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August 31, 2014
Physical mental wellness

I do believe, that in recent times there has indeed been an awakening among the peoples of the world about the vital importance of physical wellness, in keeping our bodies in tip top physical condition so that we will not experience ill health too often, which in turn will indeed aid us tremendously in our continual quest to reach the top of the mountain and thus stand triumphantly on The Summit of Success.
Incidentally, if you're interested in getting some simple but very practical tips on how to stay physically well; in my Broaden Your Horizons lecture series, which consists of thirteen half hour lectures, module number six deals with this most important matter of maintaining good health. You can have access to my Broaden Your Horizons lecture series by logging onto The Reilly Institute website at and joining either The Winners Club or The Gold Club.
So we're all, I believe, fully aware of the FACT, that we need to remain physically fit; however, far too many, from my observations are neglecting their Mental Health. Yes indeed, we all need to make sure that we have and maintain 'Physical & Mental Wellness' as today's title succinctly puts it. Actually, in the long run, as I'm sure most of my valued readers are indeed fully aware of, Mental Wellness is vital to us also maintaining Physical Wellness.
Yes indeed, so much of the physical illness which a whole lot of people experience actually commences with mental anguish and stress. As I have stated again and again over the years, everything commences in The Mind.
So we all need to concentrate on being Mentally Well at all times. How do we do this, you may query? Well I believe that it must commence with becoming and remaining truly peaceful at all times, even when we go through the inevitable troubling times, which we all do at some point in our lives. How do we do this D. Paul remain peaceful during stressful situations which do indeed occur in all of our lives, from time to time? Well, in a nutshell, through Daily Meditation.
That's right, we all need to make Daily Meditation a part of our everyday routine. We should spend time in The Silence each and every day so that we will develop, over time, a truly peaceful consciousness which will contribute to our 'Physical & Mental Wellness' which in turn is absolutely vital to our continuing success, stability and spiritual evolution.

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September 10, 2014
BNT staff pursuing further academic goals

Education never stops, and, as such, five Bahamas National Trust (BNT) staff members -- Alannah Vellacott, Shelley Cant, Lindy Knowles, Mark Daniels and Krista Sherman -- have left to pursue environmental studies degrees.
Well-known BNT staff member Shelley Cant, who worked in the education department and who also managed the website for the trust, is at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus in the United Kingdom, where she will be working towards a master's degree in environmental studies.
Cant was also the lead officer in the BNT's Rare Pride Campaign for wetlands and the Shark Campaign, which resulted in The Bahamas receiving status as a shark sanctuary, the first in the Caribbean.
Vellacott, who also worked tirelessly in the education department, returned to South Dakota State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in environmental science.
Daniels, the Leon Levy National Park Preserve manager since it opened in 2011, is pursuing a master's degree in botany at Miami University in Ohio.
Knowles, who joined the BNT as a science officer in 2009, became a skilled diver and participated in a number of rapid ecological assessments for new national parks as well as leading several mangrove restoration projects. Knowles is pursuing a master's degree in environmental science at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.
Sherman, who came to the BNT as a project manager of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) Marine Protected Areas project, successfully coordinated and completed monitoring protocols for the Exuma land and sea park and a sustainable tourism model for the Exuma cays. Sherman is pursuing a doctorate degree at Exeter University focusing on the Nassau grouper spawning aggregation and population abundance. The trust hopes Sherman's studies will be a helpful key to advancing conservation efforts to establish best management practices for the grouper and sustaining the species.
"We will miss both Shelley and Alannah," said Portia Sweeting, BNT's director of education. "They have contributed in major ways to the BNT's strong environmental education programs, and we know that they will do well in the pursuit of their educational goals."
BNT Deputy Executive Director Lynn Gape said the young environmental officers displayed amazing dedication to the goals and mission of the BNT. She said it had been a joy to watch them develop their skills and interests over the years.
"It is amazing to watch these aspiring young Bahamian scientists progress through initial curious interest, then engaging with local and international scientists and now finally aspiring to further their environmental careers to help address some of the important environmental challenges that face our country," said Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, BNT's director of science and policy.
"We encourage our staff to improve themselves and to pursue higher educational degrees," said Eric Carey, BNT executive director. "This is all part of nation building, whether they return to work for the BNT or pursue other opportunities in the environment arena, they will continue to be friends and supporters of the trust. We wish them all the best and our only regret is that we have not been able to provide more financial support for their educational goals," he said.

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June 03, 2011
Donald Christopher Roberts, 65

A Memorial Service in memory of Donald Christopher Roberts aged 65 years, a resident of Manchester Street, Blair Estates, will held on Saturday, June 4th, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Victoria Room, #1 Bay Street. Officiating will be Brother Anthony Russell.
Left with cherished memories are his devoted wife, Exrella Roberts; children Dionne Heath, Dellarese Roberts, Deidre Bullard, Donnassio, Dario, Don and Christopher Roberts, Racquel Strachan and  Krishna Roberts ; Sons-in-laws: Timothy Heath, Jamal Bullard, daughter in law: Erica Roberts, sisters: Marie Strachan and Joan Roberts-Pinder of Atlanta Georgia, brother in law: Gerald Strachan, Arthur Rahming;
Grandchildren, Deonte and Timia Heath, Rajesh and Raashi Roberts, Ramesh Miller, Logan and Mateo Bullard, Dylan Roberts, Kiyara and Akaree Roberts, Anna, Angela and Ashernique Strachan. Nieces and nephews: Darlene and Jefford Curry, Paula and John Reckley, Paul and Vinincia Strachan, Philip and Madyln Strachan, Pamela and Marvin Smith, Juiette and Maureen Roberts, Charmaine and Darwin Dawson, Charnae and Emery Leonce and Shenkara Bowe; Grandnieces and nephews, Danielle and Raquashane Curry, Jonae Reckley, Nicole, Tregg and Traci Strachan, Ashton and Alexys-Marie Smith, Alexandria Hepburn, Kristen Lindsay, Kellah Leonce, Devin, Darien, Desha and Deanna Dawson.In Laws: Vera and John Farrington, Angela and family, Vandarene and Stuart Bowe, Christine Farrington, John and Latisha Farrington, Wilma Farrington, Brian Farrington and host of relatives and friends; Therez Usher, Amos and Loretta Williams, Mary and Evelyn Knowles and family of Fort Lauderdale, Margaret Nelson and family, Shellie Missick and family, Sharon Bain and family, Jeffery Missick and family, Christopher Missick and family, Rodney Johnson and family, Myra Bullard and family, Dorothea Wilson, Tino and Dawnia Bullard, Deborah and Sidney Outten, Paul and Cindy Ritchie, Monty and Lisa Hanna, Monty and Cheryl Ritchie and family, Anthony and Nancy Russell, Jimmy and Sylvia Bevans and family, Devitte Duncanson Meryl Desmangls and family and others too numerous to mention.
Special thanks to Dr. Friday, Dr. Lightbourne, Dr. Rahming, Nurse Gaitor from Fox Hill Community Clinic, Nurse Watson from Elizabeth Estate Clinic, Dr Cargill, Dr. Jones and Dr. Bartlett from Elizabeth Estates.
Relatives and friends may pay their respect at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street, on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cremation will follow.

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June 02, 2011
Gloria Glenda Sears nee Finley, 69

