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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
Illicit drug trade fueling high murder rate in New Providence

Dear Editor,
 
The Bahamas is on pace to break its 2011 murder record of 127 this year.  We have recorded 21 homicides so far in just two months.  Last year many opposition party supporters were touting Jamaica's so-called success at combating crime and reducing its high murder rate.  Jamaica recorded 1,125 murders in 2011.  In 2010, there were 1,442 murders.  2011 saw a modest drop of nearly 22 percent or 317 murders from the previous year.  The Free National Movement (FNM) government was admonished to take a closer look at Jamaica in order to learn how it was able to reduce its murder rate from 1,442 to 1,125.
Mind you, we are still talking about a staggering 1,125 murders for a country with a population of just 2.8 million.  But how can anyone consider that murder rate of 2011 to be a success?  Even a mentally dull person can tell you that 1,125 murders are far too many for a country even the size of the great United States of America.  Yet we had persons in this country bragging about Jamaica's successful strategies in reducing its high murder rate in 2011.  It was hoped by many that Jamaica was on the road to solving its crime problem.  Unfortunately, the killings of the first two months of 2012 have dashed that hope to pieces.
Also, what is disturbing about these murders is the fact that Jamaica recorded 165 slayings by February 21 of this year compared to 135 murders during the corresponding period last year, according to an Associated Press report.  Jamaica's National Security Minister Peter Bunting recently told the press that Portia Simpson Miller's nearly two-month-old government intends to fast-track anti-gang legislation and is crafting a new security policy meant to reduce crime to First World levels by 2017 when she hopes to have a maximum of just 321 murders.
Three hundred and twenty-one murders?  What kind of goal is the Jamaican prime minister setting?  I believe that the People's National Party (PNP) government should strive to get the murder rate down to zero, not 321.  It appears as if Jamaica government officials have resigned themselves to the fact that their country will always be a bloodthirsty nation.
According to the same report, Jamaica had the world's third highest murder rate over the past 10 years, with about 60 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.  Jamaica has been rightly dubbed the murder capital of the world.  The reason why Jamaica's murder rate is so astronomically high is because violent gangs like the Shower Posse are fighting for control of drug trafficking and extortion rackets.  Making matters even worse is the fact that certain parishes have been literally taken over by these violent gangs.  Both the governing PNP and the official opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are partly to blame for Jamaica's high murder rate.  During the turbulent 1970s, both major political parties supplied their goon squads with guns during the political season and told them to shoot the opposition.  After the elections, however, the goon squads kept the guns and have continued to wreak havoc throughout the Caribbean country ever since.  The PNP and the JLP have both helped to create the monster that is presently destroying their country.
It was recently reported in a popular down-market tabloid newspaper that many of the killings throughout the streets of New Providence are drug and gang-related.  Many of these hoodlums are bumping off their hated rivals for trespassing on their turf in order to sell illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana.  Oftentimes after a murder has been committed in Nassau, you would hear the police spokesperson reporting to the press that the slain victim was well-known to police.  In most cases this means that the victim was a jailbird.  Furthermore, in several instances the victim was either out on bail for murder or had been acquitted by a very good solicitor in court.  Or perhaps he had served his time at Her Majesty's Prisons for his violent crime.  More often than not, the murder was an act of revenge by either a criminal associate of a family member who is disillusioned with the judicial system.
In any event, there is a school of thought that says that many drug dealers in Nassau are struggling to make a decent profit nowadays.  It has been said that their Latino drug barons are no longer paying them cold, hard cash in order to traffic their contraband to their suppliers in the United States.  I understand that the drug barons were tired of being ripped off by greedy Bahamian drug traffickers.  They are now being paid in drugs instead; and are being told to make their own money.  This can explain why so many drug dealers are broke.  Back in the 1980s many drug dealers were awash in drug money, millions of it.  With such a small market in Nassau, is it any wonder why so many killings have occurred in the past several years?  The drug dealers are fighting tooth and nail to protect their turf throughout the inner city communities of Nassau.  They can ill-afford to have a rival drug dealer sending his goons into their area to sell their cocaine and marijuana to their valued customers.  They just cannot afford this to happen.
While some of the murders are a result of persons not knowing how to resolve their disputes in a civil manner, it cannot be denied, however, that the illicit drug trade is fueling the high murder rate in Nassau.  What frightens me is the thought of powerful Bahamian drug dealers controlling certain parts of Nassau.  Such a scenario would be eerily similar to what is currently happening in Jamaica and Mexico.
I also fear the thought of persons fearing to join the police force or running for high office because they would be targeted by the goon squads of drug lords.  If the government does not get a handle of the situation, then this could certainly become a reality.
Just 10 years ago if someone would have said that The Bahamas will record 127 murders in one year, he would have been shouted down as insane and immediately admitted to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre for a mental evaluation.  I think that the time has now come for the FNM government and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) to admit this.  We need to stop kidding ourselves and start calling this situation what it is: a murder crisis.  Furthermore, I think that it is high time that the people of Nassau stop saying that The Bahamas has a murder crisis.  It is New Providence that has a murder crisis, not the Family Islands.
Whoever wins the general election must move 'heaven and earth' in order to dismantle the violent gangs in Nassau before the capital city ends up like the murder capital of the world, Jamaica.
 
