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April 12, 2012
Lynn Patricia Hanna-Demeritte, 55

Funeral Service for the Late Lynn Patricia Hanna-Demeritte, 55 years of Citrus Meadows, will be held on Saturday April 14th, 4:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road. The Venerable I. Ranfurly Brown and Rev. Edward J. Sykes assisted by Rev. Fr. Neil Nairn, Rev. Fr. Dwight M. Bowe, Canon Warren Rolle and Rev. Emily Demeritte will officiate.  Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Lynn is survived by her Parents: Allan and Marinetta Hanna; Husband: Greylin Demeritte; Sisters: Garnell (Audley) Kemp and Constance (Carl) Gibson; Brother: Allan Hanna; Nieces: Anya Kemp, Carla and Chelsi Gibson and Kache Hanna; Nephews: Audley Kemp III, Tamal Hanna, Joshua Hanna, Cameron Gibson and Lynden Rahming Jr.; Grandniece: Sanaeya Robinson; Grandnephew: Audley Kemp IV; Uncles: James Hanna (Pittsburg) and Paul Hanna; Aunts: Rosemary, Dr. Andree, Deloris ( Pittsburg), Doloris and  Lee Hanna, Florence Scott, Tina Rolle (Freeport) and Luzera Rolle;  Brothers-in-Law: Godfrey, Mark (Stephanie), Bradley, Charles, Ian, and Kendal (Emily) Demeritte; Sisters-in-Law: Evita Butler, Marsha, Cecilia, Maria-Ann (Raymond) Culmer, Karen (Garth)Woodside, Katie Hilton and Keva Demeritte; Cousins: Eric, Everette and Althelda Hanna(Pittsburg), Ivan Hanna Jr., Gina Dean, Gail Stuart(New York), Terri Bellot, Kevin Hanna,  Dr.  Alys Hanna- Morris and Alexander Hanna (London, England), Clarice Cooper, Tracy and Gina Stubbs, Philip Coakley, Arthur (Helen) Rolle, Donna McPhee, Marionette Rolle, Hazel Bevans, Yvonne McPhee, Elsa Miller, Randolph and Alexander Scott, Tyrone, Van, Dwayne & Tanya Rolle, Hubert,  Michael, Anthon & Darnell Rolle (Freeport), Yvonne Wilson, Joan Roach, Judith Cumberbatch, Alcot Wilson, Eric Butler, Maria Taylor,  Clarissa Honett, Teresa, Carlos, Margaret & Carmen Butler, Cassandra Davenport, Cheryl Stubbs, Marilyn Cambridge, Linda Bullard, Mavis Burrows, Marsh Bullard, Karen Cargill, Eleanor Butler, Dorothea Godet, James Butler, Betty & Vernal Butler. Godchildren: Shakera Johnson, Desmin Bullard - Collie, Khrisna Virgil, Lareisha Johnson, Shantique Virgil, Tramaine Virgil and Lauren Nwankwo. Many Friends including: Margaret Thompson-Nwankwo & family, Eleanor Delancy & Family, Jestina Virgil & family, Geneva Mortimer & Family, Margaret Johnson & family, Debbie Brown & Family, Brian Wright, Elsa Munnings, Marcia Bain, NIB Accounts Department,  Micheal Ellis, Alice Rolle, Althea Clifford, Bishop Laish & Joan Boyd, Edna Simmons, Louise & Christine Adderley & Family, Charmaine Miller & family, Vanria Williams, Yontaley Bowe & Family, Gloria Bethel, Margurite Jackson, Andrea Jackson-Coakley, Sharon Jackson-Waterman, Zerifeh Eiley, Glenda Thompson, Cleomie Harris, Janet Bunch-Lightbourne & family, Bernard Bostwick, The Kemp Family, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Gibson Sr. & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Whitfield , Mrs. Angela Tynes & Family, Mrs. Lillian Gibson & Family, Mrs. Carmen McCarthy & Family, Mrs. Beryl Huyler & Family, Mrs. Dorothy Nairn & Family, Mrs. Maxine Taylor & Family, Mrs. Eloise Colebrook, Mrs. Carmie Ramsey & Family, Rev. Edward Sykes & Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church Family, St. Agnes Anglican Church Family, ACW & Usher Board, St. Mary's Church Family & ACW, many more too numerous to mention.
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 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and at the church from 2:30 p.m. until service time.

