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August 14, 2009
Miss Universe 2009 State Gift Auction Dinner

Nassau, The Bahamas - The AIDS Foundation presents " The Miss Universe The State Gift Auction Dinner ", a charity auction to benefit the AIDS foundation. Guests got the chance to meet and dine with the contestants from around the world who are competing in the Miss Universe 2009 pageant.

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March 29, 2012
GB Children's Home receives a gift of art

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Children's Home was the recipient of $500 from local artist  Leo Brown and his publisher recently.  Leo, as he is well-known,  is a Bahamian Impressionist whose works are in demand both locally and internationally.  
Recently, he teamed up with Daniel Lowe, President of Bahamas Printing & Publishing, to create a series of greeting cards, making his work more accessible and affordable to mainstream audiences.  In creating the box of 10 litho, quality cards and envelopes, both also felt it was important to give back to the community.  To this end, Leo and Mr. Lowe have committed to donating part proceeds of these cards, for a full year, to the G.B. Children's Home.  
"We are very blessed by this donation," said Geneva Rutherford, GBCH Executive Committee, "Leo and Daniel have not only created a beautiful keepsake gift for visitors and residents, but they are also helping us keep the children safe in our Home. We thank them so very much!"    
Pictured at the first donation from the card sales are (left to right) Brennamae Cooper, GBCH Administrator, Leo Brown, Artist, Geneva Rutherford and Daniel Lowe President Bahamas Printing & Publishing.  Leo's cards are on sale at Leo's Art Gallery, Bahamas Printing & Publishing and the Art of Giving.

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May 28, 2014
We should always speak up for The Bahamas

The story broke last week Monday that the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States has been recording all cell phone calls in The Bahamas. The online site The Intercept published the story. The supporting documents for the piece are reportedly from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Since the disclosure by The Intercept and stories in the Bahamian media, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau has just said that, as a matter of policy, the United States has made it clear that it gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations.
On Monday, U.S. Charge d'Affaires John Dinkelman said he could neither confirm nor deny allegations that the NSA is recording and archiving every cell phone conversation in The Bahamas. But, Dinkelman thinks the relationship between the two countries is strong.
"Regarding the relationship between the United States and The Bahamas, it has never been stronger and will continue to be one of the closest and manageable in today's world where we struggle together for freedoms, for peace and most importantly for the security of both our nations," he said.
When the initial story broke, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said in a statement that the reported recording and storing of cell phone calls in The Bahamas by the U.S. appeared to be illegal and an abuse of power.
"It would also represent a great moral failing on the part of its perpetrators, in addition to illegality, which challenges the founding principles of the rule of law," he said.
The Bahamian government then told the country it was awaiting an official response from the U.S. before saying more on the issue.
"In the meantime we urge all Bahamians to remain calm about this matter, keeping our eyes on the fundamentals of the relationship between the two states and our longer-term interests," said Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis last week in the House of Assembly.
The government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas should know that the Americans will tell them no more in private than they have said in public. They have not denied the allegation, and we all know that Snowden took their private files.
As a small nation, we have no retaliatory power against the U.S. But at this stage what is needed is a strong statement from a nationalist in the Parliament of The Bahamas on behalf of the government expressing the anger of the Bahamian people on this issue.
The Americans should know that as a sovereign nation we take grave offense to them recording the conversations of our children, our friends and colleagues. We have no idea what they do with this information. We don't know if they use it against us in some way. We don't know if they save it to use it against us if we dare to have an independent thought or position against America.
What this intelligence program gives the U.S. is another means by which to blackmail the people of The Bahamas. Dangling this power over the heads of a people is an act of hostility. There is nothing friendly about blackmail.
The U.S. does these things because it can. It especially does these things to little countries because they have no power of response to the great superpower.
In speaking back to America, however, we need to make that country and its officials aware that such acts of hostility toward weaker peoples fuel anti-Americanism. And this sentiment in a people always makes it more difficult for America to achieve its interests.
We wonder if there is anyone in our Cabinet who "believes in The Bahamas" enough to condemn the great United States and articulate Bahamian outrage on this point. America has compromised our political and law enforcement classes with gifts of equipment and cooperation. Others in our community are so mesmerized by being able to go shopping in South Florida that they dare not say anything to get our neighbor to the north upset.
If we are to be a proud, sovereign nation, we must stand up and condemn our friends when they have wronged us. We should let them know in clear terms that their willingness to abuse their power and violate our privacy endangers our "friendly" relationship. Their cavalier actions also erode the goodwill many Bahamians feel toward the U.S.
We shall watch and see what our leaders say regarding this matter. Maybe they don't care and hope the issue dies down over time. But if the Bahamian government lets this go with no further protest, the Americans will know that the docile people of The Bahamas live in a country where it is easy for the United States to perfect whatever intrusive experiment it chooses with little to no resistance.

