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Church of God in Christ calls on Bahamas Governor General - Oct 1, 2014 - 4:51:33 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Pastors of The Church of God in Christ, headed by the Reverend Tony L. Hanna, D.D., Bishop and the Reverend Patrick W. Smith, chairman of the Bahamas Jurisdiction, paid a courtesy call on the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on September 30, 2014.

The church honourees were also present...
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Jerome Fitzgerald: Cabinet decision on the engagement of Dr. Rodney Smith - Oct 1, 2014 - 3:42:11 PM


Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a
Statement to the Press from Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald in which the Minister Explains Cabinet Decision on the Engagement of Dr. Rodney Smith:

I have attached my press statement made on the 20th August, which I read at a Press Conference. I have underlined in red my position and that of Cabinet on the question of settling financial terms with Dr. Smith.

Cabinet ONLY accepted the recommendation by the Councilto appoint Dr. Smith as President. That acceptance came with 2 conditions, which you will see highlighted and underlined in red on pages 3 and 4. The Council could not negotiate terms prior to receiving approval from Cabinet. Once that was received I then authorizedCouncil to negotiatesubject tocertain conditions
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Uriah McPhee Primary School calls on Bahamas Governor General - Oct 1, 2014 - 3:23:11 PM

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Uriah McPhee Primary School, grade 5 and grade 6 students along with their teachers paid a courtesy call on the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, seen in the foreground, centre left, on September 29, 2014 at Government House...
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DPM Davis Addresses Festivities Observing the 65th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China - Oct 1, 2014 - 2:11:28 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – On the occasion marking the 65th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China on September 28 at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Philip Davis outlined the flow of diplomatic relations between The Bahamas and China since 1997 that has comprised a fostering of goodwill and friendship.

The Deputy Prime Minister said: “Ambassador, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and The Bahamas in 1997, there has been a constant flow of friendly activities between us in all spheres, political, cultural, medical, economic and educational...

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Bahamas signs Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organization for Migration - Oct 1, 2014 - 12:27:22 PM

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The Hon. Frederick Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Bahamas, and Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to the United Nations, New York, on the morning of September 26, 2014.

The agreement represents a framework for cooperation between the Government of The Bahamas and the IOM in matters of mutual concern in relation to migration management...

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BCFA President Capron salutes China’s 65th National Day - Oct 1, 2014 - 1:17:17 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas China Friendship Association joined Ambassador Yuan Guisen and the People’s Republic of China in celebrating the country’s 65th Day Anniversary Reception, September 28, at the Melia Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

In attendance were Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Perry Christie, and Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Philip Davis. Also present were former Governors General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Arthur D. Hanna.

Anthony Capron, recently elected president of the BCFA, expressed a genuine regard for China's maturity and positive influence...
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Environment, Crime and Illegal Immigration are Bahamas' Top Priorities - Oct 1, 2014 - 1:04:17 AM

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“The environment, fighting crime and containing illegal immigration” were the highest national priorities for The Bahamas as these matters “go to the very root of our existence” said Foreign Affairs Minister the Hon. Fred Mitchell before the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He was speaking on the theme, "Delivering On and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda" on Tuesday, 30th September 2014.

Speaking further on these three central themes, Mitchell said that all of the government’s efforts around the three main themes “are buttressed by our work to ensure that we have a robust, strong and sustainable economy.”

He pointed out that since the environment was central to the sustainability of our number one industry, Tourism, it should come as no surprise that...
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Stimulating Creativity and Prosperity Through Family Island Leadership - Sep 30, 2014 - 4:41:54 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Installing Local Government Practitioners to create economic opportunities in the Family Islands is the Bahamas Government’s strategic approach to global business sustainability. Under the theme “Re-tooling & Strengthening Local Government To Lead Future Economic Expansion and Diversification In The Family Islands,” the Department of Local Government expects to stimulate creativity and economic prosperity through Family Island leadership.


Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, who officially opened the Local Government Leadership Training Seminar, September 29, at Melia Nassau Beach Hotel, told Local Government Practitioners and Family Island...
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(Video) Hon Fred Mitchell statement at United Nations General Assembly - Sep 30, 2014 - 3:00:04 PM

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"There are no higher priorities for The Bahamas: the environment, fighting crime and containing illegal immigration. These matters for The Bahamas go to the very root of our existence."

NEW YORK, NY - National Statement by the Hon. Frederick A. Mitchell, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at The Sixty-ninth Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly 30th September, 2014, New York on the Unga Theme: "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda" :

Mr. President,  The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, said this a few days ago: “Don’t be demoralised by your income; be inspired by your outcome”.

That should be a driving principle, as all countries, particularly the Small Island Developing States, seek to determine what the post-2015 Development Agenda will be. The obstacles are many.
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Bahamas National Pride Association calls on Governor General‏ - Sep 30, 2014 - 2:54:31 PM

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Nassau Bahamas - Members of the Bahamas National Pride Association paid a courtesy call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on September 29, 2014. 

