World Day of Prayer 2015 to Focus on The Bahamas
- Feb 27, 2015 - 4:12:49 PM
On Friday, March 6th
over 170 countries from many Christian denominations will gather for
World Day of Prayer (WDP), a movement symbolized by an annual day of
celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are
welcome. Each year the women of a named country share their faith and
lives in the worship service with their sisters around the world. Last
year's service was carried by Egypt and the
2015 World Day of Prayer Service
was written by Bahamian women.
It is open to all faiths.
Where possible Bahamians living in the areas of the services have been
contacted and asked to speak, and or attend the celebration. The WDP
international organizing committee traveled to The Bahamas last year to initiate the 2015 event, and met with Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin...
Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly
- Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took
note today of the notification of the withdrawal of its offer to host
the XLV General Assembly of the Organization due to “financial and
logistical constraints” currently experienced by the Government of
Haiti, as expressed by the country´s Foreign Minister, Duly Brutus, in a
letter sent to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.
The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of
Suriname to the Organization, Niermala Badrising, informed the
representatives of the situation and reported that the discussion on the
new site will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Permanent
NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy
- Feb 27, 2015 - 2:19:44 PM
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Leonard Nimoy:
“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of
engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr.
Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while
never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who
“NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was
much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise.
Democracies Must Guarantee the Full Exercise of the Political Rights of Women
- Feb 26, 2015 - 12:55:15 AM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José
Miguel Insulza, today inaugurated the Round Table “Political Violence
against Women: a Hemispheric Challenge,” with a speech in which he
recalled that democracies face the challenge of
guaranteeing the full and effective political participation of women.
“Today we are united by the effort to achieve the growth of democracy in
the region in its deepest meaning: that of the real exercise of the
rights and effective political participation
of the women of our Hemisphere,” he said.
The leader of the hemispheric institution opened his address recalling
the leadership positions exercised to this point by women in the region,
their broad legislative participation and the progress made in parity
laws. However, he warned that many countries
have not reached 20% participation by women in their legislatures and
that in others...
Commission of Women of the OAS Debated Political Violence Against Women in the Hemisphere
- Feb 25, 2015 - 11:14:41 PM
Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of
American States (OAS) today organized a Roundtable discussion titled
"Political Violence Against Women: A Hemispheric Challenge," as part of
the activities commemorating Women's Day of the Americas, held on
February 18, and International Women's Day, on
The event was inaugurated
by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza; the Minister
of Women of Costa Rica and Chair of the Inter-American Commission of
Women, Alejandra Mora; the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security
(SMS), Adam Blackwell; and the Alternate Representative of the Permanent
Mission of Canada to the OAS, Brett Alexander Maitland. At the
conclusion of the event, the Executive Secretary of the CIM, Carmen
Moreno, described the...
OAS Policy Roundtable Discussed the Regional Agenda to Promote Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Feb 24, 2015 - 9:27:29 PM
Organization of American States (OAS) today hosted its 65th Policy
Roundtable entitled "Regional Agenda for Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights: A Look into the Future," with the aim of promoting a dialogue to
analyze the implications of public policies, progress in implementing
the Protocol of San Salvador, and its inclusion in the discussion of the
post-2015 development agenda.
The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, said the
Hemisphere must pool its efforts to reduce its social differences, and
warned that inequality is a threat to democracy. "The debt of the region
in terms of poverty, inequality and social exclusion, as well the
citizen demand for social, economic and political equality, points to...
Beaches Turks & Caicos named as host for World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2015
- Feb 23, 2015 - 11:33:32 PM
The ‘Oscars of the travel industry’,World Travel
Awards has announced Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages &
Spahas been selected to host the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2015.
of industry leaders are expected to gather at the world-class resort
for the event, which will take place on October 17th, 2015.
Turks & Caicos is the perfect host for the ceremony, offering four
magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy,
France, the Caribbean and Key West; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear
turquoise waters; and some of the industry’s leading event...
New Facebook group page created for Bahamians living in Canada
- Feb 23, 2015 - 3:27:22 PM
A new facebook group page has
been created by the editor of The Bahamas Weekly to connect Bahamians,
past residents, or friends of The Bahamas, living in Canada.
editor of TheBahamasWeekly.com, I am often contacted by people,
government or civic groups, who are seeking to make contact with
Bahamians," said Robbin Whachell who lives in Vancouver, BC.
is my hope that this group will facilitate the sharing of stories,
information, and create friendships from sea to shining sea..."
Quotable Caribbean: Freundel Stuart, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Esther Thomas and more...
- Feb 23, 2015 - 12:00:41 PM
"The change in
strategic direction is welcomed by Barbados. We expect to see a
turnaround in LIAT's fortunes, more responsiveness to market messages
and, of course, once the whole issue of fleet renewal is complete and
the disposal of the seven remaining Dash 8 planes and the reduction in
the head count is complete, we think that LIAT will be on a much more
viable and sustainable footing." - Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister,
Barbados (Jamaica Observer)
"No longer can visitor arrivals be
the main measurement of our success. We must take a fresh look at how we
position our Territory for visitors seeking experiences for which they
are willing to pay a premium. This will require a change of thinking..."
Carmichael Road Detention Center Report by the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
- Feb 20, 2015 - 5:21:23 PM
The following is the
report on the Carmichael Detention Center in Nassau, Bahamas by the
Organization of the American States Inter-American Commission on Human
On December 30, 2014, the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Inter-American Commission",
"the Commission" or "IACHR") received a request for precautionary
measures submitted by the Caribbean Institute for Human Rights, the
International Human Rights Clinic of the Inter-American University of
Puerto Rico and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human
Rights (hereinafter "the applicants"), requesting that the Commission
require the Commonwealth of The Bahamas...
