• 50th Annual Heart Ball a great success
    50th Annual Heart Ball a great success
  • Bahamians show a love for sculling at St. Valentine's Regatta
    Bahamians show a love for sculling at St. Valentine's Regatta
  • Michael Johnson wins JA New Providence and Toastmasters International’s annual speech competition
    Michael Johnson wins JA New Providence and Toastmasters International’s annual speech competition
  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter VIGOROUS Officers and RBDF Marines team up to inspire Woodcock Primary students
    U.S. Coast Guard Cutter VIGOROUS Officers and RBDF Marines team up to inspire Woodcock Primary students
  • Small Island Developing States conference calls for greater sustainability
    Small Island Developing States conference calls for greater sustainability
  • Young scientists receive awards
    Young scientists receive awards
  • Art for the Parks spotlights Bahamian beauty
    Art for the Parks spotlights Bahamian beauty
  • Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
  • Registration opens for Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend 2014 events March 21-23 at Treasure Cay
    Registration opens for Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend 2014 events March 21-23 at Treasure Cay
  • 'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening



Humane treatment of animals topic of final session of EARTHCARE/Save The Bays Saturday Environmental Education Programme
Submitted by EARTHCARE   

Director of Education for Save The Bays, Joseph Darville with a baby goat.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The topic on April 5th, 2014 for the EARTHCARE/Save The Bays Saturday Environmental Education Programme was “Humane Treatment of Animals.”

Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE and a Director of Save The Bays: “This was our last session for the 2013/2014 school year. We discussed various types of animals, how to best maintain pets, and the implications for wild animals that become entangled in improperly disposed of waste.

“Our Phase 1 Youth Environmental Ambassadors have learned about mangroves, pollution, habitat destruction, sustainable fisheries, climate change, invasive species and today, the humane treatment of animals. Today, I shared my experiences as a Dolphin Trainer on Grand Bahama and the many reasons why I am now an anti-captivity advocate.

“Dolphins in the wild can travel up to 40 miles a day, dive as deep at 30 feet or more and most live in family units that remain together for a lifetime. The worldwide thirst to see dolphins and whales in tanks has caused these self-aware beings to have to live under inhumane conditions as ‘slaves’ to make their ‘owners’ large sums of money.

“The Taiji drive hunt that is featured in the Oscar winning film, ‘The Cove’ has made the world aware of the captive industry’s ‘dirty little secret’ and the newest film, ‘Blackfish’ has enlightened many more.”

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Deep Water Cay sets a new fly-fishing record
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

'Big Jim' Easterling Showing Off His Big CatchDEEP WATER CAYS,The Bahamas -- Deep Water Cay (DWC) recently broke their fly-fishing record with a 14.6 pound bonefish caught by ‘Big Jim’ Easterling, visiting from Texas.  

“Everything at the lodge was great! On Wednesday I caught a 9 lb. bonefish while fishing with my guide Joseph and on Thursday I caught a 10.5 lb. bonefish while fishing with my guide Meko,” exclaimed the excited guest Easterling. “That was my first double-digit bonefish!  Then on Friday - WOW!!"

Bonefish fishing is as much of an art as it is a technique, and Deep Water Cay is known for its excellent local bonefishing guides.  The guides at DWC have helped fishermen to catch many large bonefish, but this catch will now hold the club’s record. Jim's guide Meko is Omeko Glinton, a well-known third-generation Deep Water Cay guide and is the inventor of the famous Meko Special Fly.

Another frequent guest at DWC, Jeff ‘Storm’ Harkavy, commented on the new record, saying, “DWC is truly home to many giants! My last day there started off with a couple of 9lb plus fish.  Shortly thereafter, I cast to a pair of fish, one being the biggest bone I ever laid eyes on.  However, I hooked the far smaller of the two ... a 13 1/2lb beauty.”

DWC prides itself on the large numbers and sizes of fish available around the idyllic resort.  Bonefish are caught and released on a daily basis at the cay and the resort is a strong supporter of fishing conservancy and of the proposed BNT parks for the area. Bonefishing in The Bahmaas is estimated to bring in nearly $141 million annually to the Bahamian tourism market according to Bonefish Tarpon and Trust.

