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Kiwanis Clubs of the Bahamas donates playgrounds to Cat Island schools
Friday, 03 October 2014 08:43

Julian Russell Da Com Up Group and LG Christine Kiwanis Bahamas.CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- A native daughter of the soil, a descendant from Dumfries and New Bight, Lieutenant Governor Christine King’s passion for service took her beyond the scope of New Providence where she settled the last 24 years.  It took her back to her home town where she was raised, to give back to the children in those northern settlements; Dumfries and Orange Creek.

She was instrumental in the funding and organization of the construction of the two playgrounds which she and the Kiwanis Clubs of the Bahamas members flew down and officially opened last Saturday. About 30 Kiwanians, travelled to Cat Island to officially launch its 2013-2014 Kiwanis Bahamas signature project.

Located just behind the Dumfries Primary and Orange Creek Primary Schools are playgrounds constructed with all native cedar wood carved and screwed together with stainless steel screws. Logs are buried in the ground at the required specifications. These playgrounds are not the ordinary metal or treated wood material you will find in the city but rather one matching the ambiance and simplicity of the island living, environmentally friendly and will withstand the salt air for years to come.

The Kiwanis Club is grateful to our partners who would have assisted in many ways, contributed financially via fundraisers particularly the 2013 Installation Ball and LG Christine’s signature birthday fundraiser “Party for A Park”. Kiwanians who made special donations; Distinguished President Patrice, Past Treasurer Shanika, District Administrator Melford and Service Leadership Programs we thank you so very much.

Special recognition must be given to Dave Thiessen, Julian Russell, Pamela Poitier,  Stanley Webb; community leaders of the “Da Com Up Group” along with the 2014 graduation class of boys of Arthur’s Town High School who undertook the construction and all persons working to see this project a reality.

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BAMSI opening celebrated with special church service
Submitted by Revd Jude Edomwonyi   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:46

ANDROS, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Institute began operation with a special Pontifical Eucharist held at the Parish Church of St. Margaret, Nicholl’s Town, Andros on Sunday, 28th September 2014 at 9:30 A.M.

In his passionate homily, the Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Rt. Rev’d. Laish Zane Boyd, challenged the people of Andros, students and members of staff of BAMSI to do all within their power for the institute to succeed.  

The Reverend Father Jude Edomwonyi, Priest in Charge of St. Margaret’s Parish welcomed the students and members of staff of BAMSI.

In attendance were Dr. Rovenia Roberts Hanna, Executive Director of BAMSI, Dr. Omer Thomas, Project Consultant to BAMSI, faculty, students and corporate citizens.

 
Local Government practitioners urged to create economic opportunities in the Family Islands
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:42

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Installing Local Government Practitioners to create economic opportunities in the Family Islands is the Bahamas Government’s strategic approach to global business sustainability.  

Under the theme “Re-tooling & Strengthening Local Government To Lead Future Economic Expansion and Diversification In The Family Islands,” the Department of Local Government expects to stimulate creativity and economic prosperity through Family Island leadership.   

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, who officially opened the Local Government Leadership Training Seminar, September 29, at Melia Nassau Beach Hotel, told Local Government Practitioners and Family Island Administrators they were essential to sustained national growth and economic diversification of The Bahamas.  

He explained how economic expansiveness has as a key factor the role of local government, stating: “I went into work this morning and I have not stopped, just continuous meetings, working through lunch, working through a lunch I didn’t have, but meetings that are all sort of dove-tailing into what is good for The Bahamas; meetings entailing development and entailing regulation, involving islands of The Bahamas, and in fact involving yourselves.”

He said their level of responsibility in a nation of islands was profound, whether as elected representatives or administrators.  It was important that they knew The Bahamas and the island communities well in order to fulfill their roles and participate in growth.

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Nine distinguished Bahamians honoured in Andros
Submitted by Revd Jude Edomwonyi   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:25

ANDROS, The Bahamas -- The Parish of St. Margaret, encompassing St. Margaret’s Parish Church, Nicholl’s Town, Andros and St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mastic Point, Andros celebrated its first Recognition Service on Sunday, 28th September, 2014 at 3:00 P.M..  Prior to the special service, the parish hosted a gala banquet as a vital ingredient of the recognition festivities on Saturday, 27th September, 2014 at the North Andros High School Cafeteria.

The Rt. Rev’d. Laish Boyd Sr, Bishop of the Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, in his keynote remarks, offered tribute and accolade to the honourees for their priceless contribution to the parish and their participation in nation building. He also offered congratulations and encouragement to the priest in charge of the parish, the Reverend Father Jude Edomwonyi and his parishioners.

The honourees were Rev’d. Dr. Roland Hamilton, Fr. Shazzabazzar Turnquest, Catechist Clara Evans, Catechist Mildred Munnings, Mr. Alphonso Smith, Miss Branhilda Hutchinson, Mrs. Merline Mackey, Mr. Mitchell Martin and Mrs. Rosalie Minus.

 
Yoga retreat to be held in Eleuthera
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 11:26

GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, Eleuthera -- Yoga is simply better in The Bahamas. Yoga enthusiasts will have the opportunity to stretch their legs while taking in the most beautiful of settings, thanks to the first annual Lighthouse Center (TLC), a health and wellness business, which will host a yoga retreat at Pineapple Fields Resort scheduled November 5-9, 2014 in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera. Featured yoga instructors include Kerri Verna and Irene Pappas who have a combined social media presence of over 1 million followers.

