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Tuesday 11th October 2011 9:00 AM
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, October 11 · 9:00am - 12:30pm “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” – Earl Nightingale Tick Tock, Tick Tock!!! The Chamber Institute Introduces: Time Management and Effective Meetings The Chamber Institute presents the first series of management-leadership courses aimed at measurably improving the standards in corporate Bahamas. The Time Management and Effective Meetings program is a half day training offered to emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, supervisors, managers, company executives and anyone interested in producing more. It is scheduled for Tuesday October 11, 2011 from 9am to 12:30pm at The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce. Ian R. Ferguson will engage participants with the research material and organize the practical demonstration and measurement of the learning. Learn how to effectively manage your time, execute and facilitate impactful meetings adding to the productivity of your business. This two part training program provides practical ways to organize your day, time and resources in an effort to add to your productivity and efficiency. It also walks the supervisor and manager through the basics of conducting meetings that drives bottom line success. Through highly interactive learning, participants will apply these easy to use mental tools for more effective time management and meeting coordination. More significantly though, they apply them in numerous other ways to get more of what is important to them done in less time, both on and off the job. This program helps the participant find and create greater value for their time as well as the time of their team members so the work environment operates with a higher degree of proficiency. The day ends with live demonstrations and meeting planning three month assessment instrument. You truly cannot afford to miss this program offered to Chamber members for only $79 per participant or $99 for non members. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, register online or call 322.2145 to confirm your spot in this training. Group rates do apply and customized sessions are available
A 41-year-old man claimed by police to be an "habitual" home invader was turned in by his mother last Friday, police Superintendent Stephen Dean confirmed to The Tribune.
Having been accused of terrorizing the eastern end of New Providence for months, Superintendent Dean said that 41-year-old Clifford Miller has been a person of interest for the police for some time now.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BUSINESSMAN Mark Finlayson is withdrawing his $12 million 'hostile takeover' bid to acquire a 51 per cent majority stake in AML Foods, after the Associated Bahamian Distillers and Brewers (ABDAB) Board decided the company's shareholders would gain better returns from City Markets' organic expansion instead.
Speaking with Tribune Business following last week's ABDAB Board meeting, Mr Finlayson said that while the directors approved the acquisition of the 78 per cent Bahamas Supermarkets stake owned by his family's 100 per cent-controlled investment vehicle, Trans-Island Traders, they felt there was "not enough value" for ...
City Market's Sea Grapes store is reporting sales this past weekend that reached 99 percent of levels achieved for the comparable weekend two years ago, signalling better times for the food store chain are around the corner, according to the company's vice president. Nikki Finlayson-Boeuf said she was pleased to see such robust sales so soon after reopening the location.
Meanwhile, Guardian Business can confirm that the South Beach location will open for business on Friday.
A new $1.5 million Quality Supermarket store is set to open in the Seagrapes Shopping Center next month.
Rupert Roberts, the owner of Super Value, told Guardian Business that next month's opening will create the third store under the Quality Supermarket banner, representing a total investment of around $4.5 million.
Its opening should create dozens of new jobs.
The well-known businessman acquired three former City Markets locations in Cable Beach, South Beach and Seagrapes after that supermarket chain hit the final chopping block in April, putting hundreds of Bahamians out of work.
"Our third store in the Seagrapes Shopping Center will open up within the next month or so. We opened the second location in South Beach back in December. Cable Beach was the first location that we opened. Overall, we took over three of those stores, investing approximately $1.5 million in each," he explained.
In December, Roberts noted that all of the equipment for the Seagrapes store was in place, but there was still plenty of work to be done before it can start servicing customers. The owner of Super Value expressed pride in his dedicated staff for fighting through adversity to get these stores open.
As for the first Quality Supermarket location in Cable Beach, Roberts pointed out how it's already turning a profit. But he admitted that it might take time before the other two locations enter the black.
"We've been getting a lot of tourists at the Cable Beach location. It's even better for us during the winter months. On a Sunday morning, business at Cable Beach's Quality Market is just about as good as it is here in Golden Gates.
"As the economy improves, all of the old City Market businesses will come back because 60 percent of all businesses are done in locational convenience.
"Cable Beach turned a profit immediately. I think the other two will be breaking even and turning a profit next year."
The Super Value chief maintains he is not concerned that the newest Quality Supermarket location is so close to Super Value's Winton store because "there's enough business in the east to support both."
