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How do we tell the stories that are too painful to recall? In what language can we bring these hidden realities, often loaded with shame, to light and let the retelling hold witness to and ultimately heal our stories?
In "Saltwater Healing," the latest book being launched next month by local independent fine press, Poinciana Paper Press, Bahamian poet Angelique V. Nixon finds the path to healing and empowerment lies in both language and image.
In eighteen snapshots, she collages photographs, drawings, and actual pieces from the Bahamian landscape--silk cotton tree cotton, woman's tongue pods, sand and shells, dried leaves and seeds--and uses them alongside handwritten poetry to explore and understand difficult stories through the lens of the natural world.
Along with a selection of her own poems, the book finds beauty and strength in even the darkest of places--like letting the ocean's tide wash your sorrow out to sea, "Saltwater Healing" moves the reader through to a refreshing and more inspired place.
"Through my collection, I hope readers feel inspired to tell their own stories in whatever ways that make sense to them. And I hope to encourage readers to share and speak their truth," she says. "I am working in the tradition of Black women writers who insist upon our need to create our own stories out of what we know and what we don't know -- because so much of our histories/herstories are unknown."
Inspired by Audre Lorde's Zami, Angelique calls the work a "myth memoir" for its seamless combination of stories, experiences, memories, dreams and mystical elements in the narrative of poetry in the artwork, ultimately working to defy literary boundaries and create new ways of telling stories.
"I think it's important for artists to cross and play with boundaries," she says. "Poetry and writing generally help us to create images in our minds, and so I wanted to push myself as a word artist further into the visual realm."
"Language is as fluid as other mediums of art, yet it is so often fixed in space," she adds. "I love word art, mixed media, collage, recycled art, and photography. And so I found myself using a variety of objects to compliment and complicate my words and the stories I wanted to share."
"Saltwater Healing" happened organically though a workshop and came to completion as she created an installation for last year's Transforming Spaces art tour under the theme of "Fibre". The powerful piece resisted any definitive literary genre, making it a perfect fit for the local independent press, Poinciana Paper Press.
"It's really important for my book to be published by this press because I believe in small independent publishing, and I want to support local businesses as much as I can in our economy," says Nixon. "Also for me, its an honor to be published, recognized, and supported by a local Bahamian press because my work is about home - and no matter how long I have lived away - The Bahamas is always my home."
Specializing making Caribbean stories into limited-edition and hand-made works of art, Poinciana Paper Press recognizes that the book form is an active part of the reading experience. Founded in 2007 by Sonia Farmer, the press was a nomad entity for several years while she completed her training in book-binding, printmaking, papermaking and letterpress printing abroad in New York City and London, the U.K. In 2012, Poinciana Paper Press finally gained a home in Nassau and is presently growing into a center for book arts, letterpress and papermaking--the first of its kind in the Caribbean.
Angelique V. Nixon is a writer, scholar, teacher, community worker, and poet born and raised in The Bahamas. She earned her Ph.D. in English specializing in Caribbean literature and culture at the University of Florida in 2008. Currently, she is a professor in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
"Saltwater Healing" is hand bound with a letterpress-printed cover in a limited edition of one hundred copies, which will be available for purchase at the launch on February 3rd, 3 p.m. at Doongalik Studios on Village Road. Angelique will read from her collection and guests will be able to see the original panels of "Saltwater Healing" on display in the gallery space.
For more about Poinciana Paper Press, visit www.poincianapaperpress.blogspot.com.
A man previously convicted of house-breaking and stealing was yesterday charged in connection with a major house-breaking ring.
Emerson Hanna, 52, of Chestnut Street, was charged before Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams with nine counts of house-breaking, eight counts of stealing and three counts of attempted house-breaking.
Police allege that Hanna carried out the thefts between November 3 and January 23.
Hanna allegedly broke into the homes of Bridgette Smith on Golden Isle Road; Donna McCoys in Victoria Gardens; Latonya Conyers on Rocky Pine Road; Patrice Sands in Golden Sands; Hubert Pratt in Tall Pines; Kenneth Williams at Shellfish Drive; Mona Francis at Faith Avenue; Natasha Sweeting in Nairn...
Gas prices at two gas stations rose this week, bringing the cost of gas per gallon closer to the $5 mark.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Development recently approved gas price increases at Esso and Texaco.
Last week, a gallon of gas at Esso stations cost $4.72. Yesterday, a gallon of gas at Esso cost $4.77. Gas prices at Texaco gas stations have also increased by five cents, going from $4.61 per gallon to $4.66 per gallon. Shell gas stations are charging $4.70 for a gallon of gas.
The cost of diesel is $4.22 per gallon at Esso; $4.24 per gallon at Texaco; and $4.20 per gallon at Shell.
Yesterday the price of oil per barrel hovered around $90. Analysts have predicted further price increases as a re ...
Stephen Harper announces support to address family violence and violence against women and girls committed in the name of honour
CANADA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support to
Shield of Athena Family Services for a project that will help address
and prevent family violence and violence against women and girls
committed in the name of "honour." He was accompanied by Shelly Glover,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.
Government is committed to protecting women, girls and other vulnerable
persons from all forms of violence, and to hold offenders accountable
for their acts," said Prime Minister Harper. "Honour crimes are
intolerable and barbaric, and violate Canadian laws and values. The
support announced today will serve to raise awareness and will
contribute to preventing such heinous crimes."
