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Remarks at CW Saunders Appreciation Service
May 17, 2011
Remarks at CW Saunders Appreciation Service

Greetings By Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham Prime Minister At a Service of Appreciation Enoch Backford Memorial Auditorium For Rev. Dr. Charles W. Saunders, CBE

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May 25, 2012
(Photos) Fashion on Parade at Bahamas Opening of Parliament 2012

NASSAU, Bahamas --
Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Senior Government
officials, members of the Judiciary and other invited guests attend the
Opening of Parliament on Rawson Square, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012.

Despite the rainy weather the event was not dampened by any means.

When

it comes to the Opening of Parliament in The Bahamas, the ladies go all
out under the historic fashion influence from Great Britain, by dressing to
impress, and
hats are a must! You will also see matching bags, gloves and pearls...

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April 06, 2011
Sasha Joyce snags Miss Bahamas 2011 Sportswoman title

Nassau, Bahamas - Miss Lucky Restaurant Sasha Joyce became the first Semifinalist of the
2011 Miss Bahamas beauty pageant on Sunday afternoon, and luck had
nothing to do with it. The 5? 9? former Carifta athlete slaughtered her
competition during the Nautilus Sportswoman challenge to become the
first contestant to be fast tracked into the semifinals.

This
competition was not about the fairest or the finest, but it was a
surivival of the fittest as the contestants competed in a fun but
challenging track and field competition. Under the watchful eyes of
executives from the Bahamas Association of Certified Officials, the
ladies competed in five disciplines: 200 meters, shot put, discus, high
jump, and the 100 meter dash...

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April 24, 2012
Bahamas Galaxy Pageants Crowns 5 Queens

April 22 2012 would
mark the first time The Bahamas Galaxy Pageants Organization crown five
queens in one night! The show which was hosted by Kerel Pinder, Miss
Bahamas Earth 2012 and Kellie Lightbourn.

Mrs Galaxy International 2012
showcased the young ladies in swimsuit, fun fashion wear, and evening
gown. Our New Queens who will compete at The Galaxy International
pageants this August in Orlando Florida are...

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May 02, 2012
A sister follows suit

Sibling rivalry is as old as time, but for one young lady there is a strong push in her to do everything her brother does, and then to do it even better. And it seems Barrise Griffin is on her way. Her brother was named Gentleman of the Year in 2005 and Barrise has followed suit. She was recently named Debutante of the Year.
"It's still a shock to me that I actually was named Debutante of the Year," said the St. Augustine's College graduating senior. "But I feel privileged to have this honor to my name. I'm glad they picked me," said the 16-year-old.
Barrise was one of 53 young ladies from various high schools who over a six-month period were exposed to social graces that they would need to carry them through life by the Bahamas Debutante Foundation, of which Cristina Johnson is president.
"The process was interesting and I learned a lot of things that I did not think I would need in life," said Barrise. "I knew I needed table etiquette, but the way that you present yourself and first impressions I didn't know were so strong in society, and I'm glad that debutantes actually taught me these things because I am a young lady stepping into society and now I am prepared to step into society," she said.
She also found helpful topics relating to how to speak in front of people; how to act like a lady and carry herself; how to dress according to her body size and business etiquette. It was a program Barrise signed up for because she felt she had to know what she would need as a young lady.
While she's proud to be named Debutante of the Year, Barrise also has the brains to go with her social graces. She is graduating high school with a 3.45 cumulative grade point average. Surprisingly, she does not attribute her study habits and work ethic to a parent, but rather her brother -- the same one whom she does her best to do better than.

