Bahamas' DPM Davis Addresses SIDS Conference
- Sep 1, 2014 - 5:09:37 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, Hon. Philip Davis, headed a delegation to the United Nations Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)being held in Apia, Independent State of Samoa. Minister Davis delivered an address to the body today in which he made the case for The Bahamas to receive assistance and for developed nations to act.
over twenty years, we have fought soberly to bring positive change to
our plight. We have not been heard, yet we are expected to respond
effectively to hurdles imposed, not only by climate change, but by
cross-cutting challenges that befall every dimension of development. Mr.
Secretary General, by your admonishment, our voices will be heard. We
will speak with one loud and collective voice at your upcoming summit.
The Bahamas will be there
Commonwealth announces 2013 youth awards finalists
- Sep 1, 2014 - 3:43:23 PM
"Awards showcase the brilliance and the diversity of what young people are doing in The Commonwealth"
young people from across The Commonwealth have been shortlisted for the
2013 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development. The
finalists were selected for their innovative projects that have made a
significant difference to their communities and countries.
range from providing youth employment and job creation initiatives,
protecting the environment through innovative ideas in waste management,
empowering persons with disabilities and women in rural communities,
and leadership through peer education...
Kazakh Foreign Minister addresses 6th UNAOC Global Forum on Unity and Diversity
- Sep 1, 2014 - 3:32:28 PM
The Minister of
Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Kazakhstan, H.E. Erlan Idrissov,
visited Indonesia last week to participate in the 6th United Nations
Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) Global Forum, held in Bali on August
Focussing on the theme of “Unity in Diversity:
Celebrating Diversity for Common and Shared Values”, the Forum brought
together political, private sector and civil society leaders from around
the world – including United Nations Secretary General H.E. Mr. Ban
Turks and Caicos Authorities Intercept Illegal Haitian Immigration Attempt
- Sep 1, 2014 - 3:13:45 PM
TURKS & CAICOS - A
sloop carrying 82 would be illegal immigrants was intercepted by the
Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) and brought safely
to port at South Dock, Providenciales at 10.00am today, Monday, 1
The vessel was captured following a report passed to the police by immigration staff at the government’s coastal radar station.
60 males and 22 females were handed over to immigration officials at
the detention centre. After processing they will be repatriated to
Turks & Caicos Islands Government sees significant progress in nationwide recovery efforts
- Sep 1, 2014 - 2:05:43 PM
The Department of Disaster Management and
Emergencies (DDME) has reported that the Turks & Caicos Islands
Government (TCIG) has seen significant progress in its recovery efforts
around the islands.
Dr. Virginia I. Clerveaux, Director, DDME reported
“With a continued increase in manpower and equipment, the recovery
process is expected to be completed in approximately one week. All
major government roads in Provo are cleared and most
in North and Middle Caicos, with the exception of the Kew settlement...”
Call to scale up climate partnership for small islands
- Sep 1, 2014 - 2:05:24 PM
The heads of three
regional organisations, together with the Commonwealth, have called for
the strengthening of a global partnership to support climate change
planning and finance in small island developing states.
Climate Resilient Islands Partnership was formed in 2011 and launched at
the Rio+20 summit to support island nations, many of whom face
existential threats as a result of climate change and rising sea levels,
by providing a facility for sharing learning and providing mutual
Ahead of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States, in Samoa between 1-4 September 2014, the Commonwealth...
PAHO/WHO Director welcomes regulation of food industry to curb obesity
- Aug 31, 2014 - 9:32:30 AM
labeling, promotion and advertising of processed foods are needed to
reverse “exponentially increasing” patterns of unhealthy consumption
D.C. — Countries in the Americas—which have the highest obesity rates
in the world—are fighting the obesity epidemic with new, stricter
regulations on food labeling, promotion and advertising.
regulations, which seek to inform and protect consumers while creating
incentives for healthier eating, are “important advances that should be
stimulated throughout the region,” said Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director
of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
(PAHO/WHO), speaking this week at the International Conference on Food
Update: Turks & Caicos Islands Government continues flood recovery effort
- Aug 28, 2014 - 7:06:40 PM
The Turks and Caicos
Islands’ Acting Governor and Premier received the latest update about
the nation’s recovery from Tropical Storm Cristobal today, Thursday, 28
The Disaster Executive Policy Committee, co-chaired
by the Acting Governor the Hon. Anya Williams and Premier Hon. Dr. Rufus
Ewing, along with Ministers and Senior civil servants, received the
very latest information from North Caicos and Providenciales.
of Engineering and Maintenance Services, Xavier Malcolm, who is leading
the effort on North Caicos advised that this afternoon flood water
levels in Bottle Creek had significantly reduced due to a combination...
