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Bahamian company partners with Chinese company to increase group travel from The Bahamas to China - Mar 30, 2015 - 11:07:37 PM

Beijing, China - The CEO of Bahamaren welcomed the partnership with 6Renyou Company to promote Chinese group travel to The Bahamas, Cuba, and Jamaica. Bahamaren along 6Renyou Company is launching an exciting platform that is aimed at selling the Bahamian experience. This partnership focuses strongly on online booking channels which have become so central to Chinese outbound tourism.

The newly establish partnership builds on an already successful and established platform and takes it a step further by focusing on quality, highlighting the very best products and experiences that The Bahamas tourism has to offer. The core element of partnership strategy...
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Canada passages second ISIL motion in Parliament - Mar 30, 2015 - 10:31:21 PM

OTTAWA, Canada - Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement following the passage of a motion in the House of Commons to extend and expand Canada’s mission to counter the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

“Our Government believes that we must act to protect Canadians against the threat of terrorism at home and abroad.

“As a result of ISIL’s specific threats against Canada and Canadians, our Government has worked closely for the past six months..."
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OAS Asst. Secretary General opens Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law - Mar 30, 2015 - 6:56:42 PM
The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, today opened the First Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The event, organized by the OAS, the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN) and the Caribbean Court of Justice, takes place until tomorrow and includes the participation of more than one hundred high-level officials including judges, prosecutors, parliamentarians, experts from international organizations, academics, students, and representatives of civil society and the private sector...
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Caribbean Fisheries Forum to review regional spiny lobster declaration - Mar 30, 2015 - 1:58:08 AM

Belize City (CRFM) - Heads of national fisheries authorities from the seventeen (17) Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), as well as observers and partner agencies, will attend the 13th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum in Grenada this week. The representatives will review the status of fisheries and aquaculture in the region and chart the road map for enhancing their contribution to national and regional development.
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EPA Capacity-Building Project Launched - Mar 29, 2015 - 6:36:55 PM

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat-based Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (CARIFORUM) Directorate, in collaboration with key partners, launched a €3,099,915 Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)-centered Capacity-building Project, in Georgetown, Guyana on 25 March.

The Project’s specific objective is to contribute to the effective implementation of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA, with particular reference to obligations relating to Competition, Public Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation.
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Dr. & Mrs. Myles Munroe and Dr. Richard Pinder Honoured at Oral Roberts University - Mar 28, 2015 - 1:50:00 AM

Oral Roberts University
: On February 18th, 2015 the families of Dr. Myles and Ruth Munroe and Dr. Richard Pinder attended a Tribute Ceremony Chapel Service at the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where Dr. Myles and Ruth Munroe and Dr. Richard Pinder was inducted to the Wall of Sacrifice for their contribution to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dr. William M. Wilson, the president of ORU spoke highly of Dr. Myles and Ruth Munroe and Dr. Richard Pinder and stated that they graduated from ORU in the 1970’s. He then presented the family with the Prayer Hands that read “In Loving memory of Dr. Myles and Ruth Munroe and Dr. Richard Pinder who died while taking the healing message of Jesus Christ to the uttermost bounds of the earth. Oral Roberts University honors their life and legacy by inducing them into the Wall of Sacrifice, February 2015.
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Year in Space Starts for One American and One Russian - Mar 27, 2015 - 5:15:54 PM

Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday (1:42 a.m., March 28 in Baikonur).

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend about a year living and working aboard the space station to help scientists better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to the harsh environment of space.

“Scott Kelly’s mission is critical to advancing the administration’s plan to send humans on a journey to Mars,” said NASA Administrator...
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Washington Art Auction to Benefit Bahamian Artists - Mar 26, 2015 - 2:48:12 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Several projects for emerging artists in The Bahamas will benefit from an art auction hosted by Exnihilo Art Center at the District Architecture Center at 421 Seventh Street, N.W. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Entitled “Out of Nothing Art Auction,” it featured art work from emerging artists as well as established artists from the United States and The Bahamas, and special guests included Bahamian artists Michael Edwards and Katrina Cartwright, who flew in for the event.

Other special guests included Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., and Ms. Faith Maycock...
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The Bahamas Commits to Achieving Full Equality for Women and Men in Constitution at New York High Level Meeting - Mar 25, 2015 - 1:10:44 PM

The Bahamas could be first to reform nationality law since launch of Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights

New York - The Bahamas Minister of Social Service and Community Development Melanie Griffin strongly stated that the government is “committed to achieving full equality in our Constitution for men and women,” specifically gender equal nationality laws. Minister Griffin made these statements at the March 10 High Level Event on Equal Nationality Rights, which took place during the first week of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at UN headquarters in New York. During this annual two week session, UN Member States, civil society organizations and UN entities gather to review progress made on achieving gender equality...
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Bahamas civil society expresses “unequivocal and unapologetic” stand for equal rights on international panel - Mar 25, 2015 - 12:06:32 AM

More than 20 years after setting a specific agenda for women's empowerment it is deeply concerning that the Bahamas is preparing for a second constitutional referendum on gender equality and again contemplating the possibility of defeat.

Women’s Rights Advocate Noelle Nicolls shared her concern on a panel discussion during the 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) in New York City this month. The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights hosted the panel discussion, where Ms Nicolls spoke as a steering committee member for the civil society organization, Citizens for Constitutional Equality (CCE)...

