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Guy Harvey is seeking to expand his brand in The Bahamas, with the "ultimate goal" of marrying top class dive operators with Guy Harvey Outpost hotel offerings.
The initiative is being led by the newly-appointed Director of Dive Operations for Guy Harvey Outpost Neal Watson who currently operates a dive operation in Bimini.
With his U.S. Marine Corps training, scuba diving legend Watson knows a thing or two about taking a beachhead and securing a landing zone.
Watson is the company's new commander in its bid to plant Outpost dive flags on beachfronts throughout Florida, The Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Like the Marine Corps slogan "the few, the proud", Watson will be extending an invitation to a pre-selected group of the region's top dive operations to enlist under the Expedition Outfitters brand of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts, the rapidly expanding lodging company of Guy Harvey and his partners Mark Ellert, Bill Shedd and Charles Forman.
"For top-of-class dive shops it's a unique opportunity to add the recognition of the Guy Harvey name to their operation and increase sales through his huge marketing outreach with little out-of-pocket costs," said Watson. "Our Outpost Resorts brand is defined by great customer experiences and services. To make that happen, only the best operators are qualified to join the Expedition Outfitters program."
Harvey, best known as a marine wildlife artist, angler, scientist and conservationist, is also recognized as a world-class diver. Last month he was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. His Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Outpost Resorts company with hotel properties in Florida, The Bahamas and the Caribbean, recently launched Expedition Outfitters, featuring membership categories for dive shops and guided or charter fishing operators.
Watson, holder of the world's scuba depth and distance record and affectionately known as the "dive god", has owned and operated a chain of Neal Watson's Undersea Adventures franchise dive operations in The Bahamas and the Caribbean as well as hotels and an airline charter company.
He is also past president of the Bahamas Diving Association and a member of the DEMA (Diving Equipment & Marketing Association) Diving Hall of Fame.
Inaugural dive operators joining Expedition Outfitters include South Florida Diving Headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida; Dive Atlantis in Key Largo and Islamorada, Florida; Stuart Cove in Nassau; Neal Watson's Bimini Scuba Center in Bimini, and Scuba Galapagos in the Galapagos Islands.
"Operators will still handle their own reservations, but will benefit from our marketing that will produce a second stream of business through commissionable sales and reservations," said Watson.
Watson said he will initially reach out to A-list dive operators in southeast Florida and in The Bahamas, expanding into the Caribbean and Central America.
Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts President Mark Ellert said the ultimate goal of the Expedition Outfitters program is to marry "top of class" dive operators with Outpost hotel offerings, whether Signature Resorts or smaller Expedition Collection lodges and boutiques.
"With the dive god's advance work and our troops in place to secure the beachhead, when our customers come ashore, I know they'll be glad to see our flag flying over the Guy Harvey Outpost. They've finally arrived and now they're going to have a great adventure."
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.
KLR Management Group Ltd. Secures Nominations For Bahamian Artists at the 6th Annual South Florida Gospel Music Awards
The Bahamas - A business still considered to be in its infancy and a well kept
Caribbean music industry secret, KLR Management Group Ltd. is already proving
to be successful in taking clients to the international arena.
Management Group Ltd. President, Keith Rolle officially released the names of
artists he represents, who are now nominees in the 6th Annual South Florida
Gospel Music Awards at Covenant Centre International on November 4th and 5th in
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida...
DAEGU, South Korea - The storied career of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie has yet another chapter. Back for an eighth International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Outdoor Championships, one of the most accomplished women in Bahamian track and field history said that the passion and will to compete is as strong as it ever was. After choosing not to run the shorter sprint this year, Ferguson-McKenzie will compete in just the 200 meters (m) and 4x100m relay here in Daegu, South Korea. The elder stateswoman on this year's 18-member squad said that she is thankful to be back on another squad, and embraces any opportunity to represent her beloved country at the highest level of athletics.
J. Wallace Tutt III, a South Florida interior designer whose elegant creations were popular with movie stars, models and fashion icons, was found dead in the Bahamas, authorities said Sunday. He was 53.