Inagua's Morton Bahamas Limited group visits Washington
- Aug 28, 2014 - 5:39:26 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. --
Four employees of Morton Bahamas Limited in Inagua who are attending a
conference in the Washington, D.C., area paid courtesy calls on His
Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States,
and Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consulate General to Washington,
D.C., on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
Included in the group are
Mr. Etienne Farquharson, Environment, Health and Safety Manager with
Morton Bahamas Limited; Mrs. Jennifer Brown, President of the Bahamas
Industrial Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU); Mr. Wilfred
Solomon, BIMAWU Vice President; and Mr. Allan C. Clare, BIMAWU Secretary
General. They are participating in the annual Voluntary Protection
Programs Safety Conference currently being held at the Gaylord Hotel,
Oxon illHill, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C...
Bahamians living in the Toronto, Canada area Meet and Greet Reception
- Aug 28, 2014 - 2:26:27 PM
The High Commission for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Ottawa
wishes to advise that His Excellency Dr. Calsey Johnson would like to
meet all Bahamians living and studying in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
to officially introduce himself and his team.
The Meet and
Greet will be held on 12 September 2014 at 7pm at the Double Tree by
Hilton Toronto Downtown, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1R3.
All persons planning to attend the Meet and Greet are asked to email...
Carib News Multi-National Business Conference coming to Bahamas
- Aug 28, 2014 - 11:39:09 AM
NEW YORK, New York -- Mr. Karl Rodney, Publisher and CEO of The New
York CARIB NEWS, along with his wife and President of CARIB NEWS, Mrs. Faye
Rodney, paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul
General to New York, on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Bahamas House, 231 East
46th Street. Mr. and Mrs. Rodney will be
hosting the 19th ANNUAL CARIB NEWS MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE in
Nassau, Bahamas, November 6-9, 2014 at Sandals Royal Resort.
For the past 19
years, the annual CARIB NEWS Multi-National Business Conference has been
instrumental in encouraging investment, cross-border trade and business
partnerships, the role played by executives of major...
Bahamian UHY Forensics Partner Earns Diplomate Status with Prestigious American Institute
- Aug 27, 2014 - 3:27:58 PM
Bahamas - John S. Bain, the Bahamas’ UHY Managing Partner has
earned Diplomate status with the American Board of Forensic Examiners by
the American College
of Forensic Examiners Institute (ACFEI). Diplomate Status is a high
honor bestowed by the ACFEI, and is reserved only for those members that
have made significant professional achievements and contributions to
the field of forensic sciences.
In order to
qualify, a special advisory board of forensic accounting professionals
at the ACFEI reviews recently completed forensic reports, or court
transcripts to ensure that the conclusions withstands scientific rigor.
Diplomates are leaders in their forensic science
disciplines and must complete rigorous continuing education
requirements in their respective fields...
CRFM to Give Oral Arguments to Law of the Sea Tribunal
- Aug 26, 2014 - 4:42:59 PM
Belize City - The Caribbean Regional
Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will on September 5, 2014 give oral arguments
to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in
Hamburg, Germany in response to a request for an advisory opinion on
Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in African waters.
which is made up of 21 Judges, including two from the Caribbean,
namely, Judge Dolliver Nelson (Grenada), and Judge Anthony Amos Lucky
(Trinidad and Tobago), is hearing oral submissions from States Parties
to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and International
Organisations with an interest in the subject.
Professor Pieter BekkerLegal Counsel for the CRFM, Professor Pieter Bekker of Dundee University, UK will join representatives of nine...
