Nassau Guardian Stories

Silver for Shaunae!

August 28, 2015

BEIJING, China - Shaunae Miller won her first ever medal at the world outdoor championships on Thursday, and The Bahamas its second at these 15th International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) World Championships.

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National record holder Stuart struggles in women's long jump competition

August 28, 2015

BEIJING, China - Bianca Stuart thought that this would be the year that she would make a final of a major athletics championships, world championships or Olympics, but it just was not to be for the Bahamian national record holder in the women's long jump.

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'Superman' Sands finishes 10th in men's triple jump in Beijing

August 28, 2015

BEIJING, China - "Superman" Leevan Sands might not have gotten the 17 meters (m) - 55' 9-1/4" - jump that he wanted so badly, but he climaxed a tremendous comeback year with a spirited effort in the men's triple jump final of the 15th International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) World Championships on Thursday.

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Charlton, Brown fail to make 100m hurdles semis

August 28, 2015

BEIJING, China - Devynne Charlton and Adanaca Brown knew that they might have to run a new national record, or close to it, to get out of the first round of the women's 100 meters (m) hurdles at these 15th International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) World

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Swimmers fail to advance to semis

August 28, 2015

All three members of the team in Singapore representing The Bahamas at the International Swimming Federation's (FINA) World Swimming Junior Championships took to the pool yesterday in the opening rounds of their respective events.

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BOMAC Cage Fights 2 set for this weekend

August 28, 2015

Plans for the second installment of the Bahamas Open Martial Arts Championships (BOMAC) cage fighting series are all set for this weekend and despite the fact that inclement weather is on the horizon, event organizer and Beast Mode Fight Team Chief Instructor Dr. Kent Bazard said that the show would go on.

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Popeyes to invest more in charities

August 28, 2015

While many are looking forward to the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl game on Christmas Eve, one of the highlights for organizers is the charity event associated with the Bowl to give back to less fortunate children in The Bahamas.

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Baha Mar files restructuring plan

August 28, 2015

Baha Mar on Wednesday filed a joint chapter 11 plan of reorganization of Northshore Mainland Services Inc. and its affiliated debtors and debtors in possession --

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Baha Mar would dissolve parent company and start fresh

August 28, 2015

The reorganization plan filed by Baha Mar yesterday, to provide the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware with the developer's proposal for an alternative to winding up the 15 associate companies, contemplates an entity called "New Baha Mar" and lays out certain transactions that would take place should the plan be approved, including dissolution of BML Properties Ltd., Sarkis Izmirlian's holding company for Baha Mar Ltd. --

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Dept. of Labour warns Diamonds Int'l over pay change

August 28, 2015

The Department of Labour yesterday advised jewelry retailer Diamonds International to seek immediate legal advice after the retailer allegedly placed its employees earning the minimum wage under economic duress through a controversial compensation agreement.

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Pinder: Bahamas should explore marijuana export

August 28, 2015

Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) President John Pinder has urged The Bahamas to consider getting a "jumpstart" on local marijuana cultivation for export

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Chamber warns businesses to prepare for Erika

August 28, 2015

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) yesterday warned all business owners "not to take anything for granted" in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.

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Schools to open September 7th

August 27, 2015

This just in, the Ministry of Education has pushed back the opening of all government schools to Monday September 7th, the announcement made a short while ago by Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald told members of the media, the opening is being pushed back a week "due to the threat of Hurricane Erika and ongoing school repairs."

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Ladies night

August 27, 2015

The women at New Birth Church make time for themselves with their ladies' night out events.

