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Bahamas Department of Social Services Celebrates 50 Years - Sep 16, 2014 - 3:45:54 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas - The modern Bahamas could not exist without the Department of Social Services, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said.

Addressing a two-day Mall at Marathon exhibit launching the 50th Anniversary celebrations of state-operated social welfare services in The Bahamas, Mrs. Griffin said, September 12, the Department of Social Services (DOSS) has expanded to become one of the largest departments of the Government since its launch in 1964, with its reach now extending to the “furthest islands of the archipelago...”
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Government Takes Another Step in Developing Bahamians - Sep 16, 2014 - 3:07:55 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – In a bid to provide a ‘second chance’ for some Bahamians, the Government has launched the Urban Renewal Commission’s General Education Diploma (GED) programme.Announcing the initiative on the evening of September 15 at Evangelistic Temple, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie recalled some of his personal challenges with education and encouraged the 75 diploma candidates ‘never to give up’ on themselves. The General Education Diploma will provide education and skills to those who for various reasons had not met standard expectations, and will provide a bridge to a better future.

“Believe in yourself even when others give up on you,” said Mr. Christie. “Believe that you can do anything that you put your mind to and always remember that the nothing that is worthwhile in life ever comes easy.”

News : International
High Commissioner Bethel Promotes Bahamian Culture in UK - Sep 16, 2014 - 1:09:40 PM

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London, England - His Excellency Eldred Bethel along with Mayor of Maidstone Councillor Richard Thick opened the 12th annual Maidstone Mela Festival in Kent, England over the weekend. The two day cultural festival at Mote Park attracted up to 15 thousand people. On Mote Park, festival goers enjoyed music, dance and food from around the globe. The stage programme included diverse cultural groups from steel pan musicians, to Bollywood entertainment, African dancers and Nepalese music. In addition to performances there were more than 25 stalls serving up delicacies from different countries.

High Commissioner Bethel in thanking the Mayor and the city for their warm hospitality, promoted The Bahamas’ upcoming Junkanoo Carnival...
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Bahamas to Host Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference‏ - Sep 16, 2014 - 12:30:42 PM

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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 : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Installation for Bishop Moses Johnson and Minister Cynthia Johnson‏ - Sep 16, 2014 - 11:37:07 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (foreground) attended the Consecration and Installation Service for Bishop Moses Allec Johnson and Minister Cynthia Johnson at the W. M. Johnson Auditorium of the Church of God Convention Centre, Joe Farrington Road, September 14. 

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie (second right) also attended, as well as Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard J. Nottage (left) and Mrs. Nottage, and the Hon. Picewell Forbes, M.P. (right), Bahamas High Commissioner to the Caribbean Community...
News : New Providence
U.S. Embassy (Bahamas) hosts 3-Day conference on Women’s Leadership - Sep 16, 2014 - 11:27:15 AM

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New Providence, Bahamas - On September 10-12, 2014, the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy Nassau hosted a three-day conference focused on “Achieving Social Equity: Empowering Women and Youth Politically, Socially, and Economically” in Nassau with Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever as the invited speaker.  Dr. Jones-DeWeever has held positions in a variety of highly esteemed organizations and governmental institutions throughout the United States.  Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women where she led a new organizational push towards policy action and impact...
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RBDF/RBPF apprehend 94 Haitian migrants off Exuma, Bahamas - Sep 16, 2014 - 11:21:14 AM

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Coral Harbour Base, 15 September, 2014 (RBDF): Acting on intelligence reference a sighting of a Haitian Sailing Sloop, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Police Force apprehended ninety-four (94) Haitian Migrants at 1:00pm on Monday, 15th September, 2014, in the Exuma chain.

The blue sailing sloop was sighted at approximately ten nautical miles (10nm) off Darby Island and was intercepted and brought to Farmers Cay where the migrants were extracted by Defence Force Fast Patrol Crafts under the command of Chief Petty Officer Ross Seymour. A search of the vessel resulted in the apprehension of undocumented Haitian Nationals consisting of seventy-nine (79) males, fourteen (14) females, and one (1) child.

