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Hon. Thomas Desmond Bannister Minister Of Public Works on BPL - Aug 15, 2018 - 10:28:54 AM
Statement By Hon. Thomas Desmond Bannister Minister Of Public Works:

As Minister with portfolio responsibility for Bahamas Power and Light I wish to thank the outgoing Board members for their service. 

I have delayed issuing this statement out of respect for a Board member who is travelling and could not easily be contacted.  I have still not been successful in contacting that member.

The outgoing Board may proudly point to a number of notable accomplishments during their tenure...
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Ministry of Finance Response to Moody’s Report of August 14, 2018 - Aug 14, 2018 - 11:46:19 PM

The ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service in its latest rating assessment of The Bahamas, maintained its Baa3 negative rating, which is unchanged from its previous report. I am pleased to report to the country that this independent assessment reflects stabilization in our sovereign credit profile following four years of successive rating downgrades. This represents a critical first step in addressing and reversing years of fiscal mismanagement.

As outlined in the recent budget exercise, the Government’s combination of economic initiatives, including: the introduction of focused fiscal measures; the imminent introduction of fiscal responsibility legislation...
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Official Handover of SAFE 25 Full Cabin Response Boat and Accessories from US to Bahamas Government - Aug 14, 2018 - 8:55:41 PM

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During the Official Handover Ceremony of a SAFE 25 Full Cabin Response Boat and Accessories, on August 14, 2018, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames expressed gratitude in behalf of the Government and the people of The Bahamas to the US Embassy, which, he stated, yet again demonstrates the two countries' diplomatic and close relations “over these many years”.

“Today’s handover ceremony marks a significant milestone in the bilateral relationship between our two countries,” Minister Dames said, during the event held at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Harbour Patrol Unit on East Bay Street...
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Teacher Education Grant Award Ceremony - Aug 14, 2018 - 4:09:01 PM

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The Government of The Bahamas has invested in 54 teacher education grant recipients who have been awarded scholarships tenable at the University of The Bahamas. The group, comprising four young men and 50 young women from across the archipelago, received their certificates and special awards during the first Teacher Education Grant Award Ceremony, August 13, 2018 at National Training Agency.

In return for the government’s investment in them, the Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd admonished the students to be “creatively disruptive” -- in a state of constant renewal -- and giving back to their society...
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Farewell Banquet in Grand Bahama Honours Archdeacon Harry Bain - Aug 14, 2018 - 2:48:00 PM

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A farewell banquet honouring the Venerable Harry Bain, Anglican Archdeacon of the Northern Bahamas and Rector of Christ the King, Freeport, was held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom. The sold-out event was attended by a cross-section of the community along with representatives of Anglican churches in Grand Bahama and Bimini. 

Present for the event was the Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands...
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Jewel Edwards, Appointed NTA’s Executive Chairman - Aug 14, 2018 - 12:50:11 PM

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Jewel Edwards has been appointed Executive Chairman of the National Training Agency (NTA).

Ms. Edwards is a respected corporate executive, business consultant, motivational speaker and transformational leader.

Passionate about excellence, empowerment, and service, she is a native of Eleuthera, The Bahamas, who began her career as a Hospitality Executive in Tourism, working in various capacities as Director of Sales & Marketing, Human Resources Director...
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BIS announces passing of Greg Christie - Aug 13, 2018 - 7:57:44 PM

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Bahamas Information Services announced today the passing of veteran journalist and sporting executive Mr. Gregory Christie.

Mr. Christie, who took ill several months ago, died at Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence last evening.  He was 70 years old.

Mr. Christie began his career in journalism in 1970, and worked at the FREEPORT NEWS as its Editor and Special Projects Officer.  Over the years, he also headed his own public relations company, GregChris...
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Acute Care Project at PMH getting a shot in the arm - Aug 13, 2018 - 4:04:28 PM
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Plans to transform the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital to meet Health’s mandate for the country’s Acute Care Project at PMH, South Beach and Elizabeth Estates Clinics got a shot in the arm August 8, 2018 as officials from the Public Hospitals Authority and TDG Architects signed a contract for the completion of construction documents which will oversee the work at the Accident and Emergency Department.  The project which will be staged owing to the ‘live environment’ in the Emergency Room has a completion timeline of 18 months.

On hand to witness the signing was Minister of Health Dr. the Honourable Duane E. Sands who has been a long-time advocate for the implementation of a model that would foster enhanced synergies between the hospital’s Emergency Department and the South Beach and Elizabeth Estates Community Clinics...
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Prime Minister accompanies Minister of Education on Tour of Schools - Aug 13, 2018 - 3:39:31 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis accompanied Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd to inspect the level of readiness of several government schools, prior to 2018 Fall Term.

