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December 04, 2014
Zonicle, Spence win inaugural Kalik Gold Domino Tournament

Kalik, the 'Beer of The Bahamas', is proud to announce that after three weeks of tough competition, the inaugural Kalik Gold Domino Tournament trophy and $1,000 cash prize went to the team of Daniel Zonicle and John Spence.
The Kalik Gold Domino Tournament was a seven-round competition, held every Tuesday and Thursday at local restaurants and bars with 20 teams of two competing for cash prizes of up to $1,000, and a case of Kalik Gold to the nightly winner. Each night, bars filled with the excitement of Kalik Gold specials, and dominos being slammed throughout the night.
"Kalik is always glad to create opportunities for Bahamians to celebrate the elements, games and activities that make us who we are. We're thankful to Cess Bar, Conch Hill Restaurant & Bar, Platinum Lounge and Chill Spot for providing venues for us to host the tournament and we are looking forward to improving on the success of this inaugural event," said Queswell Ferguson, Kalik brand representative.
The tournament is expected to increase in size and popularity going forward.

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December 09, 2010
Intellectual Property Rights Office urged


Business Reporter

Caribbean companies will have access to European programs designed to support innovation among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), according to a CARICOM trade specialist, who yesterday urged that Bahamian businesses should look to offer products or services "with a unique advantage that people are willing to pay a premium price for".

Matthew Spence, an intellectual property specialist, said reform of the Bahamas' legal framework relating to protection of intellectual property rights will not be "very useful" to Bahamian firms unless they, too, have something to ...

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The Duchess
  • Genre : Biography, Drama, History, Romance
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life....

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December 05, 2014
The post of Commonwealth secretary general

During the week of November 23, articles by three columnists, David Jessop, Rickey Singh, and Kayode Soyinka have appeared in various sections of the Caribbean media on the subject of the region's bid to secure the post of Commonwealth secretary general when the matter is decided by CHOGM next year.
All three columnists have eschewed the fundamental principles of their high calling. For, rather than giving an objective analysis of the comparative merits of the three regional candidates vying for the honor to represent CARICOM against other potential competitors from the wider Commonwealth, they have chosen instead to launch simultaneous unwarranted attacks on one candidate alone, Patricia Scotland QC, a national of my country Dominica. And they have done so without any attempt to check the facts, or to seek comment from the nominating government or, I am assured, from the candidate herself.
As a Dominican national and a Caribbean citizen who has lived and worked throughout the region, I know that our leaders and our people have a strong sense of fair play. I am sure that they will be as appalled and disappointed as I am at these unfortunate attempts to sully the good name of one of Dominica's most distinguished daughters, and a formidable champion of Caribbean causes in the Diaspora.
In the circumstances I feel it my duty, as someone who has direct knowledge of Patricia Scotland's exemplary personal and professional attributes, her unquestionable integrity and her significant contribution to the Caribbean, to set the record straight.
The half-truths, bias and innuendo in the columns centre around three main themes: That Patricia Scotland is not really Dominican or Caribbean, but a British candidate being run by the Foreign Office by stealth, using Dominica as a willing proxy; that her public service in Britain ipso facto implies disloyalty to the Caribbean, and moreover that she has delivered nothing for our region.
Let me reply with fact:

Patricia Scotland is Dominica's nominee
Patricia Scotland is Dominican by birth, Antiguan by descent through her father and British by operation of the law. She holds citizenship only of those countries to which she is constitutionally entitled by birthright. Anyone who has met or worked with Patricia Scotland knows that she is passionately Caribbean by disposition and by commitment, and that she has been a constant presence in Dominica and the wider region for her entire professional life.
The speculation that Patricia Scotland is the nominee of Britain for the post is patently false. I speak from a position of knowledge when I say that it is Dominica, and Dominica alone that has put forward her candidature. As a member state of the Commonwealth my country has the sovereign right to nominate a Dominican national for the post of secretary general and I am immensely proud of the outstanding calibre and personal integrity of the nominee the government of Dominica has chosen.
Admittedly, another country was keen to nominate her also, but that country most certainly was not Britain, with whom the government of Dominica has had absolutely no discussions on the matter. Rather it was, ironically enough, Antigua and Barbuda, whose former Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer fully embraced Patricia Scotland as a daughter of the soil, and committed his government's enthusiastic support.
Those are the facts. To state or even imply that Dominica is being manipulated or coerced by any third state is an affront to my government and by implication, to the entire region.

