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TROPICAL storm Maria will only have a "slight" affect on the country, according to meteorologists.
The storm was expected to weaken to a depression last night, according to Accuweather, whose storm projections indicated that the system is likely to pass over the southern Bahamas.
Tropical Storm Maria formed in the Atlantic yesterday, becoming the 13th named storm in the 2011 hurricane season.
It takes approximately three-quarters of a million dollars to effectively operate the Cancer Society of The Bahamas (CSOB) each year. This annual budget is primarily used to further the Society's corporate mission and objectives which includes serving cancer patients, survivors, their families and persons at risk, through various screening and education programs; providing residential care; advocacy and financial aid. While the Society depends to a large extent, on donations and grants from corporate and individual donors for a significant portion of its operational budget, it also coordinates in house, a number of fundraising activities each year. One of these is the "Stride for Life Walk."
"Stride for Life Walk" (SFLW) was first introduced in 2004, under the chairmanship of Terry Fountain, immediate past president of the CSOB. The walk serves not only as a major plank in the CSOB fundraising arsenal, but also as a means of raising public awareness to the issue of cancer in general, and to breast cancer in particular, as well as to mobilize public support for the ongoing work of the CSOB. It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 1, with a 6 a.m. start. There are seven categories in which individuals may register and actively participate, 6-12 years; 13-20 years; 21-30 years; 31-40 years; 41-50 years; 51-60 years, and 61 and over. Each category is further grouped by gender, as well as whether a participant is a cancer survivor or not.
There are two routes for the walk, one for the younger, able-bodied participants known as group one, and one for cancer survivors and "older," less able-bodied participants, known as group two. Both routes will begin and end at the CSOB's headquarters, East Terrace, Centreville. While both groups will travel the same route to East Bay Street,
Group one will walk north over the "new" Paradise Island bridge to the Golf Course and back over the "old" bridge to Mackey Street. They will continue south to Shirley Street, walking west to Collins Avenue and south to the CSOB. Group two's route will omit the walk across the two bridges and will continue to walk east on East Bay Street to Mackey Street, and proceed south to Shirley Street and follow a similar route to the CSOB's headquarters.
The planning process for S4LW begins from as early as mid-January each year with a team of volunteers from both the private and the public sectors, ranging in age from 22 years to 60-plus. This team, coordinated by Gennie Dean, consists of both cancer survivors and friends of survivors.
The Rt. Rev'd Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Erin Brown, both of whom are cancer survivors, serve as honorary co-chairpersons of the committee.
The business community has been extremely generous, as always, in their support of this event; Major sponsors include: Bahamia, Shoe Village, Aquapure, Atlantic Medical, BAF Financial & Insurance (BAH) LTD, Bahamas Food Services (BFS), Bank of the Bahamas, Chevron, Colina, First Caribbean International Bank, Island Games, J.S. Johnson, Nautilus, Phil's Food Services and Scotia Bank.
Additionally, Bahamas Waste Management, Caribbean Bottling, Fidelity Bank, the National Insurance Board (NIB), and the Teachers' and Salaried Workers' Credit Union have generously paid the registration fees for their employees to participate in the walk. In addition, the international Susan G. Komen Foundation will again be participating.
In 2010, the S4LW netted over $21,000. The target for 2011 has been set at $26,000. Despite the ongoing recession and increases in prices in many instances, the committee is confident that this target will be realized.
At the conclusion of the walk, Minister of Health, Dr. Hubert Minnis will speak, as well as a cancer survivor that will share his/her experience. Bodine Johnson is also expected to perform.
The "Stride for Life Walk" is now in its eighth year, having been introduced in 2004 for the dual purpose of raising funds and raising public awareness around general and specific cancer issues. It is an event that is suitable for the entire family's participation. Registration forms for all categories and groups are vailable from the Society's headquarters on East Terrace or can be downloaded from the CSOB's website at www.cancersocietybahamas.org. For more information, telephone the Cancer Society of The Bahamas at 323-4441 or 323-4482.
Tropical Storm Emily is meandering just south of Hispaniola as warnings remain in effect for the Southeast and Central Bahamas, and the Northwest Bahamas is still on a watch, the Department of Meteorology reported in its 9 a.m. update this morning.
Forecasters warned residents of Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Ragged Island, Long Island, the Exumas, Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador that any final preparations should have already been completed.The warning means that tropical storm conditions are likely to be felt within 36 hours.Meanwhile, islands of the Northwest Bahamas are still under a tropical storm watch and residents of those islands (Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, the Berry Islands, Andros, New Providence and Eleuthera) are being urged to closely monitor Tropical Storm Emily and ensure that all pre-season precautions have been taken, and to begin final preparations today.A watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
At 8 a.m. the center of Emily was located near latitude 17.1 degrees north and longitude 71.8 degrees west, or about 252 miles southeast of Matthew Town, Great Inagua. Emily has been meandering over the past few hours but is expected to resume a west-northwest track near 7 mph this morning, forecasters said. A turn to the northwest with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so, said the Met Office.
