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May 03, 2012
Alliance (Trailer) Francaise Next Movie feature: Piece Montee, May 4th


Nassau, Bahamas - Alliance Francaise Des Bahamas French Movie Club presents: 

Piece Montee

on Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 6.30pm.

Piece Montee,  a film by Denys Granier-Deferre with Jean-Perre Marielle, Jérémie Renier, Clémence Poésy, Danielle Darrieux.

Synopsis: Vincent
and Berenger, both from bourgeois families, are getting married in the
church in the presence of their loved ones. The day which started out
more or less, slowly falls apart as the hours tick by. The marriage is
seen differently by certain members of the family of the young couple,
not to mention by the couple itself...

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May 03, 2012
George Appo Raymond, 82

George Appo Raymond, 82 yrs., a resident of Charles Vincent St. died at PMH on 1st May, 2012.
He is survived by his children: Sandra Davis, Leona Dean, Geleta Davis, Emily Davis, Naasha Bain & Martin Davis; 1 brother: Lukin Calex; nephews: Phlome Elcen, Eette Jean & Philome & a host of other relatives & friends.

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Vendetta Report: Breezy Da Don  Back Like He Never Left
April 29, 2012

In recent years, Rap Kreyol has grown to a respectable sub genre in the Hip-Hop community. This movement has been spearheaded by rappers such as Wyclef Jean, Mecca Grimo, and Billy Blue. Now added to that list is local Haitian-Bahamian rapper Breezy Da Don.

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April 26, 2012
John Selljoy Senatus, 39

Funeral service for John Selljoy Senatus, 39 yrs., a resident of Market & Deveaux Streets, who died on 10th April, 2012, will be held at New Riverside Church of God, Poinciana Drive, on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Sylvanus Petty, assisted by other Ministers of Religion. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.Left to cherish his memories are his son: John Selljoy Senatus Jr.; daughter: Raven Senatus; fiance: Thatcher Russell; mother: Felita Nelson-Maurice; step father: Octarrien Maurice; sisters: Ducilia Nelson-Moltimer; Aeria Joseph Jean, Jasmine Nelson, Reslyne Remy, Veronique Dumervil, Bertha Pierre, Elianna Senatus & Nelly Louis; brothers: Vilsaint, Dorces & Adderley Senatus; uncles: Vitalien Senatus & Rochnel Nelson; aunts: Seltgrace Raphael & Agnes Joseph; cousins: Paul Joseph & Arnold Nelson; nephews: Johnsals Senatus, Sharod King, Antonio Moltimer, Dect. Andrew Jean & Olbry Pierre; nieces: Rose-Charma Jean, Wilnive Jean & Chriscilla Moltimer & a host of other relatives & friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 11:00 a.m. until service time.

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April 26, 2012
Gene Chea, 78


Gene Chea passed away peacefully with loving family by his side on April 17, 2012.  Beloved husband and best friend of Wendy for 58 years.  Devoted father of Wellington (Patrice), Wilson, Ann, Williamson (Christine), Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Walter (Gathnie), Diane (Peter), and William. Proud Papa of Kyle, Christie, Rachel, Calais, Wilson Jr., Travis, Cleopatra, Alexandra, Amanda, Matthew, Aimee, Tiffany, Timothy, Christina, Celeste, Walter Jr., Grace, John, and Alyssia.  Loving brother-in-law of Elaine, Terry (, and Sue (Bill Tam) and their families.  He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins including Percy, Jimmy, Linda, Annie, Mary, Julie and their families, and numerous friends.oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooFUNERAL SERVICEFuneral service for the late Mr. Gene Chea, age 78, of the Eastern Road, Nassau, The Bahamas, will be held at Calvary Bible Church, Collins Avenue, Centreville, on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
Pastor Allan R. Lee assisted by Pastor Frederick Arnett and Pastor Thomas Albury will officiate and interment will be at Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.
He passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on April 17, 2012.  Beloved husband and best friend of Wendy for 58 years. Devoted father of Wellington (Patrice), Wilson, Ann, Williamson (Christine), Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth, Walter (Gathnie), Diane (Peter), and William.  Proud Papa of Kyle, Christie, Rachel, Calais, Wilson Jr., Travis, Cleopatra, Alexandra, Amanda, Matthew, Aimee, Tiffany, Timothy, Christina, Celeste, Walter Jr., Grace, John, and Alyssia.  Loving brother-in-law of Elaine, Terry, and Sue (Bill Tam) and their families.  He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins including Percy, Jimmy, Linda, Annie, Mary, Julie and their families.  Sir Orville Turnquest, Pastor Allan R. Lee and the Calvary Bible Church family, Dr. Gloria Ageeb, Beryl Dillett and family, Rosemary Knowles and family, Oswald Finley, Edna Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Sear Ping Yee and family, the Chinese Association of the Bahamas, the staff of Palmdale Furniture - Stephanie Rolle, David Scavella, Jean Louis Olbrice, Naomi Rolle, Marline Alian, and LaFrance Francique, and numerous other relatives and friends.  Special thanks go out to Dr. Lauren Yee and staff, the staff of Windsor Regional Hospital, and Dr. Ian McGilvray and the staff of Toronto General Hospital.

Family and friends may pay their respects at Kemp's Funeral Home Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale, Nassau, on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

There will be no viewing at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, P.O. Box S.S. 6539, Nassau, in memory of Mr. Gene Chea.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited.

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April 19, 2012
Vaughn Vivian Randal Roberts, 66

