HBO Stands Out at The Golden Globes®

“Boardwalk Empire” headlines the list of winners from among HBO’s programming, with two awards

 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — HBO® received four Golden Globes® in the 68th awards ceremony which took place in Los Angeles last night. The network has once again received the most awards at this event.

 The highly-acclaimed series “Boardwalk Empire” leads the list with two awards, for Best TV Drama and Best TV Drama Actor (Steve Buscemi). Alongside it are “Temple Grandin” and “You Don’t Know Jack”, recognized for Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress (Claire Danes) and Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor (Al Pacino), respectively.

 As part of HBO Latin America’s programming for 2011, the series “The Big C” was also recognized for Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress (Laura Linney). Additional winners include Toy Story 3, as Best Animated Picture, and The Social Network, with four awards, including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director.

 The awards that the network received in this occasion confirm the quality of programming that HBO® offers, as well as the variety in its TV series, movies, and miniseries specials, which encompass notable social discourse and historical time periods in a moving and spectacular manner.

 HBO® received 9 nominations to the Golden Globes this year, among them:

  • “Boardwalk Empire” with 3 nominations, including: Best TV Drama, Best TV Drama Actor (Steve Buscemi), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Kelly MacDonald).
  • “Temple Grandin” with 3 nominations, among them: Best TV Movie/Miniseries, Best Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries (Claire Danes), and Best TV Supporting Actor (David Strathairn).
  • “You Don’t Know Jack” with two nominations, including: Best TV Movie/Miniseries and Best Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries (Al Pacino).
  •  ”The Pacific”, for Best TV Movie/Miniseries.
  • “Hung”, for Best TV Comedy/Musical Actor (Thomas Jane).

 About HBO Latin America

 HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader that, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 23 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its HBO®, HBO®HD, HBO®2, HBO® Plus, HBO® Family, MAX, MAX HD, MAX PrimeSM, Cinemax® channels and SVOD service.

10.74% of Shares of ICD Utilities Limited Acquired by Emera Inc.

GRAND BAHAMA, Bahamas, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — ICD Utilities Limited (ICD – BISX) announced today the closing of the transfer of 1,073,917 common shares (representing 10.74% of its shares) to Halifax based Emera Inc. (EMA – TSX) for $7.40 per share.  Emera purchased the ICD Utilities (ICD) shares from MaruEnergy Grand Bahama Limited, an indirect subsidiary of Marubeni TAQA Caribbean Ltd., as part of a transaction announced on December 2nd. 

 In 2008 Emera Inc. acquired 50 per cent of ICD. Today’s closing increases Emera’s interest in ICDU from 50 to 60 per cent. The remaining 40 per cent of ICD is held by individual shareholders. Emera also now owns majority interest (80.4 per cent) of Grand Bahama Power Limited.

 About ICD Utilities Limited

 ICD Utilities Limited (”ICD”) is a holding company incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas for the purpose of ownership of a 50% shareholding of Grand Bahama Power Company Limited.  ICD is listed on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange under the symbol ICD.  Prior to this transaction Emera Inc. owned 50% of ICD.

 About Emera Inc.

 (EMA and EMA.PR.A -TSX) is an energy and services company with $5.8 billion Canadian dollars in assets. Electricity is Emera’s core business. Approximately 94% of Emera’s revenues are earned by Nova Scotia Power Inc (NSPI), Bangor Hydro Electric Company (BHE) and the Brunswick Pipeline. NSPI and BHE are wholly-owned regulated electric utilities which together serve 603,000 customers. The Brunswick Pipeline is a 145 km gas pipeline in New Brunswick. Emera also owns Maine and Maritimes Corporation, the parent company of Maine Public Service Company, a regulated electric utility serving approximately 36,000 electricity customers in Northern Maine and MAM Services Group. In the Caribbean, Emera owns 19% of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited, which serves more than 50,000 customers on the island of St. Lucia, 80.4% of Grand Bahama Power Company which serves 19,000 customers on the island of Grand Bahama and 38% of Light & Power Holdings, which serves 120,000 customers on the island of Barbados through its regulated electric utility, The Barbados Light and Power Company. In addition to its electric utility investments, Emera owns Bayside Power, a 260 MW gas-fired power plant in Saint John, New Brunswick; Emera Energy Services, a physical natural gas and power marketing and asset management business; a joint venture interest in Bear Swamp, a 600 megawatt pumped storage hydro-electric facility in northern Massachusetts; a 12.9% interest in the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline; and an 8.2% interest in Open Hydro.

