Nassau Guardian Stories
My son and I had just left a Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop where I'd snarfed down a double- scoop cup of Americone Dream (vanilla with fudgecovered waffle cone pieces and caramel) and Phish Food (chocolate with marshmallow, caramel and fudge fish). My buddy had inhaled Sweet Cream & Cookies (pretty much what it sounds like) and Candy Bar Pie (peanut butter ice cream with fudge, chocolate nougat and pretzels).
And then he got really quiet for a moment, which generally is just a pre-storm calm.
"We need to make our ice cream and sell it this summer,"Parker began with rapid-fire excitement. "We can make all sorts of varieties like red velvet cake and chocolate eclair and snickerdoodle and chocolate with chocolate pretzels and dark chocolate bits and..."
And you get the idea. His imagination was sparked and by the time we got back to the car he'd asked for my phone so he could type out the list of flavors we would be selling this summer.
But his wasn't the only imagination sparked. Because I'm always looking for great excuses to get kids into the kitchen. Generally anything that is messy, hands on, delicious and invites them to be creative (this isn't the time for fussy recipes) works well. Doit-yourself ice cream had all the makings of a perfect kidfriendly kitchen project for summer.
Except that neither I nor most parents have the time (nor kids the patience) to truly make ice cream from scratch. And as my son had so wonderfully demonstrated, the fun isn't in making the ice cream base, but in testing all manner of whacky-delicious things you can flavor it with.The solution? Doctored ice cream. It works like this: Buy a pint of ice cream, then soften it either by leaving it on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes, or nuking it for 15 to 20 seconds. Scoop it into a really big bowl, then add whatever mixins do it for you. Mix well, then either serve immediately as soft serve, or transfer to a container, press plastic wrap directly onto the surface and freeze until firm.
The beauty of this approach is that it lets you focus on the fun part. You also can turn it into a fun family activity in which everyone makes a flavor, then everyone can share and compare.
A few tips for making great doctored ice creams:
-- Start with quality ice cream in basic flavors (vanilla, chocolate, mint, coffee, etc.)
-- Choose mix-ins that either are or can be cut or broken into bite-size pieces
-- Go for contrast with your mix-ins, something crunchy (such as pretzels) with something soft (such as marshmallow)
-- Think beyond sweet (potato chips, corn chips, peanuts, cashews, wasabi peas, etc.)
-- Don't let the ice cream soften too much. Aim for soft serve consistency, then add your mix-ins
To get you started on a summer of ice cream creations, I'm sharing three of the many variations my son dreamed up.
Rice Krispies Treat IceCream
Start to finish: 25 minutes, plus refreezing
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff
3 Rice Krispies treats (if homemade, about 2-by-3-inches each), cut into small chunks
Soften the ice cream by either leaving it at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes, or microwaving it for 15 to 20 seconds. Once the ice cream is soft, scoop the entire pint into a large bowl. Add the Fluff and mix until it is swirled through the ice cream. Add the chunks of Rice Krispies treats and stir until thoroughly mixed into ice cream. Transfer the ice cream to a quart-size food storage container. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream, then place in the freezer until firm, about 1 hour.
Quadruple Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream
Start to finish: 25 minutes, plus refreezing Servings: 4
1 pint chocolate ice cream
1/3 cup chocolate fudge sauce
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 chocolate eclairs, cut into small chunks
Soften the ice cream by either leaving it at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes, or microwaving it for 15 to 20 seconds. Once the ice cream is soft, scoop the entire pint into a large bowl. Add the chocolate fudge sauce and mix until it is swirled through the ice cream. Add the chocolate chips and mix again. Gently stir in the chunks of eclairs. Transfer the ice cream to a quart-size food storage container. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream, then place in the freezer until firm, about 1 hour.
Snickerdoodle Red Velvet Ice Cream
Start to finish: 25 minutes, plus refreezing
1 pint vanilla ice cream
2 large snickerdoodle cookies, broken into chunks
2 frosted red velvet cupcakes, cut into chunks Soften the ice cream by either leaving it at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes, or microwaving it for 15 to 20 seconds. Once the ice cream is soft, scoop the entire pint into a large bowl. Add the snickerdoodles and mix well. Gently stir in the chunks of cupcake.
Transfer the ice cream to a quart-size food storage container. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream, then place in the freezer until firm, about 1 hour.
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This time, police and an armed robbery suspect exchanged fire. Police said the suspect was shot in his legs.
The shootout happened just before a planned police walkabout in the area in response to the double murder on Whit Monday.
Superintendent Paul Rolle, who heads the Central Detective Unit, said the man shot by police yesterday was also wanted in connection with assault with a deadly weapon.
Rolle said police saw him and another man in the Williams Lane area around 10 a.m.
When the suspect saw police he took out a firearm and shot at the officers and ran, Rolle said.
He added that police returned fire.
Police then chased the man and found him on a dead end street where another exchange of gunfire happened, resulting in the man being shot multiple times in his legs.
He was transported to hospital and was listed in critical condition.
Rolle said police were looking for the other man who escaped.
Several residents accused the police of being too aggressive.
One resident, who only wished to be identified as 'Precious', said she was talking with the suspect right before police shot him.
