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Government Launches Initiative to Address Workforce Skills Gap
- Jun 22, 2021 - 2:34:40 PM
The Government has embarked on a major initiative aimed at zeroing
in on deficiencies in specialized skills in the country’s workforce. On
Monday, 21st June, the Ministry of Labour in conjunction with the
National Training Agency (NTA), the Department of Labour and the
National Tripartite Council, formally announced the launch of the
National Workforce Skills Gap Survey 2021 during a press conference held
at the NTA on Gladstone Road.
Manager at the Ministry of Labour, Robert Farquharson said that in 2012,
a similar survey was conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of The Bahamas...
Changes announced to curfew, domestic travel testing requirements and provisions for fully vaccinated
- Jun 21, 2021 - 6:40:29 PM
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today announced
several changes to the Emergency Powers Order, including adjustments to
curfews, testing requirements for domestic travel, travel health visa
fees, wedding receptions, funeral services and provisions for fully
Prime Minister Minnis
said that progress achieved on the management of the virus...
Royal Caribbean arrives to warm welcome in Grand Bahama
- Jun 21, 2021 - 5:50:10 PM
With lively Junkanoo performances and celebrations, government
officials and key business leaders welcomed Royal Caribbean
International with open arms on Friday, June 18 as Adventure of the Seas
completed its inaugural homeporting ceremony in Grand Bahama Island,
with 1,000 eager passengers.
Following a 16-month hiatus due to
COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the return of cruising to Grand
Bahama Island marks a pivotal moment for the local community...
D’Aguilar excited about ‘Tourism rebound,’ praises Health Travel Visa Unit for their role
- Jun 21, 2021 - 1:44:15 PM
Tourism is rebounding every day in The Bahamas with almost 300,000
visitors receiving Bahamas Travel Health Visas to enter the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas over the first five months of the year, Minister of
Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar said.
Mr. D’Aguilar said statistics show that the Family Islands are “bouncing back” even faster than New Providence.
“Everyone sees it! The airports are getting busier! The marinas up and down The Bahamas have never been busier...
Work on Ragged Island Multi-Purpose Center progresses
- Jun 21, 2021 - 12:21:33 PM
The second phase of construction of the Ragged Island Multi-purpose Center has begun.
Hon. Desmond Bannister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public
Works shared details of the center in his contribution to the House of
Assembly June 16.
“This is the Prime Minister’s dream…the most
resilient building in the country that should resist winds in excess of
180 miles per hour,” said Minister Bannister.
He said the building will be an example of what modern schools in the Family Islands will look like...
Tourism Minister says Royal Caribbean’s homeporting initiative is major investment in GB’s economy
- Jun 21, 2021 - 9:09:59 AM
After cruise tourism had stopped for many months, Friday marked the
return of cruise passengers to Grand Bahama, said Minister of Tourism
and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, during the Inaugural Ceremony
marking Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas’ Bahamas Homeporting
and Weekly Calls on the Port of Freeport, held June 18, 2021 at Freeport
“It has been sixteen long and painful months, during
which absolutely no cruise ships have sailed the waters of The Bahamas
(because of the COVID-19 Pandemic)...
Contribution to the 2021-2022 Budget Debate - Hon. Renward R. Wells, Minister of Health
- Jun 18, 2021 - 2:55:18 PM
See enclosed Budget Debate presentation by Minister of Health, the Hon. Renward Wells, June 16 & 17, 2021 in the House of Assembly:
I rise today in this House in
the usual fashion, with thankfulness in my heart, praising HaShem, The
Elohim of the Elohim, who has blessed us in the Heavenly place with all
spiritual blessing. He is the Lord of Life, the source of all hope,
faith, and love. May his name forever and forever be praised...
Royal Bahamas Police Force Honours Retiring Deputy Commissioner of Police
- Jun 18, 2021 - 9:30:17 AM
The Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security, delivered remarks
during the Royal Bahamas Police Force Retirement Luncheon Honouring Ms.
