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1,629,940 For Winner of the PCA Super High Roller
January 07, 2014
$1,629,940 For Winner of the PCA Super High Roller

The winner of the $100k PCA 2014 Super High Roller will get $1,629,940 with eight players paid. There were 46 entries and ten re-entries for this yearís $100k PCA Super High Roller event...

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January 27, 2014
'BTC control was never in the cards'

It was never the government's intention to regain control of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), according to former attorney general Sean McWeeney, who was one of the government's negotiators in the new deal announced last Wednesday by Prime Minister Perry Christie.
"And I challenge anyone to point to anything in the PLP's platform which indicated that," McWeeney said.
"As a matter of fact, I think the exact language in the platform, and I think this is available online, is that the government would seek to renegotiate the BTC deal, by all lawful means.
"So it was never a question of trying to confiscate the majority interest, and that of course had a constraining effect on the negotiations.
"We made it clear from the beginning that as a matter of state policy, we had absolutely no interest in forcing anyone to sell any interest they didn't want to sell.
"Expropriation is not now and has never been an instrument of state policy and will never be under this government.
"So the negotiations proceeded on the basis that we would have to arrive at a position that is mutually acceptable and that's exactly what happened at the end of the day. There was no gun put to anyone's head."
Christie announced on Wednesday that the "regaining of majority economic interest in BTC will not cost the government or the people of The Bahamas one single cent".
"On the contrary," the prime minister said, "the government has been able to amicably secure the return of the majority economic interest in BTC without having to pay anything for it, and I should add, without having to make any deals to get it done either."
Christie said there will be no extention of BTC's monopoly.
Asked about this "something for nothing" concept, McWeeney told National Review that it is actually quite simple.
"I think to the credit of Cable & Wireless, I think that they arrived at a position where they honestly thought that it would be in their own long-term economic interest to arrive at a position which would promote harmony with its partner, namely the government of The Bahamas" he said.
"I think they also saw that this would be a means by which they would develop greater goodwill with the Bahamian people because the placement of these shares in a foundation which would be dedicated solely to these social, civic and charitable purposes, is something clearly which is calculated to improve the standing of Cable & Wireless in the community.
"The fact [is they were] prepared to make a gift, a donation, of this kind, to the Bahamian people. So I think it made sense."
McWeeney also said there are some cynics who would say that the new deal between CWC and the government indicates that CWC "got more than what they should have gotten the first time around and perhaps they underpaid for it because if they are prepared to give away two percent that would tell you that perhaps they felt that they didn't pay enough the first time around".
McWeeney noted that the new agreement between the government and CWC comes on the eve of liberalization of the telecommunications market.
"They are about to go into a new era where the BTC monopoly is going to be gone and where they have to stand on their own two feet and compete head to head with some very formidable competition," he said.
McWeeney insisted that the government and its negotiations at no time threatened CWC to give up two percent of its shares.
"I think the only threat they feel is the looming competition which is going to come from new entrants in the telecommunications market," he added.
"I think based on the competitive experience they've had in the Caribbean, I think there is good reason for them to be concerned [about] competition from new entrants, but there is certainly no threat from the government."
NOT A PERFECT DEAL
McWeeney said the new agreement between the government and CWC "is the best obtainable deal in the circumstances".
"Is it a perfect deal? Of course it isn't, but I think in terms of what were the available options, I think that this really represents the best that was obtainable from a practical standpoint in the circumstances.
"And I think the bottom line is this, that the government and people of The Bahamas have moved from a position where they were getting only 49 percent of the economic rights, the fruits, if you will, of BTC to a position where they are going to get 51 percent.
"It will be 49 percent for Cable & Wireless, 49 percent for the government and the additional two percent is going to be held in trust for the Bahamian people in a foundation which will be controlled by the government's appointees.
"There is going to be three trustees of the foundation. All three trustees are going to be appointed by the government. It's a very important point.
"The other important point too is there are some cynics who are suggesting that all you're doing is moving one pocket to another, that Cable & Wireless through BTC is already making contributions to sports and civics and that sort of thing.
"That is going to continue, so that what you will have is increased financial resources being made available for those purposes because BTC is still going to be making contributions from BTC itself for sporting purposes, for civic purposes, for recreational purposes, and in addition to that, not in substitution, you're also going to have the income that is going to be flowing into the foundation by way of annual dividends, the proceeds of which will be used exclusively for the three purposes the prime minister identified."
Christie said the proceeds will be used to improve and expand the Bahamian people's access to, and enjoyment of, telecommunications technology throughout The Bahamas.
The proceeds will also be used to assist in the development of athletics and other sporting, recreational and civic activities in The Bahamas, and assist in the war against crime by expanding the use of CCTV and telecommunications technology.

