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St. Lucia Prime Minister Recognizes Contribution of Winston Trim to Development of Equine Industry - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:39:15 PM

Winston Andrew Trim was a true pioneer for the horse racing culture in Saint Lucia. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet said as much when he spoke on Monday about the 50-year-old who lost his life on Sunday March 26th 2017 in an automobile accident in Micoud.

At the time of his death, Equine Industry Consultant Winston Trim had been working closely with the Government of Saint Lucia and Desert Star Holdings Limited on building Saint Lucia’s first horse racing facility as part of the Pearl of the Caribbean project in the town of Vieux Fort.
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Saint Lucia Prime Minister: “We have to get our Fiscal House in Order” - Mar 28, 2017 - 3:29:49 AM

At this week’s media briefing before Monday’s Cabinet Meeting, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet spoke about plans for the upcoming Budget Presentation 2017-2018.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, says the Government has been engaged in ascertaining the exact fiscal position of Saint Lucia and finding balance.

One of the essential issues the Prime Minister noted which had to be dealt with was the housing of Government offices. The Government has had to deal with several outstanding concerns of poor working conditions and health hazards...
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Testimony brings prison inmates to tears - Mar 27, 2017 - 2:46:58 PM

Bahamian Evangelist Ethel Rolle brought tears to the eyes of female inmates at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds in St. Philips, Barbados, during a tour of the facilities, Friday, March 24.

It was the culmination of Prison Fellowship International Regional Forum held March 21-24 at the Church of God of Prophecy, Water Street, Christ Church.

Evangelist Rolle told her own story of having low self-esteem, attempting suicide, committing two murders and being imprisoned. She encouraged the inmates to not give up hope and to seek salvation through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour...
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Bermuda’s residents spent $84.5 million on overseas care - Mar 27, 2017 - 2:20:29 PM

Bermuda spent $84.5 million on overseas care between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016, with $6M going toward transportation and accommodation. Recognising the importance of specialised overseas care to health outcomes, the Bermuda Health Council developed a report, Overseas Care: A Synopsis of Trends for the Island of Bermuda to provide a more in-depth analysis of how much money was spent, where and on what type of care.

Bermuda needs to be wise about the resources that are available on island for healthcare. With 61,295 people, the quality of healthcare can be compromised by limited use of services, complex services or experience of those delivering care. To ensure that Bermuda’s residents have access to specialized healthcare, strategic partnerships have been formed with overseas facilities enabling residents to receive much needed care...
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Ambassador Newry Signs Sir Derek Book of Condolences - Mar 27, 2017 - 2:03:39 PM

His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, is pictured signing the Book of Condolences for Saint Lucia’s Nobel Laureate for Literature, Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL, OBE, OCC, at the Embassy of St. Lucia, 1629 K Street N.W., Suite 1250, on Monday, March 27, 2017.

Sir Derek passed away at his home in Saint Lucia on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the age of 87. Looking on is Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission, Bahamas Embassy.
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Bahamians In The Diaspora:Jackie Edwards - Mar 26, 2017 - 9:37:27 PM

Back in the 1990s when The Bahamas was on the cusp of becoming internationally acclaimed in track and field, one of its standout performers was long jumper Jackie Edwards. In fact, it may be more accurate to say that Jackie was among the elite Bahamian athletes who helped to establish The Bahamas as one of the world’s current track and field superpowers.

A five-time Olympian, Jackie first represented The Bahamas in the Olympics in 1992 and subsequently in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Despite noteworthy performances each year, she never won a medal at this level, but her stellar track and field career includes being a two-time NCAA Champion (Indoors and Outdoors) and five-time All-American while attending Stanford University in California; Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist 1998 and finalist in 1994, 2002 and 2006...
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Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy - Mar 25, 2017 - 7:25:59 PM

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-Up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI), prepared a Hemispheric Report on Sexual Violence and Child Pregnancy in the States Party to the Belém do Pará Convention, the regional reality of pregnancy among girls younger than 14 and its relation to sexual violence.

What is the purpose of the report?To bring visibility to the issue, provide a space for discussion, formulate recommendations to the States Party to the Convention and promote the right of all girls to live free from violence...

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Dominica Govt Provides EC$462,600 for Residential and Charitable Institutions - Mar 25, 2017 - 9:24:34 AM

The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica handed over cheques to representatives seven Residential and Charitable Institutions in Dominica on Friday morning to support their Capital Works needs totaling EC$462,664.69.

Capital needs of these institutions include: plumbing, completion of a new building, electrical, painting, repairs to a roof, screening of windows, replacement of doors and door frames, fencing a property, water tank installation, installation of railings, installation of windows, showcase repairs, and repairs to washrooms...
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Bahamas Represents at Commission of the Status of Women - Mar 24, 2017 - 11:39:37 AM

Minister of Social Services and Community Development Mrs. Melanie Griffin recently addressed the 61st Session on the Commission on the Status of Women to share The Bahamas' perspective on "Women in the Changing World of Work".

"It is undeniable that women across the globe have made notable progress in many spheres of society," said Minister Griffin.

"This reality also holds true for The Bahamas – particularly in the area of education, where females represent more than 50 percent of graduates at the secondary and tertiary levels...
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Nonstop Jet Service from Bimini to Orlando-Melbourne Florida Begins 4/27 - Mar 24, 2017 - 10:36:53 AM

Melbourne, FL – Elite Airways LLC today announced the introduction of nonstop jet service to the island of Bimini starting at $99 each way* Beginning on April 27, Elite Airways will operate two flights per day on Thursdays and Sundays between Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and South Bimini Airport (BIM). The new route offers east-central Florida residents with a convenient alternative to driving or flying to south Florida or the gulf coast to catch a flight to Bimini. Tickets are now available for purchase at 877-393-2510 and EliteAirways.com.