Funeral services for Gloria Glenda Sears nee Finley, 69 yrs., a resident of Millers Height, Carmichael Road, who passed away on 20th May, 2011, will be held at St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Carmichael Road on Saturday at 9 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. S. Sebastian Campbell & Rev. Fr. Atma Budhu.  Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Her memories will forever be cherished by her loving, devoted husband: Campbell Sears, dedicated daughter: Registered Nurse: Leonie Sears; loyal sons: Kevin, Andrew, Lemuel, David & Lawrence Sears; grandchldren: Alexio, Antoine, Akeem & Iessa Mullings, Lakeisha, Lashell, andreco, Andrewnique & Deandra Sears; daughters-in-law: Registered Nurse: Stacey Pratt-Sears, Rochelle Bethel-Sears; sisters-in-law: faithful caregiver: Alice Lowe, Cynthia Finley, Bernice Collins & Angela Sears; brothers-in-law: Reuben Sears & Charles Collins; nieces: Shelly, Psychita, Bruceta, Machell, Megan & Trained Clinical Nurse Lyndianna Rahming, Deidre Finley, Martha Maria Dukes, Shenique & Olivia Ingraham, Bridgette Morrison & Ava Lowe; nephews: Kirk, Duke, Derek Jr., Quincey Finley, Demetrius, Samuel Lowe, Devardo Hunt, Andy, Chris, Steve, Brian Collins, Desirio Ingraham & Churchill Sears; a host of other relatives & friends including: Arginal (Argie), Patrick, Karen, & Trained Clinical Nurse Patricia Sands, Sheena Newton, Vashti & Rena Roberts, Alvina Taylor, Keith, Lambert, Butler, Donna, Psyche, Renee, Michael, Trevor, Toney Edwards, Tina, Lisa, Keva, Kevin Gibbs, Catechist Alice Gray, Dillis Ingraham, Trained Clinical Nurse Santina Smith, Margaret, Shavaughn Thurston, Sherilyn McCartney, Dr. Valarie Carpenter, Margaret Russell, Edna McMillian, Estermae Mitchell of Deerfield Beach, Fl., Bert & George McKinney, Toney, Helen, Shelley & Brad Capron, Emmie, Ivy & Neva Sweeting, Vincent, Maxwell, Cyril Collins, Christine, Nathalie, Nathaniel Knowles, Esther McPhee, Revs. Alfred, Timothy, Andrew, Susan & Laverne Stewart, Miriam, Oswald Finley, Leonie Duncanson, Judy, Verdell, Marsha, Locksley Jr., Leroy, Richard & Anthony Fawles, Sally, Susan, Roselyn, Deborah, Joycelyn, Matthew Curry, Elaine Wilson, Alice Adams, Myrtle Sweeting, Sherry, Kenneth Kemp, Alice Innis, Mizpah Davis, Edith Scott, Velma, Clay, Sean Johnson, Kara Tinker, Andrew (Dudd), Min. Charles Maynard, Beverly Collins, Lerlean, Tejada, Alice, Kermit, Lorenzo Minus, Melverna Wong, Theresa (Fanny), Angie Rolle-Thompson, Ruby Anne Burrows, Shawnette Roye, Isaac, Harvey Mullings, the entire Mullings family, Adena, Derek, Louise, Alphonso, Dr. Eugene Newry, Ethlyn Armstrong, Yvonne Sands & family, Mr. Ulyses & Rev. Dianna Culmer, Clover Pratt & family, Carla & Daniel Hall & family, Tracy & Don Arnett & family, Anita Bodie, Kenny Mackey, Preston Ferguson, W/Insp. Annette Mackey, Olive Thomas, Charlene, Arthur & Vellora Sweeting & family, Icelyn Campbell of Jamaica, Deanne Hepburn, Eleanor, Florina Rolle, Donna Daxon, Antoinette Neely, Rose Hart, Orpheus Ingraham, Mrs. Lynn Lewis of Family Guardian, Henry Farrington, Merell Thompson, Howard Charlow & family, Evangelists: Maria Lynes, Petrona Ferguson, Berthalee Curry, Nathaniel Bastian & family, Neville, Allan & Bernard Thompson & family, Nurses: Sylvia Santina Smith, Eleanor, Stephanie Poitier, Stephanie Johnson, Darnell Roker, Inza Young, Patishamae Miller, Leonie Buchannan, Gloria Dorsette, Margo Curry, Melody Taylor, Gloria Jacques,Yvonne Adderley, Mary Knowles, Virginia Brennen, Sister Caffeine Brice, Laine Johnson, Paula Hamilton, Yvonne Johnson, Dorothy Ferguson, Geraldine Rolle, Natasha Cooper, Patrice Mitchell, Sandra Rolle, Annastacia Valcin, Sister Ampersam Symonette, Dr. Freddie Smith, Renal Team Dialysis Unit, the Children's Ward, Sister Hilda Douglas, Ernestine Douglas, Adrian & Dionisio D'Aguilar, Dora Rahming & the entire staff of Superwash, Sister Portia Ferguson, Sister Rebecca Johnson, Cunningham, Henry, Black, Lewis, Harris, Ramsey, Rolle, Sister Sherlene Sears, Lockhart, Woodside, Newbold, Bowe, Female Medical Ward #2, Public Hospital Authority, D'Albenas Agency, Ministry of Health, Premier Importers, Cable Bahamas, Bethel-Robertson, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Dr. Norad & Michelle Morgan, Sheral Curry, Bannerman, Wemyss Bight communities, Kelsey Williams, Veronica Sweeting, Sherry Gibson, Emerita Bethel, the entire MInnie Street & Millars Height communities: (Patrick Maycock, Bastian, Newry, Thompson, Cox,Ferguson, McCollough, Penn, McIntosh, Wilson, Freckleton, Dottin, Culmer, Sands, Johnson, Rolle, Flowers, Ramsey, Burrows, Dorsette, Longley & Sweeting), Rev. Nathalie Bastian, Rev. Marie Roach, Rev. Angela Palacious, Canon Harry Ward, Fr. Kabiga - Holy Trinity, Fr. Kingsley Knowles - St. Greorges, Rev. Fr. Atma & Lavinia Budhu - Epiphany Anglican Church, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Campbell - St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Bishop Moses Johnson, Church of God Cathedral family, Gerald Cash Primary School, Anatol Rodgers High School, Interactive School of Learning, Phillip & Mary, John Chea #4, Flamingo Gardens Clinic & many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 3-6 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 8 a.m. until service time.

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March 23, 2013
Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold released from jail

According to reports online, the country's top junior quartermiler has been released from county jail in Tallahassee, Florida, after spending the night behind bars, and will be allowed to return to The Bahamas to compete in next weekend's CARIFTA Games. The only question remains, will the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) allow him to do so after being arrested early Thursday morning for discharging a firearm in public and resisting arrest without violence?
Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold, 18, appeared in court yesterday morning, and was released after posting a $1,000 bond - $500 for each count. He has a case management hearing for Tuesday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m., but before then, is scheduled to return home to represent The Bahamas for a fourth straight year at the CARIFTA Games. The 42nd Annual CARIFTA Games is set for March 29 to April 1, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Up until press time, BAAA President Mike Sands was still not returning calls, but first Vice President Iram Lewis said that they are receiving legal counsel into the matter. He said that is about all he could mention at this particular time.
As for Newbold, the Florida judge ordered him to turn over any firearms in his possession after his release, but Newbold has since denied ever carrying a concealed weapon. He tweeted: 'Bad Mouth me if you want! Nobody got shot at, There was no gun. I'm no criminal, but I got a couple of misdemeanors.'
Before that, he tweeted: 'They can't keep a good man down! Lol people making it seem like life is over, I'm out, I'm gucci, back to work.'
According to reports, Newbold and fellow athlete Joshua Mance were arrested around 3:30 a.m. in the morning after shots were heard in the vicinity of a local apartment complex pool. An eyewitness identified Newbold as the shooter, and additionally, it was reported that shell casings were found in the area of the pool. Both athletes have since been suspended from the Florida State University (FSU) track team, but according to FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman, both Newbold and Mance could rejoin the team pending an investigation into the university's discipline policy and legal proceedings.
Mance, who has hired a private attorney, was a member of the silver medal winning 4x400m relay team that was beaten by The Bahamas at last year's Olympic Games. Mance had just turned 21 on Thursday, and was in possession of Newbold's identification card, which had an altered date of birth. Mance was charged with being in possession of a forged identification card and resisting arrest without violence.
World Youth Champion over 200 meters (m) Newbold was regarded as one of The Bahamas' best hopes for a medal going into the CARIFTA Games. He was expected to represent The Bahamas in the under-20 boys' 400m, and maybe the 200m as well. He has personal best times of 46.97 and 20.89 seconds in those events, respectively.
Newbold is a five-time CARIFTA Games medalist. He is the CARIFTA record holder in the under-17 boys' 400m hurdles as well (52.75 seconds). Newbold also won double gold at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track and Field Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In college, the FSU sophomore is a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Indoor Champion.
The crowning glory moment of Newbold's junior career might have come at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Lille, France, when he won the gold medal in the boys' 200m in a personal best time of 20.89 seconds, helping The Bahamas to secure its best finish ever at a global athletics meet.

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September 22, 2014
FOCOL clarifies relationship with BEC

It has been inaccurately reported in the media that FOCOL Holdings, through its subsidiary company, Sun Oil Limited, supplies the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) with heavy fuel oil (HFO) and diesel fuel for power generation. According to a press statement recently issued by the company, no such fuel supply relationship exists between FOCOL or any of its subsidiary companies and BEC.
FOCOL Holdings Limited is the Shell brand licensee for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. The branding relationship between FOCOL and Shell Brands International is separate and apart from any direct fuel supply relationships that Shell Western Supply and Trading Limited (a separate entity based in Barbados) may have with other entities in The Bahamas, notes the press statement.
Sun Oil Limited has the most expansive local distribution infrastructure of any oil company currently operating in The Bahamas. With its own fleet of coastal tankers and network of bulk fuel storage terminals located in Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera and San Salvador, Sun Oil is uniquely positioned to provide logistical support services to BEC for the distribution of its fuel from Clifton Pier to its power plants in the Family Islands power. According to the press release, this is the extent of the fuel relationship between FOCOL and BEC.
"FOCOL does not subscribe to public discussions of its commercial arrangements with customers, however matters of national importance demand clarity to facilitate accurate and productive discussions," notes the statement.
FOCOL Holdings Limited is a publicly-traded company with over 800 Bahamian shareholders and 350 employees throughout The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

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October 01, 2014
Miller says BEC has paid 55 mil. due on fuel bill

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) was able to pay off a $55 million fuel debt that threatened to leave the country without electricity, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.
"We are in good shape," said Miller, when called for comment.
He had previously issued a warning that the corporation needed to pay the debt off by the end of September or face a country-wide blackout.
Minister of Works Philip Brave Davis, who has ministerial responsibility for BEC, had said the government would, if need be, subsidize the bill.
But Miller said it never came to that.
"We didn't get one penny from the government," he said.
"We got it from our customers. I want to thank them for coming in, including all the hotels.
"I don't even want to go into the hotels. The hotels worked with us. I want to thank all of them for stepping to the plate.
"They worked with us and we have a good relationship with them. Now everybody understands that the left hand has to help the right hand and we have a commitment from them to live up to their commitments.
"They have been living up to that, and I am very grateful to them."
Miller had threatened to disconnect "three hotels out west", which collectively owed BEC $30 million.
He later said the hotels made payment arrangements with the corporation.
Davis said he would expect to be consulted before BEC acts on a threat to disconnect service to the major hotels.
Miller said, while he knew his threats were "a little nuts", they were necessary.
He pointed out that BEC's fuel comes from Shell West out of London by way of Barbados.
"We don't buy fuel from FOCOL," he noted. "FOCOL simply ships our fuel to all our [28] Family Island operations."
Miller had said BEC's total fuel bill was $100 million.
He said yesterday that BEC will always struggle with the debt.
"It's always going to happen," he said.
"There is nothing you can do about that. When you have accounts receivable over $185 million, you are in trouble."

