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GB BNT benefits from Bahama Rock donation

FREEPORT, The Bahamas - The Grand Bahama branch of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) recently received a donation of hammers, gloves, shovels and other equipment from Bahama Rock, the Reef Ball Foundation, Paradise Cove and ES Caribbean. The donation is a great example of a partnership between local and international organizations helping each other to help protect the environment.
"The BNT is appreciative of the tools donated through this partnership, which will significantly assist with ongoing work at the Rand Nature Center and Lucayan National Park," commented Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks manager. "We certainly look forward to building this relationship with these partners, to advance further conservation work in Grand Bahama."
Thanks to Bahama Rock's donation, volunteers were able to assist with preparing the reef balls for deployment into the water. Students from The College of Bahamas (COB), the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) Rangers, St. George's Marine Conservation Group, and Lucaya International School were all a part of the initiative. While helping with the reef balls, the students participating all got a chance to learn about the importance of conservation and preservation of our shorelines.
With the reef ball project coming to an end, a decision has been made to re-donate the items to the BNT for use with national park maintenance on Grand Bahama. The donation was greatly appreciated by the BNT, as the supplies which were donated are a necessity when it comes to maintaining the parks.
Cheri Wood, a BNT member and volunteer noted, "Let this stand as a shining example of people and businesses that really care about the future of our environment and understand that we all must help each other if we are to succeed in keeping our island beautiful and healthy for generations to come."

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Former Freeport Concrete CEO is back in business

* Teams up with son to open building supplies business from firm's former Home Centre premises, which is owned by Freeport

Concrete chair Babak

* Set to employ 12-14

persons and sell from 25,00 square foot space alongside Butler's Food World

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Former Freeport Concrete chief executive Raymond Simpson and his son are going back into business in the Home Centre building that the former BISX-listed company vacated weeks ago, aiming to initially employ 12-14 persons at a firm that while supply similar products - building and home supplies - from 25,000 square feet of space.

Mr Simpson and his son, also called Raymond, said they were putt ...

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'NEW CONCEPT' ADDS 65 JOBS

By NATARIO
McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@
tribunemedia.net

COMMONWEALTH Building Supplies has created 65 new jobs through the opening of its 35,000 square foot anchor store in the Southwest Shopping Plaza, its general manager yesterday comparing the outlet to a smaller version of US hardware giant, Lowe's.

Telling Tribune Business that sales at the new location were increasing on a daily basis, Brent Burrows said: "Things are going quite well. We are in our fourth week and have seen growth every day. We feel positive that when mid-October comes around things will really get busy.

He added: "The first week in September was a bad time for business because ther ...

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CBS Bahamas celebrates 40th anniversary

THE SouthWest Plaza store was transformed for the 40th anniversary celebration CBS Bahamas, a top provider of building supplies in the Bahamas since 1973.

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Govt to borrow 200 mil. for RBDF

Prime Minister Perry Christie is expected to table a resolution in the House of Assembly today to borrow $232 million from Deutsche Bank to order nine vessels and carry out ancillary civil work for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).
The government signed a contract yesterday with Dutch shipbuilders Damen Shipyards at the Cabinet Office.
The contract is for the sale, building and delivery of four Damen Stan 4207 patrol vessels, four Damen Stan 3007 patrol vessels, nine rigid inflatable boats and one Damen roll-on, roll-off landing craft.
The landing craft will be outfitted with a 25-ton crane and demountable disaster relief equipment.
Special containers will also be acquired to provide medical facilities, desalinated water, sanitary equipment and other emergency relief supplies that will be deployed if there is a natural disaster.
Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage said the government's contract with Damen also includes the upgrade of two Bahama class vessels: the HMBS Nassau and the HMBS Bahamas, which have been in use since 1999.
The contract also calls for the establishment of training areas and the acquisition of a bridge simulator, Nottage said.
He said the government will also execute a contract for port industrial works, both marine and shore side, at Coral Harbour in New Providence, Gun Point in Ragged Island and Matthew Town in Great Inagua.
Nottage said the cost for the ship building is approximately $149 million and the civil works are expected to cost $75 million.
"Given the fact that some substantial but hard to precisely quantify changes in scope may occur during the lift of the project, a provisional sum is being provided for in order to be able to accommodate all requirements," Nottage said.
Damen Shipyards has teamed with Van Oord, an international contractor specializing in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects, to execute the civil works component, Nottage said.
"Much of the works to be undertaken by Van Oord will be subcontracted to local partners in order to stimulate employment in this area," he added.
Nottage said the acquisition of the vessels is proof of the government's commitment to the RBDF and the country's border protection.
Christie said the fleet will help the RBDF fight illegal migration, human trafficking, smuggling and poaching.
RBDF Commodore Roderick Bowe said a team of officers is in Holland undergoing training to man the new fleet and another group is scheduled to leave the country soon to train.
The government is expected to receive the first vessel on June 13. It will be named HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna, after the former governor general.
The other Stan 4207 vessels are expected to arrive in Nassau on August 15, October 17 and April 30, 2015.
The roll-on, roll-off vessel is expected on November 20, 2015. The four Damen 3007 vessels are expected to arrive in 2015 and 2016.
The government expects to have all of the vessels by August 2016.
Nottage said the project could lead to a doubling of the force's budget within five years. He added that the force is committed to increasing its manpower.
The RBDF currently has 1,218 officers and 85 recruits in training.
Nottage said the force expects to recruit 800 new officers in the next five years with an annual increase of 160 people.
The government has retained marine consultant Tio Devaney, a Bahamian who works for Global Marine Services, to provide technical advice for the project.
The Ministry of National Security will also engage a civil engineering consultant for the civil works component of the project.
The Ingraham administration was in talks with Damen for the acquisition of the vessels before it was voted out of office in 2012.