A role model big brother
"Throughout the years watching him work hard, get straight A's, being successful... I was just like I can't be overshadowed by him. I studied him, watched what he did and followed suit and just became a mini-Barry. I see how ambitious he is and I wasn't very ambitious, but then I picked up his work ethic and became ambitious as well. I have to make my name known as well," she said.
Barrise admits that there is a huge sibling rivalry -- at least on her part.
"There is a big sibling rivalry. [Barry] comes out on top most times because he's the oldest, but I'm impressed by him because he's passionate about what he does, and he does not take no for an answer. He's a go-getter. Everything that I see him do and if he gets hurt by it, he just rises up on top again and makes everyone know that a little obstacle in his path won't defeat him."
Barry, 23, is a law student at King's College in London.
Even though she has tried for years to best her brother, Barrise said there were a few years when she scaled by. She never found herself in a failing situation, she always made the honor roll, but looking back, she said if she had applied herself, she could have done even better.
"In grades seven and eight I was like I'm in high school I might as well just have fun, let's see what all the hype is about in high school. Then in grade nine it just hit me. We had to pick the electives we wanted to study and I was like I have to get serious now. And then Barry who was already in college was telling me how life was going to be rough and that I had to get serious. It just hit me that I had to get serious."
Barrise said she put her game face on and made the switch. She sat six Bahamas Junior Certificates (BJC) and was graded at A in Math, English, Social Studies, General Science; B in Health Science and C in Art.
She's currently sitting seven Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams -- Math, English Language, English Literature, Spanish, Economics, Biology and Chemistry. She said she prepared well and was confident she would do well in all of the senior tests.
And she plans to study bio-chemistry with a view to becoming an orthodontist.
"When I was little and had a shaky tooth, I stood up on a stool and it [stool] slipped from underneath me, and I fell and hit my tooth on the bed and it came out. My mother said to put it under the pillow, that I'd get money from it. The next morning I checked under the pillow, money [$5] was there and I said wow you can get money from teeth, I got $5 for one tooth and there are 32 teeth, I said this is my dream job."
Barrise has received partial scholarship offers from Caldwell University in New Jersey and the United World College of Costa Rica (UNCCR). She's currently weighing her options. Caldwell has the best dentistry program which would allow her to complete her bachelor's degree in three years before moving on to an affiliate program at Temple University for her dental degree. But UNCCR is also alluring, as it will afford her the opportunity of experiencing a different culture.
"And I do I want to explore the world, experience different culture, see what it's like," she said.
While Barrise prepares to begin the next phase of her educational life, her thoughts she said are still on besting her big brother, but it's something she wants to do as Barrise as she moves away from trying to be a "mini-Barry".
"The sibling rivalry will be there for the rest of my life, but I want to be Barrise. I don't know if I'll be on top of him, but I want to at least be on equal ground with him. He's older than me, so he's always going to be like three steps ahead, but I won't stop going after what I love," she said.

A proud father
If you ask her father, Barry Griffin Sr., Barrise has no need to pattern herself after her brother.
"To be honest, for some reason I've had more faith in her than she's had in herself. I've seen her stepping above her brother, because she's a natural. Her brother studies a lot. She does not study as much as he does, but she's still on par with him. So I always tell her if she applies herself more, she will rise above him and that the only person stopping her is her," he said.
And there is no one prouder of Barrise's accomplishments than her parents Marie and Barry Griffin Sr. And her father was excited for the opportunity to escort his daughter to the Debutante Ball. He was even eager to learn to waltz so that he could dance to Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" with his Barrise. It's a song he always told her they would have to do for her father-daughter dance at her wedding.
"Barrise always says we're more excited for her than she is for herself. When we were told as fathers what to wear and how to dress for the Debutante Ball, I was prepared almost a month before the event," he said. (That embarrassed Barrise a tad).
For Barrise's father the Debutante program was also a learning experience that he found amazing. He especially enjoyed the father-daughter day. It allowed him to show the close relationship he has with his daughter and how well he knew her.
During the question and answer segment no question they threw his way proved to be difficult. He correctly answered that Barrise's favorite color is gray. That she likes the music from Queen and Elvis. (Actually he's gotten her hooked). That she loves fruit and will eat it everyday -- and it doesn't matter what kind of fruit it is. He also knew that her shoe size is eight-and-a-half.
He was also disappointed that there were some fathers who did not take advantage of the opportunity to be there for their daughters.
"At the ball, there was a particular young lady whose father could not make it because he had to go to work. I said at that time, that no work was more important, because that was a moment in time that you would never get back. So you had to seize the moment. I believe in spending time with your children. I always try to be there with Barrise ... whenever," he said. "Sometimes I can almost feel when she needs my presence and I can pop up and offer what I think she needs. And for some reason, 90 percent of the time that is what she needs. When you spend time with your children, it's your greatest reward," said the proud father.
Her father's love for her and willingness to be there for her embarrassed her a little, but Barrise said she knows she's fortunate, because there are many children who have absentee fathers.
"It means a lot to me to know that no matter what he's always there for me. He says he's my number one fan and it's good to know that I have that support team with me," she said adding that her mother is just as excited for her accomplishments as well.

