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August 31, 2014
Physical mental wellness

I do believe, that in recent times there has indeed been an awakening among the peoples of the world about the vital importance of physical wellness, in keeping our bodies in tip top physical condition so that we will not experience ill health too often, which in turn will indeed aid us tremendously in our continual quest to reach the top of the mountain and thus stand triumphantly on The Summit of Success.
Incidentally, if you're interested in getting some simple but very practical tips on how to stay physically well; in my Broaden Your Horizons lecture series, which consists of thirteen half hour lectures, module number six deals with this most important matter of maintaining good health. You can have access to my Broaden Your Horizons lecture series by logging onto The Reilly Institute website at www.dpaulreilly.com and joining either The Winners Club or The Gold Club.
So we're all, I believe, fully aware of the FACT, that we need to remain physically fit; however, far too many, from my observations are neglecting their Mental Health. Yes indeed, we all need to make sure that we have and maintain 'Physical & Mental Wellness' as today's title succinctly puts it. Actually, in the long run, as I'm sure most of my valued readers are indeed fully aware of, Mental Wellness is vital to us also maintaining Physical Wellness.
Yes indeed, so much of the physical illness which a whole lot of people experience actually commences with mental anguish and stress. As I have stated again and again over the years, everything commences in The Mind.
So we all need to concentrate on being Mentally Well at all times. How do we do this, you may query? Well I believe that it must commence with becoming and remaining truly peaceful at all times, even when we go through the inevitable troubling times, which we all do at some point in our lives. How do we do this D. Paul remain peaceful during stressful situations which do indeed occur in all of our lives, from time to time? Well, in a nutshell, through Daily Meditation.
That's right, we all need to make Daily Meditation a part of our everyday routine. We should spend time in The Silence each and every day so that we will develop, over time, a truly peaceful consciousness which will contribute to our 'Physical & Mental Wellness' which in turn is absolutely vital to our continuing success, stability and spiritual evolution.

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September 10, 2014
BNT staff pursuing further academic goals

Education never stops, and, as such, five Bahamas National Trust (BNT) staff members -- Alannah Vellacott, Shelley Cant, Lindy Knowles, Mark Daniels and Krista Sherman -- have left to pursue environmental studies degrees.
Well-known BNT staff member Shelley Cant, who worked in the education department and who also managed the website for the trust, is at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus in the United Kingdom, where she will be working towards a master's degree in environmental studies.
Cant was also the lead officer in the BNT's Rare Pride Campaign for wetlands and the Shark Campaign, which resulted in The Bahamas receiving status as a shark sanctuary, the first in the Caribbean.
Vellacott, who also worked tirelessly in the education department, returned to South Dakota State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in environmental science.
Daniels, the Leon Levy National Park Preserve manager since it opened in 2011, is pursuing a master's degree in botany at Miami University in Ohio.
Knowles, who joined the BNT as a science officer in 2009, became a skilled diver and participated in a number of rapid ecological assessments for new national parks as well as leading several mangrove restoration projects. Knowles is pursuing a master's degree in environmental science at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.
Sherman, who came to the BNT as a project manager of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) Marine Protected Areas project, successfully coordinated and completed monitoring protocols for the Exuma land and sea park and a sustainable tourism model for the Exuma cays. Sherman is pursuing a doctorate degree at Exeter University focusing on the Nassau grouper spawning aggregation and population abundance. The trust hopes Sherman's studies will be a helpful key to advancing conservation efforts to establish best management practices for the grouper and sustaining the species.
"We will miss both Shelley and Alannah," said Portia Sweeting, BNT's director of education. "They have contributed in major ways to the BNT's strong environmental education programs, and we know that they will do well in the pursuit of their educational goals."
BNT Deputy Executive Director Lynn Gape said the young environmental officers displayed amazing dedication to the goals and mission of the BNT. She said it had been a joy to watch them develop their skills and interests over the years.
"It is amazing to watch these aspiring young Bahamian scientists progress through initial curious interest, then engaging with local and international scientists and now finally aspiring to further their environmental careers to help address some of the important environmental challenges that face our country," said Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, BNT's director of science and policy.
"We encourage our staff to improve themselves and to pursue higher educational degrees," said Eric Carey, BNT executive director. "This is all part of nation building, whether they return to work for the BNT or pursue other opportunities in the environment arena, they will continue to be friends and supporters of the trust. We wish them all the best and our only regret is that we have not been able to provide more financial support for their educational goals," he said.

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June 03, 2011
Donald Christopher Roberts, 65

A Memorial Service in memory of Donald Christopher Roberts aged 65 years, a resident of Manchester Street, Blair Estates, will held on Saturday, June 4th, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Victoria Room, #1 Bay Street. Officiating will be Brother Anthony Russell.
Left with cherished memories are his devoted wife, Exrella Roberts; children Dionne Heath, Dellarese Roberts, Deidre Bullard, Donnassio, Dario, Don and Christopher Roberts, Racquel Strachan and  Krishna Roberts ; Sons-in-laws: Timothy Heath, Jamal Bullard, daughter in law: Erica Roberts, sisters: Marie Strachan and Joan Roberts-Pinder of Atlanta Georgia, brother in law: Gerald Strachan, Arthur Rahming;
Grandchildren, Deonte and Timia Heath, Rajesh and Raashi Roberts, Ramesh Miller, Logan and Mateo Bullard, Dylan Roberts, Kiyara and Akaree Roberts, Anna, Angela and Ashernique Strachan. Nieces and nephews: Darlene and Jefford Curry, Paula and John Reckley, Paul and Vinincia Strachan, Philip and Madyln Strachan, Pamela and Marvin Smith, Juiette and Maureen Roberts, Charmaine and Darwin Dawson, Charnae and Emery Leonce and Shenkara Bowe; Grandnieces and nephews, Danielle and Raquashane Curry, Jonae Reckley, Nicole, Tregg and Traci Strachan, Ashton and Alexys-Marie Smith, Alexandria Hepburn, Kristen Lindsay, Kellah Leonce, Devin, Darien, Desha and Deanna Dawson.In Laws: Vera and John Farrington, Angela and family, Vandarene and Stuart Bowe, Christine Farrington, John and Latisha Farrington, Wilma Farrington, Brian Farrington and host of relatives and friends; Therez Usher, Amos and Loretta Williams, Mary and Evelyn Knowles and family of Fort Lauderdale, Margaret Nelson and family, Shellie Missick and family, Sharon Bain and family, Jeffery Missick and family, Christopher Missick and family, Rodney Johnson and family, Myra Bullard and family, Dorothea Wilson, Tino and Dawnia Bullard, Deborah and Sidney Outten, Paul and Cindy Ritchie, Monty and Lisa Hanna, Monty and Cheryl Ritchie and family, Anthony and Nancy Russell, Jimmy and Sylvia Bevans and family, Devitte Duncanson Meryl Desmangls and family and others too numerous to mention.
Special thanks to Dr. Friday, Dr. Lightbourne, Dr. Rahming, Nurse Gaitor from Fox Hill Community Clinic, Nurse Watson from Elizabeth Estate Clinic, Dr Cargill, Dr. Jones and Dr. Bartlett from Elizabeth Estates.
Relatives and friends may pay their respect at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street, on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cremation will follow.
 

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June 02, 2011
Gloria Glenda Sears nee Finley, 69

Funeral services for Gloria Glenda Sears nee Finley, 69 yrs., a resident of Millers Height, Carmichael Road, who passed away on 20th May, 2011, will be held at St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Carmichael Road on Saturday at 9 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. S. Sebastian Campbell & Rev. Fr. Atma Budhu.  Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Her memories will forever be cherished by her loving, devoted husband: Campbell Sears, dedicated daughter: Registered Nurse: Leonie Sears; loyal sons: Kevin, Andrew, Lemuel, David & Lawrence Sears; grandchldren: Alexio, Antoine, Akeem & Iessa Mullings, Lakeisha, Lashell, andreco, Andrewnique & Deandra Sears; daughters-in-law: Registered Nurse: Stacey Pratt-Sears, Rochelle Bethel-Sears; sisters-in-law: faithful caregiver: Alice Lowe, Cynthia Finley, Bernice Collins & Angela Sears; brothers-in-law: Reuben Sears & Charles Collins; nieces: Shelly, Psychita, Bruceta, Machell, Megan & Trained Clinical Nurse Lyndianna Rahming, Deidre Finley, Martha Maria Dukes, Shenique & Olivia Ingraham, Bridgette Morrison & Ava Lowe; nephews: Kirk, Duke, Derek Jr., Quincey Finley, Demetrius, Samuel Lowe, Devardo Hunt, Andy, Chris, Steve, Brian Collins, Desirio Ingraham & Churchill Sears; a host of other relatives & friends including: Arginal (Argie), Patrick, Karen, & Trained Clinical Nurse Patricia Sands, Sheena Newton, Vashti & Rena Roberts, Alvina Taylor, Keith, Lambert, Butler, Donna, Psyche, Renee, Michael, Trevor, Toney Edwards, Tina, Lisa, Keva, Kevin Gibbs, Catechist Alice Gray, Dillis Ingraham, Trained Clinical Nurse Santina Smith, Margaret, Shavaughn Thurston, Sherilyn McCartney, Dr. Valarie Carpenter, Margaret Russell, Edna McMillian, Estermae Mitchell of Deerfield Beach, Fl., Bert & George McKinney, Toney, Helen, Shelley & Brad Capron, Emmie, Ivy & Neva Sweeting, Vincent, Maxwell, Cyril Collins, Christine, Nathalie, Nathaniel Knowles, Esther McPhee, Revs. Alfred, Timothy, Andrew, Susan & Laverne Stewart, Miriam, Oswald Finley, Leonie Duncanson, Judy, Verdell, Marsha, Locksley Jr., Leroy, Richard & Anthony Fawles, Sally, Susan, Roselyn, Deborah, Joycelyn, Matthew Curry, Elaine Wilson, Alice Adams, Myrtle Sweeting, Sherry, Kenneth Kemp, Alice Innis, Mizpah Davis, Edith Scott, Velma, Clay, Sean Johnson, Kara Tinker, Andrew (Dudd), Min. Charles Maynard, Beverly Collins, Lerlean, Tejada, Alice, Kermit, Lorenzo Minus, Melverna Wong, Theresa (Fanny), Angie Rolle-Thompson, Ruby Anne Burrows, Shawnette Roye, Isaac, Harvey Mullings, the entire Mullings family, Adena, Derek, Louise, Alphonso, Dr. Eugene Newry, Ethlyn Armstrong, Yvonne Sands & family, Mr. Ulyses & Rev. Dianna Culmer, Clover Pratt & family, Carla & Daniel Hall & family, Tracy & Don Arnett & family, Anita Bodie, Kenny Mackey, Preston Ferguson, W/Insp. Annette Mackey, Olive Thomas, Charlene, Arthur & Vellora Sweeting & family, Icelyn Campbell of Jamaica, Deanne Hepburn, Eleanor, Florina Rolle, Donna Daxon, Antoinette Neely, Rose Hart, Orpheus Ingraham, Mrs. Lynn Lewis of Family Guardian, Henry Farrington, Merell Thompson, Howard Charlow & family, Evangelists: Maria Lynes, Petrona Ferguson, Berthalee Curry, Nathaniel Bastian & family, Neville, Allan & Bernard Thompson & family, Nurses: Sylvia Santina Smith, Eleanor, Stephanie Poitier, Stephanie Johnson, Darnell Roker, Inza Young, Patishamae Miller, Leonie Buchannan, Gloria Dorsette, Margo Curry, Melody Taylor, Gloria Jacques,Yvonne Adderley, Mary Knowles, Virginia Brennen, Sister Caffeine Brice, Laine Johnson, Paula Hamilton, Yvonne Johnson, Dorothy Ferguson, Geraldine Rolle, Natasha Cooper, Patrice Mitchell, Sandra Rolle, Annastacia Valcin, Sister Ampersam Symonette, Dr. Freddie Smith, Renal Team Dialysis Unit, the Children's Ward, Sister Hilda Douglas, Ernestine Douglas, Adrian & Dionisio D'Aguilar, Dora Rahming & the entire staff of Superwash, Sister Portia Ferguson, Sister Rebecca Johnson, Cunningham, Henry, Black, Lewis, Harris, Ramsey, Rolle, Sister Sherlene Sears, Lockhart, Woodside, Newbold, Bowe, Female Medical Ward #2, Public Hospital Authority, D'Albenas Agency, Ministry of Health, Premier Importers, Cable Bahamas, Bethel-Robertson, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Dr. Norad & Michelle Morgan, Sheral Curry, Bannerman, Wemyss Bight communities, Kelsey Williams, Veronica Sweeting, Sherry Gibson, Emerita Bethel, the entire MInnie Street & Millars Height communities: (Patrick Maycock, Bastian, Newry, Thompson, Cox,Ferguson, McCollough, Penn, McIntosh, Wilson, Freckleton, Dottin, Culmer, Sands, Johnson, Rolle, Flowers, Ramsey, Burrows, Dorsette, Longley & Sweeting), Rev. Nathalie Bastian, Rev. Marie Roach, Rev. Angela Palacious, Canon Harry Ward, Fr. Kabiga - Holy Trinity, Fr. Kingsley Knowles - St. Greorges, Rev. Fr. Atma & Lavinia Budhu - Epiphany Anglican Church, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Campbell - St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Bishop Moses Johnson, Church of God Cathedral family, Gerald Cash Primary School, Anatol Rodgers High School, Interactive School of Learning, Phillip & Mary, John Chea #4, Flamingo Gardens Clinic & many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 3-6 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 8 a.m. until service time.