 

Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander To Ring In The New Year In Washington, D.C.

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Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Dec. 21, 2010: The warmth of the music of renowned Jamaican Jazz pianist, Monty Alexander, will heat up the cold winter night on Capital Hill this New Year’s Eve as the top musician gets ready to perform at Washington, D.C.’s finest jazz and supper club.

Alexander, Jamaica’s acclaimed Commander of Distinction, will perform at the historic Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., from Sunday, December 26th thru Friday, December 31st. Show times for the December 26th to the 30th shows will be 8 and 10 p.m. each night but on New Year’s eve, special performances will be at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively.

Blues Alley, the nation’s oldest continuing jazz supper club founded in 1965, will present a special Caribbean night on Wednesday, December 29th.  A $5 discount will be offered per ticket for online purchasers for the 8 p.m. show that night.

Alexander is urging all Caribbean nationals to attend the show and celebrate the cultural diversity of the region.

Alexander has the distinction of being named one of the greatest piano players in jazz. The Kingston-born musician has performed with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and on the “Concrete Jungle, The Music of Bob Marley collection” over his five decade-long career.

He has recorded over 60 albums to date and is set to mark his 50th year in the music industry with a new album next year.  His 1976 Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival performance with drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton has become one of the most celebrated live recordings in contemporary jazz. Alexander’s most recent albums on the Telarc label include trio sessions, such as “Impressions in Blue,” and the live concert recording “Goin’ Yard.” His release on Chesky is “Calypso Blues” is a tribute to his hero Nat Cole.

In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. 

Tickets can be purchased by logging on to http://www.bluesalley.com/info.htm or call (202) 337-4141.

For more on Jamaica’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.

Emera Increases Interest in Grand Bahama Power Company Limited

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Emera Inc. (TSX: EMA) announced today that it has purchased an additional 55.4 percent of direct and indirect interest in Grand Bahama Power Company Limited (GBPC) from MaruEnergy Grand Bahama Limited, an indirect subsidiary of Marubeni TAQA Caribbean Ltd., for US $82 million. The acquisition brings Emera’s direct and indirect interest in GBPC to 80.4 percent. 

In 2008, Emera acquired a 25 percent interest in GBPC through its acquisition of 50 percent of the shares of ICD Utilities Limited (ICDU), the holding company listed on The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (ICD-BISX) which holds 50 percent of the shares of GBPC. This acquisition also makes Emera Inc. the majority shareholder of ICDU. The remaining 19.6 per cent of GBPC is held by other ICDU shareholders. 

 ”Emera’s Caribbean presence is strengthened by our majority ownership in Grand Bahama Power,” said Chris Huskilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emera Inc. “We look forward to serving the customers on Grand Bahama and bringing the efficiency and reliability of the electrical system on the island up to Emera standards.”

 ”We welcome Emera’s increased investment in the Grand Bahama Power Corporation,” said Minister Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport. “We look forward to working with Emera to the mutual benefit of the company and Grand Bahama.”

 GBPC is the only utility operator on Grand Bahama Island, serving 19,000 customers.  The generation consists of one facility with 137 MW of installed oil-fired capacity.  The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited regulates the utility and has granted GBPC a licensed, regulated and exclusive franchise to produce, transmit and distribute electricity on the Island until 2054.  There is a fuel pass through mechanism and flexible tariff adjustment policies to ensure that costs are recovered and a reasonable return is earned.

 The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in the Bahamas. Through its investment in GBPC and ICDU, Emera will appoint a number of new Bahamian members to the GBPC Board of Directors.  Emera will finance today’s acquisition through existing credit facilities.

 Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information:

 This release contains forward-looking information and should not be read as a guarantee of future events, performance or results, and will not necessarily be an accurate indication of whether, or the times at which, such events, performance or results will be achieved.  Emera disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required under applicable securities laws.

 About Emera:

 Emera Inc. (EMA and EMA.PR.A -TSX) is an energy and services company with $5.8 billion Canadian dollars in assets. Electricity is Emera’s core business. Approximately 94% of Emera’s revenues are earned by Nova Scotia Power Inc (NSPI), Bangor Hydro Electric Company (BHE) and the Brunswick Pipeline. NSPI and BHE are wholly-owned regulated electric utilities which together serve 603,000 customers. The Brunswick Pipeline is a 145 km gas pipeline in New Brunswick. Emera also owns 19% of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited, which serves more than 50,000 customers on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, 25% of Grand Bahama Power Company which serves 19,000 customers on the Caribbean island of Grand Bahama and 38% of Light & Power Holdings which serves 120,000 customers on the Caribbean island of Barbados through its regulated electric utility, The Barbados Light and Power Company. In addition to its electric utility investments, Emera owns Bayside Power, a 260 MW gas-fired power plant in Saint John, New Brunswick; Emera Energy Services, a physical natural gas and power marketing and asset management business; a joint venture interest in Bear Swamp, a 600 megawatt pumped storage hydro-electric facility in northern Massachusetts; a 12.9% interest in the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline; and an 8.2% interest in Open Hydro. Visit Emera on the web at www.emera.com

 About GBPC:

 Grand Bahama Power Company Ltd. is a totally integrated utility company serving the island’s 45,000 residents and commercial establishments from east to west. The company employs over 200 Bahamians and has one of the lowest electricity rates in the Caribbean. For more information about Grand Bahama Power Company please visit: www.gb-power.com

 For further information:

Emera – Investor Relations:

Jennifer Nicholson, CA

Senior Director, Stakeholder Relations

(902) 428-6347

Emera – Media Relations:

Sasha Irving

Director, Corporation Communications

(902) 428-6685

BrandsMart USA Announces Strategic Partnership With PuntoMio to Offer Fast Delivery Services to Online Shoppers in Latin America and the Caribbean

 Online shoppers in Latin America and the Caribbean enjoy easy, fast, cost-effective delivery from U.S. retailers

 MIAMI, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ – BrandsMart USA (www.BrandsMartUSA.com), one of the largest per-store-volume retailers in the United States, is now expanding its cross-border online shopping capability to customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The service is made possible through a strategic partnership with PuntoMio (www.PuntoMio.com), the international shopping facilitator that gives non-U.S. residents a U.S. address which they can use to place online orders from U.S. retailers. 

 With this new service, consumers accessing www.BrandsMartUSA.com from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and other countries are directed to the BrandsMart USA international website, through integration with PuntoMio.  Customers will see products displayed in local currency and the purchase price will include transportation to their country, duties, taxes, and delivery within 5 to 8 days of purchase. 

 ”We observe a large amount of Latin American and Caribbean shoppers in our stores every day. Relying on PuntoMio’s expertise to reach out to those customers in their own country is a valuable advantage that we believe will translate into a significant increase in online sales for us,” stated Bobby Johnson, Executive Vice-President of BrandsMart USA.

 E-commerce in LATAM experienced a nearly 40% growth last year, and is expected to increase another 27% in 2010, according to AmericaEconomia Intelligence. “With this partnership we reach out to a growing market and further extend PuntoMio’s visibility among potential customers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Patricia Voigt, General Manager of PuntoMio.  “We offered BrandsMart USA a truly integrated and easy to implement platform that eliminated their challenges with international e-Commerce.  With our private delivery network we were able to offer them much lower and more accurate costs compared to other international checkout solutions that depend on the major express carriers.”

 www.PuntoMio.com provides complete information on how to subscribe to the service and obtain a U.S. address for general shopping from more than 1.7 million other online stores and catalogues in the U.S.

