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RBDF Officer Awarded Master of Arts Degree by U.S. Naval Postgraduate School



In paying a courtesy call on the Commander Defence

Force (Acting), Captain Tellis Bethel, at the Defence Force Headquarters, the Director of

Strategy, Policy and Plans at the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Rear Admiral Richard Snyder

presented Acting Lieutenant Commander (Ag/Lt/Cdr) Darren Henfield with the Master of Arts

degree in Security Studies that was awarded him by the United States Naval Postgraduate School

(NPS) upon successful completion of his studies at the school in December, 2015.

The school’s Master of Arts in Security Studies program was spread over a five quarter period,

and included the production of an in-depth research paper coupled with the requirement to pass a

number of diverse courses. The first Bahamian to obtain an academic degree from the institution,

Ag/Lt/Cdr Henfield’s thesis entitled, Making the National Security Council ‘Better in The

Bahamas’ to Resolve Illegal Migration, examines the perennial national security issues of The

Bahamas and offers recommendations toward addressing the current concerns over unabated

illegal immigration from Haiti.

The course was made available under the U.S. International Military Education and Training

(IMET) Program. This program has made numerous training courses and programs available to

Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force over the years, and is funded by the

American State Department through the United States Embassy in Nassau.

While attending NPS, A/Lt/Cdr Henfield was also named the 2015 recipient of the Kiwanis

Outstanding International Student Award. A/Lt/Cdr Henfield received the coveted honour, which

is presented to an international student chosen from among peers for academic standing,

achievement, and involvement in community affairs.

A 1979 graduate of Abaco Central High School, Ag/Lt/Cdr Henfield is an almost 35-year

veteran of the Force—serving 17 years as enlisted marine and nearly 18 years as a commissioned

officer. He is also a duly qualified Counsel and Attorney-at- Law. Prior to going abroad, he

served nearly three years as an assistant counsel in the Office of the Attorney-General. Of note is

his stint as the assistant to the technical officer of the recent Constitution Commission.

Furthermore, Ag/Lt/Cdr Henfield has served in every major area of the Force including

operations, administration, headquarters, and training over the years. He currently serves as the

Force Inspectorate Officer at Defence Force Headquarters. His past assignments and

appointments include serving as a commissioned officer in several billets aboard Her Majesty's

Bahamian Ship Nassau, performing the duties of Regulating Petty Officer in the Administration

Department, and serving as a Training Instructor in the Training Department. Ag/Lt/Cdr

Henfield has also served as the Administration Staff Officer (S1) for the CARICOM (Caribbean

Community) battalion during the 2002 Exercise Tradewinds, and marks his participation in the

1994 United Nations Mission to Haiti among the high points of his service life.

The senior career officer and his wife of nearly thirty-one years, Deidre, the proud parents of

three sons and one granddaughter.

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



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

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International Community must address conflict between Israel and Iran



Garfield Ekon

Staff Writer

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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CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Conference Presents Dynamic Study Tours to Promote Sustainable Practices



The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC 2024), slated for April 22-24, 2024 in Grenada, will feature a series of exclusive study tours aligned with the conference theme, The 5 Ps – People, Planet, Prosperity, Purpose and Partnership. These tours have been thoughtfully curated to offer participants an enriching and unique opportunity to delve into innovative sustainability practices and glean insights intended to catalyze transformative action for a more resilient and sustainable Caribbean.

STC 2024 is jointly hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in collaboration with the Government of Grenada, through the Grenada Tourism Authority, and will welcome a wide range of participants, including government officials, tourism professionals, environmentalists, members of the media and researchers.

This valuable addition to the conference will allow participants to visit various sites and interact with local communities, gaining firsthand knowledge of best practices in sustainable tourism management, conservation efforts, and community engagement. 

Study Tour Options:

  • The Underwater Sculpture Park/Grand Anse Artificial Reef Tour: Led by Aquanauts Grenada, guests dive into the intricate ecosystem of the Underwater Sculpture Park and Grand Anse Artificial Reef and learn about sustainable practices aimed at protecting and preserving these vital marine habitats.
  • Grand Etang Nature Tour: Dr. Guido Marcelle, an esteemed botanist, guides participants through the lush rainforests surrounding Grand Etang Lake to explore Grenada’s rich biodiversity and gain valuable insights into rainforest conservation efforts.
  • The Rasta Roots Expedition: Immersive Journey into Rastafari Culture and Lands: Led by Ras Ginga, an elder of the Nyahbinghi Tribe, guests experience the Rastafari culture firsthand, learning about organic living practices and farming practices of Grenada’s Rastafari community, complete with a taste of local culinary delights.
  • Mt. Parnassus Plantation and Cocoa Pod Botanicals: Experts Michael Jessamy and Tricia Simon guide participants through the cocoa and spice plantation, uncovering innovative applications of these crops in cosmetics and health products.

The conference’s diverse program, comprising presentations, panel discussions, workshops, study tours and networking opportunities, aims to foster collaboration and facilitate knowledge sharing to advance sustainable tourism in the Caribbean region.

Event sponsors and partners include interCaribbean Airways; Royal Caribbean International; Silversands Grenada; Six Senses La Sagesse, Grenada’s newest resort; and LINK Strategic Partners, an international strategic communications and community engagement consulting firm with offices across the U.S. and in Manchester, England.

 Visit for further information about the conference and registration details. To learn more about the Grenada Tourism Authority, visit

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