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Nassau Music Society 2013 Concert Season continues with Cellist Kenneth Law & Pianist Christy Lee Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 St. Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 St. Andrew's Kirk The Nassau Music Society, under the Patronage of His Excellency, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of The Bahamas, will continue its 2012-2013 concert season by holding 2 concerts on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 (8PM)at St. Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay and on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 (5:30PM) at St. Andrew's Kirk, Shirley & Princess Street. The Society will feature Kenneth Law, cellist accompanied by Christy Lee, pianist, in an evening entitled: "Une Soirée Musicale" (a Musical Evening). The duo will interpret works from French composers such as Gabriel FAURE, Maurice RAVEL, Claude DEBUSSY, Philippe GAUBERT, Nadia BOULANGER with Christine Gangelhoff, flautist, Nicolette Turnquest & Candace Russell. TICKETS & RESERVATIONS To reserve or purchase tickets for these concerts, please contact our Box Offices which are now open at the following addresses: Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay Shopping Centre, Tel:394-7040; Custom Computers, Cable Beach Shopping Centre, Tel: 396-1100, and Moir & Co., Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, Tel: 362-4895 or online at our website below. MASTER CLASS During his stay in Nassau, Mr Law will be a guest at the Bahamas Music Conservatory's orchestra's rehearsal on Saturday, January 19th and will offer advice to these students. Musicians or persons wishing to attend and observe this free class/session may contact Dr. Christy Lee for details on the time and venue: firstname.lastname@example.org Click HERE to reserve & purchase tickets at the NMS website. Click HEREto view short video of Mr Law performing. Click HERE to view Ms Lee performing on a Chris Justilien piece called "Ragged Island - Deep South" along with C Force.
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.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney last night called on Bahamians to "redefine the possible" before unveiling the first group of candidates who will run on the ticket of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) in the next general election.
The DNA introduced 10 of its 41 candidates, which include three young candidates, whose ages range between 28 and 38, according to party Chairman Mark Humes. The candidates named were Kelphene Cunningham (Garden Hills); Floyd Armbrister (Exuma); Sammy Poitier (Sammy Star) (South Beach); Farrel Goff (Clifton); Ben Albury (Montague); Adrian LaRoda (MICAL); Roscoe Thompson (South Abaco); Charlene Paul (Elizabeth) and Alfred Poitier (Kennedy). McCartney -- the party's leader -- intends to run again for Bamboo Town.
The DNA was unveiled before more than 1,000 people at the Wyndham Nassau Resort on Cable Beach.
McCartney, a former minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, outlined his party's vision for the country. McCartney painted a picture of a utopian Bahamian society that would be created by his party replete with litter free roads, well-landscaped gardens, stunning architecture, sidewalk cafes and rows of theatres for playwrights.
"The vision of the DNA is to transform The Commonwealth of the Bahamas into a nation where Bahamian people will be esteemed as the most precious resource - above all natural and material resources - and the nurturing of our intelligence and creative brilliance will help us become a genuinely democratic, economically prosperous, and socially mobile 21st century nation," the party's mission statement states.
McCartney insisted last night that the DNA will construct a "new Bahamas," a theme he pressed into the audience throughout his opening address. And he borrowed the line of "change," which U.S. President Barack Obama used to win the seat of the highest office in the world three years ago.
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The sales process for the South Ocean Golf & Beach Resort is "moving very well" and is set to conclude within the next two months, according to the company involved in developing a land-use master plan for the property.
Jeremy Seabridge, partner with Southern Cross Developments, the real estate development and investment company owned by Australian golfer Greg Norman, which announced it had completed the "repositioning" of the prime property in south west New Providence in September, said earlier this week that the company has "executed confidentiality agreements with quite a number of interested parties".
"I'm not in a position to disclose who they are (but) the sales process is moving very well (both domestically and internationally) and we expect this to continue for another 75 days or so," said Seabridge, clarifying that the company hopes to have finalized the sales process and identified the successful purchaser in that time.
Explaining why the company believes 75 days is a realistic time period, Seabridge added: "We need enough time to reach the international markets and then provide the interested parties with sufficient time to complete their due diligence.
"We also need to take into account business challenges and days lost around the various holiday periods (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year, etc..). Seventy-five days or so would give us until approximately four weeks after the New Year to try and wrap things up."
