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Civil Aviation Department hails airport security training a success

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Twenty proud security personnel representing 17 airports in 13 Family Islands received Train the Trainer certification at the closing ceremony of the five-day "Excellence in Screening Techniques Course," held January 21-25 at the SuperClubs Breezes Resort.
Course graduates represented Family Island airports in Mangrove Cay, Andros; Georgetown, Exuma; New Bight, Cat Island; Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera; Marsh Harbour, Abaco; Bimini; The Berry Islands; North Eleuthera; Inagua; Rock Sound, Eleuthera; Stella Maris, Long Island; Treasure Cay, Abaco; Fresh Creek, Andros; Freeport, Grand Bahama and San Salvador.
Director of Civil Aviation Captain Patrick L. Rolle explained that this training course met all of its objectives with an emphasis on the customer service side of airport security. He expressed his expectation that this level and quality of training will continue and that Bahamian security specialists would consistently meet and exceed international security standards and service delivery.
"I believe all of our goals were accomplished and met for the week that our staff were here. Excellence in screening is important to us because the customer service side of our business is not recognised or adhered to. What we will see at the end of the day is a group of persons who have developed a passion for service," he said.

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More work to be done

There has been much good work over many years to expand opportunities for disabled Bahamians. Various individuals and charitable organizations are noteworthy for their contributions in this important work.

Among the aforementioned are organizations such as Abilities Unlimited, the Bahamas National Council for Disability, the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled, the Physically Challenged Children's Committee and others.

Various social outreach groups, service clubs and businesses have likewise provided generous financial and material assistance to persons with disabilities.

A number of intrepid individuals have also lent their considerable time, talents and other resources.

They include persons such as Sheila Culmer, Sir Durward Knowles, Drexel Deal, Harold Longley and Dr. Patrick Whitfield.  We recall too the work of others now deceased, including Sir Etienne Dupuch, Shirley Oakes-Butler and Beryl Hanna.

Still, despite past accomplishments and the work of many individuals and organizations, there is considerable work to be done to enhance the integration of and to better utilize the gifts and energies of more individuals with disabilities.

There is work to be done in the areas of public education, elimination of discrimination, better access to economic and training opportunities and other measures.

After years of rhetoric, many disabled persons and their families have grown tired of what they feel are promises without action.

As with any group seeking fuller integration into society, disabled persons are still their own best advocates.

They should continue to agitate for change and opportunity. The aforementioned can be enhanced through better coordination and networking among disability organizations.

The government proposes to introduce long delayed but welcomed legislation, namely, the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities) Act.

The legislation is geared towards further reducing discrimination against persons with disabilities.

Former president of the Bahamas National Council for Disability Sheila Culmer told The Nassau Guardian recently that discussions surrounding the rights of the disabled have been ongoing for the last 20 years.

She noted that the legislation will "make it unlawful to discriminate against persons with disabilities in connection with education, employment, the provision of goods, facilities and services and the disposal or management of premises, to make provisions in respect of the employment of persons with disabilities, to establish a national disabilities rights commission and for connected purposes."

Culmer also indicated that education, transportation and accessibility to public buildings were key issues she hopes the bill addresses.

They are hoping that 2011 is the year that landmark legislation for the disabled is finally passed after many years of delay by successive governments.

To be effective, such legislation must be accompanied by the provision of resources for its enforcement and enablement. 
Such legislation should cause individual Bahamians, including business owners, to consider how their attitudes and practices are supporting or helping to end discrimination towards our disabled citizens.

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ROTARACT CLUBS DONATE TO CANCER SOCIETY

REPRESENTATIVES of the country's Rotaract Clubs presented the Cancer Society of the Bahamas with a donation garnered from the proceeds of their inaugural "Cancer Walk" in March.

The walk was the first project on which all the Rotaract Clubs collaborated. In addition, the community service project was organised in honour of celebrating World Rotaract Week, in solidarity with the other Rotaract Clubs in District 7020.

The event was supported by both Rotarians and partakers from the community, and the refreshments were provided by Aquapure Water.

Participants were asked to wear blue in honour of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and walked from Arawak Cay to Goodman's Bay ...

