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Marion Bethel's documentary, "Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy", which tells the intriguing story of the struggle for women's right to vote in The Bahamas has captured the 2012 Award in Documentary at the Urban Suburban Film Festival in Philadelphia.
The documentary was selected from hundreds of films submitted, said the festival's organizers.
Bethel, who directed the documentary and worked closely alongside Bahamian filmmakers Maria Govan and Kareem Mortimer for the making of "Womanish Ways", said winning the award represents an enormous boost for the film and the story of the women's suffrage movement in The Bahamas, which is so little known.
"Our history is not well known," said Bethel. "The film, therefore, reveals to a wider international audience a deeper understanding of life in The Bahamas in this period and the legacy of this period.
"Winning the award affirms the quality and significance of the film in itself, and its appeal to an international audience. The award raises the profile of the film. It opens the door for unforseen magic to happen."
"Womanish Ways" focuses on five of the central figures of the Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas -- Mary Ingraham, Mable Walker, Eugenia Lockhart, Georgiana Symonette and Dame Dr. Doris Johnson.
Through photographs and film footage, interviews with women who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the key figures, the film gives a stirring account of this important period in Bahamian history.
The documentary, a labor of love for Bethel, was years in the making and represents what she describes as "turning up the volume on women's history and contribution to the advancement of human rights and democracy in The Bahamas".
"This film has huge resonance for me arcing back to my childhood. I grew up with these women of the suffrage movement all around me," said Bethel. "They were a part of my extended family in the neighborhood. My mother, grandmothers and aunts were part of this movement. I did not know then of their struggle and determination to demand the right to vote. This film is a tribute to these women, their vision and their achievement of human rights and democracy in The Bahamas."
Bethel said that in working on "Womanish Ways" and reading the historical documents of the period, and especially the documents drafted by the suffrage movement, her pre-judgments of the movement were blown out of the water.
The women, she said, were politically sophisticated and savvy.
"They grounded the movement in the social thought of the day using the ideas of Locke, Rousseau, Sir Winston Churchill and Roosevelt and the political instruments of the day of the United Nations, namely, the UN Convention on Human Rights of 1948 and the UN Convention on the Political Rights of Women of 1952," noted Bethel.
"They also established political connections with international women's organizations. This successful process of navigating and negotiating the difficult political terrain of both The Bahamas and the metropole countries in the 40s, 50s and 60s has left an indelible mark on my consciousness."
o "Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy" is now available on DVD from Logos Bookstore, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Buy the Book and Chapter One Bookstore.
The new president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), German Thomas Bach, has a tall order in front of him. A veteran of the Olympic Movement, Bach, in the minds of voters, was best qualified to succeed Jacques Rogge.
The big test for him will be whether he is able to continue driving the IOC mandates without any major hitches, as did Rogge. Bach's predecessor proved to be a president who was on balance generally, throughout his 12-year tenure. Rogge did hit a few bad spots. One in particular, was when he criticized Jamaican athletes for the manner in which they celebrated success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was promptly chastised by Lamine Diack, who heads the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and Rogge subsequently did the right thing. He just allowed the matter to be dropped.
He was a personable leader with great compassion, other than that incident, I thought. I vividly recalled Rogge seeking to give the disgraced sprinter from the United States, Marion Jones, some good advice. He warned her about the company she kept, while seemingly, publicly endorsing her as a good person.
Well, Jones turned on Rogge and the rest is history. Rogge tried to put her on the right path however. To me, that scenario spoke very much to the kind of refreshing leadership Rogge gave the world's Olympic Movement. More so than any other IOC president, I felt he connected with athletes from the 200-plus nations with Olympic membership. He did not limit his interaction to high-powered meetings within the movement.
Under Rogge, the IOC appeared to work more closely with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its affiliates around the world. There was great scrutiny of competitors throughout the world, and some really big names were suspended from competition. History will record that during Rogge's presidency, there was a great assault on athletes caught using banned substances. More big name athletes were caught than ever before.
Also, billions of dollars continued to flow into the IOC's many coffers and around the world, the respective National Olympic Committees were empowered accordingly. Such is the legacy of Jacques Rogge.
Bach has a background in commerce and industry so he should be able, at least, to ensure that the economic vibrancy of the IOC remains constant. How he deals with the actual politics of heading the largest and most powerful sporting body in the world remains to be seen.