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June 15, 2013
'Life on my island'

Fash|Art 2012 visual art award winner Attila Feszt opened "Life on my island", original patterns and paintings inspired by life in the islands, to warm reviews in an intimate showing Thursday evening at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery on Village Road.
Though he has been an avid illustrator all his life, Feszt just recently - within the last six years - got back into his art work, which includes various forms of media, including pen and ink illustration, painting, screen printing and graphic design work. He also is a huge fan of comic book art, which marries well with his passion for pattern designs.
Feszt, who has a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, said he was tentative for a while before taking the plunge into showing his artwork.
"In a way, I wasn't sure what I wanted to show," Feszt told Guardian Arts&Culture. "So starting, doing the patterns and working with paintings inspired by that, I started to figure it out a little bit more [and realized that] the meaning will come. The main thing is to just do it.
"Actually, I remember a few years ago talking to A.J. Watson (I spoke to him when I first started doing my printed stuff and had very much liked that graffiti stencil art style)... He said, 'Mate you just gotta do it. You just have to get it out there and do it'.
"For me, being a part of things and getting the exposure and being able to talk to people and knowing that people like what you're doing is a huge motivator and also winning this award and having this show was huge.
"It was pivotal for me, [and] some of the worry of whether people like it, it kind of stopped because I realized what I'm doing people like and people see something in it. So at that point, it's just about doing it without any of the questioning. You have the freedom to just do what you've been doing all along and to just focus on that without wondering what's gonna happen."
The name of the exhibition, "Life on my island", is also the name of his first pattern design, which features a manta ray and shells. Since that design, he has created a cohesive collection of artwork, as well as business cards and a website, which all incorporate his screen printing designs.
Feszt, who works as a designer at a screen printing company in Hope Town, Abaco, won the Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Award in November.
"It's actually a big thing as well, having an award named after Jackson Burnside. So that was very special," Feszt says.
"[The show is] getting me thinking about other work I want to do. It's getting me thinking about what I'm trying to do with it, and I want it to lead me to other places, other styles of art or design or using other media.
"And for me it's not just about doing the work and becoming a success. I mean that would be nice, or will be nice, but it's about using it as a vehicle to explore new things and refine what I'm doing, the type of work I'm doing and get better at what I'm doing and that's what it's all about."
He is also looking forward to participating in more events in New Providence and is planning to come out with a line of clothing and bags with his screen prints on them, using his Maeter Design brand.
Doongalik Studios owner and Jackson's widow Pam Burnside expressed how important the studio's link with Fash|Art has been and the impact the visual arts award has had on the late artist's legacy.
"Being involved with Fash|Art is good because it's another way of extending Jackson's legacy through this award," Burnside told Guardian Arts&Culture.
"Jackson was very conscious of the next generation. He was always teaching, and he always wanted to be able to encourage the younger artists to move forward. There are just so many opportunities now as opposed to when he was an [emerging] artist that he was very giving and very enthusiastic to help and to get on.
"So this is our way of giving to the next generation and keeping up with the times... It's such an organic field, you have to open up your mind and be willing to talk to the students. And that's why he enjoyed talking to [College of The Bahamas] students because he was able to see how they were thinking and then be able to move with them.
"[Feszt] is the second winner who will be showing at Doogalik, and we are very excited about it."

o "Life on my island", original patterns and paintings by Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Competition Winner Attila Feszt, can be viewed at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://www.doongalik.com/.

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'Resignation Letter Sent To Moss's Office'
January 03, 2013
'Resignation Letter Sent To Moss's Office'

Gregory Moss has been asked to resign as Chairman of the National Insurance Board, The Tribune understands.

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January 02, 2013
'Resignation letter sent to Moss's office'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has demanded the resignation of the Chairman of the National Insurance Board, Gregory Moss, The Tribune understands. Well-placed sources confirmed that the letter from the Office of the Prime Minister has been sent to Mr Mossís office in Grand Bahama.

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May 04, 2012
2012 General Election Polling Stations in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas - The Department of Voter Registration advises that it has stopped accepting applications for the advanced election poll, scheduled
for Tuesday, May 1, 2012. It is also advised that voters cards can now
be collected at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

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April 30, 2012
2012 General Election Polling Stations in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas - The Department of Voter Registration advises that it has stopped accepting applications for the advanced election poll, scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2012. It is also advised that voters cards can now be collected at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

Election Day is May 7th!

Enclosed is the list of Polling Stations throughout The Bahamas. Find the station nearest you:

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May 06, 2012
2012 General Election Polling Stations in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas - The Department of Voter Registration advises that it has stopped accepting applications for the advanced election poll, scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2012. It is also advised that voters cards can now be collected at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

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June 02, 2013
2013/2014 Bahamas Budget Communication

Honourable Members will be aware that Mr. Ehurd Cunningham, former Acting Financial Secretary, passed away last weekend. I want to take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude and that of the Nation for the many years of dedicated and tireless service that he so warmly provided to his dearly beloved country. Mr. Cunningham was instrumental in initiating, and indeed championed, many of the fundamental and much-needed reforms to Government on which we are presently embarked. His memory will live on in the enhanced economy and society that will emerge from our efforts.

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January 10, 2012
21,000 SIGN UP FOR NEW VOTER REGISTRATION

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Just over 21,000 persons were registered on the new voter register as of Tuesday in Grand Bahama, where five voter's card distribution centres have been activated.

Assistant Parliamentary Commissioner Denise Pinder reported that there has been a "steady" distribution of voter's cards at all of the centres, particularly at their main office in the National Insurance Building in Freeport.

"All of the centers are distributing at a steady pace and we are also registering new persons," Mr Pinder told The Tribune.

In Freeport, persons may collect their voter's card at two locations ...

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