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World Day of Prayer 2015 to Focus on The Bahamas - Feb 27, 2015 - 4:12:49 PM

On Friday, March 6th over 170 countries from many Christian denominations will gather for World Day of Prayer (WDP), a movement symbolized by an annual day of celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are welcome.  Each year the women of a named country share their faith and lives in the worship service with their sisters around the world. Last year's service was carried by Egypt and the
2015 World Day of Prayer Service was written by Bahamian women. It is open to all faiths.

Where possible Bahamians living in the areas of the services have been contacted and asked to speak, and or attend the celebration.  The WDP international  organizing committee traveled to The Bahamas last year to initiate the 2015 event, and met with Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Haiti withdraws offer to host OAS XLV General Assembly - Feb 27, 2015 - 3:48:01 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) took note today of the notification of the withdrawal of its offer to host the XLV General Assembly of the Organization due to “financial and logistical constraints” currently experienced by the Government of Haiti, as expressed by the country´s Foreign Minister, Duly Brutus, in a letter sent to the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

The Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Suriname to the Organization, Niermala Badrising, informed the representatives of the situation and reported that the discussion on the new site will be on the agenda of the next meeting of the Permanent Council...
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NASA Administrator Remembers Leonard Nimoy - Feb 27, 2015 - 2:19:44 PM

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Leonard Nimoy:

“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most.

“NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise.
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Democracies Must Guarantee the Full Exercise of the Political Rights of Women - Feb 26, 2015 - 12:55:15 AM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today inaugurated the Round Table “Political Violence against Women: a Hemispheric Challenge,” with a speech in which he recalled that democracies face the challenge of guaranteeing the full and effective political participation of women. “Today we are united by the effort to achieve the growth of democracy in the region in its deepest meaning: that of the real exercise of the rights and effective political participation of the women of our Hemisphere,” he said.

The leader of the hemispheric institution opened his address recalling the leadership positions exercised to this point by women in the region, their broad legislative participation and the progress made in parity laws. However, he warned that many countries have not reached 20% participation by women in their legislatures and that in others...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Commission of Women of the OAS Debated Political Violence Against Women in the Hemisphere - Feb 25, 2015 - 11:14:41 PM

The Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today organized a Roundtable discussion titled "Political Violence Against Women: A Hemispheric Challenge," as part of the activities commemorating Women's Day of the Americas, held on February 18, and International Women's Day, on March 8.

The event was inaugurated by the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza; the Minister of Women of Costa Rica and Chair of the Inter-American Commission of Women, Alejandra Mora; the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional Security (SMS), Adam Blackwell; and the Alternate Representative of the Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS, Brett Alexander Maitland. At the conclusion of the event, the Executive Secretary of the CIM, Carmen Moreno, described the...
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OAS Policy Roundtable Discussed the Regional Agenda to Promote Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Feb 24, 2015 - 9:27:29 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) today hosted its 65th Policy Roundtable entitled "Regional Agenda for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Look into the Future," with the aim of promoting a dialogue to analyze the implications of public policies, progress in implementing the Protocol of San Salvador, and its inclusion in the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, said the Hemisphere must pool its efforts to reduce its social differences, and warned that inequality is a threat to democracy. "The debt of the region in terms of poverty, inequality and social exclusion, as well the citizen demand for social, economic and political equality, points to...
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Beaches Turks & Caicos named as host for World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2015 - Feb 23, 2015 - 11:33:32 PM

The ‘Oscars of the travel industry’,World Travel Awards has announced Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spahas been selected to host the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2015.

Hundreds of industry leaders are expected to gather at the world-class resort for the event, which will take place on October 17th, 2015.

Beaches Turks & Caicos is the perfect host for the ceremony, offering four magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France, the Caribbean and Key West; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; and some of the industry’s leading event...
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New Facebook group page created for Bahamians living in Canada - Feb 23, 2015 - 3:27:22 PM

A new facebook group page has been created by the editor of The Bahamas Weekly to connect Bahamians, past residents, or friends of The Bahamas, living in Canada.

"As editor of, I am often contacted by people, government or civic groups, who are seeking to make contact with Bahamians," said Robbin Whachell who lives in Vancouver, BC.

"It is my hope that this group will facilitate the sharing of stories, information, and create friendships from sea to shining sea..."
News : International : Caribbean News
Quotable Caribbean: Freundel Stuart, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Esther Thomas and more... - Feb 23, 2015 - 12:00:41 PM

"The change in strategic direction is welcomed by Barbados. We expect to see a turnaround in LIAT's fortunes, more responsiveness to market messages and, of course, once the whole issue of fleet renewal is complete and the disposal of the seven remaining Dash 8 planes and the reduction in the head count is complete, we think that LIAT will be on a much more viable and sustainable footing." - Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister, Barbados (Jamaica Observer)

"No longer can visitor arrivals be the main measurement of our success. We must take a fresh look at how we position our Territory for visitors seeking experiences for which they are willing to pay a premium. This will require a change of thinking..."
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Carmichael Road Detention Center Report by the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights‏ - Feb 20, 2015 - 5:21:23 PM

The following is the report on the Carmichael Detention Center in Nassau, Bahamas by the Organization of the American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:

On December 30, 2014, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (hereinafter "the Inter-American Commission", "the Commission" or "IACHR") received a request for precautionary measures submitted by the Caribbean Institute for Human Rights, the International Human Rights Clinic of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (hereinafter "the applicants"), requesting that the Commission require the Commonwealth of The Bahamas...
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Greater Participation in Tourism by the Caribbean, and As One - says Wilchcombe - Feb 20, 2015 - 5:08:48 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe on Friday called for Caribbean nations to get more involved in the tourism trade, and said it’s time for Caribbean nations to look at the region as one – working together they could achieve more.

The Member of Parliament for West End and Bimini was on Friday addressing delegates and participants attending the 4th Inter-American Development Bank Caribbean Governors Regional Meeting at the Grand Lucayan resort. Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie had officially opened the conclave on Thursday...
News : International
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson Among Distingushed Alumni Honoured by Barry University - Feb 20, 2015 - 3:45:57 PM

MIAMI, Florida – Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Bahamas Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, was among seven noted alumni of Barry University who were honoured with the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award at a luncheon held at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

Held annually since 2007, Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize Barry alumni for their distinguished professional achievements and contributions to society through service. Senator Maynard-Gibson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from Barry in 1975. At the age of 18, she was the youngest...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Expresses Condolences to Haiti over Accident at Carnival Festivities - Feb 18, 2015 - 4:36:59 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, expressed his deepest sympathies and solidarity to the Government and people of Haiti over the tragic and horrible accident that marred this morning’s carnival festivities. According to the Haitian authorities, at least 16 people were confirmed dead and 78 were injured.

In doing so, he was joined by Assistant Secretary General and President of the Group of Friends of Haiti, Albert Ramdin, who learned “with great sadness and distress" of this morning’s tragedy...
News : International
Bahamian student has internship on Capitol Hill - Feb 18, 2015 - 12:40:29 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Stanley Miller, a 20-year-old Bahamian student at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, is getting the experience of a lifetime that most certainly will be helpful in his future career as journalist through an internship at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Miller, who transferred from the College of The Bahamas to Georgia Southern last August, is an intern in the office of Democratic Congressman David Scott, who has represented Georgia's 13th congressional district since 2003. The district includes the southern fourth of Atlanta, as well as several of its suburbs ...
News : International
Commonwealth governments and international experts consider benefits and risks of virtual currencies - Feb 16, 2015 - 10:57:28 PM

International experts and representatives of Commonwealth governments will meet to explore issues around the rapid development of virtual currencies, and to identify potential benefits they could offer to developing countries.

Virtual currencies are digital representations of value that can be traded and exchanged between online communities. At present, there are no internationally agreed standards or rules that apply to these currencies.

Whilst offering potential for countries where banking and transaction costs are unaffordable, virtual currencies have also been...
News : International
Bahamas participates in climate change meeting in Geneva - Feb 16, 2015 - 2:30:35 PM

The Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for enhanced Action (ADP) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Geneva, Switzerland from 8 - 13 February. The UNFCCC is designed to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases which adversely affect climate change. Ambassador Rhoda M. Jackson, Bahamas Permanent Representative in Geneva and Mr. Philip Weech, Director of BEST Commission represented The Bahamas.

The ADP centred discussions on elements for inclusion in the negotiating document to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP-21) scheduled to be held in Paris...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Group Notes Electoral Developments in Haiti - Feb 15, 2015 - 11:49:21 AM

The Group of Friends of Haiti at the Organization of American States (OAS) met this week at the headquarters of the institution in Washington, DC under the Chairmanship of OAS Assistant Secretary General, Albert Ramdin.

During the meeting, Ambassador Ramdin, the Permanent Representative of Haiti to the OAS, Bocchit Edmond, and representatives from other member states, observers, and international organizations discussed the status of democratic processes in Haiti including a report on the anticipated timeline for the new electoral calendar.
News : International
Kerr in Korea: Bahamas Rep Only Black Finalist in Mr. International 2015 - Feb 13, 2015 - 2:02:37 PM

SEOUL, Korea - International Caribbean male model and reigning Mr Bahamas International Kenneth Kerr is moments away from learning if he will win the title of Mr. International 2015. Kerr and Mr. Puerto Rico are the only two contestants from the Caribbean region. He also is the only black finalist.

“It’s interesting but I see it as an advantage more than a disadvantage,” said Kerr noting the distinction. “I stand out when we go on our public appearances but I certainly haven’t experienced anything negative from anyone while here. In fact, I’ve had to be quite aware of things within the Bahamian, Caribbean and African-American community especially since it’s Black History Month.”

News : International
Notice to all Bahamians residing in Canada - Feb 12, 2015 - 6:20:54 PM

The High Commission for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Ottawa, Canada, wishes to thank everyone that updated their contact information by submitting a completed registration form or advising whether you are still living in Canada.

As we advised in our previous email, the High Commission is in the process of revamping and updating its database of Bahamians living and studying in Canada.

If you have not done so already, the High Commission requests that all persons that are still in Canada and have not officially registered with the High Commission or your contact information has changed...
News : Local
1st Caribbean Safe and Secure Conference and Exhibition - June 18 – 20, 2015 - Feb 12, 2015 - 10:12:17 AM

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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