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Trinity Broadcasting Network welcomed to Grand Bahama
- Sep 2, 2014 - 10:42:45 PM
FREEPORT, The Bahamas - The Hon.
Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, officially welcomed
Matt & Laurie Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) to Grand
Bahama for a live broadcast of the world-renowned ‘Praise the Lord’
programme in Freeport. A reception was held September 2 at the Grand
Lucaya Resort, during which the Minister gave welcome remarks.
From left: Michelle Reckley, Deputy Director, Urban Renewal; Russell
Miller, Chairman, Grand Bahama Tourism Board; Melvin Seymour, Permanent
Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; Laurie Crouch TBN Family; the Hon.
Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama; Debbie Hyler,
representative for Religious Tourism, Ministry of Tourism; Matt Crouch
TBN Family. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
Bahamas Ministry of Finance Comments on Moody’s Rating Action
- Sep 2, 2014 - 10:23:37 PM
On September 2nd Moody’s investor service lowered The
Bahamas Government’ credit rating by one notch to Baa2, and issued a stable outlook
for the credit assessment, premised on the strength of a very credible fiscal
reform plan and a stronger forecast for economic growth. It must be stressed
that The Bahamas Government's credit rating remains at investment grade.
Moody’s notes that the
rationale for the ratings change is the combination of factors that have led to
deterioration of the Government's financial position and increased debt since
2007. The ratings agency rightly
expresses confidence that the current program of reforms
to boost revenues, and to control expenditure and increase the efficiency of
spending will yield positive results.
TCI Government Convenes National Disaster Committee Meeting
- Sep 2, 2014 - 7:52:05 PM
TURKS & CAICOS
- The Acting Governor and the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands
(TCI) convened a national disaster committee meeting about the country’s
ongoing recovery works from the floods caused by Tropical Storm
Cristobal today, Tuesday, 2 September 2014.
Following the 14
inches of rain that deluged the islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos
and Providenciales over the weekend of 22-23 August 2014, there was
significant flooding on each of these islands. The meeting also
discussed the country’s readiness for the remainder of this year’s
hurricane season which ends on 30 November.
Haiti launches cholera vaccination campaign
- Sep 2, 2014 - 7:49:25 PM
Effort targets 200,000 people in three departments considered at high risk
Haiti, 2 September 2014 (PAHO/WHO) – Haiti launched a cholera
vaccination campaign last week that seeks to reach 200,000 people in
three departments. The campaign is being led by the Ministry of Health
and Population (MSPP) with support from the United Nations and a
coalition of strategic partners, including the Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
has financing from the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and
is using vaccines from a global stockpile created at the request of the
2011 World Health Assembly as a tool to help control cholera outbreaks
worldwide. WHO serves as secretariat for the global stockpile...
Katarvia Taylor calls on the Bahamas Consul General to New York
- Sep 2, 2014 - 6:30:58 PM
NEW YORK - Katarvia Taylor (right), one of
the speakers at the recent TEDxGrandBahama event, paid a courtesy call
on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York,
on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Bahamas House 231 East 46th Street.
TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and
individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like
experiences. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently.
Organized by Mr. Earle Taylor and Miss Katarlah Taylor, TEDxGrandBahama
was held in Freeport on Saturday, July 5, 2014...
Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas Hosts First Wedding FAM
- Sep 2, 2014 - 2:01:26 PM
ABACO, Bahamas – From
a traditional island affair to an exotic Moroccan-inspired occasion,
every couple looking for the perfect destination wedding is unique. With
that in mind, Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina showcased the
resort’s new selection of wedding displays at its first ever Wedding FAM
Upon their arrival at Marsh Harbour on August 1, a group
of more than 10 wedding industry professionals were treated to a
four-day tropical getaway, highlighting the resort’s luxurious
amenities, variety of indoor and outdoor event locations and new
catering menus. Of course, no Out Island experience is complete without
time on the water, so the resort treated the group to a day of exploring
surrounding islands and attractions aboard one of the property’s
Saint Lucians & The World Encouraged To ‘Touch The Top Of The Most Iconic Rocks In The Caribbean’
- Sep 2, 2014 - 1:44:55 PM
SAINT LUCIA – #saintluciarockswill become
the latest call to action as the Saint Lucia Tourist Board launches a
highly interactive fun-filled social media campaign involving the
island’s iconic twin peaks – The Pitons.
five month campaign that will run from August 11th – December 31st,
2014, with the goal of showcasing Saint Lucia as the coolest Caribbean
vacation destination, through the use of various social media platforms
including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram...
