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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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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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cynde Jasmin Coleby
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.
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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The Rugrats travel to Paris, France, where Chuckie hopes to find a new mother and keep his father from marrying an evil business woman....
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While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she'll be the one to take away his virginity. ...
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.
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.
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).
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 email@example.com.
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."
The 84th annual Academy Awards took place Sunday night, February 26th, 2012 in
Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese came out as the big winner with 6 Oscars. Meryl Streep took a Best Actress award for her role in
The Iron Lady.
The Artist took Best Picture, Best Director ( Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Music Score, An Oscar record took place with Canadian, Christopher Plummer's win
for Best Supporting Actor, making him the oldest actor ever to claim an Oscar.
Enclosed is the full list of the 2012 winners...
DEATH NOTICE: Sidoles Augustin, 59, of Culmersville and formerly of Haiti died at his residence on Monday, February 20, 2012.
He is survived by his wife: Marie Augustin; sons: Sonnel, David and Donnicko Augustin; daughters: Macdally, Emyon, Miriam and Linda Augustin; stepdaughter: Natasha Yacinthe; brothers: Daniel and Jesner Augustin; cousins: Rosilia Jean Paul, Solaunge Timar, Ramound, Esther, Adline, Odilber, Alberique, Fedler, Fennel, Lucny, Sonny Jean Paul, Adline, Safran, Ugine Timar, Eddy “KK”, Mercus, Brian and Vera and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Dr. Gary Conille, the prime minister of Haiti, in an address delivered in Varsovie, Poland, recently informed the world that 99 percent of the grants, gifts and help offered to Haiti after the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, went to the NGOs; the government received the remaining one percent.
The result is clear to the naked eye. Haiti is almost as fragile before and after the earthquake under the republic of the NGOs. Once more Haiti is providing a lesson to the world: Surrendering your economy to the NGOs might be a sure way to kill it.
In a previous essay, "The Entrenched Business of the NGOs", I laid down the modus operandi that the NGOs operate under. They define their own needs that may or may not be in sync with the needs of the country they are trying to save. Those perceived needs became entrenched policy options and the country is derailed for the foreseeable future.
It was the story of Rwanda, which was an NGO republic before the intra-tribal genocide.
It is now the story of Haiti, which is the republic of NGOs par excellence.
According to Bill Clinton, there are 10,000 NGOs in Haiti, making that country have more aid groups and charities per capita than any place on the planet.
Timothy Schwartz in his book "Travesty in Haiti" stated: "My own research on this matter suggests that at least 90 percent of the money are rife with corruption, functionally inert or give money intended for the poor to people who do not need it."
The NGOs are private businesses relying on carcasses such as Haiti to remain alive.
In a feature story related by Kenneth Kidd, Eric Klein, one of those flower children of America, landed in Haiti after Sri Lanka. His frustration was expressed in these words: "I am so sick and tired of the NGOs coming up with excuses; there are no excuses for them. They are bloated with money, staff, and yet daily life for 1.3 million homeless Haitians has not much changed in the two years since the earthquake."
Item - The American Red Cross in a policy option chose to ally itself with the merchants providing drinking water to the refugees. The same amount of money could have be used to render the city's municipal water system - DINEPA - more functional in providing drinking water from the tub to the home as it is done in New York City or any civilized city of the world. The funding for water having run out, Haiti finds itself worse off than before.
Item - The CRH in a policy option under protest from the very Haitian government has built a giant favela named Canaan on the skirts of the capital city with buildings no larger than slave cages to house refugees from the earthquake. That amount of money could be used to rehabilitate the rural villages, reinserting those refugees in the villages, as such contributing to building a stable and strong Haiti.
Item - Action against Hunger has established a successful food stamp program for those in need. The organization could have promoted clean energy use by providing stamps for cooking gas instead of coal made from trees that are soon becoming endangered species in Haiti.
Item - Red Cross International has been building identical homes for people in the mountains of Jacmel that are not larger than a cage that could accommodate 20 chickens according to the account of a peasant of the locality.
I have attended enough Clinton Global Foundation forums to conclude in spite of the good faith of President Bill Clinton in gathering NGOs and celebrities to come to the aid of the non-developed countries, the best aid any mogul of development can provide to a country is to usher in good governance and the sentiment of appurtenance. With good governance and the sentiment of appurtenance, the country can pull itself up by its own bootstraps and produce as such sustainable development.
