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Nine Bahamians graduate from the Guild of Professional English Butlers
Submitted by Rupert Missick   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 19:49

The nine newly trained Butlers at Sandals Royal Bahamain by the Guild of Professional English Butlers.NASSAU, Bahamas -- With the addition of 21 butler rooms in its newly renovated Balmoral Towers, Sandals Royal Bahamian is expanding its cadre of butlers.

This past week nine young Bahamians graduated from their training from The Guild of Professional English Butlers.

General Manager of Sandals Royal Bahamian Patrick Drake, congratulated Latoya Archer, Kimberly Arnett, Levi Eneas, Thomas Lowe, Saronte Kemp, Lakera McIntosh, Dianna Fortune, and  Cicylea Dorsett Antonio Rolle who both graduated with distinctions.

“They all come from a wide range of departments on property, the spa, photo shop, food and beverage and they all exemplify what we at Sandals Royal Bahamian view as providers of excellent service. The improvements to the Balmoral mean a whole new set of opportunities for our team members" Mr. Drake said.

Currently there are 20 butlers that render their one of a kind elite butler service to the property’s other two room blocks; The Windsor and The Royal Village.

The Balmoral’s 21 new butler rooms feature luxurious en-suite bathrooms inclusive of his and her vanity, oversized patios allowing guest to have spectacular views of the ocean. The most exciting feature is sure to be the large balconies that were added to 35 of the ocean view rooms.  An additional 11 ground-floor rooms have now become walk-out rooms, providing direct access onto the newly-finished white concrete pool deck, which incorporates local fauna and conch shells.  Beachfront fire pits and an expanded lounge area complete the Balmoral Tower’s new look.

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Rotary partnering with Antique Auto Club for 25th anniversary show
Submitted by Murray Forde   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 19:24

(Left) Murray Forde & Wayne Aranha, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Antique Auto Club. Right: Adam Darville, President and Geoff Andrews, Vice President, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Front: Rotarian Nathan Stone, entertainer and recording artist, who will be performing at the Antique Auto Show.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Rotary Club of East Nassau announced that it will partner with the Antique Auto Club of the Bahamas in its 25th Anniversary Auto Show and Cook-Out on Saturday, March 17. Adam Darville, Rotary President stated " This was an obvious choice of an event to support. The Antique Auto Club has supported Rotary events in the past, in particular the Bed Races, and the Show is about raising funds for Community Service, the same thing that we [Rotary] do. Plus we will be bringing something new to the Auto Show that has not been done before."

The Rotary Club will be running a "mini carnival" with games, popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream, the games primarily for the children, who are asked to bring their parents with them.  All funds raised by the two clubs will be for the benefit of the Elizabeth Estates Children's home, which houses 40 children between the ages of 11 to 18.  Other attractions at the 25th Anniversary Show will include a Bouncy Castle, Junkanoo Rush-out, a Cuban fashion show, an on-the-spot raffle and sale of model vintage cars. The popular Art Contest for the children will continue. There will also be a special performance by Bahamian recording artist, Nathan Stone. It is expected to be a very enjoyable family event.

As in previous Antique Auto Shows, steak and chicken dinners will be on sale, still at the low price of $10.00. Tickets are available from members of the Antique Auto Club. Members of the club are also searching for other owners of antique vehicles (over 20 years old by the local definition) that are not members of the club and encouraging them to enter, as they have a target of 100 vehicles for this Anniversary Show. Participating vehicles will be judged and trophies awarded in eight classes as well as a set of trophies for the best points among vehicles being shown for the first time.

The Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas was formed in 1987 with six men interested in the vintage automobile hobby. Now, 25 years later, it has  a membership of over 50 men and women.

Photo: (Left) Murray Forde & Wayne Aranha, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Antique Auto Club. Right: Adam Darville, President and Geoff Andrews, Vice President, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Front: Rotarian Nathan Stone, entertainer and recording artist, who will be performing at the Antique Auto Show.

