Diplomats Visit Andros to assess hurricane damage
- Oct 22, 2016 - 9:40:35 PM
NORTH ANDROS, The Bahamas – A delegation of diplomats and senior
government officials visited North Andros on Wednesday to see first hand
the impact of Hurricane Matthew. Parliamentary Secretary in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Cleola Hamilton,
led the delegation. The Diplomats’ visit to Andros was part of a
schedule of activities held during the third annual diplomatic week
During a press conference held at the North Andros airport,
Mrs. Hamilton expressed her ‘sorrow’ about the hurricane and encouraged
Androsians to remain ‘positive’ and to continue to work together...
Knights of Columbus Pay Courtesy Calls on the Governor General
- Oct 22, 2016 - 7:19:24 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Davis J. Rahming, Worthy Grand Knight and his executive team of Knights of Columbus, paid a courtesy call Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
Bahamas Insurance Association Calls on the Governor General
- Oct 22, 2016 - 6:16:50 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Pictured from left: Rema Martin, President, Insurance Institute of the Bahamas (IIB); Emmanuel Komolafe, Chairman (BIA); H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling; Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, Coordinator, (BIA); and Michele Fields, Superintendent, Insurance Commission of The Bahamas.
(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
Chinese Government Assists Bahamas with Geriatric Hospital’s Therapeutic Lawn Project at SRC
- Oct 21, 2016 - 3:38:03 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Officials of the Embassy of the People’s Republic
of China donated building materials to assist with the completion of the
Geriatric Hospital’s Therapeutic Lawn Project at Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre on Friday, October 21, 2016.
Hospital Therapeutic Lawn Project is Phase II of the Centre’s
Therapeutic Environment Project Master Plan that was originally proposed
by Senior Nursing Officer Sister Adrella Gibson (deceased) in 2012, and
later launched as part of the overall treatment module at Sandilands
The Pointe Garage Officially Opens in Nassau
- Oct 21, 2016 - 2:28:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt.
Hon. Perry Christie said, on October 18, 2016, that the opening of The
Pointe's garage complex represented the initial phase of a plan to
"substantially" transform the City of Nassau through the master planning
of a beachfront branded condo-hotel and marina resort; expansion of the
entertainment and retail offering in the downtown area; development of
other unique sporting and entertainment venues and the creation of new
and innovative commercial products, all of which will serve to "enliven
and re-energize" the nation’s capital.
"I am particularly pleased
to have this opportunity to say thank you to China Construction
America, the owners of Neworld One Bay Street, the developer of The
Pointe, and its parent company, China State Construction and Engineering
Corporation for their continued commitment to The Bahamas...
Evening Voter Registration temporarily suspended in Nassau
- Oct 21, 2016 - 1:33:16 AM
PUBLIC NOTICE FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER
Continuation of Voter Registration, and Temporary Suspension of Evening
Registration in New Providence With respect to the ongoing 2017 Voter
the fury of Hurricane Matthew, daily voter registration continues;
however the decision has been made to temporarily suspend the Evening
Voter Registration in New Providence, after 5:00pm, Monday to Friday --
until further notice.
Hon. Kenred Dorsett on the New Providence Landfill and Renew Bahamas
- Oct 20, 2016 - 8:43:10 PM
The Tribune recently reported that Renew Bahamas was suspending its role
as manager of the New Providence Landfill. In the article, Renew makes
various claims which the Ministry of the Environment & Housing would
like to clarify for the Bahamian people.
Renew contends amongst
other things, that the Government has been unresponsive and unwilling to
assist Renew with challenges it has faced from time to time. The
article reads in part that “Mr. Cox hits out at what he describes as the
Government's failure to properly engage with Renew Bahamas. He further
stated that the company had reached out to the Government for financial
assistance and other assistance post Matthew, and to date, has not
resulted in a meeting...”
PM House Communication on Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 20, 2016 - 11:55:52 AM
I rise to report to The House on the impact of "Hurricane Matthew‟, the
13th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Fortunately, the
majority of our Family Islands sustained no major damage. This was a
relief, particularly for those islands which were impacted last year by
Hurricane Joaquin. However, „Hurricane Matthew‟ caused, and left in its
wake, widespread devastation, particularly on the islands of New
Providence, North Andros and Grand Bahama. Much of this communication,
therefore, will focus on these islands.
Before beginning its assault on The Bahamas, "Hurricane Matthew‟
impacted Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba, and we extend our sympathy to the
Government and People of these countries. Our hearts go out especially
to the people of Haiti...
Contract Signing for University of The Bahamas Residence Hall
- Oct 20, 2016 - 11:17:24 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – A public/private partnership between The College
of The Bahamas (COB) and Providence Advisors Limited (PAL) for a new
residence facility on the Oakes Field campus is anticipated to transform
the lives of thousands of generations of students.
Dr. Rodney Smith and Kenwood Kerr, CEO and President of PAL, today,
signed an approximately $100 million contract for a new residence hall
for which groundbreaking is tentatively mid-summer 2017...
Governor General Visits School Children in West End
- Oct 20, 2016 - 11:06:56 AM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew that
impacted Grand Bahama during the first week of October, Her Excellency
Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Bahamas, on Wednesday,
October 19, visited the ravaged areas of Grand Bahama particularly in
Following this, Dame Marguerite was given a brief
report from heads of The Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, Public Healthcare Authority, Customs Department, the
Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, Ministry of Education, Island
Administrators and NEMA as to what was happening in their areas...
