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World-Renowned Colin Cowie to Headline 6th Annual Wedding Professionals Conference in The Bahamas

Celebrity planner

Colin Cowie, tropical islands and incredible industry-leading speakers
including Mary Dann and Peter Merry ...what more could a wedding
professional ask for in a conference? 

How
about Wedding Professional Awards, off-island tours and a cocktail gala
at Atlantis Paradise Island?  The

6th Annual Wedding Professionals
Conference

(www.weddingconf.com),
set for

November 1 - 5th, 2010 in Nassau, Bahamas has quickly generated
buzz in the industry as perhaps "the best wedding professionals
conference yet!" Sponsored by and held at Sheraton Nassau, Breezes
Bahamas and Sandals Royal Bahamian, the conference will be headlined by
world-renowned event and wedding planner Colin Cowie... 

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Governor-General's Youth Award Launches New Look, Recruitment Plans

Nassau, Bahamas - In an age when social media dominates how the under
25-set connect, the country's leading youth development program is
re-inventing how it appeals to participants - with a sparkling 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 re-branding today, 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 program. National Executive Director Denise Mortimer
said GGYA would also continue to make a special effort to target at-risk youth...

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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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Bahamas golfers not doing well

The Bahamas team at the 54th Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships is not faring as well as anticipated.

The Hoerman Cup team for regular players was sitting in eighth place out of a field of nine countries after the first three days of competition.

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80 of the Bahamas may be submerged

Eighty per cent of the Bahamas would be submerged if predictions about increased sea levels associated with global warming come to fruition, the Prime Minister has warned, adding that this nation was the fifth most vulnerable in the world.

Addressing the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Caribbean Regional Forum on Friday, Mr Ingraham said it was critical for regional governments to seek resources from the organisation and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Mr Ingraham said: "All Caribbean Small Island Development States (SIDS) face challenges from Climate Change, not only because so much of the economic infrastructure in our countries is loca ...

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Grand Bahama Prepares for Junkanoo Jam Basketball Tournament

Freeport, Bahamas

- The 8th Annual 'Junkanoo Jam' Basketball Tournament returns to Grand Bahama Island, November 25th
- 29th, and event organizers and sponsors are excited.  This premier
NCAA tournament will once again showcase the talents of some of the best
female collegiate basketball players in the United States and boost the
island's economy to boot.

The
Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is one of the official
sponsors of the event and GBPA-President, Ian Rolle, extended welcome to
event-organizer, Basketball Travelers Inc. during a recent press
conference.  "Since 2003, Grand Bahama Island has been the destination
of choice for this annual tournament and we would like to acknowledge
Basketball Travelers Inc. for their ongoing commitment," he said...

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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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Registration process begins as scheduled despite inclement weather

NASSAU, The Bahamas
-- Early registration for the next Parliamentary (General) Elections
got off on schedule in New Providence Monday morning as candidates for
registration filed in and out of Voter Registration Centres despite
the inclement weather. 

Voter Registration Centres
opened promptly at 10 a.m. in preparation of the new Voter Register.
The simultaneous opening of multiple centres in New Providence, Grand
Bahama and the Family Islands will facilitate an early National Voter
Registration Drive. 

Voter Registration Centres
in New Providence are located on the ground floor of the Parliamentary
Registration Department, Farrington Road; south of the Centre Court...

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The Island Gospel Quartet, A Group in Transition - Concert, October 17

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
- For many years Andrew Gilbert, Bert Duncanson & Ronald Woodside
have been singing under the moniker "Gethsemane Trio."  This group has
serenaded the Grand Bahama community and the Bahamas in general with
their tight, melodic harmony.

     From humble beginnings, this trio has risen from the proverbial
ashes to prominence among the better gospel groups of the Bahamas.