- Kevin Evans

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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
Drug Enforcement Unit on Grand Bahama make large drug seizure

Detectives here at the Drug
Enforcement Unit in Grand Bahama are continuing their investigations
into the seizure of a large quantity of suspected dangerous drugs
namely: marijuana.

It
was approximately 7:24pm this evening, Sunday 18th December, 2011, when
a team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit were continuing their
investigations into a matter which led them into the Holmes Rock area,
West Grand Bahama where they observed a dark colored car with the head
lights on that was parked through a track road. The officers were
approaching the vehicle when they saw persons got into the vehicle and
drove away at a high rate of speed. The officers while giving chase of
the vehicle, heard gunshots coming from this vehicle and the occupants
made good their escape in Section 'A' of Holmes Rock.

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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
In the fight of her life

To look at her, you couldn't tell that Tamika Pratt, 36, is battling a disease that can cause life-threatening bleeding. A disease that is rare in people under age 40, and which generally occurs around age 60 and is a disease that is more common in men than women.
The mother of two is fighting for her life as she battles acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer that starts inside bone marrow, the soft tissue inside bones that helps form blood cells. It's a cancer that grows from cells that would normally turn into white blood cells. The bone marrow, which helps the body fight infections, eventually stops working correctly. People with AML become more prone to infections and have an increased risk for bleeding as the numbers of healthy blood cells decrease. And it develops quickly, replacing healthy blood cells.
Pratt, a mother of two, Davonte, 17 and Jermika, 11 was diagnosed with the disease in September 2010. Since then her life has been a revolving door of hospital stays for chemotherapy treatment and blood transfusions. (She's had so many transfusions that she's stopped counting). And she's been in and out of remission. What she really needs to turn the tide of this disease is a bone marrow transplant. And she and her family have tried a few inventive ways to get her plight before the public, including offering cell phone cards in $5 and $10 denominations to the public in an effort to get them to donate blood to her cause. Most recently, Pratt took to the Internet to explain her plight in hopes of identifying a bone marrow transplant donor to hopefully provide her with a cure for the aggressive cancer that she has.
She is registered with bone marrow donor programs, but a compatible donor has not been found. And doctors in the United States have told her that the percentage for black Americans in the registry is very low.
"For me, time is running out. This is why I have decided to reach out to my Bahamian people for bone marrow. You could save my life," she said in her Internet appeal.
People between the ages of 18 and 60, in good general health who aren't greatly overweight or have or at a high risk for contracting HIV can be a potential donor. Even people with elevated blood pressure (hypertension) can still be a donor, once their hypertension is well controlled by medication. But they need to get tested to see if their bone marrow matches with Pratt's, through a simple swab of their cheek. The test costs approximate $200, but if you don't want to get tested in her e-mail, Pratt asks people to help someone with funding who would like to be tested to cover the cost of the test.
Symptoms of AML include bleeding from the nose, bleeding gums, bruising, bone pain or tenderness, fatigue, fever, heavy menstrual periods, pallor, shortness of breath (gets worse with exercise), skin rash or lesion, swollen gums (which is very rare) and weight loss.
At the time of Pratt's diagnosis she said she was just feeling extremely tired all the time. During her regular physical, her results showed that her counts were not normal. She was referred to a hematologist who did a bone marrow biopsy. It was determined she had myelodysplastic syndrome [MDS], or what is known as pre-leukemia. She was not worried at that point because she was told it was treatable, but that she had to seek treatment abroad. Less than a month later she had traveled to the United States to seek medical care. It was there that she was given a second bone marrow biopsy. The result this time was that the aggressive cancer had moved beyond MDS and she had leukemia.
The mother of two spent five weeks in hospital receiving chemotherapy treatments. From then to now, hospitals at home and in the United States have been a "revolving door" for her.
"I knew from the beginning that I would have to have a bone marrow transplant, but I was hoping the chemotherapy treatments would work and it wouldn't get to that," said Pratt. "But since this is my third relapse, I said I'd better try see what I could do for myself, so this is something I'm doing on my own trying to find people. I don't know where I'm going to get the money from, but somehow it's going to happen," said Pratt. People wishing to be tested have to pay out of their own pocket, or Pratt will have to "pony up" the cash and pay for them.
Sadly, she does not have any full siblings that can be tested to donate marrow. She has two half-siblings born to her mother, and another 10 half-siblings from her father who have not been tested, because there is only a one-percent chance they would be a match for her. Her mother and one sister have both been tested, but they are still waiting on the results. Her father is deceased.
Most of the time, a doctor cannot tell what caused AML, but there are things that they believe lead to some types of leukemia, including AML, like certain chemicals, certain chemotherapy drugs or radiation. It is also believed that problems with genes may also play a role in the development of AML and that the risk increases if a person has a weakened immune system due to organ transplant, or certain blood disorders.
Since her diagnosis, Pratt said she has not cried once or adopted a woe is me attitude. She says she has accepted what has happened and is taking one day at a time. She says while she tries to maintain a smile on her face and be upbeat, she admits to having her moments.
"Sometimes the devil comes in my mind," she said. "Christmas gone I went and picked up little things, and the devil came in my mind and said, 'Girl, what you picking up these things for? You ain't going to live to see Christmas,' but I simply said, 'Devil, you're a liar.' My son is graduating high school in June and sometimes I wonder if I will be there, but I'm going to be there," she said confidently.
As she searches for a bone marrow donor, she is appealing to Bahamians to donate blood to the hospitals because getting transfusions which has been getting her by, has also been a problem for her.
"I'm just pleading to the public to come forward ... and I wouldn't even go as far as the bone marrow transplant. If they could just put themselves in somebody else's shoe and commit to once a month donating a pint of blood, they could save somebody's life," she said. "If it don't hit them home, they don't feel like they need to do it. And I didn't realize how bad it was until it happened to me."
She admits to not knowing how important it is to be a blood donor until she found herself in the situation she is now in needing to have blood transfusions performed almost every other week.
Pratt's battle has also been expensive and she is thankful for her husband's insurance coverage. But exactly how much she has left of that gives her cause for concern.
"I'm scared to even try to add up the amount I've spent. I'm even scared to call the insurance company to find out how much coverage I have left. My first bill from [the U.S.-based facility] was almost $200,000 for the five weeks I spent there. I have my hospital bill there, my hospital bill here, and I have my doctor bill here. I have stopped asking. I'm afraid to ask," she says.
As she looks forward to her future she says she has no reason not to smile and be depressed because God has been good to her. And her husband, Jermaine Pratt stands by her. Plus she does everything she can to keep up a happy front for her children which she said was challenging initially because she tried to keep her illness from them.
"I didn't want to burden them down, so that was a challenge for me. Even when I went away the first time I told them I went away to do testing, but not what was going on with me. And that really had me stressed. After a while I told them separately and explained it to them differently, taking into account their ages. My daughter was pretty good, and the only thing my son wanted to know was whether it would happen to him too. But I told him no that he would be fine. They handled it so well. I didn't give them enough credit. Sometimes my son comes to me with questions, and once I answer him, he's fine.
As she searches for a bone marrow donor, in her fight to live, Pratt has been thrown a number of curve balls, including losing her job in the middle of 2011, which she says she's understanding of because she realizes her employer's office had to continue to run and her home was burgled. Thieves made off with money she had in a drawer to pay for an airline ticket to receive treatment. That was followed by her husband's car being broken into.

