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Saint Lucia PM on the passing of Sir Derek Walcott - Mar 17, 2017 - 9:10:18 AM

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The Government and People of Saint Lucia have suffered a great loss with the passing of poet and playwright Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL, OBE, OCC.

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen Chastanet has on behalf of the Government and People expressed deepest condolences to the Walcott family, friends and members of the literary fraternity.

Sir Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992, passed away on the morning March 17th 2017 following a prolonged illness at his home in Saint Lucia.
In a statement to the media this morning, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said, “Today is a very historical day with the passing of Sir Derek Walcott...
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Mentorship programme to empower Commonwealth young women - Mar 16, 2017 - 12:37:03 PM

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Young women across the Commonwealth are set to benefit from a new initiative to help them acquire critical life skills and to progress in their careers. The Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship Scheme will match aspiring young people with experienced professionals in their fields.

The project was conceptualised at the Commonwealth Women Leaders’ Summit in 2016, and endorsed by Commonwealth Ministers responsible for women’s affairs at their meeting in Samoa later the same year. It will be delivered by the Secretariat in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Council, the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network and Rotary in Canada and the Caribbean...
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International Relations Students visit Bahamas Embassy - Mar 16, 2017 - 11:58:04 AM

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A group of students studying international relations at Oral Roberts University (ORU) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, visited The Bahamas Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, as part of their humanities-related school trip.

The students, who drove for 18 hours from Tulsa, are from various countries, including Randi Blue Hanna, from The Bahamas; Samuel Tsuma, Kenyan-American; Jeadiel Hosein, Trinidad and Tobago; Jori Marshall, Jamaican-American; and Christian Brehmer, United States...
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US-Bahamas-Caribbean Effort Takes Pet Food Education to Regional Classrooms - Mar 16, 2017 - 7:59:43 AM

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With more than half of all American households including a pet and that number believed to be even higher in parts of the Caribbean, Washington-based Pet Food Institute (PFI) is stepping up efforts to educate pet owners about the importance of proper pet nutrition. This week, that PFI campaign took Bahamian Sandra Kemp nearly 1500 miles to Scarborough, Tobago to meet with students, veterinarians, animal protection organizations, government officials and media.

“The reception was amazing,” said Kemp, representing the PFI. “The 6-8-year-olds at Michael K. Hall Community School in Carnee, Tobago, who played the Not Safe! game identifying which foods were unsafe for pets left knowing they should never give their dogs bones again, nor feed them grapes, raisins, chocolate or onions...
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Bahamas Music Masters Youth Band Voted 'Best in Parade' in Washington - Mar 15, 2017 - 2:47:12 PM

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When it competed in the annual St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C., last year, The Bahamas Urban Renewal Music Masters Youth Band was so impressive that it was voted BEST IN PARADE.

The acclaimed Bahamian youth band did not return to D.C. for a repeat performance in 46th annual St. Patrick’s Parade, held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, so Mr. Bob Monagan, Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C., paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, at The Bahamas Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Monday, March 13, and presented him with the BEST IN PARDE trophy won by The Bahamas Urban Renewal Music Masters Youth Band. Mr. Monagan was accompanied by his daughter, Miss Colleen Monagan...
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OAS Assistant Secretary General Receives Award in Recognition of his Commitment to Organization’s Values - Mar 15, 2017 - 1:22:06 PM

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Nestor Mendez, today received the Medal of Honor for Merit presented by the Sociedad de Estudios Internacionales (SEI) of Panama, in recognition of his work to promote democracy, strengthening human rights, and fostering peace and security and integral development.

This high honor was presented to Ambassador Mendez during a ceremony in Panama City, Panama, within the framework of the First International Conference on Global Threats and their Regional Impact, organized by the SEI. During the same event, attended by diplomats, security experts and representatives from international and regional organizations...
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Tambourine Army disappointed over the arrest of co-founder, Latoya Nugent - Mar 15, 2017 - 11:35:37 AM

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"The Tambourine Army is disappointed at the arrest and charge of one of our co-founders Latoya Nugent. We witnessed with horror and trepidation the Jamaican state exert intimidation in the process of the arrest of Latoya Nugent. We urge state actors to remember specifically that according to sections of the Jamaica’s Constitution, Chapter 3: Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, each citizen has (h) “the right to equitable and humane treatment by any public authority in the exercise of any function”; and (j) the right to protection from search of the person and property.

"We find the charges to be a clear attempt on the part of the State to silence a human rights advocate who has dedicated her efforts to fighting for the rights of the Jamaican girl child and the survival of the Jamaican woman..."
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Bahamas Association of Chicago Hold Installation Dinner - Mar 15, 2017 - 10:33:08 AM

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The Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago,  attended the 2017 Bahamas Association of Chicago (BAC) Installation of Officers Dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017,  at the White Eagle Banquet Hall in Niles. Pastor Walston Francis was the keynote speaker and officiant for the installation of officers.

The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer were officially confirmed during a program celebrating Bahamian excellence and the coalescence of the local Bahamian community. Pictured from left to right: Pastor Francis;  President, Cyril Jervis, President of BAC; Dianna Walkine...
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Minister Griffin Heads Delegation to Commission on Status of Women Session at UN - Mar 14, 2017 - 5:43:29 PM

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Under the priority theme “Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” the Sixty-First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) commenced on Monday, March 13, 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The Bahamas delegation to the CSW61 is lead by the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, who is accompanied to New York by Mrs. Phedra Rahming, Acting Permanent Secretary, and Ms. Gaynel Curry, Director of Gender and Family Affairs.
News : International : Caribbean News
How social protection can facilitate formalization in the Caribbean - Mar 14, 2017 - 3:00:51 PM

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Port of Spain (ILO News) Representatives from 16 Caribbean countries are in Trinidad and Tobago (14-17 March 2017) to discuss the extension of social protection in the context of formalization policies.

