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February 17, 2011
Miss Talented Grand Bahama 2010 and Runners Up Receive Prizes

Freeport, Grand Bahama - As
promised by the Miss Talented Grand Bahama Committee, exactly six
months after crowning a young and excited Anissa Smith as Miss Talented
Grand Bahama 2010 and Top Model Winner all of the winners were invited
to Mary Ann's for the prize giving cocktail reception.

Several sponsors, family members and invited guests joined the girls
for a night of cheerful fun and eats and gift receiving...  As promised
the committee delivered cash, laptop computers, mobile phones and
several other gift items to the queen and her first runner up, needless
to say the girls were all pleased that what was promised was delivered
as some have voiced concerns of past pageant experiences where no gifts
were received...

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February 19, 2015
BTC must focus on service

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is offering voluntary separation packages to as many as 150 employees. BTC is 49 percent owned by the government with the controlling stake being in the hands of Cable and Wireless.
The move to reduce staff at the telco comes as BTC prepares for liberalization of the cellular phone market. It currently has a monopoly on cell services in The Bahamas. Last week, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that the government intends to award a second cell license by May.
The Cellular Liberalization Task Force advised last Wednesday that it received submissions from Digicel (Bahamas) Holdings Limited, Cable Bahamas Ltd. and Virgin Mobile Bahamas Limited.
Companies always look for efficiencies when competition arrives. Costs are kept down, as there will be a drop in revenue once the market opens up. BTC's main problem, though, when competition arrives won't be its staff count. BTC's cell service is not reliable. Dropped calls are the norm. It often takes three or four tries before your cell call goes through. And the cell network goes down from time to time, frustrating Bahamians who want more from their national telecommunications company.
Echoing the frustration of thousands of Bahamians, former BTC Chairman Julian Francis has said he will switch to the new carrier because BTC's service is "horrendous". He added that there just does not seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel with the poor service BTC provides.
It is unclear what BTC can do in the short time it has before its first competitor arrives. Its reputation for poor cell service since Cable and Wireless acquired it is now branded into the minds of many Bahamians. If the other cell competitor can provide consistent, quality service there will be a mass exodus from BTC.
Many more layoffs will be necessary to keep the company afloat in such a scenario.

Change to letters policy
We are always pleased to get feedback from our readers on matters of concern. Our letters section is a place where you can have your say.
In the past we accepted hard copies of letters from you via the mail. These letters were either typed in or scanned before being placed in the newspaper. These practices, however, are archaic and take up unnecessary man-hours.
Going forward The Nassau Guardian will only accept letters that are emailed to it at editor@nasguard.com. After you type your letter on your computer, or have it typed for you, just email it to us.
We value your contributions and hope that more of you feel inspired to send us letters, adding your voices to the debates on our pages.

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Lignum Institute Of Technology AutoCad 2012 Intro-Essentials
Lignum Institute Of Technology AutoCad 2012 Intro-Essentials

Thursday 15th November 2012  6:00 PM

Lignum Institute Of Technology Course Schedule AutoCad 2012 Intro-Essentials September 18th, 2012 (10 weeks) Tuesday's & Thursday's 6:00-8:00pm September 15th, 2012 (10 weeks) Saturday only 9:00-1:00pm Lignum Training Institute We provide training from project and risk management to customer service, computer training and other technical training. Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza Tel: 393-2164 Fax: 394-4971


Event
Lignum Institute Of Technology AutoCad 2012 Intro-Essentials
Lignum Institute Of Technology AutoCad 2012 Intro-Essentials

Thursday 8th November 2012  6:00 PM

Lignum Institute Of Technology Course Schedule AutoCad 2012 Intro-Essentials September 18th, 2012 (10 weeks) Tuesday's & Thursday's 6:00-8:00pm September 15th, 2012 (10 weeks) Saturday only 9:00-1:00pm Lignum Training Institute We provide training from project and risk management to customer service, computer training and other technical training. Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza Tel: 393-2164 Fax: 394-4971


News Article

April 11, 2011
IDB study says more investment needed in teacher training and educational software

Putting more computers in schools will do little to improve the
quality of education in Latin America and the Caribbean unless countries
invest in teacher training and educational software, according to a new
study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

In spite of a recent flurry of high-quality research on the impact
of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on education,
significant uncertainty still remains about the effectiveness of these
interventions in improving learning, especially in the case of very
visible initiatives, such as providing computers for every child...

