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September 01, 2011
PM signs exigency order for hurricane relief

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday signed an exigency order that will allow residents, businesses and hotel owners in Cat Island and Acklins who have been hard hit by Hurricane Irene to bring in certain goods duty free for up to six months.
Residents on Long Cay, Mayaguana, Rum Cay, San Salvador, Inagua and Ragged Island will also benefit from the order.
However, their duty exemption period will be 90 days, the government announced yesterday.
The tax exemption effort, which begins today, will likely impact hundreds of residents and businesses on those islands.
In order for the residents to qualify for the exemption, the minister of finance has to be satisfied that the goods are intended for the relief of residents in the islands mentioned who suffered hardship or loss as a result of Hurricane Irene, the statement said.
Duty free goods include building materials, electrical fixtures and materials, plumbing fixtures and materials, household furniture, and furnishing and appliances.
Also duty free are motor vehicles, motor cycles, and golf carts.
Claims or applications for the duty exemption of those products and goods must be certified by the director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Those in the farming industry whose crops or machinery were damaged can apply to bring in duty free items including supplies for reconstruction and repair to greenhouses, including plant sleeves, timers, plant pots and soil-less growth; supplies for the reconstruction and repair to poultry houses; supplies for the reconstruction and repair of irrigation systems; nursery stock for the re-establishment of fruit orchards; and items required for fencing.
Those in the fishing industry can apply to bring in goods including galvanized sheeting and other materials used in the construction of fishing habitats; fishing boats and fishing gear and apparatus.
The notice added that an individual located anywhere in The Bahamas who suffered hardship or loss to property as a result of Hurricane Irene may also apply for duty relief and will be certified by the appropriate official.
"Where any abuse or misuse of goods imported under this declaration is observed, the goods may be seized and disposed of in accordance with Section 83 of the Customs Management Act," the notice added. 

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November 22, 2010
BUILDING STORE CREATES 30 JOBS

By ALISON LOWE

Business Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

TAKING on more than 30 employees, and with plans to expand in coming months, a new Gladstone Road building and home supply store yesterday said it expects to benefit from what its owners and others forecast to be a boom in retail demand in western New Providence.

Wong's Home Centre, which includes a 10,000 square foot retail space, is a "one-stop shop" for those seeking lumber, paint, other building supplies, home, pet and garden accessories, tools, lighting, plumbing, electrical and automotive products, according to manager Milly Wong. It opened on November 17.

"My husband always liked to fix and build stuff, so th ...

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October 27, 2011
Elite lodge seeks 'best of the best'

A multi-million-dollar fishing lodge now under construction in Abaco plans to attract "the best of the best" when it comes to tourism, while providing the heart of a development that could change the island's economy.
Through a powerful joint venture, Black Fly Bonefish Lodge in the Schooner Bay development is trying to catch the big fish.
"Fly fishing clientele are top of the food chain when it comes to tourism in this country," said Clint Kemp, one of the key investors behind the project.
"Not only are they high net worth, but they tend to come in private aircrafts and are excellent repeat visitors. They aren't just coming for one week. They bring their friends and family and their presence often leads to further investment."
The lodge, slated for completion in 2013, will feature eight large rooms, a restaurant, bar and supplies store. A new fleet of boats will also be offered, giving guests access to salt-water fly fishing and deep water fishing.
Coming in at $1,000 per night for the full experience, the boutique lodge is meant to cater to exclusive guests which are often synonymous with the sport.
Meanwhile, Black Fly has also partnered with Nervous Waters, one of the most recognizable names in fly fishing, which operates 14 establishments all over the world.
Kemp told Guardian Business that Nervous Waters has bought a stake in the lodge and now acts as a shareholder.
"They bought a substantial stake in the company," he explained.
"That gives us the good housing seal of approval."
Kemp said the lodge will also be open to the general public, although certain areas are meant for guests only, such as the cigar smoking room on the top floor.
Kemp estimated the initial cost of the project to be between $4 million and $5 million.
But beyond the exclusivity of one lodge, Orjan Lindroth the president of the development company behind Schooner Bay, added that this venture serves as a centerpiece for what should one day become a flourishing harbor town.
"The lodge sits at the head," he told Guardian Business.
"It's very important architecturally and creates that feel. It will become a meeting place for friends and family."
Lindroth explained the idea behind the property is to create a "robust business model" that can cater to not just the tourists but the community as well.
As work on the lodge kicks into gear, Schooner Bay continues to rise up around it.
Lindroth said five houses are now complete, and another 10 are expected to be done in the late winter or early spring. Five other separate dwellings are slated to begin construction around Christmas.
A six-unit condominium unit, consisting of traditional buildings with both residential and commercial units, is breaking ground in February 2012, he added.
Several of these units have been sold already, with prices ranging from $250,000 to $350,000.
Lindroth said the pricing is meant to reflect the wide cross-section residents Schooner Bay wishes to attract.
The harbor opened in June, with the lodge resting at its mouth.
The name for the lodge, Lindroth added, came from Vaughn Cochran, the artist and owner of Black Fly Outfitters, which sells world-famous merchandise bearing his logo.
Cochran is also a shareholder in the new lodge.
Kemp called Cochran's involvement and the Black Fly name a "lifestyle statement" lending further credibility to the project.
He said no other lodge like this exists in The Bahamas. What makes the venture particularly unique, he felt, was the fact the lodge is located in a community.
"This is the only one that incorporates itself into the community," he said.
"To have a fishing lodge in a community where they can interact with people is important. It means a higher, more textured experience. As it becomes a living town, our guests will want to be a part of that."

