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Movie
The Counselor
  • Genre : Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking....


News Article

July 05, 2011
When hatred triumphs over love

In a stunning display of idiocy, ignorance and incomprehensibility a pastoral trinity of Lyall Bethel, Allan Lee and Cedric Moss fired off a knee-jerk tirade cum letter to the editor generally confused about the facts on the matters on which they pontificated with smugness, sweated brow and frenzied abandon.
They were promiscuously responding to imagined threats that only through prejudicial and tortured thinking one, or in this case, the three of them divined in comments made by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette.  In light of their indiscriminate and poorly reasoned letter the pastoral posse had the temerity to label these comments as "seemingly arbitrary".
The DPM's thrust pertained to a resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on a report of the Third Committee and supported by The Bahamas.  If one only went by the pastors' comments one might believe that the resolution was mainly about those supposedly evil gay people and their so-called militant agenda.
In point of fact the resolution in question is 65/208 and concerns extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of people around the world.  Either the pastors woefully misunderstand or are shamefully ignorant of the contents and purpose of the resolution or they are morally blind, callous and indifferent to the same.
None of these conclusions are acceptable or becoming for religious ministers who boasted in their letter of "foresightedness" and have set themselves up as moral authorities and mini-inquisitors to help vet candidates for the House of Assembly.  These are mostly men of blinkered vision, not moral foresight or clear vision.
At the last election they imperially issued questions based on their narrow agenda, mostly focused on personal moral behavior with scant regard for various issues of social justice or broader questions of public policy.
We are likely to have to endure more of the same at the next election from pastors whose theological and ethical depth and knowledge on how to apply such norms to issues in the public square and of the moral dimensions of public policy is shallow, wanting and amateurish.
 
Detail
For now, here in detail is the supposedly offensive part of the UN resolution which has pricked their consciences and once again excited their lurking passions about homosexuality.  It is taken from section 6(b) of the resolution adopted by the General Assembly on the report of the Third Committee (A/65/456/Add.2 Part II) 65/208. Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
The prelude begins, "The General Assembly Urges all States" and follows on to 6(b):
"To ensure the effective protection of the right to life of all persons under their jurisdiction, to investigate promptly and thoroughly all killings, including those targeted at specific groups of persons, such as racially motivated violence leading to the death of the victim, killings of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities or because of their sexual orientation, killings of persons affected by terrorism or hostage-taking or living under foreign occupation, killings of refugees, internally displaced persons, migrants, street children or members of indigenous communities, killings of persons for reasons related to their activities as human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists or demonstrators, killings committed in the name of passion or in the name of honor, all killings committed for discriminatory reasons on any basis as well as all other cases where a person's right to life has been violated, to bring those responsible to justice before a competent, independent and impartial judiciary at the national or, where appropriate, international level and to ensure that such killings, including those committed by security forces, police and law enforcement agents, paramilitary groups or private forces, are neither condoned nor sanctioned by State officials or personnel;"
Supposedly, for the pastors, this section would be fine if the reference to sexual orientation was removed.  Following this illogic, everyone else in this section should have their lives protected and related killings investigated except gays and lesbians.
For context, we might recall how much and how devotedly Pastor Bethel has repeatedly said he loves gay people.  Apparently, that love and Christian charity does not extend to them being protected from extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions because of their sexual orientation.
In the minds and hearts of these pastors, gays and lesbians are asking for a special right in seeking to be named in protection from being murdered, brutalized and tortured by state officials or others.  If this is the sort of Christian and moral universe the pastors inhabit, no wonder so many have come to view them as individuals who simply and purely hate gay people despite their claims of love.
So blinded are they by prejudice and hatred that they have morally and intellectually twisted the resolution into another opportunity and platform from which to attack gay people.  If they pause long enough to remove the big 2x4 plank obstructing their moral vision on the resolution and before pressing the send button on another rabid public missive, they may see that the militant agenda under suspicion is their own.  Unsurprisingly, their moral scotosis and intellectual shallowness continues to erode their dwindling credibility.
 
