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Canada's Prime Minister Statement on Attack in Ottawa - Oct 22, 2014 - 10:44:22 PM

CANADA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following remarks:

“My fellow Canadians, for the second time this week there has been a brutal and violent attack on our soil.

“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

“Corporal Cirillo was killed today – murdered in cold blood – as he provided a ceremonial Honour Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Mitchell on Bahamas Immigration Regulatory Changes - Oct 22, 2014 - 9:31:55 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Delivered at Fox Hill PLP Branch Meeting on 22nd October 2014 at Doris Johnson High School: 

I wish to give a brief statement in response to the feedback on the administrative measures announced by me in the House of Assembly on Immigration.

I said that there would be certain changes expected on 1st November following a period of feedback. Nothing that has come back by way of feedback on the policies indicates that there is a need to change that administrative starting date. The date will therefore stand as the commencement date of the policy.

News : International
IBA publishes business and human rights guidance for bar associations and lawyers - Oct 22, 2014 - 7:03:44 PM

Business and Human Rights Working Group has published guidance for bar associations and business lawyers on the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (‘Guiding Principles’) – the first guidance of its kind since the UN Human Rights Council endorsement of the Guiding Principles in 2011.
Released in draft form today, the IBA Guidance is divided into two working documents, one for bar associations (11 pages) and the other for business lawyers practising as in-house counsel and in law firms (60 pages).

The main aims of the Guidance for Bar Associations are to...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
BHRDA calls on Bahamas Governor General - Oct 22, 2014 - 6:58:22 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Members of the Bahamas Human Resources Development Association called upon Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House, October 22, 2014.

Pictured from left: Roosevelt Finlayson; Richenda King, president; Dame Marguerite Pindling; Nicole Leary and Anasika Delson...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival hits the road in North America - Oct 22, 2014 - 5:59:42 PM

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Representatives of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival have initiated an aggressive road campaign to draw visitors to the highly anticipated festival. In addition to launches in large North American cities, the team pitched the festival to group travel planners at IMEX America, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel meetings and events.

Group and incentive planners had the opportunity to view audio-visual presentations on the festival and have questions answered by members of the Bahamas Junkanoo Festival Commission...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Immigration apologizes for delays at international airport - Oct 22, 2014 - 5:47:52 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Department of Immigration wishes to apologize to the arriving public for any inconvenience caused today at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

Due to a preparedness training seminar for Immigration Officers by the Department of Public Health, there were some processing delays at the arrivals lounge.

The Department appreciates the understanding and patience of the traveling public in the circumstance.

News : International
Bahamas High Commission in Canada released after lockdown - Oct 22, 2014 - 5:40:35 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise the public that The Bahamas High Commission Building in Ottawa, Canada and other buildings in the general vicinity including the Canadian Parliament were on lock-down earlier today due to an attack on public buildings by an individual or individuals. The attacks were not directed against the Bahamas or Bahamian diplomats.   

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had ordered all persons in the vicinity to remain indoors during an intensive manhunt for the person or persons responsible for the attacks... 

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Establishes Task Force to Focus On Ebola Awareness - Oct 22, 2014 - 5:31:08 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Government has assembled a task force to ensure that the Bahamas is prepared in the event of Ebola cases entering the country. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie made the announcement during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, October 22.

“This task force, which includes a cross-section of professionals and experts from various agencies of government and the private sector, has been organized in order that we ensure that in the face of this calamitous disease – Ebola – reaching our country, we would be poised to provide maximum protection and assistance to our people and visitors alike,” said Prime Minister Christie...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas: Ship from Africa Ebola threat dismissed - Oct 22, 2014 - 5:19:28 PM

It has been reported to the Ministry of Health that a vessel docked at Freeport, grand Bahama had traveled from Africa to the Bahamas. Notification to Health Authorities was made prior to anyone being allowed to leave the vessel. The vessel was evaluated by the surveillance team on the island and in the investigation it was discovered that the crew had been out to sea for more than 21 days, the established incubation period for Ebola Virus Disease.

Additionally, after medical evaluation on board the ship, no persons were found to be ill, or to have any symptoms related to Ebola Virus Disease. It was then declared that there was no established risk to the population's health related to Ebola Virus Disease or otherwise.
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
IDB and OAS join to promote better Cyber Security Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean - Oct 22, 2014 - 4:22:33 PM

Some 600 million individuals were victims of a cybercrime in 2013

More than 100 participants from 35 countries are taking part in a workshop that kicked off today, to improve public policies to better prevent cyber crime. The event was organized jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS).

The aim of the workshop is for individuals responsible for cyber security to share their knowledge and experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean, with experts from countries with more experience in the field such as Canada, Spain, the United States, Estonia and Israel...
News : Local
Ryan Pinder remarks at The Nassau Conference: Engaging In A Transparent World - Oct 22, 2014 - 4:04:33 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -
Remarks by Hon. L. Ryan Pinder, Minister Of Financial Services on the Occasion of the Nassau Conference delivered on 22nd October, 2014--- “A Policy Perspective, Engaging In A Transparent World”:

"The theme of this presentation, and the conference perfectly captures the momentum, and many would say the concerns of the day.  We at the Ministry of Financial Services have given the positioning of the Bahamas and the industry in a transparent world primary focus.  This is the most important issue to financial centers today.  We are pleased to be ahead of the curve, in our thinking and in our response to the world ensuring ..."
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
New non-stop service from Western Canada to Freeport - Oct 22, 2014 - 2:55:55 PM

Vancouver, BC -  Tourism officials are expecting a significant increase in the number of visitors to Grand Bahama Island due to the introduction of new weekly direct flights into Freeport from two Canada gateways.

