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New stamps highlight 75th anniversary of first undersea Post Office
Written by BIS   

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Postal Services announces the release a new series of commemorative stamps on August 16, 2014 which will pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the world’s first undersea Post Office.

The new stamps will depict the pioneering work of John Ernest (“J.E.”) Williamson (1881-1966), whose underwater photography drew mass attention to the beautiful and precious natural resources of The Bahamas.

Designed by Derek Miller and printed by Lowe-Martin, the stamps feature a 15 cent stamp, a 50 cent stamp, a 65 cent stamp and a 70 cent stamp.

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Bahamas weekly fishing report from Harbourside Marine
Submitted by Harbourside Marine   

Fishing report as of July 24, 2014

Crawfish season soon reach!  The opening of crawfish season,August 1st, is just around the corner! Harbourside Marine has every thing that you need to catch them. Come in and check out our large selection of masks, fins, wetsuits, gloves, rash guards, slings & spears,and glass bottom buckets. Happy Hunting!Nassau: The local charter captains have reported that the offshore fishing has been a bit slow with a few mahi and tuna caught this 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: There is no report for offshore; most anglers have been bottom fishing and deep dropping for snapper.
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North Eleuthera: Captain Jeff Fox reports that the fishing off of north Eleuthera has been slow for the past few days; he has been picking up only single fish "here and there". The yellowfin are there but they are not biting.
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Jeff Fox, Ocean Fox Charters  www.oceanfoxfishingbahamas.com
South Eleuthera, Cape Eleuthera: No reports.
Leon Gibson   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Al J Curry, Ocean Fox Charters. www.oceanfoxcottonbay.com

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AKA Annual Day at the Capitol 2014: Women and our role in national development and progressive legislation
Submitted by Phylicia Laramore   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Members of the Eta Psi Omega Chapter (New Providence) and Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter (Grand Bahama) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated gathered in the halls of parliament to participate in the annual AKA Day at the Capitol initiative under the theme "Women and Our Role in National Development & Progressive Legislation."

AKA Day at the Capitol is an important opportunity for members of the sorority to actively engage in and enhance their knowledge of public policy issues that are pertinent to the Bahamian community as a whole. This year the members of both chapters united to visit parliament to dialogue with current female parliamentarians, Sen. Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Attorney General of The Bahamas; Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation; Hon. CV Hope Strachan, Minister of State for Transport and Aviation; Sen. Hon. Cheryl Bazard; and Sen. Hon. Tanisha Tynes (1st Vice President of the Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter).

"The old adage 'The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world' holds even more truth today than ever before. The plight of women, who are the cradle rockers, should not and cannot be pushed aside and placed on the back burner. This is why we are here today; to identify what we need to do to move forward and to help address and alleviate the social ills, economic inequalities, discrimination and other issues facing all Bahamians especially women and girls," expressed President of the Eta Psi Omega Chapter, Ms. Alana Ingraham as she opened the morning session of the day's activities.

During this time, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority discussed various topics of concern with the respective ministers and senators and proposed ideas for national programs and legislation. Some of the topics discussed were access to health care, rights of women, the constitutional referendum to address the discrimination against women, the Disabilities Act, violence against women (domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape and other violent acts), children aging out of foster care and human trafficking.

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World’s top soccer league rewards camp’s top kids
Submitted by Stuart Garner   

The happy smiling faces of three youngsters about to head out on the sporting trip of a lifetime - Kadicia Babb, Cameron Chandler and Donte Singh were selected by the UK visiting coaches for the top prize at this year’s Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp.  They will be joined by fellow camper Courtni Pinder, who is not pictured.  Pictured left to right are Freeport Rugby Football Club (FRFC) President, Rob Speller, Cameron Chaundler, Kadicia Babb, Donte Singh and Mary Woodside, founder and head coach of the Girls Developmental Soccer League. (Photo courtesy of FRFC for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The happy smiling faces of three youngsters about to head out on the sporting trip of a lifetime.

Kadicia Babb (centre), Cameron Chandler (second left) and Donte Singh (second right) were selected by the UK visiting coaches for the top prize at this year’s Sir Jack Hayward Soccer Camp. They will be joined by fellow camper Courtni Pinder (pictured separately) who is currently off island.

The quartet’s all-round contribution at the camp, held in Freeport, Grand Bahama last month, won them a two-day all-expenses paid trip to the final of the Guinness Cup in Miami on August 4. They will enjoy all the razzmatazz and then watch two of the most famous soccer clubs in the world fight it out for this prestigious trophy.

The group, who were chosen for their enthusiasm, good attitude, and all-round effort, will be escorted by Mary Woodside (right) and Donnie Knowles, founders and head coaches of the Girls Developmental Soccer League whose 300-plus players form the most successful youth sports organisation on the island.

Jenna Martin, Robbie Pringle, and Abbie Sadler, the trio of full-time professional youth coaches from the Football Association in London who led a big group of local assistant coaches at the camp, praised the four for their application and whole-hearted approach which made them stand out from the 150 children who took part.

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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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