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February 16, 2013
The Annual Heart Ball ! Embrace the Opportunity!

Nassau, Bahamas -

It's an
opportunity to get dressed up to the ninth, look your best, walk the fashion
run way and the dance the night away. It's an opportunity to win lots of
wonderful prizes, bid on pieces that are not ordinarily affordable, and have
funs with family and friends. It's an
opportunity to save a little heart while enjoying the company of that special
someone in your life. It's the Annual
Heart Ball.

Under the
theme, "Save a Little Heart.... Embrace the Opportunity", The Heart Ball
Committee will host The Annual Heart Ball.
This event will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort. As guests enter the door to the reception are they will be
kissed by an angelic floral and fauna décor. The meal will be prepared by
Cacique Award winner, Chef Johnson...

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March 11, 2013

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February 20, 2013
Talisker pulls plug in Exuma

A high seven-figure deal for February Point in Exuma has fallen apart after a due diligence period, Guardian Business can confirm.
Talisker, a Toronto-based firm that owns and operates several high-end retreats in North America, came to preliminary terms with the principals of February Point back in January. At the time, owner of the property Randy Hart said Talisker would lead the island's "renaissance" through its global reputation and diverse, high-end clientele.
However, Jackie Johnson, a representative from Talisker, told Guardian Business yesterday that the deal is off the table.
"The deal is not happening," she said. "Talisker is not buying the property in Exuma. This is a final decision."
Jackson would not elaborate on exactly why the deal has fallen apart, citing that negotiations have been sensitive on both sides. According to sources familiar with the matter, there were many "moving parts and wrinkles" to the acquisition.
The news will likely come as a big disappointment to stakeholders on Exuma.
Khaalis Rolle, the minister of state for investments, previously hailed the initial agreement as an important development for the island. He said that Talisker holds "tremendous potential" given their resources, reach and history of success.
"So we're looking forward to completing this process and we'll do whatever is needed to facilitate it," he added.
The botched deal also takes away what would have been a hefty stamp duty for the public treasury.
Judy Herlock, a leading realtor on the island, expressed disappointment that the deal went sour.
"That's a pity. They were the most likely option to take over the property," she told Guardian Business. "We seem to go two steps forward and four steps backwards here on Exuma."
Herlock and others in the property business were intrigued with the possible introduction of Talisker, in the sense that the company could have driven up land values and brought new money to the destination. The Toronto-based firm was apparently seeking to invest considerably in the property by boosting its existing offerings and building new homes and amenities.
Herlock said that "there is nothing to get terribly excited about" on the island right now in terms of property sales. She said that more infrastructure is needed to justify the high prices for homes and vacant land.
That said, sources close to the matter said that February Point could still get scooped up by a foreign investor. John McGarvey, new owner of the Coconut Cove Hotel, is thought to be the second major suitor for the oceanfront property.
He is also the investor behind a proposed resort on Stocking Island and a concrete factory on land across from February Point.
Exuma currently benefits from a duty exemption on raw materials for construction, as instituted by the Progressive Liberal Party when it came into power last May.

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March 01, 2013
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium listed as a Class 2 by IAAF

The international governing body for track and field has listed the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium as a Class 2 facility.
The 15,000-seat facility that has an estimated cost of $30 million was certified last week by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). According to the Certified Athletics Facilities list, posted on the IAAF's website, The Bahamas is among 416 countries in the world with the Class 2 certification. Only 97 facilities in the world are considered Class 1 by the IAAF; Jamaica's and Trinidad and Tobago's facilities are slated in the top list.
Other major Class 1 stadiums from around the world including the National Stadium in China, London Olympic Stadium, and the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange stadium, the home of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Certified Athletics Facilities list was last updated by the IAAF on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Beynon Sports Company, Quli Group of Companies and representatives from the IAAF assisted The Bahamas government with getting the certification.
"Today I am pleased to inform you that this stadium - with the seating capacity of 15,000 seats, a running track that meets IAAF certification requirements - the national stadium is ready to receive our guests," said Dr. Daniel Johnson, minister of youth, sports and culture. "Adjourning this stadium is a full service track and field facility, our first Thomas A. Robinson stadium that has been fully refurbished and has now been certified, and is ready just for striping. These games will be like none other like you've seen before. There is no facility in this region that boasts this compliment of facilities, none. One can be used as a warm-up track, ... for small games, ... for training, winter training and other events. It is important to note also that three technical teams have assessed our new renovated facilities. Three technical teams of the highest order have for the past month been working to fully assess these facilities, and today they have confirmed that they are indeed world class events, and world class standards."
The stadium is the home for the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) and the Bahamas Football Association (BFA). It was officially opened on February 25, 2012.
The facility is a gift to The Bahamas from the People's Republic of China.
The facility's infield will be inspected by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). It is currently being raised to a level that meets FIFA's standards.

