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The Gathering Of The Eagles
The Gathering Of The Eagles

Thursday 1st December 2011  7:00 PM

Global Village Group Presents The Gathering Of The Eagles Guest Speakers: Dr Elizabeth Hairston-Mcburrows PH.D. (From New Mexico) Dr Showalter Johnson (Nassau, Bahamas) Dates: November 30, 7pm December 1, 7pm December 2, 7pm December 4, 11AM & 7PM(11am With Dr Showalter Johnson, CEO of GVG) Global Village Group # 10 island lane, Sandyport plaza, Nassau, Bahamas Telephone:(242)327-6024

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Team reduced to 36 members ahead of world relays

There is just about a week remaining before the start of the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) World Relay Championships, and the excitement around the island is increasing with each passing day. The work being done to the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium is almost complete, and a number of athletes will be arriving over the next few days to prepare themselves for the relays.
Currently, there are 43 IAAF member federations scheduled to take part in the relays, and the event will be viewed by millions around the world. The Local Organizing Committee of the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014 (LOC) along with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture are making sure that the product The Bahamas presents to the world is filled with various aspects of Bahamian culture.
"The junkanoo is in full force here, you got a taste of it last weekend (high school relays) but I can tell you that the size of the band will double, the excitement will triple and we are going to use them to really soak up the atmosphere and provide the energy that we want from this competition," said IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy yesterday.
Every large sporting event is judged not only by what takes place in the field of play, but also by the opening ceremony, and the organizers of the world relays opening ceremony are trying to produce something that has never been seen before. The opening ceremony is set for 4:40 p.m. next week Saturday.
"Working with Paul and the IAAF has been a wonderful experience because it has brought a level of discipline in operating an event like this. Everything operates to the second and that alone brings a level of excitement," said LOC Events Director with responsibility for the opening ceremony Fred Ferguson. "From the moment the opening ceremony begins, everything is going to run by the clock. We are going to have the flags and placards of the country brought in by members of both the police and defense force but they will be led by the junior athletes, and this is all coordinated by BAAA President Mike Sands.
"This whole thing is about inspiring the youth and they will be leading the parade, to bring in the placards that will all be very colorful representing the colors of The Bahamas with music supported by joint members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and defense force bands. It will all be very timed and precise event, precision will be first and foremost. Members of the Cadets and Rangers will all be involved because they will be responsible for bringing in the flags and the other things that go with that.
"As far as entertainment is concerned, young Bahamian artist Angelique Sabrina will be singing the national anthem and most importantly, we know that everything ends in junkanoo. We have a joint junkanoo group that is 100 members strong and they will be there for the duration of the relays."
Some of the fans and athletes coming to these shores will hail from all over the world, and the LOC is trying to not only put on a track event, but also a show, something that the visitors will remember long after they leave the island. The goal is to make the tourists remember the country for something other than sun, sand and sea.
"I have been to nine or 10 world championships, and the decoration of the stadiums have always been pleasing but not striking, and that's what was planned for our stadium. It was looking pretty good but it was certainly not Bahamian. Vice chairman Mike Sands, Grafton Ifill and myself got together and said that our stadium is going to be seen by millions of viewers, and we had to let them know that they were in The Bahamas. One of the best ways to get them to know that is to make the stadium Bahamian," said LOC Chairman Keith Parker.
"We engaged artist Stanley Burnside and Joanne Smith to create what we believe is fantastic pageantry for the stadium. Over the weekend, some of the pageantry was in place but now all of it is in place and I believe it is very striking, and there will be no doubt in anyone's mind in the sense of a television audience that they have been to The Bahamas. That's what we are after. It is going to be a fantastic sporting event and also great publicity for The Bahamas."
The Caribbean islands have always been potent when it comes to track and field, and that was one of the reasons for the IAAF choosing to host the event in this region.
"This is a Bahamian sports tourism model on the world stage, we are branding ourselves as the number one sports tourism destination in this hemisphere and it is 'Sports in Paradise'. It has to look that way, feel that way, and we have to perform that way. I think we will be great hosts," said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson.
"What you are seeing going on around the country is a generational shift and the significance of these relays are just that - literally the passing of the baton from one generation to another, and we are demonstrating in a large way in track and field, but later in the year you will see it in other areas around the country."
Shaunae Miller will be one of the up-and-coming athletes that will be under the spotlight during the relays, and she too expressed content about the idea of making the relays not only a sporting event but a cultural experience as well.
"The LOC is doing a pretty good job here setting up for the world relays next weekend. Everything is intact for the games and the athletes are really excited to compete because it is going to be home. I can't wait to get out there and compete," she said.
LOC Vice Chairman Sands said that the color code for Bahamians for the two days of competition, Saturday and Sunday, are aqua and gold respectively.