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March 23, 2013
Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold released from jail

According to reports online, the country's top junior quartermiler has been released from county jail in Tallahassee, Florida, after spending the night behind bars, and will be allowed to return to The Bahamas to compete in next weekend's CARIFTA Games. The only question remains, will the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) allow him to do so after being arrested early Thursday morning for discharging a firearm in public and resisting arrest without violence?
Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold, 18, appeared in court yesterday morning, and was released after posting a $1,000 bond - $500 for each count. He has a case management hearing for Tuesday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m., but before then, is scheduled to return home to represent The Bahamas for a fourth straight year at the CARIFTA Games. The 42nd Annual CARIFTA Games is set for March 29 to April 1, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Up until press time, BAAA President Mike Sands was still not returning calls, but first Vice President Iram Lewis said that they are receiving legal counsel into the matter. He said that is about all he could mention at this particular time.
As for Newbold, the Florida judge ordered him to turn over any firearms in his possession after his release, but Newbold has since denied ever carrying a concealed weapon. He tweeted: 'Bad Mouth me if you want! Nobody got shot at, There was no gun. I'm no criminal, but I got a couple of misdemeanors.'
Before that, he tweeted: 'They can't keep a good man down! Lol people making it seem like life is over, I'm out, I'm gucci, back to work.'
According to reports, Newbold and fellow athlete Joshua Mance were arrested around 3:30 a.m. in the morning after shots were heard in the vicinity of a local apartment complex pool. An eyewitness identified Newbold as the shooter, and additionally, it was reported that shell casings were found in the area of the pool. Both athletes have since been suspended from the Florida State University (FSU) track team, but according to FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman, both Newbold and Mance could rejoin the team pending an investigation into the university's discipline policy and legal proceedings.
Mance, who has hired a private attorney, was a member of the silver medal winning 4x400m relay team that was beaten by The Bahamas at last year's Olympic Games. Mance had just turned 21 on Thursday, and was in possession of Newbold's identification card, which had an altered date of birth. Mance was charged with being in possession of a forged identification card and resisting arrest without violence.
World Youth Champion over 200 meters (m) Newbold was regarded as one of The Bahamas' best hopes for a medal going into the CARIFTA Games. He was expected to represent The Bahamas in the under-20 boys' 400m, and maybe the 200m as well. He has personal best times of 46.97 and 20.89 seconds in those events, respectively.
Newbold is a five-time CARIFTA Games medalist. He is the CARIFTA record holder in the under-17 boys' 400m hurdles as well (52.75 seconds). Newbold also won double gold at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track and Field Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In college, the FSU sophomore is a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Indoor Champion.
The crowning glory moment of Newbold's junior career might have come at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Lille, France, when he won the gold medal in the boys' 200m in a personal best time of 20.89 seconds, helping The Bahamas to secure its best finish ever at a global athletics meet.

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September 22, 2014
FOCOL clarifies relationship with BEC

It has been inaccurately reported in the media that FOCOL Holdings, through its subsidiary company, Sun Oil Limited, supplies the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) with heavy fuel oil (HFO) and diesel fuel for power generation. According to a press statement recently issued by the company, no such fuel supply relationship exists between FOCOL or any of its subsidiary companies and BEC.
FOCOL Holdings Limited is the Shell brand licensee for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands. The branding relationship between FOCOL and Shell Brands International is separate and apart from any direct fuel supply relationships that Shell Western Supply and Trading Limited (a separate entity based in Barbados) may have with other entities in The Bahamas, notes the press statement.
Sun Oil Limited has the most expansive local distribution infrastructure of any oil company currently operating in The Bahamas. With its own fleet of coastal tankers and network of bulk fuel storage terminals located in Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera and San Salvador, Sun Oil is uniquely positioned to provide logistical support services to BEC for the distribution of its fuel from Clifton Pier to its power plants in the Family Islands power. According to the press release, this is the extent of the fuel relationship between FOCOL and BEC.
"FOCOL does not subscribe to public discussions of its commercial arrangements with customers, however matters of national importance demand clarity to facilitate accurate and productive discussions," notes the statement.
FOCOL Holdings Limited is a publicly-traded company with over 800 Bahamian shareholders and 350 employees throughout The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

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October 01, 2014
Miller says BEC has paid 55 mil. due on fuel bill

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) was able to pay off a $55 million fuel debt that threatened to leave the country without electricity, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.
"We are in good shape," said Miller, when called for comment.
He had previously issued a warning that the corporation needed to pay the debt off by the end of September or face a country-wide blackout.
Minister of Works Philip Brave Davis, who has ministerial responsibility for BEC, had said the government would, if need be, subsidize the bill.
But Miller said it never came to that.
"We didn't get one penny from the government," he said.
"We got it from our customers. I want to thank them for coming in, including all the hotels.
"I don't even want to go into the hotels. The hotels worked with us. I want to thank all of them for stepping to the plate.
"They worked with us and we have a good relationship with them. Now everybody understands that the left hand has to help the right hand and we have a commitment from them to live up to their commitments.
"They have been living up to that, and I am very grateful to them."
Miller had threatened to disconnect "three hotels out west", which collectively owed BEC $30 million.
He later said the hotels made payment arrangements with the corporation.
Davis said he would expect to be consulted before BEC acts on a threat to disconnect service to the major hotels.
Miller said, while he knew his threats were "a little nuts", they were necessary.
He pointed out that BEC's fuel comes from Shell West out of London by way of Barbados.
"We don't buy fuel from FOCOL," he noted. "FOCOL simply ships our fuel to all our [28] Family Island operations."
Miller had said BEC's total fuel bill was $100 million.
He said yesterday that BEC will always struggle with the debt.
"It's always going to happen," he said.
"There is nothing you can do about that. When you have accounts receivable over $185 million, you are in trouble."

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September 29, 2014
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation offers VAT training

As the government ramps up its training initiatives within the business community, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) - through its educational wing, the Chamber Institute - is offering training courses on the value-added tax (VAT) registration and other aspects of VAT readiness.
Keshelle Davis, executive director of the Chamber Institute, said: "Our first official VAT seminar will be held on September 30 at the British Colonial Hilton on Bay Street. The initial session is a full day workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a focus on pre-registration training for VAT - basically, it's everything business owners and entrepreneurs should know before registering for VAT."
The training team will include Davis; CSR business advisory lead at Bahamas Development Bank Montgomery Miller; College of The Bahamas School of Business lecturer Glenn Davis; insurance expert Nadine Fraizer and chartered quantity surveyor and construction cost consultant Raeh Roker-Williams.
Financial Secretary John Rolle and Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis will also speak at the seminar.
The institute notes that all the trainers have completed a rigorous training process led by Dean Wootten, a U.K.-based VAT consultant and trainer.
"With merely a few short months to train staff in the area of VAT compliance, many business owners are stressed and overwhelmed by the herculean task of ensuring that their businesses are prepared and VAT compliant," the institute said in a press release announcing the training.
"The chamber's courses are designed to alleviate the stress that business owners are facing in the complex field of tax compliance."
The course is organized into three separate parts with registration workshops running weekly in morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Part one begins September 30, 2014 and includes training on how VAT works, what it is, who should register and why and other VAT basics.
The second series of sessions focuses on providing a comprehensive guide through the VAT registration process. The third part follows with operational procedures, recordkeeping, returns and best practices. Members of the BCCEC pay $160.00 per course while non-members pay $190.00.

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October 08, 2014
Coalition for Responsible Taxation: Strengthen whistle-blower protection

The co-chair of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation (CRT) has stressed the need for increased government accountability and legislation protecting whistleblowers following a recent headline-grabbing forensic audit into the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).
CRT Co-chair Gowon Bowe told Guardian Business that while he could not comment on the findings of the audit directly, he believes that the initial reports illustrate the greater need for freedom of information in the country, arguing that it would help identify similar "leakages" in the government infrastructure.
"The matters that are now being identified really show where there is potential leakage and damage being incurred by the government because of either corrupt practices or a failure to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
"Equally, we need to have legislation that is going to protect persons who are willing to come forward and blow the whistle on either bad behavior or outright acts of fraud and corruption," stated Bowe.
The Nassau Guardian reported on Monday that a forensic audit into the PHA's supply of pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies reveals a $10 million difference in pharmaceutical inventory between Princess Margaret Hospital's (PMH) physical count and what was reflected in PMH's computer system.
Bowe added that the recent audit highlights the need for the government to address other qualitative issues facing the country, rather than focus solely on value-added tax (VAT) and tax administration.
"If we are trying to get our fiscal house in order, the main thing we have to be ensuring is that we're closing up loopholes where money is escaping from the system without being deployed for social benefit of others.
"If we put it quite candidly, we have a very significant [expense] on National Health Insurance already. The question now is are those funds being used effectively?" asked Bowe.
The audit also raises concerns over the formation of a shell company "quickly established for the purpose of transacting" with the Bahamas National Drug Agency (BNDA), which is administered by the PHA.
The forensic audit covers both the Ingraham and Christie administrations, from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2013. PHA Chairman Frank Smith issued a statement earlier this week that the current PHA board had commissioned the recent audits and is currently reviewing them.
"Anything that leaves itself open to corruption or bad behavior now needs to be curtailed. That goes straight to our freedom of information initiative that we've been pushing. There needs to be legislation that allows information to be disseminated so that the public can evaluate the operating and financial efficiencies of a lot of the government agencies," said Bowe.

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October 31, 2014
U.S. conch ban decision looming

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States is expected to deliver a ruling on November 3 on a petition by the environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) WildEarth Guardians for queen conch to be declared a "threatened" or "endangered" species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Such a decision would, according to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), cause significant social and economic hardship for thousands of Caribbean fishermen, fish processors/exporters and their families, and undermine the peace and stability of certain coastal communities that rely on the queen conch resource, because it will effectively deprive them of their source of income and livelihoods.
Government representatives from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states met this week in Nassau with representatives from the United States government to discuss a number of trade issues, including what to do about a potential ban on U.S. imports of queen conch.
Queen conch remains among the most important fishery resources in the Caribbean: Conch meat exports from 12 Caribbean countries are about 14,000 tons and contribute around US$185 million in earnings. Even the shells are exported, albeit to a far lesser extent. CARICOM states together are the main suppliers of queen conch on the international market.
CARICOM's research notes that almost 80% of all queen conch meat in international trade is imported by the U.S., with about 19% imported by France through Guadeloupe and Martinique.
The sixth meeting of the CARICOM-United States Trade and Investment Council (TIC) happened in Nassau this week. During the closed-door meetings, CARICOM nations made representations on the need to prevent a potential ban on U.S. imports of queen conch. The National Marine Fisheries Service of the United States Department of Commerce is presently reviewing the state of queen conch to make a determination whether a listing of the species as threatened or endangered within the meaning of the ESA is warranted.
CARICOM research states that if queen conch is listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, all conch imports into the U.S. market would be prohibited, and all exports from CARICOM states to the United States market would be closed indefinitely. Furthermore, it is anticipated that once the United States market closes, the European Union market would probably follow shortly thereafter.
The queen conch issue was one of a number issues addressed at the TIC, including intellectual property, rum and agricultural sanitation.

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November 05, 2014
It all comes back to you

Now the phrase that is in fact the title of this particular article, it all comes back to you is a completely accurate and indeed totally true statement. But what exactly do you mean by that D. Paul, what exactly comes back to you, many may query? Well in a nutshell, everything! I'm sorry. I still don't get what you're talking about D. Paul, could you please elaborate? I sure will!
As all of my regular readers will be more than aware of, one of the most important universal laws which governs our individual lives and everything in the universe is the law of cause and effect. Now this law simply states, that for every cause there is an effect, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, or to put it quite simply, what we sow we ultimately reap. So in essence, it means that your ever thought, word and action today will, it must come right back to you.
Now l remember very well stating this universal concept at a seminar some years ago, and when we took a refreshment break, as I was enjoying a Danish and some coffee, a young man attending the seminar approached me with an extremely worried look on his face and said to me "Dr. Reilly, did you really mean what you said in the lecture this morning, that what you do comes back to you?" I replied, indeed, it is absolutely true -- it all comes back to you.
The young man replied with an extremely worried look on his face "Well, I guess that I'm in for an extremely tough time in the future," as he reflected on some of his recent thoughts and actions, which he now fully realized will all come back to haunt him, as that well-known saying so very aptly puts it. Yes indeed, as today's title puts it, it all comes back to you.
Now believe me, my intention here today is most definitely not to give you bad news, it's to make you fully aware of exactly how life works, so that from this moment onwards, you will be much more cognizant of all of your thoughts, words and actions, each and every day of your life.
I suggest that you remember this law of cause and effect at the very beginning of each and every day, so that you will go out of your way to think right thoughts, utter right words and behave in a manner which does not affect anyone in a negative or destructive way for what you sow, you reap, not incidentally just because I said so, but because it's the law -- God's law!

