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November 22, 2012
Bananas: The Super Fruit that is an Absolute Must for Your Garden

The banana is one of
many favorite plants which I have in my backyard, and believe me when I
tell you that I have spent quite a few dollars acquiring those banana
herbs.

Aside from being a favorite in food stores, bananas have
quite a few medicinal values as well. Bahamian folk have used banana
leaves mixed with other ingredients to treat blisters, diarrhea and
fever. Bananas are also great as organic matter for the garden.

Bananas
grow year round in The Bahamas, and you really can't go wrong with
bananas. Regardless of where you are located in the world, you can find...

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April 23, 2014
Cove: Dive industry on 'razor sharp edge'

Calling for higher taxation of foreign liveaboard dive boats, the Bahamas Diving Association states that there is "no way" Bahamian dive operations can compete with foreign liveaboard operations at present and as a result opportunities for local business growth are being lost.
This includes opportunities for larger operations like Stuart Cove's, and for start-ups which could support development in the Family Islands.
They argue that the Foreign Charter Yacht Act, established in an effort to encourage foreign commercial charter yachts to base their operations in this country, is being "exploited" in a way the government never intended. As a result, the government is leaving "$5 million in revenue on the table", Stuart Cove told Guardian Business.
The situation will become even more acute, should the government choose to move ahead with VAT, he added.
"We're walking on a razor sharp edge with prices, and we're competing internationally. Luckily we haven't lost any jobs yet, but if you increase it another three or four percent...this could be the straw that breaks the camel's back."
Under the law as it exists presently, foreign boats have to obtain a permit from the Port Department, submit to an inspection, possess liability insurance, pay an annual fee based on the length of their boat of up to $2,500, and pay a voluntary four percent of their gross sale for their charter as well as an additional $50 per dive customer.
Not only is this a low tax yield to begin with for boats which are using local resources and diverted business from local operations, but the four percent of gross sales is easily evaded, added Cove.
The Bahamas Diving Association, in a recent proposal to the Port Department, suggested that in addition to the current licensing fee, any foreign boat should pay $8,000 per berth annually, based on its certification.
"For instance, if the boat were certified to carry 10 divers, the yearly fee would be $80,000 to conduct dive operations," said the association.
In addition, they called for rules demanding that any foreign boat must not conduct any diving operations within 10 miles of any land-based Bahamas Diving Association member; must be based or docked within the Bahamas for at least nine months of the calendar year; and must be a current active member of the Bahamas Diving Association, therefore ensuring they follow the agreed upon standards and in accordance with the Association's guidelines.
Cove told Guardian Business he is confident the additional taxing of foreign boats would not cause any loss in business.
"The government seems to think that if we do this to these boats they're going to go somewhere else, but they aren't because there's not another country in the world that doesn't tax these boats. We don't want to run these people away, but let's even the playing field," said Cove.
However, Bruce Purdy, owner of Blackbeard's Cruises and the Aquacat, which operates liveaboard dive vacations out of a Nassau base, said that The Bahamas is "by far the most expensive" place to operate out of competitor jurisdictions for diving liveaboard operations.
"I only operate in The Bahamas but I know from competitors that the fees are way higher here than anywhere else. Of course, each island has its own set of problems, some that don't exist in The Bahamas, some that do, but the Bahamas is by far the most expensive.
"In Turks and Caicos they don't have the four per cent fee, the food costs are lower. In the Windward Islands and the British Virgin Islands, there are almost no fees down there. A lot of the companies say the licensing fees keep them out of the Bahamas. It's borderline and they say they would very easily go elsewhere."
Purdy said that his company pays a significant amount in tax, unlike some of the U.S.-based operations.
This includes duties on supplies and maintenance equipment, which worked out to around $35,000 in duty last year.
The company also spent around $200,000 on fuel in the Bahamas last year, he added.
"We pay on our food, on our maintenance supplies, we have people working there on the boats. We pay a sizeable amount that the boats coming in from the U.S. don't," said Purdy.
Purdy said it would be a challenge to pay an $8,000 per berth fee on some of the boats he has chartering for Bahamas vacations.
"We have two boats, one with 20 berths and one with 18. Some charter for almost nothing, they cater to inexpensive college groups. These are all people coming into The Bahamas. I think that would put an end to those. That would wipe out their profit for the year," he said.
Other boats will enter The Bahamas for short periods of time in certain months, and therefore a requirement of being based in The Bahamas for nine months out of the year would be a major deterrent, he suggested.
With respect to asking that foreign operations stay at least 10 miles from a local land-based dive operations, Purdy said that his operations try to do this, but in some cases this is difficult to avoid.
"If we have to clear Customs at Bimini or West End (Grand Bahama), our boats are slow and so we would do a dive there before we head back. It might be workable overall, but it would be difficult for us as we would have to cut a couple of days of diving out."
Purdy also suggested that the government would need to be careful not to "scare off" the lucrative charter yacht business from The Bahamas with new taxes, given that many of these vessels, which enter primarily for purposes unrelated to diving, are governed by the same legislation as the dive boats - the Foreign Charter Yacht Act of 1991.
"Most operate out of The Bahamas, most are yachts or large sailboats and they charter for large sums. The government is getting the four per cent; the revenue from these boats is huge. They pay dockage, they have people staying ashore. The Bahamas is getting a lot of benefit from them."
However, Purdy agreed that boat based in the U.S. could "definitely" afford to pay more tax in The Bahamas.
"These boats don't spend any nights in the islands," he said.
Cove, who has for some time been running a training scheme for Bahamians from low income neighborhoods to become dive instructors, said many of those who become certified face stiff competition from foreign operators because of their lesser tax burden and its impact on their pricing.
"Our government panders too much to these foreign entities. They run out of Florida, they use the resources and they pay some minimal fee that is voluntary and then they go back to the U.S. and reload. We pay duties, if we have foreigners we pay work permits, we pay our business tax which went crazy this year; they don't pay any of that."

