused...
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Toddlers parade through the streets - Apr 20, 2018 - 11:58:20 AM

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Epitomizing the 2018 theme, “Let the Children Play,” some danced, sang and clapped as they participated in this year’s Costume Parade. Toddlers and teachers representing twenty-two government pre-schools lined the streets and paraded from Augusta Street to Arawak Cay culminating activities in recognition of Pre-School Week, Thursday, April 19.

Clad in uniforms which identified their schools, the students processed behind colourfully decorated banners that highlighted the theme...
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Roadworks on Eastern Road completed - Apr 20, 2018 - 11:47:59 AM

The Ministry of Public Works wishes to inform the general public that road works on the Eastern Road have successfully been completed. The Ministry thanks you for your patience and apologizes for any inconvenience caused during the course of the project...
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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) - Apr 19, 2018 - 8:36:13 PM

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The 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Group Photo, attached.  The meeting was officially opened by the Queen on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Buckingham Palace to the theme, 'Towards a Common Future.'  The Commonwealth of Nations is made up of 53 member countries. 

(Photo/Courtesy the Royal Family & Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. London 2018)...
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Public Works Minister supports Witness Anonymity Amendment Bill - Apr 19, 2018 - 8:32:55 PM

The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, called on members of the House of Assembly to unite in their opposition to murderers, drug dealers and human traffickers, and underscored that Parliament will leave “no stone unturned” in its efforts to empower the courts to convict those who are truly guilty of such “heinous” crimes.

Minister Bannister addressed the Criminal Evidence (witness anonymity) Amendment Bill, 2018 in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

He described the Bill as a “very critical” amendment to criminal law, which is meant to make a difference for all who have respect for the rule of law...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs chairs “Windrush” meeting at CHOGM - Apr 19, 2018 - 4:11:10 PM


The Bahamas’ Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield walked into a busy schedule of Pre-CHOGM Meeting of the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers.

“It’s been a very busy agenda in London, straight from the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru (April 13-14) Mr. Henfield said.

The first thing the Minister did was chair a caucus between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the British Government on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting...
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Norway's Ambassador presents Letters of Credence at Government House - Apr 19, 2018 - 3:32:39 PM

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Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, received Her Excellency Ingrid Mollestad, Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Norway to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, during a Presentation of Credentials ceremony at Government House on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  The Governor General is pictured left, extending a hand in official greeting. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...
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SRC hosts Gambling Addiction Symposium - Apr 19, 2018 - 3:13:45 PM

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The serious effects of gambling and its impact on the well-being of a person’s mental and physical health and productivity in the workplace, were some of the items discussed at the recently held Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre’s Overcoming Gambling Addiction Symposium held last week under the theme, “Gambling: Fun or Addiction.” 

The inaugural symposium was designed to raise the level of awareness surrounding gambling in the workplace and community; and bring together clinicians from various health sectors and addiction fields to develop a better understanding of what ‘problem gambling’ and ‘gambling disorders’ are...
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PM Minnis greets British Prime Minister and Commonwealth Secretary General - Apr 19, 2018 - 2:33:49 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis greets United Kingdom's Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, centre, and Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC at St. James's Palace following formal opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Thursday, April 19, 2018. 

(BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)...
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PM Minnis has chat with Prime Minister of Singapore at CHOGM - Apr 19, 2018 - 2:28:24 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis convened a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of Singapore, the Hon. Lee Hsien Loong to discuss deepening relations and enhancing cooperation on areas of mutual interest.  The leaders are currently participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), April 16-20, 2018 in London, England.

(BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe)...
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PM Minnis walks with other leaders to CHOGM Executive Session - Apr 19, 2018 - 2:20:58 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis  departed St. James’s Palace for Lancaster House on foot, with other leaders, for a CHOGM Executive Session 1 [Review and adoption of Agenda; presentations by UK Foreign Secretary, CMAG Chair and Secretary General on her Biennial Report; and discussions on 'A Fairer Future'].

(BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)...
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Women’s issues front and centre stage at CHOGM 18 - Apr 18, 2018 - 9:31:26 PM

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The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is intently involved in the discussion on empowering women and girls in all aspects of personal and community development – at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.

According to Minister of Social Services and Urban Development the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, The Bahamas has certainly made strides in these areas, although there is much more to be done.

The Minister, and Mrs. Patricia Minnis, wife of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, attended three days of sessions at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum...
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Toddlers have fun at Literacy Fair - Apr 18, 2018 - 8:43:46 PM

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The toddlers seemed oblivious to the scorching sun as they sang, listened to ‘Once Upon A Time’ stories and played on the courtyard of Willard Patton School as the Department of Education hosted a Literacy Fair, Wednesday, April 18.

The 15th Annual Pre-School Week is being observed. “Let the Children Play” is this year's theme.

Twenty-two government pre-schools and one private pre-school participated in the Literacy Fair.  The day’s activities included a puppet show, music and movement, bingo, gingerbread show and story time...
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Minister Dames: Amendment to Witness Anonymity Act not an attempt to infringe on rights of the accused - Apr 18, 2018 - 7:29:31 PM

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During his seconding of the amendment to the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Act, 2011, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said, on April 18, 2018, that it is not an attempt to infringe on the rights of the accused for a fair trial, but a means to ensure that the rights of witnesses are equally protected, which, he noted, is considered to be the foundation of successful criminal justice systems.

“The Criminal Justice System is one that operates under the tenets of fairness and balance,” Minister Dames said in the House of Assembly...
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Bahamas Environment Minister to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting - Apr 18, 2018 - 7:05:01 PM

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Statement by The Minister of Environment and Housing, The Hon. Romauld Ferreira at Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting

Since 2015, the Bahamas has been impacted by three major hurricanes (Joaquin, Matthew and Hurricane Irma)all of which have caused a tremendous amount of damage to homes, roadways and critical infrastructure needed to sustain economic growth and modernization.

In wake of the 2017 hurricane season, the Caribbean community has pledged to focus efforts on building climate-resilient communities. most recently, The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a report..
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Ministry of Financial Services launches first round of World Trade Organization Consultations - Apr 18, 2018 - 12:56:12 PM

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Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette, officially opened meetings with stakeholders for the first round of World Trade Organization (WTO) consultations. During a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday, 16th April, Minister Symonette said that ascension to the WTO would be beneficial to the country...
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Bahamas Red Cross Executives call on Minister Symonette - Apr 18, 2018 - 12:43:24 PM

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The President and Executives of the Bahamas Red Cross Society paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette on Monday morning at the Ministry.  Pictured from left: Craig Tony Gomez, president; Gwen Reid, committee member; Minister Symonette; Caroline Turnquest, director general; Cyndi Williams-Rahming, fundraising chairperson; and Vincent Wallace-Whitfield, legal adivsor. 

(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)... 
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DPM announced upcoming meeting series on anti-money laundering/countering financing of terrorism - Apr 18, 2018 - 12:24:39 PM

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said The Bahamas Government is legislating to ensure that the country continues to meet international expectations for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.

“We also support our financial regulators, as they supervise their licensed entities in a fashion calculated to minimise financial crime,” DPM Turnquest said at a press conference at the Ministry of Finance, April 12, 2018..
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Minister Symonette remarks to World Trade Organization (WTO) Consultations - Apr 17, 2018 - 11:38:54 PM

In the year 2000, The Bahamas obtained observer status in the world trade organization which permitted The Bahamas to become acquainted with the rules and procedures of the world trade organization (WTO).  It also enabled The Bahamas to prepare for and begin negotiations for accession to the WTO. In 2001, The Bahamas applied for full membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The decision to apply for membership in 2001 was based upon the following rationale:

The Bahamian economy was largely integrated into the global economy; driven largely by its tourism and financial services sectors with their global reach...
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