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News Article
Hemingway returns to Big Game Club for Smackdown

The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina today announced that there will be a Hemingway fishing in their Wahoo Smackdown II Tournament scheduled for February 21-23.
John Hemingway, grandson of the world-renown author Ernest Hemingway, next month will be trolling the same Gulf Stream waters as his famous grandfather, whose fishing exploits aboard his beloved "Pilar" helped put this tiny Bahamas out island on the global map in the 1930s.
Ernest Hemingway was an early apostle to the Bimini experience in the 1930s, where he drank, brawled and wrote his way through several fishing seasons, traveling back and forth between home in Key West and his beloved "Island in the Stream". His creative workshop was the Compleat Angler and his characterizations came from a world populated by giant blue marlin, bluefin tuna and schools of sharks almost too large to count. With his literary acclaim and sporting prowess, Hemingway, together with countless other kindred spirits, established Bimini as the Big Game Fishing Capital of the World--home today to some 50 world record catches and counting.
The 52-year-old writer from Montreal will be fishing with Captain Alexander Jiminez of Miami and aboard the 33' Contender "Makin It Happen". As a follow to the tournament, he will essay the history of big game fishing in Bimini.
John Hemingway is an American author from Miami, whose critically acclaimed memoir Strange Tribe examines the similarities and the complex relationship between his father Dr. Gregory Hemingway and his grandfather, Nobel Laureate Ernest Hemingway.
John has visited Bimini, the setting for his grandfather's posthumous novel "Islands in the Stream", countless times. His parents first took him to the island when he was a newborn and his childhood was spent fishing in the Gulf Stream with his father for Marlin and Wahoo and "everything else that you could and can still catch in those waters."
As a young man he moved to Milan, Italy in 1983, where he taught English and worked as a translator while pursuing creative writing. His articles and short stories have appeared in American, Italian and Spanish newspapers and reviews. His short story Uncle Gus was the featured piece for the re-launch of the Saturday Evening Post.
After leaving Italy in 2006 and spending a year in Spain, John now lives with his two children in Montreal, Canada.
"This is a real coup for us," said Tournament Director Captain Paul Cameron. "Imagine being able to brag that you actually fished with a Hemingway, and in Bimini, of all places.
Cameron said "Makin It Happen", which has taken advantage of the Big Game Club's seasonal marina rates, is looking for some heavy competition in February.
"This past November we had some 60 anglers competing for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes," he said. "Lots of action during the tournament with nearly a ton and a half of fish landed."
The entry fee for the Wahoo Smackdown II (which includes four anglers per boat) is an affordable $1,250. First place prize is $5,000, followed by $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third.
Playboy Playmate Shawn Dillon, Miss February 2013, will also be on hand on Saturday, February 23rd, helping with the final weigh-ins, presenting trophies and posing for pictures and signing autographs for participating teams.

For information regarding the next Wahoo tournament and to register online, please go to http://www.biggameclubbimini.com/big-game-tournament.htm or call (800) 867-4767.

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News Article
A revolutionary advertising campaign

Paradise Island is not representative of The Bahamas. It is a playground for tourists conveniently separated from New Providence by a toll bridge. Once over the bridge, tourists have few reasons to venture back to the mainland to mingle with the local populous. The Ministry of Tourism would do well to market the other 699 islands that certainly offer a more Bahamian experience.
And at the cost of $15 million, Bahamian taxpayers are looking for tourist dollars to extend beyond Paradise Island. We are intrigued by this "aggressive" campaign that intends to be a game changer. Perhaps, an advertising campaign that includes the Family Islands is considered revolutionary, albeit well over due.
With Baha Mar set to open in late 2014, there is no question that New Providence needs to increase airlift while attracting more visitors. But New Providence has saturated the North American market. The New York tri-state area is bored of the seemingly regurgitated advertisements for Paradise Island.

If life is "Better in The Bahamas" then show the world The Bahamas, not an artificial tropical domain.
Many in The Bahamas have a perverted view that we lack natural resources, when quite to the contrary our waters are the envy to many. We can arrogantly boast that we have the best beaches with an endless expanse of clear turquoise waters. Why settle for the crowded beaches of New Providence, when a private beach oasis in the Exuma cays awaits?
Harbour Island, Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town draw return visitors year after year with scant international advertising. Set amidst quaint homes, easy to access beaches and welcoming Bahamians, our oldest settlements attract tourists, and more importantly second homeowners, who relish old-world charm and dine on exquisite fare.
The Bahamas is a boater's dream. The Sea of Abaco provides countless miles of protection from the Atlantic; the Exumas are a beach lover's playground; Bimini is a mere 50 miles from Florida, and the fishing is phenomenal. Yet, our prospective audience is subjected to countless images of casinos, pools and crowded beaches when we have so much more to offer.
Few Bahamians have been privy to the expansive salt flats and fantastic birding of Inagua or the caves of Crooked Island. With the majority of the Bahamian population living in New Providence, it is hardly surprising that advertising is Nassau-centric. For a moment let's forget the tourists and cater to Bahamians as tourists - a novel idea indeed.
If we are to seek long-term gains in tourism we must diversify our offerings and revitalize once prominent settlements like Governor's Harbour and Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. We must give a reason for our visitors to come back again and again, to experience the vast diversity of places that exist in The Bahamas.
As Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said: "We've tried to run tourism with the same game plan that we had 40 years ago and that doesn't work. The world has changed and we have to change with it."
For all the promises of change, the Ministry of Tourism may well surprise us with a revolutionary advertising campaign. With many Nassuvians yearning to return to the Family Islands, advertising outside the capital may generate the excitement needed to return home.

