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September 01, 2010
Letter: So it's not OK to be a nuisance

EDITOR, The Tribune

Re: Move to deal with problem of unlicensed street vending - The Tribune, August 28, 2010.

You mean to tell me it's not OK to be a nuisance, disregard permits and taxes, endanger lives, obstruct traffic, and otherwise break the law, if someone is "just trying to make a living"? C'mon, you just want to take bread out of the children's mouths!

KEN W KNOWLES, MD

Nassau,

August 30, 2010.

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September 02, 2010
2010 Little Miss Bahamas Organization now accepting applicants

Our

Little
Miss Bahamas Pageant in affiliation with World's Our Little Miss
International wants  "To select the most outstanding and outgoing little
Miss in the Bahamas".  Contestants meeting to be held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, September 19th, at 3pm.

Application Deadline: September 17th, 2010

Pageant Date: November 21st, 2010

Entry Requirements: Delegate
must be a citizen or resident of the Bahamas and must have resided in
the Bahamas as her permanent and primary residence for a period of at
least one year immediately prior to the national competition...

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September 07, 2010
Mitchell: City Markets Meeting...

Nassau, Bahamas -

On the 1st September, The Nassau Guardian carried a story with an
interview with Derek Winford, the CEO of Bahamas Supermarkets Ltd.,
which does business in The Bahamas as City Markets.  The story said that
I attended a meeting with the CEO to discuss my intervention in the
press on behalf of my constituents about the fate of City Markets.  The
story said that it was expected that I would issue a statement
subsequent to my meeting and I now do so.

 

In The Tribune 28th August, the CEO Derek Winford said that City Markets
is in business to stay in business.  I welcome that statement...

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September 07, 2010
Thousands show Baha Mar support

By SCOTTâ ARMSTRONG
Guardian Business Editor
scott@nasguard.com
twitter.com/guardianbiz
Thousands of Bahamians have gone online to express their support for the$2.6 billion mega resort Baha Mar which will help position The Bahamas as a world class destination resort, leading to a potentially significant increase in tourism, jobs and enhanced infrastructure for The Bahamas.
A resolution on the number of work permits needed by Baha Mar's Chinese partners will be tabled tomorrow in the House of Parliament, though the resolution may not be acted upon until Scotiabank and the Izmirlian family come to terms over an outstanding loan.
With the Office of the Prime Minister now stepping in to br ...

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April 21, 2011
2011 Supermodel of the Bahamas Winners Announced

Nassau, Bahamas - Tenielle Adderley and Royce
Collie from Nassau are the 2011 faces of Supermodel of the Bahamas; and
Shaundelle Gardiner is the new talent winner of Super Talent of the
Bahamas.  The competition culminated on April 10th at the Rainforest Theatre.

"My new winners are outstanding representatives
for the Bahamas and they will make us proud," said OilinSha Coakley, founder of Supermodel of the Bahamas.

The winners are already booked for New
York Fashion Week in September where they will be exposed to hundreds
of new potential clients, celebrities, casting directors, producers,
artist, etc...

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September 08, 2010
Nominations for Cacique Awards 2010 Now Open

The Bahamas Ministry
of Tourism is now receiving nominations for their

Cacique Awards 2010
which will take place

January 28th, 2011.

Any
member of the public may cast a nomination for the general awards, the
Minster of Tourism's Hospitality Award or the Clement T. Maynard
Lifetime Achievement Award. They may nominate as many persons as they
wish. The same person may also be nominated for more than one award if
he/she is making a contribution in more than one area.

To be eligible for the awards, the nominees must be permanent residents
of The Bahamas, whose product or performance has a positive impact on
the quality development of Bahamian tourism...

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September 07, 2010
Private sector 'holds breath' on Baha Mar

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The $2.6 billion Baha Mar project has been likened to "a marriage where the mother-in-law does not approve of the spouse", a former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president warning the private sector would "go into shock for six months" if both political parties failed to approve work permits for the development's 5,000 Chinese workers.

Giving his apt assessment of the Government's seeming attitude towards the Baha Mar development and its Chinese government-owned partners, the China Import-Export Bank and China State Construction, Dionisio D'Aguilar told Tribune Business that the Cable Beach project was "the only short-ter ...

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September 08, 2010
Bimini Bay paying up in1.5m work permit row

By SCOTTâ ARMSTRONG
Guardian Business Editor
scott@nasguard.com
twitter.com/guardianbiz

The$1.5 million owed by the Bimini Bay Resort and Marina and its developer the Capo Group for outstanding work permit fees is to be paid back to The Bahamas at least in part,The Nassau Guardiancan report, as the deputy prime minister reveals the company has agreed to cough up"some of the money."
An investigation was launched back in December 2008 by the auditor general who recommended that the multi-million dollar luxury development owed$1.5 million in unpaid fees to the government. Since then negotiations have been taking place over how much money is actually owed and for what nationalities, ...

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Bahamian actress, supermodel lands role in another Italian film
May 02, 2011
Bahamian actress, supermodel lands role in another Italian film

Bahamian actress
Jeanene Fox has landed a role in another Italian mini-series. 

Ms. Fox is
in the midst of building a stellar acting career in Europe.  Her
casting as an investigative reporter in the mini-series,

The Bodyguard,
marks the second notable role she has earned in Italy. She also appeared
recently in the Italian feature comedy,

AmeriQua. 

In

The
Bodyguard, Ms. Fox plays a member of an investigative News Team
from Los Angeles that travels to the island of Malta to report on a
complex murder case...

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May 01, 2011
Five separate fires 'stretch' services

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

WIDESPREAD fires "stretched" fire services in the capital as firemen tackled five separate blazes yesterday.

Plumes of smoke billowed from two dump sites, as emissions from the burning waste permeated the surrounding areas.

Up to press time, officials said that the fire at the Department of Environmental Health's landfill off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, and a car dump at Marshall Road, had been contained although smouldering embers remained.

"We attended a total of five fires for the day. We had a building fire in the South Beach area, a fire at the Marshall Road car dump and also the city dump," said ...

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September 08, 2010
City Market releases 2010 figures

By SCOTTâ ARMSTRONG
Guardian Business Editor
scott@nasguard.com
twitter.com/guardianbiz
The full picture of City Market's 2010 has been reported as the company has published its annual unaudited figures, ending the year some$7.4 million in the red despite generating sales of just under$100 million.
The Nassau Guardianrevealed last week how Bahamas Supermarkets Limited had actually made an$80,000 profit in the final period of the financial year as it continues it fight to turnaround its losses and get back on top.
In the end the company, which employs some 700 staff, made a gross profit of$23.9 million but its operating and administrative expenses of$29.9 million dragged that into the n ...

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September 08, 2010
The deciding factors for Baha Mar

IT IS understandable why former Prime Minister Perry Christie was still haggling over the BahaMar deal up to two days before the 2007 election, which he lost.

Not only was he concerned about whether the developer had enough finances to see the project through, but he certainly did not want the "secret" clauses involving prime land in the agreement to be exposed on the floor of the House. Just before an election an admission that government was prepared to transfer 264,965 acres of public land on Cable Beach to a foreign investor could have scuttled his election.

Likewise, Prime Minister Ingraham is taking no chances in the new Baha Mar deal with a new partner. The request for work permi ...

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September 08, 2010
'NO BAHA MAR VOTE' UNTIL COMPANY RESOLVES ISSUE

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

AN ANTICIPATED vote by parliamentarians on whether it is wise for the Government to approve 8,150 work permits for foreign labourers to participate in the Baha Mar resort development did not take place yesterday, with the Prime Minister telling parliament this will only happen once Baha Mar resolves the last major issue that stands between the company and its Chinese financiers.

However, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham did table the resolution which parliamentarians will be called to vote on when this occurs, saying it was inspired by the fact that the amount of foreign labour envisaged to be involved in the construction of the reso ...

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September 08, 2010
200m Baha Mar loan resolution 'in two weeks'

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday indicated that Baha Mar was expected to resolve its outstanding $200 million loan issue with the Scotiabank-led syndicate over the next two weeks, postponing debate over the Chinese work permits' resolution until September 22-23, as he revealed that 71 per cent of the construction workforce for the $2.6 billion redevelopment would be foreign.

Describing this as "a complete reversal" of the conditions imposed upon Kerzner International during the various phases of its Paradise Island developments, the Prime Minister told the House of Assembly that it also ran contrary to the Government's philosop ...

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September 08, 2010
City Markets targeting Christmas profitability

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

City Markets chief executive yesterday said he hoped to return the supermarket chain to profitability over the Christmas shopping period, aided by a marketing "arsenal" it aimed to launch within the next two weeks, amid signs that the company is stemming the bleeding - the 2010 fourth quarter loss totalling $873,000.

Talking to Tribune Business after the company posted, according to management accounts, a $7.431 million net loss for the year to June 30, 2010, a 22.4 per cent increase over the previous year's $6.069 million, Derek Winford described increasing market share and winning back customers as "the biggest challenge right now...

