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Ladies and gentlemen, office etiquette is dead!
It has been brutally assassinated by uncouth employees, who remain at large and continue to practice their uncultured behavior in the office. Why have they not been arrested? According to reliable sources several theories have been presented:
1. Many civility police (managers) lack business etiquette training and therefore are unable to identify and correct simple etiquette faux pas.
2. Organizations have hired so many uncouth employees that policing has become virtually impossible.
3. Many civility police (managers) are also uncouth, so they see nothing wrong when employees' social graces are less than desirable.
4. Many civility police are afraid to have the tough conversations required to address the inappropriate behavior.
In light of the above I am appealing to all employees who are concerned about the deteriorating state of common civility in the workplace, to stand with me in exposing these uncouth perpetrators. I hereby deputize you and order you to arrest on sight any co-worker who you witness engaged in one of the following acts:
1. Misusing the speakerphone: Speakerphones are used primarily for group conference calls, not because you are too lazy to pick up the handset. If you intend to put someone on a speakerphone, make your intent known and identify any other person who may be in the room with you. For example, "Bob I have you on the speaker and I've got Tom and Jerry here with me".
2. Engaging in loud conversations: If a colleague is engaged in a conversation with another individual and you can hear them down the hall, this is a clear indication that they need to turn down the volume.
3. Eating smelly foods at his/her desk: Not only does it look bad, certain foods like fish, onions, curry, Chinese food etc. have high aromas that can leave the entire office smelling bad! What can I tell you, eat in the kitchen and if your office doesn't have a kitchen choose your food selections wisely! On the same note please refrain from throwing smelly foods in the garbage at your desk, take them to the kitchen garbage please.
4. Not cleaning up after themselves: What's wrong with you people? Does you mother work here? Did your bring your housekeeper or private butler with you to work? Is something wrong with your hands? Why can't you clean up after yourself? Why do you believe that someone should throw away your discarded lunch, cups or beverages? Does your kitchen at work come with a waitress? If you sprinkle when you tinkle will it kill you to wipe the seat? Why can't you flush the toilet after yourself? Is it beneath you to ensure that the toilet is clean for other people to use? OMG, uncivilized!
5. Constantly talking on his or her personal cellphone: And not just talking, talking loudly since most peoples' cell phone voice is considerably louder than their regular voice. Then you have the nerve to wonder who is spreading your person business and supposedly confidential information around the office. Newsflash, you are, and don't expect people not to listen!
6. Grooming in public: This includes brushing and combing hair, applying makeup at your desk, and zipping down your trousers to put shirt in pants. Please find the restroom.
7. Not sending a proper email: When are you going to "get it"? An email is nothing more than an electronic letter. As such it should contain a subject, greeting and salutation. It also wouldn't hurt if you remember to use spell check and proof your messages for grammatical errors before hitting send. Note to self, never respond to an email when you are angry. Trust me, you will regret it! And please do not forward chain mails.
8. Not saying "good morning", "please" or "thank you": We were taught basic manners as a child (well at least I was) so in my mind there is just no excuse for lack of good manners. Get it in your head, "please" and "thank you" will always be the magic words we were taught as children, some of you just need to remember to use them.
9. Playing music/the radio at your desk: This is soooooo annoying! Why do you believe that your colleagues want to listen to your favorite radio station, CD, sermon, or ITunes library (you get the picture)? Further, if the company wanted you to listen to music, it would install a sound system! If you must listen to any of the above please use headphones.
10. Voicemails: A voicemail system allows people to leave messages for you when you are unavailable, but how can they leave a message if:
a. You don't activate your voicemail/mailbox.
b. Your mailbox is full and unable to receive any more messages.
Listen people, clear your messages and return your calls same day if possible, if not before end of next day.
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TREASURE CAY, North Abaco -- Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on Saturday night urged residents of North Abaco to choose someone from their community they wish to represent them in Parliament and he declared that North Abaco will remain a Free National Movement (FNM) seat.
"It does my heart well that Abaco has joined Long Island in being amongst the most faithful of Family Island constituencies to our party since I joined the FNM in 1990. We are Abaco; we are never fearful and we will not abandon the FNM ship," he told supporters who gathered for a farewell celebration at the public beach at Treasure Cay.
"So I will be replaced as your MP by another FNM."
Ingraham won the seat eight consecutive times -- twice as a Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate, once as an independent and five times as an FNM.
"This is a singular distinction for me, to have you support me wearing three distinct hats. I thank you for your confidence, your loyalty and your support" Ingraham said.
"Many of you have voted for me on each occasion."
