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Michael Dingman to bring remarks at Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship’s 30-Year Anniversary and Awards Celebration at U of Maryland May 5 - May 5, 2016 - 4:46:04 PM

In a rare public speaking appearance, visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Dingman of The Bahamas will address students, faculty, business leaders and guests gathered for an awards ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business May 5.

But this time not all eyes will be on the 6'4" giant of a success story. Dingman plans to share honours with his wife, Betsy, who after decades of being his number one advisor in business is returning to entrepreneurial activities herself, partly to fund social benefits in The Bahamas like Historic Charles Towne and the Hurricane Joaquin Restoration Fund, and partly for harvesting a new crop...
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Bethel and Booker Meet with All Parliamentary Group for The Bahamas - May 3, 2016 - 8:08:28 PM

High Commissioner Eldred Bethel and Deputy High Commissioner Allison Booker met with the All Parliamentary Group for The Bahamas to discuss important matters. The meeting was the first held since Mr. David Morris, M.P, assumed the Chairmanship of the All Parliamentary Group for The Bahamas this past year. Mr. Morris grew up in The Bahamas as his father, Capt. A. L. Morris, who was a former Director of Maritime Affairs.

High Commissioner Bethel gave a general briefing on the current state of affairs in The Bahamas citing the upcoming Constitutional Referendum on Gender Equality to be held on 7 June and the BahaMar project. He also provided an update on the UK/Caribbean Forum to be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama and informed that Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Phillip Hammond will be in attendance...  

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Building the Caribbean’s muscle to ensure safe seafood and to protect and grow US$400 million in fisheries exports - May 3, 2016 - 5:36:09 PM

Belize City (CRFM)—Caribbean countries have a living bank of marine resources from which they collectively cash out hundreds of millions of dollars a year to support emerging national economies by providing good jobs, food and foreign exchange, among other benefits. However, in order to remain active and competitive in the global marketplace, countries have had to find ways to surmount the challenges posed by stringent international standards called sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, for food safety and for protection against diseases carried animals and plants.

Under an EU-funded SPS Measures Project, the ability of Caribbean countries to effectively address those challenges is being strengthened through initiatives...
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CARICOM Secretary General Thankful for UK-Caribbean Forum; Expresses the Issues - May 2, 2016 - 4:31:12 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said Friday the mere fact of their meeting in the Ninth UK-Caribbean Forum, affirms the mutual desire of the Caribbean Community and the United Kingdom for enhanced and deepened co-operation.

Addressing delegates from the various Caribbean countries assembled at the Grand Lucayan resort for the opening to the two-day, April 29-30, 2016 conclave, Mr. LaRocque said the forum provided an excellent opportunity for CARICOM and the United Kingdom to engage in productive discussions aimed at deepening relationship and heightening existing levels of cooperation...
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Caribbean Congress Labour's May Day Message 2016 - May 2, 2016 - 2:03:29 PM

The Caribbean Congress of Labour conveys fraternal greetings and salutes your organisation on the occasion of International Workers’ Day 2016. It is with a deep sense of profound solidarity that we salute the workers of our region and indeed all workers of the world on this very special day when we reflect on our struggles, challenges and victories over the centuries.

This year, International Workers’ Day comes against the backdrop of the continued crisis of International monopoly capital and the sustained fallout from the 2008 financial crash triggered by the greed of capital and its finance magnates. International capital continues to widen the inequality gap, increasing unemployment, expanding national debt, ballooning trade imbalances and in some economies in our region growth stagnation, as well as recession...
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Pew Commends Broad Global Support for Proposed Shark and Ray Protections - May 2, 2016 - 1:19:45 PM

WASHINGTON—In an unprecedented global call to action, more than 50 countries have agreed to co-sponsor one or more of the proposals to nominate all species of thresher shark, the silky shark, and all species of mobula ray for protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

April 27th marked the deadline for countries to add their names in support of Appendix II listing proposals submitted earlier this year. Those listings would require that all continuing trade in these species be sustainable. Co-sponsors include a wide range of countries in Africa, the host region for this year’s CITES Conference...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Bahamas elected Chair of Inter-American Committee on Education for 2016-2018L: Will host 9th Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Education - May 2, 2016 - 12:38:41 PM

Washington, DC - The Minister of Education, Science and Technology of The Bahamas, Hon Jerome Fitzgerald, was in Washington DC for a series of education-related meetings from 27-28 April, 2016.