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September 08, 2010
Work permits to continue despite GB unemployment

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing said work permits will continue to be issued even though many Bahamians are still unemployed on Grand Bahama.

Mr Laing explained that work permits are only issued for positions that require certain skills and qualifications that do not exist within the local labour force.

"We have to recognise that every work permit does not represent a job that a Bahamian can hold," he said.

The Grand Bahama Shipyard is perhaps the largest employer of foreign labour here on the island.

Bahamian workers are significantly out-numbered by expatriate workers. The shi ...

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September 09, 2010
Sands opts out of Commonwealth

By KELSIE JOHNSON
NG Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com
Olympic bronze medalist and national record holder in the men's triple jump,'Superman'Leevan Sands, has shut down his season, opting not to compete in the 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games.
Describing the season as an"up and down"one, Sands said he thought it would be best to just close it out and prepare for 2011. The Commonwealth Games is set to be held in New Delhi, India, from October 3-14. The Bahamas will be represented in track and field, swimming, tennis, boxing and cycling at the games.
"My season was up and down, so Iâ thought it was best to just shut it down,"said Sands."Iâ had kne ...

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September 09, 2010
Buyers circle City Markets' F'port stores

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

City Markets has received offers to acquire/take over all or some of its three Grand Bahama-based stores, including an approach from Sawyer's Fresh Market over its Eight Mile Rock outlet, but the listed supermarket chain's chief executive told Tribune Business that "nothing is signed or concluded" in terms of any deal.

Derek Winford confirmed Tribune Business's previous exclusive revelation of Sawyer's Fresh Market's interest in City Markets' Eight Mile Rock store, but denied that any agreement for the rival grocery/food retailer to take it over had been reached.

Explaining that the numerous approaches from potential ...

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September 10, 2010
Former Hotel Corp. chairman urges both parties to support Baha Mar

By STAFF WRITER
Guardian News Desk
Former Chairman of the Bahamas Hotel Corporation George Smith has expressed the view that both the Progressive Liberal Party and Free National Movement should vote to support the Baha Mar project.
"We ought to support it and wherever we differ we should meet with the people and arrive at an understanding,"said Smith in an interview yesterday withThe Nassau Guardian.
The government presented a resolution to the House of Assembly on Wednesday concerning the proposed$2.5 billion Cable Beach development. It is seeking the consent of the House regarding the controversial labor component of the deal.
Baha Mar is requesting 8,150 work permits for foreign worker ...

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September 12, 2010
Supermodels of the Bahamas arrive in New York for Fashion Week

New York, NY - 2010
Supermodel of the Bahamas winners, Sinardo Deleveaux and Peandra
Knowles, both from Grand Bahama Island arrive in New York city September
11th, for New York fashion Week 2010 showcasing for Marco Hall.

The young models will have the opportunity to participate in a photo
shoot for designer Paul Laurence, also a photo shoot with Essence Magazine, and will be guests on the Wendy Williams Show.

A welcome reception was held for them upon their arrival ...

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May 11, 2011
Mailboat strike 'catastrophic'

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE mailboat strike continued today with more and more family islanders facing the possibility of food shortages.
Fred Bonaby, owner of the Church Grove Supermarket, in Crooked Island, said news of the strike has spread throughout the island, leaving residents filled with concern.
“We depend on the mailboat to bring our supplies. Right now my shop is almost out. It is a sad thing because only once a week we get service. There could be food shortages, especially with fruits and vegetables. It has already begun,” said Mr Bonaby.
The Mailboat Association met with the Ministry of Transport yesterday, according to a ...

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September 11, 2010
Old Bahama Bay Resort temporarily shuts down

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Old Bahama Bay Resort has temporarily shut down its operations to allow for employee vacation and annual improvements and maintenance at the property in West End.

Derek Gape, project manager at Ginn Sur Mer, said the resort will be closed for four weeks and will reopen on October 10.

"It is our vacation shut-down, and what that does is permit us to go in and do renovations and improvements," he said.

Mr Gape said maintenance works will be carried out to the docks and the hotel.

Old Bahama Bay features 67 junior suites and six two-bedroom suites as well as a 72-slip port of entry marina. The p ...

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September 12, 2010
Public Works Minister tours the Nassau Street Court Complex

Nassau, Bahamas - The Nassau Street Court Complex is
75-80 per cent completed and is expected to be occupied within six months'
time.