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April 11, 2012
Kasno Pritchardo Learnardo Major, 22

Funeral Service for the late Kasno Pritchardo Learnardo Major affectionately called "Kazzy" age 22 years of Bowes Avenue, Montell Heights will be held on Saturday April 7th, 2012 at 11:00am at Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hill Road. Officiating will be Bishop Sterling Moss assisted by Minister Gladstone Thurston, and Minister Peter Rolle. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Cherished memories will always linger in the hearts of his: Mother: Therecetta Guiterrez; Father: Reginald Johnson; Grandmother: Betty Major; Stepfather: Jose Guiterrez; Twelve sisters: Crystal Duncombe, Yokoi Major, Robernique Major of Fort Lauderdale, Karliyah Duncombe of Fort Lauderdale, Natasha Roker, Shelly Small, Tia Stubbs, Tahnee and Alexis Johnson of Fort Lauderdale, Carlene & Mitchelyn Pierre and Carol Morisseau;
Eight brothers: Saeed, La'Sheikh, Terez, and Robert Major of Fort Lauderdale; K-den Richardson, Alex and Triston Johnson, Michelle Pierre; Two brother-in-laws: Louie Roker and Dwayne Small; Six uncles: Joe Major; Butch, Derek and Brian Johnson; Ray Fernander, and Kevin Martin; Twelve aunts: Liza and Melvitas Major, Naomi Taylor, Adena Coakley, Garnell Knowles, Linda Wilson, Theresa Wolf, Portia Johnson, Glemis Fernander, Kimberly Johnson, Edna Neily, Prehuella Martin; Seven nieces: Ramaire, Antonyche Roker, Brittany and Ashley Albury, Samera Pierre, Amanda and Shakela Pitts; Nine nephews: Corey Williams Jr., Dwayne Small Jr., Kai and kaden, Abnah and Kristoff Albury, Daniel Lightbourne. Taj Roker and Normando Cooper; Seven God parents: Vernita Pennerman, Phylis Pratt, Marsha, Tyrone, Holly Rolle, Madlyn Miller and Helen Arlene; Five Grand aunts: Ruth Clarke, Sharon Brown, Melvese Pratt, Sabine Major and Rebecca & Gloria Major; Seven Grand uncles: Rudolph and Garnet Brown, Alonzo Pratt, George Griffin, John, Josh and Theophilus Major of Inagua; One Great grand aunt: Pastor Merniva Pratt of Andros; Cousins: Shonell & Shonell Major, Shavon, Catherine, Essence, Sharlese, Allison, Brenae & Brelle Clarke,  Darren & Ansenio Pratt, Jennifer Fowler, Edison, Michael & Malachi Clarke, Divinci Griffin, Demetri, Teko, Shantoshi & Thomasena Brown, Shantel Bevans, Daniel Hill, Debbie Finley, Iris Dean, Mary Rolle, Mary Brown, Ava, Audlene, Beulah & Audley Fowler, Mabel Pratt, Elevese Godfrey, William & Nathaniel Pratt, Jatario Adderley, Cassandra & Antoinette Thompson, Ramon Cargill and Timmy Fowler; special friend: Shonnie Wilson; and a host of other relatives and close friends including: the Montell Heights Community, Church of God of Prophecy (Gambier Branch), Church of God of Prophecy Junior Band, Robins Take Away, Judy Smith & Family, the Cash Family, the Johnson's Family, Corey Williams & Family, Anya Rubins, Donnie, Rashad Brown, O'rien ("Paps"), Dollar, Nari, Clayton ("Blue"), Rashad, Bunzo, Gastino, Richard, Jonathan, GiGi, Crystal Morley, Daphnie Wallace, Daphney, Tekessa, Kayresa, Shawn & Shannon, Tweety, Garvin, Neveah, Monica and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held in the Serenity Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Thursday (TODAY) from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 9:30am until service time.

