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Bahamian elected Vice Governor for Kiwanis International Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District - May 29, 2016 - 7:47:35 PM

There is a new Vice Governor for Kiwanis International and he is from The Bahamas. Melford Clarke was successfully elected Vice Governor of Kiwanis International for the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District recently.

He successfully beat out a distinguished lieutenant governor from Barbados vying for the position that catapults him on a course to be the Governor responsible for the Eastern Canada & Caribbean District of Kiwanis International...
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Former Bahamas Spelling Bee Champ Now Poster Boy - May 28, 2016 - 8:00:15 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When he competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2015, Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion Charles Hamilton’s outgoing personality and witty comments on-stage resulted in him being featured on the “Good Morning America” television show. But even though he spelt both of his on-stage words correctly in the preliminary rounds of the competition, like this year’s Bahamas Spelling Champion Donovan Aaron Butler, who also successfully spelt his two preliminary words, Hamilton failed to advance to the finals because he did not accumulate sufficient points in the written test....
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US Ambassador Nominee to The Bahamas Dies at age 50 - May 27, 2016 - 7:51:08 PM

May 27th, 2016 - Today the White House released a statement on the passing of Cassandra Butts, an Obama adviser who was nominated to be ambassador to The Bahamas, although her appointment to The Bahamas was subject to ratification by the United States Senate. She passed away on May 24th.

In February 2014, her nomination was welcomed and acknowledged by The Bahamas government. 

"To know Cassandra Butts was to know someone who made you want to be better," said a statement from U.S. president Barack Obama. "Michelle and I were fortunate enough to count her as a friend for most of our adult lives..."
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CARICOM-US discuss threat of lawsuit over queen conch, and IUU fishing - May 27, 2016 - 5:08:37 PM

Belize City, Friday, 27 May 2016 (CRFM)—Officials from the Caribbean Community and the United States advanced talks in Washington last week at the 7th Annual Meeting of the CARICOM-US Trade and Investment Council, on several key concerns affecting trade between the US and the region, chief among then being the treat of a lawsuit by US-based NGOs over the harvesting of queen conch for trade. The threat of suit is of great concern to the region, which exports roughly US$185 million worth of conch meat a year to the US.

In February 2016, WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals notified the Secretary of Commerce and the Administrator of NOAA of their intention to sue the Department of Commerce, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration...
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Spanish Wells Eleuthera teenager Lily Messier named to Team Canada U19 Floorball - May 27, 2016 - 1:48:53 PM

Born in Nassau to Spanish Wells native Desiree Newbold Messier, oldest daughter of Philip (Pool) Newbold; and Canadian / Bahamian father Michael Messier, Lily Messier grew up in Spanish Wells until she was 10. She played baseball with the Divers Team from 2008-2010, and continued playing baseball when her family moved to Belleville Ontario Canada August 2010. There she played with the Belleville Bucks from 2011-2013.

"Lily took to everything cold and snow," said her mother Desiree. "She picked up skiing like she was born to it, and the same with ice skating." Lily accelerated in skating when she decided to play hockey in 2012 under skills and drills with Chris Longo, former NHL player. She joined the Stirling Boys House League Bantam hockey team in 2013 and played for 2 years...
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Bahamas Spelling Bee Champ Makes it to 3rd round, does not advance to Scripps finals - May 26, 2016 - 10:43:50 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion Donovan Aaron Butler failed to advance to the finals of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee currently being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbour, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.

Following completion of the third round, the 45 finalists who accumulated the required 27 points from combined scores of the written test and two preliminary spelling rounds were announced shortly after 6 p.m...
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Innovative Investors Recognised at the 3rd Regional Investor of The Year Awards 2016 - May 25, 2016 - 12:52:23 PM

Miami, FLORIDA - The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd Caribbean’s Regional Investor of the Year Awards for 2015-2016 (RIYA 2015-2016).

Now in its third year, the RIYA 2015-2016 turned its attention to innovation bringing focus to the local and foreign investors in the region who have invested in a new idea, introduced a new device to the market, created an invention or introduced new practice methods that have been translated into a goods or service creating value, satisfying a specific consumer need and has created significant socio-economic impact...
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Bahamas Environment Minister named Chairman of new IRENA Council - May 24, 2016 - 2:45:12 PM

Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett, is presently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates attending the 11th Council Meetings of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

IRENA is “an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence,and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.” There are 147 member countries of IRENA. The Bahamas joined IRENA in 2014 to assist in the deployment of renewable energy sources in the country.

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Husband and Wife Team Having Tremendous Success with Innovative Teaching Method - May 24, 2016 - 10:51:29 AM

ATLANTA, Georgia -- A young Bahamian-born entrepreneur and his wife are having tremendous success with a company they launched in Atlanta four years ago, so much so that last year they expanded their business to the Kansas City, Missouri, Metro Area and have now moved into Omaha, Nebraska.

Tyrone Sawyer II and his wife Jemima co-founded Jemima’s Playhouse LLC, a new age educational company, through which they have “introduced a fun, innovative way to reach children between the ages of two and 12 years old.”

“We have seen a tremendous growth in business since we started in Atlanta in 2012,” Mr. Sawyer said.  “We are now expanding into Omaha, Nebraska, our fourth state. Our goal is to continue to grow, have fun with the children, and continue to lead though implementing new, innovative teaching skills.”
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Bahamians abroad register to vote in upcoming referendum - May 23, 2016 - 3:45:23 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Preparations have been made for eligible Bahamian citizens to register and to vote overseas in the upcoming Constitutional referendum in an Advanced Poll on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Jennille McDonald, a student at American University here is D.C., decided that she wanted to be among those Bahamians in the diaspora who took advantage of the opportunity provided to vote abroad and visited The Bahamas Embassy, 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., to register for the upcoming poll. Jennille is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barrett McDonald of Nassau and the granddaughter of Rev. Norris H. McDonald...
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Bahamas Christian Council Group on visit to DC - May 20, 2016 - 1:24:56 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A group of religious leaders from the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC), led by BCC President Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson, are currently on a three-day visit to Washington, D.C.

