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Woman Power

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.

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(VIDEO) Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty - Santa Baby

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 

includes 

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...

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(VIDEO) Interview with Latin Grammy nominated recording artist, 'Manu'

Freeport, Grand
Bahama Island - Manu, a Latin singing sensation from Colombia visited
The Bahamas recently to spend some down time with family. He had just
completed  work on his new music video which was shot in Miami.

Manu
took time out of his vacation to talk to The Bahamas Weekly at
Coral Beach Bar which has one of the best views of the ocean in Grand
Bahama when enjoying evening cocktails and nibbles.

In this
video interview Manu serenades us with a sample of his latest single 'No
Prentendo Ser' and speaks in his mother tongue about the beauty of The
Bahamas.

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Start Your Weekends With Breakfast...
Start Your Weekends With Breakfast...

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


Event
Start Your Weekends With Breakfast...
Start Your Weekends With Breakfast...

Saturday 13th 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


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PM predicts clean FNM sweep in GB

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.

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Can the Christmas office party ruin your reputation

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.
 
Stacia Williams offers keynotes, workshops and personal coaching on a wide range of: Personal branding, image management, customer service, leadership, business etiquette and international protocol topics.  You can contact Stacia Williams at 325-5992 or e-mail
Stacia@totalimagemanagement.com, or visit staciawilliamsblog.com.

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New AUTEC agreement signed

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.

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Bahamas Handbook 2012 in stores now

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.
 
oFor more information, promotional copies or to send press releases to the publisher, please contact the editorial dept. at 1-242-323-5665 or e-mail info@dupuch.com.
 

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Trust in Jesus to guide you

The sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back. I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.
Because the sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! It is the sovereign Lord who helps me. Who is he that will condemn me? - Isaiah 50:4-9a
When the decisions you make and the life you live are according to God's word, then you can say, "I don't care what the world thinks.
"I don't care what the popular trend dictates. I don't care because, I believe in God and what he says is more important to me."
In the above text, the Prophet Isaiah did not care about the things, which his contemporaries did to him because he was on the side of God. When it came right down to the setbacks in this life, the only thing, which counted was that which was of God.
The prophet speaks of the Lord's suffering servant, Jesus the Christ. As we come to Good Friday, we are reminded of the cruelty he encountered, his arrest, his trial, his condemnation before Pilate and the Jewish authorities, his crucifixion and finally his death.
Yes, Good Friday tells us about a savior who hung from a rugged tree, broken, bruised and in pain and agony. This he endured for the same people who had disgraced and shamed him.
Notwithstanding the torture, the miscarriage of justice, he could say like the prophet Isaiah,
"I don't care." He could say that because he loves you and me so much.
No, he did not have to care because he trusted God to deliver him. Even as he cried in the final hour on the cross, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" He trusted and knew that God would deliver him.
With Jesus on your side, you do not have to worry about the things that are said about you. You don't have to be concerned about popular trends. When you take the right position which is from God, it does not matter what the world says. When you stand on the side of God, you are standing on the side of truth.
The prophet Isaiah had a very difficult life. He was tortured, thrown in jail and made an outcast. Nonetheless, he did not care that he was an outcast. He did not care who made fun of him or the evil things which they did to him. He trusted God for his deliverance.
The forces of evil made every attempt to turn Isaiah away from his mission of proclaiming God's word. As our Lord hung on the cross of shame, his detractors ridiculed and tormented him, demanding that he come down from the cross. Praises to our God, all the insults of the world was not able to bring him down from the cross.
Our Lord completed his mission here on earth. The story does not end on Good Friday. His resurrection from the grave on Easter morning is our guarantee of salvation. Yes, we have the victory because our Lord did not care about the shame, the ridicule, and the suffering.
Hold on to God and his Word. Trust in Jesus to guide you and even though others may say evil things and ridicule you because of your stand for Christ, don't give up. The only real peace you will get, will come from God. In all circumstances, believe that Jesus will take care of you. Believe that even in the worst of times, your trust in Jesus means much more than the things and bad mistakes of this world. Let nothing stop you from serving God. Amen.
o Reverend Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone: 426-9084 E-mail: lutheranchurch@coralwave.com, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.

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