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OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to Haiti - Apr 15, 2014 - 9:28:00 PM

A Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to Haiti from April 8 – 10 with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus among its member countries.

The Commission of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) was made up of Mario Hidalgo Jara, Technical Analyst of the Implementation of International Instruments to Combat Corruption of the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Oversight (CPCCS) of Ecuador and current Chair of the Committee of Experts of MESICIC; Marcela Miranda Pérez, Chief Councilwoman...
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Jazz On The Square Returns to City Centre in St. Lucia - Apr 15, 2014 - 4:04:26 PM

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Saint Lucia - The highly popular lunchtime concert series Jazz on the Square returns to the heart of nation’s capital with three days of contemporary Caribbean cross-over music.

Staged annually at the Derek Walcott Square in downtown Castries, the 2014 Jazz on the Square line-up includes nine dynamic performances by top local and regional acts from Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Barbados. Performances start on Wednesday May 7 and continue through Friday May 09...
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8 Year-old Bahamian Among Seven National Dream Kids Scholarship Winners in USA - Apr 15, 2014 - 2:05:53 AM

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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...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
CIDI of the OAS Debates Development Agenda - Apr 15, 2014 - 12:42:44 AM

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The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today held a general debate on the development agenda of the Organization, in a regular meeting in Washington, DC.

Upon beginning the meeting, the Chair of CIDI and Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the OAS, Diego Pary, said “it is important to recognize the interest expressed by the member states in the pillar of integral development in our Organization,” and that there is also a need to recognize that “we still have not achieved the impetus we had hoped for” in this respect.
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OAS Statement on the Death of Professor Norman Girvan, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States - Apr 13, 2014 - 1:10:12 PM

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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, issued the following statement on the passing of Professor Norman Girvan, former Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States:

“I wish to express my profound regret at the untimely passing of Dr. Norman Girvan, a unique and outstanding Caribbean intellectual and development economist, who was Professor Emeritus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) and second Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) from 2000 to 2004.
News : International
Two Center Tourism Program to be launched between China and the Bahamas - Apr 13, 2014 - 2:17:19 AM

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Extensive consultation has been undertaken with the tourism industry and across government and industry in both China and the Bahamas to guide the development of a Two Center Tourism Program with the Chinese tourist traveling to both the United States and Canada.  The United States and Canada remain the top destinations visited by out bound Chinese travelers with a very close proximity to the Island of the Bahamas creating a feasible travel system between the neighboring countries. A Two Center Program will allow travelers to visit destinations in both Canada and The United States whiles adding the Bahamas on their travel package with only one itinerary.
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"Nassau Declaration" signed at Caribbean Financial Action Task Force meeting - Apr 11, 2014 - 2:05:08 PM

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New Providence, Bahamas - Following the meetings of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, the "Nassau Declaration" was signed, April 3, 2014.

Seated from left: Chair of National Anti-Money Laundering Committee, Cheryl-Ann Lister; Attorney General of Dominica, Levi A. Peter; Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Chairperson, Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Sen. Allyson Maynard-Gibson; Attorney General of Cayman Islands, Samuel Bulgin; and. Attorney General of Turks and Caicos Islands, Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles and Minister of Justice and Police, Edward Bellor.
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Bahamas PM attends Graham Thompson TCI opening - Apr 11, 2014 - 2:01:26 PM

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Remarks by the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P., Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas at the official opening of Graham Thompson's Chambers in Providenciales,Turks & Caicos Islands on April 9th, 2014:


I'm delighted to be here once again in the Turks & Caicos Islands and, in particular, this beautiful island of Providenciales. More than just neighbours, we are family. And whenever families are brought together like this, it's an occasion for celebration. It's no different this evening. Thank you for receiving my colleagues and I, with the warmth and hospitality reserved for family.

I'm especially delighted to be here to bring brief remarks on the occasion of the ceremonial opening of Graham Thompson's first office outside The Bahamas.

