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PM Christie Lauds the Honouring of 38 'Athletic Legends' - Jul 24, 2016 - 10:13:21 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said that it was always a "special pleasure" for him to participate in any ceremony that lifts up the names of people who have impacted The Bahamas in "very special ways".
"The word 'legend', in itself, speaks to the fact that history will accord each of you a very special place in the annals of sporting history in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas," Prime Minister Christie said at the 43rd Independence Celebrations Ceremony Honouring Athletic Legends, at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, July 21, 2016...
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2016 Labour Force Survey - May - Jul 23, 2016 - 10:37:01 AM

The Department of Statistics releases the results of its Labour Force and Household Income Survey which was conducted in May of this year. The survey provides information on the labour force as it existed during the reference period of April 25 – May 1, 2016.

The results of the survey indicate that since November 2015 the labour force grew by 1.7%. However, between May 2015 and May 2016 there was a significant increase of 3.3% in the labour force. The labour force now totals 215,880 persons.
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NEMA Gets Medical Equipment for Crooked Island Clinic - Jul 22, 2016 - 4:26:48 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, was pleased to accept an assortment of vital medical equipment from Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., facilitated by the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), for the community clinic in Crooked Island which was severely damaged during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015.

The equipment was handed over during a press conference and Signing of Memorandum at NEMA on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

The MOU, detailing the particulars of the equipment, was signed by Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA and Roberto Obando, Project Director, PADF...
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Buddy Hield, Welcomed Home - Jul 22, 2016 - 1:19:40 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Bahamian NBA basketball star Chavano "Buddy" Hield arrived in Nassau, July 20, and will be honoured among other national sports legends on Thursday evening at special ceremonies during the nation's 43rd Anniversary of Bahamas Independence celebrations.  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr Daniel Johnson welcomed Buddy at a Press Conference at Lynden Pindling International Airport, VIP Lounge, and Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu made a presentation to the popular athlete, who worked his way from the basketball courts of Grand Bahama Island all the way to the NBA and the New Orleans Pelicans.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Addresses Passport Application Backlog for Grand Bahama and Family Islands - Jul 21, 2016 - 11:33:02 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken note of the increase in the number of applications that have been made in all of the Passport Offices in The Bahamas as well as in the Overseas Offices, especially during the summer period.  Steps are being taken to address these issues to the extent that resources allow. 

A Special Team of Staff members has been put in place to deal with issues relating to Grand Bahama and  to assist with the backlog of issued passports in Grand Bahama.

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Balearia Caribbean Upgrades to Jaume 1: Arrives in Grand Bahama with 500 passengers - Jul 21, 2016 - 10:47:33 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- A new ship with larger capacity has replaced the existing fast ferry, Balearia Caribbean, and was introduced to Grand Bahama on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Freeport Harbour, just in time for busy summer travel.

The Jaume 1 arrived with some 500 passengers.

The ship has a capacity of 600, increasing the daily capacity by two hundred, and will continue its daily route between Grand Bahama and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

On hand to welcome the ship was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Grand Bahama, Melvin Seymour, along with members of the Ministry of Tourism team, headed by Betty Bethel, Director of Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama.
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Hon. Fred Mitchell on Passing of Rev Irvin Clarke - Jul 20, 2016 - 2:33:15 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Hon. Fred Mitchell:

I learned yesterday with great sadness of the passing of Rev Irvin Clarke of Exuma.The passing of Rev. Clarke effectively severed the last living link in Exuma to the original independence service in July 1973.

He preached the Independence service in 1973 and was a fixture every year as a leading pastor and Christian leader in Exuma...

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University of the West Indies to Launch Global Giving Week - Jul 20, 2016 - 5:11:27 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The University of the West Indies (UWI) will launch its UWI Global Giving Week on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at a reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre, Police Headquarters.

All alumni, students and friends of UWI in The Bahamas are invited to attend and support this Caribbean-wide appeal.  Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, will deliver the keynote address.

UWI Global Giving Week has emerged in the wake of the economic challenges of the supporting governments of the Caribbean, and the University appeals to its beneficiaries, graduates, students and the entire Caribbean community to support this campaign for financial sustainability and to continue to provide affordable education of the highest quality, here in the Caribbean to advance the development of the region...
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Bahamas Hosts 43rd Anniversary of Independence Reception – Geneva, Switzerland - Jul 20, 2016 - 4:40:18 AM

GENEVA – Her Excellency Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations Office in Geneva and staff of the Mission, hosted the diplomatic community and members of the Bahamian diaspora in Geneva, Switzerland, to a reception on July 12, 2016 on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  

Guests were treated to tastes, sights, and sounds of The Bahamas through Bahamian food, music as well as local scenery digitally displayed throughout the evening.

In her welcoming remarks, Ambassador Jackson noted that this year, “Honouring Our People’s Excellence” was the theme of Bahamas Independence Observance..."
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University of The Bahamas ‘System’ Would Have Campuses Throughout the Country - Jul 19, 2016 - 3:29:06 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – In his presentation of the Bill to establish the University of The Bahamas (UOB), July 13, 2016 in the House of Assembly, Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald emphasized that the UOB Bill is drafted with “the future in mind” and incorporates the concept of a national University for the entire country -- one that will not be Nassau-centric institution.

