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PM Minnis says Government Relentless in its Crime-Fighting Efforts - Jan 23, 2019 - 8:35:18 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis said his Government will be relentless in its efforts in reducing crime for a safer and secure Bahamas.

He was addressing the contract signing ceremony between the Ministry of National Security and ShotSpotter Technology, a US -based company known for its technology in detecting gunshots being fired, almost immediately, in criminal activities.

The aim is to put a dent in criminal activities in The Bahamas involving illegal guns. The technology, which cost an estimated $1.9 million...
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Minister Dames Lauds ShotSpotter Contract Signing - Jan 23, 2019 - 7:50:53 PM

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said the signing between The Bahamas Government and ShotSpotter Technology was evidence of the Government’s commitment towards fulfilling its promise to equip The Bahamas’ law enforcement agencies with the best available technologies, to assist in the protection of citizens, visitors and national security.

“When we came into office 20 months ago we immediately recognised the challenges faced and we remained focused on our commitment as a new Government to explore all measures possible, to assist in the reduction of the unacceptable levels of crime and to return our communities to sanctuaries of peace,” Minister Dames said during the contract signing ceremony held at the SLS Baha Mar on January 23, 2019...
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West Bay Street Road Rehabilitation Project Important Notice - Traffic Diversion - Jan 23, 2019 - 6:00:34 PM

West Bay Street between Blake Road and Tropical Gardens Road will be closed to traffic on Thursday, January 24th 2019 between the hours of 9:30am and 8:00pm. The motoring public is asked to adhere to all posted diversion routes. Provisions will be made to accommodate all necessary local traffic during the duration of the work.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused to the public during this period. For further information or assistance please contact any of the following:Bill Simmons Construction & Heavy Equipment Co. Ltd - Tel. 323-7920...
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62 Haitian Nationals Repatriated from Grand Bahama - Jan 23, 2019 - 12:49:40 PM

On Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at approximately 8:22AM, (62) Haitian nationals were repatriated from Freeport, Grand Bahama to Port-au-Prince, Haiti onboard a Bahamasair charter flight; under heavy escort by joint Law Enforcement Officers. 

This group of (62), comprised of (33) Haitian nationals who were arrested in New Providence for various Immigration Offences and (29) Haitian nationals from Grand Bahama of whom (25) were arraigned earlier this week in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court...
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Urgent Care Project launches Triage Toolkit Training - Jan 23, 2019 - 12:14:22 PM

Front-line clinical staff at the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department [PMH A&E], Elizabeth Estates Clinic [EEC], and South Beach Health Centre [SBHC] hosted a ‘triage tool belt training program’ as a part of the Urgent and Emergency Care Project launched by the Ministry of Health early last year. The training encompassed providing the tools needed to safely and efficiently classify patients presenting for care. The program trained participants on how to recognize warning signs/symptoms for classification by offering guidelines that specifically categorize patients according to their urgency in need to be seen for interventions and /or for further evaluations... 
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House to debate land resolution for affordable homes programme - Jan 22, 2019 - 10:57:44 PM

The Government will seek approval for the conveyance of 1.2 acres of land in the Fox Hill community under a resolution to be introduced in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, January 23.

The land will be developed for the sale of serviced lots, and is part of the Government’s commitment to develop new subdivisions to address the demand for affordable housing and homeownership...
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Ministry of Labour & Chamber of Commerce to strengthen partnership - Jan 22, 2019 - 4:27:09 PM

The Minister of Labour, Senator the Honourable Dion Foulkes and the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, Mr. Jeffrey Beckles both pledged to further strengthen the partnership that exists between the two organizations for the betterment of Bahamians and the local business community.

This renewed commitment came as Mr. Beckles made a courtesy call on Minister Foulkes on Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Minister’s office in Charlotte House on Shirley and Charlotte Streets. Minister Foulkes was accompanied by Ms. Cecilia Strachan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour.
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Labour Ministry signs contract to establish parameters for vehicle road-worthiness - Jan 22, 2019 - 1:03:56 PM

The Ministry of Labour has entered into a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) agreement with EAA Company Ltd. of Japan, to establish parameters for road-worthiness of all vehicles imported from Japan into The Bahamas.

The Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour, described the agreement as a “milestone achievement” during the contract signing ceremony Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Ministry of Labour, Charlotte and Shirley Streets...
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BAMSI adopts new business model in bid to gain economic stability - Jan 21, 2019 - 8:29:33 PM

IN A BID to streamline operational costs and increase the economic sustainability of the Institute, the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is redefining its business model and will focus solely on the wholesale sector, a move which is expected to translate into increased revenue by tens of thousands of dollars, a top official with BAMSI said. With the closure of its retail centre, though a popular spot for Bahamians to purchase locally grown, organic produce, BAMSI will be able to strengthen its financial position going forward.

President of BAMSI and chairman of the Board Tennyson Wells said at the heart of BAMSI’s change in outlook is the government’s decision to introduce new core objectives that will position BAMSI to pay for itself over the long term...
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Former Cabinet Minister, Ervin Knowles dies at 84 years - Jan 21, 2019 - 8:00:58 PM

Mr. Ervin Knowles, a former Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, has passed away at the age of 84 years.

Mr. Knowles was born in Nassau on May 17, 1934 to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Knowles.

