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March 13, 2011
Transforming Spaces 2011 to take place April 2 - 3

The Transforming Spaces Committee is pleased to announce plans for its seventh Art Tour. The popular event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3 and will be visiting 6 Art Spaces: D’Aguilar Art Foundation, Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, New Providence Art & Antiques, Popop Studios, PRO Gallery at COB, and The Hub, which will be showcasing new and exciting art work from more than 40 artists. Tickets will be on sale in March at the following locations:
National Art Gallery Tues -Sat Tel: 328-5800; Doongalik Studios Village Road Mon-Fri Tel: 394-1886; New Providence Art & Antiques – Mon-Sat Tel:328-7916
With a more compact bus route and fewer spaces this year, ...

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March 14, 2011
Balmoral Development announces 'Move-in Ready' Single Family Homes

Nassau, Bahamas - Balmoral
Development announces 'Move-in Ready,' style and quality priced new
single family homes for first-time buyers who require no changes to
standard floor plans in a rapidly competitive housing market. Of the
(28) Phase II Balmoral Development homes under construction, (3) single
family homes are new...hassle free build outs now available to
homebuyers at the master-planned community located in Nassau, Bahamas
on Sanford Drive (near Cable Beach).

Jason Kinsale, Principal of Balmoral development said "The rush is now
for Bahamian buyers with money who are passing up great market deals to
savvy foreign investors who recognize Balmoral's desirable neighborhood
is priced better than expected." He adds, "We are simply reflecting
market realities which suggests a shift by consumers toward greater
attention to 'Move-In Ready' equity investment, and they may not have
the time or the inclination to build a new single family home...

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December 16, 2010
Cabinet Office Statement on Sale of BTC

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Statement by Cabinet Office on Sale of BTC.

It is time to bring an end
to the deceit that is now becoming a national debate regarding the
Government's decision to sell 51% of the Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and its
comparison to an earlier decision to sell 49% of BTC to Bluewater
Ventures.

Price Comparison.

The price agreed with Bluewater was $260 million for 49% of BTC.  But
there was a net balance of approximately $70 million of BTC's cash in
its bank account at the end of May 2007.  There was no allowance in
Bluewater's offer for this cash to be removed from BTC...

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December 16, 2010
BTC sale 'violates convention rules'

By NOELLE NICOLLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

BAHAMIAN trade unions went international with their fight against the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless, making good on threats to intensify their opposition.

In a formal complaint made to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), union leaders claim the government is in violation of Section 144 of the ILO Convention.

"Employers and workers shall be represented on an equal footing on any bodies through which consultations are undertaken," states a section of the convention on tripartite consultation between representatives of the government, employers and workers.

Bernard Evans, president of the Bahamas Com ...

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November 23, 2010
Cyber Monday Vacation Offers Abound: The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort Joins In, Kicking Off The Holiday Season With 5-Day Sale

Nassau, The Bahamas  - The Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, situated on a
1,000-foot stretch of one of Nassau's
spectacular white-sand beaches, is offering travelers a way to save this
holiday season with their first-ever Cyber Monday sale. Kicking off Monday,
November 29, and running for five days only, the limited-time promotion offers
room rates starting at just $149 per night.  This is a discount of up to
45% off regular room rates.

Cyber
Monday rates are available for stays between January 1 and April 30, 2011. To
book this offer, interested travelers can visit http://www.sheratonnassau.com or text
MONDAY to 95495 to receive a text reminder of the sale on November 29...

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December 16, 2010
PLP accuses govt of running from BTC controversy

Opposition MPs yesterday dismissed the government's explanation for the early suspension of the House of Assembly, saying government members were afraid to face the crowd gathered in Rawson Square to protest the imminent sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC).
But according to Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly Tommy Turnquest, proceedings suspended yesterday because an additional amendment had to be made to the bill that was scheduled for debate.
"The government fully intended to proceed today with the debate and passage of amendments to the Business Licence Act," Turnquest said in a statement. "The government discovered late Tuesday evening t ...

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Movie
Repo Men
  • Genre : Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed....


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November 22, 2010
Staff won't work with Lime on BTC 'no matter what'

By ALISON LOWE

Business Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

STRESSING that Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) employees "really don't want to work with Cable & Wireless, no matter what", the president of the union representing the company's line staff yesterday said he was "disappointed" with the alleged lack of information from the Government regarding the details of the pending sale.

Telecoms industry sources have indicated that a signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government and Cable & Wireless (LIME), over the sale of a 51 per cent majority stake in BTC, could take place as early as today, this newspaper reporting last we ...

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March 16, 2011
Gas margin increase would be political suicide

The Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association (BPRA) is in a bad situation. The retailers are seeking government authorization for a significant increase in the profit margins allowed regarding the sale of gasoline and diesel.
The increases proposed by the retailers would amount to an additional $0.28 per gallon for diesel and an additional $0.30 per gallon for gasoline, according to the retailers. Consumers would face higher bills for fuel if the government agreed to the increases. The government regulates the margins.
BPRA representative Oswald Moore told The Nassau Guardian Friday that the industry cannot survive under the current margins, as retailers spend $1,000 to buy diesel and earn ...

