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May 28, 2013
Keep your dogs cool during the summer heat

Hot weather can be dangerous for dogs because they lack the ability to cool off as effectively as is often required. Since we live in The Bahamas, known for our often soaring temperatures we are offering a few tips to keep your canine friends safe in the heat.
o Water, water and more water. Dogs can dehydrate very quickly. In the hot weather, dogs need access to plenty of water. Be sure to check their bowls a few times a day to ensure a constant supply of fresh water.
o Shade, shade and more shade. Think about it, if you get hot while in the sun, what do you do? Chances are you seek shade and feel the instant difference. Dogs require the same thing and need access to a shaded and ventilated area if they are kept outside.
o Limit your dog's exercise to cooler portions of the day.
o Remember dogs are much closer to the ground than we are, standing on the hot asphalt street will heat up the dog faster than it does us. Be mindful and choose grassy areas over the pavement to stop during your walk.
o Groom your dog regularly. This not only helps prevent flea and tick problems but it helps thin out the dog's hair which can trap heat. Dogs can get sunburn so avoid shaving off their hair; instead keep their coat shorter in the hotter months.
o Bring your dog inside your home during the hottest hours of the day.

o Please spay and neuter your animals. By ensuring your animal cannot produce more litters, you are saving lives and decreasing the suffering of unwanted animals. Please consider donating or helping with Baark!'s efforts to improve animal welfare in The Bahamas. For more information, contact us at info@baarkbahamas.org, 427-SPAY or visit our website www.baarkbahamas.com.

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May 27, 2013
Spelling bee champ heads to Washington, D.C.

At 12, Danielle Smith can spell words that most kids her age can't even pronounce.
In fact, many adults probably can't spell some of the words that the 2013 Bahamas National Spelling Bee champion has come to memorize in the past few months. Words like 'schadenfreude' which means enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others, or
'mnemonic' which means assisting or intended to assist memory, are just a few of the words that Danielle has learned since she won the local competition in March.
Danielle's victory secured her spot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is one of the largest spelling competitions in the United States.
The competition will take place in Washington, D.C. this week.
Danielle, who will represent The Bahamas, yesterday expressed confidence that she will bring home the gold.
The eighth-grade student of St. John's College will go head-to-head with 281 spellers from around the world.
Danielle went 24 rounds to win the local competition in the Crown Ballroom of Atlantis resort on March 24. She said she expects the competition in Washington to be more fierce but is prepared for what's to come.
"I train all year round now. I think I'm going to do well," she said.
"I use my laptop to go on spelling bee websites, because they have tests you can take to test yourself on the words. I use the Internet and listen on the news for words I can find to put on my list and study."
Danielle said she can spell thousands of words. Her spelling coach Dr. Ruby Brown said her student has come a long way since she first began spelling bees just over three years ago.
"Some lunchtimes she comes to the class room and on Saturdays she comes to my home," said Brown, who teaches at St. John's College.
"She's had hours and hours and hours of training... She has lost some of her friends at lunchtime because of her training."
Brown said she is confident that Danielle will do well.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Danielle will be the winner," she said. "The same feeling I had when she was declared the national spelling champion, I have that same feeling and with prayers behind us we will be the [third] Caribbean nation to be the spelling champ."
In 1975, Puerto Rican student Hugh Tosteson won the competition, spelling the word 'incisor', which is one of the cutting teeth; and in 1998 Jamaican student Jody-Anne Maxwell won the competition, after successfully spelling the word 'chiaroscurist'.
In addition to Dr. Brown, several members of Smith's family traveled with her to Washington yesterday including her mother and two sisters.
"My family is just as excited and they believe that I can definitely win this," Smith said.
Danielle, speller number eight, will be spelling live on ESPN3 on Wednesday, May 29 at 8 a.m. (round 2) and 1 p.m. (round 3) when spellers 1 to 140 will be spelling.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee has been held since 1925.

