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Treasure Cay is golden for Marlin Darlin

As has become the "way to win a BBC tournament", Marlin Darlin's three blue marlin, one white marlin and a sailfish earned them the victory in the Treasure Cay Championship of the 2014 Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC) series. Like the winners of the Guana Cay Championship and Green Turtle Cay Championship, the 3-1-1 combo of releases added up to 2,100 points for the win.
Bob Jacobsen's 62' Spencer from Clearwater, Florida clinched the victory in the third leg of the BBC series. Their win earns them the overall top spot on the leaderboard. The 2012 BBC Champion, Frank Rodriguez, guided Team Fa La Me to a second place finish with three blue marlin releases and a white marlin release. The 70' Viking from Indian Shores, Florida, released a white marlin on day one, two blue marlin on day two, and on day three they released their third blue marlin.
Team Wave Paver, led by team captain Jr. Davis, added their points by releasing a blue marlin each day. Consistency was the key for the Kissimmee, Florida, team as it earned them the third place finish.
All of the Bahamas Billfish Championship teams received a warm welcome from host resort Treasure Cay. The resort rolled out the red carpet with first class hospitality and fabulous food. The Treasure Cay Championship win earned Bob Jacobsen and team Marlin Darlin a Chris Costello hand-carved trophy as well as a gift certificate for a pair of Costa Sunglasses from tournament sponsor Costa and a gift certificate from Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting (ROFFS), longtime BBC sponsors. Captain Ed Wheeler and his crew each received Randy Rich designed crew trophies sponsored by the Lewis Marine Group.
The second place Chris Costello trophy went to Fa La Me led by team Captain Frank Rodriguez. Jr. Davis and Team Wave Paver received the third place Chris Costello trophy. In addition, the second and third place teams also received gift certificates from Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS) and Costa Sunglasses. The Chris Costello trophies are sponsored by Murray Products.
The Treasure Cay Championship, hosted by Treasure Cay Resort & Marina, produced 17 blue marlin, three white marlin and four sailfish. All billfish were released. All catches in Bahamas Billfish Championship tournaments are validated using time and date stamped digital images. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team further confirms that the fish were released in accordance with International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and Bahamas Billfish Championship rules.
The blue marlin are present in Abaco. Every boat fishing the tournament reported bites and seeing large blue marlin on the fishing grounds. This has everyone excited for the final leg of the 2014 championship in Marsh Harbour June 18-22, at Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina.
At present, the lead for the 2014 championship belongs to Team Marlin Darlin with 5,200 points, Wave Paver is second with 3,200 points and Team Torta is third with 2,900 points. Teams Marlin Darlin and Torta are not fishing the last leg. Therefore, the 2014 BBC is wide open. Everyone has a chance for the championship.

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Intellectual Property Rights Office urged

By ALISON LOWE

Business Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

Caribbean companies will have access to European programs designed to support innovation among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), according to a CARICOM trade specialist, who yesterday urged that Bahamian businesses should look to offer products or services "with a unique advantage that people are willing to pay a premium price for".

Matthew Spence, an intellectual property specialist, said reform of the Bahamas' legal framework relating to protection of intellectual property rights will not be "very useful" to Bahamian firms unless they, too, have something to ...

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Movie
The Duchess
  • Genre : Biography, Drama, History, Romance
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life....


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First ever Bahamas Youth Olympic Regatta goes off without a hitch

