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Four hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Greek playwright Aristophanes wrote a comedy called "Lysistrata." It is the story of an ordinary woman's effort to end the Peloponnesian War; the successful effort in fact. How does she do it? She organizes the women of Greece, women of all the warring sides, and they decide together to deny their mates sexual gratification until the war is brought to an end. Desperate, the men put down their swords and spears.
Lysistrata is a mischievous tale, to be sure, but it is one that has more than a kernel of truth to it: we men often make a royal mess of the world, with our wars and our parliaments. Maybe women should have a go? Can they do much worse? They may do much better.
Aren't you people tired of reading my columns yet, for instance? Don't women have something to say that's worth hearing? Why are public platforms so overrun with men? Because they don't care? Because they're not smart enough? Because they don't take the initiative?
Well, there are women in this world who are not just sitting on the sideline. They too have power and can shape the affairs of nations. Sometimes we know them (think Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey), and sometimes, not so much (think Angela Merkel, Dilma Rousseff, Indra Nooyi). All of these women are amongst the most influential in the world. However, we are most familiar with the North Americans thanks to the media.
Women in power have been typecast as manless, joyless CEOs who are enviable only for their bank account balance, but who bring nothing much to the table besides education and ruthlessness. This year, however, three women have been noted for their extraordinary power and influence in their countries. They have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. These three women from Liberia and Yemen have significantly contributed to ending war, conflict and suffering in their homelands while facing very real threats against their lives and those of their children. They aren't doing it in the way Aristophanes proposed (he was a satirical writer after all) but they are doing it.
From the Associated Press: "Karman is a 32-year-old mother of three who heads the human rights group Women Journalists Without Chains. She has been a leading figure in organizing protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh that kicked off in late January as part of a wave of anti-authoritarian revolts that have convulsed the Arab world." The struggle against Saleh isn't over but the Nobel has been given to her nonetheless.
Also from the AP: "Johnson Sirleaf, 72, is a Harvard-trained economist who became Africa's first democratically elected female president in 2005. Liberia was ravaged by civil wars for years until 2003 and is still struggling to maintain a fragile peace with the help of U.N. peacekeepers. Sirleaf was seen as a reformer and peacemaker in Liberia when she took office."
And this from the UK Guardian: "Leymah Gbowee's rise in the women's movement began on a dusty football field opposite the fish market in Monrovia. In 2002, this is where she sat every day dressed in white, with thousands of women praying and fasting for peace. Liberia had already endured 14 years of war and the women were tired of fighting and of being raped and watching their men die while their children were stolen to be used as soldiers. Her strength was evident in 2003 when she led hundreds of women to Monrovia's City Hall, demanding an end to the war. "We the women of Liberia will no more allow ourselves to be raped, abused, misused, maimed and killed," she shouted. "Our children and grandchildren will not be used as killing machines and sex slaves!"
The women protested until [Robert] Taylor agreed to a meeting. Under Gbowee's leadership, they gave the three warring factions three days to deliver an unconditional ceasefire, an intervention force and for the government and rebels to sit down and talk. They got what they asked for and soon after, the Accra Peace Accord was signed in Ghana."
In this country we don' have any problems praising our women. We boast of how they suffer and endure. We echo choruses about their selflessness as they struggle to run single-parent homes and manage unruly children without fathers. When Mother's Day circles around the block each year, the florists can't keep up with the demand. We acknowledge that more of them finish high school than males, and that more of them go on to college than males, and that more of them hold down white collar jobs than males. Our women, collectively, bring a great deal to the table. So why don't Bahamian women have more powerful a national voice? Yes, we have a sprinkling of women who are doing their damndest to be heard. They are community leaders working on the ground level, and in times past, some were politicians. We have even had our own women in white on the parks praying and fasting for the nation, however the momentum never built.
November 2012 will mark the 50th year since women gained the right to vote in this country. As a people, we are guilty of paying lip service to women, making them feel more influential than they are and can be. We laud them with praise, but then never do much of what they recommend, mostly because we don't really listen to much of what they say. We are not about the business of real empowerment of women and in some circles, we'd rather it stay that way. For reasons that are too many and too complicated to summarize, we have in essence marginalized women to very basic predictable roles, most of which are about maintenance. Men establish, women maintain. Men create, women maintain. Men make the decisions, women maintain. We'd never be able to run a single arm of government if not for women maintaining it all, but that's nearly all we'd have them do.
