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Minister Griffin addresses Rotary on the new pre-paid card for social assistance
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 14:51

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Social Services and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Griffin on Friday addressed the Rotary Club of West Nassau at The Poop Deck at Sandyport on the Government’s new Re-Loadable Pre-Paid Card that is assisting almost 3,000 needy persons to purchase food at local food stores.  (BIS Photo/Kristaan H.A. Ingraham)

Deputy Prime Minister speaks on World Water Day at COB
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:18
Remarks by Hon. Philip E. Davis, M.P.
Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Works & Urban Development
Monday, 30th March 2015

Good Morning          

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period from 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade for Action, “Water for Life”.  This decade commenced on World Water Day, 22nd March 2005.   Today, we mark the end of that decade with a discussion of Water and Sustainable Development.

Today, more than ever, the world is aware that water is essential for sustaining life, promoting human health and well-being, and preserving the environment. The world is also painfully cognizant of the fact that every year, millions die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.   Bringing it closer to home, the many small nations of our region acknowledge our challenges with respect to water, waste, and energy.

While the world sounds the alarm to mitigate against water crises, The Bahamas’ press for sustainable development and preservation of its resources are well-documented.  Until the early 1960s, groundwater was the only available source, and it was heavily exploited particularly in New Providence. Even as a fledgling in nationhood, The Bahamas continued to rely on its groundwater sources for clean water, and, to a lesser extent, rainfall.  During the 1970s and 1980s, our freshwater lenses were studied, and their potential as reliable sources of potable water was quantified and mapped out.  On the face of it, there appeared to be significant volumes available, but most occurred on the larger islands where there are few inhabitants.
28th Annual Antique Auto Show & Cook-Out a roaring success
Submitted by Murray Forde   
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:47

A view of some of the vehicles on display at the Antique Auto Show & Cook-Out 2015. (Photo by Don Brown)NASSAU, Bahamas -- There was something for everybody at the 28th Annual Antique Auto Show & Cook-Out at Arawak Cay on a beautiful sunny Saturday at Arawak Cay organized by the Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas.  For those seeking food there were steak and chicken dinners from the grill plus hamburgers and hot dogs from the Rotary Club of East Nassau’s well known Hamburger Van. For those with “sweet tooths” the Kiwanis K-Kids Club were on hand selling desserts and Rotary’s Interact Club provided ice cream.

Activities for the children included a bouncy castle and miniature car rides at no cost and an art contest, at which children up to age 15 draw their favourite cars at the show. On sale was a large variety of model cars, fire extinguishers, t-shirts and even a few paintings. Asa H. Pritchard also had various auto accessories at their booth. In addition, a raffle was going on throughout the day with various prizes and a grand prize of a flat screen TV.

Then, of course, was the main attraction: The Cars. 65 cars and trucks were on display, with vintage vehicles ranging from 1939 to 1995 (The Antique Auto Club adopted its local definition of “Antique” as 20 years old). For the drag racing fans a new class of “Fast & Furious” was added this year and members of the Bahamas Hot Rod Association (BHRA) were happy to display some of their vehicles. To cap off the entertainment, members of the Valley Boys provided a Junkanoo rush for the crowd right before the announcing the winners. The vehicles were judged in nine different classes and trophies awarded. Full details of the winners can be downloaded below.

The show continued to be well supported by the business community. Club President Don Pinder stated “We want to graciously thank our sponsors for their generosity as well as our six volunteer judges and other volunteers donating their time to help with the gate and food serving. Without these companies and individuals, we would not be able to continue putting on a show of this magnitude. Special thanks too to the Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach and the Rotary Club of East Nassau for their continued support.”  Show chairman, Wilfred Rolle added “Proceeds raised from the show, as usual, go to a charity involving underprivileged children and will be used towards purchasing some much needed appliances for the Old Bight Mission Home in Cat Island.”

CIBC FirstCaribbean coaches female staff in health, legal and financial wellness
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:35

(l-r): Glenda Whylly, CIBC FirstCaribbean Senior Manager in the Managing Director’s Office; Sherrylynn Bastian, Presenter and CIBC FirstCaribbean Legal Counsel; Beulah Arthur Presenter and CIBC FirstCaribbean Treasurer; Dr. Gertrude Holder, presenter; Inger Johnson CIBC FirstCaribbean District Manager. NASSAU, Bahamas -- To salute and celebrate female staff, CIBC FirstCaribbean hosted a Financial, Legal and Health Wellness seminar for the women employees of the bank.

They were treated to expert presentations from Beulah Arthur, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Treasurer, Sherrylynn Bastian, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Legal Counsel, and Dr. Gertrude Holder, MD.

Mrs. Arthur counselled the women on the importance of planning, investment and risk management in maintaining healthy finances. She urged the women to be proactive in their financial affairs because, though banks such as CIBC FirstCaribbean offer many useful planning and saving tools, it was up to the conscious planner to actually use them, and wisely.

She also offered helpful tips such as: set realistic goals, never invest more than 10% of your assets in a single entity, take advantage of employer stock options in moderation, and diversify your portfolio when investing.

Sherrylynn Bastian CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Legal Counsel, followed Mrs. Arthur, guiding the women through best practices and on the handling of their legal affairs. She answered questions on the legalities involved in property ownership, the finer details of getting your mortgage documentation perfect, and de-mystifying estate planning.

Dame Marguerite officially opens the Red Cross Fair
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:32

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Red Cross Society held its Annual Fair on the Lower Grounds of Government House on Saturday, March 28.  Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling brought remarks and declared the fair officially opened.  Dame Marguerite is pictured giving a nod to the Cotton Candy stall.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

Eta Psi Omega pay courtesy call on Minister of Social Services
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:27

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Bahamas) were hosted to a courtesy call by the Minister of Social Services and Community Development the Hon. Melanie Griffin as part of Eta Psi Omega’s ‘Honours Day’ programme, on Friday, March 27, at the Ministry’s offices, and as a precedent to the 2015 AKA Honours Day, on Sunday.  The sorority honours high-achieving female high school students and awards scholarships. Pictured is Minister Griffin addressing the young women.  (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

BTVI students schooled in social netiquette
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:25

Students listened intently to Assistant Superintendent of Police, Detective Mark Barrett as he discussed the pitfalls of social media.  To his right is BTVI instructor, Kramer Taylor.NASSAU, Bahamas -- “Think before you post.” That was the simple, yet thought-provoking message Assistant Superintendent of Police, Detective Mark Barrett wanted to ingrain in the minds of students recently.

The officer of 26 years was speaking to an Entrepreneurship Prep class at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) during which time he sent a strong caution to social media users.

“We have to be careful who we interact with. Do you know your 500 followers – people who are looking at your photos each day?” he questioned.

“Yet you’re sharing your life,” he said matter-of-factly to the students.

Detective Barrett, who is in charge of the Business and Technology Crime section of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) warned that sharing too much can lead to cyber bullying.  While sharing the pitfalls of social media, the officer urged the class to be responsible when posting photos or comments, adding that cyber bullying is widespread with issues as far as Bimini and Inagua.

“Cyber bullying does not discriminate.  Bullying is not just physical in nature. Words do hurt. Much of what we say, malign the reputation of others; it is a form of bullying. Those words replay in the mind, having a psychological effect,” he said.

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