Also included in the group, which arrived in D.C. on Tuesday, May 17, and is scheduled to leave on Friday, are Pastor Dale Moss of Life Transformational Center; Bishop Perry Newton, Word of Truth; Bishop Leroy Emmanuel, Good Samaritan Kingdom Ministry; Bishop Gregory K. Minnis, New Jerusalem Church; Rev. Roslyn Astwood, St. Stephen’s Baptist Church; Bishop Albert Hepburn, United Christian...
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MOU Signed Between Caribbean Export and The Latin Chamber of Commerce - May 20, 2016 - 1:18:17 PM

Miami, FLORIDA - The Caribbean Export Development Agency signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Latin Chamber of Commerce of the USA. The agreements form the basis for the strengthening of investment and trade promotion and facilitation and develop reciprocal cooperation between the US based entities and the member states of Caribbean Export which includes CARIFORUM countries.

“These agreements will open new doors to the Caribbean and to Caribbean businesses. Caribbean Export has always been very strong on promoting partnerships because we see them as the most effective and cost-efficient ways to advance the goals of the Agency and those of the region,” notes Mrs. Coke Hamilton, Executive Director of Caribbean Export...
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Bahamas Delegation Participates in Seventh Meeting of CAROM-US Trade and Investment Council - May 20, 2016 - 6:38:19 AM

WASHINGTON, DC -- A delegation from the Ministry of Financial Services is completing a working visit to Washington, D.C., where they provided a presentation at the Seventh Meeting of the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment Council, held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

The Bahamas’ delegation was headed by Ms. Keva Bain, Acting Director of Trade, and Mr. Hillary Deveaux, Consultant, and supported by diplomatic officers from the Embassy in Washington, D.C...
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Caribbean’s fisheries and tourism linkages highlighted at Geneva forum - May 19, 2016 - 4:17:48 PM

Belize City (CRFM)— Peter A. Murray, Programme Manager for Fisheries Management and Development at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), represented the region at an international seminar on Oceans Economy and Trade: Sustainable Fisheries, Transport and Tourism, held in Geneva from 10- 12 May 2016.

Murray, who was one of over seventy registered participants drawn from all three sectors, presented a paper on the linkages between fisheries, tourism and transport in the Caribbean. Murray’s paper also highlighted the results of a recently completed suite of case studies on the linkages between fisheries and tourism in CRFM Member Countries...
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New Calculations of Conch Catch Can Add Up to a Healthy Fishery - May 18, 2016 - 11:27:57 AM

VANCOUVER (May 17) – The amount of fish caught in Turks and Caicos waters from 1950-2012 is estimated to be eighty-six percent higher than previously thought, according to a new scientific study.

The study, published in the latest issue of Frontiers in Marine Science, says that conch, lobster, and fish catches have been underestimated historically because official figures have not always included seafood eaten by Turks and Caicos Islanders, and by tourists to the TCI.

“DEMA has done a great job of monitoring fish sold to the country’s fish plants,” said Aylin Ulman, a researcher recently based at the world-renowned Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries in Vancouver, Canada...
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‘Business as usual’ approach in Caribbean will see debt soar - May 17, 2016 - 4:24:36 PM

On its current development path, the Caribbean in 2050 will face unmanageable debt, poor growth, and greater socio-economic problems, warns a Commonwealth report launched today at the Fourth Global Biennial Conference on Small States in Seychelles.

The report, Achieving a Resilient Future for Small States: Caribbean 2050, considers current policies and trends in six Caribbean countries - Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana - and makes a 34-year...
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Rahming chairs CRULAC meeting - May 17, 2016 - 4:09:17 PM

NEW YORK -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming (second from right), Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS),  in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) for the month of May, chaired the Special Meeting on Thursday, May 12, 2016, that served as a platform for the following representatives to brief the Group on their respective candidatures: H.E. Ambassador Natalia Gherman, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations; Ms. Margot Wallström, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, on the candidature of Sweden to the United Nations Security Council...
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Bahamian top model meets the Prime Minister of Canada - May 13, 2016 - 3:40:19 PM

Toronto, Canada - Bahamian top model and former Mr. Bahamas, Kendrick Kemp
had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau at a private event in Toronto, Canada recently.

It was truly an honour to meet him. He's like the Obama of Canada. So nice," said Kemp.

Kemp is also an entrepreneur and creator of "Fashion For A Cause", and annual charity event in Nassau to support the Bahamas AIDS Foundation...
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Bahamians voting for Canada - May 13, 2016 - 10:11:34 AM

The High Commission in Ottawa wishes to provide the following update on the process to vote for the Constitutional Referendum 2016 and for the General Elections 2017:


The Writ of Referendum was issued on 11th May 2016 in respect of the Constitutional Referendum. Bahamians who are on the 2012 Register of Voters are eligible to vote during the Constitutional Referendum to be held on 7th June 2016...
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PAHO/WHO urges transformation of nursing education in the Americas - May 12, 2016 - 4:09:28 PM

Advanced degree programs, interprofessional education and lifelong learning opportunities should be standard offerings to strengthen the region's nursing workforce
Washington, D.C., 11 May 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — On the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, May 12, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is observing International Nurses Day this year by calling on its member countries to transform nursing education as part of their efforts to advance toward universal health...
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