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Androsians are being invited to return to their roots this weekend to celebrate the 16th annual Mangrove Cay Mother's Day Homecoming and Regatta which takes place this weekend on Dorsette Park in Mangrove Cay, Andros.
The homecoming event takes place Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13. Mangrove Cay Homecoming Association chairman, David Rolle, promises an exciting time for all.
"We want people to come down and have fun. From the boat racing and the activities things should go smoothly. But if that doesn't do the trick then the live entertainment is bound to get festival lovers in the mood as well," said Rolle. "From Terez and KB on Friday night to the Mangrove Cay High School Concert band and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band it will be great. There will be Bahamian hit songs and contemporary favorites to keep everyone dancing and moving all weekend long."
For those people not big on the boat racing side of a homecoming, there will be more than enough taking place on land to keep people entertained including coconut barking, straw plaiting and even conch cracking competitions. Other fun games like grab bag, hoopla and punch board will be going on throughout the weekend.
There will also be all kinds of island cuisine to be had. Dishes like boiled crab, stuffed crab, crab and rice and crab and dough are definitely the order of the day along with baked, fried or barbecue chicken; stuffed, fried or baked fish; cracked, steamed or scorched conch and of course grilled steak and ribs. Side staples like macaroni, potato salad, coleslaw and peas and rice will also not be left out. And no menu is complete without a wide array of desserts like pineapple and coconut tarts, potato bread, cassava bread, pound cake, dilly cake, bennie cake, coconut cake and guava duff.
To keep the little ones occupied a children's corner will be set up where they can enjoy activities like a bouncing castle and face painting and consume all the fun foods they like to eat like popcorn, candy, hotdogs and hamburgers.
For those people making their way to Mangrove Cay for the first time, the weekend will serve as a refreshing retreat. Rolle said their enchanting people and quaint settlements will create a tranquil environment for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. He said the relaxation that comes with island life will just be what the doctor ordered this weekend in Andros.
Site seeing, he said, would also be a treat. From visiting historic churches and a blue hole to seeing the many old-fashioned homes and buildings, he said the weekend should be exciting for history buffs as well.
"People will not be disappointed if they come down to Mangrove Cay this weekend. It will be an amazing experience that the whole family will enjoy. Don't worry about stress or everyday problems. This weekend will be one to remember," said Rolle. "There is nothing like returning to your roots and celebrating a culture that is all your own."
Mangrove Cay Homecoming and Regatta
When: Friday, May 11 - Sunday, May 13
Where: Dorsette Park, Mangrove Cay, Andros
Cost: Free admission
There will always be tasks that you dislike at work. And if the stuff you hate involves selling or influencing people, then "How to Be Great at the Stuff You Hate" may be the answer to your prayers.
Nick Davies's humorous and punchy writing style shows you how to develop all the skills you need to sell yourself, your business and your ideas, ensuring that reading this book won't become one of the things you hate. The publication is firmly targeted at people who dislike selling and the author offers useful tips on the importance of emotional intelligence within business - a factor that is often overlooked.
If you hate reading an entire book in one go, you can dip into various self-contained sections and pick up some useful tips. Davies avoids using complicated jargon or processes and instead offers a realistic and engaging insight into how you can get people to buy from you by presenting sample letters, e-mails, phone scripts and templates for face-to-face conversations.
"How to Be Great at the Stuff You Hate" provides a reminder that many managers and staff are required to develop business as part of their role and do things beyond traditional restrictive job descriptions. Such people may gain the most from the invaluable tips presented by Davies. However, even experienced sales professionals will find practical advice on how to become more effective in their dealings with customers and colleagues.
Davies takes us through the various stages of how to target, connect, meet and ask questions, whilst following up at every step.
He uses the analogy that the relationship between buyer and customer will - just like the relationship between husband and wife - go off the boil if taken for granted.
Specific sections are dedicated to networking, as Davies believes this is key and covers everything from online impact to walking into a room full of strangers, offering insights that will help anyone who has suffered at social events.