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New Providence Police arrest man in stolen vehicle - Confiscate stolen building supplies

Police arrest man in stolen vehicle - A 30 year old man of Eneas Lane, Bain Town is in police custody after he was found in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Officers
of the Southwestern Division arrested the man around 10:00 pm on
Thursday 02nd August, 2012 at Carmichael...

Police confiscate stolen building supplies
- Officers of the Northeastern Division uncovered a large amount of
building supplies from an abandoned building on Key West Street off
Robinson Road...

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Supermarkets struggle with surge in 'hurricane business'

Preparations for Hurricane Irene had the command center of the Super Value grocery store chain buzzing yesterday, as managers radioed in updates on everything from supply levels to power outages.
"[Store] number eight is running on generator," sputtered a radio in the background, followed by notice of number three, number five, then number two going to generator.  On it went as the chain's founder and president, Rupert Roberts, juggled a Guardian Business interview with the challenges the store faced in serving its customers.
No stranger to the pre-hurricane shopping surge, Roberts said customers seemed to be shopping earlier than usual - a situation that threatened the supply of some goods.
"We ran out of milk and are very low on produce and other perishables, like fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh meat," Ruperts said.  The early rush on items meant that by "boat day" yesterday, supplies were already low.  The supply freighter was docked in Nassau by 8:00 a.m., however, and supplies were en-route to stores by early afternoon.
"It worked out fine - everything in the stores this afternoon will be fresh," Roberts said.
Later this week, those perishable items may become scarce again, Roberts cautioned.   Inventory levels typically would hold through the next "boat day" of Friday, but Irene has forced a cancellation of Friday's scheduled deliveries.  Another vessel could bring them in on Saturday, but clearing them through Customs for delivery to stores then would require that department's "cooperation", he said.
Customs usually does in these circumstances, he explained, but if they don't it may mean customers must to wait until Monday for those perishable items.
"Precaution shopping" at the Super Value stores picked up since Sunday and has been "heavy" ever since, Roberts said, adding that Bahamians seemed to be taking advantage of the early notice of Irene's approach.
Since the weekend, Super Value has been busy with its disaster preparedness plans - shuttering all the windows they could and allowing staff to get their homes prepared.
The staff will be needed as the chain keeps its doors open to the public for as long as reasonable, with Roberts saying the store would be open until at least 10:00 p.m. yesterday, and likely all today into the evening, depending on how weather conditions deteriorate.
Local suppliers of essential items such as water and bread are playing into the retailer's inventory levels as well.  Bread from Purity Bakery could become scarce, according to Roberts, who said the bakers would have to operate beyond its current levels to meet demand at the food store chain.
"Nine hundred loaves of bread go like water in the desert," Roberts said, noting that the bakery often supplied smaller retail operations first - leaving the chain at the end of the supply list in a time of increased demand.
"Unless they bake all day and until midnight they are not going to serve the public," Roberts said.
The chain had better success with one of its water suppliers -- Chelsea's Choice water company.  Many water suppliers focus on retailing their products directly to meet the hurricane demand, but Chelsea's was honoring its delivery commitments to the food store chain, Roberts said.
Aquapure, another leading water company, saw lines at its Bernard Road depot an hour-and-a-half before the company opened for business at 8:30 a.m. yesterday.  By late morning the queue was about 60 people long, according to Operations Manager Jeffrey Knowles, and its delivery operations were bustling.
"We have 23 delivery trucks going out and coming back in record time.   The stores are stocking up, as well as customers and gas stations.  They all need extra water, so it's madness," Knowles said.
The company had more than enough water, according to Knowles, but struggled to pump it fast enough to meet demand.  It may seem like an accountant's dream, but Knowles said it does not all translate into profits.  Historically the spike in demand ahead of a hurricane was followed by a sales slump after.
"The problem with it is whatever happens, people will probably have spare water next week.  We pay overtime this week and next week every one still has water and everyone's sitting around," Knowles said.
He said Aquapure planned to remain open " until the last minute" today to meet demand.
Business was booming at JBR building supplies yesterday, too - Manager Charles Albury said, to his surprise, the uptick started as early as Monday.  The added crush for nuts and bolts, screws and plywood, flashlights and lanterns, and other supplies brought with it heavy future refunds, a lot of frustration for staff and customers, and added security costs.
Customers have gotten into fights on the premises in the past, he explained.
"We don't like hurricane business," Albury said.  "It's not worth it.  The chaos turns people into beasts."
So far, business has been orderly, the manager said yesterday.  Today, JBR will be letting customers in three at a time, and will probably have a police at the premises to help with crowd control too, according to Albury.   He anticipates the business will close its doors sometime this afternoon, to give his staff time to finalize their home preparations and be with their families.

