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BAHAMAS: Knowles’ Legacy ‘Represents Best of Who We Are as a Country’



#Bahamas, December 9, 2017 – Nassau – The life legacy of Sir Durward Knowles represents the very best of what the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is as a country, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said recently.   Addressing the launch of the Sir Durward Knowles Centenary Scholarship Fund at Queen’s College as part of the celebrations surrounding the legendary sailor, Olympian, businessman, philanthropist and volunteer’s 100th birthday, Prime Minister Minnis said Sir Durward’s legacy offers valuable life lessons for all Bahamians.

A gold medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in Star Class sailing with Cecil Cooke; bronze medalist at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia with Sloane Farrington, and 1959 Pan Am Games gold medalist (again with Sloane Farrington), Durward Randolph Knowles is the school’s oldest alumnus.

“Sir Durward’s life reminds us of the need to develop both intellect and character,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “Through his extraordinary service and philanthropy, Sir Durward has taught us of the need to not just make a living, but to make a life worth living.

“He has used his talents and privilege to help others, including the more vulnerable in our society,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

Prime Minister Minnis said Sir Durward’s life-long commitment to, and pursuit of equality and justice for all, was also commendable, as was Sir Durward’s nobility and largesse of spirit for others.

“Sir Durward Knowles represents the very best of who we are as a country.   His patriotism and love of country has expressed itself in the pursuit of excellence over the course of an extraordinary life.

“He is a man who has packed so much into 100 years.   This includes his involvement in civil society, business, athletics, volunteerism and philanthropy.”

Prime Minister Minnis said Sir Durward’s patriotism and love of country was exemplified in the role he played in the creation of ‘One Bahamas Foundation,’ which has national unity, and a love of country among its main goals “especially among new generations of one people.”

Sir Durward has also been instrumental in serving the community of persons living with disabilities (both physical and mental) through his involvement with the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled (BAPD).

“This involvement with the community of persons with disabilities demonstrated a core value of Sir Durward.    This value is the dignity of all regardless of any circumstance of birth or life,” Prime Minister Minnis said.

“As the title of his biography states, he has been ‘Driven by the Stars.’   As many others have noted, Sir Durward has spent his life helping others to succeed and to be driven by their own stars.

“On behalf of a grateful nation and people, thank you for all you have done for the country you have loved with an abiding passion and with extraordinary generosity.

“The country you have loved over these past 100 years, returns this love to you with deep gratitude and hearts full of devotion,” Prime Minister Minnis added.

Prime Minister Minnis also applauded Sir Durward for his contributions to education, athletics and sports in general.

“He has contributed significantly to education and athletics.   He has helped many young Bahamians to become exposed to sailing, one of our national pastimes. Because of him many young people, who would otherwise not have been able to participate in sailing, were able to enjoy one of Sir Durward’s great passions.”

By: Matt Maura (BIS)


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Invest Turks and Caicos Attended Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit



#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2021 – Invest Turks and Caicos (Invest TCI) is pleased to announce the Agency’s participation in the 10TH Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) held November 10th-12th, 2021, at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas.

CHICOS is one of the premier hospitality conferences in the region. In its 10th year, this event brought together more than 300 regional and international investors and operators and the region’s leading decision makers – all to discuss the region’s markets and possibilities.

Invest TCI participated in the Caribbean Government Leaders plenary session on Friday, November 12th, alongside the Bahamas Investment Authority, Invest St. Lucia, and JAMPRO. The plenary discussions focused on the investment environment of Caribbean economies in a post covid environment under two key themes: diversification of the economy and tourism and the need for greater involvement of (and positive impact on) local communities.

Attending the summit on behalf of Invest TCI was Interim CEO, Angela Musgrove and Legal and Compliance Officer, Judith Garland.

Commenting on the summit, Ms. Garland stated, “I was delighted to represent the Agency at the 10th Anniversary edition of CHICOS. I found the sessions engaging, and the industry trends and knowledge imparted was most valuable. It was great to meet new faces and establish relationships with industry colleagues, which can present mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships in the future.

Interim CEO Angela Musgrove stated, “Invest TCI will continue to support and leverage industry conferences to promote opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is the Agency’s 5th year attending CHICOS, and it has allowed us to directly engage with potential investors and prospects interested in doing business in the TCI. Through these types of events, the Agency can continue to proactively target new investment opportunities, lucrative partnerships, and financial opportunities that contribute to overall economic development.”

