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BAHAMAS: Solar Energy Experts Prepare BTVI for Certification Start-Up



APS Sustainable Energy Ltd. donate extensive equipment to BTVI for solar energy courses

APS Sustainable Energy Ltd. donate extensive equipment to BTVI for solar energy courses

#Bahamas, November 15, 2017 – Nassau – When Philip Holdom pulled up to BTVI this week, he brought a world of energy with him. Literally.   Holdom, President of Alternative Energy Supply and Chief Technology Officer of Sustainable Energy Ltd., is preparing the nation’s premier technical training institute to offer solar energy courses.   Subjects will range from design and installation to understanding the principles, capacity, monitoring and maintenance.   And Holdom, considered a pioneer in renewables and a regional leader in solar and wind power, has agreed to teach the initial series of courses based on a curriculum he created in conjunction with BTVI.

“The potential for anyone who is interested in studying renewables, including solar, is unlimited,” said Holdom, who installed his first renewable energy source on two Family Islands of The Bahamas nearly three decades ago.    “For any young person who is deciding on a career or anyone in the construction or engineering fields now who wants a new challenge, I encourage them to look at studying renewables.    As fossil fuels are eventually phased out and concern with environmental protection plus efficiency, consistency in delivery of power and reliability makes the demand for sustainable energy sources greater, the fields will be wide open for those with the proper skill sets.”

Holdom does not have to work hard to sell prospective students on the value of studying solar.   Even as his trucks began delivering the equipment that the consortium of APS and Sustainable Energy Ltd. is providing, students, instructors and support staff including maintenance personnel gathered around.

Consortium delivering solar panels to BTVI“We were like the new kid on the block and everyone wanted a first-hand peek. It’s great that there is so much interest,” said Holdom.   “The new National Energy Legislation has opened up the possibility of using multiple solar technologies for the private and public sector.   Whether off-grid, grid tie or grid interactive technologies are used, there is an immediate need for people trained in renewable energy, science, math, and system programming.”

The partnership between the consortium and BTVI was announced in September with BTVI President Robert W. Robertson, Ph.D., welcoming it warmly.

“We are really pleased to have someone of the background and expertise of Philip Holdom to come into BTVI and do this,” Dr. Robertson said, noting that the APS-Sustainable Energy Ltd. consortium, a Bahamian company, has a combined 50-year installation history in renewable energy with 370 MW of solar installs between The Bahamas and Europe.

“This is a trade school and this is exactly the kind of partnership that provides us with the ability to train those who want to advance their skills and others who want to train to fill needed positions.   There is a lot of growth in this area and we expect there will be a great response to the offering.”

Levels of certification will range from basic solar theory and installation practices (101) to intermediate and advanced courses in renewable energy design, installation and programming (201 & 301).   Courses are expected to start in the Winter term.

Release: DPA News

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Delivering on the promise – Alternative Power Supply President and Sustainable Energy Ltd. CTO Philip Holdom, right, delivers solar panels and extensive equipment to BTVI as the country’s premier technical trades institution prepares to offer its first courses in solar energy design, programming, installation, monitoring and maintenance.   Receiving the equipment is Alexander Darville, BTVI Dean of Construction Trades. Holdom, a regional leader in energy renewables, developed the curriculum for solar energy studies in conjunction with BTVI and will teach the initial series leading to various levels of certification.   The solar system that will be used by students is being donated by the Bahamian-based consortium that has a combined 50-year history in renewables with 370 MW of solar installs between The Bahamas and Europe. (Photos by Iliana Curry, APS)


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Ministers Moxey and Wilchcombe pay tribute to Anita Doherty during track meet



#TheBahamas, December 6, 2021 – Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey was among many who turned out at the GB Sports complex on Saturday afternoon (December 4, 2021) to pay tribute to former Bahamian track and field legend and former Principal, Anita Doherty.

“I had to be here to be able to pay honour to the amazing and incomparable Anita Doherty who, by the way, was my Physical Education teacher and Principal at the former Freeport Anglican High School,” Minister Moxey said, during a short opening ceremony for the Anita Doherty Odd Distance Track and Field Meet at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.

