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News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Insulza ensures on departure that OAS “Much stronger than it was when I arrived” - May 22, 2015 - 5:27:35 PM

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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) bid farewell today to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, who expressed pride in the work that has been done in the decade that he has led the hemispheric institution. “The Organization is much stronger now than when I arrived,” he said.

In his last appearance before the Council, Secretary General Insulza reiterated the need for the Organization to adapt to the challenges of the present day, and recalled the essence of his proposal on the Strategic Vision that he presented three years ago, and that the Organization approved last year: the OAS must be “an inclusive Organization, of sovereign and diverse countries, legitimized by democracy, acting on the same hemispheric agenda, in full condition of equality. That is what is demanded of the OAS of the 21st century, far from what was demanded of it during the Cold War.”
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
URCA Holds Town Meeting on ICT Innovation & Connectivity - May 22, 2015 - 4:27:24 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Through regulating the electronic communication and telecommunication sector in The Bahamas, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) plans to improve consumer protection regulations by allowing the public more access to their services.

URCA’s Director of Policy and Regulation Stephen Bereaux spoke to a town meeting gathering of some 50 Bahamians at The College of The Bahamas’ Hospitality Dining Room on Thompson Boulevard on May 21 explaining their mandate and updating on developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Innovation and Connectivity.

He said, “we are the managers of the radio frequency spectrum...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Rahming among those paying tribute to outgoing OAS Secretary General - May 22, 2015 - 3:03:55 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza during a Protocolary Meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, to bid farewell to the outgoing Secretary General.

Speaking on behalf of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Dr. Rahming, who is also The Bahamas’ Ambassador to the United Nations, said that on “occasions such as this, I often reflect on the burdens of true leadership, the responsibility and obligations that come with executive management, the personal and professional sacrifices that often accompany authority, the thanklessness that is often all too common, particularly in respect of public service...”
News : International
BCPORA Presents Gift to Bahamas Consul General Zonicle - May 22, 2015 - 2:42:40 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mrs. Idena Burrows, President of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Retirees Association (BCPORA), presents a gift to Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., during a visit by 47 members of the BCPORA to the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The group is on their annual retreat trip, which also includes visits to Baltimore, Maryland, and New York City...
News : New Providence
1st African-American to walk in space coming to Bahamas for 2nd annual tech. camp‏ - May 22, 2015 - 2:21:37 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - STEMBoard, the global engineering solutions company co-founded by award winning Bahamian-American engineer Aisha Bowe, is proud to announce that they will be spearheading their annual summer technology camp Hack.IT Bahamas from July 13-July 17, 2015 at St. Andrew’s School in Nassau, Bahamas.

Last year’s camp was a tremendous success, with a distinguished team of professional engineers, scientists, and technologists teaching and encouraging the youth of the Bahamas to pursue opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) fields. This summer, these specialists, led by STEMBoard founders Aisha Bowe...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prime MInister Christie provides updates on Eleuthera at 3rd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook‏ - May 22, 2015 - 1:47:47 PM

Remarks by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at The Third Eleuthera Business Outlook May 21, 2015:

Let me first congratulate Mrs. Joan Albury and her team who are now in their third year of organizing this wonderful and informative business seminar series which has been hosted on the islands of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera.

Having just signed an agreement for a major development in South Eleuthera last week, it gives me great pleasure to be afforded this opportunity to address the communities of Eleuthera at your Business Outlook on the subject of “Securing Eleuthera through Planning, Partnership and Productivity”...
News : Local
Draft of Bahamas Freedom of Information Bill, 2015 - May 22, 2015 - 1:37:50 PM

 
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Freedom Of Information Bill, 2015
: A Bill For an Act to give to the public a general right of access to records held by Public Authorities and to make provision for incidental and connected purposes

Enacted by the Parliament of The Bahamas.

PART I - PRELIMINARY

1. Short title and commencement.

(l) This Act may be cited as the Freedom of Information Act, 2015.

(2) This Act shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may appoint by notice published in the Gazette, and different dates may be so appointed for different provisions...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas turn 80 - May 22, 2015 - 1:09:50 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB) launched what will be a year of celebrations of the 80th Anniversary of BCB at a press conference in the corporation’s boardroom on Wednesday, May 20.  The celebrations will culminate in an awards banquet in May of 2016 at which awards will be presented to those who have contributed to the growth of the corporation, past and present. 

Pictured at the press conference, from left: General Manager Diana Swann; Chairman Rev. Dr. William Thompson; and Deputy General Manager/Freeport Stanley Pinder.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
National Arts Festival at North Andros Schools - May 22, 2015 - 1:08:40 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas - Students of North Andros expressed their creativity for the judges of the The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 19. 

BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister of Health Calls on Bahamas’ UN Ambassador in Geneva - May 22, 2015 - 12:54:31 PM


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Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez paid a brief call on The Bahamas Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Her Excellency, Rhoda M. Jackson.  The Health Minister led The Bahamas’ delegation to the 68th World Health Assembly, held from 18 – 26 May, 2015.

