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BNT awarded second $50K grant from The Moore Bahamas Foundation for Conchservation
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The Moore Bahamas Foundation grants to BNT reach $100,000     

 Robert F. Kennedy along with Eddie Minnis, one of The Bahamas' most famous artists and musicians at the Conchservation launch at Arawak Cay.NASSAU, Bahamas -- A little more than a year after it was launched, a Bahamas National Trust (BNT) program creating a strategy to ensure the long-time survival of the conch population got a major boost this week when The Moore Bahamas Foundation, an affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, donated $50,000 to its Conchservation efforts.

The donation was the second of a three-year commitment from The Moore Bahamas Foundation to BNT for the preservation of this mollusk that is such a vital part of Bahamian culture, diet and economy. In 2013, The Moore Bahamas Foundation grant helped to raise community awareness of the threats to conch, and to educate about the most recent scientific findings surrounding the decline of conch population as well as the importance of increased regulation.

The 2014 grant will be used to conduct scientific research that will contribute to education and an overall strategy to maintain conch populations.  Funds from The Moore Bahamas Foundation to BNT for Conchservation have now reached $100K.  

“The BNT is extremely pleased with our partnership with The Moore Bahamas Foundation which has made a second generous donation of $50,000 to support the critical research that is key to the success of our national Conchservation Campaign,” said BNT President Larry Glinton. “The recent angst that preceded the announcement by The USA's National Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) illustrates the importance of queen conch to the Bahamas. The issue gained international attention in late October, as the NOAA considered banning exportation and adding the queen conch to its critically endangered species list.

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Ivory to Ashes - A Bahamian exhibition to save African elephants
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NASSAU,  Bahamas -- ‘Ivory to Ashes’ a riveting watercolour exhibition by Susan Sargent will open on Friday, December 5th  from 6-9pm at Doongalik Studios, #20 Village Road.

Susan Sargent is a visual artist and wildlife activist who is bringing her passion regarding the future of the African elephant across the continents and seas to raise awareness in The Bahamas on this global predicament.

“I find the plight of global wildlife in our modern era my impetus for becoming an artist-activist.  The African Elephant, particularly, has inspired me to become a part of bringing awareness to the dire situation this species is in.  Using the visual language of my artwork I hope to give voice to those with whom we share the earth but cannot speak for themselves.

“My paintings are my way of sharing my life’s observations.  Wildlife has become a particularly ardent passion.  I feel compelled to express my experiences with them and also the many rich day to day inspirations and pleasures as well.  Dreams, spirit and the mystical, esoteric dimensions of life are also areas I love to explore.”

Special guest at the Exhibition will be Dr. Kate Evans, founder and Director of Elephants for Africa (elephantsforafrica.org) a charitable foundation dedicated to elephant conservation through research and education.  Their focus is on male elephant sociality and human-elephant conflict, and gearing their education program towards schoolchildren, teaching them to view wildlife and nature as valuable resources rather than threats. A video presentation will also be available for viewing and Dr Evans will make a presentation on the topic on Saturday morning, December 6 at 12 noon.

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Domestic investment projects driving economic rebound in Freeport
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GBPA PRESIDENT, IAN ROLLE REMARKS ON DOMESTIC INVETMENTS THAT DRIVE THE ECONOMIC REBOUND OF GRAND BAHAMA - (From Left) Carlos Ribas, VP & Managing Director, Wendy’s Latin America & Caribbean; Darrell van Ligten, President, Wendy’s International Division; Ian Rolle, GBPA President; Christopher Tsavoussis, President Wendy’s Bahamas and Yolanda Pawar-Bain, Marketing Manager, Wendy’s BahamasFREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The $2M investment for the construction of Wendy’s new flagship location was described as “A clear indication of investor confidence and continued commitment to the Grand Bahama economy,” by President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Ian Rolle, during his remarks at the official opening of Wendy’s recently.

“The opening of Wendy’s new flagship location marks a special occasion on numerous levels, not only for the owners of the Wendy’s franchise, but for the Grand Bahama community as well,” stated Rolle. “I say this because; today we share in celebrating a milestone of success for a local business and investor,” he continued.

Elaborating on other investment projects by franchise owner Mr. Chris Tsavoussis, Rolle added that Wendy’s is one of many, where domestic investment projects are on the rise indicating that the economy is making a steady rebound.

“Over the past eighteen months, Freeport has seen significant financial output by local investors,” the president noted.  “Projects such as the refurbishment of the former Home Centre building by Freeport Ship Services, the expansion project at Bahamian Brewery, and the relocation and refurbishment of facilities for both Island Bedding and Caribbean Bottling, have created temporary and  permanent jobs for the local economy.” Rolle continued, adding that there were also a number of other projects carried out on a smaller scale. “Large or small, we must acknowledge these investments and the value they contribute to moving the economy forward.”

According to Rolle, domestic investment activity, across a broad range of business sectors, has been encouraging over the past eighteen months.

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350 graduate from Baha Mar’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) class
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Third graduating class of LDI expands with inclusion of five students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Three-hundred and fifty students graduated from Baha Mar’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on Wednesday, with guaranteed job offers to become the newest citizens of  the Baha Mar Nation.

Among the graduates were five students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who are thriving as part of a team at LDI, a non-profit training organization supported by Baha Mar to provide free training in job readiness and life skills.

Baha Mar forged a partnership with Best Buddies International in July 2014, allowing individuals with IDD to join the revolutionary LDI program. Best Buddies was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989, and over the years Best Buddies International has partnered with organizations throughout the United States and in 50 countries around the world, assisting with training and creating integrated social and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities including autism and Down syndrome. The partnership with Baha Mar marks the first Best Buddies International venture in the Caribbean.

The students joined LDI’s third class this past July, participating in the day class for men and women ages 16-to-24 years. The intense 16-week day and night classes also provided training for students25 years and older, in areas such as communication and time management, leadership, numeracy and parenting skills. Baha Mar worked with local IDD advocates including Resources and Education for Autism and related Challenges (R.E.A.C.H.) and the Seahorse Institute, to identify students with IDD who would be a good fit for LDI. During the course, the students with IDD were paired with student ‘Buddies’ who provided support and forged meaningful friendships throughout the program.

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First graders enjoy tours of Rand Nature Centre
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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama arm of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) recently hosted first grades from Mary Star and Central Church of God School to a visit of the Rand Nature Centre.  

Frst graders from Mary Star of the Sea School

The young students visited this national park to learn about plants and animals found in the pine forest, and Rand Nature Centre Office Manager Lisa Wildgoose hosted the tour.  "We love it when little children come to the Rand Nature Centre," said Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager.  

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