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Caribbean Tourism Organization announces new dates for Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum, 12 - 13 dec. 2017 - Nov 21, 2017 - 3:10:15 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism development agency, has announced new dates for the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum, 12 - 13 December 2017, at the Ocean Terrace Inn in St. Kitts. Originally scheduled in September, the Forum was put on hold due to the category five hurricanes that impacted a handful of member countries.

Themed "Good For Us, Better For All," the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum, which is being held in observance of the "International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,"...
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Government Sends Condolences following passing of Director of Audit - Nov 21, 2017 - 10:35:51 AM

The Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Bernadette Fevriere-George, who passed away on Sunday 19th November 2017.

Mrs. Fevriere-George is a long-serving member of the Public Service and at the time of passing served as the Director of Audit, a post she took up from October 10, 2015...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force hosts 3rd Damen Stan Patrol User Group Conference - Nov 21, 2017 - 10:30:49 AM


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On November 16th and 17th representatives from nine navies and coast guards from the Western Hemisphere attended the 3rd Annual Damen Stan Patrol User Group Conference in Nassau, Bahamas. Between them, the Canadian Coast Guard, Secretaría de Marina (Mexico), Armada de Ecuador, Jamaica Defense Force, Barbados Defence Force, Coast Guard of the Dutch Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Belize Defence Force, have over 50 Damen vessels in their fleets. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force hosted this year’s event aimed at a comprehensive knowledge exchange between the users of vessels designed by the Damen Shipyards Group...
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Universal Children’s Day 2017: Message from St. Lucia Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet - Nov 21, 2017 - 9:44:45 AM

Message from Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet:

“Let us always remember that the measure of our nation can be ascertained by how we treat our children. On this Universal Children’s Day 2017, I ask that all of us as Saint Lucians reflect on our responsibility to love and care for our children.

“On this day, too, I re-affirm our Government’s commitment to safeguarding the rights of all children and call on the community to recognize that our nation's children are our most precious treasure...
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Reflections From The Panel: Regional And International Mechanisms for a Comprehensive Approach addressing Violence Against Women and Girls - Nov 21, 2017 - 9:28:04 AM

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In a joint effort between representatives of international organizations to respond to violence against women, the panel "Regional and International Mechanisms for the Comprehensive Approach to Violence against Women and Girls" was organized by the CIM as Technical Secretariat of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará  Convention (MESECVI). The event was held at the OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, as part of the commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25th).

The event brought together Sylvia Mesa, Vice President of the Committee of Experts of the MESECVI (OAS); Dubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences of the UN...
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Bahamas turns on charm at Wisconsin International Folk Fair - Nov 19, 2017 - 8:51:12 PM

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In true Bahamian style, the Rake n Scrape delegation lit up the stage with their colorful renditions at this year’s Holiday Folk Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin.

The international festival, which is held annually over a five-day span at the Exposition Center of Wisconsin State Fair Park, is home to the largest indoor multicultural festival in the United States.

The 10-member group, six from Cat Island and four from Grand Bahama, flew in from The Bahamas on Wednesday and have been tantalizing festival goers with just a taste of what the small island-chain has to offer.
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Bahamian Envoys in Washington, DC sign Book of Condolence for the late Sir Arlington Butler, KCMG - Nov 19, 2017 - 8:47:26 PM

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H.E. Sidney Collie, Bahamas Appointed Ambassador to the United States of America and Mr. Theo Neilly, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, DC, signed the Book of Condolence for Sir Arlington Butler, KCMG, former Bahamas Ambassador to the United States.​

Photos enclosed...
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Morocco & Saint Lucia to deepen cooperation on agriculture, tourism and exchange of expertise - Nov 18, 2017 - 10:53:45 PM

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Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet, met with Morocco’s Prime Minister, Honourable Saad-Eddine El Othmani, on November 11th 2017 to discuss deepening diplomatic and economic relations with Saint Lucia and the OECS.

The two leaders spoke of the establishment of an OECS Embassy and the signing of financial treaties. Investment in the Caribbean was also high on the agenda, with special attention paid to Agriculture, Agro-processing, Tourism and the exchange of expertise.
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H.E. Sidney Collie accredited as Bahamas Permanent Representative to the OAS - Nov 17, 2017 - 9:38:18 PM
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On Wednesday, 15th November, 2017, appointed Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the Organization of American States(OAS), Mr. Sidney Collie, presented credentials accrediting him to the OAS to its Secretary General, H.E. Luis Almagro.

During his remarks Permanent Representative Collie acknowledged he was “humbled by the confidence reposed in [him] by the Prime Minister the Honourable Hubert A. Minnis and the Government of The Bahamas”...
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H.E. Sidney Collie presents copie d’usage of letters of credence to U.S. Department Of State - Nov 17, 2017 - 7:25:22 PM

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H.E. Sidney Collie, Appointed Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United States of America, presented the copie d’usage of Letters of Credence to Cam Henderson, Deputy Chief of Protocol, during a meeting held at the United States Department of State, on Monday, 13th November, 2017.
 
