Visiting the Shipyard proves that even in the industrial sector, it’s better in The Bahamas
FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Although visiting Grand Bahama Shipyard isn’t an everyday experience for most visitors to The Bahamas, students from St. Bonaventure University in New York commented that it was the best part of their trip.
Fifty students from the university visited the Shipyard during their winter break as a part of an annual service trip that the ENACTUS club takes to The Bahamas. This student-run trip includes business consulting, work with elementary schools, technology expos and Special Olympics programmes. The ENACTUS club is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that promotes partnership between leaders in business and university students to make a difference in their local communities.
“I personally learned so much driving around the Shipyard,” said Rachel Camilo, ENACTUS President. “I did not realize how large of an operation the Grand Bahama Shipyard is or how well-known the Shipyard was around the world. I was impressed not only by the information that was given to us on the tour but also the ability to speak with COO, Rueben Byrd afterwards. We truly had a personalized tour and are very appreciative of the lengths that the Shipyard went through to accommodate us.”
This annual visit by St. Bonaventure has become a highlight on the Shipyard calendar which the executives also enjoy, as they can show visitors the successful Bahamian yard.
Bahamian attorney participates in State Department sponsored exchange focused on women in politics
NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Friday, January 23, Bahamian attorney and former Senator Heather Hunt paid a courtesy call on U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson to discuss her recent participation in the U.S. State Department sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program focused on “Women in the Political and Social Sectors” held in the United States from October 20 – November 7, 2014.
The three-week program examined U.S. experience in supporting women’s contributions to the workplace and public life. Participants visited several U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Detroit, Sacramento and San Francisco. During the trip, the group examined private sector, local, state and federal government initiatives and programs that encourage women’s political participation and representation in public office. Participants also explored and evaluated public and private sector strategies to increase women’s access to education, economic opportunities and health care.
During her meeting with Chargé Johnson, Ms. Hunt discussed the impact of the professional exchange, “I was particularly pleased to learn about various programs in these cities which focus on promoting women in leadership, mentoring and education of girls and other issues such as gender based violence. The connections I made and knowledge gained will no doubt assist me greatly here at home as I continue in public service.”
Ms. Hunt noted that she will continue to pursue her aspirations of becoming a parliamentarian after having served as a senator for the Opposition Free National Movement (FNM). She added that her goals not only include advancement in the political arena, but also making positive contributions in nation building specifically focused on advancing issues that affect women.
To continue the dialogue on women in politics, the American Corner will partner with Ms. Hunt to facilitate a workshop focused on “Setting the Course for Equal Participation by Women in Bahamian Politics.” The event is scheduled for March 31, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the Harry C. Moore Library at the College of The Bahamas. Admission is free and open to the general public.
Photo: Bahamian attorney and former Senator Heather Hunt meets with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson during a courtesy call at U.S. Embassy Nassau.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Sands beer is kicking it up a notch by donating to a mixed martial arts team in The Bahamas. Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company Limited and Sands Beer are proud to sponsor the ‘Beast Mode’ Fight Team who are leading the charge in the sport of Empire Mixed Martial Arts. The team traveled to compete in ‘Combat Night at Passion’ at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida over the weekend.
Founded in 2006, the team consists of over twenty members who have been competing nationally and representing the Bahamas abroad at top level MMA Events. Since 2009, they have been led by Head Coach Dr. Kent Bazard, a long time fighter for over 33 years.
“When we were presented with the opportunity to get involved with the Beast Mode Fight Team, it was a no-brainer for us,” said Michelle Fox, Marketing Manager. “We are a huge supporter of sports, and this was just another sport that we could get involved with, and help to succeed. All of us here at the Brewery wish the team great success as they compete.”
Sands Beer is pleased to support the ‘Beast Mode’ Fight Team and looks forward to assisting the growth of the sport in The Bahamas. Sands Beer is working to revitalise the sport of sculling in The Bahamas, has supported flag football, darts and now sponsoring this Mixed Martial Arts team. Visit the Brewery on Facebook or their website to learn more about the Brewery and the sports they support.
One of the taglines for this movie: A Little Bear Will Make A Big Splash. A young bear travels across the world in search of a home. He finds himself lost and alone until he is found by a family who offer him temporary lodging. As the family helps him find the person he has traveled so far to live with, he must stay out of the clutches of a museum taxidermist who wants to own the rarest of bears for their exhibit.
