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Forestry Week to highlight Primeval Forest National Park
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 17:15

Forestry Week to Highlight Primeval Forest National Park - Last weekend the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) participated in an exciting opportunity to highlight forestry in The Bahamas by hosting the Forestry Unit of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing at the BNT Primeval Forest National Park.  They were also pleased that the Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett, was able to attend and tour the park and see the visitor services facilities there.  Pictured is Minister Dorsett visiting the park.  (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Last weekend the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) participated in an exciting opportunity to highlight forestry in The Bahamas by hosting the Forestry Unit of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing at the BNT Primeval Forest National Park.  They were also pleased that the Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett, was able to attend and tour the park and see the visitor services facilities there.

“Minister Dorsett was overjoyed being at the park,” said Cameron Saunders, BNT Deputy Park Warden.  “He was impressed with the design of the Visitor Centre, the layout of the park and the environmentally friendly composting toilets, which he felt should be emulated in all parks.”

The Primeval Forest, which is located in Southwest New Providence, is remarkably undisturbed and the forest is a fantastic habitat for plant life as well as various species of wildlife.  In the sinkholes and caverns many fossil and sub-fossil remains of Bahamian fauna as well as Lucayan and Bahamian artifacts have been discovered.

The Ministry team used the forest as the backdrop for a short film they plan to air on local stations on as a part of upcoming Forestry Week celebrations from 16th – 21st of March.

Eric Carey BNT’s Executive Director noted: “The Trust is always happy to provide support to the Ministry and its programmes. We are excited to be joining them in the celebration of Forestry Week, and are delighted the chose to highlight the Primeval Forest.”

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WSC continues to improve water quality in New Providence
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:55

WSC Continues to Improve Water Quality in New Providence - The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) recently began a 3-month pilot programme to improve the overall water quality in New Providence, beginning in areas that encompass   approximately 70% of the island’s water demand.  The pilot programme has introduced SeaQuest, a certified drinking water corrosion control sequesterant, which is used by water industry professionals in the USA, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Guyana, Virgin Islands, and Trinidad.  The pilot is testing the effectiveness of the product SeaQuest to address water quality challenges generally associated with aging infrastructure and aggressive water such as desalinated sources.  Pictured is the WSC team working on the SeaQuest programme. (Photo courtesy of WSC for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas – The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) recently began a 3-month pilot programme to improve the overall water quality in New Providence, beginning in areas that encompass   approximately 70% of the island’s water demand.

The pilot programme has introduced SeaQuest, a certified drinking water corrosion control sequesterant, which is used by water industry professionals in the USA, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Guyana, Virgin Islands, and Trinidad.  The pilot is testing the effectiveness of the product SeaQuest to address water quality challenges generally associated with aging infrastructure and aggressive water such as desalinated sources.

“WSC has been taking several steps over the years to address water quality challenges caused by ‘old’ water mains and exacerbated by the increased use of desalinated water,” said Glen Laville, WSC General Manager.  “WSC continues to look at several post-treatment options like Seaquest to help improve our water quality to customers. Together with our successful water loss reduction program, we want to better serve our present customers, and entice those that have alternate means of water supply to come back or join us for the first time.”

This new water treatment programme has several potential benefits including lower chlorine dosages required for disinfection, reducing the amount of water used for flushing mains and minimizing the use of filters, the removal of scale and build up in the water distribution system and minimizing the need for costly pipe replacement.

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'72 Munich massacre survivor to speak at Melia
Submitted by DP&A   
Thursday, 05 March 2015 06:46

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hundreds are expected to flock to the Meliá Nassau Beach on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:00pm, to hear the story of a man who survived the first live broadcasted terrorist attack. Sponsors of the event include Andbank, Ansbacher Bank, Colina Insurance, Diane Phillips & Associates, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Restaurants Bahamas Ltd. and Union Bancaire Privée.

Dan Alon, an Olympic Fencer is the keynote speaker, and will share the harrowing tale of his narrow escape from the 1972 Munich Massacre in Germany. The event, which is free and open to the public, is organized by the Nassau Jewish Community.

“The Munich Massacre is a vital part of history to remember,” said Rabbi Sholom Bluming. “It is important that people know the story, especially as it relates to events such as terrorism, which is so rampant in the world today. Dan Alon’s story is one that can ignite the peace and unity needed for the global community to fight terrorism which is something that affects us all.”

This is not the first lecture of its kind that the local Jewish Community has put on. Three years ago, the group hosted a Schindler’s List survivor, which drew an audience of nearly 700 people.

