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Bahamas Press Club Pays Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Davis

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#TheBahamas, December 22, 2021 – The Bahamas Press Club paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hon. Philip Davis and congratulated him on his election win. President of the Press Club Anthony Capron presented the Prime Minister with a gift during the meeting.

Capron said he envisions the Press Club becoming the headquarters for journalists to receive training, host visiting journalists and social events. With this goal in mind Capron asked the Prime Minister to assist the Press Club in sourcing a space to facilitate these plans.

Prime Minister Davis said he understands the importance of the fourth estate adding that he sees the Press Club as an important part of media support.

“I endorse honest and fair reporting. The PLP has always been held to a different standard in the media than other parties. I support non-governmental organizations that strengthen democracy and represent the common good”, said the Prime Minister.

Press Secretary Clint Watson said he sees the Press Club as a bridge between the next generation of journalists and the principles upon which journalism in The Bahamas were built.

“We must ensure that there is training and that we don’t lose the institutional knowledge that’s been built over the years. I commit to working with the Prime Minister to assist you in finding a home for the press club”, promised Watson.

The Press Club intends to host a number of seminars next year including one on ethics in reporting.

Capron said the Club’s media awards ceremony was sidelined because of the pandemic but hopes that it will return next year. He invited the Prime Minister to be one of the speakers at the event.

The Press Club which was founded and constituted in the 1970s, was revived in 2014.

In attendance at the meeting were executives: Anthony Capron, President, Anthony Newbold, Immediate Past President, Lindsay Thompson, Secretary and Members Serena Williams, Kermit Taylor, and Shelly Lewis.

 

Press Release: Bahamas Press Club

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UB Statement: Portia M. Smith Building Under Assessment

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#The Bahamas, January 27, 2023 – In response to concerns expressed, University of The Bahamas released a notification on Thursday 26th January 2023 that effective immediately the Portia M. Smith Building at the Oakes Field Campus is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Immediate steps have been taken to engage the Ministry of Environmental Health to conduct a thorough assessment of the building. In the interim, personnel assigned to Portia M. Smith have been instructed to work remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. A further communication will be issued once the assessment has been completed as we continue to provide timely updates.

Please be assured that the health, safety, and welfare of members of the University community and the general public are paramount and we are working with urgency to address this matter.

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Statement From The Ministry  of Foreign Affairs – On Order  For All Bahamians  To Leave Haiti

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#TheBahamas, January 26, 2023 – The Prime Minister  has ordered an immediate involuntary  departure from Haiti  of all diplomatic  personnel or as soon as security conditions  permit.Up to this time, there was a voluntary departure order in place and all staff at the embassy  chose to stay.  Per the new instructions, they are to leave for home as soon as conditions  permit.  This is only a temporary  measure in light of recent developments  which require a corporate  security and intelligence  assessment  and restaging.This morning  the Chargè  reported that they had been stopped by Haitian police and relieved of their vehicle and weapons. This is part of a protest by the Haitian National Police against  their own authorities.All of our diplomats are personally  safe.There also is a report  of 5 Bahamians from Bahamasair who landed at Port Au Prince Airport who were unable to leave the environs of the airport.  They are all safe and well.  The security situation  appears less stable over the past three days in the country, and we are taking steps out of an abundance  of caution.The pattern of security concerns is one of ebb and flow and these withdrawals are sometimes  necessary  to regroup.  The Security Forces  in our country have been alerted to these developments.  As soon as conditions  permit a team will be sent back into Haiti without further announcement.PLQ
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Bahamas takes in 396 Haitian migrants; shocking interception

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By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer

 

 

 

#TheBahamas, January 25, 2023 – In what is being described by Bahamian officials as one of the largest human smuggling incidents in the region, 394 Haitian migrants were intercepted by the United States Coast Guard near Cay Sal Island on Saturday, January 21.

According to immigration officials in The Bahamas, the migrants will be processed on the island of Inagua and later repatriated.

US Coast Guard spokeswoman Nicole Groll described the condition of the intercepted boat to the Associated Press on Monday. She said, “it was grossly overloaded and very much unsafe.”

The officials did not provide any further information on the matter.

The recent apprehension brings the total number of Haitian migrants intercepted in Bahamian waters since the start of the year to just over five hundred (500) persons.

Due to the worsening humanitarian, a surge in gang violence and deepening political instability in Haiti, thousands of Haitians are fleeing their country in search of a better life for themselves and family.

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