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The Bahamas could be a track and field powerhouse in the near future

The Bahamas recently hosted the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays, putting the country's growing passion for track and field on display for the rest of the world to see. More than 40 countries attended the historic event. The Bahamas has had past Olympians who won gold medals in track - such as 'The Golden Girls' and 'The Golden Knights' - but never before has track and field been supported to this extent in the country.
The government has done more for athletes in recent times than ever before, in terms of hosting larger events, improving on track meets that are already in place and upgrading facilities.
Earlier this week, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson said The Bahamas would now look to position itself as a permanent fixture on the IAAF's annual circuit.
"This was the beginning, and I felt we did well enough to prove we can bring more to the table. We know that there are other events. We know that our sports model says to us that we want to get on a tour," Johnson said.
"With the new agreement, I am putting in another negotiation piece to get on the IAAF tour. When you think of the Grand Prix, you know that when these things stop in your town, it's huge. So we want to get the international community to look at us in that light where it's a regular event - you know the date, you know the time, you know the logistics of the place."
Hosting the World Relays and allowing the Bahamian high school athletes to participate in front of the crowd of over 10,000 spectators and socialize with athletes from various countries also did a lot for the future of track and field in the country.
And the idea of hosting an event of that nature each year can put The Bahamas on a pedestal when it comes to track and field.
Jamaica is a rival of the country in the region, and both Jamaica and The Bahamas are known for producing fast sprinters. Jamaica hosts large track meets regularly that give exposure to the country's up and coming athletes.
If The Bahamas does, in fact, become a permanent fixture in the IAAF's schedule, the same can be expected for the country's young athletes.
At the various high school meets, and even some primary school meets, more and more athletes are looking to get into the sport, because they now see that it can be a career in itself.
The Frank "Pancho" Rahming Track and Field Classic saw the largest number of schools participate in the history of the event. More than 60 schools from all over the country came to New Providence to give their athletes exposure and get them used to performing on a big stage at an early age. Parents are now seeing the improvements that have been made to the various track and field programs in the country and are excited about them.
Shaunae Miller is a young track athlete who is making a name for herself in the world ranks as a top sprinter, but she is also an inspiration to many of the younger athletes who are looking to build their careers in the same fashion.
Sports can be used as a way to gain a better education and a way for those in tough situations to provide for themselves and their families.
The government is lending a huge hand in helping them make their dreams a reality.

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The Gathering Of The Eagles
The Gathering Of The Eagles

Friday 2nd December 2011  7:00 PM

Global Village Group Presents The Gathering Of The Eagles Guest Speakers: Dr Elizabeth Hairston-Mcburrows PH.D. (From New Mexico) Dr Showalter Johnson (Nassau, Bahamas) Dates: November 30, 7pm December 1, 7pm December 2, 7pm December 4, 11AM & 7PM(11am With Dr Showalter Johnson, CEO of GVG) Global Village Group # 10 island lane, Sandyport plaza, Nassau, Bahamas Telephone:(242)327-6024

The Gathering Of The Eagles
The Gathering Of The Eagles

Sunday 4th December 2011  11:00 AM

Global Village Group Presents The Gathering Of The Eagles Guest Speakers: Dr Elizabeth Hairston-Mcburrows PH.D. (From New Mexico) Dr Showalter Johnson (Nassau, Bahamas) Dates: November 30, 7pm December 1, 7pm December 2, 7pm December 4, 11AM & 7PM(11am With Dr Showalter Johnson, CEO of GVG) Global Village Group # 10 Island Lane, Sandyport plaza, Nassau, Bahamas Telephone:(242)327-6024

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Two more companies seek oil licenses