The Sporting event was the first official track and field event for Grand Bahama since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019.  Minister Moxey said that it was important for the track meet to take place in Grand Bahama, to get the kids and young people out and about, doing positive activities.

“After being locked down because of the pandemic, it is good to see these kids out here expending that energy and being able to compete and have fun,” said Minister Moxey. “While we are still under certain health protocols which we have to follow, to have the kids out here and to be able to run and compete here is a good thing.

“But meets like these are important for Grand Bahama because we still have the goal of becoming one of the major sporting capitals in the country. Our Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture has stated how important it is not only for the country as a whole to become active in sports again, but he specifically saw the potential of Grand Bahama and has committed himself to helping Grand Bahama become the sporting giant it can be.”

Minister Moxey noted that there could be no better way to reintroduce sporting events back to Grand Bahama, while honouring a woman who herself has been a beacon of sporting greatness for The Bahamas during her heyday as an athlete.

“After I had received a scholarship to attend Freeport Anglican High School, I felt a little bit lost, but Mrs. Doherty took me under her wings and it helped me to excel,” added Minister Moxey. “I am privileged to be a part of all Mrs. Doherty has done for the young people of Grand Bahama, for the community and [for being] instrumental in business development for the island.

“So, you have done more than just represented this country internationally in sports, but you have been a beacon within the Grand Bahama community.”

Also on hand to pay tribute to Mrs. Doherty was Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, who said he basically grew up in Mrs. Doherty’s home during weekends when he returned to Freeport.

Wilchcombe says Mrs. Doherty has always been a strict disciplinarian, who made sure that kids did what was right, giving priority to school work before anything else. “Anita Doherty is one of the great Bahamians of our time,” said Minister Wilchcombe. “She was perhaps one of the greatest female athletes in The Bahamas. I have no doubt that when we celebrate fifty years of Independence in a few years, that Anita Doherty will be one of those people who are honoured during those critical celebrations.”

Saturday’s Anita Doherty Odd Distance Track Meet was sponsored and authorized by the Bahamas Amateur Athletics Association.  President, Dramecko Archer was also in Grand Bahama for Saturday’s event.


By Andrew Coakley


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BIS Photos/Andrew Miller

Header: Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, Hon. Obie Wilchcombe (centre) and Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey (second from right) were among many who turned out on Saturday, December 4, 2021, for the Anita Doherty Odd distance track Meet at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex. Also sharing the moment with Mrs. Doherty (second from left), were Senator Kirkland Russell (left) and Dramecko Archer, President of the Bahamas Amateur Athletic Association (right).

1st insert: Minister for Grand Bahama, Hon. Ginger Moxey helped to present medals to winners in the U17 girls 300M final, during the Anita Doherty Odd Distance Track Meet at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex on Saturday, December 4, 2021.

2nd insert: Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, Hon. Obie Wilchcombe was one of the presenters of medals to winners during the 2021 Anita Doherty Odd Distance Track Meet, which was held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at the GB Sports Complex.   Minister Wilchcombe presented the winners of the U13 Boys 300M with their medals.

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Bahamas and Germany Enter Agreement to Facilitate Direct Airlift



#TheBahamas, December 4, 2021 – The governments of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and of the Federal Republic of Germany entered into a technical bilateral Heads of Agreement aimed at fostering closer ties between both countries.  A central feature is an Air Traffic Agreement to facilitate direct flights from Germany to The Bahamas, which would in turn facilitate movement of goods and services, ease of direct shipment as opposed to going through a third country, among other things.

The HOA was signed during a ceremony at the Ministry of Works & Utilities on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.  The Hon Alfred Sears, who served as Acting Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation, and His Excellency Dr. Stefan Keil, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to The Bahamas signed the agreement.  Also present were: Permanent Secretary Reginald Saunders, Ministry of Tourism Investment & Aviation; Luther Smith, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works & Utilities; Bacchus Rolle, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works & Utilities; Melanie Roach, Director of Public Works; and Carl Christian Illing, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bahamas.

