Pictured at the official Bahamas independence anniversary reception held by the Embassy of The Bahamas and Consular Annex at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., in downtown Washington on Friday, July 11, from left to right are: Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission, Bahamas Embassy; Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C.; His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States; and Mr. Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago.
JUNKANOO DIPLOMACY — His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry (right), Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, joined in a Junkanoo Rush Out at the picnic hosted by the Bahamian-American Association on Saturday, July 12, at the U.S. Coast Guard Base, 7323 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At left is Mr. Bernard Colebrooke, a Bahamian who is a retired U.S. Marine and one of the leaders of the Bahamian-American Association. The picnic was one of the events held over the weekend to celebrate the 41st anniversary of The Bahamas’ attainment of independence. An official independence anniversary reception was held at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., in downtown Washington on Friday, July 11, and an independence church service was held on Sunday, July 13, at the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), 1518 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., at which the Bahamas National Youth Choir was the featured choir.
|After participating in the Bahamas Independence Church Service held at the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), 1518 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on Sunday, July13, as the featured choir, members of the Bahamas National Youth Choir are pictured with His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and his wife, Mrs. Francoise Torchon Newry. At their left is Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, and next to her is Rev. Don Darius Butler, who was the guest preacher. Directly behind Ambassador and Mrs. Newry is Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission, Bahamas Embassy. At far left in front row is Bahamas National Youth Choir Director Cleophas Adderley.
|The Bahamas National Youth Choir performing at the official independence anniversary reception held at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., in downtown Washington on Friday evening.
PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY BROTHERS VISIT EMBASSY AND CONSULAR ANNEX
Bahamian members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity are pictured during their courtesy call on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States. Pictured from left to right are: Mr. Esmond Johnson; Mr. William Dean; Mr. Kareem Wallace; Mr. Raymond Pearson; Mr. Gerrard Sawyer; Mr. Felipe Major, Administrative Assistant, Consular Annex; Mr. Kareem Hanna; Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission, Bahamas Embassy; Mr. Jean Joseph; Ambassador Newry; Mr. Jamarl Chea; Mr. Christopher Saunders; Mr. Derek Smith, Jr.; Mr. Nathaniel Beneby; Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary/Vice Consul, Bahamas Embassy; Mr. Mikhail Bullard, Third Secretary/Vice Consul, Bahamas Embassy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bahamian members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity paid courtesy calls on His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington D.C., on Thursday, July 17.
The 11-member Bahamian contingent is among the more than 4,000 fraternity brothers, representing at least five different countries, who are in Washington, D.C. for the organization’s Centennial celebrations being held July 16-20 at the Marriott Wardman Park.
Members of the Bahamian contingent include Mr. Gerrard Sawyer, Mr. Christopher Saunders, Mr. Derek Smith Jr., Mr. Esmond Johnson, Mr. William Dean, Mr. Kareem Hanna, Mr. Jamarl Chea, Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Mr. Ramon Pearson, Mr. Kareem Wallace, and Mr. Jean Joseph.
Their first courtesy call was on Consul General Zonicle shortly after 11 a.m. at the Embassy’s new Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., in downtown D.C., where they were given a tour of the Consular Annex by Consul General Zonicle and introduced to Third Secretary/Vice Consul Faith Maycock, Financial Officer Stephanie Rahming and other members of her staff. Consul General Zonicle also outlined the duties and responsibilities of the Consular Annex.
Shortly after 1 p.m., the Bahamian fraternity brothers visited the Embassy of The Bahamas at 2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., where they were welcomed by Ambassador Newry; Mr. Chet Neymour, Deputy Chief of Mission; Miss Krissy Hanna, Second Secretary/Vice Consul; and Mr. Mikhail Bullard, Third Secretary/Vice Consul.
Following brief remarks by Ambassador Newry and Deputy Chief of Mission Neymour, they were treated to lunch in the Embassy’s conference room.
While in D.C. for the Centennial Celebration, the Bahamian contingent also advanced talks with international leaders on the General Board meeting expected to be held in Nassau in November. The General Board is the executive leadership of the international fraternity.