When Lysistrata is asked by the magistrate why she and her sisters rose up and presume that they can better handle the affairs of the state than their husbands, Lysistrata replies:
"All the long years when the hopeless war dragged along we, unassuming, forgotten in quiet, endured without question, endured in our loneliness all your incessant child's antics and riot. Our lips we kept tied, though aching with silence, though well all the while in our silence we knew how wretchedly everything still was progressing by listening dumbly the day long to you. For always at home you continued discussing the war and its politics loudly, and we sometimes would ask you, our hearts deep with sorrowing though we spoke lightly, though happy to see, "What's to be inscribed on the side of the Treaty-stone? What, dear, was said in the Assembly today?" "Mind your own business," he'd answer me growlingly "hold your tongue, woman, or else go away." And so I would hold it."
And then all the women shouted in one accord: "I'd not be silent for any man living on earth, no, not I!"
I wonder. I wonder what would happen if women spoke up in this country? Really spoke up. For themselves. For their children? Really organized. And were united around the issues that mattered most to them. I wonder.
The holiday season is fast approaching and with it the office party! So this week I wanted to share a word to the wise. Be very careful that as you slip into party mode, that you do not allow your professional reputation to slip out the door. While the office party is a time to mingle and have fun with your co-workers, be careful not to have too much fun, because no matter how long the night may seem, tomorrow will eventually come.
Here are some tips to ensure that when you return to work, you can do so with your head held high.
1. Don't let your significant other attend the Christmas party alone. Why not? Three reasons: Firstly, the office Christmas party is notorious for breeding promiscuity and infidelity. With a steady flow and consumption of free alcohol, inhibitions are lowered, judgments become impaired, and people become bold and adventurous. According to a private investigation firm, workplace affairs usually take root at the office Christmas party or at some other office social event. In fact, in a survey conducted by Men's Health Magazine, 44 percent of the men surveyed admitted that they had an affair with a sexy co-worker during the Christmas party. In a similar survey conducted by Trojan Condoms, 49 percent of the respondents surveyed (males and females) admitted that they would hook up or have sex at the office Christmas party if the opportunity presented itself. Reason two. If your significant other has already crossed the line, the office party can reveal the workplace affair. Observe how your significant other interacts with his/her colleagues. If your partner is hooking up with someone at work their body language and behavior will give them away. Is he/she avoiding anyone? Listen for the gossip and pay special attention to the person who keeps glancing in your direction. Introduce yourself to as many people as possible, you may be surprised to learn that Alex is indeed a woman and not a man as your significant other led you to believe. Reason three. Obviously to make your presence known and keep predators away.
2. Watch your alcohol intake, especially in light of the above, but also because too much alcohol separates your tongue from your brain, and sends common sense on a mini vacation causing you to say and do things that you will regret. Things like getting up close and personal with your subordinates. So much so, that they lose all respect for you and you find that you can no longer manage them. All because you crossed the line at the Christmas party and got too familiar. Things like cursing out your boss, getting into fights, becoming sick and throwing up, passing out on the table, and falling down drunk to the point where one of your colleagues has to take your keys, put you in your vehicle and drive you home should all be avoided.
3. Dress appropriately. Ladies do not, I repeat - do not - wear the shortest, tightest or sexiest thing in your closet! This is a visual that your male colleagues will never forget. You will become the topic of discussion in the 'boy's club' or worse, the center of a wager to see who "gets to hit it first". Remember, you should be striving to advance your career, so don't derail it by dressing like a tramp.
4. Don't be the life of the party. Some people love to be the center of attention and they look for any opportunity to claim center stage, including at the office party. Be careful of the avenues that you use to draw attention to yourself. So do yourself a favor - no flirting with your co-workers, relinquish that karaoke microphone - especially if you can't sing. Don't teach your friends how to dougie, and definitely save the "bumping and grinding", for the club.
5. Choose your guest wisely. You know what they say, "if you want to know a man tell me who his friends are". So the real question is will your guest help to advance your career, or will he/she cause it to blow up in your face? Ensure that your guest is aware of the proper etiquette and is prepared to follow the rules.
