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The Bimini Vortex: Snorkeling Adventure at the End of the World - Oct 24, 2013 - 12:04:16 PM

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ALICE TOWN, BIMINI - Some 30 miles from this tiny Bahamian Out Island is a portal to what writer Rod Serling would describe as a “dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity”, a mysterious vortex where sometimes electronics fail, compasses spin and dolphins seem extra-friendly.

Nature’s oddities are not unfamiliar occurrences in and around Bimini. Followers of new age psychic Edgar Cayce, for example, swear that Bimini’s uniquely formed underwater stone formations—the much-debated Bimini Road—are a path leading to the lost Atlantis...
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Standing Firm During a Crisis - Jun 18, 2013 - 12:49:02 AM

THE BAHAMAS  - How do we get out of dire economic straits and deal with the stressful environment which it produces?

Prominent financial specialist Zhivargo Laing noted "in today's economic climate, this is the question too many are asking - with no job, no income, mortgage/rent in default, marriage on the rocks, children acting up, home destroyed by tornadoes or hurricanes, hope fading fast, and temptation all around."
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Baby Sharks Stay Still to Avoid Being Detected by Predators - Jan 10, 2013 - 10:47:13 AM

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Baby sharks still developing in their egg cases can sense when predators are near, and keep very still to avoid being detected, according to research published January 9 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Ryan Kempster from the University of Western Australia and colleagues.

Adult sharks are known to use highly sensitive receptors to detect electric fields emitted by potential prey. In the current study, researchers found that embryos of some shark species employ similar means to detect potential predators and escape being eaten.
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No More Conch Salad? Bahamas Weighs Conch-servation - Apr 26, 2012 - 4:51:37 PM

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Five centuries ago, the Amerindian inhabitants of the Bahamas lived in a completely different world from the one we know today.

Early European explorers described flocks of parrots “darkening the sky”, dense hardwood forests, and sea turtles so numerous they kept sailors awake by constantly knocking against ship hulls.

Seals and iguanas crowded the shorelines; whales were a common sight offshore; and lobster, conch and fish were abundant. Evidence for this are the large mounds of discarded conch and other shells and fish bones that are a ubiquitous feature of Lucayan archaeological sites.
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Bahamas holidays for 2011‏ - Jul 20, 2011 - 2:28:07 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are The following days will be observed as Public Bahamian Holidays during the Year 2011...

New Year’s Day          3 January                  (Monday)

Good Friday               22nd April                  (Friday)

Easter Monday           25th April                  (Monday)
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(VIDEO) How to Write a Mission Statement - Mar 11, 2010 - 11:20:20 AM

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Dan Heath from FastCompany.com writes: I want to show you why most mission statements are so terrible.

Let's say you founded a pizza parlor. And your first idea for a mission statement is something like this: "Our mission is to serve the tastiest damn pizza in Wake County." That's pretty good. If I worked for you, I could get excited about that. Now here's how it will go off the rails.

So you'll call your colleagues around the conference room table to unveil the mission, and all of the sudden, these people that you like and respect are going to transform into 10th-grade English teachers, nitpicking every word. Everybody starts chiming in with opinions: "Hey, I really like the word 'present' better than 'serve,' it has a nice resonance..."

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The Bahamas: the World's First Undersea Post Office - May 30, 2009 - 6:41:51 PM

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Philatelic Database -
Earlier this year, I visited a stamp show in a small town in south Sweden. At one of the dealer tables a colourful cover caught my attention. After some negotiations I was able to purchase the cover for the equivalent of some four Australian dollars.

The 1940 cover had a May 6th Sea Floor, Bahamas postmark. It was obvious that this cover had an interesting story to tell.

The world’s very first adhesive postage stamp went on sale in England on May 6, 1840 and the Bahamian cover was produced to commemorate the centenary of the Penny Black...

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Proposed Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Media Studies at COB - Nov 12, 2008 - 7:49:44 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - The School of English
and the School of Communication and Creative Arts at the College of The Bahamas  is planning a BFA in Film (Digital Video). They are hosting a discussion about the possible curriculum for that programme with members of the community who have received formal training in Film.

The meeting wil be held on Friday November 14th, at 2pm in Room D-3 at the College. Please spread the word.

Click [Read more...] to view the course outline...

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The Bahamas Yield Amazing Fossil Finds - Oct 22, 2008 - 12:56:24 AM

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Plant and animal fossils recently discovered from an island in the Bahamas tell a story of habitat change and human involvement in local extinction.

These finds are reported in a paper by Steadman et al. in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Most people with an interest in natural history know about one or more regions that were at one time covered by "a great inland sea." For instance, if you live in the American Midwest, you probably know that much of this region was covered by such a sea, evidenced by extensive limestone beds and other geological manifestations...

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September 21 is the International Day of Peace - Sep 21, 2008 - 6:04:37 PM

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The United Nations' International Day of Peace - marked every year on September 21 - is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.

Established by U.N. resolution in 1982, "Peace Day" has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982...

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IFAW calls for urgent international action on ocean noise - Sep 20, 2008 - 12:09:24 PM
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Noise pollution of the world’s oceans now poses such a serious threat to marine animals that urgent international action must be taken to counter it, an alarming new IFAW report warns today.

The report, Ocean Noise: Turn it down, highlights how steadily increasing man-made noise - particularly from shipping, sonar and seismic surveys - is interfering with marine mammals’ communication, dramatically altering their behaviour and injuring and even killing some whales and dolphins.

