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UWP Conference of Delegates 2018 - Nov 13, 2018 - 1:39:47 PM

The United Workers Party held its 2018 Conference of Delegates in Vieux Fort on Sunday November 11, 2018, to a packed hall of over 300 delegates with all seventeen constituencies fully represented.  All executive positions were up for nomination, the majority of which went unopposed.

The Political Leader and deputy Political Leaders were unopposed and re-elected as there was a strong vote of confidence in the Party’s Leadership...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
The MESECVI participates in a European/LatinAmerican meeting on femicide in Brussels - Nov 9, 2018 - 9:03:17 PM

Representatives of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) participated in the 10th Conference on Femicide/Feminicide. Not One Woman Less!: Strengthening EU-CELAC Cooperation in the Struggle Against Feminicide/Femicide, and in the workshop “Towards a gender approach for media treatment of VAW and femicide/feminicide: challenges and opportunities for cooperation between the European Union and Latin America,” that took place on November 8th and 9th, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and UNHCR Present Report on the Rights of Migrants and Refugees in Mexico and Central America - Nov 8, 2018 - 6:35:55 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today presented the first report of the Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Report (MIRPS), which aims to defend the rights of migrants and refugees who live or cross the territories of Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama, and announced the creation of the Joint OAS-UNHCR Coordination Unit to analyze the progress of this initiative...
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Bahamian Female Politician selected to participate in U.S. State Department Exchange Focused on the U.S. Electoral Process - Nov 8, 2018 - 12:46:16 PM

U.S. Embassy Nassau is pleased to announce that Mrs. Arinthia S. Komolafe has been selected to participate in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) focused on the U.S. Electoral Process. Mrs. Komolafe joins other political leaders from across the globe in the opportunity to observe the U.S. mid-term elections. During the program, participants will be exposed to U.S. laws and institutions involved in the electoral process, political party campaign organizations, election monitoring and understand the development of democracy and civic education.  During the exchange, Mrs. Komolafe will visit Washington, DC; Phoenix, Arizona; and Seattle, Washington...
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Panel to discuss whether ganja and medicinal herbs offer the Caribbean a new path to wellness - Oct 29, 2018 - 10:47:31 AM

Bryanna Hylton, the Westwood High School, Jamaica student who won this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress, will join the CTO’s programme of activities for Caribbean Tourism Month (CTM) which is observed during the month of November.

The 17-year-old Hylton will join an online panel for the Thursday, 1 November launch of the month of activities linked to the year of rejuvenation and wellness...
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ECLAC and ILO stress importance of moving toward a more sustainable development model to create new job opportunities - Oct 23, 2018 - 1:35:32 AM

Latin America and the Caribbean is the most biodiverse region in the world, but it is losing its natural wealth due to the environmental harm being caused by the current development pattern. That is why there is a pressing need to transition toward a more sustainable model, both from an environmental and labor point of view, which would enable access to new opportunities and improvements in employment, ECLAC and the ILO indicate in a new joint publication.

In the 19th edition of Employment situation in Latin America and the Caribbean (October 2018), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) address how urgently needed environmental sustainability...
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OAS General Secretariat and Honduras Hold Working Meeting - Oct 18, 2018 - 10:39:23 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, received on Wednesday, October 17 Luiz Antonio Marrey, Spokesperson of the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH), who delivered the fifth semi-annual report of the Mission.

Moreover, the Secretary General, the Spokesperson of the MACCIH-OAS and officials of the Secretariat for Strengthening Democracy of the GS/OAS today held a working meeting with various authorities of the Honduran Government...
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OAS and ProFuturo Foundation to Bring Digital Education to 23,000 Students in the Caribbean - Oct 17, 2018 - 9:53:40 AM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the ProFuturo Foundation signed an agreement today to promote digital education in a hundred schools in five member countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM): The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica.

The initiative will be carried out through the Educational Portal of the Americas of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) and the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) of the OAS, and its platform will reach 1,132 teachers and 23,026 students...
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International and regional mechanisms on violence against women and women’s rights meet in Colorado - Oct 15, 2018 - 8:20:42 AM

The President of the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women “Belém do Pará Convention” (MESECVI), Sylvia Mesa, met with representatives of the platform of international and regional mechanisms on violence against women and women’s rights in Boulder, Colorado on October 2nd, 2018. In this meeting, the experts updated each other on the major developments and work since the launch of the platform in March 2018 in New York...
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Fisheries Ministers approve climate change protocol for CRFM Member States - Oct 14, 2018 - 9:18:59 PM

A Protocol on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture was approved for CARICOM States during a recent high-level meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

At the 8th Special Meeting of the CRFM Ministerial Council held in Barbados on Thursday, 11 October 2018, during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture, the ministers approved the protocol to the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP)...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Permanent Council Commemorated the "Encounter of Two Worlds" - Oct 12, 2018 - 11:22:47 AM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) met today to commemorate the "Encounter of Two Worlds" and to highlight the interpretations, impact and heritage of this historic date.

