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Prison officials challenged to eradicate gangs, contraband, from prisons
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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 08:45

Minister of National Security Dr. the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage addresses the Joint Opening Session of the Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services and Caribbean Association of Corrections Conference. Prison/Corrections officials from 14 Caribbean countries are attending the conferences. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)NASSAU, Bahamas -- No effort should be spared in eradicating organised gangs from the penal system, Minister of National Security, Dr. the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage said Monday. Dr. Nottage also challenged regional officials to develop new ways – including incentives – to firstly expose and then stamp out corruption among prison officials.

“Given the poisonous, insidious impact of gangs within our penal system, no effort should be spared to eradicate them by all lawful means possible,” Dr. Nottage said. “Not only do gangs spur violence, they are often central to ‘hits’ being ordered on law abiding witnesses and ordinary citizens,” Dr. Nottage added.

Addressing the joint opening session of the Association of Caribbean Heads of Conference and Prison Services and the Caribbean Association of Corrections Conferences, Dr. Nottage said the presence of organised gangs in The Bahamas’ penal system “is a relatively new phenomenon.” (Prison/Correction officials from 14 Caribbean countries, including The Bahamas are participating in the twin conferences.)

George Damianos represents The Bahamas at 2012 National Property Showcase in London
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Monday, 18 June 2012 14:58

NASSAU, Bahamas -- (June 18, 2012) George Damianos, President of Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, recently participated in an exclusive real estate event hosted by Countrywide (the UK’s largest estate agency) at the Millennium Hotel in London.  Countrywide owns and operates London Sotheby's International Realty and United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty.  International realtors from around the world attended with only two realtors from our region invited - one from Barbados and George Damianos from the Bahamas. Mr. Damianos made a presentation on the Bahamas as an ideal destination for primary and second-home owners, highlighting our tax neutral incentives and the ease of buying property in the Bahamas.  He also had the opportunity of showcasing many of the company's exclusive property listings to an audience which included over 150 industry leaders, including representatives from Lloyds, RBS, HSBC and Virgin Money.

Mr. George Damianos along with his sister and partner Virginia Damianos own and operate Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty which has a total of 11 offices throughout the Bahamas with five offices in the Abaco's, including two in Hope Town, one in Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay, Guana Cay in addition to its offices in Nassau, Old Fort Bay and Lyford Cay and offices in Eleuthera in Governor’s Harbour and Spanish Wells.  The newest office is in Georgetown, Exuma.  Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty head office is located at 75 Shirley Street, Nassau.  For additional information, please contact 242 322 2305 or 242 362 4211.

Wider career path options planned for Hearing Impaired students
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Monday, 18 June 2012 12:11

Harriett Pratt, past superintendent of the North Western District, presents awards to Sha’Quan Davis who received awards for most outstanding student in Health, Religion and Social Studies. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that all students leave school with either academic qualifications or with qualifications in the applied sciences that would allow them to choose freely among job opportunities, pursue tertiary education, and eventually a career.

Superintendent of the North Western District of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Howard Newbold, said the government intends to forge academic partnerships with specially selected tertiary institutions that offer special services hearing impaired students require.

“We plan to take bold steps to make certain that hearing impaired students have wider career path choices after graduating from high school, including being able to matriculate directly into tertiary institutions, locally and abroad,” he said.

Mr. Newbold addressed the graduation and prize giving ceremony of the Centre for the Deaf on behalf of Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald on June 14. Efforts will be made to ensure that special schools are included in national programmes being developed in education, Mr. Newbold said.

Courtesy Call-Nottage welcomes Dinkelman
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Monday, 18 June 2012 12:01
Minister Of National Security the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage welcomes John Dinkelman, Charge' d' Affaires United States Embassy, Bahamas, Friday June 15t, during a Courtesy Call at the Churchill Building. (BIS Photo / Patrick Hanna)
Minister Gray takes over as CRFM head
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Monday, 18 June 2012 09:07

Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government Minister V. Alfred Gray makes at point at the Sixth Meeting of the Ministerial Council of CRFM, Friday at SuperClubs Breezes. From left are outgoing CRFM chairman Hilson N Baptiste of Antigua and Barbuda, and Permanent Secretary Cresswell Sturrup.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government Minister V. Alfred Gray took over as head of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) with a charge from outgoing chairman Hilson N Baptiste of Antigua and Barbuda to keep the organisation relevant.“CRFM is at a crossroads right now,” said Mr. Baptiste. “It needs strong and decisive leadership if it is going to be relevant to the Caribbean.”

In March, Bahamas Director of the Department of Marine Resources, Michael Braynen, assumed leadership of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, the body of technical experts which advises the Ministerial Council. “The importance of CRFM to the Caribbean cannot be overstated,” said Mr. Baptiste, “since we see other persons other than Caribbean people, Japanese and Tiawanese, exploiting our waters because we ourselves cannot manage our own coasts as effectively as we ought to.

“We live in an area where coastlines represent billions of dollars that are not being realised…because of lack of resources and a lack of knowledge. “Fishing and marine resources in this Caribbean are crucial to the survival of the region now and for years to come. But it depends on what we do today whether it would be sustainable or not.” The Sixth Meeting of the Ministerial Council of CRFM - Ministers responsible for fisheries from CRFM countries – held their regular annual meeting on Friday at SuperClubs Breezes to chart the course for management of the region’s fishery.

Swearing in of Acting CJ
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Monday, 18 June 2012 09:04
Deputy to the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, is pictured right, presenting Justice Hartman G. Longley with his appointment letter after he was sworn-in as Acting Chief Justice at Government House, June 15. (BIS Photo / Letisha Henderson)


Government’s Charter for Governance delineates the way forward
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Monday, 18 June 2012 08:53

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie presents his contribution to the 2012/13 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, June 13, 2012.  (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie said the government’s Charter for Governance delineates the way forward to a brighter future for the Bahamian people, and also represents the government’s covenant with the citizens of the country  During his Contribution to the Budget Debate the Prime Minister on June 13 said, “The Charter offers Bahamians a clear vision and action plan that are tailored to bring about the necessary changes in our economy and society that will bring immediate and medium term relief to our citizens.

“We will steadfastly be guided by the vision that was pledged in the Charter as we work long and hard to execute the mandate which we have been entrusted.” He said to ensure that the government honours its commitment to hit the ground running, and deliver immediate relief to counteract the pain that is felt by the citizens, it set out a specific targeted 14 point action plan for the first 100 days in office.

“We have been upfront and honest with the people that we will not pursue change by simply spending more money. Meaningful and sustainable change requires a multi-faceted response taking into consideration all aspects of the economy. The 2012/13 Budget Communication is clear on this point,” Prime Minister Christie said.

Government to tackle its two over-riding priorities
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Monday, 18 June 2012 08:47

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie talks about the Government’s two major priorities during his Contribution to the 2012/13 Budget Debate, Wednesday, June 13.  (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)  NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie said the Government has been clear that its over-riding priorities are resolving the crime issue and addressing unemployment.

During his Contribution to the 2012/13 Budget Debate on June 13, the Prime Minister said the Minister of National Security stated that he needs more police officers and cars to fight crime.

“I am going to say today that I do not know that I could meet the immediate needs, one time, as Minister of Finance, but to assist with the attainment of the objective, we will over the next 18-months, purchase at least 70 new vehicles for use by the police force, to show their presence over the breadth and depth of the streets in all areas. This will facilitate quicker response by the police.”

He said the government is also looking at making enhanced use of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, to supplement the activities of police in certain areas at certain times.“There seems to have been a notion put forward, that we are taking away from the protection of our borders to give defence force officers policing responsibilities,” the Prime Minister said.

Viewing of “Bill” Cartwright
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Monday, 18 June 2012 08:26

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Deputy to the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling leads mourners June 15 in viewing the body of William "Bill" Cartwright as it lay in state in the foyer of the House of Assembly. Mr. Cartwright, a founder of the Progressive Liberal Party, died June 7 at age 90. He will be buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery following a State Recognized funeral June 18 at St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Carmichael Road. Also paying respects were Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie (viewing the body), and signing the Book of Condolences, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell. (BIS Photos / Peter Ramsay)



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