Mr. Sears said it was a pleasure both countries entered into such an agreement, which he deemed would bring together, two peoples.

The Bahamas and Germany formed diplomatic ties in 1974 and have enjoyed successes in commercial enterprise, tourism and family ties as many Bahamians live in Germany.

“This relationship has been growing and this (agreement) represents the ease of travel, business and social interaction between our two countries,” Mr. Sears said, adding that Bahamians consume and use German products namely vehicles, pharmaceuticals and other items.

In other areas, Mr. Sears noted that The Bahamas is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world susceptible to effects of global warming. He thanked Germany for its role in the recent COP26 held in Glasgow, Scotland, during which that country pledged some twenty million Euros for disaster risk reduction initiatives.

He recalled Hurricane Dorian, which struck Abaco and Grand Bahama from September 1-3, 2019 and, as a result, residents in the path experienced storm surges 20 feet high, many lives were lost, clinics, other public buildings and infrastructure were damaged and/or destroyed, and The Bahamas lost a large portion of its GDP.

“The commitment of Germany resonates with us,” Mr. Sears said, “as we rebuild and build the infrastructure stronger.”

The minister shared the possibility of acquiring more vehicles from Germany, targeting more stopover visitors from there with projection of higher spend and enjoyment of more cultural activities.  Permanent Secretary Saunders supported this, by confirming that direct air travel is being facilitated through the agreement.

Ambassador Keil too acknowledged the close relationship between both countries, and that the technical agreement will further strengthen those ties.


By Lindsay Thompson


Photo Caption: Photos show Minister Sears and Ambassador Keil during the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Works & Utilities, November 30, 2021.

(BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe)



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Guys, Have 2 Minutes? Here’s How to Check Yourself for Testicular Cancer



Testicular cancer is a rare form of cancer for men in The Bahamas.  It is highly curable — if you know it’s there!


November 30, 2021 – Men…how often do you perform a self-exam to check yourselves for testicular cancer?

While it’s a relatively rare form of cancer, young men aren’t exempt – in fact, testicular cancer occurs most often in young and middle-aged men. The good news is, it can usually be treated successfully.

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is a lump on your testicle. But that’s not the only sign of this disease.

Men who have testicular cancer may experience several different kinds of symptoms, says oncologist Timothy Gilligan, MD, a Medical Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic who specializes in treating testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer most frequently strikes men younger than age 44, and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 to 34. It is almost always curable if found early, Dr. Gilligan says, and it is usually curable even when at a later stage. So it’s important to know signs and symptoms.

Here, Dr. Gilligan says, are five possible signs of testicular cancer you might not know about:

5 Testicular Cancer Symptoms That Aren’t a Lump  – Know what to look for and catch it early

  1. A feeling of heaviness or pressure in your scrotum.
  2. Change in testicle size or firmness.Certain types of testicular tumors can reduce testosterone or increase estrogen in the body, which can result in a change in testicle size or firmness.
  3. Swollen legs.When a tumor spreads to the lymph node, it can constrict blood flow in the veins and result in a blood clot. The clots often occur in the legs, which causes them to swell. You might even experience blood clot symptoms such as pain and difficulty breathing.
  4. Lower back pain and shortness of breath.These are symptoms of advanced testicular cancer, meaning the cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind your stomach. Shortness of breath also may signal that the cancer has spread to your lungs, which may make it harder for air to move in and out.
  5. Breast growth or tenderness.In rare cases, hormone changes also can cause breast tenderness or growth of breast tissue. Some tumors can secrete high levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which stimulates breast development.

If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor right away, Dr. Gilligan says. If your physician diagnoses you with epididymitis or orchitis and the symptoms do not resolve quickly with antibiotics, request an ultrasound to evaluate for a testicular tumor.

“While up to 95 percent of men with testicular cancer are cured, it’s important to get care quickly if you’re experiencing symptoms because testicular cancers usually grow fast,” Dr. Gilligan says. “If there is disease, the earlier it is treated, the greater than chance for success.”


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