Funeral Service for James 'Ricky Purse' Frazer Jr., a resident of Cockburn Close off Bernard Road, will be held on Saturday, 11th June, 2011, at 11 am, at Our Lady Of The Holy Souls Catholic Church, Deveaux Street. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Alain Laverne, interment will follow in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Ricky Purse's memories will forever linger in the hearts of His Father, Anthony Frazer; Mother: Retired Nurse Delcina Frazer, Children, James Jr., Jasmine & Jermaine Frazer, Grandchildren, Kanye Jehoshua Kemp "Joshy" & Jada Claudine Frazer, Wife of 22 years and friend after, Crown Sergeant Claudia Frazer, of H.M. Prison, Brothers, Robert Frazer, Cpl. Peter Frazer of Exuma, & Ernest Frazer of West Haven C.T. (Robbie, Bennie & Frenchie); Adopted brothers, Hermis Ferguson, Michael Laing, Allan Strachan, Anthony Richardson, Clayton Miller & Christopher Miller, (H, Pastry, Big Allan, Cracker, Smiley and Lil Chris). Sisters, Gretta Gibson, & Maxine Frazer, Adopted sister, Tafficka Brown, Aunts, Nathalie, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Sister, ClareRolle, Cleora, Cynthia, Jane, Clothilda, Sandra, Myrna, Lillian, Vanria, Uncles, Richard Ambrister, Charles Johnson, Vernal & Patrick Rolle, Philip Gaitor, Nelson Lord, Charles Johnson, William Griffin Sr., & Christopher Miller Sr., of Great Harbour Cay, Grand Aunts, Marie Carey & Corine Adderley, Grand Uncle, Ezekiel Cash of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Grand Nieces & Nephews, Asalll, Delecia, Deshanda, Renae, Renaldo Jr., Montel, Lakayla, Sebreonna, Alicia, Crenshaw & Robert 111, Mother-in-law, Firstena Hepburn, Brothers-in-law, Carlos Gibsor:), Eric, William, Charles, George & Michael Hepburn, Sisters-in-law, Veronica, Gaille of West Haven C.T., & Betty Frazer, Margaret McKay, Leonie Buchanan, Brenda Francis Michelle & Cheryl Hepburn, Nieces, Chaurina Lawson of Miami, Monalisa, Alexandria, Rose, Ebony, Tankia, Robinique, Natalia, Alison, Britshe, Aliczia, Carrington Dwainelle, Azariah, Angelique, Erica, Ericiea, Alexis, Colleen, Heather, Melissa, Andrea, Audrey, Nephews, Robert Jr., Asa Jr., Rashard, Renaldo, Antonio, Jason, AbleSeanman Mckello, Rhmad, Dwainard, Lexton Obama, William, Everette, Omar, John, Devonne, Dedrick, Charles Jr., Kevin & Tavarei, Godfather, Leon Griffin, Godchildren, Garrard Williams & Sundae Ferguson, Numerous Cousins, Kimberley Butterfield, Leon, William Jr., Steven, Barry, Andrew, Minerva, Elizabeth, Fredricka, Pamela, Valentino, Taria, Dewitt, Dwight, Donell, Dereck, Clayton Miller, Jermaine, Sean, Corey, Phillip Jr., Devon, Nicola, Crystal, Precious, Latoya, Chartes Jr., Christopher Jr., Demetricia, Ann, Wendy, Glemous, Kathy, Pasha, Amanda, Stephanie, Andrea, Adwina, Shelly, Marco, Toney & Phillip, Felix, Willard, Chris, Father Anselm Russell O.S.B., Hubert, Terrence, Arlington, Rosemund, Millie, Ruth, Violet, Doral, Ena & Jenarosa & Jackie of Lower Bogue, Deloris, Cassie, Cassandra, Madelyn, Madeline, Stephen, Kendal, Lisa Rolle, Roy Colebroke Jr., Godbrothers, Other Relatives & friends, to0 numerous to mention but including, Barry & Andrew. Griffin, Sam Dean, Clifford Cartwright, Alfred Stubbs, Grace of Miramar FI., ' O'Neil Stubbs, Glen Williams, Mr. Rodney Moncur, Mr. Frank Cooper, Larry & Betty, Ralph, Kennie, Big Ethel, Bones Joe Boy, Dave Thurston, Eddie, Jeff Thompson, Blaze Rolle, Mr. Clifford Stubbs & family, Shirley Brown & family, Sarah Jennings & family, The Stubbs, Colebrooke, Gordon, Williams, Burrows, Pauls, Browns, Moncurs, Hepburn, Knowles; Major, Taylor, Rolle, Campbell, Richardson Family, and the entire Black Village Community, Mrs. Betsy Duvalier, Mr. Pratt and the entire staff of Security Department and the entire staff of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Gussy and the comer boys in Fox Hill, Cockbum Close Community, Ms. Alverne King & Mr. Steve Barr, The C.C. Sweeting Class of 1980, Sherryann Heild of West End Grand Bahama, The Staff of H.M. Prison, The Staff of Airport Authority Crash and Rescue Fire Department, Dr. Bonamy and her team, also the Nurses and Staff on Male Medical 2 at P.M.H.
Relatives and friends may pay there last respects at Riverside Funeral Chapel, Market Street and Bimini Avenue on Friday from 10 am until 6 pm and at the Church on Saturday from 10 am until service time.
Freeport, Bahamas - Grand Bahama Island has a new conference facility
the Pelican Bay Hotel officially opened their
new conference facility called the Canal House on September 17th with
an entertaining non-traditional ceremony and night of celebration in
the new 5-level facility.
Watch a Video Overview where you will hear from general manager of
Pelican Bay Hotel, Magnus Alnebeck, and hear remarks from the Bahamas
prime minister, the Rt Hon
Hubert A. Ingraham who dons safety glasses and cracks a ceremonial conch
shell to officially open the new center...
Saturday 12th March 2011 10:00 AM
Sunrise's Reading Fair will be held on Saturday March 12th 2010, between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, on the grounds of COB’s Band Shell, Poinciana Drive. March is literacy month for Rotary around the world and this event is a very special one for our Club. The Reading Fair (RF) has been in existence since 2006 and we look forward to celebrating our 5th year with greater success. We are expecting 600-800 kids to attend and will need lots of help. There will be an informational meeting at COB's Chapter One Bookstore on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 6pm to 7pm to discuss assignments. There will also be an information booth at the fair for all volunteers to check-in. Please see the attached flyer(s) with the event schedule and general information about the event. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tanya Woodside at 376-2001.
Fort Lauderdale, FLORIDA -The 26th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) unveiled their Jury and Audience awards during a ceremony on closing night, Friday, November 11.
Bahamas Speed Week has invested more than $100,000 so far in security for its upcoming event, as keeping both the public and the precious vintage vehicles safe becomes a top priority.
"We have our own private security that we have brought in and also the Royal Bahamas Police Force is very positively involved in this," said David McLaughlin, one of the event's chief organizers.
"We have operations meetings with them every week; there has been tremendous support from the local authorities."
In addition to the private security, McLaughlin said organizers have also imported special fences being shipped in from the UK, claiming that "nothing suitable" could be found in the U.S. or The Bahamas. The fences are strong, "unclimbable" and approximately several meters high.
Bahamas Speed Week, running from November 30 to December 4, promises to feature more than $100 million worth of vintage cars from the U.S. and Europe. The owners of these automobiles flying in for the event will expect top-notch security, making the "easily $100,000" outlay absolutely necessary.
"Safety is paramount both in terms of crowd control and making sure people don't do anything with the motor cars that they shouldn't," McLaughlin told Guardian Business.
"Some of these cars have body work so thin you can't even push on it. On Friday, people will have the chance to see the cars up close, but there will be barriers around them. We want people to have access but with respect."
The fencing brought in from the UK is expected to encircle the Paddock Club and circuit as well.
The Paddock Club, featuring booths from high-end business, is expected to create a thriving business atmosphere leading to deals and investment among the local and international participants.
A spot in the Paddock Club, starting at $10,000, provides exposure for big name business.
Carlo Milano, Graycliff, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Shell Oil, Callenders and Co, Bahamas Waste, Ardastra Gardens, Bahamas Fast Ferries and Red Bull have all signed on as sponsors.
The number of elite entrants bringing cars to Bahamas Speed Week now stands "in the mid-30s", McLaughlin added, with 80 percent of this group upgrading from the standard suite at Atlantis in the Royal Tower or even the One&Only at the Ocean Club.
At least five of the entrants will also be guiding their super yachts into Nassau Harbour for the event.