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Do not neglect the study of God's word

August 27, 2015

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus,"Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?"
He replied, "'Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men." - Mark 7:5-7

There are many Christians who would not make a decision regarding a controversial matter before getting some word or opinion from their pastor. While it is commendable to seek the advice of the pastor, particularly to explain God's word, it must be borne in mind that the pastor's word is not the benchmark of faith. God's word is.
God's word should never be subjugated to the laws of man. Church tradition cannot be in conflict with the Word of God. God's law takes precedence over the law of man.
In the above text, Jesus is confronted by the Pharisees and teachers of the law who challenge his lack of adherence to the traditions of the elders -- unfortunately, they were so wrapped up in tradition, they ignored God's law.
Today we are right where the Pharisees were during the time of Jesus. We are caught up in customs and traditions rather than doing what God commands us to do in his word.
Constantly we see churches reinterpreting God's word to accommodate new customs, called "modernization". When these changes take place unfortunately, we do not know the difference. Why? We don't know because we are not aware of what God's word says.
Our knowledge of the Bible is lacking. Many Christians choose to ignore the study of the Bible -- God's word, the benchmark for life. They leave it to others to do for them.
Consequently, many Christians are passive when governments create laws which conflict with the word of God. The legitimacy of governments is not an excuse to ignore what the word of God says.
When the laws of man conflicts with the word of God, then the word of God takes precedence. There is no law or regulation upon this earth greater or more important than God's commands. God's word cannot be compromised.
Don't surrender your study of God's word to others for the sake of convenience. Jesus calls us to live according to God's word not traditions, popular customs, or our own interpretation of God's word. Through its study we are able to discern and flee from false teachings.
Scholars such as Martin Luther, et al, made great sacrifices in order to translate the Bible into the common language. They wanted the laity to be able to study the word of God. When the Bible was confined to the church leaders, God's word was used to disadvantage the people.
Don't stand by passively and let the evil laws of man erode God's word. God's word brings freedom and a peace.
When God's word is eroded and watered down through reinterpretations to appease society and the evil laws of man becomes the benchmark, living will become uneasy. The laws of man can become oppressive and have the effect of the stings from a thousand scorpions.
Serving God is not doing what we think is pleasing to those who will see our actions. Pleasing God is doing what is right, in God's sight.
My brothers and sisters make yourselves aware of God's word and live by it. We Christians are God's emissaries to the world. He wants us to study and to know his word. When we do, we will be better able to defend our Christian faith, sharpen our knowledge and glean a better understanding. Do not neglect the study of God's word. Amen.

o Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 323-4107; E-mail: lutheranchurch@coralwave.com.

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Just Ship It donates to St. George's Anglican Church back-to-school jamboree

August 27, 2015

St. George's Anglican Church received a much-needed donation for its back-to-school jamboree.
In recognition of Just Ship It's first year of operation, the company's principals made a donation of backpacks and snack packs to St. George's Anglican Church for the event, an initiative of the church's community outreach. During the jamboree scheduled for August 29, church volunteers will dole out school supplies to students in the surrounding area.
According to Just Ship It representatives they are always looking for ways to help people around them. And as a family owned business they understand the importance of working together, and more importantly that it takes a village to raise a child, and reached out to assist with supplies for the back-to-school jamboree.
"We recognize how costly it can be to prepare students for back-to-school, [and] recently released our back-to-school snack package, which allows our customers to benefit from wholesale pricing on snacks for their children in our store," said Alexis Roberts from Just Ship It. "Our main goal is to save our clients time and money, and this is just one way we are doing this. We are just pleased to do our part as a good corporate citizen during these challenging economic times in our country as education is key in the growth and development of our beloved country."

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Preventative measure

August 27, 2015

We all know that when it comes to our house, car, boat or plane, we simply must carry out regular maintenance on all of these on a regular basis if we wish them to remain in tip-top workable condition. That's right, we make sure that our roof is waterproof, the windows all work properly and indeed everything else is totally functional in our house -- we do not just allow it to fall into a state of disrepair where the roof leaks, the windows don't close properly, etc. Likewise, with our automobile or boat, we get them serviced on a regular basis to make sure that everything is working as it should thus they will not let us down on the highway or high seas.
Even more important, if we own or lease a plane, there is a very definite maintenance schedule that must be followed and recorded in the Log Book. If we do not take care of the vital preventative maintenance, we could be in a whole lot of trouble.
Well my friend, your physical body is a most remarkable piece of divine engineering which likewise, if it is to operate successfully for you and indeed have long life, must be properly maintained. That's right, it's amazing how many people get all of the necessary preventative maintenance carried out on their automobile, and yet are totally delinquent when it comes to maintaining their own divinely created body in tip-top physical condition.
Yes my friend, I want all of my valued readers to make a definite resolution to do regular preventative maintenance on their bodies. To do this, you need to commence as part of your daily routine a regular exercise program. You also need to eat healthy as you cut out all of the junk food, and of course anything harmful like alcohol or other drugs.
Finally, you need to develop calmness and peace of mind through regular daily meditation. Yes indeed, preventative maintenance on your body will ensure a long, productive, health-filled life.

o Think about it!
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Violent corruption

August 27, 2015

I have been writing columns for this newspaper for almost 20 consecutive years. It has been my endeavor to transform lives through this medium. It is encouraging when someone comes to me and indicates that a particular article has changed his or her marriage or assisted in dealing with a personal problem. However, there is one subject I have written on that no individual has ever said these articles have helped make a difference. That subject is violence or national crime. Why is that? I think I have the answer.
I have observed that primary reasons for increase of violent behavior are corruption and lack of integrity. This is from the pulpit to the pew. This is from the halls of Parliament to the constituency. I have visited several countries. I have also learned that corruption exists in those countries also. However, what I discovered is that in many of those countries someone will eventually be held accountable even if it takes 50 years. In our country, once a few months pass, the issues go to sleep forever. This is pitiful. Our young people have learned that they could get away with doing anything, even murder, because they know somebody or because money speaks loudly.
The only response to crime by most churches is to pray. While I believe in the power of prayer, it is important to know that prayer without works is dead. In 1999 I wrote these words: "Churches are having all-night prayer sessions, civic clubs are having debates, public committees are having open forums. These are wonderful avenues for motivating people and gathering information, however, they are poor for doing things. We must move on, out of the halls of discussion and into the streets of action. It is easy to debate what we must do, but it calls for 10 times more energy to do what we have debated."
I also penned these words in 2002. "There is something I believe that's holding us back and it is favoritism. It often reveals itself in the form of nepotism and partiality. We must cease this death-bell activity. There should be no who knows who when it comes to crime. If a police officer is to arrest her brother-in-law who has committed a crime, she must to do so because the law requires it. She must not do him a favor by turning her head. We destroy the community and the law-breaking family member, or friend, by letting him slide.
Government officials, community leaders, pastors, youth leaders are all responsible for upholding the law in spite of the relationship to the law-breaker. Too many people boast of having friends in high places as an excuse for doing wrong. Now we have a nation soaked in the putrefying lies of indifference and passivity. Underneath the surface of our refined protocol of our tourism, church, and school environments, there is a malignant tumor that's about to crack the skin of national peace and expose its ugliness to the world. Unless we have radical surgery now to remove the tumor, we might be headed to an unexpected death of a nation we once loved.

Making a difference
Non-violence is a process. First of all, parents hold the primary key to a non-violent nation. It is in the home where children learn the first skills of non-violence or violent behavior. It is not in the church or school. It is not in the yard shooting marbles. It is not on the corner basketball court. It's in the home. Mothers and fathers bear responsibility for the present condition of our nation. Transforming violence to non-violence must begin with parents. Families form communities. Communities hold another key to this necessary transformation. K. Louise Schmidt in his book "Transforming Abuse" wrote, "Bringing nonviolence into communities is not a linear process. It is a process by which each step opens into another, creating new forms as it evolves. There is no strategy or final solution; each community needs to look closely at the resources already at hand and begin with a faith that the tools we need are already with us. These tools are the ingenuity, determination, and basic living skills we all have. Our community can bind us together in non-violent efforts to create safe homes and communities."
We must begin with accepting each Bahamian --black and white, rich and poor, literate and illiterate, male and female as equal. As long as we are divided across racial and economic lines, violence will remain. We must bring our resources from all sectors of society to create healing. Our goal is not to avoid conflict, but to prevent violence. We want to provide a safe environment to express opposition, to differ, to change, and to grow. All churches should come together to organize non-violence education programs. Communities should provide wholesome recreational activities for youth. Special training should be given for communities and churches to coordinate divorce recovery groups, support groups for survivors of incest, young parenting groups, singles' clubs, married couples' clubs, support groups for men committed to a non-violent lifestyle, support groups for former criminals committed to peaceful lifestyles. The list can be longer.

