Consul General Carroll attends the National Day of Qatar Reception in New York
- Dec 21, 2014 - 5:28:16 PM
NEW YORK - The Hon. Forrester J. Carroll,
Bahamas Consul General to New York, attended the National Day of Qatar
Reception at The Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, New York, on
Thursday, December 18, 2014. The event was hosted by the Deputy
Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Mr. Youssef
Sultan Laram and his wife. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Valencia
Carroll, wife of Consul General Carroll; a member of the Qatar Mission
staff; Mr. and Mrs. Laram; and Consul General Carroll...
CBP Reminds Travelers of the Currency Reporting Requirement
- Dec 19, 2014 - 4:37:11 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - U.S.
Customs and Border Protection reminds travelers of the requirement to
report currency amounts of $10,000 or more to CBP when traveling to or
from the United States.
Individuals are permitted to carry any amount of currency or
monetary instruments into or out of the United States; however, if the
quantity is $10,000 or higher, they must formally report the currency to
CBP. If travelers have someone else carry the currency or monetary
instrument for them, they must file a currency report for the entire
Shequera King in Johannesburg to pass on the Miss Heritage World crown
- Dec 19, 2014 - 2:26:21 PM
Miss Grand Bahama, Shequera King is presently in Johannesburg, South
Africa to hand off her crown at the Miss Heritage World 2014 pageant.
Today she was
interviewed by one of South Africa's largest news broadcasting network SABC, and has another interview coming up tomorrow.
Last year King won the inaugural pageant held in Zimbabwe.
Miss Heritage World
Pageant serves as a platform to promote Heritage exchange amongst the
participating Queens from different countries and also promotes and
preserves World Heritage, implementing UNESCOS World Heritage
convention to achieve the Millennium Development Goals Declaration...
McWeeney presents credentials to Pope Francis
- Dec 19, 2014 - 12:06:26 PM
This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace Pope Francis
received in audience His Excellency Mr. Sean McWeeney, Q.C. Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to
the Holy See.
During the course of the week, Ambassador McWeeney will
subsequently meet with Senior Officials of the Holy See including the
Secretary of State His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, His Excellency
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States, His
Excellency Giovanni Becciu and Monsignor Jose Bettencourt, Head of
Protocol for the Holy See.
OAS Opens Scholarship Application Period for Undergraduate, Graduate and Research Studies in 2016
- Dec 19, 2014 - 11:29:02 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS)
announces the opening of the application period for the OAS Academic
Scholarship Program, which offers students the opportunity to pursue
undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees or graduate research, leading to
a university degree at institutions of higher education throughout the
The scholarships, which are open to all citizens and
permanent residents of OAS member states, offer up to $30,000 per year
in total benefits that may cover all or part of tuition and mandatory
fees, living costs, study materials, airfare and health insurance, for
up to two academic years...
(Video) Hon. Fred Mitchell's Statement to OAS Permanent Council on Bahamas Immigration
- Dec 19, 2014 - 2:36:06 AM
DC - Statement by the Hon. Frederick Mitchell, M.P., Minister Of
Foreign Affairs And Immigration at a Special Meeting of the Permanent
Council of the Organization Of American States (OAS) on December 16,
What we know however is that we must be eternally vigilant in
protecting our reputation: correcting untruths and misperceptions where
they exist and of course ensuring that within our borders and in our
external relations we so conduct ourselves that we to the extent that
our resources permit adhere to the highest standards and best practices
as set by the international community....
Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean and Canada to be Established
- Dec 18, 2014 - 3:09:48 AM
Youth entrepreneurship organisations from
thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including
Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs.
The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young
Entrepreneurs-Caribbean & Canada (CAYE-C&C).
will be modelled on the Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young
Entrepreneurs (CAAYE), which was formed in 2011 and brings together
young entrepreneurs from Commonwealth countries in Asia. The decision
was unanimously reached by twenty organisations at a forum hosted by the
Commonwealth Secretariat from 10 to 12 December 2014 in Barbados.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas Explains his Country's New Immigration Policy at the OAS
- Dec 16, 2014 - 8:26:03 PM
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) received
today during a special meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration of The Bahamas, Frederick Mitchell, who explained to member
states the details of the new immigration policy adopted by the
government of his country last November.
