By ZNS News, Jul 21 2016 7:27PM
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By ZNS News, Jul 21 2016 6:16PM
Some 200 children representing three summer camps in New Providence enjoyed a day of fun and frolic at C.I. Gibson Park, Howard Street, Chippingham.
Organized by Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal, which falls under the purview of the Urban Renewal Commission, the Fun Day included over 100 children from the Fort Charlotte Community Centre Camp, approximately 50 children from Holy Spirit Anglican Church Camp and some 50 children of the Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal Camp.
ASP Dencil Barr, who heads Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal said, “We decided to get all the children together to have one fun gathering because they are in one community. We wanted them to be able to experience care, respect and trust among each other and to have camaraderie.
“Our job is to partner with other entities in the community and this is a form of partnership. We supplied all of the items for this event and brought them on board.”
Throughout the day the children enjoyed games including basketball, obstacle courses, bouncing castles, and sweet treats, lunch and soft drinks.
ASP Barr said in addition to fun, the Fort Charlotte Urban Renewal Camp focuses on discipline, Christian values, education, and history.
“We try to make it a combination of fun, games and education. The main key is discipline. When the camp is finished they will walk away having gained something.”
The children, ranging in ages 5 to 16, have been on two field trips since the Camp began three weeks ago. “We took them to a major restaurant on West Bay Street where they learned about table manners and etiquette. They will also go to a movie showing and Ardastra Gardens to experience wild life and nature,” he added.
By ZNS News, Jul 20 2016 4:44PM
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in conjunction with the Ministry of Works and Urban Development held a press conference and contract signing for the Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
The contract in the amount of $21 million was awarded to Woslee Construction, which was represented by company president, Mr. Ashley Glinton. Work on the structure is scheduled to begin around mid-August. The stadium is to be located opposite Government High School.
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie said “build a stadium that would leave me in awe as I drive by it.” He continued, “something that would say this is a national baseball stadium.”
Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson said the stadium would be one of the best in the world. He said the stadium would mean that The Bahamas could host AA, AAA Class spring training and even professional baseball games.
By ZNS News, Jul 19 2016 6:07PM
The Government, through the Bahamas Embassy in China is seeking to explore and create new economic opportunities for Bahamians through all aspects of Bahamian arts and crafts.
On Friday, July 15, 2016, Bahamas Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Paul Andy Gomez sat down with the movers and shakers in the cultural arena to discuss the vast potential of Bahamian arts and culture in Asia. A number of them recently participated in a cultural tour in China.
Held at the British Colonial Hilton, the discussion evolved in a full Exuma Island room, where the sound of all things Bahamian was brought to the fore resulting in Ambassador Gomez laying out a road map for such a relationship.
Ambassador Gomez thanked all for attending “this working session of The Bahamas-China Culture Exchange Group, which seeks to enhance The Bahamas’ cultural export and create new economies for Bahamians.”
The year 2017 will make 20 years since The Commonwealth of the Bahamas and The People’s Republic of China established diplomatic ties and bilateral relations in a number of areas like scholarships, agriculture, business and arts and culture.
“The Bahamas Embassy’s primary role in China is to maintain diplomatic relations of the highest level with The People’s Republic of China,” Ambassador Gomez said.
Secondly, he said, the embassy is pursuing “in a big way” the promotion of business partnership opportunities between Chinese and Bahamian businesses.
China is considered the largest developing country in the world with the second largest economy behind the United States. And its immediate goal is to grow its middle class by 300 million people.
“The Bahamas has some opportunities and we need to strategically balance our sovereignty for generations to come with economic development, particularly from that heavily populated part of the world,” Ambassador Gomez said.
Some of the concerns expressed by individuals at the meeting were marketing and promotion of Bahamian products; culture such as Junkanoo; copyright of photographs, drawings and paintings; the support of short films and documentaries; and the sale of items such as straw bags, jewelry and other crafts.
“We have a gem of a country; The Bahamas is highly respected and we have to protect it for future generations,” the ambassador said. “But we also have to find a way for culture to make some money. We have to work together.”
Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation the Hon. Dion Smith said a mandate of BAIC is to stimulate the growth of small and medium-sized businesses. “There is a market worldwide for Bahamian handicraft,” he said.
Deputy Director General of Tourism Ellison “Tommy” Thompson also noted that China is an emerging, important market and pledged the Ministry’s support in this vein.
Director of Culture Rowena Poitier-Sutherland said she is willing to share the various business plans on tap for further promotion of culture in, and outside of The Bahamas.
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president Edison Sumner and Chairman of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Commission Paul Major, who both pledged the support of the business community, also addressed the meeting.
By ZNS News, Jul 18 2016 5:49PM
Minister of Financial Services and Local Government the Hon. C.V. Hope Strachan was paid a courtesy call July 8, 2016 by the Law Reform and Revision Committee that was commissioned by the Attorney General to brief the Minister on the plan to launch an overhaul of the Investment Funds Act.
During the Financial Services Advisory Council (FSAC) Review of 2012, several deficiencies were noted and the overhaul will address the deficiencies that had been noted. The benchmarking exercise will focus on the following jurisdictions: Cayman, Luxembourg, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The Committee will work with the Securities Commission of The Bahamas to produce a draft.
Margaret Gonsalves-Sabola has been retained by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas as the drafting consultant, and Graham, Thompson & Co. has been retained as the technical consultant. Minister Strachan welcomed the commission and the focus being brought to bear on the amendments.
Pictured, seated l-r: Aliya Allen, Partner at Graham, Thompson & Co.; Christina Rolle, Securities Commission of The Bahamas; the Hon. Hope Strachan, Minister of Financial Services; and Margaret Gonsalves-Sabola.
