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Statement from BORCO regarding the BMPA and IMPA
Submitted by BORCO   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:00

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama [April 11, 2014] – The Bahamas Maritime Pilots Association (BMPA) and certain representatives of the International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) continue to put forward false claims regarding the safety of BORCO’s marine operations and Freeport Harbour. The most recent tactic of the BMPA is to issue so-called “advisories” that make baseless claims about the safety standards of vessel operations in The Bahamas. The BMPA is not a government entity and has no authority to issue safety advisories. The organization has no jurisdiction over maritime affairs in The Bahamas and is infringing upon the authority of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the elected Government of The Bahamas and, to our knowledge, neither has afforded the BMPA a mandate of any kind.

The BMPA, as we have stated before, is simply trying to establish a for-profit monopoly enterprise for its own financial gain at the expense of the longstanding, reputable and safe businesses operating in Freeport Harbour. The motives of the BMPA are quite clear, and the organization has virtually no credibility on this matter.

BORCO’s marine operations are very safe, and we stand by the work of our pilots to ensure that level of safety. As we have stated before, all BORCO operations will continue with business as usual. BORCO has a dedicated team of five experienced pilots in place that is more than capable of handling our pilotage needs comfortably on a normal schedule, and there will be no interruption of or delay in service. Two new junior pilots have also joined the BORCO team and will be trained on the berthing process according to industry standards. Any statements to the contrary or accusations that BORCO pilots are currently overworked are unfounded. BORCO has conducted operations at or above international industry standards for over 50 years. We will continue to uphold the highest international performance standards that have long been key to BORCO’s success in the international oil transshipment and storage industry.
 
Families for Justice statement: We want justice for our son's death
Submitted by Families for Justice   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:39

By Rev. Glenroy Bethel at Families for Justice press conference

As the President of families for Justice, this Press Conference, was arranged On behalf of the Munnings family, and other families in the Community of Grand Bahama, who are very much concerned, about the death of Mr. Job Munnings.

On January 23rd 2013 Mr. Job Munnings was shot and Killed in Abaco by the Police. The family later learned, that there Son, Father, Brother, and Uncle death was a mistaken identity by the Police.

One year has passed, and no action have been taken by the Minister of National Security, or The Commissioner of Police. Mr. Job Munnings was a innocent civilian and was Never wanted by the Police when they carried out there execution.

The families were told, by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ellison Greenslade. That the matter have been referred to the Coroner’s Court. One year has passed and no word from the Coroner’s Court. Family Members went to the Coroner’s Court, last week in New Providence, to inquire into there sons investigation.

But were told by officials of the Coroner’s Court that they do not have any files at there office for Mr. Job Munnings. The Courts informed the families, that the Courts would, write to the Commissioner of Police, informing Him, to send the files of Mr. Job Munnings within Fourteen days to the Coroner’s Court.

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FNM commentary: Prime Minister Christie's misplaced priorities
Submitted by the FNM   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:36

From the Office of the Chairman, Darron B. Cash

When he travelled to Trinidad to give a speech, the Prime Minister played hooky from his primary job and left a lot of important work unfinished.

The Prime Minister has clearly lost interest in the details of governing.


For the second time in as many months Prime Minister Perry Christie played hooky from the hard work of governing The Bahamas in favour of travelling abroad to profile and pontificate. Once again he is getting his priorities all mixed up. The country is suffering as a result of his lack of discipline and focus.

Having now returned to his real day job, the Prime Minister needs to become preoccupied with several key demands:

Implementing a Freedom of Information Act. The recent disclosures about the pending BTC/Cable & Wireless outsourcing strategies—and the “non-denial denials”—provide another clear justification for why the Prime Minister needs to move with haste to bring a revamped Freedom of Information (FOI) bill to Parliament, pass it and bring it into force. The Bahamian people are entitled to have the sunlight that a FOI bill will provide with regards to the following:

With BTC—what is truly in the undisclosed deals that have been cut in order for C&W to give the Government more “free” money? What are they not telling us? After all the fanfare, there is still no final deal placed before the People’s Parliament.

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Minister Bell's remarks at drug and alcohol data collection training seminar
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:58

Opening Remarks by
Senator the Hon. Keith Bell
Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security

Salutations:

  • OAS Representatives
  • Programme Manager, OAS-CICAD , Mr. Pernell Clarke
  • Participants from both Public and Private Sectors
  • Distinguished Guests
  • Members of the Media
  • Ladies and Gentlemen

Good Morning:

I am pleased to join you this morning at the opening of this training seminar on drug and alcohol data collection as we seek to implement a Standardized Data Collection System for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Agencies in the Caribbean. This, ladies and gentlemen, is an important and significant initiative as we continue our efforts in addressing drug and alcohol use and abuse in our individual countries and in the region collectively.

As partners and stakeholders with OAS and CICAD, we share the responsibility to gather better data. The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in the 2011 the World Drug Report noted that a lack of comprehensive data continues to obstruct our full understanding of the markets for illicit drugs.

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Statement on the passing of ANR Robinson, former PM and President of Trinidad and Tobago
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 06:37
Hon. Fred Mitchell
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration

The Bahamas has learned with sadness and regret of the passing of a great Caribbean statesman in A N R Robinson. The former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago takes with him a history of a fight for democracy and for international justice and peace.

Mr. Robinson led his country though an interesting period, putting together a coalition which ruled the country. During his time as Prime Minister he was held at gunpoint by those dedicated to threatening the government and the state. He survived and later he served as President.

He was a leader and pioneer in the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He has passed away, he lived a full life and the Caricom region is all the better for his life of service.

Prime Minister Perry Christie's condolences have been communicated by diplomatic note to the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

May he rest in peace.
 
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