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Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday the Gaming Bill has "a lot of issues" and requires a lot of "heavy lifting", but added it will be tabled in the House of Assembly soon.
The bill was initially expected to be tabled earlier this month.
"We are finished with the constitutional legislation," he told reporters. "We have the gaming legislation now.
"There's a lot of heavy lifting with that and a lot of issues with that. I think [on Wednesday] we completed a substantial part of the work.
"We have a little dressing up to do and then it'll be ready for Parliament. So if I could put those behind us in terms of effecting those through Parliament then we would be in good stead."
Christie said once the constitutional bills and Gaming Bill are passed, the government will turn its attention to energy reform.
The Cabinet met on Wednesday to discuss the Gaming Bill.
The tabling of the bill was delayed as the government consulted with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) officials in Europe over its plans to regularize the web shop industry.
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe, who has responsibility for gaming, previously said that the government has to ensure that the "progressive piece of legislation" is accepted by banks, the web shop operators, the FATF, casino operators and Bahamians in general.
The newest draft of the Gaming Bill would continue to prohibit Bahamians from gambling in casinos.
Web shops would be permitted to legally engage in cash betting transactions with domestic players only, the bill says.
The "domestic player" refers to anyone who is ordinarily resident in The Bahamas; is the holder of a permanent residence certificate; is a work permit holder or the spouse of any of these people.
Several people have criticized the bill for its discriminatory components.
Former FNM Cabinet Minister Theresa Moxey-Ingraham, who coordinated the 'Vote Yes' campaign ahead of the January 2013 gambling referendum, and Marco City MP Greg Moss agree that the continued discrimination against Bahamians in the Gaming Bill, as well as the provision that would prohibit foreigners from gambling in web shops, is "economic apartheid".
Moxey-Ingraham told The Guardian this week that she cannot support the bill.
"I don't believe that in a modern democracy we ought to have that kind of legislation as a part of our framework," she said.
Wilchcombe said the legislation is not intended to be "restrictive insofar as economic apartheid".
He acknowledged that the government has more work to do, adding that it is taking it one step at a time.
Christie said last month that web shops will be taxed and regulated as of July 1, 2014.
The Mission of Bel Canto Singers Bahamas is to create a safe space and atmosphere that encourages and nurtures its members to live consciously and with a deep sense of civic responsibility. Members are passionate about personal and musical growth and excellence, and the above attributes are demonstrated though the production of world-class concerts and other musical events, both locally and internationally.
Nassau, Bahamas -
Shakespeare in Paradise is pleased to announce the Churches and Pastors for its production of
Each night this
production will move to a different church and the guest performer will
be a pastor or minister who will deliver the opening piece,
Listen Lord - A Prayer and the sermon,
The Prodigal's Son.
The other sermons in this work will be delivered by our remaining cast
members, Claudette "Cookie" Allens, Tex Turnquest, Erma Albury, Arthella
Issacs, Marcel Sherman and Onike Archer.
The churches, the pastors and the performance dates are as follows:
Sunday, October 3rd - St. Matthew's Anglican/Episcopal Church - Assistant Priest Rev'd Don Haynes; Monday, October 4th - Bahamas Harvest Church - Pastor Mario Moxey...
City Services Ltd has acquired two large pieces of land in Grand Bahama and begun immediate construction of the new company headquarters - a possible sign of even bigger things to come.
The five acres of land, purchased by City Services from Freeport Commercial and Industrial Limited through the joint efforts of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and local brokers, is a "big step", according to Peter Turnquest, the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce.
"They are ambitious for the future," he told Guardian Business.
"Anytime an entity sets up a permanent footprint is significant. It means there is a positive move for the economy and opens the door for further construction projects in the future. These things never happen in isolation and we invite others to join them."
The headquarters is slated for completion by the first or second quarter of 2012. It will span 29,000 square-feet and house more than 25 staff members.
City Services, an up-and-coming civil contractor, is responsible for several major projects on the island.
The contractor is currently working on a $50 million portion of the Cruise Ship Terminal in Freeport and $100 million worth of work on the Ginn Development on the West End of Grand Bahama.
City Services also built the movie sets for two installments in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Joseph O'Brien, the Managing Director of City Services Ltd., praised GBPA for working with its licensees
to bring about their latest development.
