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ACP Press Clubs Federation plans more Member States Involvement - Dec 5, 2016 - 4:23:10 PM

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Executives of the newly formed African Caribbean & Pacific (APC) Press Clubs Federation took a conscious decision on Wednesday night (November 30, 2016) to encourage more involvement from journalists in member states, especially the Caribbean and Pacific, as it moves to establish an identity for the new organization.

Representing the Caribbean Region are The Bahamas Press Club President Anthony Newbold and Jewel Forde, Asst. Secretary General, Association of Caribbean Media Workers...
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Excavation Begins of Purported Lucayan Remains in Long Island - Dec 2, 2016 - 5:50:21 PM

A multi-sectoral team of researchers and scientists has begun the tedious work of excavating ancient remains buried in the sand dunes of Clarence Town, Long Island. The remains are believed to be those of Lucayans who inhabited the islands between 600 AD and the 1500s.

The recent groundbreaking discovery has national and international research, archaeological and historical significance as it relates to the history of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) is working in conjunction with the Florida Museum of Natural History and University...
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Florida Manatee Decides It's Better in The Bahamas - Dec 2, 2016 - 4:15:42 PM

Bahamian Research Group Confirms “Washburn” the Wandering Manatee’s Safe Arrival

A Florida manatee known as “Washburn” has made history by being the first manatee that researchers have actively tracked as it crossed the Gulf Stream and arrived in the Bahamas. Last week, scientists from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) confirmed the pregnant manatee is now swimming in the waters of the northern Abacos near Grand Cay.

Crossing the 4-mph Gulf Stream and finding the banks of the Bahamas is no easy feat for slow-swimming manatees typically found in shallow water so researchers monitoring her track during her near 200-mile trek were somewhat concerned.
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NHI Secretariat to Host Sessions on Provider Reimbursement and Registration - Nov 30, 2016 - 7:05:10 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas –  December 6th to 8th, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Secretariat will achieve an important milestone, as it hosts a series of information sessions with Primary Care Physicians on the Primary Health Care Benefits Package, Provider Reimbursement Mechanisms & Fee Schedule and Provider Registration Process, as our country prepares for Phase 2 of NHI Bahamas - enrolment.
These series of meetings will occur with primary care physicians on the islands of New Providence (Dec 6-7th), Grand Bahama (Dec 8th), and Abaco (Dec 8th)...
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NHI Secretariat on concerns raised by BIA - Nov 29, 2016 - 9:40:29 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas – In regards to recent concerns raised by the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) pertaining to the RFP process for the Public Insurer, the NHI Secretariat would like to reiterate the importance of the timely roll-out of NHI Bahamas.

As it stands, approximately 200,000 Bahamians do not have health insurance. Many of these persons are opting out of visiting the doctor when they feel sick due to concerns around not being able to afford the treatment they need. With NHI Bahamas, these Bahamians in need, and in fact all eligible persons, will be able to get modern, affordable and accessible health care services...
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Defence Force Honours Retired Veterans at Luncheon - Nov 28, 2016 - 4:24:03 PM

Coal Harbour Base - Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force showed their gratitude yesterday in grand and traditional style, during their Thanksgiving Service and Career Transition Luncheon.

Using the day that Americans observe as Thanksgiving, ten recently retired or ‘transitioning’ veterans of the Force--as they were referred to by Commander Defence Force (Acting) Captain Tellis Bethel in his address to them--were the honoured guests at this year’s event.

Captain Bethel and senior officers were on hand to greet the honourees as they arrived at Coral Harbour Base. The men and women of the Force listened...
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Minister Fitzgerald responds to letter issued by organizers of the Black Friday March - Nov 24, 2016 - 6:00:31 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On November 22nd, 2016, a letter was addressed to the Office of the Prime Minister by the organizers of the Black Friday March. I have had an opportunity to review the contents of that letter and I note with interest two points that are directly related to my ministerial portfolio that I would like to bring clarity to.

