Friday, January 29, 2010

Come Celebrate You! Island Heartbeats Experience - Feb. 11-14/Grand Bahama Island

By The Bahamas Weekly News Team

Grand Bahama Island - A Tropical Retreat to invigorate your Mind, Body, and Spirit! It's the ultimate Girlfriend Getaway!

Island Heart Beats Experience is set for Grand Bahama from February 11th to 14th. Grab your girlfriends and escape to the islands of The Bahamas for fun, friendship and fantasy.

Join bestselling author and ultimate girlfriend Terry McMillan with her friend Sybil Wilkes (co-host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show) in a  discussion about life, love and passion....

Thursday, January 28, 2010




We are already 28 days into the New Year an if one of your New Year goals was to get involved in Real Estate on Grand Bahama Island and build wealth then it is time to make your move. Don’t let another year slip away and Be a Woulda Coulda Shoulda person but rather make your move now.
It is an economic historical fact that home and land ownership builds wealth in spite of fluctuating economic conditions. When there is uncertainty in the market people start questioning whether it is a good time to buy and sell real estate. We are all aware that the number of sales have dropped dramatically by our neighbours 60 miles away in Florida, and their selling prices dropped last year. As our market in Grand Bahama never had the boom mentality that Florida had, we have not seen a huge drop in home sales and over the past 5 years our prices still have seen slow but steady appreciation. Like Aesop’s fable of The Hare and The Tortoise Freeport is the Tortoise and slow and steady wins the race as you know. So if you are wondering: Is this the time to sell because the market is going to cool again or maybe it’s the wrong time to buy because you are not sure about the economy in Freeport?
If you ask yourself these questions and can’t make a decision then you are paralyzed like a deer caught in head lights. Uncertainty about economic trends can paralyze your ability to make a real estate decision.
Yet no matter what conditions exist in the marketplace, there is a fundamental rationale that makes buying a home a sensible investment. Owning property is a way to build wealth. The longer you own a home, the more wealth you can accumulate. History has proven it time and time again.
Real estate builds wealth via equity. Each time you make your monthly mortgage payment, you build up equity in your home as you pay down your debt. If you make even one or two extra mortgage payments per year, you also decrease the amount of mortgage interest you pay, potentially saving thousands of dollars over the term of the loan. At some point, the home will be worth more than what you owe on it.

Real estate builds wealth via appreciation. The return on your initial down payment investment grows at an average of 6 percent per year in our market or even more based on the desirability of the property. Nice canal lots in Fortune Bay for example have doubled in price over the last few years and continue to appreciate. The average selling price for a canal lot in Fortune Bay today is between $150,000 and $300,000, if you knew that 5 years ago I know what you would have done.
You would have made a substantial profit on that investment. But if you did nothing then you will have nothing to show for it. If you decide to stay in the home you live in and pay off the mortgage, eventually you will be able to live rent-free in a home that continues to appreciate over time. So do not Be A Woulda Coulda Shoulda person and make that first step and start exploring the possibilities of being a property owner. Start saving money today for a down payment, meet with your bank and find out about loans, and start looking at real estate web sites so you can begin to understand the market.
My advice for you today is to make one step toward your goal today even if it is writing down your goal. Then tomorrow start saving and the next day start looking at property. Do anything that creates momentum in the right direction but do something today for your future. If you want to build wealth then Property Ownership is the answer. Until next week.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Freeport's new bird in the hand is the bush- The Miami Herald

Images © The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Amy Westervelt who writes a Travel/News blog called "The Faster Times" posted her Weekly Travel score card about the best travel articles covered in the US news.

She picks out an article on Freeport, Grand Bahama, that many of you may have missed.
"The Miami Herald continued its recent trend of improved travel coverage, running two strong features, one on the rise of ecotourism in Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island, the other on the struggles of the black municipality of Eatonville, Fla. as it tries to become a tourist destination without relying too heavily on its best known export, Zora Neale Hurston. Both do a great job of weaving together history, politics and travel narrative. “The caves are deathly still — like the remains of the Lucayan aboriginals that have been discovered here,” writes Chelle Koster Walton in the Freeport story. “But on the boardwalk crossing the tidal creek and stunted, leather-leaved mangroves, I flush small birds and one majestic great blue heron, Seuss-like in its deliberate but graceful ascent into the morning’s cool.” The story goes on to tell a sort of brief history of tourism on the island, and of a people beaten back a bit by hurricanes and US recessions who are now looking out for themselves and their islands in a way that, paradoxically, is bringing tourism back."
The Following is an excerpt from the article:

Freeport's new bird in the hand is the bush

Special to The Miami Herald

It's 8 a.m. and I am obviously the first visitor of the day to the Lucayan National Park trails that plumb the bowels of the earth and cross a mangrove forest.

The caves are deathly still -- like the remains of the Lucayan aboriginals that have been discovered here. But on the boardwalk crossing the tidal creek and stunted, leather-leaved mangroves, I flush small birds and one majestic great blue heron, Seuss-like in its deliberate but graceful ascent into the morning's cool.

When Freeport first blipped across travelers' radar in the '60s, no one paid much attention to ``the bush,'' as locals call its outback. Tourists were too busy discovering the exotic lure of a resort, casino and shopping center. But today, Freeport is just one piece of the tourism package that is now Grand Bahama Island, and places like Lucayan National Park and Garden of the Groves are part of the island's new allure.

I discovered Grand Bahama Island back when it was simply known as Freeport. Those were the days when the onion-domed Princess Resort, with its two golf courses, was the epicenter. Who realized it was but a small knot in the 96-mile-long island?

The blackjack tables have turned. Today, Freeport's big resort -- the former Princess Resort, later the Royal Oasis -- sits idle, while the seaside suburb of Lucaya carries on the island's resort/casino/duty-free shopping tradition. Port Lucaya Marketplace and Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort have upstaged Freeport, helped by 2004's hurricane decimation of the Royal Oasis.


In a way, it's a strange kind of karma. In the 1960s, Freeport dealt the same blow to West End, the island's capital and one-time hot spot with its Jack Tar Village. When American financier Wallace Groves conceived Freeport, 25 miles to the east, as a tax-free haven for shipping and resorts, thriving West End deflated.

But much of the last two decades have been tough on island tourism. Development of Our Lucaya repeatedly stalled. Royal Oasis closed to build its water park and renovate then it -- and other hotels and tourist amenities -- were hit by back-to-back hurricanes in 2004. Rebuilding plans were put on hold when the recession hit the United States and elsewhere. Financing dried up and hotel occupancy rates plummeted.

