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OAS Organizes Workshop to Review Sustainable Energy Initiatives in the Caribbean - Aug 19, 2014 - 2:59:26 PM
Representatives 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.
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(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 this video.

Chef Tim Tibbitts of Flying Fish Modern Seafood in Freeport, Grand Bahama is featured in this video by Voices of NY.
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United Nations Watercourses Convention Enters Into Force - Aug 19, 2014 - 12:10:26 AM

On 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.”
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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.

Spearheading 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...
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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.

The 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...
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Bahamas Consul General Randy E. Rolle Warns Citizens to Heed Precautions in Ferguson, Missouri - Aug 16, 2014 - 11:00:39 PM

Atlanta, 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.

Consul 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.

“We 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 stated.

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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.

Alpha 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...
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Bahamian pastor elected to First Vice President, Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. - Aug 12, 2014 - 10:37:30 PM

The Progressive 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 membership.

In 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”...
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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

Washington, D.C. (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” (PHEIC).

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...
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10th anniversary celebration of the Scouts of the World Award - Aug 15, 2014 - 12:01:33 AM

Ljubljana, Slovenia. 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)...
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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.

Regional 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...
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Meeting of Culture Ministers of the Americas Convened by the OAS Opens in Haiti - Aug 12, 2014 - 4:29:56 PM

The 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 the meeting...
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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.

The 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 attendance...
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UN Rights Council appoints members of commission to investigate purported Gaza violations - Aug 11, 2014 - 8:33:57 PM

11 August 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 Commission's Chair.
Casting Call for Caribbean Music, Model & Talent Showcase - Aug 11, 2014 - 11:34:37 AM

NASSAU, 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, MMTS.

In 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...

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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.
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New Permanent Representative of Haiti Presented Credentials - Aug 8, 2014 - 10:14:50 PM

The 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 Washington, DC.

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 we share."

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 institution.
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Lineup of Caribbean feature films announced for trinidad+tobago film festival/14 - Aug 8, 2014 - 5:56:36 PM

The trinidad+tobago 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..."
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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.

Dr. Johnson 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...

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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.

Promoting the 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...
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