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Minister of Education attends a special assembly at Stephen Dillet Primary School in honour of Spelling Bee second place finisher
Submitted by Nikki Bethell   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:59

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald is still riding the wave of excitement. This time, he made a big splash with a school of Marlins at the Stephen Dillet Primary School. The Minister paid a special visit to the school to personally congratulate the 2nd place winner of the 2015 Bahamas National Spelling Bee Finals, Miss Jasmin Adamson, a 6th grader at the school.

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald and Head Girl of Stephen Dillet Primary School, Jasmin Adamson, the 2nd Place Winner of the 2015 Bahamas National Spelling Bee Finals (Photo by Nikki Bethell).

In his address, Minister Fitzgerald praised Jasmin for her success and the fact that she was the only primary school student among the top three finalists. He stated that Jasmin is a testament that great things are happening in our public schools and that she is a role model for all students.

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Check mate boater discovers life size game
Submitted by DP&A   
Thursday, 26 March 2015 07:15

NASSAU, Bahamas -- A boater who had just docked at Palm Cay after sailing the Exumas discovered being on land was pretty interesting if you could just figure out how to play chess walking on the board to make a move.

Photographer caught up with him and captured this moment at Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club, the successful new community rising on New Providence’s southeastern shore. The larger-than-life chess set that attracted this gent’s attention is adjacent to the Palm Cay Marina recently awarded the highest rating by ActiveCaptain.com, the online user review site that does for those aboard yachts what TripAdvisor does for land and cruise visitors.

When fully built out, Palm Cay will be home to some 300 single family residences, townhomes, condos and cottages with amenities that include a beachfront restaurant and club with live entertainment on Friday nights and Sunday afternoon barbecue, lighted tennis courts, swimming pools, 24-hour security, 1,200 feet of beachfront and numerous activities – in addition to chess, of course.  

(Photo: Diane Phillips)

 
Nassau/PI destination assessment results to be revealed
Submitted by Nikia Deveaux   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:51

Tourism stakeholders constructing action plan to improve sustainability

Director General Joy Jubrilu; Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe; Seleni Matus, Sustainable Travel International; Federico Gonzalez-Denton, RCL's Associate VP Government Relations for Latin American and the Caribbean; Tourism Deputy Director General, Tommy Thompson.NASSAU, Bahamas – Today, March 25, 2015, The Bahamas will learn the current sustainability status and competitive position of its most popular tourist destination Nassau/Paradise Island, serving as the first step in the journey toward sustainable destination management.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) will be announcing the results of the Rapid Sustainable Destination Diagnostic for Nassau and Paradise Island as part of its participation in the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA).

After several months of working with the Alliance’s implementation and convening partner Sustainable Travel International, The Bahamas is now ready to share publicly the initial results of the destination assessment and its action agenda that responds to the risks identified.

“Today marks an important milestone in Nassau and Paradise Island’s journey towards sustainability,” said lead assessor Seleni Matus of Sustainable Travel International.

“Preliminary results indicate that there has been solid progress made on many of the internationally recognized critical indicators for sustainable destination management. However, there are many areas that need urgent attention around which local leaders will define a collective response.”

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Minister of Education attends a special assembly at St. Anne’s school to congratulate 2015 Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion
Submitted by Nikki Bethell   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:33

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome K. Fitzgerald and Mr. Charles Hamilton Jr., the 2015 Bahamas National Spelling Bee Champion (Photo by Nikki Bethell).NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald made a special appearance at St. Anne’s School, to ride the wave of success that has been rolling through the school. Some of the school’s most recent accomplishments include: Mr. Godfrey Arthur, winner of the Under 16 Boys, 100 & 200meters at the 2015 Nationals; Miss Devine Parker, winner of the Under 16 Girls 200m at the 2015 National and CARIFTA qualifier; Mr. Rico Neely, Winner of the National Young Chef, Senior Division, Miss Geovante Wells and Mr. Christian Williams, 1st Place Winners of the Gospel Duet at the National Arts Festival; Miss Bobbeth Colebrooke, 1st Place Winner of the new Providence J.A. Speech Competition and 2nd Place at the J.A. National Speech Competition and Mr. Charles Hamilton Jr., Winner of the 2015 Bahamas National Spelling Bee Finals.    

Minister Fitzgerald began by saying that his visit was two-fold, “first and foremost to personally congratulate Charles Hamilton Jr. for walking away with the coveted title of 2015 Bahamas National Spelling Bee Champion, and secondly, to share a very special message with Charles and each and every student.”

