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Historic Bahamas Foundation Treasures & Trinkets online auction now live
Submitted by DP&A   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Thousands of dollars of fine art, collectibles, jewelry and extraordinary experiences are up for bidding as the Historic Bahamas Foundation Treasures & Trinkets online auction is live.

The auction, auction.bahamaslocal.com, is the lead-up to the Historic Bahamas Foundation Fair, Trinkets & Treasures, set for February 5-6 on the grounds of Collins House, Shirley Street and Collins Ave. Proceeds from the fair will benefit several organizations and provide funds for the repair of one of the country’s most historic sites, The Hermitage in Cat Island.

“When we first started meeting last year, people were calling it a national patio sale,” said Trinkets Fair Chairman Diane Phillips. “And in a way, it is – but if it is a patio or garage sale, it raises the standard to a level that may be unparalleled in the country’s history because the treasures, trinkets and experiences that are going to be available include rare books, original oil paintings by famed artists, collectibles including a page of 1968 stamps, incredible experiences like a weekend at Grand Isle Villas in Exuma and another at Albany, several dining experiences at Atlantis, a number of gifts from John Bull and generous vouchers from friends like Kelly’s Home Centre and Super Value. One generous donor even contributed six work-out sessions with a fitness guru and others have shipped in handmade furniture.”

According to Phillips, the generosity of donors has been “amazing and heart-warming.”

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BTC officially launches FLOW TV in Bimini – other islands to follow
Submitted by Chauntez Dillet-Wilson   

Odette Carey, BTC’s Product Developer/Manager - Broadband, Landline, IPTV & Business Solutions speaks with radio host Wendell Jones about BTC’s latest product FLOW TV at its official launch in Bimini.BIMINI, The Bahamas -- In a celebratory occasion at Resorts World Bimini on Thursday, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) marked an important milestone offering FLOW TV packages to residents and business partners in addition to Internet, Voice and Mobile, becoming the country’s first telecom quad-player. The Right Honourable Perry G Christie and the Honourable Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, were the guests of Honour and brought remarks.

Transitioning from the testing phase last October to offering 170 IPTV channels Bimini became the first island to have FLOW TV packages available and held a ‘soft launch’ on October 29th to introduce them. The island of Inagua soon followed launching on December 15th 2015. Cat Island, Andros and Long Island are currently in the last stages of their trial phase and on track for their own launches later this year.

FLOW TV, a brand assimilated from BTC’s parent company Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC), brings a wealth of choice and convenience and the power of the CWC and Columbus International networks behind it. CWC acquired top regional television provider Columbus International last year and provides television services under the FLOW brand services in nine markets throughout the region including Jamaica, Cayman and Trinidad. BTC will be the tenth country in the region to provide “FLOW TV.”

Through these regional relationships FLOW TV boasts a wide selection of premium content, with exclusive rights to broadcast The 2016 Olympics, The European Premier League, and NFL TV assets such as ‘NFL RedZone” and “NFL Sunday Ticket” in the region.

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Bahamian track and field star shares winning tips with LPGA players
Submitted by Earnestine Moxyz   

From left to right are: Paula Reto, South Africa; Lactitia Beck, Israel; and Gaby Lopez, Mexico; with Bahamian National Champion and 400 meters National Record Holder Steven Gardiner.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamian National Champion and 400 meters National Record Holder, Steven Gardiner, took time out to share his track and field training techniques and winning tips to three of the female golfers competing in the $1.4 million dollar purse Pure Silk Bahamas Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Classic. The Golf Tournament is being held, January 28-31, 2016 at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island and features 108 of the top female golfers in the world.

Twenty year-old Gardiner, who stands at 6 ft. 5 inches tall, will compete in the 400 meters and 4x100 relay for the Islands of The Bahamas at the Summer Olympics Track and Field competition being held August 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He plans to break his 400 meters National Record of 44.27 seconds.

The three female golfers including South Africa’s Paula Reto, Lactitia Beck of Israel and rookie Gaby Lopez of Mexico, also shared their golf techniques with Gardiner. All three ladies are also expected to play in the golf segment of the Summer Olympics, as golf returns to the Summer Olympics for the first time since 1904.

The Golf Channel, which is providing ten hours of news coverage of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, will feature the shared training in its broadcast on Friday, January 29, between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

From left to right are: Paula Reto, South Africa; Lactitia Beck, Israel; and Gaby Lopez, Mexico; with Bahamian National Champion and 400 meters National Record Holder Steven Gardiner.

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Bahamas Artisan Connection launches organization with seminar

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Giving local artisans a leg up on international competition is the name of the game for The Bahamas’ first privately coordinated co-op for local creatives. The Bahamas Artisan Connection (BAC), founded by Chevette Williamson, Chelsea Johnson and Dandria Miller, aims to educate and empower local artisans in all aspects of business as an intricate support system for its members.

And what better way to kick off its first year that with a membership drive and seminar. The one-day intensive set for January 30 at the British Colonial Hilton is geared toward creative entrepreneurs and aspiring artisans.

Williamson, a 10-year veteran in the field, anticipates a good turnout and hopes that The Bahamas will embrace BAC for all it can do to help entrepreneurs.

“At this point the majority of artisans are treating their craft like a hobby,” she said. “BAC will help us turn our craft into a business. The association will help members to network with likeminded artisans who are willing to work together to take their products global as well as create job opportunities because of the persons we will need to help us manufacture our products. “Artisans should join if they are looking to better themselves financially. If they have been in the industry for a while then they should be tired of fighting for the small pool of money that’s on the island of New Providence. Together, everyone achieves more.”

Highlighting the seminar is Carolyn Edlund, executive director of the Arts Business Institute – an educational non-profit located in Portland, Maine.

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Grand Bahama bird count unites local birders and visitors
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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- For the past 15 years Grand Bahama Island has participated in what has become known as “Christmas Bird Count” a census that began 115 years ago in the United States and now includes Canada and the Bahamas. Between December 15th and January 5th birds are counted within a circle of 15 miles from sunrise to sunset. This year over 60,000 participants observed and recorded birds in their respective countries thereby contributing valuable information to the longest running database in ornithology.

Grand Bahama Birders were joined for the count by bird enthusiasts from California, Atlanta, Florida, Switzerland and England

The primary objective of the annual count is to monitor the status and distribution of bird populations across the Western Hemisphere. When results of the count are entered into the Audubon database we begin to gain a clearer picture how bird populations have changed over the years.

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