Director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, Ms Claudia Coenjaerts, opened a Caribbean training Workshop on the Extension of Social Protection in the context of formalization policies.

“Social security extension strategies should apply to persons both in the formal and informal economy and support the growth of formal employment and the reduction of informality..."
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Bahamian Delegation Attend Women's Gender Session at UN - Mar 14, 2017 - 2:47:57 PM

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Under the priority theme “Women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” the Sixty-First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) commenced on Monday, March 13, 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The Bahamas delegation to the CSW61 is lead by the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, who is accompanied to New York by Mrs. Phedra Rahming, Acting Permanent Secretary, and Ms. Gaynel Curry, Director of Gender and Family Affairs...
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Cuban Ambassador Meets With Ambassador Newry - Mar 13, 2017 - 10:29:13 PM

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His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry (right), Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, met with H.E. Mr. José Ramón Cabañas Rodriguez,​ Ambassador of Cuba to the United States, on Tuesday, March 6, 2017, at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. The two envoys discussed matters of mutual interest to their countries, including a collaboration on a Washington, D.C.-based cultural project.

Ambassador Cabañas was accompanied by Ms. Karen Diez, First Secretary...
News : International : Caribbean News
St. Lucia Govt. remains Committed to Developing Renewable Energy - Mar 13, 2017 - 9:04:39 AM

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The Government of Saint Lucia has expressed its commitment to continue to work towards the development of renewable energy on the island. This after US-based firm WindTex Energy disappointingly cancelled plans for a previously announced wind farm on the east coast, less than four months after the new administration gave its commitment to the developer, to see the project to a successful completion.

On November 3, 2016, Sustainable Development Minister Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert, facilitated discussions with the developer and other partners to ensure the smooth continuation of the multi-million dollar development of a 12 megawatts (MW) wind farm in Anse Cannot, Dennery.
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Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen - Mar 13, 2017 - 1:04:12 AM


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In her message for Commonwealth Day, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reflects on this year’s theme of ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ and the onward journey of The Queen’s Baton Relay:

"Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, by the time it reaches its final destination, The Queen’s Baton will have brought together through its route and symbolism, almost 2.5 billion people who share the special connection of being Commonwealth citizens.”

Read The Queen’s message within...

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Secretary-General: Commonwealth Summit will reinforce a true global partnership - Mar 13, 2017 - 12:35:39 AM

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The 2018 Commonwealth Summit will cement the shared aims of good governance, sustainable growth, and inclusive social and economic development, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said today.

Leaders from more than 50 countries are expected to attend next year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which will take place during the week of16 April 2018in London and Windsor. For the first time, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle will be among the Commonwealth Summit venues...
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Secretary-General's Message for Commonwealth Day 2017 - Mar 13, 2017 - 12:30:46 AM

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Celebrating 'A Peace-building Commonwealth' for Commonwealth Day on Monday 13 March 2017


This Commonwealth Day, I near the completion of my first year in office as Secretary-General, serving the governments and people of more than fifty Commonwealth member states.

During this time, it has been uplifting to see – in a remarkable range of circumstances and contexts – the strength of Commonwealth connection flourishing and in action for the benefit of all...
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Trade ministers pledge to harness Commonwealth advantage at historic meeting - Mar 10, 2017 - 8:52:54 PM

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Commonwealth trade and investment ministers concluded their two-day meeting in London today with a commitment to make full use of the ‘Commonwealth advantage’ to boost trade within the 52-member bloc.

Ministers and representatives from more than 35 countries attended the meeting, jointly convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.

In her address to ministers, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “On trade, our family has never been more needed that it is today...
News : International : Caribbean News : Turks & Caicos Islands
World Travel Awards coming to Turks and Caicos - Mar 10, 2017 - 11:17:08 AM

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World Travel Awards has revealed that Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa will host the Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2017.

Situated on 12 miles of crystal white sand on Grace Bay, Beaches Turks & Caicos will welcome leaders from across the region on Saturday 16th September as they gather to see who among them has been voted the pinnacle of the travel industry.

This will be the fifth time World Travel Awards has visited Turks & Caicos, following glittering ceremonies at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa back in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012...
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St. Lucia PM Clarifies Allegations - Mar 8, 2017 - 11:35:09 AM

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet wishes to set straight the record regarding widely publicized allegations referencing a parcel of land in the Moule-a-Chique area. The verifiable facts are as follows:

The land referred to is located at Moule-a-Chique—and is not included in the proposals relating to the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) development. The land was purchased from a private individual.

The Moule-a-Chique land in question was purchased in April 2013 by eight individuals, including Mr. Allen Chastanet months before he became leader of the United Workers Party...
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Consistency Rewarded at Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards 2016 in St. Martin - Mar 8, 2017 - 4:04:14 AM

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Winners at the Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards, 2016 were rewarded for their consistency in their various fields, said producer and host of St. Martin’s longest-running cultural program on PJD2 radio.

Hosts Fabian Badejo and Dr. Rhoda Arrindell announced the 2016 winners in 18 categories on Sunday, March 5, 2017 during the hour-long program, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year on on the Caribbean island...

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