Thursday, September 30, 2010

'Broadway Baby' wows audience and brings master voice class to Grand Bahama singers

Dalia’s former voice teacher, Robert Edwin joins her on stage. (Photo courtesy Dave Mackey)


FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Dalia Feldman and Friends wowed the audience at the Regency Theatre last Saturday night, September 25th, with classic Broadway songs just released on her new CD, Broadway Baby, which benefits The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society and their scholarships for local performing arts students.

Delighting the crowd with favourite show tunes that sparked memories of falling in love with live theatre attending Broadway shows as a child, Dalia Feldman performed hit songs accompanied by Dr. Christy Lee on the piano, and sang duets with international baritone Robert Edwin—her long time voice teacher. Robert Edwin is a singer, composer, teacher, and writer who has sung all over the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Bach cantatas in European cathedrals. Edwin’s diverse performing career is matched by his equally diverse teaching credentials.

A lucky handful of local voice students were able to attend his Master Class on Sunday, 26 September, following the Broadway Baby concert. A singing teacher and coach since 1975, Mr. Edwin teaches voice technique, repertoire development, and performing skills and presence as part of his dynamic and personalized approach that helps students discover and cultivate their own creative gifts.



  






 Dalia Feldman performed hit songs accompanied by Dr. Christy Lee on the piano. (Photo courtesy Dave Mackey)

Providing the beautiful arrangements and accompanying these talented singers on the piano at both events was The College of The Bahamas’ own Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. Christy Lee. She is also credited with lending her musical skills in working with Dalia Feldman on recording the songs in the new CD, which is available at The Mail Drop, The Silk Cafe, and soon at www.cdbaby.com. Proceeds from the Broadway Baby CD sales will go to The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society scholarships. Catch updates on the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society Facebook page.

The cast presented Feldman with a birthday cake following her dynamic performance Saturday evening. 

Having first experienced Broadway shows when her generous older brother treated her to performances as childhood birthday and Christmas gifts, Feldman was “... overjoyed to be able to give back some of the magic I experienced in the theatre at an early age. It is my sincere hope that this new album will help open doors for a new generation of talented singers, dancers, musicians, and production talent to finely develop their own unique gifts and love of theatre.”

 Robert Edwin (right) gives Walter Parker Primary School Music teacher, Erika Weir, some vocal pointers at Sunday’s Master class. (Photo: Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society)



Robert Edwin (right) works with local singer, Javan Hunt, at Sunday’s Master Class. (Photo: Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society)


Broadway Baby was a joint production of the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society and the Freeport Players Guild. Both groups wish to thank the sponsors of this event for their very generous support: Pelican Bay Hotel, American Airlines, Thayer’s Natural Remedies, The Bahamas Weekly, Keen i Media, Butler’s Food World, and Antoni’s Pizzeria as well as those who provided meals and gifts for our visiting artists: Agave, Banana Bay Restaurant, The Garden Café, Italian Specialty Imports and Cocoa Plum Chocolates.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tropical storm warning continues for Northwest and Central Bahamas

Submitted by Lindsay Thompson / NEMA


ALERT #3 ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION NUMBER 16 ISSUED 6PM, TUESDAY September 28, 2010, BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES GRAND BAHAMA, ABACO, BIMINI, THE BERRY ISLANDS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ANDROS, ELEUTHERA, CAT ISLAND, EXUMA AND ITS CAYS, LONG ISLAND, RUM CAY AND SAN SALVADOR.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

AT 5 PM THE CENTERE OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION NUMBER 16 WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.5 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 82.4 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 350 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BIMINI AND 395 MILES SOUTHWEST OF NEW PROVIDENCE.

THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 10 MILES PER HOUR.

ON THE FORECAST TRACK THE CENTER OF THE TROPICAL CYCLONE WILL CROSS CUBA TONIGHT AND BE NEAR OR OVER SOUTHERN FLORIDA AND JUST WEST OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS AND THE DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM TONIGHT OR WEDNESDAY BEFORE MERGING WITH A FRONTAL ZONE ON THURSDAY.

RESIDENTS IN THE WARNING AREAS SHOULD BRACE THEMSELVES FOR STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND LOCALIZED FLOODING IN LOW-LYING AREAS AND MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SECURE OUTDOOR ITEMS THAT COULD BECOME FLYING MISSILES.

SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT.

THE NEXT ALERT WILL BE ISSUED AT 9PM EDT

UNEXSO named Dive Operator of the Year by the Bahamas Diving Association

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The International Underwater Explorer’s Society (UNEXSO), the premiere dive destination and dolphin experience facility located in Freeport, Bahamas, is pleased to announce their recent award presented by the Bahamas Diving Association as “Dive Operator of the Year”

The prestigious award was presented to UNEXSO on the final evening of the Bahamas Diving Association’s Dive Symposium held in Nassau, Bahamas, September 12-16th, 2010. General Manager of UNEXSO, Linda Osborne, says “We are truly honoured to have been presented this award by our friends at the BDA.

"UNEXSO consistently strives to give our guests the experience of a lifetime, we appreciate being recognized for our efforts and promise that we will continue to deliver a first class experience for all our guests.”

Situated on the island of Grand Bahama, UNEXSO features state-of-the-art scuba facilities, dive with the sharks, shark feeder courses, dolphin dives, and interactive dolphin programs along with a full range of certification and specialty courses. UNEXSO is conveniently located next to the Port Lucaya Marina and offers customizable dive packages through their “Dive & Stay” program with partner hotel Pelican Bay Resort. Call 1-800-992-DIVE for more information.

Businesspersons launch website

By K. NANCOO-RUSSELL

Freeport News Reporter



FREEPORT, Grand Bahama-A group of businesspersons who hope to bring about change by presenting an informed opinion to the government on a number of issues that will directly affect Grand Bahama have launched a website to help garner public support.

Attorney Carey Leonard recently embarked on a series of public speaking appearances, presenting information on various topics which are related to the development of the island's economy, such as amendments to the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

His latest address was at the Sunrise Rotary Club's breakfast meeting at Le Rendezvous restaurant yesterday.

In the past, Leonard has encouraged residents to become more vocal about concerns and ideas they may have, stressing that the only way change can be affected is through a united front. He said he has received a significant amount of support from members of the public who have pledged to become a part of the movement.

To this end, he said, the site, grandbahamafuture.com, was created as a communication tool to help spread the message.

It will be used as a means by which residents can learn more about how they can secure the island's future growth and economic success and promises to provide news and economic resources"to help you make Grand Bahama great."

Although Leonard acknowledged that there is not much content on the site yet, he encouraged members to sign up for the mailing list. The group is also making use of social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, links to which are posted on the website.

Rotarian Jon Markoulis explained that on the site, there's also a link to a blog, which was designed for two way communication. Articles on specific topics will be posted on the blog by Leonard and others, he explained, and the public will be invited to have a dialogue with each other or with the author of the article in the section for comments.

Issues that will be addressed through the postings, he said, will include the real estate tax exemption, customs and The Bahamas'application for membership with the World Trade Organization, among others.

