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February 23, 2012
Lenten season starts with a mortality reminder

You see it every year on Ash Wednesday, believers walking around with a cross of ashes on their foreheads, and you hope and pray they all know why they are wearing the sign. But one priest made certain the members of his parish knew why they were wearing the sign of the cross. At Ash Wednesday services, he took them through the reasons behind the use of ashes within the biblical traditions and why they still use them in the church today.
Canon Basil Tynes, rector at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on Baillou Hill Road and Wulf Road, reminded his congregation of the three services held at the church during the course of the day, of the five reasons ashes were used in the Old Testament literature and what it means.
"Ashes are placed on our foreheads as a reminder of our mortality, that we've only come to this world for a season and a time, and we have to prepare ourselves. We came from God, and one day we will return to Him and the question is how and in what condition we will return?"
In Old Testament literature, Canon Tynes said in the first instance, ashes were used to remind God's people of their mortality, and that they had a beginning and a definite end. He told them that only God goes on forever. He referenced Genesis 18:20 where Abraham told God that he wanted to make a plea, and said all that he was is dust and ashes.
"The second thing ashes were used for was that they were a sign of grief or sorrow over the death of loved ones, as in the case of Job when he lost his children and all that he lost that day. He sat down in sackcloth and ashes and threw dust and ashes over himself as he grieved and mourned."
In today's world, Tynes said when ashes are applied to the forehead, people should be grieving over the death of sin in their lives, as sin does not bring life, but rather death. He said it spurs on the whole culture of death that surrounds people.
"[Roman Catholic] Pope John Paul used to talk about the culture of death and destruction, because many times we turn away from God, we turn away from this life that misses the mark completely and all that we see going on around us in terms of the crime, the things that we do towards people, property, the sexual abuse, all of the other things, are all a part of the (death) that we are reminded to turn away from."
Canon Tynes said the third reason ashes were used were as a sign of repentance which is seen in Matthew 11:21.
In the fourth instance, Canon Tynes said ashes were used as a symbol of consecration in the epistle to the Hebrews. He said they took the ashes of a heifer and mixed it with oil to consecrate the priest for service in the temple.  He said it is important that ashes are used as a form of consecration of people dedicating their lives back to God.
In today's world, he reminded Anglicans that they needed to repent, and believe the gospel more fervently personally.
"People can hide in a congregation and just because they're going through the mass and the rituals, or praise and worship and the rest of it, they can be going through the form of religion, but denying the power thereof. And the gospel should really transform people's lives."
He said that the whole point behind Lent is for people to take a personal look on the inside to see whether they are really getting themselves together in terms of the gospel tradition.
The fifth reason ashes were used was as a sign of corporate repentance.
"In one case there's individual repentance in Matthew, but corporate repentance in terms of Jonah chapter 3, where Jonah gets the whole city of Nineveh, including the king to put on sackcloth and ashes as a sign of their corporate repentance. I want them to understand that it's the whole community, it's not just the church, because a lot of people who are non-Anglicans come to participate in Ash Wednesday service and I tell them this is a grand opportunity for us as a people to turn back to God and be able to say 'Lord we are sorry because we've been off track as a nation, as a community, or as a church'.
"In other words, the whole corporate nature of sin is taken seriously, because when we don't care, and we say that's not my business, we're actually committing a sin not only against God, but against the rest of our community by not being responsible."
The priest "hammered home" to Anglicans that God is a God of second chances. That he calls them day-by-day to demonstrate the same loyalty that He shows to them.
"God is always faithful to us. The question is how faithful are we to Him? There is a real need for us to turn back, not only to the source of our life, but the ground of our being and be able to move forward to what God has always intended us to be according to the Gospel tradition," he said.
Over the next 40 days of Lent, which actually turns out to be 46 days as Sundays should not be counted, Canon Tynes encouraged Anglicans to take on something extra, and not only look to give up something.
"There are some people who for Lent decide that they're going to give up candy ... chocolate -- but I'm not concerned about their dietary concerns. I'm more concerned with them taking on something, taking on the cross and following Him wherever He decides to lead them."
He said the men of his parish had already had a meeting where they discussed implementing an apprentice program to help some of the younger men with acquiring jobs, developing new skills and generally doing things to try to uplift people to where they need to be. But at the same time he said they were not going to forget the spiritual aspect of the Lenten season, and had decided to call a fast at some point, to pray not only for the church, but for the country as well.
The members were also encouraged to take the season seriously.
"I tell people all the time, that they could have religion, but that it doesn't necessarily mean that they have a relationship with God. And that there are people who are going through the form of religion, but deny the power thereof."
Canon Tynes said religion is at its best when it is properly taught and explained, which was the reason why he took his parish members through the reasons behind the use of ashes within the biblical traditions and why they still use them in the church today.
Lent officially began yesterday and officially ends on Holy Saturday evening, usually at the vigil service. At St. Barnabas church, their vigil service is usually held on Sunday morning with a 5 a.m. service, which Canon Tynes says he's found to be a better time to have the service as most people tend to turn out, rather than trying for a 12 midnight Mass.

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November 07, 2013
'Mother' Pratt calling for more recognition of past athletes

Former Deputy Prime Minister and national team standout Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt is calling for more recognition of past athletes, especially those who competed in team sports.
At the upcoming Women in Sports Banquet, set for Saturday, November 9 at the Atlantis Resort, Pratt said she will be hitting the point once again, hoping to get the wheels turning on the movement. Pratt, an outstanding athlete and coach in her heyday, will receive a special honor at the banquet, which will be held under the theme "Celebrating the Success of Women in Sports". Even though a number of women, who have dedicated their lives to the building of sports in the country, will be honored that night, Pratt said more needs to be done to recognize their accomplishments.
"First of all, I want to speak on behalf of the women, not so much myself," said Pratt. "The reason for that is, I personally feel that I am always in the limelight. I am always honored one reason or the other because I am involved in so many things, but these women have carried the banner for this country on their shoulders. Many of them, their names have never been mentioned, at that time but nothing after that. You don't see them on billboards; you don't see their pictures anywhere. I feel that they all deserve to be recognized. I am talking about the softball team now. They are deserving of being recognized among the others at the airport.
"The women's softball team was the first medal won internationally by women in this country. That was in 1976 when they won a gold medal in Belize, Central America. I was a part of that team, and the bronze medal winning team in 1981, in California. They have contributed significantly over the years. I think that this recognition is very timely and really long overdue. I am grateful that the organizations have remembered. I raised it on the floor of Parliament and I raised it in various environments. I think that we have to consider all who are elite athletes because they were elite athletes as well."
Special honors will also go to sports philanthropist Betty Cole, former national team player in volleyball Cora Hepburn, who is the chairperson of the women and sports commission in the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC), and Betty Kelly-Kenning
A number of top female athletes, past and present, are listed among the other 40 women to be honored in the Honoree Awards.
Athletes such as Laverne Eve, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Shonell Ferguson, Waltiea Rolle, Linda Woodside, Hattie Moxey, Jackie Conyers, Tonique Williams, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Lori Lowe, Florence Rolle, Yolett McPhee-McCuin and a few others are in the Honoree division. The administrators list includes Monique Leary, Kim Rolle, Thora Sweeting, Vicky Knowles, Jeannie Minus, Judy Hamilton, Dianne Woodside, Jenny Isaacs-Dotson, Winnie Russell, Mynez Cargill-Sherman, Edna Forbes, Oria Wood, Jennifer 'Jann' Mortimer and Laurie Lightfoot.
Pratt said: "When you look at the role of a woman, the sacrifices are much more than a man. They are wives, mothers who have to deal with family and children. They have to also work, and of course train to become world-class athletes. Yes the man has to train as well, but he does not have the kind of responsibilities as a woman in the home. You have to juggle your daily routine with preparing your children for school, finding food, cooking and taking care of your husband, and all of the domestic work that goes along with it, and still go out and train to be world-class.
"Sports is more than a game. It helps to build character. I am proud to be a Bahamian and proud to be among these women who have contributed to the building of this country. I have everything in my head. I have lived it and want to share it with others, but more needs to be done."

