IBA publishes business and human rights guidance for bar associations and lawyers
- Oct 22, 2014 - 7:03:44 PM
Business and Human Rights Working Group has
published guidance for bar associations and business lawyers on the
implementation of the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business
and Human Rights (‘Guiding Principles’) – the first guidance of its
kind since the UN Human Rights Council endorsement of the Guiding
Principles in 2011.
Released in draft form today, the IBA Guidance
is divided into two working documents, one for bar associations (11
pages) and the other for business lawyers practising as in-house counsel
and in law firms (60 pages).
The main aims of the Guidance for Bar Associations are to...
Bahamas High Commission in Canada released after lockdown
- Oct 22, 2014 - 5:40:35 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs wishes to advise the public that
The Bahamas High Commission Building in Ottawa, Canada and other
buildings in the general
vicinity including the Canadian Parliament were on lock-down earlier
today due to an attack on public buildings by an individual or
attacks were not directed against the Bahamas or Bahamian diplomats.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had ordered all persons in the
vicinity to remain indoors during an intensive manhunt for the person or persons responsible for the attacks...
IDB and OAS join to promote better Cyber Security Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Oct 22, 2014 - 4:22:33 PM
Some 600 million individuals were victims of a cybercrime in 2013
More than 100 participants from 35 countries are taking part in a
workshop that kicked off today, to improve public policies to better
prevent cyber crime. The event was organized jointly by the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Organization of
American States (OAS).
The aim of the workshop is for individuals responsible for cyber
security to share their knowledge and experiences in Latin America and
the Caribbean, with experts from countries with more experience in the
field such as Canada, Spain, the United States, Estonia
More than 7 suicides per hour in the Americas
- Oct 22, 2014 - 1:14:32 PM
(PAHO/WHO) — Some
65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas each year—more than 7
per hour—according to a report released today by the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the
World Health Organization (WHO).
The report, Suicide mortality in the Americas, is based on
data from 48 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere. It
shows that suicide is a significant health problem and one of the
region’s leading preventable causes of death...
Seismic Airgun Testing in the Atlantic One Step Closer to Reality
- Oct 22, 2014 - 11:49:31 AM
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida - Five
permit applications for seismic airgun testing off St. Augustine, and Florida’s
east coast, have been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
(BOEM). The Matanzas Riverkeeper is hosting a news event on Wednesday, October
22, 5:00 p.m., at the foot of the Bridge of Lions (northwest corner), St.
Augustine to discuss the applications. In addition, candidates for governor and
attorney general have been sent questions about their positions on oil and gas
drilling off Florida's east coast, and that effort will be discussed at the gathering.
Opponents to seismic
testing cite impact on tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, and marine
ecosystems, including injury...
CDEMA On the Threat of Ebola Virus to the Caribbean Region
- Oct 21, 2014 - 7:34:55 PM
The World Health Organization (2014) has declared an outbreak of the
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as ongoing in Western Africa; with Liberia,
Sierra Leone and Guinea being the most seriously affected.
date, there have been over 8,000 cases reported with over 4,000 deaths
(WHO 2014). Recent cases of the virus being contracted in Spain and the
United States of America have also been reported.
As a result,
the CDEMA Coordinating Unit (CU) is disseminating this correspondence to
its Participating States in order to provide basic information about
the virus and to strongly encourage the adoption of a position...
Young Bahamian Entrepreneur Innovates in Atlanta
- Oct 20, 2014 - 12:46:22 PM
Georgia - Little would one suspect to hear a
5-year old student at a charter school in Atlanta, Georgia screaming at the top
of her voice: “Where is BahamaMan?!” But
it is happening; and it is happening more and more at a growing number of
kindergarten and elementary schools in the Atlanta area.
