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Training/transformation: cornerstones to national development - Jul 27, 2017 - 4:19:17 PM

Education and training will be at the core of economic reform and national development in The Bahamas going forward.

“Our broad goal is training for transformation,”Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon.Hubert Minnis saidWednesday in his inaugural national address.

Prime Minister Minnis said more than 12 years ago, the World Bank set out to determine what makes some countries wealthier than others. He said what they discovered was “most surprising...
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Senator Thompson Encourages 63 NTA Trainee Grads in Grand Bahama - Jul 27, 2017 - 2:49:38 PM

The government has a strategy to improve the economy of Grand Bahama by promoting entrepreneurship, said Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, during the graduation ceremony of the National Training Agency on Wednesday.

The event, where some 63 trainees graduated from Cohort 5, was held at A Social Affair Convention Centre.

The Minister assured the graduates that he had a message of hope that the government is working to get people working...
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Government moves to address public concerns in a number of areas - Jul 27, 2017 - 12:29:10 PM

The Government of The Bahamas has moved to address a number of “specific matters of concern” that they have been asked to since being elected to office on May 10, 2017, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon, Hubert Alexander Minis said.

This includes the appointment of a Sub-Committee of Cabinet Ministers to address the matter of the New Providence Landfill, which Prime Minister Minnis said: “we pledge to fix as quickly as possible.”

Prime Minister Minnis said the Government will also move quickly to restore the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama following a recent fire there...
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PM Minnis calls for ‘collective movement in positive direction’ - Jul 27, 2017 - 12:08:23 PM

No society can progress without all of its people moving collectively in a positive direction, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis saidWednesday.

“For all of our challenges, The Bahamas has many strategic advantages such as talented people, our geographic location, our chain of islands and our political stability and democratic heritage,” Prime Minister Minnis said during his inaugural national address airedWednesday(July 26, 2017).

“While we may have challenges as a nation, a number of which I will address this evening, let us remember to celebrate what is good in our country. In the last several weeks, we lost a number of fine citizens who contributed so much to the national good...
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Quarter of a Billion spent in lead-up to 2017 General Elections - Jul 27, 2017 - 10:20:17 AM

Approximately one-quarter of a billion dollars ($250Million) was spent by the former Administration in the months leading up to the 2017 General Elections, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis revealed Wednesday.

“This was another glaring example of the recklessness and massive waste by the former Administration which still today, accepts no responsibility for its disastrous governance,” Prime Minister Minnis said.

“They stubbornly refused to change track. In Opposition, we warned them that there was dire trouble ahead, but the response was to go full steam toward the iceberg, spending the people’s money with wild abandon and few results...
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Grand Lucayan Should be Ready for 2017 Winter Season: Country’s Success Depends on Baha Mar/Atlantis/Lucayan Success - Jul 27, 2017 - 10:04:30 AM

Renovations at the Grand Lucayan in Grand Bahama are expected to begin within the next month with the facility expected to be ready in time for the 2017 Winter Season.

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said, in his national address, July 26, that the Government of The Bahamas is intent on resuscitating the Grand Lucayan “as rapidly and as sustainably as possible” and thereafter sell its equity to one of the existing partners or other investors in a bid to turn the Grand Bahama economy around.

Dr. Minnis said the Government has also identified a number of integrated travel and hospitality companies that can bring not only quality brands to Grand Bahama, “but also much-needed air transportation...
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Union members to receive lump sum payments - Jul 27, 2017 - 9:56:45 AM

Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Hubert Minnis, the Hon. Brensil Rolle, Minister of the Public Service & National Insurance, and Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes, Minister of Labour, met with Executives of the Public Services Union and The Bahamas Educators Managerial Union at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, 26 July 2017, to appraise the union leaders of government’s plans and time period to honor lump sum payments 2017/2018 in accordance with the Industrial Relations agreement.

The meeting was also attended by senior government officials from the ministries of the Public Service, Education, Office of the Prime Minister, and the Treasury Department.
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Minnis: Politicians should not be exempt from rule of law - Jul 27, 2017 - 9:42:43 AM

Bahamian politicians are not so special that they should be exempt from the rule of law, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Alexander Minnis said Wednesday.

Prime Minister Minnis announced that his Administration will implement changes to prevent fiscal mismanagement in governance going forward and that Administration officials are identifying loopholes so as to avoid repeat corrupt practices.

“I will not comment specifically on cases concerning alleged bribery and corrupt practices by public officials, but I do note the following; individuals should be treated equally before the law, “ Prime Minister Minnis said...
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Social Services Minister Urges Zonta Workforce Readiness Program Graduates to 'Keep Stepping' - Jul 26, 2017 - 3:10:19 PM

Thirty unemployed young women are empowered and equipped for the workforce after completing the Zonta Club’s 2017 Workforce Readiness Training Program.
The women graduated from the three-week program, Monday, July 24, during a special ceremony at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Old Trail Road. Five of them were awarded scholarships to further their education at BTVI.

