Coast Guard continues searching for survivors from missing airplane 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas
- May 17, 2017 - 8:35:19 PM
The Coast Guard continues to search for survivorsWednesday15 miles east
of Eleuthera, Bahamas, from an airplane that was reported missing
Missing are Jennifer Blumin, 40, from New York
City,Nathan Ulrich, 52, from Lee, New Hampshire, and Blumin's 3-year-old
and 4-year-old sons.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Coast
Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located a
fuel sheen and adebris field 15 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The
helicopter crew was able to lowera rescue swimmer and retrieve some of
thedebris to transfer ashore for identification...
PAHO Encourages Caribbean Countries to Tax Tobacco, Alcohol and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
- May 16, 2017 - 8:42:50 PM
Taxes on tobacco, alcoholic and sweetened beverages can help reduce
consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to
improve the health of the Caribbean population. The Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is encouraging
Caribbean authorities to adopt these tax measures, which can contribute
to reducing the burden of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular
diseases and cancer, and their devastating social and economic
Implementing taxes on the consumption of unhealthy products requires
decisions by health authorities as well as finance authorities who
design tax policies. To that end, PAHO/WHO is bringing together health
and finance officials from 17 countries and territories for the
Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Alcohol, Tobacco..
OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations
- May 16, 2017 - 3:28:12 PM
On May 15, 2017, OutRight Action International honored Caleb Orozco, the
man who successfully challenged Belize’s sodomy law and won, with the
Felipa De Sousa Award at the organization’s annual gala, a Celebration
OutRight’s award ceremony held in the United Nations exclusive Delegates
Dining room, was attended by more than 300 activists, human rights
defenders, diplomats and dignitaries. The evening’s host, performer and
artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, shared the stage with presenter
Congressman Mark Takano and honorees Caleb Orozco, Unibam Belize,
OutSpoken award recipient Logo TV, accepted by Pam Post, Vice President
of original programming and series development, and OutStanding Awardee
Blanche Wiesen Cook, prize-winning biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt.
Special guests included Tracey Norman, pioneering transgender model...
CANTO and Huawei Co-host Stakeholder Invitational in Panama
- May 16, 2017 - 1:59:48 PM
CANTO and Huawei Technologies Panama co-hosted the CANTO Stakeholder
Invitational in Panama on May 12th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama
Megalopolis. The event was held on the heels of the 134th Board of
The CANTO Stakeholder Invitational addressed
Operators, Regulators and persons in the ICT sector at a media
conference and brunch. The Invitational focused on the association, its
activities in Latin America and the Caribbean; Huawei headline
sponsorship plus opportunities for partnerships...
Commonwealth to unveil ‘revolutionary’ approach to climate change
- May 16, 2017 - 1:56:15 PM
of the world’s leading environmental experts will meet at a
Commonwealth conference this week to see how they can take forward an
innovative strategy to reverse the human impact of climate change. They
are hoping their new approach will influence the debate among world
leaders when they meet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference,
COP23, chaired by Fiji in Bonn, Germany this November.
The Commonwealth’s Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Conference,
organised in collaboration with the Cloudburst Foundation, is the
second meeting of experts, who believe that climate change does not have
to be all doom and gloom, and there is potential to reverse its
CARICOM SG ready to welcome new Bahamian PM’s fresh ideas
- May 16, 2017 - 3:01:28 AM
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is looking forward
to an early briefing with new Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert
Minnis on matters relating to the Caribbean Community and the Prime
Minister’s portfolio in the quasi-cabinet of the CARICOM Heads of
Government, that of Tourism.
“I look forward, Prime Minister, to
the fresh ideas that you will undoubtedly bring to assist in the
progress of our integration process,” the Secretary-General said in his
letter of congratulations to Prime Minister Minnis. He also gave the
assurance of his full support and that of the CARICOM Secretariat as the
Prime Minister seeks to enhance the lives of the people of The Bahamas
during his term of office...
Australia commits $1.5m to Commonwealth Election Professionals Initiative
- May 15, 2017 - 2:51:10 PM
The Government of Australia has signed a AU$1.5m funding agreement with
the Commonwealth Secretariat for an initiative to strengthen electoral
good practices in Commonwealth member countries.
Election Professionals Initiative is a programme to support countries
in achieving credible and inclusive elections, through which officers
from national electoral commissions are provided with training and
Small states in the Caribbean and the Pacific will benefit from an expansion of the programme...
