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Bahamas Government welcomes tier one TIP designation - Jul 27, 2015 - 6:19:02 PM

The Bahamas welcomes the country’s designation by the United States government to tier one status in the US State Department's 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.

With today’s announcement, the commitment of The Bahamas in fighting modern day slavery should not be in doubt.  

We thank all responsible for this recognition.

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PM Christie's Speech at CANTO 31st Annual Conference & Trade Show in Miami - Jul 27, 2015 - 1:34:29 PM

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Prime Minister of The Bahamas Rt. Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie, M.P. Keynote Speaker CANTO 31st Annual Conference & Trade Show at Miami Hyatt Regency Hotel Sunday, 26th July, 2015.

Theme: "Improving Lives through Broadband Innovation":

I wish to thank Mr. Julian Wilkins the Chairman of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) and Vice President of Digicel Trinidad & Tobago and his Vice Chairman Mr. Leon Williams CEO of BTC and Senior Vice President of Cable & Wireless for the invitation to speak at this historic 31st Annual CANTO Conference and Trade Show
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Deputy to the Governor General Sworn In‏ - Jul 27, 2015 - 10:23:36 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas - Mr. Oswald Ingraham, left, was sworn in as Deputy to the Governor General by Chief Justice Sir Hartman Longley on Sunday, July 26, at Government House...
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DPM Davis remarks at 4th Annual Andros Business Outlook - July 23, 2015‏ - Jul 26, 2015 - 7:32:22 PM

Andros Island, The Bahamas -
Remarks by Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Works & Urban Development on the Occasion of the Fourth Annual Andros Business Outlook on Thursday, 23rd July 2015, 10:00 a.m. Daniel’s Resort Nichol’s Town, North Andros:

I bring apologies on behalf of our Prime Minister, who was scheduled to speak to you this morning.  I am certain that you understand the urgency of matters that he is dealing with that are critical to our national development
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Minister Strachan Addressed Meeting of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. at Atlantis‏ - Jul 26, 2015 - 3:24:44 PM

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ATLANTIS, Paradise Island -- Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Hope Strachan addressed the Eastern Region Plenary of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in the Grand Ballroom of Atlantis, Paradise Island, on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. 

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization for children aged 2 to 19 years, and their mothers -- dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty...
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Work Started on Sustainable Development Plan for Andros - Jul 26, 2015 - 12:15:57 AM


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NICHOLL’S TOWN, Andros – The Government of the Bahamas has commenced work on a sustainable development plan for the island of Andros. The project is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, led by The Office of the Prime Minister and supported by the Natural Capital Group, a researcher of the College of The Bahamas and local consulting firm.

In the absence of Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie (who was traveling), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis delivered the keynote address at the 4th Annual Andros Business Outlook. The event was held on Thursday, July 23, at Daniel’s Dream Centre...

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Passports Now at 12-Week Wait Period - Jul 25, 2015 - 6:50:41 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama  - Receiving your passport is now at a 12-week wait period due to an overwhelming demand, said Minister responsible, the Hon. Fred Mitchell, during a press conference at Bahamas Information Services on Friday.

The Minister addressed the concerns in Grand Bahama pertaining to passport delays and the new expediting fee of $200...
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Former Bahamas Salvation Army head appointed executive secretary of Disability Commission Secretariat - Jul 25, 2015 - 6:11:54 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Former Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army in The Bahamas Lester Ferguson has been appointed Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the National Commission for Persons with Disability.

Mr. Ferguson was the first Bahamian to serve as Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army in The Bahamas and was also its longest serving Divisional Commander, having served in that capacity for ten consecutive years...
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Road to Queen E. Sports Center named ‘Mychal Thompson Boulevard’ - Jul 24, 2015 - 4:02:05 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – One of the country’s most outstanding athletes has been recognized in a significant way. Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson’s name is now permanently etched on the main road leading to the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center. That road has been named ‘Mychal Thompson Boulevard.’ In addition, a ceremony featuring the unveiling of portraits of Bahamian Athletic legends was also held on the occasion. Both events were held on the evening of Thursday, July 23, on the grounds of the sports center.

Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie was in attendance and delivered remarks. Mr. Christie thanked Mr. Thompson for his contributions in basketball (as a former member of the National Basketball Association [NBA]) and said that Mr. Thompson was one of the country’s ‘top ambassadors...
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Hawksbill Creek Agreement Given Six-Month Extension for Further Analysis - Jul 24, 2015 - 12:27:51 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas --In a communication to the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Prime Minister of The Bahamas the Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie said the Hawksbill Creek Agreement will be extended by six months.

The Hawksbill Creek Grand Bahama (Deep Water Harbour and Industrial Area) (Extension of Tax Exemption Period) Act, 1993 is set to expire on August 4, 2015.

He said, "In the interests of clarity, the tax concessions are available to licencees in the Port Area of Grand Bahama – better known as Freeport, and include the following...
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RISE Programme to Reduce Poverty, Produce Healthier, Better-Educated Children and Families - Jul 24, 2015 - 12:25:03 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Almost 400 persons have already registered for the RISE (Renewing, Inspiring, Sustaining, Empowering) Programme which was launched less than one month ago in New Providence.

