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Operation Potcake
Operation Potcake

Sunday 13th January 2013  7:00 AM

Operation Potcake On 10 January Operation Potcake kicks off and we’re all madly scrambling around to get the final bits and pieces in place. We have sourced the majority of our supplies, accommodation has been organized for most volunteers, funds are continuously coming in (we still need lots of donations!) and marketing has also begun. Teams are putting up promotional posters in their areas this week. If you would still like to volunteer some time, even if it’s just a day or two please get in touch! Operation Potcake is January 10th to 21st, 2013. This campaign aims to sterilize 2,000 dogs and cats. We still need lots of volunteers and donation of items to make the campaign a real success. For more information visit www.operationpotcake.com Founded in 1924, the Bahamas Humane Society is the oldest charity in the Bahamas and was originally called the Dumb Friends League. It is affiliated to numerous international organisations, including the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). It is the only humane organisation in the Caribbean to hold membership of the Standards of Excellence Program sponsored by the American Humane Association of which it has been a member since 1989. The BHS employs two full time veterinarians. It offers a 24 hour emergency ambulance service and provides care for sick, injured and abandoned animals. Clinic Locations The Fox Hill clinic is the Fox Hill Community Centre just north of the roundabout on Fox Hill Rd. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21 The Kemp Road clinic is St. Bede’s Church Hall off Strachan Alley. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21 The East Street clinic is 31 Fowler Street, off East Street. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21. The Carmichael clinic is at Oral’s Golden Auto, 290 Carmichael Road. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 19 Montell Heights clinic is behind the Superwash on Robinson Rd, near Minnie St. Dates: Jan 20 to 21 The Gambier clinic is at the St. Peter’s Native Baptist Church hall at the corner of the Gambier road and West Bay Street. Dates: Jan 10 to 11 The Adelaide clinic is down the beach road on the south side. Dates: Jan 12 to 13 The Mt. Pleasant clinic is at La Hipica, next to Goodfellow Farms. Dates: Jan 14 Recent Posts


News Article

September 07, 2013
A response to Philip Galanis On 'The PLP at 60' pt. 2

This is the second part of my response to a recent column by Philip Galanis in which he describes the PLP as "The Bahamas' first and some would argue only nationalist party", and proceeds to list some "accomplishments" of the PLP.

Efforts at making propaganda fact Galanis lifts a list of accomplishments from some PLP election propaganda sheet which even the PLP leadership must not believe and he attributes them to the Perry Christie government between 2002 and 2007. Only a blind sycophant could give any credence to the list.
Galanis' rose-tinted glasses do not admit failure by his political party. He claims that the first Christie government attracted some $17 billion in foreign direct investment, some $2.5 billion of which became tangible or real. Attracting investment that is not real is a most peculiar concept. It is more peculiar, in fact, than Galanis' failure to accept that the five-phased development of Atlantis was approved by the FNM in its first term in office and is an FNM accomplishment.
Galanis claims Baha Mar as a Christie government accomplishment without acknowledging that the agreement signed by Christie's government (with U.S. partners and financiers) faltered and was rendered void, and that a new agreement (with Chinese partners and financiers) had to be negotiated by the FNM government after 2007.
Galanis claims that the Christie government created 22,000 jobs between 2002 and 2007, about half the number created by the previous FNM government. He forgot to say that the jobs created during the PLP's term in office were overwhelmingly created on projects left in train by the FNM - at Atlantis, in Abaco and in Exuma.
Indeed, in Exuma, it was just the ribbon-cutting that was left for the PLP to do at the Four Seasons. When that operation faltered in 2006 it was left to the FNM returning to office in 2007 to find a new hotel owner and operator in Sandals. If Galanis can find an anchor project undertaken in Rum Cay or in Eleuthera during Christie's first term in office he should advise Bahamians where they might find them.
Galanis is silent on Grand Bahama where the FNM attracted Hutchison Whampoa to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the development of the Transshipment Port, in redeveloping the Grand Bahama International Airport, and in the construction of the Our Lucaya Hotel.
Also on the FNM's watch mega ship care and repair was developed in Grand Bahama, the Pelican Bay resort was constructed and new investment and technology was introduced into the island's oil storage and transshipment facilities. Christie's legacy in Grand Bahama continues to be the closure of the Royal Oasis Hotel following the 2005 hurricane, a resort he was proud to open with the police band in tow, weeks after coming to office for the first time in 2002.
As Galanis seeks to give credit for development in The Bahamas he would do better to glance through the pages of the 40th Anniversary of Independence book assembled by Jones Publications. The book records, among other things, the infrastructural developments of the past 40 years of independence. The pictorial representation is incomplete but still if one were to stamp PLP or FNM on the lasting permanent improvements in our infrastructure they would overwhelmingly be stamped FNM.

Nationalists who promote the wellbeing and glory of one's own fundamental values In three non-consecutive terms in office the FNM shaped the infrastructural landscape of our country: the new town centers in South Beach, Carmichael Road and Elizabeth Estates; the new government ministry complexes - education, health, customs headquarters, new courts in New Providence.

