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Baha Mar executives plan to launch an aggressive educational campaign in the next two weeks in an effort to educate and prepare Bahamians for the resort's opening, set for December 2014.
In addition to its popular Dream Team ads, there are plans to print and distribute 10,000 copies of a detailed 22-page document entitled, "An investment paying off for all Bahamians" to persons throughout the archipelago.
Robert 'Sandy' Sands, senior vice president of administration and external relations, confirmed that the document will be printed locally on recycled paper, and distribution is expected to begin within the next 10 to 14 days. The book's distribution is part of Baha Mar's four-month educational campaign, which will also have a social media component.
Sands stressed that the Baha Mar team is focused on getting the resort's message out to all Bahamians.
"We have always said that Baha Mar is good for The Bahamas and good for Bahamians through the demonstration of the economic impact of this transformative project. These benefits are seen to produce benefits for generations to come. We are extremely proud that we as a company can make a contribution to the future economic wellbeing of our country," he noted.
"We're looking at very wide distribution across the entire Bahamas, within the communities and through a wide cross-section of Bahamians. We have blanketed as much perspective in terms of persons as well as social media to get the message out there."
Sands said the upcoming campaign is a "call to action" to make Bahamians aware of the opportunities that will be available through Baha Mar, whether it's through direct employment or potential entrepreneurial opportunities.
"We consider ourselves a brand that's catering to the international market by offering the best-in-class service going forward, as we will not only be accruing opportunities for persons that we hire within our resort but we will also be creating tremendous entrepreneurial opportunities for multiple Bahamian companies, as we have already demonstrated, who have participated in large numbers in the development of this project," he pointed out to Guardian Business.
Royann Dean, Baha Mar's public relations and communications strategist, is stressing the fact that the available opportunities at Baha Mar are not limited to New Providence. In fact, she encouraged all Bahamian students, whether in high school or college, to study hard and to be prepared for Baha Mar's opening.
"The call to action is essentially to know that Baha Mar is a company of high standards. So if you want to be a part of Baha Mar, that means that if you are high school or college students, study hard at what you do and do something that you are passionate about because there are opportunities throughout the company that are not confined to what we traditionally think of as jobs within the hospitality industry," she said.
Nassau, Bahamas -
U.S. Ambassador Nicole Avant was taken back to her time as a Girl Scout on June 14th
2011, when she hosted a group of 13 young women and troop leaders
representing Girl Scouts Troop #360 from the metropolitan area with
counties in both Indiana and Kentucky, known as "Kentuckiana." The
female Scouts and their chaperones met with the U.S. Ambassador to learn
about her leadership role in The Bahamas and discuss their careers
Girl Scout troop of eighth graders, high school freshmen, and their
leaders are here visiting Nassau as part of a cruise and earned their
well-deserved vacation by holding a range of activities and fundraisers
that included selling their signature Girl Scout cookies and teaching
younger scouts first-aid...
Nassau, Bahamas - Enrollment figures in the Governor General's Youth Awards are up. However, that's not stopping the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture from wanting to see the programme almost double the amount of its 1,500 participants.
"Eight thousand persons have passed through the program in 24 years," said the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Charles Maynard. "We now want to see if we can attract 8,000 people in the period of three years."
The GGYA is a member of The International Award Association. Once
participants have successfully completed community service engagements,
mastered new skills, participated in physical activities and hiking expeditions, they are eligible for a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award...
Junior female softball players falling under the New Providence Softball Association's (NPSA) umbrella are expected to take full advantage of a five-week training program, that will swing into action this month.
The fundamental training sessions are apart of the NPSA's Junior Development Ladies Softball League. The re-introduction of the summer league is just one of the many programs NPSA President Godfrey Burnside will bring to fruition before his two-year period comes to an end. The summer league will run from June 24-July 28, with play being held at the Bankers Field, located at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
"The NPSA has had an established junior softball camp that started in the late 1990s and came to an end around 2005, that's when the Churchill Tener Knowles stadium got demolished," said Burnside. "Even though this is the same program, designed to enhance or improve the skills of our junior female athletes, it is an upgrade to what we once had. I am glad that we are going to have this program again. It is much needed as we try to develop the skills and talents of our junior players, as well as try and qualify for more international tournaments."