The event is also expected to be a boom for the local tourism industry in terms of spectators, with tickets now on sale for a variety of events.
Jamaal Rolle of Nassau Bahamas was born to Harry Rolle, an artist and bronze sculptor, and to Judy
Rolle, a conch shell artist, and says his family
of 12 siblings all have artistic abilities. "I draw because there
is hardly anything in life that is better to do," said Rolle. "My
motivation is fueled by life itself. To awake and smell the freshness
of the air each morning and see the sun rise to another glorious day is my inspiration."
Rolle has been a professional artist
since 2001, but said he's been freelancing since grade school. "My first paid
portrait was actually a mischievous sketch of my math teacher that I
doodled in the same class," he said. When the teacher discovered the sketch by
mistake, instead of scolding him as expected, he laughed and bought it
from him for $10; telling him that if this is what he wanted to do for
PELICAN POINT, Grand
Bahama - It's time to head to Pelican Point for the annual Coconut
The event takes place Monday, April 1st, and it is scheduled to begin at 11 AM.
Featuring Authentically Grand Bahamian culture with
special emphasis on cuisine, and century's old social traditions, the
Coconut Festival, celebrating its 15th year, is a homecoming event for
the otherwise tranquil, picturesque settlement of Pelican Point
of the event will include fun games and activities such as coconut
shell crafts, other souvenirs (such as jams, soap, candles etc.),
It was a slim margin of victory, but when the points were tallied L.W. Young Junior School student Jack Knowles had captured the 20th Annual Young Chef competition.
Knowles amassed a total of 451 points for his Mahatma Island Seafood Rice and Spicy Caribbean Delight to beat out second place finisher Kenisha Stubbs of St. John's College. Stubbs totaled 447 points for her Cheesy Mutton Rice Lasagna, which was judged the Best Mahatma Rice dish of the competition and her Coconut Almond Crepes with Cream Cheese Filling.
Petra Kemp of South Andros High finished third with 436.5 points for her Tropical Cranberry Rice Tarts and her Vegetable Pasta in Cashew Italian Herb Sauce which was awarded the Best Robin Hood Flour dish.
Georgina Turner of C.H. Reeves Junior High School, was fourth with a total of 397.5 points at the competition which is sponsored by Mahatma Rice and Robin Hood Flour. Chef Charles Missick from the Central Bank; Chef Carolyn Bowe from the Wyndham Resort and Debbie Wheeler, manager of Test Kitchens for Riviana Foods (Mahatma Rice), judged the competition.
Knowles took home $250 for his win. Stubbs walked away with $150, Kemp took home $100. Turner put $50 in her pocket.
MAHATMA ISLAND SEAFOOD RICE / Serves: 4-6
3 strips bacon, chopped
¼ cup olive oil with chili, garlic and hot peppers
¼ cup onion, chopped
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch celery with leaves
2 cups water
¼ cup shrimp bisque
½ teaspoon salt
1 Maggie bouillon cube
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 crawfish, chopped
½ cup shrimp
1 large conch, cut up
3 ounce crab meat
2 cups Mahatma gold rice
¼ cup pumpkin, chopped
¼ cup cabbage, chopped
Grinch conch using food processor, remove and put aside.
In a medium sized pot, add chopped bacon and allow it to cook down. Add olive oil to pot, chopped onion, tomatoes and celery and saute.
Add water and bisque to pot and allow to come to a complete boil.
Add remaining seven ingredients, and allow to come to a simmer, covered for 30 minutes. Add pumpkin and cabbage, simmer, covered for 15 to 20 minutes longer.
SPICY CARIBBEAN DELIGHT
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon allspice, ground
1 teaspoon ginger
1 cup jujus, chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup crushed pineapple
½ cup grated coconut
2 cups confectioner's sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease tins with a small amount of shortening, using a pastry brush.
Add 2 to 3 teaspoons flour to pan. Gently tap side of pan to evenly coat the bottom and side. Tap bottom to remove excess flour.
Peel and remove seeds from juju. Discard seeds. Dice juju shells. Measure 1 cup and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, set aside.
Beat together sugar, butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then add vanilla.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, allspice and ginger.
Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture. Mix until well blended.
Add jujus to the batter with pineapple and coconut. Mix well.
Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly to edge.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen edge of cake with knife. Using oven mitts or pot holder, place wire cooling rack on top of cake in pan. Turn cake and pan over so wire rack is on bottom. Gently shake cakes to release from pan. Remove pan. Cool completely.
Beat cream cheese. Add vanilla in a large bowl with electric mixer at high speed until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar.
Place on plate, scoop cream cheese sauce on top. Spread spicy juju sauce over, top with chopped juju and mint leaf.
Spicy Juju Sauce
4 cups jujus, chopped
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Place all the ingredients into a sauce pan, simmer at a low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and allow sauce to cool slightly. Serve immediately over warm cake.
Two days after Public Works Minister Neko Grant reported that the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP) was on course to be completed in the first quarter of 2012, an official in his ministry confirmed to reporters that that target will not be met due to major challenges.While giving an update on the project yesterday, Environmental Specialist in the Ministry of Works Shenique Albury reiterated some of the challenges they've been experiencing.
She said work, which is being conducted underground, has been a lot more challenging to carry out because of rain and utilities involved.
"Rain is generally a major challenge... When it comes to paving roads, it cannot be done when it's raining. Workmen have to wait for materials to dry out sometimes for several days," Albury said.
But Albury said the ministry is working to get the road works completed as close to the 2012 deadline as possible.
Albury could not comment on any specific challenges with the contractor.
Earlier this week, about 20 workers employed with Jose Cartellone said they were on go-slow claiming unfair treatment by their employer.
Both Grant and Labour Minister Dion Foulkes promised to look into their claims.
Many motorists have also expressed concerns that there are not enough diversion signs, particularly on Baillou Hill Road, which is now opened to northbound traffic only.
"Diversion signs are up and I have seen them," Albury said. "We have had challenges with people taking or knocking the signs down and putting graffiti on them."
Referring to the Prince Charles Drive portion of the work, Albury said it has progressed just east of the entrance of St. Augustine's College.
On Wednesday, some residents and business owners in the area expressed frustration with the slow progress of road works on that major thoroughfare.
Albury said underground works are complete up to Academy Street with the exception of a carrier drain, but due to a new request for additional work from a utility company, paving has been delayed between the Shell Gas Station and College Garden Road.
It is anticipated that paving should take place in three to four weeks, according to Albury.
She said that recently the contractor commenced underground work on Prince Charles Drive between Beatrice Avenue and Garden Road. Installation of service ducts and an eight-inch water main have progressed well, according to Albury.
As of Friday, the contractor will extend the closure on Prince Charles Drive to Wilson Way, which is the corner near Kentucky Fried Chicken, she said.
The Art and Design Unit of the Department of Education hosted the 14th Visual Arts Exhibition Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the Mall at Marathon.