 
Three day closure on East Street to facilitate drainage well
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 18:14

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

Beginning Wednesday, March 7 there will be a 3-day closure in the southbound lane of East Street between Robinson Road and the Independence Roundabout to facilitate drilling of a  drainage well. During this time the northbound lane will be converted to two-way traffic.

Local access to businesses and residents will be granted in all areas of work. Motorists are asked to adhere to traffic signs in construction areas.

For more information and diagrams of diversion routes please follow “NPIIP” on Facebook.

 

 
St. Andrew's year 12 student Natalie Hernandez helps make a difference with Operation Smile in Cambodia
Submitted by Nicole Treco   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:31

Natalie Hernandez, Year 12 student at St Andrew’s School, holds a young child with a cleft palate in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia during her time volunteering with Operation Smile.NASSAU, Bahamas --  Natalie Hernandez is a truly extraordinary young woman.  In February 2012, Natalie visited Phnom Pehn, Cambodia as a volunteer student educator for Operation Smile, an international medical charity that has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities around the world.  

A Year 12 student at St Andrew’s School, Natalie spent months collecting donations to take along on her trip, and she was able to collect over 200 stuffed animals and toothbrushes as well as over $600 from her fellow St Andrew’s students!

Over 20,000 Cambodians suffer from cleft lips and palates, and Operation Smile has been changing lives in Cambodia for 10 years now.  While she was in Cambodia, the Operation Smile Medical Mission performed 81 life-changing surgeries, some on infants as young as 5 months old.  

To Natalie, “the trip was a life-changing experience. It taught me that a mother’s love is universal and that a baby born with cleft impacts the whole family. A mom, regardless of where she live in the world, or her social class, will do whatever she can for her child. Some mothers came on mules, others on busses from hours away, scrapping together whatever money they could, to ensure that their child could have a chance at a better future.

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Prince Harry attends a special youth luncheon
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 10:06

Beauty queens Miss Bahamas World Sasha Joyce (left) and Miss Bahamas Universe Anastagia Pierre chat with Prince Harry. (BIS photos/Kristaan Ingraham)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Distinguished youths were among those chosen to attend a special luncheon posed with Prince Harry at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Monday, March 5, 2012.

During the luncheon the prince was entertained by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and spent time chatting with Miss Bahamas World Sasha Joyce and Miss Bahamas Universe Anastagia Pierre as well as veteran journalist and broadcaster Jerome Sawyer.

Prince Harry was in The Bahamas from March 3 -5 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of his grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Photo:  Beauty queens Miss Bahamas World Sasha Joyce (left) and Miss Bahamas Universe Anastagia Pierre chat with Prince Harry. (BIS photos/Kristaan Ingraham)

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Ports International and Medline keep up cancer awareness with pink glove donation to Cancer Society of the Bahamas
Submitted by Ports International   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:58

Ports International continues to make a difference, especially in support of Breast Cancer by providing healthcare workers with pink gloves.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Today, in support of breast cancer awareness, the iconic pink ribbon is seen everywhere.  And thanks to the courage of survivors, The Cancer Society of the Bahamas, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, and thousands of others locally and internationally, awareness of breast cancer can be called an inspiring success.

But as healthcare providers, we know that is not enough. For all the progress that has been made, breast cancer is still, unfortunately, the number two cancer among women.  Many of those could have been saved with more knowledge, focus and action on proven prevention and early detection interventions.  If all women received regular screenings and early mammograms, the death rate would fall by another 20 to 30 percent.

Ports International continues to make a difference, especially in support of Breast Cancer by providing healthcare workers with pink gloves.  The pink gloves are a very visible way to remind women (and men) that breast cancer is still touching lives and that early detection and prevention is still key.  Medline was on hand with Ports International for the presentation of the donation of the proceeds from the sale of pink exam to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas.

In addition to raising awareness, those pink gloves help provide free mammograms internationally to women who cannot afford them. The manufacturer, Medline Industries, distributed locally by Ports International, contributes a portion of every box’s price to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, USA, which has provided over 130,000 free screenings since 2004.

