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US Charge d'Affaires Tours the Port Facility at Prince George Wharf - Dec 12, 2018 - 11:37:19 PM

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US Charge d'Affaires Stephanie Bowers paid a courtesy call on Port Controller, Commander Raymond King and received a tour of the Port facility at Prince George Wharf.  Commander King presented Ms. Bowers with a plaque to commemorate the visit. 

(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
New Ambassador of Panama Presents Credentials - Dec 12, 2018 - 3:53:00 PM

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The new Permanent Representative of Panama to the Organization of American States (OAS), Salvador Sánchez González, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the Organization, Luis Almagro.

In the ceremony that took place at the Organization's headquarters in Washington, DC, Ambassador Sánchez González said the defense of democracy and the promotion of sustainable development will be two central points of his work agenda. "Our commitment is to take the region responsibly towards the thresholds of democratic development and material development that our peoples demand," he said...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Annual Parliamentary Christmas Luncheon in Festive Mood of the Season - Dec 12, 2018 - 3:26:19 PM

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The Annual Parliamentary Christmas Luncheon was held today in the Windsor Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton, attended by Cabinet Ministers, MPs, and Senators.  The festive luncheon, with the theme, 'Christmas in Parliament,' was hosted by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Assembly.  Photos show parliamentarians in the light mood of the season; in the group photo, Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis is pictured in the first row, centre. 

(BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe)...
News : International : Caribbean News
Airport Redevelopment Project Ready to Take Off - Dec 12, 2018 - 3:00:50 PM

The People of Saint Lucia are finally set to see the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project take off as the Government of Saint Lucia continues to deliver on its promise to expand and improve local infrastructure.

This project is essential to Saint Lucia’s overall economic growth, especially as the island continues to expand as a leader in leisure and business travel. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs...
News : New Providence
Local Celebrities Lend Talent To Marathon Bahamas Commercial - Dec 12, 2018 - 2:42:43 PM

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What do you get when an award-winning filmmaker, a blogger, two talk show hosts, and a popular DJ get together? One of the hottest Marathon Bahamas TV commercials ever.  

Some of the biggest names on the local scene have come together to lend their talents to Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas. 

Director for the commercial and filmmaker, Lavado Stubbs, is back for the third time, working with the organization. Stubbs, whose company...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
House Passed Bill to Further Assist Bahamians Entering and Sustaining Businesses - Dec 12, 2018 - 2:21:47 PM

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The House of Assembly today passed a Bill to further assist Bahamian businesspersons.  Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said, today, his government is making it easier for Bahamians to enter into and sustain their business enterprises.  During the final sitting of the House of Assembly the Prime Minister made a motion on Bill for an Act to Amend the Business Licence Act, 2018, which passed: Bahamians with businesses generating revenue of $100,000 or less would be exempt from business licence fees among other provisions under the Act...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamahost Luncheon at the Home of Mr. Henry Lightbourne - Dec 12, 2018 - 2:16:58 PM

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Visitors from abroad recently had the pleasure of being hosted to a Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Bahamahost luncheon at the home of Mr. Henry Lightbourne. 

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Statement of the OAS General Secretariat on Russian Military Aircraft with possible Nuclear Capacity in Venezuela - Dec 12, 2018 - 2:00:40 PM

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) takes note with
the greatest concern of the news coming from Venezuela about the possibility that aircraft capable of using nuclear weapons from Russia are in its territory. The presence of this foreign military mission violates the Venezuelan Constitution because it has not been authorized by the National Assembly...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Education Minister applauds Teen Author - Dec 12, 2018 - 12:03:37 PM

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The year just keeps getting better for new, young author Sierra Blair – her latest release appearing in the iconic Atlantis resort, a courtesy call with the Governor-General and now days away from her 15th birthday, high praise from high-ranking education officials during a one-on-one sit down and courtesy call at the Ministry of Education.

“It is more than exciting, it is impressive that we have such great young minds in our country like Sierra.  I am pleased that she has the encouragement of her parents.  Sierra is beautiful, very creative and also very courageous... 
News : New Providence
Proposed Developer urges Bahamians to launch their Dream Businesses - Dec 12, 2018 - 11:41:51 AM

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There comes a point when a would-be entrepreneur must create his or her own opportunity and not wait for one, according to Valentino Munroe who has built two businesses, the computer store Onit Systems and the Jumbey Café restaurant.

“What have you been conditioned to believe you are incapable of doing? The biggest obstacle we all have to face is ourselves. Whatever you’re hearing in your mind, whatever that voice is saying that is not your voice...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamian Chefs Head To UN Holiday Chef Takeover - Dec 12, 2018 - 9:59:31 AM

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The cuisine of The Islands Of The Bahamas will be put on full display from December 12 through 14 as three chefs from the Bahamas National Culinary Team will participate in the United Nations’ Holiday Chef Takeover in New York City.