5. Beware of photographs. Technology has gone to a new level; everyone and his uncle has a camera phone and knows how to upload the photos to the internet instantly. Beware that you are not caught in any compromising positions with a hidden camera. If taking group photos I suggest that you take them at the beginning of the night, and make sure that you don't have a drink or cigar in your hands.
"But I thought a party is all about fun?" It is, but remember it's the office party, not a family get-together. If you want to survive the Christmas party and not have to call in sick because you are too embarrassed to return to work, you've got to play by the rules.
Dress like a professional, act like a professional, and party like a professional.
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Saturday 6th November 2010 8:00 AM
Native Dishes: Chicken Souse, Sheep Tongue Souse, Stew Conch, Boil Fish & Stew Fish American Dishes: Omelets, Egg Platters, Pancake Platters, Sandwiches, Breakfast Burritos & New York Strip with Eggs Free Wi-Fi
Tuesday 29th January 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.
The South's love affair with fried chicken, collard greens, gumbo and biscuits is being challenged -- and changed -- by an unlikely influence. The North.Which may seem strange -- or even heretical -- until you stop to consider that Southern food has always been a confluence of cultures, an amalgamation of its African, European and Native American locals. It just happens that this time around it's the North that is infusing its ideas in the culinary mix.
Credit for this fresh face of Southern cooking goes to a growing band of chefs -- some born in the South, many not -- who are looking North as they reinterpret the classics.
Take Vivian Howard, for example. The 35-year-old owner of the Chef and Farmer restaurant in Kinston, N.C., is a true Southerner, the daughter of a North Carolina hog farmer whose grandmother baked candied yams with butter and brown sugar. Yet the yams Howard serves are smashed and double fried, like a Caribbean plantain, a reflection as much of her time spent cooking in New York as of her heritage.
In Louisville, Ky., a Korean-American from Brooklyn marries sorghum and local lamb -- and bourbon! -- with Asian flavors. In Georgia, Canadian Hugh Acheson showcases the Mediterranean potential of Southern staples such as ramps, morels and veal sweetbreads. And in Carrboro, N.C., Matt Neal -- whose dad Bill Neal helped revive Southern cooking in the 1980s -- channels his love for New York City in buttermilk biscuits topped with pastrami.
Many argue that Southern food is the country's only true regional cuisine.
But much of its distinctiveness comes from its ability to blend. African slaves brought their rice growing culture, laying the groundwork for iconic dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. Sweet potatoes resembled the yams they knew from home, and were used to fill European items like pies. Native Americans contributed their knowledge of the land and its ingredients, showing newcomers how to use corn for foods like cornbread and grits.
These rich food traditions often are what attract chefs from other parts of the country. At Louisville's Magnolia 601, Brooklyn-born Edward Lee seamlessly blends tradition with the flavors of his Korean heritage in dishes like crab cakes with green tomato kimchi and mango with red onion and daikon sprouts. But rather than corrupting tradition, Lee says such innovation moves it forward.
"I'm not a Southerner and I don't cook Southern food," he says. "I cook my food with a nod to Southern food and culture. I'm playing on their culture and history. I'm not making it better or worse. I'm just doing something different."
In North Carolina, New Jersey native Andrea Reusing projects memories of childhood trips to New York's Chinatown into whole fried local flounder and tea-cured local chicken. She plays on a Southern classic with Korean-style fried chicken wings that offer a brittle crunch and a sweet-spicy glaze. Country ham shows up in fried rice and field peas dot black sticky rice instead of hoppin' John.
"A lot of these Asian flavors are also Southern flavors," Reusing says. "Crunchy fried chicken, salty ham, a great whole fish. Peanuts. There are so many similarities. "At his two Athens, Ga., restaurants, Acheson adds French, Italian, Spanish, even North African flavors to Georgia ingredients, with dishes like grilled octopus and purple cape beans, cioppinostyle local seafood with stewed collards and roasted local chicken with red peppers and sesame. He even has kimchi creamed collard greens, a nod to the classic creamed spinach. Such interpretations, Acheson says, fit right into the South's history.
"Eighty percent of what we think of as Southern food is from slaves who were not indigenous," he says. "It's amazingly geographically different, inflected from so many parts of the world."
While some may think of the newcomers as carpetbaggers, Howard is flattered by the attention. Playing with Asian flavors or adding Mediterranean accents not only helps develop the region's food culture, she says, but also honors it. "It says a lot about what people have come to appreciate about our regional cuisine here."
Howard is one of a growing number of native Southerners who traveled or lived outside the region, then returned home with fresh ideas. Trained in New York at WD-50 and Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market, Howard initially tried to bring Northern dishes to the South. The response was lukewarm.
So she began embracing all the things she'd grown up on -- collards, sweet corn, cucumbers, field peas -- but reinterpreting them, drawing on lessons she learned in the North. Today, baby collards are flash fried like potato chips, and lima beans are slow cooked with mustard greens and sausage until they melt on your tongue. A pecan pie isn't a pecan pie at all, but something between a chocolate-chip cookie and a salty, crunchy nut bar.
"What I'm trying to do is translate my region," Howard says. "There are all these subcultures of Southern food. People are familiar with low country, with Appalachia. I'm trying to do that same thing with the cuisine of the frugal farmer in eastern North Carolina, but do it in a way that's attractive for people who live here and is interesting for people who don't."
Like Howard, 41-year-old Matt Neal first fell in love with New York and its food during a childhood visit to the legendary Second Avenue Deli. Back home, he says he and his wife Sheila finally gave up on someone coming from the city to open a deli they could eat lunch at, so they decided to do it themselves.
"I'm not Jewish or Brooklynese or anything like that, but I figured we could figure out how to make pastrami," he says. "I had smoked meat before -- whole pigs -- so pastrami wasn't a huge stretch."
At Neal's Deli they serve that pastrami on Southern buttermilk biscuits, and offer a roster of groovy hotdogs like the Chilean "completo," served in the style of Chile with mayonnaise, sauerkraut, avocado and housemade hot sauce. The pimento cheese is made not just with cheddar, as per tradition, but with Swiss and provolone as well.
These chefs are successful, observers say, because their audience also has been traveling the world.
"What is happening in the South is that we are more open to discovery," says Southern cookbook author Jean Anderson. "There's always a core of Southern recipes that will be there forever. But I do think, and it's because many Southerners are much better traveled and much better educated, they're open to experimenting."
An influx of new immigrants over the last couple of decades also has inspired a more adventurous spirit in chefs and home cooks alike, say Paul and Angela Knipple, authors of "The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover's Tour of the New American South." Vietnamese immigrants, Kurdish refugees, and in the last 10 years many Hispanic farm workers have all brought their culinary cultures.
"The cuisine our grandchildren will eat will look a lot like it does now, but the flavors will be different," she says. "Southern cuisine is made of immigrant cuisines. And it will slowly embrace the cuisines that come in, as it always has."
Miso-Smothered Chicken This one-pot chicken dinner by Kentucky chef Edward Lee blends a staple of Southern cooking -- fried chicken -- with two deliciously savory Asian ingredients, salty miso and a half pound of shiitake mushrooms. Together they produce a chicken that is tender and wildly flavorful with a thick sauce that is good enough to eat by the spoonful.
Though the recipe calls for bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, we also tested it with boneless, skinless thighs and found it just as delicious.
Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (30 minutes active)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/3 cup bourbon
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark miso
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, thinly sliced
Cooked rice, to serve In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, cayenne and garlic powder. Add the chicken and toss well to coat evenly.
In a medium Dutch oven over medium, heat the oil until it shimmers. Add the chicken pieces skin side down and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a paper-towel-lined plate. Set aside.
Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the pot. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally,until softened and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the bourbon and cook until all the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.
Stir in the chicken stock, orange juice, soy sauce and miso and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pot, cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender, about 30 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and simmer, uncovered, until the mushrooms are tender and the sauce is thickened to the consistency of a gravy, about 10 to 15 minutes longer. Serve with rice.
Nutrition information per serving: 460 calories; 200 calories from fat (43 percent of total calories); 22 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 80 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 22 g protein; 1200 mg sodium.
o Recipe from Edward Lee's "Smoke and Pickles,"Artisan, 2013.
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."
