Save The Bays sponsored Youth Environment Ambassadors program kicks off with waiting list – nearly 80 sign up for 40 slots
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Anyone who thinks teens are not interested in studying hasn’t met some special students in Grand Bahama. More than 40 of them between the ages of 12 and 14 are trading Saturdays at the mall for Saturdays in the park, literally, preparing to be ambassadors for the environment.
The program called Youth Environment Ambassadors is funded by the fast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays and run in Grand Bahama by Save The Bays Director Joseph Darville with a group of assistants, including Rashema Ingraham, Jensen Farquharson, Javan Hunt, Nikie Severe, Robert Nabb and others. This year’s course includes special leadership training with Sharon Glover, a volunteer from North Carolina with Bahamian roots.
“When we arrived for the start of the program this year, we couldn’t believe it,” said Darville. “Nearly 80 students had signed up for the six week course and there were only 40 slots. And the first day, which was December 6, was incredible.”
Initial work at a facility provided by the YMCA involved comparing the life of a tree to ecology of the planet.
“When we went into the Garden of the Groves and they could see the trees and understand how it all revolves and evolves, how everything from limbs to leaves to the ants on the ground, were intertwined, it was if they had unraveled the secrets of the universe,” Darville said. “You have never seen such excitement and passion among young people eager to learn more. They were touching every part of the tree, asking a million questions. It was incredible.”
New ships for Celebration and Balearia increase capacity on Grand Bahama route
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In an effort to continue ongoing recovery in the nation’s second city, the government this week announced that two new ships will be heading to Grand Bahama’s cruise port come 2015.
During a special press conference at Grand Lucayan, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that the Bahamas Celebration, which was destroyed by an accident on October 31, will be replaced with the Grand Celebration.
“The new “Grand Celebration” replacement ship comes with 50 percent more capacity and projects some 280,000 year round passengers with not less than 100,000 electing to purchase a two or more night stay in GBI combination with the cruise boosting room nights sold from just under 50,000 versus full year 2014 to 125,000 minimum 2015,” he said.
The ownership has also committed to create new job opportunities for not less than 300 Bahamians in the first phase of their operations and ultimately hopes Bahamians can qualify for 100 per cent of the 632 jobs on this Grand Bahama based ship serving the island exclusively from the Port of Palm Beach.
Meanwhile, the Balearia – a $100 million new vessel – will arrive in Grand Bahama this weekend. Built in Spain four years ago, it is one of the newer of the vessels in the company’s fleet. The superfast cruise ferry sails up to 23 knots in speed. Amenities include a full breakfast buffet restaurant, casino, a la cart restaurant, bars, entertainment for children, spa and a tropical pool bar on the upper deck.
The ship has a capacity for 1,000 passengers and 200 containers. The ship sails from Freeport at 7:00 p.m. and from FLL at 8:00 a.m. As a result of the new vessel, 30 new direct jobs in the Bahamas and 150 indirect jobs will be created.
Four BTVI students headed to Canada for study opportunities
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Four students of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) are being afforded the opportunity to study in Canada for two semesters on Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships.
Lynderia Clarke and Renel Pierre will both be studying Electrical Installation at Vancouver Island University, while Cordelia Dean and Mystique Stevenson will be in the Computer Systems Technician program at Fanshawe College. The scholarships, granted by the Canadian government, provide Latin America and Caribbean students with short-term exchange opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
BTVI’s Coordinator of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel will also be headed to Fanshawe College on a two-week faculty exchange.
Furthermore, all four students expressed excitement about heading to Canada for the spring 2015 semester, with Lyderia and Renel leaving as early as New Year’s Day. Lynderia is looking forward to the wealth of knowledge which awaits her and the opportunity to explore a different culture, while Renel is still reveling in the idea that he will be leaving The Bahamas for the first time.
Mystique said it never crossed her mind that she could be a BTVI student and be presented with the chance of studying abroad for two semesters. “I’m appreciative of being selected. I intend to make BTVI proud,” she stated.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give,” said Winston Churchill. And in this vein the management of the Grand Bahama Shipyard are truly proud of their apprentices who are learning the meaning of giving back in their community. This week the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) kept their holiday good deeds going by donating the collected food items from their ‘Lend a Hand Give a Can’ holiday drive.
“Christmas is a time of giving so it gives us great pleasure to be able to do this for others,” said Carl Rotkirch, CEO of GBS. “This is also a great learning opportunity for our apprentices, as they learn the importance of being good corporate citizens and giving to those in need.”
During the past three weeks, apprentices have visited various stores around Grand Bahama seeking donations for their program. As a result of the food drive, the apprentices collected over $6,000 worth of food supplies for the Salvation Army and for the West Grand Bahama community.
“Our Lend a Hand Give a Can food drive is great, and it’s a constructive way to involve our apprentices,” said Kay Smith, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations. “Not only does our programme teach students the practical side of our business but it shows them the great lessons of community involvement.”
The Salvation Army is extremely appreciative that the Shipyard has chosen to carry out this good deed year after year as it really helps to make the holiday season a good one for those who may be less fortunate.” I appreciate all of the hard work that they do collecting for the food drive,” said Roger Compton, Captain of the Salvation Army in Grand Bahama. “There are already people signing up for Christmas assistance so this donation comes right on time.”
A number of Junkanoo groups on Grand Bahama receive financial boost
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Some eight Grand Bahama based Junkanoo groups received a financial boost, as a result of an initiative spear headed by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA). In an effort to contribute to an event of tradition that represents the very fabric of Bahamian culture, GBPA officials saw it fit to sponsor the Junkanoo groups as the parade is scheduled for the holiday season.