This weekend the Bahamas Sailing School (BSS) and the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) hosted the first ever Bahamas Youth Olympic Regatta at Montagu Bay.
The races were in the Optimist Dinghy Class, Laser Class and Sunfish Class. All of the top junior sailors were on hand for the historic event. They also divided the racers into fleets; each fleet represented the various skill levels of the sailors. The gold fleet was made up of advanced sailors, or sailors with more experience; silver featured intermediate sailors and the green fleet was for those who are new to the sport.
In the laser class, Spencer Cartwright finished first, followed by Alande Forbes in second. Branden Sands finished third while Paul Desouza finished fourth. Ryan Mender finished in fifth, while Nathaniel Burnside rounded out the competition in sixth.
Tahj Ramirez finished first in the gold fleet, while Cochise Burrows finished second. Ben Derbshire came in third with Tristan Eldon in fourth; Blake Roberts finished in fifth.
Maclean Goodfellow finished first in the silver class, while Joshua Higgins finished in second. Isaac Fox came in third with Robbie Carey finishing fourth. Jason Scott finished in fifth position.
In the Optimist Dinghy green class Alvin Lewis finished first, while George Delafe finished second. Delaney Goodfellow came in third, and PJ Carusi finished fourth, with Jonathan Weech rounding out the top five.
In the Sunfish class Paloma Cartwright finished in first, and Luke Browning took second. Daisy Tinkler finished in third and Kaylen Davis in fourth, while Antoine Dean rounded out the top five.
Of the 60 participants, 21 of them were from Harbour Island, Robert Dunkley, president of the BSS, was pleased with the number of participants from the island and would like to get more of the outer islands to participate in the future.
"I want to give thanks to The Bahamas Olympic Committee for providing us with some funding for s to host the first Bahamas Olympic Youth Regatta and hopefully we can have this every year," said Dunkley.
"Grand Bahama would normally be here but they have just went through the process of changing their program, the person that ran their program for them recently left and there is a new instructor, but it's just a matter of getting them organized and I think for future events that we have we will be seeing a pretty large contingent from Grand Bahama. This is the first of these and hopefully the Olympic committee will sponsor us again, but if even if they don't we are still going to have it because every three months we have a major event like this which brings in sailors from the other islands."
The weather was a major factor leading up to the weekend, it had been raining heavily throughout the week but cleared up in enough time to allow the event to go off without a hitch.
"I think we were very lucky we had a lot of rain this week and then it was just perfect on the weekend. We had 1 knots of wind on Saturday morning and then 18 in the afternoon so all-great conditions with blue skies. We had 60 boats which was a good turn out for us, we offer a major thank you to the Olympic Committee who came along and assisted us with this one, it's the first time they sponsored us with this and I think the turnout is a show of support for them too," said Richard Browning, CEO of Palm Cay Marina.
"We think that sailing is based in Nassau. But it's good to know that the Family Islands not only have their own clubs but they do come across and support these events. Twenty one sailors out of 60 coming from Harbor Island is absolutely magnificent. We went to Abaco last year and tried to set up a little club but it really takes a lot of dedication from someone on the island, Mr. Dunkley spends nearly full time with organization, chasing people and putting things together and now its time for the individual islands to find some as Mr. Dunkley to go ahead and do that."
The attendance shows that there is great interest when it comes to sailing in The Bahamas and this event serves as an incentive to bring the sport to the forefront and introduce more kids to it.
"We had great breeze this morning and it was quite challenging for us and the kids, we had a great turn out from Harbor Island which is a really good show of the sailing going on around the nation. It was very well attended and both the Olympic association and the sailing association will be pleased with the event," said race organizer Fernando De Cardenas.

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'Youth vs. Experience' treat for tennis fans

AS anticipation builds for The Bahamas International Tennis Club's Doubles Week, local tennis fans will be treated to a preview of what is to come in a battle of "Youth versus Experience."

Kit Spencer, president of The Bahamas International Tennis Club (IC), who are putting on the event for The SG Private Banking Trophy, said the British team wanted to get some extra practice in before the tournament.

"So I thought it would be excellent practice for our top juniors to compete against them. It should be a fascinating encounter to see the battle between 'Youth and Experience' when the teams meet," he said.

The British team will get some early reps in for the tournament ...

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Bahamian junior tennis players set to face top British veterans

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMIAN junior tennis players are set to gain invaluable experience and exposure when they face top British players this weekend.

The match between the aspiring stars and British veterans will kick off a six-day international team doubles competition staged by the International Tennis Club of the Bahamas and encompassing the teams of eight countries.

Kit Spencer, president of The Bahamas International Tennis Club, said: "The British team wanted to get some extra practice in before our tournament starts.

"So I thought it would be excellent for our top juniors to compete against them. It should be a fascinating encount ...

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IC's to compete for SG Private Banking trophy

TO celebrate 25 years as an IC, the Bahamas is expected to stage a six-day international IC team doubles competition for eight country teams January 9-15 at Breezes Superclubs.

The country IC's will compete for "The SG Private Banking" trophy, who is the main sponsor.

John Antonas, Neil MacTaggart, Kit Spencer, Mas and Sue Kimball, Dyphany Mortier, J Barrie Farrington, Edith Powell and Lesley Spencer are expected to compete for the Bahamas.

Kit Spencer, president of the Bahamas International tennis club (IC) thanked SG Private Banking and its president, Dominique LeFevre, for its sponsorship of the event.

