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New Government Introduces Focus on Tourism and Family Islands - May 26, 2017 - 6:18:12 PM

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During her Speech from the Throne on May 24, 2017, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, DCMG, said that her Government recognized the value of tourism to the economy, while being keenly aware of the fierceness of the competition in the global and regional tourism marketplace.

"My Government will collaborate with all the major tourism industry stakeholders to enhance the tourism product onshore, to develop throughout our islands," Her Excellency said, during the Official Opening of the Parliament, in Parliament Square.

Her Excellency added that her government’s primary goal in communications, sales and airlift strategies will be to ensure a return on investment in all that they do, as well as work aggressively towards expanding the digital footprint by using data-driven metrics in all efforts...
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Grand Bahama Minister of State Reviews Hurricane Relief Spending - May 26, 2017 - 4:28:10 PM

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Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson gave a preliminary assessment of how hurricane relief funds were spent on the island of Grand Bahama, submitting that the manner in which those funds were instructed to be spent “were quite disturbing.”

During a media briefing at the Office of The Prime Minister on Thursday evening (May 25, 2017), Minister Thompson told the media that his report was an effort to keep the public informed on matters that pertain to them and the public’s purse.

Upon preliminary appraisal, he questioned what seemed instances of irregular practice in relief fund disbursement...
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Minister of State for Grand Bahama meets with NEMA ahead of Hurricane Season - May 26, 2017 - 1:30:24 PM

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With Hurricane season set to begin on June 1, Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson said that it is important to perform an assessment of how many people have not received assistance, or who have applied for assistance and are still awaiting help.

Minister Thompson held an extended meeting with important stakeholders in the recovery efforts and received a briefing and update of such recovery efforts and repairs to date. The meeting was held with representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the three Island Administrators, representatives from Social Services and from the Ministry of Works...
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets with Staff to Convey Vision for the Function of the Ministry - May 26, 2017 - 12:13:32 PM

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The new Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield, has been conducting a series of staff meetings across offices of the Ministry to familiarise Foreign Service Officers and other Ministry professionals with his vision for the function of the Ministry in representing The Bahamas in its outreach to the wider world.  The Minister, a retired acting Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and an attorney, formerly in the office of the Attorney General, is an expert in security studies, strategy and planning.  Minster Henfield has been speaking with Foreign Affairs staffers with a view to improving the contribution that the Ministry's widespread expertise in neighbouring and other foreign countries can bring to The Bahamas Government’s efforts in international affairs...
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Minister Henfield Congratulates Foreign Service Officer - May 26, 2017 - 12:03:56 PM

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Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Shagerra Edgecombe offered a prayer during her recent induction exercise at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Foreign Service Institute asking for herself and other FSOs to serve with "humility and excellence."  It was a powerful thought -- one that captured the imagination of Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield. 

Minister Henfield congratulated Ms. Edgecombe for her important focus. In briefing a general meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Minister said "Humility and excellence are the cornerstones of good character and work ethic and should serve as an inspiration for us all at Foreign Affairs."
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Minister of Labour Tours the National Training Agency - May 26, 2017 - 11:56:56 AM

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Minister of Labour the Hon. Dion Foulkes toured the National Training Agency at its Gladstone Road facility on Monday, and met with executives of NTA.  Executive Director of NTA Agatha Marcelle conducted the tour.

Official photos by Raymond A. Bethel, Sr. of Bahamas Information Services...

 
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US Charge Lisa Johnson calls on Bahamas Foreign Minister - May 25, 2017 - 10:37:57 PM

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Darren Henfield Thursday 25th May received a courtesy call from the Charge D'Affaires of the United States in The Bahamas, Ms. Lisa Johnson.  Minister Henfield and Charge Johnson spent time discussing matters of mutual interest between The Bahamas and the United States.  The Minister took the opportunity to brief the American diplomat on various new and continuing initiatives being undertaken at the Ministry.  The Minister noted that he looked forward to the continuation of the traditional warm relations between the U.S. and The Bahamas...
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Bahamas Passport Office to Close at 1pm Friday - May 25, 2017 - 8:46:24 PM

The Passport Office, Thompson Boulevard, will be closed to the public on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to allow for a retirement event honouring staff members.

However, persons may collect passports up to normal closing hours...
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Parliamentary Secretary Iram Lewis Sworn In - May 25, 2017 - 7:31:20 PM

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Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Iram Lewis was sworn in by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, May 25, 2017.

Official photo by Patrick Hanna of Bahamas Information Services...



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Fashion Forward at the Opening of Bahamas Parliament - May 25, 2017 - 7:16:06 PM

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Fashion forward on the Red Carpet at about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, May 24 – local media clamoured to get fashion photos of the ladies, especially, and the new Members of Parliament at the Official Opening of Parliament, as they walked towards the House of Assembly before enthusiastic spectators.

The styles, the colours, designer flair all set the mood for an eagerly anticipated segment of the official opening ceremonies.