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Bahamian Para-Athlete Erin Brown to Become Godmother of RC’s Odyssey of The Seas



#TheBahamas, November 24, 2021 – A Bahamian woman who lost her leg to cancer and went on to defy odds and inspire thousands will be named godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas. Erin Brown, a 41-year-old mother of two and a para-triathlete who cycles, runs, swims and competes at an international level, will accept the honour at a special ceremony in Florida later this week.

“From the moment we heard the story of Erin, how her courage and determination in the face of adversity inspired others and led to a more inclusive consciousness about succeeding with disabilities, we were moved and knew she was a great candidate for godmother of our newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “A godmother serves as the guiding spirit of the ship and brings good luck and safe travels to its crew and guests.”

While she was in college participating as a track and field athlete, Brown was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma after suffering a fall that resulted in a broken leg. After more than a year of chemotherapy, her tumor showed no signs of shrinking, and Brown made the difficult decision to amputate her limb above the knee. Brown, who watched her own mother struggle for five years before losing her battle with lupus linked to cancer, knew she had to keep going because her child depended on her. She underwent surgery and woke up to one less leg. “Mind over matter,” she repeated. And then, she re-invented herself.

She said she recognizes now that her disability was a signal to start over. The first time she completed the 100-mile cycling event, Ride for Hope, raising money for cancer research, education and prevention, she led a group of adaptive athletes who heard the thunderous applause and cheers from the crowd that had witnessed the one-legged cyclist achieve what few with two legs could on the hilly terrain.

“A sudden change like the one I experienced is just an opportunity to rebrand yourself to yourself and to society. All those skills you had before – you still have them,” said Brown who has gone on to become an advocate for rights for the disabled and works at the University of The Bahamas as the compliance officer and counselor for the physically challenged.

“Having Erin as our godmother is a fitting way for us to pay tribute to The Bahamas,” said Bayley. “Our company’s very first port of call outside the U. S. was to The Bahamas more than 50 years ago. To this day, Nassau remains one of our most popular ports of call and Perfect Day at CocoCay remains our top pick by our guests. We are excited about this ceremony and honouring our long-time partners, as well as the newest Bahamian flagged ship in our fleet.”


Photo Caption: Erin Brown, who calls herself a limb-difference individual, will be named the first Bahamian Godmother of a Royal Caribbean International vessel when she presides over the naming of Odyssey of the Seas.

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Sandals Foundation donates to skills training programs in Nassau



#TheBahamas, November 24, 2021 – The clothing, textile and art and craft programs at CC Sweeting High School and Aquinas College recently received a major boost from Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island, through their charity arm, the Sandals Foundation.

The resort, which is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar overhaul generously, donated bolts of fabric to both schools. This came after Regional Projects Coordinator, Kerry Ann Fung and her team alerted the Foundation about the fabrics as they felt that the schools would benefit greatly from them.

Sandals Royal Bahamian’s General Manager, Adrian Whitehead did the handover and shared that while the resort’s doors may be closed, their hands and hearts remain open to the people of Bahamas.

“We are resolute about giving back to this country in any way that we can. I’m delighted that Aquinas and CC Sweeting will make good use of the fabric and that it will help students to develop the skills they need to create sustainable and expansive change in society. As we continue with the work on the resort, we plan on donating so much more in the coming weeks,” he shared.

He added that properly resourced learning environments form a huge part of Sandals’ commitment to education, as transformative initiatives have been the Sandals Foundation’s goal since its inception in 2009.

Principal at Aquinas College, Mrs. Shona Knowles who received the fabric on behalf of the school shared that the fabric will be used to aid in the inculcation of entrepreneurial skills in students.

“We have a very vibrant art and craft department. The fabric we received from the resort will be used by students for art projects where they make things like handbags, cushions, stool and bench covers and other artistic pieces. We also have plans to use some of the fabric to design backdrops for multimedia purposes,” she said.

“We are grateful to Sandals Royal Bahamian? and are certainly looking forward to a long-term partnership between the Resort and our school,” declared Knowles.

In addition to other donations that the resort plans on making, come December, the Sandals Foundation will be spreading joy with a toy through its annual Christmas Toy Drive. This initiative will see them donating close to 2000 toys to children from various schools and communities in New Providence and Exuma.

The Toy Drive has been a staple calendar event for more than 10 years through generous donations from United States toy company, Hasbro and the kind support of Sandals and Beaches Resorts team members, guests, travel agents and partners.

Release: Sandals Foundation

Photo Caption:  Principal at Aquinas College, Shona Knowles accepts fabric donation on behalf of her school from Sandals Royal Bahamian’s General Manager, Adrian Whitehead.

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