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'Join Me on the Bridge' holds 6th annual International Women’s Day celebration
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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 14:58

Join Me on the Bridge Holds 6th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration - Alicia Wallace Announced as Special Guest Speaker. Grand Bahama’s 6th annual International Women’s Day celebration, Join Me on the Bridge, will be held on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at 3 P.M.  Attendees of this social event will enjoy guest speakers, music, art and refreshments.  They will sign the Women’s Celebration banner and join together 'On The Bridge' in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden. The special guest speaker is Alicia Wallace from Nassau. Alicia Wallace, a women's rights activist, is a writer and blogger, Director of Hollaback! Bahamas, Co-founder of Coalition to End Gender-based Violence & Discrimination, Youth Ambassador for The Bahamas on Sexual Violence, and winner of the Queen's Young Leaders Award working toward gender equality. (Photo courtesy of Alicia Wallace)GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas -- On March 8th, women and men from The Bahamas, along with international visitors, will be joining together at the Garden of the Groves to celebrate International Women's Day.

Grand Bahama’s 6th annual International Women’s Day celebration, “Join Me on the Bridge”, will be held on the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at 3 P.M.  Attendees of this social event will enjoy guest speakers, music, art and refreshments.  They will sign the Women’s Celebration banner and join together “On The Bridge” in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden.

The special guest speaker is Alicia Wallace from Nassau.

Lynette McInnes, who has organized the Grand Bahama event since its inception in 2010 says, “This year’s event theme is ‘Inspiring Women’, and I have no doubt that Alicia Wallace will do just that! She’s such an accomplished and well-spoken young woman who’s active in women’s rights and equlity and basically fits the bill to a T.”

Alicia Wallace, a women's rights activist, is a writer and blogger, Director of Hollaback! Bahamas, co-founder of Coalition to End Gender-based Violence & Discrimination, Youth Ambassador for The Bahamas on Sexual Violence, and winner of the Queen's Young Leaders Award working toward gender equality.

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Grand Bahama welcomes Balearia’s new larger cruise ferry 'Bahama Mama'
Submitted by Brooke Sherman   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 08:12

Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu pictured center poses with Balearia Chairman Adolfo Utor and Ministry of Tourism representative Nuvolari Chotoosingh.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On Thursday, February 26th, 2015, what can be described as a new era in South Florida cruise ferry transportation began for the neighboring shores of Fort Lauderdale and Freeport.  Over 100 special invited guests from throughout the travel and tourism industry climbed onboard the luxurious, state-of-the-art, 1,000 passenger capacity vessel for the official inauguration ceremony of Balearia Bahamas Express’s newest addition, the “Bahama Mama” superfast Alhucemas.

Impressed with the service of the new vessel, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu stated that “This brand new ship will cut the time it takes to ferry passengers between us in half…” signifying “a most outstanding performance.”  

Jibrilu continued in mentioning that, “With travel amenities that rival those of cruise ships, some 300,000 passengers annually, will bask in the luxury of this phenomenal ship,” as they travel year-round between Ft. Lauderdale and Grand Bahama Island.  

Referencing the competitive edge that the commissioning of the new vessel now offers to Grand Bahama, Jibrilu also announced that, “The Ministry of Tourism will be investing its efforts in increasing engagement in the South Florida area with a Grand Bahama Island advertising campaign.  This campaign will be specific to the market and will help to improve awareness and showcase the vastness of events available to all visiting Grand Bahama Island.  As I understand it, Balearia will also be participating in this co-op advertising campaign for many of our planned deliverables.  With such a collection of talented minds, it’s sure to be marvelous success.”

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Chef Simeon Hall, Jr. in Atlanta for COTW 2015
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:21

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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Northeastern US travel agents brave cold weather to learn more about the Bahamian sun
Submitted by Jeannie Gibson   
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

New Jersey - Left to right- Sharon Lee Flynn, Donna Munroe, Gloria Riller, Sandy Neske, Tom Gementgis  and Jennifer Gardiner Bannister.FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- The Bahamas Tourist Office in conjunction with the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, recently hosted successful Travel Agent Seminars in the northern U.S. cities of Newark and Philadelphia,  where in spite of record chilly temperatures plaguing America’s eastern seaboard, travel agents packed the room at both venues. 

Winter weary agents were told  about the sun, fun, adventure and excitement of The Islands Of The Bahamas and Grand Bahama Island in particular.  Also about the ease, convenience, and affordability of traveling to the tropical destination.

The seminars were mostly a joint effort to shed awareness of the Vacation Express Grand Bahama 2015 Summer Program which offers direct and non-stop, round trip air, (using Sunwng’s 737 - 800 series aircraft with 189 seats), 4 night accommodations, airport transfers and in some cases all-inclusive packages (including meals and drinks).

In addition to information on the Vacation Express Program, Grand Bahama Sales Executive, Sanique Culmer, provided detailed information for the  agents  on the many other means of escaping the cold weather and  traveling to Grand Bahama,  including connecting flights, cruises, and fast ferries.  Wendall Saunders shared information on the myriads of exciting and adventurous activities on the Island, including, swimming in the ocean with dolphins, horseback riding through shallow waters, exploring caves and discovering some of the world's most beautiful beaches.

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BNT takes members on a journey under the sea
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Friday, 27 February 2015 14:52

Opulent Oceans Draws a Huge Crowd for the BNT - Patrons of the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) public lecture series during February were able to go on a journey exploring the world’s oceans from their seats as the Grand Bahama branch of the BNT saw another packed house at their lecture on Opulent Oceans featuring Dr. Melanie Staissny of the American Museum of Natural History. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Bahamas – Patrons of the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) public lecture series during February were able to go on a journey exploring the world’s oceans from their seats as the Grand Bahama Regional Branch of the BNT saw another packed house at their lecture on Opulent Oceans, featuring Dr. Melanie Stiassny of the American Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Stiassny provided insight on selected marine species highlighted in her book Opulent Oceans, as well as providing accompanying illustrations from the American Museum of Natural History’s rare book collections. The lecture took the audience back in time, introducing some of the pioneering explorers that defined oceanography and completed remarkable work that future generations can learn from.

“Dr. Stiassny was phenomenal,” said Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama National Parks Manager.  “Her interpretation of Opulent Oceans made us all eager to read more about the marine life found in the depths of the world’s oceans and the innovators behind these discoveries.”

The lecture on Opulent Oceans was the second in the monthly series organised by the Grand Bahama Regional Branch of the Bahamas National Trust, which are free and open to the public. The public lectures provide and opportunity for people to learn about the natural beauty and history of The Bahamas, and the work of the BNT.

After the lecture, Dr. Stiassny’s book was available for sale, with the first ten book sales generously donated to the BNT, and the remaining sales going toward her research. A signed book copy was also donated to the Rand Nature Centre’s library and guests that purchased a copy of Opulent Oceans on the night were able to have it signed.

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