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Naming of the Harold DeGregory Centre
April 20, 2012
Naming of the Harold DeGregory Centre

Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am extremely pleased today to honour the memory and to memorialize a distinguished Grand Bahamian Harold Randolph DeGregory. He was known in the Grand Bahama community for his business interests, political pursuits, and as an avid golfer and former Junior Tennis Champion.

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April 21, 2012
NPSA swings into action

With a number of players switching teams this year, it is hard for executive members in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) to pinpoint which squad is the strongest this season.
Top female pitcher Thela Johnson has parted ways with defending champions the Proper Care Pool Sharks and will step on the mound for the Lady Hitmen. Despite Thela Johnson's departure and the addition of players like Melinda Bastian, to the Lady Hitmen's roster, newly elected public relations officer Arthur Johnson still believes that the Sharks is strong.
The Sharks will play in the season opener with the Boomer G. Operators tonight. The women's game will get on the way immediately after the opening ceremony. Veteran player Oria Wood is expected to make the first pitch for this game and Ali Culmer will 'toss the ball' to start play on the men's side.
The new team in the dugout, the Y2 Shipping Bulldogs will go up against the Boomer George Truckers. The opening ceremony is set for 7 p.m. at the Bankers Field, in the Balliou Hill Sporting Complex. Alcott Forbes and veteran pitchers Edney 'The Heat' Bethel and Leroy Thompson are on new squads.
"This year we had a lot of player movements so it is hard to say who is the strongest team," confirmed Johnson. "I think all the teams are strong this year. All the teams have good pitchers who can assist them. Since we had teams not returning those players joined forces with other teams, making those stronger.
"We are looking to have an exciting season. We have a balance now. The balance is even stronger in the ladies division. We did have some changes happening in the men's division. We expect some upsets and other surprises."
Seven female teams will compete for bragging rights this season. These squads include the Sharks, Lady Hitmen, Y2 Shipping Wildcats, Sigma Brackette's, A.S.A.P Assassins, Black Scorpions and the Boomer G Operators. Johnson did confirm that this year's numbers, on the women's side, is an improvement from last year. The league has seen a decrease in men's action. Only six teams will compete, unlike the 2011 season where they had nine. The Outlaws and New Breed are two of the teams not returning this year. Other participating squads are Blue Chip Buccaneers, Y2 Shipping Bulldogs, Boomer G Truckers, Miller Rams, Dorin United Hitmen and the Caribbean Civil Group Mighty Mitts coached by Alphonso 'Chicken' Albury.
Executives in the NPSA are hoping to improve the league's image trying to turn the park into a 'family atmosphere'. The league's newly elected president is Godfrey Burnside who is no stranger to the softball park. Burnside will be assisted by Marvin Wood, Vernie Curry, Ken Wood Jr., Andy Percentie, Anthony Bullock, Jeff Henfield, Eric Johnson, Renee Davis, Angelo Dillette and Lawrence Smith.

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March 30, 2011
Bright-looking future for female sprinting

The original Golden Girls of The Bahamas started something really good.
Pauline Davis, Chandra Sturrup, Eldece Clarke, Savetheda Fynes and Debbie Ferguson put together an international run in the sprint relay from 1996 to 2002 that will live on throughout time.
Olympic gold and silver medals, a world championship and a Commonwealth gold highlighted a period of dominance for the Bahamian speed ladies few other nations can compare with. (Timicka Clarke joined Sturrup, Ferguson and Fynes for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games triumph following the retirement of Davis and Eldece Clarke).
Sturrup and Ferguson are still in the mix but supporters in this country and around the world know that in a few ye ...

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August 30, 2010
Minister Maynard's address to 2010 World Youth Conference in Mexico

Enclosed is Minister Maynard's address to 2010 World Youth Conference in Mexico.

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I bring you warm greetings from the
sunny isles of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Mr. Chairman, I congratulate you on having been elected to preside over
our work during the course of this Conference. I am sure that you will
skillfully guide our deliberations to ensure that we meet our targeted goals...

Mr. Chairman,

The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is keen in supporting
the institutionalization of a youth development agenda that would foster
strategic...

