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June 11, 2014
Larouche Morley, Cataina Basden, Jernae Darville and Jorden Freemantle win poster competition

Larouche Morley, Cataina Basden, Jernae Darville and Jorden Freemantle emerged as the winners of the Ride To Save The Wetlands program - the Sandals Foundation's first Save The Wetlands poster competition.
Ride To Save The Wetlands was funded by the Sandals Foundation and has seen close to 5,000 children visit Bonefish Pond National Park over a two-year period. The visits are geared toward getting the kids to experience and learn about the mangrove ecosystem first-hand to get an understanding of what the wetlands are, along with the importance of The Bahamas' mangroves and why they need to be protected.
Participants have prepared and entered posters about what they learned into the wetland protection competition. Many of the posters in the competition portrayed the difference between a healthy mangrove area and a polluted mangrove area, and illustrated the destruction the fragile areas could undergo if not taken care of.
Morley, a student at St. Cecilia's Primary School, emerged the winner in the grades one and two category; Cataina Basden of St. Thomas More was the winner in the third grade category. Xavier's Lower School's Jernae Darville took home the prize for the grades four and five category. Jorden Freemantle took home the grade six category win. Each winner took home a $400 gift certificate to Buy the Book bookstore.
"These kids communicated beautifully in their posters the reasons we need to respect these ecosystems," said Chester Robards, Sandals Foundation spokesperson. "Some of these posters were so beautifully done, they could be used in a national campaign. Many of the posters took on a simple, but important message."
For the past two years the Sandals Foundation and Experiential Education, through Ride to Save the Wetlands, has made it possible for children in primary and secondary schools to learn about the importance of the wetlands to the environment.
"We are grateful to the foundation for providing assistance so that this program remains at an affordable price for the participants," said Aretha Rolle, a spokesperson for Experiential Education. "Experiential Education is also indebted to the Young Marine Explorers, a group of young budding marine biologists under the leadership of Nikita Sheil-Rolle, for leading the exploration into the wetlands of Bonefish Pond. And finally, we thank the government of The Bahamas for empowering The Bahamas National Trust to develop programs that protect wetland areas."
Judging the competition were Olivia Saunders, lecturer at The College of The Bahamas; Pamela Chandler, senior education officer of arts and designs at the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology and Louise Barry, senior education officer of high school science at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Grades 1 & 2 category
First place: Larouche Morley
St. Cecilia's Primary School
$400 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Second place: Caleb Ferguson
Xavier's Lower School
$200 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Grade 3 category
First place: Cataina Basden
St. Thomas More School
$400 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Second place: Darion Smith
St. Thomas More School
$200 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Third place: Tyrese Higgs
St. Thomas More School
$100 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Grades 4 & 5 category
First place: Jernae Darville
Xavier's Lower School
$400 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Second place: Jania J. Key
St. Thomas More
$200 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Third place: Terrance Knowles
St. Cecilia's School
$100 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Grade 6 category
First place: Jorden Freemantle
Xavier's Lower School
$400 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Second place:
combined group
Ashanti Miller
Najah Martin
Drexel Curry
Juvado Hilaire
Lamar Thompson
Gerald Cash Primary School
$200 gift certificate at Buy the Book
Third place: Keilan McSweeny
Sts. Francis and Joseph School
$100 gift certificate at Buy the Book

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April 14, 2011
BDM disbands and joins the FNM

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM) has disbanded and has joined the Free National Movement (FNM). The move was given unanimous consent of the FNM Central Council Wednesday evening at FNM Headquarters, where former BDM Leader Cassius Stuart and colleagues were warmly welcomed into the membership of the FNM.

Statement by FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham:

"The leadership of the BDM has arrived at the decision to disband and to join their talents, energies and ideas with the FNM. They sought a party that they believe will best honour their aspirations and vision for The Bahamas in word and in deed.

On behalf of the Central Council, executives and members of the FNM I wish to formally welcome the leadership and the general membership of the Bahamas Democratic Movement into the Free National Movement fold.

I wish to begin by noting the contributions that the BDM has made to the national debate on various issues since its founding in 1998.

