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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
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    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
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    BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
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    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
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    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014



Dream wedding in The Bahamas winners select their Mon Cheri bridal gowns
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

Pictured are the lucky brides from Florida who won a complimentary dream wedding in The Bahamas and Mon Cheri bridal gown designed by David Tutera and Sophia Tolli. Three of16 brides across the USA, they will each marry on 16 Islands in The Bahamas on January 16, 2015 at 16:00 hours.  From left to right are: Yoli Stanbury, Owner of Alessa’s Bridal in Coral Springs, Cristina Gaston, Wanjira Banfield and Patrice Prescott.PLANTATION, Florida -- The three lucky brides from Florida that recently won The Islands of The Bahamas, “16 Islands, 16 Weddings, One Priceless Day” contest, came together this weekend to select their complimentary Mon Cheri bridal gowns, designed by David Tutera and Sophia Tolli.

The bridal gown, which ranges in prices from $1,300 to $1,900, was one of several prizes won by the brides in The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s unique, social media contest.

The brides, Cristina Gaston, of Miami, Wanjira Banfield of Fort Lauderdale, and Patrice Prescott of Haileah are scheduled to marry in Bimini, Abaco and Andros respectively.  They were also presented with a bottle of Korbel bottle of California (Brut) Champagne and along with their fiancés, were also treated to a small reception following their dress selection.

Ms. Yoly Stanbury, Owner of Alessa’s Bridal, the selected sponsor for Mon Cheri dresses in Florida, said she “is extremely pleased with her partnership with The Bahamas and moreover, being able to make the brides dream come through”.

Other prizes won by the couple include cash rewards by MasterCard®, wedding rings by Steven Singer Jewelers, round trip airline transportation to The Bahamas, John Bull gift baskets and a tuxedo for the groom from 1888mytuxes.com.  In addition to this, the couples’ wedding, reception and honeymoon, complete with cake, flowers, food and drinks for up to four persons, are also complimentary.

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R.M Bailey Sr. High School salutes 'Fathers of Excellence'
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Fathers and other special guests at the well-attended prayer breakfast held at R.M. Bailey Senior High School, celebrating 'Fathers of Excellence.'NASSAU, Bahamas -- Under the theme, “Promoting Fathers of Excellence,” fathers and other men of the community were honored at the annual Father’s Day Ceremony, held at R.M. Bailey Senior High School this morning. The event was held for the purpose of “highlighting men who are making a valuable contribution toward nation building.”

Among some of the special guests in attendance were Assistant Commissioner of Police, Leon Bethel; Leader of the DNA, Branville McCartney; Education Officer for the Southeastern District, T. Milton Lewis and keynote speaker Archdeacon James E. Palacious, along with other fathers, education officials and police officers.

During the morning prayer breakfast held for the guests, Assistant Commissioner Bethel took the time to recognize some young male officers from the community who were recently promoted. He also encouraged the development of a stronger partnership between the police and the schools.

Branville McCartney also gave remarks at the special occasion, noting that he was honored to be included in the day’s celebrations as “it is very rare that fathers are acknowledged.” He went on to state that his “greatest pleasure in life is being a father, not only to [his] three children but to other children and to other people.”

Mr. McCartney implored the men in the audience to reach out to the wider community, by extending their fatherly status to those who are without fathers or father figures. He went further to add, “Let us be our brother’s keeper in that regard. Let us look out for those persons who don’t have father figures. Let us invite them into our homes, and let us make sure that they have the proper guidance. That is the first step to getting this country back on track.”

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The Bahamas Ambassador Magazine (BAAM) launched
Written by BIS   

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture launched The Bahamas Ambassador Magazine (BAAM) at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, October 23.

Aimed at “bringing the people, the culture and the beauty of The Bahamas to the world,” said the Hon. Dr. Daniel, Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture – the magazine is a creative production of Bahamas Information Services (BIS) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The magazine, BAAM, and film entitled Run Come See are ingredients of the festival mix that will comprise the exciting ‘Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015’ experience.

BAAM will on a quarterly basis set the bar for the spirit of excellence required for the success of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015.   It will invite the world to celebrate with us and showcase the distinct multi-cultural heritage of our nation and people, said Mr. Luther Smith, Director-General of BIS.

 
Bid to protect Bimini mangroves goes international
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 Bid to Protect Bimini Mangroves Goes International - Experts call on the Bahamas government to live up to its promise and protect marine resources that sustain crucial local industries.  Save The Bays recently released a video which was taken when experts visited the proposed North Bimini Marine Reserve  recently.   Pictured is an excavator digs near mangroves in Bimini as part of RWB’s mega-resort construction. (Photo courtesy of Save The Bays)Experts call on Bahamas government to live up to its promise and protect marine resources that sustain crucial local industries

BIMINI, Bahamas -- International conservation experts are urging the government to fulfill its promise and protect Bimini’s unique ecological heritage and the local industries that have depended upon it for generations.

The experts, hosted on a tour of Bimini by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), called for the official establishment of the North Bimini Marine Reserve. Among other important natural resources, the NBMR would protect mangrove forests that serve as a nursery for the abundant sea life that has attracted so many visitors to the island over the years in the latest Save The Bay’s release on their YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/1wb4rJ4).

“From an ecological perspective, its incredibly important to maintain these mangroves in order to maintain the whole marine ecosystem,” said Rachael Silverstein, the Waterkeeper for Biscayne Bay, Florida.

“This is one of the only mangrove locations in this area and all of the important species that come from the Gulfstream, that people like to fish, have habitats here and live in the nurseries here and if we destroy that we also destroy our fishing industry and our diving industry and the repercussions can be felt across the Caribbean, across The Bahamas and certainly in Miami – we won't be able to come here anymore to fish, to dive or snorkel.”

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COB hosts breast cancer survivors to special dinner at Choices
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Two of the cancer survivors accept their dinner tickets from executives at CHMI. From left are: Chef Sterling Thompson, Karen Sherman, COB student organizer; Dorna Moxey and Julia Saunders, COB staff members and breast cancer survivors, and Dr. Sophia Rolle, Acting Executive Director, CHMI.NASSAU, Bahamas -- No one wants to hear that they have breast cancer, and for those who do, having a supportive network of family and friends plays a key role in how they respond to treatment. Culinary students and faculty at The College of The Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) recently demonstrated their support of cancer survivors by hosting some of them to an evening of fine dining at Choices Restaurant.

The guests of honour were employees of The College and members of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.

Culinary students at The College came up with the idea as a way to show the members of the College community that they are appreciated and valued. They also wanted to help raise awareness about the prevalence of breast cancer in The Bahamas.

“This is a way of us showing the cancer survivors at The College that they are important to us. We support the efforts of the Cancer Society and we certainly support [these survivors] being with us at The College,” Acting Executive Director of the Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute Dr. Sophia Rolle explained.

“Women are very strong and when they are afflicted with these kind of illnesses we ought to support them because women are the breadwinners in a lot of instances. They do a lot for us that we don’t even think about every day and we are very happy to be able to do this for the survivors who are at The College of The Bahamas,” she added.

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