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Last Rites & Memorial Tributes for the Late Bishop Edward Nathaniel Missick Sr. JP. Aged 76 years a resident of #18 First Holiness Way, Bamboo Town, Nassau, Bahamas, who passed away on 3rd September, 2011, will be held at First Holiness Church of God, First Holiness Way, Bamboo Town, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bishop Albert Hepburn, Rev. Dr. J. Carl Rahming, Bishop Ros Davis & Rev. Gregory A. Collie. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum, J.F. K. Drive, Nassau, Bahamas.
Left to cherish his memories are his:
Faithful and devoted wife of 53 years, Roslyn Louise Missick
CHILDREN: Carl Missick Sr, Edward Missick Jr., Andrew Missick Sr., Shon Missick & Patrick Johnson, Karen Missick, Stephanie Collie, Monique Missick- Munroe, Michelle Lewis, Andrea Houston, Deborah Moxey-Rolle, Gloria,Moultrie, Vonita Cleare & Portia Johnson
Renishka, Karlyndria, Ashnell, Crystal, Laranda, Edvania, Abrille, Amba, Ariana, Kathryn-Ann, and Shawniqua Missick, Evernique, Evaughnya, & Evante Munroe, Danielle Walkine, Glodeika Moultrie, Michealla Lewis, Alicia Houston, Anthonette Cossio,
Tavaree, Abiah, Carl Jr., & Andrew Jr. Missick, Robert, Darrington, Glenvino & Dovar Moultrie, Kirklyn Saunders Jr., Nakita Higgins, Pheron Collie, Frank Jr. & DeAundre Houston, Ricardo Rolle, Lathario Missick, Micheal Lewis Jr., Everone Munroe, Anthony Cossio, Alfred and Anthony Johnson, Aaron & Antonio
Tariq Forbes, Travon Palmer, Deyje Brown, Tyler Missick, Rashard Brown, Romel Johnson, Elijah, Damarius, & Glenvino Jr. Moutlrie, Manoah Walkine, Ty Poyotte, Claynique McDonald, Marvinette Davis & ReShea Brown, Darriana & Clarissa Moultrie,
DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Marsha, Sonia, Denise, & Nicole Missick
SONS-IN-LAWS: Rev. Gregory Collie, Frank Houston Sr., Everette Munroe, & Michael Lewis Sr.
BROTHER-IN-LAWS: Evang. Samuel Simmons, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Henry Williams, Provodenciales Turks & Caicos, & Garnet Duncombe
SISTERS-IN-LAWS: Anita Missick, Mazilee Forbes, and Majorie Simmons of Freeport, Grand Bahama. Louise Williams of Provodenciales, Turks & Caicos & Enith Duncombe,
NIECES & NEPHEWS
Monica Delancey, Shirley[Errol] Holmes, Cassandra Gardiner, Adel Gibson, Ethelee[Everette]Hart, Edna Swan, Armeta Saunders, Evamae[Allan] Moxey, Brenda[Ashley] Cooper, Carol, Usilla, Lydia, Youlette, Barbara Missick, Vonita[Burton] Cleare, Mary Brown, Geneva[Oneal] Hall, Nancy[Nathan] Parker, Antione Hall, Linda[Henry] Romer, Raffletha Smith, Annie[Cleverson] Lightbourne, Helen Smith, Princess[Charlton] Gibson, Angela[Jerome] Francis, Katiemae[Wenzel]Deveaux, Edith Missick, Naomi Hamilton, Sylvia Campbell, Hazel[Evanis] Alfonzo, Beatrice Pierre, Shirlymae Pitter, Sheryl Bastian, Melanie Darren]Haston, Selma[Stephen] Moore, Sheena Missick, Judy Missick, Dorinda[Buster] Been, Janet Duncombe, Daphane Duncombe, Emily Forbes, Geraldine Nawvaroo, Pamela Forbes, Beulah[Derek] Hamilton, Blossom Simon.
John, Walter[Janice], Joel[Constance], Joshua, Charles, Jerome[Queenie], Wesley[Erma], Leroy[Cecilia], McDonald[Essie], Tony[Alice], Kevin[Millie], Calvin Jr[Joyce], Matthew[Valarie], Ervin[Verona], Eustace[Patrina], George[Viola], Felix, Dino, Mario, Daniel, Jason, Linville, Randy & Bert[Louana] Missick, Llwellyn Simmons, Elikindro[Yohanny] Fleurisma, Novelle Smith, Leon[Vivilent] Campbell, Terrance Hamilton, Adrian Gibson, Kevin Morris, Arthur Morris, Gordon, Welly, Derek, Delroy and Albert Williams of Provodenciales Turks & Caicos Island,, Benjamin[Cecilia], Arthur, Bradley, and Ian Forbes, Perry, Nelson[Christine], Bradford, Craig and Trevor Duncombe.
