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Ministry of Education to Move Towards Digital Textbook Initiative - Mar 25, 2017 - 10:46:55 AM

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Digitization of textbooks is on the horizon for public schools. The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology made the announcement during the official launch of the Bahamas Primary Mathematics series on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at SuperClubs Breezes.

“In the public school system we are educating 75-80 percent of the student population. You can imagine the requirement or the need for us to provide text material. It is overwhelming from year-to-year,” he said.
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Bahamas All Stars Marching Band participates in St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:01:08 PM

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The Bahamas All Star Marching Band has done it once again by representing our country well in another unforgettable performance abroad.

The name “Bahamas All Stars” should be very familiar; this is not their first performance for an international audience.

Since its inception in 2011, the All Stars have participated in numerous events both locally and internationally such as the Florida Blue Classics: Battle of the Bands; Howard University Homecoming in Washington, DC; the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City; Battle for Atlantis and many others...
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Prime Minister Christie's Speaks to NTA Grads - Mar 24, 2017 - 8:52:48 PM

Speaking Notes For The Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at The Graduation Exercise of the 7th Cohort of NTA Trainees March 23rd at 6:30p.m:

1. A Prime Minister that believes in the Bahamas and Bahamians. Be assured that this sentiment pulsates from the very core of my inner being.

2. Since our previous term in government 2002-2007 we recognized that there were things we needed to do to assist Bahamians who do not have the skills or education they need to compete for twenty first century jobs. There was also the recognition that being academically challenged or not being the brightest or smartest student does not mean that an individual is not equipped with the attributes (soft skills) and competencies that can contribute to success in his or her area of endeavour...
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Prime Minister Christie Addresses Entrepreneurs at Securities Commission-Chamber SME Seminar - Mar 24, 2017 - 5:49:52 PM

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Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, centre, addressed a seminar sponsored by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers' Confederation (BCCEC) on "Crowdfunding & SME: A New Way to Fund Your Business" at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday.  The seminar aimed to further assist entrepreneurs of small and medium business enterprises. 

Among those pictured with the Prime Minister are, Minister of Financial Services and Local Government the Hon. Hope Strachan, third left; Executive Director of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas Christina Rolle, third right; Chairman of BCCEC Gowan Bowe, right; CEO of BCCEC Edison Sumner, second left; and Deputy Manager, Policy and Compliance, Securities Commission Christian Adderley, left.
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Grand Bahama Fishermen Receive Assistance - Mar 24, 2017 - 5:41:48 PM

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In an effort to assist Grand Bahamian fishermen who suffered great loss during Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, the Ministry for Grand Bahama, headed by the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, presented coupons to a number of local fishermen on Thursday, March 23, 2017.  

Making the presentation on behalf of the Minister was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Grand Bahama Melvin Seymour, who stated: “The government is very happy to be able to present you with these coupons, which will help to recoup some of your losses, not all of them, because we cannot replace all that you have lost,” said Mr. Seymour.
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Bahamas Trade Information Portal Days Away - Mar 24, 2017 - 5:35:29 PM

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Minister of Financial Services and Local Government, the Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan was in Grand Bahama Friday to begin the process of sensitizing the business community on the Bahamas Trade Information Service Portal, which is set for April 6, 2017 launch.

Minister Strachan joined the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville at a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama to announce the much anticipated project...
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Bahamas Government enters into a landmark agreement with the US to regain control of airspace - Mar 24, 2017 - 5:19:39 PM

In a milestone moment for the country, The Bahamas Government enters into an unprecedented agreement with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to regain control of Bahamian airspace.

In 2010, Hubert Ingraham said The Bahamas would never gain control of its airspace.  He and his colleagues doubted what Bahamians could accomplish, and did not fight for our sovereignty.
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Team Participates in Consumer Welfare Unit Exhibit in Grand Bahama - Mar 24, 2017 - 4:00:10 PM

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The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) celebrated World Consumer Rights Day under the theme ‘Building a Digital World Consumer Can Trust “March 15th 2017."

CPC Team travelled to Freeport Grand Bahama for its monthly board meeting and participated in an exhibition hosted by the Consumer Welfare Unit, Ministry of Labour & National Insurance...
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MOFA Model United Nations (MUN) to take place March 31st - Mar 24, 2017 - 1:25:16 PM

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the Model United Nations (MUN) Session 2017 on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Students of 15 secondary schools, public and private, from several islands of The Bahamas, will participate in a United Nations simulation exercise in which they will discuss timely topics from the perspective of each member country, represented by: Haiti, Syria, Turkey, UK, Kenya, Germany, Norway, Canada, Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, China, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Cuba, US, and The Bahamas -- towards learning to become informed and engaged citizens of the world...
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Primary Mathematics Text Book Series launched - Mar 24, 2017 - 1:04:37 PM

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The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) in association with Hodder Education Publications officially launched the only primary Mathematics text book series published in association with MOEST during a ceremony at SuperClubs Breezes on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

The Mathematics series for grades one through six is a public/private initiative that was coordinated by Senior Education Officer Dr. Joan Rolle and a team of curriculum officers and teachers from independent and public schools...
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Bahamian Officials Meet at OECD Headquarters on Common Reporting Standard Implementation - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:46:06 PM

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Bahamian officials met with officials of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, on March 16, 2017.  The meeting was held at the OECD Headquarters to discuss The Bahamas’ progress on implementation of the OECD Common Reporting Standard.