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March 12, 2013

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April 16, 2013
The John Beadle Project at NAGB: April 25th

 



Nassau, Bahamas - Under the Patronage of The
Honourable Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture,
you are cordially invited to the opening of The John Beadle Project

Thursday April 25th, 2013 7pm - 9pm at The National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas West & West Hill Streets...

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April 18, 2013
The John Beadle Project at NAGB: April 25th

 



Nassau, Bahamas - Under the Patronage of The
Honourable Dr. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture,
you are cordially invited to the opening of The John Beadle Project

Thursday April 25th, 2013 7pm - 9pm at The National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas West & West Hill Streets...

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March 04, 2013

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April 03, 2013
Ticketing was also an issue at 42nd BTC CARIFTA Games

Another major issue at the CARIFTA Games was ticketing. Hundreds stood on line every day waiting to purchase and pick-up tickets for the games, which was said to be sold out.
At one point, the restless crowd got angry and frustrated, complaining about the system in place. Some said the process is too slow while others just wanted to get better seats.
Aniska Rolle said: "The experience was beyond description in a negative way. The line was not moving at all. That's when some genius decided to say everyone move to Sir Kendal, but when we moved over there, they stopped selling the tickets, so all they did was transfer the problem from one area to another. The line was not moving for a full hour. It was just unorganized. There was no customer service, and the people behind the booth seemed to be pushy and gave off attitude when they were serving. They made it seem as though that there were no more tickets, or that we were at fault because we decided to get our tickets then."
The ticket booth was set-up over at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Aquatics Centre. Initially, it was located in the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Tickets went on sale February 28, 2013. Online purchases were made available weeks before the event. Still, a number of patrons decided to wait until this past weekend.
Amy Johnson was also frustrated about the process. She said the organizing committee should have provided other locations to pick up and purchase tickets, that way it would have eliminated the congestion.
"I wanted the $13 pass, but they said they were not printing anymore," said Johnson. "I had to pay extra to get Saturday and Sunday. On top of that, the Monday ticket wasn't available, so I had to tow the line on Monday to get a ticket. That's false advertising and the thought of dealing with it again was a turn off. I've attended many international sporting events and never in my life experienced this before. All I wanted to do was get in the stadium and cheer on the Bahamians. I am sure everyone wanted to do the same."
The tickets were priced from $5 to 25.

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August 31, 2013
The Commonwealth: The black and white of it