Funeral Service for the Late Vaughn Vivian Randal Roberts, 66 years of South Beach Estates, will be held on Saturday April 21st, 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street. Fr. Glen C. Nixon will officiate. Cremation will follow.
He is survived by his loving and faithful Wife of 45 years: Frances Roberts; Children: Dr. Tracy Roberts-Halkitis and Shariff Roberts; Grandchildren: Kiran and Soraya Halkitis, Adero, Jaya, and Sameer Roberts; Sisters: Keva Nethersole, Donna Roberts, Dr. Lynda Roberts-Riddle of Cincinnati, Ohio, Delvera Wallace, Brenda Tinker, Patrice White of Savannah, Georgia, Marsha Roberts, Yolanda Thomas. He was predeceased by brothers Anthony, Robert and Dr. Stephen Roberts and survived by brothers: Bradley B. Roberts, Dr. Robin Roberts; Aunt: Ruth Rolle of Syracuse, New York; Son-in-Law: Senator Michael Halkitis; Daughter-in-Law: Donna Palmieri-Roberts; Sisters-in-law: Hartlyn Roberts, Winnifred Roberts, Carolyn I. Roberts, Mary Roberts, Carolyn Roberts, Ivy Drakeley, Marie Stewart; Brothers-in-law: Garfield Deal, Gilles Deal, Lincoln Deal, Livingston Stewart, Kenneth Drakeley, Donald White; Nieces: Nicole Roberts, Michelle Roberts, Tina Roberts, Stacey Roberts, Aliya Riddle, Simone Thompson, Darnell Joyner, Jennifer Roberts, Tamar Roberts, Ann Bedford, Therese Drakeley-Smith, Kimberely Drakeley, Sherry Fax, Barbara Darville, Jacqueline Russell, Sandy Bootle, Cindy Deal, Tara Deal, Roxanne Strachan; Nephews: Obie Roberts, Ryan Strachan, Simeon Roberts, Rupert Anthony Cyril "Duggie" Roberts IV , Chad Roberts, Stephen Roberts, Alex Riddle, Julian and Corey  Wallace, Elsworth Cumberbatch, Taj Anderson, Mario Stewart, Jason, Jaime and Luciano Cooper, George Fax, Paul Bethel, Lynden, Brian, and George Deal, Gilles Deal Jr., Kenneth Deal, Miguel Deal; Godchildren: Genaye Sturrup, Svetlana Thompson, 2666 Inspector Chaswell Andre Hanna of The RBPF, Garnell Curry. Dear relatives include: Elva Armbrister, Joy and Radcliffe Nichols, Debbie and Paul Longley, Wendy Lightbourne, Mae Albury and family, Franklyn Sands and family, Lynn Curry, Helaena Dean and family, Val Sturrup, Marie Dean and family, Rena Cargill, Carolyn Fox, Angie Sands, Anne Sands, Judy Turnquest, Agatha Green, Hortense Rahming and family, Nadine Rolle, Tasma Brighthaup, Kevin Rolle, Peter and Maria Wallace-Whitfield. Dearest friends include: Steve Kandel, Julian Brown, Anthony Ferguson, Sandra Knowles, Cherese and Samuel Brown, Inez Brown, Colleen Collie, Linda Dean, Helen and Maria Hanna of Katy, Texas, Beverly and Geno Nairn, Oswald and Yvonne Isaacs, Maria McKenzie, Constance Gardiner, Mae Culmer, Elaine Pinder,  Shirley Cooper, Joyce Bain, Brenda Gilbert of Toronto, Canada, Cyril Roberts, George Sherman, Walter Sherwood of Boston, Thomas A. Robinson,Reverend Godfrey and Judith Huyler, Herbert and Jenny Huyler, Angela Cartwright, Lilles Strachan, Elizabeth and Gladstone Mackey, Mitzi Swaby, Lamont "Yellow" Bain, Kiffer Morris, Randolph Scott, Pete Deveaux, Hervis Smith, Greg Knowles, Ruth Sands, Louise Thompson, Ruth Bowe Darville, Paula Williams, Phyllis and Basil Knowles, Rosie and Brendan Foulkes, Bishop Clarence Williams and Reverend Doctor Barbara Williams, Hopeful Hanna, Fred Ramsey, Bishop Samuel Green, Helena and Pam Ferguson, Deborah and Eugene Thompson and family, Chrissie Carroll, Carolyn Beneby, Henry and Alma Ferguson,  Jacinta Thompson, Dr. Caryn Sands-D'Aguilar and Adrian D'Aguilar Jr., Dr. Marcia Bassett, Dr. Sara Friday, Dr. Tamina Singh, Dr. D'Arbrielle Hunt-Burrows, Dr. Dionne Dames, Dr. Dane Bowe, Dr. Colleen Fitz-Charles. Special thanks to: The Nurses and Staff of Princess Margaret Hospital Oncology Clinic, especially Dr. DuVaughn Curling, Dr. Margo Munroe, Nurse Sylvia Butler, Nurse Beverly Williams, Mrs. Judy Ward-Carter, Mrs. Valderine Sweeting, Dr. John Lunn and staff especially Melanie Hanna and Karen Walcott, Dr. Wesley Francis, Dr. Delton Farquharson, Dr. Adrian Sawyer, Dr. Elizabeth Darville and the staff of Fourth Terrace Diagnostics, Physicians of MD Anderson Cancer Center: Dr. John Abbruzzese, Dr. Jean Vauthey and Alicia Cross, Princess Margaret Hospital A&E Staff especially Drs. Horton and Joseph, the staff of Bonaventure Medical Laboratory, the staff of Doc's Pharmacy, the Nurses of Private Medical Ward, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral community, His Grace, Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Father Glen Nixon, Sisters of Saint Martin Monastery, his caregiver, Nurse Pearl Mills and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
**There will be NO Public Viewing.
In Lieu of Flowers, Donations may be sent to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, P.O. Box SS-6539.
In celebration of Vaughn's life the family requests that all attendees wear the colors of the rainbow.

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Grand Bahama Mass Rally
April 16, 2012
Grand Bahama Mass Rally

Grand Bahama;
Young People;

Before I say anything else, I have a special report for you. I just flew in from Cat Island. Cat Island is RED!
Michael Pintard will be the next MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador.

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April 13, 2012
Chef Roland Boulet to leave a rich legacy in Grand Bahama

Freeport, Bahamas -
After 37 years of making a tasteful and educational contribution to the
Grand Bahama culinary scene, Chef Roland Boulet will be returning to his
European homeland in April 2012.

Born Roland Jean-Francois
Boulet in Rouen, France in 1947, he attended preschool at the La
Madeleine run by the Catholic nuns and La Maitrise St. Evode primary and
musical school of the Cathedral of Rouen from age 6 to 14 years of age.

1962 at 15 years of age, Boulet attended one of the first schools of
Bakery and Pastry in France, and after 4 years of schooling and
interning in different pastry shops and bakeries, he graduated as
"Boulanger, Patissier, Confiseur, Glacier..."