The Minister continued by sharing a personal story by stating that it all began on Thursday, 19th of March, 2015 when Charles and all the Spelling Bee Finalist were at his office as he presented them with their certificates and a gift. It was during this encounter that each student had the opportunity to make their introduction. When it was Charles’ turn to introduce himself and his coach, Fitzgerald stated, “I immediately saw myself some 40 years ago. I can vividly remember Charles standing in my conference room to introduce himself and not being able to get the words out of his mouth; he did not get frustrated or overwhelmed, he simply stopped, took a deep breath and started again. He took his breath and refocused and when the words did come out of his mouth, they rolled off his tongue effortlessly. As he opened his mouth to address us, I experienced an instant flashback to my childhood. You see, what many people do not know, is the fact that I had a speech impediment throughout most of my childhood and in fact I still have some days when I have trouble getting words out.”

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2015 Easter Monday Potter's Cay Dock Boat Show to bring awareness of Bahamian traditions
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:24

Pictured at the press conference to announce the Potters Cay Boat Show, seated from left: Honouree Emmett Munroe; Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government Permanent Secretary Rena S. Glinton; the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government; Ministry Parliamentary Secretary the Hon. Anthony Moss; and Ministry Regatta Desk Representative Cindy Gay. Standing from left: Robert Dunkley, Bahamas National Sailing School; Gerard Moxey, Commonwealth Sailing Club; James Wallace, National Sailing Association; Delareese Carey, C.V. Bethel Sailing Club; Aubrecia Moxey, president, C.V. Bethel Sailing Club; David Rolle, Potters Cay Association; Philip McPhee, Jr.; Ministry Regatta Desk Representative Cristian Palacious; Ministry Undersecretary Cephas Cooper.  Third row from left: Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee; David Rolle, sailor; and Stafford Armbrister, Bahamas Boat Owners and Sailors Association.  (BIS Photo/Gena Gibbs)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Advancing the Sloop Sailing Sport to bring awareness of a Bahamian tradition, the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government is sponsoring a one-day boat show in honour of Captain Emmett Munroe, a well-known Boat Captain, Engineer and Sloop Sailing pioneer, who championed many sailing competitions over the last 40 years.

Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources & Local Government, the Hon. V. Alfred Gray on Monday announced the opening of the Potters Cay Boat Show in the Ministry’s Conference Room at the Island Traders Building, East Bay Street, as the start of the summer sailing calendar which will launch Easter Monday, April 6.

Minister Gray explained that Captain Munroe is a native of Ragged Island who built boats in the settlement from the tender age of nine, using the Kamalamae tree.  He added that the Ragged Island boys developed the sport by competing with each other to see who could reach the cay first that was two miles away, which eventually inspired the Potter’s Cay Boat Show.  

“Having made impressive inroads over the past three years in revitalizing this sport, my Ministry is pressing forward and presently a number of sailing events that will be hosted in the upcoming months.  It is my hope, that with increased efforts of my Ministry, Bahamians will have a greater interest in and appreciation for the skill of sloop sailing,” said Minister Gray.

“It is my wish that sloop sailing will one day be formally recognized as the national sport of The Bahamas.”

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CIBC FirstCaribbean donates to S.T.R.A.W. Inc. and leads financial seminar for teenage girls
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:18

S.T.R.A.W. Inc. Founder Therena Cunningham (right) accepts a donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director Marie Rodland-Allen (left) to mark International Women’s Day. NASSAU, Bahamas – To mark International Women’s Day, CIBC FirstCaribbean Bahamas contributed to one of the nation’s leading programmes for adolescent and teenage girls and young women - the after school leadership and development programme S.T.R.A.W. (strengthening, transforming, restoring, affirming young women) Incorporated ™ Centre for Young Women©.

As a part of the bank’s corporate outreach and in recognition of International Women’s Day, CIBC FirstCaribbean locations across the region donated to select organisations benefitting women and girls as a way to honour women in the communities where their banks operate.

Managing Director Marie Rodland-Allen stated that the bank selected S.T.R.A.W. Inc. because of a strong belief in investing in future generations.

“This year’s theme is, ‘Make it Happen,’ so we decided we would partner with an organisation that is already known for positive coaching and making things happen for young Bahamian women,” explained Mrs. Rodland-Allen.

“We are impressed with the organisation’s determination to prepare and empower young women to succeed in their personal and academic lives. CIBC FirstCaribbean values strong female leadership; currently, 73% of our managerial staff are women, so we appreciate and salute S.T.R.A.W. Inc.’s mission,” she added.

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2015 'Fresh Start' class graduate
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:29

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture held a graduation ceremony for the participants of the 2015 Fresh Start Programme on Sunday, March 22, 2015 in the Grand Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton, which was followed by a reception.

Fresh Start is a Job Readiness initiative geared towards providing soft and professional accredited/certificate skills to youth starting a new page, and with the benefit of training coupled with internships.  This year a number of accredited courses and certifications were added. 

Pictured addressing the graduation is Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson. (BIS Photos/Kris Ingraham)

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