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September 29, 2014
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation offers VAT training

As the government ramps up its training initiatives within the business community, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) - through its educational wing, the Chamber Institute - is offering training courses on the value-added tax (VAT) registration and other aspects of VAT readiness.
Keshelle Davis, executive director of the Chamber Institute, said: "Our first official VAT seminar will be held on September 30 at the British Colonial Hilton on Bay Street. The initial session is a full day workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a focus on pre-registration training for VAT - basically, it's everything business owners and entrepreneurs should know before registering for VAT."
The training team will include Davis; CSR business advisory lead at Bahamas Development Bank Montgomery Miller; College of The Bahamas School of Business lecturer Glenn Davis; insurance expert Nadine Fraizer and chartered quantity surveyor and construction cost consultant Raeh Roker-Williams.
Financial Secretary John Rolle and Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis will also speak at the seminar.
The institute notes that all the trainers have completed a rigorous training process led by Dean Wootten, a U.K.-based VAT consultant and trainer.
"With merely a few short months to train staff in the area of VAT compliance, many business owners are stressed and overwhelmed by the herculean task of ensuring that their businesses are prepared and VAT compliant," the institute said in a press release announcing the training.
"The chamber's courses are designed to alleviate the stress that business owners are facing in the complex field of tax compliance."
The course is organized into three separate parts with registration workshops running weekly in morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Part one begins September 30, 2014 and includes training on how VAT works, what it is, who should register and why and other VAT basics.
The second series of sessions focuses on providing a comprehensive guide through the VAT registration process. The third part follows with operational procedures, recordkeeping, returns and best practices. Members of the BCCEC pay $160.00 per course while non-members pay $190.00.

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Take Me Home Tonight
  • Genre : Comedy, Drama
  • Rating : TBC - To Be Classified

Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night....

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October 08, 2014
Coalition for Responsible Taxation: Strengthen whistle-blower protection

The co-chair of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation (CRT) has stressed the need for increased government accountability and legislation protecting whistleblowers following a recent headline-grabbing forensic audit into the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).
CRT Co-chair Gowon Bowe told Guardian Business that while he could not comment on the findings of the audit directly, he believes that the initial reports illustrate the greater need for freedom of information in the country, arguing that it would help identify similar "leakages" in the government infrastructure.
"The matters that are now being identified really show where there is potential leakage and damage being incurred by the government because of either corrupt practices or a failure to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
"Equally, we need to have legislation that is going to protect persons who are willing to come forward and blow the whistle on either bad behavior or outright acts of fraud and corruption," stated Bowe.
The Nassau Guardian reported on Monday that a forensic audit into the PHA's supply of pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies reveals a $10 million difference in pharmaceutical inventory between Princess Margaret Hospital's (PMH) physical count and what was reflected in PMH's computer system.
Bowe added that the recent audit highlights the need for the government to address other qualitative issues facing the country, rather than focus solely on value-added tax (VAT) and tax administration.
"If we are trying to get our fiscal house in order, the main thing we have to be ensuring is that we're closing up loopholes where money is escaping from the system without being deployed for social benefit of others.
"If we put it quite candidly, we have a very significant [expense] on National Health Insurance already. The question now is are those funds being used effectively?" asked Bowe.
The audit also raises concerns over the formation of a shell company "quickly established for the purpose of transacting" with the Bahamas National Drug Agency (BNDA), which is administered by the PHA.
The forensic audit covers both the Ingraham and Christie administrations, from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2013. PHA Chairman Frank Smith issued a statement earlier this week that the current PHA board had commissioned the recent audits and is currently reviewing them.
"Anything that leaves itself open to corruption or bad behavior now needs to be curtailed. That goes straight to our freedom of information initiative that we've been pushing. There needs to be legislation that allows information to be disseminated so that the public can evaluate the operating and financial efficiencies of a lot of the government agencies," said Bowe.

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October 31, 2014
U.S. conch ban decision looming

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States is expected to deliver a ruling on November 3 on a petition by the environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) WildEarth Guardians for queen conch to be declared a "threatened" or "endangered" species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Such a decision would, according to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), cause significant social and economic hardship for thousands of Caribbean fishermen, fish processors/exporters and their families, and undermine the peace and stability of certain coastal communities that rely on the queen conch resource, because it will effectively deprive them of their source of income and livelihoods.
Government representatives from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states met this week in Nassau with representatives from the United States government to discuss a number of trade issues, including what to do about a potential ban on U.S. imports of queen conch.
Queen conch remains among the most important fishery resources in the Caribbean: Conch meat exports from 12 Caribbean countries are about 14,000 tons and contribute around US$185 million in earnings. Even the shells are exported, albeit to a far lesser extent. CARICOM states together are the main suppliers of queen conch on the international market.
CARICOM's research notes that almost 80% of all queen conch meat in international trade is imported by the U.S., with about 19% imported by France through Guadeloupe and Martinique.
The sixth meeting of the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment Council (TIC) happened in Nassau this week. During the closed-door meetings, CARICOM nations made representations on the need to prevent a potential ban on U.S. imports of queen conch. The National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States Department of Commerce is presently reviewing the state of queen conch to make a determination whether a listing of the species as threatened or endangered within the meaning of the ESA is warranted.
CARICOM research states that if queen conch is listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, all conch imports into the U.S. market would be prohibited, and all exports from CARICOM states to the United States market would be closed indefinitely. Furthermore, it is anticipated that once the United States market closes, the European Union market would probably follow shortly thereafter.
The queen conch issue was one of a number issues addressed at the TIC, including intellectual property, rum and agricultural sanitation.

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November 05, 2014
It all comes back to you

Now the phrase that is in fact the title of this particular article, it all comes back to you is a completely accurate and indeed totally true statement. But what exactly do you mean by that D. Paul, what exactly comes back to you, many may query? Well in a nutshell, everything! I'm sorry. I still don't get what you're talking about D. Paul, could you please elaborate? I sure will!
As all of my regular readers will be more than aware of, one of the most important universal laws which governs our individual lives and everything in the universe is the law of cause and effect. Now this law simply states, that for every cause there is an effect, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, or to put it quite simply, what we sow we ultimately reap. So in essence, it means that your ever thought, word and action today will, it must come right back to you.
Now l remember very well stating this universal concept at a seminar some years ago, and when we took a refreshment break, as I was enjoying a Danish and some coffee, a young man attending the seminar approached me with an extremely worried look on his face and said to me "Dr. Reilly, did you really mean what you said in the lecture this morning, that what you do comes back to you?" I replied, indeed, it is absolutely true -- it all comes back to you.
The young man replied with an extremely worried look on his face "Well, I guess that I'm in for an extremely tough time in the future," as he reflected on some of his recent thoughts and actions, which he now fully realized will all come back to haunt him, as that well-known saying so very aptly puts it. Yes indeed, as today's title puts it, it all comes back to you.
Now believe me, my intention here today is most definitely not to give you bad news, it's to make you fully aware of exactly how life works, so that from this moment onwards, you will be much more cognizant of all of your thoughts, words and actions, each and every day of your life.
I suggest that you remember this law of cause and effect at the very beginning of each and every day, so that you will go out of your way to think right thoughts, utter right words and behave in a manner which does not affect anyone in a negative or destructive way for what you sow, you reap, not incidentally just because I said so, but because it's the law -- God's law!

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November 27, 2014
Miller: I will not bend on union contract

Despite increasing pressure from the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU), Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said his resolve will not bend and declared that if "we lose this battle, the country is going to lose the war".
Leaders of the BEWU engaged in its second day of work-to-rule yesterday over issues regarding the union's industrial agreement. BEWU President Paul Maynard claimed that Miller is unnecessarily blocking the process.
He warned that the union will continue to increase the pressure and said it will also take strike action if that becomes necessary.
Miller has called for the union to renegotiate some of the terms of its contract, but Maynard said as far as he is concerned "negotiations are over".
"He will sign the industrial agreement," Maynard said, referring to Miller. "Or he will wish he did."
When asked to expound on that, Maynard said, "You will see.
"We don't care about Miller's demands... He better hope that the union doesn't have to vote in 2017."
Maynard said the union will continue to engage in industrial action until the contract issues are resolved.
But Miller said he would also remain firm.
"BEC union has the Bahamian people between a rock and a hard place," he said. "We have to stand firm. I believe that if we lose this battle the country is going to lose the war.
"There's a point of saturation where there is just nothing left. In BEC there is nothing left. What is there? You lose $33 million, the local supplier is cutting you off. You can't pay for your fuel. You owe Shell West $130 million. You want more? Where is the money going to come from? What more do you want?"
The union and Miller are wrangling over several issues including demands regarding lump sum payments and rostering.
Maynard previously said Miller's call for the union to renegotiate is laughable considering that the union has already sat down with two government Cabinet ministers, a board member, two government labor negotiators, BEC's general manager and deputy general manager over the past three months and negotiated a six-year industrial agreement, at the request of the government.
Maynard said, "It was reviewed by the minister of labour and I informed him that I would have my membership ratify the agreement, which they did."
The union president claimed that Miller was invited to a meeting in the office of the deputy prime minister but did not attend.
The new contract, which the union wants retroactive to May 2012, would expire in 2018, according to Maynard.
However, Miller said that BEC cannot afford to meet the union's demands.
Asked yesterday if he intends to sign the contract, he said, "I don't think any human being with a good conscience would sign any agreement that is not in the best interest of the people of The Bahamas."
"BEC has become a burden to all of us," he added.
Maynard said the union isn't asking for any additional benefits. He said it only wants to maintain what it is already receiving.
As it relates to rostering, he said the union has agreed to look at the issue in another six months.
The union president previously warned, "If they (government officials) renege on a deal because of Mr. Miller, there would be hell to pay."

