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Bahamas' DPM Davis Addresses SIDS Conference‏ - Sep 1, 2014 - 5:09:37 PM

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, Hon. Philip Davis, headed a delegation to the United Nations Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)being held in Apia, Independent State of Samoa. Minister Davis delivered an address to the body today in which he made the case for The Bahamas to receive assistance and for developed nations to act.

For over twenty years, we have fought soberly to bring positive change to our plight. We have not been heard, yet we are expected to respond effectively to hurdles imposed, not only by climate change, but by cross-cutting challenges that befall every dimension of development. Mr. Secretary General, by your admonishment, our voices will be heard. We will speak with one loud and collective voice at your upcoming summit. The Bahamas will be there ...
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Commonwealth announces 2013 youth awards finalists - Sep 1, 2014 - 3:43:23 PM

"Awards showcase the brilliance and the diversity of what young people are doing in The Commonwealth"

Sixteen young people from across The Commonwealth have been shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development. The finalists were selected for their innovative projects that have made a significant difference to their communities and countries.

These range from providing youth employment and job creation initiatives, protecting the environment through innovative ideas in waste management, empowering persons with disabilities and women in rural communities, and leadership through peer education...
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Kazakh Foreign Minister addresses 6th UNAOC Global Forum on Unity and Diversity - Sep 1, 2014 - 3:32:28 PM

The Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Erlan Idrissov, visited Indonesia last week to participate in the 6th United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) Global Forum, held in Bali on August 29-30th.

Focussing on the theme of “Unity in Diversity: Celebrating Diversity for Common and Shared Values”, the Forum brought together political, private sector and civil society leaders from around the world – including United Nations Secretary General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon. 
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Turks and Caicos Authorities Intercept Illegal Haitian Immigration Attempt - Sep 1, 2014 - 3:13:45 PM

TURKS & CAICOS - A sloop carrying 82 would be illegal immigrants was intercepted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) and brought safely to port at South Dock, Providenciales at 10.00am today, Monday, 1 September 2014.

The vessel was captured following a report passed to the police by immigration staff at the government’s coastal radar station.

The 60 males and 22 females were handed over to immigration officials at the detention centre.  After processing they will be repatriated to Haiti ...
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Turks & Caicos Islands Government sees significant progress in nationwide recovery efforts - Sep 1, 2014 - 2:05:43 PM

The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) has reported that the Turks & Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) has seen significant progress in its recovery efforts around the islands. 

Dr. Virginia I. Clerveaux, Director, DDME reported “With a continued increase in manpower and equipment, the recovery process is expected to be completed in approximately one week.  All major government roads in Provo are cleared and most in North and Middle Caicos, with the exception of the Kew settlement...” 

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Call to scale up climate partnership for small islands - Sep 1, 2014 - 2:05:24 PM

The heads of three regional organisations, together with the Commonwealth, have called for the strengthening of a global partnership to support climate change planning and finance in small island developing states.

The Climate Resilient Islands Partnership was formed in 2011 and launched at the Rio+20 summit to support island nations, many of whom face existential threats as a result of climate change and rising sea levels, by providing a facility for sharing learning and providing mutual technical assistance.

Ahead of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States, in Samoa between 1-4 September 2014, the Commonwealth...
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PAHO/WHO Director welcomes regulation of food industry to curb obesity - Aug 31, 2014 - 9:32:30 AM

Regulations on labeling, promotion and advertising of processed foods are needed to reverse “exponentially increasing” patterns of unhealthy consumption

Washington, D.C. — Countries in the Americas—which have the highest obesity rates in the world—are fighting the obesity epidemic with new, stricter regulations on food labeling, promotion and advertising.

The regulations, which seek to inform and protect consumers while creating incentives for healthier eating, are “important advances that should be stimulated throughout the region,” said Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), speaking this week at the International Conference on Food Labeling...
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Update: Turks & Caicos Islands Government continues flood recovery effort - Aug 28, 2014 - 7:06:40 PM

The Turks and Caicos Islands’ Acting Governor and Premier received the latest update about the nation’s recovery from Tropical Storm Cristobal today, Thursday, 28 August 2014.

