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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z (ALL)


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Accreditation (College/ University)

Accrediation of Colleges & Universities

Acts (Employment)

Employment Act, Industrial Act, Health & Safety Act, Minimum Wages Act.

Adoption

Application form for persons wishing to adopt children

Aerodrome Visual Aid/Lights

Pertaining to the airfield, control tower, and hangers

Aeronautical Charts

Obstacle Data, Enroute Navigation, Approach Chart Runway. Also Aeronautical Information Service

Agent (Insurance)


Agent (Shipping)

Any authorized person that acts on behalf of the master or owner of a vessel.

Agriculture

The production of crops, livestock, or poultry

Air traffic

Aircraft in flight or operating on the maneuvring area of an airport. Services - Flight information, alerting service, air traffic advisory service, air traffic control service ( Area Control, Approach Control, Aerodrome Control Services).

Aircraft/plane (Heavy/ Med./Small)

Jets, Turbo Prop, commerical, non-commerical,

Airport

Airside, Landside, Control

Animals & Birds


Assessment (property)

Assessment of Real Property for the purpose of paying taxes - property held in the form of land or buildings.

Atmosphere

The envelope of gases that surrounds a planet and is held to it by the planet's gravitational attraction.

Auction (Customs)

The sale of un-customed goods.

Auditing

Examination of records or financial accounts..

Aviation

International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) - international minumum standards to govern technical side of aviation worldwide.

Baggage Declaration

Legal declaration of goods that travel with a passenger.

Bahamas Development Bank


Bahamas Industrial Agreement

The Government of The Bahamas Industrial Agreement with The Public Service Union

Bahamas Information Services

BIS advises the government in relation to the dissemination of information on the policy and activities of the government and promotes the policies, programmes, goals and the role of the Government of The Bahamas

Bank


Beaches


Birth

Birth registration or copies of birth certificates

Boat Registration


Bonded Warehouse (Customs)

bonded warehouse means any warehouse appointed by the Minister under section 23 of this Act for the deposit of dutiable goods on which duty has not been paid and which have been entered to be warehoused

Bonds (Customs)

Cash securities held by customs.

Border Protection


Bridges


Broker (Customs)

A person licensed to act on behalf of a person or company with regards to Customs procedures.

Broker (Insurance)


Building

Any structure: commercial, residential, historical

Burial grounds and Cemeteries


Business


Business Licence

Home-based, new business, existing business, renewal, temporary, contract, requirements

Business Registration


Cabinet


Cadet

Training programmes for high school children ran by different agencies

Cargo (Customs)

Any goods or shipment not accompanying passengers.

Casino


Census


Central Bank of The Bahamas

Promote and maintain: monetary stability and credit and balance of payments conditions; an adequate banking system and high standards of conduct and management. Advises the Minister of Finance on any matter of a financial or monetary nature.

Child protection

See children services

Children services

Negleted, abused or abandoned Children

Citizenship

The rights and privileges of a citizen

Civil Aviation

Landing, Parking, Pilot Medical, Concessions, Passenger Facilities.

Civil Service

Pertaining to government run agencies and their employees

Climate

The accumulation of daily and seasonal weather events over a long period of time.

Clinics (Medical)

Community Health Centres that provide primary healthcare services.

College

Tertiary education pursued on the completion of highschool (secondary education)

Community Development

Programs geared toward improving communities througout The Bahamas

Companies


Complaints

Grievances from the pubic with regards to a service that is provided by government or private sector

Compliance

To ensure that Acts are being followed by entities that are governed by them

Conciliation (Labour)

Peacemaking in the Workplace where parties discuss their differences, dispute resolution

Conciliator

Suitably qualified Public Officer who is qualified, knowledgeable, experience, neutral and skillful in conflict resolution

Conservation

The preservation and protection of natural resources through its monitoring and managing.

Construction

Building commercial or residential as well as marine structures

Consumer

Regarding person that consumes, especially one that acquires goods or services for direct use or ownership rather than for resale or use in production and manufacturing.

