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Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty participates in luxury real estate conference
Submitted by Maxine Hussey   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 14:11

Left to right - Sotheby’s International Realty network: Penny MacIntyre - Senior Vice President, Bermuda, Buddy Rego - Broker, Bermuda, Virginia Damianos - Vice President, Bahamas, George Damianos - President, Bahamas, Jonathan Sparrow - Sales Partner, Cayman Islands, Maxine Hussey - Director of Operations, Bahamas and Sheena Conolly - President, Cayman Islands. NASSAU, Bahamas -- George Damianos, Virginia Damianos and Maxine Hussey of Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate company based in Nassau, Bahamas, recently participated in a Sotheby’s International Realty® Regional Leaders meeting, which brought together Brokers and Managers from many key markets in the Americas.

Attendees included network members from Florida, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Canada, Argentina, Costa Rica, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Anguilla, Bermuda, Brazil, Mexico and Peru.  

This dynamic event was held June 30 at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, in Miami and provided a unique opportunity for Sotheby’s International Realty owners and managers to network and share best practices.  Attendees heard from several brand leaders including Mike Good, chief executive officer; Philip White, president and chief operating officer; and Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer.

“This meeting provided a great value to our company,” said Virginia Damianos of Damianos Sotheby's International Realty. “It offered the opportunity to network with some of our brand’s most talented real estate professionals, share best practices and experiences in today’s market.”

All Saints Camp renovation project aided by BEC and missionaries from Colorado
Written by BIS   
Sunday, 03 July 2011 07:07

High School Students from Boulder, Colorado, travelled to The Bahamas as part of First Presbyterian Church’s international outreach mission.  They are pictured renovating dilapidated cottages for the residents of the All Saints Camp on Lazaretto Road.  (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs).NASSAU, The Bahamas – Remembering residents at the All Saints Camp recently was the mission of 80 American Christian youth missionaries.

Next Step Ministries is the international organisation that sponsored the youth leadership programme to engage in the All Saints Camp renovation project.  And, Bahamas Electricity Corporation was at the Camp the same day, June 15, looking for a site to install solar panels for the residents.

“We are here for a week to do various service projects.  We are doing demolition, other groups are doing construction, and there’s some outreach to the kids.  Some of our other groups are doing painting in town, and we’ve broken up into family groups of about eight kids per adult leader and everyone is enthusiastic and having a good time,” said Mark Moeller, Adult Leader from First Presbyterian Church Mission in Boulder, Colorado.

“Next Step Ministries has various international outreaches and Nassau is just one.  They are providing all the construction materials and all the in-country supervisory people.  We are providing the manpower or the kidpower.”

Government installs solar water heaters in Ardastra Gardens community
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 02 July 2011 11:56

Minister of State for the Environment, Phenton Neymour, telling the press of the plans to install 34 solar heaters in government low-cost housing and to distribute 100 additional heaters to Bahamians, through an equitable system. (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs). NASSAU, The Bahamas – Solar photovoltaic systems may become mandatory to The Bahamas' building code, as the Government shepherds Bahamians through the impact of climate change and the rising costs of global energy prices.  The National Energy Policy is designed to guide Bahamians to reduce energy consumption, especially people living in low-income homes.

“This is a programme to encourage Bahamians to begin to use some of the gifts that God has given us, some of our natural resources, which is that of solar energy.  These solar water heaters cost between $3,000 and $3,500 each, after installation, and they themselves can pay for the investment over a two to three year period,” said Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment.

“So, again we encourage Bahamians to use solar water heaters and this is the initiation of our second component of our energy efficiency programme.  The installation was provided for by the IDB grant and the cost is not affecting the homeowner significantly.”

On June 22 the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Housing, and the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) began implementing the installation of solar water heaters and solar photovoltaic systems on government built homes at the Ardastra Gardens Subdivision, to monitor the effectiveness of the energy efficiency programme.

“The basic requirement for the solar water heaters and the PV, which is the photovoltaic systems, is basically that they will be for lower income homes or smaller homes, around the size or below the size of 2,000 square feet,” said Mr. Neymour.

National Pride Day held on July 1
Submitted by BIS   
Saturday, 02 July 2011 11:39

Mrs. Anita Bernard, Secretary to the Cabinet, presents Special Recognition plaques to Alfred Williams, retired deputy superintendent (left) and Irvin Taylor, retired superintendent (right), the police officers who raised the flag at the first Independence Flag-Raising Ceremony on July 10, 1973.

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Mrs. Anita Bernard, Secretary to the Cabinet, presents Special Recognition plaques to Alfred Williams, retired deputy superintendent (left) and Irvin Taylor, retired superintendent (right), the police officers who raised the flag at the first Independence Flag-Raising Ceremony on July 10, 1973.

Ministry of Works updates motorists of road closures and progress
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 01 July 2011 07:07

Shenique Albury, environmental specialist with the New Providence Road Improvement Project and Sgt. Garland Rolle of the Traffic Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force are pictured during a news briefing at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)    NASSAU, Bahamas – As the construction phase of the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project (NPRIIP) continues, Shenique Albury, environmental specialist with NPRIIP advised the public of various road closures and highlighted progress made to date during a briefing on June 29.  

Baillou Hill Road

Baillou Hill Road will be closed between Robinson Road and Bahama Avenue to accommodate road paving on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3. Motorists travelling north should use First Street as an alternative. According to Ms. Albury work on Baillou Hill Road from Wulff Road to Robinson Road is “substantially” complete, however minor works are ongoing.  