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April 12, 2012
Idell Jane Brown, 90

Funeral service for Matriarch Idell Jane Brown, 90 yrs., a resident of Adelaide Gardens & formerly of Betsy Bay, Mayaguana, who died on 29th March, 2012, will be held at Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. T. G. Morrison, assisted by Rev. Anthony A. Sampson, Bishop Simeon Hall & other associate Ministers, Deacons & Evangelists. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish her memories are: Five Sons: Reubin, Neutal Rolle, Charles Brown, Anthony Brown, and Andrew Brown; Four Daughters: Carolyn Barr, Paulette Dixon, Esther Johnson; and Daphne Hanna; Twenty Two Grand Children: Bernadette Barr, Det. Corp #470 Leonard Barr, George McCartney, Miguel, Adrian Shavaha,Terez & Latoya Rolle, Det. Corp #472 Abdel Dixon, Avard & Atara Dixon, Ryan, Antonia & Erica Brown, Julian & Rosheka Johnson, Anwar & Christopher Bethel, Giovanni, Hakeem & Andrea Brown; Six Great Grand Children: Lynae Barr & Lahliah Barr, Aiden & Amari' Dixon, Gizelle & Keeano Brown; Two Brothers: Evangelist Laban Brown & Arthur Brown; One Sister: Joanna Brown; Two Daughters-In-Law: Nursing Officer Carmita Rolle & Elizabeth Brown; One Son- In-Law:Christoff Hanna; Two Sisters-In-Law: Monica Brown & Emmeritta Brown; One Grand Daughter-In-Law: Keisha Bethel; One God Child:Charles Higgins; Caregivers: Rosliene Jean & Clercila Joseph; Numerous Nieces & Nephews Including: Barbara Smith & Family, Idella Taylor & Family, Allan Brown & Family, Kingsley Black & Family, Nursing Officer Caffine Brice & Family, Nursing Officer Eugolia Brown & Family, Queen Russel & Family, Greta Brown & Family, Leroy Collie & Family, Nursing Officer Ruthmae Collie & Family. A Host Of Other Relatives And Friends Including: Rev T .G. & Mrs Roy Anne Morrison & Family, Bishop Simeon & Minister Linda Hall & Family, Rev Trajean & Minister Rhonda Jadorette, Rev & Mrs Wilton Strachan & Family, Rev & Mrs Joseph Thompson & Family, Rev & Mrs Eldmond King & Family, Hon. Mr. Tennyson Wells, Hon Mr. Sidney Collie & Family, Hon Mrs Glenys Hanna Martin & Family, Mrs Alqueenia Pratt & Family, Joy & Terrell Brown & Family, Raymond Resslio, Mrs Sylvia Wallace & Family, Mrs Joyce Hanna & Family,The Mayaguana Community, The Joan's Heights Community, Staff members from The Office of The Judiciary, Adelaide Primary School, Learning Resources Unit, Ministry of Works, Doctor's Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Human Resources, Accident & Emergency Department, Princess Margaret Hospital, Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets, New Covenant Baptist Church and The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Families.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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April 12, 2012
John T. McCartney, 73

Funeral service for Dr. John T. McCartney, 73 yrs., a resident of Easton, Pennsylvania & formerly of Nassau, Bahamas, who died on 28th March, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill & Wulff Roads, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Canon Basil Tynes, assisted by Fr. Enrique McCartney. Interment follows in Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

Left to cherish his memories and celebrate his life of passion and purpose are: Wife: Leona Janet McCartney; Son: Dr. John N. McCartney; Adopted Daughter: Anja MossSon in Law: Dwayne Moss; Sisters: Ellen Rosemary McCartney, Patricia Goz of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Pauline Wallace- Saunders of Miramar, Florida; Brothers: Dr. James McCartney, Reginald McCartney of Brooklyn, New York, Wilfred McCartney; Lifelong Friends and Brothers: Mr. Lindop McPhee, Attorney Anthony Thompson and Mr. Nathanial Arthur; Nieces and Nephews: Tanya McCartney, Dr. Lisa Bazin (Hans), Dr. Christin Peterson (Keith), Bridgette and Jahan Johnson, Fr. Enrique McCartney (Brenda), Juan McCartney, Erica Murphy (Milton) of Dallas Texas, Khadeja Goz, Arkangelo and Essengo Goz of Tulsa Oklahoma, James Jr., Matthew and Dr. Francinia McCartney, Jereme Wallace ( Latasha) of Kentucky USA, Tiffany and Jenece Wallace, Melvin Jefferson and JoNell Saunders of Miramar Florida, Kwame McCartney (Kay) of Brooklyn New York, Patricia Farrington, Cindy Thompson, Cassandra Gordon, Marjorie Johnson, Gina Darville, Kim & Patrice Greene, Joan Delancey, Eugenie Ellis, Andronike Greene, Deborah Greene DeGourney, Angela Greene Sawyer, Shirley Greene, Hazel Chea, Helen Newbold, Patricia Burrows and Tera Rahming, John Neely, Raymond Rolle, Glen, Cleveland, John, Sterling, Wayde, Spencer, Ian, Al, Shawn, Ernest and Gregory Greene, Joseph Moxey, Rudy, Mark and Raymond Greene, Jere Bowe, Jeffrey, Jason, Eugene and Jomar Greene, Dr. Melvin Rahming and John "Money" Greene.Sisters in Law: Norma McCartney, Sheralyn McCartney, and Joan Bowe. Brothers in Law: Dr. John A. Johnson, Arkangelo Goz of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Peter Saunders of Miramar, Florida. Cousins: Ena and Constance McCartney, Beulah Dean, Mrs. Brenda Carey of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, Percilla King, Ronald, Kenneth, Kirk Freddie and Henry Jean McCartney, Norma - Lee Johnson and family, Bessie Mae Grant and family, Bryl Moss and family, Marilyn Munroe and family, Godfrey Major and Wilfred Major and James Major of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, Burton Smith and Family, Gloria Smith and Family, James Edwin Smith and Family, Mrs. Gweneth Munnings, Mrs. Helen Smith, Mr. James, Archie and Lorenza Carey, Ms. Clementine Carey-Butler, Dr. Timothy McCartney, William and Clinton McCartney , Ann Cancino, Mavis Bowe, Cora Mae Major and Joan Adderley , Mr. Marcus Cooper, Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney, Charles and Maud McCartney, The children of the late Vivian Moss and The entire McCartney Family Association. Other Relatives and Friends: Sir. Arlington Butler, Mr. Charles Fawkes, Lionel and Wallis Carey, The Faculty and Staff of Lafayette College in particular the Government and Law Department, Dr. Rex Ahene, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, Mr. Paul Panto, The Faculty and Staff of the College of the Bahamas including Mr. Michael Stevenson, Dr. Ian Strachan, Jessica Minnis, Dr. Olivia Saunders. Fr. James Moultrie and the St. Matthews Anglican Parish staff, Shirley and Leo Woods, Miss. Nicey Brown, Mr. Malcolm Adderley, Mr. Arthur Hamilton, Mr. Peter Sturrup, Mrs. Esmerelda Rutherford, Mrs. Mary Johnson, The residents of Hepburn's Alley and Andros Avenue and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

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April 11, 2012
Agnes Agatha Pinnock Perkins, 60

Memorial service for Agnes Agatha Pinnock Perkins, 60 yrs., a resident of Anathol St. Ridgeland Park & formerly of Clarendon, Jamaica, who died on 27th March, 2012, will be held at United Pentecostal Church, Prince Charles Drive East on Thursday at 6:pp p.m.  Officiating will be Pastor H. G. Ferguson.  Interment follows in Clarendon, Jamaica.
She is survived by her 1 son: Oniel Perkins; 3 daughters: Delphia Perkins-Assanah, Sharon Perkins, Fiona Perkins; 4 brothers: Clive Pinnock, Errol,k Ray & Patrick; 7 sisters: Veta Russell, Delores, Sonia, Sharon, Jean, Joan & Andrea; 10 grandchildren & a host of other relatives & friends.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street.