Boris Johnson, the mayor of the British capital city, London, has joined in a chorus of voices in the Conservative Party that has been calling for Britain to abandon its membership of the European Union (EU) and to look instead to the Commonwealth of Nations as "countries that offer immense opportunities for British goods, people, services and capital."
This is a huge reversal from 1971 when the then leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister of Britain, Edward Heath, told the House of Commons that the idea that the Commonwealth might become "an effective economic and political let alone military bloc had never been realized."On the contrary, he argued, it was generally accepted that trade with the Commonwealth overseas, unlike that with the European Common Market, held no prospect of dynamic growth. Britain's subsequent entry to what is now the European Union (EU) in 1973 put an end to any further development of the Commonwealth as a preferential trading group.
After 40 years of fundamentally changed global trade arrangements, the Commonwealth no longer offers opportunities as a preferential trading bloc. Those in Britain who continue to pit the Commonwealth as an alternative to the EU are really raising a straw man to bolster their wish to get out of the EU and the conditions of its membership that they find unacceptable. For the majority of Commonwealth countries, there is little benefit today in trying to assemble a Commonwealth trading group even if it would not be severely hamstrung by World Trade Organization rules that disallow preferential trading arrangements for all but the poorest of poor countries. This is not to say that individual Commonwealth countries could not intensify trade bilaterally.
What is of more current interest about Boris Johnson's remarks made in Australia and New Zealand is that, in saying that Britain should "raise our eyes beyond Europe"and not think of "ourselves as little Europeans run by Brussels", he said Britain should open its doors to skilled workers from Commonwealth countries "such as Australia and New Zealand." He went as far as to say that Britain and Australia should set up a "bilateral Free Labour Mobility Zone." All of this is an alternative to persons from the EU entering Britain to live and work, and more importantly, benefitting from its social welfare system.
In promoting the idea of skilled workers from the Commonwealth being allowed to enter Britain, Mr. Johnson mentioned only Australia and New Zealand, whose populations are predominantly white people. But, since he is the mayor of London - a city with a huge multi-ethnic population drawn from all over the Commonwealth and elsewhere - it has to be assumed that Mr. Johnson mentioned only these two countries because he happened to be visiting them when he made his remarks.
Of course, it is every country's prerogative to enter bilateral migration arrangements with any other country that it considers appropriate. In this connection, it is perfectly feasible that Britain could set up "bilateral Free Labour Mobility Zones" with Australia and New Zealand. But, if it were to do so while applying stricter immigration and visa requirements on other Commonwealth countries, such as those in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean whose populations are not predominantly white, the arrangements would be seen as inequitable with overtones of racism. Such a move could be seen as a "black" and "white" division and it would diminish regard for the merits of the Commonwealth association. Further, it would not advance Britain's desire to intensify trade with, and investment from, Commonwealth countries such as India, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa that are among the top Commonwealth growing economies.
Britain faces a predicament over the free movement of people in the EU. Because of its more generous social welfare system and its greater economic development than all of the newer member states of the EU, it has become a magnet for Eastern Europeans - many of whom do not speak English and have little, if any, appreciation for British culture and traditions. The migration to Britain of Eastern Europeans has caused resentment among Britons, but not only to white ones. People from Commonwealth countries who migrated to Britain in the 1950s and 60s, and who have worked all their lives in Britain contributing to the economy and also adhering to its culture and traditions, also resent the influx of European migrants. This is a problem the British government is trying to resolve, but it will not be solved by Mr Johnson's suggestion that the EU should "stuff it."With regard to the Commonwealth, the Eminent Persons Group (of which I was a member and Rapporteur) that made recommendations in 2011 on reform of the Commonwealth to make it relevant to the people and times of the association, recognized that if the Commonwealth is to have value for its peoples, one of the things that could be done is to give recognition to Commonwealth citizenship by providing means of privileged entry in all Commonwealth states. We had recommended the creation of an expert group to report to the 2013 Heads of Government meeting on ways in which entry by Commonwealth citizens to Commonwealth countries on business or holiday might be gradually improved. A group of three renowned persons from the Ramphal Institute in London has visited 15 Commonwealth countries over the last few months to produce a report and recommendations on easing entry for Commonwealth citizens in various categories including businesspeople and students. The extent to which all governments agree on easing entry requirements for agreed categories of Commonwealth citizens will indicate the value they place on membership of the Commonwealth.
The point is that Commonwealth countries looking to each other for a deepening of investment, commercial and migration arrangements - based on their common laws, shared language, and declared common values - would help to lift all their economies as well as the quality and benefits of their Commonwealth connection. But they should all pursue such deepening on a pan-Commonwealth basis and in a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect that would enhance the Commonwealth Club.
o Sir Ronald Sanders is a consultant and senior research fellow at London University. Responses to: www.sirronaldsanders.com. Reprinted with the permission of caribbeannewsnow.com.

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April 11, 2013

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December 01, 2010
The Pacers remain unbeaten in GSSSA

The R.M. Bailey Pacers senior girls basketball team look likely to end a four-year playoff drought in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) this season.
They remained unbeaten in three games as they blasted the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins yesterday evening at the D.W. Davis Gym. The good news for the Mystic Marlins is that they were right at their average yesterday.... as for the bad news, well their average is just two points per game. They got humiliated 24-2 to fall to 0-3 on the young season.
"We weren't out to embarrass them... we just wanted to do our part to ensure that we came out on top," said Pacers' 12th grade center Ariel Stuart. "I fe ...

