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News Article

May 17, 2014
Our Caribbean: The politics of social harmony

A former prime minister of a Caribbean country, on the eve of its independence, stated that a nation had been born, but a society had not been formed.
He said that because, going into independence, his country was carrying with it inherited racial divisions causing social disharmony, splintered political groups, extremists making demands on the system, and unresponsive colonial institutions in need of reform and redirection.
All of those issues required immediate attention if the country was not to experience a downward spiral into divisiveness and disharmony among its population, leading to social tensions and instability with political implications.
The philosopher Plato stated, in reference to social peace or harmony that the political community consists of different classes with different values, the same as the prime minister mentioned above found on assuming office. Plato noted that social peace or harmony is to be obtained through the cooperation and friendship of all, and that the best form of government seeks to reconcile different interests. When competing interests are reconciled, social harmony results.
Politics therefore becomes the means by which the society is ordered, where each social group adds to the common good. Plato then argued that the quality of human life can be improved if people learn to be rational and understand that their real interests are in harmonious cooperation with each other, and not in partisan strife. To me, this is the essence of social harmony.
Generally, social harmony is seen as the peaceful interaction of members of society irrespective of different social groups, and this is based on trust, and respect, and is an antidote to social injustice and inequality. Plato also stated that justice is the foundation of a good political order, concerns the common good, and provides a sense of unity.
My view is that when justice and harmony are preserved through just acts, this is the basis for social peace. If justice is seen to be massaged, or staged, so that a particular result emerges, then fairness is sidestepped, and this results in ramped up political activity with un-needed after effects. Politics should promote social harmony, justice, and fairness. When this happens, the society becomes ordered and rational, and is guided by informed judgment.
An editorial in a Caribbean paper recently referred to the country concerned as having a bloated public sector. It further noted that politicians had created a bureaucracy to serve their interests, that people were hired to bolster political support, and that politicians rewarded their friends and associates after general elections, and gave them contracts to do government work whether they were capable or not. This was payback for political support.
These kinds of actions cause social unease, and breed social discontent. If a bureaucracy serves the interests of politicians, this causes social mistrust, and people lose confidence in what it does, since anything would be regarded as politically motivated, and serving partisan interests. These acts challenge social harmony, and where political friends are rewarded, it means politics contributes to a system of social bias, and not social harmony or peace.
In a non-English speaking Caribbean country, the maximum leader recently signed a bill into law to toughen measures against government functionaries and others involved in corruption, which includes illicit enrichment, money laundering, over-billing, influence peddling, bribes, and nepotism. These are activities that deprive the state of resources, and put them into tainted pockets. It means less revenue for the state, the curtailment of social programs, and an inability to implement policies on infrastructure projects in a broad way.
When the society finds out about this, it sees the government as unfair, as catering to a few at the expense of the many, and as showing preference for some over others. This causes disharmony in the way people feel about their institutions, and they could withdraw their support as a result, which translates into using their political power to change the status quo, and restore fairness and the values that bring about social harmony.
An opposition leader in another non-English speaking territory is suspected of money laundering and forgery. What kind of political soil produces this mental outlook and psychology? When the populace sees its leaders who should be among its best and brightest engaging in such activities, it brings a sense of political shame on the country and its people. They feel violated, and this translates into a temporary withdrawal from the political process, creating disharmony among citizens. Social harmony therefore can be restored through the elimination of those acts that brought about disharmony and disrupted social peace.
It is clear, then, that social harmony could be impacted on by political acts. When some politicians feel they are the law, this leads to illegal and anti-social behavior. This negatively affects the image of the country, and causes splits in the community, since there are some groups who give their support one way or the other. Ethical behavior in office on the other hand, brings about respect. For a rule-governed society, this means fairness, and a common acceptance of what is desirable becomes the way of life, as a result contributing to the social harmony of the community.
When life in a society is lived in harmony, economic growth increases, since people invest in a situation where confidence and decency prevail. A society that exists in harmony lives a positive social and cultural life. Its people are happier, because of shared values, civic affairs are conducted in a principled way, and mistrust as a practice is absent. The need to cheat, and to breach social norms, does not arise, since these are alien to the culture. Social affairs can therefore be conducted nobly, since the new role of politics is to create a just society, individual happiness and well-being, and an environment where division ends, and where harmony becomes a social value.

o Oliver Mills is a former lecturer in education at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.
Printed with permission from Caribbean News Now

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Event
Sparty Entertainers' Spa-Party
Sparty Entertainers' Spa-Party

