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Hubert Ingraham is putting together one hell of a campaign. At each event more and more people are showing up to support the Free National Movement (FNM). The wave of red is starting to scare the opposition parties.
The FNM's beach party at Montagu on Easter Monday was the largest beach party event I have seen in my four decades of life here in our beautiful Commonwealth of The Bahamas. I now think that he will beat Perry Christie and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and become a four-time champ! Actually, it might not even be that close.
Ingraham won his first term in office in 1992 when he beat the legendary Sir Lynden Pindling and his version of the PLP. Ingraham beat Sir Lynden again in 1997. He came back in 2007 and beat Christie. If he beats Christie again that would be his second non-consecutive back-to-back win at the polls. It would also mean that the FNM would have won four out of the last five general elections. We would clearly be the party of now.
Already Ingraham has surpassed Sir Lynden in something: he was able to come back. When Sir Lynden lost in 1992, he never again was able to convince the people that he should be prime minister. Ingraham has already done that. After stepping aside in 2002 he returned and won in 2007.
Sir Lynden ran the country for 25 years. If Ingraham wins he can extend his time as PM to up to 20 years. Sir Lynden's long time in office was common for independence leaders. People got very connected to the people who led them out of oppressive situations. For Ingraham, though, his connection with the people was not about independence and then riding the wave of momentum from it. He had to establish himself in the shadow of Sir Lynden. He had to prove he could lead and get things done. He had to prove he could clean up the mass corruption that existed in public office when he came to office. He had to prove he was strong enough to lead a group who were not used to winning. He had to pull the Bahamian economy out of the ditch.
In my opinion, if Ingraham wins this election, he and Sir Lynden are the Fathers of the Nation. If we had a Mount Rushmore, as the Americans do, those two should be up there. PLPs should realize that they picked the wrong man to lead the party after Sir Lynden left. Christie is not a leader of men. The whole country knows this and on May 7 he will be sent home for good. Now, he may not step down from the leadership of the PLP when he loses, but he will be gone as a potential leader of the country.
I expect this "red tsunami" to wash away the PLP. And that is a good thing. They need to change their whole leadership structure. They never listen when voters tell them something one time. We seem to have to vote them out twice for them to get the message. So Bahamas, let's send them a clear message in bright red on Election Day. We want "Papa", and that is that.
- A Papa supporter
The Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour’s new family entertainment programs and special events delight Resort guests, visitors to the Island and locals alike. In true traditional Bahamian fashion, the Resort proudly offers an array of exciting events and uplifting Island entertainment, earning the title, 'Entertainment Capital of the Abacos!' One of the newest programmes the resort now offers is their unique 'Bahama Buddies' Kids Club.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Government and Baha Mar have invited other Cable Beach area resort operators, such as Sandals and SuperClubs Breezes, to join them in a 'co-operative marketing campaign' that will "reintroduce to the marketplace" the redeveloped area, with each committing $20 million to the effort.
This campaign was one of the changes revealed in the supplemental Heads of Agreement for the $2.6 billion Cable Beach redevelopment tabled by the Government in the House of Assembly, and is set to start once there has been "substantial progress toward" completion of Baha Mar's redevelopment of the Cable Beach strip.
"The parties agree t ...
Freeport, GBI -
On Saturday, August 11th, members of the Rotaract Club of Freeport
conducted a clean-up at Silver Point Beach (immediately east of Island Seas
Resort), where they picked up several bags of garbage over a few hours.
A few years ago, the Rotaract Club of Freeport decided to unofficially
adopt this portion of Silver Point Beach, which is a popular location for
locals to have parties, to be cleaned up a few times a year. The fact that
numerous bags of garbage are picked up each trip is evidence that littering on
one of this island's greatest resources it still a major problem...
SAFETY TIPS FOR SWIMMERS, BOATERS AND DRIVERS
The National Heroes Holiday is usually a day
for family activities which include picnics at the beach, parties,
sailing or cruising around the island and visiting family and
friends.Police would like to encourage residents that are planning
activities at the beach or at other public areas to be extremely
vigilant. Pay close attention to your surroundings and be alert to
suspicious people, activities and vehicles...
Nassau, Bahamas - A
message from The Royal Bahamas Police Force - "Working together for a
safer Bahamas"in light of Easter Weekend:
The Easter Monday Holiday for many residents is a day for family activities which
include picnics at the beach, parties, sailing or cruising around the island and visiting family and friends.
would like to encourage residents that are planning activities at the
beach or at other public areas to be extremely vigilant. Pay close
attention to your surroundings and be alert to suspicious people,
activities and vehicles.
