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February 16, 2012
Empathy essential to building trust with clients

Industry Position: Jr. Relationship Manager, Julius Baer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited
 
What attracted you to the sector?
The sector provides me with the opportunity not only to interact and develop relationships with international clients, but to develop my knowledge about the wide variety of services and products in the field.  Additionally, the financial services sector positions one to make a good living through hard work and dedication.
 
How long have you been involved in financial services?  What keeps you motivated?
I have been engaged with the sector for some 14 years now. Prior to my present position I served as a senior client officer with the Private Investment Bank.  Before that, I was an assistant economist at the Ministry of Finance & Planning. Satisfied clients keep me motivated.
 
Why do you think you have been successful?
The Lord's help, the support of my family, colleagues, my work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done have been key to any success that I have enjoyed throughout my career.
 
Did mentoring play a part in your success?
Yes.  I believe that my spiritual leaders, my first career mentor the late Helen Ebong, a veteran public servant and then my subsequent bosses at Private Investment Bank and Julius Baer all taught me valuable lessons that have served me well over the years.  I am forever grateful to all of them.
 
What qualifications do you feel are the most useful in helping you perform in the sector?
The academic and on-the-job training in financial markets, relationship management, foreign language and communication skills have proved to be the most useful.  I would like to add that being able to empathize with clients, building their trust in you and the ability to work independently have also proved useful.
 
What has been the biggest challenge in your career? How did you overcome it?
Change!  This has been the biggest challenge in my career.  To overcome key changes in my various job positions and the industry as a whole, I remained open to the changes and saw the possibilities for growth that each one offered.  Additionally, I learned how to adapt to the new systems/environment as quickly as possible and found ways to become more efficient in my work.
 
What advice would you give young people just starting out in the industry?
I would advise young people:
1. To put in the time to get the necessary academic qualifications early.
2. To develop soft skills like empathy, trust, and willingness to listen which are valuable to clients.
3. To look at every task given to them as an opportunity to learn something that will get them to the next level in their career.  Do not despise even the most mundane of tasks.  Do it and do it well!  Hard work pays off.

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August 11, 2011
US-Bahamas Professional Exchange Highlights Cultural Preservation

WASHINGTON, DC -- After participating in the US Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), veteran educator, Junkanoo proponent and cultural advocate Arlene Nash Ferguson expounded on the necessity for The Bahamas to participate in professional exchange, especially in the area of cultural preservation. 

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February 21, 2012
The so-called silly season

The term silly season is often used to describe the lead-up to a general election and the ensuing election campaign.  It is a favorite of some journalists who apply it dismissively in discounting what they view as boilerplate rhetoric from politicians.
Unsurprisingly, the term has a history, obscured by its indiscriminate application by the self-same journalists who wield it to chide and caricature the political class.
Originally, the silly season referred to the period of the late summer when news was scarce.  In response to this slow period, newspapers utilized attention-getting headlines and graphics, and printed exaggerated stories on frivolous and "silly" topics to boost circulation and advertising.
Silly seasons are a human phenomenon and not the provenance of any professional group, be they politicians or members of the press and media personalities.
There is a group of celebrity journalists who work in the print and broadcast media and also play pundit on talk shows.  Some of these media figures look in the mirror and beam: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the best journalist of them all?"
Perhaps more editors, producers and senior journalists may look in that proverbial mirror and ask how they can more comprehensively, intelligently and creatively cover the 2012 election cycle.
 
Secret
The little secret many journalists won't admit to publicly is that they enjoy the entertaining elements of politics and general elections as much as their readers and viewers.  Good for them.  Still, they have an obligation to inform and educate the public beyond what is said by the speakers at various political events.
The defining outline of the 2012 general election is clear.  In making their choices of party and leader, voters will assess and compare the records of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and its leader, Perry Christie, from 2002 to 2007 and that of the Free National Movement (FNM) and its leader, Hubert Ingraham, from 2007 to 2012.  This comparison and assessment will serve as the basis for who voters believe may best lead the country for the next five years.
It is essential for journalists to be objective.  In the interest of objectivity many journalists operate under the rubric of "fair and balanced", an important principle.  Still, it is a principle with a goal in mind, namely to get to the facts.
The misapplication of the notion of fair and balanced has been lampooned by the fictional example of a television anchor promoting a news segment.  The segment includes a politician who believes that the earth is round.  Of course, in the interest of fairness and balance, there will be a politician who believes that the earth is flat.
The veteran and now deceased American political journalist Tim Russert served for 16 years as the moderator of the highly-respected NBC Sunday morning news program, "Meet the Press".
Russert was legendary for being generally "fair and balanced".  He was respected by Republicans, Democrats and independents, liberals, moderates and conservatives.
His "Meet the Press" table was a must-stop for those who sought and won the presidential nominations of their respective parties.  Presidential aspirants, powerful Congressional leaders, governors, Cabinet secretaries and business moguls were interrogated by Russert.
Getting through a Russert interview without a major fumble was a badge of honor.  Before going on "Meet the Press", interviewees did serious preparation, which often included mock interviews and combing through briefing books.
Tim Russert's method was as simple as it was compelling.  He did his research and held politicians accountable for their words.  The Russert method was simply good journalism.  Perhaps the media can better employ such journalistic methods during this election cycle.
 