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November 28, 2014
BEC union ends work-to-rule

Director of Labor Robert Farquharson yesterday "summoned" representatives of the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) and the management of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) to the Department of Labour in an attempt to intervene in a stand-off between the two groups.
The meeting came as the union entered its third day of work-to-rule over its industrial agreement, which it claims is being "blocked" by BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller and the BEC board.
Farquharson said as a result of the meeting, the BEWU agreed to end all industrial action and allow the Department of Labour to work on its behalf going forward.
However, BEWU President Paul Maynard said while the union has come to some agreements with the Department of Labour, it still has outstanding issues with Miller.
Maynard said aside from issues regarding the industrial agreement, the union also takes offense to Miller's repeated public pronouncements about the salaries and bonuses that BEC workers receive.
"We expressed our utter disgust at the chairman and his irresponsibility in putting the staff salaries out in the public domain," Maynard said after the meeting wrapped up.
"He's wrong with the stuff he was saying. I expressed to the director of labor that if anything happens to my members, I will hold the government responsible. BEC staff can't wear the uniform anymore for fear that they may get robbed.
"I also informed the director to inform the government that we will not have any dealings with the chairman anymore. We don't want [anything] to do with him. Absolutely nothing."
Underscoring BEC's financial troubles, Miller repeatedly pointed to the average the salaries and bonuses that BEC employees receive. On Wednesday, he told The Guardian that every BEC employee will receive between $1,500 and $3,000 in Christmas bonuses this year.
Farquharson said the Department of Labour has noted all of the union's concerns and is working to bring resolution to the matter.
"The purpose of the meeting was to try and separate the trade dispute that was filed by the union on November 6 claiming that the company was not acting in good faith as it relates to the executive bargaining agreement," Farquharson said.
"As a result of the meeting, a couple of important things happened: One, the union has withdrawn work-to-rule and all operations at BEC have returned to normalcy; secondly, the union has agreed that because the conciliation process has begun their application for a strike vote has been withdrawn and they will allow the Department of Labour to conciliate this matter."
Farquharson said he will submit some recommendations to the minister of labor, who, in turn, will make decisions on the matter.
Farquharson said he was unable to detail his recommendations because of the sensitivity of the matter.
"I can say the union is acting in the best interest in the public," Farquharson said. "They have committed to ensuring that they work with the management of the company."
Their meeting came one day after Miller said his resolve with the union will not bend.
"BEC union has the Bahamian people between a rock and a hard place," Miller said. "We have to stand firm. I believe that if we lose this battle the country is going to lose the war.
"There's a point of saturation where there is just nothing left. In BEC there is nothing left. What is there? You lose $33 million; the local supplier is cutting you off. You can't pay for your fuel. You owe Shell West $130 million. You want more?"
Maynard said despite Miller's firm position, the chairman will sign the document.
On Wednesday, Miller called for the union to renegotiate some of the terms of its contract, but Maynard said as far as he is concerned "negotiations are over".
"He will sign the industrial agreement," Maynard said, referring to Miller. "Or he will wish he did."

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November 24, 2014
Minnis lays out platform

Promising a government that would place merit and talent over cronyism and nepotism, reaffirmed Free National Movement (FNM) leader Dr. Hubert Minnis floated what is presumably part of his election platform in his victory speech Friday night.
Minnis' leadership was confirmed in resounding fashion on Friday night, when he beat back a challenge by
Loretta Butler-Turner. The shellacking is expected to quiet internal discord within the FNM, and allow the party to focus on winning the next general election.
The platform Minnis laid out began with transformation of urban centers and communities.
"No more public relations exercises where one house out of 500 is touched while other families struggle to feed their children," he said.
"I will lead a government that will provide incentives to residents and businesses who participate in meaningful ways in our community revitalization program. This will involve inner city tax free zones."
Minnis told the delegates at the one-day special call convention that habitats which breed criminality must be fundamentally changed.
"As prime minister, your safety and security will be my top priority...We must provide our police with all the necessary tools to do their jobs, but we also need a transparent and accountable police force that our citizens trust. We must support local community groups and churches. We will bring real community policing," he said.
"We must build a country where our laws are enforced and all are accountable for their actions. One law for all."
His vision also included education reform.
"If we are going to successfully compete globally, then we must produce a world class workforce. Under my leadership, focused attention would be given to implementing best practices and developing top performing schools throughout our system," Minnis said.
"We must promote educational hubs, where we encourage the development of educational institutions in science and technology, maritime studies and a range of specialty disciplines specific to our region, our environment and our future."
Minnis added that under an FNM government led by him, Family Island students who qualify for the College of The Bahamas would be provided with room and board along with a monthly stipend inclusive of free tuition.
On the continuing development of the Family Islands, Minnis said he would empower residents by focusing on domestic tourism incentives, ensuring that proper infrastructure like roads, docks and clinics are provided.
"A percentage of taxes collected in the respective islands would be allocated to those islands for their enhanced development," he said.
He added that incentives and concessions would be given under existing acts, and new legislation would be implemented to stimulate and drive development by local entrepreneurs, but specific attention would be paid to domestic incentives for Bahamians who want to invest in the Family Islands, in particular the island of their birth, or island where their family originates.
Minnis also said the FNM would make the role of the minister of Grand Bahama more effective.
Turning to land reform, Minnis said the FNM would ensure that any Bahamian family who can qualify will have their own affordable home through creation of effective and efficient means by which families can obtain title to generation and commonage land.
"Our land reform policies will be designed to increase Bahamian ownership," he said.
"For far too long, thousands of Bahamians have not been able to get clear title to generation or commonage land, so that they could have collateral when pursuing financing for a business or home.
"This will change under us. We will enable Family Islanders at home and abroad to purchase land at a concessionary rate to build homes."
He also promised to launch the most ambitious energy conservation program ever undertaken in our country, although he said the FNM would not promise what it cannot deliver and will deliver what it promises.
"We must bring into force the Freedom of Information Act, The Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Contractors Bill," he said.
"We must ensure that every Bahamian is treated fairly by their government and will provide an independent ombudsman who will give the public a voice and will advocate for them."

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November 27, 2014
NFL WEEK 13

Sheldon's picks

SHELDON LONGLEY
Guardian Sports Editor
slongley@nasguard.com
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 110-65-1
(DEFENDING CHAMPION)

WEEK 13
Thanksgiving Week

Thursday's games
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
It's amazing how quickly things could change in the NFL. After that shellacking to the hands of the Patriots last week, the Lions no longer have the best defense in the league. That distinction now belongs to the Seahawks led by their "Legion of Boom". Be that as it may, the Lions are back home this week after loaning their stadium to the Bills on Monday night, and they will play the hibernating Bears in a key divisional battle. Well, it's key for the Lions anyway, if they intend to wrestle the division title away from the Packers. I think the Lions will rebound from a horrific showing in Foxborough and take care of the Bears in this one.
Lions 24, Bears 16

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
This annual "Turkey Day" home game for the Cowboys will be more significant than most. It will be for first place in the National Football Conference's (NFC) East Division, and quite possibly for one of the top two seeds in the entire conference. Both of these teams have explosive offenses, but I'm not sold on the Cowboys' ability to rush the passer and create turnovers which could be pivotal in a game like this. Also, Tony Romo has a knack for giving away meaningful games late in the season. I'll take the Eagles on the road in what should be a very entertaining game.
Eagles 34, Cowboys 31

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
The loser of this game could very well miss the playoffs this year. At the very least, they will be on the outside looking in. After last week's showings, the Seahawks and Niners have the number one and two defenses in the league respectively. That's particularly impressive considering the personnel that both teams lost on that side of the ball this season. These two division rivals have similar make-ups and play basically the same way, but they absolutely hate each other. This will probably be the most physical game of the week, and I for one, surely won't miss it. I'll have to go with the better offense in this one, and that belongs to the Super Bowl Champs Seahawks.
Seahawks 19, 49ers 13

Sunday's games
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Quite a few teams are battling for playoff spots in the American Football Conference (AFC), and these two teams are right in mix. Ever since that early season flurry, the Chargers haven't been the same though. Meanwhile, the Ravens have caught steam. With Justin Forsett running like a man possessed, and Torrey Smith starting to perfectly compliment Steve Smith Sr., the Ravens are producing offensively. Also, their defense is coming around. On top of that, the Chargers don't travel well to the east coast, so the Ravens should be able to take care of business at home.
Ravens 27, Chargers 20

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Sooner or later, a team is going to have to slip in a very competitive AFC North division. All four teams are 7-4 or better, and just a half game separates first from worst. The Browns is the least experienced of those four teams, so they might be in for a rough December. Taking on the Bills in Buffalo this Sunday won't be easy. Brian Hoyer has been terrific for the Browns, and their running game is coming around, but the Bills are in the playoff mix as well and will look at this game as one which could possibly make or break their season. I'm not sure you'll see much offense in this one. I think the Bills will feed off their defense and win a low-scoring grueling contest.
Bills 17, Browns 13

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
J.J. Watt didn't really have a strong game against the Bengals last Sunday. For the most part, he was rendered ineffective by the Bengals. I can't see what could very well be the Defensive Player of the Year struggling for two weeks back-to-back. Someway, somehow, he will be a force this week against the Titans, and might be a factor in the outcome. Besides, Arian Foster could be back for the Texans. The Titans could be a pesky lil team, but I think the Texans realize the magnitude of this game. They could ill afford to lose games like this if they have any intention of making the playoffs this year.
Texans 23, Titans 20

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
The Colts are in control of their division and are in playoff mode while the Redskins appear to be just playing out the schedule and are headed for the NFL Draft. Quite frankly, there's no way that the Colts lose this game. Two years ago, this game would have been a huge attraction with Andrew Luck facing off against RG3 (Robert Griffin III), but even that has lost some luster with RG3's sporadic play the last few weeks. As a matter of fact, it appears that the Redskins are planning to start Colt McCoy over RG3 this week. Meanwhile, the Colts still have to fix their running game and they have to do a better job of protecting Luck, but somehow they still own the league's best passing attack. They'll have too much offense for the "Deadskins" on Sunday.
Colts 37, Redskins 20

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
I'm still in awe of that three-finger grab by Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants last week. Simply put, that was one of the best catches that I have ever seen. With young stars like him and Rashad Jennings to build around, the Giants have a bright future. The Jags have some young stars of their own, but they don't have enough talent to be competitive in this league yet. They're still lingering on just one win this season. I think Eli Manning will lead the troops into battle in Jacksonville and help the Giants get a much needed win. A win in this one could save Tom Coughlin's job next season. A loss to the lowly Jags, and he's certainly doomed.
Giants 24, Jaguars 14

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Even after being well-rested and coming off a bye, I don't know if I can trust Cam Newton and the Panthers to have a spirited showing in Minnesota. They have been that bad this season. Quite frankly, I rather go with the rookie quarterback in this one. Teddy Bridgewater has shown a lot of poise in his starting role with the Vikes. At the end of the day, neither of these teams will probably be in the playoffs this year, but I have to take the Vikes at home. The Panthers have been that awful.
Vikings 20, Panthers 17

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
After dropping three straight at home, the Saints will take their act on the road against a Pittsburgh team that is getting healthier by the day, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. This should be a great quarterback match-up between "Big Ben" Roethlisberger and Drew Brees, but it might be the running games which come to the forefront in this inter-conference battle. As lackluster as the Saints have been this season, at 4-7, they're still tied for first place in their division, meaning, they still have huge playoff aspirations. The Steelers is simply the better team right now though. Coming off a bye, they'll be prepared for the Saints and will continue their pursuit of an AFC North title, or at the very least, a playoff spot.
Steelers 28, Saints 24

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
As much as I like clowning on the Raiders, it was good to see them get that elusive first win last week Thursday. Now, they can get back to their losing ways. Meanwhile, despite their 4-7 record, the Rams have been pleasantly surprising this year. They have knocked off some big teams and have been competitive in others. At one point, both of these teams called the city of Los Angeles home. I don't think the "City of Angels" would want any of these franchises right now, but as mentioned earlier, it's the Rams that has been more impressive. They should win this game easily on Sunday.
Rams 27, Raiders 16

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Andy Dalton is still shaky at quarterback for the Bengals, but for the most part, he's getting the job done. They are winning key games and are in first place in the very competitive AFC North Division. They'll have to keep winning in order to hold off the other three teams in what has become the best division race in football. The Bengals have a formidable duo at wide receiver in A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu, but their backfield of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill has been impressive as well. The Bucs have been getting good production out of Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson lately, but they don't have enough firepower to keep up with the Bengals in this one.
Bengals 31, Buccaneers 23
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
After getting derailed by the Super Bowl Champs last week, the Cards find themselves with another tough road game this week, but I think that they'll get back on track and handle business in Atlanta. After winning two straight, the Falcons lost on a last second field goal to the Browns last week. They're not as formidable in the Georgia Dome as they once was. Drew Stanton has been surprisingly good for the Cardinals this year, and they have beaten some big teams. They appear headed to an NFC West title, and I don't think they'll let teams like the Falcons stand in their way.
Cardinals 30, Falcons 27

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
As good as the Patriots have been, surging all the way to the number one team in the power rankings, it's tough for me to pick any team going up against the Packers at Lambeau. Two of the game's best gun slingers will air it out on Sunday, but the Packers is a different animal at home. In the words of Stephen A. Smith, "Aaron Rodgers is a bad man", particularly at dreaded Lambeau Field. Some people see this as a potential Super Bowl preview, but I still like the Seahawks to make a late surge and come out of the NFC and I still think the Pats will falter in the playoffs. Either way, this should be a great match-up on Sunday. There's no way I'm going against Mr Rodgers at Lambeau though.
Packers 37, Patriots 34

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
There's nothing wrong with Denver's offense. They proved that last week against the number two ranked defense at the time, the Miami Dolphins. This week Peyton and crew face the league's best passing defense, and number eight overall, in the Chiefs. The Chiefs will be looking for revenge after an early season loss to the Broncos, and I think they'll get it. Peyton and the Broncos' high octane passing attack will see first hand what Tom Brady and the Pats had to deal with this year when they visited the noisiest outdoor arena in football, Arrowhead Stadium. I think the Chiefs will bring the heat, pressure Peyton and force some bad throws. I like them to get a big win against their division rivals in this primetime affair.
Chiefs 27, Broncos 24

Monday's game
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
Believe it or not, the Dolphins could very well be 9-2 right now. They dropped three very winnable games agains three tough opponents - the Packers, Lions and Broncos. This week, they face a subpar opponent in the Jets. With the Ravens and Patriots lurking on the schedule, this could be a trap game for the Dolphins. I think they'll be ready to execute on both sides of the ball though. The defense dropped to number five in the league after giving up all those yards and points to the Broncos last week but I think they'll rebound with a big showing this week. The defense will get back on track, and that underrated offense will continue to put points on the board. It all adds up to another victory for the Dolphins.
Dolphins 30, Jets 16

Naughty's picks

NAUGHTY (HOT 91.7FM)
Radio Personality
naughtyradio@gmail.com
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 116-59-1

WEEK 13
Thanksgiving Week
As usual, Naughty was late with his picks as he "claims" he was busy again! He apologizes for lack of commentary, but says he was on the road and consequently sent them in over the phone. Anyway, here they are... just the scores.