The presentation of the copie d’usage precedes the presentation of Ambassador Collie’s official credentials to U.S. President Donald Trump, which is expected to take place in late November, 2017...
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Brown presents copy of novel to Ambassador Collie - Nov 17, 2017 - 6:49:51 PM

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Mr. Oswald T. Brown, former Press, Cultural Affairs and Information Manager with The Bahamas Embassy in Washington, D.C., and his wife Mrs. Elisabeth Ann Brown paid a  courtesy call on His Excellency Sidney Collie, the new Bahamas Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.  Mr. Brown (left) used the occasion to present Ambassador Collie with a copy of his recently published novel WOES OF LIFE...
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Remarks on Iran, the JCPOA and the IAEA Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Nov 14, 2017 - 1:43:11 PM

Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am delighted to be back at the Belfer Center. It is four years since my last visit.

Iran’s nuclear programme was one of the main issues we talked about last time. I have been asked to focus today on the same subject and specifically on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the JCPOA...
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Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott to participate in panel on illegal data hack at 6th Annual OffshoreAlert Europe Conference in London on Tuesday - Nov 13, 2017 - 11:43:01 PM

On Tuesday, November 14, Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, is scheduled to speak at the at the 6th Annual OffshoreAlert Europe Conference in London as part of a panel about the recent illegal data hack and leak of personal financial information.

“This is a critical time to be reaffirming our case that Cayman is a transparent, cooperative jurisdiction, which meets or exceeds the full range of globally-accepted standards for transparency and cross-border information-sharing with law enforcement and tax authorities,” said Scott...
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Three heads of Government to discuss infrastructure investment needs at the Caribbean Infrastructure Forum - Nov 13, 2017 - 4:17:53 PM

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New York, NY  - Across the Caribbean, the need for substantial investment in infrastructure is increasingly urgent, particularly in the wake of the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Reflecting that need, and for a central forum to bring the market together, IJGlobal, the infrastructure division of the Euromoney Group, and New Energy Events will host the 2nd annual Caribbean Infrastructure Forum (CARIF) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from December 11-12...
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Baleària Caribbean increases its weekly services between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Bahama to six - Nov 8, 2017 - 9:41:32 AM

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The shipping line Baleària Caribbean is adding a new weekly service starting next Monday, November 13th, between the island of Grand Bahama and Fort Lauderdale, which operates the fast ferry Jaume I. From then on, the company will offer the route daily except Wednesdays in order to provide its customers with more options.

This increase in services coincides with the launch of a special 50% discount on trips taken Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays during the months of November and December.
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New law and climate change toolkit unveiled at COP23 - Nov 7, 2017 - 10:51:26 AM

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A new online resource that supports climate change law-making is to be unveiled at COP23 in Bonn this week.

The Law and Climate Change Toolkit is aimed at government policy makers responsible for developing laws that help implement the Paris Agreement. Three organisations have collaborated on the project, namely the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform...
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Cayman Finance responds to sensational reports exploiting illegal data hack - Nov 6, 2017 - 7:46:20 PM

Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, issued the following statement in response to reports of an illegal data theft involving the financial information of tens of thousands of people and businesses:
 
“Like other international financial centres, the Cayman Islands has had to get used to unfair and inaccurate reporting about our role in the global financial marketplace. However, we will not tolerate unfair attacks against our Queen, Elizabeth II, who maintains normal and legal investments in Cayman, a British Overseas Territory, a compliant and transparent jurisdiction that is part of her Dominion...
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Caribbean Tourism Organization on Caribbean Tourism Month - Nov 2, 2017 - 2:48:55 PM

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This year can be described as a tale of two situations for Caribbean tourism. During the first half of this year the region performed at new record pace, welcoming 16.6 million international tourist arrivals at a healthy growth rate of 5.2 percent, when compared to the same period last year.
 
However, hurricanes Irma and Maria have dented this growth, with the revised forecast for 2017 now at one to two per cent, down from 2.5 to 3.5 percent...
 
News : International
Miss World Bahamas in “Head to Head” Challenge - Nov 1, 2017 - 11:15:32 PM

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Miss World Bahamas Geena Thompson is in the midst of an international battle to capture a spot in the Miss World semifinals and she is calling on Bahamians everywhere to support her with their votes. Geena is in China competing for the Miss World title, where for just under 2 weeks she and her fellow competitors have been touring the country and partaking in preliminary competitions. The 24-hour “head to head” challenge is the newest Miss World prelim which pits six countries against each other for one coveted spot. A video of the head to head challenge in which Geena appears can be found at enclosed link...

The vote officially closes on Thursday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m...
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American Airlines proudly celebrates 30 years of service to the Bahamas - Nov 1, 2017 - 8:35:31 PM

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Today American Airlines celebrates its 30th anniversary of service to the Bahamas. American began service to Nassau (NAS) on Nov. 1, 1987 with a flight operated by Piedmont Airlines from Charlotte and currently offers more than 90 weekly flights from Miami (MIA), Charlotte (CLT) and Philadelphia (PHL) as well as seasonal service from Washington, D.C. (DCA) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The airline has more than 130 team members based in the country...
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