International line-up for maritime conference- GRAND BAHAMA

By Scott Armstrong ~ Guardian Business Editor

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA- A 'who's who' of speakers has been lined up for the 2nd Bahamas International Maritime Conference and Trade Show in Freeport, Grand Bahama this year.

Under the theme 'The Maritime Sector and the Environment', this year's conference is set to take place in February at the Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

It will be one of the first official engagements for Commodore Davey Rolle, who was recently appointed as the first Bahamian managing director and chief executive of The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA).

He'll be joined at the conference by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Minister of The Environment Earl Deveaux and Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour.

Commander Patrick McNeil, Port Controller for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, will be joined by Gary Gilbert, chief executive officer of the Freeport Harbour Company/Freeport Container Port/Grand Bahama Airport Company

Industry leaders such Raymond Jones, CEO, BORCO will also join the likes of Ian Fair, Chairman of the BMA and Wendy Warren, CEO of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB).

A conference banquet will be held in honor of Efthimios Mitropoulos, Secretary General, International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Recently The Bahamas beat many countries to gain a seat on the IMO's council.

GB Chamber of Commerce to hold annual Installation Banquet - February 13th

By Mercynth Ferguson

Freeport, GRAND BAHAMA- The Grand Bahama Chamber Of Commerce will hold its annual Installation Banquet on February 13, 2010 at Our Lucaya Resort. Mr. K. Peter Turnquest, our Chamber’s newly elected president and his new Board of Directors will be duly installed during the evening. I am pleased to extend a special invitation to you to join us on this occasion.

Many of the new Board members are known to you. However, for easy reference are named below:

Mr. K. Peter Turnquest, President (Telecom Trading & Consulting, Inc.)

Mr. John Swain, First Vice President (Deloitte)

Mr. Edmond Weekes, Second Vice President (The College of The Bahamas)

Mr. Chato Outten, Treasurer (Freeport Oil Company)

Mrs. Leigh Termath, Secretary (Bahama Buy & Sell)

Ms. Lanelle Phillips, Director (Lanelle Philips Real Estates)

Ms. Vanessa Mallory, Director (Modalena Company)

Mrs. Patricia Albury, Director (Pelican Bay Resort)

Ms. Malvese Capron, Director (Freeport Container Port)

Mr. Neville Wilchcombe, Director (Dupuch & Turnquest & Co.)

Ms. Jenny Barr, Sr. Director (Royal Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd.)

Mrs. Ta’Shar Cuccurollo, Sr. Director (Sunrise Resort & Marina)

Mr. Cleveland Duncombe, Sr. Director (Candid Security Ltd.)

Mrs. Minna Outten-Winters, Sr. Director (Global Consultants Trainers & Mgmt.)

As this is our largest fundraiser for the year, we ask that you give us your full support by attending the function and by encouraging as many persons as possible to attend. A Program Booklet is being produce to commemorate the occasion. We invite you to share in the moment with an advertisement of choice. The attached information sheet provides you with the cost. We are counting on your support, and hope that you will be encouraged to join us for this fun-filled evening, and also to interact with the new Board of Directors and our special guests.

RESERVATION FORM IS ATTACHED BELOW - Click to Download and Print/Fax

P.O. Box F-40808, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 352-8329 Fax: (242) 352-3280

* Click to download the attached file(s): GBCC_Installation_banquet1.pdf

The results are in!


Freeport News Reporter
Freeport, Grand Bahama-A random meter testing conducted by the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has concluded that no electricity meters were found to be functioning in a way that would suggest overbilling, despite complaints by residents of "outrageous" electricity bills.

According to a press re-lease issued by the GBPA late Monday afternoon, ITRON Inc. was commissioned to carry out testing on electricial meters operated by the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) which were randomly selected throughout Freeport and outlying settlements.

The testing was reportedly witnessed by an electronics engineer, two electrical engineers, a Freeport businessman, and representatives from GBPA, Freeport City Council, and the Grand Bahama Chamber of Com-merce who also compiled a report.

ITRON Inc. randomly tested 115 residential and commercial customers. After testing, it was found that three meters failed the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) limits, which determines acceptable efficiency within which meters should operate.

Vice-president of Building and Development Services for GBPA, Arthur Jones stated that the three meters failed 'slow' – meaning they would have been recording less energy consumed than what was actually used.

"It was also observed that each of these three meters had their seals broken, suggesting illegal tampering," Jones said.

According to Jones, after the observers confirmed no malfunctioning electrical me-ters, they recommended that a regulatory committee be put in place to monitor the billing process by GBPC.

"The exercise in this meter testing led the team of observers to suggest that a neutral party should be re-tained to verify that the re-corded consumption of electrical energy matches the billing as determined by GBPC," Jones explained.

According to the release, the power company has since advised that they have al-ready engaged in a one year process to stabilize the metering system currently in place with industrial, commercial and residential customers, ensuring that meters are accurate, sealed, correctly wired and safe.

They have also committed to ensuring that GBPC's systems are correctly billing customers for the amount of power that they use, and to ensure that appropriate 'metering-to-billing' procedures are in place to keep the process accurate going forward."

"GBPA awaits the results of this project, which according to the Power Company, is due to be completed by late April 2010," the statement read.

"In the interim, GBPA supports the recommendation for the formation of a standing group of observers to monitor GBPC's procedures between metering and billing."

ITRON was contracted back in September after residents raised concerns about the rates being charged by the GBPC.

A group of residents had also demonstrated outside of the GBPC's office protesting high power bills and the lack of reinvestment by the company.

GBPC president Ian Rolle had expressed their dissatisfaction with regards to the power company's performance and challenged them to lower the cost of power for the island of Grand Baha-ma.

"We have ideas in terms of how to reduce the cost of power and we basically told the power company that we would actually benefit from the exercise ... We will attract additional industry and every-body wins," Rolle reported at the time.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham also weighed in on the matter, saying that the government was concerned about the operation of the GBPC, and was considering whether or not the company should be regulated by the new authoritative body established by the government, the Utilities Regu-lation and Competition Au-thority (URCA).

"We expected that they would have brought greater efficiencies to Grand Baha-ma's electrical generating supply and that has not happened," Ingraham said at the time.

"Secondly we are concerned that the original intent of Freeport was that the Port Authority would regulate the electrical supply operator and the water and the telephone operators here... Since that time, the Grand Bahama Power Company is now supplying electricity to the entire island of Grand Bahama."

Ingraham also noted government's concern about the fact that the GBPC has not reinvested adequate sums of money into its generation and distribution system.

"The company has over the years taken its profits out in cash rather than reinvesting it into their operation," he said.

