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One Caribbean Television celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month - May 24, 2015 - 10:58:28 AM

Congresswoman Barbara Lee to be honored during Capitol Hill reception

WASHINGTON DC  - One Caribbean Television (OCTV) will host a reception in the nation's capital to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which is observed in June.

The reception, to be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in the Rayburn House Office Building, will be hosted in conjunction with the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

The event will bring together Ambassadors from various Caribbean nations, Members of Congress and Caribbean business and cultural leaders to commemorate...
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African countries to stand up to mega-trading blocs - May 23, 2015 - 9:21:22 AM

Senior officials and experts will meet to consider the future of African trade in light of the emergence of mega-trading blocs which exclude more than 160 countries from regional trade negotiations.

The meeting organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Development will take place in Nairobi from 26 to 27 May 2015. Participants will look at ways to ensure the trade interests of African countries are taken into account at global and regional levels.

The advent of mega-trading blocs - the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Insulza ensures on departure that OAS “Much stronger than it was when I arrived” - May 22, 2015 - 5:27:35 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) bid farewell today to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, who expressed pride in the work that has been done in the decade that he has led the hemispheric institution. “The Organization is much stronger now than when I arrived,” he said.

In his last appearance before the Council, Secretary General Insulza reiterated the need for the Organization to adapt to the challenges of the present day, and recalled the essence of his proposal on the Strategic Vision that he presented three years ago, and that the Organization approved last year: the OAS must be “an inclusive Organization, of sovereign and diverse countries, legitimized by democracy, acting on the same hemispheric agenda, in full condition of equality. That is what is demanded of the OAS of the 21st century, far from what was demanded of it during the Cold War.”
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Rahming among those paying tribute to outgoing OAS Secretary General - May 22, 2015 - 3:03:55 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza during a Protocolary Meeting of the Permanent Council of the OAS on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the Hall of the Americas at OAS headquarters on 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, to bid farewell to the outgoing Secretary General.

Speaking on behalf of the CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Dr. Rahming, who is also The Bahamas’ Ambassador to the United Nations, said that on “occasions such as this, I often reflect on the burdens of true leadership, the responsibility and obligations that come with executive management, the personal and professional sacrifices that often accompany authority, the thanklessness that is often all too common, particularly in respect of public service...”
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BCPORA Presents Gift to Bahamas Consul General Zonicle - May 22, 2015 - 2:42:40 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mrs. Idena Burrows, President of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Retirees Association (BCPORA), presents a gift to Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., during a visit by 47 members of the BCPORA to the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The group is on their annual retreat trip, which also includes visits to Baltimore, Maryland, and New York City...
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Bahamas Honorary Consul Fountain attends Inauguration Ceremony - May 22, 2015 - 9:58:37 AM

CHICAGO - Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago Michael C. Fountain attended the City of Chicago Inauguration Ceremony at the historic Chicago Theatre on Monday, May 18, 2015. He was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Tanya Fountain. Honorary Consul Fountain was invited as a member of the Chicago Consular Corps to represent The Bahamas as Mayor Rahm Emanuel was sworn in for his second term along with the City Clerk, Treasurer and 50 Aldermen elected to serve Chicago's 77 communities and 2.7 million residents. Honorary Consul Fountain continues to strengthen his relationship with the Mayor's office to better serve the needs of Bahamian residents living in the City of Chicago and outlying areas...
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Caribbean Fisheries Ministers Ink Regional Spiny Lobster Declaration - May 22, 2015 - 1:43:21 AM

St. George’s, Grenada (CRFM): In a milestone development for the region, Fisheries Ministers recently endorsed a new Declaration on Spiny Lobster—a highly traded marine species in the Caribbean—at the 9th Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), which concluded on Friday, 15 May 2015 in Grenada.