Public service in Britain: an asset, not a liability
It is true that Patricia Scotland emigrated to Britain with her parents at an early age, as have thousands of other Caribbean citizens. But it is also true that like other prominent members of the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK she has retained strong and active ties to our region and immense pride in her Caribbean heritage. She has given freely of her exceptional talent both to the region of her birth and to the society in which she grew up. There is tangible proof of this, if your columnist would take time to enquire.
In the Caribbean we celebrate the significant achievements of the members of our Diaspora; we do not tear them down. As a Dominican I am immensely proud, as all Caribbean patriots should be, that a young woman from the village of St Joseph, Dominica, made it to the top in a far-off land as the only black person and the only woman ever to hold the post of attorney general in the United Kingdom. Yes, she served in the Cabinet of a Labour administration, and yes she sits in the House of Lords. But what is relevant here is whether or not, having reached the inside of the British Establishment purely on the basis of her ability and expertise, she used her unique position to advocate for policies supportive of the region of her birth and her experience of both worlds to build bridges towards greater UK-Caribbean understanding.
We in the Caribbean know she has done and continues to do so in abundance. One of the three columnists, Mr. Jessop, also knows this from direct experience and from his numerous consultations with Patricia Scotland on Caribbean issues over the past three decades.
It is misleading in the extreme to imply that Patricia Scotland is regarded, by regional political and academic figures not identified, as "tainted" by her supposed Britishness and as forfeiting Caribbean trust in supporting Britain's decision to invade Iraq.
On the first point, I believe that we in the Caribbean have long cast off this jaundiced anti-colonial paranoia and has readily sought to tap the skills and expertise of our overseas nationals, in whatever capacity they are qualified to serve.
The second argument is desperately hollow. It is known full well that in 2003 Patricia Scotland was neither attorney general nor a member of the Cabinet that decided the matter of intervention in Iraq nor of the House of Commons, which voted on it. It is also known that the Caribbean itself was divided on the issue, and several CARICOM states declined to denounce the action.

Patricia Scotland's record in the Caribbean
It is clear that Soyinka has no direct knowledge of the candidate or her work in the Caribbean, and he can therefore be excused for jumping to the conclusion that she has served all her working life in Britain, and consequently has done nothing for the Caribbean. The same cannot however be said for Singh or Jessop who have covered the Caribbean extensively for decades.
In that capacity they should be aware, or could easily have discovered that in 1978 Patricia Scotland was called to the Bar in Antigua and Barbuda and in Dominica and enjoyed a 20-year career in private practice before entering the political arena in Britain. During that time she worked extensively with Caribbean governments advising on governance, constitutional and family law issues, and advocating on behalf of the disadvantaged and vulnerable sectors of society. Her work on behalf of the youth and in support of efforts to end domestic violence is well known.
It would be invidious of me to itemize her concrete contributions to individual countries in the region. They themselves are aware of the details. Suffice it for me to mention the model Family Court system that she designed for Trinidad and Tobago, which continues to be cited as an international best practice. Indeed it was in recognition of her stellar legal career and her extensive and longstanding contribution to the Caribbean that she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West Indies in 2008.
As regards her subsequent political career in Britain, it is most perplexing that Jessop failed to acknowledge Patricia Scotland's significant work as chairman of the Government's Advisory Group on the Caribbean, out of which was born a new strategic partnership to strengthen UK/Caribbean relations for mutual benefit. A central part of the enhanced dialogue was the UK-Caribbean Forum, initiated in 1998 on the basis of the Advisory Group's recommendation, which Patricia Scotland shaped and developed when she became Minister for the Caribbean in 1999. Jessop's Caribbean Council was given pride of place at the forum.
I have taken pains to set the record straight because I cannot stand idly by and allow the character and motivations of an exemplary Dominican to be so blatantly misrepresented.
The choice of the next Commonwealth secretary general at this critical juncture is a serious responsibility for all heads of government. If the Commonwealth's relevance is to be restored, Heads must identify and put in place a strong leader who possesses vision, integrity and innovation and a proven ability to implement transformational change. They must choose a person who is well-respected throughout the Commonwealth and who has extensive experience in the core areas of Commonwealth action. Above all they must choose a consensus builder in the creation of a shared vision for the Commonwealth's future. For my part, I believe that Patricia Scotland possesses all these attributes.
Caribbean heads will no doubt look carefully and objectively at the personal character, professional attributes and career record of the three regional candidates under their consideration, and on their suitability for the challenging task at hand. Journalists too should be encouraged to delve deep into the candidates' backgrounds, career trajectory and international reputation. Any assessments they publish on the candidates' relative merits and suitability should be based on sound research, not on speculative commentary or hearsay.

