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September 25, 2012
Urban Renewal Already Bearing Fruit In Grand Bahama

Freeport, GB, The Bahamas - Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville said Monday, September 24 that over the past few months they have made strides to revitalise Urban Renewal of Grand Bahama and restore it to the position of being an aggressive tool to combat many of the social ills in the community.

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July 31, 2013
Cruise to Grand Bahama for FLIFF on Location!

The following is a message from the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF): Now in it's 3rd year, FLIFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island has blossomed into a Vacation From Ordinary Film...

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September 13, 2012
PLP cannot fulfil its mortgage bailout plan promises

Dear Editor,

According to Taneka Thompson, senior reporter at The Nassau Guardian, the mortgage bailout plan announced by the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) recently is significantly different from the 10-point plan promised ahead of the May general election.
With an estimated 3,000 people not able to qualify for the new mortgage bailout plan, maybe the PLP deserves some credit for listening to the critics, or should I say realists, who told it it was impractical and it realized its initial idea was impossible to implement without putting the country further along the road to financial ruin. Seems governing is a little different than campaigning?
Many of us, or family members, have been touched by the international economic troubles in one way or another, but that does not give government the authority, moral or legal, to increase the national debt and by extension the taxes every Bahamian will have to pay as a result of even the revised program.
Meanwhile, banks are being forced to write off debt that is legally owed them according to the terms of a mortgage all the while paying their depositors a pittance in interest, possibly forcing retirees, (people on fixed incomes) etc., into hard times.
The Clearing Banks Association now tells us the new plan reflects what it was doing all along, and if the revised plan helps but a few people, that makes it worthwhile. But what about all the people who were given false hope because of politics? At least they deserve an apology.
There's no easy answers but one thing we've learned is one bad policy like the mortgage bailout plan can have far reaching effects on the general welfare of all Bahamians, as there is not enough wealth to go around. Just because the additional taxes necessary to pay for it will be dispersed among all taxpayers does not make the bailout any more palatable.
For some reason the policies preferred by so many in the political class destroy wealth, rather than policies that will create it so we will all be better off.
To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of the U.K., the trouble with bad government policies like this is they eventually run out of other people's money, and then the entire society is worse off.

- Rick Lowe

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November 17, 2013
Boarding school reception

Colin Lord, Senior Associate Director of Admission and Director of Diversity Recruitment, will host a boarding school reception and information session for students wishing to attend Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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August 01, 2012
New offerings bear fruit at CAB

As new product and service offerings pick up steam, Cable Bahamas (CAB) has reported strong growth so far in 2012.
The launch of the BISX-listed firm's fixed line product, combined with CAB's new video-on-demand service, were both contributing factors to a revenue increase of 23.5 percent during the first three months of this year, coming in at $27.9 million.
Meanwhile, internet services have also experienced a gain of 4.9 percent, reaching $2.7 million compared to the same period last year.
"Our data sector contributed positively to the overall revenue growth by 3.3 percent, up from $2.5 million for the same period in 2011," CAB's latest report said. "Cumulatively these results highlight the strength and value of our products and services despite the current economic and competitive environment."
CAB has placed a great deal of stock into its triple play package, the first of its kind in The Bahamas. The company has been pushing for greater consolidation of these three services among consumers, which could ultimately lead to more efficient service and lower prices.
CAB has emerged as a leader in television, especially with the advent of video-on-demand. However, executives at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) have recently noted that the firm plans to pursue a television product in the near future.
Marlon Johnson, BTC's vice president of marketing, sales and business development, said the company is "seriously exploring" the service, with tests likely to occur in the second half of the fiscal year, in the hopes of bringing a television product to market.
Like many other BISX-listed companies, operating expenses are a source of concern for CAB. For the first three months of the year, this segment grew more than $3 million compared to the same period in 2011. That said, earnings before interest, taxation depreciation and amortization rose nearly 22 percent for the first quarter.
Earnings per share also rose during this period to $0.47 compared to just $0.25 last year.
The company has prided itself on broadening the local offerings through televising local and international events of significance.
Perhaps most notably of late is the deal with the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (commonly known as ZNS) to achieve shared coverage of the London Olympic Games.
ZNS reportedly paid in the region of $300,000 for the service, and while the total paid out is unclear, sources close to the matter indicated CAB's fee could have been in excess of 50 percent.
"All of these accomplishments are a very significant contribution to the expanding broadcasting efforts in the country and certainly to the growth of our community channel - Cable 12," the CAB report said.
"Viewership numbers have increased 25 percent since we moved our signature program NB12 to seven days per week. The nightly newscast is gaining ground as a reputable and preferred source for news and information."
CAB's total assets rose 9.06 percent to $220.26 million, primarily from the purchase of SRG and equipment.

