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By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A FORMER receivables manager at SuperClubs Breezes has been awarded $26,560 after the Supreme Court found the Nassau-based all-inclusive resort wrongfully dismissed her, the judge ruling it had failed to prove she had falsified company documents as alleged.
Justice Neville Adderley, in his August 6, 2010, ruling, detailed how SuperClubs Breezes watered down its justification for dismissing Marion Morris, going from the November 18, 2004, summary dismissal letter, which alleged she had altered invoice dates and made accounts receivables uncollectible, to its argument of 'gross negligence' made at trial.
Although SuperClubs Breezes, in its def ...
The election and crime wave are on many minds, but there's something else that's catching those headliners up.
It's called Gippie's Kingdom, The Bahamas' first televised soap opera. In a press release, Ian Strachan, show writer and director, said: "Gippie's Kingdom aspires to do for TV what the Ferguson's of Farm Road did for Bahamian radio."
The producers of the show are announcing another corporate sponsor: SuperClubs Breezes.
Breezes has agreed to host the world premiere of Gippie's Kingdom. The premiere is tentatively set for June. The internationally renowned resort is also giving one lucky television viewer a free week-end stay at the Cable Beach resort.
Sales Manager at the resort Hedda Smith said: "Breezes is happy to partner with Gippie's Kingdom producer/writer Ian Strachan in this latest project of his. This soap opera will be the first of its kind in The Bahamas and we are very excited to come on board as one of the corporate sponsors. This is a great opportunity to not only expose some of the problems we are experiencing in our society today, but to show how to address them and hopefully offer some solutions."
Strachan added: "We're extremely excited. We believe that this show is going to be the topic of conversation in the majority of Bahamian households. It will be talked about around the water cooler, and around the photocopier at work. We believe that once Gippie's Kingdom hits the airwaves, it's going to become a Bahamian institution. We commend Breezes for having the vision to get on board early."
The eight-part series tells the story of three generations of the Gibson family. Life experiences and social issues, common to all Bahamians, are explored in each episode -- sweethearting and "illegitimate children", juvenile delinquency, crime and justice, domestic violence, Haitian/Bahamian conflict, and most of all, the power of love.
o The program is scheduled to run every Wednesday and Sunday night on ZNS TV13. To find out more about the soap opera, fans can visit the website www.gippieskingdom.com.
By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
GIVING an update on the ongoing renovations and improvements at SuperClubs Breezes, company chairman John Issa announced that the Cable Beach resort is in the process of "going green."
The two towers have be renovated over the course of two years, closing a block at a time to install energy efficient chillers for the air-conditioning units, energy efficient fan coils and broilers.
Low flush toilets and flow restricting faucets have also been installed to cut down on water consumption.
So far, around $20 million is estimated to have been spent on the renovations, which were contemplated with the goal of cutting energy cons ...
The countdown is on to 2012 and of course there are fabulous events being held island-wide where you can party away 2011 and ring in the New Year, and The Nassau Guardian has the entire scene covered for you -- from the hottest party in the east to the wildest and most glamorous affairs in the west.
Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace
It's being billed as two levels and two parties all at one venue, at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace in the Summer Winds Plaza on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
With a $5,000 balloon drop, scheduled for 1:12 a.m., (to ensure that people have time to make it out after church to collect their change) Leslia Miller says their Masquerade Party is one not to be missed.
With two levels, two parties, one venue, in the Heineken Platinum green lounge cake and champagne will be circulated all night. Every twelfth person will also receive a New Year's gift bag filled with goodies until the clock strikes midnight. And anyone attired in green will gain admission into the Heineken lounge for half price
The second lounge will be the Countdown VIP Dance Floor, where the balloon drop will take place.
Besides the money, Miller says Mario's will have the hottest deejays, drink specials and fireworks.
Doors open at 10:30 p.m. until 6 a.m.
Compass Point Beach Resort
Anastacia Kemp says the Compass Point Beach Resort New Year's affair will definitely appeal to people who want to relax to bring in 2012.
"You don't have to be over-dressed so you can feel relaxed," says the front desk manager. For $185 per person, you get a four-course served meal and access to an open bar. The event which starts at 8 a.m. and runs through to 12 midnight, will feature a deejay, live band, Junkanoo rushout and fireworks.
