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Bahamas High Commission Hosts First E-Passport Clinic in Toronto - Jul 31, 2014 - 11:38:23 AM

OTTAWA, Canada – The Bahamas High Commission is pleased to advise it successfully hosted its first E-Passport Clinic in Toronto from 21-22 July 2014 at The Bahamas Tourism Office. The E-Passport Clinic was well attended by Bahamians living in the Greater Toronto Area and London, Ontario, who expressed their appreciation to the High Commission for holding the Clinic in Toronto as it is always difficult for them to travel to Ottawa to apply for their passports.

The High Commission wishes to advise that it will hold other E-Passport Clinics in Toronto, the Eastern and Western Canada in the near future. The High Commission will announce the dates and locations once confirmed.

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G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine - Jul 30, 2014 - 4:49:42 PM

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our grave concern about Russia’s continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We once again condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and actions to de-stabilize eastern Ukraine. Those actions are unacceptable and violate international law.

We condemn the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the deaths of 298 innocent civilians. We demand a prompt, full, unimpeded and transparent international investigation. We call upon all sides to establish, maintain and fully respect a cease-fire at and around the crash site, as demanded by UN Security Council resolution 2166, so that the investigators can take up their work and to recover the remains of all victims and their personal possessions.
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Aquaculture as Gateway to "Blue Economy" for CRFM States - Jul 30, 2014 - 1:33:00 PM

BELIZE CITY (CRFM Secretariat) - Globally, aquaculture is a multi-billion-dollar industry, but the Caribbean has yet to tap into its true potential to expand marine and fresh water aquaculture.  The good news is that a recently concluded study will provide the necessary foundation for a region-wide programme to harness more from the culture of fish and other fisheries products.
Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), emphasizes that, “Aquaculture has the potential to make greater contribution to economic and social development of the Caribbean, provided that appropriate policy frameworks and incentives are provided for stakeholders in the sector...”
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Samuel A. Brown named Miami Herald Media Company Vice President of Advertising - Jul 29, 2014 - 12:41:11 PM

MIAMI FL – The Miami Herald Media Company (MHMC) announced that effective August 4th, Samuel A. Brown will assume the role of Vice President of Advertising.  He succeeds Alexandra Villoch, who was promoted to President and Publisher in April.

Brown brings more than 20 years of advertising sales, digital strategy, marketing and business development experience to his new role.  He most recently served as the vice president of digital solutions for the Northeast Ohio Media Group, where he oversaw digital strategy and revenue at The Plain Dealer, Sun News and, as well as leading multimedia recruitment and entertainment sales teams and advertising operations...
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Bahamians meet Bahamians in Vancouver, Canada - Jul 28, 2014 - 8:45:06 PM

It's only been a few months since Nassau born Chris Lowe of Vancouver started the "Bahamians in Vancouver" facebook group page in hopes of finding other Bahamians in the area.  When he did, it saw instant results, as within 24 hours the page had over 40 members.

Those that could attend made it to the first meetup within the first month
hosted at the home of Gareth and Nina Hanna,  and a second meetup was scheduled for July 27th at the Caribbean Days Festival in North Vancouver.  The event is organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Society of B.C., and it encourages other nations of the Caribbean to come together. The event is over two days formally but the Society hosts many other events throughout the year...
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Haiti's president to visit The Bahamas - Jul 28, 2014 - 12:32:23 PM

According to, President Michel Martelly will visit The Bahamas Tuesday to meet with Prime Minister Christie "to strengthen, harmonize and energize relations between Haiti and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. At this meeting the two men should sign 4 agreements: A framework agreement for cooperation; an agreement on on scientific and technical cooperation on the capacity building of port institutions; an agreement of commercial and technical cooperation in the field of quality control of agricultural products and export fisheries."
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Pastor Dave Burrows "deals hope' in South Africa - Jul 28, 2014 - 6:40:11 AM

June 12-23rd, Pastor Dave Burrows travelled once again to South Africa for his second tour of the African country.
  Dr. Burrows visit included familiar stops from his previous trip plus additional new venues.

After flying 15hours from Atlanta, Dr. Burrow’s first stop was the city of Rustenburg where he was special guest speaker for the June 16th (Soweto Uprising) commemoration service which brought together adults and youth for a special Sunday morning service. The event was hosted by Apostle Treasure Kgobokwe and the Excellence Christian Center Church. The powerful service culminated with a special prayer and dedication for the youth of Rustenburg.
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Bahamas Rhoda Jackson calls on U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights - Jul 27, 2014 - 12:18:44 PM

GENEVA, Switzerland - On Friday, 25 July, 2014, H. E. Rhoda M. Jackson, paid a courtesy call on Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The High Commissioner expressed appreciation for the increased presence of Caribbean representation in Geneva calling for greater participation in the work of the Human Rights Council. She noted the need to collaborate on human rights issues both at the political level in New York and the technical level in Geneva. Among those matters discussed were the rising operational costs of addressing inhumane situations in many of the conflict areas around the world, including places like Gaza and the Sudan, despite the limited resources available...
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Strengthening Haiti-Bahamas Cooperation: Marketing Haiti Agriculture Products in the Bahamas - Jul 27, 2014 - 12:08:25 PM

HAITI - The Minister of Agriculture of the Bahamas Mr. Alfred Gray, accompanied by a large delegation of 9 members, closed Friday, July 18, 2014 a 72-hours official visit in Haiti.

This visit followed the discussions initiated by the President Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas in various international meetings, as well as the visit of a large Haitian delegation, which went to Bahamas last June, where it was submitted four proposals for agreement to the Bahamian authorities, including an Agreement on trade and technical cooperation in the field of quality control of agricultural products and fisheries...
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Svitzer officially opens Regional Training Centre in Bahamas - Jul 24, 2014 - 5:15:19 PM

With an inaugural event held on July 24, 2014, Svitzer has officially opened its Regional Training Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.

The Centre features one of the most complete navigation simulator facilities in the region, with stations for assisted ship and two harbour tugs. The simulator has been developed by FORCE Technology of Denmark, and deployed by Svitzer in close cooperation with Freeport Harbour Company and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

This facility will allow for joint training of pilots and tug captains and it can be customized for specific harbours, vessels or operating conditions.

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Nassau's Chantal Adderley makes Dean's List at Maine Maritime Academy - Jul 24, 2014 - 11:32:57 AM

Maine Maritime Academy Announces Dean’s List for Spring 2014

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy recently named students to their Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement in the second semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. Students named to the Dean’s List earn a grade point average of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Chantal Adderley, of Nassau, Bahamas made the Spring 2014 Dean's List, graduating with a degree in Marine Transportation Operations.
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Bahamian Students Participate in the Global Young Leaders Conference - Jul 23, 2014 - 5:49:26 PM

High School Scholars Joined International Gathering of Tomorrow’s Leaders

Outstanding students from around the world took part in a unique global leadership development experience, the 2014 Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC): Becoming Leaders of Change, an Envision program Conference sessions took place in the United States, as young scholars built on global leadership skills and strategies that are critical for success in the 21st century.

At the 10-day conference, students interacted with key leaders who influence global politics, finance, culture and diplomacy.
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Haiti to launch cholera vaccination with PAHO/WHO support - Jul 23, 2014 - 4:24:11 PM

Port-of-Prince, Haiti – Haiti is set to vaccinate 200,000 people in three departments against cholera starting in August, with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

The campaign will be carried out in the Artibonite (Gonaives and Ennery), Central (Lascahobas, Saut d'Eau, Savanette and Mirebalais), and West (Arcahaie) departments, which were chosen by the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) because they are considered high-risk zones.

“Vaccination is an important complementary measure in the fight against cholera,” said PAHO/WHO Assistant Director Francisco Becerra...
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IMF Staff Visit to the Bahamas Statement of Conclusion - Jul 21, 2014 - 8:45:55 AM

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, headed by Mbuyamu Matungulu, visited the Bahamas during July 14-18 as part of the regular consultation process with member countries on their economies. The team met with senior government officials and representatives of the private sector. At the end of the discussions, Mr. Matungulu made the following statement:

