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NASSAU, Bahamas -- A critical 1.2-mile link between JFK Boulevard and Cable Beach opened Friday in classic ceremonial fashion with a wave of two checkered flags and the entry of iconic race cars gathered in Nassau for Bahamas Speed Week Revival 2012 becoming the first to use the new thoroughfare.
The new 4-lane thoroughfare currently known as Corridor 7, provides a north-south link between JFK Boulevard at the intersection of Gladstone Road and Baha Mar Boulevard.
Colin, Higgs, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Works, was first to test the new road as the passenger in a car driven by race car legend Sir Stirling Moss, honorary patron of Bahamas Speed Week. Other officials, Baha Mar executives and the media followed in other participating cars, including several driven by local participants in Race Week.
Bahamas Speed Week continues this weekend with the Fort Charlotte Hill Climb Saturday and a full day of racing Sunday.
Photos: New Road, Vintage Cars -- Past met future Friday as the new road previously known as Corridor 7 opened with a soft bang featuring historic classic race cars gathered in Nassau for Bahamas Speed Week Revival being first to traverse the 1.2-mile thoroughfare that links JFK to Baha Mar Boulevard. Driving car #1 is legendary race car driver Sir Stirling Moss, honorary patron for Speed Week, with Colin HIggs, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Works, in the passenger seat. In car #2 are UK driver David Cottingham with Baha Mar executive Phil Robinson. (Photos by Ana Wassitsch)
By SANCHESKA BROWN
CITY MARKET employees are now agitating to be laid off, after they say there is no way they can survive off the "tiny" pay cheques they are currently receiving.
More than 50 employees from the Sea Grapes, Cable Beach and South Beach locations gathered outside the Harbour Bay food store yesterday, demanding the Finalyson Group treat them like human beings or let them go and give them their pensions.
Eliazer Rolle, an employee at the Harbour Bay location, said all they want is what is owed to them, "nothing more, nothing less."
"The situation around here is not fair. The government needs to step in. They have us working a week off a week on yet they have eigh ...
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The $2.6 billion Baha Mar project has been likened to "a marriage where the mother-in-law does not approve of the spouse", a former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president warning the private sector would "go into shock for six months" if both political parties failed to approve work permits for the development's 5,000 Chinese workers.
Giving his apt assessment of the Government's seeming attitude towards the Baha Mar development and its Chinese government-owned partners, the China Import-Export Bank and China State Construction, Dionisio D'Aguilar told Tribune Business that the Cable Beach project was "the only short-ter ...
Young people in The Bahamas must hold their heads high and expand their horizons if they want to survive in difficult financial times, said Donald Saunders, the Deputy Secretary General, attorney and former FNM candidate.
He felt the recent City Market closures was an example of why Bahamians should educate themselves, remain flexible and always be on the look out for new and unusual opportunities.
"Yes, the country, along with most of the world, is suffering to some extent," the told Guardian Business.
"But this is an opportunity to achieve better skills and look to jobs of the future. I think we really need to train Bahamians in new areas.
"People should be prepared to retool themselves from an educational or training perspective."
Saunders said Bahamians often focus on the core industries, including tourism and financial services.
But technology, farming and other less conventional professions must also be considered.
Although he admitted the economy was undergoing difficult times, Saunders added that the government was doing a reasonable job keeping employment at an acceptable level.
He pointed to various programs and projects supported by the government, which have provided thousands of opportunities for Bahamians.
Baha Mar, for example, the multi-billion-dollar development in Cable Beach, has so far employed more than 1,000 locals.
"We talk about the Chinese and other foreigners," he said, "but we should take the opportunity to ensure we have Bahamians employed at these facilities and [are] really learning from these foreign workers so we don't have to depend on them as much. Upgrading your skills is very important."
Saunders felt Atlantis would continue to generate jobs through upcoming projects and repairs to the site.
Work being done to the magistrate court building and the supreme court in downtown Nassau, along with the current road works project, are also keeping Bahamians employed.
But in particular, Saunders highlighted the importance of the Job Readiness and Training Initiative, which Hubert Ingraham, the Prime Minister, kicked off this month. Hundreds of Bahamians were inducted into the program as the first class - 400 participants from New Providence, and 240 from Grand Bahama.
The $25 million program includes 52 weeks of job placement and two weeks of orientation. Thousands are expected to go through the initiative over the next several years.
"When the economy does take a turn for the better, they will be in a position to take full advantage of that," Saunders explained. "I do think we have to encourage young people to look at new areas of employment."
And despite the hard times, he pointed out that the government, unlike other countries in the region, has not cut any essential services.
"As a young Bahamian in the professional world, and especially as an attorney for major bank institutions, I often see the affects of the downturn on the economy and general public. In my view, the government is doing a fairly good job in how it is dealing with the economy and how they are sustaining it," he said.