The cause of Tutt's death has not been determined, police said. He is best known for transforming the Miami mansion of the late Italian designer Gianni Versace into a South Beach icon. He also designed homes for Cher and had celebrity friends including Jack Nicholson and model Elle McPherson.
South Beach, FLORIDA -
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.
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
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...
Saturday 23rd March 2013 7:30 AM
2013 Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend: Olympic Triathlon "This is our second year for the event, and the support from the community has been wonderful. We have a lot of prizes to give out and this year we have started early on promotion. To date we are far ahead of where we were last year in terms of registrations numbers, and we still have about 7 weeks left till the event," said Lee McCoy, managing director. "We have been advertising locally and abroad and the response has been positive, with registrations already in from Abaco, Nassau, Freeport, Florida, South Carolina, Illinois, Virginia and California to name a few. So far it looks like the women's sprint triathlon will be a hotly contested event, and I'm excited to see the level of competition and camaraderie that will take place throughout the weekend." The 2nd Annual Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend is almost here! Here are some quick links with pertinent information: Date:Saturday, March 23th, 2013 Start Time: 7:30am Venue: Treasure Cay, Abaco The Bahamas Transition: Coco Beach Bar & Grill Parking Lot Distance: 1500m Swim 40km (24.8 miles) Bike 10km (6.2 miles) Run Course Information: The swim will be in the same location as the 1 Mile Open Water Swim. The transition area (both T1 and T2) will be the parking lot of the Coco Beach Bar & Grill. The bike course will take place within Treasure Cay and along the SC Bootle Highway. The run course will be within the boundaries of Treasure Cay. Teams/Relays are allowed for this course. Registration: Registration for this event can be purchased as part of the Weekend Pass or can be purchased individually. Please see the registration details for more information. Click HERE to view 2012 Results & Photos. Click HERE to view their website.
The Free National Movement (FNM) ratified all 38 of its candidates for the upcoming general elections last night at its headquarters on Mackey Street.
This came a day after the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) ratified all 38 of its candidates.
Many of the FNM candidates are first-timers to politics.
"The wealth of talent among those seeking nomination has made our selection process difficult, very difficult," said FNM Leader Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham last night.
"In the end, choices had to be made. There are only so many constituencies; there are only so many vacancies.
"We in the party executive believe that we have chosen the best slate of candidates to contest the 2012 general elections, to win re-election to office and to equip us to continue to provide honest, accountable and transparent government for the Bahamian people."
The party ratified eight women: Ella Lewis (Centreville), Caron Shepherd (Englerston), Shonel Ferguson (Fox Hill), Heather Hunt (Marathon), Monique Gomez (South Beach), Karen Butler (Tall Pines), Pakesia Edgecombe (West Grand Bahama and Bimini) and Loretta Butler-Turner (Long Island).
As reported, six present members of Parliament are seeking re-election in new constituencies. Desmond Bannister will run in North Andros and the Berry Islands; Phenton Neymour in Exuma and Ragged Island; Loretta Butler-Turner in Long Island; Sidney Collie in MICAL; Kenyatta Gibson in Southern Shores and Zhivargo Laing in Fort Charlotte.
List of FNM candidates
Hubert Chipman St. Anne's
John Bostwick Bain Town and Grants Town
Cassius Stuart Bamboo Town
Darron Cash Carmichael
Ella Lewis Centreville
Duane Sands Elizabeth
Caron Shephard Englerston
Shonel Ferguson Fox Hill
Zhivargo Laing Ft. Charlotte
Brensil Rolle Garden Hills
Winsome Miller Golden Gates
Charles Maynard Golden Isles
Hubert Minnis Killarney
Heather Hunt Marathon
Richard Lightbourne Montagu
Tommy Turnquest Mt. Moriah
Basil Moss Nassau Village
Byron Woodside Pinewood
Carl Bethel Sea Breeze
Monique Gomez South Beach
Kenyatta Gibson Southern Shores
Karen Butler Tall Pines
Dion Foulkes Yamacraw
Neko Grant Central Grand Bahama
Peter Turnquest East Grand Bahama
Kwasi Thompson Pineridge
Norris Bain Marco City
Pakesia Edgecombe West Grand Bahama and Bimini
Hubert Ingraham North Abaco
Edison Key South Abaco
Desmond Bannister North Andros and Berry Islands
Ronald Bostfield Mangrove Cay and South Andros
Michael Pintard Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
Theo Neilly North Eleuthera
Howard Johnson Central and South Eleuthera
Phenton Neymour Exuma and Ragged Island
Loretta Butler-Turner Long Island
Sidney Collie MICAL
A new wave of optimism is washing over the tourism sector as hotels and tour operators report robust activity and new partnerships at Caribbean Marketplace 2012.