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News Article

April 04, 2012
Bahamas tourism kick-starts economy and boosts job prospects on back of strong arrivals

Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
confirmed today that The Bahamas welcomed 5,585,995 visitors in 2011,
and that no other country in our region has come close to passing the 5
million visitor mark.

The Minister further reported that because of the very strong start
to 2012, with increases for air arrivals and for cruise passengers in
excess of 10% for the first two months, visitors to The Bahamas will
exceed 6 million in 2012 for the first time, if the current rate of
increase continues. The expected numbers for March and for April are
projected to easily exceed the 10% rate of increase. "In fact, The
Bahamas only needs to grow its visitor count by 7.4% this year to reach
the unprecedented...

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Business Listing

Stop N Shop Grocers
Laundromats,Food Stores/Supermarkets
  • Polaris Drive Caravel Beach
  • Freeport
  • Grand Bahama, Bahamas
News Article

March 01, 2012
Fasting in the season of Lent

On September 16, 2011 the Catholic Church in England and Wales returned to
the obligatory practice of abstaining from eating meat on Friday. The allowance,
after Vatican II, for self-motivated substitutions to this rule, resulted in the
erroneous widespread belief that the rule itself had been abolished. Not
surprisingly, fasting gradually disappeared from the ordinary lives of many
Catholics. The Bishops of England and Wales are now re-establishing the practice
of Friday penance in order to unite Catholics and restore Catholic identity.

We are now in the season of Lent and the importance of fasting cannot be
understated. Sacred Scripture and Christian tradition teach that fasting is a
great help to avoid sin and all that leads to it. We first hear of the
commandment to fast in Genesis where man is prohibited from eating of the fruit
of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. After Adam and Eve's expulsion from
the garden fasting is proposed...

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Business Listing

Aarow Travel & Tours
Travel Agencies & Bureaus
  • Village Road
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
News Article

