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While calling UBS Bahamas' decision to close its banking operations down later this year "unfortunate", Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder said this is not "endemic" of the industry.
In an interview with Guardian Business yesterday, Pinder said the financial services sector has seen growth in other banks.
"By nature, it's a volatile industry and due to the changes in the global environment. Some institutions fit better especially using The Bahamas platform than others. So we do see growth in those institutions that are successfully using The Bahamas' platform for their business model," he explained.
"It's a shame that UBS on the bank side has made the decision that it is not the case for them from a business point of view. But we are encouraged that they still look to grow on the trust, funds and services side of the business."
Though expressing some concern about redundancies at UBS, Pinder pledged the government's commitment to working with UBS' executives to ensure that not only is the transition as smooth as possible, but also that opportunities are created for those employees.
"UBS, on the bank side, has had its challenges over the course of the years and certainly we never like to see an institution phased out of a business line in the jurisdiction," said the financial services minister.
"But we see growth with respect to other banks in implementing their strategies. I met with an institution this afternoon [Thursday], who in the last six months has grown its head count by 15 percent. And they look to grow it by another seven to eight percent over the next six months.
"It's those institutions that we look to coordinate with, to ensure that any Bahamian bankers that are becoming redundant may have opportunities to work in other institutions. We have that cooperation in place."
Pinder revealed that he met with top UBS executives to discuss the latest developments and at that time, plans were unveiled to increase the trust side of the business. It's an area where growth is anticipated.
"They are increasing their head count as they transfer some from the bank over to that section, so we look for them to grow there," he said to Guardian Business.
"You're always concerned about redundancies in such an operation. We've spoken with UBS and we have their commitment and cooperation to ensure that those that are made redundant receive fair compensation. With the process underway, the government and UBS will work together to ensure that opportunities that might exist in the industry for employment are facilitated for those that have been redundant from UBS, so that cooperation has been agreed upon."
Although the addition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships has caused challenges for the selection of national teams, numerous federations have resorted to various options for solution.
Most national championships occur either at the end of June or during July, which would be after the world relays. Only federations in the southern hemisphere like Australia and South Africa have their national championships early, which would be prior to the world relays. An exception to this is Cuba, just miles south of The Bahamas. Cuba always hold its national championships earlier than any other nation in the northern hemisphere.
For those other federations in the northern hemisphere, the possibilities are to stage trials expressly for the selection of team members, which would be difficult for those countries with numerous athletes attending schools in the United States; or to select who they consider to be their best athletes based upon prior competition, or by their listing in the current IAAF competition list or performances from 2013.
A few countries may have special trials for the relays.
The Bahamas' plan
In The Bahamas, the current plan, which might change, is to have a selection at the Silver Lightning Classic in early May. Numerous Bahamian athletes attend United States schools and may not be able to obtain clearance from their schools to participate in either the Silver Lightning Classic, or the world relays. On the weekend of the world relays, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional Championships will be held.
In the case of Jamaica there will be no trials, but athletes will be selected based upon the IAAF competition list two weeks prior to the submission of entries deadline for the world relays. With regards to the NCAA Regionals, Jamaica has numerous senior athletes who are finished their college obligations, and many of those athletes reside in Jamaica.
Once they have that information, further scrutiny will be done by the federation prior to selecting the team.
In the case of the United States of America (USA), the proposal submitted by the High Performance Committee and agreed to at the annual meeting last December was that a pool for the 4x100 meters (m), 4x200m and 4x400m is to be selected from the top six athletes in each relay event in the 2013 World Championships, and the top six on the 2012 London relay teams, along with the first two finishers at the USA Indoor Nationals. Then they look at the top athletes from the IAAF lists from 2013.
At the same time, various pools will be assembled to participate at several national meets in relays including the Texas Relays, the Kansas Relays, the Mt. SAC Relays and the Penn Relays. After the final pools have been identified, they will have a camp in The Bahamas prior to the relay championships.
The USA vs. the world
Several nations will be invited to the Penn Relays, a month prior to the world relays, to participate in the USA vs. the World competition. This event, which is sponsored by Nike, has been quite popular over the last decade. The stadium overflows, especially with the Jamaican fans. Federations will have a good opportunity to see how fit the athletes are at that time, and make judgments if any adjustments are necessary in the few weeks prior to the deadline for final entries for the world relays.
At present, many countries do not have specific trials for the world indoor championships. They use guidelines to determine which athletes would best represent them, and usually, just one performance will not do. With this in mind, we anticipate that there might be some challenges in selecting athletes for this year's world relay teams but the nearly 50 nations will work it out.
When the inaugural World Relay Championships are finished, most of us will wonder what all the discussion was about.
The topic was simple and timely -- because culture today is more than just about allowing visitors to experience one's country. Tourism breaks through barriers and crosses global borders, linking countries and people in a special way. As such, contestants in the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition were encouraged to use the simple three-word topic "Tourism Linking Cultures" to look at tourism as more than what The Bahamas has to offer, but instead look at what other countries offer and how to blend it all together.
Anatol Rodgers High School 11th grade student Iant'a Stubbs' unique spin on the topic blew her 13 competitors out of the water during the 10th Annual Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition at the Holy Trinity Activity Centre.
In her speech, Stubbs said as countries continue to develop globally, they must ensure that chain links are created to form mutual commonalities among people, languages, festivals and the environment. She believes the links would merge culture and tourism into a diverse circle of success.
Rodgers went into the competition confident, but was still surprised to be chosen as the overall winner.
"When I won... the feeling was unexplainable. It was a mixture of joy, excitement and disbelief. I knew I had executed well, but I was still surprised at how well I had done," said Stubbs. "I knew I had God on my side and just trusting in Him when I got the butterflies and was preparing for this speech but how everything turned still was surprising. My teacher also played a key role in me doing well."
While the judges determined her speech was the best out of the field, Stubbs did not think there was anything that amazing that stood out about her speech that won her the competition. Rather she believed it was the elements she used in her presentation and the conviction she conveyed about what she was saying that swayed the judges. She said all the other contestants were just as good when it came to content and had an equal chance to take the coveted title.
"I had my schoolmates play drums and maracas during my introduction which was basically a popular Bahamian song with some of the words changed slightly to fit my angle for the speech competition. From there I just spoke from my heart and did my best. I guess it was enough because now I am the new Junior Minister of Tourism. It's so exciting."
As winner of the competition Stubbs was awarded a four-year scholarship tenable at The College of The Bahamas from the Bahamas Hotel Association. She also got a $500 cash prize and a trophy. She will also be sent on an all expense paid four-day trip to this year's CTC conference. Her school, Anatol Rodgers High will also benefit from her win. The school was awarded a $500 prize and plaque.
Sixteen-year-old Taran Carey, representing Preston H. Albury High School out of Eleuthera placed second. One of the only two males in the competition, he returned home with a $300 prize. He also earned a $300 prize for his school.
"Win or lose, I had a good time. Being in the competition was a great experience that I would advise others to give a try if they wish to. It's really a great addition to one's high school experiences. I really liked my speech and I spent about a week preparing for it."
Carey believes his engaging introduction -- a song about Bahamian culture, got the crowd going and was key to him scoring a second place showing.
Third place winner Kenteeshe Williams of Old Bight High School in Cat Island returned home with a $200 prize. Her school was also the recipient of $200 and a plaque.
Although she did not win, Kennesha Rolle, from R.N. Gomez All Age School in the Berry Islands said she learned invaluable lessons about public speaking and preparedness. The 11th grade student felt that she was not as prepared as she could have been. She depended a little too much on her written speech and said if she could redo the competition she would definitely spend more time preparing not to rely on her written notes.
Joshua Fawkes, the only other competitor, from Alice Town High School in Bimini said he was returning home with a deeper knowledge and understanding of speech competitions. He believes his loss will benefit the next competitor from his island since he knows now what to do from what not to do.
"I didn't win but I am happy that I entered the competition. The experience was amazing," said Fawkes.
"Besides not knowing I could
use props for my speech, the most surprising thing about the competition was that there were only two males in the competition. This was strange to me because I have noticed that most, if not all of the former Junior Ministers of Tourism have been males. So I expected more males to be interested and involved in this event. But nonetheless it was a great experience."
Finding a way to continually engage students in tourism and the changes in the industry is one of the main reasons for the creation of the competition according to Samantha Cartwright, coordinator for the Junior Minister of Tourism speech competition.
"The competition has been going strong since 2002 and it is always refreshing to see the brightest and best young minds in action from year-to-year," she said. "This year in particular I was impressed with the skills and passion of the young people who competed. It was truly the creme-de-la-creme. It was a tough year."
The Junior Minister of Tourism program was launched in 2000 in New Providence, and adopted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in 2003. The program emerged as a result of CTOs youth initiatives that required Caribbean countries to send a representative to participate in the Youth Congress, similar to the Youth in Parliament.
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Grab the girls and come celebrate "life" with a few friends on the beach...and support the Cancer Society! Royal Bahamia Park, 7pm on November 4th.
Big ole bonfire, wine and hors d'oeuvre, games, story telling, and a bit of entertainment.....just a great night out with the girls and a great way to give back......if you have that bra that doesn't fit but is still in good condition, please bring it or them out,
we will be donating a box of bras to another charity...
A majority of veterinarians are against feeding table food to dogs, however, I fall within the minority and don't have a strong objection against table food as long as it is healthy table food.
Most people feed table food that are leftovers from a meal (fats, bones, carbohydrates like rice and pasta). That can often cause obesity, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Throughout my school years I was taught that people food was not good for animals. However, having studied nutrition from a health/bodybuilding/fitness point of view, I am of the belief that once people food is balanced and healthy (that is lean meats, grains, vegetables, fiber), it is okay to feed to your dogs.
If you are interested in adding people food or fresh food to your dog's diet, it is recommended that you gradually add the food to your pet's diet. This is because most dogs have sensitive stomachs and will vomit, have diarrhea, or have lot of gas/flatulence. Also, slipping foods to your dog from the table while you are eating is a sure way to create a begging nuisance. So feed your dog only from his own dish at his own mealtime.
There are some foods that we eat that should not be given to dogs because they are either outright toxic or unhealthy for some reason.
o Chocolate: In large doses it is toxic for dogs and can cause tremors and heart arrhythmia. But chocolate in any dose, even a single Oreo cookie is junk food, and not healthy for dogs.
o Macadamia nuts: As little as one ounce of these nuts can cause temporary paralysis.
o Tomatoes and tomato plants: Contain Atropine which can cause dilated pupils, tremors and heart arrhythmia.
o Onion and garlic: Eating large amounts can cause hemolytic anemia. So be aware of the old wives' tale of feeding garlic to combat fleas.
o Grapes and raisins: For unknown reasons, eating grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.
o Any food that has mold or may be even slightly spoiled. Dogs can get severe food poisoning from molding or spoiled foods. Any food that is not fresh enough for you to eat, isn't fresh enough for your dog either.
o Raw meat or raw bones: They can make a dog sick. I would prefer that you parboil them before feeding them to your dogs.
o Cookies, cake, ice cream and candy: Have no nutritional value, makes dogs fat and may make them vomit or have diarrhea.
o Sugarless gum, certain desserts that have Xylitol (sugar sweetener) can cause liver disease and hypoglycemia.
o Fried, greasy or fatty foods: High fat foods can trigger pancreatitis, and should be avoided or given in very small quantities.
o Beer or alcoholic beverages: Should be totally avoided. If it does occur, it is considered to be animal abuse.
o Corncobs, apple seeds: Never underestimate a dog's ability to swallow things whole and have them get stuck somewhere in the digestive tract.
o Dr. Basil Sands can be contacted at the Central Animal Hospital at 325-1288.
Immediately upon the return of its Family Islands team from Long Island, the Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) officially presented its program to Director of Sports Tim Munnings.
Heading the team to Long Island recently was Commission Chairman Alvin Sargent. He was accompanied by Deputy Chairman and Secretary Fred Sturrup, Dr. Patrick Roberts, Fernley Palmer, Alvin Davis and James Tynes. While in Long Island, the commission appointed Omar Daley as its associate, who will direct the program in the area.