Ahab
At the tragic heart of Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick, is a maniacal Captain Ahab obsessed with slaying a whale cum demon which, in his mind, is the epitome of evil.  Sadly, we now have a Bahamian pastor who personifies Captain Ahab, hook, line and sinker.
Who does the captain's cap fit, with matching moral straitjacket sequined with self-righteousness?  Though self-styled as an Old Testament prophet issuing modern jeremiads, Pastor Lyall Bethel hath becometh Captain Ahab.  Forgive the mixed maritime metaphor, but the pastor's white whale is an international homosexual conspiracy with tentacles that are supposedly corrupting a naive Bahamas.  But there he is standing in the breach with moral harpoons.
Melville writes of Ahab: "The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung."  As an aside, the fictional Ahab is clearly much deeper than many of his real-life incarnations.
Melville continues:  "All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demons of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick."
And, "He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it."
In the feverish hunt and targeting of gays and lesbians Pastor Captain Ahab and his current co-signatories and probably other crew members, had some other curious elements in their letter.  They questioned on whose behalf the DPM spoke.  He spoke as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas duly elected by the Bahamian people.  The resolution was also supported by the Official Opposition and the Leader of the Opposition.
Simply put, there was bipartisan support for a resolution seeking to protect numerous groups of people including, gays and lesbians, from extrajudicial and related killings.
 
Myopic
The letter writers also asked whose view was expressed.  They may be shocked to know that it is likely the view of the majority of Bahamians who support the same sentiments as the government and the opposition.   It is decidedly not the myopic and hardly religious or Christian view of those who would exclude gays and lesbians from protection against extrajudicial killings because of their extremism and moral confusion advertised as moral clarity.
The pastors will find that most Bahamians abhor the idea of their gay
 
 
sons and daughters, nieces and nephews and cousins, friends and colleagues and neighbors killed because of their sexual orientation.  The name for this moral sentiment: Love.  We are a more tolerant and less vicious society than many imagine, despite the bellicosity of a moral minority convinced that God and most of the public are cheering them on in their campaign of extremism and intolerance.
The general ignorance of the pastors on international law and various traditions of human rights was also on naked display along with their intellectual fatuousness and hypocrisy in their view that Bahamian sovereignty might be in jeopardy in the context of the resolution.
One should choose one's words carefully, as these pastors typically become fantasists whenever they hear or see the words gay, lesbian or sexual orientation.  They are expert at creating bogeymen on various matters about gays and lesbians, including in the context of their argument about sovereignty.
It was exactly Bahamian sovereignty that was exercised in support of the resolution.  Unless, of course, the pastors believe that they are the ultimate judges and final arbiters of Bahamian sovereignty.
Sovereignty is a clear principle in international law and relations, though the concept is debated on various issues.  But the evolution of the concept is moving in a clear direction on matters such as genocide, the transshipment of persons, drugs and arms, as well as extrajudicial killings, torture and related crimes.
If one falls for the narrow logic of the pastors, The Bahamas should not support resolutions upholding religious freedom and tolerance internationally, nor should the country have supported the fight against apartheid, as these would interfere with the sovereignty of other countries.
Still, in the end, it is about love, which one would be hard-pressed to find in the angry and maniacal letter by the pastors.  If they cannot support the protection of gays and lesbians from being savagely killed, their moral world view and disdain of gays and lesbians is abundantly clear.
This is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ or love.  Instead, it is hatred masquerading as moral concern.  It is they who may be in need of penance and repentance.  The pastors and their rainbow of despisers should humble themselves and seek the forgiveness of gays and lesbians for their venom and inability to love these gay brothers and sisters.  In turn, the latter should pray for their attackers who heartlessly condemn them to a lack of mercy and protection of their very lives.
 
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Movie
Homefront
  • Genre : Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord....


News Article

March 02, 2012
Police solve 11 of 21 murders

Police said they have solved 11 of the 21 murders recorded so far for 2012.
Superintendent Anthony Ferguson, officer in charge of crime management, said police are following significant leads in the remaining 10 murders and hope to resolve those shortly.
There were nine murders in January this year, compared to 12 last January, and there were 12 in February compared to the seven last February, Ferguson noted at a press conference at Police Headquarters on East Street.
He said five of the murders that took place already this year were drug-related and three were the result of conflicts that escalated.
Three of the 21 murders were retaliatory killings, according to Ferguson.
The Nassau Guardian previously reported that there were 22 murders in the country so far for 2012, but Ferguson explained that the February 7 death of a man on Marshall Road has not been classified as a murder.
The man was stabbed in an altercation with another man who also received stab wounds, according to police.
Police also revealed that up to yesterday they had removed 128 firearms and 3,359 rounds of ammunition off the streets for the year.
At the press conference yesterday, Ferguson also said a report in The Tribune that escaped prisoner Frederick Green, also known as Frederick Neely, was captured, was inaccurate.
Green, who was a remanded inmate, escaped from the Princess Margaret Hospital chest ward through a window around 4:10 a.m. on February 21.
"I can tell you that the escaped prisoner is still at large," he told reporters.
"Somebody was arrested, but it was not the escaped prisoner. Somebody might have thought that he was the escaped prisoner, but upon investigation it was discovered that he was not."
Ferguson said the man was released after the investigation.

