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Prime Minister Minnis announces major $350 million investment in Grand Bahama Shipyard, and new projects for Nassau and Family Islands - Jun 22, 2021 - 8:23:42 PM

Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines have agreed to a new combined investment of $350 million in the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced today in his wrap-up of the 2021/22 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly.

The Prime Minister pointed out that to understand the scale of this investment, the original investment and other investments to date in the Shipyard have totaled approximately $250 million dollars...

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Government Launches Initiative to Address Workforce Skills Gap - Jun 22, 2021 - 2:34:40 PM

The Government has embarked on a major initiative aimed at zeroing in on deficiencies in specialized skills in the country’s workforce. On Monday, 21st June, the Ministry of Labour in conjunction with the National Training Agency (NTA), the Department of Labour and the National Tripartite Council, formally announced the launch of the National Workforce Skills Gap Survey 2021 during a press conference held at the NTA on Gladstone Road.  

Executive Manager at the Ministry of Labour, Robert Farquharson said that in 2012, a similar survey was conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of The Bahamas...

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Changes announced to curfew, domestic travel testing requirements and provisions for fully vaccinated - Jun 21, 2021 - 6:40:29 PM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today announced several changes to the Emergency Powers Order, including adjustments to curfews, testing requirements for domestic travel, travel health visa fees, wedding receptions, funeral services and provisions for fully vaccinated individuals.

Prime Minister Minnis said that progress achieved on the management of the virus...

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Royal Caribbean arrives to warm welcome in Grand Bahama - Jun 21, 2021 - 5:50:10 PM

With lively Junkanoo performances and celebrations, government officials and key business leaders welcomed Royal Caribbean International with open arms on Friday, June 18 as Adventure of the Seas completed its inaugural homeporting ceremony in Grand Bahama Island, with 1,000 eager passengers.

Following a 16-month hiatus due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions, the return of cruising to Grand Bahama Island marks a pivotal moment for the local community...


DRA prioritizes available resources for Abaco and Grand Bahama communities - Jun 21, 2021 - 2:17:30 PM

The DRA recognizes that the needs within the communities of Abaco and Grand Bahama are pressing, and we are methodically prioritizing the work and maximizing the available resources to ensure that the islands of Abaco including the Cays and Grand Bahama are fully reconstructed. DRA takes a moment to share current facts:

YES, COVID did impact the DRA’s ability to raise funds...

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Industry Forum event regarding opportunities under the proposed Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for The Bahamas Airports PPP Program - Jun 21, 2021 - 2:06:17 PM

The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas invites interested parties to attend an Industry Forum concerning private operator/developer concessions and related opportunities in connection with The Bahamas Airports PPP Program.  

Airport operators, service providers, lenders, construction companies and facility managers are among those likely to be interested in attending a virtual industry..

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D’Aguilar excited about ‘Tourism rebound,’ praises Health Travel Visa Unit for their role - Jun 21, 2021 - 1:44:15 PM

Tourism is rebounding every day in The Bahamas with almost 300,000 visitors receiving Bahamas Travel Health Visas to enter the Commonwealth of The Bahamas over the first five months of the year, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar said.

Mr. D’Aguilar said statistics show that the Family Islands are “bouncing back” even faster than New Providence.

“Everyone sees it!  The airports are getting busier!  The marinas up and down The Bahamas have never been busier...

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Work on Ragged Island Multi-Purpose Center progresses - Jun 21, 2021 - 12:21:33 PM

The second phase of construction of the Ragged Island Multi-purpose Center has begun. 

The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works shared details of the center in his contribution to the House of Assembly June 16.
“This is the Prime Minister’s dream…the most resilient building in the country that should resist winds in excess of 180 miles per hour,” said Minister Bannister.

He said the building will be an example of what modern schools in the Family Islands will look like...

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Tourism Minister says Royal Caribbean’s homeporting initiative is major investment in GB’s economy - Jun 21, 2021 - 9:09:59 AM

After cruise tourism had stopped for many months, Friday marked the return of cruise passengers to Grand Bahama, said Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, during the Inaugural Ceremony marking Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas’ Bahamas Homeporting and Weekly Calls on the Port of Freeport, held June 18, 2021 at Freeport Harbour.

“It has been sixteen long and painful months, during which absolutely no cruise ships have sailed the waters of The Bahamas (because of the COVID-19 Pandemic)...

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RBDF Entry 22 marks Anniversary with courtesy call on the Governor General - Jun 18, 2021 - 3:26:54 PM

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Entry 22 paid a courtesy call upon Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith, on the occasion of their 33rd Anniversary on Monday, June 14th, 2021.  

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...

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Contribution to the 2021-2022 Budget Debate - Hon. Renward R. Wells, Minister of Health - Jun 18, 2021 - 2:55:18 PM

See enclosed Budget Debate presentation by Minister of Health, the Hon. Renward Wells, June 16 & 17, 2021 in the House of Assembly:

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today in this House in the usual fashion, with thankfulness in my heart, praising HaShem, The Elohim of the Elohim, who has blessed us in the Heavenly place with all spiritual blessing.  He is the Lord of Life, the source of all hope, faith, and love.  May his name forever and forever be praised...

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Royal Bahamas Police Force Honours Retiring Deputy Commissioner of Police - Jun 18, 2021 - 9:30:17 AM

The Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security, delivered remarks during the Royal Bahamas Police Force Retirement Luncheon Honouring Ms. Ismella Davis-Delancy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, June 16, 2021 at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre, Police Headquarters.  The Deputy Commissioner is pictured standing with Minister Dames and Commissioner of Police, Paul Rolle, and also giving her Response to the audience.  Paul Rolle, Commissioner of Police, along with his Executive Team, are pictured during a Presentation to Ms. Davis-Delancy...

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Home Porting expected to bring an estimated $50M boost to economy - Jun 18, 2021 - 8:50:56 AM

The recent Home Porting of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas is expected to pay huge dividends for the Bahamian economy in general, and the tourism economy in particular, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar told House Members.

Minister D’Aguilar said while the Home Porting has already begun paying dividends for countless Bahamians and the economy since its launch one week ago...


Scotiabank Bahamas Awards outstanding Debate Students - Jun 17, 2021 - 4:15:41 PM

In May, the Ministry of Education held its annual Northern New Providence Secondary District (NNPSD) awards ceremony for its schools debate competition, where some of the country’s finest students from three schools, namely, C.C. Sweeting Senior High, C.I. Gibson Senior High and C.R. Walker Senior High were awarded prizes for their efforts.

Scotiabank, through its Wealth Management arm, was the main sponsor for this year’s debate series and donated five thousand dollars ($5,000) to make the event successful...

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Ministry of Health gets an estimated $300m in Budget for Health Care - Jun 17, 2021 - 2:14:40 PM

The Ministry of Health has been allocated the sum of $297,081,014 in the 2021-22 Budget in order to carry out its planned phased upgrade to health care facilities around the country.

This was revealed by the Minister of Health the Hon Renward Wells during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House of Assembly on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Minister Wells noted that over the past two years, The Bahamas faced Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19...

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South Florida-to-Bahamas cruises to resume earlier than expected; news comes against backdrop of ongoing Port development - Jun 17, 2021 - 1:45:23 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, told House Members that he was “delighted to report” that cruises from South Florida to The Bahamas will resume, in many instances, far earlier than anticipated.

This includes cruises from the Port of Miami, the cruise capital of the world. Minister D’Aguilar was making his contribution to the 2021/2022 National Budget Debate in the House of Assembly.

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Social Services Receives Largest Allocation of Funds for Social Assistance to Date - Jun 17, 2021 - 1:26:22 PM

The more than $80 million that has been allocated to the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development in the2021-2022 Budget will account for the largest allocation of funds for the provision of social assistance in the history of The Bahamas, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell told Parliament Wednesday. He said this was in comparison to post-Hurricane Matthew when the budget was decreased by $3 million.

Minister Campbell said the allocation will allow the Ministry to continue to provide the services...

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Mrs. Lonnie Rolle, Sworn In as Deputy to the Governor General - Jun 17, 2021 - 10:30:33 AM

Mrs. Lonnie Rolle of Gregory Town, Eleuthera, was sworn in as Deputy to the Governor General by the Hon. Sir Brian Moree, Kt., QC, Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, at the Office of the Governor General, One Montague Place on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.  

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...

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The Government announces a centralized collection centre for documents requested on MyGateway - Jun 17, 2021 - 9:16:04 AM

As part of its ongoing digital transformation initiatives, the Government of The Bahamas has announced the opening of the Centralized Collection Centre, a centralized location for the collection of government documents requested via the MyGateway portal. The establishment of the Centralized Collection Centre is part of the Government’s $30 million investment in digital transformation and related to the launch of MyGateway.gov.bs...

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GBUC enters next phase of $5 million Reverse Osmosis water facility - Jun 17, 2021 - 8:10:06 AM

The Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) is pleased to provide an update on the development of its new three-million-gallon Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant and the return of full potability to customers across Grand Bahama.

Development of the $5 million facility has entered the next phase with the arrival of the initial RO units and back up generation, and with completion of the RO columns and generator pads. Since construction began in January 2021...

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