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OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to The Bahamas - Oct 1, 2014 - 2:14:24 PM

A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to The Bahamas from September 23 to 25 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus among its member countries.

The Commission of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) was made up of Tatiana Gutiérrez Delgado, Lead Expert of Costa Rica to the Committee of Experts of the MESICIC and Public Ethics Prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office, and Rodrigo Silva, Officer in the Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS General Secretariat...
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LPM Challenges Dr Kenny Anthony’s Claim of Economic Growth - Oct 1, 2014 - 1:59:33 PM

CASTRIES, St Lucia  – The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) is aware that tourism-related construction development is one of the primary potential economic fixes on the island.

However, after listening to Dr Kenny Anthony’s interview with Daher Broadcasting Service (DBS) reporter Kendal Burton, titled “Road to Recovery,” the leader of the LPM, Therold Prudent, believes that Saint Lucians are being misled by Dr Anthony’s remark that “the tourism sector is stabilising and showing signs of growth...” 
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High Commissioner Bethel and BMA Joins IMO Secretary General in Celebrating World Maritime Day - Oct 1, 2014 - 11:45:37 AM

The International Maritime Organization celebrated World Maritime Day 2014 and marked the occasion with a diplomatic reception at its London headquarters. His Excellency High Commissioner Eldred Bethel and Bahamas Maritime Authority Director Mr Davy Rolle at the event congratulated Secretary General Koji Sekimizu for the work of the IMO.

High Commissioner Bethel who is the diplomatic head responsible for the Bahamas Maritime Authority London said that The Bahamas continues to be committed to the success of the International Maritime Organization as its work in international shipping is unparalleled and continues to have an impact on countries all over the world.
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CDC confirms Dallas patient first Ebola case in U.S. - Sep 30, 2014 - 5:35:36 PM

U.S. Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola.

The case announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

The hospital said in a statement Monday night that the patient's symptoms and travel history suggested the patient may have Ebola.

A CDC press conference on first Ebola case diagnosed in US at 5:30PM ET.

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Caribbean Designers to Showcase at Dominicana Moda 2014 - Sep 30, 2014 - 5:01:05 PM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) supports six (6) regional designers to be part of Dominicana Moda 2014 (DM2014) in the Dominican Republic.

The Agency is pleased to support Kimya Glasgow of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, who specialises in eco-luxury Resort wear; Heather Jones International of Trinidad & Tobago, which produces hand-painted silk chiffon garments; Christian Boucaud Designs, also of Trinidad & Tobago, which creates custom resort wear garments; Jean Yves Marchand of Haiti, who specialises in ready to wear clothing and Reve Jewelry and Accessories of Jamaica, who creates luxury, hand-made jewlery...
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Caribbean Export contributes towards strengthening trade relations between The Caribbean and China - Sep 30, 2014 - 1:12:20 PM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) supported a contingent of representatives from four (4) of the Region’s Business Support Organisations (BSOs) to participate in the 8th China LAC Business Summit that was held in Changsha, China between September 12-13, 2014.

The mission to China led by the Honourable Minister Donville Inniss, Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development for Barbados sought to build relations, discover new potential trading partners and promote the Caribbean for viable investment opportunities. Speaking at the China LAC Summit, Minister Inniss noted that the areas for future cooperation between China and the Caribbean included financial services, logistics, tourism and hotel development, agribusiness and infrastructure development...
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Hong Kong Tourism Board warns HK visitors to stay away from protest areas - Sep 30, 2014 - 12:31:18 AM

Tourists and business travelers from all over the world and currently visiting Hong Kong are witnessing protests unseen since the city was given back to the People’s Republic of China by the British.

A Chinese tourist from the mainland commented on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong: "It’s very inconvenient. We are tourists; we came here to shop.” ETN reader Bea asks: "Does anyone have a movie suggestion for me? I’m bored in my Hong Kong hotel room."

Instead of tourists taking photos, visiting museums, or shopping in the center of Kowloon, they are meeting tens of thousands of young protesters...
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Bahamian man missing in Florida has been Found - Sep 29, 2014 - 8:36:25 PM

(September 29th) Missing Bahamian man in Miami has been found after 72 hours! His sister Bianca extends her thanks to all who shared the story. Their mother was in hospital and it is believed he may have went to look for her. Please, allow them to reunite.

Original story below.

(September 28th) Florida news stations and police are reporting a missing Bahamian man...
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Travel Industry Veteran to Receive CMEx Leadership Award - Sep 29, 2014 - 4:03:25 PM

MIAMI, Florida - Travel and tourism industry veteran Horace Hord will receive the 2014 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Award next month in Miami.

