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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mr. Steven E. Some, Director of Government Relations with Buckeye Partners L.P., headquartered in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, updated His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, on his company’s petroleum storage operations in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, during a visit to The Bahamas Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

Mr. Some was accompanied by Ms. Mona Mohib, Vice President, Federal Public Affairs Group, McGuire Woods Consulting, based in Washington, D.C.

Buckeye L.P. purchased the facility in Freeport formerly known as BORCO in 2011 and since then Buckeye Bahamas Hub “has provided customers with best in class petroleum storage and blending services,” according to the company’s website. 

“With a convenient Caribbean location Buckeye Bahamas Hub offers customers economical alternatives and unmatched flexibility,” the website notes. “Buckeye Bahamas Hub is the leading hub in the Caribbean region and the largest petroleum products terminal in the Western Hemisphere.”

It currently has “over 26 million barrels of storage capacity and 8 berths, including 2 VLCC-capable berths,” the website adds. “Storage includes capacity for crude oil, fuel oil and VGO, diesel fuel, and gasoline and components. These products are imported from locations around the world and stored or blended at Buckeye Bahamas Hub for export, including to regional consumers, key import locations in the Americas, and long-haul markets in Asia. Due to the scale of the location, Buckeye Bahamas Hub is ideally suited for blending, transhipping, and terminalling operations for global trade flows.

Additionally, the website says, Buckeye Bahamas Hub “provides certain import and export advantages for our customers, as it is situated within the Grand Bahama Port Authority Freeport Free Trade Zone area and thus imports to the facility are granted exemption from customs duties.”


His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry (right), Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, is pictured with Mr. Steven E. Some, Director of Government Relations with Buckeye Partners L.P., and Ms. Mona G. Mohib, Vice President, Federal Public Affairs Group, McGuire Woods Consulting.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recognition of its ongoing commitment to “bolster art education, cultural exchange and economic growth in The Bahamas,” Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., hosted a cocktail reception for the Exnihilo Art Centre at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, April 4, 2016.

Special guests included Mr. Michael Edwards, Art Lecturer at the College of The Bahamas (COB), and Ms. Katrina Cartwright, a Ceramist at COB, who collaborate with Exnihilo’s owners, husband-and-wife Bryan and Blair Anderson, on programs offered by the Art Centre.

Prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Ms. Zonicle gave brief remarks, along with Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, Mr. Edwards and Ms. Cartwright.

Programs established by the Exnihilo Art Centre, based in Washington, D.C., include: 

1. The Exnihilo Art Award, a scholarship fund dedicated to college-bound art students specifically from the Bahamas Family Islands; 

2. Art Education and Residencies, a program that selects talented individuals, both Bahamian and American, and supports them through the creation and completion of a body of work.  This is done through partnerships with entities like the College of The Bahamas, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and SilverWorks in DC.  Workshops and classes are also held in Nassau in the historic Bethel House.

3. Exnihilo Art Centre in Long Island, Bahamas, a development that will be an international artist residency located on Long Island. Once this project is completed it would be the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony pictured in front row from left to right: Mrs. Blair Anderson, Consul General Paulette Zonicle, and Ambassador Dr. Eugene Newry. Back row from left: Ms. Katrina Cartwright, Mr. Bryan Anderson, and Mr. Michael Edwards.



BEIJING, China — H.E. Paul Andy Gomez (left), Bahamas Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, is pictured with Kerry Hotel (Shangri-La Hotel Group) Executive, Doris Berchtold, and Swiss Ambassador to China, His Excellency Jean-Jacques de Dardel, at the grand opening of the 5-Star Intercontinental BeijingSanlitun on Friday, 5 August 2016.  


Notice On Travel To Canada 


The High Commission for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Canada wishes to remind Bahamians that, as of 30 September 2016, the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will be mandatory. The eTA is a new electronic document requirement for visa-exempt travellers, from countries like The Bahamas, seeking to enter Canada by air. Therefore, all Bahamian nationals travelling to Canada are expected to possess an eTA.

The purpose of the eTA is to improve screening of visa exempt foreign nationals outside of Canada in order to identify and interdict inadmissible persons flying to Canada prior to departure through the Interactive Advance Passenger Information system (IAPI).
Bahamians are required to apply for an eTA online before entering Canada at The vast majority of eTA applications are auto-granted by an electronic system within minutes of submission. The processing fee for the eTA is $7 Canadian and will be valid for five (5) years after issuance or sooner, if:

•Passport expires;
•Cancelled by an officer; or
•A new eTA is issued.

ALL Bahamian nationals with Canadian study and work permits issued before 1 August 2015 MUST apply for an eTA.

Persons exempt from the eTA requirement include, inter alia:

•Canadian citizens
•Her Majesty the Queen of Canada and any member of the Royal Family
•Nationals of the United States
•Holders of a valid Canadian temporary resident visa (study and work permits issued on or after 1 August 2015)
•Holders of Canadian Permanent Residency
•Diplomats accredited to Canada
•Civil aviation considerations (crew members, flight safety, accident investigators)
•Bahamian nationals who are also Canadian citizens (dual citizens). Please note that dual citizens must travel with their Canadian passports when entering Canada by air.

If you are not registered with The Bahamas High Commission in Ottawa, please do so by visiting its website to receive updates and important information.