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Community leader participates in US State Department sponsored exchange on NGO management strategies
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   

 U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson with Ms. Tehranique Miller during a courtesy call at the U.S. Embassy.NASSAU, Bahamas -- On October 27, Ms. Tehranique Miller, Executive Director of the iCan non-profit organization paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program focused on “NGO Management in the United States,”  held September 2-19, 2014.  Ms. Miller was selected for her commitment to providing afterschool programs for at-risk youth in a positive learning environment.  

During the meeting with Chargé Johnson, Ms. Miller explained how she plans to apply her experiences to positively impact NGO management initiatives in The Bahamas.

The visit to the United States included stops in several U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Santa Fe and Miami.  Ms. Miller was accompanied by NGO leaders from Angola, Argentina, Nepal, the Philippines and the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.  

The group visited NGOs, professional associations, federal agencies, foundations and public service organizations to examine the diversity of the nonprofit sector and the dynamic relationships between business, government and NGOs.  

They also explored innovative non-profit management strategies of non-governmental and advocacy organizations in the United States including strategic planning, the use of social media and new technology, fundraising, board development and effective use of volunteers.

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Mitchell addresses misinformation surrounding new immigration policy
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The new immigration policies came into effect on Saturday, November 1 and in the wake of a routine spot check by the Department of Immigration, images and commentary were posted in social media including an upload to i-cnn blogspot. The images and commentary suggested night raids, the deportation of Bahamian children and the detention of children at the Carmichael Road as a result of these routine checks. They were all inaccurate and misleading to the general public.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Hon. Fred Mitchell, hosted a press conference on Sunday, November 2 at the Lynden Pindling International Airport upon his return from a trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he participated in an anti-piracy conference. He sought to address some of the misinformation being circulated within social media.

On the images of children being escorted by Immigration Officers, the Minister explained that during the spot check on Saturday morning, the adults at the home in question fled the scene, leaving the children behind. The Immigration Officers took the children into protective custody for their own safety wellbeing and the children were later released to an adult relative. The Director of Immigration, William Pratt applauded the humane actions taken by his officers in the in the circumstance given its sensitivity.   

With respect to children being detained at the Carmichael Road detention center, the children in question were among a group of illegal migrants aboard an interdicted vessel traveling in Bahamian waters and were detained along with their parents and subsequently deported to their home country along with their parents.

Both issues were clarified during the Q&A period of the press conference.

Please find below the text of the statement delivered by the Minister at the press conference.
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Cat Island Sailing Association invests in youth with technical scholarships
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   

SCHOLARSHIP – Four Cat Islanders are on their way to higher education after being awarded scholarships by the Cat Island Sailing Association.  Standing from left to right are: Raphael Munroe, recipient; District Superintendent, Cat Island Rum Cay and San Salvador, Garth H. King; BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl; President, Cat Island Sailing Association, Patrick Strachan and Principal, Old Bight High School, Jerome Forbes.  Seated are recipients: Donnamae Dean, Arley Merzius and Clifton Bullard.CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Cat Island’s future is looking brighter as four young natives were recently awarded technical scholarships, thanks to the Cat Island Sailing Association.

Awarded were Clifton Bullard, Arley Merzius and Raphael Munroe, students already enrolled at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) along with Donnamae Dean, who will join them in spring 2015.  It was a huge moment for the association’s president, Patrick Strachan, who was able to tick off one of his goals for his 2013-2015 tenure.

Mr. Strachan said the scholarships were awarded to students who represent the future of Cat Island. “As president of the sailing club, I’ve always felt that the club ought to be known as something more than a group of people organizing a regatta.  I’m of the opinion that we ought to do things for the Cat Island community that will leave a lasting impression and help it to grow.  I believe that when you educate an individual, that will always remain with that person, unlike material things which will wither,” he stated.  

Meanwhile, principal of Old Bight High School, Jerome Forbes, who flew into Nassau just for the presentation, was elated over the scholarships presented to his former students, Clifton and Arley, both of whom have six Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE’s).

“These two men could have chosen any other institution, but they chose BTVI.  They did their own research, telling me they want to become Electricians.  We thank the Cat Island Sailing Association for allowing them to fulfill their dreams,” said Mr. Forbes.

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Miss Universe Bahamas gives back with AIDS fundraising effort
Submitted by Alfred Anderson   

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Just a few months ago the current Miss Universe Bahamas, Tomii Culmer lost a very close relative who was born with the AIDS virus. Upon invitation to this year’s Red Rose Ball as a guest presenter this beauty queen wanted to do more than just show up.

With just a weeks notice she contacted the management of Sawyers Fresh Market requesting the use of their property to set up an area to raise funds. They immediately agreed and also made a donation to the cause.

Thanks to Reggie Simmons of Imagine Graphics who has been extremely supportive of Tomii he provided the necessary signage and materials that gave shoppers a better understanding of what she was doing.

For a total of eight hours over the course of two days Tomii along with her brothers Gustavus Cox and Alfred Anderson had a wonderful time interacting and educating shoppers on HIV/AIDS and the importance of supporting the AIDS awareness committee. Oddette Knowles, Chairman of the Red Rose Ball was really pleased with Tomii’s efforts.

On Saturday November 1, 2014, Miss Universe Bahamas presented 100% of proceeds during this years Ball.

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BTC opens revamped store in Spanish Wells
Submitted by Serena Williams   

The official ribbon cutting of the new and improved BTC retail store in Spanish Wells. (L – R): Rev. Ross Newbold; BTC SVP of Customer Operations Patricia Walters; Margaret Saunders retired BTC employee Spanish Wells (28 years); BTC CEO Leon Williams; mural artist Gloria Pinder; Jolton Johnson Senior Administrator North Eleuthera District.SPANISH WELLS, Eleuthera -- Regardless the size of the island or its community, BTC is giving the same retail opportunities, products and services in new and glamourous, full-service BTC stores throughout The Bahamas. The island of Spanish Wells is one such example, and Main Street was in a celebratory mood when BTC CEO Leon Williams led a BTC team to the store re-opening on October 29th.

Mr. Jolton Johnson, Senior Administrator, North Eleuthera district welcomed them and thanked the BTC CEO for the new store, which he said built on the community spirit of the island whilst boosting the local economy by way of employment.

Senior VP Customer Operations, Patricia Walters with responsibilities for new store roll outs, recounted her earlier trip some months previously when she made a pledge that all three districts in North Eleuthera would have modernized BTC stores.

“I found on my trip here that the stores were not up to standard and made a pledge on behalf of BTC that Eleuthera would be one of the first renovation projects following completion in Nassau.; and I’m very proud to be here today to say that promise has been fulfilled.”  

Ms. Walters drew the attendees’ attention to the modern and distinct Bahamian-themed design and décor and the colourful mural by local artist Gloria Pinder depicting island life. She likened the modern BTC product displays to those found in the much acclaimed Apple stores.

“We’re not too dissimilar to the Apple stores in the way we showcase our products; we are modern and best in class.”  

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