City Market workers were locked out of the Sea Grapes Shopping Plaza location yesterday and told by a security guard to report to the Harbour Bay location for work, several of them told The Nassau Guardian yesterday.
The ire built up as more and more of them reported for work only to find out there was no work to report to at their assigned store.
They said executive management did not let them know that the store would be closing, nor where they should report to yesterday morning.
"They need to inform the employees what they will do with us," said stock clerk Evette Robinson.
"They are not giving us any information on where we are heading, no meeting, nothing. It's not fair to us because we're being pushed around and up and down like yoyos.
"We're supposed to report to another store just by word (of mouth), nothing official from management."
However, management sent an official statement to the press Wednesday, stating that the South Beach and Sea Grapes Shopping Plaza stores would be closing temporarily.
The release also announced that City Market's stores in Freeport and Eight Mile Rock would be closing permanently.
"The position takes effect at midnight Wednesday, September 14, 2011," the release said.
"At the stores slated for renovation the company will be addressing infrastructure issues and the many challenges that have plagued the refrigeration system and other equipment.
"The renovations which have been described as a complete overhaul are not expected to conclude before the end of the year.
"City Market will also be converting the Lucayan, Grand Bahama, location to a 24-hour store in keeping with its New Providence 24-hour formats."
The release also gave directives for City Market's staff to report to other City Market locations. Those were the same directives staff told The Guardian they were not given personally by City Market executives.
"The staff complement at these stores have been redirected as follows: South Beach staff are to report to the Cable Beach store; Sea Grapes staff to the Harbour Bay store and staff at the Eight Mile Rock and downtown Freeport stores to the Lucaya store," the statement said.
"City Market appreciates the patience of its customers in this effort."
However, it is the staff who say they have run out of patience with the new owners of City Market. Bahamian businessman Mark Finlayson and other investors bought out the food store chain earlier this year.
Stock clerk for City Market's South Beach location Alberta Rahming said she simply wants management to give her the monies that are due to her so she can be done with the company. She said the management has strung the employees along for too long with no regard for them.
"He (Finlayson) hasn't earned my respect so I'm not giving it," she said. "We just want to move on, we're tired. We just want to move on, we want to go; enough is enough."
City Market now has only two locations left open in New Providence: Cable Beach and Harbour Bay.
Dairy and Frozen Food manager Kendra Bodie insisted employees wanted to hear from management yesterday.
"I feel as if we the employees have been slighted by our employers," she said.
"The employees here are hard working [and] dedicated. The employees give their heart and soul for the company and in turn get treated like this.
"When will you sit with us and speak with us?"
Nassau, Bahamas - As
part of our 2nd anniversary celebration, We The People (WTP) will hold
"Let's Roll Bahamas," a community-family event under escort of our
partner, The Royal Bahamas Police Force. This event is designed
especially for skaters and bicycle riders beginning and ending at
Goodman's Bay on Sunday, November 18, 2012. (Flyer for route attached.).
Organized by First-30 member, Tommy Stubbs, the event is
anticipated to be a fun-filled affair with an "after cycle party" on
Goodman's Bay. Up to 500 persons are expected to participate in the
3-mile to 6-mile ride/skate that starts at 4:30 p.m. and will proceed
through the beautifully-redesigned Cable Beach strip to Sandy Port...
Custom Computers A's for Excellence Continues to make a Difference in Improving Education in The Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas - Continuing in its tradition of
rewarding excellence in education, Custom Computers teamed up this year with The Hewlett-Packard Company to
present brand new computers to the winners of its Fourth Annual A's For
Excellence Awards Competition on Saturday, September 3rd, at its
Cable Beach Location. The promotion which started earlier this year, allowed
students throughout the Bahamas who received at least one 'A' grade on their
final report card, a chance to win the prizes donated by HP.
On hand for the presentation this
year were the Minister of Education, the Honourable Desmond Bannister, and Mr.
Polo Sanchez, Sales Manager for Hewlett-Packard...
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham (right) greets Clayton
Green, leader of the Progressive National Party of the Turks and Caicos Islands
during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister, Cable Beach on Thursday,
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Landscape Association's (BLA) co-chair yesterday said it was "wonderful" that the Government seemed to be recognising its certification accomplishments, after his company and others won a $2.2-$2.3 million contract from Baha Mar when a Florida-headquartered bidder withdrew.
The $2.6 billion Cable Beach developer had initially awarded the landscaping contract for the re-routed West Bay Street, and the road running south from the project site, to Austin Outdoor, a move that prompted an outcry from the BLA, which described it as a "slap in the face" to its bid to raise Bahamian industry standards.
However, Robert Sands, ...
EDITOR, The Tribune.
The story in this morning's paper about a Ministry of Works road worker being struck by a car lends even more credence to the following.
As a frequent 6 am commuter in the Cable Beach area one can't help but notice the many joggers and walkers using the road instead of the sidewalks and foot paths and yes, before you squeal, I know why you do it. However the question begs which is least painful, a twisted ankle or skinned knees and elbows from running on an uneven surface, sidewalk, or full contact with a vehicle moving at 30 mph?