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News Article

March 06, 2014
Man who molested daughter jailed for 25 years

A 43-year-old man who breached his parental duty by molesting his biological daughter has been jailed for 25 years.
The man, of New Providence, had sexual relations multiple times with his 15-year-old daughter while she visited his home in November and December 2010, according to evidence.
The father, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, was convicted by a majority verdict of eight to one last month.
He maintains his innocence.
In sentencing yesterday, Justice Indra Charles said, "The victims of sexual assault must carry the memories for the rest of their lives and they must not carry the burden of silence and shame."
She continued, "Society is fed up with the adult male population who prey on young school children for their own sadistic, sexual satisfaction.
"Worst of all, the rapist is often someone they know, not the creepy man in the alley."
Echoing the sentiments of Court of Appeal President Anita Allen, Charles said, "We believe that we owe it to the children of The Bahamas to protect them from people who prey on them."
The girl, who is now an adult, told the court that her father first became part of her life when she was eight-years-old. They developed a close relationship and he took her to the movies and to the beach to feed seagulls.
However, the familial relationship soured when the teenager was at her father's home as part of an informal visitation agreement with her mother, according to the young woman.
He came into her room as she watched TV and began caressing her leg.
The young woman said her father pulled a knife on her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone before he took her virginity.
The complainant said she remained silent because she was afraid and ashamed.
She estimated that the abuse occurred more than 10 times before she finally told her mother. The girl said the trauma of the incident caused her to rebel and she dropped out school in the 10th grade.
Terry Archer prosecuted and Devard Williams represented the convict.

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March 11, 2014
Child abuse and protection

Child protection is the process of protecting individual children identified as either suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. It involves measures and structures designed to prevent and respond to abuse and neglect.
Wikipedia defines child abuse as the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. Any maltreatment, act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child is child abuse.
Child abuse can occur in a child's home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with. There are four major categories of child abuse -- neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.
Physical abuse involves physical aggression directed at a child by an adult. Most nations with child abuse laws consider the deliberate infliction of serious injuries, or actions that place the child at obvious risk of serious injury or death, to be illegal. Bruises, scratches, burns, broken bones, lacerations, as well as repeated "mishaps," and rough treatment that could cause physical injury, can be physical abuse.
Sexual abuse is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent abuses a child for sexual stimulation. Sexual abuse refers to the participation of a child in a sexual act aimed toward the physical gratification or the financial profit of the person committing the act. Forms of child sexual assault include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome), indecent exposure of the genitals to a child, displaying pornography to a child, actual sexual contact with a child, physical contact with the child's genitals, viewing of the child's genitalia without physical contact, or using a child to produce child pornography.
Some effects of sexual abuse to children include guilt and self-blame, flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, fear of things associated with the abuse (including objects, smells, places, doctor's visits, etc.), self-esteem issues, sexual dysfunction, chronic pain, addiction, self-injury, suicidal ideation, somatic complaints, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, other mental illnesses including borderline personality disorder and dissociative identity disorder, and a propensity to re-victimization in adulthood.
Emotional abuse is defined as the production of psychological and social deficits in the growth of a child as a result of behavior such as loud yelling, coarse and rude attitude, inattention, harsh criticism, and denigration of the child's personality. Other examples include name-calling, ridicule, degradation, destruction of personal belongings, (torture) or killing of a pet, excessive criticism, inappropriate or excessive demands, withholding communication, and routine labeling or humiliation.
Child neglect is the failure of a parent or other person with responsibility for the child to provide needed food, clothing, shelter, medical care, or supervision to the degree that the child's health, safety, and well-being are threatened with harm. Neglect is also a lack of attention from the people surrounding a child, and the non-provision of the relevant and adequate necessities for the child's survival, which would be a lacking in attention, love, and nurture.
Children have the right to grow in an environment where they are healthy, loved, educated and treated with respect. They have the right to be protected from abuse and abusive situations that would and do affect their development into healthy and happy citizens and people who contribute to their community, lives and families.
The rights of children and the law
Constitutional rights apply to all age groups and children have the same rights as adults.
Children are however more vulnerable therefore it is important to recognize their special need for protection of the law.
In the Bahamas, children's rights are defined and governed by The Child Protection Act 2010 which also incorporates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention).
Therefore in The Bahamas, not only do we have protection for our children by way of statute but international law provides an even broader social responsibility and further protection for children.
The general rights of the child are defined by section 4 of The Child Protection Act 2010 which states that a child shall have the right: Of leisure which is not normally harmful, and the right to participate in sports and positive cultural and artistic activities; to a just call on any social amenities or other resources available in any situation or armed conflict or natural or man-made disasters and to exercise, in addition to all the rights stated in this Act, all the rights set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Apart from the general rights of a child, Section 14 of the Act also encapsulates other rights of children to include the right of access of both parents as guardian of a child. Section 14 is consistent with and supports Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will. Therefore, unless there is a good reason to exceptional circumstances which are in the best interest of the child, children have a right to maintain personal relations and direct contact with both parents, whether the parents are married or not.
o For more information, or if you would like to speak to someone about something that is bothering you, telephone The Crisis Centre 24-hour hotline at 328-0922 or 322-4999. Check out our website at www.bahamascrisiscentre.org or contact us. Email us at bahamascrisiscentre@yahoo.com or call us.

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February 23, 2012
West End Eco-Fishing Camp readies for fun-filled 2012 season

Grand Bahama Island,
Bahamas - The West End Eco-Fishing Camp is pleased to announce the
fourth year of their program designed for local kids who are immersed
into a number of activities to get them thinking about their role as
"caretakers of the earth and living seas". The camp is held in
partnership with the Royal Bahamas Police Force who saw the need to
initiate signature community programs to encourage the children to learn
about basic first aid, water safety, and swimming, introduction to
boating, ecology, kayaking, hand line fishing, and fly fishing. Led by a
group of adult volunteers from the local community and officers from
the West End police station the kids are kept busy learning about
"Esprit de Corps" or group...

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February 24, 2012
McCartney responds to PM's Bamboo Town comments

Bamboo Town Member of Parliament Branville McCartney yesterday defended his service to the constituency days after Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the first term MP cared more about his political ambitions than giving proper representation.
McCartney said his term as an MP overshadows the "disingenuous" attacks leveled against him by the prime minister and some members of the Free National Movement (FNM).
McCartney, who left the FNM last year and subsequently formed the Democratic National Alliance, said he launched several community initiatives for his constituents since 2007, including a bi-monthly senior citizens program, a youth club, a food and clothing distribution program, adult computer classes and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
He added that voters will not be swayed by personal attacks, but rather by the FNM's performance on crime fighting, immigration and education.
"The current leadership continues to mislead Bahamians to garner favor with voters but will soon realize that this political season, Bahamians are wiser and have become immune to political rhetoric," said McCartney in a statement.
"In 2007, the prime minister said he would reduce crime but instead the numbers soared. The families of the murder victims of 2011, and those thus far this year, would like to know what is this government going to do about these criminals and for the Bahamians living in fear.
"What will this administration do to modernize the education system, (and) our immigration and regularization laws? What is the prime minister going to do to provide economic security for Bahamians; what will he do to reduce our national debt?"
As he urged voters in Bamboo Town to support FNM candidate Cassius Stuart, Ingraham also said he had "misjudged" McCartney when he introduced him as a candidate in 2007.
"We sent you a young man last time. He swore on to our team and you elected him as an FNM. We misjudged him. Behind his affable smile was unbridled ambition to achieve power," the prime minister said.
"He proved not to be interested in delivering for you but rather achieving for himself. Now he tells you The Bahamas needs new leadership. Well in order to lead you must first learn to follow. Anyway show him what you (have) planned for him this time."
The comments were in sharp contrast to how Ingraham described McCartney to voters days ahead of the last general election.
At the time, the prime minister said McCartney was "a wonderful example and role model for our children most particularly for our young men".

