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  • Minister Mitchell Updates the House on Recent Illegal Migrant Repatriation

    The following is a communication by Fred Mitchell, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration to the House of Assembly on April 22, 2015:

    I wanted to inform the public that we have been dealing with a deluge of illegal migrants who have breached our borders over the past week. We are working to expedite their immediate return to Haiti. Last week ten people were intercepted at Inagua and are being processed for return.

    In Bimini late Wednesday night 15th April 168 people were intercepted by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. They were brought to Nassau on Friday 17th April by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force HMBS Durward Knowles.

    168 people: 103 males 28 females 37 children. The children housed in a safe house not in the detention centre. Some of them were babes in arms.

    On Monday 20th April 41 people were repatriated to Haiti in two flights at cost of 16,000 dollars.

    Two additional flights are being arranged. We have to use a foreign carrier because the Bahamasair jet does not have the nav aids to fly into Port Au Prince without a waiver from the civil aviation authorities. Those flights will take 145 people each at a cost of $67,265. This excludes the cost of housing 16 officers in Miami and their return transport to Nassau.

    At the moment there are 318 people in the detention centre. 285 are Haitian. There are 30 in the safe house. 20 are children and 10 adults.

    I bring this to the attention of the country to show that this continues to be a vexing, consistent and expensive issue.

    Instead of spending that money on docks, on roads, on airports, we have to spend it trying to send illegal migrants back home. We are trying to break the back of a continuing criminal enterprise. Increasingly there are reports of small boast leaving his country taking illegal migrants into the United States. This then is a national security issue. This country should not be staging ground for illegal activity.

    We continue to work with all Border States with a view to stopping this illegal migration and bringing it under some control.

    I want the people of Eleuthera to know that the request about the situation in Eleuthera is known to us and as soon as resources permit we intend to move to bring some relief to the situation.

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  • SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

    THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE WEATHER WARNING WITH EFFECT FROM 08:10 AM EDT UNTIL 10:10 AM WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL 2015.

    A SEVERE WEATHER WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR GRAND BAHAMA, ABACO, NEW PROVIDENCE, NORTH ANDROS, THE BERRY ISLANDS, ELEUTHERA AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS.

    AT 08:10 AM RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY INDICATED CLUSTERS OF THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ASSOCIATED WITH A PRE-FRONTAL TROUGH/FRONTAL SYSTEM MOVING EASTWARD ACROSS THE AREA.

    SOME OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE SEVERE AT TIMES CAUSING STRONG GUSTY WINDS, DANGEROUS LIGHTNING, HEAVY DOWNPOURS, HAIL AND POSSIBLE WATERSPOUT OR TORNADIC ACTIVITY. LOCALIZED FLOODING COULD OCCUR IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS.

    RESIDENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO REMAIN VIGILANT AND TO SEEK REFUGE INDOORS UPON SEEING ANY FUNNEL CLOUDS OR IF AND WHEN WEATHER CONDITIONS WORSEN.

    RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER TREES OR IN WATER AS THESE CAN BECOME LIGHTNING CONDUCTORS.

    ISSUED BY DUTY FORECASTERS: WAYNE.T.NEELY/GEOFFREY GREENE

    ISSUED AT 08:10AM, WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL 2015.

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  • Entertainer Johnny Kemp Dies

    Long time Bahamian entertainer Johnny Kemp has died.

    He was 55.

    News of Kemp’s death took not only the nation by storm by the international community at large.

    Obie Pindling on behalf of The Family of Johnny Kemp confirmed the news of Kemp’s death in a statement.

    “I am constrained to confirm reports of his untimely death in Jamaica some time between April 15th and 16th, 2015,” Pindling said in his statement.

    “It is with the deepest regret and a painful and heavy heart that, on behalf of the entire family of Bahamian superstar, Johnny Kemp - my dear, dear friend of 45 years, my former classmate, my brother - I have been specifically requested by his wife and two children to categorically refute false online reports as to the circumstances leading to his death. Suffice it to say for now, Johnny never even made it to the cruise ship. Out of respect for his entire family, I humbly and respectfully request that these online reports are retracted.”

    “His wife is presently en route to Jamaica to meet with Jamaican officials. Upon completion of this process, a formal and more detailed statement will be provided,” Pindling’s statement read.

    Johnny Kemp began his music career as a teenager in The Bahamas, prior to relocating to New York in 1979. He released his first album (self-titled) in 1986. Along with the mega hit “Just Got Paid” other hits included “Just Another Lover” and “Dancin’ with Myself” from his Secrets of Flying album. Kemp also appeared on Keith Sweat’s DVD Sweat Hotel Live.

    “On behalf of my own family, the GHS family especially the class of 1975, the Freeport High School family and also their class of 1975, the entire music fraternity of the our beloved Bahamas and his numerous friends and well-wishers, I wish to extend condolences and deepest sympathies to his wife Deidre, two sons, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and the extended Kemp & Fisher families. This is indeed a devastating loss to us all.

    May his soul rest in peace. Amen”

    JUST GOT PAID MUSIC VIDEO

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  • Fred Mitchell statement on U.S. surveillance allegations

    The following was stated today by Fred Mitchell, MP, Fox Hill, Minister of Foreign Affairs i n the House of Assembly:

    The matter of the alleged surveillance and the taping of conversations of Bahamians by the United States agencies in The Bahamas has been the subject of public interest for some time.The Bahamas government has made inquiries on this matter and received the following answer from the United States State Department by way of an oral communication on 26th January:

    The US will - going forward - use the lawful authority that was mutually agreed between the two countries to obtain surveillance information for drug interdiction and criminal activities.

    Thank you Mr. Speaker.

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  • PLP Chairman on Intl. Assesment of PM Christie

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  • Man Killed In Crane Accident

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    Tragedy at the Baha Mar construction site after a crane collapsed and crushed a Bahamian construction worker instantly killing him.

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  • Min. of Works Employees Protest For Hazard Pay

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  • PM Christie Shares Bahamian Challenges With Hemispheric Leaders

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  • Guzman: "More Work Remains In Lifting U S Embargo Against Cuba"

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  • Improved Bahamazing Experience @ 2015 IAAF World Relays

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