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Four awarded Chevening Scholars in Bahamas and Jamaica - Sep 19, 2014 - 3:08:16 PM

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Three Jamaicans and one Bahamian have been awarded the 2014/2015 Chevening Scholarships to pursue post-graduate studies in the UK.

What is the Chevening Scholarship?

The Chevening programme has, over 30 years, provided more than 40,000 Scholarships at Higher Education Institutions in the UK for postgraduate students or researchers from countries across the world. Chevening scholarships are prestigious and sought after awards aimed at extremely capable individuals who have already made an impact and are motivated to pursue a career that will take them to a position of leadership within their own country or region.
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Bahamas Embassy makes Canada connections on business tour in Alberta and British Colombia - Sep 19, 2014 - 2:59:56 PM

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H.E. Dr. Calsey Johnson, High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas participated in a business trip to Grande Prairie, Alberta and Dawson Creek, British Colombia from 7-10 September 2014.  The business tour was organized by Embassy Connections Canada in collaboration with the First Nations Committee of the Canadian Parliament and the British Colombia Caucus of the Governing Conservative Party.


The tour provided High Commissioner the opportunity to expand his business contacts in Alberta and British Colombia and to promote investment...
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Producer Will Packer, Consul General Rolle, and Bahamas Tourism give Bahamian filmmaker opportunity to “Ride Along” on film set - Sep 19, 2014 - 9:58:52 AM

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ATLANTA, Georgia - When the movie Ride Along 2 rides into theaters, a member of the Bahamas Actors and Filmmakers Association will be able to boast behind the scene experience, after being allowed on set thanks to an initiative by Consul General Randy E. Rolle, the Ministry of Tourism and moviemaker Will Packer.

Rolle, who is the Consul General for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Atlanta and surrounding States invited Bahamians in the film industry to submit their credentials...
News : International : Caribbean News
Violence in the Caribbean data produced by CIM - Sep 19, 2014 - 8:32:51 AM

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As part of the 20th Anniversary of the adoption of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women (Convention of Belem do Para), the CIM, in partnership with the Division of Gender Relations of Saint Lucia will hold the Second OAS Conference and Validation Activity entitled: Evaluating National Initiatives and Producing Comparative Data on Violence against Women for the OECS States. This conference will be in Saint Lucia from September 23rd to September 24th, 2014 to present the results of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sub-regional review conducted on state and civil society programmes to address violence against women within the last decade...
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The Cove, Eleuthera selected for the 2014 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards - Sep 18, 2014 - 10:10:05 AM

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Eleuthera, The Bahamas – Fodor’s Travel,  the leading name in travel guides for more than 75 years, today announced that The Cove, Eleuthera Resort and Spa has been recognized as a 2014 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Award winner. This distinction designates The Cove, Eleuthera as an outstanding hotel as selected by Fodor’s editors and travel experts, recognizing high style, excellent service and a remarkable experience for guests.

Each year, Fodor’s Travel invites their roster of 500 global contributors to nominate the best hotels in the destinations they live and write in. Fodor’s senior editorial team deliberated on over 4,000 Fodor’s Choice picks, poring over the list for months and narrowing their top selections into eight categories...
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Mrs Bernadette Christie given Surprise Party in Atlanta - Sep 18, 2014 - 1:10:50 AM

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ATLANTA, Georgia - Bernadette Christie, First Lady of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas received “the shock of her life” when she was given a surprise pre-birthday party during her visit to Atlanta, Georgia. Under the guise of being a guest at a party for someone else, she and her sister Paula walked into the home of friend Denise Harrod, only to be greeted by staff of the Bahamas Consulate General’s Office and Bahamas Tourist Office singing “Happy Birthday Mrs. Christie”.

