Bahamas

  • CARICOM deplores threatened economic boycott of The Bahamas

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Friday said it deplored the threatened economic boycott of The Bahamas and attacks on that country’s economic interests in Florida by interest groups based in Miami. A Statement endorsed by the Fifth Special Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) reads as follows: `The Caribbean Community…

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  • Cuban nationals detained in Bahamian territorial waters

    ASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas government Tuesday confirmed that 13 Cuban nationals had been detained by the Defence Force after they were picked up in territorial waters on Monday night. Foreign Affairs Minister Frederick Mitchell in a brief statement said that the “illegal migrants are to be transported to Nassau for processing before their return to Cuba”. He said…

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  • Government confirms investigation into abuse of Cuban detainees has been completed

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas government says legal proceedings against people involved in the abuse of Cuban detainees here will begin “imminently”. National Security Minister Bernard J. Nottage said that the investigations into the allegations of abuse of the Cuban detainees at the Detention Center, conducted by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), had been completed, “and that proceedings…

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  • BAHAMAS-MIGRATION-Bahamas reiterates commitment to eradicating human trafficking

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas government says it remains committed to the prevention of human trafficking, describing it as one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the country. National Security Minister Bernard J. Nottage addressing the launch of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Technical Skills Training in Human Trafficking said “human trafficking was an obscure activity with…

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  • BAHAMAS-MIGRATION-Government pleased with talks in United States on illegal migration

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has returned here following a one week visit to the United States saying he was pleased “with the progress” being made regarding the illegal migration of Cubans into the Bahamas. Prior to his departure for Washington last week, Mitchell had indicated that “a negotiating team would travel to Cuba “with a…

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  • BAHAMAS-MIGRATION-Government mum on allegations of abuse at detention centre

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas government says it will make no comment regarding allegations of abuse at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre until the official investigation is completed. But Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has criticised the main opposition Free National Movement (FMN) over comments that Cuban detainees at the facility had been beaten during an escape bid in…

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  • BAHAMAS-POLITICS-Opposition politicians to boycott sitting of Parliament

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – Opposition Leader Dr. Hurbert Minnis Wednesday said that opposition legislators would boycott the sittings of Parliament for the period for which he is not permitted to speak during the ongoing debate on legislation to regulate stem cell therapy in The Bahamas. Minnis in a statement said that during the debate on July 17, Speaker Dr. Kendal…

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  • Waiting on the United States

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas government says it does not condone, incite or support cruel and inhumane treatment of people and that it is working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in processing asylum seekers. In a lengthy statement, the Perry Christie government said it wanted to clarify events relating to the detained Cuban nationals in…

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  • BAHAMAS-UNITED STATES-MARITIME-US Coast Guard investigating vessel explosion off Bahamas

    MIAMI, CMC – The United States Coast Guard says it is investigating a report that a vessel exploded 26 miles east of Bimini, in the Bahamas late Tuesday. The Coast Guard said its search-and-rescue coordinators had received a report from the Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos Operations Center indicating that a 35-foot fishing vessel had exploded after bursting into flames.…

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  • Telecom company denies massive layoff plans

    NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC -The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTC) has dismissed suggestions by the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) that it is planning “massive” layoffs. “There is absolutely no truth to the contention that BTC is planning mass layoffs. None.  Zero. I have spoken at BTC team meetings around the country just a few short months ago to…

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