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Bahamas Girl Guide Leaders Thanked at 100 Year Celebration - Oct 21, 2014 - 12:01:20 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas Girl Guides Association held a grand rally on Saturday evening on Government House Grounds, celebrating the achievements of the organization under the theme, ‘100 Years of Influencing Lives,’ with Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling giving a “thank you” to the very dedicated leaders who made it all possible.

Addressing the very large gathering that included past and present members and leaders of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association and friends of the organization, the Governor General complimented the movement – as a “proud full member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts” -- for having positively influenced thousands of girls in New Providence and the Family Islands...

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50th Anniversary Gospel Concert held in Freeport‏ - Oct 21, 2014 - 10:32:14 AM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas - The Department of Social Services, Grand Bahama, in celebration of the DSS 50th Anniversary, held a Gospel Concert at the Bishop Michael Eldon Auditorium Saturday night.  Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin officially opened the concert.

The event brought Gospel singing artists like the world-famous Cooling Waters, Pastor Simeon Outten and the New Life Band, Community Holiness Praise Team, The Bahamas Brass Band, and Calvary Baptist Church Praise Team.  Pictured is Minister Griffin speaking to the concert crowd...
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Minister Darville Aims to Improve Grand Bahama Medical Infrastructure - Oct 20, 2014 - 7:33:51 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - At the Annual Cancer Society of Grand Bahama’s ‘Hope Gala Ball’ on Saturday, Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville gave observations of the cancer fight from his very immediate experience as a physician, and said he aims to ensure the medical infrastructure of Grand Bahama is advanced to state of the art.

This year’s ball was held under the theme “Life is Beautiful, Live Life: Celebrate.” It is the premier fund raising event of The Grand Bahama Branch of The Cancer Society of the Bahamas...
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Bahamas Task Force on Ebola meet at Office of the Prime Minister - Oct 20, 2014 - 4:08:08 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – A Task Force on Ebola met today at the Office of the Prime Minister. Present were Government Ministers and key personnel from various departments. (BIS Photos/Peter L. Ramsay)
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Bricemae Gibson ‘Employee of the Year’ at Bahamas Ministry of Works and Urban Development - Oct 20, 2014 - 12:30:01 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Bricemae Gibson of the Human Resources Unit won the ‘Employee of the Year’ distinction at the recent Ministry of Works and Urban Development Employee of the Year Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis commended Ms. Gibson and the nominees.

He also implored staff of the Ministry of Works to align themselves with the values of trust, honesty, integrity and stewardship and to build these values into the delivery of service. He called on them to renew their efforts to develop strategies that demonstrate they value customers...
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Bahamas Festival‏ Celebrates International Culture - Oct 20, 2014 - 10:47:25 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Frederick Mitchell (at the podium) officially opens the 19th Annual International Cultural Festival on Saturday October 18, 2014, at the Botanical Gardens.

The weekend cultural festival was originally conceived to recognize United Nations Day and celebrates the culinary arts, music and dance of many countries represented in The Bahamas. 

Photos caught some of the moments of the event....
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RBDF: Apprehension Of Cuban Migrants - Oct 20, 2014 - 10:10:02 AM

Coral Harbour Base, 19 October 2014 (RBDF) -  Acting on intelligence, members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Bimini Detachment and local Police assisted Immigration Department personnel with the apprehension of nineteen (19) Cuban migrants early Sunday morning.
 
The Cuban Migrants were intercepted on Cat Cay after their 35-foot Bayliner motor vessel ran aground on south Cat Cay in the Bimini chain where the vessel was abandoned. A search of the immediate area resulted in the apprehension of undocumented Cuban nationals consisting of thirteen (13) males, four (4) females and two (2) children...
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Minister Mitchell responds to Shanty Town dweller comments - Oct 19, 2014 - 7:24:07 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - It was during a demolition exercise on a Farrington Road shanty town in Nassau late last week that a dweller told a ZNS News reporter that there are more Haitian-Bahamians than Bahamians therefore "they" should not start something they cannot finish. The comment was interpreted by some as inflammatory and incited civil unrest. Video was posted on facebook and created a firestorm of criticism and commentary, some inflammatory.

It was against this backdrop that a press conference was held on Sunday 19th October by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Fred Mitchell, MP to address this matter. The following is his statement:
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Ebola Statement by Bahamas Ministry of Health - Oct 17, 2014 - 11:49:49 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Health is acutely aware of the situation regarding the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) situation globally and would like to take this opportunity to again address and update the Bahamian people regarding the topic.

The current Ebola outbreaks in West and Central Africa started in December of 2013 with the World Health Organization being made aware of the gravity of the situation in March of 2014. A total of 8470 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in eight affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain, and the United States of America) up to the 10th October. There have been 4076 deaths...
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Minister Gray Promotes Family Farming Towards Food Security - Oct 17, 2014 - 5:39:40 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas - Promoting food security at home is the objective of the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government to ensure Bahamians are less dependent on foreign food imports. One strategy to achieve food security is the promotion of family farming, or ‘backyard farming,’ a venture Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government the Hon. V. Alfred Gray suggested families, and young people get started with on the road to feeding ourselves.

