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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 Monday.

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...
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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 consequences.

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..
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OutRight Honors LGBTIQ Human Rights Defenders at United Nations - May 16, 2017 - 3:28:12 PM

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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 of Courage.

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...
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CANTO and Huawei Co-host Stakeholder Invitational in Panama - May 16, 2017 - 1:59:48 PM

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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 Directors' meeting.

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...
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Commonwealth to unveil ‘revolutionary’ approach to climate change - May 16, 2017 - 1:56:15 PM

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Some 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 effects...

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CARICOM SG ready to welcome new Bahamian PM’s fresh ideas - May 16, 2017 - 3:01:28 AM

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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...
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Australia commits $1.5m to Commonwealth Election Professionals Initiative - May 15, 2017 - 2:51:10 PM

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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.

The Commonwealth 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 professional development.

Small states in the Caribbean and the Pacific will benefit from an expansion of the programme...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
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.

On Election 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...
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Empire State Building to Honor Caribbean Week NY by Lighting Skyline With Region's Colors - May 11, 2017 - 3:27:46 PM

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NEW YORK, NY  - The Empire State Building will honor the Caribbean region on Tuesday, June 6, 2017,by 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..."
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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

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United Nations Initiative Aims to Reduce the 1.25 Million Road Crash Deaths Annually, Bahamas to Stage Road Safety Campaign

In 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.

“The 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...
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Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex Receives Cricket Equipment - May 11, 2017 - 1:23:50 PM


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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...
News : International : Caribbean News
"Labour Conditions Seen Continuing to Weaken in 2017 and Urban Unemployment Could Exceed 9% in the Region" - May 11, 2017 - 11:54:54 AM

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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).

In 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)...
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Health Ministers to call for sustainable financing mechanisms - May 9, 2017 - 12:56:05 PM

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Commonwealth Health Ministers will gather for their annual meeting in Geneva on 21 May 2017, on the eve of the 70th World Health Assembly.

The 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...
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Cunningham discusses Investment in The Arts at Bahamas Embassy “Conversation Series” - May 9, 2017 - 9:34:29 AM

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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...
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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’...
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CG Carroll calls on Israeli Consulate General in New York - May 8, 2017 - 12:02:47 PM

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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 Dayan...
News : International : Caribbean News
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...
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Bahamas Honorary Consul to California honoured - May 7, 2017 - 3:31:01 PM

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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...
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A Tide in the Affairs of Men - The Regional Private Sector Must Act Now - May 5, 2017 - 11:38:00 AM

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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...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Electoral Observation Mission Begins Deployment in The Bahamas - May 4, 2017 - 6:41:19 PM

The 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 May 10 general elections.

Tross, 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...

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