By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThere must have been a full moon hanging over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this past weekend.Why else would 16 players be suspended for a total of 44 games over three days?“I don’t know maybe it really was a full moon,” KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen said when asked if he knew why all the line brawls. “I have to admit as the president I’m a little disappointed but maybe it’s getting close to Christmas and the players are not thinking about the rules that are in place to stop these sort of events from happening.”The craziness started when Columbia Valley’s Guillaume Glasspoole was hit with a match penalty Friday. His sentence, three games.In Fruitvale Saturday, gloves starting flying between Beaver Valley and Nelson with 2:07 remaining in the third period.The line brawl cost Hawks’ Keanan Patershuk and Arie Postmus and Blake Arcuri and Cody Abbey of the Leafs each three games for multiple fights in the same stoppage. Game referee Jim Maniago handed out more than 145 minutes in penalties.Four Columbia Valley players and five from the Penticton Lakers were also suspended for, what else, multiple fights in the same stoppage.“The message is already out there,” Ohlhausen exclaimed. “Hockey Canada has decided any major penalty in the last 10 minutes o the game is an automatic one-game suspension.”“And multiple fights in the final 10 minutes or after the game are all things we as a league are trying to get through to the players that will not be tolerated,” Ohlhausen added. “It’s the same message the NHL is using to try to stop fighting.”Nelson coach Chris Shaw feels emotions may have started to escalate during an earlier game in Nelson between the Hawks and Leafs.Those emotions hit the boiling point during the final minutes Saturday.“It wasn’t anything that was cheap or dirty,” Shaw explained. “It was kind of a situation that happened where one player went to protect another one and then the other player went to protect his player that all turned into a line brawl.”“It’s not something that’s uncommon in the past in hockey but now a days you don’t see it happen that often,” added Shaw, part of the collateral damage from Saturday night, suspended for one game for his team being involved in four fights in the game.Abbey and Arcuri started serving their three-game suspensions Sunday, watching from the stands Nelson lose 6-5 in double-overtime. The pair is due to return January 2, 2011 in Spokane when Nelson faces the Braves. “I hope it was just a freak thing and it’s all over with now,” Ohlhausen said. “I hope it was just the players ready for the Christmas break and not thinking about the rules.”We can only hope because the next scheduled full moon is set for early January 2011, when the league begins the home stretch to the season following the Christmas email@example.com
SANTA CLARA — Dre Greenlaw’s interception near the 49ers goal line made for a magnificent, clutch stop in overtime Nov. 11 against the Seattle Seahawks. Alas, it was only a temporary reprieve before the 49ers went on to lose 27-24, their first defeat of the season.Since then, two more losses have followed, and the 49ers defense has no interceptions in the past five games.SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 11: San Francisco 49ers’ Dre Greenlaw (57), left, intercepts a ball intended for Seattle …
South African crafters will be celebratedon Heritage Day, 24 September.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack LeweleDAC director, communications and liaison+27 12 441 3084 or +27 82 450 5076• Jan ScannellBraai4Heritage+27 82 770 3519RELATED ARTICLES• Celebrating heritage with dance • Opening up SA’s heritage• World heritage in South Africa• Sacred lake to be heritage site• The history of South AfricaJanine ErasmusHeritage Day, 24 September, is a South African holiday that celebrates the nation’s rich diversity of cultures and traditions. This year, all around the country festivities will take place under the theme Celebrating South African Craft, Our Heritage.The public holiday is the culmination of the annual Heritage Month campaign, which is overseen by the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC). The programme is aimed at building national pride and increasing social cohesion through the month-long series of events.On 24 September this year South Africa’s deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe will travel to Moroke, Greater Tubatse municipality, in the north of Limpopo province, to address crowds at the national Heritage Day celebrations.Motlanthe, Arts and Culture Minister Lulama Xingwana, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale and other government representatives will lend their weight to the day’s proceedings.To start, there will be a traditional cleansing ceremony at the Bapedi heritage site of Tjate in the historical Sekhukhune district. Here, in 1879, the Bapedi (Pedi people) under King Sekhukhune I fought heroically against colonial occupation, taking on a combined British-Boer-Swazi force. Outnumbered and outgunned, they ultimately lost the battle.This ceremony will be followed by the main event in Moroke. A craft exhibition titled Beautiful Things has been arranged as part of the celebrations, where crafters from all nine provinces will be able to sell their wares. Various cultural groups will also perform.While this is the national event, other functions are planned for elsewhere in the country – these include street parades, craft exhibitions and the launch of various Investing in Culture projects.The DAC’s Investing in Culture programme supports craft initiatives around the country, 40% of them in rural areas, through funding and training. Since the programme’s inception in 2005 it has invested about US$40-million (over R300-million) in craft projects.Thriving craft sectorSpeaking at the launch of Heritage Month at the world heritage site of Mapungubwe in Limpopo earlier in September, Xingwana emphasised the craft sector’s important socio-economic impact.About 38 000 people earn a living through an estimated 7 000 small enterprises around the country, and 1.2-million in total support themselves and their families through craft and related enterprises.Moreover, the Department of Trade and Industry estimates that craft contributes $269-million (R2-billion) or 0.14% to South Africa’s GDP annually.“The crafts sector can also be used as a catalyst for rural economic development and for fostering expanded participation in the economy, especially by women,” said Xingwana. South Africa’s crafters are predominantly female.Xingwana deplored the exploitation of rural crafters by intermediaries and unscrupulous retailers, adding that access to reputable markets is an ongoing problem. She also noted the lack of a national body to represent this sector, saying that as individuals, crafters do not have a strong enough voice to negotiate on pricing and often they have to take what they can get.“Paying attention to the crafts industry will help forge a national identity,” she said, “restore respect between the knowledge holders who transmit skills to our youth, and promote Proudly South African products and their economic potential to South Africans”.On the eve of Heritage Day Xingwana will host a gala dinner in Polokwane, Limpopo’s capital. At this event DAC and the Old Mutual Foundation, the social investment arm of financial services group Old Mutual, will sign a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in helping crafters with basic business and leadership training, and better access to markets.Sizzling celebrationNot only is the 24 September a celebration of culture and craft, it’s also designated National Braai Day. This event falls in line with the vision of Heritage Day, and that is to bring people together to enjoy one of the country’s great traditions – the braai (Afrikaans, meaning barbeque).The non-profit, non-political organisation Braai4Heritage is behind Braai Day, encouraging South Africans to celebrate this unique aspect of their heritage, while cooking up a storm.This culinary custom originated in the Afrikaner community, but has since transcended demographics and become popular among all ethnic groups and countries in the Southern African region.The patron of National Braai Day is the esteemed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. When approached in 2007, Tutu gladly accepted the patronage, saying that the braai is a force for unity.“It’s a fantastic thing, a very simple idea,” enthused the archbishop on the first Braai Day two years ago. “Here is one thing that can unite us irrespective of all of the things that are trying to tear us apart.”The Nobel Peace laureate then reached for an apron and tongs and took his place beside the fire before tucking into a boerewors roll. Boerewors (Afrikaans, meaning farmers’ sausage), a braai essential, is a spiced beef sausage packed into long casings. Popular variations in Southern Africa include flavours such as chilli, garlic and cheese, as well as different meat fillings such as kudu or springbok.Initially the braai idea came under fire from the National Heritage Council due to fears that it would demean Heritage Day, but the meaty organisation later received the blessing of the council and Braai Day has now become a driving force for nation-building.