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September 28, 2010
(VIDEO) Author Terry McMillan treats Grand Bahama to Exclusive Reading from New Book

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Terry McMiillan, bestselling author

appeared on Oprah today, September 28th on Oprah's Farewell Season.

Earlier this year on February 13th, 2010 Bestselling author

Terry McMillan treated visitors and Grand Bahamians in attendance at

Island Heartbeats Experience 2010 at Ross University, to an exclusive sneak peek glimpse into her upcoming

sequel to

"

Waiting to Exhale".

The all ladies group in attendance got the opportunity to not only mix
and mingle with the famous author, but they also experienced the unique
privilege of being able to  listen to Terry as she read an excerpt from her upcoming
sequel to "

Waiting to Exhale"
entitled, "

Getting to Happy".

The Bahamas Weekly News Team was on-hand to provide Video Coverage...

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October 01, 2010
Caribbean Regional Forum Remarks - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

 



Nassau

, Bahamas - Enclosed are

remarks by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, at the IDB
Caribbean Regional Forum now in progress at the Sheraton Cable Beach
resort.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I extend to each of you a warm welcome.  I trust that your stay will be both productive and enjoyable.

 

President
Moreno, I congratulate you on your recent re-election as President of
the IDB for another Five Year Term.  The fact that you were elected
unopposed and by unanimous consent speaks volumes for the caliber of
your leadership during your first term at the helm of the Bank,
particularly during the global economic crisis from which we seek to
recover and grow.

..

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Who will take home the 2012 Galaxy Crowns
April 20, 2012
Who will take home the 2012 Galaxy Crowns?

Nassau, The Bahamas - April 19, 2012 - After several months of training and workshops, 18 beauties will be vying for the title of Little Miss, Pre-Teen Miss, Jr. Miss, Miss, Teen and Miss Bahamas Galaxy. “When we introduced the new junior divisions, the organization didn’t know what to expect. I am extremely pleased at the overwhelming response, this has definitely taken the Bahamas Galaxy Pageants to a new level.” stated Andrea Knott, Pageant Director of The Bahamas Galaxy Pageants.

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April 23, 2012
'Q' runs 11.07 seconds in Auburn!

Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson not only ran her fastest time ever this past weekend, but it was also the fastest time in the world this year.
The Auburn graduate, still in Auburn training with coach Henry Rolle, ran a blistering 11.07 seconds to win the women's 100 meters (m) at the War Eagle Invitational on Saturday. She initially ran a personal best time of 11.10 seconds in the heats, matching the world lead, and then came back in the final to crack the 11.0s for the first time in her career. Bahamian Nivea Smith, representing the Auburn Tigers, was seventh in that same race, in 11.78 seconds, and Tia Rolle, of Alabama State, was eighth, in 11.81 seconds. Smith ran 11.71 seconds in the heats. Just last week, Ferguson ran a personal best time of 22.64 seconds in the women's 200m, and now she has run a personal best time in the 100m.
"I feel awesome," said Ferguson from Auburn, Alabama yesterday. "I'm very happy with the time. I know I was about to run a fast time, and for it to be the fastest time in the world this year, I'm very happy. I just thank God that I was able to run so fast. I knew that anything was possible. Coming in, my goal was just to run faster than my PR (previous personal best time - 11.17 seconds). I just wanted to run fast and I felt like it was going to happen. To come out early in the season and run that time is a good feeling. Right now, my goal is to go under 11 seconds. I definitely feel like I could do it, but I'm just going to take it one meet at a time. There is a whole lot more running to go."
Bahamian coach Rolle, an assistant at Auburn University, also believes that 22-year-old Ferguson will eventually crack 11 seconds. For The Bahamas, just the 'Original Golden Girls' have accomplished that feat.
"Her training has been going really well," said Rolle yesterday. "She is really focussed. Her training indicated to me that she was ready to run very fast. That's how I knew Anthonique was ready to run very fast as well. These girls have shown tremendous improvement and the sky is the limit for them," he added.
Ferguson trains with fellow Bahamian Anthonique Strachan under the watchful eyes of Rolle down there in Auburn. Strachan ran her personal best time of 11.22 seconds at the Colina CARIFTA Trials last month, and matched that performance at the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships. Also in that camp in Auburn is Beijing Olympic Games silver medalist Kerron Stewart, from Jamaica. The three ladies teamed up with American Joanna Atkins to win the women's 4x100m at the War Eagle Invitational this past weekend, in 42.81 seconds. Ferguson ran the third leg in that relay. Smith ran as a part of the Auburn Tigers team which finished second, in 44.14 seconds. Rolle ran for the Alabama State team and they finished fifth, in 45.97 seconds. Smith also ran on the Auburn 4x400m team and they were third, in 3:42.99.
This upcoming weekend at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ferguson is scheduled to team up with Strachan, Smith and Chandra Sturrup, as the quartet hope to post a fast time on their trek to qualify a Bahamian women's sprint relay team for the London Olympics. The top 16 aggregate times in the world will qualify for the Olympics.
"I'm really looking forward to it," said Ferguson yesterday. "I feel like we just have to develop that chemistry. It's all about getting the girls together in one place. I'm a lil disappointed Debbie won't be there but she has her obligations so we just have to go out there and post a fast time without her. We were looking forward to running with Debbie but there will be more times. Right now, we have other people who could fill in. We will miss her but we have to do what we have to do. The exchange with Anthonique this past weekend went smoothly so hopefully, we could build off that and get faster," she added.
Also on that team, as an alternate, is University of Georgia freshman Tynia Gaither. Ferguson is optimistic that the girls can break 43 seconds in the relay.
Also competing at that meet in Auburn was national record holder in the men's triple jump, 'Superman' Leevan Sands. He opened up his outdoor season and popped a respectable 16.90m (55' 5-1/2") leap to win that event.
"I just want The Bahamas to know that Superman is back," said Sands from Auburn yesterday. "I'm here in full effect. Coach actually had in on the board for me to go out there and do 16.9 as an opening jump, and I was right at that. That's right where I wanted to be. I'm working on my hop and step and it's just a matter of time before I put a big jump together... 16.9 is a good opener for me. I was around that mark back in 2008 as well and I ended up with a great season. I'm looking for another great season this year."
That year, Sands culminated his season with the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics - setting the national record at 17.59m (57' 8-1/2"). He suffered a slight knee injury at last year's International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, but the Bahamian Superman said that he is fully recovered and ready to have a great year for The Bahamas.
"I'm trying a new approach this year," said Sands. "I'm moving back to 18 steps to hopefully get more speed to the board. Health wise I feel good. I'm a veteran now, so I'm focussed on what I need to do to show up at the big meets. It's all about winning another medal at the Olympics. I'm just going to take it one meet at a time and look to pop a big one when it counts - put it all in God's hands. My goal is to get into the Olympics healthy and have a strong performance for The Bahamas."
Also picking up a win on Saturday was former World Champion Donald Thomas in the men's high jump. The Bahamian high jumper leapt 2.26m (7' 5") for the win. Ryan Ingraham had a best jump of 2.17m (7' 1-1/4"), for third. Bahamian national record holder in the women's long jump, Bianca Stuart, also competed at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn. Stuart shook off an injury suffered at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Instanbul, Turkey, this year, to jump 6.51m (21' 4-1/4"), for second on Saturday. V'Alonee Robinson finished 13th in that competition, with a best jump of 5.44m (17' 10-1/4").
A number of other Bahamians competed at that meet in Auburn on Saturday, especially in the men's 100m. Jamal Rolle was fifth in 10.40 seconds; Aaron Cleare was 19th overall in 10.84 seconds; Shamar Sands was 21st overall in 10.86 seconds; Shawn Lockhart, representing Alabama State, was 22nd overall in 10.88 seconds, and Niles Stuart was 31st overall in 11.12 seconds. Rolle came back and was third in the 200m, in 20.84 seconds, and Lockhart was 32nd overall, in 22.15 seconds.
Nivea Smith also ran the 200m and finished second, in 23.32 seconds. Tia Rolle was seventh, in 23.88 seconds, and Robinson was ninth in 23.93 seconds. Krystal Bodie finished sixth in the women's 100m hurdles, in 13.45 seconds.
Also on Saturday, Andre Williams was third in the men's 400m, in 47.24 seconds, and Nathan Arnett was 13th overall in 48.81 seconds. Arnett was third in the men's 110m hurdles, in 14.14 seconds.
Niles Stuart had a best jump of 7.31m (23' 11-3/4") in the men's long jump to finish fourth, and Douglas Palacious finished seventh with a best of 7.06m (23' 2"). Palacious was fifth in the triple jump, with a best jump of 14.71m (48' 3").
Also this past weekend at the LSU Invitational, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Demetrius Pinder ran 20.46 seconds in the 200m, and at the Tom Jones Memorial, in Gainesville, Florida, Rodney Greene ran 10.63 seconds in the 100m. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Cache Armbrister ran 55.26 seconds in the 400m.
At the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Warren Fraser ran 10.34 seconds in the 100m and 21.10 seconds in the 200m. Also at those championships, Stephen Newbold ran a personal best time of 46.97 seconds in the 400m.
At the John McDonnell Invitational, in Arkansas, Ivanique Kemp tied her national record in the 100m hurdles, running 13.20 seconds; Tia Thompson ran 13.82 seconds in that same event; Jeffrey Gibson ran 50.69 seconds in the 400m hurdles; Andretti Bain ran 47.03 seconds in the 400m, and a pair of Bahamian long jumpers had outstanding performances in the men's long jump. Raymond Higgs leapt 8.07m (26' 5-3/4"), and Rudon Bastian leapt 7.93m (26' 0-1/4").
Next weekend Bahamian athletes will participate at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