     Visions of performing internationally have always permeated the
thoughts and minds of Gethsemane Trio, and recently they were noticed by
internationally recording artists, promoters and radio personalities,
who encouraged them to pursue their dreams. These include Mr. George
Shelton of Dade City, Fla., Recording Artist, Vocal Coach, Group Manager
and studio owner; Mr. Art Bain of South Carolina, a former recording
artist, vocal coach, promoter, musician among many other talents, and
Mr. Tommy D. Mayo of Oklahoma - promoter, co-owner of Heir wave Internet
Radio station emanating from

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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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News Article
Daniel Gibson Captures the 2010 Bahamas Optimist National Championship Title

Nassau, bahamas - A total of thirty six boats competed this past
weekend on Montagu Bay in Nassau in the championship fleet of the 2010
Bahamas Opti National Championship. Sailors coming from Nassau, but also
from Long Island, Abaco, Freeport, Governor's Harbour and Harbour
Island.

Three races were sailed on Saturday in light wind conditions and four races were completed on Sunday in 8 to 11 knots winds.

Fourteen
year old Daniel Gibson from Nassau was crowned Bahamas Champion 2010.
Daniel sailed consistently, finishing among the top six sailors in all
races except for a seven place in race number two...

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Gibson, 14, captures national title

A total of 36 boats competed this past weekend at Montagu Bay in New Providence in the championship fleet of the 2010 Bahamas Opti National Championships. Sailors from New Providence took part, along with young sailors from Long Island, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and Harbour Island.
Three races were sailed on Saturday in light wind conditions and four races were completed on Sunday in eight to 11 knot winds.
Daniel Gibson, 14, from New Providence was crowned Bahamas Champion 2010. He sailed consistently, finishing among the top six sailors in all races except for a seventh place finish in race number two. This was the first time that he was awarded the Geoffrey Holowesko Championship Troph ...

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Up in the air: The men's national rugby team will start play today. Up first for the team is Cayman Islands, followed by Costa Rica and Guyana.

Vanderpool-Wallace adds another medal to her collection

Rugby team tackles Cayman first

By KELSIE JOHNSON

NG Sports Reporter

kelsie@nasguard.com

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace closed the 21st Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico as the most decorated Bahamian swimmer. When she hit the pool, in the finals of the women's 50 meters freestyle late last evening, the talented swimmer had already collected six medals; two golds, two silvers and two bronze - and was en route to adding the seventh, which she was not denied.

A silver was added to Vanderpool-Wallace's medal haul. Her time, 25.53 seconds placed her behind hometown favorite Vanessa Garcia, who won in ...

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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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News Article
Bahamas wins gold at Junior Track Meet
Bahamas wins gold at Junior Track Meet

After winning medals at every local and regional level, Shaunae Miller took her dominance global, and with her historic performance became just the second Bahamian track and field athlete to win a gold medal at the world's most prestigious junior meet.

Miller ran to a gold medal finish in the women's 400m Thursday night at the 12th International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships.

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Abaco residents say power outages chasing tourists away

By JIMENITA SWAIN
Guardian Senior Reporter

jimenita@nasguard.com

Bahamas Electricity Corporation general manager Kevin Basden released a statement yesterday evening explaining the persist power cuts in Abaco that led to a demonstration there earlier in the day.

The residents said the outages are impacting tourism on the island, business in general and are making life a virtual nightmare.

The power cuts have been happening since July 13.

"The present generation challenges are due to faults that developed on a few generators, coupled with a shortage of lubricating oil that resulted in two generators not being available during a 12-hour period, until additional oil was provided," Basden sa ...

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Marketing workshop opens for Bahamian artisans

Nassau, Bahamas -

A week-long export marketing and
development workshop for Bahamian artisans opened at the Wyndham Nassau Resort
on Monday.

They will receive specialised
training to enhance their competitiveness in the international marketplace.

The sessions, which attracted
representatives from throughout the islands, move to Abaco beginning August 2.

This initiative is a
collaboration among the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export)
under Phase Two of the 9th European Development Fund; Caribbean Trade and
Private Sector Development...