BahamaMan© is a story book
character created by Tyrone Sawyer II, a standout Bahamian track & field
athlete, and his wife Jemima. Under the
aegis of their company, Aunt Jemima’s Playhouse LLC, the Sawyers have
introduced a fun, innovative way to reach children between two and twelve years
old, which is widely considered to be the most vital stage of their development. Aunt Jemima’s Playhouse is a cultural
Finalists for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards announced
- Oct 17, 2014 - 6:27:10 PM
work with, and on behalf of, young people is truly outstanding and
deserves to be lauded” – Katherine Ellis, Director, Youth Division
17 October 2014 - The Commonwealth is pleased to announce the finalists
for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014, which recognise the
contribution of youth workers and their enduring positive impact on
young people and local communities.
Twelve youth workers from countries as diverse as Ghana, India, Jamaica
and Malaysia have been selected as regional finalists. Winners will be
announced on 5 November, during Commonwealth Youth Work Week...
(Video) Nassau Chef Gives Taste of The Bahamas on NBC Atlanta
- Oct 17, 2014 - 2:25:37 PM
ATLANTA, Georgia - The metro Atlanta area got a chance to see how to
cook a Bahamian meal when Maurice Randal appeared as guest on a top
rated NBC affiliate show. Randal was the featured chef on Atlanta &
Company on 11Alive, where he gave hostess Christine Pullora a taste of
The Bahamas during the cooking segment.
Over 2 million viewers
learned how to make a traditional Bahamian conch salad, Caribbean rice,
pineapple fish fillet and chicken as Randal talked about his road from
C.C. Sweeting student to Atlanta-based celebrity chef.
“It was a
wonderful opportunity to showcase the islands,” said Randal. “It was an
experience of a lifetime and it was very well received.
Bahamas Governor General calls on Queen Elizabeth II
- Oct 17, 2014 - 12:13:04 AM
LONDON, England -
Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this week and
called on Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday,
Her Excellency was invested with
the Insignia of a Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of
St Michael and St George.
Bahamas' Gerald Cash Rhythm and Youth Rake n' Scrape Company performs at the U.N.
- Oct 16, 2014 - 9:52:15 PM
NEW YORK -- Under the
auspices of His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and
Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the
United Nations and the Organisation of American States OAS), the Gerald
Cash Primary School's Rhythm and Youth Rake n' Scrape Company was
featured in a concert event at the United Nations' Dag Hammarskjöld
Library Auditorium at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
lunchtime performance of the Company at the United Nations represents
another of the cultural events sponsored by the Permanent Mission of The
Bahamas to the United Nations with a view to bringing greater exposure
to the various unique expressions of Bahamian culture in the context...
NMFS: Nassau Grouper Threatened Species
- Oct 16, 2014 - 9:00:01 PM
BELIZE CITY - The
Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), comprised of
Ministers responsible for Agriculture from across the Caribbean
Community, has confirmed the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy
as a final policy document for the Community.
Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy (CCCFP) is aimed at
fostering greater harmonisation across the Caribbean in the sustainable
management and development of the region’s fisheries and aquaculture
resources, with special emphasis on promoting the most efficient use of
shared resources while aiming to improve food security and reduce...
Mr Caribbean International 2014 Titleholder Announced
- Oct 16, 2014 - 6:17:28 PM
JAMAICA - Standing at six feet four inches tall, Mark Sparks
captured the hotly pursued title of Mr. Caribbean International at the
thirteenth annual staging of the competition this past Saturday. Before a sold-out audience at the Hedonism II
resort in Negril, Jamaica, Sparks ignited the crowd and won over the
adjudicators with his charm, chiseled features, statuesque physique and sharp
When asked what role he believes a man should play in
his home and community, he empathetically stated that a man “should lead from
behind and be a pillar of strength”.
Thirty-three year old Sparks, who is of St. Lucian...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival visits CBS News in Atlanta
- Oct 16, 2014 - 3:12:14 PM
ATLANTA, Georgia - Drum rhythms, beautiful costumes and
colorful renditions of all things Bahamian was the highlight of the first
international launch for the 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, held on Wednesday,
October 8th at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Atlanta
Georgia. Organized by the Bahamas Consulate the Bahamas Tourist Office Atlanta,
and The Bahamas National Festival Commission, the event was complete with
Bahamian food, art, and music. Culminating the evening was a performance by the
world renowned Colours Junkanoo Group and Rake n’ Scrape band, featuring a
parade of vibrant costumed carnival dancers from The Bahamas. The event
attracted in excess of 100 plus key influencers within Atlanta’s fashion and
entertainment industries, hospitality, tourism and travel conglomerates...
