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The new president of the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) says there is "no question" that the hotly criticized stamp tax needs to be revisited under his administration.Franon Wilson was sworn in as the new president with more than 100 BREA member in attendance at the Nassau Yacht Club last week. He brings to the table considerable experience, including his current position as president of Arawak Homes.
He told Guardian Business that working with government agencies to bring about positive changes in the property market is top of his agenda.
"I look forward to having a dialogue and lead a discussion to make our point. There is no question on that. The stamp tax needs to be revisited," he said. "At the end of the day, we all have the same goal. The more activity in real estate, the more the country benefits. Since we all have this same goal, it's just a matter of aligning."
Continuing to work with agencies such as the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB), and reaching out to the Fiscal Planning Committee, for example, are key to developing the right relationships to move the sector forward.
"It's not about giving us money. It's working with us to go out and sell and be competitive. We do want the stamp tax to go down. In terms of how far down, we need to sit down and talk,"he added.
The agenda set by Wilson should come as welcomed news to many local realtors.
John Christie, the vice president of HG Christie Limited, has remained vocal on the subject of stamp tax. Now standing at 12 percent, he felt the additional expense was a major deterrent for international investors or buyers looking for second homes.
"It pulls down what the owner is going to get, it eats into commissions, and it makes buyers think once, twice and three times about whether they want to invest,"Christie told Guardian Business.
Mario Carey, the CEO of Mario Carey Realty, has gone so far as to say the property sector"gets no respect"from the government in terms of contributions to the economy.
But there was a bit of good news at the annual general meeting for BREA. Next month, multiple listings throughout The Bahamas will be fed onto Realtor.com, a company taken over by Move.com.
Patty Birch, the outgoing president of BREA, said getting local listings on this site is one of her greatest achievements during her two-year term.
By going onto this database, Bahamian real estate will receive unprecedented exposure to buyers in North America.
"That website gets three million hits per day,"she said.
"Our properties will now be fed into the international side of the website. It could definitely have a broader exposure to the international market for properties all over The Bahamas. It's an amazing opportunity for us to get out there."
Birch also noted that it could open the door for possible buyers in Latin America as well, many of which frequent the Realtor.com. Direct flights through Panama with Copa mean investors and second-home buyers can begin to consider The Bahamas as a viable alternative to the southern U.S.
Wilson, the incoming president, praised BREA's inclusion on the website, calling it "huge" for the sector.
In terms of getting out of the recession, he toldGuardian Business the widest possible exposure is needed to generate sales. He said it will likely benefit both large and small members of BREA.
"The main thing about real estate, is the more people that see what you have, the more chance you have to sell it. Especially for the smallest embers of BREA, such as those on the Family Islands, people can now look at these options at a greater scale," he explained. "The main thing is to continue to work across the board on these fields to do what we can to get out of the recession."
Nassau, Bahamas - Paragon Concierge and Event Management presents
T-Connection Reloaded 2012 at the Nassau Wyndham Resort Crystal Palace
Friday, April 20th.
T-Connection are a funk and disco group
from Nassau, the Bahamas, who
scored two major hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1977 and 1979.
T-Connection has performed on American Bandstand, Soul Train, Top of the
Pops, TV specials with the Bee Gees, Donna Summers, Village People and
others. They were especially large on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play
they scored five Top 10 hits.
Part proceeds from the event will be donated to the
Bahamas Children's Emergency Hostel...
Adorers across the region will raise a
Guinness® Stout in celebration of the life and work of Arthur Guinness
founder of the dark rich brew which is Guinness®.
Thursday, September 22 at 17:59, Guinness® will
host the Arthur Guinness Day Live a regional TV simulcast and an
online live stream to fans across the Caribbean. The Arthur's
Day concert simulcast features soca band KES and dancehall giants
Assassin and I-Octane and Mr. Vegas.
For the last three years countries across the globe
have celebrated the legendary founder, Arthur Guinness in a variety of
ways, from a simple toast in the local bars to big concerts with
thousands of fans. From Ireland and Europe across to the USA, Caribbean
and ending in Asia, 24 hours of global celebrations and live music...
Grand Bahama Island's
Raquel Oliver, reigning Miss Global Bahamas took first place in the
talent segment of the Miss Global International Pageant last night in
Jamaica. The finals are set for this evening, September 24th. She is
already a favourite in the competition.
Miss Global Bahamas is well known in her own country as a singer, but she is also a dancer and a model.
For more information on Miss Global International...
Nassau, Bahamas -
are pleased to announce that on
March 30th 2012, B.R.E.E.F. (The
Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation) will hold its next gala event!