Thursday's games
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
Lions 24, Bears 23

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
Cowboys 34, Eagles 31

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
Seahawks 17, 49ers 16

Sunday's games
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Ravens 23, Chargers 20

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Bills 24, Browns 20

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Texans 24, Titans 17

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Colts 34, Redskins 17

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Jaguars 27, Giants 24

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Vikings 20, Panthers 17

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Steelers 27, Saints 20

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Rams 20, Raiders 14

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Bengals 24, Buccaneers 16

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
Cardinals 27, Falcons 24

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Packers 31, Patriots 27

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
Broncos 27, Chiefs 26

Monday's game
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
Dolphins 24, Jets 21

Jammal's picks

JAMMAL SMITH
Guardian NFL Analyst
njsmith242@gmail.com
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 114-61-1

WEEK 13
Thanksgiving Week

Thursday's games
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
Detroit hasn't scored an offensive touchdown in three weeks and a team that was once poised for an outstanding year is heading on a downward spiral. Luckily for them, the Bears aren't showing any indications of a team that can turn it around after some lackluster wins against Tampa Bay and Minnesota. I believe the Lions will get it together offensively on Sunday and find the end zone on multiple occasions, securing a much needed victory to keep pace in the NFC North.
Lions 34, Bears 21

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
As December approaches, the biggest question swirling around the football world is whether or not Tony Romo will revert to his vintage end of season form where he finds ways to lose games. I believe that Romo will rise to the occasion and put those questions to rest and lead Dallas into the playoffs. As for Philly, this will be a tall task for them to go into "Jerry's World" and steal a victory. I'm not sold on Mark Sanchez doing that, and I'm confident in the Cowboys' ability to take care of business at home using the same formula that has won them eight games already. This game won't be short of explosive plays, but I believe Romo and the 'Boys will take control of the NFC East with a victory.
Cowboys 30, Eagles 20

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
It's no coincidence that both of these teams have the same record, getting healthier and starting to hit their stride at the same point in the season. Bitter rivalries tend to bring out the best in teams and I expect this game to be a battle of attrition and as physical as it gets. The key to this game will be the pass rush for both teams, and I believe the 49ers will have a slight edge with Aldon Smith already making a huge impact in the front seven. Seattle will struggle containing Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore on the ground and if San Fran sticks to running the football then they have a chance to control the outcome of this game. The Seahawks' effectiveness starts and ends with Marshawn Lynch, and I believe he will have a tough time dominating the game on the ground like he has been in the past several weeks. This game won't be high scoring, but every yard gained will count in this one. San Fran will be the better team on Thursday night.
49ers 17, Seahawks 14

Sunday's games
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Although the record may not fully indicate it, I believe this Ravens team is as good as any team that made deep playoff runs in the past. The mental toughness of this Baltimore team is what separates them from all of the other teams vying for a playoff berth and I expect them to be the better team against a San Diego squad that has lost its mojo. Although Phillip Rivers can make it interesting, I don't see him travelling to the east coast and pulling off a victory in a hostile environment.
Ravens 26, Chargers 14

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
The return of Josh Gordon has already paid huge dividends for the Browns in their huge win last week at Atlanta and I expect it to do the same this week in Buffalo. While the Bills are competing every week, I believe that they will fail to match Cleveland's intensity on both sides of the ball on Sunday. Both of these teams want to end their playoff droughts, and I believe the Browns are the hungrier team. It will show on Sunday.
Browns 24, Bills 16

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Even with Ryan Mallett being done for the season, I still believe the Texans are good enough to win at home with inconsistent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Titans should be trying to position themselves for a top draft pick and I believe Houston will keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Texans 27, Titans 17

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
This will be the first match-up between the first and second overall picks in the 2012 NFL Draft when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III square off on Sunday. Both of their careers are heading in different directions and I believe Luck will make a statement and prove why he's the best player from his draft class. As for the game, the Colts have been very dominant at home and I don't see the Redskins going into Indy and leaving with a victory. A strong defensive outing will complement Luck's day, leading to a victory.
Colts 31, Redskins 13

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
The G-men finally get a break as they will play a team that they should be able to beat in the Jaguars. I don't see them having a letdown on the road. Eli Manning will be sharp and Odell Beckham Jr. will be sensational, so I expect New York to come out on top.
Giants 24, Jaguars 14

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
It seems as if nobody wants to win the NFC South based on how the teams are playing, but I believe the Panthers will finally play some quality football after having a much needed bye week. Carolina's defense should play with confidence going up against a rookie quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and I believe they get a much needed win to stay alive in the division race.
Panthers 22, Vikings 14

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
My confidence in the Saints is dwindling by the week and I don't see how this team can steal a win against a Steelers team that is coming off a bye week. Luckily for New Orleans, they can afford to drop a game, while Pittsburgh doesn't have the same luxury in their tight AFC North division race. I like the home team to secure a win.
Steelers 28, Saints 20

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
The Rams are certainly fighting to the end in each game they play and I think they will be relieved to play an opponent that only has one win 12 weeks into the season. If that physicality on both sides of the ball is present on Sunday and Shaun Hill can play a mistake-free game, then St. Louis should emerge victorious.
Rams 23, Raiders 10

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Cincy has found their mojo again and I don't see a letdown happening in Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Bucs certainly won't lay down and accept defeat, but the better team will prevail.
Bengals 21, Buccaneers 13

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
My Falcons let a win slip out of their claws after poor clock management and missed opportunities. They picked the wrong week to run into one of the best defenses in football, and because this game won't be of the shootout variety, the Cardinals will win in smash mouth fashion.
Cardinals 24, Falcons 13

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
This is my pick for game of the week. I believe these elite quarterbacks will put on a great show on the national stage. As much as I would like to side with my Super Bowl pick in the Patriots, I believe Aaron Rodgers will be slightly better than Tom Brady and have a dominant game in the air. While Brady and the Pats have been brilliant over the past month and a half, I think this is the game where they finally cool off and come back to Earth with the rest of the league. This won't be short of entertaining, but I think Green Bay will be the victors.
Packers 34, Patriots 24

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
The Broncos can take control of the AFC West with a win this week, and I believe Peyton Manning will drill into his teammates to play with a sense of urgency on Sunday night. Stopping Jamaal Charles will be key for Denver, and if they can neutralize him on the ground then the element of surprise in the play action game won't be there. I don't expect this to be a high-scoring game, but Denver will do just enough to steal a victory in a hostile environment.
Broncos 23, Chiefs 13

Monday's game
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
I don't have any faith in New York making this an enjoyable Monday night game. If the Dolphins can't beat this atrocity of a Jets team then they don't need to be in the playoff conversation anymore. I'm confident Miami will handle business behind a solid defensive outing and another decent performance from Ryan Tannehill.
Dolphins 21, Jets 10

Teej's picks

TONY 'TEEJ' GRANT JR.
Guardian NFL Analyst
grant.g83@gmail.com
WEEK 12: 8-7
OVERALL: 107-68-1

WEEK 13
Thanksgiving Week

Thursday's games
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.
Bitter rivals clash in Thanksgiving's first football game. Going with the theme of Thanksgiving, one team will emerge standing like the Pilgrims, and the other team will be laid flat like the Indians. The Bears are now slowly assuming the spoiler position, and I think they further spoil the Lions chance of snatching the division in an upset.
Bears 27, Lions 26

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
The Eagles need their starters on deck for this game. No Nick Foles can probably mean not enough points scored. The Cowboys are playing amazing football, and it will be hard for any division rival to go into "Jerry's World" and beat the 'Boys!
Cowboys 34, Eagles 23

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.
The Seahawks are not what they used to be, especially on the road. Even though the 49ers aren't what they used to be either, I think the 49ers is the better team at the moment, and they will set themselves up to claim the number two spot in the NFC West.
49ers 20, Seahawks 18

Sunday's games
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
The Chargers travel cross country to play the Ravens around 10 a.m. San Diego time. That means in Baltimore they have a 1 o'clock game against a team with tons of confidence after a big win on Monday night against the Saints. With the Ravens' running game being as efficient as it was on Monday night, I see no sign of the Chargers beating them after traveling all the way from the west coast.
Ravens 21, Chargers 20

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
The Browns just look good, especially in crunch time. Josh Gordon is back, and I know he has something to prove. Expect him to put up big numbers on Sunday, leading the Browns to a victory.
Browns 24, Bills 16

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
The Texans are not what they should be, but neither are the Titans. In this "snooze fest" of a game, the home team will be the better team.
Texans 23, Titans 18

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Benching Robert Griffin III to start Colt McCoy will not make a significant difference in the outcome of Sunday's game against the Colts.
Colts 31, Redskins 23

N.Y. Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
After Odell Beckham Jr.'s spectacular catch and his breakout game against the Cowboys, we know his confidence has to be through the roof. With him, the Giants are still bad, but they are not bad like the Jaguars.
Giants 27, Jaguars 13

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
The Vikings have struggled, but so have the Panthers. When we look at these two teams, we see youth on one team and we see experience on the other. We think experience will prevail in this match-up.
Panthers 27, Vikings 16

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
The Saints play great football one week and play horrible football the next week. This week they are due for a big game against the Steelers. I don't know why and I don't have statistical evidence to back up my prediction, but the Saints will win.
Saints 23, Steelers 19

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
My uncle always told me, "when you roll the dice, roll the dice twice!" The Raiders will win on the road and get their second win of the season.
Raiders 23, Rams 6

Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
The Bengals is a team fighting to get in the postseason. Right now, I don't have much faith in the Bengals, not even to beat the lowly Buccaneers.
Buccaneers 27, Bengals 23

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.
The Cardinals took a hard blow when they lost to the Seahawks over the weekend. This Sunday, they hope to redeem themselves against the Falcons. The Cardinals should win.
Cardinals 20, Falcons 12

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Some would argue that the Patriots have the best quarterback and the best team in the league right now. Well, I can't say the same. My Dolphins beat the Patriots and lost to the Packers. Aaron Rodgers will prove that he is a better quarterback than Tom Brady on this day. I am making the bold prediction that Aaron Rodgers will throw for four touchdowns against the Patriots in a win.
Packers 35, Patriots 28

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.
The Broncos barely escaped Miami, and they hope to be better defensively this week. The Chiefs will send a lot of different blitzes at Peyton Manning, interrupting the flow of the game for them. With a defense like that, I have to take the home team.
Chiefs 28, Broncos 24

Monday's game
Miami Dolphins at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.
The Jets need to dig deep into their bench and practice squad to find a quarterback who can throw the ball. Against this Dolphins' defense, they don't stand a chance at scoring over 20 points. The Dolphins' offense looks consistent in scoring over 20 points, even against great defenses, so they should win this one easily.
Dolphins 27, Jets 17

Overall standings

Devin Francis
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 121-54-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Naughty (Hot 91.7FM)
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 116-59-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Jammal Smith
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 114-61-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Royston Jones Jr.
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 114-61-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Brent Dean
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 112-63-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Wally Ferguson
WEEK 12: 10-5
OVERALL: 112-63-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Eagles, Seahawks, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Jaguars, Panthers, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Kermit Rahming
WEEK 12: 9-6
OVERALL: 112-63-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Reggie Ocean
WEEK 12: 9-6
OVERALL: 111-64-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Browns, Titans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Falcons, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Sheldon Longley (Defending Champion)
WEEK 12: 12-3
OVERALL: 110-65-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Eagles, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Stephen "Steebie J" Johnson
WEEK 12: 10-5
OVERALL: 110-65-1
Week 13 Picks: Bears, Eagles, 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Titans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Saints, Raiders, Bengals, Falcons, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Brad Hanna
WEEK 12: 9-6
OVERALL: 109-66-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Eagles, Seahawks, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Tito Butler
WEEK 12: 13-2
OVERALL: 108-67-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Eagles, 49ers, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Saints, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Antoinne Robinson
WEEK 12: 10-5
OVERALL: 108-67-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Bills, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Tony "Teej" Grant Jr.
WEEK 12: 8-7
OVERALL: 107-68-1
Week 13 Picks: Bears, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Saints, Raiders, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Packers, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Juan McCartney
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 106-69-1
Week 13 Picks: Bears, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Vikings, Saints, Rams, Bengals, Falcons, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Simba French
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 105-70-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Steelers, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Broncos and Dolphins.

Randy Smith
WEEK 12: 11-4
OVERALL: 103-72-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks, Chargers, Browns, Titans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Saints, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Packers, Broncos and Dolphins.