Minister Fitzgerald in New York for series of education related meetings
- Oct 16, 2014 - 11:48:46 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Hon. Jerome
Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, last week
participated in a series of meetings aimed at identifying partners to
leverage and maximize the existing $16 million that his Ministry
annually dedicates to tertiary education scholarships, generating new
scholarship opportunities for Bahamians, particularly public school
students, enhancing exchange programs between The Bahamas (COB, BTVI and
High Schools) and other Countries and institutions and other matters
related to education during a five-day visit to Washington, D.C.
Fitzgerald and Ms. Monique A. Hinsey, a Consultant with the Bahamas
Ministry of Education’s Scholarship Resource Services, arrived in
Washington Tuesday, October 7, and later that day met with His
Excellency Emilio Rebasa Gamboa, Mexico’s Permanent Representative to
Commodore Roderick Bowe to deliver keynote at Maritime Security 2014 Caribbean Program
- Oct 15, 2014 - 4:58:54 PM
On October 15, 2014,
Homeland Security Outlook (HSO) announced that Commodore Roderick Bowe,
Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, will provide the opening
keynote address of the Maritime Security 2014 Caribbean program. The
two-day conference will be held on October 29th and 30th, 2014 in the
Independence Ballroom of the Meliá Nassau Beach, located at 4914 West
Bay Street in Nassau, the Bahamas.
Bowe joins an already impressive program with speakers from across the
Bahamas, United States, and Caribbean. Together, the speakers will be
addressing topics critical to the vitality and security of Caribbean
waters such as cruise vessel and boating/marina safety and security...
Caribbean Export and GIZ Join forces to Strengthen the Regions Services Sector
- Oct 14, 2014 - 11:47:26 AM
Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean
Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has once again partnered
with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
to support the development of the SERVICES Go Global programme - an
instructor-led, competency based export training programme for service
providers managed by the Caribbean Network of Service Coalitions
Introduced for the first time to thirty pre-qualified
regional trainers and representatives from national Coalitions of
Service Industries (CSIs) in Barbados on September 22-24, 2014, the
trainers were able to review the programme and discuss its
implementation across the region to assist Caribbean service provider
firms to improve their competitiveness and achieve success in the global
Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient
- Oct 11, 2014 - 3:54:05 PM
In 2012 the
U.N.declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child to
raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the
world. More than anything this day promotes girls’ human rights, and
highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys. It
also addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by
girls around the world.
“Empowerment of and investment in girls
are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in
promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human
rights” – United Nations Resolution 66/170
staggering…14 million girls become child brides every year. 140 million
girls a year are affected by sexual violence.
Bahamas Ambassador Rahming Hosts Luncheon for New SOSC Special Envoy
- Oct 11, 2014 - 3:25:53 PM
NEW YORK -- His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the
Organisation of American States (OAS), in his capacity as Chairman of the Save
Our Sharks Coalition (SOSC), hosted a luncheon at the Permanent Mission of The
Bahamas to the United Nations on Thursday, October 9, 2014.
Guest of honour at the event was noted American television personality Montel
Williams, former daytime talk show host and avid environmentalist, who under
Ambassador Rahming's chairmanship of the SOSC, has become the new Special Envoy
of the SOSC...
Mr. Mario Donato and his son call on Bahamas Consul General to New York
- Oct 11, 2014 - 2:29:03 PM
NEW YORK - Mr. Mario Donato (right), a
renowned Grand Bahama businessman, and his son Mario Donato Jr. (left)
recently paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, J.P.,
Bahamas Consul General to New York, at the Bahamas Consulate General,
231 East 46th Street, New York.
Before becoming Consul General to New
York, Mr. Carroll was one of the principals in a leading customs
brokerage company in Freeport, Grand Bahama...