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Hon. Hope Strachan on the passing of Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District - Jun 26, 2016 - 4:47:34 PM

Press statement by The Hon.C.V. Hope Strachan on the passing of Mrs Shandika Charlton, Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District:

I am shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the death of Mrs Shandika Charlton, Chief Councillor for The Mayaguana District. Mrs. Charlton who has served on the Mayaguana District Council since the year 2005, was one of the Local Government practitioners who was honoured for dedicated efforts toward the advancement of Local Government during the awards ceremony held this past Friday, 24th July, 2016 at Breezes Super Club in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of The Establishment of Local Government in the Family Islands.
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Mitchell to attend Panama Canal expansion ceremony today - Jun 26, 2016 - 11:19:44 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Fred Mitchell, the Foreign Minister, is heading the delegation for The Bahamas, representing the Prime Minister, at the commissioning ceremony for the expansion of the Panama Canal in Panama City today. The canal extension is the pride of a resurgent Panama and its vibrant economy.

According to the official website of the canal expansion, the Panama Canal expansion is based on six years of research, which included more than 100 studies on the economic feasibility, market demand, environmental impact and other technical engineering aspects. Works on the Panama Canal Expansion began on September 2007 at a total cost of US $5.2 billion...
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$4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in Smith’s Point, Grand Bahama signed - Jun 24, 2016 - 11:34:32 PM

SMITH’S POINT, Grand Bahama - A $4.8 million contract for a Sea Wall in Smith’s Point was signed between the Ministry of Works and Urban Development and Smith’s Construction Company, Friday, June 24, 2016.

During the ceremony Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis said residents of Grand Bahama, like the rest of The Bahamas, are well aware that coastal living has its beauties as well as its challenges.

“For many years, the entire southern shoreline along Smith’s Point has experienced progressive erosion as a consequence of storms and sea surges..."
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Births and deaths registry to open at Princess Margaret Hospital - Jun 24, 2016 - 10:30:42 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Mothers of newborn babies will soon be able to register their births “immediately” after delivery at the Princess Margaret Hospital. The new initiative is an effort by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to curtail fraudulent activity.

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs in her 2016-2017 Budget Contribution to the Senate, advised that efforts are underway to open a births and deaths registry at PMH where mothers can register their child before they are discharged and receive the certificate at the hospital, provided the required documents have been completed.
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The Bahamas seeking to protect the country against coastal erosion - Jun 24, 2016 - 8:39:10 PM

SMITH’S POINT, Grand Bahama -- Efforts to protect The Bahamas against coastal erosion is an investment in the country, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said as he gave the keynote address at the Contract Signing Ceremony for the construction of a Seawall at Smith’s Point, Friday, June 24, 2016.

The Prime Minister said many years ago when he was in Pelican Point, he was told a story about persons being able to picnic in a spot where the sea has now claimed the land.

Stories like this demonstrate that the country is strongly affected by climate change, so the Prime Minister said, “As we listen to the debate internationally..."
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Attorney General encourages Citizen Involvement to make Criminal Justice System work - Jun 24, 2016 - 7:25:21 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Beginning Saturday, June 25, the Bahamas Government is increasing the allocation of time and resources to citizen involvement in the criminal justice system, announced Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs in her Fiscal Budget presentation for 2016-2017 in the Senate, Thursday, June 23.

The Attorney General said citizen involvement is “essential” for the system to work.

She said the Government recognises that unless people feel safe, they should not be asked to participate as witnesses. In light of this, the Office of the Attorney-General will host a Witness Care Seminar...
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The Bahamas statement on the EU referendum - Jun 24, 2016 - 2:45:22 PM

The voters in the United Kingdom (UK) chose last evening to exit the European Union (EU) following a referendum. The Bahamas has deep and historic ties with both the UK and the EU, where we share mutual interests in areas such as trade, economics, education, health, tourism and security.

The Bahamas is fully confident that these relations will continue in the near term. We have received assurances on that issue in a note to The Bahamas’ Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell and received today from the High Commissioner to The Bahamas David Fitton. Prime Minister David Cameron has chosen to step down from his post in the aftermath of the vote...

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Minister Mitchell Pledges to Continue Fight for Women’s Rights - Jun 24, 2016 - 1:54:48 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -- He will dedicate the rest of his life to the fight for women’s rights, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Fred Mitchell said.

During his 2016/2017 Budget Debate Contribution, on Monday, June 20, Minister Mitchell pledged his commitment to addressing issues facing women in the country. He made reference to the Constitutional Referendum, held June 7 and said that the results have renewed his commitment.

“I will be dedicating the next campaign to the fight for women’s rights,” said Minister Mitchell...
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Hon. Daniel Johnson 2016/2017 Budget Contribution Debate - Jun 24, 2016 - 12:49:42 PM

Contribution to the 2016/2017 Budget Debate by Hon. DR. Daniel Johnson M.P.
Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture WEDNESDAY 8TH JUNE 2016

The work of youth development could never be accomplished without the important contribution of both the staff of the Division of Youth and the stakeholders that make it all possible to have the level of success amongst  youth today.  Those organizations that have remained both committed and compliant with the Division of Youth Policies must be commended and recognized for their fantastic work...
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Public Service set to receive raises, promotions and undergo reforms - Jun 24, 2016 - 12:19:22 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Public Service Officers are set to receive $1,200 added to their annual salary in addition to their normal increment this fiscal period, the Minister of the Public Service the Hon Shane Gibson confirmed in his 2016/17 Budget Communication.