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May 14, 2014
Ports International supports the Cancer Society of The Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas -- May is the official Cancer Awareness Month when the Cancer Society places particular emphasis on Education with continual media exposure throughout the Bahamas. Its aims are to educate the public about Cancer so that it may be prevented or diagnosed and treated in its early stages, to be of service to cancer patients, and to raise funds to support their programs. The Bahamas' medical equipment and supplier Ports International is a proud sponsor of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas' 13th Annual Ball "Glitz, Glam and Giving".
The annual ball is the major fundraiser for the Cancer Society and will be held at the Melia Nassau Beach, May 31, 2014. The Society is a valuable non for profit organization offering education, healthcare, counseling and support. Their educational programs focus on increasing public awareness to all forms of cancer, the importance of screening for cancer of the cervix, breast and prostate as a method of prevention as well as early detection and treatment. It also continues to raise funds for the Cancer Care Centre.
The Society is funded solely by the public donations which are raised through the major appeal Love Lights a Tree, the Annual Raffle, Cancer Ball, Stride for Life and also by special fundraising events, private donations and memorial gifts. To support this worthy cause, for more information, or to make a donation, persons can call the Cancer Society of the Bahamas at 242-323-4482 or visit www.cancersocietybahamas.org.
Photo: Michele Rassin-Moodie presenting a donation check to Tammy Sands.

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January 10, 2014
U.S. gift to further ensure RBDF's 'competitive advantage'

NASSAU, The Bahamas --- The "generous and gracious gift" of a 25ft Full Cabin Response Boat and ancillary package from the United States of America will serve to strengthen the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's capabilities in the areas of maritime domain awareness and counter transnational criminal operations, Minister of National Security, Dr. Bernard J. Nottage said Thursday.
Dr. Nottage said the donation will further ensure the Defence Force's "competitive advantage" in that war, and fits in well with the Government of The Bahamas' strategy of protecting the country's national security and maritime and other assets by ensuring "safe borders" through the decentralisation of the Defence Force's operations via the establishment and deployment of patrol craft at strategic locations throughout the Commonwealth.
"It is critical to note that the Response boat will operate primarily within Nassau's Harbour, supplementing the Defence Force's existing Harbour Patrol vessels and ensuring the safety of thousands of visitors and the economic viability of The Bahamas' tourism product," Dr. Nottage said.
The donation of the SAFE Response (Secure All-Around Flotation Equipped) Boat along with a two-year supply of spare parts and a two-week training course for RBPF marine personnel, took place on Thursday (January 9) at the RBDF's Harbour Patrol Unit, East Bay Street, and was made possible through the United States Embassy's Office of Defence Cooperation (ODC) and the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).

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March 10, 2011
Champion Pacers get gift from SkyBahamas

By RENALDO DORSETT

Sports Reporter

rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

ACCOLADES continue to pour in for the reigning Hugh Campbell champions as a notable corporate citizen extended its congratulations with a tangible gift offer.

SkyBahamas presented R M Bailey Pacers head coach Nigel Ingraham with a round-trip ticket to any destination under the SkyBahamas umbrella along with complimentary accommodations at a corresponding resort.

Plans are also underway for the airline to treat the entire team to a daylong getaway to an island of their choice, plans for which will be announced at a later date.

Chief operations officer for SkyBahamas, Kenneth Romer, said his organisation saw it as a keen sense ...

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April 21, 2012
Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders visit the Grand Bahama Children's Home and spread lots of cheer

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Thanks to a contact from the Grand Bahama Tourism Board, the Grand Bahama Children's Home had a WONDERFUL visit from the NFL's Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders over the Easter holiday.  
In addition to the donation of gifts to the Home and a personal cash donation from the ladies themselves, the Ravens cheerleaders spent time with the children playing games and teaching them cheers - drawing loads of smiles and laughter from them all.  
"It was wonderful for our children to receive such love and kindness from these talented ladies," said Assistant Administrator Enzy Jones.  "We are continually blessed by wonderful visitors to our island who amaze us by reaching out to our Home. We want to thank the entire Ravens Cheerleaders Squad and their administrators who organised this visit - which was such a fun time for everyone!"  
Megan Collins, Events & Entertainment Manager noted "The Ravens were excited to be able to give back to the Grand Bahama community. Shooting our calendar on the island was a wonderful experience and playing with children of the Grand Bahama Children's Home was a very memorable and rewarding experience for members of our team."

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January 20, 2011
50,000 gift for Thunderbird boats

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE Rev Dr McPhee has received a $50,000 gift to help sail his Thunderbird boats through the 2011 season.

Yesterday, the cheque presentation took place at Compass Point where McPhee thanked Asue Draw's marketing manager Levin Wilson for his company's continued assistance.

"As you are well aware, sloop sailing is a very expensive sport. In order for boats to be able to participate in over 12 regattas per year, it takes corporate companies who are interested and concerned to make those things happen," McPhee stated.

Last year, McPhee said the Asue Company expended over $100,000 in the sailing community as the ...

