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Dame Marguerite and DPM Davis Join US Celebration of Independence - Jul 3, 2015 - 3:52:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -  Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis participated in celebrations of the 239th Anniversary of Independence of the United States of America at the US Ambassador’s Residence on Thursday, July 2.

Photos show Presentation of US Colors by the Marine Corps, Nassau Detachment; Remarks and Toast; Cutting of the Cake; and Group Photo on the Lawn...

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Goombay Summer Festival Begins in Grand Bahama - Jul 3, 2015 - 3:21:31 PM

TAINO BEACH, Grand Bahama – Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu officially launched Goombay Summer Festival at Taino beach on Thursday, inviting visitors and residents alike to fully enjoy the vibrant Bahamian cultural experience.

To melodies of the Grand Bahama Youth Choir she described the series of festivals – five weeks of cultural expression featuring Bahamian foods, music, arts and crafts – that will be offered on Grand Bahama as Goombay Summer heats up, and rolls into Junkanoo Festival, showing off what makes the multifaceted island of Grand Bahama so special.
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Bahamas Prime Minister / Outgoing CARICOM Chairman remarks at 36th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government - Jul 3, 2015 - 1:27:56 PM

BARBADOS - Remarks by The Right Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas & Outgoing Chairman of the Conference at the Opening Ceremony for the Thirty-sixth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, 2nd – 4th July 2015:

I am pleased to be back in Barbados for this formal handing over ceremony of the Chair of the Caricom Community.  It has been an honour and a privilege for The Bahamas and for me personally to have served as its Chair.  I now pass the mantle onto the distinguished Prime Minister of Barbados.  I am certain that the community will be in excellent and capable hands...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Month of July features Grand Bahama Summer Festival Experiences in Freeport, Eight Mile Rock, and West End - Jul 3, 2015 - 12:28:24 PM

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - Come July, the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama will launch the island’s most exciting Summer Festival Experience of 2015.

Grand Bahama’s Summer Experience features eight weeks of rich, cultural excitement and expressions of Bahamian heritage through Goombay Summer and Junkanoo Summer Festivals.

Kicking off the festivities will be the Goombay Summer Festival, July 2nd – 30th, 6:00p.m. - Midnight...
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Completion and Opening of Baha Mar of Paramount Importance to The Bahamas, Says Attorney General - Jul 3, 2015 - 12:22:48 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Thursday, underscored the successful completion and opening of Baha Mar Ltd. as a “matter of national priority” and she asserted the Government’s commitment to continue to act in the interest of Bahamians.

“Of particular importance is that the nearly 2,400 Bahamian employees who have been prejudiced by this bankruptcy proceeding must be paid,” said the Attorney General. “Paying the employees without conditions attached would allow negotiation, hearing and resolution..."
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Bahamas Ministry of Finance Comments on Standard and Poor’s Rating Update - Jul 3, 2015 - 11:23:48 AM

The Ministry of Finance has noted the statement by Standard & Poor's on the sovereign ratings update for The Bahamas, in light of the Baha Mar bankruptcy protection filing in the United States courts. S&P analysts are scheduled to make their regular mission to The Bahamas later this month, at which time they will update their economic and fiscal assessment.

The Ministry of Finance welcomes the favorable review of progress made in improving the fiscal health of the Government, particularly through the gains from the introduction of the VAT and disciplined public expenditure. These reforms will continue, in order to anchor a medium-term reduction in the Government's debt burden.

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Bahamas-China Friendship Association Statement on Baha Mar - Jul 3, 2015 - 10:37:43 AM

Anthony Capron
The Bahamas-China Friendship Association (BCFA) expresses its deep concerns over the recent news reports and announcements that the initial time-frame set by the developers for the completion and opening of the Baha Mar Resort on Cable Beach has been missed and will now have to be extended, with a specific date.

We wish to go on record as attaching great importance to this multi-billion dollar investment and recognize its significant economic impact on The Bahamas once completed and opened. Our concern is to the general economic well-being of the country, as a whole; and for the setbacks that have been visited on this project...

