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November 04, 2011
Daylight Saving Time 2011 - November 6th

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public
that Eastern Standard Time will commence at

2:00 a.m. on Sunday, 6th November,
2011 and will continue until 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, 11th March, 2012.

Clocks should be turned back by one hour, ideally at bedtime on the Saturday night before.
Manually adjust any timepieces and timekeeping devices that do not automatically
adjust. 

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Spirit Gospel: Home to Best Gospel Personality
March 25, 2011
Spirit Gospel: Home to Best Gospel Personality

On the heels of winning several awards during the 2010 DJ Awards, a local radio house, Broadcast Services Ltd., is again lauding one of its DJs, Giles Wells, for winning Best Gospel Personality as host of the morning show on Spirit Gospel.

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June 04, 2012
South Andros Students Group Up in National Arts Festival

Kemp's Bay, South Andros, The
Bahamas - South Andros High School group "Three Musketeers" performs a
pantomime and song, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival Adjudications, in Kemp's Bay, South Andros.

South Andros High School
group "The Silver Songbirds" performs a rhythm and blues piece, during
the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications, in
Kemp's Bay, South Andros...

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March 15, 2012
Confronting the debt crisis pt. 2

Last week we explored the effects that monetary policy at the turn of the millennium may have had upon the current mortgage and overall debt crisis. As several individuals are calling for a further reduction of the discount and prime rates (DR and PR), it is important to note the impact such a move will have on individuals' credit positions and financial wellbeing.
There is no doubt that the reduction of the DR and PR proved beneficial to the government in that it provided the government with an opportunity to service its debt at a lower interest rate, even though the overall benefits to consumers appears to be minimal. On the other hand, the reduction of the DR and PR would have negatively impacted some organizations, Financial Institutions (FIs) and the National Insurance Board, as they would have lost millions of dollars in investment income.
In the final analysis, FIs usually win and are rarely dealt the bad hand of the stick in any situation within a credit-driven and consumer society like The Bahamas. Financial Institutions in response to the aforementioned reduction imposed charges in other strategic areas, increased some of their fees and maintained their rates for consumer loans. We have witnessed quiet increases in FIs' fees for transactions such as ATM or passbook withdrawals - service charges on accounts and additional fees were applied to loans in the aftermath of the rate reductions. A well-known fact is that the ultimate and main loser is usually the consumer who on the one hand receives a 'supposed' break on his debt servicing due to the DR and PR reduction, but pays hidden fees and charges on the other hand.
The net effect on the consumer is that he/she ends up paying the same amount and in some cases more to the FIs, which may result in non-performing loans or lost property to foreclosure. This reinforces the point that an active Consumer Protection Commission ought to be in place to provide checks and balance on behalf of consumers relating to financial transactions among other things.
In addition to providing debt-servicing relief, it is expected that further reduction in the DR and PR should have also provided access to credit at a cheaper rate for individual and business consumers. The positive effect for business owners is that it creates the opportunity for expansion of the business and/or maintenance of inventory levels. However, it is estimated that approximately one third of commercial banking loans extended to Bahamian companies are in arrears. If businesses are faced with increased energy and gas costs combined with tax increases in National Insurance, business license fees and other diverse areas, it becomes less possible for businesses to be sustained during the current economic climate and more importantly create jobs that will help stem the growing unemployment rate.
The likelihood of FIs extending credit under already constrained circumstances is lower than normal and the underwriting of new loans is being done with extreme caution - a prudent course of action. This further emphasizes and highlights the importance of and the urgent need for a functional and effective credit bureau. It is noted that the Central Bank of The Bahamas had obtained assistance from the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Center (CARTAC) with the aim of establishing a credit bureau, albeit the process has been ongoing for a few years. Considering the history of adjustments to the DR and PR, these rates are normally revised (downwards for the most part) not more frequently than in five-year intervals. Whereas this does not suggest that monetary policy should be stalled or be predictable, the historical trends suggest that there is ample time to establish a credit bureau prior to any potential adjustments to the DR and PR.