"I didn't even know when he moved off the porch," she said.
"When I looked he went down by the house and when the police fired the first shot I said 'Jesus Lord', I started to scream, I said 'he shot Maurice'."
She claimed the police apologized to the residents, claiming they had shot the wrong man.
Rolle said whether it was a case of mistaken identity or not, the suspect shot at the police.
"That person produced a weapon and discharged it at the officers," he said.
"So even if he wasn't the person responsible, he's still walking around with a firearm in his possession, which he had the nerves to pull on officers and should be thankful that he is still alive."
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Carlon Rolle, 21, of Price Street, Nassau Village, and Sean Higgs, 18, of Peardale, are charged with the Whit Monday murders of Amati Knowles and Odrick Telusma.
The men were killed in a hail of gunfire outside a home on Kemp Road by the occupants of a white Dodge Ram truck around 1 p.m. on May 20.
The men are also accused of the attempted murders of Anthony Roache, Lanardo Wilson and Arlington Stubbs, who were seriously wounded when men opened fire on them as they stood outside a bar at Mount Pleasant Avenue.
Rolle and Higgs are also accused of having a Spikes Tactical .223 M4 rifle and six rounds of .223 ammunition that they allegedly used to endanger the lives of Sgt. 329 Albury and PC 2930 Richardson.
The accused were not required to enter pleas to the allegations against them at their arraignment before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez.
They have been remanded to prison until June 29.
At that time, the case is expected to be transferred to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment.
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Senior Justice Jon Isaacs denied bail for Melvin Maycock Sr. on the grounds that he would reoffend if released.
Maycock is serving time in connection with a 1,150 pound marijuana seizure committed while police were looking to pick him up on an international arrest warrant issued in 2004.
He is currently serving a sentence that is due to expire on November 1.
However, Isaacs set bail at $30,000 for nine alleged members of the gang, who were sent back to prison after a magistrate approved their extradition request on May 7.
Isaacs noted that Trevor Roberts, Devroy Moss, Shanto Curry, Torrey Lockhart, Wilfred Ferguson, Derek Rigby, Carl Culmer, Sheldon Moore and Gordon 'Hog' Newbold had all complied with their bail conditions during the seven years they were free.
They are prohibited from leaving the country without getting prior approval from the court and have to report regularly to police stations in their districts.
Franklyn Williams, the deputy director of public prosecutions, opposed the men's release on bail, citing a change in circumstances.
Isaacs will hear bail applications for the remaining fugitives Brian Deal, Lynden Deal, Laron Lockhart and Melvin Maycock Jr., on Monday.
Isaacs will hear a challenge to the extradition order on May 31.
The U.S. government requested the men's extradition in 2004.
However, the extradition hearing proceeded in fits and starts before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell, as lawyers for the fugitives filed multiple constitutional motions.
The Privy Council ordered the matter to proceed without delay after it dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of the Extradition Act.
The men have an outstanding application before the country's final appeal court regarding the constitutionality of the Listening Devices Act, the governing legislation that gave authorities the right to tap the men's phones and gather evidence that formed the basis of the request.
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Rolle's comments came as several international media houses highlighted the incident this week with Florida authorities suggesting they lost their chance to pursue the matter because local authorities in The Bahamas released the accused man.
According to a May 21, WKMG article, Port Canaveral police chief Joseph Hellebrand said his department had a detective ready to go when the ship returned to Port Canaveral on Aug 10, but the suspect was already en route to India.
"The Americans already have their laws as to how they deal with matters onboard any ship that is owned by Americans or an American company," Rolle told The Nassau Guardian.
"The fact is the individuals at the time did not wish any complaint and no one has since come forward and indicated that they wanted to make a complaint.
"As far as I am concerned there is no complaint in The Bahamas and there is no issue."
Under Florida law, the lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under 12 is a felony punishable by 25 years to life in prison, WKMG noted.
In Bahamian law, the crown cannot pursue a matter without the willingness of the victim or witness to make a complaint to police and provide testimony in court.
The incident allegedly occurred on the cruise shortly after it left Port Canaveral on August 5.
The ship's security surveillance uploaded online shows a young girl standing in a lobby when a man in a white uniform approaches her.
The girl then walks in the elevator followed by the man, who then turns his back to the camera.
Rolle said police questioned the accused man on August 12 when the ship was docked in The Bahamas.
"He said when he found her wandering, he beant down to talk to her and his face touched her face, and that he never kissed her," Rolle said.
"The fact of the matter is we took the initiative to speak to him despite the fact that the family did not wish any complaint."
The ship is registered under the Bahamian flag.
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Dexter Williams, senior engineer responsible for drainage, said there was not much more the ministry could have done to alleviate flooding in the low-lying communities as New Providence's drainage infrastructure is "maxed out".
"In Pinewood, we have about 85 to 90 drainage wells, deep wells," said Williams, following a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) tour of the area.
"Prior to the storm, as part of the maintenance program we had managed to clear around 70; clear, meaning we cleared the pits and we blew the wells. These are deep wells, approximately 150 feet deep.
"Some of them we extended to 200 feet, but because of the geography of Pinewood being a dump area the wells are not very efficient.
