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The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) Accountants' Week - November 6-12

Nassau, Bahamas -

The
Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants ("BICA") will be hosting its

Annual Accountants' Week during November 6-12, 2011.  The week begins
with a Church Service at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street
at 11:00 a.m. on November 6, 2011 then continues with informative
sessions from November 8-11, 2011 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel,
West Bay Street.  There will be a Cocktail Reception on Thursday,
November 10, 2011 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, immediately
following that day's session.  The week ends with a Fun/Run/Walk/Push
on November 12, 2011 with part proceeds being donated to The National
AIDS Foundation.  The route will be from Arawak Cay to Goodman's Bay to
Arawak Cay.

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Bahamas AIDS Foundation Cocktail Reception, Feb 20th

Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas
AIDS Foundation is celebrating twenty-one years as an organization
committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS in The Bahamas. In recognition
of this milestone and to show our appreciation for sponsors, a
Presentation and Cocktail Reception will take place at Government House
on Wednesday, February 20th 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. During this
event, we will inform our patrons of our work throughout the years and
our current initiatives, as well as share our vision for 2013. We will
also take the opportunity to acknowledge and honour four longstanding
supporters of the work of the Bahamas AIDS Foundation...

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'Matters of The Heart'

In commemoration of February as Heart Month, many will come out to the annual Heart Ball in support of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. But through the Salus Project, several Bahamian artists will make a significant contribution to the foundation with their work in the upcoming exhibition, "Matters of The Heart".
With heart disease as a leading cause of death in The Bahamas and around the world, artists Yutavia George, Edrin Symonette, June Collie, John Cox, Allan P. Wallace, Preston Hanna, Ernest Forbes and Charlthorn Strachan set out to create work to address this and surrounding issues.
George chose to create pieces to represent the Sassoon Foundation, the Bahamas Heart Association and the Bahamian community, through the medium of acrylic on canvas.
"They highlight the demand for more networking between each group concerning information, resources and support. The work symbolizes the necessary contact with each other for survival as a symbiotic balance," she said.
Since The Salus Project is about wellness, Symonette felt that it was only appropriate to consider his grandmother's life and everything she has endured in her lifetime. His pieces are a tribute to her and emphasize the blessing of a life without heart disease or serious illness.
Cox's work will approach the idea from a physical standpoint, departing from his usual large format paintings. Using bicycle tubes and air to pump them up, he is attempting to create an artificial vascular system. Though small and still in progress, these three-dimensional assemblages are meant to suggest the mechanics of the heart.
The artwork will be donated to the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation for a silent auction at the Heart Ball on February 16.
The artists seem more than excited about what they are doing and being a part of the Salus Project, many of them not for the first time.
"[The Salus Project] does several things," said Cox. "One is it creates regular and consistent opportunities for artists to be challenged and to also gain visibility for their work. It also gives them guidelines to exploit. I think there's something kind of counterintuitive about the way artists work.
"They always say that they want to be left alone and to be totally free, but I feel nothing is more liberating to an artist than to be given a rule and to then break it. It gives a guideline to really break free, to do something outside of what's expected, and I think that that helps focus artists."
For George, "This Salus exhibition shows that young people are conscious of the issues in The Bahamas and are making efforts to support and help raise awareness."
"The Salus Project decided to partner with the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, to help raise funds for children in need of heart surgery," said Salus Project Co-founder Dr. Graham Cates. "We are also partnering with the Bahamas Heart Association to increase public awareness of the burden of heart disease and to empower Bahamians with information on how to prevent heart disease and reduce the complications for those already affected."
The foundation is also excited about the collaboration and the continued support it receives from the Bahamian community.
"We're very grateful to be partnering with [The Salus Project]," said Coretta Owen, co-chair of the Heart Ball Committee, which is the fundraising arm of the foundation. "And we do hope that we are able to raise quite a bit of funds from the Salus Project art show... and then the balance of the artwork will be donated to the Heart Ball for our silent auction for the night of the ball on February 16."
The foundation also receives funds through its annual tea party as well as one or two other art shows from artists who contribute their artwork throughout the year. According to Owen, the foundation has had donations from Antonius Roberts, Tyrone Ferguson, Eleanor Whitely, Rik Carey, Shakila Stubbs and Cox.
Founded by Dr. Cates and his wife, Nurse Anita Cates, the Salus Project is for young artists to express themselves in all five areas of wellness: spiritual, financial, physical, emotional and social.
Salus, which is Latin for wholeness, was founded in summer 2011, "out of a desire to provide a bridge between art/beauty and health/wellness - two core values of New Providence Community Church". According to Dr. Cates, "The Salus Project invites student artists to come around a theme and create art so as to increase awareness and positive changes in the artist and the wider community."
"Art has a unique way of getting a message across. It allows the viewer to pause, think and formulate ideas which might not occur through traditional media methods," said Nurse Cates. "Art brings beauty into our lives and we certainly need more of that."
The Salus Project has collaborated on projects to highlight five dimensions of wellness, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.
"These initiatives are all interconnected to our core values of health and wellness," said Dr. Cates. "We want to provide as many different opportunities for The Bahamas to become aware of and engage in meaningful conversation that will result in positive behavioral changes of a healthy Bahamas."

o "Matters of the Heart" opens Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at the Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, home of New Providence Community Church on Blake Road. For more information about the Salus Project, visit http://www.familymedicinecenter.org/salus-project.

