Louis Bacon donates $1.5m to support African American History

The Moore Charitable Foundation Pledges $1.5 Million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Donation Will Support “The Power of Place” Exhibition

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture received a $1.5 million donation from Louis Moore Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation. The museum is expected to open in fall 2016. The gift will directly support “The Power of Place,” one of the museum’s inaugural exhibitions, a portion of which explores the origin of rice cultivation along the southeastern seaboard of the United States.

“The power of place is an important theme in the history and culture of African Americans, and we are proud to have the support of the Moore Charitable Foundation as we come closer to completing our home on the National Mall,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the museum. “This donation builds momentum and adds a new level of anticipation as we seek to tell America’s story through the lens of the African American experience.”

The exhibit about the rice fields of South Carolina’s low country will be located within “The Power of Place” exhibition. Enslaved Africans and African Americans cultivated rice along the southeastern seaboard of the United State for hundreds of years. The transformation of the landscape along this coast is a story of great creativity and cruel coercion, in which the culture, knowledge and skills that enslaved people brought with them from Africa played formative roles. The reverberations of this process continue to shape the region’s environment, culture and social life.

“It is crucial to preserve the stories of the rice fields of the low country because they hold important lessons for today,” said Louis Moore Bacon, founder and chairman of the Moore Charitable Foundation. “We hope this exhibition will encourage people of all ages to learn about the significance of these places and value our shared history.”

Bacon is a direct descendent of Roger Moore, the original 18th-century owner of Orton Plantation, the northernmost rice plantation in the low country. As the owner of Orton Plantation Holdings, Bacon is the driving force behind efforts to re-establish heirloom agricultural production on those lands. Orton Plantation Holdings purchased the plantation home and tracts of surrounding forest in November 2010, and Bacon soon initiated environmental restoration and historical preservation efforts.

Many acres of rice fields have been lost over the years due to storm erosion and wave action from ships, but ongoing work to renew Orton’s fields will preserve the historic use of the land and maintain a key link to America’s past. Recent archaeological excavation efforts at Orton Plantation revealed for the first time the remains of the lost Kendal Plantation, a site originally founded in the 1720s by Roger Moore. The site is also a testament to the heartache, sacrifice and accomplishment of all enslaved African Americans.

About the Museum

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by an Act of Congress through legislation signed into law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. Scheduled to open in 2016, the museum is under construction on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. Upon completion, NMAAHC will become the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural institution devoted exclusively to exploring and documenting the African American story and its impact on American history. For more information, visit the museum’s website at nmaahc.si.edu.

About the More Charitable Foundation

Louis Bacon is the chairman of the Moore Charitable Foundation Inc. (MCF) and 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.

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BREEF hires new environmental educator with a grant from The Moore Bahamas Foundation

“The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) announced April 23 a grant from The Moore Bahamas Foundation (MBF) to hire Ms Chantal Curtis as its new Environmental Educator. Her combined experiences in teaching and forensic science make her a valuable asset to the BREEF team as it seeks to expand citizen science leadership in its coastal field studies and underwater activities.

The latest staff expansion comes as BREEF continues to successfully lead local marine conservation efforts around The Bahamas. BREEF’s education initiatives provide public and private school children with hands-on opportunities to learn about the Bahamian marine environment. The new environmental educator position and many ongoing education programmes are made possible by grants from MBF, local affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation founded by Louis Bacon in 1992.

“BREEF is proud to add a uniquely qualified environmental educator to work with the thousands of children participating in our field trips to marine and coastal ecosystems, thanks to the continued commitment from our long-standing partner, The Moore Bahamas Foundation,” said Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, Executive Director of Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation. “We continue to realize our mission by providing students of different ages and backgrounds the opportunity to learn more about why marine conservation is important and to see how we can work together for positive change.”

Efforts to educate future generations about the vital Bahamian marine environment range from summer sea camps, with activities such as snorkeling, to outreach and education about sharks in The Bahamas, to virtual coral reef field trips. Additionally, BREEF’s marine conservation workshops have trained over 700 teachers from islands across The Bahamas. These educators are now back in their classrooms sharing what they learned with their students and colleagues.

Louis Bacon, Founder of The Moore Charitable Foundation. (Photo by Yann Dandois)Throughout the year, BREEF offers classroom presentations and field trips for school groups to enhance instruction of marine conservation topics now included in national curricula. In 2014, BREEF programs allowed over 2,000 of students to experience the marine environment of The Bahamas. As demand for field trips has increased in recent years, support from The Moore Bahamas Foundation has allowed more students to enjoy this opportunity annually.

“The high demand for BREEF field trips highlights the fact that Bahamian students care about their environment and they value experiences that create an emotional connection to the water, plants and wildlife around them,” said Ann Colley, Executive Director and Vice President of The Moore Bahamas Foundation. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with BREEF and support these one-of-a-kind learning experiences for the children of The Bahamas, and we know that Chantal Curtis will be a vital part of this good work.”

The hands-on learning approach that BREEF emphasizes is also showcased through the Bahamas Environmental Steward (BES) Scholars youth mentorship programme. In collaboration with The Cape Eleuthera Island School, BREEF provides BES Scholars with the unique opportunity to become involved in marine research, including shark and turtle tagging activities.

