• Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
  • HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
  • Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
  • 'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
  • BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
    BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
  • U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
  • BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
  • Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
  • Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
  • Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay



NBC’s Today Show hosts agree that it’s 'Better in The Bahamas'
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Millions of US viewers are probably wishing they were in The Bahamas this week, thanks to a plug from cast members of the popular NBC morning show The Today Show.

On Wednesday, January 28th, Today Show hosts Willie Geist and Savannah Guthrie agreed that The Bahamas is the place to be during a winter storm.

“Boy Tom, The Bahamas sound pretty good right about now,” said Geist as his co-hosts nodded in agreement.

It all started when NBC reporter Tom Costello interviewed Bahamian Cynthia Maynard, one of many passengers who were stranded at LaGuardia Airport in New York for two days due to severe winter weather. More than 7,500 flights were cancelled throughout the United States as blizzards pounded the North East.

During her interview that aired live on NBC, Maynard let the world know that she was ready to get home because she was tired of the snow, and because it’s better in The Bahamas.

“The quote that ‘It’s better in The Bahamas’ has really proven to be true. I can testify to that,” said Maynard after experiencing a frigid winter in New York City.

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Natural beauty of The Bahamas takes centre stage at Art for the Parks festival
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Natural Beauty of The Bahamas takes Centre Stage at Art for the Parks Festival - The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) Art for the Parks opened on Friday, January 23rd at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  Featuring over 30 local artists and artisans, a food and craft market on Saturday and the comedy of David Wallace on Sunday, this weekend event was definitely a cultural experience and serves as the major fundraiser for Abaco’s six national parks. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)ABACO, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) Art for the Parks opened on Friday, January 23rd at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  Featuring over 30 local artists and artisans, a food and craft market on Saturday and the comedy of David Wallace on Sunday, this weekend event was definitely a cultural experience and served as the major fundraiser for Abaco’s six national parks.

“The national parks on Abaco protect pine forest and coppice habitats for many important birds including the Bahama Parrot, coral reefs, mangroves and rocky shorelines important for nesting Tropicbirds and other seabirds.  The funds raised at Art for the Parks support the Bahama Parrot management plan, national park monitoring, as well as support for the Abaco office,” said David Knowles, Director of Parks.

Abaco Delight featured jams and jellies at the Market Area on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)Event attendees enjoyed viewing and purchasing works in all mediums including oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, handcrafted wood products, dazzling jewelry and incredible fabric art. The event also featured a special raffle with prizes donated by the artists and a quilt raffle with a quilt donated by Kim Roberts of Bahama Dawn Designs.  Several artists also gave live demonstrations working on paintings, jewelry or providing opportunities for attendees to create their own art with a ‘Make it and Take It’ activity.

“The Art for the Parks event was the idea of local Abaco artists who wanted a show that would allow them to promote and display their art while supporting the national parks on Abaco,” said Lynn Gape, BNT Deputy Executive Director. “It has been a great partnership with the artists participating in the planning of the event, as well as the amazing support we have received from the Abaco Beach Resort and local corporate partners.”

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Save The Bays Youth Environment Ambassadors see green side of heavy industry
Submitted by DP&A   

POWER PLAY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS – Grand Bahama teens don hard hats and inquiring minds to learn more about energy production during a trip to the Grand Bahama Power Company. It’s part of the popular Youth Environment Ambassadors (YEA) leadership program sponsored by Save The Bays. In January, visits to the power plant and Grand Bahama Shipyard were aimed at demonstrating the synergetic co-existence of heavy industry and environmental protection when companies monitor, protect, respect and abide best practices and international standards. FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Some 45 young people in Grand Bahama in the past month witnessed the reality of what their older counterparts said for decades was possible  – the greening of modern heavy industry.

The youngsters, participants in a popular bi-monthly program called Youth Environment Ambassadors sponsored by Save The Bays, got the educational double dose with on-site tours, lectures and classroom visits by executives from two of the island’s leading industrial suppliers – the Grand Bahama Shipyard and Grand Bahama Power Company.   

“Grand Bahama is the heartbeat of industry in The Bahamas and, with the shipyard being the largest in the Western Hemisphere, it’s a real testing ground for how industry can serve the public’s needs without sacrificing the environment,” said Joe Darville Director of Education for the fast-growing environmental movement. “The presentations by both the Grand Bahama Shipyard and the Grand Bahama Power Company were lively, informative and interactive. But most importantly, they demonstrated how best practices can mitigate against any potentially negative impact on our health, well-being and on our environment, marine and terrestrial, even while operating in a massive industrial complex.”

While health and safety experts Nikita Mullings and Jensen Farquharson led the session from Grand Bahama Power, Grand Bahama Shipyard CEO Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch and Health, Safety, Environment and Security Manager Kendrick Knowles led the session that included a tour of what has been called “a celebrated example of industrial and environmental symbiosis.”

Darville had especially flattering words for the shipyard where he worked for eight years.

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Humane Society of Grand Bahama in danger of closing due to lack of support
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   

By Tip Burrows/Executive Director of the HSGB at a press conference January 28, 2015

Humane Society of Grand Bahama in danger of closing due to lack of support.  Management and staff held a press conference at the shelter on January 28, 2015.The Humane Society of Grand Bahama (HSGB) is one of the oldest non profit organizations on this island, founded in 1968.  As the human population of Grand Bahama has grown, we have also grown, from a small charity that helped a few animals in need, to the largest animal shelter in the Bahamas.  Last year we took in almost 1,500 unwanted, abandoned, abused or neglected animals from the Grand Bahama community.  

We have done our best to alleviate animal suffering, nuisance animals, stray and roaming animals on this island and we are proud of what we have accomplished.  At just the time we should be working even harder to achieve a lasting difference, we find ourselves in the untenable situation of being unable to continue operating.  This would ultimately mean an increase in the number of starving, neglected dogs and cats roaming the island, which would not be pleasant for residents, visitors, or potential investors.  

The Grand Bahama Port Authority funds us to a certain extent in exchange for us providing animal control services within the bonded area of Freeport.  Over the last several years they have reduced their contributions for our services to the point where we can no longer provide the same level of service.  The Bahamas Government has never provided one penny towards the work we do and they provide no animal services on Grand Bahama.  In most developed nations, animal control is considered a responsibility of government.  

We cannot pay all our bills.  We cannot pay our staff.  Since the first of the year we have laid off three staff, and more layoffs are imminent.  We must drastically reduce the number of animals we care for.

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Doctors Hospital gives a lifetime of mammograms
Submitted by Jessica Robertson   

Pictured from left: Pamela Britt-Roker, DH Marketing Assistant; Sharrie Moxey, Mammograms for Life winner; and Derecka Wilson-Richardson, DH Imaging Technician.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Every year, Doctors Hospital offers women a chance to win a potentially life saving prize – Mammograms for Life in the state-of-the-art, full-field digital mammography center at Doctors Hospital.

More than 250 ladies entered themselves or were entered by someone who loves them for a chance to win. The most recent winner, who now has a free mammogram every year for the rest of her life is Sharrie Moxey.

The retiree was traveling when she was selected as the winner, was very excited to receive this possibly life saving prize.

“I had no idea that my daughter had entered me into this promotion. I was so excited. I have never won anything!” she said.  

The recommendation for women is to start having mammograms at the age of 40, especially in the Bahamas where Breast Cancer is one of the biggest killers among women. At the age of 58, Ms Moxey will surely be able to benefit from receiving a free mammogram for the rest of her life.

“I have only had one mammogram before, last year was my first,” adding that she will be making an appointment for her next mammogram very soon.

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