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Volunteers from the USS Gettysburg participate in clean-up at Willie Mae Pratt Center
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:45

Chaplain of the USS Gettysburg Lt. Buster Williams and the volunteers present Superintendent at the Willie Mae Pratt Center Ms. Salomie Gibson with a plaque on behalf of the captain and crew of the USS Gettysburg. NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Friday, April 20, fifteen volunteers from the USS Gettysburg made a special visit to the Willie Mae Pratt Center for girls to participate in a clean-up outreach at the facility.  For three hours, the volunteers painted the interior of several of the cottages and removed some of the debris from the perimeter of the center.

For the visiting U.S. Navy officers, they did not hesitate to offer their time and energy to the Bahamian community.  Chaplain of the USS Gettysburg Lt. Buster Williams noted that for the volunteers, the decision to give back is always an easy one as they find joy and a sense of accomplishment when they have an opportunity to come face-to-face with and assist the people of different countries they visit.

“We believe that this is a great opportunity to demonstrate our goodwill, build camaraderie and give back to those who may be disadvantaged.  We enjoy participating in community projects at each port we visit and we hope to have an opportunity to come back and do this again,” he said.

New Defence Force Rangers installed
Monday, 23 April 2012 09:04

Carl Smith, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security, inspects the new Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers during the April 21 Installation Ceremony at the RBDF Coral Harbour Base. (BIS Photo / Peter Ramsay) NASSAU, Bahamas -- Carl Smith, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Security, inspects the new Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers during the April 21 Installation Ceremony at the RBDF Coral Harbour Base.

(BIS Photo / Peter Ramsay)






Sandals Foundation's first annual science fair a success
Submitted by Rupert Missick   
Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:32
1st place winner Solange Allen Xavier's Lower School with Dr Curling.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Scores of students put their talents to the test at the Sandals Foundation’s First Annual Science Fair.  The competition called for students to create a tourism product that integrated science, math, economics, art, communications and technology.

It was held  Friday afternoon in the Fred Kassner Conference Center at Sandals Royal Bahamian under the theme: “The Resort of the Future.”

The competition was judged by Dr. Olivia Saunders: Professor of Economics at College of the Bahamas, Dr. Llewellyn Curling: Dr. Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Technology of the Science School of Mathematics & Technology of College the Bahamas.

Contestants were asked to design an ecofriendly resort of the future.   
DNA leader Branville McCartney gives 'Rally for Change' speech in Nassau
Submitted by the DNA Party   
Friday, 20 April 2012 08:17
Branville McCartney, MP – Bamboo Town
It’s time for a change NOW!!!

Good evening Bahamas:

It is certainly good to have this opportunity to be on television tonight! We have had a real difficult time for the past 2 months, in particular, getting access to the media: television, print and otherwise!!! One can certainly draw the conclusion that they wanted the DNA’s message suppressed. And, I thought we lived in a democratic society. Well, you can stop the message, but you cannot stop the messenger!!!!

Welcome to the DNA’s first ever mass rally. I thank you once again for being a part of history. I thank you for once again redefining the possible.

Thank you for supporting our March against Violence yesterday and our street meeting last night in Killarney. It is time for a change and we mean it this time!! Change is in the air Bahamas and change is coming.  We gat 18 more days before the DNA becomes the next government of the Bahamas. We will make history again!!!!
Prime Minister Ingraham rallies the troops at R.M. Bailey Park
Submitted by FNM   
Friday, 20 April 2012 07:31
RM Bailey Park Mass Rally - Prime Minister Hubert IngrahamNASSAU, Bahamas -- Addressing thousands of FNM supporters at R.M. Bailey Park on 19 April, Prime Minister Ingraham highlighted the stark differences, which characterise the ongoing campaign: the FNM's leadership, readiness, honesty and delivery, versus the PLP's weakness, indecisiveness, corruption and empty promises.

“In transforming our country – remarked Mr Ingraham - we cannot go with the smallness of vision and the weakness of leadership of the PLP.  Not only will they take the country backwards; they lack the vision and the quality of leadership needed to move The Bahamas forward.”  

The PM continued, “The FNM is the Party of Opportunity.  You can believe what I pledge to do on your behalf.  You can believe the FNM. We are the Party that delivers. We are the Party of Proven Leadership.   We are Ever-Ready to work for you.”

Mr Ingraham referred to the perils of consigning the Bahamas to a party, which is unable to find internal cohesion around one leader, let alone capable of running the country; a party, which claims to be ready to govern from day one, yet cannot outline its plan for government to the voters; the party, which has no credible jobs plan, and that wants to tackle crime, yet fails “to condemn the simulated killing of an FNM by their supporters.”
BOB: Car show activity busiest in years
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 20 April 2012 06:57

Crowds mob the BOB booth at this year's auto show at the Mall at Marathon with far more people ready to buy new vehicles, carrying their down payment. The head of sales for the award-winning bank said today he hopes this year's BDMA show indicates an increase in consumer confidence.  (Photo by Sherron Woung, BOB)NASSAU, Bahamas -- A local leading bank said Thursday that activity at the recent car show at the Mall at Marathon was the busiest in years, with more buyers prepared to put down substantial down payments and showing up prepared with plans, pre-approvals and budgets.