Popular was Mrs. Pat Minnis, the wife of Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, who wore a white dress with colorful floral bouquets, matched with a hot pink hat.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Senators at the official opening of Parliament 2017 - May 25, 2017 - 5:27:57 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -- Formal photo of Senators at the Official Opening of Parliament, May 24, 2017 in the Senate chambers (front row, from left): Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson ; Dion Foulkes; Carl Bethel, QC, Leader of Government Business in the Senate; Katherine Forbes-Smith, President of the Senate; Dr. Mildred Hall, Vice-President of the Senate; Frederick Mitchell, Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate; James Kwasi Thompson; and Jobeth Coleby Davis.  Second row, from left: Dr. Jasmine Dareus; Dwight Sawyer; Ranard Henfield; Sharon Ferguson-Knowles; Jamal Moss; Clay Sweeting; and Dr. Michael Darville.  Not pictured, Juanianne...
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Ministers Ready to Get to the Business of Running the Country - May 25, 2017 - 2:19:26 PM

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Newly elected Members of Parliament and other invited guests accepted the invitation from Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling to attend a reception at Government House directly following the Official Opening of Parliament, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Guests showed off their newly-bought dresses, hats and suits while enjoying food and drink as they mingled and mixed with one another.

Government Ministers and Senators were no exception as they were still receiving congratulations from members of the public for winning their seats during the 2017 General Elections and for also receiving posts within the Cabinet...
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2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show Lights Up The Skies - May 25, 2017 - 12:33:05 PM

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On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, hundreds of attendees flocked to Taino Beach to witness what promised to be the most awe-inspiring aeronautical showcase at the 2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show.

After a successful Young Eagle’s career fair the day before, the Grand Bahama Air Show, coupled with the inaugural Kite Festival, offered locals and visitors alike the opportunity to participate in a full evening of exciting events.

Among those in attendance was aviation enthusiast, Dave Shallbetter, of Sun ‘n Fun Radio...
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Publishing Symposium and Expo Opens Global Possibilities for Bahamians - May 25, 2017 - 11:35:51 AM

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Bahamian writers recently received valuable information and exposure that could place their written work before a global audience, thanks to Scholar Books, the largest traditional book publishing company based in the Bahamas with a world-wide reach.

Approximately 100 persons attended the Global Publishers Symposium and Expo that was held at the end of April, in partnership with Thomson-Shore. Listed as one of the top 10 global book manufacturers, Thomson-Shore manufactures one million books per month and is known as one of the largest international book manufactures and distributors in the world...
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HOA Speaker: Business to be Conducted in ‘Atmosphere of Respect’ - May 24, 2017 - 9:47:19 PM

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Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly, the Hon. Dewitt Halson Moultrie said Wednesday (May 24, 2017) that the Chair will ensure that Parliament is free to carry out its constitutional mandate, both on the floor of the Honourable House and also through its various Committees.

Speaker Moultrie also warned House Members that punctuality will be enforced going forward and that the business of the House of Assembly will be conducted “in an atmosphere of respect.”

“As a body, we are servants of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and as individuals are the servants and representatives of our constituents and as such have a moral obligation to those constituents,” Speaker Moultrie said...
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Moultrie Elected 54th Speaker of the House of Assembly - May 24, 2017 - 9:02:22 PM

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Member of Parliament for Nassau Village Constituency, the Hon. Dewitt Halson Moultrie, was elected Wednesday (May 24, 2017) as the 54th Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly.

The House reassembled for the first time since the dissolution of Parliament in April and the subsequent 2017 General Election during which the Free National Movement won 35 of the 39 seats contested, enabling them to form a new government.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest...
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Bahamas Governor General Opens New Parliament Session - May 24, 2017 - 8:43:42 PM

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During her Speech from the Throne, on May 24, 2017, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, DCMG, said that the Bahamian people spoke clearly in the ballot boxes, on 10 May 2017, and gave the Free National Movement an overwhelming vote of confidence to restore to the nation “core values of self discipline, industry, loyalty, unity, good governance and an abiding respect for Christian values and the Rule of Law."

"Consequently, my Government is fully committed to harnessing the energy of the Bahamian people and is determined to pursue policies that promote harmony and not division," Her Excellency said, during the Opening of the Parliament, in Rawson Square...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Sixteen-Member Senate Convenes for First Official Sitting - May 24, 2017 - 7:39:39 PM

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At the Official Opening of Parliament, May 24, 2017 the Senate convened its first sitting during which members took the Oath of Allegiance administered by Chief Clerk, Ms. Christine Brown.

The Senate comprises 16 members – 12 of them of the Free National Movement and four of the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party.

The Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith serves as President of the Senate; and the Hon. Dr. Mildred Hall, as Vice-President...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Official Opening of Parliament Photo - May 24, 2017 - 6:24:20 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- An Official Photo of the new Free National Movement Government Cabinet Ministers was taken with Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre) at Government House immediately after the Official Opening of Parliament on May 24, 2017;  Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis is at centre left, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest is at centre right.... 
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Speech from The Throne by The Bahamas Governor General - May 24, 2017 - 3:04:24 PM

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Today’s opening of Parliament follows upon my government’s election to office fourteen days ago in a most historic election victory.

My Government is grateful to Almighty God for his guidance, which enabled a peaceful political transition by free people who have embraced Parliamentary democracy for well-nigh 288 years. With a voter turnout of 88% and the participation of 175 candidates representing five (5) political parties in the General Election of 2017 bears eloquent testimony to the spirit of participatory democracy. This it is a reason for exultation and pride, particularly when we are surrounded by examples of many nations with historically low voter turnout...

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