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NASSAU, Bahamas -- More than a dozen rake n' scrape band members today embarked on the trip of a lifetime where they will perform at churches and colleges in and around New York City.
Over the course of this week, the Bahamas Rake n' Scrape Company, led by its director, Nathaniel Adams will perform at several landmark locations in New York including The Roman Catholic Church of the Epiphany and Vassar College, culminating in a one-hour concert at the United Nations.
Adams said the Bahamas Rake n' Scrape Company started with an idea and six Gerald Cash Primary School students. Now the band, which also goes by the name 'Rhythm n' Youth', has blossomed to 25 skilled members, ages five to 16-years from nine different schools across New Providence.
Adams said he was truly grateful for the donation from Baha Mar, which has helped to defray the overall cost of the trip.
"For five years we have been building and working on the rake n' scrape program. It's about the music, but music is only a vehicle," Adams explained. "Baha Mar donated to our group, which is a big deal. We can use that money to get items to get some things that will help the band to move forward."
Baha Mar is one of several sponsors that have helped to make the band's international trip a reality. Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, commended corporate sponsors, including Baha Mar, for stepping up to the plate and investing in youth and education.
After day one of the five day Bahamas International (IC) Doubles week being held at Breezes, The Bahamas team got off to a good start with a 4-1 victory over Barbados...
We are not there yet. Much more needs to be done by all the social partners if we are going to win this war against crime and return our communities to the once tranquil environments they used to be.
Places like my beloved Bain Town, once the bedrock for cultural activities and social gatherings, must return to a sense of normalcy. These challenges we face, though enormous, are not insurmountable. And when we elevate our social consciousness and obligation in our respective communities, then we will continue to stem the tide.
Recent government initiatives however, led by my MP Dr. Bernard Nottage,the minister of national security, and of course Attorney General Allyson Maynard, continue to assure me that no effort will be spared in winning our communities back. Only a few days ago I was privileged to be one of the special guests at the Urban Renewal homes program. To have seen the key turn to a brand new house for a resident of Bain Town, and the significant partnership involved in that exercise, not only did my heart good, but was yet a reminder that when we as a people work together and share of our resources, then gospel preaching becomes a joy. It brings a smile to my face. Yet I know this is not enough. Significantly more funding is needed to meet our many social ills, which in my view is at the center of our crime dilemma.
The government's initiative to do major home repairs in the urban areas is but one more step in uprooting the very appearance of criminal activities, though resources are limited. I saw the wisdom then in government seeking to raise additional resources by taxing what all of us know continues to be one of the Bahamians' most favorite pastimes - spinning balls for gain. It is an issue one year later, still unresolved, and even with a pending court ruling it will be here with us. I am not prepared to re-litigate that issue, having paid a personal price for being progressive because I felt then as I do now that with more revenue much more can be done to arrest the social void in Bain Town and other needy communities.
I continue to call on our social partners to join the government as we press towards more peaceful communities and the creation of a new Bahamas. I am of the view that crime, which seems to be hitting us form all fronts, is being met by a government that is equally up to the task of confronting these vexing issues from all front.
The preventative work of Urban Renewal and the continuous tabling of crime-fighting bills send a strong message to persons with criminal minds that they will not be allowed to unravel us as a people. The swift justice initiative by the attorney general is the Bible's description in the fight against crime. Governments are deterrents to evildoers and sentences will come quickly to persons found guilty of wrongdoing. Additionally, the recent tabling of other crime bills is closing all the loopholes and strengthens our borders, while making good on our international and neighborly responsibilities.
The bill to deal with gang crime and, of course, ensuring our police officers are not interfered with is a significant signal that this government is resolute in this fight. I do believe in the not to distant future these kinds of initiatives will be followed up with the government seriously re-visiting the issue of hanging persons found guilty of murder.
And while we have progressed some with our present system of governance, I join my fellow Bahamians in their call to the Constitutional Commission to cause capital punishment to be returned immediately and to remove all barriers that prevent the carrying out of the law so far as capital punishment is concerned; even if this means changes in our judicial system.
These challenges we face are multifaceted in nature. And yes, with God's help, a government that is resolute in carrying the sword and our many social partners sharing in the burden of governance, over time we will see even more progress one community at a time
- Rev. Dr. Philip McPhee
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Ten years ago on September 11, nearly 3,000 people from more than 90 nations perished in a terrorist attack targeting the United States. U.S. President Obama took inspiration from the victims and survivors of this tragic event by establishing September 11 as a National Day of Service. Last year, 11.5 million people -- including the president and First Lady Michelle Obama -- participated in the day of service, helping charitable organizations and community groups throughout the United States.