Haiti is awash with development aid, yet it was much better off when, as a young lad, there was no aid à gogo as I am observing now. International aid for Haiti is like welfare to a child who should go to school and learn to become a responsible citizen.
The genesis of the NGOs republic can be traced to the same Clinton administration that made the policy option to earmark all the USAID funding to the NGOs, where the documentation is in the dots and the comma instead of the purpose and the meaning and the coordination of the funding. It is still the policy of the U.S. administration today.
The story of the developing world has proven that China is now a global powerhouse because the state has taken clear and visible objectives to lift millions of Chinese out of poverty. The story that China is using low wages to reach that objective is a fallacy because wages are lower in Africa, South America or Haiti than in China. The truth is the government, not the NGOs, is in the driver's seat.
The secret to spread development in the world is to usher in good governance with clear-set objectives of facilitating the distribution of wealth with equity.
Haiti should start at least instituting the Ministry or Under Ministry of the Coordination of the NGOs. As such, the vision of the government will be filtered down and implemented in a coordinated fashion for the benefit of the nation, making the need for the NGOs incrementally obsolete.
Jean H. Charles MSW, JD is executive director of AINDOH Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building a kinder and gentle Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Darlin Jean was convicted this week in the Supreme Court of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
Jean, 27, was charged with having unlawful sex with a young girl on August 30, 2010.
He was represented by Nassau attorney Raquel Huyler.
The trial opened on Monday before Senior Justice Hartman Longley. Erica Kemp and Olivia Blatch of the Attorney General's Office appeared on behalf of the Crown.
As the prosecution called its first witness to the stand, Jean decided to change his plea to guilty.
Justice Longley remanded Jean to Her Majesty's Prison until March 26 for sentencing.
The comments of Haitian President Michel Martelly to Haitian-Bahamians last week have dominated public discourse since 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.
The modern Bahamas is a nation created through migration. The Amerindians Christopher Columbus met here 520 years ago are no more. Europeans and Africans displaced those people when permanent contact was made between the old and new worlds.
Today's Bahamas is even more ethnically and culturally dynamic. People from the Middle East, China and India also call this country home. They bring their experiences to our cultural mix, expanding The Bahamas.
The Bahamian relationship with the Haitians who migrate here is complicated. Haitians have come to The Bahamas since the creation of the Republic of Haiti in 1804. With the collapse of Jean Claude Duvalier's regime in the mid-1980s, however, those flows increased as Haiti's poor looked for new lives in new places.
Some Bahamians resent the large number of poor Haitians who have come here looking for a second chance. Some Haitians are upset at the discriminatory treatment they have received from some Bahamians.
Martelly should not have gotten involved in Bahamian politics while visiting. Staying out of local politics while on foreign trips is a convention of diplomacy, but his intrusion into Bahamian politics is no excuse for bigotry and xenophobia.
The Government of The Bahamas has as a responsibility carrying out the laws of the country. It should provide our border protection officers with all the resources needed to prevent people from illegally entering Bahamian territory. Foreigners who come here illegally should be repatriated in accordance with the law.
But what must be remembered is that those who are given citizenship are Bahamians once that decision is made. They should be afforded the same rights and privileges as other Bahamians.
We can debate who should be given permanent residence as opposed to citizenship. Countries have the authority to set residency standards based on the consensus of the times. However, we should not disparage those given status or argue that they are lesser citizens if citizenship was granted.
In deciding to become part of our community these new Bahamians bring different ideas, languages, traditions, foods and energies to our already multicultural society. And as a culturally richer community we should work together to solve common problems.
Haitian-Bahamians should not close themselves off and form exclusive political blocs to defend themselves. Haitian-Bahamians should, like all other Bahamians, examine the various political parties and candidates and determine who is best to advance The Bahamas.
Conversely, 'native' Bahamians should not fear the inclusion of new people into our commonwealth. What should exist is an immigration policy that can reasonably control who comes to The Bahamas. We should seek to recruit people from around the world - in the numbers we think reasonable - to add skills to our country. In doing so, we as a nation become stronger.