143 Great Grand nieces including, Lemelle Kemp, Tia Holmes, Lacrissa Swan, Sheronne Brown, Esther Hall, Della Rolle, Brenda Hall,
Rogette Swan, Erin Swan, Stacia Holmes
115 Great Grand Nephews, including, Barron Missick, Errol Missick, Tchychoisky Saunders, Valdez, Valrico, Valderon Cleare, Ron Lewis, Jerome Francis, Errol Holmes,
GOD-CHIILDREN: Ethelee Hart, Shenderlene Greene-Evans, Modesto Colebrooke, Wilfred Bastian, Everette & Judith
THE FIRST HOLINESS CHURCH OF GOD FAMILY: Rev. Lucille Woodside, Rev. Gordon Cooper, Rev. Maxine Darville, Min. Clarice Moss, Min. Eleanor Austin, Min. Thelma Bowleg, Rev. Ezekiel & Sis. Judy Thompson, Elder Rudolph Hanna, Min, Aaron Feaster, Min. Minera Riley, Min. Helen Smith, Deacon & Deaconess Gray, Deaconess Joyce Conliffe, Brenda Rolle & Family, Alfreda Sears & Family, Kendal & Keisha Lewis & Family, Bridgette Miller & Family, Kreva Taylor & Family, Coralee Deveaux & Family, Sabbie Poitier & Family, Tangie Bethel & Family, Veronica Burnett & Family, Emmaline Jones & Family, Nicole Balfour & Family, Evans, Paul Family, Smith Family, Stubbs Family, Thompson Family, Russell Family, Blanche Turner & Family, Jennie Pinder & Family, Missick Family
SPECIAL FRIENDS: Mr. & Mrs Arthur Brown, Mr. Edwin Ingraham, Mrs. Myrtis Deveaux and Family, Rev. Dr. LeRodney & Mrs. Rolle, Mr. Randolph Hanna and Family, , Bishop Wilbert & Mother Rolle, Bishop Shervin & Mother Dorothy Smith, Prophet & Mrs. Keith Rolle, Bishop Gregory & Sis. Minnis, Rev. Dr. J. Carl & Sis. Evangeline Rahming, Bishop Albert & Mother Karen Hepburn, Bishop Joseph & Mother Swan, Rev. Shelton & Mrs. Higgs, Rev. Steadman & Mrs, Knight, Bishop C. N. & Evangelist B. Williams, Mrs. Mary Dawkins & Family, Mrs. Helen Saunders & Family, Mrs. Pinder & Family, Rt. Hon, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Bishop Hosea & Mother Cox, Bishop Simeon & Mrs. Hall, Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson, President, Bahamas Christian Council, Rev. William & Sis. Pennerman, Rev. Dr. Perry & Mrs. Newton, Bishop Michael & Sis Ferguson, Apostle Quebell & Sis. Martin, Bishop Ross & Sis. Davis, Rev. Dr. Ornan & Mrs. Johnson, , Bishop Wilfred & Pastor Adderley, Bishop R.J & Mother Deleveaux, Bishop Salatiel & Mother Rolle, Rev. Richard & Sis Cynthia Gibbs, Rev. Rex & Sis Major, Rev. Shirley Smith & Family, Rev. & Min. McPhee, Rev. Charles & Mrs. Lewis, Rev. & Mrs. Kendal Capron, Mother Mary Wells & Family, Mother Marilyn Wallace & Family, Dr. Gloria Ageeb, Mr. & Mrs. Bowe[Bowes Pumping], Mrs. Helen Smith & Family, Mr. & Mrs Cornielius Gardiner, The Be Healed Revival Time Family, Mr. Sherman Smith, Hon. Sidney Collie & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Thurston, Mr. & Mrs. Leland Lightbourne, Carlos Mackey
SPECIAL FRIENDS OVERSEAS:
Rev. Eustace & Sis. Clarke, of Miami, Florida, Rev. Emmanuel & Sis. Dean, Provodenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Rev. Wille Lee Wrisper Jr. South Bay, Florida, Mr & Mrs, Hodge, St. Croix, USA, Pastor Emmanuel & Sis Saint Gerard, of Haiti, Sis. Ethlyn Cox, of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Sis. Daphane Romer, of Indianna, Bishop Clifford & Mother Henfield of Dundas Town, Abaco, Miss Sherry of Missouri City, Texas, Essie Arthur & Family[Turks & Caicos Island], Louise Raymond of Atlanta, Georgia, Management & Staff of St. Lukes Hospital, & Jacobs Engineering/NASA JSC, Houston, Texas.