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Schools - Special Academic Education
  • Jean Street, off Prince Charles Drive
  • Nassau
  • Nassau / Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Expendables 2
  • Genre : Action, Adventure
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat....

Repo Men
  • Genre : Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed....

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April 05, 2012
Audrey Angela Colebrook, 65

Funeral Service for the Late Audrey Angela Colebrook, 65 years of Sandford Drive, will be held on Saturday March 31st, 11:00 a.m. at Annex Baptist Church, Wulff Road & Pinedale. Apostle Mitchell Jones and Rev. Alfred Stewart will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.

Left to cherish her memory are her Father: George W. McKinney; two children: Anree Colebrook and Ashlar Colebrook; six brothers: Whiteley McKinney Sr., Barry McKinney, Andrew McKinney, Samuel McKinney, Glen McKinney and Talbot Mckinney; five sisters: Beverley McKinney, Georgiemae Bethell, Deborah McKinney, Enid McKinney and Jeleta McKinney; four uncles: John Adderley, Mathew Mckinney, Jerome McKinney And David McKinney; Three Aunts: Annie North (Aunt Catherine) and Enid Taylor and Queenie Ford. One Grand Aunt: Queenie Smith.

Four Godchildren: Damien Munnings, Brian Bastian, Ian Stewart and Charles Taylor; relatives & friends: Voldi, Vincent, Glen, Leslie, Tan, Vaughn, Michael Taylor, Winifred & Ralph Jean, Brennen, Joe Adderley, Michael "Skinny" Strachan, Whiteley Jr., Christina, Jonathan, Bonnie, Maurice, Kimberly, Michael and Richard Horton, Richard, Remon, Fraitino, Christia, Niki, Nessy, Nisha, Valedrine Heastie and Christopher McKinney, Anthony, Urusla McKinney, Nicola and Olivia McKinney, Alfred & Jackie Stewart and family, John Dennis (JD), Ian & Aja Stewart, Charles Taylor, Kirk, Cheryl, Bid, Elaine, Indi, Nadia & Kenny Simms, Pandora McKinney Smith, Sharara, Shenill Smith, Joanne & Peter Campbell, Stacy & Dwight Marshall, Peter Jr. & Andrea McKinney, Anthony J. & Constance McKinney, Charles, Candice and Dominique McKinney, Bernadette & Michael Saunders, Judith, Sharon, Steven, Robert, Michelle and Arthur Colebrook, Sheila, Lynn, Nadia, Georgina, Annamae, Michael, Danny, Sybline Delancy, Samuel, Charles (Wank), and Thaddeus Symonette, Kendal Butler, Monique & Lee, Danielle, Dayde King, Glen and Dwight Rahming, Sheba & Lee Armbrister, Carolyn & Rodney Collie, Neil Strachan, Jennifer Petty, Vasco Bastian, and Denise Turnquest, Thelma Deal, Barbara, Eddie and Charles Smith, Georgina Albury; special friends: The Hon. Leslie Miller, Frank Walkine, Walter Wells, Ruiz Munnings, Betty (Elizabeth) Knowles, Natasha Laville, Ericka Rolle, Anna LeGreory, Rochelle Wilkinson, Jayson & Natasha Clarke, Michael Taylor, Gavin Bastian, Melba Lightbourne, Sherry and Shawn Thurston, Elva & Anthony Rolle, Anthony Braynen, Wes Bastian, Dr. Owen Bastian, and Elma Campbell

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #34 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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April 05, 2012
Turks turn the tables on COB

It certainly didn't take long for the Turks and Caicos under-23 nationals to redeem themselves.
They salvaged the second game of a two-match international series against The College of The Bahamas (COB) men's soccer team, winning the finale 2-1 yesterday at COB. The Turks squad scored early in the game, padded their lead to 2-0 early in the second half, and held off a late comeback attempt by COB.
In terms of goals scored, the international series ended in a 3-3 deadlock.
"These guys are definitely making progress," said Turks' Head Coach Ian Hurdle. "Both teams appear to be evenly matched, and it was a good battle both days. Our guys have lacked coaching from a young age - some of them just actually learnt how to dribble a soccer ball. We're taking a lot of raw potential and trying to mold it, but we can see it coming together," he added.
Evans Jean broke through for the Turks squad in the 17th minute. Fred Dorvil made it 2-0 Turks with a shot in the 49th minute, and after letting quite a few scoring opportunities slip by them, the COB Caribs finally got on the scoreboard with a goal in the 66th minute. Dwayne Beneby got his head on a beautiful goal post cross and pushed the ball past the Turks goalie.
"It was a good game... we just came out lackadaisical, and that's what cost us in the end," said Beneby. "It was wonderful exposure for us though. Having the Turks and Caicos come down was exactly what we needed. We needed more experience and they provided that for us. We feel like this series confirmed the fact that we need to work on our finishing. We felt that we had good build-up to strong plays, but [we weren't] finishing in the end. It's a little disappointing, but we got a win in the first game so we're satisfied with that."
Caribs' Head Coach Vandyke Bethel felt they just came out lacking energy.
"I told the guys that we can't live in yesterday's glory... we have to live for the moment today, and that didn't happen. As you can see, we didn't come out with any energy," said Bethel. "These guys are still learning, and they have to learn how to come out and be consistent. We came out sluggish in the first half, and at the beginning of the second half, they made some simple mistakes and that cost us.
"Hopefully as we continue to develop the program. They will continue to learn and be more soccer intelligent. I have to give credit to TCI (Turks and Caicos Islands) though. They came out a lot more hungrier than we did and it showed. They came at us hard and it paid off for them. We had some opportunities that we should have converted, but at the end of the day, the guys just have to be a bit more hungry. They have to push a lil harder and you just saw an example of a team which wanted it more," he added.
Last year, the Turks and Caicos national squad lost a 10-0 aggregate to The Bahamas over two matches. Hurdle said that they obviously still have a lot of work to do moving forward.
"We had spurts for about 10-15 minutes where the guys actually followed what we were trying to get them to do. Overall, we actually felt we played better in the first game than we did in the second game - we just got the result today," said Hurdle. "I think that we need to build on the success that we had here, and take that further," he added.
Both squads welcomed the opportunity to compete against each other, and are looking forward to future encounters.

