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Bertram A. Newton Primary School pay call on the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:25

Accompanied by parents, the teachers and students from K5 through grade 6 and ranging in ages from 4 to 12 of the Bertram A. Newton Primary School, North Andros paid a courtesy call on Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes. The visit took place on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at Government House. (BIS/Photo Raymond A. Bethel Sr.)

Spanish Wells All-Age School students meet the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:23

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Teacher, parents and students of grade 6 of the Spanish Wells All-Age School paid a courtesy call on Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Government House. Seated are Sir Arthur and class teacher Allandra Russell. (BIS/Photo Raymond A. Bethel Sr.)  

PM and Environment Minister enjoy exclusive Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve tour with donor Shelby White
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:44

PM and  Shelby White head into the Levy Preserve - The lath house, freshwater wetland display, edible history section and weather station were on full display at the opening of the second phase of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, where donor Shelby White gave the Prime Minister an exclusive tour. (Photo courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- The lath house, freshwater wetland display, edible history section and weather station were on full display at the opening of the second phase of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, where donor Shelby White gave the Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment an exclusive tour of the Preserve.

During his remarks at the opening, the Right Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister, noted, “In 2011 at its opening, Ms. White declared, ‘I believe we have created the finest nature preserve in The Bahamas, a place that makes Eleuthera a must-visit tourist destination and of which we will all be proud.’ 

"I agree with this statement and I know that with the opening of this second phase, the preserve has become even more of an attraction for locals, tourists and Bahamians throughout the archipelago.”

The Preserve is currently the only national park in Eleuthera, and its focus on native flora and fauna makes it a draw for all botanists,  visitors and locals interested in Bahamian plants.

The BNT was also honoured to have accompany the Prime Minister on his visit the Minister of Tourism, MP Obie Wilchombe, the Minister of Environment and Housing, MP Kenred Dorsett, the Minister of State for Legal Affairs and MP for Central Eleuthera, Damien Gomez and Minister of Investment, MP Khalis Rolle for the opening of the second phase. 

NEMA conducts water rescue training in Long Island
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:53

The National Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Unites States Northern Command (NORTHCOM) conducted a Water Rescue Training and Equipment exercise on Long Island from March 31 to April 4, 2014. Some 20 participants were involved in the training sessions. (Photo/NEMA)CLARENCE TOWN, Long Island – The National Emergency Management Agency conducted a Water Rescue Training and Equipment exercise on the island, in an effort to equip residents with survival skills in the event of an emergency at sea.

The training held March 31 to April 4, 2014, as conducted in conjunction with the United States Northern Command (UNNORTHCOM). It was the third in a series of training; Phase 1 was held on the islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama and New Providence between March to May 2012. And, Phase II was held on New Bight, Cat Island from March 3 to 6, 2014.

The purpose of the programme is to equip a team of individuals in each island community to be able to effectively respond to a disaster in nearby waters. Another focus of NEMA is to ensure that individuals in the communities are properly trained to respond if an aircraft crash or boating mishap in waters near the coast.

The island’s exercise attracted about 20 participants from a cross section of the community, namely: Scott Elliot Harding, Duncan Alexander Love, Chester Fox, Omar Daley, Jamal Edgecombe, Randley Rolle, Michael Rolle, Oostrum Douglas, Roger Fox, Sean Wells, Ricardo Miller, Mahalia Harding, Brian Fox, Gary Laing, Fayjen Cooper, Pascal H. Ditmar, Vanoalis Constantakis, Jamal Edgecombe, Robert A Baker and Enrico Burrows.

Staff of NEMA, Wendell Rigby Logistics Officer and Eleanor Davis, Administrative Cadet, assisted with facilitating the training programme. Captain Russell, Director of NEMA also used the opportunity to meet with members of the Local Disaster Consultative Committee, on matters relative to disaster preparedness and mitigation.

South Andros association awarded international grant
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:45

Stakeholders pose after the presentation of the Certificate of Grant Award 2014 to the South Andros Handicraft and Manufacturing Association (SAHMA) for the project officially titled “South Andros Coastal Restoration, Land Degradation and Coconut Project,” on April 10, 2014, at the South Andros Craft Centre, in Motion Town, Long Bays Cays, South Andros.  Pictured (from left) are South Andros District Administrator Ms. Stephanie Rahming, Global Environment Facility (GEF) National Co-ordinator in The Bahamas Mr. Deon Stewart, SAHMA President and Manager of the project Mrs. Emily Rahming, Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM and Member of Parliament for South Andros His Excellency the Hon. Picewell Forbes and Representative of Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in The Bahamas Mr. Manuel Messina.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)SOUTH ANDROS, The Bahamas -- The South Andros Handicraft and Manufacturing Association (SAHMA) officially launched the South Andros Coastal Restoration and Coconut Project on April 10, 2014 at the South Andros Craft Centre in Motion Town, Long Bay Cays, South Andros.  

The initiative is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded project for the community.  

“We are very happy to be here today,” said GEF National Co-ordinator in The Bahamas Mr. Deon Stewart. “It didn’t go without a lot of hard work on behalf of SAHMA and the community of South Andros and also on behalf of the committee that actually reviews and improves projects here (in the Bahamas).”  