What are the fiscal policies of the political parties?
In light of the challenges that our economy faces and the general consensus that we must revisit our economic model, it is disturbing to see that little is being said about the proposed fiscal policies of political parties as we enter the heart of the general election campaign. It is a well-known fact that during the election campaign seasons in the past, we have heard politicians produce their grand ideas of what they intend to do for the Bahamian people. The important part of the equation is, however, often omitted and very rarely if ever do we hear about how they propose to 'foot the bill' for their grand but necessary ideas.
It seems inevitable that the next government post the 2012 general election will have to continue this spate of borrowing at least during year one of governance to ensure the government is able to meet its obligations. Fortunately, government debt servicing has been aided by one-off payments in 2011 from the sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company and capital inflows from Baha Mar. However, the likelihood of similar capital injections for 2012 is slim. A part from a significant turnaround and increase in tourism numbers and the government's ability to constrain its spending habits, it is difficult to see how we will get ourselves up out of this national disaster.
Our politicians seem to have mastered the art of avoiding reality and failing to inform us that hard decisions will have to be made. In essence, austerity measures are not unforeseeable and it could be argued that these measures are unavoidable. Of course such declarations are unpopular (albeit they would be truthful) and politicians fear the potential backlash of such honesty. The government has continued to borrow in the midst of declining revenues and increased taxes that placed a heavy burden on the Bahamian people. It would not be surprising, therefore, if the current tax levels are maintained or increased to meet budget requirements. Unfortunately, the persons most affected by these tax burdens form part of the working and shrinking middle classes. In the absence of foreign direct investment or new sources of revenue, any reduction in taxes will most certainly require the government to carry out extreme measures to cut its spending, increase the efficiency of state-owned enterprises to stop wastage and implement efficient tax collection policies.
The national debt crisis constitutes an unwanted and unsolicited gift to future generations of Bahamians that threaten their opportunity for economic prosperity. This crisis and prevailing macroeconomic indicators makes it difficult to see any significant economic growth in the near future. Our leaders and all of us must rise above the partisan politics and make a concerted effort to place our economy back on track.

o Arinthia S. Komolafe is an attorney-at-law. Comments can be directed at arinthia.komolafe@komolafelaw.com.

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November 11, 2010
Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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October 05, 2010
PM: BAHA MAR DEAL MUST CHANGE

By CANDIA DAMES
Guardian News Editor
candia@nasguard.com
The government is unwilling to back down from its position that the plans for the$2.6 billion Baha Mar project at Cable Beach be adjusted in major ways, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said yesterday.
His strongest public comments to date on the controversial project came during a sitdown interview at the House of Assembly late yesterday afternoon.
Speaking of the financing being provided by the China Export-Import Bank, Ingraham said,"Attached to their funding are conditions that are onerous, burdensome and unacceptable insofar as the labor content is concerned and the government is therefore asking that some adjustment be made with res ...

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July 23, 2010
Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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News Article

June 16, 2011
NEMA fraud case discontinued

Prosecutors formally dropped charges yesterday against two civil servants accused of defrauding the government after a judge refused an adjournment.
The fraud trial against Joseph Ferguson of Fresh Creek, Andros, and Patrick Evans of Flax Terrace, Malcolm Allotment, was supposed to begin on Wednesday.
However, AG prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister asked Justice Watkins to adjourn the matter because two prosecution witnesses were not available.

Armbrister presented a document that ended the proceedings when Justice Watkins refused to delay the proceedings. The case against Ferguson and Evans was discharged.
However, new charges can be brought against them.
On Tuesday, Chief Counsel Neil Brathwaite stepped down from the case because he knows one of the defendants personally.
He asked for the matter to be set down until Thursday, but the judge refused.
The men were first arraigned on charges that they defrauded the National Emergency Management Agency in May 2008.
Prosecutors decided to bypass a preliminary inquiry in the magistrate's court to speed up the trial process.

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July 16, 2012
FNM hits out at PLP's plans for Island Palm Resort