Junior and senior high school students from both government and private schools showcased their competencies in the areas of art and design under the theme "All Things Bahamian". Among the items on display were paintings, sketches, jewelry, handbags, decorative mirrors and souvenir items made from various indigenous items such as jumbey pods, thatch and coconut straw, sand and shells.
Present to welcome attendees to the ceremony was Tanya McCartney, managing director RBC Finco. RBC Royal Bank and RBC Finco have sponsored the Visual Arts Exhibition for the past six years. McCartney expressed her delight at viewing the inspiring, exceptional artwork produced by the students. She pointed out the benefits of art education, which include its ability to enhance other subjects, promote individuality, bolster self-confidence and foster better attitudes towards school. McCartney also thanked administrators, teachers and parents for supporting the students in their endeavours.
Cornelius Clyde, vice principal at the S.C. McPherson Junior High School and former business studies and art and design teacher was the guest speaker for the occasion. Clyde shared his passion for the area of art and design and encouraged the students to use their God-given talent to the fullest potential. He challenged the students to embrace the artistic spirit within and produce their own style and designs.
Clyde admonished the students to constantly practice and perfect their work in the various media because the market for Bahamian artwork is open now more than ever. He advised the students to become knowledgeable of ways to market their artwork locally and internationally as a means to become gainfully employed upon leaving school. Clyde congratulated the teachers and encouraged them to keep up the good work that they are doing with their students. He reminded them that artists must be developed in the classroom for country and world recognition.
Trophies and cheques were awarded to winning schools in each category of the competition. Abaco Central High School was the winner of the Family Island Division. The Harbour Island All Age School won second place and the Mangrove Cay High School won third place. T. A Thompson Junior High School emerged as the winners in the Junior High Division, with C.H. Reeves Junior High School winning second place and Queen's College winning third place. In the Senior High Division, Government High School won first place, while Doris Johnson Senior High School was second and C.C. Sweeting Senior High School won third place.
Performances at the event were done by Woodline Joseph of T.A. Thompson Junior High School, the R.M. Bailey High School Band, the Government High School Dance Troupe and Alex Ulys of Abaco Central High School, who caused quite a stir with his mouth-to-hands blowing medley rendition of "My Heart Will Go On" and "I Will Always Love You".
The Rubis group is in an advanced stage negotiation with Blue Equity, LLC for the purchase of its fuels distribution business in Jamaica. Blue Equity's portfolio company, The Antilles Group Limited (TAG), supplies a network of 53 service stations currently operating under the Shell brand (the original shareholder), and has a broad customer base in the commercial and industrial sectors.
Wednesday 6th February 2013 12:00 PM
Feb 6, 2013 Microsoft Excel Made Easy: Discover new features, find familiar favorites and eliminate the frustration. Get info and register here Microsoft Excel Made Easy The Training Authority/Keshelle Kerr Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM (PST) @ the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) Excel® Made Easy Discover secrets, solutions, new features, find familiar favorites and eliminate the frustration. Microsoft Excel is one of today's most useful and versatile business tools. If you're not familiar with its basic functions, formulas, commands and keystrokes, you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Whether you are just beginning to use Excel or looking to upgrade your knowledge and advance your skills, this workshop will help you discover the amazing data analysis tools that will make it easy to achieve your information goals. What You will Learn Confidently navigate the program's environment and recognize everything the Ribbon has to offer Find your favorite Excel features and learn about a tool that will ensure they are always at your fingertips Understand how many of Excel's most popular functions work in this new software Identify new features and functionalities that can save you time and enhance the way you use Excel Utilize old worksheets and modify new ones so that they are accessible to everyone with whom you share data Eliminate the fears and frustrations that come with upgrading to this latest version of Excel Achieve amazing results for yourself and your organization Who Will Benefit Managers, supervisors, financial professionals, administrative assistants, marketers — anyone and everyone who uses Microsoft Excel or is contemplating upgrading to the newest version of Excel! Training in conjuction with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation
A funeral service for Termeco Anton Bonaby Jr., 3, of Hamster Road will be held on Saturday 18th June, 2011 at 10:00am at United Christian Cathedral, Flamingo Gardens. Officiating will be Bishop Albert Hepburn, assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his precious memories are his: mother: Shantel Miller; father: Termeco Anton Bonaby Sr.; sister: Dariel Stubbs; grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Cephas and Elmer Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Tryrone and Antionette Bonaby; great grandparents: Mrs. Marnetha Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert and Gloria Rolle; great grandmother: Ethel Fernander; aunts: Carla, Cece, Erica, Brenda, Margaret, Porter, Venessa, Murphy, Latoya, Tanya, Dezrean, Nadia, Anitina, Christine, Shavonne, Margo, Latina William; uncles: Cephas, Jarred, Otis, Terrelle, Perdo Strapp, Perdo, Berkly, Vanbyrd, Andrew, Louis, Berry, Leroy, Calvin, Peter; grand aunts: Emma Scavella, Wakita Hinsey, Taylor, Angla, Jerry, Ruth, Noame, and Doramae Miller, Anita Strachan, Ann Pearl; grand uncles: pastor Cyril Miller, Neman Joshua Miller, Shawn, Terry, Mavin, Dennis, Sindney, Havard, Cleveland, Tommy Poitier; numerous of relatives and cousins too numerous to mention; friends of the family: Martin Johnson, Rev William and Betty Thompson, Whitlean Burrows and Family, Arnold Gilbert, Elizabeth, Sada, Judy Johnson and Family, Brent Duncombe, Chantel Arnett, Brenda Rolle, Sherly McPhee, Wakita Hinsey, Taylor and Family, Shantell Lockhart and Family, Betty, Majore and Family, Rev. Albert Hepburn and Family, Mr. Seymour, Kim Henry, Kemone, Tamika, Ruby and Family, David Hagan, Parick and Family, Shelly and James, Miss Cooper and Family, Sue and family, Naldo, Gracie, Mrs. Thurston, Mrs. Gardner and the United Christian Cathedral Family, United Christian Academy Family, Charles Williams Saunders and Family, Bahamas Baptist Community College Family, House Keeping of Ocean Club Staff Family, Mr. and Mrs. Moss and Family, Pam and family, Michelle and Family, Lawnly and Family, Gladson Thurston and Family, Alsada Hanna and Family, William Dean and Family; other relatives of Gambier Village Family, Friend of the Laundry Department of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.
Viewing will be held in the Celestial Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd. Robinson and Soldier Roads on Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 8:30 am until service time.
In Blue Curry's solo show at the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden gallery in Weisbaden, Germany, viewers are dropped into a strange space. Tropical signifiers like conch shells are paired with strobe lights or tires covered with black and white beans, and in every untitled sculpture lies a possibility of meaning, if only the complete misuse of these paired objects could be reconciled.
"Sometimes I look at that object and think, I know what the use of that object is; what would be the best misuse of it, or the most genius misuse of it?" Blue says.
