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NEMA Reports Bahamas Not Impacted by Tropical Storm Cristobal - Aug 26, 2014 - 4:46:08 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed that the islands in the projected path of Tropical Storm Cristobal fared well during the passage of that fourth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

On Monday, August 25, First Assistant Secretary at NEMA Chrystal Glinton said that Family Island Administrators reported very little impact, with the exception of flooding of the road in Mayaguana between Pirate’s Well and Abraham’s Bay.

By Sunday afternoon, the Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued tropical storm warnings for the Central and Southeast Bahamas...
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Laying of Wreath at the Mausoleum of the late Right Honourable Sir Lynden Pindling - Aug 26, 2014 - 2:16:31 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Fourteen years after his passing, Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling laid a wreath at the mausoleum of her late husband, the Right Honourable Sir Lynden Pindling, also known as the father of the nation, at St. Agnes Anglican Cemetery on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell also paid his respects at the mausoleum...
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S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women Calls on Bahamas Governor General - Aug 26, 2014 - 2:12:30 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Members of S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Center for Young Women, a community-based youth development organization, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, August 26, 2014.

S.T.R.A.W. Inc.™ Center for Young Women© is a non-profit, non- governmental youth development organization located at No. 307 Soldier Road, Nassau, New Providence Bahamas...

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Fred Mitchell remarks to NPI, offers condolences to Latore Mackey's family - Aug 26, 2014 - 1:02:35 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Fred Mitchell, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Lynden Pindling Centre, Gambier House on August 25th, 2014:

I wish to start off by expressing my condolences to the family of late Latore Mackey, the former Deputy Director of the Bahamas Information Services. Mr. Mackey served the government with all his talents and abilities.  He was loyal and dedicated.  In the run up to the 2012 general election, I sought to persuade him to come in from the cold as an activist and join us in the Progressive Liberal Party and he did.  Once he joined he took to the role in the public relations and marketing arm of the PLP, working out of the War Room like a fish in water.  He carried out excellent work at the Bahamas Information Services and in the Office of the Prime Minister.
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Ryan Pinder "Investment Condominium Bill 2014" Contribution - Aug 25, 2014 - 10:59:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder House Communication:

Today I rise to move for the second reading of a Bill for an Act to Facilitate the Formation of an Investment Condominium in the Bahamas between Participants for the Purpose of Collective Investments and for Connected Purposes.  
 
Together, Mr. Speaker, these bills establish The Bahamas as the first common law jurisdiction to have created an investment fund vehicle which perfectly aligns with the traditional structuring of Brazilian funds.  The Bahamas has termed this fund the Investment Condominium or ICON
...
 
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Bahamas Governor General and Minister of Education Enjoy Story Time with Children - Aug 25, 2014 - 2:11:58 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, spoke to children and participated in storybook sessions with them at Mario’s Entertainment Centre on Saturday, August 23, at the 2nd Annual BTC School Aid – Charity Event and Fun Day.


BTC Bahamas with the aid of Social Services, Urban Renewal, and Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM) identified and invited 250 children to the event. Fun and activities included: grooming (haircuts, facials, manicures, hair braiding)...
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National consultation underway on draft regional quality infrastructure policy - Aug 24, 2014 - 11:53:11 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -- Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Ryan Pinder said in order to create a quality infrastructure for goods and services within the region, the need for collaboration and cooperation among nations in CARICOM cannot be overstated.

Minister Pinder was speaking at the opening of the National Consultation on draft Regional Quality Infrastructure Policy hosted by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) at the British Colonial Hilton, Friday, August 22, 2014.

He said all of the countries within the region have their own unique characteristics including how they measure the quality of goods and services, which provides good reason for the existence of organisations like CROSQ in the region, and the great importance of meetings....
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Bahamas Attorney General's husband suffers a stroke - Aug 23, 2014 - 4:18:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Statement by Senator The Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Bahamas Attorney General and Minister Of Legal Affairs:

On August 21 my husband suffered a stroke. We thank Almighty God that he is not paralyzed. His medical team indicate that the prognosis is good and they expect a complete recovery.
 
Please continue to keep Max in your prayers.

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Constitutional Review Commission Clarifies Issues of Referendum 2014 to RBDF Officers - Aug 23, 2014 - 11:17:26 AM

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NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS – Nearly 300 marine officers of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force attended an Information Seminar on the Amendment of the Constitution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Achieve Gender Equality, August 20, at the RBDF Coral Harbour Base.

The presentation to the marine officers was held by the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) to clarify gender and citizenship issues, and was chaired by retired Justice Rubie Nottage.  Justice Nottage discussed at length issues contributing to the debate of the Constitutional Bills.  

She outlined legal clarifications on the definitions of sex, gender, and creed, as it is applied to male and female, as well as father or mother within the existing Constitution, and reiterated Bahamian voters could expect to be asked to exercise their voice by answering four simple questions on the constitutional issues outlined in the upcoming Referendum exercise...
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Andre Rollins relieved as Bahamas Gaming Board Chairman - Aug 22, 2014 - 7:01:33 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - (22nd August 2014) - The public is advised that today Dr. Andre Rollins was relieved of his duties as chairman of the Gaming Board with immediate effect.

The government thanks him for his service and wishes him well in his future endeavours.

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2nd Annual National RBPF Forensic Science Week Awards Luncheon‏ - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:49:23 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Royal Bahamas Police Force Forensics Department in recognition of their 2nd Annual National Forensic Science Week held an Awards Luncheon, August 22, at the Paul Farquharson Conference Center, Police Headquarters....

Presentation of Awards to Honourees, pictured at centre -- Retired Asst. Commissioner James Carey (left) and Asst. Superintendent Oswald Nixon.   Also pictured are Asst. Commissioner Ferguson and Superintendent Elburt Ferguson....
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NEMA Conducts Shelter Management Training Course - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:46:20 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with Clinton Minnis Global conducted a Shelter Management Workshop at Temple Baptist Church, Farrington Road, August 15 to 16, 2014.