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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
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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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
New Providence Police cite traffic offendors, uncover firearms, make drug arrest uncover bodies

Police continue to cite traffic offenders
- In
keeping with the Commissioner of Police Policing Plan for
2012,"Enforcing the Rules of the Road", police throughout the country
have taken a zero tolerance approach...

Police uncover four (4) firearms
- In two (2) separate incidents, police throughout the country have uncovered four (4) firearms...

Officers of the central division make drug arrest
- A 35 year old
man is in police custody after he was found in possession of a quantity
of suspected marijuana.The suspect, a resident of Strachan's Corner off
East...

Eleuthera Police & CDU officers conduct operation
- A joint
operation by officers of the Central Detective Unit, New Providence and
their colleagues on the island of Eleuthera has resulted...

Police at Eleuthera uncover bodies
- The bodies of
three (3) people, all believed to be Haitian nationals, have been
retrieved from waters north of James Cistern, Eleuthera...

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News Article
Launch of National Job Readiness Programme

National Job Readiness And Training Programme

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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


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
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.


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
Life insurance claims

As part of its free education forum CONNECT, Colina Insurance Limited is helping consumers gain a comprehensive knowledge of how to manage their life insurance and related financial planning products. In its latest installment, CONNECT focused on the theme "Who's getting what you've got when you're gone?" aimed at providing important information on the life claims process, the legal considerations and the importance of choosing the right beneficiary.
Over the next four weeks, the key issues covered at that forum will be featured weekly in The Nassau Guardian. The following was taken from a presentation made by Millicent Wong, assistant manager, Life Claims Unit, Colina Insurance Limited.

The primary reason for having a life insurance policy is to provide financial security for a loved one or to secure a mortgage in the event of a death. It is unnerving to think about dying or the death of someone you love, but death is a certainty and you must be prepared.
That's why it's important to understand the death claims process and the contestable provisions of a life insurance contract in order to avoid having your claim denied, and some of the factors that contribute to the delay in claim processing time.

How to file a death claim
The process begins with notifying the insurance company about the death of the insured. Colina Insurance will accept the following forms of notification:
o Telephone call from a family member of the deceased/executor of the estate.
o Telephone call or email from agent of the insured/policy owner.
o Walk-ins by a family member of the deceased/beneficiary.
o Newspaper obituary/death announcement/notices.
Once Colina Insurance is notified, the person making the claim will be advised by the Life Claims & Disability Unit to collect a death claim package from one of the nine branches of Colina Insurance.
The package will contain the general guidelines for submitting a death claim, a proof of death form (claimants statement, including physician's certificate on the flip side of the form) and a sympathy card.
The general guidelines provide information regarding the basic requirements for submitting a death claim, information about the claims process, turnaround time and any additional requirements for claims subject to investigation. The claims process will not begin until all relevant requirements are submitted.

What can be contested
A life insurance policy is a legally binding contract between the policy owner and the insurer. It is imperative that a policy owner understands the terms and conditions of the policy contract.
A life insurance policy contains what are commonly referred to as contestable provisions that every policy owner should be familiar with. A contestable provision in this context means those provisions that allow the insurer to dispute or challenge a claim based on the facts or evidence obtained about the death of the insured and information contained in your application for insurance.
The best way to avoid your life insurance death benefit from being contested is to be truthful from the start of the application process. Your premiums might be higher but you will certainly sleep better knowing that your death benefit will not be denied.
Except for fraud and misstatement of age, an insurance company will not contest or dispute a claim on a policy after it has been in force for a period of two years since the effective date or latest reinstatement date of the policy.