News : International
Global Dignity Day extends reach with New Mobile Campaign in 68 countries - Sep 16, 2014 - 9:45:58 AM

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OSLO, Norway, September 15, 2014 – Today the youth empowerment organization Global Dignity launched its first ever global mobile campaign Less. More. in 68 countries around the world in partnership with new mobile startup, PlayMC2.

Global Dignity aims to support young people around the world in protecting their dignity and to support others in living a more dignified life. The Less. More. mobile campaign, is designed to empower youth around the world to reduce digital and real-world negativity by tracking their dignity-related actions in real-time, both online and offline.

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Award winning Caribbean journalist Clare Forrester passes - Sep 16, 2014 - 8:08:02 AM

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Hall of Fame journalist Clare Forrester passed away on Monday evening in Florida after ailing for sometime.
     
Miss Forrester held communication positions with several national, regional and international organizations. She served as Chief  Press and Public Relations Officer at the Jamaica Information Service, Director of  Communication at the Natural Resources and Conservation Department of  the Ministry of  Agriculture and General Secretary of  the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ).
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prime Minister Christie's Gaming Bill House Communication Closing Remarks - Sep 16, 2014 - 1:19:35 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie's House Communication on the Gaming Bill closing remarks:

It gives me great pleasure to address Parliament on the Gaming Bill, 2014, Gaming Regulations, 2014, Gaming House Operator Regulations, 2014, Financial Transactions Reporting (Amendment) Bill, 2014, Financial Transactions (Gaming Exemptions) Regulations, 2014, and the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which signal the dawn of a new era in the licensing and regulation of gaming in The Bahamas.

This promises to be an era in which, with the necessary commitment and hard work, The Bahamas establishes itself as a cutting-edge and thoroughly modern gaming jurisdiction, operating in accordance with international standards of best practice, underpinned by robust legislation and careful and comprehensive regulation
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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Ministry of Finance confirms VAT on supplies of services between GBPA licensees - Sep 16, 2014 - 12:40:27 AM


Ministry of Finance Confirms Application of VAT on Supplies of Services made between Grand Bahama Port Authority Licensees

Recent press reports purport to suggest that there exists ambiguity as to the VAT treatment of supplies of services made in the Port Area between Port licensees.

The Ministry of Finance wishes to reaffirm that the VAT Act that was recently passed by Parliament clearly sets out the VAT treatment of such supplies. Specifically, section 3.(3)(a) states that the VAT Act does not apply where:

“a supply of goods within the Port Area is made by a taxable person who is a Port Licensee to another Port Licensee and the goods are of a kind and for a use within the customs duties exemptions in clause 2 of Hawksbill”. 

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Song Competition for 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Officially Begins - Sep 15, 2014 - 4:59:40 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – As The Bahamas prepares to host the 19thConference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19th CCEM) in June of 2015, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology began the search for a song that will herald the importance of education and promote unity between member states of the Commonwealth.

Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald said the Song Competition is another project that will enable The Bahamas to ‘brand’ the 19th CCEM, and entries are expected to ‘celebrate’ the power of education to enhance the lives of individuals and nations.

Minister Fitzgerald officially launched the 19th CCEM Song Competition during a news conference at the Ministry of Youth on September 5.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Pastors call on Bahamas Governor General - Sep 15, 2014 - 4:56:31 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling welcomed Pastors Theophilus Neely, committee member for a Better South Andros, and Jeremiah Duncombe, committee member for Bahamas Global Network, in a courtesy call at Government House, September 15, 2014. 

Pictured from left: Pastor Theophilus Neely, Dame Marguerite Pindling and Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe...
News : International : Caribbean News
Caribbean Export Supports a Joint Investment Promotions Strategy (JIPS) for Haiti and the Dominican Republic - Sep 15, 2014 - 4:16:32 PM

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic -  The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is to support the development of a Joint Investment Promotions Strategy (JIPS) for Haiti and the Dominican Republic that will focus on the mutual development of opportunities that will attract foreign direct investment (FDI). This was announced by Deputy Executive Director for Caribbean Export, Mr. Escipion Oliveira at the inaugural “Invest in the DR” summit hosted by the Export and Investment Centre of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) on September 4-5, 2014 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo.

