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The Bahamas statement on Nepal earthquake - Apr 27, 2015 - 1:21:55 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The government of the Bahamas expresses its sadness and deep regrets to the government and people of Nepal at the loss of life and destruction in the wake of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the city of Kathmandu earlier today.

These sentiments will be communicated to the government of Nepal via diplomatic note.

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Attorney General Maynard-Gibson Urges Female Students to Get into the ICT Field - Apr 26, 2015 - 12:37:29 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas -- Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, QC, encouraged female students attending the International Girls in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Day Forum and Mini-Fair to get into ICT to find lucrative careers.

The Attorney General explained that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) reported that there is a “chronic decline in the number of female Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) students, which is in turn contributing to a predicted global shortfall of at least two million ICT jobs which will not be able to be filled through lack of qualified staff...”

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Third Cohort Graduates from National Training Agency - Apr 26, 2015 - 12:33:21 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – After 14 weeks of training, 140 students have been equipped to join the country’s workforce. They graduated from the third cohort of the National Training Agency (NTA), Thursday, April 23rd during a ceremony at Holy Trinity Activities Centre, Stapledon Gardens.

The Government officially launched the competency-based training and job placement agency that prepares young adults for successful entry into the workforce in July of 2013. NTA has trained some 760 students in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Exuma within the near two-year period...

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DPM Brave Davis: “Protecting the Natural Beauty of San Salvador” - Apr 26, 2015 - 3:26:26 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by The Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development:

Christopher Columbus departed Spain in August of 1492. Overall, he was in command of the three ships Niña, Pinta, and Santa María, being captain of the latter. The story is told that about 2:00 on the morning of October 12th, Rodrigo de Triana, a sailor aboard the Pinta, sighted land
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The land turned out to be Guanahani, which Columbus renamed San Salvador, that is Holy Saviour.

At this discovery, Christianity was introduced to a whole “New World”. This Christianity, the tenets which we embrace today for the most part, enables us to appreciate all of Creation...
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Hon. Keith Bell on Juries and Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill‏ - Apr 25, 2015 - 2:35:19 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Speaking Notes by Senator The Honourable Keith R. Bell Minister of State for National Security On:  Juries and Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill‏:

Madam President, it is important that at every opportunity we are able to thank our law enforcement officers, we show our appreciation. This must extend to our law abiding citizens as well.

For instance, I am not sure if the general public is aware, that the Police alone receive in excess of 30,000 calls per month for help through their Police Control Room. Many rescues, successes or other matters that are considered “ordinary” are not ‘newsworthy...
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Hon. Hope Strachan BICA Bill 2015‏ House Contribution - Apr 25, 2015 - 2:17:58 PM


Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a
contribution by Minister of Financial Services the Hon. Hope Strachan:

I believe that this is a good day for the members of The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants. They have been anxiously awaiting the passage of this legislation. It signals to the world especially international regulators that the Institute and the members who comprise BICA are serious about their commitment to international compliance and quality standards...
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American Ex-Pats Raise Money To Rebuild the Exuma Straw Market - Apr 25, 2015 - 7:52:08 AM

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GEORGE TOWN, Exuma -- American Ex-Pats residing in the Elizabeth Harbour community garnered support from friends and family back home in the United States to raise thousands of dollars to rebuild the Exuma Straw Market that was burnt down to the ground on April 16. 

A Town Meeting was held at the Kettel Centre of the Exuma Foundation, George Town, on Monday, April 20, attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works the Hon. Philip Davis, at which Exuma residents discussed last week’s straw market fire in George Town, and the next steps...
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Straw Vendors of New Providence Give Donations to Straw Vendors in Exuma‏ - Apr 24, 2015 - 10:29:36 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Vendors of the New Providence Straw Market Authority gave a monetary donation as well as straw work to Philip 'Brave' Davis, DPM and Minister of Works and Urban Development, centre, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, to help the straw vendors in Exuma, whose straw market was destroyed by fire last week...
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Spanish Ambassador Presented Letters of Credence to the Governor General‏ - Apr 24, 2015 - 6:49:08 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- His Excellency Anibal Julio Jimenez Y Abascal, Ambassador of Spain to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, presented his Letters of Credence to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Friday, April 17, 2015...
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Toastmasters International calls on Bahamas Governor General - Apr 24, 2015 - 5:14:36 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Toastmasters International District 47 Governor 2014-2015 along with other District Governors paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Pictured from left: Kendrick Knowles, Area 61 Governor; Edward Carey, Co-founder Toastmasters; Anthony Longley, District 47 Governor; Dame Marguerite Pindling; Jim Kockochi, International President-Elect; Pamela D. Rolle, Past District 47 Governor; and Jamere McIntosh, Area 60 Governor...
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Junior Minister of Tourism, LaTess Bartlett‏ pays Courtesy Call on the Governor General - Apr 24, 2015 - 4:32:24 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- LaTess Bartlett, Junior Minister of Tourism, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
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Griffin Urges Students to be Responsible for ‘Own Affirmation’ - Apr 24, 2015 - 4:32:02 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin Thursday warned tenth and eleventh grade students from public and private secondary schools not look anywhere else but to themselves for affirmation.

