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Montagu Foreshore redevelopment project launched
Written by BIS   
Friday, 23 September 2011 06:39

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Montagu Foreshore Redevelopment project was officially launched during a brief ceremony at Fort Montagu Thursday. Environment Minister the Hon. Earl Deveaux on behalf of the Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport, acknowledged Kerzner International, benefactor, and thanked staff of the Ministry for their efforts in this project.

“Montagu is special and unique to the Bahamian community,” Minister Deveaux said. “What you see on the beach is not all driven by nature, some of it is man-made. Take care of it.”

In attendance was Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs, Director John Canton, Deputy Director George Hutcheson and Project Engineer Dion Munroe. The Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner, MP for Montagu said the redevelopment is something that all Bahamians for many generations to come should appreciate. She urged Bahamians to “take care of it.”

George Markantonis, president of Kerzner International Bahamas said the project is a part of the resort’s ongoing commitment to The Bahamas. “This makes over $25 million in investments and contributions we have made to the community that we live in. We are just so excited to take a look at the ‘before’ today and what is going to be the ‘after’ not too long from now. It will be a great addition.”

The project includes beach replenishment and redevelopment of the parking lot at the eastern end. The beach will be expanded from approximately one to almost three acres and extended along the shoreline from Fort Montagu in the north to the concrete dock in the south.

Prostate cancer education and support group urges Bahamian men to ‘overcome fear of the finger’
Written by BIS   
Friday, 23 September 2011 06:22

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- The first in a series of prostate cancer screenings hosted by the men’s health group, Us Too Bahamas Chapter, Prostate Cancer Education & Support, got off to a positive start Tuesday evening at the Elizabeth Estates Community Health Centre.

But Chapter officials are encouraging even more men to “come forward, overcome the fear of the finger” and get their prostates checked.

Additional clinics are scheduled over the course of the next week for the South Beach Community Health Centre (Tuesday, September 27) and the Fleming Street Community Health Centre (Thursday, September 29).

Clinics will take place from 6-9pm. Registration for all clinics begin at 4pm on the evenings scheduled. Registration is a minimal $20.

“Prostate Cancer, and/or good prostate health, is serious business,” said Us Too Bahamas Chapter Leader Mr. Valentine Maura Wednesday.

Florida Memorial University set to launch six-city presidential recruitment & scholarship tour in Nassau
Submitted by Zachary Rinkins   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:14

MIAMI GARDENS, FL -- Dr. Henry Lewis III, the newly elected president of Florida Memorial University, is inviting students from the Bahamas to get their education at South Florida’s only historically black university. The Presidential Recruitment and Scholarship Tour is designed to attract and provide scholarships to new students. The tour which marks Dr. Lewis’ first recruitment initiative as FMU’s president begins Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

“Florida Memorial University provides a world-class education for all of our students,” Lewis said. “We are committed to ensuring that our students are able to compete on the world stage.”

During the tour, Dr. Lewis and university officials will engage Bahamian Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes; Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert A. Ingraham; Bahamian Education Minister Desmond Bannister; and officials from the Bahamas National Baptist Convention. The president will meet with perspective students, local alumni and give scholarships.

The tour concludes with a Recruitment Fair at the Sheraton Beach Casino and Resort, Independence Ball Room C, Cable Beach, Nassau, on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 9:30 am. For more information contact Zachary Rinkins at 305-626-3624.

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution offering 42 undergraduate degree programs and 4 graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to providing a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized for being the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and the home of student Barrington Irving, Jr., the first pilot of African descent and youngest pilot ever to fly solo around the world. Dr. Henry Lewis, III, PharmD, is the university’s twelfth president. Visit

Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort donates linens to the Bahamas Red Cross
Submitted by Lani Gerlak   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:03

Danielle Armbrister, Sales & Marketing for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Charlene Adderley, Director of Human Resources for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort donate linens to the Bahamas Red Cross.NASSAU, Bahamas -- As the Bahamas prepared for Hurricane Irene, The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort donated more than 600 duvets, blankets and pillow cases to the Bahamas Red Cross. The resort’s Danielle Armbrister, Sales and Marketing and Charlene Adderley, Director of Human Resources were on-hand to make an in-person donation to Bahamas Red Cross staff members.

“We’re proud to support the Bahamas Red Cross, which serves the entire commonwealth of The Bahamas,” said Andrew Neubauer, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. “We are always looking for ways to help our local community.  What better way is there than to provide comfort for those who cannot afford it during a natural disaster?”

Photo: Danielle Armbrister, Sales & Marketing for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Charlene Adderley, Director of Human Resources for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort donate linens to the Bahamas Red Cross.

Urban Renewal staff and community facilitators participate in 'Bahamas 4-H Health Rocks!' training
Submitted by Dennis Dames   
Saturday, 17 September 2011 07:24

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Urban Renewal staff and other community facilitators participated in 'Bahamas 4-H Health Rocks!' training, September 6 to 8th, 2011, at the Lignum Vitae Centre of Hope on East Bay St.

The exercise was conducted by personnel of the University of Florida – IFAS Extension.  Participants were trained in the Health Rocks! curriculum - which provides useful and beneficial information on health and nutrition instructions - which will be imparted to children throughout New Providence communities; especially those involved in 4-H clubs and Urban Renewal programmes.

Certificates of participation were awarded to partakers at the end of the sessions, along with 4-H Healthy Life Series education materials.

Learning is a continuous enterprise for Urban staff and volunteers; and the 4-H schooling along with others have provided powerful tools for all involved to convey to our respective constituencies and clients, for the purpose of advancing the Urban Renewal agenda; which is to essentially promote and encourage a healthy, brotherly, sisterly and wealthy Bahamas for all citizens.

