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Bahamas 3-Day Weather Forecast for Thursday, January 18th - Jan 18, 2018 - 9:50:05 AM

Bahamas public forecast

This is a public forecast for today and tonight Thursday 18th January 2018.

General situation: Remnants of a frontal boundary continues to linger near the Central Bahamas and is expected to dissipate later today while a strong cold front will enter the Northwest Bahamas today and quickly move into the Central Bahamas by tonight. A strong high pressure behind the front will generate strong winds and high seas across the Bahamas through tonight...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas select four winners in its “Say Yes Marriage Proposal” Contest - Jan 17, 2018 - 9:39:33 PM

Four winners have been selected from the recent “Say Yes” Marriage Proposal contest, which ended December 15, 2017 and was organized by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) in conjunction with Paparazzi Proposals of New York.  More than 300 grooms from throughout the United States of America submitted entries into the six weeks social media contest, with hopes of winning a surprise marriage proposal and four days three nights stay at any of four islands in The Bahamas:  Abaco, Exuma, Nassau or Paradise Island.

The winners, who were selected from a panel of qualified judges, have been notified but will be named after their proposal on February 14, 2018...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Over-the-Hill Clean-up Campaign to get underway this weekend - Jan 17, 2018 - 7:35:38 PM

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Officials of the Economic Development and Planning Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister have teamed up with officials from the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) and the Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority to launch the Over-the-Hill Clean-Up Initiative and Bulk Waste Removal Campaign.
 
Details of the launch were released Wednesday, January 17 (2018) during a press conference held in the Board Room of the Office of the Prime Minister, Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Over-the-Hill Clean-up Campaigned launched - Jan 17, 2018 - 6:37:38 PM

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Officials of the Economic Development and Planning Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister, along with their partners from the Department of Environmental Health Services and the Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority, Wednesday launched the Over-the-Hill Clean-up Campaign aspect of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative with a press conference in the Board Room, Office of the Prime Minister, Cecil V. Wallace-Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamas presents national report during the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council - Jan 17, 2018 - 6:05:38 PM

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The Bahamas underwent its Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the 29th Session today, Wednesday January 17, 2018, at the Human Rights Council(HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The delegation was led by Senator, the Honorable Carl Wilshire Bethel, Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), “The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Over 80 Pastoral Care Givers qualified within the country’s healthcare system - Jan 17, 2018 - 4:28:59 PM

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Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said since its inception, 80 plus persons have successfully qualified themselves as Pastoral Care Givers via the Public Hospitals Authority’s (PHA) Clinical Pastoral Education Training programme that was introduced and presently continues under the supervision of Rev. Canon S. Sebastian Campbell, the PHA’s own Hospital Chaplain.

Dr. Sands said that as Minister of Health, as well as during his decades of practice as a physician, he has often reflected on the importance of partnership at every level in the delivery of excellent service in healthcare...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Pastoral Care Givers receive training beyond local hospitals - Jan 17, 2018 - 4:12:16 PM

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Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands said over the years, Pastoral Care Givers are not limited to experience training in only the local hospitals, namely Princess Margaret Hospital and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys, the Willamae Pratt Centre for Girls and the All Saints Camp, but clinical sites also include Her Majesty’s Prison Services, and even some public schools...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Relaunch of Project in West Grand Bahama Speaks of Investor’s Confidence - Jan 17, 2018 - 3:32:20 PM

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Investor confidence is returns to Grand Bahama: in a press conference at the Office of The Prime Minister on Tuesday, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson hosted investors Philip Ward and Mike Hayhurst, developers of a series of village-styled homes on marina-front lots in Deadman’s Reef that will be known as ‘Seaward Fishing Village.’

“We’re pleased to announce that they have already set out to engage local Bahamian contractors and purchase many of the materials locally,” said Minister Thompson...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Church Service for Parliamentarians - Jan 17, 2018 - 2:35:03 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, centre, Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. Halson Moultrie, right, and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis, third from right, along with other House of Assembly members, pictured, participate in a church service for parliamentarians at Church of God Cathedral, Lily of the Valley Corner, on Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018... 

Bahamian Politics

DNA cautiously optimistic on reduction in crime - Jan 17, 2018 - 1:22:55 PM

After years of record breaking crime numbers, The Democratic National Alliance welcomed this week’s report of an overall drop in criminal activity around the country. The figures released by the top brass of the Royal Bahamas Police force are a testament to the incredible work being done by these hard-working public servants, many of whom have made the decision to protect and serve their communities at great personal sacrifice.

We are, however, cautiously optimistic that this downward trend will continue. While the reduction in overall crime is cause for celebration, now is not the time to become complacent...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Projected Reserve Osmosis Desalination Plant welcomed by Ragged Islanders - Jan 17, 2018 - 12:35:37 PM

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“This is great news for Ragged Island,” said Basil Francis of the Government’s plans to construct a Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant on the far-flung southern island.

Francis, a descendant of the quaint, serene island, said it’s been really rough surviving without a constant flow of running water for nearly three months.

“We say the water is ‘on’ when it rains. People think this means the water man is coming, but it means to catch some rainwater while it’s raining...

Community : Grand Bahama

Team BTC Races for a Cure - Jan 17, 2018 - 10:41:23 AM

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With thousands of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer on an annual basis, in the Bahamas and around the world, the fight to raise awareness and save lives has become even more critical. As part of its civic commitment BTC has for years been a supporter of Breast Cancer research and awareness. This year that commitment saw members of Team BTC lace up their trainers and don their track suits to ‘Race for the Cure’ at the 9th Annual Susan G. Comen Marathon Bahamas event held in New Providence last weekend... 

“Everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed, who has fought cancer and won and even those who have lost their fight” explained VP of Customer Experience at BTC, Eldri Ferguson-Mackey...

Bahamian Politics

Statement by the PLP in response to crime statistics - Jan 17, 2018 - 10:00:49 AM

From The Office Of The Chairman of The Progressive Party responding to The Crime Statistics: No False FNM Crowing 17 January  2018:

There is an old saying that there are lies, damn lies and statistics.
 
So we don't want the adoring media doing any false crowing about how crime is down because of the efforts of the FNM...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

National Security to Improve Infrastructure and Equipment for Police in Grand Bahama - Jan 16, 2018 - 8:37:44 PM

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Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames says that in the coming months, the government will present many new policies which they have spent a considerable amount of time on, that are holistic in scope and are expected to complement current law enforcement efforts of restoring peace in the country.

“This will happen through improved strategy, acquisition of new equipment, enhanced training of officers and building capacity, not only in New Providence, but throughout the entire Bahamas,” added Minister Dames...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Digital system being explored for the courts - Jan 16, 2018 - 8:05:30 PM

A digital recording system is being investigated for use in the Courts. In his address at the ceremonies to officially open the Legal Year, Thursday, January 11, 2018, Acting Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs said the new system would bring some “relief” to Magistrates.

“This has a lot of potential especially when it is considered that Magistrate’s Courts, in particular, can only engage stenographers on request...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Viana Gardiner Heads OPM Deliverables Unit - Jan 16, 2018 - 7:00:07 PM

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Counsel and Attorney-at-Law, Mrs. Viana Gardiner has been appointed head of the Deliverables Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister.

The announcement was made by Anthony Newbold, Press Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister during his regular Tuesday Press Briefing at the Cecil V. Wallace-Whitfield Centre, West Bay Street.

The appointment of Mrs. Gardiner fulfills a promise made by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis in the last quarter of 2017, to promote good governance and accountability within the various government ministries, agencies, departments...

News : International : Caribbean News

Saint Lucia Receives Assistance from the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund - Jan 16, 2018 - 5:28:12 PM

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On Monday 14th January on the fringes of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018, several Caribbean countries received development grants to finance projects that will bolster efforts to transition from fossil fuel economies to economies based on renewable energy.
 
Belize, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts & Nevis and Saint Lucia will benefit from the second funding cycle of the AED 183.6 million (US$ 50 million) UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF)...
 

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Ferreira attends Renewable Energy Assembly in UAE - Jan 16, 2018 - 3:47:54 PM

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- Joining some 1100 delegates from over 150 countries, the Hon. Romauld S. Ferreira, Minister of the Environment & Housing, attended the Eighth Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly on January 13-14, 2018 which was held at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The international body met to discuss private sector and civil society issues for global energy transition, and charting the way forward on deployment.

Minister Ferreira noted in addition, “IRENA hosted a special high-level event, outside of the Eighth Session of the IRENA Assembly, which focused on improving the capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to develop and secure financing for renewable energy projects...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Message of Condolence from the Minister of Health on the passing of Dr. Cecil Bethel - Jan 16, 2018 - 1:32:00 PM

Today we mourn the passing of our dear esteemed colleague, friend, mentor and a giant of the health profession.  Dr. Cecil W.M. Bethel, a Caribbean and British-trained Physician, was educated at the University of the West Indies, The Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dr. Bethel was the first Bahamian to graduate from the University of the West Indies (UWI London) 1957.  He completed his internship at the Public Hospital in Georgetown, Guyana, between 1958 and 1959...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Acting Chief Justice Isaacs Addresses Judicial Independence - Jan 16, 2018 - 1:22:18 PM

Criticism of judicial decisions is expected, however, uninformed “destructive” attacks on judicial officers, or on the judiciary, is not acceptable said Acting Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs.
 
The Acting Chief Justice made general observations on the concept of judicial independence during his remarks at the recent official opening of the 2018 Legal Year...

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