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March 30, 2011
Prime Minister Ingraham Meets Bahamian Residents Students in Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada - The following are remarks made by the

Rt. Hon. Hubert
A. Ingraham,

Prime Minister,

at a Reception for approximately 150 Bahamian residents and students

living in the area of Toronto, Canada on March 29th. The reception was hosted by Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada
Mike Smith.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

I
am very happy for this opportunity to greet Bahamian nationals resident
and or studying in and around Toronto.

 

I
understand that some of you have traveled considerable distances to
be here this evening and for this and to all of you, I express my thanks
and appreciation.

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June 15, 2012
Suspicious activity during the election

Dear Editor,

In the letters to the editor column of The Nassau Guardian of June 11, 2012 was a letter from one Darron Cash under the title "Minister Keith Bell's accusations impugn integrity of force". It is quite obvious that Cash is an FNM. That being the case, he is not in a position to make a fair determination on Bell's statement.
In Bell's letter to the commissioner he was in part stating a fact, something that was seen not only by him, but countless others. I have been told by any number of voters that the FNM was paying good money for votes and wanted my opinion on what they should do. My advice was simple: You need the money, take it and vote for who you feel like. Apparently many voters did just that and the final results of the election, like 2002, proved it.
The officers who were assigned to the political gofers were, I can assure you, there on orders from a superior who had his instructions from the top echelon of the political directorate. It is amazing that Cash, one of papa's blue-eyed boys, is now calling for an inquiry. He must be careful because he might just get what he wished for and it most certainly will not be what he wanted.
For the information of Cash, in the 2002 election when defeat was staring the FNM in the face, each candidate (FNM) was given $1 million two weeks before the election to try to win. I think that this administration should have a micro-audit of all treasury accounts for the period of 1997 and 2002 and 2007 to 2012 by a private accounting firm and let the chips fall where they may. All contracts given for the same periods must be reviewed.
Bell's statements did not impugn the integrity of the force; it was the person or persons in the political directorate who corruptly ordered the use of those officers for such ventures. Cash would be well advised to let the commissioner of police carry out his duties without disruption and/or detractions by wannabe politicians.
Adding insult to injury was an article including comments from the leader of the FNM on page A2 of The Nassau Guardian of June 12 under the headline "Minnis says Bell should name officers who facilitated corruption".