"We are extremely pleased with the efforts of the Port Authority and Sarles Realty for conducting this transaction expeditiously and as seamlessly as possible," he said.
James Sarles, the President at Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty, added that "people around the world" were looking at Grand Bahama from an industrial perspective.
He also described the acquisition as a "win-win for all" and "a start of good things to come".
In difficult economic times, these kinds of developments are especially important, he felt.
Ginger Moxey, the Vice President of GBPA, echoed his sentiments, saying the purchase shows the company's commitment to the island economy.
It also illustrates the Port's "open door" policy.
"Our multi-million-dollar expansion project shows we are bullish about Freeport's future and dedicated to the community," O'Brien added.
"Our company has built a strong reputation of reliable, on-time services in Grand Bahama and with the extention of our ever-growing marine services, we like what we see for our company's future on Grand Bahama."
Over the weekend, sculling fans gathered along the shoreline at Fort Montagu Beach to see if Clayton Bain would once again emerge as the sculling champion. For the third year in a row, he proved that he is indeed the champion.
"The trash-talking started hours before the race," exclaimed Lynden Johnson, Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company's director of sales and marketing. "The scullers were all bragging about their ability and the spectators wondered who would be crowned the champion. The atmosphere at Montagu Beach was fantastic for sculling, and we couldn't hope for the day to have gone any better."
The sculling weekend began on Saturday with the High Rock Scramble relay race, which was won by Charles Kelly, Jason Robinson and Dianne Dewitt.
Sunday brought the main event, which included the E-class races and the much-anticipated sculling championship. During the Sands E-class regatta, legendary sailor Lundy Robinson won three races back-to-back and was crowned the E-Class regatta winner. Additionally, Kyle Darville placed second and Steven Rolle third.
Once the sailing races finished, it was time for the main event and spectators assembled at the shoreline early, enabling the races to start on time. Participating in the sculling championship from across The Bahamas were Dennis Fox, St. Valentine champion; Richard Ross, Nassau champion; Danny Knowles, Long Island champion; Steven Rolle, National Family Islands (Exuma) champion in the first heat; Clayton Bain, defending champion; Skeeter Rolle, Abaco champion; Reuben Knowles, Nassau champion, and Clay Moxey, Grand Bahama champion.
Richard Ross and Dennis Fox from the first heat and Clayton Bain and Clay Moxey from the second heat advanced through to the championship round. Unfortunately, Richard Ross was unable to compete in the championship round, so the competitors agreed on including Steven Rolle in the championship race.
After a fierce sculling competition, Clayton Bain won for a third straight year, proving that he is the sculling champion of The Bahamas and won both the coveted trophy and 20 cases of Sands beer. Dennis Fox placed second, and Clay Moxey placed third in the championship round, winning 15 and 12 cases of Sands beer, respectively.
To end the night in grand style, the brewery held a great Bahamian concert, featuring Veronica Bishop, D Mac, Geno D and The Spank Band. "I can honestly say that this weekend was a truly Bahamian great time," said Johnson,. "From the regatta races, to the sculling championship, to the fantastic entertainment provided by our own, truly Bahamian artists."
For more pictures visit the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company's website or Facebook page to see photos from the sculling races, and practice your sculling, so you'll be ready for next year's races.
Sculling fans from near and far gathered along the shoreline at Fort Montagu beach last weekend to see if Clayton Bain would once again emerge as the sculling champion.
For the third year in a row, he proved that he is indeed the champion.
"The trash-talking started hours before the race," said Lynden Johnson, Bahamian Brewery director of sales and marketing.
"The scullers were all bragging about their ability and the spectators wondered who would be crowned the champion.
"The atmosphere at Montagu Beach was fantastic for sculling and we couldn't hope for the day to have gone any better."
The sculling weekend last Saturday with the High Rock Scramble relay race which was won by Charles Kelly, Jason Robinson and Dianne Dewitt.
After the races were done, the crowd was entertained by Willis & the Illest Band.
Sunday brought the main event, which included the E-class races and the much anticipated sculling championship.
During the Sands E-class regatta, legendary sailor Lundy Robinson won three races and was crowned the E-Class regatta winner.
Kyle Darville placed second and Steven Rolle third.
Once the sailing races finished, it was time for the main event and spectators assembled at the shoreline early, enabling the races to start on time.
