Friday, April 30, 2010

VIDEO- Butler's Food World Prepares to open

Grand Bahama, Bahamas - Butler's Food World Prepares to open in Grand Bahama, Bahamas

Our Lucaya launches aggressive marketing campaign

On the heels of The Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) election, management of the only unionized hotel property on the island, Our Lucaya, said they intend to work closely with the organization to foster satisfied employees that will produce satisfied customers.

Michael Weber, Our Lucaya general manger, who served as guest speaker for the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting yesterday, at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant, outlined several aggressive strategies that the hotel's marketing team is undertaking to increase bookings and visitors to the island.

He said that the status of their relationship with the union is a cordial one, but at the end of the day business is a top priority.

"We will work along the guidelines of the union, but we still run our own business and we have to be mindful that we cannot allow someone to run our business or dictate how we run our business," he said.

"In the long run we are the ones that pay the price and they don't, so there are certain ways in operation that we have to do things and we may have to let our staff know that it has to go this way because of the operations."

Weber added that a business has to be run a certain way, but outside of that they are prepared to work with the union, hand-in-hand, on whatever issue.

Meanwhile, Weber said that partnerships with the Discovery and Celebration Cruise lines are progressing well with a recent booking of 70 persons in one day. Additionally the hotel has had three major groups in recent times that has increased business and have 26 scheduled wedding events for the year.

Weber said that the sales marketing staff is stationed at various hot spots in North America and the hotel is now targeting the European and Latin markets, but attracting the larger groups remains a challenge because of stiff competition.

"Business levels are less than what we were accustomed to, but we are stable at the moment and we are still doing well. We are going to see the influx on the European business coming into the hotel and we are approaching the Latin American market now, because our summer is going to be their winter and that is another market that is going to be coming through this summer."

Weber said that creativity is key in beating out the competition and the property is trying to create incentives to be ahead of the game.

"We look at competitors and find out what they are offering and I have to admit some are weak. We have spoken to different vendors to offer groups and create a win-win situation," he said

"We have to look at it as Our Lucaya supports the island and Our Lucaya cannot do it without the support of everyone else," said Weber.

Grand Bahama shines in Supermodel of the Bahamas competition

Title winners of the 2010 Supermodel of the Bahamas stand with international judges. Left to Right: International judge, Audrey Adams; Supermodel of the Bahamas Peandra Knowles; Supermodel of the Bahamas Sinardo Deveaux; Little Supermodel of the Bahamas Gabriella Hall; and international judge Kendell Monroe. Photo: Vaughn Scriven

Nassau, Bahamas - Title winners of the Supermodel of the Bahamas held on April 25th are both shining examples of fresh faces from the island of Grand Bahama. Peandra Knowles and Sinardo Deleveaux, both from Grand Bahama came out as title winners in the female and male category, as 21 finalists took to the runway from Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, New Providence and the Abacos in a competition that has been underway for several months. Similar to Americas Next Top Model, many of the contestants had never modeled before, but were selected and trained for the competition.

The young men, women and girls ranging in ages from 6 to 24 years showed their model best at the British Colonial Hilton and tried to impress the international judges, Kendell Monroe (former manager of the late Michael Jackson) and Audrey Adams (former Wilhelminia model and executive producer of talk ! with AUDREY and publisher of The Adams Report ) visiting from the USA.

The event was hosted by Damien Humes of The Street Team and Charmaine Burrows. top model of OilinSha Model Management. The contestants were greeted with cheers and applause as they first walked the runway in swimsuits and later in haute couture outfits designed by Bahamian designer, Cedric Bernard. Entertainment for the show was nothing less than top notch with Julien performing his hit song, Believe which had everyone singing along, and visiting Bahamian recording artist based in Los Angeles, Brettina singing two of her smooth Jazz singles . In her performance of Bahamian Girl, she was accompanied by the four junior contestants.

In the junior category, Gabriella Hall of New Providence won the Little Supermodel of the Bahamas title. Kourtni Pinder of Grand Bahama is the junior runner-up.
 Founder of Supermodel of the Bahamas, OilinSha Coakley stands with the winners: Peandra Knowles, Sinardo Deleveaux and Gabriella Hall. Peandra and Sinardo are already booked for Stomp the Runway New York Fashion Week in September and Miami Fashion Week in March 2011. Photo: Vaughn Scriven

 2010 Supermodel of the Bahamas, Peandra Knowles, an 18 year old biochemistry student at College of the Bahamas who plans to become a cardiologist, said this about her win, "When I began to walk down the runway after I won, I gave God thanks for allowing my dreams to come true. From the beginning I had such wonderful supporters back home that gave me encouraging words to keep me strong for the competition. I want to thank them and my wonderful parents, Prescott Knowles and Annarine Johnson who never doubted that I could win. The possibilities are endless for my future and my eyes are open wide to the road ahead!"

2010 Supermodel of the Bahamas, Sinardo Deleveaux is a 20 year old who is into yoga, pilates and flying trapeze who since entering the competition has modeled in a couple shows in Freeport. Sinardo had this to say about his win, "This is an amazing opportunity for me, and I am prepared to work as hard as possible to take this further. I'm so excited about New York, and I'm prepared for the exciting things it has to show and teach me. I want to thank everyone who supported me, in particular my East Restaurant and Italian Specialty families where I work."
 The Winners stand with OilinSha Coakeley, Founder of Supermodel of the Bahamas. 2010 Winners are Peandra Knowles of Grand Bahama; Sinardo Deleveaux of Grand Bahama; and Little Supermodel of the Bahamas is Gabriella Hall of New Providence. Photos Vaughn Scriven

 Supermodel of the Bahamas female runner up is Kenresa Pickering of Nassau, and the male runner up is Miguel Wright of Nassau. Swimsuit winners are Miguel Wright, and Kieasha Adderley of Nassau.

Best Spokespersons are Wayne Mackey of Nassau, and Priska Pascal of Abaco.

Most Popular went to Miguel Wright, Kourtni Pinder of Freeport, and

The Future Star award went to Reashawn Davis of Nassau.

Most Votes went to Garrett Bowleg of Grand Bahama.