“I’m excited to share my passion for yoga and wellness in my home”, said Kalin Griffin, Owner of The Lighthouse center. “I look forward to partnering with local Bahamian businesses to stimulate our island economy from the ground up.”

What makes this yoga retreat so special is the destination’s rich history and culture that yoga fans get to experience through the five-day retreat.

Interested participants can register for the retreat online at www.tlceleuthera.com.

 
Cat Island and Richton Park, Illinois, forge ahead with Sister Cities relationship
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Monday, 29 September 2014 10:52

The Cat Island, Bahamas delegation paid a courtesy call on Bahamas Honorary for Mid-Western United States to Chicago Michael Fountain last week during a visit to Richton Park, Illinois to discuss forging a Sister Cities relationship between the two countries. From left are Cat Island Sister Cities Association Chairman Danson King; Melvin Seymour, member; Immerse Bahamas President and CEO Ginger Moxey;  Chief Councillor Kevin Brown; Honorary Consul Fountain; Mayor Rick Reinbold; and Cat Island Administrator Jackson McIntosh.  (Photo by Immerse Bahamas)CHICAGO, Illinois -- After a fruitful four days in Richton Park, Illinois, a delegation from Cat Island and The Bahamas have set the wheels in motion for a mutually beneficial Sister Cities relationship with the people of Richton.

Cat Island Administrator Jackson McIntosh, Chief Councillor Kevin Brown, Superintendent of Education Garth King, Cat Island Sister Cities Association Chairman Danson King and member Melvin Seymour, along with Immerse Bahamas President and CEO Ginger Moxey, travelled to Illinois from September 22 to 25 to meet the people of Richton Park and develop a synergistic relationship.  The move was also to discover mutually beneficial opportunities between the two countries, meet potential investors, promote Cat Island and The Bahamas as a vacation destination and develop educational exchange programs.

Mayor Rick Reinbold led the delegation on a tour of Richton Park, the Public Library, Southland College Prep Charter High School, Governors State University and the St. James Hospital.  The group also travelled to Chicago to tour the Navy Pier before paying a visit at the Consulate to Michael Fountain, who was recently appointed Bahamas Honorary Consul for Mid-Western United States to Chicago.

Mr. Fountain revealed it was a history-making moment as the delegation was the first to call on his office since his appointment.

“You are very precious to me. …Your being here is very important,” he said.  “Obviously, I don’t have to tell you that.  I’m honored that you guys get to step foot in the Consulate; the first Bahamians to do that, that’s a very important thing.  I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a brief part of what you have going on and to introduce you to what’s brand new in all of our endeavoring.”

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New BTC flagship store for Long Island
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 11:42

LONG ISLAND, The Bahamas -- BTC is continuing its commitment to expand its access to high quality service and products to all of the nation’s major islands with the launch of a new flagship store in Deadman’s Cay, Long Island this coming Monday, September 29th. The flagship store, which was previously a cashier and bill-pay station, will now offer a wide product range and full slate of services and customer help options in addition to its previous bill-pay services.

Since 2012, with the launch of the first flagship full-service store at the Marathon Mall in Nassau, BTC has systematically converted its original bill-pay stations into full retail experiences. Long Island joins New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, and Exuma as the latest Bahamian island in BTC’s push to increase the company’s footprint and improve services offered customers. The launch will also be the first in a renewed focus on Family Island customers, with the company also rolling out stores in Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, and Bimini throughout the month of September.

According to BTC Retail Lead, Bob Gill, says that the entire effort represents a modernisation of the telecommunications sector in the Bahamas, and more importantly a concerted effort on the part of the company to be accessible to all of its customers, particularly Family Island clients.

“By the end of November, Bahamians will have thirty-four BTC access points to BTC products and services, including the flagship stores and the independently owned franchises,” said Mr. Gill.

“We are dedicated to reaching out to our customers, expressly in the Family Islands. BTC’s investment to completely transform bill-pay centres across the country into open retail environments demonstrates this. All the new stores have fully interactive frontline mobile devices, a dedicated broadband area, and a private consultation room. We want to make doing business with BTC an enjoyable, exciting customer experience. Ultimately we think Long Islanders will be pleased with the new store.”

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U.S. Embassy law enforcement officials strengthen cooperation with Bahamian counterparts during OPBAT training in Exuma
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   
Friday, 26 September 2014 08:22

The U.S. Government provided Royal Bahamas Police Force Officers advanced tactical training September 9-11 in Exuma. EXUMA, The Bahamas -- As part of continuing U.S.-Bahamian bilateral cooperation under Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, the United States Embassy’s Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, and the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section teamed up to provide more than twenty Royal Bahamas Police Force officers from the Drug Enforcement and Marine Support Units advanced tactical training from September 9-11, 2014 in Exuma.  

Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson welcomed attendees to the OPBAT event, where officers received emergency medical training, discussed helicopter operation strategies, and participated in a mock drug interdiction exercise at sea—all alongside their U.S. law enforcement counterparts. 

Drug Enforcement and Marine Support Unit officers participate in a mock drug interdiction exercise with their U.S. law enforcement counterparts.The skill building opportunity was well received by newer officers in the drug and marine units.  It also provided important refresher training for the more seasoned officers in the group, some of whom have up to twenty years of experience combating drug trafficking in The Bahamas.  

“This training shows the strong partnership and cooperation between The Bahamas and the United States,” one officer remarked, adding that he enjoyed getting to know is counterparts in the training setting.   

OPBAT is a 35-year old, multi-agency, international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States. 

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