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Bahamas Rake n Scrape in New York - Jul 22, 2014 - 6:49:36 PM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson makes presentation of a $30,200 cheque to Nathaniel Adams Jr., leader of Rhythm N Youth Rake 'N Scrape band to assist in the group's travel to New York in October. Also at the presentation was Mr. Beat Schlagenhauf, from Switzerland, who expressed delight in wanting to assist the band in being exposed to the world. The funds were derived from performances at various locations including the Sapodilla Restaurant. Mr. Adams said the band has been invited to play at several universities and colleges in the New York area as well as on a show called Dem Bahamians....
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More than 100 entries in National Festival Song Competition - Jul 22, 2014 - 6:16:44 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) announced at its Judges Orientation, on July 17, 2014, that more than 100 entrants in their song competition, with more than 80 persons having already submitted their demos.

"The music is the driving force of any Carnival," said Ed Fields of the Song Competition Committee. "We were trying to promote Bahamian music, to get more Bahamian music on the world stage and to encourage Bahamians to write more Bahamian music...
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PM honoured to celebrate BNGIS 10th anniversary - Jul 22, 2014 - 5:56:02 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said. on July 21, 2014, that he was honoured to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Reactivation of the Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre because when he saw that, in the late 1990s and early 200s, there was lack of planning as far as geospatial considerations for building and infrastructure, he "resurrected" the programme.

"In 2004, I reactivated the Centre with a view to using modern technology, such as geographic information systems, to help guide strategic economic development planning and to also improve agency-wide efficiencies and services to the general public," Prime Minister Christie said, during the Official Ceremony held at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre at Police Head Quarters, on East Street...
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Consul General Treco meets with officials in Mississippi - Jul 21, 2014 - 11:58:06 PM

JACKSON, Mississippi -The Hon. H. Ricardo Treco, Bahamas Consul General to Miami, recently met with Mississippi Lieutenant Governor J. Tate Reeves and officials of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and the Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni (LGJA).

Consul General Treco was officially welcomed by Ms. Kayla Paul Lindsey, President of the LGJA, and Mr. Gabriel Prado, MDA’s Latin America and Caribbean Trade Specialist...
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Bahamas Permanent UN Mission in Geneva celebrates independence‏ - Jul 21, 2014 - 12:49:54 PM

The Bahamas Permanent Mission to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva celebrated the 41st Anniversary of Independence with the small Bahamian community in Geneva and members of the diplomatic corps. The reception, hosted at the Kempinski Hotel on Lake Geneva, was held on Wednesday 9 July 2014.

Her Excellency Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, welcomed the honoured guests and shared the Prime Minister's message on the celebration of our cultural heritage. Ambassador Jackson also thanked her diplomatic colleagues for their individual and collective support throughout the first year of her time in office since the establishment of the Permanent Mission in Geneva. The Permanent Mission was also represented by Ms. Bernadette Butler, Minister-Counsellor, and Mr. Granville Don Butler III, Third Secretary, along with local staff members.
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Bahamas Department of Statistics releases 2014 Labor Force Survey (Apr 28 - May 4) - Jul 21, 2014 - 10:31:03 AM

The Department of Statistics releases the results of its Labour Force and Household Income Survey which was conducted in May of this year. The survey provides information on the labour force as it existed during the reference period of April 28 – May 4, 2014.

The results of the survey which covered a six months period indicate that the labour force increased slightly, less than one percent, since the last survey conducted in November 2013. The labour force now totals 197,335 persons. There was an increase in the number of employed persons and a decrease in the number of unemployed persons resulting in an unemployment rate of 14.3% for the country, indicating a decline over the 15.4% recorded last November. Both New Providence and Grand Bahama experienced decreases in their unemployment rates. In the case of New Providence, the rate is 15.0%; and in Grand Bahama, 14.7%...
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Bahamas on the shooting down of Malaysian flight 17 - Jul 20, 2014 - 10:20:56 AM

The Bahamas expresses condolences to the governments and peoples of Malaysia, the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Philippines, New Zealand, Canada and the United States on the loss of MH Flight 17 while flying over Ukraine.  We call for the strongest action by the international community to ensure that those who are responsible for this unspeakable tragedy are brought to justice.  

We stand with all of the families who have lost loved ones and their governments at this time. We stand ready to assist in mobilizing international opinion to ensure that justice is served.  

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Bahamas government thanks Union for amicable agreement - Jul 18, 2014 - 1:35:41 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Public Service Union entered into an industrial agreement at an estimated $200 million over a period of five years.