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May 28, 2013
Raising the social consciousness of physical, sexual and emotional abuse

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is a beautiful country and place to live. It has its share of social ills reflective of many other sovereign nations within the Caribbean and global community. Many of the problems we face in our general society are problems that have sprouted from the decay of the family structure, or that have begun in our homes and eventually manifested in the behavior of our citizens at a local and even global level. Many problems face both our country and world, such as an increase in poverty, rising unemployment, a global increase in crude oil prices, which affects every facet of life today. Further to these are a rise in crime, a constant rise in the cost of living without an increase in salary to compensate and a general sense of hopelessness due to so many ever-increasing stresses.
Whether it is due to socioeconomic factors or any other that can contribute, one of the greatest problems in our society today is an increase in the amount of abuse and violence against women, children and men in the home. Abuse in homes contributes to emotional and mental distress, which affects all of the sexes and all areas of society. The result is a cycle of abuse that is in the form of physical, mental, sexual and emotional abuse that occurs.
The Crisis Centre, formerly known as The Women's Crisis Centre, is a registered, nonprofit organization that provides services to people who are the victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson, who saw an urgent need in the community for such a facility, opened ?the center in 1982. During the time the center has been in operation, the number of volunteers has grown steadily and the scope of services rendered to the community has been considerably expanded.
Because of the center's extensive efforts, through radio shows, newspaper articles, workshops, school talks and other presentations to churches and civic organizations, to sensitize the community to the devastating effects of all forms of abuse, persons from all socio-economic levels are seen at the center.
In its endeavor to continue both informing and educating the public about the reality of abuse in our society and its effects, the Bahamas Crisis Centre has launched a program geared towards raising social consciousness. The program's focus is to actively reach out to the community to educate about the different forms of abuse and to continue its mission. The program will be in the form of a weekly column, which will be printed on Tuesdays in The Nassau Guardian touching on different forms of abuse, legislation relating to the same and the manner in which to identify and seek help. In addition to the column there will also be community outreach where volunteers will be going into communities from door to door, handing out information pamphlets and answering questions individual families might have about the work of the Crisis Centre and about getting needed help. The Crisis Centre will also be sending out information relating to both the column and community outreach via social media and web-based media.
The Crisis Centre's continued mission is to work on seeing our country and world healed of abuse and violence and to work towards a peaceful today and tomorrow.
o For more information, check out our website at www.bahamascrisiscentre.org or contact us. Email us at bahamascrisiscentre@yahoo.com or call us at 328-0922. If you, or someone you know, have been the victim of child abuse, you can also call Child Protective Services at 322-2POD, 326-1451, 326-0526 or 326-5560 or the Child Abuse Hotline: 322-2763.

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May 31, 2013
Popular artist backs Save The Bays

Kirkland 'KB' Bodie, the number one selling Bahamian recording artist, has joined the fast-growing marine environmental movement, Save The Bays, writing, performing and producing a song by the same name to bring awareness to the fragile state of the country's coral reefs and bays.
"Save the Bays", written and sung by the artist, who has produced more music than any living Bahamian will be released to all radio and online media outlets this weekend.
"You can clearly see the effects of the pollution in our waters," KB said following a land tour at Clifton Bay and an aerial plane ride over a few Bahamian islands with Save the Bays director, environmental activist Joseph Darville. "We all have an integral role in saving our bays. This was the impetus which led me to write the track."
The song, just under four minutes, includes the chorus "Rise up, Bahamas; Let your voices blaze; Stand up, Bahamas, come on let's Save The Bays; God gave us this land, and this land we must save; Stand up, Bahamas, come on let's Save The Bays."
KB, whose fan favorites include "Civil Servants" and "Bush Mechanic", is no stranger to creating songs to express his concern over national and environmental issues. In 2011, he produced the hit "Dey Sellin'" voicing the frustration of the Bahamian people regarding the constant sale of Bahamian land resources.
A diligent supporter of Friends of the Environment, the Abaco-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protection and preservation of waters and wildlife in The Bahamas and careful development, KB works tirelessly to assist the group in its efforts. On the heels of his most recent studio project, KB and Friends Volume 4, KB has pledged part proceeds of the album sales to Friends of the Environment.
Save the Bays, formerly known as the Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay, is a licensed nonprofit Bahamian corporation committed to preserving and protecting the delicate environmental, ecological and cultural balance of Clifton Bay and the surrounding community. Special priority is given to encouraging effective land-use decisions and habitat restoration efforts that benefit the natural and human communities of the bay. For more information, visit the website at www.protectcliftonbay.org.