The Free National Movement (FNM) hit out at government for its plan to abandon the expansion of the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama, labeling it as evidence that the Christie administration does not see healthcare improvements as a priority.
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis told reporters in Grand Bahama that the Christie administration was considering using the newly-acquired Island Palm Resort, which is adjacent to the hospital, as a temporary homeless shelter.
The Ingraham administration bought the resort for $1.9 million in April to upgrade the facility and increase the hospital's bed capacity.
"We are revisiting that hopefully to ensure that we will be able to bring some immediate impact on some of the challenges that Grand Bahamians are facing," Davis told reporters last week. "The stories about people living in cars, on the beaches, when we have that property sitting there doing nothing... we are looking at the possibility of bringing some of those persons off the beach, out of the cars and placing them there on a temporary basis."
FNM Chairman Charles Maynard said the party wants government to reconsider the decision, which he said could hurt domestic medical tourism.
"This upgrade is part of an overall expansion of the Rand," Maynard said in a statement. "There has always been a bed shortage at the Freeport hospital and the increased use of the operating theaters has further stretched the recovery capacity of the Rand. The FNM administration purchased the former Island Palm Resort, adjacent to the hospital, which provided a significant increase in capacity for the hospital."
He continued, "We question the Christie administration's commitment to the overall improvement of health services to Grand Bahama and their ability to provide real initiatives to stimulate growth to the local economy."
He said the FNM is aware of the economic plight of some Grand Bahama families and supports an expanded social safety net, but not to the detriment of healthcare.
"We do not support the compromise of the local healthcare system and the potential economic spin-off that can come from the completed Rand improvement project, which would provide much-needed jobs for the people of Grand Bahama," he said.
"The PLP government's decision is an admission that they do not have a plan to improve the economy of Grand Bahama," Maynard said.

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August 08, 2012
Defendant's late arrival wastes judicial time

A murder case defendant's late arrival held up proceedings in the Supreme Court for about four hours yesterday.
Floridian Daniel Ayo, who in on $50,000 cash bail, was still a no show when Justice Vera Watkins came on the Bench at 12:30 p.m.
Ayo is accused of the 2010 shooting death of Jamaican Clive Tomlinson at Bimini.
His lawyer, Wayne Munroe, explained that Ayo's Bahamasair flight was delayed.
An obviously annoyed Watkins asked, "Did it ever occur to you to suggest to him that he travels to The Bahamas the day before trial? Why wait on the morning of trial to travel? That is just too risky, no matter which airline you travel."
The judge then asked prosecutor Linda Evans for the status of the back-up trial.
The defendant, Tavare Mejias, who is accused of three counts of attempted murder was present, and so were the prosecution's witnesses. However, Perry Albury, Mejias' court-appointed lawyer, was not there.
Counsel Linda Evans said, "The witnesses are present. The only difficulty is his counsel is not here. Unfortunately he fell ill. Some things we really have no control over."
Mejias' case was adjourned to December 3.
Watkins said, "We have two matters set, but none can proceed. Mr. Munroe, I am minded to issue a warrant of arrest. I've had the jurors waiting since 10 a.m. It's almost lunchtime and [we're] still not in a position to start with either matter."
Watkins did not issue the warrant and adjourned court to 2pm.
Jury selection began about 10 minutes later. Watkins dismissed the jurors after impanelling them.
Evans is expected to begin her opening arguments today.

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October 13, 2010
Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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News Article

July 19, 2012
The Bahamas beats Guadeloupe!

The senior men's national volleyball team sent a strong message to the other squads playing at the 14th Annual Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championships, in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Tuesday.
After receiving a first day bye, the national team took to the court against Guadeloupe. Led by captain Prince Wilson, the team served up its first win, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-13. The match lasted 73 minutes and Wilson finished as the top scorer with 14 points. Teammates Renaldo Knowles and Byron Ferguson added 10 and eight points respectively.
The Bahamas is playing out of Pool 'B' with host country the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and Guadeloupe. Over in Pool 'A' are the defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and Martinique. Head Coach De'Vince Smith likes the start the team is off to, and was looking to keep the win/loss record blemish free when they took to the court against the U.S. Virgin Islands last night. The result of that match was unavailable up to press time.
Smith said: "Our players had the opportunity to compete against most players throughout the Caribbean in numerous club and semi-professional tournaments prior to traveling to the Caribbean Volleyball Championships. However, we were placed in a pool with southern countries in the likes of Guadeloupe and the U.S. Virgin Islands where we had no prior opportunities to see the level of competition of these teams.
"Fortunately, host country USVI played Guadeloupe on the opening night which gave us an opportunity to watch and scout both teams. Guadeloupe plays a relatively slow and high game, with most of their sets to the outside or right back position. During our practice session, I had players assimilate the exact style of play in an effort to strategize our game. For the most part, we quickened our offense to beat the taller, slower blocks and used the three-man block to defend the high balls being set to the wings. It was of utmost importance to win the first game and set the tempo. We wanted to make a statement for the remaining games."
The national team was training in preparation for the tournament for over three months. The team is missing Shedrick Forbes, a right-side attacker who plays an integral part in the team's offense. He was unable to travel because of technical issues with his passport. The team was forced to re-adjust the offense, shuffling players around into various positions.
"We have a very versatile team and so we were able to make the necessary adjustments," said Smith. "He (Forbes) is going to be missed. It did bring the mood down a bit but the guys were all hyped and excited to finally hit the court and show that they belong here, and that the title can be won by them. We jumped on Guadeloupe from the first point which was a perfectly executed slide from Byron Ferguson.
"From that point Prince Wilson went to the service line and gave the team a comfortable seven-point lead. The team never looked back as setter Tony Simon ran a consistent offense, coupled with strong blocks at the net from Byron and Renaldo Knowles. Team libero Jamaal Ferguson played a steady reception and defensive game allowing the setter to take control of the offense.
"If we continue to play and have a well-balanced game every time we step on the court, it will be hard to beat us."
The quarter-finals will start on Friday and continue on Saturday. The championship will wrap up on Sunday. The women's segment will come on the heels of the men's, commencing on Tuesday. The women's national team will leave on Monday.