Sunday 27th June 2010  1:00 PM

Sparty Entertainers invites you to a Spa-Party, the event of a lifetime for all exclusive ladies, mothers and daughters that includes a total spa experience, mini-facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. Cost: $170, includes complimentary appetizers and wine. Start Time: June 27th at 1:00pm End Time: June 27th at 9:00pm Where: Garden of Eden. For more information and to RSVP, contact 242-636-5474, 242-434-9421 or 242-324-2978 Email: alisey_tynes@hotmail.com


News Article

April 08, 2014
Doctors Hospital and Baha-Retreat encourage women to love themselves from head to toe

NASSAU, Bahamas -- During January and February, every woman who had a mammogram at Doctors Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Center was automatically entered in the hospital's 'Love Yourself From Head To Toe' promotion.
Women were encouraged to take the time to do something special for themselves and to love themselves fully. This includes getting a yearly mammogram, especially for women over the age of 40.
Doctors Hospital teamed up with Baha-Retreat Spa on East Bay Street for the special pampering promotion and owner Kenya McKenzie provided the prize: a Special Pampering Escape Spa Package including an Aromatherapy Massage, a Vitamin C Facial, a Classic Manicure and a Spa Pedicure.
"We decided to partner up with Doctors Hospital, because anything that helps improve health and gets women to get their mammogram done, interests us very much", she explained.
The lucky winner was Denine Cambridge who said "When I got the call, I thought 'Oh my gosh, what happened?' I knew all my results were fine, but I thought something happened to somebody else. When I heard I had won this prize, I was shocked. I wasn't even aware that I was entered to win anything."

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News Article

February 21, 2014
Restore balance in all aspects of your life

It's a tough world out there and people are suffering through so much stress that it's almost impossible to keep their lives and health -- much less their finances - on an even keel. In an effort to help people restore some semblance of balance, The Nassau Guardian hosts an annual Health & Financial Fair.
The Nassau Guardian's Health & Financial Fair takes place on Saturday, February 22, at The Mall at Marathon between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Health and financial information, aerobic demonstrations, Zoomba demonstrations, health screenings, healthy food sampling, a sports fashion show, a blood drive, skin analysis and massages are all events that will take place on the day.
Health is a dynamic process because it is always changing. People all have times of good health, times of sickness and maybe even times of serious illness. As lifestyle change, so do levels of health.
People who participate in regular physical activity do so partly to improve their current and future levels of health as they strive toward an optimal state of wellbeing.
As lifestyles improve, health improves and people experience less disease and sickness. But physical health is only one aspect of overall health.
Other components that are just as important as physical health include social health (ability to have satisfying personal relationships), mental health (ability to learn and grow intellectually), emotional health (ability to feel comfortable expressing yourself and doing so appropriately) and spiritual health (which has the concept of faith at its core).
Wellness is the search for enhanced quality of life, personal growth and potential through positive lifestyle behaviors and attitudes. By taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, people can improve their health on a daily basis.
Certain factors influence people's states of wellness including nutrition, physical activity, stress-coping methods, good relationships and career success.
With non-communicable diseases accounting for most of the global burden of diseases, doctors the world over are doing their best to stem the tide through stress prevention rather than cure.
In recent years medical professionals have been placing an even greater emphasis on health and wellness by encouraging people to take charge of their health and get on the path to wellness. They urge people to strive to live their lives fully with vitality and meaning.
Through its annual Health & Financial Fair, The Nassau Guardian aims to show people that wellness is optimal health and vitality, encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal and social and environmental wellbeing. Through the fair The Nassau Guardian hopes to encourage people to have a greater awareness about their own health, and about taking care of their bodies.
To achieve balance people need to take care of mind, body and spirit and they should always remember that finances should not be left out of the equation.
While most people who hear the word "wellness" think of health first, through its fair The Nassau Guardian does its part in educating the public to the fact that there are several other forms of wellness that must be considered; with financial wellness being one of them, and getting them to look at subjects like controllable debt, the ability to afford to retire and the ability to educate their children at the collegiate level.
Through the fair the company wants people to realize that "un-financial health" can cause stress, health problems like blood pressure and heart disease, relationship stress, which can lead to abusive relationships and divorces, and family interaction friction.
As a lifestyle based on good choices and healthy behaviors maximizes the quality of life, through the Health & Financial Fair The Nassau Guardian hopes to help people avoid diseases, remain strong and fit and maintain their physical and mental health as long as they live.