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September 12, 2012
(Video) U.S. Charg Encourages Americans Living in The Bahamas to Vote in upcoming U.S. Presidential Elections on November 6th

Nassau, Bahamas - With the United States' 2012 Presidential Elections approaching, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John Dinkelman released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on the U.S. Embassy's official website, Facebook page and Twitter feed encouraging Americans residing in The Bahamas to vote using an absentee ballot.

The U.S. Chargé stressed how important it is for every American, even those residing overseas, to influence the direction of the country by exercising their right to vote.  The PSA also provides information on the U.S. absentee ...

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May 02, 2013
Rollins hits out at proposed gaming bill

When asked if the final version of the government's proposed Gaming Bill should afford Bahamians the same right to gamble legally as non-Bahamians, Gaming Board Chairman Dr. Andre Rollins said yesterday that Bahamians should be able to do anything in The Bahamas that non-Bahamians are lawfully able to.
Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller shared similar sentiments.
Both men said they are opposed to a provision in the proposed bill that discriminates against Bahamians participating in online gaming.
"Bahamians should be able to do in this country anything that a non-Bahamian is lawfully permitted to do," Rollins said.
"There is no ifs, ands or buts about that."
This comes a day after two senior members of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) said they want the government to rethink the provision.
"The new generation of leaders of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) recognize that it is for us to stand for what we believe to be right," Rollins said.
"And it would be futile for us to work as diligently as we did to be elected, to represent the Bahamian people, only to come here and ignore their cries.
"And I can assure you that the same way that we have been outspoken as we have been, we will continue to be as outspoken because we strongly believe that it is unacceptable for politicians to give lip service but not put meaningful action behind the words that they utter."
Although he has not seen the proposed bill, Miller said he believes it should be changed.
"I think we need to inject a paragraph or two paragraphs in that bill enabling Bahamians to have the same privileges and rights as any foreigner that either resides in our country or comes here as a tourist," Miller said outside the House of Assembly.
"It really bothers me that less than 40 percent of our population voted in that [gambling] referendum.
"The church was very strong in their views [and] it's unfortunate that that took place.
"In my opinion it really wasn't necessary.
"We should have gone to Parliament the same as we did... on behalf of Kerzner and the guys out west, that's what should have happened."
Miller and Rollins spoke separately amongst two civic groups that marched to Rawson Square lobbying for equal rights in the country.
The Nassau Guardian reported on Monday that the bill would allow people outside The Bahamas to gamble on a website established, maintained and operated by the holder of a local gaming license.
But they must be in a country or jurisdiction that permits online gaming.
The bill would also allow work permit holders and permanent residents to gamble in The Bahamas.
Bahamians would be the only group of persons prohibited from gambling.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts told The Nassau Guardian that he agrees with critics who see the proposed law as discriminatory.
Former PLP parliamentarian George Smith, who headed the Hotel Corporation, said he was "baffled" by the proposed legislation and questioned the rationale behind it.

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May 07, 2013
D'Aguilar to speak at GB Chamber event

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to its monthly luncheon, as the guest speaker will be Dionisio D'Aguilar, well-known businessman and former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president.
D'Aguilar, the president of Superwash and a chairman and director of numerous boards, will speak on Wednesday, May 8 at the monthly business luncheon at the Pelican Bay Hotel. D'Aguilar will be speaking on the subject "The Freeport Model: Obsolete, relic or untapped opportunity", explained Grand Bahama Chamber President Barry Malcolm. "We are looking forward to hearing this very progressive Bahamian's views on the port, as we all have our opinions and it's good to know other businesspersons' thoughts and visions."
D'Aguilar has recently been quite vocal in the media with respect to his concerns over the government work permit issue and how it will affect the economy.
The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) is encouraging as many businesses and their staff to attend the luncheon. Bookings can be made via the chamber offices by calling them at 352-8329 or emailing info@gbchamber.org.
Grand Bahamian business houses are encouraged to stay tuned via the GBCC website and Facebook pages for updates on the next meeting and upcoming events.