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November 18, 2010
Building supplies firms suffer from 'flat' environment

By ALISON LOWE

Business Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

With the Central Bank of the Bahamas describing activity in the construction sector as "anemic" and "decelerating", Bahamian building supply stores yesterday reported flat or declining sales, with one supplier revealing he may temporarily close his doors next year until conditions improve.

The major supplier,who did not wish to be named, said he has had to let go dozens of employees, leaving only a "skeleton crew" of workers since last year. He has determined that within the next month he will have to decide whether closure next year will be necessary to keep the business alive in the long run.

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May 05, 2012
Govt approves projects at final Cabinet meeting

The government approved several projects during its final cabinet meeting yesterday, including an $80 million project for Cotton Bay, Eleuthera, and a $30 million project for Norman's Cay, Exuma, the prime minister revealed.
Reporters were allowed to sit in on the final Cabinet meeting of this term.
In addition to the Eleuthera and Exuma projects, the government also agreed to purchase additional equipment for the police force and supplies for public schools throughout the country and to undertake a small infrastructural project in Long Island.
Tourism Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace said the Cotton Bay development is something that has been a long time coming.
"It will assist in establishing Eleuthera on the tourism map," he said during the meeting held in the Churchill Building.
"What we recognize is that some of these brands bring a lot of focus to the individual islands of The Bahamas which is a part of the government's continuing campaign in talking about the individual islands of The Bahamas and this will add immensely to that thrust."
Ingraham added that the project will require the government to make investments on that island.
"The government will have to make some public investments in the airport and the road and to get water and electricity to the site to permit them to operate their own sewerage plant and to redirect the public road so it doesn't sit in the middle of their property," Ingraham said.
The project, which will sit on 300 acres of land, will include an 80-room resort, golf course, spa, shopping area, restaurant and bar.
While the government would not reveal who the developer is, Vanderpool-Wallace said the operator is consistent with high-end boutiques and has a very recognizable brand.
As it relates to the Norman's Cay project, Ingraham said the work should start "pretty soon".
The developers propose to construct three "very recognized boutique properties" on the island, Vanderpool-Wallace said.
"We are excited about that because it'll be the third drug property that was very prominent in the commission of inquiry in the 1980s while the PLP was in office that the FNM has now put to be used for productive economic lawful, legal, legitimate use," said Ingraham, noting that the government has done the same in Guana Cay, Abaco, and Hawks Nest, Cat Island.
"They were all drug havens in the 80s," Ingraham said.
Vanderpool-Wallace said as a part of that deal, the developer has agreed to upgrade the airport.
The investment is being funded by a Turkish group.
In regards to the Long Island project, Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Larry Cartwright said the government has agreed to award a contract to a Long Island company for the extension of the water mains from Grays to Thompson Bay.
He said the contract will be signed in short order.
"This will be meaningful to the people of Salt Pond where there is no running water supplied by the government or by Water and Sewerage," he said, adding that it will bring relief to those residents.
The project is expected to cost $400,000.
The government also agreed to buy five new fire engines for the police force.
National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said three are for New Providence and two are for Grand Bahama.
The trucks include a 2,000 gallon single cab tanker, two 1,000 gallon double cab pumpers and two 1,000 gallon single cab pumpers.
Turnquest said the total contract is for $1.28 million
Finally, the government agreed to purchase hundreds of computers that will be placed in schools across The Bahamas.
Education Minister Desmond Bannister said the government will spend $2 million on 802 desktops, 339 laptops with the appropriate education software, 333 interactive software and 340 multi-media projectors.
Asked if the government put measures in place to protect such agreements if it were to lose the election, Ingraham said that is not possible.
"No government can bind another government," he said.
"A government when it comes to office has the opportunity to determine whether or not it considers a matter to be in the best interest of the country or whether it's a matter that is a priority for them. So there's nothing you can..put in place to prevent it."
He added: "We are undertaking what we consider to be in the best interest of The Bahamas. But we are confident that we are going to be the government next week."
FNM MPs also said goodbye to some of their colleagues who will not be a part of the cabinet if the FNM wins, including Minister of the Environment Dr. Earl Deveuax, Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright and Attorney General John Delaney.
"They will definitely not be in the next government of the Free National Movement," Ingraham noted.