Organizers announced that Hord will receive the honor at an awards presentation during the second annual Evenings of Excellence series, sponsored by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

The empowering event will be held at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark (2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Florida), a venue created to celebrate creativity and diversity within the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.

CMEx selected Hord in recognition of his sterling commitment to the development and promotion of tourism in the Caribbean region. Another recipient will soon be announced for the Miami event...

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Noted Caribbean Financial Services Expert, Dr Robert Mathavious to Address CRCA 2014 Delegates - Sep 29, 2014 - 11:56:28 AM

TORONTO, Canada – Delegates to the Caribbean Regional Compliance Association CRCA 2014 conference, November 13 – 15, 2014 at Maria’s By The Sea are invited to join Dr. Robert Mathavious, Managing Director of the BVI Financial Services Commission as he explores the partnership that must exist between the regulator and the compliance officer to ensure compliance within the new regulatory landscape for global business.

Dr Mathavious is only one of the many noted speakers scheduled to speak at this years’ Caribbean regional conference.

Other speakers include...

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Concluding Statement of the Meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group - Sep 29, 2014 - 11:48:42 AM

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) held its forty-fourth meeting in New York, on 26 September 2014. The following is the Concluding Statement:

The meeting was chaired by Hon. Bernard K. Membe, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania. It was also attended by Hon. Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus; Hon Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guyana; Hon. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Foreign Affairs of India; Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand (Vice Chair); Hon Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security and Foreign Affairs; Hon. Dr Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs...
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Nassau chefs participate in Haiti Food & Spirits Festival - Sep 25, 2014 - 10:29:19 PM

Nassau, Bahamas resident and Executive Pastry Chef at the One&Only Resort on Paradise Island, Angel Ramirez Betancourt, who is known locally for his amazing dessert creations is in Haiti to participate with other international chefs in the September 26th-October 5th event, the Haiti Food & Spirits Festival.
Also attending from Bahamas is Gray Cliff chocolatier, Chef Erika Davis.

Gout et Saveurs Lakay is the brain child of a young Chef Stephan Berrouet Durand, who after 20 years came back to his home country with the idea of helping with the development of Haiti’s gastronomy and putting Haitian Culinary and hospitality talents in the forefront. Haiti has never been recognized as a culinary destination let alone been known for its Chefs. It was time to change it all.

After meeting with now friend and colleague Chef Jean-Luc Grabowski, old friend Didier Hyppolite supporting this idea, he would take the chance
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama hosts 2nd Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund - Sep 24, 2014 - 8:52:32 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - The Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) a regional endowment fund established in September 2012 with its corporate office in The Bahamas, held its 2nd Annual Meeting of the Fund in Freeport, Grand Bahama, September 24, 2014. The CBF has the objective to provide a sustainable flows of funds to support activities that contribute substantially to the conservation, protection and maintenance of biodiversity within the national protected areas, systems or any other areas of environmental significance, of its participating countries. The CBF is the first regional endowment that will channel support to multiple National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs) established in participating countries...
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Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada hosts reception at TIFF - Sep 22, 2014 - 10:15:10 AM

Toronto - H.E. Dr. Calsey Johnson was Patron of a Private Reception honouring a young Bahamian Filmmaker, Mr. Kareem Mortimer and Bahamian Films during the Toronto International Film Festival. This event, held on Thursday, 11 September 2014, not only celebrated the work of Kareem Mortimer but also those of emerging Bahamian artists and strengthened the ties between the filmmaking community in The Bahamas and Canada.

In attendance were a number of producers and filmmakers as well as Bahamians living in Canada and provided a great opportunity for Canadians and Bahamians to learn more about investment potentials in the filmmaking industry in The Bahamas...
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Bahamas High Commissioner in Toronto hosts Bahamian Meet and Greet - Sep 21, 2014 - 10:45:46 AM

Toronto - The Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada – H.E. Dr. Calsey Johnson recently hosted a Meet and Greet with Bahamian residents and students in Toronto on 12 September 2014.

Some 120 Bahamians attended the event held at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel Downtown, where the High Commissioner addressed the audience, bringing greetings from the Prime Minister, Hon. Perry G. Christie, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Fred A. Mitchell... 
News : International
Four awarded Chevening Scholars in Bahamas and Jamaica - Sep 19, 2014 - 3:08:16 PM

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

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...
News : International
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

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...
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Violence in the Caribbean data produced by CIM - Sep 19, 2014 - 8:32:51 AM

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...
News : International
The Cove, Eleuthera selected for the 2014 Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards - Sep 18, 2014 - 10:10:05 AM

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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