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Bahamian Brewery's Sands ‘Man In The Boat’ sculling races bring the magic back to the Magic City
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Bahamian Brewery Sands 'Man in the Boat' Sculling Races brings the magic back to Grand Bahama - Hundreds of Bahamians flocked to the Taino Beach this past weekend for the 19th Annual GB Regatta and the crowd pleasing Sands 'Man in the Boat' sculling races which took place on Saturday evening. Pictured is Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company Owner and CEO James 'Jimmy' Sands who was in town for the event and can be seen looking on in the water as the sculling races were taking place. (Photo Courtesy of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Grand Bahama, also known as the Magic City came alive this past weekend as hundreds of Bahamians flocked to Taino Beach for the 19th Annual GB Regatta and the crowd pleasing Sands ‘Man In the Boat’ sculling races.

In an effort to heighten the awareness of the Regatta and as an official sponsor, the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company kicked off the festivities with a motorcade throughout the streets of Grand Bahama on Thursday July 17th handing out free products to excited persons lining the streets along the route.

This year’s Regatta marked a new beginning as it was cancelled last year due to economic challenges but thanks to community supporters like the Brewery and others, the two-day event was officially opened on Friday evening and welcomed some ten sailing boats and a number of participants from all over The Bahamas.

The ‘Sands Man in the Boat’ sculling races were held on Saturday evening and after several heats, Clay Moxey came out victorious followed by Equilla Lafleur in second place and third place went to well known Steven Rolle, who has previously won sculling races at the National Family Island Regatta in Exuma and then at the recent 47th Annual Long Island Regatta.

“We were very pleased to see the tremendous amount of people watching the excitement from the shoreline,” said Lynden Johnson, Sales and Marketing Manger at Bahamian Brewery and Beverage. “The Sands family is pleased to sponsor this old Bahamian tradition of sculling as are we are proud to be a 100% Bahamian Brewery.”

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Safety training a priority for gas business
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   

Participants of a Liquefied Propane Gas course are shown at the beginning of a five-day course on the volatile substance.  The initial assessment is a written exam.  It will be followed by oral and practical exams to be administered by the Ministry of Works, before certification. ABACO, The Bahamas -- With 90% of people in the propane business not having adequate formal training, according to leading natural and propane gas trainer, Stephen C. Nook, The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has joined forces with the Ministry of Public Works to conduct intense training.

Ten persons are participating in a five-day course on the island of Abaco, representing Man-O-War Gas, Guana Lumber and Supplies, and Abaco Gas Company. The training of Abaconians in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) business comes at a time when LPG plants are “popping up” throughout several islands, according to BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville.

“We, at BTVI, want to help enforce the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act. On a lot of the cays in Abaco, they are using LPG gas for their propane generators and commercial appliances due to the cost of fuel. Because it’s so widely used, more training is needed,” said Mr. Darville.

Furthermore, Ministry of Public Works, Volatile Inspector, Freeman Hanna, stressed the importance of always visually examining a propane gas tank for leaks because safety is paramount. He added that many accidents could be avoided if the proper safeguards are taken.

“One of the reasons the government decided mail boats shouldn’t transport propane tanks is because of the accidents. People aren’t taking the precautionary measures. Propane is nothing to play with. You must know the regulations. They’re like our daily Bible in the field,” he said.

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What every dog owner should know about Canine Distemper in the Bahamas
Written by Tip Burrows / Humane Society of Grand Bahama   

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) is a serious and deadly illness with no cure. The vast majority of infected dogs will succumb to it or be humanely euthanized to prevent further suffering.  Very few dogs survive even with the best of veterinary care, which can only treat the symptoms.

Currently the island of New Providence is experiencing a serious CDV outbreak.  At last report, over 400 dogs and puppies have already lost their lives to this virus, and those are just the ones known to the Bahamas Humane Society (BHS) since early June.  The numbers seen by private veterinarians or by the government run Canine Control Unit have not been reported (why not?), and of course, sadly, there are likely to be many dogs affected that have and will suffer and die on the streets.

