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AML signs LOI with Luxury Homes (Bahamas) Ltd to develop shopping center in eastern New Providence
Submitted by Shonalee King Johnson   
Friday, 24 July 2015 12:05

The project is a joint venture between AML Foods Ltd and developer Luxury Homes Ltd. NASSAU, Bahamas —AML Foods Ltd announced the signing Thursday of a letter of intent with developers, Luxury Homes (Bahamas) Ltd, a subsidiary of Sunshine Holdings Ltd., to build a shopping center in Eastern New Providence. The company anticipates a completion date on the project for the final quarter of 2017.

Under the terms of the planned deal, AML will have a 45% ownership in the development proposed for the main Yamacraw Hill Road, and Solomon’s Food Store, an AML Foods Ltd. brand, will serve as the anchor tenant.

Gavin Watchorn, President & CEO of AML Foods Ltd said the joint venture with the developer, allows the company to continue its strategy of opening neighborhood stores to complement its existing destination stores.

“This first step between AML and Luxury Homes allows us to enter the Eastern New Providence market, an area that we currently have no presence in, where we can provide the same quality products and service standards available to customers in our existing outlets,” Mr. Watchorn explained. “The proposed development will not only expand our presence in the market, it will also provide long-term returns to our shareholders, through the ownership of our location and revenue streams from the overall development. With the signing of this LOI, we look forward to working with Luxury Homes through the successful completion of this project.”

New funding for kids 'at risk' programmes
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Friday, 24 July 2015 11:41

Andrew Law and Sally Van Tooren co-founders of the ‘Family Help and Support Foundation’  have provided new equipment, uniforms, and trophies and arranged for the daily cold drinks, for a Carmichael Road area Basketball Team’s tournament and championship games. Planned activities, counselling and leadership help the youngsters stay on the straight and narrow and in-school. Centre:  l to r: Mark Beckford, Andrew Law, William Lunn, Sally Van Tooren and David Allen. (Photo:Serena Williams P.R.)NASSAU, Bahamas --A new source of funding is expanding efforts to assist ‘at risk’ teens to live a drug and crime-free life. The newly formed Family Help and Support Foundation is currently adding further reach and sustainability to Dr. David Allen’s programme: ‘The Family: People Helping People’ programme, that facilitates community help clinics for the inner-city emotionally distressed.

Andrew Law, co-founder with Mrs. Sally Van Tooren, of the Family Help and Support Foundation said that they are currently helping facilitate a particularly successful programme already in progress, an off shoot of Dr. David Allen’s ‘The Family.’

“We are currently providing additional financial aid to a grass-roots group run by Mark Beckford and William Lunn in the Carmichael Road area,” said Mr. Law. “Every day they are working their help programme to an identified group of nearly 200 young men between the ages of 8 and 17. Two and three mornings a week they are welcomed by the faculty and students at SC McPherson and PA Thomson schools. Leadership and ongoing help and encouragement mixed with life-skill lessons, help the kids stay crime-free,” explained Mr. Law.

“These public-humanity programmes work,” said Mrs. Van Tooren. “We will continue to raise money to facilitate these dedicated grass-roots groups that reach and positively affect a generation currently preyed upon by established neighbourhood gangs pushing crime and drugs as a way of life.” Mrs. Van Tooren added that she was very grateful to the people who had given funds to date.

“Obviously, we couldn’t do any this without our generous donors, people who believe in being proactive in their desire to help where needed in the community.”

Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture's 2015 Summer Programme to excite, entertain and train young people
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 24 July 2015 11:33
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture launched its 2015 Summer Programme on Monday, 6th July 2015. The annual programme, comprised of summer camps designed to assist young people with discovering their potential, equip them with skills, and provide positive, healthy alternatives for our youth during the summer break, runs for a period of 4 weeks. Hundreds of youngsters participate.

The Summer Camps are divided among the Youth, Sports, and Culture departments and aim to excite, entertain and train young people in the respective disciplines.

Youth Division:

The Youth Division camps are hosted at various schools throughout New Providence, offering soft skills development and focus on critical thinking, teamwork and communication. These camps include:

Beauty trades (hair, skin & nails)
Furniture Building
Souvenir Construction (Junkanoo based)
Grilling and Daiquiri Making
Basic Upholstery
Entrepreneurial Development
Marine Science Environment
Musical Performance
Small Home Repairs Programme improved living conditions for 3,000 and economic outlook for many
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 08:12

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Small Home Repairs Programme of the Urban Renewal Programme has improved the living conditions of 3,000 Bahamians in 23 constituencies, while providing job opportunities and economic empowerment for many others since its launch in November, 2013, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis said Wednesday.