News : International : Caribbean News
Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference & Trade Show Registration Now Open - Apr 11, 2014 - 12:37:59 PM

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PEMBROKE PINES, FL - Registration is now open for the 2014 FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, taking place in St. Maarten from October 6-10, 2014. The event will gather over 1,000 stakeholders from all sectors the cruise tourism industry, along with over 100 FCCA Member Line cruise executives, presidents and CEOs.

Attendees will have access to these key decision makers during a four-day series that balance business sessions and networking opportunities. These include one-on-one meetings with cruise executives of attendees' choice, which offer a chance to promote a product or receive individualized input; social functions that foster interaction in a laid-back, engaging atmosphere...
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Bimini Sands Resort & Marina Joins Expedition Collection by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges - Apr 11, 2014 - 8:36:00 AM

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -  Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges announced today that Bimini Sands Resort & Marina has joined the company’s Expedition Collection, a portfolio of Outpost properties that stretches through the Bahamas, Caribbean and Galapagos Islands.  

 “We are thrilled that Bimini Sands invited us back to Bimini,” noted Harvey, a celebrated international marine wildlife artist, scientist and conservationist.  In announcing the company’s return to the legendary fishing island, Harvey added: “Our fans want us back in Bimini to help promote and protect the island’s heritage they have enjoyed for years and hope to pass on to the next generation.”...
News : International
Representatives from Consul General’s Office Greet Bahamian Students at Lee University - Apr 9, 2014 - 8:58:25 PM

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Cleveland, Tennessee - Bahamian students enrolled in Lee University in Tennessee got the opportunity to socialize with Consul General Randy E. Rolle plus Culture and Student Affairs Officer Robert Pinder. The students were elated to meet the team, whose Atlanta-based office includes Tennessee within their jurisdiction.

"It was heartwarming to meet these dynamic young Bahamians who are representing our nation as student ambassadors,” said Consul General Rolle. “They thanked us for taking the time to come and interact with them, something they said has never been done with other official Bahamian representatives. We spent a few hours getting to know the students...
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Quotable Caribbean: Darren Sammy, Patricia Affonso-Dass, Avion Hercules, and more... - Apr 7, 2014 - 3:54:06 PM

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"For me, it has never been about whether I am captain or not. I just enjoy playing for West Indies. Not many people get to wake up in the morning and get to do something they love. I know I have a lot of friends who wake up on a Monday morning not wanting to go to work. For me, it's about enjoying what I do, and whether I'm captain or not, it's about giving the best for the team." - Darren Sammy, Captain, West Indies Test and T20 cricket sides (gulfnews.com)

"In the UK and Europe, generally the outlook is positive for 2014 - bookings for the winter were looking stronger than those of last year and the forward booking pace is encouraging. The UK, and also Europe, is seeing a longer length of stay of 12 to 14 days which is a very good boost for Barbados'..."
News : International : Caribbean News
Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Financial Services to be established - Apr 4, 2014 - 5:53:16 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas, April 3, 2014. The University of the West Indies and the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services have agreed to work towards the establishment of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Financial Services.

The announcement was made at the 3rd Caribbean Conference on the International Financial Services Sector, hosted by The Caribbean Export Development Agency, on Wednesday afternoon by the Minister of Financial Services Commission for The Bahamas - Ryan Pinder...
News : International : Caribbean News
Bahamas wants Regional Centre of Excellence in Financial Services - Apr 4, 2014 - 5:47:16 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas -  The creation of a regional centre of excellence in financial services is being touted as the way forward if the region is to face the challenges and volatility of the global world of financial services.

This is the view ofthe Minister for Financial Services here, Ryan Pinder, who told delegates attending the 3rd Caribbean Conference on the International Financial Services Sector hosted jointly with The Caribbean Export Development Agency, that the Caribbean must commit to developing a platform of education and training regionally...
News : International
Two Women Charged with Smuggling of Bahamian Iguanas - Apr 4, 2014 - 12:28:08 PM

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LONDON, England - Two Romanian women have been sentenced to one year in prison for smuggling 13 critically endangered iguanas from The Bahamas into London Heathrow Airport.

