Month: November 2014

Louis Bacon: Conservationist for Life

Louis Bacon is a conservation philanthropist who has spent more than two decades leading efforts to protect natural resources in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Bacon is the Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc. (“MCF”) and its affiliate foundations across North America, spanning southern Colorado, eastern North Carolina, the Bahamas, Panama and Long Island, New York. Mr. Bacon founded The Moore Charitable Foundation in 1992. MCF supports conservation nonprofits and community programs that focus on protecting threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies across the world. The foundation works with conservation experts and leaders and has provided significant funding to more than 200 local, national and international environmental organizations.

In 1999, Mr. Bacon was instrumental in founding the Waterkeeper Alliance, the umbrella organization for hundreds of local environmental groups across the world advocating for the defense of clean water, energy, and farms.

Mr. Bacon has protected 210,000 acres of land from development in perpetuity across the country. From Mr. Bacon’s first donation of a conservation easement on Robins Island in the Great Peconic Bay in 1997, which protects the island as a haven for endangered shorebirds, to his agreement in 2012 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to place approximately 167,000 acres of the Trinchera Blanca Ranch in Colorado under perpetual conservation easements, to his work to protect the Everglades, Mr. Bacon’s conservation philanthropy has spanned the width of the country and served to defend vital parts of environment.

Mr. Bacon’s conservation easement donation of the Trinchera Blanca Ranch in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains marks the largest such donation received by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was also a critical step in the establishment of the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area as the nation’s 558th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Combined with additional donations from Mr. Bacon of conservation easements on Tercio and Red River Ranches, it helps form a landscape-scale conservation effort of 800,000 acres of protected lands stretching from Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado to northern New Mexico.

Mr. Bacon is the lead investor in The Forestland Group, LLC, (TFG), a timberland investment management organization that acquires naturally regenerating hardwood and pine forests and manages them on a sustainable basis. In 1999, TFG helped finance one of the largest conservation transactions ever when it acquired approximately 110,000 acres in the Adirondack State Park forestlands.

Mr. Bacon has received several honors for his commitment to conservation. In 1998, The Nature Conservancy Long Island named him a “Conservationist for Life” and Group for the East End honored The Moore Charitable Foundation with their “Outstanding Commitment to Open Space Protection” award. Mr. Bacon was the 2001 recipient of Riverkeeper’s Environmental Leadership Award and the 2010 recipient of Colorado Association of Conservation Districts’ Ranch Conservationist of the Year award. In 2013, Mr. Bacon received the prestigious Audubon Medal, The Peconic Land Trusts’ Annual Conservation Legacy Award and the Chairman’s Leadership Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In April 2014, the land trust community of North Carolina named him the Stanback Volunteer Conservationist of the Year. In addition, Mr. Bacon received the prestigious Land Trust Alliance President’s Award from 1,700 land trusts and the land conservation community for his continued leadership.

Mr. Bacon is also the founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and principal investment manager of Moore Capital Management, LP (“Moore Capital”). Moore Capital, founded in March 1989, is a private investment management firm that invests in the global financial markets and private equity markets headquartered in New York, with additional offices in London and Hong Kong. A native of North Carolina, Mr. Bacon earned an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature from Middlebury College.

Mr. Bacon serves on the Board of Trustees of Middlebury College and the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School. Mr. Bacon is also a member of the Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a member of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy Association and serves on the Leadership Council of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.

http://www.moorecharitable.org/about-us/louis-bacon

Doyle Roberts: CEO of Wilson & Roberts

Doyle Roberts is CEO of Wilson & Roberts, a consulting company that specializes in International Trade & Business Finance. Founder of two internet companies including GlobalFinancier.com which he sold in 2009 he is presently the Managing Partner of Grove Global Builders a construction company that focuses on solar and renewable energy solutions.

Having studied History at the College of the Bahamas & Political Science with Law at the University of the West Indies Barbados he is an international business man & Financial Consultant having worked with organizations like the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) and
Bahamian Cooperatives such as the North Abaco Fisherman’s
Cooperative.

Mr. Roberts is a co-founder of the Global Financier Group which is an Investor Network consisting of 31 National Angel Investor Networks and 27 Angel Investor & Venture Capital Matching Databases responsible for global project funding solutions Mr. Roberts founded his first bank and trust company (Ziba Bank & Trust TCI) at the age 27 and has sat on the Board of numerous companies like PCI Homes. Mr. Roberts has consulted in the formation of three seafood companies and a contributor to successive Bahamas Lobster Fisheries Improvement Projects.

Though he has consulted with Governments, Cooperatives, businesses and other NGOs he finds pleasure in seeing companies grow from business plan to IPO. An angel investor and venture capital funding expert his primary area of specialty is fundraising via Private Placement Offerings & Reverse mergers.

