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Grand Bahama Power Company employees hold back to school event
Submitted by Philcher Grant-Farquharson   

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --- Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) is committed to serving local communities through volunteering and fundraising. As students across the Island prepare for a new school year, GBPC employees held its first Back to School Giveaway.

Families from across Grand Bahama enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment including bouncing castles, face painting, food and refreshments. GBPC employees volunteered their time to help with the event and were delighted to provide more than 500 school age children with school supply kits including pens, pencils, rulers, composition books, pocket folders and paper.

The Giveaway was organized by the GBPC Employee Volunteer Group (EVG). The Group has been working hard to find ways for GBPC employees to support the community and identify ways employees can give back where they live and work. The 12 person committee includes the following employees: Mia Wilchcombe (Chair), Mac Lightbourn (Vice Chair), Lesley Cover (Community Liaison), Raquel Higgs (Secretary), Kendal Culmer, Tanya Russell, Kenneth McDonald, Martina Ferguson, Carla Russell, Albrina Munnings, Patrice Missick and Johnise Williams.

“The Back to School giveaway was a wonderful way for our employees to support the youth of Grand Bahama” remarked Mia Wilchcombe, Chair of the EVG. “Our employee volunteers were thrilled to be able to share an afternoon of fun with the children while helping to prepare them for their upcoming school year.”

 
Gender equality and the law in The Bahamas symposium opens
Submitted by BIS   

Symposium delegates, from left: Christine Campbell, First Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Women's Affairs; Dr. Ramona Biholar, Law Lecturer, Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus; Gabrielle Henderson, Programme Specialist, UN Women; the Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services & Community Development; Justice Roxane George, Puisne Judge, High Court of the Supreme Court, Guyana; Mrs. Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt, Chief Magistrate; Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson, Director, Bahamas Crisis Centre; Ms. Cleopatra Christie, Legal Advisor, Office of the Attorney General.NASSAU, The Bahamas - Members of the judiciary, representatives from the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and NGOs gathered at SuperClubs Breezes, September 1, for the start of a symposium on Gender Equality and the Law in The Bahamas.

The two-day event aims to explore the role the magistracy plays in promoting gender equality; explore the social, psychological and cultural dimensions of domestic violence; explore gender stereotypes in the law and practice and clarify the application of domestic violence and sexual offences legislation.

Delegates are expected to reflect on topics that include Socio-psychological Perspectives on Gender-based Violence, Gender Equality and International Human Rights Standards, Gender Equality and the Law, Balancing Justice in a Gendered Society, The Provision and Application of the Domestic Violence Act and Sexual Offences Act.

Session leaders are: Justice Roxane George, judge, High Court of the Supreme Court in Guyana; Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson, director of the Bahamas Crisis Centre; Gabrielle Henderson, programme specialist, United Nations Women; Dr. Ramona Biholar, of the University of the West Indies; and Cleopatra Christie, legal advisor, Office of the Attorney General.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, outlined some of the Government's initiatives to promote gender equality and eliminate violence against women. They include the appointment of the National Task Force to end gender-based violence, workshops and training sessions of the UN Women Project Strengthening State Accountability and Community Action, ongoing "Domestic Violence is Everybody's Business" community-based forums, health sessions with stakeholders on the "Boy Child" and the "Girl Child" in partnership with the Crisis Centre along with other workshops and summits.

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U.S. government provides advanced skill training for RBPF SWAT officers
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), and the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism and Assistance (ATA) Program teamed up to provide twenty-seven Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers advanced training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) August 24-29 in Nassau.  The week-long program was led by supervisory special agents from the FBI’s SWAT Operations Unit, which provides training, research, operational assistance, and program management to FBI SWAT teams and international law enforcement partners.  Last year, the Special Operations Unit provided over 2,600 hours of instruction and deployed 29 times.

Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Ellison Greenslade with U.S. and Bahamian law enforcement officials and training participants at the RBPF headquarters. (Photo courtesy Royal Bahamas Police Force)

In addition to classroom instruction, the RBPF participants received hands-on training including:  scenario walk-throughs, firearms training, practical problem-solving exercises, and skill-building drills.  Coursework also covered techniques/approaches for tactical situations to enhance the knowledge and capabilities of the RBPF SWAT and Drug Enforcement Unit participants.  Moreover, the FBI SWAT instructors emphasized the importance of teamwork in SWAT operations.  The practical exercises enhanced team proficiency, confidence, and trust among the team members.  The FBI, ATA, INL, and RBPF collaboration will further enable SWAT officers to address potential crises confidently, safely, and professionally.

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Playboy Playmate adds another reason to shout ‘WAHOO’ at upcoming Smackdown V tournament at Bimini Big Game Club
Submitted by John Bell   

ALICE TOWN, Bimini — A Florida girl with a love of diving and fishing, Shawn Dillon also happens to be the February 2013 Centerfold in Playboy Magazine. She’s returning for a second engagement to the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina to play hostess for the upcoming Wahoo Smackdown V Tournament scheduled for November 13-15.  

Shawn, who has won major bikini competitions from Vegas to the Bahamas, grew up fishing with three brothers, either on her uncle’s boat in Bimini or in the lake in their Sarasota, Florida backyard. Also a surfer and wakeboarder, Shawn will be involved in final weigh-ins, presenting trophies and, well, posing for pictures and signing autographs for participating teams.  

Also returning to the November tournament as Grand Marshal will be writer John Hemingway, grandson of novelist and sport fishing legend Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway, who also spent considerable time fishing off Bimini as a youngster, will be chasing Wahoo onboard Miss Kethleen II, captained by Tournament Director Chase Camacho.  

Ernest Hemingway, who lived and fished in Bimini for two seasons in the 1930s, is credited with putting the tiny island on the international sportfishing map. During its heyday, Bimini anglers, including Hemingway (who is credited with being the first to land an unmutilated tuna on the docks) would catch many hundreds of blue marlin, bluefin tuna, sharks and other game fish for display and trophy mounts. Today the blue marlin granders and huge bluefin are rare. Catch and release thanks to the IGFA and conservation groups is the norm for many billfish and sharks caught, though Camacho said that wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dolphin are still prevalent in certain territories.  

“Playboy, Hemingway and the potential to catch a lot of Wahoo, should make for some bucket list memories,” said Camacho. “We already have several boats committed so it looks like we will have a competitive field of anglers.”  

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DPM's remarks at UN Conference - With video
Submitted by BIS   

Click HERE for Video /Audio feed.

Remarks by DPM Hon. Philip Brave Davis
3rd International Conference
on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Samoa 2014

Theme: “The Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through Genuine and Durable Partnerships”

Mr. President,

First please allow me to congratulate you on your election as President of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.   I pledge to you my delegation’s full cooperation and support.  I would also like to thank the Government and People of the Independent State of Samoa for their warm welcome to this beautiful country.

Mr. President,

The new and old world met historically in The Bahamas at a place then called Guanahani and now named San Salvador. Christopher Columbus's first landfall in the new world, happened in The Bahamas and ushered in an unprecedented age of exploration, discovery, and development.  This opening of the world to global communication and trade connected peoples across oceans and continents.  

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