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Commonwealth group deployed to observe Solomon Islands national general election - Mar 22, 2019 - 9:29:28 AM

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will deploy a team to observe the Solomon Islands National General Election to be held on 3 April 2019.

The group will be led by Sato Kilman Livtuvanu, former Prime Minister of Vanuatu, and will comprise ten eminent persons drawn from across the regions of the Commonwealth with backgrounds in election management, law, youth, gender, civil society, media, and politics among others...
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OAS and Casla Institute to create and early warning system on crimes against humanity - Mar 20, 2019 - 7:00:54 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Casla Institute today signed an agreement that seeks to unite the efforts of the two institutions in the prevention of crimes against humanity in the region through the creation of an early warning system.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, said the agreement seeks the establishment of general coordination mechanisms regarding possible massive violations of human rights and crimes against humanity in the region...
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Commonwealth offers closer cooperation to help ACP Group realise ‘full potential’ - Mar 20, 2019 - 1:15:26 PM

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s support for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, while urging deeper collaboration to boost their trade and development potential.

She was addressing the 37th session of the ACP and European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly on the impact of Brexit on ACP-EU Partnership in Bucharest, Romania. The Assembly aims to promote greater dialogue, cooperation and understanding among ACP and EU countries...
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President Trump to meet with Caribbean Leaders - Mar 20, 2019 - 9:33:19 AM

President Donald J. Trump will welcome the leaders of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, the Republic of Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia on Friday, March 22, 2019, for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago.

President Trump’s meeting with the Caribbean leaders will reaffirm our strong friendship with and commitment to these countries, and signal the importance of the Caribbean to the hemisphere...
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St. Lucia Prime Minister to meet with US President - Mar 20, 2019 - 7:30:36 AM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet will travel to Florida for a meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump, on March 22, 2019. 

The Prime Minister welcomes the opportunity for dialogue on deepening the relationship between the Caribbean and the United States.  Specific areas of the Prime Minister’s focus will be security, energy...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS and Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research to work together on Sustainable Development - Mar 19, 2019 - 4:30:16 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) today signed an agreement to increase their cooperation on scientific issues and to collaborate with the countries of the region to promote political decisions in favor of sustainable development.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, said the two institutions work to pave the way for development and care for the environment. “This agreement will provide a stronger scientific contribution to public policy processes and help to build the human and institutional capacities our member states...
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Cacique International Selected as BI Worldwide Inspirational Partner - Mar 19, 2019 - 1:00:00 PM

Minneapolis, MN - Cacique International, the first and leading Destination Management Company (DMC) in the Bahamas, announced today that it has been named as a BI WORLDWIDE Inspirational Partner for 2018. This designation aligns Cacique International with other select companies who maintain a loyal partnership and provide outstanding service in the event industry.

Cacique International has been recognized in the following award category...
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LASCO feeds $2M to Netball Jamaica’s Major and Minor League Competition - Mar 19, 2019 - 8:30:21 AM

The road to glory just got a little easier for Jamaica’s Sunshine Girl hopefuls, following LASCO’s announcement of its $2 million co-title sponsorship of the 2019 Major and Minor League Netball Competition at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) offices on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The sponsorship stems from their $28 million partnership with the JOA in October 2018.
“We are proud to be associated with this series which seeks to nurture our future Sunshine Girls through our flagship iCool Water brand along with iDrade isotonic beverage and Curves feminine napkins,” said Omar Palmer, consumer division marketing manager at LASCO Distributors...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Model Law on femicide aims to update legislation in the region - Mar 18, 2019 - 5:00:35 PM

Last Friday, March 15th 2019, the Inter-American Model Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of the Gender-Related Killing of Women and Girls (Femicide/Feminicide) was officially launched, a document that seeks to create or update legislation in the region, as well as strengthen comprehensive action on prevention, protection, care, investigation, prosecution, punishment and reparation to guarantee the right of all women and girls to a life free of violence, as established in the Belém do Pará Convention, an international instrument signed and ratified by 32 States of the region.
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UWP on Unions Actions - Mar 15, 2019 - 2:10:11 PM

The UWP United Workers Party wishes to express its deep concerns about the unfounded actions taken by the CSA and teachers’ unions during the past few days.

