Nygard fabricated insider trading and Ku Klux Klan allegations against Louis Bacon

Two videos allegedly fabricated to include billionaire Louis Bacon’s name in news stories dealing with insider trading and the Ku Klux Klan have been submitted to a Manhattan judge in an appeal to have a high-profile defamation case tried in New York rather than The Bahamas, according to the Tribune.

 

The Business of Tourism: 17th Cacique Awards in #Bahamas

Nominations for the 17th Cacique Awards to be held in January 2017 are now open.

The awards, which celebrate the brightest and the best in the country’s hospitality industry, will be held at the Melia Nassau Resort on January 21st under the theme, “The Business of Tourism”.

Co-Chairman and Producer of the Cacique Awards Charity Armbrister, who is also the director of events at the Ministry of Tourism, promises that this Cacique Awards will be like none other.

“The Cacique Awards are the most prestigious Tourism and Hospitality Awards.  It is a national award where Bahamians from Grand Bahama to Inagua can be nominated or become a winner. Over the years, the Family Islands have taken many categories back to the islands,” she said.

There are 17 local categories and five international categories that will be honoured.

This year, officials have added the Willfred “Willie Love” Knowles, Tourism Ambassador Award.

“This year, there will be an honorary award to be presented to his wife.  Next year, this category will be added to the Nomination form.  As you may know Willie died recently, and was a great entertainer and Tourism Ambassador in Grand Bahama,” Ms. Armbrister said.

Director, writer and choreographer of the Cacique Awards is Ian Poitier.

  • Nominations can be done online at http://www.caciqueawards.com or forms can be collected at any Bahamas Ministry of Tourism office in the Family Islands or abroad.
  • Nominees must be Bahamian.  Persons may be nominated for more than one category.
  • However, the nomination forms outline specifically what the requirements are for each category. 
  • The deadline for nominees is October 14. 
  • The nominees will be presented at a later date.

For more information, contact the Ministry of Tourism at 302-2000.

Nassau Guardian: Nygard paid for ads against Louis Bacon

The saga continues in the Bahamas between billionaires Bacon and Nygard.

According to an apology published in the Nassau Guardian (pictured), Bahamas-resident Peter Nygard’s Nygard International Partnership paid for adverts to be featured in the newspaper that made unsubstantiated claims against his neighbor and fellow billionaire Louis Bacon.

This appears to be connected to recent revelations apparently evidencing Nygard’s involvement in a bizarre online harassment campaign against Bacon.

The full text reads:

We wish to apologise to Mr. Louis Bacon for certain statements contained in two (2) adverts published in our newspaper on the 29th January, 2016 and 22nd February, 2016.

The adverts in question were paid for by Nygard International Partnership and contained in “wrap arounds”. Both of the adverts could have been understood as suggesting that Mr. Bacon had spread a false story to Lyford Cay Residents that Mr. Peter Nygard was planning to build a Stem Cell Clinic at Nygard Cay in order to mislead the Court into granting injunctions against Mr. Nygard. The truth is we were not provided with any evidence to substantiate such claims against Mr. Bacon, nor are we aware of any, and it was certainly not our intention to give any such impression.

We therefore apologise to Mr. Bacon and his family for publishing the aforementioned adverts as worded. We shall exercise more care in the future.

 

Tribune 242: The Power Of Women Supporting Women in #Bahamas

WOMEN entrepreneurs have always played an important role in the Bahamian economy, however, for many it is often a challenge to get the necessary exposure for their businesses.

When events like the recent Wise Women Festival come around, these ladies are thankful to have an avenue to promote the companies they are passionate about.

One vendor at last Saturday’s festival, Tish Ward, said this event was where Pop Stop, her handcrafted healthy gourmet popsicle company, initially got its start. She said she sees the annual festival as an opportunity to grow and expand as a young Bahamian businesswoman.

“The feedback has been amazing today and it is wonderful being around such successful women who are empowering other women. There is no greater power than to see a woman support another woman. Going out there in the real world may be difficult and sometimes it’s great when the real world comes to you, makes it a bit more easier,” said Tish.

