Fisher lady of Punta Gorda, recognized as CRFM Fisher of the Year
- Jul 1, 2015 - 10:11:43 PM
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
working just as hard as the men do while at sea.
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...
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
WHO validates Cuba’s elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
- Jun 30, 2015 - 2:24:16 PM
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.”
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.
The Bahamas attends 114th Session of the IMO Council
- Jun 30, 2015 - 11:45:12 AM
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
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...
Diverse language skills needed for Caribbean tourism growth
- Jun 29, 2015 - 2:32:58 PM
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.
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.
Operations Director of leading St. Lucian resorts Anse Chastanet and
Jade Mountain and president-elect of the Caribbean...
NASA Administrator Statement on the Loss of SpaceX CRS-7
- Jun 28, 2015 - 5:51:14 PM
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the loss
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...
Quotable Caribbean: Paul DaSilva, Michael Cleaver, Charles Schumer and more...
- Jun 28, 2015 - 4:15:18 PM
"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
Rahming participates in high-level launch at UN
- Jun 27, 2015 - 1:29:52 PM
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...
(Video) Bahamas' Alicia Wallace meets the Queen and recieves Young Leaders Award
- Jun 26, 2015 - 3:36:38 PM
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.
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..."
Peru to Host the 23rd Inter-American Congress of Tourism, Coordinated by the OAS
- Jun 26, 2015 - 12:24:23 PM
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..."
Grand Bahama delegation attends 2015 International Franchise Expo
- Jun 26, 2015 - 12:12:55 PM
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...
New Partnership to Boost Youth Work Education
- Jun 26, 2015 - 11:46:06 AM
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...
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
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference
- Jun 24, 2015 - 10:57:23 AM
Integrity commissions target white collar crime and misconduct
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.
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...
Dr. Newry appointed Non-resident Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Mexico
- Jun 23, 2015 - 11:01:09 PM
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
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
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
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...
Randy Rolle attends Andrew Young's Birthday Celebration
- Jun 18, 2015 - 4:57:07 PM
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
Consul General Rolle is pictured with Honorary Consul of Jamaica
to Atlanta Jewel C. Scott Esq. and Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall...
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
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..."
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...