The women, Angela-Alina Bita, 26, and Vitora-Oliva Bucsa, 24 were found with the iguanas by UK Border Force officers on February 3rd at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

Both pleaded guilty to illegal importation at Isleworth Court in the UK on Thursday 3 April 2014.
News : International
GBPA Brings Keynote Address at China International Business Conference - Apr 4, 2014 - 1:06:51 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited’s (GBPA) Business Development Manager, Mr. Derek Newbold, recently traveled to Shenzhen, China as a keynote speaker at the Boshang/DBBG International Business Conference.

The event was a partnership between the DB Business Group (DBBG) and the Boshang Foundation.  This new venture is a unique collaboration of the public, private and educational sectors, consisting of Shenzhen government; represented by the Liaoning Province/Liaoyuan City, a consortium of private businesses and the Bo Providers Alumni Association, a branch of the Tsinghua University Alumni Association.
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U.S. Embassy Supports Bahamian Participation in Domestic Violence Course - Apr 3, 2014 - 9:43:41 PM

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Eight Bahamian officials from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Bureau of Women’s Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Legal Affairs, and the Ministry of Social Services participated in the Intervention Strategies for Domestic and Gender-based Violence course held at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in San Salvador, El Salvador March 24-28, 2014.  The delegation was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section as part of the U.S. Embassy’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness and help eradicate violence against women.

The ILEA course, led by instructors from the Government of Chile, was designed to teach law enforcement and support personnel how to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, and covered topics including:  risk factors associated with domestic violence; the importance of risk assessment in the intervention in domestic violence cases; the framework of psycho-social...

News : International
Dr. Myles Munroe presents at National Religious Broadcasters - Mar 9, 2014 - 1:50:02 PM

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Last week renowned Bahamian Leader Dr. Myles Munroe was a featured bestselling authors at one of the largest Media conventions in the United States. The National Religious Broadcasters is the largest gathering of influencers in the world of Christendom bringing together over one hundred thousand publishers, distributors, bookstore owners, television and radio networks and best authors from around the world.

Dr. Myles Munroe was presented to the NRB Convention by Whitaker House Publishers of in the United States as their bestselling author and released his newest book – The Power of Character in Leadership- at the four-day event...
News : International
International Women's Day Op-ed by U.S. Charge d'Affaires John Dinkelman - Mar 8, 2014 - 10:59:58 AM

I Congratulate The Bahamas for the Progress that has Been Made

International Women’s Day is a celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women in recognition of their economic, political, and social achievements. Supporting women is a high-yield investment, resulting in stronger economies, more vibrant civil societies, healthier communities, and greater peace and stability. On this International Women’s Day, formally observed on March 8, 2014, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all Bahamians to continue in your pursuit of equality for all women of The Bahamas. We recognize the courageous and unwavering tenacity of Bahamian women during the suffrage movement over fifty years ago, which set the stage for majority rule and independence in 1973.
News : International
Grave Crimes against Women Continue, Greater Accountability Needed - Mar 7, 2014 - 2:14:33 PM

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ICC and states must increase efforts to prosecute sexual and gender-based crimes 

New York/The Hague—The International Criminal Court (ICC) and governments around the world should advance women’s rights by increasing their efforts to hold perpetrators of sexual and gender-based crimes in conflict to account, the Coalition for the ICC said ahead of International Women’s Day, 8 March. 

“The ICC prosecutor is demonstrating greater commitment to gender justice. But as today’s acquittal of Germain Katanga for sexual crimes in the DRC shows, much work remains to be done in securing evidence sufficient for successful prosecutions,” said Jelena Pia-Comella,

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