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February 28, 2012
Stadium opening ceremony flows

I interacted with a goodly number of persons on Saturday past, before and during the official opening of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Pertaining to what went on at the various stages of the celebration that honored famed track sprinter and sports ambassador Tommy Robinson, I heard no negative comments.
A general feeling of pride was evident. It was a joyful scene as Bahamians in great numbers greeted each other and visiting guests. Indeed for one special moment in time, Bahamians like they haven't done in a very long time, collectively, participated in a totally refreshing atmosphere.
Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, Ambassador Hu Shan of the People's Republic of China, International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) executive Chuck Blazer and Bahamian international recording star Johnny Kemp added to the really nice flavor of the activities on the milestone occasion. Some significant contributors to national sports development in this country were not there in person, but on the two big screens, tribute was paid to them.
Was it a learning experiencing? Yes, it was.
The honoree did not speak. That was odd. I have never been present at or heard of an event in which the chief person being honored did not speak or have someone give remarks on his/her behalf. Robinson seemed quite capable enough when he was introduced. He came out near the platform and waved with energy for a few moments to the crowd. He was cheered lustily.
Was he given the option to speak or not is the big question. If he was not, then that's a story for another time. Then, there was the list of persons who got special notification. That list should have been inclusive of some others.
There were a few hiccups in the coordinating of the seating for the sporting executives. What was noteworthy and very much appreciated though, was that a lot of effort went into sorting that situation out. A dedicated group of volunteers were on hand and they created a comfort zone.
All-in-all the ceremony gets a "good" rating from me. It flowed. The fanfare was exceptional. Cleophas Adderley, Ronald Simms and others handled a tall organizing task handily. The police and defence force bands were magnificent. The one-lap march of the representatives of sporting bodies was a fitting segment that showcased the key players in the sports development process of our nation.
The entertainment by local artists who performed secular and gospel music, the dance and junkanoo routines, historic video clips and huge posters of the life and times of Robinson amounted to a combined touch of class. I have to point out also that the politicians skipped the rhetoric. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard was solid and on point as he spoke to the quality of Bahamian sports.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was gracious and stately. He gave credit to the Perry Christie government that started the new national stadium process with the People's Republic of China. He had warm praises for Robinson.
It was an elegant showing on the part of PM Ingraham. High level political campaigning is going on in the country presently as the day of the general election nears. Ingraham's presentation on Saturday was one that even his most ardent detractors would be hard-pressed to criticize legitimately.
The presence of Blazer was important. The game of soccer might end up being the greatest marketing item for the Sports Authority, given its popularity around the world. As the guest of Bahamas Football Association (BFA) President Anton Sealey, Blazer cemented the high priority status of soccer for the national stadium. He is a FIFA executive committee member and also the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) secretary general.
Blazer coming in for the opening could be a good indication that it is soccer that will christen the stadium with a big-time sports event in the not too distant future.
To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at fredericksturrup@gmail.com.

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May 23, 2012
Nassau Chamber Ensemble 2012 Spring Concert - June 10th

Nassau, Bahamas - The Nassau
Chamber Ensemble is pleased to present its third concert, an afternoon
of delightful Baroque, Classical and Romantic Chamber Music to be held
at the Bahamas Historical Society on Sunday, 10th June 2012 at 3pm. It
is hoped that everyone interested would be able to attend this
delightful event. Refreshments will be served.

The Nassau Chamber Ensemble is a 12-member string ensemble comprised of 6
violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass and a harpsichord. The
ensemble was co-founded by Noël Thompson and Hélène Péloquin in
September 2010. Their objective was to bring together a group of
like-minded musicians interested in performing beautiful instrumental
chamber works...

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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 25, 2012
Will Hubert Ingraham become the elder statesman