He said, "I have spent more than one half of my life in your service. I ran again this time to head the government for a fourth time; the Bahamian public rejected my message and denied my request.
"I accept their determination and in the Westminster tradition of electoral democracy which we adhere to, I have determined to end my public life which has spanned more than half my own lifetime."
Ingraham said he will formally retire from politics on July 19, the anniversary of his first election in 1977.
He pointed out that this is two weeks before his 65th birthday and 65 is the mandatory retirement age for civil servants.
Ingraham had hoped to serve one final term as prime minister but suffered what many FNMs insisted was a shocking and unexpected loss.
The former prime minister indicated to The Nassau Guardian on Saturday that he was surprised by the results, but he said he did the best he could on the campaign trail.
He told constituents that he will support their choice once they decide who they want to run in the by-election.
Ingraham also told The Guardian he intends to return to Parliament to swear the oath of office, but he did not indicate whether this would be on May 23, which is when the new House will open.
Ingraham won the North Abaco seat last Monday with 2,235 votes. The PLP's Renardo Curry had 1,856 votes and the Democratic National Alliance candidate Sonith Lockhart got 39 votes.
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday the PLP was pleased with Curry's performance and expects him to win the seat in a by-election.
The PLP won 29 of the 38 seats in the House of Assembly and the FNM won nine.
"We are the government now and Mr. Ingraham won by 300 odd votes," Roberts told The Nassau Guardian.
"Mr. Ingraham did certain things down there that will come to light. Renardo Curry will [emerge] as the next MP following the by-election. Mr. Curry's performance in the general election speaks for itself.
"This is a prime minister who has represented that area for all these years. That was not any significant victory for him down there."
Asked what will likely come to light, Roberts only said, "What Mr. Ingraham has done throughout The Bahamas with regard to the election. It is just unbelievable what he did to try to win."
Ingraham and the FNM, meanwhile, allege that a part of the reason they lost the election was because the PLP bribed many voters. But that's a claim the PLP has rejected as baseless.
Pointing to the many changes witnessed in his constituency since 1977, the former prime minister noted that 38 percent of the 4,130 people registered to vote there were not yet born when he won the seat for the first time at age 29.
"I have spent more than one half of my life in your service," Ingraham told the constituents.
He added, "I acknowledge my debt to you and express my gratitude. I leave with my reputation intact; I gave you decent, honorable and incorruptible service. I did my best for you and I leave you now much, much better off than when we began."
Pointing to the progress made in the constituency over the decades he served, Ingraham said, "We have come from communities that got water from open wells or rainwater tanks in Green Turtle Cay and Grand Cay, to communities with piped water; from kerosene lamps in Little Abaco and Grand Cay to electricity; from no telephone service to hardline phones, cell phones and internet access; from no paved roads outside of our communities to paved roads from Crown Haven in the north to Sandy Port in the South and to paved roads in every community..."
Ingraham's resignation from the FNM takes effect on May 26, when the party will hold a convention.
He said he will return to his law office in Nassau and reopen his law office in Marsh Harbour. The former prime minister, who has a home in Cooper's Town, also said he intends to spend more time on the seas of Abaco, fishing.
SEYMOUR'S, Long Island - The Ministry of Tourism and its partners have come together to further heighten awareness of the invasive and venomous lionfish in Bahamian waters.
One such avenue was the Lionfish Hunt II, a competition and cook-off between local fishermen and chefs, that was held on May 17 to 18 at Seymour's Dock.
The lionfish was sighted in Bahamian waters following the passage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The Department of Marine Resources has classified the lionfish as an invasive alien species preying on commercially and ecologically important marine species.
And, the best way to manage the species is to eat it. Hence the two-day hunt and cook-off explored the hunting, handling, cleaning and eating of lionfish, which is proving to be quite the delicacy.
Approximately 270 fish were caught, the largest up to 16 inches. Organizer and fisherman Charles Knowles and Frederick Arnett, assistant fisheries officer at the Department of Marine Resources, donned impenetrable gloves and spearheaded the handling and cleaning of the catch, which was shared among the restaurants involved in the cook-off.
Chefs from Cape Santa Maria and Stella Maris Resort prepared the fish in a variety of dishes such as fish cakes garnished with local pineapples, and stir-fried lionfish in a tropical Thai curry sauce, also with fresh pineapples.
Samantha Fox of the Ministry of Tourism office on the island underscored the importance of educating residents and tourists about lionfish.
"The Ministry of Tourism has partnered with individuals in the community in their efforts to bring further awareness about the species," she said.
"It (hunting) has also become a tourist attraction. When visitors come into Long Island divers take them out snorkeling and educate them about the species."
Fox added that because of the abundance of the species, restaurant owners are being encouraged to add it to their menus. Entrepreneurs are also being urged to use parts of the fish for jewellery and other craft items once the venom is cured through cooking.
Another organizer of the lionfish hunt, Theresa Knowles of Bahamas Discovery Quest, said based on snorkeling expeditions there was noticeable growth in lionfish numbers.
For the first Lionfish hunt, Knowles said the committee worked hard for three months and was quite shocked at the response that people enjoyed lionfish meat. Subsequently, individuals were approached and handed information about lionfish and what it could do to local marine resources. The ultimate goal is to work with the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association in putting lionfish on the market, she said.
Arnett said the department has played a significant role in lionfish awareness and education since 2009 when it developed the National Lionfish Response Plan with The College of The Bahamas. Since then the department has signed on to a regional project, Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC).
The Department of Marine Resources is the national executing agency for that project - a four-year program aimed at addressing the invasive species issue within the region.
In the face of overwhelming evidence, a policeman's son pleaded guilty to murder on Monday.
Alexander Pierre Jr., 20, of Carmichael Road, entered a guilty plea in the death of Raymond Thompson on August 8, 2012 before his trial began before Justice Carolita Bethell.
Had the case gone to trial, prosecutors would have led evidence to show that Pierre, whose father is a sergeant, had an argument with Thompson about the repair of his car.
Shortly after the argument, Pierre returned to East Street and Coconut Grove Avenue with a 9mm pistol and pointed it in Thompson's face in the presence of witnesses, according to the evidence.
Thompson threw his hands up and Pierre shot him three times, according to the prosecution's case. Thompson ran but Pierre pursued him, shooting him three more times.
As Thompson struggled to get up, Pierre finished him off with two shots to the head, according to the evidence.
Thompson, 29, was one of four men tried for the 2007 murder of PC Ramos Williams and the attempted murder of his partner, Antoine Curry. He was acquitted of the charges.
Pierre, who is on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons, returns to court for sentencing on April 5.
Ian Cargill represents him and Eucal Bonaby appears for the Crown.
Washington, D.C. -
Chef Devin E. Johnson, executive c
hef at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort
walked away with the People's Choice Award at the Fifth
Embassy Chef Challenge held at
gan Building and International Trade Center,
on March 8th, 2012.
With the win, Chef Johnson
made history by becoming the first
to capture one of the
. The Bahamas was also the first Caribbean country to participate in the event since its inception.
Chef Johnson's "Bahamian Seafood Duo
," a mixture of island conch, mango, crawfish and avocado s
alad topped w
h a fresh thyme and curry-scented Johnny cake stick
, was an instant hit with
those in attendance. A
n hour prior to the announcement...
The government will spend an additional $3.8 million to finish construction on the Marsh Harbour International Airport by the end of this summer.
Philip Brave Davis, deputy prime minister and the minister of works and urban development, made the announcement this week during a contract signing with local contractors in Abaco.
The airport's estimated $30.8 million price tag also includes additional contingency works.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has hotly criticized the previous administration for poor management and oversight of the construction process. Back in 2011, the Free National Movement (FNM) signed a $27 million contract to build the terminal.
These latest signings, therefore, represent a cost overrun of nearly $4 million.
"As well, additional works were added including the erection of new directional signs, the installation of approach lights and the installation of runway and taxiway lights," he explained.
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has also contracted Jeppesen Company Limited to develop new flight procedures for the runway to ensure compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) standards.
"During July 2010, The Architects Incorporated out of Freeport, Grand Bahama was awarded a contract to design and prepare construction drawings for a new state-of-the-art terminal, control tower and fire/crash facilities at the airport," he said. "The designs and drawings were completed and a contract was awarded in the fall of 2011 to FES Construction out of Freeport in the sum of $27.3 million to construct the terminal and other facilities."
Works on the Marsh Harbour International Airport originally began in August 2011 and had a scheduled completion date for early October 2012.
"However, there have been numerous design and additional works changes, resulting in a revised completion in August this year," Davis added.
The 51,000-square-foot terminal will include 22 counter positions, a state-of-the-art scanning system, a pilot briefing room, two restaurants, one lounge, one VIP lounge, eight retail shop spaces, two kiosks and long and short-term public parking areas.
The additional works to the terminal, control tower and fire/crash facilities include major statutory utilities upgrades and connections; the installation of an electrical transformer to the main airport terminal and fire crash tower; the installation and expansion of Cable Bahamas for the CCTV network; the redesign and expansion of the security booth to a building located on the entrance road to the control tower and fire/crash facilities, and the construction of a main terminal security booth and additional hi-scan 755i x-ray equipment for the terminal building.