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April 04, 2012
Bail revoked for numerous murder suspects

A judge yesterday revoked a murder suspect's bail for reportedly tampering with his electronic monitoring device.
Gary Leon, who is accused of the February 2011 beating death of Jason Brown at Homestead Street, was released on $20,000 bail on September 15, on the condition that his movements were monitored.
Leon reportedly used foil to deactivate the GPS-enabled tracking system.
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs ordered Leon remanded to Her Majesty's Prison during a bail revocation hearing.
Meanwhile, two other murder suspects are now back in custody for defying a court's order to sign the bail register at the police station.
Justice Roy Jones learned that the men were not signing in when they failed to appear for a status hearing on April 2.
Kevin Hart, who is charged with the January 2003 murder of Kendal Braynen, and Anthony Charles Hall, who is accused of December 2002 murder of Jean Claude Louissaint, are now back in custody.
Justice Jones issued an arrest warrant for Hall's co-accused, Ryan Omar Butler, who is still at large. Last month, police named Butler as a person of interest in the March 24 shooting death of Rolando Smith at Ridgeland Park.

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April 01, 2012
Chef Roland Boulet to leave a rich legacy in Grand Bahama

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- After 37 years of making a tasteful and educational contribution to the Grand Bahama culinary scene, Chef Roland Boulet will be retiring and returning to his European homeland in April 2012.
Born Roland Jean-Francois Boulet in Rouen, France in 1947, he attended preschool at the La Madeleine run by the Catholic nuns and La Maitrise St. Evode primary and musical school of the Cathedral of Rouen from age 6 to 14 years of age.
In 1962 at 15 years of age, Boulet attended one of the first schools of Bakery and Pastry in France, and after 4 years of schooling and interning in different pastry shops and bakeries, he graduated as "Boulanger, Patissier, Confiseur, Glacier."
Afterwards Chef Boulet became interested in cooking and started a cooking apprenticeship which took him into the French army where he worked in the general officers' dining room in Papeete, Tahiti.  He received his first executive chef title in 1973 when he took a job to work at a large gourmet restaurant, Le Charles V in Rouen.

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March 30, 2012
Chef Roland Boulet to leave a rich legacy in Grand Bahama

Freeport, Bahamas - After 37 years of making a tasteful and educational contribution to the Grand Bahama culinary scene, Chef Roland Boulet will be returning to his European homeland in April 2012.

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March 29, 2012
Abaco man charged with murder

A 38-year-old Abaco man was arraigned in a magistrate's court yesterday in connection to the murder of Wendal Miller, who was stabbed in the neck last week.
Rodriguez Jean Pierre, of Charles Boo Yard, appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Carolita Bethell where he was formally charged with killing 59-year-old Miller.
Pierre was not required to enter a plea.
According to initial police reports, Miller was found bleeding from a neck wound on Saturday, near the Road Traffic Department on Crockett Drive and Bay Street in Marsh Harbour, Abaco around 2:30 p.m.
Police said he got into a fight at a home in the slum community of The Mudd.
He was with his friends when the altercation took place, police reported.
Prosecutor Ercel Dorsett told the court that he intends to proceed by way of a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI), which means that the case will be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court.
Before the case was adjourned, Pierre, who was not represented by an attorney, expressed concern that he was not able to afford an attorney. However, Bethell explained that a crown attorney will likely be appointed to him during the proceedings at the Supreme Court level.
The matter was adjourned until June 15, at which time the VBI is expected to be presented.

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March 27, 2012
Transforming Spaces Artists 2012

Caroline Anderson

Delton Barrett

Richardo Barrett

Angel Bastian

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Carla Campbell

Katrina Cartwright

Maria Chisnall

Agnieszka Christie

Cynde Jasmin Coleby

June Collie

Darchell Creary

Linda Cunningham

Melanie Darville

Claudette Dean

Veronica Dorsett

Jan Elliot

Ruth Elliot

Sonia Farmer

Keva Fawkes

Attila Feszt

Del Foxton

Yutavia George

Robin Hardy

Sony Jean-Jacques

Veronica Jenkins

Ashley Knowles

Latisha Knowles

Ruth Lightbourne

Pheobe Luk

Susan Mackay

Jeff Major

Wanda McPhee

Jeffrey Meris

Tyler Miller

Imani Moss

Kishan Mullings

Keisha Oliver

John Paul

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March 23, 2012
Embracing multiculturalism

The comments of Haitian President Michel Martelly to Haitian-Bahamians when he recently visited The Bahamas led to much debate. Martelly advised Bahamians of Haitian descent to form a voting bloc, and to vote for the party that has their best interests at heart. His remarks exposed raw emotions on the immigration issue in our country.

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March 23, 2012
Will Haiti survive

This question seems presumptuous since Haiti, which lost some 300,000 people (more than the combined population of Dominica, Montserrat, Anguilla, BVI, Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts, Cayman Islands and Antigua) in the earthquake of January 12, 2010, bounced back almost immediately in terms of daily survival.

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Star Trek: Generations
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Captain Picard, with the help of supposedly dead Captain Kirk, must stop a madman willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter a space matrix....

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March 16, 2012
Arnold Coakley, 99

Funeral service for Mr. Arnold Coakley, 99 yrs., a resident of Coakley Bight, Andros, who died on 25th February, 2012, will be held at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, Behring Point, Andros, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Ethan P.J. Ferguson, assisted by Catechist Mizpah Braynen. Interment follows in Behring Point Public Cemetery.