Participating in the sculling championship from across The Bahamas were Dennis Fox, St. Valentine champion; Richard Ross, Nassau champion; Danny Knowles, Long Island champion; Steven Rolle, National Family Islands (Exuma) champion in the first heat; Clayton Bain, defending champion; Skeeter Rolle, Abaco champion; Reuben Knowles, Nassau champion; and Clay Moxey, Grand Bahama champion.
Richard Ross and Dennis Fox from the first heat and Clayton Bain and Clay Moxey from the second heat advanced through to the championship round.
Richard Ross was unable to compete in the championship round so the competitors agreed to include Steven Rolle in the championship race.
After a fierce sculling competition and with huge support, Clayton Bain won for a third straight year, proving that he is the sculling champion of The Bahamas.
He won both the coveted trophy and 20 cases of Sands beer.
Dennis Fox placed second and Clay Moxey placed third in the championship round, winning 15 and 12 cases of Sands beer respectively.
To end the night in grand style, the brewery held a great Bahamian concert, featuring Veronica Bishop, D Mac, Geno D and The Spank Band.
"I can honestly say that this weekend was a truly Bahamian great time, from the regatta races, to the sculling championship, to the fantastic entertainment provided by our own, truly Bahamian artists," Johnson said.
Funeral service for Clifford Moxey, 77 of Pinewood Gardens and formerly of Mangrove Cay, Andros who died on May 5th, 2011, will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, #47 Boyd Road. Officiating will be Father Martin Gomes, SS.CC. Interment follows in Tyler Street Cemetery, Tyler Street.
HERE IN LIFE AWAITING THE REUNION IS HIS WIFE: LENORA, DAUGHTERS: JANET JACKSON OF MIAMI FL, CYNTHIA MCPHEE OF FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA’, FIVE GRANDSONS: TERRENCE H GREENSLADE OF LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA, LIEUTENANT JD(USNAVY) MARK GREENSLADE OF AFGHANISTAN, MAVERICK MCPHEE OF FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA , FRED AND MARTINA RAHAMING; EIGHT GRANDDAUGHTE ...
The C.C. Sweeting Cobras are back in Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic final, and they will play the winner of this afternoon's match-up between the C.I. Gibson Rattlers and the upstart Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves in the championship game tonight.
In a game to decide a championship team, the Cobras shot past the C.I. Gibson Rattlers, 72-61, late Sunday night at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. The Timberwolves got past the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins, 63-60, in the other game last night, and will play the Rattlers this afternoon, for the right to contest the Cobras in the 33rd Hugh Campbell championship game.
Against the Rattlers last night, the Cobras got 23 points from Adrian Thompson and 15 from Corey Sands. The Rattlers were led by a game-high 27 points from Johnley Noel. Prolific point guard Shakwon Lewis was held to just nine.
"It's a good feeling to be back in the championship game. It's something that we anticipated and felt very strongly about," said Cobras' Head Coach Mario Bowleg last night. "We knew that the road wasn't going to be easy, but to come out here in back-to-back nights and get wins over Doris and C.I. was huge for us. However, we know that last nail has not been put in the coffin yet. We still have one more battle to fight, so we just want to stay focussed and do what is necessary to finish this thing."
The Cobras lost to the Mystic Marlins in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) playoffs this year, but they got the better of them, 58-50, to put themselves in a position to go after the Rattlers on Sunday night. Sands scored 11 points in that victory for the Cobras on Saturday night, and Garrith Moss added 10. Brendon Stubbs paced the Mystic Marlins with 16 points and Kyle Turnquest scored 10.
As for the Rattlers, they blasted the Timberwolves on Saturday night behind a huge 31-point effort from Lewis. Stephon Johnson and Michael Sweeting scored 11 apiece, as they blasted the Timberwolves, 86-67. Dominic Bridgewater paced the Timberwolves with 20 points, and Levonne Moxey added 12 points.
Unfortunately for them, the Rattlers couldn't get that same type of production against the Cobras on Sunday night. Head Coach Kevin "KJ" Johnson remains confident in their ability to bounce back and make the championship game, to have an opportunity to defend their Hugh Campbell title.
"We just have to be focussed and mentally ready and I think we'll get back to the championship," said Johnson late last night. "We lost a tough one to C.C. tonight, but that's what basketball is all about. Physically, we didn't match their intensity. We had far too many turnovers and our bigs didn't give us the game that they're capable of giving us, but I'm confident in our ability to bounce back. I think we'll come out ready to play tomorrow, and hopefully get back to the championship with a chance to defend our title."