Unequivocally, over the past four and half years, I have worked closely with the officials at the Ministry of Education, civil society, community stakeholders and indeed the official Opposition with the sole purpose of,  empowering, protecting and enriching the lives of Bahamians, particularly Bahamian students. My record in this regard is clear!
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"No Chinese Fishing In Bahamas, says Prime Minister" - Nov 24, 2016 - 3:45:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by The Association of Bahamas Marinas:

Speculation having been rife for several weeks about the remote possibility of large scale fishing in Bahamian waters by Chinese fishing vessels, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, has put the matter to rest, unequivocally stating: “We are not going to compromise and no discussion will lead to a conclusion that this government would have contemplated or agreed for that to happen.”

The Prime Minister’s November 22 statement, published and quoted in the Nassau Guardian and the Tribune, finally brings to an end weeks of concerned..."
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Sandals Royal Bahamian Re-opening Celebrated - Nov 23, 2016 - 11:12:15 PM

In what is likely to set the standard for a resort party, more than 400 invited guests and hundreds of hotel visitors ate, drank, danced and mingled with Prime Ministers from two countries and leaders from the global travel industry as they celebrated the grand re-opening of Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island on November 18.

The event that stretched among pubs and restaurants, two vast pool decks and glowing fires with live entertainment was a calliope of colour and character. Speeches touted Sandals Foundation’s donations of more than $27 million in seven years in the Caribbean and lauded Sandals achievements – 20 properties in seven countries,
14,000 employees.
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Campaign for The Bahamas to Push FOIA at Blackout March - Nov 23, 2016 - 4:49:18 PM

"The Campaign for the Bahamas is a rallying cry to fight for a positive and sustainable future for our country. Our mission is to unite Bahamians through positive change and the only way for that change to happen is if we stand together and ensure our collective voices are heard.

The Campaign for the Bahamas commends our partner OurCarmicheal in the nation-building work they are doing through their BlackOut March scheduled on Friday November 25th, 2016. Peaceful demonstrations are democracy at work, and the engagement of diverse voices from all sectors – the citizenship, civil society, private and public sector – is crucial to creating a free democracy that upholds the rights and happiness of all..."

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Competitive Bids Received for RFP Related to Public Insurer for NHI Bahamas - Nov 23, 2016 - 1:57:25 PM

The Government of The Bahamas has officially concluded the process of receiving bids for the public insurer related to National Health Insurance (NHI) Bahamas.

This important milestone brings our nation one step closer to creating a wholly Government-owned, fully licensed insurance company, to manage and administer benefits under the NHI Bahamas plan for its beneficiaries, the Bahamian people.

At the deadline, November 21st, 2016, three proposals were received from local and international companies interested in being part of our journey towards...
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National Women's Advisory Council participates in National Women's Week - Nov 22, 2016 - 2:50:13 PM

This week, the country observes the magnanimous achievements of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the right for women in the Bahamas to vote with National Women’s Week. It’s an opportunity for all women in the country to be reminded of their worth and the valuable contributions they can make to nation building.

The Women’s National Advisory Council is playing an active role in the week of events, ensuring that the public knows of its role and capacity in helping the women of The Bahamas...
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Young GBHRA official gets Director’s Cup during Bahamas' National Youth Month - Nov 21, 2016 - 11:59:16 PM

UOB student Jasper Ward produced the human rights group's impressive PSA series defending gender equality in the run-up to the June 2016 referendum

The Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture has named promising young activist Jasper Ward as the recipient of this year’s Director’s Cup – one of the top annual awards issued for National Youth Month.

The Cup is awarded to the young person who best embodies leadership and dedication to their work – always in the trenches doing what needs to be done, never asking for recognition...
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Atlantis Provides Notice of Data Security Incident - Nov 21, 2016 - 6:47:26 PM

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire -- Atlantis, Paradise Island (the "Resort") today announced that a recent data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some customers who used debit or credit cards at food and beverage and retail locations at the Resort between March 9, 2016 and October 22, 2016. We have engaged professionals who have corrected the issue and customers can now safely use their credit and debit cards at the food and beverage and retail locations at the Resort. This incident did not affect credit and debit cards used to make or pay for hotel reservations or purchases made by guests who charged their food and beverage or retail purchases back to their room.
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Stage set for 2nd Annual Bahamas Press Club Media Awards; Meet the Nominees - Nov 17, 2016 - 8:51:12 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The stage has been set for the 2nd Annual Bahamas Press Club Media Awards in the Governor’s Ballroom at the British Colonial Hilton on Saturday, November 19, 2016 beginning at 7pm.