The declaration, which is a non-binding roadmap for closer regional collaboration, was signed by the newly installed chairman of the CRFM Ministerial Council – Honourable Roland Bhola, Grenada’s Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, who assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Council on the occasion of the meeting from Honourable Johnson Drigo, Dominica’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries...
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Bahamas Spelling Champion competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee next week - May 21, 2015 - 2:43:53 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - When he competes next week in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in a suburban area of Washington, D.C., Bahamas Spelling Champion Charles Hamilton Jr. will be Speller Number 8 among the 285 spellers who will competing for the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion title.

Bee Week 2015 will take place May 24–May 29, with the onstage rounds of competition scheduled for May 27 and 28 in the Maryland Ballroom within the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland...
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A Requiem for a Mako Shark - May 20, 2015 - 10:40:39 AM

BALTIMORE, MD - While children say a quiet prayer for their school’s namesake mako shark in Eastern Ohio, researchers and scientists are again asking fishermen to employ a “release or return” policy for sharks captured wearing satellite tracking tags.

“St. Marys”, a young shortfin mako caught, satellite tagged and released off Ocean City, Maryland 358 days ago proved to be an ambassador for the Guy Harvey Research Institute’s shark research program. St. Marys, named for St. Marys Central School in Martins Ferry, Ohio, logged some 9,200 miles with an amazing journey that took him as far north as Nova Scotia, south to just off the coast of Venezuela, a short visit to Puerto Rico and then north again to the waters where he was first caught...
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Bahamas Consul General Treco attends Israel Celebration‏ - May 18, 2015 - 12:39:34 PM

MIAMI, Florida - The Hon. H. Ricardo Treco, Bahamas Consul General to Miami, was among the diplomats and hundreds of other guests who attended a celebration hosted by the Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in honor of Israel's 67th Independence Day anniversary.

The gathering, which drew politicians, local leaders and other members of the community to Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, included songs of prayer and speeches from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Internet entrepreneur Jeff Pulver (founder of Free World Dialup) and Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico, Chaim Shacham...
News : International : Caribbean News
First journal of Human Communication Studies in the English-speaking Caribbean launched - May 14, 2015 - 5:47:06 PM

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago - The Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine unveiled the Journal of Human Communication Studies in the Caribbean (JHSC). The launch, which took place today, May 14, in the Main Salon of the Office of the Campus Principal, also served to formally announce the upcoming 2nd Biennial Human Communication Studies International Conference which takes place on the campus on September 24 and 25, 2015 as well as the formation of Association for Human Communication Studies (AHCSC).

According to Dr Godfrey Steele, Editor of the JHSC, “The JHSC appears after 40 years of teaching and research in Media and Communication at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC)...
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Bahamas Native Robert L. Parks Honored with Historymiami’s 2015 Legal Legend Award - May 14, 2015 - 3:53:57 PM

Miami, Fl.  – Bahamian-born trial attorney Robert L. Parks has a strong respect for history and deep roots in his native country. With a distinguished career stretching back nearly five decades – including many cases involving the Bahamas – Parks was a natural choice for HistoryMiami’s 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society’s 2015 Legal Legend Award.

"My family came to The Bahamas in the 1700s, my grandparents lived in Eleuthera and Spanish Wells, and I was born in Nassau," said Parks, who maintains dual U.S. and Bahamian citizenship. While Parks grew up in Miami, he came back to The Bahamas every summer, and as an adult he has invested in several businesses in Harbour Island...
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Health ministers to tackle increasing burden on services - May 14, 2015 - 12:55:35 PM

Finding ways to meet the health needs of an ageing, growing population with long-term, complex illnesses will dominate discussions at this year’s Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM).

The meeting will take place ahead of the World Health Assembly on 17 May 2015 in Geneva, and will address the theme, Universal Health Coverage, with an emphasis on ageing and good health.

It comes at a crucial time when experts from around the world will consolidate health priorities for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and underscore the role health plays in promoting economic and social development...
News : International : Caribbean News : Turks & Caicos Islands
Michael Misick and defendants on the Privy Council Appeal dismissal - May 14, 2015 - 11:56:40 AM

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands  - We note that the British Privy Council has dismissed our appeal which was brought to ensure that there is judicial independence in the Turks and Caicos Islands as there is in mainland Britain. They have also dismissed our appeal to ensure that we are able to have a fair trial as is the case in Britain; that is, a jury trial.

