Dr Josephine Ojiambo as Deputy Secretary-General (Political) at the Commonwealth Secretariat
- Oct 24, 2014 - 9:40:33 AM
Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today announced the appointment of Dr
Josephine Ojiambo as Deputy Secretary-General (Political) at the
Commonwealth Secretariat, overseeing the political, human rights, rule
of law, and communications work of the Secretariat.
comes to the Commonwealth Secretariat from the United Nations Population
Fund where she has been serving as Chief of the Executive Board and
External Relations Branch with responsibility for intergovernmental
relations, and also for building strategic relations with UN agencies,
civil society and the private sector. She was formerly Ambassador and
Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations.
Dame Marguerite Honoured in London
- Oct 23, 2014 - 10:00:27 PM
Bahamas High Commission London honoured Governor General, Her
Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling after her Investiture at Buckingham
Tuesday, October 14th.
Marguerite was welcomed to Bahamas House by His Excellency Eldred
Bethel and Mrs Dawne Bethel, a host of Bahamians, dignitaries and
friends of The Bahamas at the reception in her honour.
Dame Marguerite was invested with the Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael
and St George by ...
U.S. State Department Issues Worldwide Caution
- Oct 23, 2014 - 4:46:49 PM
Worldwide Caution Issued From The Department of State
The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide
information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence
against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens
are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take
appropriate steps to incre
ase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated April 10, 2014.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of
terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against
U.S. citizens and interests overseas...
Young Bahamian Entrepreneur Innovates in Atlanta
- Oct 23, 2014 - 12:46:22 PM
Georgia - Little would one suspect to hear a
5-year old student at a charter school in Atlanta, Georgia screaming at the top
of her voice: “Where is BahamaMan?!” But
it is happening; and it is happening more and more at a growing number of
kindergarten and elementary schools in the Atlanta area.
BahamaMan© is a story book
character created by Tyrone Sawyer II, a standout Bahamian track & field
athlete, and his wife Jemima. Under the
aegis of their company, Aunt Jemima’s Playhouse LLC, the Sawyers have
introduced a fun, innovative way to reach children between two and twelve years
old, which is widely considered to be the most vital stage of their development. Aunt Jemima’s Playhouse is a cultural
Canada's Prime Minister Statement on Attack in Ottawa
- Oct 22, 2014 - 10:44:22 PM
CANADA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today delivered the following
“My fellow Canadians, for the second time this week there has been a
brutal and violent attack on our soil.
“Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of
Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of
“Corporal Cirillo was killed today – murdered in cold blood – as he
provided a ceremonial Honour Guard at Canada’s National War Memorial.
IBA publishes business and human rights guidance for bar associations and lawyers
- Oct 22, 2014 - 7:03:44 PM
Business and Human Rights Working Group has
published guidance for bar associations and business lawyers on the
implementation of the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business
and Human Rights (‘Guiding Principles’) – the first guidance of its
kind since the UN Human Rights Council endorsement of the Guiding
Principles in 2011.
Released in draft form today, the IBA Guidance
is divided into two working documents, one for bar associations (11
pages) and the other for business lawyers practising as in-house counsel
and in law firms (60 pages).
The main aims of the Guidance for Bar Associations are to...
CDEMA On the Threat of Ebola Virus to the Caribbean Region
- Oct 21, 2014 - 7:34:55 PM
The World Health Organization (2014) has declared an outbreak of the
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as ongoing in Western Africa; with Liberia,
Sierra Leone and Guinea being the most seriously affected.
date, there have been over 8,000 cases reported with over 4,000 deaths
(WHO 2014). Recent cases of the virus being contracted in Spain and the
United States of America have also been reported.
As a result,
the CDEMA Coordinating Unit (CU) is disseminating this correspondence to
its Participating States in order to provide basic information about
the virus and to strongly encourage the adoption of a position...