 About PuntoMio

PuntoMio, a division of SkyShop Logistics, Inc (OTC Bulletin Board: SKPN) www.skyshoplogistics.com, is an international shopping facilitator for online buyers that transforms the shopping experience from the time of purchase through cross-border delivery. PuntoMio enables U.S. merchants to sell to non-U.S. residents without the risks associated with foreign sales.

 About BrandsMart USA

BrandsMart USA is the U.S. leading, multi-award winning retailer offering a large selection of high quality merchandise from top brands at low prices since 1977. Currently with 10 storefronts in the South Florida and Atlanta areas, BrandsMart USA provides employment for over 2600 individuals.

 Contact: Natalia Pinheiro

(561) 750-9800 x230

natalia@transmediagroup.com

Melinda Gates Challenges Global Leaders: Create Savings Accounts and Bring Financial Security to the World’s Poorest

Heads of government, banking, technology, and international development gather for first-ever Global Savings Forum; foundation pledges $500 million and announces new grants to increase access to savings

 SEATTLE, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Melinda French Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today hailed a historic moment that will help bring financial services, particularly savings accounts, to hundreds of millions of people living on less than $2 a day. Speaking at the foundation-hosted Global Savings Forum in Seattle, the first global gathering focused on the role of savings in the developing world, Gates urged leaders in government, banking, mobile communications, and international development to work together to build a new kind of financial infrastructure to bring savings to the poor. She also pledged $500 million from the foundation over the next five years to expand savings.

 ”This is an amazing moment. The stage is set for incredible breakthroughs,” Gates told nearly 200 influential world leaders who gathered for the two-day forum. “As last week’s statement on savings by the G20 proves, financial inclusion is on the global agenda at the highest level. And innovations are happening so fast that, for the first time, the world has the opportunity to provide even the poorest people with access to financial services.”

 Savings accounts are in great demand by the poor in the developing world. Research shows that when they are offered side by side with loans, people chose savings over loans at rates of up to 12:1. In one study, Malawian farmers who were given the option to put aside some of their earnings toward the next planting season increased their farming inputs by 64 percent, resulting in 54 percent higher farm revenues, and 30 percent higher day-to-day expenditures. New research also shows that safe savings options can empower women, help people manage risks, like illness and job loss, and increase investment in livelihoods. Still, less than 10 percent of the world’s 2.5 billion poor have access to formal financial tools.

 ”Savings doesn’t just help people mitigate the risks posed by a medical emergency or a bad crop,” said Gates. “It also gives them the ability to marshal their resources to build something better for themselves and their children. It allows them to fund their own businesses, to look ahead with confidence. Savings helps families to take the giant leap from reacting to events to planning for a healthier, happier future.”

 Gates was joined by influential leaders who discussed the vital role financial services play in improving the lives of the poor, including Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, U.N. Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

 ”I am a strong believer in the power of financial inclusion,” said Princess Maxima. “When financial services are provided properly, they can help people grow their businesses, shield themselves against unforeseen shocks and make better lives. And I cannot stress enough the importance of savings accounts. Savings is a debt-free way to make investments and take advantage of opportunities, whether starting a business or sending a child to school.”

 As a part of the foundation’s $500 million pledge, Gates announced a package of six new grants totaling $40 million. The grants support projects and partnerships to improve access to savings and other financial services, including:

  • Expansion of bank and microfinance services to include savings accounts
  • Implementation of new approaches to reach the poor with savings, such as branchless banking and mobile money
  • Research to identify how people use formal and informal financial tools, including savings, credit, insurance, and payment services, and to analyze the impact of financial services on the lives of the poor

 Technologies such as mobile phones are already providing safe, reliable, and easy options for people to access financial services. Sixty-nine percent of the developing world already has a mobile connection, and this number is expected to climb to 98 percent within five years.

 ”Technologies like mobile phones are powering a next-generation banking system,” said Chris Locke, managing director of the GSMA Development Fund. “We now have the opportunity to put this to work for the developing world, offering the poorest people tools to manage their assets and build financial security.”