Residents of Western Canada can look forward to a faster and easier way to get to The Bahamas when Sunwing Airlines launches its new services from Vancouver and Calgary on November 1, 2014.

It has been more than 30 years since Grand Bahama welcomed a direct flight from Vancouver...

News : Local
Bahamas, The Next Big Thing in Information Technology? - Oct 22, 2014 - 2:17:42 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - BTC CEO Leon Williams called on the government to lead the way toward The Bahamas becoming the hub for regional information and communications technology (ICT) in his recent address to ICT professionals at the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner’s 2nd Annual National Training Symposium in Nassau.  The symposium theme, “The 7th Data Protection Principle: Personal Data Security Offline and Online,” is one of the eight data protection principals that guide the industry.

Mr. Williams was one of seven speakers and an honoree of the Data Protection Commissioner for achieving forty-six stellar years of service in the telecommunications industry. Others honoured were Mr. Felix N. Stubbs past President-Bahamas Chamber of Commerce...

News : International
More than 7 suicides per hour in the Americas - Oct 22, 2014 - 1:14:32 PM

(PAHO/WHO) — Some 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas each year—more than 7 per hour—according to a report released today by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report, Suicide mortality in the Americas, is based on data from 48 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere. It shows that suicide is a significant health problem and one of the region’s leading preventable causes of death...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas Tourism officials visit Vancouver, Canada to launch weekly Sunwing flights - Oct 22, 2014 - 1:00:24 PM

CANADA - Bahamas Ministry of Tourism officials where in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 21st to officially launch a weekly flight service to Grand Bahama Island via Sunwing Vacations starting on November 1st, 2014. The entourage included the Hon. Minister, Obediah Wilchcombe; Director General, Joy Jiburilu; and Deputy General of Tourism, Ellison Thompson. 
Representing Sunwing Travel Group was Graeme Franklin, Director of Sales. 

Departing initially on Saturdays, the flight becomes a direct, non-stop service departing Fridays from December 19, 2014.
News : International
Seismic Airgun Testing in the Atlantic One Step Closer to Reality - Oct 22, 2014 - 11:49:31 AM

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida - Five permit applications for seismic airgun testing off St. Augustine, and Florida’s east coast, have been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The Matanzas Riverkeeper is hosting a news event on Wednesday, October 22, 5:00 p.m., at the foot of the Bridge of Lions (northwest corner), St. Augustine to discuss the applications. In addition, candidates for governor and attorney general have been sent questions about their positions on oil and gas drilling off Florida's east coast, and that effort will be discussed at the gathering.

Opponents to seismic testing cite impact on tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, and marine ecosystems, including injury...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
US Charge pay Courtesy Call on Senate President - Oct 22, 2014 - 3:43:13 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas – The Charge de Affaires of the United States Embassy here in Nassau called on the President of the Senate on Friday, 17th October 2014.

Pictured from left are Senator Joseph Curry, Vice President of the Senate; Lisa Johnson, US Charge de Affaires here in Nassau; Senator Sharon Wilson, President of the Senate and Neda Brown, Acting Deputy Chief of Missions at the US Embassy.

News : New Providence
New Bahamas Research Gives Insight Into Teen Aggression In Relationships - Oct 22, 2014 - 2:49:28 AM

Girls are more likely than boys to be aggressive in their intimate relationships with the opposite sex, according to new research published in the International Journal of Bahamian Studies (IJBS) Volume 20(1), The College of The Bahamas’ online research journal.

The groundbreaking study gives insight into how teenagers view their roles in relationships with significant others and is based on the results of a survey more than 1,000 10th and 12th grade students in eight schools in New Providence completed. The College of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Crisis Centre collaborated on the research.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
HE Forrester J. Carroll Visits Grand Bahama for ‘Diplomatic Week’ - Oct 21, 2014 - 11:21:36 PM

FREEPORT, The Bahamas – His Excellency Forrester J. Carroll Consul General, Bahamas Consulate, New York, made an official visit to Grand Bahama, and as part of ‘Diplomatic Week’ – this week -- he visited schools on the island – this morning speaking to faculty and students in the capacity of diplomat during this special week that nationally recognizes the diplomatic corps.

Mr. Carroll introduced himself to the youngsters as an honorary Grand Bahamian who has lived on Grand Bahama since 1963. His participation for ‘Diplomatic Week’ involved speaking at various high schools and giving young people a glimpse of what the diplomatic corps is all about, explaining...

News : International : Caribbean News
CDEMA On the Threat of Ebola Virus to the Caribbean Region - Oct 21, 2014 - 7:34:55 PM

The World Health Organization (2014) has declared an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as ongoing in Western Africa; with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea being the most seriously affected.

To date, there have been over 8,000 cases reported with over 4,000 deaths (WHO 2014). Recent cases of the virus being contracted in Spain and the United States of America have also been reported.

As a result, the CDEMA Coordinating Unit (CU) is disseminating this correspondence to its Participating States in order to provide basic information about the virus and to strongly encourage the adoption of a position...

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