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November 06, 2011
The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) Accountants' Week - November 6-12

Nassau, Bahamas -

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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November 02, 2011
Remove the mask

It's going to be an affair to remember -- from the entertainment, to the prizes to be won, the 18th Annual Red Ribbon Ball--a masquerade affair will be one that should not be missed."What will make this year's ball different is the fact that it is a masquerade ball, so it's automatically fun," says Colina corporate communications administrator, Suncher Outten." And the entertainment is stellar. High Tide is a lively band and we have Veronica Bishop and Funky D - and Veronica is really hot right now."

Outten says the fact that everyone will receive a gift and won't go home empty-handed, from the Saturday, November 12 affair at the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis. Even if they don't win a raffle prize, she says being given a gift makes it that much more interesting.

With the theme "Removing the Mask," the person with the best mask at each table will also win a prize. Each table winner goes into a pool to be judged with the best male and female masks chosen from that pool to win even more prizes.

Those people who attend the Red Ribbon Ball specifically for the raffle prizes are in for a treat with four trips up for grabs from American Airlines to London, the Caribbean, Montreal, Canada and South America.

John Bull has donated a freshwater pearl necklace, bracelet and earring set, as well as his and her Movado stainless steel watches with diamond dial.

There is a Grand Isle Resort & Spa vacation, along with airfare from Bahamasair to be won as well as jewelry by Venetian Jewelers, Colombian Emeralds and Diamonds International. Stays at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel and the Wyndham Nassau Resort are also to be had. Colina Insurance will give each ball attendee a gift as well.

While the ball will be about fun and prizes to be won, it's being staged with a serious message in mind. And this year, in a symbolic gesture, aimed at standing together with people afflicted with AIDS or who are HIV positive, patrons at this year's masquerade-themed Red Ribbon Ball will unmask themselves to emphasize the continuing need to eliminate the stigma surrounding the condition.

"There are very few people who are willing to stand up and admit to the public that they are HIV positive and the reason for that is the stigma and discrimination,"says Bahamas AIDS Foundation president, Lady Camille Barnett. "Believe it or not, that stigma and discrimination prevents people from going to access the free medical care offered at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH). If they come onto the PMH compound and see someone they know, they turn around and go home. [People]would rather die alone rather than admit that they are HIV positive and go for help because they're afraid they're going to be stigmatized--and that is within families as well as from colleagues at work, so the fear is there. So what we need to do is remove that mask, and allow people to feel free to admit that they're HIV positive."

Before the world turns its attention on Thursday, December 1 to HIV/AIDS, and those living with, and affected by the disease, the 18th Annual Red Ribbon Ball will be held. The ball is the major fundraiser for the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.

Through funds raised from the ball, the Foundation has been able to purchase medicine for women who are pregnant and HIV positive so that their babies will be born HIV negative. They are able to provide education to school children and adults, and fund various campaigns, including their most recent KYS(pronounced kiss)campaign, which means 'Know Your Status'. The Foundation also uses the money to fund their outreach center for adolescents who are affected by HIV and AIDS.

The Red Ribbon Ball represents Colina Insurance Ltd.'s vision for corporate philanthropy.

Colina's longstanding involvement with the Red Ribbon ball dates back to 1994 when legacy company Imperial Life Financial signed a sponsorship accord with the AIDS Foundation of The Bahamas to commit human and financial resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The company began a series of workshops to increase public awareness and launched the Red Ribbon Ball. In 1999, the company donated a three-building complex in Nassau to the Foundation to be used to support its work.

The ball generates approximately $75,000 annually. Since inception, it has netted more than $800,000 for the AIDS Foundation.

In its 18th year, Colina Insurance Ltd. continues the legacy of hope, alongside corporate partners, Kerzner International who gives the Foundation a fixed amount annually, John Bull, American Airlines and Sun Bound, an event planning company.

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May 09, 2013
U.S. Charg d'Affaires presents 14,000 to Bahamian organizations to promote HIV/AIDS awareness

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Wednesday, May 8, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John Dinkelman presented awards totaling $14,000 to community organizations in The Bahamas who submitted winning proposals for the 2013 PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Small Grants Program. Mrs. Hyacinth Pratt, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Mr. Herbert Brown, Managing Director, Public Hospitals Authority were among the invited guests at the ceremony held at the U.S. Embassy's Ship Ahoy residence.
The 2013 PEPFAR grant recipients included:

One Eleuthera Foundation, to fund an HIV/AIDS awareness art contest at high schools on Eleuthera.
Haitian Organization for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS & STDs (HOPHAS), to conduct the first PEPFAR funded outreach to the Haitian communities on Abaco and Eleuthera.
The Red Rose Ball Committee and the Jaspora Media Group,  to cover a joint project to serve the Haitian community in Grand Bahama.
The Junkanoo Fun Group (New Group), who will participate in a Junkanoo Rush Out to promote HIV/AIDS awareness during The Bahamas' 40th Independence Day parade.