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Arts Calendar

Exhibitions
"Saltwater Healing" by Bahamian poet Angelique V. Nixon will be launched on Sunday, February 3, 3 p.m. at Doongalik Studios, Village Road. In 18 snapshots, Nixon collages photographs, drawings and pieces from the Bahamian landscape and uses them alongside handwritten poetry to explore and understand difficult stories through the lens of the natural world.

The Stepping Stone Quilters Annual Quilt Show runs through Saturday, February 2, at Trinity Methodist Church, Frederick Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday. For more information contact Maria Chisnall machisnall@gmail.com or 359-2349.

"Creative Connect" monthly mixer on Monday, January 28, 7 p.m. at Popopstudios, Chippingham. This free social networking monthly mixer is hosted by The Bahamas Institute for Motion Pictures and The Bahamas Actors & Filmmakers Guild.

"Fix Ya Face" Open House on Thursday, January 31, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the D'Aguilar Art Foundation, Virginia Street. For more information please call 322-2323 of 357-9263. Featuring 36 pieces that explore the human face through different styles and media, the show runs through January. To view please call 325-1957 or 322-2323 to make an appointment for Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"Matters of the Heart" a Salus Project art exhibition opens on Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at the Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. The artwork will be donated to the Sassoon Foundation for a silent auction at the Heart Ball on February 16.

"Peace & Love: Writings on the Wall", an exhibition of recent work by Stan Burnside opens Thursday, February 14 6 p.m. at the Stan Burnside Gallery, Tower Heights, Eastern Road.

"Conceptual Movement" continues at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) with works from Popopstudios Junior Artists in Residence Yutavia George and Christina Darville. The exhibition is co-sponsored by The D'Aguilar Art Foundation and Antonius Roberts. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

"New Works" by artist Heino Schmid are on display at Popopstudios Art Gallery, 22 Howard St. Chippingham. The exhibition, which is being held to raise funds for Schmid's participation in the major international art fair, VOLTA NY 2013. This marks the first time that Popop Gallery has been accepted to participate in a major art fair.

"Nature's Blessings", a collection of floral paintings and Bahamian scenes by the late Josephine Marie Sherman continues at Doongalik Studios, 20 Village Road. The show closes on Monday, February 28. Hours at the gallery at #18 Village Road are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. For further information contact the gallery at 394-1886 or email doongalikart@batelnet.bs.

To commemorate the 46th anniversary of majority rule, a special Majority Rule Exhibition was opened on January 10 at The College of The Bahamas' (COB) Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre. The exhibition can be viewed during library hours: Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will be on display until Thursday, January 31.

"Dieing To Be Beautiful: A Conversation Between A Mother And Son Through Photography After His Near Death Experience" continues at The Antonius Roberts Studio and Gallery at Hillside House, everyday except Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be on display until Thursday, January 31. Hillside House also hosts a relaxing and welcoming Neighbourhood Coffee Morning every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Twice a month, they feature artists working in different disciplines leading demonstrations.

"Celebrating 40 years of Independence and Expression", the 2013 Colina Calendar Exhibition continues at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) with a showing and silent auction of the original calendar artwork. The "Expressions" art show runs at the NAGB through January.

"The Least of These" continues at the Ladder Gallery, located at the New Providence Community Centre, home of the New Providence Community Church, on Blake Road. Work by young artists is centered around HIV/AIDS awareness in commemoration of World AIDS Day Dec. 1. It will be on display until February.

NE6 'Kingdom Come' continues at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas through April 7, 2013. Gallery hours: Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Admission $5 adults; $3 students/seniors; children under 12 are free. This sixth national exhibition features the work of 49 local artists who have been asked to respond to the challenges of transitions (social, environmental, political etc.) in modern times. This exhibition will be on display until April 7. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

The Permanent Exhibition of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, displaying pieces under the theme "The Bahamian Landscape", continues this week at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Gallery hours: Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Admission $5 adults; $3 students/seniors; children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email info@nagb.org.bs or call 328-5800/1.

Lectures and Readings
"Meet the Writer" hosted by The College of The Bahamas School of English Studies will feature Obediah Michael Smith and Nicolette Bethel. Smith's "Discovery Daze" and Bethel's "Lent/Elegies" will be launched at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 28 on the second floor of Chapter One Bookstore. It is free and open to the public.

