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Future Neurosurgeon Cleare calls on Ambassador Newry - Sep 29, 2016 - 4:58:41 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ms. Shaveka Cleare, a final-year medical student at the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research in The Bahamas, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., to discuss her current research work in neurology and her future career goals in medicine.

Upon completion of medical school in a few months, Ms. Cleare plans to follow in Ambassador Newry's footsteps and study to become a neurosurgeon. Her neurosurgery interest includes general neurosurgery, neurotrauma, and spinal deformity...
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World Bank and Caribbean Export Launch Link-Caribbean - Sep 29, 2016 - 12:49:44 AM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - Caribbean start-up, early-stage and growth businesses now have another means for raising capital.

Today the World Bank Group together with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) launched LINK-Caribbean, an investment facilitation program aimed at enabling early-stage Caribbean entrepreneurs to raise capital from private investors, particularly business angel investors.
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CDEMA leads coordination of regional preparedness in anticipation of possible impact from pending tropical weather system - Sep 28, 2016 - 11:48:56 AM

Barbados - As a number of the Participating States of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) brace for the pending impact of a tropical weather system, the Agency has once again taken the lead to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM). To this end, CDEMA in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) convened a pre-strike meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Development Partner Group (ECDPG) at 12:00 noon today, Tuesday September 27, 2016, to plan for possible scenarios in preparation for the impact. Partner agencies who are members of this group including regional and international donors and development partners are monitoring the system.

The CIMH provided technical understanding of the system by defining the implications for countries in line of the impact. The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has been in contact with the National Disaster Coordinators (NDCs) in Barbados...
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Bahamas House Rededication Held in New York - Sep 28, 2016 - 9:48:14 AM

NEW YORK – Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell is pictured on September 26, 2016, at the rededication of the newly refurbished Bahamas House, 231 East 46th Street, which houses The Bahamas’ Permanent Mission and the Consulate General in New York. 

Pictured in first row from left: Bishop Carrington Pinder; Chairman of Bahamas Maritime Authority Mr. Anthony Kikivarakis; Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mrs. Sharon Haylock; Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell; Opposition Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman; Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Elliston Rahming; and...
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The Houston Afro Creole Music Festival- It’s a Caribbean, African, American Ting! - Sep 27, 2016 - 9:01:37 AM

Come October 1st and 2nd, the city of Houston, Texas will host the inaugural Houston Afro-Creole Music Festival, which promises to appeal to the city’s diverse population.

The Afro Creole Fest will take place at the Hobby Event Center on Saturday October 1st, 2016 and will feature a mélange of creole sounds from the Caribbean islands of Dominica and St. Lucia, American Zydeco Bands and African, Hip-Hop and Soca Genres via a host of DJs from around the Region.

According to event organizer Jon Glen Bannis, the idea for the festival came about due to a lack of representation of Creole culture in Houston events...
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World Tourism Day Message from the Caribbean Hotel And Tourism Association - Sep 26, 2016 - 4:36:50 PM

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is honored to support the theme and aims of World Tourism Day this year: "TOURISM FOR ALL - Promoting Universal Accessibility."

Most of our members have recognized the importance of ensuring their properties, facilities and offerings are accessible to all visitors regardless of their physical capacities. They have also have expended time and resources sharing best practices to create the infrastructure and experiences for our guests as well as residents of the Caribbean...
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NASA’s Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa - Sep 26, 2016 - 2:45:54 PM

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes.

The observation increases the possibility that missions to Europa may be able to sample Europa’s ocean without having to drill through miles of ice.

“Europa’s ocean is considered to be one of the most promising places that could potentially harbor life in the solar system,” said Geoff Yoder, acting associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington...
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Historic First Caribbean Challenge Initiative Council Meeting - Sep 26, 2016 - 11:53:57 AM

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia – The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment and Housing travelled to Saint Lucia to co-chair the historic first Caribbean Challenge Initiative Council Meeting. The CCI first Council Meeting was held on Friday, September 23. The CCI is comprised of Caribbean Governments determined to safeguard their marine and coastal resources. Minister Dorsett also represented The Bahamas at the 4th Annual Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Fund Meeting on the island which ran from on September 19 – 22.

The CCI was established eight years ago but Friday marked its groundbreaking Council Meeting...
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A ban on nuclear weapons could become a reality - Sep 26, 2016 - 8:46:21 AM
Geneva/New York (IFRC/ICRC) – On the occasion of this year's International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement renews its call on States to begin negotiations on a treaty to prohibit the use of and completely eliminate nuclear weapons, in accordance with their existing commitments.

This call comes during the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which may decide to convene a conference in 2017 to negotiate a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination. In doing so, they would be acting on the recommendation made in August by a United Nations Working Group on nuclear disarmament with the wide-spread support of States...
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Mitchell meets with Kissinger - Sep 23, 2016 - 7:05:23 AM

NEW YORK - Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell with Henry Kissinger, former United States Secretary of State in the administrations of both Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, at Mr. Kissinger’s office in New York 22 September 2016.

At right is Bahamas Ambassador-At-Large Stan O Smith. Minister Mitchell is in New York for 71st Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly...
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If there was something killing one in three men then there would be an outcry, says Secretary-General - Sep 23, 2016 - 12:05:29 AM

Global leaders and institutions have endorsed the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s call to work more effectively together to end the suffering of women and girls facing violence at the hands of their partners.

She was speaking at the Economic Cost of Violence Against Women event at the United Nations General Assembly (21st September). Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said that domestic violence was the greatest cause of death in women and girls.

“That is a fact and yet it’s quite shocking that knowing this so little has been done to address it” she said...
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Bahamian Donald Demeritte Elected to Head Regional Management Consultants Association - Sep 22, 2016 - 5:44:18 AM

The Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), a regional association, elected Bahamian Donald Demeritte, CMC as president for the 2016/2018  two-year term. The election, held during its recent annual conference in St. Lucia, also resulted in the election of Bahamian attorney Donna Smith to CICMC’s Regional Board of Directors. Demeritte and Smith also currently lead the Bahamas Chapter in their respective roles as president and vice president. 

The CICMC includes chapters and affiliates from throughout the Caribbean including Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grenada, St. Lucia, Suriname, St. Vincent and The Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago...
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Bahamian Student Wins CTO Youth Congress In Barbados - Sep 21, 2016 - 10:54:48 PM

Minister Wilchcombe congratulates first Bahamian to win the title

Bahamas Junior Minister of Tourism Gabrielle Josephs emerged the winner of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress in Barbados last Friday, becoming the first Bahamian to win the competition.

Josephs, a student of Mary Star of the Sea in Freeport, Grand Bahama, outperformed 14 students from the region to claim the title of Caribbean Jr. Minister of Tourism.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to have been selected out of all of the outstanding students in the region. I now represent, not only The Bahamas..."
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Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards 2016 set for September 27 - Sep 20, 2016 - 5:00:38 PM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will host the 2nd Annual Caribbean Exporter of the Year Awards at the Hilton Barbados Resort, Bridgetown Barbados on the evening of September 27, 2016 in recognition of the stellar contribution made by the region’s exporters to the regional economy.

The Awards were conceptualised to ultimately support the creation of an export culture across the region by encouraging CARIFORUM firms to either begin exporting, or to expand their exports and thus by extension, contribute towards the sustainability of our economies...
Arts & Culture
The Colour of Shadows: Images of Caribbean Slavery - Sep 19, 2016 - 4:43:37 PM

This imaginative book throws new light on the closing years of Caribbean slavery and the lives of enslaved people of African descent before emancipation in Trinidad in 1834. The book centres on the drawings of plantation life by Richard Bridgens, an English-born artist who became a planter and slaveholder in Trinidad, and examines these in the context of contemporary documents. The result is a detailed written and visual account of the everyday life of enslaved people, and the conditions under which they lived and worked.

Judy Raymond, in a deeply researched and elegantly written book, has shed light on Bridgens' career, and has closely analyzed his remarkable drawings...

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Five More Network Operators Sign Code of Practice on Safeguarding the Open Internet - Sep 16, 2016 - 5:21:49 AM

PORT OF SPAIN - Close to 30 Network Operators from the Caribbean region  have now signed the 'Code of Practice for safeguarding the open Internet'
Previously in a historic moment at the 32nd CANTO Conference and Exhibition in Puerto Rico, a significant number of CANTO members signed the Code of Practice for safeguarding the open Internet.
This Code of Practice balances the needs and freedoms of end users and content providers with the requirement of Operators to run their networks...
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Bahamas Tourism Minister Elected CTO Chairman - Sep 15, 2016 - 5:55:48 PM

Director General Joy Jibrilu named chairman of board of directors

Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe was elected as the new chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) at the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Barbados on Thursday, September 15.

Minister Wilchcombe, who will serve his second non-consecutive two-year term, replaces Barbados Tourism Minister Richard Sealy...
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Mitchell and Dorsett Among Participants in Ocean Conference - Sep 15, 2016 - 2:06:42 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, and the Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing, are among the participants in the 2016 Our Ocean conference being hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department here in Washington, D.C., September 15 to 16.

The two-day conference focuses on the key ocean issues of our time – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean – and has attracted some 450 participants, including foreign ministers, environment and fisheries ministers, and other established and up-and-coming ocean leaders in government, science, industry, and civil society...
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Bahamas Consul General receives Sri Lanka Honorary Consul - Sep 15, 2016 - 7:47:03 AM

NEW YORK -- The Hon. J. Ravi Jesubatham (right), FCA, ACMA, MBA, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Sri Lanka to The Bahamas, paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J Carroll, J.P, Bahamas Consul General to New York, at Bahamas House, 231 East 46th Street, on September 14,  2016.

The Honorary Consul was in New York on a business trip.
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Venezuela Hosting 3rd NAM Caribbean Summit This Week - Sep 15, 2016 - 6:15:27 AM

The 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is under way in Venezuela, where several Caribbean and Latin American Heads of State and Government from 120 countries have gathered on a Caribbean island -- for the third time -- to come to grips with the myriad problems facing the world’s second largest grouping.

The September 13 to 18 summit, being held in the island of Margarita, got under way Tuesday with a welcome address by Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Nelcy Rodriguez...
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