Richard Rudon
WEEK 12: 7-8
OVERALL: 100-75-1
Week 13 Picks: Lions, Cowboys, 49ers, Chargers, Browns, Texans, Colts, Giants, Panthers, Saints, Rams, Bengals, Cardinals, Patriots, Chiefs and Dolphins.

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November 27, 2014
The march of folly

Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as 'the most flagrant of all passions'.
- Barbara W. Tuchman, "The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam".

It is at once fascinating and disturbing to observe how the lust for power and other ambitions, so often lead to folly and failure. Politicians over millennia, though repeatedly warned of their delusions, have pursued courses of action leading to disaster and defeat.
Folly is often more our companion than wisdom. It is defined as "the lack of good sense or judgment"; "a foolish act or idea: foolish behavior" and "the lack of... normal prudence and foresight".
Folly is the grand subject of historian, author and journalist Barbara Tuchman in her sweeping book, "The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam" Born in 1912, Tuchman died in 1989 at age 77. She was a two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner for General Non-fiction and a university lecturer.
She frames the criteria: "To qualify as folly, the policy adopted must meet three criteria: it must have been perceived as counter-productive in its own time, not merely by hindsight... Secondly a feasible alternative cause of action must have been available."
She continues: "To remove the problem from personality, a third criterion must be that the policy in question should be that of a group, not an individual ruler, and should persist beyond any one political lifetime."
A review of her book at www.stoneschool.com/Reviews/MarchOfFolly.html casts the criteria as such: "... Acts have to be clearly contrary to the self-interest of the organization or group pursuing them; conducted over a period of time, not just in a single burst of irrational behavior; conducted by a number of individuals, not just one deranged maniac; and, importantly, there have to be people alive at the time who pointed out correctly why the act in question was folly (no 20/20 hindsight allowed)."

Examples
Tuchman recalls a variety of examples of historic folly: "Why, to begin at the beginning, did the Trojan rulers drag that suspicious-looking wooden horse inside their walls despite every reason to suspect a Greek trick? Why did successive ministries of George III insist on coercing rather than conciliating the American colonies though repeatedly advised by many counsellors that the harm done must be greater than any possible gain?"
Her master examples of folly include how the Renaissance popes provoked the Protestant Secessions, the British loss of its American colonies, the American debacle in Vietnam. Along the way she also provides lesser examples of folly.
Tuchman's criteria have been tweaked by others to address quite a number of contexts, some as epic as George W. Bush's Iraq War to other less grave follies in government and politics. Successive political parties and governments here at home have pursued folly, some more vigorously than others.
Often, temporary victories intoxicate, blinding a group to impending disaster and grave danger ahead. In the U.S., the Democratic Party kept nominating presidential candidates who were sure losers, until Bill Clinton recast and steered the party to victory.
Democrats were initially delighted with the nomination of Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis as the party's 1988 presidential nominee. They were fairly certain that they could defeat the Republican nominee George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan's successor.
Their groupthink and delusion proved politically fatal. Bush went on to run a more effective campaign and trounced Dukakis, who was not the strongest candidate for the Democrats. It was after the 1988 shellacking that the Democrats pulled their heads out of the sand and nominated a viable candidate.
Out of the self-interest of a few or because of purity tests, political parties often chose leaders who are unpopular or not well considered by the electorate, woefully lacking or incapable of winning, and who go on to drag their party down to defeat.

Setbacks
Folly should not be confused with failure to achieve various objectives, such as certain setbacks and defeats by those struggling for equality, including women and gays and lesbians, though some tactics in these struggles might prove folly.
For Tuchman, self-interest is defined as what is in the long-term best interest of an organization or group, not the narrow or benighted interests of a few who seek to use an organization or government to pursue their overweening ambitions or to exact revenge or banish past ghosts.
Tuchman describes the mindset of those prone to folly: "Wooden-headedness, the source of self-deception, is a factor that plays a remarkably large role in government. It consists in assessing a situation in terms of preconceived fixed notions while ignoring or rejecting any contrary signs. It is acting according to wish while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts."
The book review at www.stoneschool.com notes the role of those who warned of folly and the likely disaster on the horizon: "In the case of the Trojan Horse, the... role is played by Laocoon, a blind priest, who chastises Trojan leadership the moment the wooden equine is found. 'You can't bring that thing in here,' he says, 'it might be full of Greek soldiers!' Later, as it becomes evident the will to bring it in is strong, he suggests helpfully, 'Well, if you're going to bring it in, at least poke it with a spear and see if anybody yelps.'"
He was of course ignored. The resulting defeat of the Trojans could have been prevented. Those who divined that they knew better and who convinced themselves that they were more clever than others, could not countenance their fatal error, despite numerous warnings, and until it was too late.
The book review notes: "The third section of the book is entitled The British Loss of North America and treats the American Revolution from a rarely-seen perspective: that of an avoidable and silly loss of valuable colonies occurring primarily due to stiff British necks (upper lips being of no service).
"The extent to which the war was unpopular in Britain is covered, as well as the many Laocoons decrying the idiocy of antagonizing the colonists, including some viewed in the American version of events as villains."

Pyrrhic
One has to distinguish in history and life what is a real victory and what may be a Pyrrhic victory. This requires discernment and wisdom, which Tuchman defines in the spheres of politics and government as "the exercise of judgment acting on experience, common sense and available information."
Those who ignore common sense and readily available information in the public domain in the pursuit of overweening self-interest, often look back and wonder how they could have been so wrong, after convincing themselves of their own delusions.
Apocryphal or not, Marie Antoinette's instruction that the peasantry should eat cake, suggests the extent of delusion and absence from reality of some drunk and giddy with their own sense of power.
The author Willa Cather advises, "There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they have never happened before." One of these stories is hubris.
In the Western classics from Icarus to Oedipus, Antigone, Macbeth, King Lear, Cleopatra, and others, excessive pride or hubris, "a belief that [one] is somehow above the fates, or in control of destiny", typically leads to failure, as one is ensnared by one's own unbridled arrogance.
Throughout history there were political leaders, generals and their advisers convinced that they were marching to victory, but instead were about to march themselves and others over a cliff. Such is the march of folly.

o frontporchguardian@gmail.com, www.bahamapundit.com.

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June 18, 2011
(VIDEO) Pew: Protect Our Sharks, Say Bahamas' Children

Hear from Bahamian children from various islands of The Bahamas along with Bahamas National Trust Education Officer, Shelly Cant deliver a message on protecting sharks in The Bahamas.

This video Public Service Announcement This PSA was produced by The Bahamas National Trust (BNT), in collaboration with Pew environment Group, in support of a grassroots petition to protect sharks in Bahamian waters.

Sharks are in trouble globally, and there are few locations where healthy shark populations still exist. In The Bahamas, a 20 year-old ban on longline fishing gear has left its waters as one of the few places in the world with relatively healthy shark...

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December 03, 2014
The wild world of consultancy

Ever worked for an organization where consultants walk in and out through a revolving door? As one of those persons that had the door greet me and hit me on the way out, I tend to smile at the nature of the work.
As a management consultant, I have been both whipping boy and savior to both the same and different organizations. But in all times I left a place better than how I met it, or at least I'd like to think so!
Bahamians tend to rag on "consultants", in particular Bahamian consultants that align themselves with political parties. Bahamians typically see them as cronies, hustlers, gravy train riders and just all out vermin. We often refer to them as the special group of "friends, family and lovers".
As someone on the hustle myself, you tend to take the ribs, jibes and abuse with a grain of salt. Not because I'm of the friend, family or lover persuasion. But because you have to take that burden into a game where it has been sullied and made mockery of by people with legitimate reasons to do so.
Plus, when you factor in how really insulting and derogatory that particular friend, family and lover statement is, particularly when you see the same old "consultants" awarded numerous government contracts, from any standpoint (because it does not take a Nobel Laureate to appreciate if something is useful, working or not), one really has to be relaxed and calm amidst the regular jostling for prominence in this very broad field of consultancy in The Bahamas.
But, it does raise a particular concern: What exactly does a consultant do? Better yet, what are consultants supposed to be doing?
In short, we can only do what you want us to do. We can't undo anything either, unless instructed to do so. And in your organization, we are only bound by the rules of engagement you set for us.
Especially with contractually obligated agreements, most consultants in the field for more than five years tend to appreciate sticking with the original agreement unless it is formally changed and understood by both parties. This stems the flow of corruption, theft, abuse, malfeasance, lowers the risk of failure and keeps both sides of the agreement satisfied.
Trust me when I say this: We don't want to lose your money if we can help it. Neither do we want a dissatisfied client spreading negativities about our brand if it can be avoided. Also, neither should you want to waste time dissatisfying a consultant that, even within a few short days, understands your business model, what you are doing, how you are doing it and even if they don't tell you, knows the acute and problematic details and intricacies of how even you yourself are bringing harm to your company.
Just a few short months back a colleague of mine sent an email to all of the Bahamas-based consultants that he knew, asking them to form a coalition of sorts. Which is a good first step because we don't have a recognizable body that represents our industry in The Bahamas.
I took the opportunity to research some of the names copied in the email and was quite surprised that many of them were under the age of 50, including myself. Their fields of expertise ranged from small business services, to information technology, to legal services and accountancy and international trade and market research. It was a very diverse group of individuals.
While noticing the range of their skills and areas of expertise, it led me to the first notion about the aura of a consultant: There is no one, short-cut consultant and cookie cutter style of doing things.
Some persons have this perception that a consultant is supposed to be all knowing and well versed in all sectors of the universe. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, consultants in very many respects know very little of the particular business model utilized by a government, civic organization or company. They may have sector specific expertise, but specific organizational knowledge cannot be ascertained until you actually engage a consultant.
So, disabuse yourself of this perilous notion that a consultant is supposed to solve all of your problems with a flick of a switch. It can't happen. It does not happen. It is not supposed to happen, and you would let yourself down at every turn when you hear of one, see one or watch one operate in your respective workplace.
A second most perilous notion, which almost seems paradoxical to the aforementioned, is that some folks confuse the scope of a consultant.
Sometimes, and this is not just from my experience but colleagues express the same thing to me, consultants have been hired to conduct work in areas not of their initial expertise. For example, a financial consultant with expertise in banking being brought in to help an NGO re-organize their books is quite different from a market research consultant being brought in to negotiate cross-border agreements with your supplier.
The unwritten rule of thumb is that you never tell a potential client no. You have to work with what the market gives you at times. But it can be dangerous as much as it is an enlightening experience to broaden your scope and learn more about what these folks are doing out here these days.
The burden in this case is equally placed on both parties to explain the parameters of what is expected for any particular project, initiative or engagement. But more so the consultant has to have the professional integrity to be up front and honest and say: 'Hey, I see that you need this done, but it really is not my area of expertise; may I refer you to someone else?'
The services sector is also changing rapidly, and some say for the worse when we factor in mass layoffs and low job creation.
The days of going into an office and speaking to your accountant or lawyer are long gone. If you don't catch him or her on the way out of a luncheon or seminar or at the airport, you probably would be wasting your time trying to set up a formal meeting at their offices. So, quite frankly, any and everyone with a college degree that has minimal work experience is a consultant or can be one because he has the time, hunger and reason to take on such a profile.
The same goes for consultants in management and technical fields, especially those that manage several different projects that deserve immediate attention in several different places.
In the case of Kemp Global and our associate sub-contractors, I encourage them to go out and meet the people at their place and at their time. I take my show on the road as well, because I have to and because it gives my firm a personal charm. I will come to you, at your time and your convenience.
It not only makes it easier for us in that we don't have to spend much on accommodations, hence we can save on utility fees, but it also is a chance to go out and see the problems our clients have, right there and right now, without second-hand information and without having x-ray vision through the telephone or getting the "feel" of a conversation with our client at our offices. This is important to us, because we really want to and need to see what it is you are doing.
Thirty or maybe even 20 years ago, one would also have to wait to see a service provider for setting up formal meetings. Nowadays, due to technology and a fast paced world where results oriented practices are the fashion, as opposed to the older days where establishment and name recognition really mattered, if you are not in place to deal with a problem as it arises, it is highly unlikely you will be kept on for any project. So, the more we are out there, the better.
In a nutshell, we have to be out there. Out there with a good name and a hard working spirit to boot. We prefer it that way too!

o Youri Kemp is the president and CEO of Kemp Global, a management consultancy firm based in The Bahamas. This article was published with the permission of Caribbean News Now.

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December 05, 2014
Authentically Bahamian Christmas Craft Market opens Friday

NASSAU, Bahamas --- As the Christmas season gets fully underway, residents and visitors are encouraged to buy uniquely Bahamian gifts at the annual Authentically Bahamian Craft market that opens at Pompey Square today.
Bahamas Handicraft Association President Sonia Rolle said over 20 vendors are involved in the market and they are hoping for a favourable response.
"It is Christmas yuletide season we just wanted to bring something home and so we wanted to have something really Bahamian and really authentic. And so we brought the straw bags, shell jewelry, sponges, sand jars, Christmas wreaths, beautiful corsages. We are even doing something for our pets," she said.
Ms. Rolle said there will also be Bahamian treats like conch salad, candies, peanuts and sugar cane juice.
"So it's somewhere where you can be relaxed, have a good time and also shop for your loved ones for the Christmas Holiday. It's something for the whole family to enjoy and we will have flowers on sale as well," she said.