Dear Editor,

It was interesting reading in The Nassau Guardian and watching on NB-12 after the Opening of Parliament the comments of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. He is almost all gone from elected public life, but he still clearly has great passion for public affairs - and he is not afraid of saying what he thinks.
He agreed with parts of the Speech from the Throne of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration, focusing in on what he termed as a more doable version of its mortgage relief plan now as opposed to what the party proposed during the election campaign. With this public support of a plan from his former adversaries, Ingraham demonstrated that he can rise above partisanship.
Ingraham can never really retire. He loves politics and governance too much. The question will be what role he plays from the sidelines going forward. He should set aside the political battle suit he has worn for so many years and work towards being the elder statesman of the nation - that is, that reasoned voice on public policy and governance who speaks for the betterment of the country. And the more non-partisan he is, the more his words will be respected by the citizenry and the governing party.
If Ingraham adopts the posture of an elder statesman, he will elevate his legacy. He would also help the country by offering his wise assessments based on his vast experience.
When Sir Lynden Pindling retired in 1997 he did not have enough time left to have a post-politics career, as he was suffering from terminal cancer. Ingraham is likely to be around for a while, as he is in reasonable health as far as we know. Therefore, he will be the first prime minister of long standing to have an extended post-political career. How he conducts himself could set the standard for other future prime ministers when they leave office.
The bitterness over the 2012 campaign is still fresh in the minds of members of the governing party. But at some point in the future, if Ingraham decides to be non-partisan, the PLP should look to engage him in some way in some form of national service such as is done in the United States with former presidents. George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have all given service after their presidencies to worthwhile national causes after being asked by Democratic and Republican presidents. We in The Bahamas should follow this model with our ex-leaders. We should not try to embarrass them with ridiculous inquires just to settle old political scores.
Some PLPs think Ingraham did this to Sir Lynden so it should be done to him. With that logic, then a Free National Movement (FNM) administration would do it to Perry Christie some day and the vicious cycle would never be broken.
At some point someone has to do the right thing and honor the service of our old leaders and continue to use their expertise rather that trying to tear them down at the end of their lives.

- Darwin R. Luther

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May 29, 2012
Minnis and Butler-Turner new FNM leadership team

Killarney MP Dr. Hubert Minnis and Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner have emerged leader and deputy leader, respectively, of the Free National Movement, as the party struggles to find its feet in the post-Ingraham era.
Minnis, a former Health Minister in the Cabinet of former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, was elected leader unopposed during a special one-day convention the party held at Holy Trinity Activities Centre in Stapledon Gardens on Saturday.
Butler-Turner, former minister of social services, emerged the first female deputy leader of the FNM.
Charles Maynard, a former sports and culture minister, was elected chairman after defeating Carl Bethel, the incumbent, in a hotly contested race.
Dr. Duane Sands and Darron Cash were both elected deputy chairman. Both are relatively new to front-line politics.
Butler-Turner thanked those
who supported her and those who challenged her and lost. She held off challenges by Senator Desmond Bannister, Rev. Dr. Frederick McAlpine and Gladys Sands.
She pledged to support Minnis as they begin the work of renewing the FNM.
"Lift up your heads FNMs," a jubilant Butler-Turner said. "Wipe away any remaining tears. Stand up tall and proud. Let your voices be heard. Refresh your spirits [because] we have work to do.

"Our task is bigger than holding the government accountable. We have to rebuild and expand our support in the country."
In his maiden address on Saturday night, Minnis said: "I have a privilege afforded to few -- the privilege of accepting the leadership of our great Free National Movement. I accept this honor with gratitude and great confidence. I am especially confident that we will demonstrate to the Bahamian people that we are the party of the future."
But Minnis said the Opposition would not oppose the government just for the sake of opposing.
However, he pointed out that already there are claims of victimization by the PLP and said that the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) is retreating from promises it made on the campaign trail.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts congratulated Minnis on his win. But he said Minnis has already broken his promise not to oppose for the sake of it.
"Dr. Minnis... spent a large part of his speech [demonstrating] that he plans to do no such thing, even when it means distorting the record of the PLP government as he did with his ongoing denial about how the FNM dismantled Urban Renewal, his unfounded talk about victimization and his repeating the foolish talk of his predecessor about corruption..."

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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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March 24, 2012
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

Open 7 days a week! Sundays from 8am to 1pm; Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm

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August 01, 2012
WANTED by Andros Police: 20 year old Hugh James Aka Slimmer/Slug of Fresh Creek

Police at Andros are requesting your assistance in locating 20 year old HUGH JAMES aka "SLIMMER/SLUG" of FRESH CREEK, ANDROS.

Hugh is described as having dark brown complexion, slim built and stands at 5'8" tall.

Police want to question this suspect reference to a stolen vessel.

Anyone
with information as to the whereabouts of HUGH JAMES is asked to
contact police @ 919, 322-3333/4/5, 322-4005/6/7, Andros Police @
368-2626...

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August 09, 2012
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

Open 7 days a week! Sundays from 8am to 1pm; Monday to Saturday from 8am to 8pm

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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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