February 28, 2012
Wife charged in banker's murder

Ten days after relatives of Stephen Sherman wept as crime scene investigators documented his murder outside his Yamacraw Shores home, police yesterday charged his wife with conspiring to have him killed.
Some of those same relatives were among the dozens of spectators, who gathered in and around the South Street court complex, trying to get a peak at 43-year-old Renea Sherman.
With feet shackled, Sherman was marched from the Nassau Street Police Station to Court Number One, as the crowd, including some of her co-workers from the Water and Sewerage Corporation, looked on.
Family members and loved ones of the murdered banker struggled to find a seat in the courtroom to hear the charges levied against his wife.
Sherman's face remained expressionless as she also sat in the courtroom waiting for Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez to appear.
She was charged with conspiracy to commit the February 17 murder, along with 33-year-old Jermaine Russell of Cascarilla Street and 21-year-old Janaldo Farrington of Breadfruit Street.
Sherman and Russell were also charged with aiding and abetting the murder of her husband.
Farrington was charged with Stephen's murder and two counts of armed robbery.
The defendants were not required to enter a plea to any of the charges, and Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez informed the trio that the prosecution would proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment, fast-tracking the matter to the Supreme Court.
Last week, 21-year-old Cordero Bethel was also charged with Sherman's murder and is also accused of robbing Sherman and his niece at gunpoint.
The trio has been remanded to Her Majesty's Prisons. Attorney Murrio Ducille represented Sherman.
Stephen worked at the Royal Bank of Canada.
The father of two was 47 years old when he was killed.
His case has garnered widespread attention, blossoming from a report of a killing during the course of a robbery, to something police claim was much more complicated.
Police say he came home with his niece around 8:20 p.m. Friday before last when a man who exited a silver Honda vehicle approached him, robbed him of his cell phone and shot him in the head.
The shooter allegedly took off with another man in the Honda.
The banker was pronounced dead at the scene.

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December 30, 2013

News Article

February 02, 2012
FCCA donates school supplies in Grand Bahama

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In December of last year, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) donated gifts to the underprivileged children of Grand Bahama as they have been doing for several years, but this time they wanted to do more.
Staff of Norwegian Sky a member of FCCA decided that rather than exchange gifts between themselves, they would pool their monies together to purchase more gifts for the kids of Grand Bahama. The staff members were able to gather $400 between them, which they used to purchase school supplies. The school supplies were then presented to the Grand Bahama Children's Home, and Freetown Primary School.
Mrs. Sandrea Bullard, Acting Principal at Freetown Primary School says, "The joy brought to the students as a result of the FCCA's generosity will be one that will have a lasting impact on our students." She also wished them blessings in their future endeavors.
Ms. Brennamae Rolle-Cooper of the Grand Bahama Children's Home says, The donation is being made at a much needed time, and would "go a long way in assisting our children with their academics." She sincerely expressed much appreciation for the crew's generosity.

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Business Listing

Bro B's Snack World
  • Kemp & Parkgate Rds (Bar 20 Corner)
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
News Article

February 28, 2012
Fasting in the season of Lent

On September 16, 2011 the Catholic Church in England and Wales returned to
the obligatory practice of abstaining from eating meat on Friday. The allowance,
after Vatican II, for self-motivated substitutions to this rule, resulted in the
erroneous widespread belief that the rule itself had been abolished. Not
surprisingly, fasting gradually disappeared from the ordinary lives of many
Catholics. The Bishops of England and Wales are now re-establishing the practice
of Friday penance in order to unite Catholics and restore Catholic identity.

We are now in the season of Lent and the importance of fasting cannot be
understated. Sacred Scripture and Christian tradition teach that fasting is a
great help to avoid sin and all that leads to it. We first hear of the
commandment to fast in Genesis where man is prohibited from eating of the fruit
of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. After Adam and Eve's expulsion from
the garden fasting is proposed...

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Business Listing

66 Gauge Int'l Sound System
Sound Systems Consultants & Equipment,Disc Jockeys (DJs),Entertainment
  • Carmichael Road, Sunset Park
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
News Article

January 19, 2012
US Embassy's Economic Officer and GBPA executives engage in fruitful discussions

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- "We're very much oriented towards building business ties," stated Kyle Hatcher, Economic Officer, United States Embassy to The Bahamas, during his first official trip to Grand Bahama.  His comments were keenly welcomed by executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) who participated in informative discussions with him.
"Part of my portfolio is to do outreach as much as I can outside of Nassau.  Freeport is the economic engine and on an economic and political level, it's good for us to get out and build those relationships," he noted.
GBPA-President, Ian Rolle, was pleased at the level of discussions that ensued.  "We certainly welcome your involvement and want to see an even greater United States presence," he said.  "Our whole city is a free trade zone and Freeport is far better suited for growth than anywhere else in The Bahamas. Our message is about using this unique situation in Freeport to benefit the island's residents and our brothers and sisters in the entire Bahamas."
Opportunities for developing sister-city relationships between Freeport and key US cities were discussed, along with prospects for establishing Information Technology programmes or related businesses in The Bahamas.  "Elsewhere in the Caribbean, even the smallest countries have burgeoning IT industries, and here you've got an incredibly smart and educated workforce," Hatcher commented.

