Opinion

Facebook Spy's Monitoring Your Account
Facebook Spy's Monitoring Your Account

September 21, 2017

By entering the term “Facebook Security” into Facebook’s “block users” field it would reveal a list of people whom the social network had engaged to furtively monitor your activity, and each of whom had to be individually blocked by you to prevent them from spying on you:

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If you can't sing, whistle

September 18, 2017

I know that some people when they hear a really catchy, popular tune, like to sing along with it; however, if they don't have a very good voice perhaps they're a bit ashamed to sing if there are others present. Well then, as the title of this article puts it 'If You Can't Sing, Whistle'. So D. Paul let's get this straight, is this article going to be dealing with how to be a whistler or performer on stage? No it's not. So why the title 'If You Can't Sing, Whistle' you may query?
Well it's an analogy for what actually happens or should happen in life relative to one's occupation, one's career. Sometimes we may get jealous of a Brother, Sister, or Friend who is pursuing a particular career, Doctor, Engineer, etc. for which we do not seem to have the talents nor inclination to pursue. S...

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Climatic design in homes

September 18, 2017

Houses in The Bahamas must respond to a hot sun, cool breezes and hurricanes. In the "old days" they were designed using elements that made living in them easier than it is today. They were cooler inside, and therefore more comfortable, and they could be prepared to respond to an oncoming hurricane quickly and easily, unlike today's "modern" Bahamian houses. Is there a reason houses must be less accommodating today? Why are the houses designed today so much hotter and less comfortable?
The answer, of course, is that we have forgotten how to "read" the climate. For most new homeowners, the design process does not even include a discussion about climate. Questions about shade, orientation and hurricane protection are more often left to the addition of accessories, rather than the basic desig...

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Reconstructing the Caribbean after Irma

September 15, 2017

Hurricane Irma devastated several islands of the Caribbean. The hurricane took the leisurely time of a tourist on summer holiday in the tropics. Then she slowly wended her considerable, powerful, awe-inspiring mass, and destructive tentacles of wind, water, storm surge, and frightening spectacle of thunder and lightning, toward Florida.
Irma struck Floridians with winds of 130 miles per hour, Category Strength 3 and 4. She went calling on Caribbean islands at Category Strength 5, with winds over 180 miles per hour. Her large size, slow passage, and path over land have combined to make her the most destructive in recent times. As a point of scale and reference, Hurricanes Sandy and Harvey, which wreaked such havoc on the United Sates, were both Category 3.
The number, frequency and intensit...

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Digging for treasure

September 15, 2017

There are a whole lot of people who are constantly thinking about 'Digging For Treasure', perhaps going to a far off land and mining for precious stones. I know that there are also those who dream of finding hidden treasure in the sea, particularly in the area where I live The Bahamas where tales are told of Pirate Ships and Spanish Gallons being found in the crystal clear waters filled with Gold Doubloons or other exotic treasures. Yes indeed, many have dreamed of making it big time 'Digging For Treasure' in different places and some have done just that, most recently just off Key West, Florida.
Well My Friend, I'd like you to start 'Digging For Treasure' right now, this very minute. You mean D. Paul you want me to get a boat and crew and set off on a diving expedition to hopefully dis...

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A Ragged Islander's response

September 15, 2017

Dear Editor,

Please allow a few lines to voice this Ragged Islander's opinion. We, like our other Bahamian brothers and sisters, are a proud people who can trace our inheritance on Ragged Island back for the last few hundred years. The small settlement of Duncan Town, Ragged Island, has produced the most lawyers, doctors, boat captains (check the RBDF roster) nurses, businessmen, pilots, educators, musicians, fishermen and other nation builders per island capita, considering the fact that the population of Ragged Island has never been greater than 500.
Up to the 1950s, many boats sailed from Ragged Island to Haiti and Cuba, importing and supplying fruits, vegetables and meats to Bahamians from all walks of life via the market on Prince George Dock years ago.
I listened with much interest ...

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Chronicles of a chronic Caribbean chronicler: China can be a tourism game-changer

September 15, 2017

Chinese visitors spent more dollars in the United States in 2016 than tourists from other countries. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 2.97 million Chinese nationals visited the U.S. in 2016 and spent $33 billion, the two figures going up by 15 percent and nine percent, respectively, from 2015.
China is also the number one market for U.S. tourism "exports," injecting more than $90 million a day into the U.S. economy.
With an estimated 3.5 million Chinese expected to visit the U.S. by the end of 2017, and the total expected to exceed 5 million in 2021, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) governments and tourism authorities have been furiously scratching their heads, trying to figure out how best to equally attract Chinese holidaymakers.
As neighboring regions with shared and diff...