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Movie
3 Days to Kill
  • Genre : Action, Crime, Drama
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. ...


News Article

March 02, 2012
Ministry of Health Statement on Counterfeit Drugs in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas - It
has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health that some
counterfeit drugs are being sold in The Bahamas.

As a result,
the Ministry together with The Bahamas Pharmacy Council has appointed a
Committee chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merceline
Dahl-Regis, to investigate allegations of the importation and
distribution of counterfeit drugs by at least one pharmacy in The
Bahamas. 

The Committee will be assisted in its investigation by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)...

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Movie
Better Living Through Chemistry
  • Genre : Comedy, Drama
  • Rating :

A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder....


News Article

March 03, 2012
Pharmacy Council pleased with inspection results

The Bahamas Pharmacy Council (BPC) said yesterday that based on its inspections, all authorized wholesalers and pharmacies are operating in line with international standards, but the council urged consumers to remain on alert.
BPC consults with the Ministry of Health and is the investigating and regulatory body for pharmacy practice in The Bahamas.
BPC Chairman Philip Gray said the council learnt recently that the government had received claims that gray market pharmaceuticals and possible counterfeit medication may have entered The Bahamas.
However, the council said it is unaware of any counterfeit medication surfacing in The Bahamas at this time.
"Our inspections of facilties are carried out under the same prescribed guidelines," said Gray during a press conference at BPC headquarters on Delancy Street.
"We cannot, however, underestimate the global problem of counterfeit medications and the possibility that even under best security measures, the possibility of products slipping through the seams."
Gray encouraged members of the public to remain vigilant. He said they should not underestimate the possibility of counterfeit drugs being circulated in unlicensed stores or on the street.
"We feel both the government and the council [must] protect the Bahamian consumer," he said.
"Once we would have heard of any such matter we need to move swiftly on it to see if there is anything that needs to be eradicated and...if any product needs to be moved off the market."
He added, "We need to be vigilant and make sure that there is nothing adverse happening in The Bahamas and certainly make sure we keep in tact the good name of the industry."
Shelly Collymore, council registrar with responsibility for data collection on all stakeholders and entities, insisted that customers review the pharmacists' licenses, which should be on display, when purchasing pharmaceutical products.
"If you go into a pharmacy or an operation that claims to be a pharmacy and it doesn't have those documents then you should be concerned," Collymore said.
"Every one of them should have a copy of a license that should be clearly...displayed in the pharmacy in which they are practicing. If that information is not available members of the public are invited to report that to the council...by coming into the office, phoning or sending a letter [to] the office."
There are around 75 pharmacies that are currently licensed with BPC.
Sixty-five are in New Providence and the balance in the Family Islands. Additionally, there are 187 pharmacists registered with the council and approximately 100 technicians.

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Movie
Sabotage
  • Genre : Action, Crime, Drama
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house....


