Bahamas a presenting sponsor of STEP LATAM Conference in Panama City
- Aug 25, 2016 - 2:56:00 PM
Toronto, Ont. – John Lawrence, STEP Worldwide Director, Founding Member
of the STEP LATAM Conference and Past Deputy Chair of STEP Worldwide
announced today that The Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services has come
on board as The Presenting Sponsor for The STEP LATAM 2016 Conference.
John will also be a speaker at the 2016 STEP LATAM Conference in Panama
“As always, The Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services is a
major supporter of the STEP LATAM Conference, once again establishing
The Bahamas as a premier IFC and a jurisdiction that is open for
business in Latin America. With over 13 Latin American jurisdictions
participating on the advisory committee for the conference...
World Employment and Social Outlook 2016: Global youth unemployment is on the rise again
- Aug 24, 2016 - 5:09:03 PM
(ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that
the global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 13.1 per cent
in 2016 and remain at that level through
to 2017 (up from 12.9 per cent in 2015).
ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2016, Trends for Youth report shows that as a result, the global number of unemployed youth is set to rise by half a million this year to
reach 71 million (table 1) – the first such increase
in 3 years.
Of greater concern is the share and number of young people, often in
emerging and developing countries, who live in extreme or moderate
poverty despite having a job...
Sandals Resorts unveils 1st overwater wedding chapel in The Caribbean
- Aug 24, 2016 - 5:12:03 AM
PIGEON ISLAND – Sandals Resorts is excited to announce the unveiling of a
new unique wedding location at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, the new
Overwater Serenity Wedding Chapel.
Located at the most
southwestern point of the resort, the open-air, glass ailed chapel
boasts panoramic views of the spectacular Rodney Bay, is the first-ever
of its kind in the Caribbean.
The elegant seaside décor within
the chapel includes a river stone alter, polished with a silver leaf
finish and a nature-inspired aisle lined by three glass panels.
layout allows guests to see the view of the water below, which will
enhance the wedding ceremony with its natural surroundings.
OAS and PAHO to Cooperate on Implementation of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
- Aug 19, 2016 - 12:51:00 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) today signed a declaration of cooperation to support
the countries of the Americas in achieving the 2030 Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
The declaration signed by OAS Secretary
General Luis Almagro and PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne establishes
joint activities primarily focused on equity, social inclusion, and
social determinants of health in the region, areas in which both
organizations have high interest.
Caribbean Entrepreneurs to Benefit from World Bank Group’s First Online Course on Crowdfunding
- Aug 18, 2016 - 10:03:28 AM
Kingston, Jamaica — Caribbean entrepreneurs are set to benefit from the
World Bank Group’s premier free online course on crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding is an Internet-enabled way for projects or businesses to
raise capital from a large group of people, pilot new entrepreneurial
ideas, and grow small and medium-sized enterprises.
Ganesh Rasagam, practice manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the
World Bank Group, international organisations, national organisations,
and others are paying closer attention to the impact of crowdfunding on
local economic development. Crowdfunding has the power to unlock
much-needed early-stage financing for entrepreneurs...
Caribbean Tourisn Business must adapt to succeed
- Aug 17, 2016 - 9:54:22 PM
MIAMI - The President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association
(CHTA), Karolin Troubetzkoy sees the upcoming Caribbean Hospitality
Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) as an opportunity for hotels and
tourism-related businesses to take stock and to "open our eyes to the
bigger picture, which is so important if we want to succeed not only as
individual businesses and destinations, but also as a region."
Speaking to reporters earlier this month in Miami, where CHTA is
headquartered, Troubetzkoy stated the second annual forum, slated for
the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico from September 30 to October
2, 2016, will build on the success of last year's forum...
Commonwealth forum advances innovation and integrity in public service
- Aug 17, 2016 - 6:50:11 PM
Addressing the 6th Biennial Commonwealth Ministers for Public Service
Forum, on Wednesday 17 August 2016, in Putrajaya, Malaysia,
Secretary-General Patricia Scotland urged governments to deliver
excellence and uphold the ideals of innovation, integrity and
inclusivity in public service.