Interested persons between the ages of eight and16 years are asked to meet at the park on Saturday June 24 for registration. The three days selected for training are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. A three-hour session will be held on Saturdays, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 noon. The scrimmage games will be played just before the first game of the 2013 NPSA regular season.
Burnside said: "There has been a deterioration in the level of play, especially when at the international level. There are some very skilled and talented young ladies in the league now, particularly in Grand Bahama and in New Providence. If we are able to work with these players, help to improve their skills and correct their forms at a very early age, the level of play will increase. What we are going to do, especially on Saturday mornings, is go through the basic skills, that are fielding, throwing, gloving, hitting and base running. There will be opportunities for them to play in real games, showcasing exactly what they have learned. Those games will be played before the women's match."
Burnside is hoping to have representation from a number of the junior and senior high school programs here in New Providence. He is currently in communication with the president of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) Alfred Forbes. A number of meetings have also been held, discussing the way forward for the program and the interaction of the physical education teachers.
The NPSA is also working closely with the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology so that the sport of baseball can be added into the curriculum, as soon as this coming school year. The reconstruction of the Churchill Tener Knowles National Stadium is another one of the projects that is expected to get off the ground this year. By the time it is officially opened, Burnside is hoping to have a vibrant junior softball league which will be a feeder system to the night league.
Fruitful discussions on the wider Middle East: The Munich Security Conference (MSC) Core Group meets in Doha
After gathering in
Washington, DC (2009), Moscow (2010), and Beijing (2011), the MSC Core
Group held its 4th meeting in Doha, Qatar, on 22 May 2013. Hosted by the
chairman of the MSC, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, and under the
patronage of the Prime Minister of Qatar, H.E. Skeikh Hamad bin Jassim
Al Thani, 50 senior decision makers and representatives from government,
business and civil society from around the world focused on the current
developments in the region. The topics ranged from the situations in
Syria and Iran to the implications of changing energy realities and the
state of regional cooperation.
In his opening speech, Qatar's
Prime Minister Skeikh Al Thani underlined the gravity of the Syrian
challenge. "The situation in Syria is deeply disturbing - if ..."
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Seventy-four new marines were added to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) at the May 2 Passing out Ceremony at the Coral Harbour Base of New Entry 50 and Woman Entry 20.
National Security Minister the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage was in attendance and recognised the 49 males and 25 females as the largest entry in the history of the Defence Force to have successfully completed New Entry Training.
"Over the past 17 weeks since you entered the gates of HMBS Coral Harbour on the 12 January, you were exposed to both the theoretical and practical for 18 subject areas, which included professional areas such as Seamanship, Navigation, Small Arms, and First Aid as well as academic areas such as Mathematics and English. During training you were also taught the importance of discipline and character development. Additionally, you underwent a vigorous physical training programme. Together, these are all critical tools that form the foundation of your career in this military establishment."
Dr. Nottage reminded the new marines that the RBDF currently patrols 100,000 square miles of sea and over 2,000 islands, rocks, and cays to ensure the safety and security of The Bahamas against transnational criminals and their illicit activities. He said the mission is a demanding one that calls on, and challenges every Officer and Marine to defend the sovereignty of The Bahamas, and assist with maintaining law and order. Dr. Nottage also mentioned the RBDF is known for performing humanitarian tasks in conjunction with local and regional partners.
The inquest into the death of Aaron Rolle was postponed yesterday after a witness failed to appear in court. Police Constable 1193 Thompson was scheduled to give testimony at 2pm in Coroner’s Court, but did not show up. He is the last witness expected to testify before closing arguments.
CALIFORNIA, USA --
STEMBoard, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics job
placement firm, is looking for Bahamian students to submit resumes and
be among the first to join its growing network of early-career
professionals and technical mentors from top companies, universities and
Co-founded by Aisha Bowe, a prominent
Bahamian-American engineer, STEMBoard bridges the gap between education
and placement. STEMBoard's comprehensive talent and resume-review
process pairs candidates with members of a handpicked team of mid-career
and senior professionals with diverse technical backgrounds...
