#Bahamas, October 10, 2017 – Nassau – During a recent courtesy call with Bahamian Atlanta Braves baseball player, Anfernee Seymour, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard encouraged Bahamian businesses to use Bahamians who are achievers – especially in the athletic field – in their corporate branding.
“The idea is to assist the professional baseball player in building his brand,” Minister Pintard said. “The Ministry supports our professional athletes and we believe that they represent a powerful brand that can assist companies in getting their message out, while the companies, themselves, invest in their continued success.”
“In addition many of these athletes are wonderful role models who have incredible stories – about rising from humble beginnings to making it in the professional ranks – who have a passion for their country and proudly wear our banner as they travel internationally,” he added.
Anfernee – who considers himself an ambassador for The Bahamas – said that after meeting with Minister Pintard, he felt encouraged, and that he had taken “a step forward.” Anfernee – who currently plays centre field with the Braves – said that he started baseball at Freedom Farms at three-years old. He added that he attended Xavier’s Lower School and then St. Augustine’s College, until he left to finish high school in the United States.
When he graduated from high school, he noted, he was selected by the Miami Marlins in the seventh round of the amateur draft.
“In 2016, I was traded to the Atlanta Braves,” Anfernee said. “We won the Lower A title and this year was my first full year in the Atlanta Braves.”
Anfernee said that it is an honour to be from The Bahamas. He said: “Every where I go people ask me, ‘Oh, you’re from The Bahamas? I was just there. It was so nice. It was beautiful.’ I help to brand The Bahamas and I work to bring joy to a country that is so small. It is a great honour.”
He pointed out that he has had the support of fellow Bahamians, even having a number of them send him messages on social media, stating that they were watching him play on television.
“It’s fun and exciting,” he added.
Anfernee said that it was wonderful having his mother Jeannie Scavella in his corner and cheering for him. “She’s my number one fan,” he said with a smile. “It’s hard to explain. She’s amazing.”
Anfernee also tipped his hat to fellow Bahamians who are currently playing baseball and recognized those who came before them, creating the opportunities that they now have today. Minister Pintard said that it is a part of the responsibility of being the Ministry for youth and sports to support the young athletes’ continued success.
“We are encouraging companies to invest in these athletes and we would also like them to support these athletes as they go throughout our communities and schools speaking to young people about making positive lifestyle choices,” Minister Pintard said.
By Eric Rose (BIS)
Photo Caption: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard salutes the efforts of Bahamian centre fielder in the Atlanta Braves, Anfernee Seymour (left), during a courtesy call at the Ministry.
(BIS Photo/Eric Rose)
Bahamas Consulate Opens in LA
#Bahamas#LosAngeles, February 19th, 2024 – The Bahamas Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States. officially opened on February 19th, 2024, by Prime Minister Philip Davis, reaffirming the commitment of the Government to protect all Bahamians as well as The Bahamas’ Economic interests and provide consular support for Bahamians on the West Coast of the United States. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.
NBA’s Buddy Hield appointed as Ambassador
#BuddyHield#Bahamas, February 19th, 2024 – Accomplished Bahamian Basketball player Chavano Buddy Hield, has been appointed as Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Achievement, by the Davis Administration. This is a major accomplishment recognizing, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Hield’s outstanding journey from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama to the NBA as well as his commitment to inspire Bahamians. Prime Minister Philip Davis speaking at his Credential Presentation, expressed great appreciation to Hield. He said “Thank you for being a shining example of what it means to be truly great, both on and off the court. Congratulations Ambassador.”
UNDP appoints new Resident Representative for The Bahamas
[Nassau, 6 February 2024] – The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) newly appointed Resident Representative for The Bahamas, Kishan Khoday presented his credentials to Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusa Ali yesterday at the Ministry.
As Resident Representative assigned to the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Jamaica, Mr. Khoday also represents UNDP in The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Mr. Khoday, a Canadian national of Indian descent, is currently leading a team from the Kingston office on the first leg of an official mission to The Bahamas and Bermuda. While in Nassau, he will also meet with Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Honourable Vaughn Miller; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Honourable Jomo Campbell as well as other officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
In welcoming the new Resident Representative, Ms Ali lauded significant areas of ongoing cooperation with the UNDP including disaster resilience and climate change adaptation and mitigation. She also outlined other key areas for potential collaboration related to digitization and data collection.
Mr. Khoday pledged continuing support for The Bahamas’ development aspirations anchored on an inclusive and sustainable approach that leaves no one behind. He lauded the significant partnership between UNDP and the Government on the nation’s disaster management, climate resilience, biodiversity and debt management agendas, as well as investments in community-based action through the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme and the India-funded Abaco Shelter project. He said that through the current Country Programme (CP)(2022-2026), UNDP offers a strategic approach to combating multidimensional poverty and advancing climate resilient, nature-based pathways, leveraging UNDP’s capacities in innovation, digitalization, and sustainable finance. “As we near the 50th anniversary of UNDP cooperation in The Bahamas, I look forward to building on our long-standing history and expanding cooperation in a way that builds resilience to multi-dimensional crises and advances results under the SDGs. This includes our partnerships for social inclusion and community empowerment; climate resilience and biodiversity, disaster management and sustainable finance,” he stated.
Mr. Khoday has served with UNDP for 25 years, having coordinated over USD $1 billion in country programming to help partners and communities around the world advance inclusive and sustainable development pathways. This included tours of duty with UNDP Country Offices in China, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia and with UNDP’s regional offices for the Middle East and North Africa based in Egypt and Jordan. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Khoday worked with government and community organizations in his home countries of Canada and India on issues of poverty reduction, ecological resilience, and community empowerment.
Mr. Khoday is a scientist and lawyer, holding a Juris Doctorate specializing in constitutional, international, and environmental law; a Master of Science in natural resource management focused on land and water systems, and a Bachelor of Science in agriculture specializing in biodiversity and ecological change. The UNDP Resident Representative is a frequent speaker at international conferences and policy dialogues on the development agenda and a recognized thought leader on strategic issues such as climate change, ecosystem resilience, constitutionalism, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and resilience-based approaches to development, having published extensively on these and other issues.
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