He attended Eastern Junior and Senior schools, and St. John’s College in Nassau.

A building contractor and land developer, Mr. Knowles was first elected to Parliament in 1977 as a member of the Bahamian Democratic Party, but resigned from the party in June 1978...
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Labour Minister Signs Contract With EAA Company Limited from Japan - Jan 21, 2019 - 7:08:49 PM

The Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes along with Government officials signed a contract with EAA Company Limited from Japan on Monday, January 21, 2019 for the development and implementation of a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme  that would inspect all used vehicles being shipped from Japan prior to importation into The Bahamas.

Minister Foulkes explained that in early 2018, The Bahamas Bureau of Standards & Quality (BBSQ) decided to invite motor vehicle inspection specialists to provide an ‘Expression of Interest’ in working with them on the development and implementation of such a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) programme for used vehicles prior to importation into The Bahamas...
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German Ambassador Designate calls on Minister of National Security - Jan 21, 2019 - 7:00:23 PM

The Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security, welcomed His Excellency Dr. Bernd von Munchow-Pohl, German Ambassador Designate to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, January 21, 2019 during a Courtesy Call at the Ministry...
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Ministers tour Grand Bahama capital works nearing completion - Jan 21, 2019 - 6:00:53 PM

As some of the capital projects in Grand Bahama near completion, and some are still in the stages of development, frequent inspections by Government Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries continue to be carried out.

The latest visit took place Friday, January 18, 2019.

Led by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis, a team of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest; Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson and Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister...
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University of The Bahamas refutes involvement in Fyre Festival - Jan 21, 2019 - 4:54:21 PM

University of The Bahamas wishes to categorically refute a claim made in the recently released Netflix documentary entitled “Fyre The Greatest Party That Never Happened” which refers to the “head of University of The Bahamas”.

The President of the University was not directly or indirectly involved in any communication regarding the organization of the infamous Fyre Festival. The statement referencing the President is false and is categorically denied. Furthermore, the University never entered into any contractual relations with the event organizers...
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10-year-old Student Acknowledged for Work with Seniors - Jan 21, 2019 - 4:35:16 PM

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell told students of Queen’s College Primary Years that they have the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of others – even at their youthful ages.

Addressing a Special Assembly held in the Geoffrey Brown Auditorium, Queen’s College Campus (Friday, January 18), to honour ten-year-old Melania Nixon as 'Student of the Year' for her exemplary work with the elderly, Minister Campbell said he was excited “to be a part of something so extraordinary.”
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Economy adds over 2,000 ‘net’ new jobs in November 2018 Labour Force Report - Jan 21, 2019 - 4:12:54 PM

Preliminary results from the most recent Labour Force Survey shows 2,305 net new jobs were added to the Bahamian economy between May and November 2018. While these gains are noteworthy, the rate of job growth is still not adequate to absorb the number of school leavers entering the labour market each year. This accounted for a small increase in the overall unemployment rate from 10.0% to 10.7% in May of 2018. Notable, however, is that in the 18-month period since May of 2017 the economy added 10,400 net new jobs, largely in the private sector...
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Students of Queen’s College Primary Years donate care packages to Social Services Department - Jan 21, 2019 - 4:01:33 PM

Students of Queen’s College’s Primary Years presented care packages in the form of toiletries and other items to Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell in support of 'Student of the Year' Melania Nixon and her mission of assisting the elderly through Melania’s Operation Love and Gratitude non-profit organization.

The care packages were presented to Minister Campbell during a Special Assembly hosted by Queen’s College Primary (Friday, January 18) to honour Melania as Student of the Year.  Minister Campbell was accompanied by Mrs. Kim Sawyer, Deputy Director, Department of Social Services, and Ms. Laverne Stewart...
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Preliminary Results Labour Force Survey November 2018 - Jan 21, 2019 - 3:46:22 PM

Employment rose by 2,305 in November when compared to May 2018 and reached about 211,000 persons.  On a year-over-year basis, employment grew by 6,830 or 3.4%. Meanwhile, the national unemployment rate rose to 10.7%, up from 10.0% in May, as the number of people looking for work increased. 

Two of the three most populated islands that were surveyed experienced decreases in their unemployment rates, and one experienced an increase. At the time of the survey, the rate in Grand Bahama was 11.9%; and in Abaco 7.7%...
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PMH refutes allegations regarding its sterilization procedures - Jan 21, 2019 - 3:30:33 PM

Management at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) brands as false, information circulating on social media alleging that surgical equipment at the hospital is being hand washed, and states for the record that nothing could be further from the truth. The hospital performs consistent sterilization and other required protocols on medical devices, equipment and consumables, earmarked for the Operating Theatres and for aseptic procedures, in accordance with international standards...
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BAIC Executive Chairman's Report on the 2019 First Pop Up Farmers Market - Jan 21, 2019 - 3:15:14 PM

We are pleased to announce that the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Re-Opened its 2019 Pop-Up Farmers Market for the second year at Gladstone Road on Saturday, 19 January, and that it went extremely well.  In fact, we regard it as a great success.

We saw many of our faithful customers from 2018, for the first time this year and we were pleased that we had considerable produce for them. The staff was most excited and enthused about returning to the Pop-Up Farmers Market and commencing a new year...
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