"The wells were expected to drain 610 gallons per minute during normal flow, and some of these wells during high tide and heavy precipitation [drained] zero."
Williams said the ministry realized soon after the drainage wells were drilled that during high tide, water raised to the chamber of the well, leaving no head to push the water down.
"In terms of the current infrastructure that we have I think we have maxed it out," he said. "For us to solve this problem it would be another type of solution which would be very costly."
He said multiple studies have been conducted by the Corps of Engineers and a consultant brought in by the ministry in recent years.
He believes the cost of the modifications deterred the former administration from pursuing the recommended solutions in 2009/2010.
Williams noted that Nassau Village and Elizabeth Estates also experienced a drainage dilemma.
"Nassau Village was a low-lying catchment area, but when we constructed the Charles W. Saunders Highway we cut off a piece; we cut the water off on the northern side," he said.
"We don't have the amount of wells like we have in Pinewood, but notwithstanding that the water usually flows south, but because of the highway it acts like a berm.
"It damns the water back on that side."
Dwight King, acting chief engineer, said the maintenance of drains in Elizabeth Estates was conducted around two months ago.
However, the Ministry of Works found recently that trimmings, mulch and leaves, particularly in Commonwealth Boulevard and Trinidad Terrace, settled on top of those grates, blocking the drain.
He urged residents to make an effort to clear off any debris or lawn trimmings near their homes.
A severe weather system dumped a record 15.29 inches of rain in parts of eastern New Providence on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, flooding many homes.
Trevor Basden, senior deputy director at the Department of Meteorology, said there was record rainfall on New Providence with 12.79 inches of rain recorded at the Elizabeth Estates Police Station and 15.29 inches in the Camperdown area.
He added that on average 4.54 inches of rain fall in the month of May.
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"I can't sleep because when I come outside I picture the blood and everything in the yard," Bowe said.
Her nephew, Amati Knowles, 40, was shot off Kemp Road, just north of Bar 20 Corner, on Whit Monday.
Odrick Telusma, who was two weeks shy of graduating high school, was also shot and killed in the incident.
Police said two gunmen drove to the area inside a reportedly stolen white Dodge Ram truck and shot them.
After that, the culprits drove to Mt. Pleasant Avenue, off Kemp Road, and shot three other men who were standing outside a business, police said.
Bowe said she was outside her home when her nephew was shot.
"Me and my sister were sitting under the dilly tree and all of a sudden we saw this white truck pull up in the yard," she said.
"The first set [of men] in the front seat jumped out and they went around shooting and then the other set cut my nephew off and they started shooting him.
"Then there was a little guy who was on another porch, the 17-year-old, who they shot in the head.
"The two of them were innocent [people].
"When I saw my nephew come out of the bush bleeding I hollered for him because I knew he wasn't going to make it.
"They shot him from the back on and they hit his arm and it was torn open."
Bowe said she does not feel safe anymore.
Urban Renewal Director Superintendent Stephen Dean, along with Pastor Dale Moss of the Northeastern Pastors Alliance, conducted a walkabout in the area yesterday and spoke to residents.
"We came here to reassure them that we will continue to protect them," Dean said.
Telusma's mother, Mary Saunders, was standing in the same spot where she said she saw her son die.
"I want God to help me," she said with tears running down her face.
"I want God to put Odrick Telusma someplace safe for me.
"He didn't do anything. Only God knows why He took him from me."
Saunders said she and her son, who attended R.M. Bailey Senior High School, argued frequently.
"But I still love him," she cried.
Two men were charged yesterday in connection with the double murder.
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During the general election campaign the PLP said it had the plan to solve our crime problem. A large number of people believed that party and it won.
Now, a year into its mandate, our crime problem remains. We have had nearly 50 murders for the year and we are still in May. We are just about on pace for another murder record.
Perry Christie is not that leader. Bahamians should realize this by now. If we do not fix this problem the Bahamas will end up just like Haiti or Jamaica in terms of violence.
If the PLP is unable to demonstrate some success on crime it will probably be a one-term government.
- Martha S. Greene
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Why is it that so many members of the medical profession place such a high premium on their time while completely disregarding the time constraints placed on their patients?
My GP excepted, I have seldom if ever kept a doctor's appointment and been examined or treated at the appointed time.
Recently I was required to make three trips to a specialist clinic in the western district before finally being attended to.
Today was no different when I kept an appointment with another specialist and after an hour-long wait I had still not been seen with two patients that I met there earlier still awaiting their turn before me.
Being acquainted with the service industry myself I am aware that inevitably circumstances arise beyond one's control creating delays or even postponements, but it is considered common courtesy, in my industry at least, to inform your clients, patients in this case, of any delays so they may choose to cancel or reschedule rather than sit around for hours unnecessarily before departing untreated, disgruntled and dissatisfied.
Our time is valuable too.
- A previously patient patient
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The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) had all the ammunition it needed in the 2012 general election campaign. It attacked and attacked, exposing the challenges the FNM had during its term. The PLP also promised the world. The party, or its members individually, promised to bring the crime problem under control; to get rid of the roadwork contractor; 10,000 immediate jobs; a commission of inquiry to examine FNM actions; national health insurance in a year, etc.
