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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 Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is prepared to deliver our message of REAL CHANGE for ONE BAHAMAS to every Bahamian in every community. In that manner, we have hosted a "Street Meeting" on Thursday November 3 at the corner of East St. and Hay St........
In response to the declining economy, the As One Foundation seeks to continue the mission to help unlock and unleash the full potential of young people through athletics, education and spiritual enrichment on a scaled-back basis this year. We are forced to considerably reduce our normal full camp operation down to an abbreviated version in order to achieve our mission this year. Devard Darling is dedicated and determined to fulfill the mission of the As One Foundation even with limited funding. Participants are encouraged to arrive early with a completed application with them on camp day.
Given the economic crisis now affecting Freeport and Grand Bahama, an action task force committee should be formed under the direction and auspices of government, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and Licensees to determine and effect both short- and long-term solutions.
The critical discussion will be how oil revenues should be invested or spent if recoverable oil reserves are confirmed in The Bahamas, according to an international expert, not how much of the pie the country gets.
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) last night announced five more candidates for the next general election.They are Kendal Smith (Fox Hill); Maurice Smith (St. Thomas More); Prince Smith (St. Anne's); William Hunt (South Eleuthera) and Celi Moss (Farm Road and Centreville).
According to his bio, Kendal Smith presently holds a managerial position at one of The Bahamas'largest, leading wholesale and retail organizations. Prior to this, he also served at a management level within a number of leading Bahamian companies and international franchises. His expertise includes sales and marketing, public relations and purchasing and negotiation with local and foreign entities.
Maurice Smith, a banker, is the general manager of Austrobarik (Overseas) Ltd., according to his bio. Since 1975, he has held key positions at several banks.
Prince Smith is the owner and business manager of Bahamas Vacation Home & Villa Rentals. He has held management positions in several of the largest, leading hotel and resort properties, as well as wholesale and retail companies in The Bahamas, according to this bio.
According to Hunt's bio, his family owns a sports fishing company, which caters to both celebrity and local clients.
Moss, according to his bio, founded the Bahamas Film Festival (BFF) in 2004 as an avenue for aspiring Bahamian filmmakers to showcase their talents. He is also a seasoned and successful salesman and has earned numerous awards in the timeshare industry, his bio says.
The five new candidates were announced at a DNA street meeting at the corner of East Street and Hay Street.
"The DNA is prepared to lead The Bahamas in a new direction by denouncing the partisan politics that have divided our country for too long,"the party said in a statement.
"We are rejecting the party lines that divide us to embrace the country ties that unite us."
The DNA said the meeting was held to"re-ignite the fearless Bahamian spirit that has been dampened by this time of hardship."
DNA leader Branville McCartney has said the party intends to run a candidate in every constituency.
McCartney has said that as leader he could decide what constituency he eventually runs in.
He is currently the MP for Bamboo Town, a seat he won as an FNM candidate in 2007.
The head of a major "web shop" is applauding the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) for its pledge to address the gambling industry, arguing that regulation will add revenue to the public treasury.
Sebas Bastian, CEO at Island Luck, said the unregulated gambling industry already generates millions for the local economy each year. Island Luck, he added, pays out million for salaries, rentals and to the National Insurance Board (NIB) for contributions, contributing $20 million to the local economy.
Island Luck and its more than 3,000 employees already contribute to The Bahamas, and to deem the operation illegal is "insane", according to Bastian.
"The industry cannot continue to only be recognized as legal when we give out to the community, pay taxes, business license fees, national insurance and [when we are] taken to the labor board. Yet, we are deemed as illegal on the other hand? To me, that's insane," he said.
In last week's Speech from the Throne, it was revealed that the PLP government would hold a referendum for the Bahamian people to decide whether a national lottery should be instituted and whether web shop type gaming should be decriminalized.
The issue is controversial in The Bahamas. Some argue that if properly regulated, legal gaming could be a driver for the economy. However, the Christian community stands against any move to legalize any form of gambling for Bahamians and legal residents. Visitors can gamble legally in The Bahamas.
Winston Rolle, CEO of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC), told Guardian Business that if the national lottery and/or web shops are properly regulated, a higher level of tax should be paid to the public treasury by the sector.
"In regulating it, persons should also be looking to ensure that funds generated from it are properly allocated and channeled into specific areas where there are significant economic voids," Rolle explained.
"My concern would be over the proper structure and regulation so that we are setting up a regime that provides adequate tax returns and that whatever funds that are raised will be utilized to the benefit of the Bahamian people."
Rolle said that at this point, Bahamians are kidding themselves viewing gambling as being illegal.
Another leader in the web shop business was contacted by Guardian Business on the issue of legalizing the sector. However, the source declined to comment at this time, saying he will meet with the prime minister shortly on the issue.
For Bastian's part, he said there should be a recognition that the industry has a positive impact on Bahamians.
"For example, when the Atlantis resort decided to downsize its staff, we at Island Luck employed most of those displaced workers. Currently, we have more than 3,000 people employed," he said.
"We payout more than $6 million in rental property, $4 million in national insurance contributions per annum and more than $10 million is spent on utilities like the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) and Cable Bahamas, along with supplies like paper. The funds generated are spent locally."
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