Bahamian elected Vice Governor for Kiwanis International Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District
- May 29, 2016 - 7:47:35 PM
There is a new Vice Governor for Kiwanis International and he is from
The Bahamas. Melford Clarke was successfully elected Vice Governor of
Kiwanis International for the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District
He successfully beat out a distinguished lieutenant governor from
Barbados vying for the position that catapults him on a course to be the
Governor responsible for the Eastern Canada & Caribbean District of
Former Bahamas Spelling Bee Champ Now Poster Boy
- May 28, 2016 - 8:00:15 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When he competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015, Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion Charles Hamilton’s outgoing personality and witty comments on-stage resulted in him being featured on the “Good Morning America” television show. But even though he spelt both of his on-stage words correctly in the preliminary rounds of the competition, like this year’s Bahamas Spelling Champion Donovan Aaron Butler, who also successfully spelt his two preliminary words, Hamilton failed to advance to the finals because he did not accumulate sufficient points in the written test....
US Ambassador Nominee to The Bahamas Dies at age 50
- May 27, 2016 - 7:51:08 PM
May 27th, 2016 - Today the White House released a statement on the passing of Cassandra Butts, an
Obama adviser who was nominated to be ambassador to The Bahamas, although her appointment to The
Bahamas was subject to ratification by the United States Senate. She passed away on May 24th.
In February 2014
, her nomination was welcomed and acknowledged by The Bahamas government.
"To know Cassandra Butts was to know someone who made you want to be better," said a statement from U.S. president Barack Obama
. "Michelle and I were fortunate enough to count her as a friend for most of our adult lives..."
CARICOM-US discuss threat of lawsuit over queen conch, and IUU fishing
- May 27, 2016 - 5:08:37 PM
Belize City, Friday, 27 May 2016 (CRFM)—Officials from the Caribbean
Community and the United States advanced talks in Washington last week
at the 7th Annual Meeting of the CARICOM-US Trade and Investment
Council, on several key concerns affecting trade between the US and the
region, chief among then being the treat of a lawsuit by US-based NGOs
over the harvesting of queen conch for trade. The threat of suit is of
great concern to the region, which exports roughly US$185 million worth
of conch meat a year to the US.
In February 2016, WildEarth
Guardians and Friends of Animals notified the Secretary of Commerce and
the Administrator of NOAA of their intention to sue the Department of
Commerce, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration...
Spanish Wells Eleuthera teenager Lily Messier named to Team Canada U19 Floorball
- May 27, 2016 - 1:48:53 PM
Born in Nassau to Spanish Wells native Desiree Newbold Messier, oldest
daughter of Philip (Pool) Newbold; and Canadian / Bahamian father Michael
Messier, Lily Messier grew up in Spanish Wells until she was 10. She played baseball with the
Divers Team from 2008-2010, and continued playing baseball when her
family moved to Belleville Ontario Canada August 2010. There she played
with the Belleville Bucks from 2011-2013.
"Lily took to everything cold and snow," said her mother Desiree. "She
picked up skiing like she was born to it, and the same with ice
skating." Lily accelerated in skating when she decided to play hockey in
2012 under skills and drills with Chris Longo, former NHL player. She
joined the Stirling Boys House League Bantam hockey team in 2013 and
played for 2 years...
Bahamas Spelling Bee Champ Makes it to 3rd round, does not advance to Scripps finals
- May 26, 2016 - 10:43:50 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion Donovan Aaron
Butler failed to advance to the finals of the 2016 Scripps National
Spelling Bee currently being held at the Gaylord National Resort and
Convention Center in National Harbour, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
completion of the third round, the 45 finalists who accumulated the
required 27 points from combined scores of the written test and two
preliminary spelling rounds were announced shortly after 6 p.m...
