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Bahamas - The Rotaract Club of East Nassau, a community service
organization comprised of young professionals, continued their
long-standing support for Haiti's earthquake relief efforts by recently
donating $500 towards relief efforts for the country's recent cholera
outbreak. The Club has a long history of supporting Haiti prior to the
earthquake, having raised money for Haiti's "resteveks", or child
slaves, since early 2008.
donation serves as part of the overall Rotary relief efforts in Haiti.
Rotary International, including Interact and Rotaract Clubs...
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Heart disease is the number one killer of persons in The Bahamas and around the world. According to statistics from The Department of Statistics over 24% of all deaths in the Bahamas are directly related to heart disease. February is celebrated annually as Heart Month. The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation and The Bahamas Heart Association want you to get involved.
The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation is a non-profit entity that helps to repair the hearts of children in The Bahamas. The Heart Ball Committee is the fundraising arm of The Heart Foundation; it consists of a group of dedicated volunteers who help to raise funds to repair children's hearts. The Heart Foundation works along with The Bahamas Heart Association to educate and inform the public about living heart healthy lifestyles. The Bahamas Heart Association comprises of volunteers who provide their time and services to the following goals:
1. Assist the children in need, in our community with the cost of heart investigations and surgery.
2. Advises the public through the media of all aspects of heart disease, risk factors and preventative care. Speakers and educational material are available to schools, youth groups, service clubs and other public meetings.
The Bahamas Heart Association and The Heart Foundation, with the aid of the Heart Ball Committee, have jointly scheduled several events during heart month to create awareness of heart disease, to help persons live heart healthy lifestyles and to help raise funds to repair children's hearts. Additionally, Doctor's Hospital will host their monthly health talk.
Charles Sealy is the CEO of Doctors Hospital. In addition to these professional duties, he is also an active leader in his community. He has served as president of the Rotary Club of South East Nassau and performed the duties of international services chair for the Caribbean District 7020. He is also a board member for Marathon Bahamas, Volunteer Bahamas and the Young Presidents' Organization.
Guardian Business: What is the biggest challenge facing your business or sector? What measures need to be taken in The Bahamas to solve it?
Charles: The greatest challenge encountered in the provision of healthcare in our environment is the ability to provide access to quality services at a cost that is bearable for the consumer. The cost of equipment, technology, supplies and labor continue to escalate annually, so at some point when the earning power of the consumer is static there will be an impasse. Additionally, we have not been able to establish a unified platform on which third party payers (i.e. insurance companies) will adjudicate and reimburse.
This standardization is vital to benefit from economies of scale and to alleviate the constant confusion that exists in the mind of both policyholder and healthcare facility.
GB: How has your business or sector changed since the financial crisis?
Charles: It is the considered opinion of many that increased quality and efficiency reside in the private sector.
Yet when faced with financial challenges many prefer to engage the public system so that they can manage whatever disposable income they have. The result has been significant overload on the public system and to some degree an increase in our receivables, as patients find it hard to meet expenses. The financial crisis also meant job losses for a number of Bahamians, and with group medical insurance, many of them now find it difficult to access private healthcare facilities. Doctors Hospital continues to find creative ways to work with our customers to ensure they get the services they need, offering payment options and discounts where possible.
GB: Can you describe a life experience that changed how you approach your work today?
Charles: Early in life certain values were displayed around me that reinforced the notion of being your best at whatever you do. More importantly: "people matter, not things". This philosophy has steered me throughout my various careers. While wanting to be liked by everyone is clearly a recipe for mediocrity, I submit that you should at least be able to walk away with their respect and that is something you have to earn. I continue to seek the wisdom and advice of my elders so I can avoid mistakes that could bring costly outcomes. The opportunity is in esteeming, comforting, encouraging and charting a future that is better than the present.
GB: What are you currently reading?
Charles: Professionally my entire leadership team is reading a book entitled "Journey to Excellence". We've established an "organization of learning" culture. Our field is constantly changing and we must stay abreast of the most recent appropriate methods of care. Other valuable books are "Straight A Leadership" and a few spiritual books. The most important book is a full reading of The Bible in a year by my entire family.
GB: Has the high cost of energy hurt your business? What solutions have you initiated or considered to combat it?
Charles: As a 24-hour operation, the impact of increases in utility costs is constant and challenging. It greatly erodes profitability, especially when the additional costs cannot be passed on. We have investigated, implemented and acquired a number of energy efficient practices and equipment. These include the installation of high efficiency air-conditioning units, CFL and LED lighting and motion sensors. The reality is, however, that the overall cost is significant and a major impediment especially when revenues have significantly been reduced.
GB: What makes a great boss? What makes a bad boss?