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Spared from Hurricane Irma - was it prayer or luck

September 14, 2017

A recent editorial in one of the dailies, (The Nassau Guardian, Tuesday, September12, 2017) in The Bahamas, evoked a flurry of discussions regarding storms and the impact that prayers have on the outcome. The editorial noted, "the weather has nothing to do with gods, prayer, religious icons or chants. Rain falls. Earthquakes happen. Volcanoes erupt. Hurricanes pass over. Tornados ravage. If you are in the path of these natural phenomena you could be hurt or killed". However, the editor added, "A prayer would not weaken a storm. Some are lucky not to be in the way of dangerous natural phenomena. Others are not. There is no divine hand deciding who lives or dies in hurricanes, for example, based on the diligence of prayer or religious devotion."

Position of some Christians
The above does ra...

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Recovering after Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017

We all waited nervously for Hurricane Irma. Anticipating the high winds and high ocean surges perhaps created stress and anxiety for many. This time New Providence was spared the direct hit of the hurricane. However, the damage caused by the hurricane in Ragged Island, Inagua, Acklins, Grand Bahama and Bimini will long be remembered and will require lots of patience and money to store lives and communities back to normalcy.
The most immediate need now, in addition to fresh water, electricity, restoring dwelling places and businesses, is emotional wellness. Each year after a hurricane I share how we can adjust after a traumatic event like a hurricane and what to expect emotionally. It is clear already, after listening to the talk shows this week, speaking to individuals, and reading soci...

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The role and function of Kingdom ambassadors

September 14, 2017

When looking at the church from the perspective of ambassadors and diplomats there are several critical considerations. We have established firmly that in the new testament believers are referred to as ambassadors and diplomats representing the Kingdom of God on earth. Jesus himself made many statements reflecting this philosophy. He talked about not being of this world, he stated that his Kingdom originated in heaven and his "mission" and assignment was to establish or extend this Kingdom to earth. These are clearly ambassador and diplomat functions. Any right thinking believer who examines the new testament cannot escape the fact that we have been given the assignment to function as diplomats and ambassadors.
In further examining the functions of ambassadors and diplomats there are sever...

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God calls us all to send out warning to people around us

September 14, 2017

"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die;' and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself." - Ezekiel 33: 7-9

We in The Bahamas, like many around the region, have just gone through a most devastating hurricane. It is one of the strongest that many of us have ever experienced. Even though we in Nassau were spared the full impact of Hurricane Irma, many of our brothers and sisters in the southern islands felt the terror of ...

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God speaks through winds, storms, floods, fires and earthquakes when people disobey

September 14, 2017

"Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it." Psalm 127:1

How could we escape when we are aware that the season of hurricanes is upon us. As Harvey was forming in the Atlantic Ocean, not only were there National Weather Service bulletins but also prophetic predictions that the flood of Noah times has returned. You ask "What time is it" and the prophet replies "it is the end of time".
After Hurricane Harvey one pastor declared that the Houston flood was as a result of the mayor of that city attempting to subpoena ministers' sermons. Oh! Oh!
Hurricane Irma has become well known throughout the Caribbean and the state of Florida. She has been named the most dangerous hurricane of all times and during her course, lived up to her name and predictions - the goddess of war a...

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Leadership in a time of crisis

September 14, 2017

The fulsome, decisive and organized response of the administration of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to the threat of Hurricane Irma stands in marked contrast to the shambolic and slow response of the administration of former Prime Minister Perry Christie to Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew last year.
The storms provided an opportunity for the major political parties and their leaders to demonstrate the quality of leadership in their ranks, including at the prime ministerial and ministerial levels.
Christie and the PLP's initial response to Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew was sluggish and an abysmal failure. Joaquin was already ravaging Long Island by the time the Christie government was beginning to get its act together.
Even after the failures of Joaquin, in which Christi...