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill on East Bay Street invite you to dive into 2012 at their establishment with a party that party kicks of at 9 p.m. with $2 shots and $4 drink specials. With bottle service all night, and music by Nassau's hottest deejay, they say it's the spot to be.
SuperClubs Breezes will host a New Year's Eve Gala at the resort on Cable Beach from 6 p.m. until you say when. In the main dining room you have a raw bar with iced cocktail shrimp and Caribbean claws, a soup station with four soups, a salad bar which allows you to mix it up as you like it, their famous trio station, their taste of the world station, a Caribbean-style ratatouille station, and an unforgettable sumptuous dessert station.
The Marley Resort on Cable Beach hosts a New Year's Eve cocktail party on Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A live band plays for your enjoyment. The $75 cover charge includes appetizers, party favors and a free glass of champagne at midnight.
Insisting that prison should be a place of last resort for people who commit petty crimes, National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said yesterday only five classes of criminals ought to be incarcerated at Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP).
"At the risk of again being wrongly accused of going soft on criminals, I would suggest that we need evidence led data to guide our policies in respect to incarceration," said Nottage as he addressed the Caribbean Association of Corrections Conference at SuperClubs Breezes."And the data seems clear that whether convicted or simply charged, prison should be reserved almost exclusively for five categories of persons: violent dangerous offenders; drugs, arms and human traffickers; multiple recidivists; child molesters and corruption offenders.
"Persons charged or convicted of non-violent petty crimes should as far as is possible be confined to prison only as a measure of last resort."
Nottage noted that the overcrowding at HMP is largely due to the large number of petty criminals who are incarcerated.
"For far too long the prison has been used as a sanction of first resort for those accused or convicted of relatively minor offenses," he said.
"In many of our jurisdictions it is still felt that to lock them up and throw away the key is the antidote to crime and violence.
"While tight-fisted policies might be a popular posture, the evidence is clear that only when prisons are used as a first resort for hardened, dangerous, violent offenders and the place of last resort for petty minor offenders, society tends to be safer and remediation amongst wrongdoers seems more assured.
"Indeed, the evidence is clear that for dangerous, hardened criminals punishment works mostly when it is swift, sure and severe. For petty offenders, treatment and rehabilitation seem to offer the best prospects, not incarceration."
According to prison officials, the facility's daily population was around 1,300 inmates up to October 2011. However, it is now around 1,550, representing a near 18 percent increase.
During a tour of the Fox Hill facility three weeks ago, Nottage said the conditions are "unacceptable" particularly in the maximum security wing.
Prison Superintendent Dr. Elliston Rahming said the maximum security wing was holding nearly twice the number of inmates it was built to house. The facility, which was designed to hold up to 450 inmates, is now "bloated" with close to 900 prisoners.
According to Her Majesty's Prison 2010 Report, the vast majority of inmates who are sentenced were convicted of petty crimes.
Of the 749 people who were sentenced in 2010, 71 percent were sentenced to serve a year or less in prison. Another 12 percent or 93 inmates were sentenced to more than two years, according to the latest report.
Only 13 people (less than two percent of the people admitted to prison in 2010) were sentenced to 10 years or more, said the report.
SuperClub Breezes came alive November 18 with the amazing art displayed at the 3rd Annual VOGA Body Painting Runway Show. The show had a massive turn out and the crowds that gather were not disappointed. Bahamian body painter Selina Sweeting, hosted and headlined the show and debuted her latest work along with four international visual artists.
The show featured two Canadian and two American artists.
ôVoga is the vision of gifted artists because each artist has their unique style and will have a platform to display their gift here in the Bahamas for Bahamians to enjoy...
From the presentation to the creativity and the incorporation of tastes that Bahamians love, ensures that Munasan is a different Japanese experience than what people have become accustomed to.
The newest Japanese fusion restaurant at Superclubs Breezes on Cable Beach will make a sushi lover out of everyone that crosses its doorstep according to Superclubs Breezes executive chef Nigel Clarke. He believes people won't be able to get enough of what they are doing.
