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The Department of State renews their commitment to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) with a signing ceremony.

The U.S. Department of State renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), as part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and its long-standing commitment to the Hispanic community. The signing by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and HACU President Antonio Flores, Ph.D., reinforces the Department’s aim to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and support for traditionally underserved communities in the United States.

Meet Neka Knowles, a 22-year-old student from Nassau

To kick off the back-to-school season, U.S. Embassy Nassau is proud to begin the spotlight series focused on Bahamian students studying abroad in the United States. Meet Neka Knowles, a 22-year-old student from Nassau, New Providence. Neka will attend The New School in New York City, NY. Returning to New York after receiving her Bachelor of Art in Theatre Arts from Marymount Manhattan College in 2021, she plans to pursue her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Contemporary Theatre Performance. Neka recognizes that “leaving home takes thick skin” but encourages other Bahamians to be risk takers when pursuing their education. We wish Neka all the best! If you are interested in studying abroad in the United States, visit EducationUSA - The Bahamas for more information.

Independence Day of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

The Bahamas, archipelago and country on the northwestern edge of the West Indies. Formerly a British colony, The Bahamas became an independent country within the Commonwealth in 1973. The name Bahamas is of Lucayan Taino (Arawakan) derivation, although some historians believe it is from the Spanish bajamar, meaning “shallow water.” The islands occupy a position commanding the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the entire Central American region. Their strategic location has given the history of The Bahamas a unique and often striking character. It was there that Christopher Columbus made his original landfall in the Americas. The subsequent fate of the peaceful original inhabitants remains one of the more tragic episodes in the development of the entire region, while the early attempts at European-dominated settlement were marked by intense national rivalries, interspersed with long periods of lawlessness and piracy. As a result, the society and culture that has evolved in The Bahamas is a distinctive blend of European and African heritages, the latter a legacy of the slave trade and the introduction of the plantation system using African slaves. The islands, lacking natural resources other than their agreeable climate and picturesque beaches, have become heavily dependent on the income generated by the extensive tourist facilities and the financial sector that have been developed, often as a result of the injection of foreign capital. The continued popularity of the islands with tourists, largely from North America, has helped to maintain a relatively high standard of living among the population, most of whom are of African descent. The capital, Nassau, is located on small but important New Providence Island. Land Lying to the north of Cuba and Hispaniola, the archipelago comprises nearly 700 islands and cays, only about 30 of which are inhabited, and more than 2,000 low, barren rock formations. It stretches more than 500 miles (800 km) southeast-northwest between Grand Bahama Island, which has an area of 530 square miles (1,373 square km) and lies about 60 miles (100 km) off the southeastern coast of the U.S. state of Florida, and Great Inagua Island, some 50 miles (80 km) from the eastern tip of Cuba. The islands other than New Providence are known collectively as the Out (Family) Islands. They include Grand Bahama, which contains the major settlements of Freeport and West End; Andros (2,300 square miles [6,000 square km]), the largest island of The Bahamas; Abaco, or Great Abaco, (372 square miles [963 square km]); and Eleuthera (187 square miles [484 square km]), the site of one of the early attempts at colonization. Relief and soils The Bahamas occupies an irregular submarine tableland that rises out of the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and is separated from nearby lands to the south and west by deepwater channels. Extensive areas of flatland, generally a few feet in elevation, are the dominant topographic features of the major islands; the Bimini group (9 square miles [23 square km]), for example, has a maximum elevation of only 20 feet (6 metres). A number of islands fronting the Atlantic have a range or series of ranges of hills on the northeastern side that parallel the longer axes of the islands. These ranges are formed of sand washed ashore and blown inland by the trade winds. The newer hills adjacent to the seashore are normally sand dunes. Solidity increases toward the interior, where the particles become cemented to form Bahama limestone. Eleuthera and Long Island (230 square miles [596 square km]) have the greatest number of hills exceeding 100 feet (30 metres). The highest point in The Bahamas, Mount Alvernia, at 206 feet (63 metres), is on Cat Island (150 square miles [388 square km]). Beneath the soil, the islands are composed of limestone rock and skeletal remains of coral fossils and other marine organisms. There are no rivers, but several islands—particularly New Providence, San Salvador (63 square miles [163 square km]), and Great Inagua—have large lakes. There is abundant fresh water on Andros Island. Climate of the The Bahamas The Bahamian climate, mild throughout the year, is one of the great attractions of the area. The average temperature varies from the low 70s F (about 21 °C) during the winter to the low 80s F (about 27 °C) during the summer, and extremes seldom fall below the low 60s F (about 16 °C) or rise above the low 90s F (about 32 °C). The average annual rainfall is about 44 inches (1,120 mm), occurring mostly during the summer months. Prevailing winds, coming from the northeast in winter and from the southeast in summer, lend a cooling influence to a generally humid atmosphere. Tropical cyclones (hurricanes) pose a threat during the period from June to November and have occasionally caused great destruction. Plant and animal life Extensive and beautiful forests of Caribbean pine are found on Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, and New Providence islands. Hardwood forests also occur on some of the islands. Elsewhere the woody vegetation consists mostly of shrubs and low trees. Animal life is dominated by frogs, lizards, and snakes, all of them nonpoisonous, and several species of bats are found in caves along the more rocky coasts. Larger animals include the agouti, a rodent; the raccoon; the iguana; and the elegant flamingo, the national bird. All of these have been much reduced in numbers and in distribution. In addition, several animals—notably sheep, horses, and other livestock—have been introduced from Europe. The surrounding waters abound with fish and other edible marine animals, such as conch and spiny lobster (crayfish). More … Score: https://www.britannica.com/place/The-Bahamas  