In response to U.S. President Barack Obama's call to service, U.S. Embassy Nassau marked the anniversary of September 11th with two community service projects on New Providence. On the morning of September 9th, The U.S. Embassy's Chargè d'affaires, Mr. John Dinkelman, visited the G.K. Symonette Library to donate a collection of over 400 new Scholastic books for young readers as well as bookshelves, a rug, brightly colored pillows and a large nursery rhyme mural to brighten up the children's corner.
The donation was a way for the U.S. Embassy to give back to the community of Yellow Elder Gardens by creating a bright, vibrant space where children can explore the world through reading. On hand for the donation were second graders from C.W. Sawyer Primary School and Ms. Dorcas Bower from the Ministry of Education.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Pelican Bay Hotel Sabor-Licious Grill each Friday featuring sizzling savoury summer barbecue delicacies delivered to your table on your own personal tabletop grill. Every Friday patrons can...
Cable Bahamas expressed "surprise" yesterday after the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) said it is prepared, with the assistance of other unions, to "shut Cable Bahamas down" if no resolution is reached within the next month to a dispute between the two sides.
The BISX-listed communications provider was hit with the threat of industrial action over an alleged decision not to complete negotiations with the union that would have allowed its employees to unionize.
In comments later contradicted by the company, the union claimed that Cable Bahamas has failed to recognize it as the legitimate bargaining agent for its non-managerial employees notwithstanding a court's recognition of the union having this status "over a decade ago".
The BCPOU pointed to the circumstances leading up to the closure of a building by Cable Bahamas as one of a number of incidents that have placed workers at risk during the time in which the union has unsuccessfully been seeking to represent them.
Cable Bahamas filed a civil action in the Supreme Court earlier this year against gas company Rubis seeking damages and compensation for the pollution-enforced closure of its customer service building. In March 2013, Rubis said it was working assiduously with the government to get a gas leak under control in the area where the building is located.
Suggesting that Cable Bahamas has only negotiated sporadically with the union, BCPOU President Bernard Evans accused Cable Bahamas of "disrespecting" workers, denying them a right to be represented by a union of their choice.
"The BCPOU has been extremely patient in this matter, but concluded that unless there is intervention from a third party or parties, the union will have no choice but to exercise its rights under the Industrial Relations Act and call for civil unrest and industrial action against the company," he said.
Placing pressure on the government, Evans said it has made a substantial investment in the company and called on the "government-appointed" directors to ensure Cable Bahamas enters negotiations with the union, "in accordance with the Industrial Relations Act and the order issued by the Supreme Court."
In a statement issued later, Cable Bahamas said it was with "disappointment and surprise" that it learned of the BCPOU's comments. It said it recognized and had been abiding by a Supreme Court ruling in relation to the matter and had sought to negotiate "in good faith over the year".
However, suggesting that the ball is in the union's court, Cable Bahamas claimed that it is still "awaiting a response" from the BCPOU following the last meeting between the two sides in May.
"Truth be told, the most recent discussions with the BCPOU and Cable Bahamas' labor consultants took place on two occasions in May of this year. The union, at the meeting, chose to advise Cable Bahamas that it would continue the discussions but would send its preferred approach in writing. Cable Bahamas is still awaiting communication from the BCPOU as promised," said the company.
In its statement, Cable Bahamas called the incident which affected its customer service building on Robinson Road "an environmental disaster". However, it added that the heath and safety of its employees and customers, in all of its facilities, "has always been a top priority",
THE co-operation and friendship between the People's Republic of China and the Bahamas was "greatly increased" by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's visit, Chinese Ambassador Hu Dingxian told The Tribune yesterday.
Arriving back to the Bahamas yesterday following his visit to Barbados for the funeral of former Prime Minister David Thompson on Wednesday, Mr Ingraham was greeted at the airport by the Ambassador.
The sole flag barrier for the country competing in boxing, at the Pan Am Games, is being cheered on by head coach for the national program Andre Seymour.
Seymour said he likes Valentino Knowles' chances of capturing a gold medal at the competition which will get on the way October 14-30, in Guadalajara, Mexico. If Knowles is successful, it will be the second gold medal for The Bahamas at that competition. Taureano Johnson won a gold in 2007.
