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Save The Bays adds leadership training to environmental education program for young people
Submitted by Paco Nunez   

Participants - Dr. Laura Weber, showing team how important it is to have participants identify themselves.FREEPORT, Bahamas -- A pioneering campaign to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards has entered an ambitious new phase, with youngsters learning not only about importance of the country’s natural resources, but also how to lead the way in protecting them.

Phase II of the Youth Environmental Ambassadors (YEA) program, organized by local conservation groups Save The Bays (STB) and EARTHCARE, will seek to impart leadership skills to 40 students ages of 12 – 14, building on their already extensive environmental knowledge, gleaned in Phase I.

“I am exceedingly pleased with the evolution of this program,” said STB education director Joseph Darville. “In order to secure our uniquely Bahamian culture and environment, we need young people with essential skills including high self-motivation, strong communication, the ability to work across boundaries, and the ability to decide and act to create a strategic path forward.”

In preparation for this new phase, a group of YEA facilitators recently took part in a dynamic leadership seminar facilitated by Bahamian trainer Sharon Glover along with Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) senior project director Dr. Laura J. Weber and CCL director for global markets Laurita Sirimongkhon.

“Our dynamic, passionate facilitators had an in depth experience of the leadership model that is most appropriate for young people,” said Darville of the STB-sponsored seminar. “This training will be ongoing, running parallel with our environmental education courses as we work to build confident, assertive and well-rounded young advocates for the importance of our Bahamian environment.

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Three young men awarded technical scholarships to BTVI
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   

Scholarship Recipients – Seated from left to right: Rashad Wood, Jonathas Belony and Cameron Sweeting with BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl following the Lodge Claudius R. Walker 1808 Scholarship Award presentation.  Standing are: District Grand Master, Charles Johnson (l) and the lodge’s Worshipful Master, Brother Godfrey Bethell. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Three deserving young men now have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams as the first recipients of the Lodge C. R. Walker Scholarship to attend The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

The recipients, Jonathas Belony, Rashad Wood and Cameron Sweeting, were chosen based on academic merit, financial need, field of study and personal qualities inclusive of leadership skills and commitment to community involvement.  Belony and Wood are Electrical Installation students, while Sweeting will focus on Carpentry.

“The world is your oyster here at BTVI,” said BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl, “you’re the trailblazers” she told the trio.

Dr. Dahl expressed gratitude to the lodge for their vision of investing in the young men. “We need the help, our young men need the help, our country needs the help,” she stressed.  

Wood gave God thanks for the opportunity to realize his potential, while Belony said the scholarship has motivated him to go further in life.  “I see you believe in me.  Thank you. I have the chance to make myself into a better person and a better man someday,” said the teary-eyed 19-year-old.

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BNT staff pursuing further academic goals
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

BNT Staff Pursuing Further Academic Goals - Five Bahamas National Trust (BNT) BNT staff members recently left to pursue further their environmental studies universities overseas. The five aspiring students are Alannah Vellacott, Shelley Cant, Lindy Knowles, Mark Daniels, and Krista Sherman.  Pictured left to right are Alannah Vellacott, Shelley Cant and Lindy Knowles.  (Not pictured are Mark Daniels and Krista Sherman.) (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas --- Five Bahamas National Trust (BNT) BNT staff members recently left to pursue further their environmental studies universities overseas. The five aspiring students are Alannah Vellacott, Shelley Cant, Lindy Knowles, Mark Daniels, and Krista Sherman.

“These young environmental officers have displayed amazing dedication to the goals and mission of the BNT,” said Lynn Gape, BNT Deputy Executive Director.  “It has been a joy to watch them grow and mature over the past several years as they have developed their skills and interests.”

Well-known BNT staff member, Shelley Cant, worked in the Education Department as well as managing the website for the Trust. She also was the lead officer in the BNT’s Rare Pride Campaign for wetlands and the Shark Campaign, which resulted in The Bahamas receiving status as a shark sanctuary, the first in the Caribbean.

Shelley is headed to the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus in the United Kingdom, where she will be working towards a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs introduces Bahamas Honorary Consul in Chicago
Submitted by BIS   
In Chicago for the official opening of the Bahamas Honorary Consulate there, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchel made a courtesy call on several Chicago city officials at the office of the Mayor on Friday the 5th September. From left are Jenny Cizner, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Affairs, City of Chicago; Frederick Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration; Emily Berman, Deputy Director, Strategic Partnerships and Global Affairs, City of Chicago; Michael Fountain, Bahamas Honorary Consul, Chicago; Paulette Zonicle, Consul General, Washington, D.C.Remarks at Reception
Introducing Michael Fountain
Bahamas Honorary Consul for the
Mid-Western United States
To the Chicago Community
By Fred Mitchell MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs

5th September 2014

I am very proud to be here today. I am happy to be here. I want to add my words of welcome to you all on behalf of the Prime Minister, the government and people of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

I wish to acknowledge the presence of our Consul General for this state  Paulette Zonicle, who has travelled from Washington for this occasion. She will be the person with whom Michael Fountain will be working on  most matters, save and except on matters arising in states which are part of the district of the Consul General in Atlanta.

I acknowledge also the friends of Mr. Fountain who have travelled from The Bahamas to be with him today.

On 15th August, Michael Fountain was presented with his official commission making him the first Honorary Consul for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Chicago, serving the mid-western states of the United States of America.  This is a big job and covers vast territories and it is quite gracious of Mr. Fountain to take on this pioneering task.
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Changes in fees for U.S. consular services effective September 12, 2014
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On August 28, the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced changes to the fees for some U.S. consular services.  The new fees will go into effect on September 12.  The fees for visitor (B1/B2) and student (F1/M1/J1) visas were not affected by the change and will remain the same.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs, which operates on a fee-for-service basis, is adjusting the fees to more accurately reflect the costs of providing services based on the most recent update to the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ cost of service model.  The fees for most categories of immigrant visas will change, while fees for nonimmigrant visas largely remain the same.  All visa applicants will be charged the fee in effect on the day of payment.

Under the new schedule, processing fees for nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applicants will change as follows.  Administrative service fees, such as documenting renunciation of citizenship, have also been revised to reflect the real, unsubsidized cost of providing these services.

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