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Rahming joins in Tributes to Late Venezuela Envoy - Dec 2, 2016 - 11:24:26 AM

Washington, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), was among those paying tribute to the late Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela’s Permanent Representative to the OAS during a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council in the Simon Bolívar Hall of the OAS headquarters at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

“On behalf of the government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, I express profound condolences to the government and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the passing of H.E. Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez,” Dr. Rahming said...
News : International : Caribbean News
Interest Building for 2017 Caribbean Travel Marketplace - Dec 2, 2016 - 9:07:31 AM

Miami - Interest is building for next year's Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean's largest marketing event which will take place at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas from January 31 to February 2, 2017.

Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), in collaboration with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board and the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association, the event features two days of business meetings that match buyers and suppliers through a busy program of thousands of pre-scheduled appointments...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS donates $25,000 towards Bahamas hurricane recovery - Dec 1, 2016 - 6:37:44 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Organization of American States (OAS) has made a contribution of $25,000 to The Bahamas to assist with recovery efforts from the massive damages caused by Hurricane Matthew early in October.

His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and Permanent Representative to the OAS, was presented with a cheque by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez on Thursday, December 1, 2016, in the Assistant Secretary General’s office at OAS main building at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
News : International
PAHO urges stepping up nine measures to end AIDS by 2030 - Nov 30, 2016 - 4:49:02 PM

Washington, DC (PAHO/WHO) - "Take the challenge. End AIDS" is the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) campaign slogan for World AIDS Day (1 December), which urges governments and society to intensify nine measures to end the epidemic of AIDS by 2030.

Providing and promoting the use of condoms and lubricants, providing HIV testing in areas frequented by key populations, and expanding access to pre-exposure (PrEP) and post-exposure (PEP) prophylaxis are some of the measures that, if reinforced, could help end AIDS as a public health problem within 15 years.
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ILO releases new guide to promote diversity and inclusion at the workplace - Nov 30, 2016 - 3:29:19 PM

GENEVA (ILO News) – On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities (marked annually on 3 December), the International Labour Organization (ILO) is releasing a new publication to provide step by step guidance on how and when to provide workplace adjustments – also called accommodations – for workers with specific needs.

Promoting diversity and inclusion through workplace adjustments: A practical guide highlights that while all workers should enjoy equal access to employment, some of them face barriers that may put them at a disadvantage. Such barriers can prevent them from accessing or remaining in employment and, if not addressed...
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Bahamas Ambassador signs Fidel Castro book of condolences - Nov 30, 2016 - 11:43:57 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, signed the Book of Condolences at the Embassy of Cuba, 2630 16th Street, N.W., on Monday, November 28, 2016, for former President of Cuba Fidel Castro, who died on Friday, November 25, at the age of 90.

Castro had ruled the Caribbean Island nation since the 1959 revolution, but because of failing health turned over the reins to his younger brother Raul, who became President in 2008. The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on November 26 extended condolences to the Government and people of Cuba on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, noting that The Bahamas and Cuba established diplomatic relations in 1974, and throughout that time President Castro was a strong friend and ally...
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St. Lucia PM Welcomes Prince Harry and Sends Climate Change Message - Nov 25, 2016 - 11:39:13 PM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet officially welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to Saint Lucia on Thursday evening and also thanked Britain for its continued support to the island.

Following the Prince’s arrival in Saint Lucia on 24th November 2016 and the inspection of the Guard, a very brief ceremony was held at Pointe Seraphine where the Prince was presented with a plaque from the Government and People of Saint Lucia...
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CRFM and FAO plan fisheries data reform for the Caribbean - Nov 25, 2016 - 3:26:13 AM

Belize City, Belize (CRFM)—The coming of the digital age presents novel opportunities for the fisheries and aquaculture sector of the wider Caribbean to build a more robust data and information system that would augment the monitoring of production trends and traceability of catches, support more sustainable management regimes through increased people engagement, and facilitate stronger international and regional trade.
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are teaming up to capitalize on opportunities for Member States to strengthen data collection and management systems through the use of modern technology, such as smartphones and wireless communications to bridge gaps in the system...
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Commonwealth commits action to end violence against women - Nov 24, 2016 - 6:35:19 PM

The Commonwealth will chart a course to decrease violence against women – one of the biggest problems facing humanity - Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will tell experts tomorrow.

Speaking at an event at Commonwealth Headquarters, the Secretary-General will advocate for a multi-sector approach to tackling the issue. She will lay out a package of measures, including legal, educational and health resources that governments can use to protect women and girls from violence.

Participants will also witness the London launch of the cutting-edge Commonwealth judicial bench books to beef up laws that protect women and girls...
News : International : Caribbean News
Prince Harry launches dedications to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy during official visit to the Caribbean - Nov 23, 2016 - 4:32:11 PM

His Royal Highness Prince Harry today unveiled St Kitts and Nevis’ dedication to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), the Central Forest Reserve National Park (CFRNP).

Accompanied by the Governor Genera,His Excellency Sir Tapley Seaton, Prince Harry visited the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the shadow of Mount Liamugia.

After watching a performance of traditional dances, Caribbean songs and local...
News : International : Caribbean News
Rahming hosts CARICOM Caucus Meeting - Nov 23, 2016 - 3:50:43 PM

NEW YORK - H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), in his capacity as the Chair of the UN CARICOM Caucus for the months of November and December, presided over the Caucus' regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.  Several issues were considered by the Caucus, including improving the working methods of the group and upcoming meetings with the newly appointed President of the General Assembly and UN Secretary-General.

The Caucus also commemorated the work of H.E. Menissa Rambally, outgoing Permanent Representative of St. Lucia to the United Nations. Seated left to right: Dr.  Rahming; H.E. Ms. Menissa Rambally, Permanent Representative of St. Lucia...
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Bahamas and Brunei Establish Diplomatic Relations - Nov 23, 2016 - 3:44:46 PM

New York - The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Brunei Darussalam formally established Diplomatic Relations through the signing of a Joint Communique in New York on Monday, November 21, 2016. 

The Joint Communique was signed by His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming (left), Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, and His Excellency Mr. Dato Paduka Abdul Ghafar Ismail, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Uruguay first to ratify Inter-American Convention on Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons - Nov 22, 2016 - 8:52:04 PM

Uruguay became the first member state of the Organization of American States (OAS) to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons.

The Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Hugo Cayrús, recalled that the legislature of his country ratified the Convention in September. “Uruguay believes the region has taken a fundamental step, because it is the first legally binding Convention related to the protection of the human rights of older persons,” said the Uruguayan diplomat...
News : International : Caribbean News
Regional & International Finance and Media Leaders Join Forces to Launch Major New Infrastructure Forum for the Caribbean - Nov 22, 2016 - 3:27:32 PM

In May 2014, the incoming President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr. Warren Smith, asserted that “over the next 10 years, some US$30 billion will be required to modernize and enhance the efficiency of the power, transportation, telecommunications, and water and wastewater sectors”.

The need is real, but the challenges are significant. For many investors the Caribbean isn’t on the radar screen. And for those that are looking at the region, there are significant issues around viability, project risk and financing.
News : International : Caribbean News
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Announces Comprehensive Approach to 'People Development' - Nov 22, 2016 - 12:45:05 PM

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is aiming to deliver high quality, affordable training support to its members with a renewed emphasis on "people development".

CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy announced the creation of a "People Development" initiative aimed at building upon successful educational programs.
At the heart of the new direction is the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Springboard Caribbean to increase the region's competitiveness while creating new opportunities for Caribbean people in the world's most resilient industry.
News : International : Caribbean News
BTVI further explores opportunities with Canadian college - Nov 18, 2016 - 5:11:17 PM

The government of Canada’s Department of Global Affairs, recently selected President of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Dr. Robert W. Robertson, as a scholar in the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP).

Co-organized by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), the ELAP scholarship is designed to support the development of human capital and the next generation of leaders in the Americas, while strengthening the linkages between post-secondary institutions in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean...
News : International
Bahamian participants of Obama's Young Leaders call on Consul General Zonicle - Nov 18, 2016 - 9:39:53 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., welcomed  two Bahamian participants of the inaugural class of President Obama's Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellows during a courtesy call by Tanya McFall of New Providence and Ashleigh Rolle of Grand Bahama at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W.,  on Friday, November 11, 2016.

President Obama launched YLAI last year to expand opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs and civil society innovators in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The inaugural YLAI class brought 250 promising young business and social...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Electoral Mission in Haiti Completes Deployment Ahead of Sunday´s Elections - Nov 18, 2016 - 12:23:48 AM

The Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Mission (OAS/EOM) in Haiti completed today its deployment across the country. A team of 130 experts and observers of 24 nationalities, headed by former Uruguayan senator Juan Raúl Ferreira, will be observing Sunday’s election in all ten departments of Haiti.

The Mission includes a number of specialists that are analyzing in depth key aspects of the electoral process, including electoral organization and technology, electoral registration, electoral justice and the participation of women. On Election Day the OAS will observe the process from the opening of the polls to the counting of the votes. A team will remain in the country until the tabulation process has concluded...
News : International
Ambassador Newry attends 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program - Nov 16, 2016 - 3:19:12 PM

Washington, D.C. - His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States (left),  is pictured at a reception held at the State Department, 2201 C Street, N.W., in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program on Monday, November 14, 2016. At center is Dr. Kara Spiller, Assistant Professor at Drexel University, and at right is Petty Officer John Delancey, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, security attaché at the Embassy.

Recognized as the flagship U.S. government educational exchange program, the Fulbright Program continues to attract record numbers of applicants, according to the State Department’s website...
Focus on Fashion
Handbags Made with a Social Conscience - Nov 16, 2016 - 3:02:45 PM

Bridgetown, BARBADOS -  The issue of replica handbags and other goods is a significant problem for designers and the industry as a whole. Whilst it is doubtful that this practice will cease, it is encouraging when authentic luxury products are discovered that are ethically produced in a conscious social manner.

A number of such companies exist within the Caribbean, and two highly distinguished hand-produced bag companies MayaBags® from Belize, and REECII from the twin islands St. Kitts and Nevis, should be justly highlighted as examples to all.
MayaBags® is a handmade, design-driven women’s accessories collection, of purses and items for the home inspired bynature and crafted with the artisanal skills...
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