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Bimini: Louise McDonald High School Nature Trail Opens - Apr 18, 2014 - 12:27:25 PM

BIMINI, BAHAMAS - The Louise McDonald High School Nature Trail was officially opened by their Excellencies Sir Arthur & Lady Foulkes at the High School in Bimini.

Pictured from left during the unveiling of the Nature Trail Plaque & Declaration of the Nature Trail opening are Wesley Rolle, Principal of the Louise McDonald High School; Hon.Obie Wilchcombe Minister of Tourism,M.P Bimini and West End, Lady Foulkes, His Excellencies Sir Arthur Foulkes, James Pinder Art & Craft, Oscar Munroe - Administrator.
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Child Protection Month display erected at Fleming Street Clinic - Apr 18, 2014 - 12:08:59 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - In observance of Child Protection Month, the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development erected a display at the Fleming Street Community Clinic to further sensitize and educate the general public on this important social issue.

Pictured from left are Cachia Sturrup (seated); an effigy of a neglectful mother with a child; standing are Melinda Francios, student; Cecily Stuart (Pharmacy Dept; Jessica Stubbs, Nursing Officer II; Keith Woodside, Clinic Security Officer and Linda Lewis, Housekeeping.
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Economic Development and Deepening Reform In China - Apr 16, 2014 - 11:36:16 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is the first in a series to be presented by His Excellency Yuan Guisen, the Ambassador of China to The Bahamas:

In 2013, although faced with the complicated domestic and international situation, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council led the people of all nationalities of China to thoroughly implement the spirit of the 18th Party Congress, upheld the general tone of “moving forward while maintaining stability”, adhered to the guideline of “the macro policy should be stable, micro policy be flexible and social policy support the bottom line”while maintaining steady growth, adjusting economic structure and forging ahead with reform..."
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Scholarship Fund established for Maritime study - Apr 16, 2014 - 8:24:46 PM

An anonymous donor recently established a scholarship fund at the L.J.M. Maritime Academy for the benefit of any graduate of the C.H. Reeves Junior High School wanting to pursue a course of study at the Marine Academy. The check was presented to the President of the academy, Dr. Brenda-Mae Cleare by the Principal of C. H. Reeves Jr. High School, Ms. Greta Brown. The check presentation took place on Monday, the 14thApril 2014 at the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, the Manx Corporate Center, West Bay Street.

Pictured from left are Petron Brown, Head Boy at C.H. Reeves; Shania Lewis, Head Girl at C.H. Reeves; Ms. Greta Brown, School Principal; Minister of Transport and Aviation,the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin; Dr. Brenda-Mae Cleare; Tameka Forbes, ExecutiveAssistant at the L.J. M. Marine Academy

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South Andros Association Awarded International Grant - Apr 16, 2014 - 7:00:16 PM

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).”

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South Andros’ SAHMA President Lauds GEF Grant - Apr 16, 2014 - 3:58:00 PM

SOUTH ANDROS, The Bahamas – President of the South Andros Handicraft and Manufacturing Association (SAHMA) said recently that the launch of the South Andros Coastal Restoration and Coconut Project was “quite an expression of confidence in the management and operation of SAHMA.

“We sought to empower members of the community through craft and culture and this project will allow us to take the empowerment further,” SAHMA President and Project Coordinator Mrs. Emily Rahming said after the official ceremony at the South Andros Craft Centre, in Motion Town, Long Bay Cays, South Andros.

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NEMA conducts water rescue training on Long Island - Apr 16, 2014 - 10:54:21 AM

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...
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Bahamas holds workshop on monitoring State Action on Gender-Based violence - Apr 15, 2014 - 8:43:47 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- Senior Officials from a number of essential governmental ministries, corporations and agencies and private sector partnerships began meeting Tuesday at a “Skills Building Workshop for Human Rights-Based Monitoring on State Action on Gender-Based Violence”. The Workshop is part of a larger project – the State Accountability Project to End Gender-Based Violence – that will focus on building a culture of peace and respect in society in general and decreasing the level of violence against women, in particular.

The State Accountability Project is sponsored by the Caribbean Regional Office of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UNWomen).

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Workshop for Human Rights Based Monitoring of State Action on Gender- Based Violence - Apr 15, 2014 - 5:10:39 PM

Bahamian human rights expert at the United Nations Ms. Gaynel Curry (second left) is in town for a few days to conduct a Skills Building Workshop for Human Rights Based Monitoring of State Action on Gender-Based Violence.

Also pictured (from left) are: Ms. Christine Campbell, Officer-in-Charge, Bureau of Women's Affairs, Ministry of Social Services and Community Development; Ms. Curry; Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, who delivered the keynote address and Miss Sasha Dixon, Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations.
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World Trade Organisation DDG visits The Bahamas - Apr 11, 2014 - 1:15:05 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - David Shark, Deputy Director-General of World Trade Organisation, along with other Members of the WTO pay a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House April 9, 2014. Pictured from left: Juneyoung Lee, Legal Affairs Officer Accessions Division WTO; Mr. Shark; Sir Arthur;; Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services; Bain, Legal Advisor/Acting Director of Trade & Industry, Ministry of Financial Services and Rhoda M. Jackson, Ambassador Permanent Represent to United Nations Office in Geneva.

