Reported case of Ebola in The Bahamas on the internet “BOGUS”
- Sep 18, 2014 - 2:31:58 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Statement by Minister of Health, the Hon. Perry Gomez:
today it was brought to the attention of senior officials of the
Ministry of Health that a bogus claim was posted on the internet
indicating that a confirmed case of Ebola was reported in The Bahamas.
would like to make it completely clear that this posting is completely
untrue. However, hospital officials did indicate that late Sunday night
the US Embassy in The Bahamas responded to a call to rescue a very ill
person on a freighter passing through Bahamian waters...
Hon. Fred Mitchell statement on new Bahamas Immigration policies
- Sep 18, 2014 - 2:15:51 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Fred Mitchell, MP,
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
With immediate effect, we will not accept
applications for people who do not have legal status in The Bahamas to
work and anyone who comes to do so the application will be refused and
the applicant will be arrested and charged and deported.
Cabinet is considering a permanent prospective ban on all people who
have come here illegally and have been deported so that they will not
ever be able to qualify for a permanent status in The Bahamas.
are allowing a period for comment before proceeding with a formal
proposal in this regard. The intention is to have new regulations or
policies in place on this subject by 1st January 2015, subject to any
Bahamas Finance Confirms VAT Applies to GBPA Taxable Services
- Sep 18, 2014 - 12:48:17 AM
As a result of
recent press reports that suggest possible ambiguity as to the VAT
treatment of supplies of services made in the Port area between Grand
Bahama Port Authority licensees within the backdrop of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement, the Ministry of Finance has issued this response:
Ministry of Finance wishes to reaffirm that the VAT Act that was
recently passed by Parliament clearly sets out the VAT treatment of such
supplies. Specifically, section 3.(3)(a) states that the VAT Act does
not apply where: ‘a supply of goods within the Port Area is made by a
taxable person who is a Port Licensee to another Port Licensee and the
goods are of a kind and for a use within the customs duties exemptions
in clause 2 of Hawksbill’,” said Bahamas Financial Secretary, John
Grand Bahama Public Service Week Celebration Plans Gear Up
- Sep 17, 2014 - 11:01:31 PM
FREEPORT, The Bahamas – The Northern Region
Public Service Week Planning Committee, in celebration of the 15th
Annual Public Service Week and Recognition of Retirees under the theme,
"Charting the Course, Serving the Nation, Securing the Future" held a
press conference at the Public Service offices, National Insurance
Building, September 17.
In observance of national Public Service
Week, October 14-26, 2014, the Planning Committee announced that this
year the over 25 years of dedicated service of 18 retired public
officers will be celebrated. They also announced that on September 20,
2014 there will be a Fun Run/Walk & Health Screening...
'Us Too Bahamas' calls on Governor General
- Sep 17, 2014 - 8:42:11 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas - Members of ‘Us Too Bahamas Chapter, Prostate Cancer Education and
Support’ paid a courtesy on Her Excellency the Governor General Dame
Marguerite Pindling at Government House, September 17, 2014.
Pictured seated from left: Jack Sturrup, Wendell Barry (Secretary of ‘Us
Too Bahamas Chapter’), Dame Marguerite Pindling, Bishop Osborne F.
Rolle, and Reginald A. Wells. Standing from left: Christopher Rahming,
Kenneth C. Bethell, Hubert A. Pratt and Alfred R. Rolle...
Brazilian Ambassador callsl on the Governor General
- Sep 17, 2014 - 10:23:27 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Her Excellency Dame
Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, welcomed His Excellency C. E.
Sette Camara Da Fonseca Costa, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of
Brazil to The Bahamas, September 16, during a Courtesy Call.