 Other leaders who joined Gates included Janamitra Devan, vice president and head of network, financial, and private sector development for the World Bank–International Finance Corporation (IFC); Njuguna Ndung’u, governor of the Central Bank of Kenya and steering committee chair of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI); Chris De Noose, managing director, World Savings Banks Institute; Yongbeom Kim, director general of Global Financial Architecture Bureau in the Presidential Committee for the G20 Summit; and Luis Urrutia, president, Financial Action Task Force.

 The foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor initiative is working with a wide range of public and private partners to harness technology and innovation to bring quality, affordable, and safe savings accounts and other financial services to the doorsteps of the poor in the developing world. Since 2006, Financial Services for the Poor has already committed more than $530 million to explore ways to increase access to financial services.

 This announcement includes the following grants.

 World Savings Bank Institute (WSBI) (2010-2011)

Doubling Savings for the Poor: $600,000

WSBI will work with major savings banks in developing countries to double the number of savings accounts held by poor people. Building on a $20 million grant to WSBI given in 2008, the program will identify and define viable projects that could be supported to offer affordable, accessible, and sustainable savings accounts with approximately 10 additional WSBI member banks.

 Press Contact

Dirk Smet, +32 2 211 11 90, Dirk.smet@savings-banks.com

 Vodacom Tanzania Limited (VTL) (2010-2012)

M-PESA Tanzania Acceleration Opportunity: $4.8 million

This program aims to increase awareness and usage of the mobile money service, M-PESA, in Tanzania, reaching at least 2 million people in 18 months. It looks to improve the lives of millions of Tanzanians, much like M-PESA is doing in Kenya.  

 Press Contact

Mwamvita Makamba, +255 754 706 642, mmakamba@vodacom.co.tz

 ShoreBank International, Ltd. (2010-2012)

bKash Mobile Money Platform: $10 million

This project will work with BRAC Bank Limited to build bKash, a scalable mobile money platform that will allow poor Bangladeshis to store, transfer, and receive money safely via their mobile phones. Within five years, the project aims to bring 17.5 million poor people into the formal financial system for the first time ever.

 Press Contact

Nicholas Molodyko, +1 312 881 5806, nmolodyko@sbksbi.com

 Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)/International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) (2010-2013)

CGAP II Technology Program: $6 million

Building on a major grant in 2006, this program will promote the use of branchless banking to increase the number of poor people with access to financial services, particularly savings. Co-funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the World Bank, the program includes an innovation fund to support promising approaches and advises banks, microfinance institutions, telecommunication providers, and financial regulators on effective design and regulation.

 Press Contact

Jeanette Thomas, +1 202 473 8869 or +1 202 744 4829, jthomas1@cgap.org

 World Bank (2010-2014)

Global Financial Inclusion Survey: $11.4 million

This program will include 10 financial questions in an existing Gallup global poll to generate first-of-a-kind baseline data on financial inclusion levels across 150 countries. The survey will be issued every three years to measure and track specific data on people’s use and access to formal and informal banking, and financial tools.

 Press Contact

Merrell Tuck-Primdahl, +1 202 473 9516, mtuckprimdahl@worldbank.org

 Yale University/Innovations for Poverty Action (2010-2014)

The Microsavings & Payments Innovation Initiative (MPII): $7 million

The MPII will strengthen understanding of the financial needs of the poor, and the economic benefits of financial products by launching more than 20 studies to identify the best ways to reach the poor with savings products and money transfer services. To support this effort and build capacity in developing countries, the program looks to expand its research network to include at least 15 more developing country researchers worldwide.

 Press Contact

Dorie Baker, +1 203 432 8553, dorie.baker@yale.edu

 Note to Editors

 For more information, as well as downloadable photos and videos, please visit www.gatesfoundation.org/press-room/Pages/news-market.aspx.

 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Learn more at www.gatesfoundation.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Dominican Republic Takes Center Stage of Caribbean Cruise Tourism

DR Ministry of Tourism welcomes 17th annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Conference

 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ — The Dominican Republic (DR) located in the heart of the Caribbean, is the center for all things cruise this week as the DR Ministry of Tourism welcomes the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference in Santo Domingo Oct. 25-29. The Caribbean’s leading tourism destination, the DR will welcome the cruise industry’s best and brightest executives, marketers and government leaders to share their vision to accommodate the ever-increasing demand to cruise to DR ports during workshops, meetings and trade shows in the historic capital city.

