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Bahamas to host World Day of Prayer 2015 - Apr 22, 2014 - 9:16:04 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development welcomes representatives from World Day of Prayer visiting from Germany and planning World Day of Prayer 2015 to be held  in The Bahamas.

The Minister received the women, who are from various Christian denominations on Tuesday April 22, 2014 during a Courtesy Call at the Ministry's Headquarters in the Post Office Building, East Hill Street...
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PM Christie foreshadows new economic boom for Mayaguana - Apr 22, 2014 - 8:01:49 PM

Mayaguana, The Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Honourable Perry G. Christie with his Transport /Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin and Agriculture/Marine Resources Minister V. Alfred Gray officiated at ceremonies welcoming Bahamasair, the National airline and flag carrier of the country as it resumed regularly scheduled flights to this most southern island of the Bahama Island chain on Monday 21st August after a five year hiatus.

Prime Minister Christie and his delegation arrived on the new a runway tarmac just shy of 10 am to meet scores of island residents and primary and high school students in the terminal for the event...

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New Regime to Come on Stream in Bahamian Telecommunications - Apr 22, 2014 - 6:25:24 PM

Mayaguana, The Bahamas - Former Financial Secretary Mrs. Ruth Miller has been appointed to head a committee made up of persons from the private and public sectors to advise the Government on the way forward as liberalization in the telecommunications industry comes on stream.

The Prime Minister revealed this much to a gathering at the Mayaguana Airport to celebrate the return of Bahamasair after five years and the airport’s newly refurbished runway.

Prime Minister Perry G. Christie announced the possibility of a new company coming into the Bahamas to compete with the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) in a liberalized telecommunications environment. The liberalization era comes out of an agreement made between the former Government and Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) on their majority share purchase in BTC and the...
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Earth Day Commemoration by Bahamas Minister of the Environment - Apr 22, 2014 - 3:30:35 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is the Keynote Address for the Commemoration of Earth Day given by Bahamas Minister of the Environment, Kendred Dorsett at the College of The Bahamas on April 22nd:

“There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.” These words were penned and uttered by the founder of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson. April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day by some one billion people in 192 countries around the globe. It is a day for inspiration and appreciation of the earth’s natural resources.
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IAAP Bahamas calls on the Governor General - Apr 22, 2014 - 2:57:30 PM

Nassau, New Providence - The Bahamas Chapter of the International Association of Administration Professionals (IAAP) paid a courtesy call on His Excellency the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Pictured seated from left are Frances Armbrister, Juanita Nairn-Grant, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Jane Roach and Debbie Smith.

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Cat Island District Council Office makes way for additional Government services - Apr 22, 2014 - 11:43:20 AM

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas – The building which once housed the Ministry of Education’s teacher’s cottage in New Bight has been refurbished and is now the home of the Cat Island District Council Office. The building was officially opened on April 4 by Phillip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development and V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government.

Cat Island Administrator Jackson McIntosh said the refurbished building has created additional space for Road Traffic and police services. The District Council office previously operated from the Administrator’s office.

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Bahamas comments on South Korean tragedy at sea - Apr 21, 2014 - 12:23:23 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Hon Fred Mitchell, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas:

The Bahamas expresses its concern and condolences over the loss of life in the South Korean boating accident.

We have communicated this to the government of the Republic of South Korea.

On behalf of the Bahamas government I express my sincere sympathies to the government and people of South Korea during this most difficult period. Our prayers and thoughts are with them.

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Urban Renewal transforms the lives of three Cat Island families - Apr 20, 2014 - 7:25:32 PM

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas – Vincent and Marina Jolly, Gladys McKenzie and Edith Williams are three Cat Island families who now have proper bathroom facilities and running water in their homes thanks to the government’s Urban Renewal Small Home Repairs Programme.

Michelle Reckley, Deputy Director of Urban Renewal 2.0 with responsibility for Cat Island said Ms. McKenzie,88-years-old, was so grateful when water flowed in her home for the first time. “When she actually saw running water she was like a child with a new toy. At this stage in her life she can say she was afforded the amenities she did not have through Urban Renewal. Edith Williams has a brand new bathroom and proper running water. She had no bathroom. She used whatever she could as a bathroom. It was very difficult in her condition.”
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Ministry of Works’ officials tour seawall project in Cat Island - Apr 20, 2014 - 6:06:48 PM

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas – Ministry of Works and Urban Development officials led by Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs and representatives of Urban Renewal 2.0 toured a seawall project in Cat Island Wednesday, April 16.

The project initially started at a cost of $1.8 million and due to underground technical issues is expected to increase to approximately $2.4 million...
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PM: Junkanoo must become a workable industry and money earner - Apr 20, 2014 - 3:24:19 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Culture on Grand Bahama will soon get a major shot in the arm as both the Prime Minister and the Minister responsible for Culture foreshadowed an upcoming conclave with junkanoo leaders, tourism officials and the Grand Bahama Port Authority to advance the presentation of junkanoo as a workable industry and money earner for practitioners.

Speaking at the 1st RUSH Awards and presentations by the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee, Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry G. Christie revealed, “I want to say this to Grand Bahama, and I'm glad I see some people from the Port Authority here; we have to find an effective way in lifting up the culture of the country and integrating it more into the economy of the country.

