first_img Related Items:#Bahamiansslowtocollectpassports, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 25, 2017 – Nassau – Less than half of the E-passports at the Anatol Rogers stadium have been collected said Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, and he is urging Bahamians to please collect their documents.   The Minister, last Thursday, toured the temporary site which was established since July 3, for the sole purpose of making E-passport collection easier, still pick up has been slow.The Minister reminded that February 2016 was the international deadline for hand written passports, this fact coupled with the usual Summer rush to get passports inspired the opening of satellite offices to lessen the burden at the Thompson Boulevard Passport Office.   “To date, we have successfully issued 1,516 e-passports since opening our doors over the past two weeks,” said Minister Henfield.“We anticipate operating at this location, throughout the month of July and quite possibly into August 2017.   This decision will be based on customer/citizen response.”Initially there were 3,269 e-passports at the site.   The Government’s E Passport system was started in 2007.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamiansslowtocollectpassports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgNavy and local officials gathered at Naval Submarine Base New London on Friday to mark the start of a yearlong celebration of submarines coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the first submarines to arrive at the base located in southeastern Connecticut.The return of the Virginia-class, fast attack submarine USS California was used to re-enact the arrival of the first submarines to be homeported at the base in Groton on Oct. 18, 1915, reported the Day. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (D) was one of several dignitaries who embarked on the California as it made its way up the Thames River.“From these seeds would sprout the nation’s first submarine base,” said Capt. Carl Lahti, the installation’s commanding officer. Today, 15 nuclear-powered submarines are homeported at New London.Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) has designated the next 12 months as a celebration of “Connecticut’s Submarine Century.” The Naval Submarine School at New London also is marking its 100th anniversary.Lahti, Murphy and other speakers at the event highlighted the strong relationship between the submarine base and its host community. Since 2005, the Navy and the state have invested more than $200 million at the base to modernize its infrastructure, improve energy efficiency and clean up contaminated sites.Murphy told reporters that he was not afraid of a new BRAC round in light of the long-standing support for the base from both the federal and state governments.“We’ve made such amazing investments in the sub base both from a federal perspective and a state perspective that we’re confident the sub base is here to stay,” he said in response to a reporter’s question. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more