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News Article

November 25, 2014
Over 4.3 mil. in NIB benefits paid in first half of 2014

The government shelled out more than $4.3 million in unemployment benefits to just over 2,000 people during the first half of this year, according to the Department of Statistics.
That's slightly less than the $4.7 million it paid out to nearly 3,000 people during the preceding six months.
According to the National Insurance Board (NIB) report, which was released this month, a total of 14,430 people claimed NIB benefits up to the second quarter of this year. Of those, 2,086 people received the unemployment benefit.
Sickness benefits, maternity benefits, funeral benefits, sickness assistance and industrial injury benefits are among the benefits that NIB contributors claimed.
The data shows that $6.2 million was paid to 8,907 people in sickness benefits; over $3 million was paid to 1,546 people in maternity benefits; $1.3 million was paid to 815 in funeral benefits; $697,000 was paid in sickness assistance to three people; and $1.7 million was paid to 1,073 people in industrial injury benefits.
NIB paid out a total of $17,172,896 in short term benefits to 14,430 people during that period.
Similar figures were recorded during the previous six months.
During that period, NIB paid out $17,372,666 to 14,661 people in the second half of 2013.
A breakdown of the data shows that $6.2 million was paid to 8,302 people in sickness benefits; $3.5 million was paid to 1,703 people in maternity benefits; $1.2 million was paid to 753 in funeral benefits; $982,000 was paid in sickness assistance to two people; and $1.5 million was paid to 1,002 people in industrial injury benefits.
NIB also paid out $88 million in long-term benefits and another $12,442,863 in industrial benefits during the first half of 2014.
Long-term benefits include retirement, invalidity and survivors' contributory pension as well as old age invalidity and survivors' assistance pension, as well as disablement benefits and grants, industrial death, injury benefits and medical care.
During the 2013/14 fiscal year, NIB paid out $228,958,184 in short-term, industrial and long term benefits and collected $233,589,542 in contributions, according to the data.
In 2012, NIB collected $203,044,319 in contributions and paid out $199,807,913.
Former NIB Actuary Derek Osborne told Guardian Business last month that changes must be made at the fund in order to avoid very high NIB contribution rates in the future.
"Costs are increasing at a faster rate than revenues," he said. "And so to avoid very high contribution rates in the future, a few things need to be changed. The three main ones are reducing the cost of administration, diversifying the fund's investments and improving governance practices at all levels."
While still at NIB in 2013, Osbourne projected that the fund would become insolvent in 2029 unless changes were made.

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March 20, 2013
Man found dead in car

Police discovered a man dead in his vehicle this morning at a Shell gas station off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.

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November 27, 2014

Sheldon's picks

Guardian Sports Editor
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 110-65-1

Thanksgiving Week

Thursday's games
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
It's amazing how quickly things could change in the NFL. After that shellacking to the hands of the Patriots last week, the Lions no longer have the best defense in the league. That distinction now belongs to the Seahawks led by their "Legion of Boom". Be that as it may, the Lions are back home this week after loaning their stadium to the Bills on Monday night, and they will play the hibernating Bears in a key divisional battle. Well, it's key for the Lions anyway, if they intend to wrestle the division title away from the Packers. I think the Lions will rebound from a horrific showing in Foxborough and take care of the Bears in this one.
Lions 24, Bears 16

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
This annual "Turkey Day" home game for the Cowboys will be more significant than most. It will be for first place in the National Football Conference's (NFC) East Division, and quite possibly for one of the top two seeds in the entire conference. Both of these teams have explosive offenses, but I'm not sold on the Cowboys' ability to rush the passer and create turnovers which could be pivotal in a game like this. Also, Tony Romo has a knack for giving away meaningful games late in the season. I'll take the Eagles on the road in what should be a very entertaining game.
Eagles 34, Cowboys 31

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
The loser of this game could very well miss the playoffs this year. At the very least, they will be on the outside looking in. After last week's showings, the Seahawks and Niners have the number one and two defenses in the league respectively. That's particularly impressive considering the personnel that both teams lost on that side of the ball this season. These two division rivals have similar make-ups and play basically the same way, but they absolutely hate each other. This will probably be the most physical game of the week, and I for one, surely won't miss it. I'll have to go with the better offense in this one, and that belongs to the Super Bowl Champs Seahawks.
Seahawks 19, 49ers 13

Sunday's games
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Quite a few teams are battling for playoff spots in the American Football Conference (AFC), and these two teams are right in mix. Ever since that early season flurry, the Chargers haven't been the same though. Meanwhile, the Ravens have caught steam. With Justin Forsett running like a man possessed, and Torrey Smith starting to perfectly compliment Steve Smith Sr., the Ravens are producing offensively. Also, their defense is coming around. On top of that, the Chargers don't travel well to the east coast, so the Ravens should be able to take care of business at home.
Ravens 27, Chargers 20

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Sooner or later, a team is going to have to slip in a very competitive AFC North division. All four teams are 7-4 or better, and just a half game separates first from worst. The Browns is the least experienced of those four teams, so they might be in for a rough December. Taking on the Bills in Buffalo this Sunday won't be easy. Brian Hoyer has been terrific for the Browns, and their running game is coming around, but the Bills are in the playoff mix as well and will look at this game as one which could possibly make or break their season. I'm not sure you'll see much offense in this one. I think the Bills will feed off their defense and win a low-scoring grueling contest.
Bills 17, Browns 13

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
J.J. Watt didn't really have a strong game against the Bengals last Sunday. For the most part, he was rendered ineffective by the Bengals. I can't see what could very well be the Defensive Player of the Year struggling for two weeks back-to-back. Someway, somehow, he will be a force this week against the Titans, and might be a factor in the outcome. Besides, Arian Foster could be back for the Texans. The Titans could be a pesky lil team, but I think the Texans realize the magnitude of this game. They could ill afford to lose games like this if they have any intention of making the playoffs this year.
Texans 23, Titans 20

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
The Colts are in control of their division and are in playoff mode while the Redskins appear to be just playing out the schedule and are headed for the NFL Draft. Quite frankly, there's no way that the Colts lose this game. Two years ago, this game would have been a huge attraction with Andrew Luck facing off against RG3 (Robert Griffin III), but even that has lost some luster with RG3's sporadic play the last few weeks. As a matter of fact, it appears that the Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy over RG3 this week. Meanwhile, the Colts still have to fix their running game and they have to do a better job of protecting Luck, but somehow they still own the league's best passing attack. They'll have too much offense for the "Deadskins" on Sunday.
Colts 37, Redskins 20

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
I'm still in awe of that three-finger grab by Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants last week. Simply put, that was one of the best catches that I have ever seen. With young stars like him and Rashad Jennings to build around, the Giants have a bright future. The Jags have some young stars of their own, but they don't have enough talent to be competitive in this league yet. They're still lingering on just one win this season. I think Eli Manning will lead the troops into battle in Jacksonville and help the Giants get a much needed win. A win in this one could save Tom Coughlin's job next season. A loss to the lowly Jags, and he's certainly doomed.
Giants 24, Jaguars 14

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Even after being well-rested and coming off a bye, I don't know if I can trust Cam Newton and the Panthers to have a spirited showing in Minnesota. They have been that bad this season. Quite frankly, I rather go with the rookie quarterback in this one. Teddy Bridgewater has shown a lot of poise in his starting role with the Vikes. At the end of the day, neither of these teams will probably be in the playoffs this year, but I have to take the Vikes at home. The Panthers have been that awful.
Vikings 20, Panthers 17

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
After dropping three straight at home, the Saints will take their act on the road against a Pittsburgh team that is getting healthier by the day, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. This should be a great quarterback match-up between "Big Ben" Roethlisberger and Drew Brees, but it might be the running games which come to the forefront in this inter-conference battle. As lackluster as the Saints have been this season, at 4-7, they're still tied for first place in their division, meaning, they still have huge playoff aspirations. The Steelers is simply the better team right now though. Coming off a bye, they'll be prepared for the Saints and will continue their pursuit of an AFC North title, or at the very least, a playoff spot.
Steelers 28, Saints 24

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
As much as I like clowning on the Raiders, it was good to see them get that elusive first win last week Thursday. Now, they can get back to their losing ways. Meanwhile, despite their 4-7 record, the Rams have been pleasantly surprising this year. They have knocked off some big teams and have been competitive in others. At one point, both of these teams called the city of Los Angeles home. I don't think the "City of Angels" would want any of these franchises right now, but as mentioned earlier, it's the Rams that has been more impressive. They should win this game easily on Sunday.
Rams 27, Raiders 16

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Andy Dalton is still shaky at quarterback for the Bengals, but for the most part, he's getting the job done. They are winning key games and are in first place in the very competitive AFC North Division. They'll have to keep winning in order to hold off the other three teams in what has become the best division race in football. The Bengals have a formidable duo at wide receiver in A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu, but their backfield of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill has been impressive as well. The Bucs have been getting good production out of Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson lately, but they don't have enough firepower to keep up with the Bengals in this one.
Bengals 31, Buccaneers 23
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
After getting derailed by the Super Bowl Champs last week, the Cards find themselves with another tough road game this week, but I think that they'll get back on track and handle business in Atlanta. After winning two straight, the Falcons lost on a last second field goal to the Browns last week. They're not as formidable in the Georgia Dome as they once was. Drew Stanton has been surprisingly good for the Cardinals this year, and they have beaten some big teams. They appear headed to an NFC West title, and I don't think they'll let teams like the Falcons stand in their way.
Cardinals 30, Falcons 27