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March 17, 2014
Putting country above party and self

"My critics will argue that I am a horrible politician. When the Christie government was on the brink of disaster, some might argue that the best political move is to let them plunge over the edge. I do not believe that such a posture is in the country's best interests."
FNM Chairman Darron Cash
In Greek mythology, Cassandra, the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, is a figure of tragedy. She had the power of prophecy, accompanied by the curse of never being believed. A more common version of the story is that, even though she served as a priestess of Apollo and had taken a vow of chastity in order to remain a virgin for her entire life, she was given the power of prophecy by Apollo so that he could seduce her but, when she refused him, he gave her the curse of never having her prophecies believed, no matter how accurate or logical.
This week, Darron Cash, the chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), came under considerable criticism from his colleagues because he courageously cautioned the party's leadership that they had taken the wrong position in several matters of national importance. Therefore, this week we would like to Consider this... by taking such a bold and courageous position on matters of national importance that are in opposition to the FNM's stated policies and political positions, has Cash relegated himself to a position similar to that of Cassandra whose prophesies, no matter how accurate and logical, are dismissed by those who hear them, namely his colleagues?
The background
In a recent communication to the FNM executive committee, Cash stated that the purpose of his memorandum "is to invite the party to sacrifice its current (yet short-term) political advantage over the PLP government in favor of doing something directly through words and actions - that I believe will be in the country's current and long-term best interests".
Cash criticized two FNM policy positions: the first related to the regulation and taxation of web shops and the second to the party's opposition of the implementation of a value-added tax, especially without offering any concrete alternative recommendations. The latter was especially hypocritical and disingenuous because, as Cash noted, the same value-added tax would have been implemented if the FNM had been returned to office in the general election of May 7, 2012.
The FNM position on web shops
In his memo, Cash chronicled how, in 2010, then Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham confirmed that the FNM council and parliamentarians "greatly support" the regulation of web shops in The Bahamas. He also noted that "our FNM government facilitated the expansion of the web shops. Then we 'elevated' them by calling them in for formal talks, indirectly validating what they were doing. We then gave them more licenses. How have they now become devils?" It is crystal clear that the FNM, while in government, which included three of the current parliamentarians who then served as Cabinet ministers, supported the regularization of web shops.
However, after losing office on May 7, 2012, and before the referendum on January 28, 2013, the FNM, now in opposition, reversed its earlier position on regulating and taxing the web shops. Cash noted: "The leader of the opposition drew a hard line by declaring that the FNM would not support the government because it would not go against the results of the non-binding opinion poll."
Cash maintained, "...that is not a sustainable position. There is no ultimate political escape from a definitive tough position on web shops and gaming. I propose an official position in support of the government's decision to normalize web shops. I propose an early decision."
Cash also astutely observed, "If we want to inspire a new generation of Bahamians to support the FNM and follow us, we cannot be entirely like the FNM that thousands of those new-generation-Bahamians rejected on May 7, 2012. In my view, the announcement to oppose the government's planned action on web shops plays into the narrative that all the FNM wants to do is oppose anything the PLP does for opposing sake. In the new debate over web shops we have an opportunity to perform a course correction."
The FNM position on VAT
In his memo, Cash also challenged the FNM's position on value-added tax which the government intends to implement on July 1, 2014. He observed that FNM supporters were interested in understanding the party's position on VAT and that "the November statement on VAT by the leader [of the opposition] was regarded less as a statement of alternative tax policy and more as an attack on the government for offering a tax option that Bahamians would later learn that the FNM's own minister of state for finance had stated publicly that the FNM would have considered. To reiterate the point, we have to date offered no specific alternatives to VAT."
Stepping back from the edge
In his missive to the executive committee, Cash stated, "My critics will argue that I am a horrible politician. That might be true. At a time when the Christie government was on the brink of disaster some might argue that the best political move is to let them plunge over the edge. I do not believe that such a posture is in the country's best interests. There comes a time when the dream of a new Bahamas must come face to face with the reality of The Bahamas as it is today. Our party must demonstrate the ability to act in a different way."
Political maturity in putting country first
We disagree with those who might suggest that Cash is "a horrible politician". We believe that what he represents is a breath of fresh air in our domestic politics and a level of political maturity that is sorely lacking and badly needed throughout our body politic. We also strongly disagree with the deputy leader of the FNM who suggested that Cash "may have been misled by PLP propaganda" and "is probably misguided in some of the utterances that the PLP has put out there". Why did she not say the same a few years ago when, while she was a Cabinet minister, Cash took another principled stand against the FNM's sale of BTC? Moreover, following that very public divergence from stated FNM policy in favor of what he believed to be best for the country, if Cash was seen then as so easily swayed by opposing political rhetoric, why was he entrusted with the very sensitive and important post of FNM national chairman?
No, we must look at the deputy leader's current criticism for what it is. Spoken like a veteran practitioner of the old-school, tit-for-tat, "don't take no last", scorched earth political approach of an earlier era, the FNM deputy leader has demonstrated anything but a progressive posture; instead, she is demonstrating an approach that is characteristic of the deeply divided partisan polemics that have resulted in the current ineffectual, gridlocked governance of the American "democratic" system. We deserve better and Cash alone has demonstrated that he is prepared to do better.
Conclusion
We hope that the level of political maturity that we have seen this week from Darron Cash represents the next generation of politicians on all sides of the political divide who will be guided by putting country above party and self.

