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Fisher lady of Punta Gorda, recognized as CRFM Fisher of the Year - Jul 1, 2015 - 10:11:43 PM

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Since she was 7 years old, Anna Ramirez, now 63, has been fishing with her family off the coast of Belize’s southernmost district – Toledo, but her gender has not stopped her from working just as hard as the men do while at sea.

Her most challenging moments have involved braving the rough seas, even under the threat of hurricanes, to ensure they make it to shore safely. “It’s not easy. You have to be brave and willing to take chances – big chances too!” she said...

“The same way a man could fish, you can. The same way they drive an engine, you could do it too. The same way they could throw a net, you could throw a net!” Anna says. “It’s the way they raised me,” she later explained...
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IDB provides $15 million grant for artisan fishing in Haiti - Jun 30, 2015 - 5:06:40 PM

Funds will strengthen fishing sector’s institution- and capacity-building, improve public infrastructure

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced it has approved a $15 million grant for a sustainable artisan-fishing development project in southern Haiti.

Fishing is a key socioeconomic sector in Haiti, generating some 77,000 full-time jobs (52,000 direct and 25,000 indirect positions). Artisan fishing still remains the predominant type of marine fishing in the country and takes place in 420 localities in 9 of the 10 departments.

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WHO validates Cuba’s elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis - Jun 30, 2015 - 2:24:16 PM

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Washington DC-Geneva - Cuba today became the first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

“Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation.”
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Bahamas High Commission to Host Passport Clinic in Toronto July 22-24 - Jun 30, 2015 - 12:25:02 PM


OTTAWA, 25 June 2015 – The Bahamas High Commission is pleased to advise the Bahamian public that the next passport clinic will be held on 22-24 July in Toronto, Ontario at the Bahamas Tourism Office located at 212-2150 Islington Avenue, St. Toronto, Ontario M9P 3V4 Canada.

The aim of these clinics is to facilitate passport applications for residents who reside in cities outside of Ottawa, Ontario and to ensure that The Bahamas meets the deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization for the replacement of handwritten passports with electronic passports by 24 November 2015. Therefore, all handwritten passports will be made obsolete by 24 November 2015.

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The Bahamas attends 114th Session of the IMO Council - Jun 30, 2015 - 11:45:12 AM

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HE Eldred Bethel, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), headed The Bahamas' Delegation to the 114th Session of the IMO Council from 29 to 3 July 2015.

The Bahamas was one of forty IMO Member States on the Council that were tasked with appointing the next Secretary-General of the IMO during its Session on 30 June 2015...
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Diverse language skills needed for Caribbean tourism growth - Jun 29, 2015 - 2:32:58 PM

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Karolin Troubetzkoy
ST. LUCIA - It's time for stakeholders in the Caribbean's hospitality industry to more broadly represent the multicultural nature of the region and serve the growing diversity of visitors to the Caribbean by learning to speak more than one language.

The call was made by the President of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy who sees much potential ahead for the development of the Caribbean human resource.

Troubetzkoy, Operations Director of leading St. Lucian resorts Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain and president-elect of the Caribbean...
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NASA Administrator Statement on the Loss of SpaceX CRS-7 - Jun 28, 2015 - 5:51:14 PM


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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the loss Sunday of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Services 7 (CRS-7) mission.

“We are disappointed in the loss of the latest SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. However,the astronauts are safe aboard the station and have sufficient supplies for the next several months.We will work closely with SpaceX to understand what happened, fix the problem and return to flight. The commercial cargo program was designed to accommodate loss of cargo vehicles.We will continue operation of the station in a safe and effective way as we continue to use it as our test bed for preparing for longer duration...
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Quotable Caribbean: Paul DaSilva, Michael Cleaver, Charles Schumer and more... - Jun 28, 2015 - 4:15:18 PM

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"While I consider flying my hobby, I found training to be the most satisfying part of my job. As a simulator instructor, I also learned a lot from observing other pilots' performance. My stint as Chief Pilot also taught me the 'other side' of the aviation business and the experience was invaluable." - Paul DaSilva, retiring LIAT captain

"These additional frequencies serving Dominica and Tortola will ensure our customers are able to connect via St. Maarten to WINAIR's and our partner's route networks." - Michael Cleaver,  President and CEO, WINAIR (Soualiga Newsday)
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Rahming participates in high-level launch at UN - Jun 27, 2015 - 1:29:52 PM

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NEW YORK -- H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organisation of American States (OAS), participated in the high-level launch of the World Drug Report 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday, June 26, 2015.

The event, which coincided with the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, was organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN entity mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism...
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(Video) Bahamas' Alicia Wallace meets the Queen and recieves Young Leaders Award - Jun 26, 2015 - 3:36:38 PM

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Her Majesty The Queen presented the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Awards on Monday 22nd June during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and Bahamian Alicia Wallace was one of the inaugural 60 recipients of the award.  The Queen's Young Leaders Award recognizes exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

"This week has been inspiring and thought-provoking!" said 29-year-old Wallace who lives in Nassau. "The highlights for me were the meeting with the other winners, learning about their projects, and sharing ideas. I'm confident that our work will be strengthened by the connections we have made, both with each other and the other people we have had the pleasure to meet through visits and networking events..."
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Peru to Host the 23rd Inter-American Congress of Tourism, Coordinated by the OAS - Jun 26, 2015 - 12:24:23 PM

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The 23rd Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism, coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS), will be held in Lima on September 3 and 4, according to an agreement signed today by the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, Magali Silva.

