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US Coast Guard to suspend search for missing teens on Friday at sunset - Jul 31, 2015 - 1:12:45 PM

July 31: The US Coast Guard search for the missing Jupiter teens will be suspended at sunset on Friday, July 31st, one week after Austin and Perry went missing. The Coast Guard said it has done all they could to locate the two boys, however the families say they will continue the search.

Should new information come to light before sunset, the Coast Guard they would reopen the case...
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Bahamas given Tier 1 Trafficking in Persons ranking - Jul 30, 2015 - 1:10:07 PM

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau congratulates the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on its Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 TIP Report.  We commend the government for its efforts to strengthen anti-trafficking law enforcement, protect trafficking victims, and inform the public and potential victims about trafficking.   

This Tier 1 ranking means that the Government of The Bahamas fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government successfully convicted one trafficker and sentenced two traffickers from previous convictions in 2014, initiated three new prosecutions, adopted a four-year national anti-trafficking strategy...
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OAS Proposes Mechanisms for Dominican Republic-Haiti Dialogue and Support for Displaced Persons - Jul 29, 2015 - 6:53:04 PM

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today recommended the establishment of mechanisms of dialogue between the Dominican Republic and Haiti to resolve the situation in the border zone between the two countries, beginning with a meeting between the two sides.

In addition, the OAS leader proposed seeking mechanisms to help the displaced persons, especially the most vulnerable. In particular, Secretary General Almagro proposed that the OAS facilitate the dialogue and that it support the processes of registration of migrants underway through the Universal Civil Identity Project of the Americas...
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PM Delivers Key Note Address at CANTO in Miami, Fl - Jul 29, 2015 - 2:49:44 AM

The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie delivered the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony of The Caribbean Association of National Telecoms Operators (CANTO) 31st Conference in Miami at the Hyatt Regency, June 26th. BTC is a founding member of CANTO and CEO Leon Williams, who is also Vice Chairman of CANTO, served as the Master of Ceremonies. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Improving Lives Through Broadband Innovation...”

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Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue Co-Chairs Announced - Jul 28, 2015 - 2:29:13 PM

Toronto, Canada –  Robert Taylor, Chairman of the Board of ELD Canada, parent organization of the upcoming CCELD (Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue) announced today that Mr. Bruce Bowen and Her Excellency Mrs. Aloun Ndombet-Assamba have accepted the roles of Co-Chair for the upcoming 2015 Dialogue.

Mr. Taylor commented, “We are thrilled to have attracted Co-Chairs of this stature for the upcoming Dialogue.”
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RBPF Sr. Lt. Anthony Bowe participates in Caribbean Defense and Security Course - Jul 28, 2015 - 1:08:42 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Lieutenant Andrew Bowe of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was among several Caribbean participants who graduated from the Caribbean Defense and Security Course held at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. on Friday, July 24, 2015.

The six weeks course, which comprised a four weeks distance learning phase and a two weeks resident phase, was designed to foster a community of regional security and defense professionals prepared to confront the complex security realities facing the Caribbean Region, and by extension, the Western Hemisphere...
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Norland Post Office Dedication to Honour Bahamian Descendant Father Marquess-Barry - Jul 28, 2015 - 1:04:45 PM

FLORIDA - The Norland Post Office building will be dedicated to Father Richard L. Marquess-Barry at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 31. The Norland Post Office is located at 18640 NW 2 Avenue in Miami.

In December 2014, the Honorable Frederica S. Wilson, Member of Congress, 24th District of Florida, introduced legislation to dedicate this facility to Father Marquess-Barry who has been an ordained priest in the Episcopalian church for 39 years. The bill was signed into law.

Father Marquess-Barry has served as the pastor of Miami's Historic Saint Agnes Episcopal Church where he has contributed to bettering the lives of his congregation and community...
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Members of the RBPF Participate in Forensic Firearms Examination Course - Jul 28, 2015 - 12:16:52 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Assistant Superintendent Earl Thompson, Analytical Inspector, and Inspector Aaron Wilson, Firearms Examiner, both of the Scientific Support Services of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, graduated from the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Introduction to Forensic Firearms Examination Course on Friday, July 24, 2015, at the National Laboratory Centre of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in Ammendale, Maryland. Assistant Superintendent Thompson and Inspector Wilson were among ten Caribbean nationals graduating from the course.

In attendance at the graduation ceremony was Superintendent Elburt Ferguson of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, who presented tokens of appreciation to officials of the Bureau Force for their significant contribution to training in the area of forensic firearms examination...
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NASA’s New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto - Jul 24, 2015 - 8:06:08 PM

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders.

“We knew that a mission to Pluto would bring some surprises, and now -- 10 days after closest approach -- we can say that our expectation has been more than surpassed,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. “With flowing ices, exotic surface chemistry, mountain ranges, and vast haze, Pluto is showing a diversity of planetary geology that is truly thrilling."

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Civil Society Bahamas (CSB) Represented at the Bahamian-American Association in New York City, USA - Jul 24, 2015 - 11:47:05 AM

President of Civil Society Bahamas (CSB), Mr. Anthony Hamilton recently visited with the Bahamian-American Association Inc. (BAAI), formally Nassau Bahamas Association, Inc. while in New York City. The Association was established in 1912 by ten men of Bahamian ancestry who came together and formed an organization in hope of filling the needs for fellowship and community among Bahamian families in the New York area. The BAAI is committed to increasing a sense of Bahamian spirit and community in the Tri-State area and particularly, in Harlem where the Association is housed at The Bahamas House.Mr. Andrew Albury is the current president of the BAAI...
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Bahamas Consulate in Atlanta Hosts Independence Celebrations - Jul 24, 2015 - 3:13:50 AM

ATLANTA, Georgia -- A family fun day picnic, Androsia-themed fashion show, Junkanoo rush-out, church service and cocktail reception were the highlights of this year’s 42nd Bahamas Independence Celebrations hosted by the Bahamas Consul General’s Office in Atlanta.

Joining the festivities this year was Tim Whaddell of Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, who came on board as a partner to treat over 500 attendees of the picnic...
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Kareem Mortimer and CARGO included at first Caribbean Film Mart - Jul 22, 2015 - 11:39:52 PM

Fifteen feature-film projects from ten countries will participate in the inaugural Caribbean Film Mart (CFM), taking place at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) in September, it was announced today.

The CFM will give the 15 selected filmmakers with Caribbean films in development and pre-production the opportunity to meet with 30 international film producers, sales agents and film funds, with the aim of creating professional relationships and partnerships that will enable the production and distribution of the participating projects...

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COB Students Celebrate 3rd Place Finish in Caribbean Students Colloquium - Jul 22, 2015 - 6:35:06 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Imagine a pilgrimage through rocky trails and dense brush for a snapshot of a slave hut; or the chance to sit quietly on a 100 year-old wooden church pew and feel God’s presence; or to stand in a government edifice in which laws enacted altered the course of history for a small island state.

These adventures, conceived in the minds of four talented College of The Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute students gave birth to a heritage tourism business concept which placed third in The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Caribbean Students Colloquium...

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PAHO/WHO Director Encourages Strong Action To Advance Health For All - Jul 20, 2015 - 4:39:10 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), was hosted to a High Level Ministerial luncheon, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the PAHO/WHO Country Office for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The event marked the first major dialogue between government and community leaders with the Director on her first official visit to the country.

Dr. Etienne had an opportunity to interact with several members of Government, including, the Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Philip Davis, members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on National Health Insurance (NHI): Minister of Health, the Dr. Hon. Perry Gomez, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, QC, Minister of Labour and National Insurance, the Hon. Shane Gibson, and Minister for Grand Bahama, the Dr. Hon. Michael Darville...
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Joint Communiqué - 3rd Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council - Jul 20, 2015 - 2:16:48 PM

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Third Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-European Union (EU) Council under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was held in Guyana on 16 July 2015 under the Chairmanship of the Hon. Oliver Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Planning, Trade, Cooperatives and International Business of Grenada.

Several CARIFORUM States were represented at the Ministerial level. The EU was represented by Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg representing the Council of the European Union, and Mrs. Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission...
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Bahamian Shares Country's Culture In China‏ - Jul 18, 2015 - 11:58:40 AM

YANGZHOU, The People's Republic of China -- Senior Information Officer in the Bahamas Information Services Mr. Eric Rose (left) poses with Second Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro Mr. Damir Sabanovic, during the welcoming banquet for "Finding China in Yangzhou", in Yangzhou, the People's Republic of China.  Mr. Rose was one of only four international delegates invited to sit at the head table.  He also opted to wear a Bahamian Independence shirt, showing his national pride and encouraging dialogue about The Bahamas.

photos enclosed...
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19th African American Hotel Owners & Investment Summit kicks-off in Miami - Jul 17, 2015 - 6:45:03 PM

MIAMI — The 19th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show opened on Wednesday with hundreds of hoteliers exchanging the most current industry tips and trends.
The event kicked off with an opening ceremony to the theme of “Moving Forward With Our Partners” and continued Thursday with industry updates that included everything from topics of travel trends of millennials, hotel debt, equity and creativity to sessions about the “The Power Of The Purse” and how women are shaping and influencing the hospitality industry...
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PAHO/WHO and Bahamas gov't engage national stakeholders in dialogue on universal access to health coverage - Jul 17, 2015 - 1:44:48 PM

Nassau, Bahamas – On the occasion of the first official visit of Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), to The Bahamas, PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health hosted an engaging technical breakfast on addressing Universal Health Coverage on Friday July 17th, 2015. The event provided a unique opportunity for key stakeholders to engage in an intimate dialogue with the PAHO Director on the Organization’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Strategy and the introduction of universal health coverage nationally...
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Quotable Caribbean: Perry Christie, Paul Pennicook, Moses Kirkconnell and more... - Jul 16, 2015 - 2:51:40 PM

"I am convinced that tourism, the largest part of our collective economies and, in most cases, the largest part of our individual economies deserves much more attention at our regional meetings. Further, I am persuaded that tourism development and all that it entails is the fastest path to reducing unemployment in our region and the fastest path to reducing the debt burdens that (terrify) upcoming generations. We are supposed to make each generation better. I fear that we are on the brink of leaving the next generation with a much greater burden to carry if we don't begin to focus on ways to make our natural strengths stronger." - Perry Christie, Prime Minister, Bahamas
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NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter - Jul 14, 2015 - 11:11:45 AM

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface -- roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

“I’m delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space,” said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science..
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