The 30th annual event, held at Atlantis this year, officially kicks off today following the prime minister's remarks last night. Caribbean Marketplace brings together hundreds of delegates from around the world, creating investment opportunities, exposure and a buzz for The Bahamas.
The Sheraton on Cable Beach is one of the tourism staples looking to promote and polish its product.
Manny Corral, the director of sales and marketing, is busily broadcasting the hotel's new branding to the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Casino. The name incorporates casino by promoting the joint facilities it shares with the Wyndham Nassau & Crystal Palace Casino, which also falls under the Baha Mar banner.
Calling the move a "natural partnership", Corral told Guardian Business the hotel is driven to market itself more effectively and ramp up offerings to the public.
"What we are doing here is meeting with all of our key clients to negotiate 2012 contracts and also forecast business expectations this year," he added. "We have projected a renewed level of optimism for 2012. This is based on actual bookings and reservations made on the system, looking into the first quarter and into May."
Year-on-year, the Sheraton executive revealed a projected increase of anywhere between five and 20 percent on bookings over this time period.
Much stronger group business and wedding demand has helped fuel the push, he explained.
Perhaps the most exciting development for the Sheraton is a new relationship with tour operator Golden Vacations. Beginning on February 15, the operator plans to run a charter program from Ecuador into Nassau for two months.
"It is the first time we have done this. We are working closer with them to make sure it is successful," he told Guardian Business. "It will no doubt open the door to more programs from South America."
Corral said the Latin American market and Europe hold "great potential" for the country and renewed efforts are being made to court these areas of the world.
It's a concept not unfamiliar for Expedia Inc, the online travel website with annual gross bookings of more than $25 billion.
Vice president of lodging for Latin America and the Caribbean, Marco Tagliatta, is another delegate at Caribbean Marketplace 2012.
Central to Expedia's message this year is the growth of business beyond the U.S. Pointing out the website doesn't control ticket prices, what it can influence, with the help of Bahamian stakeholders, is the development of enticing and competitive packages.
"We want to sell air tickets with hotel nights and create more value for the customer from these kinds of products," Tagliatta explained. "Packages are very important for The Bahamas. So we're working with our partners to make this destination competitive."
Equally significant for hotels in the country is to keep up with the latest marketing trends online, the Expedia executive said. Customers are increasingly picky on the information displayed online so they can make an informed decision, he added, making it essential for stakeholders to keep up with trends.
The Bahamas must continue to look beyond the U.S. while making these adjustments by fostering markets in Europe, Canada and Latin America.
Consistent with Sheraton's projections, Expedia is already seeing reason for optimism this year.
The first few weeks of January, Tagliatta revealed, show a year-on-year rise of 30 percent, according to their data.
The key will be keeping this momentum going through the work being done at Marketplace 2012.
"There is a lot of optimism right now for The Bahamas," he told Guardian Business. "We all hope this will be a turning around moment. We can feel a new energy for the destination."
National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas (NCTUB) President Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson said yesterday that South Beach MP Cleola Hamilton, who is also president of the Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU), vice-president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and a parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is clearly involved in a conflict of interest that raises moral questions.
Dotson said when officials of her union met Thursday night, they discussed Hamilton's issue and concluded that she should not be a union leader and a member of Parliament at the same time.
