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News Article

May 29, 2013
Minister of Education promises to place Women's Suffrage Movement documentary in schools and libraries

A copy of Marion Bethel's documentary "Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights & Democracy; The Women's Suffrage Movement 1948-1962" will be placed in Ministry of Education schools and public libraries so that students and the wider public can be educated about the important era of Bahamian history, according to Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald.
The education minister was presented with a copy of the documentary from Bethel, the film's producer.
It was a project Bethel started in 2002 and completed it in 2012.
"It is a culmination of a lot of blood, sweat and tears," said Bethel of the film, which is based on the Women's Suffrage Movement, 1948-1962, and its leaders, Mary Ingraham, Eugenia Lockhart, Doris Johnson, Mabel Walker and Georgiana Symonette.
Through 100 hours of interviews with relatives, associates and prominent Bahamians, Bethel along with co-producer Maria Govan captured a defining period in Bahamian history.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will co-host two special showings of the film at the Galleria Cinemas, John F. Kennedy Drive today and Thursday, 30th May. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.

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September 07, 2013
Bowleg gives junior squad C grade

With one team in a rebuilding stage and two others falling short of advancing to the next round, national team director Mario Bowleg gave the three squads that competed on the regional level a C grade.
Bowleg who also sits on the executive board as the first vice president in the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) said the teams played as best they could, and represented the country at a high level. He noted that the two junior boys' team hit a wall in their tournaments and were unable to get over the hump.
"On the average, all of the teams were able to compete as we expected them to do so overall the entire program inclusive of the three teams will get a C grade," said Bowleg. "We were able to send three junior teams, both male teams and a female team, to three different competitions this year. This year is actually for juniors, so we sent our under 16 and 17 boys and the under 17 girls. Considering the level of competition that three competed in was very high.
"The under 16 boys, they played at the Tournament of Americas and the under 17 girls and boys [played] at the Centrobasket Championships. The competition at the Tournament of Americas is always high, and the boys' team is consistent in terms of advancing to this tournament. The under-17 didn't qualify but they did very well. It is rare that you see a team who ended the tournament 3-1 and not advance to the next round. That team finished fifth and I encouraged the coaches to continue to work the players because they can be invited to the next round if another team pulls out. So we want them to stay focused, and we've asked the coaches to stay in contact with all of the players."
The Bahamas placed seventh overall at the under 16 championships, which was played in Punta Del Este, Uruguay in June. The team finished the tournament with a 1-4 win/loss record. As for the under 17 boys, who competed at the Centrobasket and closed with a 3-1 record for fifth overall. Dominican Republic won the tournament, followed by Puerto Rico, Mexico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The under 17 girls were eighth in their tournament, according to Bowleg that national program is in a rebuilding stage.
He said: "There is a new coaching staff, new program, so it is more of a rebuilding stage for this team. The change in faces on both the coaching and playing staff brings new life to the program. We know that they have the ability to do better and we will see the changes in the upcoming months. Next year is the senior's tour, so none of the junior team's will be playing but we would like for them to continue training."
The Bahamas will send teams to both the Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) and the Centrobasket Championships.

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Event
Reach Summer Workshop for Girls
Reach Summer Workshop for Girls

Thursday 5th July 2012  9:00 AM

Reach Summer Workshop for Girls Hosted by DZ Global network Registration-$10 Weekly Fee-$40 (inclusive of lunch) Register (2) or more siblings for $30 each per week. First (10) registrants receive $10 off. Ages 8-15 Areas of Concentration: .Who Am I? .Why on Earth am I here? .Etiquette Training .Creative & Entrepreneurial Skills July 2nd-July 27th 2012 Monday to Friday 9:00am-2:00pm Facilitator Apostle Brenda Pratt Location: Summerwinds Plaza-TWDarling Highway (Same entrance as Mario's bowling) For more information contact us at: 225-1355/ 436-6015 Email: ReachGirlsProgram@yahoo.com


News Article

November 21, 2013
Promoter Stubbs enters boxing with a bang

Businessman Tommy Stubbs is entering the boxing fraternity with a bang. A sports aficionado, Stubbs has a solid background in softball and baseball but has always been passionate about sports in general.
He has been drawn to boxing by one of the finest young gentlemen in the country. I refer to current super Bahamian featherweight champion Meacher Major, a friend of Stubbs and a model at times during the Button Formal Wear events. Stubbs is the general manager of Buttons.
"I really decided to get into boxing because I want to assist Meacher in this part of his career. You know I am a sports person and whatever I go at I try to give it my best shot. The same will apply here," said Stubbs.
He is to be congratulated for his own courage. It takes a strong and determined-minded businessman to get into the promotion of boxing at this time, when the economy is still at rock bottom for many sponsors who previously partnered with events.
"I think out of the box," said Stubbs in an interview when he first expressed an interest to do the show, which is scheduled Friday, December 13 for the Rainforest Theatre of the Crystal Palace Casino.
"I believe it can work out nicely, if the attractions are there. There has to be something different. I will bring new dimensions. I will give the boxing public something other than the usual," added Stubbs.
In truth, he does plan to come with something kind of special.
Promoter Stubbs has announced that negotiations are going on with associates outside of the country to arrange for two foreign female boxers to be on the show. This will be an excellent addition and should compliment the overall show tremendously.
Major will clash with Brazilian Roger Rosa (5-4-1-1)) in the main event, a scheduled 6-rounder. Rosa, like Major is trying to rebound from two consecutive defeats. Major (20-6-1-1) is the more experienced, but the Brazilian
boxers have a long-time reputation for resilience and toughness.
The pro segment of the show will include a match between American Mike Sawyer and Cuban Alex Perez and Dencil Miller clashing with Lester Brown. The proposed female encounter will close out the professional part of the show. Three amateur matches are scheduled and the night should be quite entertaining for patrons.
As a prelude to the event, Stubbs has scheduled a press conference for Mario's Bowling and Entertainment palace, this coming Friday, November 22 to showcase Rosa. He is to fly in for the contract signing, another element that will spice up the entire affair.
The press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Mario's and the excitement is building already.
From the outset, with Stubbs as a part of the mix, boxing has received a boost.

o To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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News Article

July 05, 2011
Velvet Hanger

The philosophy that gave birth to the newest clothing store in the Carmichael district, Velvet Hanger, is a simple one -- women constantly dream of what they can be and looking the part is essential.
It's the brainchild of Marion Agatha Dean, a young Bahamian who is looking to satisfy the basic desire for clothing that is fashionable and of course affordable.
"Everyone knows Bahamian women love to dress up, we like to look good," she said.  "We like to stand out but at the same time we are on a budget; so we want to look like we stepped out of the pages of Vogue but we don't want to pay an arm and a leg for it.  That's what Velvet Hanger is here to provide."
"We want to give that style-conscious women the look she wants without her having to leave her entire mortgage payment in the store."
Velvet Hanger had a soft opening just weeks ago, with intentions of signaling the start of a one-of-a-kind boutique in Carmichael.  With a staff of just two persons now, Dean hopes to move into bigger surroundings as sales expand.
The store's location may help in that area, with Dean noting that the district dubbed "City 2000" by the Late Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling has grown tremendously over the past decade.
With the combination of location and an eye for fashion, Dean is confident of the store's success, even in the midst of a recession and with heavy competition in the market.
As a flight attendant for the past 13 years, Dean says she has been exposed to lots of looks and fashion from around the world.  She is now hoping women step out of their homes feeling confident and comfortable - two vital components for having a great day and being successful.
"I want to offer clothes that are affordable but at the same time stylish," she said, adding that she wants to appeal to a wide spectrum of personalities and style tastes.
While the Velvet Hanger has clothing that would attract women with a great understanding about fashion and what's trending right now, Marion is quick to add that her clothing will also appeal to those people who many consider a "local girl" with lots of casual yet high-fashion pieces and also those with a simplistic style taste.
Clothing and accessories adorn the boutique, which is laid out like a dream closet with lots of goodies in bright colors and neutrals, with statement pieces like big bags, bangles and necklaces that make a most simple outfit pop.
The store is located on Carmichael Road and Abbie Close, just west of Meat Max Grocery in the Yeshua Plaza.

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News Article

October 30, 2010
Young Realtor Makes Waves in Local Real Estate Market

Nassau, Bahamas - Rising
star Ryan Knowles is by all accounts a rookie in an industry dominated
by seasoned veterans. The 23-year-old who recently made the transition
to fulltime sales after a three year apprenticeship under real estate
golden boy Mario Carey made the biggest sale of his career, a substantial
sale by any measure -- a seven-unit, beachfront condo complex in the
Love Beach area valued at $7 million.

Knowles said his sale of the block of 3-bedroom, 2-bath units at Columbus
Cove...

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News Article

January 08, 2014
Minnis to bring death penalty bill

Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said last night he intends to table a bill in the House of Assembly today that would remove the impediments to capital punishment.
"We acknowledge the preponderance of modern research which asserts that it cannot be shown that the death penalty has a deterrent effect upon the mind of the would-be murderer," said Minnis in a new year's address televised on Cable 12.
"That may be so, but what is also clear in our Bahamas is that today there is a hardened criminal element who have nothing but contempt for law, order, or human suffering, and for whom there is no respect for human life, even the lives of innocent by-standers and children.
"At the very least there should be the certainty of sure punishment, and punishment which is appropriate to the crimes committed."
Minnis said the bill would address several weaknesses in the laws that have caused the Privy Council to overturn capital sentences for convicted murderers.
He said the bill would mandate that an appeal against the death penalty can only be made to The Bahamas' Court of Appeal and nowhere else; and if a delay between the conviction of the murderer and the proposed date of hanging is caused then the five-year limit imposed by the Privy Council would not apply.
Minnis said the bill would also mandate that the governor general prescribe time limits for the lodging and conclusion of all appeals against conviction, or constitutional appeals, and if the same are not concluded within such time limits, the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy would be able to advise that the law should be brought into execution.
He said the bill would also seek to remove the constitutional right to trial by jury in cases of murder, manslaughter, or crimes involving the use of firearms to inflict harm or death, and particularly in instances where there is a likelihood of jury or witness tampering or intimidation.
He said in such instances the case would be heard by a panel of two Supreme Court judges along with a qualified non-judicial attorney called an assessor.
He noted that as the bill seeks to affect fundamental rights and freedoms, which are enshrined in the constitution, it would require a national constitutional referendum.
"My fellow Bahamians, it will be up to each and every one of you to decide whether these proposals become law by way of an amendment of our constitution," he said.
The last hanging in The Bahamas was carried out on January 6, 2000 when David Mitchell was executed for murdering a German couple.
There are three men in the country who are under the sentence of death: Kofhe Goodman, Anthony Clarke Jr. and Mario Flowers.
Chairman of the Constitutional Commission Sean McWeeney noted on Monday that capital punishment is unlikely as long as the Privy Council is the final court of appeal for the country.
The Constitutional Commission last year recommended the retention of the Privy Council as the final court of appeal, but called for the government to amend the law to increase the likelihood that the death penalty would be carried out.
It said Parliament should amend the law to "tie the hands" of the Privy Council.
In March 2006, the Privy Council ruled that the mandatory death sentence in The Bahamas was unconstitutional. Following that ruling, several men who were sentenced to death were resentenced to life in prison.
In 2011, Parliament passed a law outlining the categories of murder which would attract the death penalty.
Prime Minister Perry Christie recently told The Guardian that the government is "seriously considering" strengthening those laws.
The Bahamas hanged 50 men since 1929, according to records at Her Majesty's Prisons.

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Event
Family Fridays
Family Fridays

Friday 6th July 2012  3:00 PM

Mario's Bowling & Entertainment Palace presents Family Fridays Bowling $5 per game Bring the family out for a fun night of bowling!! Spin the wheel win a prize! Family Photos Yellow pin strike prizes Board Games Family Competition Family Meal Deal $30 1. Platter Wings 2. Litre Coca-Cola 1. Lg Cheese Pizza Glow bowling Entrance: $5 (12 years old and above) & Family Fridays Bowling games: $5 per game, per person Ask about boardgames! Chess.Twister Connect Four Checkers Dominoes Backgammon Scrabble Video games arcade. Skating Free glow sticks for everyone!. Lucky strike pins! Family movies shown on our projection screens!


News Article

November 22, 2012
RBC sponsors production of Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights And Democracy documentary

Nassau,
Bahamas - RBC Royal Bank Bahamas are part sponsors of the production of

"Womanish
Ways, Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy". The documentary tells the story of
the Women's Suffrage movement in The Bahama. It will serve as an engaging,
informative medium through which students and the general public can learn
about this important period in Bahamian history.

"Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human
Rights and Democracy" is a documentary about the riveting story of the struggle for women's right to
vote in The Bahamas. The documentary is produced by Marion Bethel, who also
directed the film along with Maria Govan
...

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News Article

March 05, 2014
Student news

Two Bahamian students receive National Honor Society induction in Florida
A pair of Bahamian students at the Vanguard School in Lake Wales, Florida, were recently selected for initiation into the National Honor Society (NHS).
Cole Carey, son of Mario and Venita Carey of Nassau, and Danielle Bannister, daughter of Desmond and Donna Bannister of Nassau, both received their golden NHS pins from the Vanguard School President Dr. Cathy Wooley-Brown during a special ceremony in February during the school's annual Family Weekend. Carey and Bannister were the only two inductees into the honors organization.
"We're very proud of both of these students," Wooley-Brown said. "Both of them have worked so hard and come so far during their time at Vanguard, and these [honors] are richly deserved."
The pinning ceremony was presided over by NHS sponsor Roy Jones, math department chair for the school. The Vanguard School, an international college preparatory boarding and day school for students with mild to moderate learning differences, now has a group of 20 students who are among the honor society members. Carey and Bannister took their oaths of loyalty to the organization, and will now participate fully in its activities.
Adrian Demeritte named to SJU dean's list
Adrian Demeritte, son of Fealy and Ramona Demeritte of Nassau, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean's list for the 2013 fall semester at Saint John's University, (SJU) Collegeville, Minnesota. Demeritte is a sophomore biology major at SJU.
To be included on the dean's list, students must have a semester grade-point average of at least 3.80 and have completed 12 credits for which honor points (A, B, C, etc.) are awarded. Students included on the dean's list cannot have any "unsatisfactory" or "incomplete" grades for that semester.

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