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March 31, 2012
You're invited to the Grand Bahama Sailing Club Sunday brunch

This

and every Sunday , The Grand Bahama Sailing Club invites you to join
them for their succulent Sunday Brunch on the water at the Sir Charles
Hayward Yacht marina. 

Waffle station with strawberries, blueberries and freshly made whipped cream - Fresh seasonalfruit salad - Omelet station with onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, ham and cheese - Eggs Benedict with creamy hollandaise sauce - Asian Slaw - Mixed Greens Salad - Asian Orange Chicken - Mongolian Beef...

Adults $21.00 - Children 13 yrs and under $11.00 - Children 3 8. Under FREE

From 11.30 am -
3.00pm.

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May 23, 2012
Bahamians not ready for DNA's Plan

Dear Editor,

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) party is now 12 months old. It had ambitious plans to take The Bahamas in a new direction and set us on a course to true economic empowerment and governance free of colonial ties and corruption. Its leader Branville McCartney spoke to the old saying by Albert Einstein that if you do the same thing over and over again, then the end result will not change.
On May 7, 2012 the Bahamian people voted for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and even though the PLP did not get the popular vote, it received a landslide victory at the polls. The Free National Movement (FNM) became the opposition and the DNA, while it received over 13,000 votes, was unsuccessful in winning any Parliamentary seats. Even though the DNA made history as the first major political party to field a full slate of candidates, and even though the message of change that was being preached was probably a good direction for the country, the people rejected it at the polls.
It is mind-boggling to me that people are saying that they were pulling for the DNA to do well, but they voted for the PLP or the FNM. I don't consider myself to be a genius, but this argument to me makes no sense at all. That is like saying, I want my child to perform well on his exams but I kept him up watching TV all night before his exams. It just does not add up.
The PLP now has to carry out its mandate and its current term in office may well be the most critical term of governance in recent Bahamian history. Already, Bahamians are heavily criticizing Perry Christie and the PLP for some of their election promises; the education budget being one of them.
The FNM is opposing and commenting on all the PLP's moves so far and rightfully so. Time will tell if it is effective enough, though, to convince the people in five years if the PLP did a good job or not.
The DNA, fresh from its historic campaign at the polls, has not regrouped as yet. Two weeks have already passed and there has been little activity coming from its camp. Its message of change was not accepted by the Bahamian people, but if it is to become a viable entity in 2017 it must continue its work now.
Electoral reform, prime minister term-limits, reducing the powers of the prime minister, jailing corrupt government officials, creating a national consortium agency that would have combined the intelligence of the armed forces, creating an independent body for government procurement and creating an immigration policy are just some of the initiatives proposed by the DNA. But the Bahamian people were not ready for these changes and they voted against the DNA.
There will be new leaders of the PLP and the FNM in 2017. The DNA's status remains to be seen. What is sure to me is that The Bahamas needs change and change will come only if the Bahamian people want it. The PLP government has a mammoth task ahead of it and I implore all Bahamians no matter their political persuasion to support the present government in its effort to bring progress to our country.

- Dehavilland Moss

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May 25, 2012
Guy Harvey partners with Green Turtle Club

Weeks after parting ways with Bimini Big Game Club, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts has reached an agreement with the Abaco-based Green Turtle Club.
The new alliance becomes effective immediately, as the Green Turtle Club will become the inaugural member of the new Expedition Properties Portfolio by Guy Harvey Outpost. President of Guy Harvey Outpost Mark Ellert said the partnership is a perfect chance to showcase one of the hidden gems in The Bahamas.
"We are extremely excited to launch the Expedition Properties Portfolio with the famed Green Turtle Club as our inaugural member hotel," Ellert said. "Our intent with Expedition Properties is to showcase small, independently owned properties in unique destinations that are focused on watersports recreation and whose owners are committed to customer service, sustainability and conservation.
"Given the Club's legacy, the professionalism of its staff and dedication of its owners, I'm hard pressed to think of a better opportunity in The Bahamas than this."
The news comes after Guy Harvey Outpost cut ties with Bimini Big Game Club earlier in the month, with foreclosure issues influencing the move in another direction. The two former partners had a business relationship for two years, in which Guy Harvey Outpost pumped $3.5 million in renovations to revitalize the Bimini-based resort.
Due to the foreclosure setback, it prevented Guy Harvey Outpost from purchasing the property when it wanted to, which spurred the decision to take its business interests elsewhere.
As an Expedition Property, Guy Harvey Outpost will market the club and offer travel and booking services to its customers through its Outpost Travel Desk and central reservation office. Co-owner of Green Turtle Club Adam Showell said the company led by Ellert was an ideal fit for both parties.
"Guy Harvey embodies the personality of the club, and its guests," Showell said. "His authenticity, commitment to excellence and passionate outreach to those of all ages and accomplishment are hallmarks of the Green Turtle Club."
While the deal between Guy Harvey Outpost and Green Turtle Club is still fresh, Ellert hinted at more opportunities that may await.
"Thirty degrees north and south of the equator, there are a lot of great properties with committed owners like Adam and Ann who share our vision of sustainability and hospitality," he said. "In growing the Expedition Properties Portfolio, our intent will be to spotlight these properties and encourage our customers to support them."

