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October 03, 2010
Lift-off on the Fashion Week runway

By THEA RUTHERFORD
Guardian National Correspondent
thea@nasguard.com

Think"Project Runway"crunched into a single evening one runway, six contestants, three judges, and the chance to win a scholarship to study fashion design.
The challenge begins at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace on Sunday at 5 p.m. with Islands of the World Fashion Week's"Runway to Fashion Week."
The event trumpets the opening of the 2010 season with a competition devised to make local designers shine.
"We created this event to involve the average Bahamian designer who doesn't necessarily have the opportunity to showcase on an international platform,"said Kedar Clarke of Mode Il ...

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October 03, 2010
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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October 03, 2010
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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October 04, 2010
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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October 04, 2010
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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October 03, 2010
REGISTRATION CENTRES OPEN

REGISTRATION centres will be open at locations throughout the country beginning today as preparation of the new Voter Register for the next general elections begins.

The simultaneous opening of multiple centres in New Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands will facilitate an early national voter registration drive, said Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel.

Officials hope that with the early opening of registration centres, the process will be expedited while maintaining its accuracy and sanctity.

"I cannot overstate the importance of an accurate register. An accurate register facilitates fairness in the electoral process; it enhances better redistribution of seats, ther ...

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Plans to use heat to power St. Lucia
July 23, 2010
Plans to use heat to power St. Lucia

Qualibou Energy announced Wednesday that it has entered into a binding agreement with the Government of St. Lucia to develop and deliver power from geothermal resources on the island.

St Lucia, located in the Eastern Caribbean, is part of a volcanic arc known as the Lesser Antilles. Surface manifestations of geothermal activity are centered in the Sulphur Springs area and include hot springs, steam fumaroles and boiling mud pools.

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October 04, 2010
Grand Bahama Sailing Club does well at the Optimist Nationals

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
gold medal...

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October 18, 2010
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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October 04, 2010
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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October 04, 2010
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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October 06, 2010
Runway to Fashion Week winner to join IWFW 2010 Designer Line-Up

Nassau, Bahamas: The
"Islands of the World Fashion Week" 2010 season is officially underway!
On Sunday, October 3rd, scores of fashion spectators were engaged in
the excitement and allure of the Mode Îles Ltd. produced, "Runway to
Fashion Week". This highly anticipated event, loosely based on American
reality series "Project Runway", was designed to engage and expose
novice Bahamian designers to the wider fashion community; both locally
and internationally. With 5 talented designers eager to win the coveted
"top designer" title, only one emerged victorious! The winner of
Sunday's rigorous two rounds of competition was 26 year old Mr.
Theodore Elyett. His showcase of vibrant and colorful garments inspired
by American celebrity Solange Knowles...

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Swimming: Alicia advances to final at CAC Games
July 20, 2010
Swimming: Alicia advances to final at CAC Games

Despite the tornado that delayed the official opening, the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games opened in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, yesterday with a number of Bahamians competing in swimming.

However, Alicia Lightbourne was the lone competitor who advanced out of the morning session into the final last night. She did it as the eighth and final qualifier in the women's 200m breastroke after she placed third in the last of three heats in a time of two minutes and 42.18 seconds.

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Bahamas Independence Day Celebration in London
July 21, 2010
Bahamas Independence Day Celebration in London

In commemoration of the 37th Independence Anniversary of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, staff of the Bahamas High Commission, Bahamas Tourist Office and the Bahamas Maritime Authority in London, along with the Bahamian nationals and friends attended Choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey on Thursday, July 8, 2010.

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Bahamas wins gold at Junior Track Meet
July 26, 2010
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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SkyBahamas Cat Island Regatta Flight Schedule
July 27, 2010
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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October 05, 2010
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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October 05, 2010
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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July 26, 2010
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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July 23, 2010
(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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October 06, 2010
Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP pays tribute to the crash victims

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Press Statement by Philip 'Brave' Davis.

Ann and I mourn today the passing of eight souls departed in the tragic
plane crash bound for a weekend homecoming festival in the quaint
community of San Salvador.

While we would like to pay tribute to all of the families and
friends who grieve at this time, I particularly wish to convey personal
tribute to my longtime friend and pilot Nelson Hanna, who has taken me
in my travels throughout the Bahamas. His service to people of San
Salvador is unmatched and today the people of that island stand with his
family in this time of testing...

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October 04, 2010
Renewable energy conference right around the corner

By JAMMAL SMITH
Guardian Business Reporter
jammal@nasguard.com
A host of experts and ministers around the Caribbean are scheduled to discuss the future of energy in the region.
The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum(CREF), which will take place October 13-15 at Atlantis Paradise Island, is an open forum designed to spark the discussion on transitioning from traditional to renewable energy.
Conference Chairman Jerry Butler toldGuardian Businessthat The Bahamas will have a chance to make a good impression on key stakeholders attending the meeting.
"The fact that The Bahamas happens to be the location where[CREF]is being hosted is very interesting and creates an opportunity for The Bahama ...

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August 04, 2010
GBPC promotes Chantel Nesbitt to Director of Environmental Safety Security

July 30, 2010 
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island...  Chantel Nesbitt has been named Director
of Environmental Safety & Security (ESS) at Grand Bahama Power
Company (GBPC), effective August 1st, 2010.

Ms. Nesbitt brings a
wealth of experience in her new position and will be responsible for Job
site inspections, environmental monitoring and testing, key performance
indicator reports, safety compliance, investigations, risk management
and the day-to-day management of the ESS department.  

According
to Alan Kelley, President and CEO of the GBPC, 'Safety and security at
Grand Bahama Power Company are paramount to us. We are proud of the
high, international standards to which GBPC operates and we attribute
some of our more recent international accomplishments to contributions
that Chantel has made.  These include holding a top safety record in the
fossil power plant industry industry...

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October 06, 2010
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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September 22, 2010
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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August 24, 2010
Outback brand back in bush

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

OUTBACK Steakhouse's principal has stuck a fork in the business and severed ties with the franchisor, telling Tribune Business yesterday that he has decided to focus on his Kafe Kalik endeavours at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) and a possible second concession.

Tyrone Nabbie said he was in negotiations with the landlord at the former Outback Seakhouse location east of the Paradise Island bridge to possibly redevelop the space. However, he said he has not pinned down what the space will become.

Mr Nabbie recently opened up his internationally-known Kafe Kalik in the renovated US departure lounge at the L ...

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July 30, 2010
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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July 28, 2010
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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July 29, 2010
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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July 28, 2010
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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