“Santo Domingo’s world-class port and modern cruise terminals have a privileged geographic location at the city’s marine entrance on the Ozama River, just steps away from the ancient Colonial City. The Port of Santo Domingo is also the gateway to our vast country with over 1,000 miles of coastline,” said DR Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia. “The DR’s location at the center of the Caribbean is very well-suited for flexible itinerary planning and easy transfers throughout the country,” he added.

 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association President Michele M. Paige said, “The FCCA annual conference provides a superb forum to cruise industry leaders and partners to exchange information, share ideas and cultivate valuable business relationships. Our conference in Santo Domingo is the most important conference of the year for the Caribbean cruise industry. Attendees will experience first-hand why Santo Domingo is so popular with cruise passengers who crave an exciting cultural and historic destination that offers a multitude of opportunities to interact with authentic Dominican culture.”

 ”Santo Domingo offers so much to cruise lines and passengers. Dominicans express their unique ancestry through their music, food, art, architecture and friendly hospitality. FCCA delegates and visitors alike will discover much expression of Dominican culture in Santo Domingo,” added Garcia.

 With cruise tourism to the DR increasing each year, the Dominican government has a long term strategy that includes new ports and reinvesting in existing ports to ensure more cruise lines and passenger demand for the unique Dominican experience in the decades to come. 

 In 2009, 500,000 cruise ship passengers visited the Sans Souci and Don Diego Terminals in Santo Domingo, the Port of La Romana on the Southeast Coast; and the Samana Peninsula on the Northeast Coast. During their exploration of the DR, passengers and crew from over 400 ships spent a total of $80 million dollars in 2009. The DR Ministry of Tourism expects a five percent jump in cruise ship arrivals for 2010 due to the increasing awareness of the DR as a unique destination engaging visitors in vibrant Dominican culture, arts, history, music and gastronomy.

 The Dominican Republic (DR) is closer than you think with fourteen international and national airports, three major seaports and world-class marinas making travel to the Caribbean’s second largest island a breeze. Rich in history and culture, today the DR has developed into a sophisticated destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to over 3.9 million visitors each year. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the DR boasts 25 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. The DR features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit the DR Ministry of Tourism’s official website: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

BAYSIDE ROCKS FESTIVAL: “THE WOODSTOCK OF REGGAE” COMES TO MIAMI THIS NOVEMBER

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CARIBPR WIRE, MIAMI, FL – The Bayside Rocks Festival, which is being hailed as “The Woodstock of Reggae” for its nod to the nostalgic era of The Bob Marley movement, will take over  Bayfront Park in Miami next month with a salute to and performances by reggae icons Bunny Wailer, Steel Pulse, Toots & Maytals, Midnite and young Puerto Rican cult reggae band Cultura Profetica. 

 The Bayside Rocks Festival is set for Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 3 p.m. to Midnight at Bayfront Park at 301Biscayne Boulevard, in Downtown Miami. Over 15,000 are expected to attend this all day experience that will be a throwback to the musical energy and community spirit of Woodstock.

 It has been generations since a line up for reggae giants have been assembled on the same stage. This “once in a lifetime experience will include three-time Grammy Award winner Bunny Wailer of The Wailers, Grammy Award winning UK based Steel Pulse, the man who coined the word “reggae” himself Grammy Award winner Toots & Maytals, 100% roots rock reggae from St. Croix Midnite and Puerto Rico’s own cult band Cultura Profetica.  Also on the bill are Uriel Hamilton, Mixed Culture, Bootleg, Marcia Griffiths, Kulcha Shok Muzic  and Big Life Sound.

 Bayside Rocks is an all-day celebration of cultural awareness and consciousness. This highly anticipated cultural event was designed to cater to all genuine cultural expressions.

 “This musical extravaganza will expose the public to music that embodies peace love and unity while immersing them in the exotic culture and dynamic energy that embodies reggae music. The line up includes the best of Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.K., St. Croix, and South Florida,” said Bayside Rocks Festival producer, Alfonso D’Niscio Brooks.

 Bayside Rocks Festival is also a “party with a purpose” with a portion of its net proceeds set to be donated Voices United, a Miami-based non-profit youth organization, devoted to promoting cultural diversity through the performing arts.  

 For tickets or more information about the Bayside Rocks Festival, please call the general hotline at 305-763-4509, email info@baysiderocksfestival.com or visit www.baysiderocksfestival.com.

 All media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing at (305) 576-3790. Sponsorship and vendor requests should be directed to Michelle McKoy, 305-763-4509.

“Return to the Rock” Campaign Strives to Connect 10,000 Barbadians Living Abroad

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CaribPR Wire, Toronto, Canada, October 7, 2010 – As part of a campaign to identify and link up with Barbadians across the world, and register their skills and qualifications, Invest Barbados, an economic development agency for Barbados, has  launched a new campaign called, “Return to the Rock,in which eligible participants could win a free trip for two people to Barbados.

 

 

CAMPAIGN DETAILS

The website www.networkbarbados.com  was created to facilitate this process, and Barbadians in the Diaspora are being encouraged to register on the site. To enter the contest, Barbadians living abroad only need to register at www.networkbarbados.com. Each entry has a chance to win an economy fare trip for two people to Barbados. Flights must depart from New York, U.S.A., Toronto, Canada or London, U.K. If Network Barbados receives 10,000 registered names over the next 60 days, two winners will be selected, instead of just one. (Terms & Conditions)

 

The winning flights will be booked for the final week during Crop Over 2011. This five-week summer Festival has turned into a cultural and culinary extravaganza that attracts thousands of international visitors every year to Barbados.

 

CAMPAIGN PURPOSE

“We need to significantly increase registrations in order to make the database meaningful as a site for Barbadians to connect, and be informed about what’s happening on the island, and especially what’s happening for Barbadians in the diaspora specifically. We hope this competition initiative for a prize draw of a trip back home for crop over will help us achieve that critical mass of registrations,” said Wayne Kirton, the CEO of Invest Barbados. “Keeping in touch with Barbadians living across the globe also helps us spread the word about what continues to make our country a highly desirable investment location.”

 

Barbadians living abroad benefit in several ways from signing up on the site, apart from connecting at a social level with other Barbadians, registering on www.networkbarbados.com provides Barbadians living aboard with the opportunity to access timely updates and insights including:

 

  • Governmental changes, legislative shifts, that could directly impact business on and off the island.
  • Ability to invest in the development of Barbados and access new initiatives on the ground level.
  • Inside access to reach local Barbadians and exclusive ability to post projects (business opportunities) for local responses on the site, the ‘go to’ location for entrepreneurs as well as long-standing business owners.
  • Sector trends that help to highlight various business and growth opportunities.
  • Wide array of specific investment prospects from government debentures to real estate developments. 

 

Invest Barbados

Invest Barbados (IB) is the economic development agency of the government of Barbados that  is responsible for attracting, winning and sustaining foreign direct  investment in, and through Barbados, utilizing its international tax treaties, into other countries. The corporation is also responsible for promoting the export of indigenous services and helping to develop and manage the Barbados Business brand.

For more visit: www.investbarbados.org.

Cayman Islands Estate With 210 Feet of Beachfront to Sell Without Reserve at Live, On-Site Auction on November 3

Concierge Auctions to conduct the auction on behalf of Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty

 GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Casa Coyaba, “House of Paradise,” a tranquil Caribbean island estate with more than 19,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space on 210 feet of beachfront, will be sold at auction on November 3 without reserve, NYC-based luxury real estate auction firm Concierge Auctions has announced. Previously listed for $19.8 million, this impressive property at 222 Old Prospect Road in Grand Cayman will sell to the highest bidder regardless of price. The live, on-site auction is being conducted on behalf of Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty and marks Concierge Auctions’ first international assignment.

