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Lewis: Bahamas Resilient Recovery Policy to Provide Context and Guidelines for Recovery Planning - Jan 15, 2021 - 9:14:03 AM


NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Government of The Bahamas is about to implement its Resilient Recovery Policy aimed at timely rebuilding process after a disaster, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction the Hon. Iram Lewis revealed.

He was addressing the Opening Session of the Canada-Bahamas Reconstruction and Climate Resiliency Virtual Trade Mission -- a business forum held Thursday, January 14, 2020, aimed at ways both countries can explore public private partnerships in sustainable developments...
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The Attorney General provides details of onsite review of The Bahamas by the FATF - Jan 15, 2021 - 8:02:07 AM

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Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl W. Bethel explained that early in 2020, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) agreed to an onsite review of The Bahamas’ Money Laundering/Combatting the Financing of Terrorism/Countering Financing of Proliferation Regimes to verify the progress to address the Action Items agreed in September 2018 with the FATF International Cooperation Review Group of the Americas (ICRG).

This move was a result of The Bahamas being put on the FATF’s Grey List of countries with strategic deficiencies in June 2017 due to the adverse Mutual Evaluation...
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Remarks by the Hon. Chief Justice Sir Brian Moree at the Opening of the Legal Year 2021 - Jan 14, 2021 - 10:28:47 PM

See enclosed remarks by the Hon. Chief Justice Sir Brian Moree at ceremonies marking the Opening of the Legal Year, January 13, 2021 in Rawson Square:

My Lords, My Ladies, other Judicial Officers, Mr. Attorney,  President of the Bahamas Bar Association and members of Bar Council, Counsel and Attorneys, guests, and others who are viewing these proceedings by live stream or watching on television – Good afternoon. Recognize Court of Appeal.

As we mark the Opening of the 2021 Legal Year.
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Attorney General's Remarks - Opening of the Legal Year 2021-2 - Jan 14, 2021 - 8:03:20 PM

See enclosed Remarks by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon. Carl Bethel at ceremonies marking the Opening of the Legal Year, January 13, 2021:

I wish to thank Archbishop Patrick Christopher Pinder, and Bishop Delton Fernander, and all those Reverend Gentlemen and Ladies of the Clergy who have prayed for our country at the advent of this New Year, and for commemorating the Opening of the Legal Year.

I come before this Honourable Court and the Bahamian people to provide a report on my stewardship in 2020 and our goals for the coming year...

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Grand Bahama Island featured in Caribbean Journal Articles - Jan 14, 2021 - 7:08:09 PM

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The Office of the Prime Minister Grand Bahama is pleased to note that Grand Bahama Island was recently listed as one of the ‘21 best Caribbean islands to visit in 2021’ in the world’s leading Caribbean News website, Caribbean Journal. 

In describing Grand Bahama, the article appeals to a variety of travelers whether they are seeking the relaxation of boating in West End or more livelihood in the city of Freeport, noting that the island has several luxury accommodations for visitors...
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RBDF pays Final Respect to Late Comrade - Jan 14, 2021 - 3:18:36 PM

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Consistent with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s command philosophy and priority of enhancing the morale and welfare of serving members and veterans, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force paid final respect respects for former comrade, the late Able Mechanic Eugene Weir. 

Following a memorial service at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street on Saturday January 8, 2020, the cremated remains of Able Mechanic Weir was taken aboard a Defence Force vessel and his ashes was spread at sea...
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Had Turbulent Effect on the Registrar General’s Department in 2020 - Jan 14, 2021 - 3:12:28 PM

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Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl W. Bethel stated that the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, had a turbulent effect on the Registrar General’s Department.

Prior to the start of the pandemic, the recording of deeds and documents was done in 14 days -- with a goal of lessening that time -- the Attorney General said in his remarks at ceremonies to mark the beginning of the 2021 Legal Year (which was modified due to COVID-19 Pandemic protocols)...
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RBDF Ship Crew recognized for services - Jan 14, 2021 - 2:27:40 PM

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In recognizing and rewarding the efforts of excellence in the workplace consistent with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of talent management, crew members of HMBS NASSAU of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Squadron Department were dually recognized for their services during a brief ceremony at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR.

During the awards presentation on January 12, 2021, Captain Shawn Adderley, Acting Captain Coral Harbour, commended the Commanding Officer...
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KFC Nassau Junkanoo Buckets competition awards $40,000 in prize money - Jan 14, 2021 - 1:52:32 PM

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The spirit of Junkanoo was upheld this year despite the parade cancellations made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 40 diehard Junkanoos from all over The Bahamas grabbed their paste, crepe paper, tricks and embellishments and of course a KFC bucket, to create stunning headpieces for the KFC Nassau Junkanoo Buckets promotion.