Pathologist Dr Caryn Sands testified yesterday that Aaron Rolle had multiple injuries at the time of his death, including two broken ribs, a ruptured intestine, haemorrhaging around the pancreas and left kidney, bleeding in the bowel and contusions on his lower back, shoulder blade and left clavicle - all caused by...
Nassau, Bahamas - This
past weekend, attendees at the Florida Caribbean Students Association
(FCSA) conference in Daytona Beach, Florida had the opportunity meet
Baha Mar Associate Vonya Ifill and to learn about Baha Mar and the
career opportunities at luxury development.
students typically attend the FCSA conference, participating in
professional and cultural workshops with leading professors and
professionals from universities and companies throughout the U.S. and
the Caribbean. About sixty Bahamian students and young professionals
representing sixteen colleges...
I am very pleased to participate in the official opening and naming of the Sybil Blyden Centre here at the Stapledon School. I wish to extend sincerest thanks to The Bahamas Association for the Mentally Retarded led by Mr. Lowell Mortimer and other generous donors who embraced Mrs. Blyden’s dream of a centre to provide vocational training and instruction for the students of the Stapledon School.
Bahama Island - Registration for the
Princess Pageant for The Bahamas is underway. Pageant organizers say
that the program will provide character-building activities for the
candidates. Star Model Management has begun recruiting young ladies
between the ages of 3 to 13 years to participate
in its upcoming Princess Pageant Program.
Director of the Program,
Oswald Ellis who has over fifteen years of pageant experience local,
national and international stated "This new pageant program is
much needed on the island and will focus on the development of young
girls while participating in friendly competition." He
admits that there are several other pageants on the
island, but the Princess Pageant will following a different and unique
judging criteria that awards points on individual merits rather than
Most Bahamians feel they cannot get skin cancer. This is not true! People of all races and colors get skin cancer. This common cancer develops in people of African, Asian, Latino and Native American descent, and not just white people. All races have heard the diagnosis, "You have skin cancer". When skin cancer develops in dark skin, the cancer is often more advanced by the time it is diagnosed. Researchers are not sure why, but it could be that the cancer is not recognized until the later stages, or it's possible that skin cancer tends to be more aggressive in darker skin. Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body, including in the lower extremities -- foot and ankle. Skin cancers of the feet have several features in common. Most are painless, and often there is a history of recurrent cracking, bleeding, or ulceration. Frequently, individuals discover their skin cancer after unrelated ailments near the affected site.
We often view the sun's harmful rays as the primary cause of skin cancer. The condition is often found on parts of the body that receive the most sun exposure. Skin cancers of the feet, however, are more often related to viruses, exposure to chemicals, chronic inflammation or irritation, or inherited traits. Unfortunately, the skin of the feet is often overlooked during routine medical examinations, and for this reason, it important that the feet are checked regularly for abnormalities that might indicate evolving skin cancer.
Types and symptoms
Some of the most common cancers of the feet are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma frequently is seen on sun-exposed skin surfaces. With feet being significantly less exposed to the sun, it occurs there less often. This form of skin cancer is one of the least aggressive cancers in the body. It will cause local damage, but only rarely spreads beyond the skin. Basal cell cancers may appear as pearly white bumps or patches that may ooze or crust and look like an open sore. On the skin of the lower legs and feet, basal cell cancers often resemble non-cancerous skin tumors or benign ulcers.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common form of cancer on the skin of the feet. Most types of early squamous cell carcinoma are confined to the skin and do not spread. However, when advanced, some can become more aggressive and spread throughout the body. This form of cancer often begins as a small scaly bump or plaque, which may appear inflamed. Sometimes there is a history of recurrent cracking or bleeding. Occasionally it begins as a hard projecting callus-like lesion. Though squamous cell cancer is painless, it may be itchy. Squamous cell cancer may resemble a plantar wart, a fungal infection, eczema, an ulcer or other common skin conditions of the foot.
Malignant melanoma is one of the deadliest skin cancers known. This type of skin cancer must be detected very early to increase survival rates. Melanomas may occur on the skin of the feet and beneath a toenail. They are found both on the soles and on the top of the feet. As a melanoma grows and extends deeper into the skin, it becomes more serious and may spread through the body by the lymphatics and blood vessels.