News Article

January 10, 2012
Heart disease in dogs

In The Bahamas, heart disease is a major cause of death in people, as it is in animals. In humans it is because of lifestyle challenges (smoking, diet, etc). In animals, the cause is usually hereditary, heartworms, age-related or degenerative. Middle-aged and older small dogs are most often affected. A number of conditions can adversely affect the function of the heart. Heart failure results when a damaged heart muscle is no longer able to move blood throughout the body. Without treatment, the dog will die. Disease prevalence severely increases with age.
Signs of heart disease vary from type-to-type, but many times the affected dog suffers exercise intolerance (becomes exhausted quickly), may act weak or have a bluish tinge to the skin and tongue from the lack of oxygen. In most cases of chronic heart failure, the dog's body retains fluid (edema), due to the body trying to compensate for reduced heart efficiency. The result is a retention of sodium and fluids, increased blood volume, constriction of blood vessels and increased blood pressure.
Heart disease has a cascading effect on the whole body and can lead to damage of other internal organs like the kidney, liver and lungs. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid collects in the lungs (pulmonary edema) and results in a cough, labored breathing and panting. Obesity complicates heart disease and makes it more difficult to treat, but some dogs suffer weight loss and seem to waste away. Dogs sit with elbows spread and neck extended while straining to breathe. They may even try to sleep in this position to ease respiration.
When the right side of the heart fails, fluid collects and swells the abdomen, accumulates beneath the skin, and/or fills the chest cavity. This fluid accumulation results in congestive heart failure. Usually, dogs suffering from heart failure will have a heart murmur. Many times, right heart failure develops as a result of the strain from an existing left heart failure.
Congenital heart disease may or may not be inherited and is quite rare. Patent ductus arteriosus is the most common, and is seen in poodles and shepherds. Congenital pulmonic stenosis and aortic stenosis are also conditions that are seen. Acquired heart disease, unlike congenital, develops over time, and is commonly due to other conditions like cancer, parasites (heartworm) or infectious disease (periodontal disease). Acquired valvular heart disease is considered a disease of old age, with about one third of all dogs over the age of 12 affected. It is most common in smaller breeds. The heart valves simply begin to wear out and leak blood backwards instead of pumping it all forward. This puts extra strain on the heart. Dilated cardiomyopathy may also cause heart valve problems. This is a disease of the heart, rather than the valves. The heart loses the ability to adequately contract and pump blood out. The heart itself enlarges, but becomes flaccid, and the muscle walls become thin. This is usually a hereditary problem and is seen in boxers, cocker spaniels and Dobermans.
Diagnosis of heart disease is made using x-rays, ultrasounds and electrocardiograms (EKG) that pick up irregular heart rhythm. Dogs with heart disease due to heartworms can be cured if diagnosed and treated early. Dogs with valvular heart disease can often be helped with drugs that improve the heart performance and reduce flow accumulation. A diuretic drug like Lasix forces the kidney to eliminate excess salt and water. Vasodilation drugs like Enalapil help open the lungs and control congestion. Digoxin may help improve heart muscle performance in certain types of heart disease.

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Movie
A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Genre : Action, Crime, Mystery
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife....


News Article
Portrait of the bulldog
July 14, 2011
Portrait of the bulldog

For the last three weeks I have been asking myself the question (and by extension asking you), what type of leader do we need to take us forward as a people in this trying season? I told you that there are four kinds of politicians: The lotioner (the silver tongued one), the grunt (the follower who reaps the rewards of following), the lone wolf (the man who is too temperamental or idealistic to fit in for long), and the bulldog. Today I give you the bulldog.

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Movie
The Black Moses
  • Genre : Documentary
  • Rating : A - All ages admitted

Was L.O Pindling, first black Prime Minister of The Bahamas, one of history's greatest national Liberators, or was he one of history's greatest national Drug Dealers? The Black Moses takes a looks at the popular folk 'moses mythology' as it was manif...


News Article

December 22, 2011
TEENAGER GIVEN CHANCE TO REDEEM HIMSELF

By LAMECH JOHNSON

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

THE prosecution's willingness to accept a teenager's guilty plea to a drug possession charge led to the young man being given a chance to redeem himself.

Lenny Oscar, 18, was granted $1,000 bail and ordered to undergo four months of counselling while being subjected to weekly urine tests to ensure no drugs are in his system.

Oscar was initially arraigned in Court One, Bank Lane on the charge of possession of marijuana with intent to supply. He is alleged to have committed the offence on Tuesday, December 20.

When asked to give his plea, the accused told the court he was "guilty of possession" but not guilty of intending to supp ...

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News Article

July 14, 2011
Launch of National Job Readiness Programme

National Job Readiness And Training Programme

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Event
BIFF Film Series Presents
BIFF Film Series Presents

Wednesday 27th October 2010  7:30 PM

ROAR 16 MINS Short Drama A socially awkward Londoner is lonely at Christmas. When a cold city girl rejects his gesture of goodwill, he takes drastic action. Roar is a smart and subversive short film that will haunt you for months. Filmmakers: Adam Wimpenny, Director, J.S. Hill Writer, Adam Credited Cast: Russell Tovey Jodie Whittaker Tom Burke MORENITA 92 MINS Drama Director / Writer: Alan Jonsson Producer: Annabel Oakes Writer (screenplay): Ozcar Ramírez - Producer Desperate to save his family from death threats by a notorious drug dealer, Mateo Cruz steals the venerated image of the Virgin of Guadalupe causing pandemonium throughout Mexico. Credited cast: Mario Almada ... Miguel Everardo Arzate ... El Pinto Michelle Marie Benoit ... Anchorwoman Octavio Castro ... Joven Basílica Cost: $12/per screening; $100/complete package, including popcorn. Snack menu & bar available Start Time: October 27th at 7:30pm Where: Old Fort Bay For more information, contact 242-325-5747 www.bintlfilmfest.com