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August 25, 2014
FS outlines VAT education steps

The government has revealed some of the first details of its value-added tax (VAT) educational programs, which aim to provide both local businesses and consumers with "expansion and clarification" of the government's VAT policies as the tax's introduction date approaches.
In an interview with Guardian Business, Financial Secretary John Rolle confirmed that the government will electronically circulate a host of industry-specific VAT guidelines for business owners and brochures for consumers on the government website later this week.
"We have developed very detailed guidelines for the various sectors, which we will put out this week. This is the second round of interaction with the business community to provide expansion and clarification...which will supplement the general VAT guide," stated Rolle.
While Rolle remained confident that the government's programs would adequately prepare the country for VAT, he acknowledged that time constraints posed a serious threat with only four months until the tax is introduced.
"It's very timely because we're getting many inquiries...We want everyone to be comfortable and sufficiently knowledgeable about VAT before January," said Rolle.
VAT will be implemented on January 1, 2015 at a rate of 7.5 percent.
Rolle added that the government would work closely with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation's (BCCEC) Chamber Institute and the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) to further prepare businesses.
"Coordination with this education campaign is needed for the business community. The operations side of VAT is an area where we will be providing a very structured program.
"From the consumer side, we will be releasing more brochures outlining how VAT is to affect them. These will focus on the consumer empowerment aspect of the framework in terms of what the consumers need to look out for, what to expect and who will be legally allowed to charge them VAT," claimed Rolle.
While BCCEC CEO Edison Sumner was unavailable to provide specific details of the Chamber Institute's program, he noted last week that the Chamber Institute had submitted its educational proposal to the government, which Rolle confirmed yesterday.
"It's still in the proposal form. We will work with them to make sure that the content of the seminars is fully aligned with the VAT guidelines. We want to be present and assist if possible but it's their initiative," said Rolle, adding that the government would assist with chamber and private sponsor workshops leading up to January.
Transition phase
Rolle also confirmed that the government was working closely with the Customs Department in establishing a "transition" phase for imports leading up to January 1 that would allow businesses to earn some VAT credit for goods with pending duty rate decreases.
"During the two months before January, VAT registered businesses can track their inventory, and for any items that they acquire in those two months that are not sold (and subject to duty rate decreases), there will be a procedure where they can claim some credit against their VAT for those items," stated Rolle.
Among the list of items subject to duty drops effective January 1 are various building supplies, articles of clothing, food supplies and household appliances.
Rolle additionally responded to concerns raised last week over the logistical difficulties of implementing VAT in the Family Islands, claiming that the government would soon hold VAT orientation programs for Family Island administrators.
"It's very important for us to get into the Family Islands. We will hold orientation in New Providence within the next two weeks, maybe as early as this weekend, and begin to equip [administrators] as leaders in their communities to answer basic VAT questions. Working with them is integral in how we organize our outreach."

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February 14, 2012
Customs officers still waiting for temporary office space

