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Financial Services Signs MOU with Chamber For Trade Portal - Feb 22, 2017 - 4:40:12 PM

The Ministry of Financial Services has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation. The MOU is for cooperation in the establishment of a Trade Information Services (TIS) Desk and Electronic Portal. The event was held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Ministry of Financial Services.

Minister of Financial Services and Local Government, the Hon. Hope Strachan said that the ‘concept’ of a Trade Portal is to create a “one-stop-shop” to access important relevant and current national, regional and international trade information...
News : Local
GBHRA: Spy Bill postponement decision a landmark victory for ‘we the people’ - Feb 22, 2017 - 4:28:21 PM

The postponement of Interception of Communications Bill 2017 for public consultation marks the dawn of a great new day for civil society and public interest activism in The Bahamas. It is a landmark victory for the concept of ‘we the people’ and a precedent that will alter the political landscape of the country forever.

For far too long, the elite political class has dominated national affairs with unquestioned authority and total impunity, while ordinary citizens remained unaware of the incredible power vested in them by their Constitution. The average Bahamian believed there was nothing he or she could do to influence national decisions, other than running for office...
News : International
NASA telescope reveals largest batch of earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star - Feb 22, 2017 - 1:21:53 PM

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone...
News : Grand Bahama
2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show Announced - Feb 22, 2017 - 1:17:47 PM

Residents and vacationers to Grand Bahama can now mark their calendar for the exciting 2ND Annual Grand Bahama Air Show, taking place, May 19 and 20, 2017 at Taino Beach in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The family-friendly event is organized by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, in conjunction with Sun n Fun, the second largest aviation show in the United States of America and veteran air boss, John Wayne of John Wayne Air Cavalry, LLC.

Last year, the unique and exciting high impact Grand Bahama Airshow, featured some of the most talented and skilled aviation stunt performers in America...
Down Syndrome Students are Beach Soccer Stars for the Day - Feb 22, 2017 - 11:14:02 AM

A group of students from the Down Syndrome Center got a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to play beach soccer with some of the top players from The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States on Tuesday.

A total of 17 children and adults afflicted with the genetic disorder attended the Bahamas Beach Soccer Foundation Clinic at the new state of the art stadium at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility and received one-on-one training from the soccer stars who are in town for the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Champions...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Dr. Rodney Smith: 'University of The Bahamas: At the Starting Line' - Feb 21, 2017 - 9:32:56 PM

University of The Bahamas: At the Starting Line remarks made by Dr. Rodney D. Smith, President at The Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute on February 21, 2017:

I want to welcome all members of the media to our campus. And, thank you for attending this second Media Day.

Those of you who attended the last Media Day will recall that several presentations were made by the administrative leadership. Allow me to introduce the members of the President’s Cabinet or better known as the Administrative Council...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas AG stresses two main purposes of Interception of Communications Bill 2017 - Feb 21, 2017 - 6:26:18 PM

The Interception of Communications Bill has two main purposes: the first is to ensure that the police have a critical crime-fighting tool in their arsenal, by modernizing the law that allows the police to intercept the planning and execution of serious crimes, including drug and gun trafficking, cybercrimes and other criminal activities; and the second is to add a new privacy protection for Bahamian citizens, so that from now on, independent judicial review would be required before a citizen’s communications could be monitored or intercepted.

In my consultations with various individuals and organizations in civil society, it has been my experience that the more people learn about the legislation, the more they support it. That is because all Bahamians who are concerned about crime and security want to ensure that ...
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Statement by Dominica's Foreign Minister re Allegations - Feb 21, 2017 - 3:35:24 PM

DOMINICA - The following is a statement by the Honourable Francine Baron, Dominica's Minister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs made on February 21, 2017 in relation to allegations made about her by Dominica's Opposition Leader Lennox Linton:

Over the last several months there has been a sustained campaign by Lennox Linton, Angelo Alleyne, Matt Peltier and others aided and abetted by Q95 to damage my reputation. They have alleged that I received a cheque of USD10,000 while in Malaysia for a Dominica Disaster Development Fund and that I misappropriated those funds for my own use. This is a very serious allegation which has led to calls by some persons for me to be arrested and investigated by the police...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Willard Patton Pre-School Students Call on Bahamas Governor General - Feb 21, 2017 - 11:38:52 AM

Students of Willard Patton Pre-School's 4th year programme and students of the special education group called upon Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, at Government House on February 6, 2017.

Official photo by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Christie Welcomes Privy Council Judges in Courtesy Call - Feb 21, 2017 - 10:33:39 AM

Judges of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) made a courtesy call on Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie (fourth left) at the Office of the Prime Minister, February 20, 2017. 

During this fourth sitting in The Bahamas -- five judges from the UK, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, Lord Reed, and Lord Hughes, will sit as a Board and hear five appeals and applications February 20-24, 2017...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Sandilands Primary School opens new Library and Technology Lab - Feb 20, 2017 - 7:35:25 PM

Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald touted the success of the public-private partnership with Mission: Educate Bahamas/Aetos Holdings Limited that has resulted in the opening of a new state-of-the-art computer lab and library for Sandilands Primary School.