Contractors


Conveyance

Land papers, maps, and site plans

Cooperatives


Copyright

The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work.

Couriers (Customs)

A mail service.

Court - Appeal

Highest Court in The Bahamas. Heats appeals from civil and criminal appeals from Supreme Court, Magistrate Court and vairous Tribunals

Court - Magistrate

Hears civil and criminal matters)

Court - Supreme

Judges. Hear appeals from Magistrates Court and various Tribunals

Courts

See Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Magistrate Court, Family Island Administrators.

Craft (air or sea)


Crown Land

Public land belonging to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Culture


Custom duty

Includes any fees, levy, imposition, tax or surtax imposed by any customs law.

Customs (Customs)

Customs or the Customs means the Customs Department

Death

Death registration or certified copies of death certificates

Deed Poll

Documents showing legal change, usually for a change in name.

Deeds and Documents


Defence

Royal Bahamas Defence Force

Development (Financial)


Disabled persons

Persons with disabilities

Disaster preparedness


Distance Learning

Education where students access information and communicate with an instructor via a computer network or some other electronic means.

Docks


Doppler Radar

A radar that determines the velocity of falling precipitation either towards or away from the radar unit.

Drugs

Any substance that is used to alter state of mind, to modify chemical processes in the body, or treat disease and illness.

Duty (Customs)

Includes any fees, levy, imposition, tax or surtax imposed by any customs law.

Duty Exemption

A deduction granted by law to reduce a taxable amount. Exemptions are based on status and circumstances. See Customs Duty Exemption Under Item 8, Part B of the 4th Schedule of the Tariff Act.

Education


Education - Special


Educational Loans

Educational Loans

Elections


Emergency Services

Healthcare services that deal with medical emergencies.

Emergency Shelter


Emigration

To leave a country or region to settle in another.

Employee

Persons that are working

Employee - Private Sector

Employers - Person/company that hire people to work. Also employees - persons hired to work

Employer

Person/company that hire people to work

Employment - Government

Work with the Government of the Bahamas

Energy


Entitlement (Work related)

Vacation, Maternity, Sick, Overtime and Compassionate Leave.

Entry Requirements (Customs)


Entry Requirements (Immigration)


Environment


Environmental Health


Exemptions


Exemptions (Customs)


Exemptions (Real Property)


Expenditure


Explosives and Volatile Substances


Export

To ship (commodities) to other countries or places for sale, exchange, etc.

Family Island Administrator


Family Services

Neglected, abused,abandoned Children

Finance


Financial Investments


Fines (Customs)

Money paid on the conviction of an offense.

Fishing/Fisheries


Food and Beverage


Food handling

Proper food handling techniques to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Food safety

Protecting food against contamination.

Forecast (weather)


Foreign Affairs

Regards to the conduct of foreign policy and foreign relations both at home and abroad, and to protect the national interest in international affairs

Forfeiture (Customs)

The goods in respect of which an offence is committed is liable to forfeiture/seizure

Foster Care

Persons wishing to foster/adopt Children

Franchise (Bus/Taxi/Tour/Livery)

Public transportation vehicles (inclusive of surreys)

Freight

Items and supplies for carriage/transport the Islands of the Bahamas or the cost for transporting them.

Gaming/Gambling


GIS

Geographical Information Services

Gratuity

A one time payment to a person as a result of retirement or end/termination of service.

Harbour


Health

A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.

Health Councils

Boards which oversee and regulate various aspects of healthcare services, facilities and healthcare professionals

Healthcare

Includes all necessary preventative and curative services so as to sustain good health.

Hobbies (employment)

Activities done in ones spare time

Horticulture

The cultivation of flowers, fruits, vegetables, or plants.

Hotel


Housing (Government)


Human Resource

People as a resource

Hurricane (Forecast/Weather)

A severe tropical cyclone having winds in excess of 64 knots (74 mi/hr).

Hurricane (Preparedness and Relief)


Immigration

To settle in a country or region that is not native to you.