During the Budget Debate in the House of Assembly on June 16, Minister Gibson said the increase is in accordance with the 2013 Bahamas Public Service Union Industrial Agreement with the Government...
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Over 1,000 homes repaired under Urban Renewal Small Homes Repair Programme - Jun 23, 2016 - 9:59:49 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Thanks to the Government’s Urban Renewal programme, repairs to over 1,000 homes within the 23 constituencies in New Providence have been carried out.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis said in his address to the House of Assembly, Tuesday, June 21, “The Small Home Repairs Programme is a signal initiative of the Urban Renewal Programme. It has had tangible results within a relatively short period, rehabilitating the physical environs within urban and traditional communities...
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Roberts: National Review way off base in its BTC analogy - Jun 23, 2016 - 6:36:52 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party:

To answer the National Review, the threat leveled by Dr. Andre Rollins on the supposed investment of the Chinese in Baha Mar is very, very different from the position taken by Prime Minister Christie on the sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) by the FNM government; IN FACT, THE ANALOGY USED BY THE NATIONAL REVIEW IS A TERRIBLE ONE.

Rollins and the FNM are simply peddling a talking point based on lies, a fabricated scheme of citizenship for sale for which the FNM cannot produce one shred of evidence, deceit and racism...
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Prime Minister Christie Lauds His Government’s Fiscal Responsibility - Jun 23, 2016 - 4:01:42 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on June 22, 2016, that when his Government began its mandate four years ago, it was poised to implement the “bold and proactive transformative” agenda set out in its Charter for Governance, that was specifically designed to address the “very grave and deep-rooted economic and social problems plaguing” The Bahamas.

“However, we immediately understood that any and all of our efforts would be in vain if we failed to redress the fiscal mess that had been created by our predecessors,” Prime Minister Christie said.   “Both the fundamental health of the economy and our fiscal ability to finance our programme of change hinged on our success in bringing order to the public finances...
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PS Thompson: The Bahamas has a head start when it comes to hospitality - Jun 23, 2016 - 3:35:13 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Harrison Thompson said, that while sun, sand, sea and great amenities have a lot to do with a visitor’s choice of destination, human beings at their most basic, seek a warm connection with other human beings.

Mr. Thompson, a former Family Island Administrator was addressing more than 300 graduates from the Bahamahost Certification Programme on Grand Bahama Island, Tuesday, July 21. There was also a large gathering of friends and family members on hand for the ceremony, which took place in the Grand Lucayan Ball Room.
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Gomez and Sands Sworn in as New Senators - Jun 23, 2016 - 2:15:59 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Christine Brown, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, and Assistant Clerk of the Senate during ceremonies, administers the Oath of Office to Senator, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands during a swearing-in ceremony at the Senate, Tuesday, June 23, 2016.

The Hon. Monique V. A. Gomez was also sworn in...

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Commonwealth Brewery Shareholders Return Full Slate of Directors - Jun 23, 2016 - 6:46:51 AM

Commonwealth Brewery Limited (CBL) shareholders gave a nod of approval to the momentum and direction of the company, re-electing the full slate of officers that served the publicly-traded manufacturer and distributor of beer, wine and spirits during fiscal 2015.

The unanimous vote came during CBL’s annual general meeting (AGM) held at the British Colonial Hilton June 8.

More than 100 attended the AGM, re-electing members of the board including Julian Francis, who has served as chairman since the company went public in 2011...
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Recent medical school graduates to help address anticipated physician shortfalls - Jun 23, 2016 - 6:39:08 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The recent graduation and induction of 24 new Bahamian physicians into the public healthcare workforce will help the Government of The Bahamas to proactively address an anticipated shortfall of physicians within the next 10 years.

The shortfall is expected to occur as a result of the expanding healthcare needs of Bahamians. Local public healthcare officials say the Government has already implemented a number of strategies, or will be introducing new ones in the “coming months,” in order to meet the expanding healthcare needs of Bahamians.

The implementation of Universal Health Coverage, through National Health Insurance, will be a key cog in the wheel driving that push.
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Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas calls on Government Officials - Jun 23, 2016 - 6:28:03 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Hope Strachan at the Ministry, Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

He also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Frederick Mitchell at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, June 23rd; and on June 24th he met with  Minister of Social Services and Community Development, Melanie Griffin...
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Prime Minister Christie 2016/2017 Closing Budget
 Statement - Jun 22, 2016 - 7:40:55 PM

Communication by 
The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie Prime Minister And Minister Of Finance Debate On The
2016/2017 Budget
 Closing Statement Wednesday, 22nd June 2016:

Mr. Speaker:

In closing the debate on the 2016/17 Budget Communication, I am drawn to remark that the quality and constructiveness of the contributions that have been offered by Members of the Opposition are fully consistent with what we have heard from them in recent years.

These contributions are consistently confused, disjointed or simply and blatantly erroneous...

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Student tracking system to be implemented in public schools - Jun 22, 2016 - 6:24:18 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas -- A $5 million Education Management Information System (EMIS) designed to track students’ academic performance, behaviour and attendance will be implemented by EDU 365 Group Ltd. in all of the public schools in the 14 Education Districts throughout The Bahamas during the next three years.

The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald made the announcement during the during the 2016 Budget Debate, Thursday, June 16.

“Implementing an EMIS is one of the priorities of the Ministry for improving student performance and addressing students who are not attending school regularly or not performing at grade level..."
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