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Movie
Antwone Fisher
  • Genre : Biography, Drama, Romance
  • Rating :

Antwone Fisher, a young navy man, is forced to see a psychiatrist after a violent outburst against a fellow crewman. During the course of treatment a painful past is revealed and a new hope begins....


Movie
The Host
  • Genre : Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Rating : T - 15yrs and Older

When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world....


News Article
'Heiress to a Curse' an engaging read

'Heiress to a Curse' is a fantasy romance novel written by Bahamian newcomer Zandria Munson. Published by famed Publishing house 'Harlequin', this is the first novel in the 'Hearts of Stone' series just introduced.

Alexandra Barret is a features writer living alone in her New York apartment. A descendant to an ancient witch Necesar, Alexandra has visions and strange dreams that usually serve as both a blessing and a curse. One day she gets a new neighbor across the hall named Marius Drakon. She is quite taken by his looks and charm but tries hard to ignore it.
Marius, who is over five centuries old, is cursed to roam the earth as a creature for eternity. He was cur ...

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Grand Bahama author introduces new novel

Bahamian author Marina Gottlieb Sarles launched her new novel, "The Last Daughter of Prussia", with a book signing on Tuesday, December 18 at the Pelican Bay Hotel Canal House.
"The Last Daughter of Prussia" is a historical novel based on the family diaries of the author's grandparents - an epic story of suspense, love and survival centering around the largest and least known civilian mass exodus at the end of World War II. Set amidst a beautiful and vanished way of life in war-torn East Prussia, two unlikely young lovers must fight for their lives and find new heart while struggling to escape one of the most dangerous and tragic landscapes of any generation. The Last Daughter of Prussia is a fast-paced compelling tale celebrating the indomitable human spirit in the worst of times.
The book signing also included a short reading by the author. Advance first-edition hardback autographed copies of the novel were also available for sale.
Marina Gottlieb Sarles is also the author of "Sand In My Shoes", a collection of classic island stories. Gottlieb-Sarles is the daughter of Grand Bahama's first doctor and nurse, Dr. Ejnar and Owanta Gottlieb, who came to the island during its Pine Ridge lumber camp pioneer days, and later relocated to Abaco where they served the surrounding communities for many years. The author is also the sister of Cay Gottlieb, founder of Grand Bahama's first privately owned radio station (Cool 96 FM), and Frederik F. Gottlieb, attorney and former member of Parliament for Abaco.
The author has set up a blog (marinagottliebsarles.com) with the story behind writing the novel, which will be released to world markets in April 2013. The book launch event was a special opportunity for The Bahamas to get a first look at a work by a Bahamian daughter whose roots are deeply woven into the tapestry of the islands.

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Movie
Lawless
  • Genre : Crime, Drama, Western
  • Rating : T - 15yrs and Older

Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits....


News Article
Marina Gottlieb Sarles to launch, The Last Daughter of Prussia

Freeport,
Grand Bahama - Save The Date! Tuesday evening December 18th, 2012 a New
Book Launch with author Marina Gottlieb
Sarles at Pelican Bay Hotel Canal House

from 5:30 to 8:30 pm will take place.

 

The Last Daughter of
Prussia is the story of a young aristocratic woman and her Roma gypsy
friend during the perilous evacuation of East Prussia at end of World
War II. I hope it will be enjoyed as an intimate novel about love and
survival. However, it was inspired by many true stories passed down to
me by my family and documented in their diaries...

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Event
Shakespeare in Paradise
Shakespeare in Paradise

Friday 9th October 2009  8:00 PM

Zora tells the story of African-American folklorist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston, whose work in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean during the 1920s won her widespread acclaim. Kim Brockington, stage and film actress, is excited to present her one-woman show Zora to Bahamian audiences. Fresh from a critically-acclaimed performance at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem North Carolina, Kim looks forward to bringing the play to Nassau. Cost: Regular $25; Students (With ID) for Evening performances $15; Groups of 20 or more $20; Special Student Matinees $10 Where: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West & West Hill Sts. Book Tickets Now! Contact: The Dundas: 242-393-3728; The Jukebox: 242-393-4891 Email: tix@shakespeareinparadise.org


News Article
New Technologies Helped in Novel Ways with Haiti Earthquake Relief

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Relief workers used innovative technologies in unprecedented ways to aid

in the recovery of quake-ravaged Haiti, a new report has found.

Interactive maps and SMS (Short Message Service) texts helped guide

search-and-rescue teams and find people in need of critical supplies, as

the Caribbean nation became a real-world laboratory for new

communication tools.

Though the innovations had varying levels of impact in Haiti, they

showcased the potential for use in future crises, the report, "Media,

Information Systems and Communities: Lessons from Haiti," concluded..

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