The South Ocean resort, which has been closed for close to a decade, is being actively marketed by the world's largest commercial real estate services firm.
The 383-acre property, the last remaining major resort site in New Providence and Paradise Island, was placed on the market as a prospective site for two upscale resorts, a casino, marina, golf course and retail village in September.
The invigorated sales process came after 10 months in which Southern Cross Developments undertook a research, design and envisioning process in which it ultimately developed an extensive land-use plan for the property to increase its attractiveness to potential buyers.
Both Seabridge's Southern Cross group and former Cabinet minister and developer Tennyson Wells have indicated that gaining the rights to the casino license, which has long been linked to the South Ocean resort, would be integral to any development taking place there.
Wells has proposed to develop an almost $1 billion theme park and casino resort in the area.
A summer of record heat has led to extreme challenges for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) which once again shut down power to thousands of residences and businesses yesterday, as the demand for electricity simply could not be met.BEC blamed yesterday's rolling blackouts - the latest in a series of load shedding exercises - on another failed generator. This was the third generator to go offline this week.The generator has not been properly maintained due to the corporation's strained financial situation, said BEC in a statement. The corporation staggered yesterday's blackouts in two-hour intervals, impacting different areas of New Providence.BEC said between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. it would shut down power to customers in Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay, Lyford Hills, Charlottesville, Jacaranda, Blake Road, Sea Beach, Caves Village, Sandyport and Soldier Road between Abundant Life Road and Balliou Hill Road.BEC expected to cut electricity supply to customers in Tyler Street, Nassau Street, West Bay Street (between Xavier's Primary School and Vista Marina), Augusta Street, Deans Lane, Meeting Street, Balliou Hill Road South, College Drive, Boyd Road and all side streets between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.BEC expected that between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. it would shut down supply to customers in Westward Villas, the Cable Beach strip, Lake Cunningham subdivision, Skyline Drive, Sanford Drive, Stapledon Gardens, Sea View Drive, West Bay Street, and John F. Kennedy Drive.Between 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. customers in Bamboo Boulevard, Pinewood Gardens, and South Beach were expected to have no electricity."Once again, the corporation apologizes to its customers and will continue to provide updates on the status of its generation challenges," BEC said in its statement.There have been rolling blackouts in New Providence since Monday when two of BEC's generators at its Clifton Pier plant failed.
One of those generators has since been brought back online. BEC said it has identified the problem with the second generator.
"The need for parts and extensive repairs means that the generator may be out of service for several days," said BEC.The corporation said the third failed generator is expected back online today. That generator is also located at the Clifton Pier plant.
"During this time, the corporation will continue to utilize the Generation Assistance Plan (GAP), relying on customers with large capacity standby units [capable of producing more than 1,000 kilowatts] freeing up capacity for other customers," BEC said. "Additionally, BEC is preparing to install the 20 megawatts of rental units. These units are expected to be operable by mid-month."BEC said with the GAP and the installation of the rental units, it would be able to limit the impact of any future generation problem on its customers.
