TCI PREMIER UPDATES THE COUNTRY

09/10/17 9 AM
The following was posted by Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Sharlene Cartwright Robinson 9 September on the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma:
Premier’s update:
Got into Grand Turk today by Cayman Islands Police Helicopter. As reported already, there is much structural damage to homes, businesses and Government buildings, no lives lost. LIME will travel there tomorrow to begin its work to restore connectivity. A state of emergency has been declared for Grand Turk.
Salt Cay was reached today where Police were able to speak with 12 of 16 persons who remained on the Island. Structural damage.
Police traveled into South Caicos. Confirmed the Reports that was already received by me from the DC. Considerable damage and no loss of life is the case. I had an aerial view and will travel tomorrow to South Caicos. Relief has been organised for South for tomorrow.
Relief items are being organised as well for Grand Turk.
Emergency aid and relief continues to come in tomorrow…boats and planes.
Full update on Monday morning.
Electricity and communication (phone) is top priority as we provide relief items.

PRIME MINISTER UPDATES THE HOUSE ON BAHAMAR

09/20/15 11 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – The following is the Communication to the House of Assembly by the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie on September 16th:

Mr. Speaker,

Having regard to the national importance of the Baha Mar resort project and its delayed opening resulting from the financial difficulties of the Developer and the ensuing litigation both here and in the United States, it is appropriate that I should now report to Parliament on the latest developments in this matter.

Mr Speaker,

On the 16thJuly, 2015 when I addressed the nation on this subject,Iindicated that while we remained open to negotiations, my Government had taken the decision to seek to bring the Baha Mar development project under the supervision of the Bahamas Supreme Court within the legal framework of a provisional liquidation.It should be noted that this decision was important for the completion and opening of the Baha Mar resort and to protect the sovereignty of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and its courts.

As a result of the litigation that then ensued, independent provisional liquidators were appointed by the Supreme Court with a view to their taking control of the project and working withthe relevant parties, through negotiations or other appropriate legal measures, to complete the projectas soon as possible. Happily, that process is now well in hand under the control and direction of the independent provisional liquidators appointed by the Bahamas Supreme Court.

Mr. Speaker,

It is significant to note that the government’s course of action in pursuing the appointment of provisional liquidators was supported just yesterday by the decision of the Bankruptcy Court in Delaware which dismissed the U.S. Chapter 11Bankruptcy cases brought by Baha Mar group of companies.

The Government is pleased that the Bankruptcy Court in Delaware shares the Government’s view that the future of the Baha Mar resort should be determined not in or by a court in Delaware but rather here in The Bahamas by our own Supreme Court, especially now that the court here has appointed provisional liquidators.

Mr. Speaker,

The Government’s principal objective throughout this process has been, and continues to be, the completion of the Baha Mar Resort such that it can open for business with a full complement of Bahamian workers as soon as humanly possible. This is of vital importance to the continued growth of our national economy. My government therefore continues to regard the early completion and opening of the Baha Mar resort as a matter of the highest national priority.

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court’s decision advances the government’s objective in the foregoing regard considerably. It recognizes that the interests of the Baha Mar entities and their creditors will be best served if the issues between them are litigated in the courts of The Bahamas and/or are resolved by negotiations between them.Also, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court agreed with the Bahamas Supreme Court when it stated that “…many stakeholders in the Project would expect that any insolvency proceedings would take place in The Bahamas, the location of this major development Project”. One of the reasons that the investment climate in The Bahamas remains strong is that investors, be they Bahamian or Non Bahamian implicitly and explicitly repose confidence in the independence and competence of our Courts, which have for decades resolved complex commercial litigation and the decisions of which have been upheld by the Privy Council, the highest court of The Bahamas.

In the circumstances, I am pleased that both the decision of The Bahamas Supreme Court appointing the provisional liquidators and the decision of the Delaware court yesterday dismissing the Ch 11 proceedings have vindicated the course of action foreshadowed in my July 16 National Address and proven that we were right to proceed in the way that we did.

It will be recalled, Mr Speaker, that in making that earlier address, I said the following:

“I am absolutely convinced that we are on the right path,one that will lead to the completion and opening ofBahaMar in the near future. While it is true that there are still major obstacles to be overcome, I remain extremely optimistic about the end-result, one that will not only ensure the employment of thousands of Bahamians but the emergence as well of a resort destined for great success in the tourism industry of The Bahamas and of the region.”

My optimism today for that successful outcome is, I am happy to say, infinitely greater in the wake of the court rulings both here in The Bahamas and now in Delaware as well.

My Government therefore looks forward with confidence and in optimism to the prompt resumption of negotiations between interested parties who will, I am sure, co-operate to the fullest with the provisional liquidators so that an early resolution of this matter in the interests of the Bahamian people and all stakeholders can be achieved as quickly as possible.

 

MITCHELL UPDATES ON IMMIGRATION MATTERS

06/28/15 1 PM

sildenafil generic times;”>image011I am responding this morning to a number of events in connection with immigration in The Bahamas.

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purchase times;”> I want to say that the statement by Mr. Laing is the second such statement by him within a week on the subject of immigration. This morning’s statement was a more general philosophical statement about the nature of migration and the value to the economy than the earlier statement. Both however require some response.

Mr. Laing was reported to have said the following in The Tribune two days ago 22nd June: “Unless there is a liberalization of the immigration policy… we can expect, without some significant foreign investment taking place, this stagnation in the Grand Bahama economy for a very long time.”

I am appending to this statement and an earlier statement that I made in response to comments made by the former head of the Chamber of Commerce Dionisio D’Aguilar who made similar comments with regard to The Bahamas generally.

I am quick to respond to these because I do not want the impression to be given here or overseas that The Bahamas has an immigration policy which is a retardant to foreign investment
It is not. There is no policy by the Department of Immigration or the government which retards economic growth or development. Indeed, I say again that no business can legitimately complain that they cannot get the workers they need to run their businesses if it requires the permission of the Department Of Immigration.

Some people complain legitimately about matters taking too long. The real issue there has to be identified. The reason for delays has to do with resources and capacity – not the policy. This country is an easy country to migrate to lawfully. We admit there are issues in capacity to respond as timely as we would like but there is no policy which stops a legitimate migrant from coming to The Bahamas.

This brings me to the second part of the statement of Mr. Laing in today’s paper

He is quoted as saying that whenever governments become unpopular they start to be reactionary and panic and say whatever it takes to make the people happy again.

I wish to assure the public that the immigration policy of The Bahamas is not a panicked reaction, nor is it reactionary.

We came to office by our Charter or Governance promising to fix the immigration problem.

We could not for reasons of national security have our borders constantly breached by thousands of people who simply jumped on a boat and came into The Bahamas without permission. We have taken measures in the national security interest of our country to put a stop to it.

If we followed the advice of Mr. D’Aguilar and Mr. Laing, it appears that we should do nothing and allow people to breach our border without let or hindrance.

That cannot stand. Not on my watch. I am pledged to defend the sovereign integrity of The Bahamas and to the best of my ability and with the help of God I will.

Now an update on the immigration checks and repatriations:

IMMIGRATION OPERATIONS

The Department of Immigration is continuing operations throughout New Providence and The Family islands, the goal of which is to ensure that every immigrant have a legal right to live and work in The Commonwealth of the Bahamas. As a result of intensive efforts an operation was conducted on Bay Street and the Straw market for Status check. This resulted in the arrest of 21 persons of various nationalities. Nine (9) persons were committed to The Detention Centre. The other twelve persons were released after paying delinquent work permit fees.

We sincerely thank the Bahamian Citizens in providing us with very good intelligence of persons working in a number of key business establishments and various areas. The information given has led to a number of arrests of persons who were subsequently repatriated.

The public and the vendors are reminded that the straw market vendor’s license is for Bahamians only and you must have a valid Bahamian passport to be a stall owner in the Straw Market. You can be an employee of a stall owner but to do so you must have a valid work permit to work for the stall owner or have permanent residence with the right to work or a spousal permit or a belonger’s permit. You can only be an employee.

We will continue to check the market from time to time.

COURTS

The Immigration Act has recently been amended enabling charges to be brought against persons for the Harboring of illegal Immigrants. An illegal Haitian boat landing occurred in Bannerman Tow Eleuthera on 3rd June 2015

As a result of this, Three Haitians namely Sinfilien Remy, Estilus Tide and Robenson Guerrier who held valid work permits were charged in the magistrate court on the 8th June 2015 for Harboring illegal persons as they were found with 10 persons who had illegally landed. They pled not guilty and they were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections to reappear in court on 13th July 2015. In addition, A Bahamian citizen Frankie Smith was charged on 8th June 2015 also with Harboring illegal persons as he was found with 14 persons who landed illegally of that Haitian vessel. He also pled not guilty and was granted $1500 bail to reappear in court on 16th September 2015.

On the 9th June 2015 Antoine Armad the boat captain was charged with Knowingly Assisting in illegal landing. He pleaded guilty and was subsequently convicted to two years imprisonment or two thousand fines. Deportation was recommended upon payment of fine or served time. His fine was not paid and he is serving sentence at The Department of Corrections.

Additionally, Frankie Pierre another boat captain was charged in Magistrate’s court number 8 for Assisting in illegal landing. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded to Department of Corrections to reappear in court on 13th July 2015.  

During the Immigration and Police search operations based on intelligence where illegal migrants were hiding out, a Haitian male Jean-Mary Justilien was apprehended and tried to escape lawful custody which resulted in him obtaining some injury. After checking our records, he is an illegal immigrant. As a result, he was charged in the magistrate’s court on for illegal entry. He pled not guilty and was remanded to Department of Corrections to reappear in court on  
 

REPATRIATION   

The Department is continuing its repatriation exercises on a weekly basis.  Presently there are a total of 180 persons   detained at Detention Centre 139 of which are Haitians. Additionally six (6) persons are detained at the Safe House Three (3) adults and (3) children.

Repatriation of persons from June 1st to 23rd totaled 420

Haitians     369

Jamaican     13

Brazilian     08

Cuban         14

Georgian    08

Venezuelan 02

Ecuadorian 02

There is one (01) each of the following nationals: Indian, Peruvian, Mongolian and Bangladeshi