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December 10, 2011
Stealing arraignment postponed

A former controller and paymaster at Armoured Car Services accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the company over a year remains on police bail until it is determined whether she will be arraigned.
Michelle Bowe originally appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on November 24 to be arraigned on 49 counts of stealing by reason of employment.
At the time, her lawyer Romona Farquharson raised a preliminary objection saying that the six-month statute of limitations had expired on 33 of the charges.
Bethell agreed and adjourned the matter to allow the prosecution time to get a fiat from the Office of the Attorney General authorizing the court to proceed.
When Bowe appeared yesterday, no fiat had been presented.  The prosecutor, Inspector Ercell Dorsett, said no fiat was needed because of newly passed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code.
However, Farquharson pointed out that the amendments which came into effect on November 4 were not retroactive so the court still did not have the jurisdiction to arraign Bowe on the charges.
Bethell agreed and adjourned the matter to December 12.

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News Article

April 22, 2011
Small Abaco Schools Take Part in National Arts Festival

MURPHY TOWN, Abaco,
The Bahamas -- Wesley College students strike up the band, during the
recent E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at Aldersgate Methodist
Church, in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  The students dance "Bahamian stlye",
during the adjudications; and Cyber Learning Centre students
perform as a choral verse speaking group ...

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News Article

December 16, 2011
Several key bills remain outstanding

When Parliament reconvenes on January 23, the government will have only a limited time to fulfill the legislative promises it made to the Bahamian people more than a year and a half ago.
Despite passing more than 45 pieces of legislation since Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes read the Speech from The Throne, the government has to bring several more bills before it fulfills the agenda it set out in April 2010.
"We have a couple that we still want to do before the end of the term," said National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, who is leader of government business in the House of Assembly.
"The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which is on the agenda now, we hope to deal with that before the end of our term."
The bill was tabled in the House of Assembly in October, but debate has yet to begin.
While the FOIA would provide the framework to allow anyone to ask any public institution for information without giving reasons, the language determining what is "exempt" from the act is wide ranging and would allow public institutions the ability to withhold information in a variety of circumstances.
The government is also hoping to present the Disabilities Bill, which has been promised to people with disabilities since the 1990s.
Minister of State for Social Services Loretta Butler-Turner announced last month that the government intends to table the Disabilities Bill in Parliament within this term.
However, Minister of Labour and Social Development Dion Foulkes said he is unsure whether that promise will be fulfilled.
Foulkes told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that the final draft has been sent to Cabinet. He added that the government intends to post the draft legislation on the government's website so that the public can view it and make recommendations.
"We also hope to have a press conference shortly to notify the press about the salient points of the bill," he said.
Asked if he believes that the government will succeed in getting the bill to Parliament before the end of the term, Foulkes said he is not sure. He explained that there are many factors that will determine whether the bill is ready in time, including the expected public feedback.
Successive governments have promised to bring disabilities legislation to Parliament.
A draft of the bill that was being circulated last year would make it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities in connection with education, employment and the provision of goods, facilities and services.  It also proposed the establishment of a national disabilities rights commission.
 