Charles: While I understand the reference, I don't resign myself to the term boss. We operate our institution as a family with each member serving a function. No function is more important than the other, as they are all necessary. My function allows me to develop the direction and ensure that appropriate standards and defined culture are adhered to. This requires of me to model the said behavior. We work and fellowship together. A leader should demonstrate knowledge and confidence and also maximize the knowledge/talent within the organization. He/she should give credit to the cadre of employees who actuate the intent and ambitions of the organization. A leader should know the experience of its employees at each level to appreciate their experience and build upon job satisfaction. As a leader, humility and a servant's heart are paramount to overall success.
GB: If you could change one thing concerning business in The Bahamas, what would it be?
Charles: The opportunity exists for appropriate controls to be advanced on quality and price. We are a people who because of our experience have become accustomed to the finer things in life, both in service and in tangible items. It is concerning that we have to travel to satisfy that desire because of the exorbitant costs. I understand the plight of businesses, especially when you consider rent, labor costs, customs duty and utilities. Yet there are instances where items are priced at 300 percent of the landed cost. We need better control. Additionally, some rational thinking has to occur when licenses are given on duplication of services. Our population is very small. When there are too many players in the market quality will be impacted as overall activity will diminish. In most states in the United States a Certificate of Need (CON) is required which indicates the need and also the most appropriate location to best serve the population.
GB: What keeps you grounded? Do you have any major interests other than work?
Charles: My faith keeps me grounded. I believe I was put here for a purpose and I get fulfillment in my assignment. My family is very special to me and I appreciate them sharing me with the many pursuits and interests and demands that I am involved in. I am very passionate about my involvement in Rotary.
There I am able to band with like-minded individuals to conduct community service and promote peace and goodwill. I have served in the capacity of president of the Rotary Club of South East Nassau, and previously performed the duties of international services chair for the Caribbean District 7020.
I am currently serving as the assistant district governor with responsibilities for the eight clubs in the Bahamas delegation within District 7020. I also serve as a board member for Marathon Bahamas, Volunteer Bahamas and the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). I attend Grace Community Church where I am an active member.
GB: What should young businesses keep in mind in this current economic climate to survive?
Charles: It is increasingly difficult to find individuals who possess a strong work ethic. They seem to just want a job. Passion is void and purpose is ill-defined or non-existent. They need to be hungry about learning and seek to produce excellent work no matter who is watching. A can-do spirit that does not embrace obstruction, but is resolution focused will greatly assist them. We need more dreamers, more designers and more thinkers who can take us further than the current generation. Each generation's responsibility is to make it better than its predecessor. Business persons especially need to be cautious in large scale reductions during tough times. I know the economics, but the reality is that when there is a turn around all the investment in training will be lost and loyalty will have been negatively impacted.
GB: How would you describe or classify the ease of doing business in The Bahamas?
Charles: Challenges usually occur when there is a lack of regulation or inconsistent enforcement. Additionally, when important decision making bodies only convene once per month major inconvenience is caused with the delay experienced. We are global players and efficiency must be the order of the day.
Freeport, Grand Bahama - The Grand Bahama Red
Cross Centre will be relaunching its 'Meals on Wheels' Program this
week. In preparation for this, members of The Rotaract Club of
Freeport, as well as the Interact Club of Sunland Baptist Academy took
time this past Saturday (September 11th) to ensure that all food
service vessels and utensils were cleaned and ready to be used in time
for the program's intended relaunch.
The Rotaract Club of Freeport (along with all Rotary International
clubs) operates through four avenues of service: community,
international, vocational and club service...
It's important to embrace diversity and culture as a young person, according to Lauren Glinton, head girl at St. Andrews School. The 17-year-old honor roll student, who has a 3.64 grade point average, said studying may provide good grades and make her academic resume look great, but it isn't everything. The teen said sometimes it's more important to venture out into the world and "grab life by the horns" instead of just burying yourself in books. This is why the twelfth grade student loves to take time out from her busy schedule to relax and do things she loves, like dancing to salsa, swimming, participating in art classes and being a leader to her peers.
Q. What do you think made you stand out to your peers and teachers enough to be elected as head girl?
A. I think my outspoken personality and ability to voice my opinions well made me stand out. I am not a follower and I am not swayed easily by the thoughts and views of others. This makes me able to see things as they truly are and make rational decisions without getting emotional. I am also open-minded and I think I have a good attitude that makes me an easy person to talk to. I am also very involved in my school and I am willing to do whatever I can to be of service.
Q. What did you expect your role as head girl would be and did it live up to your expectations?
A. I thought I would be expected to set a good example, not only for girls but the male students as well. I knew I would be responsible for leading the prefect body and ensuring we are all doing what we can. I expected that I would be asked often to talk with students and be there for those who need an ear or some advice. So far it has really lived up to what I have expected and it's great to me.