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Project Read Receives a Much Needed Face Lift

Nassau, Bahamas - After nearly two months of
planning and preparation, friends and members of the Rotary Clubs of East
Nassau, Bahamas and the Rotary Club of Joplin, Missouri, USA, partnered in a
Rotary International Community Service Project. The Rotarians spent a weekend at Project Read where they
successfully renovated a staircase, and built a new entrance to the building,
ultimately making it a safer place.
According to Brian Moodie, Chairman of Project Read, "The difficulty
some of our tutors and students had climbing the existing spiral staircase was
preventing them from access the facilities at Project Read."

When Project Read
Administrator Arthurlue Rahming

appealed
to local Rotarians for help, they didn't let her down. They couldn't. The
Rotarians see their work at Project Read far from over, though...

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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Hosts Blood Drive

Nassau, Bahamas - Recently,
the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Pi Xi Chapter, held the
Charles Drew Blood Drive and Health Screening.  The event took place at
the newly developed Saunders Beach.

Citizens  of  the  Bahamas  stopped by the venue for screening for
diabetes mellitus,  hypertension  and hypercholesterolemia.  A total of
twenty units of  blood  were  collected  by the Rotary Clubs of the
Bahamas Mobile Blood Van.

Participants  were  treated  to  a barbeque and music in the parking
lot of Saunders  Beach.   The brothers of Omega Psi Phi had good
fellowship during the successful service event...

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Leadership and the Bahamian woman

In a proclamation dated November 21, 2013, Acting Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis proclaimed this week as National Women's Week (NWW) 2013, acknowledging the struggles of the women's suffrage movement, the involvement of women in the strengthening of our democracy and the important role of women in the building of our nation. It is noteworthy to state that national women's week is often set to coincide with the anniversary of women's right to vote in The Bahamas as well as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is usually recognized on November 25 each year.
History of women in leadership
A brief review of world history and female leadership dates back to several centuries ago when Egyptian queens ruled territories and kingdoms. The involvement of women in government took a different turn in the aftermath of World War I as few women became members of the revolutionary governments in countries such as Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Ireland. Nina Bang is recorded as the first woman to be minister in a democratically elected parliamentary government between 1924 and 1926.
Sirivamo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka became the world's first female elected premier minister in 1960 and Isabel Peron of Argentina became the world's first woman president in 1974, albeit women had acted temporarily in similar capacities prior to these aforesaid elections. The United Nations currently has about 193 members; however, there are currently only 29 female leaders in countries or self-ruling territories which equates to about 15 percent of the total U.N. membership and does not include non-members of the U.N. The Caribbean presently boasts of woman prime ministers in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, excluding self-governing territories.
Bahamian women in leadership
It is fitting that the theme for this year's National Women's Week is "Promoting Women in Leadership in a Developing Bahamas" as our country stands at the door of opportunity in the midst of changing dynamics in the global economy and landscape. This week promises a number of discussions on our historical role in the development of The Bahamas and the part we wish to play in the future of our beloved country. The discussions will be incomplete if we fail to take an introspective look at ourselves as invaluable assets with unlimited potential as opposed to victims of discrimination and marginalization.
There seems to be a general consensus that The Bahamas has benefitted and continues to benefit tremendously from the contributions of the women of this great country from one generation to another. It is imperative therefore that the transfer of the mantle and passing of the torch remains seamless to ensure the continuous prosperity of our commonwealth. This reiterates the important fact that past and current female leaders assist in preparing the next generation of Bahamian women for leadership via mentoring, proper guidance and advice. It is incumbent upon today's leaders to ensure that the glory of the latter house is greater than the former.
Representation in decision making
The world-renowned business mogul Warren Buffett, in an article that appeared in Fortune some months ago, noted America's history of not promoting women he identified as one of America's greatest potential resources. Buffett delves into the minds of readers with the imagination of how much more success the US could enjoy by employing the other half of its talent. This anomaly is shown in the low level of representation of women in management, executive and senior management as well as board, as supported by myriad research and surveys in the private sector internationally. It would be interesting to see similar data for The Bahamas to ascertain the extent to which women are involved in corporate leadership.
Across the globe, studies continue to show that women are underrepresented in several areas of our society albeit studies also confirm that women are the main drivers of the global economy having a high consumer appetite and in most cases the principals of the decision- making process in terms of domestic purchases.
The gender disparity that exists in representation around decision-making tables in government and the private sector globally, and The Bahamas in particular, is in contrast with the results of research that suggest that women in leadership are more assertive, persuasive, empathic and results oriented. Female leaders have also scored high in building consensus and taking more risks in the achievement of objectives.
Coexisting and partnership in nation building
It is unfortunate that often times the idea of women's empowerment seems to be overshadowed by the fact that some men, and in some cases women, are of the view that women's empowerment equates to female dominance and a supposed eradication of the male species from the governance structure.
Consequently, it is necessary to dismiss the myth that allowing women to progress and take on more leadership roles and participate in the decision-making process renders the presence or contribution of men less vital. Women do not want to replace or become men; our objective is to work hand in hand and complement the men in the development of our beloved country by remaining consistent with the changing social and demographic landscape within society. In fact, it must be stressed that women's empowerment is not to be seen as a sexist or feminist idea or an idea that seeks to emasculate our male counterparts; rather, it must be seen as a necessity toward equality within our race and the increased social and economic prosperity of our nation.
Empowerment to achieve potential
During this week, the Zonta Clubs of The Bahamas, The Bahamas Crisis Centre and Bureau of Women's Affairs of the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development will work together to highlight a zero tolerance within our archipelago toward violence against women and girls. This is vital, as putting an end to violence against women is central to women being empowered to use their God-given talents and achieve their full potential. The message is clear: no physical, psychological, mental, emotional or financial barrier should prevent women from being able to achieve their potential and fulfil their destinies.
In the Bahamian society, it is well documented that during the last general election, more women registered to vote compared to men. In addition, the most recent census conducted in 2010 is evidence that 51.6 percent of the Bahamian population is made up of women. In addition, the census reveals that more women possess educational qualifications beyond a high school degree. It is recorded that of the 43,467 persons in The Bahamas who attended college, 61 percent were females. In addition, of all degree holders, women account for 63 percent. The only segment where men outnumbered women was in the area of doctorate degrees, where 54 percent of the men held such a qualification.
Such statistics evidence that Bahamian women have and continue to position themselves for increased economic benefits as well as leadership opportunities. In this sense, leadership in The Bahamas, particularly at the government level, should begin to reflect statistical data.
The clarion call to women of our country is to become that which they have been created to be. We are victors and not victims; there are no limitations on that which we are able to attain. While we feel we have more to prove and work twice as hard as our male equivalents, this is only useful if it serves as fuel in our quest for excellence. The tendency to doubt ourselves must give way to resolve and confidence as we confront and overcome the challenges of 21st century Bahamas. Happy Women's Week!

