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Foreign Affairs Minister meets with IOM representatives - Nov 23, 2014 - 3:02:47 PM

The Ambassador was accompanied by Ms. Aqueda Marin, Regional Technical Specialist of Counter-trafficking and the Minister was joined by Mrs. Cleola Hamilton, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and the Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration and the Dept. of Immigration.

The Courtesy Call provided an opportunity for both the Minister and Ambassador to have a frank conversation on irregular Migration in The Bahamas pursuant to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Bahamas and the International Organization for Migration in September during the 69th United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change...
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Chinese Embassy makes donation to Fox Hill community - Nov 23, 2014 - 3:00:15 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Fox Hill Festival Committee got a helping hand on Friday when the Chinese Embassy made a donation to assist in defraying the cost of various committee projects for the further development of the Fox Hill community. Making the presentation was Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Yuan Guisen and accepting on behalf of the committee was Co-Chair Benjamin Rahming.

Pictured from left are Mr. Zhai Xingfu, Counselor and Deputy Chief of Missions (DCM) at the Chinese Embassy in Nassau; Mr. Maurice Tynes, Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Benjamin Rahming, Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Clinton Pearce, Treasure of the Fox Hill Festival Committee (in background) ; Ambassador Guisen...
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Minister Mitchell's Public Service Statement on Immigration - Nov 23, 2014 - 2:20:46 PM

MIAMI, Florida -
Public Service Statement on Immigration Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration made at St. Agnes Church on
22nd November 2014:

The public is reminded that as of 1st November the following will apply:

No applications will be ac cepted in The Bahamas for first-time work permit applicants who have no legal status in The Bahamas. All first-time applicants for work permits without legal status in The Bahamas will have to be certified as having been seen by The Bahamas Embassy of their home country or the nearest Consular Office of The Bahamas. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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Outstanding Students Foundation call on Bahamas Governor General - Nov 22, 2014 - 9:23:29 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Bahamas Outstanding Students' Foundation headed by T. Ricardo Whylly paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, at Government House on Wednesday November 19, 2014.

Pictured from left: Paige Smith, Renay Miller, Oudreey Demeritte, T. Ricardo Whylly, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Otalia Pinder-Whylly, Dr. Jennie Lloyd, Remona Taylor and Anaka Young. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)...

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Bahamas Government Launches its First Pre-Paid Assistance Card - Nov 22, 2014 - 3:16:56 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Government of The Bahamas celebrated the 50th anniversary of state-operated, ministerial welfare services with the launch of its first-ever, state-operated social services reloadable Pre-Paid Visa Card.

The card will be used to provide state assistance to Bahamians qualifying for food assistance under the Department of Social Services Food Assistance Programme. The launch was held November 20 at Epworth Hall, Shirley Street.

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie attended the launch and presented the first Pre-Paid card...

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PM Hails Former Parliamentarian as ‘A Good Man and a Great Bahamian’ - Nov 21, 2014 - 7:23:25 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Former Cabinet Minister and Parliamentarian, Mr. Warren J. Levarity was laid to rest on Thursday, November 21. A state funeral was held at Christ Church Cathedral, where over three hundred persons gathered to pay their last respects. In attendance at the funeral were, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, accompanied by the majority of his cabinet, along with leader of the Opposition, Dr. Hubert Minnis and several members of the Free National Movement.

While paying tribute to Mr. Levarity, Prime Minister Christie called him, ‘one of the heroes of the Peaceful Revolution.’ He said that not only was the deceased a ‘good man’ but he was also a ‘great Bahamian.’

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Bahamas Immigration Minister Responds to Comments of OAS Secretary General - Nov 21, 2014 - 1:21:49 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell during a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Friday responded to a report emanating from the press of Jamaica that during a visit to Jamaica, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza made comments about the immigration policies of The Bahamas Government.The report in indirect speech said that the Secretary General had referred to "round ups" in The Bahamas of Haitians.