Left to mourn his passing are his children: Myterine Coakley & Rudolph (Lovinia Coakley)
Grand-children: Sharon Coakley, Alvin (Dianne Coakley), Dellarese Neymour, Lorenda (Aaron Woodside), Vanria Coakley, Deon (Sharmine Neymour), Andy (Sharon Smith), Yvonne Ferguson, Lindamae Coakley, Eddie (Carla Smith), Evelyn Hanna, Sandy Smith, Martha Coakley, Kenwood (Ann Smith), Kenworth (Dorothy Smith), Steve (Shenica Smith), Lorene Smith, Quincy (Shanna Smith), Cody and Latia Smith, Shawn Gray, Shavorn Gray and Leroy Hamilton, Anthony Coakley, Fantella, Linda & Natalie Gray, Dr. Deborah Campbell-Hunt, Kirkwood (Paulette), Kirvin (Michelle) & Kendrick (Shanique) Campbell.
Great Grand-children: Shawn, Shantell & Shawnell Hinsey, Samantha, Devonya & Alvonya Coakley, Lauren & Erin Woodside, Shakeva, RBPF#3379 Bernard & Brian Ferguson, Deandra, Keithera & Antoine Coakley, Shante Coakley, Deandra and Deon Jr., Shanera, Lisha, Javon, Jade, Tario, Ebony, April, Zebulon, Travis, Gabriel & Evan Hanna, Romero, Marcin, Britany, Kadesha, Vernell, EdDeka, Canesha, Marno, Eric, Allayiah, Tameka, Charlsan, Chandor, Kenwood Jr.,Joshua , Kenworth Jr., Stevano, Justin, Christina, Quinzano, Andrea, Zhivago, Zintworn, Wendell, Roshae, Angelo, Delmar, Oscar, P'Ashe Jones, Kristoff, Kaden, K'Shawn, Kristal, Kirvinique, Kirvin Jr., Kendrick Jr. & Teshawn Campbell, Shawn Jr.
Great Great-grand Children: Shawn Jr., Okia Dames & Danté Coakley.
Adopted Son: Oswald Poiter
Adopted Daughters: Rosemary Hamilton & Lillian Gray
Sister in-law: Jean Coakley
Nieces: Olga, Glovina, Leoma, Prescola, Florence, Gladys, Corrine, Stephanie, Naomi, Valerie, Shelia & Rosalee Coakley
Nephew: Carl & Daniel Coakley, William Braynen, Vivian & Milton Coakley
Grand Nieces: Isabella, Beulah, Melony, Mary, Joan, Elizabeth, Cindy, Malinda, Sharon, Maureen, Yuga, Peggy, Carol, Helen, Shyann, Deidre, Keisha, Daisy, Lorie, Kadesha, Tasha, Doreen, Deloris, Mary & Rozana
Grand Nephews: Bradley, Leo, Austin, Lance, Eddie, Andrew, Clement, Joshua, Floyd, Ossie, Neville, Robbie, Miah, Everett, Gulfred, Mario, Cardinal, Kenneth, George, Adrian, Marco, Daniel, Devon & Dominick,
Other relatives and friends: Charles Smith, Mizpah Braynen & Family, Flossiemae Belle & Family, Florence Coakley & Family (Nassau), Mr. and Mrs. Benry Smith, Betty Neymour & Family, Anna Neymour & Family, Voilane Braynen & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Neymour & Family, Magnolia Neymour & Family, Fr. Don Haynes, Fr. Kerr, Fr. Ethan Ferguson, Rev. & Mrs. Raymond Mackey, Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Thompson & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Fedor Sands, Mr. & Mrs. George Neymour, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Johnson & Family, Prescott, Stacy, Nelson and Ronnie Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Tyrone Stuart & Family, Kelly, Wade, Isamae Braynen, Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Neymour, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bain, Lisa Moultrie & Family, Mr. and Mrs. Beechram Braynen & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Neymour, Frankie Neymour, Evelyn Braynen, Iris Braynen, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Neymour, Mr. And Mrs. Garnett Thompson & Family, Geneiva Braynen & Family, Agnes Leadon, Yvonne Russell & Family, Rev. Bruce Farrington & Family, Bishop Elis Farrington & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Mackey, Gloria Johnson & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mackey, Linwood Mackey, The Leadon, Coakley, Bain, Anderson, Stubbs, Thompson, Rolle and the entire Central Andros Anglican families.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 3-6:00 p.m. on Thursday & on Friday at the church in Andros from 2:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

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March 16, 2012
Theodore Thomas Dawkins, 63 yrs

Funeral service for Theodore Thomas Dawkins, 63 yrs., a resident of Jackfish Drive & formerly of Stanaird Creek, Andros, who died on 23rd February, 2012, will be held at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Farrington Road, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Wilton Strachan. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Looking forward to that glorious sunrise are: His loving wife of thirty- eight (38) years Muriel Dawkins, two (2) devoted children Theon Theodore Dawkins and Atiya Smith. One (1) son-in-law Makarios Smith and one (1) prospective daughter-in-law Shaniqua Riley.
Two (2) surviving brothers Herbert Dawkins Jr. of Riviera Beach Florida, Samuel Lester Dawkins of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Robert and Roscoe Dawkins ( pre-deceased), Two (2) sisters Deaconess Malvenia Porter-Williams and Reverend Vyreen Bain (Principal, Stafford Creek Primary), Four (4) brother in laws: Vincent Albury, Dr. Huntley and Bertcut Christie and Deacon Irvin Bain. Five (5) sister- in- laws Marjorie Albury, Lerhlean and Lavan Christie, Claudine and Deloris Dawkins.
Nephews: Dr. Bert Williams of Baltimore, Maryland, Wilton and Herbert Antonio, Robert Williams of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Brian Williams of Abraham's Bay, Mayaguana, Henry, Hubert, Herbert and Lester Dawkins, Leading Mechanic Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) George Lightfoot, Dr. Kirk Christie, Kendrick, Miguel, Cleon, Deon, Philip Jr. D'Caprio, and D'angelo Christie, Jhvon and Shawn Albury.
Nieces: Elsiemae Mackey of Staniard Creek, Andros, Veronica Sweeting of Mastic Point, Andros, Donnalee Rowell of Ocala, Florida, Wendy Forbes, Elaine Williams, Monique and Leslie Dawkins, Carla Lightfoot of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Candice and Tameka Lightfoot, Pamela, Krystle, Phillippa, Apryl, Phaedra, Christine, Victoria and Bertica Christie, Karla and Simone Albury. 22 grandnephews, 23 grandnieces.
Numerous Cousins including: Hon. Desmond Bannister-Minister of Education, Richard, Dudley and Thomas Smith, Lewis Dawkins, Sidney, John, Joshua and Caleb Lightbourne, Christopher, Shadrack and Alphonso Johnson, Freddy Munnings, Min. Roselda Woodside, Inez Knowles, Pearl Neely, Joyce Bannister, Olga Rolle, Margaret Cash, Barbara Jean Dawkins, China Ferguson, Gloria Johnson, Simeon and Willie Dawkins.
Numerous Relatives & Friends including: Hon. Byron Woodside, Lester Frith, Arthur Sweeting, Hansel Johnson, B. Andrews, Rev. Harrington Frazier Sr., Willard Barr, Jerome Brown, Rev. Dr. Iffill & Evang. Judy Russell & Family, Willamae Riley, Carlise Davis & Family, Brenda Riley & family, John Manson, Charles, Bursel, Glen, Lloyd, Barry and Leslie Riley, Mias Johnson & Family, Sheena Johnson & Family, Rev. Dr. Wilton Strachan & Family, Rev. Terrance G. Morrison, Rev. Arthur Peet and Family, Ellis & Naomi Whyms, Rev. Janneth Marshall & Family, Evang. Angela Jones & Family, Timothy, Matthew, Rupert and Roger Johnson, Elizabeth Hanna & Family, Thomas & Thelma Porter & Family, Joyce Sands & Family, Wilfred Johnson & Family, The Dawkins families of Cat Island, Andros, and Eleuthera, The Moxey family of Calabash Bay, Andros, the entire Peet Family, The Christie and Treco Families of Nicoll's Town, Andros, the entire settlements of Staniard Creek and Nicholl's Town, Andros, The Mt. Moriah Church Family, the administration, staff and students of Stafford Creek Primary, Queen's College, Abraham's Bay High School, Harbour Island All Age School; the staff of Doctor's Hospital and as many friends and relatives that are too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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March 10, 2012
BLTA hosts first Hall of Fame ceremony

The first Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) will take place tonight at the SuperClubs Breezes.