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July 20, 2012
Who needs summer in the Caribbean with Midsummer Night swing in New York

I have not visited New York City for a while; returning to the city after a long stay away from the Big Apple has been for me an enchanting experience.
Definitely, the citizens of New York City must find a way to keep their patrician mayor in power for one more term. He might be the best mayor that any city in the world may have, as he puts in a full day of engaging work for the symbolic income of one dollar a year, while he leads his phalanx of commissioners to do the same for a much higher income, of course.
I can hardly recognize old neighborhoods such as the flower district in Manhattan, where giant buildings such as the one accommodating the Sofitel hotel perched along the Avenue of the Americas provide a majestic urban column that rivals the uptown Sixth Avenue vista, near the Rockefeller Center and the Hilton hotel.
Times Square, with its plaza-like setting, is an open air cafe amongst the tohubohu of the cars cruising on both sides of the oasis divider. Late at night, this center of the world is filled with people of all nations who play the narcissist game of admiring themselves on a giant television screen.
The New York renaissance is all over town, whether you are wandering in the old Park slope in Brooklyn where the town houses rival in price and in splendor the Park Avenue district of Manhattan. It is also in Queens that has now its own casino where a deluxe bus will bring you there for the modest price of one dollar per trip.
More 'waou' gasping is the rendition of the new Lincoln Center. The oracles of Adelphi would feel at ease in such a setting, three majestic buildings, a modern imitation of the Acropolis of Athens in a 6.8 acre campus-like setting, with fountains, flowers, and seats under the trees to gasp the panorama that might be the best imitation of God's lost paradise.
It is in this plaza that the trustee of Lincoln Center has regaled the commoners with free public events to compensate for the high priced concerts, dance and theater produced all year long inside the majestic buildings for the society people, who dress up almost nightly for the occasion.
For the last 40 years, I have been a regular to these outdoor events, where the musical roots of almost every ethnic group has a chance to exhibit itself for the privilege of sharing with the larger citizenry the strong emotions that their cultural roots engender. I have missed some few nights; as such, I rushed to gain what I could from the reminder of the program.
The Lincoln Center has redesigned the Damrosch Park bandshell to suite a dancing lounge (with a modest fee of $17) , a stage for the musicians, a seating area for the VIP who prefer not to mingle with the crowd, and a large setting for the public to mingle, dance and frolic at ease, freely.
Upon presenting my press credentials to be admitted freely on the dancing stage, the director of the program entered into a bargaining deal with me. You will be let in free, if you agree to publicize the program on Haitian roots, suspecting through my French namesake, I was from Haiti. I promised I will: Haitian Heritage Day with La Troupe Mackandal will take place on Sunday, August 5.
I even promised more; I will write a story about the event and profiting from the bargaining session I will advocate for Trinidadian and Jamaican music in next year's program. Yes they will be there, I was told.
The program consists in two different major undertakings. The Midsummer Night swing that started on June 26 to finish on July 14, The Lincoln Center Out of Doors follows almost immediately from July 25 to August 12. Stay a little bit more in New York and you will be regaled by free outdoor classical music in the parks and later the West Indian Carnival on Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, followed by the U.S. Open in Flushing.
It is the Mecca of tennis lovers, where the aficionados continue their vagabond wandering from Roland Garros, France, to Wimbledon, England, admiring the tennis players, usually featuring Serena Williams beating each and every opponent.
While the Midsummer Night swing is about music by big bands such as Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (July 14) and other bands such as Johnny Colon and his orchestra, more legendary big bands are also in residence at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors.
It is more about seeking and presenting the roots music of the different ethnic groups that represent the citizenry of New York City. It is indeed an innocent pleasure to watch grownups let go in the magic of dancing.
I asked the organizer of the event, how much it costs to stage this extravaganza. The policy of Lincoln Center is not to talk about money but to use money to satisfy its customers. Indeed they did. Everything was designed to please the senses, with no concern for the price: sight, sound and sensation, it lacks only the jasmine plants to produce the strong perfuming smell of its open white flowers at night.
The crowd responds to that generosity; at the plaza of Lincoln Center you find men and women at their best, smiling, and dancing with each other in that communal feeling of bonding that Barbara Ehrenreich in Dancing in the Streets called the ecstatic ritual practiced by the aborigines as well as by the modern man to cement the society.
Who needs the Caribbean in summer? I do.
In fact, I am packing to go back to Haiti, so I will not miss the rituals of the collective effervescence of the fiesta of the Saints. From mid-July to the end of August, several towns that celebrate their patron saints abandon themselves to the spirit of dance, where voodoo and Catholic rituals intermingle freely.
People will come from all over the nation to give themselves into the Fiesta of St. Marguerite on July 20 in the town of Port Margot, followed by the very voodoo spell fiesta of St. Jacques le Majeur in the town of La Plaine du Nord on July 24, then proceed to the very Catholic and frolic fiesta of St. Ann in the town of Limonade on July 26, followed by the fiesta of St. Martha in the bucolic village of Marmelade. They are all rural fiestas that need much international promotion because they represent the last vestige of Middle Ages pilgrimages in this very modern world.
I will be remiss not to invite guests from everywhere, in particular the Catholic community to come and visit my home town of Grand River on August 30, which is celebrating the 300th anniversary of its foundation as the parish of St. Rose. The atmosphere will rival the piety of Easter Mass at Easter at the plaza of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, as well as the debauchery of St. Patrick in New York on March 17.
Watching my father at 100 years old holding tight on life, I reflect and ponder that life is short but sweet if one remembers to take advantage of all the rituals that this world offers. I will miss New York, while frolicking in the Caribbean awaiting the next Midsummer Night swing of the year to come.
In the meantime, the invitation is open to come to the Caribbean during winter time when the grip of frigid weather renders New York not as hospitable as it is during summer time.

