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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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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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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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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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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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News Article

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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December 30, 2013

News Article

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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News Article

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

September 10, 2014
YOUR SAY: 136 adds up to a new era of China relationships

"Bosom friends make distance disappear" said Chinese President Xi Jinping to the President of Trinidad and Tobago during his visit to Latin America and the Caribbean last year. In July, Xi concluded his successful visit to Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba with fruitful results to further ties, a gesture of China's sincerity and high value on China's relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.

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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
News Article

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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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
Business Listing

A Design For Destiny Travel
Travel Agencies & Bureaus
  • Montrose Ave
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
News Article

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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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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News Article

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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Business Listing

Bro B's Snack World
  • Kemp & Parkgate Rds (Bar 20 Corner)
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
News Article

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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Business Listing

66 Gauge Int'l Sound System
Sound Systems Consultants & Equipment,Disc Jockeys (DJs),Entertainment
  • Carmichael Road, Sunset Park
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
News Article

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

Freeport, Bahamas

-
"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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January 19, 2012
US Embassy's Economic Officer and GBPA executives engage in fruitful discussions

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- "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.
GBPA-President, Ian Rolle, was pleased at the level of discussions that ensued.  "We certainly welcome your involvement and want to see an even greater United States presence," he said.  "Our whole city is a free trade zone and Freeport is far better suited for growth than anywhere else in The Bahamas. Our message is about using this unique situation in Freeport to benefit the island's residents and our brothers and sisters in the entire Bahamas."
Opportunities for developing sister-city relationships between Freeport and key US cities were discussed, along with prospects for establishing Information Technology programmes or related businesses in The Bahamas.  "Elsewhere in the Caribbean, even the smallest countries have burgeoning IT industries, and here you've got an incredibly smart and educated workforce," Hatcher commented.

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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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January 09, 2014
Continue to worship the Lord

Although the fig shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be on the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
- Habakkuk 3:17
My, my what a word. What great faith in the face of failure, adversity, anxiety, disparity, poverty and austerity. What a word for times like these.
The most talked about subject globally today is not crime, war or natural disasters, even though it is right up in your face, but the economy. Nations are at the mercy of the World Bank as they beat on the door for help in times of great need for survival. Financial groups engage in marathon debates to bail out struggling economies, for while crime only affects some of the people, it is the economy that affects all the people.
Haven't you heard that money answereth all things? Do you know what a man with a family, bare cupboards, mounting bills, rent and mortgage in arrears and no money in his pocket is apt to do? This man is a desperate man and anything can give. Ecclesiastes 10:19 declares "A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things."
The prophet Habakkuh in this opening last chapter, is calling on God to "Revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known, in wrath remember mercy."
He laments the deplorable moral and spiritual decay of the land together with injustice and violence. Heretofore Habakkuk asked God "How long will you permit violence and destruction to continue, while the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper and thrive?"
But let us go to the very opening of this Book of Habakkuk, in many cases, not widely read. He enters in with a strong voice of lamentation, "The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
"Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
"Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.
"They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
"And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold, for they shall heap dust and take it. Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god."
The Word of God is as fresh and relevant as the air of a new day. It is as if Habakkuk is on any popular news media of our day; and so we too, in our seasons of despair and grief ask of God, "How long will you permit violence and destruction to continue, while the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper and thrive?"
But no matter how raging the sea of crime and destruction is, and even though the financial fig tree shall not blossom, the social vines are bearing grapes of poverty and the flock of education is dwindling rather than increasing, we as children of God will continue to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, for indeed a new day is nigh.
May God Bless you dear readers as you continue to hold the faith.

o E-mail rubyanndarling@yahoo.com write to P.O. Box 119725 SS Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests and comments. God's Blessings!

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April 23, 2014
Cove: Dive industry on 'razor sharp edge'

