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April 11, 2012
New Exhibition: Pieces of Eight by Je'Rome Harris Miller

Nassau, Bahamas - The
public is invited to attend the Opening Reception of a new exhibition
by Bahamian artist Je'Rome Harris Miller entitled

"Pieces of Eight"
tomorrow

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at The Christ Church Cathedral
Church Hall on top of the hill George Street from 6pm to 10pm.

This brand new body of work by Miller represents a fresh look at the
artist and the various media that he has chosen to work in. This body of
work is all on canvas as compared to his exhibition two sessions ago
that was titled, "Exuberance III Sticks and Stones" which centered a
great deal on the environment and nature.

In this new body of work, viewers who know Miller's work, will be able
to identify that the artist has evolved into a new space and is
magnificently expounding...

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May 23, 2012
BOB completes e-commerce 'test phase'

Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) has completed the "test phase" of its highly anticipated e-commerce program, and now seeks to develop a marketing plan to make it safe and effective for the Bahamian marketplace.
Paul McWeeney, the managing director at BOB, said his staff needs to be "fully aware" of the initiative before it becomes a reality.
He told Guardian Business that the institution has received considerable interest in the lead up to the launch, but first, education is crucial.
"I think we need to educate the public on how it works," McWeeney said. "All of those persons who deal with PayPal, they should become automatic customers. And I think the interest generally will be very positive."
Former advisor to the Ministry of Finance and e-commerce expert Rowena Bethel said the "potential is enormous". But as the program slowly comes to fruition, she said it is "the responsibility of the government" to ensure Bahamians have access to and understand the power of the Internet.
In fact, Bethel said the government has a responsibility to partner with the private sector in order for persons to take effective advantage of e-commerce, and to be aware of the various legalities which exist among jurisdictions in the online world.

"There has to be a strong refocus on what the government can do to ready society to take advantage of this. Ensuring people are connected in affordable ways and are exposed to training and education to make it practical is crucial," she explained. "Over and above BOB, there are issues to take into account when you move to an online presence. There are legal issues, because your audience is not limited to a physical environment."
Bethel, fresh off a global information technology conference in Geneva, said many of the nations in the developing world, such as those in the Middle East, are making considerable strides and seizing opportunities online.
E-commerce would indeed provide Bahamians with an unprecedented global reach, he said, and open up markets throughout the country.
The Chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation I. Chester Cooper echoed many of these sentiments, saying "making The Bahamas less of a cash-based society makes good sense, and frankly creates less incentive for criminal-minded individuals".
McWeeney has expressed his intention to roll out the e-commerce program with participation from BCCEC.
Cooper said e-commerce will create more efficiency in the business world and improve the ability of small businesses to contain overhead costs.
"Retail banking is perhaps many years behind the adoption of banking technology and standards available in other markets. The overall retail banking system is behind the 'normal', on its charges, processes and general adoption of e-commerce. The time it takes and the enormity of the paperwork for simple transactions leaves much to be desired," Cooper told Guardian Business.

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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 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
T-Connection reloaded and unleashed

The T-Connection band's still got it, at least if a packed house is anything to go by. Last year they played to a packed house at the St. Augustine's College class of 1971 reunion, then returned for an encore performance recently at the Crystal Ballroom at the Wyndham Nassau Resort to another packed house. It was clear that there is still an audience that appreciates the style and grace of this instrumental group.
The group T-Connection was originally formed by Theophilus "T" Coakley in 1973. The funk-fusion group put The Bahamas on the map with its unique meshing of funk, Junkanoo, pop, R&B and jazz music and became one of the country's most famous international music groups.
It was originally comprised of Coakley, who served as the group's leader, songwriter and keyboard player; bassist Kirkwood Coakley; drummer Berkley Vanbyrd and guitarist Monty Brown. In 1976 Tony "Monks" Flowers joined the band as the percussionist and in 1977 Dave Mackey was added as the second guitarist.
T-Connection officially disbanded in 1985, but like the recent concert, they get together from time-to-time to take its fans back in time and introduce a new generation to their iconic flavor.
T-Connection's fusion of funk and Bahamian sounds was a nice refresher to the modern forms of music, according to Nelson Armaly of Paragon Management.
"The era groups like this are from is over, but their sound is classic," he said.