The First Lady was led into a main area by friend, civil rights activist and broadcasting legend Xernona Clayton, where she found cakes honoring her. She also took time to greet Bahamian children whose parents are attached to the Consulate Office. After mixing and mingling, guests dined on a meal...
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Quotable Caribbean: Eric Adams, Earle Bethel, Karolin Troubetzky, and more... - Sep 16, 2014 - 1:19:42 PM

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"On this 13th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, New Yorkers stand united in their remembrance for the thousands of lives we lost, in their gratitude for the heroes who have toiled to keep our city and nation safe, as well as in their commitment to embracing diversity over division. As a first responder at Ground Zero on that fateful day, I will never lose focus on what is most important: the safety and security of my city, including all who reside in it. Let us recommit to advancing our emergency preparedness, in every capacity. Moreover, let us tap into that incredible spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood we showed in the weeks after 9/11, heeding President Obama's call to make this a call to service in our communities." - Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
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High Commissioner Bethel Promotes Bahamian Culture in UK - Sep 16, 2014 - 1:09:40 PM

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London, England - His Excellency Eldred Bethel along with Mayor of Maidstone Councillor Richard Thick opened the 12th annual Maidstone Mela Festival in Kent, England over the weekend. The two day cultural festival at Mote Park attracted up to 15 thousand people. On Mote Park, festival goers enjoyed music, dance and food from around the globe. The stage programme included diverse cultural groups from steel pan musicians, to Bollywood entertainment, African dancers and Nepalese music. In addition to performances there were more than 25 stalls serving up delicacies from different countries.

High Commissioner Bethel in thanking the Mayor and the city for their warm hospitality, promoted The Bahamas’ upcoming Junkanoo Carnival...
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Bahamas Consulate General New York Family Fun Day Picnic - Oct 11th - Sep 15, 2014 - 9:44:25 AM

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Dear Bahamians, Bahamian-Americans, and Friends of The Bahamas,

The Independence celebration Family Fun Day Picnic which was scheduled to take place on July 12, 2014 is now rescheduled for October 11, 2014 at the same venue. 

Riverbank State Park 679 Riverside Drive (145th at Broadway) New york, NY 10031

Kindly note that all attending may bring food (hot dogs hamburgers, rolls, buns), soft drinks, water, games and etc.  Please share the flyer with nationals.  We hope to have a wonderful time...
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TCI Receives Final Country Poverty Assessment Report - Sep 11, 2014 - 8:36:31 PM


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The Caribbean Development Bank Social Sector Division officially handed over the final Country Poverty Assessment Report to the Turks and Caicos Government today, Thursday, 11 September 2014.

The report showed that the proportion of people living in poverty in the islands has reduced. In 2012, 22 percent of the population and 16 percent of households were living in poverty, compared to 26 percent and 18 percent respectively in 1999. However, due to the greatly increased population, the absolute number of poor people in 2012 (6,800), rose from the 1999 figure (3,900)...

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Caribbean Export Launches the Regional Investor of the Year Award 2014 - Sep 11, 2014 - 2:26:34 PM


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Bridgetown, Barbados - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) have announced the 2nd hosting of the Caribbean’s Regional Investor of the Year Awards 2014 (RIYA 2014).

RIYA 2014 is a prestigious and unique annual award programme that seeks to recognize and salute the achievement of pan-Caribbean foreign and local investors. These investors have demonstrated exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across the Caribbean. The awards recognize the contribution of not only foreign but also local investors, to improving the region’s investment climate...

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PAHO urges countries to eliminate mosquito breeding sites to prevent the spread of dengue and chikungunya - Sep 11, 2014 - 12:21:09 PM

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Washington, D.C. - (PAHO/WHO) — The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging member countries that have mosquitoes that transmit dengue and chikungunya to step up their vector-control efforts and prepare for a possible increase in patients suffering from these diseases.

The recommendations come as the peak transmission season for dengue approaches and following local transmission of chikungunya in a number countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since the beginning of this year, countries in the Americas have reported nearly 850,000 cases of dengue and 470 deaths from severe dengue. Between December 2013 and 5 September 2014, 650,000 cases of chikungunya, including 37 deaths, were reported in the region...
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Barack Obama's speech on combating ISIS and terrorism - Sep 11, 2014 - 12:51:41 AM

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The United States president delivered a prime-time televised address to the American people on September 10th on his efforts to go after the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria.

