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    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
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    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
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    BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
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    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
  • U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth



Ministry of Tourism launches media campaign in Canada
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

Minister of Tourism Obie WIlchombe poses with members of the Canada Bahamas Tourist Office in front of an impressive Bahamas ad on the concourse digital monitors at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada.TORONTO, Canada -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) hopes to further infiltrate the Canadian market with the launch of an aggressive media campaign to promote The Islands of The Bahamas brand and several direct flights into the archipelago.  

The campaign comes just in time to support the introduction of two new Sunwing Airlines direct flights into Grand Bahama from Calgary and Vancouver beginning November 1, 2014, bringing the airline’s total number of Canadian cities with direct flights to The Bahamas to eight.  

BMOT also wants to promote Air Canada’s direct flights to Exuma and Nassau, and West Jet’s non-stop service to the capital.  

“It is really important that we market aggressively to the Canadian consumer and the travel trade to let them know that all of this inventory is available to The Bahamas from Canada,” said Deputy Director General Ellison Thompson.  

The campaign began on October 21, 2014 when the Behold television advertisement aired for the first time in Canada during an episode of the popular romance reality television series The Bachelor Canada.  

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Sandals ‘Vibes On The Island’ canceled due to inclement weather forecast for the weekend
Submitted by Chester Robards   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The party slated for October 25, for the second year in a row at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort’s Private Island featuring performances by internationally acclaimed reggae recording artist Tarrus Riley and up-and-coming reggae sensation Chronixx with his band ZincFence redemption has been canceled.

Due to the risks associated with such severe weather, the Sandals Foundation has been forced to cancel what they hoped to be the Caribbean party of the year.

In good faith, ticket holders will be fully refunded. Patrons will be able to reclaim funds at the ticket outlet where the purchase was made once the physical ticket is presented.

The Sandals Foundation expresses extreme gratitude to sponsors Coca-Cola, Flight Centre Travel Group, JetBlue, Heineken, CIBC First Caribbean, Colombian Emeralds, The Nassau Guardian Group – 96.9 Guardian Radio, Hot 91.7 106.5, St Majestic Tours and ICS Security Concepts who all eagerly came on board to sponsor Vibes On the Island 2014 without hesitation.

Future plans will be made for the event slated for 2015. If persons would still like to support the PACE Foundation, the charity this concert was benefitting, please visit http://pacebahamas.com/. For further information, please visit www.SandalsFoundation.org.

 
Baha Mar eco-reef attracts renewed marine life
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Parrotfish, sea urchins, sponges and coral are flourishing in the crystal-clear waters off the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort, as the luxury destination has completed the installation of more than 300 eco-coral antlers to enhance its artificial reef experience.

Steps to encourage coral and marine life at Baha Mar began in April 2014, when Baha Mar’s environmental team began the installation of coral antlers and 48 reef balls on the seabed. The installation wrapped up in mid-July, when the final coral antlers were placed.

The endangered staghorn coral in particular will be fostered in waters near Baha Mar, when a new coral nursery is introduced. The nursery is part of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Bahamas Coral Conservation project, which is expanding coral nurseries and restoring reefs in waters surrounding New Providence, Bahamas. Baha Mar recently made a donation to the project which has a goal to plant one billion corals globally by 2025.

According to TNC there has been a reported 90 percent decline in critically endangered coral species over the last 30 years. Director of TNC’s Northern Caribbean program, Eleanor Phillips said The Bahamas relies on a healthy marine environment for the survival and livelihoods of thousands.

“Coral reefs are habitats for many fish species and healthier reefs mean healthier fisheries,” Phillips said. “Tourists come here for our environment – they come here to dive; they come here to see our beautiful country. We want to do our part to restore some of the reefs and improve the habitats.”

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Vote for your favourite Bahamian musician in Cacique Awards People’s Choice poll
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Persons interested in seeing their favourite Bahamian musician honoured in the upcoming Cacique Awards have only one more week to get their votes in before the People’s Choice voting polls are closed.  

The polls opened in early October after radio stations submitted the hottest secular and gospel songs on their playlists.  

Making the cut for secular were ‘Back that bam bam’-DMAC, ‘Happy Hour’-Visage, ‘242 Forward’- Julien Believe, ‘Swing Swing’-Avvy, ‘Night and Day’-Baha Men, ‘Float’-DMAC, ‘I Ain’t Fa VAT’-KB and ‘Crab Souse’-Sky Juice Band.  

The nominees for Gospel are ‘One More Hallejuah’- Nehemiah, ‘Outta Control’- Christian Massive, ‘Hosanna’-Gospel Boys, ‘All Over the World’ –Landlord, ‘You did it all’-Kem Gardiner, ‘I’m still here’- Lyrically Blesssed, ‘I surrender all’- Monique Terez, ‘Cleanse Me’-Pam Collins and ‘We need you’-Jonathan Farrington.  

The Cacique Awards will also honour the best of the best in The Bahamas’ hospitality industry.  

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BREEF gains international attention for underwater sculptures
Submitted by Jazmine McPhee   

NASSAU, Bahamas -  BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden installed off the western coastline of New Providence Island in The Bahamas earlier this month is receiving international attention from scores of on-line journals and news outlets around the world.   

“We are excited by the recognition our project, and by extension The Bahamas, is attracting around the world,” said Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, BREEF’s executive director.    

The “Daily Mail” which boasts average daily circulation of over 1.7 million copies, carried the headline “Weight of the ocean on her shoulders! 18ft Atlas sculpture dropped off coast of the Bahamas to form incredible underwater art garden” in its October 15, 2014 print and on-line issue. The article was referring to the centerpiece sculpture – Bahamian Ocean Atlas – a 60 ton and over 17 feet tall sculpture modelled on a young Bahamian girl by international sculptor, dive instructor and conservationist Jason deCaires Taylor.

The lifestyle section of Forbes magazine has also highlighted BREEF's marine conservation project. In the article, centerpiece sculptor Jason Taylor noted that “the aim was to show the vital role the local community and especially the younger generation have in conserving the islands’ natural resources.”

Facebook has also felt the underwater garden’s fever with posts reaching nearly 30,000 Facebook viewers. Additionally, Waterway Guide which is used by thousands of boaters who frequent the Bahamas ran the headline “New Providence: World’s Largest Undersea Sculpture.”     

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