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Culture Minister meets young filmmakers
Submitted by BIS   
Sunday, 08 January 2012 08:04

Pictured from left: Bernard Farquharson, filmmaker and director of C2it Productions; Moya Thompson; Celi Moss, filmmaker and BFF founder / Festival Director; Taina Johnson; Minister Maynard; T'Nique Brown and Omega Curry.    Filmmakers not pictured are Katya Saunders and sisters Jillian Ferguson and J'Dawn Ferguson.  (BIS Photo / Derek Smith) NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Charles Maynard is pictured with some of the filmmakers and stakeholders in the Bahamas Film Festival, during a recent courtesy call to his Ministry.  

Pictured from left: Bernard Farquharson, filmmaker and director of C2it Productions; Moya Thompson; Celi Moss, filmmaker and BFF founder / Festival Director; Taina Johnson; Minister Maynard; T'Nique Brown and Omega Curry.  

Filmmakers not pictured are Katya Saunders and sisters Jillian Ferguson and J'Dawn Ferguson.  (BIS Photo / Derek Smith)

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Doctors Hospital welcomes first baby of 2012
Submitted by Jessica Robertson   
Friday, 06 January 2012 12:52

Kristen Farrington and baby Kriston Rolle, the first baby born in the Maternity Ward in 2012.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Doctors Hospital welcomed Kriston Rolle, the first baby born in the Maternity Ward in 2012. Kriston made his debut at 3:15pm Tuesday January 3rd, 2012 weighing in at 7 pounds 3 ounces.

Kriston’s mother, Kristen Farrington, was not actually due until January 16th, and was relieved that all went well despite the early arrival.  She and the baby’s father Lynden Rolle say they are excited to spend time with their first child.

Since Kriston’s birth, the Doctors Hospital Maternity Ward has been busy taking care of five other newborns.

Mother Kristen and baby Kriston were treated to a gift basket full of toys and much needed baby supplies courtesy Doctors Hospital and Lowe’s Wholesale.

Photo: Kristen Farrington and baby Kriston Rolle, the first baby born in the Maternity Ward in 2012.

 
Lucky lady wins 2011 Doctors Hospital Free Mammograms for Life promotion
Submitted by Jessica Robertson   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:54

Pictured from left: Dr Larry Carroll, Chief Radiologist; April Sands, winner; Fianka Major, Imaging Department Supervisor.NASSAU, Bahamas -- April Sands was quite surprised to learn that she had won the 2011 Doctors Hospital Free Mammograms for Life promotion as her daughter forgot to tell her that she had submitted her name.

Mrs Sands has had her annual mammogram done at the Doctors Hospital state of the art digital imaging center before, but starting next year, her yearly mammogram will be free of charge.

Each year as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Doctors Hospital offers half price discounts on a first time mammogram at the imaging center and also runs a promotion inviting all women in The Bahamas to enter the Free Mammograms For Life promotion as a way of encouraging women to take better care of themselves.

Mrs Sands beat out more than 120 other women who entered by completing and submitting the entry form in the paper, at the Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series and by in-boxing Doctors Hospital on Facebook.

The advanced digital imaging equipment utilised at Doctors Hospital results in a shorter exam time, increased patient comfort and more accurate detection.

Pictured from left: Dr Larry Carroll, Chief Radiologist; April Sands, winner; Fianka Major, Imaging Department Supervisor.

 
Doctors Hospital to re-open Blake Road facility and expand medical tourism programme
Submitted by Jessica Robertson   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:34

Doctors Hospital President Barry Rassin recently removed all of the ‘For Sale’ signs that had littered the front lawn of the hospital’s Blake Road medical facility for nearly nine years. Doctors Hospital’s Board has approved a decision to re-open the western hospital to serve both local and international patients. (Photo: Doctors Hospital)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Nearly nine years after the events of 9/11 and the subsequent downturn in the local economy forced the closure of the visionary Western Medical Plaza, Doctors Hospital's Board has decided to re-open the facility.  Operating under a new name, the full service hospital will provide an emergency care unit to service the expanded population that now lives and works in the west as well as provide elective ambulatory surgery services for international patients seeking treatment in The Bahamas.

