Samples of Press Releases
Nassau, The Bahamas – For countless Bahamian families, the past several months have presented more than its fair share of challenges. From Hurricane Dorian, which devastated homes and businesses in the Northern Bahamas, to the Covid-19 pandemic, which shuttered scores of businesses throughout the country sending hardworking Bahamians to the unemployment line, many families have found themselves in dire straits.
Bahamian Brewery & Beverage (BBB) Company and Tito’s Handmade Vodka are sponsoring Lend A Hand Bahamas (LAHB) as they work to bring relief to hundreds of families who have been severely impacted financially. “We are extremely proud of the work that Lend A Hand is doing to help feed Bahamians,” stated Wellington Seymour, BBB Executive Marketing Manager. “As the country’s Truly Bahamian Beverage company along with one of our top brands, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, we are humbled to be in a position to help the organization provide even more assistance to Bahamian families in this crucial time.”
Last week, BBB and Tito’s Handmade Vodka made a donation to LAHB, adding to the brand’s series of global philanthropic efforts launched to combat the economic fallout from Covid-19. “We love the fact that LAHB has been so instrumental in addressing the needs of the local communities,” explained Tito’s Brand Manager at BBB, Joel Smith. “It was important to us that whatever donations we made would get directly into the hands of people who are most vulnerable and in the need of assistance.”
Launched in 2014, Lend A Hand Bahamas (LAHB) quickly developed a reputation for providing help and hope to residents of inner-city communities around New Providence. Through its Lewis Street community center, the organization launched a series of educational focused programs for school-aged youth while also offering life-skills training to job seekers. Those programs have been outdone by the group’s widely successful feeding and food distribution initiatives which have assisted families throughout the island Feeding thousands of vulnerable people weekly has become the success of LAHB. These programs quickly caught the attention of both Tito’s Handmade Vodka and BBB who reached out to offer additional assistance.
“We are very grateful to Tito’s Handmade Vodka and to BBB for this generous donation,” said LAHB board member Shelagh Pritchard. “These funds will go a long way toward providing food and care packages for the hundreds of families that have come to rely on us.”
Already, the organization is making arrangements to facilitate back to school efforts for the upcoming fall term and will continue to offer a variety of educational programs – all while adhering to health and social distancing protocols. People interested in the work of Lend A Hand Bahamas, or families who may be in need are encouraged to visit their website at https://www.lendahandbahamas.org/
New Providence, Bahamas – On the heels of receiving public recognition from the government of The Bahamas for addressing critical water retention needs in New Providence, the efforts of Miya Bahamas have been acknowledged by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as well.
In a recently released report, the IDB chronicled the many successes of the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Project which, over the past 8 years, has reversed the issue of water losses across the island resulting in savings of 69 million dollars between the years 2013-2018.
“In 2012, the Water & Sewerage Corporation awarded a 83 million-dollar contract, mostly financed by the IDB, to Miya Bahamas, to upgrade the New Providence water utility system and improve its level of efficiency,” explained Miya Bahamas Project Manager, Mario Tavera.Following the completion of its assessments, the company set and surpassed a series of major milestones including; replacing thousands of faulty service connections, disconnecting thousands of illegal and dormant accounts, implementing a comprehensive and affordable maintenance plan, designing a proactive leak detection strategy, implementing a pressure management program and installing cutting edge equipment for monitoring and controlling the water supply. Early on in the process Miya had financed and executed the replacement of a significant number of bulk meters of water lines to the largest customers in the island, resulting in an increase of revenues to WSC of non-domestic customers of around 40%.In its report, the IDB highlighted Miya’s success in meeting the terms of its performance-based contract, while at the same time meeting and even in most years exceeding the deliverables of non-revenue water levels and maintaining them. Miya worked diligently to mitigate unnecessary civil works allowing them the flexibility to achieve their goals while minimalizing customer inconvenience. The use of this performance-based strategy was credited with creating an environment of accountability, which the IDB felt contributed to the success of the project.Equally impressive was the significant reduction of non-revenue water, which according to the report, constitutes the most important accomplishment of the program. “In 2019, the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) levels was reduced to 2.00 MIGD”, meeting the very ambitious ultimate target of the program, thanks to key elements like proactive leak detection, rapid repairs, as well as system optimization, GIS updating, SCADA, and the use of data management hardware and software, the report noted.As the company celebrates the success of the IDB funded project, Miya Bahamas is moving steadily toward future phases despite the COVID-19 threat to the country. With the approval of the government and its partner the Water & Sewerage Corporation the company is continuing to meet its work commitments.
“To say we are pleased is an understatement. When you take on a ten-year project you hope to do well and our team have exceeded all expectations,” said Amit Horman, Miya CEO.
“We are now looking forward to continue our success throughout the Caribbean and our Bahamas team is working hard, within the new Covid guidelines in Nassau, to continue bringing amazing results and benefits for the Bahamian people until the completion of the contract.”
Freeport, Bahamas – The entrance to Grand Bahama Island’s Happiest Hotel was the site of a cute celebration ahead of Mother’s Day this year, despite the COVID-19 lockdown on the island. The management at Pelican Bay Resort stepped up their normal festivities – proving that not even a global pandemic could stop a Mother’s Day celebration.
With a long-standing reputation for celebrating the efforts of its #happy employees, each of the hotel’s mothers and mother figures was treated to a special curbside luncheon from the hotel’s renowned restaurant Sabor. Greeted by colorful balloons, signs, and management, employees safely drove up and picked up their gifts, practicing social distancing.
