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Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre Open - Apr 26, 2017 - 1:50:12 PM

The new twelve (12) million dollar Marsh Habour Healthcare Centre was officially opened on Wednesday April 19th, 2017. The state-of-the-art facility spans 33,000 square feet, and provides for primary care services, triage and ambulatory care, maternal and child health services and dental care. The new healthcare facility is also equipped to stabilize patients who require transfer to a tertiary institution like the Princess Margaret Hospital or Rand Memorial Hospital.

Providing the keynote address at the Commissioning Ceremony, Prime Minister the Rt. Honourable Perry Christie referenced the Government’s recent program of renovations targeting community clinics in New Providence and the Family Islands. These projects he said, are a prerequisite to the roll-out of National Health Insurance...
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Enrolment in NHI Bahamas Off to a Good Start - Apr 26, 2017 - 1:01:03 PM

At almost three hours into the launch of Phase Two of NHI Bahamas: Enrolment, Monday, April 24, 2017, they had in excess of 350 applicants who applied and enrolled in the Programme, NHI Bahamas Project Manager, Dr. Delon Brennen said.

Dr. Brennen said everyone at the NHI Secretariat has been working really hard to get to this point and he was proud to say that Bahamians will soon be able to access primary care services at no cost at point of care – no matter age, gender, island of residency or if healthy or sick.
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The Bahamas' Dr. Bridgette Rolle Chairs a Segment of CICAD's 61st Session in Washington, D.C. - Apr 26, 2017 - 11:15:49 AM

Dr. Bridgette Rolle (left), Administrator of the Bahamas National Drug Council and Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, sits in The Bahamas' position as Chair of the 61st Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) during the Second Plenary Session on Regional Implementation of the Special Session on the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), 2016 Recommendations Monday afternoon, April 24, 2017, at the OAS General Secretariat Building, 1889 F Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C. Discussions centred around how Member States are implementing the recommendations contained in the "Outlook Document" of UNGASS. Also pictured (from left) are: Ambassador Adam Namm, CICAD Executive Secretary, and Ms. Esther Best, Manager, National Drug Council, Trinidad and Tobago...
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CICAD Addresses Challenges and Solutions to Provision of Drug Treatment - Apr 26, 2017 - 10:16:02 AM

Day Two of the 61st Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) opened in the US Capital Tuesday morning with a focus on “The Provision of Drug Treatment Services: Challenges and Solutions” during the Third Plenary Session.

The Bahamas sits as Chair of the 61st Regular Session of CICAD, having ascended to the position at the 60th Regular Session held in Nassau in 2016. Discussions are being held in the General Services Building (GSB) of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States...
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At CICAD Bahamian Official Applauds Public Health Approach to Treatment of Drug Use - Apr 26, 2017 - 9:10:34 AM

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission’s decision to take a public health approach to the treatment of drug use and related disorders is one that should be embraced, the Deputy Director of Psychological Services at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in The Bahamas, Rochelle Basden, told delegates attending the Third Plenary Session of the 61st CICAD Regular Session Tuesday at OAS Headquarters in the US capital.

Ms. Basden said the public health dimension has gained momentum as nations strive for a more integrated and balanced approach to addressing the world drug problem...
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NHI Bahamas Strengthened by Fund to Cover Catastrophic Illnesses - Apr 25, 2017 - 10:01:16 AM

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said NHI Bahamas has been strengthened by a fund that will receive $24 to $30 million annually to cover “catastrophic illnesses.”

Prime Minister Christie said the fund is a result of primary healthcare providers posing the questions, “What happens if we diagnose someone with a catastrophic illness? What do we do since this programme currently covers just primary care?”

The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of Phase Two of NHI Bahamas: Enrolment at Enoch Backford Memorial Auditorium, Monday, April 24, 2017...