“Humanity is literally drowning out marine mammals,” said Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK. “While nobody knows the precise consequences for specific animals, unless the international community takes preventive measures we are likely to discover only too late the terrible damage we’re causing...”
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Mangrove Loss and Climate Change—A Global Perspective - Aug 5, 2008 - 9:08:29 PM
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Mangroves are the rainforests by the sea. Large stretches of the sub-tropical and tropical coastlines of Asia, Africa, Oceania, the Americas and the Caribbean are fringed by mangroves, once estimated to cover an area of over 32 million hectares. Now, less than 15 million hectares remain —less than half the original area.
 
The importance of the protective mangrove buffer zone cannot be overstated. In regions where these coastal fringe forests have been cleared, tremendous problems of erosion and siltation have arisen, and terrible losses to human life and property have occurred due to destructive hurricanes, storm surges and tsunamis.
 
Today there is a growing urgency to recognize the importance of conserving and restoring protective mangrove greenbelts to lessen the dangers from future catastrophes, because as sea levels rise so will the frequency and intensity of hurricanes and storm surges. Mangroves can buffer against the fury of such destructive storms, protecting those settlements located behind a healthy mangrove fringe...
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School Choice for Bahamian Students - an example from the Commonwealth - Jun 16, 2008 - 10:15:09 PM

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Much has been said about the Bahamian educational system and the apparent lack of sincere effort to ensure the country's children are equipped to enter the work force or move on to tertiary education with the skills to succeed.

This judgment is confirmed by the BGCSE grades of a D average for all schools.

In addition to this, employers find that the majority of applicants for entry level positions cannot complete a basic employment application and simple aptitude test. Recent graduates stumble on questions like 20 percent of $150, for example...

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SelfStarters Programme Application Fair - Apr 26, 2008 - 7:49:12 PM
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N
assau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture and the Department of Youth and Sports announce The SelfStarters Programme Application Fair.

Tuesday & Wednesday, April 29 and 30, 2008 from 9.30 am to 3.00 pm at the Kendal G. I. Isaacs Gymnasium.

The SelfStarters Programme is a Government funded grant-based programme to empower young persons, 18-30 years, seeking to establish or expand small businesses. It will provide aspiring entrepreneurs funding from $1,000 to $5,000 to acquire tools and supplies for their businesses. For more information click [Read more...]...

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The Whole Woman - a new Radio Programme - Apr 20, 2008 - 10:52:44 PM

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Writer, director, producer, advisor, mentor, journalist, entrepreneur, businesswoman, college student, wife and mother – these are just a few of the roles Regina Whylly has is balancing in her busy life and on April 22, she’ll add talk show host to her already extensive repertoire.

 

A woman with a passion for helping other women bring out the best in themselves and discovering their inner potential, Whylly is geared up and ready to go with her show The Whole Woman which will premier on ZNS at 9:30pm on Tuesday, April 22nd.

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Crawfish Season CLOSED - Apr 1, 2008 - 12:54:28 PM

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March 31st marks the official CLOSE of the Crawfish Season in The Bahamas.  This allows time for the species to replenish and multiply. The Fisheries Department  issued a public notice to all fishermen that they must comply with the regulations or they will face consequences of being brought to trial and charged by being in breach of the Fisheries Act.

The Fisheries Department encourage the general public to contact the Fisheries Department at 352-9116 or the police, if they see persons fishing or selling crawfish or disposing of shells during the closed season...

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The History of Easter by History.com - Mar 19, 2008 - 1:11:37 PM

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Easter is a time of rebirth and resurrection. It was first celebrated by the pagans around the vernal equinox, welcoming spring.

Find out why Easter isn't celebrated on the same day each year, which converging traditions that have come to form this Christian holiday and the history behind the Easter bunny.


Watch  the History of Easter and find out why it is more than chocolate and colored eggs.. ALSO, Easter Activities for KIDS inside - click [Read more...}

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Daylight Saving Time - Sunday, March 9th - Mar 5, 2008 - 11:08:09 PM
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The Cabinet Office wishes to advise that Daylight Saving Time will commence at 2:00 a.m on Sunday, 9 March, 2008 and will continue until 2:00 a.m on Sunday, 2 November, 2008.

This is in keeping with the policy adopted in October 2006 to extend Daylight Saving Time.

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"Fit to Deliver" - the battle of obesity in pregnancy - Jan 14, 2008 - 7:05:56 AM
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The Bahamas Ministry of Health has launched a much needed "Wellness and Fitness Campaign" which if effectively implemented will enable our people to achieve a better quality of life while saving healthcare costs for our government. Often overlooked are fitness recommendations for women during pregnancy. Educating pregnant mothers on how to be "Fit to Deliver" will lower risks for both Mother and Infant.

"Leading birth defects specialists say maternal obesity during pregnancy puts both mom and baby at risk, and they are calling on health care providers to spread the message. Studies indicate obesity doubles a woman's chances of having a baby with neural tube defects, and even adequate folic acid intake does not fully protect against the increase in risk. Compared with normal-weight women, obese women have a greater risk of developing complications during pregnancy. Their babies are also more likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care units...

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Whew, we made through hurricane season! - Dec 4, 2007 - 8:27:49 AM

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Another hurricane season has passed and we are blessed, on the most part to be breathing a sigh of relief that most of The Bahamas was unaffected this season. Noel did pass through last month, after taking 40 persons in Haiti and was a 'non-hurricane' for the most part here.
However, Acklins, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma and the Cays, Long Cay, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador experienced flooding, and we sadly lost Exuma's Kevin Milford.

If you did not see the photos of flooding in The Bahamas, you can view the links within this article.

Another year stronger, and another year to get our communities in better shape since the devastation of 2004. We have been blessed!

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