The PLP said it "Believed in Bahamians" and that a "gold rush" of dreams was coming if only we re-elected Perry Christie as prime minister. Bahamians inhaled the intriguing electoral opiate the PLP was selling and had sky-high expectations for the party. The PLP did not say it would bring incremental change or mere stability. It promised it all.
A year later, Bahamians think what was promised is not being delivered. After eight months in office, in a year when the FNM governed for the first four months, the murder count was not a record again as was becoming the annual expectation. Instead, it was the second highest murder tally in our modern history. This year we are again on pace for around 100 murders, slightly better than before but nowhere near what would be argued as success. Other crime categories this year have declined slightly, but it is too soon to declare a permanent trend. The level of crime and violence in The Bahamas is still far too high for such a small place.
On the economic front joblessness too has declined slightly, but it remains high. The rate of unemployment dropped from 14.7 percent to 14 percent nationally, according to the latest labor force survey released by the Department of Statistics in February. The results of the survey refer to the period October 29 to November 4, 2012. In the previous labor force survey, released in May 2012 and representing the period April 23 to April 29, 2012, unemployment nationally decreased from 15.9 percent to 14.7 percent.
Thousands of Bahamians have become discouraged, however. They no longer look for work. Many feel the only major plank of the PLP economic plan worth looking forward to is Baha Mar - a deal, in its current incarnation, made by the FNM. The thousands of immediate jobs promised by some PLPs seem a mere election promise. Progress is coming slowly. There is no immediate gold in sight.
The party too has had to fight through several self-inflicted crises. The gambling referendum was a debacle. The current Gaming Bill has angered many Bahamians. The problem here is that the Christie government can't make a decision and move on from the issue. The leadership of the party appeared to want to legalize web shops, but it was afraid to do so as a result of church opposition. The people voted against the changes proposed in the referendum after a poor performance by the prime minister in the run-up to the vote. Many people are now angry that the government has before it a draft bill to authorize online gambling for the established resorts, and to allow legal residents to gamble. Bahamians would be the only ones not able to gamble in The Bahamas.
The PLP, of late, has also been embroiled in immigration controversy. It says it wants to stop issuing work permits to domestic laborers - a move that seems excessive to many. It has also pledged a more aggressive enforcement of the country's immigration laws, meaning a crackdown on the issuance of work permits to all foreigners. This has caused uncertainty in the business community.
While Bahamians were sold hope of a "gold rush" and immediate solutions under the PLP, we have seen incremental change and some confusion. The PLP's problem is it irresponsibly promised too much and Bahamians want what they thought they were going to get. The governing party will not be able to deliver on all it pledged. The people now realize this. While they should never have believed all those campaign promises were possible, anger now exists toward the party in charge because it is failing to deliver the grandiose dream.
Who knows how it will all end. Only 20 percent of the mandate is now gone. If Baha Mar is able to bring forward 4,000 jobs to 5,000 jobs, that might make the people happy enough before the next general election to think favorably of the PLP.
A weak, near non-existent opposition also keeps the PLP viable. So despite a slow start in year one, the gold rush administration is still in the game
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For artist Lemero Wright, looking at people as a design of God inspired his upcoming exhibition at The Ladder Gallery.
"I was trying to find [a theme] where it could be a little bit simple," Wright told Guardian Arts&Culture. "I tried to stick to one theme; I didn't just name it 'Design'. I was looking at it like we are designs. How God made us, He made us a design before we even came into existence. That's why I named the show that."
Gaining inspiration from life in general and just getting up every morning and being alive, Wright is driven every day to pick up a paintbrush and let his imagination run wild. Oftentimes, he admits, his work could be inspired from something as simple as a dream.
"My style is basically urban pop art, where you have figures being distorted in a fun way," he explained. "But now my new approach for this show 'Design', I want to go back to basics with the basic fundamentals of the shapes, but make the images stand out. Like painting a design in a design.
"There is a piece I've done that's called 'Andros', where when I started it, I didn't really want the object to look like a conch shell, but it just turned out to be one. So when people look at it, I want them to not just look at it and say it's basically just the shape of a conch shell, but look inside of it and say what they see."
"I am more a person where my painting with design is more stylized, very tight and very neat. I said let me just hold up the urban design for this year and just fully master the design part."
Wright, who's been painting since the age of 14 and an established artist since 18, has done numerous shows, including a solo exhibition at The Central Bank Art Gallery; group exhibitions with artists like Jackson Petit, Lavar Munroe and Bernard Petit at The Ladder Gallery, Central Bank and Lyford Manor and six or seven showcases at the annual Wine & Art Festival at the Bahamas National Trust.
Wright's history with The Ladder Gallery at New Providence Community Centre began with a group exhibition organized by then gallery curator Gillian Watson.
"When she saw the work we did, she had an idea that we were like the new emerging artists," said Wright. "So that's when some of the young artists right now came into existence. She helped us to get a taste of it and get a feel. That's how we came about."
