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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO



Baha Mar launches new employee recruitment advertising campaign
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Baha Mar has launched its new employee recruitment advertising campaign: ‘Baha Mar Nation’. During the past two years, the $3.5 billion luxury resort has been actively seeking out and recruiting the best and brightest Bahamians both in The Bahamas and abroad, resulting in outreach to over 10,000 students and professionals. Leading up to its Grand Opening celebration scheduled for late Spring 2015, the luxury resort is ramping up its efforts to find team members from diverse backgrounds with an aptitude for hospitality.

The new campaign, produced locally, features Baha Mar employees in various hospitality roles that demonstrate the values of Baha Mar team members, also called ‘Baha Mar Citizens’.

“Baha Mar Nation communicates what we believe at Baha Mar. Caring deeply for our guests and each other, paying attention to detail and thriving as part of a team are values that make Baha Mar a great place to work,” said Kristin Wells, Director of the Baha Mar Academy, the training and recruitment arm of Baha Mar.

“This message will make a connection with Bahamians who also share those values.”

The Baha Mar Nation campaign will be carried across local television, newspaper, radio and interactive media.

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BTC one million dollar title sponsor of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Submitted by Serena Williams   

BTC announced at their JFK Headquarters that they are the $1M dollar title sponsor of the Bahamas Junknaoo Carnival set for May 2015.  L to R:  BTC VP Marketing & Sales Eldri Ferguson; Roscoe Dames CEO Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival; BTC CEO Leon Williams; BTC CFO Garrard Ashman; Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival chairman Paul Major. NASSAU, Bahamas -- BTC’s community support in youth, sports and culture continues with the announcement that they are the one million dollar title sponsor of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and the first corporate partner to join the newly developed tourism initiative.

In a joint press conference, BTC CEO Leon Williams said they had been in discussions with the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and a split between cash and in-kind services for a mutually beneficial $1M sponsorship was agreed.

“$750,000 will be in cash and $250,000 will be in-kind services to consist of joint marketing and branding opportunities. The Junkanoo Carnival will feature on the cover of the BTC’s 2015 Telephone Directories which include white and yellow pages for Nassau, Grand Bahama, and Abaco. The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will also have articles within the Directories. Furthermore, Carnival will feature on BTC prepaid phone cards and buildings.”

Thanking BTC for its partnership, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Chairman Paul Major stated that the event is strategic to the development of Bahamian cultural tourism.

“This event is key for the evolution of culture in the Bahamas,” said Mr. Major. “For BTC to step up to the plate to the extent that they have speaks volume about the company’s belief in our culture and in The Bahamas. The Prime Minister made it clear that he wanted this to be a primer for a more culture driven economy.  Most other tourist destinations are using culture to catapult them ahead in a very competitive environment. Sun, sand and sea has become old. We need something that sets us apart and I think we are well on the way to making that happen.”

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Loretta Butler-Turner pledges new initiatives to enthusiastic Grand Bahama crowd

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Pledging to keep the FNM united and make it stronger, Deputy Leader of the FNM Loretta Butler-Turner addressed the Grand Bahama national convention delegates in Freeport Saturday night, under the theme, “Leadership for a Better Bahamas”.

Speaking at the FNM Headquarters in Grand Bahama, she assured the large audience that she was in it for the long haul: “I choose the FNM, be clear here, this was my decision and I have worked tirelessly for the record we have in this country,” she told the packed room. “No matter the outcome of the leadership race, I will always be an FNM and I will work to put the FNM back in control of the government.”

Butler Turner noted her vision for The Bahamas:

  • “To Expand Opportunities for Economic & Business Development and Employment;
  • “To Help to Reduce the Cost of Living;
  • “New Initiatives to Reduce Violent Crime & Antisocial Behaviour;
  • “Greater Protection of Our Borders from Illegal Migration & Poaching;
  • “Enhanced Education & Training Opportunities;
  • “Enhanced Community & Social Development Initiatives;
  • “Enhanced Early Childhood & Youth Development Initiatives;
  • “Preserving our Environmental & Cultural Heritage;
  • “Ongoing Reform & Modernization of Government.”

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Island Luck appoints Board of Directors
Submitted by Lakindes Brown   

 (left to right) Julian Francis, James Moxey, Dirk Simmons, Theresa Moxey, Ed Rahming, Paul Major, Alfred Sears-legal counsel), Barry Malcolm-Chairman, Sebastian Bastian-President & CEO, Wes Bastian-Secretary.NASSAU, The Bahamas -- In keeping with the newly regulated gaming environment, Playtech Systems Limited trading as “Island Luck” is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Board of Directors.

Island Luck continues to lead the way in the evolution of the gaming industry in The Bahamas.  On Thursday November 13th, 2014, Island Luck announced the appointment of its Board of Directors comprised of some of the country’s brightest minds in banking, law, business, marketing, human resources and accounting.  The board consists of: Barry Malcolm (Chairman), Sebastian Bastian (President and CEO), Wesley Bastian (Secretary), and Directors Paul Major, Dirk Simmons, Theresa Moxey-Ingraham, Julian Francis, James Moxey, and Ed Rahming.

The many years of experience possessed by this cadre of Directors augers well for the future of Island Luck as it seeks to be a shining example of what a good corporate citizen should be by fully complying with gaming laws and regulations and delivering a superior array of products to its tens of thousands of loyal customers.

Established in May 2009, Island Luck has always been a great contributor to the Bahamian community. “We are very grateful to be a part of the journey that took the industry from the “back trunk” to the boardroom. We want to give many Bahamians that same opportunity and continue to assist with creating more opportunities for them” said CEO Bastian. Island Luck wants to be the springboard for the average Bahamian to gain a stake in the Bahamian economy, by offering shares and investments in new projects and initiatives in and outside of gaming.  

Island Luck’s corporate vision is to continue to think outside of the box and develop new products and services while enhancing its customers’ experience.  Island Luck is a part of a new era.   It is revolutionizing an industry that for too long was seen in a negative light.  “It is our mission to ensure that we bring about a change for the better in our country and continue to touch the lives of many Bahamians through charitable and community initiatives.  We would like to see a positive change in the Bahamian economy and intend for Island Luck to be in the forefront of that change! ” CEO Bastian added.

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Business people pack VAT Boot Camp Seminar
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
FREEPORT, Bahamas -- In early November, two local entrepreneurs hosted a VAT Bootcamp Seminar to a packed room of 80 local business people. The attendees received valuable information about VAT Registration and preparing their businesses for the impending new tax, slated for January 1, 2014.

Sarah Kirkby of Barefoot Marketing and Leigh Termath, of Bahama Buy and Sell, organized this seminar in response to the concerns of their clients.

Over the summer, their own customers told them they were not prepared for VAT and did not feel they were equipped with the tools to adequately prepare their business. Kirkby and Termath then worked with local accounting experts to come up with an intense one-day bootcamp, to give the attendees as much information as they could.

The seminar opened with certified accountant, Christopher Baker, of HLB Galanis, outlining in detail all the requirements for Registration for the Value Added Tax, noting that registration must be completed by November 30.

The second morning session was presented by Baker and Leigh Termath and gave an overview of VAT, how it will be charged out, how businesses are to keep their records and many other requirements as laid out in the VAT ACT and the Regulations. Termath stated,” Some of our attendees had been to other seminars, whether given by the Government or at industry meetings, but felt it was important to have all the key facts reinforced again and again.”

In addition, having a private accountant at the seminar, it allowed the attendees to voice concerns specific to their own business and get practical advice from an expert.

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