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December 04, 2014
Kindness Thursday

Today is the beginning of what I call social transformation month in The Bahamas. It is my national appeal for everyone living in The Bahamas to begin a war against anger, violence, animosity, and hatred by using simple humane and loving actions toward each other. Each Thursday during December I ask everyone in The Bahamas to participate in a specific action that has been a part of our heritage for decades but seems to be diminishing. I am inviting everyone to make the entire month a time of rebuilding, reconnecting, healing, and mending broken or wounded relationships. Let us make December a month to start being nice, loving, humane and respectful to everyone -- hence, today is "Kindness Thursday".
Next week, December 11, will be "smiling Thursday"; December 18 will be "friendship Thursday"; December 25 will be "giving Thursday". The final day in this social reform month will be on January 1, 2015 when it will be "new relationship Thursday". This special day can also be observed in churches on the Saturday or Sunday. Thus we can have kindness Saturday/Sunday.
Kindness according to a Wikipedia definition is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern for others. Note that to be kind we need first to generate an attitude of concern for others. We cannot live as though we are all isolationists, cold, hermits, living on an island alone. The words of a song come to mind: "No man is an island ... Each man as my brother, each man as my friend."
Dear reader, acts of kindness towards anyone we touch can make a big difference in our land. One author says: "An act of kindness is a spontaneous gesture of goodwill towards someone or something." Thus, today I am requesting everyone to do some act of kindness. Make this entire day special in your life as you join everyone in the nation by doing something special.
While we are endeavoring to change our society through acts of kindness, it is imperative that we be wise. When carrying out acts of kindness, care should be taken not to intrude or embarrass. Discretion is the operative word. Give your smile or whatever, and then move on, unless the receiver gives out signals that she would like to talk.
What you can do
To be kind towards someone would require one to be observant and sensitive to what is happening around him. For many, it will require that one comes out of his shell of reclusiveness or shyness to reach out to someone, even an animal in need. Here are a few acts of kindness. Help a disabled or elderly person across the street. As you walk in to a store, hold the door open for the person behind you.
Give someone a glass of water to quench his thirst. Offer to assist a person who needs help cleaning his yard. Provide transportation for someone who needs help getting to the store. Give an hour or two to help someone prepare their home for Christmas. Cut the grass of a neighbor. Give a homeless person your doggie bag. Help someone whose car has broken down. Be a designated driver. Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short. Return a shopping cart. Write a letter or send an email to a child or adult who could use some extra attention.
Dear friend, these acts of kindness are not to end today. It is to mark a new beginning in your life, family and society. We are not only to be kind on one day of the year but every day. Let us all try a little kindness. In the 1970s Glen Campbell made a song popular that expresses the sentiment of this article. The song is "Try a Little Kindness."
"Try a little kindness"
If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he's sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and say "You're going the wrong way"
You got to try a little kindness, yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness then you'll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets
Don't walk around the down and out
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day
Will help someone along their way.

o Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist and board certified clinical psychotherapist, U.S.A. Send your questions or comments to barringtonbrennen@gmail.com; or write to P.O. Box CB-13019, Nassau, The Bahamas; or visit www.soencouragement.org; or call 242-327-1980, or 242-477-4002.

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December 29, 2014
Junkanoo results overturned

While it remained unclear whether the Shell Saxons Superstars, who were originally named champions of the 2014 Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade, will appeal a late announcement putting the group in second place, Saxons officials were yesterday in meetings discussing that decision.
Nine hours after Douglas Hanna, chairman of the Parade Management Committee, announced the Saxons won the parade, he said during an emergency press conference on Saturday night that after an error was corrected, One Family was the overall champion with 87.60 points.
One Family had originally been announced as third place finishers.
In the latest announcement, Hanna revealed that Saxons placed second with 86.87 points and Roots placed third with 75.1.
Roots had originally been announced as second place finishers.
The Valley Boys' fourth place finish with 73.2 points remained unchanged.
The disqualifications for the Music Makers and Prodigal Sons were also upheld.
When contacted for comment yesterday, Percy 'Vola' Francis, leader of the Saxons Superstars, said executives were in a meeting to discuss all the facts to "get to the bottom of all the flaws".
His comments were brief.
"We can't say anything at this time," Francis said.
"If we want to launch a protest we can't say anything based on the rules.
"We are looking at a lot of things."
Asked about the mood of the group, one official, who only identified himself as Peter, said, "We are professionals.
"We don't get down. We don't get demoralized. We are the Saxons."
Hanna said as of yesterday afternoon he had not received an appeal from any group.
However, he said it was still "early in the game".
An appeal can be made 48 hours after a group has received scoring sheets.
Hanna said the rules indicate that a group cannot discuss the facts or the process of an appeal to the public until it has appealed.

Corrections

As overall winners, One Family also won best banner while the Saxons won best Shirley Street performance, best lead costume and best off the shoulder costume.
Roots took best music, best choreographed dance and best free dancer categories.
During the emergency press conference, Hanna said when he initially announced the Junkanoo results on Saturday afternoon at Arawak Cay, he had the overall results and scores for some of the categories.
He explained that accountants later presented all the scores, some of which had been corrected.
Those corrections revealed that One Family scored higher than the Saxons and Roots.
Hanna suggested those who tabulated the scores made the error.
"When all of the scores have been looked at, the accountants then do the final tabulation for the unofficial scores," he said.
"They gave me the sheet of paper, the paper that I took to Arawak Cay [Saturday], with the promise that I would get the full sheet later.
"When I got the full sheet the accountants said there was a mistake with the positions and they gave me the corrected one."
Hanna said he met with members of the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence (JCNP) to discuss the corrected results.
But Hanna indicated that the meeting was contentious.
"There was a big disagreement over whether I should make this announcement tonight (Saturday)," he said.
In an interview on Saturday night, One Family Chairman Darron Turnquest said his members' prayers have been answered.
He said One Family members left everything on Bay Street with their 'Forever in our Hearts' theme.
He said the result is the fruit of the group's labor.
"We simply say as we said all morning, may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace and rise victorious in glory," Turnquest said.
"...The Bible says the prayers of the faithful availeth much. I think that's it, but let's go with that for now.
"I am so caught with excitement. I am ecstatic because this is what we need as One Family."
Meanwhile, One Family officials said they remain focused on a double victory as they prepare for the New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade.
Colors Entertainment won the 'B' category with 81.18 points.
The group also won best banner, best choreographed dance and best music.
Original Congos placed second with 76.61 points, while Conquerors for Christ finished third with 70.74 points.
Six 'B' category groups were disqualified, but Hanna said on Saturday that some of those disqualifications were being reviewed.

Delayed results

Another point of contention was the delayed results, which were put off on Friday evening to Saturday afternoon.
"We won't have the unofficial scores tonight," Hanna told a large crowd of group members and supporters on Friday evening.
"I just left the tally room where they are still tabulating the scores."
After several hours of waiting on Saturday, Junkanoo Committee officials were still unable to provide results and scores for all categories.
The original scores announced were as followed.
In fourth place was Valley Boys with 73.2 points after a 10 point penalty; in third place was One Family with 80.96 points.
Roots was announced as the runner-up with 85.01 points and Saxons was named the winner with 86.87 points.
While Saxons members were elated with the result, members of Roots were furious that the parade was called without all categories being factored.
Wellington Walkes, a Roots member, said his group should have been named the winner.
"It is a bunch of crap," an impassioned Walkes said. "They did not call Shirley Street."
Several other Roots members said while it was a "slap in the face" they would await the announcement of all the results.
Turnquest made a similar comment on behalf of One Family.
Following the announcement, Hanna told the media his credibility was on the line to make the unofficial announcement.
The Saxons placed second in choreograph and dance categories and third in music.
The group was the sixth to take to Bay Street.

Delayed parade

The late finish of the parade contributed to the delayed results, according to Hanna.
The parade, which began around midnight on Friday, did not wrap up until that afternoon.
Hanna said there are several issues that need to be addressed to ensure the New Year's Day parade is not a repeat of Friday.
Key among those challenges is the introduction of a third lap.
"At the third lap the Saxons, I think at 1 p.m., had just come off Shirley Street to do the third lap on Bay Street," Hanna said.
"The police really had a concern because stores were open, traffic needed to pass.
"Police really could not have allowed the parade to carry on much longer.
"It creates a lot of problems when the parade goes on that late."
While making its way to Bay Street, Music Makers had an equipment malfunction and was not prepared to perform when called, according to officials.
According to officials, other delays came about because of long delays between some group's performances.
JCNP Chairman Silbert Ferguson said the organization is considering changing the start time of the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Officials hope that, that would mean the parade would end by 6 a.m. on Boxing Day.
There were other criticisms of the parade.
While on Bay Street, Prime Minister Perry Christie pointed out that the Junkanoo groups have become so large that sections perform without music.
"It does not even look like fun when you are without music, so we have to find a way to throw the music forward using technology," Christie said.

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December 30, 2014
Gout attacks twice as likely as night

A recent study has proven the long held belief that a gout attack is more likely to occur at night. Dr. Hyon Choi from Boston University School of Medicine published an article online in Arthritis & Rheumatism that shows that persons have a 2.36 greater chance of having a gout attack at night than in the daytime. It is believed that the lowered body temperature and dehydration during sleep may be contributing factors as well as a change in hormone levels.
A gout attack during the holiday can hinder your holiday plans and stop all your fun. Changes in your diet, including overindulging in certain foods and beverages, can trigger gouty attacks this time of year. Gout attacks are extremely painful and come on suddenly, mostly at night. They are caused when uric acid accumulates in the tissues or a joint and crystallizes. This most commonly occurs in the big toe joint.
Uric acid is the result of the breakdown of purines -- chemicals that are found naturally in our bodies and in foods, especially proteins. Some people develop gout because their kidneys have difficulty eliminating normal amounts of uric acid, while others produce too much uric acid. Eating foods that are high in purines also contribute to uric acid build-up and can trigger a gout attack. Uric acid is present in the blood and is eliminated in the urine, but in people who have gout, uric acid accumulates and turns to crystals in the joints. Gout occurs most commonly in the big toe because uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes. At cooler temperatures, uric acid turns into crystals. Since the toe is the part of the body that is farthest from the heart, it's also the coolest part of the body, and thus, the most likely target of gout. Gout, however can affect any joint in the body.
Genetics also play a role in the tendency to accumulate uric acid. Other factors that put a person at risk for developing gout may include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, surgery, chemotherapy, stress, and certain medications such as diuretics (water pills) and vitamins. While gout is more common in men aged 40 to 60 years, it can occur in younger men as well as in women.
Gout presents with intense pain that comes on suddenly -- often in the middle of the night or getting up in the morning. There may also be other signs of inflammation such as redness, swelling, and warmth over the joint. There may be difficulty walking or standing due to the pain.
To diagnose gout, the podiatrist will ask questions about your personal and family medical history and your diet, followed by an examination of the affected joint. Laboratory tests (uric acid level) and x-rays may also be ordered.
The initial treatment of an attack of gout typically includes:
Medications: Prescription medications or injections are used to treat the pain, swelling, and inflammation; the podiatrist may prescribe an anti-inflammatory and or medications to help lower the uric acid level.
Dietary restrictions: Foods and beverages that are high in purines should be avoided, since purines are converted in the body to uric acid. Persons prone to gouty attacks should avoid purine-rich foods such as shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster, conch, etc.), organ meats (kidney, liver, etc.), red meat, processed meats and cheese, red wine and beer.
Cherries: Recent studies have shown that people with gout may be able to cut their risk of recurrent attacks in half by eating about one cup or 20 cherries a day. The report states cherries help keep the inflammation in check and may reduce the uric acid levels and inflammation in the body. Researchers credit anthocyanins -- antioxidant pigments found in red and purplish fruits and vegetables, including cherries for the beneficial effect. These antioxidants stabilize unstable molecules called free radicals, which cause inflammation and damage cells and tissue. More studies are being done in this area. Black cherry extract tablets can also be taken if you cannot find fresh cherries.
Fluids: Drink lots of water daily to help flush out the uric acid; avoid alcoholic beverages. Coffee and other caffeinated beverages act as a diuretic, (causes you to urinate a lot) which can cause more dehydration.
Immobilize and elevate the foot: Rest your affected foot by avoiding long standing and walking. Also, elevate your foot (level with or slightly above the heart) to help reduce swelling. Sometimes the podiatrist may put a bandage on the foot to help with the pain and swelling.
The symptoms of gout and the inflammatory process will usually resolve in three to 10 days with treatment. If gout symptoms continue, regardless of your initial home treatment, see a podiatrist. If repeated attacks occur, you may need long-term treatment that will mean daily medications to control the uric acid level. It is important to treat and resolve the gout, because repeated episodes of gout can damage the joint permanently and cause arthritis.

o For more information email us at foothealth242@hotmail.com or visit www.apma.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre, Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996 or visit Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820 for an appointment.

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July 02, 2011
Simmer down and stirring it up

Chef Devan McPhee remembers vividly the day he went to church and was asked by his pastor what he wanted to be in life. The youngster, seven or eight at the time, thought back to the fact that he had been watching the Food Network before he left out of the house that Sunday morning, having just gotten cable installed, and said he wanted to be a chef because he'd just seen them on television.  His pastor prophesied that young McPhee would be one of the best chefs The Bahamas would see and at a very young age at that.
That pastor's prophecy seems to be coming true as Chef McPhee, now 25, owns his own restaurant and bar.  It was just in May that he signed on the dotted line to lease the Simmer Down Restaurant and Stir It Up Bar at the Marley Resort on Cable Beach where he's certainly simmering some amazing pots and stirring up delicious libations.
Simmer Down Restaurant showcases a fusion of Bahamian and Jamaican food with an international flair as he complements the cuisine with French and European touches and relies on lots of spices and herbs to his foods making him one of the hottest young chefs in the country.
"Our theme in the kitchen is we always cook with love and we serve food prepared with love, and translating that over to the bar, we provide drinks to complement the food," he says.
Even though he's new to the restaurant ownership business, Chef McPhee is not new to the kitchen and definitely not new to the Simmer Down Restaurant kitchen as he was the executive chef prior to the resort closing for 10 months. Upon its reopening, he gladly took charge of his own fate, switching up the menu to reflect his cooking style and his Bahamian heritage, and he's kept some of the old favorites that were hits.
While the menu is exciting all around and offers something for everyone -- including vegetarians, the chef says there are a few menu items that are chef's choice and a must try -- items he considers his signature items.
From the soups, the Lobster and Pumpkin Bisque (infused with ginger and curry, topped with a cinnamon cream dollop) he gives two thumbs up.