Promises
As a start, one of the dailies may consider making a master list of the promises made by the PLP and the FNM in their election manifestos and speeches from the throne, and see how well or poorly they kept their promises.
The period in question for the PLP would be 2002 to 2007 and for the FNM, the period from 2007 to 2012.  The reporting would simply hold each party accountable for their own words.  This would be of considerable service to voters who do not have the time to do such research.
The press may also hold political leaders accountable for their new promises.  For example, Ingraham has promised to expand the National Prescription Drug Benefit.  A newspaper like The Nassau Guardian may ask how much such an expansion would cost.  Similarly, Leader of the Opposition Perry Christie may be asked how he will pay for his promise to double the national budget for education.
This is the kind of good research journalism that is sorely lacking.  Quite often nowadays, many editors and reporters are so caught up in getting the juiciest headlines that they fail to do the important research pieces that are necessary, and sometimes they miss important aspects of a story.
This journal has done work of this nature in reporting on how MPs spent their constituency allowances.  More such work would be welcome and a good way to improve the quality of political journalism in the country.
 
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February 23, 2012
Josephine Duncombe,74

Funeral Service for the late Josephine Duncombe age 74 years of Gibbs Corner will be held on Saturday 25th February, 2012 at 11:00am at Zion Baptist Church, East and Shirley Street. Officiating will be Reverend Anthony A. Sampson assisted by Deacon Yelverton Cox and other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy and Gladstone Road.

She is predeceased by her son: Leslie Forbes.

Left to cherish her memories are her sons: Anthony and Larry Forbes, Patrick McKenzie, Ira and Elvis Thurston; daughters: Brendalee Forbes, Sharon, Ruth, Naomi, and Monique Thurston; brother: Reverend Reuben Duncombe; daughter-in-law: Patricia Forbes and Sandra McKenzie; granddaughters: Danishka, Shenika, Shavonne, Ashley, Tamica, Darnela, Simone, Antonia, Tatalia, Shaniece, Kiara and Moesha; grandsons: Kenneth Jr., Rishawn, Don Jr., Venzal, Renaldo, Anthony Jr., Nathaniel, Tamico, Shequille and Taneille; sisters-in-law: Ellamae, Ruth and Leader Dephine Duncombe; great grandsons: Latherio, Michael, Fahron, Jayden, Andrew Jr., Rishawn Jr., Kenneth III, Brian, Kevin and Davonte; great granddaughters: Brittney, Andranique, Sierre, Kenniyah, Jamiyah, Reniyah, Rihanna, Raven and Kendera; nieces: Margaret, Patricia, Linda, Barbara, Kathleen, Leanora, Gwendolyn, Sandra, Marcia, Shaunette, Loretia, Daisymae, Dianne, Shirleen, Eleanor, Melvern, Miriam, Arabelle, Willamae, Joycelyn, Brenda, Diane, Yvonne, Marsitin, Ann, Carmetta, Jeneva, Catherenna, Sally, Joyce, Sussey, Jannet, Vonlanet, Sarah, marythl, Betty, Anna, Evelyn, Ethelyri, Esterlyn, Ganara, Caretta, Fibcetta and Lilly Simms, Elcena, Derith Angela and Alexia; nephews: Harry, Vincent, Joseph, Bruce, Patrick, Perry, Wayne, William, Cleveland, Clayton, Dwayne, Pastor Jeremiah, Edward, Alfred, Ezra, Prince, Shawn, Everette, Herbert, Malfrad, Douglas, Juan, Philip, Tyrone, Alton, Maurice, Glenn, Kenneth, Ricardo, Nathaniel, Kenrick, Allison and Jack Boy Deveaux; grandnephews: Pablo, Michael, Marcian, Mitchell, Marlon, Marvin, Don, Stephen, Richard, Dario, Vincent Jr., Don, Shawn, Daron, Perry, Phillip, Godfrey, Allen, Michael, Valentino, Omar, Ej and JJ; grandnieces: Yvette, Shenna, Daphne, Denise, Michelle, Shenique, Sharron, Teazel, Kenya, Mabel, Gwennette, Patreka and Patula; other family and friends: Thelma and family, Ms. Ethel and family, Ms. Dawkins and family, Ms. Brown and family, Alice Bain and family, Bethel family, Gray family, Melah Smith and family, Cap, Nassau Street, Lundy and family, Geraline Knowles, Mavis Jones, Jackie Minnis and family, Davis family, Leviticus Wallace and family, Gary Richardson and family, Fisher family, Winsome Bryant and family, the entire Duncombe family, the Gibbs Corner family, the Oldle Corner family, Strachan an d Thompson Lane family, Enamae Wright, Quakoo Street and Laird Street family, the Deep Creek and Duncombe Hill families, the staff of Female Surgical II Ward of PMH and a host of other relatives and friend too numerous too mention.

Viewing will be held in the Serenity Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 9:30am until service time.

 

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June 17, 2011
James Catalyn is at it again with 'School Days'