I wish to acknowledge the BDM Executive Council in the persons of Cassius Stuart (Leader), Omar Smith (Deputy Leader), Syche MacDonald (Chairman), Sidney Carroll (Treasurer), Jermaine Higgs (Assistant Treasurer), Gereno Saunders (Vice Chairman), and other executives: Kevin Frazer, Bernard Rolle, Vinsome Miller, Charles Kemp, John Fox and Tolonus Sands.

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November 07, 2014
Matchups all set for the BAISS softball championships

After a number of upsets and tight finishes, the matchups are set for the 2014 Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) softball championships, and the St. Augustine's College (SAC) Big Red Machine will be represented in all four divisions.
The school's senior boys booked their ticket to the big dance on Thursday night after crushing the Charles Saunders Cougars 24-12 in their playoff matchup.
Antonio Lightbourn and Ellison Hanna were the top performers for The Big Red Machine, as the duo connected for three hits each and a combined 10 runs batted in (RBI).
SAC will be going up against the Nassau Christian Academy Crusaders, who stunned the entire softball community when they took down the pennant winning Prince William Falcons 17-3 on Wednesday night.
The Falcons jumped out to an early lead, but could not keep up with the Crusaders, who played extraordinary defense to keep the Falcons scoreless for five innings.
In junior boys action, The Big Red machine will take on the Queen's College Comets.
SAC blanked the Crusaders junior team 10-0 on Thursday with an impressive showing on the defensive end of the ball, while the Comets' road to the finals was tougher, as they outlasted the top seeded St. Andrew's Hurricanes 8-5 in their playoff matchup on Wednesday.
In girls action, the St. Anne's Blue Waves will take on the Big Red Machine senior girls' club. The Blue Waves defeated the Crusaders senior girls 11-8 on Thursday night, while SAC blanked the Comets girls 9-0 in an upset.
The Comets were responsible for The Big Red Machine's only loss of the season.
The St. Andrew's Hurricanes will be up against The Big Red Machine in the finals of the junior girls' division. The Hurricanes defeated the Cougars junior squad 9-7, while SAC dominated the Crusaders 10-0.
Championships are set to begin on Wednesday at Freedom Farm Field.
The games are slated to begin at 4 p.m.

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August 15, 2014
Constitutional referendum: Correcting an historical error - part 1

