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By GENEA NOEL
FN Senior Reporter
Freeport,Grand Bahama-Local independent truck drivers have banded together against a policy of the Mediterranean Shipping Company(MSC)that will control the movement of containers in and out of the Freeport Container Port and increase fees.
A notice was sent to local merchants, shipping agents and brokers informing them that effective Monday, September 20 the policy will go into effect, giving MSC exclusive rights to choose who will move goods at their increased price of$295 from$120.
Some truckers along with several brokers on the island held a press conference yesterday with members of the opposition Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, Alfred Sears, ...
Jamaica's No. 1 fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke spent last night in an unidentified maximum-security facility as the long search for him came to an end.
After a bloody battle to capture Coke in his Tivoli Gardens, west Kingston, enclave last month, he was held yesterday without one shot being fired.
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.
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.
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....
Mostly sunny, hot and humid conditions with a few scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, turning fair and humid tonight with a few scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. An area of high pressure continues to dominate the weather over The Bahamas generating sunny, hot and humid conditions across the islands.
A strong ridge of high pressure continues to generate brisk winds across the islands while a strong tropical wave over the southeast Bahamas continues to create some unsettled weather over that area.
A TROPICAL WAVE over the central Caribbean sea is moving westward about 10 miles per hour and is being watched for future signs of development
The St. Thomas Source reported an unusual calm over the popular cruise destination after Monday's shooting death of a 14-year-old Carnival passenger, with visitors staying close to their ships.
"Usually, with a ship in port, the (downtown area is) buzzing, but on Tuesday, only handfuls of tourists moved about, some sitting in Emancipation Garden or milling up and down Main Street," the local news outlet reports.
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
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 ...
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The major Nassau/Paradise Island hotels continued to see improvements in key financial indicators through August 2010, with revenues and room nights sold some 8 per cent and 7 per cent ahead, respectively, of 2009 comparatives for that month, with "every month putting the industry closer" to achieving pre-September 2008 crash numbers.
Robert Sands, the Bahamas Hotel Association's (BHA) president, said that while the resort industry was "still not" back to business levels seen prior to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, it was enjoying "consistent, steady" growth when its performance was matched to 2009 numbers.
"I can te ...
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 ...
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A Bahamian-owned airline is putting plans to begin flights to and from the US on hold for three months "to see how we survive October and November", its head telling Tribune Business that private operators were being squeezed on all sides be a combination of fee increases and Bahamasair selling cut-price tickets.
Speaking after Cat Island Air was last week barred by the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) from operating from its facilities, due to alleged non-payment of various fees, Captain Randy Butler, head of Sky Bahamas, told this newspaper that the company was placing its plans for direct flights to Cat Island, Exuma and Abaco from ...
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
I was honored to be selected as a judge along with textile
and fashion designer Pamela Burnside and fashion designer Percy
Dubbed the Bahamas' "Project Runway," 5 novice local
designers participated in this inaugural event. The designers vied for
two amazing prizes...
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!
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...
By CLEOPATRA MURPHY
Freeport News Reporter
Freeport, Grand Bahama-Red Cross organizations from across the globe are teaming up to equip people with the skills to help themselves and others in the event of a disaster.
The Red Cross'Readiness to Respond Program was launched a year ago to assist the organization in its efforts to mobilize communities.
"The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the Red Cross to prepare for and to respond efficiently and effectively to disasters and to mitigate their effects,"said Pamela Brown, project manager for the Readiness to Respond Program.
Brown, who arrived on the island on Monday morning, explained that the project emerged as ...
By CHESTER ROBARDS
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 ...
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
Voter Registration Centres
in New Providence are located on the ground floor of the Parliamentary
Registration Department, Farrington Road; south of the Centre Court...
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 ...
The Grand Bahama Sailing Club sent its junior team of 16
sailors to Nassau this weekend for the 2010 Bahamas Optimist National
Championship. The sailing team had been training 4 times a week in the past
month in order to prepare to compete against the top junior sailors in the
nation. Multiple islands were represented, with the largest showing of sailors
from Nassau Yacht Club. GBSC sailors were split into a Green fleet for novice
sailors and the Championship fleet for those who had previously competed. The
racing team looked very smart wearing their brand new pinnies, which made
spotting them on the racecourse much easier for the coaches.
On arrival, the team received a rare invitation to view Sir
Durward Knowles' private trophy room. The team got to see an Olympic bronze and
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 ...
- 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.
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...
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.
Nassau, Bahamas -
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.
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...
Grand Bahama Island - Let
Pelican Bay host your wedding in the Bahamas. Their tropical island setting and renowned hospitality combine to make your Caribbean wedding and honeymoon an unforgettable experience. An
inclusive Bahamas wedding package from Pelican Bay at Lucaya offers unsurpassed attention to detail, and our Bahamas wedding specialist will ensure every facet of your wedding day.
They specialize in hosting
Destination Weddings of casual, island elegance for up to 80 guests and offer a setting that caters to every need of both the wedding couple and their cherished guests.
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.†
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.†
browsed the house wares and homemade gourmet delights but like a true
fashion junkie, what really caught my eye was the jewelry...
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.
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...
Nassau, Bahamas -
√éles, Ltd., organizers of the award-winning event,
Islands of the World
Fashion Week, is announcing the third edition of their spectacular
showcase of established and novice designers to the world's stage. The
event will take place on
November 11th - 13th in
Nassau, Bahamas, exposing island-based designers to the international
media and prospective buyer markets. This year promises to be even more
beneficial to our potential designers as we've added a televised
special/series, which will focus on the designers and events surrounding
IWFW.† The special will comprise of three segments, which will run
parallel to the main event:
of the Next Oscar"-
A runway presentation of
five designers selected from five island nations highlighting the themes
of eco-fashion, culture and fashion, and red/green carpet designs.
Judges will select the designer with the greatest potential for
following in the footsteps of the most internationally renowned designer
originating from a developing island nation, Oscar de la Renta...
Find out what is happening in New Providence.
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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...
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
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)
at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
The fifth Exuma Business Outlook Conference is set to take place on October 27 under the theme Restore Exuma: Sustainability there, greater sustainability everywhere.
The organizers, TCL Group, are promising an intense review of the island's needs and potential, and a look its former glory of which few Bahamians, even younger Exumians, may know little.
TCL's president, Joan Albury, said: "TCL was motivated by several things in taking the Business Outlook franchise to the Family Islands.
"We realised that Bahamians have really had little opportunity to learn about the whole of their country.
"Many do not see that islands like Exuma are of vital importance to the growth a ...