"It's a burst of flavors and not what you expect with the fresh ginger, curry and cinnamon cream dollop.  Lobster bisque is standard on restaurant menus, but when you taste the pumpkin in there with the ginger ... the pimentos, the fresh thyme, it's a burst of flavor and then the cinnamon cream dollop mellows it out."
While he says all salads are good, he's most pleased with his Caribbean lobster and mango salad that he says he came up with off the fly.  "I was poaching some lobster for the lobster bisque one day and there was some mango on the table, and I saw the yellow and the white and some cherry tomatoes and I said let's try something.  I marinated it in a passion fruit dressing with fresh basil, ginger ...  I played around with it and I tried it as a chef's special that night with a blueberry balsamic drizzle to go with it to bring out the color, topped it off with fresh greens and toasted coconut and it was a hit."  From that night it made the menu.
If he's sitting down to dine, he opts for a callaloo and spinach vegetable empanada, just to add a different touch to the courses if you're having a three-course meal.  It's also a dish he says vegetarians would appreciate as well as it's healthy.  The baked empanada is a puff pastry stuffed with Jamaican cheddar cheese which he says balances out the flavors of the callaloo and bitterness of the spinach.
The Down Home Roasted Organic Duck (marinated in pineapple and Bacardi rum with island gratin potatoes, broccoli rabe and cinnamon glazed carrots) makes this restaurant owner proud.  It's presented with a sweet potato gratin, garnished with fried plantain and they make a pineapple and coconut rum sauce to go with it.
The Bahamian lobster duo (coconut cracked conch and broiled with a Jamaican vegetable run down, homemade mango chutney and drizzled with a lobster essence) is another menu favorite.  
And you should not leave the Simmer Down Restaurant without trying dessert.  The must have item is the Mama Lur's apples 'n cream (a warm crumble with fresh apples, and fresh guavas with ginger vanilla ice cream and apple cider reduction).
Chef McPhee says he gets his guavas from the islands and freezes them for this dessert, because he says there's nothing like the taste of real guava.  They also make their own ice cream and the dish is topped off with caramelized pecans, crème caramel and finished with toasted coconut.
With a number of other options on the menu, Chef McPhee prefers to keep his menu small and personalized.  But he intends to change the menu with the seasons.  As we are in the summer months, the menu reflects a lot of fruits, colorful sauces and dressings.  In the fall and winter he intends to pull out ingredients like star anise and cinnamon to warm things up, and offer heartier options like rib eye and tenderloin and a lot more soups to go with the cooler temperatures.
With a kitchen staff he handpicked because they had the same vision that he had for the restaurant and bar that he now owns.  "I picked them because I wanted to share my knowledge with tem and I didn't want anyone who would be complacent because they'd been working here prior to the resort closing," said Chef McPhee.  "I wanted to start fresh.  I wanted it to be like night and day and the first thing I did was to reduced menu prices drastically, because people loved the place, but they talked about the prices, and I try to work with the locals pocket," he says.  The chef even offers a daily three-course prix fixe meal special that changes weekly.  For $55 you get a soup or salad and usually it's the lobster bisque or shrimp appetizer; you get a choice of the jerk chicken medallion or the chef's special which is the fish of the day, and a dessert -- either the Mama Lur's Apples and Cream or the Caribbean Chocolate Vibes.
"Going into this I knew I had to do something different, because the place had already existed and try to get that same market, but make it my market," says Chef McPhee.

To make your Simmer Down Restaurant experience unique, he offers a different experience nightly.   He came up with "Taxi Nights" on Monday and Tuesdays to catch the tourist market; Wine Down Wednesdays for people who like wine and free tapas; and Thursday and Fridays are corporate happy hour when he does exotic martinis and specials and Saturdays are known as stirred up and sizzlin'.   A five member jazz band On Cue performs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays as well.
At 25, Chef McPhee's future is in his own hands as a restaurant owner, but he says as an apprentice chef while he trained under many great chefs in the hotels, he realized he didn't want that to be him -- working in the same kitchen year after year, becoming programmed.  He wanted to make a name for himself

"Even though it's a risk, the good thing about it is that I took this venture because it's a smaller operation where I could start out small and gradually grow to the level that I want to be at ... and I was already familiar with the place [Simmer Down Restaurant] and it was just a matter of polishing up some stuff, getting the menu together and choosing the right staff."
Chef McPhee credits Chef Addiemae Farrington of the Culinary Hospitality Management Institute, the late Chef Jasmine Clarke-Young, Chef Paul Haywood of Altantis, Chef Wayne Moncur of the Ocean Club and Chef Tracey Sweeting (his former executive chef at the Marley Resort) with giving him the training that has given him so much confidence to do what he's now doing.
"They trained me so well in all areas that I'm able to be creative and do what I'm doing, with hot food because I'm a trained pastry chef," said Chef McPhee.  "They really gave me a good school bag to carry.  I can pull out things and be versatile.  Plus, it's in my heart, and you have to cook with love.  You can have the fancy name, and your food can look pretty, but that passion and soul has to be in it."
Chef McPhee even keeps his kitchen open a little longer than most restaurants, taking his last order at 10:30 p.m. after opening at 6 p.m.
For the chef, the new venture is fun, but scary as he knows he has the livelihood of his staff in his hands.
At Stir It Up Bar he says you have to have the Blue Razzberry Martini and the Jamaica Me Crazy. It just sounds crazy and it's fun and people enjoy them.  I wanted to add my flair to the menu and these are my signature ones.  They're new to the menu, because coming into the restaurant and bar business, I had to bring something new to the table.  I reduced the drink prices too and kept it straight across the board.
It's new, it's scary but fun, because you have the livelihood of staff in your hands and they have to be paid.  "I realize what it is to be an employee and now an employer, even though I'm at a young age.  It's like you have an additional pair of eyes -- you watch everything, things you didn't care about before you now care about -- even on the service aspect. "

CARIBBEAN SPICY SHRIMP APPETIZER WITH POTATO AND SWEET CORN PUREE

6 - 16/20 shrimp
½ oz Jerk seasoning
2 oz homemade ginger and garlic chili sauce
½ oz herb marinade
For the potato and sweet corn puree
½ lb Yukon potato, cooked
4 oz sweet corn puree
3 oz heavy cream
1 oz butter
Sugar, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the tropical fruit salsa:
4 oz fresh mango diced
4 oz fresh ripe pineapple diced
1 oz bell pepper fine diced
1 oz  red onion diced
1 oz distilled white vinegar
1 tsp fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 orange
2 oz fresh banana mashed
Salt and pepper, to taste
Honey as needed

Method:
Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and mix together, season to taste with alt and pepper and let stand 30 minutes before serving.

For the shrimp: Season the shrimp with salt and jerk seasoning and herb marinade, let stand 30 minutes. Grill to desired doneness and top with chili sauce, Finish shrimp in the oven and serve.
For the potato and sweet corn puree: Puree ingredient together to desired taste and consistency, season and serve. Garnish with herb oil and chips. Combine all ingredients together and blend thoroughly.
For the tropical fruit salsa: Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and mix together, season to taste with alt and pepper and let stand 30 minutes before serving.

CARIBBEAN MANGO AND LOBSTER SALAD

1 lb spiny lobster meat cooked and sliced
1 oz Spanish onion fine diced
2 oz fresh cherry tomatoes chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
2 large mangoes
1 oz ginger chopped
1 tsp salt
Salt and fresh goat pepper

1 oz chopped cilantro
1 tsp sugar
4 oz passion fruit dressing

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl; add enough dressing to bind ingredients. Be sure to season with salt and pepper. Mix, chill and serve. Garnish with micro greens chilled asparagus and a lemon vinaigrette.

MAMA LURR'S APPLES 'N CREAM

4 Granny smith apples
1 can uava shells
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 star anise
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tbs butter
½ oz flour
3 oz home made vanilla ice cream
Toasted coconut
Crumble:
½ cup butter
1 ¼ cup flour
2 tbs sugar
2 tbs raisins
2 tbs crushed almonds/ walnuts

Peel and slice apples. In sauce pan melt butter, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and star anise. Add guavas and sliced apples. Let simmer for about two minutes. Thicken slightly with flour.  Place in bowl and allow to set.

For crumble: Fold in at room temperature butter with the flour into small pieces. Add sugar, raisins, and almonds.  Place on top of apple and guava mixture and bake for 4-8 minutes. Serve with ice cream and add toasted coconut.

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Movie
The Shining
  • Genre : Drama, Horror, Mystery
  • Rating : TBC - To Be Classified

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future....


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October 17, 2010
Bahamas broker: 'Next to zero effect' from SEC closure

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

A Bahamian broker/dealer said the Friday settlement it and its parent group had reached with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) would have "next to zero effect on our business" in this nation, since it had not opened any US client accounts since 2001.

Craig Lines, head of LOM (Bahamas), said the company and its ultimate parent, Bermuda-based LOM (Holdings), were "glad to get behind us" the SEC's allegations that they had committed securities fraud by "manipulating the stock prices of [two] publicly traded shell companies".

Describing the company's relief at settling an almost two-year court case th ...

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January 05, 2015
Three men shot dead

Three men were shot dead in separate incidents in New Providence over the weekend, police said.
The latest murder took place in Union Village at 12:45 p.m. yesterday, according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson.
He said the victim was sitting in his white Honda when someone in a jeep drove up and stopped near his car.
Three men jumped out the jeep and shot the man, he said.
Ferguson said the man drove off but crashed into a fence were he died.
Ferguson appealed to anyone with information on this killing to call police.
As police moved about the scene, dozens of residents, friends and family members looked on.
Relatives identified the victim as D'Angelo Pinder.
A close friend said he was on his way to pick up lunch from his mother.
Near the police yellow tape, a seven-year-old boy stared at the bullet riddled Honda.
"He's dead," the boy said.
"How do you know that?" asked Khandi Gibson, president of Families of all Murdered Victims (FOAM).
"My mother told me. He's my cousin."
A friend, who said she grew up with Pinder, described him as an honorable young man.
"He never bothered anyone," said the friend who wished not to be identified.
"He has respect for everyone. That hurt my heart this afternoon to see him in that car.
"I was coming from church and I saw the ambulance and said, 'Jesus, who having baby again? Then I saw the car and said, 'Jesus, don't say that's Angelo.
"I nearly fainted. All I can say is that they need to do something. This is getting out of control."
As police marked, photographed and collected dozens of shell casings, Pinder's mother moved about the scene in apparent shock.
Police were also looking for the men responsible for two other killings. One happened on Saturday before 10 p.m., the other on Sunday around 3 a.m.
Police said the incident on Sunday happened after a man got into an argument with another man at a nightclub on Madeira Street.
One of the men left the club and returned with a friend, police said.
Police said the friend pulled out a handgun and shot at the man his friend was arguing with.
The man returned fire, hitting one of the men in the head, chest and stomach, and the other in the leg.
The victim who was shot multiple times died.
Police said the shooter, along with a second man, jumped inside a green Honda CRV, with four women inside, and demanded that they speed off.
The driver sped off but collided with another Honda on Collins Avenue. Police said the two men then ran out the jeep and fled onto McCullough Corner.
The shooter remained at large.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police.
In relation to Saturday's murder, police said a man was sitting in his Honda Accord at Deliverance Way, off Malcolm Road, when a gunman approached him and shot him several times.
The victim was transported to hospital where he died, according to police.
Police said they were looking for Lathario Sergio Missick, also known as Juvie, in connection with this matter.