Music
Nassau Chamber Ensemble presents an evening of ethnic and contemporary music on Saturday, February 2, 6 p.m. at Jacaranda House, Parliament & East Hill Streets.

Theatre
The hilarious comedy play "Election 2012: What Just Happened" is coming to the stage again, January 26 at the Bishop Michael Eldon Auditorium in Freeport at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $25 at the door, and $30 preferred seating, $35 at the door. For tickets, reservations and inquiries, contact 351-6137, 351-6139 or 225-8254.

Films
FRIENDS of the Environment hosts its traveling film festival in Treasure Cay at the Treasure Cay Community Center on Wednesday, January 30, 4 - 6 p.m. Featured films include "The Island President", "End of the Line" and "Habitat Conservation in Abaco". FRIENDS members are free, otherwise tickets are $10. Visit the FRIENDS website for more information or to see the trailers:www.friendsoftheenvironment.org.

Workshops and classes
Classes continue for Popopstudios ICVA's spring semester of six-week courses including: "The Art of Drawing" with Toby Lunn (Mondays 6-9 p.m.), "Functional Ceramics" with Katrina Cartwright (Wednesdays 10a.m.-1 p.m.) and "The Art of the Book" with Sonia Farmer (Tuesdays 6-9 p.m.). The semester runs from January 14 to February 23 and courses range from $240 to $255. For more information, visit www.popopstudios.com/programming/.

Tours
Islandz, having acquired Downtown Art Tours, offers its Islandz Gallery Hop tours, examining art spaces downtown on Saturdays. Tickets are $20 per person for the two-hour tour. For more information or to book tickets, call 601-7592 or visit Islandz online at www.islandzmarket.com.

Tru Bahamian food tours offers a "Bites of Nassau" food tasting and cultural walking tour to connect people with authentic local food items, stories and traditions behind the foods and the Bahamians that prepare and preserve them, through a hands-on, interactive, educational tour and culinary adventure. Tickets are $69 per person, $49 for children under 12. Tours are everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting at the British Colonial Hilton and ending at Tortuga Rum Cake Company. For more information, visit www.trubahamianfoodtours.com.

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The AIDS Foundation Presents...
The AIDS Foundation Presents...

Saturday 26th June 2010  7:00 PM

The AIDS Foundation of The Bahamas presents a Mid-Summer's White Party at The Balmoral Club. Donation: $150, includes drinks, food and entertainment. Start Time: June 26th at 7:00pm Where: The Balmoral Club For more information, contact 242-325-9326 For downloadable .pdf file click here


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Ministry considers HIV mobile testing

Up to December 31, 2010, 12,095 people in The Bahamas had tested positive for HIV, accounting for about three percent of the population, according to the most recent statistics released this year.
However, Director of the AIDS Secretariat Marva Jervis said there has been some difficulty reaching the people who are considered to be most at risk for the deadly virus.
She said the Ministry of Health is considering implementing HIV/AIDS mobile testing to reach a greater number of the people considered to be at risk.
According to statistics, 2,075 people had full blown AIDS and 5,741 were HIV positive. Over the years, 4,279 people with HIV/AIDS have died in The Bahamas.
"The most significant point is that a third of these persons are young adults, 15 to 44," said Jervis, referring to the people who currently have the virus.
"[They] are the strength of the nation. These are the persons who will lead us and that is where The Bahamas has its greatest concern."
Jervis was speaking at the National Speech Competition under the topic, "Achieving an AIDS-free Bahamas", at the Red Cross headquarters yesterday.
Jervis said the Ministry of Health is focusing on reaching individuals at higher risk so they can receive HIV counseling.
At-risk people include out of school youth, migrants, men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers and people over the age of 50.
"In addition to counseling, we're thinking about mobile testing," Jervis said. "This is something where we go out into the community. We probably stick behind those desks too much. We need to get out to know people, to help people."
She said it will take a collective effort from everyone to accomplish the ministry's goal of getting to zero new cases by 2015.
Jervis said there has been a decline in new reported cases and a dramatic fall in reported AIDS deaths. In 2000, there were 218 HIV/AIDS related deaths compared to the 59 deaths in 2010, she said.
"So what's happening, we have something to preserve people's lives," she said. "Due to the commitment of the Bahamian government to prevent and control HIV, we also had a seven-fold increase of persons on medication.
"The Bahamas now is able to offer medicine to those who meet treatment criteria. And we're happy about that and it doesn't matter if you were born in The Bahamas, if you need treatment it is available to you."
The majority of HIV/AIDS funding comes from the government. However, corporate sponsors have generously donated over the years.
Lasts week, the Bahamas AIDS Foundation raised another $75,000 for the fight against HIV/AIDS, with Colina Insurance Ltd. donating $50,000 and Kerzner International donating $25,000.
The check presentations were made at the 19th annual Red Ribbon Ball at Atlantis Resort on Saturday night.
Over the years the event has raised close to $1 million to provide medicine for HIV-positive pregnant women, establish outreach programs for adolescents infected with HIV/AIDS and create public service announcements to educate the public.

