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College of The Bahamas statement re: UTEB President - Oct 1, 2014 - 5:33:00 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement issued by the College of The Bahamas Office of Communication:

The College of The Bahamas wishes to remind the public that Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB) President Mr. Mark Humes served on the Presidential Advisory Search Committee; the committee that interviewed, vetted and recommended Dr. Rodney Smith.  Mr. Humes also sits as the faculty representative on the College Council, which approved the Search Committee’s recommendation of Dr. Rodney Smith and advanced his name to the Minister of Education.   Therefore it is disingenuous for the UTEB President to publicly express surprise at the handling of the Presidential appointment process when he was intimately and ardently involved at every stage of that process... 
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Church of God in Christ calls on Bahamas Governor General - Oct 1, 2014 - 4:51:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Pastors of The Church of God in Christ, headed by the Reverend Tony L. Hanna, D.D., Bishop and the Reverend Patrick W. Smith, chairman of the Bahamas Jurisdiction, paid a courtesy call on the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on September 30, 2014.

The church honourees were also present...
News : New Providence
United Nations Development Program representative hails BREEF's innovation in conservation​ - Oct 1, 2014 - 4:13:55 PM

BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, the eco-friendly underwater museum to be deployed off the western tip of New Providence, was praised for their proactive approach to climate change concerns and marine conservation by a representative of the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Program established by the United Nations Development Program.

“The Bahamas is a Small Island Developing State that is vulnerable to climate change that may result in the loss of marine biodiversity. The coral reef sculpture garden is both timely and adequate to enhance the resilience of The Bahamas to the negative effects of climate change,” noted Deon Stewart, GEF SGP Bahamas national programme coordinator...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Jerome Fitzgerald: Cabinet decision on the engagement of Dr. Rodney Smith - Oct 1, 2014 - 3:42:11 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a
Statement to the Press from Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald in which the Minister Explains Cabinet Decision on the Engagement of Dr. Rodney Smith:

I have attached my press statement made on the 20th August, which I read at a Press Conference. I have underlined in red my position and that of Cabinet on the question of settling financial terms with Dr. Smith.

Cabinet ONLY accepted the recommendation by the Councilto appoint Dr. Smith as President. That acceptance came with 2 conditions, which you will see highlighted and underlined in red on pages 3 and 4. The Council could not negotiate terms prior to receiving approval from Cabinet. Once that was received I then authorizedCouncil to negotiatesubject tocertain conditions
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Uriah McPhee Primary School calls on Bahamas Governor General - Oct 1, 2014 - 3:23:11 PM

Uriah McPhee Primary School, grade 5 and grade 6 students along with their teachers paid a courtesy call on the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, seen in the foreground, centre left, on September 29, 2014 at Government House...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas working to increase African-American visitors 2 major events planned for 2015 - Oct 1, 2014 - 3:21:05 PM

WASHINGTON, DC -  The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) has locked in two major events that are expected to attract thousands of African-American visitors to The Bahamas in 2015.

According to BMOT’s Director of the African-American market Linville Johnson, plans are underway for a black women’s empowerment conference at Baha Mar, which is expected to bring 5,000 to 8,000 visitors to New Providence next year.

A music festival for Grand Bahama is also in the making, and the proposed event is projected to attract anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 visitors to that island...
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OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to The Bahamas - Oct 1, 2014 - 2:14:24 PM

A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to The Bahamas from September 23 to 25 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus among its member countries.

The Commission of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) was made up of Tatiana Gutiérrez Delgado, Lead Expert of Costa Rica to the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC and Public Ethics Prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office, and Rodrigo Silva, Officer in the Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS General Secretariat...
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DPM Davis Addresses Festivities Observing the 65th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China - Oct 1, 2014 - 2:11:28 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – On the occasion marking the 65th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China on September 28 at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Philip Davis outlined the flow of diplomatic relations between The Bahamas and China since 1997 that has comprised a fostering of goodwill and friendship.

The Deputy Prime Minister said: “Ambassador, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and The Bahamas in 1997, there has been a constant flow of friendly activities between us in all spheres, political, cultural, medical, economic and educational...

News : International : Caribbean News
LPM Challenges Dr Kenny Anthony’s Claim of Economic Growth - Oct 1, 2014 - 1:59:33 PM

CASTRIES, St Lucia  – The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) is aware that tourism-related construction development is one of the primary potential economic fixes on the island.

However, after listening to Dr Kenny Anthony’s interview with Daher Broadcasting Service (DBS) reporter Kendal Burton, titled “Road to Recovery,” the leader of the LPM, Therold Prudent, believes that Saint Lucians are being misled by Dr Anthony’s remark that “the tourism sector is stabilising and showing signs of growth...” 
News : New Providence
Bahamas to Host Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference‏ - Oct 1, 2014 - 1:30:42 PM

The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) in conjunction with the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CCWA) will be hosting the above-mentioned Conference at Atlantis, Paradise Island during the period 6-10 October, 2014. Please see the Schedule of Events (attached) for the Conference which features Technical Sessions, Workshops and Seminars, an Opening Ceremony, and an Awards Banquet.

The Opening Ceremony, will take place on October 6th and The Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, PM, the Hon. Philip Davis, DPM and Minister of Works & Urban Development, as well as Cabinet Ministers from the Bahamas and the Region are expected to be in attendance...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Yoga Retreat coming to Eleuthera, Bahamas in November - Oct 1, 2014 - 12:32:09 PM

Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera - Yoga is simply better in The Bahamas. Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to stretch their legs while taking in the most beautiful of settings, thanks to the first annual Lighthouse Center (TLC), a health and wellness business, which will host a yoga retreat at Pineapple Fields Resort scheduled November 5-9, 2014 in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera. Featured yoga instructors include Kerri Verna and Irene Pappas who have a combined social media presence of over 1 million followers.