The Bahamian brothers have also been promoting The Bahamas by wearing Androsia bow-ties during the courtesy calls and at the celebration’s climax, the Orchid Ball.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, founded at Howard University on January 9, 1914, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary with a year-long slate of activities designed to highlight the organization’s contributions to American and International history over the past century.
Phi Beta Sigma has a near century-long commitment to service that is centered in the fraternity’s three international programs: Bigger and Better Business, Education and Social Action. All three of these programs represent the core of Sigma’s programmatic initiatives and are carried out at the international, national, regional and local levels.
For more than 60 years, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity has made manhood training for young boys a fraternity priority through its Sigma Beta Club founded in 1950. Its mission is to bring a responsibility mindset to instill a college-going culture among young black males. Collegiate, as well as graduate members are their mentors. There are over 120 Sigma Beta Clubs throughout the USA and The Bahamas. In 2005, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity adopted Junior Achievement Bahamas as one of its primary volunteer initiatives.
Today, Phi Beta Sigma Bahamas boasts of two firsts within the international fraternity – the first undergraduate chapter (Beta Beta Lambda at The College of The Bahamas 2004) of any fraternal organization outside of the USA and its territories and the first alumni chapter (Delta Epsilon Sigma 1978) of the fraternity in a Caribbean nation. There are three chapters in The Bahamas two graduate member chapters (Delta Epsilon Sigma in Nassau and Omicron Pi Sigma in Freeport) and the undergraduate chapter (Beta Beta Lambda) at The College of The Bahamas.
Bahamian members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity are pictured during their courtesy call on Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, DC. Pictured from left to right are: Mrs. Jan Rolle, Administrative Assistant, Consular Annex; Mrs. Debbie Harrison, Private Secretary, Consular Annex; Mr. Ramon Pearson; Mr. William Dean; Mr. Esmond Johnson; Mr. Derek Smith, Jr; Mr. Jamarl Chea; Miss Faith Maycock, Third Secretary/Vice Consul, Consular Annex; Mr. Kareem Hanna; Consul General Zonicle; Mr. Gerrard Sawyer; Mr. Nathaniel Beneby; Mr. Jean Joseph; Miss Stephanie Rahming, Accounts Officer, Consular Annex; Mr. Christopher Saunders; Mr. Kareem Wallace, Felipe Major, Administrative Assistant, Consular Annex; and Mr. Reynaldo Fabella, Consul General Zonicle’s chauffeur.
Bahamas High Commission in Ottawa Hosts Bahamas’ 41st Independence Celebrations
OTTAWA, 12 JULY 2014 – The Bahamas High Commissioner, His Excellency Dr. Calsey Johnson hosted a poolside reception in Ottawa, Ontario on 12th July for the Bahamian community, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Canadian officials and friends of The Bahamas from all over Canada, to celebrate the 41st Anniversary of Bahamian sovereignty and Independence.
Leading up to the event, the Bahamas High Commission held two screenings of Bahamian produced/directed films here in Ottawa. The first film showcased on Monday July 7th was a sci-fi thriller entitled ‘Singularity Principle’ which was partly shot in The Bahamas. The second film screened on Wednesday July 9th, Womanish Way, Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy’, a documentary about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas which was directed by Bahamian Marion Bethel. Ms. Bethel joined guests via skype to introduce the film and entertained questions at the conclusion of the film.