Located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast and known as Ernest Hemingway’s favorite escape, Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the U.S. with miles of secluded beaches, four-star hotels, and the Resorts World Bimini Casino and Marina...
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Bahamas represented at ParlAmericas conference - Mar 23, 2017 - 9:14:40 PM

Citizens for a Better Bahamas Chairman Lemarque Campbell recently attended the ParlAmericas conference that was held in San Jose, Costa Rica from March 16th to 18th, 2017. Parliamentarians and civil society representatives, from 25 countries within the Latin America and Caribbean region, attended the conference to discuss ways to strengthen the ties between citizens and legislatures. Mr. Campbell was invited to present on the importance of a Freedom of Information Act and governance issues affecting the Bahamas.

Mr. Campbell commented, "Our work continues until we see a strong Freedom of Information Act, not only passed, but actually enacted and implemented in the Bahamas..."
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Caribbean sports journalist Lawrence James dies - Mar 23, 2017 - 8:26:55 PM

The Caribbean Sports Journalists' Association (CASJA) extends condolences to the family and friends of the late Lawrence James.

Mr James, a Sports Journalist and Editor at the Mirror Publishing Company Ltd of St Lucia, died on Tuesday March 21, following a long illness.

He was also a Major in the St Lucia Cadet Corps and a founding member and General Secretary of the Blue Dragon Karate Association of St Lucia...
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Charter For Caribbean Public Services Endorsed at Ministerial Symposium - Mar 22, 2017 - 3:13:33 PM

A Charter for the public services of the Caribbean was endorsed at a Ministerial Symposium that took place at the Jolly Beach Hotel in Antigua and Barbuda on March, 9 & 10, 2017. The Charter identifies components of a professional and effective public service. It establishes a general framework of guiding principles, policies and management mechanisms reflecting a common commitment of the Public Services of the Caribbean Region. It is intended to serve as a catalyst for the reform, modernisation and transformation of national public sector entities within the context of each country’s realities and priorities. Consultations took place in CARICAD member states ahead of the Symposium to allow citizens to discuss the Charter and provide feedback...
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Carroll Signs Book of Condolences for Sir Derek - Mar 22, 2017 - 11:25:36 AM

The Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, is pictured signing the Book of Condolences for former renowned Saint Lucian poet and playwright Sir Derek Alton Walcott, SLC OBE, OCC, at the Consulate General/Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations, 800 Second Avenue, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Sir Derek, who won the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away at his home in Saint Lucia on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the age of 87...
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Bahamian Insurance Execs call on Zonicle in Washington - Mar 22, 2017 - 9:51:16 AM

Several insurance executives of BAF Financial and Investments (Bahamas) Limited, who are attending GAMA’S annual Leadership and Management Program (LAMP) conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., paid a courtesy call on Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W. The LAMP conference, being held from March 19 to March 22, involves more than 3,000 field leaders and industry executives representing the most recognized insurance, investment, and financial services companies from around the world...
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Sir Derek Alton Walcott to Receive State Funeral - Mar 21, 2017 - 10:00:56 PM

Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, who died at home in Saint Lucia on Friday March 17, 2017, is to receive a state funeral. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the decision on Monday in light of the contribution by Sir Derek Walcott to Saint Lucia.
This highest national honour, normally reserved for heads of state and government, has been conferred on Sir Derek out of respect for his exceptional contribution to the literary and artistic legacy of Saint Lucia, the Caribbean and the world.

The funeral of Sir Derek Walcott, poet, artist, playwright, and 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature, will take place at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the City of Castries, on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 2:00pm...
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FIDA Grand Bahama calls on Ambassador Rahming and Consul General Carroll - Mar 21, 2017 - 11:44:03 AM

Executive members of the Grand Bahama Branch of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS),  and the Hon. Forrester Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Bahamas House, 231 East 46th. Street.

During the call, FIDA members Ms. Jethlyn Burrows, Justice Petra Hanna-Weekes and Ms. Charisse Brown, who are part of The Bahamas delegation to the Sixty-First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, still ongoing at United Nations Headquarters in New York, offered information about their organisation...
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Grand Bahama Delegation travel to U.N. with Minister and Ambassador - Mar 20, 2017 - 2:14:38 PM

Grand Bahama delegates at the Sixty-First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), which commenced on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, are pictured at the opening reception on March 13 with the Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, and His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS). CSW61 is the principal global inter-governmental body concerned with gender equality and women's economic empowerment...
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Minister Griffin Informs U.N. of Bahamas Efforts to Promote Economic Empowerment For Women - Mar 18, 2017 - 6:43:51 PM

UNITED NATIONS, New York -- The Sixty-First Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), the principal global inter-governmental body concerned with gender equality and women's economic empowerment, commenced on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The annual session will close on Friday, March 24, 2017 following the conclusion of a busy two weeks of, among others, a general debate, ministerial and high-level inter-active dialogues, expert panels and over 400 side events related to the session's priority theme, “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work...”
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Dr. Valencia Carroll wins “Women of Valor Entrepreneurship Award” - Mar 17, 2017 - 3:59:26 PM

Dr. Valencia Carroll, wife of the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, was one of nine women awarded the “Women of Valor Entrepreneurship Award” by Touro College Graduate School of Business in New York on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in honour of The International Women’s Day.

Pictured from left: Consul General Carroll; Ms. Patricia Martin, Chairperson of the Advisory Board,  Entrepreneurship Center; Dr. Valencia Carroll;  and Professor Michael Llorénz, Professor of Management and Director of the Entrepreneurship Center...
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