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Trinity Broadcasting Network welcomed to Grand Bahama - Sep 2, 2014 - 10:42:45 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas - The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, officially welcomed Matt & Laurie Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) to Grand Bahama for a live broadcast of the world-renowned ‘Praise the Lord’ programme in Freeport. A reception was held September 2 at the Grand Lucaya Resort, during which the Minister gave welcome remarks.

From left: Michelle Reckley, Deputy Director, Urban Renewal; Russell Miller, Chairman, Grand Bahama Tourism Board; Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; Laurie Crouch TBN Family; the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama; Debbie Hyler, representative for Religious Tourism, Ministry of Tourism; Matt Crouch TBN Family. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

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Bahamas Ministry of Finance Comments on Moody’s Rating Action - Sep 2, 2014 - 10:23:37 PM

On September 2nd Moody’s investor service lowered The Bahamas Government’ credit rating by one notch to Baa2, and issued a stable outlook for the credit assessment, premised on the strength of a very credible fiscal reform plan and a stronger forecast for economic growth. It must be stressed that The Bahamas Government's credit rating remains at investment grade.  

Moody’s notes that the rationale for the ratings change is the combination of factors that have led to deterioration of the Government's financial position and increased debt since 2007.  The ratings agency rightly expresses confidence that the current program of reforms to boost revenues, and to control expenditure and increase the efficiency of spending will yield positive results.

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TCI Government Convenes National Disaster Committee Meeting - Sep 2, 2014 - 7:52:05 PM

TURKS & CAICOS - The Acting Governor and the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) convened a national disaster committee meeting about the country’s ongoing recovery works from the floods caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal today, Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

Following the 14 inches of rain that deluged the islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos and Providenciales over the weekend of 22-23 August 2014, there was significant flooding on each of these islands. The meeting also discussed the country’s readiness for the remainder of this year’s hurricane season which ends on 30 November.
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Haiti launches cholera vaccination campaign - Sep 2, 2014 - 7:49:25 PM

Effort targets 200,000 people in three departments considered at high risk

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2 September 2014 (PAHO/WHO) – Haiti launched a cholera vaccination campaign last week that seeks to reach 200,000 people in three departments. The campaign is being led by the Ministry of Health and Population (MSPP) with support from the United Nations and a coalition of strategic partners, including the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

The campaign has financing from the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and is using vaccines from a global stockpile created at the request of the 2011 World Health Assembly as a tool to help control cholera outbreaks worldwide. WHO serves as secretariat for the global stockpile...
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Katarvia Taylor calls on the Bahamas Consul General to New York - Sep 2, 2014 - 6:30:58 PM

NEW YORK - Katarvia Taylor (right),  one of the speakers at the recent  TEDxGrandBahama event, paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Bahamas House 231 East 46th Street.

The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently. Organized by Mr. Earle Taylor and Miss Katarlah Taylor, TEDxGrandBahama was held in Freeport on Saturday, July 5, 2014...
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Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas Hosts First Wedding FAM - Sep 2, 2014 - 2:01:26 PM

ABACO, Bahamas –  From a traditional island affair to an exotic Moroccan-inspired occasion, every couple looking for the perfect destination wedding is unique. With that in mind, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina showcased the resort’s new selection of wedding displays at its first ever Wedding FAM trip.

Upon their arrival at Marsh Harbour on August 1, a group of more than 10 wedding industry professionals were treated to a four-day tropical getaway, highlighting the resort’s luxurious amenities, variety of indoor and outdoor event locations and new catering menus. Of course, no Out Island experience is complete without time on the water, so the resort treated the group to a day of exploring surrounding islands and attractions aboard one of the property’s private boats...
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Saint Lucians & The World Encouraged To ‘Touch The Top Of The Most Iconic Rocks In The Caribbean’ - Sep 2, 2014 - 1:44:55 PM

SAINT LUCIA – #saintluciarockswill become the latest call to action as the Saint Lucia Tourist Board launches a highly interactive fun-filled social media campaign involving the island’s iconic twin peaks – The Pitons.