James Catalyn and Friends are doing it again and this time they are presenting "School Days," a dramatic production that is bound to tickle your funny bone.  The play, written by comedic playwright legend James Catalyn, has only been staged once and if you missed it then here is your chance join the bandwagon the second time around for a five-night run at the Dundas Center for Performing Arts. The play which started on Tuesday, June 14 takes to the stage through Saturday, June 18, with 8 o'clock. nightly shows.
The play's director, Omar Williams, says  there is a lot that the public can look forward to with this production.
"It is a series of skits that come together to paint a picture of what life and school was like in the olden days. It is a play with a good message and touches on topics that most people can relate to and laugh about.  It focuses on many things from how children relate to one another, making friends, the stress put on teachers and parents, gossip and other topics. It will have you looking back on our society and seeing us as we are. We will be able to look at things that are good, and applaud and laugh at the bad while still knowing that maybe we should try to do something about it. This is a play that the whole family can enjoy and we hope to see a lot of people out."
The stellar cast for this new staging of "School Days" includes Stephanie Braynen, Sherrelle Duncombe, Juliet Holmes, Antoinette Knowles, Trevann Thompson, Veronica Toppin, Geovette Wells, Eric Adderley, Jevon Butler, Chigozie Ijeoma, Conrad Maycock, Jr., Lemorn Miller, Gareth Moss, Leslie Moss, Dwain Wallace and Matthew Wildgoose.
Williams describes the play as a must-see for the family as it's a timeless production that teens and adults will enjoy from start to finish. The Bahamian characterizations, dialect and the timely message sets this play apart from all others says the director.
"We have a stellar cast who are a great combination of the original cast from when the play was first staged and some newer members who have worked together so well that it just adds more intrigue to the production. You can expect to come out and just truly enjoy yourself. It  will be great to see how people will receive this comedy."
LaVonnia Thompson, 49, who loves attending these kinds of productions says she remembers seeing the original play in her youth and says she can't wait to attend this new staging.
"When I first went to see this play I was the youngest in the group and I remember how my mom and older sisters were telling me that I needed to pay attention so I wouldn't be like the students in the play when I go back to school. Now I am the parent and I am planning to take my kids, Cleandra (13), Travare (14) and Randin (16) to see the same thing.  It was hilarious to me back then and I don't think humor changes too much in the generations so I hope they enjoy it too.  It is so good to be able to laugh at yourself and have a good family outing that everyone can enjoy sometimes."
Jordan Minnis wasn't always a fan of plays but since seeing a few plays this season he is more than excited to attend this event.
"The latest I play I saw was "The Cabinet"  and I enjoyed it, especially the roles that Matthew Wildgoose and Chigozie Ijeoma played," said the 19-year-old.  "I am not the biggest play-goer but when I heard that this duo was in this play too and knew I had to attend this.  I am sure I will not be disappointed. Besides, James Catalyn's work is pretty funny.  I am excited to see it when it gets staged."
Tickets for the play are $20 and can be purchased at the Dundas Center for Performing Arts' ticket office.
SCHOOL DAYS
When:  Through Saturday, June 18
Where: The Dundas Center for Performing Arts
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $20
 
 
 
 
 

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August 13, 2011
The creepy crawlers of summer

She's the mother of three accident prone children all under the age of six. She's a former morgue assistant, ambulance dispatcher, pre-school teacher and even a volunteer animal rescuer and as a result, has had to deal with everything from gushing blood to dead people, injured animals and grossly sick children, you'd think nothing would phase this 35-year-old.  But there is one thing that can make K'Andrea Moxey-Wright cringe and it's those creepy crawly insects.  Nothing frightens her more than the multi-legged creatures that invade people's living spaces during summer time.
"When I know summer is almost here I get nervous because I know all those bugs that hibernated for the cooler months are coming back to torment my soul," says the mother who says her house is in desperate need of extermination.  As a mother, she knows all too well about having to cut corners, but learned her lesson after getting "burned" on an extermination gone bad a few years ago.  She hired someone at a "good price" to rid her home of termites.  She later found out that the price was too good to be true after the termites came back and the other insects seemed to multiply.  Moxey-Wright says she now knows better and is looking for a good company to rid her home of its insect problem as the temperatures continue to scorch warming the ground and making the insects swarm.
"The warm temperatures in the country, especially around summer time is perfect for insects of all kinds to grow and swarm as they come out to forage and stock up for the winter months," says Handfred Rolle, proprietor of Pioneer Exterminators, who says if you are not willing to share your living space with these creatures -- roaches, termites, ants, bees, centipedes -- then it is the best time to get an exterminator before the problem gets too bad."
In his line of business Rolle says he has noticed that many people tend to shy away from doing regular exterminations of their home because they assume their house will have to be covered in a tent for days and the family will have to find an alternative living space, while this is being done.  He says this is not necessarily true in all instances, as there are many problems, and just as many solutions for the infestations.  And he says solving the problem may have to be more than the old-fashioned, do-it-yourself remedy some people adopt, like swatting, spraying and baiting the insects.  Rolle says this may work for small confined problems, but says sometimes it is better to call in the experts to solve the problem.
The 17-year veteran says it is often better to get a exterminator rather than attempt to eradicate a major  problem yourself.  While it is common for the average homeowner to purchase over-the-counter pesticides, he says some of them tend to be more harmful than good and that bug sprays for example are toxic especially in the excessive amounts that people use and often inhale accidentally.  And if you have a recurring problem with roaches or termites you definitely need to call in an exterminator as there is obviously a bigger problem than you are seeing.
Rolle says the chemicals an expert will use to get rid of indoor pests are water-based and less likely to be inhaled or consumed than the aerosol insecticides the average person uses.  Other hazardous situations  you put yourself into by being a "weekend warrior" is purchasing rat poisons over-the-counter and not considering the amount of yard space you have.  Doing this he says can result in over or under-treating the problem, and if you have a pet or the yard is easily accessible to neighborhood animals you can also end up killing them.  He says a proper exterminator will consider all of these factors and find the best route of extermination for your situation.
"It doesn't benefit you or anyone if you opt to experiment and prolong doing a proper extermination," says Rolle.  "There are some things you can live with and others that you shouldn't.  Sugar ants and lizards are generally harmless, but things like roaches, ticks, fleas and termites are things you need to deal with immediately.  Roaches can carry diseases and can generally infect surfaces.  While you do love your indoor pet, the ticks and fleas they attract can carry lime disease which you don't want to contract much less your children.  To save your home from prematurely rotting you will want to get rid of termites as quickly as you can too."
The exterminator also says people should not believe the "old-wives" myths that are bandied about as to how to solve their insect problems, because they don't want to spend the money on a professional.  A common practice he has come across time and time again is the use of diesel to treat a pest problem.  He says he has heard many people swearing by it.  As an exterminator he says he has yet to find any merit in it.
Another popular myth he has heard involves burning a termite's nest that is on the ground to solve the  problem.  This he says is not true as the nest is sometimes underground as well and after a month if not a few weeks, the problem will return again.  He says if you have a termite problem it is important to get an expert rather than believe you can treat it on your own.
"People need to be aware that it doesn't pay to take shortcuts.  You will find people who will give you a seemingly good price for relatively costly exterminating jobs like dealing with drywood termites and subterranean termites, but with these bugs you need the problem to be done thoroughly.  Drywood termites, especially if they are throughout a building, require you to fully tent the structure and then pump gas in to properly exterminate.  If someone tells you they can do it without tenting you are looking at the problem coming back in no time and still having to pay an expert to do it properly.  Similarly, with subterranean termites, you will need to drill the walls so chemicals can be put in to get to the root of the problem.  If someone says they can do it without drilling, or only [drilling] one or two holes, you are looking for the problem to come right back."
The exterminator says it is also important for people to know that not every insect with wings that isn't a roach, wasp or bee is a termite.  He says there are many different types of ants and other bugs that have wings that can be an annoyance and you may hire the first guy who says he knows what he is doing to kill termites when the problem was never termites.
Rolle says he has met many people who say they hired an "exterminator" a year or even months before only to have the problem they thought was taken care off, reappear in no time.  He encourages homeowners to call different exterminating companies, allow them to come into the home to assess the problem and give a quote, to give themselves options to best deal with the problem, with the company that has a good record.  He says forget about your cousin's brother's friend who will just charge you a few bucks, and says you save yourself stress by hiring a reputable expert or company to do the job right the first time.