Paddington is a young Peruvian bear who has moved to London after the disappearance of his uncle during an earthquake and has been taken in by the Brown family for a short time, yet he soon finds himself pursued by someone with ties to his past who could give him the answers he needs but with a price.
Mr. Henry Brown is the head of the Brown household and adamant about Paddington only staying with his family for one night, but as he gets to see his world from Paddington's point of view he realizes just how alien everything is to someone lacking a cultural point of reference.
Mrs. Mary Brown is the matriarch of the Brown family who is married to Henry and an advocate of Paddington after giving him his current name from his unpronounceable roar bear name, but when the circumstances surrounding him become more than the family can handle it may easier to put him in the care of others.
Millicent is the taxidermist who captures and stuffs exotic animals to place in exhibits at the Natural History Museum and when Paddington comes to her attention she makes it her top priority to capture him so she can put him to sleep and stuff him as the crowning achievement of her taxidermy career.
Harvard University students conducting research in The Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Several Harvard University students, who are conducting ethnographic studies on Mayaguana in order to preserve the island’s cultural heritage, spent some time with President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Rodney D. Smith on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015. Dr. Smith is also an alumnus of Harvard University.
The students – in The Bahamas for a three-week period – are conducting the research under the auspices of Dr. Thomas Burke of Harvard University, who is also chief of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Global Health and Human Rights. The I-Group of Mayaguana is a partial sponsor.
In addition to the interviews that they are conducting of Mayaguana residents, the Harvard University students are also interviewing persons from Inagua, Crooked Island and Acklins. A report will be produced and provided to The College.
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, whose company BedfordBakerGroup is acting in the capacity as a consultant to the I-Group, accompanied the students on their recent visit to The College of The Bahamas.
From left are: Lana Idris, undergraduate at Harvard University; Stephanie Hadley, undergraduate at Harvard University; Dr. Rodney D. Smith, President of The College of The Bahamas; Faith Jackson, undergraduate at Harvard University and Barnabas Gilbert, medical student at Oxford University, currently pursuing graduate studies in medical anthropology at Harvard University.
ATLANTA, Georgia -- The 23rd Annual Trumpet Awards, created to herald the accomplishments of African Americans who have made significant contributions to the world had a distinctly Bahamian flavor this year. Bahamian entrepreneur, Franklyn R. Wilson, Chairman Sunshine Holdings, Ltd. was honored and two brilliantly Junkanoo Carnival dancers, representing The Bahamas Masqueraders Group were on the red carpet to welcome guests at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta when the ceremony took place on January 24th.
Wilson joined an A-List of American celebrities who were saluted including Lou Brock – Baseball Legend; Arnold W. Donald – President and CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC; Jamie Foxx – Academy Award-winning Actor, Musical Artist and Comedian; Tommy Hilfiger—Principal Designer, Tommy Hilfiger; Guy Vickers – President, PVH Foundation & Senior Vice President, Global Community Relations; The Isley Brothers – Recording Artists and Songwriters; Janelle Monáe – Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Model and Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice – President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine.
The black-tie ceremony was hosted by Laila Ali, four-time Boxing World Champion, award-winning TV host, fitness & wellness expert, beauty brand ambassador, and author; and Dolvett Quince, known for his successes now into the fifth season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”.
Past recipients of the Trumpet Awards include Oprah Winfrey, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Marian Wright Edelman, General Colin Powell, Sidney Poitier, Quincy Jones, Tyler Perry, and Beyonce Knowles-Carter, and the Right Honorable Perry Christie, Prime Minister, The Islands Of The Bahamas.
The Trumpet Awards also attracts an impressive list of A-list African Americans each year. Noted celebrity guests over the years have included Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Terrence Howard, Vivica A. Fox, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Boris Kojoe, Spike Lee, and Nancy Wilson.
16th Cacique Awards: A night of splendour and glamour
NASSAU, Bahamas – An event of splendour, glamour and majestic performances was held at the Melia Nassau Resort’s Independence Ball Room Saturday, January 24th, as the Ministry of Tourism concluded its 50th anniversary celebrations with the prestigious 16th Cacique Awards.
