• Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
  • Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
  • HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
  • Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
  • Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
  • U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
  • BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
    BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day
  • Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
  • 'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
  • BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year



Geoff Houston to step down as BTC CEO
Submitted by Serena Williams   

Geoff Houston has decided to step down as the CEO NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Board of Directors of BTC today announces that Geoff Houston has decided to step down as the CEO and will leave the business on 31 August, 2014.

The Board has appointed Leon Williams on a 12 month contract as CEO. Mr. Williams is a BTC Director and an adviser to the Chairman, Phil Bentley, as well as being a former CEO of the business. The Board also intends to put in place a longer-term succession plan for the CEO role.

Geoff Houston has been with Cable & Wireless for 22 years having worked for the Company in Hong Kong, South Africa, the Channel Islands, the Seychelles, Jamaica and Panama. He has been CEO of BTC for 3 years, following its privatisation in April 2011.

Under his leadership, BTC has undertaken a major investment programme, improving BTC’s networks and introducing new services like mobile data and high-speed broadband. During his tenure, BTC has increased its support for projects in The Bahamas including the sponsorships of the Olympic team and the annual Junkanoo parade.

Mr. Houston will stand down as CEO with effect from 30 June, 2014, but will be available to help Mr. Williams until the date of his departure.

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Joulter Cays featured in stunning eco-film
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

ANDROS, The Bahamas -- Showcasing the beauty and biodiversity of an island is not easy to do in under 15 minutes, but this is the job that Matt McCoy, Loggerhead Productions, did while working with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and National Audubon to create a spectacular short film about these cays and tidal creeks that are usually only seen by fishermen frequenting the Joulter Cays.

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Recently released and showcased to the Minister of the Environment at a BNT Breakfast Briefing, this PSA on the Joulter Cays is now playing on both ZNS TV and Cable 12 before the news.  The PSA discusses the beauty and importance of the marine ecosystem that surrounds the island as well as highlighting the importance of the tidal flats for migratory shorebirds including the endangered Piping Plover.  

The Trust hopes that this unique area which features, coppice forest, mangrove nursery areas, sandy shore, seagrass beds and areas of endangered Staghorn Coral will be declared a national park in the very near future.

The voice-over was provided by well-known radio personality Ed Fields, who takes us on a wonderful journey throughout the Joulters both on land and under the sea.

Local fishermen were actively involved in the creation of the film.  Philip Rolle, Andros Bonefishing Guide needed no script when he commented “The Joulter Cays are second to none when it comes to beauty.” 

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BTVI students exposed to career opportunities
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   

DISCUSSION – A BTVI student questions Trainee Customs Officer, Tishura Rigby about the profession. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Career opportunities heated up recently during a Public Service summer job fair held for students of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).  

Students were given insight into the requirements, vetting process and benefits of joining the military branches including the Customs department, police and defence forces. Also present were representatives of the Department of Public Service and the only private sector participant, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).  

Coordinator of BTVI’s Student Affairs, Raquel Bethel noted that with graduation around the corner and BTVI’s students joining the throng of other school and college leavers, it was imperative to expose them to additional areas in which they can utilize their skills.  

During his presentation, Police Corporal, Leonardo Burrows noted that policing is multi-dimensional, but it calls for discipline and hard work. He underscored that the force is not for a person who simply wants a job.  

“There is a difference between a job and a career. We are looking for persons interested in making a lifelong commitment as opposed to people who show up, collect money, go home and bad-mouth the organization,” said the officer of 15 years.  

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World Oceans Day occasion for beach clean up on Grand Bahama
EARTHCARE Bahamas   

By Gail Woon, Founder of EARTHCARE

 World Oceans Day EARTHCARE Beach Cleanup June 8, 2014 participants: L-R Back Row Justin Sapp, Kristen Thomas, Candice Woon, Tristan Rampersad, Kiara Roberts, Cheri Wood, Barbie Gibson, Gail Woon, Front Row Havana Gibson, Savannah Gibson, Nayshairn Hanna, Renrick Prince, Not Pictured Karin Sanchez, Nina Sanchez, Nyjer Newbold, Miriam Culmer, Marissa.  (Photo by Yasmin Pospescu)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Under the theme “Together we have the power to protect the ocean” EARTHCARE volunteers cleaned the beach at Williams Town on Sunday, June 8th to celebrate World Oceans Day.  

EARTHCARE joined with hundreds of events worldwide to inspire people to get involved in solutions for a healthy ocean and society - by supporting clean energy choices, trash-free coasts and beaches, sustainable seafood, and more.

17 EARTHCARE volunteers met very early in the morning on a holiday weekend Sunday. We filled a truckload of marine debris and removed a tire, medical waste and much more.  

Three of our dedicated stars came, Tristan Rampersad from Sister Mary Patricia Junior High School, Savannah and Havana Gibson, both from Bishop Micheal Eldon School. Tristan, Savannah and Havana completed the EARTHCARE/Save The Bays Phase I Youth Environmental Ambassador Programme and have also been featured guests on Voice of the Bays, The Environment Speaks on Love 97 FM.  

EARTHCARE’s youngest volunteer, Kiara Roberts, 6 years old, brought her mom, Nyjer Newbold and her grandmother, Miriam Culmer.  

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Bahamas Humane Society to join June 11 demonstration for Freedom of Information Act
Submitted by DP&A   

NASSAU, Bahamas --- Calling for “transparency on all negotiations that lead to deals,” the Bahamas Humane Society today added its voice to the growing list of those set to demonstrate in Rawson Square next week, demanding passage of a Freedom of Information Act.


“We are extremely grateful to the Bahamas Humane Society for extending its support to a cause outside its normal range of compassion and caring for animals. We believe that their interest is symbolic of how important people in all walks of life believe the right to transparent government is,” said Lindsey McCoy, CEO of Save The Bays, which is organizing the march set to start at 8 am Wednesday, June 11.

Churches, trade unions, business associations, concerned citizens’ groups and both the FNM and the DNA have signed on to the rally being coordinated by the fast-growing national movement that has championed the cause of the public’s right to know since its inception a little more than one year ago.

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