"We felt as a group that the time had come to begin operating and reaching out to the islands. That is what we plan to do going forward, and it is a pleasure to be able to find in the islands, proactive and dedicated young sports leaders like Omar," said Sargent.
The commission's plans are innovative. The commission has determined that the overlapping of sporting programs will foster greater growth overall in the country. So here is, a veteran bodybuilder, who has represented the country in competition and mentors young Long Islanders from his base in Stella Maris. He will now branch out into boxing training. The commission will provide Daley with equipment, and he will expand his fitness center in Stella Maris to accommodate boxing training. The collaboration of disciplines from a training perspective is just the first phase of the commission's program for the islands.
The next phase will be in-island competitions that will heighten the exposure for the overlapping sports. In the case of Daley in Stella Maris, it is likely that during the first part of 2014, the commission will assist him in coordinating a tournament at which young body builders and novice boxers will be showcased.
The proposed third phase will be an invitational competition for which various islands inclusive of New Providence will be invited to participate. The commission, as it carries out its program in the islands, will be aware of the official organizations that has jurisdiction for the different disciplines.
The commission will operate accordingly and move forward only after receiving the endorsement of the parent sporting bodies. The commission is functioning also with the agreement of understanding for boxing development between the Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB) and the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization's (PACBO) head office, which is located in this country. Munnings is impressed with the direction the commission is taking.
"This is very good. I like the idea. It is always good when we think about helping out in the Family Islands. This seems like the route to take to make sure that the country is best covered," said Munnings, while at the same time, encouraging the commission to continue its mission of sporting inclusion and education in the islands.
Daley and his fellow sports leaders in Long Island can take satisfaction in the fact that the commission intends to focus on Long Island until the program, under Daley, is firmly in place. According to Sargent, a commission team will be returning to Long Island "early in the new year".
o To respond to this sports feature, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scotiabank Bahamas is on board as a major sponsor of the local TV series Gippie's Kingdom, which is set to hit the airwaves next month.
Gippie's Kingdom, an eight-part series, is co-produced by Dr. Ian Strachan and Travon Patton. They recently expressed gratitude to Scotiabank for its $10,000 check in support of the project.
Dr. Strachan is well-known for his political and social commentary as well as for his plays.
"Writers want the widest possible audience for their work," said Strachan. "Through the medium of television I no longer have to persuade you to get dressed, and put down 20 or 25 dollars to come and see my play or to buy my book. My work is coming to you, and all you need to do is press a button to enjoy it. I'm very thankful that this project has gone so well, and thankful for the level of support we are receiving from corporate Bahamas."
"I believe this is a first of its kind in The Bahamas and it's important for us to be a part of this," said Leah Davis, Scotiabank's senior manager of marketing and public relations.
"This partnership is just another demonstration of our commitment to the community. At Scotiabank we see partnering with the community as a part of who we are. Most of our corporate giving comes under the umbrella of Our Bright Future Program, the program through which we support opportunities for young people in the areas of youth development, sports, education, arts and culture.
"We see a good fit with Gippie's Kingdom because it tackles some of the social issues plaguing the country and will offer a new perspective."
The Gippie's Kingdom series premieres on June 13, 2012 at 8.30 p.m. on ZNS TV13 and will rebroadcast every Sunday evening at 10 p.m.
o Those who would like to learn more about the soap can visit www.gippieskingdom.com or facebook.com/gippieskingdom.
Choosing and wearing the right athletic shoe is a vital part of maintaining your weight and a healthy lifestyle. However, research has shown that most persons do not exercise at all or not consistently if they have foot pain. Wearing the correct athletic shoes when engaging in your physical activities can go a long way to encourage and promote regular exercise. Not wearing the correct shoes is like trying to perform a specialized skill or activity without having the right tools.
Several factors influence the type of athletic shoes you purchase and wear including the sport you play, foot type and body weight. Body weight must be considered when purchasing a shoe. Increased body weight places more demands upon the feet and shoes and also contributes to the shoes wearing out earlier.
You can find the athletic shoe to fit well and give you the needed support during your physical activity or sport. Here are some reminders to consider when purchasing your athletic shoes.
Know your foot type
Your foot type should play an important role in selecting the correct pair of athletic shoes and can go a long way to preventing many foot injuries and reducing the risk of accelerating and aggravating foot deformities. Feet come in different shapes and sizes and they must be considered when buying your athletic shoes.
For the most part, there are three main foot types -- the low-arched foot, the medium and high-arched foot. Shoes should be selected based on the foot type. Based on the foot type, the foot becomes less flexible and the shoes become more rigid to better accommodate the foot.
Choose the shoe style and type based on your foot type.
The low-arched, pronated foot should wear motion control shoes, while the medium-arched foot should wear stability type shoes with a slight curve in the middle part of the shoe and the high-arched foot should wear a neutral cushioning type shoes. Whatever shoe you purchase must be supportive and fit properly.
Buy a sport-specific shoe
The sport or activity you are planning to engage is one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing shoes. It is best to purchase sport specific shoes. If you are going to walk or play soccer for example, purchase walking sneakers or soccer cleats. The sport specific shoes are specially designed for the movements usually conducted in that sport and will support your feet better while performing it.
Purchasing a shoe designed for the exact sporting /physical activity you will be participating in not only improves your performance but also protects your feet from foot and ankle injuries. Of course, if you are playing basket ball or soccer then buy the shoes for that sport.
All shoes are not suitable for all activities.
Walking shoes tend to be stiffer while running shoes are more flexible, with extra cushioning to handle the greater impact on the foot anticipated when running. If you plan to do both activities, choose a shoe for each sport or choose a cross-trainer style shoe for general or multiple activities.
Measure your feet before purchasing athletic shoes
When buying athletic shoes, try on the shoes and walk about in the store to be sure it is a perfect fit. Remember, to make sure there is at least a thumb width of space between the longest toe and the end of the shoes.
Don't forget the socks
Without the right sock, even the best athletic shoe won't fit or function properly. Fit your shoes with the sock or type of sock you plan to wear during the sport to ensure a proper fit. The right athletic sock should be made of a natural and synthetic blend to help wisk away moisture and not have any large seams that can cause blisters or irritation.
Finally, remember, the old adage, you get what you pay for. The reality is that a good quality shoe that fits well and provides the support your feet need to continue with your sport or physical activities will cost some money. It is estimated at anywhere from $80 to $200 or even more, based on the sport, the type of shoes needed and your foot type. Don't only look for a specific brand of shoes, rely more on the fit when you try on the shoes.
These shoes don't last forever and should be changed on a regular basis. Don't wait for the shoes to wear out or be torn to replace them. The older the shoe, the more likely it has lost its built-in support and can no longer support your feet. For example, it is recommended that running shoes last anywhere from 200 to 400 miles. So if you run a whole lot per week, your shoe will wear out faster than someone who doesn't run as many miles as you. Think of your sneakers like the tires on your car, so keep a close eye on them. When the outsole (bottom) of a shoe starts to wear down, it will get smooth and start looking like the bald tire on a car. When this happens it's time to replace your shoes. You can also twist the shoe and if it twists from side to side really easily, the shoes are worn and do not offer enough support and must be replaced. Of course, if the shoe is worn, torn or changed shape to fit your feet, they need to be changed. Foot pain can also be an indication that it is time to change your shoes. Remember, foot pain is not normal. Stop, change your shoes and if the pain persists see a podiatrist for a complete check up.
oFor more information email me at email@example.com or visit www.foothealth.org or apma.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820.
Bahamians have much to cheer about regarding the success of their international track and field campaign in 2013. At the Moscow World Championships, no medals were won for the first time since 1995 but much hope was shown.
Junior Shaunae Miller, this year's Austin Sealy Award winner for the outstanding athlete at the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games, switched to the 200 meters (m) from the 400m and finished fourth in Moscow in 22.74 seconds. Miller was the only junior athlete on the team and capped quite a successful season.
Her 22.45 seconds, done at the BTC National 'Open' Championships in Grand Bahama this June behind Anthonique Strachan's 22.32 seconds, is a Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior record and is fourth on the CAC senior list for 2013 and 12th on the world's list. At the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games, Miller set a new CARIFTA record for the 200m at 22.77 seconds, breaking Anthonique Strachan's 22.85 mark from Bermuda in 2012.
Miller dominated the world junior list in both the 200m and 400m. In the 200m, she had the top six times in the world. Her 50.70 seconds time done at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, is the fourth best in the CAC region and 16th worldwide. In Moscow, Miller was a member of the 4x400m relay team that won their semi-final but was later disqualified for lane violation.
The 2011 and 2012 Austin Sealy Award winner Anthonique Strachan concentrated on the 200m this season. As a senior and professional athlete, she improved her personal best to 22.32 seconds at the BTC National 'Open' Track & Field Championships in Grand Bahama. This performance was the second best in the CAC region behind Jamaica's Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and sixth worldwide. Strachan missed qualifying for the final in Moscow by a hundredth of a second.
The 2008 World 200m Junior Champion and 100m bronze medalist ran 11.18 seconds this season, at the BTC National 'Open' Track & Field Championships for 11th place on the CAC list. She made it to the semi-final in the 100m in Moscow and participated in the 4x100m relay. In the relay she was charged for a lane violation.
The Bahamian national record holder in the long jump had the best performance in the region at 6.73m, done June 12, in Dakar. Stuart was unable to advance to the final in Moscow.
Adderley has run the third best time in the 800m in Bahamian history after Vernetta Rolle and Whelma Colebrooke. Adderley was the first Bahamian to participate in the 800m at the World Junior Championships. This season, she ran 2:06.38. This time was the 15th best in the region this year.
Charlton captured the under-20 girls 100m at the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games, running a personal best of 11.60 seconds. She had won the event two years ago in Montego Bay. Charlton led the 4x100m team to victory at CARIFTA.
Anderson won a bronze medal in the 400m at the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games. She won the Most Outstanding Female Athlete Award at the CAC Age Group Championships in Curacao, helping The Bahamas to win the championships. Anderson is coached by World and Olympic 400m Champion Tonique Williams.
Thomas had a challenging year but in the end, he jumped his best in several years, 2.32m to finish in sixth place in Moscow. This was ninth on the world's list.
Ingraham jumped a personal best of 2.30m at the Edmonton Invitational in July. This placed him in second place on the regional list and 21st on the world's list. At the World Championships in Moscow, Ingraham, who was still 19 at the time, finished in a three-way tie for 10th place with a performance of 2.25m.
Wilson jumped a best of 2.28m at the Chris Brown Bahamas Invitational. His performance was third in the region, helping The Bahamas to sweep the top three spots.
Barry, the 2011 World Championships bronze medalist, was injured this year and was only able to clear 2.25m. This placed him fifth in the region.
After making a comeback in 2012, the national record holder and Osaka silver medalist ran a best of 10.06 seconds for 14th place in the region. He was injured after the 2013 BTC National 'Open' Championships and did not compete in either the CAC Senior Championships in Morelia, Mexico, or the Moscow World Championships.
Hart had a best of 10.16 seconds which was 28th on the regional list. At the Moscow World Championships, he did not advance to the semi-final.
Men 4x100m relay
In Moscow, history was made when all four relay teams qualified for the World Championships. The men's 4x100m relay team had broken the national record twice at the CAC Senior Championships in Morelia. Trevorano Mackey had been suspended for a doping infraction and was replaced by Warren Fraser at the Moscow World Championships. The team of Adrian Griffith, Jamial Rolle, Fraser and Hart was able to run 38.70 seconds for a new Bahamian national record in Moscow.
Mathieu, who set a new Bahamian national record in the 200m last year, was able to run 20.35 seconds in San Paulo, Brazil. This placed him 11th on the regional list. Mathieu ran at the National 'Open' Championships but was not fit enough to participate in Moscow.
The anchor man from London had the best time of all 400m runners in The Bahamas this season at 44.93 seconds. He ran that time at the 2013 BTC National 'Open' Championships. In the first round of the Moscow World Championships, Miller suffered "tightness" in his legs and was unable to advance to the next round.
Brown did not have a banner year after having dedicated much of his time to organize his invitational meet. He made it to the semi-final of the 400m but did not advance to the final.