The festival, held at a private residence, attracted over 120 guests and featured women entrepreneurs who showcased a diverse selection of food, agricultural items, art and handicrafts, healthy lifestyle options and who gave comedic presentations.

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Peter Nygard fabricates news clips in ‘smoking gun’ video

The Bahamian billionaire battle continues, so let’s go to the video.

That’s the charge brought by hedge fund titan Louis Bacon in submitting his appeal to have his defamation suit against Peter Nygard tried in New York.

The “smoking-gun video,” as described by Bacon’s defense, which previously was under seal, captures fashion-mogul Nygard observing what two off-screen voices call “fabricated” news clips that cast Bacon, a hedge-fund tycoon, in a maliciously bad light.

The video shows Nygard eating and drinking on a hotel bed with a younger woman while passing judgment on the fabricated news clips. The fabricated clips can be heard but not seen on the video, which Bacon’s legal team obtained through discovery for the trial.

One of the clips includes CBS footage on the insider-trading arrest of Rajat Gupta, only it has been doctored to swap in Moore in place of Gupta.

Similarly, in an ABC report “Inside the New Ku Klux Klan,” footage of Moore has been edited into the piece immediately after correspondent Cynthia McFadden ends her lead-in with: “It may surprise you who’s among their ranks.”

“We were gonna’ go further, but we’re not sure how far to take it,” says one of the off-screen voices, believed to be his son Jessar, who’s seeking instruction from Nygard.

“That’s not far,” he responds.

But Nygard warms up to the doctored footage, calling it “good stuff” near the end of the six-minute video.

And when an off-screen voice admits, “It’s pretty dirty,” Nygard agrees: “Pretty dirty.”

The sound track for the fabricated clips is consistent with a video currently available on YouTube, entitled “Is Louis Bacon Racist?”

That video was supposedly uploaded by a Vincent Roy, but one of its creators said in a deposition that its editing was done “at Peter Nygard’s instruction.”

A spokesman for Nygard said the fashion mogul did not know he was being video taped while watching and commenting on the fabricated news clips.

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TRCP: Honoring Louis Bacon’s conservation contributions

On the 27th April 2016, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) celebrates its eighth annual Capital Conservation Awards, and will honor three honorees who are building a legacy of support for fish and wildlife on Capitol Hill and across the country. The TRCP’s 2016 Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award will go to Louis Bacon, who, as Founder and Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation and its affiliate foundations, has spent more than two decades conserving threatened habitat, protecting open spaces, and safeguarding clean water through the support of more than 200 local, national, and international organizations.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) will be presented with the 2016 James D. Range Conservation Award—named after TRCP’s co-founder and conservation visionary—for their dedication to protecting what sportsmen value from both sides of the aisle in Congress.

http://louisbacon.com/the-trcp-honoring-louis-bacons-conservation-contributions-and-celebrating-a-year-of-achievements/

Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation donates $250,000 for Hurricane Relief

Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation has announced a $250,000 donation toward the relief efforts and rebuilding needed after Hurricane Joaquin.

“The Bahamas are like a second home to me and my family,” said Louis Bacon. “We were saddened to learn of the devastation caused by Hurricane Joaquin in the southern islands. Having spent a great deal of time in these beautiful islands sailing, fishing and diving, my heart goes out to those families who live and labor in the Bahamas more remote islands, close to nature but most vulnerable. We pray that necessary aid gets to these islanders quickly and helps them in building back their lives, homes and communities.”

The Moore Bahamas Foundation, the Bahamas affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation founded by Louis Bacon in 1992, seeks to promote environmental education in the diverse ecosystems of The Bahamas. It aims to improve and preserve Bahamian land and water along with its inhabitants. The foundation is particularly focused on maintaining sustainable conch fishery and the Nassau Grouper.