Most Photogenic went to Sinardo Deleveaux, ReaShawn Davis, and Kourtni Pinder.

Awards of Appreciation went to fashion designer Cedric Bernard; Robbin Whachell of; Damien Humes and Devron Pinder of Street Team Media; Mrs. Angela Hilton; and Illya Tinker.

Designer Cedric Bernard (center) stands with the final contestants of Supermodel of the Bahamas on the staircase in the British Colonial Hilton. Bernard received the 2010 Supermodel of the Bahamas Designer Award. Photo: Kurtz Ritchie
The 2010 Supermodel of the Bahamas Designer award went to Cedric Bernard.
The title winners of Supermodel of the Bahamas received $3000 in cash and prizes and have already been scheduled to walk the runway in New York in Stomp the Runway New York Fashion Week from September 11th to the 18th. On this trip they will be escorted to Go Sees with renowned designer and TV personality, Nole Marin, and will attend theater shows, model parties and have photo shoots with top photographers in NYC. In March 2011 they will walk in Miami Fashion Week.

OilinSha Coakley, founder of the competition and owner of Supermodel of the Bahamas, now in its third year said, "2010 has brought about new experiences and this year's event has given me more reason to continue with the development of fashion and entertainment in The Bahamas. All of our 2010 contestants, including those that did not make the finals have a great future ahead of them. I want to thank my international judges for lending their time to support our country."

Supermodel of the Bahamas would like to thank all the sponsors for their assistance in making this year's Supermodel of the Bahamas 2010 possible. Our sponsors are - Deco Bay shoe store - Quality Fabrics - Bally Total Fitness - Hollis Cosmetics & Day Spa - The Street Team Media - JCN broadcasting network - Jennifer Marshall Mackey of 102.9FM - Bennigans - Commonwealth Fabrics - Out Back Steak House - British Colonial Hilton Hotel - Duncan's Imaging - Apex Awards - Bahamas Air - American Airlines, American Eagle - Jubulee Bath & Body - Basheeva Eve La Maison De Bash - Lyndah Wells Photography - Vaughn Scriven Photography - Kurtz Ritchy Photography - Kim Hanna of 100Jamz - Mrs. Angela Hilton - Marcia Coakley - Illya Tinker - Devron Pinder of the Street Team Magazine - Miami Fashion Week - Abaco Beach Resort - Cigatoo Inn Eleuthera - The International Bazaar, Freeport - Total Fitness Gym Shirley Street Plaza - Pinkk Suga Creations - Tenisha Erskin of Baha Gala Creations - Friends and Family.

Job of The Week!

Customer Service Representative - Freeport
Posted by: BAF Financial & Insurance (Bahamas) Ltd.

BAF Financial & Insurance (Bahamas) Ltd. is searching for a Customer Service Representative. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented and self-motivated with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The ability to work with limited supervision in a service driven progressive culture is a must.


* Perform administrative and clerical duties with efficiency as assigned by Manager;
* Greet and receive walk in abd telephone clients in a professional manner;
* Handle internal and external client queries;
* Perform duties as a cashier, receiving premium payments, etc.;
* Receive applications for credit life, General Insurance and Mortgages and liaise with Financial Institutions;
* Key in applications and ensure accurate application processing;
* Liaise with Underwriting department on application issues and approvals;
* General reporting and administation of all insurance products.


* Ability work with limited supervision and learn new skills quickly;
* Excellent oral and written communication skills;
* Ability to execute duties with accuracy and proficiency;
* Demonstrate a keen eye for details;
* Ability to work under pressure and follow company guidelines;
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain a harmonious relationship with co-workers;
* Ability to maintain confidentiality;
* Reliable, dependable and flexible team-player;
* Working knowledge of MS WORD, MS EXCEL and Business Math;
* Customer focused.


* Associates Degree in Business Administration or related field (Bachelor Degree a plus);
* 2plus years experience in an insurance or banking operation or similar position;
* Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel;
* Insurance or Banking designations a plus.

Benefits - Salary commensurate with current salary scale, skills and experience. Attractive benefit package including Life, Health Insurance and Pension.

Please submit Resume to the Human Resources Department, P.O. Box N-4815, Nassau, Bahamas or fax (242) 361 2525 or via email to

15 named storms for 2010 hurricane season


Freeport News Intern

Based on predictions issued by Colorado State Univer-sity's hurricane forecast team, meteorologist Lee Marvin Johnson said that The Bahamas is in store for an "above-average" hurricane season this year, with the probability of hurricane landfall on Bahamian soil at 53 percent.

An average Atlantic hurricane season consists of 10 named storms, six of which become hurricanes and two major hurricanes (category three or greater). In 2009, The Bahamas experienced one of its "quietest" seasons with nine named storms, three hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

This year, however, it is predicted that there will be 15 named storms. Eight of these storms are expected to become hurricanes and four, major hurricanes.

Of those named storms, Johnson said that the probability of landfall in The Bahamas stands at 81 percent, with a 31 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will touchdown on the country.

Johnson revealed this information at the Rotary Club of Freeport's meeting last week where he served as guest speaker.

In this role, he took the time to inform the Rotarians about natural disasters, namely hurricanes.

Speaking on current weather conditions, Johnson said, "All of us should know that we're in El Niño year ... This winter has been really cold. All of our cold fronts were cold and each one of them brought convection.

"Now, El Niño usually means that storms in the Atlantic are not going to happen because you're going to have a lot of vertical wind shear. You're going to shear off the top of the thunder storms as they try to form, and so it inhibits the hurricane formation."

These conditions will ch-ange, he added, making reference to the report from the CSU's hurricane forecast team which pointed out that the El Niño is weakening and is expected to become neutral in time for hurricane season, which traditionally runs from June 2 to November 30.

This combined with the "strong anomalous warming of the tropical Atlantic" will make for a busy season, the forecaster said.

Johnson explained, to the Rotarians that of all the islands in The Bahamas, Grand Bahama is most susceptible to storms and is ranked among the top three "in terms of having the most named storms passing within 60 miles of any location in the Caribbean."