The author of five e-books – The Investor Mailing List, The Angel Investor Directory, The Science of Making Money & Getting Rich, Funding 101 The Insider’s Guide to Raising Capital and What You Need to Know When Pursuing
Wealth.

Born in Nassau Bahamas he is a Proud Bahamian Nationalist who seeks to better the Bahamas.

Keod Smith: Practicing Attorney in The Bahamas since 1997

Keod McCaudif Smith, born in Nassau, Bahamas on 15th October, 1964, was called to The Bahamas Bar as a Barrister in September 1997 after having obtained his LLB Degree with Honours at University of Wales, Cardiff Law School in Wales, UK in 1994 and legal vocational training in The Bahamas during the intervening years and a well-established law firm in The Bahamas. He had previously graduated from Loras College, Dubuque Iowa USA in 1988 with a Bachelor Degree in Economics.

Keod served in various managerial positions from 1982 when he graduated from High School in The Bahamas through to his call in 1997. After serving small stint with Research Division of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, he started a trade and investment consulting firm in relation to The Bahamas which took him to Japan for 2% years commencing in March 1990. He read writes and speak Japanese.

In October 1997, Keod started the law firm of Commercial Law Advocates which, as it connotes, specializes in commercial litigation (banking, companies, contract, insurance, land, liquidation, securities, tort) as well as extradition and constitutional matters.

In May 2002, Keod was elected to The Bahamas Parliament where he served as a Member for 5 years. In August of that same year he was appointed to the Chairmanship of the Bahamas Environment Science & Technology (BES1) Commission (equivalent to the BPA in the USA) as well as Bahamas Ambassador for the Environment. He served in that post for 5 years as well.


http://www.iannuzzi.net/smith.html

Dr. Myles Munroe Memorial Service and Funeral Announced

By The Bahamas Weekly News Team

http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/local/Dr_Myles_Munroe_Funeral_Announced38262.shtml

Nassau, Bahamas – A National Memorial Service has been announced for December 3rd, 2014 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau.

Memorial Services for Pastor Richard Pinder will take place on December 2nd at Bahamas Faith Ministries headquarters.

Pastors Myles and Ruth Munroe’s Funeral will be held on at the Bahamas Faith Ministries Church on the 4th of December.

Dr. Myles Munroe and Pastor Richard Pinder both perished with seven others, including Mrs. Ruth Munroe on Sunday, November 9th when his Lear jet crashed at the Grand Bahama Shipyard. It was en route from Nassau.

Reports said that the plane clipped the side of a crane at the Shipyard and “exploded on impact”. The weather was said to be a factor.

The nine passengers aboard the plane belonging to Dr. Myles Munroe were heading to Grand Bahama for the Global Leadership Forum scheduled for November 10th through 13th to be hosted by Myles Munroe, the leader of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, which did take place despite the tragedy.

Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Perry Christie said in a press statement, ” It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe’s loss to The Bahamas and to the world. He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced. Dr. Munroe was a man of immense charisma and persuasive appeal. He was regarded by a great many persons as the Conscience of The Nation. Certainly, he was among the most defining and influential spiritual leaders of the modern Bahamas and, I daresay, of the wider world of Christian evangelism as well.”

Bahamas Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe said, ” Dr. Munroe was a global leader, a pillar of strength and inspiration for many and a pioneer of religious tourism in the Bahamas. Dr. Munroe also acted as an ambassador for The Bahamas, taking his Ministry to thousands and participated in numerous foundations and conclaves around the world.”

Bahamas Faith Ministries Pastor Dave Burrows said in a press statement, “We thank all Bahamians, and those who have called from the international community, for your prayers and expressions of comfort…”

(Video) Myles Munroe’s Family Issues Statement at Grand Bahama Press Conference

Dr. Myles Munroe was an internationally renowned bestselling author, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant, and leadership mentor. He had travelled around the world training leaders in business, government, education, sports, media, and religion.

This multi-gifted motivational speaker served as a business consultant to governments, Fortune 500 companies and corporations, addressing critical issues that affect every aspect of human, professional, leadership, social, and spiritual development.

Dr. Munroe represented his country as the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honors of the Order of The British Empire (OBE) Award 1998 bestowed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England, for his spiritual and social contributions to the national development of the Bahamas. He had also been honoured by the government of the Bahamas with the Silver Jubilee Award (SJA) for providing twenty-five years of outstanding service to the Bahamas in the category of spiritual, social and religious development.

Pas. Myles was the senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship, where his wife, Ruth Ann, serves as co-senior pastor. He was a proud parent of Charisa and Chairo (Myles Jr.). He was 60 years old.