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August 15, 2011
Prizes Fit For A Gospel Queen

The new Miss Gospel Bahamas 2011/2012, Lavette Smith was showered with fabulous gifts at a recent prize-giving ceremony held at the Poop Deck Sandyport.

The queen received three scholarships - one sponsored by Galilee College, another by Synergy Bahamas and a third from Toya's Educational Institute.

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New stars shine at gymnastics summer camp
August 16, 2011
New stars shine at gymnastics summer camp

Twinklers, sparklers, rising stars and star achiever squads glittered the night with gymnastics routines and riveting performances. The Starmania Summer Camp's PreCompetition Judging and Exhibition was co-sponsored by Bahamas Star Gymnastics (BSG) and Bahamas Gymnastics Booster Club.

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August 15, 2011
Two CIBC First Caribbean Sponsored JA Firms Win 'Company of the Year' Awards

TWO Junior Achievement companies sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank were announced as winners of the coveted JA Company of the Year award.

FirstCaribbean managing director Marie Rodland-Allen said: "The winnings of our JA teams in Nassau and Abaco, and the bank's continued support of JA, are excellent testaments of the bank's engagement of communities in which it operates with a view of making them better.

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August 15, 2011
Disc injuries

By Susan Donald D.C.

While the intervetebral disc is a common culprit in spine related health problems, its function is widely misunderstood.

The disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jellylike center is contained by surrounding layers of fibrous tissues call the annular fibers. Each disc serves as connector, space, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allows normal turning and bending.

Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion or position and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc ...

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August 16, 2011
A Queen's Homecoming

For more than a decade, Sunday school teacher Lavette Smith attended Lakeview Church of God, but this past weekend marked the first time she received a red carpet welcome. On Sunday, August 14, the 24-year-old was officially presented to her church as the new Miss Gospel Bahamas 2011/2012.

The church's foyer was decorated for her joyous homecoming. A "Congratulations" banner dangled from the ceiling. Underneath it were three of the garments the queen wore the night she was crowned: the 'Esther' outfit which won her...

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August 17, 2011
Pelican Bay at Lucaya Announces Appointments

Pelican Bay at Lucaya has announced the appointments of Della Bridgewater as Operations Manager and Yvette Evans as Security Manager.   Also announced was the appointment of Chic Weddings Bahamas, under the direction of Marva Munroe, to plan and design weddings at the hotel.

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August 17, 2011
Barry Wins Fourth RBDF Ironman Title

When competing in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Annual Ironman competition, Lieutenant Ricardo Barry continues to prove that he is the man to beat. To be considered the best all-around athlete in the Defence Force, a number of individuals once again competed for the prestigious Ironman title.

Now in its 11th year, two new champions were crowned during the annual competition at the Coral Harbour Base. Lieutenant Barry literally ran away with the competition for a record fourth time after not competing last year. Woman Marine Rikeisha Thompson captured the crown in the open female category.

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US-Bahamas professional exchange highlights cultural preservation
August 18, 2011
US-Bahamas professional exchange highlights cultural preservation

WASHINGTON, DC -- After participating in the US Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), veteran educator, Junkanoo proponent and cultural advocate Arlene Nash Ferguson expounded on the necessity for The Bahamas to participate in professional exchange, especially in the area of cultural preservation.

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June 16, 2011
Robert Alonzo Douglas, 48

A funeral service for Robert Alonzo Douglas, 48, a resident of Market Street & John Road, who passed away on 4th June, 2011, will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street, on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.  Officiating will be Rev. Timothy Stewart, assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel.  Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Linda Douglas; mother: Lulie Douglas-Mackey; adopted mother: Doris Gomez; four stepchildren: Keva Gottlieb, Lakeisha Sweeting; Ronald Albury and Randy Henfield; 10 sisters: Rozena Douglas, Sylvia Rolle, Cassandra Saunders, Bridgette Taylor, Roseanna, Claritta, Christine, Sheryl, Remelda & Marsha Mackey; five sisters-in-law: Vivian Mackey, Deloris Storr, Viola Carey, Marvis & Anitia Douglas; five brothers: Holman Storr, Stephen Douglas, Carl, Samuel and Marcus Mackey; two brothers-in-law: Ronald Rolle and Kendrick Taylor; one aunt: Esther Douglas; 30 nieces, 25 nephews; adopted sisters: Denise Reckley, Phillippa Reckley, Andersy Cox, Shawnte' Smith, Nicolas Smith; godson: Taverest Vandiver Reckley; a host of other relatives & friends: Charles Moxey-Reckley, Jauna Cabrera, Mavis Vanderpool and family, Joseph Butler and family, Ethlyn Franks and family, Derek Musgrove and family, Yvette Harvey and family, Basil McIntosh and family, Leonie Moultrie and family, Janice Davis and family, Earl Henfield and family, Carlos Delgado and family, Rudolph Douglas and family, Derek Gibson and family, the Brown family, the Henchell sisters, Hilda Bartlett and family of New York, Leona Tookes and family of Detroit Michigan, Donald Jobson and family of Jamaica, Linda Knowles and family of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Brenda Fountain-Hampdan and family of North Carolina, Percy Duncombe, Percy Rolle, Bimini friends, the entire Yamacraw neighbours, the entire John Road community and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday from 9-1:00 p.m. & at the church from 2:00 p.m. until service time.
 

