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Having just observed and celebrated our 40th anniversary as a purported 'independent' nation, we are at the point where serious reflection and introspection may be in order. I am not and have never been a prophet of doom and gloom. My position is that while we do have myriad individual and societal challenges, the best days are yet ahead of us.
There are six main things that matter, in my view, as we go forward. These are devoid of political affiliation and/or religious persuasion. Look at the following: the breakdown of the traditional family; massive unemployment and under-employment; sexual permissiveness; a too large government bureaucratic system; too much taxation and a failure of our leaders, across the board, to conceptualize and implement needed but simple solutions.
The traditional family is under assault and has been so for quite some time. No one should expect societal norms to remain static but when it becomes acceptable for children to grow up in a so-called single-parent home, where there is no father or father figure, the female is relegated to rearing the child or children on her own.
We all agree that a male is needed and desired to show and live out maleness to our impressionable youthful males and boys. A female is simply not equipped, I suggest, to do these things. Today we have too many effeminate boys and young men. They have come of age expecting mama and/or their female friends and lovers to accommodate them in foolishness, life support and material advantages.
As a result, we have too many marginalized boys, youthful males and big grown husky men who are totally incapable or unwilling of providing for themselves; they lack marketable skills and, for sure, they are too dependent on the females of the species. Our jail is filled to the maximum with such males while the females have come to dominate society and the economy.
Unemployment and under-employment continue to plague us as a people. The political and insidious culture of dependency is large and in charge. As a direct result, the traditional entrepreneurial spirit which our parents and forefathers had seems to have gone by the wayside. Most of us now seek a government job and/or the economic support of our member of Parliament.
In our schools, we have failed to educate and to equip our graduating students with marketable skills and/or a technical vocation by which those who do not go on to college or university may earn a real living. As a result, too many of them end up joining the ranks of the unemployed and languish on the blocks. A life of crime awaits many of them as a last resort.
Sexual permissiveness should be a national concern but our leaders themselves are too busy getting or seeking to get their share of loose and available sex. Allowing your wife, girlfriend or daughter to seek a government job is akin to sending them into the lion's den.
Those in positions of authority or their minions often promise a job but will make it conditional on a sexual favor.
In our churches and within other areas of national life, the situation is the same. Someone is always preying on someone, be it man, woman, boy or girl. Even our school-aged children are subjected to sexual predators and gross acts of indecency by fellow students and/or teachers.
Successive administrations have padded the ranks of the civil service with political supporters and cronies, ad nauseum. The national budget eats up in excess of 75 percent of the same to cover salaries and other perks for civil servants and current and retired politicians. Our national infrastructure is crumbling and our educational and medical plants are catching hell because there is no surplus money to invest in them. Government is simply too big and only stifles economic and societal growth. It has become a literal cancer and must either be placed in remission or, where possible, cut off or out.
We all agree that a government needs funds to operate. In recent months a slew of new taxes and fees have been ushered in almost under the economic radar. Businesses and individuals are now funding a bloated administration. Most of the funds brought in are disbursed just as quickly on all sorts of things which are not of any great priority.
Each year, we purchase more and more vehicles for police, and we enter into contracts for the purchase of additional naval vessels for a largely ineffective Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Why is it that with our close and cozy connection to the U.S. and the People's Republic of China that we are not able to obtain a half dozen or so donated used naval vessels?
Why are we unable to access a dozen or so water pump trucks to assist with water removal in flood-prone areas of New Providence? Why are we unable to bring in medical personnel and specialists on short- to medium-term contracts to beef up our medical facilities throughout the country? Simple: our leaders are not dealing with those things that really matter.
There is also too much governmental red tape and interference to encourage the development and growth of national productivity. To put the icing on the cake, our leaders tend to focus on things that really do not matter. Stem cell research is one of them.
While I totally support the same, especially the herculean and bold efforts of Peter Nygard, is this a frontburner issue for the growth of The Bahamas as a nation? Legislation is being moved quickly through Parliament to accommodate this medical procedure but our legislators are unable or unwilling to debate and pass 'Marco's Law'? Remember the electoral promise of Dr. Bernard Nottage?