Persons may add messages of condolence at the Bahamas Faith Ministries Facebook page HERE

Brendal Stevens: Captain, Free-diver and Chef

Listen to what some folk tell you about all the time I spend out in the ocean swimming with the reef sharks, the black tips and the tarpon fish and you might start to think I don’t like living here on Abaco. But that’s about as far from the truth as you could possibly get. Hand on heart, I can honestly say there’s nowhere on earth I’d rather be than right here in the beautiful Green Turtle Cay. And if you’d discovered what a great place The Bahamas was back the 1970s, chances are it’d be me who’d brought you here as it was my handsome face our Ministry of Tourism used on all its billboards.

I guess it was running my Dive Centre, teaching people to scuba and snorkel and looking after all my fish buddies around the reef that put a stop to my modelling days. Not that I mind one little bit. Being out on the boats and in the water so much has meant I’ve got to witness some of nature’s big occasions the like of which a person sitting behind a desk could only dream of seeing. I remember clear as the water around Manjack Island watching a baby whale being born right here by the beach. I’ve seen dolphins mating and spotted eagle rays getting it together. And just about every season I could take you along the shoreline to the place the turtles dig their nests.

Even without these special events, spending my days introducing visitors to the stars of the grouper world like Junkanoo and Goombay, that big old eel Captain Calypso (‘The Historic Wreck of San Jacinto’ to his friends), the famous Georgette, Harvey, George, Stumpy and all the rest of the rays I’ve been hand-feeding for going on 20 years now, means I get to do what I love best; to make some mighty fine lunches out of fresh conch, to enjoy some pretty amazing experiences cruising out on the boats and to give all the thousands of holiday-makers I get to meet some unforgettable stories to take home with them.

Brendal Stevens, Captain, Free-diver and Chef – Abaco

http://www.bahamas.co.uk/about-the-bahamas/bahamas-stories/bahamian-residents/brendal-stevens

Bahamian Model – Shakara Ledard

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A young Bahamian beauty has made a name for herself in the competitive world of modeling and that’s Shakara Ledard. Shakara was born in the Bahamas but now lives in New York.

Shakara burst onto the modeling scene when she modeled for the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She modeled for the magazine for the following three years and was the first black female to be the cover model of Singapore’s prestigious Harpers Bazaar.

She’s also modeled for such famous clients as Levi’s, L’Oreal and Victoria’s Secret. What’s more she’s launched her own range of luxury street clothing, sold in more than seventy stores across the USA and known as the ROXS brand.

As well as all this, Shakara is now an actress and has appeared, following on from music videos with performers such as Justin Timberlake and in movies with co-stars such as Pierce Brosnan and Woody Harrelson.

Dr. Myles Munroe: Teacher, Author, Inspiration

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Dr Myles Munroe is survived by his two children, his son Myles “Chairo” Jr Munroe and his daughter, Charisa Munroe.

Born and raised in New Providence in 1954, he received a degree in fine arts, education and theology from Oral Robert University in 1978, a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa in 1980 and has been awarded numerous honorary doctoral degrees.

He has also served as an adjunct professor of the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University.

According to his biography on Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM), he served as a business consultant to governments, Fortune 500 companies and corporations where he addressed critical issues “affecting every aspect of human development”.

In 1998, he became the Bahamas’ youngest ever recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honours of the Order of The British Empire (OBE) Award which he received from Queen Elizabeth of England.

He was the author or co-author of more than 100 books, study guides and audio tapes and has contributed to various Bible editions, journals, magazines and newsletters.

Dr Munroe frequently appeared at Christian events before mass audiences where he emphasised the Kingdom of God and his belief that the whole Bible revolved around that kingdom. He appeared alongside some of the most prominent preachers in the evangelical community, including Bishop TD Jakes, Bishop Eddie Long and Pastor Benny Hinn.

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2014/nov/10/dr-myles-munroe-teacher-author-inspiration/

Romeo Farrington

It was a long time ago that I gave up my original profession in building construction for driving a taxi when I realised I had a liking for people. I knew that I made the right choice because in my taxi I meet everybody who comes to Nassau, which is just what I wanted.

Well, I decided to look for something that would make me unique in the taxi business because there are 1135 taxi drivers on the island right now and I wanted to be unique in someway or other. So I went about trying to find out how could I be different from just the guy who is standing out there and saying taxi. So I decided that I was going to add a few things. The main thing I added was punctuality. I would never be late for an appointment, and right away that made me different from my competitors. Then I decided that I would go miles out of my way in any way I could and that also gave me a notch or two up the ladder.

So, as I continue, meeting and making new friends, I realise that a lot of times when people visit our country they’re looking for friends – they didn’t come here to make any enemies. Making friends with visitors is very, very easy to do because they were over here and came halfway already. I also promised myself that anytime somebody takes my services once that that may be my chance. Because more than 70% of my work comes from return customers.

