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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:

Early 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.

I 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...
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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.

The 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.

We 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 exigencies
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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:

“The 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 Rolle.
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Grand Bahama Public Service Week Celebration Plans Gear Up - Sep 17, 2014 - 11:01:31 PM

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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...
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'Us Too Bahamas' calls on Governor General - Sep 17, 2014 - 8:42:11 PM

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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...
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Brazilian Ambassador callsl on the Governor General‏ - Sep 17, 2014 - 10:23:27 AM

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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.
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Next Business Person of the Year Committee calls on Governor General - Sep 17, 2014 - 10:14:54 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling welcomed the Next Business Person of the Year Committee, September 16, during a Courtesy Call at Government House...
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Bahamas Department of Social Services Celebrates 50 Years - Sep 16, 2014 - 3:45:54 PM


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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...”
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Government Takes Another Step in Developing Bahamians - Sep 16, 2014 - 3:07:55 PM

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NASSAU, The 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.

“Believe 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.”

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Installation for Bishop Moses Johnson and Minister Cynthia Johnson‏ - Sep 16, 2014 - 11:37:07 AM

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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. 

Prime 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...
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Prime Minister Christie's Gaming Bill House Communication Closing Remarks - Sep 16, 2014 - 1:19:35 AM

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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.

This promises 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
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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.

The 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”. 

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Song Competition for 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Officially Begins - Sep 15, 2014 - 4:59:40 PM

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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.

Education, 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.

Minister Fitzgerald officially launched the 19th CCEM Song Competition during a news conference at the Ministry of Youth on September 5.

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Pastors call on Bahamas Governor General - Sep 15, 2014 - 4:56:31 PM

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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. 

Pictured from left: Pastor Theophilus Neely, Dame Marguerite Pindling and Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe...
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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.

The 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.
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J.C. Sweeting & Toastmasters call on Bahamas Governor General - Sep 15, 2014 - 2:07:24 PM

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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.  

Pictured from left: Laurenne McDonald, J.C. Sweeting, Dame Marguerite Pindling, and Jamere McIntosh...
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Latore Mackey Given Home-Going at Voice of Deliverance - Sep 15, 2014 - 12:24:07 AM

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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.


Home-Going Service 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 and professionalism...
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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:

On Saturday 13th September, 2014, reports were received that a quantity of oil had washed ashore on Adelaide Beach in New Providence.

On 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 and action.
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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.

Mr. 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.

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New Start for Bahamas Press Club - Sep 12, 2014 - 4:29:45 PM


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Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the newly formed, Bahamas Press Club:

Although 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...
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