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August 17, 2011
PLP Leader's Anti-Crime Plan Criticised

PLP leader Perry Christie's plan to fight crime has come under fire from a number of directions since he unveiled it at the beginning of the week. The first to respond was veteran police officer Errington Watkins, who issued a statement calling the plan "nothing but a fitful nightmare" at the end of one of Mr Christie's "slumbers."

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April 19, 2012
Edith Gwendolyn Rolle, 87

Funeral Service for Edith Gwendolyn Rolle, age 87 years a resident of  Abraham Street, St James Road and formerly of Mangrove Cay, Andros will be held Saturday 21st April  2012,  12:00 noon at New Lively Hope Baptist Church, Jerome and Chesapeak Avenue. Officiating will be Rev'd Hilbert Flowers, Rev'd James Pennerman, Minister Paula Moncur assisted by other Ministers.  Interment will be made in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Left with cherish memories are her 3 sons Granik, Anthony & Nelson Rolle, 8 Grandchildren, Janet Johnson, Aniska and Mark Cunningham, Diana and Owen Forbes, Lakeisha and Tony  Ferguson, Greneka and Nekesha Rolle, , Mario Rolle, Jamaal and Raquel Rolle Johnson,  8 Great Grandchildren Andre and Alexander Forbes, Mark Jr, Andre and Gabbie Cunningham, Tonisha, Antonio and Grace Ferguson, 2 daughters in law Eulamae and Juliette Rolle, 3 sisters Rita Clarke of Mangrove Cay Andros, Pearline Green, and Alice Green Harris,of Brownville Florida, 1 sister in law Bernetta Green of Lakeland Florida, 19 nieces Naomi Deveaux, Martha Jones, Princess Campbell, Elizabeth McDonald, Eriamae Saunders, Annamae Archer, Lilly Blatch, Leanna Clarke, Queenie Butler Barry, Esther Green, Roslyn Green, Sandra Perry, Dianna and Yvonne Green, Virginia, Firstina, Laurine, Irene Green, 11 nephews William Green, Prince Albert Rolle, Cecil, Charles, Philip Major, Bennett and Fred Green, Edward and Anthony Clarke, Tyrone and Oscar Dean, and other relatives and friends including Leona McCartney, Joan Bowe, Bishop Lerodney Rolle, Kathleen Fritz, Geletha Rolle, Annie Gilbert, Zelma and Hazel Rolle, Curlena Thompson Forbes, Barry Kemp & family, Colette Morley, Mary Hanna & family, Lovely Rolle & family, Minister Rupert Rigby & family, Carnie Gibson & family, Bishop Sam Green & family, Minister Edward Humes & family, Yvette Jordan & family, Willamae Farrington & family, Yvonnie Miller & famil, Ingrid Bonamy & the entire Simon family, Abraham Rolle & family, The family of the late Negville Moxey, Harriet Cooper & family, the St James Road, Five Pound Lot community, the entire community of Mangrove Cay Andros 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  at  the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until to service time.

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Susan Lettice Strachan, 37
August 18, 2011
Susan Lettice Strachan, 37

Memorial Service

A Memorial service in memory of Susan Lettice Strachan, age 37 years a resident of  Bennetts Harbor , Cat Island,  will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 18th 2011 at St. Georges Anglican Church, Montrose Avenue. Officiating will be Archdeacon James Palacious, Assisted by Rev'd. Angela Palacious.

Funeral Service

Funeral service for Susan Lettice Strachan, age 37 years a resident of  Bennetts Harbour, Cat Island,  will be held11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20th 2011 at St. Andrews Anglican Church, Arthurs town, Cat Island. Officiating will be Rev'd Fr. Ernest Pratt. Interment will be made in the Public Cemetery, Bennett's Harbor, Cat Island.