During the election for president, Bach received 43 votes from IOC members, 20 more than his nearest rival, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico. Nobody else got more than eight votes. Clearly, his initial status as leader is very strong. He will be given a fair chance to get his feet wet.
The honeymoon will be over in short order however, and he will have to face front-on the high expectancy that comes with the position of IOC president.
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Funeral service for Maude Zelma Neely, a resident of Windward Isles Way and formerly of Rock Sound, Eleuthera, who passed away on 25th May, 2011, will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Boyd Road, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Officiating will be Deacon Gregory Taylor. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left with cherished memories that will linger in our hearts are her: Loving husband: Alpheus Neely; two sons: Leslie Wells and David Neely; Two daughters: Sandra Wells-Carmona and Joyce Brown. Eight grand-children: Leslie Wells Jr., Gerard Carmona, Jeffrey, Jayden and Joyelle Brown, Devante, Blair and Dave Neely; One brother: Daniel Pyfrom; Two sisters: Judy Pyfrom-Masnyk and Vernia Pyfrom; Two sons-in-law: Luis Carmona and Swanson Brown; One daughter-in-law: Ramona Neely; Brothers-in-law: Arnold and Michael Neely and Kenneth Beckford; Sisters-in-law: Avis Pyfrom, Sister Jacinth Neely, Marie Newton, Florence Beckford, Angela, Detrich and Monica Neely; Two Aunts: Zelma Nottage and Mizpah Evans; Two Uncles: Daniel and Lloyd Evans; Nephews: Danny, Dervin, Derward, Darren, Vernon, Marcus (Griffin), Thomas, Andrew, Teko, Aaron, Adam, Christopher, Mario, Mark, Earl, Livingston, Marcus (Knowles) and Miguel; Nieces: Denette, Debbie, Leshan, Denica, Judy (JJ), Desiree, Anastacia, Amanda, Denise, Monique, Deandre, Marcia (SP.Vil); Cousins: Dr. Dave Sands, Kendal, Steve, Carl, Ethel, Julie, Donald, Keith, Dorethea, Danny, Andrew, Beth, Cheryl, Darlene, Chris, Douglas, Donna, Zelda, Jude, Johnny, Edith, Wideon, Vandolyn, Livan, Sidney, Donna, June, Vynona, Thelma, Naomi, Willie, Roger. Numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews and a host of other relatives and friends including: The Carey Family, The Mingo Family, Monique Sands and Family, Yvette Knowles & Family, Celeste Goodman, Beverly Brown & Family, Barbara Richards & Family, Carmen Ingraham, Marina Moultrie, Ruth Turnquest, Violet Grant, Vandolyn Fox, David Armbrister, Patrick Murphy and Family, Perry Darling, Charles Sealy & Family, Hon. Frank Watson, Hon. Carl Bethel, Staff of the Ministry of Education, Learning Resources Unit, G.K. Symonette Library, Sadie Curtis Primary, Family Guardian Insurance Company, Coconut Grove Preschool, and Golden Gates and Rock Sound, Eleuthera Communities.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon and at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
Tuesday 3rd July 2012 10:00 AM
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Most people bow to the European standard that is supposed to depict beauty -- long, straight tresses, flawless, fair skin and a rail-thin body. But one contestant vying for one of two of the country's most prestigious crowns -- Miss World Bahamas and Miss Bahamas Universe -- isn't buying into it. Kahtura Fernander is standing tall in the mix of 14 young ladies, most of whom are sporting hair weaves, with locked braids that dangle midway down her back. Fernander is a rarity to the country's beauty pageant scene.
"I am inspired to be in the beauty pageant just the way I am -- no extensions, fake nails or overdone make-up," said the brown-skinned 21-year-old who stands a modest five feet six inches and weighs in at 114 pounds.
"I am not threatened by not being the modern ideal of beauty. I do not want to be just another girl who fades into the background with the others. I want to stand out and show that embracing being black and natural is beautiful and we don't have to change to be accepted. If more of us did this, natural hair in pageants would be the norm. I would love to see when we truly represent ourselves and the beauty we have here in our pageants rather than wondering what others think of our brand of beauty," she said.
During her childhood she said she viewed on television what people thought beauty is supposed to be, but said she did not buy into it.
"There was no way that being pretty meant I had to be light-skinned, thin and have long straight or loosely wavy hair. To me, being beautiful is firstly accepting who you are no matter what you look like and embracing the possibilities it presents. God made us to look a certain way so I am proud to be who I am. I will not change that, not even for a pageant."
