Foreign Affairs Minister says Bahamas concerned about cuts to US Coast Guard

first_img Bahamas & TCI Meet, concerned on possible cut to US Coast Guard Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard, #magneticmedianews, #OPBAT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 13, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas is concerned about the decision by the new Trump Administration’s proposal cut in funding by $1.3 billion to the US Coast Guard.  “In the discussions with the Premier, there is a lot of concern in this country as there is in the Bahamas  about OPBAT and its future because there appears to be a draw back of resources in the United States.  And one of the things that happens, we find ourselves as countries in a kind of catch 22 with the U.S. accusing us of being conduits for drugs and illegal trafficking and smuggling and all the rest of it, but it’s really in their security interest, we are really paying the price for their security.”During his trip to the Turks and Caicos island this weekend, the Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell told Magnetic Media that this matter was discussed as it is unclear how the announcement will impact OPBAT aka Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos which is a joint operation designed to control human, arms and illicit drug smuggling.Minister Mitchell said it is mainly a wait and see situation, but also advised that the Bahamas is not taking it lying down and has already made representation on how our smaller countries lack the capacity to cope with heavy smuggling operations; “We’re waiting to see who will become the Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, because that’s the person who will really be the key point person in the State Department to deal with policies with the Caribbean.  There is a meeting I think coming up on the 29th of March, which will have to do with this new Act that was passed by Congress for engagement in the Caribbean.”Minister Fred Mitchell said the US has to be made to understand that helping our countries ultimately means helping their own country in its interdiction and border control efforts.#MagneticMediaNews #fundingcutstoUSCoastGuard #OPBATlast_img read more

New Gmail Feature Allows Strangers to Email Google Users Raises Privacy Concerns

Google is reportedly set to introduce a new feature called ‘Email via Google+’ which allows anyone to send mails to any Google+ user, by simply typing his/her name in Gmail’s ‘To’ field.Search engine giant Google, which is on a quest to improve its online mailing service and its social network Google+, will reportedly start rolling out the new feature in the next few weeks to Gmail and Google+ users. And when it comes live, Google+ will let strangers send emails to anyone, without actually knowing their email address.Google claims the new feature will help those who have their friends in Google+ circle but have not exchanged their email addresses. However, the feature has raised privacy concerns as it makes users’ Gmail addresses public.Announcing the new feature, Gmail product manager David Nachum wrote on Google’s official blog: “Have you ever started typing an email to someone only to realize halfway through the draft that you haven’t actually exchanged email addresses?”adding, “You’re in luck, because now it’s easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over email.”However, according to Google, if users do not wish to receive emails from unknown people, they can select the “No one” option from the table. And even if users accept the mails from strangers, their email addresses will not be visible unless they decide to respond or start a conversation with the sender. As per the new feature, if someone in the users’ Google+  circle sends a message, the message will automatically goes to the Primary category, and not the Social tab.”This feature is rolling out over the next couple of days to everyone that uses Gmail and Google+. You’ll get an email with information and a link to the setting when the feature is available,” the blog noted. read more

Real Madrid beaten again

first_imgReal Madrid’s La Liga title hopes were dealt another huge blow as they suffered a third league defeat in five games to Roberto Soldado’s solitary goal at Villarreal.Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao earlier in the day means Real now trail their city rivals and Barcelona by five points at the top of the table.Real were outplayed in the first-half on Sunday, but reacted after the break and were left to rue a hat-trick of missed chances by troubled French striker Karim Benzema as defeat piles the pressure on under-fire coach Rafael Benitez.Elsewhere, a late own goal salvaged a point for Valencia in Gary Neville’s first taste of La Liga action as Los Che battled back with 10 men to draw 1-1 at Eibar. Real had won five consecutive games since being thrashed 4-0 at home by Barca last month, but were forced onto the back foot by a whirlwind start from Villarreal.last_img read more