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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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St Kitts PM opens doors for business
June 29, 2010
St Kitts PM opens doors for business

The entire population of St. Kitts and Nevis could fit into B.C. Place -- with 10,000 seats to spare -- but that hasn't stopped the prime minister of the small two-island Caribbean country from thinking big.

Denzil Llewellyn Douglas is in Victoria to promote foreign investment and talk about tourism on the island where British naval hero Horatio Nelson wed the president of Nevis's niece in 1787.

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October 04, 2010
MasterCard and Kerzner International Sign Multi-Year Strategic Alliance to Bring Exclusive Benefits to Travelers

Paradise Island, Bahamas -

MasterCard Worldwide, world
leading payments brand and Kerzner International Resorts, operator of
destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels, reached a multi-year
strategic partnership to provide MasterCard cardholders in Latin America
with access to exclusive offers at internationally renowned vacation
hotspot, Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas.  

According to
the World Tourism Organization (WTO), challenges in the tourism industry
over the last few years have heightened the need for stronger collaboration
and partnerships among different industries... 

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October 13, 2010
The party's down in Andros this October

By THEA RUTHERFORD
Guardian National Correspondent
thea@nasguard.com
Get ready for the final Family Island fete of the year!
From days filled with bounteous produce exchange and activity to nights of concerts packed with Rake N Scrape headliners, the first Frank Hanna October Harvest Festival in North Andros brings with it a lot of promise.
"Our main focus is to try to bring some economic activity to the island itselfâ ¦and we believe that having this event and encouraging folks from Nassau and all over The Bahamas to make plans to be a part of this,"said Jeff Rodgers, one of the organizers, at a press conference on Tuesday to announce the event.
With a two-fold goal of fun and ...

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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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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 05, 2010
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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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 03, 2010
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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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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Storms less organized, still a threat
July 21, 2010
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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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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New film over U.S. teen's disappearance on Aruba
July 26, 2010
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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July 23, 2010
Islands of the World Fashion Week: Designer Call

Nassau, Bahamas -
Mode
Îles, 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:

"In†Search

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...

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July 27, 2010
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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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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July 25, 2010
Kamie Crawford of Maryland wins the Miss Teen USA title

Paradise Island,
Bahamas - Miss Kamie Crawford of Maryland was crowned Miss Teen USA
2010 at the 28th Miss Teen USA pageant, held at the Imperial Ballroom,

Atlantis† on July 24, 2010.

The 17-year-old winner is from

Potomac, MD.

Contestants
from 50 states and the District of Colombia competed for the crown with
her.† the 51 contestants were narrowed down to 15 after the swimsuit,
evening gown, and fashion categories. The top 5 were judged on
appearance and their responses to questions.

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July 23, 2010
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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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 11, 2010
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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September 23, 2010
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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July 30, 2010
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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August 25, 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
Sammy C and the Magic Guitar, a new children's book inspired by a Bahamian entertainer

Sammy C is a not to
be missed tale about a young island boy whose entire life is changed on
one beautiful sunny morning while walking to school.

One elderly man, one "Magic Guitar" and a lovely  mother make for a wonderful story with a  happy ever after ending!

Follow
Sammy C on a journey that teaches both children and adults, that with
hard work and determination, any dream can be achieved!

American
author, Karen Rawlings has been writing for people and businesses all
her life. A mother of three and a grandmother of one...

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July 26, 2010
Ginn West End Foundation sponsors West End Youth at Sailing Camp

Freeport, Grand Bahama
Island - The Ginn West End Foundation sponsored 24 West End youth to
participate in two 2-week sailing training sessions organized by The
Grand Bahama Sailing Club at the Sir Charles Hayward Yacht Club.

24 participants from
the West End Eco-Fishing camp were selected to attend the sailing classes,
which included 2 former Eco-Fishing campers from the Eight Mile Rock
Boys Brigade.

Trevesia
Rolle, Cameron Grant, Donta Taylor, Deandre Moxey, Jacob Garvey, Patriquo
Hanna, Thomas Rolle, Kenneth Davis, Travontae Cooper, Travay Cooper,
Travis Russell, Tyrell Lawrence and Brandon Simmons...

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July 28, 2010
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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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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