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Symposium Opens on Gender Equality and the Law in The Bahamas - Sep 2, 2014 - 1:27:02 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Members of the judiciary, representatives from the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and NGOs gathered at SuperClubs Breezes, September 1, for the start of a symposium on Gender Equality and the Law in The Bahamas.

The two-day event aims to explore the role the magistracy plays in promoting gender equality; explore the social, psychological and cultural dimensions of domestic violence; explore gender stereotypes in the law and practice and clarify the application of domestic violence and sexual offences legislation.

Delegates are expected to reflect on topics that include Socio-psychological Perspectives on Gender-based Violence, Gender Equality and International Human Rights Standards, Gender Equality and the Law...

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Eleuthera and Exuma Schools ready for opening - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:35:58 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Administrators and teachers on the islands of Eleuthera and Exuma got down to business as they energetically prepared classrooms for the return of students after the long summer vacation. Teachers decorated bulletin boards, arranged desks and chairs, and placed book bags on cabinets, while principals and other administrators oversaw timetables, and coordinated school repairs with contractors.

Education Minister, Jerome Fitzgerald met with District Superintendents, Helen Simmons-Johnson in Eleuthera, and Pamela Gorte in Exuma to inspect the repairs done in schools thus far. While in Eleuthera, the Minister met with the Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) to reveal and discuss the working drawings for the new school that is to be built next year...
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Business Opportunities for Junkanoo - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:06:37 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie in his key address of the recent Junkanoo Corporation New Providence Ltd. (JCNP) 2014 Leadership Conclave at the British Colonial Hilton, August 30, encouraged Junkanoo leaders to grasp the opportunities of the imminent Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival slated to come on stream next year. The seminar was held to expose the leaders to the new avenues of expression and economic benefit.

Prime Minister Christie encouraged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about how Junkanoo can be expanded as a business. In addition, the seminar set the stage to prepare the Junkanooers for the level of expectations that will be anticipated once the new festival is launched...

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Baha Mar review tour for PM Christie, Cabinet & Gov. Officials - Sep 2, 2014 - 11:39:06 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, led a delegation of several cabinet ministers and government officials to tour the construction site of the Baha Mar resort complex, September 1. The tour was conducted by Chairman of Baha Mar, Mr. Sarkis Izmirlian, who gave the delegation an in-depth review of the layout of the site, pointing out some of the key areas of the property, including the new casino, and the location of four hotels, which will be managed by Baha Mar Casino and Hotel, Rosewood, Grand Hyatt and SLS brands.

Upon completion, the hotels will boast over 2000 guest rooms. The gaming floor of the hotel will be over 100,000 square feet and will feature...
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Minister Keith Bell's remarks on the VAT Bill in the Senate - Sep 2, 2014 - 11:25:06 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:

The VAT Bill before us is about the introduction of a new tax on consumption in The Bahamas. However, it is critically important to properly situate this initiative in the broader context of the Government’s overall plan for national development. The plan, appropriately so, is about much more than tax reform and the introduction of a new source of taxation.

This plan offers new and innovative solutions for the wide range of economic and social challenges facing the nation. To that end, the Government has charted a course of change with the specific goals and targeted actions that it will implement over the full course of its mandate...
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Bahamas Per Capita Income Does Not Reflect Economic Realities - Sep 2, 2014 - 10:47:35 AM

APIA, Samoa - The Bahamas’ per capita income is distorted and does not properly reflect the economic realities of its citizens and remote, island communities, where poverty is the rule and not the exception, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis told delegates attending the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that misconception and/or misperception has forced the country to co-exist in a world where (international) assistance is predicated on the basis of per capita income as the sole indicator of need...
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Senator Keith Bell presents ICON & Associated Bills in Senate‏ - Sep 2, 2014 - 9:33:41 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:

Madam President, the financial services sector is one of the most important areas within our economy. Indeed, the sector has consistently provided a steady stream of high paying quality jobs within our Country.

The economic model championed by Sir Lynden and others proved so successful that other throughout the region have copied and replicated it. This replication and general competition from new jurisdictions has resulted in a far more competitive financial services industry than what existed when we first obtained nationhood...
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DPM Davis Challenges Developed Countries on Climate Change - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:40:10 PM

APIA, Samoa  - The developed world must partner with The Bahamas and other small island developing states to enhance their resilience to, and address the negative impacts of Climate Change on these island-nations, if “we truly believe” that the polluter must pay, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis said Monday (Samoa time).

The Deputy Prime Minister said the issue of Climate Change is not just simply about changing a way of life in The Bahamas, it is primarily about saving the lives of the Bahamian people...
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VAT Department Issues Guidance Notes - Sep 1, 2014 - 5:26:55 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The VAT Department recently issued VAT Guidance Notes to further familiarize the public on Value Added Tax, and in this instance on the tax as applied to these services: finance and insurance, transportation of passengers and goods, retail and wholesale trade, construction, land and property information, medical and healthcare, education, charities, clubs and associations; there is also VAT and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, and the tax with respect to motor vehicles.

The department stated that additional Guidance Notes will be issued to apply to the areas of hotel and holiday accommodations, duty free shopping, cash accounting and flat rate schemes, and transitional arrangements...

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Local Government Regional Roundtable Discussions To Improve Local Government Systems - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:58:17 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Local government leaders throughout the region held roundtable discussions this weekend to further the development of local government systems, and discuss sustainable development goals to end poverty and disparity. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie officially opened the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) and Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA) Meetings, August 30, in the Arawak Room, Melia Nassau Beach Hotel. The regional delegates were hosted by Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray.

