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
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.
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.
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.
Aquaculture as Gateway to "Blue Economy" for CRFM States
- Jul 30, 2014 - 1:33:00 PM
(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
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...”
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
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 cleveland.com, as well as
leading multimedia recruitment and entertainment sales teams and
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...
Haiti's president to visit The Bahamas
- Jul 28, 2014 - 12:32:23 PM
HaitiLibre.com, 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."
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.
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.
Bahamas Rhoda Jackson calls on U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights
- Jul 27, 2014 - 12:18:44 PM
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...
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...
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.
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.
facility will allow for joint training of pilots and tug captains and
it can be customized for specific harbours, vessels or operating
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
is an important complementary measure in the fight against cholera,”
said PAHO/WHO Assistant Director Francisco Becerra...
IMF Staff Visit to the Bahamas Statement of Conclusion
- Jul 21, 2014 - 8:45:55 AM
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:
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.
Bahamas Senator Gibson and recording artist / actress Brandy inducted as Honorary Sorority Members
- Jul 20, 2014 - 12:36:44 PM
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
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.
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,
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
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...
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.
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...
1 Million Awarded to Increase Foreign Direct Investment into the Caribbean
- Jul 18, 2014 - 8:31:10 AM
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.
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.