"Stranger than Paradise" is a collection of two years of work by the artist, which came on the heels of his finished MFA in Fine Art studies at Goldsmiths. The Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden Gallery is no stranger, however, to Bahamian work -- in 2006, it was the site of "Funky Nassau", the group show by Bahamian artists, including Blue. Curators Elke Gruhn and Sara Stehr invited him back for a solo show years later, and also to take part in the gallery's educational program, where Blue guided and gave critical advice to high school students' artwork for a student show in the gallery space.
Some of Blue's pieces have appeared in group shows already -- his black and white beaded tire can seen in the Fifth National Exhibition at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, and the cement mixer filled with sunscreen appeared in the 6th Liverpool Biennial -- but this is the first time all of these pieces have appeared in one exhibition together. He considers it his first solo show as a mature artist -- it's his first solo show in roughly a decade.
"One thing I said to my curator is 'I think my work looks better in group shows'," he laughs. "Just in a funny way initially, because I hadn't seen so much of my stuff together in such a long time. Many times one of my pieces would work really well in a group show because it sits apart, really apart, whether its in materials or colors or critical thinking, it's usually a jarring effect. But when you walk into here it's not so jarring as what I'm used to, and I'm walking around thinking wow, this stuff goes well together."
The effect instead is exactly the show's title -- bizarreness, an environment of both fantasticality and weirdness. From the get-go, visitors first encounter a black bucket placed upside-down on the floor, three shells stuck on in a triangle so one can discern a blackface figure.
"It really divides opinion because I think people get so frustrated with it because it's too easy. I'm fully aware of how easy that piece is, and that's why I put it there, so people can walk in and say 'well I can make that', and then walk into the next room and say, 'ok, I can't make that.' Something that involved five minutes of labor gets placed next to the tires that involve months and months of labor. Also the bucket is understated, while others are very overstated. I like to play back and forth with that. With the knowledge I have about the art world, the knowledge I have of artwork, it can be both ways, sometimes it can be that simple and brilliant, and sometimes it has to be more complex and hundreds of hours to execute."
But this piece especially -- like all of them in their own ways -- is a nod to the encounter, as well as the performance, of "the other," the identity constructed by both visitors and residents to create the idea of "paradise." In all of Blue's pieces this self-constructed environment is evident -- conch shells strung together with strobe lighting within allude to the "lighting of the stage" of our performance, as well as attempts to jazz up the novelty of the tropical landscape -- for he plays with the idea of the fetishized objects that make up the culture of the other. He calls it "performing the tropical."
"We're still marketing the other, we're still marketing the black body, the potential of some sexual rendezvous or encounter with the other," he explains. "There's still a dependency on that performance we're doing for people who already have set ideas, you can't work outside of that, so you recycle the same old clichés over and over again. So my thesis idea (at Goldsmiths) is that everything has to go post-tropical because the tropical are just all of those clichés and everything that limit us. My idea of going post-tropical goes beyond using those set tropes that are expected of us."
Blue's pieces both engage and resist this performance at once in his very choice of materials -- pairing familiar tropical signifiers with unlikely candidates that become a misuse of both. Take his spears surrounded by the inner diskettes of floppy disks. Though a stunning and beautiful object in itself (also untouchable with the sharp edges of both objects, indicating some sinister or edgy element), it alludes to the idea that such developing cultures primitively misuse such technological material for decorative or crafty "folk art" purposes.
"You just have to imagine, if I were in one of the 'primitive' societies in which we advertise that we live in, how would I approach this material? Because obviously we don't have any computers," he says. "I feel like I'm simplifying the process a lot, so I look at the material and I think, it's just material, so you use it in a kind of decorative way to create this fetishized object."
Blue also admits he is also concerned with the very nature/technology divide, and finds such magnetic media beautiful as a material to work with -- one may remember seeing images of his piece in the Goldsmiths graduate show where yards and yards of cassette tape pour from the great bone jaw of a shark suspended in the air, cascading down and piling onto the floor below. The very choice of the type of technological material used though -- floppy disks, cassette tape -- allude also to an obsolescence that ties back into the assumption that only such underdeveloped societies on the fringe of the developed world use these outdated materials.
"I was collecting those diskettes from markets around London and when an office was going out of business. But I found that in order to have three thousand discs, a lot of material for the piece, I needed to buy some," Blue remembers. "I found a wholesaler in London selling them and his argument was that he couldn't go too far down in his prices because he sells these to Nigeria. So he wants me to believe Africans are still using technology that's so out of date it's ridiculous. So these obsolete materials also connect back in to what's expected of us."
A humor is being cultivated here -- how many times have Bahamians traveled abroad and been asked if they use computers or have Internet or even wear clothes "where they are from"? Though some of these statements may be made in jest, the manifestation in the world consciousness that--despite rapid and almost complete globalization -- these tropical or "primitive" societies remain in "The Heart of Darkness" is evident of a constructed fantasy that persists today.
This is something Blue examines in his piece where black plastic buoys are ringed in Swarovski crystals, again bringing together two unlikely worlds -- industrial and luxurious -- to create a manifestation of tropical society and the veil of fantasy that is applied to such places as vacation destinations "to escape it all," as well as the idea of "selling ourselves cheap."
"There's an intentional cheapness about this world which goes back to creating an image," Blue explains. "Fantasies can operate over those images no matter how cheaply they are constructed. So a lot of this stuff is about other people's fantasies of these places, because some of these places these objects are ironic of don't even exist."
But in all of Blue's sculptures, there's a uselessness -- none of these objects are entirely useful for anything practical. One can't use the spears to fish or use in a computer. One can't use the buoys for their boat or wear them around their neck. They become the very uselessness evident in our constructed identities, and exist also in the limbo many residents of such places find themselves -- between the outdated perceived notion of the tropical and its stark modern reality.
The fact that all of Blue's pieces are "Untitled" create this very unstable environment explored -- he provides no guidance with which to approach his work, which allows the viewer to approach it with all of their preconceived notions about paradise and apply it. Blue recognizes that this is where it is evident viewers either buy into the fantasy, or move beyond it, as his pieces do.
"To have some sort of a contrived title which leads somebody into one direction or one way of understanding doesn't work for me. I'd like people to try and connect the materials, to try to get their own understanding of it," he says. "To me, the most interesting art opens up a space where I've never been before and I'm not being told what to think and I don't know what to think but I like it. The two dots never quite join up, and that's the most interesting space to be. If a title names what you're looking at, then you've got all the answers. If it goes off into this mysterious land completely off the wall, then it's too self-indulgent. My response for the moment is to keep it open and people can take what they want from it."
But at the same time, Blue recognizes that the danger of his pieces lie in their very ambiguity. Displaying such pieces abroad means the visitor--once they know the artist is from The Bahamas -- may not fully move beyond their assumptions.
"What they do is they come and see something that they think is highly decorative and emblematic of what you might find from that region and then they walk away -- then you have people who understand that there's a critical background to my work, who know I studied and Goldsmiths, that I do that with a great deal of knowledge," he says. "It works in my favor and it works against me; some people get it and some people don't. I shoot myself in the foot sometimes with the work in an odd way because I know that what I'm talking about is that very perception -- you put it in front of someone and either they rise to that challenge and they understand that idea is being challenged, or they think it just reinforces that idea."
