"We Care Committee" Assists Colleagues with Medical Expenses
- Nov 26, 2014 - 5:17:03 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Members of The
Public Treasury Social Club "We Care Committee" held a fund-raising
Steak Out & Mini Fair in June to raise monies to assist three of
their colleagues who face the challenge of serious medical illness and
steep medical bills. The colleagues were presented with cheques on
Friday, November 21, 2014.
Pictured standing from left: Jennifer Carey,
Deborah Hanna, Garvell Johnson, Eugenia Cartwright, Sandra Archer,
Michelle Brennen and Arlene Barry. Beneficiaries of medical assistance,
sitting from left: Natasha Strachan, Lavardo Lewis, and Sharon
Bahamas Education Minister remarks at Naomi Blatch Preschool Regrading Ceremony
- Nov 26, 2014 - 1:40:07 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Remarks By The Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald Minister Of Education,
Science And Technology at The Official Regrading of Naomi Blatch Primary
School to Naomi Blatch Preschool at The Naomi Blatch Preschool Baillou
& John Roads Monday, 24th November, 2014:
Today is a testament of the priority of education at all levels. Both
the Ministry and Department of Education has placed a high value on
early childhood education and has made it of utmost importance to ensure
that preschoolers receive a quality education that truly prepares them
for grade school...
Prison Fellowship Bahamas calls on Governor General of The Bahamas
- Nov 26, 2014 - 1:02:13 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -
Prison Fellowship Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame
Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House, November
Pictured sitting from left: Rhoda Bain, Director of Volunteers;
Rev. Eric Josey, Executive Director; Dame Marguerite Pindling; Minister
Sands, President; and Dr. Olga A. Clarke, former Executive Director...
Grand Bahama Nov. 9 plane crash preliminary report complete
- Nov 25, 2014 - 5:41:25 PM
is advised that the Department of Civil Aviation is now in possession of a
Preliminary Report on the Freeport, Grand Bahama aircraft crash which took the
lives of nine persons, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th, 2014. The narrative of that report is now being
released by that Department. The report was prepared by the Air Accident
Investigation and Prevention Unit (AAIPU) of the Department on November 20th,
2014, and it contains specifics on the aircraft and crew, and on the weather conditions
and flight details.
According to the AAIPU report, both pilots Captain Stanley
Thurston, and First Officer Frahkan Cooper were licensed and certified by the
Federal Aviation Administration, and were in possession of valid first class
medical certificates, which were issued in November, 2014. Day instrument meteorological conditions
prevailed upon the departure of the aircraft from Odyssey Aviation...
Minister Griffin Visits Grand Bahama In Celebration of National Women’s Week 2014
- Nov 25, 2014 - 5:14:15 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of
Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin and a delegation from New Providence
visited Grand Bahama on Monday in celebration of National Women’s Week 2014.
At a press briefing at the Ministry for
Grand Bahama, Minister Griffin said the theme for the week is “Equality for
Women is Progress for All” -- a spin on the UN International Women’s Day in
March. She said the theme reflects
current issues in the country “in speaking to equality for women in our
Constitution, and we are aware that women’s rights are human rights; we have
the Constitutional Amendments before Parliament and we hope to have them passed
40 Years of The Bahamas and Cuba Diplomatic Relations
- Nov 25, 2014 - 2:58:08 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas and The Republic of Cuba celebrated 40 years of diplomatic
relations with a Reception held at Hotel RIU Palace Paradise Island on Monday, November
Bahamas and Cuba officially established diplomatic relations on November 30,
1974 and since then, the two countries have signed a number of agreements
beneficial to both countries.
among the various agreements has been collaboration in health and education...
Bahamas Minister Griffin on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women
- Nov 25, 2014 - 2:44:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, M.P., Minister Of Social
Services & Community Development, on the International Day For The
Elimination Of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2015):
Women activists against violence
against women have recognized November 25th as a day against
violence since 1981 as a result of the brutal assault in 1960 of the three
Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic on orders of the
Head of State, Rafael Trujillo. It was
in 1999 that the United Nations General Assembly designated 25th
November as the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and
invited governments, international organizations and Non-governmental
LPIA's New Radar Control Tower Near Completion
- Nov 25, 2014 - 2:29:25 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The new radar control tower, located at
the Lynden Pindling International Airport, is almost 90 percent complete. The
$14 million installation and other infrastructure are nearing final stages of
completion and are expected to be in operation by spring of next year. Prime
Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie lead a delegation of Cabinet Ministers
and Government Officials to view the new installation.
“It is one thing to speak of transformation but it is
another to come in and observe transformation in process,” said Mr. Christie. “Today,
what we are witnessing is a dramatic change in what we had in the past..."
Kingdom of Morocco Ambassador calls on Minisrty of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
- Nov 25, 2014 - 2:22:50 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - His Excellency
Mohammed Benjilany, the Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Morocco
to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, left, made a courtesy call on the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, November 24 to present his
copie d’usage of his Letters of Credence. He was greeted by Acting
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Works the Hon. Philip Davis...
