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Pastor Dave Burrows "deals hope' in South Africa - Jul 25, 2014 - 12:40:11 PM

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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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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Washington Embassy of The Bahamas hold independence anniversary reception - Jul 18, 2014 - 1:12:49 AM

Washington - Several staff members of the Embassy of The Bahamas and Consular Annex are pictured at the official Bahamas independence anniversary reception held by the Embassy of The Bahamas and Consular Annex at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., in downtown Washington on Friday, July 11. Seated from left are Mrs. Jan Rolle, Administrative Assistant, Consular Annex, and Miss Faith Maycock, Third Secretary/Vice Consul, Consular Annex.

Standing from left are: Mr. Dharmadasa Hettiarachchi, Chauffeur for His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Eugene Newry; Miss Stephanie Rahming, Financial Officer, Consular Annex; and Miss Jasmine Lightbourne, Administrative Assistant/Office Manager...
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The Bahamas 41ST Independence Ecumenical Service in Miami Florida - Jul 17, 2014 - 11:41:55 PM

MIAMI, Florida - Bahamians, descendants andfriends of The Bahamas, on Sunday gathered at the historic St. Agnes Church, Miami Florida for an Ecumenical Service marking the country’s 41st Anniversary of Independence. The well-attended Ecumenical Service was a continuation of month long Bahamas Independence celebrations, organised by a core group of leaders in the community.

Preceded by a month of weekend Junkanoo Fish Fry’s in June, the Independence celebrations officially began July 5th with an Independence Picnic. This past Sunday’s key event, will be followed by a Gala Scholarship Fundraising Ball, by the National Association of The Bahamas, that will take place on Saturday, July 19th, at the Hilton Omni, Downtown Miami.

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Washington Embassy of Bahamas Independence Reception‏ - Jul 17, 2014 - 5:35:37 PM

Mr. Cleophas Adderley (left), Director of the Bahamas National Youth Choir, is pictured with Miss Faith Maycock, Third Secretary/Vice Consul, Embassy of The Bahamas Consular Annex, and Mr. Oswald T. Brown, Press, Cultural Affairs and Information Manager, Embassy of The Bahamas, at the official Bahamas independence anniversary reception held by the Embassy of The Bahamas and Consular Annex at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., in downtown Washington on Friday, July 11.

The  National Youth Choir’s magnificent performance at the reception was the highlight of the evening...
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Bahamas High Commissioner in London offers condolences to Lightbourn family - Jul 17, 2014 - 5:29:36 PM

LONDON, UK - The following is a  Statement by His Excellency Eldred Bethel sent to The Lightbourn Family

High Commissioner’s Condolences to Mr. Michael Lightbourn, former MP and Mr. Richard Lightbourn, MP

I was saddened to learn of the death of your mother.  It was my good fortune to meet Ms. Mallie a year and a half ago when I took up my appointment as High Commissioner for The Bahamas to the Court of St James.

Before she returned home, my contact with her was frequent. She radiated from her personality a charm and sweetness that will be etched in the memories of many.
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Bahamians Unite for Independence Day Celebrations in Atlanta - Jul 17, 2014 - 11:10:09 AM

ATLANTA, Georgia - Two days after the fireworks over Clifford Park and a rivoting Junkanoo parade ushered in the 41st anniversary of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas gaining independence from England, Bahamians in the USA marked the occasion with their own tributes with a family fun day and church service.

The group of patriotic students, foreign workers, dual citizens, permanent residents and even tourists from the islands gathered in Lithonia on Saturday, July 12 to celebrate the milestone. With a lake and wooded area as their scenic backdrop, Bahamian music filled the air as members of the Bahamian diaspora dressed in the colors of the national flag, dined on native cuisine inclusive of their signature conch salad, fritters, fried fish, souse, peas ‘n’ rice and guava duff.
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United Nations Pageant seeks inner beauty to promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style - Jul 17, 2014 - 9:28:53 AM

Pageants typically focus on external beauty, glitz and glamour.  However, the United Nations Pageant hosted in Kingston, Jamaica seeks goodwill ambassadors.

The United Nations Pageant is an international event, dedicated to identifying and showcasing the best tourism and ambassadors of humanity. Contestants are scored on inner beauty or how they relate with others, and show support towards community service. Contestants from Africa, South America, India, the United States and the Caribbean converged from July 1st through the 6th, 2014. This was an opportunity for comradery, community service and cultural expression.

Leon Williams, the United Nations Pageant president, explained "Unknown to the contestants, we had judges socialize and mingle with them during the early days of the pageant.  The judges were revealed later on day three of the pageant and participated in activities with the contestants throughout the week.
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Pan American Development Foundation and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Launch Anti-Violence and Crime Program - Jul 16, 2014 - 12:19:48 PM

Nassau, Bahamas –The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) are launching a multi-year initiative that seeks to enhance anti-violence and crime prevention efforts in The Bahamas and the Caribbean at large.

The Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), which is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), will work with police, government ministries and civil society organizations on social crime prevention for at-risk youth...
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South Florida Bahamians Enjoying Country’s 41st Independence Celebrations - Jul 15, 2014 - 1:22:20 PM

MIAMI, FL –  Bahamians, descendants and friends of The Bahamas, on Sunday gathered at the historic St. Agnes Church, Miami Florida for an Ecumenical Service marking the country’s 41st Anniversary of Independence. The well-attended Ecumenical Service was a continuation of month long Bahamas Independence celebrations, organized by a core group of leaders in the community.

Preceded by a month of weekend Junkanoo Fish Fry’s in June, the Independence celebrations officially began July 5th with an Independence Picnic. This past Sunday’s key event, will be followed by a Gala Scholarship Fundraising Ball, by the National Association of The Bahamas, that will take place on Saturday, July 19th, at the Hilton Omni, Downtown Miami.
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