As for the current show, Wright had been working on those pieces, using his new approach, for some time before showcasing at last year's Wine & Art Festival. Many interested patrons asked him when he would have a solo exhibition, so it seemed natural Wright should do something small to please his audience. After looking at various venues, he settled on The Ladder Gallery, which was available at just the right time.
Wright is currently studying art education at The College of The Bahamas (COB) and has learned from some of the most celebrated Bahamian artists, including Max Taylor, Antonius Roberts, John Cox and Sue Bennett-Williams. He attributed much of his drive to what he learned at COB, as well as the FINCO Art Workshop.
"By them instilling in me to 'just make sure you get out there and do you', 'try get yourself established as a young artist' and through that, I just took their advice and got out there on the art scene," he said.
Wright is very excited about his upcoming show and hopes that viewers expect the extraordinary.
"[I want the audience to] open their minds, let their imaginations flow. Be more creative when viewing the work," he said.
In addition to "Design", Wright's work will be featured in the upcoming Art for Hope Silent Auction & Cocktail Reception at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on Friday, May 31, benefiting the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.
o "Design", new works by Lemero Wright, opens Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at The Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TheLadderGallery or telephone 327-1660.
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"Dr. Rodgers makes the case that if we continue along the same socioeconomic path of our forefathers, we can only therefore reasonably expect outcomes similar to those achieved in the past. Therefore, we must recalibrate (and in many cases...radically so) in order to remain relevant and sustainable in the new world order," said the book's publisher, Media Enterprises.
"Central to our economic recalibration is the necessity to: challenge the status quo, think outside of the box and have the courage to implement change. To this end, Dr. Rodgers identifies what he sees are the core problems facing The Bahamas today - the pervasive degree of foreign ownership; an under-developed and un-diversified economy, and a weakness in human, institutional, financial and social capital.
"To solve these problems, the author argues for a new fiscal plan which will focus on a reduction and restructuring of the national debt in the short and long term, tax reform, an in-depth analysis and reform of the educational system, a new land reform policy, an alternative energy plan and the introduction of a national food security program."
"The Bahamian Dream" is a continuation of some of the issues addressed in Dr. Rodgers' first book, "Is it really better in The Bahamas for Bahamians?" That book was published in 2009 and came about as a result of his long-standing interest in economic and social development.
Dr. Rodgers' aim in this edition is to disseminate this knowledge in order to provide the opportunity for the empowerment of all Bahamians.
"By bringing greater public awareness to the crises which the country faces whilst offering commonsense workable solutions, hopefully these suggestions will be considered for implementation, not only through government policies but also with the assistance of the general public. In other words we, the people, have to become greater stakeholders in our future," according to a press release on the book's launch.
The book launch will take place on Friday, May 31 6 p.m. at Doongalik Studios, Village Road.
"We are pleased to present another book launch at the gallery, especially since this publication deals with such an important topic which affects us all. We cannot begin to find solutions to a problem until we are willing to first identify and acknowledge it without fear, and then work on developing practical and realistic ways to tackle it. I congratulate Dr. Rodgers on bringing these issues to the forefront. There are some hard and serious decisions to be made," said Pam Burnside, Doongalik Studios manager.
Dr. Rodgers will host a discussion on several topics addressed in the book and will be available to sign copies on the evening of the launch.
o For more information, contact Doongalik Studios at telephone 394-1886 or email: email@example.com.
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Some of Roberts' work, which highlights the wonders of The Bahamas, its nature and people, will be donated to the Oncological Hospital and to the Pediatric Hospital of the City of Camaguey.
The pieces were selected from a Bahamian/Cuban art exhibition at the Art Gallery "Larios" in Camaguey, Cuba, which also featured the works of Heino Schmid and John Cox.
The event is part of a cultural interchange that began last October with the celebration of Cuba's Day of Culture in Nassau, and continued with the joint exhibition in February 2013.
"The exchange is intended to strengthen and develop the socio-cultural links between The Bahamas and Cuba, something that will definitely contribute to enrich, not only the cultural arena, but also the people to people ties between our two nations," according to a press release to announce the donation.
Roberts' delegation includes a group of prominent Bahamian citizens, among them Sir Durward Knowles.
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The Gallery at Old Fort Bay presents artwork by Andros artist Judith Papillon, including paintings and sculptures from her "COCO" collection. The work will be on display today, Saturday, May 25 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Raffle to benefit the Bahamas Humane Society.
"Meet the Artist: Netica Symonette", a book signing and exhibition with Netica Symonette, takes place Sunday, May 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery. For more information, call 394-1886 or visit http://www.doongalik.com/.
"Design", new works by Lemero Wright, opens Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at The Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/TheLadderGallery or telephone 327-1660. This exhibition will be open until June 28.
"Beg, Borrow, Steal", new work by Bahama Woodstarr, opens Friday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at Liquid Courage Gallery in Palmdale.
"Catch Ya Sef", original portraits celebrating Bahamian icons by Matthew Wildgoose, opened Thursday, May 23 at the Balmoral Club. Ed Moxey and the Boys will also be performing at the opening.
"Surfaces", new work by Jonathan Bethel, opened Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Windsor Room of the British Colonial Hilton hotel. To R.S.V.P., call 324-6213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"From Versus Function: Contemporary Art Quilts", featuring five artists and quilters, opened Monday, May 20 at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. This exhibition closes on Tuesday, June 25. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email email@example.com or call 328-5800/1.
