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Bahamas Ferries makes $12,000 donation to Bahamas Children's Emergency Hostel
Submitted by Keen i Media Ltd   
Saturday, 10 January 2015 17:31

The Bahamas Ferries Children's Emergency Hostel Fundraising Committee presented a $12,000 cheque to hostel administrators in December to assist with covering operational and maintenance costs at the institution. Bahamas Ferries has been a committed sponsor of The Children's Emergency Hostel for nine years. Pictured from left to right: Keishel McAlpine, Bahamas Ferries Promotions Manager; Phyllicia Cumming, Bahamas Ferries Sales & Marketing Assistant; Marita Ferguson, Children's Emergency Hostel Administrator; Natasha Morgan, Bahamas Ferries Human Resources Manager; Nakita Smith, Children's Emergency Hostel Administrative Assistant; Darnell Frazer, Bahamas Ferries Sales & Marketing Manager; Shantaleace Marshall, Sales Executive, Bahamas Ferries; and Joy Armbrister, Customer Service Manager, Bahamas Ferries.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamas Ferries continued its support of The Bahamas Children's Emergency Hostel with a recent donation of $12,000 to aid with defraying maintenance and operational costs at the institution.

The donation, made in December, came just months after the company's $10,000 contribution to the hostel to assist with covering similar expenses.

Bahamas Ferries is deeply committed to making a positive impact in various communities throughout The Bahamas, which has been a key factor behind its alliance with The Children's Emergency Hostel.

Since adopting the institution in November 2005, Bahamas Ferries has pledged to make at least two significant financial donations annually. The company has upheld this commitment, and over the past nine years has donated more than $90,400 in cash and in-kind to the organisation.

President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Bahamas Children's Emergency Hostel Arthur Peet expressed gratitude to Bahamas Ferries for its continued support. He noted that the institution's average annual operating cost is $350,000 and that the financial donations through the years have helped with covering facility repairs, utility bills, employee salaries and food and clothing for the occupants.

Newest BTC franchise store opens on Gladstone Road
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Saturday, 10 January 2015 17:16

Astrid Rolle, store manager cuts the ribbon with BTC Franchise Manager Dwight Gibson on the new BTC store on Gladstone Road East. Ms.Rolle said that the location was selected to meet the needs of a diverse and dense populace, both residential and commercial.    NASSAU, Bahamas --The Bahamas Telecommunications Company, (BTC) is well on its way to achieving its commitment to have more than 60 branded BTC retail stores across The Bahamas by 2016. The majority will be independently-owned neighbourhood franchise stores and kiosks, to complement BTC’s flagship spaces not unlike those at the Mall at Marathon and South West Plaza. 

On Saturday December 21st, surrounding communities and residents of Gladstone Road East celebrated with BTC at the opening of the latest franchise and conveniently, in their very own neighbourhood.  Astrid Rolle, Gladstone Road Manager, said that the location was selected to meet the needs of a diverse and dense populace, both residential and commercial.   

The next outlets to officially open are at the College of the Bahamas, January 30, 2015, and two shop in shop kiosks in Sandy Point and Fox Town, Abaco also in January. BTC Franchise Manager Dwight Gibson said he was pleased with the momentum that the franchise initiative is achieving. 

“Bringing a franchise model to market has produced significant opportunities for Bahamian entrepreneurs and brought BTC products and services conveniently into the neighbourhoods of our customers. Currently, we have 22 franchise locations operating; providing convenient touch points, and a partnership that makes sound business sense for all parties involved. In the near future we hope to have as many as 40 independently owned BTC franchise locations throughout the Bahamas.”

Photo: Astrid Rolle, store manager cuts the ribbon with BTC Franchise Manager Dwight Gibson on the new BTC store on Gladstone Road East. Ms.Rolle said that the location was selected to meet the needs of a diverse and dense populace, both residential and commercial.

Country’s oldest law office, Callenders, first firm to have three QC’s
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 09 January 2015 08:09

 Lester J. Mortimer, Jr., QC, was named Queen’s Counsel in the list released this week by the Government, making Callenders, the country’s oldest law firm, the only law office in The Bahamas to have three QC’s in one firm. NASSAU, Bahamas -- This week’s release of the latest list of lawyers to be called to the Inner Bar as Queen’s Counsel, the highest honour in legal circles, held extraordinary meaning for Callenders when it became the first law firm in the history of The Bahamas to be home to three partners holding the prestigious title.

