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Craig Woods of the Bahamas Film Commission (left) is pictured with Standing Ovation spokesmen Karen Rawlings & Tami Luviner along with Jermaine Wright, Director of Sales & Marketing at the British Colonial Hilton. The cast of the movie will be in Nassau on August 8 to host a live performance which will benefit the Ranfurly Home for Children.
Oscar continues to need therapy for his speech The Spanish man who underwent the world's first full face transplant has revealed his new look before TV cameras.
The 31-year-old thanked his donor's family and the medics that gave him a new face in March at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona.
A string of copper robberies In Grand Bahama has left hundreds of Bahamians without phone and internet service and created a three-mile mobile blackout zone.
Using pick-up trucks and other heavy equipment, thieves ripped up cables from the ground in different areas of the island, costing the Bahamas Telecommunications Company at least $50,000.
More important than the price tag, residents continue to be impacted by the work of copper bandits.
"It really is frustrating for us," said Michael Laing, senior manager for operations in Grand Bahama.
"It's impossible for us to monitor all of these areas. And it's impacting our customers, because we want to provide the best service, and here these guys come again."
Copper theft has been a common problem for many islands in The Bahamas.
In Grand Bahama, the BTC executive said the problem seemed to go away at the end of the summer last year. Around that time, the previous government instituted a 90-day ban on metal exports and a permanent ban on cooper.
Guardian Business was unable to reach Kenred Dorsett, the minister of the environment and housing, before press time.
In this latest spat of robberies, Laing said thieves hit a cell phone station in Lucayan Estates just off Grand Bahama Highway. Another incident occurred a couple days later at the "Old Movie Studio" site.
Fortune Cay, Midshipman, Maurice Moore and the Ocean Side Triangle were also hit, according to BTC, causing full or partial disruption to more than 400 customers.
The BTC executive said some service has been restored, but other areas have yet to get online. The problem is not necessarily resources, he told Guardian Business, but fear that if the copper is replaced, thieves will simply come back for another round.
"We are rethinking how to protect these areas. We intend to put some cameras up, but the problem is there are so many isolated areas," he explained.
In fact, Laing estimated there are more than 400 BTC stations in Grand Bahama. Despite fencing around the perimeter of these stations, the thieves are known for cutting through or simply smashing the barriers. Added to the cost of replacing the equipment, he said, will be upping security.
"Putting cameras up is another expenditure. That is every site, and that costs tens of thousands," he said.
At least 300 Bahamians have no access to land line or fixed line broadband services. Additionally, he said there is an area encompassing approximately three miles that is now in blackout to all cell phone services.
"With regards to wireless operations, anyone traveling east, they cannot use it in those effected aras, going towards Gold Rock Creek," he said.
The BTC executive did not place a specific timeframe on when full service will be restored. He added that BTC is now working with the police force, and a press conference is planned to help shed light on the incidents.
Jerome Sawyer, BTC's senior manager in charge of public relations, agreed that repairing the damage is not an overnight fix. In some cases, third-party involvement is needed to get some of the issues resolved.
"We are appealing to anyone who may have information on these incidents to come forward," Sawyer said. "If at any time you see suspicious activity at any of the BTC sites, please report it to police because any resulting disruption in service affects you personally."
(VIDEO) Deep Water Baited Video Surveys In The Bahamas: A New Project at the Cape Eleuthera Institute and The Island School
Cape Eleuthera, The
Bahamas - The Shark Research and Conservation Program at the Cape
Eleuthera Institute, in collaboration with Dr. Edith Widder from the
Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), has recently
embarked on an exciting new research project. This new study is using a
deep water baited video camera known as 'The Medusa', to document the
weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit the depths of the Exuma
Sound, The Bahamas.
The deep ocean is the single largest
ecosystem on the planet, yet it remains largely unexplored, and the
majority of species that inhabit this cold, dark, high pressure
environment remain virtually unknown...