Health and Financial Fair exhibitors
Ardyss International
Bahamas Wholesale Agency
Colina Insurance
CFAL
D.E.A.R.S (Blood Drive -2 beds)
Family Guardian
GNC
Handling Your Health
Primordal Touch
Ida's Plant Beverages
Life Chiropractic Center
Lowe's Wholesale (2 booths)
Nassau Agencies
New Life Natural Vegetation
PAS Pharmaceuticals
Redefining Health Ltd.
Skin Solutions
Sky Bahamas
St. Luke's Diagnostic
National Insurance Board
The Walk In Medical Clinic
Weight Watchers
Wellness Organics
Bahamas Foot and Ankle Institute
Peardale Seventh Day Adventist
Print Masters
The Nassau Guardian
Primordal Touch
Better Living Health Center
The Wellness Center
Pain & Wellness Clinic
Roscoe's Healthy Treats

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News Article

October 19, 2012
Renu Day Spa opens its doors in downtown Freeport

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -  Relax,
rejuvenate and Renu your mind and body at Renu Day Spa on Mall Drive in downtown Freeport.

Unwind in an environment where
privacy and individualized attention are always ensured. Our Skin Care
specialists, Manicurists, Pedicurists, Makeup Artists and Massage
Therapists are at your disposal, bringing combined experience of over 20
years together to pamper you!

Acrylic
nail refills; gel nail polish; natural nail care; waxing; body scrubs;
facials; deep tissue, prenatal and therapeutic massages are merely...

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News Article

June 14, 2013
Man Expo 2013 is a weekend for the men

At The Little Pink Party by the Khanaali Media Group, women shop, sip, see, sample, snap and score -- but now it's time for men to get groomed, sip cocktails, enjoy fantastic entertainment, decadent delights and hot shaves and indulge in mini manicures and pedicures as Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace stages its Man Expo 2013.
After the success of last year's "Paint the Lanes Pink" event trade show for women, the marketing team at Mario's was bombarded about an event for men, and came up with Man Expo, to be held Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 at the bowling and entertainment facility on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
"It's not a Father's Day event, but we decided doing the expo around the Father's Day weekend would be perfect," said Lisa Humes, a member of the Mario's marketing team. "We wanted to bring together everything under one roof that a man could think that he would want."
From cigar rolling in the smoker's lounge to electronics and gadgets, health information and screening, health and fitness demonstrations, hype bikes, cool antique cars, liquor sampling, photos with dad, cuts and shaves, luxury man bags, facials for men, mini manicures and pedicures for men, men's clothing boutique, shoe displays, novelty shop, styling and consultations, to daddy and me bowling -- there is expected to be something for everyone.
The highlight of the event will be the man cave in the Elements Lounge where live casino gaming (without legal tender) will take place.
"It's just a place for the man to come and relax," said Humes. "There will be live casino being done by the National Casino and Bartending School, no real money will exchange hands but there will be casino games," she said. And the drink of choice in the smoker's lounge will be Hennessey. Neck and back massages will also be available in the private massage room.
Men are also encouraged to enter to win a $1,500 man makeover that includes a shave straight down to new shoes. Kedar Clarke will style the winner who will be featured in Brutha Magazine. Men can enter online via their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mariosbowling.
Women are encouraged to be a part of Mari's Bowling and Entertainment Palace's Man Expo 2013, but Humes said they should remember that the event is all about the men in their lives, but that they too can partake in the free samples and offerings over the two days. And look for a gift for the man in their life that's a dad. She said even for the men that aren't dads as yet the Man Expo 2013 will just be a fantastic outing.
"We expect it to be extremely successful, and as successful as 'Paint the Lanes Pink' was for women," she said. "Our society often overlooks the man and we wanted to do a weekend that just focused totally on the man and we picked Father's Day weekend because we thought that would tie in well with Father's Day."
The regular bowling palace entry fee of $5 for persons 12 and older is in effect.