If Cash's mature approach is a precursor of the political behavior that will evolve in the 21st century, then our country will be better positioned to overcome the issues that will surely continue to confront us and emerge as the strong, secure, successful nation we all want to see.
o Philip C. Galanis is the managing partner of HLB Galanis & Co., Chartered Accountants, Forensic & Litigation Support Services. He served 15 years in Parliament. Please send your comments to pgalanis@gmail.com.

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October 12, 2013
20 QUESTIONS

Young Bahamian artist Jeffrey Merris answers this week's 20 Questions from Guardian Arts&Culture. Jeffrey recently won the Central Bank Art Competition and is currently studying at Tyler School of Art, Temple University in the U.S.

1. What's been your most inspirational moment in the last five years?
My work being described by two of my professors as "lame" last semester at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. My daily planner's cover is painted "I will not make lame Art". Thus far, it is going beautifully.

2. What's your least favorite piece of artwork?
Pablo Picasso's "The Bull Series".

3. What's your favorite period of art history?
Russian constructivism.

4. What are your top 5 movies of all time?
"Radiant Child", "Pulp Fiction", "Bamboozled" - I love Spike Lee - Jacques Tati's film "Playtime" and "Madeline".

5. Coffee or tea?
Definitely tea.

6. What book are you reading now?
Christian Campbell's "Running The Dusk" (sad that I am just reading this).

7. What project are you working on now?
I am working on a piece for The Andrew Freedman Gallery in The Bronx, a partnership with the Bronx Museum opening on October 18. It's my first international show. Then a collaboration with Pedro Reyes at The Queen's Museum in New York in late November - in his project pun - where I will represent The Bahamas.

8. What's the last show that surprised you?
Wanghee Mutz: A Fantastic Journey, Brooklyn Museum.

9. Saxons, One Family, Valley Boys or Roots?
Warriors!!

10. If you had to be stranded on one Family Island which one would it be?
Long Island.

11. What's the most memorable artwork you've ever seen?
Bruce Nausean sound installation in The Museum of Modern Art in New York: Days. I am actually taking an advanced sculpture class in sound to better understand and appreciate the significance of sound because of this piece.

12. Which artist do you have a secret crush on?
Jean Michel Basquiat. Well there is nothing secret about that. He's amazing!

13. If you could have lunch with anyone who would it be?
David Hammons.

14. Who do you think is the most important Bahamian in the country's history?
Jackson Burnside III. Never before has someone spoken and acted at the same time with pure fire in relation to arts and culture.

15. Who is your favorite living artist?
Thraster Gates, I met him at Uppent last semester. Looking forward to collaborating with him in the near future.

16. Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunrise.

17. What role does the artist have in society?
We are the innovators. It's our job to play that critical role of being the voice of reason and change. Berlin Datism, Russian constructivism, surrealism, American Art on the Left and many art movements have shown us that art is a powerful force and instrument of change. At the same time, I will not reject the voice of art as being a social institution of criticism or glorification.