IRONS IN THE FIRE

In the Speech from the Throne, the government also promised legislation to simplify and make more effective employment dispute adjudication and determination.
Similarly, the Land Adjudication Bill has been promised. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham mentioned that the legislation would be brought forward, however Turnquest said he is not sure whether that will happen during this term.
"There are too many dissenting views on it.  So I can't guarantee that we would do it.  We'd like to but we're not sure that we would be able to finish that one," Turnquest said.
Despite several outstanding bills, Turnquest said the government is satisfied with its progress this year.
"I think we are doing a very good job in terms of legislation," he added.
Another key piece of legislation promised by the government that has not yet been brought is a bill to modernize the public service.
In the last year, the government has made good progress in bringing to Parliament other pieces of legislation that were also promised.
Most recently Parliament passed the Penal Code Bill, Criminal Procedure Code Bill, Bail Act Amendment Bill, Magistrates Court Bill, Road Traffic Bill, and Parliament Elections Bill.
"We have a couple and there are a number of other bills in various draft forms and approvals processes. We have a lot of irons in the fire that we may be able to do before the election, or if God willing and if the people return us we will do immediately when we come back," Turnquest said.
"There are a number of bills that have gone through the consultation process and the various drafting forms and approval processes that have not be yet been tabled in Parliament that may or may not move forward. That will depend on how ready they are between now and the end of the year."
The general election has to be held on or before May 2012. Some political observers believe that it will be called before that date. But as Prime Minister Ingraham indicated earlier this year, no one knows the date of election but him.

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July 31, 2012
Crown challenges murder acquittal for first time

Prosecutors yesterday challenged a judge's ruling on a no case submission for the first time.
Last year's amendment to the Court of Appeal Act gives them that right.
The Crown says Justice Vera Watkins fell into error when she directed jurors to acquit Tyrone Francis of murder on November 15, 2011.
Francis was accused of intentionally hitting Jonathan Linden with his vehicle moments after they had an argument at Royal Castle on Baillou Hill Road on October 10, 2009.
However, Watkins found that prosecutors had not produced any evidence to show that the collision was intentional. She said that there was no evidence of any offence on the Crown's case.
Prosecutor Neil Brathwaite said that issue should have been determined by the jury during their deliberations.
Brathwaite asked the appellate panel to order a retrial on murder or manslaughter.
Justice of Appeal Christopher Blackman said, "From the transcripts, the judge seemed to have developed an attitude that was antagonistic to the prosecution's case. By excluding the [traffic reconstruction] expert, it almost foreshadowed a successful no case."
Watkins did not allow Assistant Superintendent Richard Rahming to give opinion evidence on the speed that the vehicle was traveling because she did not deem him an expert.
The appeal has been adjourned until September 3 for Francis' lawyer Murrio Ducille to respond.
Ducille, who is on vacation, was not present during the hearing. His colleague Terrel Butler appeared on his behalf for the sole purpose of seeking an adjournment.
The Bench did not accept this position and said counsel should be ready to proceed when appearing before the court.

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April 19, 2011
Amy Roberts Primary Green Turtle Cay, Abaco at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival

Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

- E. Clement Bethel
National Arts Festival Arts and Crafts adjudicator Kishan Munroe
(right) and Arts and Crafts Officer in the Department of Culture Ellery
Deveaux examine a number of torch boxes, at the Amy Roberts Primary
School, Green Turtle Cay, on April 5, 2011. Torch boxes were used on
the island in the era before television for entertaining the children
there.  The children would make the boxes and later parade around the
island with candles in them.

Amy Roberts Primary
School students Makayla McIntosh (left) and Shelby Sawyer sing
"Standing on the Promises", during the  E. Clement Bethel National Arts
Festival adjudications on Green Turtle Cay, on April 5, 2011...

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News Article

October 19, 2010
Land reform focus at Exuma seminar

The Government's proposed land reforms and Exuma's current economic state will be key topics at next Wednesday's fifth annual Exuma Business Outlook Conference, scheduled to be held at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort.

Sharlyn Smith, attorney-at-law, will be speaking on legislation recently tabled in Parliament relating to land ownership and conveyancing.

Mrs Smith will discuss the intended process as set out in the Bills, highlighting areas that may be of particular concern to persons in the Family Islands.

