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By DANA SMITH
UNDER the PLP's "aggressive" Housing Programme, more homes were built in five years than the FNM built in 15, according to party deputy leader Philip "Brave" Davis.
Speaking at the opening of the Golden Gates constituency office last night in support of incumbent Shane Gibson, Mr Davis said Mr Gibson and the PLP have a "stellar record" with Bahamians.
"Your ambitious, hard-working MP has continued the promise of the PLP - to wipe every tear from every eye," he said. "In 2002 we began an aggressive housing programme across the country. And by the end of 2007 more than 1,400 homes were built by your PLP government. ...
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Government and Chamber of Commerce are working together to "marry their two concepts" into the Small and Medium-Sized Business Development Act, the latter's president describing the joint venture approach as something that will "revolutionise the way we approach small business development".
Khaalis Rolle told Tribune Business of the two parties' discussions: "It's going to be something huge. This is going to be a huge win for the private sector and small and medium-sized enterprises. This will revolutionise the way we approach small business development from the private sector standpoint and the public sector standp ...
In commemoration of February as Heart Month, many will come out to the annual Heart Ball in support of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. But through the Salus Project, several Bahamian artists will make a significant contribution to the foundation with their work in the upcoming exhibition, "Matters of The Heart".
With heart disease as a leading cause of death in The Bahamas and around the world, artists Yutavia George, Edrin Symonette, June Collie, John Cox, Allan P. Wallace, Preston Hanna, Ernest Forbes and Charlthorn Strachan set out to create work to address this and surrounding issues.
George chose to create pieces to represent the Sassoon Foundation, the Bahamas Heart Association and the Bahamian community, through the medium of acrylic on canvas.
"They highlight the demand for more networking between each group concerning information, resources and support. The work symbolizes the necessary contact with each other for survival as a symbiotic balance," she said.
Since The Salus Project is about wellness, Symonette felt that it was only appropriate to consider his grandmother's life and everything she has endured in her lifetime. His pieces are a tribute to her and emphasize the blessing of a life without heart disease or serious illness.
Cox's work will approach the idea from a physical standpoint, departing from his usual large format paintings. Using bicycle tubes and air to pump them up, he is attempting to create an artificial vascular system. Though small and still in progress, these three-dimensional assemblages are meant to suggest the mechanics of the heart.
The artwork will be donated to the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation for a silent auction at the Heart Ball on February 16.
The artists seem more than excited about what they are doing and being a part of the Salus Project, many of them not for the first time.
"[The Salus Project] does several things," said Cox. "One is it creates regular and consistent opportunities for artists to be challenged and to also gain visibility for their work. It also gives them guidelines to exploit. I think there's something kind of counterintuitive about the way artists work.
"They always say that they want to be left alone and to be totally free, but I feel nothing is more liberating to an artist than to be given a rule and to then break it. It gives a guideline to really break free, to do something outside of what's expected, and I think that that helps focus artists."
For George, "This Salus exhibition shows that young people are conscious of the issues in The Bahamas and are making efforts to support and help raise awareness."
"The Salus Project decided to partner with the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, to help raise funds for children in need of heart surgery," said Salus Project Co-founder Dr. Graham Cates. "We are also partnering with the Bahamas Heart Association to increase public awareness of the burden of heart disease and to empower Bahamians with information on how to prevent heart disease and reduce the complications for those already affected."
The foundation is also excited about the collaboration and the continued support it receives from the Bahamian community.
"We're very grateful to be partnering with [The Salus Project]," said Coretta Owen, co-chair of the Heart Ball Committee, which is the fundraising arm of the foundation. "And we do hope that we are able to raise quite a bit of funds from the Salus Project art show... and then the balance of the artwork will be donated to the Heart Ball for our silent auction for the night of the ball on February 16."
The foundation also receives funds through its annual tea party as well as one or two other art shows from artists who contribute their artwork throughout the year. According to Owen, the foundation has had donations from Antonius Roberts, Tyrone Ferguson, Eleanor Whitely, Rik Carey, Shakila Stubbs and Cox.
Founded by Dr. Cates and his wife, Nurse Anita Cates, the Salus Project is for young artists to express themselves in all five areas of wellness: spiritual, financial, physical, emotional and social.
Salus, which is Latin for wholeness, was founded in summer 2011, "out of a desire to provide a bridge between art/beauty and health/wellness - two core values of New Providence Community Church". According to Dr. Cates, "The Salus Project invites student artists to come around a theme and create art so as to increase awareness and positive changes in the artist and the wider community."
"Art has a unique way of getting a message across. It allows the viewer to pause, think and formulate ideas which might not occur through traditional media methods," said Nurse Cates. "Art brings beauty into our lives and we certainly need more of that."
The Salus Project has collaborated on projects to highlight five dimensions of wellness, HIV/AIDS and diabetes.
"These initiatives are all interconnected to our core values of health and wellness," said Dr. Cates. "We want to provide as many different opportunities for The Bahamas to become aware of and engage in meaningful conversation that will result in positive behavioral changes of a healthy Bahamas."
o "Matters of the Heart" opens Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at the Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, home of New Providence Community Church on Blake Road. For more information about the Salus Project, visit http://www.familymedicinecenter.org/salus-project.