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
As good as the Patriots have been, surging all the way to the number one team in the power rankings, it's tough for me to pick any team going up against the Packers at Lambeau. Two of the game's best gun slingers will air it out on Sunday, but the Packers is a different animal at home. In the words of Stephen A. Smith, "Aaron Rodgers is a bad man", particularly at dreaded Lambeau Field. Some people see this as a potential Super Bowl preview, but I still like the Seahawks to make a late surge and come out of the NFC and I still think the Pats will falter in the playoffs. Either way, this should be a great match-up on Sunday. There's no way I'm going against Mr Rodgers at Lambeau though.
Packers 37, Patriots 34

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
There's nothing wrong with Denver's offense. They proved that last week against the number two ranked defense at the time, the Miami Dolphins. This week Peyton and crew face the league's best passing defense, and number eight overall, in the Chiefs. The Chiefs will be looking for revenge after an early season loss to the Broncos, and I think they'll get it. Peyton and the Broncos' high octane passing attack will see first hand what Tom Brady and the Pats had to deal with this year when they visited the noisiest outdoor arena in football, Arrowhead Stadium. I think the Chiefs will bring the heat, pressure Peyton and force some bad throws. I like them to get a big win against their division rivals in this primetime affair.
Chiefs 27, Broncos 24

Monday's game
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
Believe it or not, the Dolphins could very well be 9-2 right now. They dropped three very winnable games agains three tough opponents - the Packers, Lions and Broncos. This week, they face a subpar opponent in the Jets. With the Ravens and Patriots lurking on the schedule, this could be a trap game for the Dolphins. I think they'll be ready to execute on both sides of the ball though. The defense dropped to number five in the league after giving up all those yards and points to the Broncos last week but I think they'll rebound with a big showing this week. The defense will get back on track, and that underrated offense will continue to put points on the board. It all adds up to another victory for the Dolphins.
Dolphins 30, Jets 16

Naughty's picks

Radio Personality
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 116-59-1

Thanksgiving Week
As usual, Naughty was late with his picks as he "claims" he was busy again! He apologizes for lack of commentary, but says he was on the road and consequently sent them in over the phone. Anyway, here they are... just the scores.

Thursday's games
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
Lions 24, Bears 23

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
Cowboys 34, Eagles 31

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
Seahawks 17, 49ers 16

Sunday's games
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Ravens 23, Chargers 20

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Bills 24, Browns 20

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Texans 24, Titans 17

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Colts 34, Redskins 17

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Jaguars 27, Giants 24

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Vikings 20, Panthers 17

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Steelers 27, Saints 20

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Rams 20, Raiders 14

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Bengals 24, Buccaneers 16

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
Cardinals 27, Falcons 24

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Packers 31, Patriots 27

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
Broncos 27, Chiefs 26

Monday's game
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
Dolphins 24, Jets 21

Jammal's picks

Guardian NFL Analyst
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 114-61-1

Thanksgiving Week

Thursday's games
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
Detroit hasn't scored an offensive touchdown in three weeks and a team that was once poised for an outstanding year is heading on a downward spiral. Luckily for them, the Bears aren't showing any indications of a team that can turn it around after some lackluster wins against Tampa Bay and Minnesota. I believe the Lions will get it together offensively on Sunday and find the end zone on multiple occasions, securing a much needed victory to keep pace in the NFC North.
Lions 34, Bears 21

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
As December approaches, the biggest question swirling around the football world is whether or not Tony Romo will revert to his vintage end of season form where he finds ways to lose games. I believe that Romo will rise to the occasion and put those questions to rest and lead Dallas into the playoffs. As for Philly, this will be a tall task for them to go into "Jerry's World" and steal a victory. I'm not sold on Mark Sanchez doing that, and I'm confident in the Cowboys' ability to take care of business at home using the same formula that has won them eight games already. This game won't be short of explosive plays, but I believe Romo and the 'Boys will take control of the NFC East with a victory.
Cowboys 30, Eagles 20

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
It's no coincidence that both of these teams have the same record, getting healthier and starting to hit their stride at the same point in the season. Bitter rivalries tend to bring out the best in teams and I expect this game to be a battle of attrition and as physical as it gets. The key to this game will be the pass rush for both teams, and I believe the 49ers will have a slight edge with Aldon Smith already making a huge impact in the front seven. Seattle will struggle containing Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore on the ground and if San Fran sticks to running the football then they have a chance to control the outcome of this game. The Seahawks' effectiveness starts and ends with Marshawn Lynch, and I believe he will have a tough time dominating the game on the ground like he has been in the past several weeks. This game won't be high scoring, but every yard gained will count in this one. San Fran will be the better team on Thursday night.
49ers 17, Seahawks 14

Sunday's games
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Although the record may not fully indicate it, I believe this Ravens team is as good as any team that made deep playoff runs in the past. The mental toughness of this Baltimore team is what separates them from all of the other teams vying for a playoff berth and I expect them to be the better team against a San Diego squad that has lost its mojo. Although Phillip Rivers can make it interesting, I don't see him travelling to the east coast and pulling off a victory in a hostile environment.
Ravens 26, Chargers 14

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
The return of Josh Gordon has already paid huge dividends for the Browns in their huge win last week at Atlanta and I expect it to do the same this week in Buffalo. While the Bills are competing every week, I believe that they will fail to match Cleveland's intensity on both sides of the ball on Sunday. Both of these teams want to end their playoff droughts, and I believe the Browns are the hungrier team. It will show on Sunday.
Browns 24, Bills 16

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Even with Ryan Mallett being done for the season, I still believe the Texans are good enough to win at home with inconsistent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Titans should be trying to position themselves for a top draft pick and I believe Houston will keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Texans 27, Titans 17

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
This will be the first match-up between the first and second overall picks in the 2012 NFL Draft when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III square off on Sunday. Both of their careers are heading in different directions and I believe Luck will make a statement and prove why he's the best player from his draft class. As for the game, the Colts have been very dominant at home and I don't see the Redskins going into Indy and leaving with a victory. A strong defensive outing will complement Luck's day, leading to a victory.
Colts 31, Redskins 13

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
The G-men finally get a break as they will play a team that they should be able to beat in the Jaguars. I don't see them having a letdown on the road. Eli Manning will be sharp and Odell Beckham Jr. will be sensational, so I expect New York to come out on top.
Giants 24, Jaguars 14

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
It seems as if nobody wants to win the NFC South based on how the teams are playing, but I believe the Panthers will finally play some quality football after having a much needed bye week. Carolina's defense should play with confidence going up against a rookie quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and I believe they get a much needed win to stay alive in the division race.
Panthers 22, Vikings 14

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
My confidence in the Saints is dwindling by the week and I don't see how this team can steal a win against a Steelers team that is coming off a bye week. Luckily for New Orleans, they can afford to drop a game, while Pittsburgh doesn't have the same luxury in their tight AFC North division race. I like the home team to secure a win.
Steelers 28, Saints 20

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
The Rams are certainly fighting to the end in each game they play and I think they will be relieved to play an opponent that only has one win 12 weeks into the season. If that physicality on both sides of the ball is present on Sunday and Shaun Hill can play a mistake-free game, then St. Louis should emerge victorious.
Rams 23, Raiders 10

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Cincy has found their mojo again and I don't see a letdown happening in Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Bucs certainly won't lay down and accept defeat, but the better team will prevail.
Bengals 21, Buccaneers 13

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
My Falcons let a win slip out of their claws after poor clock management and missed opportunities. They picked the wrong week to run into one of the best defenses in football, and because this game won't be of the shootout variety, the Cardinals will win in smash mouth fashion.
Cardinals 24, Falcons 13

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
This is my pick for game of the week. I believe these elite quarterbacks will put on a great show on the national stage. As much as I would like to side with my Super Bowl pick in the Patriots, I believe Aaron Rodgers will be slightly better than Tom Brady and have a dominant game in the air. While Brady and the Pats have been brilliant over the past month and a half, I think this is the game where they finally cool off and come back to Earth with the rest of the league. This won't be short of entertaining, but I think Green Bay will be the victors.
Packers 34, Patriots 24

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
The Broncos can take control of the AFC West with a win this week, and I believe Peyton Manning will drill into his teammates to play with a sense of urgency on Sunday night. Stopping Jamaal Charles will be key for Denver, and if they can neutralize him on the ground then the element of surprise in the play action game won't be there. I don't expect this to be a high-scoring game, but Denver will do just enough to steal a victory in a hostile environment.
Broncos 23, Chiefs 13

Monday's game
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
I don't have any faith in New York making this an enjoyable Monday night game. If the Dolphins can't beat this atrocity of a Jets team then they don't need to be in the playoff conversation anymore. I'm confident Miami will handle business behind a solid defensive outing and another decent performance from Ryan Tannehill.
Dolphins 21, Jets 10

Teej's picks

Guardian NFL Analyst
WEEK 12: 8-7
OVERALL: 107-68-1

Thanksgiving Week

Thursday's games
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
Bitter rivals clash in Thanksgiving's first football game. Going with the theme of Thanksgiving, one team will emerge standing like the Pilgrims, and the other team will be laid flat like the Indians. The Bears are now slowly assuming the spoiler position, and I think they further spoil the Lions chance of snatching the division in an upset.
Bears 27, Lions 26

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
The Eagles need their starters on deck for this game. No Nick Foles can probably mean not enough points scored. The Cowboys are playing amazing football, and it will be hard for any division rival to go into "Jerry's World" and beat the 'Boys!
Cowboys 34, Eagles 23