He noted the Board of Trustees will be authorized to approve the creation and establishment of Colleges under the umbrella of the University of The Bahamas System...
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Contract Signed for Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium - Jul 19, 2016 - 3:02:11 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Urban Development held a press conference and contract signing for the Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

The contract in the amount of $21 million was awarded to Woslee Construction, which was represented by company president, Mr. Ashley Glinton. Work on the structure is scheduled to begin around mid-August. The stadium is to be located opposite Government High School...
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China's Ambassador calls on Bahamas Minister of Health - Jul 19, 2016 - 5:29:45 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Newly-appointed Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Huang Qinguo, right, made a courtesy call on the Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez on July 4, 2016 at the Ministry's offices.
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Government to Explore Economic Opportunities in China for Bahamians - through Culture - Jul 18, 2016 - 5:54:04 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government, through the Bahamas Embassy in China is seeking to explore and create new economic opportunities for Bahamians through all aspects of Bahamian arts and crafts.

On Friday, July 15, 2016, Bahamas Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Paul Andy Gomez sat down with the movers and shakers in the cultural arena to discuss the vast potential of Bahamian arts and culture in Asia. A number of them recently participated in a cultural tour in China.

Held at the British Colonial Hilton, the discussion evolved in a full Exuma Island ...
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Law Reform and Revision Committee Briefs Financial Services Minister on Investment Funds Act Overhaul - Jul 18, 2016 - 3:08:53 PM

Minister of Financial Services and Local Government the Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan was paid a courtesy call July 8, 2016 by the Law Reform and Revision Committee that was commissioned by the Attorney General to brief the Minister on the plan to launch an overhaul of the Investment Funds Act.

During the Financial Services Advisory Council (FSAC) Review of 2012, several deficiencies were noted and the overhaul will address the deficiencies that had been noted. The benchmarking exercise will focus on the following jurisdictions: Cayman, Luxembourg, Ireland and the United Kingdom...
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Urban Renewal Summer Basketball League Official Launch - Jul 18, 2016 - 10:14:59 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Urban Renewal Summer Basketball League Official Launch on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Bacardi Road Park, Carmichael Road, one of a number of Urban Renewal Commission summer activity programmes for young people.  Commission Co-Chair Cynthia Pratt gave the Invocation. 

Welcome message to the young basketball players and guests was given by Commission Deputy Permanent Secretary Patricia Francis; and Remarks by Commission Permanent Secretary Diana Lightbourne...
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Youngsters learn discipline through culture at Centreville Urban Renewal Summer Programme - Jul 17, 2016 - 8:18:02 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Centreville Urban Renewal kicked off its summer programme in July at Our Lady’s Church Hall on East and Deveaux Streets.

Some 150 students between the ages of 7-14 are participating in the six-week programme, which has as its theme “Capturing Discipline through Culture.”

Welcoming the children, ASP Marino Hinds, guest speaker, shared a moving story of his humble beginnings, growing up in a one-room home which he shared with six other family members: “Where you start doesn’t determine where you finish. If you have discipline, you can accomplish great things,” he said.
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New Rotary executives visit Minister for Grand Bahama - Jul 17, 2016 - 7:59:15 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – In welcoming newly-elected executives of Rotary and Rotaract clubs on Grand Bahama, Minister Darville commended the Rotarians for the difference they make in the lives of Grand Bahamians through service. 

Their unstinting service mission that has benefited the Grand Bahama community for many years, he noted, is in spirit “similar to the government's mandate for Grand Bahama -- to place our local economy on the road to recovery; and to ensure that our people are in a good position to reap the benefits...”
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Universal Health Coverage Through NHI Can Drive Health – and Social - Equity - Jul 15, 2016 - 5:19:44 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through National Health Insurance can be one of the greatest drivers of health equity in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael Perry Gomez said Friday.

Addressing a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) High Level Meeting on Health Equity in The Bahamas at the British Colonial Hilton, Dr. Gomez said health equity is an important part of the Government of The Bahamas’ commitment to addressing social injustices and social and health inequities through a series of actions...
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Bahamas to Host Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference - Jul 15, 2016 - 3:02:31 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is set to host the 41st Regional Conference of The Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region.

"This year marks 287 years of Parliamentary democracy, 49 years of majority rule and on July 10th, 43 years as a sovereign nation," Speaker of The Bahamas House of Assembly the Hon. Dr. Kendal Major said, at a press conference, Wednesday, at the House of Assembly, announcing the upcoming event.

"I am delighted to serve as Conference Chairman," Speaker Major added...
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(Photo) Bahamas Launch of Investment Funds Act - Jul 15, 2016 - 12:56:46 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Discussions at the Ministry of Financial Services re Securities Commission of The Bahamas Launch of Investment Funds Act, July 8, 2016.

 Seated l-r: Ms. Aliya Allen, Partner at Graham, Thompson & Co.; Christina Rolle, Securities Commission of The Bahamas; Hope Strachan, Minister of Financial Services; Margaret Gonsalves-Sabola.  Standing l-r: Mr. Hillary Deveaux, Consultant to the Minister of Financial Services; Samantha C. Jn. Paul-Samuels, Legislative Draftsman, Jn. Paul-Samuels & Co. Chambers...
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