OTHER RELATIVES & FRIENDS;
The Bodie Family, Stockdale Family, Johnson Family, Thurston Family, Cambridge Family, Poitier Family, Williams Family, Bowe Family, Godfrey Family, Armbrister Family, Ferguson Family, Major Family, Mackey Family, Adderley Family, Taylor Family, King Family, Ferguson Family, Coakley Family, Henfield Family, Wells Family, Newbold Family, Ethelyn Johnson & Family, Higgs Family, Mitchell Family, Hopeful Hanna & Family, Beatrice Dievieull & Family, Moxey Family, Greene Family, Ms.Leen Brice & Family, Cedric Rolle & Family of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Walkine Family of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Austin Family, Sandee Ferguson & Family, McKenzie Family, Sean & Nadine Minns, Mr. & Mrs. Emizarene Charlot, LaFrance Gustave, Joseph Pierre-Louis, Wilfrid Flurinord, Ceus Enguere, Schella Jean-Louis, Ticette Jean-Louis, Theresa Brown, Lovely Forbes, Geneva Morley, Janet Brown, Mrs. Regina Saunders & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Battiata & Family, Greg Sherman, FNM Bamboo Town Branch, Staff Oncology Clinic PMH, Staff Male Medical II, Management Team/ Human Resources Department, RBPF & HMP, ScotiaTrust Family, The National Insurance Board, Kentucky Fried Chicken, One and Only Ocean Club, Missick Bus Service, R & M Trucking, The Bamboo Town Community, The Engeleston Community, & others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at First Holiness Church of God, #18 First Holiness Way, Bamboo Town, on Friday from 3:30 p.m. until Saturday at 6:00 p.m. & on Sunday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
A memorial service for Bishop Edward Missick, will be held at First Holiness Church, Bamboo Town on Friday 16th September, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Ranford Patterson, President of The Bahamas Christian Council.
Honourable Members will be aware that Mr. Ehurd Cunningham, former Acting Financial Secretary, passed away last weekend. I want to take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude and that of the Nation for the many years of dedicated and tireless service that he so warmly provided to his dearly beloved country. Mr. Cunningham was instrumental in initiating, and indeed championed, many of the fundamental and much-needed reforms to Government on which we are presently embarked. His memory will live on in the enhanced economy and society that will emerge from our efforts.
Members of the National Culinary Team have been selected and practicing for several weeks for the Taste of the Caribbean regional competition later in June in Miami. Meanwhile, the team will display their culinary skills at two upcoming public events starting with 'Sunset Tapas on the Bay' set for Tuesday, May 29 at Blu Restaurant and Lounge on Elizabeth and Bay.
According to team manager Executive Chef Devin Johnson, the team will showcase an assortment of tapas menu items at the reception which will be a blend of locally infused international works of culinary art.
"I believe the public will delight in both the creativity and taste of what the team is putting together," states Chef Johnson. "Mixing indigenous foods with traditional appetizers helps to hone our chef's skills. At the Taste of the Caribbean competition the judges will look for an infusion of international and local flair."
Tuesday's event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. "With the backdrop of cruise ships berthed in Nassau Harbour, against the sounds of live Bahamian music, and the team's unique tapas selection and beverage offerings, this is a great opportunity for people to unwind from a busy day while showing their support for our up-and-coming young chefs," according to Bahamas Hotel Association President Stuart Bowe.
The tapas selection will include: cracked conch sushi; jerk chicken tartlets with guava BBQ sauce; Bahamian crawfish spring rolls with Asian dipping sauce; vegetable spring rolls; homemade combined veal, pork and beef meatballs with fresh sage and a tomato basil fondue; an asparagus, wild mushroom and roasted pepper pinwheel; and watermelon, papaya, cucumber and goat pepper gelee.
"The team has been practicing for six weeks and every week we see improvement," states Chef Johnson. "They've been working on techniques, beginning to gel more, and everyone knows their role. In the coming weeks it will come down to execution. That's why the tapas event at Blu and an upcoming team dinner at Atlantis on June 12 are so important."
The competition is sponsored by the Bahamas Hotel Association, the Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Culinary Association with support from team member hotels and restaurants and corporate sponsors Bahamas Food Services and Bristol Wines and Spirits. Blu and Atlantis are also assisting with hosting the team's two showcase events.
This year's team is comprised of: Team Manager Chef Devin Johnson from the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort; Team Captain Chef Jamal Small from Blu Restaurant; Chef Mychal Harris from Atlantis; Junior Chef Kevyn Pratt from One&Only Ocean Club; Chef Charron McKenzie and Pastry Chef Wenzil Rolle from the Lyford Cay Club; Chef Shanique Bodie from the Old Fort Bay Club; Bartender Gerard Knowles from the British Colonial Hilton; and Dwayne Sinclair, the National Young Chef from Temple Christian High School.
Over 14 Caribbean culinary teams will be vying for the culinary honors next month.
For additional information or tickets contact the BHA at 322-8381 or the Ministry of Tourism at 328-7810. Tickets will be available that evening at the door.
Despite not coming up with a medal on Friday, Joanna Evans and Laura Morley were still able to set new national records with their performances at the second Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
Evans managed to finish just fifth in the women's 400-meter (m) freestyle final, but her time of 4:12.14 topped the old record of 4:13.74 that she set just hours earlier in her qualification heat. Prior to yesterday the old record time in the 400m was 4:17.29, and was also set by Evans back in march at the Swift Swimming Championships in Nassau.
Hannah Moore of the United States finished first in the 400m final and scored her second gold medal of the championships. She won the race in a time of 4:11.05, followed by Sarisa Suwannachet, who finished in a close second with a time of 4:11.23 and Kathrin Demler out of Germany finished third with a time of 4:11.2.
Laura Morley competed in the women's 200m breaststroke but could only muster an eighth place finish in her preliminary race. Despite failing to advance, her time of 2:36.42 trumped the old national record of 2:37.97 set by McKayla Lightbourn at the 2008 CARIFTA swimming championships in Aruba.
The swimmers can now unwind in China, because yesterday marked the final day of swimming competition at the Youth Olympics.
In tennis, Rasheed Carey and his mixed doubles partner, Simona Heinova, of the Czech Republic, lost 2-0 in their quarterfinal match on court number two. They were defeated in straight sets by Stanislaw Zielinski, of Poland, and Jil Teichmann of Switzerland. The total time of the match was one hour and five minutes.
On the track, Drashanae Rolle finished fifth in heat number two of the women's 400m hurdles, with a time of 1:02.01 at the Nanjing OSC Stadium.
She finished 12th overall and although she failed to make it to the finals, she will be competing in the "B" finals on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Paul De Souza was once again denied the chance to get out and sail on the Jinniu Lake. Yesterday was the second day that all sailing races were canceled due to inclement weather. The country's sole sailor is competing in the Byte CII Class - Men's One Person Dinghy, and will hopefully get a chance to get in the water at some point today. De Souza has yet to compete in race eight, nine or 10 of the 11 race course due to the weather. Officials are working on a new schedule for the sailors, and will release it at some point today.
The Bahamas will be looking forward to some good performances in athletics today at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Stadium.
Tyler Bowe will compete in the men's 100m finals out of lane eight, and that race is set for 9:20 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Jenea Ambrose will look to make noise in the women's 100m final. She will be runnning out of lane two in the final that is set for 9 a.m. EST.
Henry Delauze was the first Bahamian athlete to make it into the final round, and will be competing in the men's 400m final that will begin at 10:06 a.m.
Almost 4,000 athletes from 204 countries are competing in 28 disciplines at this year's Youth Olympics.
The 42nd version of the CARIFTA Games, staged here earlier this year, was yet another indication of the potential the Bahamian sports industry has. Our track and field athletes performed with the courage of lions.
The Bahamas' eight gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals (31 in total) were good enough for second to Jamaica's 29, 25 and 15 for a total of 69. The difference between Jamaica and The Bahamas was clear. The medal count demonstrated the superiority of our sister Caribbean nation. Bahamian observers were heartened however by a few signs.
Of course, there was the great junior athlete Shaunae Miller, who sent a message to the world about the talent in The Bahamas, with her sensational runs in the under-20 female 200 meters (22.77) and 400 meters (51.63). Miller will not be there for The Bahamas when the supreme Caribbean junior track and field event is held in Fort-de-France, Martinique next year. She has moved out of the junior category.
