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Morocco & Saint Lucia to deepen cooperation on agriculture, tourism and exchange of expertise - Nov 18, 2017 - 10:53:45 PM

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Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet, met with Morocco’s Prime Minister, Honourable Saad-Eddine El Othmani, on November 11th 2017 to discuss deepening diplomatic and economic relations with Saint Lucia and the OECS.

The two leaders spoke of the establishment of an OECS Embassy and the signing of financial treaties. Investment in the Caribbean was also high on the agenda, with special attention paid to Agriculture, Agro-processing, Tourism and the exchange of expertise.
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H.E. Sidney Collie accredited as Bahamas Permanent Representative to the OAS - Nov 17, 2017 - 9:38:18 PM
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On Wednesday, 15th November, 2017, appointed Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States(OAS), Mr. Sidney Collie, presented credentials accrediting him to the OAS to its Secretary General, H.E. Luis Almagro.

During his remarks Permanent Representative Collie acknowledged he was “humbled by the confidence reposed in [him] by the Prime Minister the Honourable Hubert A. Minnis and the Government of The Bahamas”...
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H.E. Sidney Collie presents copie d’usage of letters of credence to U.S. Department Of State - Nov 17, 2017 - 7:25:22 PM

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H.E. Sidney Collie, Appointed Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America, presented the copie d’usage of Letters of Credence to Cam Henderson, Deputy Chief of Protocol, during a meeting held at the United States Department of State, on Monday, 13th November, 2017.
 
The presentation of the copie d’usage precedes the presentation of Ambassador Collie’s official credentials to U.S. President Donald Trump, which is expected to take place in late November, 2017...
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Brown presents copy of novel to Ambassador Collie - Nov 17, 2017 - 6:49:51 PM

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Mr. Oswald T. Brown, former Press, Cultural Affairs and Information Manager with The Bahamas Embassy in Washington, D.C., and his wife Mrs. Elisabeth Ann Brown paid a  courtesy call on His Excellency Sidney Collie, the new Bahamas Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.  Mr. Brown (left) used the occasion to present Ambassador Collie with a copy of his recently published novel WOES OF LIFE...
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Remarks on Iran, the JCPOA and the IAEA Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Nov 14, 2017 - 1:43:11 PM

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am delighted to be back at the Belfer Center. It is four years since my last visit.

Iran’s nuclear programme was one of the main issues we talked about last time. I have been asked to focus today on the same subject and specifically on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the JCPOA...
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Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott to participate in panel on illegal data hack at 6th Annual OffshoreAlert Europe Conference in London on Tuesday - Nov 13, 2017 - 11:43:01 PM

On Tuesday, November 14, Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, is scheduled to speak at the at the 6th Annual OffshoreAlert Europe Conference in London as part of a panel about the recent illegal data hack and leak of personal financial information.

“This is a critical time to be reaffirming our case that Cayman is a transparent, cooperative jurisdiction, which meets or exceeds the full range of globally-accepted standards for transparency and cross-border information-sharing with law enforcement and tax authorities,” said Scott...
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Three heads of Government to discuss infrastructure investment needs at the Caribbean Infrastructure Forum - Nov 13, 2017 - 4:17:53 PM

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New York, NY  - Across the Caribbean, the need for substantial investment in infrastructure is increasingly urgent, particularly in the wake of the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Reflecting that need, and for a central forum to bring the market together, IJGlobal, the infrastructure division of the Euromoney Group, and New Energy Events will host the 2nd annual Caribbean Infrastructure Forum (CARIF) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from December 11-12...
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Baleària Caribbean increases its weekly services between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama to six - Nov 8, 2017 - 9:41:32 AM

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The shipping line Baleària Caribbean is adding a new weekly service starting next Monday, November 13th, between the island of Grand Bahama and Fort Lauderdale, which operates the fast ferry Jaume I. From then on, the company will offer the route daily except Wednesdays in order to provide its customers with more options.

This increase in services coincides with the launch of a special 50% discount on trips taken Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the months of November and December.
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New law and climate change toolkit unveiled at COP23 - Nov 7, 2017 - 10:51:26 AM

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A new online resource that supports climate change law-making is to be unveiled at COP23 in Bonn this week.

The Law and Climate Change Toolkit is aimed at government policy makers responsible for developing laws that help implement the Paris Agreement. Three organisations have collaborated on the project, namely the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform...
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Cayman Finance responds to sensational reports exploiting illegal data hack - Nov 6, 2017 - 7:46:20 PM

Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, issued the following statement in response to reports of an illegal data theft involving the financial information of tens of thousands of people and businesses:
 
“Like other international financial centres, the Cayman Islands has had to get used to unfair and inaccurate reporting about our role in the global financial marketplace. However, we will not tolerate unfair attacks against our Queen, Elizabeth II, who maintains normal and legal investments in Cayman, a British Overseas Territory, a compliant and transparent jurisdiction that is part of her Dominion...
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Caribbean Tourism Organization on Caribbean Tourism Month - Nov 2, 2017 - 2:48:55 PM

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This year can be described as a tale of two situations for Caribbean tourism. During the first half of this year the region performed at new record pace, welcoming 16.6 million international tourist arrivals at a healthy growth rate of 5.2 percent, when compared to the same period last year.
 
However, hurricanes Irma and Maria have dented this growth, with the revised forecast for 2017 now at one to two per cent, down from 2.5 to 3.5 percent...
 
