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OAS Sec. General Remarks at Pindling Bust Unveiling - Apr 21, 2017 - 8:08:07 PM


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Remarks by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez At The Unveiling Ceremony For A Memorial Bust of the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling in The Hall of Heroes at OAS Headquarters, on April 20, 2017 in Washington, DC:

It is an honor for me to address you this afternoon at today’s ceremony to unveil a bust dedicated to the late Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling, Former Prime Minister and the Father of the Nation of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. I am equally honored to be in the presence of his wife, Dame Marguerite Pindling and son, Mr. Obafemi Pindling – I welcome you both to the OAS, the House of the Americas...
News : International : Caribbean News
CTO Earth Day Message 2017 - Apr 21, 2017 - 7:16:08 PM

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As the world pauses to celebrate Earth Day, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is pleased to declare its support for actions that make a difference.I

t is no secret that the very foundation of Caribbean tourism is our unparalleled natural environment; one that is rich in biodiversity, is virtually unpolluted, boasts landscapes that draw visitors from across the globe, and sustains life and livelihood. In the Caribbean we have a sacred duty to protect these assets by insisting on the development and adoption of sustainable tourism practices, while responsibly sharing our natural treasures with travellers to our shores.As the Caribbean's tourism development agency whose purpose is: Leading Sustainable Tourism - One Sea...
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DG Brennen-Haylock calls on OAS Executive Secretary - Apr 21, 2017 - 2:07:28 PM

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Mrs. Sharon Brennen-Haylock, Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General, paid a courtesy call on Ms. Kim Osborne,  OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 primarily to discuss the launch of the 2017 OAS/Government of The Bahamas Scholarship​; however, the Director General also discussed other projects with the OAS such as the already launched Small Business Development Centre Project and the ongoing development of a Cooperation Programme for the University of The Bahamas.

She also reiterated the value of the OAS Scholarships and Training Program for The Bahamas and general support of The Bahamas for the development work of the OAS and discussed future potential cooperation to strengthen the training of diplomats in the Ministry...
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Bust of First Prime Minister of Bahamas Unveiled at OAS - Apr 21, 2017 - 12:05:22 PM

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Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of The Bahamas, unveiled a memorial bust of her late husband, Sir Lynden Pindling, the first Prime Minister of The Bahamas, during an impressive ceremony in the Hall of Heroes at the Organization of American States (OAS), 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Sir Lynden’s son Mr. Obafemi (Obi) Pindling, Director of the Sir Lynden Pindling Foundation, delivered remarks at the historic event on behalf of the family. Mr. Pindling was accompanied to Washington by his wife Diane....
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Bust of Sir Lynden Pindling Unveiled at OAS - Apr 20, 2017 - 5:23:08 PM

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I bring greetings from our Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and our Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell. Both of them today have taken the first step, Nomination, in the process of free and fair elections, - the hallmark of democracy in The Bahamas.

The hero is someone who inspires people and effects change across racial, social and cultural barriers and across generations.

We Bahamians are most grateful that the Organization of American States has seen fit to recognize, as such a person, the Father of our Nation, our national hero, Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling...
News : International : Caribbean News
Girls ‘Hack’ For Change - Apr 18, 2017 - 5:35:44 PM

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Approximately 90 girls and young women will compete for prizes at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day Caribbean Hackathon on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Students, from high schools, universities and community colleges — including Wolmer’s Girls’, Hillel Academy, St Andrew High School, St Elizabeth Technical High School, American International School Kingston, Excelsior Community College, the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology Jamaica, and Northern Caribbean University — will gather at Spanish Court Hotel, Worthington Conference Centre for a fun-filled day in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day...
News : International : Caribbean News
Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize - Apr 16, 2017 - 7:04:31 PM

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Dominican Republic author Rita Indiana Hernández was awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire Région Guadeloupe on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress hosted by the Guadeloupe Regional Authority for her novel “ La Mucama de Omicunlé”, published by Périférica.