Then there are the Judicial Complex, Police Headquarters, and new C. A. Smith government administrative complex in Grand Bahama.
The new taxi call-up system at Prince George Dock and the hair-braiders' pavilion also at the Prince George Wharf, the National Art Gallery and the Junkanoo Expo are all FNM accomplishments as are the extension and or upgrade of electricity, telephone and water services throughout the Family Islands, new community health clinics on eight Family Islands including Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and San Salvador and another in South Beach, New Providence; new schools, primary and secondary, in New Providence and also in Grand Bahama, Abaco, and Long Island, and expansion of other existing schools around the country. A new airport terminal building and runway were constructed at San Salvador and the airport at Rock Sound, Eleuthera was acquired, the runway resurfaced and a new terminal building constructed.
A new international sea port, the new airport terminal building in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, the new government administration complex and the new community hospital nearing completion in central Abaco were all FNM accomplishments. And the FNM dredged and deepened Nassau Harbour (over the objections of the PLP), built the new Nassau straw market, constructed new magistrates courts and acquired and began restoration of a new judicial complex in Nassau; commenced the three-phased redevelopment of LPIA opening the new U.S. Departure terminal and leaving the International Arrival Terminal to be opened weeks following the 2012 general election.
The new library and communications center at COB was realized by the FNM as were the new national stadium, the 20-corridor-plus New Providence roads and utility upgrade project and the new four-lane Airport Gateway Project. The new adolescent and child care facility at Sandilands Hospital, the new emergency and operating theater wing at Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama; the new Critical Care Block now under construction at Princess Margaret Hospital, and new community hospitals under construction in Exuma are all FNM accomplishments. The list is unending.

Social conscience in government
Socially the FNM has been responsible for fulfilling the PLP's unfulfilled promise in virtually every sector of Bahamian life.
Since 1992 the FNM freed the airwaves and licensed private radio broadcasts, made access to cable television possible and introduced live T.V. coverage of meetings of Parliament from gavel to gavel. The FNM introduced elected local government in its second term in office - a promise first made by the PLP in the 1950s while in opposition and reiterated again in 1968 as government but never brought to fruition.
The FNM privatized BTC and liberalized the communications sector.
The FNM also increased old age pensions, established a resident Court of Appeal and appointed Bahamians as justices in that court for the first time. They established the Industrial Tribunal, introduced minimum wage, introduced sick leave and enhanced maternity leave benefits, established minimum standards and conditions of employment, reduced the work week from 48 to 40 hours, increased the school leaving age from 14 to 16, removed discrimination from our inheritance laws and provided in law that all children, regardless of the marital status of their parents, have two parents. And the FNM created the Eugene Dupuch Law School where Galanis' wife is proud to serve as principal.
The FNM also established the UWI Medical School faculty in The Bahamas, introduced unemployment benefits, introduced a prescription drug benefit and enacted a Freedom of Information Act. It is only left for the PLP to sign the appointed day notice to bring the act into force.
The FNM appointed the first Bahamian directors of Legal Affairs and of Public Works since independence, appointed the first women to the Bahamas Cabinet since independence, Doris Johnson having been dismissed prior to 1973. The FNM was also responsible for the appointment of the first female chief justice, the first female president of the Court of Appeal, the first female speaker of the House of Assembly, and since independence, the first female president of the Senate. In its second term in office the FNM caused 50 percent of the Senate to be comprised of women.
Galanis seems to believe that the PLP has a legacy in public housing. In reality the Pindling PLP government struggled to complete housing developments under development by the UBP government in Yellow Elder and Big Pond.
It was not until 1982 and the appointment of a young Hubert Ingraham to Cabinet that the PLP undertook new government housing projects - at Elizabeth Estates, Flamingo Gardens, Nassau Village and Palm Tree Estates in New Providence, and housing estates were undertaken in Freeport and in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama and in Cooper's Town, Abaco. Ingraham was dismissed from Cabinet two years later and the new government housing initiative stalled. It did not resume until after the FNM's 1992 election victory after which new housing projects were undertaken at Millennium, Jubilee, and Emerald Gardens. The pace was improved under the first Christie-led government but the overall poor standard of construction of that government's housing program dramatically curtailed its benefits.

Unfinished agendas Yes, Galanis, there is an unfinished agenda for development in our country, but it is the FNM that has such an agenda. It is an agenda of the 'good' who, having been too young to be a part of the first revolution and having been forced out of the ruling party, became intent on their watch after 1992 on realizing the new long-awaited second revolution which they sought to achieve through improved social policies, enhanced economic opportunities, broadened Bahamian ownership in the economy and open, transparent and accountable government. The agenda of the PLP and in particular of this Christie led-PLP government is an unfinished agenda of obtaining privileges and benefits for a select few. It is an unfinished agenda that suggests that holding up those heroes of the first revolution imperfect - though they be - is sufficient. That is why Perry Christie could travel to Washington D.C., and talk about social justice on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech but remain silent on the shameful mismanagement of an investigation into alleged abuse in a Bahamas government detention center at home.
Yes, Galanis, the PLP is in dire need of new causes to champion. They can begin by recognizing the right of the opposition to a voice in Parliament. They can begin by championing open, honest accountability and transparent government.
They can begin by committing themselves to fiscal restraint, abandoning wasteful expenditure on useless or unnecessary expensive foreign travel, and on the granting of government contracts to politically-connected but unqualified contractors.
They can begin to act to create real jobs. They can begin by stopping the politicization of crime. They can begin by acting so as to bring honor to our name internationally.
Finally, in the spirit of championing causes and promoting transparency, Galanis might begin by telling the Bahamian people why he was denied his party's nomination to return to the House of Assembly and why, following so promising a career start, he elected to leave the engagement of the renowned accounting firm which had trained and groomed him for leadership.

