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THE WORK OF THE MISSIONS ABROAD

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Chicago

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Honourable Michael C. Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul to Chicago, brought greetings on behalf of the Bahamas Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Bahamas Ambassador to Cuba to His Excellency, Dr. José Cabañas, Ambassador of Cuba to the United States of America, at Blue 1647, 21 November 2016. Ambassador Cabañas brought remarks regarding Cuba’s growing economy, investment climate and international outreach efforts.

Pictured left to right: Ambassador José R. Cabañas and Honorary Consul Michael C. Fountain

Washington D C

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Miss World Bahamas Ashley Hamilton was the guest of honour at a reception hosted by Mrs. Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex, 1025 Vermont Avenue, N.W., on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

Accompanied by Mr. Jerome Sawyer, Vice President of the Miss Bahamas Organization, Miss Hamilton is in Washington for preliminary events leading up to the nationally televised Miss World Pageant, which will be staged at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Centre, National Harbour, Maryland, just south of D.C.

His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, and Consul General Zonicle delivered brief remarks at the reception and the Bahamian beauty mingled and chatted with a number of Bahamians in the Diaspora, Bahamian students attending colleges and universities in the D.C. area and other specially invited guests.

Representing Long Island, in a field of nine contestants, Miss Hamilton won the coveted Miss World Bahamas title on Sunday, July 24, when the competition was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Melia Nassau Beach Hotel.

An aspiring lawyer, the 6’ 1” statuesque beauty is currently employed as a legal assistant at Delaney Partners in Nassau. In 2014 she graduated Cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in History from The University of Florida. She was also a recipient of the Shelby Davis Scholarship in 2011 and holds an International Baccalaureate Certificate from the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. She was also granted the United World Scholarship in 2009 and was an Honours Student all of her academic career.

CAPTION ONE
Mrs. Paulette Zonicle (left), Bahamas Consul General to Washington, D.C., speaking at the reception she hosted for Miss World Bahamas Ashley Hamilton at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex Tuesday evening. Also pictured from left: Mrs. Debbie Harrison, the Consul General’s Secretary; Ms. Janine Gibson, Vice Consul, Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex; Miss Hamilton; Mr. Jerome Sawyer, Vic President, Miss Bahamas Organization; and His Excellency Dr. Eugene Newry,  Bahamas Ambassador to the United States.

CAPTI0N TWO
Pictured from left to right  at the reception held for Miss World Bahamas Ashley Hamilton at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex are Miss Hamilton; Mr. Chris C. Gardiner, founder and president of GKA, P.C., a certified public accounting and consulting firm in D.C.; Mr. Lincoln Marshall; and Consul General Paulette Zonicle.

CAPTION THREE
At the reception held for Miss World Bahamas Ashley Hamilton at the Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex from left to right: Bahamian concert pianist  Dion Cunningham; Ms. Faith Maycock, First Secretary/Vice Consul, Bahamas Embassy Consular Annex; Mr. Mikhail Bullard, Second Secretary, Bahamas Embassy; and Dr. Philippa Davis.

New York

NEW YORK — H.E. Dr. Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), in his capacity as the Chair of the UN CARICOM Caucus for the months of November and December, presided over the Caucus’ regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.  Several issues were considered by the Caucus, including improving the working methods of the group and upcoming meetings with the newly appointed President of the General Assembly and UN Secretary-General. The Caucus also commemorated the work of H.E. Menissa Rambally, outgoing Permanent Representative of St. Lucia to the United Nations. Seated left to right: Dr.  Rahming; H.E. Ms. Menissa Rambally, Permanent Representative of St. Lucia to the United Nations; and H.E. Mr. Keith Hamilton Llewellyn Marshall, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations. Standing left to right: Ms. Jenny Chen, Advisor, Permanent Mission of Suriname to the United Nations; Ms. Nerissa Williams, Attaché, Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations; Ms. Ghislaine Williams, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations; H.E. Ms. Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Permanent Representative of Dominica to the United Nations; H.E. Ms. Lois Young, Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations; H.E. Mr. Walter Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations; H.E. Mr. Michael Ten-Pow, Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations; H.E. Ms. A Missouri Sherman-Peter, Permanent Observer of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to the United Nations; Mr. Paul Alliance, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Haiti to the United Nations; H.E. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, Permanent Representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations; and H.E. Mr. Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations.

New York

NEW YORK — The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Brunei Darussalam formally established Diplomatic Relations through the signing of a Joint Communique in New York on Monday, November 21, 2016.  The Joint Communique was signed by His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming (left), Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS), on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, and His Excellency Mr. Dato Paduka Abdul Ghafar Ismail, Permanent Representative of Brunei Darussalam to the United Nations, on behalf of the Government of Brunei Darussalam. Brunei Darussalm, often referred to as Brunei, is located in the South-eastern Asia region on the third largest island in the world, Borneo. The country gained full independence from the United Kingdom in 1984 and became a member state of the United Nations later that year. Brunei has a population of roughly 430,000 people and a stable economy that thrives on the production and export of crude oil and natural gas. Through the signing of the Joint Communique, The Bahamas and Brunei wish to continue to further strengthen their relations in areas of common interests, both bilaterally and in multilateral fora.