"The timing is right. We are at a point where we are ready for the international market and the western end of the island is ready for our facility to re-open," said Doctors Hospital President Barry Rassin.

Doctors Hospital expects to invest in excess of $1 million to re-open the Blake Road facility and establish a dedicated International Patient Department.  In order to maximise efficiency and return on investment, Doctors Hospital will utilise existing staff as much as possible to complete the physical plant renovations and upgrades, but Mr Rassin says this new development will generate additional full-time jobs for Bahamians.

"We are definitely going to create additional jobs. We expect to start with 20-25 additional Bahamian Associates, some from clinical fields, others will be in support services including the dedicated International Patient Department," he said.

Renovations have already begun and all of the services in the facility will be completely tested before patients are brought back in. The Board is optimistic that they will be able to begin treating patients in the west by the end of April 2012.

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ERA Dupuch agent helps HGTV's House Hunters International find a young couple their perfect Nassau home
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 13:21

The Right Shot - HGTV’s House Hunters International film and production crew shot an episode of the famous show led by Kyla Ralston, ERA Dupuch agent. Wanted: Perfect beachfront home or condo for young professional couple recently relocated to Nassau, Bahamas.

To the rescue: HGTV House Hunters International with ERA Dupuch agent Kyla Ralston leading the way.

Requirements: Ocean view or oceanfront preferred. Security a priority. Rental rate between $2500-$3500.  

"This couple had just moved from Dubai and were excited about having jobs that landed them in Nassau, but were apprehensive about what properties they could find to match their high standards and expectations in a rental property," said Ralston, proud to be hand-selected by the casting producer in the UK to work with the popular TV show that attracts some 20 million viewers in the U.S. weekly.

"They wanted to take advantage of living on an island surrounded by beautiful waters for diving, fishing, swimming, snorkeling. Direct access to the beach was very important. They do not have children so issues we usually take into consideration like proximity to good schools was not material to the search."

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BOB and Kiwanis AM bring Christmas cheer to children of Bain & Grants Town
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:43

All Smiles – Children from homes in Bain Town and the surrounding areas of East Street receive toys collected through the Toys for Tots Drive hosted by Bank of The Bahamas and the Kiwanis Club of Nassau AM. Kiwanians distributed the toys on Christmas morning.  NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hundreds of children in the Bain & Grants Town communities were smiling from ear-to-ear on Christmas morning as Kiwanians along with several volunteers distributed toys, candies and food items collected through the Toys for Tots drive hosted by Bank of The Bahamas and the Kiwanis Club of Nassau AM.

“We were very pleased with the response from the public as many of the boxes placed in each of our New Providence branches were filled to overflowing with brand new, age appropriate toys,” shared Michael Basden, Marketing Manager BOB. "Even in these challenging economic times, BOB customers and staff gave generously, wanting to bring cheer to the children of Bain & Grant's Town on Christmas morning."  

Kiwanians and volunteers ventured to homes in Bain Town and the surrounding areas of East Street including Masons Addition and Toote Shop Corner, loaded with dolls, trucks, board games, books, tennis rackets and other toys to brighten up a youngster's holiday.

“Bank of The Bahamas played a major role in the collection efforts and we are incredibly appreciative of their partnership,” said Natila Saunders, Director and Young Children Priority One Chairperson of the Kiwanis Club of Nassau AM. “The children and their parents were thrilled to receive the unexpected Christmas treats, but it was the Kiwanians who were even more thrilled to have had the opportunity to bring joy to the lives of some of our less fortunate brothers and sisters on Christmas Day.”

