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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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    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
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Gibson launches National Insurance SmartCard
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Minister of Labour, National Insurance, and the Public Service, the Hon Shane Gibson, displays the new new National Insurance card, which is supposed to be a SmartCard, and able to store information from various departments within National Insurance. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel) NASSAU, The Bahamas -- SmartCards for National Insurance contributors, designed to simplify the process of claiming benefits from beneficiary accounts, are the newest solution for easily identifying claimants, Minister of Labour, National Insurance, and the Public Service, the Hon Shane Gibson, announced on May 20.    

Minister Gibson highlighted additional changes at National Insurance, as the Ministry continues to create a viral presence and is offering services online.    

"Today, we are pleased to launch our new National Insurance card, which is supposed to be a SmartCard, able to store information from various departments within National Insurance.  And also, one of the things we are considering as well is because of the biometric use of it, is to allow it to be used as a national identity card," said Minister Gibson.    

"We've not gotten approval from Cabinet yet, but it's something we're looking at.  This is just the first phase of launching this card.  As you know, up until now, this is the card that everyone got used to receiving from National Insurance, once you became a participant of the National Insurance Board.  Today, we are launching a fully protected card, which would make it more difficult for individuals to use it in a fraudulent way," said Minister Gibson.    

Minister Gibson said it was something that National Insurance ought to be congratulated on, in light that over the years the Ministry has been working hard to make National Insurance more responsive to the demands and needs of their customers.  He said they want to continue to make National Insurance the envy of what the Public Service is all about.  He added that over the past couple of years,  they have concentrated more on being more customer service driven, where they are not satisfied, unless the customers are satisfied.  

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Rotary Club of GB Sunrise hosts successful annual Cigar Nights event to benefit Columbus House Big Brother/Big Sister and youth mentoring

 Rotary Club of GB Sunrise brings together a fabulous party to support their community improvement work in Grand Bahama.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Over 300 people turned out Saturday evening, May 17, 2014 and had a fabulous time at a vintage Havana-themed “Cigar Nights” event at Pelican Bay Hotel’s Canal House to support Rotary of GB Sunrise’s youth mentoring program, the Safe Swim program, and Cat’s Eye road reflector work.

Latin music was provided by a band featuring Steve Persaud, Clarence Green, Larry Lewis, and Marina Gottlieb Sarles, together with a special performance by the teens at Columbus House who have been taking music lessons as part of the ongoing youth mentoring in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.  

The music added festive notes to the party, which also included top prizes donated by the community and auctioned off “Chinese style” —which gives raffle ticket buyers a chance to choose which prizes they’re interested in winning via how they distribute their tickets.

Latin-themed food, salsa dancing, hand-rolled cigars courtesy of Graycliff, Nassau, a appearance by Miss Grand Bahama, and rum sampling also rounded out the popular party—which included lots of fun photo props and opportunities to show off fedoras and vintage Havana-inspired fashion.

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'Junka-Fest' receives corporate backing from GBPA
Submitted by Deidre Rahming   

NEW CULTURAL FESTIVAL LAUNCHED ON GBI: On hand for the unveiling of ‘Junka-Fest,’ to be held June 6th, were (left to right): Ginger Moxey, GBPA Vice President; Dr. Telina Smith, GBPA Donation’s Administrator; Sergio Armaly, Deputy Chairman, Junkanoo Promotions; Racquel Beneby-Hart, launch organizer; and Shenika Lefleur, Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Junka-Fest is the newest cultural event to be launched in Grand Bahama.  According to event organizers, “Junka-Fest is the amalgamation of Junkanoo, Goombay, regatta and the heritage festival, to be held at one time and one location.”

Slated for Friday June 6th, from 12 noon until, Goombay Park will be transformed into a native village.  Guests entering will be transported back in time to take a historical journey through all things Bahamian, invigorating the senses of taste, sight and sound.

Brainchild of the event, Junkanoo Promotions are also the organizers of the highly successful ‘Rush For Peace’ parades held annually in downtown Freeport.  “Heeding the cries of our tourists, we have created another masterpiece concept that will provide additional on-island activities for tourists and locals to experience our rich heritage and culture,” said Sergio Armaly, Junkanoo Promotions’ Deputy Chairman.

Full of praise for their efforts was, Ginger Moxey, Vice President, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited.  “GBPA has always been a keen supporter of their efforts and we salute the committee for their ingenious idea,” she stated.  “The Port Authority continues its tradition of supporting the advancement of Bahamian culture and is proud to be a major sponsor of Junka-Fest.  Events like these have a great impact on our islands, and we are certainly delighted to support Junka-Fest which includes all aspects of Bahamian culture.”

The group’s mid-year cultural extravaganza, ‘Rush For Peace’ has stimulated domestic tourism like no other festival on the island.  Similarly, Junka-Fest’s economic impact amongst local vendors is highly anticipated as hundreds are expected to converge at the former Carnival site for a fun-filled afternoon of family entertainment.

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Billfish Grill opens at Palm Cay
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Welcome to Billfish Grill – Bartenders and waiters prepare for the crowds at the grand opening of Billfish Grill at Palm Cay. NASSAU, Bahamas --  More than 100 dignitaries, residents and guests ate, drank and toasted to the success of Billfish Grill at Palm Cay last week, celebrating the opening of the first new upscale restaurant in New Providence in many years.

For many, it was an opportunity to sample the delicacies prepared by Chef Anthony Carey, who cooked his way halfway round the world before returning to Nassau to create a menu under the watchful direction of Billfish Grill partners restaurateur Peter Rounce and fresh food culinary specialist Lise Watson-Russell, who built her reputation with original dishes at Chives, Blake Road.

The food was a feast – stations with lamb curry, shrimp curry, a traditional turkey and stuffing station, another with Singapore noodles prepared before your eyes, an array of appetizers, cheeses, desserts, conch salad sippers and a dozen taste-teasers, a gastronomical challenge that guests were determined to meet.

And for all those who believe that dining together is the bond that unites, the adage took an unusual twist, playing out in real life with top representatives from the PLP, FNM and DNA at one place at one time, chatting, soaking in the sights of the broad stretch of beach that runs 1,200 feet from restaurant to end of the development’s waterfront townhomes on Starfish Isle.

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Former Governor-General gives 'thumbs up' to RBDF ship named in his honour
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Former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Arthur Dion Hanna (centre) chats with crew members of the HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna during a tour of the vessel Tuesday, May 20, at Prince George Wharf. His Excellency was accompanied by Minister of National Security, Dr. the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage (right) and Lt. Commander Chapell Whyms, Commanding Officer, HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) NASSAU, The Bahamas --- Former Governor-General, Cabinet Minister and accomplished sailor/boater, His Excellency Arthur Dion Hanna, gave the acquisition of the first of a fleet of new Royal Bahamas Defence Force state-of-the-art patrol craft a “thumbs up” Tuesday during a tour of the vessel.  

Mr. Hanna was accompanied by Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie; Minister of National Security, Dr. the Hon. Bernard Nottage and other members of the Christie Cabinet, including Minister of Transport and Aviation, the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, His Excellency’s daughter, during a tour of the Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Arthur Dion Hanna.  

“She is a fit ship,” His Excellency could be overheard saying during the tour of the vessel.  

Berthed at Prince George Wharf, HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna is scheduled for commissioning on Thursday, June 12, 2014, with the naval pomp and pageantry that accompanies the acquisition, hand-over and commissioning “of a vessel of this kind.”  

“His Excellency proved to us today that he was indeed an accomplished sailor/boater with the questions he put to Commander Whyms (HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna Commanding Officer Lieutenant Commander Chapell Whyms),” Dr. Nottage said during a short address.  

“We are very happy with this first edition and will be even happier next month with the arrival of the second and a couple of months after that, with the third. The efficiency of this turn-out is due in no short measure to the plans put in place by my permanent secretary, Mr. Carl Smith and the team from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force who all did a tremendous job,” Dr. Nottage added.  

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