When governments are unable to police the flow of people to a territory, the established community becomes suspicious. Hence, it is important for clear immigration policy to exist and resources to be provided to help ensure the policy is enforced.
We hope the passions cool on this issue. Ethnic rivalry has made many countries unstable and has led to conflict and war.
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Funeral service for Ethelyn Bernice Michael, age 93 years, 6 Tower Estates Drive, Sans Souci, formerly of Deadman's Cay, Long Island, will be held on Saturday February 11th 2012 at 10:00a.m. at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads, officiating will be Canon Basil L. Tynes, assisted by Bishop Gilbert Thompson and Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment will follow in St. Mary's the Virgin Cemetery, Virginia and Nassau Streets.
Left to cherish her memories are her daughter: Yvonne M. Michael-Deveaux-Shaw; three grand children: Renee L. Deveaux, Marie Deveaux-Sands and Neil C. Shaw; eight great grand children: Jordan Armbrister, Amron, Alizsha and Simone Sands, Joy and Haley Smith and Alaina and Liam Shaw; grand-son-in-law: Vernon Smith, grand daughter-in-law: Stephanie Shaw; eighteen nieces: Dale McLeod, Carmen Smith, Lady Aloma Allen, Brenda Brace, Helen Scott, Carolyn Wilson, Patricia Carter, Barbara Jean Haines, Joanna Martin, Dorothy Colbert, Carolyn Bell, Carol D. Russell, Gail Malone, Courtney, Judy and Bernadette Nesbit, Gladys White and Ingrid Scott; fifteen nephews: Cleaso Munnings, Phillip, Paul and Glen White, Perry and Johnnie Scott, Elton Nesbitt Jr., Samuel and Emanuel Nesbitt, Martin L. and Walter Mann, Don McLeod, Keith Smith, Sir William Allen, Donnie Carter and William Haines; thirty-one grand nieces and nephews: Gerald Cooper, Patrick and Dia Carter-Webb and family, Robert, Leslie, Libby and Kevin Shelby, Kelly, Chris, Jules, Jason and Eli, William and Andrew Allen and Karen Allen-Howard and family, Elgin, Maurice, Keisha and Karlean Smith, Michael A. Lillian M. Robin D. and Angel K. Wilson, Melodye M., Jacobs, Tanya Crosson, Katie Scott , Lance, Jamal and Lyvette Munnings and Katia and Kavan Scott; seven great grand nieces and nephews: Kyle, Kaleah A. Waters and family, Lauren E. Jacobs, Samira A. Cummings, Asiah A Moore, Trenae L. and Trinity L. Crosson; other family and friends including: Cynthia Wells and family, William and Lynn Wells and family, Harriet Womach and family, Trixie Hanna, Paula Hanna-Miller and Rupert Miller, Dillis and Henry Storr and family, The Hon. Perry Christie and Bernadette Christie and family, Carnetta Burrows and family, Hinton Burrows and family, Virgie Carroll and family, Christine and Ben Johnson and family, Myrtis Turnquest and family, Ralph and Joan Munnings and family, Agnes Munnings, Shane Russell and family, Leona Davis-Rahming and family, Debra .Knowles-Clark, Bea Wilson and family, Nora, Florence Fornof, Edwin Burrows, Gwendolyn Brawdley, Violet Knowles, Rosmond Wells and family The Wells and Turnquest families, Peter and John Michael and family and Emile and Julia Michael-Griffith and family; numerous god-children too many to mention including: Paula Hanna-Miller, Samuel and Jere Cumberbatch and family, Katie Smith and family and Joanne Hanna; dear friends including: Madeline Thompson, Gloria Knowles and family, Alva Moxey and family, Orry J. Sands and family, Ian Mortemore and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Simmons and family, Althea Malone, Marge Ferguson, Doris Fitzgerald and family, Mr. and Mrs. Demeritte, Ricardo and Ethelyn Davis and family, Maria Campbell, Thelma Thompson, Mrs. Brennen, Elsie Thompson, Corin and Audrey Fountain, Mary Sinclair-Profilo and family, Mavis Davis and family, Eula Bain, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Cartwright, Ela Forbes, Velma Turnquest, Mavis Johnson, Tremmie D. Thompson, St. Barnabas Church and ACW family, Canon Basil Tynes and family, Inga Saunders and family, St. George's Church family and Rev. Dr. Roland Hamilton, Bishop Gilbert and Mrs. Thompson, Alma Oliver and others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Home & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday February 10th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday February 11th, 2012 from 9:00a.m. until service time.