United States Joins The Bahamas, in Commemorating HMBS Flamingo

On Tuesday, May 10, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Usha E. Pitts and Major General Christopher Callahan of the Rhode Island National Guard joined Acting Prime Minister the Honourable Chester Cooper, Minister of National Security the Honourable Wayne Munroe, and the Commander Defence Force Commodore Dr. Raymond King at the Coral Harbour base in Nassau to commemorate the sinking of HMBS Flamingo off the coast of The Bahamas on May 10, 1980.

U.S. Embassy Delivers 32,400 Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to The Bahamas

The United States has delivered a third shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to The Bahamas, continuing its support of the Bahamian people in the fight against the pandemic. This donation, through the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), adds to the 263,250 vaccine doses delivered to The Bahamas in 2021. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Usha E. Pitts, Minister of Health the Honourable Dr. Michael Darville, and other health officials were on the tarmac to receive the delivery.

U.S. Embassy Delivers Another 134,550 Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to The Bahamas

The United States has delivered another shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to The Bahamas, making good on the Biden Administration’s promise to share vaccines with the world. On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 3, 2021, a total of 134,550 doses arrived from the United States to Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau. Minister of Health, the Honourable Michael Darville, and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Usha E. Pitts were on the tarmac ready to receive the delivery.

U.S. Embassy Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 9/11

U.S. Embassy Nassau and Americans worldwide paused to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and mourn the nearly 3,000 lives taken too soon. The people who perished in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville—including the heroic first responders who gave their lives to help others—left behind loved ones and communities who were never again the same. We honor their lives and their memory on this solemn occasion and mourn what we all lost on that terrible day.

the 2021 BNT Environmental Education Conference!

The BNT is partnering with The Ministry of Education, Bahamas and The United States Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas to host the 2021 BNT Environmental Education Conference! Through this virtual conference, teachers and educators will be provided with practical tools for implementing the new environmental component of the Ministry of Education’s Primary Science Curriculum.