After signing the agreement, the Secretary General Almagro said "the aspect of community tourism and the historical depth that this perspective has in Peru will allow other states to learn about this experience and enrich it with their own perspectives..."
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Grand Bahama delegation attends 2015 International Franchise Expo - Jun 26, 2015 - 12:12:55 PM

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NEW YORK -- A delegation from the Grand Bahama Port Authority, in conjunction with the Ministry for Grand Bahama and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, along with private sector partners, paid a courtesy call to the H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, on Friday, June 19, 2015, at Bahama House, 231 East 46th Street New York, during which they had the opportunity to meet with the consulate staff, conduct a site visit of the facility and discuss matters relative to promotional and business opportunities for the island of Grand Bahama...
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New Partnership to Boost Youth Work Education - Jun 26, 2015 - 11:46:06 AM


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Youth workers across the Commonwealth are to get greater access to certified courses following an agreement between The Commonwealth Secretariat, the University of the West Indies and the Commonwealth of Learning.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers taking place in The Bahamas. It paves the way for a Diploma and Bachelor of Youth Development Work, developed by the University of the West Indies and the Commonwealth Secretariat, to be made available to tertiary institutions across the Commonwealth...

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US Government Releases 2014 Human Rights Report on The Bahamas - Jun 25, 2015 - 7:32:52 PM


On Thursday, June 25, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks in Washington, D.C. on the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (HRRs).
The Secretary of State is required by law to provide to Congress every year, “a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights.” In accordance with this mandate, the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices -- the Human Rights Reports -- describe the status in countries around the world of internationally recognized human rights, including reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

These reports provide information that helps the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch, and Courts in making decisions where accurate information on human rights conditions is critical...
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Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference - Jun 24, 2015 - 10:57:23 AM

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Integrity commissions target white collar crime and misconduct

Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft.

The first Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Caribbean brings together the region’s most senior personnel tasked with addressing corruption and upholding standards of integrity...
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Dr. Newry appointed Non-resident Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Mexico - Jun 23, 2015 - 11:01:09 PM

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Diplomatic ties between The Bahamas and Mexico were further strengthened on 19 June, 2015 during the presentation of the Letters of Credence of H.E. Dr. Eugene G.Newry to Mexican President, Enrique Penia Nieto, appointing him Non-resident Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Mexico. The ceremony, which was held at the Presidential Palace, in Mexico City, Mexico, served as a golden opportunity to recognize the fraternal linkages and long standing bilateral friendship which have existed between The Bahamas and Mexico since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries on 23 rd January, 1974. Accompanying Ambassador Newry to Mexico was his wife, Mrs. Francoise Torchon-Newry, and Ms. Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary of the Embassy of The Bahamas, in Washington, D.C...
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CARICOM appeals to Dominican Republic to halt expulsions - Jun 23, 2015 - 7:29:38 PM


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) calls on the Government of the Dominican Republic not to expel tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent.

This follows statements by the Dominican Ministry of Interior and the Police which indicate their intention to expel Dominicans of Haitian descent whose citizenship status has not been regularised.

In reiterating its human rights concerns, the Caribbean Community emphasised that these Dominicans had been made stateless by a ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Court of 2013, which had been made retroactive to 1929, revoking their nationality...
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Randy Rolle attends Andrew Young's Birthday Celebration - Jun 18, 2015 - 4:57:07 PM

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ATLANTA, Georgia - Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta Randy Rolle was among the hundreds of celebrities, dignitaries, business leaders, family and friends who gathered Sunday night, May 17, 2015, at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta for a gala 83rd birthday celebration for former Atlanta mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young.

Consul General Rolle is pictured with Honorary Consul of Jamaica to Atlanta Jewel C. Scott Esq. and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall...
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PAHO/WHO, OAS launch new Inter-American Task Force on NCDs to accelerate multisectoral action to combat noncommunicable diseases - Jun 18, 2015 - 4:20:36 PM


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New task force will provide policy advice and technical assistance to strengthen country capacity and promote action across all sectors to prevent premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases.

Washington, DC (PAHO/WHO) -- A group of agencies concerned about the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) on human and economic development in the Americas has launched a new task force to accelerate multisectoral action for prevention and control of NCDs in the region.

“Cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases are the leading killers in the Americas and around the world..."
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Bahamians in Ottawa invited to Changing of the Guard on July 10th - Jun 17, 2015 - 2:59:59 PM

OTTAWA, Canada - In celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of Independence of The Bahamas, the Bahamas High Commission is pleased to invite all members of the Bahamian community, friends and well-wishers to attend the Changing of the Guard Ceremony on the Bahamas' Independence Day, Friday, 10 July 2015.

The Ceremony will be held on the East lawn of Parliament Hill and begins at 10.00 a.m. Kindly note that guests are expected to arrive by 9.45 a.m...
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