Deputy Chief of Mission, Mrs. Roselyn Horton delivered remarks on behalf of Prime Minister the Right Honorable Perry G. Christie and the Bahamian people. In his remarks, Prime Minister Christie stated, “I have declared 2014 as the Year of Culture with a view to celebrate our cultural identity, which defines us as a people. We have chosen to celebrate this our 41st anniversary under the theme, “Celebrating our culture: A commitment to peace,” this gesture is intended to symbolize the significance of our cultural identity and give rise to highlighting those icons who would have been instrumental in personifying the ethos of Bahamianism.“
The event also served as an opportunity to formally announce the appointment of Dame Marguerite Pindling as Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas who sent written remarks, which were delivered by His Excellency Dr. Calsey Johnson. She stated “this year, as we trend towards the 50th Anniversary of our Independence in a few short years, we are celebrating the great cultural heritage of our nation. Most people would agree that as a small nation we have the distinction of having a vibrant culture that is deeply embedded and that springs from the uniqueness of our history. We have produced musicians, painters, sculptors, dancers, singers, actors and authors and the list goes on. As a part of our cultural heritage we have to preserve the legacy of so many of these cultural icons, some of whom are well-known while others need to be brought to the notice of our citizens before memory of them fades away.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Hon. Frederick A. Mitchell also sent written remarks on behalf of the people and Government of The Bahamas. In his remarks he noted “The generation before us entrusted us with an exceptional nation that continues to prosper and serve as a paragon of prosperity in the region. Our efforts must remain reciprocal so we must in turn bear a commitment to our forefathers’ achievements by passing the baton onto the next generation. The groundwork has been laid out. As a fellow commonwealth nation, The Bahamas has had a long history with Canada and is home to many of our citizens. Canada has become a popular destination for many of our university students. In doing so, Canada has contributed to the education of our future leaders.” He applauded the exemplary efforts made by Foreign Service Officers, who continue to strive and proudly represent the Bahamas internationally. He stated that in this age of globalization, it is imperative that as a nation The Bahamas remain internationally competitive and he firmly believed that the various missions have effectively done so.
The pool-side event also featured lots of Bahamian treats such as conch chowder, peas and rice, chicken, fish, macaroni and cheese, chicken souse, Johnny cake and the crowd-favorite Bahamian conch fritters prepared by the Bahamian community. Guests were thoroughly entertained by festive music and abundance of Bahamian delights.
NEW YORK — Chef Tim Tibbetts, Executive Chef and Owner of Flying Fish Restaurant in Freeport, Grand Bahama, along with his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Tibbetts, Co-owner and General Manager of Flying Fish Restaurant, paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Forrester J. Carroll, Bahamas Consul General to New York, on Friday, July 11, 2014, at Bahamas House, 231 East 46th Street. The restaurateurs were on a brief tour of New York making stops at the James Beard House, showing their talents at the “Sustainable Seafood Celebration” and Food and Wine Magazine. The AAA 4 Diamond Award winning team is making waves in the culinary world. Pictured from left to right are Chef Tibbetts, Mrs. Tibbetts and Consul General Carroll.
Left to right: Officer Preston Moss, Mr Mike Guy, Second Secretary and Vice Consul, Bahamas High Commission London and Officer Sanchez Davis at the passing out parade at Britannia Royal Navy College
Minister of National Security, Dr Bernard Nottage and Commodore of The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Mr Roderick Bowe visiting Sanchez Davis and Preston Moss in April 2014 at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, UK.
Photos courtesy of the Bahamas High Commission in London
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Officer Named Best International Cadet- Bahamas Information Services
A Royal Bahamas Defence officer was awarded Best International Cadet at his graduation at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth UK. Twenty- two year old Sanchez Davis was chosen among his peers as the top international cadet. This title automatically puts Davis in the running with other international colleagues from each entry this year to win an opportunity to return to the UK in 2015 and receive the overall Best International Cadet at the Lord High Admirals Ceremony.
A second RBDF officer twenty-five year old Preston J Moss, who graduated as well, received honourable mention during his training at Britannia Royal Naval College. Both Bahamian officers, Davis and Moss completed training and had their passing out parade on July 10th.
Head of the institution, Captain Henry Duffy of Britannia Royal Naval College told the audience at the passing out parade in Dartmouth that he is pleased with the progress of the officers.
“The successful completion of their initial training here on the banks of the River Dart marks their formal transition from civilian to military officer. They have been tested, stretched and assessed in a wide range of challenges. In this sense, BRNC has prepared them well to continue this journey of professional and personal development and to springboard them on their way to a unique and very special career. It is a career that will, I assure you, test them to the limits at times, but one that is always wholly rewarding, exciting and respected,” said Captain Duffy.
