Sandals takes a stab at the Aedes Aegypti Mosquito in schools
- Oct 22, 2016 - 7:45:37 PM
Castries Saint Lucia – As the threat of Zika remains
prevalent in many of our communities, Sandals Resorts in St. Lucia has
taken the initiative to help protect our school children from the spread
of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito on their compounds.
aegypti mosquito is the vector that transmits the viruses that cause
Zika, Dengue fever and Chikungunya among other diseases. These viruses
are passed on to humans through the bites of an infective female Aedes
mosquito, which mainly acquires the virus while feeding on the blood of
an infected person. Efforts to control this vector are ongoing and
critical to maintain satisfactory health standards nationally...
State of the world’s youth population: New index underscores urgent need to invest in young people
- Oct 22, 2016 - 1:22:11 PM
The world’s youth population is at an all-time high, at 1.8 billion
people aged 15 to 29, yet the potential for ‘Generation Hope’ to
contribute to a happy, healthy and prosperous future for all could be
dashed by widespread joblessness, unequal access to health and education
and lack of political influence. This is the conclusion of a major new
index and report published today.
The Global Youth Development
Index, an initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat, ranks 183
countries according to the prospects of young people in employment,
education, health, civic and political spheres. Looking at 18 indicators...
Royal Commonwealth Society statement on Maldives leaving the Commonwealth
- Oct 22, 2016 - 9:34:49 AM
The Royal Commonwealth Society is concerned by Maldives’ decision to
leave the Commonwealth, which comes after the Commonwealth Ministerial
Action Group (CMAG)’s repeated exchanges with Maldives over breaches of
civil and political rights and democratic values.
assessment of Maldives, CMAG sighted a lack of “…political space
available to the opposition”…“the separation of powers and independence
of the judiciary; and the independence and lawful functioning of
New Attorney General Commits to Improving Productivity and Creating Synergy
- Oct 22, 2016 - 2:21:11 AM
Saint Lucia has a new Attorney General and he is ready to get to work on
improving the productivity of the various departments which fall under
his purview, as well as creating better synergy with other Government
departments and organizations.
Mr. Stephen Julien, a former
Magistrate, was officially presented to the Nation by Governor General
Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy after he took the Oath of Office and
Allegiance at Government House on Thursday. Mr. Julien, accompanied by
his wife Mrs. Sherry Ann Julien and his two sons...
Miss Grand Bahamas a favourite at Miss Grand International Pageant in Vegas
- Oct 21, 2016 - 2:10:42 PM
Wright is really getting quite a lot of attention at Miss Grand
International 2016 in Las Vegas despite being a late arrival due to
Hurricane Matthew. She been favoured by many on pageant blog fan sites
as a no. 1 favourite, in particular for the Best Body Swimsuit segment.
The contest finale is set for October 25th.
Miss Grand Bahamas' national costume was declared one of the top 10 best
winning costume will be announced on the final night October 25th...
Health leaders discuss action against mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika and dengue
- Oct 21, 2016 - 12:55:41 PM
At Havana meeting, PAHO director urges consensus on prevention and
control of arboviruses through integrated surveillance, laboratory
networks, clinical case management and vector control
D.C., 21 October 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — Health leaders from countries of the
Americas agreed on a series of actions to monitor, diagnose, treat and
control arboviruses, a group of mosquito-borne viruses that includes
Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The agreement came during an
international meeting organized by the Pan American Health
Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Ministry of
Public Health of Cuba in Havana this week...
Submissions call for prestigious Commonwealth education awards
- Oct 21, 2016 - 11:19:53 AM
society groups, ministries of education and other private and public
organisations can be nominated or nominate themselves for the accolade.
vying for the award must demonstrate excellence in one of five key
areas of education delivery. These include supporting quality education
in difficult environments, initiatives that link education to
employment, creating learning opportunities that promote gender
equality, climate action and pathways to peace.
the competition open yesterday at the Commonwealth Secretariat
headquarters, the Fiji high commissioner reiterated his country’s
“wholehearted” commitment to access to quality education for all...
NASA, Citizen Scientists Discover Potential New Hunting Ground for Exoplanets
- Oct 21, 2016 - 11:17:01 AM
published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters and coauthored by eight
citizen scientists involved in the discovery, describes a newly
identified red dwarf star, AWI0005x3s, and its warm circumstellar disk,
the kind associated with young planetary systems. Most of the
exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system, that have been
imaged to date dwell in disks similar to the one around AWI0005x3s.
The disk and its star are located in what is dubbed the Carina
association – a large, loose grouping of similar stars in the Carina
Nebula approximately 212 light years from our sun. Its relative
proximity to Earth will make it easier to conduct follow-on studies...
CARICOM Sends Emergency Relief Supplies to Haiti post Hurricane Matthew 2016
- Oct 21, 2016 - 4:02:47 AM
CARICOM delivered a shipment of
approximately USD$ 53,000 worth of emergency relief supplies to Haiti.
Organized by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA),
through the collaborative efforts of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and
the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM),
Jamaica, transport of the relief items was facilitated into Haiti by the
Government of the United States. Partnerships have also been leveraged
on the ground in Haiti to support in country transportation by the
Haitian Civil Protection Department. The shipment of 3 containers will
be delivered to Les Cayes, one of the two worst impacted areas in Haiti
as a result of Hurricane Matthew...
Bahamas attends Sixth Annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue
- Oct 20, 2016 - 12:48:07 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Sixth Annual Caribbean-United States
Security Cooperation Dialogue, which is part of the Caribbean Security
Basin Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Barack Obama in 2009, was
held on October 18, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
brought together Ministers of National Security and other high level
representatives from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the United
States, and other international partners, and served as an opportunity
for all parties to discuss ways in which to strengthen regional
cooperation and partnerships...