"Art for Hope", a silent auction and cocktail reception, will be held Friday, May 31, 6:30-10 p.m. at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Featured artists include Bernard Petit, Yvette Rolle, Jessica Colebrook, Clifford Fernander, Allan Pachino Wallace, Alistair Stevenson, Kishan Munroe, Dawnita Fry, Trevor Tucker, Dion Lewis, Fabian Fountain, Toby Lunn, Paul Hennis, Makario Gibson, Neko Meicholas, Lemero Wright, William Munroe, Abby Smith and Cydne. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 325-9326 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"life on my island", original patterns and paintings by Fash|Art 2012 Jackson Burnside III Visual Artist Competition Winner Attila Feszt, opens Thursday, June 13 at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery. For more information, visit http://www.doongalik.com/.
"Artisan", featuring work by Jan Elliott, Jenny Guy and Muck Guy, continues at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery. Admission is free.
"Disrobed", currently on display at the D'Aguilar Foundation, showcases work exploring the beauty of the unclothed human form. This exhibition closes on Tuesday, June 11. The gallery is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, telephone 322-2323 or 357-9263 or email email@example.com.
"A New Direction: Mother & Child III", new work by Jessica and Erin Colebrook, continues at Hillside House. This exhibition ends Friday, May 31. For more information, visit http://www.antoniusroberts.com.
"Interkosmos", new work by British artists Rory and Ella McCartney, continues at Liquid Courage Galley in Palmdale. The exhibition closes on Thursday, May 30. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/LiquidCourageGallery.
"JAB: A look at Trinidad's Traditional Carnival", paintings by Maria Govan and photos and video installation by Maria Govan and Abigail Hadeed, continues at Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts. This project and exhibition is supported by The D'Aguilar Foundation. For more information, call 322-7834 or visit www.popopstudios.com.
"The John Beadle Project", new work by John Beadle, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 328-5800/1.
"Master Artists of The Bahamas" continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Featured Artists are John Beadle, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis, Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith and Max Taylor. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email email@example.com or call 328-5800/1.
"Responsible Faith" continues at The Ladder Gallery, New Providence Community Centre, Blake Road. Artists will paint on 55-gallon metal drums, which will be exhibited and then donated to community parks. The drum covers will be used to create wall art for a permanent collection at The Ladder Gallery. Some will also be sold to benefit ACE Diabetes.
"SINGLESEX", an all-female portrait show depicting only female subjects, continues at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. NAGB Curator John Cox says it is meant to stand in dialogue with the "Master Artists of The Bahamas" exhibition (later this year), which has no female representation. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 328-5800/1.
The Permanent Exhibition of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, displaying pieces under the theme "The Bahamian Landscape", continues this week at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Gallery hours: Tue. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun. noon - 4 p.m. Admission $5 adults; $3 students/seniors; children under 12 are free. For more information, visit www.nagb.org.bs, email email@example.com or call 328-5800/1.
Book Launches and Readings
Dr. Jonathan Rodgers launches his second book, "The Bahamian Dream" on Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at Doongalik Studios. For more information, contact Doongalik Studios at telephone 394-1886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Meah Foundation's Music Festival takes place Saturday, June 1, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Charlotte Street, Downtown. Food will also be available from Van Breugel's.
Filmmaker Marion Bethel presents her documentary film, co-directed by Maria Govan, "Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy: The Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas 1948-1962", on Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30 at Galleria Cinemas, JFK at 7 p.m. nightly. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students. The showing is sponsored by High Tide Rising and Etsa Psi Omega Chapter of The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
New online workshops from the Gaulin Project will begin in May. "A Light Through My Window: Writing the Spiritual Memoir" and "When My Body Speaks" will run from May 6 to June 30. Registration for each workshop is $450. For more information, visit http://helenklonaris.com/the-gaulin-project-upcoming-workshops/ or email Helen Klonaris at email@example.com.
Bahamas Music Conservatory will hold its Summer Music Camp from July 1 to July 26 at the Duke Errol Strachan Music Centre on Village Road. The camp is geared toward young musicians ages eight to 18 and offered instruments are piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, viola, cello and double bass. The cost of the workshop is $600. For more information, visit www.bahamasmusicconservatory.com.
Bahamas FilmInvest International will host the 5th Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase in June at Galleria Cinemas. This year's showcase will feature 29 feature films, documentaries, animations and children's films, with a special tribute being paid to the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence.
Islandz, having acquired Downtown Art Tours, offers its Islandz Gallery Hop tours, examining art spaces downtown on Saturdays. Tickets are $20 per person for the two-hour tour. For more information or to book tickets, call 601-7592 or visit Islandz online at www.islandzmarket.com.
Tru Bahamian food tours offers a "Bites of Nassau" food tasting and cultural walking tour to connect people with authentic local food items, stories and traditions behind the foods and the Bahamians that prepare and preserve them, through a hands-on, interactive, educational tour and culinary adventure. Tickets are $69 per person, $49 for children under 12. Tours are everyday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting at the British Colonial Hilton and ending at Tortuga Rum Cake Company. For more information, visit www.trubahamianfoodtours.com.