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News Article

January 30, 2012
National Trust gives historic caves 23K upgrade

Just east of the industrial city of Freeport, Grand Bahama, lies two of The Bahamas' protected caves and underwater caverns known as Ben's Cave and Burial Mound.  Thanks to generous donors to the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), these Lucayan National Park caves have received over $23,000 in structural upgrades and are now re-opened to the public.
Ben's Cave is named after legendary local diver Ben Rose, who co-discovered a new species there in 1981. The centipede-like organism was found swimming in the underwater cavern systems and was officially called remipedia (meaning "oar foot").
The Burial Mound cave was named because of the skeletal remains of indigenous Lucayans found on the floor in a second chamber of this cave, and has been featured in National Geographic magazines and television documentaries.
These local historical caverns are part of one of the longest known underwater cave systems in the world.  With over six miles of caves and tunnels they can take courageous divers back under the island to resurface on the south shore, known as Gold Rock Beach.  Those who are interested in diving the caves though must obtain permission and dive with an authorized divemaster via the Underwater Explorer's Society (UNEXSO).
"The Burial Mound platform and walkway have been completely renovated," said Lloyd Cheong, Grand Bahama's BNT branch chairman.
"We have also added much needed support to the Ben's Cave viewing platform allowing us to open tours of these caves to visitors again."
The steps and landing inside Burial Mound cave were replaced with pressure treated wood, but he noted that some of the repairs were made with recycled plastic wood as the dampness from the caves was causing the wood structures to weaken quickly.
"This new wood will last longer and allow less damage to the natural habitat that we are trying to maintain at the parks," noted the chairman.
Well known Grand Bahama tour operator Hadley Forbes, of Forbes Travel, was very pleased to hear the wooden walkways had been fixed.
"We've had a few complaints about the caves being closed and the state of the walkways and platforms," he noted.   "We take a majority of our tourists to the beach but there are those who want to learn more about our island, and it's great when we can show them some historical facts and our unique cave system. I hope that the BNT will look to have a museum at the park and maybe tour guides for these areas too."

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Event
Awareness Walk (Fund Raiser)

Saturday 15th September 2012  6:00 AM

Awareness Walk (Fund Raiser) September 15th – Goodman’s Bay via new Baha Mar Drive to Cable Beach Post Office Round-a-bout and Return PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS History: - Established in the Bahamas on 20th April, 2001 under the auspices of the Head Office in Downers Grove Illinois. Objectives: - Give Support to Men afflicted with the disease; Educate the population on the effects of the Disease and Advocate Men to take action about Screening and early Detection of Prostate-related illness. Procedure: - Make Presentations at Health Fairs, Men Groups, Corporate Institutions and Religious and other Organizations on the Details and effects of the Prostate and the illness associated with it. Activities: - Organize an Annual Walk to create Awareness and Advocacy, entitled ‘1,000 Man-Walk’ and Four Annual Clinics in the Month of September, Screening Men of the Bahamas for signals, signs of Prostate Cancer. The screenings (PSA & DRE)* are held at the Government Poly-technical Clinics of Elizabeth Estates, Flamingo Gardens, South Beach and Fleming Street all in the Month of September. Additional screenings for General Health ailments mainly Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol in particular are conducted simultaneously. The General Health Screenings and the PSA and DRE are conducted by Volunteer Doctors, Phlebotomists and Other Caregivers and volunteer Coordinators, together with the Members of Us TOO Bahamas Chapter. Chapters: -Us TOO Bahamas has successfully established new “Chapters” in Freeport, Exuma and Cat Island and are progressively organizing several other new Chapters in the Archipelago, particularly Andros, and Eleuthera. Support: -Small tokens of appreciation are appropriate to the Volunteers and Care-givers and any ‘much needed’ Assistance (technical and financial) and/or new Volunteers would be welcomed and appreciated. Financial Assistance: -Contact and Donations to “Us TOO Bahamas” may be made through the Cancer Society of the Bahamas at our ‘Fixed Address’ attention Prostate Cancer or addressed individually as follows: Chapter Leader - Valentine Maura P.O. Box CB 11915 Telephone (393-4060; 636-9023) Secretary - Wendell Barry – P.O. Box N4671 Telephone (325-0823; 465-2235) Treasurer – Charles Sands - P.O. Box N 1503 Telephone (393-2439; 436-5117) Members – any of the active known-Personnel Meetings are held on the Third (3rd) Thursday of each Month at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas Complex, South of the ZNS Building, off Collins Avenue. PSA - Blood Extraction and Lab-Testing (prostate influenced) DRE – Digital Examination of the Prostate (finger & texture) Both save many lives as “Early Detection” of Cancer may be treated successfully before it progresses. On average, One (1) out of every Six (6) Men will get Prostate Cancer or at least an “Enlarged Prostate”. If appropriate, further testing – a Biopsy - will be made to confirm existence of the Cancer and determine the Stage – One to Four – of the Cancer and the Pace or Speed of its progress by the “Gleason Score” Grading. Consultation with a certified Medical Specialist – the Urologist should then be made to understand the Cancer, the Treatment available and the Method preferable and suitable, considering the Health of the Patient and other considerations, such as finance and age. An Oncologist after examination with evidence of Cancer treats the Patient with Chemotherapy and/or Radiation. A high number of the PSA reading (above) may not indicate Prostate Cancer and may conflict with the condition of the DRE. Likewise, an effected Prostate, resulting from the DRE (exam) may not show a high PSA Reading. Both are necessary for a clear indication on Prostate Examination.


News Article

April 04, 2011
Minister attends live demonstration of new hospital technology

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@
tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was in Grand Bahama yesterday for the official launch of a 60-day pilot programme that allows digital diagnostic images to be viewed instantaneously at several clinics and hospitals in the Bahamas.

Through a partnership with the Florida-based Jackson Health System, four hospitals in the Bahamas, including the Rand Memorial Hospital and the Eight Mile Rock Clinic in Grand Bahama, and the Princess Margaret Hospital and South Beach Clinic in New Providence, will be part of a pilot programme using a new technology called PACS (Patient Archive and Communication System).