In his introduction to the Council’s meeting, the OAS Assistant
Secretary General, Albert Ramdin, said The Bahamas "is a valuable member
of the OAS and plays a critical role in the discussions of major issues
on the hemispheric agenda," and that the visit of Minister Mitchell to
the OAS is important as a way to "open up a broader and deeper
discussion on the issue of migration based on the work the Organization
is already doing."
Bahamas Religious Tourism Executives Eye Atlanta’s Gospel Community
- Dec 14, 2014 - 7:22:29 PM
Atlanta, Georgia - The Bahamas is seeking to forge a greater
alliance with the Atlanta gospel community, one that is considered a leader in
the North American region. With major music award events, singers and studios,
as well as being home to many internationally syndicated televangelists, the
city has truly the buckle on the metaphorical ‘Bible Belt’ of the south.
Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle, who is responsible for
Georgia and surrounding states recently met with Dwight Armbrister of Director
of the The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s Religious Department and Calvin
Watkins, Seventh Day Adventist Regional Director for Pastoral Services to
discuss some possibilities between the two jurisdictions...
Cedric Scott named Bahamas Honorary Consul to Los Angeles
- Dec 12, 2014 - 12:09:14 AM
NASSAU, Bahamas (Dec.
10) -- Mr. Cedric Scott, the well-known actor, producer, director and
businessman, has been named Honorary Consul for The Bahamas for the jurisdiction
of Los Angeles, California, the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Immigration has announced.
Mr. Scott, who left The Bahamas in his late teens to attend
college, studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and
continued his post-graduate education at the University of Georgia, from where
he obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree...
DPM Davis among world leaders gathered for UNHCR Sessions in Geneva
- Dec 11, 2014 - 8:38:16 PM
Donors pledge US$500 million for UNHCR operations, down on 2014
December 9 (UNHCR) – Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Philip Brave
Davis, who headed a delegation at the UN 7th Dialogue on Protection
Challenges, joined in the discussion with the world gathering on
Wednesday in Geneva.
Donor nations on Tuesday promised an initial
US$500.8 million for the work of the UN refugee agency to help almost
43 million forcibly displaced or stateless people worldwide next year.
Faced with multiple large-scale emergencies in the Middle East and Africa...
IDB hosts Caribbean regional meeting on transparency, integrity, and governance issues
- Dec 11, 2014 - 8:31:24 PM
of The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and
Tobago sign a joint statement emphasizing the region’s commitment to
transparency and integrity
MIAMI, Florida – In commemoration of International
Anti-Corruption Day, the Inter-American Development Bank hosted a
regional Ministerial meeting on December 5, 2014 to contribute to the
Caribbean’s dialogue on transparency and integrity in enhancing
development and unlocking growth.
Ministerial delegates of six Caribbean countries gathered in Miami for
a landmark discussion on the positive impact of more transparent
governance on the equity and competitiveness of the Caribbean economies...
GBPA Participates at 2014 Caribbean Exporter’s Colloquium
- Dec 11, 2014 - 4:58:57 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama
- “Building Economic Resilience in the Caribbean Region” was the focal
point for government ministers, private sector participants and donor
agencies, as they gathered at the Caribbean Exporter’s Colloquium 2014,
held in Bridgetown, Barbados last month.
In keeping with the
colloquium’s agenda, discussions addressed key factors facing the
Caribbean community, including the state of regional exports, innovation
and entrepreneurship, issues affecting competitiveness, the role of
alternative energy as a driver for increased competitiveness and
opportunities for the Caribbean within the context of the Panama Canal’s
PM Christie remarks to Fifth CARICOM-Cuba Summit
- Dec 8, 2014 - 7:52:07 PM
Havana, CUBA - It is both an honour and a
privilege for me to be in Havana attending this Fifth CARICOM-Cuba
Summit and may I add the first Prime Minister of The Bahamas to do so in
an official capacity.
President Castro, I had the privilege of
visiting your beautiful country in January of this year for the CELAC
Summit. In addition, some of my cabinet colleagues have also had recent
exchanges with their Cuban counterparts, namely, my Ministers for
Foreign Affairs & Immigration, Financial Services, Agriculture &
Marine Resources, and Youth, Sports & Culture, respectively.
for myself and my delegation, it gives me great pleasure to be here
once again in the same year. Thank you for having me, and for the...