Calling for higher taxation of foreign liveaboard dive boats, the Bahamas Diving Association states that there is "no way" Bahamian dive operations can compete with foreign liveaboard operations at present and as a result opportunities for local business growth are being lost.
This includes opportunities for larger operations like Stuart Cove's, and for start-ups which could support development in the Family Islands.
They argue that the Foreign Charter Yacht Act, established in an effort to encourage foreign commercial charter yachts to base their operations in this country, is being "exploited" in a way the government never intended. As a result, the government is leaving "$5 million in revenue on the table", Stuart Cove told Guardian Business.
The situation will become even more acute, should the government choose to move ahead with VAT, he added.
"We're walking on a razor sharp edge with prices, and we're competing internationally. Luckily we haven't lost any jobs yet, but if you increase it another three or four percent...this could be the straw that breaks the camel's back."
Under the law as it exists presently, foreign boats have to obtain a permit from the Port Department, submit to an inspection, possess liability insurance, pay an annual fee based on the length of their boat of up to $2,500, and pay a voluntary four percent of their gross sale for their charter as well as an additional $50 per dive customer.
Not only is this a low tax yield to begin with for boats which are using local resources and diverted business from local operations, but the four percent of gross sales is easily evaded, added Cove.
The Bahamas Diving Association, in a recent proposal to the Port Department, suggested that in addition to the current licensing fee, any foreign boat should pay $8,000 per berth annually, based on its certification.
"For instance, if the boat were certified to carry 10 divers, the yearly fee would be $80,000 to conduct dive operations," said the association.
In addition, they called for rules demanding that any foreign boat must not conduct any diving operations within 10 miles of any land-based Bahamas Diving Association member; must be based or docked within the Bahamas for at least nine months of the calendar year; and must be a current active member of the Bahamas Diving Association, therefore ensuring they follow the agreed upon standards and in accordance with the Association's guidelines.
Cove told Guardian Business he is confident the additional taxing of foreign boats would not cause any loss in business.
"The government seems to think that if we do this to these boats they're going to go somewhere else, but they aren't because there's not another country in the world that doesn't tax these boats. We don't want to run these people away, but let's even the playing field," said Cove.
However, Bruce Purdy, owner of Blackbeard's Cruises and the Aquacat, which operates liveaboard dive vacations out of a Nassau base, said that The Bahamas is "by far the most expensive" place to operate out of competitor jurisdictions for diving liveaboard operations.
"I only operate in The Bahamas but I know from competitors that the fees are way higher here than anywhere else. Of course, each island has its own set of problems, some that don't exist in The Bahamas, some that do, but the Bahamas is by far the most expensive.
"In Turks and Caicos they don't have the four per cent fee, the food costs are lower. In the Windward Islands and the British Virgin Islands, there are almost no fees down there. A lot of the companies say the licensing fees keep them out of the Bahamas. It's borderline and they say they would very easily go elsewhere."
Purdy said that his company pays a significant amount in tax, unlike some of the U.S.-based operations.
This includes duties on supplies and maintenance equipment, which worked out to around $35,000 in duty last year.
The company also spent around $200,000 on fuel in the Bahamas last year, he added.
"We pay on our food, on our maintenance supplies, we have people working there on the boats. We pay a sizeable amount that the boats coming in from the U.S. don't," said Purdy.
Purdy said it would be a challenge to pay an $8,000 per berth fee on some of the boats he has chartering for Bahamas vacations.
"We have two boats, one with 20 berths and one with 18. Some charter for almost nothing, they cater to inexpensive college groups. These are all people coming into The Bahamas. I think that would put an end to those. That would wipe out their profit for the year," he said.
Other boats will enter The Bahamas for short periods of time in certain months, and therefore a requirement of being based in The Bahamas for nine months out of the year would be a major deterrent, he suggested.
With respect to asking that foreign operations stay at least 10 miles from a local land-based dive operations, Purdy said that his operations try to do this, but in some cases this is difficult to avoid.
"If we have to clear Customs at Bimini or West End (Grand Bahama), our boats are slow and so we would do a dive there before we head back. It might be workable overall, but it would be difficult for us as we would have to cut a couple of days of diving out."
Purdy also suggested that the government would need to be careful not to "scare off" the lucrative charter yacht business from The Bahamas with new taxes, given that many of these vessels, which enter primarily for purposes unrelated to diving, are governed by the same legislation as the dive boats - the Foreign Charter Yacht Act of 1991.
"Most operate out of The Bahamas, most are yachts or large sailboats and they charter for large sums. The government is getting the four per cent; the revenue from these boats is huge. They pay dockage, they have people staying ashore. The Bahamas is getting a lot of benefit from them."
However, Purdy agreed that boat based in the U.S. could "definitely" afford to pay more tax in The Bahamas.
"These boats don't spend any nights in the islands," he said.
Cove, who has for some time been running a training scheme for Bahamians from low income neighborhoods to become dive instructors, said many of those who become certified face stiff competition from foreign operators because of their lesser tax burden and its impact on their pricing.
"Our government panders too much to these foreign entities. They run out of Florida, they use the resources and they pay some minimal fee that is voluntary and then they go back to the U.S. and reload. We pay duties, if we have foreigners we pay work permits, we pay our business tax which went crazy this year; they don't pay any of that."

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January 05, 2012
Jet Skis Ruining Beach

EDITOR, The Tribune.

ARE the authorities aware that Jet Ski operators are using the nice new beach at the Montagu Park to launch their personal craft instead of the boat ramp?

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