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January 13, 2012
Haiti's help is your yes

Two years after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti, a group of 10 organizations have banded together to host a concert to raise funds to assist the people of Haiti.
The concert dubbed "Haiti's Help Is Your Yes!" will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Enoch Beckford Auditorium on Carmichael Road. Admission is free, but donations, pledges and gift offerings will be accepted.
Performing gospel and conscious music will be Benedict Lamartine, Anna Calixte, Bishop Lawrence Rolle, Group D'Homme Emmanuel (Berean Baptist Church), Theogene Jean Louis (Cornerstone Church), Paul Hanna, Poem by Rosny Jean (Queen of Peace), Seventh-day Adventist men's group, Boys of God, and Mr. J (Gefner Dalmon).
They are expecting the 3,000-seat auditorium to be filled at capacity to hear the uplifting music, guest pastor Maxso Joseph and amputee victims from Haiti.
"The primary purpose of the concert is to sensitize Haitians and Haitians of Bahamian descent, Bahamians and the world to Haiti's current plight and pain," said concert organizer Robert Dieudonne. "Two years after the earthquake, Haiti is still in need of prayer. Haiti is still in need of participation in its restoration."
Organizations comprising the Power of 10 group include the Haitian Embassy, United Associations of Haitians in The Bahamas, Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, the Haitian Pastors Association, Real Men Ministries, Haitian Chapter Viahmo, Bahamas Faith Ministries Intl., True Vision Media Group, Church of the Nazarene and Benedict Larmartine.
"The Power of 10 have realized this finger-tapping won't work and that we need a consolidated effort, a collaborative front in order to bring any real effectiveness -- even in a small way," said Dieudonne. "So we've committed to come together to focus on particular projects and we will focus on the kids, the domestic servants, kids who can't go to school but are allowed to work 12 to 16 hours a day just to have a place where they can be accommodated. We're going to focus on the more than 100,000 amputees who are still waiting on prosthetics, wheelchairs, therapy, and vocational training."
The billions of dollars that have been collected, Dieudonne says can go towards constructing infrastructure. He says they are interested in dealing with the human element and building lives - that is where they will focus their support.
Dieudonne says people have no excuse not to help their Haitian neighbors because if they want to adopt a family, they will help them do that. If someone wants to adopt a child, he says they will help them do that. And any denomination from $20 to $2,000 is acceptable. And he says sponsors will know where their aid money goes because they will receive a call from the recipient to say they received it.
New Haitian Mission Baptist Church pastor, Rev. Cherelus Exante, who has an ongoing effort feeding, clothing and educating 50-plus orphans in an orphanage, says the concert people will be given the opportunity to partner with actual efforts now. And get the assistance they need to create initiatives of their own.
"Two years on, we are not here only to organize the concert, but to also give God thanks, and to thank the people of The Bahamas for standing with the Haitian people to help Haiti, so we continue to do work in Haiti and provide aid to Haitians," said Rev. Exante.

What: Haiti's Help Is Your Yes! concert
When: Friday, January 13
Where: Enoch Beckford Auditorium, Carmichael Road
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free, but donations, pledges and gift offerings will be accepted
Performers: Benedict Lamartine, Anna Calixte, Bishop Lawrence Rolle, Group D'Homme Emmanuel (Berean Baptist Church), Theogene Jean Louis (Cornerstone Church), Paul Hanna, Poem by Rosny Jean (Queen of Peace), Seventh-day Adventist men's group, Boys of God, and Mr. J (Gefner Dalmon).

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March 02, 2012
Caribbean small business initiatives require greater scrutiny and planning

As a Caribbean Canadian living in the Canadian diaspora, I am always delighted when initiatives are announced to improve the social and economic upliftment of people and institutions in the Caribbean Commonwealth region.  At the same time, regional recipients are urged to pay greater attention to what is being offered and most importantly whether the assistance is sustainable and what are the likely long-term qualitative outcomes.
Unfortunately, many of the regional agencies that have made decisions to accept assistance often ignore these important questions as the ulterior motive seems to be survival, as the fee for service is advanced to meet day-to-day operating expenses.
If my memory serves me correctly, following the 1979 revolution in Grenada, Washington and many of its regional allies became so agitated that the imminent birth of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) became a reality.  Many selected regional organizations operating mainly out of Barbados benefitted greatly from Washington's agitation and fear.
In addition to receiving large amounts of grants and contributions from various United States donors, representatives of these organizations were regularly hosted and dined in Washington by Reaganites like Elliot Abrahams, Robert McFarlane, Jean Kirkpatrick and Ollie North.  Former prime ministers, John 'Tom' Adams of Barbados and Eugenia Charles of the Commonwealth of Dominica, relations to the above Reaganites were well-known.
The OAS was an active partner in the Caribbean Basin Initiative, which resulted in the broadening of their Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and later formation and support of local National Development Foundations (NDF).  It is clear that Washington's motive at the time was to use the local NDFs as local vehicles to strengthen small enterprises and contain "regional leftists" as a result of the process that was taking place in Grenada.  These local NDFs survived for a while but later became unsustainable when Washington pulled the CBI funding plug.  It was indeed a very sad spectacle.
Once again, the OAS and its Washington organs have now found new institutional collaborators in the region by promising to focus on the creation of small business centers in the region.  While I am not in a position to make a detailed critique of Caribbean Export's motives, evidence would indicate, like its father in Georgetown, it is at a 'stand still' and any foreign assistance that it can derive for the next few years that will assist in daily operations, Caribbean Export and the other regional collaborators will remain blessed.
I find the Caribbean Export collaborative initiatives with the OAS quite disturbing.  Why am I disturbed?  At a time when Canada and CARICOM countries are about to sign the CARIBCAN trade agreement, we have heard nothing from this organization that would demonstrate its interest and operational mandate if pushing Caribbean exports in the Canadian marketplace.
There is no doubt that the development and sustainability of small enterprises in the region is very important to the economy.  However, the success and sustainability of these enterprises will not be as a result of cash infusion and ignoring rural populations.  Small enterprise development in Caribbean economies must allow for extensive global links, ensuring that rural communities get access to some of these initiatives, culturally driven and influenced and de-emphasis on bogus foreign consultants plagiarizing others' work and arriving with multitude of three-ring binders and USB hubs.  In essence, those regional collaborators who have bought into the OAS expedition must be reminded that residents' success, growth, sustainability and expanded knowledge should come first before organizational survival.
The OAS and PADF have been quite visible in many roguish and corrupt Latin countries.  They have claimed success with their micro-enterprise development initiatives and are feeling that they could be used as models in the Caribbean Commonwealth member states.  While this might very well be the truth on their outcomes, Commonwealth Caribbean organizations must understand that there is no homogeneity between Spanish- and English-speaking Caribbean people and carte blanche importation of models must be accepted with care and caution.
The OAS and their NGO affiliate have done some very good work on the arts and craft industry in the Caribbean.  Unfortunately, this industry seems to be on the decline in the region, as we see the growing arrival and display of foreign arts on our local retail shelves.  What is also disheartening about the presence of these items on our local shelves is the blind eye given by state organs that have the responsibility for monitoring the imports of certain goods in the state.
It will be interesting to see how the OAS/PADF regional collaborative initiatives on small business center development will pan out.
Pardon my ignorance.  I thought previous PADF/NDF initiatives were geared to establish entrepreneurship centers.
oIan Francis resides in Toronto and is a frequent contributor on Caribbean affairs.  He is a former assistant secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Grenada and can be reached at