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Prime Minister Christie Remarks at ZNS "Free to Air" Commissioning Ceremony - Apr 25, 2017 - 9:36:53 AM

Remarks By The Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister And Minister Of Finance at The Commissioning Ceremony of The New 300ft Transmission Tower to provide “Free To Air” Television and increase frequency of 1540AM at The Transmission Site Harold Pond on Monday, 24th April, 2017:


I am more than happy to be able to join my Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage and the Chairman of the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas, Rev. Dr. William Thompson and members of the Board of the Corporation on this auspicious occasion for the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas. I take this opportunity to convey greetings to the General Manager of the Corporation, Ms. Diana Swan and her management team and all other persons concerned for making this event a reality.

The question might well be asked why make such a “big to do” out of the commissioning of this new tower? The answer lies in the fact that this is another technological and engineering advancement that has been made by the Broadcasting Corporation in its over 80 years of existence and service to the Bahamian people...
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Bahamas Actively Engaged in Efforts to Address ‘World Drug Problem’ - Apr 25, 2017 - 12:17:11 AM

The Bahamas remains committed to supporting the work of the Organization of American States (OAS) in identifying effective ways in which to address the world drug problem, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), His Excellency, Dr. Elliston Rahming said Monday.

Delivering the Opening Address at the 61st Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), April 24, 2017, at the OAS Building in the U.S. Capital, Ambassador Rahming told a packed room of delegates that the Government of The Bahamas remains “actively engaged” with international drug control bodies such as the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs...
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Bahamian Officials Applaud CICAD Decision to Continue Capacity Building Initiatives Among Member States - Apr 24, 2017 - 9:14:43 PM

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) will continue to assist Member States in strengthening institutional, technical and human capabilities for implementation of comprehensive drug control programmes through its Drug Control Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Session, CICAD Executive Secretary Ambassador Adam Namm said.

Similarly, the Evidence-based Drug Policy Section will support Member States in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national policies, together with the strengthening of “valuable data collection and analysis...”
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Clarification on Public Health Clinic Information for NHI Bahamas Enrolment - Apr 24, 2017 - 12:21:23 AM

The Bahamas – The Ministry of Health wishes to provide clarification on the press release issued by the Ministry on Friday April 21.

Enrolment for NHI Bahamas begins April 24th.

Citizens and legal residents of The Bahamas can choose their primary care provider from the public sector or private sector...
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PM Christie Speaks to Nationwide Health System at Commissioning of Abaco Healthcare Centre - Apr 23, 2017 - 10:31:12 PM

During the Official Commissioning Ceremony for the state-of-the-art Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre, on April 19, 2017, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie quoted Former Prime Minister of Barbados the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur by saying, ‘for he who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.’

"One of the primary responsibilities of a government is to ensure access to quality healthcare for its people, irrespective of geography, social standing, age, race, gender, religious, social or political affiliations," Prime Minister Christie said, during the event held on the island of Abaco.  "In The Bahamas, as you have heard, the provision of healthcare is becoming more and more complex, more and more costly and, in fact, it is changing...
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Baha Mar Opens Phase One - Apr 22, 2017 - 5:00:33 PM

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on April 21, 2017, that, to put it mildly, he was "very pleased" to take part in the long-awaited First Phase Opening of the 1800-room hotel and the 200,000-square foot Convention Centre at Baha Mar, operated by the Grand Hyatt, as well as the 95,000-square foot world class casino, the largest in the region, operated by Sky Warrior, and the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, together with other "magnificent" amenities.

"The Hyatt Group is an entrenched global hospitality brand,” Prime Minister Christie said during the official ceremony for the Phase One opening. "It has achieved a level of recognition and distinction in the marketplace that few can match..."
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Bahamas Public Notice for Advanced Poll on May 3rd - Apr 21, 2017 - 4:37:10 PM

Commonwealth of The Bahamas Ministry of National Security Parliamentary Registration Department Public Notice General Elections - Wednesday, 10th May, 2017.

