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The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in conjunction with the International Development Bank sponsored a five-day seminar under the theme, "Strategies and Best Practices for Improving the Educational Support Services for Inclusive Education". The seminar was held from Monday, 17th June to Friday, 21st June, 2013 at SuperClubs Breezes, Cable Beach...
It was an inspiring meeting for some, for others it was an enjoyable trip down memory lane as 24 past presidents of Toastmasters Club 1600 met for only the second time in the club's 44-year history.
The Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) is applauding the government's plans to establish a fully operational standard bureau, with its president Godfrey Forbes saying it is something that's "long overdue."In an interview with Guardian Business, Forbes said the work of the proposed Bahamas Bureau of Standards would essentially go hand in hand with the BCA's continued push for the regulation of the country's construction industry."I trust that this exercise will not just be another formality and the necessary money is spent to put this initiative in place, so that at the end of the day, once it is done, it won't just sit on a shelf and not be implemented," he said.Forbes, who is participating in the first National Standardization Forum hosted by The Bahamas Bureau of Standards, which falls under the portfolio of the Ministry of Financial Services, maintains that while construction represents the "number three engine that drives our economy," the industry remains challenged to meet international standards, and as a result has experienced stagnant growth."For us, the majority of the stakeholders with the construction industry are considered to be small to medium sized contractors. And [unfortunately], a lot of them that are currently practicing in the construction industry do not have the basic skills," he revealed."When you have that going on in the industry, you find that we are like 20 years behind other countries in the region. So for us, it's something that at the end of the day will play a significant role going forward."I think it also piggybacks on the fact that the BCA needs to address this deficiency by trying to get the government to enact laws to make sure that the construction industry will be regulated, which will require individuals to be licensed to operate in the industry. And we have already established some basic standards that we feel one must meet in order to practice in this industry."In order for us to be effective in the construction industry in The Bahamas, we need to make sure that we are on par with the standards and requirements that the global community in the construction industry requires."Meantime, Forbes said the final draft of the highly anticipated Contractors Bill would be presented to the government soon. Once that's approved, that piece of legislation will be presented to Parliament not long after. It's a venture Forbes confirmed has been more than 15 years in the making."Today is a positive step forward in ensuring that this kind of approach will also bring into focus the construction industry and the role in which we play in nation building," he told Guardian Business.The three-day conference is taking place at SuperClubs Breezes and ends on Wednesday afternoon.
Tonight at SuperClubs Breezes, the Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) will induct its Hall of Fame Class for 2011.
Beginning at 7:00 p.m., BBC Chairman Pat Strachan will lead the reception that will honor Open Inductee Bertram 'Bert Perry' Perigord and Veterans Inductee Wilfred 'Battling' Douglas.
Tonight's event is the second of the present commission's initiative to pay tribute to the icons of Bahamian boxing. In early 2009, the commission made a decision to begin the Hall of Fame program and in November of that year, with the full endorsement of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the first ceremony was held during the Caribbean Awards Sports Icons (CASI) week.
The first inductees were William 'Yama Bahama' Butler, Gomeo Brennan and Everette 'Elisha Obed' Ferguson. Yama Bahama and Brennen were the original international pioneers of Bahamian boxing and Obed was the first (and still only) fully recognized world champion. He won the World Boxing Council's (WBC) Junior Middleweight crown in 1975.
Brennan twice held the Commonwealth (British Empire) middleweight title, winning it the first time in 1963. Yama Bahama was the original Bahamian prime time sports star of television and radio. Tonight, officially their company will be expanded by two more.
Perigord is a former two-time heavyweight champion of The Bahamas and a New York State Golden Gloves silver medalist from 1968. Douglas is one of the more exciting Bahamian boxers who ever put on a pair of gloves.
For the 2011 Hall of Fame Induction, the commission decided to include a Veterans category. The decision was grounded in the need to acknowledge all of the high-level contributors and pacesetters of the sport from its beginning in the country. The political powers in the land enacted legislation during the decade of the 1990s to control professional boxing.
The present commission is going a bit outside of the box and expanding its functions with the Hall of Fame ceremonies. Commissioner Paul Moxey has been appointed Chief Statistician and has the mandate of the organization to work with a committee on a research effort it is hoped will eventually result in the listing of all of the champions of the past and present. The boxers from different eras will also be compiled. It's a tough task because no records were kept prior to the establishment of the Bahamas Boxing Commission Act.