In 2008, sisters Lynn and Holly Parotti presented audiences with a body of work, "Limit" that explored boundaries. This year they're back with a direct follow-up in "Impact", opening this Friday at the Jacaranda House, after a brief one night show in London, UK earlier this month.
The work, though still creating a politically-charged atmosphere like that seen in "Limit", departs from their previous show as it places itself squarely within current discourse about urban development and its impact on communities and the environment.
In her silkscreen prints and photographs, Holly Parotti captures the current development of Nassau under roadworks and Baha Mar through industrial objects such as orange cones, observing the historical change at the hand of human developers on the land.
"At the end of the day it is about this creation and recreation of the body of land, and if you think back to five years ago, how did anything west of Arawak Cay look? It didn't look like that. How is it going to look soon?" she asks.
"I'm not at all bashing it; I'm interested in the process of what the land goes through, and the ability of the land to exist during restructuring."
Standing in contrast to the relatively small object of the orange cone are silkscreened examinations of industrial cranes forming the shape of today's cityscapes. She was affected by the sheer amount of cranes present on a visit to South Beach, Miami, during the 2007 recession and captures them in sparse and cold landscapes.
In a somewhat tongue-in-cheek exercise, she places palm trees among the iron giants in her prints, collapsing time and place and thereby presenting a premonition for a future, highly urban Nassau that may not be too far off.
"I find a subtle beauty in cranes because they're so tall; they're like gentle giants, but what they're actually created to do is quite maniacal in a sense," explains Holly. "We are Miami here in Nassau, because there are a few different things or ideas in place that are trying to reformat New Providence to make it more like Miami."
If Holly's pieces present the "cause" through heavily industrial landscapes, then Lynn's pieces present "effect" and the simplicity of nature. In her "Slick" series, she uses oil paint to compose rich, lush landscapes of mangroves--rapidly vanishing throughout the archipelago to development--and in some, uses Bittuman to create dark oil slicks within the tranquil and sensitive ecosystems, presenting a premonition which is darker in nature than her sister's if the much discussed oil drilling in Bahamian waters were to occur.
"I heard about this quandary about prospective drilling in Bahamian waters, and for me the prospective effect on the Caribbean beauty is paramount," she says. "At the end of the day, we need oil to live and I myself am a consumer, but I think there are better ways and if they are made available then people like myself would be utilizing them more readily."
"I think it's important to have a stance on the development in the country," she continues. "There's a self-imposed ignorance and a laziness that I think people--particularly when we are blessed with such a beautiful country--need to wake up to and quickly."
In another series, which she calls her "Window" series, she presents abstracted paintings that simply are what she describes in her titles--oceanscapes at sunset and daybreak. Instead of being highly political, these pieces instead let the breathtaking beauty that has inspired artists for centuries to capture make a case for itself .
"What they're trying to do is put you in that moment on a particular time of day where the physicality of the sun changes the landscape," she says. "They are very simplistic things for me for a change and they're very much reflective of the general somewhat nostalgic appreciation of seascapes. As a throwback, they're quite expressionistic."
People, however, are completely absent from the pieces as subject matter, presenting instead a dichotomy of landscapes both sparsely industrial and lush. The work's inherent disconnectedness--not only with each other but within their frames of mangroves drowning in oil and palm trees shrinking next to elaborate cranes--taps into the daily disconnectedness humans have with their own environment.
After all, the mindlessness inherent in a world of convenience where disposable containers and neatly packaged grocery store produce abound hardly gives way to a conscious rumination on the environmental effects of, for example, factory farming with pesticides, genetic mutation and massive quantities of antibiotics; landfill dumps including floating garbage islands with 100 million tons of disposed material in the middle of the sea; the vanishing fish and bee populations; oil settling in the gulf and nuclear radiation continuing to run off into the ocean; sonic testing in sensitive whale-breeding environments; altering the structure of the earth's crust through fracking; and the list goes on.
Indeed what these highly confrontational images do is force their viewers to make that connection-- to see and understand the effects of their actions on the world around them before it is too late and the human population, too, is tragically and irreversibly altered forever along with their surroundings. For Bahamians especially, they point out, it is essential to practice conscious living and to balance urban development with preservation and respect for the limits of the earth.
