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IBA publishes business and human rights guidance for bar associations and lawyers - Oct 22, 2014 - 7:03:44 PM

Business and Human Rights Working Group has published guidance for bar associations and business lawyers on the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (‘Guiding Principles’) – the first guidance of its kind since the UN Human Rights Council endorsement of the Guiding Principles in 2011.
Released in draft form today, the IBA Guidance is divided into two working documents, one for bar associations (11 pages) and the other for business lawyers practising as in-house counsel and in law firms (60 pages).

The main aims of the Guidance for Bar Associations are to...

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Bahamas High Commission in Canada released after lockdown - Oct 22, 2014 - 5:40:35 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise the public that The Bahamas High Commission Building in Ottawa, Canada and other buildings in the general vicinity including the Canadian Parliament were on lock-down earlier today due to an attack on public buildings by an individual or individuals. The attacks were not directed against the Bahamas or Bahamian diplomats.   

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had ordered all persons in the vicinity to remain indoors during an intensive manhunt for the person or persons responsible for the attacks... 

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IDB and OAS join to promote better Cyber Security Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean - Oct 22, 2014 - 4:22:33 PM

Some 600 million individuals were victims of a cybercrime in 2013

More than 100 participants from 35 countries are taking part in a workshop that kicked off today, to improve public policies to better prevent cyber crime. The event was organized jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of American States (OAS).

The aim of the workshop is for individuals responsible for cyber security to share their knowledge and experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean, with experts from countries with more experience in the field such as Canada, Spain, the United States, Estonia and Israel...
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More than 7 suicides per hour in the Americas - Oct 22, 2014 - 1:14:32 PM

(PAHO/WHO) — Some 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas each year—more than 7 per hour—according to a report released today by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The report, Suicide mortality in the Americas, is based on data from 48 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere. It shows that suicide is a significant health problem and one of the region’s leading preventable causes of death...
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Seismic Airgun Testing in the Atlantic One Step Closer to Reality - Oct 22, 2014 - 11:49:31 AM

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida - Five permit applications for seismic airgun testing off St. Augustine, and Florida’s east coast, have been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The Matanzas Riverkeeper is hosting a news event on Wednesday, October 22, 5:00 p.m., at the foot of the Bridge of Lions (northwest corner), St. Augustine to discuss the applications. In addition, candidates for governor and attorney general have been sent questions about their positions on oil and gas drilling off Florida's east coast, and that effort will be discussed at the gathering.

Opponents to seismic testing cite impact on tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, and marine ecosystems, including injury...
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CDEMA On the Threat of Ebola Virus to the Caribbean Region - Oct 21, 2014 - 7:34:55 PM

The World Health Organization (2014) has declared an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as ongoing in Western Africa; with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea being the most seriously affected.

To date, there have been over 8,000 cases reported with over 4,000 deaths (WHO 2014). Recent cases of the virus being contracted in Spain and the United States of America have also been reported.

As a result, the CDEMA Coordinating Unit (CU) is disseminating this correspondence to its Participating States in order to provide basic information about the virus and to strongly encourage the adoption of a position...

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Young Bahamian Entrepreneur Innovates in Atlanta - Oct 20, 2014 - 12:46:22 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia -  Little would one suspect to hear a 5-year old student at a charter school in Atlanta, Georgia screaming at the top of her voice: “Where is BahamaMan?!” But it is happening; and it is happening more and more at a growing number of kindergarten and elementary schools in the Atlanta area.

BahamaMan© is a story book character created by Tyrone Sawyer II, a standout Bahamian track & field athlete, and his wife Jemima. Under the aegis of their company, Aunt Jemima’s Playhouse LLC, the Sawyers have introduced a fun, innovative way to reach children between two and twelve years old, which is widely considered to be the most vital stage of their development. Aunt Jemima’s Playhouse is a cultural children’s...
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Finalists for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards announced - Oct 17, 2014 - 6:27:10 PM

“Their work with, and on behalf of, young people is truly outstanding and deserves to be lauded” – Katherine Ellis, Director, Youth Division

17 October 2014 - The Commonwealth is pleased to announce the finalists for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014, which recognise the contribution of youth workers and their enduring positive impact on young people and local communities.

Twelve youth workers from countries as diverse as Ghana, India, Jamaica and Malaysia have been selected as regional finalists. Winners will be announced on 5 November, during Commonwealth Youth Work Week...
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(Video) Nassau Chef Gives Taste of The Bahamas on NBC Atlanta - Oct 17, 2014 - 2:25:37 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia - The metro Atlanta area got a chance to see how to cook a Bahamian meal when Maurice Randal appeared as guest on a top rated NBC affiliate show. Randal was the featured chef on Atlanta & Company on 11Alive, where he gave hostess Christine Pullora a taste of The Bahamas during the cooking segment.

Over 2 million viewers learned how to make a traditional Bahamian conch salad, Caribbean rice, pineapple fish fillet and chicken as Randal talked about his road from C.C. Sweeting student to Atlanta-based celebrity chef.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the islands,” said Randal. “It was an experience of a lifetime and it was very well received.
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Bahamas Governor General calls on Queen Elizabeth II - Oct 17, 2014 - 12:13:04 AM

LONDON, England - Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this week and called on Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, October 14th.