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June 15, 2013
Time for change in the country

Dear Editor,

Common Cause, a nonprofit and non-aligned civic organization, supported and still supports the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). What we do not support, however, is slackness and a do-not-care attitude which is being exhibited by far too many of those who sit in Parliament, either elected or appointed, and say that they are for the people.
Let us be quite clear on this issue. We are for the eventual ascendency of the minister of works as prime minister. We make no apologies for this and will not yield any ground, ever, on this non-negotiable stance. Brave is our unanimous choice to succeed to the office, in due course, with all due respect.
At some point in time, Common Cause gave support to both Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham. Their era is over. Yes, they served us, as a people, well but it is now time to move on. There are simply too many pressing national issues which must be firmly resolved, one way or the other, and we need bold, innovative and fresh solutions.
Common Cause will agitate for the recall of six current PLP members of Parliament. They are: Kendal Major (Garden Hills); Dr. Bernard Nottage (Bains Town and Grants Town); V. Alfred Gray (MICAL); Glenys Hanna-Martin (Englerston); Dr. Daniel Johnson (Carmichael Road) and Fred Mitchell (Fox Hill).
We are about nation building, and there is no more time for vacillating, pussyfooting and shaving cream. The PM needs to step up to the plate or get the hell out of the way. We all love him, but what has love got to do with it?
Urban Renewal 2.0 has ushered in a dramatic decrease in crime and conflict resolution. If the "gold rush" administration is smart, as I hope that it is, it would expand and flesh out even further this dynamic and progressive societal plan to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds, if not thousands, of our marginalized young people. Check the statistics. There is little, if any, real crime in the inner cities except for Kemp Road, Fox Hill and Nassau Village. These are areas where either the MP has a "tool box" or is "missing in action".
Christie will always be remembered for the good he has brought to this nation, but the time is now to move on and secure his legacy. We forced Ingraham out. Must we now do so for Christie? Common Cause makes no apologies and expects no quarter from our opponents. War has been declared, and war, politically, will be waged.

- Ortland H. Bodie Jr.

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April 26, 2013
Two men acquitted of murder

Two men have been cleared of murder.
Frank Smith and Keno Johnson were accused of the April 26, 2007 shooting death of Delroy McKenzie.
McKenzie was shot multiple times while sitting in his car at the Esso Service Station on Wulff Road and Montrose Avenue.
However, prosecutors failed to prove the charges against the men at a trial that ended before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs this week.
Rashad Woodside was also charged in the case. However, he was murdered in January 2010 during a drive-by shooting at Plantol Street.

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July 09, 2014
Taxi union chief calls for 'birthright' of complete control

PRESIDENT of the Public Service Drivers Union, Richard Johnson, yesterday renewed the organisation's request for complete ownership of the country's taxi industry, claiming the business "is our birthright".

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March 25, 2014
TV show takes to the beach

An array of local businesses were featured alongside Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel on TV show 'Bahamas@Sunrise', after it was filmed entirely from the resort's Lagoon Beach as a part of the celebratory events for the hotel's RCI Gold Crown tourism award.
The show aired nationwide on ZNS on Monday, March 24 at 6:30 a.m., at 8:00 a.m. and again at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26.
Viewers saw show hosts Jerome Sawyer and Rogan Smith in an entertaining hour of mixed holiday, lifestyle and business interviews with Vernon Moss, Sandyport general manager; Sarah Higgs, responsible for guest happiness and amenities, and some of the business owners in the adjacent Sandyport Marina Village.
Interviews were intercut with pre-taped footage of the picturesque resort's beachside suites and some of the business activities in the adjacent commercial Sandyport Marina Village.
Chef Cleveland's weekly BBQ on Sandyport's beautiful Lagoon Beach was also filmed for the popular morning show, while being covered by award-winning journalist Noelle Nicholls of 'The Domestic Tourist' blog and web site.
The Sandyport business owners who also appeared on the show and whose services and products were featured were James Galantis of Twisted Lime; Tim Revington of Heatwave at the Sports Center; Laura Young of Young's Champagne; Brian Moodie of RMS Insurance and Neale Jones, vice president of the Sandyport Development Company.
Director General of Tourism David Johnson was a guest in the final segment for the Young's Champagne toast to Sandyport Beaches Resort and Hotel and raised his glass in salute to General Manager Vernon Moss and the staff.