However, this commission has undertaken the responsibility. It will take a quality job by the research committee to sustain the Hall of Fame program.
Tonight, the Boxing Hall of Fame spotlight will be on Bertram 'Bert Perry' Perigord and Wilfred 'Battling' Douglas. They will be the center of attraction one more time.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at email@example.com)
Baha Mar has fired the latest broadside in the ongoing skirmish between the $3.5 billion megaresort and its neighbor, SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas, in the form of an affidavit filed in Supreme Court by Baha Mar Associate Legal Counsel Tracy Ferguson accusing Breezes founder and Chairman John Issa of having "the ulterior purpose of causing embarrassment to Baha Mar and its principals", among other things.
On October 9, Issa's company PPL sued for an injunction to prevent Baha Mar from trespassing on property that was the subject of a letter of intent between the sides. Issa's affidavit contained a number of claims, including that Baha Mar was behaving like "Goliath" to Breezes' "David". Early in her affidavit, filed on November 21, Ferguson says Baha Mar rejects the comparison.
Ferguson has asked the high court to dismiss the Breezes injunction application and charge PPL the costs, saying that the injunction application was in bad faith and for ulterior purposes. In fact, Ferguson said Baha Mar believes the "spurious allegations" are "possibly defamatory".
Ferguson's counterclaim is that Baha Mar believes the injunction filed by Issa is "in bad faith and made for the ulterior purpose of causing embarrassment to Baha Mar and its principals, injury to Baha Mar by a delay in the construction project, and, altogether, it is believed, with a view wrongfully to secure for PPL a bargaining chip to secure further advantage to PPL with respect to the LOI (letter of intent) transaction."
Baha Mar says that what PPL described as trespassing was in fact a cleanup of the area in question, of which PPL had been informed by letter. Among the reasons for asserting that the injunction request is in bad faith, Ferguson says, is that PPL could have communicated its objection to Baha Mar by email or by letter, notably a letter in response to the one Baha Mar sent informing PPL of the cleanup.
"Yet PPL did not do so," Ferguson said. "Two whole weeks elapsed with no reply. Instead, PPL went straight to litigation by filing the PPL injunction application."
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Tennis teams from the USA, Great Britain, Canada and Barbados will be competing with The Bahamas in the third Bahamas International (IC) Tennis Doubles Week to be held at Breezes SuperClubs, Cable Beach from Monday 12th to Friday 16th January.
Teams are from the International Tennis Clubs of the world (IC's). These are clubs of players who have represented their country, won national titles or who are strong players who have contributed to the development of tennis. For them, it is a means of keeping up the camaraderie and competition from younger days when many played Davis Cup and Fed Cup competition. Their motto is "Hands across the net, friendship across the ocean."
The Bahamas event is for a combined team of men and women in several age categories from 40 years to 65 plus years and allows for a "combined age" in a doubles pair. Each team plays every country over five days in two men's doubles, one ladies doubles and two mixed doubles.
At the last event The Bahamas came a close second to the USA and both teams are among the favourites again this time.
President of The Bahamas International Club (IC) Kit Spencer, talking about the event, said thank you to SG Private Banking for their continued support of this competition which helps The Bahamas bring teams from overseas for some great tennis and camaraderie in a top winter destination.
SuperClubs Breezes (Breezes) says the multi-billion-dollar Baha Mar mega resort is preventing Breezes from completing an expansion prior to Baha Mar's opening. The all-inclusive resort is attempting to stop Baha Mar from building on land the all-inclusive says it owns, and each resort has sued the other in connection with the land.
Breezes made the charges in a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court last week asking for an injunction to stop Baha Mar from completing certain ongoing projects. In its simplest terms, the two sides had agreed - it would seem - that in exchange for its land in the middle of Baha Mar's proposed development, Breezes would be given land on the other side of the resort. That cooperative attitude appears to have evaporated.
Breezes is now claiming that Baha Mar secretly demolished its waste-water treatment plant (WWTP) - which sat on some of the contested land - and has begun what
appears to be the construction of a building there.
Asked for comment, a Baha Mar spokesperson noted only that the company's policy is not to comment on litigation.
