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Police to investigate allegations of fraud at College of The Bahamas
Submitted by Office of Communication   
Monday, 16 November 2015 08:06

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The College of The Bahamas has asked the Royal Bahamas Police Force to investigate allegations of fraud by reason of employment by a clerk at The College of The Bahamas.

Upon receipt of information of the suspected violation, The College immediately suspended the individual without pay pending further investigation, alerted the relevant authorities and requested a full and thorough investigation. The College will now let the criminal justice system take its course. This is in keeping with the institution’s fiduciary responsibility to uphold public trust.

The College will always stand for transparent and efficient corporate governance. At this time, The College is limited with respect to its ability to disclose further information as this matter is under active investigation.

DNA party announces Youth Vision Document
Submitted by the DNA party   
Monday, 16 November 2015 08:03

See link below for our Youth Vision Document #GenerationGreen. This document was created by the young democrats of the party.

They would like the DNA party to consider the following:

1. Decriminalization of Marijuana
2. Pay Equality
3. Education & Youth
4. Jobs & The Economy
5. Environment & Climate Change

Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on case of Meldor vs. the Minister for Immigration
Submitted by BIS   
Saturday, 14 November 2015 07:29
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
On The Case of Meldor vs. the Minister for Immigration
13th November 2015

The press reported yesterday on an interlocutory ruling in the case of Meldor vs. the Minister for Immigration that an order has been made for disclosure by the Courts with regard to the policy on immigration that was implemented on 1st November 2014.  

This is not a decision on the substantive matters raised in the application of the applicant. It relates only to an order to reveal the internal and confidential papers of the file relating to the policy.

The decision in the matter is being appealed by the Minister.

We will keep the public informed.
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the candidate for Secretary General of the Commonwealth
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Saturday, 14 November 2015 07:27
Statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nassau, The Bahamas
On Candidate for Secretary General

13 November 2015

The following is released for public information with regard to The Bahamas' position on the candidate for Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

The Cabinet of The Bahamas decided that the position of The Bahamas on the matter is reserved until the conference takes place in Malta on 27th November with a view to striking a Caricom consensus on a single candidate. No decision was taken with regard to support for any specific candidate.

That position has been communicated to all candidates who have asked for this country's support.
Department of Immigration responds to newspaper columnist Adrian Gibson's piece
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Friday, 13 November 2015 11:45

Statement from the Department of Immigration
On Allegations Made in Tribune Article 12 November

The 12 November Tribune article “TRAMPLING ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE BAHAMAS” by Adrian Gibson made a materially incorrect statement regarding the Bahamas Department of Immigration’s handling of Cuban-born Lazaro Seara Marin and Carlos Pupo Mendoza. They were detained by the Department of Immigration as of 20 March, 2013 and 16 May 2013 respectively for violating the Immigration Laws of The Bahamas.

The article states that because the Department of Immigration refused to allow them to leave the Bahamas “one or both of the men have lost their residency status in the US” as a result of their lengthy detention without charge. That assertion is false.

The facts as we know them are as follows:

Both men are lawfully detained at The Bahamas Corrections Department. Attempts to repatriate them to the United States, their country of last residence, were refused by U.S. authorities. The authorities in Cuba, the country of their origin, have also refused to accept them. Efforts to find a third country to accept them have been unsuccessful. The Department is continuing to work on this repatriation in the best interests of the national security of our country.

It has been determined that prima facie they do not have a claim for asylum in The Bahamas. To our knowledge they have not in fact asserted such a claim.

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