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Nassau Flight Services VIP department discovers Baha Mar
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 16:19

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Project Coordinator at Baha Mar, Alex Haley, shows executives of the Nassau Flight Services VIP Department the layout of the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort. The executives were taken on an in-depth tour of the resort and learned about some of the exciting amenities at Baha Mar.

In addition to its unprecedented multimillion dollar investment in service training, Baha Mar’s strong relationships with hospitality partners will be an important part of creating a world-class guest experience for visitors to the resort, from the moment they arrive in The Bahamas.

Baha Mar is transforming the hospitality industry in The Bahamas and creating a culture of better-than-best service.

“Visitors to Baha Mar will expect world-class service. It’s up to us to ensure that we provide an experience that makes visitors choose to return to The Bahamas and to stay at Baha Mar. Our industry partners share these goals and, if we continue to work together, I am confident that we can achieve them,” said Baha Mar Chief Operating Officer, Paul V. Pusateri.

Edukarting Summer Camp offers exciting motor sport experience for free
Submitted by Victoria Sarne   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:37

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Edukarting Summer Camp is back for two weeks and being held at C.I. Gibson High School July 28th to August 1st and the second session August 5th to the 8th. All schools and students, boys and girls, welcome.

No cost. Students can come to the school to sign up any day this week for the next session and a unique opportunity to combine sport and education and have fun doing it.

Karting is an exciting motor sport and an educational opportunity for students to learn various skills; teamwork, engineering, mechanics, management, design - all of which can be useful as future job skills.

This initiative was introduced into government schools in conjunction with the Ministry of Education in 2013 starting with a pilot summer programme at Doris Johnson but accessible to all schools.

It was so successful that four of the schools who have automotive programmes continued through the year with after school Karting Clubs. Some of those students are again attending this year’s summer camp to mentor the new intake.

This year at C.I. Gibson we have the running track to use as a race track and the two Driving instructors showed their driving skills to a young audience who can hardly wait for their turn.

There are still some spots left for the week of August 5th to 8th and anyone interested is welcome to come to C.I. Gibson and sign up.


Governor-General and family attend Service of Appreciation in her honour
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:08

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Governor-General Dame Marguerite Pindling kneels to receive a blessing from Bishop Drexel Gomez during the Service of Appreciation in her honour July 27 at St. Agnes Anglican Church. In attendance at the services were her four children: Obie, Michelle, Leslie and Monique. (BIS Photo/Raymond Bethel)

Vehicle accident causes major interruption of cable service in eastern New Providence
Submitted by David Burrows   
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:36

NASSAU, Bahamas -- A vehicle accident on Prince Charles Drive, eastern New Providence, has caused a widespread outage of all cable services for subscribers in that area.

The accident, which occurred Sunday morning, July 27, knocked down a utility pole in the vicinity of Marco's Pizza on Prince Charles Drive. A total of 27 neighbourhoods and just over 3,900 subscribers were impacted by the outage.

BEC is currently replacing the damaged pole, and Cable Bahamas Ltd crews are on-site to commence repairs and restoration of services as quickly as possible. An exact restoration time has not yet been determined.

Cable Bahamas apologises for the inconvenience caused to its subscribers by this incident, which is, unfortunately, beyond the control of the company.

Updates will be provided throughout the restoration period via social media and media updates.

UPDATE: 3:15 p.m Sunday

The damaged pole on Prince Charles drive has been replaced and fibre preparation has started. Subscribers in eastern New Providence will start to be restored by about 4 p.m. Full restoration of all areas affected is expected to be complete by midnight.

Updates will be posted on our Facebook Page ( throughout the evening. Please watch that page for new information.

Community of Fox Hill celebrates 41st independence with 9th annual ecumenical service and flag raising ceremony
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:15

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Cutting the ceremonial 41st birthday cake are Mrs. Evangeline Rahming, wife of the Rev. J. Carl Rahming; Rev. J. Carl Rahming, pastor of St. Paul's Baptist Church who delivered the independence message during the ecumenical service; Charlene Marshall, member of the organizing committee; the Rev. Emily Demeritte of Coke Memorial Methodist Church; Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell; Pastor John Carey and noted local attorney Godfrey 'Pro' Pinder.

Melia Nassau Beach does it again – supports local fishermen
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 28 July 2014 01:53

Snapping up local flavour – Melia Nassau Beach Manager Andrew Tilley, left, listens to Executive Sous Chef Sidney Bullard explaining how the eyes of fish are more than mirrors of their soul – they’re a dead giveaway to how fresh the catch is. In this case, the red snapper is as fresh as can be, directly from Mayaguana to Nassau the same day as part of Melia’s and Tilley’s commitment to source as much product locally as possible for all the hotel’s needs. (Photo by Kovah Duncombe for DP&A) NASSAU, Bahamas -- It started with sweet potatoes, onions and peppers, expanded to soursop and limes, and now the hotel that serves local produce to guests is redoubling its efforts to support Bahamian business by purchasing fish, conch and when crawfish season opens, fresh crawfish, from local fishermen.

Andrew Tilley, General Manager of Melia Nassau Beach, explains.  “It makes all the sense in the world to buy as much as you can locally,” said Tilley. “It pleases the guests who enjoy tasting true local fare. It is especially appealing because what you are serving is fresh and is being served the same day it was caught. And it supports local business which is very important to the Melia brand.”

It’s important to companies like Dad & Lad, who supply conch, grouper, red snapper and hope to expand to crawfish when season opens in August.  “It’s not often that you find foreign companies wanting to deal with Bahamians,” says Dwight Higgins, one half of the Dad & Lad father and son fishing duo, Dad in Mayaguana, Dwight in Nassau.

Dad fishes early, then packs the coolers and loads them aboard a plane. The catch arrives fresh and is never frozen, says Executive Chef Sidney Bullard, who recently won an honorable mention for Leader of the Quarter, a high honour considering competition was 500 strong, the number of staff members at the hotel on Cable Beach.   

The younger Higgins, 43, has been fishing since he was in his late teens and this is only the second time he’s had an opportunity to supply catch to a local establishment.

Baha Mar’s Leadership Development Institute celebrates ‘true inclusion’
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 07:02

LDI Best Buddies student Jonathan Gaitor (center) and classmates join the third class of LDI, representing ‘true inclusion’ for young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (IDD).NASSAU, Bahamas -- Baha Mar is providing true inclusion for all Bahamians, with more opportunities than ever before for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disorders (IDD) at the luxury resort.

This past Monday, the Leadership Development Institute (LDI), a non-profit training organization supported by Baha Mar, began its third session. LDI creates opportunities for Bahamians from all backgrounds to be trained and to potentially join the Baha Mar team. In this recent session, LDI broke new ground by not only doubling of the class size but also by taking the unprecedented step to include people with IDD in the program.

More than 200 new LDI students and their parents gathered in the Rainforest Theater at the Crystal Palace Training Hotel for the LDI orientation session. However, for the six individuals with IDD and their parents, the meeting represented so much more.

Through a revolutionary program, Baha Mar has partnered with Best Buddies International, founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989, to allow individuals with IDD to join Baha Mar’s transformative Leadership Development Institute. Over the years, Best Buddies International has partnered with organizations throughout the United States and in 50 countries around the world, assisting with training and creating integrated social and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities including autism and Down syndrome. The partnership with Baha Mar marks the first Best Buddies International venture in the region.

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