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December 18, 2014
Christmas messages 2014

Silent night -- my holiday wish!
Lyrics from a familiar Christmas piece, "Silent night, holy night," best describe the wish of many Bahamians and residents, especially of New Providence. In fact, the second line of the first stanza seems elusive: "All is calm, all is bright." Instead, one hears the firing of gunshots, police car and ambulance sirens accompanied by loud screams and howls: "Oh God not my son," "Not my child's dad;" "Not again!" Fear is gripping us at our core. Many are simply afraid! The silence is gone out of nights and peace seems intermittent. The killing is too much -- even in broad daylight and almost anywhere.
And if that were not enough, the country is still reeling from the tragic deaths of Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife Pastor Ruth Ann and others. Electricity bill is high, and that which drops is our cell phone calls. Undoubtedly, 2014 has been a rough year, and 2015 is about to greet us with VAT (value-added tax). We desire a change! We need change! We need some silent nights, peace and calm but especially the gift of the Lord's favor.
The gift of the Christ child
The gift of the Christ child 2,000 years ago was intended to offer peace, joy, hope and more. God, in his omniscience, foresaw our needs and offered mankind a most necessary and all-encompassing gift in his only Son. John 3:16 records, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Years before this declaration, Isaiah, the Old Testament Prophet, penned: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Capturing this prophetic piece, Luke, another New Testament writer, added, "I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10, 11).
Why peace appears to be lacking?
Repeatedly, the Bible makes it clear that the coming of Jesus was intended to offer peace and joy. What has happened? I suggest that the problem does not lie with the gift or the giver, but the acceptance and use of the gift. It is like receiving a most sizable check but not cashing it. Though valuable and useful, it will serve no purpose unless used. Could it be that the gift of the Christ Child has not captured our minds and hearts to the extent of controlling and influencing us to live at peace with and loving one another as we should? Could it be that the gift has not been born in our hearts to the extent that we are led to forgive and move on? Could it be that the gift of Christ has not been received fully, so we fail to accord the respect that we should to one another on the streets, in the parking lot, and even in the church? We must do more than simply talk about Christ. Instead, we must allow him to be Lord of our lives fully controlling and "running things." When Christ is in control, the fruit of the Holy Spirit (love, joy and peace, etc.) will be manifested.

Looking ahead
Looking ahead, we must not be daunted by VAT or anything for that matter. It is imperative that we keep linked up with Christ. We can weather situations and effect change with his grace impacting us. We can sing again; we can rejoice and laugh. After all, Christ lives and he inspires a remarkable hope. However, I caution that a life devoid of him will not change the New Year. It would be attempting to effect changes without resorting to the right resolution, and that is Christ. How could the Apostle Paul, a misguided one and persecutor of the church, experience a turn around? Was it not through Christ? How could Mary, a prostitute, experience a sense of belonging, appreciation and honor? Was it not through Christ who accepted her as a person and showed true love and respect for her? What the world needs is what Christians through Christ are capable of giving -- it is love, it is understanding, it is respect and even tolerance for our differences. Emily Elliott explains, "My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, when Thou comest and callest for me." Essentially, this constitutes my wish for all, that Christ is embraced, and with the gift mankind will experience what it means to live and to have meaning and lasting value. It is the gift that lives on and enables one to have a sense of Christmas daily, monthly and throughout the year.
Have a Christ-centered Christmas and a joyous New Year.

-- PASTOR LEONARD JOHNSON
President, Atlantic Caribbean Union of Seventh-day Adventists (Comprising The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks and Caicos Islands)

Imagine what would happen if you gave Christmas its true meaning in your life

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth, goodwill to all people. [Luke 2:13 & 14]
Many years ago I officiated at the funeral of a man in his 90s. In the cemetery, I was struck by the fact that his children (all of them in their 70s and late 60s) wept bitterly, several of them crying out for their father. I remember chatting with a grandson of the deceased, a man in his mid-50s, as we left the cemetery. He was shaking and could not compose himself. He recounted to me that in his 55 years, he had never seen his father cry, much less weep bitterly or become hysterical. He spoke fondly of his late grandfather and his father. He told me that because of the impact that his grandfather had made on the family, he would live on forever in his everyday life even though his mortal remains were being buried that day.
In the crowd someone made a comment, "He jus' an ol' man. Why dey cryin' so much? His life over. Bury him and move on!"
That was far from the way that the family saw it: the burial was not just an end of a life, but more so the beginning of the rest of their lives, having had so great a legacy passed on to them.
I was deeply moved by the whole experience that day, and could not help but reflect on a number of things:
The deceased must have been some father.
He obviously made a tremendous and fundamental impression on his children if in their 60s and 70s they could weep so inconsolably.
Often this is how it is in life -- sometimes the greatest influences go unobserved or are not fluffy appreciated or understood in the first instance, but their impact is earth-shaking and far-reaching.
We live in two beautiful countries, The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands. Human life is wonderful and so is actually being alive. However, our current experience brings with it so many challenges that can cause us to forget that beauty -- noise, busyness, pressure, demands, screens (smart phone, computer and television), fast-paced living, hatred, insensitivity, crime, violence, inhumanity, economic challenges, VAT, gaming, disappointing leadership, numbness, disillusionment, emptiness, meaningless, loss of values, the questioning of faith and the absence of spirituality in some quarters. But it is into the midst of all of this that the Christ child comes.
Such challenges cause many people not to have a positive outlook. They do not see a loving God. They do not see a Christmas that speaks of the joy of the Christ child, or the hope he comes to bring. They view Christmas only as a season for gifts, decorations, spending time with family and friends, and doing good to others. They do not see it as a spiritual festival and the Christ child is of no relevance or usefulness in the now.
Christmas is not about the burial of an old man who is dead, to be deposited in the cemetery. It is about a promise of God's future for the world given in the life of a baby born to change the world. A baby is a symbol of new life, hope, a positive future and endless possibilities. That is why Jesus, the Messiah, came into the world as an infant -- to make the point that in God there are bright futures and endless possibilities promised to the human race. All of these were delivered in the life, ministry and witness of Jesus about 30 years after his birth. They were experienced by those who embraced him and his message, and who sought to live by his rules.
Jesus' love, his peace and goodwill to all people are still seen today in the lives of those who seek to follow him and to live by his principles. This is what we are called to do this Christmas and every Christmas, and throughout the year.
What that means for us is that in the face of all the challenges, we cannot lose hope. We cannot believe that our two nations do not have a bright future. We must believe that the Christ of Christmas is a promise of victory in spite of the crime, the cost of living, the inhumanity that some display or anything else that disturbs us.
Plan to welcome this celebration and to let it touch your heart and change your life.
Consider what life would be like without occasions such as Christmas which remind us of giving, sharing, spending time together and celebrating what is good about life and living.
Ask yourself what Christmas means to you. Imagine what would happen if you gave it its true meaning in your life. Rekindle your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Seek to show him forth in your life so that others may experience his love through you. In this way Christmas will be a way of life and not just an event.
This is what "peace on earth and good to all people" means.
On behalf of the Anglican Diocese, and on behalf of my own family, I wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a happy new year.