o Dr. Nicholas Liverpool served as president of the Commonwealth of Dominica from 2003 to 2012 and also as a judge on high courts and appeals courts in Antigua, Montserrat, Grenada, Belize and The Bahamas. This article is published with the permission of Caribbean News Now.

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January 05, 2011
'Youth vs. Experience' treat for tennis fans

AS anticipation builds for The Bahamas International Tennis Club's Doubles Week, local tennis fans will be treated to a preview of what is to come in a battle of "Youth versus Experience."

Kit Spencer, president of The Bahamas International Tennis Club (IC), who are putting on the event for The SG Private Banking Trophy, said the British team wanted to get some extra practice in before the tournament.

"So I thought it would be excellent practice for our top juniors to compete against them. It should be a fascinating encounter to see the battle between 'Youth and Experience' when the teams meet," he said.

The British team will get some early reps in for the tournament ...

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January 05, 2011
Bahamian junior tennis players set to face top British veterans


Tribune Staff Reporter

BAHAMIAN junior tennis players are set to gain invaluable experience and exposure when they face top British players this weekend.

The match between the aspiring stars and British veterans will kick off a six-day international team doubles competition staged by the International Tennis Club of the Bahamas and encompassing the teams of eight countries.

Kit Spencer, president of The Bahamas International Tennis Club, said: "The British team wanted to get some extra practice in before our tournament starts.

"So I thought it would be excellent for our top juniors to compete against them. It should be a fascinating encount ...

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January 05, 2011
IC's to compete for SG Private Banking trophy

TO celebrate 25 years as an IC, the Bahamas is expected to stage a six-day international IC team doubles competition for eight country teams January 9-15 at Breezes Superclubs.

The country IC's will compete for "The SG Private Banking" trophy, who is the main sponsor.

John Antonas, Neil MacTaggart, Kit Spencer, Mas and Sue Kimball, Dyphany Mortier, J Barrie Farrington, Edith Powell and Lesley Spencer are expected to compete for the Bahamas.

Kit Spencer, president of the Bahamas International tennis club (IC) thanked SG Private Banking and its president, Dominique LeFevre, for its sponsorship of the event.

"With the teams we have coming this is a truly international event for ...

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The Last House on the Left
  • Genre : Crime, Drama, Thriller
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After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging the parents of one of the victims -- a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of reve...

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Thursday 20th August 2009  8:00 PM

The Duchess movie is shown at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Georgina Spencer becomes Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of a period of fashion, decadence and political change. Start Time: August 20th at 8:00pm End Time: August 20th at 9:45 pm Where: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West and West Hill Sts. For more information, contact 242-328-5800/1

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August 06, 2014
'Ace' plays high stakes card in tribute to his old friend

Broadcaster Anthony "Ace" Newbold pulled no punches as he paid tribute last week to Edmund Spencer Moxey, his friend of 30 years, whose dream for his people was cruelly smashed by his political colleagues in 1987.

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