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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....


Event
Drug Education at Greek Church

Thursday 27th August 2009  7:00 PM

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's Youth Department hosts a Drug Education Forum. Presenters/Discussion lead by: The Embassy of The United State's Drug Enforcement Agency, members of the legal profession, members of the medical profession and The Royal Bahamas Police Force. All are welcome. Start Time: August 27th at 7:00 pm Where: Church Hall, West Street For more information, contact Alexandra Maillis-Lynch at 242-557-3557.


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
A movie buff's dream

Thrilling comedies, intriguing documentaries, exciting dramas, animated films and short features will have you either laughing, crying or in deep thought. The Bahamas International Film Festival which runs through Sunday, December 4, will be a movie buff's dream.
With 69 films showing from 34 countries, at no charge -- outside of the opening and closing nights -- at Galleria on John F. Kennedy Drive, it is clear that there is definitely something different about the eighth run of this popular fest.
"This year is such a strong line-up of films it is hard to identify which ones are must-sees from ones that aren't," said Dennis Dembia, public relations representative from Rogers and Cowan. "They are all stellar and every one will make you feel differently. With so much to chose from, there has to be something [a film] for everyone's tastes so there is no excuse for you not to get your fill on some really good cinema. You have to catch them all."
Dembia says the film festival will be amazing from start to finish, and is what people wait for year round since the festival was established. He believes this year's festival will be the best yet.
Some of the films to definitely catch include the Indian film by Gemma Atwal "Marathon Boy" that should remind viewers of the plot line from the movie "Slumdog Millionaire", but with a different but equally charming surprise appeal. A short film with a Caribbean flair and a cultural feel that should pique interest is the Trinidadian film "Y-ning" by Emilie Upczak which is a brief examination of "winding" as dance language as well.
The opening film, "The Rum Diary", which will be shown again in the film festival should also be of great interest to film-goers as it is a flighty adventure staged in the Caribbean islands.
Seven Bahamian films will also be a big attraction this year from a tribute to Bahamian spiritual artist Amos Ferguson in the film "Amos" by Karen Arthur and Thomas Neuwirth, to an animated short by Jason Evans called "Tall Tale of an Accidental Tourist" which humorously examines the discovery of The Bahamas.
"Movie buffs, enthusiastics, filmmakers and actors alike will just love this year's offerings at the festival. There will be something for everyone and you don't have to think twice about whether you can afford to come out to support it or not because this year, outside of the opening and closing night every screening is free. You have so much to choose from and everyone can take full advantage of the screenings because as one movie ends you can just slip into another one for free. There is a lot to see and every film that was chosen to be seen has gone through great scrutiny by founder of the film festival, Leslie Vanderpool."
Dembia says the Festival will showcase quality films that aren't Hollywood blockbuster status, but are amazing to see nonetheless.
"Unlike other film festivals that are larger and screen hundreds of films, this Festival is small and can only choose about 70 films to screen, so what you will get this weekend will be great film and great film after great film. There will not be one film that is not of good quality or rich in other elements."
Other highlights of this year's festival include the staple tributes to two deserving actors in the film industry. This year's Career Achievement honoree is Heather Graham, who is celebrated as a diverse actress whose longevity in the field and work with A-listers is acclaimed. Some of her more popular film appearances include "The Hangover", "Scream 4", "Boogie Nights" and "Drugstore Cowboy".
The second award, the BIFF Rising Star, will go to Zoe Kravitz, daughter of music phenomenon Lenny Kravitz, who starred in numerous recent films like "X-Men: First Class", "No Reservations", "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "Yelling at the Sky", a film that will be featured in this year's festival. Kravitz has shown diversity and given noteworthy performances in her fledging career, and there is great anticipation for her future work.
Special master classes for aspiring actors and directors will also be put on during the festival by experts Roger Guenveur Smith and Jordan Walker-Pearlman respectively. The acting class will be held in the Ares Room at Atlantis on Saturday, December 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the directing class on Sunday, December 4 from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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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
Portrait of the bulldog
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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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
Beware the causes of hammertoe

Women who love to wear high heels, especially shoes with pointed toes, this is for you. Especially if you have noticed the bending of your toes, corns or pale or darker spots on the toes. If you have to grin and bear it when wearing your favorite high heel and can't wait to take them off because your little toe is "killing" you, you may have hammertoes.
Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.
Hammertoes usually start out as mild bending or deformities and get worse over time. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and the toe can be straightened out to its original shape. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become stiff or rigid and will stay in the bent position permanently.
Hammertoes seldom get better without some kind of intervention. Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they should be treated early.

