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News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Grand Bahama Highlighted in Tourism Visit to Canada - Nov 25, 2014 - 10:53:24 PM

VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada - The focus was all 'Grand Bahama Island' as members of  the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Sunwing Vacations, Memories Grand Bahama Resort & Spa, Pelican Bay Hotel, Grand Lucayan, and Forbes Charter Services visited Vancouver, Canada on November 24th and 25th to showcase the destination and highlight  the December 13th launch of direct flights via Sunwing to Freeport.

Approximately 70 travel agents spent an evening onboard the Star of Vancouver, and enjoyed Bahamian music, a Bahamian themed food menu, as they soaked in a plethora of information on the island destination and all it has to offer...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Sustainability Week begins at the OAS with Meeting of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development - Nov 25, 2014 - 8:33:18 PM

The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today launched the "OAS Sustainability Week" as part of its regular meeting, with a presentation by the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai, followed by a discussion and presentations from invited experts on the construction of more resilient cities and communities and in greater harmony with the environment.

Introducing the meeting, the Chair of CIDI and Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the OAS, Ambassador Neil Parsan, explained that "‘Sustainability Week” at the OAS includes a series of events that seek to promote the coordination of actions and to facilitate exchange of knowledge, lessons learned and good practices in disaster risk reduction in the Americas...
News : International
Diplomats caution Bahamians in regard to Michael Brown Verdict - Nov 25, 2014 - 7:41:25 PM

In light of the Grand Jury decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Bahamas Honorary Consul in Chicago, Michael C. Fountain, stands with Bahamas Consul General in Atlanta, Randy E. Rolle, in advising Bahamians in their shared jurisdiction of the state of Missouri to avoid areas that are experiencing high tensions in the wake of this announcement. Protests have been held in several U.S. cities, including Chicago where Fountain is based and Atlanta where Rolle is based.

"American citizens have taken their frustrations to the streets in protest of the Grand Jury decision. Businesses have been destroyed, stores have been looted and there have been fires and shootings. Michael Brown's parents have asked for peace. I agree with them and President Obama, who stated in his remarks on the decision, that we should be honoring their wishes..."
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Addresses Issues of Migration and Identification - Nov 25, 2014 - 5:50:20 PM

The XI Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Civil Registration, Identity and Vital Statistics (CLARCIEV), coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Civil Registry of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, brought together representatives of 16 countries leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss progress in increasing registration in the region and successful experiences in delivering better services of registration and identification for all citizens.

The theme for the XI Meeting, managed by the Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA) within the OAS, was: “Identification in Regional Migration: A Latin American Challenge.” In the keynote address and panel discussions, participants heard presentations on migration trends...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grand Bahama Nov. 9 plane crash preliminary report complete - Nov 25, 2014 - 5:41:25 PM

The public is advised that the Department of Civil Aviation is now in possession of a Preliminary Report on the Freeport, Grand Bahama aircraft crash which took the lives of nine persons, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th, 2014. The narrative of that report is now being released by that Department. The report was prepared by the Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit (AAIPU) of the Department on November 20th, 2014, and it contains specifics on the aircraft and crew, and on the weather conditions and flight details.

According to the AAIPU report, both pilots Captain Stanley Thurston, and First Officer Frahkan Cooper were licensed and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, and were in possession of valid first class medical certificates, which were issued in November, 2014. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed upon the departure of the aircraft from Odyssey Aviation...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Griffin Visits Grand Bahama In Celebration of National Women’s Week 2014 - Nov 25, 2014 - 5:14:15 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin and a delegation from New Providence visited Grand Bahama on Monday in celebration of National Women’s Week 2014.

At a press briefing at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, Minister Griffin said the theme for the week is “Equality for Women is Progress for All” -- a spin on the UN International Women’s Day in March. She said the theme reflects current issues in the country “in speaking to equality for women in our Constitution, and we are aware that women’s rights are human rights; we have the Constitutional Amendments before Parliament and we hope to have them passed very soon...”

News : Local
Bahamas Minister Fitzgerald Commissions Preschool and Daycare Council - Nov 25, 2014 - 4:21:03 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Preschool and Daycare Council was commissioned on Monday, 20th October, 2014 at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The Council will be the regulatory body for early childhood education and daycare with the specific duties and responsibilities to ensure that the quality of education that preschoolers receive is properly structured. Additionally the Council will be charged with developing standards and regulations as set out in law for daycare and preschool centres in The Bahamas and ensuring that the standards are adhered to. Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald said that the commissioning was an historic event in the country. He said that “as we change the paradigm of education in our country, we must do so at all levels and the most important level is the foundation years”...

News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Calls on Member States to Sign and Ratify the Inter-American Convention to Facilitate Disaster Assistance - Nov 25, 2014 - 4:18:00 PM

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, called today on member states of the institution that have not yet done so, to sign and ratify the Inter-American Convention to Facilitate Disaster Assistance, during the inauguration of the Third Hemispheric Meeting of the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (INDM),"Integrating Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Development Agenda," held at the headquarters of the hemispheric Organization in Washington, DC.

Ambassador Ramdin noted that only six OAS member states have so far ratified the Convention and called on those countries that have not signed or ratified it to "begin this process as soon as possible."
News : New Providence
L.W. Young School to remain Closed on Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 - Nov 25, 2014 - 4:17:03 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -

The administration of L.W. Young Junior High School would like to inform its parents and students that school will be closed again on Wednesday, 26th November, 2014 due to urgent plumbing repairs that are being carried out.  As it is policy that schools have proper functioning bathroom facilities, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and other agencies will continue to work feverishly to correct the problem in the shortest possible time so that school can resume as promptly as possible. An update will be provided by Wednesday afternoon...
News : International
ICT: Measuring the Information Society Report 2014 - Nov 25, 2014 - 4:06:02 PM

GENEVA – Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report.