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A dozen leading U.S. grower organizations are hailing the collaborative efforts that led to the new AgGateway ADAPT framework for interoperability in precision ag systems – citing the many benefits to farmers, and are calling on Farm Management Information System (FMIS) companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework into their systems in the near future.The support was expressed in a letter this month to AgGateway Chairman David Black from the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, National Sunflower Association, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dry Bean Council, and USA Rice.“Over the last decade, the most consistent concern raised by farmers using precision ag is that ‘different systems won’t work together,’” the letter states. “The farm and commodity groups are pleased that AgGateway member companies worked collectively to solve this problem by creating ADAPT…. As organizations representing producers of all commodities and in all 50 states, we offer our support to encourage FMIS companies to formally commit to integrating the ADAPT framework in the near future.“We are grateful for this truly impressive show of support from grower organizations, and are ready to assist companies — and get their feedback to continually improve ADAPT — as they incorporate this technology into their proprietary systems,” said Mark Stelford, Chairman of AgGateway’s ADAPT Oversight Committee and General Manager of Premier Crop Systems.As AgGateway’s ADAPT is integrated into products, the grower will be much better equipped to manage data across different precision agriculture systems, regardless of the system manufacturer. ADAPT is an open source project, allowing precision ag software providers globally to use the software and to contribute to its continued development. The ADAPT framework is comprised of an Agricultural Application Data Model, a common API (Application Programming Interface), and a combination of open source and proprietary data conversion plug-ins. Developers can access additional information about the ADAPT SDK, as well as access the model, by going to www.ADAPTframework.org.“ADAPT and the accompanying data format enables the interoperability between software systems, service providers and advisors that farmers need to perform their routine operations more efficiently and seamlessly,” said Tarak Reddy, Chair of AgGateway’s ADAPT Technical Committee and Delivery Architect of John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group.Companies that have committed to using ADAPT and releasing plug-ins for many of their proprietary data formats currently include AGCO Corporation, Ag Leader Technology, CLAAS, CNH Industrial, Deere & Company, Praxidyn, Raven Industries, Topcon Precision Agriculture, and Trimble Navigation. The “plug-in” technology allows the ADAPT platform to work with individual, proprietary products.The AgGateway team publicly released the open-source ADAPT — which stands for Agricultural Data Application Programming Toolkit — in February. The timeline for plug-in development will vary by manufacturer this fall and into 2017; some plug-ins are immediately available to FMIS companies, who can check with the manufacturer for availability and licensing details. At the same time, AgGateway members have developed an ISO plug-in to support a broad range of ISO-compatible systems under an open source license.Companies currently participating in AgGateway’s ADAPT Oversight Committee include Ag Connections, Ag Leader, AGCO, Agrian, CNH Industrial, Central Valley Ag Coop, CLAAS, Conservis, Independent Data Management, John Deere, Land O’ Lakes, Monsanto, Premier Crop Systems, ProAg, Raven Industries, Software Solutions Integrated, SST Software, Syngenta, Topcon Precision Agriculture, Trimble, Uptake and ZedX. For more information and to join the work of the committee, contact the committee at Adapt.Feedback@AgGateway.org.In addition, the ADAPT Oversight Committee met at the AgGateway Annual Conference November 7-10 in Orlando. More details can be found at www.AgGateway.org.