“Economic activity continues to recover, but momentum remains weak, with growth estimated at 0.7 percent in 2013, and expected to be limited to 1.2 percent this year. The fiscal consolidation process has begun, although its pace could be frustrated by delays in the introduction of the value-added tax (VAT). Preliminary data suggest that the fiscal deficit declined to 4.5 percent of GDP from 5.4 percent in the previous fiscal year. The deficit is projected to narrow further to just under 4 percent of GDP in the 2014/2015 fiscal year, provided that the VAT is introduced in the coming months.
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Bahamas Senator Gibson and recording artist / actress Brandy inducted as Honorary Sorority Members - Jul 20, 2014 - 12:36:44 PM

Attorney General, Senator Allyson Maynard Gibson is shown with Ms. Brandy Norwood (Recording Artist and Actress). On 16th July, 2014 both ladies were inducted as Honorary Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at the 66th Alpha Kappa Alpha Boule in Charlotte, North Carolina. Honorary Membership is the Sorority’s highest honor. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded in 1908 on the Howard University Campus. Honorary Members include luminaries such as Mrs. Rosa Parks, Dr. Maya Angelou, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Ms. Ella Fitzgerald, Dr. Keva Bethel, Mrs. Leah Tutu, Dame Nita Barrow, Mrs. Elinor Guggenheimer, Ms. Belva Davis, Judge Cheryl Albury...
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Bahamas fraternity brothers visit Embassy in Washington - Jul 20, 2014 - 11:06:36 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bahamian members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity paid courtesy calls on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington D.C., on Thursday, July 17.  

The 11-member Bahamian contingent is among the more than 4,000 fraternity brothers, representing at least five different countries, who are in Washington, D.C. for the organization’s Centennial celebrations being held July 16-20 at the Marriott Wardman Park.   

Members of the Bahamian contingent include Mr. Gerrard Sawyer, Mr. Christopher Saunders, Mr. Derek Smith Jr., Mr. Esmond Johnson, Mr. William Dean, Mr. Kareem Hanna, Mr. Jamarl Chea, Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Mr. Ramon Pearson...
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Caribbean Export Awards €2.9 Million to Firms in CARIFORUM - Jul 18, 2014 - 3:25:49 PM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has announced the awarding of BBD 8,081,874.06 (€2,992,287) to firms and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) across the region via their flagship programme the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) as part of the Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) on July, 11 2014.

Caribbean Export published the Call for Proposals for both the Accelerated and Regular Procedures grant facilities under the DAGS on January 17, 2014 with a deadline for submission of application on March 7, 2014, receiving a total of 341 applications from across the region of which 136 firms and BSOs were awarded grants...
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Grand Bahama restaurateurs call on Consul General Carroll - Jul 18, 2014 - 10:55:26 AM

NEW YORK -- Chef Tim Tibbitts, Executive Chef and Owner of Flying Fish Restaurant in Freeport, Grand Bahama,  along with his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Tibbitts, Co-owner and General Manager of Flying Fish Restaurant, paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, on Friday, July 11, 2014, at Bahamas House, 231 East 46th Street.

The restaurateurs were on a brief tour of New York making stops at the James Beard House, showing their talents at the “Sustainable Seafood Celebration” and Food and Wine Magazine. The AAA 4 Diamond Award winning team is making waves in the culinary world...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Officer Named Best International Cadet - Jul 18, 2014 - 10:17:34 AM

A Royal Bahamas Defence officer was awarded Best International Cadet at his graduation at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth UK. Twenty- two year old Sanchez Davis was chosen among his peers as the top international cadet. This title automatically puts Davis in the running with other international colleagues from each entry this year to win an opportunity to return to the UK in 2015 and receive the overall Best International Cadet at the Lord High Admirals Ceremony.

A second RBDF officer twenty-five year old Preston J Moss, who graduated as well, received honourable mention during his training at Britannia Royal Naval College. Both Bahamian officers, Davis and Moss completed training and had their passing out parade on July 10th...

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1 Million Awarded to Increase Foreign Direct Investment into the Caribbean - Jul 18, 2014 - 8:31:10 AM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) has been awarded $1 Million USD by the Inter-America Development Bank (IDB) under a Regional Public Goods (RPG) Programme to execute a number of projects over the next two years geared towards increasing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), who is also the Secretariat for CAIPA, UN ECLAC and the IDB convened a meeting together with approximately 20 representatives from the Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) in the Caribbean and in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, on July 8, 2014 to discuss and agree on a methodology for the development of a Caribbean database on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects-one of the key projects to be executed with the funds provided by the IDB.

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