The agreement, which was signed Thursday, July 17, 2014 impacts the lives of approximately 20,000 Public Servants; the benefits ranging from a minimum wage increase to hazardous protection. Benefits are set to take effect, beginning August 2014.

Minister of State for Finance the Hon Michael Halkitis thanked the executives of the BPSU for their level of patience and kind consideration for arriving at an “amicable” industrial agreement, during the Signing Agreement Ceremony at the Ministry of the Public Service. He also applauded the work of the Government’s negotiating team led by veteran trade unionist Keith Archer...
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UNESCO Steering Committee meeting focus on underwater cultural heritage - Jul 18, 2014 - 12:06:39 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas – Scholars,researchers and experts from around the world gathered at Superclubs Breezes July 16 for the opening of the UNESCO Steering Committee meeting on underwater cultural heritage. The two-day event is in celebration of the International Year of Small Island Developing States.

In attendance were Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment; Dr. Elwood Donaldson, Bahamas Ambassador for UNESCO and Dr. Leon Higgs, Secretary General, The Bahamas National Commission for UNESCO. The opening agenda included a cultural historical perspective of The Bahamas by Stanley Burnside along with a dance routine by the National Dance School of The Bahamas.

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Grand Bahama Ministry discusses employment opportunities for engineers - Jul 18, 2014 - 8:28:18 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Executives from the Professional Engineers Board paid a courtesy call on Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville on Thursday. Freeman Duncanson (left), Registrar of the PEB and Darius Williams (right), Assistant Secretary/Treasurer met with the Minister for more than an hour and touched on employment opportunities for local engineers and the screening process for foreign engineers seeking employment in Grand Bahama and throughout The Bahamas.

Minister Darville assured the Board that his ministry will work closely with the agency to ensure that local engineers get the various jobs as they come on stream and training among other issues...
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Bahamas High Commission in Ottawa Hosts Bahamas’ 41st Independence Celebrations - Jul 17, 2014 - 12:11:17 PM

OTTAWA – The Bahamas High Commissioner, His Excellency Dr. Calsey Johnson hosted a poolside reception in Ottawa, Ontario on 12th July for the Bahamian community, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Canadian officials and friends of The Bahamas from all over Canada, to celebrate the 41st Anniversary of Bahamian sovereignty and Independence.

Leading up to the event, the Bahamas High Commission held two screenings of Bahamian produced/directed films here in Ottawa. The first film showcased on Monday July 7th was a sci-fi thriller entitled ‘Singularity Principle’ which was partly shot in The Bahamas. The second film screened on Wednesday July 9th, Womanish Way, Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy’, a documentary about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas which was directed by Bahamian Marion Bethel. Ms. Bethel joined guests via skype to introduce the film and entertained questions at the conclusion of the film...
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Passage of Bahamas Disability Bill is 'most noblest of acts' by Parliament - Jul 17, 2014 - 9:42:09 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The passage of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities) Bill, 2014 (Short Title), will rank amongst the “most noblest of acts” of Parliament and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said Wednesday.

Debate on the Bill began Wednesday morning, and the legislation was Passed unanimously by House Members in the afternoon. Free National Movement Deputy Leader, Loretta Butler-Turner spoke on behalf of the Official Opposition.

The legislation will impact everything from the equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities, to eliminating discrimination on the basis of disabilities, to providing rights, rehabilitation and habilitation of persons with disabilities and establishing...
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Young Bahamian Men Lead the Class of 2014 at Temple Christian High School - Jul 15, 2014 - 1:48:19 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Three young men of the Class of 2014 of Temple Christian High School, Daniel Jagessar, Terrance Arnold and Cameron Johnson captured top honours at the graduation ceremony. Head Boy, Daniel Jagessar emerged as the Class Valedictorian and received the Principal's Award. He obtained first place prizes for Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Religious Studies and Spanish and the second place prize for Graphical Communication.

Daniel also received the Most Outstanding Student Award for Mathematics, the BTC General Manager's Award and a four-year scholarship from BEC to attend The College of The Bahamas all from participating in the Technical Cadet Corps Programme. Terrance Arnold, Deputy Head Boy captured the Salutatorian Award. He received first place prizes for Graphical Communication and Physical Education and second place prizes for Mathematics and Physics. Terrance was given the Spirit Award for Soccer and Track and Field.
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Bahamas Statement at United Nations Special Thematic Debate On Culture and Sustainable - Jul 14, 2014 - 10:32:33 AM

New York - The following is a statement by the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, MP, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture:

On behalf of the Government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, I wish to express our sincere gratitude for the invitation to participate in this forum; and like so many of our colleagues, we commend you for convening this extremely important debate. In a World in need of healing; culture can be a cure.

