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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: 

We 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...
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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 residents...
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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...
News : International
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 amount with...
News : Local
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 facilitated...
News : International
Shequera King in Johannesburg to pass on the Miss Heritage World crown - Dec 19, 2014 - 2:26:21 PM

Former 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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...”
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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.

The public 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...
News : Local
Sigma explores Bahamas constitutional amendment bills - Dec 19, 2014 - 12:16:50 PM

NASSAU, 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.

Retired Supreme 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...
News : International
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.

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
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 Hemisphere.

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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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.

As 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 country...
News : Grand Bahama
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.

Sade 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.

Sade 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...
News : Local
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...

News : International
(Video) Hon. Fred Mitchell's Statement to OAS Permanent Council on Bahamas Immigration - Dec 19, 2014 - 2:36:06 AM

Washington, 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, 2014:

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....
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
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 Celebration.

“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 versus...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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.

With this, 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.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...”

News : Grand Bahama
"Oil Prices Are Falling But No Change In Grand Bahama Power \ Emera Fuel Surcharges" - Dec 18, 2014 - 6:28:29 PM

Freeport, 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...
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