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Conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon receives Land Trust Alliance President’s Award
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 29 September 2014 07:03

 Louis Bacon presented with Land Trust Alliance President’s Award for Conservation Leadership. Pictured l-r – Michael Dowling, Board Chairman, Land Trust Alliance; Louis Bacon, Chairman, The Moore Charitable Foundation and Rand Wentworth, President, Land Trust Alliance.PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -- Declaring that his “bold actions were inspiring others to protect and steward their lands,” the Land Trust Alliance this week presented one of its highest and rarest honours to philanthropic conservationist Louis Bacon.

Mr. Bacon was presented with Land Trust Alliance President’s Award for Conservation Leadership September 18 in recognition of what the Alliance called his “lifelong passion for land conservation, his accomplishments with The Moore Charitable Foundation, and his move to permanently protect more than 210,000 acres of his own land.” The presentation, made in Providence, R.I., came during the annual conference of the Alliance which represents 1,200 member trusts and five million people who work to save the places people love.

It was only the fourth time in the 22-year-old Land Trust Alliance’s history that the President’s Award for Leadership has been presented.  

“Mr. Bacon’s bold actions are inspiring other landowners to protect and steward their lands, encouraging them to protect America’s natural heritage to create a lasting legacy for generations to come,” said Rand Wentworth, Land Trust Alliance president. “We are immensely grateful to Mr. Bacon for his conservation leadership and thank him for joining us at Rally 2014 to celebrate the tremendous good his works have yielded.”

Declaring that he was “humbled and honoured” to receive the award, he described the work of his foundation, founded over twenty years ago. “The Moore Charitable Foundation pursues two simple and equally important passions: A love of nature – and the desire to protect it,” Mr. Bacon said. In the Bahamas, The Moore Bahamas Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation, is working to preserve fragile coral reefs and other marine resources in a country where more than 90% of its area is water.

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Urban Renewal donates to residents of Montell Heights
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 13:20

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Developing neighbourhoods battling poverty and crime are getting a boost of confidence in social development through the Urban Renewal Peace Ambassadors.  

Hundreds of Montell Heights residents gathered at the Park for a peace demonstration to get free food, text books, dictionaries, hope and encouragement.  

“What are we going to do about our area?  What will it be tomorrow?  It’s up to us.  ‘We The People’, not the Government.  ‘We The People’…we determine what happens in our area,” said Mother Pratt.  

“The Police are only there to oversee, but we as a people, we must say I’m sick and tired of this mess in my area and we must come together and get rid of it.  That’s how change comes about, when we have zero tolerance for mess because my children must grow up here.  We must say I’m looking out for the neighbour, you look out for me.  We determine who comes and goes in our area.”  

On September 25, the Urban Renewal 2.0 Peace Ambassadors, led by former Deputy Prime Minister, Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, under the theme “Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow,” joined the residents of Montell Heights on the Park, off Robinson Road at 11 A.M. to discuss and pray about solving poverty, violence, crime, and limited education issues.  

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Bahamian intimate apparel boutique featured in international magazine, The best of Intima
Submitted by Nikki Burrows   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 06:34

NASSAU, Bahamas -- For the first time, a Bahamian boutique store, Cheek.y Intimate Apparel, has been featured in a popular, international, designer intimates magazine, The best of Intima.  

Published in France and available throughout North America, South America, and Europe, The best of Intima showcases the best in ladies’ intimate apparel throughout the industry.  

Public Relations Consultant for Cheek.y, Nikki Burrows, says "We are so proud of what we have been able to accomplish in less than two years of operation.  Cheek.y is truly a unique shopping experience in Nassau, and being featured in an international publication like The best of Intima reaffirms what we've sought to create; a boutique, upmarket experience for our patrons, offering intimates from an array of their favorite international designers, hand-selecting our garments for both quality and style, and presenting them with superior customer service, in a comfortable environment and at prices quite comparable to those of US retailers."

Cheek.y is the only retailer in Nassau to offer intimates from designers Calvin Klein, Chantelle Paris, Eberjey, LOU Paris, Mimi Holliday, and Simone Perele amongst other brands, including Commando, Hanky Panky, and SPANX.

According to Boutique Manager Venetia Gibson, "Shopping for intimates is very personal and people like to take their time.  Many of our customers, who have shopped abroad for their intimates in high-end department stores or specialty boutiques, now have the option to shop their favorite intimate brands at home at their leisure, in a familiar environment, with trained staff.  The fact that we're able to be that option makes us very, very happy."

The best of Intima magazine is the premium lingerie and beachwear magazine in the United States and Canada, and it is a part of the Network Dessous Group, the first world-wide group of magazines dedicated to intimate apparel, swimwear, legwear, and related fabrics, since 1990.

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CIBC FirstCaribbean to open ultra-modern branch on Bay Street September 29
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:17

NASSAU, Bahamas -- CIBC FirstCaribbean will officially open its ultra-modern branch at Bay Street and Parliament Street on Monday September 29, 2014.

The new branch replaces the existing location currently at the northwestern section of Bay Street which officially closes on Friday September 26, 2014. It features a new-look design code that will be the hallmark of future branches in the region.