Green Turtle Club offers 31 guest rooms, a 40-slip marina and fuel dock, restaurant, bar/lounge and poolside bar. The Club hosts the annual Green Turtle Club Billfish Tournament, having just concluded its 25th Silver Anniversary last week.

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May 24, 2012
Art of Warriors showcased great artistic talents of students of Bishop Michael Eldon School

Freeport, Grand Bahama

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Parents, teachers and art enthusiasts were treated to a wonderful evening
of fine art, a silent auction, steel pan entertainment, delicious food and
refreshments in a successful first edition of the "Art of Warriors" - a unique
showcase of tremendously talented young artists.

"Art of
Warriors" showcased great artistic
talents of students of both the primary and secondary departments of Bishop
Michael Eldon School - with student entries ranging from watercolours and
acrylics to digital art and photography along with incredible class group art
pieces from the primary grades...

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May 25, 2012
Bahamas International Film Festival poster winner unveiled

Theo McClain has been flying under the radar in the world of Bahamian art, but with his poster design for the 2012 Bahamas International Film Festival, he's set to become a household name - locally and abroad - for artists and film buffs alike.
His design was one of many submitted to BIFF's poster design contest announced earlier this year. After careful consideration by judges Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Lise Anderson and Logan and Lavar Munroe, McClain's "Junkanoo Blower" came out on top for capturing the thrilling spirit of the BIFF for visitors and locals alike.
"When it was announced I screamed here at work," says McClain. "I was very excited, I got chills. It's the first local competition I have won."
"I think the image I did basically set a new standard for imagery for poster design in The Bahamas alone separate from the Film Festival," he continues. "It's fresh on the eyes and full of color and embodies Bahamian culture. It isn't as complex as it looks, it's simple like how we live."
The piece, says the artist, is taken from a photograph he took during Junkanoo. Besides being an accomplished illustrator, McClain is also skilled in photography, being the recipient of the Silver Quill award from The International Association of Business communications in 2010 and 2011 for his photography and design work on the 2010 and 2011 Colina Insurance Annual Report and 2011 Calendar, "The Art of Charity", which raised more than $8,000 for local charities.
"When I shoot, I try to freeze the image to where I still get that emotion from when I was there physically," he said. "So it kind of is like film, but a still image that evokes movement and is still vibrant. It's like when you hold a conch shell to your ear and you can hear the sea."
Indeed those examining his image can almost hear the call of the conch shell, the call of Bahamian culture and soul. The image melds the vibrancy of Junkanoo parades with the thrill of cinema, expanding the Bahamian cultural landscape.
As Leslie Vanderpool, founder and executive director of BIFF, points out, opening the poster design competition to Bahamian artists only this year is a testament to the festival's continued support of local artists.
"I am thrilled to announce the winner of the 2012 Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) Poster Competition," said Vanderpool. "The decision was a difficult one as the talent was so great! The collaborative process is something BIFF is proud to provide, whether it is by showcasing films or providing a platform for other visual artists."
McClain's design will be seen far beyond our shores, becoming this year's "face" of the annual festival and giving him - and Bahamian visual art and design - some welcome exposure.
"The exciting part about it is the fact that I'm getting my name out there," he said. "A lot of people don't really know who I am because I've never had a show. After winning the competition I've gained a lot of recognition and business, so before the film festival I'd like to follow up on it with a show."
"My mother, from since I was in high school and seeing I was gifted in arts, said she wanted me to be famous," he added. "I told her it would happen in its own time. I've never sought out fame, but it's just through the steps I've taken that I'm driving towards it. But I just want people to really like my work for what it is."
Pushed by his mother and mentored by local artist Kim Smith, McClain pursued visual art, majoring in illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Now a senior designer at his own local marketing agency Sidda Communications, has completed work for Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, and Bahamas Junior Achievement. Now, McClain sets his sights on a gallery show.
"I'm not one to put myself out there, I'm still breaking out of my shell," he admitted. "When Leslie posted my design on Facebook and I saw those positive comments, it gave me a boost of confidence to show my work to the public and inspired me."
The Bahamas International Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the local community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in The Bahamas, BIFF will provide a unique cultural experience, educational programs, and forums for exploring the future of cinema.
For more information please visit www.bintlfilmfest.com

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May 25, 2012
Kristie Farah crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2012!