Frist Bahamian-American female to be elected as a Judge of the NYC Civil Court
- Dec 8, 2014 - 4:17:48 PM
NEW YORK -- The Hon. Forrester J. Carroll,
Bahamas Consul General to New York, attended the induction of J.
Machelle Sweeting as a Judge of The Civil Court, 10TH District of The
City of New York on Thursday, December 4, 2014. In remarks given during
the ceremony, Consul General Carroll extended congratulations to Judge
Sweeting from the Right Hon. Prime Minister Perry G. Christie and the
Hon. Frederick Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration,
who wished Judge Sweeting to know that The Bahamas is proud of her in
being the first Bahamian-American female to be elected as a Judge of the
Civil Court of the City of New York 10th District. Judge Sweeting is
the youngest of three children of William and Mary Sweeting...
Bahamians in Missouri Urged to "Avoid Problems" with Michael Brown Verdict
- Nov 11, 2014 - 6:11:00 PM
Georgia - While James Knowles, Mayor of Ferguson, Missouri has told
media to "prepare for the worst", Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle
is advising Bahamians to avoid areas that may experience high tensions
in the wake of the Michael Brown verdict.
a black teen was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson in August
2014. Those events have led to several riots, a State of Emergency being
declared and high racial tensions. Protests have been held in several
U.S. cities, including Atlanta where Rolle is based...
Paving the Way for Private Sector Growth in the Caribbean
- Nov 8, 2014 - 2:56:47 AM
The role of the
private sector is particularly vital today amid strong signals by some
Caribbean economies of returning to positive growth in 2015.
view has been shared by Executive Director of the Caribbean Export
Development Agency (Caribbean Export) Pamela Coke-Hamilton, on the eve
of a two-day international colloquium designed to facilitate dialogue
between regional and international private sector leaders, politicians
Coke-Hamilton said the role of the private sector
was even more critical today than previously given its importance in
driving economic growth...
"New Bahamian Immigration Policy Raises Serious Human Rights Concerns"
- Nov 8, 2014 - 2:42:38 AM
(November 7, 2014 )
Washington, D.C. - Kerry Kennedy and Santiago A. Canton, on behalf of
the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center),
express alarm at the discriminatory use of new immigration policies in
The Bahamas. According to information received by the RFK Center,
immigration officials conducted massive raids and arrests in
Bahamian-Haitian communities over the weekend of November 1-2 and have
increased their presence around public schools with large populations of
students born to immigrant parents.
On November 1, The Bahamas
instituted a new immigration policy that requires all non-nationals
residing in the island nation to show evidence that they have permission
to live or work in the country...
USA rejects petition to list Queen Conch as endangered species
- Nov 6, 2014 - 8:54:30 PM
The Caribbean Regional
Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has congratulated member states after a US
government review of the status of the Queen Conch keeps the region’s
conch fishery alive. The review follows a petition to have the Queen
Conch listed as threatened or endangered.
Photo: Carmen Powers
On Monday, November 3,
2014, the National Maine Fisheries Services (NMFS), Department of
Commerce, USA, concluded that the “queen conch is not currently in
danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its
range nor is it not likely to become so within the foreseeable future”.
Director of the CRFM Mr. Milton Haughton noted: “The CRFM is extremely
pleased by this outcome and takes this opportunity..."
Harlem elects "Sweet Justice"
- Nov 6, 2014 - 2:23:37 AM
NEW YORK, NY - On November 4, 2014, Harlem’s Own J. Machelle Sweeting was
elected Civil Court Judge. This is the
first time in almost 20 years, that residents of the 10th Municipal
Court District, (which extends from 110th Street to 153rd
Street in Harlem), elected a new Civil Court Judge.
J. Machelle Sweeting was born and raised in Harlem and has over
16 years’ experience handling a broad range of civil, criminal and family
issues in city, state and federal courts.
Throughout her legal career, J.
Machelle Sweeting has remained committed to ensuring that equality and justice
remain at the forefront of our legal system.
She has served with distinction as an Administrative Law Judge...