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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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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
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    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
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    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
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    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles



Ports International's 'Team Carol' get ready for Ride for Hope

NASSAU, Bahamas -- In honour of Founder Carolyn Papai, Ports International is sponsoring "TEAM CAROL" in the Ride for Hope Bahamas.  Assisting the Ride for Hope in the fight against cancer and in memory of Carolyn Papai, young Vance Wheaton age 9, has formed a team to ride in the annual charity event.

Making a difference to raise funds to find a cure for cancer, Vance has invited friends and family to either participate in the race or sponsor the team by donating funds. He has even created and sold t-shirts to raise additional monies to support the worthy cause.  To participate in "TEAM CAROL" and the Ride for Hope visit www.rideforhopebahamas.com.

Photo: Ports International Team wearing t-shirts for "TEAM CAROL" created by 9 year old Vance Wheaton.

 
Three wood artists to hold exhibition at Doongalik Studios
Submitted by Pam Burnside   

 (l-r) Jeremy Delancy, Robin Hardy and David McGorrin.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The work of three emerging wood artists, Robin Hardy, David McGorrin, and Jeremy Delancy, will be highlighted at their Doongalik Studios’ Exhibition Opening on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 from 3-6pm.  All three artists specialize in woodturning and between them have over 40 years of experience in the art.

The artists have decided to bring together their respective talents into one show entitled, “From Within”.  The name alludes not only to the beauty that lies within a tree but also the talent, skills and vision that is within each artist.  

The primary purpose of the show is to expose the audience to the idea that wood is an excellent artistic medium with multiple properties far beyond what its normal function.  Another purpose is to pay homage to the ancient craft of woodturning which was invented by the ancient Egyptians and has grown far beyond its humble beginnings. Woodturning artisans produce high end fine art worthy of display in any home or gallery, as will be evidenced during the Exhibition.  The artists use native woods in abundance from trees that have been salvaged following storms or from ‘development’ sites forming them from trash into treasure - works of art that display the beauty within.   

This show is a first for all three artists and they are very excited to display their talent to collectors, artists and the general public as is the owner of the Gallery, Pam Burnside, who states “Doongalik is once again pleased to be providing the venue to expose the work of these extremely talented artists. This will be the first time that the Gallery has exhibited an all-wood show so we are similarly enthused!”

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KPMG and Lyford Cay International School partner for another successful Football Fest
Submitted by Gillian Watson   

NASSAU, Bahamas --- Lyford Cay international School (LCIS) hosted another incredibly successful KPMG Football Fest this weekend. International schools from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands played outstanding football in front of enthusiastic spectators in two action packed days of football.  This is the third time that these schools, all members of the Caribbean International Schools Association (CISA),  have come together for sport and cross-cultural exchange.

“Each year our tournament gets better,” remarked Director of Athletics for LCIS, Craig Massey. “It is an amazing opportunity for all of the students that participate.  They have a chance to test their skills on the football pitch as well as strengthen friendships between the schools and across nations.” This year 150 soccer players, ages 15 and under played in 36 matches.

Players attended from The Codrington School (Barbados), Cedar International School (BVI), The American International School of Kingston (ASIK, Jamaica) Cayman Prep (Cayman Islands) and Lucaya International School (Freeport). The Turks and Caicos also sent their 15 and under national girls team to compete in the tournament. Visiting teams were joined by teams from both of the international schools in Nassau; LCIS and St Andrews School.

“This is the first ever football trip for Cayman Prep and High School, so we were particularly pleased to be taking part in this prestigious tournament,” said Cayman coach Phil Thompson. “Tours such as these give students the opportunity to meet students from across the Caribbean, as eight schools from six countries were represented in total. It provided our students with the opportunity to play competitive sport on an international level. In addition, it enabled students to develop important life skills, such as self-confidence, collaboration and independence.This was a brilliant opportunity for the students and they all had a great time. Our sincere thanks goes to the organizers of the event and the families who were so kind enough to host the students during their stay,” Thompson added.

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Wine and Art Festival supports National Parks
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- After having to postpone the festival due to bad weather, Bahamas National Trust (BNT) members and the general public were able to enjoy the Annual Wine and Art Festival in January this year.  The cool weather, fine wine and beautiful art displayed in the lovely Retreat Garden set the stage for a lovely afternoon.

Bristol Wines and Spirits featured over 50 wines at Wine & Art.  Their well trained staff were able to speak knowledgeably about the wines.  Pictured is the 14 Hand Wine Label. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)

The annual festival featured over forty talented artists, a selection of over sixty wines from Bristol Wines and Spirits and a wine and food pairing demonstration sponsored by Fresh Market and the Ministry of Tourism's Culinary Tourism Division.  The event also featured special appearances by Emanji Circus Arts with music throughout the day provided by Ambasah and the COB Band.  Winners of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Competition also performed on at the festival.

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Freeport shines at major Central American and Caribbean summit
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   

FREEPORT MAKING ITS MARK IN PANAMA - Derek Newbold, Senior Manager for Business Development and the Invest Grand Bahama Unit, represented GBPA at the 3rd Annual Central American & Caribbean Capital Projects & Infrastructure Summit, in Panama City, Panama. Newbold was featured as platform speaker at the Forum; he is pictured addressing the audience on the benefits of ‘Doing Business in Freeport’. PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The city of Freeport is making its mark in the global logistics arena, as executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA), work actively to promote its attractiveness and opportunities for investment.  From Panama and Brazil, to Qatar, China and Switzerland; GBPA has been deliberate in highlighting the benefits of ‘Doing Business in Freeport’.

Derek Newbold, Senior Manager for Business Development and the Invest Grand Bahama Unit, represented GBPA at the 3rd Annual Central American & Caribbean Capital Projects & Infrastructure Summit, which opened in Panama City, Panama on Wednesday.

Featured as a platform speaker on the opening day, Newbold expressed that the forum presented yet another ideal opportunity to promote Freeport as the ‘premier hub’ for warehousing, distribution, and valued addition services in the Caribbean/Atlantic region.

“GBPA’s emphasis is on attracting investments that can take advantage of the physical and industrial infrastructure that currently exists in Freeport. The Summit provided a captive and attentive audience, representing a number of emerging and developed markets.” Newbold said. “My contribution focused on Freeport’s strategic location, investment incentives and development opportunities. Each segment was met with high interest and was very well received.” he continued.

President of GBPA, Ian Rolle shared that the company has taken a new approach ‎with regard to investment promotion activities and its participation at major  events. "While GBPA continues to exhibit at prominent industry conferences and trade forums, we have sought to have a speaking presence as well," commented  Rolle.

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