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Scotiabank and Ministry of Health partner for ‘Know Your Status: HIV Testing Day’
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:00

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Scotiabank partnered with the Ministry of Health in a ‘Know Your Status: HIV Testing Day’ in Rawson Square on Friday, which was well-attended, providing testing, blood pressure checks, and counseling.

Pictured are initiative leaders, from left: United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Project Manager Paula Bowleg; Nurse Marva Jervis of the HIV/AIDS Centre; PAHO/WHO Representative Dr. Gerry Eijkemans; Scotiabank Director of Human Resources Lasonya Missick; Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Marco Rolle; US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Lisa Johnson; PEPFAR Assistant Coordinator Amanda Hall-Pyfrom. (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

Urban Renewal hosts domestic violence and conflict resolution seminar
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:57

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Kemp Road, Englerston East and West Urban Renewal Centers held a Domestic Violence and Conflict Resolution in Relationships Seminar, under the theme “Breaking The Silence and Resolving Conflicts in Domestic Violence and Relationships,” Thursday, June 25, at the Church of God of Prophecy, Shirley Street.

The seminar comprised education and training for various organizations, support group leaders, concerned friends and families about the dynamics associated with domestic violence and abusive relationships. Guest speakers included Dr. Sandra Dean Patterson (pictured), director of the Crisis Centre; Superintendent Elaine Sands; and Presenter Margaret Smith.

(BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Cup at Atlantis yields prizes and GGYA cheque
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:43

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Cup Tournament Luncheon and Prize Presentation at the One and Only Ocean Club House, Paradise Island, Sunday afternoon, June 28. The Governor General brought remarks and made presentations to First Place Winners, husband and wife team Scott and Krystal MacKenzie, and Second Place Winners Jeff Hood and Phil Andrews.

At the Luncheon and Prize Presentation, the Governor General’s Youth Award (GGYA) Programme received a cheque from Atlantis. Pictured left: Atlantis Vice-President Ed Fields; Patron of GGYA, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling; and on behalf of GGYA – Chairman of GGYA’s Board of Trustees Sir Orville Turnquest, Suzanne Black, Kim Outten Stubbs and Everette Mackey Jr. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
Prime Minister releases statement after Baha Mar files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Info Editor   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 14:28

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On June 29, 2015, Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian announced that the $3.5 billion Cable Beach resort development has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.

Click HERE to read a statement from the Prime Minister in response (PDF).

Click HERE to read more on Baha Mar's actions in the


BTVI graduates told to be purpose driven
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:53

Director of Youth, K. Darron Turnquest gave a riveting address as commencement speaker, encouraging students to demonstrate the skills they learned with excellence. NASSAU, Bahamas -- The 240 graduates of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) were encouraged during their recent commencement exercise to not work out someone else’s purpose for their lives, but to be purpose driven in their own pursuits.

The advice came from the graduation speaker, Director of Youth, K. Darron Turnquest who used the opportunity to paint a portrait against a landscape that life will present its challenges. However, he noted that those same forces come to make one stronger.

“Before progression comes process, and process is sometimes slow, but it’s not when you arrive, but the fact that you arrive,” said the electrifying speaker.

Make your journey your business. It shouldn’t be someone else’s passion. When individuals interfere, say, ‘Hashtag: Mind your own business,’” stated Mr. Turnquest to the roar of the audience.

Mr. Turnquest used the opportunity to caution the Class of 2015 that as they drive to their destinations in the vehicle of life, there are some important decisions they must make, including letting out some people they allow to ride in their passenger seats.   He essentially advised them to be careful of whom they associate with as they search for success.

The students were told matter-of-factly that their certificates, diplomas and degrees are commendable, but they ought to be life-long learners who must be able to demonstrate their skills in the workplace and exude an attitude of excellence.

Double Win! Sandyport Beaches Resort wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and Hospitality Gold
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 06:48

L to R: Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel staff members with hospitality leaders:- Mary Brave, Sarah Higgs, Suzanne Patusch-Executive Director, Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA), Sharron Riley, Vernon Moss-General Manager Sandyport Beaches Resort & Hotel, Dale Riley, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu - Director General of Tourism, Silliane Petit-Phar, William Johnson. Photo Chauntez Wilson.                NASSAU, Bahamas -- TripAdvisor and RCI have each awarded Nassau’s leading boutique hotel, Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel, with a top hospitality award based on consistently achieving outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor and RCI. TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and all-important 4-bubbles online symbol is a first time accreditation for the popular local hotel nicely positioned between the Sandyport Beach and the Sandyport Marina on West Bay Street. Top travel industry web site, TripAdvisor rates Sandyport among the top 5 hotels in Nassau.

The property also won for the second consecutive year, the coveted RCI Gold Crown Resort award, the highest of the three RCI designations, which is also largely determined by vacationers’ outstanding comments. There are only 3 resorts in The Bahamas that hold the annually-awarded RCI Gold Crown designation.

The announcement was made at a recent award presentation to the General Manager Vernon Moss, and proud staff members, by the Director General of Tourism, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu; Suzanne Patusch, Executive Director of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, (BHTA) attended to offer congratulations.

Vernon Moss, who has been with the Resort for over 14 years, said he was extremely proud, and especially so for his staff who work tirelessly, and with a real love for what they do.

“I’ve got the best group of people working here in the world – we’re family and we greet our guests as such, and they have responded by returning to us time and time again. We are proud to win these awards and feel blessed. When people ask what is the secret to our success I say that we love what we do and we like to do it well.”

Social Services Minister introduces RISE at Town Meeting
Written by BIS   
Sunday, 28 June 2015 12:49

Minister Griffin explains RISE.  (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Melanie S. Griffin, M.P. Minister of Social Services and Community Development introduced the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme called RISE at the Community Meeting for the programme’s pilot on Wednesday evening, June 24, 2015 at Uriah McPhee Primary School.

The Town Meeting provided an update on plans for the introduction of the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, RISE, which is part of the Social Safety Net Reform Programme being undertaken by the Government through the Department of Social Services.

Minister Griffin pointed out that last year, the Department celebrated its 50th Anniversary and it has grown tremendously over these years. A lot has changed, she said, in 50 years, with social issues today being much more complex than they were 50 years ago and the demand for services continuing to increase.

Minister Griffin allowed that no doubt, the next 50 years will bring about even more changes and greater demands for new and additional services.

She said: “Every so often, it is important to pause and reflect on what one is doing to determine if it is meeting the intended purpose or if it can be improved upon. A few years ago, we undertook a study of our social welfare services and determined the need for some reforms to bring about greater efficiency in the delivery of services and to ensure that the persons who are truly in need are being assisted. It also determined the need for clients to become more involved in actions that could help to break the cycle of poverty.

“A major reform was implemented last November when we introduced the prepaid card for food assistance and beneficiaries of the Wulff Road Centre were the first to receive the card.

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