Is there a longing for the absolute idea of the primitive? Is there a resentment? A pride? The fact is, Blue applies little emotional guidance in his work as possible as an artist -- his approach is to focus on materials at hand rather than their connotations, to play with familiar objects in unfamiliar ways and let that object take on the meaning implied by such relationships and the mindset of the viewer. There's a disproportionate amount of responsibility placed on the viewer here -- but perhaps that's how it should be. Few Caribbean artists are carrying the torch abroad, and until the world can get comfortable with a wide range of artistic work coming out of this region that critically examines our place in the world, no one will reach the post-tropical he speaks about. Like those two dots that never meet, those two objects that never reconcile, paradise exists in a detached space. So perhaps the real question you must face before viewing his work is this: What is paradise? And are you there yet?
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...
By Philip C. Galanis
Two and one half years ago, the country was in the thick of a general election campaign. The two behemoths, along with several other marginal variables, were at it again, each vying for political domination, salivating over the spoils that would go to the victor.
The campaign culminated on the night of May 2, 2007 with some spectators shell-shocked by the surprise upset, others bewildered and befuddled as to how this could happen with so many positive developments on the drawing board. Alas, the people had spoken, and as Sir Lynden said on that fateful night of August 19, 1992:"The voice of the people is the voice of God."
The FNM had won the election. They were swept ...
Authorities moved speedily to ensure there is no spread of cholera, after confirming that one illegal immigrant had the potentially deadly infection, Minister of Health Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday.
Minnis confirmed that the Carmichael Road Detention Centre was being sanitized and some of the immigrants who had been housed at the facility were given medication as a preventative measure.
The others were repatriated, including the immigrant with the confirmed case of cholera, according to the minister.
The Nassau Guardian reported yesterday that detainees at the detention centre were relocated to Her Majesty's Prison. It was not clear how long they will be there.
The immigrant who had cholera was aboard a vessel detained by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in late September, Minnis said.
"One was determined to be ill and cholera suspected. The individual is no longer in the country. [He was] treated, cured of cholera and subsequently deported. Because the individual would have been in certain facilities like the detention centre, we would have had to empty the center and subsequently do the necessary anti-cholera treatment to the cure the place," he said.
Minnis said, "...from day one we had suspected one of the individuals had cholera."
The cholera test was sent to Trinidad and Tobago, which is the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)-certified laboratory facility for the region.
"Only that one individual to our knowledge had cholera and he was treated appropriately," Minnis said.
"At no time was he within the community, so the community would not have been at risk. Once we manage the facility according to international regulations...we would have no problem opening the facility."
He added that all of the detainees were screened and given prophylactic medication to ensure that there was no possibility for them to become infected.
"All individuals on the vessel would have been given prophylactic treatment. The vessel would have undergone the same anti-cholera treatment as the detention centre."
He said he did not know how long it would take to treat the center.
When asked about the kind of devastation a cholera outbreak could have on The Bahamas, the minister gave an example of a case in Peru.
"In 1992 there was a cholera case in Peru, one case, and Peru's tourism industry suffered devastation," he said. "It lost over $500 million. Cholera can be very devastating."
Cholera, which is normally easy to treat and can be prevented, can also be deadly. It is a bacterial infection that is spread through water and food (mainly shellfish).
The infection caused a major crisis in Haiti over the past year. More than 420,000 people in and around Port-au-Prince were impacted during an outbreak in which more than 6,000 people died.
Minnis noted that the government is focused on fighting illegal immigration, but cannot stop it.
"Therefore, from time to time the country could possibly be at risk for introduction to cholera or other [ailments]," he said.
Minnis stressed that every Bahamian has an obligation to report any vessels or illegals who try to enter The Bahamas.
"Each and every citizen has a responsibility," he said.
"You don't take chances when it comes to cholera."
- 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....
For seven hours throughout the day on Thursday, about 40 rare and exotic race cars will roar through New Providence at speeds of over 100 miles per hour, with thousands of spectators expected to pour out of schools, offices, homes and hotels to watch the parade of power, beauty and prowess.
The event, dubbed the 007 Island Tour, is the first opportunity for Bahamians to see local and foreign cars gathered for Bahamas Speed Week 2012, at top performance speeds. The series of events kicks off Wednesday with an official opening, complete with Le Mans start - each driver jumping into his or her car for the start - and the Governor General and event patron Sir Stirling Moss leading the ceremonial lap. The opening is set for 11 a.m. at Arawak Cay.
On Thursday, the parade of power begins at Arawak Cay with multimillions of dollars worth of exotic cars streaming, heading south through Chippingham and the Grove to stop first at the Oakes Monument. The route then takes them to Thompson Boulevard where the next stop is at the Shell Service Station, north again on Nassau Street to the waterfront and east along Bay Street all the way past Montagu, continuing along Eastern Road to Eastern Point, turning west at McPherson's Bend by Winton Highway, continuing west along Prince Charles with a stop at the intersection of Fox Hill Road. From there the tour continues west passing East West Highway, going on to Independence Drive, Tonique Williams-Darling Highway and turning south onto Milo Butler Highway for a long, fast stretch of open road, a slight north turn at Rock Plant Road, past Albany and on to Lyford Cay where the cars will be judged in the Concours d'Elegance, one of the highlights of the series of Speed Week events.
Following a luncheon for drivers and sponsors hosted by a driver who is also a club member, the cars will hit the road for the return trip, taking West Bay Street past Old Fort Bay, Love Beach, Sandyport, turning south onto Prospect Ridge, stopping at Premier Cru, Bristol Cellars, top of the hill at the intersection of Gladstone Road and heading back north to Saunders Beach to finish at the car paddock, Arawak Cay by 4:30 p.m.
"We know that from years past when the original Speed Weeks were held in Nassau from 1954-1966, teachers looked the other way as students poured out of schools and every boss who wanted happy staff allowed them to take a break and watch the cars whiz by," said David McLaughlin, Bahamas Speed Week Director. "The cars we have this year are even more extraordinary, partly because they are becoming more and more rare so we hope that the spectator crowd will be large. We know they will be thrilled."
Cars will compete on Saturday and Sunday with a Fort Charlotte hill climb and time trials on Saturday and side-by-side racing Sunday, with four cars at a time along widened roads at Arawak Cay and out to the northwest point where Arawak Port Development container port is based, allowing for a 1.6 mile circuit, a third longer than Speed Week 2011. Bleacher seats are available at BahamasSpeedWeekShop.com and Paddock Club or special event tickets through 394-0677. Local karters will interact with the 18-member Formula Kart Stars team from the UK throughout the weekend as the Kart Stars put on demonstrations to help revive karting in The Bahamas. The first world championship of karting was held in Nassau in 1959 and this week's visit by the UK team with school visits by the young drivers has reawakened interest throughout the island.
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 ...
