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NASA telescope reveals largest batch of earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star - Feb 22, 2017 - 1:21:53 PM

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.

The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone...
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Statement by Dominica's Foreign Minister re Allegations - Feb 21, 2017 - 3:35:24 PM

DOMINICA - The following is a statement by the Honourable Francine Baron, Dominica's Minister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs made on February 21, 2017 in relation to allegations made about her by Dominica's Opposition Leader Lennox Linton:

Over the last several months there has been a sustained campaign by Lennox Linton, Angelo Alleyne, Matt Peltier and others aided and abetted by Q95 to damage my reputation. They have alleged that I received a cheque of USD10,000 while in Malaysia for a Dominica Disaster Development Fund and that I misappropriated those funds for my own use. This is a very serious allegation which has led to calls by some persons for me to be arrested and investigated by the police...
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CARICOM Statement at Conclusion of the 28th Intersessional Meeting - Feb 18, 2017 - 6:40:34 PM

The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government concluded a short while ago. I am very pleased to report that we had two successful days of discussions and decisions on issues that are important to moving the Community towards its objectives.

During the course of our discussions, the Conference of Heads of Government reflected on the importance of the CARICOM ‘Brand’, and the pride that we have in our citizenship, citizenry and membership...
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Sharks and rays big business for The Bahamas - Feb 17, 2017 - 5:41:47 PM

A recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation has found that sharks and rays contributed US$114 million to the Bahamian economy in 2014, with 99 percent of this value generated by the shark and ray tourism sector. The new research contributes to a growing recognition that shark conservation provides significant economic benefits in addition to critical conservation value.

The study was spearheaded by Edward Brooks, Ph.D., and led by research associate Andrea Haas of the Cape Eleuthera Institute, and assisted by Tony Fedler, Ph.D., of the University of Florida. According to the study, 19,000 divers—or 43 percent of all dive tourists visiting The Bahamas—came primarily to see sharks. Recreational shark divers spent $49 million, which went on to circulate through the national economy and ultimately contributed $109 million to The Bahamas...

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Baleària Caribbean Conducts Emergency Exercise on Weapons of Mass Destruction - Feb 17, 2017 - 11:47:34 AM

The fast ferry Jaume I of Baleària Caribbean was the scenery for a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) emergency exercise organized by the Florida Army National Guard's Civil Support Team (CST).

The drill, which took place, last Wednesday at the Port Everglades facility in Fort Lauderdale, consisted of a simulation of biological contamination aboard the ship. During the demonstration, the emergency personnel detected several passengers with symptoms of contamination, after which they proceeded to notify the relevant authorities to activate the emergency protocol...
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Save our Sharks Coalition Luncheon - Feb 17, 2017 - 8:05:45 AM

After three years at the helm of the Save our Sharks Coalition in New York, The Bahamas on Thursday, February 16, 2017, hosted some 30 Ambassadors to the United Nations at a lunch commemorating the handover of leadership of the Organisation to the Pew Charitable Trust. Over the past three years, The Bahamas Mission to the United Nations has had particular focus on the preservation of healthy Oceans and Seas and is now closely aligned with Ocean Sanctuary Alliance in pursuit of the fulfillment of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, which is a global clarion call for conservation of healthy Oceans and Seas worldwide.
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Lindsay Thompson participating in International Visitor Leadership Program - Feb 16, 2017 - 2:40:22 PM

Ms. Lindsay Thompson, Senior Information Officer with the Bahamas Information Services (BIS), is among 22 professionals in their respective fields currently participating in the  International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) sponsored by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Washington, D.C., is the first of several U.S. cities that participants in IVLP will visit from February 13 to March 3.

Launched in 1940, the IVLP “seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the United States for current and emerging foreign leaders,” according to a Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs document...
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PAHO Director congratulates Belize’s Prime Minister for his country’s achievements in vaccination and malaria - Feb 15, 2017 - 12:37:15 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, congratulated Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize today for his country’s success in promoting immunization and dramatically reducing the burden of malaria.

“Thanks to high rates of vaccination, Belize has been able to eliminate measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, as has the rest of the region—the first in the world to achieve this,” Etienne told Barrow after visiting Belize’s National Vaccines Storage Facility, which was built with PAHO support...
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Voter Registration continues at Bahamas High Commission Ottawa - Feb 14, 2017 - 10:24:24 PM

The High Commission wishes to announce that registration of eligible persons to the 2017 Voter Register continues at the High Commission in Ottawa or during voter registration clinics in selected cities.

In this regard, The High Commission is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Voter Registration Clinic in Toronto from February 23-24, 2017 at the Bahamas Tourism Office located 2150 Islington Avenue, Ste 212, Toronto, Ontario M9P 3V4.

As a reminder, eligible persons to register overseas under the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Act, are: Bahamian students in full time studies overseas, Bahamian employees posted to any Bahamas High Commission, Embassy, Permanent Mission, Consulate, Maritime Authority and Tourism Office including their spouses...
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IDB and UB to host early childhood development, social challenges in the Caribbean event - Feb 14, 2017 - 1:36:26 PM

As part of the ongoing collaboration between the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) and the University of The Bahamas, we are pleased to announce the regional launch of ‘Development in the Americas’, scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Harry C. Moore Library Auditorium, University of The Bahamas.

