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27th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs Rendezvous Held in Bahamas - Nov 28, 2014 - 10:27:03 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Featuring sensational mega-yachts, a spectacular fireworks display, and Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts Band headlining the Saturday Night Gala, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County’s 27th Annual ShowBoats International Rendezvous was the biggest and best event yet. Founded by Rita and Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group and under the direction of Event Chairs Jessica & Mike Busacca and Steven M. Mariano and Sara Olenechuk, the event took place November 13-15, 2014 at the beautiful Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. The weekend included an appearance by Actor John Ratzenberger, who is best known for his role as Cliff Clavin in Cheers and his recurring supporting/minor cast roles in Pixar films.
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PAHO/WHO to provide training for doctors and nurses in the Caribbean and Latin America - Nov 28, 2014 - 2:21:38 AM

Washington, D.C. — Health professionals from more than 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will receive training in clinical management of Ebola in three upcoming workshops sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The workshops are part of a series of PAHO/WHO actions intended to help countries strengthen their preparedness for potential cases of Ebola.

The “train-the-trainer” courses will take place on 1-3 December in Antigua and Barbuda, for Caribbean health professionals, and on 3-5 and 9-11 December in Chile, for health personnel from Latin America. Participants in the three workshops are expected to train other health professionals in their home countries upon their return, with PAHO/WHO support...
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Dr. Myles Munroe Memorial Service to be held by Bahamas Consulate General Miami Office on December 11 - Nov 27, 2014 - 11:36:53 AM

MIAMI, Florida  - The life of The late Dr. Myles E. Munroe, OBE and his wife Pasfor Ruth Munroe will be celebrated and remembered at a special Memorial service, #mylesmunroememorial being held on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at The Faith Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Under The auspices of The Bahamas Consulate General Miami, The celebration is The official Memorial Sen/ice given by The Government of The Bahamas in The United States of America (USA) for Dr. Munroe and his wife.

Dr. Munroe and his wife, along with seven other persons died in a plane crash in Freeport, Bahamas on November 9, 2014, while enroute To The Global LeadershipConference...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Secretary General Congratulates U.S. President on Immigration Measures - Nov 21, 2014 - 3:32:06 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, welcomed the initiative announced November 20th by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, that benefits nearly five million undocumented people, and said “this is the fruit of the struggle they have carried forward for years to achieve a migratory status that distances them from illegality and brings them closer to a life of dignity in this country.”

Secretary General Insulza highlighted “the courage of the U.S. executive, who decided to move forward toward a fair goal that did not deserve to be further postponed.” He added that, with this action, “President Obama recognizes the contribution that these millions of workers make every day to the greatness of the United States, and the need to normalize their presence in the country.”
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Bahamians Continue Leadership Stronghold in Duke of Edinburgh Programme - Nov 21, 2014 - 2:23:43 PM

A Bahamian was chosen to lead the Americas region for the fourth time in the history of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Programme. The Americas Region comprises of North and South America, the Caribbean , United States and Canada, making it an honor that the Bahamas continues to prove its youth leadership ability on an international scale.

Arvis Mortimer returned to The Bahamas this month from the International Gold Event (IGE) in Seoul, Korea as the newly-elected "new emerging representative" for the Americas Region. Javier Forbes also represented the Bahamas GGYA at the IGE event, which put participants through two weeks of leadership training and practical skills.
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Barack Obama's Immigration Address Transcript - Nov 20, 2014 - 8:45:59 PM

The full transcript of President Barack Obama's immigration address on November 27th, as provided by the White House:

My fellow Americans, tonight, I'd like to talk with you about immigration.

For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It's kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities - people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.

But today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS wants more Bahamian scholarship seekers - Nov 20, 2014 - 1:02:46 AM

Development, Education and Employment Department (DHDEE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) met with Bahamian stakeholders to apprise them of increased education and training opportunities for Bahamians through the expanded scholarship programs offered by the OAS. The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday November 17.

Led by DHDEE coordinator for the partnership program, Juliete Mallet Phillip, the group also discussed ways to improve on the relatively low level of Bahamian participation in the myriad of scholarship opportunities provided by the OAS...

Arts & Culture
Canadian-based Bahamian Junkanoo Group Uplift Through Music - Nov 20, 2014 - 12:57:12 AM

CANADA - The group known as the Bahamian Junkanoo Legends was formed in Canada with the desire to give fellow Bahamians a taste of being back home through Junkanoo. Bahamian Junkanoo Legends is affiliated with the Association of Bahamians in Canada and continues to play a pivotal role in bringing Bahamian people together. Today, Bahamian Junkanoo Legends performs at a wide range of cultural events throughout Canada.

On September 6, 2014, the Bahamian Junkanoo Legends had one of their most memorable weekends!  Beautiful costumes and Junkanoo music were on display in support of hundreds of walkers at the Shoppers Drug Mart 2014 Weekend to End Women's Cancer. The weekend honoured those whose lives were lost to cancer while bringing hope to those still living with the disease.
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ALTA Urges Aviation Stakeholders to Embrace Innovation for Sustained Growth - Nov 20, 2014 - 12:35:56 AM

MIAMI, Florida - ALTA Airline Leaders Forum and its 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM), celebrated this year at the Atlantis Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas, came to a close this past Friday after showcasing perspectives from airline CEOs and industry experts on topics and trends expected to impact the industry and its growth for the next decades.

