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Pelican Bay Hotel announces special Conchman Triathlon packages

Freeport Grand Bahama Island, Pelican Bay Hotel announces special Conchman Triathlon rates packages:

Room rates: Waterside Room, inclusive of daily Buffet Breakfast

o $120.00 - single

o $135.00 - double

Hotel check-in time is after 3:00PM on the day of arrival. 

Check-out time is before 11:00AM on the day of departure.

All
rates are subject to the prevailing 10% Government Guest Room Tax and
8% Resort Levy per room, per night; these are subject to change. 

Daily Buffet Breakfast is included in room rates.

o
A charge of $39 will be added for a third person sharing a double
waterside room or waterside state room.  A charge of a further $39 will
be added for a fourth person sharing a triple waterside room or
waterside state room.

 

o Children 12 years and under may share the same room with parents at no additional charge....

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Bahamas First eyes 80.5 profit growth

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Bahamas First Holdings is projecting an 80.5 per cent increase in year-over-year net comprehensive income to $7.598 million for its 2010 financial year, Tribune Business can reveal, boosted by a forecast $2 million contribution from its new Cayman Islands acquisition.

The general insurance holding company is also predicting that net comprehensive income will increase again in its 2011 and 2012 financial years, rising by 23.6 per cent year-over-year to $9.391 million in the former, and again by 5.5 per cent to $9.904 million in the latter.

The projections, which Bahamas First Holdings emphasised were not a guaranteed financial performance, were cont ...

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MPs' use of $8.2m in public funds is revealed

Today, for the first time, The Tribune can reveal how MPs chose to use $8.2 million in public funds within their constituencies.

This article, based on official Treasury records from the Ministry of Finance, follows several other articles in January of this year based on a verbal accounting of these expenditures from 16 MPs.

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The Runway to Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has Fashion's Night Out and Islands of the World
Fashion Week (IWFW) created the Runway to Fashion Week - a designer
showcase for local novice designers to kick off the IWFW festivities. On
Sunday evening, the Runway to fashion Week was held at Mario's Bowling
Palace with a packed house of fashion enthusiasts present to witness the
show.

I was honored to be selected as a judge along with textile
and fashion designer Pamela Burnside and fashion designer Percy
Wallace.

Dubbed the Bahamas' "Project Runway," 5 novice local
designers participated in this inaugural event. The designers vied for
two amazing prizes...

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Man reportedly shot after attack on police officer

A MAN believed to have been involved in an attack on a police officer was left nursing a gunshot wound after the officer's weapon reportedly discharged.

According to reports, it was around 11pm Saturday while patrolling in the area of Pitt Road on Harbour Island that the officer spotted a man wanted by police on that island. Reports state that the officer proceeded to arrest the man and was then attacked by a group of men who helped the suspect get away. The men reportedly tried to disarm the officer and in the scuffle, the officer's weapon discharged, hitting one of the men in the left thigh. The man was taken to a local clinic for treatment and subsequently airlifted to New Providence. He ...

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Fashion scholarship targeted at Bahamian

The Bahamian producers of Islands of the World Fashion Week have established two scholarships in conjunction with the internationally-recognised Parsons, The New School for Design, based in New York.

Modes Iles Ltd, an affiliate of Nassau-based financial services provider, the Montaque Group, said the scholarships would allow a promising young fashion designer to attend one of the many summer programs offered at the institution, helping to enhance their skills in various aspects of the fashion industry.

The first scholarship will be awarded to the recipient of the NextGen Designer Award competition, which is held annually during the Islands of the World Fashion Week in November, and is selected b ...

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BNT provides explanation on controversial Exuma project plan

By CANDIA DAMES
Guardian News Editor
candia@nasguard.com
The Bahamas National Trust(BNT)said yesterday it has conditionally accepted"the relatively low impact"development being proposed by the owner of Bell Island, which is located in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.
Bell Island is owned by the Aga Khan, whose helicopter Environment Minister Dr. Earl Deveaux has admitted riding in with his wife to attend an Abaco film screening. The Aga Khan has an application for development approval before the Ministry of the Environment.
The issue gained attention this week in a series of Tribune articles on the matter, which led to several calls for the minister's resignation. The calls came amid ...

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Governor-General's Youth Award launches new look and recruitment plans

IN an age when social media dominates how the under 25-set connect, the country's leading youth development programme said it is reinventing how it appeals to participants - with a new look, upgraded website with a sign-up inquiry e-mail option, Facebook presence and plans for a DVD.

