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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
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    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
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    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
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    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
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    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay



Bahamas International Film Festival unveils official 2014 program
Submitted by Serena Williams   
NASSAU, Bahamas –– Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool has announced the final program details for the 11th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 4-9, 2014 in Nassau and December 10-14, in Harbour Island, Eleuthera.

BIFF will begin with LIKE SUNDAY LIKE RAIN, Ending with a triplet of 3 band members called BIG IN JAPAN.

This year, the Festival will showcase 95 films from 30 different countries, including 48 features and 47 short films of which several are international premieres and all are Bahamian premieres. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative & Documentary; New Visions; and Short Film. Special sections include Caribbean Spotlight and World Cinema as well as Special Screenings.

“LIKE SUNDAY LIKE RAIN” starring, Starring Leighton Meester (Gossip Girls) and Debra Messing (Will And Grace) and Billy Joe Armstrong, will open the festival with a red carpet screening at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island on Thursday, December 4th while American Comedy “ BIG IN JAPAN” starring Phillip Peterson, Sean Lowry, David Drury, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers as Mans will close the festival with an evening screening on Sunday, December 7th – also at the Atlantis Theater.
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Tourism officials visit USF to prepare for Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

From left:  Paul Bender, Assistant Director of Facilities & Operations (UCF); Helson Ambrose, Venue Manager (NSA); Jeff Beckles, General Manager (NSA); Tom Snyder, Associate Athletics Director Facilities & Event Operations (UCF); Angelika Cartwright, District Sales Manager (MOT); Virginia Kelly, General Manager (MOT); Richard Giannini, Senior Advisor, Popeyes Bahamas Bowl; David Hansen, Senior Associate Director of Athletics (UCF). NASSAU, Bahamas -- Representatives from the National Stadium Authority (NSA), Ministry of Tourism (MOT) and Conference USA recently visited the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando in preparation for the upcoming Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on December 24 at noon at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.

The goal of the trip was to experience the pre-game production for a college football game.

UCF is the second largest university in the US, and a team from the school will be working with Conference USA to produce Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

The NSA's focus is to maximize use of the stadium and gain the expertise needed to host world-class events.

District Sales Manager for Youth, Student and Educational Travel MOT Angelika Cartwright said the ministry is seeking to boost visitor arrivals through the diversification of its tourism product.

“Our overall goal is always to increase stopover visitors to the country, these games are allowing us to tap into new markets, and show the world that we have more to offer than sun, sand and sea,” she said.

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Sandals Resorts hosts series of ‘unveiling’ events for travel agents across the UK
Submitted by Chester Robards   

LONDON, England -- On 28th, 29th and 30th October 2014, Sandals Resorts hosted more than 1200 travel agents across the UK at a series of ‘Unveiling’ events in Glasgow, Manchester and London.

Agents attending these special events were given the chance to learn more about the Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resort products and news, in order to help them to sell more holidays and earn more commission in the coming year.

At each event, the top selling agents were recognised and awarded certificates of ‘Outstanding Achievement’ to thank them for their business and support over the past year. Attending agents were also given the chance to win one of 20 Sandals holidays through a variety of prize-draws and competitions throughout the evening.

The ‘Unveiling’ events each kicked off with a trade show, where agents could find out more about different aspects of the Sandals Resorts’ Luxury Included® experience, including Discovery Dining, Weddings and Honeymoons, Groups, Golf, Watersports, Island Routes and the newest resorts Sandals La Source Grenada and Sandals Barbados.

This was followed by a fantastic three course dinner and presentations from CEO Adam Stewart; Director of Romance, Marsha-Ann Donaldson Brown; Vice President of Global Sales, Gary Sadler; UK & Europe Managing Director, Karl Thompson; and the regional Business Development Manager for each area.  

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U.S. Embassy partners with Junior Baseball League of Nassau and MLB players for youth outreach clinics
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   

Former MLB player Elias Sosa gives Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown pitching tips during the youth baseball clinic at the JBLN Field of Dreams.NASSAU, Bahamas -- From October 30 to November 2, the United States Embassy and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) partnered to host a series of youth baseball clinics and presentations conducted by former Major League Baseball (MLB) players Elias Sosa and Armando Rios. 

Elias Sosa currently serves as the Latin American Coordinator for MLB International.  He was a MLB pitcher for twelve years and has worked as a Minor League pitching coach for several teams.  Armando Rios is a youth baseball league coach, scout, recruiter and hitting instructor for professional baseball players.  He is also the instructor for MLB’s International Envoy Program for Latin America and has played for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburg Pirates and Chicago White Sox.  

During their four-day visit to Nassau, Elias Sosa and Armando Rios paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson at the U.S. Embassy to discuss their commitment to working with youth throughout the region. 

The former MLB coaches also participated in a baseball skills presentation for coaches, players and parents at St. Andrew’s School, and engaged primary students at Oakes Field and Woodcock Primary Schools in motivational talks that focused on character development, teamwork, building leadership skills, the importance of a good education and resisting peer pressure.

The youth outreach program concluded with two days of youth baseball clinics held at JBLN’s Field of Dreams over the weekend.  The clinics attracted more than one hundred young baseball players from throughout New Providence, Grand Bahama, Exuma and Eleuthera Islands.  Training focused on baseball fundamentals including hitting, pitching, fielding techniques and game scrimmages.

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L. W. Young makes presentation to BBCIF
Submitted by Georgette Turnquest   

Pictured L-R:  Stephen Mcphee Vice Principal, Janet Nixon - Principal, Melissa Major - Executive Director BBCIF, Keva Campbell – Vice Principal.NASSAU, Bahamas -- L. W. Young Junior High School showed its support for the fight against Cancer Wednesday by making a presentation to The Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Foundation (BBCIF).  

Accepting the donation was Executive Director of the BBCIF, Melissa Major.  In her address to the students, Ms. Major highlighted the necessity of constant health screenings as The Bahamas has one of the highest occurrences of cancer in The Caribbean with research on the BRAC gene currently underway.  

Major also told the students to be insistent when they know that minor ailments like rashes, aches, pains and headaches do not dissipate in an appropriate amount of time.  

Principal, Mrs. Janet Nixon made the formal announcement that the school has officially adopted the BBCIF as part of the school’s initiative to show support to those persons currently fighting cancer.  

The presentation was made possible by the donations of students and is only the most recent action by the school’s administration and teachers to foster a sense of social responsibility and community involvement.  

Pictured L-R:  Stephen Mcphee Vice Principal, Janet Nixon - Principal, Melissa Major - Executive Director BBCIF, Keva Campbell – Vice Principal.

 
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