OAS Electoral Observation Mission to The Bahamas Issues Preliminary Recommendations
- May 12, 2017 - 11:57:51 PM
The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS/EOM) to The Bahamas congratulated the people of the Caribbean
country on their continued commitment to democracy and on their
determination to exercise their constitutional right to vote, as
reflected in the high turnout rate in the General Elections of
Wednesday, May 10. The Mission, led by OAS Ombudsman Ms. Sherry Tross,
also extended congratulations to the new Government.
Day, the EOM, comprised 11 observers of 8 nationalities, was present in
29 constituencies and visited 157 polling stations. The Mission´s
preliminary report highlighted the steps taken to ensure that citizens
living abroad could have the opportunity to exercise their franchise.
This is unique in the region...
Empire State Building to Honor Caribbean Week NY by Lighting Skyline With Region's Colors
- May 11, 2017 - 3:27:46 PM
NEW YORK, NY - The Empire State Building will honor the Caribbean region on
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
lighting its world-famous tower in purple, blue, green, orange, red and
magenta in celebration of Caribbean Week 2017 in New York.
"We are honored that the famous New York City skyline will, once again, be shining in celebration of Caribbean Week," said Sylma Brown, Director, CTO-US, adding:"We
appreciate the ongoing support of this annual series of events by
lighting the iconic building in the Caribbean's traditional colors..."
United Nations Initiative Aims to Reduce the 1.25 Million Road Crash Deaths Annually, Bahamas to Stage Road Safety Campaign
- May 11, 2017 - 2:49:41 PM
United Nations Initiative Aims to Reduce the 1.25 Million Road Crash Deaths Annually, Bahamas to Stage Road Safety Campaign
the time it took you to read the headline of this story, a child
somewhere in the world was hit and killed by a car on her way to school.
statistics are alarming,” says David McLaughlin, FIA Project
Development Director for the Caribbean. “Speed kills. Somewhere in the
world a child dies every 30 seconds as a result of a road crash. Road
accidents are the 10th leading cause of death worldwide and the 13th
leading cause of death in The Bahamas. Every year, 1.25 million people
die as a result of accidents...
Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex Receives Cricket Equipment
- May 11, 2017 - 1:23:50 PM
The staff at The Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex received a generous
donation of cricket equipment from Mr. Tanveer Abbas, a Pakistani
businessman based in the D.C. area. Mr. Abbas, an avid cricket lover,
met Greggory Taylor, President of the National Cricket Association and
members of The Bahamas National Cricket Team, when the team travelled to
D.C. in July 2016 to compete in cricket matches with the Washington
Cricket League. Mr. Abbas subsequently visited The Bahamas and was
inspired by the hard work and dedication of The Bahamas Cricket
Association and felt motivated to assist the country in its efforts to
promote and cultivate the sport...
"Labour Conditions Seen Continuing to Weaken in 2017 and Urban Unemployment Could Exceed 9% in the Region"
- May 11, 2017 - 11:54:54 AM
The average rate of urban unemployment in Latin America and the
Caribbean will rise again in 2017 to 9.2%, in a year characterized by
modest economic growth that will not be sufficient to counteract the
labour market’s weak conditions, according to a new report released
today by ECLAC and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
the new edition of their joint publication Employment Situation in
Latin America and the Caribbean, which analyzes the regional labour
market’s performance in 2016, the two organizations indicate that last
year the urban unemployment rate rose to 8.9% from 7.3% in 2015, marking
the biggest annual rise in more than two decades, which has been
attributed to a deepening of the economic crisis as expressed in a
second year of contraction of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)...
Health Ministers to call for sustainable financing mechanisms
- May 9, 2017 - 12:56:05 PM
Commonwealth Health Ministers will gather for their annual meeting in
Geneva on 21 May 2017, on the eve of the 70th World Health Assembly.
theme for the meeting is: ‘Sustainable Financing of Universal Health
Coverage as an Essential Component for Global Security including the
Reduction of All Forms of Violence’.
At last year’s meeting,
Ministers recognised the importance of health security as a bridge to
peace and stability, as well as the role the health sector can play in
strengthening global security, including preparedness and responses to
public health threats and disasters...
Cunningham discusses Investment in The Arts at Bahamas Embassy “Conversation Series”
- May 9, 2017 - 9:34:29 AM
The Bahamas Embassy in Washington, D.C., convened its fifth edition of
its “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES” on Friday, May 5, 2017, with
speaker Mr. Dion Cunningham presenting an informative and interactive
talk on the topic: “Investment in the Arts as crucial to national
identity and morale”.