Dr Minn ...

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News Article

April 01, 2011
All Things Offshore at next week's OffshoreAlert Conference

South Beach, FLORIDA -

Private
and public sector figures from multiple jurisdictions will gather at
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach in Florida next week for

The 9th Annual OffshoreAlert Conference.

All
aspects of conducting business in Offshore Financial Centers will be
discussed in 22 sessions based around three main themes: Fraud &
Asset Recovery, Money Laundering & Compliance and Investigations

& Intelligence.

Approximately
60% of attendees who have registered so far live in the world's major
countries, with the other 40% residing in OFCs, including Anguilla,
Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands,
Switzerland and the Turks and Caicos Islands...

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News Article

January 03, 2012
1954 - a memorable year

Dear Editor,

The year 1954 is a memorable one for this writer.  It was the year he got out of school to embark on a journey to the outside world.  That was 57 years ago, but it seems as if it was just yesterday. 

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News Article

August 20, 2014
Immigration director: Marriages of convenience serious concern

Director of Immigration William Pratt yesterday raised a red flag over marriages of convenience in The Bahamas.
While Pratt could not provide statistics, he said the department constantly receives letters from Bahamians who report that they feel they have been taken advantage of by their foreign spouses, who only married them for status.
He said, in some cases, people are paid up to $5,000 to marry a foreigner in order for them to obtain a spousal permit.
He noted that the motivation behind the move is that a spousal permit costs $250 for five years whereas a work permit can range from $1,000 to $12,500 per year.
"We heard through the grapevine that there are a lot of marriages where Bahamians are being paid up to $5,000 to marry certain nationalities," Pratt said.
"Bahamian citizens, who are concerned about their country, they call and give this information to us.
"And when we become aware of it, we continue our investigation.
"If we have good evidence that this is so, they will not be recommended for any status.
"This has always been a concern.
"The problem is we know The Bahamas is close in proximity to the United States.
"Most of these people coming from down south, their final destination really is the U.S.
"They would do anything in order to be able to get visas and get to the U.S.
"But we are not going to allow our department to be used in this fashion."
Marriages of convenience have been a source of concern for several members of Parliament and Bahamians in general as the government seeks to amend the constitution to enable a Bahamian woman who marries a foreign man to secure the same access to Bahamian citizenship that a Bahamian man is able to pass on to his foreign wife.
The concerns stemmed from the belief that there would be an automatic right to citizenship after marriage.
However, The Nassau Guardian understands that the government intends to change constitutional amendment bill number two to indicate that the foreign spouse upon marrying a Bahamian citizen would have to apply for citizenship in addition to meeting certain criteria.
Pratt said the Office of the Attorney General is reviewing legislation to amend the Immigration Act to stipulate a $5,000 fine and/or up to one year imprisonment for a marriage of convenience.
"With this teeth in the amendment, at least we are hoping that Bahamians and whomever is involved in it would get the message that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he said.
"...Once we find out, we do not give those people any status. They would be dealt with as an illegal immigrant."
Asked what nationalities are often found to be in marriages of convenience, Pratt said, "You would be surprised that it happens among some nationalities that you would never expect."
However, he did not provide specifics.
During her contribution to debate on the constitutional amendment bills last week, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cleola Hamilton said the government does not have the proper mechanisms in place to detect marriages of convenience.
The South Beach MP expressed concern that the amendment to the constitution could be open for abuse.
Yesterday, Pratt warned Bahamians against selling their country short.
"Your country is more precious than that," he said.
"When this act is amended we will prosecute foreigners and Bahamians once we have evidence that they have entered in a bogus marriage to the fullest extent of the law."

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News Article

July 29, 2013
Immigration launches search after sloop runs aground

DEFENCE Force and Immigration officers are searching for undocumented migrants from a Haitian sloop that ran aground west of South Beach ramp yesterday.

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News Article

January 16, 2012
Sub three-hour Marathon Bahamas!