British Colonial Hilton's Lavardo Knowles was emotional as he took home the Cacique Award for Employee of the Year. (Patrick Hanna/ BIS)
There were 18 local and five international categories that were placed in the spotlight as the ministry honoured the best of the best in the country’s hospitality industry. The local categories included: Sales Executive of the Year, Handicraft, Chef of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Cecil Rose’s Sports and Leisure Award, Special Events, Human Resources Development, Manager of the Year, Creative Arts, Sustainable Tourism, Transportation, Local Airlines and Tour Operators, Employee of the Year, Hotelier of the Year, Minister’s Award for Hospitality, Lifetime Achievement Award, People’s Choice Awards Gospel and Secular respectively.
Cable Bahamas Ltd 'beefs up' executive team as it pushes for the country's second mobile license
Executive team strengthened by new appointments
NASSAU, Bahamas -- In a move to strengthen its executive team and prepare for opportunities ahead, Cable Bahamas Ltd announced today the addition of David Burrows and David Van Dyke to their senior executive group.
"David Burrows, our new vice president of marketing, who has demonstrated his ability in taking a strategic vision and executing on that vision, will strengthen Cable Bahamas' position as the industry leader," said Anthony Butler, president and CEO. "With a proven track record for successfully leading large-scale initiatives and driving innovation, David's leadership skills are well suited to lead Cable Bahamas' development efforts as we continue in our mission to revolutionise the telecommunications sector in The Bahamas," added Mr Butler.
David Burrows' experience in the industry and the company spans more than 18 years, starting with Cable Bahamas on the ground floor as Marketing Assistant in 1996. After demonstrating his strength in marketing strategy and execution, David was promoted several times, reaching Director of Marketing in 2000 and Head of Marketing in 2012. During this time, he guided the launch of broadband Internet services, which now has over 75 per cent market share. David was also responsible for the communications plan for the digitisation of Cable Bahamas' network. Significantly, he managed the rebranding of the company with the introduction of the REV theme and new product lines, REVTV, REVON and REVOICE.
David's appointment to the position of vice president is a clear indication of Cable Bahamas' confidence in his leadership qualities, and the company's commitment in developing local Bahamian talent in the succession planning of the company.
Eleuthera students join protection of the Kirtland Warbler initiative
ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- Students throughout South Eleuthera were in for a wild treat last week, as Bahamas National Trust (BNT) Education Officer, Scott Johnson traveled across the island to teach them about the Kirtland’s Warbler. The Kirtland’s Warbler is a bird that spends half of its life in Michigan and the other half in The Bahamas – most notably in Eleuthera.
During his trip, Johnson launched a poster competition for students in Eleuthera, and their fellow students in the state of Michigan, to be published in a 2016 calendar on the Kirtland Warbler, created by the Nature Conservancy.
“Because of its restricted home range and unique habitat requirements, the Kirtland's Warbler has always been a rare bird,” said Portia Sweeting, BNT Director of Education. “The Kirtland’s Warbler competition, and the school visits that our Education Department is conducting, will provide information and educational outreach necessary for the management of this endangered species.”
Johnson visited Eleuthera schools including Windemere, Preston Albury, Tarpum Bay Primary, Rock Sound Primary, Wemyss Bight Primary, Green Castle Primary and Deep Creek Middle School. Students ranged from kindergarten through grade seven and over 300 students participated in the presentations.
The poster competition is going on from now until the end of March, when the BNT Education department will collect the artwork from students in Eleuthera and ship it to Michigan to be added to pictures from competing schools there. Twelve winners will be selected to be a part of the 2016 Kirtland Warbler calendar.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- “It’s up to you guys to make sure your pets are well taken care of.”
This was the overarching message Dr. Bridgette Johnson, President of the Bahamas Veterinary Association, delivered to years four, five, and six students at St. Andrews School on January 21.
Dr. Johnson’s presentation, ‘Caring for Our Pets’, is part of a campaign by Washington, DC-based Pet Food Institute to increase awareness about overall pet health, including the importance of a proper diet, exercise, and veterinary care for dogs, cats, and other domestic pets. It’s the first time the Pet Food Institute has taken on a campaign in The Bahamas and part of a regional effort to help drive better care for domestic pets in four Caribbean countries.
Less than half the students knew what spay or neuter meant, but had a pretty good idea as to why pets need proper exercise. Madison Smith volunteered lack of exercise leads to dogs being hyper.