Causes
Hammertoe is caused by an imbalance in the muscle and tendon around the toe. Because of the way some people walk, mechanical (structural) changes can occur in the foot leading to this imbalance and bending of the toe.
Hammertoes are often made worse by shoes that don't fit properly. It may also result if a long toe is forced into a cramped position when a tight shoe is worn. In some people, hammertoes are inherited and occasionally, they can develop from an earlier trauma to the toe.

Symptoms
Common symptoms of hammertoes include:
o Pain or irritation of the affected toe when wearing shoes - especially tight or pointed toe shoes.
o The tops of the toes may have skin that is darker that the rest of the toe. Sometimes, the area may be lighter in color that the rest of the toe especially if medicated corn pads were used.
o Corns and calluses (a buildup of skin) on the toe, between two toes, or on the ball of the foot. Corns are caused by constant friction against the shoe. They may be soft or hard, depending upon their location.
o Inflammation, redness, or a burning sensation.
o Contracture (permanent bending) of the toe.
o In more severe cases of hammertoe, open sores may form.

Diagnosis
To diagnose a hammertoe the podiatrist will obtain a history of your symptoms and examine your foot. During the physical exam, the podiatrist may try to straighten and manipulate your toes to study the contractures. In addition, x-rays of the foot will be taken to determine the extent of deformity in the toe. Hammertoes are progressive so they will not go away by themselves and will usually get worse over time. Some hammertoes progress quickly while others take a longer time.

Conservative treatment
There are a variety of treatment options for hammertoe. The podiatrist will choose a treatment based on the severity of your hammertoe and how it is impacting your feet and life. These may include any or all of the following.
o Padding corns and calluses. Your podiatrist can provide or prescribe pads designed to protect corns from irritation. There are also over-the-counter pads that can be used to avoid the medicated types. Medicated pads are generally not recommended because they may contain a small amount of acid that can be harmful. They can cause the color to change on the toe (darker or lighter) and may cause ulcers/sores to the toes. This is especially true for people with diabetes. They must never use medicated corn pads.
o Changes in shoe wear. Avoid shoes with pointed toes, shoes that are too short or shoes with high heels. All these conditions can force your toe against the front of the shoes and encourage or aggravate hammer toes. Instead, wear comfortable shoes with a deep, roomy toe box and heels no higher than two inches.
o Orthotic devices. A custom orthotic device placed in your shoe may help control the muscle/tendon imbalance and prevent or delay the hammertoes.
o Injection therapy. Corticosteroid injections are sometimes used to ease pain and inflammation caused by hammertoe.
o Medications. Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation in the toe.
o Splinting/strapping. Splints or small straps may be applied by the podiatrist to realign and straighten the bent toe.

When surgery is required
In some cases, when the hammertoe has become more rigid and painful, when the conservative treatment has not helped or when an open sore has developed, surgery is needed to treat the hammertoe.
The podiatrist will choose the best procedure to fix your hammertoe based on the extent of the deformity, the number of toes involved, your age, your activity level and other factors about your general health. The procedure can be performed to fix one or multiple toes at the same time. The recovery time will vary, depending on the procedure or procedures performed but can be between three to six weeks.

oFor more information on hammertoes visit www.foothealth.com or www.apma.org. To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre, Rosetta Street telephone, 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates, Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820.

