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OAS Member States Begin Negotiations on the New Hemispheric Plan of Action on Drugs 2016 - 2020 - Apr 27, 2015 - 7:18:51 PM

The member states of the Organization of American States (OAS) today began their work to prepare the 2016 – 2020 Plan of Action of the Hemispheric Drug Strategy, a document with which they seek to address the main hemispheric challenges on the issue of drugs, considering its causes, the available scientific evidence and the particular context in each country.

The first meeting of the Working Group for the Elaboration of the Plan of Action 2016 takes place this week within the framework of the 57th Regular Session of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).
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Consul Gen. Carroll attends exhibition on dangers of nuclear weapons testing - Apr 27, 2015 - 4:20:26 PM

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NEW YORK - The Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, attended an exhibition on Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Kazakhstan Mission to the United Nations.

Entitled "ATOM PROJECT: Abolish Testing Our Mission," the exhibition was hosted by Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations. It was organized by armless Kazakh painter Karipbek Kuyukov, Honorary Ambassador of the ATOM Project and Nuclear Tests survivor, and held in conjunction with "BIKE AWAY THE ATOMIC BOMB" to commemorate the final part of the "Washington DC - New York" bike ride event, devoted to raising...
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FIFA 11 for Health launches in the Caribbean - Apr 27, 2015 - 12:26:51 PM

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Seven pilot countries participated in a two-day FIFA 11 for Health workshop for the Caribbean, which concluded today, Friday, April 24, in Puerto Rico.  The program, launched last year by CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and Prof. Jiri Dvorak, FIFA's Chief Medical Officer, promises to bring numerous benefits to the region by emphasizing the importance of national health to all Member Associations.

The initial seminar was hosted by FIFA and attended by representatives of Member Associations, Governments and National Project Leaders including FIFA Development Officer, Howard McIntosh who represented the FIFA Development Staff. The Cayman Islands, Curacao...
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Caribbean youth priorities take centre stage at Ministerial meeting in Antigua and Barbuda - Apr 27, 2015 - 9:48:10 AM

Governments and youth leaders from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean will address regional and global youth development challenges and opportunities when they gather in Antigua for a three-day meeting this week.

The Caribbean Region Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting (CR-CYMM) is convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat and hosted by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, in St John’s, between 28 and 30 April 2015.

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Quotable Caribbean: P.J. Patterson, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Warren Solomon, and more... - Apr 26, 2015 - 1:52:00 PM


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"Instead of people spending their time worrying about how the advent of tourist arrivals in Cuba is going to affect the Caribbean, let's spend our time in seeing how, out of that alliance, the entire region is going to benefit by the creation of multiple destination and multicultural (experiences)." - P.J. Patterson, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica (Jamaica Observer)

"As far as Cuba goes, they're great neighbours and have a beautiful product with which to compete. The product is mostly State-owned and in most cases price-driven. We should be careful not to get caught in that trap while improving our product to meet not only the additional competition that Cuba provides, but competition from..."

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His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming calls on the Paraguay Ambassador - Apr 24, 2015 - 5:17:55 PM

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NEW YORK - His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming (right), Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organisation of American States, paid a courtesy call on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, on the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Federico Alberto González Franco (left), as part of the Mission's efforts to garner support among UN Member States for The Bahamas' re-election to Category 'C' of the Council of the International Maritime Organisation, for which elections will take place in November of this year...
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CARICOM Caucus hosts reception for CBC - Apr 24, 2015 - 12:37:14 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - In his capacity as chairman of the CARICOM Caucus, His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, along with His Excellency Paul Altidor, Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, and ambassadors for other CARICOM-member countries hosted a reception on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, for members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at the Embassy of Haiti, 2311 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Guests were welcomed by Ambassador Newry, who noted that members of the CBC have been the “best advocates” in Congress over the years for CARICOM countries...
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1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference and Exhibition - June 18 – 20, 2015 - Apr 24, 2015 - 10:12:17 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Crime and safety are dominant concerns throughout the region as the loss of assets does not respect socio or any economic status. As we have also seen in the Caribbean many of the threats are the not only the same but often times there are interconnected crossing borders and jurisdictions.

In an effort to bring together thinkers and solutionist Preventative Measures, a network of local and international advisors and instructors providing expert training and consulting on every facet of asset protection, loss prevention and resource recovery, is excited to announce the1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Exhibit Conference to be held June 18 – 20, 2015at Melia Resort, Cable Beach, Nassau Bahamas...
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Foul play ruled out in Johnny Kemp death - Apr 24, 2015 - 10:04:46 AM

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(Updated) Police in St. James, Jamaica have ruled out foul play according to news stories in both the Gleaner and
Jamaican Observer.

The 55 year old Bahamian musical icon was found floating face down said reports on the morning of April 16th. "Bahamas Honorary Consul in Jamaica was notified by the Royal Jamaican Police Force that a fully clothed but unresponsive man was recovered by the Jamaican Maritime Police in the waters off One Man Beach, Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay, Jamaica in the Parish of St. James. Identification in the clothing revealed the name Jonathan Kemp in a Bahamian Passport..."
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Bahamas fleet to gain 2 Damen ASD tugs - Apr 23, 2015 - 5:42:54 PM

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Svitzer will operate the tugs, an ASD 2310 named Svitzer Yuma and an ASD 2411 named Svitzer Freeport in and around the port area of Freeport on the Bahamian island of Grand Bahama. Though Svitzer has ordered vessels from Damen previously, these are the first orders from Svitzer USA in Miami. Damen Manager North America Jan van Hogerwou said he is excited by the development.

