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Report Positions Caribbean and Latin America as Next Global Breadbasket - Apr 23, 2014 - 3:17:51 PM

Latin America and the Caribbean region can help feed a global population of nine billion people in 2050 provided the region implements key policy actions to bolster agricultural productivity, according to a new report released today by the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Drawing on knowledge and experience from more than 30 public and private sector partners, The Next Global Breadbasket: How Latin America Can Feed the World outlines challenges, recommendations and action items for policy makers, the donor community, farmers, agribusiness, and civil society.
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Acqua For Life goes continental, providing safe drinking water in Africa, Latin America And Asia - Apr 22, 2014 - 2:14:05 PM

Geneva, Switzerland - Giorgio Armani is expanding its successful Acqua for Life campaign in partnership with Green Cross International for the fourth consecutive year, targeting water-scarce communities in West Africa, Latin America and, for the first time, the South Asian nation of Sri Lanka in 2014 to roll-out sustainable drinking water systems that will benefit thousands of people.

Acqua for Life, launched in 2011, has in its first three years raised funds for the successful implementation of water pumps, wells and rainwater harvesting systems in more than 60 communities and schools in Ghana, Bolivia, Mexico and China, providing around 150 million litres of water per year.
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Caribbean fisheries managers focus on innovation and cooperation at 12th Forum Meeting in Dominica - Apr 22, 2014 - 10:00:09 AM

BELIZE CITY (CRFM)—In the face of new and emerging challenges—such as climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, and food and nutrition insecurity—Caribbean countries are strengthening collaborative effort which they hope would maximize their initiatives to further drive down poverty rates within fishing communities and improve food and nutrition security, while ensuring that they take advantage of modern technological avenues to add dollar-value to the fisheries resources that are a source of livelihood for nearly 200,000 fishers across the region.

It is in this vein that heads of national fisheries authorities from the seventeen (17) member states of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), as well as observers and partner agencies, will converge at
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Quotable Caribbean: Sylma Brown, Jack Warner, Willie Walsh and more... - Apr 21, 2014 - 6:02:42 PM

Sylma Brown
"We see the support of the Sandals Foundation as demonstrative of the Caribbean's growing global prowess as a sustainable tourism destination. Through this support we plan to enhance our Caribbean tourism management strategy through two important pillars: stronger relations with our large Diaspora and by honing the creative skills of the next generation of Caribbean tourism leaders." - Sylma Brown, Director, Caribbean Tourism Organization - USA

"The truth is, if anyone can come forward with an iota of evidence to support that the Centre of Excellence is being sold by Jack Warner to any consortium of businessmen, local or foreign, I will sell all my worldly possessions to that person for one dollar." - Jack Warner, former FIFA Vice President...
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First international night flight from Bimini to Fort Lauderdale - Apr 21, 2014 - 4:42:08 PM

Bimini, Bahamas — Tropic Ocean Airways, the Fort Lauderdale and Miami based seaplane airline owned and operated by a U.S. Navy TOPGUN fighter pilot, performed another first on April 3rd by departing Bimini for the first international night flight in the island’s history.

Known for returning commercial seaplane service to Bimini in 2011, Tropic Ocean Airways has developed and operated Resorts World Bimini’s seaplane flights since August 2013 in addition to Tropic’s existing Bimini seaplane service.

To augment Tropic’s regular seaplane service direct to Resorts World Bimini, the team took delivery of Resorts World Bimini’s first amphibian...
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Fred Mitchell tours new Counsular Annex in Washington DC - Apr 20, 2014 - 4:25:57 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During his recent visit to Washington, D.C., theHon. Fred Mitchell, Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, toured the Embassy of The Bahamas’ new Consular Annex at 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., in downtown Washington, D.C. Mr. Mitchell was in Washington for a series of meetings at the U.S. State Department and with Members of Congress who serve on committees with oversight on matters of special interest to The Bahamas and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Seated from left to right during the Minister’s tour of the Consular Annex on Tuesday, April 8, are
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(Video) Prime Minister Christie on TCI Sun TV news - Apr 18, 2014 - 10:38:11 AM

TURKS & CAICOS - Watch a TCI Sun News report posted online on April 14th featuring the visit by Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie.