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September 30, 2011
Government is a collective responsibility

Government is not a person, but rather it is an instrument given to a body of people to uphold the institutions to govern society.  The instrument, which is the law, regulates everything in a society from personal behavior to societal norms.
God in his wisdom has instituted the instrument of government.  The instrument of government is made up of a body of laws.  The laws are a system designed to regulate and preserve and protect the rights of all persons, organizations and nations.  The enforcement and carrying out of the instrument of the law, when it is done in various arenas, brings wholeness and provides for the protection of people to develop and progress in a civil manner.
Consequently, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most profound and prolific leaders in the last century, stated that "all reality has spiritual control.  And there is a God that upholds and stands behind that reality".
Laws are primarily given to constrain the waywardness of man's depraved and fallen nature.  They are the penal code of man's morality.  Man's morality is designed to bring the best out of every person.  Civic society has various educational and social institutions with systems that are proactively intended to help people discover their gifts and in so doing lend their support to the national development of their country.  It is one's moral and God-given responsibility to actively and creatively contribute to civil society.
So it is in the observing and obeying of these principles, that are the penal code, that a nation is protected from imploding from the activities of lawlessness or being destroyed ultimately by the judgment of God.
God in his mercy towards man has created redemption for him and empowered the church through his Holy Spirit to adhere to the penal code.  As a church conforms to the standards of morality it assists in building its community, society, and indeed a nation.  In so doing, God blesses that nation.  That is why he said: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord," Psalm 33:12.
The quality of a nation is determined by the quality of its government.  Characteristically, this responsibility needs to be carried out with respect to loyalty, fidelity and sincerity by those who occupy the office.  The government is accountable for law and order in a civil society; this instrument of accountability has been designed by God.
Therefore, government is not about personalities.  It is about systems and structures and persons being held accountable for positions of trust to carry out specific duties.  Civil society has a right to demand accountability of its elected leaders and appointed or engaged officers.  As a people in The Bahamas, if we do not collectively hold our elected leaders accountable then we lose control of our ability and power to ensure that government acts in the best interest of the people.
 
Collective responsibility
The safety and security of The Bahamas rests at the feet of government.  However, in The Bahamas, we have several areas of government, the executive, the judiciary, and the enforcement agencies.  While the government cannot control what goes on in someone's bedroom, and in our homes and our private space, it is responsible for the control of the collective environment in which we operate.  Government is to ensure that the laws are enforced, applied and fully executed.
The regulation of the law is to be enforced by the government.  Government has agreed to join in the collective responsibility for law and order in our country.  Threats and breaches of peace are the collective responsibility of the executive branch, the judiciary and the armed forces; these all makeup the government.  However, ultimately, the executive branch sets the agenda and brings forward laws that are required to meet the challenges of society, under which the other arms of government function. While collective security is an idea with a long history, its implementation in practice has proven problematic.  Several prerequisites have to be met for it to have a chance of working.  Therefore, the government should have worked on those prerequisites immediately upon taking office so that these should have been satisfied by now.
Before the FNM government took office in 2007, crime, criminality and murder were at high levels in The Bahamas.  A prerequisite of taking office should therefore have been the formulation of a plan to address these burgeoning issues.  Subsequently, in 2009, 86 persons were murdered in our country - the highest occurrence in the modern Bahamas at that time.  In 2010 the upward homicide trend continued and 94 homicides were recorded.  And now in 2011, at the end of 9 months, it stands at more than 104, an increase of more than 40 percent since the current government took office.
The sad thing in all of this is that there seems to be no national plan to bring some arrest to this problem in our country.  Over the past three years the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) sought partnership with the government with the hope of reducing criminality and crime in our country.  As president, I specifically addressed three of the ministers of the government: Minister for National Security Tommy Turnquest, the prime minister and Minister Zhivago Liang, who I wrote after being turned around by the others respectively.  To my surprise all three ministries did not accept the proposal to partner with the BCC.  As past president of the Bahamas Christian Council, in one of the meetings with the prime minister he told to the church leaders: "You as church leaders do what you need to do and as the government, we will do what we need to do."
Not to mention, the prime minister was not in attendance at the last parliamentary service, which was held at the Salvation Army, Mackey Street.  He sent an apology.  Further, the prime minister did not attend the 2009 Independence service, held at Bahamas Faith Ministries.  Now about six to eight months or so from general election, the prime minister has attended three of the last services held by the Bahamas Christian Council.
As past president of the Bahamas Christian Council, we call on the government to own up to its elected responsibility and to do its job on behalf of the Bahamian people.
We look forward to the prime minister's upcoming address on crime this Monday.

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December 22, 2011
The Gift of Life From Grand Bahama Island to Our Family

Dear Editor,

This letter is about a gift of life given to my family by the doctors (private and government), nurses at the Rand ICU and the remarkable EMS in Freeport. Over the years, people have been heard to say: "don't get sick in Freeport"; "medical care in Freeport is non-existent".

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