"I think he will do great," said Seymour. "He will just be coming back from the World Championships where he will hope to qualify for the Olympic Games. Only five days is in between, so he will be in tip-top shape.
"He's been training daily. Going hard at bags. I know he is excited about participating because he wanted to qualify bad and I know he gave it his all when he was at the last qualifiers. It is unfortunate that Carl didn't qualify, but they're both working hard for the World Championships."
Knowles picked up one of the qualifying spots at the last Pan Am qualifiers, that were held in Panama City, Panama. It was one of the highest scoring matches in the preliminary round. The Bahamian, who competes in the 64kg weight class out-punched Daniel Munoz of Chile, 17:12 to win the bout.
Seymour added: "I am liking his chances at both events. Like I said he is ready and looking forward to competing."
Knowles and fellow countryman Carl Heild are ranked high among their peers in the Caribbean region. The two will look to improve their rankings when the World Boxing Championships are held September 22-October 9 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
More than 30 people have applied for the vacant CEO position at the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), its chairman, Wayne Aranha, confirmed yesterday.
Usman Saadat's resignation from the post took effect on Wednesday.
Aranha announced back in May that the board accepted Saadat's resignation from the important post.
Saadat agreed to stay on until August 31 after the board "reluctantly" accepted his resignation. Aranha confirmed yesterday that Saadat is no longer with URCA, but he said a replacement has not yet been chosen. Aranha did not have available the specific number of applicants for the post, as he was not in his office when he spoke with The Nassau Guardian.
Saadat has been a controversial figure, particularly earlier this year when URCA was considering the sale of a majority interest in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC).
Saadat featured prominently in a series of exclusive investigative articles by The Nassau Guardian questioning CWC's connection to URCA. Saadat formerly served as CEO of CWC's St. Lucia operation. He joined URCA (formerly the Public Utilities Commission) in 2009 as its director of policy and regulation (DPR).
There was controversy after The Guardian revealed that, in 2009, he introduced former CWC executive Marsha Lewis to URCA's board.
Lewis soon landed a human resources consultancy contract with the regulator.
In those articles The Guardian also revealed that URCA never advertised the human resources position locally, and that when Saadat applied for the CEO position last year he had to forward his resume to Lewis, his former colleague, for vetting.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said previously that URCA broke immigration rules. At a Free National Movement (FNM) rally in March, Ingraham announced that Lewis "won't be coming back to work here in The Bahamas."
Lewis leads LCI Inc. in Barbados and her husband - up until the time of The Guardian investigation - still served as a CWC executive.
URCA approved the BTC deal months ago and its chairman maintained that there was never any conflict of interest.
When he announced Saadat's resignation back in May, Aranha said, "The board would have wished Mr. Saadat to stay for the length of his tenure, until 2013, given that it has full confidence in the ability, integrity, and leadership of its CEO."
Aranha also said, "However, noting that this is a personal decision, which has been directly influenced by the recent unfortunate and unwarranted personal attacks on him and his family in different media, the board has reluctantly accepted his resignation.
"He has contributed significantly to the development of URCA and the advancement of the regulation of the communications sector in The Bahamas."
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), as part of its Transmission and Distribution (T&D) infrastructure investments, has launched a preventative maintenance program in communities across the island.
In 2011, GBPC put forward a three point plan to address system reliability, generation efficiency and the need to incorporate renewable generation into its energy portfolio. Key to service reliability is a robust, well-maintained T&D system, and preventative maintenance is critical to ensuring that connections and equipment are properly maintained and operating at optimal levels across the T&D system.
The program focuses on specific areas with a history of power-related issues and also encompasses regular testing and maintenance of key pieces of equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers, batteries and switches.
Recently, the communities of Ariel Place and Holmes Rock were two such areas that benefitted from the preventative maintenance program. GBPC crews spent over a week working diligently on trimming trees, changing out transformers and hardware, fixing connections and facilitating major infrastructure upgrades and equipment replacements. As a result, residents may now expect a reduction in interruptions of service and improvement in the quality of the service.
To date, GBPC has made substantial investments in finances, resources and training to improve the reliability of the company's transmission and distribution system, resulting in a 51% improvement in both the frequency and duration of power outages.
By Gardener Jack
The beginning of August is the height of the guava season and is often marked by the delicious aroma of guava jam and guava duff being made in the kitchen.
