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Governor General tours Baha Mar project
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 06:50

Construction is well underway on the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort and casino. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)NASSAU, The Bahamas - Governor General Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes got a first hand view of progress on the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort and casino underway at Cable Beach during a tour on Wednesday, August 22.  

Baha Mar is the largest single-phase resort development in the history of the Caribbean. The 1,000-acre resort, gaming and entertainment complex is slated to open in late 2014.  

It will include some of the world's most famous hotel brands - Mondrian, Rosewood and Grand Hyatt.  It will also mark the resurgence of The Bahamian Riviera as the paramount destination for sophisticated international travellers.  

The gaming floor at the Baha Mar will be over 9,000 square meters with private high-limit rooms, state-of-the-art machines, and every popular table game in the world.  

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Project Safe Centreville campaign targets businesses and shoppers
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 15:13

Jonathan Rolle, a volunteer with the Centreville Urban Renewal Project Office's Citizens on Patrol Unit, distributes Crime Prevention Flyers to a motorist during a blitz of the Centreville area Tuesday. Led by Inspector Ricardo Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of the Centreville Urban Renewal Project Office, Police Division, the operation was designed to disseminate crime prevention tips relative to securing businesses of all kinds and vehicles in high-trafficked shopping areas such as the Centreville area. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel)NASSAU, The Bahamas — Officials from the Centreville Urban Renewal Project Office took to the streets of the Centreville community in full force Tuesday, holding discussions with businesspersons and shoppers, while passing out flyers to motorists, in a bid to reduce crime and criminality in the area.  

The campaign is also part of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s overall Project Safe Bahamas Programme. Police Officials from the Centreville Urban Renewal Project Office, were accompanied by members of their Community Volunteer group — a 50-member-strong group of volunteer residents. The volunteers also accompany police officials on their daily walk-a-bouts and visits with the elderly in the community.  

Inspector Ricardo Richardson, Officer-in-Charge of the Centreville Urban Renewal Project Office, Police Division, said the operation was part of the Centre’s focus on being proactive in and attempt to reduce any possible incidences of auto theft, auto break-ins, armed robberies and shop break-ins.  

Inspector Richardson said the campaign is also inline with Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade’s mandate of prevention.  

“The Centreville area is a high-volume, highly trafficked area in terms of the number of businesses that operate in the area and the large numbers of pedestrian, vehicular and other kinds of traffic that access those businesses, shops and stores on a daily basis, and so we figured this was a great opportunity for us to be proactive in our operations with regard to prevention,” Inspector Richardson said. 

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Health Minister applauds opening of new healthcare facility
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 07:21

Dr. Christopher Basden (left) one of three principals of the Medi-Centre Medical Plaza, provides Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Perry Gomez with a tour of the facility's Imaging Room, during the launch of the country's newest healthcare facility. The Medi-Centre will open for business on Saturday, September 1. Pictured (at right) is Dr. James Johnson who, along with Dr. Nicolas Fox, forms the trio. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)  NASSAU, The Bahamas --- The establishment of the Medi-Centre Medical Plaza at the corner of Prince Charles Drive and Beatrice Avenue, is a wonderful example of what teamwork among Bahamians can accomplish, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Perry Gomez said.

Dr. Gomez cautioned the principals of the medical practice to continue to expand their enterprise “based on addition and not division.”

“It is good to see what teamwork can accomplish in medicine,” Dr. Gomez said. “I visited Johns Hopkins some years ago and they had an acronym in the foyer which read: ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’. What you have demonstrated here with the completion of this wonderful facility is in the spirit of that acronym.

“The three of you working together, putting your resources and talents together, have now brought this gift to The Bahamas and I wish to salute you on that. People like to break up,” Dr. Gomez continued, “so don’t expand by dividing, expand by adding.”

The Medical Plaza is expected to open its doors for business on September 1, 2012. The practice is a partnership between Bahamian doctors Nicholas Fox, James Johnson and Christopher Basden. Dr. Derwin Munroe, a dentist, and his team will operate as a practice within a practice.

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Security initiatives to be strengthened at Simpson Penn Centre
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Saturday, 18 August 2012 08:11

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- The Government of The Bahamas is committed to providing the resources to facilitate the short and long-term measures required to restore “good order and security” to the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said.  

The Minister’s announcement comes in the wake of the absconding of several male residents of the Simpson Penn Centre and two disturbances at the Willie Mae Pratt Centre.  

Mrs. Griffin said lapses in security initiatives at the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys and the Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls led to the recent “abscondments” from the boys’ centre and the multiple disturbances at the girls’ centre.  

Steps are being undertaken to improve security at both facilities, Mrs. Griffin said.  

“Since assuming responsibility for the centres, I have become more acutely aware of the critical issues at both facilities which require urgent attention if the rehabilitative role of these institutions is to achieve any measure of success,” Mrs. Griffin said.  

“Notably, lapses in security initiatives have led to increased abscondments at both centres and steps continue, to improve the security at both facilities.”  

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Six hundred seek employment at Urban Renewal Job Creation Fair
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Friday, 17 August 2012 07:55

Representatives from the MailBoat Shipping Company help job seekers complete their paperwork during the first Bain and Grant's Town Urban Renewal Project Office's Job Creation fair held Wednesday, August 15 at the Grant's Town Wesley Methodist Church Hall. Six hundred persons filed through the Hall's doors over a four-hour period seeking employment from one of the 11 companies who participated in the event. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)NASSAU, The Bahamas --- Six hundred job seekers from the Bain and Grant’s Town area and surrounding communities filed through the doors of the Grants Town Wesley Church Hall over a four-hour period Wednesday for the first Bain and Grant’s Town Urban Renewal Project Office’s Job Creation Fair.

