SPEAKING THROUGH DANCE: Students of Sister Mary Patricia Junior High School celebrated Modern Languages Week during their morning assembly with a variety of songs and dances in foreign languages. PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Ashley Penn, FN News Reporter
After a nine-day crime spree in which three churches were raided, church leaders are singing the praises of the swift action of the Royal Bahamas Police Force after $7,000 in stolen items were recovered.
According to police, thieves targeted Faith National Church, Pentecostal Worship Center and Universal Household of Faith, all located in the Lewis Yard area and stripped them of various valuable items.
Bishop Ricardo Grant, senior pastor of Universal Household of Faith, noted that the items stolen by the perpetrators were of a specific purpose, which he feels is related to entertainment.
He went on to say, "Certainly, those persons who invaded the church were looking for specific items. You can tell that it was actually items that would help them in what we call a system for the purpose of Dj-ing and stuff of that nature."
Grant said the ordeal has been heart wrenching for him because he has realized that the house of God is no longer viewed as a safe haven.
"Any time you talk about breaking into a church, it is always heart wrenching to hear that persons would go to the extreme of breaking into the house of God to retrieve items for the purpose of selling over or for whatever reasons. It's heart wrenching to hear that the house of God is no longer deemed safe or a place that is sacred grounds. Our heart was broken over it and on top of that it affected the service because of the items that they stole, which would have driven the entire system," he said.(Read full story)
AIDS Candlelight Memorial service unites GB with the world in fight against HIV/AIDS
The 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service observed on Sunday, May 19, at the New Hope Methodist Church under the theme "In Solidarity," emphasized the need for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS to join hands and work together in response to this deadly disease.
Project Hope Bahamas, the Grand Bahama AIDS Awareness Committee and the Red Rose Ball Committee along with their respective leaders came together in solidarity to host the candlelight vigil.
Kevin Thompson-Delancy, a 28-year survivor of AIDS and CEO/founder of Project Hope Bahamas, spoke of his passion for the cause and admonished those in attendance at the service to understand that AIDS victims do not want pity but the equal rights to live amongst others as human beings in society.
According to Odette Knowles chairman of the Red Rose Ball Committee the entire Grand Bahama community came together with those worldwide who bravely stood in solidarity to pay homage to all who would have lost the fight against HIV/AIDS, their loved ones and those currently combating the disease.(Read full story)
A no score game and a few blowouts
Westminster Law Runners - 00 (0-4-0), Phluid Phactory Bears - 20 (2-2-0)
Despite all the back and forth between these two teams, this turned out to be a completely one-sided game.
The Phluid Phactory Bears are proving that their defence will be something that has to be planned for by their opposing teams. When a team has six INTs, that's defence.
When they hold the opposition to 0 points, that's defence. Sadly, the Westminster Law Runners displayed no promise of the team from the previous year. Currently at 0-4, the Westminster Runners may struggle to get a win this season. The spectacular defensive play of Phulid Phactory #3 Junior Martin against the runners earned him the 'Player of the Week' Award.
Lady Enforcers- 00 (3-0-1), Container Port Piranhas - 00 (2-1-1)
Talk about a nail bitter, the first drawn game of the season was definitely one to watch.
These two teams went at it from the first whistle, there were INTs, deflected passes, sacks, defensive stops and more. The ladies played so much defence that they both forgot to score. But this was the match-up that everyone was looking forward to.(Read full story)
Doctor Pam is an advice column that is featured every Saturday. Your letters and comments are encouraged. You may e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Pam is a Clinical Psychologist trained in all areas of mental health.
Dear Dr. Pam,
You printed an article in November during Thanksgiving of last year, about your mother and childhood. I was very touched by it. Would you please print it again?
Here it is. I still get choked up reading it. With pleasure I have reprinted it, after all, it is the Mothers' Day season.
I STILL THANK GOD FOR SUGAR BAGS
How precious and uplifting are fond childhood memories. Sometimes my heart weeps for many children today, who are deprived of the opportunity to have decent and memorable childhoods. Whenever I want to entertain my daughters, I would tell them of past occurrences in my life and share some of the proverbs that my mother, in particular, shared with us.
As a child, I can vividly recall the structured running of our household and how my father provided for us, as well as, others who presented with needs. But there was a particular activity, in which my mother engaged, that left an indelible mark on my life. (Read More)