Web shops are still operating with impunity and the operators are still raking in big bucks at the expense of ordinary Bahamians while the government, and our people get nothing or very little in return. Why can't they find the time to move a simple amendment to the Lotteries and Gaming Act to cure, regulate and tax this defect? They are afraid of the Bahamas Christian Council, a non-elected body, with absolutely no connection to the real world, in my submission.
Within a few short weeks, the hurricane season will come into full swing. What preventative measures have been put in place, if any? Where is the NEMA personnel and what is its director, Captain Stephen Russell, saying to the nation? Gutters and drains still don't appear to be working in New Providence.
Just the other day we had a little bit of rain and most roads were impassable or if they were, motorists and pedestrians had to exercise due care and attention. Yet another "study" has been done over in Pinewood and South Beach to address the decades old problem of flooding and water removal. This study, I suggest, will go where all the others have gone - in the trash bin.
We are not concentrating on the things that matter, my fellow Bahamians. We are on cruise control and micro-management. There is an urgent need for a five-year national plan.
We need to cut spending, reduce the size of the civil service, reduce the number of parliamentary seats, eliminate taxes to the bare minimum, impose term limitations on politicians, appoint an independent inspector general to police and investigate all ministries, corporations and governmental departments and to introduce National Health Insurance immediately.
Business as usual is over. I serve notice now to the powers that be that as soon as a vacancy becomes available in New Providence, a new individual will offer for election to the House of Assembly. A new day is about to dawn in The Bahamas and the dictum of the late great Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield will come into play.
To God then, in all things, be the glory.
- Ortland H. Bodie Jr.
"Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems" is Trinidadian-born artist and building services engineer Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming's second volume of poetry, published by Proverse Hong Kong in March 2011.
This collection, which was the finalist for the inaugural Proverse Prize, consists of over 50 poems, a concise glossary of terms and an array of mixed media images.
In fact, one of the first things to captivate the reader is the front cover, an image created by Manoo-Rahming herself. This is indeed a perfect point of departure, so let's start there.
The cover-page is made up of seemingly torn up pieces of paper fused together to create the distinctive image of the Immortelle, which as the writer explains in her glossary, is a type of tree that "used to be planted as shade trees in coco plantations of Trinidad and Tobago".
The fiery red flowers are set against a watery background, a brilliant blue sky and whispers of cotton-wool like clouds. Visible are the many tears in the paper, strategically pieced together by Manoo-Rahming, creating a coherent whole and in this case, a picture that tells a story of a thousand words. As highlighted in the volume's introductory comments, the brilliant color of the Immortelle's flowers is reminiscent of the flames in Hindu cremation ceremonies, which draws directly on the writer's Indian descent. The cover then becomes a symbol of Manoo-Rahming's Indo-Caribbean experience and in turn, acts as a precursor for the entire collection.
This syncretism is expressed in more ways than one in the collection. Not only does Manoo-Rahming combine aspects of her Trinidadian birth place, her Bahamian home, with that of India, especially evident in the use of vernacular, she also combines the visual with the poetic - a sure indication of her skill set.
The visuals are not to be treated in isolation (though one can appreciate them independent of the verse), but rather should be considered as working in conjunction with the poems, adding a visual dimension to a particularly intimate set of words.
The seven images contained in the volume each correspond to a poem in "Immortelle and Bhandaaraa". The cover page image, for example, corresponds to a poem in memory of Ras Shorty, or Lord Shorty, who combined African rhythms with Indian instruments to create Soca. Cleverly then, there is a dual-narrative at work here and indeed in the entire collection, where the visual interacts with the text (and vice versa), which as Sandra Pouchet Paquet argues, generates a tension as well as transforming the reading experience.