“A vital need in many of our
Commonwealth member states at all levels of government is to create
agile public institutions that are efficient, effective, and
accountable,” she said. “This requires greater public transparency, with
democratic oversight and institutional responsiveness in all aspects of
public procurement, public financial management, and rigorous provision
and enforcement of anti-corruption measures...”
NASA Prepares to Launch First U.S. Asteroid Sample Return Mission
- Aug 17, 2016 - 6:35:18 PM
NASA is preparing to launch its first mission to return
a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The mission will help scientists
investigate how planets formed and how life began, as well as improve
our understanding of asteroids that could impact Earth.
TheOrigins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification,
Security-Regolith Explorer(OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the
near-Earth asteroid Bennu and bring a sample back to Earth for intensive
study. Launch is scheduled for
7:05 p.m. EDT
Thursday, Sept. 8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida...
NASA Television to Air Journey to Mars Showcase, Rocket Engine Test
- Aug 16, 2016 - 8:51:13 AM
NASA is offering a behind-the-scenes look
Thursday, Aug. 18
at its Journey to Mars, including the test of a rocket engine that will
launch the agency to the Red Planet, with live coverage on social
media, NASA Television and the agency’s website.
The day’s events begin at
9:30 a.m. EDT
from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where the
agency’s social media followers will have a conversation with NASA
officials about the numerous efforts enabling exploration of the Red
Planet. The public can ask questions during the live broadcast, which
will air on NASA TV, using the hashtag #askNASA.
Ambassador Highlights Historical Significance of Emancipation Day
- Aug 15, 2016 - 3:15:13 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Speaking at the regular meeting of the Organization
of American States (OAS) Permanent Council held on Thursday, August 11,
2016, His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United
States, used the occasion to highlight the historical significance of
Emancipation Day, which was celebrated in The Bahamas on August 1.
think it is only right to celebrate, ponder and mark the 178th
anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire,” Dr.
Newry said. “In effect, 178 years ago, on Monday 1st August, 1838, one
of the greatest holocausts, human tragedies and era of human trafficking
came officially, if not in practice, to an end throughout the British
empire, including Canada...”
Permanent Council of OAS urges action in Haiti to guarantee Elections on October 9
- Aug 14, 2016 - 12:08:19 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Permanent Council of the Organization of American
States (OAS) on Thursday, August 11, 2016, called on all Haitian
political and social actors to fully “assume their responsibilities and
take all necessary measures to conclude the electoral process by holding
free, fair and transparent elections on October 9.”
In a Declaration adopted unanimously during its regular meeting in the
Simon Bolivar Hall at the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and
Constitution Avenue, N.W., the Council called on “appropriate Haitian
authorities to take the decisions on provisional governance, in
accordance with Article 7 of the February 5th 2016 Accord, so as to
promote the holding of general elections at the established dates....
The search is on to find the Commonwealth young person of the year
- Aug 12, 2016 - 12:55:28 PM
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Awards
for Excellence in Development Work, which recognise outstanding young
people who have made a significant impact in improving the lives and
livelihoods of others.
Young people aged 15 to 29 from
Commonwealth member countries are eligible to apply for the awards,
which focus this year on celebrating young people’s contribution to
achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Past awardees have included young social entrepreneurs, human rights defenders, and climate change activists...
