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RBC Royal Bank, sponsor of the second annual 2014 Bahamian Icon Awards, honours nominees in the Humanitarian category
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 12:10
NASSAU, Bahamas – RBC Royal Bank, sponsor of the Second Annual Bahamian Icon Awards, will be presenting the Humanitarianism Award at the Icon awards ceremony on July 12, 2014, taking place at the Atlantis Theater, Atlantis Paradise Island Resort and Casino. Mr. Robert Pantry, recently named managing director of RBC FINCO, will present the award on behalf of RBC.

“We are proud to partner with the Bahamian Icon Awards as they honour exceptional Bahamians who are making significant contributions to our country,” said Mr. Pantry. “RBC has a long-standing commitment to support, build and empower communities where we do business. Our sponsorship of this event – particularly the Humanitarian category – ties directly to that commitment.”

RBC congratulates the five nominees in the 2014 Humanitarianism category:








• Camille Lady Barnett - Bahamas AIDS Foundation – 92 words
As president of the Bahamas AIDS foundation since 2002, Camille Lady Barnett is a tireless advocate for improving the treatment and quality of life for those impacted by HIV/AIDS. During her career, she has spearheaded numerous programmes, including “Combating HIV/AIDS through a Culture of Reading,” to increase awareness and sensitivity among schoolchildren; the Men’s Health Initiative, to provide HIV/AIDS education to populations most at risk of contracting the disease; and a programme that provides financial support to purchase medications for individuals with HIV/AIDS. The foundation also sponsors World AIDS Day in The Bahamas, which involves hundreds of school children dressed in red creating a human red ribbon across New Providence.

DNA commentary: The PLP has Failed to Protect the Rights of Women
Submitted by Branville McCartney   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:27
History has shown that Bahamian women continue to make up a significant block of this country’ voting electorate; however this Christie led administration – whose victory at the polls was due in large part to the high voter turnout among women – has proven itself unworthy of that vote of confidence.

This PLP government simply does not care about the rights of women. Over the course of his term in office thus far, Mr. Christie has paid only lip service to the idea of female empowerment and equality while allowing those under his direction to further trample on the freedoms of Bahamian women across this great country; women who continue to contribute in meaningful ways to the development of our communities, and our democracy.

The PLP campaigned and won on the promise of a referendum which would finally address constitutional inequalities against women; however, more than 50 years since the women’s suffrage movement, months after receiving the recommendations of the constitutional commission, and more than two years in office, this government has not seen fit to make good on this promise.

Prime Minister Perry Christie has instead postponed the date of the planned referendum twice and his administration has, during this time, failed to undertake the promised educational campaign intended to make the public more aware of the key points at the heart of this very important issue.

While the Democratic National Alliance is saddened by this reality, we are not at all surprised. Since taking office, this administration has failed to meet its own deadlines on issues of national importance. As with issues such as Value Added Tax, National Health Insurance, the Freedom of Information Act, the implementation of the Sexual Offender’s Registry and countless others, the government has faltered consistently, failing not only to meet its own self-imposed deadlines, but also in providing the public with the necessary updates required to inspire confidence in the electoral process.

HGTV presents first-ever Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival at Atlantis, Paradise Island
Submitted by Morgan Fraser   
Monday, 30 June 2014 14:31
Atlantis will host top musical artists over a 3-day festival Labor Day Weekend

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Atlantis, Paradise Island’s celebrated Atlantis LIVE concert series will offer guests an unforgettable experience presented by HGTV— the first-ever Paradise Music Festival on Labor Day Weekend. Throughout the three-day festival, emceed by HGTV and DIY Network star Allison Victoria, attendees can catch performances by Rascal Flatts, the most awarded country music group of the past decade, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley and platinum-selling trio The Band Perry.

Atlantis, a world-famous destination known for awe-inspiring waterscapes and one-of-a-kind guest attractions, continues to solidify its standing as one of the most popular entertainment venues in the Caribbean. In collaboration with leading home and lifestyle brand HGTV, the Paradise Music Festival ends summer on the sand by bringing together over six artists and exclusive HGTV experiences for Atlantis guests all weekend long. 

“Vacations are an extension of home life and a way to strengthen bonds with family and friends,” said Shannon Jamieson Driver, senior vice president, marketing and creative, HGTV and DIY Network. “HGTV's participation with Atlantis and Paradise Music Festival allows us to create the kind of end of summer experience that will cement family memories for years to come.”  

Paradise Music Festival kicks off Friday, August 29 in Atlantis’ Imperial Ballroom with multi-Grammy®, Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Country Music Association (CMA) nominated artist Dierks Bentley. The award-winning, country music star, released his critically acclaimed new album, Riser, in February 2014 and is currently headlining his 2014 RISER TOUR. On Saturday, August 30, CMA will present special songwriter guests as part of a special CMA Songwriters Series tenth anniversary show at Atlantis’ newest venue, Ocean’s Edge at The Cove.  The CMA Songwriters Series intimate experience exposes fans to the artisans who through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans.  

Mr. Robert Pantry appointed Managing Director, RBC FINCO
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 30 June 2014 03:36

NASSAU, Bahamas – The Board of Directors of RBC FINCO is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Robert Pantry to the position of Managing Director, RBC FINCO effective June 30, 2014.

Mr. Pantry is a fourteen-year banker with extensive operations and sales experience within the RBC Royal Bank network. He has a well rounded lending background with a solid foundation in financial analysis and general business knowledge.

Mr. Pantry has been recognized over the years by RBC for his leadership strategies and implementation of developmental programs for employees while maintaining an outstanding level of performance. Over the past 14 years, he has proven his ability to achieve results and expand the business.

Mr. Pantry has a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and an undergraduate degree in Management from the same institution. He has two daughters Rache and Raegan Pantry and his hobbies include spending time with his family and friends, watching football, reading and boating. He credits much of his success and leadership ability to his mother who instilled a strong work ethic and taught him to always put people first.

We congratulate Mr. Pantry on his appointment and wish him well in his new role.

Save The Bays states position on the Government Public notice regarding Nygard Cay/Simms Point
Submitted by Lindsey McCoy   
Sunday, 29 June 2014 16:25

NASSAU, Bahamas -- In a document addressed to the Minister of Works and Urban Development, Director of Physical Planning at the Ministry of Works and the Chairman, Town Planning Committee, Save The Bays responds to a Government Notice and Public Notice published on 18th June, 2014 by the Ministry of Works and Urban Development and the Department of Physical Planning - Simms Point/Nygard Cay and Surrounding Sea Bed.

Click HERE to download the complete document (PDF).

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