“We offer our warmest congratulations to Lester who was one of 11 very accomplished attorneys recognised for their dedication to the law and upholding the critical role it plays in civil society,” said Colin Callender, QC, Managing Partner of the Firm founded in 1903. Callenders’ Grand Bahama Managing Partner, Fred Smith, is also a QC.

Mr. Mortimer served on the Judicial and Legal Service Commission from 2004 - 2009. He is a member of the current Constitutional Review Commission and the former Deputy Co-chair of the Commission from 2003-2006. He was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1978, joining Callenders as a partner in 1985 where his work in constitutional and administrative law, commercial transactions, banking, shipping and telecommunications has become legendary.

One of nine partners in the firm that has won numerous awards and honours, Mr. Mortimer has provided evidence as an expert witness on Bahamian Law in several Courts and has attended as a witness in the Courts in England, Cayman Island and the United States District Court for South Florida. Locally, Mr. Mortimer has appeared as Co-Counsel in several notable and high profile cases.

He has served in several posts with the Bahamas Bar Association, including as its Treasurer for four years and as a member of the Bahamas Bar Council. Mr. Mortimer has also served as a member of the Rules Committee of the Supreme Court of The Bahamas. He is a graduate of St. Anne’s High School in Nassau and holds degrees from Dillard University, New Orleans and the College of Law, London where he was awarded the Degree of Utter Barrister, Lincoln’s Inn.

Baha Mar announces March 27 opening date
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Thursday, 08 January 2015 12:28

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Baha Mar, the new $3.5 billion resort, will introduce a new era of luxury, glamour, gaming and excitement to The Bahamas when it begins hosting paid guests on March 27, 2015, at Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, Rosewood at Baha Mar and SLS LUX at Baha Mar. Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar will open shortly after.

“Baha Mar will bring a new level of sophistication and resort experience to one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the Caribbean with its March 27 opening. We are thrilled to welcome our first guests to ‘The New Riviera’ in time for the peak spring travel weeks,” said Paul V. Pusateri, chief operating officer for Baha Mar.

Baha Mar will feature 2,200 luxury guest rooms across four hotels – Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, Rosewood at Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar and SLS LUX at Baha Mar – along with the Caribbean’s largest casino, a 100,000 square foot masterpiece featuring a full array of the latest slots and table games. In addition, the resort's TPC at Baha Mar Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, ESPA spa, pools, beach experiences, and many restaurants and luxury shops will be part of the highly anticipated resort experience upon opening.

“A dream starts great endeavors, but it is only a beginning. Baha Mar’s vision will truly come to life once the first guests sleep in our hotels, dine at our restaurants, snorkel at our reef, lounge at our Cabana Club, play at our casino, dance in our clubs until dawn—and experience the true soul of The Bahamas with impeccable service and joyful hospitality. This dream has been years in the making, and on March 27, 2015, it will finally become a reality,” said Tom Dunlap, Baha Mar's president, about the resort’s opening date announcement.

Baha Mar also recently launched a new digital campaign with its short-film, ‘The Voyage,’ that debuted on an updated website ( on January 5. Capturing the iconic ambiance and travels that inspired Baha Mar, the film portrays the resort’s future as the world's next great destination. The new Baha Mar site also allows for enhanced hotels and amenity research, comparison and booking, making it easy to plan a memorable stay at the mega resort.

Chocolate is for people, not for pooches
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:11

Show of hands – Cameron Smith, Vanessa Mackey, Margaret Hinsey and Aysia Dorsett, eager Kindergarten students at St. Anne’s rushed to ask questions and offer answers about caring for pets when Bahamas Veterinary Association President Dr. Bridgette Johnson visited the school as part of a Pet Food Institute campaign to improve pet care.  NASSAU, Bahamas -- You can spoil your loved one with chocolate and spice your chicken souse with onions, but if you care about your pet, make sure you never feed them either.