The job seekers began lining up for the event as early as 8 a.m., even though fliers that were circulated in the community indicated that the Job Creation Fair was not scheduled to begin until 10 a.m. The Fair ended at 2 p.m.

 Held under the theme “Each One Help One,” the event gave hundreds of unemployed residents an opportunity to meet with small, medium and large-scale business owners from across New Providence who were seeking to expand their workforce.

Eleven privately-owned companies participated in the Job Creation Fair including Frank Hanna Cleaning Company, the MailBoat Service, Commando Security Services Limited, Family Guardian Insurance, Bahamas Food Services, Tri-Point, Island Gas, Bay Street Garage, Travel Express, Game Galaxy and WEMCO Security Services.

“Finding employment for as many of the residents of the area as we possibly can is one of the key areas for us Urban Renewal officials because the unemployment level in the Bain and Grant’s Town Constituency is one of the highest in the country,” said Police Inspector Anthony Rolle, Officer-in-Charge of the Bain and Grant’s Town West Urban Renewal Project Office, Police Division.

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R.E.A.C.H. summer camp closing ceremony brings tears, laughter, and hugs
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Thursday, 16 August 2012 10:52

SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER CAMP -- Some 67 youngsters, including 42 with autism, participated in the month-long 'Amazing World of Animals' summer camp operated by REACH with the assistance of the Ministry of Education. On Friday, campers showed the love at a closing ceremony at Gavin Tynes Primary School. The camp was free and helped those who interacted with autistic children to understand the meaning of unconditional love. (Photo by Michelle Curtis, DPA)   NASSAU, Bahamas -- For 11 months every year, youngsters with autism and their families take it an hour at a time, balancing demands of everyday life with the special needs of a child born with a condition that sets them apart, making them painfully sensitive to noise, lights or even the feeling of clothing on their bodies. For parents and siblings, the desire to nurture and help can be exhausting, patience stretched beyond imagination. For the child, often paralyzed by an inability to communicate, the world can be a lonely place.

But for one month every summer, thanks to a summer camp organized by REACH and since 2008, run in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the world of autism is about freedom and joy and connecting. Stress, so intense it sometimes overwhelms, diminishes.

This year's theme “The Amazing World of Animals” put 42 autistic children and another 25 siblings or children of teachers and volunteers, in touch with dogs, cats, monkeys, birds. They visited Ardastra Gardens, Conservation Centre and Zoo and they related to another environment where conversation wasn't required to communicate. They also had swimming, crafts, learned how to make pizza, even a Bahamian cooking day.

"The camp was a huge success," said Teri-Gaye Vassell, program coordinator and 16-year special education teacher. A founding member of REACH, she saw the need for a summer camp and for the past 11 years, that camp -- totally free for campers -- has provided a safe, stress-free, learning environment for youngsters with autism. For the past four years, the Ministry of Education has assisted with staffing. It's all about the children with special needs, she says. "They're with kids that are just like them, and with siblings to make them more comfortable. And this year we took on Garshea Simmons, an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as a trainee assistant. It's definitely a feeling of understanding….They love it."

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Fox Hill to be vital part of 40th Independence Anniversary
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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 15:00

Pictured from left at Macedonia are the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister; the Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister; the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; and the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie has urged historians to find ways to incorporate the historic Fox Hill community into the country’s 40th Independence Anniversary celebrations next year.

He was speaking at church services during the annual Fox Hill Day festivities, in the community, which he said has a special place to commemorate the freedom of a people.

The Prime Minister visited four historic Baptist churches in Fox Hill namely St Paul’s, Macedonia, St Mark’s and Mt Carey, the oldest church in the area.

He assured worshippers that the Government would pay special attention to ceremonies during Fox Hill Day to make it a better experience for the community.

Fox Hill is one of the oldest villages in The Bahamas, in the eastern end of New Providence. It is named after Samuel Fox, a freed African slave who was granted some 23 acres of land in 1801.

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Expert says acinebacter outbreak at PMH was ‘competently addressed’
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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 07:19

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- Noted regional Medical Doctor and University Professor, Sir George Alleyne, said Tuesday that the detection and management of the acinebacter baumannil bacteria that led to the deaths of two neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital in July was “competently addressed” by medical staff at the facility.  

Sir George said while no medical personnel can guarantee that there will not be a recurrence of the acinebacter baummannii organism - given the nature of the organism - there are some steps that can be taken “to mitigate (reduce) the possibility of there being a recurrence.”  

“Nobody, nobody, nobody in this world can guarantee that there will not be a recurrence. That is humanly impossible to do,” Sir George said. “The nature of the organism is such; the nature of medical care is such, and the nature of institutions (hospitals) is such that what we can do is reduce the possibility of there being one (recurrence), but not to ensure that there is not a recurrence.  

“I want to make that point clear right from the beginning,” Sir George added.  

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PM urges adults to meet the needs of children
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Tuesday, 14 August 2012 07:20

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie makes an appearance at the Z Bandits Seventh Annual Summer Youth Camp Programme at the EP Roberts Primary School, August 13. (BIS Photo / Peter Ramsay)NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie has challenged adults to find ways to meet the needs of children whose education and living standards hamper their development.

He made the plea during the Z Bandits Seventh Annual Summer Youth Camp Programme official ceremony at E P Roberts Primary School on Monday, August 13, 2012.

“This opportunity gives us a glimpse to see what can really be done for students during the summer breaks and an opportunity for the children to have their needs met and their talents shaped and fashioned through Urban Renewal,” the Prime Minister said.

The summer programme, from July 5 to August 17, is being co-sponsored by a number of businesses in conjunction with the Urban Renewal office in the Centreville Constituency.

The programme attracted 115 children from ages 5-16 in the community. They engaged in activities such as cooking, dance, the art of Junkanoo, basketball, carpentry and spiritual upliftment.

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