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BORCO supports Bahamian culture
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BORCO Supports Bahamian Culture - Buckeye Bahamas (BORCO) helped the Junkanoo route in Grand Bahama sparkle just a little bit brighter this Junkanoo season with their continued support of the Superstar Rockers.  BORCO has been a long time support of the Superstar Rockers Junkanoo group, and donated this year to both their New Year’s Junkanoo performance and their upcoming performance in the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival which will be held in May 2015. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Buckeye Bahamas (BORCO) helped the Junkanoo route in Grand Bahama sparkle just a little bit brighter this Junkanoo season with their continued support of the Superstar Rockers. BORCO has been a long time supporter of the Rockers and donated this year to both their New Year’s Junkanoo performance and their upcoming performance in the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival which will hold its inaugural event in May 2015.

“Every year the Superstar Rockers look forward to BORCO’s donation to keep the Junkanoo culture alive and keep the youth off the streets,” said Chauncy Gray, leader of the Superstar Rockers and a BORCO employee.  “Junkanoo gives our youth a chance to explore their talents and BORCO’s annual donation assists greatly with that.”

BORCO’s sponsorship of the Rockers is used for materials, including feathers – which are the most costly, white glue, boxes of tape, crepe paper, contact cement, and Styrofoam. Airbrushing of Styrofoam materials, and aluminum rods all have to be purchased each year because of the stress the parade puts on these materials. In addition to materials, BORCO’s donation helps to pay the monthly utility bills for the building that the Superstar Rockers use as their Junkanoo shack.

“During Junkanoo season and when the season ends some groups have to pay rent because they don’t own the buildings, but we were fortunate enough to have a building donated to us,” said Gray. “However, we still have to maintain the building and pay all utility bills too.”

BORCO’s sponsorship of the group also goes towards the transportation cost of getting the costumes to and from the parade.  It can take up to three 40’ trailers to move all of the costumes from the shack to the parade line.

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Bahamas takes second place in International Tennis Week
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US supporters celebrate win during the International (IC) Tennis Week. NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas had four wins going in to their final match at Breezes Superclubs against a strong USA team but lost by 3 matches to 1 making The USA the winners of The SG Trophy for the second consecutive time. The first event was won by Great Britain but The Bahamas has been pleased with second place the last two times beating out much larger countries. Teams playing in this event over the three times have included Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Austria, Belgium, USA, Germany and fellow Caribbean country Barbados.  

In the opening match against the USA, The Bahamas men’s pair of John Antonas and Mas Kimball lost 6-0, 6-3 to a very strong USA team of Rob Castori and Norm Chryst. Our ladies pair of Larikah Russell and Sue Kimball then levelled the match for The Bahamas with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Mariana Holman and Janet Moseley. The next men’s doubles was a comfortable win for the USA team of John Chatlak and Jeff Snow over Neil Mactaggart and an injury hit Sandy Reid to put the USA 2-1 up.

Next up was the older mixed doubles pairs with Mas & Sue Kimball against Rob Castori and Sue Sprague. This turned out to be an exciting and close match with The Bahamas eventually going down 7-5, 7-6 (9) to give The USA a winning lead and The SG Trophy for the second time running.

In the other matches, Canada had a very close 3-2 win over Barbados to take third place with Barbados then in fourth place.

The other match between Great Britain and The International team was again close with Great Britain winning by 3 matches to 2 to take fifth place.

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RBC Royal Bankers donate to local Bahamian charities
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NASSAU, Bahamas  – RBC Royal Bank welcomed 600 outstanding RBC employees and their guests to The Bahamas on Thursday, January 15, 2015. A welcome reception, hosted by RBC Bahamas, was held at the British Colonial Hilton hotel gardens. To commemorate the occasion donations were made to local charitable organizations during the reception. Recipients included Read Bahamas, The Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Foundation and Special Olympics Bahamas.   

RBC partnered with the charities over the past several years, providing assistance to the organizations in their efforts to contribute to the health, vitality and education of communities throughout The Bahamas.  

