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Ministry of Tourism bolsters relationship with the Miami Dolphins
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

The Ministry of Tourism holds successful promotion at Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium. (LtoR) General Manager of Global Communications Andre Miller, Public Relations Manager Jeanie Gibson, Bahamas Carnival Model Lataj Henfield, Director of Global Communications Mia Lange, General Manager of Sports Tourism Development Virginia Kelly, Social Media Strategist Sherice Major, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, Bahamas Carnival Model Shanae Strachan, Public Relations Coordinator Kendea Smith, Executive Producer of Tourism Today Nikia Deveaux, Bahamasair representative, Assistant Manager of Sports Tourism Development Donna Ash. (Photo/ Derek Smith) MIAMI, Florida -- The Ministry of Tourism further cemented its relationship with the Miami Dolphins recently as officials sponsored a week of events with the football team as they honoured one of its own.

The Ministry of Tourism was a major sponsor of the Miami Dolphins association as they honored Manny Fernandez, who played in three Miami Dolphins Superbowls. He is now in the Miami Dolphins’ Hall of Fame.

Events included an opening ceremony, golf tournaments, a Miami Dolphins cocktail party and ended with game at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. At that game, Dolphins won over the Minnesota Vikings 37- 35.  Officials also used the opportunity to promote Dan Marino and Friends 2015 and the Bahamas Carnival scheduled for May 7-9, 2015.

At each event, The Bahamas’ presence was known as Carnival models showed off their eye catching costumes.

At the Sun Life Stadium the Bahamas Bash room came to life as hundreds passed the ministry’s booth to register their names for a free trip to The Bahamas. The Bahamas was hard to ignore as pictures of The Bahamas were wrapped around the room where fans came to eat. They also played the Bahamas Bash game where they spun a wheel to win prizes like shirts, bags and notebooks all branded with The Bahamas’ logo.

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A Sure Win gives early Christmas gift to local charities
Submitted by Serena Williams   

At a recent charitable Christmas party event, the co-chief executives of A Sure Win, Garvin Newball and Leander Brice donated children’s Christmas gifts to Lady Camille Barnett of the HIV Foundation and made a cash donation of $3,000 to Prodesta Moore for The  Bahamas Urban Youth Development Center. The event was a part of the gaming company’s recently launched Youth, Education, Environment and Sports initiative (YES), which is dedicated towards the empowerment of the Bahamian people through community support initiatives.  Toys were also donated for Families of All Murder Victims (F.OA.M.)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Happy kids and Christmas celebrations rocked Mario’s Bowling Alley last Friday as local gaming company, A Sure Win, hosted over 100 youngsters and representatives from various local charitable organizations to a Christmas party complete with a jolly Father Christmas and lots of presents.

The event was traditionally catered with seasonal foods and beverages, and perennial pleasers, colourful cotton candy and snow cones.  Live music, games and local party favourite, Charlie the Yellow Bahamian Bird, kept the children amused until Santa and his little helpers arrived with a loaded sleigh.  However, the children weren’t the only recipients of Christmas cheer.  Principals of A Sure Win donated gifts to The HIV Foundation and Families of All Murder Victims, (FOAM) and made a cash donation of $3,000 to the Bahamas Urban Youth Development Center.

A Sure Win co-chief executives, Leander Brice and Garvin Newball made the  presentations that reflected  their company’s  corporate and social responsibility mission: to  invest in the community.  

“It is all about the smiles today. This is what it is all about – giving back and making a positive impact in this country; this is paramount in our company’s approach to business,” said Leander Brice.

Referring to the company’s newly adopted motto, “The Responsible Way to Play” Mr. Brice drove home the point that social responsibility was embedded in their business plan.

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Bahamas Crisis Centre holds children’s Christmas party
Submitted by Lindsay Thompson   

Pictured are Crisis Centre Volunteers and other volunteers who assisted in making the Bahamas Crisis Centre Annual Children’s Christmas Party a success. At centre is Dr Sandra-Dean Patterson, Director, Bahamas Crisis Centre. Due to the ages of the children, their pictures are not published. (Crisis Centre Photo/William Knowles)NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Crisis Centre held its Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St Matthew’s Anglican Parish Hall on Shirley and Church Streets.  An estimated 210 children accompanied by their parents, who are clients of the Centre, were feted to a night of traditional Christmas meal, games, toys and prizes.

The Crisis Centre would like to thank its many donors – organizations and individuals – for generously contributing to making the evening a special and enjoyable one for the many who are victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuses.

Leading up to the party, the Crisis Centre held three toy drives at the Mall at Marathon on November 29, December 6 and December 13 – in an effort to ensure that each child attending the party would receive a gift. The Crisis Centre is happy to report that it actually happened.

The Bahamas Crisis Centre is a non-profit, ideologically independent organization primarily pledged to respond to the needs of all victims of sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

Pictured are Crisis Centre Volunteers and other volunteers who assisted in making the Bahamas Crisis Centre Annual Children’s Christmas Party a success. At centre is Dr Sandra-Dean Patterson, Director, Bahamas Crisis Centre. Due to the ages of the children, their pictures are not published. (Crisis Centre Photo/William Knowles)

 
Welding programmes receive holiday donation from GB Shipyard
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Welding Programmes Receive Holiday Donation From Shipyard - In the spirit of giving and looking to improve Bahamian opportunities to work in the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), over two thousand pounds of welding electrodes were given to various welding programmes in Grand Bahama.  These costly and much-needed electrodes allow students to be able to practice their welding skills.  Donations were made to St. George’s High School, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Pineyard Steel and Technical Cadet Corp. Pictured are the GBS management team along with the recipients of the donation. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- In the spirit of giving and looking to improve Bahamian opportunities to work in the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), over two thousand pounds of welding electrodes were given to various welding programmes in Grand Bahama.

These costly and much-needed electrodes, used to practice with, were donated to St. George’s High School, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Pineyard Steel and Technical Cadet Corp. “Welding is a very large programme at BTVI at the Freeport campus,” said Veronica Collie, Assistant Manager at BTVI. ”This donation of welding rods will definitely be beneficial to many of the students here.”

The Shipyard team noted that the welding programmes were selected to receive this donation as many of the staff they need are pulled from these accredited training programmes.

“These institutes give people the basic skills necessary for employment at the Shipyard,” said Don Forbes, Training Manager.  “We’re helping both the welding students and eventually us because when they come to the Shipyard as apprentices, they already have the foundations needed.  It also helps give them more expertise because they get to practice with various types of rods.”

Carl Rotkirch, Chairman and CEO at GBS was on hand for the presentation, and commended the welding programmes for working to ensure that students improve their technical skills.

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Baha Mar Santa spreads joy at Seahorse Institute
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Students and teachers of the Seahorse Institute got an early Christmas present, as Baha Mar’s resident Santa Claus spread holiday cheer throughout the school Friday.

Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Niklaus Leuenberger, greeted students as Santa Claus, bearing gifts selected by their parents.

“This is what Christmas is about – bringing joy to others. The children’s smiles remind us of all that is good in the world,” Leuenberger said.

The excitement was visible on the faces of the students, ages 2-22, as well as their parents and instructors.

Dr. Michelle Major, Director of the Seahorse Institute explained, “For children with autism and other developmental delays, it can be hard for them to wait in line to see Santa or deal with the crowds at shopping malls this time of year. Baha Mar is giving the children and their families the gift of a wonderful Christmas experience by bringing Santa to the Seahorse Institute. The children and staff were so excited to see Santa and we hope this is a memory they will always cherish.”

The Seahorse Institute provides intensive research-based and data driven interventions for children, adolescents and adults with autism and other developmental delays.

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