The Bahamas Government writes to Jamaican Observer
- Nov 25, 2014 - 2:20:09 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following Letter to
The Editor has been written to the Jamaica Observer about an article on
the immigration policy of The Bahamas government. It is released to the
Bahamian public for general information:
The story contains a number of assertions
for which we should provide the facts as we know them to be for the
record about the Immigration policies of the Bahamas Government.
are concerned that the Jamaica Observer seems to have accepted
uncritically as statements of fact, what we believe we can objectively
show are inaccurate and inflammatory statements by the Grand Bahama
Human Rights Association.
Pre-Paid Card is Revolutionary and Forerunner of Safety Net Reform
- Nov 25, 2014 - 9:04:58 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The
introduction of pre-paid Visa cards for persons eligible for Social Service
benefits was described as “revolutionary” by Minister of Social Services, the
Hon. Melanie Griffin, during a visit to Grand Bahama on Monday. She said the pre-paid card programme is innovative,
and the first phase of the effort to implement safety net reform.
While at a press briefing at the
Ministry for Grand Bahama, the Minister described the introduction of the pre-paid
Visa card, which was launched last week in Nassau...
Bahamas Minister of Social Services, launches “Women’s Week”
- Nov 24, 2014 - 7:51:39 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas –
The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services, launched
“Women’s Week” with remarks at the morning worship service at the Church
of God of Prophecy, East Street, on Sunday. Pictured are women in
attendance to mark the start of the special week, November 23 to 29...
Bahamas works towards implementation of national health insurance
- Nov 24, 2014 - 3:07:26 PM
Grand Bahama – In congratulating retiring health care workers in Grand Bahama,
Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service, the Hon. D.
Shane Gibson stated that the Government of The Bahamas is working towards the
establishment of National Health Insurance.
He noted, “this is a pivotal time in our country – as we look at recent
reports in 2010, they said over 600 persons died as a result of not having
access to affordable health care.”
Gibson was guest speaker at the Grand Bahama Health Services Retirement Dinner
held Friday at Le Chateau on the Green in Freeport.
Sir Clifford Darling Heritage Festival Awards Recipients visit Governor General
- Nov 24, 2014 - 2:57:58 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency
Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, centre, welcomed recipients
of the Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Citizens Awards of the Sir
Clifford Darling Heritage Festival in a courtesy call at Government
House, November 24. Lady Darling is seated next to the Governor
Top selling Brownies awarded after “Cookie Week” in the Bahamas
- Nov 24, 2014 - 1:29:27 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame
Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, presented an award to the
Brownies who sold the most cookies during “Cookie Week” at the Bahamas
Girl Guides Association Annual General Meeting Saturday, November 23, at
The Bahamas Girl Guides Association celebrates ‘100 Years of
Influencing Lives,’ this year. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
One Bahamas Church Service Held
- Nov 24, 2014 - 1:01:27 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -
Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (left)
attended the celebration of One Bahamas in Sunday morning worship
service at Ebenezer Methodist Church, November 23.
Also taking part
were former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes
Co-Chairman of the One Bahamas Committee and former Governor
General, Sir Orville Turnquest, spoke at the service...
Kamalamee Honours visits Bahamas Governor General
- Nov 24, 2014 - 12:21:25 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- C. McMahon Campbell,
co-founder and producer of the Kamalamee Honours, paid a courtesy call
on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, November
21, to present Dame Marguerite with 2013 and 2014 Kamalamee Honours
portraits, at Government House.
the past 4 years The Kamalamee Organization has inducted hundreds of
outstanding Bahamians and Bahamian residents to its Bahamian Heroes
Honours collection and online database at www.kamalamee.com.
Bahamas Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive Kick-Off
- Nov 24, 2014 - 11:45:02 AM
The Bahamas – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, made
the first donation to the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive at the Mall at
Marathon on Saturday, launching the annual effort that organizes a battalion of
Bell Ringers to raise funds for its causes.
At this 2014 launch, Dame Marguerite brought
remarks in support of the Kettle Drive and the work of the Salvation Army.
She is pictured with Salvation Army Bell Ringers
and, at right, Divisional Commander Major Lester Ferguson. The Salvation Army in The Bahamas has a Food
Programme, Family Services, Women’s Shelter, Thrift Store...
Bahamas Children’s Registry Expected to Play Key Role in Reducing Abuse
- Nov 24, 2014 - 1:27:00 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Officials at the
Ministry of Social Services and Community Development are "well on the
way" towards establishing a Children's Registry in the Commonwealth of
The Registry will be responsible for receiving,
recording and referring reports of child abuse to the Child Protection
Unit of the Department of Social Services and to the Police.
of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S.
Griffin said the establishment of the Children's Registry is one of a
number of measures the Government of The Bahamas has undertaken, or will
undertake, to ensure the protection of children in The Bahamas, while
reducing the incidences of child abuse within the country.,,
Foreign Affairs Minister meets with IOM representatives
- Nov 23, 2014 - 3:02:47 PM
The Ambassador was
accompanied by Ms. Aqueda Marin, Regional Technical Specialist of
Counter-trafficking and the Minister was joined by Mrs. Cleola Hamilton,
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration and the Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Immigration and the Dept. of Immigration.
The Courtesy Call
provided an opportunity for both the Minister and Ambassador to have a
frank conversation on irregular Migration in The Bahamas pursuant to the
signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Bahamas and the
International Organization for Migration in September during the 69th
United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change...