Bahamas Department of Social Services Celebrates 50 Years
- Sep 16, 2014 - 3:45:54 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The modern
Bahamas could not exist without the Department of Social Services,
Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie
S. Griffin said.
Addressing a two-day Mall at Marathon exhibit
launching the 50th Anniversary celebrations of state-operated social
welfare services in The Bahamas, Mrs. Griffin said, September 12, the
Department of Social Services (DOSS) has expanded to become one of the
largest departments of the Government since its launch in 1964, with its
reach now extending to the “furthest islands of the archipelago...”
Government Takes Another Step in Developing Bahamians
- Sep 16, 2014 - 3:07:55 PM
Bahamas – In a bid to provide a ‘second chance’ for some Bahamians, the
Government has launched the Urban Renewal Commission’s General Education
Diploma (GED) programme.Announcing the initiative on the evening of
September 15 at Evangelistic Temple, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry
Christie recalled some of his personal challenges with education and
encouraged the 75 diploma candidates ‘never to give up’ on themselves.
The General Education Diploma will provide education and skills to those
who for various reasons had not met standard expectations, and will
provide a bridge to a better future.
in yourself even when others give up on you,” said Mr. Christie.
“Believe that you can do anything that you put your mind to and always
remember that the nothing that is worthwhile in life ever comes easy.”
Installation for Bishop Moses Johnson and Minister Cynthia Johnson
- Sep 16, 2014 - 11:37:07 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Governor General Her
Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (foreground) attended the
Consecration and Installation Service for Bishop Moses Allec Johnson and
Minister Cynthia Johnson at the W. M. Johnson Auditorium of the Church
of God Convention Centre, Joe Farrington Road, September 14.
Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie (second right) also attended, as
well as Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage
(left) and Mrs. Nottage, and the Hon. Picewell Forbes, M.P. (right),
Bahamas High Commissioner to the Caribbean Community...
Prime Minister Christie's Gaming Bill House Communication Closing Remarks
- Sep 16, 2014 - 1:19:35 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie's House Communication on the Gaming Bill closing remarks:
It gives me great
pleasure to address Parliament on the Gaming Bill, 2014, Gaming
Regulations, 2014, Gaming House
Operator Regulations, 2014, Financial
Transactions Reporting (Amendment) Bill, 2014, Financial Transactions
(Gaming Exemptions) Regulations, 2014, and the Proceeds of Crime
(Amendment) Bill, 2014, which signal the dawn of a new era in the
licensing and regulation of gaming in The Bahamas.
to be an era in which, with the necessary commitment and hard work, The
Bahamas establishes itself as a cutting-edge and thoroughly modern
gaming jurisdiction, operating in accordance with international
standards of best practice, underpinned by robust legislation and
careful and comprehensive regulation...
Ministry of Finance confirms VAT on supplies of services between GBPA licensees
- Sep 16, 2014 - 12:40:27 AM
Ministry of Finance Confirms Application of VAT
on Supplies of Services made between Grand Bahama Port Authority Licensees
Recent press reports purport to suggest that
there exists ambiguity as to the VAT treatment of supplies of services made in
the Port Area between Port licensees.
Ministry of Finance wishes to reaffirm that the VAT Act that was recently
passed by Parliament clearly sets out the VAT treatment of such supplies. Specifically, section 3.(3)(a) states that the
VAT Act does not apply where:
supply of goods within the Port Area is made by a taxable person who is a Port
Licensee to another Port Licensee and the goods are of a kind and for a use
within the customs duties exemptions in clause 2 of Hawksbill”.
Song Competition for 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Officially Begins
- Sep 15, 2014 - 4:59:40 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas –
As The Bahamas prepares to host the 19thConference of Commonwealth
Education Ministers (19th CCEM) in June of 2015, the Ministry of
Education, Science and Technology began the search for a song that will
herald the importance of education and promote unity between member
states of the Commonwealth.
Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald said the
Song Competition is another project that will enable The Bahamas to
‘brand’ the 19th CCEM, and entries are expected to ‘celebrate’ the power
of education to enhance the lives of individuals and nations.