The Bayshore Warriors, Classic Dancers, Kingdom Culture, Platinum Knights, Showtime, Superstar Rockers, Top Performers and the Swingers were the proud recipients of the donation.
Call for nominations for the 2014 Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation and The Heart Ball Committee are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award.
Since 1968, the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart has been presented at the Annual Heart Ball. The award was initiated by The Heart Foundation to applaud and give recognition to individuals who have selflessly given of themselves to promote human welfare and dignity, thus making life better for their fellow men. Oftentimes, these individuals go unrecognized by the wider community for their efforts; they don’t ask for anything in return for their generosity. In most cases, they go beyond the call of duty, working outside of their normal scope of work, to impact our nation’s social, education, health and economic systems.
This Christmas as you make plans, think about that person who has made a difference and submit a nomination for them to win The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award.
Under the patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, and The Right Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Mrs. Bernadette Christie, the 2014 / 2015 Heart Ball Committee will host the 51st Annual Heart Ball on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The Annual Heart Ball is the major fund-raiser for The Heart Ball Committee. The funds raised from this event help to repair the hearts of children. The theme for this Ball is, “Affairs of the Heart….Sustaining Heart Beats, One at a Time.” The public is encouraged to help to repair a child’s heart, while spending Valentine’s with family and friends at the Annual Heart Ball.
NASSAU, Bahamas – Phi Beta Sigma joined with the Constitutional Commission to learn more about the proposed amendments that are schedule to be voted on next year.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Rubie Nottage is leading the public awareness campaign of the commission said that the audience that included members of the fraternity and the wider community should now be able to speak fluently about the bills
“Not to be told about them by somebody else,” said Justice Nottage, “but to have their own ideas crystallized, to have their questions answered and then to be able to go out boldly and say ‘This is how I understand the bills.’”
She adds that it was important for young men to understand the bills. “That ability to speak well is something that gives everyone confidence,” Justice Nottage added, “and I think that’s most important particularly in our young men, because when they feel they don’t understand something they get confused and sometimes we withdraw and not say anything.”
The bills seeks to achieve gender equality in terms of gaining citizenship and passing of Bahamian citizenship along with ending discrimination based on biological sex. The country is expected to vote on the proposed amendments early next year.
Delta Epsilon Sigma chapter president Derek Smith said it was an informative presentation that helped to clarify the upcoming referendum.
URCA Prepares for imminent mobile competition proposed infrastructure sharing regulations issued
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), the
independent Electronics Communications Sector (ECS) regulator, on December 8
released its proposed regulations aimed at facilitating easier entry into the
market by new competitors. According to
URCA, one of the most significant barriers to entry in the ECS is the
high level of infrastructure costs associated
with the deployment of electronic communications networks.
URCA is conscious that with the imminent introduction of mobile
competition, there will be an increased need for the construction of facilities
by new operators. In an effort to reduce
the need to duplicate all existing facilities, thereby reducing the capital
Live Broadcast of the Memorial Service for Dr. Myles Egbert Munroe
Bahamas Faith Ministries will present a Live Broadcast of the Memorial Service for
Dr. Myles Egbert Munroe O.B.E and his wife Pastor Ruthann Munroe at
6:00pm (est) at The Thomas A. Robinson Stadium Oaks Field Sporting
Complex in Nassau, Bahamas.
A State-Recognized Funeral Service will be held on Thursday,
December 4, 2014, at
11:00 at the Diplomat Center, Carmichael Road, Nassau.
Dr. Myles Munroe was an internationally
renowned bestselling author, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government
consultant, and leadership mentor. He had travelled around the world
training leaders in business, government, education, sports, media, and
Bahamas Faith Ministries Intl press statement on Dr Myles tragic plane crash
Nassau, Bahamas. On behalf of the Board of Governors
and the entire Bahamas Faith Ministries Family we wish to extend our gratitude
for the tremendous outpouring of love and support by the many persons who have
offered condolences and prayers.
Among those confirmed to have passed
away in yesterday’s tragic plane crash were Founder & President of Bahamas
Faith Ministries International Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Pastor Ruth
Munroe, Senior Vice-President Dr. Richard Pinder, Newly installed Youth Pastors
Lavard and Radel Parks and their son Johannan, Pilots Stanley Thurston and
Farkhan Cooper and one additional passenger..
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Professor Julie Meeks Gardner as the new Deputy Principal of its Open Campus.
Professor Meeks Gardner joins Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor V. Eudine Barriteau
who was instated as the Open Campus Principal in August this year. Together,
the two will oversee The University’s more than 46 Open Campus sites.
Meeks Gardner, Professor of Child Development and Nutrition, has been on staff
at The University of the West Indies for over 20 years. During that time,
she trained at the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit at the Mona campus
carrying out PhD work on the behavioural development of undernourished
children. Her post-doctoral work at Cambridge University focused on
cross-cultural assessments of child cognition at the...
Bid to Protect Bimini Mangroves Goes International
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conservation experts are urging the government to fulfill its promise and
protect Bimini’s unique ecological heritage and the local industries that have
depended upon it for generations.
experts, hosted on a tour of Bimini by fast-growing social and environmental
advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), called for the official establishment of
the North Bimini Marine Reserve. Among other important natural resources, the NBMR
would protect mangrove forests that serve as a nursery for the abundant sea
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Bahamas minister to address OAS on new immigration policy
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Bahamas minister calls for economic links with Cuba
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