Left to cherish her memories are:  MOTHER: Sheba Webb; FATHER: Hancil Strachan; ADOPTED MOTHER: Zelma Newbold; CHILDREN: Khayl & Janice Seymour; GRANDMOTHER: Minerva Rolle; SISTERS: Florinda Roberts, Tanya Webb-Pickstock, Lana Fernander, Sharlene Strachan & Thyra Webb; BROTHERS: Kingsley Miller, Hugo Paige, Larry & Shavargo Strachan, Marvin & Stanley Webb Antone Johnson; NIECES: Lorry, Stephanie, Ashley, Shalaya, Brandi, Stevette, Beryl, Crystal, Terissa, Rayneisha, Ashanti, Jerinekque ,Stenia, Zahra, Zahran; NEPHEW: Terrell, Sheldon, Shelvon, Kingsley Jr, Shevin, Marco, Keyshawn, Teran, Ashtan, Sean, Walter, Stanley Jr, Robert; AUNTS: Emily Rolle, Albena Seymour, Miriam, Maeoni,;  ,Josephine, Leah, & Shari Webb, Irean Bodie, Agatha Marcelle, Edith Malta, Greta Knowles, Verneca Ferguson, Camille Rolle; UNCLES: Elijah, James,& Cleophas Webb, Allworth, Rodrick, Kenneth, Berkley, and Philip Rolle, Sidney and Ken Kerr; GRAND AUNTS: Miriam Simmons, Emerald Johnson, Anita Wilson, Rose Mary Kerr; BROTHERS-IN-LAW: Allan Pickstock, Allan Fernander & Steven Roberts; SISTERS-IN-LAW:   Denise Paige & Sandra Webb; ADOPTED SISTER: Shelia Hunter & Malrese Major; GOD MOTHER: Willamae Pratt; NUMEROUS COUSINS: Morlan, Sandra, Daphne, Donna, Melainie, Brian, Preston, Ian, Melverne, Herbert, Jacquelyn, Velma, Kenton, Grace, Hazel, Michael,     Carla, Crystal, Terrance, Cloyd, Pearl, Nigel, Mandell, Alcindor, Nolan, Sherry, Alphanette, Sherdon Jr, Anya, Anton, Daria, Earl, Cheryl, James, Raquel, Kenya, Jamaal, Jerome, Jeremy, Jaleel, Jammie, Dario, Javon, Ramon, Roland, Cozetta, Katherina, lavar, LavannaGeorgina, Rosena, Paul, Lyndon, Kemuel, Vincent, Vernon, Micheal Pratt, Richard Wilton, Charles, Phyllis, George Russel, Zona & Sidney, Moncur, Edna Russell, Fritz & Agusta Webb, Betty Stubbs, Carmen, Bostwick, John, Cleophas, Rhoda & Suzanne Adderly, and Enamae   Campbell Fox & family,  Anya, Tammy, Ken, Shane, Adrian, Darryl, Julian; NUMEROUS RELATIVES & FRIENDS: Father Edward Seymour, Zelma Newbold and family, Nurse Julie, Markey & Staff of Orange Creek Clinic, Joyce Miller, Evelyn Dean, Willard Dean, Helen Thurston & family Troy & Ann Ambrose, Evelyn Burrows, Effenae Bonaby, Danny Turner & family, Mary Basden, Rose Huyler, Gloria Russell, Mavis Johnson, Anthony, Dawkins, Merlene Stubbs & family, Arch Deacon James & Rev Angela, Palacious, Brave Davis, Julia Pierre, The Entire Community of Arthur's Town & Bennett's Harbor Cat Island, Father Rex Seymour and Family, Jerry Rolle and Family, Goodfrey Cresswell and Family, Merline Stubbs and Family, Candie Gilbert and Family, Eleasa Rolle and Family, Cremo McDonald and Family, Edjar Bonimy and Family, King's Family Wilson Bay, the Blue Bird and Family, Rev. Vernice Storr and Family, Ruth Outten and Family, Trevor Strachan and Family, Gary Cooper and Family, Commissioner Charles King and Family, Rev Freddie McKenzie and Family, George Williams and Family, Nurse Mackey, Nurse Jessie, Nurse Stubbs and Family, Nurse Turner and Family, Stevesons', Industrial Hill and Gaitor's Family, Bennetts Harbour Community and host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m. and at the church in Cat Island from 8:00 a.m. on Saturday until service time.

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June 16, 2011
Prince Albert Storr, 60

A funeral service for Prince Albert Storr, 60 yrs., a resident of Bethel Avenue and formerly of San Salvador, who passed away on 7th June, 2011, will be held at Evangelistic Temple, Collins Avenue and Fourth Terrace, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Gary Curry, assisted by Pastor Vaughn Cash.  Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to mourn his passing are: His Children: Lawrance, Lorraine and Warren; Son-in-law: Raymond Tucker; Twelve Grand Children: Kristoff, Lorenzo, Jason, Kristiza, Liah, Raymond, Lashae, Laurencia, Vashanti, Zion, Faith and Akeem. Sisters: Eloise Pinder, Vernita Edgecombe, Stephanie Rolle, Beverly Dean, Portia Jones, Loretta Storr and Mae Butler. Brothers: Samuel Storr, Peter Douglas, Ernie Hendrick, Harold Gordon, Charlie, Herchell and Gregory Storr. Sisters- in-law: Delcine Douglas, Carolyn Gordon and Thelma Storr. Brothers-in-law: Walter Rolle, Ulrick Dean, Joel Pratt, Emmerson Jones and Alrick Butler off San Salvador.; Nieces: Elvoin, Martha, Samantha, Felicia, Turkessa, Tre'Kiece, Yvette, Nadia, Timinthia, Karon, Tekia, Christa, Michaela, Victoria, Kristal, Emmernique, Elrina, Chalea, Matrica, Brittany, Tara, Elma, Chalechal, Opi, Marilyn, Figi, Cindy, Barbara, Becky, Vernita, Charmaine, Charlene and Glenda; Nephews: Andrew, Sammy, Pete, Peter, Alonza, Antwaun, Chavago, Deangelo, Ryan, Marcus, Chevron, Marlon, Alvon, D'ron, Antonio, Thea, Jonathan, Anwar, Wilton, Terrance, Troy, Dario, Dwayne, Dr. Chrisin Gomez, Glen Smith, Tony Missick and Cecil Mackey.  Numerous amount of grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, special friends and other close relatives including: Stephen, Tony, Elgin, Leo and Fred Douglas, Jennie Walker and family of San Salvador, George Lockhart and family, Tamara Taylor and family, Sybil Rolle and family, Eulease Brooks and family, Mable Arnette and family, Velma Hanna and family, Perry Johnson, Frank Lightbourne and family, Ida Saunders and family, Iron Stevens and family, Valdarine Barnett and family, Ormond & Tamara Saunders and family, Alice Bullard and family, Olive Forbes and family of Abaco, Carl and Shirley, Jean and Jamma, Edna Joseph and Family, Tony Mackey, Valentino Griffin and family, Drexel Dean and family, Sylvia Wallace and family, Sheryl Scott and family, Kizzy Stubbs and family, Tony Rolle and family, Wellington Pratt and family, Patrice Fernander & family, Basil and family, Alice Lafleur and family, Leonard sands and family, The Bain Town Community, The entire Community of Cockburn Town, San Salvador, The Bethell Ave family including: Mr & Mrs Basil Watson and family, Mrs. Alleyne and family, Chris Bain, Sean Burrows, Receo and Alex Fox, Oral Hudson, Demarco McKenzie, Mario and Jason, Jamaine, Bolo, Charles and Keith Miller, Sherese, Jasmine, Mario and Brian King, Prince Collins, Harry Nixon, Shanda Mortimer, Ron, Jermaine, and David McKenzie.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 