The program, now in its fifth year, is a public/private initiative sponsored by The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and the Zonta Club of New Providence...
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100 Days' Countdown to Birthday of Sir Durward Knowles - Jul 26, 2017 - 2:52:55 PM

One Bahamas Foundation, powered by ALIV, announced the launch of 100 Days' Countdown to Sir Durward Knowles's 100th Birthday (July 24, 2017 - November 2, 2017), during a courtesy call with Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (centre), at Government House on Monday July 24, 2017.  Sir Durward, former Olympic sailor and enduring community benefactor,  and his wife, Lady Holly Knowles, are seated at right...
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Chinese Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs - Jul 26, 2017 - 2:44:46 PM
Courtesy Call of the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Huang Qinguo, on the Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield, at the Ministry on July 24, 2017.  Photos also show the meetings of staff of the Ministry with staff of the Chinese Embassy: 

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DPM at Military Funeral for Retired Police Sergeant 166 Wilfred Winters - Jul 26, 2017 - 2:21:24 PM

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for East End, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest (front, second right) stands next to Deputy Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour during a full military funeral service for the late Retired Police Sergeant 166 Wilfred Anthony Winters. The Funeral service was held at the St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Friday, July 21, 2017. The Deputy Prime Minister gave remarks at the service...
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Prime Minister and Government Members Tour Atlantis - Jul 26, 2017 - 2:09:01 PM

Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and members of the government took a tour of Atlantis, Paradise Island, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  As they walked through Atlantis taking in the beauty and variety of attractions, Prime Minister Minnis is pictured, centre; Atlantis President Howard C. Karawan, second left; and Atlantis Senior Vice-President Edward Fields, left.  Mr. Karawan gave a presentation on future plans for the aquatic-themed resort... 
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Haitian Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on Minister of Foreign Affairs - Jul 26, 2017 - 1:56:53 PM

Haitian Ambassador, H.E. Jean-Victor Geneus, paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield.  During the meeting they discussed a range of issues, including the strengthening of relations between the two countries, the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Haiti and The Bahamas, migration, security and the potential for trade relations, especially in the field of agriculture, 24 July 2017... 
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Minister Lloyd Opens Caribbean Secondary School Principals Conference - Jul 26, 2017 - 11:44:27 AM

Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd addressed Principals representing Secondary Schools throughout the Caribbean including Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and The Bahamas during the opening of the 26th Biennial CAPSS (Caribbean Association of Principals of Secondary Schools) conference under the theme "Quality leadership driving educational success," on Tuesday, July 25 at SuperClubs Breezes. The conference is held to discuss best practices towards providing a bright future for the students. Minister Lloyd, welcomed the delegates to The Bahamas, stating the conference is timely and its theme supports inclusiveness of quality education...

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Minister Dames Meets with OAS Drug Abuse Control Head - Jul 26, 2017 - 11:18:52 AM

Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States Ambassador Adam Namm (left) recently paid a courtesy call on the Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames.

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames welcomed Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States Ambassador Adam Namm and representatives of The Bahamas' National Anti-Drug Secretariat (NADS), during a recent courtesy call by CICAD officials to his Ministry...
BTVI Joins Global Management Education initiative - Jul 26, 2017 - 11:07:59 AM

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) was recently elected as a member of the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, joining over 650 leading business and management schools from more than 80 countries.
Launched at the 2007 United Nations Global Compact Leaders’ Summit in Geneva, the PRME initiative is the largest organized relationship between the United Nations and business schools. Its mission is to inspire and support responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. It also seeks to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the intricate challenges faced by businesses...
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Minister Dames Meets with US Officials - Jul 26, 2017 - 10:56:25 AM

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames is pictured with United States Government officials, during a recent courtesy call at his Ministry.  From left are: Country Attaché Mark Webb, Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division Matthew G. Donahue, Minister Dames, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division James N. Doby.

Official photograph taken by Eric Rose of Bahamas Information Services…

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US Embassy Reps Call on Minister Pintard - Jul 26, 2017 - 10:40:07 AM

Representatives of the United States Embassy in The Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard, on July 24, 2017.  Pictured (from left) are U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Penny Rechkemmer, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson, Minister Pintard, Permanent Secretary Nicole Campbell, Director of Youth K. Darron Turnquest, and Assistant Director of Culture Dereka Deleveaux-Grant...

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Registrar General’s Department responds to concerns arising from the recent NPO disclosure notice - Jul 25, 2017 - 11:19:43 PM

On July 21st 2017, The Tribune newspaper published an article in relation to a Notice from the Registrar General’s Department requiring Non-Profit Organizations (NPO’s) to produce certain documents, and there has been subsequent concerns expressed by Social Partners.

The assertion that the Registrar General can only request financials from a Non-Profit Organization where the Registrar General is “of the view that non-profits are engaged in terror financing” is incorrect as Section 123 of the Companies Act gives the Registrar General the authority to request financials at any time in writing. The Department wishes to advise that NPO’s are governed by the Companies Act as well as the Companies (Non-Profit) Regulations...
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