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Prime Minister to address UN Economic and Social Council forum on Sustainable Development - Jul 17, 2018 - 7:00:44 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis left the country on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 for New York to address the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.

During the Ministerial sessions on Wednesday, the Prime Minister intends to reaffirm The Bahamas’ commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and in this regard will refer to the work being done through the Over-the-Hill Development Partnership Initiative...
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2nd Batch of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit being trained in Barbados - Jul 16, 2018 - 5:46:56 PM

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA CU) and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ) convened a second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) to serve the region during the period August 2018 to July 2019. The training workshop is taking place from July 16 – 20, 2018, at the Frank Walcott Labour College in St. Phillip, Barbados with funding support from the United States Government through the US Southern Command.

A first batch consisting 33 members of the CDRU was trained in Antigua and Barbuda earlier this year in May, taking into account a range of recommendations from the After Action Review conducted on the Hurricanes of September last year...
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Commonwealth mission to observe elections in Pakistan - Jul 16, 2018 - 2:58:35 PM

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The Secretary-General will deploy a Commonwealth group to observe the forthcoming general elections in Pakistan, scheduled for 25 July.

Led by Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the Commonwealth Observer Group comprises eminent persons drawn from across the regions of the Commonwealth, with distinguished backgrounds in law, election administration, diplomacy, human rights, civil society, politics and media, among others.

The mandate of the Group is to consider the factors that affect the credibility of the electoral process as a whole. Members will form...
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54 of 744 signing on with Bahamas Dept of Correctional Services - Jul 16, 2018 - 2:13:26 PM

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From a group of some 744 applicants, The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDCS) held its Signing On Ceremony for 55 persons in their "A" Squad 2018 at the Correctional Training Institute on the BDCS Compound, on July 9, 2018.  Acting Commissioner of Correctional Services Mrs. Bernadette Murray and Deputy Commissioner and Training Advisory Board Chairman Mr. Doan Cleare brought remarks...
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US Embassy’s Charge D’Affaires makes call on Labour Minister - Jul 16, 2018 - 1:43:58 PM

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The United States Embassy’s Charge D’Affaires, Ms. Stephanie Bowers recently paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Labour, Senator the Honourable Dion A. Foulkes at his office on Shirley and Charlotte Streets. Ms. Bowers was accompanied by the Political/Economic Officer in the U.S. Embassy, Mr. Douglas Sun.

Minister Foulkes and Ms. Bowers discussed a wide range of topics including job creation, training, touristic developments, trade and commerce...
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American Airlines announces return to Bahamas from New York-Laguardia - Jul 16, 2018 - 12:49:13 PM

This winter American is growing its presence in the Bahamas with a return of year-round service between New York-LaGuardia (LGA) and Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), Bahamas.

Starting December 22, American will operate a Saturday-only flight with an Airbus A319 aircraft. This aircraft features 8 seats in First Class, 24 seats dedicated as Main Cabin Extra with more legroom and reserved overhead bin space, and 96 seats in Main Cabin...
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Government moving ahead to create tax-free zones - Jul 16, 2018 - 12:46:09 PM

The government is moving ahead to create tax free zones so as to empower residents to improve their way of life, particularly in the Over-the-Hill communities.  In the House of Assembly on Wednesday, July 11, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis tabled the Economic Empowerment Zones Bill, 2018 aimed at bringing about that desired effect.

The Bill seeks to designate communities as economic empowerment zones and to encourage the economic and social empowerment of residents in the specific areas.  It also seeks to provide for the granting of certain exemptions and fiscal incentives to individuals engaging in economic activities in the designated zones...
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Apple Leisure Group inks first resort management deal in St. Martin - Jul 16, 2018 - 11:15:29 AM

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AMResorts, an Apple Leisure Group (ALG) company, announced today its entry into St. Martin with the signing of a new resort brand management deal to bring its Secrets Resorts & Spas brand to the island. With the addition of this new resort, ALG maintains its position of having the largest pipeline of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, with more than 6,000 rooms in development.
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PM Greets RBDF officers & Crew of HMBS Sir Durward Knowles in Inagua - Jul 15, 2018 - 8:09:59 PM

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Matthew Town, Inagua – During his visit to the southern Bahamas this weekend, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis greeted Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and crew of HMBS Sir Durward Knowles, in Inagua, affirming their duty to protect Bahamian frontlines.  (BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe)
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PM Minnis continues national budget town meetings - Jul 15, 2018 - 7:38:47 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis continued Town Hall meetings this weekend, explaining his government’s 2018/19 National Budget  in the Family Islands. Town meetings were held in church halls and community centres where residents turned up to hear the provisions, and the opportunities presented.