Among those areas addressed at the Health Assembly were Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Health, and Anti-Microbial Resistance.  Health Ministers also exchanged views on the matter of Health in the post-2015 development agenda, and Implementation of the International Health Regulations...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Mitchell participates in COFCOR meeting - May 22, 2015 - 11:56:52 AM

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ST LUCIA - Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister the Hon. Fred Mitchell is in Saint Lucia to attend the 18th meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) being held at Runway Bay in St Lucia. The COFCOR is the foreign relations committee of CARICOM.

Pictured are the CARICOM Foreign Affairs Minister in attendance at the meeting. Mitchell is pictured seated to the far right.
News : Local
Bahamas Press Club on Freedom of Information Bill - May 22, 2015 - 11:31:18 AM


The Bahamas Press Club 2014 is thankful to the government that after a lengthy delay the Freedom of Information bill is likely to see the light of day and could be brought into force, notwithstanding that a similar bill was passed in 2012 but never enacted.

The release of this draft bill proves our long held contention that there is no reason an act could not be produced and passed before 2016 because all that is needed is the focused attention of a committed government.

On the face of it the new draft bill will seem to deepen the democracy in affording the people to freely access information from various government agencies...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
State-Recognized Funeral announced for former Senator, Mrs. Mizpah Tertullien - May 22, 2015 - 11:15:22 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Cabinet Office announced today that a State-Recognized Funeral will be held for Mrs. Mizpah Tertullien, former Senator on Friday, 29th May at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Street.          

Further, Mrs. Tertullien will lie-in-state on Thursday 28th May, 2015, in the foyer of the Senate, Parliament Square, from 9:00am until the body departs for the church on Friday.

Viewing for the general public will be from 12:00 noon - 6:00pm on Thursday 28th May, 2015.  The general public is invited to attend...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas Tourism Helps Commemorate Battle Of Nassau - May 22, 2015 - 11:00:22 AM

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Over 50 members of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) were in New Providence this week to commemorate the Battle of Nassau – a pivotal moment in both Bahamian and American history.

The Battle of Nassau took place on March 3-4, 1776 at Fort Montagu.

At the time, over 200 Americans invaded Nassau to obtain gunpowder and other supplies needed to combat Great Britain for independence.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Government Presents Single Largest Regatta Subvention - May 22, 2015 - 10:49:10 AM


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It was all smiles today at the Island Traders Building on Bay Street when the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that the government will assist the All Eleuthera Regatta Committee this year to the tune of $45,000, the single largest public subvention to date for family island regattas. This year’s regatta will be held at Governor’s Harbour during the week leading up to the annual Independence Day celebrations.

“Let me say that regattas are very important to the economic landscape of these family islands” said Minister Gray, highlighting the government’s deepening commitment to this important cultural, economic and historic event...

News : Local
Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast starting Friday, May 22 - May 22, 2015 - 10:31:10 AM

Weather forecast for the Bahamas for today and tonight, Friday 22nd May, 2015.

General situation: A high pressure across the area will continue to dominate the weather conditions.

All areas

Weather: Partly to mostly sunny and hot with the chance of a few isolated showers and thunderstorms mainly across the Northwest Bahamas. Mostly fair and warm tonight.

Advisory: Boaters should be alert for gusty winds and higher seas in or near heavy showers or thunderstorms.

Winds: Light and variable in the Northwest Bahamas and easterly at 10 to 15 knots in the Central and Southeast Bahamas...
News : International
Bahamas Honorary Consul Fountain attends Inauguration Ceremony - May 22, 2015 - 9:58:37 AM

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CHICAGO - Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago Michael C. Fountain attended the City of Chicago Inauguration Ceremony at the historic Chicago Theatre on Monday, May 18, 2015. He was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Tanya Fountain. Honorary Consul Fountain was invited as a member of the Chicago Consular Corps to represent The Bahamas as Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn in for his second term along with the City Clerk, Treasurer and 50 Aldermen elected to serve Chicago's 77 communities and 2.7 million residents. Honorary Consul Fountain continues to strengthen his relationship with the Mayor's office to better serve the needs of Bahamian residents living in the City of Chicago and outlying areas...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Darville Welcomes Global Leadership Academy of Philadelphia to Grand Bahama - May 22, 2015 - 3:56:02 AM


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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Monday welcomed a large number of students from Global Leadership Academy Charter School (GLA) of Philadelphia to Grand Bahama Island.

GLA is a kindergarten thru eighth grade school with two small organized learning communities located in West and Northeast Philadelphia. It prides itself on offering holistic teaching and a strong learning environment.

The school has visited Grand Bahama for several years and has adopted two sister schools on the island, Sunland Baptist Academy, and the Bishop Michael Eldon School...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas Gets Top Marks For Diving - May 22, 2015 - 2:59:36 AM

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Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Reader Rated Survey has awarded The Bahamas in nine categories for best diving.

It’s not new for The Bahamas to be recognized for diving as the country has made the list over the last two decades.

According to the magazine, The Bahamas is the number one diving destination for encounters with big animals...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
National Arts Festival photos from Central Andros - May 22, 2015 - 2:30:13 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Students of Behring Point Primary and Central Andros High School exhibited choreographed works and dramatization for their E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival expression on May 20...
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