The “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES”
is an initiative aimed at providing a forum for young Bahamians in the
diaspora in the Washington, D.C. area “to present and dialogue on their
research or work and cultivate ideas for the betterment of The Bahamas.”
It is being presented under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Eugene
Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States...
ILO to implement training programme on Strengthening Trade Unions’ Understanding and Application of Research Methodology
- May 9, 2017 - 12:58:52 AM
The International Labour Organization,
through a European Union funded Project, is to implement a training
programme on “Strengthening Trade Unions’ Understanding and Application
of Research Methodology”. It will be held in collaboration with the
Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL) and the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade
Union Education Institute (HLSTUEI).
The Workshop will take place
at the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, UWI Mona
Campus, Jamaica, during the week of 8-12 May 2017. It forms part of a
three-year, € 1.7 million European Union (EU) funded Project aimed at
strengthening institutional capacities of the Caribbean Employers’...
CG Carroll calls on Israeli Consulate General in New York
- May 8, 2017 - 12:02:47 PM
At the invitation of the Hon. Dani Dayan, Consul General for the State
of Israel to New York, the Hon. Forrester J Carroll, Bahamas Consul
General to New York, paid a courtesy call on the Israeli Consulate
General on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
The purpose of the visit was to
establish contact and to see where Israel's Consulate General can assist
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the management of its natural
resources. Pictured from left: Mr. Amir Sagie, Israeli Deputy Consul
General to New York; Consul General Carroll; and Israeli Consul General
ILO and the Government of Brazil on South-South Cooperation Mission to Guyana and Suriname
- May 8, 2017 - 10:41:16 AM
Having successfully completed activities in Saint Lucia and the Bahamas
in March 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO), in
collaboration with the Government of Brazil, will embark on a second
round of technical assistance activities to the benefit of Guyana on
11-12 May 2017, and Suriname on 15-16 May 2017. The goal is to share the
experiences and good practices of the Brazilian Apprentice Progamme
(BAP) with national constituents.
The BAP has proven instrumental to reduce child labour and improve working conditions for young apprentices...
Bahamas Honorary Consul to California honoured
- May 7, 2017 - 3:31:01 PM
The Hon. Cedric A. Scott, Bahamas Honorary Consul to California, was
honoured at the Diplomats Diversi-Tea Gala held on Thursday, April 27,
2017, at the Marrott Hotel Marina Del Rey. Introducing Honorary Consul
Scott, Ambassador and Founder April Sutton, said he was “being honoured
for the elegant, dynamic and indomitable way in which he represents The
Bahamas”. Other honorees included the Hon. Gregory Karahalios, Consul
General of Greece; Hon. Gamal Abouameira, Consul General of Egypt; and
Hon. Mame Mbaye, Honorary Consul General of Senegal. In photo number
one, Honorary Consul Scott is pictured speaking at the gala; in photo
number two, he is with Ambassador Sutton; in photo number three, he is
seen with Egypt Consul General Abouameira...
A Tide in the Affairs of Men - The Regional Private Sector Must Act Now
- May 5, 2017 - 11:38:00 AM
A little over a month ago I attended two meetings in Europe, and they
both underscored the necessity for the Caribbean private sector to
urgently reconstitute a representative body that is able to actively
engage with, and advocate on behalf of the sector’s interests over the
next 18 to 24 months. There will be two major issues affecting the
region’s trading relationships over this period: the first being the
Brexit negotiations, and the second being the Post-Cotonou negotiations,
both occurring simultaneously and having a direct impact on the future
of the Caribbean.
The Brexit process and it’s eventual outcome
will no doubt recast the region’s trading arrangements under the
CARIFORUM-EU EPA. Our ability to exert some influence on the decisions
taken will be limited and peripheral, with initial entrees suggesting
that the UK wishes to retain and replicate the current EPA undertakings
with the Caribbean...
OAS Electoral Observation Mission Begins Deployment in The Bahamas
- May 4, 2017 - 6:41:19 PM
Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States
(OAS/EOM) to The Bahamas, led by its Chief of Mission Sherry Tross,
began its deployment today ahead of the
who is also the Ombudsperson of the Organization, arrived today in
Nassau and will lead a team comprised of 11 experts from Antigua and
Barbuda, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and
Tobago, United States and Venezuela. This afternoon, the Chief of
Mission and Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall signed the Electoral
Procedures Agreement that establishes the conditions for the work of
the Mission in The Bahamas...