The Prime Minister started his tour of the islands on Monday, June 25, visiting Andros – South, Central and North, then on to Exuma, Cat Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, North and South Long Island.   This weekend, July 13-14, he visited the Southeast islands of Acklins, Crooked Island, Mayaguana and Inagua, where he also visited with Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and crew of the HMBS Durward Knowles...
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Bahamas Defence Force responds to threats - Jul 15, 2018 - 5:17:46 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force reassures the general public and the local fishing community of its commitment to maintaining a strong presence within our maritime domain to safeguard the people of The Bahamas against recent threats of harm. 

These threats were made by way of social media earlier this week after the Royal Bahamas Defence Force arrested a foreign poaching vessel for illegally fishing in the southern Bahamas.

The Defence Force will continue to maintain a close working relationship with the local fishing community, which has resulted in much success including the recent arrests of two foreign fishing vessels with a combined total of 50 foreign nationals on board...
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OAS to Support legislature of autonomous city of Buenos Aires - Jul 14, 2018 - 10:47:23 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Legislature of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires today signed an agreement to modernize and provide greater transparency in the management of the legislative body.

The First Vice President of the Legislature of Buenos Aires, Francisco Quintana, highlighted the common values shared by the Buenos Aires legislative body and the OAS, adding that the agreement aims to "work on issues of innovation, transparency, accountability and political communication."...
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Bahamian Female Leads Major Event Production - Jul 14, 2018 - 8:00:18 PM

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Bahamian female event producer aims to inspire young women to explore careers in technology and delivers world class event management and production for local and international clients.

The field of event management is a male dominated profession and Megan Minus, founder of Create Serendipity is positioning herself as a leader in the field.  Minus explains, “Event management creates a memorable experience for guests attending concerts, conferences or other social affairs so that all of their senses are fully engaged....
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MOFA on Circulating Social Media Voice Note - Jul 13, 2018 - 4:54:54 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources are aware that there is a voice note circulating in social media related to fishing and the use of the ocean in the south eastern Bahamas, which claims that there are foreign entities that have made threats against the lives of Bahamians, specifically fishermen.  The speaker purportedly indicates that there are links to Al Qaeda... 
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Minister Pintard Meets With B.R.E.E.F. Executive Director - Jul 13, 2018 - 2:30:36 PM

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The courtesy call gave Minister Pintard and Executive Director McKinney-Lambert the opportunity to discuss the current state of affairs in the marine resources portion of Minister Pintard’s portfolio as well as efforts being worked on by B.R.E.E.F. as they seek to secure our marine resources for future generations.

The courtesy call gave Minister Pintard and Executive Director McKinney-Lambert the opportunity to discuss the current state of affairs in the marine resources portion of Minister Pintard’s portfolio as well as efforts being worked on by B.R.E.E.F...
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Defence Force joins in 45th Independence Celebrations - Jul 13, 2018 - 11:01:29 AM

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Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, along with the Executive Command, Officers, Command Warrant Officer, Warrant Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, Marines, Defence Force Rangers, joined the country in celebrating its 45th anniversary on Monday night.

The Officers and Marines joined in with partner security Forces and uniformed branches on Clifford Park in solidarity to help make the occasion unforgettable...
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Summer Campers pay courtesy call at Government House - Jul 13, 2018 - 6:27:10 AM

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Teachers and students attending The Eva Hilton Primary Summer School paid a courtesy call upon Deputy to the Governor General Cornelius A. Smith at Government House on Friday, July 13, 2018.

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and PADF to support social inclusion policies in destination Countries of Venezuelan migrants - Jul 12, 2018 - 11:18:39 PM

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The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) today agreed to support the governments of countries receiving Venezuelan migrants. The main objective of the agreement is to implement actions in areas related to the protection and local integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, the development of social inclusion policies, and the generation of economic opportunities that facilitate their autonomy and allow them to contribute to the communities that receive them.

At the signing ceremony, the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, referred to the magnitude of the exodus of Venezuelan citizens and the social and political implications of the situation...
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C.I. Gibson Senior High School Valedictorian Omar Davis calls on the PM Minnis - Jul 12, 2018 - 9:08:23 PM

 
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Omar Davis, 17-year-old, C.I. Gibson Senior High School 2018 Valedictorian, along with his mother Ms. Gia Whymns, recently paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis at Churchill Building. Looking on are Chief Operating Officer/Prime Minister's Delivery Unit, Viana Gardiner (second right) and First Assistant Secretary Donette Williamson (right)...

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Prime Minister Makes Good on Promise to Provide Serviced Lots for Bahamians - Jul 12, 2018 - 8:37:21 PM

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In keeping with his government’s commitment to making it easier for young Bahamians to own their own homes, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis officially launched the Serviced Lots Initiative at Sunset Close Subdivision Extension on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Located in the busy hub of the Carmichael Road area, approval was given for the subdivision’s extension in 2016...
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