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'Womanish Ways' snags award at U.S. film festival

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Bethel said that in working on "Womanish Ways" and reading the historical documents of the period, and especially the documents drafted by the suffrage movement, her pre-judgments of the movement were blown out of the water.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.

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Bach faces tall order as president of the IOC

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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Benajamin Joseph Ferguson, 80

FUNERALl SERVICES for the late Benjamin Joseph Ferguson of Tropical Gardens/Golden Gates #1 and formerly of Brown, Crooked Island will be held on Saturday at New Bethany Baptist Church, Key West Street at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Victor Cooper Jr., J.P. assisted by other ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum.
Mr. Ferguson was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 55 years Mrs. Merletha Eliza Ferguson and his eldest son Godfrey B. Ferguson and daughter Sharon Joy Ferguson.
Indelible memories are left on the hearts of his children: Winston and Chief Petty Officer Lloyd Nelson Ferguson, Joan Clarke, Yvonne Cooper, Beverly Ferguson and Rose Morrison; 4 sisters:  Vera Ferguson, Irene Ferguson, Estella Cox and Florence Lewis; 1 Brother: Laban Ferguson; 1 Son-in-law: Oswald Morrison; 2 Daughters-in-law: Althea and Janet Ferguson; 1 Brother-in-law: Nehemiah Moss of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; 3 sisters-in-law: Naomi Munnings, Elizabeth Adderley, Beulah McPhee, Tristina Ferguson,  Edna Ferguson, and Barbara Moss; 15 Grand-children: Raquel Kellman, Jerrett, Shakera and Ryan Clarke, Ashley (Red) Williams, Sasha Ferguson, Cherita Cooper, Jasmin, Jade, and Emerald Ferguson, Rashad Ferguson, Adam Miller, Chad Woodside, Tyler and Tarah-Rose Morrison; 6 Great-Grandchildren: Kevin Kellman, Jahvaughn Clarke, Devonte and Darren Clarke, Alia Pitt, and Sapphire Clarke; A host of other relatives and friends including: Reverend Franklyn and Sister Katie Clarke, Reverend Wendell Lewis, Minister Marion Sturrup, Lorraine Moss, Sharon Farringtion, New Bethany Baptist Church Family, The Men Fellowship, The Usher Board, Brother Major, Brother Jones, Elder Kendal Darling, Deacon Cornelius Cooper, Victor Cooper Sr. Dr. John Lunn & his staff, The staff of Oncology Princess Margaret Hospital, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Knowles, Mr. & Mrs. Fulton Bain, Mr. Hershel Collie, Reverend Randolph Beneby, Mrs. Heastie, Nathalie Bruno, Mr. Willie Dawkins, Mr. Altman Bonimy, Sisal Road, Golden Gates Family, Ms. Diggis and Ms Johnson & Royal Eagle Lodge #1 and a host of other relatives and friends.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Evergreen Mortuary, Mackey Street South on Thursday from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; on Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.

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Carey calls for Baha Mar 'commercial zone'

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.

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DNA calls on government to tackle illegal immigration

MARIO Cartwright, DNA spokesperson on foreign affairs and immigration, called on the government to put forward a clear plan to deal with the "growing illegal immigration problem".

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Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year

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.

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Summer Bowling Camp
Summer Bowling Camp

Thursday 5th July 2012  10:00 AM

Summer Bowling Camp Monday, July 2, 2012 to Friday, 13, 2012 Two weeks of bowling and other summer activities for boys and girls 6-13 years old Daily hot lunches! A different activity every day! 13 classes per week, 2 Field Trips! $100 per week/ per child or $75 per week, multiple children 10am-2pm Martial arts- Pool Game Bowling & Skating lessons Arcade Games Field Trips-Arts & Crafts Basketball Lessons Grooming & Modeling Fashion Consulting Fitness & Dance Classes For more information call! (242)326-8010-4 Fitness Instruction – Charles Johnson, Instructor Our class instructor is a professional in the field of fitness and exercise. Fitness topics will include nutrition, stretching exercises. Your child will be taught to be physically active in a fun atmosphere through games and activities. The programs are pre-choreographed and address all areas of fitness. Martial Arts – Kent Bazaard, Instructor Martial arts can improve a child’s mind and body. Our classes are designed specifically for students of varying ages, needs and abilities. Our emphasis is on personal development, discipline, goal setting and self confidence. These skills are not only restricted to the classroom, but are also life skills. It teaches them respect & teamwork while having FUN! Modeling – Delano Sweeting, Instructor Have you ever looked back on your childhood and teen years and wished that you had been more outgoing, confident and better at making friends? Assuredly every parent wants that for their own child. Child modeling can help ensure that your child is poised, confident, and ready for whatever he/she encounters in life. Modeling classes will help your child face his/her fears and learn to be natural and confident in their own skin. Modeling can also help your child’s health. Information is given on diet, nutrition and exercise. RSVP for reservations, Limited space available! email: *All indoor activities in air-conditioned comfort

