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LABOUR MINISTER HON. D.SHANE GIBSON RESPONDS TO LATEST EMPLOYMENT FIGURES

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Nassau, 13 Jan 2015 – STATEMENT FROM THE HON. D. SHANE GIBSON
MINISTER OF LABOUR, N.I., PUBLIC SERVICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
13th January 2015
On latest employment numbers

The Ministry of Labour takes note of but is not surprised by the latest preliminary unemployment report released by the Department of Statistics indicating that the unemployment rate nationally is 15.7%.

The government of The Bahamas has been hard at work on behalf of the Bahamian people in securing a brighter future. We have said repeatedly that we were engaged in the necessary preparatory work or heavy lifting and putting all of the necessary pieces in place to ensure a full economic recovery.

The government is confident that the economy of The Bahamas is turning the corner and 2015 will be a banner year economically. The opening of multi-billion dollar Baha Mar resort is projected to create some 5,000 direct jobs. The opening of Mahogany, a refurbished Holiday Inn and Quality Inn, the refurbishment of the Hilton, the construction of a new Hotel, marine village and boardwalk on Bay Street and other project announcements foreshadowed by the Prime Minister promise will no doubt add to the country’s economic stimulus, creating many more jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for Bahamians.

During his major trade mission to China, the Prime Minister has met with both the government leadership and leaders in the business community both in Beijing and Shangai. The Bahamas has inked a reciprocal air services agreement between the civil aviation authorities of both countries to facilitate increased airlift to bolster our tourism industry. Additionally, both the tourism and the financial services sectors are expected to strengthen further with The Bahamas becoming a hub for the trading of the Chinese rmb Yuan. Further, Prime Minister Perry G. Christie is in Shangai today along with Baha Mar Chairman Sarkis Izmirlian and other senior executives to meet with major hotel and airline operators with a view to attracting significant business to The Bahamas.

The Prime Minister is on record during his New Years interview that his government will make a “substantially strong impact on unemployment” in 2015, pointing out that his government has approved several projects that will result in increased employment and investment opportunities for Bahamians.

“You’re going to find more and more jobs created and there will be construction jobs and there will be completion jobs” said the Prime Minister so Bahamians are encouraged to do their part and avail themselves of all job training opportunities through the National Training Agency and other private agencies as we build on the more than 8,800 jobs created over the last 30 months.

Job and entrepreneurial opportunities are about to come available shortly in large numbers and Bahamians everywhere must be positioned to take full advantage of these opportunities as we prepare our country for long term growth and prosperity.

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Barbados bestows Humanitarian Award on PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne 

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By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer

 

#Barbados, November 25, 2022 – The newest recipient of Barbados’ Humanitarian Award is outgoing Pan American Health Organization Director, Dr Carissa Etienne.  The government of Barbados grants this award to frontline workers who were instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Etienne expressed her gratitude for the recognition, noting, however, that she was more grateful for the opportunity to have served on the island. She also praised Prime Minister, Mia Mottley for her diligence in leading the country and regional involvement during the pandemic.

Humanitarian medals were also given to Frontline workers who risked their own safety to ensure the needs of the public were met. Those who held supporting roles on the frontline received humanitarian lapel pins, and those who made generous donations were given humanitarian plaques.

Dr. Etienne highlighted one major lesson from the pandemic, “we are only safe when the weakest among us is also safe”.

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Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – “We have a humanitarian concern of course but we can only absorb so much” was how Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service in The Bahamas addressed the issue of the UN constantly nudging Caribbean countries about the deportation of migrants and recommending that it not be done.

He was speaking Thursday November 24 with Cheryl and Zhavargo on First Edition which airs on RTC FM.

While acknowledging that the UN offices likely ‘have to do what they do’ Minister Mitchell  explained that the current irregular migrants trying to get into the Bahamas did not fit the bill of ‘refugees’ as defined by the UN.

“We have a treaty obligation that says that if people have a fear of persecution in their home country that we have an obligation to take them in as asylum seekers. The people who come through on these boats from the south of us are not asylum seekers. They are afraid of poverty and that’s a difficult issue but in a legal sense we’re not obligated to embrace people on that basis.”

He cited a study that had found, on any given day there were around 7,000 illegal migrants in The Bahamas trying to get to the US maintaining that his chain of islands had to take a stand on the issue.  The Foreign Affairs minister acknowledged that  TCI was in an identical situation, citing also the the cultural effects of irregular migration.

“There is a cleavage which has developed in our own society over this; people are very concerned that we could lose our identity if we do not get on top of it.”

Earlier this year Arlington “new sheriff in town” Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services in the Turks and Caicos had described statements calling on surrounding countries to do more to assist persons fleeing Haiti as “reckless and misguided.”

“Haiti has a population of 11.6 million people. How could any small developing state like the Turks and Caicos Islands assist that number of people or even the smallest fraction of them? We have a population of some 47,000 persons, and our health care, education and other social systems remain fragile and could never withstand an influx of refugees. This would be a risk to our very own livelihood,” he had said.

He was interviewed in the same show on Thursday prior to Mitchell and expressed a similar determination to crack down on illegal migration.

“I want to stress this. If we catch anyone harbouring illegals, it could be my mommy, she’s going up. We cannot tolerate this. We’re catching the sloops so my Haitian brothers and sisters should stress to them don’t waste your money we’re sending you back.”

Turks and Caicos, this year passed a law, doubling fines and prison times for individuals harbouring illegal migrants.

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Former Bahamian Cabinet minister defends record amid ongoing police investigation

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – Former Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Lanisha Rolle is reportedly currently under investigation due to several allegations that came up during her tenure; she however knows nothing of this alleged criminal investigation.

After the minister resigned – unceremoniously –  in February 2021 with little explanation, the ministry was locked down by the Prime Minister for an audit of the National Sports Authority, which fell under her ministry.

Auditor General Terrance Bastin revealed that unauthorised contracts had been issued, some of which were later forwarded to the NSA for payment. Three cheques to contractors were also found, which were paid to individuals and then collected by a senior ministry official.

Despite the allegations, Rolle said she upheld cabinet standards and good governance during her tenure. She added that a minister is not always aware of “everything in a ministry at any given time.”

Rolle said she has not yet been approached by the RBPF regarding the audit findings.  Having served as a member of the Police Force for 11 years herself, Rolle told a crush of media on Wednesday (November 23) that she continues to trust that they will follow the legal process and in due time, the truth of her innocence will be revealed.

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