Gibson ran himself into the Bahamian track and field record book when he ran 49.39 seconds in the men's 400m hurdles at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, breaking Greg Rolle's record of 49.96 seconds which was set in May of 1983. In doing this, Gibson qualified for the Moscow World Championships. He is the first Bahamian to qualify for the event since 1983. Gibson advanced to the semi-final.
Stephen Newbold had a fantastic showing at the 2013 CARIFTA Games even if he did not win. Newbold, the 2011 World Youth Champion in the 200m, ran the 400m this time. In the heats of that event in the morning, Newbold ran a National Junior record of 45.94 seconds, and was only able to run 46.01 seconds for third place in the final that evening. To be able to come back that evening with such a performance was just unbelievable! At the National Junior Championships, Newbold set another National Junior record, this time in the 200m. He ran 20.76 seconds, breaking Michael Newbold's record which stood since 1987.
Smith finished sixth in last year's World Junior Championships' 200m. At the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games, he upset the field, running from lane eight.
Eleuthera native Andre Colebrooke finished second in the 800m at the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games. At the Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships in Bogota, Colombia, Colebrooke captured the bronze medal in that event, the first Bahamian ever to do that.
Finally, one of the greatest performances at the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games was the under-17 boys 4x400m relay. It seemed unlikely that the team of Henry Deluze, Tyler Bowe, Kinard Rolle, and Mikhail Bethel would win. On the final lap, Bethel shocked the fans and finished in 3:16.38.
There are numerous things to be happy about in Bahamian track and field this year. These are only a few!
The widow of a pastor who died on November 3, 2012 told the coroner's court yesterday that she was told by Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade that her husband was a victim of a hit and run accident despite a media report that suggested otherwise.
Carolyn Stubbs is the fourth witness in the inquest into the death of Pastor Kendal Stubbs.
The inquest was called to determine whether Pastor Stubbs died as a result of an accident, or from another cause.
Stubbs told the court that several days after her husband's death, she met with Greenslade and he told her not to worry about the media reports, which indicated that her husband died of a heart attack.
She said Bahama Press, an online news site, initially reported that her husband died of a heart attack, but later issued a retraction.
Stubbs said Greenslade told her that Bahama Press' report was incorrect.
She said he also told her that there were witnesses to her husband's accident.
"He said it was a traffic accident," Stubbs said.
Pastor Stubbs, who was the head of Remnant Tabernacle of Praise, was taking part in the church's walk-a-thon when he died. At the scene, witnesses had said a truck hit him.
However, on Thursday, another witness told the court that there is no evidence to suggest that Stubbs was a victim of a hit and run accident.
Superintendent Richard Rahming, an expert in traffic reconstruction, said based on his investigation, he was not able to prove there was an accident.
Rahming added that the pastor's injuries were more consistent with a fall.
As it relates to the cause of death, Stubbs' wife said she received a death certificate indicating that her husband died of severe coronary artery disease.
However, she said that was the second death certificate she received. The initial death certificate states that he died from blunt force trauma to the head and torso, Stubbs said.
When asked by the jury whether she was concerned about the second death certificate, she said she was "much concerned" and contacted an attorney as a result.
Stubbs said she also contacted the coroner to determine whether it was legal or normal for two death certificates to be issued.
When asked about her husband's health, Stubbs said he was "physically fit".
She said her husband worked out at least three times a day and often exercised in the church's gym.
However, she revealed that he was being treated for hypertension and high cholesterol at the time of his death.
However, she said he was very conscientious about his diet.
Stubbs said her husband cut meat out of his diet.
She said he had regular check ups with his physician, who was only identified as Dr. Gray.
She said he also took medication daily for hypertension and high blood pressure.
On the day he died, she said, he got up early to exercise before he took part in the church's walk-a-thon.
Stubbs said the last time she saw her husband alive he was on the Carmichael Road roundabout.
"He was ready to run," she said.
Stubbs' family is being represented by Arthur Minns. Ambrose Ambrister, of the Office of the Attorney General, is marshaling the evidence.
The matter continues on February 5 at 10 a.m. before Coroner Jeanine Weech-Gomez.
Baha Mar has extended its recruitment outreach to more than 6,000 Bahamians in four countries in 2013.
The Baha Mar Academy, the resort development's training and recruitment arm, has visited Bahamian students and professionals in The Bahamas, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom over the last 12 months.
In a release from the company, it said that recruiting thousands of Bahamians to work at Baha Mar is not just about reaching a target number.
"Baha Mar is about taking the best of The Bahamas - our people and our culture - to the world," said Kristin Wells, Baha Mar Academy director.
Most recently, Baha Mar Academy hosted a mix and mingle event for Bahamian students and professionals in New York City to share information about the diverse career opportunities that will be available at the resort, and to interview potential candidates.
Human Resources executives attending the mixer included Terry Holden, area director of HR for Hyatt in New York; Benjamin Sims, HR director for Mondrian at Baha Mar; Nancy Kiska, HR director for the Rosewood Carlyle in New York, and Kristin Wells, director of the Baha Mar Academy and acting representative of the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel.
More than 8,000 people have submitted resumes on the company's website with the hope of filling one of the thousands of jobs by the scheduled opening of December 2014.
Each of the resumes is carefully reviewed by one of Baha Mar Academy's fifteen recruiters who identify the best candidates and invite them to face-to-face meetings.
"Baha Mar has a culture where people have a passion for being better than best, no matter their position," said Wells. "While we are looking for skills to fit all levels of the company, we're really looking for people who are friendly, pay attention to details, thrive as part of a team, and have a heart for hospitality."
Those who are interested in working for Baha Mar are advised to upload their resume on the Baha Mar careers page, and to stay up to date with the latest developments via Facebook and Twitter.
Gone are the days when the most essential kitchen tool was a well-seasoned cast iron skillet which if properly taken care of would last for generations. Today, your great grandmother would probably be in a pickle if she were to enter the modern kitchen. From mandolines to microplanes, zesters, silpat liners, smoking guns, hand blenders and food processors, she probably would not even know where to begin.
Knowing that it would not only be grandmother that would be confused walking into the modern home store, and figuring out how to use the many kitchen supplies, Master Technicians staged the first of what is expected to be a number of live culinary showcases to show people how to use the appliances for everyday recipes.
Local chef Keshlah Smith put KitchenAid's countertop equipment, the hand blender and the 5-Speed Artisan Blender to good use to show patrons how to make smoothies and dips; and they used the 5-Quart Artisan Series Stand Mixer used to mix a cake; the 12-inch convection countertop oven to make Monterey meatballs, and the 13-cup food processor to make a colorful seven-layer salad.
Chef Jamal Petty, who was in the audience, said as a cooking professional it was useful to get to see the appliances at work before making a purchase as it allowed him to get a better understanding of how much of a assistance the tools can be.
"A lot of time we don't purchase stuff not because we don't like it, but because we don't know about it," said Petty. "It's good to see [the tools] in action because I can already see myself using them."
Master Technicians General Manager Derek Francis said the way forward is to allow for people to experience appliances before purchase so that they can know how to utilize them in their home kitchens.
"We want to present the customer with the opportunity to see just how these appliances can make your life so much better," said Francis. "We not only want to showcase the products that we bring to the marketplace, but we want to create that experience so people come to us thinking they don't just sell appliances they live their appliances."
The company hopes to host quarterly culinary exhibitions during which home cooks and professionals can try out their products.
"When you talk to any of the chefs, the tedious tasks tend to be the chopping tasks, but if you can turn on a food processor and let that thing evenly slice cucumbers in less than a minute and a half ... for a business you're not absorbing as much time and that creates efficiency," said Francis.
Make use of Kitchenaid's
Food Grinder Attachment
What You Will Need:
Medium mixing bowl
4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 package (9 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, and squeezed dry
2 cloves garlic
1 slice white bread
1 pound beef chuck, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch strips, partially frozen
1 pound pork steak, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch strips, partially frozen
1 small onion, quartered
1 rib celery, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ cup fresh bread crumbs
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
Italian parsley sprigs
Preheat countertop oven to 450 degrees F. Position oven rack in "down" position in center slot. Line oven baking tray with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
Assemble and attach food grinder with fine grinding plate. Grind cheese, spinach and garlic into mixer bowl. Grind one slice white bread to clean spinach from grinder body. Remove food grinder and attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn to Stir speed to blend cheese, vegetables and bread together, about 30 seconds. Transfer mixture into another bowl and refrigerate until needed.
Return food grinder to mixer. Continuing on Speed 4, grind beef chuck and pork steak into mixer bowl. Re-grind meat mixture to achieve even texture. Grind onion and celery onto meat mixture. Remove food grinder and attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Add bread crumbs, egg, seasoned salt, and pepper. Turn to Stir speed and mix until ingredients are well combined, about 30 seconds.
To make meatballs, roll a heaping tablespoon of cheese mixture into a ball, approximately one-inch in diameter. Form about two tablespoons of meat mixture around cheese ball, shaping into a round ball, approximately 1.5 to two inches in diameter. Place 12 finished meatballs on prepared baking tray. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 17 minutes or until cooked through. Spread marinara sauce on bottom of display platter. Arrange meatballs in sauce. Garnish with parsley. Repeat with remaining meat mixture and spinach mixture.
What you will need:
Serving bowl or tray
12-14 large ripe Roma tomatoes, cored
4-6 jalapeno peppers, with some seeds and veins removed, cut in half
2 Anaheim chilis, seeded
4-6 green onions, trimmed
½ cup packed cilantro leaves, divided
4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
4 teaspoons salt, divided
2 teaspoons sugar, divided
White corn tortilla chips
Cut tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, Anaheim chilis and green onions into approximately one-inch pieces. Place tomatoes in large bowl and peppers and onions in medium bowl and set aside. Assemble and attach food grinder with coarse grinding plate. Turn to Speed 4 and grind half of tomatoes into mixer bowl. Exchange coarse grinding plate for fine grinding plate. Grind half of jalapeno peppers, Anaheim peppers, green onions, and ¼ cup cilantro leaves into tomatoes.
Remove food grinder attachment. Attach bowl and flat beater. Add two tablespoons lime juice, two teaspoons salt and one teaspoon sugar to bowl. Turn to Stir speed and blend mixture, about 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to display container and garnish with cilantro sprig. Display with tortilla chips.
Cranberry Apple Relish
What you will need:
Medium mixing bowl
4 medium Granny Smith apples with skin, cored
2 naval oranges with skin
2 packages (12 ounces each) fresh cranberries, partially frozen
3 cups sugar, divided
½ cup Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, divided
Cut apples and oranges into approximately one-inch pieces. Place in bowl and set aside. Assemble food grinder with coarse grinding plate and attach to mixer. Turn to Speed 4 and grind one package cranberries, and half of apples and oranges into mixer bowl.
Attach bowl with ground fruit and flat beater to mixer. Add 1 ½ cups sugar and ¼ cup liqueur to bowl. Turn to Stir speed and mix for one minute, or until well blended. Transfer mixture to display bowl and garnish with mint sprig.
MAKE USE OF YOUR KITCHENAID'S 13-CUP FOOD PROCESSOR
What you will need:
1 package quick-rise active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 ¾ cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ounces Parmesan cheese
1 package (8 ounces) Mozzarella cheese
1 package (8 ounces) provolone cheese
1 small stick pepperoni
1 small zucchini, trimmed
1 small green pepper or red pepper, seeded and cut in half
1 small sweet onion, halved
3 Roma tomatoes
½ cup coarsely chopped or chiffonade-cut basil leaves
Garlic and sea salt grinder
To make dough, dissolve yeast in warm water with a pinch of sugar. Let stand five minutes. Position dough blade in work bowl. Add remaining sugar, bread flour and salt, to bowl. Pulse one or two times to mix. With processor running, slowly pour dissolved yeast mixture and olive oil through feed tube. Continue processing until dough forms a ball, about 45 seconds to one minute. Dough will be slightly sticky.
Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place, until doubled in bulk, about 20 to 30 minutes. Prepare toppings while dough is rising.