Bahamas gets into the #ALS Bucket Challenge
- Aug 22, 2014 - 3:28:17 PM
ALS Ice Bucket
Challenge is taking the internet by storm raising vital funds for
research into in many areas of the world, predominantly United States
and Canada, but The Bahamas is now taking part, and although we've seen
videos popping up on the internet, we'd like to share this one from the
General Miami who were challenged by the
Consulate General of Canada Miami. "We would like to challenge the US
Department of State - Office of Foreign Missions in Miami; Bahamas
Consulate Atlanta; The Bahamas Tourism Office Plantation; and the
Bahamas Consulate General and UN Permanent Mission in New York!" they said on their Facebook page.
According to Forbes Magazine, "between June 1 and August 17, over 28 million people have joined the
conversation about the Ice Bucket Challenge including posting,
commenting or liking a challenge post and 2.4 million videos related to
the ice bucket challenge have been shared on the social network..."
Target Cruise Executives and Tourism Stakeholders at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show
- Aug 29, 2014 - 7:01:00 AM
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- The 2014 FCCA Cruise Conference &
Trade Show, the largest cruise and tourism conference and trade show in
the Caribbean, will let delegates and exhibitors target about 1,000
cruise tourism stakeholders and 100 FCCA Member Line presidents, CEOs
and executives from multiple sectors, including operations, purchasing,
marketing, shore excursions and government relations.
Conference and Trade Show is a great opportunity to network with and
learn from the FCCA Member Lines' key players," said Kevin Sheehan,
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO and FCCA chairman. "Attendees have ample
opportunities to promote products, develop working relationships and
discuss trends with the industry's most important executives."
Arawak Port Development First to Implement Navis Software in The Caribbean
- Aug 28, 2014 - 11:09:48 AM
NASSAU, Bahamas – The Arawak Port
Development Limited (APD) is “leading the way” with new technology after
it became the first company in the Caribbean to implement the top
software for marine terminals.
which is considered the Microsoft of the marine industry, combines
industry best practices with innovative technology and world-class
services that enable marine terminal operators worldwide to maximize
performance with reduced risk.
The cutting edge technology will go live on November 18.
Turks and Caicos Public School Opening Delayed
- Aug 28, 2014 - 9:17:14 AM
TURKS & CAICOS -
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services wishes
to advise the general public that public schools will reopen on Monday,
8th September 2014. The 2014-2015 academic year was schedule to begin on
Monday, 1st September, however, with the passage of Tropical Storm
Cristobal and the resulting flooding across much of the country, several
students and teachers have been affected thus, hampering a smooth
opening. After consultations with school officials a decision was taken
to delay the reopening of schools by one week.
The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring that all schools are in readiness to receive students and welcome teachers....
OAS Permanent Council Urged Haiti to Hold Overdue Elections and Convened a Special General Assembly on Strategic Vision
- Aug 28, 2014 - 8:47:14 AM
Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today
adopted a Declaration calling on the three branches of government of
Haiti to comply with the agreement knows as El Rancho and to call
legislative and municipal elections by the end of
2014, and also convened a Special General Assembly on the Strategic
Vision for the Organization to be held on
Friday, September 12.
The Chair of the Permanent Council and Representative of Saint Lucia, Ambassador Sonia Johnny, said the
Declaration on Haiti supports “the efforts of a member state to be
able to hold elections in accordance with the terms of its constitution
and with other agreements."
Caribbean Fisheries Officers off to Australia for Training
- Aug 27, 2014 - 3:31:02 PM
BELIZE CITY - Eighteen (18) senior fisheries officers and marine management
experts from 10 member countries of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries
Mechanism (CRFM) will take part in the 2014 CARICOM Fisheries Law and
Training Workshop at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales,
Australia. The training workshop is funded by the Government of
through the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship Programme.
This is the second training workshop for fisheries personnel from the
CARICOM countries. Sixteen (16) officers from nine CARICOM countries
trained in 2012...
TCI Ministry of Health and Human Services issues advice to residents in areas affected by flooding
- Aug 27, 2014 - 1:08:38 PM
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS -
Heavy rainfall from the passing of Tropical Storm Cristobal over the
weekend has resulted in significant flooding in several Islands
especially Providenciales, North Caicos and Middle Caicos.
Beware of and avoid areas where there is floodwater as it may be
contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Don’t allow children to
play in floodwater.
· Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.
Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as
soon as possible; damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards...