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Groups announce activities for Autism Awareness Month - April 2015
Submitted by BIS   

(Photo by Kenny Strachan of KML Media / The DS3 Group)NASSAU, Bahamas - Seahorse Institute announces its activities for Autism Awareness Month in April 2015.  

Minister of Social Services and Community Development, The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Member of Parliament for Yamacraw was on hand to celebrate the success of Seahorse Institute’s programs for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental delays.  

Baha Mar’s BELIEVE Foundation representatives showed their support of the C.A.R.E. Academy and the success of the program along with Ashanti Rolle, a former student of Seahorse Institute, who graduated from Baha Mar’s Leadership Development Institute and recently was hired by Rosewood at Baha Mar as a Uniform Coordinator.

Parents of students at Seahorse Institute were also on hand to share how much their children have benefited from Seahorse Institute.

Seahorse Institute offers a continuum of care across the lifespan for those with Autism and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. Their programs include:

1) Hope Program -  the only research-based intervention in the Bahamas for children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or related disability between the ages of 2 and 21 years old

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Healthy living encouraged at Wellness Fair
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   

Junior school students participate in a watermelon eating contest while attending BTVI’s health and wellness fair.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Making healthy choices was the focus of a recent health and wellness fair held by the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), attracting scores of students and professionals.

The lively fair had health, fitness and beauty all rolled into one as 28 exhibitors provided information, samples and demonstrations of their products and/or services.  

According to BTVI’s Dean of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel, the approach to wellness is holistic as January’s focus was on spiritual wellness, while February was financial fitness and matters of the heart, topped off with physical, mental and emotional health during this month.

“Wellness is more than physical, so we’re excited that our community partners are supporting us in recognition that wellness is important.  This is their contribution to BTVI in raising healthy and positive citizens.  Their presence proves they value our contribution to society,” she said.

Meanwhile, BTVI’s Acting President, Dr. Iva Dahl, who officially opened the 4th annual fair, encouraged attendees to take advantage of what was available, particularly the practical tips presented by participants.  

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Oakes Field Primary School renamed in honour of Mrs. Eva Hilton
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Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald makes a presentation to the new patron of the Oakes Field Primary School, Mrs. Eva Hilton. The school bears her name after a renaming ceremony, which was held on March 19. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)NASSAU, Bahamas -- In a bid to formally recognize Bahamians who dedicated their lives to education, post Independence, the government has continued with a school renaming exercise, which commenced a few years ago. On Thursday, March 19, the Oakes Field Primary underwent a renaming exercise and now bears the name of veteran educator and avid gardener, Mrs. Eva Hilton (nee Godet).

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry was in attendance to cement the event. The Prime Minister said that he was ‘humbled’ and privileged to participate in the ceremony.  He said that Mrs. Hilton’s legacy in the field of education was synonymous with excellence.

“Mrs. Hilton was, indeed, a career educator who, like many women of her time, made the schools in which she served, an extension of her home.” He said. “The values and principles that she instilled in her biological children were the same ones implanted in the hearts and minds of her pupils. She was an exemplary role model and served with pride and distinction.”

Mr. Christie also said that he was especially proud that Mrs. Hilton was still alive to receive the accolades due to her.

Minister of Education, Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald congratulated Mrs. Hilton for her dedication to education and said that every effort was being made to support the school, which has one of the best academic and parent-teacher associations in the public school system. Mr. Fitzgerald said that the school will undergo an expansion during the summer and it is anticipated that students will have an enhanced campus during the new school term in the fall.

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Minister for Grand Bahama tours new Junkanoo Village and Museum
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Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville is pictured as he toured the Junkanoo Village and Museum on Thursday afternoon.  Left to right in the photo are: Harcourt Brown, Senior Undersecretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama; Dr. Darville; Rashad Amahad and Fred Black, owners.  (BIS Photos/Vandyke Hepburn)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Thursday visited the Junkanoo Village and Museum and observed the progress of Freeport’s newest attraction, the brainchild of Junkanoo enthusiast Fred Black and his partner Rashad Amahad, located on Yellow Pine Street, directly across the street from the Grand Bahama Millwork Building.

Dr. Darville told the owners that understanding Junkanoo and our heritage is very important and that he wants to make sure the venture is sustainable; he also offered suggestions to improve the facility as well as how the owners could tie into Government funding to complete the project properly.

He said the project has all the ingredients of a major tourist attraction and allows local residents including the various schools on the island the opportunity to explore the Bahamian culture and learn about the fine art of Junkanoo.

“What I don’t want to see is something like this, which is very important to our history and culture, starting up and closing in a few weeks: my Ministry will work with you to ensure that the proper planning is in place and offer advice and direct you to the agencies that could assist you in making this dream a reality,” the Minister told the owners.

The Junkanoo Village and Museum is scheduled to open in about two weeks; already the facility has in place a number of Junkanno costumes and other art pieces.

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Preserve and protect our island ecosystems by supporting Grand Bahama park expansion plans
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Preserve and Protect our Unique Island Ecosystems by Supporting Grand Bahama Park Expansion - The Grand Bahama branch of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is on a mission to protect and preserve the ecosystems of Grand Bahama. They have launched a new website to highlight the need to expand two existing national parks and two new areas that they want get established as national parks. The areas proposed in the Grand Bahama national park expansion initiative, include expansions of Peterson Cay National Park and Lucayan National Park, and the addition of East Grand Bahama and Northshore/Gap areas.  The new proposed national parks will be managed for multiple use, which will be determined through consultations between local stakeholders and the BNT as the manager of the national park system. (Photo courtesy of Mark Da Cunha for Barefoot Marketing)GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas – The Grand Bahama branch of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is on a mission to protect and preserve the ecosystems of Grand Bahama. They have launched a new website to highlight the need to expand two existing national parks and two new areas that they want get established as national parks.

The areas proposed in the Grand Bahama national park expansion initiative, include expansions of Peterson Cay National Park and Lucayan National Park, and the addition of East Grand Bahama and Northshore/Gap areas.  The new proposed national parks will be managed for multiple use, which will be determined through consultations between local stakeholders and the BNT as the manager of the national park system.

“We cannot take locals to visit the areas proposed for protection, so producing these videos  offers the wider communities an opportunity for a virtual trip through these proposed parks,” said Lakeshia Anderson, GB BNT Parks Manager. “This is our first use of drone technology to highlight our parks, so many thanks to local Bahamian videographer Mark Da Cunha for his talents with video production and website design.”

Grand Bahama is home to three national parks. Unfortunately, these existing parks do not adequately protect the critical nearshore and marine habitats necessary to sustain Grand Bahama’s fisheries resources.  The BNT has produced videos on all of the proposed national parks, as well as, an on-line petition to show both the Government and the Grand Bahama Development Company, the support from Bahamians for the expansion of the Grand Bahama national park system.

“It is imperative that we show the support of Bahamians for the national park expansion,” said Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director. “We’ve had overwhelming support from the local East End communities, and want everyone be a part of this decision to preserve these special areas on Grand Bahama.”

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