"I don't think that's going to be a problem because the stores will be run a little differently, with more specialty food in one of them. So there will come difference," he shared. "In fact, when the economy was up, both City Markets and Super Value locations were thriving."
Around 119,000 Bahamians have registered to vote in the next general election, Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel told The Nassau Guardianyesterday.
Of that total, 50,000 are from Grand Bahama and the Family Islands, Bethel confirmed.
He suggested registration has slowed in recent weeks because people think the recent closing of the old voter register meant the closing of voter registration altogether. Registration will continue until an election is called and Bethel encouraged Bahamians to continue to register.
Bethel said his department probably did not even register 1,000 voters this past week.
The department issued a public notice yesterday asking Bahamians to take advantage of the registration locations that are open today at the Parliamentary Registration Department, the Mall at Marathon and the Town Centre Mall. Those locations will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The notice also reminded the public that registration centers at the Parliamentary Registration Department, the Mall at Marathon, the Town Centre Mall, the National Insurance Board, Baillou Hill Road, Lowes Pharmacy, Soldier Road, the South Beach Post Office, the Carmichael Post Office, the Elizabeth Estates Post Office, the General Post Office and Super Value Food Store, Mackey Street, will be open August 8 to 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Evening registration centers will be open at the Parliamentary Registration Department, the Mall at Marathon, and the Town Centre Mall from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
"The public is reminded that only Bahamian citizens 18 years and older are eligible to register to vote and applicants are required to produce proof of citizenship," the notice read.
Bethel said there is still a lot of work for his department to do considering that the boundaries commission has not yet met.
"After the boundaries commission is done, then voters cards will be issued," he said. "There is lots of work for the Parliamentary Registration Department."
If you are planning to go watch any of the nine games on the Bahamas Flag Football League's (BFFL) schedule on Sunday, you might want to head out to the Winton Rugby pitch a little earlier than usual.
Now that there are 19 teams registered as opposed to last year's 13, the action is more intense and the play level a lot higher than in previous years. The games usually kick off around 1 p.m. There are 11 male squads and eight female teams as the league starts its fifth season.
Jayson Clarke, one of the league's organizers, said that the growth has sparked a lot of interest especially on the corporate level. He said more and more businesses are sponsoring teams this year.
"Our reach is very long and that is even more important because we have now sparked the interest of corporate Bahamas," Clarke said. "So it gives you a very good indication on how things are and how the league has grown. It shows us that corporate Bahamas has recognized what we are doing. On top of that, the fan support has been huge. We had to hire full-time security. On Sunday past, people parked at Super Value and walked down to the rugby pitch. I am very excited and pleased with the growth. We are even getting invites from one or two new countries that we never even thought would have asked us to come down and play. They now view us as an established league. It gives us reach, in terms of us wanting to host a tournament or attend tournaments internationally or regionally."
Some of the sponsors this year are Coca Cola, Orry J. Sands, Sands Beer, Boomer George and Johnson's Trucking. The league is currently drafting up their constitution, which will include the guidelines and some of the future goals for the leagues. Clarke said it is a critical point in the league.
He added: "There is no doubt that we are at a critical point right now, where we are actually finalizing our constitution and in the process of electing an official body to steer and guide flag football in The Bahamas. We are trying to keep the vision and continue to grow the sport. Probably, at some point, we might start focusing on youth flag and possibly the migration on the field. We want to actually create some long term opportunities for all that play."
The teams in the men's league are Orry J. Sands Spartans, Summit Academy Ravens, Fast Track Predators, RBC Lions, Strongback Rams, RBDF Destroyers, Coca-Cola Hitmen, NP Hurricanes, Bahamasair Flyers and CB Pirates.
The teams in the women's division are the BWF Pink Foxes, Sands Light Lynx, Summit Academy Ravens, RBC Lady Lions, Johnson's Lady Spartans, Femme Fatale Predators, Bommer G's Bobcats and Bahamasair Dashers.
Five men's games will be played on Sunday, starting with the Flyers and the Rams. The Ravens and Lady Spartans will start the action in the female division.
I rise on behalf of the Ministry of Health to make my contribution to this 2010/2011 budget presentation and thank the great constituency of Killarney for the opportunity to present this, my third health budget to this honorable chamber.
I wish to congratulate the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham, for his courage in presenting a Budget that is reflective of the realities of the national economic situation and that refused to defer difficult decisions for future generation of leaders.