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NASA, University Study Shows Rising Seas Slowed by Increasing Water on Land - Feb 12, 2016 - 5:19:18 AM

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New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise.

A new study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and the University of California, Irvine, shows that while ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, changes in weather and climate over the past decade have caused Earth’s continents to soak up and store an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers, temporarily slowing the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent...

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IAEA to assist Latin American and Caribbean countries in early detection of Zika virus - Feb 11, 2016 - 2:15:37 PM

Vienna, Austria - Responding to requests for urgent assistance, the International Atomic Energy Agency will provide nuclear-derived early detection tools and training support to help Latin American and Caribbean countries rapidly identify cases of the Zika virus, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said today.

The IAEA assistance consists of the transfer of specialized equipment and technical expertise in the near future. The cost of this initiative—totalling 400,000 euros—is covered by reserve funds available for emergencies in the already approved annual IAEA budget. It is part of broader support to strengthen the region’s capacity to act against the Zika outbreak, which will be discussed by the IAEA’s Board of Governors early next month...
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U.S. Embassy Partners with Young Marine Explorers (YME) to host Leadership Workshop for NGO’s - Feb 11, 2016 - 10:43:00 AM

From March – May 2016, the Young Marine Explorers (YME) organization will facilitate a unique learning opportunity for CEO’s and executive directors of Bahamian non-profit organizations focused on management skills and leadership capacity.  Under the theme, “Elevate,” YME will offer a free, four-session workshop designed to cover strategic planning, effective management, fundraising, marketing, board development and financial management.  The workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Aubry, an internationally recognized not-for-profit consultant. Participants will engage in collaborative problem-solving strategies aimed at developing a peer-to-peer resource network...
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Bahamas Hon. Consul receives African American Hero award - Feb 9, 2016 - 10:35:32 PM

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CHICAGO, Illinois -- The Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago, was honored as the first African American Hero award recipient for their 2016 celebration of Black History Month by The Life Center Church of God In Christ on February 7, 2016. In accepting the award Honorary Consul Fountain expressed gratitude to Pastor T.L. Barrett, Jr., Assistant Pastor Dr. Wynetta Frazier and Life Center congregants for their love and support over the last twenty years.

Further, he promised to continue the work to make himself worthy of their very special acknowledgement...
News : International : Caribbean News
Five leaders of Canadian and Caribbean origin to be honoured in Toronto - Feb 8, 2016 - 7:06:36 PM

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Toronto, ON - The University of the West Indies today announced five leaders of Canadian and Caribbean origin, and one organization, to be honoured at the seventh annual Toronto Benefit Gala, on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton.

The Vice Chancellor’s Award is given to people of Caribbean heritage who have made significant contributions within their organizations and communities. The 2016 honourees are : Mr. Stephen Ames; Mr. Wesley Hall and Dr. Paul Steinbok...

News : International
Major named Employee of The Year at Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex - Feb 8, 2016 - 10:25:25 AM

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C. Paulette Zonicle has introduced a new annual initiative at Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex to show her appreciation for the hard work that her staff does on a daily basis.

At a staff luncheon held on Friday, February 5, 2016, at the Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Administrative Assistant Felipe Major was named Employee of the Year for 2015...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Haiti: Agreement for Peaceful Transition of Government Accomplished - Feb 6, 2016 - 1:20:26 PM

The Special Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Haiti which began on Sunday, January 31 is now completed.

Twenty two hours before the end of President Michel Martelly's term without an elected President to succeed him, an agreement was reached for a transitional government. Late on February 5th, President Martelly officially signed the agreement with President Jocelerme Privert and Vice-President Cholzer Chancy of the National Assembly...
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Bahamas Discusses Small Business Development Assistance with the OAS - Feb 6, 2016 - 8:29:52 AM

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WASHNGTON, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), and His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, on Thursday, February 4, 2016, met with Director Maryse Roberts and Ms. Renee Penco of the OAS Department of Economic Development to discuss assistance towards the potential establishment of a Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) in The Bahamas.

The OAS Project to help expand the US’s Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) model throughout the Caribbean is funded by the US OAS Mission. The initial phase of the project was launched in 2012 and was executed in five countries: Barbados, Belize, Dominican, Jamaica and Saint Lucia...
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Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta participates in immigration Workshop - Feb 5, 2016 - 6:43:13 PM

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ATLANTA, Georgia - Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta Randy Rolle was one of the Atlanta-based members of the Caribbean Consular Corps who participated in an Immigration and Citizenship Workshop sponsored by the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the Caribbean Association of Georgia at the Don Janelle in Decatur, Georgia, on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

Other members of the Caribbean Consular Corps who also provided passport information for their respective countries included Dr. Edward Layne, Barbados; Ms. Jewel Scott, Jamaica...
News : International
Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta attends luncheon hosted by co-founder of Poitier Global Training Institute - Feb 5, 2016 - 6:39:37 PM

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ATLANTA, Georgia - Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta Randy Rolle (right) is pictured at a luncheon hosted Mrs. Jeanne S. Hollis (left), co-founder of Poitier Global Training Institute, on Friday, January 29, at Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse in downtown Atlanta for members of the College of the Bahamas (COB) culinary team that competed in the Southeast Regional Culinary Competitions held at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta January 29-31, 2016.

Also pictured are Chef Mario Adderley (second from left), CC, MBA, an assistant professor and Head of Department for Food and Beverage at The College of the Bahamas...
News : International
C.O.B. culinary team wins silver medal - Feb 5, 2016 - 2:14:21 PM

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ATLANTA, Georgia -- A culinary team from the College of the Bahamas (COB) won a silver medal at Southeast Regional Culinary Competitions held at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta January 29-31, 2016.

Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta Randy Rolle attended the competition as well as a luncheon hosted for the group by Mrs. Jeanne S. Hollis, co-founder of Poitier Global Training Institute, at the Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse in downtown Atlanta on Friday...
News : International
IMSO Director General Meets with High Commissioner Bethel - Feb 5, 2016 - 12:14:20 PM


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Captain Moin Ahmed, Director General of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Eldred Bethel on Thursday, February 4th at Bahamas House.

In recently taking up his post in 2015, Captain Ahmed outlined the mandate of IMSO along with goals and objectives for 2016. Captain Ahmed gave an update on the workings of the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) and discussed the way forward on keeping and reducing the operational cost of the Long Range Identification and Tracking System (LRIT).

News : International
BFSB and ICB attend World Captive Forum in Boca Raton, Florida - Feb 4, 2016 - 10:10:06 PM

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The Bahamas Financial Services Board participated in the World Captive Forum in Boca Raton, Florida from January 31st-February 3rd.

This was BFSB’s first year attending the World Captive Forum, which celebrated its 25th anniversary. It is one of the longest running international captive insurance conferences in the world. Bahamas Financial Services Board, The Insurance Commission of The Bahamas along with other delegates of the private sector from The Bahamas attended this major captive insurance...
News : International
Consul General Rolle Attends State of City Breakfast - Feb 4, 2016 - 7:59:16 PM

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ATLANTA, Georgia -- Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta Randy Rolle (center) is pictured with several other members of the Atlanta Consular Corps at the 2016 Annual State of the City Business Breakfast, during which Mayor Kasim Reed highlighted accomplishments from 2015 and discussed future initiatives, on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

Held in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom of Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard N.W., the event was co-hosted by Sandy Douglas, President of Coca-Cola North America...
News : International : Caribbean News
Cable & Wireless and WhatsApp sign partnership - Feb 4, 2016 - 2:00:13 PM

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Cable & Wireless (C&W) and WhatsApp have entered into a strategic marketing partnership. A first for the Caribbean, this exciting deal offers C&W customers access to the full range of WhatsApp features across the company’s networks. As a result of this partnership, C&W will introduce a suite of innovative packages with additional benefits for customers, which will be unveiled across all its markets in the coming months.

Cable & Wireless’s brands—Flow, BTC, and LIME—are currently the only officially authorised providers of WhatsApp data bundles in the Caribbean region...

News : International
"Political commitment and more resources to fight Zika in the Americas," says PAHO Director - Feb 3, 2016 - 11:26:55 PM

Eliminating mosquitoes requires action by governments, businesses, individuals, families and communities. PAHO is requesting $8.5 million from the international community to support its technical cooperation with member countries.


3 February 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — More resources are urgently needed to fight the spread of Zika in the Americas and the apparently related increase in microcephaly and other complications, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) told ministers of health today in a meeting convened by the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), in Montevideo, Uruguay...
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PAHO Director to brief ministers of health on microcephaly / Zika in the Americas - Feb 2, 2016 - 6:03:20 PM

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(PAHO/WHO) – The Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, will brief ministers of health from nearly a dozen Latin American countries this week on the current state of the Zika virus outbreak, and the cases of microcephaly—unusually small head size in newborns--and other complications that are suspected of being linked to Zika virus infections.

The high-level briefing follows the declaration this past Monday of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO’s Director-General, due to clusters of microcephaly that have been reported in areas of Zika...
News : International
Bahamas Ambassador Rahming hosts U.N. Shark Conservation Luncheon - Feb 1, 2016 - 4:31:24 PM

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NEW YORK - H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), In his capacity as Chairman of the Save Our Sharks Coalition in New York, hosted a luncheon for some thirty United Nations Ambassadors on Wednesday, January 21, 2016.

Special guest was international motivational speaker and world-class paralympic swimmer Achmat Hassiem of Cape Town, South Africa. who lost a leg in a shark attack in 2006...
News : International : Caribbean News : Turks & Caicos Islands
Michael Misick's attorney responds to Sandals statement - Jan 30, 2016 - 5:12:20 PM

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I represent former Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands, Mr Michael Misick in association with Mr Adrian Kayne at Mr Misick's trial in Turks & Caicos on various corruption offences.

My attention has been drawn to a media release that has been issued on behalf of "Sandals-related companies" and carried in various media.

I feel constrained to issue this response on behalf of my client.

It is my view that the statement has been a consequence of the practice of the prosecution of issuing daily releases of its unproved opening...
News : International
Syria: Desperate population needs regular unimpeded aid, whatever talks outcome - Jan 30, 2016 - 3:24:48 PM


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Geneva/Damascus (ICRC) - The parties battling each other in Syria’s nearly 5-year-old conflict must allow a regular flow of aid to reach all those civilians suffering amid the fighting, whatever the outcome of peace talks getting under way in Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

“I saw malnourished young children and frail old people in an appalling state in Madaya, when we were able to get there earlier this month. But we were only able to deliver a few truckloads of aid, which took months to negotiate. This was too little, and too late for some, “said the head of the ICRC in Damascus, Marianne Gasser...

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