Symposium Opens on Gender Equality and the Law in The Bahamas
- Sep 2, 2014 - 1:27:02 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Members of the
judiciary, representatives from the Ministry of Social Services and
Community Development and NGOs gathered at SuperClubs Breezes, September
1, for the start of a symposium on Gender Equality and the Law in The
The two-day event aims to
explore the role the magistracy plays in promoting gender equality;
explore the social, psychological and cultural dimensions of domestic
violence; explore gender stereotypes in the law and practice and clarify
the application of domestic violence and sexual offences legislation.
are expected to reflect on topics that include Socio-psychological
Perspectives on Gender-based Violence, Gender Equality and International
Human Rights Standards, Gender Equality and the Law...
Eleuthera and Exuma Schools ready for opening
- Sep 2, 2014 - 12:35:58 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - Administrators and
teachers on the islands of Eleuthera and Exuma got down to business as
they energetically prepared classrooms for the return of students after
the long summer vacation. Teachers decorated bulletin boards, arranged
desks and chairs, and placed book bags on cabinets, while principals and
other administrators oversaw timetables, and coordinated school repairs
Education Minister, Jerome Fitzgerald met with
District Superintendents, Helen Simmons-Johnson in Eleuthera, and
Pamela Gorte in Exuma to inspect the repairs done in schools thus far.
While in Eleuthera, the Minister met with the Parent Teachers’
Association (PTA) to reveal and discuss the working drawings for the new
school that is to be built next year...
U.S. Government Provides Advanced Skill Training for RBPF SWAT Officers
- Sep 2, 2014 - 12:25:33 PM
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Embassy’s
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), and
the U.S. Department of State’s
Antiterrorism and Assistance (ATA) Program teamed up to provide
twenty-seven Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers advanced
training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) August 24-29 in Nassau.
The week-long program was led by supervisory special agents
from the FBI’s SWAT Operations Unit, which provides training, research,
operational assistance, and program management to FBI SWAT teams and
international law enforcement partners. Last year, the Special
Operations Unit provided over 2,600 hours of instruction
and deployed 29 times.
Business Opportunities for Junkanoo
- Sep 2, 2014 - 12:06:37 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt.
Hon. Perry G. Christie in his key address of the recent Junkanoo
Corporation New Providence Ltd. (JCNP) 2014 Leadership Conclave at the
British Colonial Hilton, August 30, encouraged Junkanoo leaders to grasp
the opportunities of the imminent Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival slated to
come on stream next year. The seminar was held to expose the leaders to
the new avenues of expression and economic benefit.
Minister Christie encouraged the participants to take advantage of the
opportunity to learn more about how Junkanoo can be expanded as a
business. In addition, the seminar set the stage to prepare the
Junkanooers for the level of expectations that will be anticipated once
the new festival is launched...
Baha Mar review tour for PM Christie, Cabinet & Gov. Officials
- Sep 2, 2014 - 11:39:06 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister, the Rt.
Hon. Perry G. Christie, led a delegation of several cabinet ministers
and government officials to tour the construction site of the Baha Mar
resort complex, September 1. The tour was conducted by Chairman of Baha
Mar, Mr. Sarkis Izmirlian, who gave the delegation an in-depth review of
the layout of the site, pointing out some of the key areas of the
property, including the new casino, and the location of four hotels,
which will be managed by Baha Mar Casino and Hotel, Rosewood, Grand
Hyatt and SLS brands.
Upon completion, the hotels will boast over
2000 guest rooms. The gaming floor of the hotel will be over 100,000
square feet and will feature...
Minister Keith Bell's remarks on the VAT Bill in the Senate
- Sep 2, 2014 - 11:25:06 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:
The VAT Bill before
us is about the introduction of a new tax on consumption in The Bahamas.
However, it is critically important to properly situate this initiative
in the broader context of the Government’s overall plan for national
development. The plan, appropriately so, is about much more than tax
reform and the introduction of a new source of taxation.
This plan offers new and innovative solutions for the wide range of
economic and social challenges facing the nation. To that end, the
Government has charted a course of change with the specific goals and
targeted actions that it will implement over the full course of its
Bahamas Per Capita Income Does Not Reflect Economic Realities
- Sep 2, 2014 - 10:47:35 AM
APIA, Samoa - The Bahamas’ per capita
income is distorted and does not properly reflect the economic realities
of its citizens and remote, island communities, where poverty is the
rule and not the exception, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works
and Urban Development, the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis told delegates
attending the United Nation’s Third International Conference on Small
Island Developing States.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that
misconception and/or misperception has forced the country to co-exist in
a world where (international) assistance is predicated on the basis of
per capita income as the sole indicator of need...
Senator Keith Bell presents ICON & Associated Bills in Senate
- Sep 2, 2014 - 9:33:41 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by Minister Bell:
Madam President, the
financial services sector is one of the most important areas within our
economy. Indeed, the sector has consistently provided a steady stream of
high paying quality jobs within our Country.
The economic model championed by Sir Lynden and others proved so
successful that other throughout the region have copied and replicated
it. This replication and general competition from new jurisdictions has
resulted in a far more competitive financial services industry than what
existed when we first obtained nationhood...
DPM Davis Challenges Developed Countries on Climate Change
- Sep 1, 2014 - 10:40:10 PM
APIA, Samoa - The
developed world must partner with The Bahamas and other small island
developing states to enhance their resilience to, and address the
negative impacts of Climate Change on these island-nations, if “we truly
believe” that the polluter must pay, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip E. “Brave” Davis said
Monday (Samoa time).
The Deputy Prime Minister said the issue of
Climate Change is not just simply about changing a way of life in The
Bahamas, it is primarily about saving the lives of the Bahamian people...
The Bahamas Receives Grant to Enhance its Tourism Product
- Sep 1, 2014 - 10:11:32 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas is
one of three priority cruise destinations invited by Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd., (RCL) to receive a matching grant to participate in the
Sustainable Destination Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) initiative.
collaborated with mutual partners at Sustainable Travel International,
Organization of American States (OAS) and Caribbean Tourism Organization
to create the SDAA, which is an initiative that aims to greatly enhance
how tourism is managed at a destination level and improve its future
prospects and ability to compete by embedding sustainability into
destination strategies and day-to-day management and marketing.
VAT Department Issues Guidance Notes
- Sep 1, 2014 - 5:26:55 PM
Bahamas -- The VAT Department recently issued VAT Guidance Notes to
further familiarize the public on Value Added Tax, and in this instance
on the tax as applied to these services: finance and insurance,
transportation of passengers and goods, retail and wholesale trade,
construction, land and property information, medical and healthcare,
education, charities, clubs and associations; there is also VAT and the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement, and the tax with respect to motor vehicles.
department stated that additional Guidance Notes will be issued to
apply to the areas of hotel and holiday accommodations, duty free
shopping, cash accounting and flat rate schemes, and transitional
Bahamas' DPM Davis Addresses SIDS Conference
- Sep 1, 2014 - 5:09:37 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, Hon. Philip Davis, headed a delegation to the United Nations Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)being held in Apia, Independent State of Samoa. Minister Davis delivered an address to the body today in which he made the case for The Bahamas to receive assistance and for developed nations to act.
over twenty years, we have fought soberly to bring positive change to
our plight. We have not been heard, yet we are expected to respond
effectively to hurdles imposed, not only by climate change, but by
cross-cutting challenges that befall every dimension of development. Mr.
Secretary General, by your admonishment, our voices will be heard. We
will speak with one loud and collective voice at your upcoming summit.
The Bahamas will be there
Local Government Regional Roundtable Discussions To Improve Local Government Systems
- Sep 1, 2014 - 4:58:17 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Local government
leaders throughout the region held roundtable discussions this weekend
to further the development of local government systems, and discuss
sustainable development goals to end poverty and disparity. Prime
Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie officially opened the Caribbean
Forum of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM) and Caribbean Association of
Local Government Authorities (CALGA) Meetings, August 30, in the Arawak
Room, Melia Nassau Beach Hotel. The regional delegates were hosted by
Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government, the Hon.
V. Alfred Gray.
The Prime Minister
stated in his opening address that local government authorities in The
Bahamas play a vital role in the overall development of our Family
Island communities. He declared he placed Local Government...