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News Article
Launch of National Job Readiness Programme

National Job Readiness And Training Programme

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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
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
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


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


News Article
Those we lost this year

This year was marked by the loss of several Bahamians who strove to make The Bahamas a better place. Their legacies reflect a deep commitment for developing the moral and cultural fabric of society, making them irreplaceable national treasures.
On February 7, Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon passed away.
Ordained as deacon in 1954 and then as priest in 1955, Eldon was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of New Providence in 1971.  He served as Diocesan Bishop from 1974 until his retirement in 1996.
At his funeral on February 15 at Christ Church Cathedral, Bishop Eldon was remembered as 'the people's bishop' as he was always with them even beyond his capacity as a church leader.  Indeed his influence extended to education as a founding chairman of The College of The Bahamas board of directors, as well as to service in feeding the needy and assisting recovering drug addicts.
In helping to mold all sectors of society, Bishop Eldon was a true conscientious citizen and community leader.
The Bethel family suffered a double loss as Dr. Keva Marie Bethel, Bishop Eldon's sister, succumbed to cancer on February 15, hours before her brother's funeral.
Dr. Bethel was described by the prime minister as an "extra-ordinary Bahamian".  Like her late husband E. Clement Bethel, Dr. Bethel was dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Bahamian culture.
Most notably, Dr. Bethel was also a pioneer in education, joining her brother on the founding board of directors for The College of The Bahamas.  Dr. Bethel acted as principal of the college from 1982-1995, and then as its president until 1998.
As an educator for more than 50 years, Dr. Bethel never stopped in her efforts to advance the intelligent development of Bahamian citizens -- efforts that were honored by her students and colleagues at her memorial service on February 18 at the college's Centre for the Performing Arts.
She was a quiet hero and a magnanimous leader -- with a kind spirit, a purposeful vision, she inspired countless Bahamians to work towards building a dynamic nation.
Another Bahamian icon, Basil Dean, passed away on February 11 in Florida while being treated for cancer.
Beloved and respected by police and feared by criminals, Dean changed the face of crime fighting in The Bahamas. Joining the police force in 1966, Dean served selflessly for 31 years, retiring as assistant commissioner of police.
He then took up the position of vice president of Security and Surveillance at Atlantis resort.
At his military funeral at Christ Church Cathedral on February 22, the beloved Dean was remembered for his no-tolerance stance on crime and his personal integrity.
As his son Brent Dean pointed out during the service, his father left the police force with his integrity intact, considering that his greatest achievement in a time where some policemen readily received bribes and could at times hardly be separated from criminals themselves.
Those who worked with him after retirement looked on him fondly as an important mentor in their lives, for whether in the police force or at Atlantis resort, Dean molded the moral integrity and pride of many a student as an exemplary model.
This year, the Bahamian community also mourned the loss of a great cultural figure, Jackson Logan Burnside. He died on May 11 after suffering a brain aneurysm on April 15 at age 62.
Burnside was a true cultural icon passionate about all things Bahamian.  As an architect under Doongalik studios, Burnside preserved in all of his design projects the 'Bahamianness' in local architecture. Such efforts are seen in many of his projects, including the iconic Atlantis Marina Village.
Considered one of the master artists of The Bahamas, Burnside's colorful paintings invoked in viewers pure joy and appreciation for their heritage.
As Burnside was also a founder of One Family Junkanoo group along with his brother Stan, an elaborate Junkanoo rush-out in his honor followed his funeral service on May 19 where his role as a mentor to many young Bahamians -- whether future architects, artists, or Junkanoo icons -- was remembered.
Though the loss of Burnside is a huge blow to the cultural development of The Bahamas, his passion will live on for he shared it with every single person he came across in his life.
In December, The Bahamas faced the unexpected loss of Canon Neil Roach. As the longest-serving rector of Holy Cross Parish, his death came just days before he planned to celebrate the 54th anniversary of being an ordained priest.
His influence extended beyond his religious post however, for as an honorary consul to Trinidad and Tobago, Canon Roach helped to shape regional foreign policy and contributed to the civic life and development of The Bahamas.
Remembered by many as a particularly jovial and outgoing person, Canon Roach always urged people to see the glass half full, to practice thankfulness and to celebrate life. Nevertheless, with unwavering faith, he was adamant about upholding certain cultural norms about the Anglican Church. Indeed, he was a major icon in the Anglican community who even after his retirement remained dedicated to teaching and guiding people in the community.
Also in December, Bahamians lost a national hero when Sir Clifford Darling died after a long illness at the age of 89.
The fourth Bahamian-born governor general, Sir Clifford had a long and significant career in politics. He served as a Progressive Liberal Party MP for about 25 years.
Appointed as the Minister of Labor and National Insurance in 1971, he introduced the National Insurance Programme on October 7, 1974, ensuring every Bahamian received assistance in their time of need.
From 1977 to 1992, Sir Clifford served as the speaker of the House of Assembly and in 1992 was sworn in at Government House as the governor general of The Bahamas, a post he held until 1995.
Indeed, Sir Clifford fought for significant change in The Bahamas, and not only as a politician. From his beginnings as a taxicab driver and general secretary and then president of The Bahamas Taxicab Union, Sir Clifford sought to ensure fairness in Bahamian businesses and society. From the early 1950s he worked with hotels to ensure Bahamian taxicab drivers received fair treatment and share of passengers from the resort clientele.
Through a general strike in 1958 where he worked with the union to blockade the airport, Sir Clifford helped to forge an agreement involving hotels, tour services and taxicab operators that has persisted to this day.
Sir Clifford was knighted by the Queen in 1977 and was a stalwart councillor, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of the Progressive Liberal Party.
In December, Reginald Dumont, the husband of former Governor General Dame Ivy Dumont also died. Dumont was 88.
Of course there were many other beloved Bahamians who made contributions to the development of The Bahamas who died this year.  They too will be fondly remembered by many.  Though their journeys on earth have ended, the legacies of these great Bahamians will be felt for many years to come as they live on in the lives of those they changed.