Immunization

Making the body resistant to disease through vaccination.

Import

To bring in (merchandise, commodities, workers, etc.) from a foreign country for use, sale, processing, reexport, or services.

Import Duty

Taxes levied on imports as specified in the Customs Tariff Act (1976).

Industry


Information Technology

Related to computer hardware, software and communicaitons - its acquisition/development, deployment, and maintenance

Inspections (Building)


Inspections (Customs)


Inspections (Health)

Routine inspections to ensure that safe and healthful conditions and procedures are in place.

Inspections (Labour)

Examination of all books, payroll and other records in relation to the Minimum Wage Act

Inspections (Transport/Aviation)


Insurance


Insurance Companies


Intellectual property

Property that results from original creative thought, as patents, copyright material, and trademarks

Investigations (Customs)


Investments


Job (Employment)

Persons seeking a job. Persons seeking to hire (employer).

Judiciary

See courts

Junkanoo

Bahamian carnival-like parade held on Boxing Day (day after Christmas) and News Years day. Smaller scaled parades, Rush-outs, are also put on during the summer months and on special occasions.

Justice

See courts

Laboratories

Facilities that provide health and medical testing.

Labour

Pertaining to workers, their associations, or working conditions. (Incl. Advocates, Inspectors, Tribunal)

Labour Advisory Counsel

To assist the Minister

Labour Dispute

Any differences between an employer and Employee

Land

Vacant, foreign owned, commercial, residential

Law


Leave (Public Service)

Vacation, Casual, Compassionate, Special Leave, Study Leave

Legal Aid


Licence (Business)

Liquor, shop, hotel, music & dancing, restaurant, bar, club, home-based business, occasional, temporary, duplicate, contract, business

Licence (Civil Aviation)

Air Traffic Controllers, Airlines, Aerodromes, foreign and domestic

Licence/Licencing

Formal permission from the Government or a constituted authority to carry on some business or profession or function.

Licence/Permit

Formal permission from the Government or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession or function. A certificate/document, tag, plate, etc., giving proof of such permission; Example: a driver's license.

Lighthouse


Liquor

Any distilled or spirituous beverage, as brandy or whiskey, and fermented beverages, such as wine or beer.

Loans - Educational


Loans - Government


Local Government


Mail

Mail service system - parcels, letters

Mail Box

A private postal box which is rented to members of the public for the collection of letter and other such mail.

Mailboat (Registration/ Schedule)

Inter Island subsidized passenger and freight transport vessel.

Marine Spill

A spill on the sea affecting the marine environment.

Marine/Marine Resources

As related to the sea

Marital Status

Male, female, married, divorce, widowed etc.

Maritime Affairs

Pertaining to the seas.

Marriage

Registration of marriages and marriage certificates

Medical (Physical)

General examination of the body, by a healthcare provider to detect early signs of disease.

Medical Board

Employee recommended for Examination by Medical Board

Medical Services

Fee Waiver for Health Care

Merchant Shipping Act

The Act that governs and regulate the shipping in the Bahamas.

Meteorology

Pertaining to the weather

Migrate

The act of moving from one country or region to another.

Minimum wage

The lowest sum of money that an employer can pay an employee legally

Money order

A document used to transfer funds to another person or entity in another country (used instead of money)

Motor Vehicles

Including- cars, trucks, buses, motor cycles and any other motorized machine with wheels used for the transportion of people or things

Museums


National Health Insurance

Not-for-profit health plan which shares the cost and benefits of quality healthcare among all its members.

National Insurance

Social Security Coverage in the form of benefit payments to insured persons and their dependents.

National Security


Naturalization

To grant full rights and priviledges as a citizen.

Nursing

Profession focused on assisting individuals, families and communities in attaining and maintaining optimal health.

Occupancy Certificate

Legal document issued after your building project is substantially complete and authorities are satisfied that the building is safe/fit for human habitation; based on the requirements of the Bahamas Building Code.