"How to Be Great at the Stuff You Hate" is full of practical actions that are underpinned by Davies's central message that "selling is common sense, creativity and personality," and something that everyone can learn, apply and be successful doing it.
'How to Be Great at the Stuff You Hate' by Nick Davies
Published by Capstone and available from www.Amazon.com
Keith Appleton JP, BA (Hons), N.Dip.M, MInstLM has extensive experience within a managerial and strategic leadership role. This is underpinned by his academic background and membership of the UK Institute of Leadership & Management.
Signing his name on the dotted line in a contract, on Saturday, is something Bahamian heavyweight fighter Sherman 'The Tank' Williams wanted to do for quite a while.
It's been 16 months since Williams last fought, so when he steps into the ring on June 28 in Macau, China, Williams will look to deliver the winning punch and knock out Chauncy 'Hillyard Hammer' Welliver. Both the World Boxing Organization's (WBO) China Zone heavyweight title and the World Boxing Council's (WBC) Asia Pacific title are on the line in this 12-rounder.
In this Nassau Guardian exclusive, Williams reveals how he was able to "seal the deal" and explains the roller coaster ride he's been on, in the boxing world.
"This will be my first fight for the year, my return to the ring for 2012," said Williams. "It is my third scheduled fight, but will mark my first time getting back into the ring. It feels good. I have been back into the gym from December. We were scheduled to fight in January but unfortunately that whole card got postponed. It was rescheduled for March, but then my opponent pulled out.
"I am now moving ahead. It feels good to know that I got a contract and I have signed. This fight is bigger and better than the other two that I was supposed to do this year. It is a high profile fight. It will be in the Macau Casino, live on Asian and European television. I am just excited about the opportunity that this is providing."
Even though no fight was in sight for Williams, he still continued to train. Now he will have to rely on the sparring matches and numerous training sessions when he goes up against Welliver.
The New Zealand native is said to have an orthodox stance. He is rated number 10, among heavyweight fighters, in the WBO rankings. Welliver's last fight was in April at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, in Jefferson City, Missouri. The fight with Bert Cooper went the distance and at the end, Welliver was crowned the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion.
In January, Welliver stopped Moyoy Mensah in the ninth round. Four titles were on the line in this one, the WBO Asia Pacific, the WBC Asian Boxing Council title, the New Zealand national boxing federation heavyweight title and the interim WBO Oriental heavyweight title. Welliver left with all four. That title fight was the 17th consecutive fight he had won. His winning streak was extended into April and now Welliver can boast about holding a 53-5-5 win/loss/draw record. Of the 53 wins, 20 were knockouts.
As for Williams, the last official bout was with Evander Holyfield in January of 2011. The 12-round fight was stopped in the third and ruled a no-contest. Over the past four years, Williams, a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama, has only stepped into the ring three times. He got a win over Andrew Greeley in 2008, the following year he fell to Manuel Charr, and in 2011 he went up against Holyfield. Right now his win/loss/draw record stands at 34-11-2.
Williams said: "Being a professional fighter I stayed in the gym, even though I didn't have a match scheduled. It is my job. I am in the gym five or six days a week, that is with or without a scheduled fight. This is how I keep my edge. I am prepared and still have a good world ranking and my reputation with the governing bodies is still intact. I am kind of known by my reputation.
"When I win these WBC and WBO titles I am already guaranteed at least a number five world rating. Vitali Klitschko, he is the current world champion and he is fighting between Ukraine and Germany, so the plan is to get in the best shape I can, and go in as a more dangerous and furious fighter than I did against Holyfield. I am not taking any prisoners, just both titles from Chauncy Welliver. Winning this fight can definitely put me a step closer to my goal which is being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Hopefully I can get either one of the Klitschko brothers by the end of this year.