"There is nothing legally [to prevent her], but morally is the question that we are tampering with," Dotson said yesterday at a press conference at Workers House.
Dotson said Hamilton is setting a precedent.
"It means that if I decide to run for office I can continue to be a member of Parliament and I can continue to be president of the trade union congress," she said.
Hamilton recently revealed on a talk show that she sees nothing wrong with her current situation, which she claimed allows her to fight for the union and the government.
Hamilton and Prime Minister Perry Christie have said that they believe other countries in the region have similar situations.
"We've heard the minister and the prime minster say that this is common throughout the Caribbean," Dotson said.
"I don't know of any elected member of Parliament in any part of the Caribbean - and I invite them to tell me who they are referring to - who is elected as a member of Parliament but also serves as a president of a union.
"I know that we have appointed senators throughout the Caribbean who are appointed by government who serve within their unions. But the difference is they are appointed, they are not elected by the people to represent them.
"I think reference has been drawn to Sir Randol [Fawkes] and the fact that he was a part of a trade union, I think that was important then at that time and I think they were dealing with different things at that time.
"But we definitely see it as a conflict. Row day will come with the Government of The Bahamas. When row day comes, which side will Ms. Hamilton choose? Will she be with the workers or will she be with the Government of The Bahamas?"
Despite several calls for her resignation by the Free National Movement (FNM) and Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) President John Pinder, the TUC and BNU held a press conference on Thursday defending the South Beach MP.
However, Dotson said the NCTUB feels Hamilton should resign from the unions.
"As parliamentary secretary she is privy to information...that she could share with the union," Dotson said.
"Is that a conflict of interest? The Government of The Bahamas has no problem with her being privy to information that she can help the TUC with or that she could help the nurses union with?
"Maybe that's a question they need to ask themselves."
Former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Cabinet minister George Smith yesterday hit out at his party for moving forward with the nomination process of incumbent Exuma MP Anthony Moss, whom he suggested has been a "mediocre" representative.
The PLP's candidates committee has recommended that Moss be renominated. Moss now has to face the PLP's council, which is set to meet tonight.
Smith, who has been outspoken about Moss' performance as an MP, yesterday said the PLP should weed out its "second-rate" performers.
He also suggested that the candidates committee had not done its due diligence when it put Moss' name forward to the PLP's National General Council.
"The Bahamas deserves the best talent. There should be no room for mediocrity or second-rate performance. The welfare of the Bahamian people must be put first and that has to be the focus of the party's efforts," Smith said in a statement.
He later added, "Leaders of parties not only have to give in to who they like, they have to see that the person can make a contribution to national life and [Moss] lacks that," said Smith, who has publicly endorsed PLP Danny Strachan for the Exuma nomination.
Smith, a former representative of Exuma, has hinted that he may return to front-line politics and enter the race for that constituency if Moss is selected as the PLP's candidate.
Although he stopped short of committing to a possible election bid, Smith said he has a hard decision to make.
"I have profound love for Exuma. As an Exumian, I will come to a conclusion [soon]. It will weigh heavily for Exuma to have to contend with any of the two of them for the next five years," said Smith, referring to Moss and Junior Minister of Environment Phenton Neymour, who has expressed interest in running in the constituency in 2012.
Neymour is currently the member of Parliament for South Beach.
Yesterday, Moss said he has done the best he could for his constituents in spite of the constraints of being a member of the opposition party.
"Over the past four and a half years being in opposition it has not been an easy road. I've done [my job] to the best of my ability," Moss said.
He suggested that tonight's meeting would be a formality and added that he was confident that he would be ratified as the PLP's candidate for the reconfigured constituency of Exuma and Ragged Island.
"I understand that my nomination has gone to the council, the council will be meeting tomorrow night (tonight) and I am confident that I will be the [PLP's] candidate for the Exuma and Ragged Island constituency," he said.
"I am certain that Exuma is supporting me. As far as comments made by other persons, I'm sure you have opposition in every camp."
Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, who served as foreign affairs minister in the Christie administration, said it is not uncommon for the party's council to reject a recommendation from the candidates committee if a compelling argument is made against a prospective candidate.
"They can [deny a nomination]. Someone could move for it to be reconsidered, for it to be sent back; that's possible. You know George Smith is on a relentless campaign against him (Moss)," Mitchell said.
"Usually it's a formality but the council has taken nominations from people."
Prime Minister Perry Christie will convene a meeting of the Leadership Council of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) this month to make a determination on disciplinary action for Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre Rollins, according to PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts.
Roberts was responding to questions about National Review's revelation that the Disciplinary Committee of the PLP recommended Rollins be suspended from the party for "no less than six months".
National Review quoted a party source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
When asked about the suspension, Roberts said he has not seen a report with any such recommendation.
He suggested that National Review has more information than he does.
"The Leadership Council, we have not met," Roberts said.
"The prime minister, who heads that, sir, will call that committee - the Leadership Committee - sometime this month when he returns from China.
"The report will be made at that time and a determination made with regard to Dr. Rollins."
Rollins appeared before the Disciplinary Committee three times.
In the House of Assembly last August, the outspoken MP said the country needs new leadership.
He also said he is tired of hearing Christie quote scripture.
Not long after, Rollins was fired as chairman of the Gaming Board.
Despite being asked by the National General Council to apologize to Christie in the House, he refused.
Roberts said he believes there has been far too much media attention on the matter.
He suggested the media has an agenda, but did not explain the comment.
"You see anybody [expressing] any concerns about it; only you, the members of the press," he said.
"I do not hear a single person from Fort Charlotte asking about it.
"I repeat, sir, I do not hear a single person from Fort Charlotte asking about it."
In October, more than 30 constituents, who represent what Roberts called the "nucleus and backbone" of the Fort Charlotte branch, met over Rollins.
Several members expressed their displeasure with his performance in the House of Assembly and in his constituency.
Asked whether those members have changed their tone, Roberts said, "They accepted that when the council meets that they [will] have a decision on the matter".
Several PLP MPs and Senator Keith Bell have publically expressed concerns over Rollins' verbal attack on Christie.
South Beach MP Cleola Hamilton inferred Rollins was a "turncoat" in the House.
Rollins could not be reached for comment.
I yesterday listened to Wallace Rolle, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate for South Beach, on Issues of the Day. The gentleman appears to be a Utopian of the first order. He gives the impression that he and his party have all the solutions to our ills; like with a DNA victory all lights will be turned on, unemployment will be eradicated, no one would lose their house, and the hurting that we the people are experiencing just now will be no more.
Rolle stopped short of promising that the tears from every Bahamian eye will be eliminated under a Democratic National Alliance administration.
He says that we need to diversify our economy. What does this mean? Agriculture and fisheries are already on the move, the Bahamian craft industry has received a major boost with the new straw market policy, and opportunities galore exist for young and the not so young entrepreneurs.
We need to legitimize the numbers business to enhance the nation's revenue base. We need to look at the LNG question with a view of making a final decision; it looks like a new and potent income stream that could propel our country's ambition to bring every brother and sister in the fold of economic prosperity. Our problem today is that we are not collecting enough income to pay our national bills; so our hands are tied when it comes to new initiatives right now.
Rolle spoke of the unemployment concerns of his young constituents, but his status quo and politically correct position is that they will fill every vacancy with a Bahamian who is qualified to perform the job. How will that position solve our unemployment challenges?
If a Democratic National Alliance government borrows funds from a foreign bank for capital works, and the bank insists that XYZ Company from Brazil has to be the general contractor with its hundreds of employees, what will they do? If every international bank relates the similar requirements, where would that leave the country? We would be drowning in our own inanity.
If an international business comes to The Bahamas will tens of millions of dollars in investments and it wants to bring in its foreign CEO and comptroller, what will a DNA government do if it feels that Bahamians could fill those positions? Here is where a Bahamian first policy becomes dangerous and counter-productive to national economic development.