News Article

July 14, 2011
OAS Presents New Report on the Progress of Drug Control in the Americas

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) today published its latest report on the progress of drug control in the region, containing 350 recommendations for countries facing this problem, of which 38 percent involve control measures, 28 percent demand reduction, 24 percent supply reduction, and 17 the strengthening of institutions.

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Event
NAGB Environmental Film Series Presents
NAGB Environmental Film Series Presents

Thursday 18th November 2010  7:00 PM

Trouble the water opens the day the filmmakers meet 24 year old aspiring rap artist and ex-drug dealer Kimberly Roberts and her husband Scott at a Red Cross centre in central Louisiana, then flashes back two weeks, with Kimberly turning her new video camera on herself and her neighbours trapped in their Ninth Ward attic as the storm rages, the levees fail and the flood waters rise. Weaving 15 minutes of Roberts' ground zero footage shot the day before and the morning of the storm , with archival news segments, other home videos, and verite footage they filmed over two years, director/producers Tia Lessin & Carl Deal document the journey of a young couple living on the margins who survive the storm and seize a chance for a new beginning. Directors: Tia Lessin & Carl Deal Runtime: 93 mins Start Time: November 18th at 7:00pm Where: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West & West Hill Sts For more information, contact 242-328-5800


Event
George Gershwin's Porgy Bess
George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess

Tuesday 5th July 2011  7:30 PM

5th - 10th July, 2011 7:30 p.m. The Rain Forest Theater The Whyndam Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Cable Beach Tickets: $30.00, $40.00 and $50.00 Booth:(6 persons) $400.00 with wine Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the Catfish Row slum of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer and deals with themes of love and abuse. Its more familiar songs include Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You is My Woman Now, I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down.


News Article

March 05, 2012
Delay over drug dealers' appeal against sentence

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

THE COURT of Appeal deferred its decision in the cases of two men appealing against their sentences after being convicted of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Following arguments from Jomo Campbell and Murrio Ducille, attorneys for Anthony Armbrister and Andrew Davis respectively, appellate court president Justice Anita Allen said the decisions would be announced at a later date as they are "matters of public interest".

Justices Allen, Christopher Blackman and Abdulai Conteh were told the four-year sentences meted out to the men were "excessive and harsh".

Armbrister, a penile cancer patient, was o ...

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Event
Nassau City Opera presents Porgy Bess
Nassau City Opera presents "Porgy & Bess"

Wednesday 6th July 2011

July 6, 7 & 10th, 2011 Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the Catfish Row slum of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer and deals with themes of love and abuse. Its more familiar songs include Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You is My Woman Now, I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down. Tickets available at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 393-3728.


News Article

March 06, 2012
Former MP in tears for next generation

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Staff Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

FORMER member of parliament Edward "Dud" Maynard broke down in tears yesterday over the growing disparity between the ideals and aspirations of the country's "trailblazers" and the younger generation.

Addressing students at a symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Women's Suffrage Movement, Mr Maynard said he felt that young people were wasting hard-earned opportunities by indulging in drugs and distancing themselves from social history.

"We have taken over our country politically, but our children are falling behind," Mr Maynard said.

"That is a grievous feeling to me, it make ...

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Event
Nassau City Opera presents Porgy Bess
Nassau City Opera presents "Porgy & Bess"

Thursday 7th July 2011

July 6, 7 & 10th, 2011 Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the Catfish Row slum of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer and deals with themes of love and abuse. Its more familiar songs include Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You is My Woman Now, I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down. Tickets available at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 393-3728.