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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
Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE) Meeting Dedicated to Cyber-Security

 



The
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José
Miguel Insulza, inaugurated today the twelfth annual meeting of the
Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism (CICTE), to discuss and adopt
a declaration on "Strengthening Cyber Security in the Americas."

The
Secretary General stressed the power of rapid technological advances to
provide new and valuable services to citizens, but noted that it also
offers criminals new ways to attack. In this sense, he warned that
"Cybercrime incidents can adopt a multitude of forms and lead to the
gravest consequences," also mentioning their connection with a variety
of illegal activities, from arms trafficking and drugs to terrorism
itself...

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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
BAHAMAS URGED: ADDRESS FINANCIAL LAW WEAKNESSES

By NEIL HARTNELL

Tribune Business Editor

THE US government has again urged the Bahamas to strengthen its anti-terror financing laws and make membership of organised criminal gangs a criminal offence, according to a recently-released US State Department report.

The annual 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), which details efforts by world governments to fight the illegal drug trade and associated money laundering, largely repeated prior US criticisms of the Bahamas' financial regulatory system, such as the resources provided to supervisors and the absence of a public registry detailing all beneficial owners of Bahamian-domiciled entities.

Indeed, many of the wea ...

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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
Police lack creole speakers

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force continues to lack sufficient Creole speakers to combat the major role played by Haitian-Bahamian gangs in the drugs trade, according to the US State Department.

The newly released 2012 edition of the department's International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) - the precusor to which first raised the issue of Haitian-Bahamian gangs - said the problem persists and the Drug Enforcement Unit still lacks the personnel to deal with it.

It said: "Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organisations continue to play a major role in the movement of cocaine from Hispaniola through the Bahamas.

"Investigations of these organisations are hindered by an ...

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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
Bahamians Pleased With National Prescription Drug Plan

By ALESHA CADET

Tribune Features Reporter

FOUR additional chronic diseases have been added to the National Drug Prescription Plan, chief pharmacist Dr Brenna Brown-Turnquest announced at the 40th annual Medical Association of the Bahamas Conference last week.

Since the 2010 launch of the plan, Dr Brown-Turnquest also said she is finding that most people are very pleased with the services they are able to get.

She sad: "Patients are now able to get their medications from the private pharmacies instead of having to wait at the government clinics."

To date, the National Prescription Drug Plan has 32 private pharmacies in New Providence, four pharmacies in Grand Bahama, six on the ...

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Singer Amy Winehouse dies at age 27
Singer Amy Winehouse dies at age 27

Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27.

