NASA telescope reveals largest batch of earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star
- Feb 22, 2017 - 1:21:53 PM
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system
of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets
are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent
star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.
discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone
planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of
these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it –
under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest
with the three in the habitable zone...
Statement by Dominica's Foreign Minister re Allegations
- Feb 21, 2017 - 3:35:24 PM
DOMINICA - The following is a statement by the Honourable Francine Baron, Dominica's Minister for
Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs made on February 21, 2017 in relation to allegations made
about her by Dominica's Opposition Leader Lennox Linton:
last several months there has been a sustained campaign by Lennox
Linton, Angelo Alleyne, Matt Peltier and others aided and abetted by Q95
to damage my reputation. They have alleged that I received a cheque of
USD10,000 while in Malaysia for a Dominica Disaster Development Fund and
that I misappropriated those funds for my own use. This is a very
serious allegation which has led to calls by some persons for me to be
arrested and investigated by the police...
CARICOM Statement at Conclusion of the 28th Intersessional Meeting
- Feb 18, 2017 - 6:40:34 PM
The Twenty-Eighth Intersessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government
concluded a short while ago. I am very pleased to report that we had two
successful days of discussions and decisions on issues that are
important to moving the Community towards its objectives.
the course of our discussions, the Conference of Heads of Government
reflected on the importance of the CARICOM ‘Brand’, and the pride that
we have in our citizenship, citizenry and membership...
Sharks and rays big business for The Bahamas
- Feb 17, 2017 - 5:41:47 PM
study published in the journal
found that sharks and rays contributed US$114 million to the Bahamian
economy in 2014, with 99 percent of this value generated by the shark
and ray tourism sector. The new research
contributes to a growing recognition that shark conservation provides
significant economic benefits in addition to critical conservation
study was spearheaded by Edward Brooks, Ph.D., and led by research
associate Andrea Haas of the Cape Eleuthera Institute,
and assisted by Tony Fedler, Ph.D., of the University of Florida.
According to the study, 19,000 divers—or 43 percent of all dive tourists
visiting The Bahamas—came primarily to see sharks. Recreational shark
divers spent $49 million, which went on to circulate
through the national economy and ultimately contributed $109 million to
Baleària Caribbean Conducts Emergency Exercise on Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Feb 17, 2017 - 11:47:34 AM
The fast ferry Jaume I of Baleària Caribbean was the scenery for a
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) emergency exercise organized by the
Florida Army National Guard's Civil Support Team (CST).
drill, which took place, last Wednesday at the Port Everglades facility
in Fort Lauderdale, consisted of a simulation of biological
contamination aboard the ship. During the demonstration, the emergency
personnel detected several passengers with symptoms of contamination,
after which they proceeded to notify the relevant authorities to
activate the emergency protocol...
Save our Sharks Coalition Luncheon
- Feb 17, 2017 - 8:05:45 AM
After three years at the helm of the Save our Sharks Coalition in New
York, The Bahamas on Thursday, February 16, 2017, hosted some 30
Ambassadors to the United Nations at a lunch commemorating the handover
of leadership of the Organisation to the Pew Charitable Trust. Over the
past three years, The Bahamas Mission to the United Nations has had
particular focus on the preservation of healthy Oceans and Seas and is
now closely aligned with Ocean Sanctuary Alliance in pursuit of the
fulfillment of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, which is a global
clarion call for conservation of healthy Oceans and Seas worldwide.
Lindsay Thompson participating in International Visitor Leadership Program
- Feb 16, 2017 - 2:40:22 PM
Ms. Lindsay Thompson, Senior Information Officer with the Bahamas
Information Services (BIS), is among 22 professionals in their
respective fields currently participating in the International Visitor
Leadership Program (IVLP) sponsored by the United States Department of
State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Washington, D.C., is
the first of several U.S. cities that participants in IVLP will visit
from February 13 to March 3.
Launched in 1940, the IVLP “seeks to build
mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through
carefully designed professional visits to the United States for current
and emerging foreign leaders,” according to a Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs document...
