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Scotiabank - A Presidential Partner with this weekend's Red Ribbon Ball
Submitted by Leah R. Davis   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 16:33

Pictured (L-R): Sandra Smith, co-chair, Red Ribbon Ball; Lady Camille Barnett, President, AIDS Foundation of Bahamas; Kevin Teslyk, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas; Leah R. Davis, Scotiabank Senior Manager Marketing & PR Manager; D’Andrea Lewis, Red Ribbon Ball Committee Member.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Scotiabank Bahamas again joins hands with The Bahamas AIDS Foundation in hosting the 2011 Red Ribbon Ball. Hosted under the theme, ‘Removing The Mask,’ the Ball is the Foundation’s single largest fund-raising initiative, now in its eighteenth year.

Scotiabank, an annual supporter of the AIDS Foundation has this year increased its support to a Presidential Partner level in keeping with the Bank’s global commitment to the fight against HIV and AIDS. In June of this year, Scotiabank, in partnership with the National AIDS Centre, hosted the most successful HIV Testing Day to date, with a record number of over 500 persons registering to be tested in Rawson Square.  

The Bank’s Managing Director Kevin Teslyk, noted, “The Bank is a dedicated partner to worldwide efforts at the local, regional and international levels to reduce new HIV infections and decrease the stigma associated with the disease through education and awareness. Our partnership with The Bahamas AIDS Foundation underscores our commitment to be socially responsible in this community.”

The 18th Annual Red Ribbon, Removing the Mask, Masquerade Ball takes place this Saturday, November 12 at The Imperial Ballroom.

Pictured (L-R): Sandra Smith, co-chair, Red Ribbon Ball; Lady Camille Barnett, President, AIDS Foundation of Bahamas; Kevin Teslyk, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas; Leah R. Davis, Scotiabank Senior Manager Marketing & PR Manager; D’Andrea Lewis, Red Ribbon Ball Committee Member.

 
We the People Bahamas to hold 1st anniversary event
Submitted by Smith & Benjamin's Bahamian Art & Culture   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 16:29

NASSAU, Bahamas -- We the People Bahamas is celebrating the first anniversary of its auspicious launch one year ago on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

To celebrate, We the People Bahamas will be hosting an event for the general public on this date at the Dundas Centre on Mackey Street from 6.30pm.

Come on out and bring a friend. Eat and drink and hear about all that WE have accomplished this past year. Please RSVP to Tel: 394-7333 or by email at i This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click HERE to see the We the People Bahamas website.

 


 
Bishop Gilbert Thompson celebrates 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood
BIS   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 08:36

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham and Mrs. Ingraham are greeted by Bishop Gilbert Thompson Tuesday, November 8 at Christ Church Cathedral during a Mass of Thanksgiving in celebration of Bishop Thompson's 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. (BIS Photo/Peter L. Ramsay)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham and Mrs. Ingraham are greeted by Bishop Gilbert Thompson Tuesday, November 8 at Christ Church Cathedral during a Mass of Thanksgiving in celebration of Bishop Thompson's 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.  

(BIS Photo/Peter L. Ramsay)

 


 
Construction underway on BTC flagship store set to open Dec 1st
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 13:25

MAKING THE CONNECTION -- Bob Gill, centre, speaks with designers and crew on site at the Mall at Marathon where construction is underway at BTC's flagship store, a $500,000+ transformation that will convert what was office and administrative space to a full retail experience similar to the most sophisticated in the U.S., but with a Junkanoo explosion theme. (Photo by MoviGroup for BTC)   NASSAU, Bahamas -- BTC officials announced today they are on target for a December 1 opening of the company's new flagship store at the Mall at Marathon, a 6,500-square foot facility they pledge will transform doing business with the telecom company.

"Where we are headed is a million miles away from where we are at the moment," said Bob Gill, Retail Lead, CWC/BTC Integration Team. "This is the new age of retail, the new age of technology. It's about how that technology can help you lead your busy lives."

Gill, with arms sweeping the vast interior where what existed was ripped out to make way for what's coming, said the Mall store will be the largest of any operated by BTC majority shareholder Cable & Wireless Communications in the 13 countries in which it operates in the Caribbean.

"What you see now will in another three weeks look like a Verizon, AT&T or Apple store in the U.S., vibrant, modern, user-friendly, interactive," said Gill. "We will have nearly twice the variety of handsets that we have now and every one of them will be live so when the customer comes in, he or she will be able to see how the set works, they'll be able to discuss the best packages. If a customer wants to listen to BBC News or download music or see how a movie download works, we'll be able to show them right here on the spot. They'll be able to see how technology feels. They'll be able to feel it, see it, play with it."

The transformation means that what currently serves as an office for bill payment, plan or address changes and other administrative matters will become a vibrant focal point for "trying on and trying out technology," according to Gill, who opened 20 such stores throughout Jamaica.

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Excitement builds for St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Bazaar
Submitted by Debra Wood   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:01

Some of the Stall holders receiving certification from Min. of Health representatives, after completing the Food Handlers course: Standing Center Left to right: Ms. Turnquest, Min. of Health, Debra Wood, Secretary & P.R. and Rose Ferguson, Co-Chairperson.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Committee members of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral are putting the final plans together as they ‘gear up’ for their major fund-raiser, the Annual Bazaar, Steak Out & Raffle. This popular event will be held this Saturday, November 12th from noon until ...

Part proceeds will go towards renovations of St. Benedict’s Hall.

“This promises to be another exciting Bazaar,” said Debra Wood, Secretary & Public Relations Officer. “This year we have added new attractions such as the conch-crackin’ competition, the onion peeling contest and the pineapple-eating contest.”