#saintluciarocksis a five month campaign that will run from August 11th – December 31st, 2014, with the goal of showcasing Saint Lucia as the coolest Caribbean vacation destination, through the use of various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram...
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Symposium Opens on Gender Equality and the Law in The Bahamas - Sep 2, 2014 - 1:27:02 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Members of the judiciary, representatives from the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and NGOs gathered at SuperClubs Breezes, September 1, for the start of a symposium on Gender Equality and the Law in The Bahamas.

The two-day event aims to explore the role the magistracy plays in promoting gender equality; explore the social, psychological and cultural dimensions of domestic violence; explore gender stereotypes in the law and practice and clarify the application of domestic violence and sexual offences legislation.

Delegates are expected to reflect on topics that include Socio-psychological Perspectives on Gender-based Violence, Gender Equality and International Human Rights Standards, Gender Equality and the Law...

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Eleuthera and Exuma Schools ready for opening - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:35:58 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - Administrators and teachers on the islands of Eleuthera and Exuma got down to business as they energetically prepared classrooms for the return of students after the long summer vacation. Teachers decorated bulletin boards, arranged desks and chairs, and placed book bags on cabinets, while principals and other administrators oversaw timetables, and coordinated school repairs with contractors.

Education Minister, Jerome Fitzgerald met with District Superintendents, Helen Simmons-Johnson in Eleuthera, and Pamela Gorte in Exuma to inspect the repairs done in schools thus far. While in Eleuthera, the Minister met with the Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) to reveal and discuss the working drawings for the new school that is to be built next year...
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U.S. Government Provides Advanced Skill Training for RBPF SWAT Officers - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:25:33 PM

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), and the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism and Assistance (ATA) Program teamed up to provide twenty-seven Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers advanced training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) August 24-29 in Nassau. 

The week-long program was led by supervisory special agents from the FBI’s SWAT Operations Unit, which provides training, research, operational assistance, and program management to FBI SWAT teams and international law enforcement partners.  Last year, the Special Operations Unit provided over 2,600 hours of instruction and deployed 29 times.
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Business Opportunities for Junkanoo - Sep 2, 2014 - 12:06:37 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie in his key address of the recent Junkanoo Corporation New Providence Ltd. (JCNP) 2014 Leadership Conclave at the British Colonial Hilton, August 30, encouraged Junkanoo leaders to grasp the opportunities of the imminent Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival slated to come on stream next year. The seminar was held to expose the leaders to the new avenues of expression and economic benefit.

Prime Minister Christie encouraged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about how Junkanoo can be expanded as a business. In addition, the seminar set the stage to prepare the Junkanooers for the level of expectations that will be anticipated once the new festival is launched...

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Baha Mar review tour for PM Christie, Cabinet & Gov. Officials - Sep 2, 2014 - 11:39:06 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, led a delegation of several cabinet ministers and government officials to tour the construction site of the Baha Mar resort complex, September 1. The tour was conducted by Chairman of Baha Mar, Mr. Sarkis Izmirlian, who gave the delegation an in-depth review of the layout of the site, pointing out some of the key areas of the property, including the new casino, and the location of four hotels, which will be managed by Baha Mar Casino and Hotel, Rosewood, Grand Hyatt and SLS brands.

Upon completion, the hotels will boast over 2000 guest rooms. The gaming floor of the hotel will be over 100,000 square feet and will feature...
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Minister Keith Bell's remarks on the VAT Bill in the Senate - Sep 2, 2014 - 11:25:06 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:

The VAT Bill before us is about the introduction of a new tax on consumption in The Bahamas. However, it is critically important to properly situate this initiative in the broader context of the Government’s overall plan for national development. The plan, appropriately so, is about much more than tax reform and the introduction of a new source of taxation.