The government is considering applications from two oil companies that are seeking exploration and production licenses to search for oil in waters north of Grand Bahama.
Bahamas Petroleum and Atlantic Petroleum have applied to the government for eight licenses for territory covering an area of around 5.4 million acres.
Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett and Bahamas Petroleum Company Limited (BPC), confirmed that the companies are separate and apart from any exploratory efforts being undertaken by BPC, which currently has five active exploratory licenses in the southern Bahamas, close to the border with Cuba.
Dorsett said that the government is now seeking public feedback on the proposed licenses, according to the law.
"We look at each applicant on its merits and make decisions based on each application, and I think that's what has historically been done. BPC are the only ones who have been issued a license, at present, but there are others who have, in this instance, made an application, but they've not been licensed. The law requires a process and the areas involved have to be gazetted."
Dorsett did not say whether the government is minded to approve the licenses.
Permanent Secretary Camille Johnson said that there is a "nexus" between the two companies, Atlantic Petroleum and Bahamas Petroleum, although it is unclear in what regard at this stage.
According to filings before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in July 2010, a company called Offshore Petroleum Corp (OFC) listed companies called Atlantic Petroleum Limited and Bahamas Exploration Limited as subsidiaries.
While it is unclear if there is a connection between this subsidiary and Atlantic Petroleum, and if Bahamas Exploration Limited and Bahamas Petroleum Limited may, in fact, be one and the same, OFC said that its objective was to "explore and, if warranted, develop the area covered by eight licenses to be granted by the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas".
The filings later stated that there was "no assurance the licenses will be granted".
"We will not list our shares on any exchange, or further pursue the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, until the licenses are received," said OFC.
Guardian Business attempted to reach the company at the phone contact provided, but the number listed, for an office in Fort Lauderdale, was out of service.
The development comes as investors in BPC, which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), a sub-market of the London Stock Exchange, continue their efforts to identify a partner who will bring the capital needed to spud an exploratory well in Bahamian waters.
Such a well is necessary to test the results of the data gathered by the company so far, which it says indicate a significant possibility of a major oil find in Bahamian waters.
Last week, Guardian Business reported that BPC's share price has fallen to its lowest level since 2009, as investors questioned whether or not the company will be successful in its "farmout" efforts to find a company to partner with in the drilling initiative.

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The best client is an informed client

Name: Robert A. F. Bartlett
Industry position: Senior manager with responsibility for customer service, J.S. Johnson & Company
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences
Career: General insurance
What attracted you to the sector?
I happened to be paying a bill at the time when J. S. Johnson was recruiting. I completed the application, took the Wonderlic (aptitude test), had an interview and the rest, as they say, is history. I had known many of my new colleagues for a number of years, so the adjustment was easy for me. One of the qualities of the company is the family atmosphere. I had not given any thought to a career in insurance prior to that and the most advertised form at the time was the industrial life, "walking the debit". The era of the "policy man".
How long have you been involved in financial services?
Thirty-five years.

What keeps you motivated?
I like working with people and finding solutions to problems. Every day brings a new challenge or a variation of an old one. The industry is ever changing and along with that change comes new products and new personalities. Relationships are formed across industries and borders.
Why do you think you have been successful?
Superior customer service, dependability and availability are some of the ingredients to my success. Persons must make themselves available to enquiries from clients and the public at large. Your willingness and ability to entertain questions and address concerns help to establish you as a "go to" person in the industry. Humility and the knowledge of who I am and whose I am have also played roles in my success to date. Last but not least are the confidence and trust placed in me by my mentors.
Did mentoring play a part in your success?
Yes! The fact is, the mentoring never stops. In our industry you must be willing to accept constructive criticism as well as positive commentary and take from it that which will benefit you, your company and the industry as a whole.
What qualifications do you feel are the most useful in helping you perform in the sector?
Healthy interpersonal skills, an understanding of common law as well as law of contracts and a working knowledge of the products the company has to offer are all useful. The nature of the industry requires that the individual continues to stay abreast of changes at home and abroad. The pursuance and achievement of academic qualifications also aids in the individuals' performance in the sector.
What has been the biggest challenge in your career and or industry? How did you overcome it?
In my career: Balancing the demands of work with family life, lay ministry and community service to youth. In the industry: It is getting persons to see the importance of insurance and the consequence of underinsuring while destroying the myth that all insurers are out to avoid claims. I strongly believe that the best client is an informed client. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts some persons cannot be convinced.
It is a work in progress; the use of time management skills and the ability to say no without feeling guilty have helped me in my career. Oftentimes in our willingness to please we take on too much, sometimes to our detriment and reduction in the quality of service provided.
What advice would you give young people just starting out in the industry?
Be patient, observe, ask questions, study hard and apply yourself diligently. One never knows who is watching or when opportunity will knock. One should never underestimate the value of time spent in the trenches. It is there that the experience which cannot be taught is gained.

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Teen's bail plea denied


A teenage boy's plea to be granted bail and spend the holiday season away from prison was denied in Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The refusal came after the prosecution revealed that Ronald Fluerinvil, 18, of Cromwell Street had breached previous bail conditions granted to him earlier this year.

Fluerinvil was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, of a single charge of causing harm.