Mr. Shark also met with
Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip "Brave" Davis on April 9th...
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Abuse after-effects can be ‘dire’, Bahamas national hotline helps save lives - Apr 11, 2014 - 12:39:34 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- A failure to curb the scourge of child abuse in The Bahamas could have dire consequences for abused persons and the Bahamian society as a whole over the short, medium and/or long term, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said.

Mrs. Griffin said a key component of ending and/or reducing child abuse in The Bahamas, is by reporting it.

“Understandably, victims suffer the greatest consequences as child abuse is obviously a very traumatic experience, and its impact can be profound,” Mrs. Griffin said.
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WTO executive visits Grand Bahama Island - Apr 11, 2014 - 12:29:41 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville officially welcomed David Shark, Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organisation to Grand Bahama on April 10th.

Mr. Shark was accompanied by Ryan Pinder, Minister for Financial Services; Rhoda Jackson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations office and other international organisations in Geneva, Switzerland; Ms June Young Lee WTO Legal Advisor; and Ms. Keva Bain, Acting Director of Trade and Industry.

The Bahamas is in the process of negotiating accession to the World Trade Organisation primarily to secure favourable market access for its goods and services into the international community.

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HE Johnson calls on Indonesian ambassador - Apr 11, 2014 - 12:24:34 PM

CANADA – Ottawa, His Excellency Dr. Calsey W. Johnson, Bahamian High Commissioner to Canada, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Dienne H. Moehario.

During their brief meeting  they discussed matters of mutual interest to both The Bahamas and Indonesia.

HE Johnson is also pictured presenting the Indonesian ambassador with the latest edition of The Bahamas Handbook...
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Schools participate in first Bahamas Marching Band Competition - Apr 11, 2014 - 11:15:31 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - School bands from New Providence and Family Islands including Eleuthera and Mangrove Cay, Andros, competed in the Bahamas National High School Marching Band Competition organised by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

A first of its kind, the competition was held at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium, Saturday March 29, and brought together the bands that showcased their skills in various categories including: drumline, marching band and sound sport...
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BNPA's Best Kept Yard awarded to Little Blair resident - Apr 9, 2014 - 6:23:35 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Little Blair resident, Eltha Hall, became the winner of a Bahamas National Pride Association's (BNPA) "Best Kept Yard Award" when she was recently presented with a plaque and a cheque.

Pictured in front of the Buccaneer Road home from left: Joanne Johnson, executive director, BNPA; Olvin Rees, chairman, BNPA; Ms Hall; Shaquille Sands, granddaughter; Alphaeus Ramsay, director BNPA; Judy Williams,. director, BNPA.
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PM: The Role of The Bahamas in Caricom: My perspective on Where We are Going - Apr 9, 2014 - 6:11:15 PM

Presentation by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus Distinguished Open Lecture Series Monday, 7th April 2014 titled, "The Role Of The Bahamas In Caricom: My perspective on Where We are Going:

I was first selected to represent The Bahamas at the West Indies Federation Games in Jamaica in 1960. Lester Bird, a former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, who was a classmate of the late Bahamian sports icon, Thomas A Robinson at the University of Michigan, played a major role in my success as an athlete...
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Bahamas Minister of Health on recent Berry Island fire - Apr 9, 2014 - 3:59:31 PM

The Berry Islands reported a major fire on the island early morning of Tuesday, April 1st. The community on the island mobilized and used its limited water resources but were unable to contain the fire.

Consequently, on Wednesday April 2nd, the Chief of Fire Department, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Superintendent Walter Evans and two officers; Corporal Ambrister and Constable Whymms, arrived on the Island and worked tirelessly with the community to bring the fire under control.

Together with great community effort, and a skilled staff of the Fire Department, the fire was brought under control on Friday 4th.

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Abaco's Agape Christian School enters National Arts Festival - Apr 9, 2014 - 3:41:07 PM

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas -- Agape Christian School students Amilee Sands (left) and Raquel Albury sing a duet at the school in Marsh Harbour, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications...

Agape Christian School students Treseha Regner (left) and Modline Fertil sing a song entitled "Endless Love" at the school in Marsh Harbour, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications...

Agape Christian School students Jeron Stuart (left) and Abraham Simms play a duet of "Abaco People" on the piano, as Bijuan Bain  plays the drums, at the school in Marsh

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Bahamas Ministry of Transport undertakes comprehensive review of Road Traffic Act - Apr 9, 2014 - 2:20:58 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Transport and Aviationhas acquired the expertise of an independent transportation, planning and management consultant, Canadian Neville Weeks, to spearhead the revision of the Road Traffic Act, with a view to modernising the country’s transportation system.

During a forum held Thursday, April 3, 2014, stakeholders assembled at the Paul Farqhuarson Centre where plans were outlined, and feedback and suggestions submitted as to the way forward.

Under Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation Peter Deveaux-Isaacs underscored the importance of the project, which is the New Providence Transport Programme being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Abaconians Excited as National Arts Festival begins on Island - Apr 7, 2014 - 9:17:15 AM

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas – As the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival recently began its Abaco adjudications, residents were happy and excited that it is giving Abaconians a change to showcase their talents.

Founder and Administrator at Every Child Counts (ECC) Lyn Major said that it was wonderful that the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications came to the school...
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