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Grand Bahama to get $6M Fire Station - May 29, 2015 - 5:03:48 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, was on island Friday for the contract signing at the Ministry for Grand Bahama for a $6M fire station for that island.

Residents of the island will not soon forget the names 'Francis' and 'Jeanne', the two hurricanes that devastated Grand Bahama in 2004 including the fire station of East Settlers Way...

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Bahamas PM Presents Budget Communication 2015-2016 (Pdf attachment) - May 29, 2015 - 12:25:21 PM

Mr. Speaker, this Budget is faithful to the reform plan for a stronger Bahamas that my Government has been pursuing since our present mandate began. Our plan is working. This Budget builds further on that plan.

We have, for instance, succeeded in achieving a dramatic turnaround in the state of our public finances. The GFS Deficit this fiscal year is now estimated at $198 million, as compared to the $539 million Deficit that resulted from the fiscal structure that we inherited in 2012/13. That is a reduction in the Deficit of $342 million...
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PM Christie, Griffin, Break Ground For Multipurpose Centre for Adults with Disabilities - May 29, 2015 - 12:23:18 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie and Minister of Social Services and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin, ‘broke ground’ for a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility for post school-age children with disabilities Thursday, May 28, exactly twenty-four months after a Special Task Force was first appointed to develop the design and programme for the facility.

The post school-age facility will cater to persons with disabilities, particularly those with developmental disabilities. Construction is expected to begin before the final quarter of 2015.

“Our goal is to administer a quality based environment which embraces several core values including treating every person with dignity and respect..."
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Chinese Delegation Tours LPIA Air Traffic Control Facilities - May 29, 2015 - 11:29:20 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Transport & Aviation welcomed a delegation from the People’s Republic of China on a tour the new multi-million dollar Bahamian air traffic control facility at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) on May 27, after a brief reception at the International Diplomatic Lounge upon their arrival in The Bahamas.

The delegation of aviation officials of the People’s Republic of China arrived to sign agreements implementing air service between China and The Bahamas.

Minister of Transport and Aviation the Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin told the delegation as she conducted the tour that the facility has cutting edge technology at world-class standards...

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Ministry to support 20th Annual Grand Bahama Regatta - May 29, 2015 - 10:34:45 AM

Freeport, The Bahamas - Members of the Grand Bahama Regatta Committee paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Thursday.

During the visit, Dr. Darville said he was pleased to confirm the Ministry for Grand Bahama would make a donation to assist in defraying the cost of the 20th Annual Grand Bahama Regatta. The theme for the event is 'Smooth Sailing - The Magic is Back' and will be held July 17 and 18 at Taino Beach...
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Historic Contract Signed For Management of National Stadium - May 29, 2015 - 3:57:58 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas signed a historical contract with AEG, one of the world’s leading sporting and entertainment presenters, for the management of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Friday, May 22, 2015.  The company has a worldwide presence and manages venues in the United States and globally. The contract signing ceremony was held at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said that the contract signals a ‘brand new day’ for the country...
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Grand Bahama Welcomes Sunwing from Houston - May 29, 2015 - 12:11:10 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Sunwing Airlines made its inaugural flight to Grand Bahama from Houston, Texas, on Sunday, May 24, carrying 145 passengers. The flight was met by director of tourism for Grand Bahama Betty Bethel and other Ministry of Tourism staff members.

According to Ms. Bethel, the Ministry of Tourism “has a summer and winter program, with this being the first of many flights scheduled for the rest of this year, which will result in positive economic impact for Grand Bahama.”

With flights coming in from eight US cities and from Canada, Grand Bahama to date has already surpassed its 2014 visitor numbers to the Island.

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Qatar Ambassador Presents Letters of Credence to Bahamas Governor General - May 28, 2015 - 8:00:57 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas   -- His Excellency Rashid Mairza Mahmoud Al-Mulla, Ambassador-Designate of Qatar to The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, presented his Letters of Credence to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, in a ceremony at Government House on Thursday, May 28, 2015...
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Toxicologist in Nassau to support Rubis investigation - May 28, 2015 - 7:47:08 PM

Making good on the government’s promise to identify expert assistance to support its ongoing Rubis health investigations, Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez welcomed Netherlands born Toxicologist Dr. Rik Van de Weerdt to the team during a briefing session at the Ministry of Health today.

“I am pleased to note that a Toxicologist all the way from the Netherlands is here in The Bahamas to assist us in the issues surrounding the Rubis oil spill. The government is living up to its promises and we hope that we will be much better off as a ministry and a country as a result of these consultations” said the Health Minister...

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Senate President Pays Respects to the Late Mizpah Tertullien, Former Senator - May 28, 2015 - 7:43:59 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – President of the Senate, Sen. The Hon. Sharon Wilson pays her respects during the Lying-in-State of Mrs. Mizpah Tertullien, MBE, Former Senator, on Thursday, May 28, at the Senate in Parliament Square.