"In particular, I will address the Land Adjudication Bill 2010 and the Registered Land Bill 2010," Mrs Smith explained.

Framework

"The Land Adjudication Bi ...

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January 16, 2012
The Bahamas finishes 2-3 in half marath

David Ferguson and Mackey Williams gave the fans in attendance a treat yesterday, as they battled for most of the race in the third running of Marathon Bahamas.
They ended up second and third respectively, in the half marathon. Ferguson, a physical education teacher at Government High School, finished second in 1:20.32, and Williams finished third, in 1:21.29. American Cobi Morales took the half marathon title, in 1:17.00.
Just like his WildSide Online Elite Racing teammate Bryan Huberty, who took the full marathon title, Morales said that his strategy was to pace himself in the first part of the race and finish strong coming down to the end of the race.
"It was a beautiful course and the people were beautiful as well," said Morales yesterday. "They kept cheering and that was a big motivational factor. I had a blast. I came here expecting to have a good time - not really focussing too much on winning but just to come here and compete well. Winning was a plus and I accept that, and I'm very happy with it. It wasn't my best time, but it was good considering how powerful the wind was."
Second place finisher Ferguson said that he was hoping for a better time, but is thankful for finishing the race in good health and being the first Bahamian to cross the finish line.
"It felt good," said Ferguson. "I've been doing a lot of training in the last five months, trying to get ready for this race. I feel like I should have ran about three minutes faster today but it's okay. I made a few mistakes but I'll make the adjustment for next year's event. I did the preparation and trained for the bridge so it didn't throw me off at all. We knew what to expect from the bridges so that wasn't a factor. I just didn't adjust to the wind like I should have," he added.
Williams said that he enjoyed the back and forth battle he had with Ferguson, and will look to come out on top next time.
"It was a workout, but I felt good. There is always room for improvement," said Williams yesterday. "I felt that I could have done a little better but the headwind played a factor today. It was like a battle of the fittest out there. He (Ferguson) prevailed today but there's always next time. We were going head-to-head straight through today and he edged me out."
Distance runner Williams said that he was motivated from the crowd yesterday and just having a desire to finish the race, and finish strong.
"There was a lot of self motivation and to know that it is being done for health reasons is an added benefit," said Williams. "My motto is, 'Your health is your wealth', so I believe that you have to take care of the body and eat right. The bridges were a challenge but by the grace of God, I made it through and I was able to finish. It was more mental than physical today. Thank God that I was able to hold on."
American Jessica Crate, from Melbourne Beach, Florida, was the first female in the half marathon. She finished fourth overall in 1:21.47.
"I felt great," said Crate. "It was an amazing course and it was a lot of fun. The wind was a little tough coming back, but it was a good challenge. The people here were great - along the route and at the finish line. People are always a good motivating factor in any race and today wasn't any different. They played a huge part in me going on. It was very inspirational. The scenery was amazing as well. Overall, it kind of reminded me of all the marathons that I ran in combined into one. The bridge was a lot of fun because we got to overlook the entire area. To top it off, it was a beautiful day. I'm just thankful that I was able to come here and perform well."
Crate finished seven and a half minutes ahead of the next female competitor in the half marathon. The first Bahamian female finisher in the half marathon was Jessica Murray. She was 13th overall, in 1:34.47.
Bahama Drie won the male team competition yesterday in 3:31.29, Kananga was second in 3:44.28, and One Team Campbell rounded out the top three in 3:47.37. S. Bahamas of SDA Female Team won the female team competition in 4:10.42. In the Co-ed Division, Island Street Art prevailed in 3:02.13, Pat Kemp Carpet and Wall Covering finished second in 3:17.38, and C.R. Walker Sr. High School was third in 3:36.24. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Team number two finished fourth in 3:45.17.

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July 17, 2013
Severe thunderstorm warning issued for areas of Bahamas

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued a

Severe Thunderstorm Warning from

3:30pm EDT until 6:00pm EDT, Wednesday 17th July 2013.

A severe thunderstorm warning is now in effect for

Bimini, Exuma and its Cays and Cat Island and their adjacent waters for the next two and a half hours.

At 3:30pm EDT radar and satellite data indicated clusters of thunderstorms over Bimini, Exuma and its Cays and Cat Island and their adjacent

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