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Fred Mitchell: Government will "not countenance any malfeasance" - Dec 21, 2014 - 6:07:42 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a press statement by the Hon Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration:

You already have in your possession a statement issued yesterday which speaks to an administrative action taken in the circumstances of certain allegations made against a senior immigration officer.

I cannot speak much more to this matter save and except to say that the chips will fall where they may.

There is also an ongoing investigation into a complaint by someone detained at the detention centre. It was discovered that money which was checked in upon his arrival was missing as he was being...
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Bahamas Senior Immigration Officer Placed on Administrative Leave - Dec 20, 2014 - 12:34:09 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration: 

We wish to notify the public that a senior immigration officer has been placed on administrative leave with immediate effect pending investigation of a sexual assault alleged by a detainee who is a Jamaican citizen. The matter is also before the police. The appropriate steps for disciplinary action have been taken. All necessary steps including prosecution, suspension and dismissal from the the public service will be applied where warranted...
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Minister Griffin Visits Good Samaritan Senior Citizens' Home‏ - Dec 20, 2014 - 12:09:37 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services, paid a Yuletide courtesy call on the Good Samaritan Senior Citizens’ Home in Yellow Elder on Thursday, December 18.  The Minister is pictured here being welcomed to the home by the Caprons, who operate the facility for older persons.  Minister Griffin and her Directors greeted and chatted with some of the home’s residents...
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Travel Advisory for Bahamians in Light of Miami Demonstrations - Dec 19, 2014 - 1:29:55 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamians travelling to Miami should be aware that the civic authorities in Miami have notified our Consulate General that a demonstration is to be held in Miami near the Consulate to protest the immigration polices of The Bahamas government.

The Federal Authorities in the United States have informed us that they will take all the security precautions that are necessary to ensure the safety and security of our personnel in Miami and all who are visiting the Consulate...
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Bahamians urged to exercise extreme caution when posting information online - Dec 19, 2014 - 12:31:52 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner wishes to advise the general public of the need to responsibly use online services.

The public should be further advised that once information is posted online, it can be very difficult to retrieve that information. Some information, if gotten into the hands of unscrupulous and irresponsible individuals could cause extreme distress and damage to an individual’s reputation. Therefore, online users should exercise extreme caution when posting information online. Members of the public are also...
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Minister for Grand Bahama Welcomes President of The College of The Bahamas - Dec 19, 2014 - 8:08:50 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, on Thursday welcomed Dr. Rodney D. Smith, President of the College of The Bahamas to the island and its Northern Campus during a courtesy call at the Ministry.

As a graduate of the College of The Bahamas in 1978, Dr. Darville said he and the Government of The Bahamas are committed to moving the facility from College to University status. It is believed, he said, that the brightest minds of the College should be the nucleus to assist when there are problems, not soliciting assistance from outside of the country...
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The Bahamas Prime Minister on USA and Cuba's normalized diplomatic relations - Dec 18, 2014 - 11:16:49 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The government of The Bahamas anticipated and welcomes this new hemispheric political development of normalized relations between the United States and the Republic of Cuba and believes this to be useful and good for the Inter-America system and the hemisphere generally.

With this, all thirty-three countries in the hemisphere, from Canada in the north to Chile in the south now enjoy some level of formal diplomatic ties. This is consistent with the foreign policy philosophy of the Bahamas government – to have peaceful and good relations with your neighbours.
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Senator Glinton Lauded as ‘An Outstanding Bahamian’ - Dec 18, 2014 - 8:34:41 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Former Senator, the Hon. Lawrence Hugo Glinton was laid to rest on Thursday, December 18. A state-recognized funeral was held at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church on Virginia Street. In attendance was Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie who said that Senator Glinton was an ‘outstanding' Bahamian’ and a good man who served this country well.

“Senator Glinton was a good Bahamian who never wavered or even blinked in the furtherance of his political commitment to assist in the progress of this country, which he loved so much,” said Prime Minister Christie. “I knew him, I respected him and I admired him...”

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Junkanoo Legends 2014 Awarded - Dec 18, 2014 - 3:13:03 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture presented awards to its Junkanoo Legends 2014 on Monday evening, December 15, at Government House. They are pictured with the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, seated centre, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, seated left.

Junkanoo Legends 2014 are: Anthony “Bain Boy” Bain; Carolyn Christina Vogt Evans; Luden Gibson Jr.; William “Bill” Wallace; Anthony “Big Mo” Morley; James “Killer” Smith; Etienne Farquharson; Edward “Rat” Munroe; Samuel “Sammy” Archer; Edward "Eddie" Ford...
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Bahamas Parliamentarians Enjoy Annual Christmas Luncheon - Dec 18, 2014 - 2:37:19 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Parliamentarians enjoyed the Annual Christmas Luncheon at the British Colonial Hilton following the last sitting of Parliament for the year, December 17. Prime Minister the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis brought Christmas greetings. The event commenced with an opening prayer delivered by Chaplain of the House of Assembly, Pastor Hugh Roach. Senator the Hon. Michael Pintard served as Master of Ceremonies, and President of the Senate, Senator the Hon. Sharon Wilson delivered welcome remarks...
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Abaco’s Economy Receives a Boost - Dec 17, 2014 - 5:34:54 PM

CHEROKEE SOUND, Abaco – The economy of Abaco received a boost when Southworth Development, an internationally recognized developer and manager of residential resort communities, announced that it acquired the Abaco Club on Winding Bay from Marriott Vacation Worldwide Corporation, Friday, December 11.

Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Chrisite led a delegation of several Cabinet Ministers and Senior Government officials to attend a ceremony marking the acquisition of the hotel by the new owners. After congratulating the principals of the development, Prime Minister Christie said that the sale of the Abaco Club marks a new era for the island...
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Legislative Regime for Bahamas Petroleum Exploration Tabled - Dec 17, 2014 - 12:29:21 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Hon. Kenred M.a. Dorsett, M.P., Minister of the Environment & Housing made on 17th December, 2014 on the Legislative Regime For Petroleum Exploration:

Mr. Speaker, today I stand in this august chamber to usher in the dawn of a new day in The Bahamas. Months of hard work has now culminated in this moment, where I am able to say to the members of this Chamber and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas that a new compendium of legislation reforming the upstream Petroleum regime in the Bahamas will be tabled today thus creating a paradigm shift in Petroleum Exploration in The Bahamas...
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PM Christie attends Palmdale Primary Christmas tree lighting ceremony - Dec 16, 2014 - 6:01:22 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, encouraged students at Palmdale Primary school to 'aim for the sky' when he visited them to participate in a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 10.  

During the tree lighting ceremony he received a tour of the campus, and was serenaded by children singing and playing rake-n-scrape, which inspired him to show them his own famous Junkanoo moves.
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Hon. Fred Mitchell: GBHRA comments “criminally libelous” - Dec 12, 2014 - 6:06:00 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement made on December 12th by the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration:

The media has brought to my attention that the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) reportedly headed by Mr. Fred Smith QC and Mr. Joseph Darville has reportedly characterized conditions at the Carmichael Road Detention Center as reminiscent of Auschwitz, a German concentration camp or more specifically, “Auschwitz in The Bahamas.”

This is a special and peculiar form of political madness.
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Governor General Rings In Yuletide With Fleming Street Clinic Visit - Dec 12, 2014 - 3:54:55 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling made her first official visit to Fleming Street Clinic Thursday, December 11. The visit is a part of an annual tradition to celebrate the festive season of Christmas.

Officially opened in 1990, the Fleming Street Clinic provides primary and public health care services to over 61,000 patients in homes, schools and the communities of Bain and Grants Town, Centreville, Fort Charlotte and Mount Moriah.

Among those welcoming Dame Marguerite were the Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez, Government officials, health care providers, students, teachers, patients, staff and members of the neighbouring community.

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Harvesting has Begun at BAMSI - Dec 12, 2014 - 2:06:59 PM

NORTH ANDROS, The Bahamas -- The planting of crops began in January 2014 at the commercial tutorial farm of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), and harvesting has commenced starting with papayas and bananas.

Omar Thomas, Project Director and Consultant for the Tutorial Commercial Farm at BAMSI explained during an interview, Wednesday, December 10, that this is the fourth week that papayas will be in the market.

“Our export agent for now is the Bahamas Agriculture and Industrial Corporation. They take the product and distribute it to various clients.”

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PM Christie: The way forward for The Bahamas Tourism Industry - Dec 12, 2014 - 12:43:00 PM

Paradise Island, Bahamas - Remarks by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, MP at The Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association's Annual General Meeting at Atlantis Resort on 11th December, 2014:

Like many other countries around the world, my Government still grapples with the economic legacies of the Great Recession - the slow pace of global recovery and troublesome indicators of the widening gap between rich and poor - a grim precursor to social instability manifesting in many countries around the world.

I cannot recall another time in my adult life of such overwhelming challenges in every sphere of society across the entire Caribbean region: economic turbulence, rampant crime and record levels of public debt; the contraction in financial markets, the loss of competitiveness...
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BAMSI Receiving International Recognition - Dec 12, 2014 - 12:17:11 PM

NORTH ANDROS, The Bahamas – Ambassador Godfrey Eneas, president of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) said the Institute is already receiving international recognition although it is still in its first phase.

On Wednesday, December 10, as Mr. Eneas gave an update on the Institute he explained that the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has selected BAMSI as its representative in The Bahamas.

CARDI’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of Caribbean people by the next generation, transfer and application of appropriate...
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Mitchell tables Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bill 2014 and responds to QC allegations - Dec 12, 2014 - 1:25:04 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Intervention by Fred Mitchell MP, Member of Parliament for Fox Hill and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration in the House of Assembly delivered on Wednesday, 10th December 2014:

It is my honour to be able to present the legislation which I hope will govern the Foreign Service for the next generation and beyond.

Paula Tynes is ill; very ill. I wish her a speedy recovery. She is a great help to her husband Maurice...
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Bahamas High Commissioner to India‏ Appointed - Dec 11, 2014 - 11:50:48 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, hosted a Reception in honour of His Excellency Lowell Mortimer, OBE, on the occasion of his appointment as non-resident High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to India, December 10, 2014.   His Excellency is pictured receiving his instruments of appointment from the Governor General. 

The group photo shows, from left to right: His Excellency Lowell Mortimer, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Mrs. Bernadette Christie, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell...
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