She took the first bold step to grow her locks when she was just 14 years old and still in junior school. It was a decision that she found herself having to defend over the years to other adults in her life.
"I am the type of person who can show you better than I can tell you. So just like in high school when I had to prove that despite my hair I was serious about my education by excelling in all I did I have to do it again when it comes to proving to other young ladies that beauty is more than a two-dimensional look," she said.
Because she wanted to maintain her natural hair, she had to deal with being called "picky-headed" over the years, and being told that she wouldn't amount to anything because she did not want to conform by relaxing her hair.
According to Fernander, there are still people who ask her what she will do with her hair now that she has entered the pageant and whether she intends to cut it. She doesn't.
"This is me and I am comfortable with how I look. Because of that even if I don't win I want to make a point that we should be who we want to be and really represent ourselves accordingly. The Bahamian woman is beautiful without trying. We don't send girls like that to the international pageant nowadays even though we have so many people that look like me, so I want to change that. I want to give us a choice as well as represent another kind of beauty we have in our country."
Being among the 14 young ladies vying for the crown of Miss Bahamas on Sunday, July 29 at the Atlantis Resort, the natural beauty said she is excited to see the impact her stance will have on other young ladies who are not yet brave enough to don their natural tresses for local beauty competitions. She said there is no shame in showcasing natural hair, and she hopes to inspire more young women to embrace their natural appearances rather than give in to the European ideal of what beauty is.
Even though the norm for contestants entering the beauty pageants is to relax, straighten or wear faux hair if they didn't already naturally have it, Fernander was surprised how easy it was for her to enter the pageant. Fernander said she was accepted by everyone despite her unconventional look.
Because she was, she wonders why so many young women are eager to change who they are to be in the pageant when they would have been accepted as they were.
No matter the pageant's outcome for her is, Fernander said she is proud to have been a part of it because she has learnt a lot about beauty and is meeting people she would not have met had she not entered. She said just being in the pageant is an experience of a lifetime that she would gladly like to tell her children about. She hopes what she did will also be able to inspire them to also reach for the stars and be content in who they are despite what they look like.
She will be providing the support to her future female children that her family provided to her. Fernander comes from a family that loves natural tresses. Most of the female members in her family have natural hair, including her mother, grandmother and aunts.
Fernander's platform for the pageant is to promote higher self-confidence among young people. She hopes to achieve this by establishing ongoing programs that will feature lectures, self-esteem exercises and lessons on beauty and etiquette in urban communities should she win.
The C.C. Sweeting Senior School graduate has completed an associate degree in architecture at The College of The Bahamas. If she wins she hopes to achieve her goals to reach out to youngsters around her. If she doesn't she will continue her academic journey for a masters degree in architecture in August.
Miss Bahamas Organization events
Sportswoman Fast Track competition
When: July 8
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: Thomas A. Robinson Stadium
Bahamas Top Model Competition
When: July 15
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: Compass Point
When: July 21
When: July 22
Where: Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace
Evening Gown/Talent Competitions
When: July 26
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Atlantis Theatre
Miss Bahamas Beauty pageant
When: July 29
Where: Atlantis Theatre
NEW YORK -- Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
The pope beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the distinction, which the newsmagazine has been giving each year since 1927.
The former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in March as the first pope from Latin America and the first Jesuit. Since taking over at the Vatican, he has urged the Catholic Church not to be obsessed with "small-minded rules" and to emphasize compassion over condemnation in dealing with touchy topics like abortion, gays and contraception.
He has denounced the world's "idolatry of money" and the "global scandal" that nearly 1 billion people today go hungry, and has charmed the masses with his simple style and wry sense of humor. His appearances draw tens of thousands of people and his @Pontifex Twitter account recently topped 10 million followers.
"He really stood out to us as someone who has changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way," said Nancy Gibbs, the magazine's managing editor.
The Vatican said the honor wasn't surprising given the resonance in the general public that Francis has had, but it nevertheless said the choice was a "positive" recognition of spiritual values in the international media.
"The Holy Father is not looking to become famous or to receive honors," said the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi. "But if the choice of Person of Year helps spread the message of the Gospel -- a message of God's love for everyone -- he will certainly be happy about that."
It was the third time a Catholic pope had been Time's selection. John Paul II was selected in 1994 and John XXIII was chosen in 1962.