Minister Mitchell said no reports of “round ups” of Haitians should have been made by the office of the Organization of American States as the organization had been briefed on the Immigration policies of the Bahamas Government...

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Ministry of Finance: Business Licensing Process Fast-Tracked for VAT Registrants - Nov 20, 2014 - 7:36:11 PM

The Ministry of Finance announces that with immediate effect the Business Licence Section of the Department of Inland Revenue has implemented fast-track procedures to allow affected businesses and organisations to complete the mandatory registration for VAT. Both first time applicants and those seeking renewals for 2014, will be given conditional letters of approval, until they have satisfied or been waived any other requirements for the issuance of a business license certificate. Those wanting to voluntarily register for VAT can also use these procedures.

Under the procedures business are being allowed to pay their licence fee in full or to agree on a payment plan arrangement and receive a 30 day letter of approval. They can use this letter to support their VAT registration application. First time applicants of existing businesses, including professionals...
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Grand Bahama Public Hospitals Authority to host Retirement Dinner - Nov 20, 2014 - 5:57:55 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama  -- The Grand Bahama Public Hospitals Authority held a press conference, November 19, to announce that a Retirement Dinner will be held Friday evening to honour the “13 Public Hospitals Authority sparkling gems retiring after eight to 47 years of consistent and unbroken service to the people of the Northern Bahamas.” 

The dinner will be held at Le Chateau on the Green, with the theme, “Globe Trotting – A World of Wonder Awaits.”  Minister of Labour, National Insurance, and the Public Service the Hon. D. Shane Gibson will attend and bring remarks.  From left are Co-Chair Mavis Ward, Public Relations Co-Chair Valeria Burrows, and Co-Chair John R. Fraser...
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Bahamas PM Says COB Vital to National Development Plan - Nov 19, 2014 - 11:31:02 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie told students of The College of The Bahamas that they have an integral role to play in the further growth of the country, as he officially announced “The National Development Plan -- Vision 2040.”

The event took place on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Harry C. Moore Library at COB, “which is the most appropriate place to launch this process,” the Prime Minster said.

“I am happy that we have come to The College of the Bahamas, soon to be University of The Bahamas, which is the most appropriate place to launch this process,” the Prime Minister said at the press conference on Monday...
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Bahamas Immigration Minister updates The House on New Immigration Policies - Nov 19, 2014 - 12:04:15 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Communication "Update To The House On Immigration Policy" by Fred Mitchell MP, Minister Of Foreign Affairs And Immigration in the House Of Assembly, Nassau delivered on 19th November 2014:

I wish Mr. Speaker to repeat to the House the policy of the government on Immigration announced on 30th October of this year.This concretized months of work announcing that these changes were coming. This announcement should therefore not have been a surprise to anyone...

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Bahamas Gov't says, Amnesty International is badly mistaken - Nov 18, 2014 - 11:40:38 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken note of the comments attributed to Amnesty International in relation to the enforcement of the new Bahamas immigration policy.

Amnesty International is badly mistaken.

The immigration policy is humane in nature and generic in its application as no particular national grouping is being targeted. Further, it is not the policy of the Bahamas Government to violate the civil or human rights of any citizen or resident and there have not been any reported cases of abuse in connection with these routine checks and interdiction exercises...

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First Pinning Ceremony for Registered Nurses Held in Grand Bahama - Nov 18, 2014 - 3:16:56 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, congratulated nine graduates of the Class of Fall 2013 during the first pinning ceremony to be held in Grand Bahama on Monday at Pelican Bay Hotel.

Held under the theme, “Nurses: Many roles, One Profession; Advocating, Leading and Delivering Quality Care,” there were nine graduates, eight women and one man. They are Keisha Bain-Outten, Cynetra Cox, Bejra Duncombe, Ashley Pinder, Kendra Roberts, Latoya Russell, Danielle Seymour, Bonnielynn Toote-Coakley and Tenishka Williams.