The Parliamentary Commissioner hereby informs the general public that the Governor-General in accordance with section 54(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act (Chapter 7) has appointed Wednesday, 3rd day of May, 2017 as the day for the taking of the Advanced Poll...
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PM Christie Congratulates Bahamians Partnering in New Andros Marina Village - Apr 21, 2017 - 11:18:43 AM

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie congratulated his friend of many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his business partner Ms. Geneva Wilson on the groundbreaking for Blue Hole Marina Village & Andros Island Fuels, in Fresh Creek Andros, adding that it was a testament of their vision and persistence in pursuing their dream to build the first major state of the art marina facility in Andros.

“We encourage such developments (marinas) in our country," Prime Minister Christie said, as he spoke at the ceremony on April 19, 2017. "I should tell you that this facility will have 80 slips, which means that it will be among the larger of such facilities and I am assured that the construction and operation of the facility will be at Best Practices standards for the industry and will include all of the amenities that such a facility should have...
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Grave Concern Expressed About Videos on Social Media Being Circulated - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:59:28 PM

The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development expresses grave concern about the recent circulation of videos, across several social media platforms, of a man apparently engaged in sexual intercourse with an unconscious woman. The filming and sharing of this horrific act speaks to several problematic issues that The Bahamas continues to grapple with; the seemingly widespread acceptance of violence against women, girls and boys and the often interlinked, inappropriate use of social media.

Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation with one in three women, globally, experiencing physical or sexual violence in her lifetime.   We all must speak out against violence against women and reverse the perception that such acts are acceptable...
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Jerome Fitzgerald responds to Tribune headline story - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:11:03 PM

I have no contract with Baha Mar or any of its affiliates, nor do I own any shares in Bahamas Cargo & Logistics, which is a company formed by my father many years ago.

Nothing in today’s Tribune contradicts that.

Sarkis Izmiralian and I have communicated on any number of matters over the past 8 years either in person or by email. Prior to my father’s illness he had engaged in discussions with Baha Mar to get some work. After my father’s illness I wrote to Sarkis to follow up on those discussions and seek his assistance. Nothing came of it and that remains the case today...

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Community Centre at Quakoo Street Re-Opened and Re-Dedicated - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:43:52 PM

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie addressed the Re-Opening and Re-Dedication of the Community Centre at Quakoo Street on Wednesday afternoon, April 19. 

Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage also addressed the ceremonies. 

Mrs. Christie and Mrs. Nottage are pictured performing the official Cutting of the Ribbon while the Prime Minister, left, and Dr. Nottage, third right, look on... 
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PM Christie remarks at Blue Hole Marina Village at Fresh Creek Andros groundbreaking - Apr 20, 2017 - 12:18:32 PM

Address By The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at The Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Blue Hole Marina Village at Fresh Creek Andros on 18th April, 2017:

It is indeed a privilege for me to be here this morning and to join with my friend of many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his partner in this venture, Ms. Geneva Wilson on this momentous occasion for them as ground is being broken for this major marina development to be called Blue Hole Marina Village.

I congratulate both of them for their vision and persistence in pursuing their dream to build the first major state of the art marina facility in Andros. In so doing, they would have opened Andros up to the rapidly developing marina industry now sprouting up around The Bahamas and which does so much for our Tourism sector...
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Blue Waves Swim Club Enjoy Workout Session at Re-Dedicated Fox Hill Community Centre - Apr 20, 2017 - 10:55:25 AM

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell (centre) at the Fox Hill Community Centre on April 12, 2017 with young swimmers of St. Anne's Blue Waves swim club who were invited for a workout session in the swimming pool of the recently re-opened and re-dedicated community facility.

Official photograph taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services…
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Urban Renewal Celebrates Completion of 20 Uplifting Services Throughout New Providence - Apr 20, 2017 - 10:33:09 AM

A spirit of hope prevailed as Mother Rachael Mackey bellowed the words of the song “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” as Urban Renewal Commission 2.0 moved its Community Uplifting Services into the South Beach Constituency, Wednesday, April 19th.

As Mother Mackey sang, residents assembled at the South Beach Park, some under a tent, others on the sidelines, raised their hands, clapped, swayed and some could even be seen weeping openly...
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