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COB students join Bahamas National Culinary Team
Submitted by Office of Communication   

 It’s Prepping Time - Student chefs prepare their workstations for the cook-off.NASSAU, Bahamas -- It was a throw-down the likes of which left mouths watering and palates yearning to be satisfied. Culinary students at The College of The Bahamas’ Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) recently demonstrated their mastery in the kitchen and flair for preparing imaginative cuisine during the Junior Culinary Cook-Off.

Five COB student chefs competed for the chance to fill the junior chef and apprentice positions on The Bahamas National Culinary Team. The team will compete in the Taste of The Caribbean culinary competition scheduled to be held in Miami, Florida, June 12th -14th, 2015.  

In the kitchen of the Choices Training Restaurant at CHMI, the competitors busily gathered ingredients in preparation to create their culinary masterpieces. They were given the challenge of preparing a chicken thigh and breast. Twenty minutes into the competition, they were given the secret ingredient of cashews which they had to incorporate into their recipes.

COB student Crystal Morley emerged as the winner with her mouth-watering grilled chicken with Asian citrus glaze served on a bed of braised cabbage and sweet potato hash cake. She will serve as the junior chef on the Bahamas National Culinary Team and Leonardis Moss, who placed second, will serve as the apprentice.  Moss’ dish was chicken roulade, goat pepper and herb polenta, roasted corn and cabbage slaw with coconut curry cauliflower puree.

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Cat Island to host Richton Park, Illinois delegation
Submitted by Lededra Marche   

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- The Cat Island Sister City Association is hosting a delegation from the Village of Richton Park, Illinois, over the next four days to conclude talks on the formation of a Sister City relationship.

The seven-member delegation trip come on the heels of a similar visit a group from Cat Island paid to the people of Richton Park in September 2014 that was facilitated by Immerse Bahamas, a destination management company, which set the wheels in motion.

Heading the Richton group is Mayor Richard Reinbold and his wife, Tammy, who will be given a brief tour of New Providence before flying in to Cat Island where they will spend the majority of their visit becoming familiar with the people and its cultural and educational makeup.

Members of the Richton delegation began arriving in New Providence on Sunday while the others, who were delayed as a result of a snow storm, are expected on Monday.

Cat Island Administrator Jackson McIntosh was among the group who travelled to Chicago back in September described the visit as a fruitful one and was impressed with the hospitality the people of Richton extended.

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Bahamas Aviation Academy to take flight
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   

OFF THE GROUND – Beach Aviation’s Bahamas Aviation Academy has teamed up with The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) to launch a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Flight Training course.  Shown from left to right with BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl are Beach Aviation partners Captain Charles Brady, Dr. James R. Eddy and Dr. Kenneth Romer. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Beach Aviation's Bahamas Aviation Academy and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) are proud to announce the historic launch of the only comprehensive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Flight Training course offering in The Bahamas.

BTVI, in fulfillment of its mission, "To provide opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent," recognized the benefit of partnering with Beach Aviation to train the next generation of private and commercial pilots in The Bahamas.  The historic partnership will provide students the opportunity to be trained in a myriad of FAA approved courses while remaining in Nassau.

Following the theory, students will focus on the flight aspect of the program.  While the theory and tests will take place at BTVI, the practical will be held at Beach Aviation in Florida with a required minimum flight time of 40 hours.

FAA Private Pilot Theory is the initial 15-week course, scheduled to begin on April 27th. Its subject matter will include, but is not limited to Air Law, Astronomy and Navigation to Physics, Meteorology, Geography, Technical English and Mathematics.

One of Beach Aviation’s partners, Dr. Kenneth Romer, said the academy will prove to be an asset to The Bahamas as it establishes itself as a regional leader by having a full-motion Redbird simulator available to students for logging flight time.  

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Chef Simeon Hall, Jr. in Atlanta for COTW 2015
Submitted by Lededra Marche   

IN ATLANTA - Chef Simeon Hall, Jr. is in Atlanta, Georgia representing The Bahamas in the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation Chefs of the World: A Taste of Fame event slated for Monday, March 2, 2015. FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Bahamian Chef Simeon Hall, Jr., is among the two dozen chefs in Atlanta, Georgia for the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation 10th Annual Chefs of the World: A Taste of Fame event and the only one from the Caribbean representing The Bahamas.

Chef Hall will be the highlighted chef having travelled the farthest and plans to unveil his "fire engine bites and fried guava duff" at the cook-off on Monday, March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Chefs of the World (COTW) is a fundraiser which showcases top chefs and recognizes their culinary creations. Proceeds from the event will support scholarship programmes for students pursuing a degree in the fields of Hospitality or Culinary Arts.

Chef Hall’s trip is sponsored by Immerse Bahamas and Dolphin Cove Bahamas, of Freeport.

Since arriving in Atlanta on Saturday, Chef Hall has had a live radio appearance on WAOKAM its syndicate station V103FM. He is also scheduled for a live television interview during the event on Monday on a local cooking show.

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International research publication chronicles highlights of COB’s 40-year history
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Virginia Ballance, Managing Editor of The International Journal of Bahamian Studies, presents a copy of the newly released 40th Anniversary volume of the research journal to Dr. Earla Carey-Baines, Executive Vice President/Vice President of Academic Affairs.NASSAU, Bahamas -- A respected research publication that chronicles the evolution of the nation’s premier tertiary education institution has been released, tracing the historical highlights of The College of The Bahamas and documenting its accomplishments in higher learning over a 40-year period.

The International Journal of Bahamian Studies (IJBS) has published the second edition of its 20th Volume which commemorates   the 40th anniversary of The College of The Bahamas. The volume captures The College’s evolution in administration, academic schools and departments, collegiate culture, and scholarly life. It also chronicles various aspects of COB’s involvement in the community.

The journal’s editor Ms. Virginia Ballance explained why this particular edition is so important.

“Dedicating an issue of the International Journal of Bahamian Studies to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The College of The Bahamas seems to be a fitting way to capture something of its rich and varied history,” she noted.

The latest volume presents a selection of papers organized in sections roughly reflecting The College’s organizational structure of academic areas and departments, and collegiate and scholarly life. Documenting the historical progression of an institution that came into being soon after The Bahamas gained its independence – and one which stands on the cusp of attaining university status – was a natural extension of the journal’s research work.

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