Fitzgerald officially launched the 19th CCEM Song Competition during a
news conference at the Ministry of Youth on September 5.
Pastors call on Bahamas Governor General
- Sep 15, 2014 - 4:56:31 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Her
Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling welcomed
Pastors Theophilus Neely, committee member for a Better South Andros,
and Jeremiah Duncombe, committee member for Bahamas Global Network, in a
courtesy call at Government House, September 15, 2014.
left: Pastor Theophilus Neely, Dame Marguerite Pindling and Pastor
Bahamas Gov't statement on the arrest of a Bahamian in Belize
- Sep 15, 2014 - 2:42:14 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
There has been considerable public interest in the reported arrest in Belize of two Bahamian citizens reportedly on 12th
September. The inquiries have centred on the assistance of the Bahamas
government to those citizens and the reported decision by a US judicial
authority to indict the two Bahamians for various offences.
Bahamas is represented in Belize by Honorary Consul Jacqueline
Marshallek. Mrs. Marshallek is fully aware and engaged with the matter.
The families of the individuals have been in contact with the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs.
J.C. Sweeting & Toastmasters call on Bahamas Governor General
- Sep 15, 2014 - 2:07:24 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Her Excellency the
Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling received J.C. Sweeting, author
of J. C. Sweeting and Positive Friends, along with executive members of
Healing Communicators Toastmasters Club 7178 in a courtesy call and
book presentation at Government House, September 15, 2014.
from left: Laurenne McDonald, J.C. Sweeting, Dame Marguerite Pindling,
and Jamere McIntosh...
Latore Mackey Given Home-Going at Voice of Deliverance
- Sep 15, 2014 - 12:24:07 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Home-Going
Service for the late Latore Mackey was held on Saturday at Voice of Deliverance
Disciple Center Temple, officiated by Apostle Leon Wallace. Mr. Mackey, 37, former Deputy Director of
Bahamas Information Services assigned to the Office of the Prime Minister, was
killed tragically on August 25.
condolences were given by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, who spoke
of Mr. Mackey’s dedication to his country, and by Director General of Bahamas
Information Services Mr. Luther E. Smith, who gave insight into Mr. Mackey’s diligence
Reported oil on Adelaide Beach, New Providence
- Sep 14, 2014 - 10:48:18 PM
The following is a statement by Bahamas Ministry of Transport and Aviation:
Saturday 13th September, 2014, reports were received that a quantity of
oil had washed ashore on Adelaide Beach in New Providence.
receiving the report, contact was made with all relevant stakeholders
and members of the National Oil Spill Committee to establish a plan of
action. On being contacted, the Ministry of the Environment &
Housing immediately dispatched Technical Officers from the Department of
Environmental Health Services (DEHS) and the BEST Commission who
visited the site and are now preparing reports for Ministerial review
Bahamas Govt. Intervention Necessary to Protect ‘Gambling Addicts’
- Sep 12, 2014 - 6:29:36 PM
Bahamas will not
result in a significant rise in the number of gamblers in the country,
but would rather allow the Government to “prescribe the rules for the
games and to secure funds from taxes to help deal with the social ills
that derive from its abuse,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works
and Urban Renewal the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis told Parliament.
Davis said Government intervention would also help to “protect the
country’s gambling addicts” and further allow the Government to fund
programmes that can have a positive impact on the country’s youth, such
as community centres and sports and education facilities.
New Start for Bahamas Press Club
- Sep 12, 2014 - 4:29:45 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the newly formed, Bahamas Press Club:
this concept may be new to some, it is not a novel idea. Over the many years in
recent memory, dating back to the early 1970s, there have been numerous tries
at establishing an association of the press corps in The Bahamas. The most
successful of which began in 1996.
We have not
been alone in wanting to create such an organization for ourselves. In Britain,
the Birmingham Press Club established in 1865, has survived for 149 years and
is the oldest organisation of its kind in the world...