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The MIXER - A Girlfriends Happy Hour Experience!
The MIXER - A Girlfriends Happy Hour Experience!

Friday 19th August 2011  5:30 PM

Bellas Set your alarms for 5 o'clock next Friday & head out to LUXE Revolution - Nassau's Newest Sheik Salon for Shoes & Accessories!! Head south on East Street from Wulff Road & its the 5th building on the left adjacent to Island Luck. This is an opportunity to put your feet up in a plush atmosphere during this private shopping Girlfriends event! LUXE Revolution will be offering 10% off any purchase of $50.00 or more! And there will be lots of GIVE-AWAYS throughout the night. Hear an Interactive Presentation by Kaylus Horton of Renaissance Group of Companies and Learn about membership in the premier women's entrepreneurship network, Girlfriends & Company. Keshelle Kerr of Girlfriends & Co & Aisha Sherman of Viva La Bella will make sure that you are entertained & walk away with lots of PRIZES & SURPRISES! Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres will be Served with an open Wine Bar. Cover Charge - $5.00 MAKE IT A NIGHT TO REMEMBER!! SHOE-AHOLICS you dont wanna miss this....... August 19 5:30pm-10:30pm


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August 18, 2012
On cruise control

Now that ace pitcher Mary 'Cruise' Edgecombe-Sweeting is back on the mound, the YII Shipping Wildcats are sharpening their claws wanting to scrape their way into one of the four playoff spots in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA).
After two years of watching from the stands, Edgecombe-Sweeting returned on Thursday night. She was on her way to a shut-out victory until Ronda Cooper hit an inside the park grand slam that drove in three runs. The Wildcats would hold off the third inning charge by the Lady Hitmen and won to a tune of 17-5. The win rounded off a perfect night for the softball club, whose men, the YII Shipping Bulldogs defeated Mighty Mitts 10-3. Ken Wood was tagged with the win in that game and Thela Johnson got the loss on the women's side.
"It is feels extremely good. I was just excited to get back there and not to concern about the win," said Edgecombe-Sweeting. "Just to be out there playing was tremendous. My teammates really, really supported me last night (Thursday). It was a lot of unity and togetherness. They were all excited that I was back. The fans showed their love and cheered me. I know that the crowd really missed my presence because everyone was talking about it.
"It was hard watching the team play and the games. I wanted to heal properly. As always your health comes first so it was hard just sitting there at times watching the games, wanting to go out there. Waiting paid off because I didn't want to go out there and not be able to play to my full potential."
Edgecombe-Sweeting was sidelined after a tearing the ligaments in her knee. She underwent two surgeries, one on her foot and the other on her knee. Even though she is able to walk around and play today, she said she's still feeling a little pain especially when she wears hard shoes.
Edgecombe-Sweeting is willing to work through the pain that she is feeling. Not only has she returned to play in the NPSA, but she is trying her hand at the national team as well.
She said: "I've been attending a few national team practices and they have welcomed me back so I will be traveling with the team this November. Basing it on last night's performance I will say that I am not 100 percent and not where I want to be exactly. But I am sure that if I continue to play and work hard I can get back to where I was.
"As far as the Wildcats, we never, ever worry about pennant. Once we hit the playoffs we usually turn it up. We just want to get into the playoffs. We know once we get into the playoffs, the Wildcats will overcome our hard times. We always rise to the occasion and with me back I am sure whoever we play in the playoffs, they too know that we are a force to be reckoned with."
The Wildcats are currently sitting in fourth. The team will return to the field next week against the Proper Care Pool Sharks, the third place team.

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July 09, 2012
Team Bahamas settling in at WJC

Before young Shaunae Miller and Anthonique Strachan head off to their first Olympic Games, they will make a pit stop at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships, where they are the favorites in their respective events.
Both have qualified in multiple events, but Miller will concentrate fully on defending her crown when the championships start on Bahamian Independence Day, July 10. The IAAF World Junior Championships will take place in Barcelona, Spain. A 25-member team is representing The Bahamas.
In the one individual event Miller will compete in, she has the second best time, 51.25 seconds, for juniors this year. American Ashley Spencer ran 50.95 seconds. Miller captured the gold medal, in 52.52 seconds, at the 13th annual championships held two years ago. 
The quartermiler has opted out of running in the 200m, even though she has the best time so far on the season by all athletes entered. Fellow teammate Strachan's time of 22.75 seconds makes her the favorite now. She sits right underneath Miller who has the leading time of 22.70 seconds.
Strachan is the front runner in the 100m with her season's best of 11.22 seconds. Carmiesha Cox will contest both the 100m and the 200m events while Rashan Brown will join Miller in the 400m.
President of the governing body for the sport in the country, Mike Sands, said the team will give Bahamians more to celebrate this Independence Day. Looking at the ranking charts, released by the IAAF last week, Sands is confident that they are going to get the job done.
"There is no doubt that these athletes will give the country much more to celebrate," said Sands, head of the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA). "If they were to live up to their expectations and their performances seen this year, then we can expect some great things from them. I think The Bahamas will be in for a very special and pleasant Independence [Day] even after the celebrations are done. In some instances, if you look at the rankings, you would see that our athletes are among the top in the world on this level. That says a lot and speaks well about the expectations. It is a testament to the coaches themselves and the athletes. It shows their focus and dedication. The IAAF have a very stringent qualification mark so every athlete would have automatically met the IAAF qualifying standard."
The 25-member team is the largest ever fielded by the BAAA. This positive fact and the news coming in from the training camp which the team attended last week has left Sands smiling. Team Bahamas moved into the games village on Saturday, after an intense training camp in Barcelona.
He said: "The IAAF through the RDC, which is our development center for the region, set up a training camp for the athletes in this region. So a number of the athletes that were at Junior CAC went from that championships straight to the training camp. Up to the games, that will start on Independence Day, I believe that this team, the caliber of athletes and the qualifying positions on the junior world stage would make this the best team that The Bahamas has fielded."
The female athletes weren't the only ones sitting at number one on the listing. O'Jay Ferguson will settle into the blocks as one of the favorites in the 400m and Blake Bartlett in the 200m. Soaring his way to the number one spot was Ryan Ingraham who has cleared 2.28m, so far, this season. Twin brothers Latario and Lathone Collie-Minns were not about to be left out.
Latario has a best mark of 16.64m and Lathone landed 16.06m. The two are a shoe in for a medal at these games.
Up first for The Bahamas, on the opening day of competition, will be Moriel Pitt and Tre Adderley, lining up in the 110m hurdles event. The preliminary rounds of the boys' 100m will bring the first session on the opening day to a close. The Bahamas will be represented by Teray Smith and Anthony Farrington in that event.
The preliminary rounds of the boys' 400m will be the first event on the track, in the second session. This will be followed by the girls' 100m. Ferguson and Elroy McBride are the qualifiers for the boys' 400m while Strachan and Cox will take charge for Team Bahamas in the girls' 100m.
 
Team members
 

Boys
Teray Smith
100m
200m
4x100m
 

Anthony Farrington
100m
4x100m
 

Blake Bartlett
200m
4x100m
 

Elroy McBride
400m
4x400m
 

O'Jay Ferguson
400m
4x400m
 

Moriel Pitt
110m Hurdles
 

Tre Adderley
110m Hurdles
 

Ryan Ingraham
High Jump
 

Latario Collie-Minns
Triple Jump
 

Lathone Collie Minns
Triple Jump
 

Shane Jones
4x100m
 

Julian Munroe
4x400m
 

Janeko Cartwright
4x400m
 

Johnathan Farquharson
4x100m
 

Stephen Newbold
4x100m
4x400m
 

Girls
Carmiesha Cox
100m
200m
4x100m
 

Anthonique Strachan
100m
200m
4x100m
 

Tayla Carter
100m
200m
4x100m
 

Rashan Brown
400m
4x100m
 

Shaunae Miller
400m
 

Te'shon Adderley
800m
 

Devynne Charlton
100m Hurdles
4x100m
 

Devinn Cartwright
100m Hurdles
400m Hurdles
 

Pedrya Seymour
400m Hurdles
 

Makeya White
4x100m

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July 25, 2012
NEW COLUMN: The Wedding Guru - Steps to planning a fairy tale wedding

Planning a fairy tale wedding on a shoe string budget can be a stress filled experience for anyone. For the bride and groom it is the first true test of how you and your spouse will handle a lifetime of money matters. Here are a few tips to start the process of planning the fairy tale wedding for you and your guest.

Talk about money - Most couples embarking on this wedding planning adventure are afraid to simply talk money. Other than a house, this is one of the biggest spending sprees you will share. If a parent, or future in-law has agreed to foot the bill, sit together and talk about it. Start with a list of wedding day wishes and wedding day must haves and work together from there.
Create a budget - The choices are no longer limited for couples.There are unlimited tools to assist you in creating a realistic wedding day budget.  For those do it yourself brides you can search the net for a wedding planning guide. We highly suggest hiring a certified wedding consultant to assist with your pre-budget planning.  Here is a big question; Would you allow a car mechanic to operate on you? Never! You would consult a specialist. Hire a specialist. Think not of it as  extra money spent, but of money and time due to expert advise received.
Location - All other aspects of wedding planning should be based on your confirmation of venue for the ceremony and reception. Venue charges vary, and your selection should be based on your estimated number of attendees. Some venues give discounts on middle of the week weddings, while some offer free reception room charge based on catering menu selected. For the discerning bride that likes to start a trend rather then follow the trends, there are numerous locations available. Think out of the box, be a trend-setter.
Vendor selection - Weddings today are quite affordable if a wee bit of creativity and research is used when planning. Make a list of all vendors from photographer to pastry chef, to entertainment and floral designer. Use of family members and friends as vendors should be carefully thought out as this is not a always a good remedy to save cost. Many friendships have ceased due to work not received, completed and not up to brides expectations. Research all vendors, confirm credentials, certification and community credibility. Written contracts should be made, no matter what the relation for all vendors for your security and assurance of a successful event.

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May 02, 2012
A sister follows suit

Sibling rivalry is as old as time, but for one young lady there is a strong push in her to do everything her brother does, and then to do it even better. And it seems Barrise Griffin is on her way. Her brother was named Gentleman of the Year in 2005 and Barrise has followed suit. She was recently named Debutante of the Year.
"It's still a shock to me that I actually was named Debutante of the Year," said the St. Augustine's College graduating senior. "But I feel privileged to have this honor to my name. I'm glad they picked me," said the 16-year-old.
Barrise was one of 53 young ladies from various high schools who over a six-month period were exposed to social graces that they would need to carry them through life by the Bahamas Debutante Foundation, of which Cristina Johnson is president.
"The process was interesting and I learned a lot of things that I did not think I would need in life," said Barrise. "I knew I needed table etiquette, but the way that you present yourself and first impressions I didn't know were so strong in society, and I'm glad that debutantes actually taught me these things because I am a young lady stepping into society and now I am prepared to step into society," she said.
She also found helpful topics relating to how to speak in front of people; how to act like a lady and carry herself; how to dress according to her body size and business etiquette. It was a program Barrise signed up for because she felt she had to know what she would need as a young lady.
While she's proud to be named Debutante of the Year, Barrise also has the brains to go with her social graces. She is graduating high school with a 3.45 cumulative grade point average. Surprisingly, she does not attribute her study habits and work ethic to a parent, but rather her brother -- the same one whom she does her best to do better than.

A role model big brother
"Throughout the years watching him work hard, get straight A's, being successful... I was just like I can't be overshadowed by him. I studied him, watched what he did and followed suit and just became a mini-Barry. I see how ambitious he is and I wasn't very ambitious, but then I picked up his work ethic and became ambitious as well. I have to make my name known as well," she said.
Barrise admits that there is a huge sibling rivalry -- at least on her part.
"There is a big sibling rivalry. [Barry] comes out on top most times because he's the oldest, but I'm impressed by him because he's passionate about what he does, and he does not take no for an answer. He's a go-getter. Everything that I see him do and if he gets hurt by it, he just rises up on top again and makes everyone know that a little obstacle in his path won't defeat him."
Barry, 23, is a law student at King's College in London.
Even though she has tried for years to best her brother, Barrise said there were a few years when she scaled by. She never found herself in a failing situation, she always made the honor roll, but looking back, she said if she had applied herself, she could have done even better.
"In grades seven and eight I was like I'm in high school I might as well just have fun, let's see what all the hype is about in high school. Then in grade nine it just hit me. We had to pick the electives we wanted to study and I was like I have to get serious now. And then Barry who was already in college was telling me how life was going to be rough and that I had to get serious. It just hit me that I had to get serious."
Barrise said she put her game face on and made the switch. She sat six Bahamas Junior Certificates (BJC) and was graded at A in Math, English, Social Studies, General Science; B in Health Science and C in Art.
She's currently sitting seven Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams -- Math, English Language, English Literature, Spanish, Economics, Biology and Chemistry. She said she prepared well and was confident she would do well in all of the senior tests.
And she plans to study bio-chemistry with a view to becoming an orthodontist.
"When I was little and had a shaky tooth, I stood up on a stool and it [stool] slipped from underneath me, and I fell and hit my tooth on the bed and it came out. My mother said to put it under the pillow, that I'd get money from it. The next morning I checked under the pillow, money [$5] was there and I said wow you can get money from teeth, I got $5 for one tooth and there are 32 teeth, I said this is my dream job."
Barrise has received partial scholarship offers from Caldwell University in New Jersey and the United World College of Costa Rica (UNCCR). She's currently weighing her options. Caldwell has the best dentistry program which would allow her to complete her bachelor's degree in three years before moving on to an affiliate program at Temple University for her dental degree. But UNCCR is also alluring, as it will afford her the opportunity of experiencing a different culture.
"And I do I want to explore the world, experience different culture, see what it's like," she said.
While Barrise prepares to begin the next phase of her educational life, her thoughts she said are still on besting her big brother, but it's something she wants to do as Barrise as she moves away from trying to be a "mini-Barry".
"The sibling rivalry will be there for the rest of my life, but I want to be Barrise. I don't know if I'll be on top of him, but I want to at least be on equal ground with him. He's older than me, so he's always going to be like three steps ahead, but I won't stop going after what I love," she said.

A proud father
If you ask her father, Barry Griffin Sr., Barrise has no need to pattern herself after her brother.
"To be honest, for some reason I've had more faith in her than she's had in herself. I've seen her stepping above her brother, because she's a natural. Her brother studies a lot. She does not study as much as he does, but she's still on par with him. So I always tell her if she applies herself more, she will rise above him and that the only person stopping her is her," he said.
And there is no one prouder of Barrise's accomplishments than her parents Marie and Barry Griffin Sr. And her father was excited for the opportunity to escort his daughter to the Debutante Ball. He was even eager to learn to waltz so that he could dance to Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" with his Barrise. It's a song he always told her they would have to do for her father-daughter dance at her wedding.
"Barrise always says we're more excited for her than she is for herself. When we were told as fathers what to wear and how to dress for the Debutante Ball, I was prepared almost a month before the event," he said. (That embarrassed Barrise a tad).
For Barrise's father the Debutante program was also a learning experience that he found amazing. He especially enjoyed the father-daughter day. It allowed him to show the close relationship he has with his daughter and how well he knew her.
During the question and answer segment no question they threw his way proved to be difficult. He correctly answered that Barrise's favorite color is gray. That she likes the music from Queen and Elvis. (Actually he's gotten her hooked). That she loves fruit and will eat it everyday -- and it doesn't matter what kind of fruit it is. He also knew that her shoe size is eight-and-a-half.
He was also disappointed that there were some fathers who did not take advantage of the opportunity to be there for their daughters.
"At the ball, there was a particular young lady whose father could not make it because he had to go to work. I said at that time, that no work was more important, because that was a moment in time that you would never get back. So you had to seize the moment. I believe in spending time with your children. I always try to be there with Barrise ... whenever," he said. "Sometimes I can almost feel when she needs my presence and I can pop up and offer what I think she needs. And for some reason, 90 percent of the time that is what she needs. When you spend time with your children, it's your greatest reward," said the proud father.
Her father's love for her and willingness to be there for her embarrassed her a little, but Barrise said she knows she's fortunate, because there are many children who have absentee fathers.
"It means a lot to me to know that no matter what he's always there for me. He says he's my number one fan and it's good to know that I have that support team with me," she said adding that her mother is just as excited for her accomplishments as well.

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May 18, 2012
A spirit of survival

It's an event to celebrate cancer survivors which means somber and dour aren't welcome. And with performances by Visage and the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Defence Force Pop Bands, sitting down demurely at a table at the Cancer Society Gala Ball will definitely be a faux pas.
"This event is about getting up on your feet and being thankful for being alive," said Gina Rolle, vice-chairman of the 11th Annual Cancer Society Ball. "So we want to see people come out and have double the fun knowing they are supporting a good cause."
The ball will be held under the theme "Fiesta: The Spirit of Survival" and will be held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on Saturday, May 19 with cocktails at 7 p.m., and dinner at 8 p.m. Tickets for the black tie affair are $225.
"This event is about fun and beauty. We want to celebrate the people who have made it through cancer and let people come out and show their support.We want people to come out and dance the night away. Kick off their shoes, have fun, let loose and celebrate."
Rolle said the ball is about embracing life and the spirit of survival. And has always been a fun affair, as opposed to the stodgy atmosphere that can prevail at some affairs.
"We like to focus on people's enjoyment and not just talk and formality. We embrace life and the spirit of survival. The ball has always been a blast and this year will be fantastic."
As in previous years there will be a fabulous array of prizes to be won -- roundtrip tickets for two to Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, the United States and even trips to the Family Islands as well as jewelry, luggage and spa sessions. A silent auction will also be staged again this year. Items up for grabs include a conch shell dinner set, paintings and jewelry.
The ball will also provide an opportunity for families and friends to come together at a party like no other. The food she said would just be the icing on the cake with dishes that will entice the meat lover as well as the vegetarian and the health conscious.
"There will not be a boring moment and people will have fun from start to finish," she said. "Although the event is about making the public more aware about cancer, there will not be a lot of speech making or formalities. It is hoped that people just have a good time and remember the event for the fun they have and not the long boring sermons. We want to celebrate the people who have made it through cancer and let people come out and show their support. This event is about getting up on your feet and being thankful for being alive."
Funds raised from the event will go toward the Cancer Society's Cancer Caring Center which assists Family Island patients with cancer who don't have anywhere to stay while getting their cancer treatments in New Providence.

The Spirit of Survival
When: Saturday, May 19
Where: Sheraton Nassau Resort, Cable Beach
Time: Cocktails at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m.
Attire: Black Tie
Cost: $225

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May 14, 2012
The L.I.S. annual Fishing Fling Tournament: Come and catch some fun!

Freeport, Grand
Bahama Island - Lucaya International School is proud to announce its
annual favorite fundraiser, the

Fishing Fling Tournament on May 27th.
Fishing can begin at 6:00am, weigh-in from 6:30-8:30pm, followed by a
celebration of the day's catches at our Splash Bash! Come to fish,
party, or both! The festivities will take place at the GB Sailing Club,
and will include a cash bar, dinner and dancing.  Bring your party shoes
along with your rod and reel!

This year we are thrilled to
announce Jamie Rose, of OBS Marine Ltd. as our Tournament Director.  In
addition to a grand cash prize, winners will have a chance to win
merchandise prizes from OBS...

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News Article

May 04, 2014
Nassau Container Port launches safety initiative

APD Limited, owner and operator of Nassau Container Port (NCP), has announced the launch of a new phase of its commitment to safety, which will involve a heavier emphasis on inspections of vehicles and equipment.
Beginning June 1, port managers will conduct regular port gate inspections of heavyweight tractor trailers, dump trucks and equipment entering the port. The assessment aims to ensure that such vehicles and equipment are maintained in a condition to operate safely in port and on the busy streets of Nassau, which they share with other vehicles and pedestrians.
"The majority of the imports coming into The Bahamas pass through Nassau Container Port. The trucking industry, which moves those goods to and from the port, is therefore a vital element of this country's trade. From the establishment of NCP, truckers have been our partners in the progress the port has achieved so far, which benefits the 11,000 Bahamians who own the Nassau Container Port and Gladstone Freight Terminal and the country as a whole," Michael Maura, Jr., president and CEO of APD Limited noted.
"We are now counting on our trucking partners to join us in contributing to greater safety in the port premises and on the streets of New Providence. Imagine a powerful, heavy tractor head and chassis carrying 50,000 pounds of cargo trying to stop a skid on an oil slick or on a rain-wet surface. If there is no traction because of faulty brakes or tires, it is inevitable that there will be a disaster. We want to make sure, as far as possible, that the vehicles moving loads in and out of the port are safe and capable of moving that freight."
Noting that the heavy equipment inspection program is a new and essential element of APD's commitment to creating a culture of safety, Maura said that NCP has been conducting informal inspections to give heavy equipment operators the opportunity to see the plan in action and appreciate its worth. He said the inspections are the responsibility of the port's Gate and Interchange Manager Brando Glinton and his team, which has undergone specialized training.
Glinton explained the details of the inspection.
"As heavy transport vehicles enter the NCP gate, we will use the checklist of our heavy equipment gate inspection form to assess their fitness to operate safely within the port. For the big rigs, it's a two-part checklist. We're looking at elements of the tractor and the chassis. On the tractor head, we are checking head lights, the tread depth on the front and rear tires and the security of the fuel tank," the manager said. "As regards the chassis, the important items for assessment are the unit number, brake lights, condition of the tires, chassis leg height, sand shoes, load locks and safe load."
In regards to inspection of dump trucks, Glinton noted that he and his team will be checking to see that headlights are working, mirrors are attached, tires have the proper depth of tread, brake lights work and the tailgate locks and the fuel tank are secure.
Following inspections, the gate and interchange manager said vehicle operators will be given two copies of the completed inspection form to sign, one of which they will keep as a guide to needed repairs and for their records. For vehicles passing this important health check, it will be business as usual. If a vehicle fails the inspection, it will be allowed to enter the port once the repairs indicated on the inspection form are made.
"At the end of the day, none of us, not importers, truckers or APD as port operator, should accept, 'I'm going to get it fixed tomorrow'. We all know that something could happen in the port or the minute one of these heavy, powerful vehicles leaves the dock. It must be emphasized that we see the port's safety inspection initiative as contributing to increased safety, in the spirit of partnership, with the authorities," said Maura.
"Our inspection, while impactful, does not take the place of an extensive road traffic inspection and subsequent certification. Our desire is to see that only vehicles in proper operating condition do business with the port for the good of everybody. Our checklist is short and inspection is carried out by a trained crew and does not take up much of the truckers' time."
In-house legal counsel of APD Yvette Rahming highlighted the specialized training the company invested in to ensure that the relevant staff members gained the appropriate knowledge and skills to conduct the vehicle inspections.

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April 30, 2012
The L.I.S. annual Fishing Fling Tournament: Come and catch some fun!

Freeport, Grand
Bahama Island - Lucaya International School is proud to announce its
annual favorite fundraiser, the Fishing Fling Tournament on May 26th.
Fishing can begin at 6:00am, weigh-in from 6:30-8:30pm, followed by a
celebration of the day's catches at our Splash Bash! Come to fish,
party, or both! The festivities will take place at the GB Sailing Club,
and will include a cash bar, dinner and dancing.  Bring your party shoes
along with your rod and reel!

This year we are thrilled to
announce Jamie Rose, of OBS Marine Ltd. as our Tournament Director.  In
addition to a grand cash prize, winners will have a chance to win
merchandise prizes from OBS...

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News Article

April 24, 2012
Defence Force officers called in as sick-out hits prison

Defence force officers have been placed in sections of Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) since Friday after a significant number of prison officers called in sick, according to Superintendent Dr. Elliston Rahming.
Rahming said 35 percent of the prison's staff called in sick and had not returned to work up to yesterday, although he maintained that operations are normal at the prison.
He revealed that prison recruits, who have entered the apprenticeship program at HMP, have also pitched in to maintain order.
"There is no undue security risk," Rahming told The Nassau Guardian.
"We have a number of prison officers who are turning up to work. They are being assisted, and they are doing an excellent job."
For security reasons, he declined to disclose the number of Defence Force officers stationed at the prison.
At a press conference yesterday, executives of the National Congress of Trade Unions of The Bahamas (NCTUB) and its affiliate, the Bahamas Prison Officers Association (BPOA), said prison administrators, as well as the present and past governments have failed to address the majority of prison officers' concerns.
"The brave men and women charged with overseeing the care and protection of inmates have been subjected to deplorable and dangerous conditions that have caused short and long-term illnesses to the point where they are unable to work," said NCTUB President Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson at the press conference at the Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union's headquarters on Horse Shoe Drive.
However, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said the government has done "a great deal" to address these concerns.
"I think if you compare what we have done, compared with any other administration you would have to conclude that we have done a great deal," Turnquest said.
This is the third time prison officers have conducted a sick-out "just weeks before a general election", according to Dr. Rahming.
Isaacs-Dotson said the actions taken by the officers are not politically motivated.
She also said the umbrella union will increase its public campaign "and do what it must", including taking legal action to ensure HMP staff work in a "safe and healthy environment".
Last month, NCTUB threatened industrial action over labor issues it claimed were outstanding, such as insufficient drinking water for staff; poorly functioning running water facilities in the prison; the perimeter wall not being completed after more than five years and the roof of the maximum security wing needing repairs.
Rahming claimed many of the issues are longstanding, "beyond the scope of the prison itself and many of them are just outright not true", although he did not elaborate.
Turnquest said the Defence Force officers stationed at the prison have the necessary training and qualifications to properly carry out prison duties.
Defence Force officers were recently called on to work at Lynden Pindling International Airport when the union that represents customs and immigration officers took industrial action over outstanding issues in its industrial agreement.
When asked if the Defence Force was being stretched by the recent actions of unions, Turnquest said: "It means that they can't do their regular duties, but they are called upon to fill in when there are some national security concerns."
He said he was of the understanding that the association's concerns were resolved, or being resolved, and has maintained an open door policy for its executives.

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