OAS Anticorruption Mechanism Holds On-Site Visit to Haiti
- Apr 15, 2014 - 9:28:00 PM
Commission of the Anti-Corruption Mechanism of the Organization of
American States (OAS) held an “on-site” visit to Haiti from April 8 – 10
with the country’s consent, as part of the analysis that the mechanism
carries out in accordance with the methodology adopted by consensus
among its member countries.
The Commission of the Mechanism for Follow-Up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC)
was made up of Mario Hidalgo Jara, Technical Analyst of the
Implementation of International Instruments to Combat Corruption of the
Council for Citizen Participation and Social Oversight (CPCCS) of
Ecuador and current Chair of the Committee of Experts of MESICIC;
Marcela Miranda Pérez, Chief Councilwoman...
Jazz On The Square Returns to City Centre in St. Lucia
- Apr 15, 2014 - 4:04:26 PM
Saint Lucia -
The highly popular lunchtime concert series
Jazz on the Square returns to the heart of nation’s capital with three
days of contemporary Caribbean cross-over music.
at the Derek Walcott Square in downtown Castries, the 2014 Jazz on the
Square line-up includes nine dynamic performances by top local and
regional acts from Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Barbados. Performances
start on Wednesday May 7 and continue through Friday May 09...
8 Year-old Bahamian Among Seven National Dream Kids Scholarship Winners in USA
- Apr 15, 2014 - 2:05:53 AM
Atlanta, Georgia -
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey and daughter
Noelle Robinson along with V-103's Syntonnia hosted the "Kids Dreaming
Big" Meet and Greet celebrating the first annual "Kids Dreaming Big"
Scholarship recently. The community gathered at the fred's Super Dollar
in Conyers, Ga to support 7 students from across the Southeast region
awarded over $3,000 in scholarships and participate in a great afternoon
of family fun.
The "Kids Dreaming Big" Scholarship sponsored
by fred's Super Dollar Store and African Pride DreamKids Hair Care, was
open to youth grades 3-5 encouraging the next generation to believe in
the beauty of their dreams and to provide a national platform to pursue
CIDI of the OAS Debates Development Agenda
- Apr 15, 2014 - 12:42:44 AM
Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the
Organization of American States (OAS) today held a general debate on the
development agenda of the Organization, in a regular meeting in
Upon beginning the meeting, the Chair of CIDI and Permanent
Representative of Bolivia to the OAS, Diego Pary, said “it is important
to recognize the interest expressed by the member states in the pillar
of integral development in our Organization,” and that
there is also a need to recognize that “we still have not achieved the
impetus we had hoped for” in this respect.
OAS Statement on the Death of Professor Norman Girvan, Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States
- Apr 13, 2014 - 1:10:12 PM
General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel
Insulza, issued the following statement on the passing of Professor
Norman Girvan, former Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean
“I wish to express my profound regret at the untimely passing of Dr.
Norman Girvan, a unique and outstanding Caribbean intellectual and
development economist, who was Professor Emeritus of The University of
the West Indies (UWI) and second Secretary General
of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) from 2000 to 2004.
Two Center Tourism Program to be launched between China and the Bahamas
- Apr 13, 2014 - 2:17:19 AM
Extensive consultation has been undertaken with the tourism industry and
across government and industry in both China and the Bahamas to guide
the development of a Two Center Tourism Program with the Chinese tourist
traveling to both the United States and Canada. The United States and
Canada remain the top destinations visited by out bound Chinese
travelers with a very close proximity to the Island of the Bahamas
creating a feasible travel system between the neighboring countries. A
Two Center Program will allow travelers to visit destinations in both
Canada and The United States whiles adding the Bahamas on their travel
package with only one itinerary.
"Nassau Declaration" signed at Caribbean Financial Action Task Force meeting
- Apr 11, 2014 - 2:05:08 PM
Bahamas - Following the meetings of the Caribbean Financial Action Task
Force at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, the "Nassau Declaration" was
signed, April 3, 2014.
Seated from left: Chair of National Anti-Money Laundering Committee,
Cheryl-Ann Lister; Attorney General of Dominica, Levi A. Peter; Attorney
General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Commonwealth of The Bahamas and
Chairperson, Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), Sen. Allyson
Maynard-Gibson; Attorney General of Cayman Islands, Samuel Bulgin; and.