Chefs Asteir Dean, Kevin Pratt and Celeste Smith will display holiday Bahamian favorites to hundreds of international guests.

Chef Dean, who is leading the trio, said he was excited to be have been selected...
News : Local
Defence Force apprehends Poachers - Dec 12, 2018 - 9:43:19 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 7 Dominican fishermen aboard two small go-fast type boats around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua.

The two Dominican boats  were apprehended just off Little Inagua by RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, while on routine patrol. On board were 7 Dominican fishermen, along with a quantity of scaled fish and crawfish... 
News : Local
BTC pays fine for breach of number portability regulations - Dec 11, 2018 - 7:39:16 PM

Consumers affected by a regulatory breach by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) can expect to receive a $100 credit applied to their cellular mobile account on 12 December 2018.

The credit to affected consumers is the result of a determination made by URCA on 7 May 2018. URCA found that on 24 and 25 November 2017, BTC failed to comply with the requirements of the rules and regulations relating to mobile number portability causing unacceptable delays to 514 customers seeking to “port” their telephone numbers to Be Aliv Limited (Aliv)...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
The Bahamas host VIP Black Planners at National Conference - Dec 11, 2018 - 1:14:21 PM

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The Islands Of The Bahamas were the sponsors of a VIP Planners Only Breakfast at the recent National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP) 2018 Annual Conference, which took place in New Orleans, LA, November 28 - December 1, 2018.

The Bahamas was the only Caribbean Destination sponsor at the Conference and in keeping with the conference theme, “Elevate, Educate, Engage,” The Bahamas Director of Multicultural and Religious Markets, Linville Johnson...
News : International : Caribbean News
ECADE urges the Eastern Caribbean to stand up for human rights - Dec 11, 2018 - 12:48:43 PM

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Seventy years later, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) remains even more relevant than ever as we witness a rolling back of rights around the world. The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE), notes with distress, the continued lack of progress towards achieving justice and equality for all in the eastern Caribbean, as we join the world in observing Human Rights Day 2018 and the 70th anniversary of this historic document.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the EC remain among the most vulnerable and at risk for marginalisation simply for expressing their authentic selves,” says ECADE Executive Director Kenita Placide...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
C. A. Smith Sworn In as Deputy to the Governor General - Dec 11, 2018 - 12:35:49 PM

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His Excellency Cornelius A. Smith was sworn in as Deputy to the Governor General by the Hon. Mme. Justice Vera Watkins, Acting Chief Justice, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Government House. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Dames Congratulates Department of Correctional Services Graduates of BTVI Programme - Dec 11, 2018 - 12:07:35 PM

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Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames lauded the 100 Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) graduates, on December 6, 2018, and congratulated them on successfully completing their respective Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) training courses.

“Trainees, the fact that you are here today to receive a certificate for the successful completion of 10 weeks of vocational training is no small accomplishment,” Minister Dames said, during a ceremony at BDOC, Fox Hill...
News : New Providence
Investment Executive Albert Rex Appointed to Sterling Mortgage Income Fund - Dec 11, 2018 - 11:44:05 AM

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Sterling Global Financial, an award-winning financial services provider with more than US$9 billion in assets under administration and management, announced the appointment today of finance and equity executive Albert G. Rex to its Sterling Mortgage Income Fund Board of Directors.

“Albert Rex brings a wealth of experience almost unmatched in his range of expertise,” said David Kosoy, Chairman of the Board. “Over the past 40 years, he has steered more than $15 billion in financing and equity solutions to commercial real estate developers and owners...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Cultural Heritage Month launched at NAGB - Dec 11, 2018 - 11:23:30 AM

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle joined Acting Permanent Secretary Rhoda Jackson, Executive Director of Culture Rowena Poitier-Sutheralnd, Deputy Director Dereka Deleveaux-Grant and Senior officials of the Cultural Affairs Division in launching Cultural Heritage Month, at the beginning of December, at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. 

Also present were Director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Amanda Coulson and her fellow staff members, cultural stakeholders and the general public.  Minister Rolle read the Cultural Heritage Month Proclamation...
News
IDB’s Commitment to The Bahamas; Better Governments for Better Lives - Dec 11, 2018 - 10:08:57 AM

The Caribbean and Latin America and have been profoundly transformed over the last 15 years. Economic and social progress has been significant: per capita incomes have risen, the middle class has grown, education levels have improved, and the telecommunications revolution has meant that people are more connected, better informed, and can also demand more and better services...
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