o Arinthia S. Komolafe is an attorney-at-law. Comments on this article can be directed to a.s.komolafe510@gmail.com.

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In a recession, never stop spending

If the economy is ever going to improve, Bahamians need to keep spending and broaden their horizons so the country is ready for a rebound.
Michael Turnquest, the deputy chairman for the FNM, said his experience in politics and as a businessman has taught him valuable lessons.
Perhaps the most significant, he said, is to never stop moving.
"People say the economy doesn't look good. They say economies are collapsing all around us," he told Guardian Business. "But one of the things that creates a stagnant economy is when you stop spending. You can only keep going by spending."
At the end of the day, while the debt might increase, Bahamians need to stimulate the economy. According to Turnquest, consumers often decide if they are in a recession.
As the owner of two businesses, keeping activity robust is a principle he puts into action each day. Turnquest recently launched a restaurant business in April - a move many of his peers thought was far too risky. He also runs Bahamas Water Storage, an established company that served as one of the sub-contractors for the new Blue Hills water tank. Capable of holding up to six million gallons, it is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean, Turnquest said.
Bahamas Water Storage also handles maintenance for sewerage facilities and other related industries.
The FNM deputy chairman said Water and Sewerage Corporation's (WSC) recent decision to out-source waste water treatment plants is a perfect example of creating jobs and keeping the company dynamic.
WSC and the government have agreed to take on a $81 million loan from the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to revamp the system in New Providence, as reported by Guardian Business, and a big part of the project is the construction of new plants.
Turnquest said his company, among others will be vying for maintenance of the facilities when the time comes. He felt the decision to out-source was a smart move not just from his perspective, but it will also allow WSC to focus on the water side of the operation.
"What WSC has done is sub-contract to build, own and maintain waste water treatment plants. They are passing on that cost. It is cost effective for them and lessens man power. Meanwhile, it enhances business."
Turnquest told Guardian Business it's a model that can be duplicated in The Bahamas. Maintenance of government buildings will be efficient in the hands of the private sector and stimulate the economy.
"They can better manage it when it is out-sourced, straight down to the mechanics of it all," he added. "A lot of this stuff can be out-soured and other government entities can follow suit."
Although his company will be bidding on WSC contracts, Turnquest pointed out the company already has a lot of work to handle. He said Bahamas Water Storage has recently signed on with Bahamas Food Services to help expand their plant. It will also be working with Baha Mar, he revealed, namely on the waste water plant the resort is building for SuperClubs Breezes as part of a land swap.
Turnquest said it's tough out there, but if you keep your head up and stay moving, opportunities present themselves.
"From an economy standpoint, things could always do better," he explained. "We almost had nothing to do some time ago. Now, once we leave a job, we get into another. There is a lot of work out there now."