"My situation and position is simple. I am a tough guy. I come to fight every time. I have power in both hands and most people will never fight me unless it is mandatory, meaning that the organization or governing body has to tell the champion that he needs to fight Sherman Williams in 90 days or else. Once I win this fight and get into the top five I can petition and plead my case. Once I would have won these titles next month, I would be in a very strong position to do that."
A fractured left wrist and a broken index finger prevented Meacher 'Major Pain' Major from continuing in his title fight in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday night.
The scheduled 12-rounder with Logan McGuinness, for the North American Boxing Association (NABA) super featherweight title, was stopped minutes into the second round. Major was tagged with a technical knockout (TKO), the third of his career. The loss and injury pushes him back a step as McGuinness now receives an automatic bid for the British Commonwealth title.
Major will still have to wait and see if McGuinness will actually step into the ring for the Commonwealth title before their September re-match. If he doesn't, and Major is successful in his mission of "flooring" McGuinness in the re-match, then he will move on to fight for the British Commonwealth title.
"First of all I want to thank God and the fight fans, my family back home and everyone who came to support me and who kept me in their prayers," said Major. "Unfortunately, I was unable to come out victorious as planned. Things really didn't go as planned. I wasn't able to throw any punches back and it isn't a fight if I wasn't throwing any punches. I rested right on the ropes, ducking punches. I was against all odds, but I don't want to make any excuses. At the end of the day I had to give up on myself. That is the only way he could beat me. Giving up is exactly what I did because there is life after boxing.
"Things were going good from the first round.
It was starting to be a good fight. I knew I was going to beat him very easily, most definitely. With my style of boxing and movement, he couldn't deal with me. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned with the injury. It was a setback for me mentally."
Major revealed that his doctor visit on Sunday confirmed his worst nightmare during the fight. He was under the impression that he had sprained his index finger, but the x-ray showed that it was broken. He views the injury as a setback but thanked God that he is still in great health and shape. The doctors ordered Major to rest for about two weeks before starting therapy.
Major has crossed his fingers hoping to be back into the ring by the end of June in preparation for his fight in July. The fight which is about two months away was scheduled earlier in the year, according to Major.
He said: "Hopefully, by July, I should be back in the ring, but for the time being, we are going to work on a couple of things. We are going to make sure everything is straight. Fight wise I am disappointed but as far as my performance, not really.
"Like I always say, things happen and everything happens for a reason. I never question God and why things happen. I am grateful that I am in great health -- that is the most important thing. My health is far more important than me going into the ring and throwing a bunch of punches.
"I don't want to be like previous fighters who were injured and now permanently hurt and can't do anything for themselves. That is the most important thing and that's why I am thankful to God.
"The fight is over and I am ready to go back to the drawing board and work on things that I was not able to do in the fight. As far as the British Commonwealth title goes, either me or him will step into the ring and take it to the next level for the title. If he goes to fight for it before we have our re-match then he will be eligible, but as long as it is not before our re-match then there is a chance that I can fight for the title, once I defeat him come September."
Major's loss has dropped his win/loss record to 20-5. He has one draw. For McGuinness, he continued with a perfect streak recording his 17th win, nine of which were knockouts.
In The Bahamas, purple is considered a royal color, but in other cultures it represents enlightenment, deep intuition and awareness of an unexplored dimension. At least that's what Jane Sunley, CEO of learnpurple, claims in her colorful new book, "Purple Your People".
In 24 short chapters, the author demonstrates the philosophy and practices of learnpurple, a UK-based company that has worked with a diverse range of organizations to enhance employee engagement. "Purple Your People" is an introduction to motivating people and getting results by using holistic techniques, rather than rules, regulations and threats.
Sunley adopts a humorous style and makes extensive use of punchy, vivid purple colored summaries, resulting in an easy to follow and well-presented guide to people management. Better still, many of the principles can be used independently and could potentially be adopted to support an organizations appraisal, induction and training policies.