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February 27, 2012
Profile: Craig Pinder

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

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News Article

February 28, 2012
Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation Courtesy Call on Governor-General and Lady Foulkes

Nassau, Bahamas - Members of the
Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation making a courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and
Lady Foulkes on Friday, February 10th, 2012 when Their Excellencies were
presented with pins in celebration of Heart Month.

The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation was established by
Lady Evelyn Sassoon as a memorial tribute to her late husband, Sir Victor
Sassoon, to assist persons in The Bahamas with the treatment of heart
disease. Today, The Foundation's main goal is to assist children with
heart care. The Foundation has...

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News Article

March 01, 2012
Italian pop singer, Sushy shoots music video in Grand Bahama

GRAND BAHAMA, The
Bahamas - Italian R & B, pop, dance, and sometimes rock singer,
Sushy is in Grand Bahama shooting her latest music video.  The island
offers an idyllic shooting venue for its diverse and lush locations on
and off the water.  Her new music video is called, "Water" and scenes were also shot in Florida.

From the tender age of 5 Susanna Galimi alias "Sushy"  started piano
lessons at the Conservatory of Music in Milan, she spent most of her
childhood travelling especially the USA with her family and thanks to
his father she's grown up listenin' to the Black Music and the Masters
of Jazz. As a child, all Sushy wanted out of life was to become a
singer, and she was driven by the music of Michae

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Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nina Simone,  Billy Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Janis
Joplin, Lauryn Hill...and her first loves

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March 01, 2012
Leroy Stanley Johnson, 69

Memorial service for Leroy Stanley Johnson, 69, of Flint and Taylor Streets will be held on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at Amazing Grace Missionary Baptist Church, Wilson Tract Officiating will be Sr. Pastor, Rev. Elva Johnson J.P., assisted by Rev. Merion. E. Roberts J.P., Rev. Dr. George Barry and other Ministers of the Gospel.
Left to cherish his precious memories are: his three(3): daughters Naurae and Michelle Johnson and Natasha Ferguson six(6) sisters: Naomi Carey, Rosemary Lowe, Sherry Lowe, Donnamae Lowe, Garnelle Lowe-Holmes and Sharon Lowe - Byrd; two (2) brothers: Anthony and Bradley Lowe; twelve (12) grand-children: Nerissa Johnson, George Willie, Delya Ferguson, Natricia Wainwright, Berget ...

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March 03, 2012
Illegitimacy in The Bahamas

The Department of Statistics has released its Births Report for the period 1970 to 2010.  An interesting section of the report relates to illegitimacy - that is, children born to unmarried mothers.
According to the report, births to unwed mothers in The Bahamas escalated during the past 40 years from 29 percent in 1970, to a high of 62 percent in 2009.  Births to unwed mothers dropped slightly in 2010 to 59 percent.
"Births to unwed mothers remained the largest annual natural increase to the Bahamian population," said the Department of Statistics in the report.
The traditional home in which married parents shared the responsibility of child rearing has been eclipsed by a new Bahamas in which mothers primarily carry the burden of bringing up children.  Some men who father children to women they are not married to make an effort.  Many do not, however.
There are several disadvantages to a society growing via this model.  The combined income and attention of two well-intentioned parents in a home far surpass what a well-intentioned mother, burdened by being both a father and mother, can provide to a child.
Beyond resources, children need examples to use to model behavior.  When no father is present in the home, a boy is robbed of an example of how to be, or not to be, a man.  Similarly, girls are denied the example of observing masculinity up close when their fathers are missing.
One of the few measures the state can take to influence the reproductive patterns of its citizens is to ensure aggressively that child maintenance laws are tough and enforced.  When men refuse to financially help take care of their children, they can be taken to court by mothers and made to pay.  And they should be made to pay.  People are the most important natural resource of any society.  Every investment must be made in the next generation to ensure it is as capable as possible to meet the challenges of the times.
The church has a role to play in this issue too.  The message must again be aggressively and consistently sent to Bahamians that two-parent homes with focused and dedicated parents are more ideal than homes in which mothers struggle to do it all alone.  And when children are born to unwed mothers it must be emphasized from our pulpits that it is morally reprehensible for a man not to take care of his children.
A positive trend in the report is that the number of teenage pregnancy remains significantly under the highs of a few decades ago.  According to the report, in 1980 there were 1,107 births recorded to teenage mothers; 763 in 1990; 580 in 2000; and 533 in 2010.
Girls who have not even finished their secondary education are not well-equipped to be mothers.  The public education initiatives in place in schools and via the media seem to have had some positive effect on this problem.
Additionally, the state must continue to ensure that men who commit statutory rape and impregnate girls are prosecuted.  The aggressive prosecution of these men should help deter others from engaging in this destructive behavior.
 
 

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Christ Community Church's Ministry Fair
Christ Community Church's Ministry Fair

Sunday 18th November 2012  12:00 PM

November 18th, 2012 business & economics administration Family Care Discipleship worship Children & Youth Outreach Education Prayer & Seniors Connect. grow. belong. Christ Community Church's Ministry Fair For more information contact the church at: 242-361-8782 or 242-361-4828


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Christmas Capers
Christmas Capers

Thursday 20th December 2012  9:00 AM

Christmas Capers Mini Day Camps 2012 December, 20th and 21st Ages 5-12 9.00am – 12.00pm Children learn the basics of animal care and humane treatment. Through educational books & DVD’s, Kitty Cuddles, Puppy Baths, Dog Walks, Pony Grooming and interaction with the Bahamas Humane Society Adoption Animals and Staff Limited space so register early! Fees are payable in advance. Daily $30 2 Day Mini Camp $55 *Children should bring a snack and drink* A dog leash and old towel would be helpful. The dogs appreciate the kids bringing them dog bones, and the donkey,ponies, goats and rabbits love treats of vegetables, fruits and bread.


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Christmas Capers
Christmas Capers

Friday 21st December 2012  9:00 AM

Christmas Capers Mini Day Camps 2012 December, 20th and 21st Ages 5-12 9.00am – 12.00pm Children learn the basics of animal care and humane treatment. Through educational books & DVD’s, Kitty Cuddles, Puppy Baths, Dog Walks, Pony Grooming and interaction with the Bahamas Humane Society Adoption Animals and Staff Limited space so register early! Fees are payable in advance. Daily $30 2 Day Mini Camp $55 *Children should bring a snack and drink* A dog leash and old towel would be helpful. The dogs appreciate the kids bringing them dog bones, and the donkey,ponies, goats and rabbits love treats of vegetables, fruits and bread.