The State-Recognized Funeral of Mrs. Tertullien will be held on Friday morning, May 29, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral...
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Bahamas signs on to Air Passenger Services Agreement in Saint Lucia - May 28, 2015 - 2:51:41 PM

(Runaway Bay, Saint Lucia) - The Bahamas has now acceded to all three of the agreements which will facilitate the air passenger information system (APIS) which will allow the exchange of information to our border management agencies in advance of passengers getting on the plane to fly here.

There were three agreements to allow this to be brought into force.Fred Mitchell MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs took the opportunity to sign the accession documents in Runway Bay, St. Lucia in the margins of the meeting of foreign ministers of Caricom on 22 May 2015.
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Grand Bahama student Samaiya Lundy brings home top honours - May 28, 2015 - 11:17:40 AM

Freeport, Bahamas – The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, was at Grand Bahama International Airport on Sunday to welcome home Samaiya Lundy, the 2015 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year, along with other students who participated in the completion held last weekend.

Samaiya, a student of Sunland Baptist Academy, was also welcomed by her parents, Mark and Shantell Lundy; the school's benefactor, Bishop Godfrey Williams; the school's principal, Myrton King; coach, Bonnie Basden and teacher, Denise Minnis...
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Potter’s Cay Dock Trees Pruned to Allow For New Parking Lot Development - May 28, 2015 - 10:53:21 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The pruning of trees at the southern foreshore of Potter’s Cay Dock has been completed in preparation for their removal: once the trees have been removed work can begin on creating a parking lot for patrons of the vendors on the dock.

Tree pruning is a programme of the first phase of re-development of the eastern end of Potter’s Cay Dock.

The Government has allocated $3,122,989.00 for the re-development project, which is going to take place in three phases. It is a product of private and public sector involvement with many of the ideas for the re-development coming from the mailboat operators and various governmental agencies...

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Launch of San Salvador Urban Renewal Marching Band - May 27, 2015 - 11:42:15 AM

COCKBURN TOWN, San Salvador -- Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Works and Urban Development, and MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador the Hon. Philip Davis was the keynote speaker at the Official Launch of the San Salvador Urban Renewal Marching Band on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Idella Jones Community Centre, Cockburn Town, San Salvador.

Also in attendance were: Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville...
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Second Home Market Energizing Eleuthera’s Resurgence - May 27, 2015 - 11:13:48 AM

GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, Eleuthera – The island of Eleuthera is on track for a major economic boom, which will return the island to its former glory, making it one of the most prosperous islands in the country said Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie as he delivered the keynote address at the 3rd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook, Thursday, May 21.

Mr. Christie said that this impending economic boom in Eleuthera could be attributed to the island’s strong second home market...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Moore's Island, Abaco‏ - May 26, 2015 - 4:13:02 PM

MOORE'S ISLAND, Abaco - E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudication took place at the Moore's Island Public School, on Moore's Island, Abaco, on Thursday, May 21.  Photos by E. Thurston of the National Arts Festival team portray choral verse speaking, individual verse speaking, and dance...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival - Mangrove Cay, Andros‏ - May 26, 2015 - 3:30:34 PM

MANGROVE CAY, Andros - The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival moved the judging to Mangrove Cay, Andros, on Friday, May 22.  BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna show some of the expression.

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BFSB Targets Swiss and Latin American Events - May 26, 2015 - 12:58:55 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – May and June have shaped up to be a busy period for the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) as it balances participation in a variety of conferences, briefing visits and a Bahamas Landfall event.

In May BFSB participated in a Henley & Partners conference in Zurich as well as a mini Briefing Visit incorporating one-on-one meetings with a number of advisors in Zurich and Geneva.  The following week saw BFSB in Sao Paolo, Brazil for the Private Wealth Brazil Forum on May 14. As a key sponsor, BFSB presented and exhibited at Private Wealth Brazil, in collaboration with the Ministry of Financial Services and representatives from a number of member firms...
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Minister Glenys Hanna Martin on the Passing of Former Senator the Late Mizpah Tertullien‏ - May 26, 2015 - 8:45:09 AM

Statement of condolences from Minister of Transport & Aviation, The Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin on The Passing of former Senator The Late Mizpah Tertullien:

"More must be done to document the significant contribution of women in our political life. And more must be done to record the substantive contribution of women to our national development in general. This is necessary to create a full and fair meaning of our historical experience.

Today I extend condolences to the family of the late Mizpah Tertullien. She was an accomplished academic, an author and a former Senator and candidate in the 1972 General Elections which paved the way to our national independence...
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Bahamas Attorney General on the passing of Senator Mizpah Tertullien - May 25, 2015 - 5:58:58 PM

Last week marked the passing of Senator Mizpah Tertullien, a great Bahamian woman - a visionary and trailblazer.

Senator Tertullien was infected and affected by the 1950s movement for Self Governance and Majority Rule, which eventually led to Independence. She was a well educated woman who chose to dedicate herself to public service and the transformation of The Bahamas. Her weekly newspaper columns “Psychologically Speaking” incited Bahamians to self-respect and self-love. It’s is amazing to me that in 2015 we are still wringing our hands about something that she and so many others more than 50 years ago saw as obvious – women and men are equal. In advancing the cause of equality, and demonstrating her usual courage of conviction, she ran as a female candidate.

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