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Minister Dames announces Crime Fighting Initiatives - Aug 21, 2017 - 11:36:11 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- During a press conference on the Execution of Crime Fighting Initiatives of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), on August 19, 2017, at the Paul Farquharson Conference Center, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin H. Dames dispatched a stern message to criminals operating in The Bahamas.

"I will like to send a warning out to all those persons who continue to live a life of crime -- moving forward we intend to make your life very uncomfortable," Minister Dames said.  "We will use every resource at our disposal to ensure that you are made to account for your wrongdoings.
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Government House Chef Jared Forbes spends six weeks as a Royal Household Hospitality Scholar - Aug 20, 2017 - 7:14:48 PM

Congratulations to Chef Jared Forbes, Government House's Food Service Manager for the last six years, who gained the unique opportunity to participate in Royal Household Hospitality Scholarship training in Britain recently to enhance mastery of his culinary craft.
The programme of six weeks provided study with seven other scholars within the Master of the Household's Department in the Queen's Residences at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle...
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DPM and Works Parliamentary Secretary tour seawall project at Smith’s Point - Aug 20, 2017 - 6:48:54 PM

With a low pressure area categorized tracking towards The Bahamas and soon expected to become a Tropical Storm, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Peter Turnquest, along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, Hon. Iram Lewis, on Friday wanted to get an update on work being carried out on the seawall at Smith’s Point.

The Deputy Prime Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary, August 18, 2017, invited members of the press along to meet with the Contractor for the latest news concerning the much-anticipated project in the Smith’s Point Community...
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Solar Eclipse Advisory - Aug 19, 2017 - 10:15:38 AM

The Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health wishes to advise the general public that on August 21st, 2017 between the hours of 1pm to 5pm the Bahamas will experience a Partial Eclipse.

A  Partial solar eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon only partially covers the Sun's disk.

The Ministry of Health wishes to further advise that while enjoying this event, looking directly at the sun without the correct eye protection, even for a short time, can cause permanent damage to your retinas, a light-sensitive part of the eye that transmits what you see to your brain...
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NEMA Reminds public to remain vigilant as peak hurricane season approaches - Aug 19, 2017 - 9:47:48 AM

Good afternoon Bahamas, as you are all aware, we are approaching the peak time of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

You should all be aware at this time that there are a number of tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean, and one or two are projected to cross over, or come near The Bahamas during the upcoming week.

Even though the systems have not been named, I would like to urge all residents throughout The Bahamas to continue to monitor these systems as we go into the weekend...
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Minister Pintard attends 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting - Aug 18, 2017 - 2:58:35 PM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (left) poses with President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, during the recent 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting in Kampala, Uganda.  The focus of the meeting was resourcing and financing Youth Development. More than 200 Youth Ministers, senior government officials and youth delegates met with NGOs and international agencies to explore various ways of accessing funding for youth initiatives. The Bahamas delegation also had bilateral discussions with member states relative to deepening cooperation in the area of youth development...

Photos enclosed...
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Prime Minister Minnis praises Girl Guides Officials for ‘outstanding work - Aug 18, 2017 - 9:49:45 AM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis met with officials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) Thursday (August 17, 2017) during a visit at the BGGA’s Headquarters, located Marcus Bethel Way and West Bay Street. The BGGA is a non-profit, voluntary organization for girls and young women.
Prime Minister Minnis was accompanied by His Excellency, Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister. The Girl Guides Movement has been in existence in The Bahamas for more than 100 years (102 to be exact).
Prime Minister Minnis lauded the organization for the “outstanding work” they have done, and continue to do, in training and developing thousands of Bahamian girls and young women into productive, responsible and contributing members of society...
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Minister lauds Bahamas book exchange with Cornell University - Aug 18, 2017 - 12:34:42 AM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard applauded the exchange of about 20 books by Bahamian authors with New York State's Cornell University and called the initiative “powerful.”

“To the extent that we can have more Bahamian publications placed in libraries around the world, it would increase the appreciation that persons have for The Bahamas – that we are more than sand, sun and sea,” Minister Pintard said at the Official Ceremony marking the exchange, held at the National Art Gallery, August 16, 2017.

According to a release by the Ministry, Dr. Carole Boyce-Davies, distinguished professor of African Studies and English at the African Studies Research Center at Cornell University presented and donated an Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora...
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Labour Minister Attends First Consumer Protection Commission Meeting - Aug 17, 2017 - 4:43:32 PM

The Consumer Protection Commission’s (CPC) newly-appointed board held its first meeting on Friday August 11th 2017. In attendance was Minister of Labor, Sen. the Hon. Dion Foulkes who has responsibility for Consumer Affairs.

