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Deputy Prime Minister to Straw Market vendors: Exercise the power of love
Written by BIS   
Friday, 08 January 2016 09:18

Philip 'Brave' Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works & Urban Development gave an address during the breakfast meeting for Straw vendors at The Crab House, January 7, 2016.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)NASSAU, The Bahamas – In the wake of a recent advisory issued by the United States Embassy regarding Jet Ski Operators in The Bahamas, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis has admonished Straw Market vendors to “count the cost” and understand the consequences of their actions.

He addressed the Straw Market Authority’s inaugural New Year’s Vendor/Staff Team Meeting & Breakfast gathering at the Crab House and Seafood Emporium, Collins Avenue, Thursday, January 7. The theme for the event was ‘All a We is One.’

The Deputy Prime Minister said the event’s theme, ‘All a We is One’ is a reminder that “we are all apples in a barrel” and that if one apple is spoilt the whole barrel is spoilt.

“It just takes ‘one a we’ to do something terrible to one of the tourists. The next thing you would have is another advisory coming from the American Embassy that says don’t go in Nassau Straw Market. Do we understand what all that means? It takes all of us to make this work and it only takes one of us to make it not work.”

Mr. Davis remarked that each of the vendors and members of the Authority possesses power, and is a leader.

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King assumes new position
Written by BIS   
Friday, 08 January 2016 09:03

A KING’S WELCOME – Charles King (left), newly-appointed Deputy Director of Local Government, welcomed new Freeport City Administrator Preston Cunningham to Grand Bahama. Mr. King, the former Administrator for the City of Freeport has relocated to Nassau. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Charles King, former Senior Administrator with responsibility for the City of Freeport, has been transferred to New Providence as the new Deputy Director in the Department of Local Government.

Alexander E. Williams, Director of Local Government said Wednesday that Mr. King brings a wealth of experience to the office having served as an Administrator in just about every island in The Bahamas.

“I can’t think of anyone better suited for the post. He has served his country well and is fully qualified,” said Mr. Williams.

He said that the post became vacant after the passing of Dr. Revis Rolle last year.

Mr. Williams also confirmed that another veteran in the Department of Local Government, Preston Cunningham, has been sent to Grand Bahama to assume the position as Administrator for the City of Freeport.

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Recap of events celebrating 49th anniversary of majority rule
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 08 January 2016 08:44

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Sunday the 10th January is Majority Rule Day, marking the 49th Anniversary of the first government which the majority of the country elected on a one man one vote basis. Following is a recap of the list of scheduled public activities to mark this historic. The list is published for public information.

All roads lead to Montague Bay for the annual ‘All-for-One Regatta’ which will kick off the Majority Rule Weekend list of state sponsored activities. The three day regatta will be officially opened by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie on Saturday, January 9 and will conclude on Monday, the 11th , the public holiday designated to mark the occasion. The regatta is in memory of regatta consultant and racing legend, “King Eric” Gibson.

Also on Saturday the 9th January at 7 pm in Rawson Square, there will be a free live concert of the music of Freddie Munnings Sr., the late owner of the Cat and the Fiddle night club, featuring his songs about the city of Nassau, under the direction of Fred Ferguson. Mr. Munnings, the late owner of the famous Cat and the Fiddle Nightclub, was one of the champions of the fight for Majority Rule through his activism, his money and his music.

The Governor General HE Dame Marguerite Pindling and the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie MP are expected to be in attendance.

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It’s a dog’s life … only better at Caves Village Veterinary Hospital
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Thursday, 07 January 2016 07:47

Team Effort – The whole team at Palmdale Vets celebrate their hard work at the Caves Village Veterinary Hospital Open House. Front Row, left to right: Ms. Keva Butler [Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist], Dr. Jade Greensword  [Veterinary Associate], Mrs. Linda Knowles [Office Manager], Dr. Peter Bizzell [Partner/CEO], Mrs. Sylvia Bizzell [Partner/Business Manager], Dr. Valentino Grant [Partner/Senior Veterinary Associate], Ms. Valentina Evans [Veterinary Assistant]. Back Row, left to right: Mr. Carl Thurston [Veterinary Assistant/Ambulance Driver], Ms. Aléage Penn [Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist], Dr. Italia Sands-Johnson [Veterinary Associate].NASSAU, Bahamas -- Palmdale Veterinary Group recently held an Open House Mix ‘n’ Mingle Pet Affair to mark the opening of its newest facility, the Caves Village Veterinary Hospital in Western New Providence. The sister practice to Palmdale Veterinary Hospital offers a complete veterinary service from routine examinations, vaccinations, advanced diagnostics, pet medications and specialised food supplies. Attendees were invited to enter a raffle before the draw date of December 21st to win $500 in goods and services from the Veterinary group.

Designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for pet care the multi-purpose space boasts two dental and examination rooms, boarding equipment for overnight stays, a shaded exercise and play area, grooming facilities, and a walk-up bath tub to accommodate four-legged pets of all sizes. It also features ultra-modern equipment and progressive technologies.

The dedicated surgical suite is outfitted with medical-grade surgery lights and advanced anaesthesiology monitoring equipment and the digital x-ray creates remarkably clear images on par with those in the medical field. The on-site lab cuts diagnostic time drastically, meaning wait time for pet-patients is often shorter than people labs. The new hospital replaces a smaller satellite clinic opened in Caves Village in 2007 and it is hoped that the expansion and equipment upgrades will now meet the growing demand.

Dr. Peter Bizzell who with his wife Sylvia purchased Palmdale Veterinary Clinic from Dr Gary Cash 15 years ago, said that the new facility aims to bring greater convenience to western clients and a higher level of pet care.

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College of The Bahamas accommodates late payments for Spring 2016
Submitted by Office of Communication   
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 09:11

NASSAU, Bahamas - On Monday, January 4th an inordinate number of returning College students were on lines at The College attempting to either make payments by cash, scholarship or arrange a deferred payment plan.

Some students waited for the last minute to make payments and opted not to use the online payment system. The very same online payment system was credited back in August 2015 as the most uneventful and smooth payment and registration process The College has experienced in several years.

The College, however, immediately made the following adjustments in order to accommodate the students:

All students waiting on lines received food and refreshments and were notified that they may return the following day with no late fees charged and no penalties or they may remain on the line and College staff would remain until all students are accommodated.

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Ranfurly Home gets holiday donation from CIBC FirstCaribbean
Submitted by Chauntez Dillet-Wilson   
Monday, 04 January 2016 16:25

From left: Princess Burrows, The Ranfurly Home; Paul Bartlett, Palmdale Branch Manager, CIBC FirstCaribbean; Alexander Roberts, Director, The Ranfurly Home.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ranfurly Home for Children got some added cheer just in time for the holidays this year when CIBC FirstCaribbean demonstrated its commitment to Bahamian Youth with a donation to help cover the home’s holiday activities.

A long-time sponsor of Ranfurly Home, the Bank commended the home for the profound impact it makes on the lives of young Bahamians who need it most.

“Our young people are the country’s most valuable resources but also our most vulnerable,” said CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director Marie Rodland-Allen. “We consider it doing our part to nurture our youth when we support organisations like The Ranfurly Home who do incredible work to improve the lives of many Bahamian children.”

As the country’s only privately-run home, The Ranfurly Home would be unable to operate without the support of corporate citizens.

“We fundraise over 90% of our operating budget so these donations are essential to our survival,” said Ranfurly’s Director Alexander Roberts. “CIBC FirstCaribbean has been good to us over the years and we are grateful for the corporate sponsors who help us keep our doors open.”

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Palm Cay Marina named official port of entry
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 04 January 2016 16:21

Welcome to The Bahamas – Customs officers and Palm Cay Marina Manager Demaro Demeritte welcome seasoned sailors Mike Fish and Martha Garczynski aboard the sailboat Layla, the first vessel to clear Customs at Palm Cay following its being named an official port of entry December 18.NASSAU, Bahamas -- This is the fourth time seasoned sailors Mike Fish and Martha Garczynski made the crossing from Ft. Lauderdale to The Bahamas aboard their 47-foot sailboat Layla, but this time was different from all the rest. Fish and Garczynski made a bit of maritime history, becoming the first vessel to clear Customs and Immigration at the Palm Cay Marina.

“It was a milestone for the marina and Mike and Martha were so pleased that they could sail directly into Palm Cay without having to clear at another destination or marina first,” said Demaro Demeritte, Manager of the 194-slip marina that continually reels in rave reviews and is now the only marina in New Providence to carry the highest possible ranking on ActiveCaptain.com, the TripAdvisor-like site for boaters.

For Garczynski it wasn’t just about being first or what she could enter into the log book aboard. It was getting to where they wanted to go without putting in elsewhere in The Bahamas for all the formalities.

“It was a straight shot from Ft. Lauderdale and every time we come in, the marina and Palm Cay get better and better,” said Garczynski. “When we first came, the first restaurant was not even open yet. Now there is the main clubhouse and restaurant and the dockside café for casual breakfast and lunch. You can refuel, walk that beautiful beach, swim in the pool or ocean, enjoy the Friday night jazz, the Sunday beach barbecue. It’s like its own little world but you are at home on your boat. It’s fabulous. We will stay here for one week and then head to Exuma, another straight shot from Palm Cay so this is great that we can now clear Customs and Immigration right here. We love it here and Demaro is amazing.”

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