Here is the full speech transcript:

My fellow Americans — tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted ...
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Guy Harvey Adds His Distinctive Touch to Miami Dolphins and Bud Light “Fins Boat” Sweepstakes - Sep 10, 2014 - 5:21:14 PM

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DAVIE, FL -  Wrapped in a custom Guy Harvey marine wildlife design featuring the Miami Dolphins logo and Bud Light—the favorite beer of NFL fans—a brand new $140,000 SeaVee 290 with trailer highlights the “Fins Boat” Sweepstakes program this season.

The 29-foot fishing boat and trailer, including two Mercury OptiMax 200 HP motors and Simrad Yachting Marine Electronics is the Grand Prize package. Six additional monthly winners will each receive a duffel bag of sponsor prizes. Drawing for the boat is scheduled for March 2015.

Online fans can go to www.dolphins.com/boat and the SeaVee Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/seavee to register to win or text BOAT to 347347. In person, they can register at the boat display at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in February or Miami Dolphins home game days at the boat display outside of the stadium. Fans can register a maximum of 10 times per method...
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Justice Adderley calls on Ambassador Newry in Washington - Sep 10, 2014 - 12:51:33 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- His Lordship the Honourable Mr. Justice K. Neville Adderley of The Bahamas Court of Appeal along with his wife Mrs. Aramintha Adderley and daughter Mrs. Nadia Adderley-Trider paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Following their visit to the Embassy, they paid a courtesy call on Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., at the Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W...
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Washington Embassy guests enjoy "A Night in The Bahamas" - Sep 9, 2014 - 12:29:53 PM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A heavy downpour of rain during the early evening forced organizers to move the opening of the event under a tent erected on the patio outside the conference room of the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., but that did not prevent some 100 guests from enjoying “A Night In The Bahamas” on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

The evening of fun, food and dancing was organized by THINGS TO DO DC, which bills itself as “the premier social and networking organization for young professionals.” Similar events are periodically sponsored by the organization at various Embassies in Washington, D.C.
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Bahamas Hon. Consul Michael Fountain introduced to the Chicago Community - Sep 9, 2014 - 12:18:38 PM

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Chicago, ILLINOIS -- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell introduced Michael Fountain the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Honorary Consul for the Mid-Western United States to the Chicago Community at a reception, Friday, September 5, 2014.

Minister Mitchell said Mr. Fountain was presented with his official commission making him the first Honorary Consul for The Bahamas in Chicago, serving the mid-western states of the United States of America. The states include: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin...

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Bahamian takes part in historic NYC climate change march - Sep 19, 2014 - 8:19:03 AM

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Joseph Darville, education director of the fast-growing social and environmental advocacy movement Save The Bays, has been invited to represent The Bahamas at a historic stand against the dire threat that climate change poses to the future of the planet.

The People’s Climate March will take place this Sunday, when masses of earth’s citizens are expected to gather more than 2,000 events around the world to call for climate change to be reversed for the sake of future generations...
News : International : Caribbean News : Turks & Caicos Islands
Amanyara Funded Learning Centre Unveiled At Oseta Jolly Primary - Sep 18, 2014 - 2:12:43 PM

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TURKS & CAICOS - The Oseta Jolly Primary School (OJPS) officially opened the doors to its state of the art learning centre on Tuesday, 16 September 2014.

The inauguration of the OJPS ‘Peaceful Place’ learning centre is the result of a joint venture by the school and the staff of the Amanyara Resort on Providenciales to provide the 530 students ranging from ages 4 to 13 years, material that will improve study skills, knowledge, and understanding of the world at large; an opportunity for  students and teachers to explore a wealth of information for projects and assignments ; an independent approach to learning, helping  learners to succeed in a knowledge and information based society...

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism Released Report on Jamaica - Sep 17, 2014 - 2:37:05 PM

The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the Jamaica report on the implementation of this treaty in the framework of the Fourth Round of Review of the Mechanism, during its Twenty-Fourth Meeting held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, D.C.

The report provides a review of oversight bodies in Jamaica with the responsibility for the prevention, detection, punishment and eradication of acts of corruption. In this regard, the report examines the Office of the Contractor General; the Integrity Commission; the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, and the Auditor General’s Department...
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