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Bahamas National Festival Commission presents 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival report to the media
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Commissioner of the Bahamas National Festival Commission Paul Major addresses the media while giving a full report on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Festival Commission is calling the first-ever Junkanoo Carnival a ‘resounding success.’ Following a presentation of its 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Report to the Cabinet of The Bahamas, the Commission met with members of the media, July 28, at the Office of the Prime Minister to discuss the outcome of the Festival.

Chairman of the Bahamas National Festival Commission Paul Major said that the festival had a ‘positive’ impact on the country.

“Our main goals for the Festival were to create an economic stimulus within the cultural sector; expand our tourist product offering; develop a framework for indigenous cultural production; create a platform that exposed Bahamian music to the world and revolutionized the entertainment industry; promote Bahamian entrepreneurship; and foster multi-sector economic impacts. Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015 successfully accomplished those goals,” he said.

According to the Commission’s report, the three-day inaugural festival provided temporary employment for approximately 7,200 Bahamians, including direct employment for thousands of musicians, Junkanoos, administrative, production and support staff both in the public and private sectors, and indirect employment though vendors and other affiliate companies involved in product and service delivery. The report stated that the Festival ‘impacted’ a total of 890 small and medium enterprises, whose products and services were engaged by the Commission over the course of the year.

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College of The Bahamas establishes scholarship fund with Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
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SCHOLARSHIP FUND ESTABLISHED between The College of The Bahamas (COB) and Commonwealth Brewery Ltd. with signing of a Memorandum of Understanding July 27, 2015 at the Harry C. Moore Library of The College of The Bahamas.  Pictured from left: Dean, Faculty of Pure & Applied Sciences Dr. Carlton Watson; Dean, Social & Educational Studies Dr. Ruth Sumner; COB Council Vice-Chairman Dr. Earl Cash; COB President Dr. Rodney Smith; Commonwealth Brewery Managing Director Hans Neven; Commonwealth Brewery Chairman Julian Francis; COB Vice-President, Advancement, Davinia Blair; Ministry of Education Administrator/Scholarship and Educational Loans Division Reginald Saunders.  (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)NASSAU, Bahamas -- As The College of The Bahamas (COB) transitions into university status, the institution will benefit from a half-million-dollar endowment fund thanks to the generosity of Commonwealth Brewery’s Endowed Educational Fund and Scholarship Award Programme. Along with a year-round internship, the scholarship provides a study abroad experience, and a guaranteed two-year entrance level employment opportunity.

COB’s President Dr. Rodney Smith said scholarships, such as this one, are a “critical” part of higher education and impact not only the education of the recipient, but also their lives and their families.

He said the “generous” and “significant” donation strategically complements and supports other vital steps on the College’s journey to university.

Julian Francis, chairman of Commonwealth Brewery described the endowment fund as a show of commitment to the building of The Bahamas. “We recognize that for our country to grow, we must grow as a people and as a nation. And what better way to make a national contribution than through the country’s premier tertiary institution.”

Hans Neven, managing director of Commonwealth Brewery, said the fund is important proof of the company’s long-term commitment to the socio-economic and educational development of The Bahamas.

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Grand Bahama Shipyard employees attend Sage Summit 2015 in New Orleans
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FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama Shipyard's Finance and Human Resources Department are currently attending a four day Sage Summit 2015 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Acting President and COO Reuben Byrd noted that “the Shipyard is committed to its training agenda for employees and is proud to have our staff in New Orleans this week training on updated software being used in their departments.”

Pictured at the Sage Summit 2015 are (left to right) Jamaal Swaby, IT Manager, Tashana Tynes, Organizational and Recruitment Officer, Genita Zephy, Payroll Officer, Marie Powell, Management Accounts Analyst, Nordaina Cooper, Accounts Payable Officer, Natasha Pierre, HRMS Specialist, Cleo Charlton, Director of Finance and Katherine Smith, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations. (Photo courtesy of Grand Bahama Shipyard for Barefoot Marketing)

Byrd went on to note that there is also a volunteer team of employees, who are a part of our emergency response team, are at Resolve Maritime Academy in Florida receiving recertification in emergency response methods. The course is titled 'Shipboard Fire Fighting'. "We spend significant resources in training our staff,” he noted. “We take very seriously the important role our staff play in the operations of the Shipyard."

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Let them eat cake - Sandals Foundation and Dairy Queen team up to assist P.A.C.E
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Representatives from The Sandals Foundation, Dairy Queen, and P.A.C.E Foundation stand in front of the under-construction P.A.C.E building on East street as the cheque is handed to President of P.A.C.E. Sonia Brown. L-R Sonia Brown, PACE President, Deon Dunbar, Dairy Queen Marketing Manager, Crystal Campbell  Dairy Queen Operations Manager, Chester Robards, Sandals Foundation Representative.NASSAU, Bahamas -- A partnership between the Sandals Foundation and Dairy Queen Limited has been using education as the driving force to empower young, Bahamian teenaged mothers involved in the Providing Access to Continued Education (P.A.C.E) Program. The campaign has raised a total of US$6,500 which will contribute towards building a new P.A.C.E multipurpose center.

The well-known Dairy Queen ice-cream and cake brand used its four locations in the Bahamas to participate in the charity event. Over the period of three months, Dairy Queen gave $3.00 for every cake sold to the P.A.C.E Program.

“Partnerships continue to be one of the cornerstones of what we do and this has been a very successful one,” says Heidi Clarke, Director of Programs at the Sandals Foundation. “We are very thankful for the incredible support received from DQ, their team has been wonderful and the proceeds raised from this campaign will go a long way towards brightening the future for our youth.”

The Sandals Foundation, a non-profit organization which launched in March 2009 teamed up with Dairy Queen Limited in an attempt to provide a bright future to the young girls affected by teenage pregnancy. With ‘Making A Difference’ the primary goal, the Sandals Foundation makes it a priority to serve the Caribbean community by implementing programs that will improve the quality of people’s lives, thus, securing the future of the Caribbean region.

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BNT Eco Camp continues to be a hit with young Bahamians
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Eco Camp Continues to be a Hit With Bahamian Youth - Last week forty young students from twelve islands returned from an eco-immersion experience on the island of Andros. During the week-long experience the campers swam in blue holes, hiked in the pine forest, explored Jungle Pond, snorkeled the Andros barrier reef, visited the amazing and awe inspiring Andros West Side National Park and camped in the Blue Hole National Park.  Pictured are some of the campers during one of their many adventures. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)ANDROS, Bahamas – Last week forty young students from twelve islands returned from an eco-immersion experience on the island of Andros. During the week-long experience the campers swam in blue holes, hiked in the pine forest, explored Jungle Pond, snorkeled the Andros barrier reef, visited the amazing and awe inspiring Andros West Side National Park and camped in the Blue Hole National Park.

“Eco Camp inspires participants to step out of their comfort zone and experience the outdoors both physically and mentally,” said Portia Sweeting, Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Education Director. “Their experiences will definitely stay with them for a lifetime.”

Students who attend Eco Camp are fully sponsored by supporting companies but have to apply to be chosen. This year’s applicants had to write an essay on how the BNT can make national parks more enjoyable for Bahamian families and visitors as a part of their application. Over seventy-five students applied and forty were selected for this year’s camp.

Current sponsors of the BNT’s Eco Camp include the U.S. Embassy, Lyford Cay Foundation, Atlantis, Royal Bank of Canada, Blue Water Resort, Outdoor Sportsman, Bahamas Ferries, ForFar Field Station, Broad Shad Cay, Island Scope, Bahamas Hotel Association, Caribbean Bottling and Fun Foods.

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