The schools visited on Saturday, August 10, 2018 were: H.O. Nash Junior High on Dolphin Drive, Eva Hilton Primary School (under construction) on Gregory Street, T.G. Glover Primary School on Horse Shoe Drive, A.F. Adderley Junior High on Harold Road (under extensive repairs),  S.C. McPherson Junior High School on Baillou Hill Road, and Doris Johnson Senior High School on Prince Charles Drive...
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RB to take legal action over children denied schooling - Aug 13, 2018 - 2:39:24 PM

It has come to the attention of Rights Bahamas that despite Minister Lloyd’s decree that no child in The Bahamas shall be denied the right to an education, certain public schools continue to demand proof of status from students.

This constitutes a direct violation of the policy outlined by Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd, who told educators: “You have no right, you have no authority to deny anyone access to our education system...
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Business Owners Hear of Tax Concessions for Over-the-Hill - Aug 13, 2018 - 2:19:32 PM

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The first in a series of workshops aimed at explaining provisions under the Economic Empowerment Zones Bill 2018 was held August 9 at Salem Union Baptist Church Hall, Taylor Street.

The proposed measure has been debated and passed in the House of Assembly and the Senate on July 26 and August 9, 2018, respectively...
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Keith Thompson Sworn In as Justice of the Supreme Court - Aug 13, 2018 - 1:33:25 PM

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Keith Thompson was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Government House. 

(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)...
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Queen’s College Student is 2018 All-Bahamas Merit Scholar - Aug 13, 2018 - 12:57:07 PM

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Aaron Edgecombe has earned the coveted 2018 All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship Award. The prestigious award was bestowed on the Queen’s College graduate by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, August 9, during the All-Bahamas Merit and National Merit Scholars Award Ceremony at Government House.

He is the 24th scholar to receive the title of All-Bahamas Merit Scholar since introduction of the award in 1993.  An aspiring engineer, Edgecombe, plans to pursue studies toward a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Miami.  His scholarship is valued at $140,000...
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Ministry Of Health: Gastrointestinal illness at hotel property - Aug 13, 2018 - 10:00:37 AM

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the Public that it is monitoring developments at a hotel property in New Providence which has reported a number of guests and staff experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Since notification on 7th August, the Ministry of Health and Department of Environmental Health teams have made multiple visits to the property and can report that recommended prevention and control measures have been or are being implemented by hotel management...
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BNT reaffirms support to protect Lighthouse Point - Aug 10, 2018 - 10:39:04 PM

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The BNT Council in April of 2013 approved a resolution to support efforts of the One Eleuthera Foundation and the Eleuthera Land Conservancy to protect Lighthouse Point from “unsustainable development”.

The Bahamas National Trust wishes to go on record to confirm that we remain opposed to unsustainable development at Lighthouse Point.  It is our opinion that a Cruise Development would not be sustainable and the environmental impact would be significant. BNT has met with and written to the Prime Minister to state our position supporting the protection of Lighthouse Point...
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Justice Stephen Isaacs sworn In as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court - Aug 10, 2018 - 6:31:52 PM

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Justice Stephen Isaacs was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling during a ceremony in the Ballroom of Government House, Mount Fitzwilliam, on Friday, August 10, 2018.  In the group photo, also pictured is Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Carl Bethel. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...
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Pop-Up Farmer's Market - 'Uriah McPhee Park' on Saturday, August 11 - Aug 10, 2018 - 4:56:44 PM

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The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) held Press Conference, August 10, 2018, to announce the 'Pop-Up' Farmer's Market to open on Saturday, August 11, in historic Freetown, New Providence -- at Williams Lane Park, commonly known as 'Uriah McPhee Park' -- near the said school off Kemp Road -- from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Pictured at the press conference are Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Dionisio D'Aguilar (centre left), Executive Chairman of BAIC Michael Foulkes (centre right), Senior Deputy General Manager/Entrepreneurial Planning Development Debbie Strachan (left), and General Manager Benjamin Rahming... 
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All Bahamas Merit and National Merit Scholars Awarded Scholarships - Aug 10, 2018 - 1:47:15 PM

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The stellar achievements of 13 students were celebrated at the 24th All Bahamas Merit & National Merit Scholars Award Ceremony, Thursday, August 9 in the Ballroom of Government House, Mount Fitzwilliam.

The scholars, who are graduates of Queen’s College, St. Augustine’s College and St. John’s College, are recipients of prestigious scholarships that afford them the opportunity to attend accredited universities locally and abroad...
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State-Recognized Funeral for Telator Strachan - Aug 10, 2018 - 11:41:12 AM

The Cabinet Office announces today that a State-Recognized Funeral will be held for the late Mrs. Telator Strachan, O.B.E, former Senator, on Friday, 17th August, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Faith United Missionary Baptist Church, #31 Faith United Way, off Baillou Hill Road South.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road...
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Cabinet Office on Taranique Thurston - Aug 10, 2018 - 8:11:28 AM

The Cabinet Office announces that contrary to the information in The Tribune of 10th August, 2018 under the caption “WE’LL PAY TARANIQUE’S BILLS”, the Government of The Bahamas has made no such offer or promise.  The Cabinet Office refutes these claims categorically....
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