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Secretary-General joins top academics to define ‘responsible university’ - Jul 27, 2016 - 3:10:35 PM

The Commonwealth Secretary-General will challenge universities to increase the number of scholarships they make available to Commonwealth students when she speaks to top academics at a universities conference tomorrow in Ghana.

Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, will focus on the value of public and private sectors, as well as international and grassroots organisations, working together to address issues such as funding and access to higher education. She will also stress the importance of ensuring students are fit to lead on solutions for global crises such as climate change...
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OAS and PAHO Launch a Plan of Action for People of African Descent - Jul 26, 2016 - 5:02:01 PM

The organizations will promote inclusion of an Afro-descendant approach in health policies and sexual and reproductive health campaigns.

Washington, D.C. (PAHO/WHO) – Today the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) presented the new Plan of Action for the Americas for Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent. This initiative seeks to strengthen public policies to protect the rights of this population in the Region, and ensure their full and equal participation between now and 2025.

The initiative also aims to improve the health and well-being of the more than 150 million people of African descent estimated to live in the Western Hemisphere...
News : International : Caribbean News
CPA Canada helps strengthen public sector financial management - Jul 25, 2016 - 11:37:29 AM

Port of Spain – Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) is an active participant and valued voice in regional efforts to bring about public sector financial reform in the Caribbean.

“Each and everyone one of us is a stakeholder when it comes to the management of government finances,” explains Nancy Foran, CPA Canada’s vice-president for International (Americas). “With growing pressures for greater transparency and accountability, effective financial management is becoming a key focus for governments in the Caribbean and abroad...
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NASA’s Hubble Telescope Makes First Atmospheric Study of Earth-Sized Exoplanets - Jul 22, 2016 - 8:45:08 AM

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system and found indications that increase the chances of habitability on two exoplanets.

Specifically, they discovered that the exoplanets TRAPPIST-1b and TRAPPIST-1c, approximately 40 light-years away, are unlikely to have puffy, hydrogen-dominated atmospheres usually found on gaseous worlds.

“The lack of a smothering hydrogen-helium envelope increases the chances for habitability on these planets,” said team member Nikole Lewis ...
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Bahamas 43rd Independence Celebrations in London - Jul 21, 2016 - 10:00:52 AM

LONDON, UK - To mark The Bahamas 43rd Independence Celebrations, His Excellency, Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner for London and Mrs Dawne Bethel hosted scores of guests  including the Bahamian diaspora, Bahamian students, members of the Diplomatic Corp and friends, at a reception held at the International Maritime Organization in London.

Also in attendance was the Deputy High Commissioner for Barbados, Alphea Wiggins; Her Excellency Marie-Pierre Lloyd, the High Commissioner of Seychelles; Friends of The Bahamas President, Richard Moir; and the International Maritime Organization Secretary General, Kitack Lim...
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Exuma Students Visit Atlanta - Jul 21, 2016 - 5:27:33 AM

ATLANTA, Georgia -- During their recent visit to Atlanta, 14 students from Exuma, under the leadership of Father Ethan Ferguson of St. Andrews Parish (back row near coat of arms), paid a courtesy call on the Bahamas Consulate, where they met with Consul General Rolle (center) and Mr. Edward Archer (third from right) of the Ministry of Tourism as part of their visit. While in Atlanta they also visited Coca Cola, Georgia Aquarium, did a college tour and took part in The Bahamas independence celebrations...
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Secretary-General: We will turbo charge Commonwealth trade advantage - Jul 20, 2016 - 4:26:53 PM

The Commonwealth will “turbo-charge” efforts to increase trade advantages for its 53 member countries, following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland told parliamentarians today.

The Secretary-General was giving evidence to the International Relations Committee of the House of Lords, in the UK Parliament, after completing her first 100 days in office since taking up her post on 1 April 2016. She was invited to answer questions about her priorities for office, the value of the Commonwealth today, and its role in helping to steer its members through what the committee described as a “very unsettling and rather dangerous” world...
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Bazard Promotes Regional Cooperation Against De-Risking at Antigua Conference - Jul 20, 2016 - 12:26:23 PM

A leading compliance expert is stressing the need for intensive lobbying and dialogue between regional correspondent banks and U.S-based Tier 2 banks amidst the current climate of de-risking.
Cheryl Bazard made the call at a recent anti-money laundering conference in Antigua and Barbuda.
“Compliance professionals within the region must get together from a private sector perspective to have meetings with international Tier 2 banks to seek alternative relationships,” said the attorney and founding president of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO)...
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The Bahamas Flag to be raised at Miami's City Hall - Jul 19, 2016 - 6:13:34 PM

MIAMI, FL  - Crowds of Bahamians, those of Bahamian descent and friends of The Bahamas learned on Sunday, that The Islands Of The Bahamas Flag will be raised at Miami's City Hall on July 28th, marking the first time an international flag will be raised there.

The announcement was made by Corky Dozier, representing Tomas Regalado, Mayor of the City of Miami, during an Ecumenical Service marking the 43rd anniversary of the Independence of The Bahamas.  Dozier who gave a brief history of the contributions of Bahamian immigrants to South Florida, noted that they were the first and made the greatest contribution to the foundational development of the city...
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Bahamas Minister of Financial Services speaks on UNCTAD 14 - Jul 19, 2016 - 11:42:00 AM

Statement for the general debate on UNCTAD 14 by Minister of Financial Services and Local Government, Bahamas, the Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan at the General Debate of UNCTAD 14, 17-22 July 2016, Nairobi, Kenya.