For toppings, position shredding disc in food processor. Process Parmesan cheese. Remove cheese to small bowl and set aside. Using shredding disc, process Mozzarella and provolone cheese. Remove cheeses to display platter and set aside. Exchange shredding disc for slicing disc. Set on Thin (1MM). Slice pepperoni, zucchini, peppers, onion and tomatoes. Remove each vegetable after slicing and place on platter with cheese to display until ready to assemble pizzas.
Preheat countertop oven to 425 degrees F. Punch dough down and divide into eight pieces. Flatten each piece slightly and lightly flour on both sides. Roll with rolling pin to form a circle about five to six-inches in diameter. Repeat with another piece of dough.
Place dough circles side by side on pizza screen. Top with cheeses and vegetable combinations. Season with garlic, sea salt and pepper. Sprinkle with basil and reserved Parmesan cheese. Bake at 425 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly on wire racks. Place on display platter. Repeat rolling dough and pizza assembly with remaining ingredients while first batch pizzas bake. Have second batch ready to bake as first batch is removed from oven. Repeat process.
What you will need:
Serving bowl (glass or clear plastic)
1-2 small heads romaine lettuce, trimmed
3 ribs celery
1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded
1 small red onion
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
4 ounces Cheddar cheese
¾ cup plain Greek-style yogurt
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon seasoned salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup fresh parsley sprigs
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
Position slicing disc in work bowl and slide external slicing lever to Thick (6mm). Trim lettuce to fit feedtube. Process to slice. Remove lettuce from bowl and arrange in bottom of glass or plastic bowl. Slice celery. Use small center feed tube to keep celery upright and produce best slices. Remove celery from bowl and arrange on top of tomatoes. Slide external slicing lever to middle (3MM). Slice tomatoes. Remove tomatoes from bowl and arrange on top of lettuce.
Move external slicing lever to Thin (1mm). Trim yellow pepper to fit feed tube. Process to slice. Remove pepper from work bowl and arrange on top of celery. Slice red onion. Remove onion from work bowl and arrange on top of peppers. Sprinkle peas over onions.
Exchange thin slicing disc for shredding disc. Shred cheddar cheese. Remove from work bowl, and place in small bowl. Set aside.
Exchange shredding disc for multi-purpose blade. Place mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, seasoned salt and pepper in work bowl. Process for 30 seconds, or until well blended. Pour dressing over salad. Spread evenly with spatula. Sprinkle with reserved cheddar cheese.
Exchange multi-purpose blade for mini-bowl and blade. Place parsley and basil in mini-bowl. Process to finely chop. Remove from bowl and sprinkle over cheese. Display finished salad.
MAKE USE OF YOUR KITCHENAID BLENDERS
Tropical Breakfast Smoothie
What you will need:
Serving bowl/cups & plate
1 medium banana
¼ fresh pineapple
2 large oranges, peeled
3 cups pineapple orange juice
1 container (5.8 oz.) vanilla yogurt
3 cups ice cubes
Orange slices for garnish
1 cup peanuts
1 cup almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pecans
Cut banana, pineapple and orange sections into approximately one-inch chunks. Place in bowl and set aside. Place approximately 1/3 of banana, pineapple and orange chunks, and one cup juice in blender beaker. Process on Speed 3 using a gentle up and down motion for 50 to 60 seconds or until smooth. Add three tablespoons yogurt and one cup ice. Process on Speed 3 using a gentle up and down motion for 30 seconds to one minute or until smooth. Pour some of smoothie into display glasses and garnish with orange slice and a sprinkle of chopped nuts. Repeat.
Chop nuts ¼ cup at a time on high speed in various combinations to demonstrate chopping capability of hand blender chopper attachment. Display on plate and use to garnish smoothie.
Roasted red pepper and green onion dip
What you will need:
Measuring cups (½-cup and 1-cup)
1 cup light mayonnaise
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream or 1-cup light sour cream
½ cup Romano cheese, grated
1 package ( 2/3 ounce) Good Seasons Italian Dressing
1 jar (7 ounces) roasted red peppers, well-drained
2 green onions
Crackers, for serving
In the one-liter pitcher, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, romano cheese and salad dressing. Attach the multi-purpose blade to the hand blender and blend ingredients on Speed 5. Set aside.
Drain roasted red peppers and place in the chopper attachment.
Cut the ends off of green onions and then cut in half. Place in chopper attachment.
Attach hand blender to chopper attachment and chop red pepper and green onions on Speed 3 for about 10 seconds.
Combine red pepper and green onions to the ingredients in the one-liter pitcher.
Attach the whip attachment to hand blender. Mix ingredients in one-liter pitcher on Speed 3 until evenly combined. Serve on crackers.
Make use of your KitchenAid blender
Chilled melon soup
What you will need:
3 cups ripe cantaloupe
3 cups ripe honeydew
1 ½ cups orange juice
2 tablespoons mint leaves
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Fresh mint sprig
Cut cantaloupe and honeydew into approximately one-inch pieces. Place fruit in pitcher. Add orange juice and mint leaves. Hit Mix button and move up a speed every 15-30 seconds until reaching puree. Add honey and lemon juice. Start with Mix and move up a speed until blending ingredients well. Pour soup into honeydew display bowl and garnish with fresh mint sprig.
Make use of your KitchenAid blender
What you will need:
Serving bowl or cups
2 (Kensington pride) mangos
1 handful of baby spinach leaves, pre-washed
1 tray of ice cubes (15 cubes)
About 1 cup of water
Peel the mangos and add into blender. Add the banana, spinach, ice and water.
Hit Mix button and move up a speed every 5-10 seconds until reaching puree. Blend until you can't see pieces of spinach floating around.
The shake should be a light greenish color, and it should have a smooth, relatively thick consistency, somewhere between a milkshake and a thick shake.
This recipe makes enough shake to fill two average-sized glasses.
Weeks after parting ways with Bimini Big Game Club, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts has reached an agreement with the Abaco-based Green Turtle Club.
The new alliance becomes effective immediately, as the Green Turtle Club will become the inaugural member of the new Expedition Properties Portfolio by Guy Harvey Outpost. President of Guy Harvey Outpost Mark Ellert said the partnership is a perfect chance to showcase one of the hidden gems in The Bahamas.
"We are extremely excited to launch the Expedition Properties Portfolio with the famed Green Turtle Club as our inaugural member hotel," Ellert said. "Our intent with Expedition Properties is to showcase small, independently owned properties in unique destinations that are focused on watersports recreation and whose owners are committed to customer service, sustainability and conservation.
"Given the Club's legacy, the professionalism of its staff and dedication of its owners, I'm hard pressed to think of a better opportunity in The Bahamas than this."
The news comes after Guy Harvey Outpost cut ties with Bimini Big Game Club earlier in the month, with foreclosure issues influencing the move in another direction. The two former partners had a business relationship for two years, in which Guy Harvey Outpost pumped $3.5 million in renovations to revitalize the Bimini-based resort.
Due to the foreclosure setback, it prevented Guy Harvey Outpost from purchasing the property when it wanted to, which spurred the decision to take its business interests elsewhere.
As an Expedition Property, Guy Harvey Outpost will market the club and offer travel and booking services to its customers through its Outpost Travel Desk and central reservation office. Co-owner of Green Turtle Club Adam Showell said the company led by Ellert was an ideal fit for both parties.
"Guy Harvey embodies the personality of the club, and its guests," Showell said. "His authenticity, commitment to excellence and passionate outreach to those of all ages and accomplishment are hallmarks of the Green Turtle Club."
While the deal between Guy Harvey Outpost and Green Turtle Club is still fresh, Ellert hinted at more opportunities that may await.
"Thirty degrees north and south of the equator, there are a lot of great properties with committed owners like Adam and Ann who share our vision of sustainability and hospitality," he said. "In growing the Expedition Properties Portfolio, our intent will be to spotlight these properties and encourage our customers to support them."
Green Turtle Club offers 31 guest rooms, a 40-slip marina and fuel dock, restaurant, bar/lounge and poolside bar. The Club hosts the annual Green Turtle Club Billfish Tournament, having just concluded its 25th Silver Anniversary last week.
There is little doubt that the group of young male soccer players, headed to Orlando this weekend, will leave it all on the field in hopes of impressing national team Head Coach Kevin Davies.
A 26-member squad will be shaved to 18 shortly after the group returns from the warm-up matches in Orlando, designed to provide the national team with some action before playing in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-17 Boys World Cup Qualifier. Out of the 26 players headed to Orlando, two teams will be selected to compete in four games that are planned. The teams will play Friday and Saturday.
Davies said: "This is not the team that will be going to Cuba, for the qualifier. This is the traveling team and it is necessary so we can do an assessment of the players and they can get some international exposure. It is an opportunity for them to see the level of competition and how high it would be when they go to Cuba.
"This is the first time for most of them. We need to work on a number of things, especially getting them to play together as a team because they come from different teams and have different styles of play - getting them fit, so they can be aware of the conditions they would face in Cuba. We want them to understand the level of competition that they will see. They need to know that what they are used to here, is not what they are going to see when they are in Cuba. Orlando is a good opportunity to show them that."
The CONCACAF Under-17 Boys World Cup Qualifier will be held in Cuba, the first week in July. The Bahamas will need to win the group to move on. They will go up against host country Cuba, Puerto Rico and Aruba. The official roster for Team Bahamas will be determined by the end of June. By then, Davies said the team will be ready. He said there is no pressure on him and the chosen players, that they are out there to do their best.
The country's under-17 girls squad made history when they qualified out of their Caribbean Football Union's (CFU) group and moved on to the CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championships. The Bahamas was shut out in two games against Mexico and the United States and played to a scoreless draw against Trinidad and Tobago at the tournament which was held last month in Guatemala.
Davies said: "I don't feel pressured. It is a lot more competitive in the male division than in the female. I am not taking anything away from them. I think what they have done and accomplished is exceptional. The time and effort that they put into it was phenomenal, but it doesn't provide any pressure.
"As long as the boys improve on their technical abilities we should be good. The players who we have now, they are good technically but to play at a higher level you obviously need to do better and improve on each game. That is something that you have to work on."
The team has been training since last year September. The CONCACAF Under-17 Boys World Cup Qualifier will be their first test for the year.
Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell said yesterday he and the minister of national security are personally armed with police issued firearms.
"As a minister of national security it would not only be prudent, but it would be unwise for a minister who has to...make critical decisions which deal with life to not be armed given the serious business and nature and decisions that he has to make," said Bell via telephone.
The acknowledgement came after Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said at a press conference yesterday that he had heard reports that the ministers were personally armed with weapons.
Bell said, "Under the Firearms Act, the firearms licensing officer is the commissioner of police who has a discretion to issue a firearms license and issue firearms to who he deems fit and proper."
"He (Nottage) has a gun and he deserves to be armed at all times given the nature of the decisions he makes," Bell said.
He continued, "As a former chief superintendent of police in the Royal Bahamas Police Force I have always had a firearm. The issue of whether or not I have been armed with a firearm or whether I have a firearm in my possession is in my humble opinion showing that FNM is grasping for straws.
"But I would want them (the FNM) to know that if the need arises I am there to protect them and their families as I have done in the past and I will continue to do in the future."
Bell said the question of whether a minister has a firearm is irrelevant.
"The question here is not so much that the minister has a firearm or not, but whether we as a country are serious about security and whether when we put people in these positions we want to ensure their welfare and that of their families."
Former Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest told reporters yesterday that he never carried a firearm as minister and questioned why Bell would.
The Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) has begun negotiations with major oil and gas companies in an effort to secure financing for an exploratory well.
The disclosure, included in a presentation to shareholders, details how "farm-in negotiations" are underway and expected to continue into July. A "farm-in" may serve as an operational and equity partner for BPC. While it is unknown what negotiations have taken place, oil and gas giants Shell, Exxon or British Petroleum, for example, could fit the bill and provide considerable backing and expertise.
In May, Guardian Business reported how BPC enlisted Applied Drilling Technology (ADT) to help carry out the exploratory well. ADT, a subsidiary of Transocean, is a service provider that is simply contracted for the work.
Indeed, recent negotiations with a financing partner indicate that BPC is still full steam ahead on its plans to spud an exploratory well next year.
Simon Potter, the CEO of BPC, did not return requests for comment before press time.
