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Save The Bays, Bahamas Waterkeeper join forces to commend BREEF on undersea sculpture garden
Submitted by DP&A   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:43

 Save The Bays commends BREEF on the commission and installation of undersea sculpture garden in the waters off Southwestern New Providence. (Photo credit: Jason deCaires Taylor)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two major marine environmental voices today joined forces to congratulate the Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation (BREEF) for commissioning and installing an underwater sculpture garden off New Providence’s southwestern shore, calling the work “a stunning example of why it is so important to draw attention to the need to protect and preserve the marine assets of The Bahamas.”

Praise came from the newest local entry in the growing clamour to protect Bahamian waters, Bahamas Waterkeeper, and from the fast-growing environmental movement that has gathered more than 6,000 signatures on a petition (www.savethebays.bs) calling for an environmental protection act, Save The Bays.

“The living art gallery funded by BREEF adds yet another dimension to the amazing underwater environment of the waters off Clifton, home to stunning coral reefs and one of the most popular and frequently filmed dive sites throughout the Caribbean region,” said attorney and environmental consultant Romi Ferreira, a Save The Bays director and member of its legal team.

“But because of the contrast of the beauty and what is happening not that far away with ongoing oil pollution along the shores of Clifton Bay, we need to look at this as the tipping point and act on it now, not tomorrow, now.”

BREEF created the Coral Reef Sculpture Garden as “a one-of-a-kind snorkeling and scuba diving experience for Bahamians and visitors that serves as a multi-purpose hub for the marine environment.”

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Baha Mar launches new employee recruitment advertising campaign
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:21

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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Island Luck appoints Board of Directors
Submitted by Lakindes Brown   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:15

 (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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Primary school students tour the Wonderful World of Waste
Submitted by Zina Williams   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 12:40
NASSAU, The Bahamas – If anyone is going to love playing in dirt, it’s kids! That’s why Bahamas Waste really loves school visits as young children seem to embrace their work and are keen future recyclers.

In late October and early November Bahamas Waste hosted both fourth grade students from St. Andrew’s and students from Columbus Primary to a tour of their facilities. “The tour was enlightening and of high interest for our students,” said Sonia Storr, Guidance Counselor at Columbus Primary. “We appreciate the fact that Bahamas Waste has always supported our efforts in exposing our students to the various job options in the waste management business. The staff at Bahamas Waste were extremely informative and patient with students and made the experience very enjoyable.”

Students from both tours were taught about the numerous types of waste handled by Bahamas Waste, including solid, liquid, medical waste, bio-diesel and cardboard recycling. The students also participated in interactive games where they won prizes for answering questions on recycling and waste removal.

During their visit, all of the students were excited to see that the big pink truck was at the yard and both groups were able to take photos with the truck and learn about the importance of early cancer screening in addition to the importance of properly handling waste.

Karon Gordon, Operations Clerk at Bahamas Waste hosted the tours and commented on how pleased she was to facilitate the tours as the students were eager to learn about the facility in participate in the activities.

“Each year Bahamas Waste seeks to evolve in any way that they can, and four years ago, the thought of having school kids visit the compound emerged,” noted Gordon. “From that point to now, we’ve hosted field trips as well as visited schools, showcasing the various waste streams of Bahamas Waste. I’m in my element whenever there’s a chance to educate anyone about the work we do. I love kids and I think it is safe to say that they love me too. I try to make each encounter a memorable one and Bahamas Waste has created a platform that makes my task fun and exciting.”

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Billfish Grill at Palm Cay helps Rotary end polio
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 09:12

One bite at a time – Rotarians Karen Pinder and Lindsey Cancino at Billfish Grill at Palm Cay Marina & Beach Club, one of a handful of restaurants participating in an event to raise funds to eradicate polio. The campaign is so successful worldwide that with all partner organizations pulling together, cases have plummeted from a high of 350,000 new cases a year in 125 countries – 58,000 alone in the U.S. in 1952 -- to just over 300 worldwide last year. The local Rotary effort in October was matched 2:1 by a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant and raised enough money for 36,000 vaccinations protecting 18,000 children.    NASSAU, Bahamas -- In what was an event to literally take a bite out of a disease that largely threatens children, Billfish Grill at Palm Cay joined leading restaurants around the world for the World’s Greatest Meal, one night when a heaping portion of every diner’s dollars when to the fight to put an end to polio.

“Wiping out polio has been a goal of Rotary International for more than 20 years and the Rotary Club of East Nassau has partnered with the global efforts with growing success. With the match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- they are matching 2:1 any Rotary funds raised for Polio between 2013 and 2018 -- it means a total of $21,625.29 goes to the program and that translates to 36,042 immunizations or 18,021 children vaccinated with two immunizations per child to be effective,” said East Nassau Rotarian Lindsey Cancino. “We were only able to do that and to make a difference in the lives of children who are protected against this disease because the restaurants who partnered with Rotary did such a good job promoting the event and were so generous. More than 700 people in Nassau took part in the World’s Greatest Meal so we raised not only funds, but awareness.”

According to Billfish Grill Manager Lavaughn Burrows, serving people happy to eat for a worthy cause was what Billfish Grill and Palm Cay stand for.

“We were happy to participate,” said Burrows. “We always look for opportunities to interact with the community because that’s what Palm Cay is all about – families, activities, a sense of community. Chowing down for a meaningful cause makes it even better.”

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Palm Cay set to release phase 3 of condo project
Submitted by DP&A   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:41

Single storey units proving instant success story of marina living community, new phase to offer single and 2-storey options   

Phase 3 – With Phase 1 of The Anchorage at Palm Cay nearing completion and Phase 2 construction well underway, developers announced today reservations will open soon for the third phase of the condominium component of the multi-use marina living community. Demand for single level condos has surprised even the developers with each phase 90% sold out before completion. (Photo by Derek Smith, Jr. for DPA)   NASSAU, Bahamas -- Palm Cay announced today it will open reservations slightly ahead of schedule for the third phase of its luxury condominium complex, The Anchorage, following demand that outpaced supply for the first two phases.

Developers of the bustling marina community on New Providence’s southeastern coast said the success of the condos and the response to the reservations-system offerings has surprised even them.

“What we have found was instant demand that was higher than we anticipated for single storey living,” said Palm Cay Director of Sales & Marketing Zack Bonczek. “The combination of affordably priced spacious 3-bedroom units with very reasonable homeowner fees located in an active waterfront community with clubhouse, restaurant, pools, tennis courts, 24-hour security and a marina with all the facilities has proven to be the sleeping giant of the residential offerings.” And despite the demand for single storey living, there is continued interest in the two-storey models, said Bonczek. “So the next phase will differ from the first two in that there will be three different floor plans,  single and two-storey and both with two and three bedroom options.”  

The condos are the latest of the residential options at the development which is slated to have approximately 350 residences by the time of its scheduled build-out in 2017. Nearly 80 percent of the single family lots have been sold. Sales on both garden and oceanfront townhomes have picked up dramatically in recent months with both being more than half sold-out. But nothing has compared to the instant success of the single level condos.

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Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary Elizabeth Keju honoured
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 10 November 2014 13:38

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, left, and Minister of Labour and National Insurance, and Minister of the Public Service, the Hon. Shane Gibson shared in the special moments of a Retirement Luncheon honouring the work of retiring Public Service Ministry Permanent Secretary Elizabeth Keju, November 7, at the Paul Farquharson Conference Room of Police Headquarters.

(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

 

 

 
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