"Some people will only react--they're reactive, not proactive, and will only fix a problem once there is a problem," points out Holly. "My work is an observation that may lead to an awareness of what we do to environments and to communities and the typographical relationship of what we can live on because eventually the earth is not going to accept it anymore."
"I want people to get a sense of responsibility and social consciousness when they see this," adds Lynn. "Our climate, our resources--land and sea--are very fragile gifts. I would like people to appreciate the beauty of The Bahamas. We have to protect this."
The opening reception for "Impact" will begin at 6 p.m. on December 2 at Jacaranda House (Parliament Street corner off East Hill Street). It continues until December 16. For more information, call 322-2275.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette and U.S Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole Avant signed an agreement on Wednesday that extends the lease of The Atlantic Underwater Testing and Evaluation Center (AUTEC).The agreement, which was signed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Goodman's Bay Corporate Center, allows AUTEC to operate from its base in Fresh Creek, Andros, for the next five years.
According to AUTEC, its research facility provides precise three-dimensional in-water and in-air tracking range, in both deep and shallow environments. In addition, AUTEC facilitates remote and portable real-time range display systems and software, extensive data reduction and data processing systems and facilities, and exercises weapon and test vehicle post-run and turnaround capabilities, among a number of other programs and initiatives.
The deputy prime minister said that the government does not always agree with all the positions of the U.S. government, maintaining the right to sovereignty. However, Symonette thanked Avant for the ongoing efforts by the U.S government to continue such agreements.
"We are very grateful for the work the United States government does with The Bahamas," Symonette said. "We have a whole array of agreements for a mutual benefit over the years."
AUTEC's facility is located in Andros because of its close proximity to the Tongue of the Ocean, a unique deep-water basin approximately 204 kilometers long and 37 kilometers wide, varying in depth from 1.4 to two kilometers, according to the facility's website.
Although it has been published by Etienne Dupuch Jr. Publications for more than half a century, The Bahamas Handbook always comes up with fascinating and little- known facts about The Bahamas, its people, culture, economy and history.
Now fresh off the press and available in stores throughout The Bahamas, the Handbook for 2012 is no different. At 626 pages, the Handbook is filled with insightful features on The Bahamas, beautiful four-color photographs and rich illustrations that bring the stories to life.
This year, readers will read up on Hobby Horse Hall, a racetrack on Cable Beach that once brought droves of celebrities and royalty to The Bahamas for the fashionable winter season.
Discover how German and Italian U-boats stalked and torpedoed Allied freighters in Bahamian waters during the Second World War, trying to prevent them from carrying war materials to Britain, and how islanders of high station and low helped to rescue and care for the survivors.
Relive the anger and resentment that led to the General Strike of 1957 and how the Bahamian police force was issued with weapons for the first time in history - as seen through the eyes of a gazetted police officer of the day.
Despite decades of heat, humidity and hurricanes on San Salvador, a plantation owner's meticulous diary somehow survived to the present day, giving Handbook readers an unvarnished picture of the high emotions that prevailed among slaves in the early 19th century, on the eve of emancipation.
Ever wondered how Wallace Groves was able to build an entire industrial city in the pine barrens of Grand Bahama in less than 10 years? A Handbook story clears up some of the mystery and explores the techniques he used to build Freeport, as recalled by his contemporaries and closest associates.
As always, The Handbook has a strong section on business and finance. There's a penetrating look into the economy's ability to withstand the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, along with updates on the innovative funds that put The Bahamas ahead of its offshore financial competitors, along with a new look at the country's booming maritime and shipping industries.
In this year's Handbook you'll learn about neem, an ancient healing tree from India that is producing a host of health and beauty products in Abaco; about the strange new creatures that scientists are discovering in the depths of the Tongue of the Ocean, thanks to space-age diving technology; and about the forward-thinking politicians and academics who helped to create The Bahamas' vibrant black middle class.
As well as these articles, The Handbook's authoritative Blue Pages delve into the country's most important vital statistics, providing every-day useful information arranged alphabetically, from art galleries, business and the economy, to free trade, national parks and tax benefits for foreigners.
The Year in Review chronicles the major events of the previous 12 months and the government section includes bios on all members of Parliament, along with top civil servants. All this and much more await readers in The Bahamas Handbook for 2012.