Glenys Hanna-Martin, minister of transport and aviation; Jerome Fitzgerald, minister of education, science and technology; Renardo Curry, parliamentary secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Colin Higgs, permanent secretary in the ministry of works and urban development were also present at the signing ceremony.
Funeral Service for the Late Kevin Lorenzo Lightbourne, 44 years of #299 Graham Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 10:00 a.m. at St. James Native Baptist Church, St. James Road, Kemp Road. Rev. Cyril Sands and Rev. Eric Lightbourne, assisted by Rev. Franklyn Lightbourne, Rev. Edgburt Tinker, Minister Rudy Hall and Minister Dexter Cartwright will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories is: His brothers: Rev. Eric Lightbourne, PC998 Anthony, Alpheus, Keith, and PC Devon Lightbourne.; Sisters- in - law: Christine, Annie, Tyrinique; Nieces: Asharan, Mioshi, Shakera, Shaketra Lightbourne, Crystal Ingraham, Kendra Bethel; Nephews: Deanardo, Demerro, Zephaniah Lightbourne and Trevor Bethel; Grand- Nieces: IAnna, Deandrea, Kia, Karrington Bethel
Uncles: Elijah Tinker Jr. of Toronto, Canada and Cyril Hanna; Aunts: Elder Leancezar Hanna, Ettamae Emmanuel Laguere, Marilyn Russell, Bonnie Tinker of Toronto, Canada, Gertrude Lightbourne and Clementina Lightbourne; Grand- Aunt: Maria Martin; Cousins: Shelton, Rose, Michael and Elva Lightbourne, Pastor Edgburt , Adolph, Drexel, Gaylene, Joshua, Lynette and Patrice Tinker, Lynette Forbes, Mark, Marvin and Merisha Emmanuel, Patrick, Corporal Zebulon Sr. and Hanna Sr. PC 1337 Kathon, Audrey Curry, LaVaughn Sands, Charmine, Deanne Ewers of West Palm Beach, Florida, Servina Major, Nicola, Marcia and Monique Saunders, Margaret Lightbourne, Richard Cunningham, Kenneth Moss, David, Franklyn, Cyril, and Leon Ferguson, Rula- Mae Cooper, Treva, Princess Tinker ( include the rest of the family members that I may have forgotten); Other relatives and Friends including: the community of Salina Point Acklins, Rev. Veronica Hamilton and family, Inez McKenzie and family, Mrs. Iva Culmer and family, Allison and Elaine Rolle and family, Ms. Brown and family, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Rolle and family, Mel Dames and the Family of J.D Fish House, Dwayne Lloyd and family, the whole Yellow Elder family, the entire Grove Community, St. Margaret Road Native Baptist Church, Pastor Cyril Sands and the Evangelistic Centre Church Ministry, and Revival Faith Mission (Abaco location).
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Recently, sports historian Jeff Williams and I were reminiscing about the golden era of baseball, from the beginning, in 1954, to the last decade of the special period, the 1970s. The year 1954 ushered in a sports element which significantly, over the years, contributed to the international sports power image of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
"Baseball has come a long way in our country. There were those early glory years. I'm saddened by the personality problems that beset the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) and caused it to hit rock bottom, so to speak, but, the BBA produced great chapters in our sports history," said Williams.
Indeed it did. An exciting brand of league play began in that first year. Within three years, in Andre Rodgers who went into the New York Giants organization, The Bahamas had its first professional baseball player. Tony Curry would follow in 1960 with the Philadelphia organizations.
League play would flourish, more professional players, in goodly numbers were to join Rodgers and Curry. The Bahamas made two impressive National Baseball Congress ventures. In the decade of the 1970s, Wenty Ford and Ed Armbrister pushed the number of Bahamian players to reach the major leagues to four. Armbrister netted two World Series rings with the mighty 'Big Red Machine', Cincinnati Reds.
While Ford was having his short stint with the Atlanta Braves and Armbrister was a reliable utility performer, hobnobbing with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Don Gullett, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Joe Morgan, etc., locally the BBA enjoyed vibrancy.
It was the decade of the 1970s however that connected the eras. Rodgers and Curry retired and got involved again with field competition in the BBA. Those who ended their professional days and others who were still playing at that level, came home and blended right into the BBA competitive scene.
The names make a classic who's who list. There were Simeon Humes, Fred 'Papa' Smith, Vince Albury, Jayson Moxey, Eddie Ford, Henry Williams, Colin Thompson, Eugene 'Sucki' Thompson, Sidney McKinney, Fred Taylor, Roosevelt Turner, Sidney Outten, Crestwell Pratt, Adrian Rodgers, Andre Wood, Will Culmer, Hugh Bethel, Randy Rodgers and Edmondo Moxey, to name some of them.