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Funeral Service for Franklyn Norman Turnquest, age 58 years, of Nassau Village, will be held on Saturday 10th, September 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints, on Calvary Hill Anglican Church, Joan's Heights, South Beach. Officiating will be Rev. Father Colin Saunders assisted by Rev. Father Sebastian Campbell, Rev. Father Berkley Smith and other ministers. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Mercianna Turnquest; one son: Lester Turnquest; two daughters: Delglica, Franklee Turnquest; one daughter-in-law: Portia Turnquest; two grandchildren: Xelvran and Lester Jr.; five brothers: Martin, Ashwood, Sherwin, Sherlock and Sterling Turnquest; six sisters: Alfreda, Frankilee, Rachael, Annie, Rosalee and Andra; seven brothers-in-law: Kenrad Wilchombe Sr., Freddie Nabbie Jr, Ivan, Harold, Prince, Patrick, Leroy and Neville McPhee, Delton Bain Sr. and Frank Stuart; six sisters-in-law: Patty Turnquest, Yvonne Miller, Elizabeth Stubbs, Rita King, Cynthia Bain, Princess Ferguson, Gwendolyn Stuart, Brenda and Dr. Evaneth McPhee and Sellistine; two uncles: Freeman and Willard Cartwright; three aunts: Esther and Rose Cartwright and Faith Hepburn; twenty three nephews: Owen Joe, Marco, Sherron, Kenrad Jr, Sanchos Sr., Max, Kennard, Shashake, Ashwood Jr, Tanario, Austin, Maranio, Jakeim, Delton Jr., Terrance, Kenneth, Philip, Edward, Anthony, Patrick, Alex, Gregory and Dr. Alva Smith; twenty three nieces: Sheyna, Tiffany, Tasheena, Ashnique, Tonia, Destiny, Sabrina, Arinthia, Sandra, Kayla, Karen, Kenva, Kathy, Deborah, Monique, Esthermae, Berilyn, Usheika, Quetelle, Deidre, Erica,Tiffany and Jan; four grand nephews: Sanchos Jr., Kenard Jr, Nicholas, Kellon; Other relatives and friends including: All Saints Anglican Church Family, Management and Staff of Dozier Heavy Equipment Company, Ethlyn Smith and Family, Uricka Smith and Family, Dr. Nicholas Hepburn, Collona Wallace, Rose Barrett, Reverend Dr. Philip McPhee and Family, Maedawn Munroe, Pascal Hepburn and Family, Lynden Hepburn, Kendal Hepburn, Cherise, Marion McPhee and Family, Verna Wilson and Family, Mrs. Johnson and Family, Brenda, Kermit, Birdie, Eloise, Kay, Nora, Paulette, Una, Christine, Mavis, Philip, Patrick, Ellis, Simeon, Stephen, Lagloria, Pamela, Andrew, Noel Jeffrey, Kisyla, Charity, Ovinia, Asnthia, Crachine, Stephanie, Silas, Enoch, Roston, Roosevelt, Tony, Ashwood, Shawn, Andy, Marcia, Philip Brice, Malcolm, David Vernish, Janette Horlston, Richard, Calvin, Charles, Antoinette, Antela, Raymond, Oris, Winifred, Thelma, Ramon, Frederick, Inez, Cornelius, Thomas, Mary, Freeman, Susan, Alice, Dorothy, Timothy, Kenneth Cheryl Deal, Patrick Bowe, The Turnquest, Major, Burrows, Cartwright, Knowles, Smith, Dean and Wells families of Long Island and the community of Jackson Street, Nassau Village and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium,
Ernest and York Streets on Friday September 9th, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday September 10th, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
After taking a break for the Easter holiday weekend, the Baptist Sports Council will resume play in its 2012 Basketball League at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday with teams in the three divisions jockeying for the four playoff spots.
In the 14-and-under division, defending champions Macedonia, runners-up Eagles Nest and Temple Fellowship are all tied at 2-1. In the under-19 division, Macedonia's A team is out front at 3-0. In the men's A division, Macedonia leads at 3-0 as well while St. Mark's tops the men's B division at 2-0 and Hope Center is also undefeated at 1-0.
Only three weeks are left in the regular season before the playoffs get started in May.
In the marquee game of the day, on the men's side, defending champion Temple Fellowship avenged their only defeat so far by knocking off the Eagles Nest 73-60 as Ian 'Wire' Pinder scored 19 and John Smith had 18. The losers got 20 from Tario McKenzie.
The big showdown in the 15-and-under division saw Macedonia also rebound from a previous loss to prevail with a 37-28 decision over last year's runners-up Eagles Nest. DeVonte Gibson had 12 points and Davon Adderley chipped in with 10 in the win. Rashad Stubbs had eight in the loss.
Surprisingly, St. Mark's stunned Golden Gates No. 2 42-38 to remain undefeated in the men's B division behind Chris Stuart's 11 points and Sevant Laing's nine. Denny Moxey had 14 and Vincent Strachan had 12 in the loss.
In other scores, Macedonia No.1 19-and-under defeated the Eagles Nest 52-49, after the Eagles Nest beat Macedonia No. 2 38-34; Temple Fellowship 19-and-under defeated Christian Tabernacle 45-38; St. John's nipped Mt. Nebo 19-and-under 33-31; BIBA men defeated Evangelistic Center 43-34 and Hope Center defeated Temple Fellowship 15-and-under 25-20.
Here's a look at Saturday's schedule:
10 a.m. Eagles Nest vs Temple Fellowship (15)
11 a.m. Hope Center vs St. John's No. 1 (15)
Noon Mt. Nebo vs Temple Fellowship (19)
1 p.m. Golden Gates No. 2 vs Evangelistic Center (M)
2 p.m. Macedonia No. 1 vs Macedonia No. 2 (19)
3 p.m. Eagles Nest vs St. John's (19)
4 p.m. Hope Center vs BIBA (M).
