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Technical Cadet Corp Programme receives a boost in support from the GBPA
Submitted by Ashley Penn   

Technical Cadet Corp Assistant Programme Director, Joseph Hall (left) receives a donation from the Grand Bahama Port Authority Donations Committee Administrator, Dr. Telina Smith to jumpstart the high school centered activity.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) has recently made a contribution to the Technical Cadet Corp Programme (TCCP) which serves as a valuable extracurricular activity impacting over 100 high school students from some 10 schools on Grand Bahama.

Joseph Hall, programme Assistant Director said he was most appreciative of GBPA’s support as he and his team seeks to fulfill the mandate charted by the Bahamas government some years ago.

“We are trying to fulfill our mandate that the government has implemented years ago.  Being in Grand Bahama, this is what you call the industrial center of The Bahamas, so we want to be able to produce young bright minds who when they finish high school, they will be able to fill those roles in any company,” he said.

Hall also said, “I am grateful to the Grand Bahama Port Authority for considering the youth of our nation and the future of our nation by giving us this donation that will go a long way for us.  It will indeed assist us in purchasing some of the technical items for the program such as rods, wires and other apparatus that we will need for a practical presentation in the department.”

“We are very grateful for this and we want to say thanks to the Grand Bahama Port Authority for their kind consideration because we know that there are many who seek their support,” he concluded.

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Bahamas weekly fishing report from Harbourside Marine
Submitted by Harbourside Marine   

Fishing report as of November 27, 2014

Grouper Selfie!! Bruce Austin with a grouper caught deep dropping just west of New Providence.The weather has been bad for most of the week so we have limited reports.

Nassau: The wahoo fishing has been decent when the weather has been good enough to fish! One charterboat reported catching 24 wahoo on a half day charter last week!
Adam Russell, Chubasco Charters,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Teddy Pratt www.fishing242charters.com    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nicholas Pinder, Born Free Chaters, www.bornfreefishing.com
Mark Kooskalis, North Shore Charters,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dwayne Treco, Morinin' Ride Charters, www.morninridecharters.com

North Exuma, Highbourne Cay: The wahoo bite has been good.
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North Eleuthera: No reports.
Devon Sawyer   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jeff Fox, Ocean Fox Charters  www.oceanfoxfishingbahamas.com
Ryan Neilly, Spanish Wells Fishing www.spanishwellsfishing.com

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BNT awarded second $50K grant from The Moore Bahamas Foundation for Conchservation
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

The Moore Bahamas Foundation grants to BNT reach $100,000     

 Robert F. Kennedy along with Eddie Minnis, one of The Bahamas' most famous artists and musicians at the Conchservation launch at Arawak Cay.NASSAU, Bahamas -- A little more than a year after it was launched, a Bahamas National Trust (BNT) program creating a strategy to ensure the long-time survival of the conch population got a major boost this week when The Moore Bahamas Foundation, an affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, donated $50,000 to its Conchservation efforts.

The donation was the second of a three-year commitment from The Moore Bahamas Foundation to BNT for the preservation of this mollusk that is such a vital part of Bahamian culture, diet and economy. In 2013, The Moore Bahamas Foundation grant helped to raise community awareness of the threats to conch, and to educate about the most recent scientific findings surrounding the decline of conch population as well as the importance of increased regulation.

The 2014 grant will be used to conduct scientific research that will contribute to education and an overall strategy to maintain conch populations.  Funds from The Moore Bahamas Foundation to BNT for Conchservation have now reached $100K.  

“The BNT is extremely pleased with our partnership with The Moore Bahamas Foundation which has made a second generous donation of $50,000 to support the critical research that is key to the success of our national Conchservation Campaign,” said BNT President Larry Glinton. “The recent angst that preceded the announcement by The USA's National Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) illustrates the importance of queen conch to the Bahamas. The issue gained international attention in late October, as the NOAA considered banning exportation and adding the queen conch to its critically endangered species list.

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Ivory to Ashes - A Bahamian exhibition to save African elephants
Submitted by Doongalik Studios Art Gallery   

NASSAU,  Bahamas -- ‘Ivory to Ashes’ a riveting watercolour exhibition by Susan Sargent will open on Friday, December 5th  from 6-9pm at Doongalik Studios, #20 Village Road.

Susan Sargent is a visual artist and wildlife activist who is bringing her passion regarding the future of the African elephant across the continents and seas to raise awareness in The Bahamas on this global predicament.

“I find the plight of global wildlife in our modern era my impetus for becoming an artist-activist.  The African Elephant, particularly, has inspired me to become a part of bringing awareness to the dire situation this species is in.  Using the visual language of my artwork I hope to give voice to those with whom we share the earth but cannot speak for themselves.

“My paintings are my way of sharing my life’s observations.  Wildlife has become a particularly ardent passion.  I feel compelled to express my experiences with them and also the many rich day to day inspirations and pleasures as well.  Dreams, spirit and the mystical, esoteric dimensions of life are also areas I love to explore.”

Special guest at the Exhibition will be Dr. Kate Evans, founder and Director of Elephants for Africa (elephantsforafrica.org) a charitable foundation dedicated to elephant conservation through research and education.  Their focus is on male elephant sociality and human-elephant conflict, and gearing their education program towards schoolchildren, teaching them to view wildlife and nature as valuable resources rather than threats. A video presentation will also be available for viewing and Dr Evans will make a presentation on the topic on Saturday morning, December 6 at 12 noon.

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Domestic investment projects driving economic rebound in Freeport
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   

GBPA PRESIDENT, IAN ROLLE REMARKS ON DOMESTIC INVETMENTS THAT DRIVE THE ECONOMIC REBOUND OF GRAND BAHAMA - (From Left) Carlos Ribas, VP & Managing Director, Wendy’s Latin America & Caribbean; Darrell van Ligten, President, Wendy’s International Division; Ian Rolle, GBPA President; Christopher Tsavoussis, President Wendy’s Bahamas and Yolanda Pawar-Bain, Marketing Manager, Wendy’s BahamasFREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The $2M investment for the construction of Wendy’s new flagship location was described as “A clear indication of investor confidence and continued commitment to the Grand Bahama economy,” by President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Ian Rolle, during his remarks at the official opening of Wendy’s recently.

“The opening of Wendy’s new flagship location marks a special occasion on numerous levels, not only for the owners of the Wendy’s franchise, but for the Grand Bahama community as well,” stated Rolle. “I say this because; today we share in celebrating a milestone of success for a local business and investor,” he continued.

Elaborating on other investment projects by franchise owner Mr. Chris Tsavoussis, Rolle added that Wendy’s is one of many, where domestic investment projects are on the rise indicating that the economy is making a steady rebound.

“Over the past eighteen months, Freeport has seen significant financial output by local investors,” the president noted.  “Projects such as the refurbishment of the former Home Centre building by Freeport Ship Services, the expansion project at Bahamian Brewery, and the relocation and refurbishment of facilities for both Island Bedding and Caribbean Bottling, have created temporary and  permanent jobs for the local economy.” Rolle continued, adding that there were also a number of other projects carried out on a smaller scale. “Large or small, we must acknowledge these investments and the value they contribute to moving the economy forward.”

According to Rolle, domestic investment activity, across a broad range of business sectors, has been encouraging over the past eighteen months.

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