PAHO Director congratulates Belize’s Prime Minister for his country’s achievements in vaccination and malaria
- Feb 15, 2017 - 12:37:15 PM
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa
F. Etienne, congratulated Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize today
for his country’s success in promoting immunization and dramatically
reducing the burden of malaria.
“Thanks to high rates of
vaccination, Belize has been able to eliminate measles, rubella and
congenital rubella syndrome, as has the rest of the region—the first in
the world to achieve this,” Etienne told Barrow after visiting Belize’s
National Vaccines Storage Facility, which was built with PAHO support...
Voter Registration continues at Bahamas High Commission Ottawa
- Feb 14, 2017 - 10:24:24 PM
The High Commission wishes to announce that registration of eligible
persons to the 2017 Voter Register continues at the High Commission in
Ottawa or during voter registration clinics in selected cities.
this regard, The High Commission is pleased to announce that it will be
hosting a Voter Registration Clinic in Toronto from February 23-24,
2017 at the Bahamas Tourism Office located 2150 Islington Avenue, Ste
212, Toronto, Ontario M9P 3V4.
As a reminder, eligible persons to
register overseas under the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Act,
are: Bahamian students in full time studies overseas, Bahamian employees
posted to any Bahamas High Commission, Embassy, Permanent Mission,
Consulate, Maritime Authority and Tourism Office including their
IDB and UB to host early childhood development, social challenges in the Caribbean event
- Feb 14, 2017 - 1:36:26 PM
As part of the ongoing collaboration between the Inter-American
Development Bank Group (IDB Group) and the University of The Bahamas, we
are pleased to announce the regional launch of ‘Development in the
Americas’, scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Harry C.
Moore Library Auditorium, University of The Bahamas.
seminar will feature presentations on two of IDB’s flagship publications
on social and economic development in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Regional public ministries and private institutions have been invited to
provide policy perspectives on recent regional and local industry and
regulatory developments in sectors related to education, social
services, labour and health...
Trump and Trudeau Release Joint Statement
- Feb 13, 2017 - 1:56:10 PM
President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held their
first official meeting today in Washington, D.C. and affirmed their
longstanding commitment to close cooperation in addressing both the
challenges facing our two countries and problems around the world.
two countries share deeper or broader relations than Canada and the
United States. We are bound together by our history, our values, our
economy, our environment, and our resolve to improve the lives of our
citizens. Our close relationship and ongoing collaboration allow us to
successfully meet any challenges we may face over the coming years, and
to build a prosperous future for the people of both countries...
Education Ministers Approve Inter-American Education Agenda at OAS Meeting in Bahamas
- Feb 12, 2017 - 4:54:10 PM
Ministers of Education of the member states of the Organization of
American States (OAS) meeting in Nassau, Bahamas, today approved the
Inter-American Education Agenda (IEA), the culmination of a two-year
process of negotiations to define common priorities aimed at improving
quality education in the region, in line with the Sustainable
Development Goals agreed by the United Nations in 2015.
The approval of the Inter-American Education Agenda is a milestone
achievement in improving quality education in the Americas, as it
codifies agreement on three concrete priorities: Quality, inclusive, and
equitable education; Strengthening the teaching profession; and
Comprehensive early childhood care...
Bahamas and OAS Sign MOU for Small Business Development Center
- Feb 10, 2017 - 1:05:25 PM
The Bahamas is the beneficiary of a Small Business Development Center
(SBDC) as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed
Thursday between The Bahamas and the Organization of American States
The Hon. Michael Halkitis, the Bahamas’ Minister of State
for Finance, and His Excellency Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the
OAS, signed the agreement during the 9th Inter-American Meeting of
Ministers of Education at Atlantis, Paradise Island.
attendance was His Excellency Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to
the United Nations in New York and Permanent Representative to the OAS...
Bahamas & OAS sign MOU for scholarships & training
- Feb 9, 2017 - 6:37:27 PM
The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology (MOEST) and the General Secretariat of the Organization of
American States (OAS), today, signed a Memorandum of Understanding that
will provide scholarships and training programs for Bahamian students.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome
Fitzgerald and His Excellency Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General,
signed the understanding, Thursday, February 9th during the official
opening ceremony of the 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of
Education (9IAMME) at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island...