10 a.m. Macedonia vs St. John's No. 2 (15)
11 a.m. Eagles Nest vs St. Mark's (19)
Noon Macedonia No. 1 vs Golden Gates (19)
1 p.m. Temple Fellowship vs Church of the Nazarene (M)
2 p.m. Golden Gates vs Mt. Nebo (19)
3 p.m. St. Mark's vs Christian Tabernacle (19)
4 p.m. St. Mark's vs Evangelistic Center (M)
Here's a look at the team standings going into Saturday's games:
St. John's No. 1
St. John's No. 2
Macedonia No. 1
Macedonia No. 2
Christian Tabernacle 0
Men's A division
Church of Nazarene 2
South Beach Baptist 0
Men's B division
Golden Gates No. 2
Nassau, Bahamas -
In wake of the recent talent search
scam as reported by the local media and last year's Mad Talent Showcase
scam, the South Beach candidate for the Democratic National Alliance
(DNA) and locally acclaimed musician, Sammie Poitier called for a meeting
with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Bahamas Musicians
and Entertainers Union to form policies and regulations to govern and
protect the entertainment industry in The Bahamas.
The DNA recognizes that the Union
was established to represent Bahamian musicians and entertainers. However,
considering that we are such a small nation, the Union has become somewhat
of an agency or booking agent for local bands and artists.
Monica Johnson age 81 years of Zion Blvd South Beach died on June 6 2011.
She is survived by One Daughter: Constance Moss; One Son: Deckrey Johnson; Sister: Cynthia Elliotte, Granddaughter: Sophia Colebrooke; Grandsons: Torry, Ryan Moss and Deckrey Johnson Jr., Son-in-law: Neville Moss; Daughter-in-law: Christine Johnson of Houston, Texas; numerous other relatives and friends who will be announced at a later date.
Funeral service will be announced at a later date.
The developers of the multi-billion-dollar Baha Mar project handed the newly realigned West Bay Street over to government officials yesterday, marking a historic shift in the way people travel along the western portion of New Providence.
The 1.25-mile stretch of road will divert traffic south of Baha Mar as it now looks to begin the second phase of the mega-resort.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham congratulated Bahamian workers and Baha Mar on the accomplishment at the handover ceremony yesterday.
"I am especially proud of the first class workmanship demonstrated by those Bahamian companies already engaged in the construction of ancillary facilties for the project and in particular in the construction and landscape of this new road and the new Commercial Village," said Ingraham.
"They have produced first world work and they have completed their contracted projects on time. Their success, I believe, bodes well for the success of Bahamian companies bidding on components of the core project."
Along with gardens, wide sidewalks and walking and jogging paths, the road also provides breathtaking views of the Hobby Horse Hall Pond and the surrounding wetlands, which many Bahamians have never seen.
Along the road, the broken shards of more than 140,000 conch shells decorate the five roundabouts that connect the four-lane thoroughfare.
Minister of Works Neko Grant said the street markings and lighting on the road are temporary, but permanent fixtures should be installed by the middle of January next year.
The road and the new Commercial Village where a police and fire station, Scotiabank, Commonwealth Bank and Fidelity Bank will now be located took 600 workers just over nine months to complete.
Baha Mar officials estimate that the company spent in excess of $100 million constructing the new corridor and buildings.
Baha Mar officials are also spending $500,000 on a temporary Pompey Village near the Sheraton Resort, to accommodate a straw market, daiquiri stand and several kiosks.
The new West Bay Street is being connected to John F. Kennedy Drive by a new road that will run from the intersection of JFK and Gladstone Road to the area of the former site of the Cable Beach police station.
Thanking Baha Mar Chairman and CEO Sarkis Izmirlian and his family, as well as the China Import Export Bank and the China State Construction Company, the prime minister also expressed his pleasure with the efficient and quick manner in which the road was built.
"In the great enterprise of transforming our capital island we are building on and securing the dreams of many Bahamians.
"This new realigned West Bay Street has provided opportunities for the use of ideas and talents of capable Bahamian technicians and artists, environmentalists and planners and construction professionals," Ingraham said.