o Jean H. Charles MSW, JD is executive director of AINDOH Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a kinder and gentle Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: jeanhcharles@aol. Printed with the permission of caribbeannewsnow.com.

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July 20, 2012
Palm Cay steps in to assist Acklins Regatta

With funding being secured for the upcoming Acklins Regatta, chairman Curtis Hanna is ready for the sloops to hit the water.
The two-day race event, being held in honor of 'King' Eric Gibson, got financial assistance from Palm Cay Marina Living. The home-coming festival will get underway August 3-6.
'King' Eric said: "In my whole life of traveling and dealing with people, I have never heard anyone who is so enlightened and excited about what is going on. I know that he is not doing this just for speech. I am positive that this is from his heart. The things that he comes up with, only 'King' Eric or Sir Durward Knowles can come up with it in this country. I've been listening and have been around for a long time and this guy (Palm Cay Marina CEO Richard Browning), if it is possible, I will recruit him as a member of my committee. I will definitely find out if it is possible and do so, and officially get him on because the ideas that you have for regattas, the advancement for the people and the country, are incredible. I can't get over it."
Mr Browning has launched his full support behind local regattas. The financial assistance offered is just the beginning for Browning, who got involved earlier in the year with the introduction of the Sir Durward Knowles Cup. Browning promised that he will continue to back regattas and will continue his involvement in the sport. He said that he will do all he can to ensure that regattas are successful.
"It is something as developers creating a new lifestyle we lose track of, what we think as modern lifestyles, and so often we forget about the traditions that keep the country going," said Browning. "If we lose sight of that we lose a whole lot. As a visitor to the country it is always important to understand what made the country strong and the people strong. In that way we need to show our respect of that. We started at the beginning of the year with the Sir Durward Knowles trophy. It is a floating trophy for the Montagu Regatta. Sir Durward will decide year by year where he wishes to present that, around The Bahamas at the various regatta events.
"'King' Eric and I are working on a number of different things together. This will not only look at the tradition of the regatta season but also to bring it up to date. One of those things is obviously the Acklins regatta. We feel like we actively need to give some support to that and see if we can make it a big success, like it normally is. It is a smaller island and it needs all the external support it can get, and we feel that through Palm Cay in the capital we can get to do something to assist all of the islands around here. We want to be integrated into the whole Bahamas. We thank 'King' Eric for his assistance and we thank the government and hopefully we can work together closely."
The regatta will feature top boats from around The Bahamas competing in the three major classes. 'King' Eric also challenged Browning and Minister of Labour and National Insurance to a race in the upcoming regattas. Minister Shane Gibson, who sat in for V. Alfred Gray, the minister with responsibility for regattas, thanked Browning for his contribution. The Gibsons are descendants of Acklins. Minister Gibson said: "It is always good to see these type of things happening for Acklins where persons from the corporate Bahamas can step forward. Even though these are really trying and difficult times economically, despite that they are still able to come forward and make generous and sizeable donations to the events such as regattas. Being a son of a sailor, it always gives me great pleasure to see that the sport is still alive. I know personally how expensive it is to put on regattas."

