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Fred Mitchell Remarks at the Official Opening of Diplomatic Week - Oct 24, 2014 - 11:06:17 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Fred Mitchell, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs:

The primary responsibility of the Government of The Bahamas is to create and maintain a social, political and economic order that would foster peace and prosperity for all its citizens.

In this regard, the dynamics of the new global political and economic order, that has developed in recent times, has obliged the Government, in general, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, in particular, to maintain a constant awareness of the outside world, and to engage in an active diplomacy, conducted, for the most part, in a wide variety of bilateral and multilateral fora
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Contract Signed for Completion of Grand Bahama Arts and Crafts Center - Oct 23, 2014 - 10:29:51 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville along with Mr. Arnold A. Forbes M.P., Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation on Wednesday evening participated in contract signing for the completion of the Grand Bahama Arts and Crafts building.

Patrick McDonald Construction Company has been awarded the contract for the completion of the construction and retrofitting of the facility located on East Sunrise Highway.

Dr. Darville explained that since the acquisition of the facility in 2011, the gallery has been renovated, but to date, certain parts of the facility...
News : International
India’s National Security Advisor Opens The Munich Security Conference (MSC) - Oct 23, 2014 - 6:11:51 PM

INDIA - On October 21/22, the MSC held its 6th MSC Core Group Meeting, this time in New Delhi in cooperation with the Observer Research Foundation. The conference in New Delhi focused on security architecture in Europe and Asia. Questions of maritime security in the Indo-Pacific, cyber security, as well as challenges of global governance and the role of emerging powers were also discussed.

India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval opened the conference with a programmatic speech on Indian foreign policy in which he stressed the importance of democracy and co-operation between democratic states for global peace and security.
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Co-operatives Balance People, Planet, and Profit - Oct 23, 2014 - 6:04:15 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Department of Co-operative Development in the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government in conjunction with The Bahamas Cooperative League Limited held a Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, October 16 at The College of The Bahamas (COB) in celebration of International Credit Union Day observed October 16.

The lecture, which is among events marking the 40th anniversary of cooperatives in The Bahamas was held under the theme “Accelerating Wealth Creation Through Cooperatives.”

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PM Speaks at Statoil Expansion; Mentions GB Ebola Procedures - Oct 23, 2014 - 5:54:53 PM

HIGH ROCK, Grand Bahama – Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie was in Grand Bahama Thursday morning to participate in Ground Breaking ceremonies for the new Statoil South Riding Point, LLC Administration Building.

During his address at the ceremonies, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to inform the public of a Task Force that is in place to deal with Ebola and other health issues. He also advised that Mr. Greg Bartlett, a former Chief of Staff at the Rand Hospital has been recommended to head the Task Force of Grand Bahama, and that the Minister for Grand Bahama...
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U.S. State Department Issues Worldwide Caution - Oct 23, 2014 - 4:46:49 PM

Worldwide Caution Issued From The Department of State

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to incre ase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated April 10, 2014.

The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas...
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Bahamas Striping Invests in $80,000.00 Machinery - Oct 23, 2014 - 3:49:27 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Caribbean Pavement Solutions, a subsidiary of Bahamas Striping Group of Companies, most recently introduced its revolutionary product, Rejuvaseal to the Bahamian market.

Rejuvaseal is an asphalt rejuvenator which is designed to help preserve and prevent the asphalt from degradation from oxidation from the weather, water, fuel, and other elements.

The Seahorse Plaza in Grand Bahama is the first recipient of the product. Since the application of the product, it has now become an integral part of the asphalt, and the longevity of the asphalt will increase to three to five years...

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VAT Family Island Clinics to Begin - Oct 23, 2014 - 3:48:46 PM

The first clinic is scheduled for Marsh Harbour, Abaco next Tuesday and Wednesday.

It will be held at the Bahamas Government Complex beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m.

There is also a registration clinic scheduled for Bimini on October 31st.

The clinic will be held at the courthouse from 11:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.

A schedule of upcoming Family Island clinics will be published on Monday, October 29th.