The presentation, held in London late last week, goes on to detail how the drilling program will be funded from new sources, such as the farm-in and a "placing".
A placing implies that BPC could offer another initial public offering (IPO) and release more shares into the London Stock Exchange.
The presentation injected a measure of confidence into investors on Friday. BPC shares rose 4.19 percent for the day, ending at 7.71 pence per share. The latest target, according to the report, is 23 pence per share, with a "risked upside" of a whopping 400 pence.
At present, 80 percent of the investors in BPC are from the UK, 15 percent from Europe, and five percent other. Retail investors make up 60 percent of the total register.
While the mood among investors remains upbeat, the political situation in The Bahamas remains one of the biggest sources of concern. Just prior to the election, the former government suspended BPC's exploratory licenses, and the new administration is noncommittal on the issue.
According to the recent presentation to investors, BPC states that: "license 'shall' be renewed" (with quotes over the word "shall"). It also notes that it plans to commence a well "by end of first year", which opens the door for a revised schedule.
BPC had previously committed to spudding a well no later than April 2013.
"The government is working to put regulations in place to oversee activities," the presentation stated. Meanwhile, BPC said it is aligning itself with "best practices" seen in Norway, the UK and the US "as we prepare to drill".
Earlier this month, Kenred Dorsett, the minister of the environment, insisted that the government is still undecided on the issue of oil drilling. He also backtracked on whether a referendum would take place.
"We do believe that the Bahamian people ought to be consulted, Whether it goes the extent of a referendum, that will have to be determined based on the costs. That is a matter for the Cabinet to decide on," he said.
Dorsett has not elaborated on what other public consultation would be available.
The company's financial statements reveal BPC spent a total of $38.9 million in 2011. Detailed 3D seismic testing took up the lion's share at $29.4 million.
Total cash came in at $35.5 million, and it reported total funding raised from IPOs and original shares of $104.3 million.
The Nassau Container Port (NCP) has spent $75 million so far on development to Nassau's new front door, reporting that all major shipping companies have fully uprooted operations from downtown.
But work still remains. Top executives at the port said a further $7 million is still to be spent on infrastructure, and before shipping operations are fully consolidated, the companies need to "fit out" their leased space at the Gladstone Freight Terminal.
CEO of APD Limited Michael Maura Jr. said shipping companies have one month to complete this process.
"Bahamas Customs is also in the process of completing their fit out space as well at Gladstone. The expectation and reality is it must be done in less than a month. Then importers can submit their paperwork at Gladstone, pay, and pick up their freight in the one-stop-shop environment," Maura said.
Final delivery of the one-stop-shop is considered integral to the success of the new port.
Whereas today the process can be quite tedious, requiring payments and approvals at various offices and docks on the island, consolidation and efficiency are at the heart of the $82 million initiative.
"All of the carriers have relocated their vessel operations from Bay Street docks. Everything seems to be working very well," he told Guardian Business. "As anyone would expect, we have had a few minor adjustments and learning challenges rely on, but I think for the most part we have got past all of that."
Among the critics of the new port at Arawak Cay has been Rupert Roberts, the owner of supermarket chain Super Value.
In the early going, he said, "It's easier to get in and out of Fox Hill prison down there."
He said full consolidation might be in the plans, but in the person, that pledge has yet to come to fruition. Roberts noted how the process was actually demanding more staff requirements on his end. Other rules and regulations imposed by the port have been criticized by Roberts and other members of the business community.
Nevertheless, as NCP continues to fine tune the process, it is also carrying on with minor infrastructure projects that make up the remaining $7 million investment.
"Probably the biggest phase is the construction of the administration building at the Nassau Container Port," Maura explained.
Once these preparations are complete, the CEO revealed that the port will pursue picking up additional business from transshipments. NCP's upgraded cranes and dredged harbor give it the capacity to take on larger ships. There is the potential that $2.6 billion Baha Mar project will demand enough cargo to warrant an additional carrier into Nassau, he added.
Maura said this capacity may entice more shipping companies to include Nassau on their global routes.
As societies shift and evolve in a time of mass communication and media brought on by the electronic age, the global economy
has changed with it. A creative class of artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and the like are changing the way we think about
how we live through the commodification of ideas and creative projects.
Yet how does The Bahamas fit into this global dialogue, and how can our creative class build the kind of societies and spaces
that encourage idea space?
After its success last year, the branding and design company The Method Group (tmg*) is bringing a second round of community
discussions this summer that examine how The Bahamas is already building such spaces and that will provide opportunities to
imagine how much further we can go.
Bringing together creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and leaders in the creative fields on panels in three core discussions
surrounding topics of the emerging creative class, says tmg* marketing and branding specialist Royann Dean, will provide provocative
and engaging discussions central to the growth of The Bahamas.
"These talks all started because I thought about things I like to do that I couldn't do here going to lecture series and
listening to these ideas being shared and spurring me to think about things I never thought about," said Dean.
"It's about getting the conversation out there and flowing," she continued. "When you live in a city where ideas are encouraged,
openness is encouraged, diversity is encouraged in terms of thinking and people who participate in the exchange, that is the
point of a creative and livable city."
Last year, tmg* talks focused on how design of cities, of national stories, of culture creates Bahamian identity in an attempt
to think different about how we brand The Bahamas. This year, the talks make the personal universal by expanding outward:
how does The Bahamas function in a global dialogue about ideas socially, economically, culturally, physically?
The key, says Dean, lies in the creative class. This community may not be as arts-centric as you may think. Its core lies
in the ability to use ideas to create and shape society, so the creative class includes artists, gallery owners, architects
and the like, but also engineers, designers and entrepreneurs who all commodify ideas and encourage us to think differently
about ours spaces and ourselves.
"There are certain values identified with the creative class which include valuing meritocracy, this ability and appreciation
of complex problems and the ability to solve those problems, this sense of always trying to make things better and improve
of things," explained Dean. "So these are people who don't follow the status quo, who aren't happy with the status quo."
Indeed, this year's three talks "Architecture, Design and Sustainable Development" (June 21), "Entrepreneurism and the Creative
Class" (July 19) and "Economic Diversification and the Creative Class" (August 23), all examine how the community of creative
thinkers and entrepreneurs in The Bahamas can bring sustainability and growth to Bahamian society and economy if given a
The truth is, The Bahamas has no cultural policy and provides little incentive for creative endeavors, creating a harsh economic
environment where creative thinkers and entrepreneurs yet this is where the sustainability of the country lies in a world
where technology is collapsing borders and expanding possibilities into an unknown realm.
"I think the creative class is where our sustainability will come from if we transfer into this new type of global economy
where imagination and innovation is valued because you need to have these people who think in that way," pointed out Dean.
"These are the people who can think in ways that can solve
complex problems and are not afraid of collaborating with people in different disciplines to solve those problems."
The talks kick off next week Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas with a look at how the creative
class can help us think differently about sustainability and design, particularly in architecture. The talk will not only
address sustainability in terms of alternate energy but also in population growth.
With a panel made up of architect in The Design Group, Carlos Hepburn, President of Arawak Homes, Franon Wilson, and Director
of Sales and Marketing at Schooner Bay, James Malcolm, the discussion will shed light on how we can build more sustainable
societies through building design. The discussion will build upon last year's talks, which shared a major focus on architecture
as a creative industry.
"When we look at architecture this year in terms of the built environment and sustainability, we're going to ask how we see
architecture developing that sense of place in public spaces and in residential communities," says Dean.
"There's going to be a nice juxtaposition between Schooner Bay's perception of creating a sense of community through architecture
and design and Arawak Homes because they're the largest real estate residential developer. How do they use design to create
a sense of community? How does this fit in with expanding developments in islands where populations are expanding?"
Discussions like the first one next week are a chance not only for leaders in certain fields who may not normally spend time
together to sit down and discuss ways they can work together to build a better, more sustainable Bahamas, but also for creative
professionals and the wider community to attend and contribute their own thoughts to the process. Collaboration is essential
in creative fields, and this sharing of knowledge provides great collaborative opportunities for those who will attend.
"I think people attending should just be open to what the ideas of the panelists are, come willing to contribute to the conversation,
and come with the expectations that you may leave thinking differently about what creativity is from when you arrived," says
"We want to change how people perceive creativity in order to be able to use it effectively. I read that one of the definitions
of a creative city is having a feeling that there's momentum and there's something exciting that's happening and that's what
I want people to leave the talks with--this sense that something is happening here and they are a part of it."
The first tmg* talks, "Architecture, Design and Sustainable Development" takes place next Thursday, June 21st at 6:30 at The
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. For more information about tmg* talks, check out their website at www.tmginovates.com.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is hoping for a boom in post-paid subscribers after the hotly anticipated launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III.
As part of a 145-nation release, Bahamians had a unique chance to purchase the smartphone in tandem with consumers in North America. The release sparked a buzz among Bahamians. By 6 a.m., a long queue had formed outside of the BTC's Bay Street location, as the first 50 consumers received a discount on the coveted device.
Gershan Major, vice president of channels and marketing, said the prompt release of the Galaxy S III in the Bahamian market represents an important precedent.
The company, he said, is more focused than ever on keeping up with the demands of modern consumers, and pushing new revenue streams that go along with the smartphone market.
"What we are finding now, is a number of our customers on pre-paid are seeing the value of post-paid. They are asking for the types of devices that engender a certain lifestyle," he explained. "Bahamians are moving towards an understanding that it's not just voice. It's data, email checking, scheduling, download photos, posting photos and social media. The lifestyle change is tied to the kinds of devices they are asking for."
Thus far, consumers are responding. Major said the first 50 devices sold out quickly, and the company expects the country's stock to dwindle.
The device has been hyped across the globe, from London to Zimbabwe, as Samsung rapidly emerges as a serious competitor to the iPhone. BTC is banking on this hype in its push to get more Bahamians on post-paid packages. The country's sole mobile service provider estimates that less than 50,000 Bahamians are on a plan and receiving a bill each month.
In this vein, data has been targeted as a strong area of revenue growth.
BTC has invested millions in the past year on updates to the network, including the introduction of 4G, in anticipation of this demand.
"We are doing a better job of improving our data offerings. They are getting more attune to 4G," Major added. "We've had some challenges improving the platform, but rest assured that experience will improve as we build up the capacity of the network."
Consumers will no doubt come to expect a functional level of service that properly matches the sophistication of the phones.
Altonique Saunders, Samsung expert at BTC, was on hand for the launch last weekend to help roll out the device.
She noted that, in the past, The Bahamas tends to be behind when it comes to the introduction of new technology. It's often the better part of a year by the time the country seizes the next big thing, Saunders explained.
"There was a very large crowd in the parking lot waiting for this phone, and we've had many more come in since then as well," she told Guardian Business.
While there are many features that make it special, Saunders highlighted its 8-megapixel camera. Not only does it have a "Super HD" function, but the camera has the ability to take 20 consecutive shots in just one or two seconds.
A camera can be found both in the front and back of the device. The front can actually track a user's eye movement, which ensures that the screen never goes dark or switches off while someone is looking at the phone.
The Galaxy SIII features a 4.8-inch screen that is 20 percent larger than its predecessors, she added, whereby it treads the trendy line between smartphone and tablet.
"The browser is faster and it moves seamlessly," she said.
A laundry list of other features and functionalities also set it apart. But for Saunders, she felt the natural feel of the Galaxy S III truly makes it unique.
"Even though it's much bigger, it fits well in your hand, and the surface is very smooth," she explained. "The phone is inspired by nature. The device is inspired by the natural curves or leaves and petals. When you feel the phone, it feels like you're touching a smooth pebble out of the sea."
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Grab the girls and come celebrate "life" with a few friends on the beach...and support the Cancer Society! Royal Bahamia Park, 7pm on November 4th.
Big ole bonfire, wine and hors d'oeuvre, games, story telling, and a bit of entertainment.....just a great night out with the girls and a great way to give back......if you have that bra that doesn't fit but is still in good condition, please bring it or them out,
we will be donating a box of bras to another charity...
GREGORY TOWN, Eleuthera - A new $30 million, 50-room resort in North Eleuthera is expected to employ close to 200 Bahamians once its doors re-open in November.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Perry Christie toured the site of the 35-acre Cove Eleuthera Resort.
