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U.S. Embassy closure in observance of U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The United States Embassy will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday. Please be advised that the Embassy will resume normal business operations on Friday, November 28 at 8:00 a.m.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone: 242-322-1181.

General information on Consular services, including procedures for obtaining or renewing a passport or visa, is available on the U.S. Embassy’s website at http://nassau.usembassy.gov.


 
Thanksgiving reflections from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   

Even though Thanksgiving is not an official Bahamian holiday, it has become more and more popular here as a time of year to give thanks in general (and also eat some delicious food).  There's never anything wrong with being grateful - or eating good food!

On this Thanksgiving ... we are thankful for a number of things.

1.  We are thankful to still be here!  To be honest, this last year has been extremely tough.  Some of our regular financial support was cut pretty drastically, and due to ongoing economic lows, our base of support has become even narrower.  However, we are still standing - still open - and still serving our clients; the homeless, abandoned, neglected and abused animals of Grand Grand Bahama.  Which means we are also still serving the wider community and the people of Grand Bahama.  If we have to close who will take in these 1400+ animals every year?  Who will spay and neuter over 1000 per year to keep the population from exploding even more?  What would this island look like without the HSGB?  

So - yes, we are very grateful to still be here, and functioning.  Are the tough times over?  Not by a long shot.  We are still in dire need of more support.  But with deep appreciation for our relatively small (but so wonderful!) base of supporters, we are hanging in there...for now at least.

2.  We are thankful for a great staff who come to work every day with cheerful and compassionate spirits, and do their largely thankless jobs without complaint. Their jobs are not easy physically or emotionally, yet they have all found within them, a purpose; and a connection with the animals they care for.  Even if sometimes all the thanks they get is a tail wag or affectionate meow, we want them to know we are grateful for each and every one of them, and how meaningful their jobs really are.

3.  We are thankful for a caring Board of Directors and volunteers  who work very hard to promote our cause, raise funds, and provide immeasurable support for everything we do.  We are also grateful for their dedication to our mission to alleviate animal suffering and promote responsible pet ownership and kindness to animals.

4.  We are thankful for our faithful supporters!  From both near and far, and both individuals and corporations.  Their donations, encouragement, and promotion of our cause, helps us keep going both literally and figuratively.  No donation or gesture of support is too small, and all are equally appreciated.

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Preliminary report on crash of N17UF released
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The public is advised that the Department of Civil Aviation is now in possession of a Preliminary Report on the Freeport, Grand Bahama aircraft crash which took the lives of nine persons, at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th, 2014.  The narrative of that report is now being released by that Department. The report was prepared by the Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit (AAIPU) of the Department on November 20th, 2014, and it contains specifics on the aircraft and crew, and on the weather conditions and flight details.

According to the AAIPU report, both pilots Captain Stanley Thurston, and First Officer Frahkan Cooper were licensed and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, and were in possession of valid first class medical certificates, which were issued in November, 2014.  Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed upon the departure of the aircraft from Odyssey Aviation, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the 24 minute flight to Freeport. The Preliminary Report has also confirmed that The Bahamas Area Forecast published on November 9th, 2014 by The Bahamas Meteorological Department advised that there was a frontal boundary over the northwest Bahamas and lower, moving over the northern Bahamas.

Details provided in the Preliminary Report indicate that the aircraft uploaded 160 gallons of fuel prior to its departure from Odyssey Aviation, was provided with the current weather conditions upon contact with Freeport Air Traffic Control, and was cleared for an instrument approach.  However, the aircraft was unable to land in Freeport on its first attempt, due to heavy rain showers and reduced visibility, and the crew therefore executed a missed approach. It was during the return for the second approach, while attempting to visually locate the runway, and following deteriorating weather due to rain and haze, that the aircraft struck a crane in the Grand Bahama shipyard and crashed.

The AAIPU is being assisted in its investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, (NTSB) the Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA) and Bombardier, the manufacturer of the aircraft.  The team will re-assemble at the NTSB Headquarters in Washington in December, 2014 to continue its investigations.       

Click HERE to read the report (PDF).

 
BirdLife International: Hundreds of important nature sites threatened with destruction
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Joulter Cays listed as an Important Bird Area in The Bahamas - The Joulter Cays were designated as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) for the Piping Plover and Short-billed Dowitcher in 2012. The IBA supports more than four percent of the global population of the near threatened Piping Plover and was recently discovered as a wintering location for Red Knots, whose population has declined to alarming levels in recent years. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- According to a new report by BirdLife International, more than 350 of the planet’s most important bird natural habitats are being threatened and could possibly be lost forever.  Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are places of international significance for the conservation of the world’s birds and other animals and plants, over twelve thousand of these IBAs have been identified worldwide.

IBAs are the largest and most comprehensive global network of important sites for nature conservation and studies have shown that 356 of these IBAs located in 122 countries and territories have become ‘IBAs in Danger’ and are in imminent danger of being lost. About half of these are legally protected, which highlights the importance of improving the management effectiveness of protected areas.

There are 285 IBAs in the Caribbean, documented in a range of regional and national publications. With the BirdLife network as chief advocate, these internationally important sites for bird conservation are being mainstreamed into conservation and development planning, and national legislation by various governments. Of these 285 IBAs in the Caribbean, 42 of them are in The Bahamas.

“Of the 42 identified IBAs, only 9 are protected in our national park system.  These priority sites for bird conservation have been incorporated in the Master Plan for protected areas,” said Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust and BirdLife Partner in The Bahamas.. “The Joulter Cays IBA, which is a critical wintering habitat for the endangered Piping Plover is proposed as one of 22 new protected areas being considered by our government for inclusion into the national park system.”

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Bahamian author releases creative children's book
Submitted by Lynne Fraino   

Bahamian Author Tiffany D. Meadows releases a new children's book just in time for the holidays. Pictured above, students from Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy and KinderCare Learning Centre participate in a book reading at the Sir Charles Hayward Library. The official book release will be held on Saturday, November 29 at Kelly's Freeport Ltd.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Bahamian author, Tiffany D. Meadows, hosted a book reading on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Sir Charles Hayward Children’s Library.  She presented her first children’s book, Let’s Meet LaDena, which was recently released. Students from two local institutions, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy and Kindercare Learning Centre, attended the event.  During her visit, Ms. Meadows donated copies of the book to the library.

The book will be officially launched at Kelly’s Freeport Limited on Saturday, November 29, 2014 beginning at 10:00 am. The author will be on site.  Interested persons will be able to purchase signed copies of the book and have their picture taken with the author and the title character, LaDena, who will also make an appearance.  Books can be purchased for a price of $10.00.  The general public is encouraged to come out and support.

Let's Meet LaDena, is an interactive literary piece. The first in the Little LaDena: Island Girl series, seeks to give the world a peek at island life through the eyes of a 5 year old Bahamian girl.  It was illustrated and published by fellow Grand Bahamian, Audra Lovely.

Photo: Bahamian Author Tiffany D. Meadows releases a new children's book just in time for the holidays. Pictured are students from Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Academy and KinderCare Learning Centre participating in a book reading at the Sir Charles Hayward Library. The official book release will be held on Saturday, November 29 at Kelly's Freeport Ltd.

 
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