The vast majority of customs officers stationed at the Arawak Cay port once again refused to work from the old mold-infested building at the eastern end of that location yesterday, fulfilling a promise to stay off the job until alternate accommodations could be finalized, said Winifred Lynden, chief shop steward for officers at Arawak Cay.
Lynden said 18 Customs officers at Arawak Cay refused to work, while seven decided to serve the public.
However, she said only two officers worked out of the contaminated building, while five worked from the mold-free installation on the western end of the cay.
"There were one or two officers who were willing to assist the public because the problem is really with the Department of Customs and not the port," Lynden said. "But I don't think we will be so mindful if the building is not completed [today]."
On Friday, members of the Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU) demonstrated at Arawak Cay complaining of headaches, skin irritation and in some cases nosebleeds, as a result of working in the contaminated building. Lynden told The Nassau Guardian at that time that customs officials promised officers would be moved into a temporary facility last month.
However, Lynden explained that officers were again delayed from moving into the new building yesterday because some shipping agents now need to share the facility.
Lynden said alternative accommodations have to be made but said she was unaware why the new arrangement was necessary.
"In order to make appropriate space [we were told] some of the partitions needed to [be] broken down and that held us up from at least moving our supplies into the building," Lynden said.
Comptroller of Customs Glenn Gomez could not be reached up to press time yesterday, but he recently admitted there were delays in completing the new building but it was expected officers would be working in the facility yesterday.
"It has taken us longer than we anticipated...but (officers) are being kept abreast," he said.
When asked if officers would work if the building was not completed today Lynden said "we will not be working and we will not go into the [old] building".
Last week the temporary building had no utilities, including running water. Lynden said the building still does not have telephone lines but does have running water and electricity, and officers appreciate that some progress was made.
While the Department of Customs is responsible for the construction of the temporary building, the Arawak Cay Port Development Company will construct a permanent facility for customs officers later this year.

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September 27, 2010
Backpacks for Haiti's Children Initiative

Washington, D.C - "Join me in helping Haiti's

children help themselves work toward a brighter future! Donate as many

backpacks (with school supplies) as you can, or make a financial contribution to the

cause. Remember, education is key to beating poverty." - Ambassador Albert R.

Ramdin, OAS Assistant Secretary General

Participate in our Backpack Delivery Ceremony on

Saturday,

October 16, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at the OAS

Main Building.

Join us! 

Come with your kids and friends and don't forget to collect and bring one

or more backpacks to this memorable event for Haiti's Children. Help us make this initiative a success!

Yes! I want to help the kids in

Haiti get backpacks with school supplies! Find out how inside...

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October 27, 2011
Elite lounge seeks 'best of the best'

A multi-million-dollar fishing lodge now under construction in Abaco plans to attract "the best of the best" when it comes to tourism, while providing the heart of a development that could change the island's economy.
Through a powerful joint venture, The Black Fly Fishing Lodge in the Schooner Bay development is trying to catch the big fish.
"Fly fishing clientele are top of the food chain when it comes to tourism in this country," said Clint Kemp, one of the key investors behind the project.
"Not only are they high net worth, but they tend to come in private aircrafts and are excellent repeat visitors. They aren't just coming for one week. They bring their friends and family and their presence often leads to further investment."
The lodge, slated for completion in 2013, will feature eight large rooms, a restaurant, bar and supplies store. A new fleet of boats will also be offered, giving guests access to salt-water fly fishing and deep water fishing.
Coming in at $1,000 per night for the full experience, the boutique lodge is meant to cater to exclusive guests which are often synonymous with the sport.
Meanwhile, Black Fly has also partnered with Nervous Waters, one of the most recognizable names in fly fishing, which operates 14 establishments all over the world.
Kemp told Guardian Business that Nervous Waters has bought a stake in the lodge and now acts as a shareholder.
"They bought a substantial stake in the company," he explained.
"That gives us the good housing seal of approval."
Kemp said the lodge will also be open to the general public, although certain areas are meant for guests only, such as the cigar smoking room on the top floor.
Kemp estimated the initial cost of the project to be between $4 million and $5 million.
But beyond the exclusivity of one lodge, Orjan Lindroth the president of the development company behind Schooner Bay, added that this venture serves as a centerpiece for what should one day become a flourishing harbor town.
"The lodge sits at the head," he told Guardian Business.
"It's very important architecturally and creates that feel. It will become a meeting place for friends and family."
Lindroth explained the idea behind the property is to create a "robust business model" that can cater to not just the tourists but the community as well.
As work on the lodge kicks into gear, Schooner Bay continues to rise up around it.
Lindroth said five houses are now complete, and another 10 are expected to be done in the late winter or early spring. Five other separate dwellings are slated to begin construction around Christmas.
A six-unit condominium unit, consisting of traditional buildings with both residential and commercial units, is breaking ground in February 2012, he added.
Several of these units have been sold already, with prices ranging from $250,000 to $350,000.
Lindroth said the pricing is meant to reflect the wide cross-section residents Schooner Bay wishes to attract.
The harbor opened in June, with the lodge resting at its mouth.
The name for the lodge, Lindroth added, came from Vaughn Cochran, the artist and owner of Black Fly Outfitters, which sells world-famous merchandise bearing his logo.
Cochran is also a shareholder in the new lodge.
Kemp called Cochran's involvement and the Black Fly name a "lifestyle statement" lending further credibility to the project.
He said no other lodge like this exists in The Bahamas. What makes the venture particularly unique, he felt, was the fact the lodge is located in a community.
"This is the only one that incorporates itself into the community," he said.
"To have a fishing lodge in a community where they can interact with people is important. It means a higher, more textured experience. As it becomes a living town, our guests will want to be a part of that."

