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    Long Island schools receive facelift from holiday travellers
  • Conchman triathletes battle the wind for the win
    Conchman triathletes battle the wind for the win
  •  CIBC FirstCaribbean's Walk for the Cure blazes trails
    CIBC FirstCaribbean's Walk for the Cure blazes trails
  • U.S. Embassy and Special Olympics Bahamas partner for Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day
    U.S. Embassy and Special Olympics Bahamas partner for Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day
  • International Culture Month proclaimed downtown in Rawson Square
    International Culture Month proclaimed downtown in Rawson Square
  • Young entrepreneur goes 'whole hog' with swimming pigs venture
    Young entrepreneur goes 'whole hog' with swimming pigs venture
  • Bahamas Striping Group of Companies donates twenty thousand bottles of water
    Bahamas Striping Group of Companies donates twenty thousand bottles of water
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    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
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    Female outdoors writer blogs about fishing Bahamas/Florida
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    Chickcharney Challenge ceators launch first obstacle course relay



Chinese Embassy contributes $5,000 to Doris Johnson High School music programme
Written by BIS   

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Doris Johnson High School Music Programme on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the school. Pictured during the presentation, from left: Choir Director Jason Cartwright; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell; Secretary to the Ambassador Tony Sun; Subject Coordinator Karen Rahming; Principal James Clarke; Yvonne Ferguson; and Band Director Aaron Neely. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

 
The tale of Charlie
Submitted by Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB   

We hope our readers will enjoy the heartwarming story of Charlie. Even though Charlie was not from Grand Bahama, he is very representative of our beloved Royal Bahamian Potcakes and we are pleased to share his story.

My Life as a Rescue Dog (by Charlie Scheel, late 2003 (Abaco) to Jan 29, 2015 (Oakville, Ontario))

I was one of 4 pups born in late 2003 at a garbage dump on Great Abaco Island, The Bahamas. Were it not for a caring local resident, Molly Roberts, I may not have survived a week. I don’t remember very much of my brief stay with Molly living on a beach south of Marsh Harbour. Molly found homes for a lot of us using personal contacts and the internet, whatever that is.

A Canadian family had a small vacation condo in Abaco for twenty years. Alana, the youngest, thought of it as her place. She loved the wild beach dogs and always saved some food for them. The condo was sold when Alana was 22; she wanted a memory of The Bahamas and organized getting me through Molly. She adopted me from photos and named me Tipsy.

On the day of my expected Toronto arrival with Air Canada in January, 2004, I was left behind on the tarmac at Nassau Airport. Apparently, only my papers made the flight. My expectant owners made panic calls to the Nassau airport and found that I was there in a crate. The airport night watch crew agreed to look after me. I recall eating some KFC given to me by a very kind security guard. That eased my trauma.

This is me before my trip:

I arrived the next day, 24 hours late. The travel papers and I matched and Alana, her brother, Jay, and their mom, Karla picked me up. My crate was soiled and the experience of peeing in foot deep snow was traumatic. Snow is nothing like sand.

I was taken to a vet (a ‘dogter’) for shots, parasite treatment and delousing, followed by a spa wash a few days later. There was one problem – I hated the name ‘Tipsy’.

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BFA hosts Beach Soccer Camp in Harbour Island
Submitted by DP&A   

Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This – Where better to learn beach soccer than on the pale pink sand beaches of Harbour Island? More than 40 children learned basic beach soccer skills at camp hosted by the BFA and members of the Swiss National team. HARBOUR ISLAND, Eleuthera -- Beach Soccer fever hit Harbour Island when the BFA, along with national players from Tahiti, Switzerland and The Bahamas, visited Harbour Island to train with local school kids.

“It was a great trip,” said Jason McDowell, BFA Vice President. “Four Swiss National players and Heimanu Taiarui, the current FIFA Beach Soccer Player of the Year and FIFA Golden Ball winner, were in The Bahamas, preparing for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup to be held in Nassau. Most of their training was with the national team, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to get the players out to Harbour Island, to show off our stunning pink sand beaches, and to introduce beach soccer to the kids there.”

The training was sponsored by Bahamas Ferries and BahamasLocal.com and attracted more than 40 children who were taught the basics of beach soccer on what is widely considered one of the world’s very best pink sand beaches.

“We plan to visit all the islands before the FIFA World Cup in April 2017,” noted McDowell. “The BFA is keenly dedicated to promoting and growing the sport of Beach Soccer in The Bahamas. We have the athletic talent, we have unbelievable beaches. We want to get as many people playing the sport as we definitely have a chance of being world leaders.”

The Bahamas will play Switzerland in the Kalik Cup next month at Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility. “We want everyone out April 8-9 to support our national team. It’s going to be fun, entertaining and a big part of taking Bahamas beach soccer to the next level.”

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March 23 is World Meteorological Day
Submitted by BIS   

Theme: ‘Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future'

World Meteorological Day commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society.

The 2016 theme: ‘Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future’ highlights the challenges of climate change and the path towards climate-resilient societies.

The increase in hot days, warm nights and heatwaves will affect public health. These risks can be reduced by heat-health early warning systems that provide timely alerts to decision-makers, health services and the general public.

Droughts must be addressed more proactively through integrated drought management, which embraces guidance on effective policies and land management strategies and shares best practices for coping with drought.

In the event of heavy precipitation and floods, impact-based forecasts enable emergency managers to be prepared in advance. Integrated flood management is a long-term holistic approach to minimizing the risks of flooding.

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s newly commissioned vessel apprehends migrants
Submitted by BIS   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- HMBS Cascarilla, one of the seven vessels already procured by the Bahamas Government under the Sandy Bottom Project and commissioned on Friday past, was on a routine patrol in the Central Bahamas when they received a tip about a possible migrant landing on Half Moon Cay, an islet just north of Cat Island.

Police Officers assigned to that island turned over the nineteen migrants they had already apprehended over to members of the HMBS Cascarilla, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Dwayne Small. Teams from the HMBS Cascarilla then continued to search the area and up to the time of this press release had taken an additional 31 persons, all believed to be Haitian nationals, into custody.

A beached wooden vessel, assumed to be the boat they were travelling on was also found.

The 50 immigrants, which included 32 males, 13 females and 5 children were brought to Coral Harbour Base Monday night by HMBS P44, where they were turned over to the Immigration Department for further processing.

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