Funeral service for Deaconess Patricia Ann Sands, 56 yrs., a resident of Elizabeth Estates, who died on 28th January, 2012, will be held at Robinson Morris Chapel AME Church, Ridgeland Park West, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Prince O. Bodie, assisted by Rev. Cephas Rolle & other Ministers. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Patricia is survived by two children: Rudolf Anton and Kristen Sands.
Two step children: Tamara Pierre and Jameel Sands
Four Grandchildren: Antonious Sands, Bernard Morris, Carlos and Antoniesh Sands
Daughter-in-law: Felecia Sands
One sister: Mary Knowles
One brother: Robert L. Young
Three step-sisters: Deidree Barr, Andrea Francis and Maxine Young
(4) Adopted sisters: Keva Williams, Glenda Williams, Claudine Thurston and Linda Masekenuba
One step-brother: Robert S. Young
(8) Sisters-in-law: Carydah and Sheila Sands, Debbie Sands of Cape Coral, Florida, Julie Glover of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Shirley Maycock of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Verline Sands of Fort Pierce, Florida, Sandra Young and Teresita Ferguson.
(6) Brothers-in-law: George Seymour, Dwight Glover of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Harry Sands of Cape Coral, Florida, Rufus Sands Jr. of Ft. Pierce Fl., Peter Sands and Sherman Barr.
Nieces: Keva Smith, Anjanette Seymour, Tammy, Sheka, Erika and Marvanette Young, Tara and Alicia Ferguson, Shafena Brown, Sherrill Poitier, Robin Young, Minette Stuart, Pecola and Francis Newton, Celeste, Catherine and Toya Romer.
Nephews: Durant Smith, Philmon and Travis Clarke, Carlo, Marco, and Jeremy Ferguson of London, England, Dr. Copelin Seymour, Jean, Joe and Dion Stuart, Montgomery Brown, Curtell, Lloyd, Drexell, Mario and Yarri Young.
37 Grandnieces and Nephews
Adopted Daughters: Robyn Seymour and Shenika McIntosh
Numerous cousins, and a host of other family and friends including: Gelita and Felamese Sawyer and family of Dundas Town, Abaco, Jay and Janet Mitchell, Daniel Mitchell and Family, Salvera Archer and family, Pastor Prince and Donella Bodie and family, Calvese Horton and family, Stanley Nixon and family, Blossom Neeley and family, Precious Bailey and family The family of the late Mother Merle Rolle-Williams, Donald Masekenuba, Jenny Smith and family, Betsy Deveaux, Edith Rolle and family, Ulah Dean and family, Elizabeth Williams and family, Bruce and Grace Dean, Godfrey Thurston, Bro. Vance Major and Family, Leon, Deon and D'Angelo Rahming, Gardenia Hepburn, Nathalie McPhee, Rosenell Horton and family, Edith Rolle, Anthony and Valderine Hamilton, Bernard and Laverne Crawley, Constantine Eugene, Brian and Laverne Rolle, Marion Rolle, Jean and Sharon Gideon and family, the McBride family, Mavis and Shakera and family, Philip Brown and family, Vision Community Church, Elizabeth Estates Family and the Marsh Harbour and Dundas Town, Abaco Family.
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 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Reginald McKenzie Sr, age 89 years of Rolleville Exuma died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday 6th February 2012
He is survived by 8 sons Nevelon Sr, Frank, Nigel, Reginald Jr, Douglas, Amos, Allen and Tyrone McKenzie, 5 daughters Margaret Woodside, Betty Cabral, Jean Williams, Daphne McKenzie and Marjorie McKenzie, numerous Grandchildren, 3 brothers King, Jonathan and Benjamin McKenzie, 2 sisters Carmetta Rolle and Roxie McPhee, numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives including Grace , Yvonne, April, Sally, Delores and Louise McKenzie, Dennis Cabrel and Randolph Williams.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
After the havoc created by the right (Duvalier father and son) on the soul and the spirit of the Haitian people, the left (Aristide and Preval) was supposed to bring about corrective measures to repair and to rebuild the soul and the spirit of the people. It has almost completely disintegrated the remaining veins of the pulse of the nation.