Oil Spill (Contingency Plan)

The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

Oil Spill (reporting and response)


Parcel Post

Area of the Post Office through which you can send or pick-up small, medium and large packages/parcels.

Parliament

The legislative body of The Bahamas

Parties (Labour)

Persons (Employer, Employee) involved in the dispute

Passport

Sample passport forms, requirements for applying

Patents

The exclusive right granted by a government to an inventor to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years.

Pension

A regular payment to a person as a result of retirement or end/termination of service.

Pension/Gratuity

Particulars of Pension/Graturity

Permit

Formal permission from the Government or a constituted authority to carry on some business or profession or function.

Permit - Cruising


Permits (Agriculture and Marine)

A certificate or document issued by the Agriculture or Marine Resources departments.

Permits (Civil Aviation)

Charter Companies, foreign and domestic, local/foreign

Permits (Public Works)

Building, Electrical, Mechanical

Permits (Transport and Aviation)

Salvage

Permits (Treasury)


Pharmaceuticals

Substances used to cure, prevent or recognize diseases.

Philatelic

Stamp trade or collecting

Photographs (Official Government)

See Bahamas Information Services

Physical Planning


Plants


Playground and Parks

Public areas maintained by the government

Poisons

Any substance that can cause injury, illness or death.

Police

Royal Bahamas Police Force

Policing

See Police

Policy

A course of action adopted by the government.

Port (other)

Legal point of entry into the bahamas by air or sea

Port of Entry (Customs)

Place where persons and/or merchandise are allowed to pass, by water or land, into and out of a country. Customs officers are stationed at these ports to inspect or appraise imported goods

Post (Postal Services)


Post Office Saving Bank


Pre-school Education


Primary Education

First level or degree of education.

Prisons


Property

Owner occupied, commercial, foreign owned, vacant, Bahamian owned, multi purpose, rental

Public places/ground

Parks, cemeteries and other spaces owned and maintained by the government

Public roads

Roads/by-ways constructed and/or maintained by the government.

Public Safety

Transportation safety

Public Service

Government employment; civil service

Public Service - General Orders

General Orders

Public Service Commission (PSC)

The Public Service Commission is The Commission to which personnel matters for all officers, excluding Police, Judicial and Legal Officers, are referred.

Public Transportation

Referes to Ominibuses (Jitneys), liveries, tour cars, taxis, surreys

Public Works

Agency that is responsible for services pertaining to: Building/Construction (commercial or residential), Roads, Parks, Cemeteries and other Public spaces

Publications (Government)

Government communication of information to the public.

Qualifications (employment)

Professional degree or certificates

Re-imbursement

Re-imbursement (Degrees, Courses)

Real Property

Land, improvement, value, property use

Records

An official writing intended to be preserved - record of birth/marriage/death etc.. OR a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction.

Reference (employment)

A written summary of a persons character

Refund (Customs)

Re-imbursement of customs duty once proof of payment is verified.

Regulation

To ensure safety measures are followed

Rehabilitative Services

Client is referred from Schools or Courts

Rent (Government)


Research

An extensive investigation or study into a subject or matter

Residency

Grant conditional rites to reside a particular place.

Resume (employment)

A summary of one’s personal employment history

Retirement/Retiring Benefits

Retirement Benefits. See also Pension

Revenue

Income of government derived from taxation, excise duties, customs, or other sources.

Road Traffic

Agency that deals with activities related to Road Safety, Traffic Regulations, Vehicles (Licensing, Registration, and Inspection), Drivers Licence and the collection of road fees and taxes related to public and private road transportation.

Safety (Crime)


Safety (Home)

Steps to attain and maintain a safe and healthy living environment.

Safety (National Security)


Safety (Road)


Safety (Workplace)

Free from risk, harm and injuries

Sailing


Salary

Monies paid for work done in a stipulated time

Salvage

Research and retrieval of treasure from sunken historical ships/vessels.

Salvage Contract

A commitment between the Government and the salvage explorer.