The graduates, he said, are products of The College of The Bahamas Nursing Program, something to be proud of. The Minister congratulated them on choosing to become a part of a noble profession and added...
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MOFA responds to claims by Freeport attorney Fred Smith - Nov 18, 2014 - 11:13:42 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes note of a statement purportedly issued by Freeport Attorney Fred Smith about the Immigration policies of the Bahamas Government.

The statements by Mr. Smith are in grave error and are materially incorrect.

The Ministry is again concerned by certain actors in the population that appear to be intent on chasing headlines, seeking to create public hysteria and resorting to misinformation in order to do so. Their language is intemperate, inflammatory and the claims regarding the immigration policy are inaccurate.

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Minister Mitchell talks immigration and citizenship at Grand Bahama pastor's forum - Nov 14, 2014 - 3:00:50 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Continuing with his public education campaign on the new Immigration policies that came into effect on Saturday Nov 1, Immigration Minister Mitchell traveled to Grand Bahama today (Friday) to meet with local pastors at the Freeport Bible Church to discuss immigration and the misinformation surrounding the enforcement of this law. Pastors from the Haitian community and local social activist Joe Darville were among those in attendance. The host pastor was the Rev. Wilbur Outten.

The following are Minister Mitchell's remarks:

I promised last week to re-convene this forum. This is a return to the church of Pastor Wilbur Outten and the Pastor’s Forum. I understand that...
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Mitchell Welcomes The Interdiction Committee (TIC) to OPBAT Award Ceremony and Roundtable Discussion‏ - Nov 14, 2014 - 11:58:38 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by
The Honourable Frederick Mitchell, Minister Of Foreign Affairs & Immigration At The Interdiction Committee Roundtable Discussion:

Established in 1983, Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) is a multi-agency, international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the United States.  To date, it is estimated that OPBAT has reduced the flow of cocaine through The Bahamas by 70% and is considered one of the most successful counter drug enforcement initiatives in the region...
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Bahamas baseball advances with new Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium - Nov 14, 2014 - 9:07:09 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- A new Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium will be completed in 2015 and heralds rapid expansion of the game of baseball in The Bahamas. The stadium will be named after Bahamian baseball great, Kenneth Andre Ian Rodgers – the first Bahamian to play US Major League Baseball.

Rodgers played primarily shortstop for the Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburg Pirates.

Ground breaking for the stadium’s construction took place November 7 attended by his family, friends, and government officials, including the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture. The achievements of Andre Rodgers are still very vivid...
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Bahamas gov't investigating complaints from citizens in regard to comments made about the country - Nov 14, 2014 - 8:46:06 AM

The following is a Statement by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken note of complaints to the Ministry from Bahamian citizens about the comments made in the press by a purported citizen of The Bahamas who now lives in the United States and the adverse comments about The Bahamas from a state legislator in Florida. The Ministry is investigating the complaints to determine what are the appropriate administrative measures if any that are necessary to protect the sovereign integrity of The Bahamas.

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PM Christie PM Addresses 2014 Global Leadership Forum in Grand Bahama - Nov 13, 2014 - 10:47:35 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island – Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, told delegates of the Global Leadership Forum, Monday, “You have to trust God.”

The Forum, being held at Grand Lucayan Ballroom from November 10 to 13, opened despite the sudden death of the event’s host, Dr. Myles Munroe when the plane on which he was travelling to Grand Bahama crashed at the Grand Bahama Shipyard killing all passengers on board.

Prime Minister Christie said he was saddened by the deaths of those on board the aircraft, and “It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe’s loss to The Bahamas and to the world. He was indisputably...
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Remembrance Day Service held in Nassau - Nov 13, 2014 - 1:37:49 PM

Bahamas Remembers...

Nassau, New Providence - Bahamas government remembered those fallen in the war at a Remembrance Day Mass at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, November 9th. The Services culminated with ceremonies at the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance on Sunday morning, attended by branches of the Ministry of National Security, many youth and civic organizations, diplomatic representatives, local spectators, and visitors to the island.

At this ceremony, Remembrance Day programmes were handed out, so the entire gathering could join in the opening hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
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