The ravages wrought upon by the right, Duvalier father and son, is on record. More than 10,000 state-sponsored assassinations. More than one million Haitian people, during 30 years of the Duvalier regime, forced to choose the road of exile under the fear of political persecution. Complete stagnation of the economy, fragmentation of the social ethos and decomposition of the family structure. In addition, we find some two million peasants leaving their home to establish themselves in shantytowns around the capital and the principal cities of the country, compromising an ordered urbanization process for the foreseeable future.
The revolution of February 7, 1986, led mainly by a group of Catholic clergy well enthused into the theology of liberation, was supposed to bring about peace, democracy and development to Haiti; it has instead generated more conflicts and more division within the Haitian family.
It is true the revolution was kidnapped at first by the military with its wave of repression and ill-conceived policies from 1986 to 1991 but on February 7, 1991, Jean Bertrand Aristide, a defrocked priest, was enthroned president with a popular mandate. The people at home and abroad were expecting at least and at last peace and democracy.
They got instead government sponsored measure and practices to divide the Haitian family. While the militia under the Duvalier's regime was in uniform and under an authoritative scheme, the chimers (another appellation for the militia) under the government of Jean Bertrand Aristide had no uniform and were free to strike without permission from a chain of command.
It was indeed mayhem at any hour of day and night. Young boys armed with the most sophisticated weapons were ransacking peaceful citizens. Kidnapping became a fashionable tool at the disposal of the government. The situation was so explosive that the entire population, students, businessmen and the civil society (along with the international) put their strength together to force the Aristide regime to leave the country.
The Preval government that succeeded after the hiatus of a provisional government as corrupt as the legitimate one did not make life easier for the Haitian family.
Preval's laissez grainer culture became the best emulation of Petion's laissez faire model. During the last eight years, it was the culmination in Haiti of the government existing for itself and not for serving its citizens. Personal security, environmental security, public health security as well as food security was at the lowest level ever. Adding to this situation, an act of God in the form of a major earthquake disaster brought Haiti to its knees.
The remnants of the Preval regime still haunt the Martelly government. The Senate that commands a majority voice due to the corruption of the electoral board is still dictating the agenda of the new government. Issues of double nationality, a dubious challenge over the arrest of a sitting legislator (who did not spend one day in jail) have priority over the essential topics of a national budget for sustainable development, revival of the environment and organization of the new university Henry Christophe, donated as a gift by the people of the Dominican Republic.
Where do we stand if neither the right, nor the left have handy solutions for rebuilding the Haitian economy? The answer to the question goes beyond the confines of the Republic of Haiti.
The United States went to Iraq to instill the elements of democracy, yet it is leaving not entrenching the basics rudiments of dreaming, living and building together a nation hospitable to all.
MINUSTHA, the UN stabilization force dispatched to Haiti with ample resources to facilitate the nation building process, will leave the country with the same negative result.
The reasons are simple. Learning to live together with an equitable distribution of the national resources amongst all the sectors of the nation is the key ingredient to create wealth, maintain peace and sustainable development.
Haiti will have to find its own formula, with neither the right nor the left nor the MINUSTHA to build the accompanying sentiment necessary to create wealth for all.
These aspirations that guided the founding fathers in building the first free black nation in the Western Hemisphere have found fertile ground in other parts of the world.
The Haitian nation will need to unlearn the lessons of laissez faire of Alexander Petion and laissez grainer (do as you please) of Rene Preval, the lessons of organized chaos of Jean Bertrand Aristide to forge a country where all the children, well fed by the government, will go to school. It will be also a Haiti where the peasants with assistance from the state will grow exotic, organic, tropical produce sold all over the world; the Diaspora armed with human and financial resources shall return home to bring back their experience for the benefit of all.
We learned enough from the right, the left and the MINUSTHA to build on our own this path of sustainable development!
Jean H. Charles MSW, JD is executive director of AINDOH Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to building a kinder and gentle Caribbean zone for all. He can be reached at: email@example.com.