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Doctors Hospital joins Rotary in the global fight against polio
Submitted by Doctors Hospital   
Monday, 20 February 2012 07:47

The Rotary Club of East Nassau is spearheading the local initiative to draw attention to the importance of eradicating polio completely and Doctors Hospital has signed on as a principal sponsor of the event.NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Thursday, February 23rd, the Royal Towers at Atlantis will be illuminated with the message ‘End Polio Now’ – a message that Rotary International is keen to have the whole world see and understand.  The hope is that all who see the brightly lit words emblazoned on the iconic Paradise Island landmark will be inspired to join in the effort to rid the world of the deadly disease.   

The Rotary Club of East Nassau is spearheading the local initiative to draw attention to the importance of eradicating polio completely and Doctors Hospital has signed on as a principal sponsor of the event.

On February 23rd, to mark the 107th anniversary of Rotary, the Royal Towers will be lit up and RCEN will host a fundraising cocktail party from 6:00 to 8:00pm on the Harbour Lawn, directly across from the Royal Tower, making The Bahamas part of the lighting ‘chorus’ designed to raise funds and awareness.

“In 2012 polio exists in relatively small numbers in just four countries that are geographically far removed from The Bahamas, but Doctors Hospital felt it important to partner with Rotary in this ongoing eradication effort because we realize that if this disease is not wiped out completely, it’s really just a matter of time before it once again becomes something we all have to be concerned about,” said Doctors Hospital Marketing Director Jessica Robertson.

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South Beach constituency office opening remarks by FNM leader Hubert Ingraham
Submitted by the FNM News Service   
Friday, 17 February 2012 08:14

South Beach;

FNMs:

Colour Red has come to South Beach and we have come with the only Gomez who will be elected in the General Election! Ours is the one!

On Saturday we’ll be in Grand Bahama in Marco City. Next week, I’ll be back here in the south, in Bamboo Town.

But let me say this for right now. When it comes to leadership me and Perry don’t have much in common. He talks, plenty, plenty, plenty. Pappa delivers for you, plenty, plenty, plenty.

Of course ‘das where me and Perry go separate ways. I’m keeping my eye on ‘dat cookie jar’. You can trust these hands when it comes to protecting what belongs to the Bahamian people.

You know that saying in the US that two things are inevitable in life – death and taxes. In The Bahamas, there’s a third thing that’s inevitable – PLP scandal and corruption.

I know you heard about the newest scandal that was in the news last night and this morning about selling Bahamian visas to foreigners. And they say that they believe in The Bahamas!

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District Grand Lodge and C.O.B. announce fundraising initiatives
Submitted by Arien J. T. Rolle / Kre8iv Koncepts   
Friday, 17 February 2012 07:59

(left to right): District Grand Master Charles Johnson, Courtney Strachan, Dr. Betsy Boze, Rose Richardson and Dellarese Edgecombe of Tyreflex Star Motors.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Representatives of the District Grand Lodge of The Bahamas (Scottish Constitution) recently held a  joint press conference with the College of The Bahamas at Tyreflex Star Motors to announce two new fundraising initiatives that will benefit the College over the next few years.  Speaking on behalf of the nine daughter Lodges of the DGL, Right Worshipful District Grand Master Charles Johnson announced the District's pledge of a $100,000 endowment fund contribution to the College of The Bahamas over the next four years via an annual national raffle and gala ball.

Mr. Johnson was pleased to note that Tyreflex Star Motors had agreed to partner with the DGL as a co-sponsor of this year's raffle prize: a 2012 Mercedes Benz C180.  Mr. Courtney Strachan, Chairman of the District Grand Lodge Fundraising Committee, confirmed the availability of raffle tickets until the grand prize drawing on March 10th at the District Grand Lodge Gala Ball at the Wyndham Cable Beach Resort.  

Mr. Strachan noted that the Gala Ball would not only serve as the culmination of the DGL's 2012 National Raffle campaign but would also serve to introduce the Bahamian public to an event that is expected to become a cornerstone of the Bahamian social calendar.  Promising a sophisticated fine dining experience accentuated by top-class entertainment and a feast for all the senses, Mr. Strachan observed a reward for each patron far beyond the various prizes that will be featured during this year's Gala Ball: the reward of helping to continue the magnificent legacy of the nation's premier institution of higher learning.

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BOB to boost fight against cancer with two major initiatives
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 17 February 2012 07:47

BOB Sponsors Luncheon on the Lawn to benefit Cancer Caring Centre – BOB signs on as the lead sponsor of the Cancer Caring Centre’s Luncheon on the Lawn fund-raising event to be held Saturday, February 25 at Balmoral. The fundraiser is a gourmet lunch followed by a fashion show. Pictured L-R Betty Sands, Committee Co-chair; Jennifer Saunders, Judy Higgs, Carleton Robertson, Committee Co-chair; Brenda Mills, Laura Williams, BOB Corporate Secretary and Sponsorship Review Committee member and Susan Roberts, Cancer Society. (Photo by Roland Rose for DP&A)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Award-winning BOB (Bank of The Bahamas) today said it would ratchet up its role in the ongoing fight against cancer with two major initiatives, including one scheduled for later this month.

"We are very pleased to announce that BOB will be the lead sponsor for Luncheon on the Lawn, a fund-raising event Saturday, February 25 at Balmoral with all proceeds benefitting the Cancer Caring Centre," said Michael Basden, Marketing Manager who also serves on the bank's active sponsorship review committee.  The fund-raiser is a gourmet lunch with a heaping helping of glamour at 12:30 pm on the 25th at the famed Balmoral grounds, once the stately mansion of a prominent family who made their home in The Bahamas, now the clubhouse and heartbeat of a lively upscale residential community on vast, lush acreage. The lunch is followed by a fashion show with Nassau's major fashion houses participating -- Cole's of Nassau, La Rose, Rubin's, Sarah's Secrets, Splashdance, and The Plait Lady.

"The setting alone is fantastic," said Basden, "but more importantly, the cause is so important. Cancer is a disease that touches all of us and at BOB we want to do everything we can to assist in education about its causes, prevention and the care of those afflicted. The Cancer Caring Centre is especially critical for cancer patients from the Family Islands, many of whom would not be able to sustain treatment in Nassau were it not for the Centre providing a home away from home, a place of comfort where they can stay while undergoing chemotherapy. We have been told that all 10 beds at the centre are always full and there is a waiting list. That waiting list could include people for whom immediate treatment could mean the difference between life and death; it could make a difference in the quality of life."

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Public invited to 'Martin Luther King Jr. – A View from the Mountaintop' event
Submitted by COB   
Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:12

NASSAU, Bahamas -- In celebration of the indomitable spirit of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The College of The Bahamas School of Social Sciences and the United States Embassy in The Bahamas will host a special evening that commemorates the legacy of the charismatic civil rights leader.

The event will be held under the theme: Martin Luther King Jr., A View from the Mountaintop at Government House on Friday, February 17th 2012 at 7:30p.m. under the patronage of His Excellency, Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes. The public is being invited to attend and view photographs and paintings on that evening that memorialize the highlights of Dr. King’s life and his profound impact on the world.  Videos of Dr. King’s famous speeches will also be shown.  Dr. Colin Archer will give a keynote address on the topic of Investing in Being Human; The Life and Witness of Jesus of Nazareth.

An American clergyman, activist and leader, Dr. King’s revolutionary thinking and tenacity led him to a destiny that serves as a beacon of hope for people all over the world.  Friday night’s celebration of Dr. King’s life coincides with the United States’ observance of Black History Month.

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Road closure notices for Feb 15, 18-19
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:47

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ministry of Public Works advises motorists of the following traffic diversions and road closures:  

The Ministry advises that there will be a night time closure on the Independence Roundabout TODAY February 15th beginning at 8 pm to facilitate laying of the final layer of asphalt. It is anticipated that the roundabout will be reopened before morning peak hour traffic the following day.

On Saturday, February 18th there will be a one-day closure on Robinson Road from Fifth Street to East Street including the Robinson Road/East Street junction to facilitate the final layer of asphalt. Motorists should follow posted diversion signs.

On Sunday, February 19th there will be a one-day closure on Robinson Road from Claridge Road to just east of the Mall at Marathon light junction to facilitate laying of the final layer of asphalt. Motorists should follow posted diversion signs.

As usual local access to businesses and residents will be granted in all areas of work. Motorists are asked to adhere to the post traffic signs in construction areas.   For more information and diagrams of diversion routes please follow “NPIIP” on Facebook.

 
Mario Carey Realty names new marketing manager, broker/appraiser
Submitted by DP&A   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:37

MARIO CAREY REALTY TEAM OF 3 GROWS TO 17 -- When super salesman Mario Carey (standing) founded Mario Carey Realty in 2008, it was the height of the economic meltdown. Today, the firm that started with three has a team of 17 with associates in Bimini and Abaco. Yesterday, he introduced the newest MCR professionals, Antoine Adderley, a 7-year broker and appraiser and Marketing Manager Terrinique Pennerman, who holds a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University. Carey reveals some of his secrets for success, including youthful energy. (Photo by Roland Rose for DP&A)  NASSAU, Bahamas -- Even for a record-breaking real estate broker, going out on his own as property values in some places were tumbling faster than a rock off a cliff seemed risky at best and crazy at worst, but for Mario Carey the past three years have been a steady, almost heady, upward spiral. And today, the founder of Mario Carey Realty and MCR2 announced the firm is growing again.

"We're very pleased to announce the appointment of Terrinique 'Terri' Pennerman as Marketing Manager," said Carey and "Antoine Adderley as Broker/Appraiser. While their backgrounds are diverse, each brings a wealth of experience. Together they contribute in a significant way to the youthful energy that marks Mario Carey Realty, a spirit of drive and enthusiasm with an understanding of market trends, a belief in personal service and a commitment to community which is a cornerstone of our firm." (Carey, whose son has a form of autism, is president of R.E.A.C.H., an organisation devoted to the support of autism efforts and education and MCR is active in numerous community initiatives.)

Mario Carey Realty, founded in 2008, grew from an initial staff of three to a team of 17 and has expanded with offices in Abaco and Bimini. In 2011, it outgrew offices on East Bay Street and moved into much larger headquarters just east of downtown Nassau at #1 Deveaux and Bay Streets. Even before the move, the firm that originally dedicated itself to the luxury market launched a subsidiary to handle starter homes and the under $500,000 residential market where demand is exploding. Sales in both, says Carey, have been strong, but the firm needed a strong manager to handle marketing needs including online listings, social media, advertising, outreach, showings and a lot of follow-up with prospective second home owners from abroad.

"Terri had exactly the right qualifications," said Carey. "She grew up in Abaco, very familiar with a working combination of Bahamian and second home residents. She was educated in the U.S., earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Finance from Francis Marion University and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, a very impressive formal education record. But more importantly, as part of her MBA program, Terri had the opportunity to travel to the world’s most powerful economic regions - Shanghai, London, Dubai, New Delhi and St. Petersburg, Russia. And during her graduate studies she focused on Marketing and Entrepreneurship."

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Callenders & Co. partner selected as country's top corporate law expert
Submitted by DP&A   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:23

SINGULAR HONOUR FOR CALLENDERS & CO -- Callenders & Co. partner Chad D. Roberts, CLE, JD, BS was recently selected by the Global Law Experts (GLE) as the recommended corporate law attorney in The Bahamas. The newly-acquired appointment by the premier attorney guide positions Roberts as the only GLE-accredited lawyer representing this practice area in the jurisdiction for the next 12 months. (Photo by Roland Rose for DP&A.)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Callenders & Co. partner Chad D. Roberts, CLE, JD, BS was recently named the leading corporate law expert in The Bahamas by the Global Law Experts (GLE), joining only 2000 attorneys worldwide and the only one in the country to hold 'country's best in corporate law' title through September 2012.

The oldest law firm in the country was exclusively chosen as the recommended Bahamian practice in the area of Corporate Law with Roberts designated as the recommended attorney. The newly-acquired appointment positions Roberts as the only GLE-accredited lawyer representing this practice area in the jurisdiction for the remainder of the GLE fiscal year.

"I am honoured to have been selected by Global Law Experts,” said Roberts. “Callenders & Co. has been through some internal restructuring in recent years. However, these awards demonstrate the strength of our practice and show that we remain fully committed to delivering professional excellence through personal service to every client.  Callenders & Co. is The Bahamas’ only law firm with a history that stretches from the beginning of one century to the start of the next, adapting to changing business environments, legal framework and available technological and human resources.”

Cited as the premier guide for leading attorneys throughout the world, the Global Law Experts (GLE) accreditation process is by invitation only. Once invitations for application are issued, a lawyer or his or her firm may apply or the nomination may be submitted by peers who believe the nominee is deserving of the honour. Those nominations are then screened and the final decision is made by a panel of Global Law Experts' judges following an intensive research process.  Selections cannot be purchased and applicants undergo an intensive research process before even being considered by the nomination panel for final assessment and validation.

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Today Show takes Bahamas by storm
Tourism Today   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 07:18

Kathie Lee Griffith barks her own coconut at Junkanoo Beach. NASSAU, Bahamas -- A Today Show blitz of The Bahamas over two days gave approximately 3 million Americans per day a close look at the many islands and vacation experiences the country offers.  The fourth hour of the United States’ number-one television morning show was broadcast live from Atlantis Paradise Island on February 8 and a taped episode aired for audiences on February 9.

Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb whipped through a wide array of Nassau/Paradise Island’s offerings – from the water slides of Atlantis to beach volleyball with the country’s national beach volleyball team to eats and drinks at Arawak Cay and Junkanoo Beach.  Meanwhile, other segments of the show took viewers to some of the beautiful Out Islands. Television audiences saw scenes of boating and snorkeling in the Exumas and sightseeing in the Abacos.

The show’s celebrity hosts in an interview said they have been won over by the beauty of The Islands Of The Bahamas and the hospitality of Bahamians.

“It’s something I have been feeling from everybody,” said Kotb. “There is a real love, and they want you to love it, and you can’t help but fall in love.”

Kotb said she has been enticed to visit The Bahamas again, even if it is apart from The Today Show.

“The fact is that you can get on a plane and in two and a half hours go from freezing cold and snow to tropical paradise like that,” she said, snapping her fingers on the set at Atlantis’ Royal Towers. “I am going to be on the plane a lot, and this spot is just perfect.”

Photo: Kathie Lee Griffith barks her own coconut at Junkanoo Beach.

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