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June 19, 2012
The Bahamas Small Business Sector Is In Ruins

After analyzing The Bahamasí economic conditions for the past three years and reviewing international watchdog agencies (Moody, IFC/World Bank, Standard & Poors) reports, it is imperative that the public and private sectors focus on small and medium size development (SME) Development and economic diversification.

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May 29, 2012
National Culinary Team on display tonight at Blu

Members of the National Culinary Team have been selected and practicing for several weeks for the Taste of the Caribbean regional competition later in June in Miami. Meanwhile, the team will display their culinary skills at two upcoming public events starting with 'Sunset Tapas on the Bay' set for Tuesday, May 29 at Blu Restaurant and Lounge on Elizabeth and Bay.
According to team manager Executive Chef Devin Johnson, the team will showcase an assortment of tapas menu items at the reception which will be a blend of locally infused international works of culinary art.
"I believe the public will delight in both the creativity and taste of what the team is putting together," states Chef Johnson. "Mixing indigenous foods with traditional appetizers helps to hone our chef's skills. At the Taste of the Caribbean competition the judges will look for an infusion of international and local flair."
Tuesday's event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. "With the backdrop of cruise ships berthed in Nassau Harbour, against the sounds of live Bahamian music, and the team's unique tapas selection and beverage offerings, this is a great opportunity for people to unwind from a busy day while showing their support for our up-and-coming young chefs," according to Bahamas Hotel Association President Stuart Bowe.
The tapas selection will include: cracked conch sushi; jerk chicken tartlets with guava BBQ sauce; Bahamian crawfish spring rolls with Asian dipping sauce; vegetable spring rolls; homemade combined veal, pork and beef meatballs with fresh sage and a tomato basil fondue; an asparagus, wild mushroom and roasted pepper pinwheel; and watermelon, papaya, cucumber and goat pepper gelee.
"The team has been practicing for six weeks and every week we see improvement," states Chef Johnson. "They've been working on techniques, beginning to gel more, and everyone knows their role. In the coming weeks it will come down to execution. That's why the tapas event at Blu and an upcoming team dinner at Atlantis on June 12 are so important."
The competition is sponsored by the Bahamas Hotel Association, the Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Culinary Association with support from team member hotels and restaurants and corporate sponsors Bahamas Food Services and Bristol Wines and Spirits. Blu and Atlantis are also assisting with hosting the team's two showcase events.
This year's team is comprised of: Team Manager Chef Devin Johnson from the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort; Team Captain Chef Jamal Small from Blu Restaurant; Chef Mychal Harris from Atlantis; Junior Chef Kevyn Pratt from One&Only Ocean Club; Chef Charron McKenzie and Pastry Chef Wenzil Rolle from the Lyford Cay Club; Chef Shanique Bodie from the Old Fort Bay Club; Bartender Gerard Knowles from the British Colonial Hilton; and Dwayne Sinclair, the National Young Chef from Temple Christian High School.
Over 14 Caribbean culinary teams will be vying for the culinary honors next month.
For additional information or tickets contact the BHA at 322-8381 or the Ministry of Tourism at 328-7810. Tickets will be available that evening at the door.

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August 24, 2010
30 'road to ruin' on Blue Hills succession

By CHESTER ROBARDS

Business Reporter

crobards@tribunemedia.net

Blue Hill Road area business owners yesterday said continuing sales declines of up to 30 per cent, induced by the roadworks and potential re-routing, are threatening succession/inheritance plans, namely ensuring the firm remained in the family by handing it to their children.

Arnold Heastie, whose gas station and convenience store has been around for almost 50 years, said he would like to pass his business on to his daughter. However, with double digit declines threatening his sales, and roadworks possibly threatening his infrastructure, he does not know how long the business can survive.

According to Mr Heastie, the roadwor ...

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Bahamas Striping Recruits U.K. Trainer
October 16, 2012
Bahamas Striping Recruits U.K. Trainer

A U.K.-certified striping technician and trainer, Brian Bostock, has arrived in The Bahamas to help create a robust and strong Bahamian striping industry.

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April 04, 2012
Bahamas tourism kick-starts economy and boosts job prospects on back of strong arrivals

Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
confirmed today that The Bahamas welcomed 5,585,995 visitors in 2011,
and that no other country in our region has come close to passing the 5
million visitor mark.