Along the theme, “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth,” Minister Gray officially opened World Food Day ceremonies on Thursday, October 16, at Arawak Cay and challenged Bahamian students to think about taking up agricultural science as a profession, considering the government’s investment in the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute in North Andros...
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Baptist Convention Executives & Honourees‏ hosted to reception at Government House - Oct 17, 2014 - 5:18:57 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Deputy to the Governor General Mr. Oswald Ingraham hosted a reception for the executive board members and honourees of the ‘56th Annual Baptist Recognition Day’ of the Bahamas Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention at Government House Thursday evening, October 16. 

From left are: Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Carroll, Baptist Convention Immediate Past President; Rev. Dr. William L. Thompson, Baptist Convention President; Rev. Diana Francis, Pastor, First Baptist Church; Oswald Ingraham, Deputy to the Governor General; and Bishop Delton D. Fernander, Baptist Convention Executive Secretary...
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Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Host First Diplomatic Week - Oct 17, 2014 - 1:15:21 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration is staging the first ever Diplomatic Week aimed at fostering closer ties between the Diplomatic and Consular Corp and The Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell made the announcement during a press conference at the Majority Room of the House of Assembly on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Also present were His Excellency Picewell Forbes, Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM; Permanent Secretary Philip Miller...
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Bahamas Waste Goes Pink in Effort to “Trash Cancer” - Oct 17, 2014 - 2:04:03 AM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Officials at Bahamas Waste went “pink” Thursday, joining local and global efforts to bring greater attention to cancer awareness, education and prevention, with its “Big Pink” Unveiling Ceremony.

The “Big Pink” Initiative coincides with the celebration of Cancer Awareness Month globally. One of the company’s trucks has been spray-painted pink and emblazoned with the image of multiple cancer survivor, and Bahamas Waste employee, Mr. Hartley Strachan, who was first diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in February, 2006 and this year (March, 2014) diagnosed with Colon Cancer...

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Bahamas Elderly – True Gold Mines of a Culture - Oct 16, 2014 - 4:58:14 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Christ Community Church Senior Pastor Deanza Cunningham challenged Bahamians to treat the country’s elderly as though they were fortunes, saying the affection and care for the old, the incurable and the helpless, are the true gold mines of a culture.

“The opposite is also true. A culture is in deep trouble when it starts talking about eliminating the old, the incurable, and the helpless,” Pastor Cunningham said. “I saw it in the treatment of my father when he had a stroke and (sought treatment). Once they realized that he was 91, concern for him diminished. I heard one of the care-givers say to the doctor: ‘Doc you wasting your time man, he 91, he done live his life...’
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Minister Mitchell Visits Champion Debating Team in Freeport - Oct 16, 2014 - 2:25:15 PM

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FREEPORT, The Bahamas – Lucaya International School in Freeport, Grand Bahama, got a visit from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Fred Mitchell, on October 10, following the return of the school’s Model United Nations debate team’s visit to New York City, where they attended the Minister Mitchell’s address at the 69th General Assembly of the United Nations on September 30th 2014.

Lucaya International School (LIS) earlier this year emerged the winner of the National Model United Nations Debate Competition against 17 teams from schools across The Bahamas, and was awarded the visit to the United Nations by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas.

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Office of Bahamas Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Urban Development to become vacant - Oct 15, 2014 - 7:14:03 PM

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14th October  2014) The following is a Press Statement from the Cabinet Office:

The Cabinet Office advises that the Governor General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, has directed that the office of Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Urban Development become vacant.
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Bahamas Director of Legal Affairs Celebrated as She Ascends to Justice of the Supreme Court - Oct 14, 2014 - 1:41:06 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Staff of the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs said farewell to Deborah Fraser, Director of Legal Affairs, during an appreciation luncheon, October 9, at the Paul L. Adderley Building. She leaves her former position to become a Justice of the Supreme Court.

Mrs. Fraser was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1987 and later appointed Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General. Throughout her career she served as Senior Counsel, Assistant Director and Deputy Director of Legal Affairs. She was appointed Director of Legal Affairs in 2005...
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MESICIC Holds Meeting in Nassau‏ - Oct 13, 2014 - 2:52:13 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Evaluators from the Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption (MESICIC) met in Nassau, September 22.

They are pictured at the opening of meetings at the British Colonial Hilton. From left: Jimmy Moffatt; Marilyn Pereira Goncalves, Senior Financial Sector Specialist; Stephen Thompson, Bahamas Compliance Commission Inspector; and Samir C. Merghoub, Financial Sector Specialist...
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I-Group meets with PM Christie to provide Mayaguana update - Oct 13, 2014 - 2:02:25 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - A meeting was held between I-Group and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, October 10, at the Office of the Prime Minister, to bring him up to date on developments underway in Mayaguana with particular reference to providing health care and education to residents of Mayaguana, and to the increased population as a result of anticipated investments. 

Pictured with the Prime Minister are, from left: Mrs. Isabelle Roy and Augustin Roy, wife and son of Stephen Roy, head of the I-Group and the principal developer in Mayaguana; the Prime Minister; and Dr. Thomas F. Burke...
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Bahamas National Youth Awardees Receive Medals - Oct 10, 2014 - 7:26:40 PM

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New Providence, Bahamas - The Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite hosted nominees for National Youth Awards at Government House on October 8.  The Medal Presentation Ceremony for Nominees honoured candidates from across the islands for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their respective organizations.

National Youth Awards recognizing excellence are given annually by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The Ministry will present 30 choice awards to the most outstanding youth in civics and sports during a ceremony at the Melia Cable Beach Resort...

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