The Pointe Donates $100K to NEMA
- Oct 20, 2016 - 10:14:37 AM
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS – October 19th, 2016 – The Pointe – through its parent company China Construction America (CCA) – furnished a $100,000 donation for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
donation will help ongoing relief efforts in light of the recent
passing of Hurricane Matthew, the storm which caused hundreds of
thousands of dollars in damage.
At the recent formal opening of
phase one of the $250 million development, Chairman of China
Construction America (CCA) Ning Yuan said, the donation is a show of the
company’s solidarity with the people of The Bahamas...
Message to the People of The Bahamas from Her Majesty the Queen
- Oct 20, 2016 - 12:23:49 AM
In a letter from Buckingham Palace, and addressed to H.E. the
Governor-General of The Bahamas, Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth R,
wrote the following to the People of The Bahamas:
"As the people
of the Bahamas recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew,
please would you convey my sympathy to those whose property or
livelihoods have been affected by this terrible storm, and my thanks and
appreciation to everyone who is working on the recovery effort."
PM Christie and Delegation Visit Southern New Providence
- Oct 19, 2016 - 10:11:02 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt.
Hon. Perry Christie, Minister responsible for Hurricane Relief and
Restoration the Hon. Shane Gibson, and Members of Parliament joined a
team operating under the umbrella of the National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) and other pertinent stakeholders for an interactive visit
with residents in Southern New Providence on October 17, 2016.
of the reasons I wanted to come out here in the South was because we
placed a lot of emphasis on Andros, Grand Bahama -- Lowe Sound,
Freeport, West End -- and people may have gotten the impression that the
damage is much less here in New Providence and it is really not," Prime
Minister Christie said...
Hon. Fred Mitchell Remarks at Bahamas Diplomatic Week Opening Ceremony
- Oct 19, 2016 - 8:02:58 AM
This is my valedictory statement as Minister of Foreign Affairs to you
for this term. In doing so and as I say farewell, I would like to thank
all of you for coming and for the support which you have given our
country over the years and especially during this time of the post
This is an opportunity for our country to
express its policy views and concerns to the wider community of
diplomats who are accredited to us but are not resident here as well as
share in a frank exchange of views on matters of international concern...
Bahamas Government releases Exigency Order Benefit Procedures
- Oct 18, 2016 - 2:28:58 PM
PUBLIC NOTICE PROCEDURES FOR THE ACCESSING BENEFITS UNDER THE UNDER THE EXIGENCY ORDER
INDIVIDUALS Importing Goods and applying for Duty and VAT exemption
will be allowed to import goods valued at $3,000 or less without NEMA
approval once they accompany their goods and complete a NEMA application
and a C18 Customs form (accompanied baggage form). In these instances,
Customs will be able to provide approval at the border...
Public-Private sector approach to Hurricane Matthew speedy restoration, says Gibson
- Oct 18, 2016 - 2:03:45 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Minister responsible for Hurricane Relief and
Restoration the Hon Shane Gibson said it is going to take a
public-private sector approach towards a speedy recovery in the wake of
the powerful Hurricane Matthew.
Mr. Gibson, who is the Minister
of Labour, National and Minister of the Public Service was appointed by
the Rt Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister immediately following the
passage of the storm to spearhead the massive recovery efforts.
Monday, October 17, at Diplomatic Week conference at the Melia resort
on Cable Beach, Mr. Gibson addressed the Diplomatic Corp on the topic...
Schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama, North and Central Andros to Open October 25
- Oct 17, 2016 - 5:51:38 PM
Education Minister, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald held a press
conference at the Ministry’s headquarters to announce that ALL public
schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama and North and Central Andros
will re-open after the mid-term break on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.
This decision comes after careful consideration and consultation with
various stakeholders including Bahamas Power and Light, the Minister for
Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville and district
superintendents for the respective islands.
Schools in New
Providence with the exception of C.I. Gibson Senior High and the
Government High School were scheduled to open tomorrow, Tuesday, October
18th, while schools in Grand Bahama and North and Central Andros were
scheduled to open on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016...
Bahamas Government Statement on Baha Mar
- Oct 17, 2016 - 5:32:10 PM
The Prime Minister received a copy of a recent letter written by Mr.
Sarkis Izmirlian to Vice Chairman and President Liu Liange of the
Export-Import Bank of China (“CEXIM”) which he made public in a press
release. The letter and the press release contain some extraordinary
statements. Normally the Government would not respond to such a letter
and statement but so far as it impacts on what the Government has
achieved, which is well documented, in ensuring that the Baha Mar
development is finished and Bahamian creditors paid, the Government is
compelled to give this statement.
The assets of Baha Mar have
been acquired by Perfect Luck Holdings Limited (“Perfect Luck”). The
sale followed a lengthy marketing process by the Receivers, and that
process and the resulting sale of the assets to Perfect Luck were
overseen and approved by The Bahamas Supreme Court...
PM Christie Addresses Bahamas Diplomatic Week Official Opening
- Oct 17, 2016 - 3:25:51 PM
Address by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie Prime Minister Of The
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas at Diplomatic Week Official Opening Ceremony
Melia Nassau Beach Resort Nassau, The Bahamas on October 17, 2016:
is my pleasure to extend to you all a warm welcome to The Bahamas for
the third Bahamas Diplomatic Week, under the theme, ‘Strengthening
Relationships for a More Secure and Prosperous Bahamas.’
warm congratulations to those Ambassadors who will present their
Letters of Credence to the Governor-General during Diplomatic Week this