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    Bahamians show a love for sculling at St. Valentine's Regatta
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    Michael Johnson wins JA New Providence and Toastmasters International’s annual speech competition
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    Registration opens for Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend 2014 events March 21-23 at Treasure Cay
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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening



PureSilk-Bahamas LPGA donates to Ranfurly Home for Children
Written by BIS   

The Ranfurly Home for Children received a donation from the PureSilk-Bahamas LPGA and Bahamas Waste Limited during a press conference at the Ocean Club on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Pictured from left: Alex Roberts, Director, Ranfurly Home for Children; Jill Crumbacher, PureSilk; and Ethelyn Davis, Operations Manager, Bahamas Waste. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)PARADISE ISLAND, The Bahamas – The Ranfurly Home for Children received a donation from the PureSilk-Bahamas LPGA and Bahamas Waste Limited to assist with the continuing programmes of that non-charitable organisation.  

The presentation was held during a press conference at the Ocean Club on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  

The Ranfurly Home has been regarded as a safe haven for thousands of Bahamian children since 1956. It provides a safe, structured environment for children who have been orphaned, abused, neglected or abandoned.  

To date, the home accommodates 29 children – 19 boys and 10 girls who were placed by the Department of Social Services, which also offer assistance to them.  

Receiving the cheque of $5,000 during a press conference Alex Roberts, director of the home said, “We depend on the generosity from the public. Your donations will be thankfully received and generously applied.”

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United States Embassy partners with Bahamas Methodist Habitat to honor Martin Luther King’s legacy through community service
Submitted by Elizabeth A Moxey   

On Martin Luther King Day volunteers from the U.S. Embassy and Bahamas Methodist Habitat participated in a refurbishment project at the Persis Rogers Home for the Aged. The photo includes Ms. Frances Ledee, Administrator at Persis Rogers Home, Abraham McIntryre, Executive Director, Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer Neda Brown with volunteers from BMH and the U.S. Embassy.

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Monday, January 20, was recognized in the United States as a day of service to commemorate Martin Luther King Day and was observed as “A Day On, Not Off” where time was set aside by thousands of volunteers throughout the world to honor Dr. King’s legacy of service through local community outreach programs.  Throughout his life, Dr. King advocated service to all humanity and encouraged people to embrace the principles of nonviolence and equality, without regard to race, creed of color.  On the U.S. national holiday, in MLK’s observance, the United States Embassy partnered with members of Bahamas Methodist Habitat to serve at the Persis Rogers Home for the Aged.  The Bahamas Methodist Habitat is a group of dedicated volunteers who help to provide home repairs and new home construction communities in need throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean.  

: U.S. Embassy volunteers hard at work making repairs to the roof of the laundry facility at the Persis Rogers Home.More than twenty Embassy volunteers representing several agencies including the Department of State, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Defense Cooperation and Bahamian staff teamed up with Bahamas Methodist Habitat for several hours to enhance the living conditions at the residential community that is home to more than twenty elderly Bahamian residents.  The refurbishment effort included painting the interior of the building, tree trimming, and repairs to the exterior structure of the home including the laundry facility that was recently damaged by fire.  Bahamas Waste also pitched in, providing assistance with the disposal of the debris that was collected following the clean-up.  During the visit, some of the Embassy volunteers also took time to fellowship with the residents and enjoyed the opportunity to learn little nuggets of wisdom from them, sprinkled with their vibrant sense of humor.  

It is the hope of the U.S. Embassy that this latest community service project between the Embassy and local partners promotes a spirit of volunteerism and serve as an inspiration for other businesses and organizations throughout The Bahamas.  For additional information about how to become involved with the work of the Bahamas Methodist Habit, visit: http://www.methodisthabitat.org.  

Photo 1: On Martin Luther King Day volunteers from the U.S. Embassy and Bahamas Methodist Habitat participated in a refurbishment project at the Persis Rogers Home for the Aged. The photo includes Ms. Frances Ledee, Administrator at Persis Rogers Home, Abraham McIntryre, Executive Director, Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer Neda Brown with volunteers from BMH and the U.S. Embassy.  

Photo 2: U.S. Embassy volunteers hard at work making repairs to the roof of the laundry facility at the Persis Rogers Home.