Attorney General of Turks and Caicos Islands, Rhondalee
Braithwaite-Knowles and Minister of Justice and Police, Edward Bellor.
Bahamas PM attends Graham Thompson TCI opening
- Apr 11, 2014 - 2:01:26 PM
Remarks by the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P., Prime Minister of
the Commonwealth of the Bahamas at the official opening of Graham Thompson's
Chambers in Providenciales,Turks & Caicos Islands on April 9th, 2014:
delighted to be here once again in the Turks & Caicos Islands and, in
particular, this beautiful island of Providenciales. More than just neighbours, we are
family. And whenever families are
brought together like this, it's an occasion for celebration. It's no different
this evening. Thank you for receiving my colleagues and I, with the warmth and
hospitality reserved for family.
especially delighted to be here to bring brief remarks on the occasion of the
ceremonial opening of Graham Thompson's first office outside The Bahamas.
Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference & Trade Show Registration Now Open
- Apr 11, 2014 - 12:37:59 PM
PEMBROKE PINES, FL -
Registration is now open for the 2014 FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade
Show, taking place in St. Maarten from October 6-10, 2014. The event
will gather over 1,000 stakeholders from all sectors the cruise tourism
industry, along with over 100 FCCA Member Line cruise executives,
presidents and CEOs.
Attendees will have access to these key
decision makers during a four-day series that balance business sessions
and networking opportunities. These include one-on-one meetings with
cruise executives of attendees' choice, which offer a chance to promote a
product or receive individualized input; social functions that foster
interaction in a laid-back, engaging atmosphere...
Bimini Sands Resort & Marina Joins Expedition Collection by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges
- Apr 11, 2014 - 8:36:00 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Guy Harvey, Chairman
of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges announced today that Bimini
Sands Resort & Marina has joined the company’s Expedition
Collection, a portfolio of Outpost properties that stretches through the
Bahamas, Caribbean and Galapagos Islands.
“We are thrilled
that Bimini Sands invited us back to Bimini,” noted Harvey, a celebrated
international marine wildlife artist, scientist and conservationist.
In announcing the company’s return to the legendary fishing island,
Harvey added: “Our fans want us back in Bimini to help promote and
protect the island’s heritage they have enjoyed for years and hope to
pass on to the next generation.”...
Representatives from Consul General’s Office Greet Bahamian Students at Lee University
- Apr 9, 2014 - 8:58:25 PM
Cleveland, Tennessee -
Bahamian students enrolled in Lee University in Tennessee got the
opportunity to socialize with Consul General Randy E. Rolle plus Culture
and Student Affairs Officer Robert Pinder. The students were elated to
meet the team, whose Atlanta-based office includes Tennessee within
"It was heartwarming to meet these dynamic
young Bahamians who are representing our nation as student ambassadors,”
said Consul General Rolle. “They thanked us for taking the time to come
and interact with them, something they said has never been done with
other official Bahamian representatives. We spent a few hours getting to
know the students...
Quotable Caribbean: Darren Sammy, Patricia Affonso-Dass, Avion Hercules, and more...
- Apr 7, 2014 - 3:54:06 PM
it has never been about whether I am captain or not. I just enjoy
playing for West Indies. Not many people get to wake up in the morning
and get to do something they love. I know I have a lot of friends who
wake up on a Monday morning not wanting to go to work. For me, it's
about enjoying what I do, and whether I'm captain or not, it's about
giving the best for the team." - Darren Sammy, Captain, West Indies Test
and T20 cricket sides (gulfnews.com)
"In the UK and Europe,
generally the outlook is positive for 2014 - bookings for the winter
were looking stronger than those of last year and the forward booking
pace is encouraging. The UK, and also Europe, is seeing a longer length
of stay of 12 to 14 days which is a very good boost for Barbados'..."
Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Financial Services to be established
- Apr 4, 2014 - 5:53:16 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas, April 3, 2014. The
University of the West Indies and the Bahamas Institute of Financial
Services have agreed to work towards the establishment of the Caribbean
Centre of Excellence for Financial Services.
The announcement was
made at the 3rd Caribbean Conference on the International Financial
Services Sector, hosted by The Caribbean Export Development Agency, on
Wednesday afternoon by the Minister of Financial Services Commission for
The Bahamas - Ryan Pinder...
Bahamas wants Regional Centre of Excellence in Financial Services
- Apr 4, 2014 - 5:47:16 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The creation of a
regional centre of excellence in financial services is being touted as
the way forward if the region is to face the challenges and volatility
of the global world of financial services.
