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Prime Minister Minnis discusses immigration challenges with European Union Commissioner - Nov 17, 2019 - 8:50:45 PM

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In a meeting with the European Commissioner responsible for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis outlined challenges faced by The Bahamas as it relates to illegal migrants.

Prime Minister Minnis highlighted the state of the country’s already stretched social resources faced by the Government and its impact on the country, the Bahamas Government’s strategy to prevent the re-establishment of unsafe shanty towns and the importance of protecting the country’s borders...
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Lyford Cay Foundation Celebrates 50 Years - Nov 15, 2019 - 3:08:40 PM

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His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General (first pew), and Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (second pew, far right) attend the Lyford Cay Foundation's Service of Thanksgiving celebrating their 50th Anniversary at Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral on Thursday, November 14, 2019.  

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
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Waltiea Discusses Inaugural 'Bahamas Hoopfest' at Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture - Nov 15, 2019 - 1:25:37 PM

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The Bahamas’ first player to participate in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Waltiea Rolle paid a courtesy call on Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, at the Ministry, on November 13, 2019.  Also present at the courtesy call were Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture David Cates, Under Secretary Montez Williams; Director of Sports Timothy Munnings, Honourary Lifetime Member of the IAAF Pauline Davis-Thompson, Ken Wilson of the Sports Division, Co-Founder of Hoopfest Marvin Henfield and Director of Event Planning Wilton Russell...
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Urban Renewal Thanksgiving Service & Grocery Distribution at Pilgrim Baptist Temple - Nov 15, 2019 - 12:15:20 PM

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Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development with the Urban Renewal Commission held Thanksgiving Service and Grocery Distribution at Pilgrim Baptist Temple Hall, on Thursday November 14, 2019.  Pastor Leroy Major gave words of encouragement, and Senator the Hon. Jamal Moss also spoke to uplift and cheer.

(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)...
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Malawi's Dr. Brave Ndisale call on Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs - Nov 15, 2019 - 9:55:28 AM

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Dr. Brave Rona Ndisale, Candidate of The Republic of Malawi for the post of Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States (right), paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Darren Henfield, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Also pictured is Her Excellency Maria O’Brien, Bahamas Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union, Wednesday 13th November 2019 at the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the Kingdom of Belgium and Mission to the European Union. 

(BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)...
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Miss World Visited Abaco, Greeted Children at Amy Rogers Primary School in Green Turtle Cay - Nov 14, 2019 - 4:30:21 PM

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Miss World 2018, Vanessa Ponce de Leon, paid a visit to storm-ravaged Abaco, November 13, 2019.  While in Abaco, she visited Amy Rogers Primary School in Green Turtle Cay.  Currently, 24 students are enrolled at the school.  Miss World was accompanied by Miss World Bahamas, Nyah Bandelier.  This is the first time ever that a reigning Miss World has visited The Bahamas.  Miss Ponce de Leon is pictured with Miss Bandelier, school and local officials during the visit, and with the children in their classroom.

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
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87 Haitian Migrants apprehended in Great Inagua - Nov 14, 2019 - 4:20:17 PM

A total eighty-seven (87) migrants, inclusive of (26) Females, (59) Males and (2) minors were turned over to the Department of Immigration at Matthew Town last evening by Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and United States Coast Guard Cutter, Diligence. This group was detected by Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) while on a routine patrol in waters on the southeastern end of Great Inagua...
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Simone Fitzcharles Sworn In as Acting President of the Industrial Tribunal - Nov 14, 2019 - 2:47:59 PM

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Simone Fitzcharles was sworn in as Acting President of the Industrial Tribunal by His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General, during a brief ceremony at Government House on Thursday, November 14, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
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Bahamas Diabetic Association call on the Governor General - Nov 14, 2019 - 2:10:45 PM

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His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General, welcomed Executives of the Bahamas Diabetic Association in a courtesy call in recognition of  World Diabetes Day at Government House on Thursday, November 14, 2019. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...
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Chief Justice Mr. Brian M. Moree, Q.C. attended Regional Heads of Judiciary Meeting - Nov 14, 2019 - 12:26:27 PM

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The 6th Biennial Conference of the Caribbean Judicial Officers (“CAJO”) was held in Belize City, Belize from October 31 through November 2, 2019 under the theme “Judicial Integrity – The Pathway to Public Trust and Confidence”.  Over 150 judicial officers, including Chief Justices, Justices, Registrars, Magistrates and Court Administrators from throughout the Caribbean were in attendance.