"The Bootleggers' Ball" is celebrating
a Bahamas when our oceans were filled not only with ships laden with
barrels of forbidden liquor, but an abundance of groupers, lobsters and
The event is to be held at
Albany, Bahamas, and tickets are
available through the BREEF office, Caves Village.
evening will recreate the 1920s, and the grand traditions of that era
with a mock casino, silent auction, live music for dancing...
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
VALLEY Boys deputy chairman Patrick Adderley yesterday pointed to an "inordinate" number of dancers as the reason for the Junkanoo group's defeat in the Boxing Day parade.
The A category group ranked fourth place behind defending champions Shell Saxon Superstars, who were declared the unofficial winners for the second straight year.
I n an interview with The Tribune, Mr Adderley said the group may have succumbed to the pressure of coming out the gate first.
"We seem to have an emerging trend on Boxing Day that we can't adequately estimate our numbers," he said. "We've learned in the past when ...
It's all about attitude!
If you have what it takes to rip the runway then Yodephy Dance and Modeling School will host a walkout with the winner participating in an international fashion show and compete for dance and modeling scholarships.
The model search and walkout will be staged at the Mall at Marathon on Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m. Garraway will be looking for three candidates - two will win one-year scholarships to Yodephy, and one will be flown to Bermuda to participate in the "Some Like it Hot" fashion show at the Fairmont South Hampton Princess Hotel by Mario Dismont from Spectrum Productions on Saturday, April 6.
As long as they have a passion for the art they are the perfect candidates for the event says organizer Phyllis Garraway, co-owner of Yodephy.
"I am excited about the event and can't wait to see the talent coming our way. It's important to get everyone involved and not just Yodephy students. Whether candidates win or not young girls interested in this field need to have this experience under their belt. It's about confidence and being beautiful."
While the first segment to win the scholarship is open to all participants - no matter the height or experience, the second and more highly anticipated part of the show for the international fashion show invites models five feet, nine inches or taller with modeling experience to compete for the opportunity to rip the runway internationally.
"This is an experience of a lifetime," says Garraway. "It is not a competition. It's just an opportunity we want to give a lucky young lady who meets our requirements and has a special flare that cannot be ignored. This winner will be paid $1,500 for participating in the international fashion show and receive airfare to and from Bermuda, and hotel accommodations will be covered. She will also have a per diem of $150 to spend on the trip," says Garraway. "She will be able to fly in a day or two before the competition to see the country itself and really take advantage of flying so far. This is a wonderful opportunity. And the beauty of this is that all the young ladies who are interested have to do is show up on Saturday and show us what they can do."
Garraway says the upcoming walkout is something that both the more privileged and the less fortunate dreamer can aspire to winning because this competition is based on talent alone.
"There are so many talented and tall young ladies who can really make it in the field of modeling with training and they just need a push. This is why we are hosting this event so we can gauge what is out there and give scholarships and opportunities to the young lady who wouldn't have had a chance otherwise."
The organizer advises all girls to come with attitude because the competition will be fierce. She urges them to do their best to stand out because even if they have never had any experience on the runway before, their personality and passion will shine through.
To properly enter this competition young ladies have to wear skinny leg or regular jeans, white shirts/blouses and pumps. The walkout is open to young ladies from the age of five to adult. Little girls can wear ordinary shoes with a height their parents find appropriate.
For those interested in participating in the event, call 557-2614 or 394-6209.
When: Saturday, February 4
Where: The Mall at Marathon
Time: 3 p.m.
He's the voice that has earned The O'Jays many top-selling hits - "Backstabbers", "I Love Music", "Family Reunion", Stairway to Heaven", "For the Love of Money" and the number one single "Love Train" - and it's those vocals that will headline the 40th Annual Red Cross Ball.
Eddie Levert, a founding member of the pioneering 1970s Soul/R&B group and 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, The O'Jays will take to the stage at the ball that this year has been dubbed "Rubies & Diamonds". The ball will be held on Saturday, January 28 at the Crystal Ballroom of the Wyndham Nassau Resort.
Levert, backed by an 11-piece band that will be coming into the country will perform a 90-minute set that promises to be high-energy, and fun, says Red Cross Ball co-chair and publicist Kathy Davis Maciel. She says it will be definitely worth the money. Tickets are $225 for the black tie, red carpet affair.
"He (Levert) just performed in Miami the other day and a lot of Bahamians went over and were thrilled with his performance, and have been calling for tickets because they want to see him perform again and are happy that he's at the ball," said Davis Maciel. "We're very excited that Eddie Levert has decided to be our guest artist this year."
The upcoming performance won't be Levert's first time performing in The Bahamas, but it will be his first time performing at a ball here. Davis Maciel says Levert is excited because the Red Cross Society is the charity of choice for him.