“The GEF Small Grants Programme likes to work with communities like the South Andros community to produce what we intend to show as – more or less – demonstration projects; but demonstration projects that add to improving the environment, the type of demonstration projects that add to the sustainable livelihood of a community.”  

Representative of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) in The Bahamas, Mr. Manuel Messina said that ever since his organization came to South Andros, they saw the enthusiasm, determination and willingness to work together in the community.

Minister of Education talks with students and teachers in the South Andros and Mangrove Cay district
Submitted by Lisa Fitzcharles   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:34

ANDROS, The Bahamas -- Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome K. Fitzgerald, accompanied by His Excellency, Picewell A. Forbes, Bahamas High Commissioner to the Caribbean Community, and senior officers of the Ministry, conducted a tour of the South Andros and Mangrove Cay District. Calling upon the staff and students of Long Bays Pre-School, High Rock Primary School, Deep Creek Pre-School, Deep Creek Primary School, South Andros High School, Burnt Rock Primary School, Mangrove Cay High School, and Victoria Point Pre-School, Minister Fitzgerald participated in several school assemblies, perused the physical plants and heard from principals, teachers and students of concerns to be addressed.  

One of the high points of the visit was a presentation made by the Minister and Mrs. Agatha Archer, Assistant Director of Education, Pre-School Unit, to Ambassador Forbes of Didactic Materials for the children of Long Bays Pre-School. The Minister explained that he intends to expand pre-schools in The Bahamas so that more children may have access, since research has proven that early exposure to learning at this level gives a student a sound foundation and determines how well he does throughout his school life. Another enriching experience was an inspection of South Andros High School’s Agricultural Unit where the students produced onions, tomatoes, cabbages and other vegetables and proudly discussed how they were able to grow some of them hydroponically. The Minister was equally impressed with the school’s Technical Studies Block where students in the Electrical Installation course demonstrated their skills.   

Minister Fitzgerald, in talking with students encouraged all of them to think about their futures and to find out what the requirements are for college, the technical and vocational field or the work force depending on the choice they make upon graduation. He made a special effort to enlighten grade nine students about the National High School Diploma which will come into effect later this year, in which they will be required to pass a minimum of four (4) Bahamas Junior Certificates (BJC’s) in the areas of Math, English, Health Science and Social Studies to graduate. He assured students that the appropriate interventions will be made for those who need assistance in meeting these requirements.    

Encouraging principals, teachers and students to continue their positive work, Minister Fitzgerald also lauded the leadership of District Superintendent, Paulene Adderley and invited her to make her district the model for others to follow.    

(Photo: Rance Smith)

PM Christie opens phase two of Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
Written by BIS   
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:00
GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, Eleuthera – Phase two of the Leon Levy Plant Preserve is officially opened. A ceremony marking the event was held on Friday, April 11 at the sanctuary on Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera.

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie officially opened the event. A delegation, which included the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister of State for Legal Affairs and M. P., Central and South Eleuthera, Hon. Damien Gomez; Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett and Minister of State for Investments, Hon. Khaalis Rolle, accompanied him. Also in attendance were the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Brent Symonette and his wife.

Lauding the contributions of non-Bahamians to the country, Mr. Christie said he was extremely pleased by this gesture of goodwill.

“There are people who come to The Bahamas and make meaningful contributions to this country, “ said Mr. Christie. “This project exemplifies such a case.”

Mr. Christie said that the preserve could serve as a ‘model’ for other parks in the country, in addition to being an attraction for visitors and Bahamians. Further, he said that the parks such as the preserve could be used to facilitate research in order for people to learn about various plants and their medicinal benefits.

Bimini Sands Resort & Marina joins Expedition Collection by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges
Submitted by John Bell   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:14

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL— Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges has announced that Bimini Sands Resort & Marina has joined the company’s Expedition Collection, a portfolio of Outpost properties that stretches through the Bahamas, Caribbean and Galapagos Islands.  

“We are thrilled that Bimini Sands invited us back to Bimini,” noted Harvey, a celebrated international marine wildlife artist, scientist and conservationist. In announcing the company’s return to the legendary fishing island, Harvey added: “Our fans want us back in Bimini to help promote and protect the island’s heritage they have enjoyed for years and hope to pass on to the next generation.”  

The company returns to Bimini after helping reopen another resort on North Bimini in 2010. “We turned the lights back on in sleepy Alice Town, but now it’s a boom town on North Bimini,” notes Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges President Mark Ellert. “Bimini Sands offers our customers what they want – lots of activities, great facilities and an incredible vacation value. Add the laid back vibe of South Bimini, and whether you’re traveling with family or friends for a weekend or a week, you’ll have a visit worthy of a Hemmingway story.”  

Adds Guy Harvey, “Life’s an adventure, and with this affiliation, we now can enjoy sharing adventures with our friends and colleagues who live and work on South Bimini at Bimini Sands.”  

The only resort on South Bimini, Bimini Sands is Resort & Marina is a familiar beacon to boaters, with its oceanfront townhouses steps from a powder soft beach. In addition to being the only marina in Bimini to carry the internationally recognized Blue Flag designation for environmental stewardship, it is also a member of the Shark Free Marina Initiative and active promoter or shark conservation measures.  

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