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Ten Senators receive Instruments of Appointment – photos

Pictured: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes presented Instruments of Appointment to 10 Government Senators May 21 at Government House. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) See the rest of the photos (slideshow format) after the jump. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes presented 10 new government Senators with their Instruments of Appointment during an Appointment Ceremony at Government House, May 21, 2012.

The new Senators include:

  Frank Edward Smith Gregory Conrad Burrows
  Jerome Pastel Gomez Julian Bedell Russell
  Gary Martin Sawyer Henry Alexander Leon Storr
  Tanisha L Tynes Sharon Roena Wilson
  Joseph Ricardo Curry Cheryl Eloise Bazard

They join Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Senator Keith Bell, who received their Instruments of Appointment when they were appointed to Cabinet positions during earlier ceremonies at Government House.

Also present at the event were: Prime Minister Perry Christie; Bernadette Christie; Lady Foulkes; Members of Parliament; civic leaders; senior government officials; and family of the Senators.

Prime Minister Christie said he was struck by the age demographic represented by the group, and also by the large number of first-time Parliamentarians.

“This newness, seasoned with tried and tested experience, augurs well with the generational change that is already well underway regarding politics in our country,” the Prime Minister said.

“It is so refreshing, to see so many new persons stepping forward to take their part in the governance of our country.”

Prime Minister Christie noted that those on his team not chosen to serve on the Senate, may be afforded the opportunity, later during this government’s current term.

The Prime Minister said: “Now that the Parliament of The Bahamas is fully constituted, we all look forward to the opening of Parliament within the next two days.”

Click on the photos below to view enlargements.

Frank Edward SmithGregory Conrad Burrows
Jerome Pastel GomezJulian Bedell Russell
Gary Martin SawyerHenry Alexander Leon Storr
Tanisha L TynesSharon Roena Wilson
Joseph Ricardo CurryCheryl Eloise Bazard

Vitech Systems Group announced May 21 that The National Insurance Board of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NIB) has selected Vitech's software as its new Social Security Administration Solution.

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