News Article

March 08, 2012
Miller wants truce

Former Cabinet Minister Leslie Miller has called for a 'truce' between the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and the Free National Movement (FNM) during the remainder of the election season.
Over the past few weeks several PLP and FNM candidates have hurled insults at each other during their respective rallies and constituency office openings.
Miller, who has launched several verbal attacks against National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest and State Minister for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner, said yesterday politicians on both sides should focus on the issues during the rest of the election season.
However, Turnquest said he would not give in to a verbal ceasefire. The Mount Moriah MP said he plans to sue Miller unless he publicly apologizes for certain disparaging comments.
Turnquest said the allegations - which were made by Miller on Monday night at the opening of the PLP's Golden Gates constituency office - have hurt his wife and family.
"What Leslie Miller did on Monday night was despicable," Turnquest told The Nassau Guardian. "I'm seeking legal advice at the moment, and until he apologizes to my wife, there will be no truce. My wife is very hurt that someone would [speak about her] that way and [of] her husband that way.
"He can [say those things] and expect everything to be okay? Now he wants a truce? You got to be joking. He says he's a 'potcake'? Well Bahamians keep 'potcakes' in the yard, not in the house and definitely not in the House of Assembly."
Miller said Bahamian politicians should focus their campaigns on the real issues affecting voters. He said his earlier gibes were only made in self defense after jokes were made about him "stealing toilets".
"They attacked me first," Miller said. "I was minding my own business. If you don't defend yourself, people will believe it. This is so gutless and unnecessary and so contrary to what we are as a people. Let everybody call a truce and act like sensible people.
"It [isn't] going to stop until we as grown men and women decide we are going to stop. This has nothing to do with the issues going on in our country."
Miller has made public jokes about Butler-Turner's weight.
Last night, the Montagu MP, who is now running on the FNM's ticket for Long Island, said while the disparaging remarks about her size have not hurt her, they have turned off some female voters.
"Everybody knows I am a big person," Butler-Turner said.
"I am comfortable in my own skin. I'm full of self-esteem. But the way he disrespected me clearly demonstrated how he disrespects females in general. I'm glad that he now wants a truce in the wake of the fact that so many females have called me to let me know that they won't even consider supporting him."
Butler-Turner admitted that she referred to Miller as a self-described 'potcake' during an FNM event in Southern Shores, but said, "I never called this man something he never called himself.
"When we look at this gutter politics, more and more persons want to hear the issues and they do not want to hear the negativity. If somebody throws something at you, what are you are going to do?"
In the election season so far, there has been a lot of mudslinging and claims of corruption being hurled back and forth.
At a political event last week, Turnquest made homosexual innuendos about PLPs, and also used words like rape and prostitution.
The FNM's candidate for North Andros and the Berry Islands Desmond Bannister said the PLP had a bunch of geriatrics at their North Andros event last week. Among those sitting up front were former Governor General A. D. Hanna, Dame Marguerite Pindling and retired Archbishop Drexel Gomez.
And Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham recently questioned the motives of long-time director of the National AIDS Programme Dr. Perry Gomez, who is now the PLP's candidate for North Andros and the Berry Islands.
Ingraham asked at a recent political event: "Ask him when did he become interested or concerned about North Andros or about people like you who [don't have] AIDS? When did he become concerned about you?"
Gomez's family and many PLPs saw it as an unfair attack on a man who has spent decades fighting HIV/AIDS in The Bahamas.
The prime minister has also sought to link PLPs to known drug dealers.

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Event
Nassau City Opera presents Porgy Bess
Nassau City Opera presents "Porgy & Bess"

Sunday 10th July 2011

July 6, 7 & 10th, 2011 Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the Catfish Row slum of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, the drug dealer and deals with themes of love and abuse. Its more familiar songs include Summertime, It Ain't Necessarily So, Bess, You is My Woman Now, I Loves You Porgy and Oh I Can't Sit Down. Tickets available at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 393-3728.


News Article

April 06, 2010
China executes Japanese drug smuggler

China has executed a Japanese man convicted of drug smuggling, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

He is the first Japanese citizen to be put to death in China since diplomatic ties between the two countries were re-established in 1972.