The service delivered by the GBPC also leaves much to be desired, the Prime Minster said, with the number of outages occurring in Grand Bahama being "far in excess" of those in other islands which are serviced by government entities.

"As we all know, it is government enterprises that are supposed to be less efficient than the private sector and so the Grand Bahama Power has not given us confidence now that the private sector by itself is the answer," he said.

Addressing the complaints by residents of Grand Bahama about the high rates being charged by the GBPC, Ingraham said this should not be such a major issue since the company is able to access fuel at a lower rate than the Bahamas Electrical Corporation.

"They don't pay any customs duty or the rest of it, they are able to service their suppliers outside the area in bonded vehicles and so that ought to account for something in terms of electricity costs here in Grand Bahama," he said.

Acknowledging that there are standard profits that utility companies are expected to make, he pointed out that there are also standard sums of money that ought to be kept for reinvestment in upgrades of plant and distribution systems.

"When the decision is taken for URCA to regulate Grand Bahama Power these will all be issues that will become relevant," he said.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Meet your 14 finalists.

A few months ago we reported that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with The National Film & Telivision School (UK), British Airways & Canon had laid the gaunlet down for aspiring filmakers. As I write this The 14 finalist have been chosen and have just landed on our shores adjusting to the Weather . They are tweeting - that's how I know
To View the 14 finalists submissions click HERE

Jamie Kennerley

 Grand Bahama's very own Finalist is called Jamie Kennerely and he will be working with Reggie Farrington. To View Jamie's submission and to see where the others are heading
click here 14IFC
Follow them on Twitter

Monday, January 25, 2010

Visitors to GB to get a 'real taste' of island life

Image by Lyndah wells photography

Tourism officials hope to give visitors a real taste of island life with the official launch of The Grand Bahama Heritage Tour on Monday, February 1.

Gathered in a G.B. Taxi Union bus, tourism representatives, taxicab drivers and tour operators participated in a "dry-run" of the Heritage Tour, which focuses on the south western district of Grand Bahama.

The tour includes Hunters, Lewis Yard, Pinder's Point, William's Town, and Russell Town and holds Pinder's Point's Lighthouse and Lewis Yard's Mermaid Pond as its focal points.

Renamae Symonette, manager of Product Development for the Ministry of Tourism in Grand Bahama, said the tour is a great new attraction as it will allow tourists to "feel at home" on the island.

She noted that some taxicab drivers are already conducting the tour and hopes that even more will do so once it is officially introduced in February.

"We (Ministry of Tourism) wanted to promote the areas outside of Freeport Lucaya and we have some interesting sites that I'm sure the visitors would like to see while they're here and sample some of the native foods that they prepare here in south Grand Bahama," Symonette said. "Also, we wanted to create other attractions for the visitors and we want to create some type of employment for the residents of south Grand Bahama. (Those) are some of the reasons why we are doing this dry-run today so that we can have the taxi drivers and the transportation professionals, some of them are already taking this tour ... to continue and we want more to do this tour. We want to enhance what we have here already."

She added that guides will be stationed at the various heritage sites to sell souvenirs, provide visitors with information and make the tour experience even more exciting.

"We want the visitors to enjoy what the Bahamians enjoy," she said. "We want tourists to be at home. They want to visit what we have here so they can better explain and better appreciate what we have here on the island."

President of the Grand Bahama Taxi Union Kenneth Woodside, who was also in attendance, told The Freeport News that he expects the tour to have mutual benefits for tourists and taxicab drivers.

"I feel extremely good because it will benefit the tourists and it's more things for the tourists to do," he said. "This is the southwest tour and it comprises of the Mermaid Pond, the Light-house and other activities. These activities will create more tours ... so we need to do more of this so that we can get more money from the tourists."

Woodside said they "expect to receive or obtain more business because this new tour will be added to the other tours ... so it should be extremely good."

Equally excited about the tour, Geraldine Dean, a taxicab driver, said, "I think it's something different and I think it is a nice tour. The guests will get to see a part of the island that they (wouldn't) normally see and they'll get to experience the real Bahamian life. A lot of tourists, they come and they want to experience the native life so I think it's an excellent idea."

According to Symonette, the Ministry of Tourism is expecting to establish even more tours in the western district as early as March.

The Grand Bahama Heritage Tour is open to tourists as well as local residents.

Cruise ship to move to Port of Palm Beach, offer sails to Grand Bahama

By Paul Quinlan

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

RIVIERA BEACH — After more than a decade of trying, the Port of Palm Beach finally may have landed a vacation cruise ship.

Celebration Cruise Lines plans to begin service to the Bahamas starting March 1, according to a deal port and company officials unveiled today and described as nearly complete.

Port of Palm Beach will have lured the cruise line and its one ship, the 500-cabin Bahama Celebration, away from Port Everglades, home to the world's largest cruise terminal. The deal with Celebration Cruise Line is expected to generate about $2 million annually for the Port of Palm Beach, Florida's fourth-largest port and one whose fortunes plummeted with the economic downturn.

"We have come to a point where we think we are a good match for each other," said Manny Almira, the port's executive director.

Celebration Cruise Line would be the first multi-day cruise to sail from the Port of Palm Beach since 1996, according to port officials. Cruise-to-nowhere casino ships such as the Palm Beach Princess have been the port's only cruise business since and have been far from reliable. The port's cruise-to-nowhere business suffered from a long-term slide, under pressure from land-based casinos such as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The Princess, beset with mechanical and personnel problems, recently stumbled back into bankruptcy court.

Celebration Cruise Lines plans to set sail every other day for Grand Bahamas Island and offer two-, four- and six-night cruise packages in partnership with the Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort starting at $150, $250 and $400 per person for a double-occupancy room, according to Dan Lambert, a principal of cruise line.

Port and company officials say the 680-foot ship must pass a maneuverability test set for Sunday morning at the port before the deal is finalized, though port and company officials say they expect to encounter no problems.

"We're convinced this is the place for us to be," said Lambert. "We're very excited to be here."

The twice-renovated, 27-year-old ship can carry up to 1,300 passengers and features four restaurants, a two-story night club, and a casino, swimming pool and tiki bar, he said. The cruise line purchased the Bahama Celebration in September 2008 and began sailing from Port Everglades last March.

Lambert said the small cruise line found itself eclipsed by larger competitors in Port Everglades, where Royal Caribbean recently debuted its Oasis of the Seas — the largest cruise ship in the world, with a 5,400-passenger capacity.

"Here, we're going to be the main cruise operation," he said.