News Article

February 28, 2012
Special at home delivery

Lamarque Drew gave his wife, Lynieka, an extra special and completely unexpected Valentine's Day gift this year - he delivered their baby girl.
Not due until March 6, baby Lamiea had plans of her own and surprised the couple by arriving early and fast in their bathroom at home.
Lynieka woke up around 3 a.m. on February 14 in pain. The couple immediately went into Lamaze class training mode and started timing the contractions.
"We weren't nervous or panicking yet because with her first pregnancy, it took about seven hours before the baby came," said Lamarque.
Thirty minutes into the pains, Lynieka decided to take a shower to prepare herself to go to the hospital. Her husband called his mother to get their eldest son, 11-year-old Lamarque Jr. Ready to go, Lynieka decided she had to use the bathroom before they left the house. As she walked towards the bathroom, her water broke. Lamarque remembers making a joke telling her that at least they knew what it looked like now. With the couple's first child, the sac that held the amniotic fluid was broken by doctors.
It was at that point that Lamarque decided to call the ambulance to ask whether it was best if they came to their house to pick up his wife, or if he could still transport her to the hospital. He was advised that it was best if the ambulance came to pick her up, and that they would be at their house in 10 minutes. He then telephoned Doctors Hospital to let them know they'd be coming in a few weeks early.
As fate would have it, the person who answered the phone was the midwife they'd taken Lamaze classes with during the pregnancy.
"She told us to remain calm and to keep her breathing," said Lamarque. At that point, he wasn't panicked. He was used to labor taking seven to eight hours as it had with their first child.
The Doctors Hospital midwife decided to stay on the phone with the Drews until the ambulance arrived, to keep him calm. She had no idea she would end up playing a much bigger role in the baby's birth.
While her husband spoke to the nurse, Lynieka told him she felt the baby's head. Lamarque bent over to check things out.
"I was like 'whoa, I see her head'. Something told me to stick my hand out, and she shot right out into my hand. I was like 'my baby [is] in my hand'. And the nurse was like 'what!'"
It was at that point that Lamarque panicked, when he realized the baby wasn't breathing.
"When you watch TV, you hear the baby crying; so the nurse was like 'get towels and wipe off her mouth'." He used the towels to wipe the mucus out of the newborn's mouth and nose. It was then he said that she took a deep breath and started screaming." It's a moment he can recall and laugh at, but in the moment, he said he didn't find it at all funny.
The nurse encouraged him to get his wife who had been standing up the entire time to lie down and lay the baby on top of her, with its head tilted to the side so she would be able to breathe. She then instructed Lamarque to clean off the baby with a clean towel and swaddle her in another clean towel to keep her warm. The ambulance staff arrived at the couple's home shortly afterwards.
It was at the hospital that the baby's umbilical cord was cut.
As the drama unfolded, Lynieka said the only thing going through her mind was that she wanted the baby to be okay. She said things happened so fast she didn't have time to be scared about what was happening.
"I wasn't doing anything really. He did all the work," she said of her husband whose friends, upon learning of his role in his daughter's birth, started calling him 'Dr. Drew'.
Looking back, he said it had to be God, or at least God's angels that told him to stick out his hand.
"I don't want to sound corny or anything, but my wife was standing up, and at that moment, if I hadn't stuck out my hand, she would have just slid out of my wife and hit her head. So I thank God for the opportunity to catch my baby."
He described it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"A lot of guys get to watch their baby being born - I got to deliver my baby. At the time when the head was coming out, I was scared because I wasn't ready to deliver a baby and I'm not a doctor, but at that moment, instinct took over. And I had someone on the phone who helped me and who knew what she was doing because I'd done Lamaze classes with her. It was scary at first, but amazing as well."
His advice to guys who may find themselves in the same situation and having to deliver their baby is to just let their instincts take over.
"There's no need to panic even though I did panic when I saw the head, but the nurse on the phone kept me calm and talked me through what I needed to do. They told me to cut the navel string, but I said that's out of my profession. I let the professionals take over," said Lamarque, a relationship officer at a bank.
"It was so important to have someone on the phone at Doctors Hospital keep me calm and talk me through everything," said Lamarque. "They don't teach you how to deliver a baby in Lamaze class. When you think about all that could have happened or gone wrong, it really seems surreal. If she had come out a split second earlier, before I put my hands there, she could have fallen on the floor or if I hadn't gotten someone on the phone at Doctors to walk me through it, I just wonder," he added.
Lamarque does not want to have to deliver another baby, but said if he had to, he'd do it again. Actually, he would like to have at least another two children - it's a discussion he has yet to have with Lynieka.
Knowing that his wife and new baby are fine, he can now joke that Lamiea was born early and in a hurry because she heard his voice and couldn't wait to meet him.
There is another theory at play, though. Lynieka believes baby Lamiea just wanted to add to a family tradition. She was born on Valentine's Day at 4:45 a.m. at seven pounds, four ounces. Her older brother's birthday is Christmas Day.
"The next two would maybe be born on New Year's Day and Easter," Lamarque joked.
Doctors Hospital's Vice President of Patient Care Services Dorcena Nixon was proud of her team's ability to provide top quality healthcare regardless of the circumstances.
"At Doctors Hospital, we pride ourselves on being a leader in healthcare, but it's extremely rewarding to see how our associates are able to step up to the plate and help patients and their families even when they find themselves in such unusual circumstances," she said.

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Event
In The Spirit Exhibition – New Work by Chantal Bethel

Friday 8th February 2013  6:00 PM

“In The Spirit” Exhibition – New Work by Chantal Bethel Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6pm Hillside House Gallery, Cumberland Street, North of Govt House The Bahamas has a reputation that seems indisputable: endless blue sky, bright sun, hot balmy days, turquoise crystal ocean, soft pale sand, palm trees and flamingos—as an artist to address any of these ubiquitous stereotypes demands a vision beyond typical. Chantal Bethel has developed a reputation for painting and creating from her soul. She is impassioned to express whatever moves her. Thus her art works carry a certain ineffable emotion. Whether she is addressing the subject of woman, mother and child, or in more recent works, an installation—Poto Mitan: Hopes & Prayers for Haiti—a response to the earthquake tragedy of her birthland, she brings a silent, indomitable emotional intelligence to her works. There is a swinging shift between themes in Bethel’s work: At one moment she is dealing with love, a sultry breeze across the canvas, other times she deals in horror and death. In a recent conversation with the artist in her studio, she explains that after working in the dark subject matter of the Haitian tragedy for a couple of years, she is ready to embrace beauty again—to “exhale from the soul”. This collection, In the Spirit, which will be exhibited at Hillside House Gallery on Friday, February 8, 2013, addresses the surprising and very Bahamian theme of flamingos. After Poto Mitan, this is her movement back into light; the works are bright and airy. Soft colour palettes sing. Pieces are diverse, ranging from paintings on canvas to paintings on wood, and amusing, or tense, sculptures. But don’t be too beguiled by these entrancing colours and familiar theme of The Caribbean. At first, the light colours, simple composition, and the well-known form of the flamingo, makes the work seem to be familiar Bahamian paintings, but something about the intriguing textures and almost obsessive use of crackle paint, hints at more. A second clue is her use of quotes from Rumi, (a Sufi mystic who, through poetry, offers insights into a spiritual life beyond this mundane reality). The quotes are not titles per se, but suggest at a relationship between his writings and Bethels paintings; a hint of something beyond the surface. The work is incredibly charming and it is easy to be distracted by their aesthetic appeal. The surfaces seem to crack open to light and they successfully convey the essence of The Bahamas in their shimmering colour range. Rich textured surfaces defy gravity and become about light. Coupled with the images of flamingos are flamingo eggs; whole egg forms covered thickly in gesso; large carefully cracked open ‘eggs’ with inner Mandalas or sun designs; eggs neatly opened to expose personal myths. I am intrigued by the sturdy nature of the eggs. “Eggs are fragile and yet represent hope”, says Bethel. However her eggs are unyielding. This produces an interesting tension between the highly crackled paintings that look incredibly similar to broken eggshells created into a collage. As if recognizing the fragile nature of the egg, Bethel inadvertently wants to protect it, and hold it. Yet in intensified contrast, here are the flamingos: beautiful and insidiously broken. We talk about life and the symbolism of eggs as part of the life cycle; I sense that Bethel is using her art to process her deeper fears and thoughts about existence. In recognizing the metaphor of the flamingo and egg, I have a suspicion that the new depth of layers in Bethel’s work is more than merely technical. It is a compelling balance. The beautiful fluid images of flamingos which are corrupted by a coruscated shattering and their eggs which are toughened to protect, gives the viewer a glimpse at hidden layers of life, as complicated, paradoxical, and profound as it can get. Image 2 seems to hold the balance of the conflicting surfaces. The body and feathers of the flamingos eyeing each other are created by the crackle effect paint, contrasting with a lightness and sensitive handling of paint to express the flamingos’ neck and head, all this is held in a background of deeper paint textures: resulting in a mesmerizing piece. The viewer is captured by a silent complexity, a tenderness and brokenness delicately held in a kind embrace. One of the final pieces created for this show are real broken eggs, and following an inner compulsion by Bethel “...then I cracked one and the thought of light came to me, they needed light”, she brings a completion to the works by allowing the true nature of the eggs to reveal a deeper metaphorical purpose by allowing the cracking, or as Bethel concurs “…like your children, you always want to protect them but if you give them wings, they should be ok on their own”. The circle of broken eggs then becomes a necessary movement in the cycle of life. Fledglings leave the nest and things have to be broken in order for life to break free. And a complex story of being human with many paradoxical truths; brokenness and beauty; fragility and strength; profound and shallow, seem to be expressed in the hidden narrative of Bethel’s art. Beyond surfaces, beyond superficiality, is a world as multifarious and singular as Rumi’s, if you are willing to look into the depths beyond the charismatic images, you will find the divine multiplicity of human soul in Bethel’s new works. Alternatively, just enjoy the sublime and captivating beauty of Chantal Bethel’s art, “In the Spirit”. Written by Susan Moir Mackay


News Article
Youth in Puerto Rico to gain from technology access and training
March 27, 2010
Youth in Puerto Rico to gain from technology access and training

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Microsoft has donated US$60,000 to the Trust for the Americas, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS), to establish its program, Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas (POETA), in Puerto Rico to engage youth from low income communities in jobs and provide them with skills that will allow them to have a better life.