Integrating visuals into a poetry collection is proving particularly popular of late with Caribbean writers, and in turn really does serve to represent two dominant forms of artistic expression in the region. Though a wonderful addition to Manoo-Rahming's volume, and indeed necessary for its overall purpose, I believe the positioning of the images has lessened their function, if only very slightly: the images are all placed together at the beginning of the collection and not, as I would expect, next to their related poems. As such, there is a little less ease to the reading experience than there might be if the images were next to their corresponding poems. That way one could experience the image in even closer proximity to its poetic counterpart so that the tension between the two forms would be heightened even further.
Nevertheless, had the publisher positioned these visual additions differently then the reader would not be bombarded with the sensory wonderfulness and psychedelic magic of "Mandala", which is the first thing that hits the reader when they open the collection.
The color in this opening image mirrors the explosion of sentiment in the poems that follow. And just like the branches of the Immortelle on the cover page, these poems reach outward, as a means of dealing with the heavy emotions addressed in the subject matter.
The collection, divided into five sections, each named after goddesses (Bhavani, Durga, Coatrischie, Hecate and Shakti), has a strong female voice. The poet grapples with a whole host of themes including life, death and even rape.
In a poem called "The Colour of Rape", for example, Manoo-Rahming skilfully poeticizes the sheer brutality of this act in such a way as to create a series of questions that interrogate the subject. In doing so, Manoo-Rahming asks what colors can effectively represent the physical, emotional and mental effects of rape: "Can a charcoal pencil / Draw grey obscure shape/ Of battered self-esteem?" The fiery provocation of "The Colour of Rape" is contrasted by earlier poems about the loss of loved ones, and as Pouchet Paquet rightly points out, "This is the work of mourning."
In fact, most of the poems in the opening sections are dedicated to people who have passed away. This part of the collection is representative of the poet's ability to move seamlessly between different memories, portraying sentiment, gratitude and grief in carefully constructed, effortless verse. And the poems do appear to be effortless as if the poet is recalling moments, not as a stream of consciousness because these are cleverly crafted words but there is certainly an ease, where the words roll off the tongue.
"Mirror Glimpses", for example, is about the loss of the poet's mother and sister. The opening verse reads: "Mama your face followed/ me to this place. It hopped/ a ride in my genes/ like a scorpion/ that smuggled itself/ from Long Island to Nassau/ in my bag of cookies. I took it as a sign: Sally will die". This poem has such immediacy and the poet's matter-of-fact tone, stating the impending death of her sister makes the verse even more hard hitting. But there's also a sweet vulnerability here, which gets to the reader, effervesces, slowly but surely.
Other poems in the collection reach out to Caribbean spaces and the region's fauna for inspiration, while others take a more inward look. See, for example, "The Poet" towards the end of the collection where Manoo-Rahming uses metaphor to poeticise the poet's role:
A poet is one who finds the rents
The ruptures in our quiltlike cores
Unravels the broken threads
Collects them into balls of fibers
Spins them into rainbow-colored yarn
Weaves an unpatterned fabric
With which she mends by hand
Gently ever so gently
Crevices in quilted psyches
Just like the poet who spins multi-colored yarn, Manoo-Rahming's "Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems" is a vibrant collection, which fuses the visual and the poetic. The volume covers a range of themes; some more harrowing than others but does so in such a way as to soothe, interrogate and stimulate the human psyche.
Manoo-Rahming was born in Trinidad in 1960. She is married to a Bahamian, and lives in Nassau, Bahamas. Lelawattee is a poet, fiction and creative non-fiction writer and essayist. She further expresses her creativity and seeks enlightenment through sculpture and drawing. She has won essay and art awards in The Bahamas. Internationally, she has won the David Hough Literary Prize (2001) and the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize (2009) for Short Fiction and was overall winner of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) Short Story Competition (2001). Her first book of poetry, "Curry Flavour", was published in 2001 in England. Lelawattee is a practicing mechanical/building services engineer and is president and co-owner, with her husband, of a consulting engineering firm in Nassau, Bahamas. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in many publications in the Caribbean, the UK, U.S. and Holland.