"We look forward to more of this in the months and years ahead as the full Baha Mar story is unveiled."
The existing portion of West Bay Street -- from west of Sulgrave Manor and Breezes Resort to the roundabout in front of the Sheraton Resort -- will now be conveyed to Baha Mar by the government for the construction of its 1,000 room casino hotel, 700 room convention hotel, 100,000 square foot casino and 150,000 square foot convention center and related amenities.
Investigations are ongoing to determine whether the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) Clifton Pier Plant is the source of last week's oil spill in waters off southwestern New Providence, Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.
However, he noted that there are several other private companies that could very well be contributing to the "extraordinary" amount of fuel that was recently sighted.
In a communication in the House of Assembly, Dorsett reported that the government's response team and environmental consultants yesterday inspected all of the relevant properties, including BEC's Clifton Pier Plant.
He added that once investigations are complete, "... No one is going to be off the hook when it comes to doing what is right. Whether it is BEC or private stakeholders."
While not placing the blame on BEC, Dorsett revealed that BEC's containment booms at the Clifton Pier Plant have not been as effective as they should be.
"The BEC containment booms were not preventing all of the fuel emitted into the marine environment from spreading," he said. "It also appeared that fuel was being discharged from one of the outfalls."
Based on reports, Dorsett said a significant amount of oil washed ashore on Albany's beach and Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas' marina on Saturday.
However, Dorsett said initial reports indicate that Stuart Cove's officials discovered fuel in the canal area of their operation last Wednesday.
When asked by Long Island MP Loretta Butler -Turner what mitigation efforts the government intends to implement with regard to BEC, Dorsett said the government would take action.
"It is clear that those booms that were installed... were not containing all of the oil," he reiterated.
"So one of the things that the team is doing today (Monday) is assessing the possibility of putting in secondary containment booms and they will advise us on other strategies so that we ensure that we mitigate against any spreading of the oil in the environment which exists today.
"I do not want to make the representation in this House until we conduct the science to determine exactly where the oil is emanating from."
Dorsett added: "It's a huge industrial area. A lot of people use fuel and oil in that area. And to use the term of my technical team, the oil is like a cocktail with different mixtures.
"Once it is assessed, you can determine what it is made of. Some of it, more than likely, will be BEC. But I'm not excluding the fact that others may have contributed as well."
Dorsett acknowledged the presence of oil in southwestern New Providence is a long-time issue that has spanned over the last two decades.
"This is a huge problem which impacts our marine life, tourism and our environment," he said.
The government has retained international consultants from Coastal Systems International Inc., which is a U.S. environmental firm.
Dorsett said Coastal arrived in the country yesterday to assist in investigating and confirming the source or sources of the oil spill, assess the impact, address the mitigation of the spill, advise on the preparation of an environmental management plan for the area and make remediation recommendations to the government.
Members of the National Oil Spill Advisory Committee are also looking into the oil spill.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The much-anticipated Taste Our Bahamas Festival is set to become a signature event that draw thousands of food lovers to The Bahamas during the traditionally slow period.
Culinary Manager DeAnne Gibson likened the event to that of the South Beach food festival in Miami, Florida.
"This event is the first of many to come," she said. "We are really excited that the Culinary Tourism market is really growing in The Bahamas. This year is the sampler and the building block to everything next year. It is going to be bigger and better and there will be more components to Culinary Month."
Taste Our Bahamas is the cornerstone of Culinary Month.
The festival, which will be held on October 4th and 11th, will center around a competition between the 16 islands to determine which island has the best tasting food in the nation.
Funeral Service for the Late Basil LaRoda, 70 years of #23 Palm Avenue, South Beach, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 10:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street. Pastor Timothy Stewart will officiate. Cremation will follow.
He is survived by His wife: Willamae La-Roda; 4 Sons: Dr. Rudolph King-LaRoda , Troy, Basil Jr. and Aristotle LaRoda; 2 Daughters: Patricia Capron and Zsa Zsa Laing; 15 Grandchildren: Woodron Lowe, Kenwood Capron, Deonna Hall, Troy Jr., Akyra, Simone, Trey and Kyle LaRoda; Zhivargo Jr., Zhimaal, Za'riah and Zavier Laing, Niya, Aliya and Zachariah La-Roda; 4 Brothers: Andil LaRoda, Carlton LaRoda, Alfred Moss, Clinton Deveaux, and Edward Deveaux; 1 Son-In-Law: Hon. Zhivargo Laing; and a host of other relative and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
MORE than 100 passengers who were on board a grounded Haitian sloop have "infiltrated" New Providence amid mounting concerns that illegal migrants are being assisted by residents.
