December 21, 2012
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Mitchell: Symonette comments ‘stupid and unpatriotic’
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday hit out at criticisms levelled at him by former Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, calling the former minister’s conduct “stupid and unpatriotic”.
MITCHELL CASTS DOUBT ON INVESTOR CITIZENSHIP PLAN
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that he does not think the idea of high net worth expatriates gaining Bahamian citizenship in exchange for investments would work in the Bahamas as it “would not fly well” with the local populace.
Mitchell to Munroe: Don’t mess with me
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell warned Dr Myles Munroe yesterday “not to mess” with him, charging that “just because someone sits on a pulpit and hides behind theology does not give them the right to make vile, slanderous statements”.
Road checks cause crowds at immigration
RANDOM immigration road checks have sent droves of people to the Department of Immigration this week, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
Haiti work agreement to be resurrected
AFTER being shelved for a decade, the government is working to resurrect an agreement between Haiti and the Bahamas on work exchange and immigration procedures.
Mitchell: Critics are 'politically motivated'
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said criticism of his travel habits is “politically motivated,” adding that he is allocated about $120,000 per year for travel purposes.
Ministerial trade mission to Dubai aims at attracting new capital and investment
THE government says it has moved “one step closer” to attracting much needed new capital and investment to the Bahamas with last week’s trade mission to Dubai.
Government understanding with migration organisation
THE government is negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organisation for Migration to garner international assistance with illegal immigration.
Fred Mitchell orders investigation after Cuban migrants apprehended
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has ordered an investigation into the possibility that Cuban migrants are entering the Bahamas intentionally in an attempt to “destabilize our country.”
Mitchell: ‘No impact’ to Bahamas from Cuban row
AGAIN refusing to comment on the release date for the report into Cuban detainee abuse claims, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell insisted there has been no fallout for the Bahamas’ reputation due to the controversy.
Mitchell: We did not make agreements over detainees
AS MIAMI-based protesters celebrate a perceived human rights victory, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell remained tight-lipped yesterday over the issuance of visas to Cuban detainees by Panama.
FNM blasted over 'manufactured crisis'
FRED Mitchell, Fox Hill MP yesterday branded opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ expulsion from Parliament as a “manufactured crisis” in a bid to flex his political prowess to fellow FNMs.
Fate of Cuban detainees to be revealed today
THE fate of the embattled Cuban detainees in Bahamian custody will be announced today, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday.
Mitchell sends message to mark Emancipation
MONDAY is the Emancipation Day holiday and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell is offering best wishes of the people of Fox Hill on the 179th anniversary of the freeing of all slaves.
Fred Mitchell: Defend nation's reputation ahead of Cuban protests
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell is encouraging Bahamians at home and in Miami to defend the nation’s reputation ahead of planned protests tomorrow by Cubans in Miami.
Mitchell hits back - but still no answers over ambassador post
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell has hit back at his FNM predecessor, saying Brent Symonette’s comments diplomatic appointments were irresponsible.
Break the cycle, Mr Mitchell
HERE we go again. Another claim of beatings, torture, sub-human conditions at the Carmichael Road Immigration Detention Centre.
Mitchell: Don't jump to conclusions over visas
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell cautioned Bahamians not to jump to conclusions over the temporary suspension of non-immigrant visa services at the US Embassy.
Minister to seek new funds in the Middle East, Asia
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday announced that he will spend a substantial amount of time in the Middle East and Asia hunting down new funding sources for the “capital-starved” country this fiscal year.
Treaty signed to help monitor firearms brought into country
AS the authorities continue to fight crime, the government yesterday signed a treaty that is expected to better monitor the trade of firearms and ammunition brought to the Bahamas from other countries.
Cuban inmate escapes from Detention Centre
A CUBAN national is still at large in the country after a group of inmates attempted to escape custody from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell confirmed yesterday.
Mitchell: We will grant work permits if Bahamians are not available for roles
THE government has every intention of granting work permits to foreign workers for positions where Bahamians aren’t readily available, says Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.
Roker: Minister Mitchell deserves what he gets
FORMER Cabinet Minister Loftus Roker yesterday said he does not sympathise with Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell on his plight to clean up the country’s illegal migrant problems.
Mitchell concern over inability for wealthy Bahamians to invest
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says he is concerned a new generation of young Bahamians are unable to use their wealth to invest which could spark extra growth in the economy.
Mitchell defends Immigration staff
FOLLOWING private sector shock over a “raid” at Atlantis and subsequent “visit” to Baha Mar by Immigration officials, Minister Fred Mitchell said it is “regrettable” that business spokesmen would berate and “defame” the Department without knowing the facts
Mitchell plans consul role for Chicago
MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell announced yesterday that the government is considering opening a resident Honorary Consul in Chicago to help enhance the relationship between the Bahamas and the people of that city.
Mitchell: No more industry work permits without labour certificates
FREEPORT – Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said the government will no longer allow industrial companies to apply for work permits without labour certificates showing that there are no Bahamians available to fill the jobs.
Urgent reform needed for immigration crisis
EVER since I read the Sir Lynden O. Pindling Distinguished Lecture of 2003 by then Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service Fred Mitchell – “What it means to be Bahamian” – I have wanted to confront Mr Mitchell on the remarkable inconsistency between what he articulated as his personal views on Bahamian identity and the public policy carried out by the Department of Immigration.
Mitchell accuses Tribune of 'hijacking' immigration debate
THE Immigration Minister yesterday accused The Tribune of “hijacking” the debate over the Government’s proposed work permit policy, alleging that this newspaper was “protecting its own interests”.
Mitchell hits back at critics over immigration
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell hit back at critics over the much debated proposed change in immigration policy with respect to work permits.
Minister tells private sector: Stop moans over work permits
THE minister responsible for immigration yesterday urged the private sector to stop complaining over work permits and instead help the Government tackle skills and training deficiencies within the Bahamian workforce.
Mitchell: NO specific answers about permits
FOLLOWING heavy criticism from business leaders over the government’s intention to cut back on work permits, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell refused to respond to “anything specific” and advised critics to simply read what his statement says.
Mitchell defends foreign trips
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has defended two trips where he travelled abroad on government business.
Expatriates 'no more than10%' of GB industrial staff
EXPATRIATE workers account for no more than 10 per cent of the Freeport industrial sector’s workforce, one executive said yesterday, telling Tribune Business that the real challenge was finding employees with the required skills at entry level.
Minister warns of ‘substantial’ work permit fee rises
THE Government is eyeing “substantial” fee increases for work permits, permanent residency and citizenship, the minister of foreign affairs and immigration yesterday publicly criticising named businesses for their approach to hiring Bahamians.
'Immigration department short of money to do job'
THE Department of Immigration is facing major challenges, not only with manpower and equipment, but also in terms of the money it needs to operate efficiently, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said.
'Hypocritical' view over appointments
RESPONDING to the FNM’s criticism of recent diplomatic appointments, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell accused the opposition party of wanting to “have its cake and eat it too”.
Radar could help fight illegal migration
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that new radar technology could possibly help to combat the “issue” that is illegal migration into the country.
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