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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
“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
“Corporal Cirillo was killed today – murdered in cold blood – as he
provided a ceremonial Honour Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.
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
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.
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...
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.
from left: Roosevelt Finlayson; Richenda King, president; Dame
Marguerite Pindling; Nicole Leary and Anasika Delson...
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
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.
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
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...
Bahamas Establishes Task Force to Focus On Ebola Awareness
- Oct 22, 2014 - 5:31:08 PM
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.
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...
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
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
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 ..."
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...
Bahamas, The Next Big Thing in Information Technology?
- Oct 22, 2014 - 2:17:42 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas -
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.
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...
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...
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.
initially on Saturdays, the flight becomes a direct, non-stop service
departing Fridays from December 19, 2014.
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...
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
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.
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.
HE Forrester J. Carroll Visits Grand Bahama for ‘Diplomatic Week’
- Oct 21, 2014 - 11:21:36 PM
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.
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...
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.
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...