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August 18, 2011
Dwinya Rebecca Black, 14

Funeral Service for Dwinya Rebecca Black, 14, of Montell Heights will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Church:

New Bethany Baptist Church
Address:

West Avenue
Officiating:

Pastor Victor Cooper
Assisted by:

Bishop Elfredo Burrows
Interment:

Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery

She

is survived by: her Parents: Emmanuel & Alice Black: 4 Brothers: PC #2772 Tamiko Black; Renaldo, Zhavargo & De Anglo Black; Grandparents: Alvetha Black, Anthony & Alice Prince; 10 Uncles: Vernal, Cedric, Chris & Shervin Mun ...

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Alexander Evans, 67
August 19, 2011
Alexander Evans, 67

Funeral Service for Alexander Evans, 67, of Mangrove Cay, Andros will be held on Saturday 20th August, 2011 at 10:00am at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill and Wulff Road. Officiating will be Father Roderick Bain, assisted by Father Andrew Toppins and Father Stephen Davies. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soilder Road.

Left to cherish his precious memory are Two sisters: Louise “Gomese” Evans and Annamae Newbold; One brother: His twin George Evans; Eleven nieces: Evamae Evans of Delray Beach, Florida, Lovestine Smith of Newburg, New York; Fercena Burrows, Ivy Deveaux; Patricia “Patsy” and Yvette Newbold, Tameka Lundy (Godfrey); Gayle Davis (J ...

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June 16, 2011
Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67

A funeral service for Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67, a resident of Yellow Elder, who passed away on 6th June, 2011, will be held at Church of God Cathedral, East Street and Lily of the Valley Corner, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Moses A. Johnson, assisted by other Ministers. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
She leaves precious memories with:
Adopted Sisters (and blood cousins): Marcella Mallory, Maxine Bartlett, and Gloria Lawrena Knowles
Niece and grand-niece: Adelia and Shadelle Major
Cousins: Sarahlene Royal, Mavis Wilson, Rosabell Wilson (and descendents of the late Clayton Wilson); Marie, Edward, Sidney (the Whymns); Sandra, Norma, Andrea, Linda, Dudley, Gerald (the Sawyers); Roslyn, Sybil, Paula, Kaye, Eugene (the Tootes); Neville, Arthur, Andrew, Robert, Shirley, Dame Joan (the Sawyers); Coral Lightbourne, Geraldine Ferguson, Lillian Saunders, Priscilla Forbes, Muriel Ferguson, Dorothy Marshall, Eleston and Richard McPhee.
Other relatives: descendents of  Rev. Maurice Mallory, including Yvonne Abouziede, Helena Robinson, Alfred Mallory and their children
Special friends: Heslyn Fernander, Berthamae Ferguson, Clover Pratt, Pastor and Members of East St. Church esp. Ladies Prayer Band, The Convention Choir, The National body of the Church of God, Sister Cecilia and patrons of St. Joseph Day Care Centre, Nurse Zel Lockhart, Nurse Doreen Fernander, Patricia Sands and Mrs. Ethlyn Deleveaux
God-children: Yvette Campbell-Morris and James Pinder, Jr.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 

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September 01, 2010
Police Force band hold off the Defence Force band

Bahamians are used of seeing the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Force bands playing sweet melodies on the streets around the country, but they mixed it up on the basketball court on Saturday night, with each trying to take home the coveted trophy and most importantly, earn bragging rights over the other.

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August 19, 2011
Bahamas shines at International Talent Showcase

THERE were just nine Bahamian participants among 150 at this year's International Talent Showcase competition in Boca Raton, Florida, but that small group really made its presence felt - walking away with nine division honours.

In fact, one young Bahamian, Chase Carter, won the coveted title of Top Overall Female Fashion Model.

This year's Bahamian International Talent Showcase (ITS) group was organised by Pia Rolle of PTG Modeling Agency, who is also the regional director for ITS in the Bahamas.

Ms Rolle said: "The International Talent Showcase is an organisation whose primary objective is to promote and increase the standards of training and education in the modelling and perform ...

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June 15, 2011
BAAA Athlete Profile

IN the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations' profile of some of the top athletes expected to compete at the 2011 BTC National Open Track and Field Championships at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex next weekend, public relations officer Alpheus "Hawk" Finlayson puts the spotlight on veteran sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie.

Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie was born in Nassau on January 16, 1976. She attended Oakes Field Primary, C C Sweeting High School and St Andrew's High School. She also attended the University of Georgia.

Ferguson-Mckenzie was named the Austin Sealy Award winner at the 1995 Carifta Games in Grand Cayman, winning the 100m and 200m.

Ferguson-Mckenzie anchored t ...