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
The Seahawks are not what they used to be, especially on the road. Even though the 49ers aren't what they used to be either, I think the 49ers is the better team at the moment, and they will set themselves up to claim the number two spot in the NFC West.
49ers 20, Seahawks 18

Sunday's games
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
The Chargers travel cross country to play the Ravens around 10 a.m. San Diego time. That means in Baltimore they have a 1 o'clock game against a team with tons of confidence after a big win on Monday night against the Saints. With the Ravens' running game being as efficient as it was on Monday night, I see no sign of the Chargers beating them after traveling all the way from the west coast.
Ravens 21, Chargers 20

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
The Browns just look good, especially in crunch time. Josh Gordon is back, and I know he has something to prove. Expect him to put up big numbers on Sunday, leading the Browns to a victory.
Browns 24, Bills 16

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
The Texans are not what they should be, but neither are the Titans. In this "snooze fest" of a game, the home team will be the better team.
Texans 23, Titans 18

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Benching Robert Griffin III to start Colt McCoy will not make a significant difference in the outcome of Sunday's game against the Colts.
Colts 31, Redskins 23

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
After Odell Beckham Jr.'s spectacular catch and his breakout game against the Cowboys, we know his confidence has to be through the roof. With him, the Giants are still bad, but they are not bad like the Jaguars.
Giants 27, Jaguars 13

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
The Vikings have struggled, but so have the Panthers. When we look at these two teams, we see youth on one team and we see experience on the other. We think experience will prevail in this match-up.
Panthers 27, Vikings 16

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
The Saints play great football one week and play horrible football the next week. This week they are due for a big game against the Steelers. I don't know why and I don't have statistical evidence to back up my prediction, but the Saints will win.
Saints 23, Steelers 19

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
My uncle always told me, "when you roll the dice, roll the dice twice!" The Raiders will win on the road and get their second win of the season.
Raiders 23, Rams 6

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
The Bengals is a team fighting to get in the postseason. Right now, I don't have much faith in the Bengals, not even to beat the lowly Buccaneers.
Buccaneers 27, Bengals 23

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
The Cardinals took a hard blow when they lost to the Seahawks over the weekend. This Sunday, they hope to redeem themselves against the Falcons. The Cardinals should win.
Cardinals 20, Falcons 12

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Some would argue that the Patriots have the best quarterback and the best team in the league right now. Well, I can't say the same. My Dolphins beat the Patriots and lost to the Packers. Aaron Rodgers will prove that he is a better quarterback than Tom Brady on this day. I am making the bold prediction that Aaron Rodgers will throw for four touchdowns against the Patriots in a win.
Packers 35, Patriots 28

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
The Broncos barely escaped Miami, and they hope to be better defensively this week. The Chiefs will send a lot of different blitzes at Peyton Manning, interrupting the flow of the game for them. With a defense like that, I have to take the home team.
Chiefs 28, Broncos 24

Monday's game
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
The Jets need to dig deep into their bench and practice squad to find a quarterback who can throw the ball. Against this Dolphins' defense, they don't stand a chance at scoring over 20 points. The Dolphins' offense looks consistent in scoring over 20 points, even against great defenses, so they should win this one easily.
Dolphins 27, Jets 17

Overall standings

Devin Francis
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 121-54-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Naughty (Hot 91.7FM)
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 116-59-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Jammal Smith
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 114-61-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Royston Jones Jr.
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 114-61-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Brent Dean
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 112-63-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Wally Ferguson
WEEK 12: 10-5
OVERALL: 112-63-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Eagles, Seahawks, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Panthers, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Kermit Rahming
WEEK 12: 9-6
OVERALL: 112-63-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Reggie Ocean
WEEK 12: 9-6
OVERALL: 111-64-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Browns, Titans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Falcons, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Sheldon Longley (Defending Champion)
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 110-65-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Eagles, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Stephen "Steebie J" Johnson
WEEK 12: 10-5
OVERALL: 110-65-1
Week 13 Picks: Bears, Eagles, 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Titans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Saints, Raiders, Bengals, Falcons, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Brad Hanna
WEEK 12: 9-6
OVERALL: 109-66-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Eagles, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Tito Butler
WEEK 12: 13-2
OVERALL: 108-67-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Eagles, 49ers, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Saints, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Antoinne Robinson
WEEK 12: 10-5
OVERALL: 108-67-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Tony "Teej" Grant Jr.
WEEK 12: 8-7
OVERALL: 107-68-1
Week 13 Picks: Bears, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Saints, Raiders, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Juan McCartney
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 106-69-1
Week 13 Picks: Bears, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Saints, Rams, Bengals, Falcons, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Simba French
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 105-70-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Randy Smith
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 103-72-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Chargers, Browns, Titans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Saints, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Richard Rudon
WEEK 12: 7-8
OVERALL: 100-75-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Chargers, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Saints, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Chiefs and Dolphins.

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June 18, 2011
(VIDEO) Pew: Protect Our Sharks, Say Bahamas' Children

Hear from Bahamian children from various islands of The Bahamas along with Bahamas National Trust Education Officer, Shelly Cant deliver a message on protecting sharks in The Bahamas.

This video Public Service Announcement This PSA was produced by The Bahamas National Trust (BNT), in collaboration with Pew environment Group, in support of a grassroots petition to protect sharks in Bahamian waters.

Sharks are in trouble globally, and there are few locations where healthy shark populations still exist. In The Bahamas, a 20 year-old ban on longline fishing gear has left its waters as one of the few places in the world with relatively healthy shark...

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Jazz n' Wine
Jazz n' Wine

Thursday 4th August 2011

The Wine Lounge East Bay St (Adjacent to Shell) Nassau, Bahamas. Cigar Catering by Guevara Cigars Tel: 242.356.0614

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December 28, 2011


Tribune Staff Reporter

VALLEY Boys deputy chairman Patrick Adderley yesterday pointed to an "inordinate" number of dancers as the reason for the Junkanoo group's defeat in the Boxing Day parade.

The A category group ranked fourth place behind defending champions Shell Saxon Superstars, who were declared the unofficial winners for the second straight year.

I n an interview with The Tribune, Mr Adderley said the group may have succumbed to the pressure of coming out the gate first.

"We seem to have an emerging trend on Boxing Day that we can't adequately estimate our numbers," he said. "We've learned in the past when ...

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Jazz n' Wine
Jazz n' Wine

Thursday 11th August 2011

The Wine Lounge East Bay St (Adjacent to Shell) Nassau, Bahamas. Cigar Catering by Guevara Cigars Tel: 242.356.0614

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March 01, 2013
Nassau House Breaking Suspect Arrested - Death of a Male - Police Seek Armed Robbery Suspect

Nassau, Bahamas -

House Breaking Suspect

: A 25 year old male of Faith Avenue is in police custody after allegedly breaking into a residence on Shell Fish Drive, off Carmichael Road...



Investigates Death of a Mal


: Shortly after 5:00 am on Friday 01st March,
2013 police received information that a male was found unresponsive
outside a residence at Apple Street off Wulff Road...


Seek Armed Ro

bbery Sus


t: Police are requesting your help in locating a man responsible for robbing a business establishment on Bernard Road...

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December 14, 2011
BTC brings hope to less fortunate during holidays

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), in an act of holiday goodwill, donated a combined total of $25,000 to a number of charities including Great Commission Ministries International, The Salvation Army and the Nazareth Home yesterday.

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July 02, 2011
Simmer down and stirring it up

Chef Devan McPhee remembers vividly the day he went to church and was asked by his pastor what he wanted to be in life. The youngster, seven or eight at the time, thought back to the fact that he had been watching the Food Network before he left out of the house that Sunday morning, having just gotten cable installed, and said he wanted to be a chef because he'd just seen them on television.  His pastor prophesied that young McPhee would be one of the best chefs The Bahamas would see and at a very young age at that.
That pastor's prophecy seems to be coming true as Chef McPhee, now 25, owns his own restaurant and bar.  It was just in May that he signed on the dotted line to lease the Simmer Down Restaurant and Stir It Up Bar at the Marley Resort on Cable Beach where he's certainly simmering some amazing pots and stirring up delicious libations.
Simmer Down Restaurant showcases a fusion of Bahamian and Jamaican food with an international flair as he complements the cuisine with French and European touches and relies on lots of spices and herbs to his foods making him one of the hottest young chefs in the country.
"Our theme in the kitchen is we always cook with love and we serve food prepared with love, and translating that over to the bar, we provide drinks to complement the food," he says.
Even though he's new to the restaurant ownership business, Chef McPhee is not new to the kitchen and definitely not new to the Simmer Down Restaurant kitchen as he was the executive chef prior to the resort closing for 10 months. Upon its reopening, he gladly took charge of his own fate, switching up the menu to reflect his cooking style and his Bahamian heritage, and he's kept some of the old favorites that were hits.
While the menu is exciting all around and offers something for everyone -- including vegetarians, the chef says there are a few menu items that are chef's choice and a must try -- items he considers his signature items.
From the soups, the Lobster and Pumpkin Bisque (infused with ginger and curry, topped with a cinnamon cream dollop) he gives two thumbs up.