Her Excellency was invested with the Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.
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Bahamas' Gerald Cash Rhythm and Youth Rake n' Scrape Company performs at the U.N. - Oct 16, 2014 - 9:52:15 PM

NEW YORK -- Under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organisation of American States OAS), the Gerald Cash Primary School's Rhythm and Youth Rake n' Scrape Company was featured in a concert event at the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

This lunchtime performance of the Company at the United Nations represents another of the cultural events sponsored by the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to the United Nations with a view to bringing greater exposure to the various unique expressions of Bahamian culture in the context...
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NMFS: Nassau Grouper Threatened Species - Oct 16, 2014 - 9:00:01 PM

BELIZE CITY - The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), comprised of Ministers responsible for Agriculture from across the Caribbean Community, has confirmed the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy as a final policy document for the Community.

The Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) is aimed at fostering greater harmonisation across the Caribbean in the sustainable management and development of the region’s fisheries and aquaculture resources, with special emphasis on promoting the most efficient use of shared resources while aiming to improve food security and reduce...
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Mr Caribbean International 2014 Titleholder Announced - Oct 16, 2014 - 6:17:28 PM

JAMAICA - Standing at six feet four inches tall, Mark Sparks captured the hotly pursued title of Mr. Caribbean International at the thirteenth annual staging of the competition this past Saturday.  Before a sold-out audience at the Hedonism II resort in Negril, Jamaica, Sparks ignited the crowd and won over the adjudicators with his charm, chiseled features, statuesque physique and sharp intellect.

When asked what role he believes a man should play in his home and community, he empathetically stated that a man “should lead from behind and be a pillar of strength”.  Thirty-three year old Sparks, who is of St. Lucian...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival visits CBS News in Atlanta - Oct 16, 2014 - 3:12:14 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia - Drum rhythms, beautiful costumes and colorful renditions of all things Bahamian was the highlight of the first international launch for the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, held on Wednesday, October 8th at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Atlanta Georgia. Organized by the Bahamas Consulate the Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta, and The Bahamas National Festival Commission, the event was complete with Bahamian food, art, and music. Culminating the evening was a performance by the world renowned Colours Junkanoo Group and Rake n’ Scrape band, featuring a parade of vibrant costumed carnival dancers from The Bahamas. The event attracted in excess of 100 plus key influencers within Atlanta’s fashion and entertainment industries, hospitality, tourism and travel conglomerates...
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Minister Fitzgerald in New York for series of education related meetings - Oct 16, 2014 - 11:48:46 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, last week participated in a series of meetings aimed at identifying partners to leverage and maximize the existing $16 million that his Ministry annually dedicates to tertiary education scholarships, generating new scholarship opportunities for Bahamians, particularly public school students, enhancing exchange programs between The Bahamas (COB, BTVI and High Schools) and other Countries and institutions and other matters related to education during a five-day visit to Washington, D.C.

Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Monique A. Hinsey, a Consultant with the Bahamas Ministry of Education’s Scholarship Resource Services, arrived in Washington Tuesday, October 7, and later that day met with His Excellency Emilio Rebasa Gamboa, Mexico’s Permanent Representative to the Organization...
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Commodore Roderick Bowe to deliver keynote at Maritime Security 2014 Caribbean Program - Oct 15, 2014 - 4:58:54 PM

On October 15, 2014, Homeland Security Outlook (HSO) announced that Commodore Roderick Bowe, Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, will provide the opening keynote address of the Maritime Security 2014 Caribbean program. The two-day conference will be held on October 29th and 30th, 2014 in the Independence Ballroom of the Meliá Nassau Beach, located at 4914 West Bay Street in Nassau, the Bahamas.

Commodore Bowe joins an already impressive program with speakers from across the Bahamas, United States, and Caribbean. Together, the speakers will be addressing topics critical to the vitality and security of Caribbean waters such as cruise vessel and boating/marina safety and security...
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Caribbean Export and GIZ Join forces to Strengthen the Regions Services Sector - Oct 14, 2014 - 11:47:26 AM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has once again partnered with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to support the development of the SERVICES Go Global programme - an instructor-led, competency based export training programme for service providers managed by the Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions (C-NSC).

Introduced for the first time to thirty pre-qualified regional trainers and representatives from national Coalitions of Service Industries (CSIs) in Barbados on September 22-24, 2014, the trainers were able to review the programme and discuss its implementation across the region to assist Caribbean service provider firms to improve their competitiveness and achieve success in the global marketplace...
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Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient - Oct 11, 2014 - 3:54:05 PM

In 2012 the U.N.declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world.  More than anything this day promotes girls’ human rights, and highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It also addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world.

“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights” – United Nations Resolution 66/170

Statistics are staggering…14 million girls become child brides every year. 140 million girls a year are affected by sexual violence.
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Bahamas Ambassador Rahming Hosts Luncheon for New SOSC Special Envoy - Oct 11, 2014 - 3:25:53 PM

NEW YORK -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organisation of American States (OAS), in his capacity as Chairman of the Save Our Sharks Coalition (SOSC), hosted a luncheon at the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to the United Nations on Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Guest of honour at the event was noted American television personality Montel Williams, former daytime talk show host and avid environmentalist, who under Ambassador Rahming's chairmanship of the SOSC, has become the new Special Envoy of the SOSC...
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Mr. Mario Donato and his son call on Bahamas Consul General to New York - Oct 11, 2014 - 2:29:03 PM

NEW YORK - Mr. Mario Donato (right), a renowned Grand Bahama businessman, and his son Mario Donato Jr. (left) recently paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, J.P., Bahamas Consul General to New York,  at the Bahamas Consulate General, 231 East 46th Street, New York.

Before becoming Consul General to New York, Mr. Carroll was one of the principals in a leading customs brokerage company in Freeport, Grand Bahama...
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