The Governor-General's Youth Award (GGYA) announced its rebranding last week, unveiling a new blue-and-gold style in two brochures, one for prospective participants, another for donors and volunteers, and news that the 2010 recruitment drive is officially underway with more islands than ever joining the popular programme.

National executive director Denise Mortimer said GGYA will also continue to make a sp ...

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Celebrate at Agave with Great Beer Buys in September October

Grand Bahama Island - 

Finally the kids are back to school!

Celebrate at Agave...we're OPEN in September and October while others may be closed.

Agave in Port Lucaya serves pan - Latin Fusion Cuisine with the best Mojitos, Sangria and Margaritas.

Check out our Cuban Fridays Menu!

We
invite you to infuse your senses in an extraordinary culinary
experience based on a delicious mix of pan-latin cuisines; made with the
freshest available seasonal ingredients and presented in an energetic
casual bar and dining environment.

Great Beer Buys: 2 for $6 (Sam Adams, Michelob Ultra, Corona, Amstel Light, Miller Light, and more!

Happy Hour from 4 - 7pm daily...

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Bahamas is good break for Interval

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

ORLANDO, Florida - Interval International's affiliated timeshare properties in the Bahamas continue to generate a high market share when compared to other Caribbean islands, the company's regional sales and service director told Tribune Business yesterday, as it eyes expanding that inventory to properties attached to high-end brands.

Neil Kolton said Grand Bahama's Island Seas Resort and Paradise Island's Harborside Resort properties have sold - and continue to sell - extremely well. Harborside recently revealed that its inventory is 97 per cent sold out, and Mr Kolton, coy about the actual figures, added that I ...

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Colleagues of plane crash victims say they will be greatly missed

By JUAN McCARTNEY
Guardian Senior Reporter
juan@nasguard.com
Four men sat outside a Golden Gates home yesterday afternoon, pouring drinks into plastic cups as they soaked in the death of Nelson Hanna, the pilot who was killed along with seven other men when his Cessna fell out of the sky after taking off from Lynden Pindling International Airport hours before the gathering.
The home belongs to Murrio Sullivan, veteran pilot who said all the men counted Hanna among their friends and the loss has hit the aviation community like a sledgehammer.
"It's not a good day right now,"said Sullivan, a private pilot who himself recently survived a crash in the Family Islands.
"I had just spok ...

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Poisonings and pet safety issues

By Basil Sands

BECAUSE we live in a tropical region of the world and in an archipelagic country- a group of many islands in a large body of water there is always an over abundance of tropical pests such as insects, spiders, snails, rodents and weeds.

And each day we see on TV or hear on radio, a new product on the market to eliminate the problematic pests, but sometimes at a huge price. All too often our pets are the unintended targets of these chemicals.

The summer seems to be a risky time or our pets. The long warm days of summer will put our pets at increase risk to injuries, fleas and ticks etc. Also during this time there is an increase usage of household pesticides and chemicals around ...

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(VIDEO) Bodine Johnson launches official music video for Intoxicated

Nassau, Bahamas -

For
those of you who love the sweet sound of Soca and can't wait for a
taste of Junkanoo on Bay Street, Bodine 'Be' Johnson's summer single

Intoxicated is the hit you've been waiting to see on Video.    The
BuffBoo Records recording artist launched her official video for the single on September 23rd at Harry's Haven.

Intoxicated, the feel-good Caribbean love song is set to an up tempo fusion of Soca rhythms and Junkanoo Music.  Originally
produced by British Virgin Island producer Lincoln Ward of BeatLink
Productions 'intoxicated' was released to the world as a Soca single in
2009 to rave reviews. 

In
2010, the single has been re-released, infused with the spirit of
Junkanoo and with an upcoming music video to match is guaranteed to be
one of the best The Bahamas has to offer... 

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Storms less organized, still a threat
Storms less organized, still a threat

Heavy rain showers over the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico are less likely to strengthen into a depression or tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center said.

The system has a 60 percent chance of developing into a stronger storm within two days, the center said in an advisory on its website at about 7:45 a.m. Miami time. Thatís less likely than the centerís 70 percent probability from six hours earlier.

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Tropical storm Bonnie headed for Florida, Gulf Coast
Tropical storm Bonnie headed for Florida, Gulf Coast

At 8am this morning, tropical storm Bonnie was moving west-north-west from Andros toward south
With maximum sustained winds of 40mph Bonnie has not strengthened since last night. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles, mainly to the north and east of the center.