"It's a burst of flavors and not what you expect with the fresh ginger, curry and cinnamon cream dollop.  Lobster bisque is standard on restaurant menus, but when you taste the pumpkin in there with the ginger ... the pimentos, the fresh thyme, it's a burst of flavor and then the cinnamon cream dollop mellows it out."
While he says all salads are good, he's most pleased with his Caribbean lobster and mango salad that he says he came up with off the fly.  "I was poaching some lobster for the lobster bisque one day and there was some mango on the table, and I saw the yellow and the white and some cherry tomatoes and I said let's try something.  I marinated it in a passion fruit dressing with fresh basil, ginger ...  I played around with it and I tried it as a chef's special that night with a blueberry balsamic drizzle to go with it to bring out the color, topped it off with fresh greens and toasted coconut and it was a hit."  From that night it made the menu.
If he's sitting down to dine, he opts for a callaloo and spinach vegetable empanada, just to add a different touch to the courses if you're having a three-course meal.  It's also a dish he says vegetarians would appreciate as well as it's healthy.  The baked empanada is a puff pastry stuffed with Jamaican cheddar cheese which he says balances out the flavors of the callaloo and bitterness of the spinach.
The Down Home Roasted Organic Duck (marinated in pineapple and Bacardi rum with island gratin potatoes, broccoli rabe and cinnamon glazed carrots) makes this restaurant owner proud.  It's presented with a sweet potato gratin, garnished with fried plantain and they make a pineapple and coconut rum sauce to go with it.
The Bahamian lobster duo (coconut cracked conch and broiled with a Jamaican vegetable run down, homemade mango chutney and drizzled with a lobster essence) is another menu favorite.  
And you should not leave the Simmer Down Restaurant without trying dessert.  The must have item is the Mama Lur's apples 'n cream (a warm crumble with fresh apples, and fresh guavas with ginger vanilla ice cream and apple cider reduction).
Chef McPhee says he gets his guavas from the islands and freezes them for this dessert, because he says there's nothing like the taste of real guava.  They also make their own ice cream and the dish is topped off with caramelized pecans, crème caramel and finished with toasted coconut.
With a number of other options on the menu, Chef McPhee prefers to keep his menu small and personalized.  But he intends to change the menu with the seasons.  As we are in the summer months, the menu reflects a lot of fruits, colorful sauces and dressings.  In the fall and winter he intends to pull out ingredients like star anise and cinnamon to warm things up, and offer heartier options like rib eye and tenderloin and a lot more soups to go with the cooler temperatures.
With a kitchen staff he handpicked because they had the same vision that he had for the restaurant and bar that he now owns.  "I picked them because I wanted to share my knowledge with tem and I didn't want anyone who would be complacent because they'd been working here prior to the resort closing," said Chef McPhee.  "I wanted to start fresh.  I wanted it to be like night and day and the first thing I did was to reduced menu prices drastically, because people loved the place, but they talked about the prices, and I try to work with the locals pocket," he says.  The chef even offers a daily three-course prix fixe meal special that changes weekly.  For $55 you get a soup or salad and usually it's the lobster bisque or shrimp appetizer; you get a choice of the jerk chicken medallion or the chef's special which is the fish of the day, and a dessert -- either the Mama Lur's Apples and Cream or the Caribbean Chocolate Vibes.
"Going into this I knew I had to do something different, because the place had already existed and try to get that same market, but make it my market," says Chef McPhee.

To make your Simmer Down Restaurant experience unique, he offers a different experience nightly.   He came up with "Taxi Nights" on Monday and Tuesdays to catch the tourist market; Wine Down Wednesdays for people who like wine and free tapas; and Thursday and Fridays are corporate happy hour when he does exotic martinis and specials and Saturdays are known as stirred up and sizzlin'.   A five member jazz band On Cue performs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays as well.
At 25, Chef McPhee's future is in his own hands as a restaurant owner, but he says as an apprentice chef while he trained under many great chefs in the hotels, he realized he didn't want that to be him -- working in the same kitchen year after year, becoming programmed.  He wanted to make a name for himself

"Even though it's a risk, the good thing about it is that I took this venture because it's a smaller operation where I could start out small and gradually grow to the level that I want to be at ... and I was already familiar with the place [Simmer Down Restaurant] and it was just a matter of polishing up some stuff, getting the menu together and choosing the right staff."
Chef McPhee credits Chef Addiemae Farrington of the Culinary Hospitality Management Institute, the late Chef Jasmine Clarke-Young, Chef Paul Haywood of Altantis, Chef Wayne Moncur of the Ocean Club and Chef Tracey Sweeting (his former executive chef at the Marley Resort) with giving him the training that has given him so much confidence to do what he's now doing.
"They trained me so well in all areas that I'm able to be creative and do what I'm doing, with hot food because I'm a trained pastry chef," said Chef McPhee.  "They really gave me a good school bag to carry.  I can pull out things and be versatile.  Plus, it's in my heart, and you have to cook with love.  You can have the fancy name, and your food can look pretty, but that passion and soul has to be in it."
Chef McPhee even keeps his kitchen open a little longer than most restaurants, taking his last order at 10:30 p.m. after opening at 6 p.m.
For the chef, the new venture is fun, but scary as he knows he has the livelihood of his staff in his hands.
At Stir It Up Bar he says you have to have the Blue Razzberry Martini and the Jamaica Me Crazy. It just sounds crazy and it's fun and people enjoy them.  I wanted to add my flair to the menu and these are my signature ones.  They're new to the menu, because coming into the restaurant and bar business, I had to bring something new to the table.  I reduced the drink prices too and kept it straight across the board.
It's new, it's scary but fun, because you have the livelihood of staff in your hands and they have to be paid.  "I realize what it is to be an employee and now an employer, even though I'm at a young age.  It's like you have an additional pair of eyes -- you watch everything, things you didn't care about before you now care about -- even on the service aspect. "


6 - 16/20 shrimp
½ oz Jerk seasoning
2 oz homemade ginger and garlic chili sauce
½ oz herb marinade
For the potato and sweet corn puree
½ lb Yukon potato, cooked
4 oz sweet corn puree
3 oz heavy cream
1 oz butter
Sugar, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the tropical fruit salsa:
4 oz fresh mango diced
4 oz fresh ripe pineapple diced
1 oz bell pepper fine diced
1 oz  red onion diced
1 oz distilled white vinegar
1 tsp fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 orange
2 oz fresh banana mashed
Salt and pepper, to taste
Honey as needed

Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and mix together, season to taste with alt and pepper and let stand 30 minutes before serving.

For the shrimp: Season the shrimp with salt and jerk seasoning and herb marinade, let stand 30 minutes. Grill to desired doneness and top with chili sauce, Finish shrimp in the oven and serve.
For the potato and sweet corn puree: Puree ingredient together to desired taste and consistency, season and serve. Garnish with herb oil and chips. Combine all ingredients together and blend thoroughly.
For the tropical fruit salsa: Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and mix together, season to taste with alt and pepper and let stand 30 minutes before serving.


1 lb spiny lobster meat cooked and sliced
1 oz Spanish onion fine diced
2 oz fresh cherry tomatoes chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
2 large mangoes
1 oz ginger chopped
1 tsp salt
Salt and fresh goat pepper

1 oz chopped cilantro
1 tsp sugar
4 oz passion fruit dressing

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl; add enough dressing to bind ingredients. Be sure to season with salt and pepper. Mix, chill and serve. Garnish with micro greens chilled asparagus and a lemon vinaigrette.


4 Granny smith apples
1 can uava shells
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 star anise
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tbs butter
½ oz flour
3 oz home made vanilla ice cream
Toasted coconut
½ cup butter
1 ¼ cup flour
2 tbs sugar
2 tbs raisins
2 tbs crushed almonds/ walnuts

Peel and slice apples. In sauce pan melt butter, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and star anise. Add guavas and sliced apples. Let simmer for about two minutes. Thicken slightly with flour.  Place in bowl and allow to set.

For crumble: Fold in at room temperature butter with the flour into small pieces. Add sugar, raisins, and almonds.  Place on top of apple and guava mixture and bake for 4-8 minutes. Serve with ice cream and add toasted coconut.

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The Shining
  • Genre : Drama, Horror, Mystery
  • Rating : TBC - To Be Classified

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future....

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October 17, 2010
Bahamas broker: 'Next to zero effect' from SEC closure


Tribune Business Editor

A Bahamian broker/dealer said the Friday settlement it and its parent group had reached with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) would have "next to zero effect on our business" in this nation, since it had not opened any US client accounts since 2001.

Craig Lines, head of LOM (Bahamas), said the company and its ultimate parent, Bermuda-based LOM (Holdings), were "glad to get behind us" the SEC's allegations that they had committed securities fraud by "manipulating the stock prices of [two] publicly traded shell companies".

Describing the company's relief at settling an almost two-year court case th ...