When asked what was his motivation for going out there and running the fastest Marathon Bahamas ever, American Bryan Huberty's answer was simple: To hurry up finish and rest so that he could watch his Green Bay Packers play the New York Giants later in the day.
Well, it didn't go too well for his Packers yesterday, but the Wisconsin native came with his game face on.
Representing the WildSide Online Elite Racing Team out of South Florida, Huberty powered through the streets of downtown Nassau en route to a stunning 2:42.53 run in the third annual Marathon Bahamas yesterday morning. It was a new Marathon Bahamas record for Huberty, and his third marathon title in his distance running career.
Huberty, who came here in November to study the course, said that he was training for the past year to actually run a 2:30 marathon. He said that a re-occurring hip injury along with leg cramps prevented a sub 2:40 race, but he is still satisfied with the run and the new record.
"It's always fun leaving America and doing an international marathon," he said after the race yesterday. "It was a challenge, especially with the hill, but it's a very beautiful country. The support medical staff was excellent. I needed some medical attention afterwards and they were there for me. I've done 20 marathons and this one is right up there with my favorites. It will always have a very special place in my heart because I was able to win and set a new course record. To me, that was very pleasing," added the 33-year-old Marathon Bahamas Champion.
Bahamian runners finished second and fourth overall behind Huberty yesterday. Sidney Collie, who finished second behind Delroy Boothe in the inaugural running of the event two years ago, ran 2:47.40 for second yesterday, and former Marathon Bahamas Champion Boothe settled for fourth. National record holder Boothe ran 2:59.31 two years ago, but crossed the finish line at Arawak Cay in fourth place yesterday, in 3:01.19. American female Angela Cobb split the Bahamian pair, running 3:00.17, for third.
Collie, who is coached by Ashton Murray of Bahamas Turbulence, said that he was training twice a day to get ready for this year's event. He didn't take part in Marathon Bahamas last year, but shaved about 24 minutes off his time from two years ago.
"I tried to pull him (Huberty) in but he was a little too far out and he managed to get away," said Collie yesterday. "I know him from racing him abroad. I felt like it was not my best effort today, but it was okay. I'll try to improve on it for next year."
Collie said that he felt good knowing that he ran the fastest time ever by a Bahamian in the event, and that it took a new course record to beat him.
"Overall, I was satisfied. There were a lot of people along the route cheering and that helped me to keep going," said Collie. "I felt myself getting tight coming down to the end of the race, but I just pushed it. The course itself was a bit challenging, but through the grace of God, I made it through. My family was here to support me all through the race, so that was a motivating factor as well. Just the thought to be so close to being number one kept me going. It's an awesome feeling to be the fastest Bahamian in this event, but I would have loved to catch the overall winner."
Overall winner Huberty, who now lives in Miami, Florida, said he definitely plans on coming back next year to defend his title. In addition to running a new course record yesterday, he also ran a personal best time by about 10 seconds.
"The last five miles I really started laboring a bit," said Huberty. "I just decided to keep on pushing through the pain so that I can watch my Green Bay Packers play and hopefully beat the Giants. The scenery was amazing. I've done marathons in New York and Chicago, but nothing compares to The Bahamas. The beautiful scenery was one of the main reasons why I wanted to come here. I came here in November and studied the course and felt like I had to come back. Having that fresh breeze from the ocean was ideal for running and I loved it. The wind was a little bit of a challenge, but it wasn't too bad. The heat didn't bother me, but I have a history of cramping up, so I just wanted to pace myself in the first portion of the race, especially the bridge. The goal was to stay relaxed and not use too much energy in the first half of the race. Overall, it was a challenge, but it was a lot of fun."
The first woman to cross the finish line in the full marathon yesterday was Angela Cobb from Melbourne Beach, Florida. When asked about her experience yesterday, Cobb used an old Bahamian tourism slogan: "It's better in The Bahamas."
The 28-year-old American finished third overall behind Huberty and Collie.
"It's my first time here and I love it," said Cobb. "I feel good. The wind was kicking a bit on the last half and that had an effect on me, but I just kept pushing. I just came out here to have fun today. To be the first female to finish is a good feeling. I was trying to get a 2:49 or a 2:50, but to come out in good health and be the first woman in the process is a good feeling," she added.
The first Bahamian female to finish the full marathon yesterday was Cheryl Rolle. She finished in 4:10.03.
Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas Chairman Franklyn Wilson said that his degree of satisfaction with the event includes the following: growth and time reduction. He witnessed both yesterday.
"The main thing for us was improvement," said Wilson yesterday. "We recognize that it is a growing business and we have to get better and better. We had runners here today from 20 different countries and that was a first for us. It was a good thing to hear runners speaking on how awesome it was and how well it was organized. These are the foundations on which we will build.
"When you look at the range of sponsors that we have this year, clearly the business community is beginning to understand the importance of Marathon Bahamas, and that's locally and regionally. Overall, I feel tremendous that evidence of progress is apparent to so many different people. We're not there yet but our goal is to work hard to ensure its overall success.
"In addition, the times are now in a range where world class runners can appreciate the quality of running here. What was important for us this year was to get the finishing times in a respectable range and a time like 2:42 begins to attract the attention of world class runners. That was significant for us."
Wilson said that Marathon Bahamas might not be as lofty as some of the more established marathons in the world, but added that they are indeed headed in the right direction.
"We can't beat other world class marathons in terms of prizes. We're not there yet but Marathon Bahamas is unique in so many different ways," he said yesterday. "Where else in the world can participants run against such a beautiful backdrop? Everyone wants to come to The Bahamas. To be here running, and to get massages on the beach afterwards is first class treatment. You can't beat that," he added.
As for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, Wilson said that he was ecstatic about the large number of participants and added that it was a terrific prelude to the third running of the marathon yesterday morning.
"What the Susan G. Komen Race has done, is turn this event into a multi night event," said Wilson. "One of our motives is tourism so it was ideal to increase the length of stay for some of the visitors. The Susan G. Komen Race is one way of doing that, and with tomorrow (today) being a holiday in the United States, it has turned into a four-night stay for some visitors. That was part of the strategy.
"In addition to that, the fact that we are doing it in connection with Komen, allows us to tie into a very important point about breast cancer. It is a global problem and it is affecting our women in particular to a degree that is exceptional. Younger women are getting it and when they are diagnosed, it is at a more advanced stage than normal. When you look at this thing, it is spreading a very powerful message about health, wellness and breast cancer, and we in Sunshine Insurance are very happy and encouraged to be associated with that."
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was held early Saturday morning, starting on Church Street in front of St. Matthew's Church, and finishing in the open area adjacent to the Atlantis Tennis Courts, on Paradise Island.

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News Article

March 27, 2012
Exuma Campaign Launch Family Island Economy by Ryan Pinder

EXUMA, Bahamas - The
following are Remarks at Exuma Campaign Launch, "Family Island Economy"
by Ryan Pinder, MP Elizabeth, PLP on March 27, 2012:

Good evening
Exuma, today we are here in support of my colleague Tony Moss.  Tony
and I have grown close over the last two years, representing two of the 3
Es on the back bench - Exuma, Elizabeth and South Eleuthera.  Tony is
your man in Exuma, and is the man to take out the running man - the man
who had to flee South Beach, Phenton No More Neymore.   We are here to
collectively provide the support to Tony, but also to deliver our
message of economic empowerment to the family...