Governor General addresses Eugene Dupuch Law School orientation excercise
Submitted by BIS   
Saturday, 17 September 2011 07:21

"Judge Nathaniel Jones, a distinguished Judge of United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeal and former General Counsel for the NAACP, once surveyed the large number of persons entering the legal profession in that country and commented that there was always room for one more good lawyer.

No doubt his definition of a good lawyer would have included a number of qualifications such as: a thorough knowledge of the law, familiarity with the history and philosophy of the law, as well as the ability competently to articulate, explain and relate the law to the society.

Most certainly, it would also have included character, integrity and a realization that the legal profession is in the service of justice and of the best interests of individual clients and the wider community.

I should like now to say a few words about a great Bahamian lawyer with the hope that his life will serve as an inspiration to you and perhaps help you to define some aspirations for yourselves.

I never tire of reminding Bahamians of what a talented people we are, and have always been, and pointing to the extraordinary Bahamians whose lives and world class accomplishments have provided abundant proof of this.

The person after whom this institution was named, the Hon. Eugene Dupuch, was one such extraordinarily gifted, multi-talented and accomplished Bahamian.

Bahamas Striping trainees demonstrate new skills and personal determination
Submitted by Bobby Bower   
Friday, 16 September 2011 16:31

The Hon. Charles Maynard, MP, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, views training in action with Bahamas Striping, one of the successful Self Starter companies.  The company is training seven young men to stripe car parks and, eventually, roads. Shown (L-R): Minister Maynard, Bahamas Striping President Atario Mitchell and Romell Davis, 18, who stripes his first commercial markings at Sandilands' new rehabilitation Center. Davis has applied and is expected to be accepted by the Ministry of Finance's new National Job & Skills Training Initiative. With one staff already enrolled in the government training initiative, Bahamas Striping hopes to have two more of its staff enrolled. Bahamas Striping was contracted to stripe the car park by Telco Enterprises Ltd, which has nearly completed the new Sandilands center.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Striping, one of the companies started with a Ministry of Youth Self Starter grant, is passing on its good fortune by training four of its staff in the field of road striping.

Having proven themselves on recent jobs such as Carl G. Treco’s Southwest Plaza and the Fox Hill East Bay Street junction, the four men being trained are learning how to operate the striping machines on their own. Bahamas Striping continues to take the lead as it has already employed one staff through the National Job & Skills Training Initiative, recently launched by the Ministry of Finance. Additionally, two others have applied and are being processed for similar enrollment.

On Thursday September 15, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, the Hon. Charles Maynard, MP, was on hand at the new Sandilands Rehabilitation Center construction site to see two of the staff stripe their first commercial car park with a high-pressure paint machine. Maynard said he was pleased that the grant given to Bahamas Striping has turned into something more than just a job but that it is also providing skills and empowerment among our young men through training.

Bahamas Striping was brought in to stripe the car park by the site contractor, Telco Enterprises Ltd. President of Telco, Mr. Floyd Wilmot, welcomed the young team who pitched for the job. “We’re always open and happy to engage young entrepreneurs. It’s good for the Bahamas to see the young men getting active and believing in themselves.”


Road works set to begin on Wulff and Village Roads
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 16 September 2011 06:22

Shenique Albury, Environmentalist in the Project Execution Unit of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport speaks at a news briefing on the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project as ASP Sturrup of the Traffic Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force looks on. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)NASSAU, The Bahamas – The first phase of construction on Wulff Road and Village Road roundabout, also known as Corridor 16, is set to begin early next week the Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced Wednesday.

Significant changes to this corridor include improved drainage and removal of the roundabout at Village Road to be replaced with a signalised junction.

“This is the last corridor that is going to be worked on under the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project,” said Environmentalist Shenique Albury of the Project Execution Unit.

“We have lots of areas that we are working on now, but as of next week when we get to Corridor 16 there will be no additional road work under this particular project.”

The corridor begins at the roundabout at Marathon and Wulff Roads, heads east on Wulff Road, to the roundabout at Village Road and up to Parkgate Road.

“Junction signals will be synchronised with the signals at Parkgate Road to improve the traffic flow. The distance between the roundabout and Parkgate Road is known to be congested on a daily basis, so we are trying to relieve some of the congestion around the roundabout,” added Ms. Albury.

Bank of The Bahamas and Phil's Food Services extend Cat Island CODE R.E.D hurricane relief
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 16 September 2011 06:17

NASSAU, Bahamas -- In the wake of Hurricane Irene’s devastating impact on Cat Island, Bank of The Bahamas announced today it is extending Cat Island Code R.E.D. -- relief effort drive -- with donation boxes at all New Providence branches, a cash account and two large containers for food, water, baby and medical supplies at Phil's Food Services.         

“In Cat Island, time is literally divided into two zones -- before Hurricane Irene and after Hurricane Irene," said Michael Basden, BOB Marketing Manager. "Hurricane Irene wiped out life as Cat Islanders knew it, leaving many families without a roof over their heads or a bed to sleep on or fresh drinking water. Every photograph you see, every story you hear breaks your heart."

According to Basden, because BOB is the only bank with a presence on the island, the bank has developed strong ties with the community.

"Launching Cat Island CODE R.E.D was an easy decision," said Basden. "We’re encouraging all Bahamians to step up and show support to our brothers and sisters who were affected by this storm and so far, the response has been excellent.”

The drive, which was to have ended Friday, will be extended through Monday at 5pm to give weekend shoppers and Saturday bank customers more opportunity to contribute.

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