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Defence Force reports apprehension of undocumented Haitian nationals in Exuma
Submitted by BIS   

CORAL HARBOUR BASE, New Providence --- Acting on intelligence reference a sighting of a Haitian sailing sloop, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Police Force apprehended ninety-four (94) Haitian migrants at 1:00pm on Monday, 15th September, 2014, in the Exuma chain.

The blue sailing sloop was sighted at approximately ten nautical miles (10nm) off Darby Island and was intercepted and brought to Farmers Cay where the migrants were extracted by Defence Force Fast Patrol Crafts under the command of Chief Petty Officer Ross Seymour. A search of the vessel resulted in the apprehension of undocumented Haitian nationals consisting of seventy-nine (79) males, fourteen (14) females, and one (1) child.

The migrants were subsequently taken into custody and were transported to the Coral Harbour Base where they were handed over to Immigration authorities for further processing.

The Commander Defence Force, Commodore Roderick Bowe, expresses his thanks and appreciation for the assistance received from the police  force who made initial contact with the vessel bringing it alongside in Farmers Cay and the local community who providing critical information which culminated in the apprehension of the migrants.

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New scholarship fund to help develop engineering sector
Submitted by COB   

From left (seated) are Dr. Carlton Watson, Dean, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences and Ebbe Saidi, Managing Director of BHM Co., Ltd. From left (standing) are Davinia Blair, Director of Development; Dr. Maria Oriakhi, Chair, School of Mathematics, Physics and Technology; LaToya Johnson, Treasurer, Bahamas Society of Engineers; DeCosta Bethel, President, Bahamas Society of Engineers; Zanda Bonamy, member, Bahamas Society of Engineers and Robert Deal, Chairman, Bahamas Society of Engineers Scholarship Fund and a College of The Bahamas Alumni Society Hall of Fame inductee. NASSAU, Bahamas -- A corporate entity is collaborating with The Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) to help stimulate the participation of more Bahamians in a critical sector in the Bahamian economy. BHM Co. Ltd., formerly Bahamas Hot Mix Co. Ltd., and the BSE have established a scholarship fund at The College of The Bahamas for civil engineering technology students.

The College recently received a donation that will fund a scholarship of $3,000 every two years for a full-time, undergraduate majors pursuing the Associate of Science in Civil Engineering Technology programme. There will also be an opportunity for these scholarship recipients to intern with BHM Co. Ltd.

Ebbe Saidi, Managing Director of BHM Co. Ltd., is convinced that initiating this scholarship fund was necessary in order to encourage more Bahamians to pursue a civil engineering profession.

“Civil engineering is about developing the environment. A lot of that type of industry is on the way in The Bahamas. Firms from all over the world are here and we felt that Bahamians need to enter the industry and take possession of the industry,” he said during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding to establish The Bahamas Hot Mix, Bahamas Society of Engineers Scholars Programme.

Recipients of this scholarship will be students enrolled in the ASc. programme in the School of Mathematics, Physics and Technology at The College who demonstrates financial need.

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Music, Model & Talent Showcase (MMTS) to hold casting call in Abaco
Submitted by Lindsay Thompson   

NASSAU, The Bahamas – After the success of the Nassau casting call for the Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands, MMTS, organizers are heading to Abaco to glean from the talent pool in that northern island famous for shipbuilding.

All roads lead to the Dundas Town Community Centre where residents will show their talents before MMTS Regional Scout, beginning at 11 am on Saturday, 20th September 2014.

CEO, Founder and Owner of MMTS Pia Glover-Rolle says she is extremely excited to see what talent – models, actors, singers, songwriters and music producers – Abaco will have to offer.

Mrs. Rolle, who is also President and Founder at PTG Marketing & Modeling Agency, hopes that Abaco residents register early and reserve their space as competition is expected to fierce.

PTG Marketing & Modeling Agency launched this new and exciting talent scouting event specifically designed to bring global attention to the vast talent pool in The Bahamas and the Caribbean dubbed, Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands, MMTS.

The first casting call was held in New Providence on Saturday, August 16, 2014 during which residents between the ages of 5 to 65, males and females attended a free audition session at Mario’s Bowling Palace, Tonique Williams Darling Highway.

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Song competition for 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers officially begins
Submitted by BIS   

Marcellus Taylor, chairperson of the Local Core Coordinating Committee for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, talks about the Song Competition during a press conference at the Ministry of Youth.  Mr. Taylor is flanked by the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology.  (Photo by Aletha Cooper/Communications Department, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)NASSAU, The Bahamas – As The Bahamas prepares to host the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19th CCEM) in June of 2015, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology began the search for a song that will herald the importance of education and promote unity between member states of the Commonwealth.  

Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald said the Song Competition is another project that will enable The Bahamas to ‘brand’ the 19th CCEM, and entries are expected to ‘celebrate’ the power of education to enhance the lives of individuals and nations.

Minister Fitzgerald officially launched the 19th CCEM Song Competition during a news conference at the Ministry of Youth on September 5. 

“Each step that we take is designed to ensure that we promote the theme of the 19th CCEM, ‘Quality Education for Equitable Development -- Performance, Paths and Productivity,’ and highlight how each element impacts all Bahamians and the 2.2 billion citizens of The Commonwealth,” said Minister Fitzgerald.  

He said the triennial meeting is second in importance, only to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and allows the 53 leaders of education systems within the Commonwealth to engage in meaningful dialogue on education.  

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Popular Bahamian musical artist ‘K.B.’ releases new single Captain Kangaroo
Submitted by DP&A   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Musician and recording artist, Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, this week released his latest musical single Captain Kangaroo. Another of his hard hitting songs, the artist sheds light on the leadership of the country as seen through his eyes.

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“You can call my latest body of work #MessageMusic. It speaks to the state of our nation, socially and politically,” said Bodie. “I have always included stories and messages in my songs, describing who and how we are as a people. Things are changing so fast, now, more so than ever and we are in a time where we have to address #SocialMatters plaguing our daily lives which are growing worse.”

When discussing inspiration, Bodie shares, ”In my younger days, I was inspired by brave and prolific artists and writers like Eddie Minnis and The Mighty Sparrow among others.”

Captain Kangaroo has received over 1000 views on YouTube in a day and a half.

“As I have in the past, I will continue to write social commentary and hold any present or future elected government official’s feet to the fire,” urged Bodie. “I welcome any of my musical and cultural brothers and sisters to join in on this #MessageMusic trek to make a better, more productive Bahamas for us all."

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