Leanne Haynes recently finished a PhD at the University of Essex, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research. Her thesis focused on St. Lucian literature and mapped out the island's rich literary landscape. She also completed her MA (postcolonial studies) and BA (literature) at the University of Essex. Haynes has presented material at conferences in the UK and Europe. She is a keen creative writer and amateur photographer, with publications in the UK and U.S.
o Reprinted with the permission of arcthemagazine.com.
Nassau, Bahamas - The walls of five floors of
the Public Treasury Department, East Street are to be turned into a
veritable art gallery in honour of Bahamian women.
Entitled 'Bahama Mama',
the exhibition will feature aspiring young Bahamian women artists some
of whom have already made significant impact internationally.
It officially opens to the
public September 26 at 5:30 p.m. This session will last for five months
and can be viewed at normal office hours.
This week, writer, anthropologist and cultural activist Nicolette Bethel answers 20 Questions from Guardian Arts&Culture.
1. What's been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?
Not a clue. I would have to say something to do with Shakespeare in Paradise, which has been well received, not just at home but around the region, or something to do with The College of The Bahamas' Bahamas@Forty Conference, where COB students presented papers that knocked the socks off adults.
2. What's your least favorite book?
Can't pick just one. Let's just say many things that are self-published, especially if they are being handed out on the side of the road.
3. What's your favorite genre of literature?
Truthfully? Murder mysteries. Not thrillers. Mysteries.
4. What are your top 5 movies of all time?
I hate these questions. Let me come back to that.
5. Coffee or tea?
Finally something I can answer!! Coffee.
6. What book are you reading now?
1) "The Wizard of the Crow" by Ngugi wa Thiong'o. 2) "Redemption in Indigo" by Karen Lord. 3) "Fire in a Dead Man's Eye" by Madison Hill. I'm not including the books I'm reading for the research I'm doing. Is that OK?
7. What project are you working on now?
1) Shakespeare in Paradise, especially "Speak the Speech II" and "Sammie Swain". 2) Poems for my collection "Mama Lily and the Dead". 3) A trio of research papers from the past two years.
8. What's the last book that surprised you?
It wasn't a book, it was a presentation on climate change and The Bahamas given by Margo Blackwell at the Bahamas@Forty Conference. Basically, we're doomed. We're on the top 10 list of countries to disappear beneath the ocean in the next hundred years. And at the same time, Andros has remarkable environmental qualities that we need to respect and protect, not least of all because they can affect and help to respond to climate change.
9. Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?
None of the above. I prefer scrap.
10. If you had to be stranded on one Family Island which one would it be?
Crooked Island or Eleuthera.
11. What's the most memorable book you've ever read?
The Holy Bible, aka the King James Version. It's hard to forget much of what I read in it.
12. Which writer do you have a secret crush on?
Earl Lovelace. When you meet him, you know why.
13. If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?
My mother and my father.
14. Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country's history?
Whoever works out how to stop The Bahamas from disappearing under the ocean in the next hundred years.
15. Who is your favorite living writer?
Toni Morrison, Kamau Brathwaite, George Lamming or Earl Lovelace. Take your pick.
16. Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunrise, when I catch it. Otherwise sunset.
17. What role does the writer have in society?
Funny you should ask that. You can find my answer on YouTube.
18. What's your most embarrassing moment?
I'm not going to tell you. It's too embarrassing.
19. What wouldn't you do without?
20. What's your definition of beauty?
Kindness. A sense of humor. True interest in other people.
Name: Ron Johnson
Position: Culinary artist, Savory Art Culinary & Consultation Service
Guardian Business: Can you briefly describe your experience in the tourism sector and what your role is today?
Ron: I've been a part of the hospitality industry since the age of 16. I was an apprentice chef at the Atlantis Resort & Casino and eventually left my post for educational pursuits. However, during my tenure at the property, I've always felt a strong sense of pride and responsibility ensuring guest satisfaction, simultaneously pleasing my superiors. Whether local or international cuisine was requested, working independently or with a team, contentment was the primary goal. It should be noted that in most areas of people activity, food is involved either in overt or subtle ways.