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August 24, 2011
Shelters on New Providence are ready for Irene

While residents scramble to board up their houses and stock up during the last open hours at local groceries stores, hurricane shelters across New Providence are preparing for an influx for residents as Hurricane Irene approaches into the afternoon.
At New Providence Community Center, one of many hurricane shelters for the Western division of New Providence, a special team has been training with The bahamas Red Cross all year to provide assistance during a hurricane at their location.
"We have a dedicated team of 15 volunteers who have decided to give their time in the event of an emergency here in the shelter," says director of NPCC William Tucker.
Ready for 100 or more people with such a strong storm on the way, NPCC remains on guard and advises those who may need to seek shelter -- such as those in low-lying areas or areas by the sea -- to know their options.
"Don't wait too late.  Know your options early," he says.  "For those who are non-mobile, call social services ahead of time for arrangements because some shelters like ours are non-mobile."
At the Salvation Army locations on Mackey Street and Meadow street, which are one of several hurricane shelters for the Eastern and Central divisions of New Providence respectively, generators are full, food and water supplies are secured, and flashlights are stocked.
"We basically have everything intact -- we are prepared and ready and our command centers are open this afternoon," says Captain Vernitta Hepburn, speaking on behalf of her divisional commander at the Salvation Army.
With Irene's rapid development into a category three hurricane overnight and projections for it to strengthen, they even have emergency preparations underway for evacuations if necessary, providing trucks and even a bus if the building becomes damaged or flooding occurs.
"We looked at that in our emergency meeting and we are prepared to deal with that," says Captain Hepburn.  "We have persons available and manpower available. We have people on-call and stand-by radios to call each other and transformer radios to BTC."
With all the preparation, they are on guard to accept more than their maximum capacity of people and to provide assistance to those who may need refuge for three days to a week after the storm has passed.  With a major hurricane bearing down on the islands, they know anything is possible.
"Don't take it for granted that nothing will happen," she advises.  "If you need to come, then come."
Indeed, at Golden Gates Assembly World Outreach Ministries on Carmichael Road, which is a hurricane shelter for the Southern Division of New Providence, a staff of Defense force officers and Red Cross representatives are prepared to handle any number of people in the densely populated area.
"Because we're right in the heart of Fire Trail Road where a number of Haitians live, we could have any number of people here," says Bishop Ross Davis.  "I know one year we were really crowded; last year we were not crowded.  This year we might be because this is a big one and a goodly number of people have been calling."
Though they are technically a shelter for the duration of the storm, they too will be accommodating to those who may need extra assistance in Irene's aftermath.
"We'll be here until other arrangements are made," says Bishop Davis.  "We'll see what happens but I'm praying of course none of that will be necessary -- I'm praying that after the storm we'll just be saying 'Thank you Lord'."
NEMA advises even residents who have made adequate hurricane preparations on their houses to have an emergency evacuation plan and emergency pack in case they need to leave their house.
Emergency packs for shelters should include any prescription or special medications, a first aid kit, flashlights and batteries, a portable radio player, drinking water and non-perishable food with a can opener, toilet paper, paper towels and pre-moistened towelettes, personal hygiene items, pillows, blankets and/or sleeping mattress, garbage bags, a camera, important papers such as passports and other identifications, extra clothing and items to keep children occupied.
They advise to shut off electricity and water before leaving and to close all windows and lock all doors. It is also advised to let friends or relatives know where you are going so someone knows your whereabouts when the storm clears.
They will be broadcasting information on local radio stations about where and when shelters will be open.
The National Emergencement Agency (NEMA) advises that based on the latest timelines for Hurricane Irene's path through the various islands in The Bahamas, all shelters in The Bahamas should be activated at 6 p.m. today.
All shelter managers must report in to their assigned shelters by 4 p.m. Persons responsible for opening shelters should be in place.

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