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Disaster masters

September 13, 2017

On September 1, 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake, known as the Great Kanto Earthquake, struck the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama in Japan. A combination of the destruction, ashes from out-of-control fires and a rumor that North Koreans were looting resulted in the deaths of more than 140,000 people. Following upon that earthquake, Japan rebuilt with great care. In 1995, another massive earthquake struck Japan, in the city of Kobe. I was there for what was called The Great Kobe Earthquake. It killed more than 4,000 people in an area only a short drive from the Japan International Centre for Cooperation, where I was studying investment promotion. Japan once again rebuilt after the earthquake. Japan is one of the most earthquake prone areas on the planet, and with each passing earthquake it dev...

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A moment to ask some challenging questions

September 12, 2017

A year from now, negotiations will begin for a successor agreement to the Cotonou Convention.
The treaty, which expires in 2020, provides a framework for Europe's development cooperation, political dialogue and economic relations with 79 nations in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (the ACP) that largely were former colonies.
Signed in 2000 and revised in 2010, the present agreement now embraces issues such as co-operation on security, climate change and regional integration. Initially the treaty detailed trade relations but, following the end of preference, such provisions are now contained in region-specific economic partnership agreements such as the EU-Cariforum EPA.
The new agreement, however, is likely to be significantly different, and to this end the European Commission (EC) has...

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Protect your feet after a hurricane

September 12, 2017

Hurricanes and other disasters are a common event in our country. Foot injuries after a hurricane are common. They include puncture wounds, cuts or lacerations, sprains and even fractures. There can also be insect bites or electrical shocks from walking in water where there are down power lines.
To prevent these injuries it is important to listen to the local news and officials to know when the "all clear" is given which tells you it's safe to go outside. Always be careful and never go barefoot. It is best to wear closed in shoes rather than sandals to protect the foot. Never walk in water where there are down power lines.
Puncture wounds, cuts or lacerations are the most common injuries seen in the foot after a disaster, flooding or a hurricane. They occur when walking barefoot and steppi...

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Enhancing the classroom auditory environment

September 12, 2017

Classroom acoustics
For many hearing-impaired students, the classroom can be an extremely noisy and challenging listening environment. Even hearing-impaired students with permanent hearing loss, who receive help from their personal hearing aids, find they struggle to hear clearly in the classroom. However, this problem is not just limited to those with permanent hearing loss. The classroom is often filled with other children who may also be suffering from auditory problems, from children with auditory processing disorder (APD), to those with a temporary hearing loss. Another population that struggles with auditory difficulties in the classroom are children who speak a second language, or, here in The Bahamas, those whose primary language is not English.
In most cases, classrooms are built ...

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Think before you act

September 12, 2017

I hear quite a lot of people say when questioned about something which didn't turn out too good for them, "Well in retrospect perhaps I would have done things differently". Perhaps you would, but My Friend, once the damage is done, it's really too late to be thinking in retrospect about what you should or should not have done about something which apparently did not work out too good for you. What you should have done is to take the advice given in the title of today's article. Yes indeed, you need to 'Think Before You Act'....yes you do, at all times.
People who wish to succeed in life need to first and foremost set a series of specific goals and objectives for all areas of their life. Then they need to establish a 'Plan of Action' to achieve each one of their goals. When you think t...

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Anticipation

September 11, 2017

There was a very good advertisement for a ketchup sauce that used to air on television a whole lot and the theme music with vocals being played in the background was anticipation, as someone watched the ketchup being poured out of the bottle. It was a great commercial but it reminded me that anticipation plays an extremely important part in all of our lives -- that it is either a positive role or a negative role depending entirely on exactly what we are anticipating in our life.
In Earl Nightingale's great recording "The Strangest Secret" the final, the key line is we become what we think about for most of the time, and of course one of the great spiritual texts the Bible puts it like this, as a person thinks so are they. Yes they are.
As I have relayed to you my valued readers before on m...

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Dodging the bullet

September 11, 2017

On this day in 1941, construction commenced on the Pentagon, the world's largest office building that headquarters the four branches of the American military forces. Sixty years, to the day after the commencement of its construction, on September 11, 2001, shortly after terrorists flew hijacked commercial airliners into New York City's World Trade Center, another hijacked plane struck the Pentagon, killing 189 people and damaging roughly one third of the building. Today, memorial moments will mark that fateful day in American history.
Today will also mark another momentous occasion: the passage of the most powerful Atlantic hurricane, whose name, Irma, will be fixed in the minds of millions for many years to come. Hurricane Irma, which spent most of its sojourn through the Caribbean as a ...

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