CDV affects only dogs and other canids (e.g. raccoons, ferrets and other wildlife like wolves and foxes not present here in the Bahamas).  It is not transmissible to humans or cats or any other animals, but it is highly contagious from dog to dog as it is an airborne virus.  People who have been around an infected dog can also spread it via their clothing or shoes from one place to another.

The symptoms and details are readily found online and in the sources cited below which were also used in writing this article.  Responsible dog owners already know that any unusual symptom their dog exhibits should be seen immediately by their veterinarian.  Inexperienced and new dog owners are urged to take note.

The symptoms of CDV can vary widely and some can also mimic other diseases, just as other diseases' symptoms can mimic CDV.  The main thing to know is that if your dog or puppy starts coughing, stops eating, has any discharge from the eyes or nose, becomes lethargic, loses weight rapidly, exhibits vomiting or bloody diarrhea, or any of the above; he or she needs to get to a vet right away.  None of these necessarily indicate CDV, but any one of these symptoms do indicate a serious problem.

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Baha Mar Gaming Academy welcomes first class
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   

Baha Mar Gaming Academy participants Chantonique Minnis (left) and Gianna Sturrup (right) take a break from the Roulette wheel with Casino Games Manager, Denise Rahming (center).NASSAU, Bahamas -- The opportunity of a lifetime began for more than 90 participants at the Baha Mar Gaming Academy yesterday. The free casino dealer training program welcomed its first class, providing Bahamians who have a passion for service with the skills to continue a career in gaming or to transition to a career in gaming.

The Baha Mar Gaming Academy received more than 700 applications, 300 of which were accepted into the challenging program. Although the applicants hailed from various professional backgrounds, all of the participants are eager to be a part of what will be the most exciting casino in the Caribbean, rivaling the best gaming destinations in the world including Las Vegas and Macau.

“I have a business degree and I own my own business, but I saw the gaming school as a great opportunity for someone like me with an outgoing personality to be a part of something amazing,” said Gianna Sturrup, a Baha Mar Gaming Academy participant.

The classes are conducted in small groups led by professional trainers to give participants one-on-one instruction and constructive feedback. The program consists of day and evening sessions over 14 weeks and 18 weeks respectively. During the course of the sessions, the students will learn popular games such as Black Jack, Baccarat, Roulette, Craps and Pai Gow Poker. Additional training will be offered in games such as Let It Ride, Three-Card Poker, Caribbean Stud and War.

“The Baha Mar Gaming Academy is part of our ongoing commitment to provide training and create opportunities for Bahamians. Our guests travel all over the world for a great gaming experience. The training that these participants are receiving will ensure that Baha Mar provides a world-class gaming experience that will exceed their expectations and make them want to return to Baha Mar,” said Baha Mar Chief Operating Officer, Paul V. Pusateri.

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Sweet Bells/Freddie Higgs golf tournament underway on Grand Bahama
Submitted by BIS   

GOLF CLASSIC – Former NBA superstar, Mychal ‘Sweet Bells’ Thompson is pictured centre with staffers from the Ministry of Tourism’s Grand Bahama office during a cocktail reception at the Grand Lucayan Resort on Monday night, marking the opening of the two -day Mychal ‘Sweet Bells’ Thompson/Fred Higgs Golf Challenge. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)LUCAYA, Grand Bahama – The smooth green surface of the Reef Golf Course is playing host to a major golf tournament.  

The first Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson/Fred Higgs Golf Challenge got underway on Tuesday morning, attracting a large number of competitors including former outstanding Bahamian basketball players and company executives.  

The event is being sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Golf Federation along with the support of the Bahamas Basketball Federation.  

The tournament was officially opened during a cocktail reception at the Grand Lucayan Resort on Monday, and the two-day classic will close out on Wednesday.  

Former National Basketball Association star, Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson was in Grand Bahama for the opening.  The 59 year old retired superstar played both the power forward and centre positions for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers.  

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