During the meeting, the Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of Ecuador to the OAS, Carlos Alberto Játiva, affirmed that the date of October 12 "invites us to reflect on the meaning of interculturality from the perspective of an America that recognizes the value of its native peoples...
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Saint Lucia extends condolences to Haiti following 5.9-magnitude Earthquake - Oct 8, 2018 - 1:15:33 PM

In the wake of the reported 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on the evening of Saturday 6th October 2018, the Government of Saint Lucia has expressed condolences to the Government and People of Haiti.

It has been reported that at least 12 people have died and over 200 were injured in the earthquake and at least one aftershock that rocked the northern part of the island...
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Commonwealth finance ministers explore new strategies to manage disaster risk - Oct 8, 2018 - 1:10:22 PM

Finance ministers from the 53 member countries of the Commonwealth will meet in the margins of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings this week in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss financing solutions to help counter the risk of natural disasters in their countries.

Under the theme ‘Enhancing national capacity to reduce disaster risk’, the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting will consider Commonwealth proposals including an online portal to simplify access to disaster finance and placing long-term advisors in member countries to develop funding applications for disaster risk management...
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Consular Annex Hosts Reception For Minister Lloyd - Oct 6, 2018 - 3:28:41 PM

The Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd, Bahamas Minister of Education, urged Bahamian students who attended a reception held in his honour at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont  Avenue, N.W., on Friday night, October 5, to study hard and after graduation  return home to help build the nation.

Mr. Lloyd, who earlier in the week participated in the regular meeting of Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS)...
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Invest in our Youth Today. Create a Better Tomorrow - Oct 5, 2018 - 5:33:20 PM

The Caribbean is a youthful region, with over 60% of the population under the age of 30 years.  The inclusion of youth is central to region’s economic development and as such the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union are supporting 8 youth owned agro-processing businesses from across the CARIFORUM to participate in the Caribbean Week of Agriculture’s Market Place...
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Caribbean Cure SIAL, Paris - Oct 4, 2018 - 5:43:25 AM

For generations, Caribbean grandmothers have steeped and brewed indigenous herbs, roots and even bush, convinced of their ability to cure just about any ailment.  When two young entrepreneurs in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago decided to pay homage to this tradition, not even in their wildest dreams did they imagine that their earthy concoctions would be dubbed among the world’s most innovative foods...
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American Cancer Society highlights FMU Bahamian students’ ‘Not on My Campus’ awareness campaign - Oct 2, 2018 - 2:28:32 PM

A recent public health study projects more than 1 million college students will die prematurely from cigarette smoking. When it comes to tobacco use, Florida Memorial University (FMU) undergraduates are declaring: “Not on My Campus!” Three FMU students, Raven Hanna, Kyla Harvey, and Hannique Roberts, are all from the Bahamas. They earned recognition as American Cancer Society (ACS) Tobacco Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) Scholars and were collectively awarded $2000. The scholastic trio will lead on-going efforts to promote and support the university’s smoke-free policy...
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Bahamas Prime Minister's feature address - SOTIC Update Day 2 - Oct 2, 2018 - 12:41:26 PM

The Bahamian prime minister Hubert Minnis delivered the feature address at tonight’s opening of the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) at Atlantis Paradise Island. The following is a transcript of his speech.

Feature Address Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Prime Minister Commonwealth of the Bahamas Opening Ceremony State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC)Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Paradise Island Tuesday, October 2, 2018 7:00pm...
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Saint Lucia Voted Chair Of The Caribbean Tourism Organization - Oct 2, 2018 - 11:44:17 AM

Saint Lucia has been voted in as chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the election today of its Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee, ending the two-year term of the Bahamas, which ascended to the position in Barbados in 2016.

His election took place late this evening at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort where the CTO held its annual general meeting ahead of the official opening of the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC)...

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Technical experts discuss updated plan for Eastern Caribbean flyingfish fishery - Oct 1, 2018 - 10:35:14 AM

The state of the Eastern Caribbean flyingfish, as well as an updated plan to improve the management of this valuable resource shared across many Eastern Caribbean States, will be discussed at a two-day meeting being convened in Barbados today, Monday, 1 October 2018.

The discussions will take place in the context of the Special Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Flyingfish in the Eastern Caribbean, constituted by the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Chief Fisheries Officers, as well as representatives of fisherfolk organizations...
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