The Minister further reported that because of the very strong start
to 2012, with increases for air arrivals and for cruise passengers in
excess of 10% for the first two months, visitors to The Bahamas will
exceed 6 million in 2012 for the first time, if the current rate of
increase continues. The expected numbers for March and for April are
projected to easily exceed the 10% rate of increase. "In fact, The
Bahamas only needs to grow its visitor count by 7.4% this year to reach
the unprecedented...

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March 20, 2012
There must be a mindset to stimulate

With more than 25 years of experience in the real estate field, Mario Carey has sold more than $1 billion worth of property around the world. He began his career in The Bahamas at Bahamas Realty where he enjoyed the position of top sales broker for 18 consecutive years. In May 2008, he founded Mario Carey Realty, a full-service luxury real estate company.

Guardian Business:
What is the biggest challenge facing your business or sector?

Mario: Global economic conditions remain grim, negatively impacting the real estate market and I do not mean just those people who work in the profession, but more importantly, the ability of people to become homeowners. Many governments recognize the importance of real estate to the overall economy, and in those countries, policies foster sales with range of tools that provide a more affordable means of doing business, provide affordable credit and lower the carrying cost of property ownership. Unfortunately, that is not the case in The Bahamas where there appears to be a lack of appreciation for just how vital the real estate market is to the country's overall economic well-being. This needs to change and I would humbly suggest that such change begin with resumption of long-absent meetings between decision-makers and those in the real estate industry. Once consultation has again resumed, we urgently need to look at policies favorable to stimulating the real estate market, moving away from tax increases that hamper residential development toward providing incentives to stimulate growth. Think about selling a furnished house and the taxes involved. Building materials have been taxed a duty, normally 38 percent, then all the furniture has been taxed say 38 percent, then the sale happens and the total price including the furniture is taxed again at the stamp duty rate. This equals double taxation. When market values are on a decline, an investor has little faith he would be able to make a profit due to such high taxation. The developers of a subdivision then get hit with the cost to build a home being stamp duty-charged. With so much uncertainty in the cost to build and other unknowns, developers are understandably reluctant to build spec homes. There has to be a mindset to stimulate and create activity.

GB: Can you describe a life experience that changed how you approach work today?

Mario: For 18 years, I was with another firm as a director/broker. In 2008, I opened MCR and began wearing a number of hats - owner, manager, marketer - while continuing to handle sales at a high professional level and demonstrating leadership with others in the office, wanting them to follow the lead of working smart, being determined and showing initiative. I also wanted to make a positive difference in people's lives. My team knew I was new in the role of leadership. They allowed me to make mistakes. Yet they know I have a high standard of ethics and I'm determined to make a positive contribution to their lives and to the community. My initial thought in 2008 was to be a small, one-man type office and focus on a very specific segment of the market. This lasted for about a month, as I felt a calling to teach, to be challenged and do things I had never done before.

GB: What makes a great boss? What makes a bad boss?

Mario: Until you have been in the position, you do not realize how demanding the role of being a boss is. My approach calls for open discussion and to encourage others to strive for excellence. We focus on goals and the processes to achieve those goals. I get excited by new ideas, and I want the team to feel that same excitement. I want them to share the feeling that there are no limits on ability so long as you stay true to your principles and are not afraid of change. I think providing a safe and professional environment for my team to excel in is critical. I think bad bosses are more interested in titles and power and have a need for their egos to be fulfilled. We are in a very competitive business. There are some 650 registered BREA agents. The important thing is to work as a team. At MCR, we cover each other's backs. We are team-oriented, civic-minded and we have fun at what we do. That's the atmosphere I want to preserve. If I am able to achieve this, then I'm a successful boss.

GB: If you could change one thing concerning business in The Bahamas, what would it be?

Mario: In my case it would be lowering the cost of doing business in the real estate sector across the board, knowing the positive economic domino effect of each transaction and how much of a positive impact it makes on our country. According to a recent report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), every time a home sells three full time jobs are created. This statistic alone speaks volumes of why the Bahamas needs more sales. Unemployment is on an alarming rise, home foreclosures are increasing and there are no known current adjustments to bank or government policies that address this problem. The economic gap between the haves and the have-nots has recently been shown to be widening. Most of these woes can be aided by more residential sales. More sales would also lead more Bahamians of talent to consider real estate as a career and I welcome new, talented people. Another report by NAR shows only three percent of its members hold a bachelor's degree in real estate. Yet there is so much opportunity for diversified careers beyond selling. The list of jobs includes appraisals, home inspectors, commercial developers, property managers, time share development. I have been attending high school career workshops encouraging students to look at real estate as a possible major.

