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A 20-year-old man of Driggs Hill, South Andros, drowned around 2 p.m. on Thursday while on a fishing trip in Kemps Bay, police said.
According to police, the victim was fishing with four other men when the incident occurred.
In other news, police reportedly discovered the body of a man believed to be in his early 50s in bushes west of Global Tiles Limited on East Street South.
Superintendent Stephen Dean said officers discovered the body shortly before 12 p.m. on Friday after residents and business owners in the area alerted police.
He said he did not want to speculate until an autopsy was completed, but based on preliminary reports, foul play was not suspected.
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grows up knowing of Sidney Poitier.
knows the greatness of the man, achieved over an extraordinary lifetime.
and Bahamians can agree: Sidney Poitier is one of a kind.
Cat Island is
a beautiful, hilly island in the central Bahamas. I have the honour to
represent Cat Island in our National Parliament. His Excellency, Sir Sidney
Poitier grew up on Cat Island working on a farm -- fishing and swimming in
clear calm waters while attending school.
later moved to Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, and then to the United
States, as a Cat Islander...
TREASURE CAY, North Abaco -- Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on Saturday night urged residents of North Abaco to choose someone from their community they wish to represent them in Parliament and he declared that North Abaco will remain a Free National Movement (FNM) seat.
"It does my heart well that Abaco has joined Long Island in being amongst the most faithful of Family Island constituencies to our party since I joined the FNM in 1990. We are Abaco; we are never fearful and we will not abandon the FNM ship," he told supporters who gathered for a farewell celebration at the public beach at Treasure Cay.
"So I will be replaced as your MP by another FNM."
Ingraham won the seat eight consecutive times -- twice as a Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate, once as an independent and five times as an FNM.
"This is a singular distinction for me, to have you support me wearing three distinct hats. I thank you for your confidence, your loyalty and your support" Ingraham said.
"Many of you have voted for me on each occasion."
He said, "I have spent more than one half of my life in your service. I ran again this time to head the government for a fourth time; the Bahamian public rejected my message and denied my request.
"I accept their determination and in the Westminster tradition of electoral democracy which we adhere to, I have determined to end my public life which has spanned more than half my own lifetime."
Ingraham said he will formally retire from politics on July 19, the anniversary of his first election in 1977.
He pointed out that this is two weeks before his 65th birthday and 65 is the mandatory retirement age for civil servants.
Ingraham had hoped to serve one final term as prime minister but suffered what many FNMs insisted was a shocking and unexpected loss.
The former prime minister indicated to The Nassau Guardian on Saturday that he was surprised by the results, but he said he did the best he could on the campaign trail.
He told constituents that he will support their choice once they decide who they want to run in the by-election.
Ingraham also told The Guardian he intends to return to Parliament to swear the oath of office, but he did not indicate whether this would be on May 23, which is when the new House will open.
Ingraham won the North Abaco seat last Monday with 2,235 votes. The PLP's Renardo Curry had 1,856 votes and the Democratic National Alliance candidate Sonith Lockhart got 39 votes.
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday the PLP was pleased with Curry's performance and expects him to win the seat in a by-election.
The PLP won 29 of the 38 seats in the House of Assembly and the FNM won nine.
"We are the government now and Mr. Ingraham won by 300 odd votes," Roberts told The Nassau Guardian.
"Mr. Ingraham did certain things down there that will come to light. Renardo Curry will [emerge] as the next MP following the by-election. Mr. Curry's performance in the general election speaks for itself.
"This is a prime minister who has represented that area for all these years. That was not any significant victory for him down there."
Asked what will likely come to light, Roberts only said, "What Mr. Ingraham has done throughout The Bahamas with regard to the election. It is just unbelievable what he did to try to win."
Ingraham and the FNM, meanwhile, allege that a part of the reason they lost the election was because the PLP bribed many voters. But that's a claim the PLP has rejected as baseless.
Pointing to the many changes witnessed in his constituency since 1977, the former prime minister noted that 38 percent of the 4,130 people registered to vote there were not yet born when he won the seat for the first time at age 29.
"I have spent more than one half of my life in your service," Ingraham told the constituents.
He added, "I acknowledge my debt to you and express my gratitude. I leave with my reputation intact; I gave you decent, honorable and incorruptible service. I did my best for you and I leave you now much, much better off than when we began."
Pointing to the progress made in the constituency over the decades he served, Ingraham said, "We have come from communities that got water from open wells or rainwater tanks in Green Turtle Cay and Grand Cay, to communities with piped water; from kerosene lamps in Little Abaco and Grand Cay to electricity; from no telephone service to hardline phones, cell phones and internet access; from no paved roads outside of our communities to paved roads from Crown Haven in the north to Sandy Port in the South and to paved roads in every community..."
Ingraham's resignation from the FNM takes effect on May 26, when the party will hold a convention.
He said he will return to his law office in Nassau and reopen his law office in Marsh Harbour. The former prime minister, who has a home in Cooper's Town, also said he intends to spend more time on the seas of Abaco, fishing.
GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas -
Aug. 23, 2012 - Grand Lucayan resort
Freeport News have launched a photo
contest, which allows island residents to win weekly prizes just by snapping an
image of their favorite spots and people on Grand Bahama Island. Through Oct.
10, 2012 residents can submit an image of their choice taken on Grand Bahama to
be entered for weekly consideration in
Freeport News' "Best Local Grand Bahama" photo contest.
Additionally, by submitting an image, one is entered automatically for the
"Best Grand Bahama Island" photo of 2012.
Island residents can enter the
contest as many times as desired and are encouraged to send in images of a
favorite activity, beach, friend preparing a Conch salad, a day at Lucayan
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They forsook their nets, and followed him.
- St. Mark 1:18
Being two points away from losing the women's singles match of the U.S. Open Championship a few days ago, Serena Williams rebounded with a burst of energy to defeat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, thus creating a three-set final, the last of which was seen in 1995. At one point, the net antagonized Serena and she said at her celebration that she had already begun to prepare her runner-up speech, as it seemed that Victoria was headed to victory.
In tennis, one has to keep the ball over the net or from hitting into it. Many times with precision, speed and skill and the right play, one can "drop" the ball just over the net for a great play. In business, net is the value or price left after tax or other deductions are made. For the fisherman, it is one of the tools of their trade, and yet for many someone is trying to "swing you" or get you tangled up with someone or something that is very much against your wellbeing.
Our text today takes us after Jesus had been baptized by John The Baptist, gone through his 40-day wilderness experience and temptation by Satan. He began by selecting men who would serve with him in His Ministry.
"Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, 'Come ye after me and I will make you to become fishers of men'. And straightway they forsook their nets and followed him."
What an act of obedience, faith trust and hope. These brothers left their nets, their ship, their hired hands and their father - they left all to follow Jesus. This is the only dedication that Jesus requires for one to leave all to follow him. Leaving all does not mean abandonment, but rather total commitment to his teachings, for "no man can serve two masters - he will hate the one and love the other."
How many of you as you read today are aware that Jesus is calling out to you to leave your nets of worry, frustration, care and anger? Sometimes when I look at the faces of some, you can see the "net" of discouragement, disillusionment, doubt and despair entangling the hope of their future.
To follow Christ is far better than following misguided men and women with no sense of direction and no purpose for the journey called "life". He's calling you to leave your nets of adultery, fornication, promiscuity, jealousy, greed, avarice and hate. Oh, the many nets that get in the way of us not following Jesus.
At a recent funeral service, the pastor called on all those who "dye" their hair to cease and desist and let their gray be seen. In other words he was calling for the leaving of "dye nets". I smiled to myself as I was all "Bigen-ed" up - Lord have mercy!
All of us are familiar with our drawback nets. Paul said that we are not to let little things easily beset us, but we must press towards the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus. As a nation, we must leave the nets of self-righteousness and selfishness. We must leave the nets of crime, violence, stealing and lying. We must leave the net of ingratitude and dishonesty. One goes out of their way to help a person(s) who claims to be in "need" and they turns around and steals your very "eye" out of your head by fraudulent deeds and actions. We must leave the nets of poor and base character. We must leave the nets of the absence of faith and values in our lives.
There is a call going out today by many voices - the voice of wrong and the voice of right. Whose voice are you going to listen to and whose call are you going to accept? It is my prayer that you leave those burdened nets behind you and follow The Christ whose yoke is easy and burden is light.
o E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's Blessings.
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The Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald met with the organizers of the Fly Fishing Guide Apprenticeship Programme on Thursday September 6, 2012. This initiative is a joint venture involving the Ministries of Tourism; Education, Science and Technology, and the Department of Fisheries for students of grades 10, 11 and 12. It consists of six modules: Introduction to Fly Fishing; Geography/Ecology/Meteorology; Laws Governing the Industry; Safety Procedures; Boating Skills and Fly Fishing Skills.
Minister Fitzgerald commended the organizers for introducing the initiative and ensured them of the ministry's support to see the program come into fruition in a timely manner. He also mentioned his concern for ensuring that policies were put in place so that students participating in the program would achieve certification in the field and go on to become entrepreneurs in their communities.
Earlston McPhee, director of sustainable tourism development at the Ministry of Tourism, revealed that work on the Fly Fishing Guide Apprenticeship Programme began in 2009. McPhee explained that it was recognized that there was a need for more Bahamians to become involved in the industry for numerous reasons including replacement of older Bahamian guides, shortage of Bahamian employers in the industry, the high level of migration of youth from the Family Islands to New Providence, and protection from foreign encroachment.
Captain Prescott Smith, owner of the Stafford Creek Lodge, pointed out that there should be inclusion of both Family Island and New Providence students in the program. He noted that we should think globally and recognize the various aspects of the fly fishing industry that students can consider as career opportunities. He listed law, accounts, foreign languages and entrepreneurship as some areas that could be quite lucrative.