Is Dr. Hubert Minnis really serious? The persons handing out the envelopes were naturally paid gofers. The persons guarding them, if they were police officers, were there on orders. The question is, on whose orders? Certainly not the commissioner of police; maybe an officer of high rank, but we now have another question. Who gave instructions? We are now getting close. It not only must be, but it has to be someone from the top echelon of the political directorate. Can you please help the investigation in that regard dear doctor? Seeing that you are now the new leader, certain information should be readily available to you.
I do agree with you dear doctor that the new administration should be focused on criminal activities and I am sure that you will agree that they should begin with the shenanigans of the former administration in this regard. I do not think that they should be concerned about what the Americans think about our situation, as they have a far more serious one. They are concerned about not only the young ladies, but every person who has been murdered. They do not have to worry about Father's Day for they will know when that day is approaching by the number of crab baskets and pens that will be adorning our streets.
Dr. Minnis is a true professional and a good representative, but that certainly does not make him a leader. He is now in very deep waters, in fact he is in a blue hole - one that can spell the end to his political ambitions.
Leaders are born not made and that is a truism. The departure of Hubert Ingraham from the political landscape of this archipelago has left not only this nation broke and chin deep in debt, but a broken economy, a messed up city with canals along all major routes, a crime-ridden social system, corruption at an unprecedented level, an unacceptable level of joblessness, a frustrated electorate and a party like a rudderless ship in a category five hurricane, leaderless, broke, millions of dollars in debt and on the verge of disbanding. Oh, what a fantastic legacy for posterity.

- Errington W. I. Watkins

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October 04, 2010
19TH COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Team Bahamas at the 19th Commonwealth Games

Monday October 4, 2010
Tennis
Ladies'Singles
Nikkita Fountain lost to eighth seeded Marina Erakovic(New Zealand), 1-6 and 0-6.
Larikah Russell defeated Maetiu Keebwa(Kiribati), 6-0 and 6-0.
Mixed Doubles
Larikah Russell/Marvin Rolle lost to Heather Watson/Patrick Ogier(Guernsey), 7-6, 4-6 and 5-7.

Tuesday October 5, 2010
Tennis
Men's Singles
12 noon-Devin Mullings will play No.1 seed Somdev Devvarman(India)
12 noon-Marvin Rolle will play Thangarajah Dineshkanthan(Sri Lanka)
2:00 p.m. Rodney Carey will play Jamie Murray(Scotland)
Men's Doubles
7:00 p.m. Marvin Rolle/Devin Mullings will play Joshua Milton/Christopher Lewis( ...

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Sinners and Saints Masquerade Lounge
Sinners and Saints Masquerade Lounge

Saturday 22nd June 2013  7:30 PM

Sinners and Saints Masquerade Lounge Montagu Gardens Courtyard (under the moonlight) Cocktail Show Begins @ 7:30 DRESS CODE: Sinners: Black / Saints: White Ladies: Corset with Mask / Gents: Smart Casual $40 Singles, $70 Couples Ladies Special - $75 (Ticket & Corset)

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News Article

April 24, 2012
That unsuspecting, sneaky sexually transmitted disease

Measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria - Genea Barry ensured that her children had all of their required immunizations as infants, be she never thought about having her pre-teen daughters vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another through direct skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity.
According to the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the HPV infection is most common in people in their late teens and early 20s. And there are about 40 types of the virus that can infect the genital areas of men and women. The CDC site reports that most HPV types cause no symptoms and can go away on their own, but some types can cause cervical cancer in women, and other less common cancers - like cancers of the anus, penis, vagina and vulva (external genital area of the female) and oropharynx (back of throat, including base of tongue and tonsils). Other types of HPV can cause warts in the genital areas of men and women. Genital warts are not a life-threatening disease, but they can cause emotional stress and their treatment can be very uncomfortable.

Who will get HPV
Most sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives, though most will never even know it. Annually in the United States, 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,000 women die from the disease.
The CDC recommends that girls as young as 11 be vaccinated against the virus and that the vaccine can also be given to girls beginning at age nine years.
"I still don't know how I feel about my daughters being vaccinated against HPV. I mean they shouldn't be having sex in the first place which is how it is contracted, but from the information I am hearing now I see that having the vaccine should be a good precaution from developing cervical cancer. I take regular pap smears and I know checking myself out is good in order to prevent developing this cancer so I would be a hypocrite not to want my daughters to have the best opportunities as well," said Barry.
Any female who is sexually active is subject to acquiring HPV and should get an annual checkup from the time she becomes active, according to Dr. Mildred Hall-Watson, gynecologist and obstetrician at the Health Care Center for Women.
She said contracting HPV does not have to be life-threatening if women take precautions, and are diligent about their health. Once detected, the disease can be carefully monitored and successfully treated so that more serious illnesses like cervical cancer don't develop later on.
"HPV is a sexually transmitted disease, but due to research we have been able to define this illness a bit more. Within diagnosing HPV there are several sub types which vary from low to high association with cervical cancer. This means that not all types of HPV can develop into cancer if unchecked. In fact, some strains can be virtually harmless while others can cause venereal warts which can develop on the outer lips, inside the vagina or on the cervix itself. But once appropriately treated, there are usually no long term negative side affects," she said.