GB: What keeps you grounded?

Mario: Good salespeople tend to be high income earners because of the risk of working a commission-based job versus a salaried position - the higher the risk, the more reward. With this comes a lot of stress. To offset this, I'm very much into my health and charity work, primarily the autism organization R.E.A.C.H., of which I serve as president. Having a son who's autistic helps you keep life in perspective. You learn that small things really do count. Through my sport, which is triathlons, I'm always representing R.E.A.C.H., speaking about autism or raising funds and awareness. My other interest is spear fishing which is my ultimate passion. I have so many stories of survival, being attacked by sharks and barracudas, having boats sink in shark-infested waters and seeing death, being adrift at sea waiting to be rescued, yet it's what I love to do. Yoga and meditation also help with the day-to-day stress. Diet is such a big part of one's overall health. Currently I'm exploring the vegan diet and having special meals prepared for me. The interest is to lose weight, minimize medical needs and be around later in life to enjoy my grandchildren.

GB: How would you describe the ease of doing business in The Bahamas?

Mario: Doing business in The Bahamas can be both easy and challenging. The process of setting up a limited company and getting a business license is pretty straightforward. However, the process of securing a business loan or settling a matter in the courts can be a huge challenge. Better access to credit would advance entrepreneurship but it's also important for those wanting to go into business for themselves to understand the need for a proper business plan. I am concerned about current trends, that poverty is increasing, the middle class is shrinking and the very wealthy are accruing even more wealth. Any country with this model of social and economic imbalance sets itself up for instability and class tension. This is a cause for concern, but there are remedies if only we recognize that change is needed and opening up the avenues for business will pave the way to a better future for the country as a whole.

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September 14, 2010
Discovery Cruise Line and Kelly's partner to assist The G.B. Home for the Aged

Freeport, Bahamas -

In October, The Grand Bahama Home and Daycare for the Aged will be
celebrating its 20th anniversary of caring for the elderly. Not only do
they provide a clean safe and caring environment for Grand Bahama Island
residents, but also for persons in the Family Islands, as well as,
those with family members from the Turks and Caicos.  There are
currently 17 persons who reside at the Home, however, throughout the
years, they have filled all 20 beds.

The Home provides a critical service as they accept persons from 60
years old who can no longer care for themselves and since there is no
residential care facility for the disabled on the island, they have
stepped up to the plate when the need arises and filled this gap...

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Business Listing

Stop N Shop Grocers
Laundromats,Food Stores/Supermarkets
  • Polaris Drive Caravel Beach
  • Freeport
  • Grand Bahama, Bahamas
News Article

March 01, 2012
Fasting in the season of Lent

On September 16, 2011 the Catholic Church in England and Wales returned to
the obligatory practice of abstaining from eating meat on Friday. The allowance,
after Vatican II, for self-motivated substitutions to this rule, resulted in the
erroneous widespread belief that the rule itself had been abolished. Not
surprisingly, fasting gradually disappeared from the ordinary lives of many
Catholics. The Bishops of England and Wales are now re-establishing the practice
of Friday penance in order to unite Catholics and restore Catholic identity.

We are now in the season of Lent and the importance of fasting cannot be
understated. Sacred Scripture and Christian tradition teach that fasting is a
great help to avoid sin and all that leads to it. We first hear of the
commandment to fast in Genesis where man is prohibited from eating of the fruit
of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. After Adam and Eve's expulsion from
the garden fasting is proposed...

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Business Listing

Aarow Travel & Tours
Travel Agencies & Bureaus
  • Village Road
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
Business Listing

Simply Gourmet
Ship Chandlers,Food Stores/Supermarkets,Gourmet Food Suppliers & Products
  • [ Location Closed Down - Permanently ]
  • Corner of Shirley Street & Kemp Road, in the Fine Image Building
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
News Article