-- THE RT. REV'D LAISH BOYD
Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands

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News Article

April 26, 2011
Bahamians in Royal Wedding Fever

WITH only two more days to go until Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot at Westminster Abbey in London, royal wedding excitement is reaching a fever pitch.

Here in the Bahamas, people are already making plans to get up in the wee hours of the morning to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event on their televisions and computers. Some have already set their alarm clocks for 3.30am when the first guests are expected to arrive at the abbey. The wedding procession is scheduled to start at 5.30am Bahamian time.

The actual royal wedding will occur at 6am when Kate Middleton is expected to arrive on the arm of her father.

"I find it very exciting that this wedding is taking pl ...

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February 27, 2012
Anglican priest victim of crime

Months after he oversaw a cleanup effort after a thief or thieves ransacked the offices of St. Agnes Anglican Church on Blue Hill Road, Archdeacon I. Ranfurly Brown on Friday became the victim of crime in a much more personal way, when his Blue Hill Heights home was broken into and emptied of valuable items while his teenage son slept.
"They took everything," Father Brown told The Nassau Guardian yesterday.  He said the break-in happened between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Brown said the intruders entered through a window and took items like jewelry and electronics.
But he was grateful his son was unharmed, even though the thieves took his computer out his room as he slept.
"We have to get these politicians to be more honest about the reality of the intensity of this criminal attitude and element in this country," said Father Brown when asked how he felt about the general crime problem, "not to talk about the high profile crimes only, but the crimes that are affecting the poor man, the middle man, the man who is struggling to provide for his family and somebody could just come in and take everything."
But Brown indicated that he was determined to put this latest robbery in perspective.
"I went in the house, saw what happened, smiled and walked out," he said.
"It's only material things."
He said, however, "It was a disappointment because we are not dealing with the crime situation in this country, especially when you hear people are brought before the courts by the hard working police and given bail.
"That is disheartening to the whole Bahamian society and you have politicians playing around on these platforms...  We need to change the society to a more honest society, be concerned about building lives and communities."
Last June, the offices of St. Agnes Anglican Church were ransacked and a safe with important documents and money were stolen. The thieves entered through a northern window of the building on Blue Hill Road by breaking the panes and cutting the iron security bars, Brown said at the time.
He also said back then, "The crime situation tells us that we need to focus on people and not things, and see how best we can reform people and cause things to happen for the good of our people.  The more we talk, the worse it gets.
"Leaders have to listen and then come up with the right solutions as to how best you can deal with people."

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News Article
Steve Jobsí resignation as Apple CEO could change mobile dynamics
August 29, 2011

With Steve Jobsí resignation today as CEO of Apple Inc., the man who changed the face of computing and then went on to repeat the performance with mobile leaves the field just when smartphones and tablets are beginning to turn the worlds of commerce, content, communication and marketing upside down.

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February 08, 2011
Police display items from Lyford Cay break-ins

Police yesterday laid out the items recovered from a house in Redland Acres that they suspect were stolen from houses in Lyford Cay and other areas in western New Providence.
The items ranged from valuable laptop computers to a not-so-valuable citronella candle, used to keep mosquitoes away. Some of the items seemed so arbitrary that it was hard to believe the thieves wasted their time picking them up, such as a puzzle of the New York skyline.
However, Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna said there is a market for stolen goods in New Providence and he warned that anyone purchasing those goods could be prosecuted.
“There is a ready and viable market for stolen goods and again we hav ...

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