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Passengers pour into Port Lucaya Marketplace as cruise ship anchors offshore
Submitted by Deidre Rahming   

PORT LUCAYA BUSTLES WITH ACTIVITY: As the Costa Luminosa anchored offshore of Port Lucaya, over 80% of its passengers disembarked to enjoy especially arranged festivities, shopping and dining in the popular touristic centre.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Port Lucaya Marketplace (PLM) swarmed with tourists, much to the delight of shops, restaurants and vendors.  A large portion of the well-received arrivals were due to the visit of the Costa Luminosa which moored just offshore from the popular shopping mecca.

President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) Ian Rolle, expressed his pleasure at seeing over 80% of the cruise liners’ passengers disembark for offshore visits to the island.  “We look forward to you visiting many more times,” said President Rolle in an informal onboard meeting with the vessel’s captain, Nicolo Alba.  “We feel that this experience allows your passengers to be able to be quickly transported straight into the core of the major shopping district which is the heartbeat of the island.”

Captain Alba accepted the welcome and remarked on the fantastic weather that made tendering cruise guests much easier.  From early morning, until late evening, ship tenders and Bahamian-owned vessels, plied between the mammoth luxury liner and the shore, ferrying many of the over 2,300 passengers on board.

PLM’s Event & Marketing Coordinator, Karen Ferguson-Bain, was ecstatic as the marketplace feted its guests with a grand welcome.  As they browsed in the area, visitors were treated to live music, dancers, a limbo show and junkanoo display organized by PLM management. “So many of our tenants and all of the other entities around the Lucayan area like tour operators, taxis and straw vendors stand to benefit from the visit of this large cruise ship. It’s a golden opportunity,” Bain said.

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PM outlines government’s initiatives during Business Outlook 2014
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Prime Minister Perry G. Christie delivers the keynote address during the 2014 Business Outlook Conference held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on January 13.  (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay). NASSAU, The Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry G. Christie said the government has taken several measures to ‘maximise economic growth.’ He said that the government plans to take further action in a short time.

“I will shortly be appointing a National Economic Council in order to keep the economy under constant review and to advise the government on ways to grow and sustain the economy and to provide greater economic opportunities for Bahamians,” said Mr. Christie. The Prime Minister made the comments during the 2014 Business Outlook conference held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on January 13.

The Prime Minister also discussed strides the government is taking in education, particularly the move to take the College of The Bahamas to university status. He said the government has set a target of gradually reducing total spending relative to the size of the economy over the next few years. He said, however, that priorities in important areas such as education, health, national security, poverty alleviation will not be diminished. Neither, he said, can attention be diverted from infrastructure needs which are still acute.

“In education, for example my government’s commitment includes support for the transition of the College of The Bahamas to university status with emphasis on producing more of the higher end skill sets that are needed for our private sector,” said Mr. Christie.

“A modernising health care infrastructure, which our population deserves, will demand increased public sector resources – this includes the new Critical Care block at the Princess Margaret Hospital, and mini-hospitals being constructed in many of the Family Islands.”

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AMMC starts year with a big soiree
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Owen BethelNASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Historic Bahamas Foundation (HBF) in conjunction with the Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) held a press conference on Wednesday, January 15 at the offices of the AMMC to make the public aware of its plans for its first fundraising event.  

A 1920s jazz-themed cocktail gala will serve as the backdrop for the fundraiser that re-launches the HBF on Saturday, February 1, said HBF deputy chairman Owen Bethel. The historic Collins estate will be the venue for “a Swinging Soiree” which will have among its attendees Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott-King.  

“The HBF also expects to play host to John Franklyn, senior manager in the office of external affairs at the Smithsonian’s 19th museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture,” Mr. Bethel said.  

The 1920s period theme is a throwback to one of the country’s most eventful historic periods and was incorporated to introduce the HBF to the public and spark awareness of the importance of conserving the country’s historical treasures.  

The HBF, he said, was established to raise funds in support of the activities of the AMMC, the government agency mandated to restore, maintain and preserve historical heritage throughout The Bahamas. The corporation is obligated to create and monitor the Historic Register of National Resources including the country’s museums, forts and monuments.  

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