The unique contest, which was sponsored by KFC Nassau and endorsed by National Junkanoo Committee co-chairs Kishlane Smith and Dr Dwight Marshall, required that entries incorporate an actual KFC bucket in the design...
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Prime Minister Minnis - Bahamas Business Outlook 2021 - Jan 14, 2021 - 12:15:34 PM

See enclosed remarks by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis at Bahamas Business Outlook 2021, today:

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Good Morning.  It has been a longstanding custom for the prime minister to address the annual Bahamas Business Outlook.  I am pleased to have continued this tradition over the past several years.

For an impressive 30 years now, this forum has served as an opportunity to review the economic and business outlook and prospects for a new year... 
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The Bahamas supports CARICOM statement on solidarity with Guyana - Jan 14, 2021 - 11:39:20 AM

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on 12 January, issued a statement expressing deep disappointment and concern regarding actions taken by Venezuela pertaining to its long-term border dispute with Guyana, including intimations of the creation of a strategic area of national development called “Territory for the Development of the Atlantic Façade”...
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7 Haitian Migrants arraigned and convicted In Grand Bahama - Jan 14, 2021 - 10:33:12 AM

On 13th January, 2021, six (6) adult Haitian males and one (1) adult Haitian female appeared before Magistrate Debbie Ferguson to answer to the charge of Illegal Landing, contrary to Section 19 (1) of the Immigration Act.   

The group was apprehended onboard a motor vessel by Immigration Officials on Sunday, 10th January, 2021 in the Tynes Bay, Grand Bahama area...
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Judiciary moving closer to paperless court system - Jan 14, 2021 - 10:20:06 AM

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Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl W. Bethel stated that in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Court of Appeal introduced remote hearings by the Zoom digital platform to dispose of criminal and civil cases, and has drafted a Practice Direction which sets out how digital hearings would occur.  The court’s website was also upgraded to allow access to audio transcripts.

“Also, in response to the COVID-19 shutdowns, the Court of Appeal (Amendment) Rules, 2020 were executed to allow the court to conduct videoconference hearings,” the Attorney General said in his remarks at the ceremony to mark the beginning of the 2021 Legal Year, January 13, 2021 in Rawson Square.
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CFAL Wins International Best Investment and Advisory Firm Award - Jan 14, 2021 - 9:30:31 AM

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The leading investment management firm in The Bahamas has done it again. Colina Financial Advisors Ltd. (CFAL) has received the 2020 Acquisition International (AI) Global Excellence Award for Best Investment and Advisory Firm Award (Caribbean). This is the second time that CFAL has received this prestigious award, which it also won in 2018.

“This incredible achievement would not have been possible without the steadfast commitment of our team,” said Anthony Ferguson, President of CFAL...
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BPC’s Perseverance #1 exploration well is fully funded - Jan 13, 2021 - 10:02:09 PM

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BPC, the Caribbean and Atlantic margin focused oil and gas company, strongly refutes the claims by various environmental groups in press articles today that the Company did not have enough funding to complete the Perseverance #1 well at the point of rig mobilisation.  As a matter of fact, Perseverance #1 has been fully funded, including a significant contingency, since the date of mobilisation as is clearly stated in the press release issued to the London Stock Exchange by BPC on 12 January 2021...
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RBDF Search and Rescue Department recognized for outstanding performance - Jan 13, 2021 - 5:19:43 PM

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The recognition and relentless efforts of excellence in the workplace continue to showcase throughout the various departments in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Remaining consistent with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of talent management, the marines of the Search and Rescue Department were recently recognized for their stellar performance.

During a brief award presentation on January 12, 2020, at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive, the men and women of the Search and Rescue department were rewarded for their continued dedication to the organization...
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Ten Hidden Hero Champions announced; New dynamic to the 5th annual Character Day Bahamas - Jan 13, 2021 - 4:09:46 PM

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During the extraordinary times of 2020, many people around the globe were faced with incredible hardships that had profound life changing events. In the past 15 months, enduring the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian and the havoc of the COVID-19 pandemic, dampened spirits for most Bahamians.

Thankfully at the beginning of 2021, we have reason to celebrate ten champions of the PACE Foundation’s first ever ‘Hidden Hero Champion 2020’ campaign that was part of their annual Character Day Bahamas education program...
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The New Legal Year Opening Ceremonies Took Place Today in Rawson Square - Jan 13, 2021 - 2:59:24 PM

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Ceremonies marking the Opening of the New Legal Year took place this morning, January 13, 2021 in Rawson Square.   Pictured are Chief Justice Sir Brian Moree, Supreme Court Justices, and officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force assembling on Bay Street.  

(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham)
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Post Office Department - Box Rental - Jan 13, 2021 - 12:52:19 PM
The Postmaster General wishes to advise the public of the following:

The Post Office Department’s box rental period for the year 2021 began on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. 

Customers are advised that the box rental period ends on February 1, 2021 at which time a late fee of $10.00 will be added...


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Prime Minister Minnis - New Year's National Address - Jan 13, 2021 - 9:10:08 AM

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Please see enclosed the New Year's National Address by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, January 12, 2021:

Good evening, and a belated Happy New Year.

This past Monday, we celebrated the attainment of Majority Rule, which was achieved after generations of struggle.
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