"The hope is that in a short period of time, we can get a lot of dialogue going that we would not be able to do by organizing community-wide meetings, because people are busy. Some people might get on the blog at midnight, some at four o'clock in the morning, it's hard to make a 7 o'clock meeting if its held once a month. It doesn't mean that we wont have meetings, but at this early stage what we're trying to do is use electronic media as a way of communication,"he said.

"This thing started because we have a deadline, the Hawksbill Creek Agreement exemptions all expire in 2015 and the WTO squeezes that date down to 2012. After 2012, you cant make amendments to the Hawksbill Creek Agreements without WTO approval and that's like asking the mountain to move. And so we only have a short period of time, and that should be a good motivating factor."

During his address, Leonard spoke about the country's proposed WTO membership, noting that it could have far-reaching consequences for the way local businesses operate, and it is up to businessowners to educate themselves about such matters in order to succeed.

"We all know that The Bahamas is attending to the negotiating process required for this country's admission into the WTO. We know that the"Goods and Services'Schedules to the WTO are extensive,"he said.

"We know that the minster confirmed to the WTO that The Bahamas has begun reforming laws governing both foreign and internal, yes internal trade. We know that these reforms will result in considerably improved conditions of access for foreign suppliers of goods and services in The Bahamas. We know that the way government procurement is done will change and this is just the beginning."

Leonard pointed to recent comments made by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce President Khaalis Rolle, warning that it was a major milestone and"would ultimately require protectionist beliefs to be abandoned and an overhaul of the country's tax system."

Leonard, himself a board member of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce said he was confident that the Chamber is already fully engaged in the subject.

"Over the next 18 months, or so, matters relating to WTO will require a tremendous amount of the Chamber's resources to be able to provide the educational leadership to its members that this document requires,"he said.

"The WTO with all its schedules is some 27,000 pages long. Personally, I don't know how many of you are well versed in WTO, but I can tell you that I have only begun to scratch the surface of this book of rules that you and I, all of us, are entering into. Indeed, we must keep the WTO in the back of our minds as we move forward."

Carey said there has been no overall vision for the development of Grand Bahama since Wallace Groves first created the Port area, and residents must take control of their destiny and create a new vision for the island.

Outlining several steps he said must be taken before that vision can be developed, Leonard said The Bahamas"sits in a very large world that, whether we like it or not, we are a part of and must understand, a world that we must recognize affects how we live, how we shape our laws, how we create and sustain our economy, our everyday life.

"Some of you will say that The Bahamas is a sovereign nation and we can decide for ourselves what we wan to do. Yes we can decide what we want to do, but only within the rules set by groups of other nations. Those groups of other nations, be they the OECD, or the G20, or the members of the WTO, all have an impact on us."

The Bahamas must consider other countries and what they are doing in all its plans.

"If we know what they are up to and pay heed to any warnings that they may give, and they usually give warnings, then we may well be able to even turn such events into our advantage,"he advised.

Once a plan is created for moving forward, Leonard said all the information must then be tied into a first class, professionally prepared recommendation to the government and the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

"It will need to be first class for two reasons, firstly, to be from a group so reputable that the government will be able to rely on the accuracy and recommendations with confidence, and secondly, and perhaps more importantly, because it will provide the basis for Grand Bahama's vision for an economic future,"he said.

"For too long, Grand Bahama's economy has drifted, so we must be sure that we have a solid, well-prepared plan for our economic future."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Listing of the Week- No.16 Fortune Cay Club , Listing ID5586



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Nominations open for GB Chamber's 3rd Annual Business Excellence Awards

By Mercynth Ferguson

 Freeport, Bahamas - Its the Grand Bahama Chamber Of Commerce 3rd Annual Business Excellence Awards Night ~ coming this November!
We all know of someone in business who continues to give excellent service, even during these challenging economic times. Why not take a minute to recognize these special persons with your nomination. Deadline for nominations is November 5, 2010. Self nomination is permitted.


Last year's winners are as follows:




Company of the Year – Category A (50 employees or less):

BWA (Freeport) Ltd.

Company of the Year – Category B (51+ employees):

Sawyers

Businessperson of the Year:

Donald “Don” Roberts (Dolly Madison Furniture)

Entrepreneur of the Year (5 years or less):

Noel & Britton Clarke (Agave Restaurant)

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Rev. Havard Cooper


Philanthropic Businessperson of the Year:

Frank Outten

Business Student of the Year:

Dreshon Rolle, Jack Hayward High School

President's Award:

Grand Bahama Shipyard


Email: mferguson-gbcc@live.com
web: www.gbchamber.com

10 Reasons for Canadians to Invest in the Islands, According to Bahamas Real Estate Agency By Pinder

Old Bahama Bay Home For Sale by James Sarles Realty

NASSAU, BAHAMAS— Because if the increased interest among Canadians in purchasing Bahamas real estate for investment purposes, Island Living Real Estate has begun marketing Bahamas homes for sale through Canadian outlets.

As part of that marketing effort, Island Living Real Estate Agent Heather Carey recently created a list of 10 reasons Canadians should consider the Bahamas, said Rachel Pinder, Island Living’s principle broker.

“We realize that it’s important to do some research before investing in a foreign country, so I thought I would create this list to get would-be investors started on their research,” said Carey, who became a member of the Bahamas Real Estate Association as a sales agent in 2003. “I think potential investors will find the information beneficial in helping them make an informed decision.”

The 10 reasons Canadians should seek out Bahamas real estate for sale when considering investment properties are as follows:

1- The Country is Politically stable.
The Bahamas have experienced nearly 300 years of uninterrupted parliamentary democracy, giving it the distinction of being among the most stable countries in the world. The Bahamas also serves as a major financial center with more than 400 banks and trust companies.

2- English is the native language.
Being able to speak the language provides a great source of comfort among those who invest in real estate in other countries, Carey said.

“You want to know that when you visit your property- whether it’s for part of the year or just for a long weekend- you can communicate with others when you’re dining out, shopping or trying to locate services,” she said.

3- There is no income or inheritance tax.
The Bahamian government’s generates the bulk of its revenue from customs duties and company registration fees. There are no taxes for sales, corporate or personal income, withholding, capital gains, gifts, employment or inheritance. There also are no probate fees in the Bahamas.

4- A $500,000 investment means an accelerated path to permanent residency.
The minimum required investment for economic permanent residence is $500,000 on a home, according to The Bahamas Investor. Permanent residency and the ability to work in a resident’s own business typically is suited for those with a family office or who want to manage investments or a run a business that does not interact with the Bahamian economy. Having this status means a person has the right to work in The Bahamas.

5- It is easily accessible by air.
There are numerous flights daily from Nassau to all of the islands, and flights on multiple international airlines are available at as many as 10 airports in The Bahamas, depending on the season. Direct flights to and from Toronto are available, as well as to many destinations in the United States, European, South American and Caribbean.

Flights from Toronto are just three hours, while flying from Canada’s west coast take a bit more than six hours, Carey said.

6- Bahamas Properties hold their value.
The Bahamas real estate market has been virtually unaffected by the real estate slumps for several reasons. The Bahamas remain a prime tourist destination, and those who own Nassau Bahamas rentals tend to keep their properties rented as often as they like.

7- The most beautiful beaches and gin-clear waters in the world.
Maybe it’s the warm, pink sand. Or the cerulean waters. Or the gentle breezes kicking up from the ocean’s waves. Perhaps it is a combination of all of these, but there is no denying that The Bahamas feature some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and that is greatly appealing to investors, Carey said.

Harbour Island Home photo: Lyndah Wells
8- World Class Fishing.
Whether it is bonefishing, reef fishing, spear fishing or deep sea fishing you’re interested in, The Bahamas has it.

The Bahamas is home to the finest sport fishing grounds in the world and serves as the host to multiple fishing tournaments throughout the year.

9-World Class Golf.
The Bahamas’ 10 golf courses and year-round beautiful weather make the islands ideal for golf any time, Carey said. Golf lovers looking to invest in Bahamas real estate might consider the islands of Great Exuma, New Providence/Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island and Treasure Cay in the Abacos. There are three courses on Abaco, five on New Provdence/Paradise Island, four on Grand Bahama and one on Exuma.

10- Ethnic Diversity.
Variety is the spice of life, and variety abounds when it comes to ethnic diversity in The Bahamas.

Approximately 85 percent of the population is of African heritage, and other ethnic groups include whites, Hispanics and Asians.
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25th Anniversary of International Coastal Cleanup Day at Xanadu Beach draws many enthusiastic students


By Gail Woon, EARTHCARE

 Freeport, Bahamas - Early on Saturday morning, September 25th, primary and secondary students from five different institutions on Grand Bahama Island gathered to assist the Zone Captains, Gail Woon and Cecilia Bodie with the Xanadu Beach International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day (ICC) 2010.
Hugh W. Campbell Primary School, Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School, Sunland Baptist Academy, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Grand Bahama Catholic High School, EARTHCARE and the Bahamas National Trust participated in the Xanadu Beach ICC Day.

A grand total of 300 pounds of marine debris was collected, recorded and bagged for collection by Sanitation Services for the Xanadu Beach zone. Past participants noted that the beach was cleaner this year than in prior years. Most of the marine debris found was debris from fast food, beach-goers, sports/games, celebrations and litter from streets. These items included paper and plastic bags; beverage bottles, cans, caps and lids; cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons, food wrappers/containers, straws, stirrers. Students also found clothing.

Debris from Dumping activities included building materials, car parts, batteries and tires. Personal Hygiene/Medical Marine Debris included condoms, diapers, and tampons/ tampon applicators.

Debris from recreational/commercial fishing and boat/vessel operations included bleach/cleaner bottles, fishing line, plastic sheeting/tarps, rope, crates, light sticks, fishing nets, light bulbs, oil lube bottles and strapping bands. Smoking related Marine Debris consisted mainly of cigarettes, cigarette filters, cigarette lighters, cigar tips and tobacco packaging wrappers.


Students noted that debris items of local concern included a car bumper, clothing, aluminum, wires, various forms of plastic and cardboard. The students filled out the data cards which will be returned to The Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. where the information will be compiled into a report of the state of marine debris throughout the entire globe. Grand Bahama Island has been participating with The Ocean Conservancy through the Ministry of Tourism for many years and thanks to this year’s many corporate sponsors students received T shirts and refreshments for their hard work. Cestina Nixon and her team from the Ministry of Tourism are to be commended for their excellent coordination of this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. The hours of planning ahead all came together for a very successful day.


Students participating from Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School included: Nathan Hield, Nekito Curry, Ambernique Munroe, Gabrielle Edwards, Arianna Kelly, Cyrah Newton, Christian Hepburn, Tavashanique Nottage, Tawonyah Brown, Gabrielle Joseph, Dante Robinson, Javel Malcolm, Kiara Williams, Stephanique Munroe, Allan Anthony, Shevano Munroe, Judea Williams, Jamir Pinder, Travonia Blatch, Asha Williams, Avery Sargent, Kimara Seymour and Kimisha Seymour. Staff included: Shimoon Cambridge, Patrick Laing, Noella Anderson, Cecile Salonga and Wannea Roxbury.


Students participating from Hugh W. Campbell Primary included: Franz Muller, Jamie Lightbourn, Kent-sha Parker, Cody Rolle, Bryann Finley, Walson Velmy, Elysha Darville, Shira Jones, Skye Beer and Christa Adderley. The representatives from Hugh W. Campbell were Mrs. Victoria Wright, Principal, teachers: Mrs. F. Brennen, Ms. S. Thompson, Mrs. D. Adderley, Mrs. A. Moss and Mrs. M. Dareus.




Students from Bishop Michael Eldon School included Sarah Gibbs and Candice Woon. Brandi Maynard represented Sunland Baptist Academy. Meghan Dareus hailed from Grand Bahama Catholic High School. EARTHCARE Vice President, Yasmin Popescu and her husband, Christian also participated

Monday, September 27, 2010

Organisers gearing up for Conchman and Iron Kids

 By Bert Bell 

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Organisers of the 2010 Conchman and Iron Kids Triathlons are gearing up for an exciting and fun-filled day on November 6th at Taino Beach. Online registration is now open at www.conchman.com until Wednesday, November 3rd at midnight. The registration deadline in person is at the new Pelican Bay convention centre on Thursday November 4th for local participants from 5:30-7:00pm.

Registering at Pelican Bay on Friday November 5th from 5:30-7:00pm is intended for off-island participants only, therefor any Freeport residents will incur an additional $10 processing fee for Friday registration. The website also contains important information on packet pick-up times for both adult Conchman and the young Iron Kids participants. As always, there is no race day registration.

Practices are now underway on Taino Beach for the Iron Kids on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 4:00pm with Coach Bert Bell. Tuesday practices are swim/run and Saturday run/bike. Click here to download the Iron Kids registration form (PDF). The completed form may be handed in to your school PE teacher or at the Pelican Bay registration desk on Thursday, November 4th between 5:30-7:00pm. The Iron Kids race starts at 12 noon on Sunday, November 6th, following the adult Conchman but again, there will be no race day registration so it is important to register as soon as possible.

Please visit www.conchman.com for all the latest race information, course maps (the bike course has been changed to out and back on Midshipman), information for visitors, and pre and post-race activities or e-mail info@conchman.com .

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Blue-hole caverns a mystery of the deep


photo: Wes C. Skiles

On the long list of reasons why few scientists have dared plumb the mysteries of the Bahamas' famed blue holes, the toxic swamp gas actually rates pretty low.  

By Curtis Morgan

Miami Herald Staff Writer
On the long list of reasons why few scientists have dared plumb the mysteries of the Bahamas' famed blue holes, the toxic swamp gas actually rates pretty low. Hydrogen sulfide gas, a byproduct of bacteria and plant debris rotting for eons, gets trapped in a murky zone called the halocline where dense salt water mixes with fresh rain water floating above. In some submarine caverns, swimming through the foul layer leaves divers with burning skin, retching stomachs or worse. That says a lot about the daunting challenges below: utter blackness, uncharted and claustrophobic passages, walls that crumble into clouds of silt, shifting currents and extreme depths that demand exotic diving gear, elaborate safety systems and Zen cool. For Kenny Broad, a University of Miami scientist who led a National Geographic Society-backed expedition that made 150 dives into blue holes on Abaco, Andros and other islands, the rewards far exceeded the risks.

The team, composed of expert cave divers and researchers from UM, the National Museum of the Bahamas, Florida Museum of Natural History and other universities, emerged from the dark caverns with findings that could shed new light across fields from natural history to microbiology to climate change.

``These holes are a time capsule of evolutionary science,' said Broad, who will describe the exploration during a free National Geographic-sponsored program Saturday evening at UM. ``They're a modern-day window into what it was like millions of years ago.'

Starved of light and oxygen that typically fuels decay, the blue holes have produced an array of stunningly preserved fossils, from brown bones of ancient native Lucayans to shells of long-extinct land tortoise and freshwater crocodiles once thought to live only in Cuba.

The caverns are also places of weird life and other-worldly beauty, a combination that put the expedition on the cover of last month's National Geographic. Broad will show many of the eerie, breath-taking images and video captured by Wes Skiles. The renowned underwater photographer and friend of many team members died in July of still undetermined causes during a seemingly routine dive off Boynton Beach.

The holes are populated by blind cave fish, strange and tiny crabs and shrimp and masses of microbes, including never-before-seen ``extremophiles' adapted to survive the harsh environment. Ancient fossilized reefs form the walls and some passages are labyrinths of gnarled but fragile stalagmites that can evaporate in puffs of silt if struck.

``It's not buried gold but it's really a treasure,' said Nancy Albury, the project coordinator for the Bahamas' national museum, which supported much of the earliest research on the caverns and helped fund the expedition. ``It's telling us an amazing story.'

Peter Swart, a UM professor and geochemist, found a geological calendar of climate change in the buildup of sediments that shaped the stalagmites. The caves were formed during past ice ages, when rain leached into exposed limestone carving the caverns and creating the stalagmites. As the earth thawed, the rising sea filled the caverns.

Because the Bahamas are isolated far from the influence of river deposits, Swart said the blue holes' stalagmites are ideal for studying atmospheric changes. The formations show huge swings in sea level and spikes in iron from African dust, suggesting intense periods of drought, he said.

``There was some variation, but generally speaking sea level has gone up 300 to 400 feet in the last 20 million years,' he said. ``It was much higher in the past than it is at the present time.'

Broad, an assistant professor of ecosystems science and a submarine-cave authority at UM's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, credits the work of Albury and Brian Kakuk -- an expert caver and guide who has explored more of the islands' holes than anyone else -- for drawing wider research interest.

Kakuk was working as a diver for the U.S. Navy on Andros Island when he took his first plunge, right about the time researchers first discovered the remains of ancient Lucayans in one of the dozens of inland blue holes peppering the island chains. As he began discovering fossils in places no diver had ever visited, he became more and more fascinated by formations that many locals used for waste dumps or considered haunted.

``I kind of took on a role of showing people why it's an amazing place and not just a dark scary hole,' Kakuk said.

In 2004, while guiding a diver in the Sawmill Sink on Abaco, he stumbled on something that would put the Bahamas on the map of paleontologists -- spotting a shell in the sediment that looked like no sea turtle he knew. It turned out to be an unknown species of land tortoise, last trundling the Bahamas 2,000 years before humans arrived.

Soon, he and Albury, who is also a cave diver, were finding more and more. Albury, who is now pushing to create a blue hole park on Abaco and expand protections for them, turned her guest house into a lab to permanently preserve the growing collection. Kakuk, who was the expeditions' dive safety officer, has helped researchers identify so many microscopic animals that he has four named after him.

``To me, it comes back to the big picture of how special these places are,' Kakuk said. ``How many people, especially as a nonscientist, have the opportunity to find new species?'

Broad, a cave-diving authority named an ``emerging explorer' by National Geographic Society, thought the holes promising enough that he secured society and National Science Foundation funding for a deeper look -- figuratively and literally. Some dives took researchers down as far as 275 feet.

With the deepest cavern -- Dean's hole on Long Island -- documented at 663 feet, there is a lot left to explore, perhaps 80 percent of the caverns by Kakuk's estimate. And to study, Broad said.

``Underwater caves are certainly the least understood ecosystems on the planet,' he said. ``We're just scratching the surface.'

Blue holes don't go just straight down; they widen into a maze of uncharted holes, tunnels and caverns -- foolhardy diving for anyone without experience, training and the high-tech gear required for long dives at extreme depths.

In one cavern, the researchers encountered a disturbing reminder of the danger -- the remains of a diver, clad in scuba gear from the 1970s. It's been left undisturbed for decades, Kakuk said, at the request of the ill-fated explorer's family.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Love My Bahamas Art Experience Officially Unveiled to Public

Nassau , Bahamas- According to historical accounts, downtown Nassau was the heart of the city. The streets were kept alive by the soothing timbre of jazz music, and the vibrancy of calypso and rake & scrape.

Downtown Nassau in those day was compared to London or New York City. It was the place for gathering and engaging with natives and visitors to the island. More importantly downtown Nassau is and has always been an icon in Bahamian history and attraction for visitors all around the world.

The Caribbean Bottling Company and Coca Cola have joined forces with the Downtown Nassau Partnership, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Art Gallery to bring this same buzz and excitement back to the downtown area with the unveiling of the Love My Bahamas Art Experience. This is a great display of art installations by local and international artist, that is designed to enliven and restore historic Nassau.

Now, the collection of art known as Love My Bahamas is officially open after a ceremony held on September 7 at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel.

The evening included a cocktail reception, an opening ceremony, and a tour of the art installations.

On hand at the event was Deputy Governor-General Frank H Watson, Minister of Culture Charles Maynard, international and local executives from Love My Bahamas co-sponsor Coca-Cola, and other sponsors including the Ministry of Tourism, Downtown Nassau Partnership and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Walter Wells CEO of Caribbean bottling Company said although the Downtown area has a long way to go, the Love My Bahamas Art experience is one step closer to the rejuvenation of Bay Street.

“I call Love My Bahamas a journey because that is how I see this, as one step on a long and eventually fruitful journey that will transform downtown Nassau into a vibrant, exciting city where there is a strong mix of retail, dining, art, professional offices and financial institutions.

“I believe we can bring that buzz back which is why we at Caribbean Bottling and Coca-Cola have joined forces with the Downtown Nassau Partnership, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Art Gallery to sponsor Love My Bahamas. We understand the enormity of the revitalisation. That is also why we selected Love My Bahamas as worthy of the single largest sponsorship in the company’s 70-plus year history,” Mr Watson said.

He hopes others can use this as inspiration to take part in the restoration and preservation of the area.

“We hope that our contribution inspires others to take the City of Nassau, our own historic treasure, and make it their own, to adopt a project or a block or a bit of landscaping or lighting to lend a hand and make an investment.”

Fifteen artists, including two from Grand Bahama and two from the United States, toiled for months creating murals that depict Bahamian themes and scenes. The artists included Antonius Roberts, John Beadle, Chantal Bethel, Lillian Blades, John Cox, Claudette Dean, Tyrone Ferguson, Maya Hayuk, Jace McKinney, Toby Lunn, Kishan Munroe, Jolyon Smith, Allan Wallace, Arjuna Watson and Daniel Weise.

Children’s Home Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Cocktail Reception

The Grand Bahama Children's Fundraising Committee has been meeting since the summer working on plans for their annual fundraiser for the home. This year the home will mark 30 years of caring for over 2,000 abandoned or neglected children in our community. Under the theme "Memories...a string of Pearls" the committee will host a Gala Cocktail Party at Our Lucaya Crescent pool on October the 15th. Pictured at last week's meeting are some of the GBCH committee (left to right) Sarah Kirkby, Norma Headly, Jean Hivert, Geneva Rutherford, Sheila Smith, Brenname Rolle-Cooper and Caron Smith. (Not pictured are Lesley Davies-Baptista, Lynne Fraino, Lillian Quant-Forbes, Derick King and Phil Carey)

By Sarah Kirkby

 Freeport, Bahamas - For the last three decades, the Grand Bahama Children’s Home has been providing a protected, caring environment for children who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. In 30 years, more than 2,000 children have passed through the doors of the Home. In recognition of this milestone, the GBCH Committee has announced plans for an anniversary fundraiser and celebration.

The 30th anniversary cocktail reception is being held on Friday, October 15th at the crescent pool of the Radisson at Our Lucaya Resort. The event will be held under the patronage of Her Excellency Lady Joan Foulkes. The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. under the theme ‘ Memories…..A String of Pearls, Celebrating 30 years with The Grand Bahama Children’s Home’.

“The committee is very honored that Lady Foulkes accepted our invitation to be the patron of our 30th anniversary cocktail reception. Lady Foulkes shares our passion for children and charity work,” said Sheila Smith, GBCH Executive Committee Member. “Further, we are very excited that Our Lucaya has partnered with us on this fundraising event. Everything is coming together perfectly and we anticipate a spectacular night of celebrating past accomplishments and preparing for future work.”

The 30th Anniversary celebration promises to be an unforgettable evening of incredible food, entertainment and fun! There will be live performances of musical selections from different Broadway shows under the direction of Gloria McGlone. In addition, six of Grand Bahama’s reigning beauty queens will be welcoming guests and modeling jewelry from Colombian Emeralds International who is providing an exquisite jewelry set as a raffle prize. All attendees will be offered a glass of wine courtesy of Bristol Wines and Spirits and Our Lucaya has prepared an amazing menu of hot and cold appetizers, pastas, a carving station and desserts.




The committee encourages the residents of Grand Bahama to attend its special 30th Anniversary celebration and lend much needed support for the Home. The GBCH depends heavily on private and corporate community to keep its doors open and the success of this fundraiser is vital to its operation. It costs over $300,000 per year to operate the Home – which provides 24/7 care for up to 40 children – ranging from infants, boys and girls up to the age of 12. Previously, the Government grant provided for $150,000 per annum; however, this was recently reduced by $25,000 due to budgetary cuts. This leaves over $175,000 to be raised from private and corporate donations and fundraising events for basic operating expenses, food, clothing and supplies. The committee is hoping to raise $25,000 at the 30th Anniversary celebration. The committee has also invited Grand Bahama schools and churches to participate and support the Home with a dress up day at school and a special collection taken at church to help raise awareness and funds.
Tickets are $75 in advance, $80 at the door, and include incredible hors d’oeuvres & desserts from Our Lucaya, a glass of wine, entertainment and dancing. Tickets can be purchased at The Seventeen Shop, Barefoot Marketing, the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. For more information about the event or on how you can assist the Home, please call 352-7852 and join friends and supporters of the Home on Facebook for more information and updates!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Broadway Baby concert to feature Dalia Feldman and Friends, September 25th

Dalia Feldman to perform on September 25th at the Regency Theatre Photo: Lyndah Wells

 By The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society

Freeport, Bahamas - The bright lights of Broadway have beckoned Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society founder and president, Dalia Feldman, since she was a young girl. As a child, she celebrated special birthdays and holidays with much-anticipated excursions into Manhattan where unforgettable performances awakened her love of singing and live theatre magic. That same sense of excitement surrounds her upcoming one-night-only special concert on September 25th at 8 p.m. where favorites from her newly recorded album of classic Broadway showstoppers will be presented in celebration of the CD’s release. Album sales will benefits local performing arts students and help keep a vibrant variety of local and international talent performances happening on the island.

 The September 25th show will also feature Robert Edwin

Sharing the stage will be an international singer, composer, and writer—Robert Edwin—whose diverse career has seen him performing in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, with jazz legend Duke Ellington, in NBC Christmas specials, and with opera star Jerome Hines. Edwin also has extensive teaching credentials and will be conducting a Master Voice Workshop for local students on Sunday, September 26th, together with Feldman—who also happened to be his student for seven years while growing up in New Jersey. Adding even more pizzazz will be pianist Dr. Christy Lee, Assistant Professor of Music at College of The Bahamas/Nassau, who will accompany Dalia and several guest artist friends she has worked with over the years in many productions with the Freeport Players Guild.

Pianist, Dr. Christy Lee, Assistant Professor of Music at College of The Bahamas/Nassau, will accompany Dalia and several guest artist friends at the special one night only concert


Dalia Feldman will share her talents on September 25th by performing some of the most popular show tunes of all times, including songs from top shows such as Cats, The King and I, Phantom of The Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and My Fair Lady.

This extra-special concert will be a combined celebration of Dalia Feldman’s long-time love of Broadway, her work to help the next generation explore their theatrical talents, and a new beginning for sharing her own musical magic on a date that will bring her full circle—her birthday—September 25th!

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are going quickly and are available at Antoni’s Pizzeria, Island Java, and the Seventeen Shop. Broadway Baby CD’s will be available for $15 the night of the concert. Presented by The Freeport Players Guild and The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society, Broadway Baby In Concert: An Evening with Dalia Feldman & Friends is a don’t-miss one-time show.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

CariFringe – Get Sucked In!

By Jon Murray

 Nassau, The Bahamas- An explosion of art and culture will be hitting Nassau this coming October in the form of CariFringe, an annual ten day regional arts festival for the Caribbean. This year’s inaugural festival will take place during the 1st and 11th of October and will be spread mostly throughout the downtown core, allowing both locals and visitors to actively participate in the wide range of events scheduled.

CariFringe is inspired and loosely modeled on the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) as well as other annual fringe festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Unlike CARIFESTA, which is funded, managed, and produced by the host government, CariFringe is designed and managed by artists for artists. Artists will be given the opportunity and responsibility to have their own artistic direction and manage their own project allowing them to seek funding and sponsorship from the sector and company of their choice.

The evolution of this Bahamas Arts Collective (BAC) venture has held the goal of assisting in creating a more homogenized local cultural community through a unifying umbrella. Without erecting any structures specific to the inaugural fringe events, a cross-section of regional arts and cultural interests are resource sharing to establish long-term mutually beneficial relationships between corporate entities, community
minded spaces and cultural industries.

A small core group of BAC coordinators volunteer their time as the central management of CariFringe 2010 working across the cultural genres to embody the octopus metaphor of the Fringe logo. Through dialogue and partnership with the plethora of existing spaces and organizations the CariFringe content is an active metaphor of the umbrella or tentacle imagery furthered by the slogan- “get sucked in!”

Given the popularity of individual CariFringe Affiliates, Shakespeare in Paradise (SIP), for example, drew 4500 attendees during last year’s performances; CariFringe anticipates a strong inaugural year. "People love festivals and we are using this as a tool to bring people together. We can have a huge impact if we connect and stay connected," notes Jon Murray festival coordinator.