Sanitation

The disposal of sewage and solid waste.

Scholarship

An monetary award for educational purposes granted to a person based on merit, academics or financial status

School

Place of learning.

Science and Technology (Education)


Seawalls


Secondary Education

Second level or degree of education - junior highschool, senior highschool

Securities


Security (Aviation)

Security programmes to safeguard civil aviation and its facilities against acts of unlawful interfernce/terrorism.

Seizure (Customs)

Taking possession of an item or property legally

Senior Citizen

Any person 60 years or over.

Shipping (Navigation/Merchant/Boat)


Shipwreck

A submerged or partially submerged ship.

Social Services

Agency that is responsible for services such as: Children services, Child Protection, Disabled persons, Family, Rehabilitative, Welfare

Social Work


Social Work Cadet

High school students wishing to become Social Workers

Spill Response

The potential and ability to respond to a spill by containing and cleaning the spill material.

Spirits (Liquor/Alcohol)

Any distilled or spirituous beverage, as brandy or whiskey, and fermented beverages, such as wine or beer.

Sports


Stamp Duty


Standard

Benchmark, measure, yardstick, gauge

Statistics


Storage (Customs)

Any place approved by the Minister for the deposit of unentered, unexamined, detained, or seized goods, for the security thereof or of the duties due thereon;

Straw Market


Summer Job (Government)

Summer employment within a government agency during the months of July and August

Survey (Public Works)

Land, Quantity, Building

Tariff

List or table showing the duties or customs imposed by the government on imports or exports.

Tax

Money demanded by the government for specific facilities or services, or levied on property, sales, etc

Tax (property)

property tax, relief, bills, exemption, rates, tax position

Technical Assistance (Intn'l)

Forms to request technical assistance from regional and international organizations

Temperature


Termination (employment)

Disengagement, fired

Tertiary Education

Third level or degree of education - college, university, post-graduate

Thunderstorm


Tornado

An intense, rotating column of air that protrudes from a cumulonimbus clouds.

Tourism

The industry that regulates and manages tourist related entities and activities

Tourist

Visitor to the island for the purpose of pleasure

Trade (Foreign)


Trade Disputes


Trade Union


Trademarks

Any name, symbol, figure, letter, word, or mark adopted and used by a manufacturer or merchant in order to designate his or her goods and to distinguish them from those manufactured or sold by others

Training (Public Service)

Public Service training awards and Public Service Center for Human Resource Development Courses

Transport (Air)


Transport (Land)


Transport (Sea)


Transportation


Tribunal

A committee or board appointed to adjudicate in a particular matter.(Court of Justice)

Tribunal (Labour)

Appointed to adjudicate labour matters

Unemployment

Persons who are not working

University

Tertiary level education

Urban Renewal

Community based initiative sponsored by the Royal Bahamas Police force

Utilities

Electricity, Water, and Telecommunications services

Vaccination

The introduction of a vaccine into the body to prevent disease.

Valuation (Property)

Mapping and/or assessment of real property

Vehicles

Including- cars, trucks, buses, motor cycles and any other motorized machine with wheels used for the transportion of people or things

Vehicles (abandoned Wreck)

An abandon submerge vessel left for a number of years. (Abandoned Wreck Act - The Act that governs and regulate the abandon wreck in the Bahamas.

Vendors


Vessel (Customs)

Pleasure craft, Freighters

Vessel (Transportation)

Ferry boat, mail boat

Visa

Visa application form for Visitors to the Bahamas

Vocational (labour)

Training in a special skill to be pursued in a trade

Wages

Monies paid for work done in a stipulated time

Warehouse (Customs)

Customs or Bonded

Weather

Hurricances, Tropical storms, flood, thunderstorms, tsunami

Welfare

Request for financial assistance

Wharf

Point of entry by sea

Wholesale


Women Affairs

Matters pertaining to the female sex

Workplace

A place where one works

Youth

Pertaining to school aged persons (17 years or younger)


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