At the end of each chapter, the reader's mind is focused by the mantra of "if you only do three things". The aim being to identify the key actions that ultimately impact upon:
1. The why and how of employee engagement and why it starts here.
2. How to become a people magnet and attract talent that fits your company.
3. How to manage aspirations and plan for success.
Sunley should be commended for avoiding complex theories, instead focusing on tangible outputs that support the effective implementation of change. Each page of "Purple Your People" is about targeting problems, areas for development, performance improvement and finding workable solutions.
The tantalizing reward is that if you get the people stuff right, the result will be a happier workforce, better recruitment, improved staff retention, increased profit - all with the added bonus of less stress. In a nutshell, the guide provides a direct route to better corporate performance, success and growth by stripping away the "what" and the "how" of employee engagement to its basics, and forces our attention on the "why".
The "what" and the "how" are based on internal factors such as culture, values and resources, and to help you on your way the book comes with a set of online tools, articles and podcasts to suit all learning styles.
To conclude, "Purple Your People" presents a colorful human resource strategy that could brighten up many Bahamian businesses.
"Purple Your People" by Jane Sunley. Published by Crimson and available from www.amazon.com.
o Keith Appleton JP, BA (Hons), N.Dip.M, MInstLM has extensive experience within a managerial and strategic leadership role. This is underpinned by his academic background and membership in the UK Institute of Leadership & Management.
There's no doubt in Sy Stern's mind that Bahamian heavyweight boxer Sherman "Tank" Williams is what they call in boxing a grade A fighter.
Stern has been Williams' manager for almost seven years and he has been through the battles with the Freeport, Grand Bahama native. In fact, Stern describes Williams as one of the hardest punchers in the sport right now. This, according to Stern, is the main reason why the 39-year-old fighter has trouble booking a gig.
"The problem that Sherman has is unfortunately a fabulous problem, except in boxing where it is very difficult," said Stern.
"Anytime you have a strong fighter, and he is a good puncher people don't want to fight a good puncher. They are afraid of a good puncher. So the heavyweight division has gone down in terms of the quality. It has all been easy upon the Klitschkos, the East Coast and the Eastern Europeans, with no Americans really getting opportunities and no one else getting opportunities.
"I hate to say it, but the Eastern European guys are not fighting the top quality fighters. They fight guys who should just not be fighting for world titles. Sherman's biggest problem is that people don't like to take a chance with somebody that they know is capable of knocking the fighter out."
Williams is described as having an orthodox stance. He is 5' 11" with a reach of 76 inches. His last official bout was with Evander Holyfield in January 2011. The 12-round fight was stopped in the third round and ruled a no-contest.
Over the past four years, Williams, has only stepped into the ring three times. He defeated Andrew Greeley in 2008. The following year he fell to Manuel Charr, and in 2011 he went up against Holyfield. Right now his win/loss/draw record stands at 34-11-2.
Stern added: "I think that after the Holyfield fight, which was really a terrible decision, which should not have happened, I think Sherman was very discouraged. The boxing world really got sight of Sherman and they saw what his capabilities really were. It is almost like a stand-off, trying to get Sherman the right kind of fight that would make sense.
"I am not interested in taking a man of Sherman's age and his ability to turn around and put him in some average fight. That doesn't bring him any money and Sherman can get hurt. So I was trying to find the right kind of situation for Sherman and someone who would be willing to take a chance. Fortunately it came through with this fight in China."
On June 28, in Macau, China, Williams will look to deliver the winning punch and knock out Chauncy "Hillyard Hammer" Welliver. Both the World Boxing Organization's (WBO) China Zone heavyweight title and the World Boxing Council's (WBC) Asia Pacific title are on the line in this 12-rounder. Williams signed the deal last week Saturday. This will be his first fight in about 16 months.
The New Zealand fighter is rated number 10 in the heavyweight division in the WBO rankings. Welliver's last fight was in April at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, Missouri. The fight with Bert Cooper went the distance and at the end, Welliver was crowned the WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion.
