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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    Art for the Parks spotlights Bahamian beauty
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    Young scientists receive awards
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    Michael Johnson wins JA New Providence and Toastmasters International’s annual speech competition
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    Registration opens for Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend 2014 events March 21-23 at Treasure Cay
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    Bahamians show a love for sculling at St. Valentine's Regatta
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    Small Island Developing States conference calls for greater sustainability
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    50th Annual Heart Ball a great success
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    U.S. Coast Guard Cutter VIGOROUS Officers and RBDF Marines team up to inspire Woodcock Primary students
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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay



PM and Environment Minister enjoy exclusive Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve tour with donor Shelby White
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

PM and  Shelby White head into the Levy Preserve - The lath house, freshwater wetland display, edible history section and weather station were on full display at the opening of the second phase of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, where donor Shelby White gave the Prime Minister an exclusive tour. (Photo courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- The lath house, freshwater wetland display, edible history section and weather station were on full display at the opening of the second phase of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, where donor Shelby White gave the Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment an exclusive tour of the Preserve.

During his remarks at the opening, the Right Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister, noted, “In 2011 at its opening, Ms. White declared, ‘I believe we have created the finest nature preserve in The Bahamas, a place that makes Eleuthera a must-visit tourist destination and of which we will all be proud.’ 

"I agree with this statement and I know that with the opening of this second phase, the preserve has become even more of an attraction for locals, tourists and Bahamians throughout the archipelago.”

The Preserve is currently the only national park in Eleuthera, and its focus on native flora and fauna makes it a draw for all botanists,  visitors and locals interested in Bahamian plants.

The BNT was also honoured to have accompany the Prime Minister on his visit the Minister of Tourism, MP Obie Wilchombe, the Minister of Environment and Housing, MP Kenred Dorsett, the Minister of State for Legal Affairs and MP for Central Eleuthera, Damien Gomez and Minister of Investment, MP Khalis Rolle for the opening of the second phase. 

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COB embracing partnerships for internationalization
Submitted by Office of Communication   

 Harvard Students - Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Nicolette Bethel (3rd from right, front row), along with several COB students have been working along with a team from Harvard University to conduct ethnographic studies in Exuma.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The College of The Bahamas has been nurturing crucial partnerships in areas that will bolster its capacity to meet its national development mission.

In fact, College administrators and faculty are leading discussions and helping to facilitate groundbreaking work with Spelman College, Harvard University, Rhode Island College and Suffolk University.

One of the most promising examples of the vitality of its internationalization agenda is the budding collaboration between The College and Spelman College of Atlanta, GA, America’s oldest historically Black college for women. Recently, students who are part of the Spelman Independent Scholars (SIS) programme came to the Oakes Field Campus to present the results of their oral history research conducted in The Bahamas.

Dr. Gloria Gayles, Founding Director of the SIS, led the contingent, which included sophomores, juniors and seniors, majoring in African American studies, biology, economics, English, math, political science, psychology, philosophy, sociology, Spanish, and women’s studies.

Director of The College’s Oral and Public History Institute Dr. Tracey Thompson, College Librarian Dr. Berthamae Walker and Special Collections Librarian Kenyatta Dean received the work on COB’s behalf, noting their anticipation of the rich rewards of the promising relationship.

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PM: Junkanoo must become a workable industry and money earner

By Gregory Christie

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Culture on Grand Bahama will soon get a major shot in the arm as both the Prime Minister and the Minister responsible for Culture foreshadowed an upcoming conclave with junkanoo leaders, tourism officials and the Grand Bahama Port Authority to advance the presentation of junkanoo as a workable industry and money earner for practitioners.

Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry G. Christie, right, presents The Life-time Achievement Award to veteran junkanoo leader, Robert ‘Bob’ Davis, center, at the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee’s 2014 RUSH Awards.  Assisting is Committee Member, Kaylisa Beneby.

Speaking at the 1st RUSH Awards and presentations by the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee, Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry G. Christie revealed, “I want to say this to Grand Bahama, and I'm glad I see some people from the Port Authority here; we have to find an effective way in lifting up the culture of the country and integrating it more into the economy of the country.

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NEMA conducts water rescue training in Long Island
Written by BIS   

The National Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Unites States Northern Command (NORTHCOM) conducted a Water Rescue Training and Equipment exercise on Long Island from March 31 to April 4, 2014. Some 20 participants were involved in the training sessions. (Photo/NEMA)CLARENCE TOWN, Long Island – The National Emergency Management Agency conducted a Water Rescue Training and Equipment exercise on the island, in an effort to equip residents with survival skills in the event of an emergency at sea.

The training held March 31 to April 4, 2014, as conducted in conjunction with the United States Northern Command (UNNORTHCOM). It was the third in a series of training; Phase 1 was held on the islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama and New Providence between March to May 2012. And, Phase II was held on New Bight, Cat Island from March 3 to 6, 2014.

The purpose of the programme is to equip a team of individuals in each island community to be able to effectively respond to a disaster in nearby waters. Another focus of NEMA is to ensure that individuals in the communities are properly trained to respond if an aircraft crash or boating mishap in waters near the coast.

The island’s exercise attracted about 20 participants from a cross section of the community, namely: Scott Elliot Harding, Duncan Alexander Love, Chester Fox, Omar Daley, Jamal Edgecombe, Randley Rolle, Michael Rolle, Oostrum Douglas, Roger Fox, Sean Wells, Ricardo Miller, Mahalia Harding, Brian Fox, Gary Laing, Fayjen Cooper, Pascal H. Ditmar, Vanoalis Constantakis, Jamal Edgecombe, Robert A Baker and Enrico Burrows.

Staff of NEMA, Wendell Rigby Logistics Officer and Eleanor Davis, Administrative Cadet, assisted with facilitating the training programme. Captain Russell, Director of NEMA also used the opportunity to meet with members of the Local Disaster Consultative Committee, on matters relative to disaster preparedness and mitigation.

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Baha Mar launches casino dealer training program
Submitted by Royann Dean   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Baha Mar announces another opportunity for training and recruitment in its ongoing efforts to recruit Bahamians to fill the more than 4,000 positions at the luxury resort which will be home to the largest casino in the Caribbean.

The Baha Mar Academy will be offering a free Casino Dealer Trainee Program to provide training for the games that will be featured in the state-of-the-art, 100,000 square feet Baha Mar Casino. Additionally,trainees will learn Baha Mar-specific service standards and supervisory skills.

“The Baha Mar Academy will teach the technical and soft skills during its training programs. However, the most important characteristic of a Baha Mar team member is showing a commitment to the Baha Mar Standards. We are looking for people who have an aptitude for service and a passion for hospitality,” said Paul Pusateri, Chief Operating Officer at Baha Mar.

No experience or prior casino dealer or gaming supervisor training is required to apply to the Baha Mar Academy Casino Dealer Trainee Program. The opportunity is open to those who would like to begin or to further a career in gaming as part of the casino team at Baha Mar.

“Baha Mar is living up to its promise to transform The Bahamas. We are investing in an unprecedented level of training to ensure that Bahamians from every community who are willing to invest in themselves  have the chance to join Baha Mar. Together, we will create a better future not just for ourselves and our families but also for our country,” said Pusateri.

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