We need to personally and collectively take control of our destiny. If we are profoundly divided as a people, then there is nothing a new politician or representative could do for us. Lingering and deep-rooted disunity are holding back our progress as a people, and we must find our respective love button and come together for the common good.
A monumental policy was instituted in our straw market recently, where all goods must be Bahamian made. This decision alone could indirectly employ thousands of our people as the craft market is a $40 million-plus a year industry. Every young talented Bahamian could take advantage of the opportunity by creating one great Bahamian souvenir item to sell to straw vendors; but opposition politicians would have none of it. As far as they are concerned, the governing Free National Movement (FNM) is simply good for nothing; and they insist on being their constituents' employment agents. Yes, even the Democratic National Alliance wants to control the people it seeks to represent. It's called the change of more of the same.
- Dennis Dames
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Developers of Palm Cay will open reservations at 9 am today for Phase 3 of The Anchorage, its luxury condominium project that is emerging as the most sought after product to date in the fast-growing, oceanfront community on New Providence's southeast coast.
"When we opened reservations for the first two phases, demand exceeded supply and even with bank financing approval to complete sales, both phases were 90% sold out prior to completion," said Zack Bonczek, director of sales and marketing at the nearly 70-acre development.
"That early success with phases 1 and 2 pushed us to release Phase 3 slightly ahead of schedule. Since the November announcement that we would be taking reservations soon, there's been a great deal of interest so when 9 am comes today it's going to be exciting to see what happens. We could be 'sold out' in a matter of hours."
Sold out in this sense, explained Bonczek, refers to number of reservations compared to number of units available. The reserving buyer -- prospective purchaser -- may still have to qualify for bank financing. Pre-construction prices for the 2-bedroom (plus study) units with nearly 1,500 square feet of living space, 9-foot ceilings, hurricane-rated impact windows, granite countertops and fine finishes starts at $375,000. Single story and two-story models are available.
"The Anchorage which will include 50 condominiums when all five phases are completed is satisfying a demand for hassle-free living that is greater than we initially appreciated," said Bonczek. "While the beachfront townhomes are particularly attractive to the international buyer, the condos are proving very popular to the local market, especially to two segments - the young professional and the slightly older couple who want to downsize, simplify and avoid steps and the hassle and stress of outside maintenance."
Saturday 6th October 2012 6:00 AM
Stride For Life Fun Walk Cancer Society of The Bahamas October 6th 2012 6:00am Donations: 13 yrs and under-$10.00 14yrs and over-$20.00 On Sale: Chicken Souse, Pig Feet Souse & Stew Conch Co-Chair Kevan Marcus Mckenzie Co-Chair Dr. Ebby Jackson Prizes All registered participants will receive a T-shirt and gift and all walkers will be eligible to win many exciting prizes in free raffle Route Staring at the Cancer Caring Center, East Terrace, Centerville (2 doors south of ZNS), South on East Terrace to 4th Terrace. West to Collins Ave. North to Shirley St. West to School Lane, North to Dowdeswell St. East to East Bay St. Crossing to the "New Paradise Island Bridge, ascending to Beach Drive, Paradise Island Drive to Golf Course. West on Paradise Island Drive to Casino Drive around the round about to the "Old" P.I. Bridge, descending to East Bay St., advancing to Mackey St, South to Shirley St. West to Collins Ave. South to 2nd. Terrace (Now Rusty Bethel Drive) East to East Terrace and South along East Terrace concluding at the Cencer Caring Center. Stride For Life Fun Walk Registration Form
Funeral Service for Iva Whyte, 51 of South Beach and formerly of James Cistern, Eleuthera will be held Saturday August 21st, 11:00 a.m. at Wesley Methodist Church, James Cistern, Eleuthera. Rev'd Carla and Rev'd Pastor Henry Culmer will officiate. Interment will follow in the public cemetery, James Cistern, Eleuthera.
