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George Damianos attends 19th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference in Boston
Submitted by Sharon Thompson   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:31

NASSAU, Bahamas --  The 19th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference is hosted by Luxury Real Estate Chairman/Publisher, John Brian Losh, and is one of four annual invitation-only events that bring together the most prominent luxury brokers from across the globe to discuss current real estate trends.  George Damianos, President of Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty attended.  Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s Annual Fall Conference took place from Sunday, October 5th to Wednesday, October 8th in Boston, Massachusetts at The Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Saul Cohen, president and co-founder of Hammond Residential Real Estate, was honored with the Luxury Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award during the event’s Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation. Keynote speakers included Kipp Bodnar of HubSpot, who discussed inbound marketing principles and tactics, and Kermit Baker from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, who shared insight on current housing trends.

Members of the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network participated in expert panel discussions on a diverse range of topics including working with international buyers, the latest technologies to win and market a listing and cultivating your network by leveraging your connections to grow your business. More targeted discussions led by Luxury Real Estate members and partners included negotiating from a number of different perspectives, technology tips to sell more real estate, current findings on Chinese real estate investment, marketing a lifestyle for resort destinations, how to find and activate the top 1%ers and tips on growing your business to the next level while keeping a healthy work/life balance.

The Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents was honored at this year’s Fall Conference, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the brand, and met preceding the event for further networking opportunities and a presentation from Jim Gardner of The Wall Street Journal on luxury real estate insights. Sponsors and local hosts of the conference included Hammond Residential Real Estate, Concierge Auctions, The Wall Street Journal, Unique Homes, duPont Registry, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty and Empower Consulting Group.

Photo: George Damianos, President of Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty.

 
Big Pink Selfies initiative to help trash cancer
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 20 October 2014 16:40

Minister takes a Selfie for Cancer Awareness - Bahamas Waste unveiled their big surprise, a huge pink garbage truck bearing the slogan 'Real Men Wear Pink, let’s trash cancer' to the public last week.  This week they launch the #BigPinkPics selfie campaign to help raise awareness of cancer, through social media.  Now until December 31st the public are invited to take selfies with the ‘Big Pink Truck’ to win great prizes.  Pictured (left to right) are Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Peter Andrews, Chairman of the Board take the first selfie which is now posted on the Bahama Waste Facebook page. (Photo courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Waste unveiled their big surprise, a huge pink garbage truck bearing the slogan “Real Men Wear Pink, let’s trash cancer” to the public last week.  This week they’re launching the #BigPinkPics selfie campaign to help raise awareness of cancer, through social media.  Now until December 31st the public are invited to take selfies with the ‘Big Pink Truck’ to win great prizes.

“When the public take selfie pictures with the truck and post them on our Facebook page they are eligible to win some amazing prizes and, most importantly, we hope become more aware of early testing,” said Disa Campbell, Bahamas Waste CFO. “There will be ten winners, one a week until the end of the year and each winners’ packet includes a FREE mammogram.”

Campbell extended her heartfelt thanks to all of their clients who donated graciously to Bahamas Waste to make the promotion possible. “We sent letters out hoping for a few gifts but were overwhelmed by our clients’ generosity.  My thanks to Bahamas Ferries, FOCOL Sun Oil, John Bull, Starbucks, Caribbean Bottling (Coca-Cola), Micronet, and Fourth Terrace Diagnostics.”

The Big Pink Truck, which was officially launched by Minister of Social Services, Honourable Melanie Griffin last week, bears the picture of Hartley Strachan, a two-time cancer survivor and Bahamas Waste employee.  In addition, the garbage truck also has the websites for Komen Bahamas and Ride for Hope representing six cancer associations including Bahamas Cancer Society, Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative, Cancer Association of Grand Bahama, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support and Ride for Hope.

Francisco de Cardenas, Managing Director at Bahamas Waste shared, “Many of us have been personally touched by cancer in our lives and we realize that early detection is the key to beating this overwhelming disease. Bahamas Waste encourages all Bahamians to get screened for cancer and to make smart healthy choices in their lives.”

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Bricemae Gibson ‘Employee of the Year’ at Ministry of Works and Urban Development
Written by BIS   
Monday, 20 October 2014 12:20

Bricemae Gibson, centre, Employee of the Year 2014-2015, accepts awards from Cheryl Darville, First Assistant Secretary, and the Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development.  (BIS photo/Raymond A. Bethel Sr.)NASSAU, The Bahamas – Bricemae Gibson of the Human Resources Unit won the ‘Employee of the Year’ distinction at the recent Ministry of Works and Urban Development Employee of the Year Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis commended Ms. Gibson and the nominees.

He also implored staff of the Ministry of Works to align themselves with the values of trust, honesty, integrity and stewardship and to build these values into the delivery of service. He called on them to renew their efforts to develop strategies that demonstrate they value customers.

“Sadly, we have too many customers walking away disgruntled or dissatisfied. We have too many customers whose projects are delayed because employees of the Ministry are not present, not performing, or not proficient,” he said. “We have too many complaints from customers who allege corruption among officers. This is the present reality of our Ministry. While we all have faults, there can be no acceptable excuse for poor performance – especially when it trends towards becoming habit.”

He said the front-line employees play a central role in influencing the customer experience and maintaining the Ministry’s reputation; technical staff have the responsibility of moving the economy; and administrators have the responsibility of ensuring that all staff work together for good.