A typical two-day cruise would leave Port of Palm Beach at 6 p.m. and dock at Grand Bahama Island the next morning, he said. Passengers would have the day to spend on the island. The ship would depart at 6 p.m. and arrive back in Palm Beach the next day. Four- and six-night packages would include three- and four-night stays at Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort.

Port commissioners cheered the deal, which comes a decade after the Port of Palm Beach broke ground on a passenger cruise terminal that cost more than $26 million but has sat largely unused ever since, as the terminal and port are too small for most modern-day cruise ships.

"We're all willing to do whatever it takes to help it succeed," said port Commissioner Blair Ciklin. "I think this could be a lot better than anyone could imagine."

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Freeport Jewellers Prepares For a RED HOT Valentines Day.

Freeport Jewellers is doing it again. This is the event of the season showcasing exclusive jewellery lines and top fashions locally with an international flavour. Don't miss it!
For a Preview of select pieces to be shown on the night Visit their website Freeport Jewellers Bahamas

Thursday, January 21, 2010



As many of us have experienced, the winding trail that leads to the purchase of your new property can be full of twists, turns and potential detours, marked with signposts of misinformation and half-truths that can mislead even the most worldly-wise homebuyer. The real estate business is subject to the opinions of would-be experts, armchair consumers who presume to know ALL about buying and selling homes. That is why the advice of an experienced real estate professional is essential to keep you moving in the right direction.

Here are 3 common Home Buying Myths myths that sometimes confuse buyers into making misguided decisions that they may regret later on:

1.You can buy a home with no money down. While there are special loan packages that allow buyers to purchase a home with a minimum down payment and some sellers will make very special finance deals to make life easy, every real estate transaction requires the buyer to come up with some amount of cash. Even if the down payment is very low, there are other expenses associated with buying property. There are lawyer fees, government stamp tax, and real estate fees to name a few. As my grandmother used to tell me “If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Make sure you consult a real estate attorney or talk to a real estate broker before you jump into a deal and find out you are in over your head.

2. For Sale By Owner homes are always a better bargain. Owners who sell their homes without benefit of representation by a professional realtor often misread the local market and overprice the home. The property may not be worth what you and the seller think it is, and the result could be that you pay more than you should while thinking you are getting a great deal. The inexperienced seller can mishandle key aspects of the process, such as the choice of contingencies, inspections, title clearance, deadlines and disclosures. Expensive real estate lawsuits often arise as a result of disputes over undisclosed material such as defects that the For Sale Buy Owner Seller is hoping will go unnoticed. And worst of all without a real estate agent deals can fall apart over silly little items as the emotions get hot. I have seen deals fall apart over a chandelier so it is good to have a skilled negotiater between the buyer and seller to make sure the deal goes through.

3. Buying real estate is a simple, straightforward process. This is at best wishful thinking, but untrue. Real estate transactions are complex and negotiations can get tricky where buyers and sellers want to walk away from the table. Buying a home requires the correct execution of an assortment of documents which could include: property inspection reports, mortgage documents, deeds, insurance forms, conversion costs, Foreign Investment Approval, Central Bank Approval, Condo Board Approval etc. A variety of complications can and do arise and it is the experienced real estate agent and conveyance lawyer who knows how to make the deal work!

Please do not get me wrong and think that buying and selling property has to be complicated and stressful. The process can go very smoothly if you have a good team with a lawyer and a real estate broker working together to help you through the process.

Before I sign off on today’s Lets Talk Real Estate article I would like to remind everyone to donate to a Haiti Relief Fund. The people of Haiti desperately need your help and to add insult to injury believe it or not there was another aftershock yesterday morning just as much-needed medical aid was starting to reach the earthquake ravaged country. We are collecting funds at the Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty office at # 9 Regent Centre for my Rotary Club, The Rotary Club Of GB Sunrise so if you don’t know where to give my office will be happy to help. Thanks for reading Lets Talk Real Estate and good luck to all you buyers and sellers. Until next week.

VIDEO- Tribune's Passport to Paradise pilot set to make history

I came across this posting this morning and found it very interesting. As always it's a little annoying when The Bahamas is portrayed as NASSAU/PARADISE Island, but I got over it once I watched the full video.
Well shot and produced by a Bahamian Company. It really does show Nassau/Paradise island off to it's full advantage which is great for visitors.
I hope it reaches it's target market and stimulates the numbers of new visitors arriving on our shores. Because even though it focuses on Nassau, the spill off might well land here.

THE Tribune and USA Today are set to make history this weekend when its pilot TV show Passport to Paradise is introduced at the pilot TV convention in Las Vegas.

All top American networks, cable companies as well as other worldwide networking executives will attend the NATPE convention to shop for new programming. Passport to Paradise, the first of its kind to be produced by a Bahamian company - will be there to discuss an international syndication deal.

The show will feature history, culture, shopping, nightlife and fun in a hip, creative and fresh manner in locales throughout the Bahamas will get massive international exposure. But the ambitious project doesn't end there, as in its first season the show will search for paradise in 13 countries around the world, including Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil and Cuba.

The project was produced using a combination of Bahamian and world-class international talent.

Tribune president Robert Carron is keen to emphasise that the show - the first of its kind to be produced in the Bahamas - has the potential to propel a number of Bahamians into the limelight.

He said: "For the first time, I hope we have shown that Bahamians can produce network quality shows with video and audio that can rival the best."

Passport to Paradise, an upbeat and entertaining travel and leisure TV magazine inspired by The Tribune's print version of the same name, will take viewers on a virtual vacation to places they've only dreamed of.

"Everybody has a dream of where they want to go and we hope we can fulfil those fantasies," said producer, Lou Maggio. "Each week we're going to go some place exotic. We're going to take you some place that you've never seen before."

In the pilot episode, our host Rachael Carr and correspondents Clair Cooper, Miss Great Britain 2009, Sean Nottage, Bahamian voiceover and Phillip Sands, Bahamian radio personality and associated host, help viewers discover paradise in the Bahamas. On the way, they will play tug-of-war with sharks, race a pig drinking beer, skydive, help direct traffic with a Royal Bahamas Police Force officer on Bay Street and learn the secret of making a good conch salad.

But the show is about more than attractions. As Rachael the host explains in the pilot, "It's all about the people, it's all about the culture, it's all about the history, it's all about the fun, it's all about the shopping and nightlife but most of all it's all about you!"

Rachael has been in the spotlight in one way or another since she was a teenager, producing her first chart topping single in her native Britain at age 16 in the group called Boom!. She followed this on by being selected as the human face of the Cloe Bratz doll on the Bratz World Tour.