February 28, 2012
Wife charged in banker's murder

Ten days after relatives of Stephen Sherman wept as crime scene investigators documented his murder outside his Yamacraw Shores home, police yesterday charged his wife with conspiring to have him killed.
Some of those same relatives were among the dozens of spectators, who gathered in and around the South Street court complex, trying to get a peak at 43-year-old Renea Sherman.
With feet shackled, Sherman was marched from the Nassau Street Police Station to Court Number One, as the crowd, including some of her co-workers from the Water and Sewerage Corporation, looked on.
Family members and loved ones of the murdered banker struggled to find a seat in the courtroom to hear the charges levied against his wife.
Sherman's face remained expressionless as she also sat in the courtroom waiting for Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez to appear.
She was charged with conspiracy to commit the February 17 murder, along with 33-year-old Jermaine Russell of Cascarilla Street and 21-year-old Janaldo Farrington of Breadfruit Street.
Sherman and Russell were also charged with aiding and abetting the murder of her husband.
Farrington was charged with Stephen's murder and two counts of armed robbery.
The defendants were not required to enter a plea to any of the charges, and Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez informed the trio that the prosecution would proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment, fast-tracking the matter to the Supreme Court.
Last week, 21-year-old Cordero Bethel was also charged with Sherman's murder and is also accused of robbing Sherman and his niece at gunpoint.
The trio has been remanded to Her Majesty's Prisons. Attorney Murrio Ducille represented Sherman.
Stephen worked at the Royal Bank of Canada.
The father of two was 47 years old when he was killed.
His case has garnered widespread attention, blossoming from a report of a killing during the course of a robbery, to something police claim was much more complicated.
Police say he came home with his niece around 8:20 p.m. Friday before last when a man who exited a silver Honda vehicle approached him, robbed him of his cell phone and shot him in the head.
The shooter allegedly took off with another man in the Honda.
The banker was pronounced dead at the scene.

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February 02, 2012
FCCA donates school supplies in Grand Bahama

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In December of last year, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) donated gifts to the underprivileged children of Grand Bahama as they have been doing for several years, but this time they wanted to do more.
Staff of Norwegian Sky a member of FCCA decided that rather than exchange gifts between themselves, they would pool their monies together to purchase more gifts for the kids of Grand Bahama. The staff members were able to gather $400 between them, which they used to purchase school supplies. The school supplies were then presented to the Grand Bahama Children's Home, and Freetown Primary School.
Mrs. Sandrea Bullard, Acting Principal at Freetown Primary School says, "The joy brought to the students as a result of the FCCA's generosity will be one that will have a lasting impact on our students." She also wished them blessings in their future endeavors.
Ms. Brennamae Rolle-Cooper of the Grand Bahama Children's Home says, The donation is being made at a much needed time, and would "go a long way in assisting our children with their academics." She sincerely expressed much appreciation for the crew's generosity.

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Bro B's Snack World
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A Design For Destiny Travel
Travel Agencies & Bureaus
  • Montrose Ave
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February 28, 2012
Fasting in the season of Lent

On September 16, 2011 the Catholic Church in England and Wales returned to
the obligatory practice of abstaining from eating meat on Friday. The allowance,
after Vatican II, for self-motivated substitutions to this rule, resulted in the
erroneous widespread belief that the rule itself had been abolished. Not
surprisingly, fasting gradually disappeared from the ordinary lives of many
Catholics. The Bishops of England and Wales are now re-establishing the practice
of Friday penance in order to unite Catholics and restore Catholic identity.

We are now in the season of Lent and the importance of fasting cannot be
understated. Sacred Scripture and Christian tradition teach that fasting is a
great help to avoid sin and all that leads to it. We first hear of the
commandment to fast in Genesis where man is prohibited from eating of the fruit
of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. After Adam and Eve's expulsion from
the garden fasting is proposed...

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January 19, 2012
US Embassy's Economic Officer GBPA Engage in Fruitful Discussions

Freeport, Bahamas

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"We're very much oriented towards building business ties," stated Kyle
Hatcher, Economic Officer, United States Embassy to The Bahamas, during
his first official trip to Grand Bahama.  His comments were keenly
welcomed by executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
(GBPA) who participated in informative discussions with him.

"Part
of my portfolio is to do outreach as much as I can outside of Nassau. 
Freeport is the economic engine and on an economic and political level,
it's good for us to get out and build those relationships," he noted...

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Hands for Hunger signs up Sands Brewery and SHG Management for 'Paradise Plates'
May 19, 2009
Hands for Hunger signs up Sands Brewery and SHG Management for 'Paradise Plates'

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hands for Hunger, a Bahamian non-profit organization that works to provide food to Bahamians in need, has signed up two major beverage suppliers as partners in their first-ever major fundraising event.

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September 16, 2010
Cruise ship diverted to Bahamas to avoid Hurricane Igor

By KRYSTEL ROLLE
Guardian Staff Reporter
krystel@nasguard.com

Despite churning in waters hundreds of miles away from The Bahamas, Hurricane Igor-which was downgraded to a category one storm yesterday-spells good and bad news for the country.
The bad news-according to the National Hurricane Center(NHC)-is that the large hurricane was expected to generate large swells in portions of the country which are likely to cause"life threatening surf and rip currents."
Although the NHC added that the swells will gradually subside in the next couple of days.
Sea swells are also expected in the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola.
However, the good news is at ...

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January 18, 2014
Super Bowl has NYC restaurant scene ready to score

The Super Bowl won't touch down in New Jersey until next month, but the New York restaurant scene already is rolling out the turf carpet.
The city with the endless appetite for great food is going all out for the big game, mounting a culinary spectacle in keeping with the overthe-top nature of the event.
"We go crazy for things,"said Kate Krader, Food and Wine magazine's restaurant editor and a lifelong New Yorker. "But I'm kind of astonished at the level of things people are doing."
Exhibit A -- The 50 Yard Lounge. At the intersection of Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, the 50 Yard Lounge will offer what amounts to a five-day food and wine festival with athletes. Heated roof decks, tented plazas and restaurants will showcase themed menus from top New York chefs while current and former NFL players mingle with diners.
In some of the many chefand-athlete demonstrations, Michelin-starred chef Michael White will teach Football Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter to make pasta. And celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda will show three-time Super Bowl champion Matt Light, formerly of the New England Patriots, how to break down meat.
"It's about New York City chefs, New York City music, and about experiencing the Super Bowl in New York City,"said Lonny Sweet, founder of marketing agency The Connect Group and creator of the event. "I felt I had an opportunity to show what makes this city so great."
The Super Bowl also will give rise to Forty Ate, a popup steakhouse created by hospitality giant Danny Meyer where VIP tables will cost $50,000 -- food and drink included.
Commissioned from Meyer by the NFL and hosted in the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, the restaurant will serve burgers, steak and pasta with a view of "Super Bowl Boulevard," which is a section of Broadway converted into a street fair featuring a giant toboggan run.
A more modest offering will be found in Brooklyn, where the charity Taste of the NFL will hold its annual fundraiser to combat hunger. The event, which costs $700 per ticket, will bring former players as well as chefs including Tertulia's Seamus Mullen and "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Meanwhile, all across the city, independent restaurants from the famous to the obscure are getting in on the game. A.G. Kitchen on the Upper West Side will enlarge its famous Cubano, stretching the roast pork-ham-andcheese sub to 6 feet long.
"It gets away from the Italian subs people are used to,"said restaurant co-owner Spencer Rothschild. "All of New York is being transformed. Every restaurant should find a way to step up."The Asian-accented barbecue joint Fatty 'Cue is offering feasts of whole pig, brisket or lamb to eat at its two restaurants or for take-out. And Taquitoria, a Lower East Side shop that serves only the deep-fried, cigar-like tortillas called taquitos, offers 40-piece boxes of Buffalo chicken taquitos throughout football season. On game day, says owner and manager Brad Holtzman, they expect to do 99 percent of their business for takeout.
"They're the perfect food to sit on your couch and watch the game," he said.
Across the bridge in Brooklyn, the chicken-and-waffle restaurant Sweet Chick will create special combinations to let diners vote with their mouths. Chicken gumbo might top a rice waffle, says co-owner John Seymour. It's too bad New Orleans won't be in the big game.
But, salmon cakes might perch on a coffee waffle, which would be great if Seattle makes it.
And if Denver makes it, there's something else. Keep in mind, recreational marijuana was recently legalized in Denver, so hemp will definitely be in the waffle. "I wish we could do a pot waffle, but we don't want to get closed down," Seymour said.
Even uber-hip Roberta's, a vanguard of cool in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, is mounting a Tiki bar with football-shaped calzones, cheese pretzels and "cheap pitchers."
"To me that shows just how deep the food scene in this city," Krader said, "is buying into the Super Bowl."

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December 02, 2010
Bahamas Hotel Association Silent Auction Goes Cyber

Nassau, Bahamas - This year
the

Bahamas Hotel Association brings its popular

Holiday Silent Auction
to the world, with over 180 gifts and everyday items available for the
bidding for two weeks beginning Midnight,

December 6th -

December 19th 2010.

Online shoppers can choose from a selection of cruises, hotel getaways,
dining experiences, airline tickets, food and gift Items, special
business services and works of art....

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