Then there was that longevity group. They were in the BBA during the very early years and stayed around to give thrills for decades.
I refer to players such as Bummie Albury, Lorenzo 'Captain Blood/Doonie' Lockhart, Basil 'Duran' Hall, Bertie Murray, Harry Miller, Sonny Haven, John Adderley, Edwin Smith, Sidney Wilkerson, Frankie 'Cinderella' Sweeting, Sherwin 'Seaegg' Taylor, Lester Gardiner, Glenroy 'Flo' Saunders and Nat Dorsett.
A younger generation began in the 1960s and made their contribution to the spectacular 1970s of Bahamian baseball. You had players named Anthony 'Poker/Bud' Huyler, Roy 'Cowboy' Rodgers, Eddie McQuay, Dick Lockhart, John 'Brother John' Williams, Lloyd Bowleg, Kirk Smith, Roscoe Hall, Dencil Clarke, Danny Wilkerson, Ronald Smith and Everette Neeley.
To a little or great extent, the aforementioned players overlapped on the diamond in thrilling BBA encounters.
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The family of Elder William H. Miller, Jr. wishes to express our profound gratitude and appreciation for your prayerful support during our time of bereavement.
The family is extremely grateful for your prayers, visits, donations, telephone calls, cards,
floral arrangements and many other acts of kindness will always be remembered.
We are especially grateful to Elders: Eldon Heastie, Frienderick Dean, Ellison Delva and James Miller. Evangelists: David Casey, Andrew Major, Keith & Kevin Beneby, Christopher Curry, Clyde Symonette, Stephen McQueen, Jason Quashie, Lincoln Young, and McDonald Burrows.
A special “thank you” to Honorable Arthur D. Hanna, former Gov ...
Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday he is not surprised former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has decided not to take his seat as the Member of Parliament for North Abaco.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) beat the Free National Movement (FNM) in a landslide victory on Monday.
"I tried very hard to beat him. I was hoping that I would have defeated him in the North Abaco constituency," Christie told reporters shortly after he was sworn in at Government House yesterday afternoon.
"I'm not surprised that he would have made a decision not to come back to Parliament because it would be difficult for him to sit on that side and look at me on the other side, given some of the things he's said about me."
Ingraham made several claims against Christie on the campaign trail, which was bitter to the very end.
During the final days before the general election, Ingraham claimed that Christie is an oil lobbyist. Ingraham made that claim after Christie confirmed that Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) benefited from advice he provided while he was a consultant for Davis & Co. law firm, which represents BPC.
Christie said Ingraham's claim was an FNM ploy to distract Bahamians from the issues and added that no drilling will happen in The Bahamas unless the necessary safety measures are in place and it is something the Bahamian people want.
"It is a great tragedy what Hubert Ingraham tried to do with the character of myself and [PLP Deputy Leader] Mr. [Philip] Davis. It was totally unacceptable," Christie said.
"We are two persons who were his law partners, who he knows protected the integrity of the firm and whom he had an 18-year working relationship. To try and make us out to be crooks in this country was unacceptable."
As for the by-election that will take place following Ingraham's resignation, Christie said it may be some time before another representative is elected.
"Mr. Ingraham has to resign and before he can do that there has to be an appointment of the Speaker of the House of Assembly," the prime minister said.
"And so the process will take some time moving forward. He has given quite rightly the country a full indication of what he intends to do. I anticipate that he will move as quickly as the process allows him to."
He added that the PLP will likely run Renardo Curry again in the North Abaco constituency.
Ingraham won the constituency with 2,233 votes. Curry got 1,854 votes and the Democratic National Alliance's candidate Sonith Lockhart received 39 votes.
Under the Bahamas Constitution, if a member resigns from the House of Assembly the speaker has to notify the governor general and a by-election must be held within 60 days.
From the presentation to the creativity and the incorporation of tastes that Bahamians love, ensures that Munasan is a different Japanese experience than what people have become accustomed to.
The newest Japanese fusion restaurant at Superclubs Breezes on Cable Beach will make a sushi lover out of everyone that crosses its doorstep according to Superclubs Breezes executive chef Nigel Clarke. He believes people won't be able to get enough of what they are doing.