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Minister Mitchell responds to shanty town dweller comments
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 20 October 2014 08:25
It was during a demolition exercise on a Farrington Road shanty town in Nassau late last week that a dweller told a ZNS news reporter that there are more Haitian-Bahamians than Bahamians therefore "they" should not start something they cannot finish. The comment was interpreted by some as inflammatory and inciting civil unrest. video was posted on facebook and created a firestorm of criticism and commentary, some inflammatory.  It was against this backdrop that a press conference was held on Sunday 19th Oct by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to address this matter.

STATEMENT BY FRED MITCHELL MP
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ON IMMIGRATION MATTERS

19 October 2014
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nassau, Bahamas

Last evening, doing the rounds of social media were responses to a news story run by the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas in which an individual speaking at the demolition site of one of the shanty towns uttered certain remarks which aroused much commentary in the public domain.

The Department of Immigration which is responsible for the issuance of permission to reside in The Bahamas and the enforcement of the accompanying laws are aware of the matter and the enforcement unit is investigating the matter.  In addition, the matter has been referred to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
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WSC rewards customers for being technologically savvy
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 20 October 2014 02:10

WSC Rewards Customers for Being Technologically Savvy - In our fast flying world of technology, getting your news, updates and bills faster is the key! The Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation teamed up with BTC Bahamas for July, August and September to reward customers who joined their new e-Notification system with smartphones for being tech savvy and willing to try this new system.  The final winner for the promotional campaign was Dorissa Dorsett, who won a Samsung Galaxy S5 courtesy of BTC.  Customers can still sign up for the e-Notification service via WSC’s website at www.wsc.com.bs, or in store while paying your bill.   Pictured (left to right) are Visna Armbrister, Public Affairs Manager, Dennika Bain, WSC e-Notification Model, Dorissa Dorsett, Winner and Chrisnor Stuart, PR and Marketing Department. (Photo courtesy of Keen i Media for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- In our fast flying world of technology, getting your news, updates and bills faster is the key! The Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation teamed up with BTC Bahamas for July, August and September to reward customers who joined their new e-Notification system with smartphones for being tech savvy and willing to try this new system.

The e-Notification system gives customers updates about service and payments via their smart phones. Customers can also manage their accounts, file complaints and see frequently asked questions through e-Notifications, which is a free service available when you sign up via the company’s website.

Visna Armbrister, WSC Public Affairs Manager said “The Corporation is very pleased with the results of the three-month long e-Notification campaign. Over 11,000 customers have signed up for e-Notifications, and we hope that even though the campaign has ended, that our customers will see the benefits of the programme and continue to sign up.”

The final winner for the promotional campaign was Dorissa Dorsett, who won a Samsung Galaxy S5 courtesy of BTC. “I'm excited to be the final winner of the Samsung Galaxy S5 phone, I think the e-Notification programme is extremely helpful, and my winning prize will be my husband's early Christmas present.”

In addition to signing up for e-Notification, customers can now pay their bills at local banks and cash-n-go locations rather than waiting in long lines at the corporation. Customers can still sign up for the e-Notification service via WSC’s website at www.wsc.com.bs, or at Water and Sewerage offices while paying bills.

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Bahamas Waste goes pink in effort to ‘trash cancer’
Written by BIS   
Friday, 17 October 2014 12:50

Multiple cancer survivor, Mr. Simeon Hartley Strachan, assists Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin with unveiling the truck bearing his likeness during the ‘Big Pink’ Unveiling ceremony held Thursday on the grounds of Bahamas Waste. (BIS Photo/Matt Maura)NASSAU, The Bahamas – Officials at Bahamas Waste went “pink” Thursday, joining local and global efforts to bring greater attention to cancer awareness, education and prevention, with its “Big Pink” Unveiling Ceremony.

The “Big Pink” Initiative coincides with the celebration of Cancer Awareness Month globally. One of the company’s trucks has been spray-painted pink and emblazoned with the image of multiple cancer survivor, and Bahamas Waste employee, Mr. Hartley Strachan, who was first diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in February, 2006 and this year (March, 2014) diagnosed with Colon Cancer.

Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said the initiative by Bahamas Waste was “creative and innovative” -- the truck bearing Mr. Strachan’s image and the slogan: “Real Men Wear Pink: Let’s Trash Cancer” along with other educational information will be placed into operation as a means of expanding the education and awareness campaign.

Mrs. Griffin also announced that the Government of The Bahamas is working with noted Breast Cancer specialist Dr. Judith Hurley of the University of Miami on the finalization of a Bahamas Mutation Panel that will be a cost-effective test to screen women of Bahamian descent for certain mutations.

“Notwithstanding the great challenge that breast and other cancers pose to our country, the evidence is clear that these can be avoided through awareness-raising of the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles and through preventative measures such as screening and early detection,” Mrs. Griffin said.

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Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty participates in luxury real estate conference
Submitted by Sharon Thompson   
Friday, 17 October 2014 10:06

Craig Pinder (Agent), Lana Rademaker (Vice-President), Mark Hussey (Agent) and Maxine Hussey (Director of Operations).MIAMI, Florida -- Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm based in New Providence, The Bahamas recently participated in the 2014 Sotheby’s International Realty® Global Networking Event, which brought together approximately 1,500 network members from 31 countries and territories worldwide.  

This dynamic, three-day event, which was held Sept. 8 to 10 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Florida, provided a unique opportunity for Sotheby’s International Realty professionals to network and share best practices with their colleagues from all over the world.  

“The Global Networking Event provides a great value to our firm,” said Lana Rademaker, Vice President at Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty. “It offered the opportunity to network with some of the world’s most talented real estate professionals, generate valuable referral business and learn more about the industry and the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s vision for the future.”  

Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, which has eleven (11) offices in The Bahamas offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. In addition, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele.  

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