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Youth Minister Commends Work of Youth Leaders on Grand Bahama - Jun 23, 2017 - 7:55:05 PM

Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard told youth leaders and workers that through their unselfish work, they have made a difference in reducing the number of young people in Grand Bahama who make the wrong choices in life.

He reminded them that, had they not been carrying out the work they have been doing for some time, the country would be in a much worse position than it is now, in terms of the number of young people who have gone astray.

“So, I applaud you for the work that you’ve been doing,” Minister Pintard told youth leaders in Grand Bahama on Thursday night. “But at the same time, I ask that we redouble these efforts.  Because there are communities in Grand Bahama, that for the last decade…
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Minister of Health Tours Grand Bahama Facilities - Jun 23, 2017 - 7:37:14 PM

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands made his first official visit to Grand Bahama on Friday, June 23, and said that the services offered on island will be strengthened so that it becomes the hub of the Northern Bahamas.
Minister Sands started his morning by touring areas of the Rand Memorial Hospital and stopping occasionally to speak with staff and patients.
He toured the Pharmacy, Pediatrics, Radiology, Accident and Emergency, Orthopedics, the Diah Unit, the Medical Ward, the Operating Theatre, and Obstetrics before moving on to the renovation sites that consist of the corridor site, kitchen and cafeteria, doctor’s on-call and IAT – proposed OPD/Specialty Clinic...
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Minister Campbell Observes Local Government Elections - Jun 23, 2017 - 7:02:43 PM

Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell led a delegation of Senior Officials and members of the media to three islands on Thursday, June 22. The delegation visited Long Island, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, and Freeport, Grand Bahama to observe Local Government elections, for the selection of Chairman, Board members and Council members.  After observing and assessing over a dozen polling divisions on the three islands, the Minister said that he was ‘pleased’ with the process.

“After speaking with the officials at the election site and discussing the process with them, I am happy to report to the Bahamian people, that the process has been running smoothly,” said Minister Campbell...
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The Bahamas 44th Independence Celebrations Announced - Jun 23, 2017 - 2:43:15 PM

The 44th Bahamas Independence Celebrations will have all the ingredients of the annual national birthday bash – pomp and circumstance, music, dance, singing, storytelling -- lively ‘Bahamiana,’ and proud waving of the aquamarine, black and gold Bahamian Flag.

At a press conference, June 23, at the Cabinet Office, Churchill Building, Chairman of the 44th Anniversary Bahamas Independence Celebrations planning committee, the Hon. Mark Humes, MP, announced that the festivities give cause to celebrate “our one-ness,” as the theme for this year reflects: “Toward the Rising Sun, One God, One People, One Bahamas...
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European Union Political Counselor calls on National Security Minister - Jun 23, 2017 - 8:50:13 AM

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames (right) shakes hands with Political Counselor of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands Mr. Gavin Tench, during a courtesy call at the Ministry of National Security, on June 9, 2017.

Official photograph taken by Eric Rose of Bahamas Information Services…

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Government to Introduce New Plan for Building Permit Applications - Jun 22, 2017 - 11:30:00 PM

Plans are underway for the introduction of an electronic plan-processing solution which is expected to enhance the efficiency and security of the processing of building permit applications.

The Minister with responsibility for Works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister, made the announcement during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House of Assembly on Monday, June 19; he described it as “welcome news” for customers who require the services of the Building Control Division of his Ministry.

He said the software tool will have “tremendous” impact on improving the efficiency and access to individual file data for both the administration and the public...
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Prime Minister Visits Antiquities, Monuments, and Museum Corporation - Jun 22, 2017 - 10:03:27 PM

The construction and/or renovation of a National Museum of The Bahamas has tremendous potential in terms of not only preserving the country’s history for future generations of Bahamians, but also in generating job and wealth creation opportunities for Bahamians of all walks of life, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Wednesday.

Just last week, the Prime Minister proposed the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas not only for the benefit of Bahamians, but also as a heritage experience for tourists. The Prime Minister said the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas would reap great dividends for the country...
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Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson Sworn In as a Senator - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:36:34 PM

Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson (left) was sworn in as a Senator, June 22, 2017 at the Senate just prior to the day's Senate proceedings.

Official photo by Peter Ramsay of Bahamas Information Services...

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Morton Salt Executives Have Discussions with Labour Minister - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:18:06 PM

Senior executives of Morton Salt, Inc., Kevin Brad Morris and Vivian Moultrie, recently met with the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes at the Department of Labour on Rosetta Street.

Minister Foulkes was accompanied by Robert Farquharson, the Director of Labour and Mr. Morris was accompanied by Attorneys at Law Oscar Johnson and Christal Sands-Feaste of Higgs and Johnson Chambers.

The Labour Minister noted that he was delighted to meet with the group as he is very well aware of the importance of Morton Salt to the people and community of Inagua...
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Bahamas Delegation to the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico - Jun 22, 2017 - 2:51:59 PM

Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield (centre) is shown with The Bahamas delegation to the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico.  From left are Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard, Foreign Affairs Director General Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Minister Henfield, Deputy Chief of Mission to The Bahamas Embassy in Washington Chet Neymour and Foreign Service Officer Shagerra Edgecombe.  The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Organization of American States...
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Bahamas Foreign Minister Meets with Mexico Counterpart at OAS General Assembly, Cancun - Jun 22, 2017 - 2:44:54 PM

Wednesday 21 June was the final day of the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico and Hon. Darren Henfield, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs (left), took the opportunity to meet one on one with host Foreign Minister H. E. Luis Videgaray of Mexico.

