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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles



Popular Bahamian musical artist ‘K.B.’ releases new single Captain Kangaroo
Submitted by DP&A   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Musician and recording artist, Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, this week released his latest musical single Captain Kangaroo. Another of his hard hitting songs, the artist sheds light on the leadership of the country as seen through his eyes.

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“You can call my latest body of work #MessageMusic. It speaks to the state of our nation, socially and politically,” said Bodie. “I have always included stories and messages in my songs, describing who and how we are as a people. Things are changing so fast, now, more so than ever and we are in a time where we have to address #SocialMatters plaguing our daily lives which are growing worse.”

When discussing inspiration, Bodie shares, ”In my younger days, I was inspired by brave and prolific artists and writers like Eddie Minnis and The Mighty Sparrow among others.”

Captain Kangaroo has received over 1000 views on YouTube in a day and a half.

“As I have in the past, I will continue to write social commentary and hold any present or future elected government official’s feet to the fire,” urged Bodie. “I welcome any of my musical and cultural brothers and sisters to join in on this #MessageMusic trek to make a better, more productive Bahamas for us all."

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Pittsburgh asks Grand Bahamians: Are you ready for some football?
Submitted by Brooke Sherman   

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – Tired of the sun, sand and surf? Ready for an urban vacation including some good old American football?

In cooperation with Grand Bahama’s Tourism Board, VisitPITTSBURGH is sponsoring a “Picture Perfect Pittsburgh” contest to find the perfect social media travel host from Grand Bahama Island. The contest is being run in an effort to promote the one-month trial of a direct flight between Pittsburgh and Grand Bahama.

VisitPITTSBURGH and the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board, their members and partners, are collaborating to have residents from both places consider these destinations when selecting a vacation destination. Response to the trial could mean a regular flight between these two destinations beginning in 2015.

Grand Bahama island residents are eligible to win a getaway to Pittsburgh, PA., Oct. 20-26, 2014. A requirement of the grand prize is that the winner must post social media commentary during the six-day, seven-night voyage.

The winner and guest will receive two roundtrip airline tickets courtesy of Vacation Express, departing from Grand Bahama International Airport (MYGF/FPO) to Pittsburgh International Airport (KPIT/PIT); hotel room accommodations and two tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Texans NFL football game at Heinz Field. The winner and guest will also shop ‘til they drop at Grove City Premium Outlets. (And, there is no tax on clothing in Pennsylvania!). A $100 shopping voucher is included to buy souvenirs at the WELCOME PITTSBURGH Information Center and Gift Shop, plus tickets to other Pittsburgh attractions, such as Wigle Whiskey, ScareHouse and the Duquesne Incline, to name a few.

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Bahamas praised for HBCUX Classic
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- There were over 8,000 tickets sold at this past weekend’s HBCUX Classic – the first-ever American college football game held in The Bahamas.

The game, held at the Thomas A. Robinson stadium, saw Texas State University (TSU) and Central State University (CSU) square off.  But in the end, TSU defeated CSU 30-16.

TSU player Daveonn Porter said he was pleased to be in The Bahamas playing the game he loves.

“We dominated the game. I love being in The Bahamas and I’m so glad that so many of our fans came to show their support,” he said.  “I hope to come back here real soon.”

Head Coach Darrell Asberry said it was a wonderful experience to play football in The Bahamas but it was difficult not to be tempted by the sun, sand and sea.

“We’ve had a great time. We enjoyed the weather. It was tough but they focused in and narrowed in. It took us to the fourth quarter to get our minds together. But for the rest of the trip we are going to relax and enjoy the islands,” he said.

TSU President John Rudley said he was excited to be in The Bahamas and the students were even more enthusiastic.

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WSC and BTC teaming up to reward customers
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

WSC and BTC Teaming Up to Reward Customers - Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is joining the ranks of progressive companies that provides billing by e-Notifications.  E-notifications allows customers to get account notifications on their smart phones, tablets or computers. Since the launch of the e-Notification campaign, over ten thousand customers have signed up for the service and with another month to go to win a new phone they are hoping to double this number. Two winners have already won a Samsung Galaxy S4 and the third and final winner will be drawn by the end of this month.  The July winner was Stanley Forbes. Pictured (centre) is Stanley Forbes along with staff at WSC who presented him with the phone. (Photo ​courtesy of Keen i Media for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is joining the ranks of progressive companies that provide billing by e-Notifications.  E-notifications allows customers to get account notifications on their smart phones, tablets or computers.  

The e-Notification system was recently rolled out by WSC in July and gives customers updates about service and payments via their smart phones.  Customers can also manage their accounts, file complaints and see frequently asked questions through e-Notifications, which is a free service available when you sign up via WSC’s website.

Since the launch of the e-Notification campaign over ten thousand customers have signed up for the service and, with another month to go to win a new phone, they are hoping to double this number.  “While we recognise that not every customer has an email address,” said Visna Armbrister, WSC Public Affairs  Manager, “we are hopeful that we can get more customers, particularly Family Island customers, to sign up between now and the end of September for the final drawing.”

Two winners have already won a Samsung Galaxy S4 and the third and final winner will be drawn by the end of this month.  The July winner was Stanley Forbes who noted, “The phone came at a time when I was thinking about changing my old small phone,” he said.  “I didn’t totally understand the entire promotion at the time.  I was at WSC to pay my bill and filled out the form to sign up for e-Notifications while there since I thought it was a great idea to have this service as I could be aware of my bills before paying them.  Honestly the cell phone I won couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The second winner was Phipahtua Rolle, who signed up for the service in August. “I’d call the e-Notification service efficient and convenient.  It was great to actually win the phone from WSC and BTC and it was an opportunity to get a phone that my daughter needs, so it all worked out for the best.”

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UNEXSO trains first Bahamian woman shark feeder
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

UNEXSO Trains First Bahamian Woman Shark Feeder - Not many people are brave enough to swim with the sharks, much less feed them, but Rachelle Lazarre is proving that she isn’t like many people, with each new dive! Underwater Explorers Society’s (UNEXSO) youngest​ d​ive​master​ Rachelle is just that brave and after having recently completed her shark feeding training she has now become the first Bahamian woman shark feeder.  Pictured left to right are Cristina Zenato, UNEXSO Diving Supervisor and Rachelle Lazarre, UNEXSO Shark Feeder. (Photo courtesy of UNEXSO for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Not many people are brave enough to swim with the sharks, much less feed them, but Rachelle Lazarre is proving that she isn’t like many people with each new dive! Underwater Explorers Society’s (UNEXSO) youngest divemaster is just that brave, and after having recently completed her shark feeding training, she has now become the first Bahamian woman shark feeder.

“"I am so grateful for this opportunity,” said Rachelle. “I am very excited to carry on the twenty-five year tradition of UNEXSO's shark diving program and to belong to a company that will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Cristina has been an amazing role model and teacher and I am looking forward my next experiences.”

Rachelle began her career at UNEXSO in the high school dive programme at St George’s High School and joined the staff after graduation. After a brief three year hiatus from the company Rachelle came back and completed her divemaster class as well as becoming a videographer for various dives at UNEXSO.  She also holds a level B boat captain’s license.

“As the training coordinator at UNEXSO, I’m extremely proud of Rachelle because I’ve watched her go through the ranks of training and as a fellow woman diver … I have a soft spot for her,” said Cristina Zenato, UNEXSO Diving Supervisor, Women Divers Hall of Fame inductee in 2011 and a featured shark feeder on Discovery channel’s Shark Week.

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