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Miss World Bahamas in “Head to Head” Challenge - Nov 1, 2017 - 11:15:32 PM

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Miss World Bahamas Geena Thompson is in the midst of an international battle to capture a spot in the Miss World semifinals and she is calling on Bahamians everywhere to support her with their votes. Geena is in China competing for the Miss World title, where for just under 2 weeks she and her fellow competitors have been touring the country and partaking in preliminary competitions. The 24-hour “head to head” challenge is the newest Miss World prelim which pits six countries against each other for one coveted spot. A video of the head to head challenge in which Geena appears can be found at enclosed link...

The vote officially closes on Thursday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m...
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American Airlines proudly celebrates 30 years of service to the Bahamas - Nov 1, 2017 - 8:35:31 PM

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Today American Airlines celebrates its 30th anniversary of service to the Bahamas. American began service to Nassau (NAS) on Nov. 1, 1987 with a flight operated by Piedmont Airlines from Charlotte and currently offers more than 90 weekly flights from Miami (MIA), Charlotte (CLT) and Philadelphia (PHL) as well as seasonal service from Washington, D.C. (DCA) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The airline has more than 130 team members based in the country...
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OPM Communications St. Lucia: Concessions on christmas barrels to start earlier - Nov 1, 2017 - 4:26:19 PM

O n October 24th 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers approved the granting of concessions on barrels imported for the period 15th November 2017 to 31st January 2018.

The concessions and conditions include:

    100% Waiver of Import Duty on personal items, food, clothing, toys and other household consumables, contained in barrels imported between 15th November, 2017 and 31st January, 2018.  Electronic items are explicitly excluded...
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Secretary-General: ‘Let us not forget hurricane victims in the Caribbean’ - Oct 31, 2017 - 11:21:35 AM

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Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is urging the international community to keep devastated islands in the Caribbean high on its agenda as she heads to Antigua and Barbuda today.

“It has been two months since Hurricane Irma, one of the most catastrophic hurricanes on record left Barbuda and nearby islands in ruins. And on its heels Hurricane Maria fell with unbridled rage on Dominica, a nation still reeling from the impact of devastating Storm Erika that washed away 95 per cent of its GDP in 2015. Today the headlines have moved on...
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CARICOM and Mexico make declaration on new areas of focus and projects - Oct 26, 2017 - 2:00:55 PM

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CARICOM Heads of Government and Ministers of Foreign Affairs gathered in Belize on 25th October 2017 for the IV CARICOM-Mexico Summit. The Summit was co-chaired by CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and the President of Mexico, His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto.

The Summit explored a number of avenues to strengthen relations between CARICOM and Mexico through dialogue and cooperation...
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The Wave 94.5 & 93.7 fm continues to raise awarness of cancer in men - Oct 26, 2017 - 1:15:49 PM

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October is recognized worldwide as Breast Cancer Awareness month and the Wave Radio Station (94.5 & 93.7 fm) is continuing its pledge in support of Cancer awareness.  As the official radio sponsor of the successful annual Yoplait Walk Against Cancer since 2008, the Wave again this year is focusing on a specific type of Cancer, a less talked about condition, Cancer in Men.

To help raise awareness of the deadly disease in men, the Wave in 2014, launched an event for the first time ever in St. Lucia, dubbed Men in Heels (Dash for Cash).  The event takes the form of an ‘obstacle course’ where participating men race to the finish line, by completing the entire obstacle course which requires stamina, strength, endurance and the ability to do it all with a pair of heels strapped on...
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Ryan Knowles of H.G. Christie Ltd. awarded prestigious luxury specialist designation by Christie’s International Real Estate - Oct 26, 2017 - 11:00:57 AM

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Christie’s International Real Estate, the world leader in luxury real estate, convened more than 200 top sales associates from brokerages across its network for the 2017 Luxury Specialist Conference. The event was held September 26-28 at San Diego’s historic grande dame of seaside resorts, the Hotel del Coronado. The conference offered agents the latest insights into today’s ever-evolving and highly competitive luxury sector, and each was designated as a “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist” by Christie’s Education... 
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Caribbean States improve ability to prosecute fisheries cases - Oct 25, 2017 - 4:23:18 PM

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Twenty border control officers from six Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) completed a three-week training course in Fisheries Prosecution and Interdiction, organized by the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS) in collaboration with the CRFM Secretariat, the Government of Barbados and the British Royal Navy’s Fisheries Protection Squadron.

The training, held at the Coast Guard Base of the Barbados Defense Force: HMBS Pelican, brought together officers of the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force Coast Guard, Barbados Coast Guard, Royal Barbados Police Force Marine Unit...
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Catastrophic hurricanes Irma and Maria underscore need to press ahead with risk insurance for fishers, CRFM says - Oct 21, 2017 - 7:27:18 PM

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Several Caribbean countries have been recently devastated by two catastrophic hurricanes, Irma and Maria, underscoring the need for Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) to press forward with risk insurance for the fisheries sector—being developed by the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility Segregated Portfolio Company (CCRIF SPC, formerly known as the CCRIF) in collaboration with the World Bank. This initiative to develop risk insurance for the fisheries sector in CARICOM States is supported by the United States government under the Caribbean Ocean and Aquaculture Sustainability Facility (COAST)...

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