After attaining my formal educational goals, I've currently been active as a personal/private chef for celebrities, affluent individuals and occasionally working aboard yachts (seven in total thus far), cruising to the Exuma Cays and sometimes Harbour Island, showcasing elements of island flare and other cuisines to the best of my ability. At 31, I would see myself as a culinary ambassador of sorts, particularly to those unfamiliar with tropical cuisine.
GB: Why did you choose to work in tourism as a career?
Ron: At first, the career chose me, along with my mother's stern guidance and foresight. After graduation from high school, I had no idea of what path I would take. I felt idle, without purpose and eager to make a quick buck. I enrolled at The Bahamas Hotel Training College (now called School of Hospitality Training Studies) and found myself performing fairly well, particularly out of fear and love. The fears of letting anybody think I was inadequate were intertwined with my affinity for the profession.
I eventually simmered down and found it was something that I could handle fairly well. It allowed me to be creative with my hands, only limited to what my mind could conceive. A friend told me that certain African tribes believed that your spirit/vibe was transferred into your food creations. I would hope people get an overwhelming sense of love and commitment when they taste what I create.
GB: What has been your most memorable moment?
Ron: Most experiences I've had thus far have their own merit in my life. One in particular, as Montell Williams personal chef aboard a three-week yacht trip throughout the Exuma Cays, still permeates in my memory. Although I've had the pleasure of cooking for him a few times prior to the most recent trip, we had a chance to really have in depth discussions about my future in general and I got to interact on a higher level with his family and staff; they were truly appreciative of what I fed them and the level of professionalism I maintained. Beware of getting too 'familiar' with a guest or client by the way.
Notwithstanding, they were appreciative to the point that they questioned and hesitated dining out on other yachts they got invited on or local restaurants because the precedent I set made them compare my performance; they said it was better than others. The reassuring moment came when he complimented my mother about my professionalism and gave me a hefty 'thank you' gift that made me smile from ear to ear; he personally gave me his contact information as well.
GB: Has the industry changed since you started your career? How?
Ron: Where to begin? I'm a bit at a disadvantage properly responding to this, as my personalized service isolates me to a degree. However, I converse with colleagues and make observations as well. On a side note, the common misperception is that when one sees a chef jacket of sorts, they automatically assume you are employed at a hotel. There are other atypical, unconventional places chefs work at such as stand-alone restaurants and chocolate factories, as well as in positions as personal chefs, food and beverage directors and managers of franchises and supermarkets. The industry has changed in other ways as well to my knowledge. As we are in the Information Age, access to revered techniques, recipes and ideas are easily accessible at the speed of touch and type. I'm also noticing a stronger push for utilizing native grown produce.
GB: What should The Bahamas focus on to stay competitive?
Ron: This is a hard question to answer in that a definite response does not justly address a myriad of issues one may perceive. However, I can speak to factors such as nutrition, redefining and elevating our cuisine and adapting more European culinary disciplines in our forte. Generally speaking, our food is truly tasty and satiating. Tourists from across the globe make an effort to try chowders, stews and souses, fritters, peas n' rice, Bahama Mamas and other local gastronomy. Adversely, our diet impairs our health. Finding creative ways to preserve or create new flavors with an emphasis on wellbeing for the health conscious or apprehensive tourist (or native) is barely exploited.
Lastly, for those with a high appreciation of fine dining, we can improve on presentation and modern techniques; the taste is already there.. I'd like to see a Bahamian restaurant achieve a Michelin Star or three, fully exploiting local produce. That would definitely garner attention to our country and perhaps promote more food-based tourism to a different audience.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - In
May 2010, the proprietors of Island Java located in Port Lucaya, began
operations of a new restaurant in the Port Lucaya Marketplace on Grand
Bahama Island. The restaurant is known as Mamadoo's Restaurant, or
Mamadoo's where local cuisine meets Bahamian creativity.