Read Bahamas was recognized for its ongoing service to the community receiving a donation from RBC’s Community Leadership Programme.  Read Bahamas was founded by Nancy McDonald, wife of RBC’s former senior vice president, Ross McDonald.  The programme donates quality children’s books to schools throughout The Bahamas.  RBC partnered with Read Bahamas to spearhead a book drive which, to date, has raised 30,000 books which were delivered to the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology in The Bahamas.  The Honorable Minister Jerome Fritzgerald attended the reception and thanked RBC Royal Bank for its ongoing commitment to the development and education of the Bahamian youth.

The Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Foundation and Special Olympics Bahamas received donations of $10,000 each. Ana Christie, Chairperson, Special Olympics Bahamas expressed her gratitude to RBC, “The partnership with Royal Bank of Canada assists in sustaining the many ongoing initiatives of Special Olympics Bahamas including training and competition, Family Island programme development, and World Games preparation.”  She continued: “RBC’s continued support helps to provide Bahamian athletes with intellectual disabilities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness and demonstrate courage.”

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Super Me! continues to inspire super kids
Submitted by Paola Crespo   

Students from grades 4 to 6 at Gerald Cash Primary eagerly participated in Super Me! activities (Photo by Aletha Cooper).NASSAU, Bahamas -- Students at Gerald Cash Primary School from grades 4 to 6 participated in Super Me! activities Friday January 16th 2015. Dr. Willard Barr, Chairman of Character Education and Director of Planning at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Zoe Powell, Chief Officer of Guidance Counselors, Nikki Bethell, Chief Media Specialist, and Paola Crespo, Communications Intern, were in attendance.

Although initially quiet and timid, the students soon opened up as Ms. Cori Ashley, co-founder of Super Me!, engaged them in talks about the Super Me! program’s core teachings: love, joy, humor, gratitude, integrity, courage, and kindness. These, the children declared, are their “super powers.”

Ashley was energetic and made real connections with the children. They talked of difficult situations the students go through, such as dealing with bullies, and the best ways to overcome them: with kindness, patience and love. The “compliment-giving” activity, where the students told each other compliments and positive things about themselves, soon revealed the results of the “ripple effect” - the more love you send out, the more love you create.

Dr. Barr reminded the students that character is “who we are when no one is watching.” He encouraged them to be their best selves and put forth their super characters to help make The Bahamas a safe, happy and prosperous country.

At the end of the session, the students exuberantly performed the official Super Me! dance. Each child left with a toy gem in their hand representing their super selves, and a smile on their face as they pledged to follow the Super Me! teachings and encourage others to do the same.

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Abaco Cays Realty launches new website, hits $100 million in listings
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Piece of Paradise – This 17-acre northern end of Man-o-War Cay, available at $14 million, is among Abaco Cays Realty’s listings that top $100 million in the northern Bahamas islands. MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- A prominent real estate firm in Abaco announced this week it has hit $100 million in listings with properties ranging from a modest Marsh Harbour home to an historic Hope Town cottage and a $14 million estate that looks like a movie set on 17 acres of sought after Man-o-War Cay.

The firm, Abaco Cays Realty, also this week unveiled its new website, AbacoCays Realty.com.

“Less than two weeks into 2015, there’s a lot of buzz in Abaco. After several years of investors being wary because of worldwide economic uncertainty, we are beginning to see more activity, leading us to be cautiously optimistic as we look to the future,” explained Paul Thompson, a former top level hospitality executive and Cacique winner who turned to real estate development in 2006, the same year Abaco Cays Realty was founded.   

Like others in the firm – each of whom specializes in one of the islands of the Abacos, though all are flexible enough to handle any Abaco offering-- Thompson’s listings are primarily on the island where he lives, Hope Town where his wife’s family was among its original settlers some 229 years ago.

Abaco Cays Realty co-founder Chris Plummer, who traces his real estate foundation back three generations to the original first family of real estate in The Bahamas, the Christies, focuses on Green Turtle Cay where he makes his primary home.

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