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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Christie remarks at 20th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership &Investment Summit & Trade Show (NABHOOD) - Jul 29, 2016 - 3:20:10 PM

Remarks by the Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, M.P. Prime Minister & Minister of Finance At the 20th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership &
Investment Summit & Trade Show (NABHOOD) 29th July, 2016:

Four years ago when I first addressed this body as a recently elected second term Prime Minister in 2012, I did so confident in the belief that through an understanding of our shared ancestry and the active mining of our mutual interests, we could together transform the economic underpinnings of our respective constituents; and in spite of today’s challenging economic realities which have slowed progress on all fronts, that is still my unshakeable belief...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
State Recognized Funeral for the late Pastor Silas Napolean McKinney - Jul 29, 2016 - 1:54:30 PM

The Cabinet Office has announced that a State-Recognized Funeral will be held for Pastor Silas Napolean McKinney on Sunday, 31 July, 2016 at Hillview Seventh Day Adventist Church, Tonique Willliams-Darling Highway.

In addition, viewing for the general public will be at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Saturday, 30 July, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. and on Sunday, 31 July, 2016 from 9.00 a.m. until service time at the Church...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prime Minister Christie Welcomes HE John Pilbeam, High Commissioner Designate of Australia - Jul 29, 2016 - 11:23:13 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (right), welcomed His Excellency John Pilbeam, High Commissioner (Designate) of Australia, at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Photo enclosed...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Government responds to Richard Lightbourn remarks - Jul 29, 2016 - 11:04:05 AM


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Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement from The Hon. Melanie Griffin; The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin; and The Hon. Hope Strachan:

Lightbourne's violation of women's reproductive rights shocking and despicable.

We were shocked and disgusted to hear the offensive suggestion of Mr. Richard Lightbourn, M.P. for Montagu, that the State should cause for Bahamian women to be sterilized after giving birth to two (2) children to prohibit them from having any more children thereafter...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas Makes History and is Sanctioned “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors” at 2016 EAA AirVenture - Jul 29, 2016 - 10:52:32 AM

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OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental success and set historic records on the international front, this time being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors” by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The announcement was made on July 26, at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and accepted by representatives of the Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

NOAA which has a membership of 3,300 weather professionals, started the ‘Weather Ready Nation Ambassador” initiative three years ago to educate its citizens on the importance of preparedness and protection in weather conditions..
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Bostwick Presents Report on Jamaica Elections - Jul 29, 2016 - 10:12:53 AM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Former Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Janet Bostwick, who headed the Organization of American States (OAS) Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) at the general elections held earlier this year in Jamaica, officially presented the Mission’s report to the OAS on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during a meeting of the Permanent Council in the Simon Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

The meeting was presided over by His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the OAS and Chair of the Permanent Council...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
MOT Revealed Baha Mar Delay Did Not Change Annual Visitor Statistics - Jul 29, 2016 - 10:05:42 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Despite delay in Baha Mar’s opening, annual visitor statistics continue to increase steadily with the current boost of international and domestic tourism initiatives and increasing cruise and air travel stopovers throughout the 700 islands of The Bahamas, Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu announced at a briefing by the Ministry in the Governor’s Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton, July 27, 2016.

Mrs. Jibrilu expressed a desire to encourage more Bahamians to vacation at home within the Family Islands to support domestic tourism and keep Bahamian money home. She said that according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Bahamas tourism has contributed a total of BSD $4,129.3 million or 46.9 percent of GDP in 2015 and expects a rise of 2.6 percent in 2016...
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Hon. Hope Strachan engages the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on Trade and Financial Services Concerns - Jul 29, 2016 - 7:16:35 AM

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The Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan, M.P. who has responsibility for international trade and financial services led a six member delegation to the Fourteenth Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV) which took place in Nairobi Kenya from 17th July to 22nd July 2016. Minister Strachan was accompanied by the Minister of State for Investment, the Hon. Khaalis Rolle, M.P.

As The Bahamas had assumed the role of Coordinator for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States in Geneva Switzerland, effective 1st July 2016, Minister Strachan also addressed the Fourteenth Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 and China which preceded UNCTAD XIV on 17th July 2016 and delivered GRULAC’s statement in the UNCTAD General Debate. On 19th July, 2016...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Members of OAS Permanent Council Pay Tribute To Liberator Simon Bolivar - Jul 29, 2016 - 5:08:45 AM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the occasion of the anniversary of his birth, members of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) paid tribute to Simón Bolívar (1783-1830) on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, during a meeting of the Permanent Council held in the Simon Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

The meeting was presided over by His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the OAS and Chair of the Permanent Council...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Relationship of Bahamas and US Government Agencies Featured And Heightened at 2016 EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin - Jul 28, 2016 - 4:32:23 PM

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OSHKOSH, Wisconsin –“The partnership between The Bahamas Government agencies and that of the United States Federal Government including the US Customs and Border Protection agencies continues to strengthen, heighten in success and reap mutually rewarding dividends for the two nations,” says Greg Rolle, Pilot and Sr. Director of Sales, Marketing and Sports, at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Captain Rolle made the comments while leading a team of Bahamas Government officials including representatives from the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Department of Civil Aviation, Customs and Royal Bahamas Police Force at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference...
News : Local
BTC to Participate in 32nd Annual CANTO Conference - Jul 28, 2016 - 4:17:40 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) will participate in the 32nd annual Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations’ (CANTO) Conference and Trade Show Exhibition.