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Bimini: Louise McDonald High School Nature Trail Opens - Apr 20, 2014 - 12:27:25 PM

BIMINI, The Bahamas - Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes were in Bimini on Thursday, 17th April 2014 to officially open the Louise McDonald High School Nature Trail. In this photo essay, the Governor General is seen greeting students from the High school, strolling along King Highway with senior government official, Jack Thompson; enjoying a cultural dance by the students and unveiling the Nature Trail Plaque, declaring the Nature Trail officially open. While in Bimini, their Excellencies hosted some senior citizens in the local community to a luncheon. The Governor General also attended a Good Friday Church Service before returning to Nassau...
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Queen’s Baton arrives in Nassau for relay event - Apr 19, 2014 - 2:00:08 PM

The Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development is pictured receiving the Queen’s Baton from Wellington Miller, the Bahamas Olympic Association (BOA) President during a brief arrival ceremony and press conference held on Friday April 18 at the Lynden Pindling International Airport to officially announce the baton’s arrival. Also pictured in the background from left are Aaron Lewis, Fish Knowles, BOA members and Louise Martin, Secretary General of the CGF.
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Child Protection Month display erected at Fleming Street Clinic - Apr 18, 2014 - 12:08:59 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - In observance of Child Protection Month, the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development erected a display at the Fleming Street Community Clinic to further sensitize and educate the general public on this important social issue.

Pictured from left are Cachia Sturrup (seated); an effigy of a neglectful mother with a child; standing are Melinda Francios, student; Cecily Stuart (Pharmacy Dept; Jessica Stubbs, Nursing Officer II; Keith Woodside, Clinic Security Officer and Linda Lewis, Housekeeping.
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Economic Development and Deepening Reform In China - Apr 16, 2014 - 11:36:16 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is the first in a series to be presented by His Excellency Yuan Guisen, the Ambassador of China to The Bahamas:

In 2013, although faced with the complicated domestic and international situation, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council led the people of all nationalities of China to thoroughly implement the spirit of the 18th Party Congress, upheld the general tone of “moving forward while maintaining stability”, adhered to the guideline of “the macro policy should be stable, micro policy be flexible and social policy support the bottom line”while maintaining steady growth, adjusting economic structure and forging ahead with reform..."
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National Training Agency Launched In Grand Bahama - Mar 10, 2014 - 12:32:07 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama – The Government has launched its second National Training Agency (NTA) in the country. The office is located in Grand Bahama at the National Insurance Board Complex. A ceremony commemorating the event was held on Thursday, March 6.

In attendance was Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, who also delivered the keynote address. Mr. Christie said that the National Training Agency (NTA) is poised to address challenges that exist in the country’s labour market...
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(Video) Minister Dorsett gives update on fire at landfill - Mar 8, 2014 - 11:19:31 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - I want to advise the general public that there are two fires at the New Providence Landfill.  Yesterday I gave a report of a tire fire which is believed to have been intentionally set.  This fire has been contained though there is still a burning off which is being monitored.

There is also a subsurface fire which also erupted yesterday.  We have mobilized a significant amount of heavy equipment and water trucks to assist in the containment of this fire which is expected to take a few days to properly contain.  There is no indication at this time as to the cause of this fire.
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Alfred Sears explains Referendum held on January 28, 2013 - Mar 8, 2014 - 12:46:51 PM

Hon. Alfred Sears Explains in Detail the Referendum held in The Bahamas on January 28th, 2013:

It should be noted that the Referendum held on January 28, 2013 does not fall within this exception, as it was not a constitutional referendum to amend the Constitution. The Referendum of January 28, 2013 was purely consultative. The Constitutional Referendum (Amendment) Act, 2012 allows for an advisory referendum, “Where the Minister considers it desirable that the views of the electorate of The Bahamas be obtained on any matter of national importance (other than a matter to which section 2(1) applies) he may advise the...
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Public Service Commission visits Grand Bahama - Feb 19, 2014 - 12:52:15 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas - The Public Service Commission, headed by chairman the Rev. Dr. James Moultrie, visited Grand Bahama February 17 as a guest of the minister, Dr. Michael Darville, and met with heads of departments of all government ministries.

The purpose of their trip was to put names to faces of the Public Service Commission. Members accompanying the chairman included Ms. Ruth Miller, Idris Reid, Ms. Prenell King-Rolle and Ms. Barbara Barnes. Re. Moultrie is pictured addressing the gathering in the conference room at the Ministry of Grand Bahama.
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Nottage: Threat of biological attack occurring is 'very real' - Feb 18, 2014 - 5:27:28 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- The threat of a bioterrorist attack occurring anywhere in the world is “real” and should be taken seriously by all global countries, Minister of National Security Dr. the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage said Tuesday. Addressing the Opening Session of a three-day Crisis Management and Simulation Exercise on Bioterrorism Workshop at the Paul Farquharson Centre, Police Headquarters, Dr. Nottage said there is much evidence to suggest that terrorists have a “strong interest” in the use of biological weapons.

“There is much evidence to suggest that terrorists have a strong interest in the use of biological weapons (as) detained terror suspects have in the past, declared that their organisations are capable of using..."

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Bahamas Education's 12th Northwestern District Thanksgiving Awards and Recognition Ceremony - Feb 18, 2014 - 3:57:27 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - "No Child is Disposal in the Pursuit of Excellent in Education," were the welcomed words that came from Director of Education, Mr. Lionel Sands during the 12th Northwestern District Thanksgiving Awards and Recognition Ceremony held Thursday, 6th February, 2014 at Living Waters Kingdom Ministries. Mr. Sands told students, teachers, education officials and parents gathered at the event, that many students are succeeding; but a minority, is being left for various reasons.

Mr. Sands also announced that the practice of indefinite suspensions will be eradicated in public schools. "We are discovering that too many students are being suspended for frivolous infractions." This is unacceptable, the Director stated...
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