Man Expo 2013
Where: Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace
When: Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15
Time: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Friday) and 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Saturday)

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Event
Massage for The Cure
Massage for The Cure

Saturday 20th October 2012  3:18 PM

On Saturday October 20th 2012 a "Massage for The Cure" fundraiser will be held at Quality Markets (formerly City Markets) in Cable Beach. The general public is invited to a 12 minute massage by Escape Massage by Charisse Melissa and her team under the tent within the store. Cost of this de-stressing chair massage is $15 and part proceeds go to funding the purchasing of Port-a-Caths for cancer patients. For more information contact Tanya at 429-9658 or Charisse at 455-4515


News Article

February 25, 2014
Healthy behavior maximizes the quality of life

In an effort to keep tabs on their health and financial health, people flocked to the annual Nassau Guardian Health & Financial Fair on Saturday in the Mall at Marathon where they were able to obtain all the information they would need to try to get their lives back on an even keel and restore some semblance of balance. From valuable health check screenings to aerobic demonstrations, healthy food sampling, a sports fashion show, a blood drive skin analysis and massages throughout the day, people were able to partake in it all, free of charge.
Through its Health & Financial Fair, The Nassau Guardian aimed to show people that wellness is optimal health and vitality, encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal and social and environmental wellbeing. Through the fair The Nassau Guardian hoped to encourage people to have a greater awareness about their own health, and about taking care of their bodies. And that to achieve balance people needed to take care of mind, body and spirit and that they should always remember that finances should not be left out of the equation.
While most people who hear the word "wellness" think of health first, through its fair The Nassau Guardian does its part in educating the public to the fact that there are several other forms of wellness that must be considered; with financial wellness being one of them, and getting them to look at subjects like controllable debt, the ability to afford to retire and the ability to educate their children at the collegiate level.
Through the fair the company wants people to realize that "un-financial health" can cause stress, health problems like blood pressure and heart disease, relationship stress, which can lead to abusive relationships and divorces, and family interaction friction.
As a lifestyle based on good choices and healthy behaviors maximizes the quality of life, through the Health & Financial Fair The Nassau Guardian hoped to help people avoid diseases, remain strong and fit and maintain their physical and mental health as long as they live.