Levert is a part of The O'Jays, the group that was formed in 1958 out of Canton, Ohio. The group which jump-started their career with the 1963 chart-topping smash hit "Lonely Drifter", made their debut into the music business with the group project "Coming Through".
Over the course of several decades, The O'Jays have celebrated R&B success with six top 10 singles and a multitude of enduring and soulful gems.
The man who will entertain ball-goers was in 2009, honored with a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. His projects also include two musical collaborations with his late son, Gerald of the hit R&B group LeVert. "Father and Son" was the first full-length collaboration between the two singers followed by the posthumous release of "Something To Talk About".
Today, almost 50 years later, Levert continues to perform with The O'Jays, entertaining enthusiastic audiences around the world. He is also pursuing solo projects including the show he titled "Timeless Voices" which is a collaboration of fellow vocalists whom Levert feels made significant impact on R&B and popular music as well as having the experience and talent to pay tribute to some of the great singers and songs of the past.
Also performing on the night to the delight of ball-goers will be The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, the Lou Adams Orchestra and Caribah.
The Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band that has been a staple with the ball for years will once again kick off the evening with a performances ranging from local to international during the cocktail reception that begins at 7 p.m.
As guests take to the hall, they are entertained with music by the Lou Adams Orchestra, which has been another entertainment staple at the ball over the years. And in the spirit of having fun, Davis Maciel says dancing begins right away with traditional ballroom dancing as guests display their fancy footwork with dances like the fox trot and the waltz, kicking off an elegant evening in true ball spirit. And the entertainment continues as the band Caribah opens for Levert.
Davis Maciel says the Red Cross Ball is all about top-notch entertainment while supporting a worthy cause. And in keeping with that tradition, she says they brought in Levert this year, along with the best in Bahamian entertainment as well.
Fabulous prizes will also be raffled off at this year's ball including a 14K white gold genuine rubalite and diamond earrings and pendant set in the spirit of the theme. Also to be raffled include a Lalique 2011 perfume limited edition collectible, a 42-inch LCD flat screen television, a ruby red three-piece pearl set, crystal chandelier, ladies watch, $200 gift certificate and two 18-inch oriental fish bowls. A variety of gift certificates for a variety of services will also be raffled off.
40TH ANNUAL RED CROSS BALL
When: Saturday, January 28
Where: Crystal Ballroom, Wyndham Nassau Resort
Tickets: $225, telephone 323-7370
Dress: Black tie
It's going to be a showcase of talent when young Bahamian musicians and dance troupes join forces with award-winning Touch of Class dancers from Philadelphia to raise funds for the Ranfurly Home and the Children's Emergency Hostel.
More than 13 groups will participate in the showcase which brings together local performers including Funky D, T'rez Hepburn, Damien Davis, Chelsea's Kids, the Meridian School Choir, Yodephy, Dance Bahamas School, Virtue Dance, Live to Dance, Eurhythmics Dance Studio, Kaleidoscope Dance Company and Juice Unit Hip Hop Group. A group from The Meridian School Choir will perform a pop number inspired by the hit television show "Glee".
The "Love That Child" benefit concert sponsored by Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) will be held on Sunday, January 15, at the Rainforest Theatre, Wyndham Nassau Resort at 3 p.m.
"Last year's performance was nothing short of amazing. The children experienced interacting and performing with people they had seen on the big screen, they were all inspired and gained so much self-confidence," said Lisa McCartney, owner of The Meridian School at Unicorn Village. "I welcome the opportunity to assist the wonderful residents of The Ranfurly Home and to afford our students an opportunity to perform."
Sharing the stage with the Meridian School Choir will be three members of Chelsea's Kids, a group of advanced musicians sponsored by Chelsea's Choice.
"I think that music is a very important part of a civil society. Kids who have a talent need to be in a position where they can really hone in on those skills," said Tina Knowles, owner of Chelsea's Choice. "We all live in the same community and we all need to encourage and foster the growth of children which includes music."
Adding to the musical talents of local vocalists will be up-and-coming dancers from troupes including Live to Dance. The Live to Dance students will perform three numbers inspired by Broadway and hip-hop with a special song and dance rendition of "Marry You" by pop phenomenon Bruno Mars.
"The Love That Child concert is very inspirational. Learning to give back and working hard to do something great for such a wonderful cause is important for kids to learn at a young age," said Nonny Cartwright, owner and operator of Live to Dance Studio.
The benefit concert hosted by Funky D is named after local musician and former Ranfurly Home resident Damien Davis' original single "Love That Child", which was released by BOB and Davis in November 2010. All proceeds from the CD sales aid the Ranfurly Home and the hostel where Davis grew up. He will perform the song live at the concert.