The Disaster Executive Policy Committee, co-chaired by the Acting Governor the Hon. Anya Williams and Premier Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing, along with Ministers and Senior civil servants, received the very latest information from North Caicos and Providenciales.

Director of Engineering and Maintenance Services, Xavier Malcolm, who is leading the effort on North Caicos advised that this afternoon flood water levels in Bottle Creek had significantly reduced due to a combination...
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Inagua's Morton Bahamas Limited group visits Washington - Aug 28, 2014 - 5:39:26 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- Four employees of Morton Bahamas Limited in Inagua who are attending a conference in the Washington, D.C., area paid courtesy calls on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consulate General to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Included in the group are Mr. Etienne Farquharson, Environment, Health and Safety Manager with Morton Bahamas Limited; Mrs. Jennifer Brown, President of the Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU); Mr. Wilfred Solomon, BIMAWU Vice President; and Mr. Allan C. Clare, BIMAWU Secretary General. They are participating in the annual Voluntary Protection Programs Safety Conference currently being held at the Gaylord Hotel, Oxon illHill, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C...
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Bahamians living in the Toronto, Canada area Meet and Greet Reception - Aug 28, 2014 - 2:26:27 PM

The High Commission for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Ottawa wishes to advise that His Excellency Dr. Calsey Johnson would like to meet all Bahamians living and studying in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to officially introduce himself and his team.

The Meet and Greet will be held on 12 September 2014 at 7pm at the Double Tree by Hilton Toronto Downtown, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1R3.

All persons planning to attend the Meet and Greet are asked to email...
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Carib News Multi-National Business Conference coming to Bahamas - Aug 28, 2014 - 11:39:09 AM

NEW YORK, New York -- Mr. Karl Rodney, Publisher and CEO of The New York CARIB NEWS, along with his wife and President of CARIB NEWS, Mrs. Faye Rodney, paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Bahamas House, 231 East 46th Street.  Mr. and Mrs. Rodney will be hosting the 19th ANNUAL CARIB NEWS MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE in Nassau, Bahamas, November 6-9, 2014 at Sandals Royal Resort.

For the past 19 years, the annual CARIB NEWS Multi-National Business Conference has been instrumental in encouraging investment, cross-border trade and business partnerships, the role played by executives of major...
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Bahamian UHY Forensics Partner Earns Diplomate Status with Prestigious American Institute - Aug 27, 2014 - 3:27:58 PM

NASSAU, Bahamas - John S. Bain, the Bahamas’ UHY Managing Partner has earned Diplomate status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI).  Diplomate Status is a high honor bestowed by the ACFEI, and is reserved only for those members that have made significant professional achievements and contributions to the field of forensic sciences. 

In order to qualify, a special advisory board of forensic accounting professionals at the ACFEI reviews recently completed forensic reports, or court transcripts to ensure that the conclusions withstands scientific rigor.  Diplomates are leaders in their forensic science disciplines and must complete rigorous continuing education requirements in their respective fields... 
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CRFM to Give Oral Arguments to Law of the Sea Tribunal - Aug 26, 2014 - 4:42:59 PM

Belize City - The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will on September 5, 2014 give oral arguments to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany in response to a request for an advisory opinion on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in African waters.

ITLOS, which is made up of 21 Judges, including two from the Caribbean, namely, Judge Dolliver Nelson (Grenada), and Judge Anthony Amos Lucky (Trinidad and Tobago), is hearing oral submissions from States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and International Organisations with an interest in the subject.

Professor Pieter BekkerLegal Counsel for the CRFM, Professor Pieter Bekker of Dundee University, UK will join representatives of nine...
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Bahamas gets into the #ALS Bucket Challenge - Aug 22, 2014 - 3:28:17 PM

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the internet by storm raising vital funds for research into  in many areas of the world, predominantly United States and Canada, but The Bahamas is now taking part, and although we've seen videos popping up on the internet, we'd like to share this one from the Bahamas Consulate General Miami who were challenged by the Consulate General of Canada Miami. "We would like to challenge the US Department of State - Office of Foreign Missions in Miami; Bahamas Consulate Atlanta; The Bahamas Tourism Office Plantation; and the Bahamas Consulate General and UN Permanent Mission in New York!" they said on their Facebook page.

According to Forbes Magazine, "between June 1 and August 17, over 28 million people have joined the conversation about the Ice Bucket Challenge including posting, commenting or liking a challenge post and 2.4 million videos related to the ice bucket challenge have been shared on the social network..."
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Target Cruise Executives and Tourism Stakeholders at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show - Aug 29, 2014 - 7:01:00 AM

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- The 2014 FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest cruise and tourism conference and trade show in the Caribbean, will let delegates and exhibitors target about 1,000 cruise tourism stakeholders and 100 FCCA Member Line presidents, CEOs and executives from multiple sectors, including operations, purchasing, marketing, shore excursions and government relations.

"The FCCA Conference and Trade Show is a great opportunity to network with and learn from the FCCA Member Lines' key players," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line CEO and FCCA chairman. "Attendees have ample opportunities to promote products, develop working relationships and discuss trends with the industry's most important executives."
News : New Providence
Arawak Port Development First to Implement Navis Software in The Caribbean - Aug 28, 2014 - 11:09:48 AM

NASSAU, Bahamas – The Arawak Port Development Limited (APD) is “leading the way” with new technology after it became the first company in the Caribbean to implement the top software for marine terminals.

Navis, which is considered the Microsoft of the marine industry, combines industry best practices with innovative technology and world-class services that enable marine terminal operators worldwide to maximize performance with reduced risk.

The cutting edge technology will go live on November 18.

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Turks and Caicos Public School Opening Delayed - Aug 28, 2014 - 9:17:14 AM

TURKS & CAICOS - The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services wishes to advise the general public that public schools will reopen on Monday, 8th September 2014. The 2014-2015 academic year was schedule to begin on Monday, 1st September, however, with the passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal and the resulting flooding across much of the country, several students and teachers have been affected thus, hampering a smooth opening. After consultations with school officials a decision was taken to delay the reopening of schools by one week.

The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring that all schools are in readiness to receive students and welcome teachers.... 
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OAS Permanent Council Urged Haiti to Hold Overdue Elections and Convened a Special General Assembly on Strategic Vision - Aug 28, 2014 - 8:47:14 AM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today adopted a Declaration calling on the three branches of government of Haiti to comply with the agreement knows as El Rancho and to call legislative and municipal elections by the end of 2014, and also convened a Special General Assembly on the Strategic Vision for the Organization to be held on Friday, September 12.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Sonia Johnny, said the Declaration on Haiti supports “the efforts of a member state to be able to hold elections in accordance with the terms of its constitution and with other agreements."
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Caribbean Fisheries Officers off to Australia for Training - Aug 27, 2014 - 3:31:02 PM

BELIZE CITY -  Eighteen (18)  senior fisheries officers and marine management experts from 10 member countries of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will take part in the 2014 CARICOM Fisheries Law and Management Training Workshop at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. The training workshop is funded by the Government of Australia through the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship Programme. 

This is the second training workshop for fisheries personnel from the CARICOM countries. Sixteen (16) officers from nine CARICOM countries were trained in 2012...

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TCI Ministry of Health and Human Services issues advice to residents in areas affected by flooding - Aug 27, 2014 - 1:08:38 PM

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS - Heavy rainfall from the passing of Tropical Storm Cristobal over the weekend has resulted in significant flooding in several Islands especially Providenciales, North Caicos and Middle Caicos.

· Beware of and avoid areas where there is floodwater as it may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Don’t allow children to play in floodwater.

·  Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.

·  Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible; damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards...
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