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News Article

December 09, 2011
Former DNA candidate says: I was Thrown Under the Bus and Rolled Over... Twice

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Nassau, Bahamas -
Over the past week, I have had a feeling of great disappointment and
discomfort over the radio interviews, social network and news paper
articles that I have heard about and read concerning the issue of me,
Sammie Starr Poitier, no longer being the candidate for South Beach for
the Democratic National Alliance.

It started with my statement,
announcing that I am no longer a candidate for the DNA on facebook. In
an effort to remain diplomatic and refrain from any type of possible
negativity, the statement was intentionally void of such content, like
information as to whether I left the party or was asked to leave and
why. It simply stated that I was no longer a candidate ...

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News Article

April 13, 2012
We must showcase our cuisine to the world

Guardian Business: Can you briefly describe your experience in the tourism sector?

Edwin: My experience in the tourism industry started in 1973 as an apprentice cook at the then Ocean Club on Paradise Island. After my apprenticeship at Ocean Club, I went off to pursue higher studies in culinary arts at West Minister College in London, England. After completing my studies, I returned to The Bahamas and taught at the Bahamas Hotel Training College for two and a half years before returning to the industry in 1983 as a sous chef at the newly opened Wyndham Cable Beach Resort.
In 1985, I was offered my first executive chef position at the Wyndham Royal Bahamian Hotel and Villas - a position I held until it was sold in 1999.
Over the past 27 years, I held the position of executive chef in several resorts, mainly Clarian South Ocean Resort, Radisson Cable Beach, Nassau Marriott Crystal Palace and Wyndham Crystal Palace Resort. My present role is executive chef for the Bamboo groups of restaurants focusing on the newly opened Frankie Gone Bananas restaurant on Arawak Cay and the soon to come Sapodilla Estate West Bay.

GB: Why did you choose the tourism sector?
Edwin: I chose to work in tourism as a career because tourism is our main industry. We are a young developing country that needed well qualified and skilled chefs to contribute to its growth and development. I also have a strong passion for our cuisine.

GB: What has been your most memorable moment?
Edwin: My most memorable moment was when I was given the opportunity to address the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Congress in Dubai where some 5,000 attended. In February this year, I was featured on NBC's TODAY Show demonstrating some of our delicious cuisine.

GB: Has the industry changed since you started your career? How?
Edwin: There has been quite a change in the industry since I have started. The quality of our visitors has changed. They are far more demanding now, and I have also noticed the duration of their stay is shorter. We have seen a tremendous increase in stopovers. Today's travelers are much more adventurous and opt more to experience our cuisine than in the past. Finally, competition as it relates to destinations is continuing to increase.

GB: What should The Bahamas focus on to stay competitive?
Edwin: The Bahamas should continue to develop its tourism product and stay on the cutting edge. We need to showcase our country and culture more to the world, exposing every tourist to our entertainment and cuisine.

GB: Do you have any advice for young people entering the industry?
Edwin: Young Persons who are considering a career in the tourism industry should:
a. Have a good positive attitude.
b. Develop a passion for the arts and the industry.
c. Be committed by eating, sleeping and dreaming about high quality.
d. Pursue the necessary skills and qualification to advance oneself and the industry.
e. Strive for excellence.

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News Article

January 13, 2012
Christie says FNM showing signs of increasing unpopularity

The Free National Movement's (FNM) decision to drop some incumbents and redeploy others to new constituencies is a sign of the party's increasing unpopularity among voters, said Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie yesterday.
Christie said the FNM scrambled to find new, fresh candidates to compete with the opposition's slate of hopefuls.
"They (the FNM) obviously have a difficulty in the sense that they have made two decisions: to respond to the fact that we have a significant number of new generation candidates and to invite current members of Parliament to step down," he said at a press conference at PLP headquarters on Farrington Road.
"The second problem they had is they were faced with the problem of unpopularity in particular areas and they had to shuffle them.  Some had to step down and move to other constituencies.
"There is nothing secret about someone who has represented a constituency for five or 10 years having to leave that constituency and go to another. The simple answer is [they] had become so unpopular that the leader of the FNM could not risk them running in that area."
Among the incumbent FNMs who have been shifted to new areas are Loretta Butler-Turner, the MP for Montagu who will run in Long Island; South Beach MP Phenton Neymour will run in Exuma and Ragged Island; Carmichael MP Desmond Bannister will run in North Andros and the Berry Islands and Marco City MP Zhivargo Laing will run in Fort Charlotte.
Christie also said the FNM made a misstep in choosing its candidates so close to the next election, which must be called by May. He added that his team has been on the ground for months, even years in some cases, galvanizing support from voters.
This is a change from 2007 when PLP candidates were announced just a few weeks before the election.
On Wednesday, the PLP ratified the last of 38 candidates.
The final candidates who were ratified by the PLP are Picewell Forbes, Mangrove Cay and South Andros; Dion Smith, Nassau Village; Damian Gomez, South Eleuthera; Gary Sawyer, Central and South Abaco and Dr. Perry Gomez, North Andros and the Berry Islands.
Dr. Gomez replaces sitting MP Vincent Peet who bowed out of the race last month amid a controversy over $180,000 in client funds.
"Except for Perry Gomez who is a late entrant into the race, all of our candidates have been -- some for years, some for many months -- campaigning," Christie said.  "So the Progressive Liberal Party is well ahead in terms of exposing ourselves and our views to the public.
"With respect to the FNM, for me it is an interesting time when I'm able to say they are late."
Christie added that the 'new' PLP is a well-structured, organized group with an arsenal of policies ready for implementation on day one, if the party is successful at the polls.
"We have a structured, comprehensive program that will be slowly unfolded to the Bahamian public. The intention is to demonstrate that we are very organized and that we are very prepared to take that same level of organization into governance," he said.
"We are testing as we go on all the propositions we are going to put to the Bahamian people as to their...effectiveness, that will be introduced into governance.  We are going to meet a Bahamas plagued with enormous problems and we are going to be called to govern very quickly, very effectively to arrest the crime problem.
"We have comprehensive strategies to do that; we have comprehensive strategies to create jobs. Those will be two major issues in the campaign.  We have a major commitment for education, which should excite the Bahamian people and give hope to people.  We are coming to the Bahamian people with [a] radical realignment of policies."
 

