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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles



Fred Smith: Legislation on new immigration policy will be challenged in court
Submitted by Paco Nunez   
GRAND BAHAMA HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATION STATEMENT
by Fred Smith, QC
GBHRA president

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association cries shame on the Christie administration as a whole, and on Minister of Immigration Fred Mitchell in particular, for attempting to give their inhumane, immoral and illegal immigration enforcement policy the veneer of legitimacy by forcing a bill through Parliament, where they enjoy a substantial majority.

In the first instance, the tactics currently employed by immigration officers to terrorize the Haitian-Bahamian community constitute clear violations of the Bahamas Constitution, the supreme law of the land.

Indiscriminate roundups and roadblocks are unconstitutional; the requirement that immigrants carry ID at all times is unconstitutional; detention without bail and in the absence of criminal charges is unconstitutional; and deportation without conviction by a court of law is unconstitutional. The government simply cannot retroactively legitimize such actions.

In addition, every child of Haitian parents born in this country has a legal right to apply for Bahamian citizenship at the age of 18, if they have lived in this country for 10 years prior to their application. Removing them from this country before their 18th birthday deprives them this right and is therefore illegal.
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New moorings at Conception Island National Park
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

New Moorings at Conception Island National Park - As the trusted protectors of The Bahamas National Parks, the Bahamas National Trust and its staff constantly struggle to  maintain the pristine waters that surround its parks all while welcoming the thousands of tourists who visit its numerous islands. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bagwell, who love Conception Island, the BNT has been able to install three new moorings at the Conception Island National Park, to ensure that large yachts can anchor safely without damaging the corals.  Pictured is the crew of the Bagwell's ship installing the new moorings. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)CONCEPTION ISLAND, Bahamas – As the trusted protectors of The Bahamas National Parks, the Bahamas National Trust and its staff constantly struggle to  maintain the pristine waters that surround its parks all while welcoming the thousands of visitors to these parks. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bagwell, who love Conception Island National Park, the BNT has been able to install three new moorings at the Conception Island National Park, ensuring that large yachts can anchor safely without damaging the seabed.  

“We cannot thank Mr. and Mrs. Bagwell enough for their very generous donation to the BNT,” said David Knowles, BNT Director of Parks. “These anchorages will assist in protecting the seabed, especially precious coral reef resources that occur in the Park.”

Conception Island National Park was established on August 10, 1964.  Initially protection only included the island itself, however, the park was expanded in 2011 to include the surrounding marine platform out to 100 fathoms or 600 feet. Conception Island has some of the healthiest ecosystems in The Bahamas and is a major destination for yachts, dive boats, and research vessels.

Conception Island is one of the loveliest islands in The Bahamas. This uninhabited island is located on a platform that rises out of the deep ocean fifteen miles east of Santa Maria, Long Island. The island has miles of pink sand beaches, gorgeous sandstone cliffs, and an extraordinary abundance of wildlife on the land and in the sea. There are numerous locations for spectacular scuba diving and snorkeling.

The main island, Booby Cays and South Rocks are home to an extraordinary number of wildlife species, many of which are threatened or endangered. White–tailed Tropicbirds, Sooty terns, Oystercatchers, and Osprey nest on the island and cays. The center of the island is a large mangrove and creek habitat and an important nursery for fish, sharks, conch, and crawfish. Green turtles forage in the creek, off the southwestern shore, and in the northern bay. The coral reefs and grass flats in the surrounding sea are unusually healthy and are home to an abundance of sea life.

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Resorts World Bimini helps raise money for children’s charities at Miss World Pageant
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Children around the world will have one more reason to smile in the coming year, thanks in part to a generous donation by Resorts World Bimini. The resort recently donated a week’s stay at its beautiful property on picturesque Bimini to be sold at auction during the annual Beauty With A Purpose Miss World Charity Gala and Auction, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on November 30. The gift was presented by Miss World Bahamas Rosetta Cartwright who is currently competing in the Miss World pageant.

The Miss World Charity Gala and Auction is one of Miss World’s quintessential events, featuring an evening of beauty, generosity, and talent. Twenty-four national gifts were put in groups of 3, to auction off 8 packages. The highest bids were over $7800 and the audience was fierce in their bidding wars.

The final item was the most valuable, as it came from Denise Perrier, Miss World 1953, known as "The First Lady" of Miss World. Her donation of her Miss World trophy was auctioned off for an incredible $47,235. Other national gifts were sold during a silent auction.

All in all, the event raised thousands of dollars which will be put to good use helping children worldwide through the work of the Miss World Organization’s Beauty With A Purpose Foundation.

Resorts World Bimini President Edward Farrell said the resort was happy to assist.

“We are honored to be part of a program that helps to uplift children around the world,” he said. “If our donation helps to put a smile on the face of just one child – whether it is through better living conditions, feeding the hungry, or providing educational opportunities – then it will have been a worthwhile investment.”

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The Home Gallery opens new location at Harbour Bay
Submitted by Gail Hanna   

Owner Al Francis (right) enjoys a moment with two guests at launch event.NASSAU, Bahamas – The Home and Sleep Gallery celebrated the opening of its new location in the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza on November 23rd 2014.

Customers living and working in the eastern area of New Providence will now be able to make mattress selections, as well as bed bath and home items from the new location. The store features scents and candles, mattresses and beds, as well as unique items for interior décor.

The official launch event held on November 23rd 2014 featured members of the Sleep Gallery team, as well as family and excited previous customers, who were able to have a first-hand view of the spacious showroom floor, with an upstairs showroom as well.

Attendees were impressed by the clean and professional look of the store, as well as the ease and convenience with which they were able to view and select products.

“The second location will be more convenient for our customers living and working in the east,” said owner Al Francis. Mr. Francis stated that he was pleased with the opening of the new location, and is excited to serve customers in the eastern district.

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Portrait exhibition highlights positive Bahamian spirit
Charles Farrington, and Erin Brown.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Salus Project announces the opening of The Bahamian Collection exhibition on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The collection of classic, dramatic black-and-white legacy portraits that will be exhibited are part of the Bahamian Project's first year body of work created by photographer, and Bahamian Project founder, Duke Wells.

The Bahamian Project was created to capture the spirit of the people of The Bahamas. The body of photographs produced in the first year – “The Bahamian Collection” – comprises about 60 classic black-&-white portraits of Bahamians and made a spectacular debut at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas as part of the Bahamas' 40th Independence anniversary celebrations. Approximately 24 of those legacy portraits will be exhibited at The Salus Project Gallery from December 4th and into the new year.

“It’s a celebration of the good in our society. This Collection has put faces to the spirit that makes us Bahamian – these are but a few of the many Bahamians that reflect that spirit,” said project manager, Lisa Wells.

The photographic portraits being exhibited are of men and women from all walks of life, who together represent the heart, soul and spirit of the Bahamian character.
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