Minister Fitzgerald said it is a “true” example of public-private partnership and the commitment Aetos Holdings Ltd. has to the development of education and an appreciation of what it means for national development...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Good practices in education celebrated at National Education Good Practice Awards - Feb 20, 2017 - 7:23:51 PM

Top finishers in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s (MOEST) National Education Good Practice Awards were recently honored for their achievements.

The inaugural programme recognizes and promotes people in education who are engaging in best practices to enhance the quality of education. The programme was introduced at the 16th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in South Africa, where The Bahamas’ submission gained an Honourable Mention and in 2015 placed in the top 20...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Environmental Safety Assessment for Grand Bahama Industrial Area Residents Conducted - Feb 20, 2017 - 6:45:46 PM

Representatives of the Antea Group, an international Engineering and Environmental Consulting Firm from the Netherlands, which specializes in full service solutions in the fields of environment, infrastructure and urban planning, spent over a week in Grand Bahama, recently, conducting investigations with respect to environmental safety of residents within the Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard, Hawksbill and surrounding communities.

The firm was highly recommended to the government by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to perform an independent safety assessment of the communities surrounding the Industrial Parks. Representing the Antea Group were Senior Safety Consultants Jacob Van der Schaaf and Machiel Pronk...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Consumer Protection Commission Releases Results of its Consumer Banking Survey - Feb 20, 2017 - 6:40:41 PM

The Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) through its Research Unit conducted a Consumer Banking Survey to gauge public opinion and perception on the services provided by local clearing banks, and the level of fees associated with the provision of those services.

Chairman of the Consumer Protection Commission Senator the Hon. Jerome Gomez said at a press conference at his office, Monday, February 20, 2017 that a total of 598 persons responded to the survey, 402 short of the original goal of 1000, with 177 persons (30 per cent of respondents) completing the survey online.

“We are going to make this survey results available to the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Labour who has responsibility for the CPC, the Central Bank...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
DPM Davis at Official Launch of The Bahamas Water Supply Improvement Project - Feb 20, 2017 - 3:55:18 PM

Remarks by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P. Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Public Works & Urban Development on the Occasion of the Official Launch of The Bahamas Water Supply Improvement Project Monday, 20th February 2017, 9:00 a.m. British Colonial Hotel, One Bay Street

At once, I bring apologies on behalf of our Prime Minister, whose schedule has obligated him elsewhere.

I am privileged to serve as the Minister during this defining age of development for the Water and Sewerage Corporation. This ceremony marks this Government’s fulfilled promise to ensure access for all Bahamian communities to piped potable water...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Fleming Island High School Tourism Students Visit Grand Bahama Island - Feb 20, 2017 - 3:41:21 PM

On Friday, February 17th, a group of 36 teachers and students from Fleming Island High School (Jacksonville, Florida) disembarked the Carnival Elation to attend a short presentation and take a city tour of Grand Bahama Island.

The informative presentation, organized by members of the Ministry of Tourism, kicked off with a short Junkanoo demonstration suited for royalty.

As tourism in The Bahamas was the group’s main reason for visiting the island, the students briefly learned about the history of the islands, how to travel, where to stay, and last but not least, about all of the fun filled activities that Grand Bahama Island has to offer...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas represented at New York Times & Boston Globe Travel Shows - Feb 20, 2017 - 1:59:39 PM

Low Winter temperatures, a snowstorm and blizzard, was not enough to stop the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Managers, as well as its Hoteliers and representatives from their Promotion Boards' attendance, at the recent New York Times and Boston Globe Travel Shows.  Their collective participation provided an impressive representation for The Islands Of The Bahamas.

During the weekend of the recent New York Times Travel Show, temperatures dipped into the 30's.  The Boston Globe Travel Show took place the week that city experienced first a snow storm, a blizzard and then temperatures that dipped to wind chill factors as low as 13 degrees below zero.  In both instances, teams representing The Bahamas welcomed Travel agents, media and consumers to their booth to provide them with information on the Sunny Bahamas as an alternative to the north east coast winter weather...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Construction of Smith's Point Seawall back on track - Feb 20, 2017 - 1:40:24 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Residents and business owners in Smith's Point, Grand Bahama, were updated on work being carried out on the seawall on Friday evening during a town meeting at St. Jude's Anglican Parish Hall by Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville along with Ministry of Works engineer, Mrs. Toni Hudson-Bannister.
The Minister told the Smith’s Point community that there were initial delays in getting the project started because of essential information gathering that was necessary at first.  Soon after, there was the passage of Hurricane Matthew, which meant the area had to be reassessed by the Ministry of Works.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas AG & Minister of Legal Affairs remarks a at 4th working visit of HM Privy Council - Feb 20, 2017 - 1:09:07 PM

My Lords Mance, Kerr, Sumption, Reed and Hughes and Madam President and Justices of the Court of Appeal; Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court;  Magistrates; Registrars of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court; former Justices of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court; His Grace the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese.

In the Preamble of The Bahamas’ Constitution we acknowledge that the preservation of our freedom will be guaranteed by among other things an abiding respect for Christian values and the Rule of Law.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Daylight Saving Time begins March 12th - Feb 20, 2017 - 11:50:37 AM

The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that Daylight Saving Time will commence on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. and will continue until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

The public is reminded to put their clocks forward.

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