18. What's your most embarrassing moment?
Over compensation.

19. What wouldn't you do without?
Cold Kaliks.

20. What's your definition of beauty?
Beauty is the ability to convey a certain sentiment of purity or wholesomeness.

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April 04, 2014
Top banker: Bahamas 'remarkable' as offshore center

The founder of a global private banking group, EFG International, has launched a new private bank in The Bahamas, arguing that this country's financial services sector has continued opportunities to grow notwithstanding ever-evolving global regulatory standards.
Lawrence Howells, co-founder of Capital Union Bank, has taken on eight staff to date and anticipates growing beyond the capacity of his present office space within the year. Howells has significant experience growing companies, with EFG International, where Howells served as chief executive officer until June 2011, having grown to serve clients in 30 locations globally and to employ around 3,000 staff.
"We felt The Bahamas is a wonderful jurisdiction from a growth perspective. It's clearly a low-income jurisdiction and I think the sovereign risk is interesting to people. It's close to the U.S., and the government stability is impressive when compared with what's going on elsewhere in the world, and it is certainly open to the global investment community when a number of markets aren't.
"It's an attractive long-term place, and with the growing infrastructure and a whole host of other developments coming on stream we think it is terrific. We think The Bahamas will continue to grow even after there is a global automatic exchange of information," said Howells, who co-founded Capital Union Bank along with Clement Ducasse, after 36 years in the industry.
The establishment of the bank is positive news in the wake of the decision by UBS (Bahamas) to close the banking side of its operations in The Bahamas in recent months.
Howells said that while business models that may have worked in the past in the offshore sector may no longer be viable, there are other reasons why he thinks The Bahamas can continue to attract high-net-worth individuals to bring their assets to this country.
"I think the reality is that whatever it was that was done over the last 10, 20 years by a number of high-net-worth individuals who maintained assets offshore is not a viable model going forward, but there are other reasons, sovereign risk concerns, or asset protection, the fact that U.S. people setting up trust accounts here after two years would be protected from bankruptcy claims or old business claims. Or you may have someone who says, 'I don't want to be exposed to having all my assets in the U.S. frozen when there is a civil dispute', so there are reasons like that," he said.
"I think a lot of people will also have to make decisions to manage their tax exposure by managing their travel programs. People can reduce their tax exposure if they spend less than a certain amount of days in a particular country, but you need a residence of some kind and people will look for countries of residence with lower taxation.
"Provided you have a residence and a legal, official permanent domicile and you don't spend more than 'x' amount of time in a jurisdiction, and you are not employed there, then you will not be taxed there. Then the question becomes where will you bank and it's not all that unreasonable that you will want to bank where you live," said Howell, of the opportunity he foresees for Capital Union.
Howell said he considers The Bahamas to be a "remarkable" jurisdiction as far as the ability to attract the "global ex-pat and non-pat community", given the combination of its location, a reasonable home purchase market, substantial airlift and other factors.
Focusing on custody and execution services, money market, foreign exchange, over-the-counter (OTC) and derivatives instruments, among other offerings, Capital Union, he said, will not seek to distinguish itself by its product offerings, but by its service levels.
The bank intends to go after high-net-worth individuals generally, rather than focusing on a particular market.
"I don't see any geographic constraint, but having said that the Latin American market would be a place to be more logically focused," said Howell.

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April 04, 2014
The illusion and magic of the circus