This plan offers new and innovative solutions for the wide range of economic and social challenges facing the nation. To that end, the Government has charted a course of change with the specific goals and targeted actions that it will implement over the full course of its mandate...
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Bahamas Per Capita Income Does Not Reflect Economic Realities - Sep 2, 2014 - 10:47:35 AM

APIA, Samoa - The Bahamas’ per capita income is distorted and does not properly reflect the economic realities of its citizens and remote, island communities, where poverty is the rule and not the exception, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis told delegates attending the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that misconception and/or misperception has forced the country to co-exist in a world where (international) assistance is predicated on the basis of per capita income as the sole indicator of need...
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Senator Keith Bell presents ICON & Associated Bills in Senate‏ - Sep 2, 2014 - 9:33:41 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:

Madam President, the financial services sector is one of the most important areas within our economy. Indeed, the sector has consistently provided a steady stream of high paying quality jobs within our Country.

The economic model championed by Sir Lynden and others proved so successful that other throughout the region have copied and replicated it. This replication and general competition from new jurisdictions has resulted in a far more competitive financial services industry than what existed when we first obtained nationhood...
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DPM Davis Challenges Developed Countries on Climate Change - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:40:10 PM

APIA, Samoa  - The developed world must partner with The Bahamas and other small island developing states to enhance their resilience to, and address the negative impacts of Climate Change on these island-nations, if “we truly believe” that the polluter must pay, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis said Monday (Samoa time).

The Deputy Prime Minister said the issue of Climate Change is not just simply about changing a way of life in The Bahamas, it is primarily about saving the lives of the Bahamian people...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
The Bahamas Receives Grant to Enhance its Tourism Product - Sep 1, 2014 - 10:11:32 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas is one of three priority cruise destinations invited by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., (RCL) to receive a matching grant to participate in the Sustainable Destination Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) initiative.

 RCL collaborated with mutual partners at Sustainable Travel International, Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Tourism Organization to create the SDAA, which is an initiative that aims to greatly enhance how tourism is managed at a destination level and improve its future prospects and ability to compete by embedding sustainability into destination strategies and day-to-day management and marketing.

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VAT Department Issues Guidance Notes - Sep 1, 2014 - 5:26:55 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The VAT Department recently issued VAT Guidance Notes to further familiarize the public on Value Added Tax, and in this instance on the tax as applied to these services: finance and insurance, transportation of passengers and goods, retail and wholesale trade, construction, land and property information, medical and healthcare, education, charities, clubs and associations; there is also VAT and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, and the tax with respect to motor vehicles.

The department stated that additional Guidance Notes will be issued to apply to the areas of hotel and holiday accommodations, duty free shopping, cash accounting and flat rate schemes, and transitional arrangements...

News : International
Bahamas' DPM Davis Addresses SIDS Conference‏ - Sep 1, 2014 - 5:09:37 PM

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, Hon. Philip Davis, headed a delegation to the United Nations Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)being held in Apia, Independent State of Samoa. Minister Davis delivered an address to the body today in which he made the case for The Bahamas to receive assistance and for developed nations to act.

For over twenty years, we have fought soberly to bring positive change to our plight. We have not been heard, yet we are expected to respond effectively to hurdles imposed, not only by climate change, but by cross-cutting challenges that befall every dimension of development. Mr. Secretary General, by your admonishment, our voices will be heard. We will speak with one loud and collective voice at your upcoming summit. The Bahamas will be there ...
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Local Government Regional Roundtable Discussions To Improve Local Government Systems - Sep 1, 2014 - 4:58:17 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Local government leaders throughout the region held roundtable discussions this weekend to further the development of local government systems, and discuss sustainable development goals to end poverty and disparity. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie officially opened the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) and Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA) Meetings, August 30, in the Arawak Room, Melia Nassau Beach Hotel. The regional delegates were hosted by Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray.

The Prime Minister stated in his opening address that local government authorities in The Bahamas play a vital role in the overall development of our Family Island communities. He declared he placed Local Government...

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