Call for works
Family Guardian's annual Calendar Photo Contest is open to all Bahamian photographers, under the theme "A Celebration of Bahamian Pastimes". The deadline for entries is July 12. For more information, visit http://www.familyguardian.com.
The 10th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the worls to submit their narratives, documentaries, worls cinema, short films, animation and family films. This year's festival takes place December 5-13 on New Providence and Eleuthera. The deadline is July 17. For more information, visit http://bintlfilmfest.com.
The 30th Annual Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition and Exhibition invites entries for its Open Category under the theme "The Independents", in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Bahamian independence, which is being celebrated this year. The objectives of the competition are to identify, recognize and encourage Bahamian visual artists. To qualify, participants must be citizens of The Bahamas, aged 18 or older (as of October 1, 2013) and not registered in secondary school. The Open/Senior Category Competition and Exhibition component will be held from Tuesday, October 1 to Friday, November 1. Artists under 30 years are especially encouraged to embrace this opportunity of the theme of "The Independents" as a challenge in terms of material and/or the role and responsibilities of independent thinking in art in The Bahamas, as well as, thinking of the larger political symbolism of independence of the country.
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The show is comprised of found objects which have literally been begged, borrowed or stolen. All of the objects are painted various shades of pink and some have been reconstructed or rearranged.
Painting the objects pink changes the perceived content of an object's identity. The viewer is offered an opportunity to look at the object in a new way, becoming hyper aware of its texture and shape.
"Once an object is painted the perception of its value and identity changes," says Johnston.
In addition to being painted, the value of each piece is associated with its story or the way it was obtained.
Bahama Woodstarr, along with iconic Bahamian Artist Kendal Hanna, will also debut a short performance during the show on the evening of the opening at the gallery in Palmdale.
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"We have gotten several inquiries from European teams who have expressed interest in coming to The Bahamas to either do their training here or host exhibition games," said Beckles. "This is just the fulfillment of our mandate which is to demonstrate to the global sporting market that we have the willingness to host professional sports at this level. Secondly, it demonstrates to the Bahamian people that we have the ability and the skills here, and here are the reasons why you should participate in these events when they are held here.
"Last night's (Thursday) participation by our patrons was a demonstration of that. We would have liked to see more Bahamians, but that is a part of the learning curve and we recognize that Bahamians are now learning what it means to be owners of facilities like this, that it is necessary to be able to build a reputation that we are a country for a great vacation and also a sports destination. That is a learning curve that we are going to probably be on for a while.
"I think last night's (Thursday) game established this country as a viable sporting destination. It is very seldom, and you can go back and check the history of it...we have had very, very few opportunities where we had professional teams of this caliber in any sport compete in The Bahamas. Yes, we have had visitors, members of visiting teams and representation of various sports, but I don't recall ever having two professional teams at this level worldwide come to this country and play on our soil whether it is baseball, basketball, swimming or track and field. We have not had that kind of display and that should signify to the Bahamian people that times are changing. This is indeed the gateway to the future for The Bahamas for sports marketing. We are very excited, very thrilled and pleased with the partnerships that have come together to make this happen."
The historic game played at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium between the Tottenham Hotspur and the Reggae Boyz from Jamaica, ended in a scoreless draw. That game is said to be the start of bigger events, whether it is sports or music concerts. Beckles is expecting to hear from more sporting clubs from different disciplines once the other facilities are completed.
He said: "Let's face it, the stadium was the first of the nine venues. Until we get to the point where we can get that kind of investment in softball, baseball, cycling or any of the other disciplines it is going to take time for us to maximize what we have to get what we need. This venue is our first venue and we have to yield this for everything we have. The stadium is for us. We have to come together and yield this stadium, get as much out of this so we can actually begin to fuel the funding for the completion of the rest of the build out. Once we start doing that, I think you will begin to see more international events, especially within this venue. This is a multi-purpose, multi-use facility. You can have concerts here, track and field or soccer (football). There are so many different things you can do with this stadium. We have to take every opportunity and make it work for us, make sure that we lease this out and generate revenue."
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Beckles was pleased with the overall event saying it ran smoothly and very efficiently. The Bahamas played host to the Tottenham Hotspur and the Reggae Boyz from Jamaica on Thursday. The historic game was played at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
"We were right around 7,500 people last night," confirmed Beckles. "We are still doing the demographic breakdown, so we don't have the figures as yet. It was a good crowd for the first time and for this event. We would have liked to have seen more, yes, by all means. Because really, who does the stadium belongs to? The stadium belongs to the Bahamian people. As we get more details and break out the attendees we will be happy to share it with the public. We didn't have any issues. We were running smooth from earlier in the day. The process worked quite fine."
Even though the event was well attended, there were some who were of the opinion that the game should have been held on the weekend, or Sunday evening. Beckles noted the criticisms and said: "It is arguable, depending on where you sit. But remember these professional teams are on a time schedule so we took them when they were available. You have to take it when you can get it. In this case, both teams had adjusted their schedules to come and play because they have other commitments in Europe. For instance, the Hotspurs left today (Friday) to go back to Europe to fulfill their commitment. Jamaica is going to stay for a couple of days because they have a commitment for the south and they can be here for a week to train. So they will use our facilities to train while they are here. So, both teams have their own agendas and we had to take them at a time when it was possible.