Q. What lessons are you learning now that you can use to pursue your future endeavors?
A. I think this role is definitely helping me to have a deeper understanding of leadership and what it means to be in the frontline. I am also learning how important appearances are and how to be everywhere at once so things can go smoothly. It's a lot of work, but this practice now will help me to be able to be more diverse and capable of handling similar situations in the future.
Q. What is your greatest challenge as head girl and how are you facing it?
A. I think being as available to my peers as I should is a challenge I am facing. It's a big job being head girl and tackling this job, because you have so many things to do since you are preparing to be a graduate as well. You have studying, extracurricular activities and even clubs. It's quite busy, but it's all about time management and just fitting in everything you need to do accordingly. I'm still tackling this every day but it does get a little easier I feel. I try to be helpful and even more open than usual, so students don't have to feel afraid to just come and talk if they need to.
Q. Although twelfth grade is a really busy academic time, are there extracurricular activities you just have to make time for?
A. Yes there are. I love to just get away and have fun. You can't let all the things you have going on keep you from doing what is necessary to help you relax. I like dancing, swimming, art and spending time alone to just think. I think it's important to have hobbies and extracurricular activities that you slot into your day, because it forces you to be more organized and manage time better. It also helps you to explore other parts of your life so you know where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Not everyone is the smartest, so being good at something else really boosts self-esteem, confidence and makes you feel better. You shouldn't let life weigh you down, so it's really good to do things you like to ease your mind I feel.
The countdown is on to 2012 and of course there are fabulous events being held island-wide where you can party away 2011 and ring in the New Year, and The Nassau Guardian has the entire scene covered for you -- from the hottest party in the east to the wildest and most glamorous affairs in the west.
Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace
It's being billed as two levels and two parties all at one venue, at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace in the Summer Winds Plaza on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
With a $5,000 balloon drop, scheduled for 1:12 a.m., (to ensure that people have time to make it out after church to collect their change) Leslia Miller says their Masquerade Party is one not to be missed.
With two levels, two parties, one venue, in the Heineken Platinum green lounge cake and champagne will be circulated all night. Every twelfth person will also receive a New Year's gift bag filled with goodies until the clock strikes midnight. And anyone attired in green will gain admission into the Heineken lounge for half price
The second lounge will be the Countdown VIP Dance Floor, where the balloon drop will take place.
Besides the money, Miller says Mario's will have the hottest deejays, drink specials and fireworks.
Doors open at 10:30 p.m. until 6 a.m.
Compass Point Beach Resort
Anastacia Kemp says the Compass Point Beach Resort New Year's affair will definitely appeal to people who want to relax to bring in 2012.
"You don't have to be over-dressed so you can feel relaxed," says the front desk manager. For $185 per person, you get a four-course served meal and access to an open bar. The event which starts at 8 a.m. and runs through to 12 midnight, will feature a deejay, live band, Junkanoo rushout and fireworks.
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill
Hammerhead's Bar and Grill on East Bay Street invite you to dive into 2012 at their establishment with a party that party kicks of at 9 p.m. with $2 shots and $4 drink specials. With bottle service all night, and music by Nassau's hottest deejay, they say it's the spot to be.
SuperClubs Breezes will host a New Year's Eve Gala at the resort on Cable Beach from 6 p.m. until you say when. In the main dining room you have a raw bar with iced cocktail shrimp and Caribbean claws, a soup station with four soups, a salad bar which allows you to mix it up as you like it, their famous trio station, their taste of the world station, a Caribbean-style ratatouille station, and an unforgettable sumptuous dessert station.
The Marley Resort on Cable Beach hosts a New Year's Eve cocktail party on Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A live band plays for your enjoyment. The $75 cover charge includes appetizers, party favors and a free glass of champagne at midnight.
Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors will join volunteers working at the 42nd BTC CARIFTA Games in the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium this Easter weekend. They will be distributing Coca-Cola beverages to attendees from March 29 to April 1.
Donnisha Armbrister, Coca-Cola's marketing manager, said: "Community is top of mind for us as it is with Rotary. We assist as much as possible with opportunities to educate, or develop young Bahamians. When one of our products is purchased, a portion of the proceeds is invested in the community. We are glad to contribute to the charitable initiatives that Rotary conducts around the country."
Lindsey Cancino, assistant district governor for Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas, said: "This is a big job for us, but the Rotary family abides by our motto, 'Service above Self'. We are always looking for opportunities to serve and raise funds for community projects. It is a privilege to partner with Coca-Cola and lend assistance to the CARIFTA organizers."
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.
A $1.5 billion lawsuit between rival casino operators in New York State and a political tug-of-war in Florida have delayed major developments from springing up in their respective states.
The news comes amid serious concerns from stakeholders in The Bahamas concerning mounting competition to the gambling product.
Back in November, George Markantonis, the president and managing director at Kerzner International (Bahamas), told Guardian Business that more legalized gambling in these states is "absolutely a concern" for future tourism numbers. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, the minister of tourism and aviation, said casino services in Florida represent "the loss of a significant advantage".