On the forecast track the center of Emily is expected to move across the southwestern peninsula of Haiti later today, and over the extreme eastern end of Cuba tonight or early Friday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some weakening is possible during the next 24 to 36 hours as Emily interacts with high terrain of Haiti and eastern Cuba, forecasters said.
However, some re-strengthening is likely as the center moves over Bahamian waters.
Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles mainly to the north and east of the center.
Small craft operators in the Southeast and Central Bahamas should remain in port and prepare for the arrival of Emily on Thursday, said forecasters.
NEMA said it is closely monitoring Emily's movement. NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell along with Ministry of Health and Department of Social Services representatives have already visited the Southeast islands to inspect the state of readiness should a storm or other disaster strike.
Tropical Storm Emily, which formed Monday evening, is the fifth named storm of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
In less than five days Bahamians will go to the polls to elect a new government to manage The Bahamas Incorporated for the next five years. Voting is a right we all enjoy in a democratic society and we encourage all to vote - but please, only once.
All three major parties have issued documents articulating their visions or business plans for The Bahamas for the next several years. We invite all to review and where possible seek clarifications to some of the lists of promises being made.
We invite you as you review the list of promises to ask the following questions:
o Are the promises achievable?
o Are the promises measureable?
o And more importantly, how much will the promises cost our future generation?
From our preliminary analysis the list of promises can range in the billions of dollars. How some of the parties expect to deliver on these promises should they become the government remains to be seen. At best, it would be challenging for the government to raise the necessary funding to make good on the promises, save for increased taxes and major cuts in some variable costs such as employment.
The expected increase in government debt will surpass the $5 billion mark for the first time fairly quickly and unless our income increases proportionately, it could pose significant challenges for the country. In the worst case scenario we could expect a visit from the financial doctors at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with a list of austerity programs, which as we all know, is not a good sign; we need only look across the Atlantic to see what it is doing to those debt-laden economies.
While this in and of itself is not bad, we see no discussions on how we are seeking to raise government revenue. We trust that the new minister of finance will be responsible and do the right thing and make the tough calls.
We also found amusing the media houses highlighting the list of political candidate members of the "millionaire club". A quick review of the financial declarations revealed numerous errors and in some cases a lack of understanding of basic finances. A proper accounting of the list would show that several of the members of the club don't qualify. We trust that they are not appointed to the Ministry of Finance. We have written before on that matter and hoped that at this stage of the process each party would employ the services of an accounting firm to assist their candidates with completing their financial declaration.
What to look for
As we monitor the rallies over the next several days we ask for the following:
o Good governance: We call for the establishment and publication of a set of guidelines for the conduct of public officials (parliamentarians and senior government officials) governing their relationships with goods and service providers in order to improve transparency and to avoid charges of misconduct.
o Accountability: We would like to see major policy decisions of a fundamental nature regarding issues such as, the use of government land, the disposal of government assets, constitutional changes, economic policy, introduction of legislation impacting the conduct of business, and immigration policies are subject to open debate providing for full participation by the public.
o Privatization: It is imperative that we complete this process for the overall competitiveness of our economy.
o Consolidation of regulatory authority: Currently, there are several agencies regulating a single institution. To make matters worse, these regulators do not seem to communicate with each other. It would be wonderful if some of these regulators would collaborate with each other in the provision of basic information.
o Level playing field: We still see inconsistencies in the application of some rules and regulations that raise issues of confidence in the system. On a related matter, the playing field must be available to nationals and we must recognize that Bahamian professionals are just as competent as their foreign counterparts and must be given the opportunity to prove it.
o Pension fund legislation: We have called for the enactment of such legislation on numerous occasions and we do so again.
o Public dialogue on tax reform: That discussion is long overdue. It's similar to a patient being at the critical stage and soon about to die.
o Public dialogue on catastrophe insurance: This matter should be given urgent attention in any new administration.
We are aware that there are many other and equally important items that could be added to our list, however we deemed it prudent to stop here. We are convinced that focusing attention on these items and by implementing the appropriate policies and programs associated with them, our chances of successfully positioning The Bahamas as a competitive player in this complex new global world would be greatly improved.
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SHANGHAI, China (GIS) -- Grenada’s Booth continues to be the center of attraction in the CARICOM Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai. The Expo, which opened to the public in May, will run through the end of October 2010.
Grenada is participating in the global event along with 13 other Caribbean countries who are all converged in a joint pavilion under the leadership of CARICOM.
The Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) of Seventh-day Adventists, one of the 21 unions of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD), will dedicate its new headquarters on Gladstone Road on Sunday, October 30 at 3 p.m.
ACUM has oversight of the work of the Adventist Church in The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Less than a year old, it was organized on November 29, 2010 in Mandeville, Jamaica as a result of the restructuring of the former West Indies Union of Seventh-day Adventists which, for 104 years, had overseen the work of the church in The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Jamaica.
Headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas, ACUM served its 27,000 Atlantic Caribbean members from its temporary location in the Summer Winds Plaza on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway for the past 10 months. For the leaders of ACUM, the dedication is a significant event in the union's short existence.