Pictured from left: Dr. Bridgette Rolle; Judy Williams; Olvin Rees, chairman; Dame Marguerite Pindling; Joanne Johnson; Ginny McKinney; and Anthony Capron...
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Bahamas Gov't to be Flexible About Pricing Display During Onset of VAT - Sep 30, 2014 - 11:42:49 AM

The Ministry of Finance announced there will be some leniency with pricing display during the early days of the VAT.

This statement comes after retail businesses voiced concerns about the amount of effort that will be required to change all display prices immediately on January 1st. “We recognize that many businesses, such as retail grocers, will need extra days and perhaps weeks beyond January 1st to replace sticker prices on all shelved inventory. As such, they will be given until February 28 to complete the process,” Financial Secretary, John Rolle said. As of March 2015, enforcement of VAT inclusive price displays will become more absolute.

Under the VAT Act, VAT registrants will have to display all prices inclusive of any amount of VAT that must be paid. In other words, the 7.5% VAT

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Commonwealth Secretary General welcomed to The Bahamas - Sep 30, 2014 - 11:30:39 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas  - Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, left, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, September 29, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Cable Beach...

Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, left, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, September 29, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Cable Beach.  During his official visit to The Bahamas, September 28-30 ...
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Public Service Week and Retirees Recognized in Grand Bahama - Sep 30, 2014 - 11:02:30 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - The 15th Annual Public Service Week & Recognition of Retirees 2014 events got started Sunday, September 28, in Grand Bahama with a Service of Thanksgiving at the Pro Cathedral of Christ the King, and an Appreciation Luncheon under the patronage of Minister of Labour & National Insurance and Minister of the Public Service the Hon. Shane Gibson.

Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville brought remarks, and introduced Minister Gibson who brought words of gratitude and best wishes from his ministry. Public Service Week Celebrations, October 14-26, are under the theme ‘Charting the Course, Serving the Nation, and Securing the Future.’

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Bahamas Social Services Holds 50th Anniversary Luncheon - Sep 30, 2014 - 1:33:45 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie gave the key address at the Social Services  Anniversary Luncheon, September 28, at the British Colonial Hilton.

The 50th celebratory luncheon capped an abundance of anniversary activity for the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development that included Church Service, 50thAnniversary Exhibit at the Mall at Marathon, and Long Service Awards, recognizing the work and the many dedicated leaders and staff of what has become one of the largest government departments since its launch in 1964...
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Bahamas to Recognize 'Older Persons Month' in October - Sep 30, 2014 - 1:26:59 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin Monday challenged all organizations, institutions, stakeholders and the wider community to become equal partners with the Government in its efforts to create conditions that will further promote and protect the rights and dignity of the country’s senior citizens.

“The process of life’s stages can present each of us with various challenges, and it is inevitable that older persons will be equally, and in some instances, more challenged by life’s experiences,” Mrs. Griffin said.

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Bahamas Crisis Centre holds outreach weekend - Sep 29, 2014 - 2:11:40 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Crisis Centre held an outreach weekend with its annual ‘Night of Hope and Healing’ and monthly community walkabout – all in a effort to further sensitize the public about the effects domestic violence has on the country.

The Crisis Centre held its ‘Night of Hope and Healing’ at Hillside House Studio and Gallery on Friday, September 26, 2014, in recognition of The National Day to End Sexual Violence...
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Chinese Embassy (Bahamas) 65th National Day of the People's Republic of China Celebration - Sep 29, 2014 - 10:05:27 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, The Hon. Philip "Brave" Davis M.P., made remarks at the Chinese Embassy's celebration reception of its 65th National Day of the People's Republic of China(PRC). The Founding of the PRC took place on 1st October 1949.

I am honoured to be able to stand-in, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Honourable Fred Mitchell, who is away attending the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Costume Expo‏ Held - Sep 29, 2014 - 9:56:44 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and Vice President of Administration and External Affairs at Baha Mar, Mr. Robert Sands, view the Costume exhibition for the new Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival slated for May 2015. The Costume Expo was held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on Saturday, September 27...

At the event
Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, speaks with members of the media...
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NEMA held successful 2014 Bahamas Knowledge Exchange - Sep 28, 2014 - 9:50:06 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, was pleased to host the 2014 National Bahamas Knowledge Exchange, which turned out to be a success.

Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA thanked partners -- the USNORTHCOM and the Pacific Disaster Centre -- for sponsoring and facilitating the workshop for Local Government Family Island Administrators, Chief Councilors and other officials. The conference was held under the theme: “Be Disaster Aware! Building Disaster Resilient Communities...”
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Bahamas Minister of Environment Energy Policy Commentary - Sep 28, 2014 - 9:49:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement from Minister Kenred Dorsett on the Bahamas National Energy Policy 2013-2033:

The Policy document released to the public last week is a road map to energy sector reform which should be fully realized by 2033. I have read with interest commentary from some who are casting doubt on the Residential Energy Self Generation Programme as laid out in my last release. The truth of the matter is at present there is no programme available to Bahamians whereby they can receive credit for energy that they place into the grid. Bahamians who are now using solar energy in their homes and businesses are receiving nothing. The plan set forth and approved by Cabinet is taking the Bahamas in the right direction by promoting alternative energy use and hopefully reducing the amount of energy needed from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation...

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