Guardian Business has obtained an affidavit sworn out in support of the lawsuit, in which Breezes owner - and now Bahamas permanent resident - John Issa alleged that on September 18, 2011, Breezes and Baha Mar signed a letter of intent (LOI) outlining Breezes' agreement to assist Baha Mar to achieve its plans. A copy of the letter is attached to the affidavit.
"Although this project would dwarf Breezes, we regarded it as potentially
mutually beneficial," Issa said. ""The LOI was the culmination of years of previous negotiations and agreements dating back to April of 2006, not long after the conceptual stage of Baha Mar's project was made public."
"Indeed, without the cooperation of Breezes, the (Baha Mar) project was a non-starter. Breezes was the fee simple owner in possession of 0.66 acres of land at the epicenter of Baha Mar's planned hotel where Breezes owned and operated its then Existing Waste Water Treatment Plant," he added.
"A sewerage plant smack dab in the middle of Baha Mar's new hotel would, to say the least, be difficult for guests of Baha Mar to swallow, let alone stomach."
Of the sewerage plant itself, Issa says it was "secretly and unlawfully demolished by Baha Mar, I believe sometime late in July of 2013".
"Baha Mar have simply helped themselves to Breezes' property, destroyed the existing WWTP, and built part of Baha Mar's project on it, presumably on the assumption that 'Might is Right'! Notwithstanding Baha Mar's conduct complained of herein, Baha Mar has also had the unmitigated gall and shameless audacity, in an effort, presumably, to give some cover of legitimacy to their high-handed and brazen conduct, to issue a writ against Breezes on July 12, 2013," Issa said.
" I consider this to be nothing more than a misconceived, shallow and transparent attempt to whitewash Baha Mar's egregious and unlawful conduct."
Issa said the application for an injunction was "necessary and urgent" because Baha Mar "continues to act unlawfully and in a high-handed and egregious fashion towards Breezes; has escalated its unlawful behavior to actions which prejudice Breezes; continues to act in breach of the terms of the LOI; continues to trespass on various Breezes' properties, (and) remains silent and unresponsive or insufficiently responsive on a number of title and other issues raised by Breezes in its efforts to complete the LOI".
The Breezes chief said Baha Mar's so-called pattern of behavior suggests Baha Mar either cannot complete the LOI or is intentionally delaying completion, "and or intends to string Breezes along preventing Breezes from enjoying the benefits Breezes thought they would derive under the LOI, whilst at the same time progressively taking by force and unlawful means more and more of Breezes' property".
Local organizers for the inaugural International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships are trying to keep within the five million dollars budget which is set for the games. However, they know that they could surpass that amount in a 'blink of an eye'.
It was revealed to Guardian Sports, by a source, that the senior executive management team of the Local Organizing Committee of the World Relays (LOC), now projects that approximately $12 million could be spent on the hosting the event, set for May 24-25, 2014, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. LOC members admitted that they are still in the planning phase of the event, and that the remaining two phases of mobilization and execution, will take effect shortly.
A number of unforeseen projects and items have already surfaced, this according to appointed executive chairman in the LOC Keith Parker. Topping the list was the resurfacing of the track inside the national stadium, and the warm-up track at the old Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. Two games villages have been identified, as well as living arrangements for IAAF representatives. Knowing that safety is a major priority, high level security for athletes, IAAF representatives, and persons attending the event will be set up.
"Everything will sort of kick into high gear in short order," said Lionel Haven, managing director of IAAF World Relays. "The two hotels for athletes are the Paradise Island Harbour Resort and SuperClubs Breezes. Security is a major item on our list. We are in discussions with the Minister of National Security and high ranking officials in the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Security is the next step."
Even though they are still in the planning phase, Parker said the LOC has received favorable reports from the IAAF representatives. More IAAF officials are expected to return sometime this month to inspect the facilities again. The LOC is expecting more countries to confirm attendance, now that the event is just four months away. To date, 47 countries have registered, which means more than 1,100 athletes and coaches are expected to be here for the world relays.
By SPORTS WRITER
For The Guardian
The Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) will be conducting an international coaches clinic, for all coaches in The Bahamas on Friday, August 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Breezes SuperClubs Hotel. The clinic will feature top college coaches from the United States and will be for local coaches from The Bahamas. The cost of the clinic is $70, which includes clinic materials. Coaches who would like to stay at the hotel, a discount rate of $85 per night will be given.
The objective of clinic is to increase the pool of qualified coaches in The Bahamas with a view to improve the quality of coaching in the ...