The new design code is similar to the branches of the bank’s parent, CIBC and follows the opening of similar modern branches at Carmichael Road and a new flagship branch in Barbados late last year.

Managing Director, Retail, Business and International Banking, of CIBC FirstCaribbean, Mark St. Hill said the new Bay and Parliament Street branch was another demonstration of the bank’s commitment to the Caribbean and the continuing modernization of its branch network across the region.

“We intend to continue developing our branch network as part of our commitment to building an even better bank for our customers. Our branch network is being outfitted to meet the needs of today’s customers, with new offices in Barbados, St. Lucia, the Bahamas and Jamaica and there are definite plans for continued modernisation,” St. Hill said.

Managing Director and Country Head of the Bahamas, Marie Rodland Allen said the new branch was part of the bank’s “continued effort to improve on our delivery of superior service to our clients,”

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More than 300 coral antlers installed as part of eco-reef experience at Baha Mar
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:04

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The marine environment at Baha Mar continues to flourish, with the introduction of more than 300 coral antlers to the $3.5 billion resort’s eco-reef experience.

The eco-friendly coral antlers were installed in July, adding to the artificial eco-reef experience at Baha Mar. Before the antlers were installed, volunteers from Baha Mar assembled each 55lb antler by hand. The installation of 48 reef balls and 320 coral antlers began in April 2014 by Baha Mar’s environmental team.

The reef balls and coral antlers were designed to complement each other by creating optimal conditions for coral and marine life just feet away from the shoreline at the luxury Bahamas resort. Reef balls provide protective void spaces for fish while encouraging coral growth, while the coral antlers create prime ecological conditions for coral settlement, growth and adhesion. Fish are immediately attracted to the eco-reef layout, which closely resembles a naturally occurring coral reef. Over time, the reef balls and coral antlers will be filled in and covered by a living reef.

Over the past three months, the environmental team has documented a number of marine species that now call Baha Mar’s eco-reef home, including parrotfish, sea urchins, sponges and coral. Snorkelers in the crystal clear waters off Baha Mar may also spot Blue Tangs, Bar Jacks, barracuda, Spotted-Eagle rays, Angelfish, starfish, four-eye Butterfly fish, ocean Surgeonfish, Pinfish, and the Nassau Grouper both juvenile and adult sized.

The environmental team will continue to monitor the artificial reef productivity and success over time, gathering valuable research data that can be used to assess solutions to help repair damaged reefs or create new ones throughout The Bahamas.

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Bahamas China Friendship Association elects new officers
Submitted by Anthony Capron   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:02

Pictured from left: Se. Joseph Curry, founding president; Lloyd Wong, trustee; Anthony McKinney, past president; Gena Gibbs, public relations director; Anthony Capron, president; Ambassador Yuan; Andy Gomez, trustee; Kevin Simmons, trustee and Philip Simon, immediate past president. Missing are: Denise Dorsette, vice president, Aaron Brice, treasurer and LaPaige Gardiner, secretary.NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas China Friendship Association ratified its incoming officers for the year 2014-2015, naming Anthony Capron as the new president at the Annual General Meeting, Sept. 19, at the Balmoral Club.  

Also ratified were Denise Dorsette, vice president; Aaron Brice, treasurer; LaPaige Gardiner, secretary; Gena Gibbs, public relations director. The trustees are: Lloyd Wong, Andy Gomez and Kevin Simmons.  

Ambassador of China to The Bahamas Yuan Guisen was also in attendance at the AGM, which was moderated by Sen. Joseph Curry, founding president.  

Incoming president Anthony Capron thanked the membership for their confidence and sought their help in guiding the organisation. He noted that after 10 years the aims and objectives of the BCFA are still the same and that “much has happened that warrants we forge a closer link with the People’s Republic of China.”  

Mr. Capron reminded the audience of the gift from China of the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium and the development by Baha Mar that is transforming the Cable Beach Strip.  

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Education Minister addresses Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Toastmasters Club 7108
Submitted by Nerissa Hamilton   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:48

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald addressed members of the Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Toastmasters Club 7108 on the many initiatives undertaken by the Ministry since he assumed office. (Photo by Dorlan Curtis)NASSAU, Bahamas -- In his pursuit to strengthen public private partnerships and improve the perception of public schools, The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald graciously addressed the Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Toastmasters Club 7108 on Wednesday, 17th September, 2014. Under the theme, “A New Year, A New Dawn in Education!” Minister Fitzgerald took the opportunity to inform those in attendance of the paradigm shifts that have occurred since he became the Minister.

In an attempt to bring balance to the curriculum offering, he mentioned that there were very little options and opportunities for those who were not academically inclined to succeed. According to the Minister, “the key objective was to put a greater emphasis on the fifty percent of students performing below grade level.”

He noted that improving those at the bottom of the academic pole will undoubtedly have positive effects on the country; “as the level of education improves so do the social conditions.” Research revealed that approximately fifty percent of twelfth graders leaving school each year do not meet the graduation requirements.

This then led the Minister to share the strategies that have been devised to mitigate the continuance of this unfortunate trend. He then introduced the National High School Diploma (NHSD) programme to his audience and stated that for the first time in more than a decade, a standard for the NHSD had been agreed upon. He also outlined the criteria to obtain the NHSD:

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