“Of the property’s forty-plus employees, thirty of them are mothers who head their households or are the breadwinners in their families,” said Pelican Bay Operations Manager, Della Bridgewater. “With all of the uncertainty that currently exists not just here at home, we really wanted to take the time out to remind all of our hard-working moms and their families that they are appreciated.”
“In this time of uncertainty, it really warmed my heart to be celebrated, and to be given permission to celebrated” noted Gaynell Garland of the hotel’s Customer Care and Safety department. “They restored a sense of comfort that had been stripped away and so I think I speak on behalf of all the mothers of Pelican Bay when I say a huge thank you to everyone who made it possible.”
In addition to the specially prepared meals, the boutique hotel also provided ‘COVID-Care packages’ filled with grocery items and goodies to help the hardworking mothers who are staying at home until the country reopens its doors to tourists again.
“It was such a pleasure to see the smiling faces of all the moms who drove up to receive their packages,” said Pelican Bay General Manager, Magnus Alnebeck. “We know that times are challenging, but as we always have, we are committed to showing our support and appreciation for all the people who have helped make Pelican Bay the happiest hotel on Grand Bahama.”
Freeport, The Bahamas – In November 2019, the Conchman Triathlon marked its 33rd year of friendly but fierce triathlete competition on Grand Bahama Island. Though set against the backdrop of an island ravaged by Hurricane Dorian, the 2019 triathlon attracted more than 50 triathletes from around the world – competing in categories ranging from Sprint, Team Relay, Iron Kids, and individual competition.
Over its 30 year history on Grand Bahama, the Conchman committee has worked to encourage healthy living and physical activity for men, women, and children of all ages. From attracting word-class triathletes like the renowned Hector Picard to its partnership with organizations like the Governor-General Youth Award – the committee members work tirelessly to make the annual event a highlight of the island’s social and athletic calendar. With the largest storm hitting Grand Bahama just before their annual race, the committee and athletes have extended their efforts to assist in the rebuilding of the island.
“In the aftermath of hurricane Dorian, we were so pleased that many of our triathletes made such huge efforts to compete and to support our annual event, despite the challenges to get here” noted Conchman Chairman, Christopher Baker. “Many contestants also made considerable donations towards disaster relief. We were overwhelmed with their generosity, and so we added a donations page on our website which combined, raised $15,000 for the island.”
“For residents in the east, Dorian was catastrophic,” explained Conchman Committee member Kenton Roker. “We really wanted to do our part, and it was agreed by the Committee that a lot of help was being given in Freeport but there was still much need in the East, and in particular McLean’s Town.”
To improve the effectiveness of the program, officials were able to partner with the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) who agreed to supplement donations received so that even more homes can be restored. “The support of the GBPA has been invaluable,” said Baker. “They have always been supporters of the Conchman Triathlon and now because of them, we are able to do even more for impacted Grand Bahamians.”
“In addition to this” added Baker, “ we were determined to also help the local economy and the committee chose to shop locally, turning to Kellys to purchase building supplies as well as hiring locals to help with the repairs.”
The Conchman race is slated for November 7, 2020, and interested persons may register by visiting the Conchman website at https://www.conchmantriathlon.com, or social media links. Baker also added that “despite the current global health crisis we are looking toward the future with hope. Once conditions improve, we will get back to work and we will be ready in November to welcome a new crop of triathlete’s to the island.”
Bimini, Bahamas –Independent Maritime Services (IMS), a leader in the Marine Pilotage sector of the local Maritime Industry, has over the past five years expanded its work with private ferries and five-star cruise liners. The company’s core group of government-licensed marine pilots recently teamed up with the famed Virgin Voyages group – owned and operated by world-renowned businessman Richard Branson – to prepare the company’s newly commissioned vessel: The Scarlet Lady, for its official launch.
March 10th, 2020 the M/V Scarlet Lady made her maiden voyage to North Bimini Resorts World Pier. The vessel was safely escorted into port by Captain Kendall Williamson and Captain Kashii Thompson of Independent Maritime Services Ltd t/a Bimini Pilots assisting the Bridge team of Captain Marco Carsjens. Armed with the support of the Ministry of Transport, the Harbour Authority and the Port Controller, IMS was engaged to make sure the new mega Virgin cruise liner entered the island safely with no damage to Bimini’s seabeds.
“Our experience working with the IMS Bahamas team so far has been really good” noted Marco Carsjens, Captain of The Scarlet Lady, one of three ships being built for 2.55 billion dollars. “We’ve had a chance to meet with the pilots, the first-hand local knowledge they have provided has been an invaluable asset in helping us solidify the plans that we’ve created for our arrival and disembarkation.”
This summer, Virgin Voyages expects to formally launch its private Bimini beach experience for thousands of cruise enthusiasts and will do so under the guidance of the IMS Bahamas. The Scarlet Lady vessel, which was recently completed and delivered on February 14, 2020, is the flagship of the virgin voyages brand and will in the coming months make the island of Bimini a major port of call for its passengers.
“We’re very excited to be working alongside the Virgin Voyages team,” noted IMS President, Kendall Williamson. “We understand the impact that a brand of this kind can have in the continued development of the maritime industry in The Bahamas and we’re looking forward to partnering with them in their efforts to provide superior services to cruise passengers who visit our shores.”With more than 80 years of collective experience in the field, Independent Maritime Services Bahamas (IMS) leads the way in the provision of marine pilotage services at ports of call around the country. For more than five years, the Grand Bahama based company has provided pilotage services in addition to a slew of other maritime industry services from Lightering to Launch and Port Services to vessels in Abaco, Acklins, Exuma and of course Bimini. To learn more about IMS visit their website at https://ims-bahamas.com