The talent depth is here, though, for others to emerge and give this country the numbers to make a stronger challenge against Jamaica for the title. Spectators, particularly Bahamians, would recall with pride the awesome combination of under-20 female sprinters Devynne Charlton and Carmiesha Cox.
Charlton zipped across the finish in 11.60, just a hair ahead of Cox (11.61) in the under-20 female 100 meters (m) final. They will be eligible for The Bahamas once again. They provide a prime example of the grit of the Bahamian athletes. Our athletes have always performed gallantly. They have demonstrated year after year, an unflinching spirit.
That indomitable characteristic was there to be found in Bradley Cooper and his teammates during the late 1970s, when The Bahamas began the surge to the top. During the early 1980s when the country arrived at the pinnacle of CARIFTA Games glory by winning (in 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984), our athletes were not to be denied. The group of stalwarts who carried our banner in battle so magnificently included Mark Johnson, Wendell Lawrence, Joey Wells, Pauline Davis, Monique Miller, Whelma Colebrooke, Laverne Eve, Michael Newbold, Stanford Moss, Lynden Sands, Steve Wray, David Charlton, Fabian Whymms, Oralee Fowler and Maryann Higgs.
Sadly, while the talent reservoir in The Bahamas remains the envy of the region, the development program is nothing to brag about at all. In fact, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) does not have a vibrant national development program. Quite frankly, the athletes who do so well for this country are those who come out of the school programs. Others surface because their parents/guardians can afford to pay coaches to train them.
While the BAAA grabs the credit, the truth is well known. The time has come for the BAAA to focus on structuring a national program that reaches into every corner of every community in the country. There once was a time when a strong effort was made in that direction. There are those now associated with the BAAA, who know of the ventures made by the organization into a variety of islands to find raw athletic products.
Subsequently, several attempts at talent-search programs stalled. Today, the BAAA does not have a strong development program that covers the entire country. As a result, the CARIFTA squads are constantly with the make-up that has New Providence out-numbering all of the other islands collectively. This situation has to change.
If it does, then, and only then, will The Bahamas be able to put up an incredibly strong challenge against Jamaica and ultimately reclaim the top status.
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Bishop Simeon Hall tells colleagues that religious leaders lose their sense of right and wrong too often
Religious leaders are called to be God's people and as such must not stand in guilty silence when they see an "execution" of any kind about to happen, and they should make a difference by being courageous, standing up and saying something.
"Too many of us wait for and need our ministry to be confirmed by whose guest list we are on," said Bishop Simeon Hall, pastor emeritus at New Covenant Baptist Church, at a pastors' lunch at his alma mater American
Baptist Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. "You and I are called to be God's people, and we must not stand in guilty silence because of fear, favor or prejudice. The courage to stand is a call to make a qualitative difference. The courage to stand is to stand up and say my calling supersedes what you might offer me."
Using Matthew 14: 6-12 as his reference and the story of Herod at his birthday banquet and the guests who looked the other way even as John the Baptist was beheaded. The execution of John the Baptist he told them is not a popular narrative. He said that preachers tend to avoid it because the details are gory, sordid and unpleasant. He reminded them that in the story some of the worst details of cruel self-indulgences and perverse human spirits are revealed.
"Most times when you hear this story it is skirted over hurriedly with no concerned attempt to make its details the subject of sustained meditation and reflection. This text exposes certain realities and raises an issue with which we might not be at all comfortable. Usually upon reading the story we are confronted with the main characters only such as Herod, Herodias and Herodias' daughter, and we quickly push harsh judgment upon them.
"Indeed, Herod Antipas was guilty of double incest and double adultery. He married his niece, his brother's wife while his brother was still alive and he drove his wife from him by this union. Sometimes it is right to break a promise when the promise involves in its fulfillment the commission of a crime. But Herod wished to gratify the malice of an ill-gotten wife and to vindicate his authority in the presence of his silent guests. But let me invite you to shift your focus from Herod, Herodias and even John the Baptist to look at the silent guests at the banquet."
Bishop Hall told his colleagues that while people rush to pass judgment on the main characters in the story they are not the people with whom most of them can readily identify. But he said that at some point in their lives, most people have been "quiet guests at the banquet." He said those guests were the "mucka mucks" of the day.
