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Fox Hill celebrates with flag raising and cake
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Monday, 16 July 2012 08:28

The flag is being raised by the 12th Bahamas Boy's Scout Troop (Fox Hill) at the community's seventh annual flag raising ceremony July 14 on the Fox Hill Parade.  (BIS Photo / Letisha Henderson)

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The flag is being raised by the 12th Bahamas Boy's Scout Troop (Fox Hill) at the community's seventh annual flag raising ceremony July 14 on the Fox Hill Parade.  (BIS Photo / Letisha Henderson)  

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Urban Renewal and Inline Project Co. unite to aid man living in squalor
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Monday, 16 July 2012 07:03

Neighbours walk around the outside of the dilapidated home that was demolished Thursday (July 12) under the auspices of the Centreville Urban Renewal Project. The occupant has since been relocated to one of the homes operated by Great Commission Ministries until a new home is constructed in four-to-six weeks. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) NASSAU, The Bahamas -- After 30 years on the Royal Bahamas Police Force – many of them in frontline policing – Inspector Ricardo “Alacup” Richardson thought he had witnessed it all.  That was until he walked into a “home” on Thompson Lane, off East Street, close to the area he “grew up in.”

“When the neighbours first brought this house to our attention during a walk-a-bout in the area following our return to the Urban Renewal Centres in June, I thought it was just a dilapidated, abandoned building,” Inspector Richardson said. “But after walking through, I realised that this was indeed where someone - a human being - lived and that no human being should ever have to live under these conditions.

“When you walk in and see things like that, it sends something through the whole body; it makes you upset because it’s hard to believe that there are persons living under these types of conditions in this day and time in The Bahamas,” Inspector Richardson added.

The conditions Inspector Richardson spoke about were old clothes strewn all over the place, electrical wires and dirt and debris everywhere, no running water, no electricity, and no sanitation. A bucket for bathing, one for bathroom duty and another for collecting rain water through what is left of what was at one time a roof. A picture of squalor.

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Baha Mar celebrates its casino tower reaching the 100-foot mark
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Monday, 16 July 2012 05:58

Bonnie Pratt-Reese, Field Officer, China State Construction and Alex Hailey, Project Field Officer, Intern, China State Construction, present Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie with a symbol that Baha Mar’s casino tower has reached the 100-foot mark. Pictured from left: Senior Vice President, Baha Mar, Robert Sands; Executive Vice President, China State Construction, Tiger Wu; Executive Vice President, Baha Mar, Tom Dunlap; Mr. Hailey; Ms. Pratt-Reese; Prime Minister Christie; Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip ‘Brave’ Davis; Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister of State for Investments in the Office of the Prime Minister the Hon. Khaalis Rolle and The People’s Republic of China’s Ambassador to The Bahamas His Excellency Hu Shan.  (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)  NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie congratulated the Baha Mar team for the milestone of reaching the 100-foot mark on its iconic casino tower construction during a brief ceremony held at the site, Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

The Prime Minister said, “Whenever a project that is the single largest project ever contemplated and executed in the region is taking place and being on time and on schedule, it is worthy of commendation.”

He added, “The many job opportunities being created for Bahamians during construction and perhaps more importantly the several thousand permanent jobs, which will be created when the resort opens, bodes well for the country’s future economic growth.”

Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis; the Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and the Minister of State for Investments in the Office of the Prime Minister the Hon. Khaalis Rolle were also in attendance at the celebration.

The People’s Republic of China’s Ambassador to The Bahamas His Excellency Hu Shan; Executive Vice President, Baha Mar, Tom Dunlap; Executive Vice President, China State Construction, Tiger Wu and Senior Vice President, Baha Mar, Robert Sands, also attended.

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Independence celebration at Clifford Park
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Thursday, 12 July 2012 11:22

Ministers and their spouses attend the 39th Independence Celebrations held on Clifford Park that included the Ecumenical Service, a cultural show and the Parade and Inspection of the armed forces of The Bahamas by Governor General .Sir Arthur Foulkes, Tuesday, July 10, 2012.  Shown pictured from front left: Minister of Financial Services, the Hon Ryan Pinder; Max Gibson, husband of Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Senator Maynard-Gibson.  Sitting in back: Dr. Tracy Roberts-Halkitis and Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance the Hon. Michael Halkitis.  (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

Ministers and their spouses attend the 39th Independence Celebrations held on Clifford Park that included the Ecumenical Service, a cultural show and the Parade and Inspection of the armed forces of The Bahamas by Governor General .Sir Arthur Foulkes, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Shown pictured from front left: Minister of Financial Services, the Hon Ryan Pinder; Max Gibson, husband of Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Senator Maynard-Gibson. Sitting in back: Dr. Tracy Roberts-Halkitis and Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance the Hon. Michael Halkitis. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

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Prime Minister Christie: Government will assist Bahamians who want to create their own businesses
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Thursday, 12 July 2012 08:31

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie speaks at the Opening of the CEO Network Ownership Summit, at the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Monday, July 9.  (BIS Photo/Eric Rose) NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie said the Government pledges to assist Bahamians with creating and starting new businesses by restructuring The Bahamas Development Bank and the Bahamas Industrial and Agricultural Corporation.

But for Bahamians to be able to become entrepreneurs and help diversify the economy of the country, they must first know about country, Prime Minister Christie said at the July 9 Opening of the CEO Network Ownership Summit. The event, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, was held at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. “We are talking about opportunities; we are talking about believing in yourself, we are talking about having a personal vision that advances you, your family, your businesses, so therefore you must know your country.”

