BAHAMAS Strong Women Strong Families Strong Communities

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – The Department of Gender and Family Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development hosted several activities to commemorate ‘National Women’s Week 2017’ being observed in The Bahamas November 26 through December 9.   The activities reflect the progress of Bahamian women, celebrate their accomplishments and address social issues impacting them.The week incorporates the annual observance of National Women’s Day, November 26, with recognition of the 25th anniversary of that day.    This year in The Bahamas, the observance has been extended an additional week.   The theme for the week is “Strong Women.  Strong Families.  Strong Communities.”Among the activities were an awareness raising/report sharing session on The Bahamas’ Sixth Periodic Report to Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), November 28, and a special school assembly at Doris Johnson High School, November 29.Panelists in the CEDAW discussion were Ambassador Rhoda Jackson, Acting Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Marion Bethel, The Bahamas’ candidate for (CEDAW); Donna Nicolls, Bahamas Crisis Centre; and Deandra Cartwright, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The event was attended by the Director of Gender and Family Affairs, Gaynel Curry; government officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations including Zonta Club of The Bahamas.CEDAW is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly.   Described as an international bill of rights for women, it was instituted on September 3, 1981 and has been ratified by 189 states.In her remarks, Ms. Jackson said CEDAW is much more than a legal document to be discussed by policy makers and lawyers.    S he said it represents a commitment by a Government to its people, which seeks full respect for the rights and dignity of women in the country, and is therefore an instrument that belongs to the people it is intended to protect.As The Bahamas celebrates the advances to protect women’s rights in the past two decades, Ms. Jackson urged those present to remember the shortcomings that still exist and give those areas priority.“One of the most notable inadequacies is the need for additional changes to The Bahamas’ Constitution relative to gender equality.   This is paramount to fulfilling the Convention’s mandate to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.   As long as gender disparities exist, The Bahamas would not have lived up to the mandate the country pledged to uphold, when we signed onto CEDAW.“I am, therefore, pleased by the presence of representatives from civil society and public sector organizations here today.   Public fora of this nature should be at the helm of the engagement process.  The government should strive to continue ongoing dialogue and collaboration with national and international women’s organizations, schools, churches and religious groups, also, devising a plan for expansion of the role of the two latter groups.   Educational campaigns that generate awareness of women’s issues and also the Convention will form an integral part of combating the ills that affect women, particularly since educational campaigns in schools will target both girls and boys, who are armed with useful instructions which become extremely meaningful as they become women and men,” she said.In her overview, Ms. Marion Bethel urged civil society groups to hold the government accountable for the advancement of the optional protocol tool of the CEDAW Convention, which allows improvements in human rights.Shonel Ferguson, MP for Fox Hill, addressed the special assembly at Doris Johnson Senior High. S  he told the students that they can determine the path that they want their lives to take.  She reminded them that they are created to succeed, designed to win and equipped to overcome.  The assembly was attended by IDB representatives, Mrs. Patricia Minnis, wife of Prime Minister Hubert Minnis; senators and education officials. Photo Caption:  Shonel Ferguson speaks at Doris Johnson Senior High School, celebrating National Women’s Week 2017.Release: BIScenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Crude extends gains after surge on shortcovering cold spell

first_imgCrude oil futures extended gains on Monday following a surge at the end of last week on short-covering and fuel demand triggered by freezing weather in parts of the northern hemisphere.Oil prices soared 10% on Friday, one of the biggest daily rallies ever, as bearish traders who had taken out record short positions scrambled to close them, betting the market’s long rout may finally be over.Brent LCOc1 had gained 8 cents to $32.26 a barrel by 0221 GMT after touching $32.69 a barrel earlier in the day. It settled at $32.18 a barrel in the previous session.US crude CLc1 rose 5 cents to $32.24 a barrel, compared with its session-high of $32.64 and previous settlement at $32.19.”A change in investor sentiment was the key factor, with speculative short positions in WTI falling from historically high levels the previous week,” ANZ said in a note on Monday, referring to US West Texas Intermediate crude.”Low crude oil prices continue to negatively impact high cost US oil producers. Indeed, recent Baker Hughes data suggested US oil explorers idled more oil rigs this week.”Reuters market analyst for commodities and energy technicals Wang Tao said on Monday that Brent oil faces resistance at $32.72 per barrel, and may hover below this level for one day or retrace to support at $30.98, before rising again.A massive snowstorm on the US East Coast helped stoke demand for oil for heating, helping push up crude prices. While New York and Philadelphia were getting back to business, Washington was not ready after an historic storm dumped more than 20 inches (51 cm) of snow on the city and nearly three feet (1 metre) in surrounding areas.Asian stocks gained early on Monday, relieved after seeing Wall Street rally on the back of a sharp rise in crude oil prices. The dollar was steady at 118.75 yen after surging 0.9%on Friday, when it touched a two-week peak of 118.88.last_img read more