When Steven Best and Cassandra step onto the stage, their audience becomes a part of an unbelievable magic experience that will leave them mystified -- the master illusionist spins Cassandra's head in a full 360-degree turn -- and they remind you to remember to breathe as Cassandra fits herself into a small box and Steven pushes eight stainless steel, razor sharp spikes through her. This is the magic that Steven Best and Cassandra will bring to the stage as the circus has come to town.
So believe it or not, the circus will be truly amazing, based around a new cast performing and appearing on the popular television show "Ripley's Believe it or Not" and its famous museum in the United States. There will be 12 captivating performances of acrobats, contortionists, a Michael Jackson impersonator, local animals, famous cartoon characters such as Sponge Bob, Dora, Turtle and Elmo, a hilarious side-kick midget who will serve as co-ringmaster, daring swords swallowing act, rivaling Steven Best and Cassandra who headlined their own show in Las Vegas for five years, and who are now currently performing in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in their new large-scale illusion show "Magic Spectacular!" for the best acts of the show title.
The sword act duo known as Captain and Maybelle, promise a show that will be shocking and filled with laughter. The self-proclaimed partners in crime perform classic sideshow entertainment with a contemporary twist, delivering zingers and stingers. Captain is a sword swallower, human blockhead and fire breather.
Captain & Maybelle were on "America's Got Talent Season 6", and if you missed them there, it's another dynamic duo that will leave you astonished and shaking your head in disbelief. You can see them push each other to their utmost physical limits, combining unique sideshow talent and spot-on comedy that will make you laugh and cry and have you asking why. They will show you how they quickly became America's favorite sideshow couple.
Rounding out the must see-acts will be juggler, Jonathan Jackson, and of course the co-ringmaster Stanley B. Booker Jr. who performed with the Universoul Circus in Atlanta, Georgia.
The circus has been brought to town again for the fifth year, courtesy of David Wallace and Soft Touch Productions.
"This year's event will be a circus of soul with lots of music and entertainment to hype the crowd," said Wallace, who said he tries to bring in different acts every year to ensure that the show remains relevant and a must-attend event. "This year in particular, there will be eye-popping, jaw-dropping performances that will have the audience anxious and on the edge of their seats when they see particular acts."
Matinee shows will be held today at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium (KGLI) for schools at 10 a.m., with a 1:30 p.m. show at Gerald Cash Primary. Shows open to the public will be held tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at KGLI.
Admission is $12 students, $11 for pre-school aged children and includes a hot dog and drink. Adult tickets are $15 general admission and $20 ringside seating.
Tickets can be purchased at Seventeen Shop, Collins Avenue, Carey's Department Store, Mackey Street, Conliffe's Bakery off Carmichael Road and the Original Swiss Sweet Shop, West Bay Street.

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March 13, 2014
Eight honored for their contributions to ministry

Five youth members of Restoration Kingdom Ministries and three senior statesmen were honored for their contributions to the ministry, as the church celebrated its seventh anniversary recently.
Aailyah Anderson, Cassius Knowles Jr., Oteus Knowles, Cateleen and Catherine Wells were recognized at a service of thanksgiving. In addition, three adults were acknowledged for their work -- Juliana Major-Bullard, Joseph Wilmore "Bumpy" Saunders and Apostle Samuel Douglas Cleare, who was also the guest preacher.
"We decided to honor the youth of the church because they are the church," said Reverend Wells. "A few of them have been with us from when they were little children, and their longevity and consistency of service with the church has actually been very remarkable. We're going to keep saying thank you. I believe that if people are doing all they can to see the Kingdom of God succeed, the Kingdom should pause and say thank you," said Rev. Wells. "This is not a payment, this is a thank you because only God can pay."
Restoration Kingdom Ministries, co-pastored by Reverend Cleveland D.X. Wells and Minister Samantha Francis-Wells, has accomplished a lot in the last seven years. Already on its property on Faith Avenue South, it is occupying a temporary facility that continues to grow to meet its developing needs as a fellowship. According to Wells, its success to date has everything to do with the blessing of God and the dedication of its members, particularly a small core of leaders.
"One of the key things is our nucleus. You have to have a solid nucleus that has the church and God's house at heart and I can say that I have that," said Wells.
Two of those key members are Elders Wellington and Grace Francis, who is inspired by her personal relationship with God and her witness of the many miracles God brought in her life. Francis looks forward to the pastors' overall vision for their church including a school, a home for abused women and teens, and a counseling center for young men.
"Most of all we want to continue catering to the whole man -- spirit, soul and body," said Francis-Wells.
Francis-Wells said that a part of the ministry's restorative focus is the removal of the stigma that has developed over the whole issue of the church. She said Restoration Kingdom Ministries is creating that image of what the church used to be -- a place where families and communities can be educated, their lives enhanced and they can receive guidance and assistance.
"Our mission is to be really community-minded, to let people know there's a place they can come to, just as they are," said Wells. "In fact, our whole objective is helping people to live a healthy life spiritually so they can experience some Heaven on earth and then have Heaven as their final resting place."