Freeport,
Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant came to a close on May
20th, 2012 after a busy weekend of activities. Saturday, May 19th the
contestants were involved in a car parade from the YMCA leading to the
Port Lucaya Marina for the National Costume Completion.  After little
rest, the contestants had to be fresh and ready for the big finale night
on Sunday, May 20th.

The pre-show at the Hilton Outten
Convention Center started with a slide show of Miss Grand Bahama 2011
Keriann Stuart's busy year and the 2012 Miss Grand Bahama contestant's
activities leading up to the main event...

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May 31, 2012
Sawyer's 'Save A Lot Labour Day Weekend Sale going on NOW

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Sawyer's Labour Day Weekend Super Hoilday Sale is going on NOW until Monday  June 4th. Get low prices on everything Fresh at Sawyer's Save-A-Lot. We carry the most sought after produce when it's in-season and bring you the best prices and the best quality.

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.

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August 03, 2012
Top farm rises to Gray's challenge

Lucayan Tropical, a top food producer, is rising to the government's pledge to ban certain imports if the same products can be produced locally.
Tim Hauber, the general manager, said there is "no doubt" his operation could supply the entire country with cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. And to prove it, the leading agriculturalist will be leading V. Alfred Gray, the minister of agriculture, on a tour of his farm in the next two weeks.
Last month, Gray told Guardian Business that the government will ban or impose high tariffs on any food item that can be produced locally in sufficient quantity, and at the right price.
Hauber believes there is now a renewal of interest and confidence in the industry since those comments.
"There are a handful of products that we could without a doubt supply to the entire country," he told Guardian Business. "At least while they are in season. I can supply all of the country's needs of cucumbers and sweet peppers. Hands down."
The chief at Lucayan Tropical, one of the new food producers in the country, stands as a strong example to others in the sector. The Bahamian food bill has remained persistently high over the years, hovering in the $500 million range, with the vast majority imported from the U.S. or Mexico.
Hauber pointed out that it will take a time to realistically bring the local industry up to a standard that places a noticeable dent in that bill. He encouraged other producers, however, to step up and focus on specific foods.
"The Bahamas is not going to produce its own food. But we need to take key products and get that going well, achieve some profitability, and then you'll see the momentum going," he said. "We don't need to get super theoretical about it. We just need to get that ball rolling."
Calling the minister's latest remarks on the industry "balanced", the top farmer speculated his current weekly production to be 400 cases of cucumbers, 800 cases of colored peppers and 500 cases of tomatoes.
Lucayan Tropical now sells to various supermarkets in the country, as well as hotels, but he said it is still a common sight to see a cucumber from the U.S. or Canada.
Much of the country's produce ends up going unused and wasted, he noted, which is a common source of frustration among farmers.
And that's where Amanda Wells comes in, the agricultural officer at the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation. Her role in the "Buy Fresh. Buy Bahamian" campaign includes collecting data from farmers on what they are producing.
That role will become increasingly important as local food producers attempt to meet the government's expectations, and ultimately, curb the influx of foreign products.
"I am on board with that. If the numbers are good, I would endeavor to do something about it, and submit it to government," she said.
The BAIC now offers free consultation services for would-be and current farmers. Wells encouraged those interested in the industry to stop by, as the organization offers complimentary business plans for those looking to get off the ground.
Gray, the minister of agriculture, has acknowledged that "it's not an easy situation out there".
"So I am certainly willing to do what I can to assist the industry. We have to consider the consumer. If we can't get enough of the product, that's a problem. But I am prepared to consider banning certain things from imports."

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May 31, 2012
Sawyer's 'Save alot Labour Day Weekend Sale going on NOW

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Sawyer's Labour Day Weekend Super Hoilday Sale is going on NOW until Monday  June 4th. Get low prices on everything Fresh at Sawyer's Save-A-Lot. We carry the most sought after produce when it's in-season and bring you the best prices and the best quality.

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.

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August 14, 2012
BNYC Offers Condolences On The Passing Of Charles Maynard

On behalf of the Executives, Advisors and Members Organizations of the Bahamas
National Youth Council (BNYC), we would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Charles T. Maynard, former Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture and former Member of Parliament of the Golden Isles
Constituency .

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