It was driving a taxi that gave me small bit parts in a couple of movies, and again meeting people, taking care of them. This is the sort of thing that would otherwise never have happened.

I had a small part in the movie Never Say Never Again, Love Boat Valentine Special and a small part in one of Perry Como’s TV specials.

But I think my biggest moment was in the movie Jaws 4, I had a speaking and singing part in that movie. It happened because one day I waited to pick up this guy, and it was only a very short journey, but I thought-well you never know who it might be and where it might lead. Turns out he was a genuine Hollywood movie producer about to shoot Jaws IV in the Bahamas. So he said that when he came back he might find a part for me in it. And, he took my card and when he did come back he gave me a role as he promised.

If you watch the film, I’m the guy driving the taxi and singing. So the moral of my story is that you never know where small beginnings will take you.

Romeo Farrington, chauffeur and movie extra – Nassau / Paradise Island

Peter Douglas

I suppose you could say that I’m less of an eco warrior and more of an eco champion. Like most people on this special island, I really appreciate what a wonderful place we have here and that Andros is just too good to keep to ourselves.

My favourite spot must be Captain Bob’s Blue Hole, here in the Central Andros National Park, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve jumped off into the blue… It’s a real thrill and I really want more visitors to have the leap of their life too. Jumping into the warm water of the Blue Hole is just part of my vision for Andros… It’s the biggest and least explored island in The Bahamas, so I’m trying to set up nice learning and attraction areas for eco tourism. I also want to ‘edutain’ people as to how wonderful the natural environment is here in The Islands of The Bahamas. Because I believe that you can’t educate people without some entertainment.

Talking about Blue Holes, let me tell you why they are so wondrous. They have hidden depths, as they are small inlets into massive undersea caverns that run under Andros and beyond. And although I’ve not seen it, down in the deep lives the mythical Lusca which is the Loch Ness monster of the Caribbean. Another mythical creature we have here on Andros is the Chickcharnie… now, he’s half man, half bird and like me he wants to protect the beauty of Andros. Unlike me, the Chickcharnie can read your mind and if you’re having bad thoughts he’ll turn your whole head around so you can see things the right way. Well that’s what they say here on Andros…

Natural-or bush- medicine is also big round here, so we use many local plants to keep us healthy, wealthy and wise. Like the Cinnecord tree which is also food for us, our animals and the earth.

I know I’ve barely touched on the fascinating history of the island, but I hope I’ve given a brief insight into the wonders of Andros, and that everyone who reads this comes and enjoys this beautiful site with us.

Peter Douglas, Community leader and local NGO for environment conservation – Andros Island

Dr Seabreeze

My name is Cebric Bethel, but my stage name is Dr. Seabreeze.

I’ve been singing since I was eleven years old. Many years ago, I was the head singer in a band called the Jila Boys Calypso: way back in the 50’s and 60’s  we were very popular. All over the island, we used to go singing and playing in the nightclubs. I asked the good Lord to give me a talent so I picked up this guitar.

Nobody liked me; I liked myself, because I was a singer and I knew if I make a mistake I could always cover it up with this guitar. Since those days, I’ve been to London, Paris, Belgium and Germany; I was the first Bahamian to sing in a New York nightclub, 44th street Manhattan.

I based myself on the old time Calypso because it’s something that goes down well here.

The Bahamas you know has got a good rhythm, an easy rhythm, and my music tells about the islands and the people, it tells stories. That’s what the islands are about. There’s this one story, this guy-Uncle Lou- he got so drunk one night he fell in the well, and they say he fell so hard he went straight to hell. And there were some guys on this island really did fall in the well, they were drinking too much and stepped off. In the old days, the 50s we had no electric lights so he didn’t see where he was going, he got drunk and he fell in the well. They fished him out, he lived, you know. Those were true stories.

My island is Eleuthera- that’s Greek for freedom. I was here in the days when there wasn’t nothing here; it was only fishing and farming. As a little boy I left school early, because in the old days after the last world war, the English people came over and built up these big huge homes, and we used to work in the yards after school from four o’clock till after dark, for one shilling. We didn’t have no cars. You could have lay down in the street and you didn’t have to worry about nobody running over you in their cars. The only thing you’d have to worry about getting run over by a horse, because horses were the main transportation in those days.

So, come on down, we welcome you 100%, I welcome you. Because I sing for you, we have beautiful beaches, and warm tropical winds, and the fishing is good, bone fishing is good, snorkeling is good. That’s why I love Eleuthera.

Dr Seabreeze, self-taught musician and local legend – Eleuthera Island

Dr Seabreeze.