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February 27, 2012
Profile: Craig Pinder

In his latest role, Bahamian performer Craig Pinder takes on Shakespeare's tragic character of Othello, a cultural outsider in his community whose actions challenge society's rigid expectations of his character.
Though Pinder's story is one of triumph rather than tragedy, his international career in theater has kept him at a distance from his Bahamian home. Recently however, with a string of Bahamian parts played out both on the stage and on screen, Pinder looks to The Bahamas as a promising place of growth in performing arts with the right encouragement he's seen instituted in the places he's lived abroad.
"Every time I come back to The Bahamas, I'm always astounded at how much natural talent and ability Bahamians have," he said. "All I see is opportunities that are needed for kids and adults to help them develop that creativity, like a National Youth Theatre Program and workshops besides a thriving scene of theatrical productions."
"I think The Bahamas can be a center for theater - the talent and desire is here. The response to Othello is fantastic, people are keen and longing for it," he continued. "Theater needs funding. It hardly makes any money, especially good theater. But just because it doesn't make any money doesn't make it less valid. That needs to be respected - it's not a waste of money to invest in these projects."
Though he lives and works in the UK to pursue a fulfilling stage acting career, Craig Pinder's Bahamian roots run as deep as his love for performance. Inspired by his father Bill Pinder, who he performed alongside as a young boy of eight years old in productions in The Bahamas, he was bitten by the bug.
It wasn't until high school at Queen's College, however, that his English teacher, Rodger Kelty, pointed out that his love for performance matched his inherent talent when, at his teacher's urging, Pinder recited passages from Henry V in the fashion of Lawrence Olivier.
"Afterwards, he came up to me and said I should go into acting, but I didn't think it was possible," remembered Pinder. "The people I knew who did acting were TV stars and it seemed so far away, so inaccessible. How could a Bahamian do it? It seemed to be an impossible dream."
Yet while studying Chemistry at Reading University in England in the 1970s, Pinder still couldn't avoid his true calling. He joined the Drama Society on campus and immediately landed his first major lead role as Romeo in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".
"I was there studying chemistry, but my heart was in drama," he laughed.
So after graduating and while working and living at home in The Bahamas and with the urging of his mentor Audry Grindrod, he worked towards earning his London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) gold medal. When the opportunity presented itself to try out for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) while he completed his LAMDA, he took it and earned one of the only two spots available for his division. Pinder eluded such talent as a dedicated performer during his time at RADA from 1979-1981 that he left with the Ronson Prize for the most Promising Actor Award.
With that under his belt, Pinder went on to lead the actor's life first in New York City with off-Broadway stage acting stints and small TV roles interspersed with odd jobs, and then finally to London, where he set his sights on a major stage career.
"I think I'm more of a theater person - some people, the camera loves them, but theater is me," he said. "London was and still is a theater place with a lot of big name actors. They have a tradition of it."
Since then, Pinder has become a stage sensation in the UK acting world, breaking out with his first major lead role, Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables", and then, upon joining the Royal Shakespeare Company, many notable roles in Shakesperean productions. He's also had notable roles in "Mamma Mia!", "Sweeney Todd", "Footloose" and "Death of a Salesman", among other diverse roles in emerging plays.
Yet Pinder experienced great fulfillment when he was finally able to make a big impact in the Bahamian performing scene, playing a part in Kareem Mortimer's groundbreaking film, "Children of God".
"It was a fantastic experience and it was the first time I think I've ever played a Bahamian and it felt very strange and very wonderful - I could actually 'act' being Bahamian instead of putting on an American or British accent," he remembered. "It just meant so much to me to do that."
He then also took part in the film "Wind Jammers" and in "The Tempest", which he also co-directed as part of the Bahamian theater festival, Shakespeare in Paradise. Such opportunities were invaluable to the actor who finds theater and film developing at an exciting pace in his homeland.
"At the back of my mind, I always wanted to come back and do something in the creative environment here because it's a part of me. It's a part of my cultural background and as an actor, you're really acting parts of yourself," he said. "If you spend your entire career not referring to your own culture, you're missing a huge part of your creative spectrum."
Likewise, he also pointed out that if a society misses out on its cultural aspects like theater - indeed, all arts - it suffers a lack of benefits the arts can bring not only as an enjoyable and thought-provoking pastime to its patrons, but as a fulfilling activity for its artists and amateurs.
Rising crime rates certainly have a multitude of contributors, but with a lack of an infrastructure not only to encourage arts developments with funding at the professional level, but also at the amateur level with students, the youth will continue to misdirect their energy into dangerous and unfulfilling pastimes when the alternative could easily be presented to them.
"People seem to think the arts aren't important. Generally politicians cut arts funding because it's seen as a luxury, but I say you think that at your peril," said Pinder. "If you're going through tough times, how can a society heal its suffering without addressing it?"
"Art is important because it tells us about ourselves, our experiences, about what we all have in common, all these feelings we can't explain or control that are irrational," he continued. "But if you see something that touches on those experiences, it often helps you to deal with them. It's a mirror to nature, as Shakespeare said, it's a way of finding out what we're about and a way to help ourselves to be better, happier, more in control and more fulfilled, more whole."

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