What these two decisions revealed is that the British judicial system is rigged against us from top down. The same system that is responsible for the appointment of judges in Turks and Caicos Islands is also responsible for the appointment of judges at the Privy Council.
Clearly, today ranks were closed to protect the establishment...
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High-level meeting of Caribbean Fisheries Ministers to be held in Grenada - May 13, 2015 - 4:24:03 PM

St. George’s, Grenada - Fisheries Ministers from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) are expected to sign off on the Declaration on Spiny Lobster by way of a resolution, when they convene the 9th Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the CRFM on Friday, 15 May 2015 at Flamboyant Hotel in St. George's, Grenada.

The non-binding declaration establishes a roadmap for closer cooperation among the 17 CARICOM/CRFM States to ensure long-term conservation and sustainable use of the lobster resources.

News : International : Caribbean News
Talking about a revolution, UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean - May 13, 2015 - 9:57:10 AM

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago -  UWI academics from across the Caribbean comprised over 65 regional and international thought leaders, who for three days engaged in vigorous debate and discussion on challenges and solutions for the Caribbean future. In a first of its kind event in the region, the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean attracted more than 400 participants over the three days, from May 5-7. The UWI will play an instrumental role in bringing together the findings of the Forum. In last Thursday’s Closing Ceremony, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat revealed that the Forum’s Steering Committee will meet within two weeks to define a work programme with detailed plans for action, allocated responsibilities and timelines for implementation...
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Health City Performs Caribbean’s First Ever LVAD Heart Surgery - May 12, 2015 - 4:58:17 PM

A Caribbean man suffering from heart failure now has a new lease on life following the successful installation of an artificial heart pump (LVAD - Left Ventricular Assist Device) by the medical team at the recently opened Health City Cayman Islands.

Believed to be the first such treatment performed in the Caribbean, Health City Cayman Islands officials explained that at advanced stages of heart failure, when the organ has become severely weakened and unable to pump sufficient blood to the entire body, the most promising forms of treatment are either heart transplant or the implantation of devices that support the failing heart and takeover of its functions...
News : International : Caribbean News
Haiti to welcome Carifesta in August 2015 - May 8, 2015 - 11:32:07 PM

When the curtains fell at Carifesta XI in Paramaribo with fireworks, Surinam had opened the way for preparations for the next Arts Festival of the Caribbean. Carifesta XII is being held in Haiti from August 21st through 30th , 2015!

During the closing ceremony, Surinam’s president , Desi Bouterse, extended the cultural baton, a wooden sculpture, to Haiti’s president, Michel Martelly. The Haitian Head of State had declared that his country was ready to welcome Carifesta XII and had since then requested the assistance of Surinam’s planning committee...

News : International
Consul General Rolle visits Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) - May 8, 2015 - 1:59:59 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia - The Hon. Randy Rolle, Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta, along with other members of the Consular Corps in Atlanta met with staff at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to discuss partnership opportunities with educational institutions in The Bahamas on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Presently there are three Bahamian students attending SCAD. Consul General Rolle said one of his goals is to increase the number of Bahamians attending the institution over the next several years. SCAD was founded in 1978 by Richard G. Rowan, Paula S. Wallace...
News : International
Headed to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 8, 2015 - 1:29:08 AM

ATLANTA, Georgia - When Ms. Justine Boyd, Atlanta-based Regional Development Director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), arrives in Nassau on Friday, May 8, 2015, for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival she will already be in possession of her tickets for the various events. Ms. Boyd won a VIP package to attend the events through a partnership between The Bahamas Consulate, The Bahamas Masqueraders and UNCF. She will also be presented with her costume on arrival. UNCF allowed models from the Masqueraders to showcase carnival at the annual Mayors Masked Ball held in Atlanta on December 20, 2014...
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