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Interdenominational Mass Choir to Celebrate 10 Years, July 25th

Freeport, Grand Bahama - After a very busy and
progressive year which included concerts throughout the island and a
recent trip to New Providence which included ministering at the 89th
Annual National Convention of the Church of God of Prophecy, Golden
Gates Assemblies of God and Bahamas Faith Ministries, the
Interdenominational Mass Choir (IMC) is getting set for the official
celebration of their

10th year anniversary.

To
date the choir is under the direction of Sis. Marleia Pinder and
they continue to minister with a spirit of excellence second to none. 

They
will celebrate this historical milestone with a grand gospel concert
which is slated for

July 25th, 2010 at the

Freeport High Auditorium with
curtain time at 8:00pm. Special guests will include Mr. Derrick Starks
and Ms. Latrice Pace of the Anointed Pace Sisters, with whom the choir
sang back up for during their first performance...

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Exuma Business Outlook 2010 slated for October

Great Exuma, Bahamas - Under the theme "Restore Exuma: Sustainability there,
greater sustainability everywhere", the 5th Exuma Business
Outlook is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 27 on Great Exuma at
the beautiful Sandals at Emerald Bay. The organizers, TCL Group, promise an
intense review of the island's needs and potential and a look the island's
former glory of which few Bahamians, even younger Exumians may know little.

TCL's president Joan Albury spoke recently of the reasons
for the choice of focus for the forum...

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Fashion Show on target for over 1,000 attendance

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamian organiser of a fashion show to be held in Nassau next month yesterday told Tribune Business he was confident the event would meet its 1,000-plus attendance target, but said Bahamian designer participation "can be better", with this nation just scratching the surface of the industry's economic potential.

Owen Bethel, Bahamian banker and president of Modes Iles, organiser of the Islands of the World Fashion Week, told this newspaper that early attendance indicators for the November 11-13, 2010, showcase in Nassau were positive, with a lead-up tour featuring exhibitions in California, Chicago and Miami helping to generate oversea ...

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A new beginning

By BERKLEY WILLIAMS

This weekend, Acklins will come alive with the annual Regatta and Homecoming held over the August Monday holiday weekend.

As usual politicians from both parties, FNMs and PLPs, will show their support and engage in subtle campaigning in preparation for the 2012 general election.

Beyond the politics, many Acklins Islanders and friends will converge on the island by the hundreds to pay homage and have a fun time away from the hustle and bustle of the big city life in Nassau.

This year's event promises to be the biggest ever. This surge in attendance is largely due to the ongoing construction of a highway by Stanley Bethell of Bethell's Trucking.

The good road ...

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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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CARIBBEAN AMATEUR JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 23rd Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships will be played August 4-8, on the Lucayan Golf Course in Grand Bahama. A total of eight countries in the region inclusive of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, The Bahamas and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will participate in the tournament. The Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships is the most competitive and recognized junior golf tournament in the region. The Bahamas Golf Federation has selected a team of junior golfers from its junior program to represent Team Bahamas. The team will be managed and coached by Walter Robinson and Alex Gibson, respectively. The team's captain is ...

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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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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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Enjoy Latin Fusion Cuisine at Agave

Grand Bahama Island -

Agave,

is the newest hotspot in Port Lucaya, serving pan - Latin Fusion Cuisine with the best Mojitos, Sangria and Margaritas. Check out our

Kid's Menu and Lunch/Dinner 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.

Newly expanded to serve you more!

View our complete Menu within...

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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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Second small plane crashes in The Bahamas in 2 days

A Prominent Bahamian businessman and his family crashed with their Cessna 172 Skyhawk in Little Whale Cay in the Berry Islands around 3pm today.
While his family members, including his wife and his parents all sustained slight injuries, the pilot suffered serious head injuries.
The crash was reportedly due to a gust of wind hitting the plane, causing it to clip a tree and making it go down.
The US Coast Guard is currently attempting to stage an emergency evacuation.
See tomorrow's Tribune or Tribune242.com for more details on this developing story.

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