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



Bishop Michael Eldon School receives bronze eco-award
Submitted by Ashley Penn   

Bishop Michael Eldon School Eco-Committee under the direction of Science Teacher and BMES Eco-School Coordinator, Mrs. Selim-Dela Pena and Ms. Katrina Ellis, along with school principal Mrs. Anita Doherty. FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Bishop Michael Eldon School (BMES), during their 50th Golden Anniversary, just received the bronze! BMES is one step closer in pursuit of being classified as an eco-school and to wave the prestigious Green Flag. 

The Eco-Schools programme is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world. There are presently over 40,000 registered schools in more than 50 countries across Europe, Africa, the Middle-East, Asia, the Caribbean, USA, Mexico and The Bahamas.

Under the assistance of the Keep Grand Bahama Clean initiative, BMES joined Hugh W. Campbell Primary School in the quest for both obtaining the international certification.

During the 50th Anniversary of Bishop Michael Eldon School, the school has chosen to focus on three (3) core areas to meet their goal of waving the green flag, which includes: energy, biodiversity, and waste and litter.  Under the direction of Mrs. Selim-Dela Pena, various high school students were given action goals to lead and ensure that the entire student body gets involved.

Sarah Gibbs, 11th grader and primary school coordinator states “It’s very important that we include the entire school body. This is not just a project for us; it’s a way of life we’re trying to incorporate into our school and community.”

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force helps to keep Grand Bahama clean
Submitted by Ashley Penn   

Nearly 20 Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers pictured on the Williams Town Beach following a coastline cleanup effort Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Gaye Bykowski and direction of Chief Petty Officer Marcello Charlow, 2nd in Charge. FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Not only do the men and women of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) serve our country, they also serve the community. During a two month tour of duty to the island, members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Northern Command Centre tackled the shoreline of Williams Town beach on Wednesday.  Under the command of Lieutenant Commander Gaye Bykowski and direction of Chief Petty Officer Marcello Charlow, 2nd in Charge lead the environmental cause.

The dedicated crew removed litter which appeared to wash up on land from passing vessels as well as litter left behind from persons who visit the area.  

“It is our mandate to guard our heritage on sea and on land, so carrying out this community service project was two-fold by beautifying the area and helping to prevent the spread of diseases as it relates to breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other pests and rodents” stated Chief Petty Officer Marcello Charlow.  “Also this activity allowed the officers to stretch their legs and they had a good time doing it. We would also be taking care of community projects and services in the community while on duty.”

This is not the first time that the RBDF has assisted the community. Under the leadership of Leading Seaman Rosito Thomas, the RBDF Rangers (students ranging from grade 7 – 12) have participated in community cleanups with the Keep Grand Bahama Clean committee, as well as working along with the Bahamas National Trust at the Lucayan National Park. “Each month during the officers’ tour of duty, a community service project will be carried out. Next month, a larger project will be conducted within the city with the intent of joining other branches of law enforcement here in Grand Bahama” said Thomas.

At the completion of the cleanup effort, there were approximately 25 bags of trash collected from the coastline. This initiative and bags of trash, although small in size and number, proved monumental to the aesthetics and health of our natural resources. Each plastic bag, bottle, and other waste material which was collected from the beach that day was prevented from ending up in our waters, strangling sea life and damaging coral reefs.

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Small businesses in Grand Bahama get VAT return ready

Baker Talks to Attendees - Chartered Accountant Christopher Baker, a local accountant and VAT expert, went over the official VAT return forms, which must be filled out online on the Government of the Bahamas’ website. He showed all the various requirements that are needed in order to successfully and correctly complete the forms.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The latest ‘bootcamp” presented by 2B’s Productions was successfully completed last week at an all-day seminar held at the Pelican Bay Resort.  Local Grand Bahamian businesspersons learned how to complete their first VAT return, which for most small businesses will be after the first quarter of the year.

The bootcamps were started by businesswomen and entrepreneurs, Sarah Kirkby of Barefoot Marketing and Leigh Termath of Bahama Buy and Sell, in response to the need for practical information about VAT.

In the first part of the seminar, Chartered Accountant Christopher Baker, a local accountant and VAT expert, went over the official VAT return forms, which must be filled out online on the Government of the Bahamas’ website. He showed all the various requirements that are needed in order to successfully and correctly complete the forms.

It became apparent to all attending the seminar, that completing the forms required careful record-keeping and analysis of a company’s accounting, along with creating and maintaining worksheets in order to create accurate figures for the VAT returns.

Given that most businesses in Grand Bahama operate within the confines of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, as a Licensee of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, they learned that completing the forms required different reporting than the rest of the businesses in The Bahamas. Baker showed examples of worksheets companies could create in order to arrive at the information needed to complete the VAT returns.

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Aviation law expert and local UAV operators comment on proposed US drone regulations
Submitted by DP&A   

Trio agree most could be adopted for The Bahamas

Friendly skies – Owners of a highly successful unmanned aerial vehicle camera- and videography company and a leading aviation attorney welcomed news from The Bahamas and the United States in the last few days that the operation of UAVs, commonly called drones, would be regulated. Pictured l-r, Lance Knowles, Sky High Media, Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright, Callenders law firm partner specializing in Aviation Law, and George Mosko, Sky High Media. NASSAU, Bahamas -- A leading proponent of an international aircraft registry for The Bahamas and the best-known Bahamian UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) photography and videography company joined voices today, praising Bahamian authorities following the announcement that proposed regulations would be submitted by the end of the month governing the use of recreational and commercial drones.

Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright, former commercial pilot and now a partner at Callenders & Co. law firm specializing in Aviation Law, and the owners of Sky High Media agreed that the announcement by Minister of Transportation and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin that guidelines for the operation of drones would be submitted by the end of March was welcome news.

At the same time, the three lauded US authorities following the announcement of a few days earlier that the FAA announced new less stringent rules to regulate the operation of drones in that country and suggesting that some of the proposed new rules would suit Bahamian air space.

"The growth of non-military uses for camera- and video-equipped unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, has been so fast that the law is just catching up with it in this hemisphere though Australia has had rules governing drones since 2002. The news that there will be rules governing their use in The Bahamas and in the U.S. is certainly welcome," said Boyer-Cartwright.

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Bahamas weekly fishing report from Harbourside Marine
Submitted by Harbourside Marine   

Fishing report as of February 26, 2015

Berry Islands - Team 'Gusto' winners of the Great Harbour Cay Wahoo Tournament.Nassau: Captain Paul Smith reports that they have been catching mahi, wahoo and some skipjack tuna this week.
Captain Adam Russell reports catching
Adam Russell, Chubasco Charters,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Teddy Pratt www.fishing242charters.com    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nicholas Pinder, Born Free Chaters, www.bornfreefishing.com
Mark Kooskalis, North Shore Charters,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dwayne Treco, Morinin' Ride Charters, www.morninridecharters.com

North Exuma, Highbourne Cay: Carolyn Cartwright form Highbourne Cay Marina reports that they have had numerous boats in this week, each catching at least 5 or 6 large Wahoo in the 60lb – 80lb range. They are also catching a a few mahi in the 30lb – 50lb range as well.  
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North Eleuthera: There are reports that big yellowfin tuna are showing up.
Devon Sawyer   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jeff Fox, Ocean Fox Charters  www.oceanfoxfishingbahamas.com
Ryan Neilly, Spanish Wells Fishing www.spanishwellsfishing.com

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