Independence Day of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

The Bahamas, archipelago and country on the northwestern edge of the West Indies. Formerly a British colony, The Bahamas became an independent country within the Commonwealth in 1973. The name Bahamas is of Lucayan Taino (Arawakan) derivation, although some historians believe it is from the Spanish bajamar, meaning “shallow water.” The islands occupy a position commanding the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the entire Central American region. Their strategic location has given the history of The Bahamas a unique and often striking character. It was there that Christopher Columbus made his original landfall in the Americas. The subsequent fate of the peaceful original inhabitants remains one of the more tragic episodes in the development of the entire region, while the early attempts at European-dominated settlement were marked by intense national rivalries, interspersed with long periods of lawlessness and piracy. As a result, the society and culture that has evolved in The Bahamas is a distinctive blend of European and African heritages, the latter a legacy of the slave trade and the introduction of the plantation system using African slaves. The islands, lacking natural resources other than their agreeable climate and picturesque beaches, have become heavily dependent on the income generated by the extensive tourist facilities and the financial sector that have been developed, often as a result of the injection of foreign capital. The continued popularity of the islands with tourists, largely from North America, has helped to maintain a relatively high standard of living among the population, most of whom are of African descent. The capital, Nassau, is located on small but important New Providence Island. Land Lying to the north of Cuba and Hispaniola, the archipelago comprises nearly 700 islands and cays, only about 30 of which are inhabited, and more than 2,000 low, barren rock formations. It stretches more than 500 miles (800 km) southeast-northwest between Grand Bahama Island, which has an area of 530 square miles (1,373 square km) and lies about 60 miles (100 km) off the southeastern coast of the U.S. state of Florida, and Great Inagua Island, some 50 miles (80 km) from the eastern tip of Cuba. The islands other than New Providence are known collectively as the Out (Family) Islands. They include Grand Bahama, which contains the major settlements of Freeport and West End; Andros (2,300 square miles [6,000 square km]), the largest island of The Bahamas; Abaco, or Great Abaco, (372 square miles [963 square km]); and Eleuthera (187 square miles [484 square km]), the site of one of the early attempts at colonization. Relief and soils The Bahamas occupies an irregular submarine tableland that rises out of the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and is separated from nearby lands to the south and west by deepwater channels. Extensive areas of flatland, generally a few feet in elevation, are the dominant topographic features of the major islands; the Bimini group (9 square miles [23 square km]), for example, has a maximum elevation of only 20 feet (6 metres). A number of islands fronting the Atlantic have a range or series of ranges of hills on the northeastern side that parallel the longer axes of the islands. These ranges are formed of sand washed ashore and blown inland by the trade winds. The newer hills adjacent to the seashore are normally sand dunes. Solidity increases toward the interior, where the particles become cemented to form Bahama limestone. Eleuthera and Long Island (230 square miles [596 square km]) have the greatest number of hills exceeding 100 feet (30 metres). The highest point in The Bahamas, Mount Alvernia, at 206 feet (63 metres), is on Cat Island (150 square miles [388 square km]). Beneath the soil, the islands are composed of limestone rock and skeletal remains of coral fossils and other marine organisms. There are no rivers, but several islands—particularly New Providence, San Salvador (63 square miles [163 square km]), and Great Inagua—have large lakes. There is abundant fresh water on Andros Island. Climate of the The Bahamas The Bahamian climate, mild throughout the year, is one of the great attractions of the area. The average temperature varies from the low 70s F (about 21 °C) during the winter to the low 80s F (about 27 °C) during the summer, and extremes seldom fall below the low 60s F (about 16 °C) or rise above the low 90s F (about 32 °C). The average annual rainfall is about 44 inches (1,120 mm), occurring mostly during the summer months. Prevailing winds, coming from the northeast in winter and from the southeast in summer, lend a cooling influence to a generally humid atmosphere. Tropical cyclones (hurricanes) pose a threat during the period from June to November and have occasionally caused great destruction. Plant and animal life Extensive and beautiful forests of Caribbean pine are found on Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, and New Providence islands. Hardwood forests also occur on some of the islands. Elsewhere the woody vegetation consists mostly of shrubs and low trees. Animal life is dominated by frogs, lizards, and snakes, all of them nonpoisonous, and several species of bats are found in caves along the more rocky coasts. Larger animals include the agouti, a rodent; the raccoon; the iguana; and the elegant flamingo, the national bird. All of these have been much reduced in numbers and in distribution. In addition, several animals—notably sheep, horses, and other livestock—have been introduced from Europe. The surrounding waters abound with fish and other edible marine animals, such as conch and spiny lobster (crayfish). More … Score: https://www.britannica.com/place/The-Bahamas  

The Memorial Day Holiday to honor the ten officers of Patrol Squadron Twenty-Three of the United States Navy

Today, the Embassy community took a moment during the Memorial Day Holiday to honor the ten officers of Patrol Squadron Twenty-Three of the United States Navy, who perished just off the Clifton Pier shoreline on May 7, 1954. The ten officers were aboard an aircraft on the way to join an exercise with ships from the Atlantic Fleet, meant to improve the fleet's defense against enemy submarines.

US and Bahamas Sign Updated Search and Rescue Agreement

On 10 December 2020, after years of close cooperation, the United States Coast Guard, in coordination with the Departments of State and Transportation (including the Federal Aviation Administration) concluded a binding United States – Government of The Bahamas aeronautical and maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) agreement. This agreement serves as the basis for future bilateral cooperation and coordination of SAR operations off southeast Florida, the Florida Straits, and The Bahamas, areas in which both the United States and The Bahamas are responsible for managing SAR services

The United States Pledges $750K to Fight COVID-19 in The Bahamas

The United States Government has pledged $750,000 to help health facilities in The Bahamas detect, isolate, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Bahamas Red Cross Society, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will administer the funds

Guidance for U.S. Citizens on Overseas Voting for the 2020 General Election

In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens first need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, we recommend you complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.

Remarks USS BAINBRIDGE Welcome Reception U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers

The USS Bainbridge’s visit, like the visit of her sister ships before her, is further testament to the strength of the bilateral relationship between the United States and The Bahamas, and to our historically close economic, cultural, and social ties.

USS BAINBRIDGE Makes Official Visit to Grand Bahama

On February 13, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers and Commanding Officer of the USS BAINBRIDGE Commander Kathryn Devine cohosted a reception aboard the naval ship while docked at the Freeport Harbour. Among the guests were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson, and the Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, Iram Lewis.

U.S. Embassy Donates School Supplies to The Beacon School

On Monday, January 14, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau delivered school supplies to The Beacon School in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The supplies are helping the school and their community recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. The donation included a wide range of supplies for both students and teachers to use for the remainder of the school year. Funded by the U.S. Northern Command Foreign Humanitarian Assistance program, the supplies were transported from Florida to Grand Bahama through the generosity of private donors in Florida.

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