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Prime Minister gives NPIIP update to Parliament
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:36

file photoMr. Speaker:

As promised and in fulfilment of our duty to be transparent and accountable, I wish to make a statement on the New Providence Infrastructure Improvement Project (NPIIP).

Eighteen years ago in 1994 my Government engaged MM Dillon Consultants, a Canadian firm, to prepare a transportation development plan for New Providence. This plan formed the basis of the IDB-funded NPIIP (“the Project’).

The project was conceived in response to an imperative to transform our aged and outdated public infrastructure i.e. water mains and laterals, electric and communication conduits, poor drainage and congested road network in New Providence, an island whose population has more than doubled in the last four decades.

Mott MacDonald Consultants (MM), a UK firm were appointed in 1999 for the preparation of 30% road design, bid documents, engineering and contract supervision for the project to be tendered on a design-build basis.

The objective of the program was to reduce transport costs and traffic congestion for road users by providing a more rational and efficient transport system for New Providence Island. The objective will be met by improving and expanding the existing road network, through improved traffic flows, increased public transportation, reduced vehicular nuisances, modernizing and strengthening the institutional framework responsible for the provision of transportation services, improving road safety and alleviating the negative environmental impacts associated with the existing traffic congestion levels.

Four companies were prequalified and invited to submit bids for the project which were opened on 9 June, 2000 with the following results:

  1. Lagan Holdings (UK) - $58.1 million
  2. BA Black Top (Canada) - $49.9 million
  3. Associated Asphalt(UK) - $50.9 million
  4. Interbetton (Netherlands) - $59.1 million

During the bid evaluation it was determined that the bids submitted by Lagan and BA Blacktop did not comply with all the requirements in the Bidding Document. It was, therefore not possible to assess the adequacy of their proposals. Associated Asphalt (AA) and Interbetton on the other hand, while not fully compliant with all the requirements of the Bidding Document, provided enough information to enable an assessment of the adequacy of their proposals. The Government, therefore, agreed to negotiate with Associated Asphalt, the lower of the two responsive bids and in April 2001 awarded AA a $52.2 million lump sum contract to undertake the project. The contract contained no price escalation clause. At that time the price of oil averaged between US$20 and US$21 per barrel (today the price of oil is in excess of $100 per barrel and rising).

Click HERE to read the complete 25 page PDF of the PM's report.

 
Prince Harry greets members of the Scout Association of The Bahamas
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 05 March 2012 06:57

Prince Harry greets members of the Scout Association of The Bahamas after the Service of Morning Prayer at the Christ Church Cathedral, Sunday, March 4, 2012.  (BIS photo/Ulric Woodside)

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prince Harry greets members of the Scout Association of The Bahamas after the Service of Morning Prayer at the Christ Church Cathedral, Sunday, March 4, 2012.  (BIS photo/Ulric Woodside)

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Prince Harry attends Service of Morning Prayer at Christ Church Cathedral
Submitted by BIS   
Sunday, 04 March 2012 20:33

Bahamians joined Prince Harry at a Morning Prayer Service in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Christ Church Cathedral, Sunday March 4, 2012.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamians joined Prince Harry at a Morning Prayer Service in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Christ Church Cathedral, Sunday March 4, 2012.

From March 2 through 11, Prince Harry is visiting cities in Belize, The Bahamas and Jamaica as part of his grandmother’s celebrations.

Bishop of The Bahamas Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd Sr. led the service marked with songs, prayers and scripture readings. Also participating in the two-hour long service was Rev’d Patrick Adderley, Dean of the Cathedral; Rev’d Fr. Colin Humes, Priest Vicar of the Cathedral and Rev’d Dr. Ranford Patterson, President of The Bahamas Christian Council. The Highgrove Singers, the Bahamas National Children’s Choir and members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band provided music for the service.

Governor-General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham; Cabinet Ministers; Members of Parliament and Members of the Judiciary; Members of the Diplomatic Corps were also in attendance.

In his sermon, Bishop Boyd told the congregation he was “delighted” for them to be in The Bahamas. “It is a lovely spot,” he said. “We have our challenges like any other country, however, it is still better in The Bahamas. God has blessed us tremendously.”

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