The Honourable Chief Justice Mr. Brian M. Moree, Q.C. attended the regional Heads of Judiciary meeting, which convened the day prior to the start of the Conference... 
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Prime Minister Minnis urges ACP countries to intensify response to climate emergency - Nov 14, 2019 - 11:10:24 AM

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Vulnerable areas in the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States must collectively and urgently intensify its response to the climate emergency Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis told ACP Ambassadors today.

The Prime Minister made the plea while addressing the 925th Meeting of the Committee of Ambassadors of the ACP at ACP House on Thursday 14 November.

Pointing to the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian that destroyed swathes of Abaco and Grand Bahama, and the Category 3 tropical Cyclone Idai...
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Zimbabwe's Tadeous Chifamba call on Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister Henfield - Nov 13, 2019 - 9:23:56 PM

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H.E. Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba, Candidate of The Republic of Zimbabwe for the post of Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States (left) paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Darren Henfield, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Maria O’Brien, Bahamas Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union, November 13, 2019 at the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  (BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)
Sports
2020 Great Abaco Classic to be played at The Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar - Nov 13, 2019 - 4:32:49 PM

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bdG Sports, an international sports management company, announced today that the 2020 The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic will be moved to Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar due to Hurricane Dorian’s impact on Great Abaco.

The Korn Ferry Tour tournament, which features 132 professionals vying in the year-long series to earn their PGA TOUR card, will be played Jan...
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Prime Minister Minnis: New Belgium Embassy and EU Mission to strengthen Bahamas’ position in global economy - Nov 13, 2019 - 3:54:38 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today officially opened The Bahamas Embassy and Mission to the European Union (EU), hailing the move as a way to deepen relations with the EU and strengthen the country’s position in the global economy.

The opening marks a milestone for The Bahamas by increasing the country’s profile on continental Europe and signalling that The Bahamas is open for business, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian...
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The Government Kicks Off its Digital Transformation to Strengthen Competitiveness Workshop - Nov 13, 2019 - 2:27:07 PM

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Acting Prime Minister the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest and the Minister of State in the Ministry for Grand Bahama Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson attended the Official Opening of the Kick Off Workshop of the Government Digital Transformation to Strengthen Competitiveness organized by the Office of the Prime Minister Department of Transformation and Digitalization in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank at the British Colonial Hilton, Wednesday, November 13, 2019...
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HE Georges Rebelo Chikoti of Angola call on Foreign Affairs Minister Henfield - Nov 13, 2019 - 10:04:35 AM

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H.E. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, Candidate of The Republic of Angola for the post of Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States (centre) paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Darren Henfield, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Also present was H.E. Maria O’Brien, Bahamas Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union, November 13, 2019 at the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. 

(BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)...
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Cookie bakery receives funding through the Access Accelerator/SBDC - Nov 13, 2019 - 6:20:43 AM

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The Cookie Caterer successfully obtained $75,000 in loan investments from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) through the Access Accelerator, Small Business Development Centre (SBDC).

The Cookie Caterer is a local bakery that sells and specialises in homemade, freshly baked cookies with an option for customisation and delivery directly to the customer.
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Prime Minister Minnis and Delegation Greet the Bahamas Ambassador In Belgium - Nov 12, 2019 - 8:40:02 PM

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Prime Minister Minnis has arrived in Brussels, Belgium, to officially open the Bahamas Embassy and Mission to the European Union. “This Mission will enhance our diplomatic, economic, touristic and cultural ties with the EU and Belgium,” said the Prime Minister. 

Ambassador of The Bahamas to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union, Her Excellency Maria A. O'Brien chats with Prime Minister Minnis and is pictured with the Bahamas delegation, from left: Minister Elsworth Johnson, Minister Darren Henfield, Prime Minister Minnis, and Minister Carl Bethel...
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Bahamas Department of Correctional Services Medal Ceremony for long service and good conduct - Nov 12, 2019 - 3:00:51 PM

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Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith (front row, centre) presented officers of the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services with medals for Long Service and Good Conduct during an award ceremony on the Lower Grounds of Government House on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  Minster of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames gave an address.  To the left of the Governor General is Minister of National Security Marvin Dames; and to the right of the Governor General, Department of Correctional Services Commissioner Charles Murphy.  At second left is National Security Permanent Secretary (Actg.) Eugene Poitier...  
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Minister of State Iram Lewis and Assessment Team View Adherence to Building Code in Abaco - Nov 12, 2019 - 2:26:23 PM

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Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis along with architects, engineers and planners from the Ministry of Public Works, Grand Bahama Port Authority, the University of Miami, private firms of South Florida, members of the Architects Board and the former Chief Housing Officer, traveled to Abaco November 11, 2019 to assess damaged and destroyed buildings, Marsh Harbour to Cooper's Town; and review adherence to the building code, among factors contributing to the large scale of destruction by Hurricane Dorian...
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