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Bahamas Education Minister Announces Plans to Improve Education Sector - Feb 28, 2015 - 10:54:29 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald outlined new intervention strategies that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has identified in his mid-term budget presentation in the House of Assembly on February 23rd.

In his overview, Minister Fitzgerald listed the five areas which require increases in financial and human resources. They are: leadership, teacher training, the establishment of an achievement unit, special and inclusive education and the expansion of pre-schools...
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Ukraine / Russia: Leaders agree that aid must reach eastern Ukraine - Feb 28, 2015 - 10:07:35 AM

Geneva / Kiev / Moscow (ICRC) – ICRC President Peter Maurer today completed high-level talks in Moscow and Kiev, in which he focused on the severe humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine and urged the governments of both countries to ensure that vital aid reaches people in need. During a four-day visit to the region, he met with President Vladimir Putin and President Petro Poroshenko, and senior officials of both countries.
“I received a commitment from both President Poroshenko and President Putin that civilians affected by the conflict would have access to humanitarian aid. The implementation of the Minsk agreement will therefore allow the ICRC to further increase humanitarian assistance in the weeks to come," said Mr Maurer...
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World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony launched at ANATO 2015 - Feb 28, 2015 - 8:36:37 AM

World Travel Awards has officially begun the countdown to the Latin America Gala Ceremony 2015 during a launch event at the Vitrina Turística de ANATO 2015 in Bogotá.

Bogotá will host the World Travel Awards Latin America Gala Ceremony in October this year.

The largest tourism showcase in Latin America, ANATO welcomes thousands of industry leaders from across the region to the Colombian capital each year...
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CARICOM chairman's closing statement at 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:42:29 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks made by CARICOM Chairman, the Rt Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the Closing of the 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, on February 27:

We have had a most productive two days and decided on a number of issues.

One of the key items related to the leverage of our human, natural and cultural assets for the benefit of our Community...

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World Day of Prayer 2015 to Focus on The Bahamas - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:12:49 PM

On Friday, March 6th over 170 countries from many Christian denominations will gather for World Day of Prayer (WDP), a movement symbolized by an annual day of celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are welcome.  Each year the women of a named country share their faith and lives in the worship service with their sisters around the world. Last year's service was carried by Egypt and the
2015 World Day of Prayer Service was written by Bahamian women. It is open to all faiths.

Where possible Bahamians living in the areas of the services have been contacted and asked to speak, and or attend the celebration.  The WDP international  organizing committee traveled to The Bahamas last year to initiate the 2015 event, and met with Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin...
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PM Says Acute Interventions Needed to Assist Disabled in The Bahamas - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:01:38 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas –The government needs to work aggressively in order to meet the needs of those afflicted with developmental disabilities. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie says that his own personal experience puts him in an excellent position to advocate for change in the way the disabled are dealt with in The Bahamas.

The Prime Minister made the remarks during his address of the Opening Ceremony for the Multi-Service Facility for Adults with Developmental Disabilities seminar. The three-day event sponsored by the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, commenced on Wednesday, February 25. Facilitators for the seminar included renowned master trainers, Perry Samowitz, Fred Feibush and Fawzi Abu-Hashish...

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Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly - Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took note today of the notification of the withdrawal of its offer to host the XLV General Assembly of the Organization due to “financial and logistical constraints” currently experienced by the Government of Haiti, as expressed by the country´s Foreign Minister, Duly Brutus, in a letter sent to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization, Niermala Badrising, informed the representatives of the situation and reported that the discussion on the new site will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Permanent Council...
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Saxons Leader Says Carnival Will Improve Junkanoo - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:58:23 PM

Leader of the Shell Saxons Superstars Percy ‘Vola’ Francis said not only is he excited about Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, he is also hoping the event will be a springboard for other events that will drive tourists to The Bahamas.

“We need something for The Bahamas. We are tired of our visitors coming and saying when they come to The Bahamas there is nothing to do,” he said recently.

“What I would like to see on top of Junkanoo Carnival is that we have four major events per year. We have our Junkanoo parades, which is our yuletide traditional Bahamian festival. In spring, we would have our Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which is designed for this very slow and low period...

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CARICOM Ministers of Agriculture tour BAMSI - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:50:41 PM

North Andros, The Bahamas -- Ministers of Agriculture of the Caribbean Community toured the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute just prior to CARICOM’s opening of the 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean in Nassau, February 26-27.

The Bahamas Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government the Hon. V. Alfred Gray thanked the agriculture representatives for taking the tour of the North Andros agricultural initiative with him.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Labour and Social Security in Jamaica the Hon. Luther Buchanan spoke on behalf of his fellow Caribbean Ministers and praised the Bahamas Government on the project, stating: “It is indeed impressive and I commend the Government on this initiative and I implore the people of this land to support wholeheartedly this programme...

News : International
NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:19:44 PM

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Leonard Nimoy:

“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most.

“NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise.
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COB’s 40-Year History Highlights Chronicled in Int’l Research Publication - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:23:54 PM

A respected research publication that chronicles the evolution of the nation’s premier tertiary education institution has been released, tracing the historical highlights of The College of The Bahamas and documenting its accomplishments in higher learning over a 40-year period.