Last night, immigration officials said three Haitians from the boat, which landed near South Beach Pools, had been apprehended.
Testimony from the migrants, who were caught in the area of Pinewood Gardens, revealed the ship had landed sometime Tuesday evening.
Yesterday, residents in the area described the shallow area where the vessel ran aground as a long-standing "hot spot" for illegal entry as it provides direct access to Cowpen ...
By LARRY SMITH
THREE interesting environmental projects are in the works that could have a big impact on our landscapes and lifestyles - at the eastern, western and southern extremities of Nassau.
They are the proposed redevelopment of the 18-acre Botanical Gardens at Chippingham, the multi-million-dollar reorganisation and restoration of the derelict Montagu foreshore, and the possible creation of a model Bahamian township on 250 acres of undeveloped land at South Beach.
SOUTH BEACH TOWNSHIP
A public tender to design the township was won late last year by Nassau architects Alexiou & Associates, who linked up with TSW & Associates of Atlanta, a leading New Urbanist design firm. Lione ...
Saturday 27th October 2012 10:30 AM
A mini-film festival offshoot of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). Focused mainly on shorts, but also features. Special emphasis on films shot in The Bahamas, but films from around the world are also welcomed. Saturday, October 27th 10:30am Filmmakers' Workshop with Ian Strachan Pelican Bay Canal House 1:00pm The Black Miami (USA) 104 mins Pelican Bay Canal House (Special Guest: Co-Directors Carlton Smith & Michael Williams) Take a journey through history and learn the importance and significance that blacks played in the creation and progress of America’s Magic City. The Black Miami revisits the past to understand how the race lines in South Florida were created and eventually transcended. The Black Miami takes you into a history that is rarely told but is not forgotten. 3:15pm How do you write a Joe Schermann Song (USA), 104 mins Pelican Bay Canal House (Special Guest: Writer/Director Gary King) Joe dreams of hitting it big on Broadway. After landing an opportunity to write for an Off-Broadway musical, he is forced to cast either the love of his life Evey or his newly discovered muse Summer. The realities of show business prove to Joe that writing is easy, living is hard. 4:00pm On The Wings of Men (USA/Bahamas) 123 mins Pelican Bay Canal House (Guest: Calvin Dwight Harris) Life and times of the late Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling; the first Prime Minister of the Bahamas born in Nassau in 1930. 5:00pm The Blame (Bahamas - Sunland Baptist) 8mins 5:05pm En Route (Bahamas - COB) 28 mins 5:10pm Teenage Pregnancy (Bahamas - Sunland Baptist) 7 mins 5:15pm Sex, Lies & Surgery (France), 90 mins Pelican Bay Canal House (Special Guest: Writer/Director/Star Artus de Penguern) When ER and GREY'S ANATOMY turn into a DALLAS kind of comedy, with love and money-related plots, a HANGOVER atmosphere, and A FISH CALLED WANDA characters, the result is THE LOVE CLINIQUE: a crazy (but classy) comedy for all! 5:20pm Good News (Bah amas - COB) 30 mins 5:40pm I Love Life, But Life Has A Boyfriend (Bahamas - COB) 15 mins 6:00pm Last Week Tuesday: Proper Treatment On Depression (COB) 19 mins 6:05pm Who Are We? (Bahamas - COB) 27 mins 6:30pm Blended (Bahamas - Hampshire College) 9 mins 6:40pm 5 Bones (Bahamas) 5 mins 6:40pm The Price of Being a Man (Bahamas) 61 mins 6:50pm Thriving Encounter (Bahamas) 33 mins 7:00pm Supporting Characters (USA), 87 mins (Guests: Dir/Co-Writer Daniel Schechter, Co-Writer/Star Tarik Lowe) A comedy about two New York film editors (and best friends) who attempt to hold on to their significant others while reworking a film in crisis. 7:40pm Tony The Shotta (Bahamas) 70 mins 8:45pm Career Achievement Award Presentation and Reception Pelican Bay Canal House (Special guest honouree: Giancarlo Esposito) *All Access Pass entrance only 9:30pm VIP Reception Pelican Bay Canal House *All Access Pass entrance only Hosted at the Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel, ‘FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island will feature international and local films, outdoor screenings of Sammy 2: Escape from Paradise at Taino Beach and Port Lucaya Marketplace; presentation of a Career Achievement Award to Giancarlo Esposito, a filmmakers' workshop, location scouting for international filmmakers, and an awards presentation and wrap party at the Grand Lucayan Resort. “We look forward to building on last year’s inaugural, and the visiting filmmakers are anxious for their upcoming visit to Grand Bahama Island,” said Mr. Gregory von Hausch, CEO, FLIFF. "The purpose of the festival is to feature Grand Bahama Island as a film location of choice, with emphasis on proximity (to the United States), year-round good weather and an available crew base, and (to) build a strong international relationship with a tradition partner located nearby," said Craig Woods, Bahamas Film Commissioner.