Father Glen Nixon, Rector invites the entire community to join the parishioners for an evening of good food, fellowship and fun, in a safe environment. “Something will be there for persons of all ages,” added Rose Ferguson, Co-Chairperson.

“Apart from the usual succulent steak and chicken dinners, other attractions include ‘West End conch salad, fried fish & panny cake, plants and bingo. Souse will be served from 8 a.m.!”

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Heart Ball Committee prepares for upcoming fundraisers
Submitted by Ingrid Sears   
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 09:16

Standing L-R: Valerie Clarke, Keniqua Whitehouse, Alexandria Newbold, Portia Nottage (co-chair), Coretta Owen (Co-chair), Melinda Maynard, Linda Lafleur, Claire Howorth, Lady Sheila Butler, Maria SymonetteNASSAU, Bahamas -- The year 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of The Heart Foundation. The Heart Ball Committee put their all into the celebrations earlier this year. However, they have not stopped working to help repair hearts.

This group of dedicated workers recently met to plan for their upcoming fund raisers and to jumpstart The Heart Ball. They have been working arduously to make the upcoming Heart Ball a larger success than it has been in the past, primarily because more money is needed, due to the increase in the number of patients needing assistance.

Despite the need for more money, amidst hard economic times, The Committee keeps a smile on their face, because they know that the more funds they raise, the more they can reach out to help repair children’s hearts in The Bahamas.

The Heart Ball Committee is the fund-raising arm of The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, commonly referred to as The Heart Foundation. The Heart Foundation is one of the most respected charitable organizations in the Bahamas.  Being a non-profit organization, The Heart Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of others to meet their goals and encourage Bahamians to lend their support.

Established in 1961 by Lady Evelyn Sassoon, as attribute to her husband, The Heart Foundation aims to provide assistance to children in need of heart repair. Almost all of the overhead costs of the Foundation are donated, so benefactors can rest assure that their donations are assisting young patients.  Over 97% of each dollar raised goes directly to the aid of the children.

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Bahamians to figure prominently in construction of Critical Care Block at PMH
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 15:58

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- The construction of the Critical Care Block on the grounds of the Princess Margaret Hospital will result in up to 200 jobs for Bahamians during the peak construction phase, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Friday.  

Bahamians have played, and will continue to play critical roles in the development, design and construction of the Critical Care Block. Dr. Minnis said that in addition to being designed by Bahamians, the project - which is scheduled to be completed by June, 2013 - will be constructed by Bahamians.  

At the conclusion of the construction period, the Block will comprise six state-of-the-art Operating Theatres with modern technology “on par with, and in some instances, surpassing major healthcare facilities in the developed world,” Dr. Minnis said.  

It will also comprise 18 recovery beds, 20 ICU (Intensive Care Unit) rooms, all with modern amenities, including private bathroom facilities; 48 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds, new laboratory facilities, upgraded administrative facilities; upgraded electrical, water and sewerage, air-conditioning and fire protection services and a new main entry into the facility and shared services.  

“The Critical Care Block will be a multi-storey expansion to the north of the present Accident and Emergency Department commonly known as the north-western quadrant of the campus with a total of 75,000 square feet,” Dr. Minnis said.      

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Ports International supports the Bahamas AIDS Foundation
Submitted by Michele Rassin   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 15:25

Pictured left to right: DeAndrea Lewis, Red Ribbon Ball co-chair; Michele Rassin, Ports International, and Sandra Smith, Red Ribbon Ball co-chair.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Local medical supplier Ports International Limited recently made a donation towards the AIDS Foundation’s 18th Annual Red Ribbon Ball. Organized by Colina Insurance Limited, The Bahamas AIDS Foundation is inviting persons to be as a part of the 18th Annual Red Ribbon Ball, on Saturday, November 12, 2011 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island. Under the theme “Removing the Mask”, this year’s Ball is a masquerade (or, rather, un-masquerade) event to highlight the importance of emanating the continued stigma attached to HIV/AIDS.  

The Ball Committee is asking for support and assistance to continue to take the lead in fighting HIV/AIDS. The Red Ribbon Ball has netted more than $800,000 for the Foundation since its inception. In addition to numerous education and treatment initiatives, the funds which have been raised by the Ball have enabled the Foundation to purchase a house in the southern area of Nassau to be operated as a resource center for adolescents living with HIV/AIDS.  

For more information or for tickets to the Red Ribbon Ball, call (242) 396-2122.

Pictured left to right: DeAndrea Lewis, Red Ribbon Ball co-chair; Michele Rassin, Ports International, and Sandra Smith, Red Ribbon Ball co-chair.

 
New critical care block represents ‘single-largest investment’ at PMH in 60 years
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 06:47

Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis NASSAU, The Bahamas – The construction of the proposed Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital represents the “single largest investment in healthcare infrastructure” at the public tertiary healthcare facility since the PMH was constructed almost six decades ago, Minister of Health Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Friday.

Dr. Minnis said the Critical Care Block also represents the Government of The Bahamas’ ongoing commitment to correcting the longstanding deficiencies (at the PMH) and the need for improved theatre capacity and “critical additional ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds.”

Officials from the Public Hospitals Authority (on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas) and Cavalier Construction, signed contracts for the construction of the Critical Care Block Friday at the head offices of the Public Hospitals Authority.

The Critical Care Block will be constructed on the northern grounds of the Princess Margaret Hospital north of the present Accident and Emergency Department at a cost of more than $52 million ($52,348,958.17 to be exact). It represents the First Phase of the Government’s redevelopment plan for the Princess Margaret Hospital.

At the conclusion of the construction period, the Block will comprise six state-of-the-art Operating Theatres with modern technology “on par with, and in some instances, surpassing major healthcare facilities in the developed world,” Dr. Minnis said.

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