“I’m excited to share my passion for yoga and wellness in my home”, said Kalin Griffin, Owner of The Lighthouse center. “I look forward to partnering with local Bahamian businesses to stimulate our island economy from the ground up...”

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas signs Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organization for Migration - Oct 1, 2014 - 12:27:22 PM

The Hon. Frederick Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Bahamas, and Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to the United Nations, New York, on the morning of September 26, 2014.

The agreement represents a framework for cooperation between the Government of The Bahamas and the IOM in matters of mutual concern in relation to migration management...

News : International
High Commissioner Bethel and BMA Joins IMO Secretary General in Celebrating World Maritime Day - Oct 1, 2014 - 11:45:37 AM

The International Maritime Organization celebrated World Maritime Day 2014 and marked the occasion with a diplomatic reception at its London headquarters. His Excellency High Commissioner Eldred Bethel and Bahamas Maritime Authority Director Mr Davy Rolle at the event congratulated Secretary General Koji Sekimizu for the work of the IMO.

High Commissioner Bethel who is the diplomatic head responsible for the Bahamas Maritime Authority London said that The Bahamas continues to be committed to the success of the International Maritime Organization as its work in international shipping is unparalleled and continues to have an impact on countries all over the world.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
BCFA President Capron salutes China’s 65th National Day - Oct 1, 2014 - 1:17:17 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas China Friendship Association joined Ambassador Yuan Guisen and the People’s Republic of China in celebrating the country’s 65th Day Anniversary Reception, September 28, at the Melia Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

In attendance were Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Perry Christie, and Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Philip Davis. Also present were former Governors General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Arthur D. Hanna.

Anthony Capron, recently elected president of the BCFA, expressed a genuine regard for China's maturity and positive influence...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Environment, Crime and Illegal Immigration are Bahamas' Top Priorities - Oct 1, 2014 - 1:04:17 AM

“The environment, fighting crime and containing illegal immigration” were the highest national priorities for The Bahamas as these matters “go to the very root of our existence” said Foreign Affairs Minister the Hon. Fred Mitchell before the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He was speaking on the theme, "Delivering On and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda" on Tuesday, 30th September 2014.

Speaking further on these three central themes, Mitchell said that all of the government’s efforts around the three main themes “are buttressed by our work to ensure that we have a robust, strong and sustainable economy.”

He pointed out that since the environment was central to the sustainability of our number one industry, Tourism, it should come as no surprise that...
News : International
CDC confirms Dallas patient first Ebola case in U.S. - Sep 30, 2014 - 5:35:36 PM

U.S. Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola.

The case announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

The hospital said in a statement Monday night that the patient's symptoms and travel history suggested the patient may have Ebola.

A CDC press conference on first Ebola case diagnosed in US at 5:30PM ET.

Focus on Fashion
Caribbean Designers to Showcase at Dominicana Moda 2014 - Sep 30, 2014 - 5:01:05 PM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) supports six (6) regional designers to be part of Dominicana Moda 2014 (DM2014) in the Dominican Republic.

The Agency is pleased to support Kimya Glasgow of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, who specialises in eco-luxury Resort wear; Heather Jones International of Trinidad & Tobago, which produces hand-painted silk chiffon garments; Christian Boucaud Designs, also of Trinidad & Tobago, which creates custom resort wear garments; Jean Yves Marchand of Haiti, who specialises in ready to wear clothing and Reve Jewelry and Accessories of Jamaica, who creates luxury, hand-made jewlery...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Stimulating Creativity and Prosperity Through Family Island Leadership - Sep 30, 2014 - 4:41:54 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Installing Local Government Practitioners to create economic opportunities in the Family Islands is the Bahamas Government’s strategic approach to global business sustainability. Under the theme “Re-tooling & Strengthening Local Government To Lead Future Economic Expansion and Diversification In The Family Islands,” the Department of Local Government expects to stimulate creativity and economic prosperity through Family Island leadership.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, who officially opened the Local Government Leadership Training Seminar, September 29, at Melia Nassau Beach Hotel, told Local Government Practitioners and Family Island...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
(Video) Hon Fred Mitchell statement at United Nations General Assembly - Sep 30, 2014 - 3:00:04 PM

"There are no higher priorities for The Bahamas: the environment, fighting crime and containing illegal immigration. These matters for The Bahamas go to the very root of our existence."

NEW YORK, NY - National Statement by the Hon. Frederick A. Mitchell, MP Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at The Sixty-ninth Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly 30th September, 2014, New York on the Unga Theme: "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda" :

Mr. President,  The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, said this a few days ago: “Don’t be demoralised by your income; be inspired by your outcome”.

That should be a driving principle, as all countries, particularly the Small Island Developing States, seek to determine what the post-2015 Development Agenda will be. The obstacles are many.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas National Pride Association calls on Governor General‏ - Sep 30, 2014 - 2:54:31 PM

Nassau Bahamas - Members of the Bahamas National Pride Association paid a courtesy call on Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on September 29, 2014. 

Pictured from left: Dr. Bridgette Rolle; Judy Williams; Olvin Rees, chairman; Dame Marguerite Pindling; Joanne Johnson; Ginny McKinney; and Anthony Capron...
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