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OAS Secretary General Congratulates U.S. President on Immigration Measures
- Nov 21, 2014 - 3:32:06 PM
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.”
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.
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...
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
No Experience Required. Just bring your passion for The Bahamas!
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,
The Blue Growth Concept is mainly concerned about how to
generate economic growth from the living resources in the oceans and
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...
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
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
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...
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.
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...
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 &
“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...
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...
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.
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...
PM and Mrs. Christie enjoy the RBDF annual Beat Retreat
- Nov 20, 2014 - 3:15:22 PM
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.
OAS Urges Giving Young Offenders a Path to Reintegration at Launch of Program in Jamaica
- Nov 20, 2014 - 2:36:32 PM
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.
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...
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.
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...
National Security's "Shock Treatment" calls on Bahamas Governor General
- Nov 20, 2014 - 2:26:58 PM
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.
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.
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
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
OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers
- Nov 20, 2014 - 1:02:46 AM
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...
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