The report is widely recognized as the repository of the world’s most reliable and impartial global data and analysis on the state of global ICT development, and is extensively relied upon by governments, financial institutions and private sector analysts worldwide.

Latest data show that Internet use continues to grow steadily, at 6.6% globally in 2014 (3.3% in developed countries, 8.7% in the developing world)
News : International : Caribbean News
CAB Conference Provides The Right Forum To Plan for success in a Changing Economic Environment - Nov 25, 2014 - 4:05:20 PM

CASTRIES, St. Lucia -  The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) successfully completed its 41st Conference and Annual General Meeting in Grenada from 12-15th November.  As a primary objective, CAB provides a forum that enables members to solve their common challenges through understanding, education and co-operation.

The conference, held under the theme - "The Changing Face of Caribbean Banking," was officially opened by Her Excellency Dame Cecile La Grenade, Governor General of Grenada.  Featured speaker and industry veteran Mr. Ronald F. deC. Harford, Chairman of Republic Bank Limited, cited the main cause of the region's struggle as its unsustainable economic model and the uncompetitive nature of its key sector, Tourism. The global financial crisis, he said, merely exposed the broken model on which the region's economy is based.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
40 Years of The Bahamas and Cuba Diplomatic Relations - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:58:08 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and The Republic of Cuba celebrated 40 years of diplomatic relations with a Reception held at Hotel RIU Palace Paradise Island on Monday, November 24.

The Bahamas and Cuba officially established diplomatic relations on November 30, 1974 and since then, the two countries have signed a number of agreements beneficial to both countries.

Notable among the various agreements has been collaboration in health and education...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Minister Griffin on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:44:05 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, M.P., Minister Of Social Services & Community Development, on the International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women (November 25, 2015):

Women activists against violence against women have recognized November 25th as a day against violence since 1981 as a result of the brutal assault in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic on orders of the Head of State, Rafael Trujillo. It was in 1999 that the United Nations General Assembly designated 25th November as the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and invited governments, international organizations and Non-governmental Organizations...
News : International
Violence against women is linked to reproductive health problems - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:39:53 PM

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, PAHO/WHO calls for a stronger health sector response
Unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and miscarriages are more frequent among women who report having experienced violence at any point in their lives, studies from multiple countries around the world show.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, observed each year on November 25, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling for the health sector—especially sexual and reproductive health services—to be involved in efforts to prevent and respond to violence against women...
News : International
Alejandra Mora Mora, President of the CIM, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against women - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:32:36 PM

San José, Costa Rica (November 25th, 2014) -  A message from Alejandra Mora Mora, President of The Inter-American Commission of Women, Minister of the Status of Women in Costa Rica:

In 1994, American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women (Belém do Pará Convention) first established the right of women to a life free of violence, both in public and in private. This historic agreement - until recently the only legal instrument to specifically address the issue of violence against women- has laid the ground work for the CIM over the past twenty years, as well as the creation in 2004 of the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention- MESECVI...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
LPIA's New Radar Control Tower Near Completion - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:29:25 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The new radar control tower, located at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, is almost 90 percent complete. The $14 million installation and other infrastructure are nearing final stages of completion and are expected to be in operation by spring of next year. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie lead a delegation of Cabinet Ministers and Government Officials to view the new installation.

“It is one thing to speak of transformation but it is another to come in and observe transformation in process,” said Mr. Christie. “Today, what we are witnessing is a dramatic change in what we had in the past..."
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Kingdom of Morocco Ambassador‏ calls on Minisrty of Foreign Affairs and Immigration - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:22:50 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - His Excellency Mohammed Benjilany, the Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, left, made a courtesy call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, November 24 to present his copie d’usage of his Letters of Credence.  He was greeted by Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works the Hon. Philip Davis...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
The Bahamas Government writes to Jamaican Observer - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:20:09 PM

Nassau,  Bahamas - The following Letter to The Editor has been written to the Jamaica Observer about an article on the immigration policy of The Bahamas government. It is released to the Bahamian public for general information:

The story contains a number of assertions for which we should provide the facts as we know them to be for the record about the Immigration policies of the Bahamas Government.

We are concerned that the Jamaica Observer seems to have accepted uncritically as statements of fact, what we believe we can objectively show are inaccurate and inflammatory statements by the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association.
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS on the Occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:05:31 PM

Secretary General Insulza Calls on the Region to Redouble Efforts for Gender Equality on the Occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, called on the countries in the region to redouble their efforts to end gender-based violence and exploitation, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women."Despite significant progress, much remains to be done. The life, security and integrity of the majority of women and girls in the Americas are consistently threatened and at risk from violence, exploitation and trafficking," said Secretary General Insulza.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Pre-Paid Card is Revolutionary and Forerunner of Safety Net Reform - Nov 25, 2014 - 9:04:58 AM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The introduction of pre-paid Visa cards for persons eligible for Social Service benefits was described as “revolutionary” by Minister of Social Services, the Hon. Melanie Griffin, during a visit to Grand Bahama on Monday. She said the pre-paid card programme is innovative, and the first phase of the effort to implement safety net reform.

While at a press briefing at the Ministry for Grand Bahama, the Minister described the introduction of the pre-paid Visa card, which was launched last week in Nassau...

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