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Minister Dames Meets with Grand Bahama Youth Group - Jul 20, 2019 - 9:01:18 AM

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames (centre in the suit) poses with facilitators and participants of the Grand Bahama-based Reach-Out Youth Organization during a courtesy call at his Ministry, Thursday, July 18, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Eric Rose)...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Henfield meets with U. S. Secretary of State - Jul 19, 2019 - 10:25:08 PM

Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield met with U. S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, July 19, 2019.  During the meeting, the two discussed bilateral security cooperation through Operation Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. The Secretary expressed appreciation for the role The Bahamas has played in making the Caribbean safer.  He also thanked the Foreign Minister for the strong leadership of The Bahamas in preserving democracy in the region, particularly in Venezuela and Nicaragua...
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Memorial Service held for Former Students of Anatol Rodgers - Jul 19, 2019 - 7:40:14 PM

Administrators, students and teachers of Anatol Rodgers Senior High School along with family and representatives of the neighbouring religious community remembered three former students of the school during a special Memorial Service held in their honour.

The students, Leo Dorcely, Cornell Edward and Dustin Ranger, all lost their lives within the past three weeks. Dorcely was killed in a hit and run accident, Cornell Edwards allegedly committed suicide and Dustin Ranger lost his life in an alleged drowning incident...
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Foreign Affairs Minister attended Second Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial Conference - Jul 19, 2019 - 4:35:11 PM

The Bahamas was represented at the Second Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial Conference convened from 18th to 19th July 2019, in Buenos Aries, Argentina, by a delegation led by the Hon. Darren A. Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs, supported by ASP Harris-Cash, Ministry of National Security and Foreign Service Officer, Mrs. Sherry Johnson-Deal. Participants in the Conference included Ministers of Foreign Affairs and competent national authorities in the field of counterterrorism...
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Financial Services Minister Speaks at a Luncheon hosted by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Jul 19, 2019 - 3:20:29 PM

Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Investment and Immigration, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson delivered remarks during a luncheon hosted by the Charted Institute of Arbitrators. The event was held at Luciano’s Restaurant, Thursday, July 18, 2019. The Minister was invited to the luncheon to state the country’s position on arbitration as the Government moves to create an arbitration centre on Grand Bahama in the near future. The Institute’s 2019 Executive committee was also installed.

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
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Governor General brings remarks at the Reception held for Caribbean Plant Health Directors - Jul 19, 2019 - 11:28:13 AM

Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith brought remarks at the reception held for the Caribbean Plant Health Directors at Government House, Thursday, July 18.  His Excellency later greeted those attending the reception. 

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...   

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Urban Renewal Summer Camp participants get educated on the topic of trafficking in children - Jul 18, 2019 - 7:15:24 PM

First Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of National Security and Co-Chair of the Ministry of National Security's Trafficking in Persons Inter-Ministry Committee, Susanne Knowles was joined by Secretary of the Trafficking In Persons Secretariat Corrections, Corporal Keva Sherman in speaking to Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal Summer Camp participants on the topic of trafficking in children at Woodcock Primary on Wednesday, July 16, 2019.  Their age-appropriate presentations dealt with topics such as getting in cars with strangers, signs that other children could be in danger, being careful with interactions online...
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Governor General Hosts Luncheon in Honour of Former Governors General - Jul 18, 2019 - 3:10:00 PM

- Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith hosted a luncheon in honour of former Governors General in the Dining Room at Government House, Thursday, July 18, 2019.  Pictured from left: Dame Ivy Dumont; H. E. Cornelius A. Smith; Dame Marguerite Pindling and Sir Arthur Foulkes. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
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Minister of Tourism chats with vendors at Straw Market - Jul 17, 2019 - 10:16:37 PM

The Hon Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, and Travis Robinson, MP for Bain and Grants Town toured the Straw Market, downtown, July 17, 2019. 

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
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US Charge d'Affaires call on the Governor General - Jul 17, 2019 - 7:47:17 PM

US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Stephanie Bowers paid a courtesy call on Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith at Government House, July 17, 2019. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)

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Access Accelerator clients recieve Accelerated Access to Crown Land - Jul 17, 2019 - 6:15:54 PM

On Monday, July 8th, the SBDC held its first Entrepreneurship Summer Success series entitled “Access to Crown Land” with keynote speaker Debbie Strachan, Senior Deputy General Manager of BAIC. The event covered the process and regulations for leasing of crown land for businesses, which Strachan described as “every Bahamian’s inheritance”.

During the event, Chairman of BAIC, Bishop Gregory Collie, expressed his desire to see areas of New Providence developed by businesses.