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News Article

January 31, 2012
The skin -- the largest organ of the human body

The skin that God blessed us with comes in various colors, shapes and sizes and a lot of times, the proper care and maintenance of it is misunderstood. Many people are of the opinion that anything, or any product can be used to wash or moisturize the skin with and it will be okay. People assume that the skin is resilient and nothing will affect it, however, this is not so because what you do with your skin today will affect your skin tomorrow.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It has various functions and needs and functions in such a way as to provide an overall protection for us as we go about our day-to-day activities. It acts as a barrier that protects us against environmental pollutants, infections and irritants by alarming our immune system to attack anything that it does not recognize. By doing so, some potential bacterial infections, pollutants that can cause skin allergies and irritants are sometimes eliminated before we recognize what actually happened.
It also acts as a regulator of body temperature by decreasing the size of the blood vessels to allow for either the retaining of heat when we are cold or the release of heat when our bodies are hot by way of sweating. As a result of this skin function we are protected from extremes of increase or decrease in our body temperature. The skin also acts as a sensor by way of tiny hairs found all over the body. These fine hairs act like the whiskers of a cat that alert us to things in contact with our skin -- like knowing when an ant is crawling on your hand or the brush of a blade of grass on your bare feet. This sensory function also causes us to be aware of pain from the stick of a needle or the pleasure of a welcoming hug. Additionally, it communicates with our surroundings to either attract or repel people based on additional things that are added by nature such as moles, discolorations or dryness or that we add such as tattoos and piercings.
The skin has quite a bit to do every minute of every day and it is up to us to help maintain it so that it can perform at its best to protect us from the rest. In this column I will address all issues about skin conditions that can change the way the skin functions for children and adults, in addition to things that can be done to maintain a healthy, rejuvenated glowing skin.

oDr. Rokeisha Clare-Kleinbussink studied at Cosmetology Cosmetic Training for Dermal Filler in London, UK and attended the Academy of Beauty Training for Laser and Microdermabrasion in Nottinghamshire, UK. She is also an associate lecturer of dermatology at the University of The West Indies. She has a private practice at Roseona House of General and Cosmetic Dermatology and can be reached at 422-0202.

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Event
Bahamas Circus-The Best Show in The Bahamas
Bahamas Circus-The Best Show in The Bahamas

Friday 15th March 2013  8:00 PM

SOFT TOUCH PRODUCTIONS Presents Bahamas Circus-The Best Show in The Bahamas Dates- March 15th Day showing-10am Evening showing-8pm March 16th Evening showing-8pm Tickets depots: Seventeen shop, Collins avenue Original Swiss shop, Cable beach Carey's Deparment store, Mackey st Conliffe Bakery, Carmichael Rd Ticket Prices 5 and over-$15 2- 4years- $10 Free Under 2 years School Information School Matinees in Nassau will be held Monday – Thursday, 4th-8th, March, 2013 at 9:30am & 1:00pm. School Matinees in Grand Bahama will be held Monday – Thursday,11th-15th, March, 2013 at 9:30am & 1:00pm. Tickets are $10 for Pre-School $12 for Primary $15 for High School Students. We would like to confirm our offer to you of retaining for a school project, the following on each child who attends Pre-Schoolers $2, and Primary & High School students $3. Any participating school will retain 50% of all their ticket sales. Raffle Tickets are available now for distribution. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday, 27th April, 2013 and prizes are as follows:- Samsung Galaxy S2 4G Cell Phone 42” Flat Screen Television Blackberry Playbook Apple iPad II iPod Touch Xbox 360 Kinect Round-trip ticket for 2 on “Bahamas Celebrations” from Freeport Round-trip ticket for 2 on “The Bohengy” from Nassau Kindly advise at your earliest a day, date and time we can address your school’s as BahamasCircus.com


Event
Bahamas Circus-The Best Show in The Bahamas

Saturday 16th February 2013  8:00 PM

SOFT TOUCH PRODUCTIONS Presents Bahamas Circus-The Best Show in The Bahamas March 16th Evening showing-8pm Tickets depots: Seventeen shop, Collins avenue Original Swiss shop, Cable beach Carey's Deparment store, Mackey st Conliffe Bakery, Carmichael Rd Ticket Prices 5 and over-$15 2- 4years- $10 Free Under 2 years School Information School Matinees in Nassau will be held Monday – Thursday, 4th-8th, March, 2013 at 9:30am & 1:00pm. School Matinees in Grand Bahama will be held Monday – Thursday,11th-15th, March, 2013 at 9:30am & 1:00pm. Tickets are $10 for Pre-School $12 for Primary $15 for High School Students. We would like to confirm our offer to you of retaining for a school project, the following on each child who attends Pre-Schoolers $2, and Primary & High School students $3. Any participating school will retain 50% of all their ticket sales. Raffle Tickets are available now for distribution. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday, 27th April, 2013 and prizes are as follows:- Samsung Galaxy S2 4G Cell Phone 42” Flat Screen Television Blackberry Playbook Apple iPad II iPod Touch Xbox 360 Kinect Round-trip ticket for 2 on “Bahamas Celebrations” from Freeport Round-trip ticket for 2 on “The Bohengy” from Nassau Kindly advise at your earliest a day, date and time we can address your school’s as BahamasCircus.com


News Article

January 17, 2012
Foot pain putting a kink in your exercise program

Beginning a new exercise program is very rewarding but can also have some setbacks. Foot pain is one of the most common setbacks to any exercise program. A survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association found foot problems are a major deterrent to exercise, contributing to alarming rates of overweight and obesity. In the study, as much as 72 percent of persons surveyed admitted they did not exercise because foot pain prevented them from doing so. The feet were listed as the number one body part to experience pain.
Foot pain can put a serious kink in your new exercise routine and contribute to negative health consequences. It is important to know that foot pain is not normal and people should seek the care of a podiatrist immediately if foot pain arises - especially after starting an exercise program. Often times this can happen because the body is adjusting to the new exercise routine and use of muscles and joints that had previously been sedentary.
There are many other causes of foot pain. Wearing shoes that don't fit properly is one of the most common reasons why people (especially women) get foot pain. Other common causes of foot pain may include heel pain, foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes, arthritis, trauma, ligament strain, tendinitis, stress fracture or other injuries.
Any pain in the foot or ankle of a walker or runner is an indication that it is time to stop, rest and evaluate the situation. Foot problems or pain that comes on shortly after starting an exercise program can be minor or a sign of a more serious foot conditions. One must reevaluate all aspects of the exercise routine - speed, distance and equipment, including shoes. It is generally best to wait until all foot pains are gone before restarting your exercise. If foot pains persist in spite of resting, you should see your podiatrist for an evaluation.
It is critical that people pay attention to their feet and seek treatment for any foot problems. Before starting an exercise program, see your primary care physician for a complete physical exam and your podiatrist to have a foot check up. Wearing well-fitting, good quality footwear can support the foot during exercise to minimize any chance of injury. Stretching before and after exercising along with warming up and cooling down can also help to prevent injury. Foot exercises will increase flexibility and also prevent injury.
Adult and childhood obesity is a major concern for all Bahamians. Exercise is a major strategy to help combat this epidemic. If adults and children have foot pain they will not exercise or will not do so regularly. Proper foot health and pain-free feet play a vital role in keeping everyone healthy and exercising consistently. Visiting a podiatrist to evaluate and fix the cause of any foot pain is critically important. The take home message here is that foot pain is not normal and if you are having foot pain, pause your workout and consult your local podiatrist.

oFor more information visit www. apma.org or if you have foot pain, visit a local podiatrist at Bahamas Foot Centre, Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane, telephone 394-5924.