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Hands for Hunger signs up Sands Brewery and SHG Management for 'Paradise Plates'
May 19, 2009
Hands for Hunger signs up Sands Brewery and SHG Management for 'Paradise Plates'

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hands for Hunger, a Bahamian non-profit organization that works to provide food to Bahamians in need, has signed up two major beverage suppliers as partners in their first-ever major fundraising event.

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News Article

January 19, 2012
US Embassy's Economic Officer GBPA Engage in Fruitful Discussions

Freeport, Bahamas

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"We're very much oriented towards building business ties," stated Kyle
Hatcher, Economic Officer, United States Embassy to The Bahamas, during
his first official trip to Grand Bahama.  His comments were keenly
welcomed by executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
(GBPA) who participated in informative discussions with him.

"Part
of my portfolio is to do outreach as much as I can outside of Nassau. 
Freeport is the economic engine and on an economic and political level,
it's good for us to get out and build those relationships," he noted...

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January 14, 2012
Raw on Da Porch is a must try even for the most carnivorous of eaters

I'm just going to put it out there - I'm a carnivore through and through. My favorite cuts of choice - the rib eye from the cow; the rack, chops and shanks from the lamb - get my nod of approval all day, and dare I say there isn't anything better than pork belly. So yes, I am a carnivore and I don't have any plans to change that anytime soon. I really think my life would sorely be lacking if I did.
But I admit that there are times when I do need a break from all the meat, and from time-to-time have been known to whip up a little meatless something.
For about a year I had noticed this sign called Raw on Da Porch, but honestly didn't know what it was all about. I would pass it and think about these crazy Bahamians coming up with crazy names for their businesses. And ask myself what it meant.
It was in the middle of last year that I finally found out it was a raw food "restaurant" that ascribes to the belief that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked. Although most food is eaten raw, raw foodists believe heating food is acceptable as long as the temperature stays below 118 degrees Fahrenheit (the cutoff temperature) - and that was the kind of food that Christina Thompson, aka Chrissy Love, has served at Raw on Da Porch since opening her location at #1 Rosetta Street at the Hawkins Hill light. All of her meals consist of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, herbs and sprouts.
On one of those days when I was feeling absolutely weighed down by meat I strolled in, not knowing what to expect or even what to order. I noticed things like ish (fake tuna) and chips, noodle bowl, Porch burger, Thai salad, sea salad and all kinds of nice-creems (Chrissy Love's take on ice cream sans dairy). And of course, I can't forget the green smoothie.
Not knowing what to expect, my very first order was of ish and chips and a green smoothie. I remember tentatively going in with my chip, only to be wowed by the flavor that was tuna-ish, but definitely not tuna, or meat of any kind, and digging in with chip after chip. Now I honestly can't say the same thing for my first taste of the green smoothie (and goodness only knows what was in it). As I understand it, whatever green is available on a given day is what Chrissy Love throws into that smoothie, so it could be anything from broccoli to kale to Swiss chard to whatever.
At my first sip, I was hit with a kick of ginger and the taste of "green" that left me wondering whether I really liked the drink, but after a second, third and fourth sip, I was really digging it and couldn't get enough. I traveled to the Palmdale area to get that smoothie everyday for a week straight - it was that good.
Since then I've really broadened my horizons and tried out a variety of her noodle bowls flavored with her choice of channa masala curry sprinkled with raisins for a Mediterranean twist, adzuki beans or chickpeas.
Then there's the mountainous Porch burger piled high with veggies sandwiched between sprouted buns that seems almost too much to eat. I've also had the Thai wrap, which of course is filled with veggies and ish (actually I could use a little more ish in my wrap). I've had the sea salad, and mind you it tastes just like conch salad without the conch. And the first time I had the nori nibs, it almost made me believe I was eating sushi (and I'm a true sushi lover to the core). So that was a major feat.
I've also had the ELT (eggplant, lettuce and tomato) sandwich with avocado and veggies, and here's where I had to make a 180-degree turn. The filling is served between slices of sprouted bread, a type of bread made from whole grains that have been allowed to germinate. The bread is often eaten uncooked or slightly heated by proponents of raw food to ensure the maximum possible vitamin content. When I asked to have my bread toasted, the reaction was akin to me asking for $1 million, it was mission impossible. Chrissy Love refused to kill her "live" bread by toasting it. That day I had sent out for a sandwich and when it arrived it was on untoasted bread. I do not eat untoasted bread, so I picked out the filling that actually was quite delicious and into the trash went the bread. The next day I decided to give the sandwich another try as she acquiesced a tiny bit and grilled the bread for me. This still did not work out for me because all that grill did was put some nice grill marks on my bread, but as far as the crispy toast that I adore, that was non-existent. So I've given up on that sandwich. As a textural eater, I love crunch and the dark toast that I like I doubt Chrissy Love will ever do.
Now Raw on Da Porch also offers a number of different desserts which I've yet to try because that's simply too much eating for lunch. But I must say, since the middle of last year to now I've been pretty enamored with the food Chrissy Love is preparing at Raw on Da Porch. I'm not missing the meat that I'll have at dinner anyway, and I'm having a delicious meal to boot. So I feel good that I give my body a break. But there's one thing that won't change, I'm still a carnivore through and through, and I'm always looking forward to my next lamb shank, pork belly or rib eye of course. But thanks to Chrissy Love for allowing me to lighten up when I feel like it.
 