The Restaurant features a signature line of innovative Bahamian
inspired seafood and barbeque dishes, with gourmet pizzas/flat
bread along with fruit infused vodka like sappa dilly, love vine, guava,
mango and tamarind...
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. - Psalm 51:7.
Commercials and documentaries in the media and on television are aplenty about the health benefits of colon cleansing. The latest I saw on TV was a detailed account of how within our bodies, one can for years, have trapped within them waste matter that is highly toxic. It went on to show how it becomes almost rubbery, and then gave the poundage as high as 10 as to what some people are carrying within them from day to day.
With the high rate of cancer stemming from this toxic waste, I now see how very important it was for parents of yesteryear, to give regular mouthfuls of catnip or bush medicine, not leaving out the much-dreaded castor oil. But, don't forget that these were the days of breakfast -- oatmeal, porridge, grits and pancakes and, yes bread and tea -- that was not heavily laced with artificial food substances. There were no fast foods and food franchises. It was mama's pot.
Health consciousness is being widely promoted to combat debilitating diseases. Everything is now low fat, low calories and organic dietary yields. Also heavy intakes of food are being discouraged and small portions encouraged -- more water and less sweet drinks.
In our lesson text today, David in Psalm 51 makes a plea for pardon. He addresses the great judge of the universe with a three-point presentation. He acknowledges iniquity and transgressions and then soulfully asks that mercy and forgiveness be given him. Haunted by his guilt, David acknowledges personal responsibility for his sin. He had sinned against God. He had sinned against Bathsheba, Uriah, the nation and himself. He realized that he had violated God's law.
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness, according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.
"Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
It is detrimental to our spiritual health to be filled with iniquitous deeds, actions and thoughts. Over the years, sin has been piling within us stuff as high as a mountain. Yes, indeed, most of us need to take regular doses of internal cleansing. We need a thorough cleansing so that we would be able to see our brothers and sisters in a more humane, dignified and respectful manner.
We need purging from malice, envy and jealousy. We need purging from gossiping, lying and backbiting. We need purging from digging ditches for others to fall in. We need purging from the rise in dysfunctional family life and the plotting and planning for the downfall of those whom we appear to love and serve.
We need purging from spreading false rumors on our brothers and sisters. We need purging from idleness, slothfulness and complacency, waywardness and deceit. We need purging from back sliding adultery and unnatural sexual behavior. We need purging from greed so that we can see the need of others. We need purging from promoting vices and downgrading virtues, values and faith. We need purging from hypocrisy. Lord, our nation needs purging so that we may be the righteous nation you desire for the good of the people of the land.
Today Lord, I present myself to you for inspection and cleansing. We pray to God to purge us of all that would make us socially, mentally and spiritually healthy to be of service to you.
o E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, write to P.O. Box 19725 SS Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests, concerns and comments. God's Blessings!
Grand Bahama's very own 'Lady Melody' Raquel Oliver, has announced the release
of her music video, "Can't Make You Love Me".
This latest single
from her forthcoming album is already on the way to becoming another hit
for this popular Bahamian artist. The video was produced by Frost from LOJ Productions, Riddim
produced by j Vibes and Cyclone. Lyrics written by Raquel Oliver.
Shot on location in Port Lucaya Marketplace at the Hardour boutique
, and at the popular nightspot, Bahama Mamas with its famous wall artwork by...
Nassau, Bahamas - Crowds filled The Public Treasury Building
on Friday 18th May as it opened its doors to the general public for its second
Brotherhood. The evening
brought together supporters, patrons, and art lovers from the public and
private sectors, the creative industry, several educational institutions along
with the participants from New Providence, Abaco and Grand Bahama. It was
undoubtedly a well-attended evening that was enjoyed by many.
Following the success of its Inaugural
Bahama Mama featuring female artists and writers this spring PTAP geared
its focus toward recognizing young Bahamian men. Sixteen professional artists
and seventeen high school students were selected to participate in this all
male event which began with a three week mentorship program and culminates with
a five month exhibition where the artists showcase their work alongside their