Christie told Guardian Business that the development is a testament that investors are once again becoming confident in The Bahamas. The current site has been in existence since 1969 and undergone several changes in ownership.
However, the prime minister believes the new owner behind the Cove Eleuthera Resort will generate just the kind of turnaround that the North Eleuthera community needs to boost its economy.
"I have been involved with people who have bought and sold this property many times, never making it a success. And I would come here and sit with them. We cannot have an investor come into this part of Eleuthera where there is no other such investment and fail. We must give him the support that he needs and pay attention to what is going on here," according to Christie.
"If he succeeds, then perhaps he will do another on this island or on another one. But, he's young, aggressive and smart. He has all the funding he needs to do even more."
Christie said the key to ensuring the resort's success now lies in the marketing strategies led by the Ministry of Tourism and the resort.
The resort's owner, Sidney Torres IV, confirmed to Guardian Business that work began on the development in March, just one month after the contract was signed.
To date, Torres said that more than $3 million has been invested in the project. Approximately 150 Bahamians have found employment in construction.
In addition to its 50 guest rooms and suites, 33 two-bedroom home sites are expected to be built. At the soft opening in November, three of these homes should be completed, along with the 50-room resort.
"We have already broken ground and we are about $3 million into it. We are employing about 150 Bahamians through all different settlements, and not just Gregory Town. When the hotel is open, there will be food and beverage, housekeeping and other positions available. This is a project that is going to go on for a few years," he explained.
"We will have 50 new cottages upon opening. We will also be building 33 home sites. Three of them have already started and will be completed in November. We are very excited about this project because I have a lot of history on the island. I was introduced to the island through Lenny Kravitz."
The 26-new garden and beachfront guest suites will complement the existing 24 rooms.
Renovations include an Infinity pool and full-service Bahamian restaurant. The sunset bar located on the point of The Cove will overlook the water, and a cocktail bar will include a fire-pit and lounge area.
A new Bahama Bean coffee shop will also feature on-site, freshly roasted coffee, lattes and cappuccinos. A fitness and business will be added.
Torres, a New Orleans entrepreneur and French Quarter hotelier, has been in the hotel business since 1996. He pointed out that he loves Eleuthera because of its similarities in cultures to his hometown, New Orleans.
"Eleuthera is a magical island and our goal is to bring the same legendary hospitality, food and décor of the New Orleans French Quarter to the Bahamas. We're very excited to welcome guests back to the breathtaking secluded, pink sand beaches of The Cove at Eleuthera."
Financing for the 33 homes is also available through Torres's IV Capital Investments.
LONDON, England - If there's one thing The Bahamas has been blessed with over the past 10 years, as it relates to track and field, it's quartermilers. For Wesley Neymour, it's been quite an uphill battle getting to the Olympics, and he's savoring every moment of it.
Neymour wasn't even considered to be a part of the relay pool at the beginning of the year, but worked hard this season, persevered, and can now call himself an Olympian. After last year's World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Demetrius Pinder, Chris Brown and Ramon Miller were figured to be in the mix for this year's Olympic team, Michael Mathieu was being looked at as a possible fourth man, and runners like LaToy Williams, veteran Avard Moncur, the injury plagued Andretti Bain, and even youngster O'Jay Ferguson were considered to be in the running for alternate spots. Neymour made sure he wasn't going to be left out.
The lanky Bahamian ran a personal best time of 46.18 seconds at the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials, ensuring that his name would be in the hat for Olympic team consideration. He finished fifth at those national championships, behind Pinder, Miller, Brown, and Andrae Williams.
The first six at any national championships are normally guaranteed spots on national teams for relay purposes, but two Bahamian quartermilers, Michael Mathieu and Avard Moncur, didn't run due to injuries. It was unsure if Mathieu would run the 400 meters (m) anyway, as he appears to be focusing on the half-lapper this year. Both he and Moncur had faster times than Neymour this year though, and after fitness tests, both were named to the Olympic team. Actually, to avoid any controversy, the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) through the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) ratified seven members, including Neymour, for the men's 4x400m relay.
"I'm just happy to be here," said Neymour. "It feels great to be a part of this team. I don't know if I'll get a chance to run, but if I do, I just want to go out there and give it my best shot. We're looking to do our best, and hopefully bring home the gold. I think the main thing for us is to make sure we get through the rounds. We might have to use the top three guys we have in the heats. If it comes down to that, then so be it. I just want us to get to the final, and hopefully win the gold."
Last year in Daegu, a critical coaching error left The Bahamas out of the World Championships final. The team was regarded as one of the favorites to win a medal, but for some reason, coaches decided on a line-up for the heats without The Bahamas' top three quartermilers. Neymour is just hoping for a chance to run. He wants to make the most out of his first Olympic experience, and prove that he belongs on the Olympic team.
"I know there's a chance that I won't get to run, but if my number is called to run the heats, then I'm definitely going to be prepared and do whatever it takes to get The Bahamas into the final," he said. "I'm just going to keep my fingers crossed and continue to hope for the best."
The athletics portion of the Olympic Games will get underway on Friday August 3. The heats of the men's 4x400m are scheduled for Thursday, August 9, and the final will be on Friday, August 10.
Last year, 5,687 mothers at 412 locations in five countries, simultaneously breast-fed their babies during a world event known as The Big Latch On -- this year as the organizers seek to break this record, The Bahamas is expected to be in on the final count of breastfeeding women with their babies latched to them for one minute at a set time, to support and promote breastfeeding.
The Bahamas version of The Big Latch On, known as the Big Latch On Palooza will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, in the church hall at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Highbury Park. Organizers expect at least 400 women to participate at the event, according to Nurse Linelle Thompson, program coordinator of Lactation Management Services in the Department of Public Health who is also the education chairperson of the Bahamas National Breastfeeding Association (BNBA).
On Friday, August 3, the clinics and hospitals around the country will be encouraged to have their mothers join the move by breastfeeding at the same time in their respective facilities.
The aim of The Big Latch On event is for communities to identify and grow opportunities to provide ongoing breastfeeding support and promotion. Raise awareness of breastfeeding support and knowledge available in communities. Help communities positively support breastfeeding in public places. Make breastfeeding a normal part of the day-to-day life at a local community level. Increase support for women who breastfeed (women are supported by their partners, family and the breastfeeding knowledge that is embedded in their communities. Communities have the resources to advocate for coordinated appropriate and accessible breastfeeding support services.
For one mother, Jasadette Hepburn, the idea of the event is exciting as she is looking at it as a support group effort to let people know that breastfeeding is okay.
"I get so excited when I see a breastfeeding mother that I usually go and interrupt and say something like I'm so proud of you," said the 24-year-old mother of a three-year-old son who she still breastfeeds and is hoping to continue to do so until her son attains his fourth birthday.
Hepburn, who is also the media consultant for The Bahamas National Breastfeeding Association said that through The Big Latch On Palooza, they will be pushing for more young women to breastfeed.
"More mature women breastfeed because they know the health issues involved with breastfeeding -- not just for their babies, but for themselves as well in terms of lowering their risk of cancer and just getting slimmer after having the baby," said Hepburn. "But younger women tend to just put the bottle into the baby's mouth, so we're trying to get all women to breastfeed," she said.
Using herself as an example, Hepburn also provides the mother and child with an attachment.
"I was in my first year in college when I got pregnant, and it was depressing to me," said the daughter of a nurse. "After I had my baby I was really distant from him --I didn't want to breastfeed, I didn't want to get close to him, and [my mom] was like, 'J, breastfeed.' After a month, I didn't want anyone around him. It gave us an attachment and I came to the realization that I loved him so much," she said.
Contrary to popular belief breastfeeding does not hurt. And that it is actually nipple feeding that hurts, which she said is incorrect. It will also hurt if the baby is not latched onto the breast properly as well.
As the BNBA gets ready to host the Big Latch On Palooza, Carlotta Klass, president of the organization said the World Health Organization recommends that all mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months of life. That means no water, no juice and no formula, and that mothers should continue to breastfeed the same way up to two years and beyond. She said there is really no cut off point. And that if a mother has to go to work that she can express her milk and allow someone to cup feed the baby, as giving the baby a nipple attached to a bottle confuses the baby.
As mothers breastfeed she said it's also important that they maintain a proper breastfeeding posture in which the baby's tummy will touch the mother's tummy. The baby should be lying on its side at the mother's breast.
And according to Nurse Thompson, the stories that most people hear about breastfeeding she said are just that -- myths.
She said breastfeeding does not cause saggy breasts, but helps women to get their shape back.
The nurse also said that breast milk does not give babies gas when the mother has not eaten.
"That's impossible, because breasts are not hooked up to the stomach, so you can't give the baby gas."
She said babies get gastric disturbances, when they take in milk designed for a 200-pound animal
"While studying at the University of West London, they showed me the stomach of two babies -- one with the breast milk going in, and the next with the formula going in. The stomach is coil-shaped and you could see the breast milk going into the stomach lining it, coating it, sealing it and making it bacteria-proof. When the formula went into the next tummy, because it was so heavy, it stretched the gut right out. It reduces the immune system and causes gastric disturbances. Not only that, when you give the baby formula, more than two-thirds of that formula does not go anywhere and won't be used by the baby," she said. "Formula lies to the baby and gives the baby a false feeling of fullness and takes away the hunger and thirst for the breast."
According to the nurse, most of the breast milk is absorbed into the baby's system and only a small amount is left in the stomach, which is why the breast-fed baby would want to breast feed faster and why people would think they are not getting enough.
"It's that they're using their food, but the baby that's getting the formula is not using their food," she said.
Babies breastfed for two years are given special protection against salmonella and if the mother breastfeeds for three years, the baby gets protection against cholera.
Breastfeeding classes are offered in all government clinics and at the Bahamas National Breastfeeding Association.
The Big Latch On is originally from New Zealand, and was started by Women's Health Action in 2005 as part of World Breastfeeding Week. Each year, they have seen growth in the numbers of breastfeeding women attending and an increase in the support for breastfeeding in public. The Big Latch On was introduced to Portland, Oregon, in 2010 by Joanne Edwards in celebration for World Breastfeeding Week. In 2011, Edwards worked with Annie Brown and members of La Leche League USA to grow the Big Latch On across the United States. In an effort to further strengthen the Big Latch On mission to protect, promote and support breastfeeding women, and in recognition of increasing global participation in the Big Latch On, Women's Health Action and the Big Latch On Global Coordinator Joanne Edwards joined forces for 2012.
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated August 1-7.
The breastfed toddler
Hair: Breastfed toddlers have glossier, healthier hair. Protein is a major functional and structural component of hair cells and is essential for growth and repair. After 12 months, 15 ounces of breastmilk provides 45 percent of a toddler's protein requirements in its most natural form.
Brain: Higher intellectual and cognitive aptitude compared to formula-fed peers and peers breastfed for a shorter amount of time.
Ears: Breastfed toddlers have better hearing due to lower incidence of ear infections.
Eyes: As the eye is similar to the brain in regards to nervous tissue, breastfed toddlers have stronger vision. Also at 12 months (15 ounces) of breastmilk provides 75 percent of a toddler's Vitamin A requirements. Vitamin A is needed by the retina of the eye and is necessary for both low-light (scotopic vision) and color vision.
Teeth: Thumb sucking is less likely to occur in breastfed toddlers so their teeth are less likely to become misaligned. Also, increased duration of nursing actually improves the dental arch.
Independence: Breastfeeding is part of meeting a child's dependency needs, and this is the key to helping the child achieve independence. Children who achieve independence at their own pace are more secure in that independence than children forced into independence prematurely.
Weight: Toddlers who are breastfed for extended periods of time tend to have leaner bodies with less risk of obesity.
Limbs: Breastmilk is an excellent painkiller in the bums and bruises that come along with toddlers and climbing.
Taste buds: Breastfed toddlers are less likely to be fussy eaters. However, even if they through a fussy period, breastfed toddlers still get their taste buds stimulated by the range of flavors in their mommy's milk.
Bones: Calcium is a mineral that strengthens bones. After 12 months, 15 ounces of breastmilk provides 36 percent of a toddler's calcium requirements in its most natural form.