She is the current body double for internationally-acclaimed Australian singer Kylie Minogue and has also body doubled for Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.. She told The Tribune, though, that she has never done anything quite like this.

"It is just amazing getting the chance to go to all these places. Who wouldn't want to work in sea and sun? I never thought I would get paid to see places that people only dream of," she said. "I can't wait, I want to go everywhere in the world, like Phileas Fogg - around the world in 80 days!"

Rachael said that after the Bahamas, the team will head to Mexico and then to Jamaica. After that, it's on to Dubai and Las Vegas.

"Even though it's called 'Passport to Paradise', it is not necessarily beaches," she pointed out. "Anywhere can be paradise, right?"

The producers believe the show will outshine its competitors because it appeals to a broad demographic.

"It's geared towards everyone from families, to young people to executives - it's a little more classy," said Mr Maggio.

Rachael couldn't agree more: "The opportunities presented by this project are just immense. I can't wait to see what happens," she said.

Robert Carron explained how the idea came about: "After we launched our magazine, someone in the entertainment industry said, 'Passport to Paradise is a great title, it should be a TV show.' Rachael gently reminded me about this on numerous occasions, and the more I thought about it, the more I realised that this was a great opportunity.

"There were only two problems: first, I know nothing about TV, so it would be the blind leading the blind. Second, we have no TV equipment.

"Then I remembered that my friend Lou Maggio produced Wild on 'E!' so I talked to Lou, who said it's a great idea if we can get it paid for - that was problem number three."

Mr Carron explained how he then approached his father, Tribune managing director the late Roger Carron, who gave the project the green light.

"Now we have come to a point I never thought we would have," Robert Carron said, "A pilot funded by USA Today and ourselves; a network pilot based on Passport to Paradise of The Tribune."

Mr Carron will be travelling to Las Vegas this weekend to attend the convention.

Mr Carron said that throughout the project, his philosophy was to rely on "smart people who know what they are doing, and get out of the way."

The show was produced by a team with decades of experience in the film, television and entertainment industry.

Robert Carron serves as the show's executive producer, with the talented and accomplished Rob Mason signed on as director and editor, and UK videographer Andres Lesauvage overseeing photography.

Mr Maggio - a former director of photography and product promotion for Venus Swimwear, the largest swimwear company in the US - has produced two major motion pictures, including "The Year of Getting to Know Us" staring Sharon Stone and "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay", starring Tim Allen, set to be released this spring.

He also executive produced the documentary "Thespians" recently screened in Los Angeles and New York and in negotiation for a distribution deal.

Mr Carron is keen to emphasise, however, that the point of utilising top international experts is to facilitate a "transfer of talent" to local journalists, allowing them to gain valuable experience in cutting edge, multi-disciplinary media production.

Tribune news editor Paco Nunez said: "The opportunity to work with cutting-edge TV producers, editors and videographers will be hugely beneficial to our news team as it evolves into a fully-fledged multimedia unit."

Mr Carron also spoke of the opportunities that will be presented to Bahamians who work on the project, for example co-host Philip Sands and voice-over talent Sean Nottage.

"We wanted to show there are Bahamians that can produce whatever this country needs. You can get outside people if you want to - the point is you don't have to. We may not have the experience, but if we have drive and self-belief, anything is possible," Mr Carron said.

"We wanted to take Bahamian ideas and Bahamian drive and match it with the talents of the best graphic artists, the best videographers, to create the best Passport to Paradise possible. I can say we have done that and I am proud to be a part of it."

He said the show is intended to be a launching pad for the future of The Tribune, and that he plans to reinvest the proceeds into expanding the multi-media scope of the company, including a television presence, while retaining the newspaper as the core of the business.

He added: "We feel this is a tremendous achievement and I would like to invite everybody to please watch the trailer for the show on the homepage of, enjoy it, and share your views - both positive and negative - with us."

To advertise in Passport to Paradise magazine, email:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Electronic payments system set to launch

The long-anticipated Bahamas Automated Clearing House (BACH) is set to go live on January 22.

"The advent of the Bahamas Automated Clearing House will affect every single person who deposits money to a chequing account, writes a cheque or wishes to pay a bill online," said Brian Smith, BACH's business manager.

"By speeding up the time it takes for deposits to clear, it will provide a boost to businesses, particularly those that depend for much of their revenue on cheques from customers. Individuals will benefit as well because they will have access to the B$ cheques they deposit on Monday as early as Tuesday. No longer will anyone - businesses, institutions or individuals - have to wait for up to five days to use the money that is rightfully theirs."

But speedy clearance of deposits means those who write cheques must have funds in their account to cover them, or be prepared to pay fees to their banks for returned cheques.

                   Brian Smith

"For years, as long as anyone can remember, because it took so long for a cheque to clear in the Bahamas, individuals 'perfected' the habit of writing a cheque based on funds they expected to deposit later," said Mr Smith.

"That practice, in fact, was illegal and those days are gone. With the introduction of system-wide electronic imaging, banks will no longer transport physical pieces of paper back and forth. Once the deposit is made by 3pm, the cheque will clear overnight and be available the following business day."

In addition to slicing deposit clearance time from up to five days down to one, the BACH will expand online bill payment and commerce.

"Before the ACH, you and your employer had to bank at the same bank or your employer had to maintain accounts at various banks if that employer wanted to pay you by direct deposit," said Mr Smith.

"Within three months of the ACH going into effect, banks will be to accommodate interbank transfers as easily as they do intra-bank transfers now, meaning direct deposits may be made to any account in the system, even if the employer and employee bank at different institutions. The same principle will apply to any bill you want to pay. You do not have to go to the paint store or the doctor's office to pay a bill or call your plumber back to collect a cheque. You can have it deposited right into their account while you are sitting at home on your laptop handling your online banking, watching the Heat play the Lakers."

Converting to electronic clearance also improves security, eliminating the need for cheques to be physically transported between banks with messengers carrying such deposits in satchels. All seven clearing banks are participating in the system that allows confidential same day settlement or clearance of direct credit and next business day clearance of Bahamian dollar cheques and debits.

Those banks include Bank of the Bahamas, Citibank, Commonwealth Bank, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas), FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas), RBC Royal Bank of Canada and Scotiabank. Regulatory oversight is provided by the Central Bank.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Story Behind the Shot - Tiger Eats Video

Stephen Frink, one of my favorite underwater photographers, was shooting in Grand Bahama last week and of course I just had to blog about his latest escapade with a a Tiger Shark!
Taken From Digital Immersions
I was off West End Grand Bahama, at Tiger Beach. For three days we’d had nothing but lemon sharks and were starting to despair, for our objective was to photograph a tiger shark. On the afternoon of our final shoot day this big tiger came in, full of attitude. The lemons were very deferential, but the tiger moved slowly, never with any implied threat. But, then he took great interest in our videographer. Maybe it was something about an electrical impulse given off by the camera, or maybe a noise when the tape was running. At any rate, she took several very close passes at the cameraman, and on this one the tiger shark actually opened its mouth, grabbed the video camera and swam away with it.

The shark didn’t eat it, and in fact spat it out a short distance away. But, the tape was running the whole time and gave us some pretty good chuckles back on the boat reviewing that particular footage!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Grand Bahama Airport Company aids mercy flights to Haiti

By Gregory Christie

 FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — The Grand Bahama Airport Company is among the first corporate citizens in the Bahamas to lend a hand following the tragedy in Haiti, providing assistance for two helicopters enroute to the devastated island with relief supplies.

Pegasus Tech a private company out of Jacksonville, FL, heading to Haiti with two helicopters filled with supplies to assist in the search and rescue efforts following Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake, made a fueling stop in Grand Bahama. To assist the humanitarian effort by Pegasus Tech, the Grand Bahama Airport Company waived all landing fees for the helicopters.

Gary Gilbert, CEO of Grand Bahama Airport Company, Freeport Container Port and Freeport Harbour Company, said the assistance was is some small way the first opportunity the company has to show its support for the search and rescue efforts underway on that island.

“We cannot begin to imagine what lies ahead for that country and we are pleased to be able to show our support,” said Mr. Gilbert.

The two helicopters were piloted by Randy Dossey and Captain Stephen Weaver.

Bahamas gains UK marketing boost through 500-store chain


The Tribune Business Reporter
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation revealed yesterday that Canon UK has endorsed its '14 filmmaker' challenge, and will publicise the competition and this nation in its 500 stores across the UK.

Deputy director-general of the Ministry, Tommy Thompson, told Tribune Business that with the UK Tourism Office's budget slashed, the 14 filmmaker challenge is a way to turn 14 five-minute short films into 14 Bahamas ads at the cost of one traditional 30-second televison spot.

Canon has seen the challenge as a mutually beneficial tool, and plans to donate the cameras the filmmakers will use to shoot their films.

"This promotion has many legs," said Mr Thompson.

The challenge brings 14 filmmakers to 14 islands across the Bahamas to shoot a movie of their choice in 14 days.

Mr Thompson said all of the films' scripts will be screened to ensure they follow strict guidlines set by the Ministry, including no violence, cursing or sex. According to him, five judges, including renowned UK filmmaker, Bharat Nalluri, who directed the People's Choice Award nominated Mrs Pettigrew Lives for a Day, will choose the winners of the challenge.

The winning film will then be distributed throughout the UK, while all of the other films will be placed on the Ministry's website for viewing following the competition.

The burgeoning Bahamian film industry objected to the Ministry's idea, arguing that the competiton should have included Bahamian filmmakers or, at the very least, used some of them as liasions or assistant directors. However, Mr Thompson, said the Ministry did not neglect Bahamian filmmakers, but designed a competition specifically for the appeal of the UK market.

He said the annoucement of the challenge sparked immediate media and public interest within the UK, and moved Canon UK to come on as a sponsor of the competition.

Mr Thompson said the film challenge appeals to the UK market because their own citizens are the filmmakers, and thus the marketing becomes focused in that country.

The UK office has also roused the market by recruiting armchair critics via their website, who will also judge the films. Canon will use the exposure from the movies to push its new line of cameras in the UK market, while carrying the Bahamas brand in its in-store marketing.

"This (the 14 filmmaker competition) is a non-traditional form of advertising and is a co-branding opportunity for Canon UK," said Mr Thompson.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Onè Respe- A Photographic Benefit for the Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake

By now you have heard of the devastation caused by the massive earthquake in Haiti. Reports are still coming in, and the full measure of the damage is still not known. Hospitals, residences and government buildings have collapsed or have been heavily damaged. In interviews, Haitian officials have asked all friends of Haiti to please provide any assistance possible to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. They are in desperate need of medical and disaster relief supplies.

Several photographers including the iconic photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark, have donated the use of one or more of their works to help create this issue as a fund-raising photography magazine to benefit Haiti with all proceeds to be donated to the International Red Cross. The title Haiti: One Respe comes from a traditional Haitian greeting meaning "honor and respect."
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LET’S TALK REAL ESTATE-Stay Calm until the Real Estate Deal is Done


Stay Calm until the Real Estate Deal is Done

We are already 14 days into the New Year and I am pleased to report that there appears to be a little real estate action in Grand Bahama in 2010. We are receiving inquiries on our web site from buyers, our sales agents are showing property and buyers are making offers again. It is by no means a robust real estate market but there are positive signs that we are on the road to recovery. It is still a buyers market and there are not that many deals around so if you are a seller or a buyer and you are involved in a deal and getting ready to close the transaction remember what the Baseball Great Yogi Berra said “It ain’t over till its over.” He wasn’t talking about the real estate closing table but he could have been.

The closing table is the ideal place to sign papers, trade keys and drink a toast to the new homeowners.
Sometimes that setting is filled with tension and pressure as each side tries to work out important details of the transaction at the last minute.
How can you help make your closing a relaxed and happy one? First, try to get the details worked out ahead of time with your realtor.
There may be a few unresolved issues, such as repairs that were not completed, a disappearing dining room chandelier or an occupancy agreement.
The atmosphere doesn’t need to become adversarial, and a minor upset should not threaten the inspection.
If you anticipate a problem no matter how minor it may seem you should be able to communicate the situation to your realtor in advance, so that it can be handled before it goes to settlement.
Some buyers and sellers arrive to the closing feeling terrific about the transactions- they like each other, they like their new home, their realtor, and even the lender. Others feel stressed out and concerned.
Weather you are the buyer or the seller, you will play an important part in determining which of these scenarios characterizes your settlement.
The professionals who are involved in real estate transactions work hard to make things go as smoothly as possible, but quality of the transaction often depends not so much on what happens, but how you react to what happens.
If you communicate confidence in the professionals who are helping you, the atmosphere will remain positive even if there are complications.
Real estate transactions are inherently complex. One of a Realtor’s most important responsibilities is to complete the sale even if there are obstacles to overcome.
Both buyers and sellers should be aware of the deadlines in their purchase agreement.
You could lose your right to ask a seller to pay for needed repairs if you miss the deadline. There may be a limit on the time the seller has to respond to the buyer’s request to complete repairs that are not required by the contract.
Failure to apply for your mortgage on time may place your deposit at risk if the loan is denied. In many cases the agreement can be declared null and void by the seller if financing is not approved within the time frame set forth in the contract.
A delayed closing can cost the seller money, and they may ask the buyer to reimburse these expenses.
Remember that closing dates are not set in stone. Lenders appraisers, attorneys, and anyone else who is involved in the transactions can cause a delay in the closing.
If you keep this in mind while you are making your arrangements you can minimize the possible cost and inconveniences due to a delay.
As the closing approaches a good realtor will stay on top of the situation and keep in touch with everyone involved in the transaction to prevent any unnecessary delays.
If there are any problems speak to your realtor and let them try to work out the problems before they turn into deal breakers because no matter how close a deal may be “It ain’t over till … Until next week.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Earthquake- How to Help

Port-au-Prince, HAITI - In this photo people carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area rocked Haiti on Tuesday. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince. View PHOTOS of Haiti aftermath.
The Bahamas Red Cross is accepting donations of non-perishable food, blankets, sheets pillows and anything useful at their JFK offices and at their drop box at The College of the Bahamas. If you don't have anything to donate please drop off a check for any amount you can afford to help.

Become a Fan of Bahamas Red Cross on Facebook

The Grand Bahama Christian Council is also collecting donations. They can be reached at 351-9344.

RBC Launches Haiti Fund

Freeport Bible Church Freeport Bible Church located on West Altantic Drive (352-6065) has a food and clothing drive.

With the port and airport closed in Haiti, the most important item needed is monetary donations .
You can donate money the following ways:

 William J. Clinton Org

Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross

Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti

Text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton Foundation

Vestarair to send women’s items to Haiti - donate in Nassau.

Bahamas - please email about your island's assistance efforts.

In Miami, FL: you can drop off bottled water, non-perishable canned food, and first aid supplies (please NO CLOTHES at this time) to any MARTINO TIRE location.
Call 1-800-844-TIRE for a location near you.

The Bahamas Humane Society is a designated drop off.

Creative Wealth Bahamas and Barefoot Marketing bring teen financial workshop to Grand Bahama

Eager to Learn – Students participating in a Creative Wealth Teen Financial Workshop in Nassau learn the importance of early money management skills. Creative Wealth, Barefoot Marketing and Pelican Bay will host a similar program, The Money Game, in Grand Bahama.  (Photos courtesy of Creative Wealth Bahamas)
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Creative Wealth Bahamas and Barefoot Marketing are bringing the popular and exciting Money Game to Grand Bahama Island this month. The fun financial workshop specifically designed for teenagers, will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 10am-3pm at the Foster B. Pestaina Center behind Christ the King Church.

The Money Game is an engaging, educational and empowering financial literacy program fully taught in the form of a game! It provides a wonderful introduction to the world of money and financial independence. Teens learn firsthand, the definition of Financial Freedom because they actively create it for themselves. Creative Wealth Bahamas has been extremely successful with similar seminars for teenagers in New Providence.

Kids Learn about Spending Sensibly - Creative Wealth Coach Keshelle Kerr (left) hands out fake money to teens to evaluate their spending habits. The exercise is part of a Teen Financial Workshop organized by Creative Wealth Bahamas, which will be coming to Grand Bahama on Saturday, January 30th
“By investing in these young people now and sending them to The Money Game workshop, you invest in their future. Only by becoming money savvy and more fiscally responsible can we ensure our youth won’t get into the economic situation the country is now in,” said Creative Wealth Founder and CEO Keshelle Kerr. “The economy will always go through boom and bust cycles and Creative Wealth Bahamas is working to give the youth of Grand Bahama the tools to navigate their financial lives through these cycles when they are adults.”

Barefoot Marketing is partnering with Creative Wealth Bahamas in an effort to financially empower our youth. "I met Keshelle while working in Nassau," stated Sarah Kirkby, Barefoot Marketing Director, "she impressed me with her real desire to teach our children financial responsibility now, not when they are 30. We are in a recession where it has been very clear that most people don't understand simple home accounting and saving plans. I want my children and the children in Grand Bahama to get a head start on financial planning for their future."

Sponsoring The Money Game is Pelican Bay Resort and Marina who have also generously donated three scholarships for government school students to attend the Money Game. “It is my hope that Keshelle will be able to teach as many children as possible,” noted Kirkby, “Pelican Bay’s assistance means we can bring some kids in for free too.” Kerr will also speak at Lucaya International School on Friday, January 29th during the school’s assembly and is hoping to speak at a government school as well.
Keshelle Kerr was first publicly recognized for introducing “Camp Millionaire”, the first kid and youth financial literacy summer camp to The Bahamas. Since then, she has launched other new programs such as Money Savvy Kids and the Kids Only Garage Sale. She is a bi-weekly columnist for The Nassau Guardian, The Nassau Info and The Grand Bahama Info Newsletter and has been featured on several radio talk shows spreading the message of financial literacy for youth.

At the start of the New Year, she launched her new book YOUR CHILD CAN BECOME WEALTHY - Teaching Money & Business Skills to Youth. In her book, Ms. Kerr shares the unbelievable story of how she went from having her car repossessed three times in one year to CEO of her own successful company.

“I am thrilled to be coming to Grand Bahama,” said Kerr, “Sarah and I have been trying to organize our first event for awhile now – I am very excited to be getting a chance to host our first event.”

The Money Game is open to teenagers between 13 and 18 and will start at 10am. For those who register early they can save $10 on the $85 event fee by contacting Barefoot Marketing at 352-4578 or email info@barefootmarketing.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Deadline for registration is January 22nd. Seats are limited so register today! Click here to view the poster.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

VIDEO-Certified Personal trainers- Innovative Fitness Group

If you know me or Jamie, You'll know that we like to get our fitness on, even when I can't get to the gym , I'll walk or run the 6 miles from my house to Taino Beach & back ( If you see me just wave or beep your horn;-))

I believe in being healthy & fit and personally, I just simply LIKE excercising.

So When a friend told me about a brilliant Circuit Training class offered by two personal trainers, I went along to try it out. 'Big' Rob & Charles offer a 1hr circuit training class at GB Fitness center on East Atlantic Drive, to anyone at any level of fitness. They also throw in a complimentary diet/eating plan.

Try it, you'll see the difference withing a month- I can personally say this because it happened to me!

Circuit Training- First Session Free $15

Classes: Monday, Wed, Fri at 7am & 1pm

Call 242 533 1197 or email

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Pre-Clearance Act amended to benefit private aircraft and Grand Bahama

By Betty Vedrine, BIS
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Pre-Clearance Act has been amended to include the pre-clearance of private aircraft.

The new pre-clearance facility for private aircraft will be located in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The Bill was passed in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, January 6.

During his contribution in the House Minister of National Security the Hon Tommy Turnquest said although the Bill does not restrict the location of these facilities in The Bahamas, it was determined that Freeport, Grand Bahamas was the ‘ideal’ location for the facility.

“We are confident that its (The Bill) passage and implementation will alert the owners of private aircraft that it is advantageous for them to pre-clear in Grand Bahama before flying on to their ultimate destination within the United States, then it would make sense for them to make Grand Bahama their vacation destination,” said Mr Turnquest.

He said under the current economic conditions, all indications suggest that owners and lessees of private aircraft in the United States have a preference for closer destinations and airports.

“For each of the past three years, some 80,000 visitors arrived in the Bahamas on private aircraft,” he said. “We expect those numbers to grow even in a recession once these pre-clearance facilities are in place.”

Pointing out that the economy of The Bahamas has benefitted ‘enormously’ from the establishment of these pre-clearance facilities, Mr Turnquest said all the data collected support the need for the expansion.

“Research has shown that for quick vacation getaways from the United States the time spent in Customs and Immigration is part of the vacationers’ calculation and depending on the time that one arrives in some of the US Customs & Immigration in the United States, the wait is sometimes uncomfortably long,” said Mr Turnquest.

“On that basis alone, persons seeking quick getaway choose The Bahamas for their vacation,” he continued.

Mr Turnquest added that these facilities have also benefitted Bahamians travelling to and through the United States, so much so that for a country with a relatively small population, the number of trips made to the United States is one of the highest in the world.

The Bahamas is one of only five destinations in the world with US pre-clearance facilities for commercial passengers.

Screenings for the NEXT Miss Grand Bahama to take place Tuesday, January 12th

By Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization

The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization is in the process of screening young woman for the 2010-2011 Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant.
Screenings are set for Tuesday 12th January, 2010 at Sunrise Resort and Marina (formerly Running Mon Marina & Resort - call 352-6834 for directions to the property) at 7:00 p.m.
You are required to bring the following:
1. A passport
2. 4" heels
3. Swimwear
4. Two (2) Character References
5. A Police Certificate
6. A Black and White Photo

One parent must be present during screening. One parent must have Bahamian Citizenship.

The Ideal contestant for the title of Miss Grand Bahama is a person who will successfully fulfill the requirements set forth and will wear the crown with dignity, respect and will be a good ambassador for The Bahamas.

Do you have the characteristics to be 2010/2011 Miss Grand Bahama?

A. Intelligence , Poise and Beauty

B. Communication Effectively

C. Appearance/ Overall Appearance

D. Judgment/Common Sense

E. Attitude Motivation / Team work



H. Speaking Ability

I. Listening Ability

Are you between the ages of 16 and 26 years?

Then you may be the perfect candidate for Miss Grand bahama Bahama 2010/2011.

Miss Grand Bahama will be eligible for

1. An all expense paid trip to China

2. A two year college scholarship

3. Fabulous jewelery

4. A wardrobe of fine clothing

5. And so much more.


Then please contact the Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization for a screening at any of the following numbers.





Sunday, January 10, 2010

Seiko 29er and 49er Worlds in Freeport, Grand Bahama Overall 4-9 January 2010

By Jerelyn Biehl
Spaniards rule

Winners of the 49er, Spain's Iker Mstinez de Lizarduy and Xabier Fernandez. Award presented by Grand Bahama Sailing Club VP, Ricky Rolle. Photo: Lyndah Wells

Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez of Spain have won their third 49er World Championship (’02, ’04, ’10) adding to their Olympic Gold medal from Athens in 2004 and Silver medal from Beijing in 2008. In true championship fashion, Martinez/Fernandez also won today’s medal race, held in 8-10 knots. Two-time defending champions Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen from Australia made a strong push by winning both the morning races moving them into 2nd which they held through the final results. Pietro and Gianfranco Sibello of Italy won the bronze.

49er Gold Fleet group Left to right: Teams Spain, Australia, Italy. Photo by Lyndah Wells

2nd place 49er Gold Fleet, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen accept their award by VP of the Grand Bahama Sailing Club, Ricky Rolle. Photo: Lyndah Wells

3rd place for the 49er Gold Fleet was ITALY's Giuseppe Angilella and Pietro Zucchetti Photo: Lyndah Wells

The 25 boat gold fleet sailed two races in 16-23 knots which increased to 20-25 for the silver fleet’s two races amidst tropical showers. The medal race sailors anticipated the heavy breeze, but unexpectedly the wind dropped to a manageable 10 knots.

1st place for 49er Silver Fleet is DENMARK's Søren and Peter Hansen. Award presented by John Lawrence. Photo: Lyndah Wells

49er Silver Fleet 2nd place winners, DENMARK's Simon Karstoft and Jonathan Bay. Award presented by John Lawrence Photo: Lyndah Wells

49ers Silver Fleet Group photo by Lyndah Wells

3rd in the 49er Silver Fleet is GREAT BRITAIN's Richard Mason and Tom Peel. Award presented by John Lawrence. Photo: Lyndah Wells

On the 29er course, French sailors Kevin Fisher and Glenn Gouron consolidated and won the Worlds by 28 points. Pepe Bettini and Fernando Gwozdz, the perpetual bridesmaid, sailed to 2nd overall with a 10-3-2 final day. Danish sailors Oscar Haumann and Taus Holtug who lead the majority of the event, tied for 3rd with Lorezo Franceschini and Riccardo Camin of Italy, losing and having to settle for 4th overall. However, Haumann and Holtug won the Highest Placing Youth Team award. Top placing women’s team was Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen of Denmark who also won this trophy in 2009.

29ers Top 3 group photo by Lyndah Wells

29er Top Female Team, Ida Marie Baad Nielsen and Marie Thusgaard Olsen Photo: Lyndah Wells

 Young Bahamian sailors from the Grand Bahama Sailing Club Optimist and Laser program were able to view world class sailing up close and experience the camaraderie that international sailing affords.


Participants, officials, and organizers, along with supporters of the event and Grand Bahama Sailing Club Members enjoyed the awards ceremony which took place at the open theater stage at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna resort where the participants were accommodated for the regatta. Photos: Lyndah Wells

For full results, go to and as well as the Facebook: 49er World Championship page and Twitter. Int49er. Channel 49er, the latest video link for the 49er Class has video and interviews.

Seiko is the official sponsor of the 49er Class and title sponsor of the 2010 World Championships.