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Commonwealth releases final report on Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections - Jul 18, 2019 - 9:27:13 AM

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The Commonwealth observer group deployed to observe Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections has released its final report today.

These were the first elections that a Commonwealth group observed since Maldives withdrew its membership in 2016...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
US Charge d'Affaires call on the Governor General - Jul 17, 2019 - 7:47:17 PM

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US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Stephanie Bowers paid a courtesy call on Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith at Government House, July 17, 2019. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Access Accelerator clients recieve Accelerated Access to Crown Land - Jul 17, 2019 - 6:15:54 PM

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On Monday, July 8th, the SBDC held its first Entrepreneurship Summer Success series entitled “Access to Crown Land” with keynote speaker Debbie Strachan, Senior Deputy General Manager of BAIC. The event covered the process and regulations for leasing of crown land for businesses, which Strachan described as “every Bahamian’s inheritance”.

During the event, Chairman of BAIC, Bishop Gregory Collie, expressed his desire to see areas of New Providence developed by businesses.

“We are happy to be partnering with the SBDC. As the Executive Director, (Davinia Blair), mentioned, we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, and we are both excited," said Collie...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Letter of Apology from Liberty Latin America - Jul 17, 2019 - 5:15:28 PM

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Please see enclosed letter of apology to the Prime Minister and Citizens of The Bahamas from Mr. Balan Nair, President and CEO, Liberty Latin America:

Dear Mr. Prime Minister and the Citizens of Bahamas:

First and foremost. I would like Lo apologize for the remarks I made and the unintended consequences that have arisen as a result or my comments. The messages I was trying to convey did not come across appropriately. have hurt many feelings. and for that I am sorry. I meant no disrespect to the Prime Minister...
News : New Providence
Shell fuelling Take Off With Shell Summer Prizes Promotion - Jul 17, 2019 - 11:10:19 AM

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Take Off With Shell summer  promotion rewards loyal customers with incredible travel experiences, concert tickets, free fuel and other giveaways valued at more than $40,000.00.

Sun Oil, a Shell licensee, launched its annual summer promotion on June 6th and will run through September 6th.  Rufus Johnson Jr., Sun Oil Marketing Manager explains, “At Sun Oil, we value all of our customers and recognize that the summer is the perfect time to reward lucky customers with incredible prizes...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Office of the Prime Minister on comments made by Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Latin America - Jul 16, 2019 - 10:23:03 PM

I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by the distasteful and insulting comments made by Mr. Balan Nair, Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Latin America, the parent company of BTC.

The comments contained in video clips making the rounds on social media represent a troubling mindset and extraordinarily poor judgment...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Minnis focusing on empowering smaller businesses; honours hospitality professionals - Jul 16, 2019 - 9:00:10 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said his government is focusing on ensuring smaller companies have access to capital as a means of economic empowerment.

He made the statement while addressing the Former Hospitality Professionals Awards Banquet on the evening of Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Melià Nassau Beach resort, Cable Beach.

The association honoured trailblazers in the tourism and hospitality industry for their hard work and dedication...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Finance Team Attends IDB Meetings in Ecuador - Jul 16, 2019 - 8:50:15 PM


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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest (IDB Governor), Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson (Alternate IDB Governor), Deputy Financial Secretary Cherran O’Brien, and Ministry of Finance Economist Laron Neely are pictured attending the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank and the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, which is being held July 17 to 18, 2019 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Pictured: Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest at the forum; and his team -- Mrs. O'Brien; Mr. Johnson and Mr. Neely (seated behind)...

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Grenada PM Lauds Joint UWI – Regional Rum Industry Initiative - Jul 16, 2019 - 7:41:09 PM

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Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell has lauded the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the West Indies Open Campus and the regional rum industry grouping - the West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA).

Speaking last week during the signing of the MOU in Grenada, the Prime Minister said the initiative, which will see as its first task the development of an online training initiative for the industry, was a great example of the university applying itself to the needs of the productive sector...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Letters of Credence Presented by Bahamas Ambassador to the European Union - Jul 16, 2019 - 6:28:30 PM

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Ambassador of The Bahamas to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union, Her Excellency Maria A. O'Brien presented Letters of Credence formally accrediting her as the Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the European Union on Tuesday, 16 July, 2019.  The Letters of Credence were presented to His Excellency Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, at Europa Building, Brussels, Belgium.  The President of the Council also accepted the Letters of Credence from Ambassador O'Brien on behalf of the President of the European Commission.
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Goombay Summer Festival 2019 Brings The Sizzle To Summer - Jul 16, 2019 - 4:30:54 PM

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Residents and visitors to Harbour Island got an opportunity to celebrate all things  Bahamian at the Ministry of Tourism’s annual Goombay Summer Festival on Friday July 5th-7th 2019.