Malignant melanoma has many potential appearances, leading to its nickname, "the great masquerader". This skin cancer commonly begins as a small brown-black spot or bump, however, roughly one third of cases lack brown pigment and thus appear pink or red. These tumors may resemble common moles, however, close inspection will usually demonstrate asymmetry, irregular borders, alterations in color and/or a diameter greater than six millimeters. Melanomas may resemble benign moles, blood blisters, ingrown nails, plantar warts, ulcers caused by poor circulation, foreign bodies or bruises.
When to visit a podiatrist
Podiatrists are uniquely trained as lower extremity specialists to recognize and treat abnormal conditions on the skin of the lower legs and feet. Skin cancers affecting the feet may have a very different appearance from those arising on the rest of the body. For this reason, a podiatrist's knowledge and clinical training is of extreme importance for patients for the early detection of both benign and malignant skin tumors.
To detect other types of skin cancer, look for spontaneous ulcers and non-healing sores, bumps that crack or bleed, nodules with rolled or "donut-shaped" edges, or scaly areas. It is important for everyone, even people with dark skin, to perform a skin self-exam regularly. It will help you identify anything out of the ordinary with your skin. It may also help to have a skin cancer screening by your doctor or nurse especially if you find a lesion on your skin.
Diagnosis and treatment
Your podiatrist will investigate the possibility of skin cancer both through a clinical examination and with the use of a skin biopsy - a simple procedure in which a small sample of the skin lesion is obtained and sent to a specialized laboratory, where a skin pathologist will examine the tissue in greater detail. If a lesion is determined to be cancerous, your podiatrist will recommend the best course of treatment for your condition.
Prevention of skin cancer on the feet and ankles is similar to any other body part. Limit sun exposure and make sure to apply appropriate sunscreen when you are outdoors and your feet and ankles are exposed.
o For more information on skin cancer of the foot, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.foothealthfacts.org or www.skincarephysicians.com. To see a podiatrist call or visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane, telephone 394-5824.
By KHRISNA VIRGIL
By Alesha Cadet
Tribune Features Reporter
NEW ENGLAND Patriots offensive lineman, Quinn Ojinnaka never thought that a Facebook fight with his wife back in 2009 would get him arrested. According to the AOL News, Ojinnaka was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery resulting from a fight he had with his wife. According to a police report, the fight was over a woman that Ojinnaka had added as a friend on his Facebook account.
Ojinnaka told police he was preparing to watch a basketball game when his wife confronted him and tried to stab him in the leg with a pen. He is accused of spitting on her and throwing her down some stairs before tossing her out of the house. Ojinnaka's w ...
Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamas Striping, the road marking company that
has spawned a new local industry that was once monopolised by foreigners,
recently completed three days of training for five new staff.
Dan Brocksmith, Sales Manager of Florida TransCor,
Inc, Florida's leading supplier of road safety supplies, flew in from
Jacksonville to train Bahamas Striping's new and existing staff...
Q. We are losing some of our banana plants to some form of beetle that bores around the inside of the base of the plant. Is there any way to control this pest?
— F.K., Winton Meadows
A. Your banana plants are being attacked by the corn borer beetle. The female lays her eggs at the base of the banana corm. When the eggs hatch they quickly bore into the banana plant. The adult beetle is about 1/2-inch long and rarely wanders far from the infected patch. Unfortunately, there is no control. A new banana planting can be started from pest free plants in a new location.
Q. There were some white specks on my tomato plants and my neighbors said I?had mites. I?doused th ...
Joint OAS - CARICOM Mission in Haiti Calls on all Actors Involved in the Electoral Process to Fulfill their Role with Responsibility and Civility
of the various actors involved on Election Day in Haiti have a key
role to play. The Joint OAS-CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission
(JEOM) calls on all of them to fulfill their roles with neutrality,
a sense of civic responsibility and respect for the stipulations of
the Electoral Law.