Funeral service for Angela Emily Adderley, 61 yrs., a resident of Dignity Gardens, who died on 6th October, 2011, will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church, Deveaux Street, on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Alain Laverne, M. Div., assisted by Deacon Peter Rahming & Deacon Maxwell Johnson. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
She is survived by her two sons: Shawn and Gregory Smith
Adopted Sons: Drexel Smith, Kevin Miller, Ian Williams, and John Duncombe
Daughters: Shiena Dawkins, Shavanna Moxey, and Alexandria Williams
Adopted Daughter: Nefeteria Albury
Daughter in-law: Elaine Smith
Grandchildren: Shawnice, Desmond, Alexavia, Deshae and Leslia
Sisters: Gloria and Maria Adderley, Joanne and Minerva Smith, and Thelma Cunningham
Brothers: Howard, Harry, and David Adderley
Aunts: Eloise Colebrooke, Ernestine Knowles
Brother in-law: Lawrence Smith
Close Friends: Cherry Jones, Mary Miller, Yvonne Jones, Judy Rolle, Joanne Williams, and Rosanna Dickenson
Nephews: Dereck McDonald, Phillip Munroe, Lawrence Smith, Kevin, Jason, Marvin, Aaron, Theo, Tiko, Mandrell, Stephen, Cordero, Jerrel, and David Jr. Adderley.
Nieces: Throy, Charlene, and Lakiesha Smith, Taneko Adams, Phillippa Roach, Colleen Moss, Leonice Hanna, Shericka Gibson, Lavanda, Shantell, Marva, Tonia, Timincia, Kenva, Donelle, Cassandra, Shanderia, Kenderia, Tamika, Stacy, and Omendelly Adderley, Asha and Racquel Miller, Tanisha Penn and Vanika Cooper
Numerous grand nieces and nephews
Other relatives and friends including: Marsha Smith, Yvonne Kemp, The Staff of the Wyndham Laundry and Housekeeping Department, Maud Smith and Family, Yvonne Skippings and Family, Alma Young, Rosalyn Laing, Sybil Higgs and The Friendship Birthday and Travel Club, Shanrose Clarke and Julia Clarke, Alfreda Sears and Family, Cherilyn and Julian Fernander, Bernadette Brennen, Gabrielle Cooper and Family, Wesley and Tangela Miller, Robert Miller, Shelly Miller and Family, Althea Miller, The Duncombe Family, Nadia Dean and Family, Chadrack Johnson, Christine Key, Verona Bastian, Olivia and Julius Kemp, Leteisha Archer and Family, Karen Ingraham, Dianne Major and Family, The Oliver and Cox Family, The Thurston Family, The Major Family, Jean Parks, Patsy Roberts, Bronson Sands, Brenda Solomon and Family, Leslie Rolle and Family, The Pritchard Family, The Staff ICU of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Dr. Christine Chin, Dr. Kevin Moss, The Lloyd Family, Marie Rolle and Fa mily, Cheryl Wallace and Family, The Newbold and Market Streets Families, Rita Strachan and Family, Cedric Rolle, Emmanuel George, Tiffany Seymour and Family, Patricia Johnson and Family, Gaynell Bullard, Racquel Penn, Rochelle Mckenzie and Family, Wealthy Winters and Family and Linda Johnson.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 11:00 a.m. until service time.
Tourism is a wonderful industry; it pays our BEC, BTC, Water and Sewerage and Cable Bahamas bills, gives us money to shop in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale and creates mega-resorts that we wonder around as if in a dream. It creates the hottest, coolest clubs, restaurants and discos. It removes most resources from the local grasp, enclosing them within the resort's limits. Locals can only venture there at the owners' pleasure; it is private land on what may have been once upon a time public access property. Sadly, as I walked along the lovely newly fenced in Paradise 'public' beach access, it became clear that Bahamians are up against a monster. While the beach on this part of Paradise Island has been open to the public for years, it has not been public in the true sense of the word in many years. Atlantis actually acquired the beach years ago. Unfortunately, Bahamians were probably unaware of that fact.
As the beach access is controlled and restricted, Bahamians seem to be unaware that they are losing rights that they thought they had as a part of their birth. Yet, people seem nonplussed by it. As the gate stands locked across the 'public access', tourists approach from the inside and are confused as to how to leave. Locals simply duck under, jump over or somehow negotiate in and out. Ease of access is gone. The owners are asserting their right to the land. As the new owners/managers of Atlantis flex their muscles, asserting their ownership of the land that allows people to access the beach, the public wonders by apparently unaware.
A few years ago, Adrian Gibson (Tribune 13/11/09) wrote a piece on public beach access and the right to it. Yes, Bahamians may use the beach up to the high water mark, but he left out that we are not guaranteed access to the high-water mark. Private property extinguishes the right to that access, unless there is a common law right-of-way provided to the beach, which is usual for many coastal communities, but seems to be tentative on Paradise Island. However, the signs do say, as is customary, that the beach is accessible to Paradise Island residents. This does not include New Providence residents. Tourists are less important - or perhaps more important than locals; they do not live here, they simply play here, they do pay though. However, they may gain access by the virtue of their identity; they are not local.
All governments talk about tourism's benefits for the local economy, but what are they? It seems, to date, that they include jobs, at the expense of land. Low-paying service jobs at the expense of high-earning professions, all of which allow for diversity. Yes, we must recognize that the government has provided Goodman's Bay for public use, and so kindly too, along with Montagu. However, as the population grows two public beaches with a smattering of a few other local access points seem rather inadequate. Perhaps, though, we matter less in this country. Unfortunately, the more people feel penned in and ghettoized, the more they begin to act as people do when in confined spaces and not allowed to enjoy the pleasure they see on the other side. As the tourism areas grow, the local area shrinks. Areas such as Bain Town and Millennium Gardens become more crowded and other troubles brew.
What tourism actually develops, as the title indicates is a two-tier community where the tourists that can afford, or apparently afford, the pleasure of luxury have the pickings of the coast and all the accoutrements of the resorts, while the locals serve them to be able to afford to eat. As tourists go, they are unaware of the disparity that they create. They save for months, or in some cases years to come here for a few days of luxury, or to take a cruise. Often, they live out their dreams while here. So the country becomes a place of play, according to Mimi Sheller and John Urry in Tourism Mobilities. It also becomes a place in play; a place that is created according to the whims of the tourist or those catering to them. The place is produced to attract tourists. What is the actual cost of that production? Local development is sidelined in favor of the mega-resort.
As Frantz Fanon argues, locals become second-class citizens. Tragically, the resentment and anger build and it often turns in on itself until it becomes too explosive. Rather similar to colonialism, tourism creates a separation between those who serve and those who are served. This separation is not only mental but physical. Or, it is not only physical but also mental.
It becomes real and as Fanon and Camus illustrate, manifests in physical and psychological ways. We not only begin to kill each other, we also begin to hate ourselves and what we see ourselves as. But we downplay the violence and crime, we protect the tourist areas with increased police presence, all the while encouraging the others out of those areas. Regulations are made to limit local access to said areas, after all, it is private property and if you do not look the part, management reserves the right of admission.
