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The Business of Tourism: 17th Cacique Awards in #Bahamas

Nominations for the 17th Cacique Awards to be held in January 2017 are now open.

The awards, which celebrate the brightest and the best in the country’s hospitality industry, will be held at the Melia Nassau Resort on January 21st under the theme, “The Business of Tourism”.

Co-Chairman and Producer of the Cacique Awards Charity Armbrister, who is also the director of events at the Ministry of Tourism, promises that this Cacique Awards will be like none other.

“The Cacique Awards are the most prestigious Tourism and Hospitality Awards.  It is a national award where Bahamians from Grand Bahama to Inagua can be nominated or become a winner. Over the years, the Family Islands have taken many categories back to the islands,” she said.

There are 17 local categories and five international categories that will be honoured.

This year, officials have added the Willfred “Willie Love” Knowles, Tourism Ambassador Award.

“This year, there will be an honorary award to be presented to his wife.  Next year, this category will be added to the Nomination form.  As you may know Willie died recently, and was a great entertainer and Tourism Ambassador in Grand Bahama,” Ms. Armbrister said.

Director, writer and choreographer of the Cacique Awards is Ian Poitier.

  • Nominations can be done online at http://www.caciqueawards.com or forms can be collected at any Bahamas Ministry of Tourism office in the Family Islands or abroad.
  • Nominees must be Bahamian.  Persons may be nominated for more than one category.
  • However, the nomination forms outline specifically what the requirements are for each category. 
  • The deadline for nominees is October 14. 
  • The nominees will be presented at a later date.

For more information, contact the Ministry of Tourism at 302-2000.

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Nassau Guardian: Nygard paid for ads against Louis Bacon

The saga continues in the Bahamas between billionaires Bacon and Nygard.

According to an apology published in the Nassau Guardian (pictured), Bahamas-resident Peter Nygard’s Nygard International Partnership paid for adverts to be featured in the newspaper that made unsubstantiated claims against his neighbor and fellow billionaire Louis Bacon.

This appears to be connected to recent revelations apparently evidencing Nygard’s involvement in a bizarre online harassment campaign against Bacon.

The full text reads:

We wish to apologise to Mr. Louis Bacon for certain statements contained in two (2) adverts published in our newspaper on the 29th January, 2016 and 22nd February, 2016.

The adverts in question were paid for by Nygard International Partnership and contained in “wrap arounds”. Both of the adverts could have been understood as suggesting that Mr. Bacon had spread a false story to Lyford Cay Residents that Mr. Peter Nygard was planning to build a Stem Cell Clinic at Nygard Cay in order to mislead the Court into granting injunctions against Mr. Nygard. The truth is we were not provided with any evidence to substantiate such claims against Mr. Bacon, nor are we aware of any, and it was certainly not our intention to give any such impression.

We therefore apologise to Mr. Bacon and his family for publishing the aforementioned adverts as worded. We shall exercise more care in the future.

 

BREEF hires new environmental educator with a grant from The Moore Bahamas Foundation

“The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) announced April 23 a grant from The Moore Bahamas Foundation (MBF) to hire Ms Chantal Curtis as its new Environmental Educator. Her combined experiences in teaching and forensic science make her a valuable asset to the BREEF team as it seeks to expand citizen science leadership in its coastal field studies and underwater activities.

The latest staff expansion comes as BREEF continues to successfully lead local marine conservation efforts around The Bahamas. BREEF’s education initiatives provide public and private school children with hands-on opportunities to learn about the Bahamian marine environment. The new environmental educator position and many ongoing education programmes are made possible by grants from MBF, local affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation founded by Louis Bacon in 1992.

“BREEF is proud to add a uniquely qualified environmental educator to work with the thousands of children participating in our field trips to marine and coastal ecosystems, thanks to the continued commitment from our long-standing partner, The Moore Bahamas Foundation,” said Casuarina McKinney-Lambert, Executive Director of Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation. “We continue to realize our mission by providing students of different ages and backgrounds the opportunity to learn more about why marine conservation is important and to see how we can work together for positive change.”

Efforts to educate future generations about the vital Bahamian marine environment range from summer sea camps, with activities such as snorkeling, to outreach and education about sharks in The Bahamas, to virtual coral reef field trips. Additionally, BREEF’s marine conservation workshops have trained over 700 teachers from islands across The Bahamas. These educators are now back in their classrooms sharing what they learned with their students and colleagues.

Louis Bacon, Founder of The Moore Charitable Foundation. (Photo by Yann Dandois)Throughout the year, BREEF offers classroom presentations and field trips for school groups to enhance instruction of marine conservation topics now included in national curricula. In 2014, BREEF programs allowed over 2,000 of students to experience the marine environment of The Bahamas. As demand for field trips has increased in recent years, support from The Moore Bahamas Foundation has allowed more students to enjoy this opportunity annually.

“The high demand for BREEF field trips highlights the fact that Bahamian students care about their environment and they value experiences that create an emotional connection to the water, plants and wildlife around them,” said Ann Colley, Executive Director and Vice President of The Moore Bahamas Foundation. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with BREEF and support these one-of-a-kind learning experiences for the children of The Bahamas, and we know that Chantal Curtis will be a vital part of this good work.”