Pastor Leonard Johnson, president of ACUM said, "The opening of the regional office of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for The Bahamas, Cayman, and the Turks and Caicos Islands is a dream come true for many persons in this region who dreamed of the formation of a union structure. We are proud of the accomplishment and give thanks to Almighty God. Our glory is not in our new headquarters, but in the God who made it possible."
According to Pastor Johnson, the building will facilitate their efforts of proclaiming Jesus Christ to the people of the Atlantic Caribbean region, thereby helping to improved the quality of life of all those who accept the good news of salvation.
Speaking at the dedication will be Pastor Israel Leito, president of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, one of the 13 divisions comprising the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Governor General Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes and Prime Minister Hubert A. Ingraham are expected to attend.
I wish to thank Hubert A. Ingraham, prime minister of The Bahamas, for acknowledging and being attentive to the concerns of pilots at Lynden Pindling International Airport. Pilots are faced with many challenges daily. As the founder of the Bahamian Pilots Alliance, my deep passion and dedication is focused on executing positive changes in my workplace (the airport and other airports within this chain of Bahama islands).
I also wish to express appreciation for the support of the Minister of Aviation Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace for his help in changing the maximum hours my colleagues and I are allowed to be on duty and the sectors that can be flown. We now work up to 10 flights or a maximum of 10 hours (which ever comes first).
About a year ago, the member of Parliament for Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell, heard our plea and reached out by attending our press conference. His words were very encouraging and we are grateful for his support.
As my colleagues and I continue to provide superior service to our commuters who fly back and forth throughout The Bahamas on a daily basis, we are encouraged by the prayers and kind words of many. We rely on the prayers of many, especially our family and close friends, as we take on the daring task of embracing the skies. Thank you all for your commitments to keeping us loved, supported and "prayed-up".
We embark upon this new year, and we are all blessed to have jobs. Although we have courage to skillfully carry out our duties (sometimes in stressful environments), our successes (as pilots) would be incomplete without the professional support of our cabin attendants, air-traffic controllers, mechanics, customs and immigration officers and all our other aviation-based teammates. Daily we all face various challenges. Thank you for your support.
It is time to take leadership of our Civil Aviation Department. Based on comments and concerns, the department needs help. We welcome the idea of bringing new inspectors on board.
The issue of hiring immigrants before considering an eligible Bahamian is still a concerning factor. There is no reason why, in 2012, any airline in The Bahamas has to bring in and train any foreigners. There are many capable and qualified Bahamians who can fill these positions in aviation. The concerns have been voiced and your expressions of concern are not going ignored.
Are pilots still being coerced to fly unsafely? Yes, it is still happening - even today. Do labor issues still exist? Oh, yes! Are tired pilots being asked to fly, tampering with logs, and are the regulations and the laws that govern us still blatantly being pushed aside? There are laws and regulations that govern this country. There are many concerns, but as united and committed professionals we will find a resolve.
I humbly ask every Bahamian pilot in The Bahamas to remember your professional decorum. The time is here for us to change this industry and move ourselves upward to the next level. Let us understand that there are investors in our country, and it is time that we seriously consider an urgent need to invest in ourselves.
We are 50 miles southeast of the world's largest economy. We have a peaceful and stable democracy. We have a tremendously beautiful climate - paradise! Our friendly people and free lifestyle is inviting. Best of all, as I look around at my colleagues, I see highly trained professionals. We take control of our craft and our major concern is always the safety of our passengers and as well as an appreciation for our own lives. We soar from destination to destination with a mantra of "safety first"!
I pray that the $50 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is spent on our local airline companies and not the non-locally owned companies that we compete with daily.
Finally, I wish to encourage our visitors to consider booking tickets on Flamingo Air, Lee Air, First-Class Charters, Dove Wings Charters, Regional Air, Abaco Air, Atlantic Blue Charters, Southern Air, Bahamasair and many others, and explore all that The Bahamas has to offer in its uniquely beautiful outer islands. Consider all local aviators as you make plans to explore our islands.
We can and we will do it - take responsibility and leadership in our desired professions. Many of us, since childhood, have dreamed of becoming pilots and we've accomplished our goal. Now it is time to dream further. I ask all Bahamian pilots who have not registered as yet for the Bahamian Pilot Alliance to join us. Connect with us on Facebook or please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need your support as the elections draw near. Just as the Free National Movement, the Democratic National Alliance and the Progressive Liberal Party are relying on your votes, the Bahamian Pilots Alliance is important and needs your support. We will continue on our mission to ensure that your concerns are heard and regulations are put in place that will benefit all. Continue to do your best. Put safety first! May God continue to grant us His favor and blessings.
- Captain Philip L. Armbrister
Freeport, Bahamas - Police are
investigating a shooting incident that has left one man dead and a
second man in custody. According to police reports shortly after 11:00 am
on Wednesday 17th October, 2012 police at Grand Bahama received
information that a business establishment in the Circle Mall, West
Atlantic Drive was being robbed by two masked (2) men.
Police responded and on arrival observed the armed culprits attempting to flee the scene.
As the culprits attempted to flee, one of the men ran to the rear...