Rita Indiana was born in Santo Domingo in 1977. A writer but also singer-songwriter, she started writing when she was quite young before developing a passion for music and reinventing the merengue. Her songs lyrics as well as her novels focus primarily on Caribbean social and ethical issues...

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Completing The Circle: World ARC 2016-17 Ends in Saint Lucia - Apr 16, 2017 - 9:36:05 AM

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15 months ago, the World ARC 2016-17 fleet set out from Saint Lucia to sail around the world. Amongst the crews were many nationalities, backgrounds and reasons for taking part. Since then, they have sailed well over 26,000 nautical miles, crossed 3 oceans and visited more than 17 countries. As they arrived back in Saint Lucia, they have joined the special band of circumnavigators who have sailed the world on their own boats, and, perhaps more importantly, become a family bonded together by hundreds of shared experiences to last a lifetime of reflection.

This edition of the rally, the sixth World ARC organized by World Cruising Club, saw 35 people complete their round the world adventure; 23 have achieved this in one edition of the rally, whilst others have taken time out along the way...
News : International : Caribbean News
Government & DSH Committed to Preservation and Conservation of Maria Islands - Apr 15, 2017 - 10:24:33 PM

The “Pearl of the Caribbean” Project is one of the most adventurous and ambitious projects in the Caribbean which is poised to make Saint Lucia an even more unique destination and create economic activity as never before seen in the south of the island.

In pursuance of this project the Government of Saint Lucia and the Master Developer, Desert Star Holdings Caribbean Limited (DSH), are committed to operating within the the laws of Saint Lucia and the project will be subject, as in all cases, to the requisite Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and the approval of the Development Control Authority (DCA)....
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CANTO Chair and Secretary General Pay Courtesy Visit to New CEO of Belize Telemedia Ltd. - Apr 15, 2017 - 7:10:22 AM

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CANTO Chairman, Julian Wilkins and Secretary General, Teresa Wankin paid a courtesy visit to Rochus Schreiber the new CEO at Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL) headquarters in Belize City, Belize.

Mr. Rochus Schreiber was appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BTL with effect Wednesday, April 5th, 2017. Mr. Schreiber boasts over 20 years of professional experience, and has worked in diverse global settings throughout the Americas and Europe. Within the Caribbean region, he has served as CEO of Digicel's local operations in Anguilla, Nevis and Montserrat...
News : International : Caribbean News
Caribbean Week New York Sets Schedule of Events - Apr 14, 2017 - 4:43:48 AM

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NEW YORK, NY  - The Caribbean Tourism Organization ' s (CTO) Caribbean Week  New York (#CWNY17) will come alive in the Big Apple when tourism officials, industry executives, media, Caribbean Diaspora, travel agents, consumers and students come together to participate in a calendar of activities that showcase the best of Caribbean tourism. Taking place June 3 - 10, 2017 as a celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the Caribbean, the week combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with Caribbean-inspired food, lively entertainment and networking opportunities.

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, investors and other strategic partners join government officials and the media as all converge on New York for a week that showcases the diversity and vibrancy of the region...
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NASA: New evidence on possible life beyond Earth - Apr 13, 2017 - 2:52:49 PM

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Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond. The findings are presented in papers published Thursday by researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and Hubble Space Telescope.

In the papers, Cassini scientists announce that a form of chemical energy that life can feed on appears to exist on Saturn's moon Enceladus, and Hubble researchers report additional evidence of plumes erupting from Jupiter's moon Europa...

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Western Illinois University Confirms Partnership in the Lead-up to Launch of OAS – Bahamas Scholarship - Apr 13, 2017 - 1:02:29 PM

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In the lead-up to the April 18th launch of the OAS - Government of The Bahamas Scholarship, Ms. Kim Osborne, OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, and Dr. Jack Thomas, President of Western Illinois University, held a signing ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the OAS Administration Building in Washington, D.C., to concretize the agreement of Western Illinois University to partner with the OAS and The Bahamas to offer scholarship opportunities for Bahamians.