Minister Foulkes’ five-year strategic plan for CPC was laid out. CPC will employ strategies that are consistent with the following guiding principles/core values:

Emphasis will be placed on educating the consumer; sustainable consumption of goods and services; competitive market in goods and services...
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Travel Industry executives pay courtesy call on Minister Symonette - Aug 17, 2017 - 11:56:48 AM

Travel industry executives paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry, and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette at the Ministry, August 16, 2017.  Pictured from left are: Executive Vice-President, Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) Suzanne Pattusch; Minister Brent Symonette; and President & CEO of Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) Vernice Walkine.

Official photos by Raymond A. Bethel, Sr. of Bahamas Information Services...

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‘Reformation’ of Stephen Dillet to be completed in 'record time' - Aug 16, 2017 - 8:20:42 PM

The “wholesale reformation” of the Stephen Dillet Primary School will be completed in record time, Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd said Wednesday.

Minister Lloyd said the end result of the transformation will be the provision of more efficient delivery of education at the facility.
“What would have ordinarily taken six-and-a-half to seven months to complete, will be completed in less than four months,” Minister Lloyd said following a tour of the facility. Minister Lloyd accompanied Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on the tour...
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Red Cross executives visit the Governor General - Aug 16, 2017 - 1:16:03 PM

Bahamas Red Cross Society President Craig Gomez and Director General Caroline Turnquest (right) paid a courtesy call on the Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerit.

Official photo by Bahamas Information Services photographer, Derek Smith...
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Haitian Ambassador pays farewell courtesy call on the Governor General - Aug 16, 2017 - 12:22:04 PM

Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus paid a Farewell Courtesy Call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, August 16, 2017.

Official photo by Bahamas Information Services photographer, Derek Smith...
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King of the Conch Fest' Reps meet Minister Pintard - Aug 16, 2017 - 12:10:08 PM

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre) met with 'King of the Conch Fest' Executive Director Stephen Dean and Community Liaison Niambi Hall-Campbell, PhD during a courtesy call at the Ministry on August 16, 2017.  The event is slated for October 8, 2017, on Montagu Beach, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Official photo by Bahamas Information Services photographer, Eric Rose...
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PM and DPM lead verification process for Cabinet Ministers - Aug 15, 2017 - 10:14:45 PM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Kevin Peter Turnquest led the verification process for Members of Parliament prior to participating in the weekly Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday (August 15, 2017).
Prime Minister Minnis and Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest were two of 15 Cabinet Ministers to take advantage of the opportunity provided by officials from the Public Treasury Department who were on hand at the Cecil V. Wallace-Whitfield Centre to conduct the verification process for public service employees there...
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Bahamas Congratulates India on the Celebration of its National Day - Aug 15, 2017 - 9:56:34 PM

The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has congratulated the Government and people of the Republic of India on the celebration of its National Day.  The Government of The Bahamas looks forward to continuing the friendly and cooperative relationship that has existed between the two countries since the inception of Diplomatic Relations in 1975.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a formal Diplomatic Note of congratulations to the Government of India to that effect...
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Chinese Ambassador calls on Prime Minister Minnis - Aug 15, 2017 - 3:17:47 PM

Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo made a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.  The Bahamas and China recently recognized their 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations at a Reception on Friday evening at the British Colonial Hilton. 

Photos show a gift presentation during the courtesy call, and the Prime Minister with the Ambassador in a group including, from left: Chinese Embassy officials, Ambassador Huang Qinguo (third left), Prime Minister Minnis...

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Haitian Ambassador calls on the Minister of Foreign Affairs - Aug 15, 2017 - 2:39:58 PM

Haitian Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus, left, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, August 14, 2017.

BIS Photo by Derek Smith, Sr....

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Executives of Club Med North America call on Prime Minister Minnis - Aug 15, 2017 - 2:38:36 PM

Executives of Club Med North America paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday.  Club Med North America Vice-President Xavier Mufraggi, left, shakes hands with Prime Minister Minnis in photo.

Photo by OPM Media Services...


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Press Statement from the Minister of Labour on Labour Survey - Aug 14, 2017 - 10:51:30 PM

Press Statement by Senator Hon. Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour:

I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to the staff of the Department of Statistics on the recent publication of the results of the May 2017 Labour Force Survey which highlighted a slight decline in the unemployment rate in the Bahamas.

The Ministry of Labour is pleased that the level of unemployment in the country has declined particularly on the islands Grand Bahama and Abaco, two of our more populated islands. We are, however, mindful of the fact that the survey was conducted during the period April 24-30 2017, just a few weeks prior the recent general elections. Encouraged by the statistics gathered during the sampling period, which is reflective of the temporary and short time jobs associated with the Carnival and general elections, many of these employees...
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