"What we're trying to do is make [the food at Munasan] a little more local," said Chef Clarke of the restaurant that officially opened its doors two weeks ago. The restaurant offers the standard Japanese restaurant sushi fare -- shumai, seaweed salad, miso soup, sashimi and sushi. But they have upped the ante with signature rolls -- spicy coconut shrimp roll, BBQ conch and pineapple roll, corn flake encrusted smoked salmon roll and their soft shell crab California roll -- that Chef Clarke said will entice people who aren't already sushi connoisseurs, but who are interested to try sushi, but are afraid, or hesitant, to try it.
"These rolls will draw them in to love sushi. When we did tasting, some of my staff had never tried a sushi roll until then. The perception was that it was raw, so they weren't going to try it. And now a lot of our guys have fallen in love with sushi rolls. Now they know that some rolls are actually cooked," he said.
An added feature that will make Munasan stand out from other Japanese restaurants around town is that Munasan has a create your own stir fry station. You choose your protein -- beef, pork, chicken, shrimp or tofu; choose your vegetables -- the server advises on the vegetable choices of the day; then you choose your sauce -- chili garlic, black bean, sweet and sour, Mongolian spicy ginger, Asian barbecue or Thai coconut curry.
It's a feature that Chef Clarke says makes for a lot of work and is risky, but he said they want to give a different experience because they realize people don't want to be limited.
And on the scope of different, where most folks would anticipate tempura (fried) ice cream for dessert, at Munasan they do a brownie roll (rolled with ice cream to look like a sushi roll), and they offer a mango-misu as opposed to a tiramisu.
"We wanted to be a little different ... a little unique. When people come in we want them to be able to say this is not what we'd get down the road. When people talk about coming to the Munasan, it's different and the taste has to be there," said Chef Clarke. He also said that presentation is important to them, but they want people to be able to see the plate, taste the food and want to come back.
"This is one of the smaller Japanese menus on the island in terms of what we offer. So for the create you own stir fry station, we have quite a number of sauces, and of course it can be a bit tedious, [especially if] you have a big table and everyone's having the same meat but different sauce. But people love options and we want to give them those options," he said.
Paramount to their decision on the menu he said was for them to understand the Bahamian taste buds and incorporate those tastes into what they would offer.
While the menu is indeed different from other Japanese offerings around town, Chef Clarke said it did not take long for Japanese chef Takeshi Tanabe to conceptualize their specialty rolls.
Edamame, shrimp and vegetable tempura, soft shell crab, agedashi tofu (deep-fried tofu with agedashi sauce) and yaki hotate (sauted scallop with clear garlic-soy butter) are on the appetizer menu.
Green salad, seaweed salad, tofu salad and miso soup round out the soup and salad menu.
The Nigiri sushi is comprised of maguro (tuna), ebi (shrimp), unagi (eel), hamachi (yellow tail), shake (salmon) and kani (crab).
Hamachi, tuna and salmon comprise the sashimi offerings.
California roll (crab, cucumber and avocado), kappa maki (vegetable roll), spicy tuna roll (tuna, tobiko and spicy mayonnaise) and tempura roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber) are the maki sushi offerings.
Beef negimaki (grilled rolls of sliced beef with scallions), lobster tempura (lobster deep fried in batter) and ebi chili (sauteed black tiger shrimp with Japanese chili sauce) are served with white or brown rice.
Meal finishers offered with the brownie roll and mango-misu are the layered chocolate mousse and profiteroles.
Munasan is the brainchild of Mona Issa, daughter of John Issa, chairman of Superclubs Breezes Bahamas.
"Japanese is something she loves," said Chef Clarke. The Superclubs Breezes properties in Jamaica all have Japanese restaurants.
Presently, Munasan opens two days per week, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Last weekend was a great weekend for chess in The Bahamas. A total of 14 players, ranging from high school students to seasoned adults, took to the boards at C.W. Sawyer Primary School to play in the 2012 Jack Rogers Summer Splash Tournament.
The two-day event - a new entry to the Bahamas Chess Federation's (BCF) calendar - was organized as a four-round Swiss game in 60 minutes, and was held June 23-24.
Round 1 went according to form, with all higher-rated players defeating their opponents.
Round 2 is when the competition heated up. Lemaro Thompson, returning to federation action after an extended period of university studies, secured a clear advantage over former two-time National Champion Byron Small, but failed to convert before his time expired and fell in bitter defeat.
Also in Round 2, Kyle Curry, a College of The Bahamas student and new federation player, crushed veteran Andre White in a match that would earn Curry the "Biggest Upset" prize.
Round 3 saw Byron Small win against defending National Champion Ken Gibson, setting the stage for Small to win the top prize with one more victory.
Paired in the fourth round against the young talent of Sandeep Gali, Small played an aggressive gambit line that required extremely accurate play on the part of Gali.