Pictured L-R:Kenrah Newry – Assistant Director of Legal Affairs, Office of the Attorney General, Marco Rolle - Permanent Secretary, Office of the Attorney General, Radhanath Housden – Head of Automatic Exchange of Information Unit for the Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson – Senator, Minister of Legal Affairs and Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Monica Bhatia – Head of the Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan...
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Harbour Island and Spanish Wells Clinics Renovation Contracts Signed - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:18:33 PM

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Formal contracts for the renovation of community clinics in Harbour Island and Spanish Wells, Eleuthera have been signed.

Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. the Honourable Michael Darville, who heads the Government’s clinic renovation initiative traveled with Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority Mr. Herbert Brown and Administrator of Community Health Services in the Department of Public Health Ms. Charlene Bain and a team of officials from the Public Hospitals Authority and the Department of Public Health traveled to celebrate the agreements on site at the clinics in brief signing ceremonies on Wednesday, March 22nd...
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The Bahamas signs two Aviation Accords with the FAA - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:00:38 PM

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The government has signed what is being called a ‘landmark’ document on behalf of the country. The Ministry of Transport and Aviation signed a ‘Declaration of Intent on Flight Information Region’ (FIR) with the United States via the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The government also signed a second document – a Radar Data Sharing partnership.

The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration at the Goodman’s Bay Corporate Centre, March 22, 2017...
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Ministry of Environment's Forestry Week Team Visits Grand Bahama - Mar 24, 2017 - 10:38:56 AM

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As a part of the activities to celebrate Forestry Week, Christopher Russell, Director, Ministry of the Environment and Housing, with responsibility for Forestry Awareness, visited Grand Bahama on Thursday, March 23. 

Among the activities for the week have been a Proclamation by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie; panel discussions with high school students to educate them on Forestry and a Town Meeting held on Thursday evening at East End...
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National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Pays Courtesy Call on Ministry for Grand Bahama - Mar 24, 2017 - 9:32:18 AM

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Members of The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Grand Bahama Island, paid a courtesy call on the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Thursday, March 23. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the Ministry with their functions and challenges. 

Shown from left are: Lester Ferguson, Executive Secretary, Commission; Pauline Bowen-Forbes, Senior Welfare Officer, Disability Affairs Unit of the Department of Social Services; Maxine Stubbs, Commissioner; Harcourt Brown, Senior Under Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; DeCosta Bethel, Chairman; Anthony Hamilton, Commissioner; Dorothea Gomez, Chief Welfare Officer, Department of Social Services...
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Bahamas places a precautionary ban of meat imports from Brazil - Mar 24, 2017 - 5:04:23 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources is aware of the meat scandal unfolding in Brazil relative to food inspectors taking bribes to allow sales of rotten and salmonella-tainted meats. Sr. Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister, advised that the government of Brazil has suspended exports from 21 meat-processing units.

To safeguard public health and food safety in The Bahamas, the Minister for Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, has announced a precautionary ban of meat imports from Brazil...
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DPM Davis: Minnis absent from Parliament again - Mar 23, 2017 - 6:31:37 PM

Another day in the House of the Assembly, another chair left empty by FNM leader Hubert Minnis.

His latest no-show performance is a clear indication that he is avoiding all possibility of being exposed as unable to defend his misstatements on matters of national importance.

Today, the Prime Minister shared with colleagues that an important milestone has been realized with the handover of facilities at Baha Mar by the general contractor to the new owner. The handover will ensure adequate preparations for the smooth opening next month on April 21st of the following components of this world class resort...

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Improvements to Public Health Centres Accelerating Public Healthcare Transformation - Mar 23, 2017 - 12:35:53 PM

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Contract signings for a total of $800,000 of renovation works to the South Beach Clinic and the Flamingo Gardens Clinic were implemented in an official ceremony, March 21, 2017, at South Beach Clinic, by Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Michael Darville and Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority, joined by local contractors.

The projected renovations to the Flamingo Gardens and South Beach Health facilities in New Providence are part of the Government’s ‘accelerated efforts’ to enhance efficiencies in the delivery of service at local public health institutions throughout The Bahamas ahead of the phased implementation of National Health Insurance (NHI)...

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Statement on Deadly Explosion in St Lucia - Mar 22, 2017 - 8:23:54 PM

The Ministry has learned of a explosion 22 March in the north of St. Lucia at a quarry, resulting the death of four persons and injuries to more than a dozen others. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Government and people of St.  Lucia at this difficult time.

To date there are no reports of Bahamians who might have been affected. The Ministry will continue to monitor the situation...
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PM Informs House of Assembly of 'Important Milestone' for Baha Mar - Mar 22, 2017 - 7:25:55 PM

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie told House of Assembly members on Wednesday that it gave him great pleasure to inform them that on the day before, March 21, 2017, “an important milestone of progress” was realized towards the successful completion and opening of the mega Baha Mar resort, with the handover of facilities by the general contractor China Construction to the new Purchaser CTFBM Holdings Ltd.

He pointed out that the handover and the issuance of a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy will ensure adequate preparations for the smooth opening next month on 21st April, 2017 of the following components of this world class resort...
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