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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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July 01, 2011
BTC VOLUNTARY SEVERANCE PACKAGES ACCEPTED BY MORE THAN 450 EMPLOYEES

By SANCHESKA BROWN

MORE than 450 Bahamas Telecommunication Company employees have accepted the voluntary severance packages from Cable and Wireless.

By 5pm yesterday, all BTC employees were required to give an answer to Cable and Wireless (CWC) regarding their future employment at the company.

Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) vice president Mario Curry said most of the employees want to take the package and the number of applicants will probably be higher than CWC anticipated.

He said it is still up to the company to decide who will stay, and who will leave.

"Not everyone will be able to take advantage of the package. You can't let go everybody beca ...

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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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October 27, 2012
BBF to continue with coaches certification course today

Executives in the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) will decide today if the coaches certification clinic will be extended until Sunday.
The 32 participants have two sessions today, in addition to two sessions to make up for Friday due to Hurricane Sandy. They will have to complete all the required sessions before sitting the exam, so they can be awarded the Level I and II coaches certifications. The BBF's executives are hoping to "catch up" on all the work in today's session. If they are unsuccessful, the course, sanctioned by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), will be extended to Sunday.
"The course was supposed to wrap-up on Saturday but we may have to extend until Sunday," said Mario Bowleg, 1st vice president in the BBF. "Luckily, we were able to get work in on that Wednesday and Thursday. The session on Wednesday was very successful. I think we stayed in there for [over] two hours, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Thursday we got started at about 9 a.m., so classes were held. It is just a matter of us catching up on the work so we can wrap it up."
The first session was held on Wednesday at C.C. Sweeting Senior High School and on Thursday at The College of The Bahamas. Coach Julio Lamas of Argentina is conducting the course. He is assisted by Edwin Pena from Puerto Rico.
Bowleg said: "Due to the storm, we decided to cancel Friday, but participants were asked to review the notes and prepare for the exam. We will make up for Friday with three sessions on Saturday, instead of the two that had been planned. We will give the exam if not Saturday night, then first thing Sunday morning.
"Even though we have had 32 persons attending so far, we are still a bit disappointed. Of the 32 persons, only nine are representing the junior and high school system. This course is very important. We want persons to come out and participate; it is not too late. So I want to encourage persons, especially those coaches in the high school system. There were more night league and club coaches."
The BBF plans to host more clinics in an attempt to improve the level of play in the country.

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October 23, 2010
Little Miss Bahamas Preliminary, October 30th

Nassau, Bahamas - Twenty angels compete in the seven annual Little Miss Bahamas  Preliminary competition

Saturday October 30th, 2010.

The preliminaries will consist of  stage arts, talent, national
costume and judges interviews segments. Voting will take on a new form
allowing for the audience to vote for their top three contestants, one
of whom will be crown Little Miss Bahamas on November 28th.

Previously the ladies were unveiled at the Sheraton Resorts, engaged
in an environmental workshop at Clifton Hertiage, bowling at Marios and
hours of rehearsals. This Saturday they will compete in a swimsuit
photo shoot competition at Dolphin Encounters...

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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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August 14, 2014
Religion, comedy and drama collide