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News Article

January 17, 2012
Predatory behavior in dogs and cats

Dogs were originally domesticated to take advantage of their hunting abilities. Our ancestors redirected the natural instinct of the dog's ability to hunt in packs benefiting from the dog's tracking skill and speed in pursuit of common prey. Thousands of years of selected breeding have produced a lot of different breeds.
The Bloodhound was developed for its sense of smell, and the Saluki and Borzoi for their keen eyesight. Labradors for hunting birds, Coonhounds for hunting raccoons and Rodesian Ridgebacks for hunting lions.
Dog breeds were developed to hunt certain animals, like the Irish wolfhound and the foxhound which were developed to hunt wolves and foxes. Some breeds were developed to protect other animals. The Border collie and Elkhound were developed to protect small ruminants. Daschunds and Terrier breeds were bred to pursue ground prey. The English bulldog and American Pitbull Terrier were originally bred for uninhibited predatory and dominant social aggression for their owner's entertainment such as dogfights. The Saint Bernard and the German shepherd were both developed for more humanitarian applications, such as the search and rescue talents that we see today.
Undesirable predatory behavior is relatively common in dogs. Most pets are genetically predisposed towards some form of predatory behavior. This type of behavior is a problem because the dog can cause injury, be self-injured, or be exposed to contagious diseases.
The most obvious disadvantage of predatory behavior by dogs is the unnecessary injury or death of other animals, including wildlife and other pets that appear to be offensive and unnecessary. It can also take a more sinister form when directed against family members, particularly if they are children and infants. Predatory instincts are most likely to be redirected towards children when infants begin to crawl and walk. The dog may not display any interest in an immobile newborn, but may show some interest in the same newborn when it begins crawling around your home. So never leave a child (toddler) unattended around even the most trusted pet.
With the exception of lions, most cats hunt alone and primarily at night. Predatory behavior in cats is both instinctual and learned. Kittens in the form of play, practice hunting techniques. Some house cats without prior experience instinctively react to prey animals that cross their path.
Owners may be horrified when their cat presents them with a half-eaten mouse or bird. This is not a gift to the owner for its gratitude for the owner's care and hospitality, but a maternal instinct when the cat brings back prey to its home for their young ones. The mother will normally bring dead prey - even regurgitating half-digested food for her newborn litter. As the kittens grow, she will return with live prey to teach the kittens how to prey. A cat's instinct may be to carry its prey to a sheltered area, but not to consume it. Some cat owners proclaim that it's cruel to restrict a cat's natural instinct to hunt.
Prevent predatory behavior in dogs and cats.
In dogs, deny your dog the opportunity to hunt. Prevent opportunities for them to roam unsupervised outdoors. Insure that your home is fenced or walled in if hunting occurs beyond your property.
Minimize your dog's desire to roam and hunt by providing other activities. Discourage wild and undisciplined behavior. Walk your dog on a leash and practice obedience skills daily.
In cats, the only practical way to resolve undesirable predatory behavior is to prevent it. The instinct to hunt can be so strong that it lasts a lifetime. The clinic cat, Sneaky, hunts everyday and will bring a dead mouse to us most times. Of course, we like this because it is a means of rodent control. Hunting is a part of a cat's outdoor activities, regardless of how he is fed. It may help to attach bells to a collar to warn unsuspecting targets. Remember that your pet can be injured in its attempt to capture prey and is susceptible to the health risks associated with roaming outdoors.

o Dr. Basil Sands can be contacted at the Central Animal Hospital at 325-1288.

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Event
BHS Summer Camp
BHS Summer Camp

Tuesday 25th June 2013  9:00 AM

BHS Summer Camp The Bahamas Humane Society, Chippingham The BHS Summer Camp dates have been set! Camp runs weekly from June 24th to July 12th and then July 22nd to July 26th. The cost is $125.00 per week. It's open for children ages 6 to 13 and runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Children will learn about caring for animals and have the opportunity to interact with the BHS adoption animals. Bring a snack and drink, an old leash, an old towel, and some goodies for the animals. See also the attached information page. Register at the Shelter. Children learn the basics of animal care and humane treatment. They read educational books and watch educational DVD’s and do some fun worksheets. They interact with the Bahamas Humane Society adoption animals and have question and answer sessions with the Humane Society staff. Limited space so register early! Fees are payable in advance. Weekly $125 (Includes a t-shirt) *Children should bring a snack and drink* A dog leash and old towel would be helpful. The dogs appreciate the kids bringing them dog bones, and the donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and horses love treats of vegetables, fruits and bread. Register early as space is limited and fills up quickly! Founded in 1924, the Bahamas Humane Society is the oldest charity in the Bahamas and was originally called the Dumb Friends League. It is affiliated to numerous international organisations, including the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). It is the only humane organisation in the Caribbean to hold membership of the Standards of Excellence Program sponsored by the American Humane Association of which it has been a member since 1989. The BHS employs two full time veterinarians. It offers a 24 hour emergency ambulance service and provides care for sick, injured and abandoned animals.


News Article

January 03, 2012
New Year's resolutions successes and failures

Whether it's aiming to stop drinking and cursing or it's to save more in order to get that dream house, the new year always puts people in the frame of mind to think about major life changes. While some people take these things seriously, many just do it for the fun of the occasion. The Nassau Guardian took to the streets to find out how successful people have been in sticking to their resolutions from the past year and what their new goals are for 2012.

Nicollette Watkins, 22
Sales assistant
"Yes, I did make a resolution for 2011. It was to go back to school and get my B.G.C.S.E.s in English, Math and History. I did follow through, but I haven't gotten them all as yet. I will continue to work at it this coming year. My resolution for 2012 is to join the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. I'm working towards that and I will complete that this year."

Shenique Lightbourne, 29
Sales
"My resolution for 2011 was to get closer to God so that I would be able to be who I need to be spiritually and I think I accomplished that. My resolution for this year is to continue to be closer in my walk with God and just work on being a better person."

Patrico Griffin, 20
Sales representative
"I am aiming to become the next big artist in the music industry so the goal I set for myself last year was to get myself out there and known to the public. I did that by showcasing a lot of my work on YouTube, Myspace and Facebook. I think I got a good response from those who saw me and I think I'm off to a good start. My goal for 2012 is to do more local shows and competitions like Bahamian Idol or whatever else is out there. Getting a record deal would also be a good thing too for this new year."

Lillith Mackey, 32
Attorney
"I did make a resolution [last year] and it was to lose weight. I definitely accomplished that. I lost 30 pounds. I won't say how much I started off or finished at but I think I did well. This year I am resolving to find time to give back to the community and be more charitable. I want to take on a charitable organization and really get involved. I want to go to the Ranfurly Home for Children and perhaps take a little girl or boy as a little brother or sister. I'd want to help them out in whichever way I can - be it homework, taking them out, talking to them or just being there for them."

Yannishka Brooks, 19
Hairstylist and nail technician
"My New Year's resolution last year was to get closer to God but I didn't keep it. I didn't do it as well as I should have because I wasn't into going to church and I was just into partying and stuff. So my resolution this year is the same thing and I hope to work harder to keep it this time. I am also looking forward to readying myself so a good man can find me."

Alexander Bullard, 28
Civil servant
"I did make a resolution for last year. I wanted to open a business and I did it. Now for 2012 I am aiming to keep it going, expand it and get more recognition."

