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Holiday deaths


In the midst of the Christmas season, when everyone is supposedly enjoying themselves and having fun, there are many people who are in sorrow because of the death of loved ones. It’s a fact that there are no days earmarked for the Grim Reaper to take a holiday. It doesn’t matter if it’s a person’s birthday or anniversary, whether it’s Christmas or any other specialty date on the calendar. If it is the appointed time for someone, then so be it, that date will be kept, regardless.

Apart from the tragic accident with Chalk’s Ocean Airways last week when 11 residents of Bimini died, three prominent Bahamians also expired during the Christmas holidays: E. Pedro Roberts, Sean Hanna and Tyrone D’arville.

E. Pedro Roberts stand out in many instances. His name is easily recognizable as a son of the celebrated educator, EP Roberts, after whom a junior school is named, and brother of the late Fr. Anthony Roberts and Dr Patrick Roberts. He is also the uncle of Cabinet Minister Neville Wisdom and former House of Assembly Speaker Italia Johnson. Mr. Roberts has long been an advocate of national and social development, serving as chief pharmacist at the Princess Margaret Hospital for 30 years.

Sean Hanna was called to the Bar at the young age of 22, but he had the distinction of coming from a family of lawyers, with his father Arthur D Hanna at the head, his brother Dion and sister Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation. Sean Hanna was a relatively quiet and unobtrusive individual and for the most part kept out of the limelight, although he was a passionate person with a keen legal mind, who stood up for what he believed in.

And Tyrone D’arville, from working in his father’s Deluxe Cleaners as a boy, to big business ventures such as Portion Control, Sun Manufacturing, Town Centre Mall and Furniture Plus. These men were Bahamians who blazed trails in The Bahamas, who were not afraid to put their money where their mouths were and to become successful entrepreneurs and solid Bahamian businessmen.

No doubt there are others whose deaths will cause grieving among family and friends but will not cause a stir in the wider community and will probably not get public mention except for the obituary sections of the news.

Child abuse

There was a time when it was pointed to as being “cute” and it made good photographic material for the newspapers. That time however is past and the sight of toddlers and other underage children making Junkanoo laps around Bay and Shirley Streets has certainly outgrown its novelty features and could be bordering on inhumane treatment, cruelty or simple child abuse. This is certainly a matter at which the Ministry of Social Services should not turn a blind eye and should see that it is stopped immediately.

Junior Junkanoo is organised to accommodate school children of every age and that is where they should perform. There should be no reason for these minor children to be out all night dancing and prancing about with the adult groups as was seen in too many instances with groups on the Monday night/Tuesday morning Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade.


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