Attracting some 250 investors from over 40 countries and 400 local investors, the Invest in the DR Summit is the first and most important investment event held in the country. It provided an excellent opportunity to generate important business contacts at both a local and international level, while acquiring key insights on industry trends and strategies through various conferences and dissertations for those in attendance...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Gov't statement on the arrest of a Bahamian in Belize - Sep 15, 2014 - 2:42:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

There has been considerable public interest in the reported arrest in Belize of two Bahamian citizens reportedly on 12th September. The inquiries have centred on the assistance of the Bahamas government to those citizens and the reported decision by a US judicial authority to indict the two Bahamians for various offences.

The Bahamas is represented in Belize by Honorary Consul Jacqueline Marshallek. Mrs. Marshallek is fully aware and engaged with the matter. The families of the individuals have been in contact with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
News : Local
College of The Bahamas New Scholarship Fund to Help Develop Engineering Sector - Sep 15, 2014 - 2:10:47 PM

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A corporate entity is collaborating with The Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) to help stimulate the participation of more Bahamians in a critical sector in the Bahamian economy. BHM Co. Ltd., formerly Bahamas Hot Mix Co. Ltd., and the BSE have established a scholarship fund at The College of The Bahamas for civil engineering technology students.

The College recently received a donation that will fund a scholarship of $3,000 every two years for a full-time, undergraduate majors pursuing the Associate of Science in Civil Engineering Technology programme. There will also be an opportunity for these scholarship recipients to intern with BHM Co. Ltd...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
J.C. Sweeting & Toastmasters call on Bahamas Governor General - Sep 15, 2014 - 2:07:24 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling received J.C. Sweeting, author of J. C. Sweeting and Positive Friends, along with executive members of Healing Communicators Toastmasters Club 7178 in a courtesy call and book presentation at Government House, September 15, 2014.  

Pictured from left: Laurenne McDonald, J.C. Sweeting, Dame Marguerite Pindling, and Jamere McIntosh...
News : International
Bahamas Education Officials in London for CCEM Planning Meetings - Sep 15, 2014 - 1:27:13 PM

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London, England - Officials from the Ministry of Education in Nassau, Bahamas are in London for planning meetings in preparation for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers meeting to be hosted in Nassau Bahamas from June 22nd to 26th 2015.

Deputy Director of Education responsible for Planning and Development, Marcellus Taylor and Administrator for Scholarships and Education Loan Division held meetings Monday, September 15th at Bahamas House and will participate in additional meetings in the upcoming week.
News : International
London Memorial for First Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force - Sep 15, 2014 - 1:08:01 PM


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London, England - A memorial was held for the first Commodore of The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the late William Swinley, O.B.E. The service took place at the Parish Church of St Mary The Virgin in Gloucestershire, England. Commodore Swinley passed away on June 24th in Guernsey; he was buried on July 8th.

During the memorial in Gloucestershire, High Commissioner of The Bahamas, His Excellency Eldred Bethel and Mrs Dawne Bethel gave condolences and greeted Commodore Swinley’s sons Philip and Ben along with other family members...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Pittsburgh to Grand Bahamas Island: Are You Ready for Some Football? - Sep 15, 2014 - 12:00:33 PM

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PITTSBURGH – Tired of the sun, sand and surf? Ready for an urban vacation including some good, old American football?

In cooperation with Grand Bahamas Tourism Board, VisitPITTSBURGH is sponsoring a “Picture Perfect Pittsburgh” contest to find the perfect social media travel host from Grand Bahama Island. The contest is being run in an effort to promote the one-month trial of a direct flight between Pittsburgh and Grand Bahama Island (GBI).

VisitPITTSBURGH and Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, their members and partners are collaborating to have residents from both places consider these destinations when selecting a vacation destination.
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