Nassau, Bahamas - Before I picked up my camera and decided to get up and
go out on the World Wide Photowalk on July 24th I was thinking to myself about how I could compose a
different concept that would stand out and open the viewers eyes a
little. After contemplating back and forth I finally came up with a
conclusion to shoot black & white frames only, nothing more - nothing
The Photowalk began at Starbucks, Harbour Bay Center. This was the
location for all interested photographers who would be playing a part in
this first Photowalk in The Bahamas which will become an annual event. I
must admit I was overly excited, so I arrived early and was in the
first ten folks to come out.
As the walk progressed the streets of East Bay Street...
NASSAU, Bahamas -- American Idol, slide over. Dancing with the Stars, step back. The Voice, listen up. It's the third season of BTC Starmaker and by all accounts, it's the hottest, the toughest, the most demanding - and possibly the most rewarding for the local, home-grown, highly popular reality series - ever.
The first televised segment is set to air tonight at 8 pm on ZNS-TV 13 when viewers who pay close attention to the action get a chance to win a 4G BlackBerry or phone cards of up to $100 by answering questions on the Starmaker Facebook page.
Last Saturday the top 18 chosen from hundreds of hopefuls got a dose of what's like when camera lights heat up and the judges bear down. Over nearly seven hours of prepping and preening, being told what traits to display, what's hot, what's not and what it means to represent BTC, they were scrutinized on everything from product knowledge to the details of their own grooming, right down to crossed legs and trimmed cuticles.
At stake is local stardom, a one-year $10,000 contract and unlimited opportunities. Of the 18 remaining contestants, only two will be chosen, one in the junior category ages 13-17, another in the senior 18-30. Like their TV counterparts, their success will be based on a combination of judges' scores and popular vote. Already, this season's Starmaker page has more than 10,500 fans.
Many residents of New Providence are fearful due to the crime problem on the island. As citizens, however, we too must do our part, acknowledging the sad situation we are in.
Thieves and robbers are cowards. They prey on soft targets and people who are not prepared. Homes should have multiple layers of security. Alarms, security cameras, fences, dogs, security screens and burglar bars are all measures that make it more difficult for an intruder to enter your property. When your property is secure, thieves often move on to the next soft target.
It is also important to be cautious and observant. Be aware of who is behind you when you are driving. If a vehicle looks suspicious and it appears to be following you, do not pull into your driveway. Drive around. And if the vehicle continues to follow, go to a police station or call police.
Additionally, contact police if a suspicious vehicle is in your neighborhood when you are leaving or arriving at home. Don't ignore it.
Too many homes are poorly lit. It is easy to hide in the dark and to hide in high bushes. Install adequate lighting in and around your homes and keep foliage cut to a level that allows you to see what is happening outside.
When residents of the home are out, someone should be on the lookout when they return to ensure that the area is clear.
These suggestions are not being offered out of paranoia. So far this year there have been 31 murders, according to police statistics. This time last year, we had recorded 36 murders.
"We do have an unacceptable level of crime in our country," said Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest when he tabled the crime statistics in the House of Assembly last year.
As it relates to crimes against the person, statistics show that during the period January 1 to October 11, 2011, cases of murder, attempted murder, rape, attempted rape, armed robbery, robbery, and attempted robbery all increased as compared to the same period last year. Murder increased by 44 percent, according to the statistics. Reported rapes grew by 38 percent. Armed robberies increased by 10 percent. Robberies increased by 16 percent.
As it regards property crimes, the statistics show that there were 2,502 housebreakings up to October 11, an increase of nine percent over the same period last year. Stealing from vehicles increased by 58 percent. Stolen vehicles increased by seven percent.
We as citizens must do all we can to be safe. This is not the New Providence of four decades ago.
The widow of murdered businessman Keith Carey left the courtroom before a jury watched his final moments on security camera footage yesterday.
Jamal Glinton, nicknamed Bumper, is accused of fatally shooting Carey on the steps of the Bank of The Bahamas on Tonique Williams Darling Highway on February 27, 2006.
Sergeant 1492 Dale Strachan played the videotape, which was downloaded from the bank's security system.
Carey, who operated the Esso Service Station on Faith Avenue and Carmichael Road, was about to make a $40,000 deposit when a gunman shot him twice before grabbing the deposit bag and getting into a white car. The robbery took place in less than a minute.