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Audrey Laverne Pintard-Lockhart, 78

Mrs. Audrey Laverne Pintard-Lockhart age 78 years of Soldier Road East and formerly of Duncan Town, Ragged Island will be help on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10am at Abundant Life Bible Chapel, Abundant Life Road. Co-Senior Pastor Cranston Knowles, Senior Pastor Emeritus Ed Allen, assisted by Pastors O'Neil Russell and Algy Malcolm will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road. 
The Radiance of this "Diamond of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of her:
Daughters: Janet Nixon, Roslyn Lockhart, Anna Hall, Lydia Jones and Dorothy Horton;
Sons: Royaural Simeon, David, Philip, Elroy Lockhart and Austin Weekes;
Grandchildren: Leterah and Jonathan Munnings, Shanette, Treniqua and Cherise Nixon, Audra Campbell, Crystal and Crista Strachan, Leroy Jones Jr., Royaural, Anson, Royann, Phillippa, Philip Jr, Deangelo, Ramon, Clement, Mark, Philip II , Jack Mark and Elroy Jr.;
Sons-in-law: Olrice Nixon and Leroy Jones;
Daughters-in-law: Pretina, Camille and Cleo Lockhart;
Aunt: Estella Wallace (Deerfield, Florida);
Brothers: Atwell, Edison, Osborne, George and Senator Hon. Michael Pintard;
Sisters: Tezel Butler, Maizie Poitier, Stephanie Rolle, Marcia Munroe and Rosemary Bowe;
Sisters-in-law: Veronica, Florinda, Ena, Margaret, Eleanor and Berlice Pintard, Violet Pintard-Johnson, Barbara McKinney, Yvonne Miller, Maudline Maycock, Ethylee Lockhart;
Brothers-in-law: Osborne Lockhart, Neville McPhee, Christopher Wallace, Herman Munroe, Hughdon Bowe, Emerson Rolle;
Numerous Nieces and Nephews including: Prieta, Mispah, Anatol, Cleo, Cyd, Sophia, John, Luther, Henry, Wendy, Wendell, Carlos, Celestine, Anita, Michael, Bernadette, Michelle, Walter, Keith, Yvette, Valeria, Melanie, Cindy, John, Nicole, Sebastian, Marchanille, Tanya, Hughdon Jr., Timcey, Tanya, Samuel, Laurinell, Kharis, Ahmal, Kieron, Marion, Perry, Patrick, Nelson, Jennimae, Collingwood, Paulette, Rosemary, Roy, Donna, Keith, Renea, Patrice, Paulette, Rochelle, Osbourne Jr., Dereck, Linda, Jasmine, Ruthann, Sheena, Elkenny, William, Ellery, Freeman, Deborah, Andrew, Samuel, Enid, Glen, Jeleta, Hosanna, Scott, Donna, Kevin, Dwayne, Nelson, Daniel, Emmit, Oraline, Vernita, Reba, Juanita, Oscar, Joseph, Angela, Cyprianna, Orion, Lemuel, Geleta, Constance, Cephas Jr., Christine, Stephanie, Patrice, Etienne, Norma, Lisa and Ethel;
Other loving family and friends including: Carl and Joycelyn Bastian, Mr. and Mrs. Zacharias Dorsett, Dr. Rickey Davis, Sister Kim Davis, Nurse Melonie Hall, Gina Carter, Sis. Patsy Knowles, Ruthie Newbold, Kaylus Horton, Christine King, Delores Rolle, Maxine Kelly-Edgecombe, Clothilda Ferguson, Mrs. Elva Moxey, Mrs. Cynthia Briggs, Demison Nesbitt, Patrick, Jerry Maycock, Mary Jane Moxey, Lavern Maycock, Nezera, Muriel, Moiah and Deborah Wilson, Maurice Wallace, Cyril and Claudine Joffre, Yvonne Munroe, Christopher and Frances Wallace, Edwin Wallace, Roselda Morley, Lovely Armbrister, Mizpah Tertullien, Melberth Charlton, Isadora Bastian, Ellen Poitier, Ignatius Wallace and their Families, The Wallace, Lockhart, Munroe, Armbrister, Bridgewater, Curling, Maycock and McPhee Family, The Soldier Road C0mmunity, The Ragged Island Community, The Abundant Life Church Family;
Special Thanks to: The Sons and Daughters of Zion Prayer Group, Zion Yamacraw Baptist Church Family, All Saints Anglican Church Family and Kiwanis Clubs in The Bahamas especially Fort Montagu Club, Office of the Attorney General, The Gaming Board and L. W. Junior High School.
 