Watch her presentation on UN Web TV here.
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Bahamian students participate in Chicago dance experience - Jul 18, 2016 - 2:28:17 PM

CHICAGO, Illinois – Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago, met with visiting Bahamians at the legendary Ruth Page School of Dance, which held its Student Showcase for its Summer Intensive International Dance Experience on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Bahamian dance students Cai Strachan and Kennedy Lightbourne were in Chicago with their instructor Lawrence Carroll, of the Lawrence Carroll Dance Academy in Nassau, to participate in this annual exhibition for developing artists.

Shawna Strachan, who was also in Chicago with her daughter Cai, Shawna Strachan noted that the 2016 performance...
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Haiti: OAS Secretary General Expresses Concern over Recent Failures of the National Assembly - Jul 16, 2016 - 11:50:12 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today expressed his deep concern over the demonstrated inability of Haitian parliamentarians to meet in the National Assembly to decide on how best to guarantee institutional stability and encourage the continuation of the electoral process.

“Given the importance of the challenges and the serious risks to the country’s stability, it is particularly troubling that the meeting of the National Assembly set for yesterday, July 14, was cancelled, once again, due to a failure to reach quorum,” he said...
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“A Night In Bahamas” at Embassy - Jul 16, 2016 - 11:27:23 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The patio and garden area of the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., was again transformed into a party scene as THINGS TO DO D.C. held another social event for young professionals in the Washington, D.C., area on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Billed as A NIGHT IN THE BAHAMAS, the event featured an evening of fun, Bahamian food and dancing to Caribbean dance music provided by DJ PUMPKIN (Ryan Browne), a native of Barbados...
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Bahamas National Choir peforms at Embassy in Washington - Jul 15, 2016 - 11:11:31 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, The Bahamas National Children’s Choir and the National Boys’ Choir of The Bahamas staged a delightful concert at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Friday, July 15, 2016.

Under the direction of General Director Patricia Bazard and Director Audrey Dean-Wright, the choirs performed a variety of popular Bahamian folk songs on the Embassy’s outdoor patio. They were accompanied by Nathaniel J. Adams, Sr. on guitar, Nathaniel J. Adams, Jr. on drums, and Aaron R. Neely on keyboard...
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Bahamas Independence Picnic Held in Chicago - Jul 14, 2016 - 4:02:50 PM

CHICAGO, Illinois – Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago, joined local and visiting Bahamians at the annual Bahamas Association picnic at Foster Beach on Saturday, July 9, 2016, celebrating the 43rd anniversary of The Bahamas' attainment of independence from Great Britain on July 10, 1973.

The Bahamas Consulate Chicago helped sponsor the picnic, which is always held the second Saturday in July and has been a cornerstone event for local Bahamians in and around the city for decades...
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Consul General Randy Rolle Among Men of Influence Honoured by ABL - Jul 14, 2016 - 3:00:31 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia -- Hon. Randy Rolle, Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta, was among those honoured by the Atlanta Business League (ABL) at their 10th Annual Men of Influence Reception and Induction Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Others honoured included Mr. Lee Baker, Apex Financial Services; Mr. Sterling Coleman, SJAC Food Groups, LLC; Mr. Tim Jefferson, Grady Health System; Mr. Brian Pauling, 100 Black Men of America, Inc.; Mr. Byron E. Small, Atlanta Business Chronicle; Mr. Courtney Smith, PNC Bank; Mr. Dallas Smith, T. Dallas Smith & Company; Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Excellatron, 2016 Inductee to Legends Hall of Fame...
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Bahamian partner of ROIG Lawyers in Florida recognized for second consecutive year as Super Lawyers Rising Star - Jul 14, 2016 - 10:05:50 AM

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – Stephen G. Mellor, a partner in the Deerfield Beach office of ROIG Lawyers, and has been selected for the second consecutive year to the Super Lawyers 2016 Florida Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys...
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Rhaming chairs first OAS council meeting - Jul 13, 2016 - 4:15:53 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In his capacity as The Bahamas’ Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming presided over his first regular meeting as Chair of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Simón Bolívar Hall at the OAS headquarters, 17th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

Dr. Rahming, who is also The Bahamas’ Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, officially assumed the chairmanship of the OAS Permanent Council on July 1 and will serve in that capacity for the next three months...
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Bahamas culture and history emphasized at 7th Friendship Forum in China - Jul 13, 2016 - 1:43:24 AM

Chuzhou, China - The culture and history of The Bahamas were emphasized at the 7th Friendship Forum in Chuzhou, China, July 6, in a presentation by Anthony Capron, president of The Bahamas China Friendship Association.

Mr. Capron spoke on the topic, "The role of non-governmental organizations among the historical and cultural exchanges between nations."

“In some quarters today, the thought is that Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) are going about wanting to change the world without having an inherent understanding of what the world is all about," he told delegates...
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Bahamas Independence Anniversary Flag-Raising Ceremony held in Chicago - Jul 13, 2016 - 1:42:24 AM

CHICAGO, Illinois - The Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul in Chicago, celebrated Bahamian Independence with local Bahamians and elected officials at the first official flag-raising ceremony in his jurisdiction on Friday, July 8, 2016, acknowledging the 43rd anniversary of the country’s independence and the sister city relationship between the Village of Richton Park, Illinois, and Cat Island, Bahamas.

Joined by the Hon. Richard Reinbold, the Village President, Consul Fountain brought remarks stressing the importance of relationships beyond borders in these challenging times and expressed gratitude to the President for his leadership in addition to describing Richton Park as “a second home for Bahamians in the Midwest...
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