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News Article

November 12, 2013
VAT bill revealed

The legislation and regulations the government drafted to guide its value-added tax (VAT) regime when it takes effect next July would tax over 80 different professions, cable bills and phone bills for all consumers, and electricity and water bills for businesses.
The Value Added Tax Bill 2013, and the Value Added Tax Regulations 2013, obtained by The Nassau Guardian, propose a flat tax rate of 15 percent on a long list of professional services, utilities and imported goods.
Financial services carried out for a specific fee, many financial transactions and insurance transactions and premiums, except for health and life insurance, will also be subject to VAT.
As has been widely reported, hotel rooms and food and beverage transactions would be taxed at a rate of 10 percent.
Condominiums that are part of a hotel complex, even if they're part of a rental pool, would be taxed as well.
However, some services and goods will be exempt from the new tax.
A variety of breadbasket items, educational institutions, daycare, after school, retirement, medical, and disabled facilities, religious institutions, charitable organizations and the sale or rental of a dwelling not part of a hotel complex would be exempt.
Games of chance, gambling and lotteries would also be exempt.
While the government has drafted over 160 pages of legislation and regulations, there are still a few things that have yet to be set in stone.
For example, the regulations propose a threshold for VAT being applied to electricity and water bills for commercial consumers.
This means that if a business consumes less than a certain amount of electricity per month to be determined by the government, it would pay no VAT; everything exceeding that as yet undetermined level would be subject to VAT.
The same is being proposed for businesses that consume public water.
While the draft legislation does not propose to impose VAT on these services for residential consumers, The Guardian understands that the prime minister will soon decide whether this will change, bearing in mind his party's pledge to lower the cost of electricity.
The government has also not decided on what the threshold will be for professional services to become VAT registrants.
The Guardian understands that currently the government is considering $100,000 or $150,000 as the threshold at which VAT will apply to those services.
The legislation also exempts professional services that are conducted for people who are not in The Bahamas in many instances.
Domestic transportation by land or water, other than in connection with a tour, would also be exempt.
VAT registrants who will be required to impose the new tax on retail transactions will be those businesses whose revenue exceeds $100,000 per year.
The VAT legislation and regulations are quite detailed and complex, but there are many areas that are quite straightforward.
What will you pay more for?
Expect financial transactions to impact your bottom line.
Financial services and transactions are not exempt from VAT if they levy a fee.
This includes, short-term insurance contracts; legal, accounting, record packaging services, and tax agency services, including advisory services; the provision of insurance, other than life or medical insurance; safe custody for money or documents; brokerage services; debt collection or factoring services and trustee services.
Also taxable would be the transmission of money or monetary value in any form; the issuance, sale or redemption of money orders or traveler's checks; check cashing; currency exchange issuance, sale or redemption of money orders and traveler's checks and currency exchange and pay day advances.
Loans to consolidate finances from bank to bank will be subject to VAT if the repayment terms are in installments.
However, financial services provided to a person treated as a non-resident for purposes of the Exchange Control Regulations are exempt.
Accounting and record packaging services rendered to these institutions would also be exempt.
What won't cost more
Many basic food items will be exempt from VAT.
Beef, chicken, pork, sheep meat, horse meat, smoked meat, dried meat, salted meat, sausage, sandwich meat, corned beef and fish will be exempt.
Fresh milk, milk products, concentrated and evaporated milk, cream, cheese, dairy spreads and butter will also be exempt.
VAT will not apply to fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit.
Rice, fonio, quinoa, triticale, flour, cereal, cereal grains, cereal groats (like oat, wheat, barley and rye), meal and pellets will be exempt.
Soybean oil, ground nut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, castor oil, other oils used for cooking and vegetable fats will also be exempt.
Margarine, imitation lard and shortening will be exempt.
Cane sugar, beet sugar and white sugar will be exempt.
VAT will not apply to bread, noodles, couscous, bulger wheat or foods for infant use.
Mustard and mayonnaise, soups and broth will also be exempt.
Mineral water for infant use will have no VAT applied to it.
Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, soaps and domestic utility goods will also be exempt.
Licenses issued by the government will be exempt from VAT as well.
Government agencies, ministries, departments, statutory bodies, local government councils, or other government entities that provide services that are usually taxable will be exempt from VAT if the services are of a nominal amount or they are not intended to recover the cost of those goods and services.
The Ministry of Finance will begin a series of intensive VAT workshops for the public starting tomorrow, Financial Secretary John Rolle said recently.
The workshops will come amid criticism over the proposed implementation date and questions about its impact.
The government has said VAT is necessary to bring down the government's massive deficit and get the country's spiraling debt situation under control.
Ministry of Finance officials estimate that VAT can generate about $200 million in annual revenue.Professions subject to VAT under draft bill1. Accountants
2. Actuaries
3. Acupuncturists
4. Advisors
5. Advocates
6. Aestheticians
7. Appraisers
8. Architects
9. Athletes
10. Athletic Trainers
11. Auctioneers
12. Audiologist
13. Barbers
14. Beauticians
15.Chemists
16. Chiropractors
17. Consultants
18. Contractors
19. Cosmetologists
20. Counsellors
21. Custodial engineers
22. Custom brokers
23. Dental Assistants
24. Dental Hygienists
25. Dentist
26. Dieticians
27. Electricians
28. Electrologist
29. Embalmers
30. Engineers
31. Entertainers
32. Financial Analysts
33. Foresters
34. Funeral Practitioners
35. Geologists
36. Hair Dressers
37. Hairdressers
38. Health Care Providers
39. Home Repair Service Providers
40. Interior Designers
41. Interpreters
42. Land Sales Developer
43. Landscape Architecture
44. Lawyers
45. Librarians
46. Massage therapists
47. Mechanics
48. Naturopathic Doctors
49. Nurse Practitioners
50. Nurses
51. Nursing Home Administrators
52. Occupational therapists
53. Occupational therapy Assistants
54. Optometrists
55. Orthodontist
56. Osteopath
57. Painters
58. Pharmacists
59. Physical Therapists
60. Physicians
61. Physicians (MD)
62. Pilots
63. Plumbers
64. Podiatrist
65. Professional fundraisers
66. Professional Planner
67. Professors
68. Promoters
69. Psychologists
70. Radiologic technicians
71. Real Estate Appraisers
72. Real Estate Professionals
73. Respiratory Care Practitioners
74. Salesmen
75. Scientists
76. Social Workers
77. Speech-Language Pathologists
78. Stock Brokers
79. Surveyors
80. Teachers
81. Technicians
82. Timeshare Developers
83. Timeshare Sales Agent
84. Transient Sellers
85. Translators
86. Veterinarians
87. Such other professions that the minister may add

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Event
Primadona
Primadona

Thursday 17th June 2010  5:00 PM

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Primadona! The Ultimate Designer Shopping Party featuring brands such as Donna Morgan, Tory Burch, Shumaq, Ali Ro, Noir many more. Hookah Bar | "How To Wear It" Demo | Acoustic Sunset Guitarist | Open Champagne Bar | John Hardy Jewelry Raffle | Complimentary Mini Massages & Awesome Designer Shopping! SHOP ~ MUNCH ~ SIP ~ TREAT Admission Only - $15 Admission + Primadona Tote - $35 Start Time: June 17th at 5:00pm End Time: June 17th at 9:00 PM Where: A Stone's Throw Away, Tropical Garden Road & Gambier Heights