Joseph Darville named Save The Bays Chairman

Respected educator, co-chairman of the Bahamas National Drug Council and well-known environmental and human rights advocate Joseph Darville, M.A., has been named chairman of Save The Bays, the fast-growing grass roots environmental movement with more than 18,000 Facebook friends and followers.

Mr. Darville, a native of Long Island and resident of Freeport, Grand Bahama, takes the helm from Fred Smith, QC.

“This is a critical time for safeguarding our environment which is coming under increasing pressure and I can think of no one better positioned to lead the charge of protection and preservation than Joe Darville,” said Mr. Smith. “I have worked with Joe for more than 30 years on sensitive human rights and environmental issues and I never cease to marvel at the progress he makes in his own politically neutral, dedicated way, packed with purpose and passion.”

Mr. Darville will head a distinguished board of directors that includes leaders in the environmental movement internationally as well as locally including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance.

“We welcome Joe to the chairmanship of Save The Bays at this critical juncture, helping to raise awareness about how fragile our nation’s resources are,” said Save The Bays CEO Vanessa Benjamin. “Joe will help guide us through a labyrinth of issues that we are working on in court and in the court of public opinion — Crown Land, unregulated development, pollution in Clifton Bay and protection of coral reefs among them.”

Save The Bays, launched less than three years ago, has helped lead the siren call and growing demand for an effective Freedom of Information act. Hundreds, including journalists and members of other civic minded groups and Save The Bays community partners, are part of the growing movement demanding the right to information and the government has recently stepped up the pace of draft legislation for review. Save The Bays has said from its start that transparency is the very root and foundation of democracy.

“We would like to thank Fred Smith who has done an incredible job bringing these issues to the public’s attention during his term as chairman,” said Ms. Benjamin. “Fred is actively engaged in complex legal battles to resolve these issues so we are even that much more appreciative of his attention to the need to make everyone realize that environmental protection is not something you leave to scientists and marine biologists. It affects all of us and we all must care. Fred has helped make us care even more.”

Mr. Darville called the appointment “one of the greatest honours and one of the most important tasks of my life.” Having recently completed intensive training along with the CEO Benjamin under Al Gore to become a Climate Change Reality Leader, Darville is expected to place more emphasis on climate change.

A former teacher at St. Augustine’s College and Queen’s College in Nassau, he spent eight years as Director of Workforce Development at the Grand Bahama Shipyard following his retirement from education. He has held many offices, including Past Vice-President of the Bahamas Union of Teachers, founding member and Past President of the Bahamas Counselors Association, Past President of the Grand Bahama Mental Health Association, Past Vice President of the Caribbean Federation of Mental Health, Founding member and Chairman of Operation Hope, [volunteer drug prevention, education & rehabilitation program], Co-Chairman of the Bahamas National Drug Council, Founding member and Past -President of Grand Bahama Human Rights Association; presently vice-president, Founding member of the Caribbean Human Rights Network, Administrative Vice-President of the Freeport YMCA for past nine years.

He is an Advanced Master/Teacher in Reiki training, a natural energy healing method, as well as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. He has received numerous awards for outstanding service and achievement in teaching, communication and citizenship, including the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Silver Jubilee Award for Outstanding Contribution to National (Community) Development. He is married with two children.

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The U.S. Embassy and Special Olympics Bahamas partner for Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day

For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. Embassy Nassau volunteers led by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson partnered with Special Olympics Bahamas on Saturday, September 26th to honor the legacy of the founder of the Special Olympics movement, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

In celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day, celebrated around the world annually, once again the grounds of “Liberty Overlook” were transformed into a mini “Camp Shriver” and a festive atmosphere featuring, food, games and sporting events including tennis, bocce, soccer and music.

Among those on hand for the event, Acting Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Captain Tellis Bethel, senior representatives of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean and members of various volunteer and sporting associations including the Bahamas Football Association.

U.S. Embassy volunteers and family members demonstrated their support to the Special Olympics Bahamas by serving food, refereeing games and dancing along aside the more than 200 athletes who participated in the fun day. The featured events included the “dunk tank” where athletes took delight in attempting to dunk senior U.S. Embassy officials.