Miriam Dean, 43
Entrepreneur and hairstylist
"My goal for 2011 was to take my hair salon to another level. I wanted to turn it into a family salon where women, their husbands, little boys and girls can come together to get their hair done together. Although it took almost all year, I finally accomplished my dream two weeks ago. My new goal for 2012 is to become closer with God and be a positive example to each person I come in contact with."

Darvin Minus, 19
Salesperson
"Last year my goal was to focus on getting a head start on my career plans and to try to have a better relationship with my father. I didn't accomplish any of that but in this new year I do plan to go to college so I can study auto collision repair. I hope to work harder in other areas of my life as well."

Shownn Minns, 20s
Hairstylist
"My resolution last year was to change careers from working with food to my real goal of being a stylist. This year my aim is to continue to strive and move forward in all that I want to."

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News Article

March 06, 2012
Help to save a life

Cardiovascular disease, commonly referred to as heart disease, is the number one killer of people in The Bahamas and around the world. As heart month came to a close, the fight against it still continued because more people die from heart disease than from any other cause. Heart disease does not discriminate. It affects people who are rich and poor, young and old. It does not prejudice based on race, religion, educational attainment or ethnicity. It affects everyone. Oftentimes, people are not sensitized to illnesses unless the illness affects them or their immediate family.
While there are many preventative measures to be taken by adults, such as exercise, eating right, not smoking, lowering cholesterol and taking medications correctly, in the case of babies and children, they rely on others for care and treatment against heart disease. And heart care is not cheap in cases where heart disease is discovered, regardless of age. Heart care can cost up to $1 million. What is even more unfortunate, is that many children when born, may not be privileged to have medical insurance or parents who can afford heart care. As such, when their parents discover that their new born babies have congenital heart disease, they are in a state of emotional and financial frustration, and fear. One such family currently facing such a challenge is that of Rah'nae De'ajah Burrows.
In October 2011, Antoine and Jessica Burrows welcomed their daughter into their family. Tests were carried out to ensure that she was healthy. It was discovered that Rah'nae had characteristics of Down syndrome - news that is not often readily accepted by many new parents - but the couple loved their baby nonetheless and saw her as a special gift from God.
Because of the existence of those characteristics, concerns arose to the possibility that Rah'nae may also have heart disease. After a week in the hospital it was discovered by an echocardiogram that she had a large atrial septal defect (ASD), which was a hole in her heart. The parents were referred to Dr. Jerome Lightbourne at the Pediatric Heart Clinic, at Princess Margaret Hospital. Additionally, genetic testing was done and the tests confirmed that she had Down syndrome.
Consequently, the parents were told to take Rah'nae to the Neurodevelopment Center for therapy, the Neurology clinic, and the Neonatology clinic. The entire process was emotionally and mentally taxing and challenging for the new parents.
With therapy over the past year, Rah'nae's health has been great and the family has seen progress, but Rah'nae is having problems with weight gain because of the heart condition and needs heart surgery desperately.
The Burrows' cannot afford the cost of heart surgery for their baby girl which could run them around $55,000 - and their daughter does not have insurance. Jessica is a school teacher and her husband, a transport operator.
Sadly, this family, like many, is only trying to survive in tough economic times and ensure that there is food, clothing and shelter for the family. As such, they need help to save their baby.
Dr. Lightbourne referred the Burrows' to The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation for possible assistance with Rah'nae's surgery. The heart foundation seeks to provide heart care assistance to people, particularly children, who can not ordinarily afford heart care. The nonprofit entity relies heavily upon the generosity of others to help repair the hearts of children. Today, Rah'nae is on a wait list among 11 patients awaiting heart surgery.These patients and their families are prayerful and hopeful that the public will heed the appeals made and make a donation to the heart foundation to help save their lives. Sadly, without such surgeries, patients like Rah'nae, may not live full productive lives and can possibly die.
"The cost of heart surgery is very costly and it does not come with color, face or creed. We don't know when it will affect our loved ones; so I am asking that you please make a donation to the heart foundation to help those who are in need at this time," said Rah'nae's mother. "The heart foundation has been so generous over the years by helping to assist parents with the funds for surgery, and at this time there are 11 children waiting for assistance to have surgery. We need everyone's help at this time, even if it's only one dollar. It counts and can go a long way. By doing this you are donating to a worthy cause - you are saving lives and mending broken hearts," she said.
Burrows thanked the people that have supported her to date in raising funds so that her daughter could receive heart surgery.
To join the fight against heart disease and help children like Rah'nae, the public is encouraged to make a donation to The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. No amount is ever too small. Donations are encouraged year round. General donations, tributes, memorial donations and trusts are encouraged. Additionally, Americans can make tax deductible donations to aid the fight against heart disease. Sponsorship and hosting of fundraising events are also encouraged. The public is encouraged to support the two major fundraisers of The Heart Ball Committee - the Annual Heart Ball and The Annual Tea Party and Fashion Show. The public can also join the Bahamas Heart Association. The proceeds from the membership dues are used in the fight against heart disease.
While you may have missed the Heart Ball for 2012, you can still make a difference in a child's life today, said ball committee public relations officer, Ingrid Sears.
"It's more about the cause of helping to repair a heart than anything else. At present there are 11 plus children awaiting surgery. As the year progresses it is expected that more children will join this list, so the public's assistance is needed and encouraged in this fight against heart disease in children," she said.
To join the fight against heart disease in children and to help save a life, telephone 327-0806/10. You can also send a check to The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation, P.O. Box N-8189, Nassau, The Bahamas, or telephone 327-0806 for deposit instructions.
You can learn more about the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation by visiting www.sassoonheartfoundation.org.

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February 10, 2012
Celebrate life and love

It's hot!
It's chic!
It's elegant!
It's sophistication at its best, but it's still an evening filled with love, laughter, dancing and in general a good time. The 48th annual Heart Ball allows patrons to celebrate life and love while helping to preserve a heart and give a gift of life, in a fun, party atmosphere affair.
This year, patrons will get dressed in their "Sunday go to meeting best" and get down to the sounds of the Ed Brice Orchestra, the Soulful Groovers Band, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Dance Band and to selections from Gary Johnson at the deejay booth. The ball will be held in the Independence Ballroom at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on Saturday, February 18, under the theme "Repairing a broken heart: What a gift".
Tickets are $250 per person, and each person's attendance will help to repair the heart of a child and give a gift of life. Cocktails are served at 7:15 p.m., dinner is at 8:30 p.m.
"The Heart Ball Committee is working arduously to ensure that this ball is better than any before," said public relations officer Ingrid Sears. "Last year the Heart Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary. At the start of the year 2012, we move forward with greater financial need and thus greater challenges, as we seek to help the Heart Foundation repair hearts. The Heart Ball Committee is working with a renewed determination to ensure that we maintain the legacy of the founder and also the foundation. Additionally, we wish to ensure that patrons are encouraged to attend future Heart Balls and continue to help to repair broken hearts".
The Heart Ball is one of two major fundraisers for the Heart Foundation. It is always held on the Saturday closest to Valentine's Day. Funds raised go towards assisting children to receive heart surgeries which aren't cheap, and which many parents cannot afford. One child's heart surgery can cost over $50,000.
Even though patrons attend the annual ball to have fun, they do so knowing that the cost of their ticket is helping to reduce the financial burden to parents who cannot afford the cost of the life-saving surgery for their children.
"At present there are 11 patients in need of heart surgeries," said Sears. "It is anticipated that more children will need heart care during the year, and many of their parents will not be able to afford it. The funds raised from this event, will help the Heart Foundation to repair the hearts of children."
One of the highlights of the ball is always the naming of the person that will be given The Lady Sassoon Golden Heart award, who will be selected from of pool of people nominated for their humanitarian and heart touching acts to improve the lives of others.
Additionally, fabulous prizes will be up for grabs on the evening via raffles, and auctioned items. Roundtrip tickets for on British Airways to London; roundtrip tickets for two on Air Canada; hotel accommodations in Canada; an emerald and diamond ring; spa treatments and dinners are among the most coveted prizes that will be given away on the night. There will also be paintings and prints from the likes of the late Chan Pratt, Clifford Fernander, Nettica Symonette, and many more artists.
But in the midst of all the glitz, glamour and fun, Sears says she wants patrons to remember and recognize the cause for the annual Heart Ball, which is to raise funds for the Heart Ball Committee, the fundraising arm of The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. The foundation's main goal is to assist primarily children, with heart care. Additionally, the foundation in conjunction with the Bahamas Heart Association aims to proactively educate and inform people residing in The Bahamas about heart care and how to lead heart healthy lifestyles.
The Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1961 by Lady Evelyn Sassoon to assist people in need of heart care. The foundation runs primarily on a volunteer basis and relies heavily upon the generosity of others. Over 97 percent of the funds received go directly to heart care. The remaining three percent or less goes to unavoidable administrative costs.
The Heart Foundation gives support and understanding to parents and families for heart care, whether in hospitals in The Bahamas or in Florida. Since its inception, the Heart Foundation has helped over 4,000 patients to obtain heart care. Despite the Heart Foundation's best efforts and the increase in number of local cardiologist, technology and equipment, there is still a need to raise funds to assist children of The Bahamas receive heart care locally and at hospitals abroad.
For information on ticket purchases or donations please contact The Heart Foundation at telephone number 327-0806.