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March 11, 2013

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September 08, 2011
Terecita Brenhilda Carey, 82

Funeral service for Mrs. Terecita Brenhilda Carey, 82 yrs., a resident of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, who died on 31st Autust, 2011, will be held at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Kenya Lovell, Pastor Henry Whyte & other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Big Bay Public Cemetery, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
Left to cherish her memories are her children: William Carey Jr., Glenda & Jefferson Wildgoose Sr., Ceeney & Dr. Wismore Butcher, 201 Ederson Carey, Petty Officer Lorenzo Carey & Lyndon & Garvin Carey; grandchildren: Jefferso & Tiffany Wildgoose, Jarrod & Nikkiah Wildgoose, Janell & Daniel Carroll, Kendra Russell, Kenceene & Tamiko Fox, Monique & Panston Gibson, Marcita Sawyer, Ederson Carey Jr., John & Italia Shepherd, Alece Shepherd, Lorenzo Jr., & Marsha Carey, Tarano & Dwayne Deveaux, Marissa Brown & Shanna Clarke, Greg Wilson & family, Phillip & Daphne Wilson & family, Devon & Chanell Rhiney & family, Scott & Crystal Wilson & family; great grandchildren: Dane Bodie, Trenton Russell, Trevaughn Fox, Timothy, Jayden, Jasmine & Noa Wildgoose,Preston Gibson & Odelia Carey; adopted children: Laura & Levi Wilson & family, Florence, Sandy & Audrea Scavella, Tammy Lagan of Tennessee, Mavis Fowler & family, Calsey & Delcina Johnson, Marva & Richard Brown, Nurse Evelyn Assanah, Fredrick "Fergie" Ferguson & Flosetta Johnson; sisters: Auraice Newbold, Dora Bartlett & Hetlyn Major; adopted sisters: Rhona Bethel, Neutie Seymour, Eulene Johnson & Hildamae Johnson; brother-in-law: Kenneth Major Sr.; sisters-in-law: Armena & Hazel Carey, Rosie Eberhart; nephews: Larry Allan, Bertie, Edward, Peter & Hartmen Carey, Blake & Vidia Bartlett, Marvin & Ricky Newbold, Kenneth, David, Joel, Timothy & Paul Major, Hacourt Roberts, Elvin & Rodrick Smith, Vaughn Newbol; nieces: Andrea Taylor, Linda Pinder, Machelle Sands, Vandora Johnson, Sherry & Jackie Newbold, Josalee Benson, Dellarese Jones, Delpha Bartlett, Vernice, Melvice & Victoria Major, Shirley Mader, Margaret, Melinda & Gwendolyn Smith, Peggy Bullard & Carolyn Carey; other relatives & friends including: the St. Mark's Methodist family & the entire community of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 
 

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November 21, 2013
Taxicab drivers protest outside House of Assembly

Dozens of taxicab drivers joined by a handful of straw market vendors protested outside of the House of Assembly yesterday over a proposal to move the taxi drivers from Prince George Dock.
Several of the drivers said the government does not appear concerned that they have been struggling to make a living, noting that the move would "cripple them".
However, in a statement the Ministry of Transport and Aviation said it along with tourism and police officials have had numerous meetings with the Prince George Dock Association and the union.
The ministry said as the Welcome Centre at Nassau Harbour closes for renovations the proposed relocation of taxi drivers is to ensure "smooth operations during this transition period".
The statement does not indicate where taxi drivers will be relocated and for what period of time.
Public Service Drivers Union President Richard Johnson said the union will do what it must to ensure its members can make a living in an industry they have fought hard to operate in.
He expressed concern about taxicab drivers not knowing where they will be relocated.
"Taxicab drivers are supposed to be the only ground transportation providers from Prince George Dock," he said.
"We have asked the government through the Road Traffic Department to control what has been happening with the tour buses. We need to be in control of our business."
Trade Union Congress President Obie Ferguson, who stood among the crowd, said while the union does not fall under his organization, he will not allow taxicab drivers to be relegated.
"I am committed to do what is required, and my colleagues will do what is necessary," Ferguson said.
"We have a board meeting on Friday, and this will be a major issue on the agenda.
"I am therefore satisfied that we will find a solution."
Quincy Hudson, a taxicab driver, said the move is an attempt to "take the little we have away from us".
Michael Sands, another taxi driver, said business has dropped significantly in the past few months.
He said after competing with bus companies over the years it appears that they will be allowed to flourish while taxi drivers suffer.
Tiffany Dorsett, president of the Straw Vendors Association at Fort Fincastle, said the move will have a direct impact on vendors, and they will stand by the Public Service Drivers Union.
The Ministry of Transport and Aviation said it will meet with the TUC in light of Ferguson's concerns, which it said have "introduced a new element to the ongoing discussions".
Ferguson said the umbrella union will work with the ministry to resolve the matter.

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November 24, 2013