The hands-on learning approach that BREEF emphasizes is also showcased through the Bahamas Environmental Steward (BES) Scholars youth mentorship programme. In collaboration with The Cape Eleuthera Island School, BREEF provides BES Scholars with the unique opportunity to become involved in marine research, including shark and turtle tagging activities.

In recent years BREEF has been able to expand and enhance its marine science and field studies programmes, while also diversifying options for students at both public and private schools. In 2009, BREEF launched the Eco-Schools (Bahamas) Programme. Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world, operating in over 55 countries.

The Moore Bahamas Foundation and BREEF’s successful partnership began in 2000, and most recently, MBF commended BREEF’s campaign that helped influence new legislation that ensures a fixed closed fishing season for the endangered Nassau grouper.

BREEF Eco-Summit, 70 young environmental leaders learning and sharing about conservation.“When we see the joy and wonder on the faces of the students in our programmes, we know that we are doing meaningful work for the future of The Bahamas and our precious waters,” McKinney-Lambert said. “We are excited to welcome Ms Curtis to BREEF and we look forward to expanding our education efforts and continuing to promote the much needed conservation of our Bahamian marine environment.”

Chantal Curtis will be coordinating and implementing coastal field trips to Jaws Beach, Bonefish pond and other key places around the island as part of ongoing National Coastal Awareness Month activities. She will also collaborate with Dr Demian Chapman and Mr Mark Bond for shark education in May. Chantal first got involved with BREEF as a Teacher Training Workshop participant in 2014.

This summer, the BREEF team will be particularly busy with summer sea camps on New Providence, Eleuthera, and San Salvador, and with a Marine Conservation Teacher Training Workshop on San Salvador.”

Source: http://www.bahamaislandsinfo.com

Keod Smith: Practicing Attorney in The Bahamas since 1997

Keod McCaudif Smith, born in Nassau, Bahamas on 15th October, 1964, was called to The Bahamas Bar as a Barrister in September 1997 after having obtained his LLB Degree with Honours at University of Wales, Cardiff Law School in Wales, UK in 1994 and legal vocational training in The Bahamas during the intervening years and a well-established law firm in The Bahamas. He had previously graduated from Loras College, Dubuque Iowa USA in 1988 with a Bachelor Degree in Economics.

Keod served in various managerial positions from 1982 when he graduated from High School in The Bahamas through to his call in 1997. After serving small stint with Research Division of the Central Bank of The Bahamas, he started a trade and investment consulting firm in relation to The Bahamas which took him to Japan for 2% years commencing in March 1990. He read writes and speak Japanese.

In October 1997, Keod started the law firm of Commercial Law Advocates which, as it connotes, specializes in commercial litigation (banking, companies, contract, insurance, land, liquidation, securities, tort) as well as extradition and constitutional matters.

In May 2002, Keod was elected to The Bahamas Parliament where he served as a Member for 5 years. In August of that same year he was appointed to the Chairmanship of the Bahamas Environment Science & Technology (BES1) Commission (equivalent to the BPA in the USA) as well as Bahamas Ambassador for the Environment. He served in that post for 5 years as well.


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Romeo Farrington

It was a long time ago that I gave up my original profession in building construction for driving a taxi when I realised I had a liking for people. I knew that I made the right choice because in my taxi I meet everybody who comes to Nassau, which is just what I wanted.

Well, I decided to look for something that would make me unique in the taxi business because there are 1135 taxi drivers on the island right now and I wanted to be unique in someway or other. So I went about trying to find out how could I be different from just the guy who is standing out there and saying taxi. So I decided that I was going to add a few things. The main thing I added was punctuality. I would never be late for an appointment, and right away that made me different from my competitors. Then I decided that I would go miles out of my way in any way I could and that also gave me a notch or two up the ladder.

So, as I continue, meeting and making new friends, I realise that a lot of times when people visit our country they’re looking for friends – they didn’t come here to make any enemies. Making friends with visitors is very, very easy to do because they were over here and came halfway already. I also promised myself that anytime somebody takes my services once that that may be my chance. Because more than 70% of my work comes from return customers.

It was driving a taxi that gave me small bit parts in a couple of movies, and again meeting people, taking care of them. This is the sort of thing that would otherwise never have happened.

I had a small part in the movie Never Say Never Again, Love Boat Valentine Special and a small part in one of Perry Como’s TV specials.

But I think my biggest moment was in the movie Jaws 4, I had a speaking and singing part in that movie. It happened because one day I waited to pick up this guy, and it was only a very short journey, but I thought-well you never know who it might be and where it might lead. Turns out he was a genuine Hollywood movie producer about to shoot Jaws IV in the Bahamas. So he said that when he came back he might find a part for me in it. And, he took my card and when he did come back he gave me a role as he promised.

If you watch the film, I’m the guy driving the taxi and singing. So the moral of my story is that you never know where small beginnings will take you.

Romeo Farrington, chauffeur and movie extra – Nassau / Paradise Island