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Event
Career Achievement Tribute
Career Achievement Tribute

Friday 2nd December 2011  6:00 PM

Friday, December 2 / 8:00pm Atlantis Theatre Heather Graham to Receive Career Achievement Tribute The Career Achievement Tribute ceremony featuring Graham will take place at the Atlantis Theater on the evening of Friday, December 2nd. Jeffrey Lyons, host of the TV show “Lyons Den”, will be moderating the evening’s conversation. Details of the event and its participants were revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. Heather Graham discovered her passion for acting at an early age and caught the attention of filmmakers with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Graham went on to score unforgettable roles in the 1997 classic Boogie Nights, for which she received the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Also in 1999, Graham was named ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow. Up next, Graham will star in Cherry opposite James Franco and Heartland opposite Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. Most recently, she starred in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, 5 Days of War, Scream4 (2011) and opposite Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis in The Hangover (2010). She also starred with a stellar ensemble in Emilio Estevez's Bobby, about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, which premiered at the 2006 AFI Film Festival. Throughout her career, Graham has worked with some of the industry's most respected actors and directors. Her performances include that of a doe-eyed girl in Swingers, with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn; an ambitious young actress in Frank Oz's Bowfinger with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy; and the tragic Mary Kelly in Albert and Allen Hughes' From Hell opposite Johnny Depp, as well as roles in The Guru with Marisa Tomei; Hope Springs opposite Colin Firth; Committed with Luke Wilson; Ed Burns' ensemble Sidewalks of New York; James Toback's Two Girls and a Guy with Robert Downey Jr.; Lost in Space with Gary Oldman and William Hurt; and Six Degrees of Separation starring Will Smith. Her upcoming film projects include Baby on Board opposite Jerry O'Connell and John Corbett, and Boogie Woogie alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Gillian Anderson (for director Duncan Ward). Graham executive produced and starred in the feature film Cake, a romantic comedy also starring Sandra Oh and Cheryl Hines. In 2004-2005, she received rave reviews for her guest starring stint on NBC’s critically acclaimed series “Scrubs.” On stage, Graham made her theatrical debut off-Broadway in Playwrights Horizons' “Recent Tragic Events.” BIFF’s Career Achievement Tribute honors an actor or actress whose work has had a major impact and advanced the frontiers of cinematic artistry around the world. Past recipients include Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin, multiple Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp, Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage, Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne, critically acclaimed actress Daryl Hannah and the esteemed Roger Corman.


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Career Achievement Tribute to Heather Graham
Career Achievement Tribute to Heather Graham

Friday 2nd December 2011  8:00 PM

Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Drugstore Cowboy, Austin Powers) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year’s Festival. The Career Achievement Tribute ceremony will take place at the Atlantis Theater on Friday, December 2nd. Jeffrey Lyons, host of the TV show “Lyons Den”, will be moderating the evening’s conversation. Heather Graham discovered her passion for acting at an early age and caught the attention of filmmakers with her breakout role in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy , for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Graham went on to score unforgettable roles in the 1997 classic Boogie Nights , for which she received the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, and 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Also in 1999, Graham was named ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow. Up next, Graham will star in Cherry opposite James Franco and Heartland opposite Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. Most recently, she starred in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, 5 Days of War, Scream4 (2011) and opposite Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifinakis in The Hangover (2010). She also starred with a stellar ensemble in Emilio Estevez's Bobby, about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, which premiered at the 2006 AFI Film Festival. Throughout her career, Graham has worked with some of the industry's most respected actors and directors. Her performances include that of a doe-eyed girl in Swingers, with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn; an ambitious young actress in Frank Oz's Bowfinger with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy; and the tragic Mary Kelly in Albert and Allen Hughes' From Hell opposite Johnny Depp, as well as roles in The Guru with Marisa Tomei; Hope Springs opposite Colin Firth; Committed with Luke Wilson; Ed Burns' ensemble Sidewalks of New York; James Toback's Two Girls and a Guy with Robert Downey Jr.; Lost in Space with Gary Oldman and William Hurt; and Six Degrees of Separation starring Will Smith. Her upcoming film projects include Baby on Board opposite Jerry O'Connell and John Corbett, and Boogie Woogie alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Gillian Anderson (for director Duncan Ward). Graham executive produced and starred in the feature film Cake, a romantic comedy also starring Sandra Oh and Cheryl Hines. In 2004-2005, she received rave reviews for her guest starring stint on NBC’s critically acclaimed series “Scrubs.” On stage, Graham made her theatrical debut off-Broadway in Playwrights Horizons' “Recent Tragic Events.” BIFF’s Career Achievement Tribute honors an actor or actress whose work has had a major impact and advanced the frontiers of cinematic artistry around the world. Past recipients include Academy Award® winner Alan Arkin, multiple Academy Award® nominee Johnny Depp, Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage, Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne, critically acclaimed actress Daryl Hannah and the esteemed Roger Corman. Friday, December 2 / 8:00pm Atlantis Theatre