(Video) Nassau Chef Gives Taste of The Bahamas on NBC Atlanta
- Oct 17, 2014 - 2:25:37 PM
ATLANTA, Georgia - The metro Atlanta area got a chance to see how to
cook a Bahamian meal when Maurice Randal appeared as guest on a top
rated NBC affiliate show. Randal was the featured chef on Atlanta &
Company on 11Alive, where he gave hostess Christine Pullora a taste of
The Bahamas during the cooking segment.
Over 2 million viewers
learned how to make a traditional Bahamian conch salad, Caribbean rice,
pineapple fish fillet and chicken as Randal talked about his road from
C.C. Sweeting student to Atlanta-based celebrity chef.
“It was a
wonderful opportunity to showcase the islands,” said Randal. “It was an
experience of a lifetime and it was very well received.
Bahamas Governor General calls on Queen Elizabeth II
- Oct 17, 2014 - 12:13:04 AM
LONDON, England -
Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this week and
called on Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday,
Her Excellency was invested with
the Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of
St Michael and St George.
Bahamas' Gerald Cash Rhythm and Youth Rake n' Scrape Company performs at the U.N.
- Oct 16, 2014 - 9:52:15 PM
NEW YORK -- Under the
auspices of His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and
Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the
United Nations and the Organisation of American States OAS), the Gerald
Cash Primary School's Rhythm and Youth Rake n' Scrape Company was
featured in a concert event at the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjöld
Library Auditorium at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
lunchtime performance of the Company at the United Nations represents
another of the cultural events sponsored by the Permanent Mission of The
Bahamas to the United Nations with a view to bringing greater exposure
to the various unique expressions of Bahamian culture in the context...
NMFS: Nassau Grouper Threatened Species
- Oct 16, 2014 - 9:00:01 PM
BELIZE CITY - The
Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), comprised of
Ministers responsible for Agriculture from across the Caribbean
Community, has confirmed the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy
as a final policy document for the Community.
Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) is aimed at
fostering greater harmonisation across the Caribbean in the sustainable
management and development of the region’s fisheries and aquaculture
resources, with special emphasis on promoting the most efficient use of
shared resources while aiming to improve food security and reduce...
Mr Caribbean International 2014 Titleholder Announced
- Oct 16, 2014 - 6:17:28 PM
JAMAICA - Standing at six feet four inches tall, Mark Sparks
captured the hotly pursued title of Mr. Caribbean International at the
thirteenth annual staging of the competition this past Saturday. Before a sold-out audience at the Hedonism II
resort in Negril, Jamaica, Sparks ignited the crowd and won over the
adjudicators with his charm, chiseled features, statuesque physique and sharp
When asked what role he believes a man should play in
his home and community, he empathetically stated that a man “should lead from
behind and be a pillar of strength”.
Thirty-three year old Sparks, who is of St. Lucian...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival visits CBS News in Atlanta
- Oct 16, 2014 - 3:12:14 PM
ATLANTA, Georgia - Drum rhythms, beautiful costumes and
colorful renditions of all things Bahamian was the highlight of the first
international launch for the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, held on Wednesday,
October 8th at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Atlanta
Georgia. Organized by the Bahamas Consulate the Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta,
and The Bahamas National Festival Commission, the event was complete with
Bahamian food, art, and music. Culminating the evening was a performance by the
world renowned Colours Junkanoo Group and Rake n’ Scrape band, featuring a
parade of vibrant costumed carnival dancers from The Bahamas. The event
attracted in excess of 100 plus key influencers within Atlanta’s fashion and
entertainment industries, hospitality, tourism and travel conglomerates...
Minister Fitzgerald in New York for series of education related meetings
- Oct 16, 2014 - 11:48:46 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Hon. Jerome
Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, last week
participated in a series of meetings aimed at identifying partners to
leverage and maximize the existing $16 million that his Ministry
annually dedicates to tertiary education scholarships, generating new
scholarship opportunities for Bahamians, particularly public school
students, enhancing exchange programs between The Bahamas (COB, BTVI and
High Schools) and other Countries and institutions and other matters
related to education during a five-day visit to Washington, D.C.