The gunman's face was obscured in the footage.
Strachan said that the bank's security director Gamal Newry allowed him access to the surveillance camera network from which he burned a DVD of the footage.
The trial continues before Supreme Court Roy Jones.
This is Glinton's third trial on the murder charge. He is free on bail.
Craig Butler represents Glinton and Darnell Dorsette and Maria Zancolla are the prosecutors.
After completing the first year of its global reef expedition, which was conducted in The Bahamas, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation will present all of its detailed findings and recommendations to the government by June.
The Living Oceans Foundation completed three research missions, one at the Cay Sal Bank, another off Great Inagua, Little Inagua, and at Hogsty Reef, and a third off Andros. These missions included two components: Habitat mapping, as well as the characterization of the coral reef system, its community structure and its overall health. High resolution satellite imagery, aerial reconnaissance, photography and detailed ground truthing methods were utilized in these missions.
"For an area like Cay Sal Bank, which is about 6,000 square kilometers, we did 800 drop camera videos in that bank," said Dr. Andrew Bruckner, the foundation's chief scientist during a press conference yesterday. "We also had a track of some 200 kilometers that we ran where we were determining what the depth was all through that area."
He continued, "It's the third largest bank in The Bahamas and it's an area that has never been surveyed hydrographically. By taking all that information we can then determine what the different habitat types are."
Bruckner told The Nassau Guardian that a total of 23,407 square kilometers of satellite imagery was acquired in the areas studied.
Around 1,003 dives were completed for a total of 843 hours bottom time, with surveys conducted to a maximum of 30 meters in depth.
The foundation's Executive Director Captain Philip Renaud said the foundation's extensive research mission would have taken the government an enormous amount of resources to do on its own. It gave local researchers a unique opportunity to work alongside some world class specialists.
He said the research produced detailed maps of areas that were never chartered before, offering an index of health and habitat information that would greatly assist The Bahamas in determining the best areas to place marine protected areas in the future, further protecting the marine life and the organisms that create the habitat.
While "chronic stresses" have threatened coral reef systems worldwide for centuries, Renaud said, "the climate is changing and it doesn't matter what the cause is. The sea surface temperature is heating and the oceans are becoming more acidic, and so chronic stresses and natural geological things are coming together, which all negatively affect the production, complexity and resilience of the coral."
He said although the corals have the ability to evolve, adapt and are very resilient, in The Bahamas "right now we have more erosion than accretion".
Renaud also pointed out that The Bahamas has taken a number of key steps to lessen human stresses on the coral reef system by implementing strict fishing regulations and establishing protected areas, the oldest being the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.
"Those special sites that you set aside can help enhance the recovery of other areas that do get damaged by some of these climate change stresses," Renaud said.
"A number of these global stresses have happened [for centuries]. They're just getting worse, but temperature extremes have happened over geologic periods, and other sorts of natural stresses have also occurred like coral diseases. However, many of these are becoming worse because of direct human impact."
Bruckner added that The Bahamas is a leader in The Caribbean with respect to conservation. "When you look around the Caribbean there is an initiative in the eastern Caribbean that The Bahamas is a part of, where the goal is to try to establish 25 percent of the marine environment as protected areas," Bruckner said. "The Bahamas was already a leader in terms of the number of protected areas you have, but there are countries in the eastern Caribbean that we visited that do not have one protected area in place. They want to, but they are a long way from getting there."
He also said The Bahamas "is ahead of the game" because of the willingness of those in the fishing industry and the government to establish and adhere to fishing policies that were introduced since the 1950s.
The foundation's research will also be submitted to international and local organizations including the Bahamas National Trust, the Nature Conservancy and the College of The Bahamas.
On the Bahamian leg of the expedition, nine Bahamian researchers accompanied Bruckner and his skilled team of specialists, gaining valuable knowledge and learning research methods that could be continued by local organizations.
Within the next 10 days the Living Oceans Foundation team will begin work in Pedro Bank, Jamaica.