Work is progressing on Baillou Hill Road, north of Wulff Road. The Poinciana arm of the Wulff Road/Poinciana/Baillou Hill Road junction has been paved. Between Monday, June 27 and June 29 from Fleming Street to Wellington Street was paved. It is anticipated that by the end of June 29 paving will be completed up to Chapel Street.  

“Once paving has been completed, one lane of northbound traffic will be allowed from Wulff Road to Chapel Street. Furthermore, the full road closure will be extended from Chapel Street northward to Hay Street. Motorists travelling in this area are advised to use Market Street as an alternative route,” Ms. Albury said.  

Bahama Islands Realty turns Turnberry into 'Street of Wonders'
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 01 July 2011 06:54

Welcome to Turnberry - Guests flock to the first Street of Wonders event held at Turnberry at Charlottesville June 25-26. The event, organized by Bahama Islands Realty with support from Diane Phillips & Associates, drew nearly 500 people over a two-day period and helped raise funds for the Bahamas Humane Society and Seahorse Institute.  (Photo by Roland Rose for DP&A.)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Nearly 500 people graced the grounds of Turnberry in Charlotteville to attend the first ever Turnberry Townhomes Street of Wonders June 25-26. The brainchild of Bahama Islands Realty founder Carmen Massoni, Street of Wonders showcased the talent and skill of local artisans during an open house allowing visitors to wander through available two- and three-bedroom townhomes in the western New Providence community, experience art, crafts and culinary delights and help contribute to charity. 

The event benefitted the Bahamas Humane Society and The Seahorse Institute for autistic children and those suffering from development delays.

Larger than life - The work of artist Anthony 'Big Mo' Morley drew audiences, aaah's and admiration. (Photo by Roland Rose for DP&A.)“During the planning stages, there was a bit of apprehension – no other company has ever attempted to market real estate by charging persons to attend an open house,” shared Massoni. “But we believed that if people knew it were going to benefit charity they would do it and they did. The attendance over the two day event was overwhelming and we are very pleased with the support received from the Bahamian community.”

For the past 87 years, The Bahamas Humane Society has been leading the way in animal protection. In order to facilitate their mandate, funding is critical.

“The Bahamas Humane Society receives very little help from the Government and depends heavily on the private sector,” remarked Kim Aranha, president of the Bahamas Humane Society. “I can surely say that Bahama Islands Realty is the real estate company with a heart of gold. It was indeed a nice blend to have a charity for kids and animals working together.”

Commemorative coin embedded as first piling marks core project start for Baha Mar
Submitted by Jennifer Gillespie   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:19

The ceremony was attended by Baha Mar Ltd. executives, Don Robinson, President, Tom Dunlap, Executive VP of Construction and Development, Rick English, Senior VP Sales & Marketing, and Robert (Sandy) Sands, Senior VP of External Affairs and Government Relations. Also in attendance from the Bahamas Ministry of Works were Craig Delancy, BCO and Edwin Yuklow, Senior Structural Engineer; and from China Construction America (The Bahamas), Tiger Wu, Executive VP.NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Baha Mar, the largest single-phase resort development in the history of the Caribbean, celebrated another milestone with the driving of the first of 5,700 pilings on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Nassau. The event, which marks the beginning of construction for Baha Mar’s core project, was witnessed by officials from the Bahamas Ministry of Works and executives from Baha Mar. The ceremony included the embedding of a gold commemorative Baha Mar coin as a symbol of good luck for the $3.4 billion resort, gaming and entertainment complex slated to open in late 2014.

“With the start of construction on our core project, Baha Mar continues on its planned timeline to deliver the largest resort development presently under construction in North America. Today’s ceremony is yet another milestone in the development of a project that is vital to the economy of The Bahamas and will go a long way to help address the current economic challenges facing the country,” said Don Robinson, President of Baha Mar. “The realization of Baha Mar is due in large part to the confidence and strong support given by the Bahamian people and the Bahamian government.”

The placement of the first piling of the core project is another significant accomplishment in the construction phase of Baha Mar. In February, Baha Mar held its groundbreaking ceremony, and in the intervening four months, significant work has been done on both a new Commercial Village and substantial road works surrounding the resort, both of which are slated for completion by November. In addition, Baha Mar has so far provided employment for almost 900 Bahamians, and has awarded over $90 million in contracts to Bahamian firms.

Dr. Myles Munroe presents his book to the PM
Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:53

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham is pictured left accepting a copy of the book from Dr. Munroe. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay). NASSAU, Bahamas -- Senior Pastor at Bahamas Faith Ministries, Dr. Myles Munroe, on June 28 presented to Cabinet Ministers copies of his book "Passing it On - The Power of Mentoring and Succession."

Published by New York's Hachette Book Group, this book is described as Dr. Munroe's best and defining work  on the subject of leadership as it addresses the critical subjects of mentoring and succession.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham is pictured left accepting a copy of the book from Dr. Munroe. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay).

Englerston elder celebrates 85th birthday in grand style
Submitted by Dennis Dames   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:07

Ms. Jones is the mother of ten (10) children, including Mr. Wendall Jones – CEO of Jones Communications Network.  All her children received their fair share of the first piece of cake.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Leader Gerlean Jones, an elder of the Englerston community, celebrated her 85th birthday with family and friends with a service at Annex Native Baptist Church, Wulff Road and Pinedale on Sunday June 26, 2011, followed by a royal lunch – Bahamian style in the church’s hall.

The Englerston Urban Renewal family were special guests at the affair and Ms. Jones was wished many more good years by the grace of God. She is indeed a gem in the nation.

Ms. Jones is the mother of ten (10) children, including Mr. Wendall Jones – CEO of Jones Communications Network.  All her children received their fair share of the first piece of cake.

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