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Event
Operation Potcake
Operation Potcake

Friday 11th January 2013  7:00 AM

Operation Potcake On 10 January Operation Potcake kicks off and we’re all madly scrambling around to get the final bits and pieces in place. We have sourced the majority of our supplies, accommodation has been organized for most volunteers, funds are continuously coming in (we still need lots of donations!) and marketing has also begun. Teams are putting up promotional posters in their areas this week. If you would still like to volunteer some time, even if it’s just a day or two please get in touch! Operation Potcake is January 10th to 21st, 2013. This campaign aims to sterilize 2,000 dogs and cats. We still need lots of volunteers and donation of items to make the campaign a real success. For more information visit www.operationpotcake.com Founded in 1924, the Bahamas Humane Society is the oldest charity in the Bahamas and was originally called the Dumb Friends League. It is affiliated to numerous international organisations, including the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). It is the only humane organisation in the Caribbean to hold membership of the Standards of Excellence Program sponsored by the American Humane Association of which it has been a member since 1989. The BHS employs two full time veterinarians. It offers a 24 hour emergency ambulance service and provides care for sick, injured and abandoned animals. Clinic Locations The Fox Hill clinic is the Fox Hill Community Centre just north of the roundabout on Fox Hill Rd. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21 The Kemp Road clinic is St. Bede’s Church Hall off Strachan Alley. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21 The East Street clinic is 31 Fowler Street, off East Street. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21. The Carmichael clinic is at Oral’s Golden Auto, 290 Carmichael Road. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 19 Montell Heights clinic is behind the Superwash on Robinson Rd, near Minnie St. Dates: Jan 20 to 21 The Gambier clinic is at the St. Peter’s Native Baptist Church hall at the corner of the Gambier road and West Bay Street. Dates: Jan 10 to 11 The Adelaide clinic is down the beach road on the south side. Dates: Jan 12 to 13 The Mt. Pleasant clinic is at La Hipica, next to Goodfellow Farms. Dates: Jan 14 Recent Posts


News Article

July 08, 2011
Contestants of Miss Gospel Bahamas Pageant visit Governor General

Nassau, Bahamas - Executives
and Contestants of the Miss Gospel Bahamas Pageant pay courtesy call on
Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, on Wednesday, July 6, at
Government House. Seated from left: Ethlyn Hanchell, chief chaperone;
Gerissa Maurice, Miss New Destiny Cathedral; Minalee Hanchell,
executive director; Sir Arthur; Syviann Rahming, reigning queen;
Cedrika Knowles, Miss Life Line Family;  and Candace Rolle, Miss Dash
Designer Shoes. Standing from left: Nehemie Louis, Miss V.C.C. Worship;
Amiee Ferguson, Miss Zion South Beach; Andrice Strachan, Miss Bethany
Assembly; Lavette Smith, Miss Lake View Church of God; and Melvin
Seymour, Secretary to the Governor General...

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Event
Prostate Screenings

Thursday 27th September 2012  6:00 PM

Prostate Screenings September 27th – Fleming Street Clinic PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS History: - Established in the Bahamas on 20th April, 2001 under the auspices of the Head Office in Downers Grove Illinois. Objectives: - Give Support to Men afflicted with the disease; Educate the population on the effects of the Disease and Advocate Men to take action about Screening and early Detection of Prostate-related illness. Procedure: - Make Presentations at Health Fairs, Men Groups, Corporate Institutions and Religious and other Organizations on the Details and effects of the Prostate and the illness associated with it. Activities: - Organize an Annual Walk to create Awareness and Advocacy, entitled ‘1,000 Man-Walk’ and Four Annual Clinics in the Month of September, Screening Men of the Bahamas for signals, signs of Prostate Cancer. The screenings (PSA & DRE)* are held at the Government Poly-technical Clinics of Elizabeth Estates, Flamingo Gardens, South Beach and Fleming Street all in the Month of September. Additional screenings for General Health ailments mainly Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol in particular are conducted simultaneously. The General Health Screenings and the PSA and DRE are conducted by Volunteer Doctors, Phlebotomists and Other Caregivers and volunteer Coordinators, together with the Members of Us TOO Bahamas Chapter. Chapters: -Us TOO Bahamas has successfully established new “Chapters” in Freeport, Exuma and Cat Island and are progressively organizing several other new Chapters in the Archipelago, particularly Andros, and Eleuthera. Support: -Small tokens of appreciation are appropriate to the Volunteers and Care-givers and any ‘much needed’ Assistance (technical and financial) and/or new Volunteers would be welcomed and appreciated. Financial Assistance: -Contact and Donations to “Us TOO Bahamas” may be made through the Cancer Society of the Bahamas at our ‘Fixed Address’ attention Prostate Cancer or addressed individually as follows: Chapter Leader - Valentine Maura P.O. Box CB 11915 Telephone (393-4060; 636-9023) Secretary - Wendell Barry – P.O. Box N4671 Telephone (325-0823; 465-2235) Treasurer – Charles Sands - P.O. Box N 1503 Telephone (393-2439; 436-5117) Members – any of the active known-Personnel Meetings are held on the Third (3rd) Thursday of each Month at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas Complex, South of the ZNS Building, off Collins Avenue. PSA - Blood Extraction and Lab-Testing (prostate influenced) DRE – Digital Examination of the Prostate (finger & texture) Both save many lives as “Early Detection” of Cancer may be treated successfully before it progresses. On average, One (1) out of every Six (6) Men will get Prostate Cancer or at least an “Enlarged Prostate”. If appropriate, further testing – a Biopsy - will be made to confirm existence of the Cancer and determine the Stage – One to Four – of the Cancer and the Pace or Speed of its progress by the “Gleason Score” Grading. Consultation with a certified Medical Specialist – the Urologist should then be made to understand the Cancer, the Treatment available and the Method preferable and suitable, considering the Health of the Patient and other considerations, such as finance and age. An Oncologist after examination with evidence of Cancer treats the Patient with Chemotherapy and/or Radiation. A high number of the PSA reading (above) may not indicate Prostate Cancer and may conflict with the condition of the DRE. Likewise, an effected Prostate, resulting from the DRE (exam) may not show a high PSA Reading. Both are necessary for a clear indication on Prostate Examination. Us Too Bahamas Chapter Prostate Cancer Support, Education & Awareness