Diplomats Tour New Bahamas Tourist Office
- Aug 12, 2016 - 11:21:56 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador
to the United States, and Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General
to Washington, D.C., along with several members of the Bahamas
diplomatic corps in D.C., were given a tour of the newly opened Bahamas
Tourist Office, at 1012 14th Street, N.W., on Thursday, August 11,
Pictured from left to right: Ms. Janine Gibson, Vice Consul,
Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex; Ms. Tracee Dorestant, Second Secretary,
Embassy of The Bahamas; Ms. Faith Maycock, Third Secretary/Vice Consul,
Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex; Jeff Rodgers, Senior Manager, Bahamas
OAS Urges Action to Guarantee the Haiti Elections on October 9
- Aug 11, 2016 - 6:05:29 PM
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today
called on all Haitian political and social actors to fully “assume their
responsibilities and take all necessary measures to conclude the
electoral process by holding free, fair and transparent elections in
In a Declaration
adopted unanimously, the Council called on “appropriate Haitian
authorities to take the decisions on provisional governance, in
accordance with Article 7 of the February 5th 2016 Accord, so as to
promote the holding of general elections at the established dates...”
World Bank and Caribbean Export Partner to Strengthen Early-Stage Investment in the Caribbean
- Aug 11, 2016 - 11:23:43 AM
BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is
partnering with the World Bank Group to bring greater access to finance
for Caribbean entrepreneurs and develop the region’s angel investment
The new program, LINK-CARIBBEAN, aims to stimulate
private investment into early-stage enterprises by providing funding
products that help entrepreneurs raise capital. The program will also
develop a Regional Angel Investor Network (RAIN Caribbean) which will
support the development of an early-stage investment community in the
Belize becomes First Country in the Caribbean to Overturn Their Sodomy Laws
- Aug 10, 2016 - 11:36:21 PM
The Belize Supreme Court today made a historic ruling in favor of gay
activist Caleb Orozco, and has struck down the country’s anti-sodomy
law. This is the first case launched in the Caribbean and the first case
where the sodomy laws have been overturned.
The case was brought to court in 2010, heard in 2013 and the ruling
came today, August 10, 2016. The long process has been spearheaded by
Caribbean allies, activists, advocates, academics, and legal experts.
Orozco challenged the law claiming that it infringes on the
‘Protections of the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms’ of the individual
UWI Ready to Support Belize Following Hurricane Earl
- Aug 10, 2016 - 4:03:50 PM
Regional Headquarters, Jamaica - At the peak of the hurricane
season, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) remains watchful and
poised to lend support to its Caribbean neighbours. Outreach has begun
for the recovery efforts in Belize after it was hard hit by Hurricane
The storm which made landfall south of Belize City just after
being upgraded to a Category 1Hurricane last Thursday, August 4, 2016,
resulted in major flooding in the central and coastal areas of Belize.
Belize City and surrounding villages were among the most affected areas
with some major bridges rendered impassable...
P.G. County Business and Political Lumniaries attend “a Night in The Bahamas” Reception
- Aug 10, 2016 - 11:20:36 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An estimated 100 business and political luminaries in
Prince George’s County, Maryland, attended “An Evening in The Bahamas”
cocktail reception on Monday, August 8, 2016, at the Fort Washington,
Maryland, home of Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to
The event was hosted by His Excellency Dr.
Eugene G. Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Consul
General Zonicle, whose residence is located in Prince George’s County...
The Bahamas wins Miss Petite World 2016
- Aug 9, 2016 - 11:40:30 PM
Latanya Collie has won the Miss Petite World 2016 in Hartford Connecticut on August 5th.
She also won Best Gown and Best Smile.
This is the 4th year Bahamas has participated.
Collie's Facebook page says she is a chief executive officer at Now
& Forever Photography; a former bartender at Atlantis Resort; and
studied Hospitality Management at College Of The Bahamas
Experts debate solutions to ‘detrimental’ decline in banking partnerships
- Aug 8, 2016 - 1:30:23 PM
This week the Commonwealth is convening a meeting of
banks, financial gurus and global regulators to explore its report on
solutions to a problem that is threatening development in vulnerable
The problem is “de-risking” – the growing trend of
international banks to curtail relationships with local banks in
vulnerable economies. These international banks are now avoiding banking
customers they deem low profit or high risk, in part because of new
regulations that are designed to stop the financing of terrorism and
The Disconnecting from Global Finance Report highlights the deteriorating...