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Miss Bahamas contestants revealed

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes the 14 beauties vying for two of the most prestigious beauty crowns -- Miss World Bahamas, and Miss Bahamas Universe -- were revealed at the Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) launch event at Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace.
In a packed venue the women were sashed by their sponsors and revealed their platforms as they prepare for the pageant which will be held in less than a month, on July 29 at the Atlantis Resort.
For Adria Flowers, 19, her platform centers around healthy, happy, people empowering themselves with do-it-yourself projects and home grown organic food. She describes herself as optimistic, virtuous and hardworking.
While 23-year-old Analicia Thompson wants to encourage people to get involved in their local community. To date, she said her life has been shaped by the three H's -- health, happiness and humility.
Autumn Joy Dames, 21, who loves the diversity of her home island of Grand Bahamas has a keen desire to inspire and encourage as many people as she can through the performing arts, which inspired her platform of promoting culture through the performing arts.
Nineteen-year-old Celeste Marshall whose ultimate goal is not only to win the pageant but become a successful international model wants to build self-esteem and awareness in the youth with her platform.
At age 23, De'Andra Bannister, a self proclaimed nerd, plans to use her presence in the pageant to promote alcohol awareness and substance abuse.
For 21-year-old Deandra Harris, a nursing student at The College of The Bahamas, her platform is to use her experience in the pageant to promote sports and a healthy lifestyle in children. She counts the feel of soft white Bahamian sand between her toes as an unforgettable island experience.
Ebony Johnson, a professional vocal performer is motivated by her passion for music which has encouraged her platform, empowering young ladies through performing arts. The 23-year-old would most love to meet her ancestors from which she said she could learn so much.
Irina Key, 19, who counts the dolphins she trains at her job as her best friends has a platform that involves animal connection with humans, and bringing light to the importance of animals to humans.
Jasmine Forbes, 20, who describes herself as driven, hardworking and a dreamer, and counts the pursuit of happiness as one of her most important goals in life is an animal lover. Animal awareness is her platform.
Kahturah Fernander's life ambition is to travel. For the 21-year-old, learning new things is a passion for her, and she wants nothing more than to win the Miss Bahamas crown for the opportunity to represent The Bahamas on the international scene.
Nevandria Rolle, 18, describes herself as God-fearing, benevolent and driven. She said her spirituality is one of her biggest assets.
Rakia Rolle, a 20-year-old potential maritime lawyer lives by the maxim carpe diem which means to seize the day. Rolle, who is a part of the cancer support group, Freedom Survivors, holds breast cancer awareness close to her heart because of a personal encounter in her life.
Reneika Knowles whose hobbies include working on cars and playing golf, described herself as free-spirited, open minded and fun. The 26-year-old's platform includes encouraging entrepreneurship and financial awareness in the youth.
Rochelle Alexandre, 25, a music enthusiast, counts helping the poor as one of her life's passions and her platform for the pageant.
The MBO also used the launch to promote their newest community service venture which entails donating non-perishable food items, clothing, toys, and books to the All Saints Camp for those people stricken with AIDS. The first round of competition is scheduled for Sunday, July 8 when the contestants will go head-to-head in the Miss Bahamas Sportswoman Competition. The winner automatically advances to the semifinals of the Miss Bahamas Beauty Pageant.
Also at the event were Miss World Bahamas, Sasha Joyce and Miss Bahamas Universe, Anastagia Pierre. They both reflected on their year as titleholders.
Miss Bahamas Organization events
Sportswoman Fast Track competition
When: July 8
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: Thomas A. Robinson Stadium
Cost: $25

Bahamas Top Model Competition
When: July 15
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: Compass Point
Cost: $25

Float Parade
When: July 21

Swimsuit Competition
When: July 22
Where: Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace
Cost: $25

Evening Gown/Talent Competitions
When: July 26
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Atlantis Theatre

Miss Bahamas Beauty pageant
When: July 29
Time: 8pm
Where: Atlantis Theatre

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Leading Realtor Mario Carey Urges Economic Stimulus Zone Around BahaMar to Jumpstart Business along Bahamian Riviera

Nassau, Bahamas - With
unemployment hovering at the 15% level and a $2.6 billion project underway in
the heart of Nassau, a leading Realtor® has called for the creation of an
economic stimulus zone on Cable Beach.

Mario Carey, founder of Mario Carey
Realty, believes that a commercially zoned four-mile radius along West Bay
Street spinning out from the BahaMar project would unleash entrepreneurial
opportunities, create jobs, increase property values, take pressure off
congestion in other areas and, in his words, "have the potential of
becoming the single biggest economic boost for a variety of small to mid-size
businesses in a concentrated area that we have ever experienced...

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C-Force to perform in Freeport for the GB Performing Arts Society

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.

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