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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:
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...
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
Bank of The Bahamas Holds Annual General Meeting
- Dec 19, 2014 - 5:04:13 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Bank of The Bahamas
(BOB) held its Annual General Meeting today at the British Colonial
Hilton, a highly-anticipated event that presented shareholders with
positive news and left them with re-assurance that
the post-recession challenges are largely behind the Bank.
The meeting of shareholders, bank executives and
directors involved a frank discussion of the Bank’s future and included
votes on measures critical to the continued implementation of new
methods and regimes. Both Chairman Richard Demeritte
and Managing Director Paul McWeeney spoke directly to attendees about
what changes have already been made, and what will be...
CBP Reminds Travelers of the Currency Reporting Requirement
- Dec 19, 2014 - 4:37:11 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - U.S.
Customs and Border Protection reminds travelers of the requirement to
report currency amounts of $10,000 or more to CBP when traveling to or
from the United States.
Individuals are permitted to carry any amount of currency or
monetary instruments into or out of the United States; however, if the
quantity is $10,000 or higher, they must formally report the currency to
CBP. If travelers have someone else carry the currency or monetary
instrument for them, they must file a currency report for the entire
Bahamas human rights group calls for voluntary repatriation period
- Dec 19, 2014 - 4:23:31 PM
As government’s harsh new policy continues to attract criticism, GBHRA submits
alternative 10-point plan for a more humane approach to illegal immigration
A local human rights group has called for an
amnesty period in which undocumented migrants living in The Bahamas without
legal status can voluntarily repatriate before immigration officials proceed
with a "fair and humane" enforcement of immigration law.
Joe Darville, vice president of the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA), said this amnesty period could be
Shequera King in Johannesburg to pass on the Miss Heritage World crown
- Dec 19, 2014 - 2:26:21 PM
Miss Grand Bahama, Shequera King is presently in Johannesburg, South
Africa to hand off her crown at the Miss Heritage World 2014 pageant.
Today she was
interviewed by one of South Africa's largest news broadcasting network SABC, and has another interview coming up tomorrow.
Last year King won the inaugural pageant held in Zimbabwe.
Miss Heritage World
Pageant serves as a platform to promote Heritage exchange amongst the
participating Queens from different countries and also promotes and
preserves World Heritage, implementing UNESCOS World Heritage
convention to achieve the Millennium Development Goals Declaration...
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...
Long range patrol vessel 1 of 9 for Royal Bahamas Defence Force
- Dec 19, 2014 - 12:53:52 PM
The first Damen Stan Patrol 3007 has arrived at
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting. The vessel is one
of nine that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has ordered from Damen Shipyards.
The order features four Stan Patrol 4207 vessels, one RoRo 5612 and a further
three Stan Patrol 3007 vessels.
Damen has designed the Stan Patrol 3007 with the
client’s requirements in mind. Robin van der Zon, Project Manager at Damen
Shipyards Group explains: “These patrol vessels will prevent smuggling and
people trafficking, so it’s vital they can quickly reach places other vessels
cannot. For that reason we have developed the Stan Patrol 3007 to reach up to
24 knots with shallow draught...”
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.
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...
Sigma explores Bahamas constitutional amendment bills
- Dec 19, 2014 - 12:16:50 PM
Bahamas – Phi Beta Sigma joined with the Constitutional Commission to
learn more about the proposed amendments that are schedule to be voted
on next year.
Court Justice Rubie Nottage is leading the public awareness campaign of
the commission said that the audience that included members of the
fraternity and the wider community should now be able
to speak fluently about the bills.
“Not to be told about them
by somebody else,” said Justice Nottage, “but to have their own ideas
crystallized, to have their questions...
McWeeney presents credentials to Pope Francis
- Dec 19, 2014 - 12:06:26 PM
This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace Pope Francis
received in audience His Excellency Mr. Sean McWeeney, Q.C. Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to
the Holy See.
During the course of the week, Ambassador McWeeney will
subsequently meet with Senior Officials of the Holy See including the
Secretary of State His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, His Excellency
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, His
Excellency Giovanni Becciu and Monsignor Jose Bettencourt, Head of
Protocol for the Holy See.