 ”Grand Cayman is an island gem for those seeking offshore residency or a second home in a stable, high quality, tax-neutral tropical climate,” stated Sheena Conolly, Owner/Broker of Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty. “We have the highest per capita income and standard of living in the region, with around 52,000 residents from over 100 countries who gather to work and play in harmony. Casa Coyaba is a splendor and one of the most impressive luxury residences in the Caribbean. The setting is peaceful and the views spectacular. There are very few homes that are as memorable as this one.”

 Majestic in both stature and structure, Casa Coyaba offers more than 19,000 square feet of completely furnished indoor and outdoor living space. Plentiful windows offer stunning views and an abundance of natural light for the spacious floor plan of 39 rooms including eight bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms, two powder bathrooms, a library, two formal living rooms, a great room, full gym, theatre room, two master suites, two gourmet kitchens, two laundry rooms, a separate entire nanny suite and two executive offices. A customized home automation system allows for complete access and control of all rooms of the home, from temperatures to lighting to security cameras, from any computer across the globe.

 The home’s nine open and eight covered balconies feature multiple table sets, loungers, couches and tables for private individual conversation or endless entertainment. The 40-foot, infinity edge, heated pool overlooks the beach, as do the patio hot tubs. The Caribbean’s consistent weather provides opportunity to suntan on the estate’s beachfront, or the water sport enthusiast can pull up his or her jet skis or small watercrafts right to the sandy backyard. A covered outdoor kitchen and bar area is the perfect place to relax after a tennis match on the lighted doubles court that sits just next to the residence.

 Life in the Cayman Islands is unique – a blend of breezy relaxation and business sophistication. Boasting phenomenal amenities and a quality of life unmatched in the region, the new owners will be close to the mainland and city life, yet far from the madding crowd. The Cayman Islands is home to those looking for a discerning, picturesque and peaceful corner of the world. Casa Coyaba sits majestically on this quiet historic road just past the South Sound area, a sophisticated community which is home to upscale, unique homes whose architecture is emphasized by the expanse of sky and sea that surround them. South Sound is one of the more established residential areas on the island and is also close to some of the best schools and sporting facilities. The breezy coastal road that follows the seashore is ideal for an early morning jog or evening stroll.

 There are frequent direct flights to the area including those from New York, London, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, Chicago, Tampa, Toronto, Bahamas, Kingston and other international destinations connecting to Grand Cayman, which sits approximately 480 miles southwest of Miami, only one hour flying time.

 ”Concierge Auctions has established itself as the auction firm of choice for luxury property sellers throughout the United States, and we are excited to extend our services to select international clients,” stated George Graham, CEO of Concierge Auctions. “No matter the location, our 60-day disposition process is a proven technique to generate market value for premier luxury properties. As the owner of Casa Coyaba has agreed to sell through the truest form of auction – without reserve – buyers will appreciate being able to name the price in an open, transparent forum. This is the first auction of its kind in the Cayman Islands and a genuine, unique opportunity to own a premier estate in one of the worlds most sought-after destinations.”

 The live, on-site auction of Casa Coyaba will be held on November 3. The auction has no reserve, and no minimum bid is required to participate. Cooperating brokers are welcome. Proxy bidding is available. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. For further information and/or to schedule a private preview visit www.CasaCoyabaAuction.com or call 866-605-7280.

 About Concierge Auctions: Concierge Auctions is the preeminent luxury real estate auction firm serving high-end sellers nationwide.  A leading provider of services for individual and institutional owners of luxury residential real estate, Concierge Auctions is revolutionizing the industry by offering an accelerated marketing process that obtains fair market value for high-end properties in a determined time frame.  Building on a centuries-old method for selling the finest art and antiquities, the company combines the latest technologies and marketing programs with experienced personnel to generate the maximum value for the most premier properties in an open, competitive forum.  As a preferred auction provider to Sotheby’s International Realty® and other luxury brokerage firms, the company has executed auctions throughout the country, from New York to Hawaii.  The company’s database includes more than 50,000 luxury real estate buyers and agents from all 50 states and 38 countries and territories.  The principals of Concierge Auctions have been involved in the transfer of more than $2 billion in luxury real estate sales over the past 10 years.  For more information, call 888-966-4759 or visit www.ConciergeAuctions.com.