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Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas’ 27th Annual Antique Auto Show impresses with 50 plus vehicles
Submitted by Murray Forde   
A young visitor from Canada gets comfortable in a 1940 Ford. NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas’ 27th Annual Antique Auto Show took a different turn this year. The Show was moved a little east of the normal venue – the Arawak Cay Fish Fry – to the Big Tent erected for Bahamas Speed Week Revival back in November.  

A Club spokesman commented. “Having used the Cultural Centre (Fish Fry) for the last dozen or so years, we weren’t quite sure how it would work out, but as the tent was available we wanted to try it. We had some challenges working out the logistics but, in the end, with fingers crossed on Saturday morning we were ready and the change was worth it.

"Many favourable comments were received from Club members and other participants as well as the 2,000 plus visitors that came to both look at the vehicles and purchase steak and chicken dinners from our cook-out.”  Throughout the day, close to 1,400 dinners were served. The cook-out is the main fund raising part of the annual event  with all proceeds going to charities involving children.

Some 50 plus vehicles were on display competing for trophies in the various classes. In addition, the show included attractions for the children, including Bouncy Castle, Pedal Cars, Ice Cream, Junkanoo Rush-outs by members of The Valley Boys and  a Children’s Art Contest.
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BNT partners help make research exciting
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Pictured (left to right) are Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing and Dr. Daniel Brumbaugh, Senior Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation,  American Museum of Natural History. (Photo courtesy of BIS)NASSAU, Bahamas -- One of the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) international partners, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), recently published an exciting new booklet - Guide to the Science of Marine Protected Areas in The Bahamas.

"The reports generated by scientists on their many expeditions to The Bahamas are mostly too technical and science-heavy to be of use to decision makers and educators,” said Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director.  “This guide is a useful tool for breaking down the science into useful information that can be applied to conservation and education by both decision makers and educators.  BNT is pleased to see its production and hopes it will be an encouragement to other scientists to produce similar publications to bring their science back to Bahamians."

The booklet, which was written and designed with the Bahamian pubic in mind, was written after more than a decade of research and outreach.  It helps to break down technical research by using colourful summaries and highlighting planned marine protected areas (MPAs).  “The Bahamas has led the way in marine conservation in the region and is also an important setting for scientific research about conservation,” said Dan Brumbaugh, Ph.D. Senior Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation,   American Museum of Natural History. “As such, this booklet serves as a ‘thank you’ to the Bahamian public from several research communities.”

The BNT, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the American Museum of Natural History met with the Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Honourable Kenred Dorsett, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of the Environment and Housing, David Cates and the Director of the BEST Commission, to officially present them with copies of the booklet.

In addition the environmental groups also presented copies of the guide to the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources, and Local Government, the Honourable V. Alfred Gray, and the Director of the Department of Marine Resources, Mr. Michael Braynen.

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PM suggests initiatives at CFATF Conference
Written by BIS   

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, delivering remarks  at the First Regional Anti-money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Conference. The event was held at the British Colonial Hilton April 2 -3. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay).  NASSAU, The Bahamas – Economies of the Caribbean Region are gradually changing from being goods-based to becoming service-based. Consequently, the Financial Services sector is evolving into a significant generator of revenues for regional governments.  

Accordingly, meetings such as the First Regional Anti-money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Conference are significant in order to facilitate dialogue between stakeholders in the financial services sector.  

During the first regional meeting held here in Nassau, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, delivered remarks at the conference, held at the British Colonial Hilton April 2 -3.  

After thanking Vladimir Nechaev, FATF President for suggesting the establishment of this annual regional conference and for his attendance and active participation, Mr. Christie, confirmed The Bahamas’ commitment to fighting financial crimes.  

“All regulatory agencies in the Region should be seen to be espousing a regional view that criminals should not be allowed to launder their ill-gotten funds and when such funds are confiscated, they should never access them again. Fighting financial crime in the region is an imperative for all of us,” he said.  

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