For more than three decades, Alon remained tight-lipped about his harrowing experience. But nine years ago, he decided to break his silence and share his story with others with a goal to keep the story alive. That goal, has taken him around the world and now, to The Bahamas.

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VAT task force to host free seminar
Submitted by Sasha Lightbourne   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:08

NASSAU, Bahamas -- As filing and payment for quarterly filers approaches, the Value Added Tax (VAT) Private Sector Education Task Force has decided to host a VAT Seminar on Filing and Payment of Returns.

The seminar will be held on March 11th, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00P.M. and will be held at the Melia Resort on Cable Beach.

While the task force understands that many of the larger businesses have accounting firms or have employed accountants to assist with their filing and payment, there is a need for the small and medium size businesses to understand the filing and payment process.

There are over 7,000 registered businesses and more than three quarters of them will be filing quarterly.

The deadline and payment for those filing quarterly is April 28th, 2015.

The seminar will provide attendees with all the tools that they need to file properly and also to ensure that they know what is required in terms of paying the VAT to the government.

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Commonwealth Bank Pirates pedal 250 miles in Ride for Hope
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 02 March 2015 07:51

NASSAU, Bahamas --  The CB Pirates, a 10-member cycling team, pedaled a combined total of 250 miles raising $3,000 during the ninth annual Ride for Hope (R4H) biking event held in New Providence. The ride is held annually to raise funds to aid the fight against cancer.

L to R: Kenneth Rolle, Shacoeya Hanna, Juliet Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Deitra Delancy, Latoya Jones, Jude Hart, Lavado Butler, Carrington Johnson and Giselle Bowe.

The Commonwealth Bank team, a green sponsor of the ride, headed to the starting line with the plan of biking 20 miles each as they were originally signed up for, but once at the location and with the excitement swirling, the Pirates added an additional five miles to their overall goal.

“The Bank is excited about having had the opportunity to participate as a corporate sponsor in the 2015 R4H charity event,” said Mrs. Anthea B. Cox, Vice President Human Resources & Training. “Over the years the Bank has made donations to the fight against cancer however, the R4H event gave our employees the opportunity to come together as a team and give back by soliciting donations and cycling for a worthy cause.”

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Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS) hosts Train-the-Trainer workshop
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Friday, 27 February 2015 14:35

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On February 18 and 19th, 2015 the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services hosted 76 business teachers from the public schools in a two-day Train-the-Trainer workshop for the second consecutive year.

The workshop was conducted in collaboration with the Business Studies Unit, of The Ministry of Education, Career and Technical Education Division.

Hosting the teachers in this two-day workshop is another way of BIFS giving back to the education system by enhancing the education experience of teachers who are preparing students to move from the classroom to the job market.

In her remarks to teachers, Mrs. Kim Bodie, Executive Director said; "from inception, BIFS believed in establishing partnerships to ensure that a high standard of education is delivered to persons who desire to pursue a career in financial services."

In her remarks, Ms. Seretha Clarke, Acting Deputy Director of Education Curriculum Development and Instruction said; "Not only is the Institute focusing its energies on our students, but they are also providing Professional Development for you our teachers."  "Quality training is the Institution's hallmark and our students and teachers are the beneficiaries."  "Collaboration is paramount. The Sharing of ideas augurs well for our education system."  

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Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas holds Mini Antique Auto Show at Palm Cay
Submitted by Murray Forde   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:21

New Members: The newest members of the Antique Auto Club, Robert and Wendy Hess, are welcomed to the Club by Past President Brendan Foulkes (left) and Secretary Murray Forde (right).NASSAU, Bahamas -- Over the past weekend, some of the members of the Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas drove to the Palm Cay development on the eastern end of the island and held a Mini Antique Auto Show on the grounds of the Palm Cay Marina.

“It was a wonderful relaxing afternoon,” commented Peter Armstrong, Past President of the Antique Auto Club. “Not only was our Mini Show well received by Palm Cay residents, but management of the development treated us to lunch. It was most appreciated and we look forward to further developing a relationship with the management of this beautiful development.”

As  a result of the Club’s visit to the development, four new members joined the Antique Auto Club, bringing the total to 71 members. Murray Forde, Club Secretary and one of the six original members of the Club said, “When we started the Club in 1987 with six men, we never dreamed of membership growing to this level and are pleased to see how interest in our hobby continues to grow in The Bahamas.”

The Club’s Annual Antique Auto Show & Cook-Out is now set for Saturday, March 21 at the Arawak Cay Fish Fry Area. Proceeds raised are always used to benefit a charity or organization involving underprivileged children. This year’s beneficiary is the Old Bight Mission Home in Cat Island.

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