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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Principal appeals for opportunities for the deaf and hearing impaired as Deaf Awareness Week launched - Nov 12, 2018 - 7:30:16 PM

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Sonja Rolle, Principal, Centre for the Deaf, underscored the need for hearing impaired individuals to become productive citizens of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas through employment, opportunities to express their feelings and opinions, and as a group, 'a place to call home.'

“Far too many of them face a life of unemployment or must labour as unskilled workers in jobs that offer no benefits or opportunities for advancement in this country...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Minnis underscores importance of BICA In Furthering Economic Growth - Nov 12, 2018 - 6:47:20 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis underscored the importance of the relationship between the government and the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) in further economic development of the country.

He made the statement as he delivered the keynote address at the opening of BICA Week 2018 under the theme, ‘Effectively Transitioning in a Digital Environment: Staying Current on the Global Stage’ at Baha Mar Convention Centre on Monday, November 12...
News : New Providence
Consolidated Water responds to Quarterly Report "Misinterpretation" - Nov 12, 2018 - 10:32:35 AM
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Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd., a subsidiary of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (the "Company") (Nasdaq Global Select Market: CWCO), a leading developer and operator of seawater desalination plants, clarified a recent news report that may have led the Bahamian public to believe their water supply in New Providence would be interrupted due to the non-payment of water invoices of $16.1M by the Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC).

“We view The Tribune’s article on Friday 9 November as inflammatory,” said Rick McTaggart, President of Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd...
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Defence Force Joins in Remembrance Day Celebrations - Nov 12, 2018 - 12:45:15 AM

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Commodore Tellis Bethel along with the Officers and Marines of  the Royal Bahamas Defence Force joined the world in commemorating veterans of World Wars I and II on  Remembrance Day. Instituted by King George V in 1919 in honour of these men and women, Remembrance Day is recognized by Great Britain, her overseas territories, allies and former colonies.

This year’s ceremony also marked the culmination of many activities that members of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) showcased this year in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War 1 on 11th November 1918...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Dozens of businesses granted duty waivers for apparel imports - Nov 11, 2018 - 10:30:53 PM

The Ministry of Finance is inviting retail shoe and clothing merchants to take advantage of the customs duty waiver that is available to businesses to reduce the cost of importing goods. Since the policy was announced in July, with the start of the 2018/2019 budget year, the Ministry of Finance granted waivers to 154 applicants.

There are many more eligible businesses that can apply for the waiver, and the Ministry of Finance wants to encourage them to utilize this tax relief measure to reduce the cost of doing business and to bring down the price for retail shopping at home...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
National Remembrance Day Ceremonies Mark 100th Anniversary of Events Ending World War 1 - Nov 11, 2018 - 8:38:56 PM

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A National Remembrance Day Church Service was held at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, November 11, 2018 marking the 100th Anniversary of events ending World War 1.

Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis headed a list of government officials in attendance.  British Legion Bahamas Branch World War veterans were present, and are pictured in front pew of the cathedral...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Ministers meet with EU and OECD to discuss ending tax watchlist for The Bahamas - Nov 11, 2018 - 7:30:13 PM

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The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, led a delegation to Brussels and Paris this week, for frank discussions with high ranking officials within the European Commissionand the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on The Bahamas’ compliance with international standards on tax governance.

Accompanying the Deputy Prime Minister was the Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. T. Brent Symonette; the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Carl W. Bethel QC;and a senior advisor from each of their respective ministries...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, Mr. Bradley Roberts Laid to Rest - Nov 10, 2018 - 8:00:50 PM

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Former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, Mr. Bradley Bernard Emmanuel Roberts was laid to rest in an Official Ceremony on Friday, November 9, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Street.  Paying respects were family members, friends, colleagues, former constituents and government officials.

In attendance were: Governor General Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis...
News : Local
HMBS Lawrence Major transports equipment and materials - Nov 10, 2018 - 6:45:14 PM

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Coral Harbour Base - The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Auxiliary vessel, HMBS Lawrence Major, departed  Coral Harbour Base this afternoon to transport equipment and materials for the installation of a Meteorological Doppler radar in Long Island on behalf of The Bahamas Meteorological Department.

 The Doppler Radar will be installed on the Island as part of that Department's weather radar coverage system for The Bahamas...
News : Local
Port Department and the Defence Force Investigating Floating Container Unit - Nov 10, 2018 - 12:21:24 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is warning boaters to stay clear of an unidentified floating container unit found in waters off Farmer's Cay in the Exuma chain.

The estimated 20 feet x 40 feet metal container is currently located at position: Latitude: 23.57 North and Longitude 076.11 West (Farmer's Cay Cut). The residents of Farmer's Cay had anchored the container unit and have also placed a light on it to enhance its visibility after dark...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PHA/GBHS Update on services following chemical spill at the Rand Memorial Hospital - Nov 9, 2018 - 11:31:07 PM

Laboratory services at the Rand Memorial Hospital have been suspended this weekend as the hospital’s management and technical teams continue to monitor the aftermath of a chemical spill which occurred in the Laboratory on Thursday morning. Management however has confirmed the full restoration of radiology services, and the cessation of referrals from General Practice to the Freeport Community Clinic. 

Immediately following the spill, environmental chemistry experts, an independent Hazmat company, a private chemist and the Department of Environmental Health Services were called in to mitigate the effects and clean the affected area.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Minnis Conducts Town Meeting in Spanish Wells - Nov 9, 2018 - 10:15:18 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis held a Town Meeting at the Samuel Guy Pinder All Age School, Spanish Wells, on Friday, November 9, 2018. 

Photos enclosed...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
The MESECVI participates in a European/LatinAmerican meeting on femicide in Brussels - Nov 9, 2018 - 9:03:17 PM

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Representatives of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) participated in the 10th Conference on Femicide/Feminicide. Not One Woman Less!: Strengthening EU-CELAC Cooperation in the Struggle Against Feminicide/Femicide, and in the workshop “Towards a gender approach for media treatment of VAW and femicide/feminicide: challenges and opportunities for cooperation between the European Union and Latin America,” that took place on November 8th and 9th, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Official Funeral for the Late Mr. Bradley Roberts - Nov 9, 2018 - 7:25:45 PM

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Official Funeral Services for the Late Mr. Bradley Roberts, former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, took place today at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Street, attended by officials and a broad cross-section of Bahamian society.  Interment was at Western Cemetery.  

(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)...
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Bahamas successful in bid for seat on ITU Council - Nov 9, 2018 - 4:48:16 PM
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When the new session of the Council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), meets to begin its work for the next four years, The Bahamas will be seated as one of the Council’s 48 member states.  The Bahamas was successful in its first bid to sit on council gaining the vote of 162 member states, out of a possible 177 present and voting.  

The election to Council took place during the second week of the ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference, (ITU PP) currently underway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, UAE...
News : Local
Defence Force Joins in Search Operation after Plane Crashes - Nov 9, 2018 - 4:17:55 PM

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Search and Rescue teams from Nassau Airport Development Company, Bahamas Airport Authority, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Services, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit, the United States Coast Guard, and BASRA were dispatched to the north shore of New Providence in search of a light aircraft that crashed in waters off Nirvana Beach late night on Thursday 8 November 2018.

The six seater Aztec aircraft was later spotted by Defence Force patrol crews shortly after 10:00 p.m.  just before sinking in waters half mile offshore...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Turning Grand Bahama into a Tech Hub - Nov 9, 2018 - 1:54:18 PM

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“The government has already begun implementing recommendations of the Steering Committee to make technology hub a reality,” Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson told participants at the recent first Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference, in Freeport.

“Over the past year significant progress has been made in our tech hub initiative. The Tech Hub Committee has unveiled their strategic plan that will help us to chart the way forward. I am convinced that we can help to make technology become a third pillar of this island’s economy, standing alongside Industry and tourism.”
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Governor General Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling congratulates Young Artists at the Annual Central Bank Art Competition & Exhibit - Nov 9, 2018 - 12:36:23 PM

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Governor General Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling congratulated and encouraged young artists at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Annual Art Competition and Exhibition, Thursday evening, November 8, 2018.  Among photos showing some of the artists and artworks at the Bank, winner Jessica Frazer of C.V. Bethel High School (holding envelope) is being congratulated by Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor of the Central Bank John Rolle, left, and well-known Bahamian artist John Cox.  The annual art competition is an opportunity for the exhibition of Bahamian high school creative talent...
News : New Providence
U.S. Embassy Closure in observance of the U.S. Veterans Day Holiday - Nov 9, 2018 - 10:57:56 AM

The United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, November 12th in observance of the U.S. Veterans Day holiday. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, November 13th at 8:00 a.m.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181...

News : New Providence
CIBC Trust Employee secures a win in the Financial Services Awards - Nov 8, 2018 - 8:45:31 PM

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CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited emerged tops in the recently held annual Financial Services Industry Excellence Awards with one of two employees nominated taking away the top award in her category.

Norma T. Major, Director Operations, Finance & Client Accounting, won Mentor of the Year and Taryn Turnquest, Trust Administrator, was nominated in the Achiever of the Year category.

Managing Director Perry A. Rolle said it was an easy decision to nominate the two stars...
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