Worlds largest solar plant unveiled by Adani Group in Tamil Nadu

first_imgThe world’s largest solar power plant was commissioned by Adani Group on Wednesday. Located in Tamil Nadu, it would produce 648 MW of electricity.Adani Green Energy said that the plant was built in a span of eight months at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram district. According to a report in Mint, the solar power plant is connected to a 400 kilovolt substation of Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation and is valued at Rs 4,550 crore.The 8,500 workforce built the plant using equipment and machinery from across the world. They installed an average capacity of 11 MW a day.Gautam Adani, the chairman of the Adani Conglomerate, told the publication that the plant restores India’s aim of becoming one of the leading green energy producers in the world.The solar power plant project is reportedly in line with the Tamil Nadu government’s solar energy policy to generate 3,000 MW.What does the solar plant comprise of?The plant comprises 380,000 foundations, 2,500,000 solar modules and 27,000 metric tonnes of structure. It also includes 576 inverters, 154 transformers and 6,000 kilometre of cables, the Hindu reported. In addition, by connecting to the Kamuthi 400 KV substation, the solar plant becomes the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location.last_img read more

Dick Gregory Paul Mooney Set to Perform at The Howard Theatre

first_imgComedy icons Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney will perform at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW; on July 30th at 8 p.m. Doors are set to open at 6 p.m.For decades Dick Gregory, the multi-talented comedian, author, actor, recording artist, activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader and nutritionist provided his insight on the Black predicament, in the U.S., as a front runner for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and other social issues plaguing the country.When he entered the comedy arena in 1961, Gregory received his first major debut at Chicago’s Playboy Club. According to his biography on dickgregory.com, he was directly requested by Playboy Publisher Hugh Hefner.In1962, Gregory, according to his biography, became nationally recognized, sold out night clubs, made television appearances and recorded several comedic albums. He has also written books on the Black experience, including “Callus on My Soul,” “From the Back of the Bus,” “No More Lies” and others.Paul Mooney has also satirized the Black experience in the country.This actor, writer and activist has been part of the Black experience, writing comedy routines for Richard Pryor, starring in the Spike Lee film “Bamboozled” and writing copy for television shows including “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” “In Living Color” and “Chappelle’s Show.” He also wrote a book:  “Black is the New White” and released his “Peace of My Mind” cd.The show, featuring the two comedians was produced by Jill Newman Productions.Tickets for the show are available at: bit.ly/1g9PSS5.last_img read more

Celebrating womanhood through dance

first_img‘She’ is not just a pronoun limited to the constrictions of English vocabulary but is much more than that as it possesses the ability to make a change, no matter how male-dominated the world might become.To support this thought and to celebrate womanhood- ‘Woman’, a cultural event by the Centre for Indian Classical Dances will showcase the perennial concern with the female power in India. The two-day event, which will see a special performance by Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh, will be held from March 8-9 in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dance maestro Sonal Mansingh has given new dimensions to known repertories practiced in India, latest being the Naatya-Katha. This is the ancient form of story-telling which Sonal Mansingh has embellished with her own singing, narrative skills and abhinaya (the art of expressive communication through hand-gestures, words and a face that reflects myriad emotions). Dr Mansingh, who is also the founder-President of the Centre for Indian Classical Dances, will present a new composition on the opening day of the event. She will be enacting Naatya Katha titled Stree which will see the perfect amalgamation of story-telling and abhinaya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA Bharatanatyam performance titled- ‘Maiteryi’ by Soundarya Srivathsa will be held on March 9. This performance will be dedicated to the Indic philosopher who symbolises the Indian intellectual woman. Her dance will say it all through her chiseled lines, impeccable footwork, consummate ‘abhinaya’ and absorbing stage presence.Along with this, a special Kathak dance recital titled ‘Mukt’ will be presented by two young exponents of Kathak- Kadam and Raina Parikh. Their performance will display the perfect combination of scintillating footwork and superb teamwork. The iconic cultural personality of India, Dr Sonal Mansingh is acknowledged as the master of cultural interpretations and an exemplary teacher who explains inter-linkages with philosophy, literature, sculpture and mythological parables through lectures and dance. She is a great scholar and seasoned art administrator who has performed, given lectures and conducted workshops in 90 countries around the world. Sonal has been unique among dancers as she has mastered multiple Indian classical dance forms from different parts of India like Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Chhau. Apart from encouraging new talents through her art, she has even addressed issues ranging from ecological imbalance, environmental protection, empowerment of women and social justice especially for weaker sections of society.WHEN: March 8-9WHERE: India Habitat Centre  TIMINGS: 7 pmlast_img read more