Representing The Bahamas, Second Secretary Mikhail Bullard thanked Western Illinois University for its willingness to partner and underscored that the trilateral cooperation the partnership demonstrated could be a model going forward for OAS Member States...
News : International : Caribbean News
Pet Food Institute expands reach with back-to-back Grand Bahama, Trinidad shows - Apr 12, 2017 - 2:26:40 PM

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A dog may be man’s best friend, but in the Caribbean and Bahamas, a campaign is turning out to be dog’s best friend.

The campaign is an education outreach by the Washington-based Pet Food Institute (PFI). The message it is spreading is making its way through the Caribbean. In the past two weeks, a Bahamian representative for PFI has trekked from Nassau to Grand Bahama, back to The Bahamas and on to Trinidad and Tobago, with a message about how proper nutrition creates healthy dogs with bounce in their paws, strength in their bodies and energy in their lives...
News : International : Caribbean News
CDEMA approves funds to support advancement of Disaster Legislation in Dominica - Apr 10, 2017 - 4:33:27 PM

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Barbados (CDEMA) – The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) - Commonwealth of Dominica has been awarded Euro 9,640.00 to facilitate a review, consultation and update of their draft Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Legislation. The grant funds were awarded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in March 2017 under the Country Directed Fund (CDF), which is financed by the European Union through the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM Programme (NDRM).

The CDF forms part of the grant facility developed under the ACP-EU financed Strengthening of the Capacity of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and Participating States for Implementation of Comprehensive Disaster Management Project...
News : International : Caribbean News
Bahamian Woman Makes Regional History in Utilities Sector - Apr 10, 2017 - 2:30:25 PM

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Marisa Mason-Smith has made history in the world of utilities in the region.  She is the first Bahamian to be elected to the position of Chairperson of the CARILEC Human Resource Professionals Committee for the region.  She is also the first Bahamian to be appointed to the Board of Directors Training Committee.  

The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) is an association of electric services, dealers, manufactures and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean region, Central and South Americas and Globally...
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BTO Sponsors Bahama Party In Da Backyard in Washington - Apr 8, 2017 - 1:52:56 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Travel agents, travel industry partners, business professionals, members of the media, as well as a number of Bahamians living in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) enjoyed a “Bahama Party in Da Backyard” organized by the Bahamas Tourist Office (BTO) in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 3, 2017.

Held at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., the event showcased Bahamian food, drinks, music and culture. Entertainment included Ira Storr and the Spank Band, Geno E., Juice Unit, and the Atlanta Junkanoo Group...
News : International : Caribbean News
CDEMA champions Caribbean School Safety Initiative - Apr 6, 2017 - 5:07:01 PM

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At the recently concluded Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum held on April 3-4, 2017 in Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reiterated its commitment to championing the Caribbean School Safety initiative towards building a culture of safety within the education sector.

“I am pleased to indicate that the Safe Schools initiative will be a flagship programme of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit for the Corporate Planning Period 2017-2020”, said Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director, CDEMA.

The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has a long history of supporting the integration of disaster risk management into the education sector through...
News : International
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Adds Three Months to Record-Breaking Mission - Apr 6, 2017 - 11:06:38 AM


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Already poised to break the record for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut, Peggy Whitson is set to extend her mission with an additional three months at the International Space Station.

NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos, signed an agreement to extend Peggy Whitson’s stay on the space station into Expedition 52. Rather than returning to Earth with her Expedition 51 crew mates Oleg Novitsky of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), in June as originally planned, Whitson will remain on the space station and return home with NASA’s Jack Fischer and Roscosmos’ Fyodor Yurchikhin. That landing is targeted for September.

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Secretary General Condemns Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria - Apr 5, 2017 - 4:47:08 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, condemned the inhuman chemical weapons attack against the civilian population in Syria on Tuesday.

"I join the wave of international outrage that calls for an investigation to find those guilty of this criminal attack against civilization," said Almagro.
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