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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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February 18, 2012
Award winning London Blues Band to Perform at Rooster's this Saturday

Freeport, Bahamas - Rooster's is pleased to present

The Producers, a Blues band visiting from the Bournemouth, England on

Saturday, February 18th, 2012.

  

Renowned
'till the mid-90's as one of Britain's best blues bands, the band has
reformed with two original members (Harry Skinner, vocals/guitar, and
Dave Saunders on bass) and two new members (Ray Drury on keyboards and
Biff Smith on drums) after a seven-year break. Since reforming they've
been receiving rave reviews, and are regaining the loyal following which
made them so popular previously. New material is continually being
written and incorporated into their sets which contains many of their
previously recorded tracks.

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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 27, 2012
Winifred Conyers Grant, 100

Funeral Service for Winifred Conyers Grant age 100 years a resident of  Fritz Lane and formerly of Nicholls Town Andros  will be held on Saturday 28th January 2012,  11:00a.m. at Christ The King Anglican Church, Ridgeland Park West. Officiating will be Archdeacon Keith N Cartwright, Rev'd Canon Curtis E Robinson.  Interment will be made in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F Kennedy Drive.She is survived by her faithful daughter Clara Gibson and her children: Ricardo (Beverley), Derek, Renee (Edcil) Ferguson of Freeport, Cassandra (Perry) Thompson, Lisa Gibson-Woodside, Hon Kenyatta (Timna) Gibson M.P. and Kwame Gibson. And great-grandchildren: Terina, Shawnette and Tanya Gibson, Renio and Revorn Ferguson, Tamaz and Zhivago Thompson, Blair and Byran II Woodside, Charles, Joshua, Savannah and Alex Gibson. And great-great grandchild Isaiah,One son, Philip Saunders and his children: Christina (Anthony) Porter, Mark, Gary, Van, Chef Ellie, Antwon, Kirk, Barry and Nicklaus Saunders, Deidre Sands, Sherrel Robinson, Phillipa (and family)And great-grandchildren, Antoin and Anthony Porter, T'orda and Daniel Robinson A predeceased (1986) son Locksley Saunders and his children: Ian, Kendrick, Norman and Cecil Saunders, Sharon Anderson, Ernestine Miller, Dianne and Kathleen Saunders. And great-grandchildren Tiffany, Kimberley, Diaquis, Narissa, Abbigail, Anayah, Jamal, Leann, Shaneka, Daniah, Quinthon, Alliyah,  Drexwell, Kendra, Sisley, Lashawn, Sharicka, Venteria, Nicola, Alessin, Corey, Shevar, Kenny Jr., William, Patick, K.C., Jermaine, Giovanie, Dwayne, Cody, Chara and Rashad. And great-great-grandchildren: Kipehage, Reean, Hakim, Devaughn, Tiare, Dashan, Skylah, Halique, Jamal Jr., Empress, Usher, Aleisha.One sister: Nurse Katherine Wilson. Nieces: Lenora, Jacklyn, Nicola and Thalia Conyers, Valencia Conyers-Cash, Cassandra Conyer-Adderley, Starlette Johnson, Lissette McKenzie, Nikera Munroe, Betty Humes, Patsy Russell, Vernita Gardiner, Loretta Simmons, Rosemary Gomez, Brendalee Key, Veronica Owens, Pamela and Kathy Wilson, Janet, Melba and Winifred Pratt.Nephews: Ivan (Cynthia), Neville "Copie", Douglas and Vaughn Conyers, Herbert, Milton and Charlie Grant, Clyde, Kirk, Brian and Julian Wilson, Glenroy Oliver, Hansel and George Pratt.Family and Friends, including:Daniel, Shonel and Bernard Ferguson, Pratt Family, Roselie Minus and Family, Brenda Ingraham and Family, Eleanor Steele and Family, Shirley Walker and Karen Thompson and Family, Doris Taylor and Family, Herbert Glinton and Family, Wilbur and Brenda Major and Family, Lorine Carey and Family, Colin Edgecombe and Family, Hon. Byran Woodside, M.P., The Venerable Archdeacon Keith Cartwright, The Reverend Canon Curtis Robinson and others too numerous to mention
 
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on Friday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 11:30 a.m. until to service time.
 

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March 31, 2011
Officials say capital works moving on schedule

The National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) headquarters, which is currently being constructed on Gladstone Road, carries a price tag of $1.7 million and once completed will place the facility among the best in the region, according to NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell.
The construction, which started in January, is expected to wrap up by September.
The NEMA headquarters is one of several capital projects being undertaken by the government that are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Minister of Works Neko Grant took reporters to see several projects, including the NEMA facility, the Downtown Straw Market and the Saunders Beach toilet block yesterday.
Russell said the ...

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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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February 21, 2012
eWoman Magazine to visit the White House

Nassau, Bahamas - Inderia Saunders of

eWoman Magazine of the Bahamas is
packing her bags to go to the White House -- if only temporarily.

The pan-Caribbean publication
will be a part of a regional Caribbean reporting tour on Women's Empowerment
at the end of February to travel to Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia. 

During the week-long
program, eWoman will be meeting with U.S. government officials, NGO's,
think tanks and private sector representatives...

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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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January 26, 2012
Marie Miller nee Russell, 74

Funeral Service for Marie Miller nee Russell, 74, of 1st Street Coconut Grove and formerly of Nicholas Town, Andros will be held at the Centerville Adventist Church, 6th Terrace on Sunday January 29th, 2012 at 11:00am. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Scavella , assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Gladstone and John F. Kennedy Drive.

She is survived by her husband: Wilfred Miller; sons: Anthony Wilson and William Cartwright; daughters: Cleo Evans Forbes, Bernadette Pratt, Clarinda Albury; adopted daughters: Julie McNeil and Canrea Scott; step sons: John and Ulaces Saunders; sisters: Emmie Walkes, Alva Knowles and Lillian McNeil ; ...

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