News : International
Senator Hunt Visits Embassy of Bahamas in Washington - Oct 23, 2014 - 3:07:47 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Heather Hunt, who is currently participating in U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), visited the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

In the absence of His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, who is currently participating in Diplomatic Week in Nassau, Senator Hunt was welcomed to the Embassy by Mr. Chet Neymour, Charge’ de Affaires a.i./Deputy Chief of Mission; Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary; and Mr. Mikhail Bullard, Third Secretary. The IVLP is the U.S. State Department’s premier professional exchange program...
News : New Providence
"Nygard’s Attorney Letter Branded ‘Pathetic Smoke Screen’" - Oct 23, 2014 - 2:45:06 PM

Unsupported claims of FNM conspiracy dismissed as a weak attempt by fashion designer to mask his own ties to the governing PLP party

Nassau, Bahamas – The claims that the opposition FNM is involved in a conspiracy against Peter Nygard were yesterday dismissed as an “utter fiction” designed to disguise the controversial fashion designer’s own ties to the governing PLP.

Fred Smith, QC, legal director for Save The Bays, said the conspiracy claim by Nygard’s US attorney Marc Kasowitz, made without any supporting evidence, is also an attempt to keep the lid on a wealth of potentially...
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Poppy Presented to Bahamas Governor General - Oct 23, 2014 - 2:44:37 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Officers and members of the British Legion Bahamas Branch paid a courtesy call and presented Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling with the ‘First Poppy’ of Remembrance at Government House on Monday, October 20, 2014.

The poppy was presented to the Governor General in recognition of upcoming Remembrance Day in November to memorialize those who lost their lives in war. The remembrance poppy alludes to poppies that bloomed on battlefields of Flanders in World War 1...

News : New Providence
Baha Mar Eco-Reef Attracts Renewed Marine Life - Oct 23, 2014 - 2:38:49 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -  Parrotfish, sea urchins, sponges and coral are flourishing in the crystal-clear waters off the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort, as the luxury destination has completed the installation of more than 300 eco-coral antlers to enhance its artificial reef experience.

Steps to encourage coral and marine life at Baha Mar began in April 2014, when Baha Mar’s environmental team began the installation of coral antlers and 48 reef balls on the seabed. The installation wrapped up in mid-July, when the final coral antlers were placed...

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German Ambassador calls on Bahamas Governor General - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:56:16 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - His Excellency Joachim Christoph Schmillen, Ambassador Designate of Germany to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, presented his Letters of Credence to the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wed nesday, October 22, 2014...
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Grants Town Methodist Church Trailblazer Honourees call on Governor General - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:52:25 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Grant's Town Methodist Church Trailblazer Honourees paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, October 22, 2014...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Condems Attacks in Ottawa, Canada - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:41:38 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today condemned "the cowardly shooting of a soldier dutifully guarding Canada’s war memorial and the subsequent armed attack on Canada’s Parliament, which represent an affront to the very symbols of Canadian democracy,” and expressed his support and the Organization's for the Government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The Secretary General offered his condolences to the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in the attack at the Cenotaph, and said he stood in solidarity with all Canadians during this difficult time. He also noted the courage of members of the security services who risked their lives...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Vote For Your Favourite Bahamian Musician - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:26:37 PM

People’s Choice Award Polls To Close In One Week

Nassau, Bahamas- Persons interested in seeing their favourite Bahamian musician honoured in the 2015 Cacique Awards have only one more week to get their votes in before the People’s Choice voting polls are closed.

The polls opened in early October after radio stations submitted the hottest secular and gospel songs on their playlists.

News : International
Dame Marguerite Honoured in London - Oct 23, 2014 - 12:00:27 PM

The Bahamas High Commission London honoured Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling after her Investiture at Buckingham Palace Tuesday, October 14th.

Dame Marguerite was welcomed to Bahamas House by His Excellency Eldred Bethel and Mrs Dawne Bethel, a host of Bahamians, dignitaries and international friends of The Bahamas at the reception in her honour.

Dame Marguerite was invested with the Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by ...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Diplomatic Week Heads of Mission Luncheon - Oct 23, 2014 - 11:30:32 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Prime Minister attended a Diplomatic Week Heads of Mission Luncheon, October 22, at Melia Nassau Beach Resort. Diplomatic Week of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the first of its kind and features a number of events with participation from Bahamas Heads of Missions who are in Nassau for the landmark occasion, and members of the diplomatic community residing in The Bahamas. Pictured at Melia are Bahamas Heads of Mission at the luncheon, and gathered for photo.

From left: HE Eldred Bethel, Bahamas High Commissioner, United Kingdom; HE Calsey Johnson, Bahamas High Commissioner, Canada; HE Alma Adams, Ambassador to Cuba; HE Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Permanent Representative to the UN in New York; Mr. Ricardo Treco...
News : International
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.

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