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Youth Minister Commends Work of Youth Leaders on Grand Bahama - Jun 23, 2017 - 7:55:05 PM

Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard told youth leaders and workers that through their unselfish work, they have made a difference in reducing the number of young people in Grand Bahama who make the wrong choices in life.

He reminded them that, had they not been carrying out the work they have been doing for some time, the country would be in a much worse position than it is now, in terms of the number of young people who have gone astray.

“So, I applaud you for the work that you’ve been doing,” Minister Pintard told youth leaders in Grand Bahama on Thursday night. “But at the same time, I ask that we redouble these efforts.  Because there are communities in Grand Bahama, that for the last decade…
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Minister of Health Tours Grand Bahama Facilities - Jun 23, 2017 - 7:37:14 PM

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands made his first official visit to Grand Bahama on Friday, June 23, and said that the services offered on island will be strengthened so that it becomes the hub of the Northern Bahamas.
Minister Sands started his morning by touring areas of the Rand Memorial Hospital and stopping occasionally to speak with staff and patients.
He toured the Pharmacy, Pediatrics, Radiology, Accident and Emergency, Orthopedics, the Diah Unit, the Medical Ward, the Operating Theatre, and Obstetrics before moving on to the renovation sites that consist of the corridor site, kitchen and cafeteria, doctor’s on-call and IAT – proposed OPD/Specialty Clinic...
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Minister Campbell Observes Local Government Elections - Jun 23, 2017 - 7:02:43 PM

Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell led a delegation of Senior Officials and members of the media to three islands on Thursday, June 22. The delegation visited Long Island, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, and Freeport, Grand Bahama to observe Local Government elections, for the selection of Chairman, Board members and Council members.  After observing and assessing over a dozen polling divisions on the three islands, the Minister said that he was ‘pleased’ with the process.

“After speaking with the officials at the election site and discussing the process with them, I am happy to report to the Bahamian people, that the process has been running smoothly,” said Minister Campbell...
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The Bahamas 44th Independence Celebrations Announced - Jun 23, 2017 - 2:43:15 PM

The 44th Bahamas Independence Celebrations will have all the ingredients of the annual national birthday bash – pomp and circumstance, music, dance, singing, storytelling -- lively ‘Bahamiana,’ and proud waving of the aquamarine, black and gold Bahamian Flag.

At a press conference, June 23, at the Cabinet Office, Churchill Building, Chairman of the 44th Anniversary Bahamas Independence Celebrations planning committee, the Hon. Mark Humes, MP, announced that the festivities give cause to celebrate “our one-ness,” as the theme for this year reflects: “Toward the Rising Sun, One God, One People, One Bahamas...
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NNPA Publishers Holding Annual Convention at Gaylord - Jun 23, 2017 - 11:45:40 AM

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), which represents more than 200 print and digital newspapers across the United States, is currently holding its annual conference (June 20-June24) at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Prince George’s County, just outside D.C.

The conference kicked-off on Tuesday with a National Black Parents Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence featuring radio personality and community activist DJ EZ Street; Hilary Shelton, the director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau; Dr. Marietta English, the president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; and Lynn Jennings of Education Trust...
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CHTA wants better U.S.-Cuba Relations - Jun 23, 2017 - 11:32:42 AM

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) regrets the recent U.S. reversal of its travel policies on Cuba and the likely effects on the socio-economic development of Cuba and the wider Caribbean region. The Association continues to support the ending of the U.S.-Cuba embargo and its restrictions on trade and travel, and encourages Cuba's active engagement in regional economic development. CHTA concludes that the announced policy changes could stall or altogether reverse the heartening progress made in recent years.

If restrictions are indeed re-imposed, the Association expects adverse effects for U.S. businesses - not only for import-export companies, but also for the U.S.-based travel-related businesses that have made considerable investments in Cuba since normalization began - and lost opportunities for those U.S. companies considering doing business there...
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Big Step Forward for Human Rights as Commonwealth Accredits First LGBTI Organisation - Jun 23, 2017 - 10:11:56 AM

The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN) welcomes the decision by the Commonwealth to approve the Network for accreditation as a Commonwealth organisation.

As a result of this landmark decision, TCEN is now the first and only LGBTI-focused organisation to be officially accredited by the Commonwealth.

Accreditation means that TCEN activists will benefit from increased access to, participation in and information about Commonwealth matters...
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Canada to Chair 2017 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting - Jun 23, 2017 - 10:05:47 AM

Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, is pleased to chair the 2017 Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting (CFMM) in Washington, D.C., this October.

“I am proud that Canada has been asked to chair this meeting and to share our approach of creating the kind of economic growth that works to strengthen the middle class,” said Minister Morneau. “Given this time of rapid global change, it is important that all countries work together to address our shared challenges and seize new opportunities. Above all, it is critical that the benefits of the growth we create in Canada and around the world are widely shared...
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ECADE welcomes new IACHR commissioners notes Caribbean States’ reservations on human rights - Jun 23, 2017 - 9:22:58 AM

On the heels of the 47th General Assembly of the Organisation of American Sates (OAS), the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) welcomes several positive decisions coming out of the meeting. ECADE notes however, reservations expressed by eastern Caribbean governments in respect of the Resolution on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The 2017 assembly was hosted in Cancun, Mexico from June 19 - 21, 2017.