The Black Tie affair will be held under the Distinguished Patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The Keynote Speaker is The Most Honourable P J Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica. He will be introduced by the Rt Hon Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, who will also bring remarks...
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Gaynel Curry is New Director of Gender and Family Affairs - Nov 16, 2016 - 5:29:48 PM

Gaynel Curry has so much to offer, that she is sought after by countries all around the world to assist in drafting policy and implementing measures that result in greater protection and empowerment for women and girls. She could be anywhere in the world right now, and she would be considered a most valuable asset to that country's government in advising on such issues. However, this veteran Bahamas government and United Nations official decided it was time to come home - at least for a while. Ms. Curry has been given a leave of absence from her rigorous duties at the UN Headquarters in New York City, to take time out to assist her own nation with its social issues.

Minister Melanie Griffin welcomed Curry back to The Bahamas, happy to have such a gem return with an eager spirit to help women, and the family as a whole...

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Top Agricultural Scientist brings training to BAMSI - Nov 16, 2016 - 10:05:05 AM

The Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute recently put on a two-day tutorial in plant propagation/tissue culture, led by one of the top biotechnologists in the region. Almost 50 students, farm associates and stakeholders in BAMSI’s Associated Farmers programme participated in the initiative held at BAMSI’s North Andros campus facility.

Leading the training was plant scientist Omaira Avila Rostant, who specialises in biotechnology and agronomy. Mrs. Rostant was part of a delegation from the Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute (CARDI) who visited the country recently. Also on hand was Executive Director of CARDI Barton Clarke and livestock specialist Michele Singh.
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Ancient Lucayan Skeletons Discovered in Clarence Town, Long Island - Nov 15, 2016 - 9:08:02 PM

Nassau, Bahamas — Officials from the Antiquities, Monuments & Museum Corporation (AMMC) today announced the discovery of ancient skeleton remains in Clarence Town, Long Island. The bones, located in two distinct graves, appear to be that of Lucayan people who inhabited the archipelago from 600 AD to the 1500’s.

Long Island resident Nick Constantakis found the first set of bones of what appears to be the remains of an elderly Lucayan male, buried face down in the sand dunes near Clarence Town. Another discovery by Nick and Anthony Maillis of Clarence Town revealed a second burial approximately 25 feet away from where the original bones were located. Local residents, in turn, reached out to Dr. Keith Tinker, Director of AMMC once the bones were determined to be of historical significance...
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Bahamian youth ambassador off to Peru to meet with President Obama - Nov 15, 2016 - 4:52:18 PM

Earlier this year, Bahamian youth ambassador Ashleigh Rolle of Grand Bahama Island was named among three from The Bahamas chosen by the US Embassy Nassau as being among the First Class of Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) which is supported by President Obama.  Ashleigh was chosen among a select few of the YLAI fellows to visit Peru to meet with Obama and other youth leaders to network and share experiences in the program.

Miss Rolle has just returned from a five-week program in the USA aimed to strengthen their leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills and provide networking opportunities with U.S. entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors; diaspora communities; and among each other to increase connectivity throughout the hemisphere... 
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Defence Force receives citation from commander U.S .Coast Guard 7th district - Nov 14, 2016 - 4:06:31 PM

Coral Harbour Base (RBDF) United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Scott A. Buschman, paid a courtesy call on Commander Defence Force (Acting) Captain Tellis Bethel on Tuesday past. The highly decorated officer serves as the Commander of the Coast Guard’s Seventh District based in Miami, Florida.

The purpose of the visit was to present a letter of commendation from the United States Coast Guard thanking Captain Bethel and the members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for their mutual assistance securing shared borders. He congratulated the Commanding Officer...
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