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cialis times;”>In a statement released earlier this week, the US Embassy revealed that it was “currently in the process of seeking property suitable for a new embassy.” The statement also said that the embassy will remain in its current location on Queen Street “until a property is secured and a new embassy is built.” Reliable sources have confirmed that the new property is located on East Street Hill, the home of Jones Communications International.   

It was all smiles when the BCPOU and the BTC inked an industrial agreement this week. Signing for the union was President Bernard Evans and Leon Williams, CEO of BTC signed for the employer.

Dr. Rodney Smith, President of the College of The Bahamas (COB), told members of the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) this week in Washington that The Bahamas will play host to the Inter-American Education Ministers’ Meeting in 2017. In speaking of the future developmental plans for COB, he told delegates that at the VII Summit in Panama, he signed an agreement of cooperation to expand teaching and study opportunities for COB faculty and students. He also foreshadowed the establishment of a Government and Policy Institute to support government policy through research and development and will provide Key Performance Indicators to assist in the implementation of the country’s first National Development Plan. 

In other college news, the College of The Bahamas hosted its first Homecoming this week.

The Department of Immigration released a statement this week correcting “materially incorrect” statements contained in a 12 November Tribune article entitled “TRAMPLING ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE BAHAMAS.” The article claimed that Cuban-born Lazaro Seara Marin and/or Carlos Pupo Mendoza lost their US residency because of their lengthy detention in The Bahamas without charge. The department said that this assertion was false, clarifying that both men were detained by authorities for violating the immigration laws of The Bahamas and attempts to repatriate both men were denied by both the United States and Cuba. Both men were detained by the Department of Immigration as of 20 March, 2013 and 16 May 2013 respectively. It has been determined that prima facie they do not have a claim for asylum in The Bahamas. 

NEMA Director, Dr. Stephen Russell revealed on Thursday that to date the agency has raised $1.7 million, but pointed out that this huge amount is still much less than NEMA would need to complete its repair and reconstruction on the affected southern islands of The Bahamas. He said that it is a steady process, his agency is going to execute the restoration process properly and he called for patience among affected residents.   

Telling the media that the four times delayed Gender Referendum was unlikely to be held in 2015, National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said that the government is going to pass the four bills through the Lower Chamber and provided they “have the necessary numbers supporting the bills we would then determine the date for a referendum.”

I had a Biology teacher back in the 1970’s named Olvin Rees who always told our class that Bahamians are generally overfed and undernourished. This was his way of saying that the level of obesity in the country was too high. Apparently this might still be the case more than thirty years later according to a 2014 World Health Organization statistical report. With an obesity rate of 32.6%, The Bahamas ranks sixth in the world, ahead of Barbados at 12th, Trinidad at 13th and the United States at 25th.

The world’s newest ship, the Norwegian Escape, made its port of call at Nassau Harbour on Thursday of this week. The 164,600 gross ton 20 deck luxury cruise ship will commence regular cruise service on 14th November.

The Helping Our People Everywhere anti-crime rally was held Thursday night on the grounds of St. Gregory’s Anglican Church on Carmichael Road. Delivering presentations were Dr. David Allen, Lavita Thurston, Andre Chappelle and Anglican Bishop Rev. Laish Boyd.    

Attorneys representing creditors of the sole Baha Mar company still in bankruptcy have submitted a bill of $300,000 to Sarkis Izmirlian for legal fees and expenses.

The 1975 graduation class of Queen’s College celebrates their fortieth class reunion this weekend. Notable Comets are Tourism Minister Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Transport and Aviation Minister Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin; Chair of the Constitutional Commission, Sean McWeeney and noted Accountant Andy Gomez.