Greater Participation in Tourism by the Caribbean, and As One - says Wilchcombe
- Feb 20, 2015 - 5:08:48 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama
– Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe on Friday called for
Caribbean nations to get more involved in the tourism trade, and said
it’s time for Caribbean nations to look at the region as one – working
together they could achieve more.
The Member of Parliament for
West End and Bimini was on Friday addressing delegates and participants
attending the 4th Inter-American Development Bank Caribbean Governors
Regional Meeting at the Grand Lucayan resort. Prime Minister the Rt.
Hon. Perry Christie had officially opened the conclave on Thursday...
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson Among Distingushed Alumni Honoured by Barry University
- Feb 20, 2015 - 3:45:57 PM
MIAMI, Florida – Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Bahamas Attorney
General and Minister of Legal Affairs, was among seven noted alumni of Barry University who were
honoured with the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award at a luncheon held at
the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom on Thursday, February 19, 2015.
Held annually since 2007, Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards
recognize Barry alumni for their distinguished professional achievements and
contributions to society through service. Senator Maynard-Gibson earned her
Bachelor of Science in Business from Barry in 1975. At the age of 18, she was
OAS Expresses Condolences to Haiti over Accident at Carnival Festivities
- Feb 18, 2015 - 4:36:59 PM
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José
Miguel Insulza, expressed his deepest sympathies and solidarity to the
Government and people of Haiti over the tragic and horrible accident
that marred this morning’s carnival festivities. According to the
Haitian authorities, at least 16 people were confirmed dead and 78 were
In doing so, he was joined by Assistant Secretary General and
President of the Group of Friends of Haiti, Albert Ramdin, who learned
“with great sadness and distress" of this morning’s tragedy...
Bahamian student has internship on Capitol Hill
- Feb 18, 2015 - 12:40:29 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Stanley Miller, a
20-year-old Bahamian student at Georgia Southern University in
Statesboro, Georgia, is getting the experience of a lifetime that most
certainly will be helpful in his future career as journalist through an
internship at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mr. Miller, who
transferred from the College of The Bahamas to Georgia Southern last
August, is an intern in the office of Democratic Congressman David
Scott, who has represented Georgia's 13th congressional district since
2003. The district includes the southern fourth of Atlanta, as well as
several of its suburbs ...
Commonwealth governments and international experts consider benefits and risks of virtual currencies
- Feb 16, 2015 - 10:57:28 PM
experts and representatives of Commonwealth governments will meet to
explore issues around the rapid development of virtual currencies, and
to identify potential benefits they could offer to developing countries.
currencies are digital representations of value that can be traded and
exchanged between online communities. At present, there are no
internationally agreed standards or rules that apply to these
offering potential for countries where banking and transaction costs
are unaffordable, virtual currencies have also been...
Bahamas participates in climate change meeting in Geneva
- Feb 16, 2015 - 2:30:35 PM
Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for enhanced Action (ADP) on the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Geneva,
Switzerland from 8 - 13 February. The UNFCCC is designed to reduce the emission
of greenhouse gases which adversely affect climate change. Ambassador Rhoda M.
Jackson, Bahamas Permanent Representative in Geneva and Mr. Philip Weech,
Director of BEST Commission represented The Bahamas.
ADP centred discussions on elements for inclusion in the negotiating document
to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties
(COP-21) scheduled to be held in Paris...
OAS Group Notes Electoral Developments in Haiti
- Feb 15, 2015 - 11:49:21 AM
The Group of Friends of Haiti at the
Organization of American States (OAS) met this week at the headquarters
of the institution in Washington, DC under the Chairmanship of OAS
Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin.
During the meeting,
Ambassador Ramdin, the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS,
Bocchit Edmond, and representatives from other member states, observers,
and international organizations discussed the status of democratic
processes in Haiti including a report on the anticipated timeline for
the new electoral calendar.
Kerr in Korea: Bahamas Rep Only Black Finalist in Mr. International 2015
- Feb 13, 2015 - 2:02:37 PM
SEOUL, Korea - International Caribbean male model and reigning Mr
Bahamas International Kenneth Kerr is moments away from learning if he
will win the title of Mr. International 2015. Kerr and Mr. Puerto Rico
are the only two contestants from the Caribbean region. He also is the
only black finalist.
“It’s interesting but I see it as an
advantage more than a disadvantage,” said Kerr noting the distinction.
“I stand out when we go on our public appearances but I certainly
haven’t experienced anything negative from anyone while here. In fact,
I’ve had to be quite aware of things within the Bahamian, Caribbean and
African-American community especially since it’s Black History Month.”
Notice to all Bahamians residing in Canada
- Feb 12, 2015 - 6:20:54 PM
High Commission for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Ottawa, Canada,
wishes to thank everyone that updated their contact information by
submitting a completed registration form or advising whether you are
still living in Canada.
we advised in our previous email, the High Commission is in the process
of revamping and updating its database of Bahamians living and studying
you have not done so already, the High Commission requests that all
persons that are still in Canada and have not officially registered with
the High Commission or your contact information has changed...
1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference and Exhibition - June 18 – 20, 2015
- Feb 12, 2015 - 10:12:17 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Crime and safety are
dominant concerns throughout the region as the loss of assets does not
respect socio or any economic status. As we have also seen in the
Caribbean many of the threats are the not only the same but often times
there are interconnected crossing borders and jurisdictions.
an effort to bring together thinkers and solutionist Preventative
Measures, a network of local and international advisors and instructors
providing expert training and consulting on every facet of asset
protection, loss prevention and resource recovery, is excited to
announce the1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Exhibit Conference to be
held June 18 – 20, 2015at Melia Resort, Cable Beach, Nassau Bahamas...