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International Conference Speaker Shares his Most memorable Speeches - Dec 10, 2018 - 10:23:02 AM
Public speaking for me is one of the gifts from my Creator. In addition to speaking successfully as an international conference speaker, I have also been blessed with the gifts of writing and hosting my own  television and radio shows .

I have been honored to give 5,000 speeches and presentations in my 30 years as a much sought after motivational speaker. So today, I thought I would share with you some of my most memorable speeches and presentations.

1. In 1990 I was contracted by the Life Underwriters Association of The Bahamas (LUAB) to be one of the speakers at their Annual Conference being held in Ft. Lauderdale , Florida at the Embassy Suites Hotel. I was extremely excited for this opportunity of being the first Bahamian to address their international conference and additionally...

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Mexico crowned Miss World 2018 - Dec 8, 2018 - 9:09:48 AM

Vanessa Ponce de Leon from Mexico has been crowned the winner of the 68th Miss World final held in Sanya, China and now holds the coveted title of Miss World 2018.

Vanessa was crowned on the world’s biggest stage by her predecessor 2017 Miss World, Manushi Chhillar. The Miss World Final attracts a global TV audience of one billion viewers worldwide. When combined with its social media and website, Miss World has reached more than two billion people in the run up to the final...
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U.S. Embassy Donates Over $430,000 in Equipment and Gear to the RBPF - Dec 7, 2018 - 12:08:19 PM

On December 6, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers and Minister of National Security The Honorable Marvin Dames participated in the official handover ceremony of more than $430,000 in equipment and gear to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) at the Police College. The donation was made possible through the U.S. Department of State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section. The donation includes 293 ballistic vests, plates, uniforms; a high-powered Leica Macroscope; Police College training equipment; and Safe boat Maintenance Equipment to various units in the RBPF...
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New ILO figures show 164 million people are migrant workers - Dec 6, 2018 - 9:39:24 AM

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9 per cent since 2013, when they numbered 150 million.

According to the 2nd edition of the ILO’s Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers , which covers the period between 2013 and 2017, the majority of migrant workers – 96 million – are men, while 68 million are women...
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Miss World 2018 to be crowned in China this Saturday - Dec 5, 2018 - 3:26:45 PM

The 68th Miss World Final is to be held on Saturday 8 December 2018 at the impressive Sanya City Arena, Lizhigou Road, Sanya, China.

This year 118 contestants from all over the world will compete for the coveted Miss World crown on the world’s biggest stage.

Manushi Chhillar of India, reigning Miss World said: “Being an ambassador for Miss World and Beauty With A Purpose is a great honour. Not only do you wear the badge of your country, bringing national pride and inspiring patriotism...
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U.S. Embassy Closure in observance of the National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush - Dec 4, 2018 - 10:59:24 AM

The United States Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.  President Trump has designated December 5th as a National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush, the forty-first President of the United States.

Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Thursday, December 6th at 8:00 a.m.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181...
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New Representative of Costa Rica to the OAS Presents Credentials to Secretary General Almagro - Nov 29, 2018 - 5:43:41 PM

The new Permanent Representative of Costa Rica, Montserrat Solano Carboni, today presented credentials to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro in a ceremony in which she highlighted the importance of joint work between states to ensure a better future for coming generations.

In her speech, Ambassador Solano Carboni recalled that her country "is historically committed to multilateralism and human rights and recognizes the value of political dialogue and consultation as essential elements for the peaceful resolution of conflicts." She added that the values promoted by her country...
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Tourism, Food Security Among High-potential Areas for Expanding UAE-Caribbean Cooperation - Nov 29, 2018 - 2:51:54 PM

Tourism, food security, manufacturing, logistics, and renewable energy have been identified as high-potential areas where companies in the UAE and Caribbean region can expand economic cooperation, according to new analysis from Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The findings, released on sidelines of the first UAE-Caribbean Cooperation Forum in Dubai, revealed that the value of non-oil trade between Dubai and Caribbean countries totaled $273 million in 2017...
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Medellín, Colombia to Host 49th OAS General Assembly - Nov 28, 2018 - 3:07:31 PM

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved a resolution to hold the next General Assembly of the Organization in Medellin, Colombia, on June 26, 27 and 28, 2019.

In his presentation to the Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, highlighted the commitment of his country to the renewal of Inter-American multilateralism and explained that Colombia's offer is framed in "an act of faith in the Inter-American system...
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New Ambassador of Barbados to the OAS Presents Credentials - Nov 28, 2018 - 1:24:39 PM

The new Permanent Representative of Barbados to the Organization of American States (OAS), Noel Lynch, today presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the Organization, Luis Almagro.

