||Last Updated: May 27, 2017 - 1:17:44 AM
New Government Introduces Focus on Tourism and Family Islands
- May 26, 2017 - 6:18:12 PM
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
"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.
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...
Grand Bahama Minister of State Reviews Hurricane Relief Spending
- May 26, 2017 - 4:28:10 PM
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.”
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...
Minister of State for Grand Bahama meets with NEMA ahead of Hurricane Season
- May 26, 2017 - 1:30:24 PM
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...
Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets with Staff to Convey Vision for the Function of the Ministry
- May 26, 2017 - 12:13:32 PM
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...
Minister Henfield Congratulates Foreign Service Officer
- May 26, 2017 - 12:03:56 PM
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."
Minister of Labour Tours the National Training Agency
- May 26, 2017 - 11:56:56 AM
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...
US Charge Lisa Johnson calls on Bahamas Foreign Minister
- May 25, 2017 - 10:37:57 PM
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...
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...
Parliamentary Secretary Iram Lewis Sworn In
- May 25, 2017 - 7:31:20 PM
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...
Fashion Forward at the Opening of Bahamas Parliament
- May 25, 2017 - 7:16:06 PM
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.
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.
Bahamas Senators at the official opening of Parliament 2017
- May 25, 2017 - 5:27:57 PM
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...
Ministers Ready to Get to the Business of Running the Country
- May 25, 2017 - 2:19:26 PM
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.
showed off their newly-bought dresses, hats and suits while enjoying
food and drink as they mingled and mixed with one another.
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
2nd Annual Grand Bahama Air Show Lights Up The Skies
- May 25, 2017 - 12:33:05 PM
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.
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
Among those in attendance was aviation enthusiast, Dave Shallbetter, of Sun ‘n Fun Radio...
Publishing Symposium and Expo Opens Global Possibilities for Bahamians
- May 25, 2017 - 11:35:51 AM
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.
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...
HOA Speaker: Business to be Conducted in ‘Atmosphere of Respect’
- May 24, 2017 - 9:47:19 PM
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.
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...
Moultrie Elected 54th Speaker of the House of Assembly
- May 24, 2017 - 9:02:22 PM
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.
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...
Bahamas Governor General Opens New Parliament Session
- May 24, 2017 - 8:43:42 PM
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
"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...
Sixteen-Member Senate Convenes for First Official Sitting
- May 24, 2017 - 7:39:39 PM
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...
Official Opening of Parliament Photo
- May 24, 2017 - 6:24:20 PM
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
Speech from The Throne by The Bahamas Governor General
- May 24, 2017 - 3:04:24 PM
opening of Parliament follows upon my government’s election to office
fourteen days ago in a most historic election victory.
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...