It is alleged that on Monday, December 19, the accused intentionally caused harm to Cynario Fowler. There are 10 witnesses in this case, according to court dockets.

After acknowledging to Chief Magistrate Gomez that he unde ...

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Tourism Chief: Latin America could grow to second largest tourism source

Nassau, Bahamas - Central and South America have the capacity to become the
Bahamas's second largest contributor to tourism arrivals, surpassed only by the
United States, Director General of Tourism David Johnson said Tuesday as the
College of the Bahamas graduated its first Spanish for the Tourism Workplace

College partnered with the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation and the Bahamas
Hotel Association to launch the course.
It was created due to the Bahamas' pursuit of additional Latin American
visitors and the start of regularly scheduled flights to Nassau from Panama
City by Copa Airlines...

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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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Timberwolves beat Mystic Marlins, 2-0

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) soccer season got underway this week with senior matchups on the schedule each day at the D W Davis field.

In yesterday's senior boys' match, the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves scored a 2-0 win over the Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins to open the season for both teams.

In today's match at 4pm, the senior girls are scheduled to take the pitch when the C V Bethel Stingrays face the R M Bailey Pacers.

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The Annual Heart Ball comes Feb 16: 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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Tourism's soccer focus is a good sign

This past November, the Bahamas Football Association (BFA) had the official opening of the beach soccer facility at the foot of the Sidney Poitier Bridge. It was such a grand occasion that even the disappointing one-goal defeat of our nationals at the hand of Jamaica's Reggae Boys (6-5) did not seriously dampen the enthusiasm of the moment.
It was historic and the presence of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officials and also, leading administrators of the region classified the event as one of the signature happenings for the sport during the past year.
Present were three government ministers, namely Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis (there particularly to cheer on his son and the rest of the team), Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson. Indeed, the Government of The Bahamas was appropriately represented and Minister Wilchcombe clearly saw the sports/tourism potential that soccer provides. He indicated as much as well as an inclination for his ministry to have a definite role in the mix.
Well, this week, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) will stage its convention, beginning today with work sessions at the Indiana Convention Center. Sports Tourism Director Tyrone Sawyer will be present, along with Bahamas Football Association (BFA) Vice President Fred Lunn. No doubt, throughout the convention, the two will network closely with the objective being how tourism and the BFA can work together in the very near future for a mutual benefit.
I've always felt that the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism's sports department could be maximized once closer relationships were built with the various core organizations. I believe the Ministry of Tourism, through its sports department, has a meaningful part to play in the expansion of the Bahamian sports industry.
I know that Minister Wilchcombe feels likewise. It was he during the 2002-2007 administration of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), who sought to broaden the base of the ministry's sport department. It is looking like he still has the same mindset. This is good. The presence of Sports Director Sawyer demonstrates the positive outlook of the ministry for soccer, in this instance, and sports in general.
The local representatives will be in Indianapolis for the full duration of the convention sessions. The NSCAA convention is an excellent forum. The theme this year is, 'Innovate to Elevate', and according to the "promo", the main agenda items will be new techniques, training, youth programs, NSCAA market place and other educational aspects.
Of course, a priority for the Bahamian national program is how best to market youth soccer. I'm sure Sawyer and Lunn will be thus focused.

(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at

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Top official 'challenges' govt to adopt new tourism model

