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Organizers gear up for the Coconut Festival, Pelican Point, East Grand Bahama



#TheBahamas, July 10, 2022 – Organizers are excited for the relaunch of the Pelican Point Coconut Festival after not having it for three years, said Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey on Thursday, July 7.
During a press conference at the festival site, workmen were out in full force to ensure the site ready for the festival on Monday, July 11 – the final event of the Independence celebrations.
Minister Moxey said she is excited that the Beautiful Grand Bahama initiative is one that is proving to be successful. The East Grand Bahama team have worked to clear the area and assist in preparing the Pelican Point site for the festival on Monday.
Chairman of the Pelican Point Coconut Festival Committee, Cathy Laing said that almost three years ago, the settlement was “left in shambles by Hurricane Dorian”, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is normally held over the Easter weekend but is a part of the Independence celebrations this year.
Ms. Laing thanked Minister Moxey for the efforts of the Beautiful Grand Bahama team, and said the day will feature everything coconut – cuisine, gully wash, games and a coconut barking competition.  The event begins at 11am.
Elaine Smith of the Ministry of Tourism said the Ministry of Tourism will facilitate transportation for guests staying at resorts in Freeport taking them to the festival at noon and returning them to their properties at 6pm.
Photo Caption: The team is ready for the relaunch of the Pelican Point Coconut Festival which will be held on Monday, July 11 after not being held for three years. Pelican Point is located in East Grand Bahama, one of the areas devastated by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. The organizers, the Pelican Point Coconut Festival Committee, the Ministry for Grand Bahama and the Ministry of Tourism said on Thursday, July 7 at a press conference that they are ready to welcome residents and visitors alike. Shown from left having some refreshing coconut water are: Dale Gelin, Administrator for East Grand Bahama; Senator the Hon. James Turner; Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey; Elaine Smith, Ministry of Tourism; and Cathy Laing, chairman, Pelican Point Coconut Festival.
(BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)
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UN Sec-Gen has special Message on Nelson Mandela Day



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  



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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