Innovative Investors Recognised at the 3rd Regional Investor of The Year Awards 2016
- May 25, 2016 - 12:52:23 PM
Miami, FLORIDA - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean
Export) and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies
(CAIPA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd Caribbean’s
Regional Investor of the Year Awards for 2015-2016 (RIYA 2015-2016).
in its third year, the RIYA 2015-2016 turned its attention to
innovation bringing focus to the local and foreign investors in the
region who have invested in a new idea, introduced a new device to the
market, created an invention or introduced new practice methods that
have been translated into a goods or service creating value, satisfying a
specific consumer need and has created significant socio-economic
Bahamas Environment Minister named Chairman of new IRENA Council
- May 24, 2016 - 2:45:12 PM
Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett, is
presently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates attending the 11th Council
Meetings of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
is “an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their
transition to sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal
platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence,and a
repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on
renewable energy.” There are 147 member countries of IRENA. The Bahamas
joined IRENA in 2014 to assist in the deployment of renewable energy
sources in the country.
Husband and Wife Team Having Tremendous Success with Innovative Teaching Method
- May 24, 2016 - 10:51:29 AM
ATLANTA, Georgia -- A young Bahamian-born entrepreneur and his wife are
having tremendous success with a company they launched in Atlanta four
years ago, so much so that last year they expanded their business to the
Kansas City, Missouri, Metro Area and have now moved into Omaha,
Tyrone Sawyer II and his wife Jemima co-founded
Jemima’s Playhouse LLC, a new age educational company, through which
they have “introduced a fun, innovative way to reach children between
the ages of two and 12 years old.”
“We have seen a tremendous
growth in business since we started in Atlanta in 2012,” Mr. Sawyer
said. “We are now expanding into Omaha, Nebraska, our fourth state. Our
goal is to continue to grow, have fun with the children, and continue
to lead though implementing new, innovative teaching skills.”
Bahamians abroad register to vote in upcoming referendum
- May 23, 2016 - 3:45:23 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Preparations have been made for eligible Bahamian
citizens to register and to vote overseas in the upcoming Constitutional
referendum in an Advanced Poll on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
McDonald, a student at American University here is D.C., decided that
she wanted to be among those Bahamians in the diaspora who took
advantage of the opportunity provided to vote abroad and visited The
Bahamas Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., to register for the
upcoming poll. Jennille is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barrett McDonald
of Nassau and the granddaughter of Rev. Norris H. McDonald...
Bahamas Christian Council Group on visit to DC
- May 20, 2016 - 1:24:56 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of religious leaders from the Bahamas
Christian Council (BCC), led by BCC President Rev. Dr. Ranford
Patterson, are currently on a three-day visit to Washington, D.C.
included in the group, which arrived in D.C. on Tuesday, May 17, and is
scheduled to leave on Friday, are Pastor Dale Moss of Life
Transformational Center; Bishop Perry Newton, Word of Truth; Bishop
Leroy Emmanuel, Good Samaritan Kingdom Ministry; Bishop Gregory K.
Minnis, New Jerusalem Church; Rev. Roslyn Astwood, St. Stephen’s Baptist
Church; Bishop Albert Hepburn, United Christian...
MOU Signed Between Caribbean Export and The Latin Chamber of Commerce
- May 20, 2016 - 1:18:17 PM
Miami, FLORIDA - The Caribbean Export Development Agency signed a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Latin Chamber of Commerce of
the USA. The agreements form the basis for the strengthening of
investment and trade promotion and facilitation and develop reciprocal
cooperation between the US based entities and the member states of
Caribbean Export which includes CARIFORUM countries.
agreements will open new doors to the Caribbean and to Caribbean
businesses. Caribbean Export has always been very strong on promoting
partnerships because we see them as the most effective and
cost-efficient ways to advance the goals of the Agency and those of the
region,” notes Mrs. Coke Hamilton, Executive Director of Caribbean
Bahamas Delegation Participates in Seventh Meeting of CAROM-US Trade and Investment Council
- May 20, 2016 - 6:38:19 AM
WASHINGTON, DC -- A delegation from the Ministry of Financial Services is completing a working visit to Washington, D.C., where they provided a presentation at the Seventh Meeting of the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment Council, held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
The Bahamas’ delegation was headed by Ms. Keva Bain, Acting Director of Trade, and Mr. Hillary Deveaux, Consultant, and supported by diplomatic officers from the Embassy in Washington, D.C...