Board selected to guide new eastern Caribbean Alliance
- Feb 9, 2017 - 1:00:21 PM
Another step has been taken toward a more united Caribbean with the
election of a new board to head the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for
Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) . The eleven member board was drawn
from representatives of eighteen regional organisations at the
Alliance’s February 6, 2017 general meeting.
Board Chair René
Holder-McClean-Ramirez notes, “The new board fully recognises the wide
scope of work ahead of us. We are committed to fostering a space that
will complement the development and strengthen the communities,
territories and by extension the region of which we are all a part...”
Bahamians in The Diaspora: Cyril G. Jervis Providing Sterling Leadership for Bahamas Association of Chicago
- Feb 8, 2017 - 4:01:24 PM
When Buddy Hield and the New Orleans Pelicans visited Chicago on January
14, 2017, for a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center,
the Bahamian basketball sensation received a warm welcome from a group
of Bahamians living in the Chicago area during a post-game “meet and
greet” organized by the Hon. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary
Consul to Chicago, and members of the Bahamas Association of Chicago.
Bahamas Association of Chicago has been a networking organization for
Bahamians living in the Midwest United States for a number of years, but
it has had a sort of renaissance in recent years under a dynamic
Executive Board that includes Mr. Cyril G. Jervis, President; Dianna
Walkine, Vice President; Jeff Crittenden, treasurer; and Esmeralda
(Ford) Crittenden, secretary...
Nigel Green Launches Campaign to Repeal Obama-Era FATCA Law
- Feb 8, 2017 - 7:45:15 AM
Green, founder and CEO of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest
independent financial organizations, has launched a Washington, DC-based
lobbying and media campaign to repeal the Foreign Account Tax
Compliance Act, or FATCA.
in 2010 by a Democrat-controlled Congress and signed into law by Barack
Obama, FATCA is virtually unknown to most Americans but has been
wreaking havoc with the global financial system outside the U.S. Touted
as a weapon against “fat cat” tax evaders stashing funds offshore, FATCA
is instead an indiscriminate information dragnet requiring all non-U.S.
financial institutions (banks, credit unions, insurance companies,
investment and pension funds, etc.) in every country in the world to
report data on all specified U.S. accounts to the IRS...
Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex Employees of The Year announced in Washington
- Feb 6, 2017 - 12:19:26 PM
Ms. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., has
announced that Mrs. Deborah Harrison and Miss Stephanie Rahming have
been named co-winners of The Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex 2016
Employee of the Year award.
Mrs. Harrison, private secretary to
the Consul General and Office Facility Manager, and Miss Rahming,
Accounts Officer at the Consular Annex, were presented with their awards
at a luncheon held in their honour on Monday, January 30, 2017, in the
conference room of the Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
ICAO TRIP Seminar strengthens border control efforts in the Caribbean
- Feb 3, 2017 - 12:45:54 AM
Representatives of 25 countries gathered in Antigua and Barbuda this
week for the latest ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP)
Hosted by the Ministry of Public Utilities,
Civil Aviation and Transportation of Antigua and Barbuda, the event’s
primary goal was to improve identity management and travel document
security systems and processes.
ICAO Council President Dr.
Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu delivered the opening address to the 180
government and industry seminar participants in attendance...
Prime Minister Christie's Remarks at the Opening of Caribbean Travel Marketplace
- Feb 2, 2017 - 10:18:26 PM
Madam President of the Caribbean Hotel Association, Ministers and other
dignitaries, members of the Hotel and Tourism Industry, Ladies and
Your presence here with Caribbean Travel Marketplace
two years in a row is quite a testimony to the quality of the experience
that you have found in The Bahamas. And that testimony is affirmed by
the number of your delegates that added post-Marketplace trips to other
islands of The Bahamas.
We recognize that The Bahamas is a diverse but cohesive collection of
islands strung across the rim of the Caribbean Sea, covering an area
equal to that between Puerto Rico and Trinidad...