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Pain is not often thought of as a gift. Pain is the body's early warning system to let us know something is wrong or that we are hurt and need attention. So when one cannot feel pain, especially on the feet, the results can be devastating -- ulcers, loss of leg and loss of life.
Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller said yesterday he was shocked the Bahamas Crisis Centre rejected a $1,000 donation he made last Thursday.
Miller offered the donation amid controversy surrounding comments he made in the House of Assembly about abusing an ex-girlfriend.
"I guess you could say I was shocked as everyone else as to that press release," he said when contacted for comment.
"I believe any Bahamian, or anyone in the world, has a right to make a contribution if they are asked to make one.
"I know of no organization that really cares about anyone or anything in this country that would turn down a contribution. It is unheard of to me."
But Miller said a press statement from the centre would not affect his pledge to assist abused women in the country.
"Either you will be serious in assisting women or you will have your organization where you have these highfalutin women who believe they have the answers to everything and want to try and make someone look bad," he said.
"It doesn't hurt me because I can give my money to anybody, as I always do.
"But in my opinion we just need to get real, sit down, deal with this problem that we are facing.
"[We need to] deal with it in a forthright manner and get whatever assistance these people need.
"But don't bring politics and other garbage into the equation because people are out there hurting and I don't have time for games."
In its statement on Sunday, the Crisis Centre said the acceptance of Miller's check would be "contrary to the principles that guide our work on behalf of victims of domestic violence".
"We see this as a teachable moment for our nation," Crisis Centre Director Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson said.
"So often when a victim is battered, this explosion is followed by a honeymoon period, which is to shower the victim with gifts, money, jewelry, flowers and other niceties."
The Crisis Centre released the statement at 3 p.m.
Miller said he got a call around 11 a.m. from Dean-Patterson asking to meet with him around 4 p.m.
"So within five minutes of leaving her office I got a call saying she sent this statement out," he said.
"So I didn't know what the hell to think.
"She never indicated to me that there was a problem with the contribution.
"I was shocked when I read the story this morning. I say, you know, these people who claim to be so goody goody...have to stop being so disingenuous."
He added, "She never said to Leslie Miller that she could not accept the check.
"We had a very productive meeting, which surprised me. I mean I was onboard with her and she was onboard with me."
Dean-Patterson declined comment yesterday.
Miller said he intends to go further in his charity work for abused women and hopes to bring corporate sponsors onboard to make donations, including the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), where he serves as executive chairman.
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."
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.
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.
Students from the BTC Scholars Programme at The College of The Bahamas joined in to give back at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company's (BTC) second annual School Aid event at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace. The 10 students, who received academic scholarships from the telecommunications company, teamed up with BTC iVolunteers, community leaders, educational speakers and health and grooming professionals, to prepare 400 students from the Department of Social Services, Urban Renewal, Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM), and BTC's adopted Old Bight Mission Home for the new school year.
The COB scholars served as chaperones and mentors to the young students during the School Aid event. Boys received haircuts at the grooming station while girls got manicures. Dental and health screenings were also offered. Each child was able to select a book of his or her choice to take home from the bookstore, and every child left the event with a BTC backpack filled with school supplies and a $35 grocery voucher.
The children and parents were not the only ones to receive gifts. BTC also awarded each of the scholars with a $250 gift certificate to defray the costs of books and supplies.
BTC scholar Kenique Pinder, a senior in COB's psychology program, said she was excited when BTC approached her about participating in the BTC School Aid event. She said working with children is her calling.
"My passion is kids. Ever since my BTC scholarship allowed me to remain at COB, I have been pursuing a career in child psychology, so I have had a blast working with the children here today."
Fellow BTC scholar Adrian Culmer, a third-year student in COB's computer and application programming program, said that he also enjoys working with children, but his main motivation to give back is thankfulness for what he has been given.
"BTC gave so much to me. Having this BTC scholarship has empowered me to be able to focus on my education rather than worry about tuition, so I definitely want to pass that on and give back to these kids," he said.
During the event Culmer also told the children that good grades do not come easily. He encouraged them to be persistent and work toward getting those grades.
"Have discipline, keep focused and always put God first; those are my keys to success," said the BTC scholar.
Pinder, Culmer and eight other students were selected in 2013 to receive scholarships via the BTC Scholars Programme. The $250,000 program was established to provide higher education for academically qualified, but financially challenged, COB students who have graduated from public high schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama or any of the Family Islands.
Indira Collie, manager of internal communication at BTC and lead organizer of the School Aid event, said that she was happy that the BTC Scholars shared their sponsor's generosity and appreciation for the importance of education, but was not surprised.
"At BTC we recognize that education is key. We are more than happy to invest in the development of these school-age youngsters at BTC School Aid, just as we were happy to invest in the futures of our BTC scholars a year ago. The fact that our scholars recognize the value of education and have multiplied what we have given to them by giving again to these children today is a testament to the caliber of students COB chose for our program and the crucial role that corporate citizens like BTC can play in uplifting a community," said Collie.
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.
- Stat Oil Company provided lunch and gifts for three Grand Bahama
Island schools this week. Students from McLeans Town, High Rock and
Freetown enjoyed lunch and each received a present...
BEVERLY HILLS, CA -
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce
that it has received a gift of 1,088 original movie posters from the
golden age of Hollywood filmmaking. The posters have been donated by
Dwight Cleveland, a Chicago real estate developer, who has amassed one
of the largest and most historically significant collections of movie
posters in the world.