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News Article

January 18, 2014
Super Bowl has NYC restaurant scene ready to score

The Super Bowl won't touch down in New Jersey until next month, but the New York restaurant scene already is rolling out the turf carpet.
The city with the endless appetite for great food is going all out for the big game, mounting a culinary spectacle in keeping with the overthe-top nature of the event.
"We go crazy for things,"said Kate Krader, Food and Wine magazine's restaurant editor and a lifelong New Yorker. "But I'm kind of astonished at the level of things people are doing."
Exhibit A -- The 50 Yard Lounge. At the intersection of Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, the 50 Yard Lounge will offer what amounts to a five-day food and wine festival with athletes. Heated roof decks, tented plazas and restaurants will showcase themed menus from top New York chefs while current and former NFL players mingle with diners.
In some of the many chefand-athlete demonstrations, Michelin-starred chef Michael White will teach Football Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter to make pasta. And celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda will show three-time Super Bowl champion Matt Light, formerly of the New England Patriots, how to break down meat.
"It's about New York City chefs, New York City music, and about experiencing the Super Bowl in New York City,"said Lonny Sweet, founder of marketing agency The Connect Group and creator of the event. "I felt I had an opportunity to show what makes this city so great."
The Super Bowl also will give rise to Forty Ate, a popup steakhouse created by hospitality giant Danny Meyer where VIP tables will cost $50,000 -- food and drink included.
Commissioned from Meyer by the NFL and hosted in the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, the restaurant will serve burgers, steak and pasta with a view of "Super Bowl Boulevard," which is a section of Broadway converted into a street fair featuring a giant toboggan run.
A more modest offering will be found in Brooklyn, where the charity Taste of the NFL will hold its annual fundraiser to combat hunger. The event, which costs $700 per ticket, will bring former players as well as chefs including Tertulia's Seamus Mullen and "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.
Meanwhile, all across the city, independent restaurants from the famous to the obscure are getting in on the game. A.G. Kitchen on the Upper West Side will enlarge its famous Cubano, stretching the roast pork-ham-andcheese sub to 6 feet long.
"It gets away from the Italian subs people are used to,"said restaurant co-owner Spencer Rothschild. "All of New York is being transformed. Every restaurant should find a way to step up."The Asian-accented barbecue joint Fatty 'Cue is offering feasts of whole pig, brisket or lamb to eat at its two restaurants or for take-out. And Taquitoria, a Lower East Side shop that serves only the deep-fried, cigar-like tortillas called taquitos, offers 40-piece boxes of Buffalo chicken taquitos throughout football season. On game day, says owner and manager Brad Holtzman, they expect to do 99 percent of their business for takeout.
"They're the perfect food to sit on your couch and watch the game," he said.
Across the bridge in Brooklyn, the chicken-and-waffle restaurant Sweet Chick will create special combinations to let diners vote with their mouths. Chicken gumbo might top a rice waffle, says co-owner John Seymour. It's too bad New Orleans won't be in the big game.
But, salmon cakes might perch on a coffee waffle, which would be great if Seattle makes it.
And if Denver makes it, there's something else. Keep in mind, recreational marijuana was recently legalized in Denver, so hemp will definitely be in the waffle. "I wish we could do a pot waffle, but we don't want to get closed down," Seymour said.
Even uber-hip Roberta's, a vanguard of cool in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, is mounting a Tiki bar with football-shaped calzones, cheese pretzels and "cheap pitchers."
"To me that shows just how deep the food scene in this city," Krader said, "is buying into the Super Bowl."

