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Hundreds expected to fill Collins House grounds for Trinkets & Treasures Fair and Auction to benefit 10 charities
Submitted by DP&A   

Live entertainment, food vendors, bouncing castle, live auction, painted Junkanoo nymph - OPENS TODAY!

NASSAU, Bahamas -- In a novel approach to mixing the atmosphere of a fair with serious fund-raising, nearly a dozen charities and causes will come together on the grounds of Collins House Friday and Saturday with booths filled with extraordinary goods from furniture to antiques, fine art to jewelry, books, collectibles and more.

The event, hosted by the Historic Bahamas Foundation, is called Trinkets & Treasures and is believed to be the first of its kind to be staged locally. Participating organizations will walk away with 70% of all proceeds with 30% going toward Historic Bahamas Foundation. Those funds are earmarked for the restoration of The Hermitage, Cat Island.

Trinkets & Treasures will open for buyers and bidders Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and again from 4- 7 pm. Gates open Saturday at 9 am. Live entertainment will begin at noon with a brief opening ceremony set for 1 pm.

A live auction will follow at 2 pm with some 75 items up for grabs. Popular radio host and hospitality executive Ed Fields is serving as auctioneer.

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Grand Celebration welcomes first anniversary with new ship
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FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – The Grand Celebration celebrated its first anniversary on Wednesday, February 03, at Freeport Harbour, since re-launch one year ago. Shown from left are: Ludwig Lozano, Food & Beverage Manager; Uttam Chakraborty, Hotel Director; David Johnson, Sr. Business Consultant for Bahamas Celebration Cruise Line; Betty Bethel, Director of Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama; Boris Tsvetkov, Captain of the Grand Celebration Ship, and Terrance Roberts, Director of Business Development, Grand Bahama Tourism.  (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn) FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Grand Celebration welcomed its first anniversary on Wednesday, February 3, since its re-launch and upgrade to a new vessel.

Betty Bethel, Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama, was present for the occasion and said the Ministry was very excited about the anniversary and the fact that the Grand Celebration has over delivered on expectations.

She added that in order to see more vessels of this magnitude come to Freeport Habour, the Ministry of Tourism is focused on strengthening the product on-island: “We have aggressively been looking for new product, and have come up with quite a few events that we believe will be a stimulator for guests to come to Grand Bahama, so our emphasis is on strengthening guest services, customer service is key, new tourism attractions and events.”

With training being a key component, the Ministry of Tourism will start a series of training programmes in April known as ‘My Tourism Customer Care Workshop.’ There will be four workshops for front line and supervisor staff members.

Turning her attention to the Grand Celebration, Ms. Bethel said the vessel has promoted a ‘Cruise and Stay’ programme, and while they have brought in over 220,000 visitors, some 75,000 were stop-over visitors. “It’s partnerships like this that we are supporting and promoting because it is the cruise-and-stay that makes a difference in the economy.”

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Durward Knowles Junior Sailing Regatta to highlight student sailors
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From left at the announcement and check presentation ceremony: Dr. Philip McPhee, Regatta Consultant, Ministry of Agriculture; Cephas Cooper, Under Secretary, Ministry in the Ministry of Agriculture; Cindy Gay, Regatta Desk Representative; Rena Glinton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture; Minister Gray and two representatives from the regatta association in Farmers Cay, Exuma; and to the far right, Daniel Strachan, Commodore of the Family Island Regatta Committee. The check presentation and announcement of the Sir Durward Knowles National Junior Regatta was held at the Ministry of Agriculture, Friday, 29th January 2016. NASSAU, The Bahamas -- “Today is a ‘Red Letter Day’ in the life of Youth Sailing for our Bahamas,” said the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources with responsibility for regattas during a press conference on Friday, January 29, at the ministry.

The Durward Knowles National Invitational Junior Sailing Regatta is scheduled to take place on March 25 - 28 in George Town, Exuma, said Minister Gray.

Previously, those junior races took place during the National Family Island Regatta at the end of April. He noted that those junior races were overshadowed by that regatta.

The junior races have now come into their own, he said, “as such we thought it was sufficiently important for us to give the races a date that is separate and apart from the date of the Family Island Regatta.”

Hosting these races separately would mean that the focus would be on the student sailors; and a larger number of youth would be able to participate in the races.

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Minister Gray promotes local commercial farmer
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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Empowering commercial farmers to participate in feeding the nation has been a long-term endeavour of the Bahamas Government towards sustaining national development.

On Monday, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, toured Forrester Bowe's 19 acres of commercial farm land on New Providence, which he has been leasing from the Government. Gray said he wants to encourage Farmer Bowe to continue his good work, as well as expand his system to other islands.

Minister Gray said: "We are here today at the farm of Mr. Forrester Bowe, with some 19 acres on it. He's planting on it a variety of things like coconuts, Persian limes, guavas, cassavas, dillies, and sweet potatoes. I came here to encourage him and to see whether the visit could inspire other people to get involved.”

Gray added that there is no way to describe how important it is for everyone to get involved in agriculture and helping to feed themselves.

"We have 350,000 Bahamians, and if every Bahamian plants one tree, that's 350,000 trees. And if those trees begin to bear, that's 350,000 bearing trees. We would be able to at least get fruits and vegetables year round, everywhere," said Minister Gray.

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Trike-a-thon Bahamas to raise money for research hospital
Submitted by Chester Robards   

200 Bahamian children will join forces for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Sandals Foundation sponsored St. Jude Trike-a-thon is set to roll out this Friday February 5th, with Kids of all ages biking, triking and scootering for a good cause.

Tambearly School joined this life saving mission in 2010 at the insistence of a Tambearly student, four years old at the time, who was motivated to help the children of St. Jude after seeing a commercial. Tambearly Principal Alice Langford gave her full support by recognizing the event as an important community service initiative and a great lesson in caring for and helping others. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Trike-A-Thon is an annual and mandatory Tambearly School event.

This year's registration fee for the Trike-A-Thon will be awarded to The Bahamas Children's Emergency Hostel.

The children are sent home with participating materials including donor sheets and envelops. Then they get to work on family and friends for donations in the form of cash, cheques or online at www.trikeathonbahamas.com. During the week leading up to Trike Day, they are reminded about riding –toy safety and the importance of community service. Then it’s time for Trike Day when the children get to bring their riding- toy to the secure off-campus location and ride for the children of St. Jude and celebrate that for which they have raised funds – life.

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