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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 30, 2012
All Andros Crabfest, June 7th -10th

Don't miss this opportunity to learn the 115 ways to catch, pen, cook and eat an Andros crab at the world famous

All Andros Crabfest which takes place

Thursday, June 7 to Sunday June 10, 2012 in Andros at the Queen's Park in Fresh Creek.

Andros is known as the land of crabs and its people are renowned for
their crab-catching expertise. One of the highlights of this cultural
event is the Crab Cultural Show, which features top Bahamian bands, solo
artists, and sweet Rake 'n' Scrape music; and the releasing of the
crabs. Take a flight with LeAir or catch the boat with Sealink!

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August 01, 2012
WANTED - Andros Police seeking public help locating 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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May 30, 2012
Fred Mitchell's Contribution to thank the Governor General for the Speech from The Throne

Nassau, Bahamas - Speaking Notes of Fred Mitchell, MP, Fox Hill, at the

House of Assembly, Nassau, Bahamas.

Mr. Speaker let say it is a privilege to second this resolution and I do so.

In
doing so, I want to congratulate you on your elevation to this post.  I
look forward to a return to fairness and decorum in the House of
Assembly. I have no doubt that you are well equipped for the job.
Knowing your family and antecedents as I do, we justifiably expect great
things for you stewardship of the House.

We have won a great victory and the PLP represented here its 29
members are a mix of the seasoned and the new.  It is a chance at
renewal, a fresh start...

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August 09, 2012
Reforming our education

According to data released on Tuesday from the Ministry of Education, students sitting for the 2012 BGCSE exams received an average letter grade of D in English Language and an E+ in mathematics; moreover this is considered an improvement.
How can we be proud that the average score in two pivotal subjects is mere points away from failure?
It is absurd to know that the next generation to come into the work force will have basic skills that are below average. Though not everyone is in favor of standardized testing, tests such as the BGCSE and BJC establish a platform of comparison not subject to grade inflation. Here, education administrators can grasp the academic performance of students in specific subjects across The Bahamas, regardless of the school.
But is the system designed to facilitate failure? With nearly 50 percent of students not qualifying for a diploma they settle for a leaving certificate. Do our students view a leaving certificate as a way out, lessening the need for a diploma? Is our society accepting of leaving certificates? It certainly seems so.
A national graduation diploma is desperately needed. Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald is right to demand a level of minimum criteria to obtain a diploma. Our government and society cannot accept the current laissez faire attitude towards education. Establishing minimum criteria for graduation also helps those students gain employment when a business knows what skill levels it can expect from graduates.
Just as a business needs strategic and succession planning, The Bahamas must prepare a national development plan and invest in our future leaders. With no idea of where we are heading, how can we educate our students for a future Bahamas? At least one government department, the Ministry of Education, has put forth a worthwhile plan with perceived deadlines that will positively impact the lives of Bahamians.
It is no wonder that many well-educated Bahamians choose to remain abroad. But such loss of talent deprives The Bahamas of our future leaders and innovators. Instead our island nation struggles with a work force that lacks basic reading, writing and math skills. Should we be surprised then that businesses seek foreigners and work permits?
We place such emphasis on employing Bahamians, yet as the data reveals, many Bahamians are unemployable for white-collar jobs. Service standards are dismal, yet we are forced to pay gratuity. Do unions survive because they fear the educated overachiever who is determined to succeed?
It is crucial to have role models, figures who define excellence and aptitude, examples for our young Bahamians to look up to. Athletes often take on this role but more often than not teachers have the authoritative position to instill a passion for lifelong learning and achievement.
Teachers are professionals with the immense responsibility for educating our sons and daughters. As such they should be treated like professionals with standards, continuing education, evaluations, monetary rewards and dismissal when needed. If our teachers cannot perform how can we expect a student to perform? Is every Bahamian teaching graduate from COB going to be a good teacher? Not likely.
It is refreshing to hear the minister of education's vision for more vocational-oriented learning. We need more applied education where training leads to jobs. Such ambitions for our education department are encouraging but only time will tell.
Meanwhile, businesses will continue to struggle with hiring competent individuals. We will continue to receive government letters or documents with grammatical and spelling errors. And yet we have hope that one day, in the near future, Bahamians will not settle for the laissez faire attitude of island life but will be invigorated by the quest for higher achievement.

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