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
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...
Bethel and Booker Meet with All Parliamentary Group for The Bahamas
- May 3, 2016 - 8:08:28 PM
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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).
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...
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.
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...
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...
Expo 2016 Antalya opened with world class ceremony
- Apr 27, 2016 - 11:47:20 AM
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.
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
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
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
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...
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
“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.
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
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...
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,
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...
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...
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.
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.
remained active in his hurricane and climate change research up until
the time of his death..."
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
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...
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...