Winehouse shot to fame in 2006 with the album "Back to Black," whose blend of jazz, soul, rock and classic pop was a global hit. It won five Grammys and made Winehouse - with her black beehive hairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos - one of music's most recognizable stars. But her personal life, with its drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and destructive relationships, soon took over her career.

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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.


Event
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


News Article
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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Judgement in Paradise
Judgement in Paradise

Friday 25th May 2012  7:00 PM

Judgement in Paradise A live stage play by Adrian WildGoose "Is the end near?" find out... May 25th & 26th, 2012 @ & 7:30pm The College Of The Bahamas performing arts centre $20 in advance. $25 at door (seats are limited) contacts: (242) 522-6820 Email: awildgoose@gmail.com Synopsis Set in a fictional Bahamas, “Judgment in Paradise” tells the story of a families experience leading up to the Mayan predicted end of The Bahamas on December 21, 2012. Although the main plot focuses on the Willshine family, the audience is given a peak into the desperate sphere of Bahamian politics, religion as salvation, and the perceived ethos of the average Bahamian. Life and existence as Bahamians know it hangs in the balance as foreign investment, familial ties and social constructs clash to provide a thrilling experience that interrogates Bahamian lived experience. 24 year old Destiny Willshine competes with every other citizen for her father’s attention and consideration. Visually impaired from a very young age she proves that having physical sight does not translate into wisdom and reasoning. Destiny’s father, Christian Willshine is one of the leading protagonists as he establishes the corrupting and blinding influence of power and selfish desire. Representative of the moral and value system of times past, Grandpa Willshine, who is also the Reverend at End Times Ministries, portray the changed Bahamian lived experience through his interaction with Destiny, Christian and Chance. The youth living in ‘Paradise’, Chance and Shanice, critique the traditional Bahamian roles of young men and women operating in a world of partying and drugs, they seem detached from the reality. The title of the play spells doom, not for the world, but The Bahamas. Priorities are questioned, relationships destroyed, countries are sold and The Bahamas is sinking. ‘Judgement’ is abounding. A critical play that forces an analysis of the realities Bahamians live daily. NOTE: This play is something that you do not want to miss. Mark the date May 25 & 26, 2012 on your calendar. The play will be staged at the College of the Bahamas’ Performing Arts Center. Stay tuned for ticket and other information. COMING SOON, if the end doesn’t happen before then!


News Article
Turnquest rejects US claim over police effectiveness

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

NATIONAL Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said yesterday he was "not pleased" with a US State Department report that criticised the ability of the police to combat Haitian-Bahamian drug operations.

The newly released 2012 edition of the department's International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) said the Police Force continues to lack sufficient Creole speakers to combat the major role played by Haitian-Bahamian gangs in the drugs trade.

It said: "Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organisations continue to play a major role in the movement of cocaine from Hispaniola through the Bah ...

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Event
Judgement in Paradise
Judgement in Paradise

Saturday 26th May 2012  7:00 PM

Judgement in Paradise A live stage play by Adrian WildGoose "Is the end near?" find out... May 25th & 26th, 2012 @ & 7:30pm The College Of The Bahamas performing arts centre $20 in advance. $25 at door (seats are limited) contacts: (242) 522-6820 Email: awildgoose@gmail.com Synopsis Set in a fictional Bahamas, “Judgment in Paradise” tells the story of a families experience leading up to the Mayan predicted end of The Bahamas on December 21, 2012. Although the main plot focuses on the Willshine family, the audience is given a peak into the desperate sphere of Bahamian politics, religion as salvation, and the perceived ethos of the average Bahamian. Life and existence as Bahamians know it hangs in the balance as foreign investment, familial ties and social constructs clash to provide a thrilling experience that interrogates Bahamian lived experience. 24 year old Destiny Willshine competes with every other citizen for her father’s attention and consideration. Visually impaired from a very young age she proves that having physical sight does not translate into wisdom and reasoning. Destiny’s father, Christian Willshine is one of the leading protagonists as he establishes the corrupting and blinding influence of power and selfish desire. Representative of the moral and value system of times past, Grandpa Willshine, who is also the Reverend at End Times Ministries, portray the changed Bahamian lived experience through his interaction with Destiny, Christian and Chance. The youth living in ‘Paradise’, Chance and Shanice, critique the traditional Bahamian roles of young men and women operating in a world of partying and drugs, they seem detached from the reality. The title of the play spells doom, not for the world, but The Bahamas. Priorities are questioned, relationships destroyed, countries are sold and The Bahamas is sinking. ‘Judgement’ is abounding. A critical play that forces an analysis of the realities Bahamians live daily. NOTE: This play is something that you do not want to miss. Mark the date May 25 & 26, 2012 on your calendar. The play will be staged at the College of the Bahamas’ Performing Arts Center. Stay tuned for ticket and other information. COMING SOON, if the end doesn’t happen before then!