"Thank you to all who came and supported it. We certainly want to thank our partners at the Ministry of Tourism, Albany, Burns House, BTC and Coca-Cola. All of them who expressed their interest by writing checks to help make this dream and building out the sporting facility here at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre last night."
The game played at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium between the Tottenham Hotspur and the Reggae Boyz from Jamaica, ended in a scoreless draw. Thursday's game was the final match on the calendar for the Hotspur. The Reggae Boyz will remain in the country, preparing for the World Cup Qualifiers, with Mexico and the United States of America (USA).
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Subsequently the three labeled the process illegal and stood firm on their elected positions as of November of last year.
There was another announcement by BAAA President Sands that new appointments were to be made to replace Lewis, Oliver and Petty. This has not officially happened.
A general meeting of the BAAA was scheduled, then postponed twice. The impression was given that the so-called no confidence vote meant Petty was dismissed as President of the Track and Field Parents Association. That was not the case.
In fact, the parents organization is functioning without missing a beat. It has been disclosed that presently Parents Association Vice President Peter Pratt and Administrator/ Secretary Mabeline Miller are attending the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championships in Marion, Indiana.
The purpose is to network for scholarships and to witness the induction of Derrick Atkins and Aaron Cleare into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Atkins and Cleare are just two of the many examples of the significance of the Parents Association, under Petty, to the development process of track and field in the country.
One has to wonder about the agendas of those who would wish to eliminate Petty from this very vital process. In fact, it seems that personal agendas are the main reasons for the dilemma the BAAA is in.
Sands would be wise to make every effort to settle the differences within the BAAA because as the top executive, fingers will be pointing his way if the current controversy causes the organization to crumble badly.
Already there are some notable signs.
For one, I have been informed that the BAAA's major sponsor, BTC, has cut back on its financial commitment for the 2013-2014 year, from $100,000 to $50,000. That's right in half, perhaps an indication of things to come. Companies that partner with organizations prefer not to be associated with controversy.
At present, the BAAA is far from being that organization Corporate Bahamas or interested individual donors can feel comfortable with. No doubt, personal agendas threaten to cripple the track and field base in the country.
A compromise should be reached in the interest of the national track and field program, and the many young boys and girls involved.
It is BAAA President Sands, who, in my view, should lead the way. He alone can determine just how history will treat him. As it is, there has been more disruption within the BAAA under his leadership than at any other time in the storied history of the BAAA.
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With that in mind the Bahamas AIDS Foundation will host "Art for Hope: Getting to Zero" a silent auction and cocktail reception on Friday, May 31 at the National Art Gallery from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
"This is a forum where artists can express through their works how art is hopeful," said Carlyne Smith, executive director of the AIDS Foundation.
When the AIDS Foundation invited artists from the full gamut of the fine arts, including photography, sculpture, mixed media, painting and drawings to participate by donating charitable pieces of their work to Art For Hope, they did so hoping the artists would submit work centered around the disease and to give the artists the opportunity to stand up and be counted. Most artists submitted pieces they had out of kind.
Artists showing will include Bernard Petit, Yvette Rolle, Jessica Colebrooke, Clifford Fernander, Allan Pachino Wallace, Alistair Stevenson, Kishan Munroe, Dawnita Fry, Trevor Tucker, Dion Lewis, Fabian Fountain, Toby Lunn, Paul Hennis, Makario Gibson, Neko Meicholas, Lemero Wright, William Munroe, Abby Smith and Cydne.
"We're very pleased with the artists we have and we're also pleased even that we have persons who are not as well-known like Lemero Wright and Abby Smith, and not only persons who do paintings. We have sculptors, persons who create jewelry, ceramicists, painters, mixed media, photography -- the full gamut of fine arts, so it's something different," said Smith.
With a number of other art shows taking place at the same time as the AIDS Foundation's show, Smith said it was initially tough going getting a roster of artists, but she said once the artists found out the show was for a charitable cause, they were more than willing to donate pieces.
During the auction, proceeds from the sale of pieces are: reserved price to the foundation and any sum above the reserved price to be divided 50-50 between the artist and the foundation.
Smith said the work of the Bahamas AIDS Foundation is worthy, necessary and benefits the society at large. And the donations will go towards three of the foundation's essential initiatives -- increasing public awareness of HIV/AIDS generally; maintaining the foundation's afterschool program for children infected with or affected by HIV and continuing the project that seeks to reduce mother-to-child transmission through education and other preventive measures that has enjoyed great success already.
"While we have made significant strides in the fight against this pernicious condition, it still affects too many of our people, most especially our youth," said Smith. "We want nothing less than to see the day HIV/AIDS is completely eradicated."
The UNAIDS theme until 2015 is getting to zero, and Smith said they're hoping that they're raising awareness in terms of getting to zero -- which is zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths here in The Bahamas.
Tickets for the silent auction and cocktail reception are $30. For more information, telephone 325-9326.
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