For most of the match, Gali was able to fend off Small's incessant pressure, but ultimately the weight of the position was too much to bear.
Small uncorked a simple but vicious knight move that spelled doom for his opponent. Gali was forced to give up material to extend play, but with the result all but decided, Gali eventually resigned, handing Small his fourth win of the tournament and the first-place trophy.
By placing third in this event, Lemaro Thompson automatically qualified for play in this year's national championship, scheduled for November.
The federation's Grand Prix standings with four events to go have Yan Lyansky and Byron Small tied for first place.
Competition is proving to be extremely fierce in 2012, and the remainder of the federation's calendar will be intriguing to follow.
For more information on the Bahamas Chess Federation and its scheduled events, the public is asked to visit the federation's website or its Facebook page.
Friday 30th October 2009 8:00 PM
James Catalyn and Andrew Curry's play, “Guanahani” returns for a repeat performance featuring: James Catalyn & Friends, The Allegro Singers, The Diocesan Chorale and The National Dance School. Held at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 8 pm nightly. Tickets $20 can be bought from The Dundas Box Office beginning Oct 24 from 9 am - 5 pm. You can also make advance bookings be emailing firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, contact 242-393-3728 or 242-394-7179.
The defeat of the Free National Movement (FNM)
in the May 7 general election was so decisive that there is a body of
opinion that the party cannot position itself to again make a credi
attempt to become the government of The Bahamas before the 2027 general
election. In fact, there are those who insist that the FNM is now on
its death bed and political rigor mortis may have already begun in the
wake of the runaway victory by Progressive Liberal Party's candidate
Renardo Curry in Monday's North Abaco bye-election.
Coach Mark Jackson is obviously delighted in the 108-95 victory his Golden State Warriors recorded over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. There is a question that I have however.
What are his plans going forward for Klay Thompson? The Bahamian-connected son of Mychal Thompson is the starting shooting guard for the Warriors, the most dangerous three-point shooter on the team and I believe, the best player on the squad. Jackson has opted, it seems, for point guard Stephen Curry to be the top shooter.
Curry is the leading scorer on the Warriors team at 21.0 points per game, followed by David Lee at 19.6 and Klay is scoring at a 16.5 clip. The view here is that Klay's average would be higher and he would have a better shooting percentage if he is put more consistently into the flow of the offense, in each game.
On Tuesday night, with Curry out because of a bad right ankle, Thompson demonstrated his true value, once he becomes the go-to guy. The second-year player sparkled. He shot the ball at a .542 percentage, going 13-for-24 from the floor, inclusive of 6-for-8 from the three-point area, for 32 points. It was a career-scoring milestone for Thompson and should have sent a message to Jackson.
The win pushed Golden State's win/loss record to 28-17. The Warriors are for real and have the potential to be the surprise team of the NBA this season. In the Western Conference, the Warriors are sitting fifth presently on the playoff list. Only the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Northwest Division at 34-11, the San Antonio Spurs in the Southwest Division at 36-11, the Memphis Grizzlies at 29-15 also in the Southwest, and the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division at 33-13 are ahead of the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors are second, behind the Clippers in the Pacific. This season, the Warriors have demonstrated an ability to beat the best of the rest, with victories over the defending NBA Champions, the Miami Heat, the Thunder and the Clippers.
How far can they go? I believe, Coach Jackson has quite a good squad. The Klay Thompson element is essential. While Jackson has not been against giving Klay the green light to shoot in crunch time, he seems to have a preference for Curry to be the scoring leader.
Curry is a good player. There is no intent here to take anything away from him. If he becomes more of a distributor through, if he thinks pass first before shooting in most instances, the result would be better for Golden State. Thompson has the ability to be one of the best shooting guards in the National Basketball Association (NBA), night after night.
How long Curry's ankle will keep him out is up in the air. Meanwhile though, Thompson will be in the spotlight. This is his opportunity to function so that Coach Jackson is persuaded to make him the go-to shooter on the team. I think that would be best for the Warriors.
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The leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), Branville McCartney, recently said that his party will not offer a candidate in the by-election in North Abaco. Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham submitted his letter of resignation to the speaker of the House of Assembly on Thursday, July 19, 2012. His resignation will be effective August 31, 2012, which will end a 35-year consecutive reign as the member of Parliament for North Abaco.
Many Bahamians still remember the crushing loss that the DNA faced at the polls on Election Day. Many Bahamians also remember the almost 15,000 registered voters voted for the DNA. This figure represents almost nine percent of the ballots counted on Election Day. If the DNA could garner nine percent of the popular vote in one year of existence, can it pull 27 percent more in five years? This seems to be an achievable target given the fact that the Free National Movement (FNM) is presently involved in a major power struggle and that the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) appears to be operating business as usual.