Second Secretary and Vice Consul at The Bahamas High Commission London, Mike Guy attended the graduation at Dartmouth and congratulated the young men on their achievement. “It is always rewarding to see young Bahamians do well internationally. Officers Davis and Moss worked extremely hard and for the duration of their training both of them stood out on their own merit. We are extremely proud of the achievements of these young men,” said Mr Guy.
The officers completed three phases of training including militarisation and marinisation; they were required to take various exams, essays and conduct presentations.
Davis and Moss underwent aggressive sea training exercises that took them on board the HMS Bulwark and HMS Illustrious. Their Royal Navy training also involved submarine exercises and various military operations. One of the highlights in their training was participating in the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Before graduating, officers Davis and Moss met with the Minister of National Security, The Honourable Dr Bernard Nottage and Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Roderick Bowe during their visit to Dartmouth in April, to update the officials on the progress of their Royal Navy training.
Davis and Moss are now receiving training in the International Warfare Officers Foundation Course from July 14th to October 31st, 2014. The course trains students to be warfare officers as they learn more about navigation, boat handling, rules of the road and seamanship. Davis and Moss are the first from The Bahamas to participate in this course.
Bahamians Unite for Independence Day Celebrations in Atlanta.
Two days after the fireworks over Clifford Park and a rivoting Junkanoo parade ushered in the 41st anniversary of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas gaining independence from England, Bahamians in the USA marked the occasion with their own tributes with a family fun day and church service.
The group of patriotic students, foreign workers, dual citizens, permanent residents and even tourists from the islands gathered in Lithonia on Saturday, July 12 to celebrate the milestone. With a lake and wooded area as their scenic backdrop, Bahamian music filled the air as members of the Bahamian diaspora dressed in the colors of the national flag, dined on native cuisine inclusive of their signature conch salad, fritters, fried fish, souse, peas ‘n’ rice and guava duff.
“There were over 700 attendees at this year’s family fun day,” noted Randy R. Rolle, Bahamas Consul General for Atlanta and the surrounding areas. “There were so many Bahamians who donated food, drinks, their time and talents and so many who brought their friends out to see why they are so proud of their heritage. While there was a $5 fee to park at the event, everything else was free to attendees. My office has been inundated with calls from persons who wanted to thank us for such an event, and at the same time, sign up with us. However, the credit for the success of the events is certainly not with me but those who selflessly gave their time to organize, spread the word, share the flyers and make time to celebrate with us on Saturday and Sunday. I had the opportunity to meet with several Bahamians who are doing tremendous things within the area. I am looking forward to working in partnership with them as they continue to excel.
|Mallie Lightbourn is pictured chatting with HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales
High Commissioner’s Condolences To Richard Lightbourn MP
Statement by His Excellency Eldred Bethel sent to The Lightbourn Family
High Commissioner’s Condolences to Mr. Michael Lightbourn, former MP and Mr. Richard Lightbourn, MP
I was saddened to learn of the death of your mother. It was my good fortune to meet Ms. Mallie a year and a half ago when I took up my appointment as High Commissioner for The Bahamas to the Court of St James.
Before she returned home, my contact with her was frequent. She radiated from her personality a charm and sweetness that will be etched in the memories of many. I know that the impression she left with me was a durable one. She was an inspiration on aging well and gracefully.
She lives in our memory as a kind soul who was a participant in life. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
We pray the Almighty God may grant her eternal rest.
Eldred E. Bethel
Captain Dwain Hutchinson of The Bahamas chaired the first session of The International Maritime Organization at the IMO headquarters in London on Monday, July 14th, 2014. IMO Secretary General, Koji Sekimizu opened the first session of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments July 14th to 18th. Captain Hutchinson chaired the session and dealt with items on the agenda including casualty analysis, harmonization of Port State control activities and review of Global Regulation standards.
(Captain Hutchinson is pictured in the centre.)
His Excellency High Commissioner for London, Eldred Bethel and Mrs Bethel with The Commandos Junkanoo Group at The Bahamas Independence Reception…