In January, Welliver stopped Moyoy Mensah in the ninth round. Four titles were on the line in that fight the WBO Asia Pacific, the WBC Asian Boxing Council title, the New Zealand National Boxing Federation heavyweight title and the interim WBO Oriental heavyweight title. Welliver left with all four.
That title fight was the 17th consecutive fight he had won. His winning streak extended into April and now Welliver can boast about holding a 53-5-5 win/loss/draw record. Of the 53 wins, 20 were knockouts.
Even though Williams has not fought in a while, Stern is confident.
"In Sherman's case when a man has all the experience like what he has, it is hard to find him a fight that is going to put him up in the rankings. It is hard to find him a fight so if he wins that will give him a very good shot at his next fight," he said.
Williams is training in Florida before heading to China for the fight.
A YOUNG Defence Force marine admitted that on the direction of superiors, he punched, kicked and beat unresisting Cuban detainees with a stick at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.
In 1682 John Sheffield, an English soldier, nobleman, adventurer, politician and poet, wrote a fairly long poem entitled "Essay on Poetry". Centuries later, the opening lines of that work used to be carried frequently by Time Magazine as a filler. It goes like this: "Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well."
Paul Anthony White was many things, but above all he was a writer, devoted to the art with a passion approaching divine addiction.
As a fellow practitioner of the writer's art, I enjoyed a friendship with Anthony better measured in decades rather than years, and I was privileged from time to time to collaborate with him in the political arena.
Everyone who is serious about the art of writing must also be a reader, a lover of language, with an insatiable appetite for literature. Anthony was all of that. He was well-read from the ancient classics to the modern masters.
His restless love affair with writing drove him to test his skills in every genre. He was attracted to wherever there were writers or a printing press: from The Herald to The Tribune to The Guardian to The Punch.
He was at various times reporter, feature writer, publisher, political polemicist, speech-writer, poet and playwright. But I believe he made his greatest contribution to Bahamian letters as a story-teller. He was a most talented short story writer, and his tales of Over-the-Hill - and in particular his beloved Grants Town - were as rich as any ever written.
Like all good writers, Anthony wrote about what he knew, and he knew Grants Town, its history and its people. This knowledge was infused with a combination of a keen sense of observation and at the same time an ability to convey a sense of identification with the narrative.
There was, of course, always more to be told. About two weeks before his passing he sent me by e-mail his column for the week, which was really another delightful short story about Grants Town. I pointed out to him what I thought was a very obvious omission. Contrary to popular belief, good journalists are the best keepers of secrets in the world outside the confessional, and all of us have confidences that will go with us to the grave.
This omission was not in that category at all, although it was about a rather sensitive matter. But I knew he never allowed that to deter him before. His reply to me was simple: "You write some - and you keep some!"
He did not want to overload or detract from that particular narrative but he would undoubtedly have returned to the missing piece at some other time - with the degree of attention it deserved. He was, indeed, a chronicler par excellence of what Thomas Gray called "the short and simple annals of the poor" in one of Anthony's favorite poems, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard".
In Anthony's expert hands these tales of Grants Town may have been short, but not so simple, and not so poor. In fact they were rich with the content of the hearts and souls of a colorful people. I trust that it will be possible to have a collection of these wonderful stories of Grants Town published in one volume.
There was more than a little of the adventurer in Anthony. That is why he was able as a young man to seek knowledge, fortune and excitement in the great metropolis of New York. That is why, too, as an older man he found himself in the middle of a coup d'etat in another country thousands of miles away from home.
Anthony was as colorful and quite as interesting as the people he wrote about, and with his passing The Bahamas has lost one of its finest practitioners of the writer's art. Joan and I extend our deepest sympathy to his children and relatives, and to the St. Agnes family to which he was so devoted. We share in your loss.
Now, may he rest in peace in "the bosom of his Father and his God".
o Sir Arthur Foulkes is the governor general of The Bahamas.