Can a claim be denied after death?
Yes. Here are some of the reasons a claim may be denied:
o If premiums are not paid at the end of the contractual grace period and the policy lapses.
o If the applicant knowingly did not disclose material facts, such as a pre-existing medical condition, drug use or smoking habits.
o If the insured died due to suicide within the suicide exclusion period as stated in your policy contract.
When a claim is denied, the policy is rescinded or canceled and the beneficiary will only be entitled to a refund of all premiums paid.

What happens to my death benefits if my beneficiary is the estate?
This means that you should have a will to ensure your death proceeds go to whom intended, otherwise the law will determine how the assets that form part of your estate get distributed.
Death benefits will be paid to the executor of the estate named in the will once a probate has been filed and a certified copy is received along with the completed claim requirements. If a person dies without a will, a court appointed administrator can claim proceeds, once a certified copy of letters of administration along with claim requirements are met.

What happens if I die and my life insurance policy is assigned?
For assigned policies, these proceeds will be paid to the assignee based on the type of assignment.
A collateral assignment means that the assignee must make the claim and the proceeds equal to the outstanding loan balance will be paid to the financial institution to which the policy is assigned. The balance, if any, would be paid to the beneficiary.
An absolute assignment means that all proceeds from the policy will be paid to the financial institution to which the policy is assigned.

Who gets the death benefit when there are no surviving beneficiaries?
Unless otherwise specified by the policy owner, the insurance company will either pay the death benefit to any contingent beneficiary, the estate of the insured or the policy owner's estate.

Factors contributing to a delay in processing time for a death claim
There are a number of factors that may contribute to delays in the turnaround for processing a death claim, including outstanding requirements, claims requiring policy investigation within contestable period, for suspicion of fraud, actuarial review for misstatement of age, completion of probates and letters of administration and death claims where the cause of death is unknown or unclear.

How will my death benefit be calculated?
Death benefits are calculated according to the policy provisions within the policy contract, which can include any additions and/or less any indebtedness to the company.
The provisions include:
Assured amount - Amount of money that would be payable upon the death of the insured.
Dividends - A participating policy owner's share of the company's earnings. Some policies are participating and others non-participating.
Paid additions - Any additional insurance coverage purchased with a single premium.
Fund value - The cash value of an investment-linked policy.
Premiums in suspense - Premiums paid in advance of the premium due date.
Cash loan - Loan granted by the insurance company at the request of the policy owner, secured by the cash surrender value of the policy.
Automatic premium loan - Loan granted automatically by the insurance company, secured by the cash surrender value of the policy if a premium is unpaid at the end of the grace period.
Outstanding premium - Premium due but not yet collected by the insurance company.

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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
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 ...

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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
What kind of voter are you