"It is because most of us sitting in privileged positions, indulge in guilty silence that the ministries we head sometimes lose their relevance and the cutting edge feature common to the first century church," said Hall. "The privilege of modernity has sometimes cushioned some of us so that we forget that this institution that we celebrate had its birth because of an intercourse between structured evil and retrogressive social policy."
Hall said that too often religious leaders who are privileged to sit and interact with power and influence lose their sense of right and wrong at the expense of those whose lives could be positively impacted by a simple sign of protest.
He challenged them to think of one person whose life had been beset by misfortune and that person whose life might have been changed had they tried to do something. He asked them to think of a situation where they ought to have been more courageous but sat in guilty silence.
"Too often we find ourselves privileged to sit in positions and places where evil and wrong are being perpetrated, but we nestle ourselves in the comfortable seat of the invited guests, comfortable with the privileged invitation, but not accepting the concomitant responsibility to raise a finger to right a damnable wrong."
The bishop said that structured evil and entrenched wrong are so much a part of world systems that some people will never get invited to the king's banquet. And that even worse is the fact that as they sat as guests at the king's table there was a prophet of God imprisoned in the king's dungeon whose only crime was he obeyed his calling and spoke truth to power.
"The picture the Bible paints of John was not an attractive one, he was a hermit, his dress unbecoming and his message disturbing. But would you not agree with me that his worth as a human being and his ministry was worth more than a plate of food. By God's grace, ministry is calling and a privilege. The scope of your ministry should be extended beyond who you are," said Hall.
He further told his peers that big preachers with small messages were one of the most disturbing features of today's pulpit. He said religious leaders privileged to be guests at the king's banquet must embrace the responsibility to stand courageously in support of the least, the lost and the left out.
"In our fallen world, there are very often iniquitous structures, evil systems, exploitive organizations which victimized and marginalized people exploiting their weaknesses, pushing them to the edge of quiet desperation, and we Christian leaders are guests at the banquet sitting in guilty silence eating cheesecake. Which is worse -- a murderous, adulterous Herod or the cute and prim guest who sits in silence? Which is worse, the dancing daughter or the seated guests, indifferent to the beheading of the man of God?"
Hall said that like it or not, they sometimes unwittingly become accomplices in the evil towards which they are indifferent, and that the courage to stand is neither for the weak or the fearful. He told them that if they stand for right and social justice they might find themselves in the king's dungeon while the king and his guests are seated at a banquet.
Hall told them to look into themselves and ask themselves what it was that caused them to shy away from helping others who are disadvantaged, marginalized or being harmed right in our presence. And to also ask why it is that they who are called to imitate Christ pass over to the other side in the face of a simple effort to ameliorate person's hurt and shame.
"Why are we slow to stand courageously, especially for others? The vexing social insanities of our current scene call for more personal boldness on the part of all those who by social precedence are in hear-shout of power and influence," said Hall. "Too many of us wait for and need our ministry to be confirmed by whose guest list we are on. You and I are called to be God's people, and we must not stand in guilty silence because of fear, favor or prejudice. The courage to stand is a call to make a qualitative difference. The courage to stand is to stand up and say my calling supersedes what you might offer me," he said.
Politically, there is a tide in motion in The Bahamas perhaps to the extent that many feel compelled to ask, is this the flood to which Shakespeare referred when he said, "Which taken at the flood, leads to fortune"?
The leader of the newly formed Democratic National Alliance (DNA) party, Branville McCartney, must have asked the question, "Is this flood?" It's the only question that's worth answering; no other question is so crucial, no other political verbal indigestion or mental vomiting will suffice. McCartney must look at the current and decide with unapologetic gusto, is this tide?
A down economy; systemic issues with national productivity; the botched road experiment associated with the loss of small businesses; the lowest standard of living in the past 15 years, according to the Standard & Poor's report; a soaring level of crime with the highest murder rate ever since our birth as an independent nation; a failing public sector, according to the world financial commission, where we slipped again as an easy jurisdiction in which to do business; a justice system in a state of disrepair, as an emergent number of Bahamian citizens call for the abolition of the Privy Council. Added to these is the growing and abiding sense that we have embraced neo-colonization of our country, with a view that economic second class status is a reality today as was social deprivation in the late 1950s due in part to the lack of Bahamian ownership in our economic pursuits.
Notwithstanding our inability to show economic involvement for mainstream Bahamians, we have seen a first-time ever downgrading of the country's credit rating by Standard & Poor's, accompanied by frequent warnings from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on fiscal prudence since our debt ratio has mushroomed to dangerous levels, placing us at three points above junk territory.