In Andros, Island Administrator Charles Moss said the sun was shining over the island this morning. Moss told Bahamas Local News that most of the bad weather came between Wednesday

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New film over U.S. teen's disappearance on Aruba
New film over U.S. teen's disappearance on Aruba

The unsolved disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005 has been made into a film, with an expected release early next year.

In a case that sparked widespread media publicity in the United States, Holloway disappeared from Aruba during a high school graduation trip. Her body has never been found.

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Miss Grand Bahama readies for pageant in China

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - As Miss Grand Bahama, Tempestt
Stubbs, prepares for her first international competition, the Miss
Friendship International Pageant which is scheduled to take place in
China from September 7 - 28, 2010 she is busy coordinating each outfit
from head to toe. Thanks to two local stores, she is able to stand with
pride and shine with added appeal as she selects new foot wear and
accessories.



"I am thrilled to travel to China to represent Grand Bahama Island
and indeed The Bahamas", says Miss Grand Bahama.† "This is one of the
main reasons why I entered the Miss Grand Bahama competition.† I wanted
the opportunity to travel and I consider it a privilege to represent my
island and my country"...

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Bahamian Group in New York Delivers to The Bahamas

The Bahamian American Cultural Society, through the effort and
collaboration with the

American Airlines Caribbean Employees Resource
Group (ERG) T

hird Annual "Adopt an Island Program," brings valuable
assistance to The Bahamas, and an opportunity to give good exposure to
guest institutions and tourism in the Bahamas.

The CRBERG is the only resource group that was unanimously accepted to
the Diversity Advisory Council in 1999. The group was formed as a
vehicle to educate AMR employees about the significant revenue
contributions of the Caribbean market and to implement a sensitivity
training course for all front line employees. Its Mission is to promote
an understanding of the diverse make-up of the Caribbean culture as it
relates to the profitability of AMR, its employees and its customers...

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Thursday is Ladies Night at Neptunes - Chandon 6.50 a glass

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Ladies love to dance, and Ladies love champagne!

Every Thursday night at Neptune's, aside from their ever popular Happy Hour from 7 - 9pm, the Ladies can enjoy

Chandon for only $6.50 a glass (regular price is $12.95).

Enjoy music by DJ Lochs or DJ Say My Name and make it your night to hang with the girls and dance the night away to the most upbeat tunes.

Ladies Night is perfect for a birthday, Hen Night, or Wedding Shower, or simply a night to get away with your BFFs...

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Timeshare's Bahamian ownership opportunity

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

ORLANDO, Florida - Bahamian resort developers could benefit greatly from the timeshare resort model, the Ministry of Tourism's senior director of research told Tribune Business yesterday.

And another tourism expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity, suggested Bahamian investment in timeshares on the Family Islands could be a catalyst to sustainable domestic tourism.

Gary Young, the Ministry official, said a timeshare or fractional development is an opportunity for Bahamians to develop a property that can produce possible year-round occupancies and high per-unit expenditure in the community (based on the traditional we ...

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(PHOTOS) OECD Day Two of Global Forum Peer Review Group Meeting

Nassau, Bahamas - Delegates to the Third
Meeting of the Peer Review Group of the Global Forum on Transparency
and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, of the Organisation for
Economic† Cooperation and Development, sit around the table on
Day Two on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino, Cable Beach, New Providence.† The meetings wrapped up on July 22nd.

The
newly developed Peer Review Process was launched in March 2010, and is
now in its first stage of implementation, beginning with the assessment
of the first group of 18 jurisdictions, including: Australia, Barbados,
Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Germany, India,
Ireland, Jamaica, Jersey, Mauritius, Monaco, Norway, Panama, Qatar,
and Trinidad & Tobago...

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Pictures Included located in features photos as Runway to F Week

By ALESHA CADET

Tribune Features Reporter

IN a highly competitive Runway To Fashion week ultimate designer competition, Theodore Sealy won over the judges with his skillful design label called "Theodore Elyett".

The competition was held on Sunday, October 3 at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace.

With less than two months until the biggest runway show to hit the Bahamian shores, Mode Iles LTD, producers of the award winning Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW) created this designer competition for novice designers based in the Bahamas. The competition, Runway to Fashion Week is loosely based on America's "Project Runway" and was created to involve local des ...

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Northern Bahamas Disaster Conference - Disaster Management in the 21st Century

Freeport, Grand Bahama - The United States Embassy in
conjunction with the Pacific Disaster Center proposed a workshop with
limited funds, USNORTHCOM partners with The National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA). to participate jointly in knowledge
exchanges, conferences, seminars, and construction projects.
Partnerships such as those between NEMA and USNORTHCOM allow for
nations to draft plans and understand each other's capabilities if the
need were to arise for a call for assistance.