Many felt that the tournament might have lost some of its luster this year, with the Grand Bahama teams pulling out at the last minute, but Bowleg said that whilst it was unfortunate, the quality and intensity of the tournament remains the same.
"Winning it without them (Grand Bahama teams) here makes no difference to me. The Grand Bahama teams didn't show up, so we have to move on. It's kind of sad that the country wouldn't have seen some of the better players out of Grand Bahama, but that's just how it is this year," he said. "We've won it before over a New Providence team, and we could do it again. The best teams in the country right now are New Providence teams anyway. In everyone's eyes right now, it's just Doris, Anatol, C.I. and C.C."
The Cobras will be aiming for their fourth Hugh Campbell title when the championship game is played tonight. They won two straight titles in 2012 and 2013, before the Rattlers ended an eight-year drought for them and won their fifth title last year.
On November 23rd BTC staged an official celebratory opening ceremony for the Coconut Grove Local Heroes Park on Poinciana Avenue and a rededication and unveiling of the Hero’s Wall...
The sole Bahamian actuary working in The Bahamas and the youngest Bahamian Fellow of the Academy of Life Underwriting have two things in common: They both work at Colina Insurance Limited, the largest life and health insurer in the country, and they both started their higher education at The College of The Bahamas. Add to these a third mutual tie, their appearance at COB's Business Week on March 19 with three colleagues to discuss their journeys to rewarding careers at the insurance giant and what it takes to advance a career in financial services. These presentations at the college were the launch pad for Colina's on-the-road initiative "CONNECT", the company's free public education program designed to provide knowledge of insurance concepts and raise awareness about the importance of life and health insurance, financial planning and wellness.
"More than a year ago Colina launched CONNECT," said Wendy Butler, vice president of life operations at Colina. "Since hosting four successful public forums, we've now expanded our mandate to reach out to niche groups in order to advance a better understanding of insurance and financial planning. It was natural to select the nation's premier tertiary institution, and especially its business students, as our first stop."
During the informative session at COB's Business Week, themed "Forty Years of Excellence: Embracing University", former COB alumni shared their personal journeys from the halls of COB to the boardrooms at Colina. Alumna DeAndrea Lewis, the only Bahamian actuary working in The Bahamas, inspired students to achieve their full potential as future business leaders. Lewis, who is responsible for the management of the individual life block of business at Colina, presented "Insurance 101" discussing life, medical and mortgage insurance, the process of pricing insurance products, the risks involved in insurance and the interest rates for insurance premiums.
Kenray Marsh, an alumnus of the college and Colina's new business manager and senior underwriter, is only the second Bahamian Fellow of the Academy of Underwriting (FALU), which is the highest designation in the life insurance underwriting profession. Marsh outlined the role of an insurance underwriter, the types of underwriting in life, health and casualty insurance and the evaluation of risks and accuracies involved in onboarding new clients.
Other Colina presenters included top sales representatives and Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) qualifiers Amanda Knowles and Ian Capron who each offered a candid look into the benefits of a career in insurance sales. Both Knowles and Capron began their careers in banking and accounting but soon shifted gears and began to look to the insurance industry for greater autonomy, earning potential and career satisfaction which, they acknowledge, they have found in abundance at Colina.
Rounding off the team of presenters was Cathy Williams, vice president of finance at Colina, who educated the students on the technical aspects of financial accounting in life and health insurance, and talked about her own road to the insurance industry in The Bahamas after beginning her career as a junior auditor for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in her native Canada.
The purpose of Business Week, according to Remelda Moxey, acting dean of the Faculty of Business, is to give the School of Business an opportunity to showcase its graduates and provide students with a forum of innovative and informative discussions led by a cadre of alumni and guests with real world experiences.
Emmanuel Komolafe, chief risk and compliance officer at Colina and host for the session, told the students that "one of the objectives at Colina is to educate the public but, in addition to educating, we also want to inspire."
Throughout the conversational presentations, the message was clear, and the team inspired the students to stay the course and to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the college as they carve out their own paths toward success. Following the session, students posed questions pertaining to insurance policies and were given an opportunity to win prizes and giveaways and interact with the Colina managers at a reception held in their honor.