FNM country has gone gold.
Unofficially, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) won three of the five seats in Grand Bahama in the 2012 General Election.
The PLP unofficially won the Pineridge (Dr. Michael Darville), Marco City (Gregory Moss) and West End & Bimini (Obie Wilchcombe) constituencies. The Free National Movement (FNM) won two seats in Grand Bahama - East Grand Bahama (Peter Turnquest) and Central Grand Bahama (Neko Grant).
After the majority of the unofficial results were in, PLP supporters took to the streets of Grand Bahama, travelling to the constituency offices of the winning candidates. Supporters crammed in cars, on trucks and buses honking horns, waving banners and even blocking some streets as they interacted with other party supporters who lined the sides of the streets.
"This is a great victory for us tonight," said Michelle Reckley, one of the campaign managers for the PLP. "It has been long, it has been hard, but today we have won the victory. Thanks be to God who has given us this victory.
"We were expecting to win five, but we were given three, so we will take that three with a smile. We know that it has been hard in Grand Bahama and it was no need for the FNM to come up with all of the lies and innuendos, because it just did not work."
Reckley said the victory has sent a clear message that Grand Bahamians were tired of the "miserable life" they were living over the past five years under the leadership of Hubert Ingraham.
"We in Grand Bahama were losing our homes, we were not safe in our homes, we were not safe on the streets, we had families living in their cars and many families could not even eat, and yet Hubert Ingraham was bragging at big beach parties [about] what they claimed to have done for the people of Grand Bahama. But Grand Bahamians were tired of it," Reckley said.
Supporters gathered at the party's Grand Bahama headquarters in the hundreds, coming from Freeport, West End and as far away as East End. As PLP supporters and candidates gathered at Clifford Park in New Providence for the national victory rally, Grand Bahama PLP supporters used the island's headquarters in Freeport as the stage to hold their own victory rally and celebration.
The Free National Movement won five of the six seats in Grand Bahama in the 2007 general election, with only Wilchcombe holding on to the West End seat for the PLP.
One million. That’s how many people have attended the Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival since its inception in 1988, according to Ron Rose, executive director of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce.
The Free National Movement (FNM) is calling for South Beach MP and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cleola Hamilton to resign as president of the Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) after she yesterday revealed that she still heads the union.
The oldest and largest water producer in the country is seeking to further diversify its offerings in a tough economic climate, targeting production of the Rock Star energy drink as a means to kick-start sales.
Jeffrey Knowles, the operations manager at Aquapure, told Guardian Business, "You have to diversity if you're going to make it."
Although traditionally focused on water and juices, Knowles said the more the company can fill it's 25 delivery trucks, the more efficient it can be.
"We have to get Rock Star going," he said.
"It makes a lot of sense to launch this product. We have our energy going towards that, and if it's successful we'll look at other products."
Knowles explained that Rock Star is a popular beverage among younger customers in the 20-to-35 range. This demographic, he added, tends to be very active and will consume a great deal of fluids. Aquapure has embarked on a marketing campaign with Rock Star at a series of events that are popular among young people, such as night clubs and beach parties.
After that, if all goes well, the company intends to begin production of the energy drink.
"We probably have one of the largest distribution networks in our business," he said.
"In that sense, we want to add to our capacity. The more options you add to the public, the more business you get. Everything is diversification these says. You have to diversify if you're going to make it. The competition is so great out there, and certainly for drinks."
One of the main reasons for the diversification, he explained, is Nestle, the multinational company. According to Knowles, Nestle is "trying to corner the market", and "they produce the cheapest water there is".
He said local production companies, such as Aquapure, have struggled, and producers need to be more protected by finding ways to reduce their operating costs.
"When it comes to basic necessities like water, you need to protect and make sure people here are producing it," he said, citing the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and the need for extra water supplies.
Another method Aquapure is implementing to increase sales is a marketing partner with Bahamas Speed Week (BSW), which held its opening ceremony on Tuesday.
Together with Jimmie Lowe, the president of BSW, the company is producing 24,000 bottles of specially labeled bottles for the festivities. Although the actual investment is modest, the concept behind the campaign is to improve visibility for the company.
"We do it more for the support of the function. It gets our name out there, shows the diversity of the company."
Knowles said Aquapure is considering including Rock Star in BSW, but instead decided to roll the new product out slowly to ensure its success.