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January 08, 2015
Where have all the progressives gone

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?
- Pete Seeger

Six decades ago, the 1950s, was a wonderful time in what was then the British colony of the Bahama Islands. Never mind the distended bellies of malnourished children; forget about extremely limited job opportunities; disregard the extreme imbalance between the very wealthy few and the very poor and undereducated majority.
During the 1950s, young men and women talked about the new world which was emerging following the Second World War. And, what mighty changes there were in this brave new world.
The local British satraps, Royal Governors George Sandford; Robert Neville; Daniel Knox, Earl of Ranfurly; and Raynor Arthur, had, during this period, oversight of the colony representing the British Colonial Office. A rather loose grouping of white men, variously described as the Bay Street Gang or Bay Street Boys, were the political elite of the time committed to maintaining political and economic control among themselves; and, keeping black people out except for the occasional token "colored man".
The colonial rulers generally had a rather low opinion of both sides of the political divide: The Bay Street Boys were not quite "white" enough and were generally conservative reactionaries; the black or "colored" alternatives were, well, black.
This was fertile ground for deeply emotional discussions among an intelligent young community who read voraciously and considered grand concepts of eventual freedom from colonialism and the jackboot of white rule.
Weeks old international newspapers augmented by magazines, radio and motion pictures represented opportunity to discuss some enormous concepts. Local newspapers attracted some wonderful writers and thinkers. Young men and women had returned after exposure to the great debates taking place in universities and pubs in and around London and other large metropolitan cities. In these locations Bahamians interacted with other young people from all over the world. There were two principal concepts, especially in London, at the core of discussions: namely, independence from colonial domination and leftist political thought supplemented by critiques of social justice issues.
Those young people here who did not go away had the opportunity to read and think and many did in order to share with their university compatriots as intellectual equals.
Thus was created the modern progressive.
Our history had been blessed with progressive thought for centuries. This effort was regularly suppressed by white overlords of one sort or another.
There were those revolutionaries opposed to the institution of chattel slavery. Men and women, including Pompey of Exuma, after whom the Museum of Slavery and Emancipation is named, generously sacrificed their lives to fight against slavery in order to free themselves and their kin.
Following the abolition of slavery and throughout the ensuing century and a half of colonialism, the black majority fought to liberate themselves from the vestiges of their ancestor's lives in bondage. We benefited from immigration, mostly young men from the British West Indies, to work as policemen and teachers. Many of these immigrants were in the throes of the same effort. During this colonial period, we also exported young people to other lands where many made meaningful contributions to their adopted communities.
Think back to your memories of the 1950s or to the stories which you heard from parents or grandparents. Remember that Government House was that place on the hill where few 'people of colour' could see themselves ever being invited. Few people, black or white, ever went off to University. Most children finished school at age 14. Church schools along with the Government High School, offered a high school education to the lucky few. Far-sighted parents arranged for private tutoring to augment limited structural school facilities.
The vote had just previously been extended to all men over the age of twenty-one ending a requirement for property ownership as a necessary qualifying element to register as an elector. Women were a decade away from the right to vote.
The 1950s was, without question, a difficult time for the colony's black citizenry. For most, this was a time of distress; but, for the progressive movement, a time to organize and plan. Progressive thinkers came together to create and build, over the months and years, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP).
Much of the PLP's underlying social philosophy could be traced to a widely read 1891 Papal Encyclical, 'RERUM NOVARUM' (Rights and duties of Capital and Labour), which was written by Pope Leo XIII in response to the structural ill treatment of workers by the European lords of industry. This document confirmed the right to ownership of private property and called for the natural entitlement to fair treatment by workers and for fair wages and conditions. Industry leaders of the time accused the Pope of being a socialist. Progressives here were accused of belonging to the left wing as opposed to those in the government who were generally recognized as being 'right wing' or simply greedy co-conspirators.
So, a cauldron of social justice thought and the reactionary response to it, led to a decade of incredible political events. First up was the 1956 general election, in which the PLP took 33 percent of the popular vote (mostly out of New Providence) and secured just 6 of 29 seats. The political conversation between the party and the people, which had been going on since the party's creation in 1953, continued apace, which annoyed the colonial governor and created fear in the ranks of the Bay Street oligarchy.
The demands of organized labor, combined with public agitation, led to the 1958 General Strike which 'encouraged' the British Colonial Office to take a closer look at political realities in the Bahama Islands. During this period, the Bay Street Boys organized themselves into a political party - the United Bahamian Party (UBP).
The Colonial Office recognized a need for greater representation of the masses in the House of Assembly leading to the creation of four additional seats for New Providence in the House of Assembly in order to begin to address the Bay Street crafted gerrymandering in favor of far fewer voters in islands historically favoring them. Special elections were held in 1960 for the four new seats, all of which the PLP won.
Progressives, women and men, campaigned for the right to the vote for women. They took the case to international organizations concurrent with conducting an aggressive campaign in the colony. The necessary change was made and women voted for the first time in the general elections of November 1962. Most progressive pundits 'knew' that women would vote in their great majority for the PLP. They were shocked when the election was lost. The PLP secured 44 percent of the popular vote; and, the UBP only secured 36 percent with the remaining 20 percent going mostly to independent candidates. Effective gerrymandering resulted in securing the bulk of the seats for the UBP.
Many PLPs were disheartened; but, progressives understood that this was but a setback, unexpected though it was. The discussion with the People continued.
The year 1964 saw the introduction of a new constitution, creating Cabinet government and abolishing the executive council.
In the run-up to the 1967 general election, there were those among progressives who did not expect that the PLP would win but rather position it for a solid run in the next election by achieving a close result. And, close it was. The PLP and the UBP both won 18 of 38 seats as well as almost parity in votes with the PLP besting the UBP by just 71 votes or 44.21 percent vs. 44.05 percent. The Labour Party's Randol Fawkes and Independent Candidate Alvin Braynen were the other two people elected to the 38 member House. Fawkes became a member of Cabinet in the PLP government led by Lynden Pindling. Braynen became Speaker.
So, the people, utilizing the PLP under the philosophical leadership of progressives, freed themselves from the ruling white oligarchy by ushering in Majority Rule in the general election of January 10, 1967, the 48th anniversary of which we celebrate this year.
This is truly a people's holiday and deserves the greatest of event celebrations. Maybe we would have a grand people's celebration for the Golden Anniversary in January 2017.
Fifteen months after the 1967 general election, the next in 1968, saw the PLP win 29 of 38 seats with 72 percent of the popular vote. The once mighty UBP was relegated to just 25 percent of the popular vote.
With this abject showing, the UBP effectively went into destruct mode, eventually going the way of the dinosaurs after a bye-election loss in Central Andros in 1971. The natural home of the white right wing had disintegrated.
In the early 1970s progressives found themselves shared between the PLP and the Free-PLP which morphed into the Free National Movement (FNM). There are those who believe that the FNM continues to be the home of the remnant of the right wing UBP simply because it is opposed to the PLP.
Maybe it is time for progressives to reflect on where they are and what The Bahamas needs. To paraphrase a folk song written in the 1950s: "Where have all the progressives gone?"
The progressive ideal remains; but, the womanpower and manpower seem limited. Those of us who claim the designation must come out of our shells and join together in order to, once again, do our best to ensure that, in all things, the needs of people come before things.
People matter. The economy and the government exist to serve the people and not the other way around. We must do all that's necessary to ensure that this is the truth rather than just a public relations story.
Long live social justice and true freedom for our people.

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January 07, 2015
Expectancy is the key

I'm continually hearing people say, that they don't expect anything good will happen to them. I read statements on Facebook with amazing regularity that proclaim that in the present economic climate we should not expect to do well. My friend, this type of thinking is an extreme form of negativity and can only result in failure in a person's life. Dr. Denis Waitley in his bestseller "The Psychology of Winning" states quite clearly that we get in life not what we idly hope for, but what we expect, so, there's no doubt about it whatsoever as today's title states it, expectancy is the key to what in the end actually materializes in a person's life. And of course this can bring about positive or negative results for people.
In other words, if you expect something terrible to happen, in all probability it will; for example, many who perhaps focus their thoughts on the fact that a parent or close relative died from cancer. Now because of this, this person starts to get obsessed with thoughts that maybe cancer is in her genes, in her DNA and thus starts to expect that she will likewise get cancer; now in all probability she will. In James Allen's book "As A Man Thinketh" he states in the chapter dealing with "The Effect of Thought on The Health of The Body' the following "Those who live in fear of disease get it".
My friend, that's a very powerful and alas absolutely true statement which we all need to take due note of. This concept that I'm dealing with here today is stated over and over again in many spiritual texts, like for instance in the Bible where it states quite clearly that "As a person thinks so are they". So there's no doubt about it, expectancy is the key to everything in our life.
So my friend, what are you expecting to happen today, this week, this month, this year in all aspects of your life? This really is something worth thinking about, isn't it? You bet it is! At the beginning of each day as you participate in your morning meditation and prayer time you need to cultivate an attitude of positive expectancy for the upcoming day ahead.
Don't listen to the negativity of others, and watch as little news as possible on television as it can have a very negative effect on our overall consciousness, which could indeed result in us starting to expect the worst. So in a nutshell, consistently expect the very best to happen to you, and believe me, you'll get exactly what you expect.

o Think about it!
Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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March 20, 2013
JUST IN: Man found dead in car

Police discovered a man dead in his vehicle this morning at a Shell gas station off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.

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January 16, 2015
The homosexuals are coming!

This month, the state of Florida legalized same sex marriage. Quite an accomplishment for such a very conservative leaning state in the South, barring South Florida (Miami-Dade and Broward) being a very liberal territory.
It's no secret that South Florida is a melting pot of Caribbean and Latin American people via extension of the Cuban migrants. Caribbean people and Latin Americans are somewhat socially conservative, holding on vigorously to their religion with most of their inner fibre. This is what makes the embrace of the homosexual movement, in South Florida in particular, so incredibly fascinating and interesting as it relates to Caribbean and Latin American people.
What does all of this mean for Caribbean countries looking at the same homosexual rights issue? I'm not sure we can say with any significance that it would mean a great deal for Caribbean people in the Caribbean territories. Even though, if you were to throw a rock in a crowded room in any Caribbean country, you would hit someone that has either visited South Florida, has a close relative that lives in South Florida, or has dual citizenship with strong ties in South Florida.
So South Floridian ties and respect for and with the people of the Caribbean is clear. Clear on both sides. We love our Miami. We identify with Americans and share values with our brothers and sisters in South Florida. Yes, we do. In fact, we have a saying in The Bahamas: "Bahamians have an inalienable right to learn how to read, write and visit Miami twice a year." It is our "right"!
Be that as it may: How soon would places in the Caribbean begin to embrace homosexuality and same sex marriage? This is a very good question.
A snapshot of what issues surrounding even the mere notion of providing any launch pad for homosexual marriage has and is taking place in The Bahamas. To be quite frank: the initiative of homosexual marriage, at this time, would probably sink faster than a one hundred pound bucket of cement in shallow water.
The issue of homosexual marriage came out as a result of a proposed referendum that initially had nothing to do with homosexual marriage at all. But because it was perceived to be paving the way for the introduction of homosexual marriage at a later date, it torpedoed all of the other merits that were presented in that referendum.
Here are the proposed Bills:
Bill #1 seeks to give a child born outside The Bahamas to a Bahamian-born mother and non-Bahamian father the same automatic right to Bahamian citizenship.
Bill #2 also seeks to achieve gender equality in another respect under the constitution: It seeks to enable a Bahamian woman who marries a foreign man to secure for him the same access to Bahamian citizenship.
Bill #3 seeks to make provisions for an unwed Bahamian father to pass his citizenship to a child born to a foreign woman.
Bill #4 seeks to end discrimination based on sex. This involves the insertion of the word "sex" in Article 26 of the Constitution so as to make it unconstitutional to discriminate based on whether someone is male or female.
From first glance, these Bills represent all that is fair and just for a first world country, or one boasting to be a first world country, and all that a country should strive for to enshrine in laws by virtue of its most sacred legal document: the constitution. Everything seems fine, from first presentation.
Even a remotely controversial Bill #2, which sought to smooth immigration issues for foreign born men married to Bahamian women was met with some resistance, but a small majority of people came to the understanding in due time that in reality it did not extend to making naturalized citizens of foreign born men in perpetuity.
More startlingly, however, what transpired with regard to the promotion and public education on these bills was something fierce at its midway point. Something utterly shameful and embarrassing on many levels.
Bill #4, instead of being seen as a general application of the removal of gender discrimination, turned into a proxy war on gay marriage and thus devolved into an assault on homosexuals in general.
Homosexual-equality proponents initially championed Bill #4 as the beginning of removing the legal constructs that bound them from being honest citizens in The Bahamas, and thus paving the way for equal and fair treatment and the enabling of rights with regard to social justice and marriage. From the moment their lobby made mere mention that it helped their cause, persons became livid.
The church went on high alert! Condemning the constitutional commission responsible for drafting the Bills along with the players in the background for this backdoor gay-marriage push into our social living and consciousness.
Those not "churched" and simply opposed to homosexuals on any and every level took it to the tenth level and used it as a platform to spew their homophobic rants and hatred towards gays. It was quite troubling to see so many well respected, and seemingly level headed people just turn hot-red with anger, vitriol, hate and spite.
The opposition political party needed to do nothing at all. That's how bad it was.
Personally, I don't care if gays were all to jump up and get married today, or never marry ever again, ever, ever, ever. I'm aware of the social issues and religious underpinnings that we have as a society in The Bahamas, and won't drag myself into a religious or moral debate on the matter because we all have our views on how we interpret Christian principles.
However, I'm not a homophobe either. Because the reality is that discrimination based on gender, gender appearance, sex and sexual preference, is what it is: discrimination.
I always ask persons spewing the usual homophobic rhetoric: Are you aware of how many homosexuals are in your midst? Can you be certain of how many people in your own family and friendship circles are heterosexual?
How many gays cut you, your family members and your friends checks? How many gays run successful businesses? How many homosexuals do you watch on television and enjoy their art forms, whether film or music?
How many persons in the public service, from politicians to team-leaders are living homosexual lifestyles? The real answers to all of these questions would stagger you.
So, for The Bahamas at least, an extension of rights or even the expansion of the tolerance of homosexuality is not something we would see any time soon based on these recent events. A political party, at this time, would introduce it at their own risk.
Even though homosexual activity was legalized for persons practicing in private quarters as per the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act 1991, with the age of consent for homosexual activity being 18 years of age, the next steps won't happen anytime soon.
In a nutshell: The homosexuals are coming. Coming hard too, particularly in American and European countries. How far they get in the Caribbean territories, and not trying to speak for all Caribbean countries, is something else all together.

o Youri Kemp is the president and CEO of Kemp Global, a management consultancy firm based in The Bahamas.

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