Ismella Davis-Delancy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, June 16, 2021 at
the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre, Police Headquarters. The Deputy
Commissioner is pictured standing with Minister Dames and Commissioner
of Police, Paul Rolle, and also giving her Response to the audience.
Paul Rolle, Commissioner of Police, along with his Executive Team, are
pictured during a Presentation to Ms. Davis-Delancy...
Home Porting expected to bring an estimated $50M boost to economy
- Jun 18, 2021 - 8:50:56 AM
The recent Home Porting of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas is
expected to pay huge dividends for the Bahamian economy in general, and
the tourism economy in particular, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the
Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar told House Members.
said while the Home Porting has already begun paying dividends for
countless Bahamians and the economy since its launch one week ago...
Ministry of Health gets an estimated $300m in Budget for Health Care
- Jun 17, 2021 - 2:14:40 PM
The Ministry of Health has been allocated the sum of $297,081,014
in the 2021-22 Budget in order to carry out its planned phased upgrade
to health care facilities around the country.
was revealed by the Minister of Health the Hon Renward Wells during his
contribution to the Budget Debate in the House of Assembly on Thursday,
June 17, 2021.
Minister Wells noted that over the past two years, The Bahamas faced Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19...
Social Services Receives Largest Allocation of Funds for Social Assistance to Date
- Jun 17, 2021 - 1:26:22 PM
The more than $80 million that has been allocated to the Ministry of
Social Services and Urban Development in the2021-2022 Budget will
account for the largest allocation of funds for the provision of social
assistance in the history of The Bahamas, Minister of Social Services
and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell told Parliament
Wednesday. He said this was in comparison to post-Hurricane Matthew when
the budget was decreased by $3 million.
Minister Campbell said
the allocation will allow the Ministry to continue to provide the
Mrs. Lonnie Rolle, Sworn In as Deputy to the Governor General
- Jun 17, 2021 - 10:30:33 AM
Mrs. Lonnie Rolle of Gregory Town, Eleuthera, was sworn in as Deputy to
the Governor General by the Hon. Sir Brian Moree, Kt., QC, Chief Justice
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, at the Office of the Governor
General, One Montague Place on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
The Government announces a centralized collection centre for documents requested on MyGateway
- Jun 17, 2021 - 9:16:04 AM
As part of its ongoing digital transformation initiatives, the
Government of The Bahamas has announced the opening of the Centralized
Collection Centre, a centralized location for the collection of
government documents requested via the MyGateway portal. The
establishment of the Centralized Collection Centre is part of the
Government’s $30 million investment in digital transformation and
related to the launch of MyGateway.gov.bs...
GBUC enters next phase of $5 million Reverse Osmosis water facility
- Jun 17, 2021 - 8:10:06 AM
The Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) is pleased to provide an update
on the development of its new three-million-gallon Reverse Osmosis (RO)
plant and the return of full potability to customers across Grand
Development of the $5 million facility has entered the
next phase with the arrival of the initial RO units and back up
generation, and with completion of the RO columns and generator pads.
Since construction began in January 2021...
Office of the Governor General: The Governor-General vacation leave
- Jun 16, 2021 - 10:00:42 PM
The Office of The Governor-General wishes to advise that Their
Excellencies The Most Honourable Sir Cornelius A. Smith, O.N., GCMG, and
Lady Smith departed The Bahamas for Florida shortly before mid-day on
Wednesday, 16th June 2021.
is on vacation leave and scheduled to return to The Bahamas on
Saturday, 3rd July 2021. Mrs. Lonnie Rolle will act as Deputy to the
Governor-General during his absence...
Minister Dionisio D'Aguilar - Budget Communication
- Jun 16, 2021 - 7:51:54 PM
See Enclosed Budget
Communication by Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio
D'Aguilar, in the House of Assembly, June 15, 2021:
I rise on behalf of the great and wonderful and resilient people of Freetown.
Mr. Speaker it has been truly a delight and indeed an honour to serve as the Member of Parliament for Freetown.
have accomplished a lot but there is still a heck of a lot more work to
do within the constituency. There is no doubt that COVID has thrown us