News Article
Randy Fraser and other big court matters of 2011

The titillating trial of Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser ended on November 29 with the prominent pastor being jailed for having sex with a teenage congregant who had come to him for counselling.
Members of the public followed the Fraser trial since 2006 when the lurid allegations of misconduct were made.
His teenage accuser alleged that Fraser plied her with gifts and had sex with her on the floor of the office of his Pilgrim Baptist Church before he conducted services.
Fraser's semen found on carpeting of the church office seemed to corroborated these claims.
Fraser claimed the semen was a result of intercourse with his wife, Jacqueline, after they set up home in the building when there were power cuts at their home in Eastwood Estates.
However, Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell did not believe Fraser or his wife.  She convicted Fraser of abusing his position of trust by engaging in a sexual relation with a dependent.
She jailed him for three years, two years short of the maximum.
Fraser attempted to get bail pending an appeal of the conviction, but appellate court justices refused the application.  The appeal is set for February.
Also in 2011, calls for the implementation of capital punishment increased in the face of a rising murder rate.
The Privy Council in June overturned the death penalty for Maxo Tido, the first person ordered to hang after the mandatory imposition of the death penalty was abolished in 2006.
The Privy Council ruled that the death penalty should be reserved for the most heinous cases.  The Court found that the murder of Donell Conover, Tido's 16-year-old victim, was dreadful, but he did not deserve to die for his crime.
A jury found Tido guilty of brutally murdering Conover in 2002.  Her body was discovered battered and bruised and her skull crushed.  Evidence also revealed that parts of Conover's body were burned after her death.
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs will resentence Tido on February 10.
In an unrelated matter, Isaacs delivered a landmark ruling on the electronic monitoring program.
Accused drug dealer Melvin Maycock Sr. was tagged with an ankle bracelet as a condition of his bail on charges of conspiring to bring a shipment of drugs into the country.
Apart from ordering Maycock to report daily to the Central Police Station, Isaacs did not impose any other restrictions on Maycock.
However, staff from the electronic monitoring center took it upon themselves to limit Maycock's movements.
Maycock said he was ordered to return to the mainland while in a dinghy off Potter's Cay on June 18, 2011.
He went to the Central Police Station, where officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit arrested him. Maycock was detained at the station for two days and was only released after he agreed to conditions set by Inspector Lightfoot and another man regarding his mobility.
Isaacs said, "While a person may consent to limitations placed on his freedom of movement, it ought not be done in circumstances where the individual has already been the subject of limitations imposed by the court."
Also making headlines this year, in a 10-day span in May, three men accused of murder were acquitted on orders of judges who raised concerns about police investigative techniques.
Richard McKinney who was accused of the February 5, 2010 murders of Lashon Davis and Omar Smith was acquitted after the trial judge questioned the conduct of an identification parade.
A judge refused to allow the confession by Hilfrant Joseph who was on trial for the June 2007 murders of Denise Neely-Clarke and Felix Johnson.
The judge ruled that the interview at the Carmichael Road Police Station was inadmissible because police did not give the suspect food or drink prior to the interview.
Another judge dismissed the case against Quincy Johnson in his second trial for the August 23, 2000 murder of Denise Walker.
The judge deemed Johnson's confession inadmissible after learning that police did not tell Johnson of his right to have an attorney during the interview.

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