BOB (Bank of The Bahamas) retail sales manager Ian Thompson said today the bank saw a marked difference between last year and this year's auto show, an annual event bringing together cars and trucks, buyers and the companies that finance them.

"Last year, we had a lot of people who came out to look, but it was almost as if they were dreaming of what they wanted to buy one day," said Thompson., "This year, people were a lot more serious. They showed up well-prepared, knowing how much they were pre-approved to spend and with their down payment. There was an entirely different, more upbeat atmosphere this year.

"I think we, like others who were involved in the car show, felt this could be a sign that people were feeling more positive about their financial future, more confident. At the same time, we had a number of persons who wanted to get their finances in order and we were able to work with them for a debt consolidation loan, allowing them to wrap all their outstanding debt into one loan with a lower monthly payment."

Hundreds of visitors descend on Sandals Royal Bahamian for 19th Annual Reunion Week
Submitted by Rupert Missick   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:06

Guests at Sandals Royal Bahamian take a tour of the Bahamas National Trust's Protected Area.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hundreds of visitors descended on Sandals Royal Bahamian this past week to participate in Sandals Resorts International’s 19th Annual Reunion Week. Over 1,500 returning guests headed to Sandals Resorts across the Caribbean to celebrate the luxury-included resort chain’s premier loyalty event.   

As a part of Sandals’ returning guests rewards program, the Sandals Reunion Week 2012 held in April   boasted welcome-home cocktail receptions and nightly themed parties, off-resort excursions, gala dinners and complimentary vow renewal ceremonies designed to thank the company’s remarkable 40 per cent return guest clientele.  The returnees, known as Sandals Select Rewards Guests (SSGs), also participated in specially arranged Sandals Foundation outreach activities in Antigua, the Bahamas, Saint Lucia and Jamaica.

“Returning guests are an integral part of the Sandals business and the Sandals Select Rewards program gives us the perfect vehicle to recognize and thank these guests directly for their continued support,” says Melissa von Frankenberg, Sandals’ senior manager for loyalty programs.

Ten-time returnees Joseph and Betty Stana, chose the Sandals Royal Bahamian as their vacation spot for Reunion Week and were impressed, particularly with the recent upgrades at that resort. “Every year we come back there is something new. It’s great to be able to look forward to new improvements each time we return,” Mr. Stana said.

Bahamas Agricultural Forum for Youth (BAFY) launches
Submitted by Adjuah Cleare   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 08:55

Bimini All-Age School agriculture display.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Agricultural Forum for Youth (BAFY) was formed as a national chapter of CAFY (Caribbean Agricultural Forum for Youth).  BAFY seeks to enhance Bahamian agriculture by providing a medium for youth and budding agriculturalist, through effective plans and programmes, to promote economic advancement.  It is also designated to facilitate the development of leadership and negotiating skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other stakeholders to achieve desired goals.  

Other goals of BAFY include: the development of strategies to promote the viability of agriculture and increase youth involvement in the sector; a focus on food security; improve entrepreneurial skills; promote sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation; and the ultimate goal of putting a halt to the aging farmer syndrome.

BAFY partners with agricultural youth programmes throughout the country, especially at the high school level.  There is a noticeable disconnect between youth in the sector at the high school level and the tertiary level.  BAFY hopes to bridge this gap by fostering dialogue between young agricultural professionals and aspiring agriculturalists to assess the reason/s for this gap and the means by which to close and/or bridge this gap.

BAFY is hosting its Official Launch Ceremony & General Interest Meeting as follows:

DNA party leader Branville McCartney addresses 'Rally for Change' in Killarney
Submitted by the DNA Party   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 07:44

Good governance starts today

My fellow Bahamians, Good Evening.

It is a pleasure for me to be here tonight in Killarney to bring you another message of change.

I thank you for successfully nominating Prodesta Moore as the DNA’s candidate for Killarney yesterday. I also want to thank all our supporters for successfully nominating all of our agents of change. Our action on nomination day 2012 is historic as this is the first time in the history of the Bahamas that a third party fielded a full slate of candidates in a general election. This is a major step in our quest to empower Bahamians and move our country in the right direction.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today”. Let me repeat, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham have evaded responsibility for the past 20 years and now today we find ourselves in this economic and social disorder. They are responsible for our failed crimes policies and our poor fiscal state and now they want another five years so that they take us further down the path of social decay and a stagnant economy.

The general elections of the Bahamas will be on May 7th, 2012 and this will be an election for the ages. This will be the most important general election in Bahamian history and all hands have to be on deck to bring much needed change in our country.

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