Immune system: At one year of age, a child's immune system is functioning at 60 percent of adult level. The antibodies in breast milk continue to provide valuable protection during the toddler period. In fact, the immunological benefits of breastfeeding actually increase during the second and third years of nursing.
Skin: Smoother and more supple
Hydration: Although breastfed toddlers are less likely to become ill, if they do get sick, breast milk can keep them hydrated when they cannot tolerate other liquids.
Portability: Breastfed toddlers are easier to travel with. Nursing is far more convenient than carrying around feeding cups and paraphernalia, and can be a wonderful way of providing reassurance in unfamiliar surroundings.
o Source: mummiesnummies.com
10 reasons why breastfeeding doesn't suck
o You'll feel far less crazy: A study of postpartum mothers found that those who breastfed their babies showed far less anxiety and more mutuality at one mont postpartum that those who didn't.
o It lowers the risk of adulthood cancers: One study found the risk of childhood cancer in formula-fed children was 2-8 times that of long-term breastfed children. The risk for short-term formula feeders was 1-9 times that of long-term breast feeders.
o ...And breast cancer in mothers: Get this -- If women who breastfed for less than three months were to stick it out for four toe 12 months, breast cancer among parous premenopausal women could be reduced by 11 percent. And if they stayed with it for 24 months or longer, those risks could be reduced by nearly 25 percent.
o Smart kids rule: Studies show that breastfed babies have significantly higher IQs by eight years old than babies who didn't breastfeed -- even after adjusting the stats for differences between groups and mom's educational and social class.
o You could save on braces: The longer you breastfeed, the lower the likelihood that baby will suffer from malocclusion -- a fancy word for misalignment of the teeth and dental arches.
o It cuts down on childhood obesity: Breastfeeding has long been tied with reducing the rate of childhood obesity, regardless of Mom's diabetes or weight status.
o Allergies and ailment are no biggie: Respiratory wheezing, influenza, diarrhea, allergies and eczema are way less common in breastfed babies -- think about all those trips to the doc you won't have to make.
o It saves lives: If just 90 percent of mothers breastfed exclusively for six months, an estimated 900 babies would live.
o Oh, and it'll save you a ton of cash too: Believe it or not, formula supplies for just six months can cost upwards of $1,000.
o You'll fit into your skinny jeans faster: Breastfeeding burns an average of 500 calories a day. Yes, really. Need we say more?
LONDON, England - A 26-member Bahamian team is in very high spirits, and one of the reasons why is because of the atmosphere created by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) at the week-long training camp prior to the games. The Olympic Games got underway this morning in London, and will run through Sunday, August 12.
According to reports, everything was in place for the athletes to be as comfortable as they needed to be headed into the games. All of the amenities were well taken care of by the BOC, and the athletes could just focus on training and preparing for competition. The only swimmer on this year's team, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, will see action first for The Bahamas when she hits the pool at the Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, in the heats of the women's 100-meter (m) free.
"In the BOC, it is time for us to make things happen," said team's Chef de Mission Roy Colebrooke. "We have to think outside of the box in 2012. In our view, the athletes are first, and my job as Chef de Mission is to ensure that we create this harmonious environment where the only thing that our athletes are focusing on, would be their specific events. I feel that we were able to do that at the training camp in Crawley."
Crawley is a town in West Sussex, England, located about 30 miles south of the British capital London. The team experienced an ambience there that was conducive to training. Not only that, but in conjunction with BTC and Cable and Wireless here in London, the BOC spearheaded a reception for the team on Wednesday night, and then the following night, the BOC joined up with the The Bahamas' High Commission in London to host the team to a reception at the commissioner's house. The function on Thursday was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Governor General Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes, and The Bahamas' Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Danny Johnson. The dwelling, dubbed 'The Bahamas House', served as a home away from home for the athletes for that one night. They were treated to local dishes and drinks, and a steel drum band played Bahamian songs.
"We believe that it is very special for something like this to happen," said Colebrooke. "We want our athletes to be able to come somewhere in a foreign place, and feel at home. With this taking place, we feel it is now possible for them to enjoy the festivities of the London Olympic Games. They can mix and mingle with the Bahamians who are here in London, and who were desperate to see them up close."
The Bahamas House is expected to be open to Bahamians for the duration of the games. A Bahamian chef, flown in by the BOC, is on hand to prepare Bahamian cuisine on a nightly basis.
"This is the kind of treatment that we want to give our athletes," said Colebrooke. "It all started at the training camp. You have heard the stories from all of them. They were blown away.
"All of the athletes who had minor injuries were checked out and all of them are fit and ready to compete. I had the opportunity to speak with most of them, and they are saying that they're feeling tremendous, so we are expecting some very good things from our Bahamian athletes."
Colebrooke said that as long as he is an executive member of the BOC, this is the kind of treatment that Bahamian athletes can expect on a regular basis going forward.
"The only way we can go from here is forward. We will continuously take the bar higher and higher because we believe that we have to create the environment to ensure that our athletes are comfortable and ready to compete," he said. "When the athletes know that they are backed like this, they perform tremendously, so we have no other option than to continue providing top service for our athletes."
After a grand opening ceremony last night, Team Bahamas appears ready to see action at these Olympic Games. Competition officially got underway this morning, but The Bahamas won't see action until next Wednesday when swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will hit the waters.
Kindly allow me space in your newspaper to respond to an article in The Tribune June 7, 2012, referring to Rodney Moncur entitled, "Women need to stop taking devil's pills and take man's seed".
It was interesting to read the article referencing Democratic National Alliance candidate and social activist Rodney Moncur drawing women's attention to the negative effect of using contraceptives. Moncur's opinion might be true, but let us examine this matter more carefully. Your opinion is that women should cease use of contraceptives and have their babies. It is also stated that with the introduction of birth control to The Bahamas in 1966, women embraced the opportunity to become unfaithful to their spouses/fiancees/boyfriends. I am not sure which sector of society he is targeting but it appears as if he is talking about the matrimonial home. If that is the case, Moncur should have addressed the male population. Before I go any further, let me state right now that I do not support sex without marriage and neither do I support unfaithfulness in marriage. Husbands were admonished by God to love their wives. This is so because men cannot learn to love. If they do not love you, the more you do for them the less appreciative they become.
Moncur should be telling men to abstain or wrap it up until they are ready for a permanent relationship, and teaching them how to love, care and share. Sir, are you aware that many of the wayward young men are from the absent father homes and when the male leaves the female, he also leaves the child/children?
Women must protect themselves and it is unfortunate that this is done at such a great price such as the compromising of one's health. However, the truth of the matter is that most of our men are weak, distrustful, cheating and could care less about the woman or the child. If many married women want to be honest they will tell you that the children's father is at home but hardly plays an active role in their lives. You seem to be demeaning women as unfit wives and mothers. Instead, talk to the men and tell them to roll up their sleeves and become good role models - and also, that a father is not a sperm donor. He is a provider, protector, nurturer, counselor and a guide. He also needs to know that he could only lead if he is being led. He needs to know Jesus Christ as his personal savior and Lord and stop being a trifling, jive turkey of a human being.
Women must react when men act. Women are not toys. They are flesh and blood like men and if she is promiscuous, her better half is not taking care of her needs. Most of our men are not good communicators. For us to combat problems, we must sit down and talk about it. Our men do not have the time. You see, for the most part our women are not the problem. Men need to act like the priests they are supposed to be and take the time to listen. If I say we need to talk, we need to talk; not have sex. Men do not get it.
Sir, educate our men and tell them to wrap it up. After all if the woman relaxes and lets it go, home boy is gone too. Do not be biased. Men are equally responsible. Most of our men are insensitive to the needs of a woman, trifling and never satisfied. If women know that they are loved and respected, your seed is safe because she knows you will be there for her, giving her some time for herself. That is by changing, feeding and spending time with the baby. However, with the majority of male attitudes, before a woman conceives a child for these trifling fellows they need to prepare in their hearts to not only carry, but to work and raise the child.
When people love each other they communicate and make the decision to have a child. However, this conversation will be useless if the father had not contributed to the child or other children. Sir, you think Sarah called Abraham, her husband, Lord right so or because that was her husband? No sir. Abraham loved Sarah and she knew it. Love shines in the dark. Haggar got beside herself because she was with Abraham's first child. Sarah let Abraham know that Haggar was being nasty to her. His response to her was "do what you see fit". If that was a Bahamian man, he would hit his wife so hard she would stumble, and then he would leave the marital home and secure the other woman with the child.
The problem you are trying to fix will only be fixed after men learn to respect their wives. Randomly ask the average married male with children when was the last time he took his wife out somewhere or sat down and had a nice conversation with her. His response will be, "I do not know". He is not taking her anywhere because for one, the marriage is crowded. He does not want the wife to know that there is another woman and he does not want to make the other woman unhappy because she just might see them or hear about their outing.
Furthermore, he will complain that the wife is either fat or lacks understanding. The other woman is probably the same but he could find no fault with her. She is loose. She takes his money and buys her clothing, her main man's money pays the car note, and boyfriend number two's money takes care of the miscellaneous, such as the manicure and pedicure.
Her money goes to the bank. Now you see we have competition and the men give their finances away to other women never looking after his home first. If you want women to take the man's seed, stop trifling, playing the field and grow up. We are waiting for our men to act responsibly. Women are not toys. Stop playing with our emotions.
- Jillian Curry
Our feet bear the brunt of all the stress we endure during our daily working life. Prolonged standing, walking, operating machinery, wearing high heels, carrying heavy objects and slippery surfaces are just some of the many dangers our feet are exposed to in the workplace everyday.
Every year, it is estimated that 2 million work days are lost due to complaints and disorders in the lower limbs, however many of these sick days can be prevented. Studies show that about 80 percent of adults will experience some foot complaints during their lifetime. This can vary from aches and pains, swelling, corns, calluses, injuries, fungal infections, varicose veins and more.
These common foot problems occur both on and off the job. However, there is no doubt that some work-related factors can lead to or aggravate foot problems, especially jobs that require long periods of standing or that put the feet at risk.
It is recommended that workers spend no more than 30 percent of their working day standing, however there are many jobs where workers stand for longer periods. Workers who are required to spend too much time on their feet are at increased risk of pain and discomfort in the feet, legs, hips and lower back. Standing for long hours, day-after-day, not only tires the worker's feet but can also cause permanent damage. It can cause the joints and bones of the feet to become misaligned causing flat feet, inflammation that can later lead to arthritis, and damage to the veins in the legs leading to pain, swelling, varicose veins and even ulcers. Prolonged standing can damage joints, causing swelling of the legs, and result in a range of problems for the feet, including bunions and corns and heel spurs.
Worksite accidents also result in a significant number of injuries to the feet and lower legs including sprains, strains and fractures. Foot injuries account for 15 to 20 percent of all disabling injuries. While not all of these are the result of work activities, a large proportion occur due to the conditions feet are exposed to at work.
Our feet are exposed to many dangers at work but fortunately the risk can be avoided or removed if employees and employers take simple, straight forward steps to protect the feet at work. Here are the recommendations to prevent foot injuries at work.
o Wear the right shoes for work: Prolonged standing, hard flooring and inappropriate footwear are very common working conditions for the feet. Workers should wear shoes that are appropriate to their occupation, working environment, and foot type. Improper footwear can cause or aggravate existing foot problems. Footwear that fits poorly or is in need of repair also contributes to foot discomfort and injury. If safety or special footwear is required for the job (e.g. steel toe boots) employers must ensure that employees have the correct shoes and are not allowed to work without them. In many worksites such equipment are supplied by the employer at no cost to the worker.
High heels are the favorite work footwear for many women but should not be because they throw the body weight onto the balls of the feet, which may lead to calluses, painful bunions, corns, neuromas, foot and back pains. The position of the foot in narrow width high heels can cause the ankle to become unstable, resulting in ankle sprains.