Working in collaboration with industry partners in Long Island to extend the itinerary of festivities beginning with the  American Independence celebrations, Ministry of Tourism representatives capitalized on a major opportunity to showcase Bahamian music, food and culture all uniquely packaged to show what Harbour Island has to offer...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Represented at Regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference - Jul 16, 2019 - 4:10:00 PM

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Mr. Don Saunders, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ms. Shonel Ferguson, Government Whip and Delegation Leader, and Mr. Chester Cooper, Deputy Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, attended the Formal Opening Ceremony of the 44th Annual Conference of the Caribbean, Americas, and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association under the conference theme, "Globalization and Nationalism: Quo Vadis...
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BTC: Comments attributed to Garfield Sinclair, CEO - Jul 16, 2019 - 3:50:53 PM

To be clear, no fire has been started. The statements were taken out of context and do not convey the full essence of the message that was delivered. BTC maintains a good working relationship with the Government of The Bahamas and will continue to work together to drive economic growth...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Youth from North Andros and New Providence Experienced BAMSI’s 3rd Summer Camp for Teens - Jul 16, 2019 - 3:50:35 PM

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BAMSI’s SUMMER EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT DISCOVERY SERIES (SEEDS) attracted teens from North Andros and New Providence.  This year the camp focused on the impact of climate change on: agriculture, marine resources and communities. To gain a better understanding of the unique challenges brought about by climate change in the Bahamas, participants visited Miss Marshall’s Yard in Red Bays to understand the impact of forest fires on the community’s straw handcrafts; shorter growing seasons for common crops such as cabbages and tomatoes; as well as the decreasing number of crabs harvested over the past few years... 
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
UWI Chancellor Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Education - Jul 16, 2019 - 3:01:59 PM

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Paying a courtesy call on Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd on Monday, July 16, 2019 was Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Robert Bermudez. Among the delegation were UWI President Missouri Sherman, Alumni Affairs Director Celia Davidson, UWI Head of Hospitality Dr. Michelle McLeod, UWI Bursar Howard Pearce, UWI Alumnus and Secretary Troy Oliver and UWI Alumnus Dr. Robin Roberts. Ministry of Education (MOE) officials present included Permanent Secretary Lorraine Armbrister, Under Secretary Serethea Clarke, Deputy Director of Education for Curriculum Sharon Poitier, and Financial Controller Joan Darling...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Workshop for Passport Office Staff - Jul 16, 2019 - 2:34:13 PM

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Department of Transformation and Digitization of the Office of the Prime Minister, held a workshop for Passport Office staff on Saturday 6th July 2019 in the training room of Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre on Cable Beach. Staff members of the Passport Offices in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco attended the workshop.  Other staff members participated via teleconference --  Consular officers of Bahamas Overseas Missions in Atlanta and Ottawa participated via video-conferencing.  A staff member of the Bahamas Embassy in China was present at the workshop in Nassau...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
NEMA conducts community emergency response training exercises - Jul 16, 2019 - 1:45:57 PM

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The CERT is a programme which educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their immediate surroundings and trains them in basis disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

For these types of training, NEMA has partnered with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security...
News : Grand Bahama
Public Notice: GBPA Expression of Interest - Jul 16, 2019 - 11:42:13 AM

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is inviting candidates with expertise in operating digital signoge, who also hove the financial wherewithal, to provide expressions of interest (EOI) to erect, operate and maintain Digital Billboard Signoge in designated locations throughout the Freeport area.

To submit on expression of interest or for more information, please collect a proposal package from the front desk of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Headquarters...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas and Canada Ink Air Service Agreement - Jul 16, 2019 - 10:02:04 AM

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The Bahamas and Canada inked an historic bilateral Air Transport agreement recently to encourage more Canadian aviation companies to flock to the destination.

According to Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, the agreement also allows Bahamian aviation companies to take advantage of economic opportunities in Canada.

“This agreement solidifies our relationship with Canada as it relates to aviation. And so, this agreement sets out the steps by which aviation companies...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
The PM Minnis attends the Funeral of Matriarch Steave Elmira Harris - Jul 15, 2019 - 7:56:30 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis (front row, left), Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, and Parliamentary Secretary Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe attended the Service of Thanksgiving and Home Going Celebration for Matriarch Steave Elmira Harris, the mother of Bahamas Information Services Director General Kevin Harris, on Sunday afternoon, July 14, 2019 at St. George's Anglican Church.  The service was officiated by the Reverend Fr. Scott Brennen, Rector of St. George's, assisted by the Venerable G. Kingsley Knowles, Rector of Christ the King Anglican Church, Archdeacon of East Central Bahamas...
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