As the election season heats up, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the general election of 2012 is going to be a generational election, perhaps as historically important as those of 1967 and 1972. The votes cast and the decisions made this year will likely mark the turning point from the Pindling era politicians to those who will guide us into the future. Now, more than ever before, Bahamian voters must embrace the seriousness of their role in this sea change that's coming as they determine into whose hands they will place our nation's welfare for the next five years and beyond. We therefore wish to Consider This... what kind of voter are you and how will that affect your vote and the future of The Bahamas?
This campaign, more than any other in recent memory, is seeing ideas and concepts proposed by one party in a matter of weeks being proposed by another as its very own. The Bahamian electorate of 2012 must carefully listen and pay close attention as never before in order to decide who had the original idea and make the right decision for the future. What kind of voter you are will play a very large role in determining how well you listen and how well you decide.
Are you a traditional voter, one who votes a certain way simply because that is the way your family and you have always voted? If so, you might want to analyze your choices in the light of today's world and today's needs and demands, determining whether the conditions that made you so dedicated to that party really still exist.
Ask yourself if what fulfilled the requirements of yesterday's Bahamas will still work for today and tomorrow. Is the party to which you are attached out of habit still relevant in today's world or is it still operating in that last generation mindset of the 20th century? Voting out of long-standing habit, without listening carefully to the changing issues in order to evaluate and reevaluate election by election, does not reflect the kind of conscientiousness needed in the voting process.
Perhaps you are a grateful voter, one who has received - personally or otherwise - something from a party and wants to give back in the form of the vote. Let's examine this more closely in today's context. Many are grateful for the new roads, the new beaches, the new infrastructure, the National Prescription Drug Plan, perhaps even citizenship. But aren't these things a government is supposed to do for its citizens, not special favors for which to be inordinately grateful?
A government is supposed to create a better way of life for its people through constant attention to their surroundings. Taking care of the health of a nation is also the job of a government, not something it does out of the goodness of its heart. If you qualify and have applied properly, citizenship is not a favor, but a right. Voting purely out of gratitude for someone doing what it is they are supposed to do for you, that you are entitled to, is not a vote based on the kind of critical thinking that is needed during this election.
Similarly, you could be an angry voter, one who is furious about the long lines of traffic, the rape of our beaches, the soaring cost of living, the huge national debt and other daily annoyances that we are all subjected to. These kind of voters must be very careful not to lose their discernment and use their vote out of spite instead of for positive improvement. Stop and examine what has made you angry and then analyze which party can rectify those existing situations and create scenarios where they will not occur again. Then, calmly, without anger, you can make a solid decision about where to cast your vote.
There are also pack voters, those who follow fashion, asking everyone their opinion regarding the candidates on offer; listening to every gossip-laden talk show, interpreting the issues and reading salacious material rather than taking some time to personally and privately scrutinize the candidates, their parties and the issues and then deciding which would best meet the needs of their family and the nation. Voting is one of the most personal and private matters undertaken by a citizen, which is why you are asked to cast your ballot alone. Voting with a pack never has a good outcome and these kinds of voters usually live to regret their choices.
Issue-oriented voters are those who latch onto an issue and vote into office anyone who comes down on the side they favor. These voters often shortchange themselves by ignoring other issues that may not be as well handled by their favorite as the issue they espouse. This can put some very one-track minds into office instead of the wide-ranging, experienced leaders we need so badly at this time in our country's history.
Timid voters and lazy voters share the reluctance to immerse themselves in the information that floods out during a campaign: one because they are unwilling to get into the fray and the other because they are simply too uncaring and lethargic about what's good for their nation and for themselves. Sadly, many times, these kinds of voters either do not vote or become pack voters, letting someone else make up their minds for them.
Then there are still the glamour voters who vote for the more physically attractive candidate with no regard for their skill or experience. These voters have been around since those early elections when some candidates were regarded to be very electable because their appearance was pleasing to some of the voters. Hopefully, we have few of these kinds of voters, but if you find yourself straying into this category, remind yourself that some of the 'prettier faces' in Parliament have also been the least effective.
Finally, there is the future voter, one whose eyes are firmly fixed on what today's candidates can do for the future of The Bahamas. This voter often sees the accomplishments and mistakes of today in terms of tomorrow and looks at the long-term effect rather than the short-term impact. They see the big picture and want to find candidates who discuss their ideas in the context of decades and generations rather than in five-year periods. Many of these kinds of voters are young and ready to assist in building the nation behind leaders who share their generational vision. While this is probably the kind of voter best suited to make the momentous decision that the 2012 election will be, they have to be mindful of choosing someone who also embraces the importance of today's problems as they pave the road to the future.
Whatever type of voter you are, the general election of 2012 will require your best efforts to filter the noise and rhetoric to ascertain the facts so that, when you come to the moment that you cast your ballot, you can make the best decision for yourself, your family and your country, for today and for the years ahead.

oPhilip C. Galanis is the managing partner of HLB Galanis & Co., Chartered Accountants, Forensic & Litigation Support Services. He served 15 years in Parliament. Please send your comments to pgalanis@gmail.com.

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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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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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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


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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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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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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!


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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!


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Drug case fugitive arrested off Bimini

The idiom 'you can run, but you can't hide' proved true for a drug case fugitive who has been on the run for nine years.
Police arrested Avery Sargent over the weekend in waters off Bimini.
Drug Court Magistrate Carolita Bethell had issued a warrant for Sargent's arrest after he failed to show for his trial in connection to a major marijuana bust off South Andros on January 20, 2002.
Sargent appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez on the outstanding warrant yesterday.
He has been remanded to prison until January 4 when he is expected to appear before Bethell.
Sargent's four co-defendants have been convicted and sentenced.
Ian Cargill represents Sargent.

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