||Last Updated: Sep 16, 2014 - 4:05:01 PM
Bahamas Department of Social Services Celebrates 50 Years
- Sep 16, 2014 - 3:45:54 PM
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...”
Government Takes Another Step in Developing Bahamians
- Sep 16, 2014 - 3:07:55 PM
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.
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.”
High Commissioner Bethel Promotes Bahamian Culture in UK
- Sep 16, 2014 - 1:09:40 PM
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.
Commissioner Bethel in thanking the Mayor and the city for their warm
hospitality, promoted The Bahamas’ upcoming Junkanoo Carnival...
Bahamas to Host Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Conference
- Sep 16, 2014 - 12:30:42 PM
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.
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...
Installation for Bishop Moses Johnson and Minister Cynthia Johnson
- Sep 16, 2014 - 11:37:07 AM
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.
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...
U.S. Embassy (Bahamas) hosts 3-Day conference on Women’s Leadership
- Sep 16, 2014 - 11:27:15 AM
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...
RBDF/RBPF apprehend 94 Haitian migrants off Exuma, Bahamas
- Sep 16, 2014 - 11:21:14 AM
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.
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
Global Dignity Day extends reach with New Mobile Campaign in 68 countries
- Sep 16, 2014 - 9:45:58 AM
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.
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.
Award winning Caribbean journalist Clare Forrester passes
- Sep 16, 2014 - 8:08:02 AM
Hall of Fame journalist Clare Forrester passed away on Monday evening in Florida after ailing for sometime.
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).
Prime Minister Christie's Gaming Bill House Communication Closing Remarks
- Sep 16, 2014 - 1:19:35 AM
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.
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...
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.
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:
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”.
Song Competition for 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Officially Begins
- Sep 15, 2014 - 4:59:40 PM
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.
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.
Fitzgerald officially launched the 19th CCEM Song Competition during a
news conference at the Ministry of Youth on September 5.
Pastors call on Bahamas Governor General
- Sep 15, 2014 - 4:56:31 PM
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.
left: Pastor Theophilus Neely, Dame Marguerite Pindling and Pastor
Caribbean Export Supports a Joint Investment Promotions Strategy (JIPS) for Haiti and the Dominican Republic
- Sep 15, 2014 - 4:16:32 PM
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
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
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.
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.
College of The Bahamas New Scholarship Fund to Help Develop Engineering Sector
- Sep 15, 2014 - 2:10:47 PM
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.
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...
J.C. Sweeting & Toastmasters call on Bahamas Governor General
- Sep 15, 2014 - 2:07:24 PM
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.
from left: Laurenne McDonald, J.C. Sweeting, Dame Marguerite Pindling,
and Jamere McIntosh...
Bahamas Education Officials in London for CCEM Planning Meetings
- Sep 15, 2014 - 1:27:13 PM
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.
London Memorial for First Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
- Sep 15, 2014 - 1:08:01 PM
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
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...
Pittsburgh to Grand Bahamas Island: Are You Ready for Some Football?
- Sep 15, 2014 - 12:00:33 PM
PITTSBURGH – Tired of the sun,
sand and surf? Ready for an urban vacation including some good, old
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).
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.