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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Clarification on Public Health Clinic Information for NHI Bahamas Enrolment - Apr 24, 2017 - 12:21:23 AM

The Bahamas – The Ministry of Health wishes to provide clarification on the press release issued by the Ministry on Friday April 21.

Enrolment for NHI Bahamas begins April 24th.

Citizens and legal residents of The Bahamas can choose their primary care provider from the public sector or private sector...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Christie Speaks to Nationwide Health System at Commissioning of Abaco Healthcare Centre - Apr 23, 2017 - 10:31:12 PM

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During the Official Commissioning Ceremony for the state-of-the-art Marsh Harbour Healthcare Centre, on April 19, 2017, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie quoted Former Prime Minister of Barbados the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur by saying, ‘for he who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.’

"One of the primary responsibilities of a government is to ensure access to quality healthcare for its people, irrespective of geography, social standing, age, race, gender, religious, social or political affiliations," Prime Minister Christie said, during the event held on the island of Abaco.  "In The Bahamas, as you have heard, the provision of healthcare is becoming more and more complex, more and more costly and, in fact, it is changing...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Baha Mar Opens Phase One - Apr 22, 2017 - 5:00:33 PM

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Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said, on April 21, 2017, that, to put it mildly, he was "very pleased" to take part in the long-awaited First Phase Opening of the 1800-room hotel and the 200,000-square foot Convention Centre at Baha Mar, operated by the Grand Hyatt, as well as the 95,000-square foot world class casino, the largest in the region, operated by Sky Warrior, and the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, together with other "magnificent" amenities.

"The Hyatt Group is an entrenched global hospitality brand,” Prime Minister Christie said during the official ceremony for the Phase One opening. "It has achieved a level of recognition and distinction in the marketplace that few can match..."
News : New Providence
Baha Mar Officially Opens to the Public - Apr 22, 2017 - 1:37:34 AM

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The following are Remarks by The Rt. Hon Perry. G. Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at the First Phase Opening of Baha Mar Friday, made on 21st April, 2017:

I am very pleased to be here today to take part in this long-awaited First Phase Opening of the 1800-room hotel and the 200,000 square feet Convention Centre at Baha Mar being operated by the Grand Hyatt, as well as the 95,000 square foot, world class casino, the largest in the region, operated by Sky Warrior, and the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, together with other magnificent amenities.

The Hyatt Group is an entrenched global hospitality brand that has achieved a level of recognition and distinction in the marketplace that few can match...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Sec. General Remarks at Pindling Bust Unveiling - Apr 21, 2017 - 8:08:07 PM


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Remarks by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez At The Unveiling Ceremony For A Memorial Bust of the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling in The Hall of Heroes at OAS Headquarters, on April 20, 2017 in Washington, DC:

It is an honor for me to address you this afternoon at today’s ceremony to unveil a bust dedicated to the late Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling, Former Prime Minister and the Father of the Nation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. I am equally honored to be in the presence of his wife, Dame Marguerite Pindling and son, Mr. Obafemi Pindling – I welcome you both to the OAS, the House of the Americas...
News : International : Caribbean News
CTO Earth Day Message 2017 - Apr 21, 2017 - 7:16:08 PM

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As the world pauses to celebrate Earth Day, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is pleased to declare its support for actions that make a difference.I

t is no secret that the very foundation of Caribbean tourism is our unparalleled natural environment; one that is rich in biodiversity, is virtually unpolluted, boasts landscapes that draw visitors from across the globe, and sustains life and livelihood. In the Caribbean we have a sacred duty to protect these assets by insisting on the development and adoption of sustainable tourism practices, while responsibly sharing our natural treasures with travellers to our shores.As the Caribbean's tourism development agency whose purpose is: Leading Sustainable Tourism - One Sea...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Public Notice for Advanced Poll on May 3rd - Apr 21, 2017 - 4:37:10 PM

Commonwealth of The Bahamas Ministry of National Security Parliamentary Registration Department Public Notice General Elections - Wednesday, 10th May, 2017.

