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United States statement on ISIL murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto
- Feb 1, 2015 - 1:16:37 PM
Washington - Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office posted the following statement on January 31, 2015:
The United States condemns the heinous
murder of Japanese citizen and journalist Kenji Goto by the terrorist
group ISIL. Through his reporting, Mr. Goto courageously sought to
convey the plight of the Syrian people to the outside world. Our
thoughts are with Mr. Goto’s family and loved ones, and we stand today
in solidarity with Prime Minister Abe and the Japanese people in
denouncing this barbaric act...
Customs Department in Grand Bahama Donates to Genesis Academy
- Jan 31, 2015 - 10:55:12 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Bahamas Customs Department currently
celebrates ‘International Custom’s Week.’ As part of the celebration,
several staffers from the Customs Department on Grand Bahama visited
Genesis Academy where they had the opportunity to address the students.
Customs officers also took the opportunity to donate a new Lawn Mower
to the institute. Customs officers are pictured with Principal of
Genesis Academy Ricardo Major and students from the Academy, seated from
left -- Kitchener Penn, Keanu Morris, and Joshua Garvey...
Bahamas government responds to New York Times article on new immigration measures
- Jan 31, 2015 - 3:39:53 PM
The following statement was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration:
The Bahamas finds it necessary to respond to misinformation
about its administrative measures designed to strengthen its
immigration laws and protect it against fraud. The latest is a front
page story published in the New York Times (NYT) on
Saturday, 31st January 2015.
The NYT article contains inaccuracies and tendentious
material based in part on the exaggerated and unfounded accusations of
Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson Remarks at the Special Sitting of the Court of Appeal
- Jan 31, 2015 - 12:33:39 PM
Bahamas - Remarks of Thanks by Attorney General, Senator Allyson
Maynard Gibson, Attorney General And Minister Of Legal Affairs at
Special sitting of Court Of Appeal:
“Access to justice
implies a responsive decision by the judiciary within a reasonable time and
cost. People expect they can turn to the legal system for a resolution. They
are ‘hard-wired’ for justice. Access to justice affirms the rule of law, and
promotes social stability.” Chief Justice Beverley McLaughlin...
Prime Minister Christie's Remarks at Bahamas Business Outlook
- Jan 31, 2015 - 11:59:08 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, MP at Bahamas Business Outlook:
Ladies and gentlemen, Good Morning!
is always a pleasure to address The Bahamas Business Outlook forum. It
gives me an opportunity to share with you my vision for the future of
The Bahamas and to provide an update on the activities of my government,
particularly as they relate to economic development.
You have a
striking theme this year: “Securing our Bahamas through Planning,
Partnership and Productivity”. These three interrelated concepts have
resonated throughout our country in recent years, especially in recent
months as the work for my Government’s National Development Plan has
New Int’l Aircraft Registries Reaping ‘Stunning’ Returns
- Jan 31, 2015 - 9:47:01 AM
registries continue to boom while The Bahamas continues to plan, says a
leading proponent of a Bahamas international aircraft registry.
aviation attorney Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright, who has helped spearhead
the movement toward launch of an aircraft registry similar to the
Bahamas Ship Registry, said recent news of success of other registries
reaffirms how great the demand is and how valuable aviation is to an
Minister for Grand Bahama Tours Water Cay
- Jan 31, 2015 - 9:41:44 AM
NORTH WATER CAY, GRAND BAHAMA - The Minister
for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, toured the
infrastructural upgrades of North Water Cay on Friday.
the cay, the Minister and his delegation visited the teacher's
residence, the water tank, the generator room and the New Ebenezer
Baptist Church. An inspection of the newly constructed dock, also known
as the Batelco Landing Site.
Also present during the tour were: Senator Tanisha Tynes and Mr. Peter Turnquest, Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama...
Certificates Presented for Training in Drug and Violence Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation
- Jan 31, 2015 - 9:21:48 AM
Twenty-seven persons from healthcare and
community organizations were presented certificates Thursday after
attending a Training and Certification Program for Drug and Violence
Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation (PROCCER) – a course organized
by National Anti-Drug Secretariat of the Ministry of National Security.
programme is an initiative designed by the OAS to develop and
strengthen a country’s institutions, policies and strategies regarding
treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with problems stemming from
drug abuse and violence...
Nurse’s training at cancer conference in Toronto to help impact care of young patients and their families in Barbados
- Jan 31, 2015 - 8:41:25 AM
Bridgetown, Barbados – A nurse at the
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados (QEH) has returned from the 46th
Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP 2014)
in Canada even more enthused about strategies for the care of children
with cancers or blood disorders, their families, and the nurses caring
Virginia Leandre-Broome, one of three nurses from the
Caribbean who attended the recent congress, spent a week in Toronto at
SIOP 2014 and visited The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to meet
with Canadian counterparts, donors, and to tour the Hospital’s
Minister Darville Tours Boardwalk Seafood in West End, Grand Bahama
- Jan 31, 2015 - 8:01:32 AM
WEST END, Grand Bahama – The Hon. Dr.
Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama, toured Boardwalk Seafood on
Thursday, as that business establishment was the first recipient of
duty free concessions granted by the government for businesses in East
and West Grand Bahama.
Accompanied by Ministry staff members
along with staff of the Duty Free Concessions Department, the Minister
was there to access and see how the duty free concessions were put in
place. He commented, "I'm so pleased that with the initiation of the
duty free concessions for East and West Grand Bahama, young
entrepreneurs like Mr. (Kirk) Neely are benefitting from this initiative
put in by this administration...
DPM Encourages Young Men to 'Make a Change'
- Jan 30, 2015 - 5:35:00 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Public Works and
Urban Development, the Hon. Philip Davis, on Friday urged young men to
'make a change' in their lives so that they may fulfill their roles in
the growth and development of the country.