As an archipelago, The Bahamas is comprised of some seven hundred islands; with less than one third being inhabited. Each island has a unique historical and cultural thread and when all of the threads come together, the result is a beautiful tapestry that defines us as a people and makes us uniquely BAHAMIAN
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Bahamas statement on the death of 3 repatriated Rock Iguanas - Jul 11, 2014 - 3:59:59 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Wednesday,  July 9th, The Bahamas successfully  repatriated 12 Rock Iguanas that were taken from the country back in February of this year. The animals were transported back to New Providence with the aid of the UK Border Force and British Airways. After arriving in New Providence, the Iguanas were then transported to the Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador.

Upon arrival, the animals were removed from the packing material and assessed to be in good condition. The animals were regularly monitored. On the morning of the July 10th, the animals were observed and found to be in good condition. Unfortunately, on the evening of July 10th three of the iguanas appeared to be unresponsive. Despite best efforts, three of the iguanas died. The remaining nine animals are readjusting well.
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Bahamas postage stamps to recognise 10th anniversary of BNGIS - Jul 11, 2014 - 11:24:22 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Postal Services will release a new series of stamps on July 21 in celebration of the 10thanniversary of Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems Centre (July 26, 2004).

The special issue of four stamps features a 15 cent stamp, a 50 cent stamp, a 65 cent stamp and a 70 cent stamp.

The maps and photography featured on the stamps are by Carol Albury, Duane Miller, Antonique Strachan of BNGIS Centre.

The students depicted on the First Day Cover are the Centre’s official Banner Students from Sadie Curtis Primary School. The banner is displayed at all BNGIS hosted events as it captures students’ enthusiasm towards Geography and the Centre’s commitment to advancing GIS literacy in the school system.

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Memorandum of Understanding Signed between the University of Miami and BAMSI - Jul 11, 2014 - 11:16:21 AM

On Wednesday, 2nd July, 2014 a MOU was signed between the University ofMiami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM/RSMAS) and The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute, Ltd (BAMSI). The MOU formalizes the collaboration efforts between to two institutions in education, research, and training. The MOU was executed during a signing ceremony held at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key. Attending the signing for the University of Miami were Mr. Humberto Speziani, Assistant Vice President of Financial Operations, Dr. Roni Avissar, Dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Dr. Nelson Ehrhardt, Professor, RSMAS and Dr. Jerald Ault, Professor, RSMAS. Representing BAMSI were Ambassador Godfrey Eneas, President, and Dr. Vallierre Deleveaux, Director of Marine Science.
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Dame Marguerite sworn in as Bahamas' 10th Governor-General - Jul 11, 2014 - 7:28:44 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas – Dame Marguerite Pindling was sworn in as the tenth Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas during a special ceremony at Government House, Mount Fitzwilliam Tuesday, July 8. She is the ninth Bahamian to hold the office and succeeds Sir Arthur Foulkes, who demitted office the same day.

The widow of the country’s first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling, she promised to serve to the best of her ability without political distinction and without regard for race, class or social station....
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Bahamas 41st Independence Anniversary Message by Prime Minister Christie - Jul 10, 2014 - 1:26:14 PM

It is with great pride and honour that I congratulate Bahamian people everywhere on the occasion of the country’s 41st Independence Anniversary.

As we celebrate this milestone in our country’s history, we must reflect on our past journey to appreciate what we have been able to achieve. It is also a time when we must look forward to a new era with new opportunities and embrace the opportunities that are sure to come as we proceed with the development of this nation. As our country matures, we must be more cognisant of the responsibilities that we bear and ensure that every aspect of who we are as a people is recognised and appreciated.

 As such, I have declared 2014 as the Year of Culture with a view to celebrate our cultural identity, which defines us as a people. We have chosen to celebrate this our 41stunder the theme, “Celebrating our culture: A commitment to peace...”
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Prime Minister Christie remarks at the Governor General swearing-in ceremony of Dame Marguerite Pindling - Jul 10, 2014 - 11:31:55 AM

BAHAMAS, Nassau - Dame Marguerite Pindling, widow of the Father of the Nation and first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling, was sworn in as the first non-Parliamentarian, 2nd female, 9th Bahamian and 10th Governor General overall of an Independent Bahamas. The ceremony was held at Government House on Mount Fitzwilliam here in Nassau, The Bahamas at noon on the 8th July 2014.

The first Governor General of an independent Bahamas was Sir John Paul, the former British Royal Governor who served as Governor General of The Bahamas from the day of independence, 10th July to the 31st July 1973. Sir Milo Boughton Butler was sworn in as the first Bahamian Governor General on the 1st August 1973. 

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