But plans for both New York State and Florida appear to be at least temporarily derailed.
According to recent court documents obtained by Guardian Business, Concord Associates has filled a $1.5 billion lawsuit claiming a "racino", a facility in which horse race betting and other types of gambling are done electronically, has conspired to block its plans for a $600 million entertainment complex in upstate New York.
Phase one of the proposed casino resort would include a 75,000 square-foot casino and 258-room hotel, including five restaurants, entertainment spaces and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
Concord, the owner of 116 acres on the site of the Concord Hotel in Thompson, New York, was supposed to gain access to an additional 1,500 acres of land courtesy of Entertainment Properties Trust (EPT).
Concord alleges that EPT is now repudiating an earlier agreement on behalf of Monticello Raceway Management, the rival "racino" .
Monticello Raceway Management, a subsidiary of Empire Resorts Inc, is the only race track and legal gaming facility within 80 miles.
"Empire and the EPT defendants have combined and conspired to take actions which were and are intended to prevent, and which have prevented, plaintiffs from establishing a competing racino at the site of the former Concord Hotel and the resort in the Town of Thompson in Sullivan County, approximately four miles from the Monticello Casino," the court document said. "To foreclose plaintiffs' access to such property, Empire has induced Entertainment Properties to repudiate agreements with platinizes and deny platinizes the use of these essential facilities."
Concord claims these actions represent "anticompetitive and monopolistic practices".
Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, a Florida House of Representations subcommittee deferred a vote last month that would have paved the way for gambling resorts in the state.
The move temporarily blocked a Malaysian conglomerate from beginning work on a $3.8 billion casino resort in downtown Miami.
Prior to the deferred vote, two counties in Florida had passed referendums allowing slot machine gambling, which now require state-level approval. State law currently prohibits casinos from expanding beyond businesses run by the Seminole Indian Tribes and selected racetracks.
Resorts World Miami, backed by the Kuala Lumpar-based Genting Group, is planning a mega resort that includes a casino, four hotels, two residential towers, a shopping center, more than 50 restaurants and nightclubs and 700,000 square feet of convention and meeting space.
Markantonis called the Genting Group "high caliber" and felt The Bahamas would have to greatly "up its game" if the development ever came to fruition.
Indeed, both developments in New York State and Florida could also present unwelcomed competitive to Baha Mar, the $2.6 billion resort rising on Cable Beach, which boasts the largest casino in the Caribbean as a centerpiece of the project.
"I will say in this particular case that there are two factors that make this a bigger concern in general," Markantonis said. "About 15 percent of our business is dedicated casino business. Many of our guests are coming here for our casino as well as perhaps other attractions."
There are some ideas many claim to understand, but which few actually do, such as national youth service (NYS), which the country should better define before moving ahead with any new initiatives that bear the name but have little resemblance to more authentic models of NYS.
In defining an idea, it's clarifying to acknowledge what it isn't. Efforts to rehabilitate non-violent juvenile offenders or provide alternative programs for school-age youth the public education system is unable "to handle" have been wrongly defined and mislabeled as national youth service.
Military and penal oriented programs are not examples of NYS. The former Youth Empowerment and Skills Training Institute (YEAST), for all its merits, though not without its problems is similarly not a form of NYS. Despite criticisms, those who initiated, built and supported YEAST deserve our gratitude.
While successive governments have spoken eloquently of the importance of NYS, they have failed to define the concept. But, despite this lack of clarity, there has been an enduring effort to provide our young people with opportunities to contribute to the common good through community service.
This spirit has produced fine programs such as the Girl Guides, Kiwanis' Key Clubs and an impressive list of private efforts to develop character and promote active citizenship among our youth.
But these laudable programs are also not NYS. National youth service by its definition is broader based involving significant numbers of young people.
Whether we realize it or not, the country has already developed a form of NYS, namely, the mandatory community service program in our public and most of our private secondary schools.
This is an example of having a good thing and not recognizing its goodness, especially with regards to the thousands of hours of service thousands of Bahamian youth have already given to the nation.
But this good idea, yet underdeveloped program, is quite flawed in terms of its mission, direction, oversight and effectiveness. We have to make this good thing even better by holding these school-based programs to a higher standard and providing them with clearer guidelines and better management and accountability.
While there are other forms of NYS that can be geared towards college and post-college young people, and should be thought through, the country already has a national youth service infrastructure, namely, our junior and secondary schools filled with all of the nation's youth, to whom we can provide myriad citizenship building and community service-learning experiences.
Our national challenge is not to launch new programs that check-off some box called national youth service, but to take what we already have and dramatically revise it so that the promise of NYS, already realized in some form, can more fully fulfill the idea and ideals of national youth service of which we have long dreamed.