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"We Care Committee" Assists Colleagues with Medical Expenses - Nov 26, 2014 - 5:17:03 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Members of The Public Treasury Social Club "We Care Committee" held a fund-raising Steak Out & Mini Fair in June to raise monies to assist three of their colleagues who face the challenge of serious medical illness and steep medical bills.  The colleagues were presented with cheques on Friday, November 21, 2014.

Pictured standing from left: Jennifer Carey, Deborah Hanna, Garvell Johnson, Eugenia Cartwright, Sandra Archer, Michelle Brennen and Arlene Barry.  Beneficiaries of medical assistance, sitting from left: Natasha Strachan, Lavardo Lewis, and Sharon Pollard.  
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Bahamas Education Minister remarks at Naomi Blatch Preschool Regrading Ceremony‏ - Nov 26, 2014 - 1:40:07 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  Remarks By The Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald Minister Of Education, Science And Technology at The Official Regrading of Naomi Blatch Primary School to Naomi Blatch Preschool at The Naomi Blatch Preschool Baillou & John Roads Monday, 24th November, 2014:

Today is a testament of the priority of education at all levels. Both the Ministry and Department of Education has placed a high value on early childhood education and has made it of utmost importance to ensure that preschoolers receive a quality education that truly prepares them for grade school...
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Prison Fellowship Bahamas calls on Governor General of The Bahamas - Nov 26, 2014 - 1:02:13 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prison Fellowship Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House, November 25. 

Pictured sitting from left: Rhoda Bain, Director of Volunteers; Rev. Eric Josey, Executive Director; Dame Marguerite Pindling; Minister Sands, President; and Dr. Olga A. Clarke, former Executive Director...
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Grand Bahama Nov. 9 plane crash preliminary report complete - Nov 25, 2014 - 5:41:25 PM

The public is advised that the Department of Civil Aviation is now in possession of a Preliminary Report on the Freeport, Grand Bahama aircraft crash which took the lives of nine persons, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th, 2014. The narrative of that report is now being released by that Department. The report was prepared by the Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit (AAIPU) of the Department on November 20th, 2014, and it contains specifics on the aircraft and crew, and on the weather conditions and flight details.

According to the AAIPU report, both pilots Captain Stanley Thurston, and First Officer Frahkan Cooper were licensed and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, and were in possession of valid first class medical certificates, which were issued in November, 2014. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed upon the departure of the aircraft from Odyssey Aviation...
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Minister Griffin Visits Grand Bahama In Celebration of National Women’s Week 2014 - Nov 25, 2014 - 5:14:15 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin and a delegation from New Providence visited Grand Bahama on Monday in celebration of National Women’s Week 2014.

At a press briefing at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, Minister Griffin said the theme for the week is “Equality for Women is Progress for All” -- a spin on the UN International Women’s Day in March. She said the theme reflects current issues in the country “in speaking to equality for women in our Constitution, and we are aware that women’s rights are human rights; we have the Constitutional Amendments before Parliament and we hope to have them passed very soon...”

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40 Years of The Bahamas and Cuba Diplomatic Relations - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:58:08 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and The Republic of Cuba celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations with a Reception held at Hotel RIU Palace Paradise Island on Monday, November 24.

The Bahamas and Cuba officially established diplomatic relations on November 30, 1974 and since then, the two countries have signed a number of agreements beneficial to both countries.

Notable among the various agreements has been collaboration in health and education...

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Bahamas Minister Griffin on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:44:05 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, M.P., Minister Of Social Services & Community Development, on the International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2015):

Women activists against violence against women have recognized November 25th as a day against violence since 1981 as a result of the brutal assault in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic on orders of the Head of State, Rafael Trujillo. It was in 1999 that the United Nations General Assembly designated 25th November as the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and invited governments, international organizations and Non-governmental Organizations...
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LPIA's New Radar Control Tower Near Completion - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:29:25 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The new radar control tower, located at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, is almost 90 percent complete. The $14 million installation and other infrastructure are nearing final stages of completion and are expected to be in operation by spring of next year. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie lead a delegation of Cabinet Ministers and Government Officials to view the new installation.

“It is one thing to speak of transformation but it is another to come in and observe transformation in process,” said Mr. Christie. “Today, what we are witnessing is a dramatic change in what we had in the past..."
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Kingdom of Morocco Ambassador‏ calls on Minisrty of Foreign Affairs and Immigration - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:22:50 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - His Excellency Mohammed Benjilany, the Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, left, made a courtesy call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, November 24 to present his copie d’usage of his Letters of Credence.  He was greeted by Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works the Hon. Philip Davis...
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The Bahamas Government writes to Jamaican Observer - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:20:09 PM

Nassau,  Bahamas - The following Letter to The Editor has been written to the Jamaica Observer about an article on the immigration policy of The Bahamas government. It is released to the Bahamian public for general information:

The story contains a number of assertions for which we should provide the facts as we know them to be for the record about the Immigration policies of the Bahamas Government.

We are concerned that the Jamaica Observer seems to have accepted uncritically as statements of fact, what we believe we can objectively show are inaccurate and inflammatory statements by the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association.
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Pre-Paid Card is Revolutionary and Forerunner of Safety Net Reform - Nov 25, 2014 - 9:04:58 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The introduction of pre-paid Visa cards for persons eligible for Social Service benefits was described as “revolutionary” by Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin, during a visit to Grand Bahama on Monday. She said the pre-paid card programme is innovative, and the first phase of the effort to implement safety net reform.

While at a press briefing at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, the Minister described the introduction of the pre-paid Visa card, which was launched last week in Nassau...

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Bahamas Minister of Social Services, launches “Women’s Week” - Nov 24, 2014 - 7:51:39 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services, launched “Women’s Week” with remarks at the morning worship service at the Church of God of Prophecy, East Street, on Sunday.  Pictured are women in attendance to mark the start of the special week, November 23 to 29...
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Bahamas works towards implementation of national health insurance - Nov 24, 2014 - 3:07:26 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – In congratulating retiring health care workers in Grand Bahama, Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service, the Hon. D. Shane Gibson stated that the Government of The Bahamas is working towards the establishment of National Health Insurance. He noted, “this is a pivotal time in our country – as we look at recent reports in 2010, they said over 600 persons died as a result of not having access to affordable health care.”

Minister Gibson was guest speaker at the Grand Bahama Health Services Retirement Dinner held Friday at Le Chateau on the Green in Freeport.

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Sir Clifford Darling Heritage Festival Awards Recipients visit Governor General - Nov 24, 2014 - 2:57:58 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, centre, welcomed recipients of the Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Citizens Awards of the Sir Clifford Darling Heritage Festival in a courtesy call at Government House, November 24.  Lady Darling is seated next to the Governor General. 
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Top selling Brownies awarded after “Cookie Week” in the Bahamas - Nov 24, 2014 - 1:29:27 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, presented an award to the Brownies who sold the most cookies during “Cookie Week” at the Bahamas Girl Guides Association Annual General Meeting Saturday, November 23, at Government House.  

The Bahamas Girl Guides Association celebrates ‘100 Years of Influencing Lives,’ this year.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
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One Bahamas Church Service‏ Held - Nov 24, 2014 - 1:01:27 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (left) attended the celebration of One Bahamas in Sunday morning worship service at Ebenezer Methodist Church, November 23. 

Also taking part were former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes (right). 

Co-Chairman of the One Bahamas Committee and former Governor General, Sir Orville Turnquest, spoke at the service...
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Kamalamee Honours visits Bahamas Governor General - Nov 24, 2014 - 12:21:25 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- C. McMahon Campbell, co-founder and producer of the Kamalamee Honours, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, November 21, to present Dame Marguerite with 2013 and 2014 Kamalamee Honours portraits, at Government House.  

For the past 4 years The Kamalamee Organization has inducted hundreds of outstanding Bahamians and Bahamian residents to its Bahamian Heroes Honours collection and online database at

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Bahamas Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive Kick-Off - Nov 24, 2014 - 11:45:02 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, made the first donation to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive at the Mall at Marathon on Saturday, launching the annual effort that organizes a battalion of Bell Ringers to raise funds for its causes.

At this 2014 launch, Dame Marguerite brought remarks in support of the Kettle Drive and the work of the Salvation Army.

She is pictured with Salvation Army Bell Ringers and, at right, Divisional Commander Major Lester Ferguson. The Salvation Army in The Bahamas has a Food Programme, Family Services, Women’s Shelter, Thrift Store...
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Bahamas Children’s Registry Expected to Play Key Role in Reducing Abuse - Nov 24, 2014 - 1:27:00 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Officials at the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development are "well on the way" towards establishing a Children's Registry in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Registry will be responsible for receiving, recording and referring reports of child abuse to the Child Protection Unit of the Department of Social Services and to the Police.

Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said the establishment of the Children's Registry is one of a number of measures the Government of The Bahamas has undertaken, or will undertake, to ensure the protection of children in The Bahamas, while reducing the incidences of child abuse within the country.,,
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Foreign Affairs Minister meets with IOM representatives - Nov 23, 2014 - 3:02:47 PM

The Ambassador was accompanied by Ms. Aqueda Marin, Regional Technical Specialist of Counter-trafficking and the Minister was joined by Mrs. Cleola Hamilton, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and the Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and the Dept. of Immigration.

The Courtesy Call provided an opportunity for both the Minister and Ambassador to have a frank conversation on irregular Migration in The Bahamas pursuant to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Bahamas and the International Organization for Migration in September during the 69th United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change...
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