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Bimini Students at Tech Summit - Nov 16, 2018 - 4:48:59 PM

Students and teachers of Louise McDonald High School, Bimini, were excited to be a part of the 2nd Grand Bahama Technology Summit, held at the Grand Lucayan, November 14-16. The students from Bimini joined a number of high school students of Grand Bahama who took part in the three-day summit.  District Superintendent of Education for West End and Bimini, Ivan Butler (centre) was on hand for a photo op with the teacher and students.  Students attending the summit were Maya Saunders, Breneisha Lindsay, Yavara Dean, Jadon Rolle, Brian Rolle and Obrianto McIntosh.  Teacher is Ms. Inez Nairn (fourth from right)...
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Teachers Key to Moving to Digital - Nov 16, 2018 - 3:34:15 PM

Teachers will be key to the success in ‘digitalizing’ learning institutions in the country, said Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd during the Grand Bahama Technology Summit on Friday, November 16, 2018.

Being held under the theme, “The Future is Now,” the summit was officially opened by Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis, on Wednesday. The event is being held at the Grand Lucayan and ends today.

Minister Lloyd further stated that the government’s education system is made up of 172 school campuses and 60 satellite buildings that provide support for schools all over the country’s islands and cays...
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Bishop Boyd and World Council of Churches Members call on Minister Symonette - Nov 16, 2018 - 3:32:23 PM

The Right Reverend Laish Boyd, Sr., Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands (second right) and members of the World Council of Churches paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette (third left) on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Ministry's offices. 

(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)...
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Tech Summit adds over half million dollars to GB economy - Nov 15, 2018 - 8:22:01 PM

According to Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, it has been estimated that the 2nd Grand Bahama Technology Summit has added over a half million dollars to the Grand Bahamian economy.

During his opening remarks at the 2nd Grand Bahama Technology Summit on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Grand Lucayan, Minister Thompson noted that the Summit has exceeded expectations, resulting in the Office of the Prime Minister having to close online registration due to spaces filling up quickly.

“For this we are truly thankful,” said Minister Thompson. “Our journey has just begun and we look forward to new initiatives in the coming months...
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“Bright Future” for Grand Bahama Amidst Tech Revolution - Nov 15, 2018 - 5:02:56 PM

“Grand Bahama has a very bright future” stated Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis, during a ‘Pop-up Chat’ with Parliamentary Secretary Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe on Wednesday, November 14.

Prime Minister Minnis had just completed opening remarks for the 2nd Grand Bahama Technology Summit at the Grand Lucayan when he was invited to sit for a brief interview with Mrs. Edgecombe...
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Minister Rolle Presents Junior Junkanoo Seed Monies, Lauds Programme - Nov 14, 2018 - 3:50:51 PM

During the Ceremony for the Junior Junkanoo Parades 2018-2019 Seed Monies Presentation, on November 12, 2018, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, said that Junkanoo is the conduit through which the creativity of the Bahamian is showcased, the story of the nation's heritage is told, and the imagination of its people is made manifest to the world.

“The Junior Junkanoo Parades of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas were established in 1988. And more than a parade, Junior Junkanoo is a living and breathing cultural experience which has developed into a vibrant cultural teaching and learning program that serves a multi-purpose,” Minister Rolle said...
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PM: “We are embarked on a dynamic new era of innovation and transformation in The Bahamas” - Nov 14, 2018 - 3:11:19 PM

Officially opening the 2nd Grand Bahama Technology Summit on Wednesday, November 14, Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis shared how government is using technology to improve many aspects of national life.

The three-day summit is now in session at the Grand Lucayan resort under the theme, ‘The Future is Now.’

The Prime Minister announced that the mission and commitment of The Bahamas to become a regional leader in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)...
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National Sports Month, Launched - Nov 14, 2018 - 2:36:58 PM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle officially launched National Sports Month, on November 12, 2018, at her Ministry. 
Along with a number of events to celebrate the month, Minister Rolle pointed out that the Signature Events will be the National Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, at Government House, on November 23, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.; and the National Sports Awards (by invitation only) at SuperClubs Breezes, on November 30, 2018, at 7p.m...
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National Cleanup Initiative Includes the Schools - Nov 14, 2018 - 1:09:52 PM

Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira launched his 'Be a Hero' national cleanup campaign with school visits at T.A. Thompson Junior High School, Gregory Street, and L.W. Young Junior High School, Bernard Road, at the start of the school day on Monday morning.   At school assemblies he encouraged young people to play an important part in creation of clean, green living environments in their communities...
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NHIA extends consultation period by 10 days due to high interest in new proposal for NHI - Nov 14, 2018 - 10:55:18 AM

In an effort to improve health outcomes for The Bahamas, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) launched a 45-day consultation period with stakeholders on October 23rd to discuss proposed changes to the program. Today, Dr. Robin Roberts, Chairman of the NHIA Board, announced that the consultation period will be extended by an additional 10 days to provide more communities and stakeholder groups with the opportunity to share their feedback about potential ways forward for the NHI program. This means that the 45-day consultation period...
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PM and Cabinet Impressed With Fusion Superplex – IMAX Theatre - Nov 13, 2018 - 8:46:57 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis led his Cabinet Ministers, Senators and Members of Parliament on a tour of Fusion Superplex, the multi-dimensional IMAX Theatre on Gladstone Road, overlooking the picturesque and serene Lake Cunningham.