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Spectrum Colour Coatings Donates to Grand Bahama Children's Home

Freeport, Grand Bahama -
Seeking to give back to the community, local business Spectrum Colour
& Coatings donated 50 Gallons of paint, stain and other painting
supplies to the Grand Bahama Children's Home to be used in the painting
of their buildings, sidewalks and curbs. 

"We felt it was our duty to
help and give back to the community in some way and the Children's Home
has always been an organization that I felt very passionate about" says
Operations Manager Thomas Bates. "Once Spectrum was in a position to
give something back, we were eager to help the children and the
fantastic team at the Children's Home and definitely hope to continue
giving to them in the future. The staff at the Children's Home does
such an important job for our community, that I feel it's necessary to
help them any way that we can...

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Customs rate on security equipment among duties reduced

Business owners are getting some relief in securing their businesses with the elimination of customs duty on surveillance equipment in the 2011/2012 budget.
It was one of a number of reductions in customs duty rates Ingraham listed during the budget debate Monday.
In addition to the security equipment exemption, rates were reduced on a number of food and other consumer items, medical equipment, building materials, classroom school supplies for teachers and electronic book readers.
"
My government is again introducing a number of measures to further rationalize tariff and excise rates, encourage energy efficiency and provide relief to consumers," Ingraham said during his budget communication in the House of Assembly.
Guardian Business has the list of changes to duty rates provided for in the amended Revenue Order Act.

Description

Old

New

Rate

Rate

Sugar free gum

45%

30%

Sea salt and seasoning

salt

45%

10%

Wild rice

40%

0%

Instant coffee

30%

0%

Sliced and unsliced

sandwich turkey meat

40%

0%

Sliced and unsliced

ham sandwich meat

40%

0%

Sliced and unsliced

beef sandwich meat

45%

0%

Fresh fruit

30%

0%

Dish washing

detergents

40%

0%

Other laundry

detergents

7%

0%

Peanut butter and

peanut butter jam mixed

40%

10%

Jams

25%

10%

Frozen vegetarian food

45%

30%

Yogurt

35%

10%

Spices and Seasoning

35%

10%

Active yeast

30%

10%

Ketchup

30%

10%

Salad Dressing

30%

10%

Brake fluids

45%

40%

Fans

45%

25%

Air conditions

45%

40%

Anti-freezing

preparations (radiator coolant)

45%

40%

Tubular needles and

needles for sutures

35%

0%

Human organ and glands

40%

0%

Kidney machines

10%

0%

Parts for kidney

machines

10%

0%

Printed documents

40%

0%

Electric cars

85%

25%

Underarm deodorant and

antiperspirant.

45%

10%

Removal of duty on

used personal clothing including footwear of returning residents

35%

0%

Ribbons for type

writers

45%

10%

Plastic toilet seat

45%

25%

PVC fittings

45%

35%

Insulated concrete

forms

45%

25%

Insulated steel wall

panels

45%

25%

Insulation spray foam.

45%

10%

Varicose stockings.

45%

0%

Parts and accessories

for typewriters, word processing machines, calculators and similar machines.

60%

10%

Parts for routers and

switches for telephony.

45%

10%

Baby bottle nipples

45%

0%

Baby wipes.

10%

0%

Solar air conditioners

45%

10%

Chicken

40%

30%

Security cameras

10%

0%

Security cameras

systems

45%

0%

Animal food

45%

0%

Electronic book

readers

45%

0%

Allow teachers duty

exemption on school supplies to be used in the classroom.

Various Rates

0%

Reduction of duty

biodegradable Styrofoam boxes, cups, plates and silverware

45%

10%

 
 
 
 

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Raising the ruins

Dear Editor,

It is now commonly accepted and clearly acknowledged, except by the most diehard supporters of the Free National Movement (FNM), that the country, especially here in New Providence and over in Grand Bahama, is being badly run.

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