A time to MOURN Left to cherish the wonderful memories and her untimely demise are, father & mother, Mr. William & Mrs. Elsie Whyte; 1 son, Stephan Whyte; 1 daughter, Akeshia Johnson; 4 sisters, Rochelle Whyte Albury, Renae Sands, Lauran Skeets and Ingrid Whyte; 1 step-sister, Miranda Smith; 3 brothers; Enoch Whyte of Freeport Grand Bahama, Quon & Rico Whyte of Na ...
By TRIBUNE STAFF
A TORNADO swept through southeastern New Providence yesterday, damaging homes and businesses and creating alarm for bystanders.
Snapping tree limbs and lifting shingles from rooftops, the twister made its way from Malcolm Road East all the way to Wind Terrace near East Street.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), upon receiving information from the Department of Meteorology about the severe weather system, they "partially activated" its National Emergency Operations Centre at about 1.30pm.
The warnings were in effect for the southeastern New Providence including South Beach, Yellow Elder, and the Mackey Street areas.
Assessment teams from ...
Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Darron Cash yesterday expressed concern over the Urban Renewal small home repairs program.
The program, which targets inner-city homes in need of small scale renovations, was launched last week. The government has allocated $10 million for that program in the current budget.
Cash said while the FNM supports the program, it is concerned about how the money will be distributed.
"This is not a new program, as it existed under the Free National Movement government," Cash said in a statement.
"It is important to note that the FNM regards this as a worthy public policy initiative that goes to the heart of meeting real needs of persons -- mainly the poor and elderly -- who have literally struggled to keep roofs over their heads.
"What is new is the announcement that the Christie administration will operate this program under the banner of Urban Renewal and in the process substantially increase the amount of funds assigned to the initiative.
"The FNM has cause for great concern. The last time this approach was taken, the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Rt. Hon. Perry Christie used portions of a $15 million slush fund to pay for certain elements of the government's 2012/2013 political agenda -- including urban renewal.
"To date, the Bahamian people have still not received a proper accounting of how the $15 million was spent, and we are almost half way through a second budget year."
In the 2012/13 budget, the government allocated $15 million to introduce initiatives like Urban Renewal 2.0 and facilitate home repairs and community improvement in the inner-city.
The FNM has repeatedly called for an accounting of how that money was spent.
"We have every reason to expect that even with the first cloud of suspicion over the heads of Christie administration officials about how the previous slush fund was used, and as yet another set of no-accountability bid contracts is issued, there is little reason for high confidence that this new process will be fair," he said.
"This administration's record thus far has been way too abysmal and far too many contractors marginalized to inspire confidence."
Cash said another "critical gap" in the program is that it fails to recognize the significant needs of working families in non-urban communities where the need for home repairs is prevalent.
He said many residents in areas like Carmichael, South Beach and Garden Hills among other areas are in desperate need of similar assistance.
"A key test will be the Christie administration's ability to identify needs in constituencies that their members do not represent," he said.
"The FNM will be watching closely to see if the sidelining of contractors believed to be supporters of the FNM will continue to be standard operating procedure in the Ministry of Works and Urban Development."
Urban Renewal also launched its foundation, which seeks donations to carry out additional home repairs.
At the launch of the Urban Renewal Foundation earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis assured that the small home repairs program will be transparent.
He noted that the co-chairs of the Urban Renewal Commission, former Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt, and former Member of Parliament Algernon Allen will oversee activities and approve expenditure of funds.
Davis said while the government has allocated a significant amount, the money is not sufficient to address the many programs that Urban Renewal is seeking to carry out.
Schooner Bay Village in
South Abaco and its resident Town Artist - Bahamian Antonius Roberts -
are featured this month as the cover story in COASTAL LIVING magazine -
An immensely popular island lifestyle periodical with 1.2 million
readers in the U.S. alone"
The blossoming new harbour village of Schooner Bay as an arts and
Bahamian lifestyle destination located in easily accessible South Abaco
Bahamas is showcased this month in one of the US's premier coastal home
and beach lifestyle magazines. Profiled in the Schooner Bay article is
Bahamian artist and resident town artist - Antonius Roberts. Mr.
Roberts has a home at Schooner Bay aptly named "Post House", a studio