It is clear that negotiations between these with these parties have progressed in a spirit of good faith in an effort to resolve the triennium term ending on March 31, 2019...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Venezuela: Statement from the OAS General Secretariat - Mar 13, 2019 - 6:58:37 PM

Regarding the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry of Colombia and press reports, the OAS General Secretariat indicates its support for the statement, also expressing that we have had full access to the videos in question during and after the events of February 23 at the Colombia-Venezuela border crossing...
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Biotechnologist from Saint Lucia wins Commonwealth Youth Award - Mar 13, 2019 - 3:42:47 PM

Johanan Dujon from Saint Lucia has developed a process to transform sargassum seaweed to a high-quality fertiliser which he now exports to other small states.

Johanan is among four exceptional young people from India, Nigeria, the Solomon Islands and Saint Lucia have won prizes at the 2019 Commonwealth Youth Awards in recognition of their efforts to end hunger, sexual violence, sanitation issues and climate change...
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2018 Human Rights Report (The Bahamas) Released - Mar 13, 2019 - 1:07:54 PM

On March 13, 2019, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at the U.S. Department of State.  Promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as a country, and the United States will continue to support those around the world struggling for human dignity and liberty...
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Her Majesty The Queen leads Comomonwealth Day celebrations in the United Kingdom - Mar 12, 2019 - 9:00:00 AM

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and The Duke of York attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey yesterday.
Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and provides an opportunity to focus attention on this voluntary association of 53 countries and their commitment to promoting democracy...
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ILO: Redouble efforts for gender equality at work in the Caribbean - Mar 10, 2019 - 1:50:13 PM

In the region there are persistent gaps: lower labour participation, higher unemployment and informality, lower wages. The future of work requires taking steps to advance towards equality, said the Regional Director of the ILO on the occasion of International Women's Day.

LIMA (ILO News) - During the last 20 years the inclusion of women in the labour market has been sustained in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has allowed 131 million women to participate in the labour force...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS to Observe the March 24 Sectional Elections in Ecuador - Mar 6, 2019 - 7:00:42 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) and Ecuador today signed an agreement to send an observation mission to the elections for local authorities and members of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control on March 24, 2019.

The Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, highlighted that Ecuador is the country with the highest level of implementation of the OAS recommendations. "More than 70 percent of our recommendations have been implemented in Ecuador...
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Her Majesty The Queen to lead Commonwealth Day celebrations in the UK - Mar 6, 2019 - 4:08:05 PM

Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and The Duke of York will attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day – Monday 11th March 2019.

Organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom and provides an opportunity to focus attention on this voluntary association of 53 countries...
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Cleveland Clinic Florida appoints Bahamian Representative - Mar 4, 2019 - 1:51:42 PM
Cleveland Clinic Florida, ranked No. 1 among the best hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area in US News & World Report’s 2018-2019 ranking, has appointed Shenika Nesbitt as its representative in The Bahamas. Nesbitt will be representing Cleveland Clinic’s Global Patient Services (GPS) division in the local market and will be the point of contact for Bahamians interested in access to the hospital system’s specialized medical services in both Florida and Ohio.

As Cleveland Clinic’s local patient representative based in the Bahamas, Nesbitt will also be responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with referral networks and identifying business development opportunities...
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IAEA Director General Reports to the Board - Mar 4, 2019 - 10:55:27 AM

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano today delivered a statement to the Agency’s Board of Governors.

Mr Amano briefed Member States on nuclear verification and monitoring in Iran and the application of safeguards in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea...
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St. Martin “travails” from Irma in Hurricane Protocol; Lasana Sekou’s new poetry book published - Feb 27, 2019 - 2:51:27 PM

Hurricane “travails experienced by the St. Martin community” is how poems in Lasana Sekou’s new book, Hurricane Protocol, are described in the Italian literary journal Il Tolomeo.

The island’s people will be the first audience to see and hear these poems in one setting at the book party on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 7:30 pm, at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring Concordia, Marigot...

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