Fitzgerald and Ms. Monique A. Hinsey, a Consultant with the Bahamas
Ministry of Education’s Scholarship Resource Services, arrived in
Washington Tuesday, October 7, and later that day met with His
Excellency Emilio Rebasa Gamboa, Mexico’s Permanent Representative to
Caribbean Export and GIZ Join forces to Strengthen the Regions Services Sector
- Oct 14, 2014 - 11:47:26 AM
Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean
Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has once again partnered
with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
to support the development of the SERVICES Go Global programme - an
instructor-led, competency based export training programme for service
providers managed by the Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions
Introduced for the first time to thirty pre-qualified
regional trainers and representatives from national Coalitions of
Service Industries (CSIs) in Barbados on September 22-24, 2014, the
trainers were able to review the programme and discuss its
implementation across the region to assist Caribbean service provider
firms to improve their competitiveness and achieve success in the global
Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient
- Oct 11, 2014 - 3:54:05 PM
In 2012 the
U.N.declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child to
raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the
world. More than anything this day promotes girls’ human rights, and
highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It
also addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by
girls around the world.
“Empowerment of and investment in girls
are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in
promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human
rights” – United Nations Resolution 66/170
staggering…14 million girls become child brides every year. 140 million
girls a year are affected by sexual violence.
Bahamas Ambassador Rahming Hosts Luncheon for New SOSC Special Envoy
- Oct 11, 2014 - 3:25:53 PM
NEW YORK -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the
Organisation of American States (OAS), in his capacity as Chairman of the Save
Our Sharks Coalition (SOSC), hosted a luncheon at the Permanent Mission of The
Bahamas to the United Nations on Thursday, October 9, 2014.
Guest of honour at the event was noted American television personality Montel
Williams, former daytime talk show host and avid environmentalist, who under
Ambassador Rahming's chairmanship of the SOSC, has become the new Special Envoy
of the SOSC...
Mr. Mario Donato and his son call on Bahamas Consul General to New York
- Oct 11, 2014 - 2:29:03 PM
NEW YORK - Mr. Mario Donato (right), a
renowned Grand Bahama businessman, and his son Mario Donato Jr. (left)
recently paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, J.P.,
Bahamas Consul General to New York, at the Bahamas Consulate General,
231 East 46th Street, New York.
Before becoming Consul General to New
York, Mr. Carroll was one of the principals in a leading customs
brokerage company in Freeport, Grand Bahama...
Hubert Ingraham's Arrival Statement at Mozambique National and Provincial Elections 2014
- Oct 10, 2014 - 2:12:34 PM
Statement by Rt. Hon.
Hubert Ingraham, former Prime Minister of Bahamas and Chair of the
Commonwealth Observer Group, in Maputo, on 10 October 2014:
is an honour and privilege to have been asked by Commonwealth
Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma to chair the Commonwealth Observer
Group for Mozambique’s National and Provincial Elections, taking place
on 15 October.
Group was constituted at the invitation of the National Electoral
Commission of Mozambique. It comprises 15 eminent persons drawn from
across the different regions of the Commonwealth...
Miss Universe TCI: Culture is the Soul of a Nation
- Oct 8, 2014 - 8:01:56 PM
TURKS & CAICOS
ISLANDS - An Address to the Nation on National Heritage Day - from
Shanice Williams, Miss Universe Turks and Caicos 2014:
Culture is the soul of a
nation; the finest expression of humanity and a record of a people’s evolution
and advancement. From Salt Ponds, to the Conch Farm; from “going-in-the-field”
to billion dollars luxury resorts; from the peaceful donkeys in Grand Turk to
the Private Jets in Providenciales; from potato bread to Lobster in reduction
sauce; Pepper Joy to Bambara Rum, as a people our cultural story demonstrates a
culture in evolution and advancement and that my fellow countrymen is our
This is what has and will
distinguish us from every other nation in the world. It is our unique marker,
our signature across history and it is what follows us into the world even as
it brings the world to us. And so, I call on you, as your Queen, with pride and
affection for all that we are throughout...