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WSC launches Win Back campaign at Chamber Luncheon
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 22 October 2015 10:27

WSC Launches Win Back Campaign at Chamber Luncheon -  Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation October Luncheon was filled with lots of positive news as they heard all positive news about the success of the Water and Sewerage Corporation IDB loan. Pictured is the Water and Sewerage Executive Team, PR team and staff talent along with BCCEC organizers. (Photo Courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas – This Wednesday was filled with lots of positive news for members and guests of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation October Luncheon held at the British Colonial Hilton.

Both Glen Laville, General Manager of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) along with Sandra Edgecombe, Deputy General Manager and Chief Financial Officer, were the featured guests at the luncheon, and gave updates on the corporation’s immense improvements in water loss reduction and customer service.

”Our goals are to simply provide The Bahamas with safe water. We looked at where we were failing and what these losses were costing us,” noted Laville. “We then focused on improving our efficiency, our customer services and then to start winning back our customer base.”

In 2011, the WSC was the recipient of an $81 million IDB loan, and they have been making steady improvements to their water services ever since. The strides that WSC has made have been so impressive that the company was recently praised by the 2015 KPMG Infrastructure Summit for their non-revenue water reduction programme in conjunction with MIYA.

Although the company has been recognized for their improvements by other businesses in the utility sector, many Bahamians are unaware of the improvements that are being made daily in New Providence. As a result, the Corporation used the opportunity at the luncheon to explain the work they have been doing and to launch their aggressive Win Back promotion, offering the first 200 new or returning customers 50% off their water service for the first year.

BNT celebrates a quarter century of wine and art
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:22

BNT Celebrates a Quarter Century of Wine and Art - The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is getting ready to kick off the holiday season at the Retreat starting with the 25th Wine and Art Festival, which will feature great food, Bristol’s fall selection of wine and live art showcases.  This year there will be 56 wines for tasting from the Bristol Wines and 1er Cru portfolios and as always, there are some exciting new ones included.  Pictured is the Bristol Wines & Spirits team at last year's event. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is getting ready to kick off the holiday season at the Retreat starting with the 25th Wine and Art Festival, which will feature great food, Bristol’s fall selection of wine and live art showcases.

“Bristol Wines & Spirits is once again pleased to be a major sponsor of the Bahamas National Trust Annual Wine & Art Festival,” said Rusty Scates, Bristol Wines and Spirits. “Each year this festival provides us with an opportunity to support local artists while also supporting the good work of the Bahamas National Trust.”

This year there will be 56 wines for tasting from the Bristol Wines and 1er Cru portfolios and, as always, there are some exciting new ones included. These wines represent most of the major wine producing regions.

“Wine and Art is an important fundraiser for the BNT, providing much needed funding to support our work,” said Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director. “The event is also an important partnership with the artists, providing an opportunity for these artists to gain exposure to hundreds of festival patrons at the Retreat, one of our most beautiful national parks. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, and hope to see many of our members, as well as the general public and visitors, at the event.”

Membership has its privileges and the Wine and Art Festival will kick off with a free members evening on Friday, October 30th where Trust members can get to experience the event first. The event opens to the public on Saturday, October 31st from 12 noon to 8pm and will be a sure treat with live performances by Emanji Circus Arts, Airbrush Junkies and Allan P. Wallace ‘The Salt Artist’ as well as 38 local artists displaying their talents during the festival.

LPIA parking study brings improvements to parking rate structure
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 22 October 2015 07:54

L to R: Kamal Rolle, Supervisor, Nicole Henfield, Manager, and Kathrina Cartwright, Administrative Assistant, work together to mobilize the Parking and Ground Transportation team at Lynden Pindling International Airport.NASSAU, Bahamas –– Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) employs a world-class approach to every service it offers and parking is no exception. After undertaking an extensive study of its parking services, LPIA has restructured its parking program to deliver a better experience for its customers. The changes include the development of more helpful signage, physical enhancements to the parking facility, and the introduction of a new fee schedule that brings added value, convenience and some fee reductions for customers. The fee changes will become effective on October 30, 2015.

In the short-term parking facilities, the rate changes include the introduction of new time band of 4 – 8 hours at $16.00; a reduction of the daily short term parking lot rate from $22.00 to $20.00; and the introduction of a new 30-minute minimum parking period instead of the current one hour minimum. In the long-term parking facilities, a new two-day minimum parking period is being introduced. LPIA also recently invested approximately $100,000 in new parking equipment which includes an automated self-service pay station, a new entrance gate and ticketing hardware.

The Parking and Ground Transportation team at LPIA is led by Mrs. Nicole Henfield, a Certified Parking Professional by the National Parking Association (NPA), which is the leading trade association for the parking industry in North America. Mrs. Henfield was recently inducted into NPA’s inaugural class of the top 40 parking professionals across North America. No other individual from the Caribbean region has achieved this honor and this level of certification.

The role of Foreign Service officials highlighted at speaking tour
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 08:18

Officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration share information on scholarship opportunities with students following the Speaking Tour. (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)NASSAU, The Bahama – Foreign Service officials including Heads of Mission, Honorary Consuls and other officials enlightened high school students about the role of the Bahamas Foreign Policy during a Speaking Tour at Holy Trinity Activities Centre, Monday, October 19.

The Speaking Tour is one of the activities organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MOFA) to recognize the 2nd annual Diplomatic Week being held October 18-24 and serves as a forum to strengthen and deepen bilateral and multilateral relations with some 70 countries. The Week also provides an effective arena to extend The Bahamas’ campaign for election to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council and re-election to the International Maritime Organization.

The theme for this week is “Diplomacy: Positioning for the Future Toward New Approaches, Tools and Methods for Implementing New Goals.”

Among the presenters were His Excellency Dr. Elliston Rahming, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS); Godfrey Rolle, Bahamian Ambassador to The Dominican Republic and The Republic of Haiti; Forrester Carroll, Consul General to New York; Paulette Zonicle, Consul General to Washington; Randy Rolle, Consul General to Atlanta, Lynden Rolle, Consul General to Texas and Frank Davis, First Assistant Secretary.

Launch of Aristo’s newest project THIRTY|SIX on P.I. draws larger than expected crowd
Submitted by DP&A   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:56

Say ‘SOLD’ – Photographer Derek Smith Jr. did not have to ask these investors, agents and builders of a new residential project on Paradise Island to say ‘cheese.’ They had reason to smile during the launch event for THIRTY|SIX held at Graycliff recently. 50% of the units were sold or reserved with construction scheduled to start within months. Pictured left to right, Aristo Development Sales and Marketing Director Matthew Marco, HG Christie broker Ryan Knowles, HG Christie President John Christie, and partners David Kosoy, Sterling Financial Group, and Jason Kinsale, Aristo Development. 50% of residences sold pre-construction

NASSAU, Bahamas -- They came. They saw. They bought. It was a glitzy, glamorous residential real estate investment launch that met with such positive response it even took developers by surprise.

The launch, held poolside at Graycliff with flowing champagne, soft music and a night lit with a million stars, was designed to introduce the public to the first video views of Aristo Development’s latest foray into the luxury condominium market, THIRTY|SIX, a 38-unit ultra-chic complex on Bayview Drive, Paradise Island. Thirty percent of the residences were sold prior to the invitation-only event.

“We were overwhelmed by the positive response,” said Aristo President Jason Kinsale. “By the time the evening ended, we had even more reservations on units and by the next day, we were 50% sold-out with construction not due to start for another several months.”

John Christie, whose real estate firm HG Christie has the exclusive on the Paradise Island project, said both the turn-out and the results pleased but did not surprise him.

20th Annual International Culture Wine and Food Festival [photos]
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:08

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Scenes from the popular International Culture Wine and Food Festival at the Botanical Gardens this weekend, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this month and showcased many of the different nationalities resident in The Bahamas.

The festival is a highlight of a month of activities and events intended to increase awareness of milestones of the festival’s development and individuals who made significant contributions to its success.

The festival was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works & Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis.

(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)

Eva Hilton Primary School donates to Hurricane Joaquin relief effort
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 06:59

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Eva Hilton Primary School, formerly Oakes Field Primary, presented the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, with an assortment of hurricane relief supplies during a special assembly held at the campus on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Students of the Eva Hilton Primary School donated an assortment of items towards the Hurricane Joaquin Relief effort during a special assembly on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the school in Oakes Field. Pictured amongs the Grade 5 students, and teacher Brenda Thompson, are Howard Newbold, Superintendent, Northwestern District, Ministry of Education, Science & Technology; Rovan Carey Sr., PTA President; Chrystal Glinton, First Assistant Secretary, NEMA and Jermaine Butler, Principal.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

The presentation was prefaced by the singing of the soul-stirring song, “Reach Out and Touch” (Somebody’s hand … make this world a better place if you can...).

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