The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) gathered over 500 delegates from airlines and aviation-related organizations from throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia to discuss the state of the industry, as well as to review opportunities both to overcome existing obstacles related to infrastructure and the regulatory environment, as well as to enhance...
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Bahamians in Atlanta Remember Plane Crash Victims - Nov 19, 2014 - 12:15:28 PM

Family and friends gather at Consul General’s residence to reflect on Atlanta connection with Parks and Munroe families

ATLANTA, Georgia - With a Bahamian flag flying at half mast outside the Bahamas Consul General’s Atlanta residence, those who lost loved ones in the November 9, 2014 plane crashed gathered to pay their respects and pledge to carry on their legacy. Among them were relatives of the crash victims who reside in Atlanta.

Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta Randy E. Rolle, shared his encounter with Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth Ann who called upon his office for assistance, as well as his memories of the Parks family...
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Matt & Laurie Crouch of TBN on the passing of Dr. Myles & Pastor Ruth Munroe - Nov 16, 2014 - 11:58:16 PM

Matthew Crouch, the Vice President of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), and his wife Laurie were among the thousands who sent remarks of condolences to the Bahamian people in the passing of a global leader, in the person of Pastor Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Pastor Ruth.

“We were awakened on Monday morning in the nation of Singapore to the news of Pastor Myles and what had happened on Grand Bahama Island; and we are praying for the nation, our hearts are broken in regard to this tragedy and the fact that we will all missed him, ” said Matt Crouch.

According to Crouch, “Pastor Myles was an intricate part of Laurie’s and mine’s vision to the motion picture industry, ministry and so many things...
News : International
Ambassador Donaldson's Remarks‏ in Japan - Nov 14, 2014 - 11:14:18 PM

Enclosed are Ambassador Donaldson's Remarks‏ to Japan:

Since the beginning of our relations in 1975, it is important to note that both island nations have remained steadfast and committed to the principles of Human Rights, Democracy and Sustainable Development.

This momentous occasion marks a landmark in relations between our sovereign states, adding another chapter to our cooperation, both bi-laterally and multi-laterally, through CARICOM and the United Nations...
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Canadian High Commission Encourages Bahamian Students to Study in Canada - Nov 14, 2014 - 1:30:19 PM

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) as well as many of our Bahamian Citizens have had a long standing relationship with Canada; chiefly through higher education. Many Bahamians have taken advantage of the quality tertiary education afforded by Canadian Universities.

For high school seniors, college application deadlines are fast approaching. The Canadian High Commission in partnership with the MOEST want to encourage college bound students to “Imagine! Studying In Canada”, at “Canadian College Night” at SuperClub Breezes on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This forum will provide high school students and their parents to receive information regarding the Canadian college process and experience...

News : International
Myles Munroe book of condolence opened in New York - Nov 13, 2014 - 11:11:51 PM

NEW YORK -- A book of condolence has been opened at The Bahamas Mission to the United Nations in New York to allow members of the Diplomatic Community and the Bahamian diaspora in New York to pay last respects to Dr. Myles Munroe, an internationally renowned leadership coach and spiritual leader who perished in a plane crash in Grand Bahama last Sunday along with his wife, Ruth, and seven others.

The memorial gesture was sparked by the number of telephone calls to His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas United Nations and Organization of American States Ambassador, from members of the Diplomatic Community who expressed shock and grief at Dr. Munroe’s tragic and untimely passing...

News : International
BAAI (New York) Monthly Meeting on Nov. 15th at 4pm - Christmas Splash Dec 6th - Nov 13, 2014 - 12:42:49 PM

Dear Bahamians, Bahamian-Americans, and Friends of The Bahamas,

We welcome you to join us at the upcoming BAAI Monthly Meeting - This Saturday, Nov. 15th at 4pm, Christmas Splash Dec 6th.

As the year comes to a close, we extend a heartfelt “thank you” to each person for contributing to the successful events held this year. The Association will sponsor a Thanksgiving Dinner for the Bahamas All-Stars Marching Band and close the year with our annual Christmas Splash...
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Bahamian Performs in Doctoral Piano Recital in Maryland - Nov 13, 2014 - 10:58:52 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Officials of The Bahamas Embassy in Washington, D.C., were witnesses to history in the making on Saturday, November 8, 2014 as a part of the audience for a doctoral piano recital for Mr. Dion Cunningham at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

Mr. Cunningham expertly performed several classical pieces and audience members were also treated to a dramatic rendition of the hymn, "It is well". Mr. Cunningham is seeking to become the first Bahamian with a Doctorate in Musical Arts and is hoping to complete the program by Spring of 2017...

News : International
Bahamians in Missouri Urged to "Avoid Problems" with Michael Brown Verdict - Nov 11, 2014 - 6:11:00 PM

Atlanta, 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.

Brown, 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...
News : International : Caribbean News
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.

This 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 and academics.

Coke-Hamilton said the role of the private sector was even more critical today than previously given its importance in driving economic growth...

News : International
"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...
News : International
USA rejects petition to list Queen Conch as endangered species - Nov 6, 2014 - 8:54:30 PM

Photo: Carmen Powers
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.

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”.

Executive Director of the CRFM Mr. Milton Haughton noted: “The CRFM is extremely pleased by this outcome and takes this opportunity..."
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