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Tropical Storm Matthew update: 6pm Wednesday - Sep 28, 2016 - 6:57:44 PM

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NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM MATTHEW ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6PM WEDNESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2016.

... CENTER OF MATTHEW MOVING INTO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA, TROPICAL STORMS CONDITIONS CONTINUE OVER PORTIONS OF THE LESER ANTILLES.....

AT 5PM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM MATTHEW WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 13.8°NORTH AND LONGITUDE 62.0° WEST OR ABOUT 65 MILES WEST OF ST. LUCIA OR 480 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF CURACAO...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Report 2016 Released - Sep 28, 2016 - 1:49:11 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Mr. Paul Major (at microphone), chairman of The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC), and other executives released the 2016 Report on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival during a press conference on Tuesday, Sept 27, 2016 at the commission's offices, downtown.

The report detailed the financial impact, insights, marketing and events of the carnival. Stating that the release of the report is not ‘late’ as some persons would suggest, Mr. Major noted, "a report of such magnitude would normally take 90-120 days or 3-4 months...

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Girl Guides Cookie Month Launched in The Bahamas - Sep 28, 2016 - 8:43:09 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Members of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association presented Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, with the first cookies to officially launch Girl Guides Cookie Month, during a courtesy call at Government House on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 

Pictured from left at the presentation: Zara Wilson, Guide; Ariana Ao, Sunflower; H. E. Dame Marguerite Pindling; Hayley Wilson, Brownie; Samia Adderley, Ranger; and Gillian Wilson, Assistant District Commissioner...
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Young Entrepreneur Jarrel Hall Presents PM with Bahamian-Themed Socks - Sep 28, 2016 - 6:00:49 AM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie (right) receives a presentation of Bahamian-themed socks from Bahamian entrepreneur, Jarrel Hall (centre) during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister, on September 26, 2016. 

Also pictured is Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe.  Mr. Hall created his new product while he was studying in China.  The socks are currently sold in select boutiques in Nassau, and a young female Bahamian entrepreneur manufactured the real wood box that they are presented in, as pictured...
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Nardo Dean Presents a Copy of His Book to the Governor General - Sep 28, 2016 - 5:54:58 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Nardo Dean, C.S.S.T. Bodyonix Bahamas presents a copy of his book The Trilogy of Fitness to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
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PHA Chairman reponds to Opposition Leader - Sep 28, 2016 - 12:20:53 AM

The Public Hospitals Authority acknowledges the problem associated with the compressors for the air conditioning unit for the Critical Care Block, which failed as a result of the electrical power cuts and surges associated therewith. Three (3) of the four (4) units as of 1pm today have been restored, with the remaining unit scheduled to return online by the end of this week. Orders to have the remaining compressors replaced were executed with suppliers outside of the country as no local vendor was able to provide the essential item. The replacement compressors are now due to arrive in the Bahamas within the next few days and will be installed with secondary UPS to mitigate against any future power surges...
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Minister Khaalis Rolle Addresses US Forum on Doing Business with The Bahamas - Sep 27, 2016 - 10:13:04 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - Minister of State for Investments the Hon. Khaalis Rolle presented remarks at a “Doing Business with The Bahamas” Forum in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016.

"As Minister of State for Investments I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet and discuss investment opportunities for our country with over 180 companies in the South Florida community," Minister Rolle said at a press conference at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce...
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"Health Care Has Improved Immeasurably," says PM in Grand Bahama - Sep 27, 2016 - 3:25:41 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, was present for signing of two contracts, for just under $4 million, for major renovations at the Rand Memorial Hospital on Monday, September 26, 2016.

The first contract, the amount of $2,374,736.68 with Landstar Construction Company Ltd., will relocate the hospital's kitchen and cafeteria allowing for the repurposing of the newly vacated space into two four-bedded wards. As a result, there will be the construction of new and upgraded kitchen and cafeteria facilities expected to be completed within 32 weeks from the beginning of construction...
       
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PM Christie Gives Baha Mar Update - Sep 26, 2016 - 11:23:38 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on September 26, 2016, that he was "pleased" that one month after the announcement of an agreement between the Government of The Bahamas and the Export-Import Bank of China (Eximbank), that "considerable progress" has been made in the implementation of the Heads of Terms between the respective parties relating to the remobilization, completion, sale and opening of the Baha Mar mega mixed-use resort.

"As I have said before, these arrangements, which have been approved by the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in a sealed order as is customary in commercial matters of this kind, represent a signal achievement for The Bahamas and a milestone in the troubled history of Baha Mar," Prime Minister Christie said, at a press conference on the Baha Mar property...
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Bahamas Road Traffic Dept statement on license plate images on social media - Sep 26, 2016 - 7:21:53 PM

The Road Traffic Department today advised the public that the image of the License Plate circulated on the various Social Media platforms this past weekend is NOT the design of the NEW License Plate to be introduced as a part of the Department’s new modernization plan.The Controller of Road Traffic expressed his extreme disappointment that the Department’s efforts to transform the department, and to introduce new methods and systems of operation, are being adversely impacted by those who are determined to undermine the process, by issuing false information on the automation efforts. In this regard, the Controller informed that there will be no increase in fees as a result of the automation project, and nor is there any need for drivers to purchase new license plates, if they have already licensed their vehicles. The normal licensing fees remain in effect. The Controller advised further that the automation is...
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PM Christie Heralds Developments for The Berry Islands - Sep 26, 2016 - 4:52:39 PM

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BULLOCK'S HARBOUR, The Berry Islands, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie announced during a town meeting at Bullock's Harbour, in the Berry Islands, on September 23, 2016, that he and a delegation of senior Cabinet Ministers Government officials met earlier that day with a U.S. developer who was seeking to start construction by year's end of a small hotel and condominium project on Great Harbour Cay, effectively increasing the tourism product in the Berry Islands by some 101 rooms.