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PUTRAJAY—The Malaysian SEA Games contingent has one aim – one, one, one. The target is to win 111 gold medals and be the top gun of the 29th SEA Games, which is being hosted by the country from Aug 19 to 30.The target was announced by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handed the Jalur Gemilang to the SEA Games contingent and also to the Para Asean Games contingent at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “We hope to finish second in the Para Asean Games with 103 golds. Thailand will be favourite to become overall champion,” said Khairy.In the last Asean Para Games in Singapore in 2015, Malaysia finished overall third with a medal haul of 52-58-37 in 336 events in 15 sports. Thailand was the overall champion with a haul of 95-76-79 followed by Indonesia with 81-74-63. Malaysia’s best ever performance in the Asean Para Games was also in 2001. The hosts then won 143 golds to become overall champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ View comments The total number of gold medals up for grabs is 405 in 38 sports.The figure 111 is the same number of golds Malaysia won in the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. That was the first time since the Games’ inception in 1959 that Malaysia become the overall champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn the 2001 edition, the total number of events was 391 in 32 sports.Khairy said that they came up with the figure of 111 after analyzing the performance of athletes and also the targets set by the individual sports associations. Quinto saves Letran late, outwits Perpetual for 3rd straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “It is a realistic target, one which we can achieve. It is also the same number of golds we won when we hosted the Games in 2001 to become overall champions,” said Khairy.Khairy, however, did not reveal in detail which sports were expected to contribute to the gold medal tally.“I am not going to reveal it. That will put unnecessary pressure on the athletes. The other reason is that people will start analyzing and criticizing sports associations which do not meet their targets in the Games,” said Khairy.Although Khairy would not reveal the expectations from the sports associations, most of the gold medals are likely to come from athletics, aquatics, bowling, cycling, gymnastics, karate, lawn bowls, sailing, silat, waterskiing and squash.Khairy added that for the Asean Para Games, which will be held from Sept 17-23, a target of 103 gold medals has been set. There will be 16 sports in the Para Games, but with 479 events.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES
The following is the Group Table for the World CupGroup ATeamPldWTLNRNRRPts Pakistan 6 5 0 1 0 +0.75 10 Sri Lanka 6 4 0 1 1 +2.58 9 Australia 6 4 0 1 1 +1.12 9 New Zealand 6 4 0 2 0 +1.13 8 Zimbabwe 6 2 0 4 0 +0.03 4 Canada 6 1 0 5 0 -1.98 2 Kenya 6 0 0 6 0 -3.04 0Group BTeamPldWTLNRNRRPts South Africa 6 5 0 1 0 +2.02 10 India 6 4 1 1 0 +0.90 9 England 6 3 1 2 0 +0.07 7 West Indies 6 3 0 3 0 +1.06 6 Bangladesh 6 3 0 3 0 -1.36 6 Ireland 6 2 0 4 0 -0.69 4 Netherlands 6 0 0 6 0 -2.04 0
THE LEON TURNQUEST AWARD FOR SPORTS PRINT JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Renaldo Dorsett – Sports Reporter, The Tribune2 – Randy Smith – Sports Reporter, The Nassau Guardian THE BURSELL BRADSHAW PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDNominees:1 – Kermit Taylor – Photographer2 – Terrel Carey – Photographer, The Tribune3 – Shawn Hanna – Photographer, The Tribune4 – Torrell Glinton – Photographer, The Nassau Guardian5 – Eric Rose – Photographer/Senior Information Officer, Bahamas Information ServicesTHE ERIC WILMOTT AWARD FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Rashad Rolle – Reporter, The Tribune3 – Taneka Thompson – News Editor, The Tribune4 – Clint Watson – Editor, Producer, ZNS5 – Sancheska Dorsett – Reporter, The Tribune6 – Ricardo Wells – Reporter, The Tribune7- Khrisna Russell – Deputy Chief Reporter, The Tribune8 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune9 – Karissma Robinson – News Anchor/Journalist, ZNS 2 – Prof. Winston Mitchell – Professor Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 15, 2017 – Nassau – About 40 persons representing the journalism and mass communications profession have entered their work in The 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards.The Black Tie event is being held under the Patronage of Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on Saturday, November 18, at 7pm at the British Colonial Hilton.Keynote speaker is Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.The Awards event this year is in part, a Powered by Aliv sponsorship, and the Silver Sponsors are The Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd (BPL) and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS).Three new awards have been added to the growing list of categories. They are: The University of The Bahamas Journalism Award (For UB Students), the PAHO-WHO Excellence in Health Promotion Award, sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization-World Health Organization, and The Press Club Person of the Year Award (to be chosen by The Press Club).Here are the Nominees in 14 Categories:THE KENNETH NATHANIEL FRANCIS AWARD FOR NEWSPAPER DESIGN AND COMPOSITIONNominees:1 – Ayhisha Small – Paginator, The Nassau Guardian2 – The Tribune Newspaper WEBSITE OF THE YEARNominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Ianthia Smith –Freelance Journalist Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp THE P. ANTHONY WHITE AWARD FOR COLUMNIST OF THE YEARNominees:1 – Inigo ‘Naughty’ Zenicazelaya – Columnist, The Tribune2 – Alicia Wallace – Columnist, The Tribune THE LESLIE HIGGS FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARDNominees:1 – Alesha Cadet – Reporter, The Tribune2 – Jessica Robertson – Journalist/Marketing/Advertising/PR3 – Jeffarah Gibson – Writer, The Tribune4 – Jayme C. Pinder – Reporter, The Nassau Guardian5 – Travis Cartwright-Carrol – Reporter, The Nassau GuardianTHE PAN-AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION-WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH PROMOTION AWARDNominees:1 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune2 – Shavaughn Moss – Lifestyles Editor, The Nassau Guardian3 – Shenique Miller – Journalist/Talk Show Host – Guardian Radio4 – LeDaunne Davis – National Anchor/General Assignment Reporter, ZNS THE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DOCUMENTARYNominees:1 – Andrew Burrows – Director of Special Projects, the Broadcasting Corporation of TheBahamas (ZNS) 2 – Rossano Deal – Social Media Editor, The Nassau Guardian3 – Winston Mitchell – Professor Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas THE AWARD FOR BEST EDITING FOR TELEVISION NEWS STORY OR DOCUMENTARYNominees:1 – Andrew Burrows – Director of Special Projects, the Broadcasting Corporation of TheBahamas (ZNS) SOCIAL MEDIA AWARD – BLOGGERS, PODCASTERS, LIVE STREAMING, ETC.Nominees:1 – Natario McKenzie – Reporter, The Tribune2 – 10th Year Seniors3 – Frecinda S. Mullings – Writer, Producer, Social Media Comedian4 – Ianthia Smith –Freelance Journalist5 – Stephen Hanna – Journalist, Social Media6 – Rossano Deal – Video Editor, The Nassau Guardian7 – Timothy Bain – Instagram Reporter et al Related Items: Caption:The Bahamas Press Club 2014 held a press conference Thursday, October 26, 2017 at The Shoal Restaurant on Nassau Street to announce its media awards banquet. The Black Tie event will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton. Pictured from left are Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands; Anthony Capron, president, The Bahamas Press Club; Shasha Lightbourne, Media Champion, ALIV, Poweredby Sponsor and Diana-Lynn Sands, Manager Corporate Communications BPL, Silver Sponsor(PHOTO/BPC) THE CYRIL STEVENSON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING POLITICAL JOURNALISMNominees:1 – Taneka Thompson – News Editor, The Tribune2 – Ava Turnquest – Chief Reporter, The Tribune For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Secretary, The Bahamas Press Club 2014 at: (242) 434-5643. For Ticket sales: (242) 824-2924. Facebook: The Bahamas Press Club 2014. Website: bahamaspressclub.org Other corporate sponsors are being encouraged to come on board and to strengthen ties with the media.Shasha Lightbourne – ALIV Media Champion said that the communications company is happy to partner with The Press Club in recognizing the work of the Bahamian media, as a Powered by Sponsor.Equally as excited to come on as a Silver sponsor, Diana-Lynn Sands, Manager Corporate Communications BPL, Silver Sponsor, indicated its intention to enhance relations with the mediaAnd Dr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands underscored the importance of that organization promoting healthy lifestyles throughout the Caribbean region. Hence, its sponsorship of the health promotion segment, within the Press Club Media awards this year.Anthony Capron, president of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 shed light on particulars of the night, which is being billed – the go to event of the year.“Today, we are here to promote the 2017 Bahamas Press Club Media Awards Banquet, to be held Saturday, November 18th, in the Windsor Room of the British Colonial Hilton. Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling is again our patron and Prime Minister Dr the Hubert Minnis will be the keynote speaker,” Mr. Capron said.The theme for the evening will be “Uncovering The Bahamas.”