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Improvement of Women’s Lives Makes Difference in Human Development - Mar 5, 2015 - 6:54:20 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Social Services and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Griffin said the International Women’s Day is the time to reflect on the progress made by women, and celebrate acts of courage and determination by women in helping to advance women’s rights and empowerment.

Minister Griffin was speaking at the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development’s Bureau of Women’s Affairs in celebration of International Women’s Day 2015 Roundtable Discussions on “Women and Poverty” & “Women and the Environment” at the BCPOU Hall, Farrington Road, Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Students from various high schools throughout New Providence...
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Remarks by PM Christie remarks at Grand Bahama Business Outlook 2015 - Mar 5, 2015 - 6:25:56 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to have been invited to Grand Bahama to participate with Joan Albury and her team at Counsellors, together with a cross-section of the business community in another Grand Bahama Business Outlook.

Despite the economic challenges of Grand Bahama, including those caused by natural disasters, protracted adverse international and local economic conditions , and lack of adequate promotional and planning initiatives, Grand Bahama continues to demonstrate its resilience, its staying power and its optimism about the future. And for good reason too! More than any other island in our archipelagic nation, Grand Bahama has almost limitless economic development potential because of its unique combination of e infrastructure, human resources and strategic geographical proximity to the North American mainland...

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National Arts Festival in Grand Bahama - Day 2‏ - Mar 5, 2015 - 5:59:22 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Day 2 of the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival at the Grand Lucayan Convention Centre, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Wednesday, March 4.

Photos enclosed...
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Committee Announced to Review Hawksbill Creek Agreement - Mar 5, 2015 - 4:24:34 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - A six-member committee to review the Hawksbill Creek Agreement was announced by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie on Thursday during a press conference at Grand Lucayan.

The committee is headed by Dr. Marcus Bethel, businessman and former Minister of Health. Other members include: Sir Baltron Bethel, member; Mr. James Smith, member; Mr. Kevin Seymour, member; Mr. Maurice Moore, member and Ms. Cassietta McIntosh, member. W. Albert Gray is a consultant, and Dr. Doswell Coakley, Ms. Chevonia McBride of the Ministry for Grand Bahama, and Mr. Terrance Roberts of the Ministry of Tourism, make up the Secretariat...

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ILO Conference Opened: Bahamas On the ‘Right Track’ With BAMSI - Mar 5, 2015 - 2:29:31 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas has ‘gotten the message’ and is on the ‘right track’ for sustainability: these are the words expressed by the Director General of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Mr. Guy Ryder, during the two-day meeting held in Nassau, at the British Colonial Hilton March 3-4 under the theme ‘Decent Work for Sustainable Development.’

The Director General was referring to the creation of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI).

Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie, who officially opened the meeting, concurred with the ILO Director General...
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The Bahamas World Day of Prayer 6 March 2015 - Mar 5, 2015 - 2:12:26 PM

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World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. It is a movement initiated and carried out by women throughout the world. The motto of " Informed Prayer & Prayerful Action " signifies that prayer and action are inseparable.

This year the Christian women of The Bahamas have written a service around Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Although written by women, all are invited. Increasingly men and children are participating and over 36 hours, 170 countries will have taken part. This year the services will focus on the theme of ‘Jesus said to them...'

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Bishop Michael Eldon School calls on Bahamas Governor General - Mar 5, 2015 - 1:03:41 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Bishop Michael Eldon School, Freeport Grand Bahama, sixth grade students, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Pictured seated from left: Yvonne Lee, Wayne Smith, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Nicoya Cambridge, and Narissa Russell...

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Bahamas Governor General Signs National Tripartite Council Bill - Mar 5, 2015 - 11:56:28 AM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- A move towards enhancing labour relations in the country came to fruition with the signing of the National Tripartite Council Bill 2014 into law by Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Dame Marguerite signed the much-anticipated piece of legislation during a Courtesy Call at Government House by delegates of the Ninth International Labour Organization Meeting of the Caribbean Ministers of Labour on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Present for the historic signing were: Guy Ryder, Secretary General of the ILO; Giovanni di Cola, Director, ILO Office and Decent Work Team for the Caribbean; Christian Ramos Veloz, Senior Advisor...

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Bahamas government appoints new senator, Miss Robyn-Dawn Lynes - Mar 4, 2015 - 4:47:04 PM


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Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie announced Wednesday that he has advised Her Excellency Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling to appoint Miss Robyn-Dawn Lynes to fill the vacancy in the Senate.

In making the announcement of the new Senator, the Prime Minister said: “I am delighted that Robin has accepted my invitation to join our dynamic team in the Senate. She is a new generation thinker and activist who has a brilliant career in public life ahead of her. She is a highly intelligent, unselfishly motivated, young woman of deeply-held Christian beliefs who has already demonstrated an innovative...
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Singing and Choral Verse Speaking at National Arts Festival, Grand Bahama‏ - Mar 4, 2015 - 1:58:44 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Singing and Choral Verse Speaking were on the programme at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival in Grand Bahama on Tuesday, March 3, at the Grand Lucayan.  

BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna captured some of the performances...
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New ambulance for Grand Bahama Island - Mar 4, 2015 - 12:43:28 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Royal Bahamas Defence Force delivered an ambulance to the Public Hospitals Authority on Tuesday, which will be used in Grand Bahama at the Rand Memorial Hospital.

Present at the Handover Ceremony were: Dr. Bernard Nottage, Minister of National Security; Dr. Perry Gomez, Minister of Health; Captain Tellis Bethel, Deputy Commander RBDF; Herbert Brown, Managing Director PHA; Charlene Bain, Administrator Department of Public Health; Alvery Hanna, Director of EMS and PHA and Sgt. Captain Francis Saunders, RBDF Medical Officer.

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FATCA Compliance: Bahamas Races Toward the Finish Line with EY and Convey - Mar 4, 2015 - 12:10:27 PM

Ministry of Finance Enlists EY and Convey to Develop and Deploy FATCA Model

Nassau, Bahamas - The Government of the Bahamas through the Ministry of Finance announced today that it has moved to a new stage in the development and rollout of its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Model 1 Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). After a highly competitive bidding process, The Government of the Bahamas has awarded its FATCA project to EY.

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National Arts Festival gets underway in Grand Bahama‏ - Mar 4, 2015 - 11:46:21 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Annual E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival is currently underway and exhibits the artistry of young people around the islands.  In Freeport, Grand Bahama, students will display their talents in music, drama and dance for the judges through this week and next. 

Photos by BIS Photographer Patrick Hanna captured Tuesday’s Day 1 of the National Arts Festival in Grand Bahama, which is taking place at the Grand Lucayan...
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Fred Mitchell remarks to High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council in Geneva - Mar 4, 2015 - 11:22:13 AM

GENEVA, Switzerland - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas remarks to the 28th Session of The High Level Segment of The Human Rights Council from 2 – 5 March, 2015:

During an address to the General Assembly last year, I said there are three areas of priority to which the Bahamas Government will give attention: that of illegal immigration into The Bahamas, climate change and fighting crime.I am happy to see that these priorities are to be addressed in some form during this session of the Council...
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Bahamas Governor General Visits South Andros: Children Encouraged to Reach for the Stars - Mar 4, 2015 - 10:54:34 AM

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SOUTH ANDROS, The Bahamas – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie visited South Andros on Monday, and during that visit took particular time with school children of the South Andros District, inspiring them to aim high and be their very best. The children gathered from five schools in the area meeting at the high school in Kemp’s Bay for a Special Assembly.

Other accompanying officials were Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Education the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Health and MP for North Andros and the Berry Islands the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez, Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM and MP for Mangrove Cay and South Andros HE Picewell Forbes, and Undersecretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Philip Turner...
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Bahamas and ILO Excellent Working Relations, Benefits of Technical Assistance - Mar 4, 2015 - 1:38:48 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Hosting the Ninth International Labour Organization Meeting of Caribbean Labour Ministers is testament to the excellent working relationship between The Bahamas and that world body.

The Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour and National Insurance and Minister of the Public Service made the statement during the opening ceremony of a two-day conference designed to discuss pressing labour matters pertaining to the region...

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Agriculture Minister Addresses Leader of the Opposition’s Unauthorised Visit to BAMSI - Mar 3, 2015 - 9:05:53 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Development the Hon. V. Alfred Gray addressed the issue of recent attempts of the Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis to get onto the grounds of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute ( BAMSI ) in North Andros without proper authorisation. Minister Gray addressed it during a press conference at his office, Monday, March 2, 2015.

Minister Gray explained that the Leader of the Opposition and some of his supporters visited BAMSI unannounced on Sunday, March 1, and tried to gain unauthorised access to the facility despite the position of the security that was on duty at the time...
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New Bahamas School Registration Policy Announced - Mar 3, 2015 - 3:12:05 PM

To help with the registration and documentation of students, please be advised that commencing in the academic year 2015/2016, all compulsory school aged students (ages five to 16 years), will be required to possess either:

1) A Bahamian Passport.

2) A Birth Certificate, indicating a mother or father as a Bahamian citizen.

3) A permit authorizing the child to reside in The Bahamas...

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Gov't to ensure Bahamians have access to affordable, efficient and quality healthcare - Mar 2, 2015 - 9:50:51 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  – The Government of The Bahamas is committed to ensuring that all Bahamians have access to affordable, efficient and quality healthcare. As such, the government has launched the implementation strategy to ensure that all Bahamians have access to a Universal Health Insurance system.

“The mission of The Bahamas Government is to provide quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible to all its citizens” stated Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez. Details of the Universal Health Insurance plan will be announced by the Government after ongoing stakeholder consultations with all key parties have been concluded...
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Bahamas Minister of Works Addresses Infrastructural Developments in Mid-Term Budget Presentation - Mar 2, 2015 - 4:58:47 PM


Nassau, The Bahamas – The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development highlighted infrastructural initiatives in his mid-year budget presentation to Parliamentarians in the House of Assembly, February 25.

Among the initiatives is the implementation of a road maintenance and management system, a part of the strengthening component of the New Providence Infrastructure Improvement Programme, advocated and funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.

According to Minister Davis, “this approach has been partially effected by a strategically realigned procurement practice, awarding..."
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