OAS Opens Scholarship Application Period for Undergraduate, Graduate and Research Studies in 2016
- Dec 19, 2014 - 11:29:02 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS)
announces the opening of the application period for the OAS Academic
Scholarship Program, which offers students the opportunity to pursue
undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees or graduate research, leading to
a university degree at institutions of higher education throughout the
The scholarships, which are open to all citizens and
permanent residents of OAS member states, offer up to $30,000 per year
in total benefits that may cover all or part of tuition and mandatory
fees, living costs, study materials, airfare and health insurance, for
up to two academic years...
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.
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
Miss Grand Bahama readies for travel to Colombia
- Dec 19, 2014 - 4:41:44 AM
Freeport, Bahamas - Miss Grand Bahama, Sade Colebrook will leave for Colombia
on January 3rd, 2015 to represent her country in the Miss International Coffee Beauty Contest.
is very excited to represent The Bahamas once again after recently
returning from Jamaica where she participated in the Miss Global
International Beauty Pageant in Kingston.
said she thoroughly enjoyed the experience and made so many new friends
from countries around the world. "Miss Global
International Beauty Pageant taught me a lot, and the experience is sure
to help me as I compete at Miss international Coffee," said the
17 year old...
Bahamas’ Top Aviation Lawyer Renews Call for Drone Guidelines, Stresses Need for Regulations
- Dec 19, 2014 - 3:37:07 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - As
investigators released findings Friday
revealing that a drone came within 20 feet of an incoming Airbus flight over
London’s busy Heathrow Airport in July, declaring the incident a “serious risk”
to human life, local aviation lawyer Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright renewed his
call urging Bahamian authorities to regulate or, at a minimum, implement
guidelines for operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
“The findings that were
released on Friday of the investigation into a close call over Heathrow, one of
the world’s busiest airports, in July between a 180-seater Airbus A320 and a
drone flying at an altitude of 700 feet declared there was a ‘serious risk of
collision’, giving the incident the highest risk rating, something regulators
and investigators do not take lightly,” said Boyer-Cartwright, a former
commercial pilot and the first attorney from the Bahamas to be admitted to the
Lawyer Pilots Bar Association...
(Video) Hon. Fred Mitchell's Statement to OAS Permanent Council on Bahamas Immigration
- Dec 19, 2014 - 2:36:06 AM
DC - Statement by the Hon. Frederick Mitchell, M.P., Minister Of
Foreign Affairs And Immigration at a Special Meeting of the Permanent
Council of the Organization Of American States (OAS) on December 16,
What we know however is that we must be eternally vigilant in
protecting our reputation: correcting untruths and misperceptions where
they exist and of course ensuring that within our borders and in our
external relations we so conduct ourselves that we to the extent that
our resources permit adhere to the highest standards and best practices
as set by the international community....
Two new ships for Grand Bahama Island
- Dec 18, 2014 - 11:40:08 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - In an effort to continue ongoing recovery in the nation’s
second city, the government this week announced that two new ships will be
heading to Grand Bahama’s cruise port come 2015.
During a special press conference at Grand Lucayan, Prime
Minister Perry Christie announced that the Bahamas Celebration, which was
destroyed by an accident on October 31, will be replaced with the Grand
“The new “Grand Celebration” replacement ship comes with 50
percent more capacity and projects some 280,000 year round passengers with not
less than 100,000 electing to purchase a two or more night stay in GBI
combination with the cruise boosting room nights sold from just under 50,000
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.
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.
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...”
"Oil Prices Are Falling But No Change In Grand Bahama Power \ Emera Fuel Surcharges"
- Dec 18, 2014 - 6:28:29 PM
Bahamas - The following is a press statement from the Coalition for
Concerned Citizens who held a press conference today in Grand Bahama:
Over the past six months Oil
prices have been falling globally. According to the Nasdaq, Oil prices for a
barrel of crude oil as at today
December 18, 2014 is $ 62.74 per Barrel. This
is the lowest it has been in the past 5 years and oil prices are anticipated to
drop lower. Oil price began a significant
steady decline during the month July 2014. Oil prices went from approximately
112 dollars per barrel in July 2014 to a decrease of $ 62.74 per barrel as of
today’s date. This represents a decrease of 43% as compared to July 2014 prices...