Wearing high-heels for long periods may cause the calf muscles to become shortened and tight over time. Backless (sling back) high heel shoes force the toes to claw as you walk, straining the muscles. To prevent this, two-inch high heels are recommended for everyday use. Calf stretches can help to keep the feet supple and maintain a good range of motion to the ankle joint. It is best to vary your heel heights from day-to-day; one day wearing low heels, and the next day slightly higher heels rather than high heels at all times. Wearing shoes with a strap or lace over the instep is better than slip-ons because they improve the fit and help stop your foot from sliding forward in your shoes. Comfortable, well structured, sensible and properly fitted footwear is essential to maintain good foot health and prevent minor foot ailments and injuries at work. Proper footwear is important, not only for foot comfort but also for one's general well-being and for you to have a good and productive day at work.
o Properly fitting work shoes: It is important to ensure that the safety shoe is appropriate for the task for which it is intended. The upper should be made from natural materials such as leather or a breathable man-made fabric. Toe box (front of the shoe) should be rounded or squared and deep enough to prevent rubbing, allowing the toes to wriggle. Insole can be inserted to provide padding and absorption. The heel should fit snugly on the foot, stopping the heel from slipping out of the shoe with each step you take. Heels should have a broad base and be no higher than two inches if they are worn for a long time. The sole should be strong and flexible with shock absorption to cushion the jolts of walking on hard surfaces. Laces, buckles or velcro should be used to secure the foot in the shoe.
o Foot safe work sites: In addition to the footwear, the work surfaces also have an impact on the feet at work. Hard, unyielding floors like concrete are the least comfortable surface to work on.
Wood, cork, carpeting, or rubber -- anything that provides some flexibility -- is gentler on workers' feet. Footwear with thick, insulating and shock-absorbing insoles can alleviate some of this discomfort. Working on a hard floor can feel like a hammer, pounding the heel at every step. Slippery floors can be hazardous resulting in slips and falls, ankle sprains or even fractures. Employers should make sure that floors are kept clean and dry or non-skid floors should be installed. Special anti-slip flooring or mats can also reduce slipping accidents. Stairs is a common site for foot injuries at work. To prevent these injuries make sure you are wearing the right shoes and paying attention when taking the stairs, the stairs are well lit with rails and are dry.
o Prevent workplace injuries at work: Most occupations have different footwear requirements.
Such requirements should be followed at all times to prevent injuries. Even if there are not specific foot wear guidelines, we recommend well-fitting, supportive shoe with moderate heels. If possible sneakers can fit the bill and they come in all styles and colors.
Remember, foot pain is not normal, it tells us something is wrong. If you have foot pain especially at work, see a podiatrist for a complete exam and treatment to get you pain free.
o For more information or to see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996, Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane telephone 394-5820 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.apma.org.
The business community is praising Cable Bahamas Limited's (CBL) move into the U.S. market, calling its acquisitions a rare, if not unprecedented moment for local industry.
CEO of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) Winston Rolle said CBL has "absolutely the right mentality". He said more Bahamian companies, particularly those listed on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX), should adopt a broader perspective.
"The Bahamas has a limited market capacity in terms of size. The only way to grow would be to look outside, and that's why as a chamber we have been doing a number of things, such as trade missions to Haiti and soon Panama," he added. "Bahamians need to look to do business elsewhere."
The comments follow CBL's formal announcement that will acquire telecommunications companies in Florida with the aim of tapping up to 18 million new U.S. customers. The deal, worth $65 million, is essentially unprecedented, according to James Smith, a former governor of the Central Bank.
CBL now requires regulatory approval in both The Bahamas and the U.S. before the deal officially goes through.
"It is the first time I have ever heard of it," he told Guardian Business. "I don't see approval being a problem, except it has implications for foreign reserves. As a local company, their revenue base is in Bahamian dollars. I don't think it's a problem but they need approval."
Guardian Business understands that CBL plans to trade under an entirely different name in Florida. That said, the overall logistics of the U.S. division and how it fits in with Bahamian operations are still relatively unknown.
"It really is an intriguing proposal," Smith added. "Usually, these deals are the other way around. Also, given the U.S. and its efficiency in the cable market, and the number of firms, it seems rather ambitious."
The former state minister of finance said CBL was "preparing for the future", in the sense that exclusivity agreements have come to an end in the telecommunications market. Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has made its intentions known concerning a TV product in 2013.
Inevitably, the introduction of a competitor should eat into its market share.
"Cable Bahamas might very well be trying to rebalance by going international," he told Guardian Business.
Smith anticipated, however, that the customer should ultimately benefit as the two companies grow and improve.
Rolle from the BCCEC hoped CBL's move will inspire other businesses to not have a "closed" approach.
He said The Bahamas tends to have a "laissez-faire" way of doing business, and entering the U.S. market could up its game. Local business should ultimately be enhanced through CBL's ambitions.
Keith Davies, the CEO of BISX, agreed with Smith that he has never heard of such an expansion by a publicly-listed company into the U.S.
"It is unique what they are doing. The way the world is going, if you're not thinking internationally, you'll have difficulty. Those international companies will come here," according to Davies.
In an age of microwaves, cooktops, fast food and ready prepared meals, the thought of adopting a high protein diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, void of processed food sources, may seem less than palatable and even impractical.
But for the 21st century hunter-gatherer this is a lifestyle change and quite possibly the untapped secret to a healthier, longer life.
The Paleolithic Diet, a diet similar to that of the caveman in the Paleolithic or Stone Age, has changed little from that of the first humans million of years ago.
As noted by family physician Dr. Ben Balzer in "Introduction to The Paleolithic Diet", humans have eaten meat, fish, fowl and the leaves, roots and fruits of plants for millions of years, but a major obstacle to getting more calories from the environment has been the fact that many plants and other food sources are inedible without processing.
Dr. Balzer also noted that a selection of these include, grains, beans and potatoes, which although full of energy, are inedible in the raw form due to the toxins they contain.
An agricultural breakthrough around 10,000 years ago meant that these once inedible foods could be consumed when cooked. Heat destroyed enough toxins to render them edible.
What has occurred in the last few thousand years is the average man, woman and child leading increasingly sedentary lives and eating a highly processed synthetic diet. Here in The Bahamas the problem is acute. According to leading health experts, 70 percent of Bahamians are overweight or obese.
The website thepaleodiet.com sets out the basics of the diet, which includes the consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and seafood and low-glycemic carbohydrates that promote good health. It is low in refined sugars and grains, saturated and trans fats, salt, high-glycemic carbohydrates and processed foods that can frequently cause weight gain and other health problems.
I have had intimate contact with someone who has made the change back to the old way of eating. For my father Royston A. Jones Sr., a previous high carbohydrate consumer who underwent a lifestyle change in mid-July 2007, the Paleo appeared the ideal diet after months of extensive research.
He said there were a lot of opposing views on the ideal eating lifestyle, ranging from vegetarianism, veganism and meat-based diets - all with moderate to extreme versions - but it has been quite the journey after more than five years adapting to Paleo.
"In the first few months it was very, very strange," said Jones, as he recalled the first few months of his lifestyle transition.
"I can only describe it with hindsight as withdrawal, very jittery, cloudy mind. I just couldn't think cleary for periods of time and I was low on energy and irritable.
"I also had a real desire for carbohydrates - sweet things, bulky grainy foods - thinking I need something solid. I was wondering what was going on and this lasted for at least three to four months.
"I now refer to that period as a period of adjustment, and although it improved as I went along it took at least that amount of time before I felt revitalized."
Jones, 53, said after many years of attempting to address some primary health concerns, including high cholesterol, both he and his physician have marked noticeable physical and health-related changes.
"I now have better stamina for long endurance events and I can sustain energy for a longer period," Jones said.
"I think glucose stored in the muscle runs out pretty quickly but fat is a more dense form of energy, a heavier source of calories. When you start burning fat as an energy source you can sustain exercise much longer and a lot of the studies say that.
"You're not necessarily faster but you can go for longer. In terms of eating, I can go for much longer periods of times without food. I can go a whole day without any gastrointestinal discomfort."
Julia Lee, registered dietician and coordinator of clinical nutrition at Doctors Hospital, said there are benefits and drawbacks from leading a Paleo lifestyle.
And while most health professionals would agree that a plant-based diet that incorporates animal-based foods is a good way to go, she added, the Paleo may not be a practical dieting option to comply with in the long-term for the average person.
"One of the foods that is often omitted is white potatoes because they are considered to be a high glycemic index food, but I have really never met anyone with health issues because of eating potatoes," Lee said.
"I think that you could maintain the energy and gain the calories needed to function and live healthily with the Paleo diet. But the more restrictive, the more foods you say no to, the more you may be at risk of eliminating certain nutrients."
Lee emphasized, though, that the closer to nature your food is, the better your diet and long-term health will be because processing food often removes good nutrients, which food producers then try to put back.
Changing your lifestyle
Many historical and anthropological studies show that hunter-gatherers were generally healthy, fit and largely free of the degenerative cardiovascular diseases common in modern societies, according to James H. O'Keefe Jr., MD, and Loren Cordain, Ph.D, authors of "How to Become a 21st-Century Hunter-Gatherer".
"Our remote ancestors consumed only natural and unprocessed food foraged and hunted from their environment," reads the research paper by Dr. Cordain.
"This subsistence strategy provided a diet of lean protein that was high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other beneficial phytochemicals.
"The typical Paleolithic diet compared with the average modern American diet contained two to three times more fiber, one-and-a-half to two times more polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, four times more Omega-3 fats, but 60 to 70 percent less saturated fat.
"Protein intake was two to three times higher, and potassium intake was three to four times higher. However, sodium intake was four to five times lower.
"Finally, the Paleolithic diet contained no refined grains and sugars (except for seasonally available honey). Clearly, the ongoing epidemic of cardiovascular diseases is at least in part due to these striking discrepancies between the diet we are designed to eat and what we eat today."
Jones also spoke of other noticeable physical benefits he thinks might be the result of his lifestyle change.
"I also used to have a significant case of shifting clouds (Tinea versicolor) on my back and after about six months on the diet someone looked at my back and said, 'What happened to your shifting clouds?' They had just disappeared after 25 years of them being there and getting progressively worse," Jones said.
"It seems that the immune system operates more effectively and does not react to lifestyle problems based on the diet - at least that's my theory.
"Certain foods I hadn't been able to eat for 10 years without causing stomach upset like raisins and grapes, I was able to digest in any volume without any problem, which had gone on for 20 years."
Jones said it is equally important for him to complement his eating habits with workout regimes that match the high endurance activities of his ancestors. An ardent athlete and sports enthusiast, Jones frequently spends two to three hours on average up to four days a week kayaking and rowing, running on the sand and spearfishing.
o For Cordain's and O'Keefe's full publication on Paleo go to the National Institutes of Health's website: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed
In an effort to spark and nurture early interests, with the awareness that students will one day be employed professionals, the Guidance Department at Kingsway Academy recently hosted an interactive week of spiritual, physical and academic enhancement for their elementary school students.
Under the theme "Purpose Driven... Success Bound... Equipped for Service," the week was hosted for the purposes of emphasizing innate character traits, fostering an awareness of making the ideal future career choices and exposing students to the world of better, healthy living.
Kingsway Academy's elementary school guidance counselor, Sonia Bain said her ultimate goal was to empower the students to live wholesome, healthy and purpose-driven lives as they evolve in an ever-changing society.
The three-day event culminated with 'Super Heroes Day' for which girls created original princess crowns and wands and the boys created original capes reflecting positive character traits.
"One of the main objectives of the Guidance Department is to spark and nurture early interests, encouraging students to become who God intends for them to be. The highlight of this event was a K5 student who was torn between professions. She was adorned in doctor's attire from her waist up and ballerina attire from her waist down," she said.
During Career Day a fashion show was also staged. The all-inclusive teacher-student career catwalk spoke to what students want to be, and created a learning environment of fun and fellowship.
The week's activities concluded with a health and wellness day with a focus on culinary adventures. Students transformed into culinary artists for the day and created healthy treats. The more popular treat was the fruit kabobs, a medley of fruit on a wooden skewer. After eating their treats, students engaged in a school-wide Zumba workout with fitness trainers from J-Line Fitness.
"My aim is not only to train students in the King's way, but to ensure that they are fully equipped with all the necessary life skills, and exposed to all the positive attributes and behaviors that will encourage students that are purpose driven, success bound and equipped for service.