“Often you may hear phrases being bandied about that the press is the watchdog of society. And, indeed, it is. But you may also hear that the media is not doing a good job, and sometimes that it is not doing its job, period.You always hear what the press is not doing. The good goes unspoken, and unrecognized by the critics.We in the media know that we are not all good. But, we also know, that we are not as bad as the naysayers try to paint us.And so, it is up to us to recognize our worth and to give ourselves the necessary pat on the back.However, we note that with the advent and the spread of social media, a burden has been placed on the traditional media, like never before. More than ever now, we need to be very careful of our sources and to remember our tenets. Check and recheck. Ensure that we have the facts and to jealously guard against being the purveyors of what today is heralded as “fake news”.Mr. Capron noted that the awards were first held in 2015 when the pioneers in media were honoured, namely, Eileen Dupuch Carron, Kenneth Francis, Wendall Jones, Henry Saunders, Silbert Mills, Anthony Ferguson and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (ZNS). Mrs. Carron, the long serving editor and publisher of The Tribune, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.The Bahamas Press Club’s Media Awards 2016 covered and a wide range of working journalists who were nominated, judged and given awards for the fruit of their labour over the previous year. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to veteran broadcaster Calsey Johnson, the recent Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada.The standing awards are:The Leon Turnquest Award for Sports Print JournalismThe Bursell Bradshaw Award for Press Photographer of the YearThe Kenneth N. Francis Award for Newspaper Design and CompetitionThe Cyril Stevenson Award for Political JournalismThe Best TV Documentary AwardThe Best Television News Story AwardThe Leslie Higgs Award for Feature Writer of the YearWebsite of the Year Award, andThe Etienne Dupuch Lifetime Achievement AwardAlso this year, the recipient of the Pioneer Award is Joan Albury, of The Counsellors Limited.A distinguished panel of judges will adjudicate the submissions. They represent a balanced mixture of expertise in journalism and mass communications:Hadassah Hall,Judy Terrell,Quincy Parker,Duke Wells,Ray Munnings, andDr Esther de Gourville, PAHO-WHO Country Rep for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.Members of the media and their publishers, editors and managers throughout the country were emailed a package consisting of the Awards Criteria and Submission form, which is to be filled out indicating the award category they are entering and emailed to: email@example.com. Submission forms and information regarding the awards can also be found on the Press Club’s Website: www.bahamaspressclub.org and The Bahamas Press Club 2014 Facebook page.“I would also add, excitedly, that The Bahamas’ very own Celebrity Artist and political cartoonist in The Tribune, Jamaal Rolle has been commissioned to produce The Press Club Person of the Year portrait, which will be unveiled at the Awards Banquet,” Mr. Capron said.The awards night is promising to be exciting – the MC is Mr. David Wallace himself – local politician, playwright and comedian. There will be gifts, prizes and surprises. Tickets for the Awards Banquet are on sale.FREEDOM OF INFORMATION“Ladies and gentlemen, the Bahamas Press club is not meant to be just another group of civil society, or nonsensical advocacy gathering. The Bahamas Press Club is supposed to fathom the aspirations of all the people who would seek to make The Bahamas a model country, where there is honesty and transparency in government, and where it is easy for investors to do business,” Mr. Capron said.“We All know that the FNM administration that came in 2007 passed a freedom of information bill but in the end failed at enactment. It never became law,” he added.In the 2012-2017 term of a PLP administration, another FOI bill was passed, but still, there is no law. This present FNM administration, under the leadership of Prime Minister Minnis, is again promising to enact Freedom of Information.“And, in that regard, the Bahamas Press club will continue in the pursuit of having the government implement the FOI, which will ensure that not only the media but the general population would have free access to information,” he said.For more information and for ticket sales contact Lindsay Thompson at: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (242) 434-5643 or (242) 557-0862 UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS BEST FEATURE STORY AND BEST HARD NEWS STORY TV/RADIO (UB Students Only)Nominees:1 – Dawn Munroe – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas2 – Leah Cooper – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas3 – Andrea Darville – Student, Media Journalism, University of The Bahamas THE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION NEWS STORYNominees:1 – Kyle Walkine – Reporter, Our News/The Nassau Guardian2 – Genea Noel-Ferguson – Reporter, ZNS3 – Karissma Robinson – News Anchor/Journalist, ZNS