He said if Bahamians had knowledge of what was on the islands, they could then think of industries that could be created to help diversify the economy of the country. Prime Minister Christie said that tourism followed by Financial Services currently drive the Bahamian economy. “So, insofar as the economy of the country is concerned, it is driven essentially by those two, and a work in progress must come about toward diversification.” He explained that much of the money made in tourism is leaked back out of the country, because of the consumptive nature of the Bahamian society.

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Minister of Youths, Sports & Culture extols suffragettes
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Monday, 09 July 2012 09:39

Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson is pictured with the Johnson Family. Pictured left to right: Gladys R. Sands, Cora Johnson-Cooper, Minister Johnson, Hon. R. Italia Johnson (first female Speaker of the House), Cathleen Johnson-Hassan and Khadra Hassan. The statue of the Afro-Bahamian woman and child was created by Oscar Johnson and erected on Prince George Wharf in l973. The statue depicts the struggle of Bahamian women in the development of the country. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith). NASSAU, Bahamas -- More than 70 women were honoured on Friday, July 6 for their efforts in advancing the cause of women in the country. The five principal honourees, which included Mrs. Mary Ingraham, Mrs. Mable Walker, Mrs. Georgianna Symonette, Mrs. /Eugenia Lockhart, OBE and Dame Doris Johnson, fought feverishly to gain equal rights for women.

During the National Pride Day ceremony, held in Rawson Square, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson said that it is ‘important’ that we pay homage to those who paved the way for future generations.

“It is significant that now as we celebrate – almost 40 years later after independence - that we get to the point where we give worthy mention and praise to the women of that movement who did a yeoman’s job of getting us where we are today.”

Minister Johnson also pointed out the significance of the Afro-Bahamian Woman sculpture located at the entrance of Festival Place on Prince George Wharf. He said that the stature accurately depicts the struggle of the Bahamian, which continues even today.

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Minister praises Baptist College's role in training Bahamians
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Monday, 09 July 2012 08:12

Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald delivers the commencement address at commencement exercises for the Bahamas Baptist Community College on July 3. (BIS Photo/Kristaan IngrahamNASSAU, Bahamas – Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald recognised the Bahamas Baptist Community College for its role in educating Bahamians and said the institution is well-positioned to assist the Ministry in advancing its mission to foster competence, character and citizenship in the pursuit of excellence in education.

“The Bahamas Baptist Community College (BBCC) has the distinction of being the largest private post-secondary institution in the country, and as such, it provides its leadership with the opportunity to further expand and be creative as it responds to the increasing need to equip Bahamians with necessary and relevant skills,” Minister Fitzgerald said.

“The low teacher: student ratio in the day and evening classes, college preparatory programme and affordable fees make education at BBCC more accessible to a wider cross section of our society.  As I have stated often, I respect and applaud all who recognise that education is a shared responsibility.”

Minister Fitzgerald gave the keynote address at the College’s commencement exercises at the British Colonial Hilton on July 3.

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Plans announced for National Teacher Of the Year Award
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Friday, 06 July 2012 10:23

Director of Education Lionel Dorsett speaks at a press conference to announce plans for the National Teacher of the Year Award. At left is Philip Dorsette, Vice President of the Bahamas Union of Teachers. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)  NASSAU, Bahamas – Thirty-three public school teachers have been nominated for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s 2012-2014 National Teacher of the Year Award.  Education Director Lionel Sands officially launched the 2012-2014 programme that recognises outstanding educators within the public school system at a press conference on July 4.

Mr. Sands said the nominees have distinguished themselves as “excellent” teachers through their work and ideas. “They each have a fair chance of winning this award and being an ambassador for education in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” he said. Now in its tenth year, the awards programme is being held under the theme “Celebrating Outstanding Educators…Rewarding Excellence”. The celebration of events begins on Tuesday, October 9 and ends on Saturday, October 13.

“We truly want to focus on teaching standards and uplifting this noble profession. We want this to be a genuine national celebrations and will be encouraging the general public to become involved in the various activities,” he said. He noted that it is only through committed, concerned and qualified teachers, that the educational system can cultivate the abilities, skills and talents of students.

“Educators will be a part of the transformation we hope to achieve in education during the next five years and beyond,” said the director.

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Pitt road benefits from Urban Renewal, Methodist Church partnership
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Friday, 06 July 2012 09:53

Volunteer and Bahamas Methodist Habitat intern Derek Ehrnschwender of Knoxville, Tennessee (right), works on top of the roof of a residence on Pitt Road,  July 5.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose) NASSAU, Bahamas -- The sounds of striking hammers and circular saws cut through the air in the northern neighbourhood of Pitt Road, on July 5, 2012, as strangers and neighbours joined together to help those in need of repairs to the structures that they call “home”. Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal Office and Bahamas Methodist Habitat joined with Methodist volunteers from Tennessee and Pitt Road residents to repair roofs, clean out structures and, in some cases, change a few lives.

Ft. Charlotte Urban Renewal Office Office Manager Inspector Dencle Barr said that representatives from the St. Michaels’ Methodist Church, on nearby Boyd Road, approached his office and said they had partnered with the Bahamas Methodist Habitat, an organisation concerned with addressing the housing needs of residents.

“We had identified through our surveys and our walkabouts throughout the Ft. Charlotte community, persons here on Pitt Road – a number of them who have genuine concerning needs,” Inspector Barr said. A number of homes had leaking roofs and some minor structural damage, he added. However, that was not the case with the home they were working on that day. “This particular resident here (name withheld) was one of the prime candidates of those we evaluated were in need of assistance almost immediately,” Inspector Barr said. “In that regard, based on her social status, she was a qualifier for that.”

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