In recent years BREEF has been able to expand and enhance its marine science and field studies programmes, while also diversifying options for students at both public and private schools. In 2009, BREEF launched the Eco-Schools (Bahamas) Programme. Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world, operating in over 55 countries.

The Moore Bahamas Foundation and BREEF’s successful partnership began in 2000, and most recently, MBF commended BREEF’s campaign that helped influence new legislation that ensures a fixed closed fishing season for the endangered Nassau grouper.

BREEF Eco-Summit, 70 young environmental leaders learning and sharing about conservation.“When we see the joy and wonder on the faces of the students in our programmes, we know that we are doing meaningful work for the future of The Bahamas and our precious waters,” McKinney-Lambert said. “We are excited to welcome Ms Curtis to BREEF and we look forward to expanding our education efforts and continuing to promote the much needed conservation of our Bahamian marine environment.”

Chantal Curtis will be coordinating and implementing coastal field trips to Jaws Beach, Bonefish pond and other key places around the island as part of ongoing National Coastal Awareness Month activities. She will also collaborate with Dr Demian Chapman and Mr Mark Bond for shark education in May. Chantal first got involved with BREEF as a Teacher Training Workshop participant in 2014.

This summer, the BREEF team will be particularly busy with summer sea camps on New Providence, Eleuthera, and San Salvador, and with a Marine Conservation Teacher Training Workshop on San Salvador.”

Source: http://www.bahamaislandsinfo.com

Allegations of Nygard ‘smear campaign’ make sense of strange reports

This week, news broke of a lawsuit filed by Bahamian resident and conservationist Louis Bacon, alleging that his neighbor Peter Nygard orchestrated a ‘smear campaign’ against him.

As reported by the New York Post:

In one instance, Bacon accuses Nygard of doctoring an October 2011 CBS News report about the arrest of Wall Street titan Rajat Gupta for insider trading. The doctored video superimposed Bacon’s name and face over Gupta’s, falsely alleging that Bacon was at the center of a “billion-dollar scam,” according to the suit.

Elsewhere, the suit cites a flurry of speculation in local Bahamian media after Bacon’s house manager, Dan Tuckfield, died in the billionaire’s pool in May 2010. While official reports cited a heart attack, Nygard used local media to spread rumors about a murder and cover-up by Bacon, the suit claims.

“Louis Bacon filed this lawsuit to hold Peter Nygard and his companies responsible for their unlawful and reprehensible smear campaign,” Bacon’s attorney, Orin Snyder, said in a statement. “We look forward to our day in court.”

The revelation of this lawsuit into the open press appears to make sense of a number of strange reports recently circulating in the Bahamian press featuring these prominent citizens.

The Bahamas Citizen, for example, recently reported that the Save The Bays environmental group, which is committed to preserve and protect the Bahamian environment, was disrupted by a “paid-for mob”.

References to this event are amongst those apparently contained in the claims.

Save the Bays

Save The Bays is a licensed non-profit organization comprised of Bahamian and international members united in their commitment to preserve and protect the Bahamian environment through proactive policy change, education, legal action and advocacy.

Particular emphasis is given to encouraging effective land-use decisions and habitat restoration efforts that benefit the natural and human communities of Clifton Bay.

Read more here: www.savethebays.bs

Save The Bays environmental group disrupted by “paid-for mob”

Two directors of Save The Bays, the environmental advocacy group, have asked for police protection after a rally in support of a Freedom of Information Act was disrupted on Friday night in downtown Nassau by what they claim was “a bought and paid-for mob”.

Fred Smith and Joseph Darville said last night in a statement that they fear for their lives after allegedly being targeted by aggressive groups of young men holding menacing and defamatory banners bearing their names and faces.

The rally, in Charlotte Street, was held in conjunction with a number of community partners, including the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce. “What happened on Friday night was disgusting,” Mr Smith said. “A peaceful gathering in support of freedom of information was nearly hijacked by a bought and paid-for mob sent there to intimidate and cause trouble.”

Mr Smith claimed it was not the first time this had happened. “Considering the increasingly sinister tone of their messages, many of us are now very afraid. We call on the Commissioner of Police to intervene and protect us before someone gets hurt.”

According to Mr Darville, a group of men, on a flatbed truck blaring music, arrived carrying banners but were turned away by a senior police officer. However, they returned and the Save the Bays director confronted them.

“I pointed to my own face on their banners, and told them there is no way they could know what we stood for and be there protesting against us,” he said. “In the end, these young men admitted they had no idea what it was all about. Many of them dropped their signs, even before police again asked them to leave.”

Mr Darville said some of the men claimed to have been asked to attend the protest by individuals working for fashion designer Peter Nygard, who has a long-running dispute with his neighbour, Louis Bacon, a Save The Bays supporter for which Mr Smith is the lawyer. Some wore shirts and others waved placards bearing slogans about Mr Bacon. At one point, star Bahamian boxer Taureano Johnson appeared at the scene.

Friday night police confirmed that the men had no permit to protest.

http://tribune242.com/news/2014/dec/08/plea-police-protection-after-mob-interrupts-protes

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