This is the view ofthe
Minister for Financial Services here, Ryan Pinder, who told delegates
attending the 3rd Caribbean Conference on the International Financial
Services Sector hosted jointly with The Caribbean Export Development
Agency, that the Caribbean must commit to developing a platform of
education and training regionally...
Two Women Charged with Smuggling of Bahamian Iguanas
- Apr 4, 2014 - 12:28:08 PM
LONDON, England - Two
Romanian women have been sentenced to one year in prison for smuggling
13 critically endangered iguanas from The Bahamas into London Heathrow
The women, Angela-Alina Bita, 26, and Vitora-Oliva
Bucsa, 24 were found with the iguanas by UK Border Force officers on
February 3rd at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
Both pleaded guilty to illegal importation at Isleworth Court in the UK on Thursday 3 April 2014.
GBPA Brings Keynote Address at China International Business Conference
- Apr 4, 2014 - 1:06:51 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama
– The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited’s (GBPA) Business
Development Manager, Mr. Derek Newbold, recently traveled to Shenzhen,
China as a keynote speaker at the Boshang/DBBG International Business
The event was a partnership between the DB Business
Group (DBBG) and the Boshang Foundation. This new venture is a unique
collaboration of the public, private and educational sectors, consisting
of Shenzhen government; represented by the Liaoning Province/Liaoyuan
City, a consortium of private businesses and the Bo Providers Alumni
Association, a branch of the Tsinghua University Alumni Association.
U.S. Embassy Supports Bahamian Participation in Domestic Violence Course
- Apr 3, 2014 - 9:43:41 PM
officials from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Bureau of Women’s
Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Legal Affairs,
and the Ministry of Social Services participated
in the Intervention Strategies for Domestic and Gender-based Violence
course held at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in San
Salvador, El Salvador March 24-28, 2014. The delegation was sponsored
by the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics
and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section as part of the U.S. Embassy’s
ongoing efforts to raise awareness and help eradicate violence against
ILEA course, led by instructors from the Government of Chile, was
designed to teach law enforcement and support personnel how to prevent
and respond to gender-based
violence, and covered topics including: risk factors associated with
domestic violence; the importance of risk assessment in the intervention
in domestic violence cases; the framework of psycho-social...
Dr. Myles Munroe presents at National Religious Broadcasters
- Mar 9, 2014 - 1:50:02 PM
Last week renowned Bahamian Leader Dr. Myles
Munroe was a featured bestselling authors at one of the largest Media
conventions in the United States. The National Religious Broadcasters is
the largest gathering of influencers in the world of Christendom
bringing together over one hundred thousand publishers, distributors,
bookstore owners, television and radio networks and best authors from
around the world.
Dr. Myles Munroe was presented to the NRB
Convention by Whitaker House Publishers of in the United States as their
bestselling author and released his newest book – The Power of
Character in Leadership- at the four-day event...
International Women's Day Op-ed by U.S. Charge d'Affaires John Dinkelman
- Mar 8, 2014 - 10:59:58 AM
I Congratulate The Bahamas for the Progress that has Been Made
Day is a celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women in
recognition of their economic, political, and social achievements.
Supporting women is a high-yield investment, resulting in stronger
economies, more vibrant civil societies, healthier communities, and
greater peace and stability. On this International Women’s Day, formally
observed on March 8, 2014, I would like to take this opportunity to
encourage all Bahamians to continue in your pursuit of equality for all
women of The Bahamas. We recognize the courageous and unwavering
tenacity of Bahamian women during the suffrage movement over fifty years
ago, which set the stage for majority rule and independence in 1973.
Grave Crimes against Women Continue, Greater Accountability Needed
- Mar 7, 2014 - 2:14:33 PM
ICC and states must increase efforts to prosecute sexual and gender-based crimes
Hague—The International Criminal Court (ICC) and governments around the
world should advance women’s rights by increasing their efforts to hold
perpetrators of sexual and gender-based crimes in conflict to account,
the Coalition for the ICC said ahead of International Women’s Day, 8
“The ICC prosecutor
is demonstrating greater commitment to gender justice. But as today’s
acquittal of Germain Katanga for sexual crimes in the DRC shows, much
work remains to be done in securing evidence sufficient for successful
prosecutions,” said Jelena Pia-Comella,