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Bahamian Attorney General to earn Barry Univ. Distinguished Alumni Award

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MIAMI, Fla. – On Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, Barry University will honor Bahamian Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Sen., the Hon. Z.C. Allyson Maynard Gibson with its Distinguished Alumni Award at a ceremony at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. Maynard Gibson is among seven Barry alumni to receive the honor, the highest granted by Barry to its graduates.

Held annually since 2007, Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize Barry alumni for their distinguished professional achievements and contributions to society through service. Maynard Gibson earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from Barry in 1975. At the age of 18, she was the youngest graduate in Barry’s history at the time.

Maynard Gibson is a longtime member of The Parliament of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. She is currently serving her second term as the Attorney General of The Bahamas. Her work as an activist for the rights of women and children includes advocacy to protect the identities of rape victims, for domestic violence laws, and for sexual harassment laws. She is a former president of the International Women’s Forum and its Leadership Foundation; a former President of the Links, Inc.; and an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2011 she was honored by the All China Women’s Federation for “Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Leadership.” In January 2015 she became one of Her Majesty’s Counsel, being the first such woman at the Bahamas Bar. Maynard Gibson has been actively involved in national and provincial reforms to strengthen the Anglican Church, and has also served as a Sunday school teacher.

The Attorney General will be joined by: Adriane Jackson, MSW ’12, Executive Director of Partners In Education; Joy Taylor, BA ’09, co-host of the Zaslow & Joy Morning Show and sister of former NFL All-Pro DE Jason Taylor; Mira Fuentes, BS ’01, a lifelong children’s advocate known as “The Mother Teresa of Miami;” Saima W. Hossain, BA ’97, MS ’02, SSP ’04; international advocate for children with autism, recent winner of the World Health Organization Excellence Award for Public Health, and daughter of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; Nelson Lazo, BS ’94, Chief Executive Officer of Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables; and Maria Mas Blet, BS ’01, Managing Principal and CEO of GSK Wealth Advisors, Inc.

The Distinguished Alumni luncheon will take place form 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. beginning with a networking reception hour followed by an exquisite luncheon and the awards ceremony. The event takes place at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. Barry University’s Distinguished Alumni luncheon is the kick-off event to its Reunion Weekend.

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UN Sec-Gen has special Message on Nelson Mandela Day

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Nelson Mandela showed us the extraordinary difference one person can make in building a better world.

And as the theme of this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day reminds us – combatting poverty and inequality is in our hands.

Our world is unequal and divided.

Hunger and poverty are rife.

The richest one per cent are responsible for the same quantity of planet-wrecking greenhouse gases as two-thirds of humanity.

These are not natural facts. They are the result of humanity’s choices. And we can decide to do things differently.

We can choose to eradicate poverty.

We can choose to end inequality.

We can choose to transform the international economic and financial system in the name of equity.

We can choose to fight racism, respect human rights, combat climate change, and create a world that works for all humanity.

Every one of us can contribute – through actions large and small.

I join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in urging everyone to perform 67 minutes of public service on Nelson Mandela International Day – one minute for each year he fought for justice.

Together, let’s honour Madiba’s legacy and turn our hands towards building a better world for all.

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AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2024) set to strengthen Africa-CARICOM linkages  

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Speakers at ACTIF will include global superstars Viola Davis, Serena Williams, Didier Drogba and African and CARICOM Heads of States

 

Nassau, Bridgetown, Georgetown, May 28, 2024 – Excitement mounts as The Bahamas prepares to host the Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM) and the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF) from 12 – 14 June 2024 in The Bahamas. Themed “Owning Our Destiny: Economic Prosperity on the Platform of Global Africa,” ACTIF2024 is set to forge significant pathways for economic prosperity between Africa and the Caribbean.

Other distinguished speakers will include Heads of State from seven CARICOM countries, former Prime Ministers, Ministers of Trade, Economic Development and Finance, Dr. Roger W Ferguson, Former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, USA, Prof. Andreas Klasen, Professor of International Business and Director of the Institute for Trade and Innovation at Offenburg, and many more.

Professor Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Afreximbank, said: “We are witnessing shifts in the global economic landscape and the trade strategies of major economies, making it imperative for African and Caribbean nations to unite for mutual prosperity. The Afreximbank Annual Meetings and AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum in The Bahamas will serve as a strategic platform to enhance our economic bonds. These events indicate a vibrant assertion of our shared destiny. We are poised to harness the dynamic economic growth within our regions, enhancing our collective resilience and prosperity.”

The event promises to be a pivotal platform for high-level discussions on economic development and regional integration.

Building on the successes of the inaugural AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum held in Barbados in 2022 and the gathering last year in Guyana, this year’s Forum in The Bahamas will further elevate and expand upon the discussions and initiatives previously set in motion. ACTIF2023, which focused on strengthening economic bonds and creating new investment opportunities, sets a precedent for meaningful collaboration between Africa and the CARICOM nations.

Afreximbank invites industry leaders, trade organisations and other stakeholders in the CARICOM region to participate and attend.

Registration is now open at https://2024.afreximbankevents.com.

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International Community must address conflict between Israel and Iran

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Garfield Ekon

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With tensions between Israel and Iran at an all-time high, a United Nations affiliated group is urging for calm and dialogue as their violent actions can cause tragic devastation on innocent civilians.

According to Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an organisation that is dedicated to promoting peace through civilian-led initiatives, “it is a clear indication that the greatest victims of war are innocent civilians. 

How could those lost lives ever be brought back? What could compensate for the outcry of children and the anguish of the youth in devastated dwellings?,” the group noted in a media statement, adding that  the international community should  take “decisive measures” to address the conflict.

It is also advocating for the establishment of “comprehensive international laws” to safeguard peace for future generations. “HWPL remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering dialogue and reconciliation, offering hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict between Israel and Iran,” the group said.

HWPL is a non-profit organisation, with a mission to promoting peace through education, and advocacy. It has a global network spanning over 170 countries. The organisation works to build bridges of understanding and cooperation, striving towards a world free from conflict and violence.

According to reports in various international media outlets, Iran and its militant partners on April 13 initiated a large-scale attack against Israel through launching several hundred ballistic missiles and drones. The international society expressed concerns over the possibility of war between the two states, since Tehran’s direct attack on Israel was unprecedented.

Experts have pointed out that the attack on Israel was Iran’s response to an airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Syria on April 1, which killed seven military advisers including three senior commanders.

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