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road of Friday, October 28, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm and at Abundant Life Bible Chapel, Abundant Life Road on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9am to service time.

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Lion's Club sponsors Peace Poster contest

The Freeport News: The Lions' Club of Freeport is presently
sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest in Grand Bahama as part of their wider
organizations call for world peace.

Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service club
organization, is made up of 1.35 million men and women in 207 countries
and geographical locations throughout the world and this organization
has created the Peace Poster Contest to foster a spirit of peace and
international understanding in young people worldwide...

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BCA: Don't let Standards Bureau be 'another formality'

The Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) is applauding the government's plans to establish a fully operational standard bureau, with its president Godfrey Forbes saying it is something that's "long overdue."In an interview with Guardian Business, Forbes said the work of the proposed Bahamas Bureau of Standards would essentially go hand in hand with the BCA's continued push for the regulation of the country's construction industry."I trust that this exercise will not just be another formality and the necessary money is spent to put this initiative in place, so that at the end of the day, once it is done, it won't just sit on a shelf and not be implemented," he said.Forbes, who is participating in the first National Standardization Forum hosted by The Bahamas Bureau of Standards, which falls under the portfolio of the Ministry of Financial Services, maintains that while construction represents the "number three engine that drives our economy," the industry remains challenged to meet international standards, and as a result has experienced stagnant growth."For us, the majority of the stakeholders with the construction industry are considered to be small to medium sized contractors. And [unfortunately], a lot of them that are currently practicing in the construction industry do not have the basic skills," he revealed."When you have that going on in the industry, you find that we are like 20 years behind other countries in the region. So for us, it's something that at the end of the day will play a significant role going forward."I think it also piggybacks on the fact that the BCA needs to address this deficiency by trying to get the government to enact laws to make sure that the construction industry will be regulated, which will require individuals to be licensed to operate in the industry. And we have already established some basic standards that we feel one must meet in order to practice in this industry."In order for us to be effective in the construction industry in The Bahamas, we need to make sure that we are on par with the standards and requirements that the global community in the construction industry requires."Meantime, Forbes said the final draft of the highly anticipated Contractors Bill would be presented to the government soon. Once that's approved, that piece of legislation will be presented to Parliament not long after. It's a venture Forbes confirmed has been more than 15 years in the making."Today is a positive step forward in ensuring that this kind of approach will also bring into focus the construction industry and the role in which we play in nation building," he told Guardian Business.The three-day conference is taking place at SuperClubs Breezes and ends on Wednesday afternoon.

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