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Bahamas Heads of Mission Diplomats Welcomed at Official Reception - Oct 24, 2014 - 4:03:14 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Fred Mitchell greeted diplomats at the First Annual Bahamas Diplomatic Week Official Welcome Reception at Luciano’s East Bay Street on Thursday, October 23, the eve of United Nations Day. Attending the reception were Bahamas Heads of Mission who are in Nassau for these events, and resident representatives of many different countries.

Diplomatic Week has comprised a number of social and working sessions for the diplomatic community that have been mapped out to foster the spirit of international cooperation Minister Mitchell points out is the key to present and future world stability...

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Tribute to Bahamas Olympic Gold Winners, Sir Durward and Cecil Cooke - Oct 24, 2014 - 1:28:39 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – It was 50 years Tokyo...when Sir Durward “Seawolf” Knowles and the late Cecil Cooke won Olympic Gold -- representing a first for The Bahamas. They won the Star Class Sailing in those Summer Olympics.

The Bahamas Olympic Committee along with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture paid tribute to the accomplishment of Sir Durward and Cecil Cooke at a banquet at Atlantis on Thursday, October 23, and to their sparking a tradition of excellent performance of The Bahamas at the Olympic Games...
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Bahamas 15th Annual Public Service & Recognition of Retirees Week Awards Presentation - Oct 24, 2014 - 1:26:07 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, makes a presentation to Levada Taylor-Horton the longest serving retiree from the Ministry of Health, with 48years of service, during the 15th Annual Public Service & Recognition of Retirees Week Awards Presentation, October 23, at Government House.

Photos enclosed...

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Bahamas Girl Guide Leaders Thanked at 100 Year Celebration - Oct 24, 2014 - 12:01:20 PM

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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Fred Mitchell Remarks at the Official Opening of Diplomatic Week - Oct 24, 2014 - 11:06:17 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Fred Mitchell, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs:

The primary responsibility of the Government of The Bahamas is to create and maintain a social, political and economic order that would foster peace and prosperity for all its citizens.

In this regard, the dynamics of the new global political and economic order, that has developed in recent times, has obliged the Government, in general, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, in particular, to maintain a constant awareness of the outside world, and to engage in an active diplomacy, conducted, for the most part, in a wide variety of bilateral and multilateral fora
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Minister Mitchell on Bahamas Immigration Regulatory Changes - Oct 24, 2014 - 9:31:55 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Delivered at Fox Hill PLP Branch Meeting on 22nd October 2014 at Doris Johnson High School: 

I wish to give a brief statement in response to the feedback on the administrative measures announced by me in the House of Assembly on Immigration.

I said that there would be certain changes expected on 1st November following a period of feedback. Nothing that has come back by way of feedback on the policies indicates that there is a need to change that administrative starting date. The date will therefore stand as the commencement date of the policy.

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Bahamas Establishes Task Force to Focus On Ebola Awareness - Oct 24, 2014 - 5:31:08 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Government has assembled a task force to ensure that the Bahamas is prepared in the event of Ebola cases entering the country. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie made the announcement during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, October 22.

“This task force, which includes a cross-section of professionals and experts from various agencies of government and the private sector, has been organized in order that we ensure that in the face of this calamitous disease – Ebola – reaching our country, we would be poised to provide maximum protection and assistance to our people and visitors alike,” said Prime Minister Christie...

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Bahamas: Ship from Africa Ebola threat dismissed - Oct 24, 2014 - 5:19:28 AM

It has been reported to the Ministry of Health that a vessel docked at Freeport, grand Bahama had traveled from Africa to the Bahamas. Notification to Health Authorities was made prior to anyone being allowed to leave the vessel. The vessel was evaluated by the surveillance team on the island and in the investigation it was discovered that the crew had been out to sea for more than 21 days, the established incubation period for Ebola Virus Disease.

Additionally, after medical evaluation on board the ship, no persons were found to be ill, or to have any symptoms related to Ebola Virus Disease. It was then declared that there was no established risk to the population's health related to Ebola Virus Disease or otherwise.
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Contract Signed for Completion of Grand Bahama Arts and Crafts Center - Oct 23, 2014 - 10:29:51 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville along with Mr. Arnold A. Forbes M.P., Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation on Wednesday evening participated in contract signing for the completion of the Grand Bahama Arts and Crafts building.

Patrick McDonald Construction Company has been awarded the contract for the completion of the construction and retrofitting of the facility located on East Sunrise Highway.

Dr. Darville explained that since the acquisition of the facility in 2011, the gallery has been renovated, but to date, certain parts of the facility...
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Co-operatives Balance People, Planet, and Profit - Oct 23, 2014 - 6:04:15 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Department of Co-operative Development in the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government in conjunction with The Bahamas Cooperative League Limited held a Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 16 at The College of The Bahamas (COB) in celebration of International Credit Union Day observed October 16.

The lecture, which is among events marking the 40th anniversary of cooperatives in The Bahamas was held under the theme “Accelerating Wealth Creation Through Cooperatives.”

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PM Speaks at Statoil Expansion; Mentions GB Ebola Procedures - Oct 23, 2014 - 5:54:53 PM

HIGH ROCK, Grand Bahama – Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie was in Grand Bahama Thursday morning to participate in Ground Breaking ceremonies for the new Statoil South Riding Point, LLC Administration Building.

During his address at the ceremonies, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to inform the public of a Task Force that is in place to deal with Ebola and other health issues. He also advised that Mr. Greg Bartlett, a former Chief of Staff at the Rand Hospital has been recommended to head the Task Force of Grand Bahama, and that the Minister for Grand Bahama...
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Minister Darville Aims to Improve Grand Bahama Medical Infrastructure - Oct 22, 2014 - 7:33:51 PM

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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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival / Exhibition 2014 Opens - Oct 21, 2014 - 12:27:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival /Exhibition 2014 officially opened today at the Pro Gallery of the College of The Bahamas.

The art exhibition will continue until the 27th October 2014.

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New Media Guidelines in Place for Bahamas Government House - Oct 21, 2014 - 12:54:08 AM

Nassau, Bahamas (Issued October 17th) In an attempt to ensure propriety and to preserve the essential decorum which must be observed at the Official Residence of the Representative of Her Majesty the Queen, the Head of State, the Office of the Governor General of The Bahamas has issued general guidelines for members of the media.

The following guidelines will take immediate effect, and the media is asked to ensure that the procedures are followed at all times.

1. Bahamas Information Services is the agency responsible for all media relations, and timely contact should therefore be made appropriately ...
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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

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

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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Ebola Statement by Bahamas Ministry of Health - Oct 17, 2014 - 11:49:49 PM

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

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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Bahamas Waste Goes Pink in Effort to “Trash Cancer” - Oct 17, 2014 - 2:04:03 AM

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

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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