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NEMA holds water rescue training course in Bimini
Submitted by BIS   

Participants conducting water rescue operation, during the Surface Water Rescue Course (Levels I & II) training on Bimini held February 16-18, 2015.  (Photo/NEMA)ALICE TOWN, Bimini – In continuing its mission to establishing disaster resilient communities throughout the islands, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, held a Surface Water Rescue Course (Levels I & II) on this northern island.

The course was conducted February 16-18, 2015 at the Local Government facility in Alice Town, for 17 participants inclusive of three marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines and two NEMA personnel.

The purpose of the training was to provide techniques and skills to members of the community in Surface Water Rescues and Rescue Tasks.

Other objectives were to:

  • Enhance correct execution of tasks
  • Enhance communication between rescuers
  • Provide a guide for ongoing training

Level I focused on developing site survey for existing water hazards and an action plan for a shore-based rescue, conducting a witness interview, how to use watercraft for rescue operations and how to extricate an incapacitated victim, amongst other training skills.

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U.S. Embassy celebrates Black History Month with high school essay contest honoring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Submitted by the U.S. Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- For the ninth consecutive year, the United States Embassy in Nassau launched a national high school essay contest in observance of Black History Month to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who worked hard to highlight the importance of equality and human rights for all regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, citizenship and socio-economic status.  

This year’s contest attracted over one hundred essay submissions from students throughout The Bahamas who were asked the question: “What does equality and human rights mean to you? What can you do to promote equality and human rights in your community and throughout The Bahamas?”

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown presents Tamia Roberts, one of the overall winners of the MLK Essay contest with her prize accompanied by school officials at Doris Johnson High School.

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Former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes to speak on equal rights and the Bahamian constitution
Submitted by Mieko K. Smith   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The public is invited to hear former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes speak about gender equality and the drafting of the Bahamian constitution at a public forum hosted by Citizens for Constitutional Equality (CCE). The free event, “Who Framed the Constitution and What Were They Thinking?” will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7pm at the Parish Hall of Holy Cross Anglican Church.

As a participant in the 1972 Bahamas Independence Constitution Conference Sir Arthur has a unique historical perspective on the framing of the citizenship provisions in the Bahamian constitution. At the event, Sir Arthur will share his reflections on the drafting of the constitution and the rationale behind introducing provisions which were not gender neutral, despite the significant global efforts to advance women's rights during that time.

Sir Arthur is the eighth Bahamian governor general. He was a key player in the formation of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). Known as a great writer and orator, he delivered many impassioned speeches during his time in politics. Later, in 1971 he helped to form the Free National Movement.

The CCE is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, civil society network of NGOs and women’s groups that support the vision of constitutional equality for women and men in The Bahamas. Formed in August 2014 on a strong human rights mandate to ensure that the voice of civil society informs preparations for the constitutional referendum, the CCE conducts public education and advocacy to support the advancement of equal rights in the Bahamas.

“As we prepare for a constitutional referendum to remove the last forms of gender discrimination for this founding document, we feel it is very important for Bahamians to hear from Sir Arthur, who was one of the framers of the constitution. Our country will not be able to reach its fullest potential until and unless women and men have complete freedom to fulfill their destinies without being discriminated against because of their sex,” said Marion Bethel, CCE Steering Committee Member.

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Freeport Players’ Guild 2013-14 TWIRP Awards to take place March 21
Submitted by Alfred Anderson   

By the Freeport Players’ Guild:

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- For over five decades the Freeport Players’ Guild has provided quality entertainment for Grand Bahamian residents and visitors alike. Despite constant challenges faced to keep the arts alive in The Bahamas, the Regency Theatre stands as a home for many of The Bahamas’ top entertainers. While many may not have the opportunity to witness an actual show on Broadway, the Freeport Players’ Guild has brought some of the most well known shows right here to Grand Bahama. Considerably ‘the Broadway of The Bahamas’, it is without question that we recognise and award our members for their hard work throughout the years. Being the only community theatre in The Bahamas, the Freeport Players’ Guild is a non-profit organisation consisting of 100% volunteers.

With the recent passing of Sir Jack Hayward (FPG Founder and Benefactor), it was without reservation that this year’s TWIRP Awards take place in his honour on March 21st at the Regency Theatre. Under the theme: ‘Emerald City’ a tribute to Sir Jack Hayward, attendees can expect a fantastic award show where the very essence of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will unfold before their eyes. With musical entertainment from a few of our past shows, we assure you that this is not your average awards ceremony. Doors will open at 7pm where the lobby will encourage you to follow the yellow brick road, sip a signature cocktail and try appetisers served before showtime at 8pm to enjoy the entertainment, which is all open to the public.

This year’s nominees will vie for the TWIRP Award in various categories including, best overall production, outstanding set design and construction, best performance by a newcomer, best performance by a lead actor and actress in a drama or comedy and best performance by a supporting actor and actress in a musical among many other categories. A new award will also be introduced this year: The Y.A.R.D. Award for the newly formed Young Adults Regency Drama group.

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Learn about bonefish research with the BNT
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Learn About Bonefish Research with the BNT - After the success thus far of this year’s public lectures, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is hoping for a ‘three-peat’ with their March lecture on the capture-mark-recapture of bonefish in The Bahamas.  The lecture will feature Justin Lewis, who currently works as the Bahamas Initiative Coordinator in Grand Bahama for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.  The lecture will be held March 17th at the Rand Nature Centre in Grand Bahama.FREEPORT, Bahamas – After the success thus far of this year’s public lectures, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is hoping for a ‘three-peat’ with their March lecture on the capture-mark-recapture of bonefish in The Bahamas.  The lecture will feature Justin Lewis, who currently works as the Bahamas Initiative Coordinator in Grand Bahama for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

Lewis is a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama and has had a passion for fishing and the ocean from a very young age.  This passion led him to St. Francis Xavier University in Canada where he earned his BA in Aquatic Resources with Public Policy and Social Research.  During his undergraduate studies, he took part in a variety of conservation efforts including The Bahamas bonefish tagging programme and juvenile bonefish research. After he completed his undergraduate degree, Lewis moved to the University of York in England where he completed an MSc in Marine Environmental Management.

“We’re thrilled to host Justin Lewis at the Rand Nature Centre for our third public lecture,” said Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager. “We’re hoping to expand the national parks in Grand Bahama, and two of the proposed new Marine Parks will help protect important bonefish flats; as a result this lecture is incredibly timely.  We encourage everyone to join us March 17th to learn about bonefish research in The Bahamas, and how these efforts help to conserve bonefish populations.”

As a part of his position, Lewis is in charge of leading expeditions for tagging and monitoring bonefish movements, and as such will present on the topic of “Utilization of capture-mark-recapture of Bonefish as a Management Tool in The Bahamas”. Bonefish tagging helps to better understand their movements, distribution and abundance, which will support sustaining the $141 million industry in The Bahamas. The March public lecture, which will be held at the Rand Nature Centre on East Settler’s Way at 6:30PM, and is free and open to the public.

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