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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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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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Workshop for Passport Office Staff - Jul 16, 2019 - 2:34:13 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Transformation and Digitization of the Office of the Prime Minister, held a workshop for Passport Office staff on Saturday 6th July 2019 in the training room of Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre on Cable Beach. Staff members of the Passport Offices in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco attended the workshop.  Other staff members participated via teleconference --  Consular officers of Bahamas Overseas Missions in Atlanta and Ottawa participated via video-conferencing.  A staff member of the Bahamas Embassy in China was present at the workshop in Nassau...
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NEMA conducts community emergency response training exercises - Jul 16, 2019 - 1:45:57 PM

The CERT is a programme which educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their immediate surroundings and trains them in basis disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

For these types of training, NEMA has partnered with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security...
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The PM Minnis attends the Funeral of Matriarch Steave Elmira Harris - Jul 15, 2019 - 7:56:30 PM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis (front row, left), Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, and Parliamentary Secretary Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe attended the Service of Thanksgiving and Home Going Celebration for Matriarch Steave Elmira Harris, the mother of Bahamas Information Services Director General Kevin Harris, on Sunday afternoon, July 14, 2019 at St. George's Anglican Church.  The service was officiated by the Reverend Fr. Scott Brennen, Rector of St. George's, assisted by the Venerable G. Kingsley Knowles, Rector of Christ the King Anglican Church, Archdeacon of East Central Bahamas...
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Bahamas Maritime Authority Visits ACP in Brussels - Jul 15, 2019 - 4:32:28 PM

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) Board visited Brussels to deliver a letter from the Prime Minister to the Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).   Pictured from left: Captain Dwain Hutchinson, BMA Managing Director and CEO; Ambassador Denise Lewis-Johnson, BMA Chair; ACP Secretary-General Dr. Patrick Gomes; Kerry Bonamy, Head of Chancery, Bahamas Embassy to Belgium/Permanent Mission to EU; Viwanou Gnassounou, ACP Asst. Secretary-General...
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BOKA Vanguard Delivers Cruise Ship for repairs at GB Ship Yard - Jul 15, 2019 - 3:17:42 PM

The BOKA Vanguard, a semi-submersible heavy lift ship that can function as a floating dry dock, safely delivered the Carnival Vista cruise ship to the Grand Bahama Ship Yard for repairs on Saturday, July 13, 2019.  The cruise ship delivery by floating dry dock was a unique event, and Freeport, Grand Bahama, provided a backdrop for this historic occasion...
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PM Minnis thanks BNT for preserving the natural environment - Jul 15, 2019 - 2:31:44 PM

Thanking the Bahamas National Trust for preserving the natural environs of the country over the past 60 years, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis revealed further plans towards the protection of natural resources.

He was addressing the 60th Anniversary celebration of The Bahamas National Trust at its Retreat Gardens on Village Road, July 12, 2019...
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Theophilus Summer Camp Youth call on the Governor General - Jul 15, 2019 - 12:20:07 PM

Theophilus summer campers paid a courtesy call upon Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith at Government House, July 12, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
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PM Minnis attends BNT's 60th Anniversary Festivities - Jul 13, 2019 - 8:15:47 PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis attended the Bahamas National Trust's (BNT) 60th Anniversary Commemoration of the signing of the BNT Act, and brought remarks, at The Retreat Garden, Village Road, on Friday evening.  Festivities are pictured. 

(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)...
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Minister Wells Attends Commonwealth Meetings while in London - Jul 13, 2019 - 5:30:51 PM

Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Renward Wells, currently in London for International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings, as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs while there attended a Reception for Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Commonwealth hosted by Prince Charles at Clarence House Courtyard.  Minister Wells on Wednesday -- representing Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield -- attended the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) at Marlborough House...
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Teachers Go On a Farm Adventure - Jul 12, 2019 - 4:15:23 PM

Teachers got up close and personal with peacocks, chickens and goats as they explored Down To Earth Adventure Farm recently.

During the 1 ½ -hour adventure, the primary and high school educators pet and fed donkeys, learned about native plants, the 21-day egg hatching process and more. The field trip was a part of the Ministry of Education’s Summer Professional Development Workshops for Senior High School Social Science teachers...
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