“When you put your self-esteem in other people’s hands, you are asking for trouble as it is much easier for others to take advantage of you when you look to them for affirmation,” Mrs. Griffin said...
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Cultural warrior, Raphael Munnings honoured at St. John’s - Apr 24, 2015 - 2:08:55 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – St. John’s College Alumnus Raphael Munnings, leader of the famous ‘Beginning of the End’ band of “Funky Nassau” fame was honoured at a Special Assembly at the school on Thursday morning.

Students from primary through secondary school levels learned of his achievements as an international entertainer – his band “Beginning of the End” was named one of the ‘41 Bahamian Cultural Warriors’ acclaimed during the Bahamas 41st Independence Anniversary Celebrations in 2014. The band’s hit song “Funky Nassau” sold a million copies in 1971.

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Philip Armbrister and Chelina Williams-Allen Receive Top Public Service Awards for Northern Region - Apr 24, 2015 - 12:23:29 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Philip Armbrister and Chelina Williams-Allen were named Manager and Administrative Assistant of the Year respectively during the Fourth Administrative Professionals Awards Ceremony at Le Chateau on the Green on Wednesday during an elegant luncheon.

Hosted by the Ministry of the Public Service Northern Region Public Service Committee, the 12 nominees (four Managers and eight Administrative Assistants) were showered with accolades for exemplary work done in what was described as a thankless profession...

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Marjorie Davis Institute For Special Education Officially Opened - Apr 24, 2015 - 7:49:30 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The government has officially opened a first class state-of the-art institute for special education. A ceremony was held on Thursday, April 16 to open the institute, which has been named after veteran educator, Miss Marjorie Davis. The Institute is located on the site of the former Our Lady’s School on Deveaux Street. Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie attended the ceremony commemorating the opening of the institute. He said that the establishment of this type of facility should come as ‘no surprise’ as education is a top priority for the government.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to address you at the opening of this institution for special education,” said Mr. Christie. “It is through education that we promote the development of our people and the nation as a whole....
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Bahamas National Security Implements National Action Plan to Prevent Trafficking in Persons - Apr 24, 2015 - 5:13:02 AM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas –Prevention of trafficking in persons is a priority for the Government of The Bahamas because of its many unfortunate consequences, and the fact that it poses a threat to national security.

Minister of National Security, the Hon. Bernard Nottage addressed the Joint Meeting of the Trafficking in Persons Inter-Ministry Committee and the National Trafficking in Persons Task Force to encourage the leadership, zeal, and cooperation the teams have demonstrated in the anti-trafficking in persons strategy. The Joint Meeting took place on Monday, April 20, in the Conference Room of the Ministry of National Security...

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The Bahamas and Chile Sign Agreement - Apr 24, 2015 - 5:07:36 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – A Signing of Visa Waiver Agreement for Official and Diplomatic Passports between the Governments of the Republic of Chile and The Commonwealth of The Bahamas took place on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. 

Signing on behalf of The Bahamas Government was the Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Works and Urban Development and Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration, seated second left...
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Minister Mitchell Updates the House on Recent Illegal Migrant Repatriation - Apr 23, 2015 - 10:18:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a communication by Fred Mitchell, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration to the House of Assembly on April 22, 2015:

I wanted to inform the public that we have been dealing with a deluge of illegal migrants who have breached our borders over the past week. We are working to expedite their immediate return to Haiti. Last week ten people were intercepted at Inagua and are being processed for return.

In Bimini late Wednesday night 15th April 168 people were intercepted...
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DPM Davis Holds Town Meeting for Exuma Straw Market Fire victims - Apr 23, 2015 - 5:22:21 PM

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GEORGE TOWN, Exuma -- Strengthening local straw vendors with Government support and means to rebuild their economy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, along with Chairman of the New Providence Straw Market Authority, Kevin Simmons, visited the victims of the fire as well as the site in downtown George Town on April 20, where fire consumed the straw market on April 15 bringing the economy to a temporary standstill. The Ministry of Works approved erecting a temporary tent, which was donated by Sandals Emerald Bay, to get the souvenir makers back to work immediately...
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Griffin Urges Administrative Professionals to ‘Embrace Change’ - Apr 23, 2015 - 5:18:03 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – ‘Modern-day’ administrative professionals must embrace change if they are to remain on the cutting-edge of their profession, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said Wednesday.

“If you are easily frightened by change, then there is plenty to be afraid of given the ever-changing times that we live in,” Mrs. Griffin said. “I am here to advise you to embrace change and to think of it as an opportunity to learn, to grow and to excel.”
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