The Deputy Prime
Minister was the guest speaker at the Urban Renewal Mental Health
Seminar for Young Men at the Pine Ridge Urban Renewal Centre.
He said he was pleased to be in Grand Bahama, and it is particularly pleasing when he comes because of young people...
Global Southern Gospel Music Cruise Anchors on Grand Bahama
- Jan 30, 2015 - 4:59:46 PM
Freeport, The Bahamas - On Monday, February
2nd at 12noon, 120 gospel musicians from Canada, Atlanta, North and
South Carolina will disembark the Carnival Fascination on Grand Bahama
Island, and join with local Bahamian gospel artists for a mid-day gospel
concert at Count Basie Square in the Port Lucaya Marketplace. The
Southern Gospel Music Cruise, led by Rev. Arnie Shipp, has been visiting
The Bahamas for the past five years, with this year being the first for
the participants to disembark for a time of worship.
press conference held on Friday, January 30, 2015, Debbie Huyler,
Manager for Religious Tourism at the Grand Bahama Tourist office spoke
to the excitement that is in the air as the Grand Bahama Tourism team
prepares to receive the group on Tuesday...
Visa Fees to Increase Feb. 1 says Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Jan 30, 2015 - 4:51:15 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas, 30 January, 2015 - Pursuant
to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Act, 2014,
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is
responsible for the coordination, regulation and implementation of visa
regulations for The Bahamas. As such,
all policies, and the establishment of criteria and negotiations for the abolition
of visas fall within the ambit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are
subject to periodic review and amendments.
In keeping with this mandate, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Visas) Regulations, 2015 which was passed in
Parliament in late 2014 will serve the purpose of establishing, codifying and
regulating the issuance and terms of conditions of visas for the entry of
persons who are not citizens or permanent residents of The Bahamas, as well as
National Training Agency Has Schooled over 1,400 Young People - Allied Health Care Most Popular Area
- Jan 30, 2015 - 4:00:22 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas -
The National Training Agency (NTA) is conducting registration February
2-6 at its Gladstone Road facility and at Urban Renewal Centres in New
Providence. Already 200 persons have taken advantage of early
registration. Basic entry level, marketable, skills are offered to
young people aged 16-26.
To date the agency has trained over
1,400 young people total in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Exuma since
classes were launched in New Providence soon after NTA located to
Gladstone Road in July 2013...
New Facebook group page created for Bahamians living in Canada
- Jan 30, 2015 - 3:27:22 PM
A new facebook group page has
been created by the editor of The Bahamas Weekly to connect Bahamians,
past residents, or friends of The Bahamas, living in Canada.
editor of TheBahamasWeekly.com, I am often contacted by people,
government or civic groups, who are seeking to make contact with
Bahamians," said Robbin Whachell who lives in Vancouver, BC.
is my hope that this group will facilitate the sharing of stories,
information, and create friendships from sea to shining sea..."
Save the Bays: International experts lament Nygard Cay “tragedy”
- Jan 30, 2015 - 3:25:37 PM
conservationists say the government should never have allowed
controversial development to damage the marine environment with impunity
conservation experts branded the controversial development known as
Nygard Cay a “tragedy” for The Bahamian people, and criticized the
government for giving preferential treatment to a wealthy foreign
investor over the country’s own citizens.
The experts, hosted on a
tour of the area by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy
group Save The Bays (STB), said allowing Canadian fashion designer Peter
Nygard to extend his imposing...
U.S. Embassy Provides Royal Bahamas Police Force Training on Tactical Medical Techniques
- Jan 30, 2015 - 3:02:42 PM
As part of continuing
cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the
U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)
section and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partnered
with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to provide Tactical Medical Training
to 39 Royal Bahamas Police Force Officers from January 21-22, 2015.
and affiliated subject matter experts facilitated the advanced
training, which provided officers engaged in Operation Bahamas, Turks
and Caicos (OPBAT) operations with the latest tactical and lifesaving
techniques through simulation and role-playing exercises...
Chairman of BAIC Visits the Minister for Grand Bahama
- Jan 30, 2015 - 2:47:24 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - The
new executive chairman of Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial
Corporation, Deon Smith, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand
Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville at the Ministry for Grand Bahama
on Thursday. Accompanying Mr. Smith was the executive team. This was
the first visit to Grand Bahama for the new chairman and during his
visit, he had a tour of the Arts and Crafts Centre and areas in East
Quotable Caribbean: Andrew Holness, Rt Hon. Perry Christie, Keith Chin and more...
- Jan 30, 2015 - 1:13:42 PM
"We need to deal with internal issues as internal issues. I am not
speaking about them. I am totally focused on getting the party machinery
organised for the elections." - Andrew Holness, Leader of the
Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (Jamaica Observer)
"We in the
Government have to maximize use of our assets. This (tourism) industry
is about you. It is those in the industry who will guarantee success of
the industry by being involved. We are all in this together. There must
be an understanding that we are here for a season. You have to commit
yourself to excellence in service." - Perry Christie, Prime Minister of
The Bahamas (The Bahamas Weekly)
New Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Appointed
- Jan 30, 2015 - 1:02:59 PM
It is announced by Cabinet Office that Her Excellency the
Governor General, acting on the recommendation of the Prime Minister after
consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, has appointed the Honourable
Senior Justice Hartman Longley to be the new Chief Justice of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas with effect from February 1st, 2015.
Mr. Longley is presently Senior Justice of the Bahamas
Supreme Court and a former Justice of the Bahamas Court of Appeal. He succeeds Sir Michael Barnett who will
demit office as Chief Justice on January 31st, 2015...