Keeping one eye on this Fringe Festivals mission statement, “to implement CariFringe as an annually anticipated cohesive event of cultural happenings which showcase the best and ignites the passion of the aspiring,” core coordinators build a dialogue of resource sharing on a smart budget. Cultural enterprises within the region should see the tough economic climate as a breeding ground for experimentation and a model for strategic budgeting to enhance profits for participants.

The fresh vision of this management model not only benefits the artists individually but also collectively creates a long-term investment opportunity for both artists and their investors. While artists will share resources and benefits, such as advertising, they will also be assisted by CariFringe programming management to curtail unforeseen sponsorship conflicts and event scheduling.

"For years Bahamian musicians have asked me to host a music conference, and CariFringe was the perfect opportunity to do so," says Terneille “TaDa” Burrows, founder of MUMO: Music Momentum Summit and member of BAC. Artists can see the untapped networking potential of a Fringe festival. Since the announcement for CariFringe on behalf of BAC, at The Regional Cultural Community meeting held in Surinam 2009, “cross-pollination” has become a CariFringe driving point.

The term "sustainable" comes to mind and that is what CariFringe, as a galvanizing festival model, is working to ultimately achieve. Core coordinator Natasha Turnquest comments, "in just a couple weeks we as a wider community will have a moment to support these diverse, resilient, creative Caribbean minds and harness connections outside of our social sphere. Finally I can attend a Fringe festival at home."

The timing of the festival was strategically selected to increase international artist and tourist participation, a welcome boost to the economy during this traditionally slow tourism period. Along with showcasing a bounty of artistic and cultural events the festival intends to provide economic benefits and opportunities locally and regionally. CariFringe provides an opportunity for corporate participation in the cultural industry along with the establishment of mutually beneficial relationships with local artists and businesses. Economic opportunities for local business and individuals will also see benefits from the festivals such as restaurants, vendors and hotels, located near and around the festival venues.

Join us for experiencing CariFringe presented by festival affiliates MuMo: Music Momentum Summit, Shakespeare In Paradise (SiP), The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Popopstudios Center for the Visual Arts, town magazine, FAM Fest, Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Islands Of the World Fashion Week, Brown Entertainment Group, Bahamian Theater Dance Company, The D’Aguilar Art Foundation, The Caribbean Review of Books, Bahamas Writers Summer Institute (BWSI), Caribbean Traveling Film Showcase, The Central Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery, Bahamas National Youth Council and New Providence Art & Antiques.

For event information visit us at carifringe.org or come down to # 12 West Street, 12-7pm, Monday – Friday and get sucked in!

Partners: The Bahamas Arts Collective (BAC), The Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, The Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP),Track Road Theater, The Hub, The Bahamas Historical Society, 242 People Clothing Company, The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Burns House Group of Companies, Insitu.Arch: Caribbean Architecture Magazine, Makin' It on Island 102.9 FM, Art-O-vation on Star 106, The Nassau Guardian, Bahamas Arts & Culture (Smith & Benjamin Design), Nassau Weekly, Bahamas Local, The Bahamas Weekly.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pelican Bay at Lucaya’s Canal House now open


PELICAN BAY AT LUCAYA’S CANAL HOUSE BLESSED.  Management and staff of Pelican Bay at Lucaya gathered Wednesday, September 15th for the blessing of its brand new Canal House, a $9-million meeting and conference facility.  Recently completed, the Canal House is now open for small meetings, conferences and weddings. (Photo: Erik J. Russell/Keen i Media Ltd)

 Submitted by Marva Munroe  

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Canal House, a five-storey multi-purpose building of 30,680 sq ft (2,850 sq m) and meeting space (including balconies) of 15,600 sq ft (1,450 sq m) was recently completed and is now open. Built at a cost of $9-million, the Canal House is the newest meeting and conference space on Grand Bahama Island.
Management and staff gathered Wednesday, September 15th for a blessing of the building by Father DeAngelo Bowe of St. Nicolas Anglican Church, High Rock.
The facility comprises Captain’s Galley, a breakfast/special function restaurant of 3,120 sq ft (290 sq m), Delphine’s, the Grand Salon, with space of 3,110 sq ft (289 sq m), including wrap-around balcony and four meeting rooms – Coral, Reef, Queen Conch and Starfish, each 655 sq ft (61 sq m) of which two can be combined into one room of 1,310 sq ft (122 sq m), “back of house,” and administrative offices of 8,935 sq ft (830 sq m). Colourful, airy, open meeting rooms, high ceilings, striking architecture, sculpture by artist Antonius Roberts, Bahamian art and surprise trendy elements all combine to make the Canal House.

Catering to small meetings and conferences and Destination and local Weddings, the Canal House boasts all-inclusive half and full-day meeting packages that feature state of the art audio and visual and food and beverage. Combined meeting and sleeping room packages are also offered.

Pelican Bay repositioned to a hotel with focus on meetings and visitors in July 2009. This repositioning completed a strategy that commenced five years ago. “We are delighted to open the Canal House and introduce a totally new product in design and features to our community. We want every business person to know that Pelican Bay is the hotel of choice when visiting, meeting or being married on Grand Bahama Island,” said Magnus Alnebeck, general manager.
Alnebeck pointed out further that “Pelican Bay enjoys close partnerships with businesses in The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island in particular, and excellent word of mouth referrals from the community.” He added, “We thank every company and local person who recommends our hotel to clients, groups, friends and family.”
With the repositioning came the launch of Pelican Bay’s new logo, tagged “Meet Happy.” The new logo portrays the hotel’s brand promise “to create happy experiences for meetings, weddings and guest stays at the hotel.”




“Our new logo, a 'Happy' Pelican donning sunglasses, injects a breath of fresh air, colour and vibrancy into the property,” says Alnebeck. “It allows for a warm experience at touch points before our guests actual arrival at the hotel. Presented in Caribbean secondary colours of turquoise, warm red orange with a mix of yellow, our new Pelican has charisma.”

To complete its repositioning, Pelican Bay at Lucaya continues to offer vacation experiences to the individual leisure guest. For more information visit www.pelicanbayhotel.com.

Florida Fandango


From a wonderful Blog Paula's Pardise

Because Grand Bahama Island sits a mere 68 miles off the coast of South Florida, the closeness creates a sort of fandango of back-and-forth, here-and-there-frequently two-step, where the best of both worlds is readily at hand.

The small flock of flamboyant feathered friends in this picture were gorgeous to see recently at Ft. Lauderdale’s Flamingo Gardens, and it got me thinking about the great abundance of flamingos in The Bahamas, where the world’s largest colony of West Indian Flamingos (some 50,000 of these long-legged lovelies!) are a true Bahamas National Trust conservation success story on the southernmost island of Inagua. Protected by law, the wild flamingos of Inagua live in a beautiful symbiosis, thriving along the shallow lagoons and salt ponds created by The Morton Salt Company in their harvesting of almost a million pounds of salt each year.

Known as the national bird of The Bahamas (and sometimes locally called “fillymingos”), these brightly colored wonders take their name from the Latin word for “flame”, and are just one of the many shared tropical ties between Florida and the 700 islands and cays (pronounced “keys”) of The Bahamas.

Images of flamingos and their iconic pink plastic lawn ornaments (created in 1957) became so widespread and overused in the marketing of Florida’s development boom that some people see them as a cliched symbol of paradise. Their image has swung back and forth between the ultimate in tacky taste and retro-cool for decades now. I can’t argue with that (and I’m actually a big fan of kitsch and love seeing a flock of pink plastic for a good cause!), but I also can’t help but be amazed at the odd elegance of these exotic creatures in a more natural environment.

Flamingos became a symbol of the tropical good life in Florida at about the same time a group of concerned world citizens took steps to save actual wild flamingos from extinction. Because of their timely efforts to save the flamingos, they are now a symbol not only of the good life, but of a natural and national treasure in The Bahamas. I am encouraged to think that The Bahamas still has a chance to thoughtfully and carefully develop its many precious and unique islands, and to grow in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, learning valuable lessons of restraint and environmental awareness from its more commercially overgrown-up cousin, Florida.

In The Bahamas, the flamingo was saved from extinction through a combination of foresight, vision, international cooperation, hard work, and dedication to preserving irreplaceable distinctive rare beauty. May this same approach (and sparks of divine design inspiration as graceful and eclectically riveting as those seen in the flamingo!) ever be present in any development of the stunning, world-enhancing, and incredibly beautiful and beloved islands of The Bahamas. Amen.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

VIDEO- WELCOME TO GRAND BAHAMA!!!!

Bonefish guides from around the Bahamas attend Coastal Conservation Coalition Planning Workshop



ELEUTHERA, Bahamas -- A Coastal Conservation Coalition Planning Workshop was held at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, Eleuthera, August 26th and 27th 2010. The coalition consisted of Bonefish guides from the islands of Abaco, Grand Bahama, New Providence, Eleuthera and Andros and scientists from the Fisheries Conservation Foundation and the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.

Many issues that affect the flats-fishing industry were discussed and the guides initiated a proposal to start a Bahamian Flyfishing Federation (BFF) that will support the flyfishing industry by forming a national partnership with all industry stakeholders to promote the conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations as well as the habitats on which they depend. A Bahamas that is the best fly-fishing destination in the world for current and future generations to enjoy would be the goal of the BFF.

The coalition also planned the agenda for the upcoming Bahamas Bonefish Conference October 4th and 5th, 2010 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort which is sponsored by the Bahamian Flats Fishing Alliance. The BFFA is made up of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation, Bahamas National Trust and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

Day one is open to the public with presentations about bonefish given by scientists.
Day two will be facilitated by the scientists but is exclusively for Bahamian guides and lodge owners to discuss the conservation needs and concerns of their industry and to initiate the Bahamas Flyfishing Federation.




The coalition also planned the agenda for the upcoming Bahamas Bonefish Conference October 4th and 5th, 2010 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort which is sponsored by the Bahamian Flats Fishing Alliance. The BFFA is made up of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation, Bahamas National Trust and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.


Anyone interested in attending will receive a special discounted room rate at the Sheraton and there is no registration fee for the conference. For more information contact the conference organizer, Dr. David Philipp, Fisheries Conservation Foundation at FCC@fishconserve.org.

Featured Listing!!Fortune Bay Canal Front Estate, 4 Bed, 4.5 Bath USD 995,000 Listing ID-5012

  • Fortune Bay Canal Front Estate
  • #25 Crossbones Close
  • Over 80 Feet of Canal Frontage
  • 4 Bed, 4.5 Bath
  • $995,000
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A beautiful home located on Crossbones Close, a just north of the multimillion dollar waterfront development of Spanish Main. Crossbones Close is well developed with high end single family homes in the desirable Fortune Bay development. Amenities include the pool with a view of the dock and down the waterway, a two car garage and separate drive way for guests or the boat when it is out of the water.

An ideal island retreat with over 88 feet of bulkhead frontage on the magnificent Fortune Bay waterway Open Ocean is minutes away. Port Lucayas shopping, dining and entertainment are easily accessed by land or by water. Perfectly situated on a generously sized lot with a great presence from the road side and an incredible view down the waterway you get it all with this one.
From the front gate you approach the covered entrance down an elegant walkway. Entering the home you emerge into a beautiful foyer area and are first impressed with the Grand Staircase. From the foyer on the right is the formal dining room and on the left the sitting room. The kitchen features hard wood cabinets and granite counter tops. And has a great view of the pool, dock and waterway. The family room and den open onto the pool apron made of pavers.


 

The second floor master bedroom and gracious master bath open onto an expansive balcony with a view down the waterway that you must see to believe. In addition to the master bedroom the second floor offer two additional bedrooms and bathrooms. The fourth bed and bath on the ground floor is perfect for visiting family and friends. Imagine this home surrounded by a variety of mature tropical and ornamental plants and fruit trees of your choosing and you now live in an island paradise. Click HERE for full listing and more photos or Call 351 9081 to speak to an agent TODAY!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Featured Listing!! Princess Isles Lots -Lots 21 & 21R, USD 875,000 Listing ID-1620

  • Princess Isles Lots
  • Lots 21 & 21R
  • 150 ft of Beach Font
  • Adjacent Canal Front Included
  • 1.53 Acers Total
  • $875,000
  • Listing ID#1620

Located inside the Premier gated community of Princess Isle, this property offers the best of both beachfront and canal front living. Lot 21 features 150ft of beachfront and almost 1.24 acres of land while the adjacent canal lot offers 99ft of water frontage and .29 acres of land.



This is an unusual and extremely rare situation to have the ultimate luxury of living on a Peninsula. The community itself boasts some of the most amazing homes throughout the islands. Close proximity to major shopping and the airport makes this property even more spectacular. A must see at an excellent price. CLICK HERE to go straight to  listing. CALL AN AGENT TODAY ON 242 351 9081


Local author to launch Glassidor, a science fiction book set in the Bahamas

 The first 100 sales of the book, Glassidor will be donated to the PACE Center, an educational facility for pregnant teens. Cover model is Vanessa Anglade of Grand Bahama Island.

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Bahamas, Glassidor is a fast paced science fiction adventure. It is the story of a mother’s love, duty, and devotion, in her protection of Earth’s children. Dee, a space nomad, arrives on this blue planet in 1620 AD to recover a lost artifact sent there by her ancestors 74 million years earlier.

Glassidor was written by Lewis Walmsley, who was born, raised and educated in England. He immigrated to Toronto Canada in 1974 where he spent 34 years in the automotive machining industry. He moved to Freeport in 2008 where he lives with his fiancée Katherine. Glassidor is his first fiction with a second work almost complete.

A public book launch will take place on Saturday, October 2nd at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant at 6:30pm. which will feature readings from characters of the book and other surprises...

Walmsley is donating the proceeds of the first 100 book sales to the island's PACE Center. " Since being here the islanders have been so kind to Katherine and I so we wanted to give something back," said Walmsley.

Lewis Walmsley, author of Glassidor, a science fiction book set in The Bahamas. (Photo: The Bahamas Weekly)

"Living here in Freeport is a dream come true, I love the laid back lifestyle, and the friendly Christian people. I like to think of myself as a story teller rather than a writer as I am no Hemingway. When writing Glassidor and my second book, I purposely wove The Bahamas into the story lines with the hope that someday the tales will become movies and so bring worldwide attention to this beleaguered island of Grand Bahama. I see its past splendor, and hope that in some way my fictions might create a ground swell to put the “Grand” back in Grand Bahama," says Walmsley.
Synopsis:

Set in the backdrop of the beautiful Bahamas with such places at Lucayan National Park, Ben's Cave, and even the British Colonial Hilton hotel, Glassidor is a fast paced science fiction adventure. It is the story of a mother’s love, duty, and devotion, in her protection of Earth’s children. Dee, a space nomad, arrives on this blue planet in 1620 AD to recover a lost artifact sent there by her ancestors 74 million years earlier. Dee’s mission proves easier said than done and is complicated by a galactic war that is raging light-years away. The threat is mounting, and if this war is lost, a whole lot will change, and humans everywhere will face annihilation. The war between humankind and the sinister Muss will eventually turn up on Earth in the prophecy of Armageddon, but if Dee, with guidance from her creator and the help of the mysterious substance, 'glassic' can accomplish her mission and find the relic, she will be the only woman in this galaxy that might be able to prevent the inevitable.

Although this novel is pure science fiction, it will draw the reader into parallels of recent world history and offers interesting snippets for the folklorists among us.

Lewis Walmsley can be reached at Glassidor@gmail.com

Caribbean tourism once again on growth track

Photos © Lyndah Wells-
Resorts such as Taino Beach on Grand Bahama Island are expected to see a better year ahead.


By MIMI WHITEFIELD
mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

After a bleak 2009, the sun has started to poke out from the clouds in most Caribbean tourism destinations.
Visitors from the recession-weary U.S. were up 6.5 percent during the first four months of this year and most destinations are once again on a growth track, according to the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization.
Arrivals of tourists who stayed longer than just for day trips began picking up in the fourth quarter of 2009, but they were still down 3.6 percent for the year and hotel occupancy fell by 4.1 percent.
Leading the way in the recovery are Jamaica, where arrivals were up 7.3 percent from January to April, the Dominican Republic, up 2.5 percent with 2.2 million arrivals from January to June, and the Bahamas, where tourism stopovers were up 1.6 percent, according to CTO data.

 Photo © Lyndah Wells
Resorts such as Taino Beach on Grand Bahama Island are expected to see a better year ahead.
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Cuba, the No. 2 destination based on number of arrivals, welcomed 1.22 million visitors in the January to May period for a 1.2 percent increase.
The trend was especially noticeable in the Eastern Caribbean, which depends more heavily on European tourists than northern Caribbean islands closer to the United States, said Winfield Griffith, director of research at the CTO.
It appears visitors also are keeping a tighter grip on their wallets.
``Travelers are proceeding with a great deal of caution when it comes to spending because of the global economic crisis,'' said Griffith. ``From what I can glean, I would say spending is down about 5 percent.''
One reason is that during the downturn many hotels and airlines discounted prices. But as the economy recuperates, Griffith said he expects prices will too.
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Former Freeport Concrete CEO is back in business

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

Former Freeport Concrete chief executive Raymond Simpson and his son are going back into business in the Home Centre building that the former BISX-listed company vacated weeks ago, aiming to initially employ 12-14 persons at a firm that while supply similar products - building and home supplies - from 25,000 square feet of space.

Mr Simpson and his son, also called Raymond, said they were putting "the finishing touches" to the business plan for Freeport Building Supplies, which will operate from the former Home Centre building owned by Freeport Concrete chairman Hannes Babak. The property also houses the new Butler's Food World outlet.

In a statement, Ray Simpson Jnr said: "Dad felt really bad about the fact that [Freeport Concrete] did not survive, in spite of doing all he could do, and that so many people were let go in a tough Freeport economy because the company had just run out of money.

"Coupled with the fact that Dad is a real believer in Freeport, loved his eight years in the building supplies industry and really wanted to stay in Freeport rather than come back to Nassau, I realized that when he called me recently he had an idea. We talked for quite a while and he asked me if I would be willing to invest and open a company in Freeport in an industry that he loved and felt still had a lot of potential, especially in the future. Well, to cut a long story short, with lots of discussion, I agreed and today we are putting together the finishing touches of the business plan for the company which will open in a few weeks.

"I know that this is not a lot of employees, but at this time how many other companies in Freeport are hiring this number of people? It is a start and hopefully with patience, persistence and time, it will grow."

Raymond Simpson Snr added: "First, I would like to say thanks to my son for having the confidence in me to invest his money in starting a business here in Grand Bahama. It is unfortunate that no matter how hard I tried I was not able to save Freeport Concrete.

"However, I don't like giving up and today with my son's savings in hand I look forward to getting back to work, hiring some good, hard working people and growing Freeport Building Supplies into a successful company offering quality products at affordable prices to all who live here on Grand Bahama.

"Grand Bahama is a risk and everyone knows that, but I really love this island, the people and the business, and am going to do my utmost to make a go of it."

Monday, September 13, 2010

Organizations call for end to shark fishing


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By JASMIN BONIMY

Guardian Staff Reporter

jasmin@nasguard.com

A group of commercial fishermen and environmental organizations is calling for the government to enact legislation aimed at clamping down on shark fishing.

In press releases sent out over the weekend the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association(BMEA)and the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliances(BCFA), as well as the Bahamas National Trust(BNT), all highlighted the issue of shark fishing on The Bahamas.
The joint release issued by the BMEA and the BCFA said the two organizations also oppose the commercial harvesting of both shark fins and sea urchins in Bahamian waters.
The organizations added that they do not believe proper research has been conducted into the impact of the commercial trade of both marine species.
"There is unilateral concern about the manner and methods used in the commercial shark trade and in the absence of regulations these practices are extremely destructive,"said the statement.
"Issuing permits for harvesting these and other fisheries without conducting proper stock assessments to determine their substantiality will have a damaging impact to our marine life. We further encourage the government to enact laws to prohibit such activities."

While shark fishing is also popular among sports fishermen who obtain fishing permits from customs officers at ports of entry, Agriculture officials admit that commercial shark fishing is increasing.
For this reason members of the BMEA and the BCFA insist that all fishermen operate within strict guidelines and with high standards in order to protect and preserve the nation's marine resources.
The BMEA and BCFA statement came days after the BNT announced that it strongly opposed any type of shark finning or commercial shark fishing in The Bahamas.
"Most shark species are already in decline across most of their range, and populations in many oceans and seas are already decimated and extirpated,"said the BNT release.
"Twenty years ago The Bahamas National Trust led the war to outlaw long lining, and as a result of the decision by government, The Bahamas remains the only country in this hemisphere where healthy populations of sharks still exist."
The BNT added that, despite a lack of proper data, it believes shark fisheries are not sustainable.
"All shark fishing except for catch and release sports fishing should be discouraged,"said the BNT statement."Permanent protections for sharks should be considered by the relevant government agency now-especially in light of recent developments."
The BNT along with other environmental organizations have banded together and created an online petition calling for the Ingraham administration to ban shark harvesting inThe Bahamas.
Up to press time last night, nearly four thousand people had signed the online petition. The group has a goal of five thousand signatures.