News Article

May 26, 2013
Bahamas 7-day Weather Forecast from 25th - 31st May

GENERAL SITUATION:
A weak cold front will move across the NW Bahamas today bringing drier
and cooler air before it dissipates into a trough in the Central Bahamas
on Sunday. High pressure system will build behind the front,
introducing moderate to fresh breezes into our islands for the majority
of the week. Boaters and beach goers should exercise extreme caution as a
high risk of rip currents on the northern and eastern coastlines will
exist most of the week. Moisture associated with dissipating trough will
affect the Central and NW Bahamas again on Monday as it shifts from the
Southeast Bahamas. A deepening mid to upper level trough forms across
the Bahamas by mid-week and it that could produce torrential rainfall
and localized flooding over some islands of the Bahamas for the
remainder of the week.

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News Article

October 05, 2011
Gun drop off spots revealed

In a government effort to reduce the number of illegal weapons from the streets, for the next 30 days, people in possession of illegal firearms will be able to turn them in without fear of being arrested or prosecuted, at a dozen locations on New Providence, five locations on Grand Bahama and at any Family Island administrator's office.
Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest signed the firearm moratorium order yesterday, after Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced the amnesty in a national address on crime Monday night.
The order will remain in effect until November 3.
However, Turnquest yesterday stressed that the amnesty would only apply to people who turn in illegal guns and ammunition at the approved locations.
"I wish to advise that while the moratorium is in effect, it will not apply to any person arrested by the police who is found in possession of an illegal firearm," he said.
"Any member of the public now having unlicensed firearms in their possession is urged to deposit them at one of the designated places."
The prime minister said in his address that as of November 4, anyone convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition will, upon conviction, be imprisoned for a minimum of four years.
Illegal firearms can be turned in at the following locations on New Providence: Firearms Licensing Office, Thompson Boulevard; Central Detective Unit, Thompson Boulevard; Drug Enforcement Unit, Thompson Boulevard; Cable Beach Police Station, West Bay Street; Central Police Station, East Street; Southern Police Station, Market and Quakoo Streets; Grove Police Station, Blue Hill Road; Wulff Road Police Station; Carmichael Road Police Station; East Street South Police Station; Elizabeth Estates Police Station and Fox Hill Police Station.
Those in possession of illegal firearms on Grand Bahama can turn them in at the following locations: Central Detective Unit; Central Police Station; Lucaya Police Station; Eight Mile Rock Police Station or West End Police Station.
Ingraham also said the power of magistrates to impose sentences is being increased from five to seven years and that conviction on drug and gun related offenses would carry a maximum sentence of seven years.
"It is our firm conviction that removal of the unlicensed firearms from our society will substantially reduce the level of crime and pain in our society," the prime minister said.
"Toward this end, the police force is strengthening and expanding the reach and intensity of action by its special task forces dealing with firearms and drug houses."
He also announced that the Department of Customs is increasing the number and frequency of random searches of general imports of household appliances and dry goods, vehicles and or components and parts.
"It will also require improving the tracking of weapons entering the country legitimately on visiting pleasure craft so as to ensure that each and every firearm departs The Bahamas on the vessel on which it arrived," Ingraham said.
The prime minister's address comes as many categories of serious crime continue to soar and the country has recorded a record murder count for the fourth time in five years.
Meanwhile, the official opposition Progressive Liberal Party said the speech was "far too little, far too late."

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News Article

October 05, 2011
New Providence Clean Ups to Take Place at Yamacraw and South Beach, Saturday, October 8th

Nassau

,
Bahamas - Volunteers throughout The Bahamas are preparing to take part
in the Ocean Conservancy's coastal cleanup day
on

Saturday, October 8th. The original date planned was September 24th, but due to inclement weather the cleanup was moved to this Saturday.

Every
year on the first weekend of September, more than half-a-million people in 100 countries
remove millions of pounds of trash from beaches and waterways all over
the world. This year celebrates 26 years of volunteerism for a healthier
ocean. Over the last quarter-century, the International Coastal Cleanup
has grown from a single cleanup on a Texas beach to a worldwide movement
to end the threat of trash...

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