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



Going Green: Local students travel to Andros to experience BNT’s Eco Camp

By Cheri Wood

 The Gibson sisters from Grand Bahama enjoy the view at the Joulter Cays.On July 19, 2014 four students returned to Grand Bahama after spending a week at the Forfar Field Station in Fresh Creek, Andros at The BNT’s  (Bahamas National Trust’s) annual Eco Camp. This all expense paid trip was truly an experience the students will remember for a long time to come.

The camp is beyond awesome, the rewards are plentiful and the activities are unprecedented, but you must be willing to give up some things in order to be a part of this incredible experience.

Stripped of their cell phones, computer games, television and outside amenities such as air conditioning, snacks, soda, and Facebook, the children are immersed in an environment that fosters socialization, self awareness, survival skills and an appreciation for nature.

Upon arrival the children are assigned sleeping quarters which are equipped with minimal bare necessities. Up to eight people can share one cabin with four bunk beds and one bathroom. Since the field station is eco-conscious, the plumbing is very crude and saving water is not suggested-it is mandatory. You can use your imagination to figure out what that might mean.

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Melia Nassau Beach does it again – supports local fishermen
Submitted by DP&A   

Snapping up local flavour – Melia Nassau Beach Manager Andrew Tilley, left, listens to Executive Sous Chef Sidney Bullard explaining how the eyes of fish are more than mirrors of their soul – they’re a dead giveaway to how fresh the catch is. In this case, the red snapper is as fresh as can be, directly from Mayaguana to Nassau the same day as part of Melia’s and Tilley’s commitment to source as much product locally as possible for all the hotel’s needs. (Photo by Kovah Duncombe for DP&A) NASSAU, Bahamas -- It started with sweet potatoes, onions and peppers, expanded to soursop and limes, and now the hotel that serves local produce to guests is redoubling its efforts to support Bahamian business by purchasing fish, conch and when crawfish season opens, fresh crawfish, from local fishermen.

Andrew Tilley, General Manager of Melia Nassau Beach, explains.  “It makes all the sense in the world to buy as much as you can locally,” said Tilley. “It pleases the guests who enjoy tasting true local fare. It is especially appealing because what you are serving is fresh and is being served the same day it was caught. And it supports local business which is very important to the Melia brand.”

It’s important to companies like Dad & Lad, who supply conch, grouper, red snapper and hope to expand to crawfish when season opens in August.  “It’s not often that you find foreign companies wanting to deal with Bahamians,” says Dwight Higgins, one half of the Dad & Lad father and son fishing duo, Dad in Mayaguana, Dwight in Nassau.

Dad fishes early, then packs the coolers and loads them aboard a plane. The catch arrives fresh and is never frozen, says Executive Chef Sidney Bullard, who recently won an honorable mention for Leader of the Quarter, a high honour considering competition was 500 strong, the number of staff members at the hotel on Cable Beach.   

The younger Higgins, 43, has been fishing since he was in his late teens and this is only the second time he’s had an opportunity to supply catch to a local establishment.

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Miss Universe Grand Bahama, Tomacina Culmer, wins Top Model competition
Submitted by Nikia A. Wells   

(From left to right) First runner up, and Miss Universe Long Island, Ominique Burrows, winner and Miss Universe Grand Bahama, Tomacina Culmer, and Second Runner Up, Miss World Ocean Cay, Chantal O'Brien. NASSAU, Bahamas -- The 7 contestants competing for the Miss World Bahamas title and 6 contestants vying for the Miss Universe Bahamas crown, modeled fashions by local designers in the Miss Bahamas Top Model Competition, on July 25, at the British Colonial Hilton.

Tomacina Culmer, Miss Universe Grand Bahama, was named the winner after strutting the runway in three fashion scenes, and has won a contract and six page spread with Profiles 98 Magazine, in addition to international training in the United Stated and Jamaica.

Ominique Burrows won first runner up, and Chantal O'Brien was the second runner up. The Miss Bahamas double header will take place on Aug 3 at the Atlantis Resort.

Photo: (From left to right) First runner up, and Miss Universe Long Island, Ominique Burrows, winner and Miss Universe Grand Bahama, Tomacina Culmer, and Second Runner Up, Miss World Ocean Cay, Chantal O'Brien.

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Grand Bahama tourism team visits Memphis and Nashville
Submitted by Brooke M. Sherman   

GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas -- The Vacation Express/ Bahamasair summer flight program, fueled by the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, continues to soar to greater heights. The initial eight city non-stop service program has now picked up two additional cities with flights originating in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee commencing August 11th and September 5th, respectively.

The introduction of this program increases the average length of stay for the destination with its rolling four (4 nights with departures on the 5th day) flight schedule. Visitor spend on tour excursions, dining experiences and shopping among others aids the Ministry of Tourism’s goal of achieving the widest possible distribution of the benefits of tourism throughout the island.

A team of representatives including Carmel Churchill, Director for Marketing Services, Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, Jeannie Gibson, Communications Manager, BTO, Antoinette Neely, District Manager BTO, and Brooke Sherman, Communications Senior Executive BTO set off on a weeklong media and sales blitz throughout Memphis and Nashville, July 22nd- 26th, 2014. The team paid courtesy calls on Mayors A C Wharton, Jr. for the City of Memphis and Karl F. Deal for the City of Nashville in addition to meetings with local TV, radio and communications agencies to promote the new direct service to Grand Bahama.   

Watch TV interviews by the representatives of the team:

http://www.wkrn.com/story/26108733/nashville-airport-will-soon-offer-direct-flights-to-bahamas

http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/26084333/international-air-travel-returns-to-memphis

 
Baha Mar’s Leadership Development Institute celebrates ‘true inclusion’
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   

LDI Best Buddies student Jonathan Gaitor (center) and classmates join the third class of LDI, representing ‘true inclusion’ for young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (IDD).NASSAU, Bahamas -- Baha Mar is providing true inclusion for all Bahamians, with more opportunities than ever before for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (IDD) at the luxury resort.

This past Monday, the Leadership Development Institute (LDI), a non-profit training organization supported by Baha Mar, began its third session. LDI creates opportunities for Bahamians from all backgrounds to be trained and to potentially join the Baha Mar team. In this recent session, LDI broke new ground by not only doubling of the class size but also by taking the unprecedented step to include people with IDD in the program.

More than 200 new LDI students and their parents gathered in the Rainforest Theater at the Crystal Palace Training Hotel for the LDI orientation session. However, for the six individuals with IDD and their parents, the meeting represented so much more.

Through a revolutionary program, Baha Mar has partnered with Best Buddies International, founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989, to allow individuals with IDD to join Baha Mar’s transformative Leadership Development Institute. Over the years, Best Buddies International has partnered with organizations throughout the United States and in 50 countries around the world, assisting with training and creating integrated social and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities including autism and Down syndrome. The partnership with Baha Mar marks the first Best Buddies International venture in the region.

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