The country will rake in more than $13 million and gain 20,000 hotel room nights in the 2012/2013 fiscal year from sports tourism, with two international soccer events set for this month expected to boost the nation's profile worldwide, Guardian Business was told.
"Those are some pretty significant numbers that we're talking about there," Tyrone Sawyer, director of sports tourism development in the Ministry of Tourism, said yesterday.
He said the country's tourism brand is reaping rewards from a FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Beach Soccer World Cup qualifier tournament, which runs until May 12. Later this month, the country will host an English Premier League soccer exhibition at the national stadium between Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, a team from the UK, and the Jamaican national team.
Both events will expose the country to the world and hopefully attract additional events of the same caliber, he noted.
Sawyer said the beach soccer tournament, being held at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer and Futsal Facility, is generating a bigger buzz than expected.
"The amount of attention it's getting from the football fraternity is way beyond what events of this nature would normally attract.
"It's the first time the entire region, the Caribbean region, would have hosted a beach soccer World Cup qualifier and that is due to the vision of the Bahamas Football Association, working along with FIFA and also with the full support of our government in building that soccer facility at the Malcolm Park site."
The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island is the host hotel for the teams.
Atlantis President and Managing Director George Markantonis said while the event has not significantly boosted room occupancy, it "falls completely in line" with the theory of sports tourism.
"I think it's excellent for the image of The Bahamas to be staging it," Markantonis said. "I congratulate all of the parties, in particular the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Sports, for managing to get it for Nassau."
Sawyer said he hopes the country will host similar events in the future.
"We expect that this will be a first step in the direction where we are able to get many more beach soccer events staged in The Bahamas."
The tournament is free of charge to spectators, he said.
"It's more like a branding effort where people get to appreciate that we are a good place to come and at the level they are staging it they're doing a great job in staging. The visiting countries are very impressed."
Sawyer said 35 international reporters flew to Nassau for the games which are being broadcast on Fox's sports network to several countries including Europe, North America and South America.
Later this month the national stadium will host a soccer match that Sawyer said will be the mother lode of soccer events.
"It's like the Miami Heat or Los Angelos Lakers coming [to play] if it were basketball," he said.
"This is a tremendous first time opportunity for our country to have this level of soccer played. It's really one of the best possible events you can have for our new stadium."
He said local hotels have gotten some advance bookings for the match but sports officials plan to put heavy focus on drumming up local interest in the event.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says about a dozen Haitian immigrants arrived on a South Florida beach after being dropped off by a boat, according to Associated Press.
Authorities were called to Manalapan, about 10 miles south of West Palm Beach, Thursday evening.
Five adults and two infants were taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach. They were released and are being processed at the West Palm Beach Border Patrol station.
A spokeswoman for the federal agency said the immigrants reported paying between $1,000 and $3,500 to be smuggled into the United States. They stopped first in the Bahamas. Officers are still searching for the other fi ...
Nassau, Bahamas - The Southeastern Police Summer Camp highlighted the
importance of trees to the more than 200 children attending the program
this summer. The tree planting ceremony was held at the South Beach
Police Station, where three palm tress were planted. The trees, soil
and fertilizer were donated through the collaborative effort of
corporate citizens and plant nurseries.
campers, ages 6 through 17, have learned much so far, including road
safety; fire prevention; the use of the police canine unit in combating
crimes; and they have also visited many historical sites around New
Providence to increase their appreciation for their country...