The DNA has been mostly asleep at the wheel for the past 10 weeks and has not affectively opposed the myriad issues affecting our country. It has lost some steam since the election and many supporters wonder what will be the party's next move.
The by-election in Abaco will be called in short order and McCartney has said that no candidate will carry the DNA's banner. This in my view is a grave political blunder. The objective of all political parties is to win the general election. But you must start somewhere.
The announcement by Hubert Ingraham that he was resigning from his seat shortly after the general election should have set off a chain reaction in the DNA. They should have organized themselves and chosen a candidate and had him or her on the ground garnering support for the impending faceoff.
The people of North Abaco have always supported Hubert Ingraham; several times as a member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), once as an independent and several times as a member of the FNM. There is no clear consensus as to which way the people will vote this time around.
The last general election saw Ingraham winning again, but he had a good challenge from the PLP's candidate, Renardo Curry. The DNA's candidate, Sonith Lockhart, did not fare well at all.
The FNM has yet to announce a candidate for the upcoming by-election in North Abaco and this is symbolic of the internal power struggles now going on in this party. Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said that one of the reasons that he delayed his resignation was to give a prospective candidate time to meet the constitutional requirements. This would have given the DNA extra time to run its campaign and a great opportunity to put in play a revised strategy of trying to win a seat in the House of Assembly, but the party decided not to offer a candidate.
I say to McCartney that DNA supporters also live in North Abaco and even though the support of North Abaconians was not encouraging in the general election, it is a slap in the face not to offer a candidate.
The mistakes are mounting for the DNA and if they want to be a significant force in the political game and win over votes I suggest that they begin to take advantage of all the opportunities afforded to them.
- Dehavilland Moss
Nassau, Bahamas - Just off their tour to Los Angelos, California and Jamaica,
Shaback is back in The Bahamas for
"One Nation Finale
Concert" on Sunday August 12th 2012 at the new Evangelistic
Temple Sanctuary on Collins Avenue at 7:30pm.
The concert serves as the gospel
communities post-independence celebration and will attract a number
of government officials. It will also serve as a tribute to Rev Gary
Curry and his wife who after decades of pastoring the church retires!
A special highlight has been planned as part of the tribute featuring
"The leading ladies of gospel music" These are six of the country's
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Executive Chairman of the National Insurance Board the Rev. Dr. James Moultrie pays Courtesy Call on the Hon. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama January 24, "to let the Grand Bahama Community and the Ministry for Grand Bahama know that all is well at the NIB.
Pictured from left: Cecile Williams-Bethel, Actvact Director; Renardo Curry, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister; Minister Darville; Rev. Moultrie; and Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama.
(BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
Funeral Service for Marcus Steven Williams, 41, of East Street and Wulff Road will be held on Saturday 21st January, 2012 at 11:00am at Faith Walk Church of God, Cooper’s Town Abaco. Officiating will be Pastor Leslie Cornish assisted by Bishop Archely Cooper, Pastor Herburt Edgecombe and other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Cooper’s Town Public Cemetery, Abaco.
He is predeceased by his stepmother: Melvese Williams.
Left to Cherish his memories are his sons: Tameko, Jameris, and Macie Williams; father: Burnell ‘Chubby” Williams, mothers: Ella Curry and Rosemary Newbold; brothers: Clint Conleffe , Audley Hanna, Eugene Mackey, Ricardo & ...
UK-based Bahamian artist Blue Curry has been selected to participate in SITE Santa Fe, an international contemporary art biennial in New Mexico.
SITE Santa Fe creates significant experiences for visitors by presenting the "most innovative visual art of our time" in new and engaging ways, according to the gallery.
After a two-year biennial hiatus, the organization will relaunch its signature exhibition in July with a new focus on artists from the Western Hemisphere -- or according to SITE, "contemporary art from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego."
Curry will be among more than 40 artists from 15 countries and is among the first 13 participants announced by the gallery.
The initial list includes: Cape Dorset, Canada-based artist Shuvinai Ashoona, Santa Fe-based artist Jamison Chas Banks, Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Bowers, Cordoba, Argentina-based artist Adriana Bustos, London and Nassau-based artist Blue Curry, New York-based artist Juan Downey, Santiago de Chile-based artist Gianfranco Foschino, and San Francisco-based collaborative Futurefarmers, New York-based artist Pablo Helguera, Mexico City-based artist Antonio Vega Macotela, Lima, Peru-based artist Gilda Mantilla, Hudson-based artist Jason Middlebrook, and Toronto-based artist Kent Monkman.