One of the country's top tourism officials has pledged to challenge the government and private sector to buy into the idea that tourism should be "less about erecting huge hotels" and more about resort ownership which Bahamians can be a part of, arguing that the country's tourism potential is unmet because the average Bahamian "feels marginalized" from the tourism sector.
David Johnson, director general in the Ministry of Tourism since 2010, told Rotarians that a huge opportunity exists for The Bahamas to capitalize on its untapped earning potential in tourism by further developing the Family Islands through creating incentives for Bahamians to be owners of tourism infrastructure via the development of vacation communities where they can build and own vacation rentals.
Johnson, who has worked in the tourism sector since the 1960s, was addressing the Rotary Club of West Nassau at the Poop Deck Restaurant yesterday afternoon on the subject of "The Business of Tourism".
He painted a picture of a Bahamas that has been too heavily focused on the role of major hotels in the tourism sector, which has made development difficult to predict as it is reliant on the whims of major investors. The focus on hotels has also contributed to a tourism industry that is generally Nassau-centric, as well as too expensive for many visitors and difficult to operate in a sustainable way, Johnson charged.
He suggested that changing this approach is important, not just to the sustainability of business operations, but because today's generation is less interested in jobs alone, and more interested in ownership in the tourism industry. Given a perception that this is unattainable, Bahamians feel "marginalized by the very existence" of the tourism sector, and this has knock-on effects on visitors' experiences on the islands when they do come.
"We're not going to have Bahamians embracing and feeling proud about an industry when they feel marginalized by its very existence. They feel an emotive disconnect that we must fix, because a happy island is where people want to come to, not an island that is in conflict with what's going on in tourism," he said.
In light of this, Johnson said that he is on a mission to change the mindset of the government as it relates to tourism in The Bahamas, and plans to present practical steps that can be taken to move in a new direction - to focus on vacation communities made up of rental homes owned by Bahamians.
"What I think is that the way forward in tourism, in a very big way, should be and could be less about erecting huge hotels and casino complexes, because there's a limited market for that," said Johnson.
"So what I'm going to be doing is challenging the government and the private sector to have the vision, as we look at the Family Islands, to say what could be better than to design a number of new tourism communities, deed restricted, where you plan the activities, where you plan the ability to organize the fishing, your bicycle tracks, jogging tracks, it's properly landscaped, you've got all the facilities of a resort but you're living in a home, and these homes can be financed by Bahamians like yourselves.
"That is a far less risk than hoping one investor will roll the dice and make money or close up shop. That gives us ownership and gives us pride, and that can develop these islands and make them the envy of the world because that type of vacation is one where the families and people coming there really feel not just that they are visiting, but they feel too that they are a part of the community and they come back every year."
Calling the opening of Baha Mar in December of this year a "major, major business opportunity", he said that tourism will continue to "suffer" from the high costs in the sector, which have contributed to the fact that most hotels can target only "high-end customers" due to their prices.
"What this means is that we will still be faced with, in the very near term until we can tackle our costs, a very difficult challenge for those who have made that gutsy investment, to generate operating profits. It's going to be a fantastic, great opportunity, we'll steal business from the rest of the region because of the great product we have here, but it has to work on the basis of profits to be sustained and so we have a lot of work to do to offer a first-class product, to begin to manage our costs, so that these partners who've invested in Nassau can generate sufficient profit to sustain their operations," said Johnson.
The director general went on to argue that not only are many customers being priced out of this type of tourism, but they are also not seeking it to begin with.
"More of our potential travelers look at destinations like Ashville, North Carolina, or even Abaco, where 80 percent of the accommodations are homes, vacation homes. And guess what? It's easy to build them, and people will go over hurdles to get to them. That's their place, their special place. They have an emotional connection to it. They know the place, they feel like they are a part of it, and they'll come every year."
The director general said he pictures a Bahamas where every Bahamian has a vacation home in the Family Islands, that they can use to generate income six months of the year by renting out to visitors, and which they can use for their own enjoyment at other times.
"The way forward is to involve and engage our people in the mainstream of tourism ownership, and I think it needs to be less about hotels and more about resort ownership in a less traditional way," he added.
According to the tourism official, The Bahamas is in a unique position to capitalize on tourism. He claimed that many other major destinations in the region may have as little as 25 percent of their capacity remaining, while The Bahamas "hasn't even used up 10 percent" given that 80 percent of the tourism economy is Nassau-based.
"If you look throughout the entire Caribbean, there is not one country I know of which has the earning potential of The Bahamas. If we were stock we'd be the highest-rated stock in the industry. That's because we're only focused on Nassau, and most of the other 699 islands are bigger and in many ways more beautiful."
Responding to a comment from the audience suggesting that his views must be at odds with the government, Johnson said: "I'm not at odds with the administration in my view, but there's a process. We are here to provide not only our thoughts but how it can be done. You can often find that otherwise you get listening ears and nodding heads, but nothing gets done."
He said that after a couple of years in which the government was "fighting fires" in the tourism sector, with major resorts like Sandals Emerald Bay close to closure and in need of government assistance, Johnson suggested that the government is now more focused on looking at ideas such as his.

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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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The Devil Inside
  • Genre : Horror, Thriller
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism....

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Three major house break-in rings smashed

POLICE officers from the South Western Division have broken up three major house break-in rings, and are searching for the leaders of two other gangs.

Showcasing thousands of dollars worth of electronics, jewellery, and other household items stolen from homes over the past few months, Superintendent Paul Rolle said officers have 10 people in custody in relation to 44 house break-ins.

They also expect to charge another six people they have in custody with a number of other related matters. The majority of those in custody, he said, are in their early 20s.

Detectives are seeking the public's help in apprehending David Cunningham Cooper, of Life Boyd Street, and Keno Johnson, of Coconut Grove, who ...

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