With sections devoted to Features, History, the Family Islands, Business and Freeport, Grand Bahama, this year's Handbook lives up to its reputation as the leading journal about The Bahamas, of interest to everyone who lives in, visits or invests in the country.
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When you dance and worship the Lord, good things will flow. But if you sit by the roadside always bitter and always complaining, you stop your blessings and you stop the flow of the Holy Spirit, the membership at Calvary Deliverance Church heard recently from Senior Pastor James Newry. During the church's three-day Breakthrough Healing and Deliverance Crusade, Newry told his congregants that they should be praising God and dancing for him. He told them that they should be blessing the Lord at all times, no matter what they are going through or where they are."The problem with many of us is that we can only bless the Lord when others are blessing the Lord. When we are going through a challenge and a hard place and if the song isn't right we can't bless the Lord. When we are going through the fire and walking through the flood, many times we refuse to bless the Lord. But no matter what you're going through you can still find something to give God thanks for and to pray his Holy Name," said Newry."You may be discomforted in your spirit, or even in your body, but you can still find something deep down inside to praise the name of the Almighty God."As they came out of a 26-day fast, to jumpstart the year, the church members went directly into the crusade which was held under the theme "God Is Doing A New Thing" at the church at East Street South and Malcolm Allotment. Newry's advice to his members was that they should make a determination that they will bless the Lord at all times no matter what they are going through, or what anyone else says."When you refuse to bless God you hinder your progress," said the senior pastor."We don't have to see it, but we believe by faith that better days are coming."He encouraged them to dance if they didn't have a dollar; to dance even if there was no food in their cupboard, and to dance even if there was no gas in their car. Newry encouraged them to become like the people who don't even know when they have been blessed because they are always worshipping. And to not just worship when they get a car, some money or because of something God did for them. He told them to worship and praise him for whom he is -- the God of the mountain, the God of the valley. He encouraged his members to also know how to worship God and to offer praise when they are walking through their trials. Through engaging in the body cleanse at the start of the year church members hoped that the Holy Spirit was able to transform their lives through fasting. The fasting period provided a time of renewal during which they could meditate and get back in tune with God in order to hear what he had to say to them. The church members engaged in a series of prayer meetings during the fasting period as well, at times they used to pray and read together. The fasting period was not only about food, as Calvary members who suffer with diseases like diabetes, or who are on medication, weren't encouraged to give up food. They were encouraged to eat, but to fast from something they enjoy like watching television. They were encouraged to read and meditate on the word with the purpose of hearing from God. When praising God Newry told his members that they should do so from the depths of their spirits. He told them that when everything else fails that they had better have a relationship with God for themselves, and that even though it's good to hear their pastor talk about God, that they needed to know him for themselves."So many times we are the cheerleaders of somebody else's miracle, but it's about time that you be able to praise God for yourself, and say you know he is a healer, a deliverer, a provider. It's time God hears from you. It's time to praise him. He promised he would never leave you or forsake you when mother and father did. That he would raise you up. Your praise is what he wants to hear," said Newry. He told his members that if they are serving the king of kings that his presence should always be with them, and that one of the ways they can be assured of his presence is to find the time to praise the Lord."You have the power of God, and so despite what you may be walking through, you can still leap for joy, you can still worship the Lord, you can still dance before the Almighty God. You may be a little bit tired, but you can find the strength to lift your hands. You can find the joy to worship God."The members were told that their praise would attract the favor of God, cause their enemy to flee and silence their critics. He reminded them that when he was a child, many times his fingernails were dirty while other people received manicures and pedicures, but that he too was not receiving the hand and feet treatments."When you doing bad everybody know -- your house repossessed, you have on the same suit, the same dress, now all of a sudden God bless you. I can't be normal. When he blesses me I have to dance like David danced. I have to shout like David shout," said the pastor. He encouraged his members to let people see them leaping at all times, and to not only praise God when certain people are around."God bless you in the office and you refuse to celebrate. When God blesses me if I have to speak in tongues in the office, I'll speak it," said Newry. "When God blesses me in the midst of my enemy and my critic, and I know I'm not qualified for the position that I have he calls me to triumph and move ahead, so I cannot stay down and be cute."Also speaking during the crusade was Calvary Deliverance Church pastor Mark Barrett and Elder Jason McPhee.