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Quotable Caribbean: Obie Wilchcombe, Bob Butler, Karolin Troubetzkoy and more... - Mar 19, 2015 - 11:37:29 PM

"Something spectacular was developed by Butch Stewart of Sandals and John Issa of Super Clubs Breezes from Jamaica. These two men represent what we can do in the Caribbean with partnerships." - Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, The Bahamas

"It is with great honor that I accept this role of promoting responsible environmental and social management within the region's hotel and tourism sector." - Karolin Troubetzkoy, newly appointed Chairman, Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST)

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GBHRA meets with U.S. State Department on Bahamas immigration policy - Mar 19, 2015 - 11:00:52 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - The following is a statement by the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA):

Bahamian human rights activists held talks with US Department of State officials yesterday concerning the human rights violations being committed under the government’s new immigration enforcement policy.

Representatives of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) met with officers from the Caribbean/Latin American Desk; the Bureau of Population, Refuges and Migration; and the Policy and Planning section of the Office of the Secretary of State...

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Bahamas: Amnesty International seeks clarifications to the authorities on migration reforms - Mar 19, 2015 - 7:35:56 PM

Amnesty International sent a communication on 17 March to the Bahamian authorities requesting detailed information about the current migration reforms amid allegations that these might be leading to human rights violations and enhancing discrimination in the country.

Since September 2014 the government of The Bahamas has announced a series of new policies and reforms to the immigration system, including new requirements for migrants residing in the country, such as holding a residence permit for children to be able to enrol in schools...
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Bahamian Innovator’s Next Phenom product advances to finals in international competition - Mar 19, 2015 - 3:54:23 PM

Panama City, Panama - A young entrepreneur from The Bahamas was selected from over 2,730 international entrants as one the 32 finalists in this year’s Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas. Marques Williams, who conceptualized NextPhenom, an online stage for amateur athletes will be headed to Panama City, Panama April 7 – 9, 2015 to present his product in the Economic Innovation category of the competition.

TIC Americas is an international entrepreneurship support platform and business accelerator for young entrepreneurs and business startups. It is developed and implemented by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT)with support from the Organization of American States (OAS)and their international partners, PepsiCo, CBC, and Postobón.
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OAS Elects New Leadership - Mar 19, 2015 - 3:23:07 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday, March 18, elected a new Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General during a Special General Assembly held at the main building of the OAS on 17th Street, N.W.

Representatives of the 34-member states of the organization elected former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro as the next Secretary-General during a morning session that continued well into the afternoon and later during the day, they elected His Excellency Nestor Mendez, Belize Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, as the next Assistant Secretary-General of the hemispheric institution...
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Gomez addresses OAS Committee - Mar 19, 2015 - 5:22:01 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Declaring that the Government of The Bahamas is currently working on an Anti-corruption Action Plan which will build on existing initiatives, Minster of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez told a committee of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday, March 17, that the Bahamas Government is aware that the “attainment of values such as morality, trust and ethics in Government involves the integrated effort of the entire society and its constituent elements and institutions – legislative, executive, political, judicial, religious, and civil – all engaging with each other to ensure transparency, accountability, and good governance...”
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GBHRA brief U.S. Senate on Bahamas new immigration enforcement policies - Mar 18, 2015 - 6:45:58 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - The following is a statement issued by the Grand Bahama Humane Rights Association:

Bahamian human rights activists today briefed the United States Senate on human rights violations that are being committed under the government’s new immigration enforcement policy.

Ahead of their appearance before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington D.C. on Friday, the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) was hosted by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at a panel discussion on the state of human rights in The Bahamas...

News : International : Caribbean News
Caribbean Film Festival Launches in Hollywood for 10th Anniversary of Caribbean-American Heritage Month - Mar 18, 2015 - 2:14:52 PM

Los Angeles, CA – In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, the Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) and the Institute of Caribbean Studies, DC (ICS-DC) are pleased to announce the launch of CaribbeanLens™, the first Los Angeles Caribbean entertainment conference and film festival. The festival is scheduled to run Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, 2015 in the NoHo Arts District/Universal City areas of Los Angeles.

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the blending of the Caribbean and American cultures and talent to create unique and outstanding work and to raise global awareness of the new renaissance of film-making and music production that the Caribbean region is currently experiencing...
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Bahamians living in Canada asked to authenticate documents - Mar 14, 2015 - 12:50:26 PM

The High Commission wishes to advise all Bahamians living and studying in Canada, who may obtain Canadian documents such as Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Divorce Certificates, Death Certificates, College/University Degrees and Diplomas, to have these documents authenticated by the Canadian Government and The Bahamas High Commission in Ottawa before returning to The Bahamas as you will need these documents authenticated before you are able to use them in The Bahamas.

If you require further information, please contact the High Commission at the following address...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Member States Highlight the Importance of Alternatives to Incarceration for Drug Related Offenders - Mar 14, 2015 - 12:48:40 PM

The Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), Paul Simons, this week moderated a debate held in Vienna, Austria, in the framework of the meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) of the United Nations, in which several member states of the OAS emphasized the importance of alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenses.

During the meeting of high-level officials from Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, as well as several OAS observer countries, participants discussed the development and implementation of alternatives to incarceration for drug-related offenders. Michael Botticelli, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) of the United States; Roberto Campa...
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