Guests Enjoy “A Night In The Bahamas” at Washington Embassy
- Oct 18, 2016 - 9:52:16 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Approximately 100 guests enjoyed an evening of fun,
Bahamian food and dancing to Caribbean music in patio and garden area of
the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on
Friday, October 14, as THINGS TO DO D.C. held another social event for
young professionals in the Washington, D.C.
Billed as A NIGHT IN
THE BAHAMAS, guests were welcomed by Deputy Chief of Mission Chet
Neymour, in his capacity as Chargé d’ Affaires ad interim while His
Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, is
attending Diplomatic Week 2016 currently being hosted by the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Immigration...
Stuart Florida assists The Bahamas with Hurricane Relief
- Oct 17, 2016 - 11:22:34 PM
STUART, Florida - Residents of Stuart, Florida and its
neighboring cities in a massive hurricane relief drive provided nearly
100,000 pounds of items to The Bahamas’ hurricane victims in Grand
Bahama and Andros over the past four days.
On Thursday, October
6th Hurricane Matthew plowed across the northern part of The Bahamas as
a category four storm, packing winds of up to 140 miles per hour.
Bahamians had heeded warnings and prepared, the force of the storm,
while sparing lives, caused major damage and destruction to buildings,
homes and electrical and communications infrastructure to New
Providence, Grand Bahama and Andros Island.
Building an Energy Efficient Private Sector
- Oct 17, 2016 - 11:43:04 AM
The Executive Director of the
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) Pamela
Coke-Hamilton called on the Region’s private sector to drive forward
with the adoption of renewable energy solutions at the EU-Caribbean
Sustainable Energy Conference currently taking place in Barbados.
“What we have found at Caribbean Export is that companies are
increasingly eager to take corrective measures because it affects their
bottom line”, Coke-Hamilton shared. The implementation of energy
efficient practices within business operations enables firms to be more
competitive in the global market...
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Supports Haiti / Bahamas Hurricane Relief
- Oct 17, 2016 - 1:00:45 AM
MIAMI - The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is urging the
region's tourism industry stakeholders to assist with both immediate
and sustained relief efforts to support the people of Haiti and parts of
The Bahamas which were hardest hit by Hurricane Mathew this month.
neighbors in Haiti and The Bahamas have borne the brunt of this
powerful storm and the recovery and restoration process will be long and
difficult," said Karolin Troubetzkoy, president of the regional trade
Baleària Carribean provides relief supplies to mitigate the effects of Hurricane
- Oct 16, 2016 - 8:04:00 AM
Baleària Caribbean has cooperated with the government of the Bahamas to
try to minimize the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew.
company has been in collaboration with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,
offering families to be reunited or needs to aid relief supplies to
their loved ones, specials rates for travelling from and to Grand Bahama
Statement of the General Secretariat on the Electoral Process in Nicaragua
- Oct 16, 2016 - 12:17:52 AM
relation to the political-electoral process in the Republic of
Nicaragua, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(OAS), Luis Almagro, sent a report to the Government of Nicaragua
considering the facts.
The Government of Nicaragua received the report with a willingness
to engage in a dialogue and constructive exchange with the General
Secretariat of the OAS to jointly analyze the related issues.
To this end, the Secretary General of the OAS and the Government
of Nicaragua will implement a mechanism of conversation and exchange.
Hurricane Relief Accounts set up for Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas in Canada wishing to assist
- Oct 15, 2016 - 7:00:06 PM
Last week (5th – 6th October) Hurricane Matthew left a trail of
destruction across The Bahamas. The category 4 hurricane destroyed
homes, caused extensive damage to homes and properties, uprooted trees
and brought down power lines. As a result, some Bahamians are homeless;
others are still without electricity and running water. While some were
blessed to have their homes and personal property spared, many Bahamians
have suffered crippling losses from the storm.
In light of the
above, Bahamians and Friends of The Bahamas in Canada wishing to assist
with bringing relief to our Bahamian people across The Bahamas can do so
through financial donations via wire transfer or by donating essential
items to The Bahamas' National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
CARICOM to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti and The Bahamas post Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 15, 2016 - 4:53:42 PM
Barbados (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Community will rally
support for its Member States, Haiti and The Bahamas, following the
devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. This was presented during
CARICOM’s high level mission to both countries from October 11 – 13,
2016. The delegation which was led by Chairman of the Conference of
Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit and the Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque,
also included; Mr Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean
Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Honourable Saboto
Caesar, Minister of Agriculture, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dr
David Farrell, Principal of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and
Regional Nurses Start Specialised Training At Uwi, Trinidad Thanks TO CIBC FirstCaribbena
- Oct 12, 2016 - 5:08:07 AM
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 11, 2016 – A corps of Caribbean nurses
will soon be even more skilled at providing care for children afflicted
with blood disorders and cancers.
Drawn from Barbados, The
Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the
nurses recently enrolled in a specialised one-year Nursing Training
Programme at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing in El
Dorado, Trinidad and Tobago.
The training is part of a
partnership with SickKids Caribbean and is being funded by the
FirstCaribbean International Comtrust Foundation, the charitable arm of
regional bank, CIBC FirstCaribbean.
Atlantic Storm System Delays NASA Resupply Launch to Space Station
- Oct 12, 2016 - 1:35:40 AM
NASA and its partner Orbital ATK have postponed the launch of the
company’s next commercial resupply mission to the International Space
Station to no earlier than Sunday, Oct. 16, as the agency prepares for
Tropical Storm Nicole at its tracking site in Bermuda.
launch would occur at 8:03 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility
in Virginia, with a five-minute window. The launch will air live on NASA
Television and the agency’s website beginning at 7 p.m. The date of the
arrival of the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft to the space station is to