It will be a taste of Heaven and a taste of Hell in Dorsey McPhee's theater of the Gospel stage play "Jesus vs. Satan: A One Man Show". McPhee promises it will not be a visit to Sunday school as he brings to the stage the stories of God, Satan, Jesus, The Battle of the Ages, The Passion, The Resurrection and The Boil Fish Breakfast at Galilee Beach.
In the 11-scene production, the Gospel story will be told in the religious, comedy-drama play that runs just under two hours, during which time McPhee said he wants people to see Jesus both in a different light and as a black man who speaks like them and is a part of the Bahamian culture.
"I will bring the culture out and take people back to Jerusalem and the sense of seeing things unfold," said McPhee, who stars in the production and is the playwright. "What I really hope is that people who would never have ventured into a church come and see the story."
"Jesus vs. Satan: A One Man Show" takes to the stage on Saturday, August 30 at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts on Mackey Street.
His one-man play will show the Gospel story through an unbiased eye, allowing for people from all religious denominations to appreciate the show - he believes that being a member of any particular denomination does not get anyone into heaven.
"I want to show the story unbiased so that people who may feel threatened by going into a church can come out and enjoy the story," he said.
McPhee brings at least 30 characters to the stage during the play and tackles the entire Gospel; scenes include Jesus' baptism through his reunion with John the Baptist, McPhee as King Herod and the 'jungaless' he meets who makes him happy by dancing for him. During the scene McPhee plays an Allison Hinds song because, as he said, "I'm sure it wasn't the ballet that caused Herod to want to do it again".
Packaged in with the Biblical stories will be familiar people that Bahamians know, like American recording artist James Brown and noted Bahamian painter and architect Jackson Burnside, who will of course be blowing his conch shell in the play.
He also said that people will be surprised at how Peter denies Jesus three times -- and that it will be done in true Bahamian style.
The play will incorporate cultural aspects like Junkanoo music, which both Satan and Jesus like and use. According to McPhee, you hear Junkanoo going into both Heaven and Hell.
It will also be interspersed with music by William McDowell, Jolta A., Earth, Wind and Fire, Allison Hinds, Reverend James Palacious, Roots, Beatles, James Brown, Edwin Hawkins Singers, Morgan Heritage, Tony Rebel, Mr. Vegas, T. Connection, Marvin Gaye, Luciano, Flo Rida and Marion Williams.
Although religious in nature, McPhee said comedy and drama come together on the stage.
"I want people to come out and have a good time," he said. "I want to give people a taste of Heaven and a taste of Hell so that they can choose which one they're more comfortable with. If you're comfortable with Satan after seeing him in his element that's fine, but I want people to see Jesus as well."
McPhee tells the Gospel story in his one-man show; according to him, Satan is written in a way that allows Satan to be Satan, as such, the production could not be staged in the church.
"To be honest, Satan is a repulsive person, so I had to be repulsive to bring the story over correctly, and that's how I wrote the story," he said.
The play is rated C, which means no one under 18 will be admitted.
While he will have no one to feed off of while on stage, McPhee said he can pull off the one-man production.
"God gave me a gift to be able to act, and that is not an issue for me."
McPhee, 65, a lawyer by profession said he's been consumed with the play for the past three years, the time it took him to write it; he knows all the lines.
A member of the St. Matthew's Players, a drama group, McPhee's introduction to stage plays took place when he was a student at Government High School, as a prop man. During his university years at Florida Atlantic University where he studied economics he was drawn to the drama department and participated in a number of plays.
Upon his return home, he joined St. Matthew's Anglican Church Players. He credits the writing of "Jesus vs. Satan: A One Man Show" to one particular production he was in -- "Night of Sorrow" -- a play about the hours between Jesus' crucifixion and his resurrection, showing Satan's manipulation of the disciples. In that play, McPhee was originally cast as Thomas, but after a fellow actor became ill, McPhee had to play Satan, which led to the nickname sticking.
Really wanting to rid himself of the title, he approached Father James Moultrie, the priest-in-charge of St. Matthew's at the time to play the role of Jesus in church to show people that his acting versatility. After the performance of "Passion", he said, people started telling him they liked how he read Jesus.
One morning three years ago he was channel surfing and came across EWTN Network and a one-man show being aired; he told himself he could do it and started writing his play.
Tickets for the "Jesus vs. Satan: A One Man Show" are $25 and can be purchased at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts and St. Matthew's Anglican Church.

THE SCENES
Act 1
Scene 1: The Baptism of Jesus -- "Let it Be", The Beatles
Scene 2: The Temptation of Jesus -- "If Jah is Standing By My Side", Tony Rebel
Scene 3: The Call of the Disciples, Miracles and Demons -- "Give me Strength", Luciano; "I am Blessed", Mr. Vegas
Scene 4: The Beheading of John the Baptist -- "Roll it gal", Alison Hinds; "I Come To the Garden Alone", Reverend James Palacious
Scene 5: Satan all for me baby -- "Funky Good Time", James Brown; "Junkanoo", Roots; "Fire", T-Connection; "It's Me again Jah", Luciano
Scene 6: Jesus foretells his death -- "Got to Get You Into My Life", Earth, Wind and Fire
Scene 7: The Passion -- "The Lord's Prayer", Marvin Gaye; "Your Grace and Mercy", Mississippi Mass Choir; "I Give Myself Away", William McDowell; "Were you There", Marion Williams
Act 2
Scene 8: Satan in his glory -- "I feel good", James Brown; "Junkanoo", Roots
Scene 9: The Resurrection -- The Hallelujah Chorus; "Down by the River", Morgan Heritage; Let Heavenly Music The Cherubim Song; "When the Saints Go Marching In"; "Junkanoo"; "Angus Dei Hallelujah", Jolta A.
Scene 10: The boil fish breakfast Galilee Beach
Scene 11: Encounter with James Brown, Jackson Burnside; Reunion with John the Baptist, Junkanoo
Curtain
"Oh Happy Day", Edwin Hawkins Singers; "Fire", T-Connection and "I Got a Feeling", Flo Rida.

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Family Fridays
Family Fridays

Friday 13th 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!


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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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