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Road closure notice for State Funeral for the late Sir Clifford Darling on Thursday
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 15:09

His Excellency Sir Clifford Darling, Kt., J.P. (Credit: © 2006 Microfilm and Photography, Department of Archives, The Bahamas Government)NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the public that a State Funeral will be held for the late Sir Clifford Darling, former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Cabinet Minister, Parliamentarian and Trade Union Leader on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Baptist Church, East and Shirley Streets. Interment follows in the Western Cemetery.

Sir Clifford died on December 27. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his wife, Lady Igrid Darling, his children and other relatives.

His body will lie in State in the foyer of the House of Assembly at 2:30 p.m. from today, i.e. Tuesday, January 3 for public viewing until sunset on Wednesday, January 4. At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, the Bearers’ Party will take the body in procession from Parliament Square, East on Bay Street to Elizabeth Avenue to Shirley Street and West on Shirley Street into Zion Baptist Church, located on the corner of East and Shirley Streets.

When the service is completed, Sir Clifford’s body will be taken in procession and proceed west on Shirley Street to Prince's Street, west on Prince's Street to Duke Street and west on Duke Street to Cumberland Street and north on Cumberland to Malborough Street. The coterie will continue along, West on Malborough Street to west Bay Street and west along West Bay Street to Nassau Street travelling in a southern direction into the Western Cemetery where his body will be interred.

The public is advised of road closure to vehicular traffic. Further announcements regarding road closure will follow.  Further details regarding the state funeral will be released as information becomes available.

 

 
Sandals Foundation donates toys over the holidays
Submitted by Rupert Missick   
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 08:34

(clockwise from Center) Father  Andrew Toppin, Curate of St. George’s Anglican Church, Rupert Missick, Public Relations Manager at Sandals Royal Bahamian, Thomas Lowe Concierge Agent and member of St George's Anglican Church's Young Adult Group.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Sandals Foundation donated toys to St George's Anglican Church's Young Adult Group's efforts to bring Christmas cheer to the children of the Culmer’s Ville Community.

Over the Christmas Holiday the Sandals Foundation donated more than 200 toys to a number of charities through the island among them: The Nazareth Center, The Bilney Lane Children’s Home, and the Princess Margaret Children’s Ward.

The Sandals Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International.

Photo: (clockwise from Center) Father Andrew Toppin, Curate of St. George’s Anglican Church, Rupert Missick, Public Relations Manager at Sandals Royal Bahamian, Thomas Lowe Concierge Agent and member of St George's Anglican Church's Young Adult Group.

 
Happy New Year! Greetings from Killarney MP Dr. Hubert A. Minnis
Submitted by The Killarney Voice   
Sunday, 01 January 2012 10:31

"A New Year is upon us!  We all have new dreams, new wishes and new resolutions for this upcoming year.  We can dream and wish, but without a vision we will not succeed. A vision is the concerted effort of a realized dream; it has substance, drive and determination – a beginning and an end.

To have a vision, one must not only be able to see and to move, one must be flexible. To be flexible one must accept change.   Change is inevitable and we must be willing to shift our paradigms to make a difference.

As the world continues in this economic recession, evident by the European nations financial difficulties, we must take a bold step to protect our economy; we can help ourselves by supporting local manufacturers and vendors.  Bahamians can purchase our beautiful straw bags, for example, to send to family and friends here and abroad.  Our local vendors should be encouraged to sell online to the other Caribbean countries and world. This brings about a shift to obtain and encourage more raw material development locally, and manufacturing of these into Bahamian goods for export. This encouragement can be filtered to the Family Island bed and breakfast hotels who should serve locally grown fruits and vegetables primarily, and use the native bath and body products for their guests. As a nation we should continue to encourage domestic tourism. Families should visit the Family Islands more, to teach their children the values of being Bahamian.

We can continue on our quest for healthy lifestyles, through exercise and proper diet for overall health related improvements. However, we are still challenged with chronic non –communicable diseases, therefore I encourage all Bahamians to have annual screenings and regular checkups by their family physician or a government health facility.  I have a personal goal-to provide the vehicle to embark on domestic medical tourism, which will be expanded later.

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