Let's not overlook the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) country strategy 2010, which stated that our energy system is crumbling and our public transport system is unsystematic and relatively chaotic.
These facts, though compelling to some, still to many others who make up an abiding following of the Free National Movement (FNM) will cast their nets at the surging tide and argue that the FNM has absolutely no case to answer, nor is there a tide or flood or any current which serves political change. Hence, they say anyone who thinks we are afloat on such a sea is a mad piper without a tune and will happily call for them to be marginalized and cast aside as a lone and disgruntled fool.
On the other hand, McCartney knows that the theme of Shakespeare's quote is that timing is everything. Embedded in the matter is the prudence to move when the tide of opportunity is accurate. Tommy Turnquest, it can be argued, did not mark well his father, Sir Orville Turnquest. Many will say his ill-fated voyage with Dion Foulkes was bound to be capsized by their ill-conceived and inaccurate assessment of the political tide. Tragically, Hubert Ingraham, our current prime minister and leader of the FNM, held a more accurate view of the tide at that time, as he told the Americans he knew defeat was imminent.
The Progressive Liberal Party's Perry Christie has had success and failures as a result of his encounter with the ways of the political tide. However, he too saw his political ship capsized by lack of timing of the tide. Now many bitter followers of the party echo a call from the banks where the sailing ship Progressive Liberal Party was washed ashore by the currents, "We have mended our hull and have added new supplies. We now have modern navigation aids, please come aboard and sail with us." This is laughable since many wise seagoing farers will mock the folly of men who will put their fate a second time in the hands of one whose reckless voyage caused so many to perish at sea.
Many men, as so spoken by William Shakespeare, did not take the political tide at the flood. Hence the remaining voyages of their lives are trapped in the shallows of regret and missed opportunities. How well I know the misery of misjudging the tide or ignoring its clear and present danger. Once my father and I, along with my twin brother, ventured out on a fishing trip at low tide. There were mild to moderate swells, but once we had completed our fishing venture the tide had risen and so had the swells. We engaged our old nautical strategy of counting the breaking waves to seven but to no avail, as we maxed out our nine horsepower Yamaha engine in an attempt to outpace the approaching danger on our stern. The huge swell engulfed our boat and took us under.
We surfaced after losing our catch and much of our fishing apparatus. We had misread the moderate low tide effect on the ground swell as a cessation of the dangerous tide. A candid review of our mistake showed we could have perished.
I admit I am no political genius, nor do I have a mirror to say if Branville McCartney has taken the tide at the flood. Less I am brazen to advance my own avalanche of opinionated diatribe, I end where I started and shall draw from the words of another political great.
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America - 1901 to 1909 - who envisioned and approved the Panama Canal, once said,"It's not the critic who counts nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena whose face has been marred by sweat and blood who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings. Who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so his place will never be with those timid souls who never tasted victory or defeat."
When the chapter of this political era is written and generations of unborn Bahamians and growing Bahamian children alike read the articles of our politics, I trust that they too will say of the DNA leader, Branville McCartney, of Christie (PLP leader) and Ingraham, FNM Leader and current prime minister, at best they dared greatly with valiant success and at worst they spent their lives in a worthy cause to advance the maturing of Bahamian politics. So help us God.
- John McPhee
Communication By Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham Prime Minister Anti-Crime Legislation. Mr. Speaker:
I wish to advise of the tabling for First Reading, a number of Bills.
Today the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) celebrates its first anniversary of re-election to office. This week, as has been the custom for the past several months, many will debate the performance of the PLP government and whether it has lived up to its promises on the campaign trail and those listed in its Charter for Governance.
One year ago, thousands assembled on Clifford Park to celebrate once it became apparent that the PLP had defeated the Free National Movement (FNM) in a landslide victory. FNM supporters across the country at that time were shocked not only by the defeat itself but also by the margin in terms of number of seats won by the PLP.
It seems fair to state that for the thousands who journeyed to Clifford Park, there was a feeling of victory, a sense of hope by a people who believed they had just ushered in an administration that believes in Bahamians. The electorate had grown weary in a country plagued by a sluggish economy, high taxation, high cost of living, growing unemployment and the ever-present and perplexing issues of crime and immigration. The perception that investments in capital projects had taken priority over people and the development of human capital under the previous administration did not help matters either.