In Argentina on Wednesday, Padre Toto, one of the many "slum priests" the pope supported for years as archbishop of Buenos Aires, praised Time magazine's selection.
"I think the recognition of Time magazine is good news, because Pope Francis embodies one of the values of a church that's more missionary, closer to the people, more austere, more in keeping with the gospel," Toto said. "He had the genius of knowing how to express this sense of the church and hopefully his way of being will catch on with other political leaders, business executives, sports figures. His leadership is inspiring."
Besides Snowden, Time had narrowed its finalists down to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose Supreme Court case led to the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples from federal benefits.
President Barack Obama was Time's selection for 2012.
Time editors make the selection. The magazine polled readers for their choice, and the winner was Egyptian General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who didn't even make the top 10 of Time's final list.
A leading realtor is calling for the rezoning of West Bay Street near Baha Mar to spur the creation of a "commercial stimulus zone" spanning up to four miles.
Mario Carey, the founder of Mario Carey Realty, said the concept has the potential to be the single biggest economic boost for businesses in a concentrated area. A commercial village would not only provide the thousands of tourists and workers with superior shopping and dining options, but also revitalize a stretch of Bay Street in desperate need of attention.
Carey told Guardian Business it is time to "begin the conversation" while the Cable Beach mega resort is still a few years away.
"I know how limited opportunities are along Bay Street for commercial businesses. People are always asking for it," he explained.
"How many thousands will be at that hotel? What are they going to do?"
The top realtor, whose firm is representing Baha Mar in its elite condo offerings, is also urging that investors in such a commercial zone should be given financial incentives, such as a temporary break from real property tax or duty-free exemptions on renovations.
The key, of course, will be the reactions of those in the immediate area. Carey said the presence of homes along Bay Street is an outdated concept, pointing to Carmichael Road and the area of Palmdale as examples of thriving commercial centers.
Gaining a commercial zoning license along Bay Street is incredibly difficult from a bureaucracy perspective, he said. The creation of a commercial stimulus zone would spark renewed interest and activity along Cable Beach.
Robert 'Sandy' Sands, senior vice president of administration and external relations, did not wish to comment on the endeavor at this stage.
"Currently, there is a mix of residential, commercial and recreational uses," Carey added. "So you have a large grocery store, for instance, between a new upscale strip shopping plaza on the east, and single family residences on the west. What exists is not based on planning. It just flew up that way. It has been piecemeal with each new proposed project fighting its own battle for development, rather than being planned with deliberate consideration and according to solid resort region planning principles."
The realtor noted that such a commercial village would be incorporated into the Bahamian Riviera and Baha Mar concept, with the gradual introduction of landscaping, lighting and CCTV security cameras.
Explaining that it's important to make Baha Mar accessible to average Bahamians, and create spin-off opportunities, he insisted that the government and other stakeholders have a responsibility to remove obstacles to Bahamian participation.
"What I am suggesting is a fundamental re-thinking about an area soon to explode with life and we have not addressed the immediate surroundings. Right now it is the largest single-phase construction project in the hemisphere," Carey said.
The Bahamas Bowling Federation has named its 10-member team to compete at the upcoming Tournament of the Americas at Sawgrass Lanes Tamarac, Florida, after the recent team trials at Mario's Bowling & Entertainment Palace.
The team, which includes competitors in the adult men's and ladies' categories, seniors men's and ladies' categories, and a super senior men's category, will participate in the tournament from July 29 to August 4.
Leading the way in the adult men's division are Lee Davis and Johann Pyfrom, with scoring averages of 204 and 188 respectively. In the adult ladies' category, Driskell Rolle's 171 average bested teammate Camille Burnside's 165. Representing the senior men's for The Bahamas is former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Sonith Lockhart, with a 191 average. His teammate in that division is Charles Isaacs, who finished the tournament with a 186 scoring average. Representing the country in the Senior Ladies' Category is Marina McClain with a 170 average, followed very closely by Angela Smith's 168 score.
Also on the team in the super senior men's division are Leon Graham, a former doubles gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games. He has a 178 scoring average and will team up with Philip Bethel, who had an average of 181.
The new treasurer of the federation, Clayton Gardiner said in an interview that he hopes to see bowling become one of the core sports in the country. He also would like to see all bowling leagues, such as the City Bowling League, Financial Bowling League and the Banker's League, come under one umbrella.
"Our desire is to take bowling back to where it use to be in The Bahamas and beyond that. More and more persons are bowling, but it is our jobs to get the level of intensity that we see in other sports like softball into the bowling arena. And I believe we would be able to compete with the other disciplines," Gardiner said.
Of #25 Oleander Avenue, South Beach who died on Saturday, May 21, 2011 will be held on Sunday, June 5th, at 11:00am at Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church, Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
Officiating will be Pastor Kent Price assisted by other Pastors and Elders of the Gospel. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.Memories of Cap's smile and sense of humor will forever be cherished by his Children: Michelle Storr, Dr. Kevin and Mrs. Karen Moss, Dion Moss, Rudolph & Marcia Walker, Melony, Marvin, Mario & Joyanne Josey; Grandchildren: Kevia, Kyle, Khory, D'Shawn, Sean, Diondra & Diondre Moss, Khody & Khary Walker, Jayde Stubbs & Marvin Josey Jr.; Aunts: Merlene Fritz, Valamae Knowles, Marguerite Moncur-Small and Alice Moncur Uncle: Rev. Leonard Josey of Delray Beach, Fl.; Sisters: Nursing Officer Beverly Rolle, Joyce Josey-Bowe, Prisca Josey, Ena Garcia of South Andros, Niki Sherman of Long Island and Leona Turner; Brothers: Bishop Arnold Josey, Franklyn Vernon Josey, Raymond Josey, Sgt. Jerry Philip Josey & Rev. Steffon Josey of Florida; Brothers-in-law: Vincent Woodside, Ethney, Kingsley and Frederick Wallace, Henry Rolle, John Bowe & Eric Turner; Sisters-in-law: Eleanor Brown, Vernita, Audrey & Helen Josey; A host of other Relatives and Friends including: Anetra Smith, Lisa Darville, Haldane Stubbs, Mrs. Inez Dorestant and family, Derry Gibson, Bonnie Turner, Mr. Aubury Davis, Chris and Edith Sturrup and family, Sharon, Ricardo, Dwight and Desiree Brown, Royanne Edgecombe, Kate Donnell Bullard, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moncur, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barr, Mr. and Mrs. Akin Barr, Reggie and Gringo Forbes, Mae Ward-Pratt, Henry (Fish) McKinney, Mrs. Nora McCalla, Laura Woodside, Janet and Deborah Wallace, Ross Knowles, Portia and Deborah Brown, Judy Collie, Sandra Knowles, Elsie Adderley, Charmaine Cox, Godfrey, James, Leslie, Wilton and Darren Brown, Christopher, Jason, Jessica, Kenneth and Michael Woodside, Fredericka, Frederick and Azaria Wallace, Kaley Lightbourne; Special Thanks to the Doctors and Nurses of the Intensive Care Unit, Princess Margaret Hospital and a host of other relatives and friends far too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held at Clarke's Funeral Home #10 Tonique Williams-Darling Highway on Saturday, June 4th, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00am at the church until service time.
Two concert-workshops provided to students in Grand Bahama
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS) is delighted to present C-Force, a chamber ensemble that offers a unique and intriguing approach to the traditional concept of chamber music. The group is made up of Christy Lee - pianist, Christine Gangelhoff - flute and Christian Justilien - euphonium, all of whom are faculty members at The College of the Bahamas, Nassau and will appear at Freeport's Regency Theatre on Saturday, March 15th at 7:30pm.
The evening, C-Force, An Evening of Musical Fusion will include beloved Bahamian writer, poet and filmmaker, Marion Bethel, who will be reading some of her poetry and will also incorporate GBPAS scholarship recipient, Chavez Parker, on percussion.
C-Force's unusual instrumentation (flute, euphonium and piano) allows for many types of classical music interpretations and their diverse backgrounds contribute to the exploration of all types of non-traditional musical forms. Since its formation in 2008, C-Force has been featured in concert throughout the islands of The Bahamas. Most recently the group has been promoting the art music of the Caribbean with their performances in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the US Virgin Islands and the United States.
The members of C-Force are unified in their desire to encourage music education in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean region. To this end they will be performing two (2) concerts for students on Grand Bahama Island. These concerts /workshops will take place at Bishop Michael Eldon Auditorium on Friday, March 14, 2014 with primary school aged children at 10am and concert for middle/high school aged children at 1pm. These sessions will last about 1 hour which will include concert pieces, demonstration of the euphonium and a Q & A period. There will be a minimal charge of $2.00 per student.