• BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
  • 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
  • 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
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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
  • HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
  • Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay



CIBC FirstCaribbean salutes its top performers
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Bahamian Shinika Reid, Client Service Officer was one of eight men and women from around the region who were voted CIBC FirstCaribbean’s top performers, or “Players of the Series” in 2014. The award-winning group was recently celebrated by the bank for the second time this year.

In January, the eight Caribbean winners and their guests, joined outstanding employees from throughout the CIBC group for a week of celebratory events in Hawaii, where they got the chance to mingle with senior officers of the CIBC group and take part in business sessions and fun activities.

As a continuation of their “Player of the Series” recognition, the group recently visited Barbados for a celebration weekend with the bank’s senior Caribbean executives.

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BTC flies the flag on Haitian Flag Day
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Haitian Ambassador Antonio Rodrigue, BTC CEO Leon Williams, and BTC Chief Marketing Officer Janet Brown rally the crowd at the Haitian Flag Day Celebration. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Intermittent showers didn’t deter Haitians, Haitian-Bahamians, and culture enthusiasts from showing up in droves at the Botanical Gardens, Nassau, for the BTC Haitian Flag Day celebrations. Nearly 6,000 supporters clad in the red, blue, and white of the Haitian Flag, came to enjoy the party with entertainment, regional food choices and chances to win a variety of prizes.

The event was an ode to the blend of Haitian and Bahamian culture within the country’s ethnically Haitian communities. Classical Haitian dishes like the fried pork griot and the mackerel-stuffed dumplings called patae, could be found side-by-side with local favourites such as conch fritters and Bahamian baked macaroni. The DJ seamlessly moved from rake 'n' scrape to Kompas beats and the MC's rallied the crowd in both Kreyol and Bahamian dialect.

Janet Brown, BTC’s Chief Marketing Officer also addressed the crowd, giving a well-received rousing speech in Kreyol. As the title sponsor of the event, BTC gave prizes and discounts on phones and phone cards, BTC t-shirts, bottles, lunchboxes and other branded items. BTC also sponsored a health and wellness tent for free screenings and information.

BTC’s neighbourhood stores - independent locally-owned franchises - were also invited to participate. The franchise owner at the bi-lingual Cowpen Road store, Christian Dean, set up shop at the party and gave good discounts on the Alcatel Pop S3 and Samsung Galaxy J1 smartphones and usefully, with data packages too.

BTC’s CEO Leon Williams said that the company’s participation reflected its active mandate to bring community service, not just mobile service, to its valued customers.

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Licencees to join GBPA at IFE New York event
Submitted by Ashley Penn   

Making the Grand Announcement - Team GBPA, led by executives Deann Seymour, CFO and Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development, as they announced the drawing of one all-expense paid trip to New York City, to attend the International Franchise Expo.  From left to right: Deann Seymour - CFO; LaShawn Dames - IGBSBB Business Services Manager; Dr. Telina Smith - Asst. HR Manager; Derek Newbold – Sr. Manager of Business Development and Nicole Colebrooke –Customer Relations Manager.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- With less than 4-weeks before the start of the International Franchise Expo (IFE), in New York City, licencees of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) have demonstrated a keen interest in participating in the exciting event where the Invest Grand Bahama Promotional Unit (IGB) will be an exhibitor.

Port executives, Deann Seymour, CFO and Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development, made the grand announcement at a Customer Service Training workshop hosted by GBPA’s Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau back in April. The random prize drawing gave one GBPA licencee an all-expense paid trip to New York City, to attend the IFE tradeshow, June 18th – 20th.

Lucky winner, Eloise Stephen of Freeport Decorators, met recently with President Rolle and the executive team to claim her coveted prize. Applauding the efforts of his team, President Rolle expressed his enthusiasm for the ongoing initiatives by GBPA, especially those dedicated to empowering licencees.

“We are excited by the response of licencees to participate with us for this diversity building initiative,” commented Rolle. “We anticipate that the IFE event will stimulate new innovation and creativity amongst licencees,  in addition to making known the benefits of Grand Bahama as a premier investment jurisdiction, also ,” he continued. “It’s very encouraging to see that licencees are motivated to participate, and truly we are excited to have them join us.”

Derek Newbold, Sr. Manager of Business Development shared that promotional and travel arrangements are well underway, and that he is both pleased and excited to see the positive response by licencees for the upcoming event.

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Bahamas Ferries provides support for young members of the Junior Baseball League of Nassau
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Bahamas Ferries has partnered with the Junior Baseball League of Nassau to provide discounted travel for its young members to participate in a series of exhibition games in Spanish Wells.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Ferries has become the latest sponsor of the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) by providing the organisation of nearly 500 players with discounted travel to participate in national baseball and softball events.

The partnership commenced in January with Bahamas Ferries providing transportation for players, coaches and chaperones into Spanish Wells for a series of exhibition games. Since then, the inter-island ferry service has sponsored six trips and assisted more than 200 JBLN members and supporters with travel between Nassau and Spanish Wells.

According to Director of the JBLN Terran Rodgers, the assistance from Bahamas Ferries is significant to the development of baseball programmes throughout the country.

"Over the last five months, we've been playing exhibition games against the Spanish Wells and Eleuthera Junior Baseball League with a view of making it an annual project," Mr Rodgers said.

"The idea is to use baseball as a means for domestic tourism and joining players who would not normally have the opportunity to compete against each other. If it were not for Bahamas Ferries, this project would not have come to fruition," Mr Rodgers said. "So, we are just extremely happy that Bahamas Ferries saw the potential in this endeavour and has stepped up to assist in a huge way to make it happen."

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Historic contract signed for management of National Stadium
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Seated L-R: Director of Sports Tim Munnings; Chairman of the National Sports Authority Leroy Archer; AEG Facilities Chief Operating Officer Chuck Steedman; and Joel Katz Attorney Don Perry.  Pictured standing, L-R: National Sports Authority Assistant Chairman Anton Sealy; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie; Olympian Eldece Clarke; Financial Secretary John Rolle; President Musicians’ Union Felix Stubbs; and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Harrison Thompson. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government of The Bahamas signed a historical contract with AEG, one of the world’s leading sporting and entertainment presenters, for the management of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Friday, May 22, 2015.  The company has a worldwide presence and manages venues in the United States and globally. The contract signing ceremony was held at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie said that the contract signals a ‘brand new day’ for the country.

“I am proud and pleased to be present for the signing of this contract, which represents a historical occasion in the development of the country,” said Mr. Christie.  “The government is partnering with the best company in the world for the management of the stadium.”

He said that the government’s decision to pursue partnership with the company was a result of the Ministry of Tourism’s desire to invest in sports tourism.  The contract signing, he said, demonstrated to the Bahamian people the government’s seriousness about sports and other events by engaging the most renowned managers of stadium complexes.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson expressed his excitement for the new contract and said that his ministry is committed to working with AEG in order to get the best experience possible.

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