He revealed that Grand Bahama's landfall probabilities for named storms stand at 56 percent; hurricanes at 34 percent; and major hurricanes at 19 percent.

In spite of these figures, Johnson told the Rotarians that they have no need to be worried.

"Don't forget (the 2005 hurricane season) now, we went into the Greek alphabet and how many of those storms affected The Bahamas? None," he said. "Don't get scared with those numbers all you have to do is be prepared."

Operating under the motto, "pray for none, prepare for one," Johnson advised against the tendency to label systems as "only a tropical storm" or "just a category one hurricane."

Flipping through the slides of his power-point presentation, Johnson showed the Rotarians the extent of destruction that can result from tropical storms and lower-category hurricanes.

He noted that within one hurricane there can be several water spouts or tornados. And in addition to advising Rotarians to think smart and remain safe during hurricane season, Johnson reflected on the March 29 tornado that touched down on Grand Bahama claiming the lives of three Freeport Container Port employees, all in the absence of a Freeport Weather Office.

Johnson, who was employed at the office before its closing in 2009, is of the belief that had the local weather office been open, the Container Port would have been informed, but added that "what they do with (the warning) from there we can't say."

Asked whether the local weather office will be reopened, he offered, "The government says that they will hire two persons to man the station in Freeport. I don't know how two persons are supposed to man the station, we were operating with five and it was really difficult with the five."

The 2010 hurricane season will begin with the named storm "Alex." The season peaks in August through to October.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nu Woman Grand Bahama model casting call set for May 1st

Model Letisha, Nassau finalist; Lyndah Wells, photographer; Erica Meus -Saunders, Editor & Publisher Nu Woman Magazine; and Sasha, Nassau Finalist (models.
By Lyndah Wells
NU Woman Magazine is launching a NU FACE 4 SUMMER Campaign. This is an country-wide model search for the summer with casting calls in Nassau, Eleuthera, Andros, Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Nu Woman Grand Bahama casting call is set for May 1st, 4pm -7pm at Pelican Bay Hotel. Up to two finalists will be chosen from Grand Bahama and will take part in a Swimsuit editorial photoshoot on May 2nd

Applicants will also have an opportunity to take part in a reality show.

Or telephone us at:(242) 424-9879

D RESS CODE: Tank Top (white) and Shorts or Mini Dress + Open Toe High Heels (preferably Black) + Hair Pulled Back From Face + No Make-up + No Jewelry (You are also required to bring a bathing suit, preferably white or black).

Sponsors are Pelican Bay Hotel, Sky Bahamas, Bahamas Ferries, Valentines Resort, Harbour island

FOr more info on the search
Magazine website

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Awards Presentation of the Labyrinth & Garden of the Groves 2nd Annual Junior Photographic Competition

Left to right: Bill Nelson, Rico Thompson, Lyndah Wells, Barbara Chester, Katie Hindley, Sarah Kowles, Candice Woon, and Kevin Winter Photo: Erika Gates
Freeport, Bahamas - It was good to see most of the entrants together with members of their families and other supporters at the charming little prize giving ceremony on the Labyrinth on Friday 23rd April, also Shakespeare's birthday!

Our young photographers once again presented the judges with difficult choices in selecting this year's winners. Consideration was given to all aspects of art, design, form, structure, lighting and presentation; in addition to other criteria and this year included an appropriate Shakespearean quotation to suit each entry. Some quotations were exceptionally well chosen and prompted the judges to make an additional award for exceptionally appropriate quotations. Sadly, we did not have any entries in the Primary category. Perhaps, the quotation requirement was off putting to the little ones.

Rico Thompson (a member of Lucaya Youth Theatre Society ) recited 'To be, or not to be' and Bill Nelson, also representing the LYTS gave a short talk on 'the man' himself, Shakespeare, whose birthday anniversary we honoured this year by including the Shakespearean quotation with each photographic entry.
 Lyndah Wells; Barbara Chester; Rico Thompson; Candice Woon (Jnr.Youth Winner) Photo: Erika Gates
[Photo- Powder Puff]
"The lunatic, the lover and the poet are of imagination all compact."
Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Darren Rollins and Alvin Smith took care of the set-up and sounds, which accompanied the early evening birdsong we so enjoy in the lovely Garden of the Groves; and Erika Gates captured the joy of the occasion, in her lovely photographs attached to this article. (I am sure the contestants are happy she is slightly over the age required to compete with them!)

Barbara Chester welcomed everyone, congratulated the contestants and introduced Lyndah Wells, one of Freeport's popular professional photographers, and chairman of our panel of judges. Lyndah spoke informatively on photography in general and the contestants' work in particular. She graciously presented the medals and awards in conjunction with Rico, who eloquently pronounced each quotation accompanying the photo.
 Lyndah Wells, Rico Thompson, Barbara Chester, Katie Hindley (Snr. Youth Winner) Photo: Erika Gates

[Photo– Leaf]
"What light through yonder window breaks?"
Shakespeare - Romeo & Juliet

Erika Gates has kindly arranged to display a selection of the photographic entries in the little chapel of the Garden of the Groves. We hope members of the public will come and admire this work of our young people and more will be encouraged to look for the beauty in creation which is so easy to find in this serene setting.
 Lyndah Wells, Rico Thompson, Barbara Chester, Kevin Winter (Outstanding entry) Photo: Erika Gates
Outstanding entry - 2010
Kevin Winter

 [Photo- Bougainvillea]
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin"
Shakespeare -Troilus & Cressida

Local actor Ricardo Thompson recited the Shakespearean quotes which accompanied this year's photography entries. Photo: Erika Gates

 Bill Nelson gave the audience some history of Shakespeare in light of his birthday and inclusion of Shakespearean quotes along with the entry requirements this year. Photo: Erika Gates

 All entries will later be available for collection from the Park entry of the Garden; telephone 374 7778.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Le Rendezvous Restaurant Invites the Community to their Grand Opening, April 10th

 New operators of the relaunched Le Rendezvous Restaurant, Ron Jones and June Henderson invite the general public to their Grand Opening on Saturday, April 10th from noon until... Photo: Robbin Whachell

 By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Le Rendezvous Restaurant in the heart of the International Bazaar in downtown Freeport has relaunched itself as the 'oasis of the Bazaar'. New operators, Ron Jones and June Henderson are excited to have their business open in a place that holds wonderful memories from the past but will also play an instrumental part of the resurgence of business and development currently taking place at the Bazaar, now with its 30 plus stores.

Although Le Rendezvous has had a soft opening the management is inviting the entire community to come down to the Bazaar on Saturday, April 10th for their Grand Opening, where one can sample their food and be served refreshments from 12 noon onward.

Le Rendezvous is the largest restaurant/food facility at the Bazaar and can seat 72 people indoors (air conditioning as needed) and 100 outdoors. The place has been spruced up with fresh paint and interior design.

Staff of Le Rendezvous Restaurant in the Bazaar. Left to right: June Henderson,Vanessa Roker, Eddie Miller, Nadine Munroe, Chef Dawkins and Ron Jones. Photo: Robbin Whachell

 Boasting an international menu, Chef Dawkins (no stranger to the community) will be cooking up everything from Bahamian delights, American burgers, etc. but also specialties like crepes are featured. Their conch burgers have already become popular by regulars.
Open now from Monday to Saturday, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thursday to Saturday they are open from 8am until 10:30pm

"We chose the International Bazaar as we feel it gives the community a choice. There is ample parking here, and 24-hour security with a police station right on site. It's been a popular spot in the past and we believe it will be again," said operator Ron Jones.

The restaurant will certainly be another choice for business people as there is ample room and free WiFi. The restaurant is encouraging professionals in the community to book their meetings with them. A podium is also available. 
Le Rendezvous seats 72 indoors and 100 outdoors. Photos: Robbin Whachell

Also at the restaurant is an ice cream parlour with a great selection of kid's favourites like popcorn, hotdogs, chips, pastries, candies and sodas.

Theme nights will also be featured, and the venue is perfect for small gatherings, full weddings, or meetings.

So if you are looking to get away from the noise of the traffic, head on down to the Le Rendezvous and enjoy the sounds of the bubbling fountain. An oasis awaits you whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a cocktail.

Le Rendezvous provides free WiFi throughout.

Le Rendezvous Restaurant
  International Bazaar

'Walk as One at 1' on the Grand Bahama Labyrinth in honour of World Labyrinth Day

 World Labyrinth Day is a day that brings together people from all over the planet to participate in a noble project. All peoples are invited to walk a labyrinth at 1 p.m in their time zone to effect a rolling wave of healing, love and peace as the earth turns.

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Labyrinth in the Garden of the Groves honours World Labyrinth Day on Saturday 1st May 2010 with "Walk as One at 1."

World Labyrinth Day is a day that brings together people from all over the planet to participate in a noble project. All peoples are invited to walk a labyrinth at 1 p.m in their time zone to effect a rolling wave of healing, love and peace as the earth turns. Our collective consciousness can help bring about an earth where love triumphs over violence, air and water are nourishing in their purity, and people take pleasure in simply being alive.

The Labyrinth Walk with intention begins from 12.55p.m. until ... and meditation benches around the Labyrinth can be used for further reflection. After the Peace Walk, visit the Garden Café for refreshments with easy-listening live music from 2p.m.-5p.m. Voluntary donations for Labyrinth up-keep are welcome.

For further information contact 374-7778.

Lights turned off for Earth Day

KGBC CELEBRATES EARTH DAY KFC mascot, Chicky , visited primary school students on Earth Day.

THE Keep Grand Bahama Committee observed Earth Day with a ten-minute lights off exercise on Thursday morning. Businesses and residents on Grand Bahama were invited to join in a show of solidarity whilst conserving energy at the same time.

Along with observing lights off, all of the island's primary schools were invited to submit Earth Day pledges on behalf of their various schools. Local radio stations cooperated with Keep Grand Bahama Committee (KGBC) by airing the school pledges throughout the day."

"We were extremely pleased with the schools' responses to our invitation. The pledges received were heartfelt and meaningful to the institutions and represented their commitment to protecting our environment," stated KGBC chairman, Nakira Wilchcombe.

She also thanked the broadcasting stations who willingly offered to assist with the complimentary live reads.

The KGBC committee also lent a helping hand to the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation who presented Earth Day and National Coastal Awareness Month messages to scores of students gathered on Thursday morning.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) serves as an official corporate sponsor of the 'Keep Grand Bahama Clean' initiative, and the KFC mascot, 'Chicky', made a special surprise appearance, along with KGBC, to students of Bishop Michael Eldon, Freeport Primary, Sunland Baptist and Walter Parker Primary Schools assembled in the BME gym.

In the days leading up to Earth Day, KGBC made several school visits, including a visit on Monday to Grand Bahama Academy of Seventh-Day Adventists as they sought to spread their Earth Day message. Addressing the students was KGBC Committee Member, Rico Cargill.

"Think of the animals, flowers and trees that make up the environment - they are all a part of our eco-system. What role do you play in protecting the trees and animals that God has blessed us with?" Mr Cargill asked the group.

He further challenged the youngsters to become guardians of their environment. "Here on Grand Bahama we have a clean environment, one that's intact with proper planning, fresh water and clean air. Everything we do to our environment will come back to haunt us or future generations and I think we owe it to them to keep it clean and pristine for their future," Mr Cargill advised.

Monday also saw the launch of the new 'KGBC Talk-in Trash' radio hour on Love '97. According to Ms Wilchcombe, "listeners are invited to tune in every weekday, during the 3pm school drive-time, for tips on going green, how to reduce, recycle and reuse, protection of the environment and much more."

Other KGBC initiatives in celebration of Earth Day included a no Styrofoam cups day on April 19, along with carpooling and a drive-less lunch planned for April 29.

Additionally, KGBC seeks to continue its preservation efforts with the relaunch of its aluminum cans recycling programme and the initiation of a 'Keep Grand Bahama Clean Junior Club' amongst the island's primary schools.

"After reviewing the various Earth Day pledges received from our youngsters, we're pleased by their eagerness to become ambassadors for the protection of our surroundings and communities," Ms Wilchcombe said.

Following are the 2010 Earth Day Pledges submitted by some of the Grand Bahama primary schools:

Freeport Primary School

"Freeport Primary School pledges to work together and make every day Earth Day by recycling, and conserving energy."

St Vincent de Paul

"St Vincent de Paul pledges to reuse, recycle and dispose properly so our environment can be free of debris."

The Beacon School

"We pledge to keep our environment clean in sunshine, wind or rain." - Mrs Rahming's Reception Group

"We pledge from this day on to be cool and keep our planet clean." - Mrs Rolle's Group

"The Beacon School is keeping Grand Bahama clean and pristine." - Mrs Adam's Group

"Semple and the Beacon students say keep our world clean to save lives." - Mrs Semple's Group

"Sweeting's Beacon students pledge to keep the environment clean minute by minute." - Mrs Sweeting's Group

Lucayan International School

"Acting responsibly green to preserve our precious resources."

Grand Bahama Academy of Seventh-Day Adventist (Grade 5)

"Grand Bahama Academy pledges to keep our earth clean for future generations."

Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School

"We will wisely use resources, increasing energy conservation and green-living."

Freeport Gospel Chapel School

"Freeport Gospel Chapel School is committed to conserving energy and preserving our natural resources."

Sweeting's Cay All-Age School

"Sweeting's Cay All-Age School pledges to preserve and protect the environment for future generations."

Holmes Rock Primary School

"Holmes Rock Primary pledges to:

1) Place trash in the garbage bins at all times.

2) Conserve power by turning off lights when rooms are unoccupied.

3) Conserve water by lathering our hands first and only turning on the water while washing.

4) Reduce paper wastage by using all pages in our notebooks and using both sides of loose sheets."

Tabernacle Academy Primary

1) "We pledge our allegiance to the earth, we morally promise to do everything in our power and might to enhance, conserve and protect our environment and the earth."

2) "We at Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy pledge our loyalty to preserving, conserving and protecting our earth from this day forward. One Body, one earth."

McClean's Town Primary School

1) Surrounded by the evergreen: We pledge to keep McClean's Town clean.

2) I, McClean's Town Primary, pledge to be a cleaner, greener Me.

Hugh W Campbell Primary School

"Enjoy Nature's Beautiful space - Leave No Trace."

Free Town Primary School

"Free Town Primary pledges to preserve and protect our beautiful Bahama land.

Friday, April 23, 2010

2011 Family Guardian Bahamas Calendar Photo Contest

By Nadine Schuermann

1. Family Guardian’s Annual Calendar Photo Contest is open to all photographers. The title for the company’s 2011 calendar will be “A Celebration of Nature”. Photographs may be of any subject (animate or inanimate), scene or historical structure that features a striking example of nature as found in The Bahamas.

2. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JUNE 30, 2010. All entries are submitted at the owner’s risk and will not be returned.

3. All entries are to be delivered to Family Guardian’s Corporate Centre, Village Road and East Bay Street, Nassau, between 9:00a.m and 5:00p.m weekdays only. Envelopes should be marked “Calendar Contest”.

4. All entries must be accompanied by a signed and completed official entry form, available at any Family Guardian office, as published in the newspapers or on the website

5. Only colour images will be considered. Images must be provided as digital files on CD. Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger). Digital images showing signs of photo manipulation, resolution enhancement or compression will be rejected. To ensure the best colour reproduction, digital images should be supplied in RAW, TIFF or high quality JPEG and in the original colour format the camera uses (LAB or RGB). All entries must be supplied with colour prints (8 x 10) which will be used in the judging process. (Note: prints submitted without CD’s will not be eligible and vice versa). The photographer’s name, photo subject and photo location must be written on the reverse of the print.

6. Judging of entries will be based on beauty, interest, composition, colour, originality and quality of photograph. Particular areas and subjects of interest are detailed on the website ( The photographs selected will appear in Family Guardian’s 2011 calendar. The decision of the judges will be final.

7. A gift certificate valued at $400 will be presented for each of the photographs selected. Photographic credits will be given in the calendar. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a maximum of 5 photos.

8. The winning photographs, along with all publication and reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of Family Guardian and the company reserves the right to use such in the future. Photos will not be returned.

9. Employees of Family Guardian, its affiliated companies or family members are not eligible.

10. Previously published photos are not eligible.

Visiting Canadian High School Band Performs at Port Lucaya

Freeport, Bahamas – The visiting Cochrane High School Band out of Alberta, Canada, was music to the ears of patrons gathered in the Port Lucaya Marketplace (PLM) on Monday afternoon.

The 50 musicians thrilled their audience with renditions of popular hits of the 70’s like ‘Gatta Be There’, ‘Heard it through the Grapevine’, ‘Isn’t she Lovely’, signature pieces from ‘Grease’ and other show tunes.

Welcoming the group, who traveled to Grand Bahama onboard the Carnival Sensation, was PLM’s Entertainment & Marketing Coordinator, Karen Ferguson-Bain. “The band’s visit was not only entertaining for patrons visiting the Port Lucaya Marketplace, but it was a wonderful revenue opportunity for our vendors. The band members were here as visitors but they also gave back because they all had lunch here,” she commented.

Accompanying the group was Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (MOTA) representative, Carmeta Miller, Sr. Manager with responsibility for Religious Tourism. MOTA was responsible for coordinating the group’s visit in conjunction with Marlin Travel Agency in Canada.

“They’ve been overwhelmed by the love shown to them and they’re all saying they will come again,” Miller expressed. “Tourism is about numbers and the care given to our visitors. As cruise passengers their arrival will help boost our numbers and we in return have been able to extend hospitality to them.”
Ferguson-Bain concurred with these comments. “This serves as a wonderful opportunity for persons who live in the Canadian district to find out about Grand Bahama and things they can do once they’re here. This band can now pass on their experience to other schools and even family members who may want to come down to Grand Bahama on vacation,” she said.

Accompanied by 8 chaperones, the Cochrane High School Band performed at St. Georges High School prior to their performance in Port Lucaya. There was a cultural exchange at the school as the St. Georges High School Band also showed off their talents to the visiting group.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2nd Annual Garden of The Groves Photographic contest- Winners ceremony

By Barbara Chester
Freeport, Bahamas- Our young photographers have, once again, presented the judges with difficult choices to make. They considered all aspects of photographic expertise in the well presented pictures taken in the Garden of the Groves. The Shakespearean quotations were appropriate, as required; some were exceptionally well chosen.

It is hoped that many, if not all the entrants will be present at the Prizegiving on the Labyrinth at 6.00p.m. on Friday 23rd April; Shakespeare's birthday! We hope to thank and congratulate them all.
Lyndah Wells, one of Freeport's leading professional photographers and chairman of our panel of judges, has graciously consented, again this year, to present the medals and awards.
The winning photographs will be put on display.

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Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism offers condolences to family of "Ma Flo"

By Karen Seymour, Director of Tourism, GB

Freeport, Bahamas - The tourism sector today observes and mourns the passing of one of Grand Bahama Island’s legendary citizens, Florence “Ma Flo” Edden of the community of Smith’s Point.

Having contributed significantly to the development of the Grand Bahama tourism brand by warmly welcoming thousands of visitors into her community and entertaining them by sharing stories about our cultural traditions, Mrs. Edden was a favourite of numerous visiting travel writers, and repeat visitors over the decades.

She will be remembered for laying the ground work in Smith’s Point for what is internationally recognized as heritage, cultural and community tourism. We extend sincere condolences to her surviving relatives and the members of the Smith’s Point Community. May her soul rest in peace.

(VIDEO) Meet Naturally 7 and See Them Live May 1st in Freeport

By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
This video infomercial provides an inside look at Naturally 7 and how they put Vocal-Play all together. Naturally 7 has coined the phrase Vocal-Play to define their unique musical style which goes well beyond simple A Cappella; Naturally 7 become the instruments that makeup a band. The drums, bass, guitar, brass and woodwind instruments, keyboards, you name it…Naturally 7 emulates it with their voice.

Tickets are now available at all outlets: The Seventeen Shop, Gizmos and Gadgets and Island Java. The community is encouraged to buy tickets early. P referred seating and parking tickets are offered at $45 each. Only 200 preferred seats are available. General Seating is $25 and students $18.

Naturally 7 is an American male music that utilize a musical style that encompasses a cappella but goes allot further to a style they call "Vocal Play." They sing primarily R & B with extensive beat boxing (vocal percussion). Naturally 7 band members are Roger Thomas (musical director, arranger, 1st Baritone, Rap), Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor) Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Jamal Reed (4th Tenor, electric guitar), Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone), Garfield Buckley (2nd Tenor, Harnica) and “Hops” Hutton (Bass).

"The Performing Arts Society is absolutely thrilled to be able to bring such a unique, exciting and talented group of performers to Grand Bahama," said Dalia Feldman, Founder of the Society.

Discounted hotel rates at Pelican Bay are available for out-of-town audience members. Call Pelican Bay at Lucaya and ask for the 'Naturally 7 Rate'.

Watch a TV commercial featuring the voice of the group's leader Roger Thomas, and the voice of local voice talent, Mark Gardiner. Presently airing on ZNS and Channel 56, GBI Tourism TV - produced by Mackey Media.

Naturally 7 is an American male music group a Capella style (voice only - no instruments) they call "Vocal Play" ( each of them used their voices in unison to recreate a different musical instrument from drums to brass instruments to guitars) . They sing primarily R & B with extensive beat boxing (vocal percussion) . Naturally 7 band members are Roger Thomas (musical director, arranger, 1st Baritone, Rap), Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor) Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Jamal Reed (4th Tenor, electric guitar), Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone), Garfield Buckley (2nd Tenor, Harnica) and “Hops” Hutton (Bass).

Listen to an Audio Interview with the group's leader, Roger Thomas.

"The Performing Arts Society is absolutely thrilled to be able to bring such a unique, exciting and talented group of performers to Grand Bahama," said Dalia Feldman, Founder of the Society.

"The Naturally 7 concert and workshop have been in the works for over a year, after a video of a live performance of theirs was emailed to me by a committee member. At that time, N7 was a huge hit in Europe, but had just started to gain recognition in North America. Now, after a tour of the US and Canada, and performances in Vancouver at the Winter Olympics, they are in the midst a world tour with Michael Buble. What a thrill it will be to have them here on Grand Bahama! "

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Rotary Lucaya and Guardian Fencing Help Secure The Children's Home Premises

Freeport, Grand Bahama – Thanks to the efforts of Rotary Lucaya the Grand Bahama Children’s Home is a little safer this year. Recently the home had been plagued with trespassers and the Children’s Home management was concerned about strangers entering the peaceful shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

“We were rather desperate for more security” said Jean Hivert, GBCH Executive Board Treasurer, “we are so very grateful to Rotary and Guardian Fencing for helping us secure our premises and making us feel safe again.” The home is now completely fenced in, with Guardian Fencing putting up fencing and movable gates in the front of the home.

“These children are our future, we need to keep them secure like all our own children,” noted President of Rotary Lucaya, Ja-Ronn Jones. ”Thanks to corporate donations within our club we were able to assist the home and Guardian Fencing was quick to install the much needed security.”

The home which is located in Tripp Lane known as the “Back of Town” houses anywhere from 18 to 25 children in 4 separate premises. “We want our children to feel safe here,” noted Sarah Kirkby, GBCH Executive Board, “they deserve the same freedom to ride their bikes, play with a ball and just be outside like any other child. Thanks to Rotary and Richard Bates they are now!”

Persons interested in helping the home can contact 352-6076 or email them via their website The home is always in need to volunteers and donations to meet their daily needs.

Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization launches website

Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization is pleased to announce the launch of their official website at where you can find photos and information on all the contestants, judges and scheduled events that lead up to the big day of May 16th when one of the eight young beauties will take the crown from reigning queen Nikie Severe. The beauty pageant will once again be held at the Hilton Outten Convention Center.

The new hopefuls are Celina McCardy ( McCardy Contruction ) , Tempest Stubbs ( Midway Electronics) , Shequera King ( SkyBahamas) , Cindy Lewis ( Grand Bahama Bone Fishing Company) , Remi Henderson ( Syngad Services) , McKishine Wilmott ( Grand Bahama Tank Cleaning ) , Valdena Bain ( DJ's Construction) , and Rayne Armbrister ( Traffic Bahamas ).

Softball legends kick up a ‘lil dust’ in classic contest

SOME OF THE LEGENDS who played in the Celebrity Classic this past weekend, standing from left to right, Charlie, Churchill, Steve, ‘Muggy’, Leslie, Lorrie, Orville, Edney, Loretta, Suezette, Nell, Cash, and Reggie Dean. Kneeling left to right, Percy ‘Instigator’ Albury, Eugene Thompson, and Dennis Curry. Missing from the photo are Bernie Davis and Leona Roach.

Freeport, Grand Bahama- APRIL 21, 2010…What many thought would be an exhibition in ‘how not to play the game of softball’ turned into a clinic by the Legends of the sport as they showcased their waning talents in the Celebrity Classic this past weekend at the softball diamond of the Grand Bahama Sports Complex.

Yvonne Lockhart, coordinator of the event on behalf of the softball discipline of the Legacy Baseball/Softball Association said to the delight of the ecstatic fans the game featured players turning double plays, making great catches, and showing good hitting, forcing fans to asked for a rematch.

The Legends said they need a year’s notice before they do it again, said Ms. Lockhart. Reports are that the press is now issuing a challenge to the winning legends team.
EASY AS SUNDAY MORNING says Leslie Minus as she makes and out while playing third base in the Legends game. 

The Legends, led by ISF Hall of Famer Churchill Tener-Knowles and managed by Orville Saint demonstrated there ability to still compete with good defense and offense as they earned a lopsided win over the team led by Leona Roach. Legends featured in the game included:

* Former National Team infielder Nell Russell, still slick with the glove and deadly with her bat;
* Renowned infielders Suezette Basden, now coaching in Legacy’s Tee Ball Division, who is still smooth with the glove, and Margaret ‘Muggy’ Dames, whose aggressive infield plays, potent bat, and timely base running and slides to home plate brought the fans to their feet;
* Inspector Loretta Mackey, who showed that she can still patrol the outfield and make great catches;
* Percy ‘Instigator’ Albury’s prowess as a catcher of yesteryear was again on display as he controlled the home plate area nabbing runners attempting to score.
* Orville Saint looked impressive in his return to the playing centerfield where he showed that he still had it, as did Eugene Thompson, Leslie Minus, Lorrie Pratt, Edney Sherman, Dennis Curry, Charlie Johnson, and Steve Burrows.

Others participating were Charlie Bain, Reggie Dean, and Freddie Cash.
 KICKIN’ UP A LITTLE DUST. ISF Hall of Famer Churchill Tener-Knowles tries hitting from the left side and was able to kick-up a little dust during this time at bat.

“This event was designed to assist our softball youth programme,” said Ms. Lockhart, who noted that this summer some 20-24 players from the Legacy girls softball programme are expected to travel to a week long softball camp in Lakeland, Florida sponsored by Nike.

“We’re pleased that these softball legends took the time to come out and participate and at the same time assist the youngsters who will travel to the camp this summer,” she said.

Monday, April 19, 2010


It has been forty years since the US Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day to promote respect for life on the planet.
Forty years later with Earth Day Network now in the picture, Earth Day 2010 promises to be the largest Earth Day to date, with over a billion people participating in activities worldwide in thousands of places like Kiev, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; Tuvalu; Manila, Philippines; Togo; Madrid, Spain; London, New York and Grand Bahama.

And what will people be doing this April 22, 2010. Earth Day is usually celebrated with outdoor performances, where individuals or groups perform acts of service to earth, planting trees, picking up roadside trash, conducting recycling and conservation programs, petitioning governments for stronger action to important environmental issues.
In Gabon, Africa, it is said that a talking drum chain will travel from village to village encouraging action for growing environmental 
On Grand Bahama we may not see a talking drum traveling about but the Bahamas National Trust is celebrating Earth Day with an invitation to the community to enjoy ART AND NATURE.
From Thursday April 22nd to Saturday April 24th the Grand Bahama Branch of the Bahamas National Trust is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
Thursday April 22nd, the Glory Banks Art Gallery hosts the Grand Bahama Artists Association Earth Day 2010 Exhibition with artworks that pay tribute to Planet Earth. Special guest for Earth Day 2010 is “Environmentally Conscious” artist, Del Foxton who will showcase her contemporary artworks created from her handmade paper that uses local vegetation. 

Saturday, April 24th at 10.30 am join BNT administrator, Cecilia Bodie, on a nature walk through winding trails that feature native plants and birding sites. Established in 1992, the Rand Nature Centre comprises 100 acres of natural beauty in the heart of downtown Freeport. Come nurture your soul the Earth Day on the trail of this beautiful oasis located on East Settlers Way just across from the Catholic High School.
Providing social commentary has long been the role of art and artists. So to mark Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, the Rand Nature Centre Art Gallery is featuring artworks from the members of the Grand Bahama Artists Association. These talented members of our community are showcasing an eclectic collection of works in a variety of mediums in appreciation for the inspiration our beautiful Earth provides. 

Del Foxton says that her environmentally friendly Artistry in Handmade Paper began as a result of her belief in the saying that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. When Del saw the opportunity to use discards from her surroundings, Artistry in Handmade Paper took flight.

At her hand papermaking studio and gallery she creates handmade paper for her artworks following the same process as that of the Chinese who first made paper in 105 AD. Del travels to meet and study with International Hand Papermakers and Paper artists to expand and refine her artistry. The papermaking process is simple yet complex but she is fortunate that on Grand Bahama to have year round material from local vegetation to make paper that becomes her canvas and painting medium.
Artistry in Handmade Paper is Del’s passion and she is delighted that in her small way she can honour the
environment while indulging her passion Earth Day and every day. 

Opening hours at the Rand Nature Centre and the Glory Banks Gallery are Monday to Friday hours of 8. 30 to 4.30 pm and on Saturday April 24th from 10 to 4 pm. To learn more about the GBAA Art Exhibition please call 353 4333 or 727 4333.

GBPA Joins List of Red Rose HIV/AIDS Awareness Executive Partners

GBPA continues its tradition of supporting the Grand Bahama AIDS Awareness Committee and joins the list of Executive Sponsors for this year’s annual cocktail reception entitled, “A Black and White Affair In Paradise”. GBPA’s Director of Community Relations, Mrs. Geneva Rutherford (left) presented a cheque on behalf of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS on Grand Bahama Island to Red Rose Ball Committee Chair Member Ms. Minerva Kemp.
Freeport, Bahamas – Despite the difficult economic climate, The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) without hesitation, joined the list of executive sponsors and continued its tradition of supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS on Grand Bahama Island.

HIV and AIDS is the most devastating health crisis of our time. Representing GBPA Executives, GBPA’s Director of Community Relations, Geneva Rutherford, expressed her thoughts on the issue, “Ignorance and illiteracy are major contributing factors to the spread of the disease. By increasing awareness and broadening educational avenues, time will soon reveal that we can win the war against HIV and AIDS.”

This year’s annual cocktail reception, “A Black & White Affair in Paradise” will be held in the Arcade at the International Bazaar on Saturday, 15th May. Red Rose Ball committee chair member Minerva Kemp accepted the cheque on behalf of the committee and shared these words about the event, “We are excited that this year’s annual cocktail reception will be held in the Arcade of the Bazaar. This will help in its revitalization. We encourage the community to take a stand in helping us in the fight against HIV/AIDS on Grand Bahama Island and thank The Grand Bahama Port Authority for joining our executive partners in support of this cause. This much needed cheque will be used to fuel the existing educational programmes which raise awareness and improve the knowledge and understanding of the virus.

According to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research an international non-profit organization founded in 1985 and dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research, has estimated that half of all the people in the world with HIV have not been tested and do not know they are carrying the virus. amfAR confirms that, “since the beginning of the epidemic, AIDS has replaced malaria and tuberculosis as the world’s deadliest infectious disease among adults and as a consequence many children have been orphaned by the epidemic.” The Grand Bahama Port Authority would like to encourage all corporate citizens, to join them and their support of raising awareness of HIV/AIDS on Grand Bahama Island. GBPA encourages the community to please call a member of the Red Rose Ball Committee to make your pledge of support as we join forces to combat this epidemic.

3rd Annual Bahamas Orvis Pro-Am Bonefish Classic Attracts Anglers to Grand Bahama Island

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GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - April 16, 2010 - As part of the ongoing partnership with The Orvis Company, The Islands Of The Bahamas will host the third annual Bahamas Orvis Pro-Am Bonefish Classic from Oct. 10-16, 2010, on Grand Bahama Island. Anglers of all skill levels are invited to participate in bonefish research, educational seminars, guided flats fishing and special events with some of the world’s most knowledgeable professional fly anglers.

Amateur participants will be paired with a diverse group of professionals including Aaron Adams of The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust; professional photographer and fishing personality R. Valentine “Val” Atkinson; Orvis Fly Fishing School instructor Truel Meyers; and additional experts from The Orvis Company. While enjoying a day of fly fishing is always the top priority, Pro-Am participants will also collect fin clippings for genetic analysis and tag fish to learn more about life cycles and migration patterns in the region.
“The flats of Grand Bahama Island offer top-notch bonefishing all year round,” said Jason Elkins, fly fishing travel manager, The Orvis Company. “It’s The Bahamas’ mix of teeming fisheries, dedication to preservation and varied activities for traveling companions that make it unique.”

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Proceeds from the event will support Bonefish and Tarpon Trust’s research and educational programs, ensuring that bonefish will be plentiful throughout The Bahamas flats for years to come. To participate in the event, visit or call 800.547.4322.

“Since the days of Ernest Hemingway, fishermen have flocked to The Bahamas for the biggest, most plentiful catches and of course, the best fish stories,” said Vernice Walkine, director-general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “Pro-Am participants will find that The Bahamas’ dedication to preserving its fishing resources is just as important today as it was in Hemingway’s time.”

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

GBPA sale 'could raise interest in island's real estate'


Tribune Business Reporter

A RESURGENCE of interest in Grand Bahama real estate could be directly tied to the sale of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, some industry experts told Tribune Business yesterday. Meanwhile, the island saw a rise in interest in property during the first quarter of 2010.

Christine Wallace-Whitfield, who is a presidential hopeful for the Grand Bahama chapter of the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA), said the sale of the GBPA could raise investor interest on the island by increasing their confidence in the future of the island.

Ms Wallace-Whitfield, who is also a broker and director at the Lanelle Philips Real Estate, added that investors often diligently research markets in which they intend to invest and often look for stable and strong economies as a basis for their decision.

The GBPA with the Freeport Container Port has been the backbone of Grand Bahama's development and was recently engaged in a long shareholder battle that recently came to an out-of-court settlement.

The Hayward and St George families agreed that they each owned a 50 per cent stake in the GBPA and have agreed to come together to jointly find a buyer for the important conglomerate.

It was thought that the resident Grand Bahama firm based in China, Hutchison Whampoa, was the lead interested investor in acquiring the GBPA. However, reports have surfaced that the investment arm of the Singapore government, Temasek, may have an interest in the Port Authority as well.

President of BREA, Patty Birch, agreed that the sale of the GBPA could produce an increase in activity in Grand Bahama, heightening interest in the many beautiful beachfront and canal properties for sale on the island.

It has also been considered that with increased interest in the Grand Bahama market, there could come a spike in real estate prices. However, Ms Birch said she does not know that to be true.

"I don't know whether they will go through the ceiling, but there will be increased activity in Freeport," she said.

Ms Wallace-Whitfield said the first quarter of 2010 looked hopeful and she expects to see a move from the lull late last year in the market. She added that she would like to see more Bahamians investing in Grand Bahama.

"It is starting to pick up," she said. "It's not quite there yet, but we still have a little ways to go. The signs are hopeful and the future is looking very good."