The RISE Programme is the official name for the country’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Programme that will be introduced by the Department of Social Services of the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development under the auspices of the Government of The Bahamas’ Social Safety Net Programme, and is being supported by funding from the Inter-American Development Bank...
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Bahamas Electricity Corporation Management Deal Signed - Jul 24, 2015 - 6:13:40 AM

Signing of Transition Services Agreement with PowerSecure for Management of The Bahamas Electricity Corporation

Nassau, Bahamas - The Government is very pleased to announce that today the country has taken another important step forward towards reducing the cost of electricity and increasing the reliability of power in the Bahamas with the signing of a transition services agreement with PowerSecure, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of PowerSecure International, Inc.

With this transition services agreement now in place, PowerSecure will finalize the business plan over the next 60 days, which will provide specific recommendations regarding how PowerSecure...
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Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Bahamas' greatest swimmer - Jul 23, 2015 - 11:57:04 PM

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The Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture extends congratulations to our newest Golden Girl; Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace for her outstanding, record breaking gold medal performance at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games in the 50m freestyle event.  

Arianna has cemented her status as the Bahamas’ greatest swimmer and is now ranked at number four in the world in the 50m freestyle.

We wish her continued success in the August World Long Course Championships and the road ahead to the 2016 Rio Olympics
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Bahamas Government Increases National Minimum Wage by 40 Percent - Jul 23, 2015 - 11:07:22 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government has moved to increase the national minimum wage by 40 percent, the Minister of Labour and National Insurance and the Minister of the Public Service the Hon. Shane Gibson officially announced in a Communication in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pursuant to Section 4(3) of the Minimum Wage Act, Chapter 321C, in his capacity as Minister with responsibility for Labour, Mr. Gibson signed the Minimum Wages Order to increase the minimum wage to $210 per week or $42 per day or $5.25 per hour.
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‘Thunderbird,’ ‘Queen Drucilla’ Dominate Grand Bahama Regatta - Jul 23, 2015 - 10:16:11 PM


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TAINO BEACH, Grand Bahama – The sport of Sloop Sailing is perhaps the most celebrated event in The Bahamas and this past weekend, Grand Bahama was the place to be as hundreds came to Taino Beach for the Grand Bahama Regatta.

Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee and the crew of the Thunderbird completely dominated the eight-boat “C” Class, winning all three of the exciting sponsored races for a total of 22 points, followed by H2O with 19, and the Sweet Island Gal with 17 points.
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First Phase of Small Home Repairs Project: A Resounding Success Says Deputy Prime Minister - Jul 23, 2015 - 9:05:13 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis touted the success of the Government’s Urban Renewal Programme underscoring that the quality of life for residents in the communities of Bain and Grants Town, Centreville and Englerston has been positively impacted by it.

In his communication to the House of Assembly, Wednesday, July 23, the Deputy Prime Minister acknowledged that Urban Renewal 2.0 is not a “panacea” for all social ills, however the urban and traditional communities are “the richer” because of the programme...
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Foreign Affairs & Immigration talks 'Passports' at Nassau Rotary Club - Jul 23, 2015 - 6:39:51 PM
"Bahamians who presently do not need visas to enter Canada will have to apply in advance"

I will try to provide some basic information and then if there are any questions I will be happy to answer them.

I want to advise the public that the Ministry of Finance has now approved the provision of overtime work for the passport office for the month of August.  We welcome this decision as it will help us to improve substantially the backlog of passport requests.

We again remind the public of the dedicated e mail address for those who have received a date certain and that date has passed and they need to have their passports for urgent reasons...

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FAO Workshop Addresses Hunger and Poverty in The Bahamas - Jul 23, 2015 - 2:15:23 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The development of a Country Programming Framework (CPF) that will assist with the eradication of poverty and hunger in The Bahamas was the focus of a workshop held Wednesday, July 22 at the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation, Old Trail Road.

The one-day workshop, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, engaged representatives of government agencies and various stakeholders.
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National Development Plan Secretariat Visits Family Islands - Jul 23, 2015 - 10:43:42 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Development Plan Secretariat of the Office of the Prime Minister is conducting visits to the Family Islands in order to engage in Community/Town Hall Meetings as well as consultations with Local Government, community leaders and the business sectors. On Monday, July 20, the Secretariat visited Andros (Mangrove Cay and South Andros) and is currently in Inagua, moving on soon to visit Eleuthera. Photos by Patrick Hanna of BIS show the Andros visit...

Photos enclosed...
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Mychal Thompson Foundation launched in Grand Bahama - Jul 22, 2015 - 6:13:50 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas – Well-known Bahamian basketball player Mychal "Sweet Bells" Thompson launched the The Mychal Thompson Foundation at the Eight Mile Rock School Gym on Saturday, July 18, to assist Bahamian youth in achieving academic and athletic dreams.    Speaking on behalf of Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville,  Mr. Harcourt Brown, Undersecretary of the Ministry for Grand Bahama encouraged young people to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.
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