That was part of the message delivered by Bahamas Veterinary Association Dr. Bridgette Johnson last month when she addressed more than 100 students at St. Anne’s School.

Dr. Johnson’s appearance was part of a campaign by the Washington, DC-based Pet Food Institute to increase awareness about the importance of proper diet and care for dogs, cats and other domestic pets. Nearly every student at the school knew bones were bad for dogs, cats love tuna and every pet should be taken to a vet early in life for shots.

What they didn’t know was why or why foods like chocolate, onions and grapes are bad for dogs.

“Dogs can’t absorb chocolate into their systems like humans can,” said Dr. Johnson, whose clinic is on Prince Charles Drive. “It causes the dog’s heart rate to get too high and their hearts can stop. It can also cause vomiting, seizures and diarrhea and in a worst case scenario, even death.” While dark chocolate is healthier for humans, it’s the worst for dogs.

“The darker the chocolate, the more harmful it is to the animal,” said Dr. Johnson.

Everyday angels provide a happy holiday for children
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 12:19

Pictured left to right are Chrisnor Stuart, WSC Marketing Representative, Rae Pinder, Administrator at the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home and Visna Ambrister, Public Affairs Manager. (Photo courtesy of Keen i Media for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- This holiday season residents throughout Nassau joined the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) to give gifts to children and proved that there are angels on earth.

During the holiday season WSC established their ‘Be an Angel’ gift-giving initiative and encouraged people to donate gifts to the children at the Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home for Christmas.  Thanks to the public’s support, 30 gifts were collected and WSC donated an additional 25 gift certificates for the teenagers.

“The Corporation is very pleased that during this festive season it could help bring joy to the hearts of the children at the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home,” said Visna Ambrister, Public Affairs Manager.  “Like children everywhere these children also deserve to have a happy Christmas.”

A Christmas tree bearing the children’s wishes was placed in the foyer at WSC’s main office and people were encouraged choose an angel from the tree and purchase a gift or gifts from the wish list and/or other age appropriate presents.  Staff at WSC also participated in this inaugural donation activity and really enjoyed giving back and spreading Christmas cheer.

Earlier this year, MIYA Bahamas partnered with the WSC to host MIYA’s annual ‘Good Deeds Day’ at the Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home and they teamed up with MIYA once again for this ‘Be An Angel’ gift giving initiative.

Reservations open today for Phase 3 of Palm Cay condo project
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 01:05

Reservations Open Wednesday at 9 am – Palm Cay will begin accepting reservations for Phase 3 of the Anchorage, its popular luxury condominium project, January 7 at 9 am. Twelve units will be available with pre-construction prices starting at $375,000 and interest is expected to be high. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Developers of Palm Cay will open reservations at 9 am today for Phase 3 of The Anchorage, its luxury condominium project that is emerging as the most sought after product to date in the fast-growing, oceanfront community on New Providence’s southeast coast.

“When we opened reservations for the first two phases, demand exceeded supply and even with bank financing approval to complete sales, both phases were 90% sold out prior to completion,” said Zack Bonczek, director of sales and marketing at the nearly 70-acre development.

“That early success with phases 1 and 2 pushed us to release Phase 3 slightly ahead of schedule. Since the November announcement that we would be taking reservations soon, there’s been a great deal of interest so when 9 am comes today it’s going to be exciting to see what happens. We could be ‘sold out’ in a matter of hours.”

Sold out in this sense, explained Bonczek, refers to number of reservations compared to number of units available. The reserving buyer -- prospective purchaser -- may still have to qualify for bank financing. Pre-construction prices for the 2-bedroom (plus study) units with nearly 1,500 square feet of living space, 9-foot ceilings, hurricane-rated impact windows, granite countertops and fine finishes starts at $375,000. Single story and two-story models are available.

“The Anchorage which will include 50 condominiums when all five phases are completed is satisfying a demand for hassle-free living that is greater than we initially appreciated,” said Bonczek. “While the beachfront townhomes are particularly attractive to the international buyer, the condos are proving very popular to the local market, especially to two segments – the young professional and the slightly older couple who want to downsize, simplify and avoid steps and the hassle and stress of outside maintenance.”

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