Ambassador Lynch said Barbados sees the OAS “as the premier multilateral organization in the Americas working to promote dialogue and to strengthen peace.” He pledged his country´s continuing commitment to support “the programs and activities in the critical areas of democracy, human rights...
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IAEA Inaugurates New Facility in Milestone for Modernization of Nuclear Applications Laboratories - Nov 28, 2018 - 10:12:02 AM

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today inaugurated a new laboratory building that will be used for scientific work to help countries address food and agricultural challenges. The event marks the conclusion of major construction in the project to upgrade the IAEA Nuclear Applications laboratories outside Vienna, Austria...
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Seychelles Steps Forward as Commonwealth Champion for Marine Protection - Nov 28, 2018 - 9:55:09 AM

Efforts to protect the ocean have received a major boost with the announcement that Seychelles will lead a Commonwealth Blue Charter action group on marine protected areas.
Seychelles is the latest and 12th country to step forward as a Commonwealth Blue Charter Champion country.
The announcement was made at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya...
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CHTA President calls for greater investment in Caribbean people - Nov 27, 2018 - 4:45:39 PM

While millions are drawn to the Caribbean's natural beauty and attractions every year, it is the creativity and warmth of the people that keep visitors returning, asserts Patricia Affonso-Dass, President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

Affonso-Dass, who will address this week's 9th Tourism Human Resources Conference hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, applauded the work of CTO, CHTA and many companies and destinations in the region...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Prime Minister of Jamaica Highlights OAS Role in the Region - Nov 27, 2018 - 4:21:04 PM

The Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness today addressed the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) and highlighted the crucial role the Organization has played in the last 70 years in promoting security, democracy, governance, peace and overall wellness in the region.

In his welcoming remarks, the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, said that Prime Minister Holness “is a symbol of change, and he has shown his commitment to effect change, particularly in the area of governance.” “We are witnessing a revisiting of the ideal of government for the people and by the people, which promises to lay firm foundations for more sustainable...
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Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa call on Commonwealth parliamentarians to ‘leave no one behind’ - Nov 27, 2018 - 1:00:35 PM

Two eminent former African Presidents, representing the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa, have urged Commonwealth parliamentarians to ensure they ‘leave no one behind’ in the fight to eradicate HIV and AIDS. The call was made during a side-event to the Westminster Seminar 2018, organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society in partnership with the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation in Africa and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, with the theme ‘HIV, Inclusion & Leaving No One Behind: A Conversation with Former African Presidents’...
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An orthodox cabinet as the Westminster system prescribed - Nov 27, 2018 - 12:26:18 PM

Reactions to the announcement by the office of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of adjustments to ministerial portfolios effective November 1, 2018, that many regard as a measly de-cluster of the hitherto cluster cabinet of ill-defined intentions in Saint Lucia, reinforce the planned vote of no confidence that has the government on the defensive.

There is also the analysis that the current adjustment in portfolios augments the superficial nature of a cabinet that is unable to condense the expenditure of central government and improve performance, albeit the prime minister’s thinking “to ensure greater synergy...
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Caribbean tourism organization to publish disaster risk management guide for Caribbean tourism - Nov 26, 2018 - 11:34:00 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, is soon to publish a disaster risk management (DRM) guide for the region’s tourism sector as part of its objective to foster a culture of preparedness in destination management.

The publication, which targets tourism businesses and policymakers, will help guide the tourism sector’s preparedness, response and recovery from the multiplicity of hazards that impact and/or potentially threaten the region...
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Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks, a new pop culture novel from St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Nov 26, 2018 - 8:34:01 PM

Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks is a new pop culture novel published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

Marks, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has written a “ferocious depiction” of a world dominated by social media appearances, said Gerty Dambury, a Prix Carbet author based in France.

Plastered in Pretty is “a dystopian tale set in a Caribbean paradise. Facebook and Instagram are virtual religious icons. A pyromaniac burns a new-born in the late night, and civil servants chat only via WhatsApp,” said HNP president Jacqueline Sample... 
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women - 25 November 2018 - Nov 26, 2018 - 4:45:47 PM

Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences (SRVAW) and the platform of key United Nations and regional expert mechanisms on Violence Against Women, including the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the United Nations Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice (WGDAW)...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS New Path Initiative Finances Projects by 23 At-risk Youth in Jamaica - Nov 26, 2018 - 3:00:36 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS), together with the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, the Trust of the Americas (TRUST) and the Institute of Law and Economics last Friday granted 23 youth in conflict with the law grants of $JA350,000 to implement their business plans...
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