Saint Lucia PM on the passing of Sir Derek Walcott
- Mar 17, 2017 - 9:10:18 AM
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,
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.
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...
Mentorship programme to empower Commonwealth young women
- Mar 16, 2017 - 12:37:03 PM
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.
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...
International Relations Students visit Bahamas Embassy
- Mar 16, 2017 - 11:58:04 AM
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...
US-Bahamas-Caribbean Effort Takes Pet Food Education to Regional Classrooms
- Mar 16, 2017 - 7:59:43 AM
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...
Bahamas Music Masters Youth Band Voted 'Best in Parade' in Washington
- Mar 15, 2017 - 2:47:12 PM
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...
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.
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...
Tambourine Army disappointed over the arrest of co-founder, Latoya Nugent
- Mar 15, 2017 - 11:35:37 AM
"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..."
Bahamas Association of Chicago Hold Installation Dinner
- Mar 15, 2017 - 10:33:08 AM
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...
Minister Griffin Heads Delegation to Commission on Status of Women Session at UN
- Mar 14, 2017 - 5:43:29 PM
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.
How social protection can facilitate formalization in the Caribbean
- Mar 14, 2017 - 3:00:51 PM
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.
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.
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..."
Bahamian Delegation Attend Women's Gender Session at UN
- Mar 14, 2017 - 2:47:57 PM
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...
Cuban Ambassador Meets With Ambassador Newry
- Mar 13, 2017 - 10:29:13 PM
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...
St. Lucia Govt. remains Committed to Developing Renewable Energy
- Mar 13, 2017 - 9:04:39 AM
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.
Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen
- Mar 13, 2017 - 1:04:12 AM
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:
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...
Secretary-General: Commonwealth Summit will reinforce a true global partnership
- Mar 13, 2017 - 12:35:39 AM
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.
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...
Secretary-General's Message for Commonwealth Day 2017
- Mar 13, 2017 - 12:30:46 AM
Celebrating 'A Peace-building Commonwealth' for Commonwealth Day on Monday 13 March 2017
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...
Trade ministers pledge to harness Commonwealth advantage at historic meeting
- Mar 10, 2017 - 8:52:54 PM
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.
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...
World Travel Awards coming to Turks and Caicos
- Mar 10, 2017 - 11:17:08 AM
World Travel Awards has revealed that Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort
Villages & Spa will host the Caribbean & North America Gala
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.
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...
St. Lucia PM Clarifies Allegations
- Mar 8, 2017 - 11:35:09 AM
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:
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
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...
Consistency Rewarded at Annual Culture Time (ACT) Awards 2016 in St. Martin
- Mar 8, 2017 - 4:04:14 AM
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.
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