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Woodcock Primary students tour U.S. Coast Guard Cutter GANNET
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 16:17

NASSAU, Bahamas -- A fifth grade class at Woodcock Primary School got quite a treat on Thursday, March 20 when they were invited to participate in a tour onboard the visiting U.S. Coast Guard Guard Cutter GANNET while docked at the Prince George Wharf.  The excited students were accompanied by class teachers Mrs. Claudia Sawyer and Ms. Willisa Robinson.  U.S. Embassy officials also on hand for the tour included Public Affairs Officer Neda Brown and U.S. Coast Guard representative, Lt. Matthew Lamb.

Sr. Chief Orlando, Captain of the US Coast Guard Cutter GANNET greets Woodcock Primary students as they board the ship.

The excited students, many of whom admitted that the experience was their first time onboard a ship, got a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the ship’s captain, Sr. Chief Orlando and his thirteen member crew.  During the 90 minute tour, the students were split into groups and learned about the role of the U.S. Coast Guard including search and rescue and migrant interdiction.  The Coast Guard officers also highlighted the longstanding partnership with their Bahamian law enforcement counterparts at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The students’ interactive tour included lessons about boating and water safety and the proper use and importance of wearing life jackets and floatation devices.  The students were also given a tour of the ship’s bridge and galley and got a chance to participate in a simulation exercise on how the Coast Guard responds to fires on board distressed vessels while at sea.

PM visits gravesite of Betty Knowles
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 07:51

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie is pictured at the Woodlawn Gardens gravesite of former Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts Manager Betty Knowles, March 22, 2014, following the service at Christ Church Cathedral. Also pictured at left is Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Exciting activities planned
Submitted by Mavis Darling   
Monday, 24 March 2014 06:45

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Worldwide, the month of April is observed, Parkinson's Awareness Month, to give recognition to the progressive, debilitating condition. Therefore, Kingdor National Parkinson Foundation has planned several activities in commemoration of the month, under the theme, “There Is Magic In The Movement”.

One such exciting event had been planned is the Fun Walk/Run Competition on Saturday, April 5, Montague Beach Park, commencing at 6 a.m., which is in essence dubbed “Moving Day Campaign”. This event was designed to heighten Awareness of the distresses of Parkinson’s disease and the effects it has on the parkinsonian and the family.

Tee-shirt/denim Day is scheduled for Friday, March 28.  The Foundation is encouraging everyone to wear a Kingdor Parkinson shirt on that day, showing solidarity in an attempt to sensitize and educate the populace.

Another not-to-be-missed event is the Gala Ball slated for Saturday, April 26, Melia Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort at 6:45 p.m. The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, Versage and back by popular demand will be PEABO BRYSON, Grammy Award Winner, singer, songwriter, record producer, keyboardist, dancer, composer and list goes on.  He and his group will be here in full force to serenade the gala attendees. This is made possible based on the generosity of major sponsors.

These visits activities give the organization the opportunity to expound on the importance of high quality care for people with Parkinson’s disease.  We feel everyone deserves the best possible care and protection. Many are suffering as a result of lack of care and attention. 

Water and Sewerage Corporation hosts Piping Solutions Seminar for World Water Day
Submitted by Zina Williams   
Friday, 21 March 2014 10:32

Pictured (left to right) is Cyprian Gibson, WSC Senior Engineer and CWWA Representative and Davis Wolf, Seminar Host and Manager, International Business Sales Development, HD Supply. (Photo courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas –- Recently, Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) hosted a seminar on Piping Solutions in conjunction with the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association as a part of the activities leading up to World Water Day.

WSC has been active in the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) for over 15 years, with Cyprian Gibson, Senior Engineer in the Engineering and Planning Department at WSC serving as a president in the past. Gibson noted, "The seminar allows for continued professional development of the water sector and promotes best standards and practices in the industry.”

HD Supply, an International Supplier of wastewater products was the sponsor of the three day conference, which gave insight on the types of piping available to help improve water solutions.

WSC used the conference opportunity to provide employees with further knowledge on both water solutions and the infrastructure needed. WSC will be carrying out further events to help celebrate World Water Day and was a proud supporter of the conference.

Learn more about World Water Day by visiting  

Urban Renewal officials visit Good Samaritan Home
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 15:43

Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt gives a tender touch to one of the residents of Good Samaritan Home for the Aged on March 19.(BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel) NASSAU, Bahamas -- Urban Renewal Co-chair Cynthia “Mother” Pratt appealed to persons with elderly parents and family members to take care of them as she and other officials of the Urban Renewal Commission toured Good Samaritan Home for the Aged today.

“These are our precious jewels,” said Mother Pratt. “They are the people who gave birth to many of us and that’s why we are here today. Many of them have fallen on hard times because family has passed on and they have nowhere to go.”

Arnold Forbes, chairman of BAIC; co-chair Algernon Allen, Dame Marguerite Pindling and other Urban Renewal officials visited the home located in Yellow Elder Gardens and operated by Dr. Kendal and Sinymae Capron. Mother Pratt described it as “unfortunate” that  many senior citizens in The Bahamas are neglected as a result of greed and selfishness.

“I’ve seen too many of them where they are only used to get National Insurance and Old Age Pension. Afterwards, they are thrown in a corner and nobody checks for them until it’s time to collect National Insurance again. It is not right,” added Mother Pratt.

She said Urban Renewal’s presence there today was to show that they care. “We want to do what we can to help our people. We hope that our children would have the love and concern that we are demonstrating here today and we hope we would be able to assist in some way.”

Bahamas National Drug Council holds mini exhibition
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 07:40

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Celebrating 29 years of existence, the Bahamas National Drug Council held a mini exhibition March 18 at Royal Victoria Gardens, where its theme “Make Health Your “New High” In Life, Not Drugs” was espoused by Administrator Dr. Bridgette Rolle. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

VAT team addresses Oakes Field Primary PTA
Submitted by DP&A   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:27

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Adel Gay (left) and Hugh Chase (right), members of the Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation team outlined the details of VAT, why it was chosen over alternatives and a laundry list of breadbasket  items that will be VAT-exempt during a presentation at the monthly Parent Teachers Association meeting at Oakes Field Primary.

The extent of items, including sandwich meats, milk and mayonnaise, to be exempted from VAT was welcome news to attendees.

The VAT unit has intensified its public education campaign with up to three presentations daily.

Pictured along with VAT implementation team members Gay and Chase is Oakes Field Primary School Principal Beryl Gray (center). (Photo by Derek Smith, Jr. for DPA)

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