Nassau, Bahamas - The BNYC will
be facilitating a series of 'Meet the Leaders' of the various Political
During these meetings, the leaders of the various parties will discuss
their plans for the economy and provide an open forum for the youth
and students around the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. More importantly,
the question at hand will be, why should the youth of The Bahamas vote
The first of our
Meet the Leaders
forums will pose questions to the
Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, former Prime
Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Leader of the Opposition on
Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at Harry C Moore Library Auditorium from 7 - 9pm...
By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
RASHAD Rolle, the 13-year-old student who was shot in the head and left for dead at a bus stop, was released from the hospital yesterday after being nursed back to life by his physicians, family and friends.
His mother, Janet Taylor, was emotional yesterday while attending the hospital's send-off party held in Rashad's honour.
"I feel so glad to know my miracle son is now going home. It is a joy to see him going home. Whatever I have to do for him I do for a good heart," said Ms Taylor.
Rashad was shot on his way home from T A Thompson Junior High School, where he attends the eighth grade. He was admi ...
THE five most influential women in the Bahamas were identified by the US Embassy in a cable released by Wikileaks yesterday.
They are: Tribune publisher Eileen Dupuch Carron, Court of Appeal president Joan Sawyer, former Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and domestic violence victims' advocate Sandra Dean-Patterson.
In the 2007 cable Mrs Pratt, current Progressive Liberal Party MP for St Cecilia, was chosen because of her position as deputy prime minister and minister of national security within the Christie administration.
Last night Mrs Pratt said she was grateful to be on the list.
"It was an honour to serve, most ...
This year's 40th anniversary independence festivities at Clifford Park will be the "mother of all celebrations", Chairman of the Independence Secretariat Jack Thompson promised yesterday."July is the centerpiece of these celebrations," Thompson said during a press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. "You will see Clifford Park like you've never seen it before. This year's Tattoo show will be the mother of tattoo shows. We may have not been saying much but the committee has been working. Clifford Park will come alive. You will never see it like this in your history. It will take another 40 years."The Tattoo event takes place on Clifford Park on the eve of Independence Day and usually culminates at 12 a.m. on Independence morning with a fireworks display. The government has decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary for the entire year with scores of events planned to mark the historical milestone. However, the Tattoo will be the highlight of the year's festivities.Thompson would not reveal too many details about the Tattoo yesterday, however Sports Minister Dr. Daniel Johnson added that the event will be something Bahamians should not miss.
As for the budget for the premier event, Dr. Johnson said the government has yet to calculate the final price tag, although he noted, "In our present condition in The Bahamas, we're not going to go overboard."He said the government is hoping to stick as close to last year's budget as it can and also called on corporate sponsors to come forward."The budget last year was just over $200,000 and you'll see a similar style thing with a few special [guests] particularly at the July event. We're bringing in one of the most renowned Bahamians," Johnson said. "I don't want to say too much but he has a play in London and is doing two shows in New York. He is going to come in and assist us in... making this Clifford Park experience something that we have never witnessed in our generation. [It] will be a marquee event."This year's theme "The Journey Continues" will focus on the strides The Bahamas has made since 1973 when it become an independent nation.And while the celebrations will culminate on July 10, Charles Carter, co-chair of the National Independence Committee, noted that the festivities will continue until Boxing Day Junkanoo."So after Independence Day, you should still expect to be around recognizing that this is still the 40th anniversary," he said.Carter also called on Bahamians not to politicize this historical event and not divide themselves based on politics."This is a process," he said. "The process is bigger than the people who are a part of the process in our view. It has nothing to do with the [Progressive Liberal Party], it has nothing to do with the [Free National Movement], it has nothing to do with all of the things that we find so distracting in this country to make mischief."A number of events are planned leading up the July 10 celebration including the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Beat Retreat's 33rd anniversary on April 21, "Culture in the Square" on May 18 and the Family Island regattas held throughout the year.For the full list of the independence events, contact the Independence Secretariat at 356-2100.A number of private events, such at the Chris Brown Invitational Track Meet to be held this weekend, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, are also endorsed by the National Independence Committee.
* Fiscal hawk warns 'future generations will have to pay the piper' via higher debt service payments and taxes if nothing done
* 'Foregone conclusion' government's revenue targets not met
* Advocates spending cuts, as 'anaemic' economic growth means no revenue rises
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A leading fiscal hawk has warned that future Bahamian generations "are going to be nailed to the wall" by the rising $4.2 billion national debt, as he urged both main political parties to "figure out how to cut spending" and avoid the imposition of ever-increasing tax rates.
Rick Lowe, a leading executive with the Nassau Inst ...
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
THERE is "no chance in hell" the Opposition will abstain from voting when government brings its Baha Mar labour resolution to the House of Assembly next week.
This is according to Leader of Opposition Business in the House Obie Wilchcombe who said as much when asked to respond to speculation from the FNM's chairman that the PLP will take the "cowardly" route on September 8.
While stopping short of confirming that the PLP will vote in favour of the labour resolution, Mr Wilchcombe said the party will not impede the progress of the luxury development. He instead said the PLP is focused on ensuring t ...