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February 13, 2012
Adele sweeps the Grammy's with 6 wins

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards was a night of exhilarating
performances, inspired tributes, and emotional acceptance speeches. Big
winners included British singer Adele, veteran rockers the Foo Fighters,
dubstep producer Skrillex and country superstar Taylor Swift.

Adele
brought home six GRAMMYs, tying Beyoncé for the most awards won by a
female artist in one night. Adele won for Album Of The Year and Best Pop
Vocal Album for

21, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and
Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep," and Best Pop Solo
Performance for "Someone Like You..."

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June 15, 2011
Gospel Beauties Courtesy Call on Hon. Charles Maynard

Nassau, Bahamas - Contestants for Miss Gospel Bahamas pay courtesy call on the Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture June 14. Pictured sitting from left: Dianthus Johnson, Miss Mt. Pleasant Green Baptist Church; Minister Maynard; Candice Rolle, Miss Dash Designer Shoes. Standing from left: Andrice Strachan, Miss Bethany Assembly; Gerissa Maurice, Miss New Destiny Baptist Cathedral; Nikirah Braynen, Miss Cornerstone International; Nehemie Louis, Miss V.C.C. Worshiper; Aimee Ferguson, Miss Zion
Baptist South Beach; Lavette Smith, Miss Lakeview Church of God; and Cedrica Williamson, Miss Life Line Family Church.

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August 22, 2011
The great Bahamas hurricane of 1886

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

One of the deadliest hurricanes, that ripped through the Bahamas claiming the lives of 381 persons while sinking ships and causing extensive destruction to anything in it’s path was documented in veteran meteorologist Wayne Neely’s new book The Great Bahamas Hurricane of 1866.
This is a story of one of the greatest and deadliest hurricanes to ever impact the Bahamas. The book seeks to give a detailed account of the violent hurricane that took place almost two centuries ago.

Mr Neely said this hurricane was so bad that all of the major churches in the Bahamas were destroyed.
“This hurricane occurre ...

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August 29, 2010
Police Force band hold off the Defence Force band

By SHELDON LONGLEY
NG Sports Editor
slongley@nasguard.com

Bahamians are used of seeing the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Force bands playing sweet melodies on the streets around the country, but they mixed it up on the basketball court on Saturday night, with each trying to take home the coveted trophy and most importantly, earn bragging rights over the other.
Well, the much anticipated game came right down to th final seconds on Saturday night, and in the end, it was the Royal Bahamas Police Force band coming out on top with a hard fought 53-48 victory. The Defence Force band actually had a one-point lead with 48 seconds remaining on the clock but couldn't finish off their law enforcem ...

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April 27, 2012
Sex, love and rock your soul

A dose of "Sex, Love and Rock Your Soul" may just be what the doctor ordered to rekindle the fire in your relationship, whether you're in a new relationship, want to improve the one you're currently in or need to get out of a bad relationship.
An electrifying relationship-building workshop facilitated by clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist Dr. Constance Avery-Clark will be held on Saturday, April 28 to help couples change the way they look at their relationship. The Jung Society event will be held at the Sheraton Resort on Cable Beach from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jung Society committee member Fred Flischer, who is also a psychoanalyst, encourages couples and individuals to attend to find new ways to return the life to their relationships.
"This will be the fresh air that many relationships are lacking," said Flischer. "Dr. Avery-Clark is an amazing speaker who is very personable. She has a great approach and way of bringing her points across. In her own words she says this relationship workshop is about who's playing lead guitar in the rock band of your blood and how not to get heartbroken by that person. It's also about not losing your own soul while the music is still rocking. The event will take an in-depth look at relationships and teach the average person about what makes and breaks relationships."
What makes people attracted to certain people but not others will be one of the many topics up for discussion. Seminar participants will also get to talk about why some relationships are magnetic and seemingly impossible to shake off, and why some relationships help individuals to be the person God intended for them to be and why others don't. Dr. Avery-Clarke will also speak about the dynamics involved in a good relationship and how to pursue one as well as what constitutes a bad relationship and how to deal with it.
"This will not be the typical relationship seminar. It will be a down-to-earth event that will express things in ways that are relatable and easy to understand. It will be fun because of the way Dr. Avery-Clark will tackle these topics and get the crowd involved," said Flischer. "This is not about her going up there to lecture, but rather to help couples and individuals discover what is missing and interact with one another to better it. The answer is not in her words alone but in how people apply it and what they choose to learn from it."
Flischer said there will also be a question and answer session during which time people will be allowed to air their concerns and hear the opinion of an expert. He said it will be the kind of thing you would find in a personal relationship analysis session and that this public forum will make people comfortable and see that others face some problems they do as well."
According to Flischer an event like this is overdue in the country and he hopes people will attend out of curiosity and stay for the deep, informative nature of the workshop.
"At the end of the day, we just want to inspire loving environments and show people how they can make their relationships better. We want to encourage people to stop looking at the surface of things happening around them and realize a major part of all this crime is the weakened relationships or poor relations people have with one another. We want to show how to get in the right relationships and maintain them. It is not easy but it will be worthwhile especially if you know which direction you are going," said Flischer.
The Jung Society of Nassau presents workshops periodically to help people look more deeply into everyday events of their lives. The society was started two-and-a-half years ago by people interested in Carl Jung and his insights into the human soul. They were deeply impressed by how his insight dovetailed with the message of Jesus. Much like Jung believed that all people, no matter their mental state could be helped, the Jung Society wanted to provide a means to help people to help themselves through events like this.
Tickets for the relationship seminar are $50 and can be purchased at Custom Computers, Cable Beach and Harbour Bay Shopping Centre locations; Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay Shopping Centre and Unity Center on East Street. For more information, telephone 328-6523.

Intimacy seminar
for couples
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $50

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