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News Article

January 09, 2014
Continue to worship the Lord

Although the fig shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be on the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
- Habakkuk 3:17
My, my what a word. What great faith in the face of failure, adversity, anxiety, disparity, poverty and austerity. What a word for times like these.
The most talked about subject globally today is not crime, war or natural disasters, even though it is right up in your face, but the economy. Nations are at the mercy of the World Bank as they beat on the door for help in times of great need for survival. Financial groups engage in marathon debates to bail out struggling economies, for while crime only affects some of the people, it is the economy that affects all the people.
Haven't you heard that money answereth all things? Do you know what a man with a family, bare cupboards, mounting bills, rent and mortgage in arrears and no money in his pocket is apt to do? This man is a desperate man and anything can give. Ecclesiastes 10:19 declares "A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things."
The prophet Habakkuh in this opening last chapter, is calling on God to "Revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known, in wrath remember mercy."
He laments the deplorable moral and spiritual decay of the land together with injustice and violence. Heretofore Habakkuk asked God "How long will you permit violence and destruction to continue, while the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper and thrive?"
But let us go to the very opening of this Book of Habakkuk, in many cases, not widely read. He enters in with a strong voice of lamentation, "The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
"Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
"Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.
"They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.
"And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold, for they shall heap dust and take it. Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god."
The Word of God is as fresh and relevant as the air of a new day. It is as if Habakkuk is on any popular news media of our day; and so we too, in our seasons of despair and grief ask of God, "How long will you permit violence and destruction to continue, while the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper and thrive?"
But no matter how raging the sea of crime and destruction is, and even though the financial fig tree shall not blossom, the social vines are bearing grapes of poverty and the flock of education is dwindling rather than increasing, we as children of God will continue to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, for indeed a new day is nigh.
May God Bless you dear readers as you continue to hold the faith.

o E-mail rubyanndarling@yahoo.com write to P.O. Box 119725 SS Nassau, Bahamas with your prayer requests and comments. God's Blessings!

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News Article

January 05, 2012
Jet Skis Ruining Beach

EDITOR, The Tribune.

ARE the authorities aware that Jet Ski operators are using the nice new beach at the Montagu Park to launch their personal craft instead of the boat ramp?

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Business Listing

Simply Gourmet
Ship Chandlers,Food Stores/Supermarkets,Gourmet Food Suppliers & Products
  • [ Location Closed Down - Permanently ]
  • Corner of Shirley Street & Kemp Road, in the Fine Image Building
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
Business Listing

A Design For Destiny Travel
Travel Agencies & Bureaus
  • Montrose Ave
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
News Article

December 21, 2011
Four Junior Basketball Players Being Recruited By The Patriots

Four of the top junior female basketball players in New Providence are of interest to Melissa Irvin, head coach of the University of the Cumberlands Patriots.

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News Article

December 28, 2011
Exuma Bears Strange Fruit (Dispatches from Exuma Part 3)

[This is the final piece in a series entitled "Dispatches from Exuma."

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News Article

September 16, 2010
Cruise ship diverted to Bahamas to avoid Hurricane Igor

By KRYSTEL ROLLE
Guardian Staff Reporter
krystel@nasguard.com

Despite churning in waters hundreds of miles away from The Bahamas, Hurricane Igor-which was downgraded to a category one storm yesterday-spells good and bad news for the country.
The bad news-according to the National Hurricane Center(NHC)-is that the large hurricane was expected to generate large swells in portions of the country which are likely to cause"life threatening surf and rip currents."
Although the NHC added that the swells will gradually subside in the next couple of days.
Sea swells are also expected in the northern Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola.
However, the good news is at ...

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News Article

March 17, 2011
Joint OAS - CARICOM Mission in Haiti Calls on all Actors Involved in the Electoral Process to Fulfill their Role with Responsibility and Civility

All

of the various actors involved on Election Day in Haiti have a key

role to play. The Joint OAS-CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission

(JEOM) calls on all of them to fulfill their roles with neutrality,

a sense of civic responsibility and respect for the stipulations of

the Electoral Law.