An athlete attempts to dunk Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Commander Mark Driver.

An athlete attempts to dunk Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Commander Mark Driver.

To learn more about Special Olympics Bahamas or to become a volunteer for the organization, please visit Special Olympics Bahamas on Facebook or email: info@sobahamas.org.

Louis Bacon Honored with Foreign Policy Association Medal

The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) held its annual dinner on May 21, 2015 where it presented three distinguished honorees with the Foreign Policy Association Medal, including Louis Bacon, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Moore Capital Management, LP and President of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University; and Alan Gilbert, Music Director, New York Philharmonic. Additionally, Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer, Eni Spa was presented with FPA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

The Foreign Policy Association Medal recognizes individuals demonstrating responsible internationalism and who are working to expand public knowledge of international affairs.

Past recipients include the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City; Timothy Geithner, Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister, Australia.

Legendary NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw introduced honoree Louis Bacon, commending Bacon’s stewardship on climate change: “There are two fundamental concepts we should keep in mind – to be proactive citizens in our own country, and to be global citizens. I can’t think of anyone of his generation who has that in his every waking moment than the man we are here to honor – Louis Bacon.” Brokaw added, “I am so reassured to know that he is taking his place in the forefront of this extraordinarily important challenge.”

Upon receiving the Foreign Policy Association Medal, Louis Bacon commented, “I wish to thank the FPA for this great honor. Our Foundation is privileged to support great environmental causes and join in conservation activist campaigns.”

Tom Brokaw. Photo credit: Mark Von Holden

Bacon continued, “Our commitment spans across North America and internationally. In particular, we have supported conservation efforts to save threatened land and marine areas in the Bahamas – a place I care deeply about and which has felt like my second home over the last twenty-five years.”

A longtime conservationist dedicated to the preservation of coastal and marine habitats, Bacon commended the Bahamian government for its great progress in the conservation of natural resources and urged more action to ensure proper governance and regulation, “We are supporting local efforts to adopt a comprehensive environmental safety net with an Environmental Protection Act as well as a Freedom of Information Act. Without such legislation, environmentalists are unable to hold accountable those responsible for the common occurrence of oil spills fouling waters and developers destroying the precious coral reefs.”

As the principal public forum in New York City for foreign policy addresses, the FPA attracts broad national and international attention. Through its annual meetings program and World Leadership Forum, the FPA gives members access to discussion and debate on the most critical issues facing America today.

Honoree Lee C. Bollinger said, “The world has changed, just in the past decade, in ways that are just as significant in the post WWII era. The main changes driving it are the issues to be addressed – we can no longer leave climate change or global economic governance simply to countries to solve. Every university has to have some alignment with the outside world and has a significant role to address issues in the unique way we do. As a global university, hopefully Columbia University can be the home for that broader effort.”

With support from The Moore Charitable Foundation, the FPA has also convened a Task Force on Climate Change to make recommendations for a North American strategy to abate global warming and make climate change a priority for U.S. foreign policy.

The FPA Annual Awards Dinner presents an opportunity to honor individuals for their work in the foreign policy process and release findings from the FPA Task Force on Climate Change – continuing the FPA’s 97-year history as a catalyst for developing awareness and understanding of U.S. foreign policy and global issues.

About the Foreign Policy Association

Founded in 1918, the mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 97-year history, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan publications and programs, FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process. To learn more about the Foreign Policy Association, please visit http://www.fpa.org.

About The Moore Charitable Foundation

Louis Bacon is President of The Moore Charitable Foundation Inc. (MCF) and chairman of its affiliate foundations. Founded by Bacon in 1992, MCF supports conservation nonprofits that focus on protecting threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies. MCF also supports educational and community programs in specific geographic priority areas.

http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/international/Louis_Bacon_Lee_C_Bollinger_and_Alan_Gilbert_Honored_with_Foreign_Policy_Association_Medals42145.shtml