"What we're trying to do is make [the food at Munasan] a little more local," said Chef Clarke of the restaurant that officially opened its doors two weeks ago. The restaurant offers the standard Japanese restaurant sushi fare -- shumai, seaweed salad, miso soup, sashimi and sushi. But they have upped the ante with signature rolls -- spicy coconut shrimp roll, BBQ conch and pineapple roll, corn flake encrusted smoked salmon roll and their soft shell crab California roll -- that Chef Clarke said will entice people who aren't already sushi connoisseurs, but who are interested to try sushi, but are afraid, or hesitant, to try it.
"These rolls will draw them in to love sushi. When we did tasting, some of my staff had never tried a sushi roll until then. The perception was that it was raw, so they weren't going to try it. And now a lot of our guys have fallen in love with sushi rolls. Now they know that some rolls are actually cooked," he said.
An added feature that will make Munasan stand out from other Japanese restaurants around town is that Munasan has a create your own stir fry station. You choose your protein -- beef, pork, chicken, shrimp or tofu; choose your vegetables -- the server advises on the vegetable choices of the day; then you choose your sauce -- chili garlic, black bean, sweet and sour, Mongolian spicy ginger, Asian barbecue or Thai coconut curry.
It's a feature that Chef Clarke says makes for a lot of work and is risky, but he said they want to give a different experience because they realize people don't want to be limited.
And on the scope of different, where most folks would anticipate tempura (fried) ice cream for dessert, at Munasan they do a brownie roll (rolled with ice cream to look like a sushi roll), and they offer a mango-misu as opposed to a tiramisu.
"We wanted to be a little different ... a little unique. When people come in we want them to be able to say this is not what we'd get down the road. When people talk about coming to the Munasan, it's different and the taste has to be there," said Chef Clarke. He also said that presentation is important to them, but they want people to be able to see the plate, taste the food and want to come back.
"This is one of the smaller Japanese menus on the island in terms of what we offer. So for the create you own stir fry station, we have quite a number of sauces, and of course it can be a bit tedious, [especially if] you have a big table and everyone's having the same meat but different sauce. But people love options and we want to give them those options," he said.
Paramount to their decision on the menu he said was for them to understand the Bahamian taste buds and incorporate those tastes into what they would offer.
While the menu is indeed different from other Japanese offerings around town, Chef Clarke said it did not take long for Japanese chef Takeshi Tanabe to conceptualize their specialty rolls.
Edamame, shrimp and vegetable tempura, soft shell crab, agedashi tofu (deep-fried tofu with agedashi sauce) and yaki hotate (sauted scallop with clear garlic-soy butter) are on the appetizer menu.
Green salad, seaweed salad, tofu salad and miso soup round out the soup and salad menu.
The Nigiri sushi is comprised of maguro (tuna), ebi (shrimp), unagi (eel), hamachi (yellow tail), shake (salmon) and kani (crab).
Hamachi, tuna and salmon comprise the sashimi offerings.
California roll (crab, cucumber and avocado), kappa maki (vegetable roll), spicy tuna roll (tuna, tobiko and spicy mayonnaise) and tempura roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber) are the maki sushi offerings.
Beef negimaki (grilled rolls of sliced beef with scallions), lobster tempura (lobster deep fried in batter) and ebi chili (sauteed black tiger shrimp with Japanese chili sauce) are served with white or brown rice.
Meal finishers offered with the brownie roll and mango-misu are the layered chocolate mousse and profiteroles.
Munasan is the brainchild of Mona Issa, daughter of John Issa, chairman of Superclubs Breezes Bahamas.
"Japanese is something she loves," said Chef Clarke. The Superclubs Breezes properties in Jamaica all have Japanese restaurants.
Presently, Munasan opens two days per week, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
SuperClubs Breezes yesterday said it would pay staff a percentage of their wages to minimse the impact of its two-month closure until November 1, 2011, as it moves to repair roof damage caused by Hurricane Irene.
Explaining in a statement that it was impossible to keep the property open while the repairs were taking place, the Cable Beach-based resort said it had no option but to temporarily lay-off staff for two months starting on September 1.
Apart from paying staff a percentage of their wages, SuperClubs Breezes encouraged them to take accrued vacation so they could receive full pay for two weeks.
The resort added that some staff would remain in areas such as housekeeping, food and beverage, ...