The aims of the disaster conference are to reinforce the concepts of
disaster mitigation, and preparedness, and to strengthen the relief,
repair, restoration and recovery mechanisms in the islands, and
ultimately the synchronization of the method of operating in all
districts and communities of the northern Bahamas in the event of a
disaster or emergency incident...

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SECOND PLANE CRASH IN AS MANY DAYS

By KEVA LIGHTBOURNE
Guardian Senior Reporter
kdl@nasguard.com
Four people were injured when the single-engine aircraft they were traveling on crash-landed on the side of the runway in Little Whale Cay, Berry Islands yesterday.
Two men and two women, one of whom is pregnant, were in the aircraft. A United States Coast Guard helicopter flew the pilot, who sustained serious injuries, and the pregnant woman to New Providence for medical treatment last night.
Officials did not release the names of the passengers and pilot last night, however,The Nassau Guardianunderstands that businessman Mark Roberts, who piloted the aircraft, was on board the plane with his family, including his pregnant wife Louise ...

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Bahamian Breakfast Favorites available at Le Med Restaurant daily

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Truly Bahamian breakfast awaits you daily at  Led Med,  Mediterranean Restaurant located on the marina at Port Lucaya.

Delicious Stew Fish, Boiled Fish, Chicken Souse, Stew Conch, Corned Beef and Grits are all available every morning at Le Med.

So when you're craving a tasty Bahamian breakfast made homemade style, head to Le Med.

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3m Contract signed for expansion to Rand Operating Theatre Suites

Freeport, Bahamas 
- Health Minister, the Honourable Dr. Hubert A Minnis on Friday
morning participated in a three million dollar contract signing for 
renovations and expansion to the Operating Theatre Suites at the Rand
Memorial Hospital on Grand Bahama Island.

 

Friday's
signing means the Government is committed to spending some $6 million
overall for improvements to the health facility.  They had only
recently signed a contract for the upgrade and expansion of the Accident
and Emergency Unit at the Rand.

 

Dr. Minnis
stressed that his Ministry and the Government is prepared to do what
is necessary to keep the Rand operating at a high standard...

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Sawyer's Fresh Market : your grocery bill just got lower!

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Shop at

Sawyer's Fresh Market on Oak Street and watch your grocery bill get lower!

Locally Owned -

Locally Operated - Earth Friendly -

Always Fresh - Smart Choice - Best Quality - Fabulous Selection

Visit Sawyer's Fresh Market at 28 Oak Street.

Open 7 days a week! Sundays from 8am to 1pm; Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm

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Salvation Army's 25th Anniversary celebration to feature Broadway veteran Carol Jaudes

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - For
the past 25 years, The Salvation Army has quietly served those in need on Grand
Bahama by providing a wide range of spiritual, educational, social and welfare
services.

A weekend of events is
planned to mark The Salvation Army's 25th year anniversary milestone
starting with a

"An Evening of Musical Theater" featuring Broadway veteran
Carol Jaudes to be held at the Bishop Michael Eldon High School Auditorium (BMES)
commencing Friday,

September 24th

at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Miss Grand Bahama readies for pageant in China

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - As Miss Grand Bahama, Tempestt
Stubbs, prepares for her first international competition, the Miss
Friendship International Pageant which is scheduled to take place in
China from September 7 - 28, 2010 she is busy coordinating each outfit
from head to toe. Thanks to two local stores, she is able to stand with
pride and shine with added appeal as she selects new foot wear and
accessories.

 

"I am thrilled to travel to China to represent Grand Bahama Island
and indeed The Bahamas", says Miss Grand Bahama.  "This is one of the
main reasons why I entered the Miss Grand Bahama competition.  I wanted
the opportunity to travel and I consider it a privilege to represent my
island and my country"...

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GBPC: Loss of life at Kings Road, an unfortunate preventable mishap

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -
July 28, 2010
The Grand Bahama Power Company is
saddened to learn of the recent loss of life found at our premises on
Kings Road. We are satisfied that every reasonable precautionary measure
was taken to prevent such an unfortunate mishap from happening.

A
safe environment is paramount to us. Management of the Grand Bahama
Power Company fully supports and complies with stringent international
safety and security practices and as standard policies and procedures
adhered to these practices. Safety locks, labels, signs and information
are...

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