Guavas (Psidium guajava) originate in Central America and occur wild in The Bahamas. In general, guavas are disappointing eaten out of hand and taste much better when cooked. Hold a guava to your nose and you will not notice much, but place a single guava in a room and the scent will soon permeate through the whole house. The aroma of guava is distinctive and haunting.
A guava tree is easily distinguished out of season by the papery copper bark that peels from the hardwood trunk. The leaves are heavily veined and are also ea ...
After years of studies and the completion of a dissertation, Police Sergeant 2666 Chaswell A. Hanna of the Royal Bahamas Police Force has successfully fulfilled the requirements for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree at Nova Southeastern University. Majoring in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Conflict Resolution, he finished the program with a 4.0 GPA.
Dr. Hanna's dissertation focused on the subject of school crime and violence. He also holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina; a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Military Science from Northern Michigan University; and an Associate of Arts degree in Law & Criminal Justice from The College of The Bahamas. His graduate degrees coupled with his doctoral research in the field of criminology adds value to his role as a qualified criminologist and researcher.
With the attainment of a doctoral degree, Dr. Hanna has prepared himself for the achievement of a new dimension of organizational success in the 21st century. The instructional content of his major was designed to cultivate leadership skills needed in progressive organizations. Some of these skills include strategic planning, informed decision making, policy drafting, creativity, and innovation. The minor in conflict resolution has built his capacity in problem solving, mediation, negotiation and facilitating feuding parties seeking to resolve conflicts.
Dr. Hanna has acquired the ability to properly evaluate programs and initiatives to determine whether they are working. When programs are not achieving anticipated goals, he has been trained to provide more workable and effective alternatives. Additionally, he has enhanced his core competencies in formulating crime fighting strategies, completing impact assessments and conducting advanced empirical research.
Dr. Hanna has already demonstrated some of these skills by the research studies he has conducted. Inspired by his experiences as a homicide detective at CDU, he produced two studies on murders; the most recent was released earlier this year entitled: "Reducing Murders in The Bahamas: A Strategic Plan Based on Empirical Research". He has embarked on new research-based projects including school-based policing, the police's use of force, and improving detection/conviction rates. He is currently posted at the Strategic Policy & Planning Branch and continues to learn from his colleagues in the RBPF. He looks forward to putting his new skills to use in the fight against crime.
The 3rd annual FLIFF On Location: Grand Bahama Island film festival wrapped up on Sunday, November 3rd at the Pelican Bay Hotel...
A witness to a double murder testified from the grave yesterday when his statement to police was entered into evidence.
Tevari Williams, the nephew of murder accused George Williams, died in a motorbike crash in 2011.
Williams is on trial for the April 23, 2008 murders of Terrel "Sleepy" Mingo and Andrew Weekes at Adventurer's Way, Grand Bahama.
He has denied the allegations at his trial before Justice Roy Jones and is defending himself.
Inspector Mark Barrett, who recorded Williams' witness statement, read the document into evidence.
According to Williams' account, the defendant saw him with a gold Presidential Rolex watch and kept pressing him about where he got it from.
In the statement, the witness said that after his uncle pulled a gun on him, he told his uncle Sleepy gave him the luxury watch.
The witness said that Williams told him to get into a car that was driven by someone named Gubba and they went to collect Sleepy.
He said that Williams pulled a gun on Sleepy and ordered him into the car. He then pressed him about the source of the watch.
Sleepy pretended that he didn't know what Williams was talking about, but he eventually said it was part of a jewelry collection stolen from the home of a drug dealer called Cabbage.
According to the witness, Williams then said that the stakes had risen because Cabbage had tried to kill him before.
The witness said at Gubba's suggestion, Williams and Sleepy went behind a house to discuss how the loot should be shared.
The witness said Williams shot Sleepy for refusing to share the jewelry with him. He said Williams ran behind another man who was walking away and shot him in the head.
The witness said his uncle spared his life, telling him "the only reason I ain't kill you is because you is my blood."
Neil Brathwaite is prosecuting.
The following is a Proclamation by U.S. President Barack Obama: On
September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst
attack on the American people in our history.
Proclamation By U.S. President Barack Obama: Patriot Day And National Day O0f Service And Remembrance, 2012
On September 11, 2001, a bright autumn day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history.
The Moore's Island archipelago consists of about 10-12 cays at the edge of the Northwest Providence Channel in the Abaco chain of islands. Only the largest island is inhabited. The inhabited island of Moors Island has a total land area of 6.8 sq. miles with an estimated population of 950. On island settlements comprise of Hard Bargain (the capital) and The Bight.