An opportunity to build legacy
About 365 days ago, the leader of the PLP was granted another opportunity to redeem his record and cement his legacy having been afforded another chance by the Bahamian people to govern the nation. Perry Gladstone Christie on his way to victory articulated a vision that promotes a new generation of leaders and promised to transition the PLP and ultimately The Bahamas into the 21st century. He would be branded the 'bridge to the future' as he transitions to complete 40 years of consecutive political service to our nation at the end of this five-year term in office.
The commentary over the next few days and weeks will dissect the PLP's performance over the last year and myriad views and assessments will be given. The beauty of politics in The Bahamas in 2013 is that the electorate has not waited for the one year mark to hold the government accountable; Bahamians have and will continue to ensure that our leaders do not forget that they are servants of the people. The current administration did not have the luxury of a honeymoon and will be called upon to deliver on its promises during its five-year term in office.
History and the impact of the PLP
In the midst of the discussions, this piece takes a look back at the historic institution called the PLP as it celebrates its 60 years of existence this year. Having the distinction of being the oldest political party of record in The Bahamas, there is no doubt that the PLP has given much to the Bahamian people. However, Christie and his team must seize the opportunity provided by the remainder of this current term in office to introduce reforms and national institutions that will cause the people to believe in the PLP as they did in the days of old if the party is to stay relevant. At a party convention 40 years ago, Sir Lynden stated, "To stay on top, this party must find new causes to champion and new social injustices to eradicate."
In the midst of an inevitable generational shift in political leadership in The Bahamas, the PLP must hold fast to its founding philosophies and adapt to the landscape of the 21st century. For these are the philosophies that endeared the party to the people and provided the PLP with its identity; hence, current PLP leaders must go back to the old landmark.
The origin of a movement
The formation of the PLP is well documented. It is a party that was born out of the need to end racial discrimination and bring about social, political and economic freedom for all Bahamians. At the time of its formation, the gap between the haves and the have-nots was expanding despite the growing prosperity that The Bahamas was becoming accustomed to. The party released its original platform 60 years ago, a landmark document that the PLP titled, "A Challenge to be Met". The platform promised to raise the standard of living for all Bahamians among other things. At the time, the PLP pledged to extend the voting franchise to women, reduce the parliamentary term from seven years to five years, institute a Court of Appeal and it pledged a commitment to move toward self-government.
A clarion call to the people
Essentially, this landmark document called upon the Bahamian people to support the right of full and equal political participation, equal employment opportunity, security, equal treatment in the civil service and the right of peaceful assembly, freedom of speech, of religion, and freedom of the press.
Sixty years later, The Bahamas has been plunged into the 21st century and the age of information, yet the realties of the PLP platform in 1953 still provide a basis for advocacy in 2013. Moreover, today's circumstances mandate our leaders to take a position as to whether the highest court in the land ought to remain the Privy Council or whether The Bahamas should subscribe itself to the Caribbean Court of Justice. More importantly, should The Bahamas consider its own domestic court of last instance superior to the Court of Appeal? After 40 years of independence as a democratic constitutional monarchy and approaching a constitutional referendum, today's generation of leaders and Bahamians must consider whether its time to move toward a republic and sever ties with Great Britain albeit maintaining commonwealth membership.
The wisdom of the ages
It is insufficient for today's 'new generation' of PLPs to claim to possess all the ideas to fix our nation and move our country forward. This new breed must go back to the old landmark, they must embrace and appreciate the philosophies of the party for which they stand as standard-bearers. Yesterday's PLP leaders knew what they wanted, where they were going and for the most part achieved their goals. They were progressive and liberal and not afraid to state their unified position despite opposition. They always knew their identity and identified with the needs and the wants of the Bahamian people.
Moving forward with resolve
Unity of vision and purpose is a prerequisite for success for the party during this term in office and for any possible re-election in 2017. There are still other social causes to fight for - reformation and improvement of our education system is desperately needed. We must also not forget to provide our people with access to valuable real estate and other ownership opportunities and move forward with the institution of a national health insurance scheme in a country where more than 50 percent of the population lack private health insurance. National security remains relevant and central to the performance of any economy in the same vein as a robust immigration policy and energy plan for the future.
As the current PLP administration celebrates one year in office, the individuals charged with leading the country must ensure that The Bahamian people continue to feel their hearts as they did the leaders of old. Their actions over the next four years will speak louder than any words they ever utter and successful implementation of their updated landmark document, "A Charter for Governance", will remain to be seen.
o Arinthia S. Komolafe is an attorney-at-law. Comments can be directed at email@example.com.