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The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) Accountants' Week - November 6-12

Nassau, Bahamas -

The
Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants ("BICA") will be hosting its

Annual Accountants' Week during November 6-12, 2011.  The week begins
with a Church Service at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street
at 11:00 a.m. on November 6, 2011 then continues with informative
sessions from November 8-11, 2011 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel,
West Bay Street.  There will be a Cocktail Reception on Thursday,
November 10, 2011 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, immediately
following that day's session.  The week ends with a Fun/Run/Walk/Push
on November 12, 2011 with part proceeds being donated to The National
AIDS Foundation.  The route will be from Arawak Cay to Goodman's Bay to
Arawak Cay.

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Red Ribbon Ball Removing the Mask - November 12th

Nassau, Bahamas - You're invited to the

18th Annual Red Ribbon Ball Removing the Mask Masquerade Ball Saturday,

November 12, 2011 at The Imperial Ballroom - Atlantis, Paradise Island.

Dress: Black Tie & Mask, Donation: $225. Presented by Colina in support of The Bahamas AIDS Foundation.

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Scotiabank Supports Red Ribbon Ball 2010

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

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Scotiabank Bahamas recently joined hands with The Bahamas AIDS Foundation
in hosting the 2011 Red Ribbon Ball. Hosted under the theme, 'I am Accepted,'
the Ball is the Foundation's single largest fund-raising initiative, now
in its seventeenth year. An annual supporter of the AIDS Foundation, Scotiabank
was an Executive Corporate Partner to this year's gala.

The Bank is a
dedicated partner to worldwide efforts at the local, regional, national
and international levels to reduce new HIV infections and minimize the
impact of the illness...

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Art for Hope

When most people think about HIV/AIDS, they usually equate the disease with despair and death, but with people with the disease living longer, healthier, more quality lives -- it shows that there is hope.
With that in mind the Bahamas AIDS Foundation will host "Art for Hope: Getting to Zero" a silent auction and cocktail reception on Friday, May 31 at the National Art Gallery from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
"This is a forum where artists can express through their works how art is hopeful," said Carlyne Smith, executive director of the AIDS Foundation.
When the AIDS Foundation invited artists from the full gamut of the fine arts, including photography, sculpture, mixed media, painting and drawings to participate by donating charitable pieces of their work to Art For Hope, they did so hoping the artists would submit work centered around the disease and to give the artists the opportunity to stand up and be counted. Most artists submitted pieces they had out of kind.
Artists showing will include Bernard Petit, Yvette Rolle, Jessica Colebrooke, Clifford Fernander, Allan Pachino Wallace, Alistair Stevenson, Kishan Munroe, Dawnita Fry, Trevor Tucker, Dion Lewis, Fabian Fountain, Toby Lunn, Paul Hennis, Makario Gibson, Neko Meicholas, Lemero Wright, William Munroe, Abby Smith and Cydne.
"We're very pleased with the artists we have and we're also pleased even that we have persons who are not as well-known like Lemero Wright and Abby Smith, and not only persons who do paintings. We have sculptors, persons who create jewelry, ceramicists, painters, mixed media, photography -- the full gamut of fine arts, so it's something different," said Smith.
With a number of other art shows taking place at the same time as the AIDS Foundation's show, Smith said it was initially tough going getting a roster of artists, but she said once the artists found out the show was for a charitable cause, they were more than willing to donate pieces.
During the auction, proceeds from the sale of pieces are: reserved price to the foundation and any sum above the reserved price to be divided 50-50 between the artist and the foundation.
Smith said the work of the Bahamas AIDS Foundation is worthy, necessary and benefits the society at large. And the donations will go towards three of the foundation's essential initiatives -- increasing public awareness of HIV/AIDS generally; maintaining the foundation's afterschool program for children infected with or affected by HIV and continuing the project that seeks to reduce mother-to-child transmission through education and other preventive measures that has enjoyed great success already.
"While we have made significant strides in the fight against this pernicious condition, it still affects too many of our people, most especially our youth," said Smith. "We want nothing less than to see the day HIV/AIDS is completely eradicated."
The UNAIDS theme until 2015 is getting to zero, and Smith said they're hoping that they're raising awareness in terms of getting to zero -- which is zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths here in The Bahamas.
Tickets for the silent auction and cocktail reception are $30. For more information, telephone 325-9326.

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