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Bahamas Attorney General Statement on Baha Mar Court Proceedings - Jul 3, 2015 - 10:18:15 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Monday 29 June 2015, Baha Mar Ltd. and 14 affiliated companies involved in the Baha Mar Resort filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the Courts of Delaware, U.S.A. Baha Mar did this without prior notice to the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and related entities. And, we are advised that no advance notice was given to the China Export Import Bank (“EXIM Bank”), the China State Construction Company and numerous Bahamian employees and contractors.

Fourteen of the affiliated companies are incorporated and doing business in The Bahamas. They own, operate and have an interest in Bahamian assets and businesses, including much of the land comprising the Baha Mar resort...
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Bahamas Prime Minister: Baha Mar Opening a National Priority - Jul 3, 2015 - 7:30:49 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister:

Yesterday, without notice, Baha Mar filed a bankruptcy Chapter 11 petition in Delaware USA. This action was taken at a point when my personal intervention over several months with all three parties involved, led to substantial agreement on a packaged solution for additional funding by China Export Import Bank, the resumption of construction work by the general contractor, and the project completion. This is supported by exchange of correspondence as recently as June 26...
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Stakeholders review proposals for greater regulation of Fly Fishing - Jul 3, 2015 - 6:19:24 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray met with a wide range of stakeholders at the Ministry, Monday, June 29, at a consultative conclave to review and discuss the Consultation Draft Regulation and Legislations, which detail proposed changes to the Fisheries Act and Regulations to allow for greater regulation of the Fly Fishing Industry in The Bahamas.

Minister Gray said the consultative conclave comes as the Ministry of Agriculture and the Government is deeply committed to the protection of the country’s marine resources, particularly the fly fishing industry, for the use and future employment of all Bahamians and visitors...
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The Bahamas Welcomes Cuba / USA Ties - Jul 3, 2015 - 1:03:12 AM

The Bahamas welcomes today's announcement that Cuba and the United States will re-engage with full diplomatic ties by 20th July. This is a positive step for the region. It is good for the hemisphere.

We congratulate the two countries and their leaders for making the steps toward this rapprochement. We look forward to our continued good relations with both states in the months and years to come...
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ZNS Northern Service Re-launches Power 104.5 - Jul 3, 2015 - 12:47:13 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – ZNS Network on Monday re-launched Power 104.5 FM and rebranded 810 AM, as a gospel station, at the Bahamas Government Complex, when Minister of National Security and Minister with responsibility for Broadcasting, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, was on hand to officially turn on the switch.

Minister Nottage said Monday marked a new day for the Corporation as the Northern Service becomes more responsive to the needs of the Northern Bahamas. Innovations are underway as the Corporation carries out its mission to inform, educate and entertain the people of The Bahamas...

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Tourism Welcomes Junkanoo Summer Festival's Junkanoo Nymph - Jul 2, 2015 - 11:27:08 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe welcomed the Junkanoo Nymph as a new addition to the annual Junkanoo Summer Festival, which will be held during the month of July -- beginning July 4, 2015 at the Fish Fry, Arawak Cay.

During a Courtesy Call on Thursday at the Ministry of Tourism in the British Colonial Hilton, the Minister his senior staff marveled at the intricate body paint, and the costume made out of authentically Bahamian craft and shells which covered the statuesque 5ft 11 frame of the model, Analicia Thompson.

Ms. Thompson, 26, decided to become the nymph...
Record-breaking numbers for Romora Bay Marina, Harbour Island Sportfish Megayacht destination - Jul 2, 2015 - 5:51:23 PM

Harbour Island, Bahamas – Two days before American Independence, Romora Bay Resort and Marina reported experiencing record numbers of boaters with 100% occupancy at its docks, one of several marina-business trends its general manager said bode well for Harbour Island.

Among those trends – larger boats, longer stays, with yachting visitors contributing more to the Bahamian economy.