The "Love That Child" benefit concert is being held in conjunction with the "Philly Connection" professional dance workshop on Saturday, January 14, also hosted by Apalucci and Rawlings. Registration for the one-day workshop is open to interested dancers ages five and older regardless of skill level. Every dancer who participates in the workshop will be invited to perform a group number in the "Love That Child" concert the following day.
"Love That Child" is the follow-up to the highly successful concert "Standing Ovation International Live Tour" held last summer, performed by the cast of the tween hit movie "Standing Ovation". Initial efforts raised more than $10,000 for the Ranfurly Homes for Children and Children's Emergency Hostel.
Tickets are available for a donation of $5 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at all BOB branches in Nassau, Splashdance in the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre, The Meridian School at Unicorn Village and Diane Phillips & Associates on East Bay Street. For corporate tables and group ticket inquiries, contact Diane Phillips & Associates at telephone 394-0677.
LOVE THAT CHILD BENEFIT CONCERT
When: Sunday, January 15
Where: Rainforest Theatre, Wyndham Nassau Resort
Cost: $5 for students, $15 adults
Time: Sunday at 3 p.m.
Ticket outlets: BOB branches in Nassau, Splashdance in the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre, The Meridian School at Unicorn Village and Diane Phillips & Associates on East Bay Street.
Get ready for a night on the dance floor that you will not soon forget. The Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas' first celebratory ball in honor of its 50th anniversary promises to not be a "stuffy" affair. It's going to be the perfect blend of sophistication and fun to kick off ball season.
It will be a spectacular night of music, laughter and good company in the Crown Ballroom at Atlantis tonight from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $150.
"This will be an exciting black tie affair and it is the perfect way to kick off this month of celebration for this important milestone for the Rotary Clubs," said Charles Sealy, assistant district governor of Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas. "There will be so many things going on throughout the night to keep people upbeat and excited. Whether you are a Rotarian or not you will have a great time."
With music by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band, and loads of prizes to be given out throughout the night, Sealy says "spectacular" will be the word to associate with the evening.
"There will not be a dull moment all night," he promises. "From the music, the dance to the food and the decor, you will love what you see. It will be a real experience that people will enjoy from start to finish. And with loads of prizes to be given out throughout the night."
To add another dash of spice to the evening the menu is a foodie's delight that will be nothing short of divine from start to finish from the conch and plantain soup, crab encrusted bass to the spinach stuffed chicken breasts, sorbets, salads and signature guava pastries.
You will have a wonderful time while supporting a worthy cause. Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities. Business, professional and community leaders volunteer their time and talents to serve communities locally and around the world -- and form strong, lasting friendships in the process.
With loads of prizes to be given out throughout the night. You will be around great people and the funds raised throughout the night will go toward rotary initiatives. So you will be having a good time and supporting a wonderful cause.
Whether you are looking to support the good cause that is Rotary, or just looking to attend a fabulous party, the Rotary Clubs of Nassau's first celebratory ball fits the bill.
Rotary International president Kainan Banerjee will address Bahamian Rotarians. He is expected to highlight the achievements of Rotary as an international organization and share the future goals of the historic 1.2 million global club with attendees. The Rotary Club of Miami, the club who sponsored the first rotary club in The Bahamas will also be in attendance for the ball.
"This occasion is a really significant one for local Rotarians and after so many years doing such good work in our country and supporting worldwide causes I think it is a great time to celebrate," says Sealy. "I believe the Rotary Club has been doing great work in assisting many causes, and it is great for us to have this time to celebrate what we have done and reflect on where we need to go. It is also a wonderful time to mingle with the public and all those who support us and our cause. So it will be a wonderful evening that will really celebrate who we are and the people who have helped us to achieve and continue to give back."
The ball also kicks off a month of events for the 50th anniversary of the Rotary's establishment in The Bahamas. Other events to look forward to throughout the weeks include a bed race, an awards reception, bowling competition and even a golf tournament.
When: Friday, January 6
Where: Crown Ballroom, Atlantis
Time: 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Dress code: Black tie
Schedule of Events
Sunday, January 8
8 a.m. - Christ Church Cathedral Service
Wednesday, January 11
8 p.m. - Bowling Tournament
Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace
Friday, January 13
12:30 p.m. - Golf Tournament
Ocean Club golf course
Saturday, January 14
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Rotary photo display and blood drive
Mall at Marathon
Sunday, January 15
5 a.m. - Marathon Bahamas
8 a.m. - Boiled fish brunch at Marathon Bahamas
Tuesday, January 17
Movie Night and After Party
Galleria 6 - John F. Kennedy Drive
Thursday, January 19
7 p.m. - 50th Anniversary Banquet
Hilton Hotel Poolside and Garden
Saturday, January 28
Annual Bed Race for Charity
Mall at Marathon