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OAS Secretary General Congratulates U.S. President on Immigration Measures - Nov 21, 2014 - 3:32:06 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, welcomed the initiative announced November 20th by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, that benefits nearly five million undocumented people, and said “this is the fruit of the struggle they have carried forward for years to achieve a migratory status that distances them from illegality and brings them closer to a life of dignity in this country.”

Secretary General Insulza highlighted “the courage of the U.S. executive, who decided to move forward toward a fair goal that did not deserve to be further postponed.” He added that, with this action, “President Obama recognizes the contribution that these millions of workers make every day to the greatness of the United States, and the need to normalize their presence in the country.”
Arts & Culture
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival set to launch on Grand Bahama - Nov 21, 2014 - 2:44:57 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -- The countdown to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is on and with the event now just six months away, Grand Bahama is gearing up to roll out its costume line with an official launch party on Friday, November 28.

The Right Honourable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie will travel to the nation’s second city for 'The Grand Life' Costume Unveiling by The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company in the Count Basie Square of the Port Lucaya Marketplace beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a three-day event set for May 7-9, 2015 and is expected to rival the 200-plus other carnivals around the world...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Immigration Minister Responds to Comments of OAS Secretary General - Nov 21, 2014 - 1:21:49 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell during a press conference at the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Friday responded to a report emanating from the press of Jamaica that during a visit to Jamaica, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza made comments about the immigration policies of The Bahamas Government.The report in indirect speech said that the Secretary General had referred to "round ups" in The Bahamas of Haitians.

Minister Mitchell said no reports of “round ups” of Haitians should have been made by the office of the Organization of American States as the organization had been briefed on the Immigration policies of the Bahamas Government...

Bahamas Casting Call: Be an Ambassador for your Country - Nov 21, 2014 - 12:35:03 PM

Nassau, New Providence - Want to travel, have fun, and be an Ambassador for your country? Do you love modeling and acting? Do you have what it takes?

Find out at: Melia Nassau
Date: Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Time: 11am-4pm

No Experience Required. Just bring your passion for The Bahamas!
News : International : Caribbean News
Supporting Smart and Sustainable Growth in Fisheries - Nov 21, 2014 - 11:28:06 AM

Belize City - The region’s fisheries stakeholders to deepen their understanding of the “blue growth concept” at a two-day workshop in St. George’s, Grenada under the theme, “Investing in Blue Economic Growth” on November 20-21, 2014.
The Blue Growth Concept is mainly concerned about how to generate economic growth from the living resources in the oceans and seas...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Egyptian Ambassador calls on Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration - Nov 21, 2014 - 10:13:56 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ambassador-Designate of Egypt His Excellency Reda Halim Fahmy, left, paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration, November 19, and greeted Permanent Secretary Philip Miller, at the Goodman’s Bay Corporate Center offices of the Ministry...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas Tourism Celebrates Environmental Poster Competition Winner - Nov 21, 2014 - 9:59:56 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism has congratulated Prisca Charles, an 11th grade student of C. V. Bethel Senior High School for winning the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association 2014 Children’s Environmental Poster Competition, beating out thousands of other students in the region.

A special ceremony and luncheon was held Wednesday, November 19, 2014 on board the Norwegian Cruise Liner, Norwegian Gem, a member of the FCCA. There, the 16-year-old winner was presented with a plaque and funds for her outstanding accomplishment.

The 15-member cruise lines association holds its annual FCCA Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition to promote and encourage..
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Portuguese Ambassador calls on Bahamas government officials - Nov 21, 2014 - 9:43:01 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas – His Excellency Nuno Filipe Alves Salvador E. Brito, Ambassador-Designate of Portugal to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, left, paid a courtesy call on Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration Philip Miller, November 17, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goodman’s Bay Corporate Centre... 
News : International
Barack Obama's Immigration Address Transcript - Nov 20, 2014 - 8:45:59 PM

The full transcript of President Barack Obama's immigration address on November 27th, as provided by the White House:

My fellow Americans, tonight, I'd like to talk with you about immigration.

For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It's kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities - people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.

But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
LA film conference brings networking opportunities for Bahamas - Nov 20, 2014 - 6:01:55 PM

Bahamas Film & Television Commissioner Craig Woods met with filmmakers and producers during the recent American Film Market (AFM) Conference in Los Angeles, California.

The conference covered film financing, production, distribution, and several other topics. Film financing was of particular interest to the Bahamas Film & Television Commission.

“More and more we find ourselves in the position of having to give helpful advice to independent filmmakers in The Bahamas and elsewhere,” Mr. Woods said. “Being able to point them toward sources of funding is useful to them, but it also helps us because when they get their funding...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grand Bahama Public Hospitals Authority to host Retirement Dinner - Nov 20, 2014 - 5:57:55 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama  -- The Grand Bahama Public Hospitals Authority held a press conference, November 19, to announce that a Retirement Dinner will be held Friday evening to honour the “13 Public Hospitals Authority sparkling gems retiring after eight to 47 years of consistent and unbroken service to the people of the Northern Bahamas.” 

The dinner will be held at Le Chateau on the Green, with the theme, “Globe Trotting – A World of Wonder Awaits.”  Minister of Labour, National Insurance, and the Public Service the Hon. D. Shane Gibson will attend and bring remarks.  From left are Co-Chair Mavis Ward, Public Relations Co-Chair Valeria Burrows, and Co-Chair John R. Fraser...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
East End Pre-School, Grand Bahama, Donates Books and Toys‏ - Nov 20, 2014 - 3:25:51 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - The East End Pre-School (Freetown) donated several books and toys to the Department of Social Services to be used in their Children’s Play Area, November 19.   Deputy Director of Social Services, Mrs. Lillian Quant Forbes explained that they have developed a play area at the Department of Social Services to accommodate those parents who visit Social Services from time to time and bring along their children. She informed that children do get a bit restless while waiting on their parents, but now they have a designated area where they can play and learn.