The Fly Fishing Guide Apprenticeship Programme is expected to begin as a pilot program in one of the high schools on a Family Island.
A delegation of government officials will visit the Dominican Republic at the end of the month in an effort to curb the presence of illegal Dominican poachers in The Bahamas, but if that fails the government is prepared to implement more stringent measures to keep them out of Bahamian waters, said Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell.
In an interview with The Nassau Guardian Mitchell said there have been far too many complaints made by Bahamian fisherman about illegal poaching.
"The Dominican Republic does not have a bank, The Bahamas is mainly [made up of] banks and shallow water, the conch and crawfish live on the banks and their nurseries are in the banks, so the question is where does the Dominican Republic get such an extensive fishery," Mitchell said.
"Our information is there are large commercial operations out of the north of the Dominican Republic and they really fund these exercises.
"We want the cooperation of the Dominican government to bring this to a quick halt, to let them know that we are quite serious about his matter."
He said if that doesn't work, more stringent measures will be taken by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and stronger legislative measures will be taken by the government to control the amount of poachers in Bahamian waters.
Mitchell noted that poaching poses a serious problem to the sustainability of fishing in The Bahamas.
"You must reap the fish by a method that is sustainable," he said.
"The problem we have is twofold. First of all the waters belong to The Bahamas, not the Dominican fisherman.
"Secondly the methods that are being used are in fact unsustainable and they wipe out so much of the species which are in the water, which makes the long-term prospects of recovery more difficult for all of the various species, and this includes conch and crawfish in particular."
Bahama Island - Lucaya International School is proud to announce its
annual favorite fundraiser, the
Fishing Fling Tournament on May 27th.
Fishing can begin at 6:00am, weigh-in from 6:30-8:30pm, followed by a
celebration of the day's catches at our Splash Bash! Come to fish,
party, or both! The festivities will take place at the GB Sailing Club,
and will include a cash bar, dinner and dancing. Bring your party shoes
along with your rod and reel!
This year we are thrilled to
announce Jamie Rose, of OBS Marine Ltd. as our Tournament Director. In
addition to a grand cash prize, winners will have a chance to win
merchandise prizes from OBS...
Hundreds will descend on the country's largest resort to participate in a boating event that benefits at-risk youth.
The 25th Annual Showboats International Rendezvous, hosted by the executives of the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, is designed to raise money for 12,000 at-risk youth. According to event organizers, the annual charity is one of the largest social superyacht gatherings in the world, raising more than $30 million to date.
Brian Quail, the organization's chief executive officer, said he believes that the three-day event will not only raise the much-needed dollars for the children, but also serve as the kick-off to the yachting year.
"Hopefully, we are going to raise a lot of money to meet the needs of at-risk youth that we serve here in Broward County, Florida. We have over 12,000 members that we take care of on an annual basis and most of our kids, 61 percent of them come from single parent homes. Incomes are usually less than $20,000. Fifty-two percent of our membership falls within that category," he said.
"We actually started this event in The Bahamas 25 years ago, so it's really fun for us to be back. We think we have put together a fun-filled weekend for those who will be attending and participating."
The Boys & Girls Club of Broward Country is partnering with Showboats International, the Atlantis resort and the Ministry of Tourism to host the popular boating charity event. Organizers are looking to raise more than $1 million over the course of the weekend.
Mike Busacca, an executive committee member for the event, said he is excited about this year's event, as it is expected to be the biggest one to date. The response from sponsorship and participants has been promising.
"We are bringing quite a bit of yachts. There has been $1 million in donations to assist with the auction. There are owners who donate their boats to charter for a week. People are very excited. Sponsors are paying fees from $5,000 all the way up to $50,000," Case shared.
"We felt that The Bahamas would be the perfect location because a resort like Atlantis is all-inclusive when owners decide to come with their yachts, everything is there for them to have and to see. They don't have to leave that resort at all during their stay. They want to party for a great cause."
Rick Case, the event's founder, pointed out to Guardian Business that Nassau and the Atlantis resort is the perfect location to host the yachting event. It was first launched here 25 years ago.
"They needed to raise money and I came with the idea for this event. We started at Cat Cay in The Bahamas. Every year the event grows. We are going to have more yachts than we've ever had in our existence, as well as guests. We are always limited to 15-20 yachts where now we have room for 2,500 people and we have room for 60 yachts," he added.
"We went from being able to service three clubs with 1,000 kids with a $1 million budget to having 13 clubs, servicing 12,000 kids with more than a $10 million budget. From this annual event, we raised over $30 million."
The three-day event begins this evening with the sponsor welcome reception at the Atlantis marina, to be followed by a yacht hop. On Friday there will be a fishing tournament and a poolside party. On Saturday there will be a beach BBQ, Admirals Club cocktail party and a 'White Gala' to be held in the Imperial Ballroom.