The Parliamentary Commissioner hereby informs the general public that the Governor-General in accordance with section 54(1) of the Parliamentary Elections Act (Chapter 7) has appointed Wednesday, 3rd day of May, 2017 as the day for the taking of the Advanced Poll...
News : International
DG Brennen-Haylock calls on OAS Executive Secretary - Apr 21, 2017 - 2:07:28 PM

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Mrs. Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General, paid a courtesy call on Ms. Kim Osborne,  OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 primarily to discuss the launch of the 2017 OAS/Government of The Bahamas Scholarship​; however, the Director General also discussed other projects with the OAS such as the already launched Small Business Development Centre Project and the ongoing development of a Cooperation Programme for the University of The Bahamas.

She also reiterated the value of the OAS Scholarships and Training Program for The Bahamas and general support of The Bahamas for the development work of the OAS and discussed future potential cooperation to strengthen the training of diplomats in the Ministry...
News : International
Bust of First Prime Minister of Bahamas Unveiled at OAS - Apr 21, 2017 - 12:05:22 PM

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Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Bahamas, unveiled a memorial bust of her late husband, Sir Lynden Pindling, the first Prime Minister of The Bahamas, during an impressive ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at the Organization of American States (OAS), 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Sir Lynden’s son Mr. Obafemi (Obi) Pindling, Director of the Sir Lynden Pindling Foundation, delivered remarks at the historic event on behalf of the family. Mr. Pindling was accompanied to Washington by his wife Diane....
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Christie Congratulates Bahamians Partnering in New Andros Marina Village - Apr 21, 2017 - 11:18:43 AM

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Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie congratulated his friend of many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his business partner Ms. Geneva Wilson on the groundbreaking for Blue Hole Marina Village & Andros Island Fuels, in Fresh Creek Andros, adding that it was a testament of their vision and persistence in pursuing their dream to build the first major state of the art marina facility in Andros.

“We encourage such developments (marinas) in our country," Prime Minister Christie said, as he spoke at the ceremony on April 19, 2017. "I should tell you that this facility will have 80 slips, which means that it will be among the larger of such facilities and I am assured that the construction and operation of the facility will be at Best Practices standards for the industry and will include all of the amenities that such a facility should have...
News : Local
Bahamas Medical & Alcon Partner to Provide Improved Vision Care Products in The Bahamas - Apr 21, 2017 - 10:59:36 AM

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ALCON, a global leader in eye-care and a division of Novartis, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, recently appointed the leading local supplier of medical and surgical products in The Bahamas as their local partner to provide improved eye-care products and services in the country.

Bahamas Medical & Surgical Supplies Ltd. is the officialdistributor of Alcon’s Vision Care portfolio of products which includes prescription and non-prescriptioncontact lenses and a wide range of contact lens solutions. This partnership will result in increased accessibility of Alcon Vision Care products...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grave Concern Expressed About Videos on Social Media Being Circulated - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:59:28 PM

The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development expresses grave concern about the recent circulation of videos, across several social media platforms, of a man apparently engaged in sexual intercourse with an unconscious woman. The filming and sharing of this horrific act speaks to several problematic issues that The Bahamas continues to grapple with; the seemingly widespread acceptance of violence against women, girls and boys and the often interlinked, inappropriate use of social media.

Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation with one in three women, globally, experiencing physical or sexual violence in her lifetime.   We all must speak out against violence against women and reverse the perception that such acts are acceptable...
News : New Providence
25th annual National Young Chef Culinary Competition at Government House - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:52:42 PM

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Champion Young Chefs from all over The Bahamas celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the “National Young Chef Culinary Competition” at Government House in Nassau. Her Excellency the Gov. Gen. Dame Marguerite Pindling, GCMG, presented the awards under the Ministry of Education’s Family and Consumer Science Career and Technical Section’s theme: “Fostering Passion & Promoting Excellence in Culinary Arts”.

Dame Pindling said, “I commend the organizers, teachers and students for the level of professionalism and skills they have developed and demonstrated during this event and challenge you further to allow the expertise, the constructive criticism and recommendations of the industry professionals attached to the competition to propel you toward maximizing your productive capacity as budding chefs. Students, your potential is limitless...”
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling Unveiled at OAS - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:23:08 PM

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I bring greetings from our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and our Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell. Both of them today have taken the first step, Nomination, in the process of free and fair elections, - the hallmark of democracy in The Bahamas.