"The developer has the capacity to finance it, to see it built," Prime Minister Christie said...
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Rand Hospital in Grand Bahama Gets $4 Million Further Upgrade - Sep 26, 2016 - 3:13:17 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama, will undergo nearly four-million-dollar upgrade and renovations.

Two contracts were signed in the nation’s second city on Monday morning, September 26, 2016 -- one with Landstar Construction Company Limited costing $2,374,736.68 and the other with Pinnacle Investment Construction Company Limited for $1,620,666.53. Landstar is headed by Mr. Kenton Grant, while Pinnacle’s president is Mr. Michael Edwards...
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Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister speaks to the 71st Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly - Sep 26, 2016 - 1:36:38 PM

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New York -- Statement by The Hon. Frederick A. Mitchell, MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the Seventy-first Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly 26th September, 2016:

UNGA Theme: “The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world."

Next year this time, general elections will have been held in The Bahamas.  This means that this is the last time that I will address this assembly in this term.  For me it has been a special privilege, one that I have cherished since I first stepped onto this platform in 2002...
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New Straw Market Day Care Centre and Homework Study for Children of Vendors - Sep 26, 2016 - 5:59:57 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, centre, cuts the ribbon to officially open the Day Care Centre and Homework Study facility of the Straw Market, Downtown, during Thursday’s Straw Vendors and Wood Carvers Appreciation and Recognition Ceremony. 

Officials, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis (right) and Chairman of the Straw Market Authority Kevin Simmons, look on...
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Nightclub murder suspect to be arraigned on Monday - Correction officer to appear in court on drug charges - Sep 26, 2016 - 12:52:15 AM

Nassau police are pleased to announce that Detectives from the Central Detective Unit have charged an Adult Male, with the murder of a man and the attempted murder of a woman that occurred at a nightclub at Prince George Wharf on Sunday 4th September 2016...

A male Correction officer from the Bahamas Department of Corrections will appear in court at 11:00am on Monday 26th September 2016, to be formally charged with possession of dangerous drugs...
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Government Officials Attend Funeral of Mrs. Juliette Barnwell - Sep 25, 2016 - 9:51:01 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The funeral service of Mrs. Juliette Barnwell was held on Saturday morning, September 24, 2016, at Christ Church Cathedral.  Mrs. Barnwell was a well-loved and deeply respected community champion.  

Pictured paying their respects, among the many who attended, are:  Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (front row), Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie (second row, right), Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis (second right), and Minister of National Security the Hon. Bernard Nottage and Mrs. Nottage.  Seated behind is Former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest...
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Bahamas to Join Global Community in Taking ‘Stand Against Ageism’ - Sep 24, 2016 - 9:20:52 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas will be one of many global countries taking a stand against ageism when it joins forces with other United Nations Member States to commemorate International Day of Older Persons and Older Persons Month in October.

Ageism manifests itself in both individual and institutional behaviours such as overlooking older persons for employment, stereotyping them, and generally excluding older persons from decision-making in their communities.

Ageism also affects older persons by diminishing self-worth in some cases while increasing the risk of depression, and has its roots in attitudes that view older persons as in decline, dependent, a burden and a drain,
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Darville Encourages BACO to Assist in Maintaining Solid Financial Frameworks - Sep 24, 2016 - 10:19:13 AM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, on Friday, September 23, 2016, urged attendees of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers to work with the government to revitalize Grand Bahama and empower the people.

The Minister was addressing BACO's 11th Annual Northern Bahamas Conference at Pelican Bay...
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PM Christie Speaks to Abaco's Increasing Number of Business Developments - Sep 24, 2016 - 9:58:46 AM

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco, The Bahamas - Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on September 22, 2016, that despite infrastructural and utility challenges, Abaco has been fortunate in attracting experienced and quality developers willing to invest in training.

"There is also a high retention rate of employees within a motivated workforce willing to learn and put its best foot forward," Prime Minister Christie said, at the Abaco Business Outlook, held at the Great Abaco Beach Resort & Marina, in Marsh Harbour, Abaco...
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Chinese Ambassador pays courtesy call on Minister for Grand Bahama - Sep 24, 2016 - 9:39:52 AM

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Freeport, BAHAMAS – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville welcomed His Excellency Huang Qinguo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The People's Republic of China, Madam Zheng Chuncao and their delegation to Grand Bahama Thursday on what was their first official visit.

His Excellency and his wife paid a courtesy call on the Minister at the Ministry for Grand Bahama not long after arriving on island...
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