The training of election officials that is

currently underway will be essential to the success of the process

and the JEOM wishes to underline the importance of recruiting

competent and experienced staff to perform these functions. The

Mission reminds that improving the quality of training of election

officials and particularly supervisors and members of polling

centers (MBV) was central to the recommendations provided to the

Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) by the JEOM and the OAS Mission

of experts...

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November 22, 2011
Can the Christmas office party ruin your reputation

The holiday season is fast approaching and with it the office party!  So this week I wanted to share a word to the wise.  Be very careful that as you slip into party mode, that you do not allow your professional reputation to slip out the door.  While the office party is a time to mingle and have fun with your co-workers, be careful not to have too much fun, because no matter how long the night may seem, tomorrow will eventually come.
Here are some tips to ensure that when you return to work, you can do so with your head held high.
1. Don't let your significant other attend the Christmas party alone.  Why not?  Three reasons: Firstly, the office Christmas party is notorious for breeding promiscuity and infidelity.  With a steady flow and consumption of free alcohol, inhibitions are lowered, judgments become impaired, and people become bold and adventurous.  According to a private investigation firm, workplace affairs usually take root at the office Christmas party or at some other office social event.  In fact, in a survey conducted by Men's Health Magazine, 44 percent of the men surveyed admitted that they had an affair with a sexy co-worker during the Christmas party.  In a similar survey conducted by Trojan Condoms, 49 percent of the respondents surveyed (males and females) admitted that they would hook up or have sex at the office Christmas party if the opportunity presented itself.  Reason two.  If your significant other has already crossed the line, the office party can reveal the workplace affair.  Observe how your significant other interacts with his/her colleagues.  If your partner is hooking up with someone at work their body language and behavior will give them away.  Is he/she avoiding anyone?  Listen for the gossip and pay special attention to the person who keeps glancing in your direction.  Introduce yourself to as many people as possible, you may be surprised to learn that Alex is indeed a woman and not a man as your significant other led you to believe.  Reason three.  Obviously to make your presence known and keep predators away.
2. Watch your alcohol intake, especially in light of the above, but also because too much alcohol separates your tongue from your brain, and sends common sense on a mini vacation causing you to say and do things that you will regret. Things like getting up close and personal with your subordinates. So much so, that they lose all respect for you and you find that you can no longer manage them. All because you crossed the line at the Christmas party and got too familiar. Things like cursing out your boss, getting into fights, becoming sick and throwing up, passing out on the table, and falling down drunk to the point where one of your colleagues has to take your keys, put you in your vehicle and drive you home should all be avoided.
3. Dress appropriately.  Ladies do not, I repeat - do not - wear the shortest, tightest or sexiest thing in your closet!  This is a visual that your male colleagues will never forget.  You will become the topic of discussion in the 'boy's club' or worse, the center of a wager to see who "gets to hit it first".  Remember, you should be striving to advance your career, so don't derail it by dressing like a tramp.
4. Don't be the life of the party.  Some people love to be the center of attention and they look for any opportunity to claim center stage, including at the office party.  Be careful of the avenues that you use to draw attention to yourself.  So do yourself a favor - no flirting with your co-workers, relinquish that karaoke microphone - especially if you can't sing.  Don't teach your friends how to dougie, and definitely save the "bumping and grinding", for the club.
5. Choose your guest wisely.  You know what they say, "if you want to know a man tell me who his friends are".  So the real question is will your guest help to advance your career, or will he/she cause it to blow up in your face?  Ensure that your guest is aware of the proper etiquette and is prepared to follow the rules.
5. Beware of photographs.  Technology has gone to a new level; everyone and his uncle has a camera phone and knows how to upload the photos to the internet instantly.  Beware that you are not caught in any compromising positions with a hidden camera.  If taking group photos I suggest that you take them at the beginning of the night, and make sure that you don't have a drink or cigar in your hands.
"But I thought a party is all about fun?"  It is, but remember it's the office party, not a family get-together.  If you want to survive the Christmas party and not have to call in sick because you are too embarrassed to return to work, you've got to play by the rules.
Dress like a professional, act like a professional, and party like a professional.
 
Stacia Williams offers keynotes, workshops and personal coaching on a wide range of: Personal branding, image management, customer service, leadership, business etiquette and international protocol topics.  You can contact Stacia Williams at 325-5992 or e-mail
Stacia@totalimagemanagement.com, or visit staciawilliamsblog.com.

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