The hero is someone who inspires people and effects change across racial, social and cultural barriers and across generations.

We Bahamians are most grateful that the Organization of American States has seen fit to recognize, as such a person, the Father of our Nation, our national hero, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Jerome Fitzgerald responds to Tribune headline story - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:11:03 PM

I have no contract with Baha Mar or any of its affiliates, nor do I own any shares in Bahamas Cargo & Logistics, which is a company formed by my father many years ago.

Nothing in today’s Tribune contradicts that.

Sarkis Izmiralian and I have communicated on any number of matters over the past 8 years either in person or by email. Prior to my father’s illness he had engaged in discussions with Baha Mar to get some work. After my father’s illness I wrote to Sarkis to follow up on those discussions and seek his assistance. Nothing came of it and that remains the case today...

News : Local
STB: A frantic government comes unhinged - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:49:52 PM

The government’s latest attack on local NGOs has been denounced as reckless, dangerous and a clear sign of how desperate the PLP party has become.

Over the last year, the PLP has steadily escalated its assault on Save The Bays (STB), after the noted environmental group took legal action against the party’s major funder, developer Peter Nygard. As unrest grew over its mismanagement of the economy, lack of transparency and increasingly authoritarian behavior, the party also began to attack social commentators, bloggers and protest organizers.

“Now, on the eve of an election, an extremely unpopular government is frantic to appease Nygard, presumably to gain access to campaign funding..."
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Community Centre at Quakoo Street Re-Opened and Re-Dedicated - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:43:52 PM

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Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie addressed the Re-Opening and Re-Dedication of the Community Centre at Quakoo Street on Wednesday afternoon, April 19. 

Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage also addressed the ceremonies. 

Mrs. Christie and Mrs. Nottage are pictured performing the official Cutting of the Ribbon while the Prime Minister, left, and Dr. Nottage, third right, look on... 
News : New Providence
Baha Mar Prepares for Opening Day with Debut of Fountain Shows and Festive Pep Rally for Associates - Apr 20, 2017 - 4:35:55 PM

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Baha Mar culminated its opening week celebrations with an exclusive preview of the dramatic fountains and show lakes for associates and their families on Wednesday evening and a high-energy associates pep rally on Thursday morning.

With less than 24 hours until the opening, more than 1,000 associates gathered at the Baha Mar Arts & Convention Center for the exciting pep rally event. The energy and the excitement could be felt in the air as Baha Mar associates cheered and celebrated with their teammates and listened to inspiring and motivating speeches delivered by Baha Mar President Graeme Davis and Grand Hyatt Baha Mar General Manager Scott Allen. DJ Tank played high energy music that got people on their feet dancing while Anastagia Pierre, Miss Universe Bahamas 2011, addressed the crowds.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Christie remarks at Blue Hole Marina Village at Fresh Creek Andros groundbreaking - Apr 20, 2017 - 12:18:32 PM

Address By The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance at The Ground Breaking Ceremony for The Blue Hole Marina Village at Fresh Creek Andros on 18th April, 2017:

It is indeed a privilege for me to be here this morning and to join with my friend of many years, Mr. Prescott Smith and his partner in this venture, Ms. Geneva Wilson on this momentous occasion for them as ground is being broken for this major marina development to be called Blue Hole Marina Village.

I congratulate both of them for their vision and persistence in pursuing their dream to build the first major state of the art marina facility in Andros. In so doing, they would have opened Andros up to the rapidly developing marina industry now sprouting up around The Bahamas and which does so much for our Tourism sector...
News : New Providence
NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial represents sale of Frederick House to URCA - Apr 20, 2017 - 11:38:49 AM

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NAI Bahamas Realty Commercial, the commercial division of Bahamas Realty Ltd. and a member of the world’s premier managed network of commercial real estate firms, announced today that it represented the sale of Frederick House by Beaumont Bahamas Limited to The Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA).

Frederick house is a 4-storey, 27,762 sq. ft. (2,580.11 m2) office building situated on Frederick Street between the main thoroughfares of Bay Street and Shirley Street. The building was sold for $3,800,000...
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