REPAIR A BROKEN HEART
What: 48th Annual Heart Ball
When: Saturday, February 18
Where: Independence Ballroom at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort
Time: Cocktails 7:15 p.m., dinner 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $250 per person

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Event
BHS Summer Camp
BHS Summer Camp

Monday 1st July 2013  9:00 AM

BHS Summer Camp The Bahamas Humane Society, Chippingham The BHS Summer Camp dates have been set! Camp runs weekly from June 24th to July 12th and then July 22nd to July 26th. The cost is $125.00 per week. It's open for children ages 6 to 13 and runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Children will learn about caring for animals and have the opportunity to interact with the BHS adoption animals. Bring a snack and drink, an old leash, an old towel, and some goodies for the animals. See also the attached information page. Register at the Shelter. Children learn the basics of animal care and humane treatment. They read educational books and watch educational DVD’s and do some fun worksheets. They interact with the Bahamas Humane Society adoption animals and have question and answer sessions with the Humane Society staff. Limited space so register early! Fees are payable in advance. Weekly $125 (Includes a t-shirt) *Children should bring a snack and drink* A dog leash and old towel would be helpful. The dogs appreciate the kids bringing them dog bones, and the donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and horses love treats of vegetables, fruits and bread. Register early as space is limited and fills up quickly! Founded in 1924, the Bahamas Humane Society is the oldest charity in the Bahamas and was originally called the Dumb Friends League. It is affiliated to numerous international organisations, including the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). It is the only humane organisation in the Caribbean to hold membership of the Standards of Excellence Program sponsored by the American Humane Association of which it has been a member since 1989. The BHS employs two full time veterinarians. It offers a 24 hour emergency ambulance service and provides care for sick, injured and abandoned animals.


News Article

March 07, 2012
Cultural Violence and the Rights of Women and Children

Back in 1996 I came
across a Reader's Digest magazine article on the Taliban and their
drastic and tragic dominance over the women of Afghanistan. As a woman
and new young mother, it was heart-wrenching to read how the sudden
oppressive actions of this group were dominating and changing the lives
of women in that country, women who previously had 'normal' lives. They
were forced to cover themselves completely with burqas and were stripped
of their freedoms, careers, but mostly their dignity.  I was so
horror-struck by this article, that I tore out the pages, photocopied it
50 times and snail mailed it to most of my family and friends. I simply
wanted people to know what was going on.

We rally for the rights of animals, we rally for the rights of those of
different colours of skin or race, but do we rally for the basic rights
of human beings? How long do women and children have to be treated like
dogs, or worse, 'rabid dogs'...

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March 08, 2012
Critical discourse during Women's Suffrage Movement Symposium

Fifty years ago, a series of strategic and compelling events culminated in one of the most significant achievements in Bahamian history. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Women's Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas and in commemoration of this significant milestone The College of The Bahamas and the Bureau of Women's Affairs are collaborating to host the Women's Suffrage Movement Symposium, March 6th - 9th at the college's Performing Arts Centre.
The symposium's theme is "Commemorating the Past, Reflecting on the Present, Envisioning the Future: 1962 and Beyond". It will provide the platform for informed discussion, debate and analysis of the events that gave birth to the empowerment and enfranchisement of Bahamian women.
Chair of the Symposium Planning Committee and head of the history, religion and philosophy department at The College of The Bahamas Assistant Professor Dr. Christopher Curry said these kinds of anniversaries provide an opportunity to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the nation building process in The Bahamas.
"The Suffrage Movement, though an integral part of the Quiet Revolution, has often been overlooked or overshadowed by other events such as Black Tuesday, The General Strike or Majority Rule. This symposium will raise the awareness of the significance of the movement, while also critically engaging some of its shortcomings," he said. "As the symposium has three foci -- the past, present and future -- we intend to provide a broad analysis of the struggle for equal rights and full citizenship for women in The Bahamas. This is not about one event, but a long process that is still being fought today. Thus, the symposium will serve to raise awareness of the past struggles even as it engages critical issues that remain unresolved in The Bahamas today."
On February 23rd, 1961, the bill to enable women to have and exercise rights of registration as voters and of voting similar to those accorded to men under the provisions of the General Assembly Elections Act 1959 was passed. It came into effect on June 30th, 1962. The following month, on July 12th, Ruby Ann Cooper was the first woman to register to vote and on November 26th, 1962, women 21 years and over voted for the first time in The Bahamas.
Half a century ago, women like Mary Ingraham, Mabel Walker, Georgiana Symonette, Eugenia Lockhart, Althea Mortimer, Albertha M. Isaacs, Doris Johnson, Grace Wilson, Mildred Moxey, Ethel Kemp, Gladys Bailey and Madge Brown defied social convention. They became trailblazers who challenged inequalities and helped to advance the status of women in The Bahamas.
Christine Campbell, first assistant secretary, Bureau of Women's Affairs said the persistence of the suffragettes and other advocates provide an important national lesson.
"It is so important because so many Bahamians don't know our history and don't understand the significance of what happened. I think it is wonderful that COB is in partnership with the Bureau on this," she said. "I would like persons to talk about what those ladies did to give them their just due. My personal view is that they have exhibited what we want to see in our students and other persons that when you believe in a cause, and one on a national level that is going to advance your country and your people you do not give up."
During the symposium, attendees including junior and senior high school students will have the opportunity to gain special insight into this period of history as expressed by some of the children and siblings of the suffragettes: Juliette Barnwell, Andrew Maynard, Alice Musgrove-Rolle, Wallice Carey and Shirley Cooper. Nationally recognized writers and researchers as well as international scholars will also present varied perspectives.
"The more we expose our young people, the better they will be and they will be able to build on it. They are the tradition bearers and long after we are gone they will be able to tell their children about aspects of our history," Ms. Campbell added.
The opening ceremony of the symposium will be held on Tuesday evening at 6:30p.m. and will be immediately followed by a panel discussion. The first session, specially structured for students, was held this past Tuesday.

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March 08, 2012
Frances Vernitta Wilson, 89

Funeral service for Evangelist Mother Frances Vernitta Wilson, 89, a resident of Hutchinson Street, & formerly of Forbes Hill, Exuma, who died on 2nd March, 2012, will be held at Mission Through Faith Church of God, Soldier Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Benjamin Gibson & Bishop Rupert Johnson. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughter WRC 842 Mary Wilson; son: Stanley and Jacklyn Barr; grandchildren: Lagenia Gibson, Sargent Desmond (H.M.P.) & Charlisa Miller, Cicylea & Terrell Dorsette, Annisha, Jessica,Cyntish, Natasha, Ingrid & Narissa; caretaker: Faye Nelson; great grandchildren: Schyonne, ...

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