Among Dr. Johnson’s advice – spay or neuter your pet while early, don’t wait until a pet is sick to visit a vet -- visits should be once or twice a year for preventative measures – and always make sure your pet is on a flea and tick preventative. “If you see ticks or fleas, come to the vet right away for a check-up and medication,” Dr. Johnson noted.
Orchid Burnside to speak at Cooperatize Travel Marketing Summit In NYC
Following a successful weekend at the New
York Times Travel Show, Islandz Tours’ Vice President of Operations,
Orchid Burnside, will appear as a guest panelist at the Cooperatize
Travel Marketing Summit. The Summit, held at the Snapple Theater Center
on Broadway, on January 26th, 2015, is an all day event designed to
“discover the storytelling techniques to bring millennials to your
Esteemed presenters at the event will explore a
range of topics including, “Travel Inspiration Through Food,” “Changing
Perceptions around Destinations,” and “Inspiring Travel through
Non-Traditional Strategies.” Burnside will participate on a panel aptly
named, “Take My Tour! - Travel Through Tour Operators,” as a part of the
Travel Consideration Showcase and moderated by NYU Professor of
Tourism, Dr. Lynn Minnaert.
ABU DHABI, Jan 21 2015
(IPS) - When it comes to tourism in the 15-member Caribbean Community
(CARICOM), The Bahamas — 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles
of ocean starting just 50 miles off Florida — is a heavyweight.
a gross domestic product of eight billion dollars, the Bahamian economy
is almost twice the size of Barbados, another of CARICOM’s leading
"Reducing our various countries’ dependence
on fossil fuels, ramping up renewable energy, building more climate
change resilience is..."
Florida residents injured in hotel room assault file negligent security suits against Resorts World Bimini
MIAMI, FL (
January 14, 2015)
– Two Florida residents who were assaulted in their hotel room while
visiting The Bahamas last March have filed a negligent security suit
seeking damages against Resorts World Bimini.
March 14, 2014 Richard Simmons, Jessiam Scungio and several other
guests from Florida were in their room at the Bimini resort when they
were attacked by four men, according to two complaints filed recently in
Circuit Court in Miami.
"Resorts World Bimini failed to provide adequate security," said Miami...
Long range patrol vessel 1 of 9 for Royal Bahamas Defence Force
The first Damen Stan Patrol 3007 has arrived at
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting. The vessel is one
of nine that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has ordered from Damen Shipyards.
The order features four Stan Patrol 4207 vessels, one RoRo 5612 and a further
three Stan Patrol 3007 vessels.
Damen has designed the Stan Patrol 3007 with the
client’s requirements in mind. Robin van der Zon, Project Manager at Damen
Shipyards Group explains: “These patrol vessels will prevent smuggling and
people trafficking, so it’s vital they can quickly reach places other vessels
cannot. For that reason we have developed the Stan Patrol 3007 to reach up to
24 knots with shallow draught...”
URCA Prepares for imminent mobile competition proposed infrastructure sharing regulations issued
The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), the
independent Electronics Communications Sector (ECS) regulator, on December 8
released its proposed regulations aimed at facilitating easier entry into the
market by new competitors. According to
URCA, one of the most significant barriers to entry in the ECS is the
high level of infrastructure costs associated
with the deployment of electronic communications networks.
URCA is conscious that with the imminent introduction of mobile
competition, there will be an increased need for the construction of facilities
by new operators. In an effort to reduce
the need to duplicate all existing facilities, thereby reducing the capital
Crystal Young, who is from the Bahamas and is enroled in the environmental studies program at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, is shown in this undated photo. She knows that many people, when they see her dark skin, immediately wonder if she is associated ...
Pm Gets Us Gov’T ‘Guarantee’ On Bec Bidders’ Integrity
WASHINGTON DC - PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday confirmed he wanted to “absolutely guarantee” that the Obama administration could vouch for the integrity of the US firms it was backing in the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) reform process.
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Detained Man Thanks Florida Politician After His Release
A MAN who spent nearly two months in the Carmichael Road Detention Centre despite being born in the Bahamas said he is grateful to Florida House Representative Daphne Campbell who had lobbied for his immediate release. On January 8, the Florida politician ...
Bahamas police officers arrested on child pornography charges
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A police officer was on Friday charged in The Bahamas with one count of child pornography in relation to a sex tape scandal and a second officer was arrested in the same matter. Edmund Lewis Jr. appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on Friday.