Reduce the risk
To reduce the risk of getting HPV, it is suggested that couples be monogamous in their sexual relationships and use condoms, especially if they aren't. Even if one is not sexually active it is still recommended that young ladies start their pap smears at the age of 21 since cervical cancer can still develop as a result of other factors.
The Princess Margaret Hospital opened its first HPV laboratory recently, and with the help of the PMH Foundation and Rotary Club International, the necessary equipment and reagents were able to be purchased to set up the lab.
"HPV screening is now much easier for local physicians due to the latest addition to the Princess Margaret Hospital, the HPV lab which was donated by many corporate, charity and individual sponsors in particular the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas. This means that there will be more testing opportunities available. Prior to this time we didn't have certain equipment, space and reagents to properly prepare test slides, so while it's a really great step for HPV testing in our country, I do hope more people will be encouraged to get tested so that cervical cancer can be reduced and eventually not exist at all in our country," said the doctor.
Sixty-nine-year-old Sylvita Carey, said she wouldn't think twice about ensuring her granddaughters get vaccinated against such a preventable STD.
"As a parent I would want to think that my underage grandchildren are not out there sexually [but] I can't bury my head in the dirt and pretend, so I definitely would get my girls vaccinated," she said.

Pap smear
Dr. Hall-Watson said much like other cancers, cervical cancer can take years to develop, but with routine checkups and pap smears, changes in the cells of the cervix can be detected earlier and result in more effective treatment.
"Many women are afraid to get a pap smear or avoid it entirely, but this should not be. Recent statistics in the country about the numbers of women doing their annual pap smear has decreased and in some islands there are no reports of women doing their annual cervical checkup at all. This is by no means a reflection of a lack of availability or resources as efforts and equipment have been provided to do these things. So it is more so a lack of interest or education on the importance of doing this exam that is a major component in these exams not being done in my view. So we are really pushing for more women to be aware that cervical cancer is very real and very painful and also very preventable," she said.
A pap smear (a procedure in which a physician swabs a woman's cervix during a routine gynecological checkup in order to collect samples of the cervical cells) can be uncomfortable but virtually painless. It takes less than a minute to conduct, and can cost between $30 to over a $100 depending on the type or specificity of the test required, according to Dr. Hall-Watson. But she said the small price to do this annual test is far less expensive and time consuming than avoiding it, and then possibly having to go through the stresses of developing cancer then having to do a surgery which is around $40,000 and undergoing the physical and emotional stresses of chemotherapy treatments. She said it can also eliminate potential familial strains that can often result from long term cancer treatment.

Treatment
Due to technological advances in medicine there are several options when it comes to treatment. Some doctors will do an office-based procedure called the colposcopy where they look at the cervix through a microscope and determine where abnormal cells are and biopsy them. This will allow the doctor to see if things are as expected, better or worse than expected. Once there has been a determination, the actual treatment options include getting a cryosurgery which is basically the freezing of the affected part of the cervix in order to destroy the pre-cancerous tissue.
Another option is the loop excision, which uses a hot medical knife to cauterize pre-cancerous lesions. A cone biopsy, a procedure in which a cone-shaped area of the cervix is removed is another common option.
Hall-Watson said if a female is still in her child-bearing years the least invasive or damaging procedure is usually suggested.
There are two follow-up colposcopy centers for persons needing to keep on top of their health after getting positive results from their pap smears - the oncology center at the Princess Margaret Hospital and the other is located at the South Beach clinic.

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News Article

May 24, 2012
(Photos) Fashion on Parade at Bahamas Opening of Parliament 2012

NASSAU, Bahamas --
Cabinet Ministers, Senators, Senior Government
officials, members of the Judiciary and other invited guests attend the
Opening of Parliament on Rawson Square, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012.

Despite the rainy weather the event was not dampened by any means.

When

it comes to the Opening of Parliament in The Bahamas, the ladies go all
out under the historic fashion influence from Great Britain, by dressing to
impress, and
hats are a must! You will also see matching bags, gloves and pearls...

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