OAS Organizes Workshop to Review Sustainable Energy Initiatives in the Caribbean
- Aug 19, 2014 - 2:59:26 PM
of regional and global development partners in the energy sector of the
Caribbean are today meeting with senior energy officials from Caribbean
countries in a regional workshop organized by the Organization of
American States (OAS) in Saint Lucia aimed at strengthening the
effectiveness of donor interventions in the region.
The regional workshop, entitled “Development of Sustainable energy
projects: experiences, strategies and implementation,” organized by the
Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS in the framework of
the Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI) of the
Energy and Climate Change Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), has
brought together the major donor partners involved in the energy sector
in the region against the backdrop of increased activity toward the
transformation of the energy outlook of the Caribbean.
(Video) Caribbean Chefs Cooking for a Cause in Manhattan
- Aug 19, 2014 - 1:34:40 AM
Manhattan, NYC - "Reserved NYC" an event
that showcases the talent of top Caribbean chefs, was first held in 2012
and again on August 7th.
Four chefs representing the islands of
St. Lucia, Jamaica and the Bahamas gave guests a culinary experience
and helped raise money for two nonprofits, as Melissa Noel reports in
Chef Tim Tibbitts of Flying Fish Modern Seafood in Freeport, Grand Bahama is featured in this video by Voices of NY.
United Nations Watercourses Convention Enters Into Force
- Aug 19, 2014 - 12:10:26 AM
August 17th the United Nations Watercourses Convention, the first
global framework on fresh water and the world’s only global framework
for transboundary cooperation endorsed by the General Assembly of the
United Nations, officially entered into force.
“Our Board has
been promoting the Convention because effective transboundary water
management furthers peace and promotes cooperation, and is a fundamental
element of sustainable development," said Ms. Uschi Eid, Chair of the
UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. “It is
high time to have it ratified, and I am satisfied it is going into force
now, as we enter a new era of international cooperation defined by the
post-2015 development agenda.”
BTC Supports Launch of CANTO Caribbean Women in ICT Initiative
- Aug 18, 2014 - 6:49:21 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - CANTO, the Caribbean’s
information and communications technology (ICT) organisation, decided to
highlight the advancement of women as a vital factor in the development
of the sector at its 30th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition. At
the regional conference, which was co-hosted by local telecoms leader
BTC, CANTO debuted it’s Caribbean Women in ICT (CWIC) programme with an
inaugural breakfast at Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, that focused on
better engaging women at all levels of ICT in the region.
the initiative was Secretary General Regenie Fraser who stressed the
important roles women play in ICT and their under-representation within
the industry, which were the motivating factors for Tuesday morning’s
Caribbean Women in ICT breakfast...
CIBC FirstCaribbean to stage Annual Walk for the Cure
- Aug 17, 2014 - 9:29:39 PM
Bridgetown, BARBADOS – The importance of
finding a cure for cancer and the need for ongoing research to halt the
devastating impact of this disease on the lives and livelihoods of
millions of families across the globe, continues to find a voice through
the 3000-strong employee base of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank
and the social programmes of its parent company, CIBC.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure is Canada's
largest single-day, volunteer-led fundraising event dedicated to raising
funds for breast cancer research, health education and advocacy
programs. Here in the region, CIBC FirstCaribbean has engaged the
attention of all stakeholders in the fight against this disease with the
staging of its annual, signature event, Walk for the Cure...
Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle Warns Citizens to Heed Precautions in Ferguson, Missouri
- Aug 16, 2014 - 11:00:39 PM
Georgia - Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle is urging Bahamians residing
and visiting Missouri to please heed cautions and avoid the city of Ferguson in
the wake of recent unrest. Though based in Atlanta, the Consul General’s
Office has jurisdiction over the state of Missouri.
General Rolle confirmed that his staff has been put on alert to prioritize
calls from Ferguson, Missouri following the death of 18 year-old Michael Brown.
The teen was shot by a policeman last week. As a result of the shooting, the
city has been described as a ‘war zone’ in media with locals protesting, others
looting and policemen in military garb trying to maintain control.
encourage Bahamians in the area to please remain away from being a part of the
protests and especially getting involved with the riots and looting,” he
Bahamas' Attorney General becomes Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Aug 14, 2014 - 5:52:56 PM
On 16th July, 2014, members of the Eta Psi
Omega Chapter (New Providence) basked in total pride as Attorney
General; Senator Allyson Maynard Gibson was inducted as an Honorary
Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at the 66th Alpha Kappa Alpha
Boule in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As honorary membership is
the Sorority’s highest honor it was a sense of happy and honor for
Bahamians to watch as another Bahamian received such prestige.
Kappa Alpha was founded in 1908 on the Howard University Campus.
Honorary Members include luminaries such as our very own Cheryl Albury
and Dr. Keva Bethel, Mrs. Rosa Parks, Dr. Maya Angelou, Mrs. Coretta
Scott King, and Ms. Ella Fitzgerald...
Bahamian pastor elected to First Vice President, Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc.
- Aug 12, 2014 - 10:37:30 PM
National Baptist Convention Inc’s (PNBC) 53rd Annual Session was
recently held in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the Greater Fort Lauderdale
Broward County Visitors and Convention Center. The event attracted
thousands of delegates. Dr. Timothy Stewart, Pastor of Bethel Baptist
Church, Nassau led a Bahamas Delegation of 120 persons. Reverend Stewart
who was elected to First Vice President , Progressive National Baptist
Convention Inc makes him the first non American to attain his rank
within the International organization that boasts a multi-million
responding to his newly elected post Dr. Stewart said that his position
is “simply an opportunity for The Bahamas and the rest of the
international community to partner with our brothers and sisters in the
USA in order to carry out the work of God through our churches, schools,
businesses and through other various forms of relationships”...
PAHO/WHO urges the countries of the Americas to be vigilant and prepared for potential introduction of Ebola virus
- Aug 11, 2014 - 9:14:13 PM
(PAHO/WHO) – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health
Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging the countries of the Americas to be
vigilant and prepared for a potential introduction of the Ebola virus in
the Region. The recommendation comes following a statement by WHO
Director-General Margaret Chan that the outbreak in West Africa
constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern”
The current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak began in
Guinea in December 2013. This outbreak now involves transmission in
Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. As of 6 August 2014,
countries have reported 1,779 cases, including 961 deaths. This is
currently the largest EVD outbreak ever recorded...
10th anniversary celebration of the Scouts of the World Award
- Aug 15, 2014 - 12:01:33 AM
The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) today reaffirmed its
commitment to the United Nations Millennium Campaign.
The announcement was made at a high
level event, held during the 40th World Scout Conference, to celebrate
the 10th anniversary of the Scouts of the World Award.
The reception was attended by
several of WOSM’s global partners, including the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP), the World Alliance of YMCAs and the World
Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)...
China Harbour Engineering Company awards scholarships in Jamaica as new highway opens
- Aug 14, 2014 - 5:26:38 PM
China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has
awarded six engineering scholarships to students in Jamaica as it
completes a $730 highway project— with similar plans underway to impact
the North Abaco community as Port Project forges ahead.
Director of CHEC Americas, Mr. Zhongdong Tang, noted that his company
wanted to show, in a concrete way, just how much faith CHEC has in
Jamaica’s Government and its people.
“I am very pleased to
announce that China Harbour is granting six engineering scholarships to
Jamaican students,” remarked Mr. Tang. “They will attend Hohai
University in China...
Meeting of Culture Ministers of the Americas Convened by the OAS Opens in Haiti
- Aug 12, 2014 - 4:29:56 PM
VI Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest
Appropriate Authorities, convened by the Organization of American States
(OAS), opened this morning in Port au Prince, Haiti, with a ceremony
that featured the participation of the President
of Haiti, Michel Martelly, and the Assistant Secretary General of the
OAS, Albert Ramdin.
During the two-day meeting, ministers and senior officials responsible
for culture from 22 OAS member countries, as well as representatives
from regional and international agencies, the private sector, academia
and civil society will debate the topic "Cultural
Interdependence in the Context of Globalization," the central theme of
TCI Government Support Services Ministerial Delegation off to Nassau, Bahamas
- Aug 12, 2014 - 1:07:41 AM
TURKS & CAICOS - Hon.
George Lightbourne, Minister of Government Support Services, left the
jurisdiction accompanied by the Director General of TCI
Telecommunications Commission, Mr. John Williams,
to attend the 30th Annual Trade
and Exhibition Show being held 10th –
15th August 2014 in Nassau, Bahamas.
event is being hosted by CANTO; an organization that is recognized as
the leading trade association within the ICT sector for shaping
information and communication in the Caribbean.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Strategic
Allegiances for Sustainable Broadband Development’ and
Ministers of Telecom/ICT, Operators, Regulators, Suppliers and other
industry professionals from around the world are all expected to be in
UN Rights Council appoints members of commission to investigate purported Gaza violations
- Aug 11, 2014 - 8:33:57 PM
2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today the
appointment of three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to
investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and
human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East
Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began
on 13 June.
In a statement released this afternoon, the Council's
President, Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella (Gabon), announced that the
human rights body appointed Amal Alamuddin (United Kingdom), Doudou
Diène (Senegal) and William Schabas (Canada) to serve as members on the
international Commission. Mr. Schabas will also serve as the
Casting Call for Caribbean Music, Model & Talent Showcase
- Aug 11, 2014 - 11:34:37 AM
The Bahamas – PTG Marketing & Modeling Agencyis poised to launch a
new and exciting talent scouting event specifically designed to bring
global attention to the vast talent pool in The Bahamas and the
Caribbean dubbed, Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands,
this vein, a Casting Call goes out to residents in New Providence
between the ages of 5 to 65, males and females to attend a free
auditioning session at Mario’s Bowling Palace, Tonique Williams Darling
Highway on Saturday, August 16, 2014 beginning at 11 am sharp...
Bahamas' initial national communication on Climate Change to the UNFCCC
- Aug 9, 2014 - 10:49:47 AM
This first national communication contains an overview of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas. This national communication is in fulfillment of the Bahamas' obligation to submit such a report under the
agreement signed with the UNFCCC.
The information includes data on
greenhouse gas emissions, geography, demographics, ecology, and economy
among other topics.
Essentially, the communication enables the UN to
assess the nation's overall contribution to global greenhouse gas
emissions and whether or not it should be required to reduce these
emissions based on criteria set out in the convention.
New Permanent Representative of Haiti Presented Credentials
- Aug 8, 2014 - 10:14:50 PM
new Permanent Representative of Haiti to the Organization of American
States (OAS), Bocchit Edmond, today presented his credentials to the
Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, during a ceremony held in the
Hall of Heroes at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in
During the ceremony, Ambassador Edmond said that Haiti "will
always be a friend of the OAS," and reaffirmed the commitment of his
country to "continue working with the Organization in all projects that
Ambassador Edmond, who for the past three years was the Deputy
Permanent Representative of his country to the Organization, said that
Haiti "has faith in the OAS" and in the future of the hemispheric
Lineup of Caribbean feature films announced for trinidad+tobago film festival/14
- Aug 8, 2014 - 5:56:36 PM
film festival (ttff) announced the first section of its programme of
films for its 2014 edition, the Caribbean features section, today.
Twenty feature-length films—ten fiction films and ten documentaries—will
screen in this section at the ttff/14, which runs from 16–30 September.
The 20 films come from eight
Caribbean countries: Barbados, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Haiti,
Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. They reflect a range of
genres and thematic concerns.
"Our Caribbean section this year
seems stronger and more diverse in subject and style than ever,” said
Annabelle Alcazar, ttff Programme Director. “We feel it represents a
true reflection of our region..."
Commissioner for the Bahamas to Canada attends Fun Run Peace Ceremony
- Aug 8, 2014 - 10:40:20 AM
CANADA - Dr. Calsey W. Johnson J.P High Commissioner
for the Bahamas to Canada on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 attended the Fun
Run Peace Ceremony held at the Amphi-Theater at the World Exchange Plaza
Downtown Ottawa, Canada.
also presented a speech to the organizers and the participants of the
events during which he congratulated them for their noble effort. He
also brought greetings from the government and people of the
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas.
The Peace Run was founded in 1987
and has become one of the world’s greatest initiatives for cultivating
unity and friendship through the dynamic median of sport...
The Bahamas to be represented at Sister Cities International Conference in California
- Aug 7, 2014 - 5:26:13 PM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Ginger Moxey and a
team from Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd were invited to represent The Bahamas
at Sister Cities International 58th Annual Conference in San Jose,
California which took place on July 31st through August 2nd. Over 500
elected and municipal officials, youth and young professionals,
diplomats and business leaders from the United States and countries
around the world attended the three-day conference.
benefits of reciprocal sister city relationships, group travel and
investment opportunities in The Bahamas to sister cities members was the
purpose of the promotional exercise. President and CEO of Immerse
Bahamas, Ginger Moxey, expounded on the company’s directive...