The donated posters document the studio era
of "B" movie filmmaking in the first half of the 20th century and
include examples from Twentieth Century-Fox. A variety of genres are
represented, including westerns, war films, musicals, biblical tales,
and social problem films...
It wasn't a large turnout, but the five members of Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church's youth group that made an appearance at the church's weekly Tuesday youth meeting took home a powerful message -- to let their dreams fuel their passion and their passion help them to fulfill their dreams.
Former Bahamas National Youth Board member Beaumont Todd told them that they should realize that they are unique, and that the dream God has given them to fulfill is their purpose and destiny while on earth, even though obstacles may come their way. He also told them that they will come across people who will not believe in their dream, but that they should trust God and through their gift and dream He will lead them to fulfill their purpose.
In a test, he asked the teenagers whether either of them knew how many hairs was on their body, from their head to the feet -- and one actually started counting -- but came to the realization that he would not be able to complete his task. Todd told them that while they didn't God knew, and that the Bible says He does, including knowing when they slept and when they were awake. He told them that God knows what goes on even in the secret places of their heart. And that God knows what He put there. And that the dream they have inside their life and their heart is uniquely special to them.
"Don't ever let anyone else tell you that you're not special, that you're not unique," he said to the teens. "No one can do what you can do in this world like you -- that's why you're here."
He told them that people would try to beat them down, may try to discourage them and even try to find reasons to break them down by telling them that they are nothing, but that they have to believe in God's purpose for their lives.
Todd reminded them of the story of Joseph in the Bible.
"Basically Joseph's brothers threw him in a pit, sold him to slavery, basically to say he was so worthless he might as well just be a slave and they didn't want him anywhere close to them or around them. They felt he was no value to them. They did not understand the unique gift and dream that God had put inside Joseph's heart," Todd told the teens.
He reminded them that when Joseph got into Egypt, he was sold from the slave traders that had actually picked him up from his brothers to another person -- Potiphar, and that in Potiphar's house, Joseph went from being a simple slave to head of the house because his owner grew to trust him because he was such a good worker. He told the teenagers that Joseph had also been good looking, and caught the eye of Potiphar's wife who found him quite attractive. And that when the master was away the "kitty cat" tried to play.
"She was like how some of our women are today, very aggressive and didn't wait for Joseph to hit on her, she hit on him. Joseph could have made the mistake and said I have this attractive young woman hitting on me trying to get me into her bed, I can just give in and do it. But he sat, he considered what all he would actually lose -- his master's trust, his self-respect and more importantly he would lose the fact that he knew God had him for a special person. He said no once to the young lady, she let it go she came back again. He said no twice, she let it go. The third time he rejected her, she set up a lie. She got Joseph into her room, but when he saw what she was doing he ran away. She snatched his coat and when the master came home she set up a beautiful lie to say that Joseph was trying to get into his bed. The master ended up locking Joseph up in jail although he did the right thing."
Told reminded the teenagers that while Joseph was incarcerated he held out to the dream that God put in his heart and the principles God gave him to live by and the fact that he believed in the uniqueness that God had given him.
"Joseph rose to the point where the guards and the persons in charge actually trusted him with the other prisoners. When they had problems they would send the prisoners to Joseph for him to help solve them," he said.
Todd said that while Joseph was in jail, the king had become displeased with his baker and cup bearer and that they too were thrown into jail. And that while in jail they both had a dream, went to Joseph and asked if he could help them. He said Joseph translated their dreams -- because Joseph's unique gift from God was that he could tell you what a dream meant.
Because of their uniquness, Todd told the youngsters that every morning they should thank God for the new day that they awaken to, and for the fact that He made them special to His purpose.
"We are all here to do a job -- to live, to enjoy life, to love, to experience, to grow, to fail and to progress," he said. "There will be times in the pursuit of doing what is right and what is good that nobody may believe in you, and nobody may believe in your dream, but regardless, God always watches over you and will never leave you," he told them.
Todd encouraged the teenagers to write down on a piece of paper a quality they each liked about themselves. The responses he got varied from smart to good hearted, softhearted and determined. One of the papers he received was blank, as the teenager could not think of a quality, that Todd said bothered him. In turn he told the youth group meeting that one of the things he liked about himself is that he is a little quirky and that he sometimes has a strange sense of humor.
Like Joseph pursued his dreams, he encouraged them to ensure that they followed theirs.
"Regardless of how persons say the children are lost or have no direction, I believe our children are our greatest help and hope for the future," he said. "And if the children took away nothing else, they should remember the story from Genesis about how Joseph's dream helped to give his life direction and purpose. And that even though he faced difficulties, his trust in God and his gifts are what brought him before great men and helped him fulfill God's purpose.
BAHAMIAN soccer officials who blew the whistle on alleged FIFA corruption advised that "under no circumstances would the Bahamas FA accept such a cash gift", an affidavit claimed yesterday.
ESPN Sportsnet yesterday reported that Fred Lunn, vice-president of the Bahamas Football Association, sent a text message to the association's president Anton Sealey immediately after he was allegedly urged to accept a large brown envelope filled with $40,000 cash from a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) official.
According to the affidavit, Mr Sealey texted: "I'm disappointed but not surprised. It is important that [ ...
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter