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Posted by:Jan 31st 2007, 03:10:04 am
Fig Tree News TeamEleuthera
DPM Honours Police In Eleuthera
Cynthia Pratt, the Deputy Prime Minister, was in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera on Friday 26th January to present awards for good service to those who serve the Royal Bahamas Police Force in Eleuthera. Also attending were the Minster for the Public Service Fred Mitchell, the Speaker of the House of Assembly Oswald Ingraham, the Commissioner of Police Paul Farqhuarson and the Chairman of the Police Staff Association Inspector Bradley Sands.

Cat Island
Sir Sidney Poitier Book is Oprah’s Choice
Sir Sidney Poitier’s book ‘The Measure Of A Man’ has been chosen as Oprah Winfrey’s book of the month. Congratulations to Sir Sidney on this accomplishment. It will mean significant sales for the book. Published originally in the year 2000, the book rose to the New York Times bestseller list at the time and is now likely to return to the best seller lists.

The book tells the story of the first fifteen years of Sir Sidney’s life in The Bahamas before he left for the United States. The actor was born in Miami to parents from Cat Island and became the first black African-American and the first and only Bahamian to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in the film ‘Lilies Of The Field’.

We encourage everyone, especially Bahamians, to go out and buy the book. It is worth the read and is a ‘must have’ for every Bahamian home and library.

Passport Confusion:
To Have A Passport Or Not

On 23rd January 2007, all U.S. citizens were required by law to have a passport if they are returning by air from the Caribbean region including The Bahamas and Bermuda. The hotel sector has been concerned about the advantage that this gives to cruise passengers who will not need to do so until 2009 and have been lobbying for the effort, which is known as the Western Hemisphere Passport Initiative, to be postponed. The Foreign Ministers of the region were able to negotiate the present implementation date which is one year later than originally planned. Tourism Ministers took over the issue following that.

There was confusion in Nassau last week when it was announced that a waiver had been granted for The Bahamas that would no longer require passengers to travel to the US with their passports. The US Embassy has clarified the issue saying that the passport initiative is still in place and that there has been no waiver.

What has happened is that in their regulations there are two phases of implementation of the initiative. The first phase requires a flexible approach. You will not be stopped if you don’t have a passport but told you must get a passport once you produce proof of citizenship. In the second phase there will be strict enforcement of the rules. However, before that phase can be implemented, there must be 30 days notice given to the airline carriers that strict enforcement is coming.

[Source: BahamasUncensored.com]

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