"With the teams we have coming this is a truly international event for ...

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Movie
The Last House on the Left
  • Genre : Crime, Drama, Thriller
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After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging the parents of one of the victims -- a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of reve...


Event
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Thursday 20th August 2009  8:00 PM

The Duchess movie is shown at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Georgina Spencer becomes Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of a period of fashion, decadence and political change. Start Time: August 20th at 8:00pm End Time: August 20th at 9:45 pm Where: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West and West Hill Sts. For more information, contact 242-328-5800/1 www.nagb.org.bs


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Cruise passenger spending grows 850 percent

Cruise arrivals to The Bahamas have grown by 76 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to data recently released, with overall revenue generated from cruise arrivals ballooning by over 850 percent to just under $400 million per annum over the same period.
This revenue boost came about despite the fact that per passenger expenditure fell by 16 percent during the 2000 to 2012 period.
The new data highlights the extent to which cruise tourism is coming to dominate Bahamian tourism. Last year, cruise passengers made up 79 percent of total arrivals to The Bahamas, up from the 59 percent they represented in 2008. Cruise visitor numbers have grown by 228 percent from 2008 to 2013 alone.
Despite the growth in the overall contribution by cruise passengers to the economy, this latest data comes on the heels of recent comments by Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) President Stuart Bowe that he is concerned about the fall off in stop over arrivals relative to cruise passengers, given the lower average spend and "multiplier effect" of the latter type of visitor compared with those who stay in The Bahamas overnight.
His comments echoed points expressed recently by academic Dr. Andrew Spencer, program director and head of the centre for tourism management at the University of the West Indies (Bahamas), when he told the Bahamas Business Outlook in January that The Bahamas ought to "band together" with other Caribbean countries if it is to achieve more economic impact from the cruise industry.
Spencer said: "I think there are some challenges. From a regional perspective we have not been able to band together to make a statement to the cruise lines. That's a big problem. Cruises will threaten they won't make a stop at this port if you don't do this and you don't do that, and if one country decides they will not allow that to happen, they'll simply say 'We'll skip you and we'll still have a Caribbean cruise because the other guy is willing to accept this'. I think we have not been able to sit in a stable position at the negotiating table and that has been our problem."
In data compiled by the BHTA in its February member update, the association found that cruise arrivals grew from 1,480,461 in 2008, to 4,318,455 in 2011, and up to 4,870,048 in 2013.
In a report recently shared at the same time by the BHTA with its members, which was prepared for the Inter-American Development Bank, it was noted that of five countries studied - Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and St Lucia - all but one experienced at least modest growth in cruise passengers over the 2000 to 2012 period.
The report titled, "The Conditions and Performance of the Tourist Industry in the Caribbean", attributed the better performance of The Bahamas and Jamaica to their proximity to the USA originating ports for cruises, such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
It added that cruise companies have also invested in port infrastructure assets closer to Miami, including Jamaican and Belize, and have even purchased islands, including in The Bahamas at Castaway Cay, Coco Cay, Great Stirrup Cay and Half Moon Cay.
"They are therefore committed to the use of these islands in preference to islands in the Southern Caribbean, where they have no tangible assets," said the report.
The report notes however that cruise passengers have a lower average per passenger expenditure of less than $100.
"A high level cruise official has observed that some Caribbean countries are not doing enough to create and offer new products, attractions, events and activities for passengers," it added, in a statement which repeats challenges noted by Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe that contribute to low cruise passenger spending.
In The Bahamas, the data on average passenger expenditure shows that cruise passenger spending fell from $77.90 in 2001 to $64.80 in 2012, despite peaking in 2009 at $83.93.
Other Caribbean countries, such as Antigua and Barbuda, also experienced a decline.
However, while average passenger spending fell, overall expenditure by cruise passengers entering The Bahamas rose from U.S. $40.6 million to $393.8 million in 2012, in light of the much greater overall passenger numbers.
Total employment in The Bahamas deemed to be related to cruise tourism was said to have risen from 5,600 in 2001 to 8,668 in 2012.
In the 2013 BHTA Industry Performance and 2014 Outlook Survey report issued earlier this month to BHTA members by the association, BHTA President Stuart Bowe said: "More needs to be done to increase visitor stopover numbers. Stopover visitor expenditure is valued at 20 times more than the cruise guest. The multiplier effect of stopover visitor expenditure is crucial to all stakeholders in our
economy."

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