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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
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    50th Annual Heart Ball a great success
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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    Michael Johnson wins JA New Providence and Toastmasters International’s annual speech competition
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    Small Island Developing States conference calls for greater sustainability
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    Registration opens for Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend 2014 events March 21-23 at Treasure Cay
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    Young scientists receive awards
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    U.S. Coast Guard Cutter VIGOROUS Officers and RBDF Marines team up to inspire Woodcock Primary students
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    Bahamians show a love for sculling at St. Valentine's Regatta
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    Art for the Parks spotlights Bahamian beauty



Grand Bahama Power Company announces organizational changes
Submitted by Philcher Grant-Farquharson   

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Grand Bahama Power Company is pleased to announce that Troy MacKenzie has recently been promoted to the position of Director of Transmission & Distribution.

Troy started his career with the company in 1988 as a linesman. Over the years he has worked his way through the ranks of the company as a Meter Technician, Customer Service T&D Supervisor, Substation & Underground Department Supervisor and Line Construction & Maintenance Supervisor.

His extensive knowledge of the transmission and distribution system and experiences gained through his various roles in the organization, will serve him well in this new phase of his career.

“If I can use one word to describe my career with GBPC and that I can attribute to my success, that would be change,” said MacKenzie.

“I want to encourage the young people of this country to embrace change, welcome it and to continuously rise to the challenge. Do not look at any job as too menial because there is something to be learned and gained in all we do. Had I not been open to change and allowing myself to be challenged through the different roles that I have had with this company, I would not be where I am today.”

GBPC is also pleased to announce the recent hire of two engineers Ryan Wood and Mac Lightbourn.

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Cable Bahamas delivers historic increase in broadband upload speeds by 700%

Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing David Burrows. (Courtesy of Jason McDowall, BahamasLocal.com)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Cable Bahamas Ltd announced Wednesday that it has implemented a network-wide increase in upload speeds for all residential REVON broadband Internet subscribers in The Bahamas. The historic increase in upload speeds marks the first time such a boost has happened since broadband was first introduced in The Bahamas by Cable Bahamas in 2000.

Cable Bahamas has also implemented a 33% increase in download speed for REVON Charge broadband subscribers, moving from 15Mb/s to 20Mb/s, once again establishing a new standard in broadband Internet access for The Bahamas.

Upload speed increases range from 400% to 700% over the previously provided speeds. The company's new speed offerings are as follows:

  • REVON Charge: up to 20Mb/s download & 2Mb/s upload
  • REVON Boost: up to 30Mb/s download & 3Mb/s upload
  • REVON Velocity: up to 50Mb/s download & 5Mb/s upload
  • REVON Extreme: up to 70Mb/s download & 7Mb/s upload

"This historic increase in speeds is something we're very proud of," said Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing David Burrows. "Our engineering and IT teams have been working for the past two years to fine tune and test our network to ensure that we didn't just make promises about something we would like to do, but that we actually deliver the increase in speeds that we are announcing today."

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Celebrate The Bahamas with the BNT this Saturday!
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Celebrate The Bahamas with the BNT!  Though Earth Day was on Tuesday the 22nd of April, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) will be celebrating this world-wide event on Saturday the 26th with a public-supported park restoration project at Harold and Wilson Ponds.  The restoration project at the park will include the cutting and removal of the invasive cattails and Casuarina trees in various areas around the park.  Additionally, all trash and debris from the park will be collected and removed. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Maketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Though Earth Day was on Tuesday the 22nd of April, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) will be celebrating this world-wide event on Saturday the 26th with a public-supported park restoration project at Harrold and Wilson Ponds.  

The restoration project at the park will include the cutting and removal of the invasive cattails and Casuarina trees in various areas around the park.  Additionally, all trash and debris from the park will be collected and removed.

“The key strategy in building an environmental awareness for our country is including the public in the work that we do,” said Executive Director of the BNT Eric Carey. “This volunteer day at Harold and Wilsons Ponds provides an excellent opportunity for the public to get involved with our work, help us begin the task of eradicating invasive species and most importantly celebrate Earth Day.  I look forward to a large turnout from the public.”