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March 16, 2011
Assessment of government ministers' position on proposed sale to C W

Recently a popular Bahamian television station hosted a roundtable discussion on the proposed privatization of BTC featuring Ministers Turnquest, Laing and Maynard and Carl Bethel. They are referred to hereafter as the ministers.
The ministers’ statements and positions were such that I thought it would be helpful for people to read and consider what they said and to make up in their own minds whether the ministers should be allowed to make a decision with respect to the sale of BTC and the future of telecommunications in The Bahamas.
Listed below are selected statements by the ministers and my commentary on each. Read and decide.

1. Ministers – “ ...

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Movie
Dinner for Schmucks
  • Genre : Comedy
  • Rating : T - 15yrs and Older

Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who "succeeds" in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss's monthly event, a so-called "dinner for idiots," which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoo...


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November 23, 2010
Little Miss Bahamas 2010 pageant Princess Party at McDonalds

Nassau, Bahamas - A Princess Party was held at McDonalds restaurant for the 2010 Little
Miss Bahamas contestants. The pageant is set for next Sunday at 5pm at
the Rainforest Theatre Cable Beach. Little Miss Spanish Wells did not
attend the event but she will be in town for the finals next weekend.
The tickets for the pageant are on sale at the Hello Kitty store on
East Bay Street...

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March 17, 2011
Former BREA president blasts association

A former president of the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) has levied a number of criticisms against the association in a press statement and subsequent interview with Guardian Business yesterday.
Pat Strachan, a two-term former BREA president, is calling for an amendment to the Real Estate Brokers and Salesman Act (1995), saying that the government erred in incorporating BREA into the Real Estate Board, according to the press release.

“In all jurisdictions where the real estate profession is legislated, the Real Estate Board or the body responsible for regulating by law the profession of real estate is appointed by the government and the association officers are elected by its ...

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March 16, 2011
PM: Early election if BTC sale not passed

By PAUL G TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

IF THE government is unable to pass the sale of BTC in the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said he will be forced to call an early election as such a move will signal a vote of no confidence in his administration.

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Ingraham chaired a meeting with all FNM generals, MPs, Cabinet Ministers, and party officers on a variety of subjects, but mainly the party's upcoming rally on Saturday night that will deal specifically with the sale of BTC.

According to sources at this meeting, it was made clear that the Parliamentary vote to sell 51 per cent of BTC to Cable and Wireless will ...

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Movie
Everything Must Go Poster Top 5000 Everything Must Go
  • Genre : Comedy, Drama
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form. ...


News Article

January 27, 2011
Creative Wealth and Lickety Split Announce Sweet To Be A Saver Contest Winners

Nassau, The Bahamas -  In its third year of hosting the Kids Only Garage Sale
for young entrepreneurs, Creative Wealth, The Bahamas' premier youth financial
literacy educators continued its mission of getting youngsters in the money
making mindset.

Leading up to the New Year, founder of Creative Wealth Keshelle Kerr partnered
with ice-cream parlor and deli Lickety Split for the "Sweet To Be A Saver"
coloring contest.

"We are so appreciative for Lickety Split allowing us to hold the contest at
their branches," said Kerr. "We collected entries in November and December from
kids five to seven, eight to nine and 10 to 12 years old in three categories
respectively...

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January 12, 2011
Turnquest criticized for remarks on unions

Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU)?president Bernard Evans yesterday criticized National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest for characterizing union opposition to the sale of the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) as a national security threat.
Evans told The Nassau Guardian that the real threat is the government’s attempt to force the Bahamian people to accept Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) – the company buying the BTC stake.
“We don’t see why the minister would want to waste the precious resources of the police force and the defence force to spy on us or to think that we would do something untoward. Why ...

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March 17, 2011
FNMs 'not expected' to break ranks over BTC

By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

tthompson@tribunemedia.net

SENIOR members of the Free National Movement do not expect any Parliamentarians within their party to break rank and vote against the privatisation of BTC.

Still, some FNM Parliamentary caucus members are unsure how Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney - who has publicly stated his indecision over the sale - will vote.

"There are no FNM Parliamentarians who will vote against the BTC sale with the exception of Branville McCartney, our caucus is 100 per cent in agreement for the sale with that one exception.

"He has not indicated that he will vote against it, he has not said that to any one within the Parliamentary group, ...

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Movie
Underworld Awakening
  • Genre : Action, Fantasy, Horror
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind....


News Article

December 17, 2010
Unions reject BTC political row

Unions fighting the sale of 51 percent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) yesterday blasted the government over the political row that has erupted over the issue.
The unions called on the government to end its "petty and fruitless attempt" to draw the organizations into a partisan public debate on the merits of the companies.
The statement by the Bahamas Joint Labour Movement (BJLM), which comprises both the National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTU) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), came a day after both the government and the Progressive Liberal Party released press statements on the proposed sale, each claiming their plan for BTC w ...

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