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December 17, 2011
Nadia Campbell Jewellery presents new collection following a year in Italy

Nadia Campbell - the sole designer and motivating force behind the Bahamian brand Nadia Campbell Jewellery - is known for her statement-making pieces through her use of innovative shapes and materials.
Now, after spending a year in Italy, she returns with a new collection of work which will be on display at the exhibition "Stones. Leather. Metal. Wood." this Wednesday, December 21, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harry's Haven (Queen Street, past the U.S. Embassy).
Though she says her work aesthetic hasn't been totally influenced by Italy, she has noticed a shift in her motivation to strengthen her business and product aesthetic.
"With my time here, I realized I'm really a resort designer," says Campbell. "For me, Nadia Campbell Jewellery is lifestyle jewelry - and the lifestyle I identified most with is The Bahamas. It's the thing I know most intimately, so I always design with that in mind, with what feels appropriate within that climate and context."
Indeed, the pieces remain true to her innovative eye, with the materials - as the title suggests - taking center-stage in a well-rounded product offering of necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Yet in the variety of new materials she offers in sometimes unexpected combinations, Campbell still pays tribute to Bahamian materials.
"I didn't gravitate towards one color palette but I did find things grouping themselves," she says. "As always I have big love for the conch shell - there's something about that creaminess that feels really good to me in jewelry and the feel of it against the skin, so I have a group of pieces with that."
It's obvious, however, that her craftsmanship has been affected after just one year of her two year program abroad - which is exactly what the designer wanted when she set her eyes upon Italy. Coming from a place of casual, mostly self-taught study base, Campbell decided to do something more formal in her passion, embarking on a two-year study in Goldsmithing at Le Arti Orafe, a jewelry school and academy in Florence, Italy.
"I wanted to inform the jewelry with a different language and different set of
influences," she says. "I wanted to make myself grow the most that I could and I thought the best way I could do that was to put myself in the least comfortable situation that I could."
"Florence has such a rich history of craftsmanship and design work, so I felt I really could get rigorous training here. I thought my design would probably get a rich set of influences here too."
But Campbell had another motivation--she wanted to get serious about her business, Nadia Campbell Jewellery, and expand her knowledge in order to expand her design offerings.
She admits she's always had trouble balancing creativity with professionalism, but if there's anything her time in Italy has taught her so far, it's that there is power in being able to wear many hats as a self-employed artist--not only personally, but for the growth of The Bahamas as well. It's really the motivating force behind choosing to travel so far away in order to grow.
"I feel like we should be trying to grow the country and the best way to do that is to grow ourselves," she says. "Our only resource outside of sun, sand and sea--which is already being changed by pollution and development--is ourselves, so if we're going to be stronger we need to grow ourselves."
"So I wanted to get closer to become a stronger lifestyle brand, [with a] final goal of being more well-rounded as a designer."
With her already more clear professional voice and fresh perspective, Campbell's offerings are diversifying, maybe even soon trending into the accessories range in her next year of study.
But in everything she does, Campbell wants to stay true to her aesthetic and voice which always takes inspiration from her home and its people. Though she's loving her time in Italy, she continues to refine her practice towards that goal of Bahamian lifestyle--exactly where she feels Nadia Campbell Jewellery belongs.
"I feel like my jewelry has a definite personality," she says. "My dream customer is somebody with a definite sense of themselves and a sense of strength about them--whether they're quiet and they wear something delicate or whether they're loud and they wear something in-your-face."
"For me that is completely what our island lifestyle is about for me--Caribbean people at their best are a group of confident and self-satisfied people, and we really enjoy living, so if somebody could buy some jewelry and add to that living, I'm happy with that," she continues.
"I just want my jewelry to be the accessory that people wear when they're dressing up for the business of living their life."
New work by Nadia Campbell Jewellery will be on sale during the show "Stones. Leather. Metal. Wood." this Wednesday, December 21, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harry's Haven (Queen Street, past the U.S. Embassy).

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April 24, 2012
LPIA tackles decades-old oil spill

Major oil and gas companies are working side-by-side with contractors in the $409 million airport expansion project to clean up an oil spill that started two decades ago.
A defective fuel hydrant system installed in the early 1990s, when a new U.S. departures terminal was built, has gushed more than 50,000 gallons of oil into the ground over many years, according to Deangelo Stuart, the environmental manager at the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD).
Spanning up to 10 acres, the massive "plume" of contaminated soil also made its way into the water table.
And now, as redevelopment marches on, oil and gas companies Esso, Chevron and Shell are spending up to $1 million on the restoration of the infected area.
"There was an underground fuel hydrant that serviced all of the aircraft on Field A. It is apparent there was a leak
that went undetected for many years," Stuart told Guardian Business.
"When it was noticed, well over 50,000 plus gallons of oil had leaked into the ground. And part of the reconstruction effort is to remediate any of the contaminants in the ground water. It involves the clean up of impacted soil and the treatment of any free soil."
NAD is currently working on stage two of the new international arrivals building. While the clean-up and construction have already been occurring in tandem, the restoration process is expected to really kick into high gear when crews move on stage three after the summer.
Verne Janzen, project director at NAD, said the oil and gas companies are all responsible for a percentage of ownership in the leaky hydrant. He said the airport is pleased that the oil and gas giants stepped up to the plate.
He added there are two sites in particular that are contaminated, including the International departures pier and apron, and an area near the U.S. departures terminal building. The project director insisted that the project has not experienced delays from the spill, although he conceded that contractors have incurred "additional costs" .
"The oil and gas companies have brought a consultant on board with a full-time representative on-site. Sometimes they have one person, sometimes there are three or four," he explained.
Two giant tanks, about 18,000 gallons each, have been installed to collect the contaminated water and soil. A filtering process then occurs, with the finished product being ultimately returned to the airport site.
Stuart told Guardian Business that the plume is contained and poses no threat to businesses or residents in the immediate area.
"We know where it is located, and we know the behavior of the plume itself. It's not shifting and we have recovered a lot of the product in the ground, and we continue to do so," he said.
A construction environmental management plan has been created to protect workers from any effects as a result of the oil spill, who will be in place for the life of the project, he said.
The $409 million redevelopment of LPIA is the largest public/private infrastructure project in the history of The Bahamas.
Phase two, the construction of the new international arrivals terminal, is now 66 percent complete, according to Janzen.
Phase one, the U.S. departures terminal, was unveiled in February 2011.
The entire project, including this phase and phase three (international and domestic departures and domestic arrivals) is scheduled to be completed by November 2013.
The new airport complex will cover 571,000 square feet with an additional one million square feet of aircraft operating space.

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April 18, 2011
The 13th Annual Coconut Festival at Pelican Point - Monday, April 25th

Pelican Point, Grand
Bahama -

Each year persons flock to the "Home of
Coconuts," Pelican Point
in East Grand Bahama during Easter weekend. You will be able to feast on
coconut dishes and drinks, enter the coconut barking contest, delight 
yourself with the coconut shell crafts and souvenirs (jams, soap,
coconut-scented candles, etc.), get a laugh from the bottle sucking
contest, and dance to live entertainment.

This year's event takes place,

April 25th, Easter Monday and will feature guest artist, KB.

Pelican Point is a quaint little settlement
which exemplifies the stark contrast between Freeport and the rest of
Grand Bahama...

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Lost camera hitches 1099m ride on sea turtle
June 10, 2010
Lost camera hitches 1099m ride on sea turtle

A Photographer was reunited with a camera he had lost in the Caribbean after a sea turtle swam all the way to Florida with it.

De Telegraaf said the camera's strap caught on the reptile's shell after Dutchman Dick de Bruin dropped it in the sea during a trip to Aruba last November.

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February 16, 2013
The finer things

What could be better than an outdoor art exhibition with gourmet nibbles, fine wine and a gorgeous view of boats in the harbor? That's exactly what K Smith thought when he organized "Hyperrealism at Balduccino's", a small scale art exhibition set to take place in the courtyard at Balduccino Fine Foods on East Bay Street.
On display will be Smith' latest pieces, "up close and personal" hyperrealistic renderings of everyday objects like coconuts, sea urchin shells and Bahamian leaves. The vivid colors and attention to a single detail as opposed to an entire object are his signatures, leaving audience members stunned by what they didn't even think was possible.
One of the main objectives of the event is to bring hyperrealism, a genre of art that can seem overlooked on the Bahamian scene, to the attention of the public. Hyperrealism is a genre of drawing, painting or sculpting that looks like a high-resolution photo. By creating details and embellishments that weren't discernible to begin with, these works stimulate reality for the viewer by creating the illusion that it's not a work of art at all. Unlike much of what is seen in the art community, hyperrealism is devoid of emotions or narratives in order to create what is real and in the moment.
According to Smith, a Canadian native living in The Bahamas for 22 years, hyperrealism is more popular in Europe, specifically England, right now. "There is a collectibility to hyperrealistic work," he said. "That is why my work stands apart from other work in the country. It's not Junkanoo; it's not poinciana trees in Gregory Town. It's not sailboats in the harbor, and its' not totally abstract. It's not installation; it's not contemporary art. It's just me."
Smith's awe-inspiring drawings always elicit a double take from viewers who never would have thought they weren't photographs. During outdoor events, like his upcoming show, Smith usually brings his drawing station in order to allow people to make the connection between what he's produced and how it's done.
With its image of fine foods and fine wine, it's no wonder Balduccino's owner Anton Alexiou wanted to draw a picture for the Bahamian audience of what Balduccino's has to offer.
A highlight of the menu is undoubtedly the wine offerings, which include an 1805 Merlot, with deeply concentrated flavors of blueberry and red cherry and pleasant aromatics of red fruit, smoke and vanilla, and an 1805 Riesling, with crisp tropical fruit flavors, balanced by mineral and spice tones.
"I will try to introduce wines to people so that they kind of appreciate drinking a bottle as opposed to trying to drink it and get drunk," said Desmond Cooper, Balduccino Fine Wines sommelier. He hopes to use the mystique of the wines, with their hidden secrets, to enhance the hyperrealistic experience.
Part proceeds from "Hyperrealism at Balduccino's" will benefit the Bahamas Infant Stimulation Programme, which is geared towards helping families with infants from birth to three years who are at risk of significant developmental delay. By providing screening, family education and developmental therapy, among other services, all free of charge, the program helps infants who may be slow to reach developmental milestones or have conditions that cause disability or put infants at risk of having a disability.
As an educator of 30 years, it's no wonder Smith chose a charity that benefits young children and helps their development. As an art educator and professional artist, he is always striving to mentor young artists and inspire young artistic minds.

o "Hyperrealism at Balduccino's" takes place in the lower courtyard of Balduccino's on Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Original pencil drawings by K Smith will be accompanied by wines from the world's finest vineyards, specialty foods by Balduccino's and live music.

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