Annual Parliamentary Christmas Luncheon in Festive Mood of the Season
- Dec 12, 2018 - 3:26:19 PM
The Annual Parliamentary Christmas Luncheon was held today in the
Windsor Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton, attended by Cabinet
Ministers, MPs, and Senators. The festive luncheon, with the theme,
'Christmas in Parliament,' was hosted by the President of the Senate and
the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Photos show parliamentarians in
the light mood of the season; in the group photo, Prime Minister, Dr.
the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis is pictured in the first row, centre.
House Passed Bill to Further Assist Bahamians Entering and Sustaining Businesses
- Dec 12, 2018 - 2:21:47 PM
The House of Assembly today passed a Bill to further assist Bahamian
businesspersons. Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis
said, today, his government is making it easier for Bahamians to enter
into and sustain their business enterprises. During the final sitting
of the House of Assembly the Prime Minister made a motion on Bill for an
Act to Amend the Business Licence Act, 2018, which passed: Bahamians
with businesses generating revenue of $100,000 or less would be exempt
from business licence fees among other provisions under the Act...
Education Minister applauds Teen Author
- Dec 12, 2018 - 12:03:37 PM
The year just keeps getting better for new, young author Sierra Blair –
her latest release appearing in the iconic Atlantis resort, a courtesy
call with the Governor-General and now days away from her 15th birthday,
high praise from high-ranking education officials during a one-on-one
sit down and courtesy call at the Ministry of Education.
more than exciting, it is impressive that we have such great young minds
in our country like Sierra. I am pleased that she has the
encouragement of her parents. Sierra is beautiful, very creative and
also very courageous...
C. A. Smith Sworn In as Deputy to the Governor General
- Dec 11, 2018 - 12:35:49 PM
His Excellency Cornelius A. Smith was sworn in as Deputy to the Governor
General by the Hon. Mme. Justice Vera Watkins, Acting Chief Justice, on
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Government House.
Minister Dames Congratulates Department of Correctional Services Graduates of BTVI Programme
- Dec 11, 2018 - 12:07:35 PM
Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames lauded the 100
Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) graduates, on
December 6, 2018, and congratulated them on successfully completing
their respective Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI)
“Trainees, the fact that you are here today to
receive a certificate for the successful completion of 10 weeks of
vocational training is no small accomplishment,” Minister Dames said,
during a ceremony at BDOC, Fox Hill...
Cultural Heritage Month launched at NAGB
- Dec 11, 2018 - 11:23:30 AM
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle joined
Acting Permanent Secretary Rhoda Jackson, Executive Director of Culture
Rowena Poitier-Sutheralnd, Deputy Director Dereka Deleveaux-Grant and
Senior officials of the Cultural Affairs Division in launching Cultural
Heritage Month, at the beginning of December, at the National Art
Gallery of The Bahamas.
Also present were Director of the National Art
Gallery of The Bahamas Amanda Coulson and her fellow staff members,
cultural stakeholders and the general public. Minister Rolle read the
Cultural Heritage Month Proclamation...
Testing the Winds and Waters of Montagu Bay at the 'Best of the Best' Regatta 2018
- Dec 10, 2018 - 11:25:55 PM
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael Pintard,
and Ministry officials, hosted the 'Best of the Best Regatta' & Star
Sailors League Finals at Montagu Bay from December 3 through the
weekend. The event drew hundreds of enthusiastic spectators who watched
Bahamian sloop sailors and Olympic sailing champs -- thrilled to test
the winds and the waters at Montagu Bay in the time of their lives...
Tourism Improves in Grand Bahama
- Dec 10, 2018 - 10:02:35 PM
The Government’s efforts have resulted in improvement in the Tourism
sector in Grand Bahama during the year to date 2018. According to the
Central Bank of the Bahamas latest Monthly Economic and Financial
Developments, October 2018 which was published Monday December 3rd, 2018
tourism stop-over visitors showed and overall increase of 7.4%. The
report showed improvement in Grand Bahama year to date, recovering from
the huge decrease in 2017 of 39.5%. The report indicated that in Grand
Bahama “Despite the ongoing challenges in room capacity after the
closure of several hotels due to hurricane damage...
Annual Christmas Luncheon for the Cabinet at Government House
- Dec 10, 2018 - 7:15:26 PM
Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling
hosted Cabinet members to an Annual Christmas Luncheon at Government
House on Monday, December 10, 2018. The Governor General is pictured
welcoming the Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis, having a
chat with him, and also greeting Cabinet members. In the group photo,
seated, the Governor General is pictured centre, with Prime Minister
Minnis, centre left, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
the Hon. Peter Turnquest, centre right. Also seated, from left:
Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd; Minister of Financial
Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration...
Bannister responds to voice note by Gray
- Dec 10, 2018 - 4:39:31 PM
A voice note by former PLP Member of Parliament, Mr. V. Alfred Gray, has been brought to my attention.
his very irresponsible statement, Mr. Gray alleges that the Government
has proposed a Contractors Association Bill for Parliament; and in his
words that the Ministry of Works is “putting together who can qualify
for contractors and who can’t, and you can only qualify if you have a
four storey building under your contractor’s belt.”
The allegations made by Mr. Gray are untrue and entirely without foundation...
Government will ‘stay the course’, as IMF report signals positive movement on key issues
- Dec 10, 2018 - 4:38:18 PM
“The Government will stay the course with its fiscal strategy to boost
economic growth, strengthen the fiscal balance and increase transparency
and government accountability,” said K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance.
This comes after a recent
review by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that commended the
government for several key policy initiatives, including the Fiscal
Responsibility Act, 2018, and the strategic plan to create a Disaster
- Dec 10, 2018 - 11:46:26 AM
The 8th of December 2018 marks the Forty-Sixth Anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations between Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica,
and Trinidad and Tobago, the four independent CARICOM countries and
Cuba. That historic act of 8 December 1972 has grown over the years
into a strong fraternal relationship between all of the Member States of
the Caribbean Community and Cuba.
The friendly and close
relationship that unites CARICOM and Cuba is a shining example of
Prime Minister reassures commitment to maximizing tourism benefits
- Dec 9, 2018 - 10:02:37 PM
Prime Minister, Dr. the Most. Hon. Hubert A. Minnis reassured key
stakeholders in tourism that his government is committed to maximizing
the economic benefits of the country’s primary industry.
addressing the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association’s (BHTA) Annual
Meeting at the Imperial Ballroom, Atlantis Resort on Friday, December 7,
The Prime Minister underscored the importance of
government and BHTA working together to achieve the maximum economic
benefits of the tourism sector...
US Donates Over $430,000 in Equipment and Gear to the Royal Bahamas Police Force
- Dec 9, 2018 - 9:30:16 PM
Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames and U.S. Chargé
d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers took part in the official handover ceremony
of more than $430,000 in equipment and gear to the Royal Bahamas Police
Force (RBPF) at the Police College, on December 6, 2018. According to
the Embassy the donation was made possible through the U.S. Department
of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
Section. The donation included 293 ballistic vests, plates, uniforms; a
high-powered Leica Macroscope; Police College training equipment; and
Safe Boat Maintenance Equipment to various units in the RBPF. Also
present were Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National
Security Eugene Poitier, Acting Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour,
National Commandant of the Police Training College Dr. Chaswell Hanna...
'Be a Hero' Cleanup Campaign - Gambier Primary School
- Dec 9, 2018 - 8:30:25 PM
of the Environment and Housing the Hon.
Romauld Ferreira, Spouse of the Prime Minister Mrs. Patricia Minnis, and
Director of Environmental Health Services Melanie McKenzie joined
environment stakeholders, on December 7, 2018, in bringing the “Be A
Hero” cleanup campaign to Gambier Primary School,
in Gambier Village.
According to a press release, The Ministry of the Environment and Housing, in collaboration with the
Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Education, began the initiative
in October, seeking to foster a greater sense of pride in cleaner, safer
Walkthrough of the 2018-2019 Junkanoo Parade Route, Downtown Nassau
- Dec 9, 2018 - 7:26:11 PM
Executive Director of Culture Rowena Poitier-Sutheralnd, Deputy
Director Dereka Deleveaux-Grant and Senior officials of the Cultural
Affairs Division of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture joined
Junkanoo Parade planning stakeholders in a walkthrough of the 2018-2019
Junkanoo Parade route, in Downtown Nassau, on December 6, 2018. It was
an opportunity to investigate aspects of the route, such as which areas
needed better lighting, sanitation facilities and more security
initiatives or police presence.
(BIS Photos / Eric Rose)...
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre Continues to Make Strides and History
- Dec 9, 2018 - 5:49:12 PM
Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said the Public Hospitals
Authority Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre continues to make strides and
history with first time accomplishments including a focused intent of
dispelling the myths of mental illness.
“Sandilands is making the
community more comfortable and accommodating of persons with mental
illness,” Dr. Sands said during the Visit of Governor General Her
Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling to the Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre, Friday, December 7, 2018...
EMT Travels to EMS EXPO
- Dec 8, 2018 - 5:22:26 PM
PHA, Paramedic Supervisor with the National Emergency Medical
Services (NEMS) Fredrick Johnson III joined nearly 6,000 participants
from more than 50 countries at the EMS World Expo, held this year in
Nashville, Tennessee. The 5-day expo which combines workshops and conference sessions over five days is the largest emergency medical services dedicated event in the world.
Expo aims to provide the training that increases the quality of
patient care; with a focus on progressive curriculum and technology.
Johnson who met fellow EMS professionals from Denmark, Calgary,
California, and Iowa among others said he was overwhelmed with the
offerings, “Gaining a wealth of knowledge pertinent to the diverse field
of EMS was extraordinary,” Johnson said...