The PEPFAR Small Grants Program provides U.S. government funding to NGOs, schools and community organizations in The Bahamas that are committed to promoting prevention activities focused on reducing the spread of HIV, reducing AIDS related stigma and discrimination, and encouraging the local community to cooperate in fighting the epidemic. 

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May 24, 2013
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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Commonwealth People's Forum provides crucial interface between governments and civil society
October 25, 2011
Commonwealth People's Forum provides crucial interface between governments and civil society

Civil society representatives gathered in Perth today for the start of the three-day Commonwealth People's Forum to discuss and debate key issues facing Commonwealth People.

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February 19, 2013
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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Christmastide 2010
Christmastide 2010

Saturday 4th December 2010  7:00 PM

Presented Bel Canto - Eldridge McPhee, Director Silent Auction Viewing - 7:00pm Concert - 8:15pm Full Reception - 9:15pm Donation: $75 Start Time: December 4th at 7:00pm Where: St. Andrews, The Kirk Proceeds to benefit the AIDS Foundation and Unity Centre Box Office at Custom Computers, Cable Beach and East Bay St. For more information, contact 242-325-9326 Email:

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Tuesday 28th October 2014  5:30 PM

Monday, October 13, 2014 --Leaving 6:00am Sharp from Harbour Bay Shopping Centre in front of First Caribbean Bank 40 - 50 miles headed East. This ride is not recommended if you have not cycled recently or first timers!**P/I Bridges optional at the end!!! The pace will range from 18mph – 20+mph, @3 - 3 1/2 hour duration (intermediate & advanced cyclists are invited to join in anywhere along the route). October 28th & 29th 2014 -Triathlon Swim Clinic- (havilukswimming) St. John’s College Tuesday, October 28 - Instructional Clinic 5:30-6:30 pm - Classroom instruction featuring MONA (a biomechanical model of optimal technique) 6:30-8:30 pm - Pool instruction with skill-isolation drills and deliberate practice strategies Wednesday, October 29 - Aquanex Analysis Clinic 5:30-7:00 pm - Aquanex+Video testing in pool 7:00-8:30 pm - Analysis of Aquanex+Video data in classroom Registration Information The fee for each clinic is $US 129. The fee for the Aquanex clinic includes Aquanex+Video testing and analysis; a playback version of Aquanex software; and swimmer's individual files. Register online at November 1st Saturday, 2014 - Conchman Tri-Taino Beach, Grand Bahama

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November 9th Sunday, 2014 - 8:30am – UWC Triathlon Bahamas, Clifton Heritage Park-Kids. Sprint & Olympic distances November 23rd, 2014 - Bahamas Half Marathon & 10K-Individual & Relay 13.1 Miles Individual 10km Online Registration is NOW OPEN! Saturday December 6th, 2014 - AIDS FOUNDATION Walk-Run-Cycle

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January 26, 2013
Arts Calendar

"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 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, email 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

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, email 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, email 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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October 18, 2011
'Click for a Cause' campaign benefits local charities

In April, RoyalStar Assurance (RSA) launched its Click for A Cause Campaign for the second year in a row.  The online, interactive campaign branded by the company's advertising and design firm, AdWorks, was once again very well received with final vote tallies exceeding previous levels.
The RoyalStar Assurance-sponsored initiative was introduced last year with much fanfare and wrapped-up in December 2010, with donation presentations to the three charities with the most votes - Hands For Hunger, the Bahamas National Trust and the Ranfurly Home. RSA also presented three lucky persons, who each made donations to the various charities during the course of the promotion, with $250, $500 and $1,000 Visa gift cards respectively.
This year, the public was again invited to vote for the charity of their choice from a list that included Abilities Unlimited, the AIDS Foundation of The Bahamas, the Bahamas Conference Women's Missionary Society, BASRA (Bahamas Air, Sea & Rescue Association), BHumane (Humane Society of The Bahamas), the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged, Sister Sister, the Bahamas Red Cross, the Scout Association of The Bahamas, Project Read and Ride For Hope.  Voters were welcome to add and vote for charities not listed.
At the conclusion of this year's spring campaign, the Bahamas Conference Women's Missionary Society, BHumane and Sister Sister emerged as winners. Each organization received a donation from RoyalStar Assurance, premier insurance provider throughout The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks & Caicos.

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