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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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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 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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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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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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10.1 million Loan and Grant Agreements signed for infrastructure development in Family Islands

Nassau, Bahamas - The Government
of The Bahamas recently signed a $10.1 million Loan and Grant Agreements with
the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for infrastructure development in Family
Islands.

The Loan Agreement and Grant Agreements are to
facilitate the repairing and or replacement of bridges and docks in Andros and
Eleuthera and prepare feasibility studies with respect projects in Exuma and
Abaco. The Agreement also calls
for CDB to sponsor a workshop to familiarize Government personnel in the Ministries
of Finance...

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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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Plane crashes in Lake Killarney all onboard confirmed dead

AS many as eight or nine people are reported dead following the crash of a charter plane in Lake Killarney this morning.
The nine-seater Cessna 402 aircraft was reportedly carrying people to San Salvador for the island's homecoming on the upcoming holiday weekend.
According to Inspector Delvin Major, an accident investigator with Civil Avaition, the pilot was Nelson Hanna and the plane was operated by the company Acklins Blue.
Mr Major said Mr Hanna had a commercial licence, but was not an AOC holder, which means he was not authorised to operate private charters.
A press conference will be held at 4pm at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
This story will be updated as confirmed information bec ...

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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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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. That’s less likely than the center’s 70 percent probability from six hours earlier.

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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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Bahamas' 'blue holes' hold wonders and weird science
Bahamas' 'blue holes' hold wonders and weird science

What lies below the water of The Bahamas? A veiled world of fossils, blind creatures and scientific riddles. In next month's issue of National Geographic magazine, an international team of cave divers led by anthropologist Kenny Broad of the University of Miami reveals the mysteries hidden from vacationers' view.

The two-month expedition, paid for by the National Geographic Foundation, was merely a small slice of time in a years-long effort to uncover the secrets of this realm, which has been plumbed by researchers for at least three decades.

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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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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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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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SkyBahamas Cat Island Regatta Flight Schedule
SkyBahamas Cat Island Regatta Flight Schedule

Fly into New Bight, Cat Island this weekend on

SkyBahamas Airlines for the

2010 Cat Island Regatta.

Additional flights have been added to our regular schedule and will be
available

from Thursday, July 29, 2010 to Tuesday, August 3, 2010. In
addition to our New Bight flights we will also provide services as
scheduled to Arthur's Town, Cat Island.

Come Fly With Us! Check our SCHEDULE within...

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Animal Protection and Control Bill discussed on local radio show

Nassau, Bahamas - Kim Arenhas, President, The
Bahamas Humane Society and Frances Singer-Hayward, Honorary Chairman, The
Humane Society of Grand Bahama joined Patty Roker on her

Sunday Island 102.9 FM radio show  on July 25th

to speak of the impact of
the new Animal Protection law that was recently passed in the Senate and to
generally discuss the prevailing attitudes toward animals of the Bahamas.

The recording, "Amigo's Song" sung by legends
Ronnie Butler and Emily Austin was given its 'debut' and it is hoped that
it will be promoted by the other radio stations of The Bahamas as it carries
such a timely message as well as being such a wonderfully performed recording
by 'Ronnie Butler and
'Sweet Emily' which was produced and recorded in Freeport by Dave Mackey of Mackey Media...

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News Article
Island Gems - Handmade Jewelry

This
weekend I escaped. I threw a few lightweight dresses and cut off jeans
into a bag and ran away to what is undeniably one of my favorite
islands in The Bahamas, actually perhaps on this planet  - Eleuthera. 

With
two Eleuthera experts as my unofficial guides, one of the first stops
was Island Made - a tiny souvenir shop off of Queen's Highway in
Gregory Town. Dried coconuts brightly painted to depict smiling faces,
reams of Androsia, and homemade preserves are just a few of the
Bahamian made goodies to be discovered in this little gem of a store. 

I
browsed the house wares and homemade gourmet delights but like a true
fashion junkie, what really caught my eye was the jewelry...

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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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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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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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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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You and Your Back Pain - Part 3

At a cocktail party the other
evening I had a conversation with an apparently healthy, aesthetic and
mature-in-years man who's job it was to run a local dive experience. 
This is a daily tourist-oriented adventure out onto the reefs here around
our island.  As the chat got going it became apparent that his
experiences with people was extensive and he quickly brought up the
subject of obesity in Americans. 

He especially bemoaned the large
size and poor state of the health of so many of his country's "tourists." 
Apparently their jumbo size demanded from him and his staff extra work
and considerations to get them outfitted and in and out of the boats
when on the reef.  He then proceeded to tell the story of one woman
recently getting her hugely obese knee caught between the rungs of the
boat ladder and then complained that there should be a lift available,
or at least a ramp off of the stern, to allow her to enjoy the use of
the facilities like anyone else.  And also, she complained that
she needed assistance because she has "chronic lower back pain!"

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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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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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National Library Services Conducts Training for New Staff

Nassau, Bahamas -

Aspiring and established
librarians participated in a one-week workshop held at the Administrative
Office of the  Public Library & Reading Centre during the week of
July 26.

The facilitator for the annual workshop was Ms. Susy Siel,
a librarian from Wisconsin. Ms. Siel has been visiting The Bahamas over
the past several years to conduct the workshop.  Also participating in
the workshop were two Family Island librarians hailing from Mayaguana
and Eleuthera.

At the end of the workshop, the participants visited
all the public librarians on New Providence as part of the training...

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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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Government signs contracts to upgrade New Providence boat ramps

Nassau, Bahamas - Some 50 Bahamians
will be gainfully employed as a result of five contracts signed by The
Bahamas Government on July 28 for the repair of boat ramps throughout
New Providence.
 

Public Works and Transport Minister the
Hon. Neko C. Grant said the ramps are "crucial" to the livelihood
of many individuals and contribute to opportunities for recreation and
relaxation for the general public.
 

He noted that the ramps are "strategically" 
located and provide access to the sea from all directions on the island.

The ramps to be upgraded are Brown's
Boat Basin, Jaws Beach Boat Ramp, Gambier Boat Ramp, Marshall Road Boat
Ramp and South Beach Boat Ramp.
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Bahamas Tourism office in UK wins coveted marketing award

The revolutionary

14 Islands Film Challenge media campaign
has captured a coveted award from the top online travel media, Travolution. 

The Bahamas
Tourist Office UK won the prestigious award for the Best Use of Social
Media.  The announcement follows a period when visits to the Bahamas'
UK website increased by a significant 50% since videos from the agency's

14 Islands Film Challenge were shown on the site beginning in March
this year.  

The awards
judges nominated The Bahamas entry for its originality, innovation and
for being fun. They thought the campaign was well-blended across a range
of different media channels, was backed up by a fantastic website and
great content..

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