Prime Minister addresses Value Added Tax (VAT) and the relationship between the two countries, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

Along on the trip was Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis, and
Minister of Labour and National Insurance & the Public Service, Shane Gibson.
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Queen’s College Nassau students call on Bahamas Consul General to New York - Apr 17, 2014 - 5:38:47 PM

New York  - Vacationing in New York for the Easter break, a group of 5th grade students from Queen’s College Nassau and their parents paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York at Bahamas House, 231 East 46th Street.

Consul General Carroll greeted the students and informed them of the duties and responsibilities of the Consulate General Office while serving the Bahamian population aboard...
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Bahamas remains committed to the AIDS response - Apr 17, 2014 - 2:23:43 PM

- During a visit to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas the Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS Luiz Loures commended the government on the progress made in curbing its AIDS epidemic.

Once a country with the highest rates of HIV prevalence in the Caribbean, the Government of the Bahamas has taken strong ownership of its response to HIV from the outset, providing most of the funding and human resources from domestic sources. This commitment has resulted in marked progress and the Bahamas was cited by Dr Loures as an example of how political will...
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8 Year-old Bahamian Among Seven National Dream Kids Scholarship Winners in USA - Apr 17, 2014 - 2:05:53 AM

Atlanta, Georgia - Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey and daughter Noelle Robinson along with V-103's Syntonnia hosted the "Kids Dreaming Big" Meet and Greet celebrating the first annual "Kids Dreaming Big" Scholarship recently. The community gathered at the fred's Super Dollar in Conyers, Ga to support 7 students from across the Southeast region awarded over $3,000 in scholarships and participate in a great afternoon of family fun.  

The "Kids Dreaming Big" Scholarship sponsored by fred's Super Dollar Store and African Pride DreamKids Hair Care, was open to youth grades 3-5 encouraging the next generation to believe in the beauty of their dreams and to provide a national platform to pursue them...
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OAS Supports Talks on Renewable Energy Usage in the Caribbean - Feb 10, 2014 - 3:06:15 PM

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, met with government officials, private sector leaders and renewable energy experts from around the world this week to promote increased use of renewable energy in the Caribbean.

The meeting on “Creating Climate Wealth” took place on Necker and Moskito Islands, British Virgin Islands, and included the Prime Ministers of Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as government ministers and representatives of Colombia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, the United States Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Aruba and others.
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TCI Prison Service Extends Rehabilitation Initiatives with New Course - Feb 10, 2014 - 1:58:07 PM

TURKS & CAICOS - The Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs and Her Majesty’s Prison on Friday 7th February 2014 announced the completion of yet another phase of the Prison Rehabilitation Strategy when members of the staff completed victim empathy training.

Officers of Her Majesty’s Prison along with the Gender Affairs coordinator completed an eight day training course to qualify officers to deliver VEP ‘Victim Empathy Program’ Training to offenders.  The course was delivered by UKHMPS Offending Behaviour Delivery Manager, Mr. Simon Drysdale and ran from 29th January 2014 to the 7th February 2014.

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Jury Awards $21 Million to Wife of Man Who Died While Boating in Grand Bahama - Feb 10, 2014 - 12:49:57 PM

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – A Fort Lauderdale jury has awarded $21.7 million to the family of a West Palm Beach man who died on July 5, 2005, when his boat struck an unlit buoy in a marina in Freeport in The Bahamas.

"It has taken nine years to resolve this tragic negligence case, but finally justice has been served," said Miami attorney Robert L. Parks (seen here) who represented Patricia A. Karoussos with co-counsel Ted Fournaris of Theodore Fournaris. "There is no reason that Rene Karoussos, an experienced boater and former Navy Seal, should have died in a boating accident."
Pan Caribbean Soccer League Informational Meeting, Feb 25th, 2014 - Feb 6, 2014 - 8:00:57 AM

The winds of regional integration are blowing among the Caribbean nations. The idea of greater regional integration in the Caribbean is a topic that has been gaining more attention in the news and at the political level within the Caribbean region. In line with this, there has been renewed interest in the creation of a Pan-Caribbean Soccer League. This year not one Caribbean nation will be representing the region in the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, a fact that has caused consternation among many in the region.