Call the police
We have been sitting passively for too long. Are you ready fellow citizens to call the police and turn your relative in? Are you ready pastors and parliamentarians to admit the ugly shadow in your own home and call the police? In 2006 I wrote these words: "Are you ready, fathers, to change your need to control? Are you ready, mothers, to deal with your denial and cover-up? Are you ready, teenagers, to shoulder your responsibility of decision-making in your own life? Are you ready, business people, to put your money where your mouth is? Are you ready, politicians, to speak out for justice even if it costs you your seat? Are you ready, pastors, to change your concept of leadership to servant-hood? Are you ready, Bahamians? Transformation from violence to non-violence is possible in our land when each transforms his/her life to peace and love."

o Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist and board certified clinical psychotherapist, U.S.A. Send your questions or comments to barringtonbrennen@gmail.com; write to P.O. Box CB-13019, Nassau, The Bahamas; or visit www.soencouragement.org; or call 327-1980 or 477-4002.

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Know when to break the silence and rebuke demons

August 27, 2015

"Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him." - St. Luke 4: 34-35

People who are evil know it; and they also know that there is a better way, but are not and never want to be receptive to it. People know when they are doing wrong. They know when all signals are not coming through. They know when they are sick. They know when they are only putting on a show. They know when they are only playing the one and two game -- one for the money and two for the show. They do not play the three and four game of three to get ready and four to go.
People also know when they are possessed with an evil spirit and have a serious problem with speaking the truth. Jesus said that these people are like whitened sepulchers but full of dead men's bones. How many persons go around analyzing others to the "T" -- have a comment for everything but never know how to deal with their mountain of problems?
These are serious times in which we live, and rather than run from who we are, why not stay where we are and try and pray to get "straightened" out. Yes, this really can happen, but burning candles and chanting and engaging in evil doings will not do it, only Jesus can heal every situation, be it moral, spiritual, politically or socially.
Throughout Jesus' Ministry, he often encountered persons who were demon-possessed. He viewed them as being possessed with hostile and violent spirits over which they had little or no control. These devils were filled with satanic power destructive to the welfare of productivity in every way and form, but when Jesus arrives on the scene, change comes with his presence.
And so it was that while Jesus was in the synagogue he came face to face with a man who had a spirit of an unclean devil. The demon began speaking through the man, and identified Jesus by calling him by his name and begged Jesus not to destroy them. They also knew that Jesus was the holy one of God.
As children of God, we must know when to break the silence and rebuke demons to shut up and make a quick departure. Breaking the silence does not mean we go into lengthy tirades and showy scenes, but rather give commands with conviction that will be carried out.
No devil likes to be "dissed", so when they are rebuked, they usually do not go quietly like a mouse. Gospel writer St. Luke himself being a physician and trained in cause and effect to bring about relief and healing wrote, "And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him and hurt him not."
It did not take long for Jesus to get that demon-possessed man clothed in his right mind, and neither will it take long for one to get back on track once a call for deliverance is made to the master of mind, soul and body.
And in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean devil. Not only are devils to be found in the synagogue, but in our homes, in schools, in neighborhoods, on the job, in societies, nooks and crannies.
A life renewed brings amazement and they were all amazed and spoke among themselves saying, what a word is this? For with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits and they come out.
It is my prayer that as we begin a new school year with thousands of children in our nation, that we rebuke all unclean spirits, demons of distraction, violence, nonchalance, rudeness, insolence, tardiness, truancy, lies and deception from lives that God has created to do and be good, not only for the nation, but his kingdom. We also pray for those who are for the first time embarking on the noble teaching profession. May God bless and direct them as they pour into innocent minds, all things bright, beautiful and rewarding.

o E-mail rubyanndarling@yahoo.com, Facebook Ruby Ann Darling or write to P.O. Box SS 19725 Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's blessings!

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Sands flies into world championships final

August 27, 2015

BEIJING, China - As fate would have it, the last jumper that could knock him out of the men's triple jump final at these 15th International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) World Championships here in Beijing, China, was his own teammate Latario Collie-Minns.

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