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February 14, 2014
Sports Notices

Bahamas Scholastic AssociationThe Bahamas Scholastic Association (BSA) basketball playoffs will begin on Tuesday, February 25, and will be held at the DW Davis Gymnasium. In an effort to pay for the use of the gym, players are asked to pay one dollar each to enter the gym on the day that they are playing. Teams with balances will not be allowed to play. Also, the league's principal's award for the month of January goes to Mrs. Knowles, principal at Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy, for her overwhelming support of her team for the month of January 2014.Track & FieldClub Monica Athletics will host its 11th annual track and field classic this Friday and Saturday, at the old Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The event is expected to get underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday, and will feature a number of athletes competing in all of the age groups. In addition to a number of standout Bahamian athletes, the event is expected to feature athletes from throughout the Caribbean as well. It will be held under the patronage of 2012 IAAF Rising Female Star of the Year Anthonique Strachan. Strachan, who is a former member of Club Monica Athletics, is the reigning double sprint champion from the World Junior Championships, and a two-time winner of the Austin Sealy award, handed out to the region's best athlete at the annual CARIFTA Games. Strachan is also a semi-finalist from the most recent world championships, and the Olympic Games. Tickets for the event can be obtained at $10 for VIP, $5 for adults, and $3 for children.BoxingThe Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC) will host its bi-monthly show on Saturday, February 15, starting at 8 p.m. at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. A total of six matches will be showcased, and awards will be presented for the 'Best Fight', the 'Most Outstanding Boxer' and the 'Most Improved Boxer'. The CABC along with Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge will also host 'The Spirit of Determination' Amateur Boxing Show at the Platinum Sports Entertainment Center on Dowdeswell Street and Christie Avenue on Saturday, March 1, starting at 8 p.m. The show will recognize Bahamian boxing legends Cassius Moss and David 'Sugar Kid' Bowe. All amateur boxers and boxing clubs are welcomed to participate.

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February 13, 2014
Sports Notices

Tennis

Bahamian Justin Roberts, seeded number one, won his first round match at the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) Grade 4 Indoor Almere 2014, in Almere, Netherlands, yesterday. Roberts, who is currently ranked at number 218 in the world in the ITF Junior Rankings, won in straight sets over Polish player Maksymillian Raupuk, 7-5 and 6-3. He will play hometown favorite Tom Flores Moonen in his second round match tomorrow.

Bahamas Scholastic Association

The Bahamas Scholastic Association (BSA) will stage its tennis tournament for primary players this Thursday, Saturday, and next week Monday. Schools will be allowed to send as many as 10 players each. The tournament will be directed by Van Wilson, who will set up the games and pair players up as well. The cost of the tournament is $100 per school. Also, the league's basketball playoffs will begin on Tuesday, February 25, and will be held at the DW Davis Gymnasium. In an effort to pay for the use of the gym, players are asked to pay one dollar each to enter the gym on the day that they are playing. Teams with balances will not be allowed to play. Also, the league's principal's award for the month of January goes to Mrs. Knowles, principal at Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy, for her overwhelming support of her team for the month of January 2014.

Track & Field

Club Monica Athletics will host its 11th annual track and field classic this Friday and Saturday, at the old Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The event is expected to get underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday, and will feature a number of athletes competing in all of the age groups. In addition to a number of standout Bahamian athletes, the event is expected to feature athletes from throughout the Caribbean as well. It will be held under the patronage of 2012 IAAF Rising Female Star of the Year Anthonique Strachan. Strachan, who is a former member of Club Monica Athletics, is the reigning double sprint champion from the World Junior Championships, and a two-time winner of the Austin Sealy award, handed out to the region's best athlete at the annual CARIFTA Games. Strachan is also a semi-finalist from the most recent world championships, and the Olympic Games. Tickets for the event can be obtained at $10 for VIP, $5 for adults, and $3 for children.

Boxing

The Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC) will host its bi-monthly show on Saturday, February 15, starting at 8 p.m. at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. A total of six matches will be showcased, and awards will be presented for the 'Best Fight', the 'Most Outstanding Boxer' and the 'Most Improved Boxer'. The CABC along with Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge will also host 'The Spirit of Determination' Amateur Boxing Show at the Platinum Sports Entertainment Center on Dowdeswell Street and Christie Avenue on Saturday, March 1, starting at 8 p.m. The show will recognize Bahamian boxing legends Cassius Moss and David 'Sugar Kid' Bowe. All amateur boxers and boxing clubs are welcomed to participate.

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February 07, 2014
President Obama nominates choice for next US ambassador to Bahamas

PRESIDENT Barack Obama is nominating a former White House lawyer, Cassandra Butts, to be the next US ambassador to the Bahamas.

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