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Prime Minister Perry Christie, in a Communication to the House of Assembly, foreshadowed the introduction and first reading of four separate bills to amend the Constitution of The Bahamas "to institute full equality between men and women in matters of citizenship and, more broadly, to eliminate discrimination in The Bahamas based on sex."Prime Minister Christie asserted that the purpose of these four bills is remedial in nature: "The changes to the constitution foreshadowed by these bills will not only help remediate the problem of structural gender inequality and discrimination in our country but will also assist in bringing greater inclusiveness and cohesion to family structures while at the same time ensuring that The Bahamas lives up to its international obligations in these matters."In a mature gesture of bipartisanship, the leader of the opposition, Dr. Hubert Minnis stated that while "there is much which divides us in this place, let us speak with one voice when the issue is equality before the law. Let us Mr. Speaker, speak as one in this place. If we can do so, we will signal to every Bahamian and the watching World our unified commitment to the advancement of Human Dignity in our beloved Bahamas."The four bills represent the culmination of the work that was done by the Constitutional Commission, appointed on August 1, 2012 to review and recommend changes to the Constitution of The Bahamas, in advance of the 40th Anniversary of Bahamian independence.The Commission was chaired by Mr. Sean McWeeney, Q.C. and the members included Loren Klein, a member and technical co-coordinator of the Commission's Secretariat, Carl Bethell, Justice Rubie Nottage (retired), Mark Wilson, Lester Mortimer, Tara Cooper-Burnside, Professor Michael Stevenson, Dr. Olivia Saunders, Michael Albury, Chandra Sands, Brandace Duncanson and Carla Brown-Roker.The commission completed the constitutional review process that had been started by the earlier Constitutional Commission that had been appointed by Prime Minister Christie on December 23, 2002, under the joint chairpersonship of Paul Adderley and Harvey Tynes, Q.C., but which process the government under Hubert Ingraham abandoned after the 2007 general elections.The American legal scholar, Professor Myres McDougal, asserted that a constitution should be "a living instrument, a dynamic and continuing process of communication, practices and decisions. It is made and continually remade in response to the changing demands and expectations of the people under ever-changing conditions. It should reflect not only the shared expectations of the original framers of the constitution, but also those of succeeding generations. It should also reflect the contemporary shared expectations and experiences of community members today."The Bahamas Independence Order 1973, an Act of the British Parliament, provided for The Bahamas to become an independent sovereign nation. The constitution is actually the appendix to The Bahamas Independence Order 1973. The representatives of the Bahamian people at the Constitutional Conference in London in December, 1972 comprised the following individuals: Sir Arthur Foulkes, Sir Orville A. Turnquest, the late Sir Lynden O Pindling, The late Sir Clement Maynard, Arthur Hanna, Paul Adderley, Philip Bethel, George A. Smith, Loftus A. Roker, Cadwell Ambrister, Norman Solomon, Sir Milo Butler, the late Sir Kendal G.L. Isaacs, the late Carlton Francis and The late Henry Bowen. These 15 men are collectively known as the Framers of the Bahamian Constitution.As I will demonstrate, it was an historical error not to have included any women at the Constitutional Conference of 1972 in either the delegations of the Progressive Liberal Party or the Free National Movement. Further, It was also an historical error not to have consulted with Bahamian women and their organizations on the issues of nationality, given the obvious discriminatory impact on them and their children of the nationality provisions agreed to in London. These omissions on the part of both political parties is particularly striking, given the prominent and decisive role that women had played in the affairs of both parties and the struggle for majority rule. These omissions also require that we engage in a national reflection on the persistence of the singular male perspective in the Bahamian body politic, legacies of the politics of colonialism and the merchant elite who dominated politics in The Bahamas until 1967.Prominent Bahamian women in the Progressive Liberal Party included Effie Walkes, the unheralded strategist of the dramatic Black Tuesday incident, whose role in that historical event was captured brilliantly in the documentary, Womanish Ways, by Marion Bethel, Maria Govan and Kareem Mortimer.The fact that Effie Walkes is unheralded even to this day for her role, in comparison to the male protagonists, illustrates this blind spot in the political sociology of The Bahamas. At the time of the Constitutional Conference In 1972 the suffragists Doris Johnson, Mable Walker, Albertha Isaacs, Ethel Kemp, Madge Brown and Althea Mortimer, just to name a few, were still alive.Other prominent women in Bahamian civil society at that time included Jenny Thompson, Janet Bostwick, Judy Munroe, Pauline Allen, Susan Wallace, Telcine Turner, Margaret McDonald, Mizpah Tertullian and Eileen Carron.The lack of female representation on the Constitutional Conference is the more stunning because by 1972 the women suffragist movement had already provided The Bahamas with the template for an inclusive and bipartisan coalition to achieve universal suffrage for women in 1962.The template of an inclusive national coalition for constitutional change existed, according to Janet Bostwick. In her thoughtful essay "Bahamian History - The women suffrage movement in The Islands - then, and now: Women's struggle in The Bahamas", she wrote that the women suffrage movement "reached across partisan lines, racial and social class divides . . . started by a black woman who, after party politics was introduced in The Bahamas, was a member of the UBP, it was embraced by the PLP, it was adopted by women without party affiliation, supported by women of different races and social standing, and it was championed by progressive men."Our approach to the upcoming referendum should be framed in the context of seizing the opportunity to build a progressive national coalition of women and men of all party affiliations, without party affiliation, of different races and social standing to ensure the success of the referendum on November 6, 2014.Because Bahamian women were not engaged in the historical error of 1972, the proposed referendum of the constitution on that date will afford Bahamian women, for the first time in our history, an opportunity to be directly involved in the remaking of our constitution, exercising the hard earned right to vote gained in 1962, as members of the Constitutional Commission, members of parliament and electors, to remediate this historical error.Sir Lynden Pindling, at a colloquium on reform of the constitution convened by Michael Stevenson, Felix Bethel, Raynard Rigby and myself at the College of The Bahamas in June, 1998, presented a paper entitled "Refining the revolution".Sir Lynden, with the perspective of 36 years of an independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas during most of which he was prime minister, implicitly challenged us to correct this historical error of discriminating against Bahamian women and their children when he posed the following question: "While defining the rights of Bahamian citizens for the 21st century, don't you think favorable consideration will have to be given to the question as to whether children born outside The Bahamas to Bahamian mothers and foreign fathers should become Bahamian citizens on the same terms as children born outside The Bahamas to foreign mothers and Bahamian fathers?"

o Alfred Sears is a noted attorney, scholar and political figure who served in several Cabinet posts between 2002 and 2007. He currently serves as the chairman of The College of The Bahamas Council.

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January 26, 2012
Cycling Enthusiasts Invited to Participate in BOB Family Fun Riders

Nassau, Bahamas - The 9th Annual Tour of
the Bahamas features a brand new element this year, the Family Fun Ride to be
held Saturday, January 28 in Nassau. Sponsored by BOB, the Family Fun Ride is
free and open to all cycling enthusiasts 13 years and older regardless of skill
level.

The 10-mile circuit will begin at
Caves Point at 4pm, travel east along West Bay Street to Saunders Beach and
return to Caves Point.

"Whether
you have an older bike you want to dust off and get back on the road or you're
an avid rider, the BOB Family Fun Ride offers a fun and rare opportunity to be
a part of the excitement as professional riders whizz by on their route for
Tour of the Bahamas," said Michael Basden, BOB Marketing Manager...

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February 02, 2012
A number of foreigners held over drugs seizure

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A BAHAMIAN-Amercian man, six Bolivians, a Brazilian and two Turkish men were arraigned in Magistrate's Court in connection with a drug seizure in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

In yesterday's hearing before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell, the prosecution informed defence attorneys that even if one of the accused pleaded guilty, the charges against the other nine would not have been dropped.

Shawn Saunders, 42, of Sea Breeze Lane, was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to supply and one count of possession of the drug with intent to supply.

Saunders, also known as Shawn Bruey ...

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February 16, 2012
Eloise Rolle, 79

Funeral Service for the late Eloise Rolle, 79, of Sunset Park formerly of Rolleville, Exuma, will be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2012 at St. Peters Baptist Evangelistic Church at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Apostle David S. Butler, assisted by Reverend Patrick Levarity, Reverend Edward Mortimer and other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery.

She is survived by her Sons: Chester McKenzie, Patrick and Cephas Rolle; Daughter: Henrietta McKenzie; Brother: Nortral Rolle; Sisters: Faye and Loranna Rolle and Fredricka Bethel; Aunts: Margaret Edgecombe, Edith Lloyd, Charlotte and Lorraine McKenzie, Dolly Saunders, Carmetta Rolle, Faydora McKenzie-Munroe; Si ...

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February 16, 2012
the 4 Pools

HERE'S a look at how the 26 participating teams are stacked up in the four pools for the prestigious 30th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic slated to begin at Kendal Isaacs gym Monday:

Pool 1

CI Gibson, Agape (Abaco), Dame Doris Johnson, Jordan Prince Williams, Spanish Wells, St Anne's and Kingsway Academy

Pool II

Eight Mile Rock (Grand Bahama), CR Walker, Government High, St John's, Bimini All-Age School, Central Eleuthera and Charles W Saunders.

Pool III

CC Sweeting, Westminster Academy, CV Bethel, Mt Carmel, Gateway Academy (Central Abaco) and Queen's College

Pool IV

Anatol Rodgers, Sunland High (Grand Bahama), RM Bailey, Teleos Academy, SC Bootle and Temple Christi ...

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January 25, 2012
Junior Achievement program expands to include students at the primary and junior school levels

For 32 years, Junior Achievement (JA) has been the pioneers of training the country's youth in the area of business in The Bahama, and has impacted the lives of approximately 42,000 high school Bahamians.  Now it aims to broaden its scope.  JA Bahamas plans to  expands its program to include two new initiatives at the junior and primary school levels.
"Our focus in the past has been primarily on students in grades 10 through 12 at various institution.  We have examined our efforts and conclude that a more expansive outreach is required, given the current need in a global ever-changing environment," said Raymond Winder, chairman of the board of directors of JA Bahamas.  The program is being expanded in an effort to equip young Bahamians with skills that will significantly impact their individual contributions as responsible citizens of the world.  The two new programs will come on stream on Monday, January 30.
The programs are seven-week, modular-based interactive programs that will be executed by volunteers and teachers.  With the assistance of the JA alumni community, the government's Volunteer Bahamas program and the commitment of teachers at participating schools, Winder said JA has been able to secure the participation of skilled and responsible Bahamians to execute the initiatives.
Currently there are 400 students registered at the elementary level where financial literacy, citizenship, work readiness and the values of entrepreneurship are shared.  The principles are executed through activity-based, interactive role playing, where the children are encouraged to compare skills among themselves with their families, communities and nationally.
Participating elementary schools include Thelma Gibson Primary, St. Thomas More Catholic School, St. Bede's Catholic School, Xavier's Lower School, Our Lady's Catholic School, Woodcock Primary School, Trinity Christian Schools, Yellow Elder Primary, Mable Walker Primary, Gerald Cash Primary, Garvin Tynes Primary, St. Anne's School and Columbus Primary School.
At the junior school level, Winder says JA envisions that achievers will participate in two modules that will focus on the basics of economics for success and business ethics. He further envisions that the  principles learned may be applied in their personal lives and the development of a professional career.
"The JA Business Ethics program will be the most important of the sessions to be offered at the junior school level.  We have deemed this to be our flagship program for youth 12 to 14 years of age.  Currently there are 1,189 students registered in the program."
He said that scandals in the business community have eroded public confidence, and that JA Business Ethics program is designed to foster ethical decision-making in the students as they prepare to enter the workforce.
"Students learn to recognize, analyze and apply basic terminology, theories and concepts common to the study of ethics.  They explore their own ethical values and philosophy, establish ethical priorities, recognize key ethical issues, and learn to evaluate their decision-making processes.  We believe that a focus on ethics is the foundation to molding the citizens of the new Bahamas," he noted.
Junior schools participating include T.A. Thompson, L.W. Young, Kingsway Academy, Christian Heritage School, Zion Christian School, C.H. Reeves, S.C. McPherson, D.W. Davis, H.O. Nash, Anatol Rodgers, St. John's College, Queen's College, Jordan Prince Williams The Baptist School and Charles Saunders Baptist School.
Winder said JA Bahamas intends to expand further into the Family Islands with the new program, and also has a plan to provide a specialized session for ninth-grade students on global market business venturing.  The projected annual impact is estimated to be 7,000 participants with the commitment of all junior schools on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Long Island alone.
He also said that all programs will be executed with set curricula as provided by JA Worldwide's department of curriculum and education. Teachers and volunteers will undergo training with JA's training staff in The Bahamas.  A special training session will be facilitated via the Internet by JA Worldwide's staff in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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January 24, 2012
Rotary Club donates 3,000 to All Saints Camp

The Rotary Club of Southeast New Providence made a much-needed donation yesterday in the amount of $3,000 to the All Saints Camp, for the purchase of a new industrial stove.
"One of the things the Rotary does is we look into the community to see what the needs are, and we came here and identified a need, and we satisfied that need," said Rotary Club President Reginald Saunders during a press conference at the camp off Carmichael Road.
"It is always a pleasure when we can do something that will truly, truly benefit the community in which we serve."
The All Saints AIDS camp, which was started by the late Reverend Glenroy Nottage, cares for dozens of people afflicted with HIV/AIDS.  Although many of the residents are bedridden, they are made to feel at home at the camp, according to supervisor and head chef at All Saints, Theresa Glinton.
"We are very, very thankful [as] we had to fight to get one part of the old stove to work in order to do our Christmas dinner," Glinton said.
"When I got the call by Mr. Duff to say we were getting a new stove, I could not stop praying and thanking God."
Diana Ingraham, administrator of All Saints, said the donation means a great deal and will make a significant contribution to the welfare of the nearly 60 residents.
Tim Duff, chairman of the Rotary's community service arm, noted that the Rotary was committed to raising funds for the camp, and will continue its efforts with the camp and in the community.

 

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