Standing l-r: Hillary Deveaux, Consultant to the Minister of Financial Services; Samantha C. Jn. Paul-Samuels, Legislative Draftsman, Jn. Paul-Samuels & Co. Chambers; Mechelle Martinborough, Securities Commission of The Bahamas; Sarah Packington, Associate, Graham, Thompson & Co.; Christina Davis, Graham, Thompson & Co.; Sherinn Munnings, Executive Manager, Securities Commission of The Bahamas; and Brandace Duncanson, Senior Counsel, Ministry of Financial Services. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
By ZNS News, Jul 18 2016 5:41PM
The Spanish Wells community was pleasantly surprised with a visit by Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force (Acting) and senior members of his Operations Command Team--Lieutenant Commanders Clarence Dean (Commander Operations) and Whitfield Neely (Squadron Commanding Officer). The surprise visit took place during the community's Annual Spanish Wells Festival on the Island last evening.
During the opening ceremony of the Festival, the Member of Parliament for North Eleuthera, Mr. Theo Neilly, and Festival Committee Member and Deputy Chief Councilor, Mr. Robert Roberts, expressed heartfelt thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Spanish Wells residents and fishing community for the hard work and sacrifice being made by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in securing the borders of The Bahamas.
Since the beginning of this year, Defence Force Officers and Marines have been on monthly and bi-monthly deployments aboard patrol craft in the Great Bahama Bank to maintain a continuous Defence Force presence in areas that were once poached by fishermen from the Dominican Republic.
As a result of this imitative, encounters with Dominican poachers by Bahamian fishermen in the southern Bahamas were substantially reduced. Additionally, Bahamian fishermen from the Spanish Wells and Long Island communities are beginning to see signs of revitalization of fish stocks in the Great Bahama Bank and local fishing communities in Spanish Wells and Long Island. In meeting the local fishermen at the Festival, Captain Bethel reassured them that the Defence Force was committed to ensuring their safety at sea and protecting their livelihood. Photo Caption: RBDF Photo shows: Members of the Spanish Wells fishing community with Commander Defence Force (Acting) and senior officers of his Operations Command team (L-R): Tony Symonette, Lt. Commander Clarence Dean, Robert Roberts (Deputy Chief Counselor), Chuck Pinder, Captain Harvey Higgs, Captain Tellis Bethel, Lance Pinder, and Lt. Commander Whitfield Neely.
By ZNS News, Jul 18 2016 5:39PM
Newly-appointed Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Huang Qinguo, right, made a courtesy call on the Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez on July 4, 2016 at the Ministry's offices.
By ZNS News, Jul 18 2016 4:58PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force made history as the Force conducted its first live feed Aerial Drone Training Exercise yesterday. Committed to Guarding our Heritage, the Defence Force is in the process of developing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Unit to join the fight to combat illicit activities within the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. This advance measure will enhance the Force's operational capabilities that will allow operators to have a bird’s eye view of a targeted area. Another goal of the UAV Unit is to effectively assist in search and rescue efforts.
RBDF Photo shows: Commander Defence Force (Acting), Captain Tellis Bethel along with Commando Squadron Commanding Officer, Acting Lieutenant Commander Derrick Ferguson viewing a live feed of a drone patrol from the Defence Force’s Operations Command Center.
By ZNS News, Jul 18 2016 4:50PM
Urban Renewal Summer Basketball League Official Launch on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Bacardi Road Park, Carmichael Road, one of a number of Urban Renewal Commission summer activity programmes for young people. Commission Co-Chair Cynthia Pratt gave the Invocation. Welcome message to the young basketball players and guests was given by Commission Deputy Permanent Secretary Patricia Francis; and Remarks by Commission Permanent Secretary Diana Lightbourne. (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)
By ZNS News, Jul 16 2016 4:45PM
In welcoming newly-elected executives of Rotary and Rotaract clubs on Grand Bahama, Minister Darville commended the Rotarians for the difference they make in the lives of Grand Bahamians through service.
Their unstinting service mission that has benefited the Grand Bahama community for many years, he noted, is in spirit “similar to the government's mandate for Grand Bahama -- to place our local economy on the road to recovery; and to ensure that our people are in a good position to reap the benefits.”
He spoke during a courtesy call at his office on July 14 with District Assistant Governor Deborah Delancy; Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise President Felix Bowe, Jr.; Eight Mile Rock Rotaract President Dramaine Major; and Freeport Rotaract President James Burrows.
Rotary service programmes on Grand Bahama are supported through four Rotary Clubs and two Rotaract Clubs. Presidents of the clubs are curently: Felix Bowe Jr., Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise; Carol Rolle, Rotary Club of Lucaya; Darren Cooper, Rotary Club of Freeport; and Phillip Armbrister, Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunset. Rotaract Presidents are: Dramaine Major, Rotaract Club of Eight Mile Rock; and James Burrows, Rotaract Club of Freeport. Rotaract Clubs are community-based and comprise the future leaders of Rotary.
Rotary’s presence has been deeply felt throughout the entire island of Grand Bahama because of the commitment and effort of its club members. Countless projects and contributions continue to positively impact the local communities.
Projects include the adoption of the Beacon School, where a state-of-the-art playground was constructed a few years ago, graciously donated by Rotarian Karen Clarke.
Each year many schools receive books, dictionaries, and backpacks.
The Literacy programme was established to teach adults how to read.
And countless scholarships have been awarded locally and internationally.
Shown from left during the courtesy call/artwork presentation are: Dramaine Major; Deborah Delancy; Minister Darville; Felix Bowe Jr., and James Burrows. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
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