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COB faculty among Cacique Award finalists
Submitted by COB/Office of Communication   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- From the kitchen to the studio, College of The Bahamas faculty are mixing passion with imagination to produce inspiring masterpieces.

Although creatively different, Pamela Stubbs-Collins and Addiemae Rolle-Farrington – both of whom are faculty at The College of The Bahamas – share the same intrinsic motivation to make splendid works of art.

A culinarian par excellence, Chef Addiemae's natural ability to create palate-pleasing delights and Pamela's skill as an effervescent gospel singer have earned them nominations in the 16th Cacique Awards, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s prestigious honours. They have also advanced as finalists in their respective categories – Addiemae in the Chef of the Year division and Pamela in the gospel category of the People’s Choice Music Award.

The both are humbled, yet honoured.

“I was overwhelmed and happy because it seems that this 2014 seems to be the year when persons start to recognize you while you are still here. It’s just an honour for that to happen while I am still alive. It’s a privilege after 35 years to be recognized in such a grouping and selected in the top three. Win or not it’s a joy,” said Addiemae, a Chef Instructor at The College’s Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI).

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Bringing in the new at Old Fort Bay Town Centre Christmas party
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   

Winner: Raffle winner Rhonda Rolle collects her prize, a $1000 shopping spree at the shops at Old Fort Bay Town Centre, from Rochelle McKenzie NPDCo HR, Jane-Michele Bethel, NPDCo VP of Real Estate and Santa Claus. Rhonda was entered after the purchase of a pair of pants for her daughter from United Colours of Benneton. NASSAU, Bahamas --A traditional wood-fired Pizza oven at the new Wildfire pizzeria and bar has added another food option to the already successful mix of retail offerings and commercial enterprise at the Old Fort Bay Town Centre in Western New Providence.  

At their recent late night Christmas Extravaganza, patrons in party mood, many with youngsters in tow, took advantage of the extra-special seasonal shopping discounts, festive entertainment and specialty foods and wines, staples at the annual event. One lucky shopper, Rhonda Rolle, won $1,000 shopping spree when one of her receipts from an evening of shopping, was pulled by Solomon’s Fresh Market Santa Claus.

Philip Simon, President, New Providence Development Company Limited (NPDCo) the shopping centre developers, said the evening helps bring about a community sprit among the attending residents from the surrounding areas of Charlotteville, Old Fort Bay, Lyford Cay and the newly completed Venetian.

“The New Providence Development Company and its affiliates join in the celebrations around the world during this holiday season marking another successful year of business and corporate relationships. As we would have experienced, the Annual Extravaganza is not just a gala event on the December schedule, but a tremendous opportunity for friends and families to revel in the spirit of gifts, giving and fun. Needless to say, mission accomplished! We look forward to the new year and playing our part in the continued growth of the surrounding and wider community in 2015.”

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Seasons greetings from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama [video]

From Tip Burrows, Executive Director, HSGB

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New year from the Humane Society of Grand Bahama.  Wishing everyone on Grand Bahama and far beyond, the joys of the season, and health and happiness in the coming year.

Please remember our homeless animals who need us every day of the year.  Without support we cannot continue to help them.  With the advent of new taxes in 2015, we are very unsure what the future holds for us and the animals who need us.  We are already struggling to keep our doors open.

We are so grateful for our faithful supporters both here and abroad, and hope 2015 will bring more new friends to our door, and our cause!

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I would especially like to recognize our staff - all of whom appear in this video at least once.  They work hard 365 days a year - we cannot close on Sundays or holidays, because the animals still must be fed, cleaned and cared for.  The young - and not so young - people who come to us looking for jobs give us hope for the future.  Not everyone is cut out to do this job, but those who hang in there and embrace the concept of compassion and caring for God's creatures who can't care for themselves, are special indeed and deserve the community's appreciation for doing what is too often, a thankless job.

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Agave wins over the taste buds of everyone at Festival Noel
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Agave Wins Over the Taste Buds of Everyone at Festival Noel - While Festival Noel might be over, the memories of the night remain, especially for everyone who tasted the food and drinks prepared by Agave Latin Fusion restaurant, who won Chef Noel at this year’s Festival Noel.  This is not Agave’s first time winning the prestigious Chef Noel title! Agave won the award in 2008 when they had just opened. Pictured left to right are Noel and Britton Clark, Owners of Sparky’s and Agave Restaurants, Karin Sanchez, Festival Noel Committee Member, Chef Dencil Bain, Agave, Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager, Shamie Rolle, BNT Grand Bahama Regional Branch Chairman and Lisa Wildgoose, Office Manager, Rand Nature Centre. (Photo courtesy of Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Bahamas – While Festival Noel might be over, the memories of the night remain, especially for everyone who tasted the food and drinks prepared by Agave Latin Fusion restaurant, who won Chef Noel at this year’s Festival Noel.

This is not Agave’s first time winning the prestigious Chef Noel title! Agave won the award in 2008 when they had just opened.

“It was a great win for Agave and a great year,” said Noel Clarke, co-owner of Agave in Port Lucaya. “This is our third year participating and each year gets more fun.  My team really loves the event, and our Chef Dencil Bain did a superb job.  We also want to thank the young students who worked with us as they worked incredibly hard.”

Student chefs from Bishop Michael Eldon School, Mary Star Christian Academy, Jack Hayward High School, Eight Mile Rock High School and St, George’s High School joined the restaurants to help prepare and serve the food to Festival Noel guests, and they were a huge asset to all of the restaurants.

“Compliments to all the restaurants for their participation in Festival Noel this year, and kudos to Agave for coming out as Top Chef winners,” said Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager. “The Chef Noel competition is instrumental in the event’s success and the savoury dishes by all participants kept our patrons boasting all evening. I would also like to extend our appreciation to Bahamas Wholesale Agencies (BWA) for sponsoring the Chef Noel Competition, and to Mr. Gailey Williams for organising the student chefs to assist the restaurants, to afford them with exposure in the Culinary Arts.”

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Nassau residents join the campaign to ‘trash’ cancer
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

NASSAU, Bahamas – Cancer awareness definitely has a new face thanks to Bahamas Waste and their #BigPinkPics selfie campaign, where everyone in Nassau is encouraged to take selfies with their pink garbage truck to help raise awareness of the importance of cancer screening and prevention.

Since the #BigPinkPics campaign began in October, which is breast cancer awareness month, men, women and children have been posting their selfies to Bahamas Waste’s Facebook page exclaiming how they too want to help ‘trash’ cancer.

“Although the truck is bright pink, we want to note that Bahamas Waste advocates for the screening and prevention of ALL cancers,” said Francisco de Cardenas, Managing Director at Bahamas Waste.  “The pink truck is eye catching, but our very own cancer survivor Hartley Strachan has survived two different types of cancers.  Our main goal is to encourage everyone to get screened for cancers as often as their doctor suggests.”

So far, eight winning selfies have been chosen as the weekly winners. They include: Patrick Terrance Robinson, Samantha Culmer-Kemp, Tonya Ferguson, Ajayi Bodden, Gennie Dean, Dexter Knowles, Christerlina Fox-Francis and Etteloy Etteloy. Each winner has received mammogram gift certificates, cancer awareness t-shirts, Bahamas Ferries gift certificates, Starbucks gift certificates, John Bull gift cards, $50 Sun Oil fuel vouchers, Coca-Cola gear and more!

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