Health leaders vow new action to address the epidemic of violence against women in the Americas
- Oct 6, 2015 - 1:59:11 PM
Washington, D.C. – Violence against women is a serious human rights
violation and a public health problem throughout the Americas, with
significant health, social and economic impacts on women as well as
children, families, communities and national economies.
address the problem, health officials meeting at the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) this week vowed to improve the ability of health
systems to prevent and respond to violence against women...
Al Jazeera reports on Baha Mar and Bahamas - China relations
- Oct 6, 2015 - 1:07:07 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas — Missing two grand opening deadlines isn’t something
that any large venture hopes to experience, but that’s exactly what has
happened to Baha Mar.
Touted as China’s largest commercial real estate project in the
Western Hemisphere, Baha Mar, a $3.5 billion Bahamian resort complex, has floundered
this year, causing the most serious economic damage the small island
country has seen since the global financial crisis. The resort is
predicted to contribute 12 percent to the country’s gross domestic
product, but its failure to materialize has at least in part led
Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the country’s sovereign credit rating...
Intensive Capacity Building at Bahamas Bureau of Standards & Quality
- Oct 6, 2015 - 12:28:23 PM
The Bahamas - The newest bureau in the CARICOM
Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) network, The
Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ), recently held a week of
intensive activities aimed at updating legislation, devising a strategic
plan and increasing the capacity within the institution.
on its own national resources, as well as those under the 10th European
Development Fund (EDF) Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) programme, the
BBSQ brought together a number of consultants from September 28 to
October 2, 2015, to aid in necessary institutional development...
Clarion Call For Collective Action Amongst Caribbean International Financial Services Sector
- Oct 5, 2015 - 5:33:46 PM
future of financial institutions in the Caribbean is under serious threat if no
pro-active collective action is taken now. Regulatory changes within recent
times have made it increasingly difficult with an ever increasing demand on
financial resources just to keep up with the pace and breadth of change. If
this trend continues financial institutions in the Caribbean region could be severely
challenged to provide the level and types of services to its customer base. The
impact of this could ultimately result in high unemployment rates, brain drain,
poverty and even economic chaos in the whole region.
was the main concern of participants of the workshop ‘Caribbean Banking and the
Caribbean International Financial Services Sector’ which was held in Curaçao on
September 30-October 1, 2015 by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean
Export) in conjunction with Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA). The
workshop acted as a precursor to the Global Forum of the Organization for
International Space Station Partners Release Major Update to Docking Standard
- Oct 5, 2015 - 5:27:15 PM
Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) has approved a major
update to the station docking system standard. First released in 2010,
the docking standard established a common station-to-spacecraft
equipment interface to enable spacecraft of multiple types to dock to
the space station.
"The latest additions to the docking standard further open the door
for contributions by international agencies, as well as commercial
enterprises for the International Space Station and exploration,” said
William Gerstenmaier, MCB chair and NASA’s associate administrator for
the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. “We have
already seen benefits of this standard, creating the opportunity to
develop additional standards for spacecraft design...
Bahamians in Atlanta Sending Relief to Hurricane Joaquin Victims
- Oct 5, 2015 - 1:31:18 PM
ATLANTA, GA - A group of concerned Bahamians in metro Atlanta have come
together to collect supplies for their countrymen who lost everything
as a result of Hurricane Joaquin last week. With communication lost to
friends and relatives on the island, the independent group decided they
simply wanted to help in any way they could.
“My social media
pages and phone had been flooded with people asking how to help just
because they felt compelled to do so,” explained Arthia Nixon,
coordinator and public relations director. “Having access to a lot of
the information through my media background, we were able to get on a
conference call and decide what to do. We also were in touch with
organizers on the ground in The Bahamas who gave us an idea of specific
Mitchell Presents Bahamas at UN
- Oct 3, 2015 - 2:29:46 PM
NEW YORK - Under the theme, “The UN at 70: A New Commitment to Action”,
the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, The Hon. Frederick A. Mitchell, presented a statement on
behalf of The Bahamas during the General Debate of the Seventieth
Session of the United Nations on Thursday evening, October 1, 2015.
