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US Ambassador Avant finishes term in Bahamas

United States Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole Avant will leave the country after holding the position for two years. A farewell reception in her honour was held earlier this week. Pictured: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette presents a gift to outgoing United States Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole Avant, during a farewell reception at Balmoral Club November 14. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas officially bade farewell to United States Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole Avant during a reception at the Balmoral Club on November 14.

She is scheduled to leave the country on November 22, after two years in the position. She is the first Ambassador appointed to The Bahamas under President Barack Obama’s administration.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette acknowledged the work done by Ambassador Avant.

“Your Excellency, we will always remember your spirit of giving, inspiration and hope, and we trust this spirit will continue to positively affect those wherever you go,” said Symonette.

“The assistance you provided to children in need of love, hope and support has renewed efforts to bring awareness that individuals, especially children with intellectual or physical challenges have just as much of an equitable stake in society as those without such challenges,” he said. “As we support them together, we work toward a more inclusive, tolerant and compassionate Bahamas.”

Symonette thanked the Ambassador for supporting families with children with autism, and her work with the Special Olympics organization.

He also recognized her efforts in strengthening diplomatic relations between The Bahamas and the US in the fight against the illicit drug trade, trafficking of arms and humans under the auspices of OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks & Caicos) and the Joint Task Force on Counter Narcotics and Migration.

Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital represents the “single largest investment in healthcare infrastructure” at the public tertiary healthcare facility, according to Minister of Health Hubert Minnis (Photo credit BIS).

New non-stop flights add to the airline's raft of services from the US to The Bahamas. The daily service has the potential to bring 100 visitors to Nassau on each flight. Pictured: JetBlue's Marty St George presented Hyacinth Pratt, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, with a model plane in commemoration of the airline's inaugural Westchester to Nassau flight. In turn, Pratt presented St George with a collection of Bahamian coins.

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