As the coastline becomes out of bounds for many of the blacks who inhabit paradise, it becomes a place where those who fly in for five days and four nights enjoy all manner of pleasure. They play. Meanwhile, the locals who can no longer freely access the coast or most of the desirable spaces unless paying top dollar, are consumed as mere pawns to a hungry industry.
As the local community gains jobs and loses land, it also feels like it has more disposable income. At least that is one of the objectives. We want to buy things. We are willing to sell our souls to buy some thing, any thing that we are told will make us better looking, more desirable or happier. We assume that the tourists who inhabit the destination that paradise promises are happy and rich. That is the image we see.
When I walked past the beach this morning and realized that I no longer had access to it, a button was pressed and a sad realization took hold. As many of the taxi-driven, cruise-shipped-in tourists also realized, but they had to find an entrance. That entrance is at the pleasure of the owner. Tragically, the government did not have the foresight to write in a clause that would protect coastal land for continued enjoyment by locals and others who may wish to live near it. They simply sold it. The owners who bought then also sold and made massive profits. The ones who lost out and continue to lose out are those very people who are meant to be benefiting from all this development.
In the long run, the tourists may be willing to pay $10 or $20 to visit the beach for a few hours as their ship passes by, but what of those rich, and noble locals who braid hair day in and day out, work in hotels, restaurants, banks, shops, laundries, those who work to pay to stay alive? If we go to the beach daily do we have to pay $10 or $20 to swim? It may sound like a little, but $10 times 5 equals $50. A mere drop in the bucket to swim in the beautiful aquamarine waters that hem in these islands. Many can afford to pay this and others will pay it and smile, because they look rich paying it. But the fact is that we have sold our navel string and birthright for a song, much like the yellow bird caught in that sickly sweet rendering of paradise.
To be sure tourism is a great provider of jobs that pay bills. It creates wealth for some and pleasure for others. It also creates envy and discontent. More fully, it creates a two-tiered country where those who can pay to play and fly in for the pleasures of paradise, luxuriate in spaces that protect themselves with chain-link fences against the vagrancies and dalliances of those beyond.
The segregation of the 1950s does not compare to the mindful segregation of a people no longer able to enjoy the natural pleasures of their land because said nature has been mega-resorted. More tragically, we do not even realize it is happening. The Bahamas is certainly becoming a destination, but not one that we can all pay to play in. Paradise truly exists behind fences.
- I. Bethell-Bennett
As preparations for Bahamas Speed Week enter the home stretch, organizers have announced major partnerships with companies and launched their online ticketing system.
Jimmy Lowe, president of the event, formally welcomed Royal Dutch Shell as the official oil and gas provider.
Red Bull, the energy drink, is expected to sign on with Bahamas Speed Week as early as tomorrow, Guardian Business has learned, as more and more international companies clammer for a place in the Paddock Club at the center of the track in Arawak Cay.
"In the last week, we have signed three major sponsors," Lowe explained.
"It's still a work in progress as we gear up for November 30. There are also some car companies now looking to get involved and we expect more local companies to step up before long."
Running from November 30 until December 4, the event promises to not only feature more than $100 million worth of cars, but attract prominent members of the corporate community to Nassau.
Spots in the Paddock Club, a popular convention in the Formula 1 Circuit, are now selling for $10,000 each to start, with bronze, silver, gold
and platinum packages also available.
Participants from the U.S. and the UK are shipping in the vintage cars for the event.
In fact, Lowe explained that cars from Europe are actually being shipped tomorrow, as it will take up to a month for the vehicles to arrive and pass customs.
New major sponsors of the event include Callenders and Co., Bahamas Waste, Ardastra Gardens, and Bahamas Fast Ferries, according to Lowe.
Meanwhile, Bahamas Speed Week (www.bahamasspeedweekrevival.com) is rolling out ticket sales to the public for events taking place throughout the week.
"They are online and for sale," Lowe added.
"We've had interest as far afield as the UK and Australia. We'll also have tickets available at the cultural festival this weekend."
A combined 8,000 tickets are available for purchase.
While many of the VIP slots have limited availability, Bahamas Speed Week said many attracted packages are still available.
As organizers finish their preparations, Lowe pointed out the Ministry of Public Works and Transport have also stepped up by "tearing up everything" at Arawak Cay and repaving the roads.
The temporary track will be set up at Arawak Cay, and while the much-needed work was originally expected to be done in December, the government agreed to "speed it up to help us with the event".
Talks are also underway between Bahamas Speed Week and government officials regarding the possibility of a formal track for future events in an effort to attract tourists and big business dollars.
"When people hire you, they hire you to solve problems," Raylene "Shelly" Gardiner told Guardian Business yesterday. "And when you're in a management position, that's all you do all day."
For the tourism champion, currently managing the properties of 79 homeowners and another 82 lot owners, problem solving is more than just a day's work. It's a big part of the reason she loves the work so much.
Over seventeen years ago, when she contemplated her career options, she initially wanted to do accounting.
She started out as a front-office clerk at the Royal Islander Hotel in Grand Bahama in 1994, where the hospitality bug bit her.
"Once you work in the industry it becomes a part of your life. It's not about the money, but about making a change in the community and being able to solve problems," Gardiner said.
Gardiner is the association manager for West End Resort Ltd., located on the western tip of Grand Bahama. She describes it as a semi-gated community that operates like a regular resort, with its 79 condominium units owned, by-and-large, by non-Bahamians.
Unlike typical visitors who invest in a few nights at a resort, however, her guests make substantial investments in their second home units, with their expectations and standards set that much higher as a result.
Gardiner's days are filled with taking care of relations with those property owners, each she said with a unique personality and requiring a personalized approach.
West End Resorts has only 52 employees, she said. But that's a part of the charm for Gardiner. Everyone pulls together and there's a true family atmosphere among the staff, she said.
Along her career, Gardiner has utilized formal education and mentorship to develop herself professionally. Fortunately, education and pushing yourself to the next level are values she says her parents instilled in her early. Her father only had a third grade education, she said, but never failed to impress the importance of education on her, right until he passed away seven years ago.
She never forgot the lessons of her 'godly parental background', Gardiner said. She recently returned from Oxford, London, for commencement services of Revans University where she obtained a professional master's degree. She has also secured Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHDT) and Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT) designations, as well as a bachelor's degree in business administration and an associate degree in hospitality management from the Bahamas Hotel Training College.
The lesson she has taken away from the mentors who helped her develop may have been even more important.
"I can honestly say their standard for excellence is what stood out most to me. They never settled for mediocrity and always encouraged me to raise the standard and never accept failure as an option," she said.
Gardiner is committed to seeing a change for the better in service attitudes across the country. Many in the industry, she said, have a sense of entitlement - that the government or unions owe them something.
While she may accept responsibility for her part in her success, she passes the credit along.
"Nothing I do is of myself. It's God that gives me the wisdom and provides the knowledge to accomplish these things - along with a good family support," she said.
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The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery....