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Freeport, Grand Bahama - The James Sarles Realty Santa Baby Christmas
Music video with special lyrics written by Marina Gottlieb Sarles was produced
by Dave Mackey of Mackeymedia and shot on location in Grand Bahama. The video
has become a Christmas tradition throughout the Bahamas since 2005 when it was
first released. Santa Baby is a 1953 Christmas song originally
performed by Eartha Kitt.
The song is a tongue in
cheek look at a Christmas list sung by a woman who wants the most extravagant
gifts like sables, yachts and decorations from Tiffany's. The special
Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty version of Santa Baby
tongue in cheek references to Real Estate in the Bahamas. The 60 second
video is being aired on CNN, Good Morning America, FOX News as well as Facebook,
The Bahamas Weekly and Taste of Grand Bahama blog...
Becoming a global leader may be Johanna Kleijn's aspirations for when she grows up but for now, her role as headgirl of the Lyford Cay International School is good enough for her. The 17-year-old overachiever who is passionate about languages and being helpful to others, says her latest endeavor as co-head of her student body has truly been a challenge, but one she is glad she took on.
Q. What challenges have you faced as headgirl and how are you tackling them?
A. I think the biggest challenge for me is balancing my responsibilities as headgirl and handling my twelfth-grade academic program. It's quite rigorous. There is lots of scheduling and taking time out for both. I try to be there for the other students but I also have to let my ambitions be important too. So really the biggest challenge is time management.
Q. When you found out that you would be headgirl what did you expect your role would entail?
A. On a personal level, I expected I would be a role model for other students. I would also be expected to connect with others and ensure they feel comfortable talking to me about issues that affect them. I also knew I would have to ensure everything is running smoothly, such as there being no uniform violations, and the campus environment is clean. It has lived up to that and so far being headgirl has been good.
Q. What is an important lesson you have learnt while being headgirl?
A. I have learnt that you can't expect everyone to agree with you. So it is important to look at everyone's opinions and put yourself in someone else's shoes. I think it's something you have to do if you are really trying to understand what is going on completely and you can create a good solution.
Q. What qualities do you think made you stand out enough to your peers and teachers to be elected as headgirl?
A. I think my well-roundedness and ability to relate to others assisted me in being elected. Academically I do well and I also think I am a good role model. I am also close to my teachers and I work well with the others since it's very important. I also speak well in other languages like Dutch, English, French and German. So I think it's about being well-versed in many areas that made me a good overall choice.
Q. Seeing as you speak four languages compared to the one or two most students are pushed to study, what value do you place on knowing so many tongues?
A. I think it is very useful to know as many languages as you can. Many of the students at my school are from other countries and we embrace their diversity. Our curriculum also helps us to focus on the global market and making ourselves ready to face what is out there. I think it would do students a great deal of good to be more open-minded and the more culturally diverse they are, the more marketable they will be. With the way the economy is going it would be great to have an advantage in some way. So I would suggest students learn to speak more languages and visit other places because it expands you as an individual in more ways than one.
Bahamian poet, writer and publisher, Sonia Farmer can now add winner of the poetry component of the 2011 Small Axe Literary Competition to her list of achievements.
Small Axe is a Caribbean art and literature journal out of Columbia University in New York and the competition is held every year.
"It's a pretty big deal for Caribbean writers," said Farmer.
A humble poet and writer, Farmer is deeply entrenched in the Bahamian art and culture scene.
"So in April, Christian Campbell had his book launch at the College of The Bahamas and he asked me and Emile Hunt to open for him," Farmer said. "He said he wanted to give emerging writers a chance to share their work. It was really wonderful of him to support us."
The work of young artists practicing ambitiously and consistently with interesting material and creative ideas is being celebrated in a new exhibition at Popopstudios Art Gallery - "The New New".
The exhibition features the work of four young artists, Veronica Dorsett, 21; Blake Fox, 19; Piaget Moss; 19 and Angelika Wallace-Whitfield, 19.
The work includes digital media, site-specific installations, photo transfers and painting.
The show's curator Heino Schmid, an artist and lecturer at The College of The Bahamas (COB), said the idea for the show started out as a kind of satire, but eventually turned into something more serious.
"It was initially a thought I had reading about contemporary art and the desire for curators and art dealers to constantly seek the new hot artists," Schmid told Guardian Arts&Culture.
"So calling something the new new was initially a kind of tongue-in-cheek plan on this insatiable desire for the hunt for a new artist or artists of importance. Upon further reflection, however, it occurred to me and the team at Popop that this idea of the new new could be an opportunity to celebrate the work of young artists."
Dorsett, Fox, Moss and Wallace-Whitfield were selected for the exhibition based on their own creative practices and what was seen as a strong desire to push their practice into something grander, Schmid explained.
It was an ideal opportunity, he said, to bring the young artists together in one room and allow the freedom for a significant visual dialogue.
"Popopstudios is, I think, in many ways an ideal format for these kinds of discussions. As a physical location we sometimes struggle with physical resources but one of our greatest resources at the studio is an exceptionally strong environment for creative collaboration and we felt that all
four artists would not only produce a visually exciting exhibition but would also gain from the collective experience of working with each other," said Schmid.
Dorsett, a Popop Junior Resident prize winner, is from Freeport and graduated from the College of The Bahamas last year. She also recently completed a residency at Atilier 89 in Aruba. Fox is from Long Island and will graduate this year from COB with a degree in art. Moss is also from Freeport and is an art student and COB. Wallace-Whitfile is from Nassau and is currently the curator at the D'Aguilar Art Foundation and a curatorial assistant at the Natation Art Gallery of The Bahamas.
The variety of work seen in the show speaks not only to the individuals participating in the exhibition but also the recontextualization of material and creative practice.
"It was exciting for us to see how these artists in particular were playing with and exploring various mediums and material," he said.
The exciting thing about the exhibition, said Schmid, is that it has a lot of energy.
"It feels like the artists involved embraced the challenge of creating a body of work that would allow for their own individual growth as well as coming together as a unit to bring a single exhibition to the public that is engaging and sets the stage for a meaningful dialogue," he added.
Schmid believes viewers will be genuinely impressed with how the group of artists was able to explore their own ideas as a cohesive unit.
The artists have set a wonderful precedent for the future, which is palpable as you navigate the exhibition, he said.
"I truly believe that viewers will leave the show wanting to see more of what these talents are able to produce in the future," said Schmid.
In many ways, the work of these young artists continues to reflect how art in The Bahamas has changed over the past decade.
Schmid said this change comes out an inherent desire to forge an identity that is reflective of the state of the country at the moment.
"As artists we have a responsibility to echo the fundamental social tones where we practice," he said. "All four of these artists are embracing that responsibility and are pushing their practices to echo this desire for change and a new way of thinking."
o 'The New New Show' runs through November 30. Contact Popopstudios at popostudios.com for more information.
February has been designated head and neck cancer awareness/prevention month and included under this broad heading are cancers of the lip, mouth (oral cavity), nose (nasal cavity), paranasal sinuses, brain, pharynx (the cavity behind the nose and mouth that connects to the oesophagus) and larynx (voice box). This group of cancers are strongly associated with certain environmental and lifestyle risk factors, including tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, over exposure to the sun's ultra-violet rays, as well as certain strains of viruses, specifically the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The awareness color for cancer of the head and neck is grey.
What is head and neck cancer?
The vast majority, 90 percent, of head and neck cancers are Squamous Cell Carcinomas. They begin primarily in the epithelium, the mucous lining of our mouth, nose and throat. Head and neck cancers are frequently very aggressive and often a second primary tumor develops.
Who is at risk for these cancers?
In general, these types of cancers occur most often in men at a rate of 66 to 95 percent. Factors which can significantly impact this incidence ratio include the location of the specific cancer, and the increasing numbers of female smokers. For example, the male to female ratio for oral and pharyngeal cancers is currently three to one. However, in patients with Plummer-Vinson Syndrome (a disease that occurs mainly in people with chronic iron deficiency anaemia), which causes difficulty in swallowing, due to small, thin growths of tissue that partially block the upper oesophagus (food tube), the position is reversed, with 80 percent of the cancers occurring in women.
The incidence also increases with age. Most patients are between 50 and 70 years. There are more women and fewer smokers in younger patients. Also, people with HPV-associated head and neck cancer tend to be younger -- in their 30s and 40s -- when first diagnosed.
In the United States (US), the incidence of laryngeal cancer is significantly higher in African Americans relative to white, Asian and Hispanic populations. Also in African Americans, this type of cancer is associated with lower survival for similar tumor stage. For example, the overall survival rate is 56 percent in whites versus 34 percent in African Americans. It is estimated that each year, over 1,700 new cases of HPV-associated head and neck cancers are diagnosed in women, and some 5,700 are diagnosed in men.
In 2011 alone in the US, approximately 39,400 men and women (27,710 men and 11,690 women) were diagnosed with cancer of their oral cavity and pharynx, and some 7,900 died as a result. Further, an estimated 12,740 men and women (10,160 men and 2,580 women) were diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and approximately 3,560 died. Additionally, most patients with head and neck cancer have metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis. That is, their cancer had already spread to other parts of their body.
The risk factors associated with head and neck cancers
There are a wide range of factors that can put an individual at greater risk for head and neck cancer. Lifestyle risk factors such as tobacco chewing and smoking (cigar and cigarette); irresponsible alcohol consumption; over exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays; as well as dietary factors, such as a poor diet and/or the high consumption of processed and red meats are also associated with increased rates of head and neck cancers. Environmental risk factors include exposure to asbestos, textile fibers as well as prolonged exposure to wood dust and paint fumes. Cigarette smokers have a lifetime increased risk for head and neck cancers that is increased five to 25 fold over the general population.
Additionally, the presence of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or acid reflux disease, has also been found to be a major contributing factor. In such cases, stomach acid flows up into the oesophagus and damages its lining, thus making the affected individuals susceptible to throat cancer.
Signs and symptoms of head and neck cancers
There are many factors that would cause an individual to seek professional help, and they can all be caused by something other than cancer. However the watchwords of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas (CSOB) are "early detection," so please check with your doctor or health clinic, early, if you are experiencing any of the following: Swelling in your neck that may or may not be accompanied with pain; Bleeding from your mouth; Persistent sinus congestion; Persistent bad breath -- even with good oral health care; Sore tongue; Painless ulcers or sores in your mouth that do not heal; Dark, red or white patches in your mouth that will not go away; Persistent earache; Unusual bleeding or numbness in your mouth; Lump or swelling in your lip, mouth or gums; Enlarged lymph glands (swelling) in your neck; Slurring of speech (if the cancer is affecting the tongue); Hoarse voice which persists for more than six weeks; Sore throat which persists for more than six weeks; Difficulty swallowing food, and change in diet or unusual weight loss.
Reduce your risk of developing head and neck cancers
The most effective primary prevention would be to avoid as many of the risk factors. Do not chew or smoke tobacco. If you engage in these activities, you should stop now. Do not drink alcoholic beverages, or limit your intake to two drinks daily for adult men over 18 years old or one drink for adult women. Apply protective sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 with three stars, to the skin before going outdoors. Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet daily that includes lots of leafy green vegetables, fruits, especially citrus fruits, complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, cassava, pumpkin, etc., and fish. Also, drink lots of liquids such as water, coconut water, fruit juice, low fat milk, tea and coffee daily. Additionally, exercise daily, for at least a half hour.
You should also have regular, annual medical examinations, including annual dental examinations. Ensure that you get adequate sleep each night and time for relaxation each day. Limit your intake of foods such as hot dogs (which are high in nitrates); processed meats such as bacon and corn beef (which are high in sodium nitrate); donuts (made with white flour, sugar and hydrogenated oils, then fried at very high temperature); French fries (fried in hydrogenated oil at very high temperature), and chips, crackers and cookies (all made with white flour and sugar). Also limit your daily intake of salt, never adding any to your food at the table.
Should you experience one or more of the signs and/or symptoms outlined above, visit your doctor or health clinic right away
In secondary prevention, when diagnosed early, head and neck cancers can be treated more easily, and the chances for survival and a return to a normal productive life would be greatly increased. The goal of the CSOB is regular screening for prevention, early detection and effective treatment of all cancers.
Waiting for the results of a biopsy and listening to your doctor confirm your "worst nightmare", that you do have cancer must be one of the most devastating experiences for an individual to have. Fortunately, most often these days, this confirmation is quickly followed by the reassuring words: "It's in the early stage and we have a number of options to choose from, all with excellent/very good possible outcomes". Working together with the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, you can help to ensure that there are even more positive outcomes every time a diagnosis of cancer is confirmed.
oFor more information on the work of the CSOB, telephone 323-4441 or 323-4482 or visit the website at www.cancersocietybahamas.com.
The book of Acts is coming alive at Jesus Christ Centered Ministries International's 2012 Holy Spirit and Power Conference, which is in its last night tonight at New Life Christian Center on Prince Charles Drive.
The gospel is being put on demonstration by American pastor Dave Roberson, who pastors The Family Prayer Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He ministers powerfully in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and teaches people the way to have the power of God come alive in their own everyday lives.
Bishop Sheldon Newton, who is hosting the conference along with his wife, Pastor Jennifer Newton said that God is moving in an awesome way and people are being blessed.
"Wonderful miracles are happening, people's arms and legs have grown out, Pastor Roberson has been ministering by the Word of knowledge and 'calling out' certain diseases and people have been coming up and being ministered to and being healed," he said. "In addition, many are being filled with the Holy Spirit [with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues]."
The conference has been supported by ministers from different churches who have attended meetings.
"[On Tuesday] the ministers received an anointing of the Holy Ghost as Pastor Roberson laid hands on and ministered to pastors and ministers.
"The Word of the Lord is also coming forth in tremendous fashion," said Bishop Newton. "The people have been feeding from the table of the Lord."
Going into its final night, Bishop Newton said the conference has exceeded his expectations as people have been able to see first hand the power of God in demonstration.
"To watch people actually be healed in front of your eyes and to see hands and legs grow out right in front of you, it's an awesome sight and I think it has birthed a hunger in people for more of the supernatural power of God."
He said that miracles and healings began in the first service and that people were shouting with excitement as they watched God perform miracles right in front of their faces.
"Our members were actually up by the pulpit looking and watching as they saw things happen and we just glorify God for what He has done. These are things that Jesus is doing through His servant and these are things that are available to every Christian.
"Jesus said that [believers] shall lay hands on the sick and that they shall be healed and what we are seeing is a demonstration of what the Word of God already said believers are supposed to be doing."
Bishop Newton said Pastor Roberson is teaching a lot on the love of God, being filled with the Holy Spirit and the importance of spending time speaking with other tongues.
"Pastor Roberson is emphasizing the importance of having a spirit-filled and spirit-led life and a love walk, which allows the power of God to flow through you. If you want to walk in the gifts of the Spirit and real power, you have to learn to love people and really care about people. God has opened up a measure of divine love to [Pastor Roberson] and he is walking in a great measure of that divine love -- that's what's causing the power of God to operate through him."
Tonight's final session begins at 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Roberson is known in Christendom for his powerful teachings on fasting and prayer.
After an undeniable supernatural encounter with God in 1973 Pastor Roberson left his job in an Oregon saw mill to answer God's call to the ministry. Since then, he has preached the gospel with signs following in nations around the world through church meetings, city-wide crusades and pastor seminars. In 1990 Pastor Roberson began pastoring The Family Prayer Center.
Whether home or abroad, Pastor Roberson's ministry has always been marked by a free flow of the spiritual gifts, outstanding creative miracles and physical and emotional healings as he teaches others to hunger after a more deeper and more vital walk with God.
A lifetime of love seems barely enough for Reverend Earle Manford Francis, 90, and his wife Marjorie Eloise "Sweet Potato" Francis nee Taylor (84). The couple who met decades ago when they were teenagers will officially have been married for 65 years on June 29. Although time and history has passed, the couple is still holding on strong to their love. They say that sometimes they feel like it was merely yesterday that they began their journey of love together.
"Sweet Potato" as Rev. Francis loves to refer to his wife vividly remembers meeting her husband in Salem Baptist Church on Parliament Street. At that time she says that was the place to meet other young people that your parents approved of and who were "into the right things". She described meeting a nice-looking young man who was active in the church and that she liked that about him right away.
"He had his eye on a number of other young ladies in the church but I guess I must have stood out more since I was the one he chose," said Sweet Potato.
Theirs was a courting that bordered on six years and eventually led to their marriage in 1947. It was a journey they were delighted that they took. They believed their extended courtship made them more passionate about each other, and simultaneously brought them closer. He said it also helped them remain more clear-headed when they entered their marriage.
Rev. Francis said when they got married - he was 26, his Sweet Potato was 19 - that they were ready. They had a home to move into and he had a job already lined up to take care of his future family.
The couple were married on a Sunday morning at 6 a.m. at the church where they met.
"Everything about my wife was perfect -- her love, demeanor, concern for me ... everything. I still love her and it still feels like we first met."
At the time Rev. Francis worked as a waiter at City Club, in downtown Nassau. It was almost 15 years into their marriage that he says he got the call from the Lord to enter pastoral ministry. He was commissioned by his pastor, Reverend Enoch Beckford Sr. to take over Salem Baptist Grove Mission on Baillou Hill Road. A year later in 1965, he changed the name to First Baptist Church.
His Sweet Potato was there to support and encourage him in his journey as a minister, joining him in studies in seminary school at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky from 1977 to 1979. She knew piano before but learnt the organ officially while there as well. Besides being a typist and working as a payroll officer by profession at the British Colonial Hotel to support her husband in his religious endeavors, she became even more active in the church by joining numerous groups. She played the organ at services for over 60 years.
Sweet Potato said it was a pleasure to be of service to God and to her husband. And said she has always done what she could to do her part and serve to the best of her abilities. She said she has not regretted loving and standing by her husband. Her marriage is one she said has been filled with understanding, respect, appreciation and devotion.
"This is not to say we did not have our arguments, but we did know how to resolve them before we went to bed. We treat each other well and just genuinely love each other more than we disagree," she says.
This is still a key factor in the marriage today which has been blessed with 13 children - six boys and seven girls, 11 of whom are still alive - Percival Earle "Vola" Francis, Florence Louise Taylor, Dr. Emmanuel Leslie Francis, Dr. Walstone Elisha Francis, Reverend Wilkinson Larry Francis, Charlotte Catherine Humes, Barbara Jemima Darville, Joan Marjorie Knowles, Mary Evangeline Francis, Reverend Joseph Earle Francis and Reverend Dianna Francis. Margaret Alicia Francis Dames and Keith Charles Edward Francis predeceased their parents.
Reverend Francis believes the fact that he and his wife never even thought about divorce kept their marriage strong. "We had our storms and disagreements but we made it through it all without throwing in the towel." He said they never let the sun go down on their wrath when problems arose.
"Every marriage has problems because some rain must fall -- but we never let it get to the stage where we feel nothing is irreconcilable. We ensured we maintained our good relationship and fellowship. We always tried to be understanding and most of all we have plenty of love."
Although they were young the Francises say they took marriage seriously and took into consideration everything being married meant.
Sweet Potato said she was always careful about what she said or how she reacted to situations in their marriage that she disliked. She said she took to heart the Bible verses that speak of the power of the tongue being able to produce good and evil. And that no matter how upset she was or how she would've wanted to respond she always thought it over and used her words carefully.
"I used my words to bless rather than curse. We are not perfect. I was always cautious. I made a commitment when I took my vows and I meant it," she said. "I ensured I didn't get angry because I was determined my marriage would work. When we argued or were in trouble I also ensured I prayed so we could overcome everything. We were big on praying because it really does change things. God's word is the lamp to our feet and light to our pathway. This is another secret to our long marriage."
She advises young people marrying today to ensure that their partner is a Christian and serious about God. She said this does not necessarily mean he or she goes to church religiously, but that they are serious about God's work and letting Him shine in their lives. Sweet Potato said they can't go wrong if they at least have this. She also said it is important to be able to be themselves around the person and that they should feel good showing their love. While she is her husband's Sweet Potato, she lovingly refers to him as her "Watermelon" - which for her is a gesture of love as well as a playful jab at his growing tummy that reminds her of the juicy fruit.
Rev. Francis said ensuring they keep the love alive by sharing what they love with each other and never starting or finishing the day without saying that they love each other is also important. He said showing love by being affectionate and considerate is another genuine way to strengthen a marriage.
"For the last 15 years my wife and I have been renewing our marriage because it's a romantic and sentimental thing to do. We appreciate our marriage and show it by renewing it. We want to strengthen it by doing this. It is a wonderful thing that we do and it shows that we truly love one another."
They may be up in age, but Rev. Francis still expects his marriage to get sweeter and sweeter and that the love and joy he has shared with his Sweet Potato will only increase. He feels that problems in marriage are guaranteed to come, but he and his wife have been facing them for so long that nothing can come that will diminish what they have.
The couple's last child, Rev. Diana Francis, 40, said her parents' marriage is an inspiration to her and that she dreams of having that type of relationship one day.
"What I love about my parents is that they have such a strong relationship. They have been together so long but they are still two distinct individuals. They don't lose their individuality like many people do in a marriage. They are still two people who love being themselves and sharing their lives with one another. Although they are different they compromise with one another by giving way for the better good. They've not been perfect as I've seen them argue on points, but I also see them still resolve it and get over what they disagreed on. They really love one another. They are concerned about one another. They compliment one another and are a real team. Where she is strong, he is weak and vice versa. They really push one another."
Through their example she has learnt the importance of friendship in marriage, understanding each other's roles, mutually supporting each other, being respectful, being a team and alway leaning on the Lord in the good and bad times.
She said she would be fortunate to have her parents' kind of love one day and is grateful for the example to make reference to in her future relationships. Because of them she said she will not be able to settle or just accept anything less than the best due to the ideal environment her parents' marriage created for her and her siblings.
Tuesday 5th February 2013 6:00 PM
CLASSES AT POPOP: Semester 1 Classes at Popop: January 14 – February 23, 2013 Semester I will see the introduction of a new class and the continuation of several favourites. Two of the six-week adult classes will provide the option of registering for all or just one class. All fees must be paid before classes begin and are non-refundable. Cost and Outline of Services Offered The cost per class varies and ranges from $240 to $255. The following is an outline of what the fee per class covers. (1) 6 sessions at Popopstudios, 3 hours each (adults). (2) 12 sessions at Popopstudios, 1 hour and 30 minutes each (children). (3) Equipment, facilities and materials (depending on class). (4) Instructor- Professional studio artist. Katrina Cartwright Education Officer, Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts Making Books The Art of the Book The Art of the Book Instructor: Sonia Farmer Time: Tuesday, 6pm-9pm Duration: 6 weeks Maximum per class: 10 Price: $255 Other options: $150 for 3 weeks This class is designed to help students think of the many ways a book structure can become an art object. Each week, examples, a demonstration, an in-class creative assignment will help students to expand their knowledge about book binding structures and to think about the book as a participant in story rather than simply a vessel. These would be a useful classes for writers, artists wishing to expand their practice, or those interested in self-publishing. Materials included About the Instructor: Sonia Farmer is the author of two chapbooks, What Becomes Us and Grow. Her work has won the 2011 Small Axe Literary Competition in Poetry and has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Poui, tongues of the ocean, WomanSpeak Journal, Correspondence, Ubiquitous, and The Carifesta X Anthology. She is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, a small fine press that produces hand-bound limited-edition chapbooks of Caribbean writing, based out of The Bahamas. She is a bookbinder, letterpress printer, hand papermaker, and printmaker, and aims to publish books as beautiful as the words they hold. She has a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.
Friday 10th September 2010 8:00 AM
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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday predicted that the Free National Movement (FNM) will pick up all five seats in Grand Bahama, and declared that the approaching general election will be about the quality of leadership that will move the country forward.
"The PLP was a massive failure during their single disastrous term from 2002 to 2007," said Ingraham at the launch of his party's campaign at Our Lucaya Resort. "And, Perry Christie is a failed leader.
"...Desperate to get back to the cookie jar, they're going to flood the TV and put up all kinds of posters offering you slogans. Well, that won't work because we're going to remind the Bahamian people that it is the FNM that puts you first every day and all the time. We have a record. They just have plenty talk."
The campaign launch was billed as the start of the FNM's "2012 march to victory" and was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic FNM supporters who were told by the FNM leader that better days are ahead for Grand Bahama.
The party formally unveiled its team, which Ingraham said is a team of 'talent and conviction, character and competence'.
With the new boundary cuts, there will be five seats in Grand Bahama, down from six. Currently, the PLP holds one seat in Grand Bahama.
Former Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce President Peter Turnquest is the FNM's candidate for East Grand Bahama, along with educator Norris Bain (Marco City), journalist Pakesia Parker Edgecombe (West Grand Bahama and Bimini), Kwasi Thompson (Pineridge) and Neko Grant (Central Grand Bahama).
Ingraham thanked outgoing High Rock MP Kenneth Russell for his dedicated service. Ingraham fired Russell from his Cabinet last month.
He also thanked outgoing Eight Mile Rock MP Verna Grant for her service. Grant said in the House previously that she wanted to run again on the party's ticket.
Speaking at yesterday's event, which was broadcast live on television and radio stations, Ingraham said, "We have a dynamic team which represents some of the best of the Bahamian imagination. We have a team that will advance the FNM's comprehensive vision of national development."
Grand Bahama's economy -- which was suffering serious challenges long before the global economic crisis struck in 2008 -- continued to limp along under the current administration's term.
Ingraham yesterday admitted that there were disappointments relative to the Grand Bahama economy since 2007, including the Ginn project going bust and Harcourt failing to redevelop Royal Oasis Hotel.
But he said Grand Bahama can not trust the PLP.
"If talking, dreaming and imagining created jobs, modernized laws and installed state-of-the-art infrastructure - then I suppose they could find something which they might have accomplished," Ingraham said of the past administration led by Christie.
"For too long the leader of the Opposition and his colleagues in the PLP have traded on having smooth tongues. You must tell them clearly and tell them loudly that smooth talking will not cut it. Ridiculously, strung together adjectives mean nothing."
Ingraham added, "Our party knows that your economy continues to limp. We are working daily to soften the impact for as many persons and families as possible.
"We are acting to ensure that we are in the best possible position to benefit from the economic recovery when it occurs."
Ingraham also told FNMs that the election is about the party that can deliver on its promises to build a better future for all Bahamians.
"The future requires leadership," he added. "It requires hard work and job performance over just performing for the crowds and the cameras. The FNM is the party of change and renewal. Color red is on the move."
He said, "The PLP, having paid some foreign agents to develop slick TV ads are setting about to try and trick people into believing that they are ready to govern. Do they do this by providing concrete examples of an action plan? Of course not. They are busy assigning posts."
He said whatever the PLP government thought it did for Grand Bahama has either 'vanished or floundered'.
Dismissing Christie's claim that he is a bridge to the future, Ingraham said Christie is a throwback to the past.
"They can't take anyone to the future, much less build an airport or a straw market or provide Bahamians with a prescription drug benefit or an unemployment insurance benefit," he said.
The FNM will next week formally launch its campaign in New Providence, then on other islands.
The prime minister yesterday urged Bahamians who have not yet done so to register to vote as he plans to 'ring the bell' soon.