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Aliv Hope Gala Ball under the patronage of Bahamas PM & Mrs. Minnis is this Saturday


Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - This coming Saturday October 21st, 2017 you won't want to miss the Aliv Hope Gala Ball under the patronage of Prime Minister The Hon Dr. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Patricia Minnis. The event will be hosted by Karaoke King, Demetrius and features live music by Grand Bahama's favorite multi-genre band, Uppercut 242. This gala takes place at Grand Lucayan starting with cocktails at 6:30pm and dinner at 8pm.

The Aliv Hope Gala Ball promises to be nights full of fun, laughter awesome live music and passion in support of Cancer Survivors of Grand Bahama Island.

Soft Opening of Carnivals Ocean Medallion Project in Grand Bahama


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Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson expressed excitement for the opportunities available for the island and its residents as a result of Carnival Corporations Ocean Medallion Project, during their soft opening on Friday, October 13.
  
Describing technology as the future of Grand Bahama which is happening now, Minister Thompson added that he is very excited about Ocean Medallion.,,  

Giving back to the Harbour Island Community


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On Thursday October 5th, 2017 Romalias Townhouse presented the first of its annual Legacy Scholarships to Katelyn Cambridge a student entering the 12th grade at the Harbour Island All Age School. She was also presented with a new Dell laptop and backpack with school supplies. Katelyn was not available for the presentation of the scholarship award as she was also selected to represent her school in the sailing competition held in Freeport Grand Bahama. Accepting on her behalf was her mother Alexis Ross Cambridge...

Emera announces transaction to acquire all outstanding shares of ICD Utilities


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ICD Utilities Limited (ICDU) has entered into a definitive agreement with Emera Utilities Holdings Ltd. (EUHL), a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Emera Incorporated (Emera) which currently indirectly owns a 60.74% controlling interest in ICDU, pursuant to which Emera would indirectly acquire all of the common shares of ICDU that it does not own (the Transaction).

ICDU controls 50% of Grand Bahama Power Company Limited, a vertically-integrated utility and the sole provider of electricity on Grand Bahama Island in The Bahamas with approximately CAD $0.4 billion of assets.

All of Emeras Caribbean interests, including Grand Bahama Power Company Limited, are held through its indirect, wholly owned subsidiary, Emera (Caribbean) Incorporated.

Senate Communication by Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes


Remarks By Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes Minister of Labour in The Senate Resolution to thank the Governor General for The Speech from the Throne Friday, 13 October, 2017:

Madam President,

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

This biblical passage from the Gospel of Matthew is very popular and often quoted.  It is not always easy to practice this admonition, Madam President, but we should try...

Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast for Saturday, October 14th


Bahamas weather forecast for today and tonight, Saturday 14th October, 2017.

General situation: A surface trough across the Central Bahamas combined with an upper level low just Northeast of the islands will influence weather across the Bahamas.

Special warnings: mariners should continue to be alert for the potential of waterspouts...

45th Annual McLean's Town Conch Cracking Festival "Building Tradition"


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Hundreds of residents and visitors flocked to the East End Primary School to celebrate the 45th Annual McLean's Town Conch Cracking Festival on Grand Bahama Island on National Heroes Day.

The festival, which has been a staple homecoming event on Grand Bahama Island, began in 1972 under the inspiration of English teacher Jeffery Morgan and has since grown into a homecoming festival dedicated solely to the conching industry...

RBPF Nassau: DEU seize 280 marijuana plants, a Bahamian and 2 Jamaicans in custody - 30 arrested, 85 drivers ticketed


DEU seize 280 marijuana plants, a Bahamian and two Jamaicans in custody: Consistent with the Commissioners Policing Priorities for 2017, Drug Enforcement Unit officers took a Bahamian man along with a Jamaican woman and man into custody following the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana plants on Friday 13th October 2017...

30 arrested, 85 drivers ticketed: Consistent with the Commissioners Policing Priorities for 2017, Mobile Division targeted patrols intended to reduce crime, and to minimize the ability for criminals to commit criminal activities, has resulted in the arrest of thirty (30) persons during the past 48 hours for, murder, stolen vehicle...

Commonwealth Bank donates $25,000 to Red Cross for Hurricane Relief


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Declaring We will stand by you and help you to once again stand on your own, Commonwealth Bank donated $25,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross this week to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Executives of the all Bahamian-owned and operated bank presented the cheque at Red Cross headquarters while announcing other measures to assist in the wake of the powerful storm that lashed the southern islands of The Bahamas exactly one month earlier.  

Just one year ago, it was Hurricane Matthew that brought devastation to some of our beautiful islands. This year, with many residents and businesses not fully recovered from previous hurricanes, Hurricane Irma took aim, said Jacqueline Farrington...

Bahamas National Baptist Convention courtesy call and reception at Government House


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Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling hosted members of the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention in a Courtesy Call and Reception at Government House on Thursday, October 12, 2017.  The Governor General is pictured greeting and welcoming the delegates.  In group photo, pictured from left: Bishop Delton Fernander, Executive Secretary, Bahamas National Convention; Rev. Dr. Philip Rahming; Rev. Dr. Marina Sands; Dr. Neville George Callam, General Secretary & Chief Executive Officer, Baptist World Alliance; Rev. Dr. William Thompson, President, Bahamas Baptist Convention; the Governor General...

Up to 40% off at Dolly's Radio Shack Sound Savings Sale


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Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Boss at Dolly Madison Home Center has agreed to provide unheard of savings on pro audio gear at Radio Shack. Churches, Clubs,  Musicians, Djs, hobbyists from now through October 31st, get up to 40% off deals at Dolly Madison's Radio Shack Sound Savings Sale. Behringer Digital 12 channel mixer $374.99, USB Condenser Mics $108.99 & $134.99, Topp Pro 10" Stage Monitor, $230.99, 16 channel digital Mackie mixer $758.99, Dual USB thumb drive DJ Mixer (no laptop required) $180.99, all this and more are available in limited supply at Dolly Madison's Radio Shack come on Down Now!

National Drug Free Schools Day October 16


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The persons mostly at risk for drug use and abuse are the vulnerable of the population which includes school-aged children, said the Hon. Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security, Wednesday, during a press conference to announce the first annual National Drug Free Schools Day.
 
The objective of the day, which, will be observed Monday, October 16, 2017 under the theme, Im Loving Me, Drug Free, said Minister Dames, is to educate school students across the country about the harmful impact of illicit drug use and abuse, and to help strengthen their resolve to resist peer pressure and stay away from drugs...

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 'Diplomatic Week' Schedule


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces its Diplomatic Week 2017 under the theme, Innovative Approaches to a Changing World.  

The 4th Annual event, which takes place over the next week, will welcome the entire Diplomatic Corps of The Bahamas, both resident and non-resident.

Diplomatic week begins with a Church Service at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  A schedule of events is attached...

Bahamas Realty VP & CEO Larry Roberts steps down, Donnie Martinborough named CEO


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Bahamas Realty announced today that W. Larry Roberts, a two-term president of the Bahamas Real Estate Association and visionary leader who pioneered many of the firsts in the real estate industry, has stepped down as Vice President and CEO after a career that spanned nearly half a century. Mr. Roberts will remain a director and consultant with the company founded by his father in 1949.

Mr. Donald Donnie Martinborough, who has managed the growing commercial division of the prominent firm for 30 years, has been named CEO... 

Bahamas to host Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting


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Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel announced that the Government and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas are pleased this year to host 52 Attorneys General and Law Ministers from various countries, during this year's Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM), October 16-19, 2017 at Baha Mar.

He made the announcement at a press conference at the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs on Thursday.

In attendance at conference will be the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC...

Cleveland Clinic Florida Surgeon Weight-loss surgery long-term effects most significant in younger to middle age populations


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For anyone who has ever stepped on a scale and wished they hadnt, the prospect of going under a gentle knife and coming out thinner seems almost too good to be true. And for many, it has made a difference in their lives they say they only dreamed about.
   
But bariatric surgery the clinical name for weight loss surgery involves other lifestyle changes and while it is likely to have long-term benefits for those who are willing to make such changes, it is not a panacea for all...

Presidente Beer Music Vibes Tour returns with Hip Hop Headliner


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On Saturday October 14th, the National Beach Soccer Stadium will come alive again for the return of the Presidente Music Vibes Concert Series.  The Caribbeans number one beer brand, Presidente, will showcase some of the best and brightest from the local and international music scene and once again join forces with its Bahamian distributor the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. Ltd.

Following the successful launch of The Bahamas leg of the Presidente Music Vibes Tour, which featured International Reggae sensation Konshens, the company is upping the ante with a musical lineup that is sure to please both Reggae and Hip-Hop enthusiasts alike.

Making his first ever appearance at a concert venue in The Bahamas, international hip-hop and rap sensation Kent Jones will headline Saturdays concert. The Atlanta native is best known for his debut single Dont Mind...

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Announces Diplomatic Week 2017


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces Diplomatic Week 2017 - 'Innovative Approaches to A Changing World'.  This is the 4th Annual such event and will be marked with attendance by the entire Diplomatic Corps of The Bahamas, both resident and non-resident.

Diplomatic week begins with a  Church Service at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday 15th October...

Appointment of New Bahamian Envoys to the USA and United Kingdom


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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sidney S. Collie as Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America and as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States.  Mr.  Ellison E. Greenslade, Former Commissioner of Police, has been appointed as High Commissioner of The Bahamas to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and as Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization.

Appointed as Consuls General are Mr. Theo J.P. Neilly to head the Consulate General in Washington, DC, Ms Astra Armbrister-Rolle to head the Consulate General in Atlanta, GA, Ms Linda Treco-Mackey to head the Consulate General in Miami, FL...

Fred Smith on Bahamas Immigration Reform: "An enlightened & progressive approach "


The Immigration Policy followed by successive governments has failed to produce the desired results. The domestic economy has not flourished as a result of strict control of the labor force. Undocumented migrants, primarily from northern Haiti, continue to arrive on Bahamian shores in significant numbers.

Meanwhile, Immigration enforcement has devolved into little more than a vehicle for systemic corruption and exploitation; a political tool for the incitement of hatred, anti-foreign sentiment and nationalistic fervor.

The consequences of this ill-conceived approach include the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual  revenue, the establishment of an entrenched culture of official corruption, the creation of a sub-class...

Grants and Angel Investments unlock agribusiness potential in the Caribbean


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Known for its spices and nutmeg production, Grenada offers great opportunities for agribusiness entrepreneurs willing to take risks and embark on a new business. Stephanie Ryan is one of them. In 2015, she and her partner Jim Jardine launched Summer Ltd, a company that produces healthy beverages from tropical fruits available on the island, such as mango, passion fruit, and coconut.

After a couple of years spent consolidating her business, Ryan is ready to expand across the Caribbean. LINK-Caribbean a program that facilitates access to finance for promising Caribbean entrepreneurs...

156 National Youth Award Nominees Honoured


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The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture held a National Youth Awards Nominee Medal Presentation Ceremony at Government House, October 11, 2017 during which the Ministry honoured 156 outstanding persons of the community.

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite, as patron, made the presentations, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard gave words of encouragement and inspiration to the young people, nominated for excellence in various categories of society achievement and service...

Dominica PM Skerrit message on International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017


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IDRR 2017 Message by the Right Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit Prime Minister of Dominica:

Home Safe Home is the slogan for this years International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), and it resonates strongly with the Caribbean people who have just experienced hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 

Home Safe Home is also a strong reminder that in 2017 millions of people around the world have been displaced by drought, floods, storms, wildfires and earthquakes. These events often deprive people of the ability to earn a living as well...

FRS Caribbean temporary Ferry Service between Freeport and Miami


THE OFFICE OF the Prime Minister for Grand Bahama is pleased to announce plans for a temporary service for the period 23rd October through to the end of December 2017, which will be provided by FRS Caribbean.

FRS Caribbean presently provides Ferry service from Miami to Bimini. The vessel will provide temporary service between Miami and Freeport for the residents and visitors alike particularly stop over visitors

The Government of the Bahamas, through the Ministry of Tourism has reached an understanding that this temporary ferry service will be provided by FRS while the Grand Celebration is on assignment assisting the US Government with hurricane relief...

Minister Ferreira Supports Global Ocean Conservation Efforts at EU's "Our Oceans" Conference in Malta


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Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, recently attended the European Union's Fourth "Our Oceans" Conference, held October 5 and 6 in Valletta, Malta.  Hundreds of marine resource representatives from member countries met to improve and strengthen ocean resource security and policies.

Keynote speakers at the international event were His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales, and His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, both of whom spoke on the importance of marine life protection. Minister Ferreira spoke on The Bahamas contribution to protection of ocean ecologies...

Scotiabank Sponsors BNTs Wine and Art Festival


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Scotiabank is partnering with The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) as a returning sponsor of their annual Wine & Art Festival. 

Scotiabank is pleased to sponsor Wine and Art for a fifth consecutive year, said Greg Stuart

Group Head, Corporate and Commercial Banking, Scotiabank. We encourage the community to support BNT in its efforts to guard and protect our natural resources by attending this noble fundraising event....

Executives of the National Junkanoo Committee & the Children's Ministry call on Governor General of The Bahamas


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Her Excellency, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General (centre) welcomed Executives of the National Junkanoo Committee in a Courtesy Call at Government House on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  Pictured from left: Ellery Deveaux, Junkanoo Co-ordinator, Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture; Kishlane O'Brien, Co-Chair, National Junkanoo Committee; H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling; Nicole Sutherland-King, Legal Representative, National Junkanoo Committee; and Vernon Rolle, Parade Management & Task Force, National Junkanoo Committee. 

BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson...

UB Adjunct, broadcaster presents Innovative research at Social Media Conference in DC


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University of The Bahamas part-time professor Christopher Saunders presented ground-breaking research on Snapchat usage and Bahamians at The 7th Social Media Technology Conference and Workshop at Howard University in Washington DC October 5, 2017.

The study entitled Happy Snapping: Does happiness, narcissism, religiosity, and life position predict Snapchat Intensity among Bahamian users produced interesting results about the social media platform and Bahamian users. The study focused on happiness but found that narcissism was the highest predictor of the platforms intensity among users.

Leila OBrien: A Creative Flower in Full Bloom


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The more Leila OBrien reads, the more she writes, blossoming and flourishing like the beautiful flower she is, inside and out. With loose leaf paper on her desk and pen in hand, the third graders vivid and creative imagination bursts forth colourfully, naturally and quickly.

As an avid reader, at the tender age of 7 her creative writing teacher at the time Ms. Carly Burrows at Genesis Academy discovered she had a way with words. Even more, she discovered Leila had an innate ability to clearly and articulately create new, exciting worlds full of adventure we all wish we could escape to...

Cargo Stars Warren Brown, Jimmy Jean-Louis & Omar J Dorsey to attend Gala Premiere at Atlantis


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The stars and producers of Cargo will descend upon the Atlantis Movie Theatre on October 19 for the Gala Premiere of the award-winning film the largest Bahamian film project in history.

Warren Brown, one of Britains most illustrious actors, leads a cast of established and emerging actors in this action packed human drama.

Brown is well known for his roles as Andy Holt in the teen soap opera Hollyoaks, Lee Hibbs in the three-part BBC drama series Occupation and DS Ripley in acclaimed BBC crime drama Luther.

Overcoming obstacles to Innovation & productivity in Firms: a case of The Bahamas


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Earlier this year, the IDB Groups Caribbean Department invested in training for its employees to participate in a Simplexity Workshop, facilitated by Basadur Applied Creativity, with the objective of introducing the team to creative problem solving. The session resonated with the IDBs team in The Bahamas. It forced participants to think of innovative ways to apply this creative process in executing the IDBs mission as a development partner. The workshop evaluated problems from the lens of how might we do something differently, analyzing potential solutions equally...

Derek W. Smith, Jr. appointed to board of directors of Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation


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Mr. N. Vandyke Pratt, Chairman of the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Derek W Smith Jr. to the Foundations Board of Directors with effect from September 30th, 2017.
 
On September 25th, 2017, Director Derek was elected the 12th President of the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council and was appointed to represent the Council on the Board...

Nassau Pan-hellenic Council to honour outstanding members at Bahamas Greek Hall of Fame Ceremony


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The President, Officers and Members of the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council, the local Council of the nine historically black fraternities and sororities, would like to announce the selection of two individuals who will be inducted into the Bahamas Greek Hall of Fame for 2017. The primary purpose of the Bahamas Greek Hall of Fame is to recognize Bahamian Fraternity or Sorority members for outstanding contributions made to the development of Greek Life in The Bahamas...

Sustainable Energy Consortium welcomes working with Government


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Sustainable Energy, a consortium that includes Alternative Power Supply, said today they welcome the opportunity to work with the Bahamas government to find the best solutions for the energy crisis that will include renewables in the mix. The statement followed a report in a daily newspaper quoting a company that had the same initials as Alternative Power Supply and was quoted as saying government must get out of the way if renewables are the way forward.

Energy supply and distribution are very complex matters. There is no single or simple solution and it is essential to work cooperatively and in partnership with stakeholders, said Philip Holdom, co-founder of Sustainable Energy Bahamas and president and founder of Alternative Power Supply...

Komen Bahamas runs on Dunkin


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Nassau, Bahamas The Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure scored a slam Dunk during its recent registration drive at Dunkin Donuts Bahamas.

Twice a month until the Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend (SIRW) in January, Komen Bahamas will have on-site registration at the donut giants East Street South location from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

The goal is to get as many local residents registered for the January 13th event...

ALIV sponsors 2018 Remilda Rose Spring/Summer Collection Event


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ALIV is the main sponsor for the 2018 Spring/Summer Remilda Rose Collection which will be unveiled on Sunday, October 15th at SuperClubs Breezes. In a press conference held today (October 11), ALIV Events, Sponsorship and Community Manager, Bianca Bethel-Sawyer noted that ALIV was proud to sponsor the event as proceeds will benefit the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. Remilda Rose Owner/Founder Gillian Curry-Williams has had her own family affected by cancer as her father passed from cancer only a year ago. Mrs. Curry-Williams decided at that time, as a designer, she wanted to do something to raise public awareness as well as making a monetary donation...

Minister of Public Works Addresses Street Signs, Light Poles and Potholes in Parliament


An intense initiative by the Ministry of Public Works to replace stolen street signs and straighten damaged and bent poles will soon commence. The Hon. Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Public Works, addressed the issue of street signs and potholes in his contribution to the House of Assembly Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  His comments came during a debate on a motion to thank Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling for her speech from the Throne.

In Carmichael and in many of our other communities, street signs have virtually disappeared, said the Minister. As the Minister with responsibility for street signs, Mr. Speaker, this is deeply troubling...

UBFIT Grand Bahama focuses on Health as a National Imperative


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University of The Bahamas (UB) is leading a community building and fundraising initiative focused on health as a national imperative.

Health is a national issue and we know that so many of the diseases we struggle with as a people are preventable and based on lifestyle; how we eat and our willingness to be mobile and active throughout life. As a university, we want to lead in this endeavor and UBFIT Grand Bahama provides us with a platform to do just that, says Dr. Ian Strachan, Vice President UB-North...

McCleans Town, Annual Conch Cracking Festival goes national with help from BTC


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The usually quiet Grand Bahama community of McCleans Town buzzed with activity on National Heroes Day, as scores of residents made the commute to the quaint East Grand Bahama settlement for the annual Conch Cracking festival. As a lead sponsor of the 45th annual event, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, was pleased to come on board as a supporter of this time honoured tradition.

Originating in 1972, the annual festival continues to attract locals and tourists from all over the world. The days events kicked off around noon with the classic conch cracking, conch cleaning and conch eating competitions while the sweet sound of Bahamian music, courtesy of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, wafted through the air...

Public Forum Organized for Ministry of Finances Public Financial Management and Performance Monitoring Project


The Public Financial Management and Performance Monitoring Reform (PFM/PMR) Project Unit within the Ministry of Finance is mandated to improve the governments capacity to manage and allocate resources and as such will have a tangible effect not just on the public service but also on the lives of every Bahamian. 

Increasing transparency and coordination between agencies for improved planning, implementation and monitoring will be a major step in ensuring fiscal sustainability for the Bahamian economy...

DPM says East End Communities are Ecological Dream Come True


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In officially opening the 45th Annual Conch Cracking Festival in McLeans Town, during the National Heroes Day Holiday, October 9, 2017 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest remarked that places like McLeans Town remain an ecological dream a paradise by many standards.

Therefore, I want to encourage you to enjoy the beauty of these communities and the surrounding cays, Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest told the hundreds of participants at the annual festival, which was held at McLeans Town All-Age school...

Philip Brave Davis delivers another successful campaign stop in Central and South Eleuthera


Eleuthera, Bahamas - Ending the evening with a full house of party supporters in the community of South Eleuthera PLP, Leader Philip Brave Davis ended the evening with the song Lets Stay Together.
 
The Leader on his Road to Convention swing across the country delivered another powerful message to Rebuild, Reform and Rebrand the PLP. The party is headed into a National Convention set for October 22 25.

Mr. Davis, along with MPs, Chester Cooper, Picewell Forbes, Senators Fred Mitchell, Jobeth Coleby-Davis and Clay Sweeting, all appeared on the platform...

PM Minnis to meet with Cabinet Ministers individually; deepen convention regarding discussions with Governor-General


Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday (October 11) that he will meet with each Cabinet Minister individually on a quarterly basis with a view to assessing the work of individual ministries while helping to improve the effectiveness of each ministry in carrying out the Governments policies.
 
The decision is part of the Minnis Administrations programme of reform and transformation in governance as foreshadowed in the Speech From the Throne during the Opening of Parliament (May, 2017).

2nd Annual Best of the Best Regatta takes place December at Montagu Bay


 
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The Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources, in collaboration with the Star Sailors League, announced they will host the Second Annual Best of the Best Regatta at Montagu Bay, December 6-10 of this year.  Agriculture & Marine Resources Minister, the Hon. Renward Wells addressed the press in the Conference Room of the Ministry's Headquarters, October 11, to invite the public to support their fellow Bahamian sportsmen participating in the international cultural event.

"Our Planning Committee's work is well underway as we are looking forward to the battery of activities that will heighten public awareness of, and participation in, Bahamian culture, and showcase sloop sailing for Bahamians and tourists alike," said Minister Wells...

Anti-Corruption Bill to include confiscation of Assets Policy


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The Minnis Administration will introduce new and revised legislation to combat official corruption in The Bahamas as part of its legislative agenda, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday.
 
This includes a more advanced Anti-Corruption Bill inclusive of Asset Confiscation and Public Disclosure and an Integrity Commission Bill.

Political will is needed in order to address and stem corruption, Prime Minister Minnis said. This government and this Prime Minister have the will to confront corruption. We will promote law and order....

Prime Minister Minnis: Communication to the House of Assembly - GG Speech from the Throne



Speaking Notes Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis Prime Minister Resolution to Thank the Governor-General for Reading the Speech from the Throne 11 October, 2017:

Mr. Speaker:

I am pleased to give my support to the Resolution to thank Her Excellency the Governor General, Dame Marguerite Pindling, for graciously reading the Speech from the Throne at the opening of this new term of this ancient parliament.

To paraphrase one of my predecessors:

We are in Her Excellencys debt.  Her posture and those of her predecessors in office...

The Bahamas Government continuing its commitment to making interim payments to qualified CLICO Policyholders


The Bahamas Government is continuing with its commitment to making interim payments to all qualified policyholders of CLICO, in a series of three tranches during 2017.  As a result, the second tranche of payments will take place during the month of October to ensure that qualified policyholders receive the full benefits of their policies.

The Government has determined that these scheduled payments will be limited to the qualified policyholders of record as of December 31, 2016...

Minister of Transport commends LJM Maritime Academy's Programme and Graduates


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Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell delivered brief remarks at the Lowell J. Mortimer (LJM) Maritime Academy during its Pre-Sea Passing Out & Graduation ceremonies at Maritime Cay on Friday, October 6. Mr. Campbell congratulated the graduates for their achievement. He also commended the school for diversifying its program, which now includes a rating program. Forty-one cadets graduated from the program, including 33 males and 8 females. He is pictured, right, commending Hugh Sands; and looking on is Dr. Brendamae Cleare, president of the academy...

Law ministers summit to focus on law reform and technology

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The Commonwealth will unveil a package of legislative reform tools at its Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM) in Nassau, The Bahamas, from 16 to 19 October 2017.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said the organisations new legislative drafting handbook and law reform guide will help governments effectively respond to contemporary challenges such as terrorism, climate change, child marriage and cybercrime...

PM Minnis says Fiscal Discipline is Critical to Economic Stability


The Minnis Administration is resolute in bringing fiscal discipline and order to public finances, as such discipline and order are required to forestall any possible dire economic consequences that can cripple growth and the longer-term prospects for the country.
 
If we do not get our economic house in order, the foundation and the house are at risk of collapse, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis told Parliament Wednesday (October 11).
 
Prime Minister Minnis said the Government of The Bahamas is focused, resolute and determined to not only improving the economic vitality of The Bahamas as a country, but to also improving the standard of living for all Bahamians...

Hon. T. Desmond Bannister Contribution - Speech From the Throne


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Contribution by Hon. Thomas Desmond Bannister Member Of Parliament (Carmichael) & Minister Of Public Works Concerning Debate on Motion To Thank Her Excellency For 2017 Speech From The Throne:

Mr. Speaker, I rise on behalf of the wonderful people of Carmichael to thank our Governor General, Dame Margurite Pindling, for her most impressive delivery of the Governments agenda in the Speech from the Throne...

We are Good To PLP Women lineup in support behind Brave Davis!


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PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis took his Road to Convention to a special conclave hosted by the New Providence Womens Branch of the PLP on Saturday, October 7th at Sir Lynden Pindling House.

After spending most of the day traveling with Mr. Davis, the first female Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Mother Pratt was also in attendance at the conclave. Mother Pratt shared a tearful story of the love, friendship, and kindheartedness of Party Leader Davis, who, she related, had come to her rescue in her most difficult time...

Ministry of Labour - Bank fees


The Consumer Affairs Division of the Ministry of Labour has received numerous reports and complaints from the general public with respect to the increases in some commercial banks services fees and charges.

These complaints range from the increases in fees to cash checks to the increases in credit card late payment charges...

Bahamian journalist and Press Club member participants in NBC Universal Workshops


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The Bahamas Press Club 2014 is proud that its member, Deandre Williamson was selected from among hundreds of applicants to participate in the CNBC Business News Associate Workshop and NBCUniversity at the Excellence in Journalism Convention held recently in Anaheim, California.

The Press Club congratulates Williamson, in keeping with its mission, which is to foster a culture of excellence and integrity in the profession of Journalism and Mass Communications...

BTC Brand Ambassador, Julien Believe, wows crowds at latest edition of 'A Taste of Port Lucaya'


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Team BTC returned to Count Basie Square for the latest edition of 'A Taste of Port Lucaya' on Friday, October 6th. Bahamas Telecommunications Company's Brand Ambassador, Julien Believe, put on a crowd-pleasing show to assist efforts to support the Lucaya Marketplace.  Believe did renditions of his Caribbean Slide and other fan favourites while he danced with the crowd.  BTC as a co-sponsor provided free wifi so everyone could share every moment of the show and the Junkanoo rush on their mobile devices. BTC team members were also on hand at the company Pop Up Booth which offered Top-Up promotions, as well as amazing discounts on mobile devices like the Samsung J2 Prime...

Urban Renewal Centres to be re-structured; bail management system on the Way


Urban Renewal Centres across The Bahamas will be restructured, re-opened or new ones created, to aid in the revitalization of the inner-city/Family Island communities, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Anthony Newbold said Tuesday.
 
The restructuring of existing Urban Renewal Centres, creation of new ones and the re-opening of the others, will help to fulfill a promise made in the Speech From the Throne during the Opening of Parliament to institute Urban Development particularly in the Over-the-Hill areas by revitalizing inner-city communities (Urban Renewal) and expanding the reach of social services...

'Time to Cleanup' gets started


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The Ministry of Environment & Housing this month has begun a 'Time to Clean Up' Campaign.  Catching the theme, on Friday and Saturday through Old Boat Alley, off Market Street, residents gathered for two days to clean up their surroundings, making a difference in their communities.  Over the weekend, Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira visited the Eastern Parade on National Heroes Day, October 9, to show support to a group of cleanup volunteers for a private cause, led by Ed Fields, Senior VP at Atlantis...

National cleanup initiative launched: DEHS to advise communities on placement and pickup of waste


The Ministry of Environment and Housing via the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) launched the National Cleanup Initiative on October 1, 2017.

The initiative seeks to involve the community and stakeholders in cleanup and maintenance for the respective areas...

Statement by the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister in response to Chester Cooper


Statement by the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in response to Chester Cooper, MP, Exuma & Ragged Island

It is disappointing that the Member for Exuma & Ragged Island would once again allow himself to be led by those on his side who have been rejected by the people, and who obviously scripted a narrative intended to tie him to their failed administration rather than to offer constructive criticisms, of which we believe he is capable...

Maritime graduates off to a Great Start


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LJM Maritime Academy graduates are testimonies of the results of Urban Renewal empowerment programs and initiatives and are off to a great start said the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development.

Minister Rolle was the first of two government ministers who gave remarks at the LJM Maritime Academy Cadet Cohort 2016-2017 Pre-Sea Passing Out, and Rating Cohort 2017 graduation ceremonies Friday, October 6, at Maritime Cay...


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