A suspect who died from asphyxia (lack of oxygen) in police custody was placed in a choke hold that was not taught by the Police Training College, a coroner's jury heard yesterday.
Corporal 1287 Brian Roache told the court he used a restraint tactic that he had learned in his training as a martial artist.
The suspect, Jamie Smith, 35, gave police the false name of Matthew Pratt at the time of his arrest on February 8 on suspicion of armed robbery.
He died around 5 p.m. on the same date at the Central Detective Unit on Thompson Boulevard.
The inquest, which is headed by Coroner Jeanine
Weech-Gomez, has heard that Smith was cooperative and admitted his role in an attempted armed robbery and armed robbery before he allegedly tried to escape.
According to Inspector Ezra Maycock, a supervisor in the armed robbery division, Smith bolted for the door in his office after he instructed Sergeant Keno Smith to fingerprint him to confirm his identity.
Maycock said he grabbed Smith around the waist but could not control him as he was kicking and punching violently.
Roache said he heard someone shout "I ain going to jail" before he heard rumbling coming from Maycock's office.
Roache said he ran to give assistance and placed Smith in a sleeper hold but he continued to kick and punch as Smith tried to grab his legs.
Roache said the hold puts pressure on the carotid artery and does not cut off the air supply.
In cross examination by Christina Galanos, who represents Smith's family, along with Raymond Rolle, Roache admitted that when using the sleeper hold on someone you should be able to resuscitate the person.
Roache has said that he does not know CPR.
He said he applied and reapplied the hold for a duration of three to five minutes.
He did not agree with a suggestion from Galanos that if the hold were applied properly the subject would be rendered unconscious in seconds.
Roache demonstrated the move on his lawyer, Wayne Munroe, as his noisy colleagues from the Central Detective Unit who packed the courtroom suggested that he place Galanos in a chokehold.
Roache said Smith gasped for breath during the altercation. However, he attributed this to Smith being "winded", not to the application of the chokehold.
Roache said Smith was not subdued until he was cuffed and shackled with the assistance of Corporal Sterling Knowles.
When he was questioned by Munroe, Roache said the law gives police the authority to kill a person to prevent an escape.
Munroe asked Roache why he didn't just place his firearm on Smith's chest and shoot him.
Roache said police were trained to use deadly force as a last resort.
However, he said it would have been a "game changer" if Smith got a hold of his firearm or Maycock's.
The inquest continues on June 21.
Free National Movement Chairman Charles Maynard said yesterday that before being voted out of office the Ingraham administration ordered one new vehicle for the prime minister, contrary to the Progressive Liberal Party's (PLP) claim that the former government ordered 12.
A recent article published in the Punch newspaper claimed that the Christie administration had acquired 12 new vehicles at a cost of $750,000.
The PLP issued a statement denying that accusation and claimed that the previous administration had "ordered, authorized and committed" to those vehicles approximately two months ago.
"The inconvenient truth is that the vehicles in question were ordered, authorized and committed by the former administration," the PLP claimed.
"The existing fleet assigned to cabinet ministers was poorly maintained by the former administration and many of the vehicles are in rundown conditions. This seems to be a pattern with the FNM."
However, Maynard said that accusation "baffled" the FNM.
Maynard also said he was not sure why the new administration would deny the purchase, as it was reasonable for a few new vehicles to be acquired for new ministers.
The most recent Ingraham Cabinet had 17 members, four fewer than the 21 ministers appointed by Prime Minister Perry Christie.
"Our investigation is that they purchased six new vehicles -- two for parliamentary secretaries and four for the new cabinet ministers," Maynard said.
"We're advised that the price tag for those vehicles is about a quarter of a million dollars. It should have been very easy for them to say it was six and not 12.
"They are afraid that additional questions would be asked about the cost of others things needed to satisfy the needs of the additional ministers."
The FNM chairman insisted that the Opposition has done its research on the issue.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts declined to comment on the matter yesterday.