The Ministers discussed the problem of preserving correspondent banking relations in the face of de-risking,  strengthening diplomatic relations and candidatures...

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Foreign Ministers of Bahamas and Haiti Exchange Views at 47th OAS General Assembly, Cancun - Jun 22, 2017 - 12:45:54 PM

Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield met with several counterpart Ministers on the margins of the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico, June 20, 2017 and discussed, in particular, matters of security and economic development. 

Minister Henfield (right) and Haiti Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue are pictured at the Assembly, where they exchanged views on a range of issues including security, irregular migration and agriculture... 
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Works Minister Outlines Infrastructure Strategies in Budget Address - Jun 22, 2017 - 12:03:12 PM

The Minister of Works the Hon. Desmond underscored the importance of an “improved” infrastructure to a well-run economy and outlined ongoing infrastructure projects for New Providence and the Family Islands during his Budget Communication address in the House of Assembly, Monday, June 19.

“Very modest infrastructural maintenance in communities contributes to our overall well-being.  All of us should be concerned that public works expenditure (roads, sidewalks, bridges, docks, etc.) converges with personal expenditure (homes) to strike a balance for population good,” he said.

“We have many sidewalks around New Providence.  Good!  They facilitate the health of communities by providing a safe trek for pedestrian traffic out of the way of vehicular traffic...
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Minister Brent Symonette's Contribution to the Budget 2017/2018 - Jun 22, 2017 - 11:19:56 AM

2017/2018 Budget Contribution by The Hon. Brent Symonette Member of Parliament for The St.Anne’s Constituency and Minister Of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration House of Assembly 20th June, 2017:

Mr. Speaker,

It is my privilege to rise in this Honourable House to provide my contribution to this 2017/2018 Budget Debate as the representative for the great people of the Constituency of St. Anne’s.

MINISTRY OF FINANCIAL SERVICES, TRADE & INDUSTRY, HEAD 49 - In the Ministry of Financial Services, I am charged with the following responsibilities: the promotion of Financial Services Sector, International Trade, the Industries Encouragement Act, and the establishment of an International Commercial Arbitration Centre in The Bahamas...
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Former Administration Accused of “Channeling Money to Certain People” - Jun 21, 2017 - 5:33:59 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, in his contribution to the Budget Debate, June 20, in the House of Assembly accused the former Progressive Liberal Party Administration of using Hurricane Matthew “as a way of channeling money to certain people.”

“Hurricane Matthew was a massive storm. It left destruction and devastation [across a number of islands]. It is absolutely unacceptable for public funds to be channeled to a select few in the aftermath of the Hurricane,” Prime Minister Minnis told House Members...
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Government Hosts Recreational Fisheries Workshop - Jun 21, 2017 - 1:41:58 PM

The Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries opened a recreational fisheries workshop at BAIC headquarters, Wednesday comprising 30 experts from 12 Caribbean countries. It was the Sixth Meeting of joint Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Organization for Fisheries and Aquaculture of Central America (OSPESCA), and Caribbean Fisheries Management Council of the USA (CFMC) Data Provision workshop.

Various organizations, such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Nature Conservancy, and University of Miami joined the workshop, which over the duration of three days would give focus to national and regional recreational fisheries data and sustainable capacity building...

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Government Committed to Support of UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research, Bahamas Campus - Jun 21, 2017 - 11:57:30 AM

Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said the Government remains committed to its support of the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research (The Bahamas) programme, which includes provision per student of $13,400 of the $20,000 per annum tuition, along with a monthly stipend, and the subsidies of the salaries of the lecturers.

This translates to an investment of approximately $4 million per year.  The total number of doctors trained to date is 329 with 70 per cent being females and 30 per cent males, Dr. Sands said...
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Bahamas Ambassador Jackson Delivers CARICOM Statement - Jun 21, 2017 - 12:00:34 AM

H.E. Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations, Geneva, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, delivered the historic, inaugural statement of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the Human Rights Council since that body’s establishment in 2006.

At the initiative of the delegation of The Bahamas, the statement was drafted and delivered during the Annual Full Day Discussion on the Human Rights of Women, during a panel discussion convened under the theme of “Accelerating efforts to eliminate violence against women; engaging men and boys in preventing and responding to violence against women and girls...”
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PM says Former Administration Cost Country More Than $32M in Potential Insurance Payouts Due to ‘Stunning Incompetence’ - Jun 20, 2017 - 11:33:00 PM

The former Progressive Liberal Party Administration “cost the country” more than $32Million dollars in potential insurance payouts from Hurricane Matthew because of its “gross and stunning incompetence,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis told Parliament June 20, 2017.

Delivering his contribution to the 2017-2018 Budget Debate, the Prime Minister said not only did the former government appear to use Hurricane Matthew as a way of channeling money to certain people, but by not making the annual payment of $900,000 to the risk facility (Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility - CCRIF), the country failed to qualify for the payouts which could have been used in so many other areas...
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Prime Minister: Country Needs Stronger Families and Stronger Fathers - Jun 20, 2017 - 9:50:41 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said the best way for The Bahamas to resolve its social ill challenges is to have more Godly role models to strengthen the Bahamian family.  In his short address at a Father’s Day Thanksgiving service at Calvary Temple, Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Minnis thanked the men who have made an invaluable contribution to the building of The Bahamas and called for more to be done to produce more positive role models.

“The Bahamas, like many nations, continues to face social challenges and yes, we need more police officers, we need more resources, we need more jobs and we need more education and training, but we also need stronger families and stronger fathers,” said Prime Minister Minnis...
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