Invited guests include the Prime Minister, Minister of Environment, Member of Parliament for Blue Hills, Leslie Miller and partners such as the Best Commission, Department of Environmental Health Services, Ministry of Works and the National Invasive Species Committee.  Additionally, several groups have been invited to volunteer, including the US Embassy, Rotaract, GGYA, the RBDF Rangers, the BNT Navigators and the Youth Empowerment Program.  All groups are welcome as the BNT strives to make a difference on this project.

“Earth Day 2014 like other Earth Days focuses on current environmental concerns.  One of the great challenges facing island nations is invasive species.” Said Portia Sweeting, Director of Education. “Our workday at Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park seeks to involve adults as well as students in learning about the problems associated with these unwelcome guests.  Our young people are taught to be good stewards of the environment and we need adults and national leaders to demonstrate their environmental stewardship by participating in this Earth Day 2014 event on Saturday, April 26th.”

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Join the Humane Society of Grand Bahama at their Annual General Meeting, Monday, April 28
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   

Join the Humane Society of Grand Bahama at their Annual General Meeting, Monday, April 28 at Red Beard's Pub at 6:00 p.m.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Gandhi

The Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) has worked tirelessly for 45 years to tend to the thousands of animals that others put aside.  1,492 animals in 2013; 7,500 over the last five years.

Education.  Spaying and neutering.  Medical care.  Housing.  Adoption.  Cruelty rescue.  Picking up stray animals.  We do it all, amazingly with not one penny of government funding.  As you can imagine, it’s a hugely difficult task.  

We take in cats and dogs that Grand Bahamians no longer want, or cannot afford to care for.  Our doors are open to any animal in need brought to us, or often just tied to our fence.  We go out on the streets daily to pick up strays – dogs that roam neighbourhoods, beaches, wooded areas, tourist destinations and business centres.  Many people have told us that we “do a good job of cleaning up the stray dog problem.”  It’s an enormous struggle.  

Please consider what you can do to help the HSGB to continue in our very important work.  Several current board members are stepping down this year due to work and personal reasons.  As a non-profit organization; an energetic, enthusiastic Board of Directors is crucial to us meeting our goals and helping as many animals as we can, which also improves our community. We need board members in general but also especially in the areas of Secretary, Fundraising, Newsletter, and Education.

Please see HERE for our Constitution (PDF), which includes our mission, philosophy and Board "job descriptions".

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Government has high praise for Le Air’s Captain Larry Brown
Written by BIS   

Minister Gray thanks Captain Larry Brown, President of Le Air Charter Services. Captain Brown is pictured to the left.MAYAGUANA, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry G. Christie; Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government Minister and MP for MICAL Alfred Gray; and Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin led the chorus of praise for and thanks to Captain Mr. Larry Brown, president of Le Air Charter Services for providing air support services to Mayaguana when Bahamasair, the national airline suspended services to that southern island more than five years ago.

Speaking at a ceremony on Easter Monday to mark the return of regularly scheduled flights to Mayaguana by Bahamasair, Minister Gray led the salute to Mr. Brown by telling those in attendance that Brown, a native of Mayaguana remained committed during the difficult period of the airline tragedy at the airport in April 2013 as Le Air Charter Services Company provided the island with air services. The aviation incident that claimed the lives of three was owned by Le Air.

Mr. Gray said this act by Mr. Brown was deserving of his praise and commendation and he suggested that with the return of Bahamasair, the government will find other services for Mr. Brown’s Le Air Charter Company Limited. Scores of persons in attendance gave Mr. Brown a rousing and well deserved applause.

Prime Minister Christie in saluting Mr. Brown said he wanted to inspire the airline executive to take full advantage of the new economic boom on tap for this southernmost island and to invest in areas such as lodges and other accommodations for guests, anticipated to be drawn to the island when the I Group investment kicks off.

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