“Yachting numbers in The Bahamas have seen a steady increase over the last three years,” said Romora Bay Resort and Marina General Manager Joe Dargavage. “The yachts are getting larger and the length of stay per yacht is increasing...
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More than $2,000 in cash & prizes go to Autism Spectrum Awareness Essay Contest winners - Jul 2, 2015 - 5:43:52 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Autism Spectrum comprises the fastest growing developmental disorder in The Bahamas. For the third year, dozens of students throughout The Bahamas accepted the challenge posed by FirstCare Medical Plan in association with The Ministry of Education and REACH Bahamas to pen an essay under the theme “Autism in The Bahamas: A Nation Without Boxes.”

A panel of judges from The Ministry of Education and REACH chose two grand prize winners and three honourable mention winners among junior and senior students...
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30th Anniversary celebrations of Canon Peter Scott attended by Bahamas Governor General‏ - Jul 2, 2015 - 3:36:00 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, attended the 30th Anniversary Celebrations of the Rev. Canon Peter A.C. Scott, at Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Howard Street, Chippingham on Sunday morning, June 28. Canon Scott is pictured entering the church alongside the Governor General.
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Fisher lady of Punta Gorda, recognized as CRFM Fisher of the Year - Jul 1, 2015 - 10:11:43 PM

Since she was 7 years old, Anna Ramirez, now 63, has been fishing with her family off the coast of Belize’s southernmost district – Toledo, but her gender has not stopped her from working just as hard as the men do while at sea.

Her most challenging moments have involved braving the rough seas, even under the threat of hurricanes, to ensure they make it to shore safely. “It’s not easy. You have to be brave and willing to take chances – big chances too!” she said...

“The same way a man could fish, you can. The same way they drive an engine, you could do it too. The same way they could throw a net, you could throw a net!” Anna says. “It’s the way they raised me,” she later explained...
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Exuma Straw Market Vendors Receive Government Grant Assistance - Jul 1, 2015 - 6:53:58 PM

EXUMA, The Bahamas – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis, announced the grant of $2,300 to each of the twenty-three Straw Market vendors who suffered losses resulting from a fire which destroyed the Straw Market in George Town, Exuma two months ago.

The Deputy Prime Minister led a delegation to George Town, Monday, June 29, to present cheques and join the Exuma Christian Council and the Straw Market Authority in a Service of Thanksgiving. The delegation included the Hon. Arnold Forbes, Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Urban Development; Kevin Simmons, Chairman of the Straw Market Authority; members of the Straw Market Authority; senior Government officials and New Providence Straw Market vendors...
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Urban Renewal Domestic Violence and Conflict Resolution Seminar Held - Jul 1, 2015 - 12:40:48 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Kemp Road, Englerston East and West Urban Renewal Centers held a Domestic Violence and Conflict Resolution in Relationships Seminar, under the theme “Breaking The Silence and Resolving Conflicts in Domestic Violence and Relationships,” Thursday, June 25, at the Church of God of Prophecy, Shirley Street.

The seminar comprised education and training for various organizations, support group leaders, concerned friends and families about the dynamics associated with domestic violence and abusive relationships. Guest speakers included Dr. Sandra Dean Patterson, director of the Crisis Centre; Superintendent Elaine Sands; and Presenter Margaret Smith.
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Know Your Status: HIV Testing Day‏ Held in Rawson Square - Jul 1, 2015 - 12:15:49 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Scotiabank partnered with the Ministry of Health in a ‘Know Your Status: HIV Testing Day’ in Rawson Square on Friday, which was well-attended, providing testing, blood pressure checks, and counseling.  Pictured are initiative leaders, from left: United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Project Manager Paula Bowleg; Nurse Marva Jervis of the HIV/AIDS Centre; PAHO/WHO Representative Dr. Gerry Eijkemans; Scotiabank Director of Human Resources Lasonya Missick; Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Marco Rolle; US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson; PEPFAR Assistant Coordinator Amanda Hall-Pyfrom...
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