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    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
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    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay



United Nations Development Program representative hails BREEF's innovation in conservation​
Submitted by Derek W. Smith   

 Queen Conch Reef Balls: The non-toxin reef balls which were made by Bahamians with the help of the Reef Ball Foundation. These reef balls are a part of the BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Garden set for deployment the first week of October 2014 off the western tip of New Providence, Bahamas. (Photo: Derek Smith Jr/Impact Images & Designs)NASSAU, Bahamas -- BREEF’s Sir Nicholas Nuttall Coral Reef Sculpture Garden, the eco-friendly underwater museum to be deployed off the western tip of New Providence, was praised for their proactive approach to climate change concerns and marine conservation by a representative of the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Program established by the United Nations Development Program.

“The Bahamas is a Small Island Developing State that is vulnerable to climate change that may result in the loss of marine biodiversity. The coral reef sculpture garden is both timely and adequate to enhance the resilience of The Bahamas to the negative effects of climate change,” noted Deon Stewart, GEF SGP Bahamas national programme coordinator. Stewart added, “The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme - United Nations Development Programme was pleased to provide seed funding to BREEF in the amount of USD $150,000.00 to aid in the preservation of local coral reef ecosystems in The Bahamas.”

The coral reef sculpture garden is expected to attract thousands of visitors to The Bahamas while simultaneously promoting healthier coral reefs which are of critical importance to the Bahamian economy as they produce sand on our beaches and act as a natural seawall to reduce costal damage during hurricanes.

“BREEF is very concerned about threats to coral reefs. The coral reef sculpture garden is part of a wider GEF grant to BREEF aimed at protecting coral reefs, restoring reef habitat, educating and inspiring locals and visitors to get involved with protecting critical reef resources, explained Casuarina McKinney-Lambert BREEF’s executive director. She further noted, “We are grateful for financial support from the GEF, as well as other local and international sponsors including Albany, Atlantis Blue Project, Bryant Foundation, D’Aguilar Foundation, Dawn Davies and the New Providence Development Company.

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Bahamas working to increase African-American visitors with two major events planned for 2015
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

Director of African American Markets in the Ministry of Tourism Linville Johnson, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and Founder of Radio One Cathy Hughes poses with Ministry of Tourism staff.WASHINGTON, DC --- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) has locked in two major events that are expected to attract thousands of African-American visitors to The Bahamas in 2015.

According to BMOT’s Director of the African-American market Linville Johnson, plans are underway for a black women’s empowerment conference at Baha Mar, which is expected to bring 5,000 to 8,000 visitors to New Providence next year.

A music festival for Grand Bahama is also in the making, and the proposed event is projected to attract anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 visitors to that island.

“This market is very important to our tourism industry because we have a shared affinity for heritage and culture. African-Americans primarily travel in groups for reunions, fraternal, religious, and civic events, conferences and meetings,” Johnson said.

“These meetings and groups will help make up The Bahamas hotel industry’s ideal 20-70 group to individual travel business mix.”

Research shows that this segment of the American population represents one of the fastest growing markets in the travel industry.

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Junior School boys exposed to technical studies
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   

BTVI’s Head of Department for Maths, Ron Clarke, assisting an L. W. Young student as he completes paperwork for entrance into the dual enrolment program.  NASSAU, Bahamas -- Eleven boys from L. W. Young Jr. School have been chosen to participate in a dual enrollment program at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) as a special initiative to expose them to the art of painting, while providing the opportunity to channel their practical skills.

The ninth graders will participate in the 10-week program while simultaneously completing junior school. The three classes include Introduction to Painting along with Maths and English on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 am to 3 pm. According to BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville, there is a misconception that people do not need formal education for painting; however there are many components including estimation and preparation of surfaces.

The initiative is the brainchild of L. W. Young’s vice-principal, Stephen McPhee, who noted that the initiative is a source of motivation for the students and an extra push for them to excel.

“My principal, Janet Nixon and the entire administrative team are very supportive of this initiative, recognizing that these students are social leaders, but not academically motivated. However, they are practical learners. We want to show them that learning can be fun for them and we need to create the environment for these students to bloom,” said Mr. McPhee.

“We believe a sense of self-worth would affect their academic and social behaviour,” he added.

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Engineers get exclusive tour of Grand Bahama Shipyard
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Engineers Get Exclusive Tour of Grand Bahama Shipyard - Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) recently showed their support of Grand Bahama’s engineering community by hosting a tour of the yard during the Third Annual Bahamas Society of Engineers Northern Branch meeting and workshop.  The shipyard organized a bus tour of their facilities for the delegates, including BSE board members, general members and the AutoCAD class from Jack Hayward High School who were recently adopted by the BSE Northern Branch. Pictured are the engineers and students during the tour. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) recently showed their support of Grand Bahama’s engineering community by hosting a tour of the yard during the Northern Branch of the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) 3rd Annual Meeting & Workshop.

The shipyard organized a bus tour of their facilities for the delegates, including the BSE board members, general members and the AutoCAD class from Jack Hayward High School who were recently adopted by the BSE Northern Branch.

“Grand Bahama Shipyard is dedicated to fostering the engineering profession throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, especially within the youth sector of our communities here on Grand Bahama island,” said Ed Pavey, Director of Technical, Planning and IT at GBS and new BSE Vice President 2014-2016.  “I personally am very excited, pleased, and proud to serve on the board of the Bahamas Society of Engineers – Northern Branch for the next two year term.”  

The tour lasted about an hour and showed all of the shops, docks, and piers at the Grand Bahama facility, recently visited by the Prime Minister.  Along with hosting the tour of the yard, GB Shipyard directors and engineers were on hand throughout the conference for various tours of industrial companies and for the annual popsicle bridge competition.  

The Shipyard is a proud supporter of the Bahamas Society of Engineers and offers their congratulations to the team who have joined this organization.

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LCIS attracts international educator as Development Director
Submitted by Gillian Watson   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- As Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) commences its second five-year strategic plan and prepares for the expansion of the Secondary School, the school has recognized the need to strengthen their development efforts. With this primary goal in mind, LCIS is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Joanna Paul as the school’s new Development Director.

Dr. Paul began her career as an educator in Los Angeles, California where she was embedded in the educational community as a teacher, a high school principal, and a district administrator for twelve years. Her desire for less city and traffic and more community and nature transported her to the island of Eleuthera where she headed the Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS). Dr. Paul worked as a school leader at DCMS and The Island School for seven years. In her most recent role as Director of Education and Advancement, she was part of the team that completed a $15 million dollar comprehensive campaign ahead of schedule for The Island School. Her leadership allowed DCMS to exceed its fundraising goals for four consecutive years. She has developed a deep bond with The Bahamas and a belief that this is one of the best countries in the world to live and work in.

In Eleuthera, as both a new mother and leader of a young institution, she was prompted to investigate the best educational opportunities in The Bahamas. Those queries led her to LCIS. “I’ve always searched for progressive schools that focussed on critical thinking, connectivity, creativity, and community building,” she explained. Dr. Paul did her doctorate research on international schools that best prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. “I was attracted to LCIS because of the school’s focus on larger global issues and the skills that these children will need to be leaders in the complex future. I can't think of a school in the region that is making a bigger impact,” she added. “The world should be paying attention to what is going on at LCIS!”

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