“We are happy to be partnering with the SBDC. As the Executive Director, (Davinia Blair), mentioned, we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, and we are both excited," said Collie...
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Letter of Apology from Liberty Latin America - Jul 17, 2019 - 5:15:28 PM

Please see enclosed letter of apology to the Prime Minister and Citizens of The Bahamas from Mr. Balan Nair, President and CEO, Liberty Latin America:

Dear Mr. Prime Minister and the Citizens of Bahamas:

First and foremost. I would like Lo apologize for the remarks I made and the unintended consequences that have arisen as a result or my comments. The messages I was trying to convey did not come across appropriately. have hurt many feelings. and for that I am sorry. I meant no disrespect to the Prime Minister...
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NTA Holds First Graduation as ILM-Approved Centre - Jul 17, 2019 - 2:10:35 PM

Five adult graduates made history as they became the first to receive certifications from the National Training Agency (NTA) since its approval as an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) City & Guilds Centre.
Tonya Rolle, Fredericka Bowe, Ian Rolle, Demetrius Todd and Brendalee Knowles received special pins and certificates in leadership and team skills level II during a graduation ceremony, Monday, July 15, 2019...
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Office of the Prime Minister on comments made by Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Latin America - Jul 16, 2019 - 10:23:03 PM

I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by the distasteful and insulting comments made by Mr. Balan Nair, Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Latin America, the parent company of BTC.

The comments contained in video clips making the rounds on social media represent a troubling mindset and extraordinarily poor judgment...
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PM Minnis focusing on empowering smaller businesses; honours hospitality professionals - Jul 16, 2019 - 9:00:10 PM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said his government is focusing on ensuring smaller companies have access to capital as a means of economic empowerment.

He made the statement while addressing the Former Hospitality Professionals Awards Banquet on the evening of Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Melià Nassau Beach resort, Cable Beach.

The association honoured trailblazers in the tourism and hospitality industry for their hard work and dedication...
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Finance Team Attends IDB Meetings in Ecuador - Jul 16, 2019 - 8:50:15 PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest (IDB Governor), Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson (Alternate IDB Governor), Deputy Financial Secretary Cherran O’Brien, and Ministry of Finance Economist Laron Neely are pictured attending the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, which is being held July 17 to 18, 2019 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Pictured: Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest at the forum; and his team -- Mrs. O'Brien; Mr. Johnson and Mr. Neely (seated behind)...

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Letters of Credence Presented by Bahamas Ambassador to the European Union - Jul 16, 2019 - 6:28:30 PM

Ambassador of The Bahamas to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union, Her Excellency Maria A. O'Brien presented Letters of Credence formally accrediting her as the Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the European Union on Tuesday, 16 July, 2019.  The Letters of Credence were presented to His Excellency Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, at Europa Building, Brussels, Belgium.  The President of the Council also accepted the Letters of Credence from Ambassador O'Brien on behalf of the President of the European Commission.
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Bahamas Represented at Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference - Jul 16, 2019 - 4:10:00 PM

Mr. Don Saunders, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ms. Shonel Ferguson, Government Whip and Delegation Leader, and Mr. Chester Cooper, Deputy Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, attended the Formal Opening Ceremony of the 44th Annual Conference of the Caribbean, Americas, and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association under the conference theme, "Globalization and Nationalism: Quo Vadis...
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Youth from North Andros and New Providence Experienced BAMSI’s 3rd Summer Camp for Teens - Jul 16, 2019 - 3:50:35 PM

BAMSI’s SUMMER EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT DISCOVERY SERIES (SEEDS) attracted teens from North Andros and New Providence.  This year the camp focused on the impact of climate change on: agriculture, marine resources and communities. To gain a better understanding of the unique challenges brought about by climate change in the Bahamas, participants visited Miss Marshall’s Yard in Red Bays to understand the impact of forest fires on the community’s straw handcrafts; shorter growing seasons for common crops such as cabbages and tomatoes; as well as the decreasing number of crabs harvested over the past few years... 
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UWI Chancellor Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Education - Jul 16, 2019 - 3:01:59 PM

Paying a courtesy call on Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd on Monday, July 16, 2019 was Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Robert Bermudez. Among the delegation were UWI President Missouri Sherman, Alumni Affairs Director Celia Davidson, UWI Head of Hospitality Dr. Michelle McLeod, UWI Bursar Howard Pearce, UWI Alumnus and Secretary Troy Oliver and UWI Alumnus Dr. Robin Roberts. Ministry of Education (MOE) officials present included Permanent Secretary Lorraine Armbrister, Under Secretary Serethea Clarke, Deputy Director of Education for Curriculum Sharon Poitier, and Financial Controller Joan Darling...
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