In the statement to the General Assembly, Minister Mitchell spoke to
world leaders, parliamentarians, diplomats and other distinguished
persons gathered in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations
Headquarters about those matters of import to The Bahamas. These matters
included crime and security, the environment and climate change, the
global refugee/migration crisis...
Brown attends NNPA National Leadership Award Reception
- Oct 3, 2015 - 5:29:01 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oswald T. Brown, Press, Cultural Affairs
and Information Manager at the Bahamas Embassy in Washington, D.C., is pictured
with Mrs. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore, at the National
Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) National Leadership Award reception at
Marriott Marquis in downtown D.C. on Thursday, September 17, 2015...
My Father's Land wins 2015 Amnesty International Human Rights Prize at trinidad+tobago film festival
- Oct 2, 2015 - 3:55:46 PM
Father’s Land, a documentary highlighting the issues of migration and
discrimination against Haitians and people of Haitian descent in the
Bahamas last night won the Amnesty International Human Rights Prize at
the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff). Miquel Galofré and Tyler
Johnston’s documentary was handed the award at a ceremony in Port of
Spain on 27 September.
My Father's Land was
awarded the prize as the film with the strongest analysis of human
rights issues in the Caribbean, in particular around migration and
discrimination, which resonate well beyond the context of the Bahamas”,
said Trinidadian human rights expert Jason Nathu for the jury, after
awarding the trophy to the winner.
Ambassador Newry protests Bahamas' tax haven status in DC
- Sep 30, 2015 - 11:24:52 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 30, 2015 --His Excellency Dr.
Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, has written a
letter to Municipal Officials of the District of Columbia and Federal
Congressional Officials protesting “in the strongest terms” The Bahamas’
designation as a “tax haven” by D.C. authorities in the District of
Columbia Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Act of 2015 currently under
review by Congress.
Describing the matter as being “of critical
importance to the economy and reputation of my country,” Ambassador
Newry said The Bahamas was included “on the list of tax havens in this
legislation on the basis of seemingly arbitrary and spurious grounds.”
Ambassador Rahming with President Obama
- Sep 30, 2015 - 11:09:44 PM
NEW YORK - After his address in the General Debate of the 70th Session
of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday 28 September, 2015,
U.S. President Barack Obama hosted Heads of Delegation to a festive
reception at the New York Palace Hotel in New York. Shown at the
reception, between President and Mrs. Obama, is the Ambassador and
Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the
Organisation of American States, H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming...
Dr. Peter Blair, latest speaker in Young Bahamians Conversation Series
- Sep 30, 2015 - 5:19:20 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Embassy of The Bahamas in Washington, D.C.,
continues its highly acclaimed “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION SERIES” on
Friday, October 2, 2015, at the Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue,
N.W., with a presentation by Dr. Peter Blair, Assistant Professor of
Economics at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas
Ambassador to the United States, the “YOUNG BAHAMIANS CONVERSATION
SERIES” is an initiative aimed at providing a forum for young Bahamians
in the diaspora “to present and dialogue on their research or work and
cultivate ideas for the betterment of The Bahamas...
Caribbean Banking and the Caribbean International Financial Services Sector Comes Under Focus
- Sep 28, 2015 - 2:15:46 PM
Bridgetown, BARBADOS - Much needed focus will be brought to the
Caribbean banking and financial services sector over the coming months
with two important gatherings of the region’s most influential industry
The Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) in conjunction with
Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) will host a workshop on
Caribbean Banking and the Caribbean International Financial Services
Sector at the in Curaçao, from September 30-October 1, 2015.
NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars
- Sep 28, 2015 - 11:46:28 AM
New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the
strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on
Using an imaging spectrometer on MRO,
researchers detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where
mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. These darkish streaks
appear to ebb and flow over time. They darken and appear to flow down
steep slopes during warm seasons, and then fade in cooler seasons. They
appear in several locations on Mars when temperatures are above minus 10
degrees Fahrenheit (minus 23 Celsius), and disappear at colder times...
Government Committed to Building 'A Stronger and More Sustainable Bahamas' says PM Christie
- Sep 27, 2015 - 6:43:23 PM
NEW YORK, New York -- During his United Nations (UN) General Assembly
address at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development, on September 25,
2015, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of The Bahamas the Rt. Hon.
Perry G. Christie said that his Government is committed to the full and
effective implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) and to building "a stronger and more sustainable Bahamas."
Bahamas is fully aware that we are primarily responsible for our
national development – a responsibility from which we have never shied
away," Prime Minister Christie told world leaders and other stakeholders
present for the event, held at the UN Headquarters in New York...
Meronard completes four-week Internship at Bahamas Embassy
- Sep 27, 2015 - 8:11:38 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Kenton Meronard, a former Bahamas National Merit
Scholar, completed a four-week Science and Health Policy Internship at
the Embassy of The Bahamas in Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 18,
During his internship, Mr. Meronard assisted with health
policy matters, including the OAS - Inter-American Task Force on
Non-Communicable Diseases; World Health Organization/Pan American Health
Organization cooperation; research on areas of potential health
cooperation with the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Malaysia; and
work on the OAS - Inter-American Programme for Sustainable Development
Elections in Haiti: OAS Mission Urges Actors to Work Together
- Sep 27, 2015 - 2:28:30 AM
The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of
American States (EOM/OAS) in Haiti, the former Foreign Minister and
Minister of Defense of Brazil Celso Amorim, today urged all actors in
the electoral process to work together ahead of the upcoming
presidential elections on October 25.
"These elections can be a
historic moment for Haiti," said Amorim, who this week visited the
country on a preliminary mission that concludes Saturday...
Bahamian rocket scientist and STEMBoard founder Aisha Bowe nominated for Root Award
- Sep 25, 2015 - 12:00:16 PM
Aisha Bowe, who made history as the youngest person with Bahamian
heritage to work for NASA is up for an award by a major American online
media outlet, TheRoot.com. Bowe, who has been making news as the CEO and
co-founder of STEMBoard and its summer youth camp, Hack.IT Bahamas,
expressed her delight in being nominated.
“I’m humbled to be
among the five finalists for the People’s Choice Award,” she says. “It’s
wonderful that my own roots from The Bahamas were highlighted in their
synopsis on the nominees, and that they were kind enough to mention
STEMBoard and our mission to empower young Bahamians to tackle everyday
problems in that nation through science, technology, engineering and
Bahamian Diplomat Participates in Seminar
on Washingston Security and Defense
- Sep 24, 2015 - 4:15:31 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ms. Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary/Alternate
Representative of the Embassy/Permanent Mission of The Bahamas in
Washington, D.C., represented The Bahamas during a week-long seminar,
entitled “Washington Defense and Security Seminar,” held from 14th to
18th September 14 - 18, 2015, at the William Perry Center for
Hemispheric Studies in Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
The seminar, which was conducted for over 80 participants, including
defense and military attachés and the diplomatic community, provided an
opportunity for participants to develop their knowledge and
understanding of the defense and security environment and the
policymaking processes of Washington, D.C. in relation to U.S. national
and regional security policy...
Minister Mitchell meets with Diplomatic Staff in Washington
- Sep 24, 2015 - 12:41:24 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration
Fred Mitchell met with diplomatic staff of the Bahamas Embassy and the
Embassy Consular Annex on Tuesday, in the board room of the Embassy,
2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. In the
top photo, Minister Mitchell (centre) is pictured with H.E. Dr. Eugene
Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Paulette
Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C...