Of note is the adoption of the omnibus Resolution on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights; the election of three new commissioners to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR); and the decision to double the regular funds assigned to the IACHR and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on women...
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European Union Political Counselor calls on National Security Minister - Jun 23, 2017 - 8:50:13 AM

Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames (right) shakes hands with Political Counselor of the Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands Mr. Gavin Tench, during a courtesy call at the Ministry of National Security, on June 9, 2017.

Official photograph taken by Eric Rose of Bahamas Information Services…

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Bahamas Waste Launches Social Media Competition to Recognize Garbage Technicians - Jun 23, 2017 - 1:01:25 AM

If cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness, then the hardworking garbage technicians at Bahamas Waste are closer to heaven than any of us.

Since its inception, Bahamas Waste, has made leaps and bounds in addressing key waste management needs for residents across New Providence. The foundation of that business is built upon weekly collection services from homes in various communities around the island; collections made possible by hardworking garbage techs.

“We’ve really tried to provide our customers with the best possible services” said Francisco DeCardneas, Bahamas Waste Managing Director...
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Dept. of Education staff under police caution - Jun 23, 2017 - 12:42:03 AM

The Department of Education categorically refutes circulating media reports about the arrest of three Ministry of Education employees, now reportedly in Police custody, involving the alleged stealing of $245,000.00.

To be clear, a staff member of the Ministry’s Performance Appraisal Unit was interviewed under caution by the police today, at the Ministry of Education headquarters on Thompson Blvd, after it was brought to the attention of the Ministry of Education by a local financial institution that a staff member was involved in the production of fake job letters for non-Ministry employees...
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Government to Introduce New Plan for Building Permit Applications - Jun 22, 2017 - 11:30:00 PM

Plans are underway for the introduction of an electronic plan-processing solution which is expected to enhance the efficiency and security of the processing of building permit applications.

The Minister with responsibility for Works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister, made the announcement during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House of Assembly on Monday, June 19; he described it as “welcome news” for customers who require the services of the Building Control Division of his Ministry.

He said the software tool will have “tremendous” impact on improving the efficiency and access to individual file data for both the administration and the public...
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Prime Minister Visits Antiquities, Monuments, and Museum Corporation - Jun 22, 2017 - 10:03:27 PM

The construction and/or renovation of a National Museum of The Bahamas has tremendous potential in terms of not only preserving the country’s history for future generations of Bahamians, but also in generating job and wealth creation opportunities for Bahamians of all walks of life, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis said Wednesday.

Just last week, the Prime Minister proposed the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas not only for the benefit of Bahamians, but also as a heritage experience for tourists. The Prime Minister said the construction of a National Museum of The Bahamas would reap great dividends for the country...
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Junkanoo Groups Preparing for Junkanoo Summer Festival - Jun 22, 2017 - 9:30:49 PM

It’s summer time again and that means Junkanooers throughout the Islands of The Bahamas are getting ready for a sizzling Junkanoo Summer Festival.

The cultural extravaganza will take over Arawak Cay July 1, 15, 22 and 29. The festival, which runs from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, will also feature mouthwatering Bahamian dishes from nearly 30 vendors, authentic Bahamian craft and an exciting kiddie corner.

Each evening focuses on a different aspect of Junkanoo. On July 1, the spotlight will be on choreography, July 15, groups will be judged on costumes and on July 22 the overall competition will be held...
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Swimming pigs tour operators receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence - Jun 22, 2017 - 8:07:48 PM

Harbour Safaris today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its seventh year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

“I'm extremely proud of the team we've built in less than two years. We have grown from a one-boat operation to having 3 boats, 6 full-time staff, and a retail location. We are currently expanding our offerings and developing new tours. Our customer service is second to none, which is reflected in our rise to one of the top-rated boat excursions in Nassau” said Lee McCoy, President of Harbour Safaris...

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Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson Sworn In as a Senator - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:36:34 PM

Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson (left) was sworn in as a Senator, June 22, 2017 at the Senate just prior to the day's Senate proceedings.

Official photo by Peter Ramsay of Bahamas Information Services...

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Morton Salt Executives Have Discussions with Labour Minister - Jun 22, 2017 - 7:18:06 PM

Senior executives of Morton Salt, Inc., Kevin Brad Morris and Vivian Moultrie, recently met with the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes at the Department of Labour on Rosetta Street.

Minister Foulkes was accompanied by Robert Farquharson, the Director of Labour and Mr. Morris was accompanied by Attorneys at Law Oscar Johnson and Christal Sands-Feaste of Higgs and Johnson Chambers.

The Labour Minister noted that he was delighted to meet with the group as he is very well aware of the importance of Morton Salt to the people and community of Inagua...
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Bahamas Delegation to the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico - Jun 22, 2017 - 2:51:59 PM

Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield (centre) is shown with The Bahamas delegation to the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico.  From left are Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard, Foreign Affairs Director General Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Minister Henfield, Deputy Chief of Mission to The Bahamas Embassy in Washington Chet Neymour and Foreign Service Officer Shagerra Edgecombe.  The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the Organization of American States...
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Bahamas Foreign Minister Meets with Mexico Counterpart at OAS General Assembly, Cancun - Jun 22, 2017 - 2:44:54 PM

Wednesday 21 June was the final day of the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico and Hon. Darren Henfield, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs (left), took the opportunity to meet one on one with host Foreign Minister H. E. Luis Videgaray of Mexico.

The Ministers discussed the problem of preserving correspondent banking relations in the face of de-risking,  strengthening diplomatic relations and candidatures...

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