The training of election officials that is
currently underway will be essential to the success of the process
and the JEOM wishes to underline the importance of recruiting
competent and experienced staff to perform these functions. The
Mission reminds that improving the quality of training of election
officials and particularly supervisors and members of polling
centers (MBV) was central to the recommendations provided to the
Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) by the JEOM and the OAS Mission
Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas - It wasn't a typical school day for 32 students and teachers of Holmes Rock Primary School when they journeyed to the 'Big Yard' recently. Instead of studies at desks and chairs in the classroom, the delights of Andros unfolded before their eyes during their one-day excursion arranged by Bahamas Educational Tours (BET).
"As teachers we always seek ways to bring our lessons to life. This trip was planned so that these students would be able to see things firsthand that they formerly only read about in textbooks," explained
T'shuria Moss, grade 3 teacher, Holmes Rock Primary.
Freeport, Bahamas -
In October, The Grand Bahama Home and Daycare for the Aged will be
celebrating its 20th anniversary of caring for the elderly. Not only do
they provide a clean safe and caring environment for Grand Bahama Island
residents, but also for persons in the Family Islands, as well as,
those with family members from the Turks and Caicos. There are
currently 17 persons who reside at the Home, however, throughout the
years, they have filled all 20 beds.
The Home provides a critical service as they accept persons from 60
years old who can no longer care for themselves and since there is no
residential care facility for the disabled on the island, they have
stepped up to the plate when the need arises and filled this gap...
What was supposed to be a dream vacation for a Green Bay family turned into a horror story.
In November 1961, the Duperrault family boarded a sailboat to spend a week in the Bahamas. Now the sole survivor of that trip is finally sharing what happened next, in “Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean,” a book she co-authored.
Last season may not have gone the way that Wannah Bail, who is recovering from knee surgery, would have liked, but next year he could be in line for a breakout season at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Bail got off to a slow start at UCLA, averaging just 1.6 points per game in his freshman season. Next season, Bail could find himself in a similar situation to that of National Basketball Association (NBA) player Thomas Robinson of the Portland Trailblazers, during his sophomore and junior seasons for the Kansas University (KU) Jayhawks.
Robinson's game style was similar to the one that Bail possesses. He was an athletic power forward who played tough defense and had offensive potential, but found himself coming off the bench behind twins Marcus and Markeiff Morris, who now play for the Phoenix Suns.
Other schools offered Robinson the opportunity to play more minutes right away but Robinson elected to stay because of the confidence, skills and competitive spirit that he felt he gained battling against the Morris twins every day at practice.
At times when Robinson was on the floor with both brothers simultaneously, he would find himself getting wide open looks due to the attention that they drew. Those open looks helped to build Robinson's confidence. Kansas Head Coach Bill Self rewarded him, as he often went to the three-forward line-up.
Bail found himself in a similar position behind the Wear twins, David and Travis, at UCLA.
After the Morris twins left Kansas, Robinson was able to raise his game to the next level and become the Jayhawks' leading scorer and rebounder. Going into the 2014-15 season, Bail has a chance to make the same strides with his game. The 6'9" forward is just 21 years old and is still growing into his 215-pound frame. With the departure of UCLA starter Kyle Anderson and key reserve Zach Lavine, more minutes will be opened up to Bail.
Next season, he could float between the small and power forward positions. At small forward, he will have a chance to show off the athleticism that made him such a sought-after recruit. He has the length and foot speed to keep up with the smaller, faster wing players and the strength to resist being bullied around banging down low with the larger forwards.
There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to his offensive game, which is still very raw, but Bail should be able to rely on his athleticism to become a consistent scorer in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball.
Bail may not be ready to make the jump to the NBA after this season, but with enough work to his offensive game he will have a chance to establish himself as a potential draft candidate in the very near future.
Cat Island Entrepreneurs on Cat Island are picking up the pieces in the wake of Hurricane Irene, with some business owners saying the disaster has dealt a crippling blow to an already fragile economy.
Driving down a narrow street, Julian Russell, the owner of a local restaurant known as The Smoke Pot, narrowly avoids boulders, hacked trees and downed power lines that clog the island's only paved thoroughfare. The side road leading to his restaurant is completely blocked by debris, although even when it's cleared, he doesn't expect customers anytime soon. "The whole island is cut off from power," he said.