The Prime Minister stated in his opening address that local government authorities in The Bahamas play a vital role in the overall development of our Family Island communities. He declared he placed Local Government...

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5th Annual Parenting Forum at Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:29:09 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The New Providence Association of High School Principals in conjunction with The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Commonwealth Bank held the 5th Annual Parenting Forum at Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium, Saturday, August 31, 2014.

School Supplies (courtesy Commonwealth Bank) and lunch boxes were given out....
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Bahamas to Ensure SIDS Voices are Heard - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:14:02 PM

APIA, Samoa - The Commonwealth of The Bahamas will play a leading role in ensuring that the voices of small island developing states (SIDS) are given the prominence that their collective voices deserve at the United Nations’ Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States Conference which opened Monday (Samoa time) Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Kenred Dorsette said.

The four-day conference will close on Thursday.

“This is a very important year for small island development states, this being the International Year of Small Island Developing States and so our attendance here at the SIDS Conference...
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DPM’s Presence to Send Clear Message on Key Issue of Climate Change for The Bahamas - Sep 1, 2014 - 3:37:22 PM

APIA, Samoa - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis arrived in the Samoan Capital of Apia Sunday, a full day ahead of the start of the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which got underway Monday. The time differential here is seventeen hours.

Mr. Davis was accompanied by Minister for the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Kenred Dorsett.

Mr. Davis’s presence as the second most powerful Bahamas Government official, along with that of Minister Dorsett and a strong, expert, field from a number of government ministries, corporations and agencies and non-governmental organizations in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas...
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Bahamas Ministry of Finance Issues VAT Guide and Guidance Notes - Aug 31, 2014 - 4:07:19 PM

The Ministry of Finance released today a series of Value Added Tax Guidance Notes.  These documents provide general guidance and advice to the public and the business community as part of the Government’s public education campaign in respect of the VAT that will be implemented in The Bahamas on January 1, 2015.

The Guidance Notes serve to complement the General VAT Guide that was released on July 30th and provide more detailed information that is specific to particular industry sectors or in respect of specific situations and circumstances. These will be expanded and revised as necessary, based on feedback...
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Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues travel advisory for Miami and South Florida - Aug 31, 2014 - 12:44:25 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 

In light of the reports of robberies of Bahamians in Miami and the south Florida area, the general public is again advised to exercise caution and care when travelling to South Florida.

Bahamians visiting that area are advised to always travel around in groups and void remote and dimly lit areas.

Do not leave valuables in your car at all as the reported break ins have been of valuables left in the trunks of cars. Additionally, travelers are...
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BTC majority shareholding transfer final announces PM Christie - Aug 29, 2014 - 5:51:38 PM

At a luncheon to mark the transfer of 2% of BTC shares to the Bahamian People Friday 29 August 2014.

Just over two years ago my Party was overwhelmingly returned to government, in the general elections, to lead the course of our national destiny for the five years hence. It will be recalled that, what Bahamians considered to be a significant promise, was made by my Party following the sale of the majority stake in BTC. The promise was that, if elected, my Government would seek to regain majority stake in BTC through lawful means. In our Charter for Governance, it was made clear that I would cause this to happen, through arms-length negotiations with CWC...

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Franklyn Wilson on the disbandment of the BTC Negotiating Committee - Aug 29, 2014 - 3:00:40 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by Franklyn R. Wilson, CMG Occasion: Disbanding of the Committee Appointed by The Government of The Bahamas to Negotiate with Cable and Wireless relative to BTC.

The Nassau Guardian of 31st July, 2012 contained an article which includes a quote as follows:

Prime Minister Perry Christie has appointed his negotiating team ahead of formal talks with Cable and Wireless aimed at getting a majority take of recently privatized BTC back in the hands of the Government

Today’s event is in the context of the disbanding of that Committee and matters related thereto...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Officially Launched - Aug 29, 2014 - 12:46:23 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – In less than one year, the country will be welcoming another form of cultural expression when the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival debuts in May 2015. During an official ceremony launching the event at Pompey Square on Wednesday, August 27, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, expressed his optimism for the event.

“I am very pleased that we will be soon be able to showcase even more of our country’s culture via this new event,” said the Prime Minister. “Not only is this a great opportunity for Junkanoos, artisans and other craftsmen to display their wares and talents but it also offers us the opportunity to provide additional entertainment for guests who visit our shores.”

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Ronnie Butler Honoured in Statue Unveiling Ceremony - Aug 29, 2014 - 12:25:32 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, delivered remarks during a ceremony for the unveiling of a statue honouring Bahamian Entertainment icon, Mr. Ronnie Butler. The event was held on the grounds of Craig Flowers Corporate Headquarters on West Bay Street, August 28, 2014.

Mr. Butler is a Bahamian calypso and rake 'n scrape entertainer and singer, whose career spanned more than 50 years. His career as an entertainer began at the age of 16, and he is commonly referred to as 'The Godfather of Bahamian Music.' He has performed in memorable local night spots including: Ronnie's Rebel Room, the Trade Winds Lounge, Big Bamboo and the Nassau Beach Hotel in addition to venues throughout the Caribbean...
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Bahamas to host 8th General Meeting of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers - Aug 29, 2014 - 6:43:14 AM

Minister V. Alfred Gray to host 8th General Meeting of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM)

New Providence, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government (MAMRLG) will be hosting the 8th General Meeting of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) for its regular regional meeting to advance discussions on its ongoing agenda and finalize its CFLGM Agreement on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

To assist with the further development of local government in the region, Minister Gray will meet with his counterparts from across the Caribbean to review and discuss the proposed agreement...

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