And after about an hour’s tour of the 100,000 square-foot facility, which houses nine movie theatres inclusive of VIP sections, the Prime Minister said, he was very impressed with the business establishment owned by young Bahamians...
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Bahamas Press Club's Winners of Media Awards 2018 - Nov 13, 2018 - 8:35:12 PM

Proud prize winners at the Bahamas Press Club's Media Awards 2018 ceremonies are pictured at the British Colonial Hilton on Saturday evening, November 10, 2018.  The 4th annual industry awards presentation was under the theme, 'Celebrating 45 Years of Bahamian Media 1973-2018.'  All categories of media were recognized.  President of the Club, Anthony Capron, is pictured fourth, right.  'Person of the Year' went to Gold Medal Olympian Shaunae Miller-Uibo...
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Assistant OAS Secretary General call on Minister of National Security - Nov 13, 2018 - 6:57:55 PM

His Excellency Nestor Mendez (left), Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), paid a Courtesy Call on the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin H. Dames on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to discuss mutual undertakings relating to utilization of modern technology in the fight against crime. 

(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)...
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OAS Assistant Secretary General call on PM Minnis - Nov 13, 2018 - 6:50:35 PM

Courtesy Call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis (centre right) by the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States, H.E. Nestor Mendez at Cabinet Office today, Tuesday, 13 November 2018, Rawson Square.  Pictured from left: Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield, HE Nestor Mendez, Prime Minister Minnis, and Secretary to the Cabinet Camille Johnson. 

(BIS Photo/Yontalay Bowe)...
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Public Service Retirees Northern Region, Honoured - Nov 13, 2018 - 3:51:18 PM

Thirty-four retirees of the Public Service were honoured during an Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Grand Lucayan resort.  They were honoured during the 18th Northern Region Public Service Recognition of Retirees Appreciation Luncheon, held under the theme: 'The Public Service – Igniting a Positive Change for Future Generations.'  Following tributes from the various departments, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson (pictured centre right) gave brief remarks and introduced the Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance, the Hon. Brensil Rolle (centre left) who both commended and thanked the retirees for their years of dedicated service...
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Statement from Dr. Robin Roberts, Chairman of the NHIA Board - Nov 13, 2018 - 12:59:57 PM

On October 23rd, the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) announced the new proposed NHI program with expanded primary care services and a new high cost care program. We released to the public our policy paper,  “National Health Insurance: A Shared Responsibility”, making it available online as well.  With this announcement, we invited and have undertaken to date, extensive consultation with all stakeholders including members of the public at large...
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Principal appeals for opportunities for the deaf and hearing impaired as Deaf Awareness Week launched - Nov 12, 2018 - 7:30:16 PM

Sonja Rolle, Principal, Centre for the Deaf, underscored the need for hearing impaired individuals to become productive citizens of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas through employment, opportunities to express their feelings and opinions, and as a group, 'a place to call home.'

“Far too many of them face a life of unemployment or must labour as unskilled workers in jobs that offer no benefits or opportunities for advancement in this country...
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PM Minnis underscores importance of BICA In Furthering Economic Growth - Nov 12, 2018 - 6:47:20 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis underscored the importance of the relationship between the government and the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) in further economic development of the country.

He made the statement as he delivered the keynote address at the opening of BICA Week 2018 under the theme, ‘Effectively Transitioning in a Digital Environment: Staying Current on the Global Stage’ at Baha Mar Convention Centre on Monday, November 12...
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Health Minister Explains Government’s Concerns Over the Number of UWI Medical Students receiving Government Scholarships - Nov 12, 2018 - 3:41:41 PM

Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said there has been tremendous discussion about the government’s decision to raise questions of the 65 first-year medical students presenting themselves for matriculation on the University of the West Indies (UWI) Campuses earlier this year.
“It is important to understand the background. In the early days, the UWI would have had less than five or 10 students per year.  Over time the number crept up slowly and then about seven, eight or nine years ago it exploded,” Dr. Sands explained at the Bahamas Dental Association’s Biennial Scientific Conference held at the Public Hospitals Authority, Friday, November 9, 2018... 
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Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture Has Round Table Meeting with Junkanoo Leaders - Nov 12, 2018 - 2:35:52 PM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle held a round-table meeting for New Providence Junkanoo leaders, on November 8, 2018, at the British Colonial Hilton. Also taking part in the meeting were Acting Permanent Secretary Rhoda Jackson, Director of Culture Rowena Poitier-Sutherland and Deputy Director Dereka Deleveaux-Grant, Co-Chairs of the National Junkanoo Committee Dr. Dwight Marshall and Kishlane O’Brien, Chairman of the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence Silbert Ferguson, various Ministry staff members and selected group representatives.  Among the various topics discussed included ways to encourage Junkanoo groups to be more self-sustained, the development of the roles of young people and scholarships in each group...
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