She also expressed her gratitude to Ms. Simone Butler, Principal, and the students of the school for their kind donation. Ms. Butler is pictured left.  Pictured right are Mrs. Quant Forbes and Mrs. Linda Roberts, East End Pre-School. Students of the school are also pictured displaying some of the toys and books...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM and Mrs. Christie enjoy the RBDF annual Beat Retreat - Nov 20, 2014 - 3:15:22 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Sunday afternoon Beat Retreat: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force held its 4th Annual Royal Bahamas Defence Force Beat Retreat Celebration, November 16, in Rawson Square.  Enjoying the public military display were the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and Mrs. Bernadette Christie. 

The Prime Minister is pictured greeting Commodore Roderick Bowe and other members of the senior command.  Mr. and Mrs. Christie enjoy the festivities along with Commodore Bowe. 
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Urges Giving Young Offenders a Path to Reintegration at Launch of Program in Jamaica - Nov 20, 2014 - 2:36:32 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, highlighted the importance of providing young offenders a path to reintegrate into their communities, in his address at the launch of the Project “A New Path: Promoting a Healthy Environment and Productive Alternatives for Juvenile Remandees and Offenders in Jamaica,” held in Kingston at the Ministry of National Security on Wednesday evening.

The Project, implemented by the OAS and the Trust of the Americas, with resources from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), seeks to help young remandees and offenders to return to wider society to play a productive role, either through returning to school or entering the workplace...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and UNEP Sign Agreement on Environmental Rule of Law and Sustainable Development - Nov 20, 2014 - 2:30:29 PM

The Organization of American States and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in fostering respect for environmental laws and sustainable development, in a ceremony that took place in the context of the Global South-South Development Expo of the United Nations, taking place at this week at OAS headquarters in Washington DC.

Representing OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, his Chief of Staff Hugo De Zela signed the document, highlighting that “it is a welcome coincidence that the event is taking place in a global forum that is focusing on scaling up cooperation for sustainable development and in a panel that has discussed innovation for the green economy, neither of which is possible without adherence to the Rule of Law...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
National Security's "Shock Treatment" calls on Bahamas Governor General - Nov 20, 2014 - 2:26:58 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, welcomed to Government House young girls from the Ministry of National Security's  "Shock Treatment" girls program on Wednesday November 19, 2014.  Pictured seated from left: Carlos Reid, Bernadette Christie, Dame Marguerite Pindling, Barbara Cartwright, and WPC Shanique Burrows. 

‘Shock Treatment’ is an intervention programme that is intended for specific categories of ‘at risk’ young people who are predisposed to or are already engaged in deviant behaviours that can result in their violation of the laws of The Bahamas.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Ministry of Finance: Business Licensing Process Fast-Tracked for VAT Registrants - Nov 20, 2014 - 1:36:11 PM

The Ministry of Finance announces that with immediate effect the Business Licence Section of the Department of Inland Revenue has implemented fast-track procedures to allow affected businesses and organisations to complete the mandatory registration for VAT. Both first time applicants and those seeking renewals for 2014, will be given conditional letters of approval, until they have satisfied or been waived any other requirements for the issuance of a business license certificate. Those wanting to voluntarily register for VAT can also use these procedures.

Under the procedures business are being allowed to pay their licence fee in full or to agree on a payment plan arrangement and receive a 30 day letter of approval. They can use this letter to support their VAT registration application. First time applicants of existing businesses, including professionals...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas China Friendship Association Calls on Youth Minister‏ - Nov 20, 2014 - 9:52:38 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas China Friendship Association (BCFA) paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture at the Ministry’s offices, November 17.   They discussed their respective relationship and goals in promoting cultural diversity and education through partnerships that benefit both countries.  Pictured are from left: Gena Gibbs, BCFA Public Relations Director; Lloyd Wong, BCFA Trustee and Photographer; Dr. Linda Moxey Brown, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MYSC) Director of Culture; Anthony Capron, BCFA President; the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Kay Kay Lok, BCFA Member; Louise Simmons, MYSC Senior Technical Officer; and Timothy Munnings, MYSC Director of Sports...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers - Nov 20, 2014 - 1:02:46 AM

Development, Education and Employment Department (DHDEE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) met with Bahamian stakeholders to apprise them of increased education and training opportunities for Bahamians through the expanded scholarship programs offered by the OAS. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday November 17.

Led by DHDEE coordinator for the partnership program, Juliete Mallet Phillip, the group also discussed ways to improve on the relatively low level of Bahamian participation in the myriad of scholarship opportunities provided by the OAS...

News : Local
Resorts World Bimini subsidizing beautification of Bimini: Best Kept Yard Competition to Follow - Nov 20, 2014 - 12:40:35 AM

Bimini, Bahamas – Residents of North Bimini who have been plagued by dusty, pothole-ridden roads over the years are all smiles, now that the paving of the island’s King’s Highway is all but complete, courtesy of Resorts World Bimini (RWB). The road works are expected to be completed within the month of November as part of the contract to extend the South Bimini Airport runway, which is also ongoing. The infrastructural development also includes the resurfacing and paving of the government dock in Alice Town.

RWB has been working closely with Bimini’s Local Government Council in its efforts to give the island a facelift. The public/private partnership includes the resort’s purchasing of a heavy duty back hoe and flatbed truck which are earmarked for the Council’s program of demolishing and removing abandoned buildings and derelict vehicles, a longtime eyesore on the island...
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