On Wednesday, 27th April, 2016, Minister Fitzgerald was a panelist in the First Round Table on Education in the Americas at the OAS and he presented on the topic: "Science and technology as catalysts for education and life opportunities". During his statement he implored OAS Member States to "advance the national development agenda of our respective countries through the architect and construction of robust national science, technology and innovation policies and systems...
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Bahamas Passport Clinic Set for Western Canada in June - Apr 28, 2016 - 5:29:34 PM

OTTAWA, Canada – The Bahamas High Commission is pleased to advise the Bahamian public that it will be holding its first Passport Clinic in Vancouver, British Colombia from 15 to 18 June 2016 at Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown, 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 1R2. The Bahamian public would recall the High Commission's Survey to ascertain the number of persons residing in Western Canada and who require passport renewals, and to determine when and where to conduct passport clinics...
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Expo 2016 Antalya opened with world class ceremony - Apr 27, 2016 - 11:47:20 AM

President of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), Bernard Oosterom, congratulated Turkey on creating a spectacular A1 International Horticultural Exhibition, during his speech at the Opening Ceremony of Expo 2016 Antalya on 22 April.

Speaking alongside President Erdogan of Turkey, Prime Minister Davutloglu, senior Turkish government ministers, Secretary General of the BIE and ambassadors from around the world, Mr. Oosterom addressed the 5,000 guests and TV audiences telling them, “This Expo has brought together the horticulture industry, countries and their governments from all over the world around themes designed to promote ‘a green life for future generations’...
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Mary Lightbourne appointed as Turks and Caicos’ Deputy Director of Tourism - Apr 24, 2016 - 4:48:23 PM

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands  – The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board is pleased to congratulate Mary Lightbourne on her successful appointment as the new Deputy Director of Tourism.

Lightbourne is no stranger to the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board as she brings with her 23 years of a diverse track record of work experience, of which 15 were spent at the Tourist Board taking on progressively responsible roles. She was previously employed as the Registrar of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College and most recently employed with the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in a senior-level position as the Head of Secretariat to the Minister of Education...
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Special emphasis directed at flyingfish fishery in the Eastern Caribbean - Apr 23, 2016 - 10:14:59 PM

Belize City, Belize (CRFM)—The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) this week sealed an agreement with a UN agency to strengthen governance arrangements for the flyingfish fishery in the Caribbean, with special emphasis on maximizing the long-term potential of the fishery, which employs several thousands in the region and feeds many more.

Milton Haughton, Executive Director of the CRFM, signed the Memorandum of Agreement for Caribbean States; while Kirk Bayabos, Senior Cluster Manager, signed on behalf of the project executing agency, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), a subsidiary of the UN...
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(Video) PM Christie Speaks at UN High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement, National Statements - Apr 23, 2016 - 6:42:19 PM

22 Apr 2016 - Remarks by H.E. Mr. Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of finance of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, at the National Statements of the High-level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement.
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World Leaders Sign the Paris Agreement - Apr 22, 2016 - 5:48:57 PM

22 April 2016 – As world leaders gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York this morning to officially sign the Paris Agreement on climate change – the landmark accord that sets outs a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous global warming – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Member States to move quickly to join the accord at the national level so that it can enter into force as early as possible.

“Let us never forget – climate action is not a burden; indeed, it offers many benefits,” the UN chief said as he opened the High Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement in the General Assembly Hall.

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Turks and Caicos mourns the loss of music legend Prince - Apr 22, 2016 - 3:18:46 PM

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (April 22, 2016) – The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr. the Honorable Rufus Ewing and the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Porsha Stubbs-Smith, on behalf of the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands expresses heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of the incomparable Prince.

Prince was a homeowner and frequent visitor of the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands.  He was often seen enjoying the sites of the islands and mingling with locals and visitors alike. On his many visits he also worked with local artists helping them to improve their craft...
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Bahamas Embassy hosts "Things to Do D.C." Washington event - Apr 20, 2016 - 9:57:01 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bahamas was again focus of an event sponsored by THINGS TO DO D.C. that has become a staple social event for young professionals in the Washington, D.C., area on Saturday night April 16, 2016.

Billed as an event to introduce DC young professionals to the ‘Spirit of Nassau and Paradise Island’, the event was held at the Embassy of The Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., and featured an evening of fun, Bahamian food and dancing organized by THINGS TO DO DC, which bills itself as “the premier social and networking organization for young professionals.” Similar events are periodically sponsored by the organization at various Embassies in Washington, D.C...
News : International : Caribbean News
Stakeholders set path for establishment of regional creative industries body - Apr 18, 2016 - 9:22:27 AM

Kingston, JAMAICA – The Caribbean is renowned worldwide for its creative culture, including music, folklore, crafts, festivals and carnivals. Despite making some progress in developing the cultural and creative sectors, the Region has lagged in translating its creativity into substantial economic gains.

This reality prompted the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government at their 26th Intercessional meeting held in February 2015, to recommend the establishment of a Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit (CCIMU), a dedicated body to address the needs of the Region’s cultural and creative industries...
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Hurricane expert, Dr. William Gray dead at 86 - Apr 16, 2016 - 5:20:02 PM

Hurricane expert, Dr. William M. Gray passed away today at age 86. Gray's death was announced by his former student and close friend Philip Klotzbach on April 16, 2016. 

"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Dr. William M. Gray. William Mason Gray (Bill) passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 16th at the age of 86," said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in a statement today. 

"He had remained active in his hurricane and climate change research up until the time of his death..."

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Bahamas 2015 Human Rights Report (pdf) - Apr 15, 2016 - 5:07:30 PM

The Secretary of State is required by law to provide to Congress every year, “a full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights.”  In accordance with this mandate, the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices -- the Human Rights Reports -- describe the status in countries around the world of internationally recognized human rights, including reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

These reports provide information that helps the U.S. Congress, Executive Branch, and Courts in making decisions where accurate information on human rights conditions is critical.  It also supports the work of human rights advocates, lawmakers, scholars, multilateral institutions, and other governments...

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Bahamas Hon. Consul attends DePaul University Consular Corps of Chicago Luncheon - Apr 13, 2016 - 6:33:07 AM

CHICAGO, Illinois -- Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago, Hon. Michael C. Fountain, attented the Eleventh Annual DePaul University Consular Corps of Chicago Luncheon at DePaul's Cortelyou Commons on 12 April, 2016. Honorary Consul Fountain met with university faculty and staff as well as diplomatic contemporaries. President and CEO of World Business Chicago, Jeff Malehorn, and the Hon. Patricia Maza-Pittsford, Dean of the Chicago Consular Corps, addressed the gathering.

By enrollment, DePaul University is the largest Catholic University and the 13th largest private university in the United States. The student body represents a wide array of religious, ethnic and geographic backgrounds, including over 60 foreign countries. Honorary Consul Fountain is the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, President of DePaul University...
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Senior official in the Bureau of Women’s Affairs Participates in U.S. State Department Exchange - Apr 12, 2016 - 2:05:36 PM

On Tuesday, April 5, Melvelyn Symonette, Senior Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Women’s Affairs in the Ministry of Social Services & Community Development paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson at the U.S. Embassy to discuss her recent participation in the U.S. Department of State’s “Women in the Political and Social Sectors” International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) from January 25th – February 12, 2016.

The professional exchange included a diverse group of participants from around the world including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malta, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago...
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