The one-day seminar will feature presentations on two of IDB’s flagship publications on social and economic development in the Caribbean and Latin America. Regional public ministries and private institutions have been invited to provide policy perspectives on recent regional and local industry and regulatory developments in sectors related to education, social services, labour and health...
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Trump and Trudeau Release Joint Statement - Feb 13, 2017 - 1:56:10 PM

President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held their first official meeting today in Washington, D.C. and affirmed their longstanding commitment to close cooperation in addressing both the challenges facing our two countries and problems around the world.

No two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the United States. We are bound together by our history, our values, our economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our citizens. Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries...
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Education Ministers Approve Inter-American Education Agenda at OAS Meeting in Bahamas - Feb 12, 2017 - 4:54:10 PM

Ministers of Education of the member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, today approved the Inter-American Education Agenda (IEA), the culmination of a two-year process of negotiations to define common priorities aimed at improving quality education in the region, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the United Nations in 2015.

The approval of the Inter-American Education Agenda is a milestone achievement in improving quality education in the Americas, as it codifies agreement on three concrete priorities: Quality, inclusive, and equitable education; Strengthening the teaching profession; and Comprehensive early childhood care...
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Bahamas and OAS Sign MOU for Small Business Development Center - Feb 10, 2017 - 1:05:25 PM

The Bahamas is the beneficiary of a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed Thursday between The Bahamas and the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Hon. Michael Halkitis, the Bahamas’ Minister of State for Finance, and His Excellency Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, signed the agreement during the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education at Atlantis, Paradise Island.

In attendance was His Excellency Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and Permanent Representative to the OAS...
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Bahamas & OAS sign MOU for scholarships & training - Feb 9, 2017 - 6:37:27 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will provide scholarships and training programs for Bahamian students.
The Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald and His Excellency Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General, signed the understanding, Thursday, February 9th during the official opening ceremony of the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education (9IAMME) at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island...
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Board selected to guide new eastern Caribbean Alliance - Feb 9, 2017 - 1:00:21 PM

Another step has been taken toward a more united Caribbean with the election of a new board to head the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) . The eleven member board was drawn from representatives of eighteen regional organisations at the Alliance’s February 6, 2017 general meeting.

Board Chair René Holder-McClean-Ramirez notes, “The new board fully recognises the wide scope of work ahead of us. We are committed to fostering a space that will complement the development and strengthen the communities, territories and by extension the region of which we are all a part...”
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Bahamians in The Diaspora: Cyril G. Jervis Providing Sterling Leadership for Bahamas Association of Chicago - Feb 8, 2017 - 4:01:24 PM

When Buddy Hield and the New Orleans Pelicans visited Chicago on January 14, 2017, for a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, the Bahamian basketball sensation received a warm welcome from a group of Bahamians living in the Chicago area during a post-game “meet and greet” organized by the Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago, and members of the Bahamas Association of Chicago.

The Bahamas Association of Chicago has been a networking organization for Bahamians living in the Midwest United States for a number of years, but it has had a sort of renaissance in recent years under a dynamic Executive Board that includes Mr. Cyril G. Jervis, President; Dianna Walkine, Vice President; Jeff Crittenden, treasurer; and Esmeralda (Ford) Crittenden, secretary...
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Nigel Green Launches Campaign to Repeal Obama-Era FATCA Law - Feb 8, 2017 - 7:45:15 AM

Nigel Green, founder and CEO of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial organizations, has launched a Washington, DC-based lobbying and media campaign to repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA.

Enacted in 2010 by a Democrat-controlled Congress and signed into law by Barack Obama, FATCA is virtually unknown to most Americans but has been wreaking havoc with the global financial system outside the U.S. Touted as a weapon against “fat cat” tax evaders stashing funds offshore, FATCA is instead an indiscriminate information dragnet requiring all non-U.S. financial institutions (banks, credit unions, insurance companies, investment and pension funds, etc.) in every country in the world to report data on all specified U.S. accounts to the IRS...

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Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex Employees of The Year announced in Washington - Feb 6, 2017 - 12:19:26 PM

Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., has announced that Mrs. Deborah Harrison and Miss Stephanie Rahming have been named co-winners of The Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex 2016 Employee of the Year award.

Mrs. Harrison, private secretary to the Consul General and Office Facility Manager, and Miss Rahming, Accounts Officer at the Consular Annex, were presented with their awards at a luncheon held in their honour on Monday, January 30, 2017, in the conference room of the Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
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ICAO TRIP Seminar strengthens border control efforts in the Caribbean - Feb 3, 2017 - 12:45:54 AM

Representatives of 25 countries gathered in Antigua and Barbuda this week for the latest ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy Seminar.

Hosted by the Ministry of Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Transportation of Antigua and Barbuda, the event’s primary goal was to improve identity management and travel document security systems and processes.

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu delivered the opening address to the 180 government and industry seminar participants in attendance...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prime Minister Christie's Remarks at the Opening of Caribbean Travel Marketplace - Feb 2, 2017 - 10:18:26 PM

Madam President of the Caribbean Hotel Association, Ministers and other dignitaries, members of the Hotel and Tourism Industry, Ladies and Gentlemen….

Your presence here with Caribbean Travel Marketplace two years in a row is quite a testimony to the quality of the experience that you have found in The Bahamas. And that testimony is affirmed by the number of your delegates that added post-Marketplace trips to other islands of The Bahamas.

We recognize that The Bahamas is a diverse but cohesive collection of islands strung across the rim of the Caribbean Sea, covering an area equal to that between Puerto Rico and Trinidad...
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