The International Journal of Bahamian Studies (IJBS) has published the second edition of its 20th Volume which commemorates the 40th anniversary of The College of The Bahamas. The volume captures The College’s evolution in administration, academic schools and departments, collegiate culture, and scholarly life. It also chronicles various aspects of COB’s involvement in the community...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Announces Youth Culture Fest - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:10:46 PM

Chairman of the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Paul Major says the future of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is secured now that thousands of the nation’s youth are expected to participate in Youth Culture Fest.

The event, which is scheduled for May 1, will bring together 25 schools and youth community groups in a parade on Arawak Cay.

Each group will have a minimum of 50 school-aged children performing in the parade...
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Bahamas to issue World Day of Prayer commemorative stamps - Feb 27, 2015 - 1:03:46 PM

World Day of Prayer will take place on March 6th, 2015, and this year focuses on The Bahamas. 

The Bahamas Postal Service is launching three commemorative stamps honouring World Day of Prayer. The three stamps reflect the work of the writing committee and local artists in creating an artwork to carry on the message of the 2015 theme. From the three proposals, they chose Blessed from Chantal Bethel to be the WDP art theme. The three commemorative stamps will share this year’s message for generations to come. Stamps: 15c “Never Forget How to Serve” by Jessica Colebrooke; 50c “Blessed” by Chantal Bethel; 65c “The Master Key” by Tyrone Ferguson. The stamps will be released on March 6...

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COB Students Join Bahamas National Culinary Team - Feb 27, 2015 - 11:26:51 AM

It was a throw-down the likes of which left mouths watering and palates yearning to be satisfied. Culinary students at The College of The Bahamas’ Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) recently demonstrated their mastery in the kitchen and flair for preparing imaginative cuisine during the Junior Culinary Cook-Off.

Five COB student chefs competed for the chance to fill the junior chef and apprentice positions on The Bahamas National Culinary Team. The team will compete in the Taste of The Caribbean culinary competition scheduled to be held in Miami, Florida, June 12th -14th, 2015...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Grand Bahama Island featured on Canadian TV Morning Show - Feb 26, 2015 - 11:49:17 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort and Casino was the location for several live television interview hosted by Breakfast Television Toronto (Canada’s “Good Morning America” TV Show) this week.
During their stay in Grand Bahama the CityTV Broadcasting network with host Kevin Frankish interviewed Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, as well as Gabriel Varela, General Manager, Memories Grand Bahama Resort & Casino.

Grand Bahama Island is less than a 3-hr direct Sunwing flight from Canadian cities such as Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Guy Harvey’s 2015 Wahoo Bonfire Festival and Tournament Comes to Old Bahama Bay - Feb 26, 2015 - 11:13:20 PM

WEST END, Grand Bahama Island- Get ready to experience the aquatic magic of the Island’s capital. This weekend, February 26th- March 1st, Guy Harvey Outpost will excite the grounds of picturesque Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbor, a proud member of the Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition portfolio, for a fun filled time of parties and events in celebration of Wahoo season. With twenty-five registered boat entries, and over $30,000 in cash and prizes, the two day Wahoo Bonfire Festival and Tournament will be this weekend’s hot spot.

The action will consist of fast paced, high flying kiteboarding demonstrations and the aerial theatrics of the Island Extreme Ventures skydiving team, climaxing with the Guy Harvey Outpost signature Burning Wahoo Sculpture by artist Bobby Little...
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Christie: It’s Time To Grow What We Can and Buy What We Must! - Feb 26, 2015 - 7:17:05 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas must feed itself as a matter of urgency, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie relayed to delegates at the Opening Ceremony of the 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, February 26-27.

“Currently, The Bahamas imports almost everything that we eat, a situation that is common in many CARICOM nations,” said Mr. Christie. “Our annual food import bill is approximately one billion United States dollars. My Government has decided that it is time that “we must grow what we can and only buy what we must...”

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Grand Bahama Youth Choir congratulated by Director General of CARICOM - Feb 26, 2015 - 3:49:15 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Director General of CARICOM, HE Irwin LaRocque stopped by to pose with the group that won the hearts of the government heads and guests in attendance at the opening ceremony of the 26th Intersessional meetings of CARICOM government heads, the Grand Bahama Youth Choir. LaRocque along with Leader of the Opposition in the Bahamas Parliament, Hon. Hubert A. Minnis; President of the Bahamas Christian Council and the Minister for Financial Services, the Hon. Hope Strachan all congratulated the youngsters and offered words of encouragement.

The ceremony took place at the Melia Resort on Cable Beach, Nassau Bahamas on Thursday, 26th February 2015.
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Bahamas PM Describes Sir Jack as a Key Contributor to the Development of the Country - Feb 26, 2015 - 2:04:37 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie on Monday described Sir Jack Hayward as being as person who was "generous to a fault" and touched thousands of lives both here in abroad.

The Prime Minister paid tribute during a memorial service at Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King in Freeport, held in honour of Sir Jack, who passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

He said Sir Jack had an 'infectious optimism' for the future of the island...
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Bahamas PM speaks for Youth Development and Empowerment at CARICOM - Feb 26, 2015 - 1:52:48 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – The Caribbean has ‘extensive’ intellectual, cultural and sporting heritage that should be further developed Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie, who is Chairman of CARICOM, observed at the Opening Ceremonies of the 26th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Prime Minister Christie said Caribbean youth development and empowerment should be the focus of discussions to ensure tomorrow’s leaders are prepared.

CARICOM’s meetings take place February 26-27, 2015 at Melia Nassau Beach Resort.

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