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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... 
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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 civic activists.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson Remarks at the Special Sitting of the Court of Appeal‏ - Jan 31, 2015 - 12:33:39 PM

Nassau, 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...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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!

It 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 gathered pace...
News : International
New Int’l Aircraft Registries Reaping ‘Stunning’ Returns - Jan 31, 2015 - 9:47:01 AM

International aircraft registries continue to boom while The Bahamas continues to plan, says a leading proponent of a Bahamas international aircraft registry.

Senior 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 economy...
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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.

While on 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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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.

The 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...
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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 for them.

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 facilities...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
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.

During a 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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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 impose...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...
News : International
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.

"As editor of, 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.

"It is my hope that this group will facilitate the sharing of stories, information, and create friendships from sea to shining sea..."
News : New Providence
Save the Bays: International experts lament Nygard Cay “tragedy” - Jan 30, 2015 - 3:25:37 PM

Respected conservationists say the government should never have allowed controversial development to damage the marine environment with impunity

International 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...
News : New Providence
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.

DEA 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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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 Grand Bahama...
News : International : Caribbean News
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)
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...    

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