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Bahamas Crawfish Season 2014/15 opens August 1st - Aug 1, 2014 - 12:00:51 PM

The Department of Marine Resources wishes to advise the general public of the opening of the crawfish season on the August 1, 2014 to the March 31, 2015.

The Department of Marine Resources further wishes to remind fishers and all other members of the public that the harvesting and/or of undersized crawfish is against the law and persons are to cease and desist the practice of illegally harvesting these resources. Fishers are also cautioned against capturing egg-bearing crawfish as this practice further aids in the depletion of the crawfish stock in The Bahamas...

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URCA slaps penalty on BTC - Jul 31, 2014 - 11:03:44 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas – The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority of The Bahamas (URCA) issued an adjudication and order to BTC today (July 29) for engaging in business practices which contravened sections 67 and 69 of the Communications Act resulting in a fine of $243,442.76 among other penalties.

The particulars of the complaint, originally filed by Systems Resource Group (SRG), a subsidiary of the Cable Bahamas group of companies, are that: *SRG had approached several (wholesale) businesses to display and sell SRG’s “’IndiGO’ calling card”;  *The wholesale businesses advised SRG that they had exclusive supply agreements with BTC that prohibited them from selling the SRG calling cards...
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"Children of Haitian parents born in The Bahamas are not stateless" - Jul 31, 2014 - 7:30:39 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas: 

There were a number of media outlets who published reports attributed to the Haitian President saying that there are stateless people of Haitian descent in The Bahamas.

As The Bahamas government understands the law of Haiti, the child of Haitian born anywhere is Haitian at birth. This would mean therefore that the children of Haitian parents born in The Bahamas are not stateless and our law requires those persons to obtain a Haitian passport and a residence permit since at birth they are not Bahamian.

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Bahamian rocket scientist presents to Bahamas Governor General - Jul 31, 2014 - 4:40:49 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - A presentation is made to Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling by Aisha Bowe rocket scientist and CEO of STEMBoard during a visit to Government House, July 30.

Also pictured are Derek Fonzworth Bentley, an American entertainer, and John Martellaro.

Miss Bowe is in Nassau conducting a summer camp,
Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement Camp (BETAC) from July 28-August 1.

STEMBoard is a woman-owned technology solutions company, BETAC is designed to introduce students to science and math fundamentals while helping them build a strong foundation in engineering...
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Contract Signed for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic - Jul 29, 2014 - 2:25:12 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Representatives of the Public Hospitals Authority, the Grand Bahama Health Services and Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Ltd. are pictured following the contract signing July 28 for Remediation and Renovation of the Hawksbill Creek Clinic.

Pictured from left: Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Grand Bahama; Frank Smith, Chairman of the Board PHA; Melissa Williams Edwards,  Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Limited;  Dr. Michael Darville Minister for Grand Bahama; Herbert Brown, Managing Director PHA; and Catherine Weech, Hospital Administrator...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Festival success for more exposure - Jul 28, 2014 - 10:43:14 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas – Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie Wilchcombe has touted the success of the Junkanoo Summer Festival held during the month of July 2014.

Against the backdrop of the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in the country, the festival was held each weekend in July, which showcased the best in Junkanoo talent, music from uniform groups and the Urban Renewal Marching Band, food, and arts and craft items before crowds of thousands.

“The Bahamas is renowned for its tourism, but they are talking about the hospitality, they are talking about its service and the beauty of this country. So if we work collectively to ensure that we deliver the best product, they can understand how effective and how important it is to our economy,” Mr. Wilchcombe said...
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BAIC opens New Executive Offices in Nassau - Jul 28, 2014 - 8:20:32 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has opened a 10,000 square foot facility to house executive offices and a training centre. The building, the only one of its kind in the country, will save the government over 40 percent in energy cost due to its use of solar energy. During the official opening ceremony held at its location in the Soldier Road Industrial Park, on Friday, July 25, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said that the ‘occasion represented a great step in the accomplishment of the self-sufficiency ideal.

“I am particularly pleased, with its futuristic design and how that will affect the operation cost of running BAIC,” said Mr. Christie. “I am also very impressed with the level and quality of craftsmanship that was put into the building of this beautiful edifice and how the design was worked into our general philosophy of energy conservation.”...
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Bahamas Agriculture Implements Project to Advance Food Security - Jul 28, 2014 - 5:44:09 PM

The sweet potato is the most important edible root to food security, followed by cassava in The Bahamas. Successive projects have aimed at increasing the amount of root crops produced, in an effort to satisfy increasing local demand for these commodities. In both Abaco and Andros significant acreages of sweet potato have been planted using improved varieties.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government has received approval for a research project: “Selection of marketable varieties of sweet potatoes and cassava.” The purpose of the sweet project is to choose and obtain planting material for promising varieties of sweet potato and cassava, prepare trial crops in chosen islands, follow up its management and results and based on findings as to the best suited sweet potato...
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Bahamas government holds VAT legislation presentation for the press - Jul 28, 2014 - 12:58:17 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Educating the consumer about the benefits of the new Value Added Tax legislation should ease the public's fear of the Government's needs to control its spending.

Financial Secretary, John Rolle, led the discussion on the new legislation at a July 25, Ministry of Finance "Meet the Press" presentation at the Gladstone Road Freight Terminal.

Mr. Rolle explained that VAT is a broad based consumption tax, applying a 7.5 percent rate in the price of most purchased goods and services...
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Bahamas Basketball Federation calls on Governor General - Jul 26, 2014 - 12:30:43 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling welcomed the president of the Bahamas Basketball Federation, Charlie Robins, and other members for a courtesy call at Government House, July 23, 2014.

Pictured sitting from left: Clifford Rahming, Mr. Robins, Dame Marguerite, Mario Bowleg and Sharon Storr...
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PM Christie opens BAIC Corporate Headquarters‏ - Jul 26, 2014 - 12:18:34 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P. Prime Minister of The Bahamas:

This is a very proud moment and special occasion for me, personally, and also in my capacity as Prime Minister. During my years as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, I had carriage of this Corporation as the Minister responsible for the BAIC and so I share in the joy and spirit of this occasion. We are here to celebrate a proud step in the right direction for the future of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

As some of you might recall, BAIC is a successor organization from what was then The Bahamas Development Corporation which was enacted in 1971. In 1975 The Bahamas Agricultural Corporation
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Svitzer opens training centre in Grand Bahama - Jul 25, 2014 - 8:19:52 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The country’s maritime industry got a boost in the right direction Thursday with the decision by Svitzer to open its Regional Training Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama.  

Since 1833, Svitzer has provided safety and support at sea. With a reported 4,000 plus employees, a fleet of more than 400 vessels and operating all over the world, the company is said to be a global market leader in towage and emergency response.  The firm is head-quartered in Copenhagen, Denmark and it is part of the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group. 
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Bahamas Minister of Labour confirms job increases - Jul 25, 2014 - 6:13:29 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Department of Statistics 2014 Labour Force Survey has revealed that more than 8,000 jobs have been created as a direct result of the proactive and innovative policies of the Government.

This, the Minister of Labour and National Insurance the Hon Shane Gibson confirmed in a Communication to the House of Assembly on Wednesday, July 23. 2014.

The date, compiled by the staff of the country’s premier authority on data contains “irrefutable evidence” of the success of the policies of the administration led by Prime Minister the Rt Hon Perry Christie, Mr. Gibson said...

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Public Hospitals Authority 9th Annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony and Dinner - Jul 25, 2014 - 2:46:17 PM

Nassau, Bahamas  - Prime Minister Perry Christie pins 2nd runner up for Individual Award Asst. Physiotherapist Caroline Strachan, just before she receives award and trophy from Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez, during the Public Hospitals Authority 9th Annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony and Dinner, July 19, 2014. Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling was also in attendance.

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Bahamas and Dominican Republic sign Technical Cooperation Agreement - Jul 25, 2014 - 1:54:39 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas—On 24th  July 2014, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic took an important step forward in strengthening their relations by signing The Bahamas-Dominican Republic Basic Agreement on Technical Cooperation.

This Agreement forms an umbrella that will facilitate and enhance trade and commercial cooperation, academic exchanges and other similar projects of mutual interest technical cooperation between their governments through specific projects of mutual interest, in addition to the objectives that contribute to the economic and social benefit of both nations.
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Bahamian Holidays Announced for 2014 - Jan 3, 2013 - 5:17:22 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following days will be observed as Public Holidays during the Year 2014:

New Year’s Day - 1st January (Wednesday)
Majority Rule Day - 10th January (Friday)
Good Friday - 18th April (Friday)
Easter Monday - 21st April (Monday)....
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Second Cohort Graduate from Bahamas National Training Agency - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:36:42 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas – More than 200 persons have graduated from the government’s national training programme. This second cohort graduated after 14 weeks of intensive training.

Several graduates have already been employed in various industries. A ceremony marking the event was held at the Holy Trinity Activities Centre on Monday, July 28. Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie was in attendance and delivered remarks.

“This is yet another proud moment for Bahamians,” said Mr. Christie. “This programme provides the opportunity for Bahamians to excel in a cross section of disciplines and empower themselves to improve their lives...”
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Winners of Logo Design Competition for 19th of Commonwealth Education Conference Ministers awarded - Jul 30, 2014 - 12:30:14 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced the winner and finalists of the logo design competition for the 19thof Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) and unveiled their submissions during a press conference, July 28.

Daniel Hanna’s maypole design signifying the unity of all participating countries in the 19CCEM to be held in The Bahamas from June 22-26, 2015 was the overall winning entry.

“It is a collective product that signifies unity. It does not matter the paths that cross around the maypole, they merge and mesh,” said Hanna of the 1000 delegates expected to participate in the conference.”

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Shane Gibson remarks at National Training Agency 2nd Graduation - Jul 30, 2014 - 11:53:11 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is remarks by Hon. D. Shane Gibson‏:

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, graduates..... a very pleasant good evening.

Sitting here this evening and reflecting on the graduation of this fine cadre of young Bahamians who made the personal choice to take advantage of the opportunity offered to them by The National Training Agency, I can truly say that I am impressed by the progress the Agency has made in such a short period of time.

The National Training Agency has a mandate that is integral to the development of our nation. A part of the mandate is to build a competency based training and job placement system that is flexible and responsive to the actual requirements of the workplace via a network of suitable training institutions...
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St Augustine's University calls on Bahamas Governor General - Jul 28, 2014 - 12:27:29 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling welcomes Dr Everette Ward and other Board members from  St Augustine's University, Raleigh, N.C. during a Courtesy Call at Government House, July 25.

Pictured sitting from left: Pattye Brown, Rodney Gaddy,  Dame Marguerite, Dr. Ward and Rev. Hilton Smith...
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