Damen Global Account Manager for Svitzer Martijn Smit explained that Svitzer required a fast turnaround on their order, which made Damen’s off-the-shelf approach a natural selection. “Svitzer Yuma was ordered towards the end of last year and Svitzer Freeport in February this year. Both vessels will be delivered simultaneously to the client at the beginning of June...”
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NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary - Apr 23, 2015 - 10:24:47 AM

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The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990.

“Hubble has completely transformed our view of the universe, revealing the true beauty and richness of the cosmos” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “This vista of starry fireworks and glowing gas is a fitting image for our celebration of 25 years of amazing Hubble science.”
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Every Day is Earth Day at Health City Cayman Islands - Apr 22, 2015 - 11:44:02 PM

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CAYMAN ISLANDS  - Earth Day is celebrated every day at Health City Cayman Islands by implementing an impressive array of planet-friendly initiatives which abound on the well landscaped property.

"We were built and will expand with sustainability and safety in mind," said Shomari Scott, Marketing Director of the tertiary referral hospital, who underscored that high energy efficiency is an imperative component of Health City's operations.

Ryan Smith, Director of Health City's Facilities Management, pointed to the harvesting of rain water for grey water use, which reduces the hospital's reliance on city water
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Bahamas delegation dine in Maryland with food by Bahamian chef - Apr 17, 2015 - 5:10:58 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - When Prime Minister Perry Christie, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett and other members of a Bahamian delegation were in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural Caribbean Energy Security Summit hosted by United States Vice President Joseph Biden this past January, Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., hosted a dinner for them at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland, that featured primarily a Bahamian menu that is not ordinarily included in the upscale hotel’s culinary options.

Several months earlier, however, Consul General Zonicle, whose responsibilities include outreach efforts to Bahamians in the Diaspora, had been invited to lunch at the Hyatt by the executive chef ...
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3rd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum opens in Jamaica - Apr 15, 2015 - 7:34:47 PM

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3rd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum opened in Montego Bay, Jamaica today (Wednesday) with calls for Caribbean countries to seize new opportunities offered by globalisation and improved access for the region to international markets.

The mood of optimism about opportunities for Caribbean producers, many of whom attended the conference, was summed up by Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, State Minister of Jamaica, who delivered a keynote speech on behalf of the Jamaican Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.

“I believe we can make winning deals at CARIFORUM,” she said...
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Bahamas represented at 20th annual Celebration of Cultures at Algonquin College - Apr 13, 2015 - 6:31:52 PM


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CANADA - On 25 March 2015, The Bahamas High Commission participated in the 20th Annual Celebration of Cultures hosted by Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada. The Celebration of Cultures showcased the diverse countries and cultures in Ottawa and is attended by the 19,000 plus full-time students and faculty of Algonquin College.

This event provided the Bahamas High Commission a great opportunity to promote the Bahamian culture and The Bahamas as a travel destination. Thus, travel information, maps and promotional posters on The Bahamas were displayed. Lessons on geography were given to countless persons who did not know where The Bahamas is located
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Secretary General Participates in Forum on Advances in Women´s Rights in the Americas - Apr 11, 2015 - 8:31:07 AM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, participated today in the forum “Progress of Women in the Americas: A critical overview of Beijing +20 and perspectives for the post-2015 development agenda,” together with the Vice President and Foreign Minister of Panama, Isabel Saint Malo, and the Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women, Luiza Carvalho.

In the inauguration of the event, co-organized by the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the OAS and UN Women, Secretary General Insulza highlighted the progress made in the legal and political frameworks regarding women’s´ rights in the Americas and the increase in their participation in labor markets...
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CARICOM - US Summit Remarks by Bahamas Prime Minister - Apr 9, 2015 - 4:10:10 PM

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Opening remarks by Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, at the Caricom-US Summit in Kingston, Jamaica, delivered on April 9, 2015:

Mr. President, I join my colleague and our host, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, in welcoming you to the Caribbean and this discussion with the Leaders of our Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

This meeting is important because it reinforces the obvious, the symbiotic relationship which exists between the United States and the region: we are joined by history, migration, by commerce and geography...
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FIU Representative in Washington, D.C. for OAS Caribbean-Pacific Conference - Apr 8, 2015 - 7:03:46 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Ms. Anna Isaacs, Senior Analyst of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), was invited by The Bahamas Embassy to pay a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Eugene G. Newry, Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Ms. Isaacs is in Washington, D.C. to represent The Bahamas at the Caribbean Pacific Conference on Illicit Financing and Criminal and Terrorist Networks, which is being held at the General Secretariat Building of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The primary objective of the Conference is to identify the specific...
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NASA Extends Campaign for Public to Name Features on Pluto - Apr 6, 2015 - 2:38:47 PM

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The public has until Friday, April 24 to help name new features on Pluto and its orbiting satellites as they are discovered by NASA’s New Horizons mission.

Announced in March, the agency wants to give the worldwide public more time to participate in the agency’s mission to Pluto that will make the first-ever close flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14.

The campaign extension, in partnership with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Paris, was due to the overwhelming response from the public...

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Shedd Aquarium to study queen conch in The Bahamas - Apr 5, 2015 - 2:29:28 PM

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CHICAGO – Shedd Aquarium, a global leader in research and conservation, announces the hiring of Andrew Kough, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral research associate for the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Dr. Kough will lead field work in the Bahamas assessing the larval transport of queen conch ( Lobatus gigas) and how it informs conservation management.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Kough to our team of researchers doing critical conservation work around the globe,” said Dr. Charles Knapp, vice president of conservation and research at the aquarium. “Shedd has a long-standing history of marine research and protection in the Bahamas and we look forward to expanding our collaborative..."
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