After another near miss yesterday morning it is my observation that while some joggers wear reflective vests, arm and head bands th ...
Nassau, The Bahamas -- We
believe that teachers are the lamps that light our way along the path
of knowledge, said Ross Smi
th, Acting Deputy Director of Curriculum in The Ministry
of Education, Science and Technology Oct 13.
Mr. Smith was delivering the speech of Minister of
Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald at the
10th National Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Nassau
Beach Resort Hotel, Cable Beach. The theme was Celebrating Outstanding
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Government, through Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's Office, has moved to broker a resolution to the 'impasse' between Baha Mar and Scotiabank over the former's $200 million outstanding loan, sources told Tribune Business, the issue being the main obstacle to the $2.6 billion Cable Beach redevelopment.
This newspaper was told that the Government had moved to bring Baha Mar and the Scotiabank-led syndicate to a resolution, having moved over the weekend to arrange a meeting between the two sides.
How active a role the Government might play in seeking to broker a resolution is unclear, especially given Prime Minister Hubert Ingraha ...
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
in conjunction with Caribbean Export Development Agency and the CARICOM
EPA Implementation Unit will be hosting a two day
Technical Workshop on
Market Access and Trade in Services / Investments to be held on
The workshop is designed to provide a deeper appreciation of the
CARIFORUM-EC Economic Partnership Agreement and to assist the various
Countries with the EPA implementation.
The workshop will take place at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort...
The Ministry of
Finance and the Intersectorial Statistics Day Committee invites the general
public to attend a forum under the theme: "The Bahamas Through The Eyes of
Statistics", to be held on Monday October 15th, 2012 at the Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach.
From 9:30 a.m - 12 noon, come and hear speakers from The
Royal Bahamas Police Force, The Department of Information Technology, The
Department of Statistics and The Water & Sewerage Corporation. This event
is held free of charge...
UNDER the distinguished patronage of Phil and Bridgette Smith, the Roadrunners Track & Field Club held its 11th Annual Presentation and Awards Banquet Saturday at the Wyndham resort, Cable Beach.
The theme of this year's event was "Achievement: Accepting No Limitation - A Pillar of Excellence; An Attitude of Success". Minister of Education Desmond Bannister was the keynote speaker.
The club, headed by coach Dexter Bodie, presented awards to about 100 members for their achievement during the past track and field and academic year.
One of the highlights was the recognition of O'Jay Ferguson, who is presently the fastest male junior athlete in the Bahamas. H ...
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
"Close to" 100 Bahamian companies have been engaged on $100 million worth of contracts awarded on Baha Mar's $2.6 billion Cable Beach expansion, a senior executive yesterday saying the project was "on target" to achieve its projected economic impacts.
Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice-president for external and governmental affairs, told Tribune Business that some 1,060 Bahamians had been employed on the Baha Mar project to date as Phase One construction moved to a close.
The "first coat of paint" was being placed on the bank and government buildings comprising Baha Mar's Commercial Village, Mr Sands said, with ...
Bahamian security experts from throughout the Bahamas participate in US government-funded aviation security training
NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Monday, January 21, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John Dinkelman and the Minister of State for Transport and Aviation Hope Strachan attended the opening of a five-day aviation security course held at the Super Clubs Breezes Resort on Cable Beach.
The training was organized by the Organization of American States Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CITCE) with funding provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
The seminar will provide airport security officials with the opportunity to assess and review security procedures that are designed to deter, detect and prevent the introduction of illegal contraband on board an aircraft or into the secure area of an airport.
The course includes aviation security officials from New Providence, Andros, Exuma, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Abaco, Bimini and the Berry Islands, Inagua, Grand Bahama, Long Island and San Salvador who already serve as instructors of aviation security courses within their respective airports. They will be taught the highest standard of the screening techniques course as how to deliver this course to individuals working in airports throughout The Bahamas.
In his remarks, Chargé Dinkelman noted that with more than four million American tourists visiting The Bahamas annually, aviation security is a key area of interest for both the U.S. and The Bahamas.
Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham welcomes
His Excellency Mansour Ayyad Sh A Al-Otaibi, Ambassador for Kuwait Thursday,
December 2, during a courtesy call at the Office of the Prime Minister, Cable
Beach. Ambassador Al-Otaibi had earlier presented his Letters of Credence to
Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House...
Bahamas - Alliance Francaise des Bahamas - French Cine (movie) Club will feature,
Tout Ce Qui Brille (All that
glitters...) a comedy by Géraldine Nakache and Hervé Mimran starring
Leïla Bekhti, Géraldine Nakache and Audrey Lamy.
Francaise des Bahamas will its monthly French Cine (Movie) Club on
Friday, September 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM at the Alliance Francaise, Ocean
Place, Cable Beach...