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May 02, 2013
Minnis says 'yes' to casino gaming

Any proposed gaming legislation presented to Parliament should ensure "fair play" for Bahamians, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday.
Minnis spoke to the draft Gaming Bill for the first time in an interview with The Nassau Guardian.
When asked whether that meant Bahamians should be allowed to gamble in casinos, Minnis said, "In terms of [whether] Bahamians should be in casinos, I feel yes, but that is my personal view."
Speaking in the Minority Room of the House of Assembly, he also said, "Whatever is done you should ensure fair play to the Bahamian populous, and you should ensure that you truly believe in Bahamians.
"That is the most important thing."
The bill in its current form would also allow work permit holders and permanent residents to gamble in casinos in The Bahamas.
Bahamians would be the only group of people prohibited from gambling.
This element has caused an outcry in some quarters.
The bill would also allow people outside The Bahamas to gamble on a website established, maintained and operated by the holder of a local gaming license.
But they must be in a country or jurisdiction that permits online gaming.
It would also allow mobile and online gaming at the properties of license holders.
While the casino question was not on the January 28 referendum ballot, Prime Minister Perry Christie has said it would be put to the people during a constitutional referendum promised for later this year if the Constitutional Commission recommends that the matter be addressed as part of overall constitutional reforms.
Minnis had urged Bahamians to vote no in the gambling referendum, criticizing the process.
As a final Gaming Bill has not yet been tabled in the House of Assembly, Minnis did not wish to comment on specifics of the draft, other than to stress that he supports equality for Bahamians.
The FNM leader said he obtained a copy of the bill this week from an "individual".
"Nothing was sent to us; nothing was sent to the Opposition, so one has to wonder what version is this that is circulating, and what is the PLP up to," Minnis said.
"They have made a series of blunders throughout their one year of governance and therefore you must understand that there can be some ulterior motive with this particular bill, and presumably more circulating."
The bill has raised the general issue of equality for Bahamians.
More than 200 supporters of Citizens for Equal Opportunity displayed fresh outrage in Rawson Square over several issues yesterday, including the "discriminatory" provision in the drafted bill.
Minnis said those demonstrators marched against being marginalized in their own country as Bahamians.
"Bahamians should truly be first, and once there is opportunity Bahamians should be given opportunity to be employers, not necessary employees, so they are marching for their rights," he said.
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, who has responsibility for gaming, told reporters outside the Churchill Building on Tuesday that there are several versions of the bill but would not specify what changes have been made.
He said Cabinet had not yet reached a consensus on the legislation.
"In the Cabinet you have many people who are opposed generally to gambling so you have a number of personalities in your Cabinet that take strong positions," Wilchcombe said.
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts said on Tuesday that he agrees with critics who see the proposed law as discriminatory.
Former PLP parliamentarian George Smith, who headed the Hotel Corporation, said he was "baffled" by the proposed legislation and questioned the rationale behind it.

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June 07, 2013
The Bahamian Icon Award Nominees Announced

NEW PROVIDENCE,
Bahamas - The Bahamian Icon Awards organizing committee, sponsors and
partners Is proud to announce its 2013 Nominees.  The public was asked
to submit persons they wished to be considered for nomination through
our website at BahamianIconAwards.com. 
Over 150 candidates were received from across the country. 

The
Bahamian Icon Awards Organizing Committee selected Nominees in the following categories: Fine Arts; Entertainment; Education; Journalism; Sports; Tourism; Finance; Entrepreneurship; Humanitarianism; and Commerce...

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July 24, 2013
Local Website Owner Meets with Top International Online Marketing Professionals in Ireland

Jason McDowall, CEO and
President of BahamasLocal.com, recently joined a delegation of board
members and marketing professionals from top companies around the world
for a series of meetings and networking opportunities in Dublin, Ireland
- the home to international and European headquarters for innovators
such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, Apple, PayPal, Cisco Systems
and Dropbox.

The group was hosted at the
five-star Merrion Hotel, sharing the same street as numerous
governmental and cultural institutions and just a short walk away from
the "golden mile" - a mile-long strip of pubs...

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