The training courses are part of NEMA’s ongoing objectives to build disaster resilient communities throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The objectives were to certify members of CMG and the church as shelter managers, to assist NEMA in the 2014 Hurricane Season, in the event a storm is threatening the country...
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New President for The College of The Bahamas - Aug 22, 2014 - 6:34:23 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald announced the appointment of Dr. Rodney Smith, as the new president of The College of The Bahamas, August 20, during a press conference held at the Ministry of Education headquarters. Minister Fitzgerald said that the decision was made after he received a recommendation from the college’s Council.

The Minister said after receiving the recommendation and having consideration for the concerns that were raised, he wished to take time for meaningful consideration, providing the community the opportunity to express its views, and also, himself, the opportunity to reflect on those views...
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"Sea Floor Bahamas," world's first undersea post office commemorated - Aug 22, 2014 - 9:28:12 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Sylvia Munro (seated, left), daughter of John Ernest Williamson, pioneer filmmaker and creator of the world's first undersea post office "Sea Floor Bahamas", receives an official set of the stamps and first day covers recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the World's First Undersea Post Office from Acting Postmaster General Debbie Pennerman, during a courtesy call at the Postmaster General’s Office in Nassau, The Bahamas, on August 18, 2014.

Ms. Munro is also pictured on the covers as a nine-year-old girl with her parents. Pictured standing (left to right) are: Senior Assistant Secretary Terry McHardy, Assistant Postmaster General Jennifer Johnson, Mrs. Munro's son and pilot Captain Larry Munro, Assistant Secretary Mabelene Miller and Assistant Postmaster General Michael Cartwright...
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Dr. Calsey Johnson Meets Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of International Development‏ - Aug 22, 2014 - 2:28:15 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - His Excellency, Dr. Calsey Johnson, The Bahamas’ High Commissioner to Canada, met, along with other Ambassadors -- Mrs. Lois Brown, Member of Parliament, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development. Pictured left to right are: Mrs. Lois Brown, MP; Sheila Monteith, High Commissioner for Jamaica; Philip Buxo, High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago; Harry Nawbatt, High Commissioner for Guyana; Dr. Calsey Johnson, High Commissioner for The Bahamas; Deputy Chief of the Haiti Embassy; and Senator Don Meredith...
Sports
San Salvador High School Basketball Team Feted by Club Med - Aug 21, 2014 - 2:47:49 PM

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PORT ST LUCIE, Florida – Members of the Caciques Basketball Team of San Salvador Central High School were rewarded for their outstanding achievement in the game by being feted to a week-long stay at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.

Called the Caciques after the Arawak Indian chief, the team, accompanied by their teacher, Coach S. Brown, were given the VIP treatment upon their arrival at the all-inclusive resort also known for its comprehensive sporting programmes.

Club Med executives greeted the team at Ft. Lauderdale Airport and whisked them away in a chauffeur-driven limousine to the property where a private welcome cocktail reception and orientation at the Spanish Patio took place.

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Rising Star Interns at Bahamas Information Services (BIS) - Aug 21, 2014 - 1:57:47 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Three-time and defending Bahamas National Junior Girls’ High Jump champion Daejha Moss joined the staff of Bahamas Information Services for the summer where she interned in the Broadcasting Division.

Moss, 15, the daughter of Delvin “Cheese” Moss and Mrs. Raquel Moss, will enter the tenth grade at Queen’s College when the Fall Semester opens in September.

The three-time and defending Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Junior Girls High Jump champion, Daejha is also the co-holder of the BAISS Junior Girls High Jump record with a leap of 5ft, 5 inches, matching Tanya Wildgoose’s 21-year-old mark set in 1993.
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Prime Minister Christie's House Communication on Bahamas Constitutional Bills - Aug 20, 2014 - 11:29:15 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  -  Communication By The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P. Prime Minister and Minister of Finance During the Constitutional Amendments Debate On August 18, 2014 In the House of Assembly:

I welcome the further input of the Opposition on matters related to the timing of, and preparations for, the referendum, and how the Opposition thinks it might want to assist in spreading the message of support for the bills. I know that the Constitutional Commission has already engaged in consultations with the two main parties on this; that it will continue to do so; and indeed that the Commission intends to extend these consultations to the DNA and to other important groupings across a broad spectrum of civil society, and to the religious community as well. In fact, three important meetings with religious leaders have been held already and the next one is scheduled for the 4th September...
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Eighteen Bahamians Awarded Scholarships to Study in China - Aug 20, 2014 - 11:09:17 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas – The 2014 People’s Republic of China Scholarship Ceremony was held at the Melia Cable Beach Hotel on Monday, 18th August 2014.

In the largest scholarship cluster since the scholarship program’s inception and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in May 1997, sixteen Bahamians were awarded scholarships from the Government of China and two Bahamians were awarded scholarships from the Confucius Institute at the College of The Bahamas...
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Brave Davis: COB’s Law School Will Become Autonomous - Aug 20, 2014 - 10:31:51 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -- Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Works and Urban Development, and lawyer, the Hon. Philip Davis declared that law students of the College of The Bahamas aspired towards a learned and noble profession at a critical time in the college’s history.  During his address of the students, August 20, he noted that the college’s Council approved an autonomous LLB programme starting in September.

Expressing happiness at being able to speak with the students, he said, “you see this signature programme heralds the establishment of a Faculty of Law here at COB.”

The Deputy Prime Minister addressed the law students at the Harry C. Moore Library under the theme, ‘The Importance of Law in The Bahamas and its impact Nationally and Globally...’
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