BTC CEO and Senior Vice President for Cable & Wireless Communications, Leon Williams also serves as Vice Chairman for CANTO. Williams said, “BTC has been a member of CANTO since 1985. The organization, seeks to provide an outlet for telecommunications organizations in the region to stay connected. We share ideas, on how we can overcome challenges that affect us all in the region...
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Author encourages naming waters in the Western Atlantic Ocean the Lucayan Sea after The Bahamas’ first inhabitants - Jul 28, 2016 - 3:35:41 PM

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When Christopher Columbus sailed through The Bahama Islands during the latter part of the 15th century, he encountered a people along the way who historians say he described in his diary as handsome, graceful, well-proportioned, gentle, generous and, most of all, peaceful.

The famed explorer was speaking, of course, about the Lucayans. As the first people ever to inhabit The Bahamas, The Lucayans were descendants of the Arawaks who lived and prospered along the shores of the country for generations before being captured as slaves shortly after Columbus’ arrival. In fact, the stretch of islands in the western Atlantic was not only called The Bahamas historically – there were references to it as the Lucayan Archipelago...
News : New Providence
Scotiabank concludes home ownership seminar series - Jul 27, 2016 - 5:25:49 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – Scotiabank will conclude its Home Ownership Seminar Series this Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. at the Scotiabank Cable Beach Branch. This session, Home Ownership: Build vs. Buy, will discussion the pros and cons of constructing one’s dream home or the decision to purchase. The previous session covered the basics of securing a mortgage under the theme, Home Ownership 101. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of Home Ownership from a cross section of experienced subject matter experts including lawyers and lending professionals.

“At Scotiabank we are dedicated to working with our customers to realize their home ownership dreams. We are pleased to have received such a positive response to these seminars and remain committed to educating our customers...
News : International
Secretary-General joins top academics to define ‘responsible university’ - Jul 27, 2016 - 3:10:35 PM

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The Commonwealth Secretary-General will challenge universities to increase the number of scholarships they make available to Commonwealth students when she speaks to top academics at a universities conference tomorrow in Ghana.

Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, will focus on the value of public and private sectors, as well as international and grassroots organisations, working together to address issues such as funding and access to higher education. She will also stress the importance of ensuring students are fit to lead on solutions for global crises such as climate change...
News : New Providence
WSC Proudly Celebrates 40 Years of Service to The Bahamas & Renames Headquarters for former GM Moss - Jul 27, 2016 - 2:38:07 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) was incorporated on July 14, 1976 by an Act of Parliament, and began its service to the country with the mandate to meet the increasing demand for potable water on the Island of New Providence.

Since that time, it has expanded its service to cover the entire Bahamas (except Grand Bahama), and now boast a compliment of nearly 430 staff members, dedicated to providing fresh, clean, and reliable water to homes and businesses across the archipelago.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
57 Public School Scholarship Recipients Announced - Jul 27, 2016 - 2:22:14 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Government is investing $5.5 million in 4-year scholarships to tertiary level institutions in the United States and Canada for 57 public school students.

The Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald announced and congratulated the Public School Scholars awardees during a ceremony at The College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore Library, July 25, 2016...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamians Urged to Follow Established Protocol for Zika Prevention - Jul 27, 2016 - 9:56:15 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prevention is the best form of protection against the possible spread/cases of the Zika Virus, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, Dr. Glen Beneby said Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference at the Ministry, called to update the country on the measures the Ministry of Health, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) have put in place in the fight against the possible spread of the disease and/or cases in The Bahamas, Dr. Beneby said prevention will go a long way in preventing the disease...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Strachan Meets with Financial Services Industry Representatives - Jul 27, 2016 - 4:15:23 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Financial Services, the Hon. Hope Strachan, M.P., centre, met with the representatives of the Financial Services industry, July 13, 2016 at the Ministry’s offices. 

Pictured, from left: Bruno Roberts, Private Trust Corp. Ltd.; Tanya McCartney, Bahamas Financial Services Board; Sherrylee Smith, Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Financial Services; Antionette Russell, Credit Suisse Trust Ltd.; Brian Moree, McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes; LaTonia Symonette-Tinker, Consultant at the Ministry of Financial Services; and Ryan Pinder, Graham Thompson & Co...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Speaker of the House of Assembly Welcomes Regional Parliamentarians to Conference - Jul 27, 2016 - 4:09:58 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Speaker of the House of Assembly and Conference Host the Hon. Dr. Kendal Major said that it gave him "great pleasure" to welcome each of the delegates to the Official Opening, July 25, 2016 of the 41st Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), and added that The Bahamas Branch was pleased to be serving as host to the Secretary General of the CPA the Hon. Akbar Khan and the many Delegates, spanning 19 countries...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Toastmasters Applauded For Teaching Important Art of Effective Communication - Jul 26, 2016 - 10:59:34 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Effective communication is “very critical” to the socio-economic development of countries such as The Bahamas and indeed the larger global population given the ongoing incidences of crime and violence in many countries, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said Monday.

“It is very clear from the state of the family and, indeed the world, that we have a failure to communicate effectively,” Mrs. Griffin said. “We just very often don’t seem to understand one another...
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