Public Works and Transport Minister
the Hon Neko C Grant along with Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs and other
Ministry officials led a tour of the state-of-the-art court complex on
Thursday, September 9.

"Since the inception of the project we have had our
challenges," said Mr Grant. "The first challenge to the contractor was to make
good of the defective work that he found. I am pleased that he has been able to
do that and is progressing...

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September 10, 2010
7.5m Robin Hood 2 a'done deal'

ByScott Armstrong
Guardian Business Editor
scott@nasguard.com
twitter.com/guardianbiz
A$7.5 million plan to create Robin Hood's second store to serve the east of New Providence is a"done deal"with Sandy Schaefer closing on the purchase of the former Pepsi factory.
Schaefer, president and owner of the popular discount supermarket, revealed toThe Nassau Guardianthat he had signed on the dotted line-picking up the factory for$2.5 million, nearly$3 million cheaper than its listed price.
Now workmen are already on site at the Prince Charles Drive project with the 50,000 sq ft'Robin Hood 2'expected to open its doors inâ November, creating
around 100 jobs.
And Schaefer revea ...

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Supermodels of the Bahamas enjoying New York and a busy schedule
September 14, 2010
Supermodels of the Bahamas enjoying New York and a busy schedule

Supermodels of the Bahamas are on day two of their stay in the Big Apple
and are enjoying a fast paced and busy schedule.

After a welcome party after arriving on August 11th the models have participated in a test shoot with European designer "Tohr", and have had fittings with
designer Paul Laurence.

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May 16, 2011
BTC Eager to see Competitive Telecoms Landscape in The Bahamas

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company
Ltd. (BTC) notes the Interim Order issued by URCA on Friday 13th
May 2011 which sets out the timetable and conditions for the negotiations
between BTC and System Resource Group (SRG) of a new Interconnection
Agreement (IA) based on BTC's soon to be approved Reference Access
and Interconnection Offer (RAIO).

 

The RAIO is the public document issued
by BTC and approved by URCA that sets out the parameters and guidelines
by which other licensed operators (OLOs)  in the Bahamian marketplace
interconnect with BTC to provide their services to BTC's customers
and permits BTC to provide its services to the OLO's customers. 
The RAIO facilitates the processes that ensure fluid operations for
all related parties...

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May 17, 2011
OAS Secretary General Advocates for International Coordination in Facing Citizen Insecurity

The

Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José

Miguel Insulza, today advocated for a more comprehensive

transnational approach in facing citizen insecurity and organized

crime during his remarks at the event, "Previewing the OAS General

Assembly: Citizen Security in the Americas," held at the Woodrow

Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington,

DC.

At the meeting, in preview of the 41st OAS General

Assembly to be held June 5 to 7, 2011, in San Salvador, with the

theme of "Citizen Security in the Americas," Secretary General

Insulza was accompanied by the OAS Secretary for Multidimensional

Security, Adam Blackwell; the Permanent Representative of El

Salvador to the OAS...

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September 14, 2010
New rules slow Gulf drilling pace in shallow water

The drilling moratorium enacted after the BP oil spill applies only to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Yet energy exploration in the Gulf's shallow waters has come to a virtual standstill as drillers grapple with tougher U.S. federal rules since the spill.

The pace at which regulators grant drilling permits in water less than 500 feet (150 meters) deep slowed sharply this summer, an Associated Press analysis of government data shows. Just four of 10 shallow-water drilling applications were approved from June through August; 15 applications were sought and approved in the same period last year.

Environmental groups are encouraged. But drilling executives say the new rules, which require them to ...

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September 15, 2010
Supermodels of the Bahamas participate in New York Fashion Week and take in the Wendy Williams Show

New York, NY - Supermodels of the
Bahamas Peandra Knowles and Sinardo Deleveaux have had little sleep in a
fast paced schedule in the Big Apple since arriving there on Saturday.

On Sunday they were audience guests of the Wendy Williams Show, and
Peandra Knowles was selected to ask an audience question to Williams and
special guest,

Raven Symone,  of

That's So Raven.

Peandra went to Essence Magazine on Monday, while Sinardo went for a
photo shoot for the designer Paul Laurence, and later saw designer, Tai
Chunn. Both winners

went to Times Square for an TV interview...

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September 16, 2010
(VIDEO) International Day of Peace, September 21st

We invite you to observe

Peace Day on September 21, 2010. There will be events during the entire week of Peace Day!

Watch a VIDEO on Peace Day within...

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for

individuals, organizations and nations
to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established
by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of
the General Assembly.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

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