Caribbean’s fisheries and tourism linkages highlighted at Geneva forum
- May 19, 2016 - 4:17:48 PM
Belize City (CRFM)— Peter A. Murray, Programme Manager for Fisheries
Management and Development at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Regional
Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), represented the region at an international
seminar on Oceans Economy and Trade: Sustainable Fisheries, Transport
and Tourism, held in Geneva from 10- 12 May 2016.
Murray, who was
one of over seventy registered participants drawn from all three
sectors, presented a paper on the linkages between fisheries, tourism
and transport in the Caribbean. Murray’s paper also highlighted the
results of a recently completed suite of case studies on the linkages
between fisheries and tourism in CRFM Member Countries...
New Calculations of Conch Catch Can Add Up to a Healthy Fishery
- May 18, 2016 - 11:27:57 AM
VANCOUVER (May 17) – The amount of fish caught in Turks and Caicos
waters from 1950-2012 is estimated to be eighty-six percent higher than
previously thought, according to a new scientific study.
published in the latest issue of Frontiers in Marine Science, says that
conch, lobster, and fish catches have been underestimated historically
because official figures have not always included seafood eaten by Turks
and Caicos Islanders, and by tourists to the TCI.
has done a great job of monitoring fish sold to the country’s fish
plants,” said Aylin Ulman, a researcher recently based at the
world-renowned Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries in Vancouver,
‘Business as usual’ approach in Caribbean will see debt soar
- May 17, 2016 - 4:24:36 PM
its current development path, the Caribbean in 2050 will face
unmanageable debt, poor growth, and greater socio-economic problems,
warns a Commonwealth report launched today at the Fourth Global Biennial
Conference on Small States in Seychelles.
Achieving a Resilient Future for Small States: Caribbean 2050,
current policies and trends in six Caribbean countries - Bahamas,
Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana -
and makes a 34-year...
Rahming chairs CRULAC meeting
- May 17, 2016 - 4:09:17 PM
NEW YORK -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming (second from
right), Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United
Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of
Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) for the month of May, chaired the
Special Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016, that served as a platform for the
following representatives to brief the Group on their respective candidatures:
H.E. Ambassador Natalia Gherman, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign
Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, candidate for the position of
Secretary-General of the United Nations; Ms. Margot Wallström, Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Sweden, on the candidature of Sweden to the United Nations
Bahamian top model meets the Prime Minister of Canada
- May 13, 2016 - 3:40:19 PM
Toronto, Canada - Bahamian top model and former Mr. Bahamas, Kendrick Kemp
had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau at a private event in Toronto, Canada recently.
It was truly an honour to meet him. He's like the Obama of Canada. So nice," said Kemp.
Kemp is also an entrepreneur and creator of "Fashion For A Cause", and annual charity event in Nassau to support the Bahamas AIDS Foundation...
Bahamians voting for Canada
- May 13, 2016 - 10:11:34 AM
The High Commission in Ottawa wishes to provide the following update on
the process to vote for the Constitutional Referendum 2016 and for the
General Elections 2017:
CONSTITUTIONAL REFERENDUM 2016
Writ of Referendum was issued on 11th May 2016 in respect of the
Constitutional Referendum. Bahamians who are on the 2012 Register of
Voters are eligible to vote during the Constitutional Referendum to be
held on 7th June 2016...
PAHO/WHO urges transformation of nursing education in the Americas
- May 12, 2016 - 4:09:28 PM
Advanced degree programs, interprofessional education and lifelong
learning opportunities should be standard offerings to strengthen the
region's nursing workforce
Washington, D.C., 11 May 2016
(PAHO/WHO) — On the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, May 12,
the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
(PAHO/WHO) is observing International Nurses Day this year by calling on
its member countries to transform nursing education as part of their
efforts to advance toward universal health...