The Caribbean Football Trust Limited (CFTL) , a Barbados registered company with offices in Orlando, Florida and Toronto, Canada, is currently working to remedy this situation for future tournaments by establishing a new professional soccer league that will span the entire Caribbean region. As such, the CFTL is collaborating with Concorde Sports Agency

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National experts in heart and stroke disease converge on Miami Beach for the 12th Annual Cardiovascular Disease Prevention International Symposium Feb. 6-9 - Jan 29, 2014 - 4:53:11 PM

MIAMI, Fla. – The 12th Annual Cardiovascular Disease Prevention International Symposium set for Feb. 6-9 in Miami Beach is bringing together many of the national experts who are influencing cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment today to talk about hot topics in heart attack and stroke prevention.

“The Who’s Who in cardiovascular disease will be here for the four-day meeting to present a range of issues, including some that are controversial such as the new cholesterol guidelines, coronary artery calcium scoring and the polypill under study. Each guest speaker is at the top of their field, having published 20 to 30 papers on their subjects,” said Arturo Fridman...
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2014 TCI Top Model Contest & Fashion Extravaganza Announced - Jan 24, 2014 - 4:59:41 PM

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands; Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 – A career as an international model awaits those that sign up for the upcoming 2014 TCI Top Model Contest & Fashion Extravaganza!

This coming Saturday, January 25th, Organizers of the Turks & Caicos Islands preeminent event for Fashion, Beauty, Arts and Entertainment will be holding a Contestants and Fashion Models Search for this year’s themed event: The Dollhouse!...
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Bahamas PM inducted into Intl. Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta - Jan 24, 2014 - 1:34:20 PM

ATLANTA, Georgia -
Prime minister to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie was among ten 2014 honourees added to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame during the 2014 Trumpet Awards on  Friday, January 24th at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, National Park Service, in Atlanta, Georgia.  

The program preceding the induction ceremony was held at the Ebenezer Baptist Church and was hosted by Frank Ski with WHUR FM (96.3) Radio in Washington, DC.  The program and unveiling of the footprints was free and open to the public.
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Rahming continues push for scholarships and training for Bahamians - Jan 24, 2014 - 12:54:59 PM

NEW YORK -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), met with His Excellency Ambassador Hussein Haniff, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations, on Thursday, January 23, 2014, to discuss the Government of The Bahamas’ interest in seeking scholarship and training opportunities for Bahamians abroad.    

During the course of the meeting, Ambassador Haniff detailed the merits of the 'Malaysia Technical Cooperation Programme, under the rubric of which a number of scholarship and training opportunities were offered by the Government of Malaysia, some of which Bahamians have benefitted from in the past.  Areas of study in which courses were available included Public
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Minister Fitzgerald in London, England - Jan 24, 2014 - 12:22:21 PM

The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science & Technology, met with Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth at Marlborough House in London on Thursday 23 January 2013. The Meeting was to discuss the planning for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) which will be held in The Bahamas in June 2015 under the theme ‘Quality Education for Equitable Development: Performance, Paths and Productivity.’

Commonwealth Ministerial Meetings are one of the principal forums for Commonwealth inter-governmental consultation and decision-making. Commonwealth Education Ministers meet every three years to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest, to formulate policy on key developmental issues and to build a consensus at a high political level within the Commonwealth...

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Caribbean Leaders Must Create Right Mix to Attract Investors Says Antigua-Born Scholar - Apr 22, 2014 - 8:10:13 PM

NEW YORK, NY -  "Caribbean leaders should encourage, embrace and affirm the flow of capital that is positive, sustainable and healthy for the region."

That's the advice of Antigua-born scholar, Dr. Isaac Newton, as he gears up to deliver the keynote address to delegates at Invest Caribbean Now 2014, (ICN), the biggest global investment summit on the Caribbean outside of the region, set for the Harvard Club in New York City from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. this June 4, 2014...

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