Mr. Davis said the Programme has repaired over 600 houses throughout New Providence alone since its launch, while engaging 400 contractors to repair those houses. More than 1,000 tradespersons (carpenters, masons, electricians, tile layers, plumbers and helpers) have also been employed as a result of the Programme, many of whom have used smaller vendors to procure their supplies.

The Urban Renewal Programme 2.0 celebrated its third anniversary earlier this year and according to the Deputy Prime Minister, “is thriving on the islands of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Cat Island, Eleuthera and Andros.”

Mr. Davis said the Programme will be established on other islands during the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year as an integral part of the initiative for building a ‘Safer and Stronger Bahamas.’

“I can truly say without fear of successful challenge that this Government’s introduction of the Urban Renewal Programme has positively impacted the quality of life of residents, especially in targeted, traditional communities such as Bain and Grant’s Town, Centreville and Englerston,” Mr. Davis said.

New fecal microbiota transplant program coming to Bahamas Medical Center
Submitted by Jessica Robertson   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:45

Pioneering UK clinic opens up for business in North America

NASSAU, Bahamas -- A UK clinic at the forefront of a treatment which uses gut bacteria from a healthy donor to treat patients with a broad range of conditions has set up an operation in the Bahamas in response to a growing demand from North America.

The Taymount Clinic, which has its headquarters in Hertfordshire, thirty minutes from London, has linked up with the Bahamas Medical Center, in Nassau, seizing on the demand for Faecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) from the United States, Canada and other parts of the world.

FMT is currently the most effective treatment available for Clostridium Difficile (C Diff).

However, many other countries including the UK and now The Bahamas are utilising the procedure for a number of other conditions.

Many patients currently visit the Taymount Clinic in England to seek treatment for a range of gastrointestinal conditions, such as crohn’s and colitis as well as neurological and other problems.

ONE Cable Beach sales ahead of schedule
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 11:09

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Sales of luxury beachfront condos in the iconic $45 million ONE Cable Beach development are exceeding expectation with 40% of the residences sold prior to pouring of the foundation, the project’s developer said today.

“The response to the offering of ONE Cable Beach has exceeded our projection,” said Jason Kinsale, president and CEO of Aristo Development, which is funding and building the 7-storey, 69-unit ultra-luxurious condominium complex on Cable Beach. “I have been told – and we are trying to confirm – that the success we have enjoyed so far is unprecedented for this stage of a development and may be setting a record, with 40% of a residential project sold before the foundation is poured.”

The project, which broke ground quietly without fanfare or a formal ceremony, has been humming along with hundreds of thousands of dollars of heavy equipment preparing the site and working on infrastructure. A sales office is open daily on the property west of Melia Nassau Beach Resort and less than a half mile east of Sandals Royal Bahamian on Cable Beach.

The success to date, Kinsale believes, is due largely to location – the last available acreage in the sought-after Cable Beach area directly on the waterfront.

“I drove around for one year searching for a suitable piece of property,” he admitted. When the purchase was complete, an abandoned house had to be demolished and hauled away. But the linear footage and the high elevation made the site ideal for construction. “When you come out here and see the sparkling turquoise waters, it takes your breath away, even mine, and I am accustomed to developing properties. I am supposed to think of it as business but I can’t help but feel a little emotional when I walk this property so I understand how people, especially those coming from the northern U.S., Canada and Europe, would be struck by its beauty and want to buy.

Minister Daniel Johnson conducts summer camps tour
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 10:53

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Every summer in July youngsters across New Providence and in Family Islands are offered the chance to experience a few weeks of all dimensions of arts, crafts, and sporting activity sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. They even have the choice of summer break booster science opportunities. 

The Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture on Wednesday, July 15, took members of the press on tour of some of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s summer camps located at schools and parks throughout the capital. He also showed a Food Handler’s course conducted at St. Gregory’s Anglican Church.

Minister Johnson noted camps at the parks such as softball, judo, boxing, soccer, tennis and basketball are actually held year-round to provide a possible career choice for participants, and that they are “coordinated by professionals in their fields.”

The National Summer Youth Programme spans the month of July, and annually engages hundreds of young people.

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Photos by Raymond Bethel, Sr., of BIS show some of the stop on the tour, with the Minister enjoying moments of interaction with the children.

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